July 9 First News: Taos Town Council Does About-Face On Kit Carson Park Name (Listen)

Jul 9, 2014

The Taos Town Council has rescinded its earlier decision to rename Kit Carson Memorial Park to Red Willow Park. The Journal North reports that the existing park instead will be split into two parts. The cemetery where Kit Carson is buried will continue to be named after him. Carson, who died in 1868, was known as a scout and explorer. Taos Pueblo Governor Clyde Romero Sr. told the council at a hearing Tuesday that the pueblo elders don't want the park named Red Willow because that name belongs to the pueblo. The Taos Pueblo people call themselves the Red Willow People. A committee consisting of representatives of the pueblo, town government and the public will be formed to come up with a new name for the recreational park area

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 The Gallup Housing Authority's former executive director and another man each face prison time after admitting they plotted to defraud the federal government. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Danny Garcia and 61-year-old Michael Virruso pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit false claims against the government and of false claims against the government. Garcia also pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds. A 2013 indictment accused them of engaging in a scheme to defraud the Department of Housing and Urban Development out of more than 100-thousand dollars between 2010 and 2012. Garcia was executive director of the Gallup Housing Authority at the time. Plea agreements call for prison sentences between 18 and 24 months and for payment of restitution. Their sentencings haven't been scheduled.

Santa Fe Weather: Partly sunny today and tomorrow with a 40-percent chance for showers and thunderstorms with highs both days in the low 80s. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30-percent chance for showers and thunderstorms and the overnight low, 61.