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State, City Of Albuquerque Open Facilities At Expo New Mexico To Assist Asylum-Seeking Families

on May 1, 2019 - 8:25am
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Tim Keller Tuesday announced a partnership aimed at alleviating some of the pressure in New Mexico’s southern border communities, particularly Las Cruces, which has developed as a result of federal agents transporting an increasing number of asylum-seeking migrant families to the city.
Existing dormitories located at Expo New Mexico, a state facility, will be opened to provide temporary accommodations for some of these families.

RSF: Labor Rights Journalists Feared To Be Victims Of Torture In China

on May 1, 2019 - 8:17am
Two of three labour journalists detained earlier this year in Guangzhou were placed April 20 under a special detention system often associated with torture. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:


Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, both editors of labor rights news outlet who were arrested in March in the south-eastern Chinese city of Guangzhou, have been under “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL) since Saturday, April 20, according to their families.

This detention system, that is supposed to handle individuals who pose a threat to national security, deprives

DA Serna Announces Vehicular Homicide Conviction

on May 1, 2019 - 7:17am
Paulo Vega-Mendoza
NMSP News:
SANTA FE  First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced that late Monday that Paulo Vega-Mendoza pled guilty to one count of 2nd degree homicide by vehicle for a crash April 15, 2017 on Airport Road in Santa Fe.
At sentencing, Vega-Mendoza faces up to 15 years in prison and the defendant remains in custody.
“Substance abuse and addiction is plaguing all of our New Mexico communities, and while I am focused on treatment and prevention, I will also hold those who endanger our children and families on the road accountable to the fullest

State Police Agents Make Arrest In Rita Jaramillo Case

on April 30, 2019 - 3:42pm

Arthur James Lovato 


NMSP News:  


LOS LUNAS The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was asked Oct. 1, 2018 to assist the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office with a missing persons case.

Sept. 23, 2018, the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office was called to a trailer house that had been burned belonging to Rita Jaramillo at 6 San Luis Rey Place in the El Cerro Mission District of Los Lunas. Deputies learned from family members that they haven’t heard from Rita Jaramillo since Sept. 20, 2018.

Valencia County detectives had reason to believe there was foul play involved so

NMFL: Workers Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Employees Who Lost Their Lives While On The Job

on April 30, 2019 - 8:08am
NMFL News:
ALBUQUERQUE Working families, elected officials, labor leaders, and community members gathered at Workers Memorial Park Sunday for a Workers Memorial Day Ceremony to commemorate workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job.
They also spoke out against the Trump administration’s aggressive actions against workplace safety, calling them a dangerous slap in the face to working people.
The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that over 5,000 workers were killed on the job in 2017, and many more suffered from occupational

NMSP Seek Help Locating Felon Robert Baca

on April 30, 2019 - 6:14am
Courtesy photo
NMSP News:
SAN JUAN COUNTY New Mexico State Police is actively searching for Robert Arsenio Baca. Baca has two felony warrants for Felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer.
Baca is a Hispanic male who is 5’06” tall weighing 140 pounds with black hair and green eyes.
Baca is believed to be around the area of Blanco in San Juan County. He is also known to travel to Rio Arriba County. Baca is considered ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and has made several threats to law enforcement.

Police Announce Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols In Los Alamos County During Summer 2019

on April 29, 2019 - 11:02am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in Los Alamos county during the summer months of 2019.

LAPD is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

  • Who: Los Alamos

Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force Takedown Results In Charges Against 60 Individuals

on April 29, 2019 - 10:13am
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Attorney General William P. Barr and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, together with multiple law enforcement partners, has announced enforcement actions involving 60 charged defendants across 11 federal districts.
Those indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous narcotics and for health care fraud schemes.
In addition, HHS announced

New Mexico State Police Arrest Juvenile For Armed Robbery In San Miguel County

on April 29, 2019 - 9:52am
NMSP News:
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY At about 5:20 a.m., April 20 the New Mexico State Police responded to an armed robbery in progress at a Giant Gas Station in Romeroville off Interstate 25, near mile post 339.
The initial investigation determined a male suspect identified as a 16-year-old of Las Vegas, NM, robbed a Giant Gas Station at gunpoint. Upon leaving, the 16-year-old located and stole a vehicle in the parking lot of the Gas Station while the owner was asleep inside.
The male suspect made the owner of the vehicle drive away a short distance at gunpoint, before releasing him.

AGU: New Studies Highlight Challenge Of Meeting Paris Agreement Climate Goals

on April 29, 2019 - 9:39am
Smokestacks in Champaign, Ill. Two new studies show future climate extremes depend on the policy decisions made by major emitters, and that even if major emitters were to strengthen their commitments to reducing emissions, the rest of the world would have to immediately reduce their greenhouse gases to zero to achieve the Paris 2015 goal. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons
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FBI: Larry M. Hopkins Faces Federal Firearms Charge

on April 29, 2019 - 9:35am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division announce that Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who also is known as Johnny Horton, Jr., 69, of Flora Vista has been charged in a criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Hopkins was arrested on the morning of April 20 by the FBI in Sunland Park with assistance from the Sunland Park Police Department. He has made his initial appearance on the criminal complaint in federal court in Las Cruces before U.S.

NM Dream Team, Councilor Davis Introduce Resolution To Allocate Funds To Assist Asylum Seekers In ABQ

on April 29, 2019 - 9:31am
NMDT News:
ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis has introduced resolution R-19-143, co-drafted with the New Mexico Dream Team, asking to add $250,000 in emergency funding to the city’s budget to help fund humanitarian efforts as the city welcomes immigrants and refugees from the southern border.
Funds allocated by the resolution would temporarily fund shelter, food, water, emergency transportation, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products and would also create a position to coordinate these efforts.
Mayor Tim Keller recently mentioned the need to fund these

AGU: Dust Toll In Africa Exceeds Deaths From HIV

on April 29, 2019 - 9:19am
AGU News:
In Africa, air pollution causes the premature deaths of about 780,000 people each year, potentially more than HIV infection, a new study estimates.
Mineral dust from the Sahara desert is the largest contributor to air quality-related mortality on the continent overall according to the new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
“It’s just the sheer amount of material and also how it co-locates with the densely populated parts of Western Africa.

Nearly Two Of Three New Mexicans Know Someone Addicted To Opioids

on April 29, 2019 - 8:47am


A New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) survey finds 85 percent of adults in the state recognize prescription opioid abuse to be an extremely serious public health problem in our state, with nearly two-thirds of those surveyed reporting they know someone who is or has been addicted to opioids.

Opioids are a class of drugs such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine heroin and fentanyl, all of which can cause addiction. The survey, implemented by Research & Polling, Inc., was supported by  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among the survey findings:

  • 63 percent of

RSF: 2019 World Press Freedom Index: Asia-Pacific Press Freedom Impacted By Political Change

on April 29, 2019 - 8:33am
RSF News:
What with totalitarian propaganda, censorship, intimidation, physical violence and cyber-harassment, a lot of courage is needed nowadays to work independently as a journalist in the Asia-Pacific countries, where democracies are struggling to resist various forms of disinformation.
Two significant rises in the Index – both of 22 places – highlighted the degree to which a country’s political ecosystem impacts the freedom to inform. In Malaysia, the ruling coalition was ousted in an election for the first time in the country’s 62 years of independence.

Udall, Heinrich On Militia Group In New Mexico

on April 29, 2019 - 8:17am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have issued the following statement in response to reports of a militia group illegally detaining migrant families and asylum seekers at the border in New Mexico:
“Reports of a militia group illegally operating in New Mexico and intimidating asylum seekers must be immediately investigated by the proper authorities. Vigilante groups attempting to utilize authorities reserved for law enforcement cannot be tolerated.
Threatening innocent children and families fleeing violence and

NMDOT: Cinco de Mayo Super Blitz Begins Monday

on April 28, 2019 - 11:53am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) reports there were 125 alcohol-involved crash fatalities in New Mexico last year.

“New Mexico is making progress to stop drunk driving, but everyone has to take it seriously. One death on our roadways is one too many,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Mike Sandoval said. “We’re better than that. We have a responsibility to change the destructive behaviors generation after generation of New Mexican’s continue to repeat. Driving drunk is never acceptable.”

New Mexico passed its first drunk driving law in 1913, but by 1982, there were

On The Job In Los Alamos: Sgt. Robin Hopkins

on April 28, 2019 - 8:02am

On the job in Los Alamos is Sgt. Robin Hopkins giving a presentation during a recent meeting of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association held at UNM-LA. Sgt. Hopkins was a deputy sheriff in 2015 at the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office when a call came over the radio about a suspect with a stolen police car armed with and shooting an AK-47 assault rifle. She answered the call and put herself directly in the line of fire by attempting to block the suspect. He opened fired at her vehicle as she approached.

Annual ‘Metro Public Safety Day’ May 11

on April 28, 2019 - 7:29am
DVS News:
ALBUQUERQUE Federal, state, and local public safety and law enforcement agencies--along with military service branches--will have personnel and equipment on display for 2019 Metro Public Safety and Armed Services Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 11 at the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque, at 10000 Coors Bypass NW in the city’s west side.
Dozens of law enforcement and military vehicles, helicopters, boats, and other equipment will be available to climb aboard for a “hands on” look.

More Scenes From Annual Wildfire Day

on April 27, 2019 - 8:39am

Bandelier fire crew members Erin Todd, Brian Faith, Jeff Lucero and Caleb Johnson share information with the community together with many organizations that participated in Wildfire Day, which the Los Alamos Fire Department held in collaboration with the Elks Lodge #2083 annual Easter Egg Hunt April 20 at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Elroy the Elk aka Bill Gregory. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Fiona driving the fire engine. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Fire engine exploration. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Helicopter exploration. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Kelli and Zachary Maginot enjoying  the

U.S. 84/285 Buffalo Thunder Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Weekend Lane Closures April 27-28

on April 27, 2019 - 8:24am
New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 from milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109 just north of Nambe.
The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process.
This Weekend, April 27-28, U.S. 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will have various lane closures and will be reduced to one lane. Motorists can expect delays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is an 11’ width restriction.


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DA: Santa Fe Artist Gets 36 Years For Heinous Crime

on April 27, 2019 - 8:10am
District Attorney’s Office News:
SANTA FE First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced Friday that convicted child rapist David Hyams was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the gruesome rape of a young girl while her mother, his girlfriend at the time, was at work.
In announcing the sentence, District Attorney Marco Serna said, “I remain focused on combating sexual violence in New Mexico and will continue to hold sexual predators accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

Rabies Confirmed In Five Skunks In New Mexico

on April 27, 2019 - 7:50am
NMDOH reports that rabies have been confirmed in five skunks so far this year in New Mexico and warn pet owners to get their pets and livestock vaccinated against rabies. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that rabies have been confirmed in five skunks this year discovered in De Baca, Curry, Quay and Colfax counties.


The NMDOH is warning pet owners throughout New Mexico to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other livestock get vaccinated against rabies.

Residents and visitors are reminded to be aware of strangely

Measles Cases Hit New High; AAP Urges Vaccination

on April 27, 2019 - 7:47am
ALBUQUERQUE — Measles cases this year have climbed to 695, the highest number since the virus was eliminated almost two decades ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging families to vaccinate their children and lawmakers to make it harder to opt out of vaccine requirements for school entry.
"It is frustrating to see so many children suffering unnecessarily from a preventable disease.

Scene Of Vehicle Accident On Main Hill Road

on April 26, 2019 - 10:58am

Scene of a vehicle accident at 8 a.m. today on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Arianna Maldonado

Scene of a vehicle accident today on the Main Hill Road. The wrecked vehicle is moved out of the way at about at 8:40 a.m. and traffic is flowing smoothly. Photo by Arianna Maldonado