I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
News from around New Mexico
An internal U.S. Department of Energy investigation found that Los Alamos National Laboratory and its federal managers have repeatedly skirted nuclear safety rules at plutonium labs, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Mexican consul Gustavo de Unanue has accused city Aviation Police Chief Marshall Katz of racial profiling, the Journal reports. Katz pulled over a Mexican national for speeding in July and subsequently turned the man and the man’s father over to U.S. Border Patrol agents. According to the consulate’s letter to Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, the family’s statements about the traffic stop “have given sufficient grounds to suspect racial profiling, discrimination against Mexican nationals and abuse of authority.”
State agencies and programs face another 3.2 percent budget cut starting next month under a plan approved Thursday to close a shortfall in the state’s $5.3 billion budget, the Santa Fe New Mexico reports. The cuts will shave $151 million from this year’s budget. Public schools will escape further cuts for now, thanks to federal economic stimulus money.
Despite lying to Bernalillo County officials and allegedly falsifying an incident report, detox supervisor Dwight Dias will not lose his job over favorable treatment for Jamie Dantis, the son of former Deputy County Manager John Dantis, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Instead, Dias faces a 60-day suspension and will be reassigned to a counselor’s position at the county jail — with a cut in salary from $60,000 a year to $35,000.
The City of Española shut two municipal water wells because of high uranium levels, the Rio Grande SUN reports. The move leaves only four of the city’s nine wells in operation. Water quality has been a continuing problem in the Española Valley.