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ESPN analyst brings green chile line to NM - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 19:29

ESPN analyst brings green chile line to NM
KOAT Albuquerque
It was a friend that introduced him to one of New Mexico's prized possessions. “I didn't even know what green chile was because I was from Alaska,” said Schlereth. “I was 300 pounds and playing for the Broncos and I was like if you're going to give me ...

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Work requirement could be added to New Mexico's food stamp program - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 18:45

Work requirement could be added to New Mexico's food stamp program
KOB.com
Big changes could be coming to New Mexico's food stamp program. Soon, you might have to start working if you want to keep getting benefits. New Mexico could become one of up to 10 states that will try out a new pilot program. In our state it would mean ...

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Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center - Business Insider

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 18:14

Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center
Business Insider
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - U.S. border authorities have suspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a center in New Mexico after one of the detainees was diagnosed with chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs ...

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Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center - Chicago Tribune

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 18:11

Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center
Chicago Tribune
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - U.S. border authorities have suspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a center in New Mexico after one of the detainees was diagnosed with chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs ...

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Starting New Mexico lineman Jamal Price arrested, suspended by team - Yahoo Sports (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 16:29

Yahoo Sports (blog)

Starting New Mexico lineman Jamal Price arrested, suspended by team
Yahoo Sports (blog)
Oct 12, 2013; Laramie, WY, USA; Laramie, WY, USA; A general view of New Mexico Lobos football helmet before the game between the Wyoming Cowboys and the New Mexico Lobos at War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY ...

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Woman contests sentence in New Mexico murder case - AZFamily

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 14:57

AZFamily

Woman contests sentence in New Mexico murder case
AZFamily
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The accomplice in an Arizona prison break said federal prosecutors broke an oral promise not to oppose a 20-year prison sentence in the murder of a couple in New Mexico, but the prosecutors said no such promise was made.

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Jamal Price suspended after arrest - ESPN

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 14:23

Jamal Price suspended after arrest
ESPN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A University of New Mexico football player has been suspended from the team following his arrest in a domestic violence case. Coach Bob Davie says offensive lineman Jamal Price was suspended Tuesday after he was charged with ...
Starting New Mexico lineman Jamal Price arrested, suspended by teamYahoo Sports (blog)

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Floods hit New Mexico towns; more storms eyed - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 14:17

Floods hit New Mexico towns; more storms eyed
KRQE News 13
Severe storms sparked floods in Albuquerque's South Valley and pockets of eastern New Mexico, closing roads and causing minor damage. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that heavy rain in Rio Arriba County swamped two dozen homes north of ...
Floods hit New Mexico towns as state gets slight storm break before more rains ...Daily Journal

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Police arrest New Mexico man suspected of killing, marinating dog - Reuters

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 14:01

Police arrest New Mexico man suspected of killing, marinating dog
Reuters
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New Mexico man suspected of extreme animal cruelty after he was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's puppy with a screwdriver then marinating it in preparation for eating it, authorities ...

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Third University of New Mexico football player suspended - Yahoo News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 14:00

Third University of New Mexico football player suspended
Yahoo News
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The head football coach at the University of New Mexico has suspended a third team member in as many months after the player was arrested this week on charges of breaking into a former girlfriend's apartment, a school ...

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New Mexico Corrections plans anti-DWI campaign - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 13:21

New Mexico Corrections plans anti-DWI campaign
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Corrections plans to announce a program aimed at combating drunken driving in the state. Corrections officials are scheduled Wednesday to unveil a partnership with law enforcement agencies ...
New Mexico Corrections eyes new anti-DWI fightLas Cruces Sun-News
Corrections agency eyes blood drive in DWI fightSFGate
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The homeless could be included in New Mexico's hate crime law - Washington Post (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:39

The homeless could be included in New Mexico's hate crime law
Washington Post (blog)
The homeless could become a protected class under New Mexico's hate crime laws, after two homeless men were violently killed in Albuquerque this past weekend. A bill that would have expanded hate crimes to include the homeless failed to pass before ...

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Site selection expert: New Mexico will lose out to Tesla due to lack of “Right to Work” law

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:22

There’s yet another story about Tesla in today’s Albuquerque Journal. While the headline is mostly about the likelihood that the new giga-factory will be located near Reno, to my mind, the real news came from John Boyd, the principal at his namesake site selection firm (he helps businesses figure out where to locate). Said Boyd of New Mexico’s chances to lure Tesla “manufacturing companies look for reasons to scratch off states when considering where to build major facilities — and no right to work law is at the top of the list.”

Boyd continued saying, “I can’t underscore how critical right to work status is.” In conclusion, Boyd again reiterated the dire need for a right to work law in New Mexico saying, “New Mexico has enormous potential to become a manufacturing hub, especially if it were to adopt right to work legislation.”

We at the Rio Grande Foundation have been talking about the importance of right to work for years with no action by the Democrat-controlled Legislature in Santa Fe. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, right to work is not on the agenda of some crazy people who apparently are also hired by institutes of higher education who want to do “whatever it takes” to bring Tesla to town. Nor is right to work on the agenda of legislators who want to play politics with the Tesla factory but won’t advocate for right to work.

DH Lawrence ranch in New Mexico opens to public - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:01

DH Lawrence ranch in New Mexico opens to public
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
TAOS — A northern New Mexico ranch once home to famed English author D.H. Lawrence has reopened to the public. The Taos Community Foundation and the University of New Mexico say the ranch about 20 miles north of Taos is open every Monday, ...

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Arizona wolf pups thrive in New Mexico pack - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:39

Arizona wolf pups thrive in New Mexico pack
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
PHOENIX — Wildlife managers say two Mexican gray wolf pups from an Arizona pack are thriving with their new family in New Mexico. Biologists in May transplanted a pair of 2-week old pups born in a large litter to another pack of wolves with a smaller ...

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The battle over wind farms, dead eagles and a rule by the federal government

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:35

DANGEROUS FLIGHT: The federal government’s decision to give wind energy companies up to a 30-year permit to escape penalties for the deaths of eagles has sparked controversy. Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

ALBUQUERQUE — Paul Domski is a falconer and a bird lover. And he really doesn’t like wind farms or the federal government’s recent decision to protect wind energy companies for up to 30 years for killing eagles.

“If I was the country’s energy czar I’d get rid of (wind farms),” said Domski, who is also the Mountain Region director of the North American Falconers Association. “From an avian standpoint, from a biological standpoint, they’re a disaster.”

Domski was one of a few dozen people to show up Tuesday night at a “public scoping meeting” on eagle management by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — one of five meetings the agency is hosting across the country to gather comments about possible changes to the agency’s regulations.

One of the hottest topics is the 30-year permit the USFWS approved last December.

“The span of time that a wind project is operational is about 30 years,” Brian Millsap, the USFWS national raptor coordinator told New Mexico Watchdog. “So a five-year permit only covers them for one-sixth of a project’s life.”

Environmentalists are split when it comes to wind farms — embraced by some as a big part of the country’s renewable energy portfolio but disliked by others because of the number of birds that are killed by the turbines spinning in the wind.

“They look like they’re going slow,” Domski said, “but at their tips, they can move as fast as 150-160 miles an hour, and they just kill the birds.”

The actual numbers of birds that are killed each year is hard to determine, but last December, a study published in Biological Conservation estimated between 140,000-328,000 fatal bird collisions each year at wind farms.

In a separate study, federal biologists say at least 85 eagles have been killed by wind turbines in the U.S. since 1997.

While the bald eagle is no longer listed as endangered, killing one still carries a fine up $250,000 and even two years in prison.

That’s why critics of wind farms are upset with the 30-year permit, which allows — in a classic government bureaucratic euphemism — the “non-purposeful take of eagles.”

“These turbines set off currents such that the birds want to use them to fly off of to gain altitude,” Domski said.

The Audobon Society called the 30-year permit “outrageous” and last month the American Bird Conservancy filed a lawsuit in protest.

“It’s a 30-year permit but there are mandatory, at least every five years, checkpoints,” Millsap said.

Wind energy companies, he said, “have to provide us with data we use to predict how many eagles the project will take … If we find out at the end of those five years that our prediction was an underestimate of the actual fatality rate, they will be conditions in that permit that they’ll have to implement to reduce the number of fatalities.”

But how does the agency know the wind farm officials aren’t simply lowballing the numbers?

“The monitoring they do is a condition of their permit,” Millsap said, adding that the USFWS officials have the right to inspect facilities “at any time.”

But Domski is skeptical.

“How do we know they’re not just picking up bird carcasses?” he asked. “And what about energy companies that put up wind farms on private land? They’re not required to report at all.”

In New Mexico, bald eagles can be found in places such as Heron Lake, but golden eagles are much more common.

Ray Powell, the New Mexico state land commissioner, is a big fan of wind farms.

In May, he signed a lease agreement with a wind energy company for a project on 31,000 acres of private land and 19,000 acres of state trust land in Union County, making it the fifth wind project on state land.

“There were some pretty cataclysmic events that occurred when people didn’t think about where they were putting (wind farms),” Powell said. “They put them in the pathways and major flyways, particularly in California, of migratory birds.”

But Powell says the industry has made improvements.

“That doesn’t mean that there still can’t be damage done, but I think people are working really hard to minimize that damage,” Powell said.

Powell said his office does not keep track of the number of birds killed on wind farms on state trust land.

“Strictly from an energy and money point of view, (wind farms are) ineffective,” Domski said. “Their profit margin is so narrow and their lifespan is so short … and in the winter months when it’s cold out and there’s no wind they have to power them to keep them warm, so they use energy.”

After its Albuquerque stop, the USFWS makes two final stops on its five-city scoping tour — in Denver and Washington, D.C. However, the agency will take written comments from the public until Sept. 22.

So if enough people complain about the 30-year permit regulation, will the USFWS change its policy?

“We will look and consider all the comments that we receive,” Millsap said, “but certainly I would expect that if there were a lot of comments concerned about that 30-year permit, it would get a lot of serious attention in the evaluation.”

“It isn’t an either-or situation,” Powell said. “We need the energy, and this is renewable, sustainable energy. We just have to do it the right way and in the right places.”

But Domski has already made up his mind.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service, in my opinion, is a puppet organization for the executive branch,” Domski said. “And I’m a Democrat, I voted for Obama but the big push for green energy is not biologically sound and it doesn’t make sense from a carbon point of view. It’s strictly to make it look like we’re doing something positive.”

Here’s part of New Mexico Watchdog’s interview with Millsap of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

 

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

Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in New Mexico couple's bed, stole a soda - Fox News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 07:43

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Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in New Mexico couple's bed, stole a soda
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. Investigators say 30-year-old Freddy Shelby of Albuquerque was arrested Sunday after the homeowners called police to ...
Naked New Mexico man breaks into couple's home, falls asleep on their bedNew York Daily News
New Mexico Couple Finds Naked Intruder Sleeping In Their BedDaily Caller

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Inside A Converted New Mexico Detention Center, 'Swift Process' May Mean ... - ThinkProgress

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 07:22

ThinkProgress

Inside A Converted New Mexico Detention Center, 'Swift Process' May Mean ...
ThinkProgress
ARTESIA, NM — On the morning of July 22, a plane of Guatemalan migrants was en route to deport its passengers back to their home country, when Guatemalan consulate officials intervened. These officials concluded that a third of the women and children ...

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New Mexico's senators pleased with passage of highway bill - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 07:06

New Mexico's senators pleased with passage of highway bill
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
“I will work with members of both parties to do what's right for New Mexico and our nation and find a long-term solution to extend the life of the Highway Trust Fund. New Mexico cannot afford an interruption in federal transportation funding when our ...

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National forecast for Wednesday, July 30

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-07-30 05:16
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