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Governor Susana Martinez Announces Secretary Greg Fouratt Named United States Magistrate Judge

on February 22, 2016 - 8:54am

Cabinet Secretary Gregory J. Fourat

SANTA FE —  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) Cabinet Secretary Greg Fouratt will leave his post to become a United States Magistrate Judge in Las Cruces.

Secretary Fouratt has served as DPS cabinet secretary since February 2014 and was unanimously confirmed by the New Mexico State Senate in March 2015.

“Secretary Fouratt is a leader who puts New Mexico first, and I am proud of the work he has accomplished during his time in my administration,” Martinez said.

State Republican Party Holds Pre-Primary Convention

on February 21, 2016 - 9:49am

RPNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Republican Party of New Mexico held its 2016 Pre-Primary Convention Saturday morning, where Republican delegates from across New Mexico chose which candidates would appear on the primary ballot in June.

“We were able to pull off an incredible feat,” RPNM Chair Debbie Maestas said. “We completed the convention and tallied the votes in record time with a technological approach, moving away from the archaic system of paper ballots and instead using tablets to cast and calculate votes.”

Delegates were enthusiastic about the process and excited about their candidates


House To Begin Archiving Webcasts

on February 20, 2016 - 7:43am
Rep. Jeff Steinborn
SANTA FE  The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed legislation changing its rules to require that it begin archiving its webcasts of committee meetings during the next legislative session.
The rule change House Resolution 1, introduced by Representative Jeff Steinborn (Las Cruces), requires that the House begin archiving its committee meetings beginning next legislative session. This is the 3rd year Steinborn has introduced the archiving legislation.
“This is a huge step forward in increasing the transparency of the New Mexico House of

Governor Appoints Stephen French To New Mexico Court Of Appeals

on February 20, 2016 - 7:31am
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the appointment of Stephen French to the New Mexico Court of Appeals, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Cynthia Fry.
French brings a combined 35 years of public and private-sector legal experience to the Court. 

French served as assistant district attorney for the Second Judicial District from 1980 to 1981. Afterward, he went on to become a founding partner at Walz & French from 1982 to 1990. From 1990 to 1993, he served as legal bureau chief for the State of New Mexico Risk Management Division, where he reviewed

AG Balderas: Murderer Who Stabbed Ex-Girlfriend 90 Times Will Stay In Prison

on February 20, 2016 - 7:24am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE  This week, the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with arguments by the Office of the Attorney General and issued an opinion affirming the first-degree murder conviction of violent repeat offender Dorall Smith.
The victim was Smith's ex-girlfriend. Smith had a threatening confrontation with the victim the day before the murder and repeatedly called and texted her the night of the murder. Her body was then discovered the next morning at her Albuquerque apartment. She had been stabbed approximately 90 times in a prolonged and extensive attack.

DOE Cites LANS For Health And Safety Violations Related To WIPP

on February 19, 2016 - 3:08pm

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC (NWP) for violations of DOE worker safety and health and nuclear safety requirements.

Concurrently, DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) issued a PNOV to Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) for violations of DOE’s nuclear safety requirements.  Issuance of these PNOVs marks the completion of DOE’s investigations and enforcement process regarding two events in 2014 at DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

NWP is the

Delegation Calls For Probe Into NM HSD Suspending Medicaid Payments To Behavioral Health Providers

on February 19, 2016 - 8:58am

Update: Response from Kyler Nerison, HSD spokesman:

“This is nothing more than the same partisan stunt orchestrated by the same Washington politicians more than a year ago. The Feds have extensively reviewed this matter and found that the state acted in accordance with the anti-fraud regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

The companies in question overbilled the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that should have been used to help those in need. That's a fact, and we've already collected more than $4 million on behalf of taxpayers.

DOE Secretary Says WIPP Will Reopen In 2016

on February 19, 2016 - 8:40am

CCNS News:

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) has announced that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz recently said the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) would again dispose of plutonium-contaminated nuclear weapons waste in the deep geologic dump by the end of 2016.

WIPP has been shut down for two years following a truck fire and radiation release that contaminated 22 workers and the underground facility. Moniz made his remarks on February 9th when the Obama Administration released its proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which includes $266 million for WIPP.