Morning Word: Duran Gets More Time
Judge resets preliminary hearing for Dec. 1Morning WordFriday, October 9, 2015
New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran and her attorney have a little more time to prepare for a preliminary hearing. While several legal motions will still be heard this month, First Judicial District Court Judge Glenn Ellington has rescheduled Duran’s preliminary hearing for Dec. 1.
The attorney representing the state’s teacher’s union wants a state district judge reviewing the Public Education Department’s teacher evaluation program to focus on a provision that allows schools to fire instructors who are put on a 90-day improvement plan and agreed the rest of the program can stay in place at least until more data is collected.
Speaker of the House John Boehner’s worst congressional nightmare may be coming true. He may have to stay on the job after Kevin McCarthy shocked Washington and withdrew his name from consideration on Thursday. New Mexico's only Republican in the delegation, Rep. Steve Pearce, is reacting to the chaos, telling Michael Coleman he supports Daniel Webster, a conservative representative from Florida.
A nuclear waste watchdog group hopes settlement talks between the New Mexico Environment Department and Los Alamos National Labs finally leads to a genuine investigation and cleanup of industrial waste buried around the 40-acre site, including a plume of hexavalent chromium that has creeped past the lab’s boundaries.
Run to the Border
If you weren’t able to see Pope Francis on the East Coast, then you might have a second opportunity next year when he visits Mexico, especially if he adds Juarez to his itinerary.
Environmental groups are pleading with the federal government to order the release of at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico. They contend it will bolster the genetics of animals.
Another Sunland Park city councilor has been arrested in as many weeks. Councilor Daniel De Los Santos is charged with a fourth-degree felony after he gave beer to a friend and girlfriend who haven’t turned 21 yet. The other councilor, Sergio R Carrillo, was busted during a special council meeting on Sept. 29 and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
New Mexico’s Native American tribes are getting more than $4 million for a program aimed at reducing drug use, suicide and domestic violence.
There are typos and then there are really bad (and sometimes funny) typos. We had a pretty bad one yesterday morning when we typed "guys" instead of "guns" in the email header of the Morning Word. Thanks for sending your hilarious comments reminding us you can purchase “guns” but it’s illegal to be a “guy buyer.” Have a good weekend.