Briefs

Here’s where Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández plans to spend $11M in earmarks

BY: - August 17, 2023

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández represents Congressional District 3, which spans the northern third of the state and alongside its eastern edge, stopping at Hobbs, Artesia and Roswell. Last year, Leger Fernández received $23.5 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2023. Some of the largest projects included $4 million for improvements to Spider Rock Road in […]

Spaceport paid out $130K in settlement with former employee

BY: - August 16, 2023

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority paid $130,000 to settle the lawsuit with former employee Karen Barker last month, according to court documents released Tuesday. In the agreement, Barker agreed to drop the 2020 lawsuit alleging discrimination and retaliation when she worked for the agency between 2017 and 2019. Barker sued both the agency and the […]

FEMA pushes out more disaster relief funds for people harmed by northern NM fire

BY: - August 8, 2023

Victims of New Mexico’s largest fire ever got a boost in federal compensation funds over the past week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Monday that officials have now delivered at least $14 million to people and governments affected by the 2022 Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire. Most of that money went to individuals and […]

Fire at Albuquerque plastic storage facility forces air quality concerns

BY: - August 7, 2023

The large dark smoke in the sky above Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon came from the destruction of a facility operated by United Poly Systems LLC, a company that stores and distributes plastic materials for construction. The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Program issued a health advisory on Aug. 6 which was in effect until 10 a.m on […]

The cracked riverbed lays exposed in El Paso, Texas, on May 23, 2022.

El Paso Water lawsuit against New Mexico Environment Department will stay in Texas courts

BY: - August 1, 2023

A Texas judge ordered last week that a lawsuit against New Mexico environment authorities brought by El Paso Water will continue in Texas courts.  The dispute stems from the water utility fighting a $1.2 million fine from the New Mexico Environment Department for violating state water quality laws.  The fine came after a 2021 spill, […]

Albuquerque Public Schools and teachers reach agreement for pay raises, stipends 

BY: - July 25, 2023

Albuquerque Public Schools and the union representing its teachers – the Albuquerque Teachers Federation – have announced they have reached a tentative agreement that would boost salaries, provide stipends for duty time and give more money for athletic coaches. The agreement was reached earlier this month, but officially announced Monday. Specifically, educators will receive a […]

Behavioral health and wellness programs launched for BIE tribal schools

BY: - July 10, 2023

Tribal schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education will receive additional funding to increase access to behavioral health and wellness support programs. “The Interior Department is committed to creating positive, safe and culturally-relevant learning environments,” Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland said in the funding announcement on June 29. The programs will provide virtual counseling […]

Four months after emergency law passed, more than $46M in state disaster loans approved for northern NM recovery efforts

BY: - June 29, 2023

Nearly half the $100 million pot of state loans to help with Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire disaster relief has finally arrived for public officials in Mora and San Miguel Counties. Not even a third of the eligible entities listed on the application have applied for help in the three months since the application has been […]

Arkansas libraries ask federal judge to block new library obscenity measure from going into law

BY: - June 26, 2023

The Arkansas libraries challenging a new obscenity law asked a federal judge to stop it from taking effect while he considers whether the law is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs’ lawyers filed a motion and brief in support of a preliminary injunction Thursday. The Central Arkansas Library System and 17 other plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit against […]

U.S. judge sets mid-August date for Trump trial in classified documents case

BY: - June 21, 2023

Former President Donald Trump is set to face a jury trial on federal charges of mishandling classified information, after the Miami judge overseeing the case signed an order Tuesday scheduling the trial to begin Aug. 14. U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon, whom Trump appointed to her seat on the federal bench in the Southern […]

Las Cruces narrows school board race to three candidates

BY: - June 20, 2023

The Las Cruces Board of Education announced a narrowed list of three candidates for the superintendent position after a series of closed-door interviews with seven semi-finalists over the weekend. The finalists are Debra Elder, Monica Mesa and Ignacio Ruíz, according to a press release. The eliminated candidates included the sole candidate applying from within the […]

Federal judge orders Enbridge to shut down Line 5 in three years, pay tribe $5 million

BY: - June 20, 2023

Enbridge Inc. must shut down its Line 5 pipeline within three years and pay more than $5 million in profits to the Chippewa Indians Bad River Band, a federal judge in Madison ruled Friday. Judge William Conley reaffirmed his September 2022 ruling upholding the tribe’s claim that Enbridge has been trespassing on its land since […]