The director’s candid remark about the need for a new well to be built on the northside of town to provide “redundancy” launched a Sun investigation into the adequacy and condition of T or C’s water supply. Chief reporter Kathleen Sloan has uncovered a troubling lack of city and state oversight of our existing southern well field, where biofouling and murky water, possibly caused by polluted runoff from the nearby waste transfer station, have required two wells to be taken out of operation. No one seems to know or is willing to say whether the rest of the well field is in danger of contamination.
Elephant Butte’s second-quarter financial report shows the city is holding its own, despite still subsidizing golf course
The General Fund has received 55 percent of expected revenue, and the city has spent 48 percent of those funds, according to the state’s quarterly performance review. This represents underspending of about 7 percent at mid-year.
The hospital’s new CEO made the decision after twice having to cancel procedures when spikes in pandemic cases forced the governor to prohibit elective surgeries statewide.
To ensure robust public participation in the vetting and selection processes, the search committee should be chaired by an outside individual with deep knowledge of government administration, who, as a first step, would select qualified T or C residents to serve on the committee. The next step would be to organize a virtual workshop at which residents could ask questions of the committee’s short list candidates and rank their preferences.
A bill that will legalize the decision to end one’s life is under consideration by the New Mexico Legislature. The Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act would allow doctors to prescribe medication to “bring about a peaceful death” for patients with a “disease or condition that is incurable and irreversible and that . . . will result in death within six months.” A special report by Searchlight New Mexico
Legality of GRT spending on Spaceport operations and other financial irregularities left unsettled by AG
The AG’s decision not to offer clear legal guidance requested by Alicia Keyes, Spaceport America Authority’s board chair, leaves the Authority board and the other public board that oversee Spaceport expenditures struggling to redefine their fiduciary powers and responsibilities largely on their own.
Morris Madrid’s resignation, effective March 5, came as unexpected and unwelcome news to two T or C city commissioners. Other clues suggest he may have been pushed out by the commissioner who regularly questioned his judgment and decision making.
The New Mexico Ethics Commission last Friday, Feb. 5, notified state Representative Rebecca Dow (R-District 38) and her Democratic general election opponent Karen C. Whitlock that its general counsel will investigate allegations against Dow filed by Whitlock that fall within the commission’s jurisdiction.