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Aug 9, 2019

New Mexico governor wary of fast reforms on US terrorismSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The administration of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is throwing cold water on the idea of a special legislative session to address concerns of domestic terrorism.Lujan Grisham's office issued an unusual statement from a senior policy adviser on Thursday that said it would be wrong to call a special session without more planning.In response to mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf has suggested the governor reconvene the Legislature, which adjourned for the year in March.Adviser Dominic Gabello says newly signed gun-control legislation has expanded background checks on private gun sales and better protects domestic-violence victims.He says work is under way on a "red flag" bill to seize weapons from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others with a judge's authorization.


New Mexico county wants app to track found heroin needlesALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials plan to begin using an app to track the number of heroin needles that clean-up crews collect across New Mexico's largest city.Bernalillo County officials say the app is part of their push to collect data on drug use in Albuquerque and elsewhere in their jurisdiction. They say volunteers, and city and county workers have collected about 13,000 needles since May 2018.An app the county is launching Friday will include a live map, showing where needles and syringes have been collected, helping to show trends and migration of drug use.The public can log clean-up efforts into the app.


Man and nephew accused of making threats vs Santa Fe policeSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man and a teenage boy have been arrested for allegedly making threats against Santa Fe police.New Mexico State Police say 50-year-old Joseph Moises Ortiz Jr. III and his 16-year-old nephew were taken into custody Thursday.They say Ortiz is jailed without bond on suspicion of assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer and use of a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.The teenager was booked into a juvenile detention center with no bond on suspicion of making a bomb scare and assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer.Santa Fe police say the telephoned threat came Tuesday night.The suspects allegedly are dissatisfied with the outcome of a case investigated by Santa Fe police.


National forest planning spurs worries for Hispanic ranchersALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hispanic ranchers in New Mexico are asking President Donald Trump and top federal officials to ensure the latest round of forest management planning considers traditional values and land uses that date back centuries.The Northern New Mexico Stockman's Association contends local managers have been unwilling to address their concerns about a proposed management plan for the Carson National Forest.They're pushing for the president to intervene, citing a long history in which they claim the federal government has ignored the property rights of Hispanic ranchers in the Southwest.U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a recent letter to the ranchers that forests in New Mexico have acknowledged the region's unique history and its traditional and cultural ways of life.Meetings on the plan are scheduled for the coming weeks.


New Mexico denies ICE request for access to workforce dataSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has denied repeated requests by federal immigration authorities for direct access to an employment-records database.New Mexico Workforce Solutions Department Secretary Bill McCamley said Thursday that he has twice notified officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the state will not provide direct, complete access to an unemployment database with extensive records about employees and employers throughout the state.McCamley says the state will consider requests by the federal immigration authorities for specific information about employers that include an explanation and justification.In email correspondence, an ICE investigative assistant based in El Paso, Texas, said that access to New Mexico's workforce database was needed to quickly fulfill requests by case agents.An ICE spokeswoman had no immediate comment and the investigative assistant did not return calls.


Number of migrants waiting at US border surges to 40,000TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — At least 40,000 migrants who have reached the U.S. border with Mexico are on waiting lists for an initial attempt to seek asylum or are waiting for a court hearing in the U.S. after being sent back.The figure — based on reporting by The Associated Press and Mexican government figures — represents a dramatic increase from the start of the year.English-speaking Cameroonians fleeing atrocities of their French-speaking government helped push Tijuana's asylum wait list to 10,000 on Sunday, up from 4,800 just three months earlier.Turning Mexico into a waiting room for U.S. asylum seekers may be the Trump administration's most forceful response yet to a surge of migrants seeking humanitarian protection, many of them Central American families.


Autopsy shows FBI agent shot man 8 times in Albuquerque(Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy report indicates that an off-duty FBI agent shot a Utah veterinarian eight times when he entered an Albuquerque brewery with a gun.The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator report shows 43-year-old Cody Wrathall was shot in the chest, arms and back on June 8.The FBI has released little information about the brewery shooting, saying it's still under investigation.FBI spokesman Frank Fisher declined to discuss the case Wednesday.The state report says Wrathall had sat at a table with two agents and later exited the brewery.The report say he went back inside, brandished a gun and possibly fired it before he was shot.___


Smokey Bear, fire prevention icon in US, to turn 75CAPITAN, N.M. (AP) — Smokey Bear, the icon of the longest-running public service campaign in the U.S., is set to turn 75.Birthday parties are scheduled to take place this week in honor of the bear that promotes forest fire prevention.The decision to use the Smokey Bear character happened on Aug. 9, 1944, when the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed a fictional bear would be the fire prevention campaign symbol.A badly burned cub found after a 1950 fire in New Mexico's Capitan Mountains was named Smokey Bear and was used in promotional campaigns.The Gila National Forest in Silver, New Mexico, and Wingfield Park in the town of Ruidoso will hold birthday parties for the bear.Parties also are scheduled in Reading, Pennsylvania, and Entiat, Washington.