Center for Public Integrity Gives New Mexico a D-

UPDATED: Listen to the KUNM call-in show with Gwyneth Doland analyzing New Mexico’s scorecard. A new scorecard released by The Center for Public Integrity today gave New Mexico an overall ‘D-‘ for transparency and accountability in state government. Most troubling, our state received an ‘F’ for Public Access to Information. The study illustrates the need for Read More …

New Mexico open government group marks 25th birthday

Article by By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer Casting a light on the public’s business – by opening records and meetings – has been the goal of the nonprofit New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Either by persuasion or through legal action, the nonpartisan group has Read More …

FOG urges Clovis Schools to release report about coach

FOG sent the following letter yesterday urging the Clovis Municipal Schools to release all documents under IPRA regarding possible suspension of its high school football coach: October 1, 2015 Kyle Snider President, Clovis Municipal Schools kyle.snider@clovis-schools-org Jody Balch Superintendent, Clovis Municipal Schools jody.balch@clovis-schools-org Re: Inspection of Public Records Request Dear Messieurs Snider and Balch: I am writing on Read More …

FOG talks with Iraqi visitors about their burgeoning democracy

I had the honor of speaking with a group of leaders from Northern Iraq, who are traveling through America as part of an initiative led by the U.S. State Department and Global Ties ABQ, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges of international awareness and understanding among the people of New Mexico and emerging leaders from Read More …

Thank you, Santa Fe and sponsors!

We had a soldout crowd for our first-ever Santa Fe event, “Don’t Stop the Presses! An evening to celebrate free speech.” We had such a great audience, and we could not have done it without the generosity of our sponsors. We are appreciative of the businesses, media outlets, and individuals who took a stand for Read More …

FOG Applauds County’s Move to Resume Releasing Juvenile Arrest Records

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government received notice today from Bernalillo County that it will resume releasing booking sheets and mug shots of juveniles under the care of the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center. This announcement was accompanied by the release of records related to juveniles recently arrested in conjunction with a high-profile shooting Read More …

FOG response to possible DOH rule change

Less than a week after the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and journalist Peter St. Cyr filed a lawsuit seeking release of the names of licensed medical cannabis producers in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez has issued a directive to the State Department of Health to rewrite its rule keeping those names secret. “Even Read More …

Congratulations, 2015 Dixon Award Honorees!

Four New Mexicans have been selected by our board of directors for FOG’s top honor – the Dixon First Amendment Award. Given since 2002, the award is in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon, who was an Albuquerque attorney and leading defender of the First Amendment and the state’s sunshine laws. Read More …

Police, Public and Press: Shining a Light on Officer Shootings

The NMSU Library, NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and NMSU Alumnus Tim Parker are presenting “Police, Public and Press: Shining Light on Officer Shootings.” The event, held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, will commemorate Sunshine Week, which celebrates the public’s access to information, open records, and open government. It will begin at 5 Read More …

ISC Responds to FOG’s Request; Releases Gila River Flows Spreadsheet

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission has made an unlocked Excel spreadsheet model of the Gila River flows available on their public website, at the request of FOG.  To read the correspondence between FOG and the ISC, please visit our letters and memorandum page here. To view and download the Gila River flow spreadsheet from the Read More …