Today's News

  • Raw Video: Bird Steals Camera, Flies Over Water

    A seagull captured the sunset in San Francisco after snatching a tourist's camera. The seagull flew over the water with the camera and was filming all the while, but eventually dropped the camera on a walkway.

  • Man jailed on $100K bond in Gov. Martinez threats case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Valencia County man facing five misdemeanor charges for allegedly harassing Gov. Susana Martinez remains behind bars in the Santa Fe County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond despite facing only misdemeanor charges.

    The attorney for 61-year-old James Sanchez acknowledges his client left multiple messages with the Governor's Office of Constituent Services in Santa Fe using profanity and insulting language and accusing the governor of ignoring his complaints. Attorney Thomas Esquibel said his client has been on a "crusade" to protect his family from cows crossing a residential subdivision road.

    The state claims that he has threatened Martinez's life and the lives of some of her staff in the process.

    In several audio recordings of Sanchez's messages released to reporters on Friday by Esquibel, Sanchez can be heard cursing in English and Spanish, claiming that Martinez had "breached" her obligations to take care of Sanchez's children.

  • DOT to sell surplus equipment at auction

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation plans to sell surplus equipment ranging from bulldozers and snowplows to cars, mini-vans and four-wheel drive sport utility vehicles.

    An auction is scheduled Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the department's District 5 office, which is on the south side of Santa Fe.

    The agency says more than 1,000 items will be sold, including dump trucks, pickup trucks, road graders, trailers, mowers as well as office furniture and electronics.

    The equipment can be viewed at the District 5 office on Sept. 27-28. A partial listing of the equipment also is available on the auctioneer's web site (http://bit.ly/RS8cKZ ).

    Money from the auction will go into a state fund that pays for the department's operations.

  • Today in History for September 17th
  • Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Race Results and Photos

    The second annual Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon drew 900 runners Sunday from across North America.

    The USATF-certified race started at 8 a.m. in downtown Santa Fe and ended in the Rio Grande Valley at the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.  The race gave athletes the opportunity to test their fitness and endurance at high altitude.

    The Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon course was fast and scenic, dropping over 1,300 feet after a gradual climb for the first two miles. The top male runner Meshack Kirwaran 4:51 minute mile and the top female runners including Atalelech Asfawand and Alvina Begay were at 5:34 and 5:37 per mile.

    Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills started the race. Steve “King of the Mountain” Gachupin, double U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, Nike N7 Ambassador Alvina Begay and World Record Steeplechaser Peter Koech attended and participated in the weekend events. The Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Indians from Copper Canyon, Mexico, were in for the race as well. The Rarámuri are famed for their running-based culture, as recently portrayed in the best-selling book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.

  • The AP top 25 college football poll 9-16-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 15, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • State Roundup: Saturday Prep FB scores



    Albuquerque Academy 29, Bernalillo 26

    Cleveland 19, Onate 18

    Dora 64, Vaughn 0

    Las Cruces 48, Cibola 8

    Manzano 26, Clovis 20

    McCurdy 45, Santa Fe Indian 0

    Menaul 34, Floyd 8

    Pojoaque 34, Espanola Valley 20

    Silver 28, Hope Christian 12

    St. Michael's 40, Lovington 0

    St. Pius 41, Los Alamos 0

  • Today in History for September 16th
  • Funding sources help define Statehouse candidates

    The First General Report for the District 43 House seat shows some marked differences between the supporters of incumbent Rep. Jim Hall (R) and challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard (D).

    Hall, who was appointed to the seat in June, 2011 after the death of Rep. Jeannette Wallace, has raised $59,605.03. More than half of Hall’s campaign fund–$36,085.15–is a loan from Hall and his wife Janet.

    Hall has received considerable support from the Republican party, including $2,500 from the Republican Party of Santa Fe County and $500 each from the Friends of Paul Bandy election committee and the Committee to Elect James Strickler. The Friends of Yvette Herrell campaign committee also has contributed $250 and the Santa Fe Federated Republican Women Political Action Committee also donated $100.

    Hall also has support from the gaming industry. Sunray Gaming of New Mexico LLC has contributed $1,000 and Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino gave $500.

    Other significant contributors include New Mexico Dental Political Action Committee ($1,500), a lobbying group named Car of New Mexico ($1,000) and Enterprise Holdings, Inc, a political action committee of Enterprise Rent-a-Car gave $550.

  • Council campaign donations subdued

    First General Reports for the 2012 campaign reveal that Councilor Vincent Chiravalle (R) and Kristin Henderson (D) are by far the biggest fundraisers in the race to fill three council seats.

    But a closer look at both primary and general election reports reveal interesting patterns in terms of where the money is coming from.

    The question of how much spending influences elections — as opposed to other factors such as grassroots campaigning — may never be resolved. But money does have the ability to influence the outcome of elections.

    So far, Chiravalle has raised a total of $3,935 since the campaign season began, with $500 of that being a contribution to his own campaign.

    Chiravalle also has raised more out-of-county money than any other candidates, with $1,885 coming from Los Alamos county residents and $1,550 coming from outside donors, mostly from New Jersey. Joseph Rinaldi of Carteret, N.J., contributed $1,300.

    When asked about these large outside contributions, Chiravalle replied, “I have received donations for my re-election campaign from my supporters, family and friends. Joseph Rinaldi is my uncle.”