Posted inOpinion

Opinion: Should an enraged, off-duty cop enjoy qualified immunity?

If government officials were not doing their job when they violated someone’s civil rights, should they escape lawsuits over their unlawful conduct? In Colorado and neighboring states, the answer is unclear. As a result, a police officer acting on a personal grudge could face no accountability for unconstitutional actions. It’s a dangerous situation created by […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

NTSB: Dad, not boy, was driving truck in wreck that killed college golfers, including player from Colorado

By Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press DALLAS — A Texas man, not his 13-year-old son, was driving the pickup truck that crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a van carrying New Mexico college golfers, killing nine people, and he had methamphetamine in his system, investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board said two […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Water

New Mexico reaches $32M settlement over 2015 mine spill near Silverton

By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico and the U.S. government have reached a $32 million settlement over a 2015 mine spill that polluted rivers in three western states. Similar environmental accidents will be intolerable in the future as the region grapples with shrinking water supplies amid drought and climate […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Outdoors, Wildfire

Priceless seeds, sprouts in New Mexico a key to post-fire future in the West

By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching. Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Budgets fat with fossil fuel revenue at odds with climate-change goals in states like Colorado

By Morgan Lee and Mead Gruver, The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — Government budgets are booming in New Mexico: Teacher salaries are up, residents can go to an in-state college tuition-free, moms will get medical care for a year after childbirth, and criminal justice initiatives are being funded to reduce urban violence. The reason […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Laura Pritchett: Just passing through, sandhill cranes remind us of the peace in wild things

Nuclear forces on high alert. Two million evacuees. Photos of bloody children and haunted eyes. The potential for escalation. The knowledge that humans have the weaponry to end all life, shatter this amazing, spinning blue ball, and that our economies and power structures and governments and egos have put those weapons into the hands of […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News

Farmers on Rio Grande in New Mexico face early water cutoff for second straight year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hundreds of farmers along central New Mexico’s stretch of the Rio Grande face a second straight year of having their irrigation supplies cut off early. The board that oversees the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District voted Friday to end deliveries for irrigation a month early because of low water availability. The Oct. […]

Posted inMarijuana

New Mexico marijuana legalization poses a serious threat to Colorado’s lucrative border-town pot shops

TRINIDAD —When Colorado legalized the retail sale of marijuana in 2012, savvy entrepreneurs saw an opportunity beyond setting up shop in population centers like Denver and Boulder.  They realized if they opened cannabis businesses in small towns along the state’s borders, they could attract customers from Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, where […]