New ‘Justice Stations’ In Northwestern New Mexico To Improve Access To State Courts

Bailiff Bulmaro Ramirez demonstrates use of the justice station at the Gallup Magistrate Court. Courtesy/Eleventh Judicial District Court

Justice station installed at the Rock Springs Chapter House on the Navajo Nation. Courtesy/Eleventh Judicial District Court

AOC News:

GALLUP – Newly installed “justice stations” on the Navajo Nation and communities in northwestern New Mexico provide virtual access to magistrate court hearings, lessening the need for people to travel to a courthouse.

The justice stations allow the public to use an easy-to-navigate computer to appear remotely in Read More

Council Seeks Letters Of Interest For Probate Judge Vacancy

Probate Judge Michael Redondo


Los Alamos County Councilors are seeking letters of interest to fill the position of Probate Judge. On Nov.  30, 2023, the Council was informed that the current Judge Michael Redondo would resign effective Feb. 2, 2024. Judge Redondo was elected to the position in the November 2022 General Election.

The County Council is responsible for filling the vacancy left by Redondo’s resignation. Per County Council’s Procedural Rules, the County Manager was asked to advertise for letters of interest, to be submitted for consideration. The successful applicant Read More

New Mexico Governor Renews Executive Orders Around Gun Violence, Substance Misuse 


From the Office of the Governor:

  • Renewal keeps public health orders in place

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham renewed executive orders today declaring gun violence and substance misuse public health emergencies. The governor’s multi-pronged strategy is demonstrating progress as area law enforcement agencies continue to work together to address the gun violence epidemic. The renewal extends the emergency to Dec. 29, 2023, ensuring that progress continues. 

In her executive orders, Gov. Lujan Grisham ordered a coordinated response to these public health emergencies involving Read More

Heinrich On Passing Of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor:

“Justice O’Connor was a dedicated jurist and public servant, and proudly from the Southwest. As the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice O’Connor carved a path and set an example for future generations.

“Justice O’Connor brought an unflappable independence to her service on the Court. My thoughts Read More

Los Alamos High School Students Maximus Posada And Luke Favorite Attend 2023 Model International Criminal Court In Poland

Maximus Posada as Presiding Judge. Courtesy/Enrique Posada

Luke Favorite as Defense Attorney. Courtesy/Enrique Posada

Los Alamos

Los Alamos High School seniors Maximus Posada and Luke Favorite were two out of eight students selected to represent the United States this November at the 2023 Model International Criminal Court (MICC) in Krzyzowa, Poland.

This 11-day program is sponsored by New Mexico Human Rights Projects which has been providing this life-changing opportunity to high school students since 2013. This 10-year anniversary was special as the Read More

LAPD Files Petty Misdemeanor Charges Against Sheriff, Coaches

Los Alamos Daily Post

Having concluded its investigation into alleged drinking at a team bonding event at Los Alamos High School (LAHS) in August, the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) filed petty misdemeanor charges Thursday against the Los Alamos County Sheriff and three LAHS volleyball coaches.

LAPD Cmdr. Daniel Roberts confirmed this morning that LAPD has filed petty misdemeanor charges, with the approval of the District Attorney’s Office, against Sheriff Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Head Coach Joseph Palmer, Assistant Head Coach Natalie Read More

FBI: Ryntana Yazzie Of Crownpoint Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Ryntana Yazzie pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Yazzie, 34, of Crownpoint, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was placed on conditions of release pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court documents, on Aug. 4, 2020, Yazzie had been drinking alcohol and was driving south on Highway 371 outside Farmington when her vehicle veered into oncoming traffic Read More

Court Mourns Passing Of Judge C. Leroy Hansen

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Judges and staff of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico mourn the loss of Senior United States District Judge C. LeRoy Hansen, who passed away Oct. 27, 2023, at the age of 90.

“We were privileged to work with and know this exemplary man and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.” –the Court said.

Judge Hansen was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court in March of 1992 and his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate in September of 1992. Judge Hansen Read More

FBI: Malcolm Torres Gets 35 Years For Killing Stepdaughter

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced Tuesday that, per the terms of his plea agreement, Malcom Torres was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Torres, 30, of Española pled guilty to second degree murder April 10, 2023.

According to court records, Sept. 7, 2019, Torres was home with his 5-year-old stepdaughter, Renezmae Calzada, and 18-month-old son. Torres had been drinking excessive amounts of alcohol that day and during the preceding week Read More

New Mexico Securities Division, CFTC, 29 Other State Regulators Reach Settlement With Dealer Safeguard Metals


SANTA FE — The Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD), in partnership with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and 29 other state regulators, announced this week that they have reached a settlement with the precious metals dealer Safeguard Metals LLC and Jeffrey Ikahn following a February 2022 federal lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

The lawsuit alleged that Safeguard and Ikahn engaged in a $68 million fraudulent scheme that targeted the elderly.

A key finding Read More