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New Mexico Dems blast high court decision on campaign spending - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 19:39

New Mexico Dems blast high court decision on campaign spending
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Some Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation released statements Wednesday blasting a U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminates a restriction on how much money big campaign donors can spend in an election.

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Inspectors re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak - Yahoo News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 19:15

SFGate

Inspectors re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak
Yahoo News
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - An inspection team ventured into an underground nuclear waste disposal vault in New Mexico on Wednesday to begin an on-site investigation of a radiation leak nearly seven weeks ago that exposed 21 workers and ...
Teams set to inspect New Mexico nuclear waste site after leakThomson Reuters Foundation
New Mexico lab resumes nuclear waste shipmentsKRNV My News 4

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New Mexico: Albuquerque Seeks Police Monitoring - New York Times

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 18:11

SFGate

New Mexico: Albuquerque Seeks Police Monitoring
New York Times
Mayor Richard J. Berry of Albuquerque asked the Justice Department on Wednesday to monitor the city's police force, roiled by a rash of shootings resulting in 23 deaths and 14 injuries in four years. In a news conference, Mr. Berry also announced plans ...
Wildfire concerns surround James Boyd vigilKOAT Albuquerque
Police chief vows reforms after violent protest in New MexicoToday's Zaman
New Mexico governor calls for calm after protestMarietta Daily Journal
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Man shot by US marshal had long criminal history - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 17:57

Man shot by US marshal had long criminal history
KOAT Albuquerque
EVEN SPIT ON. NOW TO NEW DETAILS ABOUT A SHOOTING INVOLVING THE U-S MARSHALS. WE'VE LEARNED THE MAN SHOT BY MARSHALS YESTERDAY, HAS SINCE BEEN ARRESTED... AND HAS A LENGTHY CRIMINAL HISTORY. KOAT ...
BCSO: US Marshals shot wanted fugitiveKOB.com
Marshals, sheriff quiet on S. Valley shootingAlbuquerque Journal

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Gov. Martinez announces new child welfare reforms - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 17:03

Gov. Martinez announces new child welfare reforms
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Gov. Susana Martinez, left, and Children, Youth and Families Secretary Yolanda Deines answer questions about a series of initiatives aimed at improving New Mexico's child welfare system during a news conference in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

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Teams set to inspect New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak - Reuters

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 16:42

Chron.com

Teams set to inspect New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak
Reuters
Located about 25 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico, in the Chihuahuan Desert, the facility is the nation's only permanent repository for the U.S. government's stockpile of nuclear waste, much of it left over from the Cold War era. The waste, including ...
Originally Meant for New Mexico, Diverted Nuclear Waste Arrives in West TexasStateImpact Texas
Equipment Delivery Delays Venture Into New Mexico Atomic SiteNational Journal
Next trip into southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste site expected FridayLubbockOnline.com
MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV
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Teams set to inspect New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak - Yahoo News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 15:41

Teams set to inspect New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak
Yahoo News
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Inspection teams were set to venture into an underground nuclear waste disposal vault in New Mexico on Wednesday to look for the source of a radiation leak nearly seven weeks ago that exposed 21 workers and ...

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Mel Gibson Mel Gibson. - Santa Fe New Mexican.com (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 15:00

Mel Gibson Mel Gibson.
Santa Fe New Mexican.com (blog)
The action-thriller Blood Father is set to begin production in New Mexico in May. The film follows a father, played by Mel Gibson, as he attempts to rescue his runaway teenage daughter from the clutches of an older man who's getting her into a bunch of ...

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The bad data keeps coming for New Mexico

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-04-02 14:51

Rob Nikolewski cites three recent reports detailing New Mexico’s poor showing on a variety of national reports over at Capitol Report New Mexico. These reports center on our state’s weak personal income growth, our higher education system’s inability to get students to graduate, and our ongoing dependence on the federal government.

Here at Errors of Enchantment, we’ve detailed plenty of negative data surrounding the New Mexico economy, but quite frankly, it isn’t really news anymore. It is just another report that comes out with nothing but yawns elicited in the Legislature where the policy prescriptions in 2014 included raising the minimum wage, using the general fund to prop up a poorly-designed lottery scholarship program, and spending $550,000 to build a movie studio back-lot near Las Cruces to further subsidize the film industry.

Minor course corrections aren’t enough. New Mexico is on the wrong economic path (of dependence and a perpetual belief that government spending is the solution to our problems). It didn’t get their overnight and the switch to a free market economy won’t be easy or quick.

Under attack: Depth of federal arms race should surprise, shock citizenry

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-04-02 14:35

THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW GETTING LONGER: The number of law enforcement agents, such as these from the Environmental Protection Agency, have grown in recent years. Photo taken from EPA promotional video.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE — In late February, four federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.”

Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and impaired driving in the ski resort’s parking lot and surrounding area.

But the agents weren’t from the FBI, ATF or even the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rather, the agents represented the U.S. Forest Service.

“It’s one of the untold stories about government,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lives in Taos, is an avid skier and has been a leading critic of the operation that turned up only a few minor infractions. “People don’t grasp the size and the scope of these entities and their law enforcement arms.”

It may come as a surprise to many U.S. taxpayers, but a slew of federal agencies — some whose responsibilities seem to have little to do with combating crime — carry active law enforcement operations.

Here’s a partial list:

That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.

“There’s no question there’s been a proliferation of police units at the federal level,” said Tim Lynch, director of the Project On Criminal Justice for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. “To me, it’s been a never-ending expansion, a natural progression, if you will, of these administrative agencies always asking for bigger budgets and a little bit more power.”

It’s been estimated the U.S. has some 25,000 sworn law enforcement officers in departments not traditionally associated with fighting crime. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and in a tabulation compiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2011, 3,812 criminal investigators are working in areas other than the U.S. departments of Treasury, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security.

Lynch says it’s hard to tell how much money federal agencies spend on their respective law enforcement divisions.

“We need a fuller accounting of exactly how many police units have proliferated in the federal government and how much it’s costing taxpayers,” said Lynch, who said he would like to see members of Congress ask agency officials direct questions about budget and staffing.

The Wall Street Journal reported that, in 2008, agents armed with assault rifles from NOAA, along with officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, raided a businesswoman’s offices in Miami looking into charges that she was violating the Endangered Species Act by trading in coral.

“I felt like I was being busted for drugs, instead of coral,” Morgan Mok said afterward. “It was crazy.”

Mok said she obtained the coral legally and eventually paid a $500 fine and served a year’s probation for failing to complete the proper paperwork.

Why is a law enforcement arm necessary at NOAA?

“NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement protects marine wildlife and habitat by enforcing domestic laws and international treaty requirements designed to ensure these global resources are available for future generations,” NOAA spokesman David Miller said in an email to New Mexico Watchdog, pointing out that the division has existed since 1970. “Our special agents and enforcement officers ensure compliance with the nation’s marine resource laws and take enforcement action when these laws are violated.”

RANGER RICK’S DUTIES EXPAND: The U.S. Forest Service employs about 700 law enforcement personnel. U.S. Forest Service photo.

As for the U.S. Forest Service, Special Agent Robin Poague defended the use of the agency’s law enforcement officers — called LEOs — in the Taos operation that resulted in harsh criticism from many residents.

“Rangers were armed when the Forest Service started 100 years ago,” Poague said. “We have a long history of law enforcement.”

Portions of the Taos Ski Valley sit on federal land. If there were suspicions of drug activity leading to the operation in February, why not use the DEA instead?

“U.S. Forest Service land is our primary responsibility, it’s not the DEA’s,” Poague told New Mexico Watchdog by telephone from his office in Albuquerque.

A Forest Service recruitment video says the agency employs about 700 law enforcement personnel. Poague said the service’s law enforcement division was created in 1994.

But many other federal agencies established their own after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

In the aftermath of the attacks, the FBI shifted its attention to tackling terrorism, and Congress gave permanent powers to inspectors general in more than two dozen agencies.

By last count, 25 agencies with law enforcement divisions fall under their respective offices of inspectors general.

With their growth has come criticism that officers are becoming overly militarized.

“The whole notion of police operations these days, that they’re dressed to kill, that they’re up against an enemy, is wrong,” Johnson said. “Citizens are not the enemy.”

In 2010, the Department of Education defended its purchase of 27 12-gauge shotguns to replace old firearms used by its Office of Inspector General, the law enforcement arm of the department. DoE said the guns were necessary to help combat “waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs and operations.”

A year later, DoE Office of Inspector General special agents raided a California home at 6 a.m. to apprehend a man the department said was involved in criminal activity. DoE officials did not say why the raid was conducted, releasing a statement that said, “the office conducts raids on issues such as bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds.”

“In these cases, it causes you to think, is this agency really necessary, is this unit really necessary,” Lynch said.

In an email to New Mexico Watchdog, a spokeswoman for the DoE Office of Inspector General — the department’s law enforcement arm — reported it has a staff of 260 members, 90 of which are criminal investigators. Its budget is $57.7 million for fiscal 2014.

Defenders of the agencies say armed law enforcement provides a deterrent and that agents need to be armed to protect themselves against potentially dangerous criminals.

In fact, just last month a Forest Service ranger in North Carolina was shot and killed by a murder suspect, who also killed a police dog. On Jan. 1, 2012, a National Park ranger was shot and killed at Mount Rainier, in Washington state.

Contact Rob Nikolewski at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @robnikolewski

Divestment vote at University of New Mexico tonight - The Electronic Intifada (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 14:06

Divestment vote at University of New Mexico tonight
The Electronic Intifada (blog)
Tonight in Albuquerque, student senators at the University of New Mexico will hold a vote on a resolution that demands that the university divest from corporations that profit from human rights violations both in Palestine and at the US-Mexico border ...

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Texas to begin getting radioactive waste from New Mexico - Fort Worth Star Telegram

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 13:24

Texas to begin getting radioactive waste from New Mexico
Fort Worth Star Telegram
The waste was not originally meant to leave New Mexico, but a sequence of events headlined by a Feb. 14 radiation leak at a disposal facility near Carlsbad has left its handlers eyeing a private collection site in Andrews County in far West Texas ...

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Right to Work States Lead Recovery, idea generates support from other groups in NM

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-04-02 13:00

Check out the following chart from our friends at Liberty Foundation which details how states that have Right to Work protections for workers have grown faster during the economic recovery than forced-unionism states. The relevant data point is the way the lines move from left to right which illustrates job growth between 2010 and 2014:

RGF also welcomes the Commercial Association of Realtors New Mexico to the debate over whether New Mexico should become a Right to Work state. The group put together a white paper on the issue which cites a variety of data in support of Right to Work. Citing several business friendliness reports as well as the fact that citizens of Right to Work states have greater disposable incomes, the report makes a persuasive case for New Mexico adopting such a law.

New Mexico's Glass is Half Full - AgWeb

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:08

AgWeb

New Mexico's Glass is Half Full
AgWeb
The only way to describe the past five years in New Mexico's dairy industry is brutal. Producers have weathered a perfect storm of cascading events that led to the loss of 21% of dairies in the state, says Robert Hagevoort, Extension dairy specialist ...

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Officer fired in New Mexico over beating wants old job - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 10:25

Officer fired in New Mexico over beating wants old job
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque police officer caught on video repeatedly kicking a suspect and then giving a fellow officer a celebratory belly bump is seeking his old job back. An attorney for John Doyle said this month in new court documents that the ...

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New Mexico Small Business Banking Solutions - Business Wire (press release)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:13

New Mexico Small Business Banking Solutions
Business Wire (press release)
LAS CRUCES, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Small businesses based in the Southwest region have unique opportunities for growth, and this success is strengthened by partnerships that add value and build trust. First American Bank is expanding its presence in ...

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New Mexico chile acreage hits four-decade low - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:02

New Mexico chile acreage hits four-decade low
Albuquerque Journal
chile LAS CRUCES — After three relatively steady years, chile acreage in New Mexico dropped to about a four-decade low in 2013. The harvested acres dropped to 8,600 statewide in 2013 — 1,000 acres fewer than a year earlier and 100 acres fewer than a ...
New Mexico chile crop hits four-decade low point; 2014 planting underwayCarlsbad Current Argus

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Vigil planned in response to New Mexico police shooting - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-04-02 06:30

Vigil planned in response to New Mexico police shooting
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
ALBUQUERQUE — A candlelight vigil is planned in the Albuquerque foothills in response to the recent fatal shooting of a homeless camper by police. Organizers were calling on people to gather Wednesday evening at the Copper trailhead with candles or ...

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Los Alamos resumes nuclear-waste shipments to temporary dump

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2014-04-01 22:00
Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste of its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas.
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From Friday the 13th to Apollo 13: A look at the superstitions associated with the number 13

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2014-04-01 22:00
It's unlucky to stay inside on the 13th day of the Iranian new year, but fear surrounding the number 13 has chilled people for centuries around the world.
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