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Former Assistant AG Dies

Public visitation and recitation of a rosary for Thomas L. Dunigan will be held today in Santa Fe.

Dunigan, a popular Santa Fe lawyer and former deputy state attorney general, died Oct. 14 in Santa Fe after a prolonged illness.

Visitation hours are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Rivera Family Funeral Options, 417 Rodeo Road. The rosary and a eulogy remembrance ceremony will follow at the funeral home.


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There will be a funeral Mass on Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, followed by burial at Rivera Family Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, or charitable donations can be made in Dunigan’s memory to the charity of your choice.

MVD Director Steps Down

SANTA FE — Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla said Tuesday that Motor Vehicle Division Director Keith Perry resigned last week after a conversation in which she told him the agency must be more aggressive about improving customer service.

Padilla said that she did not fire Perry and that his departure had nothing to do with the recent effort to recertify the driver’s licenses of some foreign nationals. Perry was a “team player” on that issue, she said.

Padilla said wait times have increased as customers who once would have gone to private retailers now choose the less costly option of going to MVD offices, and the agency must get creative about technological and other solutions.

She said Perry told her after the meeting that he would step aside so she could look for someone with a more aggressive management style.

Padilla had appointed Perry about eight months ago . He previously worked for the city of Albuquerque and as deputy director of MVD.


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Bears Getting 2nd Chance

Dozens of black bears orphaned or hurt during this summer’s wildfires in New Mexico are getting a second chance.

KOB-TV reported that The Wildlife Center in Española and Game and Fish biologists released five young bears into the forest Monday after fattening them up for months.

Three of those bears were orphaned during the Las Conchas Fire. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, director of the center, said that the cubs weighed around 25 pounds when she took them in and that now the largest weighs over 100 pounds. Those three were released together to increase their chances of survival.

After Monday’s release, the bear count at the rehabilitation center is 28. During normal years, the center has about eight bears.

Ramsay said she hopes to release another 14 bears in the next couple of months.

Blankets Sought for Homeless

Joy Junction is asking for donations of blankets and sleeping bags to serve people who are turned away from the Albuquerque homeless shelter due to space limitations.

Joy Junction was forced to turn away 12 people Saturday after the shelter reached its capacity of 300 and was unable to offer blankets or sleeping bags to those turned away, said founder and CEO Jeremy Reynalds.

Donors can deliver items to the shelter, located at 4500 Second SW, or call 877-6967 for more information.

Joy Junction houses men, women and families and offers a van service to pick up homeless people. To access the van service, call 800-924-0569.
— This article appeared on page C02 of the Albuquerque Journal