New Mexico’s CIO on FirstNet: ‘The Pressure Is On Now’

WATCH: The state’s IT secretary, Darryl Ackley, discusses the huge decisionpoint for states on building a nationwide public safety broadband network, and his focus on “trying to future-proof” his agency.

Years-Running Fluoridation Debate Continues to Bedevil Albuquerque-Area Water Board

One board member asks: “Don’t people have the right to not take medical advice if they don’t want to?”

3 Pueblos in New Mexico Ask Feds to Stop State’s ‘Illegal Tax’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Oklahoma’s mercury-in-fish lake list grows; Philly neighborhood sees increased flooding; and N.C. Republicans seek more revenge on Cooper.

Here’s Where Children Rely Most on Medicaid

In Arkansas, 61 percent of all children get their health insurance coverage through the program. How does your state or local area compare?

N.M. Ranch Owner on Mexico Border Has Tough Message for Trump

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Florida pre-emption proposal rankles local officials; California’s new cigarette taxes; and fed-up citizens in St. Paul take action on trash.

N.M. Gov: 'Now We’re Staring Down the Path of a Government Shutdown’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: San Diego police deploy mouth-swab marijuana tests; tracking drowned snorkelers in Hawaii; and Georgia county weighs ‘tiny houses’ regulations.

Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

Mayors face a "common set of challenges" and benefit from sharing their experiences and insights of how they're dealing with major policy challenges, like reducing homelessness in their cities.

Albuquerque Leverages P3 to Restore a ‘Special But Difficult’ Historic Route 66 Landmark

America’s byways are dotted with boarded-up motels, but in New Mexico’s largest city, the old El Vado is set to be transformed through a public-private partnership.

America's Nuclear-Waste Plan Is a Giant Mess

An explosion caused by cat litter at a storage site in the New Mexico desert was just the beginning.

A ‘Holistic Approach’ to State Fraud Prevention

Predictive analytics, behavioral economics and collective intelligence are key, per a new report.

The Economic Value of ‘Quiet Recreation’ on BLM Lands

Non-motorized activities like backpacking, research of 11 western states in 2014 shows, generated around $1.8 billion in spending in communities within 50 miles of "quiet recreation" sites.

State and Local Daily Digest: N.M. Police Look for Missing Spaceship; Dallas Audit Dispute

Also in our news roundup: Northern Cheyenne reservation declares drug state of emergency; California’s north-south water wars; and Seattle’s transportation director hit with ethics probe.

A Plan to Manage a Chihuahuan Desert Splendor in New Mexico

The Bureau of Land Management will soon ask for public input on how our Carlsbad public lands are managed—whether for conservation purposes or for development including oil and gas.

Making Data on the Colorado River Basin’s Troubling Depletion More Accessible

Residents in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California should be paying the most attention to the Interior Department’s new, interactive drought tool.

5,000 Rape Kits Untested in New Mexico; Seattle Streetcar Line Nears Finish Line

Also: Arizona sheriffs unimpressed with new ‘border-security strike force’ and Florida lawmakers battle to raise lagging wages for state workers.

There Are Risks and Benefits When Opening Up Your Data

And more state and local governments should consider return on investment when deciding when to publish datasets.

As Feds Feel Heat Over Colorado Toxic Mine Mess, Tourist Towns Seek Superfund Solution

Local official: “We’re thinking big here; we’re not thinking small, because this is a problem that America has, period.”

Top New Mexico Official Faces 64-Count Indictment; Philly’s Pothole Predicament

Also: Stripping a South Carolina name in Minnesota and North Carolina’s ongoing budget ‘purgatory.’

State Officials Jump on EPA After Toxic Spill; Alaska’s Texas Influx

Also: New free feature at the Minnesota State Fair and taxi medallion compensation?