The Rio Grande Valley is a community of communities, located just north of the U.S.-Mexico border and bursting with life. The residents here are primarily Hispanic, Democratic and RGV born-and-bred. Ahead of President Trump’s first visit to the area since he took office, and amid his continued push for $5.7 billion border wall fortifications and an ongoing federal government shutdown, I visited the area to get to know it and its population. Continue reading →
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HIDALGO, Texas – The eyes of a country turned to McAllen, Texas, on Thursday, a borderland city in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley where President Donald Trump arrived for a few hours to visit with local authorities amid hundreds of protesters and supporters. The main topic on the agenda during his brief visit: Border security, and pushing for his divisive wall proposal.
To those who live there and also those reading about the visit from across the country, it is indeed a border community. But if it’s the entry into the United States, Hidalgo is the doormat.
About seven miles south of McAllen, this much smaller community is home to some of the southernmost U.S. residents in Texas. Gas is as low as $1.65 (at least it was on the day after the president’s visit), and you can see the steel bollards and slats driving down most of its main streets. Continue reading →
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MCALLEN, Texas — Hidalgo County, encompassing the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas along the edge of the US-Mexico border, is a primarily blue region, but you wouldn’t know it if you were in McAllen on Thursday.
On the morning that President Donald Trump was expected to arrive in the Rio Grande Valley for the first time since he took office to discuss his divisive border wall propositions, dozens of protesters and supporters convened just across the street to make their voices heard, beginning at around 9:30 a.m.
By 11:00, the dueling rallies soon numbered in the hundreds, potentially thousands, as each corner of Wichita and 10th Street was packed with passionate community members. Continue reading →
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MCALLEN, Texas — Passing the historic Cine El Rey in the heart of McAllen, Texas on Wednesday, you wouldn’t have noticed the marquee advertising that evening’s live comedy attractions, nor the next movie showings.
Instead, Owner Bert Guerra posted the message: “WELCOME TO MCALLEN, 7TH SAFEST CITY IN AMERICA.”
That welcome isn’t just for tourists. President Donald Trump is expected to make his first visit to the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday to address what he has referred to in recent weeks as a humanitarian crisis unfolding along the border. But talking to Guerra and others who live in McAllen, the surrounding communities, and the regions of northern Mexico that sit just a few miles south, people here in the community say that if there’s indeed a crisis, they haven’t experienced it. Continue reading →
October 06, 2018
Link to original story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/in-battle-of-backup-qbs-unm-dominates-unlv-50-14/5098860/?cat=502
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Talk about a rebound.
A week after losing 52-43 in its Homecoming game to Liberty, the Lobo football team used a massive 29-point second quarter to stun UNLV 50-14 on the road Saturday afternoon and win its conference opener.
With starting quarterback Tevaka Tuioti out for New Mexico, Sheriron Jones stepped up and consistently kept his composure in the pocket, throwing for four scores to as many different receivers. The ground game also contributed three touchdowns of its own for a balanced attack against the Rebels.
October 07, 2018
Link to story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/4-people-arrested-in-deadly-northern-new-mexico-shooting-a-result-of-mistaken-identity/5099441/?cat=500
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A situation of alleged self-defense gone wrong resulted in one man being fatally shot and three others sent to the hospital late Thursday night just north of Española, according to investigators with New Mexico State Police.
Four people have been arrested and are facing charges in the incident which NMSP says killed 18-year-old Cameron Martinez mere months after he graduated from an area high school.
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October 05, 2018
Link to original story: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/rio-rancho-police-arrest-man-in-murder-of-young-rio-rancho-girl/5098171/?cat=500
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nearly two months after a 6-year-old girl was found dead by law enforcement in her Rio Ranch home, police say they have made an arrest.
21-year-old Leland Hust has been taken into custody by Rio Rancho Police in connection with Ariana Romeo’s death, officers say. He is being charged with child abuse resulting in death and aggravated criminal sexual penetration. Continue reading →
September 16, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After mysterious circumstances closed the Sunspot Solar Observatory in southeast New Mexico on Sept. 6 – prompting conspiracy theories of close encounters and men in black suits – it was announced over the weekend that the facility will “transition back to regular operations” on Monday.
Trailer: Welcome to “Our Backstory”
From KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our investigative team examines, discusses and reports on topics with relevance not only in our state, but across all 50. These are the extra details, extra soundbites and extra tidbits of information that may not have fit into our TV coverage, straight into your ears.
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Episode 1: A grain in the sands of abuse
For years, abuse by Catholic clergy in one northern New Mexico archdiocese was rampant. We talked to two survivors about their experiences, and confront one of those former priests themselves.
For KOB 4’s original report on Sabine Griego and his victims, click here.
Episode 2: The court battle
Before reporting on the crisis of priest abuse in New Mexico, we went to court to fight for the unsealing of documents that would become the bedrock of our reporting. An Albuquerque attorney joins us for a discussion on that legal fight.
For more on KOB 4’s court fight, as well as links to other reports in this series on KOB.com, click here.
Episode 3: An isolated hell – Part 1
In the first of this two-part report, we travel to a town that is small even for New Mexico, and to a lonely abandoned building where unchecked sexual abuse by one man was rampant over 40 years ago.
For KOB 4’s original report on Hacienda de los Muchachos, click here.
Episode 4: An isolated hell – Part 2
In the second part of this two-part report, we return to the lonely town of Farley, New Mexico, where dozens of boys were abused at an isolated ranch-turned-isolated hell. What, and who, brought an end to it?
For KOB 4’s original report on Hacienda de los Muchachos, click here.
Episode 5: Not a pedophile, not a priest
In an act of good faith to try and repair its trust with the public, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in late 2017 released a list of what it referred to as 74 credibly accused priests.
A few months later, a pair of lawsuits allege that the list is inaccurate.
For KOB’s original report on this story, click here.
Episode 6: Who’s to blame?
Hundreds of abused boys and girls swells to hundreds of thousands when you examine the clergy abuse crisis on a national scale. Many of the factors that led to priest abuse in New Mexico parallel trends across the country, and even around the world.
On this series finale of Our Backstory, we talk to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests about the ongoing fight to hold the right people accountable, as well as why a culture change is needed as much as a legal one.
For the podcast website, click here.
September 03, 2018
Link to original story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/zozobra-organizers-offering-refunds-tickets-to-2019-event-for-those-left-outside-park-after-miscommunications/5055703/
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two days after hundreds of hopeful Zozobra attendees were stuck outside Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe when Old Man Gloom went up in flames, event officials in a statement said miscommunication was to blame for congested entry points, and they were implementing a plan to give refunds to those left outside. Continue reading →