of incident: Bernalillo Police activity May 2007
—SUBMITTED BY FRED RADOSEVICH, CHIEF, BERNALILLO
The following are the monthly statistics for the Bernalillo Police
Department for May 2007:
114 OFFENSE INCIDENT REPORTS:
• 9 domestic violence (assault)
• 7 burglaries
• 3 thefts
• 10 vandalism
• 9 DWI
• 11 domestic violence
• 12 drug offenses
• 9 DWI
• 45 warrants
588 TRAFFIC CITATIONS:
• 158 speeding
• 31 stop sign
• 34 suspended/revoked
• 49 no insurance
• 54 seatbelt violations
34 CRASH REPORTS (ACCIDENTS):
• 16 on Highway 550
• 3 on Highway 313
To contact the Bernalillo Police Department, you may use the following
• Non-emergency Dispatch—891-7226
• Police Records—771-5872
• Police Chief—771-5877
• Citizen Concern Line—771-5888
Attorney General presents new clean government
Attorney General Gary King began the legislative process this year
of trying to root out government corruption by presenting several
proposals to the Joint Interim Committee on Courts, Corrections,
and Justice. The Attorney General expects the following ideas to
be sponsored and formally presented to the 2008 New Mexico Legislature:
• Increase penalties for public corruption, including a provision
that automatically disqualifies public officials from holding office
• Protect public employees from retaliation for reporting
• Provide for Primary Jurisdiction for the Attorney General
to prosecute statewide elected officials for crimes involving public
• Amend the Governmental Conduct Act to include local governments.
• In cases of corruption, change the law so that the statute
of limitations begins when the crimes are investigated, not when
“By presenting these proposals now, it is my intent to give
legislators more time to consider them and ask questions of my office
before the regular session begins next year,” says Attorney
State Department eases passport requirements for
western hemisphere travel
Due to a backlog of passport applications, the U.S. State Department
has modified its requirement that began earlier this year that U.S.
citizens present passports when flying to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean,
and Bermuda and returning to the U.S.
What is required, though, is proof that a traveler has applied
for his or her passport. Through September 30, 2007, air passengers
to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to
show a government-issued photo identification and U.S. State Department
official proof of application for a passport.
Passport applicants can visit the State Department website at www.state.gov
where they will receive instructions about how to track their passport
application and print out a form which will contain a unique “locator
number.” This printout must be used to depart and return to
the United States.
As of January 2008, all American cruise and driving passengers
traveling to any country outside the U.S. will be required to carry
a passport in order to re-enter the U.S.
Passport applications are available at any AAA New Mexico office
or a U.S. Post Office, and can also be downloaded at the State Department’s
website, www.state.gov. Citizens who wish to either renew or apply
for a new passport must submit passport photos with their application.
First-time passports cost $82 for citizens less than sixteen years
of age, and $97 for those sixteen years old and older. Passport
renewal costs $67. For an additional fee, there are services to
expedite passport applications and reduce the processing time to
four weeks or less.
First-time applicants for a passport, or those with expired or
lost passports, must submit their application in person to a passport
processing location such as a post office during the hours that
service is available. Non-expired passports can be renewed by mail
by sending the application, the most recent passport, and two identical
passport photographs to the State Department.
National Guard suffers at home as equipment goes
—LAURA ONSTOT, HIGH COUNTRY NEWS
Staff Sgt. Daniel Dierickx completed three tours of duty
in Iraq with the Air National Guard by the age of 23. Back home
in Klamath, Ore., he is working toward a degree in aeronautical
science. He continues training for the National Guard, but the equipment
he has to use seems better suited for a tour in Korea or Vietnam.
Instead of training with the heavier body armor worn by troops
today in the Middle East, Dierickx wears a flak vest from Vietnam.
Instead of modern air radar systems, he uses a radar with components
dating back to the early 1950s.
Increasingly, the newer equipment is kept in the combat zones—particularly
Iraq and Afghanistan—leaving the outdated equipment at home
for training the troops. Though the problem plagues the whole country,
some Western states have been hit especially hard: New Mexico is
the most ill-equipped state in the country.
Since September 11, 2001, about 180,000 Guard troops have served
in Iraq or Afghanistan; 479 of them have died in those countries.
A January 2007 report by the federal Government Accountability
Office found that all 50 states are short the amount of equipment
needed for missions at home and abroad. New Mexico has the largest
shortfall at 66.2 percent.
“The National Guard is being forced to survive on Army hand-me-downs,”
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, D, said in an April news release.
“This is hard in peacetime and impossible when we are at war.
The National Guard is being treated as second-class soldiers, and
that is simply wrong.”
If competing state and international missions weren’t enough,
the Guard has other responsibilities, including border security.
By the end of September 2006, 5,252 personnel had been deployed
to the Southwestern border.
This article originally appeared in High Country
which covers the West's communities and natural-resource issues
from Paonia, Colorado.