Tue March 25, 2014
Mar. 25 First News: Albuquerque Mayor Berry Criticizes His New Police Chief (Listen)
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. On Friday, Eden commented at an Albuquerque Police Department news conference where the shooting was topic-A: *****032514-Eden-1 :07***** But, on Monday, Mayor Berry told KRQE-TV: *****032514-Berry-1 :09***** Berry says he plans on bringing in other agencies to review the killing. In the wake of the incident, demonstrators are planning to protest APD's actions. A coalition of groups will is gathering downtown tonight before marching to Albuquerque police headquarters. And Santa Feans plan on attending. The New Mexicans reports that a local group will meet at Natural Grocers at four-pm to drive to the event in a funeral-style caravan with their headlights on.
About 20 Capital High seniors got access to a teacher’s computer password and used it to change their test and course grades through an online learning program. The program is used by students who fall behind in course work needed for graduation. The New Mexican reports that Principal Channell Wilson-Segura said a Santa Fe High teacher who had access to the program tipped off Capital’s administrators about the online cheating on March 14th. School officials investigated and in the meantime are denying all teachers access to the online program until officials could determine the extent of the cheating.
A gate installed by the State Land Office and the New Mexico Game and Fish Department will make accessible to hunters some ten-thousand acres in Cibola County. The area includes state trust land and federal property overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Land Commissioner Ray Powell says cooperation among his office and other agencies will improve the state's ability to manage and protect the health of trust lands in the area. The gate will be unlocked during open elk and deer hunt seasons.
Information from this year’s New Mexico Kids Count survey reveals some positive changes among teenagers. Dan Green is an epidemiologist with the Department of Health. Green says the behavioral survey has been ongoing since 2001, and says rates for some risky behaviors are dropping. *****032514-Green-1 :33***** Green says declines have also been seen in drug use, including abuse of pain medication. The Kids Count Survey annually presents data by school district and county on child well-being indicators. The 2013 survey ranked New Mexico last among states.
A coin flip or a short straw could end Phillip Chacón’s tenure on the Española City Council after just one meeting. The New Mexican reports that a recount has turned Chacón’s two-vote margin a victory into a tie, with Chacón and his closest competitor Michelle Martinez in Espanola's District Two City Council race. Each candidate now has 167 votes.
Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny today, with a high near 60. Expect isolated showers and thunderstorms tonight, when it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and breezy with a high near 60 and a 10 percent chance of showers after noon.