City of Albuquerque

Albuquerque Police Officer Dan Webster Dies After ShootingKRQE-TV, KOAT-TV

City of Albuquerque officials have confirmed that Albuquerque Police Department Officer Dan Webster passed away overnight.

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Report: Millions For Public Works Projects Go Unspent - The Associated Press

Legislative analysts say more than $1 billion in capital outlay funds remain unspent for projects that have been approved over the last several years, fueling concerns about the way New Mexico finances public works projects.

The analysts presented their report to the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe.


Albuquerque Police Dismiss Officer Charged In ShootingThe Associated Press

An officer charged in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man last year has been fired from the Albuquerque police force.

Officer Dominique Perez's dismissal was largely expected under a city policy that indicates the department can take disciplinary action upon indictment of an officer or a formal criminal charge.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Hears Assisted Suicide Case - The Associated Press

A woman who helped spark a legal challenge to New Mexico's ban on physician-assisted suicide says her cancer is in remission.  

Aja Riggs told reporters today after the New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments in the landmark case that she still wants the option to end her life because the cancer could return.


New Mexico AG Pleased Duran Has Resigned - Associated Press



The latest developments on the resignation of New Mexico's secretary of state on October 23, 2015:


Secretary of State Pleads Guilty – Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's pleased former Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement and resigned.

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Police Arrest Suspect In Road Rage Death Of Young Girl – KOB-TV

Albuquerque Police announced they arrested a man in the shooting death of a girl during a road rage incident.

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New Mexico Releases Monitoring Plan For Colorado Mine SpillAssociated Press

A proposal for monitoring the potential long-term effects of a mine spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states calls for extensive sampling of river water, soil and drinking water wells in northwestern New Mexico.

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New Mexico To Release Monitoring Plan For Mine Spill Associated Press

New Mexico is developing a plan that will guide long-term monitoring activities in the wake of a spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine.

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Embattled NM Official Proposes New Campaign Finance Rules Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A New Mexico official facing criminal charges for misusing campaign contributions is proposing new campaign finance rules.

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New Mexico Students Score Lower On New Statewide Tests -
Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

More than half of New Mexico high school juniors failed to meet college and career readiness benchmarks for reading and writing based on the results of new standardized tests.

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New Mexico Students Score Lower On New Statewide TestsThe Associated Press

More than half of New Mexico high school students failed to meet college and career readiness benchmarks for reading and writing based on the results of new standardized tests.

And a vast majority of students fell short when it came to proficiency in math.

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Feds Move Forward With Wolf Releases – Santa Fe New Mexican

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will release 10 Mexican gray wolves into southwestern New Mexico, overruling a decision by state officials.

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Scholars Urge More Research On Future Of Colorado River – Associated Press

A coalition of scholars from across the West is urging the federal government to partner with the National Academy of Sciences to study the future of the Colorado River. 

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Albuquerque Voter Turnout Hits A Low Point – The Associated Press

A recent Albuquerque election saw the lowest voter turnout for a city election since 1974.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that only 8.2 percent of registered voters participated in last week's election. City records say that's the lowest percentage since the city's modern form of government started.

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More Cities To Recognize Native Americans On Columbus Day – Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.

Officials Mark Valles Caldera's Addition To Park Service - The Associated Press

A sprawling parcel of land in northern New Mexico that's home to vast grasslands and one of North America's few super volcanoes is now part of the National Park Service.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, members of the state's congressional delegation, tribal leaders and others are gathering at Valles Caldera National Preserve on Saturday for a celebration to mark the transition.

The preserve is located in the Jemez Mountains, just west of Los Alamos.

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Groups Urge Feds To Release More Mexican Wolves – The Associated Press

More than three dozen environmental groups are asking the federal government to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico to bolster the genetics of the endangered predators.

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Albuquerque Voters Approve Proposal For Police Chief Hires – The Associated Press

Albuquerque voters have strongly supported having future mayoral picks for police and fire chief positions submitted to the City Council for approval.

Rashad Mahmood-Public Health New Mexico

A plume of toxic dry cleaning chemicals has been moving through Albuquerque's groundwater for at least two decades. At 35 feet deep and at least a mile and a half long, it's closer to the surface and covers more distance than the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill. And the chemicals in the groundwater, called TCE and PCE, cause cancer, birth defects and neurological problems. 

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Albuquerque Voters Decide On Proposal For Police Chief HiresAssociated Press

Albuquerque voters have approved an amendment to the city charter that requires the mayor to submit future picks for police and fire chief to the City Council for approval.

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Albuquerque Election Will Likely See Low Voter Turnout – Albuquerque Journal

Voters in Albuquerque go to the polls today to decide on two city council seats and whether to raise taxes for the BioPark.

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Natural Cigarette Maker Subject Of Class-Action Lawsuit – The Associated Press

The company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural is being targeted in a class-action lawsuit.

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Mass Ascension To Kick Off International Balloon Fiesta - The Associated Press

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to crowd the launch field for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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More Spills Reported As New Mexico Oil Production Increases – The Associated Press

The volume of oil produced in New Mexico increased by nearly a quarter during the last fiscal year, but a review has found that the volume of industry-related spills jumped by more than 60 percent.

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Civil Rights Concerns Headline Latino Farm, Ranch Gathering – Associated Press

Leaders of minority farm and ranching groups say the U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn't done enough to address discrimination and civil rights violations that have affected Latinos and women.

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Civil Rights Concerns Headline Latino Farm, Ranch Gathering – Associated Press

Leaders of minority farm and ranching groups say the U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn't done enough to address discrimination and civil rights violations that have affected Latinos and women.

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Roswell Groundwater Plume Considered For Superfund Status Associated Press

An area of contaminated water in downtown Roswell is being considering for addition on the Superfund National Priorities List.

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New Mexico Lawmakers To Meet On Secretary Of State Case Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A panel of New Mexico lawmakers investigating fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran are slated to meet for the first time.

2 Albuquerque Men Accused Of ID Theft And Debit Card Fraud - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say two Albuquerque men are in custody for alleged identity theft and debit card fraud at casinos.

Police announced Friday that both 36-year-old Chris A. Garcia and 36-year-old James Rogers have been booked into jail.

Agents with the State Police's Investigations Bureau in Albuquerque looked into a large amount of fraudulent debit card transactions that occurred at several casinos.