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Past articles by Jessica:

Albuquerque detox center: Staffing shortages mean little room for people seeking help

Between July and December last year, 743 people seeking detox or a short sobering stay were turned away from the Bernalillo County facility that provides such services. Here's what the county is doing to address the issue. → Read More

Albuquerque City Council rejects ‘tenant protection’ regulations

The Albuquerque City Council on Monday rejected a proposal that would have required landlords to disclose upfront to potential applicants some of their screening standards, and how much they charge in pet, parking, pest control and other fees. → Read More

Local leaders say they want to buy Southeast Albuquerque Walmart

With Walmart’s forthcoming closure creating a massive void in Southeast Albuquerque’s grocery landscape, local officials say they are hoping to buy and redevelop the property. City, state and Bernalillo County officials announced Tuesday they are cobbling together resources to acquire the store at 301 San Mateo NE, citing its importance to International District residents. In […] → Read More

Albuquerque City Council approves bill to deter catalytic converter theft

Selling and buying used catalytic converters in Albuquerque is about to require a lot more paperwork. Here's a look at the new law. → Read More

Bernalillo County to allow speed cameras. Here's what you need to know about the plan.

Bernalillo County aims to have five speed cameras placed within a year as part of a pilot program that could eventually expand to 10. → Read More

Proposal aims to thwart catalytic converter theft in Albuquerque

As the owner of an automotive repair shop, Renee Grout has a front-row seat to the catalytic converter theft epidemic. At least once a month, a customer arrives needing the costly repair work done after someone stole it right out from under them — a crime that takes just minutes to commit. She recalls once […] → Read More

Meet Brandy, the cat whose cameos steal the show at Albuquerque City Council meetings

While Brandy may not actually say a whole lot, she has a knack for getting powerful people’s attention. → Read More

Comments by former county commissioner O’Malley draw ethics board ire

An ethics board has found former Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley acted inappropriately during a heated exchange after a commission meeting last fall. → Read More

ABQ Ride Blue Line passengers ask city to keep it rolling

Public input has slightly reshaped Albuquerque's plan for reducing city bus service, but it may not keep the Blue Line from going dark. → Read More

City of Albuquerque negotiates $5.7 million deal to buy hotel for housing effort

Present plan is to convert the property to 100 efficiency units → Read More

Ethics board fines ex-commissioner for taking lobbyist’s contribution

An ethics board has determined former Bernalillo County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty violated county code by accepting a large campaign contribution from a lobbyist who does business with the county. The county’s Code of Conduct Review Board on Wednesday publicly censured Pyskoty and fined her $500. At issue is the $5,000 in-kind contribution Pyskoty’s 2022 reelection […] → Read More

Council passes bus bill without killing zero-fare program

Albuquerque's public transit system will get an additional $1 million for security, and the guards who patrol it are poised to get more authority. → Read More

Albuquerque to consider capping vacation rentals

Mayor Tim Keller's proposal stems from the city's 'Housing Forward' initiative → Read More

Feds award Bernalillo County $6.3 million to improve Coors Boulevard

A stretch of Coors Boulevard with a disproportionately high rate of serious crashes — including at least six pedestrian fatalities since 2015 — is on track for some federal help. A new U.S. Department of Transportation grant program has awarded Bernalillo County $6.3 million to upgrade Coors in the South Valley. The grant will cover […] → Read More

How much do elected officials in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County make?

Here's how much Mayor Tim Keller and other elected officials in the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County make annually. → Read More

Quezada files ethics complaints against colleagues

Bernalillo County’s ethics board has another two cases on its docket. County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada last week filed a pair of complaints against his colleagues, current County Commissioner Adriann Barboa and former County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley. Both somehow relate to the commission’s recent appointments to the New Mexico Legislature. That includes a November vote […] → Read More

Ex-commissioner’s ethics hearing proceeds without her

A hearing to decide whether a former Bernalillo County commissioner erred in accepting a lobbyist’s large campaign contribution proceeded Tuesday even though the onetime commissioner was a no-show. Charlene Pyskoty skipped the Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review Board hearing over what her lawyer argued was improper notification. Attorney Jacob Candelaria said Pyskoty received only […] → Read More

Citizen committee deciding what Albuquerque mayor, councilors should earn

The Citizens' Independent Salary Commission has begun its biennial process to set pay for the Albuquerque mayor and city councilors. Here's how the commission decides. → Read More

Who are the city of Albuquerque's highest-paid employees?

When it comes to Albuquerque city worker paychecks, nobody tops first responders. → Read More

City seeks more public help cleaning bus stops

Albuquerque’s short-staffed transit department is seeking more public help to maintain thousands of bus stops across the city. ABQ Ride announced Wednesday it would do more to honor businesses and organizations that join its Adopt-A-Stop program, such as posting signs noting their support and offering discounts on bus stop advertisements. Only about 30 of Albuquerque’s […] → Read More