Saturday, June 27, 2009

Inside Gertrude Zachary's Dream Home

Gertrude Zachary immigrated to New York after World War II. She's spent her life collecting antiques and designing jewelry. Now she's living in her dream home in downtown Albuquerque.

We went inside the fortress on Friday, and spent two hours interviewing the busy businesswoman for the August issue of Albuquerque the Magazine.

As you can tell by the photos, our personal tour was a real treat.

Enjoy the pics for now, and be sure to read our piece in the magazine next month. Also pick up this month's issue of ABQ the Mag which includes our extended interview with former Bush White House photographer Eric Draper. He had quite a journey on the world stage for eight years.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Denish Gets A Big Endorsement

from a News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - EMILY's List, the nation's largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Diane Denish for Governor of New Mexico.

"Diane Denish has long been an effective and dedicated leader for the people of New Mexico," said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY's List.

"As New Mexico's first woman Lt. Governor, Denish has made children and families a top priority, working to expand pre-Kindergarten programs and planning for economic opportunities for the future workforce. Denish has also worked closely with small businesses across New Mexico to help them connect to public and private programs to foster economic growth.

A lifelong resident of New Mexico, Diane Denish operated a successful small business before becoming Lieutenant Governor in 2002. As chair of the state's Children's Cabinet, Denish has worked tirelessly to make sure that the state government fulfills its commitment to support education and ensure the health and safety of children across the state.

As a former small business owner, Denish understands that small businesses are the backbone of New Mexico's economy. Denish has held numerous forums across the state in order to better assist local entrepreneurs and help create a better future for the next generation.

"I am honored to receive the support of EMILY's List and its members in New Mexico and across the country," said Denish. "As Governor, I'll continue my fight for a brighter future for New Mexico families."

EMILY's List supported Denish in her campaigns for Lieutenant Governor in 2002 and 2006 through our Political Opportunity Program (POP) that helps women win down-ballot and state legislative races.

EMILY's List is the nation's largest financial resource for women candidates. In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY's list raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 79 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Violent MS 13 Gang Leader Busted in Los Angeles.

While police in Albuquerque try to find a third suspect in Saturday’s deadly MS 13 gang robbery at Denny’s, we are learning the leader of the Los Angeles based gang has been busted.

37-year-old Alex Sanchez was rounded up in a gang crackdown in the Southland on Wednesday.

Sanchez, ironically has been hiding in plain site of authorities for years.
He founded the anti-gang program Homies Unidos, but is now being accused by the Feds of being involved with the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang the entire time.

Sanchez has been a role model, for kids, in the Los Angeles area for years. His non-profit’s mission – to keep kids out of gangs. Sanchez, convinced people that he'd left the violent street gang to rescue, or as it appears now, recruit, kids.

Police say Sanchez even conspired to murder LA Detective Frank Flores who spent the last decade investigating the gang’s activities.

He faces Federal racketeering charges, including murder and narcotics.

This morning, our Albuquerque police sources, told us another restaurant was stormed by three armed men after 11pm last night. The robbers forced workers at the Sonic Drive-In, on Menaul near Carlisle, to open a vault. The men reportedly stole money from the worker's and drove in a small white car with a blue racing stripe.

Yesterday, Albuquerque Police gave us a copy of an arrest warrant. They are charging 30-year old Mario Burgos-Rosales with harboring a fugitive. Police say they suspect him and Jose Melgar of driving Francisco Melgar to Arizona and then paying another man to take the fleeing murder suspect into Mexico. Melgar's brother Jose was not arrested.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Denny's Homicide Suspects Linked to Deadly Gang

Gang detectives with A-P-D believe one of the two suspects in jail after Saturday's deadly robbery at Denny's may be a member of one of the world's most dangerous gangs.

When police caught up with 32-year-old Pablo Ortiz shortly after the killing they noticed he had El Salvador's country code, 503, shaved into his hair. The Albuquerque Journal reports it's a gang sign for MS-13, which stands for Mara Salvatrucha.

The F.B.I. believes 10,000 gang soliders are marking their territory in 33 states and Canada.

We found this 52-minute video online. Journalist Lisa Ling has been following the gang's bloody path and posted this documentary on Google Video.

There is no indication that the second man being held in connection with the shooting, 22-year-old Marvin Lopez-Aguilar, is a member of the gang.

Each man is being held without bail on murder, robbery, kidnapping, and child abuse charges at the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center. Police continue to look for at least one more suspect.

The female victim, a cook at Denny's, has still not been identified.

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