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New Mexico author introduces new book - KRQE News 13 (blog)

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New Mexico author introduces new book
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MOUNTAINAIR, N.M. (KRQE) – A local author is looking to tell you about his new book. Michael Hays is introducing his new book, “No Pretty Picture.” It is about the story of a prisoner of Pancho Villa in the 1916 raid in Columbus, New Mexico. The event ...

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New Mexico State dumps Chicago State behind Siakam 69-55 - Washington Times

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New Mexico State dumps Chicago State behind Siakam 69-55
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CHICAGO (AP) - Pascal Siakam scored 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting, hauled in eight rebounds and blocked five shots as New Mexico State defeated Chicago State 69-55 on Saturday. Chicago State led 14-6 early with the help of a 3-point play by Trayvon ...

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Heinrich to host discussion on New Mexico's heroin problem - KOB.com

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Heinrich to host discussion on New Mexico's heroin problem
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OHKAY OWINGEH, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is planning a community discussion in northern New Mexico to address the state's growing heroin and prescription drug addiction epidemic. The New Mexico Democrat will tour treatment centers in ...

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New Mexico man attacked mom with Bible after prayer, police say - NOLA.com

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New Mexico man attacked mom with Bible after prayer, police say
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A New Mexico man is facing a battery charge after police said he repeatedly hit his mother with a Bible following a prayer session. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Ryan Dailey was arrested shortly after police say his mother escaped ...

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Heinrich to host discussion on New Mexico's heroin problem - Miami Herald

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Heinrich to host discussion on New Mexico's heroin problem
Miami Herald
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is planning a community discussion in northern New Mexico to address the state's growing heroin and prescription drug addiction epidemic. The New Mexico Democrat will tour treatment centers in the Espanola Valley before ...

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New Mexico needs 'inclusive' playing field - Albuquerque Journal

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New Mexico needs 'inclusive' playing field
Albuquerque Journal
Winthrop Quigley recently wrote a fascinating UpFront column about how New Mexico's history has shaped attitudes toward business in the state. He suggests that our colonial histories have caused a certain mindset of resentfulness and suspicion of ...

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New Mexico ranchers' state grazing fees are increased by 25 percent - Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 20:34

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New Mexico ranchers' state grazing fees are increased by 25 percent
Santa Fe New Mexican
As New Mexico ranchers struggle to rebound from last summer's drop in beef prices and years of drought, and face rising federal grazing costs, the State Land Office announced Friday that they also will pay more in state fees to graze cattle on public ...

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Police: New Mexico man attacked mom with Bible after prayer - KRON4.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 19:36

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Police: New Mexico man attacked mom with Bible after prayer
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing battery charges after police said he repeatedly hit his mother with a Bible following a prayer session. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Ryan Dailey was arrested Saturday shortly after police say his ...

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Senate panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprints - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 18:42

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Senate panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprints
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With just days left in the New Mexico Legislative session, the last Senate committee on Friday passed a revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with an immigrant fingerprint provision sought by House Republicans. The Senate ...
Panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprintsWashington Times

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Panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprints - SFGate

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 18:34

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Panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprints
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on New Mexico lawmakers' REAL ID debate (all times local): 6:30 p.m.. A New Mexico Senate committee has passed a revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with an immigrant fingerprint provision sought by House ...
Senate panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprintsKOB.com
New Mexico REAL ID bill would require immigrant fingerprintsWashington Times
New Mexico Senate Democrat says key panel to take up REAL IDKFDA

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Panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprints - Washington Times

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 18:32

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Panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprints
Washington Times
“We no longer have a structural deficit, we have an actual deficit,” said Senator John Arthur Smith, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Finance Committee during a press conference at the New Mexico State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (Clyde ... more >.
Senate panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprintsKOB.com
New Mexico Senate Democrat says key panel to take up REAL IDKFDA

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Sentence for New Mexico teen who killed family in judge's hands - The Seattle Times

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 17:01

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Sentence for New Mexico teen who killed family in judge's hands
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fate of a New Mexico teenager who killed five family members in 2013 was in the hands of a judge Thursday after he heard differing opinions from medical experts. Attorneys gave closing arguments in a lengthy hearing in ...
Family member says judge's ruling on Nehemiah Griego was mistakeKOAT Albuquerque

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New Mexico State Police identify officer in fatal shooting - Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 16:32

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New Mexico State Police identify officer in fatal shooting
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Authorities have released the name of a Santa Fe police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect at a Santa Fe motel last month. New Mexico State Police on Friday identified the officer as Detective John Vanetten, a 13 ½-year ...

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Legislature should approve the deregulation solution to dental care

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Fri, 2016-02-12 15:57

This article was originally published at NMPolitics.net. Legislation along these lines was introduced in the 2016 session, but was not placed on Governor Martinez’ “call.”


New Mexico’s Legislature faces a plethora of duties during this year’s 30-day regular session. But a measure that should be a no-brainer, deserving of bipartisan support, permits dental therapists to practice in some rural and underserved areas of the state.

Dental therapists are trained to provide routine care, including drilling and filling cavities. Last year, a bill that would have allowed dental therapists to practice in New Mexico passed the Republican-held House, with Democratic support, only to fail in the Senate without so much as a floor vote.

However, a task force of legislators, along with supporters and opponents of dental therapists, came to a compromise late last year. The bill they’ve crafted, HB 191, isn’t perfect – the establishment of a state dental director isn’t necessary, and neither is a mandate that all children receive a dental exam as a prerequisite to school enrollment. Nonetheless, allowing dental therapists to work in our state would be a promising reform.

It is not a government mandate. It doesn’t involve taxpayer subsidies. It’s working in other states, including Minnesota and Alaska. And it’s a solid step away from the ugliness of professional protectionism through government licensing.

Support for reducing or eliminating government’s role in occupational licensing has drawn support from such ideologically disparate people as Nobel-Prize-winning, libertarian economist Milton Friedman and President Obama.

Friedman railed against the evils of professional licensing in speeches and debates that can be found online. The president’s 2016 budget proposal “seeks to reduce occupational licensing barriers that keep people from doing the jobs they have the skills to do by putting in place unnecessary training and high fees.” Last year, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers issued a detailed report questioning the benefits of occupational licensing.

The left-right agreement on dental therapists in the Land of Enchantment includes the free-market Rio Grande Foundation as well as the left-leaning Health Action New Mexico and New Mexico Voices for Children. Both of the latter support the “Affordable Care Act,” while the Rio Grande Foundation works overtime to expose Obamacare’s many disappointments and failings.

In many rural areas of our state, dental coverage is not the issue – care is. According to a 2013 report by the Legislative Finance Committee, over 63 percent of New Mexicans live in areas where there are shortages of dental-health personnel. Allowing these professionals to carry out some activities that have previously been only available under the direct care of dentists would improve accessibility in rural and underserved communities. It can also create new business opportunities for entrepreneurial dentists.

HB 191 allows dentists to supervise therapists from off-site. But remote management doesn’t apply to filling cavities, despite mounds of evidence that shows that dental therapists can do the job effectively and safely under off-site supervision. Fixing this flaw would give a dental practices more flexibility in setting up a satellite office in a small town, and/or extending their office hours to serve more patients.

Healthy teeth are in many ways the key to overall health. People with periodontal disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. That’s not all. Poor dental hygiene is correlated with everything from dementia to diabetes and even cancer. Increasing the availability of dental care in New Mexico can have cascading positive benefits throughout our healthcare system.

New Mexico’s lawmakers and governor have a chance to bring the free-market solution of dental therapy to our state by stripping the extraneous mandates and costs out of HB 191, and expanding scope-of-practice capabilities throughout rural New Mexico. The clock is ticking on the 2016 session.

Dental therapy is good for patients, taxpayers, and the economy. Why let partisan rancor get in the way of smart policy?

Dowd Muska (dmuska@riograndefoundation.org) is research director for New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization dedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility.

New Mexico university uses 'lemongrass bombs' to kill Zika-carrying mosquitoes - abc27

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 15:11

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New Mexico university uses 'lemongrass bombs' to kill Zika-carrying mosquitoes
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The tiny, tadpole-like larvae never saw it coming. Neither did the team of medical researchers that had just killed them. At the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center, doctors in the Division of Infectious ...

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A Path Out of Poverty in New Mexico? Yes, Families Voice Ideas - Equal Voice Newspaper

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 14:16

A Path Out of Poverty in New Mexico? Yes, Families Voice Ideas
Equal Voice Newspaper
As a statewide network comprised of policy change organizations focused on lifting New Mexico families out of poverty, Equal Voice New Mexico supports a legislative agenda focused on opportunities for working families and for children, our future for ...
A policy agenda to eradicate poverty in New MexicoAlbuquerque Journal

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New Mexico city bans feeding of pigeons, violators face jail - Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 11:50

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New Mexico city bans feeding of pigeons, violators face jail
Santa Fe New Mexican
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/7eU6hh) that the Carlsbad city council recently approved an ordinance that bans residents from feeding or providing environments that attract the birds.

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New Mexico auditor finds $4.4 billion in unused funds - Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 11:50

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New Mexico auditor finds $4.4 billion in unused funds
Santa Fe New Mexican
Agencies with the largest accumulated balances are the New Mexico Finance Authority, Environment Department, Department of Transportation, Mortgage Finance Authority and Department of Workforce Solutions. Most of the unspent funds already had been ...
New Mexico auditor finds $4.4B in unused fundsLas Cruces Sun-News

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New Mexico officials support proposed methane rules - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 11:08

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New Mexico officials support proposed methane rules
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They say New Mexico is among the states with an economy tied closely to the taxes, royalties and other fees earned from oil and gas development and the proposed rules would allow local governments to recoup what would otherwise be lost revenue.

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New Mexico auditor finds $4.4 billion in unused funds - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2016-02-12 09:22

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New Mexico auditor finds $4.4 billion in unused funds
KRQE News 13
Agencies with the largest accumulated balances are the New Mexico Finance Authority, Environment Department, Department of Transportation, Mortgage Finance Authority and Department of Workforce Solutions. Most of the unspent funds already had been ...
Audit Finds New Mexico Has Billions In Unspent FundsKRWG

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