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NM lobbyist accuses former legislator ofa

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:28:51 GMT

Vanessa Alarid's decision to make the allegations public comes at a time when sexual harassment stories involving alleged abuses by prominent men are dominating headlines. The New Mexico House of Representative grapples with a state budget crisis during a special session on Wednesday May 24, 2017, in Santa Fe, N.M. A longtime New Mexico lobbyist said Friday that on the eve of a high-profile vote on a controversial bill eight years ago, a state legislator from Northern New Mexico offered to vote for the measure in exchange for sex.




Candidates: return certain donations to sender

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:07:52 GMT

With the political air ripe with the stench of sexual misconduct allegations, I have some free advice for Democratic candidates who care to listen: If you start getting a bunch of campaign contributions for thousands of dollars from unknown companies you've never heard of, all using the same post office box in the U.S. Virgin Islands, don't cash those checks! Make like that Elvis Presley song and "Return to Sender." Gary King learned that the hard way back in 2014 when he was the Democratic Party's nominee for governor.




Without a trace: 35 years after woman vanished, what happened remains a mystery

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:35:43 GMT

The town of Holman on Friday. Thirty-five years ago, police found Ann Riffin's car parked off a lonely, wending stretch of highway in the area, but they never found her.




SFCC students celebrate graduation

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:59:39 GMT

John Real, center, poses for a photograph with his mother, Mary Dorcheus, on Saturday during Santa Fe Community College's fall graduation. Jane Phillips for the New Mexican Karyn Dodier, left, and Nicole Montoya smile during the Santa Fe Community College fall graduation ceremony.




Youth perform scenes from Shakespeare

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:43:34 GMT

From left, Adrienne Rugg, Brooke Bauer and Cole Manske, students at New Mexico School for the Arts, perform a scene Saturday from As You Like It during the second annual Youth Shakespeare Festival at the New Mexico School for the Arts. Students from seven Santa Fe high schools and the Upstart Crows Shakespeare troupe performed more than 30 scenes Saturday from Shakespeare's works, including Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.




Ryan Holets, Albuqurque Cop, Adopts Baby From Heroin-Addicted Woman

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:16:20 GMT

Ryan Holets, an Albuquerque police officer, adopted a baby from a heroin-addicted mother who has been homeless for over two years and is living in a tent beside a highway in New Mexico, The New York Post reported . The 27-year-old officer met 35-year-old Crystal Champ by chance one day, when he responded to a routine 911 call about a theft at a local convenience store.




Overnight shelter for homeless young adults opens

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:00:57 GMT

From left, Transitional Living Program Director Sebastian Adamczyk; Youth Shelters and Family Services Director Shelly Felt; Rebecca Whitaker, cold-weather shelter program manager; and Destiny Vigil, an evening coordinator at the shelter, inside the apartment that serves as a cold-weather shelter for homeless young adults, age 18-21. Sami Edge/The New Mexican From left, Transitional Living Program Director Sebastian Adamczyk; Youth Shelters and Family Services Director Shelly Felt; Rebecca Whitaker, cold-weather shelter program manager; and Destiny Vigil, an evening coordinator at the shelter, inside the apartment that serves as a cold-weather shelter for homeless young adults, age 18-21.




Lobbyists Ask for Votes. Some Lawmakers Want Much More.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:45:36 GMT

Vanessa Alarid was a lobbyist in New Mexico when she asked a lawmaker over drinks one night if she could count on his support for a bill that appeared to be coming down to a single vote. "You can have my vote if you have sex with me," Ms.




Annual effort helps feed Sweeney Elementary students, families for the holidays

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:29:34 GMT

Frances Logan places a bag of oranges in a paper bag held open by her husband, Larry Logan, at Christ Church Santa Fe on Thursday. The Logans helped load a couple weeks' worth of groceries and other supplies for families as part of the annual packing party at the church.




Making Christmas cards at the Palace

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:20:14 GMT

From right, Palace Press curator Tom Leech, helps Karen Brooks, Sue Peterson and Nancy Pivonka print holiday cards Friday on the Estancia Press at the Palace of the Governors. The Estancia Press was built it 1907 and is known for printing the first book of cowboy songs created by Jack Thorp.




Lobbyist: Former lawmaker offered vote in exchange for sex

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:17:09 GMT

A female political lobbyist in New Mexico has accused a former state lawmaker of requesting sex in exchange for support of a bill during a legislative session in 2009. Lobbyist Vanessa Alarid said Friday that she met with former Rep. Thomas Garcia in March 2009 to discuss proposed legislation and that he offered his support if she would have sex with him.




New Mexico school shooter left note plotting attack, suicide

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:47:55 GMT

Students are led out of Aztec High School after a shooting Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Aztec, N.M. The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation. Police escort buses moving students and faculty from Aztec High School after a shooting Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Aztec, N.M. In this undated photo provided by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office is William Atchison.




Students describe terror after deadly shooting at New Mexico high school

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:27:50 GMT

Students huddled together in classrooms, hiding and attempting to stay silent Thursday after learning that a lockdown at New Mexico's Aztec High School was the result of a gunman on campus and not a drill. Two people, identified by authorities as high school senior Casey Marquez and junior Francisco "Paco" Fernandez, were killed when a gunman opened fire at the school in rural Aztec just before 8 a.m. Thursday.




DOT drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:08:23 GMT

A federal judge has ruled that a former South Carolina officer committed second-degree murder when he shot an unarmed black motorist to death. A federal judge has ruled that a former South Carolina officer committed second-degree murder when he shot an unarmed black motorist to death.




A boondoggle on the last wild river in New Mexico

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:26:52 GMT

Visitors play with their dog in the West Fork of the Gila River in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico on June 10, 2009. Visitors play with their dog in the West Fork of the Gila River in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico on June 10, 2009.




New Mexico Legislature won't release harassment records

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:51:12 GMT

Legislative Council Service Director Raul Burciaga on Thursday said the documents are exempt from public disclosure under provisions of the state Inspection of Public Records Act regarding matters of opinion in personnel files. Legal representatives for the Legislature say there have been only two formal complaints of workplace harassment, in response to public records request about complaints dating back to January 2013.




Feds delay rule on methane emissions

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:32:51 GMT

The Interior Department said Thursday it is delaying an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register delays the methane regulation until January 2019, saying the previous rule is overly burdensome to industry.