Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued comprehensive procedural rules governing pretrial detention and release in all criminal cases. According to a news release from the Supreme Court, the rules reflect national best practices including rules for expedited procedures for pretrial detention of clearly dangerous defendants, expedited procedures to assuring that non-dangerous low-risk defendants are not jailed while awaiting trial due to an inability to buy a bail bond, and expedited reviews on the trail courts and appellate courts of detention and release orders.
On Thursday, June 1st, New Mexico CAP Entity members voted unanimously to allow Arizona Water Settlements Act funding to be spent on a non-diversion project. Specifically, CAPE is looking at using existing Freeport McMoRan infrastructure to divert water from Bill Evans to the east and across the Continental Divide to help recharge the Mimbres aquifer. In order for this action to be possible, the Joint Powers Agreement will need to be amended.
Attorney General Hector Balderas announced recently that the Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit Monday against national discount retail chain Dollar General for false advertising, unfair trade practices, and environmental public nuisance for the sale of obsolete motor oil in New Mexico stores from 2010 until February of this year. Dollar General has 87 stores located across New Mexico, including in rural and suburban communities, many of which are lower income.
If you are a business that offers services to other businesses, sign up now for the Grant County Business Resource Expo. You have until Friday to register. The Expo will be held Thursday, June 15th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Conference Center. Visit the SkyWest Media/Silver City Radio booth for help with traditional and digital marketing and video production for websites. For more information about the Expo, or to register your business, contact Lawrence Garcia of the Small Business Development Center at WNMU at Lawrence.Garcia@WNMU.edu or call 538-6164.