Consul appointed 

The second-ranked diplomat at the Mexican Consulate in San Diego is headed to Boise later this summer to open Mexico's newest consulate on U.S. soil.

Ricardo Pineda Albarran, who served as interim consul general in San Diego until recently, has been named to the Boise post, but not formally appointed, according to a Mexican official who confirmed the pending appointment.

Pineda has worked at the San Diego consulate since at least 2005, when he was appointed deputy consul general, according to the U.S. State Department.

Late last year, Pineda spoke out against U.S. Border Patrol agents who were firing tear gas and pepper spray into Mexico to repel attackers armed with stones, bottles and bricks on the Mexican side of the border, according to an Associated Press account. Pineda has also lectured on bi-national trade.

Mexico will open its consulate in Boise by the end of the year to fill demand for consular services. Up to now, Mexican citizens needing assistance have had to travel to Salt Lake City or wait for Salt Lake consular officials to visit.

Boise's Mexican Consulate will not be a consulate-general, as San Diego's and other large foreign offices are designated. Pineda will be Mexico's consul assigned to Boise.

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