Local News

  • 2,600 fugitives nabbed

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Around 2,600 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico were captured last year thanks to an aggressive new team tapped with finding fugitives, state officials said.

    The Department of Corrections said last week that the 2,615 absconders caught in 2014 may be the largest number apprehended in a single year.

    However, state officials say around 1,700 absconders in New Mexico still are the run.

  • Lab lapses in keeping secrets

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS— A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public, federal investigators said.

    A review by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General found that an official at the nuclear weapons lab didn’t adequately protect classified information in six instances, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday.

  • In the dog house, literally

    A Santa Fe man accused of walking into a Pecos gas station on Saturday and robbing it at rifle point met his match in store owner Glen Post.
    The lesson to be learned from the incident: Don’t mess with Post or you might just end up in the dog house like 26-year-old Zebadiah Romero.
    Police say Romero managed to get out of Pecos River Station, located in San Jose, with a cash drawer after threatening three people inside the business with a rifle. That’s when things got interesting.

  • City hires community services chief

    The City Council voted unanimously last week to confirm Las Vegas native Philip Ortiz as its community services director, a new administrative position that oversees several city departments.
    “It’s an important position in the city,” said City Manager Elmer Martinez, who appointed Ortiz to the job after he emerged as the top candidate. “It really deals with customer service.”

  • Equine therapy program to end

    At the end of the month, the Ride to Pride Therapy Program will shut its doors, marking an end to a nearly two-decade run.
    In a telephone interview Tuesday, Lorraine Esquibel, co-founder of the program, said the decision to close the program was difficult, but necessary due to funding issues with the behavioral health system.
    The announcement of the program’s closing came earlier this month via Facebook.

  • Unbalanced books concern lawmakers

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s checkbook is out of balance by an estimated $100 million, leaving lawmakers to question top finance officials about their efforts to reconcile the books and protect the state’s borrowing power.

  • In Brief

    Gov donates $10K to cancer group

    Gov. Susana Martinez is giving $10,000 to fund cancer research and awareness.
    Martinez took the opportunity to promote early cancer testing during an event Monday at the Capitol Rotunda for the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program dubbed Suits and Sneakers. She donned sneakers and pink socks with her blue suit for the event.

  • Mormon leaders support gay rights protections

    SALT LAKE CITY  — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.
    The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others.

  • State appeals court hears assisted suicide case

    SANTA FE — Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have the right to end their lives?
    That’s what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after hearing arguments Monday from the state and lawyers for a terminally ill woman.
    The Santa Fe woman, who has advanced uterine cancer, is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico’s laws putting doctors in legal trouble and preventing her from ending her life.

  • Boost sought for job training program

    SANTA FE— A bipartisan coalition of New Mexico lawmakers is calling for more money to be funneled into a job training program as part of an effort to attract more businesses to the state.
    Under the proposed legislation, $12 million would be provided for the Job Training Incentive Program, which helps expanding companies and those that have relocated to the state cover the cost of training or hiring new employees.