Crime is out of control in New Mexico. Property crimes in Albuquerque are the
highest in the nation and violent crimes are increasing at an alarming rate. Crime,
particularly related to drug abuse, is rampant in communities throughout the state.
It seems like every night brings news of some horrible crime in our communities.
But, ironically, we know how to effectively fight this problem and we have the ability
to fix it. The question is whether, in this next legislative session, we have the will to
Over the past several months I have talked to persons involved in every part of the
criminal justice/public safety community – across the political spectrum. There is a
consensus on how to solve the problem- address the entire criminal justice system,
from early childhood intervention, to law enforcement, to prosecution and defense,
to courts and corrections, and to behavioral health. Simply adding more police
officers and prosecutors and increasing criminal penalties will not solve the
For example, corrections, although rarely talked about, is suffering under an
incredible strain. At the Sandoval County Detention Center, where almost 500
dangerous prisoners are kept, the starting salary for corrections officers is
$13.25/hour. Not surprisingly, they are having a problem both hiring and keeping
officers. Even the jail itself is in very poor condition. We will need substantial
resources just to make it secure. These substandard jails exist all over the state.
But the biggest and most challenging problem is our mental health care system and
lack of substance abuse treatment facilities. Our behavioral health care system has
been decimated. People with, or at risk for, mental illness and substance abuse often
have nowhere to go. As a result, MDC (the jail on the west side of Albuquerque) is
now the largest provider of mental health therapy in the state. Once the inmate is
released both the individual and the community are now at risk.
The citizens of New Mexico need more and better paid police officers, prosecutors,
public defenders, judges, court staff, corrections officers, pre-trial service providers,
and early childhood intervention, particularly at schools, and at behavioral health
and substance abuse treatment centers.
All of this costs money, but we have the money. There is over $20 billion in the
state’s permanent funds (money the state receives from royalties, fees and sales).
Using only one-half percent of those funds annually and without reducing the
money in those funds, $100 million each year will be available to establish a
criminal justice and public safety fund to significantly reduce crime in New Mexico.
This is the right thing to do. For example, what if a family has a large amount of
money in savings. The parents are saving this money for their future grandchildren.
But their kids are starving, not safe, and the house is falling down. Of course, parents
would willingly spend some of the interest on this money to solve the problem in
front of them.
If public safety is truly a priority for our communities – which it should be – then
our budget needs to reflect that reality. Crime affects everything – the safety of our
citizens, the reputation of our state and economic development. The permanent
funds are for our future generations. However, in failing to address this crisis now,
we are already affecting future generations by allowing crime to gain a devastating
foothold and by permitting the continued downward spiral of our economy.
It is time to solve this problem. The challenge is to spend the public’s money wisely
and efficiently. Through audits and constant monitoring this could be done. It is a
challenge that we should be up to. Let’s do this. Ask your legislators to support this
concept or come up with another solution.
House District 23
After a dangerous high speed chase last night 4 suspects were taken into custody.The suspects 2 men and 2 women,led the police through the city at 85 miles and hour,culminating in a crash,two attempted car jackings and arrests.
This is never before seen footage of a burning car on Carlitos springs and Rt 66 around 1:30am 12/19/17 Courtesy of News Hunter Micheal Tafoya.
Video Courtesy of I-reporter Mike Tafoya
Swat Situation on Albuquerque west side.
Brandi Alexander is no stranger to Studying or being resourceful,A graduate from University of Phoenix and A second Year law Student at the concord school of law,recently purchased by Purdue University,She has created a completely phenomenal and world class baby bar instructional site that even rivals many law reader programs and Initiatives in other parts of the country,In fact her site very well may be the very best site for the motivated student to enter the Legal field. Maybe its because shes political in nature,or she just likes to learn and teach, the state of New Mexico is a better place because of her,the site is a perfect anchor for serious students as well as those that are just curious!
If you need help in with your baby bar and would like to pass it the first time,Seek Brandi’s site, and see what she can do for you!
After Driving down Central Avenue and Seeing The A.R.T transit project come together;I noticed that the design seems to be precariously dangerous. Since the stations for A.R.T are in the middle of central avenue,users have to cross the street a major intersections to get to the buss stop,and since A.R.T is basically an two way bus lane down the middle of the street,people might use those lanes to get around when there no buses ;Like when I saw a lady walking down the empty lane with luggage.This project has had a lot of questionable things about it since the beginning,hopefully nobody will get hurt I know our pocket books are.
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Local Rapper “Vez” Is quickly growing as a preeminent rapper in the Albuquerque Metro Area. Still In high school the rapper is accumulating a massive number of Hits on YouTube. The lyrics are catchy and the sound is great, Vex is well on his way to international stardom.
Video: Da Ivy Leauge Productions :VeZ
In the new age of technology it is hard to imagine the full extent of the potential problems that will occur from our innovative future. For instance, what happens when drones become more popular and and evasive to help carry out harmful crimes. This could lead to a scary outcomes.
Are we going to need more security than before ? How will society deal with our new devices. Keep in mind most of our new technology has come from relatively recent breakthroughs, so it is hard to tell what truly lies ahead.
All I know is to Keep your eyes peeled and think smarter not harder, because the future is here and without a higher power it is hard to imagine the possible devastation yet to come.
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As good a place to start as any would be an understatement.
Coming from the Pacific Northwest I am a visitor and observer to Albuquerque.
Artistically and aesthetically this city is alive. No doubt about it.
But there is also foundation and tradition that binds the more fragile and untamed together like an unspoken understanding.
Being creative here is encouraged and dreams are truly recognised as worthy and approachable.
Casually, a city. Although, a break from the hunt-or-be-hunted mindset of Los Angeles.
I say that because entertainment and media here is just more down to earth.
As any artist struggles with an idea there is no smoke and mirrors to obscure an original intention.
Because all are welcomed.
Hope that doesn’t wear off Abq.
[Mike from Oregon]
Rocker Tom Petty Passed away at age 66 of a heart complications on 10/2/17.The whole country Continues to mourn His death.Tom Petty wrote “Mary Janes last dance” “American Girl” and “the waiting” to name a few, He will be missed.
Tensions In north Korea Continue to grow with both presidents egging each other on.One is virtually powerless and the other President Trump is the most powerful In the world.The lives of millions rest in the hands of both these presidents which some question the sanity of Both.Time will tell the outcome,Hopefully there will be international safeguards and diplomats that can intervene and maybe bring this to a peaceful pro non proliferation ending.
link courtesy CNN
Statement from NM House Republican Leader Nate Gentry on the passing of former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico House Republican Leader Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) released the following statement on the passing of former United States Senator Pete V. Domenici:
“I was devastated to hear of Senator Domenici’s passing earlier this morning. As we reflect on Senator Domenici’s incredible legacy, we should also recall his willingness to work with Democrats and Republicans alike to improve the condition of our state and nation. Our country would be a better place if more public officials took Senator Domenici’s approach to governing. We have lost a legendary statesman today. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire Domenici family.”
Since Donald Trump was elected President Of the United States there has been alot of Instability in his cabinet.Trump has gone through multiple white house press secretaries and hes fired at least 3 more of his closest cabinet members with the latest Steve Bannon, who has stated that “the trump presidency is over”.After all the mistakes Trump has made in the first days of his presidency you would think he’d be impeached by now.Time will tell but the trump presidency is far from being the best let alone the most Stable.
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New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez recently Cut Funding for public Schools In New Mexico Including Higher Education.Instead of bringing New sources of income or raising taxes,Governor Martinez has decided to take the Funds From New mexico Students.
BY ESTEFFANY ORTIZ
DUKE CITY TIMES STAFF WRITER
Have you ever thought what would you do or feel if your pet went missing. Pets are family and as they take care of us, we need to take care of them. It is important to be prepared. Reuniting with your pet can be possible by implanting a microchip. Microchips provide the owners information. The procedure is performed at a veterinarian’s office and is simple and similar to administering a vaccine or a routine shot.
Another way to be proactive is to install an app called Petharbor Mobile or go to Petharbor.com. If your pet is found, the site and app display where your pet is located. Remember to never give up and contact all pounds within the area. It is a good idea to check out the links posted below and verify other alternatives.Being prepared can save your pet.
Bernalillo County Pet Search
City Of Albuquerque Missing Pet Search
NM Animal Humane Outreach
Let me preface this article with the following information… You’ve probably seen me around town with my dog. I either walk or hike an average of 42 miles every week, especially when it’s nice outside. I live within 7.2 miles of everywhere I go. That being said, sometimes I would rather take the bus due to inclement weather or I am suffering from a bad case of sleep deprivation and just don’t have the motivation to walk.
When I heard about A.R.T. (Albuquerque Rapid Transit), I could not understand how anyone aside from those businesses that are on Central could possibly be upset about this project. Of particular concern was the Nob Hill district.
Granted, I live at the beginning of the war zone. I get tired of all of the drug dealers, pot (a.k.a. chronic) emanating from apartment buildings surrounding mine, alcoholics, tweakers and hypodermic needles I continue to find in my neighborhood. As a result, I wanted to move to a complex where I would be completely dependent on the bus system in Albuquerque.
I reconsidered due to A.R.T., thinking I could put off moving for a year, knowing full well the project could become problematic at times. I just wanted to be in a quiet, safe area away from all of the crime. Then, lo and behold, what did I find?
There are orange cones and barrels for safety purposes all over Central Avenue, which seem to move every week. Bus stops keep moving. I will go to what I think is for either the 66 or 777 bus.I will be waiting awhile and next thing I know, the bus I was waiting for goes right past me. I wind up walking at least half a mile trying to find another “correct” stop. I thought I knew where the bus stops all along Central and San Mateo were, but then they were moved.
Yesterday, I took the Lomas bus to San Mateo. Then I waited for the 140 or 141 to go south bound along San Mateo. It was supposed to be a straight shot. NO! The San Mateo bus went South to Copper Avenue, headed west on Copper, southbound one block to Central Avenue, then eastbound down Central. Holy crap! Talk about frustrating.
Now there’s talk that there might not be enough money to finish the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.WTF? Mayor Berry has no back-up plan should funding run out. Who is going to foot the bill? My bet is the taxpayers.
So, my stance is, fix whatever holes are along Central and make the city go back to the old bus system.
Lost in A.R.T.
Trump is insinuating that Hispanics and Muslims are criminals.He is founding this argument on the isolated criminal actions of a very few people,so few that they have almost no statistical bearing.this is morally wrong and indicative of fascism and a tyrant.Martin Luther king taught us all “Judge not a man by the color of his skin,but by the content of his character”.I will not broadly characterize the vast majority of Latinos or Muslims as villains,rapist or criminals because of the crimes of an isolated few.I know in my heart that the majority of Hispanics and Muslims are honest hard working god fearing people.I will judge each person by the content of their character and I will not judge them because of alternative facts or the workings of a tyrant.I believe in America,I believe as an american it is my duty to protect my country and countrymen,but i will not sacrifice freedom for security.By going against the tide,by not following the fascist status quo of racial persecution,I am becoming an even brighter beacon of humanity and whats right and I encourage others to do the same.
Paisano’s restaurant is the best restaurant in the Albuquerque.Not only does the restaurant use all homemade ingredients like pasta,chips and bread,but they also use authentic traditional recipes and methods from the old country.As the owner said “the kitchen is like a little grandmas kitchen in Italy” and they still do things that same way.If you like all fresh ingredients as well as homemade, Paisano’s is the place to be.The taste of the food is pure,that’s the best way to put it,pure authenticity.
1935 Eubank Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87112
The constitution of The United States of America ensures freedom of the press,for the president to do anything contrary to this is a slap in the face to every American. The White House belongs to the people, and the presidency is to serve the people.Denial of the press to enter the White House shows the true character of this tyrant and we the people should move towards impeachment.