Española Police Union Loses Appeal

(SUNfoto by Austin Fisher) New Mexico Public Employee Labor Relations Board Chair Duff Westbrook (center) reads from his motion, Aug. 9, upholding the decision to dismiss the prohibited practices case brought against the city of Española and its police department.

The New Mexico Public Employee Labor Relations Board has upheld an earlier decision by its director to dismiss allegations that the city of Española and it’s police department tried to dismantle the local police officers union.

The three-member Board unanimously affirmed, Aug. 9, Executive Director Thomas Griego’s findings that the city did not violate labor laws when it fired American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 18 Local 923 Labor Union President Sammy Marquez in January and suspended Vice President Robert Vigil for two weeks in March.

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Humane Society Building Going to the Dogs

City of Española officials aim to repair the local animal shelter’s roof after long-standing leaks were ignored.

“The shelter building that we manage on your behalf is suffering from decades of deferred maintenance,” Bridget Lindquist, executive director of the Española Valley Humane Society, told city councilors, Aug. 9, during a regular City Council meeting.

“Prolonged water damage is causing ceiling tiles to fall unexpectedly, particularly during inclement weather,” the repairs list states. “Mold has accumulated in the ceiling and may be a health hazard to employees and customers.”

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