. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A corrections union representative says the state of New Mexico plans to fire two guards who were in charge of a transport van when two violent felons escaped.

AFSCME union spokesman Miles Conway said todaythe two corrections officers received notices of contemplated action for termination from the New Mexico Corrections Department. The notices are the first step in the administrative process for firing an employee based on performance of work duties.

State officials have declined to state how the shackled inmates slipped by transport officers Taracina Morgan and Michael Ortega during a fuel stop March 9 in Artesia. The escape went undetected for hours before the transport van arrived in Las Cruces.

Authorities re-apprehended inmates Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah on March 11 and 12.