Morning Word: Property Crimes Plague NM Cities
Fewer police officers and drug addictions contribute to the problemMorning WordMonday, October 12, 2015
Newly released FBI crime statistics show that New Mexico led the nation in burglaries per capita last year. Police chiefs told Uriel Garcia that a lack of patrol officers and the state’s drug addiction epidemic are primary contributors to the 8.87 burglaries per 1,000 people, which is way ahead of the national average of 5.42.
Struggling with Addiction
Speaking of addictions, Carlos Trujillo, a former political operative, is speaking out about his heroin use after being popped for driving under the influence of drugs in Española earlier this month.
Criminal Justice Reform
Sen. Lisa Torraco, D-Albuquerque, whose own home has been hit three times in three weeks, says, “Property crime offenders and repeat violent offenders are a real and serious threat; they threaten our safety and our children.” Torraco says criminal justice reform needs to start with better ways to deal with career criminals.
While President Barack Obama says he thinks Hillary Clinton made a mistake using a private server to store her emails, he told 60 Minutes over the weekend it did not pose a national security risk. While the charges may be “ginned up,” Clinton is working double-time to shore up her presidential campaign ahead of tomorrow’s debate in Las Vegas.
If you were counting on a cost-of-living increase in your Social Security benefits next year, you’ll be disappointed. For the only the third time in 40 years, there won’t be one because gas prices are down.
US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined state, tribal and local leaders Saturday to celebrate the designation of Valles Caldera National Preserve, one of the country’s newest additions to the National Park Service. Jemez Pueblo leaders attended the event but aren’t giving up their claim to the 89,000 acres nestled inside a 13-mile-wide collapsed volcanic caldera in the Jemez Mountains.
Citing more than a $2 million drop in tuition and student fees, the University of New Mexico plans to cut 100 jobs through attrition.
Not everyone is honoring Columbus Day. Instead, some folks are celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.
If you’re headed out of town on Southwest Airlines today you’ll want to arrive at the Sunport at least two hours early. Unknown technical computer glitches led to hundreds of flights being delayed yesterday. The company says there’s no indication its systems were hacked, but still doesn’t know what caused the breakdown that had gate agents handwriting boarding passes.
Great weather helped make this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta one of the best since 1996. At least one couple got engaged during the week-long event. If you missed any of it, you’ll enjoy this time lapse video of the special shapes rodeo.
A History of Sunshine
Finally, the Albuquerque Journal had a great piece on the history of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government on Sunday. The group has been advocating for sunshine laws and more government transparency for 25 years.