May 15 First News: Democratic State Legislator Apologizes For 'Anglo' Remarks (Listen)

May 15, 2014

Albuquerque Democratic State Representative Miguel Garcia—a Democrat—has apologized for describing two Valencia County legislative candidates as, quote: “Anglo Democrats with egos as big as Texas.” The Albuquerque Journal reports Garcia, a nine-term legislator who represents parts of Bernalillo County’s South Valley, made the comments in an email this week. In the email, he urged fellow lawmakers and others to support the Hispanic candidates running in the two Democratic primary election contests. He said Wednesday he emailed a letter of apology to candidates Jim Danner of Belen and Teresa Smith de Cherif of Los Lunas – both fellow Democrats – and said he also made phone calls to both of them.

Nambe State Representative Carl Trujillo, along with his Republican legislative colleagues Senator Steven Neville of Farmington and Aztec Representative Paul Bandy are asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to nullify a San Juan River water-rights agreement. Senator Neville: *****051514-Neville-1 (q: and approving it):18***** Former Governor Bill Richardson signed the settlement in 2010, and a district court approved it in 2013. Meantime, a Navajo Nation Department of Justice lawyer said the tribe hadn't seen the lawsuit but would oppose any challenge to the water settlement's validity.

An Albuquerque law firm on Wednesday filed two new child sex abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The lawsuits point to two specific cases of alleged abuse involving two priests at churches in Albuquerque: Queen of Heaven Parish and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. The lawsuits are filed on behalf of two men who say they were abused in the late 1960s and in 1986. The lawsuit also lists 40 priests from central and northern New Mexico who the lawsuits claim were part of a culture of child sex abuse during that time in the Archdiocese

Possible good news for some job seekers in Albuquerque, but maybe not so good for local residents and businesses: KSFR's reporter Sam Parker has details. *****051414-Parker: 45*****.

A wildfire burning in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico has grown to nine square miles. The fire is in the Gila National Forest, about 10 miles north of Silver City. The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire remained steady Wednesday thanks to cooler weather, but forecast winds may spread the flames later in the week.

The New Mexico Film Office says the "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul," will be filmed in Albuquerque. Mayor Richard Berry says the city enthusiastically welcomes back Sony and AMC-TV after the popularity of "Breaking Bad." AMC says "Better Call Saul" will premiere in November 2014 and stars Bob Odenkirk as a sleazy attorney.

Santa Fe’s Jean Cocteau Cinema is currently featuring the film “The Cheetah” documenting the story of Nelson Vails, who went from a child in the Harlem projects of New York City to the Olympic medal stand as a Silver Medalist in 1984. Vails, who’s in Santa Fe for the film’s local debut, discusses some of the challenges he faced on his way to success: ****051514-Vails-1 (q: around the world) :19***** Vails learned much from his experience as a New York City bicycle messenger, which is reflected in the documentary.

Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny today, with the high near 66. Tonight: Mostly clear with the low down to 39. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with a high of 75. Currently, it’s ____.