Darren White


V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016

Daily Word

The Daily Word in Saveur, Low Riders, Abelardo's Coke, Hummingbirds and Salmon Snagging

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Over at a lifestyle magazine called Saveur, reporter David Tanis reports on a thing called New Mexico green chile.

Meanwile, at NM Politics, Gabe Vasquez writes about herencia.

And the mighty Lobo Football team faces off against the Air Force Falcons on Saturday ... in Tejas.

This weekend, celebrate the poetic mythos of the lowrider at the NM Museum of History.

A Texas man named Abelardo allegedly brought 10 pounds of Peruvian marching powder into New Mexico. He pleaded guilty to those charges on Wednesday.

The Capitol Bar in Socorro has been in business for 120 years.

DCF Blogger Johnny Mango takes a trailer named "Happy" to Alamogordo.

Folks in Arkansas are debating the pros and cons of medical cannabis. As part of one teevee station's examination of an upcoming ballot initiative on the issue in the Natural State, former NM top cop Darren White was consulted.

Apparently, UNM Associate Professor Christopher Witt is friends with the agents of Huitzilopochtli.

Finally, in this week's much-awaited fishing report, salmon snagging is a thing in our state during the autumn.

V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016

Daily Word

The Daily Word in our high-tech legacy, Darren White and a dry river

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Our city's high-tech legacy should be leveraged toward tourism and convention growth, say experts in the travel and airline industry.

Lockheed Martin has enlisted New Mexico Tech as a partner in its bid to assume management of Sandia National Laboratories.

DOJ Federal Monitor James Ginger will release his third report on APD reform efforts today.

Former Bernalillo County Sheriff and New Mexico Secretary of Public Safety Darren White says, "This year I can’t back the GOP," and has consequently endorsed his former boss, Gary Johnson, for POTUS.

High temperatures, sparse rainfall and the subsequent need for more water by farmers along the middle Rio Grande have resulted in a 17 mile section of the river running dry.

Trout fishing along the Pecos River can be enhanced by using simulators, bead-head prince nymphs or worms; meanwhile try angling at Isleta Lakes in the early morning while using garlic chicken liver or shrimp as bait.

Meanwhile, here's some local hip-hop about our fabulous Duke City!

V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011

Newscity

Lost in Translation

Commissioner contends a key APD report never made it to the mayor

When the latest rash of officer-involved shootings had just begun in 2009, a transition team created a report for the incoming mayor about the Albuquerque Police Department. It pointed to corruption, fear of retaliation on the force, criticisms from the public and problems with APD's leadership. But Mayor Richard Berry may have never seen that version of the report.
V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011

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The Daily Word in Tim Gunn, The Sucklord and teleportation

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Second report also clears Darren White.

Onion joke goes terribly wrong.

Tim Gunn is coming to New Mexico.

Race car champ Al Unser Jr. arrested for DWI.

12-year-old finds out she’s pregnant after sexual assault.

Chemical castration for pedophiles in South Korea.

ICE sweeps the country, picks up 2,901 undocumented immigrants, 36 in New Mexico.

Feds may challenged four state immigration laws.

The advertising genius behind “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

Meet The Sucklord, asshole.

Online dating is hard.

Sex-toy company is launching a vibrator into space.

China’s also going to space.

The album that changed everything 20 years ago.

A dress made of cow and yak nipples.

Tiny robot rocket jumps.

45 years of KUNM.

Gov. Martinez to appoint Commish Block’s replacement. His resignation was announced yesterday.

Why rats feel like they’re being teleported all the time.

This cantaloupe thing is serious, the deadliest food-borne outbreak since 1998.

V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011

Council Watch

Bring in the Feds

A jam-packed Council report with: APD, Darren White, electronic signs, car boots, Target and chile ristras
V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011

Council Bite

Inspector Could Investigate White

As one of his first tasks, the city’s inspector general may dig into allegations aimed at former Public Safety Director Darren White.

V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
Darren White

Council Bite

The Darren White Probe

White announced his retirement shortly after a Council committee voted to investigate events surrounding his wife’s car accident. It’s unclear whether the Council will continue pursuing an independent investigation, given White’s retirement.

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Darren White is stepping down

Public Safety Director Darren White is retiring. The announcement came about an hour after city councilors decided to seek an outside investigation into an incident involving White’s wife.

His resignation is effective immediately, according to city spokesperson Chris Ramirez.

Last week, White’s wife, Kathleen, drove her Porsche into a curb. Darren escorted her from the scene to the hospital.

This afternoon, the City Council’s Internal Operations Committee—Rey Garduño, Don Harris, Debbie O’Malley, Isaac Benton and Trudy Jones—decided to seek three investigators not connected to the city.

Mayor Richard Berry ordered William Deaton, the city’s independent review officer, to look into the incident. But some councilors suggested that since Deaton is a city employee, it could be hard for him to investigate a city official as high up as White.

The Council committee also considered spending as much as $55,000 on the investigation. Councilor Jones said the expenditure should go before the full Council when it reconvenes after its summer break in August. Others said the committee should be able to authorize the funds on its own. The committee will meet again to evaluate three possible investigators on Monday, July 25.

White released a statement late this afternoon. Here it is in full:

I am announcing my retirement today in order to end the distraction surrounding my wife’s recent accident and allow Mayor Richard Berry and city leaders to focus on the important issues the people of Albuquerque deserve to have addressed.

However, the investigation must move forward and I intend to work hard to clear my name and stand-up for my wife, whose medical condition was improperly made public through the illegal leaking of confidential medical records.    

Getting the truth out is very important to me and I am confident any investigation will show: 

• I made it clear to the police officer that he was in charge of conducting any investigation and that I would not interfere.

• Nearly an hour after the accident and when it was clear that the scene investigation was complete, I took my wife to get medical attention. No one at the scene disagreed with that action.

• I did not take my wife to the hospital with lights and sirens on, nor did I violate any policy regarding the use of emergency equipment.

• My wife was diagnosed with a seizure by a neurologist at Presbyterian and was subsequently hospitalized for two days.

• No doctor, including my wife’s own physician, believe that the medical condition that caused the accident had anything to do with the medication she has been taking daily without complication for over a year.

• The speculation in the illegally leaked paramedic report that the symptoms might have been caused by “opiates” was conclusively disproved by a drug test administered at the hospital.

• We never would have released any of my wife’s personal medical history until we learned from the media that someone illegally leaked her confidential, and misleading, medical records to the press.

• The leaking of the paramedic’s report in this case broke federal and state laws.

I am very proud of my lifetime record of public service, beginning as a member of the 82nd Airborne in the US Army, continuing as a police officer, sheriff, and public safety administrator at both the state and local level.

I dedicated my life to public safety and hope I made a positive difference in my community. I feel honored to have worked with some of New Mexico’s finest public servants.  Our challenge is never easy and the circumstances often difficult, but we rise to the task every day.  I deeply appreciate having been given the honor to serve.

V.20 No.28 |

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The Daily Word in Darren White, Harry Potter and His Noodly Appendage

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Meet the police officer who showed up to the car accident of Darren White's wife. The officer says his police report was rejected for grammatical errors.

Spelling errors cost millions.

Preschool kids playing with hypodermic needles.

Yogurt guy facing federal charges, three to five years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

Mayor of Columbus, N.M., pleas guilty to gun smuggling for Mexican drug gangs. Town's police department shut down earlier this week, too.

The last Harry Potter movie is pretty good, says this reviewer.

Research uncovers a daily pill that protects people from HIV.

Marijuana can be even greener.

Pastafarian wins legal battle to wear pasta strainer on his head for his driver's license picture. (May His Noodly Appendage bless you, good sir.)

Du … Du Hast … Du Hast Mich as interpreted by a choir in Belgrade.

Reuse an Altoids tin without losing your masculinity.

The behaviors of state flags. (Sometimes state flags honor murderous severed limbs.)

North Dakota might not be a state.


V.20 No.8 | 2/24/2011

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The Daily Word 2.18.11: Darren White and Justin Bieber

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Person killed in overnight crash.

APD votes no confidence in Darren White.

Police nab suspects accused of stealing over 700,000 condoms.

Art made by kids thrown away.

Three officers injured in two days.

Cubs missing from bear sculpture.

Bahrain troops fire on crowds.

Dude had knife in head for four years without noticing.

Justin Bieber is against abortion, even in cases of rape.

Five killed in multi-vehicle crash.

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Daily Word 2.17.11: Trader Joe’s hates farm workers, global protest fever, Phil Collins Day Parade

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Voter ID proposal (outlined in this week’s Roundhouse Roundup along with some other funky bills) fails in the state Legislature.

APD union is holding a “no-confidence” vote today in honor of Public Safety Director Darren White.

From Wired Science: There’s a giant solar blast headed for Earth. Also, watch a carnivorous plant in action.

Peaceful protests in Bahrain crushed by modern, moderate government’s violence.

Thousands protest the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature, which is poised to pass a union-killing bill.

BP says Gulf oil spill settlements are too generous.

Weird food: Snack-cake sliders

Photo essay: AP photographer documents New Delhi coal scavengers.

From my sister: These porcelain dolls are amazing, creepy and expensive. (NSFW...UYWATWA)

No one cares that Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are divorcing.

Islanders prepare to abandon their sinking country.

Of course Brooklyn had a Phil Collins Day Parade.

Hair and makeup looks from New York Fashion Week, so far.

Ubiquitous “caramel color” in sodas will give you cancer and mess with your genitals.

The secret to Trader Joe’s cheapness? The company doesn’t care about farm workers.

V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011

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The Daily Word 01.23.11: Jack LaLanne died, Domodedovo bombing and Oprah’s secret sister.

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Jack LaLanne died at 96.

Wizard Magazine is shutting down.

A suicide bombing ripped apart Russia’s Domodedovo airport.

Lucky the biting monkey escaped.

Two died in a deadly Wal-Mart shooting.

Try the new line of marijuana soft drinks.

How do magnets work?

Damn light effects” photo caused a stir last week.

Keanu says they’re going to make Matrix 4 and 5 sequels.

A learned professor thinks Gomez shouldn’t sleep in the bed with me. Other professors discuss dinosaurs in the Bible.

A man shot a chupacabra, kind of.

Oprah has a secret sister and I don’t care, don’t care, don’t care.

Italian scientists claim to have cold fusion figured out.

Giant crawdads were discovered in Tennessee.

Renaldo Hernandez was gunned down in a fit of jealous rage.

A six-year-old boy got to meet Darren White after saving his mother’s life.

Happy birthday Neil Diamond.

V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010
Rainbow on the Anasazi building downtown.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Art News

Rainbow Warrior

The Alibi speaks with Albuquerque’s most controversial public artist

Every time I get on the Rail Runner in Downtown Albuquerque, I look across the platform at a rainbow dripping down the side of a building just across Broadway. Occasionally, I hear people point it out to their friends, but it largely goes unnoticed by my fellow commuters. About a month ago, a similar rainbow appeared on the Anasazi Building at Sixth Street and Central—that’s the abandoned high-rise recently taken over by the city after developer Vincent Garcia and two others were charged with 19 counts of fraud and money laundering.

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V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009

Council Watch

The New Boss

A fresh City Council got down to business Monday, Dec. 7, with Councilors Dan Lewis and Michael Cook on board. Lewis replaces Westsider Michael Cadigan, and Cook takes Sally Mayer’s Northeast Heights seat. Mayor Richard Berry briefly addressed the Council, welcoming the freshman councilors to the table, introducing members of his staff, and pitching harmony and a clean start.

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V.18 No.42 |

News

The Daily Word 10.15.09: Lou Albano, Tina Fey, da Vinci

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Manzano High girl dies after falling from top of moving car. Her brother died this summer.

Multiple coordinated attacks kill dozens in Pakistan.

New Chief of Public Behavior (or something) Darren White talks about illegal immigrants and arrests.

Captain Lou Albano died. Today I wear the official rubber bands of mourning.

Gold Street Caffe burglar caught on camera. Let's find him, sleuths!

Seventy-nine metro areas out of recession. We're not one of them.

Tina Fey made the bold choice to not entice anyone into having sex with her until she was 24 and met her husband. Saving the goodies.

Painting bought for $19,000 turns out to be a da Vinci, worth $150 million.

Can politicians have interracial marriages? So weird.

It's Penny Marshall's birthday.