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Drug Hotline Gets 400 Calls

Councilor Bill Dimas wants evaluation of whether city tip line for narcotics leads to arrests

Local NewsThursday, May 21, 2015 by Thomas Ragan

Do hotlines actually work?

It has been a little over a year since Santa Fe’s regional drug tip hotline has been in operation, and now the city councilor behind it is asking for a review of all tips to see how effective they’ve been.

Dimas, who chairs the city’s Public Safety Committee and who came up with the hotline idea, wants Ken Martinez, the director of the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Center, to look into hundreds of tips that have come in since April of last year and whether they have led to any arrests or convictions.

“It’s something that’s near and dear to my heart—stopping drug trafficking,” says Dimas, a former judge and police officer who lost his daughter, Brandi, four years ago, to drug abuse at the age of 32.

“You name it, she used it,”  adds Dimas, who made the hotline a part of his platform in his unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2014.  “I don’t know if you know this, but Santa Fe has a huge heroin problem, as does much of the country, and it’s time we tried to put a stop to it.”

In the last 13 months, about 400 calls have come into the hotline, averaging roughly 30 calls per per month, Martinez told members of the committee on May 19.

Yet Martinez says it’s going to take some detective work to track down how many tips have actually resulted in arrests, something he plans to look into in the coming months before reporting back to Dimas and the committee.

“What we do know for sure,” Martinez tells SFR, “is that when a tip is called in, if it’s in progress, then we try to send an officer over there right away.”

But if the tip deals with something along the lines of, “I think my neighbor is selling drugs,” then the complaint is forwarded to the investigations unit of the appropriate law enforcement agency, Martinez says.

Sgt. Andrea Dobyns, a public information officer for the Santa Fe police department, says narcotics investigators usually conduct surveillance based on the tip if it seems credible. Everything takes time when it comes to drug busts, she says, especially if deals are not in progress and officers are going off a tip.

“It’s not like we can go in and bust a door down based on a tip,” says Dobyns, who uses the police department Facebook to advertise the hotline. “But the hotline is definitely helping in determining places where there might be suspicious activities.”

Seven dispatchers answer the hotline, which is run out of the RECC. The service area includes the city of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County and the town of Edgewood. The line has a distinctive ring to it, and dispatchers on duty tend to it over the course of their shifts.

“There was no cost implement it,” Martinez notes. “The only costs really are personnel costs; answering it is factored into their job duties.”

Martinez says he thinks the hotline is an important law enforcement tool because it gives the public “an avenue” to call law enforcement on suspicious activity as it relates to drugs.

“We’re talking about everything and anything,” Martinez says, adding: “It’s important for the citizens to reach out to us if they think something illegal is going on.”

This is not the first time the center has used a special hotline, Martinez says. He says about seven years ago officials called for a rape hotline to deal with what seemed to be an increase in sexual assaults in the city and the county. That hotline has since been disconnected, and it didn’t last as long as the drug tip hotline, Martinez says.

Want to narc you neighbor? The drug hotline number is 428-3737.

Morning Word: Udall Pushes Energy Diversification

National standard would save consumers billions

Morning WordThursday, May 21, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr
A national debate is heating up over who should determine energy policies in the future. New Mexico's two senators support a national standard with more renewable sources, but critics say that takes regulatory power away from the states. Despite the cool temperatures, it's almost be time for summer and that means baseball is back in Santa Fe. Go Fuego!

It's Thursday, May 21, 2015

US Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, a co-sponsor of a bill that would require utilities like the Public Service Company of New Mexico, to generate 30 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources, says that a new national standard would slow electric rate increases and create thousands of new jobs.
“Investing in homegrown clean energy jobs just makes sense, and that’s why I’m continuing my fight for a national RES,” Udall said. “More than half the states — including New Mexico — have widely successful RES policies, and it’s time to go all in. I’ve long pushed for a ‘do it all, do it right’ energy policy, and a RES will help us get there.” 
Sen. Martin Heinrich is also a bill co-sponsor.

Reporter Sarah Matott has details. 

Meanwhile, Heinrich has joined forces with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to oppose the renewal of the US Patriot Act.

Read it here

Debra Haaland, the chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Party, wants Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate the state GOP’s use of the state seal on a controversial email.

Read her letter. 

The state’s Republican Party wants all of State Auditor Tim Keller’s emails and expense reports since taking office in January, but claims their request is being ignored. Keller’s staff says it’s responding to the “burdensome” request.

Read it here. 

Former Educational Retirement Board Chairman Bruce Malott’s civil racketeering lawsuit against financial firms and investment advisors has been dismissed.
State District Judge Matthew J. Wilson of Santa Fe threw out the case with prejudice, which means it can’t be refiled unless the ruling is overturned on appeal. Wilson said in an order filed last week that many of the wide-ranging alleged criminal activities alleged in Malott’s lawsuit were not directed at him or directly caused harm to his reputation. The judge also said none of the defendants in Malott’s case has been charged with a crime because of the alleged schemes he outlined. 
Mike Gallagher has the scoop. 

A new report found that a large portion of New Mexico’s seniors live in poverty. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report ranked New Mexico 47th in the country for the number of seniors living in poverty, at nearly 12 percent.

Read it at the Santa Fe New Mexican. 

A national nursing home wants Balderas to dismiss a lawsuit pushed by private lawyers exposed in The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning article.
The suit against the Texas-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group — one of the largest nursing home chains in the country — alleges the business has skimpy staffing levels that make it impossible to provide good care to residents of the nursing homes. 
Read it here. 

Following the deadly biker gang shootout in Texas, New Mexico State Police plan an increased presence at this weekend’s rally in Red River as the Bandidos roll into town.

See more at

Local bikers tell journalist Staci Matlock the violence in Texas ;won't "taint" this weekend's annual event in Northern New Mexico.

Read it here.

Boaters and RV’ers are already showing up at Elephant Butte for the holiday weekend.

Read it at the Deming Headlight. 

What will it take to make the New Mexico State Fairgrounds a competitive venue for national and regional events? Auditor Tim Keller has some ideas.

Read them at ABQ Business First.

Speaking of improvements, a group of consultants are sharing their ideas for $2 million dollars worth of Main Street revitalization projects in downtown Farmington.

Read it at the Daily Times. 

A new tourism marketing director in Taos has resigned after just two months.

Read it at the Taos News. 

New Mexico Highlands University regents have decided which of the six finalists they want to hire as the school’s next president, but they’re keeping their selection quiet until negotiations with the individual have been completed.
After meeting behind closed doors for several hours on Monday, regents emerged to announce that board chairman Leveo Sanchez and board member Frank Marchi had been given authority to begin negotiations with the individual selected. 
Read it at the Las Vegas Optic.  

A group of Millennial business leaders wants the PRC to reconsider their recents votes on Uber and Lyft’s ride-sharing services.
 "We're all under 35. We're the future of business, and we're trying to take a leadership role," said Josh Rogers, the development project manager for Titan Development and leader of the NAIOP group. "As young developing leaders of the business community, we'd like to see the PRC make regulations that are appropriate in the market, and let the market decide the restrictions on Uber and Lyft that have caused Lyft to already leave the market, and lets let the market decide what transportation options are available and not let a regulation decide that.” 
Dan Mayfield has the story. 

A national law journal has laid out its analysis of what “Breaking Bad” character Walter White’s trial might have looked like if he had survived and had been convicted. In New Mexico, he wouldn’t have faced the death penalty,  since that law was repealed a few years ago.

Read it at KOAT. 

Baseball is back in Santa Fe for the summer and the Fuego team is off to a fast start. More than 500 fans watched them trounce the Las Vegas Train Robbers, 10 to 5.

Morning Word: Where's the Beef?

State workers wait months for back pay.

Morning WordWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr
State employees say they want back pay awarded to them in a settlement sooner than later. But officials says calculations are difficult to sort out. That, plus Santa Fe police will be getting 90 new body cameras soon.

It's Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A few thousand state government employees are still owed back pay, and it doesn’t look like anyone is in a rush to cut checks.

Read it at the Las Cruces Sun-News. 

At least the state’s back roads are well maintained and highly ranked.

Read it at the Santa Fe New Mexican. 

We all had already pretty much figured this out, but all those rain storms are helping to “fend off” wildfires. Still, the precipitation won’t be a “drought buster.”

Justin Horwath reports. 

Mexican gray wolf supporters rallied in Santa Fe yesterday. They’re upset about a state Game and Fish Department decision to deny the renewal permit at Ted Turner’s ranch.
One rally-goer held a sign accusing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez – who appoints the commission – of a “war on wildlife.” 
Read it at the ABQ Journal. 

The Santa Fe Public Safety Committee is recommending the police force purchase up to 90 body cameras for its police officers.

Uriel J Garcia has the story. 

Las Cruces police officers will also be equipped with body cameras, and the folks at the Las Cruces Sun-News think that’s a great idea.
"They help build trust between police and the community. Now, when there is a dispute as to what happened during a search or an arrest, it will no longer be the officer's word, backed up by fellow officers, against the suspect's word, backed up by his or her friends and family. Cameras provide an objective perspective.” 
Read more here. 

Two Las Cruces police officers have been fired after an investigation into a suspect’s beating in a holding cell.

Read it here. 

Albuquerque's new police oversight board is off to a slow start and has delayed reviewing complaints against officers until it gets more training and clarifies its rules.

Ryan Boetel reports. 

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin will appear before the state Board of Finance Thursday to request emergency funding of $750,000 for operations of magistrate courts through June.
In April, the governor vetoed a $750,000 supplemental appropriation approved by the Legislature to address underfunding partly caused by a loss of revenues from vetoes in 2014. 
Read it online. 

The Albuquerque Journal is defending its decision to release information about a confidential investigation into District Attorney Kari Brandenburg.
The Journal took the position that releasing the file was the right decision under the law and something APD was required to do. Stonewalling would only have prompted [an] outcry about flouting the law and a coverup. Under the alternative reality, conduct by the DA that Balderas found to be out of line possibly would have been buried forever. Ultimately, APD should not be faulted for following evidence wherever it leads–even if that is to high places – or for following the state’s IPRA law. 
Read their editorial here. 

Access to a historical mining camp in the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe will be restricted soon.
SFR’s Thomas Ragan reports there’s only one more public trip planned and its already sold out.

Read why here.

The Santa Fe Community College’s planetarium remains closed to the public due to a lack of funding.
Barney Magrath, who has taught astronomy as an adjunct at the college for the last five years, says that’s a shame. Even though the planetarium’s technology, from its construction in the 1980s, is out of date, the facility could still be a great resource and gathering place, Magrath says. But he wasn’t invited to teach classes again next year, and he says that’s in part because he’s been making noise about the planetarium’s closing. “It’s shameful and disgraceful that they can’t come up with funds to keep it open,” he tells SFR. “It just languishes with no plan. They are determined to keep it closed, from my point of view.” 
Julie Ann Grimm has the scoop. 

That’s it for today. But we’ll be back tomorrow. There’s always more news.

7 Days


7 DaysWednesday, May 20, 2015 by SFR


Don’t get excited. The electricity giants vow to try, try again.



If he’s not too busy bombing another show.



Setting off community debate about safe alternatives to duct tape for unruly middle schoolers.



With cowboy boots, shovels and fertilizer on the shelves, it’s got all you need for a government meeting.



The fishing derby and the Bike & Brew carried on, just like the US Postal Service.  



A week ago. Still no report.



And Spaceport America won’t get you there either.

Street View


Street ViewWednesday, May 20, 2015 by SFR
Agua Fría Street is a dangerous place to bike. Maybe this sign change will help.

Send your horizontal shots to or share with #SFRStreetview for a chance to win free movie passes to the CCA Cinematheque.

Frontiersman and Frontiersboy

'Slow West'. Because Fast East isn’t a thing

OkWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Scottishly, John Maclean’s first feature is a bit of a brooder that can’t keep from sometimes cracking itself up. It follows a wayward teen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) through 1800s Colorado (2000s New Zealand), chasing the girl he likes (Caren Pistorius) and not realizing that his gruff bounty-hunter guide (Michael Fassbender) wants to find her too, for professional reasons. So the kid’s sort of a chump, but that doesn’t keep us from hoping things somehow might work out for him or that he’ll at least wise up if they don’t. Being maybe a softie at heart, the bounty hunter seems to share this view.


This territory isn't new, of course. Maclean’s insight is to treat all his characters as random players on the front lines of manifest destiny, half-consciously wondering if they’re the butt of a cosmic joke. Sample dialogue: “East, what news?” “Violence and suffering. West?” “Dreams, and toil.” Or, another exchange, between the two main characters, as they mosey on horseback through the barrens: “We could have taken them in.” “In where?” Good point.


The movie looks great, in a meaningful way. Robbie Ryan’s beauty-attuned cinematography gives us a gradual focus pull from the haze of romantic hope to the cutting clarity of disillusionment. Not that tone control is always perfect here; the point-of-insight moment in Slow West’s climactic shootout seems like something Joel and Ethan Coen might have dared each other not to cut from an early draft. It’s a gag, at the protagonist’s expense, and it goes too far, even for a film that culminates in a wheat field whack-a-mole gunfight. But it’s not wholly inconsistent, as other piquant bits include a felled tree pinning the spread-armed skeleton of the man who chopped it down, and a bad guy played by Ben Mendelsohn as if trying hard not to burst into a Gary Oldman impression. 


Meanwhile, Fassbender seems less antsy about channeling Clint Eastwood, and so he inherits the mantle of Western anti-hero archetype smoothly, as we always knew he would. Smit-McPhee, by now a veteran of movie frontier treks (see also The Road, Young Ones, All the Wilderness), never puts a foot wrong. The two of them together is an odd and compelling sight to behold, an encouraging sign of fresh buddy-movie blood. They have a knack for making their stylized conversations sound natural. 


“Dry your eyes, kid, let’s drift,” says the bounty hunter in one of many quotables, expounding what we know is an unsustainable worldview. Their path proves to be a trail of bodies, through which the movie—no longer jesting—backtracks in silence just before it ends.


In its best moments, Slow West manages to take the piss out of genre-mandated laconicism without losing sight of why we like it. At other times, the tone gets garbled, as if Maclean hasn’t yet figured out what great comment on Westerns in general he really wants to make. That’s OK, though; it’s about the journey, right?



Directed by John Maclean

With Fassbender, Smit-McPhee and Mendelsohn 

CCA Cinematheque


84 min.

The Kids Are…Well, They’re OK

Meet the Who’s managers in 'Lambert & Stamp'

OkWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Managing the Who was a means to an end: Who knew? Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp wanted to make a movie and figured it should be about something, so they designed a superstar rock band. As James D Cooper’s sprawling documentary reveals, this was a daunting and thrilling prospect in war-scarred, class-stratified England of the ’60s. 


What it takes to produce a great quartet of gear-smashing mod rockers is this: on the one hand, a gay, Oxford-educated son of a composer, and on the other, yes, the kid brother to the future General Zod. (Terence Stamp does pop up here, essentially to affirm Chris’ East End street-tough credentials.)


And so we see Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey’s long journey from scuzzy London dives to Kennedy Center honors. Along the way came casualties, including bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle—and eventually Lambert and Stamp. 


Townshend is the movie’s most lucid raconteur, but Cooper lets in many voices. At times, it feels a little like being cornered by some geezer rock snob at a party—just when a song you like comes on, he’s all, “Interesting story about this one…” Some of the stories are interesting, absolutely, but after a few, you want to say, “Hey, think we could just listen to the music for a sec?” But then what would a Who movie be without some excess noise?



Directed by James D Cooper

UA DeVargas 6


120 min.

Hardy Appetites

A gal has her choices in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

YayWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Tonight’s episode of The Dating Game transpires in 19th century England, where our bachelorette, one Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), has just come into possession of some land and some options. Bachelor Number One, a steadfast shepherd (Matthias Schoenaerts), already has proposed, even before Bathsheba inherited her uncle’s farm. Number Two is a volatile soldier (Tom Sturridge) whose previous fiancée (Juno Temple) jilted him accidentally, by going to the wrong church. Number Three is Bathsheba’s neighbor (Michael Sheen), who wouldn’t give her the time of day before but now can’t get her out of his mind. Each has his plusses and minuses, as she is self-empowered to discover. 


When Thomas Hardy’s novel was new, most readers heard in its heroine’s first name a Biblical allusion to King David’s adulterous lover; now, her last name evokes the heroine of The Hunger Games. So it’s a weird cultural moment for a new movie of this old book. Director Thomas Vinterberg, working from a script by David Nicholls, builds his love trapezoid sturdily, with intelligently understated performances holding up well amid sometimes far-fetched turns of plot. This may not be the most innovative literary update, but as a new episode of an old game show, it’s a swoon-worthy knockout.



Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

With Mulligan, Schoenaerts and Sheen

Violet Crown Cinema


118 min.

Small Bites

Eat at Shake Foundation and Extra Sauce

Small BitesWednesday, May 20, 2015 by SFR
Joy Godfrey

Shake Foundation

Brian Knox of Aqua Santa and Café Escalera fame did good with his unassuming burger shack that serves up portable treats on the daily. “Dedicated to the preservation of the original green chile cheeseburger,” in the words of their website, Shake delivers that plus a fantastic NM shepherd’s lamb option ($5.50) and a fried oyster sandwich ($5.50) with red chile that’ll have you begging for more. Vegetarians can also rejoice with the Portobello mushroom burger ($5.75). Enjoy some hand-cut shoestring fries ($3.75 for a single; $5.50 for a double) to complete your meal and oh, you want a shake with that? Like its moniker suggests, options are plentiful at this Mumford & Sons-approved shed. Try an “Adobe Mud” one for $5.75 made with Taos Cow ice cream. I will wait, I will wait for those.

-Enrique Limón

613 Cerrillos Road, 988-8992
Lunch daily

Extra Sauce

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Feel the Heat

Students at Capital High School get a culinary schoolin’

Food WritingWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Rob DeWalt

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook—try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.”

There may be no greater sentence to relate to a budding young cook or chef than the one above, written by Julia Child in her posthumously published 2006 autobiography, My Life in France. If I would add one line, it would be, “And listen to your mentors.” Mistakes, fears, fearlessness, fun and plenty of mentorship could be observed in the cafeteria of Capital High School on Thursday, May 7, when a “Celebrity Chef Gala” cook-off found four teams vying for top honors in a hot culinary bout, one month in the making.

It was an event that will most likely lead to more culinary instruction at the Southside campus, says CHS principal Channell Wilson-Segura, who ensures me that the culinary elective, which was ditched a few years ago, will be back at the high school next year. “We’re in the middle of a remodel of the room that houses a real kitchen,” she says, and with a lot of help from chef Michelle Chavez, a culinary instructor at the Santa Fe Community College, CHS will have a great space for students to cook in for years to come.

It was Heather Sellers, who serves as Capital High School’s site coordinator for the Communities in Schools program (, who first recognized the opportunity to provide more food-related experiences for students on campus. (Launched in 1998, Communities in Schools provides on-site mentorship and other social and academic services to students in an effort to increase graduation rates and keep children engaged in their own education. In Santa Fe alone, it reaches out to 5,000 students annually.)

Sellers, a veteran of the restaurant business and married to chef David Sellers—program director of the flourishing Street Food Institute food truck/culinary-education program and a longtime fixture in the Santa Fe restaurant scene—knew how to engage students using one of the most common human principles of both survival and communal enjoyment: the preparation of food. Intersecting creativity, organization, hard science and hard work, the culinary arts can provide numerous life skills to students of all ages and learning levels. Besides that, who doesn’t like to get their hands dirty in the kitchen?

The event on May 7 was judged by seersucker-suit-clad Santa Fe Public Schools superintendent Joel Boyd, SFPS board member Steven Carrillo, Julia Bergen, executive director of Communities in Schools, Wilson-Segura and New Mexico culinary luminary/author Deborah Madison. Chef Rocky Durham, co-founder of the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, served as the always-ebullient emcee.

The timed two-hour competition felt oddly calm, perhaps because the students had a few practice runs with their chef-mentors in the days and weeks prior. Chef Martín Rios of Restaurant Martín schooled his students, Alan Hernandez and Jonathan Zamora, on the particulars of breaking down chicken, sautéing it and deglazing the pan on high heat. Student Alison Rodriguez watched intently while her assigned chef, Angel Estrada of Midtown Bistro, broke down some red onions for a salsa. Chef Patrick Gharrity of La Casa Sena was hell-bent on making sure his wild-mushroom tamales with poblano-infused masa were cooked through, while his students, Gisel de la Torre and her mother, Blanca Lopez, pulsed together a smooth, silky tomatillo-avocado sauce to pair with them. Santacafé chef Fernando Ruiz, student Edith Solis, and her mother stuffed roasted, peeled poblanos with quinoa before plating them with chipotle asado sauce and Southwestern succotash. The chefs, I must say, were on their best behavior.

The action in the cafeteria kitchen was also called out live by Durham, who tried his best to interview some of the students, but these clock-watching cooks were in the zone. “Say, I haven’t seen the wine list yet,” Durham quipped, keeping things lively for the 30 or so people who showed up to watch the throwdown. As the clock hit the 15-minutes-remaining mark, most spectators appeared more nervous than the competitors.

Rios and his students plated their Asian glazed-chicken-salad tacos (using butter lettuce instead of tortillas) incredibly early, saving the hot-sweet glaze for last-minute presentation and to prevent the lettuce wraps from wilting. Estrada and his team lined up five plates of Pacific blue crab cakes with Chimayó red chile aioli and citrus-jicama salad along the buffet tray-slide in the dining room, waiting for the judging.

Tasting took place in front of spectators, with a few comments from judges served up to various teams. “As someone who grew up eating his fair share of crab cakes in the Chesapeake Bay area,” Boyd told Estrada and his students during the tasting, “I can say that these crab cakes do us proud.” Final judging happened during a roundtable discussion away from the students, and just one team came away victorious.

Congrats to La Casa Sena chef (and an official “culinary diplomat” to the US Department of State as part of its Culinary Diplomat Program) Patrick Gharrity and his team, who walked away with top honors for their wild mushroom tamales with poblano- and cilantro-infused masa and avocado-tomatillo sauce. All student chefs received a bowl of kitchen utensils donated by local outfit Chef Link Commercial Kitchen Supply, while de la Torre and Lopez were given chef coats emblazoned with the CHS Cougars logo, with patches and service provided free by Santa Fe’s own Desert Tees & Sports.

This hyperlocal event is a perfect example of how a community can come together to help make a difference in a student’s educational life and future outlook. If we were all as fearless about educating our youth as our youth were in competing during this event, Julia Child would be somewhere in culinary kitchen heaven, holding a spatula and approving with a broad, toothy smile.

Drug Hotline Gets 400 Calls

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