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Vandals snap losing streak against New Mexico State - KTVB

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 18:01

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Vandals snap losing streak against New Mexico State
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MOSCOW, Idaho – There were smiles all over the Kibbie Dome Saturday evening and none bigger than that of football coach Paul Petrino, whose Idaho Vandals had just put together their most complete game since he took over in December 2012.
U of I Vandal's Homecoming game claim first victory over New Mexico StateKLEW
Idaho beats New Mexico State 29-17USA TODAY
Idaho 29, New Mexico State 17Reuters

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New Mexico adds Wisconsin, Rutgers & ULM to Future Schedules - FBSchedules.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:48

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New Mexico adds Wisconsin, Rutgers & ULM to Future Schedules
FBSchedules.com
The New Mexico Lobos have added Wisconsin, Rutgers, ULM, and three FCS schools to their future football schedules, the school announced Monday. “We've worked hard to create a balance with our upcoming schedules, taking into account competitive ...
Volleyball: Lobos sweep New Mexico StateAlbuquerque Journal
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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School opened for immigrant kids in New Mexico as detention drags on - Fox News Latino

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:15

School opened for immigrant kids in New Mexico as detention drags on
Fox News Latino
By Paula Diaz. Tucson, Arizona, Oct 20 (EFEUSA).- The situation for undocumented families in Artesia, New Mexico, far from being resolved, seems as if it will go on indefinitely, so the authorities decided to open a school for the close to 200 minors ...

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New Mexico adds a trio of FCS teams - Mountain West Connection

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:49

New Mexico adds a trio of FCS teams
Mountain West Connection
New Mexico has added home games against Mississippi Valley State (2015), Abilene Christian (2017), and Incarnate Word (2018.). — FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) October 20, 2014. Lobos are looking to schedule wins. Small_mwcconnection.com.

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Fall Colors Dot Arizona, New Mexico Landscapes - ABC News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:46

ABC News

Fall Colors Dot Arizona, New Mexico Landscapes
ABC News
From the snow-dusted peaks of Arizona's San Francisco Mountains to the fire-singed hillsides surrounding this northern New Mexico town, Mother Nature is signaling that fall is here. For Los Alamos, this year marks one of the first in which the aspens ...

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Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:13

Albuquerque Journal

Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes
Albuquerque Journal
In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a row of aspen trees shows off fall colors on a hillside that borders the burn scar of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M. Residents and land managers say this marks one of the first years that aspens in and ...

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Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes - Colorado Springs Gazette

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 14:58

Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes
Colorado Springs Gazette
+ caption In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a row of aspen trees shows off fall colors on a hillside that was charred by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M. Residents and land managers say this marks one of the first years that aspens in and ...

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10 takeaways from Air Force's win over New Mexico - Colorado Springs Gazette

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 14:08

New Mexico Official Athletic Site

10 takeaways from Air Force's win over New Mexico
Colorado Springs Gazette
His big completions to Garrett Brown and Jalen Robinette led to touchdowns and helped Air Force come from behind three times. However, his day was not perfect. He was sacked twice, including one where he fumbled and watched as New Mexico returned ...
New Mexico Women's Swimming Rolls Through Air ForceSwimming World Magazine
Air Force vs. New Mexico photo galleryMountain West Connection
Stevens: Lobos Fall 35-31 to Air Force FalconsNew Mexico Official Athletic Site
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Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 13:07

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Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes
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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - From the snow-dusted peaks of northern Arizona's San Francisco Mountains to the fire-singed mountainsides of New Mexico, Mother Nature is signaling that fall is here. Forest officials say colors are at their peak in the high ...
Fall Colors At Peak In Many Southwest SpotsKJZZ

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National Transportation Expert Randal O’Toole Weighs in Against ABQ BRT

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:36

Randal O’Toole is one of America’s foremost transportation experts. Unlike most such experts, his primary goal is not to control people by directing resources to politically-favored modes of transportation and away from those that actually work. Unfortunately, dedicating precious traffic lanes on Central to buses will likely make mobility worse, not better.

O’Toole had an article in today’s Albuquerque Journal detailing some of the potential drawbacks to the proposed bus rapid transit system for Albuquerque.

If you have thoughts or concerns, send the City an email: theplan@cabq.gov

New Video: Bas 'Mook In New Mexico' - Vibe

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:26

New Video: Bas 'Mook In New Mexico'
Vibe
Queen's native and Dreamville's next to blow, Bas, follows up his "Vacation" visual with Indiana Jones-inspired video to his track 'Mook In New Mexico." In the the video, Bas finds himself looking for something meaningful, which compliments the song's ...

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New Mexico man killed in head-on crash of 2 trucks - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:48

Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico man killed in head-on crash of 2 trucks
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — nmpolice A head-on collision between two commercial trucks has claimed the life of a New Mexico man. The New Mexico State Police says 39-year-old Stephen Houghtaling of Lake Arthur was killed Sunday on State Route 128 near ...

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New Mexico invests $1.1M in preservation - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:45

Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico invests $1.1M in preservation
Albuquerque Journal
em082112b SANTA FE — A near record number of grants awarded by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division resulted in more than $1.1 million being invested in preservation projects this year. The division says work was completed in September on ...

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Rugged ranchers or welfare cowboys? Dispute over grazing fees on public land rages on

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:31

COWBOY CONTROVERSY: Critics say taxpayers lose $120 million in federal grazing fees that are too low. But defenders say the figures are misleading.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE — The accusation is a blunt one: That ranchers who hold permits from the federal government to graze their cattle on public land are little more than welfare recipients. The response is just as blunt: Like hell we are.

The argument has kicked around the West for years, and it’s come into sharper focus in recent months as ranchers in parts of northern and southern New Mexico have clashed with environmentalists over the recent listing of a critter most people in the Land of Enchantment have never even seen — the meadow jumping mouse.

In June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the mouse — which can hop up to three feet from its hind legs — on the endangered list. That has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to reinforce a gate along the Agua Chiquita in Otero County and erect barbed-wire fencing near the Rio Cebolla creek in the Santa Fe National Forest to keep cattle from damaging the mouse’s habitat.

“The livestock industry has enjoyed special treatment from the federal government for so long that our streams have been trampled to death,” Bryan Bird, program director at WildEarth Guardians, said earlier this month when his group filed a lawsuit just before the fencing was constructed.

Bird’s comment echoes a long-running complaint environmentalists have about grazing fees on public lands.

They say ranchers have been getting a sweetheart deal from the government for too long, pointing to fees charged by the entities such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service charging $1.35 a month for what’s called “Animal Unit Months,” compared to an estimated $16-$20 a month on private land.

They also cite data from a 2005 report from the General Accounting Office and say U.S. taxpayers suffer a direct loss of more than $120 million because of the fees.

“Ranchers have benefitted from a whole suite of subsidies. I used to call them welfare queens,” John Horning, the executive director of WildEarth Guardians-NewMexico, told New Mexico Watchdog in an interview in July. “I don’t really care if it’s welfare because the bigger issue for me is not that (taxpayers) subsidize it, but that we allow the activity to degrade so many valuable things.”

But cattle growers push back just as forcefully.

“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association. “And it’s a tired old argument.”

Cowan says the price difference between grazing fees is misleading because ranchers have to pick up the costs for things such as managing and fencing their allotments, supplying their herds with water and absorbing any losses due to death and attacks by predators that aren’t usually incurred when grazing on private property.

“It’s kind of like you renting a house in Albuquerque that has all the amenities,” Cowan said. “It’s furnished, you’ve got electricity, all the utilities are done.” But grazing on public lands is like “renting a house that’s totally vacant, has no amenities … and anyone can come through your house and use the bathroom anytime they want … The price is low until you look at the amenities that don’t go with it.”

But Horning counters the pricing formula for grazing on public land has essentially been frozen by the executive order since 1986 when Ronald Reagan was president.

“The grazing fee today is the same as it was 30 years ago,” Horning said. “Name one commodity or one resource that you can extract today for the same fee you could 30 years ago.”

But for ranchers like Mike Lucero, grazing cattle along the Rio Cebolla is something his family has done for generations, going back to the time of land grants in New Mexico, predating the existence of the U.S. Forest Service.

“This is my family and ancestors’ heritage,” said Lucero, a member of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association.

Unique to states such as New Mexico, land grants were awarded to settlers by the Spanish government during colonial times. Under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, the U.S. government pledged to honor the grants, but property disputes have persisted in the Southwest ever since.

“I totally agree, there is a discounted rate involved,” Lucero told New Mexico Watchdog this summer. “But when that used to be a land grant, that wasn’t federal land at all. So you’re telling me I don’t have a right to get a discount when it was taken away from my ancestors to begin with? Everyone knows land grants are for the people in those communities to make a living off of.”

THE MOUSE IN QUESTION: Listing the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species has led to a battle between environmentalists and New Mexico ranchers.

Ranchers at the Rio Cebolla say their cattle only use the meadow for four-five weeks in the fall and one-two weeks in the spring. They insist they keep the area in excellent shape.

But environmental groups say the habitat for the meadow jumping mouse has been systematically degraded in New Mexico, as well as Arizona and Colorado.

“We are asking the Forest Service to keep cows out of 1 percent of public lands that have streams and rivers,” Bird said. “The livestock industry needs stop kicking and screaming and cooperate to ensure clean water and healthy wildlife.”

“Ranchers are responsible for the stewardship of their land,” said Cowan. “Recreationists don’t pay to hunt or hike or fish on those lands. But the timber industry, the oil and gas industry, the livestock industry (do). I think guides and outfitters even have to have some kind of permit. Those folks are paying the government something.

While WildEarth Guardians has filed its lawsuit to protect the mouse’s habitat, the ranchers have filed their own, alleging the Forest Service of heavy-handedness and not following its own environmental analysis.

Regardless of what decision is reached, it’s clear the debate — and the rhetoric — over grazing fees would continue.

“Grazing permits are costly food stamps for cattle,” wrote an attorney from Utah in the Salt Lake City Tribune earlier this year.

“The whole purpose of what (environmental groups) are doing on the land is not to save anything, it’s to protect it from people who actually doing something productive and I’m talking about ranchers ,” said C.J. Hadley, publisher of the pro-rancher publication RANGE magazine.

New Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:31

GIDDY UP: A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE — New Mexico is a slow poke when it comes to turning in its financial disclosures, but the state agency in charge of the data argues a sarcastic award from a fiscally conservative accounting group is unfair.

“Truth in Accounting is bestowing the annual Tortoise Award on New Mexico — again,” wrote Sheila Weinberg, CEO and founder of Truth in Accounting, last week.

Based in Chicago, Truth in Accounting bills itself as a resource for taxpayers to understand what it calls “the truth about government finances.”

Earlier this year, Truth in Accounting produced a report illustrating New Mexico’s overreliance on federal dollars. Between 1992 and 2012, the group’s findings showed, New Mexico’s share of federal money as part of state revenue increased a whopping 63.3 percent — a growth rate that was No. 1 in the country.

This time, Truth in Accounting knocked the state for going more than 450 days since releasing its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which states submit each fiscal year.

“New Mexico has missed the standard release deadline of 180 days after fiscal year end four years in a row,” Weinberg wrote.

But the Department of Finance and Administration, contacted by New Mexico Watchdog, said the criticism is unfair, citing the state’s long and frustrating problems with the Statewide Human Resources Accounting and Management Reporting System, called SHARE, that was rolled out in 2006.

The system has had a long history or troubles properly matching fund balances shown by state agencies with cash in the state’s bank accounts.

“We identified the issue in October 2011, and our staff has been working diligently since then to correct it,” DFA spokesman and records custodian Tim Korte wrote in an email. “Since mid-2013, we have been able to guarantee the accuracy of the books going forward. Meanwhile, we continue to work to reconcile hundreds of thousands of transactions going back to 2006.”

Korte said DFA has provided regular updates to the Legislative Finance Committee and is working on developing an audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the first time.

Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:25

Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
The New Mexico housing market looks like it will end the year looking a lot like last year. Sales of 1,426 last month are a 6.2 percent drop as compared to one year ago. Meanwhile, the median home price is the same at $177,000. The state had a strong ...

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Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:25

Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
The New Mexico housing market looks like it will end the year looking a lot like last year. Sales of 1,426 last month are a 6.2 percent drop as compared to one year ago. Meanwhile, the median home price is the same at $177,000. The state had a strong ...

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Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:25

Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
The New Mexico housing market looks like it will end the year looking a lot like last year. Sales of 1,426 last month are a 6.2 percent drop as compared to one year ago. Meanwhile, the median home price is the same at $177,000. The state had a strong ...

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Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:25

Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
The New Mexico housing market looks like it will end the year looking a lot like last year. Sales of 1,426 last month are a 6.2 percent drop as compared to one year ago. Meanwhile, the median home price is the same at $177,000. The state had a strong ...

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Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:25

Sales of homes in New Mexico decline in September
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
The New Mexico housing market looks like it will end the year looking a lot like last year. Sales of 1,426 last month are a 6.2 percent drop as compared to one year ago. Meanwhile, the median home price is the same at $177,000. The state had a strong ...

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