Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Photo Flashback 

Who are these happy fellas, two of them with deep New Mexico political connections? We have a free lunch waiting for the reader that has the right names and titles. . .

News that the private Cibola County Correctional Center near Grants would close, costing the area 300 jobs sent the area reeling. What's behind the layoffs? Here's what we found out:

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated prisons.”


Where will the ABQ metro get the water it needs for its future?

A controversial proposal to pump 54,000 acre-feet of water each year from the Augustin Plains of west-central New Mexico up to the Middle Rio Grande Valley is a step closer to public hearings. The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer has notified the Augustin Plains Ranch, the commercial venture behind the water-transfer plan, to publish a public notice of its application to pump and transport the water. That sets the stage for public hearings to be held after the public has had the opportunity to object to the plan.

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