Today's News

  • Grand jury indicts former head of New Mexico MLK commission

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The former director of New Mexico's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission has been indicted on more than a dozen charges stemming from allegations of financial impropriety.

    A grand jury has indicted Kimberly Greene on charges of fraud, embezzlement, larceny, conspiracy and other counts. It wasn't immediately clear if Greene, who was removed by the commission in 2016, had an attorney.

    Indictments also were filed this week against a former commission employee and the director of the nonprofit Educational, Research, Evaluation and Design Inc., or eREAD. A phone message left at the eREAD office in Albuquerque wasn't returned.

    The indictments follow a lengthy investigation that first became public two years ago when agents with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office seized bank records, invoices, emails and other documents related to the commission's financial activities.

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  • Gov. seeks more police immunity

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s proposal to grant broader immunity to police in use-of-force lawsuits is being met with criticism from attorneys and others on both sides of the debate.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez plans to push for a measure during the upcoming legislative session that would provide somewhat of a legal shield for law enforcement officers sued for actions in the line of duty when they had followed their training.

    She said she doesn’t think officers should be under a “constant threat of lawsuits.” Martinez, a Republican, is a former prosecutor.

    Albuquerque has reached settlements in a string of wrongful death and excessive force lawsuits filed in recent years.

    The city also is under federal court order to reform its police department after a U.S. Justice Department investigation four years ago found a “culture of aggression” among officers.

    Randi McGinn, who has litigated lawsuits brought against police, was the special prosecutor who tried two Albuquerque officers in the 2014 shooting death of homeless camper James Boyd. The officers’ 2016 trial ended in a hung jury, and the second-degree charges against them were later cleared by a new prosecutor who decided not to retry them.

  • State hosts AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ for another season

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico is hosting another season of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”

    Production work on the television series is underway in Albuquerque.

    The network had initially announced last year that the “Breaking Bad” spinoff would return in 2018 for a 10-episode fourth season.

    Starring Bob Odenkirk, the series follows Jimmy McGill, who eventually becomes Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad.”

    Officials with the state film office say about 150 crew members and several dozen principal actors from New Mexico are a part of the production.

    “Better Call Saul” season three was among the more than 60 film and television productions shot in New Mexico during the past fiscal year. Others included “The Night Shift,” ‘’Longmire,” and Netflix’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

  • State of County speech previews future

    Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess’ State of the County speech Thursday morning gave listeners a view of how the county was preparing for the future.

    All the efforts the county put toward tourism, housing, code enforcement and amenities this year is laying the groundwork for better things to come for residents, businesspeople and residents, Burgess said.

    Burgess spoke Thursday to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.  Many members of County Council, Chamber of Commerce and the public attended.

    Burgess talked first about tourism, and how the county had capitalized on the National Park Service’s recent addition of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The Los Alamos section is one of the park’s three sections, the other parts being in Hanford Washington and Oak Ridge Tennessee. The Los Alamos section in downtown Los Alamos.

    He said that the 20-member Tourism Work Group formed last year will soon release a plan on how Los Alamos County will better be able to capitalize on the thousands of visitors and tourists that come to Los Alamos every year, whether that be for lab business or to visit Bandelier, the Valles Caldera or the  Manhattan Project Historical Park.

  • State representatives help get veterans' Fisher House project moving

    Veterans and their families may soon get a place to stay in Albuquerque while they wait for their loved ones to get care at the VA Medical Center.

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials joined with officials from the state Historic Preservation Office, the Fisher House Foundation and state legislators Wednesday to agree on final plans to build a Fisher House on the campus of the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.

    The agreement provides the framework for construction to proceed on a proposed facility that will house the families of military personnel and veterans while their loved ones are receiving medical care.

    The agencies and the foundation reached the agreement at the urging of the Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and New Mexico House Republican Caucus. Pearce and state representatives reached out to state and federal officials to resolve obstacles blocking construction.

  • Sandra Jeff to run as Libertarian for sec. of state

    Former New Mexico State Rep. Sandra Jeff announced late Thursday her intention to run for secretary of state on the Libertarian Party ticket.

    “It is time for candidates that are about making life better for New Mexicans, not about following party dogma,” Jeff said in a release.

    Sandra went on to discuss that she “is switching parties and looking to run for secretary of state to fight the corruption in Santa Fe so that New Mexico has a new horizon to look to.”

    In 2016, Jeff ran as Democrat in the state senate race for District 22. She was defeated in the June 7 primary.

    Prior to that, Jeff served in the New Mexico House of Representatives, District 5, (representing McKinley and San Juan counties) from 2009 to 2014.

    In 2014, during her bid for re-election, Jeff was taken off the primary ballot because she did not have enough valid signatures, according to a state district court judge. The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the state court ruling.

    She then ran in the general election as a write in candidate, but was defeated by Doreen Johnson.

    She is the second Libertarian candidate to declare a spot on the Libertarian ticket.

  • Council paves way for apartment complex

    Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the donation of county-owned land on DP Road Tuesday to Bethel Development Corporation, to pave the way for the development of an affordable housing apartment complex.

    The land is parcel A-9, located at 120 DP Road, between the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse and a county firefighting training facility.

    “We go to a lot of communities. This one has been so supportive in our efforts to redouble affordable housing in the community, that it’s refreshing to have that kind of support,” said Bethel President Daniel Terlecki, in his reaction to the vote.

    Bethel wants to build a four building, 72-unit complex on the site.

    The project would border a section of Canyon Rim Trail, which concerns Councilor Antonio Maggiore.

    “When you talk about desert landscaping, does that mean a lot of gravel,” Maggiore asked.

    Terlecki also said there will be greenery on the property.

    “We lean toward a lot of trees for that shading factor,” Terlecki said.

    Maggiore was concerned that the property would not have a buffer between the trail and the apartment complex.

    Terlecki then said they were planning on putting a buffer of year-round pine trees in that section.

  • Legislators update county on session

    Los Alamos County’s three state legislators talked about what they’re going to be working on in next week’s 30-day legislative session to a packed house at the Fuller Thursday night.

    The event was cohosted by the League of Women Voters Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women, a non-partisan organizations that promote awareness of political candidates and issues through a public forum.

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-43, talked to the audience about education, and gave them some good news.

    “We (Garcia Richard, and Sens. Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez) stood before you a year ago $350 million in the hole, and it is so great to stand before you know in the black,” Garcia Richard said.

    This January, the New Mexico State Legislature announced it was going into this session with a $200 million surplus.

    Some of that funding, she said, may be used to give teachers a raise (1.5 percent proposed by legislature, 2 percent by governor and a 1 percent raise for all state workers).

    She also said the Legislature would try to restore money for transportation, instructional materials and other “middle-of-the-line” items, money that was cutback when the state budget was running a $350 million deficit.

  • LAHS picks up bounce-back win over Taos

    Led by 20 points from sophomore guard Gavin Campos, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team got back on track Tuesday evening, defeating Taos High School 82-62.

    Heading into the matchup, many questions surrounded the Hilltoppers, notably the health of two of the team’s best players.

    Senior guards Antonio Trujillo and Ramon Roybal missed time over the past week with injuries, and it was uncertain whether either would be able to play against Taos.

    As it turned out, both were good to go and played significant minutes, though neither started.

    In their places, Campos and David Owen, a junior, entered the starting lineup at the guard positions.

    Campos began scoring almost immediately, collecting 6 quick points in the first quarter, a time when the rest of the team was struggling to find an offensive rhythm.

    Senior forward Troy Hammock, who has been a key offensive contributor in recent weeks, picked up 4 points in the first quarter.

    Despite those contributions, the Hilltoppers trailed Taos 15-14 after the first quarter, as the Tigers knocked down three 3-pointers in the quarter.

    The offensive production picked up significantly for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, with players consistently knocking down jump shots.