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Annual New Mexico biker rally comes week after Waco shooting - Kansas City Star

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 18:08

Annual New Mexico biker rally comes week after Waco shooting
Kansas City Star
A motorcycle gang shootout in Texas that left nine people dead and 18 others wounded has put law enforcement agencies on alert for an annual motorcycle gathering in northern New Mexico. Authorities say they have heightened awareness for the Memorial ...

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Former Hamilton man dies in New Mexico military accident - The Missoulian

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 17:32

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Former Hamilton man dies in New Mexico military accident
The Missoulian
HAMILTON – A former Hamilton man was fatally injured in vehicle accident on an U.S. Air Force base in New Mexico on May 12. Jordan A. Lewis, 30, died after being injured when a small utility vehicle overturned during a training exercise on the Melrose ...

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Video: New Mexico officers beat man in holding cell, victim speaks - kfor.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 16:56

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Video: New Mexico officers beat man in holding cell, victim speaks
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EL PASO, Tex. — Two Las Cruces, New Mexico police officers have been fired after surveillance footage showed them beating a handcuffed suspect inside his holding cell. “They took away my faith in the local police department. They took a lot of things ...
New Mexico cops fired after video catches jail cell beating that fractured man ...Raw Story

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The Latest on Waco shooting: New Mexico rally this weekend - Hawaii News Now

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 16:29

Hawaii News Now

The Latest on Waco shooting: New Mexico rally this weekend
Hawaii News Now
A motorcycle gang shootout in Texas that left nine people dead and 18 others wounded has put law enforcement agencies on alert for an annual motorcycle gathering in northern New Mexico. Authorities say they have heightened awareness for the Memorial ...
Annual New Mexico biker rally comes week after Waco shootingChron.com

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Big Bill’s Latest Boondoggle Goes Bust (the NM Supercomputer)

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2015-05-20 12:51

Bill Richardson’s tenure as Governor of New Mexico was a little like that of a house guest who urinates and defecates in hidden places around your house only to leave a horrible smell and mess once for you to clean up once he leaves. We’ve discussed the Spaceport and Rail Runner repeatedly over the years, but the supercomputer purchased with $20 million of your tax dollars by the Richardson Administration is, as KRQE’s investigative reporter Larry Barker notes in a recent story, a “gigaflop.” Kudos, BTW, to Barker for continuing to expose this waste (here is his 2011 story on the supercomputer).

According to Barker, this computer “can now be found hidden away among junked chairs, discarded desks and obsolete filing cabinets.”

Darryl Ackley, New Mexico’s Chief Information Officer and Information Technology Cabinet Secretary, says the supercomputer is not worth much anymore.

“Zero dollars,” Ackley said. “There may be some residual value for the metals and the equipment, but as far as its value on the books, its zero dollars.”

It is amazing that New Mexicans at the time went along with so much spending that (we knew back in 2007) was clearly destined to be wasted. We are still footing the bill for hundreds of millions of dollars of waste foisted upon the taxpayers of this state by Richardson. Check out Barker’s story below:

Annual New Mexico biker rally comes week after Waco shooting - Chron.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 11:57

Chron.com

Annual New Mexico biker rally comes week after Waco shooting
Chron.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A motorcycle gang shootout in Texas that left nine people dead and 18 others wounded has put law enforcement agencies on alert for an annual motorcycle gathering in northern New Mexico. Authorities say they are ...
Annual New Mexico biker rally in Red RiverAlbuquerque Journal

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QuiltCon 2015 coming to EXPO New Mexico - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 11:36

KRQE News 13

QuiltCon 2015 coming to EXPO New Mexico
KRQE News 13
The collection is approximately 20 quilts and will be available to view at the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta on Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23 at the EXPO New Mexico. The modern quilt aesthetic is inspired by modern design and includes of ...

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Rare red 'lightning' sprites captured in New Mexico and Europe (Photos) - Washington Post (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 11:14

Rare red 'lightning' sprites captured in New Mexico and Europe (Photos)
Washington Post (blog)
Rarely seen brilliant red sprites were captured by photographers during thunderstorms last week in the Czech Republic and New Mexico. Sprites are associated with lightning strikes but aren't actually lightning. Instead, sprites occur in the very high ...

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Ted Turner's ranch at center of gray wolf debate - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 10:47

KOAT Albuquerque

Ted Turner's ranch at center of gray wolf debate
KOAT Albuquerque
SHELLY: A MEDIA MOGUL IS NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF A NEW MEXICO WOLF DEBATE. THE STATE JUST DENIED TED TURNER'S NEW MEXICO RANCH THE OK TO HOUSE MEXICAN GRAY WOLVES. DOUG: AND TODAY, A LARGE GROUP ...
Ted Turner Ranch in New Mexico Caught in Wolf DebateABC News

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Yes, Right-to-Work Is Good for the Economy

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2015-05-20 10:22

Note: Tamara Kay, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, has made a habit of attacking the Rio Grande Foundation’s work on the likely economic-development benefits of a right-to-work law in the Land of Enchantment. On May 4, Real Clear Policy reprinted a piece she wrote for the website “The Conversation.” Here is our response.

Earlier this month, University of New Mexico sociologist Tamara Kay wrote a lengthy article largely devoted to attacking our organization and its research on right-to-work (RTW) laws. The piece is riddled with specious charges; here, we respond to the three most egregious ones.

First, Kay cites a flawed four-year-old study by the union-funded Economic Policy Institute to claim that “right-to-work laws have no impact on economic growth.” The study says no such thing. Its subject is exclusively the alleged higher pay and benefits of forced-unionism states.

Kay compounds her mistake by blindly accepting EPI’s finding that, in the professor’s words, “right-to-work laws result in lower wages.” Serious scholars examine the data themselves. When James Sherk, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, looked at EPI’s methodology, he found “two major mistakes: it included improper control variables and did not account for measurement error in … [cost-of-living] variables. These mistakes drive [EPI’s] results. Correcting these mistakes shows that private-sector wages have no statistically detectable correlation with RTW laws.”

Other approaches to the question lead to the same conclusion. For example, in April 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released, for the first time, “a comprehensive and consistent measure of differences in the cost of living … nationwide.” Lyman Stone, an economist with the Tax Foundation, calculated state disposable personal income, per capita, using the BEA adjustments. When, drawing on Stone’s data, we averaged incomes in RTW and non-RTW states, incomes were again equal.

The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center computes its own cost-of-living index, derived from surveys taken by the Council for Community & Economic Research. Using the center’s findings, we calculated that disposable personal income, per capita, in RTW states is 8.5 percent higher.

In addition, neither EPI nor Kay acknowledges that union dues depress “organized” workers’ take-home pay.

The second key flaw in Kay’s argument lies in her assessment of Oklahoma’s impressive economic performance since passing a right-to-work law in 2001. Here, she continues her pattern of making vague assertions rather than supplying original research. She writes that the state “was benefiting from rising prices for oil and natural gas — and more recently from higher levels of production — factors that would make a significant contribution to growth.” If Oklahoma’s success was contingent upon hydrocarbons, why didn’t New Mexico’s economy, which is even more dependent on oil and natural gas, quickly grow out of the Great Recession?

Kay’s focus on Oklahoma’s falling manufacturing employment as a metric of right-to-work’s effectiveness is similarly misleading. For decades, factories have accounted for a shrinking share of American jobs. A better measure is total private-sector job creation, which is far higher in RTW states. It’s true, as Kay writes, that a simple comparison of job creation like this is not conclusive — although the disparity has been so large for so long that the difference is highly suggestive.

In addition, the Rio Grande Foundation is conducting an ongoing analysis of job-creation announcements listed by the magazine Area Development. We are finding a consistent trend of non-RTW-state-based companies moving operations, and breaking ground on new facilities, in RTW states. Some recent examples:

• T&B Tube is moving a facility from Illinois to Indiana.

• Mercedes-Benz USA is relocating its headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia.

• Minnesota-based Polaris is building a new factory in Alabama.

• Adecco Group North America is moving its headquarters from New York to Florida.

• Brad Penn Lubricants is moving production from Pennsylvania to Indiana.

• Superior Industries International is moving its global headquarters from California to Michigan.

• American Stair Corporation is moving its operations from Illinois to Indiana.

• California-based Kaiser Permanente is building an IT campus in Georgia.

• Bechtel Corporation is moving a facility from Maryland to Virginia.

• Brad Penn Lubricants is relocating production from Pennsylvania to Indiana.

So far, we have discovered just one shift from a RTW state to a non-RTW state: a relocation of three workers from Wisconsin to Minnesota. We will publish a paper with six months of data this summer, but four months into the research, it’s clear that RTW states are substantially besting their non-RTW competitors.

Kay’s third major mistake is her endorsement of what’s come to be known as the “blue-state model.” She recommends “equipping our schools and teachers with resources.” But states that are making vast public investments in education are not seeing much success. Economist Richard Vedder, who has done extensive research on the subject, can find “no positive relationship between state higher-education appropriations and economic growth.”

Kay’s call for “seeking out emerging and innovative industries that offer better and more permanent jobs,” meanwhile, is clearly a recommendation of Robert Reich-style industrial policy — or as we in the free-market community call it, corporate welfare. In New Mexico, the most visible (and probably most expensive) effort at “economic development” has been the attempt to cultivate a film industry. According to a 2014 study requested by the state legislature, between 2010 and 2014, taxpayers doled out $251 million in incentives, with $103.6 million in state and local tax dollars generated. So New Mexico’s film subsidies generated 41 cents of tax revenue for every dollar spent.

Our organization has never claimed that a RTW law, by itself, will revive New Mexico’s moribund economy. We believe it should be an item in a longer list of reforms, such as tax simplification/relief, deregulation, privatization, and school choice. It’s unfortunate that Kay, a professor who claims to be committed to “good quantitative data,” continues to make shaky allegations about RTW’s obvious benefits, and refuses to address the Rio Grande Foundation’s numerous critiques of her taxpayer-funded advocacy.

Paul Gessing is president of, and D. Dowd Muska is research director for, the Rio Grande Foundation, an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization dedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual responsibility.

Motorcyclist dies after hitting cow in New Mexico - KVIA El Paso

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:32

KVIA El Paso

Motorcyclist dies after hitting cow in New Mexico
KVIA El Paso
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that a woman was killed in the collision. We have since learned through Las Cruces Public Schools that it was a man. We regret the error. A Centennial High School teacher was killed Tuesday night ...
Crash kills Centennial High teacher, injures wifeLas Cruces Sun-News

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New Rabies Strain Found in New Mexico - NBCNews.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 09:11

NBCNews.com

New Rabies Strain Found in New Mexico
NBCNews.com
A big network of walking and cycling paths, wide sidewalks and, most of all, plenty of parks make Washington D.C. the nation's fittest city, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. And despite its notoriously snowy weather, Minneapolis-St ...

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Report: New Mexico family foster setting percentage high - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 07:48

KOB.com

Report: New Mexico family foster setting percentage high
KOB.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new report says New Mexico does better than most states in placing foster children in family settings. An Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday found 92 percent of foster children in New Mexico are in family ...

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Report: New Mexico foster families setting percentage high - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 07:32

KRQE News 13

Report: New Mexico foster families setting percentage high
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A new report says New Mexico does better than most states in placing foster children in family settings. An Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday found 92 percent of foster children in New Mexico are in family placements ...

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Editorial: Tony Hillerman took New Mexico to the world - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 00:13

Editorial: Tony Hillerman took New Mexico to the world
Albuquerque Journal
It is fitting that the city of Albuquerque take a moment to reflect on a giant in the literary world of New Mexico and the Southwest. On Saturday, at the Albuquerque library that bears his name, the late Tony Hillerman will be recognized for his ...

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Report ranks New Mexico's rural roads among the worst; state seeks long-term ... - Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-05-20 00:05

Santa Fe New Mexican

Report ranks New Mexico's rural roads among the worst; state seeks long-term ...
Santa Fe New Mexican
A third would widen U.S. 82 through Eddy and Lea counties, where traffic fatalities have doubled in the last four years, to accommodate an influx of heavy trucks in the oil patch. The list of repairs grows even as a new report ranks New Mexico's paved ...
Report: New Mexico has some of the worst roads in the USKRQE News 13
Study ranks NM rural roads among roughest in U.S.Albuquerque Business First (blog)

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New Mexico's supercomputer a $20 million giga-flop - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Tue, 2015-05-19 22:01

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New Mexico's supercomputer a $20 million giga-flop
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SANTA FE (KRQE) – Few people have ever seen New Mexico's supercomputer, Encanto, yet it represents a multi-million dollar taxpayer investment. Three years ago, the Altix Ice 8200 supercomputer was kept under wraps in a high-security clean room at a ...

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Series of oil spill settlements include BP, Halliburton, Transocean, numerous plaintiffs

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2015-05-19 22:00
A committee of lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced a $211 million settlement Wednesday with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
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The Power of an Apt Apology

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2015-05-19 22:00
Five tips to ensure that the one you give hits just the right note.
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Nebraska lawmakers approve bill abolishing death penalty

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Tue, 2015-05-19 22:00
Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.
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