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April 22, 2014

Court urges rewrite of child porn law” – Las Cruces Sun News

New Mexico's Supreme Court on Monday overturned more than two dozen convictions in separate child pornography cases in a ruling that drew sharp criticism from Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor.  The court said state law is unclear about the circumstances under which prosecutors can bring more than one charge against someone for possessing multiple pornographic images of children. – 4-22-14


"U.S. justices deliver blow to 'Rails-to-Trails' policy" – Reuters

Although the case involved a situation along a hike and bike trail in Wyoming, the case has implications even in the cities and rural areas of New Mexico.  Santa Fe has several former railroad right-of-ways that have been converted to hike and bike trails.  One need only take a look at the Santa Fe Bikeways & Trails Map and the names of the trails. – 3-10-14

More information:

Rails to Trails Conservancy Website

Full text of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling in the case

April 14, 2014

Supreme Court orders Fort Sill Apaches recognized as N.M. tribe” – Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico Supreme Court, following a hearing, unanimously ordered Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to invite the tribe to the annual tribal summit, include it on the US Department Of The Interior Indian Affairs Tribal Directory, and consult with its leaders as required by the State-Tribal Collaboration Act. – 4/14/14


400 cows were removed from federal land in this decades-long dispute” – Las Cruces Sun News

Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.  Bureau of Land Management Chief Neil Kornze announced an abrupt halt to the weeklong roundup just hours before the release.  "Based on information about conditions on the ground and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concerns about the safety of employees and members of the public." – 4/14/14

April 3, 2014

Mexican gray wolf pairs being released in Arizona” – Las Cruces Sun News

Two Mexican gray wolves have been released in southeastern Arizona, but another pair has been removed in New Mexico after roaming too far north, sparking more criticism from environmentalists about the way the wild population is being managed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed expanding the area where the predators are allowed to roam, but it could be months before a final decision is reached. – 4/3/14

FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote” – El Paso Times

Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a lived one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved and easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote named naloxone before an ambulance arrives. – 4/3/14

March 31, 2014

Long Waits as Health Deadline Nears” – Wall Street Journal

Americans face a Monday deadline for enrolling in health insurance after last-minute efforts over the weekend produced long lines, extra security and hours of waiting across the country., the federal web portal for purchasing coverage, was up and running after sunrise on the East Coast, but early visitors saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. Obama administration spokesman Aaron Albright said the site's "regular nightly maintenance" was extended for what the Department of Health and Human Services called a "software bug" unrelated to application volume. – 3/31/14