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.
Governor Susana Martinez is proposing a budget containing a three-percent spending increase on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees. Instead, about a third of the state workforce will be in for raises. Her spending plan also calls for making permanent the Job Training Incentive Program, and ten million dollars for grants to help the state and local communities invest in infrastructure projects to attract specific companies to the state.
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.
Police say Santa Feans are using technology to their advantage and at the same time, helping police catch crooks. Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says a New Year’s Eve burglar is behind bars after the victim helped police track him down using a tracing application installed on her stolen iPad. Westervelt says the victim arrived at her home on Canyon Road to hear someone inside then fleeing, when she called police who tracked the suspect to a home on Alto Street.
It’s New Year’s Eve Day and that means law enforcement in New Mexico will be logging long hours, paying particular attention to impaired drivers. Ben Lewinger, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of MADD—Mothers Against Drunk Driving—says the New Year is the nation’s deadliest day for drunken driving: *****Dec. 31 Lewinger-1 :34***** Lewinger suggests people ringing in 2014 with alcohol make preparations prior to partying: *****Dec.
It’s New Year’s Eve Day and that means law enforcement in New Mexico will be logging long hours, paying particular attention to impaired drivers. Ben Lewinger, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of MADD—Mothers Against Drunk Driving—says the New Year is the nation’s deadliest day for drunken driving: *****Dec. 31 Lewinger-1 :34*****Lewinger suggests people ringing in 2014 with alcohol make preparations prior to partying: *****Dec.
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.
A nearly three-decade old cold-case in the murder of an Albuquerque man got hot Monday with the west Texas arrest of a man accused of using aliases for 27 years to avoid apprehension. Albuquerque police say 47-year-old Ramone Astorga-Ramirez was identified in 1986 after the shooting of 27-year-old Paul Dubose during a Duke City altercation. He was indicted in the case in 1987, and faces first-degree murder charges when he’s returned to New Mexico. The Albuquerque Police Department's Cold Case Unit recently took the case and received help from several agencies, including the FBI.
Teachers unions and some state lawmakers opposed to the New Mexico Public Education Department's teacher evaluation system are asking the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its contention that the program is invalid because it violates state laws. The Albuquerque Journal reports the request comes after a state District Court judge last month refused to block Governor Susana Martinez's administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers. The coalition’s point of contention centers on state laws that require school principals to conduct the evaluations.