Archives for February 2016

Governor formally asks for waiver from federal REAL ID requirements

The governor has requested a waiver from federal REAL ID requirements.

This follows the legislature’s passage of a bill to revise the state’s driver’s license law.

Former HSD employees goes to prison for defrauding food stamp program

A former state employee has received a year in prison for defrauding the federal food stamp program.

The DOJ says 34-year-old Joseph Padilla of Albuquerque worked in the income support division for HSD.

An indictment accused him of abusing his position as a family assistance analyst.

Padilla allegedly worked with a handful of others in 2009 and 2010 to use names to create fake food stamp accounts.

The DOJ says he admitted that his actions caused the USDA and the state to lose over $181,000.

Archbishop holding discussion on immigration

Archbishop Wester tomorrow hosts a symposium on immigration.

It takes place in Albuquerque at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The symposium begins at 6 o’clock.

The panel for the evening includes staffs of the archdiocese, Catholic Charities, and the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Carlsbad woman irritated over school’s treatment of Confederate flag

A woman on Friday decided to demonstrate outside Carlsbad High School.

Shelby Delozier felt the district unfairly treated her son over his artwork featuring the confederate flag.

While flying the flag itself outside campus, Delozier said it represented Christianity and not a symbol of racism.

The Current-Argus reports her protest had to do with the administration telling him to take down the artwork.

Secondary education director Jesse Fuentes says school policy does not directly prohibit the Confederate flag, but the school addresses student grievances when someone finds something potentially offensive.

RHS student wins national youth volunteer honor

A national organization has named a senior at Roswell High School one of the state’s top youth volunteers.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has honored Cameron Estrada.

RHS nominated Estrada after she formed a therapy group to help girls deal with teenager pressures.

She sought the advice of a school counselor after feeling stressed from schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

Estrada says she learned that many others at RHS probably had the same issues, and a therapy group might help address them.

Now a similar group has started for boys at the school.

State bill sending nearly $4M to Chaves Co.

The legislature has passed a bill that includes funding for projects in Chaves County.

This capital outlay legislation contains nearly $4 million for projects in the county.

The Roswell Daily Record identifies the largest funding item as $1.5 million for improvements to the state police office in town.

Additionally, the legislation includes nearly $500,000 for repairs to the Roswell International Air Center.

It also means $300,000 for road improvements in Roswell, $295,000 for water line improvements in Dexter, $220,000 for barracks improvements at NMMI, and $195,000 for infrastructure and roof repairs at Roswell’s fire stations.

DPS cabinet secretary leaving for federal judgeship in Las Cruces

The cabinet secretary for DPS has decided to leave his post.

The governor says Greg Fouratt has chosen to serve as a federal judge in Las Cruces.

Fouratt has served as DPS cabinet secretary for the last two years.

During his time in office, the legislature has passed legislation allowing the state police to absorb officers in the Motor Transportation Division and the Special Investigations Division.

The governor’s office says this allows all DPS officers to work under the same rules.

Library in Roswell making upgrades

The Roswell Public Library this week makes upgrades to technology.

The city says this improves the library’s services to the public.

The improvements include the installation of fiber optic cables for Internet service. This allows the Internet to work much more quickly at the library.

However, the city also says the library does not have certain services available as these upgrades take place.

These including checking out items without a library card.

Additionally, the library has no Internet access available until the work finishes. The wi-fi shuts off, and so do the printers.

Government issues violation notices to WIPP contractors

WIPP officials say they remain focused on transparency.

They have issued this response after the government issued violation notices to two of the facility’s contractors.

The DOE and Nuclear Waste Partnership have a hosted a workshop in Carlsbad.

Field office manager Todd Shrader has identified its focus as providing a detailed outline of what must happen in order for WIPP to reopen by December.

The Current-Argus reports the violations have to do with worker safety.

They stem from the radiation leak two years ago that forced WIPP to close.

Theatre Closing

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is closing its theater after the Walt Disney production of “The Little Mermaid” in April. They are saying the reason it is closing, is because of money.