Morning Word: Pope Names New Santa Fe Archbishop
Salt Lake City Bishop John Wester will oversee archdiocesesMorning WordMonday, April 27, 2015
It's Monday, April 27, 2015
As longtime Archbishop Michael Sheehan prepares to retire, the pope has decided who will replace him.
Bishop John Charles Wester was born 5 November 1950 in San Francisco, California. After attending Our Lady of Mercy elementary school in Daly City and Saint Joseph High School Seminary (1964-1968), and Saint Joseph College Seminary (1968-1972) in Mountain View, he undertook his theological studies at Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park (1972-1976). Later, he obtained a Master’s degree in Spiritual Theology at the University of San Francisco (1984) and a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling at Holy Names College in Oakland (1993).
Gas prices are back on the rise but are still lower than last year’s rate.
The American Red Cross is rushing to provide aid around the region.
“They were raised here. They left our nation, went out there, got educated and achieved the things that they are doing now. They just want to come back and help us,” he said, adding that many are willing to come home to help, even if it means pay cuts. Nez said that when they go to Washington D.C., they meet these Navajos who left because the door wasn’t open for them to stay and work on the Navajo Nation. They were either not qualified or overqualified, he said.
Meanwhile, Democrats have elected the first Native American woman to lead their state party for the next two years.
[Deborah] Haaland, a candidate for lieutenant governor with Gary King’s failed gubernatorial run last fall, was elected on a 214-168 vote during the state Democratic convention in Albuquerque. She defeated Richard Ellenberg, who served as chairman of the Santa Fe County Democratic Party until recently.
Four members of the Rio Rancho Governing Body have censured Councilor Chuck Wilkins for the second time in four months. The New Mexico attorney general’s office is investigating potential conflicts of interest.
The State Personnel Office is investigating more than 200 employees for taking time off work to vote in last fall’s general election but allegedly never cast a ballot. Union reps are questioning the validity of the audit’s findings, which are based on cross-referencing employees' Social Security numbers with those in voter databases with the secretary of state's office.
With or without capital outlay money, Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer says some of the city’s priority projects will get started, but they’ll just take longer to complete.
Meanwhile, Deming Economic Development Director Cassie Arias says an economic development program can accelerate business opportunities on a local scale.
Back in Roosevelt County, commissioners are debating whether the cost to continue their legal battles against the Mexican gray wolf and prairie chicken are worth it.
Commissioner Gene Creighton expressed that the battle will not be won as long as President Barack Obama is in the White House. “It won’t make a bit of difference, [because] until we get rid of Obama, we’re going to lose every one of these fights,” Creighton said. “We get rid of him, and we’re back in business. He’s going to block everything.”
A federal task force in New Mexico is targeting the sale of illegal painkillers, especially to teenagers.
Nearly one in 11 high school students in the state reports having abused prescription painkillers, and New Mexico ranks third-highest in the nation for teen nonmedical use of pain relievers, at 6.8 percent, compared with 5 percent nationwide, according to the state Human Services Department.Last week, the state launched “A Dose of Reality,” an ad campaign to highlight the serious risks of addiction and overdose from prescription painkiller abuse.
Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil continues to raise concerns about the mass exodus of deputies.
Since 2012, the county's law enforcement agency has lost an average of 24 deputies a year, according to officials within the department. The overwhelming consensus among agency leaders is that low wages are the leading factor driving deputies to more competitive agencies.
A multi-jurisdiction law enforcement task force raided three Ruidoso-area businesses last week, looking for synthetic marijuana.
On Saturday, The Los Angeles Times took another long look at the tension building between the Albuquerque Police Department and Second Judicial District Attorney’s office.
Embudo Valley Library is getting some well-earned recognition from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It’s one of 10 libraries around the country that have earned the equivalent of a gold medal.
Officials in Socorro County say there’s little risk to humans from an isolated incident of avian influenza discovered in a cinnamon teal duck in the Bosque del Apache.
While most of the attention on seismic activity from fracking has been focused on Oklahoma, the United States Geological Survey has also been studying two oil field regions here in New Mexico.
Hard to believe, but it snowed in Santa Fe on Sunday. Of course, that means traffic got snarled and people slid off the road. The weather will start returning to spring-like conditions today. It will be cloudy today, but don’t expect too much moisture.