FOG’s executive board chairwoman, Terri Cole, who also is executive director of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, denied Monday that the open-government organization leans conservative. “It is a very well-balanced board,” she said.
Cole said she saw no irony in nominating Martinez and King for a William S. Dixon Award — despite the fact that the governor has been the defendant in public-records suits and King was found by a judge to be in violation of the state Inspection of Public Records Act.
All of New Mexico's six main universities except for New Mexico Tech saw rates rise this year for students who enrolled in fall 2010, following national patterns.
The so called "fiscal year 2010 three-year cohort" includes students who have begun to repay their loans or have defaulted by failing to do so.
The human services department is proposing to re-direct a gross receipts tax that funds counties' "Indigent Health Care Programs" to pay for the cost of the Medicaid expansion.
San Juan County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter said that proposal will lead to closures at local agencies that receive funding from the county's indigent program, or the county would have to find another revenue source to keep the programs operating.
A majority of Eddy County's volunteer fire department officials apparently went on an immediate leave of absence Monday night during a meeting of the Eddy County Fire Board. The volunteer fire chiefs walked out of the meeting in protest after a speech by Malaga Volunteer Fire Department's assistant fire chief Roy Burkham.
Dubbed the "Snake Tank" project, the city wants to pipe water from brackish well fields north of Tularosa and remove accumulated solids so it can be used as drinking water.
The city completed the first and second phases of the planned desalination plant earlier this year.
"Our Time is Now" follows the students as they navigate through numerous difficulties facing rural students: Waylon Castillo (Torreon) is Navajo and lives without running water or electricity and helps provide the basic needs for his family; Jimmy McFarland (Farmington) faces the challenges of poverty and lives with a family torn apart by addiction; Juan Mendez (Portales) balances his English-speaking school and his Spanish-speaking home; Mitch Estevan (Acoma) stays rooted in her Pueblo traditions as she works hard to be the school's valedictorian; Vicky Garza (Deming) lost her mother and must hold down a fast food job to help support her family; and Tiqua Speir (Deming) must separate from the stability of her fifth-generation farm family.
On Monday, chapter members voted to delete the item from their meeting agenda because Diné CARE did not return with a revised resolution calling for the chapter to oppose the tribe's purchase of the mine.
Chapter members tabled the resolution Sept. 22 because there was concern over the resolution's language.
"He strived to give students full and fair information about the loss of accreditation ... and because some of that was explicitly or implicitly critical of the administration, he was terminated," said attorney Peter Goodman, who is prosecuting the case with attorney Ben Furth. Goodman is an occasional Sun-News guest columnist.
NMSU, which oversees DACC, did not respond to questions on the lawsuit.
"We've been discussing this department with (New Mexico Superintendent of Regulation and Licensing J. Dee Dennis, who oversees the state Construction Industry Division) and (Lincoln County Manager) Nita Taylor and there a lot of questions still out there. With the article in the newspaper about (Lincoln County Commissioner) Mark Doth saying the county possibly should be getting a piece of the pie. I'm very concerned budget wise," Dean said. "I think it would be a good idea to meet and discuss where we see the department going in the future. I understood this department was making money to support itself, but then Mr. Doth said in the paper we might be subsidizing it $150,000 to $200,000. Before we just start steam rolling forward, I think we should as a council meet and really decide what we need,. Because if we are spending that much money in that department, we might want to look at the state taking over some of these inspections and it doesn't cost us a thing. I just think it's something as a council we need to discuss."