An Albuquerque real estate executive is set to be sentenced after admitting to a Ponzi scheme that bilked 600 investors of $75 million.
A federal judge is expected to sentence Doug Vaughan on Wednesday to no more than 12 years under a plea agreement reached in December. The sentencing would wrap up a criminal case that ruined lives across eight states.
It is unclear whether the 65-year-old would be sent to a minimum-security federal prison camp for white-collar criminals or a traditional lockup with more hardened convicts.
An Albuquerque attorney says he has a recording of Governor Susana Martinez's chief of staff, Keith Gardner, telling one of his clients that he never uses state email to conduct business because he didn’t want to "go to court (or) jail."
Defense attorney Sam Bregman released the audio Tuesday. He represents fired Department of Corrections worker Larry Flynn in a wrongful termination case. It was in that case that the Martinez administration's use of private email accounts was first revealed.
The U. S. Forest Service has approved Taos Ski Valley's request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent with two new lifts that will take skiers to popular high alpine areas currently accessible only to hikers.
The plan also calls for upgrades to three other lifts, thinning of trees to expand two new glade areas for advanced intermediate to expert skiers, construction of a permanent tubing facility, a snowshoe trail system and a lift-served mountain bike trail for summer visitors.
Soil issues have caused a delay in construction of a new 65,000-square-foot casino for the Downs of Albuquerque.
General manager Darren White says the building now will open about a month later than planned, early in the second quarter next year. He says engineers had found some areas where soil was not compacted deeply enough to meet specifications.
The construction also is expected to impact parking at the upcoming New Mexico State Fair.
After more than two weeks, the Fox Mountain Pack alpha female wolf is still on the loose, foiling The Fish and Wildlife Service’s best efforts to trap and move her to an Arizona Sanctuary. For wolf advocates this is good news, because it's another day she can spend raising her pups. But for ranchers, it means a habitual livestock killer is still an active threat to their cattle. The Mexican Gray Wolf reintroduction program has been controversial since its inception, but a new coexistence plan seeks to fix that...through compromise.
It sort of felt like a party at a recent health fair at the Rio Arriba County Health Commons in Española. And perhaps it is something to celebrate when you can get lunch, hear some traditional mariachi music by El Trio de los Gallos, and get immunized against pneumonia and whooping cough for free, all at the same time.
On Tuesday in Las Cruces, New Mexico State University hosted the 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference. This year’s conference was titled “Hard Choices” and its participants were trying to figure out how New Mexicans can adapt to water scarcity.
At the conference, there were federal and state water managers, scientists, activists, farmers—anyone with an interest in understanding how New Mexico’s water is managed and how it’s going to be managed in the future, as water becomes increasingly scarce.
Hearings resume on Aug. 28 on drilling wastes generated by the oil and gas industry. At issue are rules put in place under the previous administration governing thousands of waste pits and underground storage tanks.
KUNM Call In Show 8/30 8a: Should New Mexico expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act? The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot force states to expand the program that provides healthcare to the poor. Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says the decision has not been made, yet. We'll hear from a community advocate and a physician. We'd like to hear from you, too! Email email@example.com, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.
A Curry County Commissioner wants to know why county officials said a report about a jail assault was just being started when it appeared to have been nearly complete.
Commissioner Robert Sandoval says he believes there's been a "huge cover-up" surrounding the report of the June 27 assault.
County Attorney Steve Doerr had claimed the report was ordered after the county was threatened with a lawsuit two days after inmate Jaime Perez was assaulted by another inmate. He claimed it was therefore protected by attorney-client privilege.
Federal authorities say they are looking for possible victims of a New Mexico man who authorities say talked about raping and cooking children and is charged in a massive child porn investigation.
Richard Dates is scheduled Monday to appear for a preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. The 67-year-old was charged last week with possessing child pornography in a case that began in Massachusetts with the arrest of a Sheraton hotel manager.
Federal officials have started a training program to help the law enforcement community investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases on tribal land.
Representatives from nearly two dozen American Indian tribes turned out this week for the first training seminar at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina.
Leslie Hagen is the U.S. Justice Department's Indian Country training coordinator. She says it's going to take federal and tribal commitment and a coordinated response to address the high rates of sexual violence in tribal communities.
The producer of "Dances with Wolves," ''The Bodyguard" and "Wyatt Earp" will be in New Mexico this fall to work on a new independent feature film.
Jim Wilson will be producing and directing "50 to 1," the story of New Mexico's long-shot Kentucky Derby winner Mine that Bird. The gelding won the Derby in 2009 and went on to finish second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont that year.
Production will start in early September and run through October.
The state Supreme Court has ruled a uranium company's insurance policies may cover costs of cleaning up contamination at a former mine in northwestern New Mexico.
The ruling on Thursday sends the dispute back to a district court to determine what insurers must pay for, if anything, involving a cleanup by United Nuclear Corp. at the Northeast Church Rock mine near Gallup. The site is adjacent to the Navajo Nation.
Legislative auditors say New Mexico fails to properly evaluate its economic development efforts to determine whether the state's tax breaks and other financial incentives for businesses are justified.
A report released Thursday by the Legislative Finance Committee estimates it's costing New Mexico $31,000 to attract a job with a $43,000 average salary. However, the head of the Economic Development Department called that figure "wildly inaccurate."
Republican Mitt Romney says his pledge to make the U.S. energy independent by 2020 is not "some pie in the sky" idea.
The GOP presidential candidate says his plans for reaching that goal include increased offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. He also wants to give states the power to start energy production on federal lands.
Boosting U.S. energy production is a key aspect of Romney's economic proposals. He says his energy plans would create more than 3 million Americans jobs.
A new water treatment facility opened in Las Cruces on Aug. 23 and is supposed to clean up water from a toxic Superfund site. The pollution was detected in the city’s water wells years ago, but a specific source for the contaminants remains elusive.
Federal, state and local officials were on hand to open the new facility, which will remove the chemical perchloroethylene from groundwater. PCE is a widely used in dry cleaning fabrics and for metal degreasing operations.
The National Weather Service says a strong weather system is expected to bring heavy thunderstorms to western New Mexico and flash flooding is possible.
The system is moving into the state after hammering much of Arizona early Thursday. It is expected to reach the state Thursday afternoon and bring the heaviest rain to western parts of the state. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall per hour from some of the heaviest storm cells.