Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
In Deming, former assistant school superintendent, Ray Trejo, has initiated a claim for damages against the district, its superintendent, and the Deming Board of Education. Trejo, was placed on administrative leave in December after a forensic audit was released regarding possible embezzlement by a former Deming High School secretary in addition to potential financial statement fraud involving the district. Mr. Trejo, stated that he received a letter this month informing him that his contract would not be renewed. He further claims that the audit report contained errors and inaccuracies and that its release to the public violated his privacy rights as a public employee in addition to depriving him of his position without due process.
Attorney General Hector Balderas, has issued a Scam Alert for New Mexicans who use “messenger” services or apps to communicate with friends. Victims have reported that they believe they are communicating via a messenger service, but the other end of the messenger chain is an imposter who has hacked the actual friend’s messenger service and is not a friend at all. The imposter may ask for gift cards in lieu of a Health and Human Service program that gives a cash award benefits to persons working, not working, or disabled. The Office of Attorney General employs advocates to help consumers who encounter scams, faulty products and broken promises. Those who think they may have been scammed can file a complaint at the Attorney General’s website at nm ag dot gov or call toll-free statewide 1-844-255-9210.
The Gila National Forest welcomes a new acting District Ranger for the Silver City Ranger District. Forest Supervisor, Adam Mendonca announced that Beth Ihle, would be joining the Gila National Forest on June 18th as acting district ranger. Diane Taliaferro, currently the ranger for Silver City, has been offered and accepted a position as deputy Forest Supervisor on the White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire. She has served as district ranger since 2013.
Several schools in our listening area will be celebrating their 2018 graduating classes this week. The commencement ceremonies scheduled for tomorrow are: Cliff High School at 5:30 P.M.; Reserve High School at 6:00 P.M; Deming High School at 7:00 P.M.; Animas High School 7:00 P.M.; and Silver High School at 7:30 P.M. Aldo Leopold Charter School will be celebrating their commencement event on Sunday from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. at the WNMU Global Resource Center. Congratulations graduates!