The Albuquerque City Council is looking at putting in an additional $1.3 million toward raises for rank-and-file members of the Albuquerque Police Department, a move that would give officers a total of $3 million in raises this year. Read more »
The cry “fire Bob Davie” already is rippling across the Lobo airwaves – only a few games into the 2015 football season. Read more »
Three decades ago, like other young reporters, I spent long hours checking police blotters, reading criminal complaints and sitting through days-long court hearings. The law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges I met were impressive and professional. Read more »
Just as it is across the rest of the U.S., New Mexico’s banking industry is highly concentrated, with the 10 largest banks controlling 71 percent of all deposits in the state. Read more »
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 »
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 »
New Mexico’s economy turned in a tepid performance in the 12 months that ended August 31, adding 3,000 jobs for a 0.4 percent growth rate. Read more »
The Albuquerque Police Department has gotten a $250,000 federal grant to help with its responses to people who are having behavioral or mental health issues. Read more »
Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has asked the Albuquerque Police Department for its reports in connection with case of the APD officer who was shot nine times by his lieutenant during a $60 drug bust in January. Read more »
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.
New Mexico’s economy has been adding jobs at a modest rate as of late, but those jobs aren’t paying a lot. Read more »
A separate database of public information requests kept by the Albuquerque Police Department’s former records custodian does indeed exist and has been secured in an APD vault, the city of Albuquerque said in a recent court filing. Read more »
The recall effort against a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools board is expected to end Tuesday. Read more »
Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson on Wednesday blasted the retention bonus program for 19 members of the Albuquerque Police Department’s command staff as “extortion,” and “offensive,” and said the program should end. Read more »
New 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 »
The former records custodian for the Albuquerque Police Department alleges that top officials at APD, including Chief Gorden Eden, ordered him to find ways to deny public records requests from the news media and members of the public. Read more »
There was one thing that horrified Jacob Gil more than seeing six Albuquerque Public Schools board members keep their jobs: having New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera select their replacements. Read more »
Kellen 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 »
Albuquerque Public Schools has agreed to pay $80,000 to make Luis Valentino go away as its superintendent. Read more »
I 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 »
Balderas is a Democrat. Duran is a Republican. The announcement came in a statement from Balderas’ spokesman, James Hallinan: Read more »
Tinkertown rabbit hole
Do 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 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.
Albuquerque will have to wait until Monday to learn whether Luis Valentino is out as superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools.
In 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 »
The Bernalillo County Commission is thinking of suing investment brokers to recover $17 million in investment losses the county suffered in a trading and investment scandal under former treasurer Patrick Padilla and current treasurer Manny Ortiz. Read more »
It’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 »
The 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 »
The union that represents Albuquerque police officers says the extra $500,000 that a city councilor wants to throw at officer raises isn’t enough and won’t even get cops back to the pay scale that they lost in 2010 when Mayor Richard Berry’s administration slashed their pay. Read more »