The Kids Count Data Book is out, and it finds that New Mexico no longer holds the dubious distinction of ranking last among states in child welfare. New Mexico, which last year booted Mississippi from last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's report from the Annie E-Casey Foundation. It cites a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teen birth-rate for the improvement. Mississippi is back at number 50.
Police in Espanola say children on a walk found a dead man lying face down in an arroyo. KOAT –TV reports the kids came across the body Wednesday, and police launched a suspicious death investigation. They don't yet know how the man died, but believe he'd been deceased for quite some time before being found. Police say the man was in his mid-40s and had bruises on his body. Investigators say they're waiting for the medical examiner's office to determine how the man died. Police say they will release the victim's name after notifying his family.
Santa Fe Police are investigating criminal damage, vandalism and burglary to numerous cars at the Highway 599 Rail Runner station parking lot. They say 26 cars either had windows damaged or tires slashed and seven batteries were stolen from vehicles. Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza: *****062614-Espinoza-2 (q: off of those):17***** Investigators believe the damage was done sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Officers were called to the scene after a victim noticed the damage around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.
When the Santa Fe City Council meets tonight, Councilors will consider an updated version of Mayor Javier Gonzales’ “People to the Plaza” plan, which calls for the closure of Lincoln Avenue and Old Santa Fe Trail to through traffic. City spokeswoman, Jodi McGinnis-Porter: *****062514-McGinnis-Porter-3 (q: to through traffic) :20***** The initiative has undergone numerous changes and has been before a host of city committees prior to tonight’s meeting.
A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country have unanimously approved a resolution calling on cities to use natural solutions to fight the impacts of climate change. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales was among the attendees as the U.S. Conference of Mayors as in Dallas took action on the topic Monday. Gonzales telling KSFR: *****062414-Gonzales-2 (q:across the country) :28***** The action is significant as Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over how to deal with climate change.