CIA Officer To Work At UNM, APS Homeless Project Missing Money

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A CIA intelligence officer will be working at the University of New Mexico's campus, and will carry a teaching or research load comparable to faculty colleagues, according to a new agreement.

The CIA officer is scheduled to arrive at the university in August as part of an ongoing relationship between the agency and the school—despite protests from students in previous years, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Under a new contract between UNM and the CIA, the officer will participate in the academic life of the university just like other professors.

UNM President Garnett Stokes also recently decided to keep the school involved in a CIA recruiting program, according to the agreements.

GAO To Probe Interior Plans For Lands Cut From Utah Monument—Associated Press

A government watchdog will investigate whether the U.S. Interior Department broke the law by making plans to open up former monument lands in Utah to oil, gas and coal development.

New Mexico’s Sen. Tom Udall said yesterday that the Government Accountability Office informed him last week that it has agreed to his request to look into whether the Interior Department violated the appropriations law.

The department used funds to assess potential resource extraction in the lands cut from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by President Donald Trump.

GAO spokesman Charles Young confirmed the inquiry. President Bill Clinton created the monument in 1996. Trump downsized it by nearly half in 2017.

Deadline Arrives For Clergy Abuse Claims In New MexicoAssociated Press

Monday, June 17, was the deadline for filing sexual abuse claims, as New Mexico's largest Roman Catholic diocese wades through bankruptcy proceedings.

Lawyers for the hundreds of people who will be submitting forms are hopeful the proceedings will shed more light on the decades-old scandal.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe filed for bankruptcy in 2018, with Archbishop John Wester saying it was the equitable thing to do as church reserves dwindled.

The archdiocese has said $52 million in insurance money and its own funds have gone to settling 300 claims over the years.

Officials expect to make public this week the total number of claims filed as part of the bankruptcy case.

Wester issued a request for prayers on Friday, acknowledging the need for emotional and spiritual healing.

APS Homeless Project Missing MoneyAlbuquerque Journal, KOAT

A program that supports students experiencing homelessness in the Albuquerque Public Schools district was missing more than $4,000 in donations, according to news reports, and the director has been terminated.

The Title I Homeless Project offers thousands of APS students gift cards, uniforms, food, school supplies and tutoring. In May, employees there discovered $1,600 in an office safe, according to KOAT, and so went to school police.

At a news conference yesterday, the district said an investigation revealed thousands in cash missing—money that had been donated by Presbyterian Hospital.

Director Anthony Fairley was fired. He’d been with APS in a variety of jobs for 14 years. He had not yet been reached for comment by any news organization as of Tuesday morning.

A criminal investigation is underway, and APS is evaluating how the Homeless Project tracks money.

Report Says Childhood Poverty Persists In Fast-Growing Southwest—Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A report on childhood well-being shows improved overall chances for U.S. children to thrive based on broad measures of economic circumstances, education and community support.

Released yesterday, the annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation also finds that the number of children living in poverty has swelled over the past three decades in fast-growing, ethnically diverse states like Texas, Arizona and Nevada, as the nation's population center shifts south and west.

In the state rankings for child well-being, New Mexico still comes in last at number 50, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

But overall, about 18 percent of the nation's children live in poverty, down from 22 percent in 2010 during the recession.

Since 1990, however, the national rate of childhood poverty has remained unchanged, as the number of impoverished kids swelled in border and Southwest states.