Lobos Announcer Mike Roberts Honored at Public Viewing
Local Lobo legend Mike Roberts passed away earlier this month, and the sportscaster was honored at the Pit last Sunday by being the third person ever to have their body viewed there. Recordings of the iconic “Voice of the Lobos” were played over the Pit's loudspeakers, allowing fans, friends and family to hear its sound through the stadium one last time. Roberts had been broadcasting Lobo football games since 1966 and Lobo basketball since 1968. He hosted The Mike Roberts Show and was the sports anchor for KOB4. Roberts died Sept. 13 surrounded by his family at the age of 83 after battling with cancer.
CNM High in National Degree Ranking
Central New Mexico Community College was recognized by Community College Week nationally for its record of awarding associate degrees to minority students. The college news publication ranked CNM first in associate degrees awarded to Native American students, second in associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and fourth in associate degrees awarded to minorities overall. Earlier this month, CNM held two information sessions designed to attract former ITT Tech students.
City Continues Seizing Vehicles, Despite Ban
Arlene Harjo is suing the City of Albuquerque for violating her 14th Amendment rights, claiming the city’s forfeiture program “deprives property owners of due process law.” She also accuses the program of violating a state law passed last year banning civil asset forfeiture if the owner is not convicted of a crime. Harjo alleges the city ignored the law when they seized her car last April, after arresting her son for driving under the influence of alcohol. According to Harjo, she lent the car to her son, who told her he was taking it to the gym. He instead drove to Clovis, N.M. and was pulled over and arrested on the way back, according to reports. Harjo's vehicle was seized and she was told in court that to get her car back, she would have to pay the city $4,000 and leave a boot on it for 18 months. She asserts that the practice is illegal, and that it creates financial incentive for the city to seize vehicles without a feasible appeal process. City Attorney Jessica Hernandez, however, says the law only applies at the state level, and it is up to the city whether it wants to opt in or not. It has chosen not to.
West Side Dogs Dying of Mystery Illness
West Side Dogs Showing Symptoms of Possible Illness
A mysterious illness might be affecting local dogs, as evidenced by dozens of recent deaths. The Albuquerque Journal reports that local dog owner Amy Neel discovered the pattern when her 8-year old service dog, Joe, died in August. She soon found that numerous neighbors had lost dogs under similar circumstances—suddenly taking ill and suffering from diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and high counts of liver enzymes when tested. Posting on the website Nextdoor.com, Neel received over 100 responses from residents whose dogs showed similar symptoms. Christina Rhoderick, another local dog owner whose pets have not become ill, pooled the data from the informal poll and discovered that 50 dogs have died within the last year from similar symptoms, all on the West Side. According to Rhoderick's data, the deaths are occurring in an area too large to be caused by a malicious poisoner, and are most likely due to an environmental element. Local veterinarians are stumped by the seeming epidemic, and hope to be able to collect lab data now that they are aware of the possible existence of an illness.
Police Union Blames Paperwork for Low Sergeant Applications
Albuquerque police officers' union leaders say the Department of Justice's policy changes are making it less attractive to become supervisors. Union President Shaun Willoughby told KOB4 that a low increase in pay of $4 an hour moving from the rank officer first class to sergeant, accompanied by an increase in paperwork and continuing policy changes, has led to a low number of applicants for the position of sergeant—which has received only 45 applications this year, down from the yearly average of 105. APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza responded, saying the department asks much from its supervisors, and they do so “for the greater good of our city and department.” APD continues to face staffing problems, currently employing around 800 of the estimated 1,000 officers needed.
Trump Campaign Adds N.M. Resident to Hispanic Advisory Council
Last Friday, the Republican Party of New Mexico announced the appointment of Phil Archuletta, a republican activist from Mountainair, to Donald Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council. Archuletta is the owner of PNM Signs, a company that manufactures signs for state and federal agencies and has been a delegate to the Republican National Convention every year since 1984, even speaking to convention-goers in 2012. As a member of the Council, it would be his job to advise Trump on issues affecting Hispanic communities if the candidate were elected. In the past, Archuletta has shown support for the former reality star's immigration policies, telling CBS News, “Borders need to be blocked.”