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State auditor issues best practices for capital projects

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Every dollar tied up in red tape is a dollar not circulating in New Mexico’s economy

SANTA FE – The Office of the State Auditor issued best practices regarding New Mexico’s system of funding capital projects.

The Fund Balance Report, released earlier this year, found that New Mexico’s capital project funds are the...

Are HSC’s big cash reserves behind the takeover?

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A sudden overhaul in governance of the state’s largest public medical institution has left several people questioning the motivations behind the changes and its aftermath.

One such skeptic is Mel Eaves, a now-former community member of the board of directors that made recommendations on the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. HSC operates the university’s medical school, nursing school, two hospitals and the cancer center.

This piece also appears in the March 23 edition of the ABQ Free Press.

To Eaves, the motivation for the overhaul stems from other entities wanting a piece of HSC’s $220 million sitting in reserves, earmarked in part for the construction of a new...

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Crownpoint principal makes disparaging remarks

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It's not clear if Crownpoint High School Principal Dr. James Reed knew whether he was being recorded during what appears to be a staff meeting of sorts. Either way, he didn't hold back his feelings during this audio recording about his feelings toward Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education members, homosexuals, Navajo people and traditions, other schools, and much more. Listen to the audio here:


Internal discipline of prisoners replaced by state charges

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By Tom Hartsock

Sun Correspondent

Alert personnel at the Gallup McKinley Adult Detention Center on Mar. 15 resulted in additional charges being filed against a man and a woman already in custody.

Natasha N. (Kiro) Leonard, 29, lists her address as 515 E. Pershing in Gallup. She was observed trying to slip a thin package of what turned out to be heroin under the cell door of another prisoner on March 15.

That same day, an agent of the McKinley County Sheriff's Department busted 47-year old Angel Daniel Roan attempting the same business arrangement.

Both were charged with Bringing Contraband into Places of Imprisonment and Trafficking Controlled Substances.

Leonard's bond was...

OHV park officials vying for grant dollars

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Monies to go toward park improvements, dozer

On Feb. 29, the city of Gallup and Red Rock Motor Sports  submitted a grant proposal to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trail Program for improvements to the OHV/MX park.

If approved, the city would receive $109,790 from the NMDOT RTP and $5,000 worth of labor donated by RRMS, while it would pay $13,710. This is a reimbursement grant, however, which means the city would have to pay for all the costs up front and then get paid back by the NMDOT upon completion of the project.

Improvements listed in the proposal include a graveled parking lot, picnic tables with awnings, trail legends, and a Sweco 480 Trail...

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