Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Around New Mexico
Journal Staff and Wire Reports
Ex-Exec Joins Investment Board
SANTA FE A retired corporate executive from Santa Fe has been named
to a state board overseeing investments of New Mexico's nearly $11 billion endowment funds.
Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday announced the appointment of Peter Frank to the State Investment Council.
Frank serves on the board of directors of Daymon Worldwide Inc., a Stamford, Conn.-based marketer of private-label consumer goods.
He was chief financial officer of Daymon from 2001 to 2005, and previously worked for more than 30 years for the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Frank replaces Tom Bonafair, who resigned from the council. His term expires at the end of 2010.
The council oversees management of state permanent funds, which generate money for public schools and other government operations.
Governor To Vacation on Cape
Governor Bill Richardson is heading to Cape Cod today for a summer vacation.
Richardson, who is traveling with his wife, will be out of the state until late next week, according to a news release from his office.
The vacation will be interrupted Friday as Richardson heads to San Diego to receive the National Education Association award for "Education Governor of the Year," according to the release.
Santa Fe Officer Charged in DWI
A Santa Fe police lieutenant was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of aggravated DWI after he almost struck a Rio Rancho police car.
Stephen C. Ryan, 44, of Rio Rancho, is charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquors or drugs and failure to maintain lanes, according to a criminal complaint.
Ryan, an officer with the Santa Fe Police Department, was put on administrative leave Monday pending a revocation and/or court proceedings, Santa Fe Police Deputy Chief Abram Anaya said.
Ryan refused to submit to an alcohol breath test, but about two hours later asked to take it, the report says. He said he was taking four types of medication and had drunk one beer earlier. He was taken to the Sandoval County Detention Center.
Chávez Has Tree-Planting Plans
Mayor Martin Chávez wants to boost the number of trees in Albuquerque by 30 percent over the next two years.
He said Monday the city has set a goal of planting 75,000 new trees within two years. About 6.5 percent of the city is covered by trees, the mayor said. They help improve air quality by holding 289,000 tons of carbon dioxide and removing 454,000 pounds of air pollutants, he said.
The city will sponsor tree giveaways and require more trees in new developments, Chávez said. The city parks department will also plant more trees on city properties, he said.