Santa Fe Police are investigating what may be the city’s second murder of 2014. SFPD calls the death of a man unofficially identified as 51 year old Narcisco Gonzales suspicious. Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says his body was found at his home in the 17-hundred block of Espinacitas Street early Wednesday. Westervelt says officers discovered “suspicious evidence” at the scene.
Check the recent additions to KSFR's News page—http://ksfr.org/news and hear feature stories from KSFR's daily At Noon news hour. Among the new entries: Reporter Joe Gallegos on an “urban art” exhibit depicting downtown Albuquerque that opens soon; and Reporter Joe Day with a two-part interview with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall.
A Santa Fe grand jury has found New Mexico State Police were justified in last year's fatal shooting of a woman after a car chase. Jeanette Anaya was shot in the head and back after police say she aggressively backed her car toward an officer in November. Medical examiners determined the 39-year-old Santa Fe woman had cocaine in her system at the time. Meantime, an attorney for Anaya's family says he doesn't believe the shooting was justified and is asking for an independent investigation from some other agency.
The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee is recommending a state budget totaling more than six billion dollars. The bi-partisan LFC’s spending plan contains a one-and-a-half percent pay raise for public employees and educators. A spokesman says Governor Martinez opposes that provision, drawing a response from Santa Fe State Representative Lucky Varela: *****0106 Varela-1 :16***** The Governor later today will release her budget recommendations for the legislature to consider during its upcoming session.
The 2014 campaign season for the March fourth Santa Fe Municipal elections heats up after the New Year with candidate forums sponsored by the non-profit Santa Fe Neighborhood Network. Sherry Johansen is the neighborhood network’s president: *****Dec. 30 Johansen-2 :13***** Johansen says all three forums will take place at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital’s conference room from 7:30 ‘til 9:30pm. The format consists of candidate remarks followed by a question and answer session.
Santa Fe City Officials this week wrapped up a months-long process of identifying issues to prioritize during the upcoming New Mexico 2014 Legislative Session. City Councilor Peter Ives:
*****Dec. 27 Ives-1 :13***** Ives says the legislative priorities for 2014 are: Changes to the hold-harmless gross receipts tax issue; Funding to expand the Santa Fe Airport Terminal; Funding for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion—or LEAD—Program; and city water priorities.