News Briefs: Albuquerque business owner sentenced to 15 months for money laundering

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Albuquerque business owner sentenced to 15 months for money laundering

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Eckstein was sentenced to 15 years for money laundering. That is incorrect and KRQE News 13 has learned that he is sentenced to 15 months. 

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque business owner has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for a crime Walter White might commit. Jerome Eckstein laundered money for a large New Mexico drug trafficking ring using his carwash. The crime was uncovered during a 16-month investigation called operation rain check. He once told an undercover agent that he could “clean” drug money.

Santa Fe school board, teacher’s union reach contract agreement

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Santa Fe School Board and the teachers union have agreed to a new contract that’ll raise the starting salary for new teachers and introduce new incentives. The starting wage for new teachers has risen from $32 to $34,000. The district is also offering $1,500 for teachers who work in title one schools and $5,000 for teachers who work in large classes without help.

Durango commission pushing for $85M airport expansion

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – Durango officials want to move forward with a plan to direct more traffic through their airport. The Durango Heralds says the commission is pushing for an $85 million expansion. A consulting firm says more than half the airport’s traffic comes from Albuquerque or Durango. The city wants to expand that. County and city officials will take a closer look at that proposal next month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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