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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,
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Governor Signs Abortion Bill, Republican Senators Respond


Governor Signs Abortion Bill, Republican Senators Respond

SANTA FE – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed legislation to repeal New Mexico’s abortion law. Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Democratic Senator Linda Lopez (District 11-Bernalillo) and others, repealed an entire section of law that among other things protected medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortions and required that abortions be performed by licensed physicians.

Senate Republicans responded to the Governor’s action with the following statements:

“Though the Governor and pro-abortion activists will claim this as a victory for women, the only victor in this bill is the multi-million dollar abortion industry,” said Senator Crystal Diamond (District 35-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, and Sierra). “With the stroke of her pen, the Governor has weakened standards of care for women, stripped conscience protections for medical professionals, and given the abortion industry unchecked power to operate under the radar in our state. New Mexico women and children deserve better.”

“This is a sad day for New Mexico,” added Senator Gregg Schmedes (District 19-Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Torrance). “Pro-abortion activists have not been shy about their disregard for unborn children’s lives. Their actions during this Legislative Session, however, exposed their deeper motivations – forcing doctors and nurses to perform abortions

State Police Conducting Sobriety Check Points Throughout New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 26, 2021

State Police Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties across the State in March 2021

Statewide – State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of March 2021.

We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

Who:

New Mexico State Police

What:

Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration/Insurance/DL Checkpoints

When:

March 2021

Where:

All New Mexico Counties

Why:

So, we can ENDWI in New Mexico

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New Mexico Loses Hero

Luna County, NM – On February 4, 2021, a New Mexico State Police Officer stationed in Deming, NM was assisting Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The officer initiated a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet pickup truck on Interstate 10 eastbound, near mile marker 101 east of Deming, New Mexico.

During the traffic stop, the driver identified as Omar Felix Cueva (39) fired at least one shot at New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott. Officer Jarrott was struck and killed by gunfire. An HSI agent arrived on scene and notified New Mexico State Police dispatch that an officer was down. A broadcast was put out to state and local law enforcement agencies. A New Mexico State Police officer located Cueva traveling east on Interstate 10 near mile marker 116. Cueva pulled over at the exit and fired at New Mexico State Police officers. The officers returned fire. A pursuit was initiated as Cueva continued to evade officers, traveling east on Interstate 10. 

During the pursuit, other New Mexico State Police officers successfully utilized tire deflation devices near the Picacho exit on Interstate 10 and near milepost 135 by Las Cruces, NM. Cueva continued to flee east on Interstate 10. At that time officers from the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD), the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office (DASO), a U.S. Border Patrol agent (USBP) assisted New Mexico State Police with the pursuit. A LCPD Officer utilized a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver near milepost 140. As the pickup came to a stop, Cueva exited the vehicle armed with a firearm and shot multiple rounds towards the officers and deputies. Officers from LCPD, NMSP, DASO, and USBP returned fire towards Cueva, who was struck at least once.

Officers rendered aid to Cueva until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene. Cueva sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.  

One Las Cruces Police officer was struck by gunfire. The officer was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Texas where he was treated and released for injuries believed to be non-life threatening.  

This investigation is active and being led by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau The identities of the deputies, officers, and Border Patrol agent involved will not be released until all interviews are completed. The New Mexico State Police officers have been placed on standard leave. Please reach out to DASO, LCPD, and Border Patrol for administrative inquiries regarding their deputies and officers. 

Officer Darian Jarrott began his career as a Transportation Inspector with NMDPS. He was certified as a law enforcement officer in December of 2014 and worked with the former Motor Transportation Division of NMDPS. In July of 2015, he was sworn in as a New Mexico State Police officer where he bravely served until today. Officer Jarrott leaves behind 3 small children and was expecting his fourth child this year. Out of respect for Officer Jarrott, please refrain from contacting his family as they mourn the loss of our fallen hero.

Trucker arrested in Highway hit and run

NMSP Arrests Driver involved in a Double Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run in McKinley County

McKinley County– On January 19, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Unit were called to investigate a double fatal pedestrian hit and run crash on Interstate 40 eastbound, west of Gallup, NM.

Agents learned that at approximately 9:30 p.m., the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) received a call of a female walking eastbound on Interstate 40, near milepost 15 west of Gallup, NM.  

A short time later, a New Mexico State Police Officer who was travelling east on Interstate 40 near mile marker 15 observed a large object, a shoe, and what appeared to be debris from a vehicle in the left lane of Interstate 40 and the median.  At that time, a MCSO deputy arrived on scene. As the deputy and officer got closer to the object, they identified the object as a car seat with a deceased infant in it. The officer and deputy also located a deceased female in the median.  

The female, who was later identified as Jessica Ann Copey (24) of Tohlakai, NM and the infant were both pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.

During the processing of the scene agents learned Copey was carrying an infant in a car seat and walking in the left lane of Interstate 40, when the two were struck by a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) traveling east. The driver of CMV did not stop and left the scene. An attempt to locate was broadcast to all state and local law enforcement agencies.

On January 20, 2021, a MCSO deputy located a CMV with heavy front-end damage parked at the Flying J’s truck stop off Interstate 40, exit 39 in Jamestown, NM. State Police agents identified the driver of the CMV as Jagjeet Singh (24) of Indiana was taken into custody and arrested without incident.  Singh was transported and booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center in Gallup, NM. 

Upon a search of the suspect’s CMV, NMSP Crime Scene agents discovered 34.8 grams of heroin and 5.6 grams of methamphetamine.  Agents also discovered drug paraphernalia.  Singh was charged with two felony counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in Great Bodily Injury or Death, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (heroin), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. For the privacy of the family, the identity of the child will not be released by State Police. This crash remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau.

Biden Administration brings bright future For America.

Biden’s healthcare plan far surpasses the previous administration as it will bring the country a better healthcare system that allows people to Choose their own healthcare but also helps the poor get covered, bringing healthcare to millions who didn’t have any.

Biden’s covid relief package will send out $1400 checks to Americans in an effort to fight the pandemic.

Analyst predict the Biden economy is expected to come roaring back putting many Americans back to work.

Senate Committee Advances Pro-Abortion Bill,Republican Senators Respond

SANTA FE – After a two-hour long delay and a hearing marred by technical difficulties and limited public participation, the “virtual” Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee today voted along party lines to repeal New Mexico’s abortion law. Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Democratic Senator Linda Lopez (District 11-Bernalillo) and others, would strike an entire section of law that among other things protects medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortions and requires that abortions be performed by licensed physicians.

“Though some of the existing law is unenforceable because of Roe v. Wade, this statute contains important provisions that protect our doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals,” said Senator Gregg Schmedes (District 19-Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Torrance).” As a medical doctor, I have heard from many of my colleagues that if they lose these vital conscience protections, they will consider leaving the state which would threaten healthcare access for many New Mexicans.”

The current law includes protections from recriminatory action when a hospital or their staff decline to perform abortions based on “moral or religious grounds.” In 1973, the New Mexico Court of Appeals declared this section of the law to be constitutional and a 1990 New Mexico Attorney General Opinion further reiterated its constitutionality.

“A total repeal of New Mexico’s abortion law is not the solution,” added Senator Crystal Diamond (District 35-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, and Sierra). “In addition to keeping the conscience clause intact, we should be working to strengthen, not weaken standards of care for women. The thought that a non-physician would be allowed to perform a dangerous, late-term abortion on a minor child without any parental knowledge is unconscionable. That is the type of scenario we are exposing women to if this bill passes.”

Senate Bill 10 advanced from the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee on a 5-3 vote with all three Republican Senators, Gregg Schmedes, David Gallegos, and Stuart Ingle, voting in opposition. The bill will now be referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee where it could be heard as early as next week.

Featured Actress: Zoe Yeoman

Zoë transplanted from Phoenix, Arizona, in mid-2019 by way of Los Angeles, Manhattan and the Washington, D.C. acting markets. Her love of the Southwest is only one reason she and her Husband of almost 30 years decided to make New Mexico their new home. Zoë Yeoman made her professional acting debut at the age of 16, at Kings Hall in Heidelberg, Germany, in a production of Godspell. Since then she’s worked in most of the major markets across the United States. She was raised by an Air Force enlisted man and her Mother was a civil servant, eventually retiring from the Pentagon as Chief of Logistics at Joint Base Andrews. Her family always took advantage of travel, consequently she’s lived or traveled through most of the United States and has lived in Frankfurt, Germany and on the island of Okinawa.

A working actor and a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA and, at times Producer and Director, some of Zoë’s favorite theater roles include Lisa Kron in Well, Ruth Steiner in Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, and as Haley Walker in Theresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates. She originated the role of Margaret in James Riordon’s award winning play, Apollo Redux, and played dual roles in the Washington, D.C. premiere of Emma’s Child, for Horizons’ Theater. On film, Zoë most has appeared in short and feature films, The Five Cent Curve and in All About You, directed by auteur Christine Swanson. Starring roles include Vanessa in Carrots and Onions and K.K.Kettering in the short film, Creole Lady Angelle. She recently was cast in festival favorite, Raising Buchanan, written and directed by Bruce Dellis, M.E.C.C.A.-The Film, The Tiny House Movie and others that are in pre- or post production, due out in 2021 or 2022. On Television, you’ve seen Zoë in episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims’ Unit, David E. Kelley’s The Practice; Strong Medicine, The Drew Carey Show and the ABC Sitcom, Rodney. She earned her Equity card with “the best understudy performance in 20 years” at the Kennedy Center/Eisenhower Theatre in Washington, D.C., (during a run of The Magic Fire, produced in conjunction with and by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and directed by Libby Appel). Producing and Directing credits include One-Act plays, short films and theatrical productions for the Arizona Women’s Theatre Company’s, Pandora Festival.

Zoë is well known for her character roles and is considered not only versatile in her looks, but her demeanor. Equally gifted in comedy and drama, Zoë has played cancer victims (actually shaving her head for the role), social doyennes, uptight professors, lawyers, doctors, leading ladies and an evil pharmaceutical company owner. One past Director said of her skills, “Read her, you’ll believe”.

Zoë is the athletic type, enjoying every major sport; especially Baseball. She is an avid Golfer and has played courses from the Bay Area to Scottsdale, Arizona to Williamsburg, Virginia. Having learned to Ski in the Austrian Alps, she has skied the Alps of Europe and the Eastern and Western slopes of the United States. She also rides horses and recently gave up her beautiful APHA 16.2h gelding, Zoe’s Situation Comedy (AKA Rolling!) so that he could have the life he deserves by trailering, and going on stream rides through Flagstaff, AZ with his new family. Her one remaining 15-year old Standard Poodle, Porter and her 14-year old Shih Tzu, Barley Wine are her beer-inspired Pups. A true gear head, she drives a 1977 Lincoln Continental Mark V among other things and is very close to getting her ’67 Honda CB-450 back on the road. An avid collector of antique furniture and 20th Century Modern Art, Zoë has visited most of the major museums around the U.S. and the cathedrals of Europe, adding a few more during a recent trip to Greece, Italy and Turkey.

Ms. Yeoman was on the Board of Directors of the Friars’ Club of California and is a past president of the Arizona Women’s Theatre Company. She’s a member of the Santa Fe chapter of The Hamptons Table and New Mexico Women in Film. She’s grateful for the warm welcome fellow New Mexicans and artistic creators in the State have offered she and her Husband, Daniel and is excited to see and learn more about her new home.

Learn more about Zoë by following her on Instagram, Facebook, IMDB.com, Twitter and her soon to be introduced YouTube Channel, “The OG Etiquette Expert with Social Standout Zoë Yeoman.”  Feel free to reach out to her Agents or Publicist with your needs.

Contact:

Katrina or Mina at South West Artists Group / NM / LA Ph: 520.548.2807

email: agents@southwestartistgroup.com

Linda Ryan at Crossbeam Talent / ATL and the Northeast Ph: 770.313.2739

email: crossbeamtalent@gmail.com

Sherry Robb at The Robb Company / MGR Ph: 818.384.0848

email: therobbcompany@gmail.com

Barry Rogers / Publicist  Ph: 214.907.8875

email: barry@waynepr.com

New Day for America

Today Donald Trump left the White House for the final time as Joe Biden will be inaugurated today as the 46th president of the United States.In a break from tradition, Trump will not Attend Biden’s inauguration.Trump leaves the presidential office rife with many potential legal matters awaiting him in civilian life.

Consequential : The art of Tom Blazier

The enchanted lands of New Mexico are the most Beautiful in the World, and the artist of those lands are the source of a magical culture the residents enjoy; Tom Blazier’s Brilliant landscape depictions are treasures as they capture the spirit of the landscape from a Masters Perspective.

Canal Walk at Sunset, oil, 22” x 28”  This painting was purchased by the City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection.


Canjilon Creek Canyon, oil, 32” x 50″


Cochiti Thunderhead, oil, 30” x 30”

Tom Blazier is an Albuquerque-based landscape painter. His work is represented by Masterpiece Gallery in Santa Fe. For more information about Tom and his work, visit the website www.tomblazier.com.

Department of Health county map update: 33 counties operating at Red Level beginning Dec. 16Dec 16, 2020 |

Vast majority of counties see marked improvements toward Yellow, Green since ‘reset’

Dec 16, 2020 |

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Dec. 16, with all 33 counties at the Red Level. Twenty-seven counties, however, improved in at least one of the two health gating criteria metrics, and 23 improved in both metrics, underscoring an improving COVID-19 outlook across the state.

No counties meet the criteria to operateat the Yellow Level or Green Level at present, though several counties are rapidly approaching Yellow Level thresholds.

The state’s county-by-county system uses key health metrics – the per-capita daily incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average test positivity within county borders – to determine the level of public health risk and requirement for each county. A county that meets one criterion may operate at the Yellow Level; a county that meets both may operate at the Green Level.

The color-coding of the map, in accordance with the state’s emergency public health order, is updated biweekly on Wednesdays. The next update is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 30. The map and other associated demographic COVID-19 data are available at cv.nmhealth.org.

Great work by the New Mexico State Police

The New Mexico State Police are one of the very best police forces in the world.The following incident will show how they were able to capture a man after a shootout and detain him alive, it takes a lot of skill to have that kind of professionalism:

New Mexico State police Press Release.

Socorro County, NM – On December 5, 2020, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) on Interstate 25 (I-25) at about milepost 145, south of Socorro.

Investigators learned that on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at around 11:13 a.m., the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) took an initial report of a burglary at a horse farm that occurred in Veguita, NM.  The victim provided SCSO with the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle.  The license plate came back to a black Chrysler passenger vehicle registered in Socorro, which led SCSO deputies to an apartment complex in Socorro, however, the vehicle was not there. 

At around 2:13 p.m., SCSO deputies went back to the apartment complex and found the vehicle. As they were attempting to locate the suspect’s apartment, a second call came in from the same victim in Veguita advising her vehicle, a white 2017 pickup truck was also stolen.  SCSO deputies saw the stolen white pickup truck on a street near the apartment complex. When deputies attempted to make contact with the driver in the truck, he fled prompting SCSO to initiate a pursuit with the vehicle.

The suspect, who was later identified as Richard Zamora (32) of Socorro, NM led deputies on a pursuit in and out of the city, eventually getting onto the frontage road along I-25 southbound.  Zamora drove his vehicle off the road near a culvert between the frontage road and I-25 near milepost 145.

Zamora got out of the vehicle with an alcohol bottle and started pouring the contents onto the driver’s side of the vehicle.  Zamora also threw rocks towards the deputies.  Zamora then set the vehicle on fire and eventually pulled out a handgun.  Zamora began pointing the handgun towards the deputies and towards his head.  Zamora would continue pointing the handgun at the deputies and back at his head for approximately 15 minutes while pacing back and forth.  

A New Mexico State Police sergeant who overheard the pursuit and incident over his patrol vehicle radio arrived on scene to assist.  Upon arrival, the sergeant observed the vehicle on fire and observed Zamora holding a handgun. Zamora pointed the gun towards other officers and deputies on scene. The sergeant and deputies gave Zamora commands to put the gun down, but Zamora ignored their commands. The New Mexico State Police Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were dispatched to assist.

The sergeant and other New Mexico State Police officers and deputies from SCSO safely positioned themselves around the perimeter of the area. The sergeant observed Zamora point his gun towards the officers who were located on the east side of the perimeter, at which point Sergeant Armando Reyes-Llamas fired his issued duty rifle towards Zamora, striking him.  Zamora fell to the ground and the gun fell out of his hand.  After Zamora was struck by Sgt. Reyes-Llamas’s gun fire, a New Mexico State Police Tactical Team member arrived on scene to assist.  While Zamora was on the ground, he was given commands to not reach for the gun which had fallen near him.  Zamora continued to ignore the officers’ commands and reached for the gun multiple times.  A New Mexico State Police Tactical Team Officer fired two less-lethal bean bag rounds towards Zamora, striking him. The Tactical Team Officer also deployed a less lethal flash bang munition towards Zamora, after he continued to attempt to retrieve the handgun.  Once the flashbang was deployed, Zamora finally showed his hands to officers.  As officers approached Zamora, he attempted to grab the handgun but was unsuccessful.  Officers were able to safely take Zamora into custody without further incident.

Officers on scene rendered first aid to Zamora until Emergency Medical Personnel arrived.  Zamora was transported to an area hospital by Emergency Medical Personnel where he was treated for his injuries. Upon his release, Zamora was booked into the Socorro County Detention Center in Socorro, NM.  Zamora was charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, and other charges related to the initial incident investigated by SCSO. 

No Officers were injured in the incident.  Upon further investigation, Investigators later learned the handgun Zamora was in possession of was a BB handgun. 

New Mexico State Police Sgt. Armando Reyes-Llamas was placed on standard administrative leave. Sgt. Reyes-Llamas has been with the New Mexico State Police for approximately 11 years. Upon completion of the investigation this case will be forwarded to an assigned district attorney’s office for review. For details regarding the burglary and the pursuit, please contact SCSO.

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