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Documents pertaining to HIDTA-New Mexico irregularities

Southwest Border HIDTA - New Mexico
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program
January 14, 2016
Region VII Executive Board Members
(Past and Present)

Dear Members,
On December 2, 2015, my office conducted an internal, onsite review of the Region VII Border Drug Task Force (BDTF) Initiative following the sudden departure of the Mr. Tony Singleton, the initiative commander. The review revealed several weaknesses in internal controls as it relates to the collection, preservation, and storage of criminal evidence by task force personnel. Some of the issues identified are noted below:-- Continue reading

ALCS governing council hears about recent trips and projects 041416

By Margaret Hopper

The Aldo Leopold Governing Council Meeting began at 5:35 Thursday, April 14 with Mary Gruszka, Shawna McCosh, David Peck, Jose Herrera and Ken Stone, chairman, present. Allison Heneghan, a teacher, was also there, as was Harry Browne, business manager. Eric Ahner, director, arrived later, at nearly 6:30.

Heheghan informed the council of a number of activity happenings recently and in the near future. The April 6 health fair was both a successful event and one from which they learned; they could improve the event next year, she said. Students worked on the urban forest project last week and this, and have an overnight trip planned for next week.-- Continue reading

Catwalk Construction continues, estimated completion Memorial Day

Catwalk Construction continues, estimated completion Memorial Day

Catwalk Update:
Crews continue to make progress on the Catwalk construction. The estimated date for completion is Memorial day weekend.

Photos Courtesy of Gila National Forest





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Rebecca Dow, Republican candidate for NM House District 38, visits Silver City on April 12

Rebecca Dow, Republican candidate for NM House District 38, visits Silver City on April 12

By Mary Alice Murphy

Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences was in Silver City on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, to introduce herself to many of the residents and leaders of organizations in town.

She has announced her candidacy for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 38, which encompasses parts of Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra counties.

After current Rep. Dianne Hamilton announced her retirement, Dow decided to run for the position.

"I am really optimistic about the opportunities in District 38," Dow told the Beat. "There are some barriers related to government regulations that need to be unraveled."

She said New Mexico could be more family friendly and business friendly. "We also need to improve the way we use our natural resources. I believe this district is full of people with good ideas. They need a voice, a platform and an advocate."

Dow runs several different non-profit organizations in Sierra County. "Because they are in education, they are highly regulated in Santa Fe. I spend a lot of time in the capitol and decided I might as well have a vote."

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Legalities on public comment explained

By Margaret Hopper

Following up on the information Silver school board member Tony Egan says he received while in the training sessions at Santa Fe recently, the following points seem important for the public to know about speaking at board meetings in the public comment periods.

The information was authored by Elena M. Gallegos, attorney, of the firm Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo and Kyle P.C., and Ami S. Jaeger, general council for the Santa Fe Public Schools. The structure appears to be that of a training session for school board members. The information copyright is for 2016. The title is Managing Public Comments At School Board Meetings.

The first points presented were that the Open Meetings Act (OMA) informs that the public has the right to attend board meetings and listen, citing NMSA 1978/ 10-15-1(A) (1999). The exception is the closed portion. The board meeting is a limited public forum for the receipt of information; Mesa v. White, 197 F.3d 1041 (10th Cir. 1999).-- Continue reading

W&N Enterprises gets liquor license waiver

W&N Enterprises gets liquor license waiver

Jaime Embick, Planning and Zoning Administrator, accepts a proclamation from Mayor Ken Ladner declaring April, 2016 as Fair Housing Month.

Below, supporters and those against the waiver of a measure to allow W&N Enterprise’s Swan Street Snappy to sell package liquor gather to be sworn in to testify before the Silver City Town Council.


Photos and Article by Roger Lanse

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Sixth Judicial District Attorney learns of irregularities in handling and storing of evidence by HIDTA Drug Task Force

District Attorney for the Sixth Judicial District Francesca Estevez announced today that she has been made aware of irregularities in the handling and storing of evidence by law enforcement officers assigned to the federally funded Region VII HIDTA Drug task force. The Region VII Drug Task Force is comprised of local law enforcement officers assigned exclusively to the Drug Task Force to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking in Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties. The Task Force is under the supervision and control of The Region VI Drug Task Force board comprised of Homeland Security, local law enforcement agencies, the New Mexico State Police and federal agencies involved in drug enforcement. The District Attorney is a member of the task force board but has no supervisory role over the activities of the task force.-- Continue reading

Tour of the Gila Celebrates 30th Edition with Premier UCI Professional Teams

Kristin Armstrong to use the race for Olympic Games preparation

April 12, 2016 (Silver City, NM) - Rising stars and veterans of men’s and women’s professional cycling will tackle what many call “America’s toughest stage race,” during the 2016 Tour of the Gila, May 4-8.

Celebrating its 30th edition, the race will continue the tradition of welcoming the most outstanding UCI professional teams across North America and beyond.

The five stages and one-of-a-kind terrain surrounding Silver City, New Mexico will be covered by 25 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams. Although the race favors “general classification” contenders and outstanding climbers there is a stage for every type of racer, with an individual time trial, rolling road race and criterium bookended by the climb-intensive Mogollon and Gila “Monster” stages.

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