Jan. 3 First News: Technology Plays A Role In Capturing Santa Fe Burglar (Listen)

Jan 3, 2014

  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. *****010314-SFPD-2  :10***** Westervelt says 22-year old David Wheeler is jailed on a 20-thousand dollar bond and faces residential burglary charges.

Job growth over the past year in New Mexico has been the slowest among nine other states in the West. The latest market review by the New Mexico Workforce Solutions Department shows employment grew in New Mexico by 17-hundred jobs between November 2012 and November 2013. That amounts to two-tenths of one percent. Texas led the region with year-over-year job growth of two-and-a-half percent, followed by Utah, Colorado and Arizona. Nationally, the job growth rate was one-point-seven percent for the same period.

State Senator Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque plans to introduce a constitutional amendment this year that would end a governor’s use of the “Pocket-Veto.” Pocket vetoes occur when a governor simply doesn’t act on legislation approved by state lawmakers within the 20-day period that applies to bills passed during the final three days of a legislative session. Candelaria, a Democrat, says the amendment—which would go to voters if approved by lawmakers—would require definitive action by the governor on all bills. *****010314-PV-2  :18***** Candelaria points out that New Mexico is one of only a dozen states that permits pocket vetoes.

Ousted Santa Fe Community College President Ana Guzman is citing New Mexico’s so-called whistleblower law as she contests her firing. The New Mexican reports that one of her lawyers says Guzman plans to file a lawsuit in state District Court under the Whistleblower Protection Act. It contends the SFCC board fired her in retaliation for writing the state auditor to request an investigation into the college's finances. The board fired her, saying her dismissal was for "just cause." Guzman has since filed a request for arbitration to get her job back plus back pay and restitution.

Santa Fe Weather: Sunny today, with a high near 47. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44