“It is low reimbursement rates, it's the state contracts not being processed in time,” said Mary Altenberg, executive director of the services. “It's being able to only to build actual deliverables; it's this perfect storm coming together and then the shutdown.”
Altenburg is worried the government shutdown will slow down the reimbursement process.
Because the Board of Finance meeting ran longer than usual, Martinez was running late for a commercial flight from Albuquerque to Houston for meetings related to the Republican Governors Association, according to Enrique Knell, a spokesman for the governor.
So, the State Police helicopter was summoned to fly the governor to Albuquerque.
A seven-year resident of Albuquerque, El Centro member Placida Cortes said the demonstration was for all Latinos, workers and immigrants.
“We don’t want anything else other than a dignified life, respect, and that our employers don’t exploit us and threaten us with deportation if we are undocumented,” Cortes told FNS. Life was difficult for many immigrants in New Mexico’s biggest city, with minimum wage workers scrambling to pool their resources to make ends meet, Cortes said. “You don’t have a big salary, and can’t pay expenses,” she added. The immigrant worker compared today’s migrants with the Monarch butterflies that fly from the upper reaches of North America to Mexico to survive.
At that meeting, Diane McWilliams, director of HSD's Behavioral Health Division, insisted that the transition had been smooth, that 88 percent of New Mexico staff members - everybody except billing personnel - were still in place, that there should be no interruption in service.
We have two realities - HSD's and everybody else's.
SFR claimed in its lawsuit that after its publication of that article, the governor's office stopped responding to SFR's inquiries in a campaign of unlawful retaliation against the paper—in violation of the New Mexico Constitution's freedom of the press provision. Martinez denied that claim in Monday's filing. She argued her spokesman, Enrique Knell, responded to five inquiries from SFR in the period after the December article. But SFR staffers only received one official statement from Knell in that period—on Aug. 28, and it came after the article in question, about deceased state Rep. Stephen Easley's replacement, had already been published.
"We thank each and every one of you for the work you did in the country of Afghanistan on behalf of a grateful nation," said Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, WSMR commander, in a news release. "We owe you a debt of gratitude. Today we celebrate you, knowing that this marks the end of the 2nd Engineer Battalion's deployed soldiers. As of today all of our men and women that are serving on WSMR are united."
The commission voted 3-2 at its previous meeting on Sept. 26 to fire Powers as city manager in a move that was not previously announced or discussed in any other meetings of the council, whether in public or in executive session. Commissioner Jimmy Sandoval moved that Powers be fired. Commissioners Dora Salinas-McTigue and Ernie Dominguez voted with Sandoval for the dismissal. Mayor Amiel Curnutt and Commissioner Robert Lumpkin voted against the motion.
McTigue could not be reached Tuesday for comment about the reinstatement attempt. Sandoval would not comment about the dismissal.
Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados will run for a fourth term.“You start looking at your job in a new way when you become a mentor,” she said, adding she was also re-elected secretary-treasurer of the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association, which furthers her commitment to an office she’s held since 2003.
“I still love the job, and I also have some projects I’ve started that I want to see finished,” she said.