Union leaders representing U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have colluded with anti-immigrant hate groups to overstate the threat that illegal immigration poses to national security, according to a new report by two organizations that track hate groups. Read more »
Gary Glasgow, an Albuquerque cartoonist, gets to the bottom of the Confederate flag flap in the next issue of ABQ Free Press, New Mexico’s second-largest newspaper. Available online and on newsstands July 1. freeabq.com
The Bernalillo County Commission approved the development agreement with the owners of the proposed Santolina development on the far West Mesa, but only after sometimes contentious debate and an effort by one commission to shut down the entire discussion. Read more »
The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled that denying worker’s compensation benefits to farm and ranch workers is unconstitutional. Read more »
Chicago Cubs dad catches Dodgers’ foul ball, boosts Cubs’ anti-Karma, curses child’s baseball future as well. Kid likely doomed to be a Phillies’ fan.
The EPA, clean air advocates and the owners of New Mexico’s Four Corners Power Plant have reached a deal to cut the plant’s pollution and improve the air quality on the Navajo nation and in 15 nearby national parks. Read more »
New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham today joined with other members of Congress to demand details of how the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration selects people to be questioned about whether they are carrying drugs or cash. Read more »
The special prosecutor in the James Boyd police shooting case has filed second-degree murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers who were involved in the March 2014 fatal shooting of the mentally ill, homeless camper. Read more »
ABQ Free Press cartoonist Gary Glasgow offers his take on Albuquerque CAO Rob Perry’s reaction to a former City Councilor Pete Dinelli’s suggestion Perry/Mayor Richard Berry should clean house and fire top commanders at the Albuquerque Police Department. Perry’s reaction came in an interview with KOAT-TV reporter Nancy Laflin.
Editor’s note: This is an email conversation between Alan Webber, a businessman who sought the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor, and Paul Gessing, a Libertarian who heads the Rio Grande Foundation. The topic was Gov. Susana Martinez’s push for standardized testing of New Mexico schoolchildren. Read more »
By Joey Peters
New Mexico Political Report
At 26 and with four years of teaching music at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque under his belt, Nick Prior is ready to take his career to its next phase. That would mean advancing from a state-certified Level 1 instructor to Level 2, which would bump his modest salary from $30,000 a year to $40,000 a year. Prior leads six choir groups at the school, half of which have earned state awards. Read more »
The nuevomexicano music scene is vast – a limitless expanse for fans and scholars to explore. From Pueblo work songs and traditional corridos to Norman Petty Studios in the ’50s and beyond, one could spend a lifetime immersed in the diverse sounds of New Mexico. Read more »
Julie Benner, widow of slain Rio Rancho Police Department Officer Gregg ‘Nigel’ Benner, has joined New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ Violent Crimes Case Review Team. Read more »
Some residents of La Resolana Seniors Community in Northeast Albuquerque have an idea they believe would show how the Section 8, rent-assisted facility is run by its owner and manager. They want to print up signs with the word “cell” and put them above their apartment numbers. They complain managers run the complex like a prison and use intimidation and a system of snitches to frighten them into compliance with ever-changing and increasingly restrictive rules. Read more »
Summer’s here and the time is right for films in theater seats. Sitting in the dark, surrounded by noise, reveling in the joy of large machines pumping out recirculated air – it reads like a day trip to Paradise for the typical industrial fan. Read more »
If there’s one thing the Internet loves, it’s making up new names for everything. “Normcore,” “dadbod,” and recently “Yuccies” or “Young Urban Creatives” are being touted as the Next Big Thing.
By Abraham Lustgarten
A couple of miles outside the town of Page, Ariz., three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. Read more »
The District 1 Albuquerque Office of the New Mexico Environment Department will be relocating during the last week in June from 5500 San Antonio Dr. NE, to 121 Tijeras Avenue, NE, near Broadway and Tijeras.
Lavu Inc., Albuquerque’s home-grown company that makes software for the restaurant industry, has raised $15 million in funding, the company said Monday.
New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson intends to retire from the state’s highest court later this year. Read more »
A Baghdad-born Albuquerque man is receiving a $25,000 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Rahim AlHaj plays the oud, a pear-shaped string instrument used in the Middle East. Read more »
Former Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz probably violated the city’s conflict-of-interest law and other regulations by accepting meals and other gratuities from a company that won a $1.9 million, no-bid deal to supply the Albuquerque Police Department with 525 lapel cameras, a report from the city’s Inspector General said Wednesday. Read more »
Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry says a former city councilor’s call for a house cleaning at the Albuquerque Police Department “dangerous.” Read more »
The federal government has hammered Sandia and Los Alamos national labs with fines for poor handling of nuclear weapons materials and secrets spanning decades, The Daily Beast reports. Read more »
Gov. Susana Martinez’s proclamation ordering legislators back to Santa Fe Monday calls for tax breaks for New Mexico companies doing “directed energy” and satellite work for the U.S. Department of Defense. Read more »
A 25-year-old Capitan man shot and killed a charging bear while looking for shed antlers in the Lincoln National Forest. Read more »
James Ginger will finally address the residents of Albuquerque. Read more »
Carrillo was formerly managing editor and music editor of the Weekly Alibi, an Albuquerque alternative weekly newspaper. “The Alibi’s loss is our gain,” said Editor Dan Vukelich.
The man considered to be the father of civilian police oversight in Albuquerque said he is sickened by the tableau that has played out between the Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg. Read more »