Officials Confirm Deaths Of 2 Wolf Pups, Criticism Of ABQ Middle School Sports Cuts Grows

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Officials Confirm Deaths Of 2 Endangered Wolf PupsAssociated Press

Wildlife officials have confirmed that two endangered Mexican gray wolf pups died last month.

The Arizona Department of Game and Fish detailed the cases in a monthly report released Thursday.

The agency says a female pup with the Hoodoo Pack was found dead in Arizona in March. The cause remains under investigation.

A male pup with Arizona's Bluestem Pack died after being captured for a medical evaluation. Officials say testing confirmed the animal had canine distemper.

The most recent survey conducted by federal and state officials involved in the reintroduction program showed at least 113 wolves spread between Arizona and New Mexico. That marked an improvement over the previous year.

The survey also showed that 50 wild-born pups survived in 2016 compared with half that the previous year.

Criticism Of Albuquerque Middle School Sports Cuts GrowsAssociated Press

New Mexico education officials on Thursday joined the chorus of people who are criticizing Albuquerque Public Schools for proposing to cut to middle school sports next year.

Deputy Public Education Secretary Paul Aguilar issued a statement saying parents deserve to know that pay for the district's top administrators has increased dramatically in just five years and now tops $4 million.

He also said there are now 35 administrators at the district who earn six figures, nearly double the number in 2011 despite a drop in enrollment.

"APS would rather pay more money for over-bloated bureaucracy than fund athletics for our children. That is unacceptable," he said. "They need to get their priorities straight, and they can start by cutting fat from the top."

District spokeswoman Monica Armenta did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.

The cuts are part of the district's plan for its projected $25 million budget reduction.

Mexico Says Deportation Of 'Dreamer,' Mother Violated RulesAssociated Press

The Mexican government says the deportation of a mother of four U.S.-born children as well as that of a young man brought to the United States as a child violated U.S. rules.

Mexico's Foreign Relations department said Thursday it was assisting Maribel Trujillo, who lived in southwest Ohio after she entered the country illegally in 2002.

The department says a Mexican consulate in the U.S. had also contacted the family of Juan Manuel Montes, who was deported to Mexico despite having permission to be in the U.S. under the so-called "dreamer" program that shields young immigrants.

The department says the two deportations "represent a violation of the stated norms for deportation, given that neither of the Mexican citizens had a criminal record or represented a security risk."

Navajo Nation President Calls For Housing Board To ResignGallup Independent, Associated Press

The Navajo Nation President has called for the resignation of the current Navajo Housing Authority commissioners.

The Gallup Independent reported Wednesday that President Russell Begaye signed a letter addressed to the commissioners complaining about "extravagant uses of discretionary funds."

Begaye says commissioners are using their influence to build houses for their relatives. He says their meeting and trips have become excessive in nature.

The housing authority's public relations coordinator says the commissioners are aware of the letter, but had not yet received a copy of it as of Tuesday.

Albuquerque City Councilor Seeks US House Seat As DemocratAssociated Press

Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis is running as a Democrat for U.S. Congress in New Mexico's central district.

Davis formally announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Thursday at a brief news conference. He is a former police officer who directs the liberal advocacy group ProgressNow New Mexico.

Democrats are hoping to maintain control of the Albuquerque-based congressional seat currently held by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Lujan Grisham will not run for re-election to Congress as she seeks the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018 elections.

Democrats have represented New Mexico's first congressional district since Heather Wilson left the office in 2009. Wilson has been nominated to serve as Air Force secretary by President Donald Trump.

New 'Delicioso' Postage Stamps Dedicated To Latino CuisineAssociated Press

From the kitchen table to the mail, the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday recognized the influence of Latino foods and flavors on American cuisine with the release of a new series of stamps.

The dedication ceremony for the Delicioso Forever Stamps was being held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The stamps feature bright illustrations of tamales, flan, empanadas, chile rellenos, ceviche and the traditional soup sancocho.

Award-winning illustrator John Parra, known for his Latino-themed children's books, said in an interview that it was an honor to work on the project. For him, each stamp brings back memories of the meals shared with family while growing up in California.

Navajo Name Change Fails To Garner Enough SupportAssociated Press

A proposal that called for changing the name of the Navajo Nation to Dine Nation has failed to win enough support from the tribal council.

Legislation proposing the official name change went before the council Tuesday, with only nine delegates voting in favor. The measure was previously tabled in January in an effort to gather more perspective from elders and study the costs of making such a change.

Had it been approved, Council Delegate Jonathan Hale said the change would have only applied to tribal departments, divisions, agencies and other Navajo government enterprises.

Opponents argued that it would create confusion among Navajos and others.

Dine is the Navajo word meaning "the people" and is commonly how tribal members refer to themselves.