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 …

Thank you for making our Dixon Lunch a tremendous success!

Our 25th anniversary year First Amendment Dixon Awards Lunch was our best event yet – and it’s all thanks to our wonderful supporters like you!   We hope you enjoyed the FOG 25-year history video.  Thanks to Kent Walz, Rep. Jim Dines, Terri Cole, and Roger Thompson Voiceover for their participation.  Thanks to Charles “Bazz” 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 Review of Government Websites

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has conducted an extensive review of New Mexico city and county websites.  The review is an opportunity to provide guidance to government bodies by identifying best practices for websites.  FOG is dedicated to ensuring that the public can easily access information from its government. The FOG audit examined 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 …