Colleagues of Charles Trujillo’s verbally warned Public Education Department supervisors on five separate occasions — and as early as the summer of 2014 — about their suspicions concerning how he obtained state licenses, a department employee said Wednesday.
The Las Vegas Optic reported this weekend a former state Public Education Department official “managed to deceive the very state agency responsible for policing school administrators and teachers.” If true, how did this occur in the very PED bureau that is responsible for protecting against such fraud?
This taboo of speaking about death is common among New Mexico’s tribal communities. Some people in and around Thoreau are pushing to change that after as many as 15 young people died by suicide in 2010.
While it might not seem like it from reading headlines day-in, day-out, the heart of journalism beats with hope. It is with that hope that NMID offers this series in a spirit of both humility and gratitude.
New Mexico’s Native American youth die by suicide at a rate twice as high as that seen among people of other ethnicities. And our analysis suggests that official databases underestimate the true number of lives lost.
COMMENTARY: Martin Esquivel was a member of a governmental board refusing to disclose an important report to the public while also on the board of an organization advocating for the report’s release to the public. The two are irreconcilable.
New Mexico asks AG to determine whether Easter Seals El Mirador can bill for certain services. An official at the organization says New Mexico certified it to bill for the services years ago. Why, suddenly, is the billing an issue, she asks.