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As a local entrepreneur I have attempted many types of businesses in the Albuquerque metro area,most of my ventures were in the realm of online websites and blogs,over the years I have created a Vast empire of online websites and blogs,however many of them failed,as it was a learning process,and then coupled with my education in English literature from New Mexico State University I wanted to create a blog where I could just write,After making personal blogs and journals to no avail my journey suddenly blossomed into a site I just created on a whim called the DukeCityTimes.Com This site is my most prized online publication reflecting the beauty and culture found in Albuquerque New Mexico, The DUKE CITY!The growth of this online newspaper has exploded exponentially and is ever expanding into print! I don''t have enough man hours or time to handle the work alone and am always looking for people to help me write,edit,report,publish,its truly is the media publishing business at its best.So thats how it happened,I'm still an entrepreneur and I'm looking at starting other publications/ventures,but it all started with the DukeCityTimes.Com ! thank you and please stop by and visit us again! sincerely,
Stephen K . Judy

Real Estate Boom in New Mexico!

People are flocking to the land of enchantment from all over the country , with a short supply of houses , it’s a sellers market , this new found boom could also translate to new construction , New construction may be the road lowering prices for buyers and still taking advantage of out of New out of State Monies coming in , If the cards are played right this boom could last a long while..

Wildfires Rock New Mexico

Four wild fires have been burning in New Mexico over the past couple of days in Valencia county , Belen ,Portales and Ruidoso. The worst fire being the McBride fire in Ruidoso , causing the death of an older couple in their home, citizens are encouraged to listen to fire officials and evacuate fire danger areas

Teachings about violence

The answer to this question of slapping a comedian on national tv or invading an innocent country is In The teachings of Ghandi and Jesus and the Buddha , to understand with wisdom that violence is destruction and to abstain from it with all your heart and to treat your neighbor as yourself , these are the golden rules of the ancient ones , they should be protected and cherished like the flowers cherish the sun , they should always crash into the beaches of our minds , non-violence turns out to be a great strength we all know , only the strongest posses this , like the old wise man who saved the city when the warriors failed ,take heed all the dictators are filled with haughtiness and self centeredness forgetting humility ,creating tradgedy in the face of the humanity , defying God , forgetting whoever Judges , Judges God, All people are the children of The most high , the rewards of violence are death and sorrow the rewards of peace are love and life , may love and peace forever be painted across the canvas of your heart, love means you wish goodwill, peace and life for your neighbor, those who practice love practice the works of the father and the golden rule , the practice of light , when one walks with love they they are fulfilling what is written , wisdom is fear of god understanding is love of god , may your steps be shod with the fear and love of God , the alpha and omega who gives and takes away , humility will keep you in love and knowing the power of god will keep you wise..

RIP beloved hero

I’ll never forget the youthful innocence of my brother Joshua , he loved unm and sports to death , he always wanted to complete his schooling at unm , he loved to write , he was loved by everyone , he was really strong and supported himself 100% , from bridge and university to university and Gibson that’s Joshua Foster Ave , that whole area was his ,he loved sports and would write articles about unm games , he was my Rock , my main source of strength, I will love him forever , he brought light and youth to our life ,..

NMSP Investigates OIS involving the Rio Rancho Police Department

Rio Rancho, NM – On January 26, 2022, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Rio Rancho, NM involving the Rio Rancho Police Department (RRPD). 

Agents learned that at approximately 10:30 p.m., the RRPD responded to a domestic violence incident at 4668 Platinum Drive NE in Rio Rancho. The reporting person stated her son, John Paul Romero (42) of Rio Rancho, was armed with a knife and harming family members inside the residence.

When RRPD officers arrived at the residence, they encountered Romero armed with a knife. At some point during the encounter, two RRPD officers discharged their department-issued firearms, striking Romero. Romero was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. 

The reporting person and another family member were both transported by emergency medical personnel to an area hospital for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.

No officers were injured during the incident. The names of the officers involved will not be released by the New Mexico State Police. For information about the domestic violence incident, the identities of the officers involved, and the administrative actions of the officers, please contact the Rio Rancho Police Department.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigation findings will be shared with the district attorney for their review and consideration.

The New Mexico State Police acts solely as factfinders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests with the district attorney’s office. This incident remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.

Heroes In Action : New Mexico State Police Helicopter Hoists Injured Hiker to Safety in Socorro County


Socorro County, NM – On January 22, 2022, at around 4:00 p.m., the New Mexico State Police Special Operations Aircraft Section assisted New Mexico Search and Rescue (NM SAR) with the rescue of a stranded and injured hiker in the LaDrones Mountains, near LaDron Peak.

A Socorro Fire Department paramedic and a Socorro County Sheriff’s Office deputy had hiked to the location of the injured 50-year-old female and were providing medical care.  The New Mexico State Police Helicopter, call sign ABLE 7 crewed by a pilot, a hoist operator, and a rescue specialist launched to the area to assist. 

ABLE 7’s crew located the injured hiker and her rescuers near the top of the mountain.  The NMSP rescue specialist was lowered down to the hiker where she and the Socorro Fire Department paramedic were prepared for hoisting. 

The hoist mission, which took place at 9,100 feet was a success.  ABLE 7 airlifted the injured hiker to a waiting Socorro Fire Department ambulance, and she was transported to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.  Her current condition is not known.

“I’m very happy to hear of another successful rescue mission by the hard-working members of the NMSP Aircraft Section, and local first responding partners,” said Tim Johnson, Chief of the New Mexico State Police.  “The response of ABLE 7 and its crew most certainly saved this hiker’s life”.

The New Mexico State Police unveiled its new helicopter, an Airbus H145 on January 10, 2020, and it’s been proudly serving the citizens of New Mexico ever since.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety inspection leads to Drug Seizure at the Gallup Port of Entry


McKinley County, NM – Two men were arrested last week when the New Mexico State Police located 489.5 pounds of marijuana, 2.5 pounds of fentanyl, 28.5 pounds of THC edibles, and one pound of psychedelic mushrooms while searching a commercial motor vehicle at the Gallup Port of Entry. 


On January 21, 2022, at approximately 7:57 a.m., a New Mexico State Police officer conducted a safety inspection on a 2012 Volvo Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) at the Gallup Port of Entry. As the officer conducted a safety inspection on the CMV, the officer observed seventeen black duffel bags, three cardboard boxes, two plastic totes, and a trash bag within the CMV’s cab and trailer. The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the trailer. New Mexico State Police officers located 489.5 pounds of marijuana, 2.5 pounds of fentanyl, 23.5 pounds of cocaine, 28.5 pounds of THC edibles, and one pound of psychedelic mushrooms concealed inside the duffle bags, plastic totes, cardboard boxes, and trash bag. Two handguns, located inside the cab of the CMV, were also seized.


The driver, Brandon Ammon Johnson (39) of Laplace, LA, and passenger, Terrance Colin Hicks Jr. (46) of Houston, TX were both arrested without incident and booked into the McKinley Adult Detention Center in Gallup, NM. 


Brandon Ammon Johnson was charged with the following:


  • Trafficking controlled substances-Cocaine (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) &       (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Trafficking controlled substances-Fentanyl (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) & (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Distribution of Marijuana over 100 pounds (1st offense) 30-31-22(A)(1)(C), a third-degree felony
  • Distribution of a controlled substance Schedule I-IV –Psychedelic mushroom, 1st offense, 30-31-22(A)(2)(a), a third-degree felony


Terrance Colin Hicks Jr. was charged with the following:


  • Trafficking controlled substances-Cocaine (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) & (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Trafficking controlled substances-Fentanyl (by distribution or sale of narcotic drug – 1st offense) 30-31-20(A)(2) & (B)(1), a second-degree felony
  • Distribution of Marijuana over 100 pounds (1st offense) 30-31-22(A)(1)(C), a third-degree felony
  • Distribution of a controlled substance Schedule I-IV –Psychedelic mushroom, 1st offense, 30-31-22(A)(2)(a), a third-degree felony
  • Possession of firearm or destructive device by a felon, 30-7-16, a fourth-degree felony

Senator David Gallegos (R) and Senator Leo Jaramillo (D) Introduce “Baby Box” LegislationBipartisan revision to Safe Haven Act would allow for infants to be legally surrendered anonymously in secure “Baby Box”

SANTA FE – Senator David Gallegos (R-Lea and Eddy) and Senator Leo Jaramillo (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, And Santa Fe) today introduced bipartisan legislation amending the Safe Haven Act to allow for the installation of baby boxes in all 33 counties. A baby box, as used around the country, is a safety drawer at a firehouse where an infant can be surrendered safely and anonymously for any reason. The boxes are equipped with ventilation and heat regulation, and a silent alarm to alert the rescue team. As it stands currently, the use of baby boxes is not permitted in New Mexico under the Safe Haven Act which specifies that infants can only be surrendered to a healthcare provider, law enforcement officer, or first responder within 90 days of birth to remove liability of abandonment from the parent.


“We have been at the tip of the spear of this issue in the Española Valley,” said Senator Jaramillo. “For years, our city leaders, legislative representatives, and the President of the Española Firefighters Union (IAFF 4339) have been advocating for these devices to save the lives of infants who are born to scared parents with limited options. This legislation will allow my community and communities around the state to install these life saving devices and avoid the next tragedy.”

“We experienced the gut-wrenching reality of what this law can mean to save lives in New Mexico just a few weeks ago in Hobbs,” said Senator Gallegos. “We were fortunate that baby Saul Israel Astorga who was thrown in the dumpster is alive, but we need to do more to ensure this never happens again. We need to educate our children and youth that there is another way. Baby boxes offer another option to allow for infants to be surrendered safely without the guilt of a personal contact with a law enforcement officer or medical provider. If this bill can save just one life, it will be worth every dollar invested in this project.”


The boxes stand to cost the state about $30,000 per installation. This bill appropriates funds for the instillation of one per county