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House Committee Hears Probation & Parole Reform Bill

Chief Public Defender Ben Baur

By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD
The New Mexican

Lawmakers continued to tussle Friday over a bill aimed at saving the state $40 million a year by reducing the number of parolees who are re-incarcerated over technical violations such as testing positive for drugs or missing appointments with their probation officers.

House Bill 263 is a much tinkered with version of a bill that passed both houses with bipartisan support last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at the behest of Attorney General Hector Balderas and the state’s district attorneys, who said they hadn’t


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CB FOX Officially Announces Its Closure

After 40 years in business, CB FOX Department Store on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos announced this evening that its final day of business will be April 30, 2020. File photo/Los Alamos Daily Post

Official Notice From CB FOX:

CB FOX Department Store is officially announcing this evening the closure of its doors forever.

After 40 years in business, we have made the difficult decision that the final day of business will be April 30, 2020.

The Fox family would like to thank Los Alamos for the years of support and friendship. Los Alamos could not have been a better location for our home and business.


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Balderas: Gary Gregor, Teacher Who Assaulted Multiple Students In Rio Arriba County Sentenced In Second Case

Gary Gregor

From the Office of the Attorney General News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, was sentenced to six years of incarceration for his sexual assault of a second grade student at Fairview Elementary School during the 2006-07 school year.

A jury found him guilty of 3rd-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 years old.

“Our office stands with all of the brave survivors of sexual abuse,” Balderas said. “The Office of the Attorney General will continue to vigorously prosecute those

New Mexico Supreme Court Reaches Decision: Energy Transition Act Does Apply To Closure Of San Juan Generating Plant

The New Mexico Supreme Court at 237 Don Gaspar in Santa Fe is the highest court in the state of New Mexico. It is established and its powers defined by Article VI of the New Mexico Constitution. Courtesy/NMSC

NM SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Energy Transition Act (passed and signed into law in 2019), must be applied by the PRC to the San Juan Generating Station abandonment proceedings.

In response, the bill’s sponsors issued the following statements:

“The Energy Transition Act is the law of the land,” said Sen. Jacob Candelaria, who co-sponsored

Supreme Court Justice Testifies Before Committee About Plan To Expand Access To Civil Legal Services  

Supreme Court Justice C. Shannon Bacon testifying today before the House Judiciary Committee. Courtesy/Administrative Office of the Courts

SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – Supreme Court Justice C. Shannon Bacon outlined for legislators today a plan for increasing the availability of services to help low- and modest-income New Mexicans with civil legal problems.

The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice developed the strategic plan for meeting the essential legal needs of people on matters ranging from safe housing and work environments to health care and financial issues. The Supreme

State Leaders Seek Way To Address Litigated Claim New Mexico Not Providing Enough Water To Texas

By Robert Nott
Santa Fe New Mexican

State leaders looking for a way to address a litigated claim that New Mexico is not providing enough water to Texas under a decades-old compact want funding for a water conservation pilot program south of Elephant Butte.

Though the plan remains vague, both Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Legislative Finance Committee are proposing to support it by allocating funding to the project in the 2021 fiscal year. 

The plan would let water users in the southern part of the state figure out how and when to leave certain areas of their farms unplanted — or fallow — to

Balderas Joins Coalition Fighting For Consumer Protections Under Title X Of Dodd-Frank Act

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general fighting to ensure that the states can continue to benefit from powerful tools under Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act that help them protect consumers from fraud and abusive consumers practices.

In an amicus brief filed in Seila Law, LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the coalition argues that the U.S. Supreme Court should preserve the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other significant consumer protections provided by Title X. 

“In

State Supreme Court Endorses Proposals To Help New Mexicans Obtain Civil Legal Services

SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has approved proposals to expand the availability of civil legal services in New Mexico, particularly to lower- and middle-income residents and to people living in rural areas with few attorneys.

“The Court recognizes our state faces a significant gap in access to justice,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. “Many people cannot afford an attorney to resolve legal problems ranging from housing and financial disputes to family matters such as child custody and support. To truly fulfill the promise of equal justice under the law, we must

AG: Albuquerque Man Gets Prison For Human Trafficking

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that Mario Morales was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, the maximum amount of time allowed under a plea in which Morales plead to the trafficking of a woman in Albuquerque.

The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Alisa Hart in the Second Judicial District.

“Trafficking another human being is one of the most heinous crimes we face, and I am glad that we were able to provide justice for the survivor in this case,” Balderas said. “Public

FBI Offers Up To $10K In Jorge Ernesto Rico-Ruvira Case

Jorge Ernesto Rico-Ruvira

FBI News:

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the apprehension, arrest, and/or extradition of Jorge Ernesto Rico-Ruvira.

Rico-Ruvira, 32, is wanted for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 7, 2020 murder of his girlfriend in Roswell.

Rico-Ruvira allegedly fled with the couple’s 3-year-old son Osciel Ernesto Rico.

Rico-Ruvira may have fled to Mexico, where he has ties to the areas of Zacatecas and Jalisco. He may be driving a maroon, four-door, 2003 GMC Yukon with New Mexico license plate MNF-231.

Rico-Ruvira was charged