Mon June 9, 2014
June 9 First News: State Police Investigate Weekend Espanola Police Shooting (Listen)
New Mexico State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Espanola Saturday that left a 16-year old boy dead. State Police say Victor Vialpando was shot after pointing a weapon at an Espanola City Police officer around 10 a.m. Saturday near Riverside Drive and Corlett Road. Vialpando was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Two police officers initially responded to a report of a suspicious person in Rio Arriba County.
Demonstrators arrested for staging a sit-in at the Albuquerque mayor's office are planning to picket outside of today’s city council meeting. Protesters say they will hold a demonstration later today as city councilors are meeting to discuss pending reforms into Albuquerque police. A lawyer for an Albuquerque protester who is facing a battery charge has filed a motion to allow his client to attend future city council meetings. An attorney for David Correia filed the motion Friday and is seeking to have Correia's ban on attending such meetings lifted. Correia, an American Studies professor at the University of New Mexico, was arrested Monday along with 12 others during a sit-in at the mayor's office. The demonstrators were protesting recent Albuquerque police shootings. Authorities said Correia shoved an officer who was trying to prevent a crowd from entering Mayor Richard Berry's office. He faces a charge of battery on a peace officer and has pleaded not guilty. A judge banned Correia from returning to City Hall as part of his conditions of release.
Senator Tom Udall marked last week’s passing of 93-year old code talker Chester Nez by speaking about the last of the original 29 code talkers on the Senate floor. The code talkers were Navajo enlisted men who developed an unbreakable code based on the Dine langue to thwart the Japanese efforts to intercept allied messages in the Pacific during World War Two. Udall says Nez was modest, but proud of the code talkers and of Navajo traditions. *****060914-Udall-3 (close quote):27***** Udall says that the nation is forever indebted to Nez and his fellow Navajo warriors.
Fidelity Investments will hold a recruiting event tomorrow to fill an additional 150 jobs at its Albuquerque office located at Mesa del Sol. The event takes place from three-to-six-pm at Fidelity’s office at 5401 Watson Drive SE. With these jobs and including another 50 positions recently filled in Albuquerque, Fidelity’s employment will be approximately 675 people at its Mesa del Sol campus. The bulk of the job opportunities to be filled in the coming months will be in the area of customer and client services, as well as operations to support retirement and health savings accounts for corporate clients and employees nationwide.
Seeking ways to cut down on prison inmate recidivism, the New Mexico Corrections Department recently began offering inmates yoga classes. Corrections spokeswoman Alexandria Tomlin says New Mexico is following other prison systems around the nation, including the Albuquerque Metropolitan Detention Center, that have added yoga to efforts to provide prisoners the skills to avoid re-offending. Tomlin says it will take a few years before the DOC knows whether offering yoga has been effective. *****060914-Tomlin-3 (q: having an effect) :25***** Tomlin says yoga is just a small piece of the puzzle in the effort to reduce recidivism.
Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.