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Classic truck says "northern New Mexico" - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 16:53

Albuquerque Journal

Classic truck says "northern New Mexico"
Albuquerque Journal
Some people admire sleek sports cars or monster trucks with giant wheels … but the true Santa Fe vehicle (or maybe northern New Mexico vehicle) is an old pickup in a colorful hue, preferably with faded and rusted spots, maybe even a bumper missing for ...

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UPDATE 1-Plains says crude on Texas, New Mexico pipeline getting too light - Reuters

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:04

UPDATE 1-Plains says crude on Texas, New Mexico pipeline getting too light
Reuters
(New throughout, adds details from Plains notice, background). By Catherine Ngai and Kristen Hays. NEW YORK/HOUSTON Jan 16 (Reuters) - Plains All American's told shippers on Friday that crude moving through its West Texas and New Mexico pipeline ...

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New Mexico woman gets life in prison over 2 Texas slayings - KPRC Houston

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:23

KPRC Houston

New Mexico woman gets life in prison over 2 Texas slayings
KPRC Houston
A New Mexico woman faces life in prison for her conviction as the driver in a 2012 attack that left two men dead in West Texas. Desirae Mata was convicted Thursday night of capital murder for her role in the fatal shootings in rural Gaines County ...

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Kudos to Obama DOJ on Asset Forfeiture Reform

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Fri, 2015-01-16 13:47

As the 2015 legislative session approaches, the Rio Grande Foundation has been working on a variety of issues. One that has not been as public (to date) is “civil asset forfeiture” reform. And, while there is work to be done at the state level, it is worth acknowledging an important move by the Obama Administration to reduce the likelihood of forfeiture abuse.

Simply put, “civil asset forfeiture” had become ripe for abuse with police departments seizing the possessions of otherwise innocent people who were not provided due process in the same way as accused criminals. Details on civil asset forfeiture can be found here.

A detailed Washington Post article on the Obama Administration’s move can be found here.

A press release from our friends at the Institute for Justice can be found here.

Here is an article relating to recent comments from the Las Cruces former city attorney that spurred outrage nationwide.

Note: this week on the NM Freedom Hour on 770 KKOB, I’ll be sitting down with an ideologically-diverse panel of experts to discuss asset forfeiture reform including this move by the Obama Administration.

Rumsfelds may be spending more time in New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican.com (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 10:00

Rumsfelds may be spending more time in New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican.com (blog)
4 Remaining Thanks for visiting Santa Fe New Mexican. If you are 7-day print subscriber, please create an online account and then click 'subscribe' to activate your unlimited access. Otherwise, you're entitled to view 5 free articles every 30 days ...

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Put the brakes on efforts to increase the gas tax

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Fri, 2015-01-16 09:44

With gas prices dropping quickly, there are increasing calls on both sides of the political spectrum for increasing the gas tax. I penned the following article offering a few policy ideas for what policymakers both in Washington and New Mexico ought to do before such a tax hike is considered.

With the precipitous decline in gas prices, there have been increasing calls at both the federal and state level for raising gas taxes. While opposition may seem to be founded on mere anti-tax sentiment, the reality is that there are several reasons not to increase gas taxes on either the state or federal levels.

First and foremost, it is time for Washington to step aside when it comes to most transportation policies. Transportation was largely under state control until the advent of the Interstate Highway System in the late 1950s. This system involved the creation of a massive network of highways designed to exacting specifications as laid out by federal policymakers.

Since the Interstate Highways were developed partially for defense purposes, Washington was involved in funding and implementing it. But the system is built. Now that it is, the focus should be on devolving most transportation programs to the states. This “devolution” concept was proposed in the most recent Congress as the “Transportation Empowerment Act” by Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rep. Tom Graves (Georgia).

Essentially, the Act would eliminate Congressional “pork,” the mandatory diversion of tax revenue from roads to transit, beautification projects, and bike paths, and it would give states greater flexibility in how they fund transportation initiatives within their borders. After all, mass transit may work well in New Jersey or densely-populated parts of California, but are unnecessary in Wyoming or New Mexico.

Devolution would also free states from costly labor regulations known as “Davis-Bacon” which inflate the cost of federal highway projects by an estimated 10 percent.

Raising the federal gas tax would simply lock the current system into place with all of the costly diversions and over-priced labor while costing motorists and our economy at the pump.

Of course, Washington is only one part of the transportation puzzle. New Mexico’s Legislature will also be considering legislation to increase the gas tax. This effort is misguided as well.

For starters, New Mexico policymakers have unnecessarily raised the cost of state-funded public works projects including roads and schools through “Davis-Bacon” prevailing wage laws. Since labor is such a significant component of the cost of construction projects, it is only sensible to pay fair market wages rather than arbitrarily inflating them. Legislation has been introduced by Rep. Nora Espinoza to reform New Mexico’s Davis-Bacon law.

It also makes sense for New Mexico to consider alternatives to gas taxes as a means of funding road construction. With the increased efficiency of gas-powered vehicles and the development of gas-sipping hybrids and even electric vehicles, there can be no doubt that gas taxes don’t go as far as they used to. To the extent that gas taxes are a “user-fee” paid for by those who use the roads, it makes sense for all road users to pay something for the construction and upkeep of New Mexico roads, even if your vehicle of choice is not fueled by gasoline.

This leads directly to the potential for alternative financing methods including so-called “PPPs” or “Public-Private Partnerships.” PPP’s are a means of bringing private investment dollars to public projects which in turn can result in more and better-maintained infrastructure.

To the extent that New Mexico’s transportation infrastructure is in need of additional funding, policymakers should enable entrepreneurs and private capital to help fund these needs.

If, after all these reforms have been implemented and New Mexicans still see infrastructure funding as inadequate, then it may be reasonable to consider raising the gas tax, indexing it to inflation, or both. Fortunately, there are still numerous inefficiencies in the current system that can and should be unlocked.

Paul Gessing is the President of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, 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 woman gets life in prison over 2 Texas slayings - Fort Worth Star Telegram

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 09:20

Fort Worth Star Telegram

New Mexico woman gets life in prison over 2 Texas slayings
Fort Worth Star Telegram
A New Mexico woman faces life in prison for her conviction as the driver in a 2012 attack that left two men dead in West Texas. Desirae Mata was convicted Thursday night of capital murder for her role in the fatal shootings in rural Gaines County ...

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Forecast: A dry start to the year for New Mexico - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 08:58

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Forecast: A dry start to the year for New Mexico
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal forecasters say the Southwest is among the areas of the country that are starting the year drier than normal, and that could mean a fifth straight year of drought for New Mexico. The forecast was released Thursday by the ...

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Roswell, New Mexico missile silo for sale - Boing Boing

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 02:01

Boing Boing

Roswell, New Mexico missile silo for sale
Boing Boing
Please note that pending board approval, Boing Boing's new secret headquarters shall be this "decommisioned" underground missile silo pending sale for $300k in Roswell, New Mexico where our space brothers have already established a thriving happy ...

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For New Mexico lawmakers: A quick rundown of where we stand - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-01-16 00:03

For New Mexico lawmakers: A quick rundown of where we stand
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.New Mexicans always hear that we are on the top of all the bad lists and at the bottom of all the good ones. With that in mind – and just four days before the start of the 2015 New Mexico Legislature – here is where the Land of ...

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New Mexico St. shoots past Bakersfield - FOXSports.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:38

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New Mexico St. shoots past Bakersfield
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Barry scored 20 points to lead New Mexico State and Baker drilled all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half to help the Aggies to an 8-point halftime lead, 35-27, and finished with 19 points. Kevin Mays and Aly Ahmed both scored 18 points to ...
New Mexico St shoots past Bakersfield, 70-54Washington Times
New Mexico St. rallies past CSUB women in OTThe Bakersfield Californian

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US unveils first plan of its kind to fight drug trafficking in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:00
The Obama administration has unveiled a new plan to fight drug trafficking in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands amid concerns that the flow of cocaine from the Caribbean to the U.S. has more than doubled in the past three years.
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Conservation groups sue over changes to endangered Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:00
Conservationists sued the federal government Friday over changes to a reintroduction program for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.
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Mexico's Sinaloa cartel leaders charged in San Diego in probe targeting Zambada and sons

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:00
Federal indictments unsealed in San Diego charge top leaders of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel with smuggling huge amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs to the United States.
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Muslims never guilty of 'terrorist massacres,' Turkey's Erdogan insists

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:00
Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly bizarre rhetoric reached new heights this week when he told reporters "racism, hate speech and Islamophobia" lay behind the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
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The easing of Cuba travel rules doesn’t mean flights there just yet

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:00
Airlines have begun positioning themselves for possible travel to the island nation.
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Forecasts: Dry conditions persist in part of drought-stricken West, not enough snow expected

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:00
Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won't be enough snow to boost water supplies.
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Race on the high seas: Cartels feature new, faster smuggling boats

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 22:00
The drug cartels of Latin America appear to have the upper-hand in their ongoing cat-and-mouse game with the US law-enforcement, using stealthy speed boats that go virtually undetected by radar.
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New Mexico calls out air force base in contamination case - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 21:49

New Mexico calls out air force base in contamination case
KOB.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is calling out the U.S. Air Force for missing a deadline to design and implement an interim system for cleaning up contamination from a fuel leak at a New Mexico base. The state Environment Department on Thursday ...

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Forecast: A dry start to the year for New Mexico - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-01-15 21:09

Forecast: A dry start to the year for New Mexico
KOB.com
It says New Mexico and other states are experiencing prolonged drought, which has focused attention on winter snowpack throughout the region. Snowpack serves as an indicator of how much water can be expected to flow through rivers and streams later in ...

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