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Former Pinkston football players dismissed from New Mexico team for 'pattern ... - Dallas Morning News (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:16

Former Pinkston football players dismissed from New Mexico team for 'pattern ...
Dallas Morning News (blog)
Former Pinkston football players Paytron Hightower and Tre'Von Roy have been dismissed from the New Mexico football team. Coach Bob Davie dismissed the players for, according to the Albuquerque Journal, “an accumulation and a pattern of attitude that ...

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Senate showdown: Tom Udall vs. Allen Weh - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:32

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Senate showdown: Tom Udall vs. Allen Weh
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The most secure job in New Mexico politics may very well be as a United States senator. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, has enjoyed that role since 2008 and although he has often looked like a lock to keep that role for another six years, ...

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New Mexico Politics 101 - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:32

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New Mexico Politics 101
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Diane Denish during the 2010 election. Mayor R.J. Berry, R-Albuquerque, scored a surprise victory in 2009 and followed it up with a landslide reelection win in 2013. The New Mexico House has also ended up a lot tighter recently, with the Democratic ...
New Mexico GOP hopes to win legislative majorityAlbuquerque Journal
10 closely watched races for New Mexico HouseNews & Observer

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The Battle for the New Mexico House - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:32

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The Battle for the New Mexico House
KRQE News 13
Starting after the 1954 election, Democrats have always outnumbered Republicans in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Republicans sense a big opportunity in 2014 to change that, but a lot of individual House races will have to break their way.

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New Mexico Swim and Dive Top Air Force Academy in Home Opener - SwimSwam

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 11:03

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New Mexico Swim and Dive Top Air Force Academy in Home Opener
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New Mexico had a strong start as they raced the first event for first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Kaela McKee, Kristin Walker, Madi Burns, and Morgan Ginnis took first with a time of 1:44.89. Amber Amr, Lindsey Englestead ...
Falcons take down New Mexico Lobos 35-31U.S. Air Force Academy

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New Mexico unemployment rate declines in September - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:53

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New Mexico unemployment rate declines in September
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — nmjobs New Mexico's unemployment rate declined in September as the state's economy added thousands of jobs. The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the nonfarm unemployment rate in September was 6.6 ...

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Former College Place-Kicker Katie Hnida To Speak At University Of New Mexico - CBS Local

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:14

Former College Place-Kicker Katie Hnida To Speak At University Of New Mexico
CBS Local
Hnida was one of the first women to play college football and went on to kick for the University of New Mexico after leaving the University of Colorado. In 2002, she became the first woman to play in a NCAA Division I-A game. That year, she saw playing ...

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New Mexico Man's Typo Costs Him Thousands on Bill - ABC News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 09:48

New Mexico Man's Typo Costs Him Thousands on Bill
ABC News
A New Mexico man says he made an error while paying his electric bill that led him to overpay by thousands of dollars. The Public Service Company of New Mexico says it could take weeks to get him his money back. KOB-TV reports ( http://goo.gl/jN3aqs ) ...

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My Cato Institute podcast on the New Mexico economy

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Tue, 2014-10-21 09:34

At the recent State Policy Network conference, I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss New Mexico’s struggling and federally-dependent economy for a Cato Daily podcast. You can listen to the podcast which is just under eight minutes in length here:

By the way, Cato’s podcasts are a great way to keep track of some of the major issues impacting your freedom. You can subscribe or check out more of them here.

New Mexico man's typo costs him thousands on bill - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 09:17

New Mexico man's typo costs him thousands on bill
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico man says he inadvertently hit a fourth digit when paying his electric bill and overpaid by thousands. And the Public Service Company of New Mexico says it could take weeks to get him his money back.

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New Mexico GOP hopes to win legislative majority - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 08:46

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New Mexico GOP hopes to win legislative majority
Albuquerque Journal
em031711u SANTA FE — The last time New Mexico Republicans controlled the state House of Representatives, they rode the coattails of Dwight Eisenhower's landside 1952 presidential victory. The national political mood once again may help Republicans, ...
Outside groups spar in secretary of state, AG racesNew Mexico In Depth

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New Mexico man's typo costs him thousands on bill - seattlepi.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 08:45

New Mexico man's typo costs him thousands on bill
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man says he inadvertently hit a fourth digit when paying his electric bill and overpaid by thousands. And the Public Service Company of New Mexico says it could take weeks to get him his money back. KOB-TV ...

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Radio personality's New Mexico ranch up for sale - Bellingham Herald

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 07:48

Radio personality's New Mexico ranch up for sale
Bellingham Herald
SANTA FE, N.M. — A northern New Mexico cattle ranch belonging to radio personality Don Imus is on the market for $32 million. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/04JIPf ) reports that the 2,400-acre ranch near the small community of Ribera and ...

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Radio personality's New Mexico ranch up for sale - The Idaho Statesman

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 07:43

Radio personality's New Mexico ranch up for sale
The Idaho Statesman
SANTA FE, N.M. — A northern New Mexico cattle ranch belonging to radio personality Don Imus is on the market for $32 million. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/04JIPf ) reports that the 2,400-acre ranch near the small community of Ribera and ...

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Federal tax money for Spaceport? Two NM congressional candidates support idea

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Tue, 2014-10-21 04:52

MONEY MATTERS: Spaceport America was built with $218 million of money from New Mexico taxpayers. But both candidates for southern New Mexico’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives say they favor the idea of federal funding for the project as well.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

State taxpayers have already kicked in $218.5 million to build Spaceport America, the commercial space venture in southern New Mexico that is still waiting for its anchor tenant Virgin Galactic to launch its first flight into suborbital space.

But federal taxpayer money?

That’s never really been on the table.

Both the Democrat and Republican in the race for U.S. House of Representatives in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District say they support the idea of federal funding going to the project.

At a debate on statewide television last week, moderator and former ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson asked incumbent Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and challenger Roxanne Lara, “Would you pursue and approve of federal funding … for the Spaceport?”

Pearce said he “would be glad to support it” and Lara said the Spaceport “needs a good plan that’s going forward and the federal funding can be a part and a piece of that.”

Here’s the entire exchange from the debate aired at the KRWG-TV studios in Las Cruces:

Located in a desert just west of the White Sands Missile Range, Spaceport America receives “a little direct” federal funding, Spaceport executive director Christine Anderson told New Mexico Watchdog, but the numbers are small in comparison to the project’s overall budgeting and sunk costs.

The direct funding comes to about $500,000 in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for things like advanced weather operations systems and infrastructure improvements.

Some indirect funding comes from the NASA Flight Opportunities Program, designed to promote suborbital commercial flight. However, the NASA money didn’t go to Spaceport America but to one of the facility’s customers, UP Aerospace, a private spaceflight firm based in Denver.

Anderson said the Spaceport Authority hasn’t actively pursued federal funding outside of the grants they’ve received. “We don’t have any plans to do that,” she said. “We’re a commercial spaceport and we’re trying to earn revenue through our launch tenants.”

CHEERS: British billionaire Sir Richard Branson drinks champagne after rappelling down the side of the hangar at Spaceport America in 2011.

Spaceport America had its grand opening in 2011, with billionaire Richard Branson showing off his flair for promotion by rappelling down the façade of the facility’s main building.

Branson is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the anchor tenant for Spaceport that’s signed up well-heeled customers and celebrities to pay up to $250,000 to launch into suborbital space in what supporters say will be the first step in a burgeoning future for space tourism and travel.

Branson originally expected to lift off from New Mexico in 2012, but has repeatedly pushed back the launch date as his company’s officials work out the daunting engineering issues involved in the project. Last month, Branson told David Letterman he’s expecting the first launch in “February or March of next year.”

The prospect of federal funding for Spaceport doesn’t sit well with Paul Gessing, the president of the Rio Grande Foundation, a free-market think tank based in Albuquerque.

“Spaceport America has been open for three years now,” Gessing said in an email. “New Mexico taxpayers have spent more than $200 million on this project to date with none of the promised ‘space tourism’ activity…While this has been a costly and unfortunate boondoggle, it would be even more unfortunate if the federal government started funding spaceports in New Mexico and around the nation as Rep. Pearce and candidate Lara apparently desire.”

Virgin Galactic isn’t the only tenant or customer at Spaceport.

On Thursday, UP Aerospace is scheduled to undertake its 14th successful payload launch from Spaceport America.

And SpaceX, a space transport venture fronted by billionaire Elon Musk, has spent $2 million in infrastructure improvements at Spaceport as SpaceX develops its Falcon 9R rocket, a reuseable design that launches and then lands back on Earth.

Yet Virgin Galactic is in many ways the face of Spaceport. Under the terms of its lease, the company will pay between $25,000-$75,000 to the state for each flight that takes off. That money doesn’t start flowing until launches begin.

“Ironically, while discussions of ‘inequality’ remain hot topics, New Mexico’s spaceport exacerbates it by taxing the citizens of one of the poorest states in the nation for the benefit of a foreign billionaire, Richard Branson, and millionaire celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton, and Justin Bieber, who are spending $250,000 for a few minutes in space,” Gessing said.

“We’re acting like a commercial entity,” Anderson said. “Rather than having a handout for more state money, we’re thrilled with what we have gotten. That was very generous of the state (to fund Spaceport). We’re trying to make the Spaceport a big success in terms of jobs for the state of New Mexico so we’re tying to be self-supporting and trying to earn it like any other commercial enterprise.”

10 closely watched races for New Mexico House - News & Observer

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 04:12

Kansas City Star

10 closely watched races for New Mexico House
News & Observer
SANTA FE, N.M. — Among the most closely watched legislative races that could determine whether Democrats retain their majority in the New Mexico House. — District 4: First-term Republican incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage of Shiprock is seeking ...
New Mexico GOP hopes to win legislative majority for first time in 60 yearsLas Cruces Sun-News

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10 closely watched races for New Mexico House - Kansas City Star

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-10-21 03:31

10 closely watched races for New Mexico House
Kansas City Star
Among the most closely watched legislative races that could determine whether Democrats retain their majority in the New Mexico House. — District 4: First-term Republican incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage of Shiprock is seeking re-election against ...

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Volleyball: Lobos sweep New Mexico State - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 22:59

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Volleyball: Lobos sweep New Mexico State
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Monday's Rio Grande Rivalry match was exactly what the doctor ordered for the UNM volleyball team. The Lobos broke out of a collective funk and snapped a four-match losing streak with a three-set sweep of the Aggies at Johnson ...
New Mexico adds Wisconsin, Rutgers & ULM to Future SchedulesFBSchedules.com
Aggie Volleyball Falls to I-25 Rival New MexicoNMSU Aggies
Wisconsin, Rutgers, ULM Added to Future Football SchedulesNew Mexico Official Athletic Site

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Reader View: OptumHealth must be held accountable - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 22:33

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Reader View: OptumHealth must be held accountable
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
While OptumHealth's CEO, Elizabeth Martin, told the Legislative Finance Committee that OptumHealth had only a “very, very small role” in the destruction of New Mexico's behavioral health system, emails to administration officials show otherwise. In the ...

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Reader View: This election is about New Mexico's future - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 22:33

Reader View: This election is about New Mexico's future
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Attorney general, what does the state of Gov. Susana Martinez's heart, Latino or otherwise, have to do with your vision for New Mexico? Subscription Required. An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service ...

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