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Travis Johnson recorded phone call of Asst. City Attorney
May 19, 2012 08:43 AM PDT

Travis Johnson, the passenger in a recent DWI arrest of Scott Owens in which Owens was driving Johnson's vehicle, records a phone call with Asst. City Attorney Alfred Walker. The City has seized the vehicle and Johnson wants it back, claiming he falls under the "innocent owner" exemption to the city's DWI vehicle forfeiture policy. Walker, nor anyone at the city, seems to buy he's an innocent owner who didn't know of Owens' drinking past (he admitted he was drunk when involved in a 2009 crash that killed four teens and severely injured a fifth but was acquitted of vehicular homicide charges in 2011). This audio was released to The New Mexican by the City of Santa Fe after Johnson, who made the recording, and his attorney Aaron Boland presented it to the city. (STORY: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/City-releases-audio-recording-in-forfeiture-case)

Darden's voicemail for Gov. Martinez (02/12)
February 23, 2012 12:05 AM PST

This is an audio file of a voicemail Santa Fe hairdresser Antonio Darden left last week with the Governor Susana Martinez's office about his refusal to give her a haircut because of her stance on gay marriage. The audio file was released to The New Mexican on Wednesday by the Governor's Office.

Former Santa Fe Sheriff Greg Solano's comments following plea hearing
July 20, 2011 02:15 PM PDT

Director advises PIO against speaking with media
April 12, 2011 04:38 PM PDT
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The following was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican on April 12, 2011


A not-so-private conversation between North Central Transit Director Josette Lucero and Annette Velarde, her new public-information officer, was captured by The New Mexican after one of them accidentally dialed in the newspaper's phone number.

In that discussion, Lucero — who earns about $96,000 per year — repeatedly told Velarde that the newspaper's deadlines are not her problem. Lucero also openly complained about Patti Bushee, a Transit Board member and Santa Fe city councilor, who was asking a lot of questions about agency finances.

Lucero also advised Velarde not to make herself available to the media after meetings.

"You shouldn't be front line right there after the meeting so they can ask you questions, making yourself available like that," Lucero instructed her. "Now they are going to target you. That's why I left the building."

Lucero also advised her PIO to make a reporter formally request documents in writing and wait the maximum 15 days allowed by state law before delivering them.

Later, Lucero appeared to be talking to someone else, saying, "The New Mexican keeps calling me. She wants your number. I'm not going to give her your number. She wants the presentation and I'm not going to give it to her."

Lucero also bemoaned having wasted time with a reporter from another paper, saying, "I'm tired of helping these people and they don't print what we want them to print, anyway."

When asked by The New Mexican about the guidance she was giving her public-information officer, Lucero said, "She's brand new and she doesn't fully understand. It's not the right time for her to be answering questions. When she gets used to it a year from now, then she can be answering questions."

Lucero said she could not remember how much Velarde is paid.

Calls placed to emergency dispatchers prior to fatal crash
December 30, 2010 12:35 AM PST

Splurgenm.com radio spot
October 11, 2010 03:12 PM PDT
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This radio spot will be heard this week on Hutton Broadcast radio stations in Northern New Mexico this week.

Bus opera
September 20, 2010 03:58 PM PDT

Voices of Karmela Gonzales and Madi Soto blend with the sounds of a city bus
in this excerpt from a preview of "Crosstown #5," a "bus opera" that will be
performed on Santa Fe Trails next fall. Collaborating artists with
Littleglobe are composing the work, intended to tell overlapping stories
about the complexity of Santa Fe community life. Musicians are cellist,
Hannah Addario-Berry, violinst Carla Kountopolous and percussionist Loren

Anti-Colon robo call
May 24, 2010 03:26 PM PDT
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KSFR reports on paywalls for local newspaper Web sites
March 25, 2010 11:43 AM PDT
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Local Santa Fe public radio station aired this story on subscriber-paid access to news Web sites on March, 25, 2010. In the report, KSFR reporter Rachel Kennedy interviews Henry M. Lopez, Web editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican and a representative of The Albuquerque Journal.

Each company has taken a different path on the issue of subscriber-paid access to their new Web site. The Journal has required paid access to the bulk of its materials for nearly a decade. Meanwhile, The New Mexican has not made such a requirement.

Recently, The New Mexican's arts and culture magazine, Pasatiempo, has been made available for subscription.

The recording is approximately six minutes.