- FIGHTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of domestic violence incidents in New Mexico has remained steady over the last three years despite an increase in funding for services.Analysts with the Legislative Finance Committee also found that the number of clients receiving services over the same period has dropped.According to their findings, domestic violence affects a large number of New Mexicans. Law enforcement in 2018 responded to almost 19,000 reports of domestic violence, roughly the same as in 2014.About one-third of the cases generally have children present.The analysts say the number of children receiving services has dropped 20 percent over the last three years.Although the state Children, Youth and Families Department has failed to implement some programs mandated by legislation, the report says the agency is doing better at assessing the effectiveness of its programs.
- SHERIFF'S DEPUTY-ROLLOVER CRASH
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart says a deputy is doing "remarkably well" after his patrol car rolled over.Stewart said Sunday that 31-year-old deputy Christopher Patton was responding to a call for help from another deputy when his Ford Crown Victoria rolled Saturday night.Patton was taken to a hospital in the Las Cruces area and later to University Medical Center in El Paso for treatment of head trauma. Patton has two years of experience with the sheriff's office.
- BERNALILLO DEPUTY SHOOTING
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a person during a traffic stop.The sheriff's office says the shooting happened after the deputy pulled over a vehicle on Albuquerque's west side Saturday evening.KOB-TV reports the person's injuries are not life threatening. Authorities say the deputy fired after perceiving a threat but did not elaborate.Three people were in the vehicle that was pulled over. One of them, who was not shot, was arrested on a felony warrant.
- AIRPORT ART-ALBUQUERQUE
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's airport is getting international attention for its current display of art.The Sunport's Lowriders and Hot Rods Car Culture exhibit has landed a spot on the latest list of top airport exhibits in the world by the quarterly publication ArtDesk.The current exhibit features an array of photos and a 1964 Chevy Impala.The airport also has a permanent collection of more than 100 pieces that include Native American, Hispanic and Southwestern works overseen by Max Baptiste, who has taken on the airport's newly added role of art curator.Baptiste tells Albuquerque television station KRQE he's not surprised about the recent recognition since New Mexico is what he describes as "an amazing arts community."He says the aim is to create a sense of pride and that airports are a great spot for doing that.
- NATURAL GAS-EXPORT POTENTIAL
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is the newest member of an international natural gas initiative focused on finding balance between energy production and environmental goals.The Western States and Tribal Nations group announced the addition of New Mexico last week, saying the state would be a strong advocate for rural economies and environmentally sound production.As part of the initiative, the group is working to establish export markets for liquefied natural gas sourced from basins in western North America.Another focus has been the infrastructure needed to connect those basins to the export supply chain.Officials say New Mexico's addition creates the potential for other export avenues for gas from the San Juan and Permian basins.The group also is pursuing export options for basins in Colorado and Utah and from Wyoming's Green River basin.
- NEW MEXICO-INMATE ESCAPE
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police says an inmate escaped Saturday from the San Miguel County Detention Center in Las Vegas.The State Police said 22-year-old Felix Romero of Las Vegas broke a window and walked away from the facility Saturday.He's described as Hispanic, 5-feet-4 (163 centimeters, 180 pounds (82 kilograms)and bald with brown eyes and tattoos on his neck and head.He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray sweat pants.The State Police said Romero was jailed on a warrant for failure to appear and for a probation violation.According to the State Police, Romero has a criminal history of trafficking a controlled Substance, battery on a peace officer, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and criminal damage to property.
- BIRDS-BREEDING STUDY
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers in New Mexico are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and researchers elsewhere to learn more about long-billed curlews.The shorebird is considered a species of greatest conservation need in New Mexico. The state sits at the southernmost extent of the bird's breeding range.Officials say the project will fill gaps in information regarding nesting efforts, migration routes and overwintering locations.Curlews use their bills to probe, peck and snatch insects. Breeding pairs are territorial and share incubation duty, with males taking the night shift.As part of the study, satellite transmitters were placed on five curlews captured near Watrous, New Mexico. Based on data from other marked pairs, officials say they expect the birds to return to the area and breed next spring.
- INSPECTING NEW MEXICO
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From taco stands to toxic waste, environmental regulators are tasked with inspecting tens of thousands of businesses, restaurants and industrial sites every year.Demand far outpaces the number of available inspectors, so the head of the New Mexico Environment Department is calling for legislators to make a bigger investment in the agency to address the problem.Environment Secretary James Kenney is asking for an additional $8.8 million in state general funds. He says that would help pay for nearly 70 more employees and fund operations aimed at ensuring public health.First-year Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham supports the proposal. Her administration is pushing for greater regulation of emissions from the oil and gas sector and also needs to build up the permitting and inspection infrastructure needed for the burgeoning hemp industry.