SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate committee plans to take a look at operations of the State Fair and the award of a 25-year lease by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to a racetrack company to build a larger casino at the fairgrounds.
The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled Monday to hear from former State Fair Commissioner Charlotte Rode, who has spoken out against the handling of the 2011 lease that allowed the construction of the larger casino by the Downs at Albuquerque.
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme has upheld a tribal cultural designation that protects hundreds of thousands of acres on Mount Taylor.
In a ruling yesterday, the justices said the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee acted lawfully when it granted the special designation for some 400,000 acres of public land on the mountain in 2009. The court did, however, reverse the panel's inclusion of 19,000 acres of land grant property, saying it was not state land as defined in the Cultural Properties Act.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a development related to a 9-year-old boy's death months later, Albuquerque police say two officers left the boy's home long before reporting that they'd finished responding to a 911 call from the home.
The officers went to the home last June in response to the 911 call in which a dispatcher overheard profane and abusive comments. Months later, the mother of Omaree Varela was arrested in the boy's death at the home.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work has resumed at southeastern New Mexico's nuclear waste repository. But officials say they don't yet know what caused the truck fire that forced an evacuation of the underground site.
A spokesman says an investigation will be conducted at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where low level waste from the nation's nuclear weapons plants is stored in salt beds.
The site was evacuated and six people were treated for smoke inhalation after a truck hauling salt caught fire Wednesday.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say six people have been released from the hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation after a truck caught fire in the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.
Officials say a truck hauling salt caught fire in the north mine about 11 a.m. yesterday at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to restrict firearms in part of the New Mexico Capitol has cleared a House committee but a similar proposal failed in a Senate panel.
The House Judiciary Committee endorsed a measure yesterday to ban firearms, except by law enforcement officers or people with concealed handgun licenses, in the House chambers, galleries and comittee rooms.
The proposal would establish the ban as rule of the House rather than changing state law. The measure goes to another House panel.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel is recommending the New Mexico Legislature approve a proposed gambling compact with the Navajo Nation that would allow the state's largest tribe to open more casinos.
The Committee on Compacts voted 12-4 yesterday to forward the gambling agreement to the House and Senate for a vote this session.
Navajo leaders said after the meeting that they are confident of winning legislative approval for the gambling agreement.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police have released a 911 recording linked to an address where a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy was found dead six months later.
On the 911 call released yesterday and recorded June 2013, a male is heard verbally abusing and using expletives at someone named "Omaree." A woman's voice also is heard screaming as a child cries in the background.
Albuquerque police later traced the call to the same site where 9-year-old Omaree Varela would be found dead in December.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Five Democrats have officially entered the race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber, longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and state Sens. Howie Morales of Silver City and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque yesterday turned in the petitions and paperwork required to qualify for the Democratic Party's June primary ballot.
No one has filed to run against Martinez in the GOP primary.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel has approved a proposal to study whether New Mexico should pay part of the costs for keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief route, but lawmakers are reluctant to immediately commit money for maintaining and improving the track.