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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 ,..

New Mexico Lobos breaks seven-game losing streak.

UNM comes up with a big win inside The Pit Friday night!!! UNM 86 San Jose State 70.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. leads New Mexico Mens to their first Mountain West Conference win of the season with 23 points. Going 9/12 from the field, and adding six rebounds, it seemed like he was in the zone.

He was not the only Lobo in the zone Friday night. Jaelen House also contributed to the win with an outstanding performance earning him a double double and near triple double. House dropped 18 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds. Jay Allen-Tovar also added 18 points while KJ Jenkins added to the win with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

New Mexico Lobos when playing as a team can post good numbers. Evidence shows with their team season high in assists with 21.

Needless to say, UNM Lobos need to play as a team on a daily basis like they did Friday night against San Jose State. They proved they are a fun team to watch and can produce that elusive W.

@jfosterstats

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

Courtesy:NMSP

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.

Duke City Times welcomes Sports Talk At The Source (STATS) and Sports Journalist Joshua Foster.

Thank you to the Duke City Times for this opportunity. Sports Talk At The Source (S.T.A.T.S) will be expanding and I am proud to say that I will be bringing you all unique and original updates, articles, and so much more as we continue to grow. Thank you everyone for your support throughout the years. Now, let’s have some fun.
@Jfosterstats

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

Albuquerque and Santa Fe Again Top Moviemaker Magazine’s Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker

January 25, 2022
SANTA FE, NM – Today MovieMaker Magazine named two New Mexico cities on their list of Best Places To Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2022. For the fourth consecutive year in a row, Albuquerque is the #1 Best Place to Live and Work as a movie maker in the Big Cities category and Santa Fe was ranked #3 in the Small Cities and Towns category. 
“It’s no surprise that New Mexico cities continue to top the list of the best places to be a filmmaker – New Mexico is the place to be for film and TV,” said New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Our work to support and expand New Mexico’s film infrastructure continues to yield real results: a booming industry that provides countless jobs and economic opportunity in communities across the state.

Filmmakers take note – New Mexico wants you!”

“Four times at No. 1 is astonishing, and it’s a testament to how much Albuquerque has exploded as a production hub,” MovieMaker Editor-in-Chief Tim Molloy says. “Big investments from Netflix and NBCUniversal have helped dramatically, and so have state and local officials who are proud ambassadors of Albuquerque and other gorgeous New Mexico locales from Santa Fe to Taos. Work opportunities abound in New Mexico, and the state is doing an impressive job of helping to train up more locals to join its highly professional crews. Albuquerque is a lovely, friendly, affordable, very livable city that offers a terrific work-life balance. Santa Fe is very commutable to Albuquerque and feels like a resort town that somehow also offers endless creative opportunities, while constantly refilling your sense of wonder. Together they form a film corridor unmatched anywhere. Both are accessible to mountains that can double as New Hampshire’s and desert landscapes that can double for Mars. The region has heart and beauty and a spirit of exploration you can’t find anywhere else on earth. And yes, Los Angeles is a short flight away, but maybe you can just convince that L.A. producer you’re meeting to move to New Mexico.”

CITIES1. Albuquerque, New Mexico2. Toronto, Canada3. Atlanta, Georgia4. Montreal, Canada5. Boston, Massachusetts

“Albuquerque is one of the fastest-growing high-tech, sustainable film production hubs in North America,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The industry has grown here despite the challenges of the pandemic, creating jobs and opportunities in our community, bringing in new dollars to local businesses, and attracting new business, both inside and outside the creative sectors.”
 
SMALL CITIES AND TOWNS1. New Orleans, Louisiana2. Savannah, Georgia3. Santa Fe, New Mexico4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania5. Tulsa, Oklahoma

In a joint statement from Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller, “Santa Fe continues to garner great recognition as a superb place to write, produce and make films. We have the people, the resources, and the community support to sustain an industry that continues to grow and flourish—and an industry that fits Santa Fe and contributes to our community. This is another honor that adds to Santa Fe’s bragging rights!”
“From state to local leaders, to business owners and local residents, New Mexico embraces and supports this thriving sector of our state’s economy.

We are pleased to not only see Albuquerque and Santa Fe topping MovieMaker Magazine’s Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker, but maintaining their position as top places for filmmakers to call home,” said Alicia J. Keyes, Cabinet Secretary, Economic Development Department. “The industry offers multi-faceted benefits to our state including career paths for New Mexicans, serves as a tourism magnet, and provides revenue to local businesses. With full support from Governor Lujan Grisham we are continuing to build upon and elevate the ecosystem that New Mexico offers to the film and television industry.”

MovieMaker compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research, and personal visits, whenever possible. .

“Thank you to MovieMaker Magazine for recognizing our great state as the place to be if you are in film and TV. Albuquerque has been ranked #1 for four consecutive years and Santa Fe has sustained a top 5 ranking for the past five years which is a testament to New Mexico’s status as a production hub,” said Amber Dodson, Director, New Mexico Film Office. “As we look toward a bright future in 2022 for the New Mexico film and television industry, we at the New Mexico Film Office are excited to continue to roll out workforce development programs that will quickly train up New Mexicans to meet the sustained demand for our world-class crew, while also providing quality well-paying career paths.”
For the complete 2022 list of Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker visit MovieMaker.com.
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MovieMaker Contact: Editor-In-Chief Tim Molloy: tim.molloy@moviemaker.com

Free College For New Mexicans! Support Governor Grisham’s education Plan!

Photo by John Howard

Maybe you haven’t heard but Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is fighting to pass legislation that will basically give free college to New Mexico undergrad students roughly 35,000! In one of the poorest States in the Country this is a major game changer. If you want the future of your child to be brighter, If you want to continue school and get a degree, this is what we need. This 2022 Legislative session support the Governor and her efforts to get more money for the education of New Mexican Students. This increase in funds for students will not only make things easier but it is one of the greatest things that can happen to New Mexican Families, vote for Grisham and her educational initiatives, help propel the future of New Mexico.

Justice For Ahmad Arbery :All three Killers Sentenced To Life in Prison.

Simply Going For a Jog, Innocent Ahmad Arbery was senselessly killed by three Racist Assailants he did not know. The three Killers have been brought to justice and have been sentenced to Death , Bringing a little much needed closure to the black community that has suffered many injustices in the recent years.

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