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Kevin Barber, 16, was inspired by a TED Talk to tackle homelessness in his own town. – Carolyn BarberThe San Diego "Wheels of Change" van, which transports the newly employed work teams to their cleanu… – Carolyn BarberHomeless workers pose with trash they cleaned up from the streets of San Diego. – Alpha ProjectIn San Diego, a "Wheels of Change" work crew digs in. – Carolyn Barber
The homeless men and women step off the van and get straight to work. They pick up trash and bottles, and as they do, business owners and residents cheer them on — honking, clapping and even handing out refreshments.
It’s part of a pilot program in San Diego that hires homeless people to help clean up the city’s streets. And it was started by a 16 year-old boy: Kevin Barber.
Barber got the idea from a TED Talk video showcasing a similar program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that invited panhandlers to clean local streets in exchange for fair wages and access to city services.
"It just looked really simple, and the statistics were staggering," the high school junior told CNN.
Cities across the country are using programs like the one in Albuquerque to provide hundreds of part-time jobs to the homeless. Barber wanted to implement one in San Diego, which hosts the country’s fourth-largest homeless population.
It’s an issue the young activist was keenly aware of from conversations he had with his mother, an emergency room physician who interacts with the homeless on a daily basis.
"I see so many people who just don’t have many opportunities," Dr. Carolyn Barber said.
So mother and son reached out to the city government to start a trial run of the homeless program.
It’s called "Wheels for Change." Participants get paid $11.50 an hour. Kevin’s mom felt so strongly about the cause that she donated the funds to pay for the six-month pilot.
The city is considering financing the program moving forward. Local politicians are also getting on board.
"It’s a win-win for everybody," said City Councilman Scott Sherman. Employing the homeless population to clean up the city has the added benefit of easing the burden on San Diego’s sanitation department.
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Several times a week, a van picks up eight to ten people from one of the downtown homeless shelters. The workers travel to different locations, removing trash and debris from many of the same sidewalks and park benches where they once used to sleep.
Bob McElroy, who helps the homeless through the non-profit Alpha Project said he’s seen the program’s impact on the streets and on the faces of the homeless workers as their fellow citizens come out and cheer their efforts.
"It’s just so medicinal for our folks who have always been marginalized and irrelevant," he said.
After their shift, workers are brought back to the shelter and given their pay in cash. But their job isn’t over. They are expected to connect other homeless people with the services that the city and Alpha Project offer. Word of mouth is spreading; the waiting list to participate in "Wheels of Change" is more than 150 names long.
"Lord have mercy, our folks just wanted to participate," McElroy exclaimed. "San Diego is going to be spotless by the time we are through with this."
Susan Graham is one of these motivated folks. She was having suicidal thoughts just a couple weeks ago when she was brought to the Alpha Project shelter. After seven days there, she was introduced to the "Wheels of Change" program. Graham eagerly signed up.
"To give back means a lot to me because they have given so much to me," she said.
Graham plans to participate regularly in the program and has been placed in an apartment after eight months of homelessness.
"This is a miracle. I am a miracle," she said.
The first item Graham put up on her wall as decoration — $46 in cash she earned from her first day of work with "Wheels of Change."
High school student Kevin Barber is already working to expand the program and hopes to improve San Diego one work shift at a time.
"Our goal is to get another van and have it go more days of the week," he said. "Helping as many people as we can."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Supreme Court today affirmed the state’s so-called “copper rule,” ruling that the 2013 regulation provides “significant groundwater protection” at open pit copper mines.
The court ruled unanimously that regulations adopted by the state’s Water Quality Control Commission were valid under the state’s Water Quality Act.
The New Mexico attorney general and other groups, including Amigos Bravos, the Gila Resources Information Project and Turner Ranch Properties, had challenged the regulation.
The regulation dictates how mining companies are required to protect – opponents say allowed to pollute – groundwater where they operate.
“We cannot conclude that the Copper Rule violates the (Water Quality Act) because it purportedly permits rather than prevents contamination when the Cooper Rule’s plain terms contain an abundance of provisions that afford significant groundwater protection at copper mine facilities designed to prevent pollution,” said the opinion written by Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura.
Supporters of the rule had argued that it strikes a balance and that overturning it could threaten the viability of copper mining in New Mexico.
The rule allows mining companies to exceed water quality standards at mining sites, including open pit operations and waste rock piles, as long as the concentration of contaminants found in monitoring wells around the perimeter of those areas meet water quality standards. Under the rule, pollution standards do not apply at the bottom of the pit, where water gathers in deep open pit mines.
Attorney General Hector Balderas argued that the rule would allow “widespread pollution.” He said in his petition that the case “raises the most important legal question New Mexico courts have faced with regard to protecting groundwater resources.”
The court found that the regulations “advance a comprehensive containment strategy” for acidic mining contaminants. Contaminated water in the pit is to be removed by evaporation or pumping, and groundwater monitoring wells are required outside the pit area to determine whether water quality standards are met at those locations, the court said.
The Copper Rule’s waiver of the water quality standards “reflects policy preferences and strategic choices designed to mitigate the environmental harms inherent in open pit copper mining,” the court said. “The waiver provision in no way invites industry to contaminate freely in that area.”
The justices rejected claims that the Copper Rule was invalid because it differed from past regulatory approaches for controlling water discharges at copper mines.
“To the extent the Copper Rule is a departure from past commission practice, the law makes clear that the commission is not constrained by its prior practices,” the Court said.
Once you’re in, you’re hooked for the long haul.
That is the case for many in the commercial real estate industry. Take a gander at some of the top commercial real estate firms in New Mexico. Their longstanding employees have been in the business for 30, 35 or nearly 45 years. For many, that means staying in the same industry their whole career.
On the other hand, the industry is still attractive to newcomers. Many of the firms have agents who have been in the industry for two years or less. There will always be a need for office and warehouse space, and a steady stream of new brokers shows the industry is still kicking.
Largest New Mexico Commercial Real Estate Firms
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Rank Business name 2017 commercial transactions value 1 CBRE New Mexico $447.24 million 2 NAI Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate $193.7 million 3 Colliers International | Albuquerque-Santa Fe $179.65 million View This List
Commercial real estate deals differ from other types of real estate deals in what they require and the length of time it takes to get them done. Many commercial real estate deals take about two or three months from start to finish, according to our List respondents. Buyers or leasers have a list of amenities they look for in their space, including parking, security and easy access.
There are over 1,200 listings in New Mexico for office space, according to the Commercial Association of REALTORS – New Mexico, as of January 2018.
Albuquerque has been grappling with crime for years. The FBI Uniform Crime report for 2016 showed Albuquerque saw an increase in violent crime of 15.5 percent since the previous year and a 41.8 percent increase in murder.
Crime affects all industries but presents a unique challenge to commercial real estate, from managing property to selling and leasing. Here’s what some local real estate leaders had to say about several issues related to crime.
“Crime has affected our apartment communities that we manage. Lots of auto break-ins and auto theft,” said John Menicucci, qualifying broker and principal at Berger Briggs Real Estate & Insurance Inc.
Crime in the real estate and construction industries isn’t new, though.
Walt Arnold, managing director of SVN Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage Inc.
“[Crime] continues to be a problem. Lighting is an important part of deterring crime. Increased patrol and tenant involvement have also been important,” said Walt Arnold, managing director of SVN/Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage Inc.
Some longtime problems are still prevalent, in addition to new problems with security.
“Copper wire theft is still a big problem. Crime has increased the cost typically spent on security and raised the cost to insure property,” said Jim Chynoweth, managing director for CBRE New Mexico.
The problem doesn’t exist just in Albuquerque, either. In other areas of the state, property managers and sellers are making changes to better ensure safety at their locations.
“In Gallup, all larger shopping centers have on-site security and video systems,” said Dan Frady, owner and broker at RE/MAX Combined Investments Inc.
Crime’s effect on the industry isn’t just hurting the real estate companies.
“Albuquerque’s crime reputation is hurting all local businesses and causes lots of out-of-state companies to reconsider locating here,” said Michael Leach, managing member of Sycamore Associates LLC.
Whatever the solution — extra lighting, security cameras, patrols, fencing (all of which are measures the biggest commercial real estate firms in the state have taken) — it is clear crime is having an impact on the real estate industry.
Affordable mid-market and starter homes as well as rental units near transit and bike paths for young adults, remain potential gold mines for developers who figure out the right balance of price, land costs, location and amenities, a speaker told the lunchtime crowd Monday at the NAIOP New Mexico February program.
While Albuquerque is primed to welcome more retirees, millenials and investors in rental properties, it still needs to to get more shovel ready land onto the market for the kinds of mid-priced single-family homes that a cross-section of buyers can actually afford, said John Covert, director of Metrostudy’s Colorado-New Mexico Region.
John Covert, Director of Metrostudys Colorado-New Mexico Region. (Courtesy Metrostudy)
Covert, who lives in Denver, regularly meets and consults with many of the top home builders in the Albuquerque metro area, as well as with lenders, developers, investors, suppliers, utilities, school districts, and local governments concerning trends in the local economy and their effect on the real estate market.
Albuquerque‘s new home construction rate currently lags other Western cities where economies are more robust.
Covert said that of the 6,000 lots available for single-family home construction in the metro area, only 1,800 of the parcels fit the bill. “Finding finished lots are a challenge,” Covert told the crowd, which includes members of the city’s commercial real estate development community. That means developers will more than likely build homes exceeding $250,000 in order for their investments to pencil out.
The upshot: as the supply of available homes tighten, prices rise and mortgage rates budge slightly, buyers will gravitate to existing homes, which are more affordable at the starter price points, said Covert.
The regional residential real estate update also featured Todd Clarke of New Mexico Apartment Advisors and Bob Grassburger, an assistant professor at UNM in organizational consulting and applied research.
Clarke detailed the growing interest in the multifamily housing market by local and out-of-town investors. He just accomplished a first: listing and selling a nicely remodeled fourplex for over $500,000. He forecasts more transactions in 2018, as sellers of older apartment units look to cash in, especially in Nob Hill and Old Town, both popular rental areas. These areas, with high bike, walk and transit scores, rate high with both baby boomers and millenials, Clarke said.
Grassburger spoke the benefits of attracting more retirees to New Mexico, especially those that “are healthy, wealthy and wise.”
His research, which focuses on the economic impacts of retirees, shows that every retiree household setting up in New Mexico creates “half a job.”
With stable “mailbox” incomes (money coming from pension or Social Security checks), retirees are strong contributors to to the state’s gross receipts tax fund and property tax rolls. Many retiring baby boomers, he said, also “are twice as likely” as other generations to launch businesses.
New Mexico is about 30 years behind Alabama, Arkansas and Texas — states that have strong marketing efforts to attract retirees, said Grassburger.
The current state budget proposes that $150,000 be set aside to research the feasibility of a similar marketing program, Grassburger said.
If Congress fails to reach a deal on immigration in the next couple of weeks, thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children could soon start losing their protection from deportation and their ability to legally work in the United States.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed nearly 689,000 Dreamers to come out from the shadows and openly attend school, get work permits and driver’s licenses and even buy homes without the fear of being deported.
But the March 5 deadline to end DACA, imposed by President Trump imposed last year, is looming. And while the courts have put the termination on hold for now, thousands of DACA recipients will become vulnerable to deportation if the court ruling is overturned and new legislation isn’t put in place.
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For some communities, that would mean the possibility of losing fellow residents who are firefighters, nurses, emergency care workers and teachers.
Here are three Dreamers who are saving and shaping lives in their communities, even as their own fate in America remains perilous.
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Ana Cueva, 25
As a shock-trauma nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, Ana Cueva has to be prepared for every type of emergency.
"We’re taking care of the sickest of the sick," said Cueva. She’s cared for patients who have been in near-fatal accidents and others who have undergone multi-organ failure. She has even helped in cases of severed spinal cords. "Every day is high anxiety. I have to be on my toes."
"I’ve had to resuscitate patients," said Cueva. "It’s emotionally taxing, but I have to have some degree of separation while I do my job because [the patients’] families are watching."
She’s lost patients, too. "We do our best, but it’s hard when that happens," she said.
Cueva was brought to the U.S. from Guadalajara, Mexico, when she was 5 years old. The family overstayed their tourist visas and settled in Utah.
"America became my home," she said.
One day when Cueva was seven, her mother collapsed at work due to complications from a tumor. "She would tell me how the nurses at the hospital helped her through a difficult time."
That helped Cueva to decide that she wanted to become a nurse one day.
In 2012, she received her DACA status, opening the door for her to enroll in nursing school. She graduated from Utah Valley University’s nursing program with honors in 2016 and started working at the hospital last year.
But now she’s worried her nursing career may be short-lived. Cueva’s DACA status expires in October. "I will be let go if there is no solution for us Dreamers," she said.
Her coworkers have mixed feelings about her situation, she said. Some are supportive. Others have told her she has to face the consequences of coming into the country illegally.
"I’ve worked so hard for my accomplishments and my skills as an ICU nurse. I can’t give all that up and go away," said Cueva. "This is my life. If there was any way I could have applied to be a legal resident or citizen of the United States, I would have done it in a heartbeat."
Jose Tapia-Garcia, 27
Jose Tapia-Garcia is helping to put out fires and respond to medical emergencies in three different communities in Washington state.
In the town of Quincy, he is an emergency medical technician with private ambulance company, Protection-1, where he works 12-to-24 hour shift per week.
The 27-year-old is also a resident firefighter/EMT with the City of Ephrata Fire Department, where he does weekly night shifts. And he has been volunteering (one weekend a month) for the Grant County Fire District 8 in Mattawa since 2015. That’s where he first got basic firefighter training and EMT classes.
"I hardly have any free time for myself because I keep myself pretty busy with these three agencies," he said.
But Tapia-Garcia wouldn’t have it any other way.
He is proud of the role he serves in these communities. "As an EMT, we are first responders to accident scenes. I’ve delivered chest compressions and given oxygen to individuals who had difficulty breathing," he said. "I’ve also extricated people from crash sites."
Tapia-Garcia, who arrived in the United States with his parents from Chiautla, Mexico, when he was 3 years old, gained his DACA status in 2014. If DACA dies with no permanent alternative, he won’t be allowed to keep working once his status expires in two years.
"My hopes and dreams will stop," he said. "This is what I want to do. It’s my calling."
Ivonne Orozco, 26
For some of her high school students, Ivonne Orozco’s DACA status has turned into a timely and personal lesson on immigration.
"My students are aware of my story and they’re asking questions," said Orozco, who has taught Spanish at the Public Academy for Performing Arts, a charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the past four years. "It’s great to see my students educating themselves, looking up what DACA means and becoming aware of the issue," she said.
Orozco was 12 when she left Chihuahua, Mexico, and arrived in the United States with her parents. They settled in a small town in New Mexico,where she initially struggled to learn English. She credits her teachers for helping her assimilate and become fluent in her second language. "It’s when I first noticed the power teachers have in helping you see yourself in a different light," said Orozco.
She attended the University of New Mexico and received a degree in secondary education with a concentration in Spanish. "Having learned English late in life, it allowed me to be conscious of what that process is like. I felt it was my strength to teach a second language," she said.
She wants her perspective as a woman of color in education to inspire her students. "We often have conversations in class about what success looks like," she said. "For many, I am the first Spanish-speaking person they know who has gone to college. So they look to me for answers they maybe can’t get at home."
After initially being skeptical of the DACA program, Orozco gained her DACA status in 2013. Her status is set to expire early next year.
Orozco said she hasn’t discussed with school administration what will happen to her job if DACA permanently ends. "I am hopeful that Congress will come through for Dreamers," she said.
About an hour outside both Albuquerque and Los Alamos sits an adobe estate uniquely designed to inspire a spiritual experience. The home, built on 10 acres in Jemez Springs, NM, is now on the market for $925,000.
The 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 2000 by architect David Yarborough, according to listing agent David Cordova. Buddhist monks from the local Bodhi Mandala Zen Center provided Yarborough with assistance.
The home, which includes a separate studio and Buddhist-inspired chant room, was used by the owners as a spiritual retreat for groups. We confirmed that this is the only home in the entire country to featuring a room devoted to chanting.
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The layout of the home, along with its water fountains and fireplaces, were designed with “peace, balance and harmony in mind,” the listing notes.
The estate comes with perennial gardens featuring flowers and herbs, pistachio trees, peach trees, goji berry bushes, sea buckthorn shrubs, and a fish pond. And while the home is connected to the grid, its primary energy source is solar.
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The surrounding area features hot springs and waterfalls, making it a great location for hiking.
“You can walk the hills around the house and find pottery shards dating back thousands of years,” Cordova says. The home’s remote location makes it ideal for communing with nature.
As you approach, the residence seems to appear out of thin air, he explains.
In Jemez Springs you can experience Native American, Hispanic, and modern American culture. This home and its picturesque 10 acres in the high desert offer a spiritual setting to quiet the mind and connect with a higher power. All you need is a comfortable sitting position and the right chant. The house does the rest.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Forecasters say the weekend will bring wintry weather conditions to northern New Mexico.
The National Weather Service says rain and mountain snow showers will dip below the Colorado line Saturday afternoon and the snow level will drop to valley bottoms by Saturday night.
Forecasts call for about 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow on Raton Pass, up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in mountains east of Albuquerque and west of Las Vegas and up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) at Angel Fire and Red River.
Travel conditions are expected to be satisfactory in most areas but Raton Pass late Saturday is expected to have a major impact from the cold front crossing the state.
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Officials with the Realtors Association of New Mexico said 2017 was another record setting year for the state’s housing market.
A total of 22,221 sales were reported to the Realtors Association during 2017. That is more than an 11 percent increase over the reported 19,933 sales for 2016, and is the highest number of reported sales since RANM started compiling statistics in 2008. The data includes figures from the Ruidoso/Lincoln County Association of Realtors.
The reported 2017 median price of $190,000 also is higher than the medians reported since 2008. Median price indicates half the properties sold for more and half sold for less.
In 2008, the number of sales reported was 14,625 with a median price of $186,000; in 2009, the number of sales was 13,900 for a median price of $175,900; in 2010, sales were 13,439 and a median of $174,790; in 2011, sales hit 13,302 with a median of $166,500; in 2012, sales jumped to 15,182 but the median stayed level at $167,000; in 2013, sales were 16,708 with a median of $167,000; in 2014, sales were 16,966 with a median of $175,000; in 2015, sales increased to 18,733 and the median rose to $179,900; in 2016, sales went up again to 19,933 and the median jumped to $185,00; followed by 2017, with sales at 22,221 and a median of $190,000.
“The majority of New Mexico counties saw an increase in sales during 2017,” Connie Hettinga, 2018 RANM President said. “Bernalillo, Eddy, Dona Ana, San Juan, Santa Fe, and Valencia counties showed the biggest gains in sales numbers. Of course, all real estate is local, so while the majority of New Mexico counties reported growth during 2017, we have a number of counties with 2017 numbers lower than those reported in 2016.”
According to M. Steven Anaya, RANM CEO, “REALTORS are still dissecting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to decipher what it means for homeowners. As a result of the changes made throughout the legislative process, NAR is projecting slower growth in home prices of 1 percent to 3 percent in 2018, as low inventories continue to spur price gains. Some local markets, particularly in high cost, higher tax areas, will likely see price declines as a result of the legislation’s new restrictions on mortgage interest and state and local taxes.”
The trends and numbers reported are only a snapshot of market activity. Local Realtors are the best source for individual markets.
Deena Turner, associate executive with the Ruidoso/Lincoln County Association of Realtors, released data for the local area.
A total of 687 residential sales occurred in Lincoln County for 2017, representing an increase of 9.3 percent over 2016, she said. The 2017 median price was $190,000, an increase of 2.6 percent over 2016.
For comparison, in 2012, sales hit 503 homes with a median price of $185,000; in 2013, sales were 529 with a median price of $181,000; in 2014, sales were 562 with the median price spiking to $199,500; in 2015, sales were 587 and a median price of $185,000; and in 2016, sales were 626 with a median price of $185,000
Statistical information and trends are based on data furnished by New Mexico Member Boards and Multiple Listing Services to the National Association of REALTORS. Current reporting participants are: Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS; Las Cruces Association of REALTORS MLIS; New Mexico Multi-Board MLS for Artesia, Carlsbad, Clovis/Portales, Deming, Gallup, Grants, Hobbs, Las Vegas, Sierra County areas; Otero County Board of REALTORS; Roswell Association of REALTORS; Ruidoso/Lincoln County Association of REALTORS; Santa Fe Association of REALTORS; San Juan County Board of REALTORS; Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS, and the Taos County Association of REALTORS.
Reports represent single family residential data only. Information does not necessarily represent all activity in any market/county. Figures based on reports run Jan. 10, 2018. Visit www.nmrealtor.com (housing trends) for county statistics.
The REALTORS Association of New Mexico is one of the state’s largest trade associations, representing more than 6,000 members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate market.
Between watching the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots clash for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 52 — the biggest prize in all of sports — and guzzling down more than the recommended dietary intake of Bud Light without any judgment, a number of watch party participants will not be tuning out the commercial breaks between the action.
The Super Bowl, which draws eyeballs from pigskin fanatics, casual viewers and those who just want to hang out with friends, allows for opportunities for advertising agencies to showcase their funniest, most heart-warming, or most peculiar 30 seconds highlighting their product. There were more than 111 million people who tuned for the Patriots comeback over the Atlanta Falcons in last year’s Super Bowl and over $500 million is projected to be spent on advertising for Sunday’s showdown.
Albuquerque-based advertising agency Esparza will not have a commercial during the Super Bowl 52 showcase, but spoke to what’s to come and the process of turning a pitch into a big-time audience viewership. A successful commercial must be relevant to the viewer, hit the target audience, and must showcase the benefits, according to Eve Wakeland, Esparza’s director of accounts. Esparza monitors social media to gauge what people are talking about.
"I believe that really the best work is something that’s researched and looked at from all aspects," Wakeland said. "Getting any foundational information (companies) already have, whether it’s about their consumers or the platform that they’re looking on … from there, it’s always a collaborative process between the agency and the client."
Two-thirds of Business First’s readers will be watching, according to the recent Business Pulse survey, with 9 percent of having a heightened focus on the show after Justin Timberlake makes his return to the center stage with his first halftime performance since the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" moment with Janet Jackson.
The commercials have to resonate, since it will cost $5 million for 30 seconds of airtime during the game on NBC, according to an article from Sports Illustrated. For some companies, $5 million is a cost where they can afford to take chances. For others, it’s a Hail Mary because a lot more rides on how well the 30 seconds are maximized. A successful display could have those companies basking in glory, much like a scoring the game-winning touchdown or gamblers correctly betting the over/under on the length of Pink’s national anthem.
"E-Trade, GoDaddy, those are companies who, when they first bought Super Bowl commercials, were small companies … and they took a chance and it worked," Wakeland said. "There definitely have been others who have failed."
After a number of ads from last year’s Super Bowl had political undertones and the National Football League getting criticized by President Donald Trump during the regular season for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem, Wakeland predicts there will be a different spirit this year.
"Most of them are going to be focused on having a little bit of fun, talking about their philanthropic side, there’s some focus on [artificial intelligence]," she said. "It seems to be a lot of (commercials) about entertainment and making people feel good."
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Joleen Valencia resisted the temptation to count her days to freedom, knowing that tracking the time only worsened the anxiety of serving a two-year drug-trafficking sentence inside a New Mexico prison.
After her sentence started in the spring of 2015, she wanted nothing more than to return to her family’s home amid mesas on a reservation north of Albuquerque and stay clean after recovering from a heroin addiction. Especially after her mother died and granddaughter had been born.