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States pushing work requirement for food stamp recipients

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Sat, 2014-08-09 09:56
Entitlement wave crashing?
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Former Mayor receives Eastern New Mexico Univ. award - www.app.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-08-09 08:39

Former Mayor receives Eastern New Mexico Univ. award
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Asbury Park Former Mayor Ed Johnson has been named as a 2014 recipient of the ENMU Outstanding Alumni Award by his alma mater Eastern New Mexico University. The award recognizes ENMU graduates who are outstanding in their profession, ...

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color - NPR

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-08-09 02:59

NPR

New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color
NPR
Much of the American West is suffering from extreme drought this year. California is running out of water and wildfires have raged through Washington, Oregon and Idaho. But there is a bright spot out West — or, rather, a green spot. In New Mexico ...

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color - NPR

New Mexico News from Google ... - Sat, 2014-08-09 02:59

NPR

New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color
NPR
Much of the American West is suffering from extreme drought this year. California is running out of water and wildfires have raged through Washington, Oregon and Idaho. But there is a bright spot out West — or, rather, a green spot. In New Mexico ...

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Flooding Rain Plagues Weekend for Mid-Atlantic, South

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 22:00
Persistent rain with the slow-moving system moving through Carolinas this weekend will threaten flooding across the region.
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Mangrum leaving APSU for job at New Mexico State - Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 21:40

Mangrum leaving APSU for job at New Mexico State
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
But Mangrum said the frustrations from a losing season he blamed on his inability to recruit enough experienced depth didn't play a role in his decision to take a similar position at New Mexico State under new head coach Brian Green. The former ...

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New Mexico sues over tribal gambling compact - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 21:15

New Mexico sues over tribal gambling compact
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Susana Martinez's administration has sued the federal government to stop the Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico. The Governor's Office filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District ...

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New Mexico sues over tribal gambling compact - MiamiHerald.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 19:28

New Mexico sues over tribal gambling compact
MiamiHerald.com
Jessica Hernandez, the governor's deputy chief of staff and attorney, said in a statement that Pojoaque "is attempting to use regulations from the Department of Interior to conduct gaming in a way that is contrary to the best interests of New Mexicans ...

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United Family to take over servicing four Albertsons in New Mexico - LubbockOnline.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 17:55

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United Family to take over servicing four Albertsons in New Mexico
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The United Family announced Friday that four Albertsons stores in New Mexico will be realigned under The United Family. The four stores, which are located in Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs and Roswell, will retain their Albertsons identity and will continue ...
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New Mexico updates teacher evaluation ratings - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 17:18

New Mexico updates teacher evaluation ratings
Las Cruces Sun-News
SANTA FE >> The Public Education Department says a slightly smaller share of New Mexico teachers were rated as effective or better based on updated figures from a new evaluation system. The agency said nearly 73 percent of teachers were evaluated as ...

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From the Clouds, New Mexico Economy Looked Rosy - Santa Fe Reporter

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 16:44

Santa Fe Reporter

From the Clouds, New Mexico Economy Looked Rosy
Santa Fe Reporter
"New Mexico has improved its business climate more than any other state in the west over the past three years," reads the first sentence of a 24-page profile of the state's economy featured in Dossier, an economic development series published by the ...

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New Mexico sues over Pojoaque gambling compact - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 16:33

New Mexico sues over Pojoaque gambling compact
Albuquerque Journal
SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration has sued the federal government to stop the Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico. The governor's office filed the lawsuit ...

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The greening of New Mexico - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 16:06

The greening of New Mexico
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — a01_jd_08aug_Drought_maps At least a quarter of the state is no longer in drought, thanks to a deluge during the past week, according to a drought map released Thursday by multiple federal agencies. It has been more than three ...

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HHS Audit Finds Security Weaknesses in New Mexico’s Obamacare Exchange

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Fri, 2014-08-08 15:13

According to a recent article published by National Review Online, a federal audit has found information-technology security weaknesses at New Mexico’s health-insurance exchange.

According to the report:

The final audit report was completed by June 17, 2014, but because it contains such specific information about vulnerabilities, it is not public, according to a letter sent from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (DHHS OIG) to the health exchange.

Needless to say, there are still some very significant issues with ObamaCare in New Mexico and around the nation.

In response to the NRO story, Dr. Deane Waldman who holds positions both on the Health Exchange Board and the Rio Grande Foundation, said:

The NM Health Exchange, in conjunction with federal oversight, was beta-testing, de-bugging if you will, our preliminary system for the individual market.

WE found the security problem and fixed it, before implementing our individual market, unlike healthcare.gov. Further, since we could not finish all the beta-testing in time for the federal deadline, WE chose to put off opening our Individual Market for a year until we completely de-bugged the system and proved (with evidence not promises or magical thinking) that it works, again unlike healthcare.gov.

You might find it interesting that WE take the federal deadline seriously, while they keep deferring them, “moving the goalposts” as it were.

New Mexico sues over tribal gambling compact - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 14:34

New Mexico sues over tribal gambling compact
Las Cruces Sun-News
SANTA FE >> Gov. Susana Martinez's administration has sued the federal government to stop the Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico. The governor's office filed the lawsuit ...

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Can charter schools help fix public education?

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Fri, 2014-08-08 14:00

CHARTER SCHOOL CHAMPION: Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute believes charter schools can help improve the quality of public education in the U.S. Photo by Rob Nikolewski.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

ALBUQUERQUE — The American education system is under fire for inconsistent — and often lackluster — results.

Last December, for example, U.S. students didn’t crack the top 20 in an international study of 65 countries.

In results compiled every three years by the Program for International Student Assessment, U.S. students ranked below average in math and about average in reading and science compared to other developed countries.

Rick Hess believes charter schools can help reverse that trend.

“For me, the way you take a lousy college team and turn them into a good team is not by saying, ‘We want to go 12-0,’ but, how do we do things better,” said Hess, a former high school social studies teacher who is now the resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.

“So rather than worry about grand progress for the U.S., my attitude is let the charters take care of their business and educate their kids well. If good charter schools expand and serve more kids, little by little they’re going to help the performance of all our children and U.S. performance will improve.”

Hess argued the public education model is outdated and broken.

“I think the big challenges to American education are, we’ve got systems that just weren’t built to educate all of our children to a high level in this century,” said Hess, who spoke to about 50 people in Albuquerque on Tuesday. “They were built around a labor force that has changed due to changes in work opportunities for professional women and the behaviors of college graduates.”

As examples, Hess cited a few statistics:

*In the 1800s, 90 percent of teachers in the United States were men

*In 1900, just 1 in 10 Americans graduated from high school

*And it wasn’t until 1970 that 90 percent of students in the country showed up for school every day

“We haven’t yet figured out how to build a system that actually works given the realities of the 21st century,” Hess said.

Hess, who also writes a blog for Education Week magazine, is a big proponent of school choice, especially charter schools, although he’s quick to say there’s no quick and easy fix.

“There’s no magic there,” he told New Mexico Watchdog after his speech at a luncheon sponsored by New Mexico’s free-market think tank, the Rio Grande Foundation.

Charter schools, which are sometimes called magnet schools, receive public funding, but they operate independently and often offer emphasis in programs such as arts or sciences.

They’re relatively new — Minnesota was the first state to pass a law creating them in 1991 — but they have their critics, especially among public school teachers unions.

One of the knocks is that charter schools don’t perform appreciably better than traditional district schools.

“I would find that (criticism) much more compelling if, A) charters weren’t spending a whole lot less per kid than district schools and if B) we didn’t see hundreds or thousands of examples of charter schools that used their autonomy to do the kinds of things for kids who need them that district schools find much more difficult to do,” said Hess, author of seven books on education, including “The Same Thing Over and Over.”

In New Mexico, the school that received the top ranking from the U.S. News and World Report was a charter school — the Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science.

On the other hand, Hess told the audience Tuesday “there are some awful charter schools.”

In just the past week, the FBI seized documents from a consortium of four charter schools in Albuquerque. The state auditor charges that two of the schools spent $1.1 million since 2008 to lease aircraft from a company owned by the school’s head administrator.

“What charter schools should do is bring out schools that are lighting it up and encourage them and get rid of those that are not lighting it up,” Hess said.

“I think the key is to rethink and reimagine how we operate and deliver schooling in the 21st century,” Hess said. “You can imagine doing this wholesale (but) it’s enormously difficult to do and so voucher and charter and tuition tax credit models and such are one important way to open the door for that kind of rethinking.”

Here are some excerpts of the New Mexico Watchdog interview with Hess:

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

Judge: Ten Commandments monument at New Mexico city hall must be removed - Fox News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 12:02

JURIST

Judge: Ten Commandments monument at New Mexico city hall must be removed
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BLOOMFIELD, N.M. – A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said in his ruling in a ...
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Lawsuit tossed in Albuquerque lawyer's 2010 death - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 10:40

Lawsuit tossed in Albuquerque lawyer's 2010 death
KOAT Albuquerque
A lawsuit filed by the daughter and sister of a late civil rights attorney against the Albuquerque Police Department and city officials has been dismissed. Related. Family fight ends in gunfire · Man enjoys American Authors tune before bait car bust ...

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New Mexico's job-growth engine – young companies – loses power - Albuquerque Business First

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 10:35

New Mexico's job-growth engine – young companies – loses power
Albuquerque Business First
For years, New Mexico has had the lowest job-growth rate in the region. In the 12 months that ended June 30, New Mexico added 2,500 jobs, for a 0.3 percent growth rate, the lowest in the region, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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NMSU BASKETBALL: New Mexico State releases schedule - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2014-08-08 10:32

NMSU BASKETBALL: New Mexico State releases schedule
Las Cruces Sun-News
LAS CRUCES - A challenging non-conference slate, 17 home games and an appearance on ESPN's 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon highlight the 2014-15 New Mexico State men's basketball schedule. "Overall, I really like the depth of our schedule ...

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