Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Around New Mexico
90 Audits Overdue Statewide
SANTA FE State Auditor Hector Balderas says 90 governmental bodies including school districts, counties and municipalities are late in submitting financial audits required by law.
Balderas told a legislative committee Tuesday that some agencies are years behind in completing their audits. He called it a serious financial problem because more than $1 billion in taxpayer money is going unaudited. More than 800 governmental agencies are required to submit audits annually.
The auditor issued a report last month that found more than $3 million had been embezzled from a rural school district in northwestern New Mexico, which had been years late in completing audits.
CNM Touts 'Education for All'
Central New Mexico Community College will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month today with an event aimed at providing information to the Hispanic community about accessing education at CNM.
The event, titled "Educación Para Todos Education for All," is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the main campus at the Student Services Center food court and outdoor commons area, 900 University SE.
Musicians and dancers will be on hand to entertain and honor Hispanic culture, and various community organizations will be present.
CNM will have representatives from programs of study to answer questions and information will be provided about such things as financial aid, applying for admission, registration, academic and career advisement, courses in English as a second language and GED exam preparation courses.
Suspect Faces 107 Drug Counts
An Albuquerque man who allegedly altered checks and fraudulently cleaned out another man's bank account is also facing 107 counts of possessing controlled substances, according to a criminal complaint.
Michael Sedillo, 23, is charged with 107 counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin, according to a criminal complaint. He also is charged with 28 counts of fraud over $250, conspiracy and computer access with intent to defraud, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Sedillo was being held Tuesday at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $150,000 cash-only bond and a $272,500 cash or surety bond.
False Alarm on UNM Campus
University of New Mexico police issued an alert late Tuesday morning warning of a possible gunman on campus, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
A student called UNM police after seeing a man in a campus building with "something in his hand," according to police spokesman Robert Haarhues. Police then issued a warning to people who had signed up for its text messaging alert system.
"Public reports of male with gun," the alert warned. "Police are investigating. Avoid southwest portion of main campus, especially Logan hall."
After investigating, police found no evidence to back up the original call, so they issued another text message shortly after noon giving the campus the all-clear.
Oñate Principal Put on Leave
LAS CRUCES Las Cruces Public Schools placed Oñate High School Principal David Del Toro on administrative leave Friday, district officials said.
Del Toro is on paid administrative leave pending the resolution of a personnel matter, LCPS spokeswoman Jo Galvan said on Monday.
"It does not involve any issue dealing with students, so there's no reason for anyone to be concerned about that. It's a personnel matter and confidential," Galvan said.