Asked specifically if Franco’s hosts were connected with The Downs, Martinez spokesman Knell said no. I tend to believe him — if it’s not true, it would be incredibly damaging to Martinez when the names of these mysterious hosts finally are known. And I believe that eventually, one way or another, those names will be known.
Of course, I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that there is no connection between the hunting trip and The Downs, because state officials won’t reveal the names.
“The ultimate question here is whether the return on investment for that continued build-up is necessary,” said Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. “I think as you can you see, it’s politically necessary,” she added, placing emphasis on “politically.”
The financial payoff of border security will potentially enrich a wide-range of interests — from defense contractors, to private prison companies, to the towns and cities that house them. Indirect beneficiaries include organized crime groups such as Los Zetas who have come to dominate the human trafficking market.
The Committee for Honest Government said in a news release Friday that it submitted 90 pages of petitions containing 1,557 signatures from people supporting the recall effort.
“The number is well in excess of the 937 needed to trigger a recall election and is also more than the number of votes cast for Ortiz during the last election,” the news release states.
"Last week it was widely reported that Martinez's administration said the lesser prairie chicken population has stabilized, so there is no need for the bird to receive protection from the federal government. Audubon is not aware of any science that would support the conclusion that LPC populations are stable, particularly in New Mexico," the organization said in a statement Thursday.
Unrelenting drought is having detrimental effects on LPC populations, Audubon said.
Mills said she told Whitten he was rude and quit her job. Mills said she felt insulted when it was time to collect her last check.
“He paid me $200 in pennies,” she said.
Mills’ daughter, Heather Switzer, said she worked for Whitten for eight months. She said Whitten paid her last check of $300 in pennies, as well.
The apparent reasons for the spike include the school shooting in December in Newtown, Conn., and the resulting push by the Obama administration and others for additional gun-control laws.
New Mexico firearms dealers, like their counterparts nationwide, have also seen a run on guns and ammunition since Newtown.
Tension among board members was evident at several points during Wednesday’s board meeting, but they boiled over toward the end of the three-hour meeting as the board was deciding whether the college should move forward with hiring a vice president of student services — a position that has been vacant for years — and whether the college should fill its human resources director position, which recently became vacant with the resignation of Lawrence Quintana.
After a heated discussion, the board voted 4-3 to move forward with the hiring of those two positions. Board members David Gutierrez, Daniel Romero, Kenneth Medina and Ernie Chavez voted to move forward with the hiring while Montoya and board members Tony Valdez and Frankie Tenorio voted against it.