New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Demands Couy Griffin Resign From Otero County Commission

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Office of the Attorney General to Seek Removal if Griffin Fails to Resign

SANTA FE  – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that he has demanded that Couy Griffin resign from the Otero County Commission.

In a letter sent to Griffin Saturday, the Attorney General demanded his resignation on multiple grounds, including accusations that he has misused public office for personal gain, has neglected his duties as a county commissioner, and because of his participation in the Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the United States Capitol.

The letter


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 6 To Jan. 12, 2021

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.



Jan. 6 at 11:50 a.m. / Police arrested Matthew L. Baruzzini, 40, of Los Alamos in Central Park Square and charged him with driving while his license to do so has been suspended or revoked.






Jan. 9 at 9:28 p.m. / Police arrested Arturo Houston, 38, of Española at the Española Police Department on an outstanding Magistrate


New Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Convictions In Fatal Child Abuse Case

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday reversed an Albuquerque man’s convictions of child abuse and conspiracy to commit child abuse in the death of a 14-month-old boy in 2015.

A divided Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to support Christopher Garcia’s convictions of intentional child abuse resulting in death by endangerment through medical neglect. The Court unanimously overturned Garcia’s conspiracy conviction. Garcia was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional four years. 

The Court’s majority dismissed both charges because double jeopardy protections


Balderas Secures Conviction Of Former Personal Care Organization Owner Who Defrauded Medicaid Program

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that his office has secured a guilty plea from Lolita Begay-Yazzie to one count of Fraud in excess of $20,000, a second degree felony, and one count of Failure to Retain Documents, a fourth degree felony for defrauding New Mexico’s Medicaid program of more than $400,000.

Begay-Yazzie owned and operated a personal care agency in Gallup.

“Medicaid ensures that almost half of all New Mexicans have access to healthcare, and we must do all we can to protect these resources that are so vital to our families,”


Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Responds To Trump Campaign’s Withdrawal Of Frivolous Election Lawsuit

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Secretary of State’s Office:

SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released the following statement today after the Trump Campaign withdrew their lawsuit seeking to invalidate the New Mexico 2020 General Election:

“The Trump campaign today filed to withdraw their lawsuit against my Office attempting to invalidate New Mexico’s secure and lawful 2020 General Election and withdrew their overly burdensome public records requests motivated by an outlandish conspiracy theory involving Dominion Voting Systems.

“As no new


Attorney General Balderas Issues Statement Following Dismissal Of Lawsuit To Overturn New Mexico Election

From the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas:

SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement today after the dismissal of President Donald Trump’s lawsuit to overturn New Mexico’s election:

“This dangerous lawsuit was a lost cause from the beginning, but Republican leaders should put safety first and admit their loyalty is to Donald Trump over New Mexico and the United States; and I am still demanding that they step up and admit that the lies they continue to spread resulted in the deaths of civilians and law enforcement in a violent attack on our democracy,”


AG Balderas Calls On New Mexico GOP, Chairman Pearce, Rep. Herrell To Back Dismissal Of Trump Election Lawsuit

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

SANTA FE – In the wake of this week’s domestic terrorist attack on the United States Capitol, Attorney General Hector Balderas today called on the Republican Party of New Mexico, Chairperson Steve Pearce, and U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell to support the dismissal of President Trump’s frivolous and dangerous lawsuit seeking to overturn New Mexico’s valid election.

The party and its chair supported the lawsuit, making public statements that it was working directly with the Trump campaign to overturn New Mexico’s validly


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2020 To Jan. 4, 2021

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.



Dec. 30 at 12:58 p.m. / Police arrested Marcos A. Vigil, 34, at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant form another jurisdiction and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.







Jan. 1 at 2:19 a.m. / Police arrested Eli Iramk-Bent, 18, of Los Alamos at Diamond Drive and Sycamore and charged him with


Governor Issues Executive Clemency To 12 Individuals

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today issued additional pardons, invoking her power of executive clemency for 12 individuals convicted of crimes in New Mexico, the overwhelming majority of whom were guilty of a non-violent offense.

The forgiven offenses committed by the individuals included drug possession, auto burglary, forgery, and fraud, among others. All but one of the offenses dated back more than a decade; some dated back to the 1980s.

Five of the individuals had applied for clemency under the Martinez administration,


New Mexico Environment Department Settles With O’Reilly Auto Parts Store For Endangering Workers During Pandemic

NMED News:

…NMED also is investigating more than 200 workplace safety complaints related to COVID-19 and 14 workplace-related COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) entered into a settlement agreement with O’Reilly Auto Parts for alleged violations of the state’s public health order and the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in an unsafe workplace at a Santa Fe store.

Under the settlement agreement, O’Reilly Auto Parts will pay $79,200 in penalties.

NMED inspected the O’Reilly Auto Parts store at 4715 Airport Road in Santa Fe July 4,