Loophole Lets Lobbyists Funnel Untraceable Cash

The New Mexico Secretary of State has allowed lobbyists to exploit a loophole that hides the true source of much of the money they pour into political campaigns.

An ABQ Free Press analysis of the reports of 530 paid lobbyists who worked the Roundhouse during the 2015 session shows that the source of $451,252.50 in political donations they made is untraceable. Read more »

Former APD Chief and Innovator Bob Stover Dies

He was arguably Albuquerque’s most beloved police chief—blunt, profane, outspoken, protective of his officers and brimming with integrity. But the voice that growled at officers and politicians alike, and that once called a city councilor “a little old lady in tennis shoes,” is now silent. Bob Stover, who led APD for 11 years during two different stints as chief, died this morning after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 78. Read more »

Interior Dept. Strikes $940 Million Deal with Tribes

The federal government said Thursday it has reached a $940 million settlement with 645 Indian tribes across the U.S. for the government’s failure to appropriate enough money for the tribes to run programs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The proposed settlement of the 25-year-old class action lawsuit must still be approved by a federal court judge. The lawsuit was filed in 1990 by the Ramah Navajo Chapter, the Oglala Sioux and the Zuni Pueblo.

Ten Named to Dianna Duran Impeachment Panel

Dianna DuranNew Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp has named the 10 state representatives – five Democrats and five Republicans – who will serve on the committee to determine if Secretary of State Dianna Duran should be impeached. If an impeachment goes forward Duran would be the first constitutional officer to face removal from office since New Mexico became a state in 1912. Read more »

ABQ Free Press Mourns Passing of Kellen Weaver

Kellen WeaverKellen D. Weaver, an ABQ Free Press executive salesperson, passed away unexpectedly on July 28 in Albuquerque at age 32. ABQ Free Press offers our sincerest condolences to his family, including his parents Adrienne Braswell and Kevin Weaver; his children Kiana Renee and Antonio David; and siblings Wyatt and Emily. Read more »

‘Hannibal’ Masters the Art of Seduction

Hannibal1CreditNBCI don’t have the horror movie gene. I’m immune to the intentions of thrillers, suspense movies, slasher movies, and other films that use painful circumstances and lonely houses to scare people. The horror genre just doesn’t affect me, make me want to hide my eyes or grab my friend. That’s one reason I’ve been indifferent to the body of work surrounding author Thomas Harris’ fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Read more »

Matters of the Art: ‘Lost Souls’ vs. ‘Ghost Food’

Tinkertown rabbit hole

MotA1CreditCCByBetsyWeberDo you know Tinkertown, that one-of-a-kind art installation/museum/carnival of the weird and wonderful located a half-hour east of Albuquerque? Its influence has long spilled beyond its own kitschy, meticulously populated borders – and now, it’s inspiring a new, all-ages theater production from the Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company. Read more »

ABQ Free Press-KANW Newscast, Episode 7

Dennis Domrzalski head shotKANW-FM 89.1 LogoABQ Free Press and New Mexico Public Radio KANW-FM 89.1 have teamed up for a weekly five-minute radio newscast. “The Update” with ABQ Free Press associate editors Dennis Domrzalski and Samantha Anne Carrillo airs every Monday at 8:25 a.m.

This episode of “The Update” includes news on back-door raises to top brass at the Albuquerque Police Department and upcoming entertainment events in the Albuquerque Metro Area. It originally aired on Aug. 31.


EmmyLou Harris, Rodney Crowell Play Santa Fe

wifisymbolIn 2013, country music icons Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell released a Grammy-winning duet album titled “Old Yellow Moon.” The critical accolades for “Old Yellow Moon” banished any lingering doubts about the wisdom of teaming up.

Their second duet album, “The Traveling Kind,” dropped on Nonesuch Records this summer. Touring in support of that release, Harris and Crowell play the Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Drive, on Monday, Aug. 31. Read more »

Purity Ring’s Future Pop Promise

Purity Ring DuoIt’s such a clean, resounding band name, isn’t it? Purity Ring. It has a purity of purpose. And there’s the underlying tongue-in-cheek humor of it; the Canadian duo — self-described as a purveyor of “future pop” — took its name from a cornerstone of our nation’s Christian abstinence-only sex ed movement. Read more »

Martinez-Skandera Puppet Show Comes to APS

Luis ValentinoThe debacle over the missteps of the Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent provides a window into a disturbing statewide effort by Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Department of Education to bypass local school boards and implement policy directly through local school administrators. Read more »