SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Internal reports, emails, audits and interviews show relief aid for New Mexico communities affected by fires and flooding was slowed by dysfunction within the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a review of records shows the agency was overwhelmed by even relatively modest requests for relief.
SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government and a northern New Mexico tribe are appealing a judge's ruling in the tribe's dispute with the state over a proposed new gambling compact.
The Interior Department and the Pojoaque Pueblo last week filed notices that they're appealing U.S. District Judge James Parker's October ruling that stopped the department from approving a compact for the pueblo without the state's consent.
The pueblo and Gov. Susana Martinez's administration have failed to agree on a compact to replace one set to expire in mid-2015.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner is one step closer to getting underway.
The state canvassing board met Tuesday to consider an agreement that spells out how the recount will proceed. At issue was how many ballots would be used to test the tabulating machines that will be used in the recount.
Republican Aubrey Dunn and incumbent Democrat Ray Powell are separated by several hundred votes, a margin so small it triggers an automatic recount under state law.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque Democrat has been appointed to former state Sen. Tim Keller's seat.
Bernalillo County commissioners voted to name state Rep. Mimi Stewart to fill the remainder of term to the District 17 spot after Keller resigned. Keller, also a Democrat, won election as state auditor last month.
The district covers an area of Albuquerque's Southeast Height.
Bernalillo County Deputy Attorney Peter Auh says since Senate District 17 is wholly within Bernalillo County, commissioners can appoint a replacement.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico residents with severe mental illness could receive court-ordered outpatient treatment under a new proposal.
Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen discussed Thursday the proposed bill to the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee.
The bill would allow judges to order patients to take medication and undergo treatment if they are deemed a danger to themselves and their community. Papen says it's a version of New York's Kendra's law.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington police say a 26-year-old man has died in a car collision possibly involving alcohol.
Calvin Begay was driving east on Pinon Hills Boulevard near College Boulevard early Wednesday morning when lost control and drove off the road. The car rolled several times before coming to a stop. There were no other vehicles involved, police said.
Begay died. Two passengers, both 22 years old, were transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center.
Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials plan to issue a temporary contract for nuclear waste cleanup operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory while those responsibilities are shifted away from the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced earlier this year he would pull cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked and forced the closure of the government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wilderness in New Mexico and other western states and a program for streamlining oil and gas permitting would be expanded as part of a $585 million defense bill crafted by House and Senate negotiators.
Lawmakers managed to squeeze the energy and public land proposals into the bill following weeks of negotiation. Final action is expected before the end of the year.
A bipartisan contingent of lawmakers is touting the legislation, but critics say the bill shouldn't be used as a bargaining chip to get the land packages through Congress.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say the owner of Sneakerz Sports Bar in Albuquerque evaded taxes for several years.
James Coleman, Jr., was arrested Tuesday on charges of tax evasion and filing false tax returns. He appeared in federal court Wednesday.
Coleman, 57, is accused of failing to pay over $166,000 in federal taxes owed by his corporation, Sneakerz, Inc., in 2008 and 2009 by filing false tax returns that underrepresented the business' income.
According to a news release, Coleman remains in custody pending his arraignment.