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Wolf gaze David Gonzalez, a fifth-grader at Apache Elementary School, looks at a stuffed gray wolf in the Apache Wildlife Museum in the school on Thursday. Retired school employee Wayne Prentice started collecting stuffed animals in 1968. “I want the kids to know the real story of the animals in here,” Prentice said of the museum. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

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David Gonzalez, a fifth-grader at Apache Elementary School, looks at a stuffed gray wolf in the Apache Wildlife Museum in the school on Thursday. Retired school employee Wayne Prentice started collecting stuffed animals in 1968. “I want the kids to know the real story of the animals in here,” Prentice said of the museum. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Candidate enters council race

Ron O. Garcia, a planning commissioner and retired city employee, announced plans to run for the new City Council seat representing the Southwest Mesa.

Garcia, who worked as superintendent of special events for the city, said his priorities would include bringing services and development to the southern West Side, particularly the Unser Crossing area.

“I really do think this is an opportunity to provide some leadership to move forward with some services here on the far Southwest Mesa,” he said.

Garcia, a Democrat, is running in District 3, a new seat created in redistricting.

Also campaigning in the district are Klarissa Peña, Tania Silva and Ricardo Carlos Caballero.

DA staffer accused of DWI

Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney Lemuel Martinez said Friday that his office is conducting an internal investigation into the arrest last weekend of one of his employees, Randy Saavedra, the son of state Rep. Henry “Kiki” Saavedra, D-Albuquerque, on drunken driving charges.

“We are doing an investigation within this office in a manner that will protect his rights and protect the rights of this office,” Martinez said.

KRQE-TV reported Thursday that the 41-year-old Randy Saavedra had been arrested last weekend for the third time on suspicion of driving drunk. Saavedra, who works as programs director for the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, did not return a call for comment.

When Randy Saavedra was hired in 2012, he had one previous DWI conviction, Martinez said.

Online court records show that Saavedra in 2001 pleaded guilty to improper turn and restricted license violations, while a charge of DWI was dismissed. In February 2009, Saavedra pleaded guilty to one count of DWI. Martinez said he was aware of one prior DWI conviction, but believed that Saavedra “had learned his lesson and had changed his behavior.”

“He has done a good job for us,” Martinez said.

Gov. to travel with nonprofit

Gov. Susana Martinez will accompany members of a New Mexico nonprofit group on their annual goodwill visit, the Governor’s Office said Friday.

Martinez will travel with members of the New Mexico Amigos to Colorado Springs on Sunday, Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said. The delegation is then scheduled to visit Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

The Republican governor is not scheduled to be with the group when its members then travel to Spokane, Wash., according to her office.

Previous New Mexico governors, including Bill Richardson, also traveled with the Amigos, a group of civic leaders dedicated to promoting the state.

The New Mexico Amigos will pay the costs of the governor’s travel, Knell said.

High court rules in water case

LAS CRUCES — The state Supreme Court has handed a victory to the city in a long-standing fight with the Moongate Water Co. over the delivery of water service to an area in northeast Las Cruces.

In an opinion filed Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that Moongate did not have an exclusive right to provide water service to the area, because the city is not regulated by the Public Regulation Commission, which granted Moongate authority to serve the contested neighborhood.

“In short, Moongate’s (certificate) grants it exclusive service rights only against utilities that are subject to the PRC’s authority,” the opinion says.

Airport towers get reprieve

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open, for now, the 149 control towers at small airports, including the one at Santa Fe Municipal Airport, that were scheduled to close as the result of government-wide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress, the Transportation Department said Friday.

The towers, which are operated by contractors for the FAA at low-traffic airports, had been scheduled to close June 15.

They will now remain open at least through Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year, the department said in a statement.

A bill passed hastily by Congress near the end of last month to end air traffic controller furloughs also makes enough money available to keep the towers open, the statement said.

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