Santa Fe New Mexican - Your Morning Headlines


‘It’s just junk to those who see it as junk’

The state seized property from his Rinconada salvage yard in the name of public safety. He says he’s being unfairly targeted by N.M., federal agencies. Read more

New Mexico Attorney General’s Office reviewing complaint against PRC’s Espinoza

Stephanie Maez, executive director of Progress Now New Mexico, says the group recently obtained a cache of documents, many of them dealing with travel expenses, that were “deeply disappointing.” Read more

Psychiatric hospital treating Ojo Caliente man charged in 2017 killing spree

Doctors from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute say they have been “making progress” with 23-year-old Damian Herrera, but they need more time to ensure he can stand trial. Read more

Scammer steals high-ranking city official’s paychecks

An Idaho woman is accused of rerouting the direct deposit paychecks of Santa Fe’s public works director; other top leaders might have been targeted as well. Read more

Defense attorney says auditors failed to find missing evidence in murder case

Lawyer Jennifer Burrill who was present for some of the audit, said in an interview said that while fingernail clippings and hair were collected into evidence, there is no documentation of what became of the items. Read more

Man faces murder charge in El Llano shooting death

Jullian Medelez, 45, is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old George Albert Lewis II. Read more

Parking case rides a runaway legal train

Stanford Weinstein said he was innocent and filed a protest. Then he accused city bureaucracy of being tone-deaf, sustaining the ticket even though it had no evidence against him. Read more

Lawsuit accuses St. Vincent of discriminating against deaf worker

Asheley Coriz, alleges she was harassed by a supervisor and that the hospital failed to give her accommodations, such as an American Sign Language translator, and then fired her in retaliation for her complaints. Read more

Algae bloom closes swimming at Cochiti Lake

The closure will remain in place until “levels no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals,” Elizabeth Lockyear, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Albuquerque District. Read more

State engineer rates Nichols, McClure dams as ‘poor’

“Just because they have been downgraded to poor does not mean a dam is going to break and all hell will come down the hill,” city spokeswoman Lilia Chacon said. “The downgrading is a result of the uncertainty of what may be there.” Read more

Proposed Vladem museum faces state historic preservation review

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Griego y Garcia said the State Historic Preservation Office will have 30 business days to review and respond to the Vladem proposal. Read more


Opportunity abounds at volunteer fair Saturday

For everyone frustrated that the world is spinning out of control, Saturday offers an opportunity to step up and make changes at the local … Read more

Creating beautiful bonds through music

A group of Santa Fe student musicians have returned from our sister city, Icheon, South Korea, where they performed in the highly successfu… Read more


Remembrance of things past: Horsemen hope to erase (or at least dull) painful memory

The road to redemption isn’t as simple as reloading the talent pool once again. St. Michael’s already faced an opening practice in which it had just 31 players before steadily seeing its numbers grow to 46. Read more

Watch out, Cardinals, the Demons may be tough

Opening weekend for the prep football season began Thursday as Santa Fe Indian School opened play at home against Cuba. However, the rest of the North is set to kick off the season Friday. Read more

Nation and World

As global economic picture dims, solutions seem out of reach

Barely a year after most of the world’s major countries were enjoying an unusual moment of shared prosperity, the global economy may be at risk of returning to the rut it tumbled into after the financial crisis of 2007-09. Read more

Economic anxiety among voters is sign of vulnerability for Trump

Americans’ confidence in the economy is fragile, with a majority of voters expressing concern. Read more