Uncertainty surrounds fire department funding

Many New Mexicans are fully aware that, with the summer, fire season is just around the corner. But James Canyon Fire Chief Bill Hanson goes further. “Fire season is here,” Hanson said. What is approaching, Hanson said, is the end of the fiscal year. And his volunteer fire department, located just east of Alamogordo, still doesn’t know how much money they’ll receive or when the money will arrive.

FBI investigating suspected arson at anti-abortion group’s offices

The offices of a local anti-abortion organization were the site of an overnight fire Tuesday night. The FBI says they are investigating the cause of the fire at the offices of Project Defending Life and urging anyone with details to call a hotline. Project Defending Life said on Facebook the FBI “confirmed this was an act of arson.”

NM Political Report called an FBI spokesman and if we receive a response, will add it to this story. The Albuquerque Journal reported the FBI was investigating a suspected arson, and KOB-TV report a spokesman said it was deliberately set. The organization says the offices will be closed while repairs happen.

APD seeks tips on identities of 30 ‘thugs’

Out of the about 1,000 protesters who showed up to demonstrate against Donald Trump, fewer than 30 were those who perpetrated violence. That was what Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden told media in a press conference on Thursday afternoon, two days after a once-peaceful protest against the presumptive Republican nominee turned violent. Note: This story may be updated. Eden said that protesters carried rocks and other projectiles in backpacks and threw them at officers. He said every officer who was on the front line was hit with at least one rock.