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New Mexico investigating possible case of hazing - Sacramento Bee

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-08-19 07:30

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New Mexico investigating possible case of hazing
Sacramento Bee
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico is investigating what it calls a "potential hazing incident" involving the women's soccer team. Assistant Athletic Director Frank Mercogliano says the university is having a person from outside the ...
U. of New Mexico Women's Soccer Players Allege Brutal HazingGawker
Lawyer: UNM women's soccer players forced to strip, drink alcohol, sprayed ...KOB.com

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New Mexico STEM project gets boost from NASA - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-08-19 06:58

New Mexico STEM project gets boost from NASA
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
“The Student Launch Program is an invaluable experience that gives New Mexico students exposure to cutting-edge space technology,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) in a statement. “The commercial space industry is expanding in New Mexico. I was proud to ...
Space Grant Consortium receives NASA fundsKRQE News 13

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Advocates eye border protest in New Mexico, Texas - KPRC Houston

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-08-19 06:36

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Advocates eye border protest in New Mexico, Texas
KPRC Houston
Immigrant advocates say they are planning a 100-mile walk along the border in New Mexico and Texas to protest the use of military-style patrols. The Border Network for Human Rights said they will unveil plans for the two-state walk at a press ...

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New Mexico chile to get added protection - Sacramento Bee

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2014-08-19 03:28

New Mexico chile to get added protection
Sacramento Bee
BERNALILLO, N.M. -- New Mexico is looking to a new certification program to protect the reputation of one of its signature crops: chile. Gov. Susana Martinez and officials with the New Mexico Chile Association will be visiting The Range in Bernalillo ...

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July jobs data provide good news for New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 23:47

July jobs data provide good news for New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Good news often finds its way to the media faster than something no one wants to talk about — especially in an election year. That's what happened Monday with the new employment numbers for July 2014 coming out early in the day, instead of on a Friday ...

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For New Mexico-grown chile, look for the label - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 23:26

For New Mexico-grown chile, look for the label
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
The New Mexican SantaFeNewMexican.com | 1 comment. Chile lovers now have a way to ensure their favorite red or green is bonafide New Mexico grown by looking for a new state label. Chile growers can have their product certified as New Mexico grown, ...
TEMECULA: New Mexico Chile Fest set for SeptemberPress-Enterprise
NM chile police on 'green' alert as harvest ramps upLas Cruces Sun-News

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Bishops criticize New Mexico plan on food stamps - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:12

Bishops criticize New Mexico plan on food stamps
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
ALBUQUERQUE — Roman Catholic bishops are criticizing the plan of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to again impose work-related requirements on some low-income New Mexicans trying to qualify for food stamps. Archbishops Michael J. Sheehan of ...

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Arizona flooding forces dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:00
Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.
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NY church backs out of federal plan to house illegal immigrant children

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:00
A New York church has dropped its proposal to temporarily house roughly 40 juvenile immigrants who have entered into the United States from Mexico, citing a missed deadline for the federally-funded program and a looming change in leadership.
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Immigration advocates plan 100-mile walk along border in New Mexico, Texas

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:00
Immigrant advocates say they are planning a 100-mile walk along the border in New Mexico and Texas to protest the use of military-style patrols.
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Police: Robber caught after he showered and shaved at victim's home, leaving evidence

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:00
Police say a suspect accused of robbing a 94-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico, man was caught after he shaved and showered in the victim's home — and left behind his fingerprints.
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Robber caught after showering, shaving in victim's home, police say

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:00
Police say a suspect accused of robbing a 94-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico, man was caught after he shaved and showered in the victim's home -- and left behind his fingerprints.
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New York church abandons plan to house immigrant children

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:00
A Long Island church will not be housing some of the thousands of immigrant children illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico to reunite with family.
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Westerners fear monumental land grab by Obama administration

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 22:00
Utah officials are scrambling to prevent the Obama administration from locking down thousands of acres of land in their backyard, as federal officials consider up to a dozen possible national monument designations – all in western states.
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Growers get new way to say chile comes from New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 19:12

Growers get new way to say chile comes from New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Chris Duran Jr., 4, helps his dad with a batch of roasted Hatch green chile at Los Chile Bros on Monday in the Big Lotss parking lot on Cerrillos Road. Luis Sanchez Saturno/The New Mexican. Previous Next ...
TEMECULA: New Mexico Chile Fest set for SeptemberPress-Enterprise
NM chile police on 'green' alert as harvest ramps upLas Cruces Sun-News

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New Mexico chile to be certified - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 18:22

New Mexico chile to be certified
KRQE News 13
In 2011, Govenor Susana Martinez signed into law the New Mexico Chile Advertising Act, making it illegal to for any product grown outside of New Mexico to be advertised as New Mexico grown. With the help of the new program, this will take that law a ...
New Mexico chile to get added protectionKansas.com
New Mexico chile will now be certifiedAlbuquerque Business First

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New Mexico woman has sex with dogs, tries to poison roommates: police - New York Daily News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 16:53

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New Mexico woman has sex with dogs, tries to poison roommates: police
New York Daily News
Walters was taken to the University of New Mexico hospital, where she was underwent a psychiatric evaluation. She was later booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center, where she was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 bail on charges of animal cruelty and ...
Police: Woman has sex with dogs, poisons roommatesKOAT Albuquerque

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Sheriff: Colorado boy drowns in New Mexico lake - 9NEWS.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 16:28

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Sheriff: Colorado boy drowns in New Mexico lake
9NEWS.com
AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in northwestern New Mexico say a Colorado boy drowned while on a family outing to celebrate his birthday. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says 6-year-old Christian Korte of Durango could not be revived after he was ...

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TEMECULA: New Mexico Chile Fest set for September - Press-Enterprise

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-08-18 15:59

TEMECULA: New Mexico Chile Fest set for September
Press-Enterprise
Family-owned Chile Hedz has set the seventh annual New Mexico Chile Festival for Sept. 6 and 7 on the corner of Fourth and Front Streets in Old Town Temecula. More than 10,000 pounds of fresh Hatch chile peppers will be brought in from New Mexico and ...

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Albuquerque school boss gets $350,000 buyout, taxpayers don’t get answers

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Mon, 2014-08-18 15:37

GOLDEN PARACHUTE: Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

Even in departing, Winston Brooks is a source of controversy.

After six bumpy years as the superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools, the 62-year-old Brooks resigned Friday after signing an agreement with the Albuquerque School Board that will see him receive a lump sum payment of $350,000.

The public hasn’t been told why.

Brooks won’t give a reason why he’s stepping down and the board won’t release an investigative report into what was called a “serious personnel issue” concerning Brooks that led to the resignation.

The report will be kept “in a file separate from Brooks’ personnel file, and it shall not be released to anyone,” the agreement said.

“The public needs to know why he was let go,” said Kathi Bearden, president of the executive committee at New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. “It’s their money.”

The only public comment from the board was a statement issued by board president Analee Maestas that said in part “both (Brooks and the board) agree that this decision is the best option for APS at this time.”

Brooks had two years remaining on his contract, worth about $600,000.

New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act has an exemption for “letters or memorandums which are matters of opinion in personnel files” as well as a “attorney-client privileged information.”

But Susan Boe, executive director at NMFOG, has doubts whether those exceptions apply in the Brooks case.

“Our position is there are a lot of facts in that report and they should be disclosed,” Boe told New Mexico Watchdog on Monday. “As for the attorney-client privilege, we don’t have the report so we don’t know how much of that strictly applies. And the attorney-client privilege can be waived by the client. In this case, the client is the school district.”

New Mexico Watchdog will file an Inspection of Public Records Act request to obtain details of Brooks’ resignation. NMFOG’s executive committee is meeting Tuesday to decide to file its own IPRA request. If the committee goes forward, New Mexico Watchdog and NMFOG will join forces and file together.

Update 8/19: New Mexico Watchdog filed its IPRA request Tuesday afternoon. NMFOG filed its IPRA request separately from New Mexico Watchdog on Tuesday. In a news release, NMFOG president Kathi Bearden said, “The investigation report is a public document and needs to be released. No one has seen the report, but we assume it is mainly a factual account, not opinion, and therefore not protected by the limited personnel exemption under IPRA.”

The school board’s agreement also mentions Brooks’ wife, Ann, saying APS waives its right to file any legal complaints against Brooks or his wife. Both sides agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty if they publicly bad-mouth each other.

It’s not known why Ann Brooks, who is not an APS employee, is mentioned in the agreement.

“That’s certainly not the personnel exception,” Boe said.

Last November, Winston Brooks called 911 during a dispute with Ann Brooks. No arrests were made, but Winston Brooks, a diabetic, was taken to a nearby hospital for elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure.

“The public has a strong interest in knowing the circumstances that led to his resignation and it’s costing (taxpayers) $350,000. At a minimum they could redact the investigation and take the stuff that is opinion and take that out,” Boe said.

In addition to the $350,000 buyout, the district agreed to grant Brooks $25,000 in sick pay for a month. Then there’s the still-to-be-disclosed cost of the board’s investigation into the “serious personnel issue” that led to Brooks’ ouster.

What’s more, there are at least two lawsuits pending against Brooks that the district and Albuquerque taxpayers face. One suit was filed by three APS principals who allege women were disproportionately demoted in 2010. The other is from a former associate superintendent who claims she was demoted after complaining Brooks “treated women with disdain.”

One clause in Friday’s agreement cryptically says if “Brooks is sued by any person for any actions taken while acting in the course and scope in his duties as Superintendent, Brooks will be provided a defense and indemnification for any settlement or verdict, with counsel designated by the District.”

“What kind of things are we indemnifying?” asked Bearden. “Civil complaints? Criminal complaints? And for what period time?”

Click here to read the Brooks’ resignation agreement with the school board.

During his time in Albuquerque, Brooks can point to a number of successes. For instance, the agreement mentioned graduation rates jumped from 50 percent to 73 percent during Brooks’ tenure.

But he also was the center of a number of controversies.

The biggest came last November when Brooks, tweeting during a board meeting to a television reporter, made fun of Public Education Department secretary-designate Hanna Skandera. Gov. Susana Martinez, who had clashed with Brooks, chastised Brooks, who was suspended three days by the APS board.

 

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