Yogi Bhajan’s last wishes shaped the fate of thousands of people, the control of corporations worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and the future of a unique religious group with thousands of followers across the United States and the world.
This week marks the ninth anniversary of 9.11. In that time, the focus of America’s military efforts has moved from Afghanistan to Iraq—a war whose “end” President Barack Obama announced last week—and now back to Afghanistan.
Even by New Mexico standards, this year looks to be a memorable one for political corruption. However the current, specific cases end, such stories will repeat themselves, Groundhog Day-style, until there is an “accountability revolution” at every level of government in New Mexico.
After receiving tips that Steven Henke—who is now head of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, a powerful lobbying group—was “too close” to certain oil executives, federal investigators began looking into the former BLM regulator last year.
In the three months since SFR took note of former Thornburg Mortgage Board Member Eliot Cutler’s independent run for the governorship of Maine, his affiliation with that bankrupt Santa Fe corporation has become a campaign issue there.
A state film project intended to honor the Navajo Code Talkers, whose long-secret efforts helped the US win World War II, may have done the opposite—at a cost to taxpayers of $450,000. After years of behind-the-scenes bickering, a lawsuit claims the producer has falsely claimed copyright for the film, titled Navajo Code Talkers: In Their Own Words.
Darya Peterson, 25, teaches people how to stick up for themselves—unless they’re already too good at sticking up for themselves, in which case she teaches them how to cool it. Peterson is a program coordinator and instructor at IMPACT Personal Safety.
Santa Fe City Councilor Matt Ortiz claims his client, Advantage Asphalt, a city contractor at the center of a public corruption probe, has been unfairly targeted by a headline-grubbing sheriff and his opportunistic allies.