Reporter's Notebook

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist.

Peter St. Cyr has been writing about people, places, and other things for three decades. ;xNLx;;xNLx;He's been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press and the New Mexico Broadcaster's Association for excellence in journalism and was selected as a John Jay College Fellow in 2012.;xNLx;;xNLx;He is a member of both the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Editors Organization, and serves as a board member of the SPJ Rio Grande Chapter.;xNLx;;xNLx;These are some of his stories.

2009-08-01 00:00:00

Inside Gertrude Zachary's Castle

If home is your castle, then this German-born jewelry designer and antiques dealer is definitely living life royally.

2009-09-14 00:00:00

NM Politics hires St. Cyr

Peter St. Cyr is joining me in helping bring you comprehensive coverage of politics and government in New Mexico. Look for posts from him on this site several times each week.

2009-12-10 00:00:00

Vigil-Giron to be laid off in January

After being indicted in August on 50 counts related to public corruption, former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron was allowed to keep her job with the state Department of Workforce Solutions. Now, she’s learned she will be laid of Jan. 8 along with dozens of other political appointees.

2009-12-11 00:00:00

Padilla pleads no contest to DWI, will keep job in Obama administration

The former secretary of New Mexico’s Aging and Long-term Services Department will be starting a similar post in the Obama administration next month after recently pleading no contest to drunken driving.

2009-12-14 00:00:00

VIDEO: Denish releases new Web video

Diane Denish’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign released a new video, “Our New Mexico,” on Sunday.

2009-12-15 00:00:00

SEC: Riordan violated antifraud rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that Guy Riordan, a former poltiical ally of Gov. Bill Richardson, engaged in fraudlent conduct over seven years in his dealings with the state, and has permanently banned Riordan from trading and ordered him to pay almost $1.5 million in penalties.

2009-12-17 00:00:00

AG, auditor to probe White Peaks land deal

A lawmaker has asked the state auditor and attorney general to investigate a series of proposed land swaps between Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons and private owners that primarily involves land in the White Peaks area.

2009-12-20 00:00:00

ABQ mayor making plans to deal with budget deficit

Albuquerque Mayor Richard “R.J.” Berry says he has developed a plan to deal with declining gross receipts taxes, which could lead to an estimated $12 million to $19 million budget deficit.

2009-12-21 00:00:00

Gary Johnson heads to New Hampshire

Former N.M. Gov. Gary Johnson is heading to New Hampshire — the nation’s first presidential primary state — next month.

2009-12-21 00:00:00

Former cabinet secretary running for Bernalillo County Commission seat

Former N.M. Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to formally announce her candidacy for District 1 Bernalillo County Commissioner later today.

2009-12-23 00:00:00

AUDIO: Senators talk about health care vote

This morning, U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both Democrats, held a joint tele-news conference with New Mexico reporters to discuss Thursday’s vote on the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

2009-12-23 00:00:00

Natural Resources Trustee Jim Baca is retiring

New Mexico Natural Resources Trustee Jim Baca is retiring from the post on Dec. 31, and Gov. Bill Richardson has announced that Environment Secretary Ron Curry will service as interim trustee.

2009-12-29 00:00:00

Parties prepare for 2010 pre-primary conventions

New Mexico’s Democratic and Republican parties have set dates and picked locations for their 2010 pre-primary nominating conventions.

2009-12-30 00:00:00

VIDEO: Denish unveils state contract database

Lt. Gov. Diane Denish gave reporters a preview today of a new online database Web site that will allow the public to view any state contract valued at $20,000 or more.

2010-01-03 00:00:00

AG wants Lyons to put land swaps on hold

The Attorney General’s Office has asked the land commissioner to put a controversial series of land deals on hold because it has found “significant defects” in the appraisals used to determine the terms of the deals.

2010-01-05 00:00:00

Bernalillo County’s South Valley voters reject incorporation

Residents in Bernalillo County’s South Valley voted overwhelming today to reject a proposal to incorporate the semi-rural area.

2010-01-05 00:00:00

Denish adds three campaign staffers

Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, the presumptive 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, announced three additions to her campaign staff on Monday.

2010-01-07 00:00:00

Domenici Jr. may run for governor

Pete Domenici Jr. — the 50- year-old son of retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici — is seriously considering running for governor, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting.

2010-01-11 00:00:00

Amato wants to be first woman to lead Carlsbad

Wendy Amato, who declared her candidacy for mayor of Carlsbad last week, says if she wins on March 2 she would become the first woman elected to the position.

2010-01-11 00:00:00

AUDIO: Lyons defends Whites Peak land swaps

Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons invited elected officials, the media and the public to his office Thursday to discuss a controversial four-way land exchange he previously agreed to make with private ranchers.

2010-01-12 00:00:00

Richardson pushes green economy agenda

Gov. Bill Richardson has signed an executive order that he hopes will help the state become a leader in renewable energy exports.

2010-01-14 00:00:00

State’s authority to cap greenhouse gasses challenged

Three Republican lawmakers have joined a group of businesses and industry associations that are challenging the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board’s (EIB) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

2010-01-15 00:00:00

Guv considers sweeping changes to save money

Facing at least a $500 million deficit, Gov. Bill Richardson will consider recommendations from a committee he appointed last month to make sweeping changes aimed at saving money and making government more efficient.

2010-01-17 00:00:00

Domenici Jr. enters gubernatorial race

Pete Domenici Jr., a Republican and the son of the state’s longest-serving U.S. senator, announced Sunday that he’s running for governor.

2010-01-20 00:00:00

AUDIO: Johnson says Santa Fe has spent like ‘drunken sailors’

Former Gov. Gary Johnson, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, blames New Mexico’s budget deficit on current Gov. Bill Richardson and legislators who voted for the last seven budgets.

2010-01-21 00:00:00

AUDIO: Foy testifies before Senate committee

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from whistleblower Frank Foy and his attorney Victor Marshall in Santa Fe this afternoon.

2010-01-24 00:00:00

Vassilopoulos enters land commissioner race

Oilman and geologist Spiro Vassilopoulos announced today that he will enter the Republican primary for land commissioner.

2010-01-26 00:00:00

Chavez to run for auditor instead of land commissioner

After putting 53,000 miles on his truck campaigning for commissioner of public lands, Republican Errol Chavez is switching races and will run for state auditor instead.

2010-01-26 00:00:00

VIDEO: Johnson visits New Hampshire

Former Gov. Gary Johnson, who has been fueling speculation about a possible run for president with the launch of his Our America Initiative, was in New Hampshire on Saturday to give the keynote address at the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire forum.

2010-01-28 00:00:00

Indian health care still a priority for Udall, Heinrich

While health care is snarled in Washington, two members of the New Mexico congressional delegation say they’re committed to getting the Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization and Extension Act passed during the second session of the 111th Congress.

2010-01-29 00:00:00

PRC orders utility company to refund millions

The Texas-based company contends the counties, like municipalities, have the authority to collect franchise fees – amounts paid by a franchisee as consideration for the right to use the public streets and highways of the local government granting the franchise fees. But commissioners ruled the fees were never approved.

2010-01-29 00:00:00

NM insurance superintendent on paid leave

State Insurance Superintendent Morris J. Chavez has been placed on paid leave from his post, which oversees the state’s insurance industry, during a personnel investigation, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting.

2010-02-01 00:00:00

AUDIO: Martinez invites GOP ‘to be part of the solution’

At the midpoint of the 2010 legislative session, House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, is still waiting to see what Congress will do with federal matching money in the Medicaid program (FMAP) and how new revenue projections will impact lawmakers efforts to balance the state’s budget.

2010-02-02 00:00:00

AG sues to try to stop Whites Peak land deals

The office of Attorney General Gary King has sued to try to stop four controversial land exchanges at Whites Peak, contending the swaps violate state law and are unconstitutional.

2010-02-03 00:00:00

Mullins hasn’t yet filed report with FEC

Republican 3rd Congressional District candidate Tom Mullins has not filed his year-end financial report with the Federal Election Commission - which was due on Jan. 31 – because, he says, his “volunteer campaign treasurer is having difficulty converting the numbers using the forms on the FEC’s Web site.”

2010-02-04 00:00:00

Johnson to unveil plan for ‘economic prosperity’

Former Gov. Gary Johnson, who’s sounding more and more like a potential presidential candidate, plans to announce his “Three Point-Plan for Economic Prosperity” Tuesday at a press event in Washington.

2010-02-07 00:00:00

VIDEO: Heinrich talks about jobs, local banking

U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich says grants awarded to technology companies in New Mexico will boost employment, especially in the renewable energy industry.

2010-02-08 00:00:00

VIDEO: NRCC boosts Barela to ‘contender’ status

The National Republican Congressional Committee has added Republican congressional candidate Jon Barela to ’contender’ status in its 2010 Young Guns program, a three-step program dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger GOP candidates nationwide.

2010-02-09 00:00:00

VIDEO: 2010 election candidates file petition signatures

There were no surprises at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office Tuesday, the official filing day for candidates who want to appear on the June and November ballots.

2010-02-14 00:00:00

VIDEO: Heinrich focused on jobs bill

While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proposed last week trimming jobs legislation from $85 billion to $15 billion over 10 years, U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich was home – in his 1st Congressional District — touring a low-income housing construction site that will create or retain 100 jobs for workers who have been collecting unemployment for months.

2010-02-15 00:00:00

Powell picks up legislative endorsements

State Land Commissioner candidate Ray Powell picked up endorsements from three Doña Ana County lawmakers today.

2010-02-17 13:59:02

Balderas reports ‘troubling trends’ at APS charter schools

State Auditor Hector Balderas announced today that the 2009 Albuquerque Public Schools financial audit contained 378 findings, the vast majority of which indicate “poor financial management and failure to adhere to internal controls in many of the district’s charter schools.”

2010-02-17 13:59:02

SIC investment distributions grow

While lawmakers continue to debate how to reform the State Investment Council, the group’s board has announced it will distribute $720 million to public schools and other permanent fund beneficiaries in fiscal year 2011 — an $8 million increase over the current year.

2010-02-17 13:59:02

Rejected by Senate, Holguin says she’ll remain an advocate

A day after New Mexico senators rejected Neri Holguin’s nomination to the state Environmental Improvement Board, she says she’s “surprised and disappointed” by the 17 to 25 vote — especially since she’s been sitting on the board since last July.

2010-02-23 13:59:02

Poll commissioned by Pearce has him ahead

Former Republican Congressman Steve Pearce is touting a poll he commissioned that shows him with a slight lead over incumbent Rep. Harry Teague, D-N.M., in this year’s 2nd Congressional District race.

2010-02-23 13:59:02

Two more guv candidates admit trying marijuana

A week after Pete Domenici Jr. admitted to “recreational” marijuana and cocaine use decades ago, two more Republican gubernatorial candidates, Doug Turner and Janice Arnold-Jones, say they also tried marijuana years ago.

2010-02-28 00:00:00

GOP guv candidates discuss immigration

Four of five Republican gubernatorial candidates discussed a host of issues, including illegal immigration, on Saturday during an Albuquerque Tea Party forum in the Duke City.

2010-03-03 00:00:00

Land office refutes AG’s Whites Peak petition

Because Land Commissioner Pat Lyons is granted ”complete control over the care, control, and disposition of state trust lands,” the Supreme Court should reject Attorney General Gary King’s premise that four controversial land swaps at Whites Peak were predetermined “shams,” attorneys representing the State Land Office say.

2012-06-05 00:00:00

Booze for Votes

Alcohol and voting do not mix, but that didn’t stop campaign workers in Rio Arriba from offering people miniature bottles of whiskey.

2012-07-16 00:00:00

Bregman subpoenas governor

The attorney representing a fired state corrections department employee said he plans to subpoena Governor Susana Martinez to testify at Larry Flynn's wrongful termination hearing.

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