• New public safety council to address organized retail crime in New Mexico

    New public safety council to address organized retail crime in New Mexico
    SANTA FE - Citing concerns about organized retail crime, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the creation of a new public safety council made up of business leaders from around the state."Nobody knows what's going on more than the business community about the risks in your storefronts, your communities," Lujan Grisham told an audience of business officials during a Tuesday event organized by the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce.The governor then said during a Wednesday news conference she was cr
  • Emptying the Notebook: Lobos look helpless when they can’t win FT battle

    Emptying the Notebook: Lobos look helpless when they can’t win FT battle
    The Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah, on Feb. 1, 2023. (Geoff Grammer/Albuquerque Journal) LOGAN, Utah -- Here are some extra notes, quotes, stats and whatever else I could empty out of the old notebook after Wednesday's late 84-73 Lobos road loss at Utah State:
    A number to know: 16The Utah State Aggies outscored the Lobos by 16 points at the free throw line on Wednesday night -- hitting a 27-of-31 (87.1%) at the line compared to just 11-of-16 (68.8%
  • Russia hits civilian targets anew, EU officials visit Kyiv

    Russia hits civilian targets anew, EU officials visit Kyiv
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russian missiles hit residential areas in an eastern Ukrainian city Thursday for the second time in 24 hours, while top European Union officials held talks with the government in Kyiv as the war with Russia approaches its one-year milestone.
    The latest strikes in Kramatorsk came as rescue crews searched for survivors in the rubble of an apartment building hit late Wednesday by a Russian missile that killed at least three people and wounded 21 others. At least one more vict
  • EU officials visit Kyiv as Russia strikes civilian target

    EU officials visit Kyiv as Russia strikes civilian target
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Top European Union officials arrived in Kyiv on Thursday for talks with Ukrainian officials as rescue crews dug through the rubble of an apartment building in eastern Ukraine struck by a Russian missile, killing at least three people and wounding about 20 others.
    The scene of devastation in the eastern Donetsk provincial city of Kramatorsk, where emergency workers spent the night searching for survivors after the missile hit late Wednesday, served as a grim reminder of the
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  • Three steps can reduce the impact of wildfires

    Three steps can reduce the impact of wildfires
    State Forester Laura McCarthyFor years, climate experts have been warning that our planet is undergoing changes that would make extreme weather events more common - and, this past year, New Mexico saw those predictions come true.Extremely dry and windy weather in the spring and early summer created the perfect conditions for what proved to be the worst wildfire season in our state's modern history. Then, a mere weeks later, heavier than normal monsoon rains dropped nearly 20 inches of rain on p
  • State workers have shown they can telework

    State workers have shown they can telework
    So let me get this straight: The New Mexico State Personnel Office, acting on guidance from New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, wants the state's workforce to live within a 100-mile radius of Santa Fe so state employees can work in the capital city, even if it means a harrowing hour or more commute each way.Is this the way to expand the talent pool and preserve New Mexico's human capital?Many employees in state government are like me - approaching 60 years of age, nearing retirement and were
  • Raising minimum wage good for worker health

    Raising minimum wage good for worker health
    The minimum wage has been increased, but I remain amazed how people pay for the rising cost of rent, eggs, and prescriptions on only $500 per week — minus taxes. Our lawmakers need to pass House Bill 25, raising wages further and tying them to inflation; this is why.First of all, keep your financial debates. I'm a physician trained in workplace and public health, and I witness firsthand how inadequate wages hurt our people. My own clinic welcomes workers with a range of skills, social stat
  • New bar Z Lounge delivers cocktails, ‘at home vibe’

    New bar Z Lounge delivers cocktails, ‘at home vibe’
    “I Know ... Huh” cocktail at Z Lounge inside Hotel Zazz on Central Avenue in Nob Hill. (Chancey Bush/Journal)A new bar in Nob Hill has a speakeasy feel without the passwords and pretentiousness.Z Lounge inside Hotel Zazz, 3711 Central Ave. NE, has a "come as you are" welcoming with a '60s and '70s vibe. Its menu has everything from cheap beer to exhilarating cocktails and creative takes on boilermakers. Food trucks are available Tuesday through Saturday."We don't want to call oursel
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  • Mesa Provisions has vaulted into the ranks of best restaurants in the city

    Mesa Provisions has vaulted into the ranks of best restaurants in the city
    Highlights of Mesa Provisions’ Cheese Board include pickled radishes and spicy chorizo sausage. (Richard S. Dargan/For the Journal)The Nob Hill dining scene appears to have rebounded splendidly from the darkest days of the pandemic.Last year saw the opening of M'tucci's Bar Roma and the speakeasy-style bar Teddy Roe's in the back. In the fall, the gastropub 3128 Social House opened next door to Gather, another newcomer that features tapas and cocktails. To the east, the recently opened wi
  • Editorial: Wait, did we just spend $3.8M on ‘trash’ body cams?

    Editorial: Wait, did we just spend $3.8M on ‘trash’ body cams?
    New Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen is having a serious case of buyer's remorse on taxpayers' behalf — a seven-figure case to be precise.Allen says the $3.8 million, five-year contract with Utility Inc. — which included 310 BodyWorn cameras, plus uniform tailoring, vehicle cameras front and back, cruiser Wi-Fi hotspots, and holsters that activate the cameras when a firearm is drawn — is for "trash" technology. While former Sheriff Manuel Gonzales championed the cameras as
  • ‘Dear Edward’ looks at the connections formed in the wake of tragedy

    ‘Dear Edward’ looks at the connections formed in the wake of tragedy
    From left, Colin O’Brien and Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Dear Edward,” which premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday, Feb. 3. (Courtesy of Apple TV+)Jason Katims has a knack for telling a story.It's what the writer has done for the majority of his career.Yet, when he read Ann Napolitano's 2020 novel, "Dear Edward," he was moved enough to want to option it for television.Flash forward to today and Katims is readying the premiere of "Dear Edward," which will debut on Apple TV+, o
  • Aggies beat SFA, get 1st WAC win

    Aggies beat SFA, get 1st WAC win
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — DaJuan Gordon scored 15 points and New Mexico State ended its nine-game losing streak beating Stephen F. Austin 73-67 on Wednesday.Gordon also had five rebounds for the Aggies (8-14, 1-9 Western Athletic Conference). Deshawndre Washington scored 13 points and added five rebounds. Issa Muhammad finished 6 of 9 from the floor to finish with 12 points.Sadaidriene Hall scored 14 points, had seven rebounds and two steals for Stephen F. Austin (15-8, 7-3). Latrell Jossell
  • Gonzales nets five additions for UNM football

    Gonzales nets five additions for UNM football
    On Wednesday, New Mexico football announced five additions to its 2023 signing class as part of national signing day. Three players were offensive-line transfers from the junior-college and FCS ranks while the remaining two were high school recruits. UNM football coach Danny Gonzales added five more players on Wednesday to his 2023 signing class.
    (Chancey Bush/ Albuquerque Journal)"Really happy to have filled out of class, being very intentional to fill gaps and bring in not only great players b
  • Sandia’s road win has it atop District 2-5A

    Sandia’s road win has it atop District 2-5A
    West Mesa forward Elijah Brody puts up a shot as Sandia's Mason Howell defends during Wednesday's game. Chancey Bush/JournalAny number of boys basketball coaches would tell you how difficult the freelancing Sandia Matadors are to guard.But No. 2-ranked Sandia perhaps doesn't earn near enough kudos for its defensive prowess.The Matadors went into West Mesa's gym on Wednesday night and held the fourth-ranked Mustangs well below their season average, received some key 3-pointers from Dalen Moyer a
  • Lobos look to challenge Rebels after tough loss in Vegas

    Lobos look to challenge Rebels after tough loss in Vegas
    Lobo Shaiquel McGruder, left, fights for a loose ball with Colorado State’s Hannah Ronsiek on Jan. 26. McGruder and her UNM teammates face Mountain West-leading UNLV on Thursday at the Pit.
    (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)Not everything that happens in Vegas remains there.The University of New Mexico women's basketball team, for example, would be only too happy to forget all about its January visit to Las Vegas, Nevada. Coach Mike Bradbury won't allow it.Mountain West Conference-leading UNLV
  • Journal poll: Where will the Lobo men finish in the Mountain West standings?

    Journal poll: Where will the Lobo men finish in the Mountain West standings?
    The University of New Mexico men's basketball team lost 84-73 on Wednesday night at league rival Utah State, which led by as many as 20 points and was in control throughout.While a win would have kept the Lobos in third place, a game out of the league lead, the loss drops them into fifth place, two games off the pace.2022-23 Men's Basketball StandingsSCHOOLMWCPCT.OVERALLPCT.STREAKBoise State8-2.80018-5.783W3San Diego State8-2.80017-5.773L1Utah State7-3.70018-5.783W2Nevada7-3.70017-6.739W1New Mex
  • Meet Breezy Blue, a disinfecting minibot built by Albuquerque-based Build with Robots

    Meet Breezy Blue, a disinfecting minibot built by Albuquerque-based Build with Robots
    Breezy Blue Response Disinfecting Minibot is an automated disinfection system that prevents illness in spaces like classrooms, hotel rooms, ambulances and more. Build With Robots CEO and Founder Chris Ziomek demonstrates how it works during a press conference.(Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Jourrnal)The Breezy One mobile robot that provides autonomous disinfection services at airports and other large facilities now has a baby sibling, Breezy Blue, to disinfect smaller, compact spaces, such as i
  • Utah State buries New Mexico, moves ahead of Lobos in Mountain West standings

    Utah State buries New Mexico, moves ahead of Lobos in Mountain West standings
    Utah State center Trevin Dorius (32) and New Mexico forward Josiah Allick scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)Utah State was up double digits seven minutes into the game and didn't relinquish the lead, hanging on for a 84-73 win over New Mexico in Logan, Utah.New Mexico (19-4, 6-4 Mountain West) will have to wait until Tuesday at home vs. Nevada for another shot to win 2
  • Lobos go down early, can’t catch Utah State on the road

    Lobos go down early, can’t catch Utah State on the road
    Utah State center Trevin Dorius (32) and New Mexico forward Josiah Allick scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)LOGAN, Utah — The Logan lull got the best of the UNM Lobos for the second consecutive season.The Utah State Aggies jumped out to a 19-point halftime lead against a slow-starting Lobos team and held off a modest second half UNM run for a 84-73 win in front o
  • Follow live: New Mexico at Utah State

    Follow live: New Mexico at Utah State
    The New Mexico Lobos (19-3, 6-3 Mountain West) travel to Logan, Utah for a game against conference foe Utah State (17-5, 6-3)  on Wednesday. Tip-off is 8:30 p.m. Mountain time.Utah State is favored by 4 points.https://www.abqjournal.com/2569348/lobos-aim-to-cool-off-hot-shooting-utah-state.htmlYou can follow the game on TV, radio or online: TV: FS1 (Comcast 255, DirecTV 219, Dish 150) RADIO: Listen on 96.3 FM or 770 AM TWITTER: For live coverage, follow Journal sports writer Geoff Gram
  • As New Mexico mandates state workers go back to the office, some say they plan to leave

    As New Mexico mandates state workers go back to the office, some say they plan to leave
    Allie Baca, from Santa Fe, who works for the Air Quality Bureau of the Environment Department, attends to her daughter Ivy, 2, as she and other teleworkers for the state hold a rally outside the Roundhouse on opening day in 2023. The deadline for all New Mexico employees to return to the office is Thursday, Feb. 2. (Eddie Moore/Journal)SANTA FE - After being delayed for a month, the deadline for all New Mexico state employees to return to the office has arrived.But some workers say they're plan
  • Amendment to expand pretrial detention advances in House

    Amendment to expand pretrial detention advances in House
    Rep. Andrea Reeb, R-Clovis, speaks with visitors Wednesday in the New Mexico House of Representatives before the chamber begins its work for the day. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)SANTA FE — Legislation to make more defendants eligible for pretrial detention survived its first test in the House on Wednesday — just barely — as New Mexico lawmakers weighed strategies for addressing the state's high violent-crime rate.The proposal, House Joint Resolution 9, would ask voters to
  • ‘Pay our bills on time’: Heinrich, Dems call for debt limit raise

    ‘Pay our bills on time’: Heinrich, Dems call for debt limit raise
    More than 1 million New Mexicans who rely on federal service programs could see their benefits being disrupted depending on the outcome of the ongoing fight between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over the debt limit.Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., warned against such a disruption and likened the country's debt to a family's mortgage. He cautioned that not paying the bill only makes matters worse."America pays its bills, and we pay our bills on time. Families all over the country ... underst
  • NM wildfire recovery package advances at Capitol as state waits for federal funds to arrive

    NM wildfire recovery package advances at Capitol as state waits for federal funds to arrive
    A truck drives down NM Highway 105, which was damaged by flooding, near Rociada in this August 2022 photo. A bill providing up to $100 million to fund repair work in the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon burn scar until federal relief funds arrive is headed to the Senate after winning approval in a key committee on Wednesday. (Eddie Moore/Journal)SANTA FE -- A bill aimed at helping fire-ravaged parts of northern New Mexico rebuild local roads, culverts and acequias — without having to wait for fed
  • Senate panel blocks push to lift rent control prohibition

    Senate panel blocks push to lift rent control prohibition
    In this file photo, Sen. Linda Lopez presides over a meeting of the Senate Rules Committee. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)SANTA FE — Legislators rejected a proposal Wednesday that would have opened the door to rent control in New Mexico cities and counties.The Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee voted 6-2 against the bill after more than two hours of debate and public testimony.Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, an Albuquerque Democrat and chairman of the committee, said New Mexico faces
  • Legislators take aim at secrecy rule in harassment complaints

    Legislators take aim at secrecy rule in harassment complaints
    House Majority Whip Reena Szczepanski, D-Santa Fe, left, stand for the presentation of colors on opening day of the legislative session at the Roundhouse last month. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)SANTA FE — Legislators on Wednesday took a step toward ending the one-sided confidentiality law that keeps people who file a harassment complaint at the Roundhouse from speaking about their case.Under the current system, a legislator accused of harassment is free to comment in public, but the
  • SF New Mexican hires new publisher

    SF New Mexican hires new publisher
    The Santa Fe New Mexican announced its publisher is retiring after more than a decade at the newspaper.Publisher Tom Cross broke the news alongside owner Robin Martin during meetings at the paper’s printing plant and newsroom, the New Mexican reported Wednesday.Martin unveiled that Patrick Dorsey, 54, would become the new publisher of the paper following a career as a publisher in Florida and, most recently, for the Austin American-Statesman.Cross, 67, came to the paper in 2012 as its cont
  • New Mexico’s budget has billions in surplus. Here’s how voters want to see it used.

    New Mexico’s budget has billions in surplus. Here’s how voters want to see it used.
    New Mexicans ended 2022 with a very generous gift — a $3.5 billion budget surplus. And voters throughout the state have ideas about how it should be used.A January 2023 survey by the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce and public relations firm Strategies 360 asked 500 New Mexican voters what they would like to see the surplus invested in and their overall satisfaction with the state.Results were sometimes bleak: 51% of the respondents said the state as a whole was going in the "wrong direction
  • Endangered butterfly found in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains. Last year, only 8 were spotted in the wild.

    Endangered butterfly found in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains. Last year, only 8 were spotted in the wild.
    The Sacramento Mountain checkerspot butterfly has been placed on the federal endangered species list. (Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)With more Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterflies being raised at the ABQ BioPark than found in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is placing the butterfly on the Endangered Species List as regulated by the federal Endangered Species Act.The official listing goes into effect on March 2.With the designation, there is the potential that more
  • Man jailed pending trial in attack at an ABQ massage parlor

    Man jailed pending trial in attack at an ABQ massage parlor
    A Belen man who allegedly held an Albuquerque massage parlor employee at gunpoint for hours and demanded sex will remain in jail while awaiting trial on kidnapping and other charges, a judge ordered Wednesday.Matthew Chavez, 33, also is charged with criminal sexual contact, attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He attended a pretrial detention hearing remotely from the Metropolitan Detention Center."The facts alleged are chilling," 2nd Judicial District Judge Clara

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