• Probation violation arrest turns up arsenal at SW ABQ home

    Probation officers went to arrest a man for numerous violations Wednesday morning and found more than 20 guns, thousands of bullets, hundreds of fentanyl pills and a bag of methamphetamine in his Southwest Albuquerque home.Vincent Griego (MDC)
    Vincent Griego, 39, is charged with 22 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of drug possession, distribution, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
    Police also arrested Jerry Jojola after finding him hiding
  • NM in the lead with military spouse license reciprocity

    The Kirtland Partnership Committee, along with key members of the state of New Mexico and local business leaders, have made it easier and more desirable for military personnel to transition to the great state of New Mexico with their families by relieving the burden and red tape associated with transferring professional licenses from other states.
    On Aug. 19, the New Mexico Supreme Court adopted a military spouse limited law license for spouses of active duty service members stationed in New Mex
  • NM economy won’t thrive until we educate our workforce

    Ant Thornton
    By now, we all know these sad facts: New Mexico ranks last in the United States in both education and child welfare. But I'll add a few more rankings to the list: according to U.S. News & World Report, we rank 44th in our economy, and 49th in "opportunity."
    Opportunity is a weighty word. It strikes a note of hope and of optimism. And because I am an eternal optimist, it's a word that resonates with me. Contrary to our ranking in U.S. News, it's also a word that I associate with
  • Editorial: NM GOP needs to explain doctored mailer

    An altered image of darkened hands cutting a white child's hair sure does appear to play on racist fears and should be denounced by the political party that created it.
    The Republican Party of New Mexico recently mailed flyers to voters in several state House districts showing a barber with darkened hands. "Do you want a sex offender cutting your child's hair?" the flyer asks.Democrats are calling this political flyer created by the Republican Party of New Mexico a racist "dog whistle."
    The fly
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  • Editorial: Navajo project brings clean water for all a step closer

    Imagine having to rely on hand-pumped wells, windmills, earth dams and snowdrifts to gather enough water — untreated at that — to drink, cook, bathe, water livestock.
    Such has been the stark reality for many indigenous New Mexicans living in the northwest corner of the state, though that is changing thanks to a major water infrastructure project that got rolling during the Obama administration and has recently benefited from the $1 trillion infrastructure deal Congress passed last y
  • ABQ gets trashed while city employees make bank

    ... In the past few days I've been reminded multiple times by Solid Waste that my neighborhood needs to have made arrangements with them as "Company is Coming" and we need to clean up our neighborhood. Then I've been told the Albuquerque Police Department is going to work on solving the 911 Call Center problems by hiring more dispatchers. And, to make it even more outstanding, Police Chief Harold Medina has been able to "find the money" for these new hires since we don't have all the officers th
  • $2.25 Rail Runner trip shines fresh light on NM

    I took the Rail Runner recently for the first time. My eyes have long forgotten the beauty of New Mexico, as it is easy to just focus on the troubled parts.
    I was impressed by the whole operation: the cleanliness of the station (Montano), the cleanliness of the train (three levels!) and the friendliness of the staff. There were even hipsters sitting at the tables with their coffee and laptops and many bicycle people talking about concerts and hikes. It made me think I had somehow been sent back
  • Sun sets on Isotopes season with big numbers (good and bad)

    Fans attending the Albuquerque Isotopes' season finale Wednesday at Isotopes Park were treated to a spectacular sunset and a win by the home team. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)
    They weren't in contention. Again.
    And the fans didn't seem to care.
    Again.
    The Albuquerque Isotopes, who finished the season at 62-86 with a win over visiting El Paso and haven't finished above .500 since 2013, played the finale in front of an announced crowd of 8,619. That a team that finished the season 22 games out of
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  • Sun sets on Isotopes season with big numbers (both good and bad)

    Fans attending the Albuquerque Isotopes' season finale Wednesday at Isotopes Park were treated to a spectacular sunset and a win by the home team. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)
    They weren't in contention. Again.
    And the fans didn't seem to care.
    Again.
    The Albuquerque Isotopes, who finished the season at 62-86 with a win over visiting El Paso and haven't finished above .500 since 2013, played the finale in front of an announced crowd of 8,619. That a team entering their final game of the season (
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  • Asian stocks follow Wall St higher after UK calms markets

    BEIJING -- Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday after Britain's central bank moved forcefully to stop a budding financial crisis.
    Market benchmarks in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney added more than 1%. Shanghai and Tokyo also rose. Oil prices edged lower after jumping by more than $3 per barrel the previous day.
    Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index surged 2% on Wednesday for its biggest gain in seven weeks after the Bank of England announced it would buy as many government
  • NM student recites poetry at White House reading event

    Jesse Begay from Santa Fe, N.M., pauses for applause after reading his poem during an event for the Class of 2022 National Student Poets hosted by first lady Jill Biden at the White House in Washington Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Seated behind from left, Winslow Hastie, Jr., from Charleston, S.C., and Vidhatrie Keetha, from the Bronx borough of New York. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON – Jill Biden on Tuesday hosted a reading by this year's group of National Student Poets, includ
  • NM counties ask for help in operating jails

    The Metropolitan Detention Center. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)
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    In light of "crisis levels of understaffing" at jails across the state, general counsel for the New Mexico Counties organization raised concerns that counties – which run the facilities – are footing the majority of the costs without much assistance from city and state governments.
    "Money's tight – a big portion of the county money is going to jails, a very small portion of
  • It’s lights out at the San Juan Generating Station

    Steven Sorrow is a plant operator and has worked at the San Juan Generating Station for 10 years. Sorrow will be laid off on October 21. The coal-fired plant is completely shutting down after 50 years of generating a power supply for Public Service Company of New Mexico, and other local and regional utilities. (Chancey Bush/Albuquerque Journal)
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    WATERFLOW – The cawing of crows filled the air on Wednesday morning at the coal-fired San Juan Generating
  • Developmnent moratorium extended for Los Ranchos

    The intersection of Fourth St. and Osuna Rd. in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, as seen in 2002. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)
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    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque trustees voted 3-0 to extend until the end of December a moratorium on applications for the village's Pilot Project and Conservation Development program, which requires a developer to give a percentage of a project site to the village for use as open space.
    The vote, taken during a special trustees meet
  • Development moratorium extended for Los Ranchos

    Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal
    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque trustees voted 3-0 to extend until the end of December a moratorium on applications for the village's Pilot Project and Conservation Development program, which requires a developer to give a percentage of a project site to the village for use as open space.
    The vote, taken during a special trustees meeting on Wednesday, is the latest ripple in a controversy that has been boiling since village residents became aware this past s
  • Sleep-deprived weekend for UNM’s Ridenour: Vegas on Friday night, Portales Saturday morning

    Heath Ridenour, UNM's quarterbacks coach, has a whole lot on his plate with a senior transfer QB learning the triple option for the first time, a packed weekend that includes a big Lobos game at UNLV and a celebration at his alma mater.Heath Ridenour, UNM quarterbacks coach
    Ridenour, the former Cleveland High head coach, is being inducted into Eastern New Mexico University's Hall of Honors and will be recognized during the Greyhounds' homecoming game on Saturday night.
    After Friday night's game
  • Lobo basketball team hopes size solves problems

    Josiah Allick dunks during New Mexico's practice on Wednesday. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)
    The talk of the offseason remains the talk of the 2022-23 season for Lobo basketball.
    In order to take the next step, the University of New Mexico men's basketball team has to evolve from a small, fast-paced, guard-oriented team that only can win games with scores in the 80s and 90s, and instead be a team that can grind out ugly, low-scoring games against big, physical teams. That's something they quite
  • Man arrested in infant girl’s death

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    Authorities have arrested an Albuquerque man in the death of his infant daughter earlier this year.Adam Garcia (MDC)
    Adam Garcia, 24, was charged late last month with child abuse in the March 16 death of 5-month-old Trinity Garcia.
    U.S. Marshals arrested Garcia on Wednesday and he will be booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center, said Rebecca Atkins, an Albuquerque police spokeswoman. It's unclear who Garcia's attorney will be.
    Nicole Dimas, Trinit
  • ABQ man charged in death of infant daughter

    Authorities have arrested an Albuquerque man in the death of his infant daughter earlier this year.
    Adam Garcia, 24, was charged late last month with child abuse in the March 16 death of 5-month-old Trinity Garcia.Adam Garcia (MDC)Rebecca Atkins, an Albuquerque police spokeswoman, said U.S. Marshals arrested Garcia on Wednesday and he will be booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center. It’s unclear who Garcia’s attorney will be.
    Nicole Dimas, Trinity’s mother, told the Jour
  • Steve Virgen: The meaning of “she” in fantasy football

    If then-New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells would say what he said about Terry Glenn in today's world he would most likely be "canceled" and forced to issue an apology.
    But 1996 was a different time. As it was, Parcells did enrage some women's advocacy groups when the coach referred to the wide receiver as "she."
    Parcells also provided the Total Geek Fantasy Football League with a staple that remains in our league today.
    Who are you starting at quarterback?
    Tom Brady.
    Didn't she retire?
    Sh
  • APD IDs man shot and injured by police in SE ABQ

    The Albuquerque Police Department released the name of a man who was shot by police after allegedly firing at officers overnight Monday at an apartment off East Central.
    APD spokeswoman Rebecca Atkins said 26-year-old Oron Newson is recovering from his injuries at a hospital and once released will “be facing multiple felony charges.”
    Atkins said police were called to a dispute between Newson and a neighbor at the Whispering Sands complex when he barricaded himself inside an apartmen
  • Yodice: As of now, only La Cueva assured of top-4 seed

    As October is knocking, it is time to separate the playoff contenders from the playoff pretenders in New Mexico high school football.
    What do we know so far with five weeks left in the regular season and nearly everyone about to start their district schedule?
    We know that in Class 6A, there appears to be one clear-cut lock for a top-4 seed, that being La Cueva. Cleveland is the next closest thing. Centennial, Hobbs, Volcano Vista, Rio Rancho and Cibola will all be pursuing one of those top four
  • Suit filed against TikTok in New Mexico boy’s death

    A 13-year-old Socorro County boy mimicking "blackout challenge" videos on TikTok fatally hanged himself in his family's bathroom in 2020, a recent lawsuit alleges.
    By the time family members found him, the boy's heartbeat was so faint that they were unable to revive him.
    The boy "died by accidentally hanging himself with a belt while attempting to accomplish the infamous TikTok Blackout Challenge — attempting to choke himself until be passed out," the lawsuit alleges.
    First responders pro
  • Lawsuit filed against TikTok in New Mexico boy’s death

    The TikTok app logo is seen in Tokyo in September 2020. (Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press)
    Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal
    A 13-year-old Socorro County boy mimicking "blackout challenge" videos on TikTok fatally hanged himself in his family's bathroom in 2020, a recent lawsuit alleges.
    By the time family members found him, the boy's heartbeat was so faint that they were unable to revive him.
    The boy "died by accidentally hanging himself with a belt while attempting to accomplish the infa
  • Combat sports notes: Stakes are high for Albuquerque’s Pico at Bellator 286

    Aaron Pico, left, is shown in his second-round TKO win over Daniel Carey in Bellator MMA action on Jan. 25, 2020. Pico is back in action on a Bellator card this weekend. (Courtesy of Bellator MMA)
    Saturday: Bellator 286: Patricio Pitbull vs. Adam Borics, Aaron Pico vs. Jeremy Kennedy, Long Beach, Calif. Showtime, 8 p.m.
    From the first time Aaron Pico stepped onto a wrestling mat as a 4-year-old, intent on dominating the 35-pound weight class, he's been about one thing: the pursuit of excellence.
  • County extends manager’s contract; ups salary $20K

    Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca (Courtesy of Bernalillo County)
    Bernalillo County's manager is getting another three years on the job.
    The county commission on Tuesday voted to extend county manager Julie Morgas Baca's contract until October of 2025. The new agreement also raises her annual salary to $215,000 from $195,000.
    The commission voted unanimously to approve the new deal after members took turns praising Morgas Baca's leadership.
    "I have found her to be very available, very
  • What to do this week: Sept. 30 to Oct. 6

    Courtesy of Netflix
    Fall means festival season, so get out your best graphic tee and hit the streets. Before you know it, it will be time to hit the pumpkin patch. If you would like to stay indoors, there are plenty of events happening around the area, including a "Stranger Things" night at "Skate-O-Mania."
     This more than rocks
    Albuquerque Fall Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2, at Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE,
  • Balloon Fiesta Special Section

    Coming online Friday and printed in the Saturday Albuquerque Journal.
    Pick up your newspaper souvenir at newstands or at the Journal booth at the Balloon Fiesta.
     Subscribe to ABQjournal. Call 505-823-4400
  • Songwriter gigi finds a place for comfort with music, being on stage

    New York-based songwriter gigi snagged the opening slot on Noah Cyrus’ tour, which makes a stop at El Rey Theater at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. (Courtesy of Phil Knott)
    It's mind-blowing for singer-songwriter gigi that she is opening for Noah Cyrus on her current "The Hardest Part" tour.
    Gigi was a student in college and often found herself walking in Boston listening to Cyrus' single, "July."
    "It's really crazy," she says. "I have a succinct memory of being in college and it was during my

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