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Matt Stroud named Associated Press correspondent based in Morgantown, W.Va.

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 22:00
Matt Stroud, a reporter covering criminal justice for technology website The Verge, is joining The Associated Press as a correspondent based in Morgantown, home of West Virginia University.
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Rough Surf Claims Lives as Cristobal, Marie Slowly Diminish

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 22:00
It's been a tumultuous week on both the East and West coasts as two hurricanes induced rough surf and a high risk for rip currents.
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Four Killed When Small Plane Crashes Near New Mexico Fairground - NBCNews.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 21:58

KOAT Albuquerque

Four Killed When Small Plane Crashes Near New Mexico Fairground
NBCNews.com
All four people aboard a small plane were killed Wednesday night when the twin-engine craft crashed shortly after takeoff near the Southern New Mexico Fair Grounds in Las Cruces, state police said. The plane, a twin-engine fixed-winged aircraft flying ...
4 Killed in New Mexico Crash of Medical FlightABC News
Plane crash victims identifiedLas Cruces Sun-News
Police identify 4 killed in Las Cruces medical plane crashKOAT Albuquerque

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4 killed in crash of small plane in New Mexico - KFDA

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 21:15

4 killed in crash of small plane in New Mexico
KFDA
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say four people are dead in the crash of a small plane in New Mexico. New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine, fixed winged aircraft had just left the Las Cruces Airport and was headed to Phoenix. They say the ...

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25 ideas for a New Mexico Labor Day getaway - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 20:21

25 ideas for a New Mexico Labor Day getaway
KOAT Albuquerque
25 ideas for a New Mexico Labor Day getaway. Published 8:19 PM MDT Aug 27, 2014. Tweet · Next Slideshow: Health mistakes you make every day. 1 of 27. Needs ideas for things to do this Labor Day Weekend? Here are 25 things to kick-start a brainstorm ...

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New Mexico fishing report - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 19:56

New Mexico fishing report
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Eric Kelly of Kirtland shows off the 27-inch, 12-pound cutbow trout he caught Aug. 22 on the San Juan River. He was using a streamer. Courtesy photo. Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:45 pm. New Mexico fishing report The New Mexican ...

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NMSU FOOTBALL: Freshmen confident they can make a difference for New ... - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 19:27

NMSU FOOTBALL: Freshmen confident they can make a difference for New ...
Las Cruces Sun-News
But don't tell that to the five New Mexico State freshman starters for Thursday's season opener against Cal Poly at Aggie Memorial Stadium. "It's been a challenge, but I believe that talent will excel, no matter how old you are," said freshman Dalton ...

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Organizers expect particularly large Zozobra crowd - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 19:17

Organizers expect particularly large Zozobra crowd
KOAT Albuquerque
AND YOU CAN GET ON OR OFF THE BUS NEAR THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART ON SHERIDAN AVENUE... ON EAST SAN FRANCISCO STREET AT GALISTEO... AND ALONG CATHEDRAL PLACE, JUST SOUTH OF THE CATHEDRAL ITSELF.

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Economic expert: NM job growth too slow - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 18:44

Economic expert: NM job growth too slow
KRQE News 13
LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico manufacturer is expanding and says it is adding hundreds of high-paying jobs to the metro area. But will the jobs make a dent in the area's attempt to climb out of the recession? Albuquerque-based manufacturer ...
In Depth: 250 Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Los LunasKRWG
Los Lunas expansion creating 250 new jobsAlbuquerque Journal

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NMSU FOOTBALL: Local players play key roles for New Mexico State - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 17:57

KFOX El Paso

NMSU FOOTBALL: Local players play key roles for New Mexico State
Las Cruces Sun-News
LAS CRUCES >> Brandon Betancourt and Xavier Hall played for rival high schools Mayfield and Las Cruces, respectively. The two New Mexico State running backs never faced each other on the field as rivals, but both are featured in the NMSU offensive ...
Las Cruces man arrested for mass shooting threat at New Mexico State UniversityThe Republic

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New Mexico’s suffering from austerity, huh?

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-08-27 16:04

I don’t read Joe Monahan’s blog (unless someone directly tells me to) so I just ran across his not-so-thinly-veiled attack today on yours truly and the Rio Grande Foundation. Monahan claims that New Mexico is suffering from “austerity” as advocated by the Rio Grande Foundation (technically, he refuses to mention us and instead calls us a “right wing think tank”).

For starters, New Mexico’s spending has grown in real terms under Gov. Martinez. According to the LFC, Martinez’ first General Fund budget was $5.43 billion and it is now $6.16 billion. That averages out to about 3.58 percent growth on an annual basis. Given low statistically-low inflation rates and New Mexico’s barely-there population growth, New Mexico’s budget has grown every year (on average) under Martinez.

Monahan moves on to attack our advocacy and research on a right to work law for New Mexico, but rather than doing so, he makes the bizarre claim: “Remember, a couple of years ago when the mantra was cutting corporate taxes and economic paradise would result?” No, I don’t remember that. RGF detailed the benefits of previous, not-enacted bill reducing corporate income tax rates, but we were never asked to testify on the bill that passed with its potential tax hikes and expansion of the film program . More importantly, Martinez’ small corporate income tax cuts are not even half-implemented yet.

What Monahan and his ilk refuse to acknowledge is that states that have right to work laws consistently outperform non-right to work states. The most recent data available show 8 of the 10 fastest-growing states have such laws on the books.

Still no word why Albuquerque school boss received a $350,000 settlement

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-08-27 15:00

MUM’S THE WORD: 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

Why Winston Brooks stepped down as superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district remains a mystery.

The custodian of records at Albuquerque Public Schools turned back Tuesday the initial part of a request filed separately from New Mexico Watchdog and the New Mexico Foundation of Open Government to obtain details about the $350,000 taxpayer-funded buyout the school district worked out for Brooks.

APS hired a law firm to conduct an investigation into what the school board described only as a “serious personnel issue” concerning Brooks that led to the settlement.

Responding to Inspection of Public Records Act requests from New Mexico Watchdog and NMFOG, APS records custodian Rigo Chavez said APS Board of Education President Analee Maestas was approached about disclosing more details and “responded that the only investigation conducted by the Butt Thornton and Baehr law firm involves a personnel matter. Therefore, your request is denied.”

Lawyer-client privilege was also cited.

Chavez said APS is still looking into New Mexico Watchdog and NMFOG requests to see emails and documents regarding Brooks, his wife Ann Brooks and any communications with school board members regarding the investigation and subsequent agreement.

“I have asked the APS Board of Education Office and the APS Information Technology Department for any communications and will let you know within the 15 days allowed by the Act of any documents located,” Chavez said in the email to New Mexico Watchdog.

After Brooks turned in his resignation Aug. 15, the only comment from the school board came from Maestas, who restricted her comments to saying that “both (Brooks and the board) agree that this decision is the best option for APS at this time.”

Furthermore, the agreement said the investigation into the “serious personnel issue” will be kept “in a file separate from Brooks’ personnel file, and it shall not be released to anyone.”

Susan Boe, executive director at NMFOG, reiterated Wednesday her organization’s opinion that information about Brooks settlement should be made public.

“FOG believes there is information in that report that is factual in nature and is not exempt” under the personnel exemption in the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act, Boe said.

In addition, Ann Brooks is mentioned a number of times in the settlement agreement. But Ann Brooks is not an employee of APS.

“Clearly she does not fall under the personnel exemption,” Boe said.

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

How much should NM invest in new companies?

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-08-27 14:57

BATTLING OVER PERCENTAGES: The New Mexico State Investment Council and a business organization are fighting over the amount given to New Mexico startups.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE – How much taxpayer money should New Mexico invest in nascent companies?

The State Investment Council says $40 million per year is about right, but the head of the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico wants nearly double that.

“New Mexico needs to believe in itself and we need to invest in ourselves,” said ACI executive director Beverlee McClure, who says the SIC, by not investing more in statewide businesses, “is not believing in New Mexico companies.”

“I would respectfully disagree with her take on that,” SIC spokesman Charles Wollmann said.

The SIC has a Private Equity Investments Program that allows the council to take money from the Severance Tax Permanent Fund and give it to New Mexico-based businesses in the early stage of development.

The amount deducted is capped at 9 percent — about $425 million.

But the SIC is not required to use the entire 9 percent. The council has decided to invest 5 percent on New Mexico startups and early-stage companies, about $40 million per year.

“We’re not even meeting the cap by their choice,” said McClure, who wants to see the SIC invest the full 9 percent.

An SIC advisory committee conducts a vetting process to determine which companies are worthy of taxpayers’ dollars.

According to the minutes of a May 8 meeting, committee chairwoman Linda Eitzen mentioned “limited numbers of quality companies in New Mexico and expressed concerns about exposure issues.”

“We just don’t believe that,” McClure told New Mexico Watchdog. “We believe there are quality companies here and this is our tax dollars, and we believe it should be invested (in New Mexico).”

But Wollmann countered by saying some 45 New Mexico companies are part of the private equity portfolio, and they employ about 1,300 people across the state.

In past, the SIC — i.e., New Mexico taxpayers — was burned by shaky private equity investments.

“The first 10 years of this program was a dismal failure,” Wollmann said. “They pushed money out the door trying to catalyze the venture community here.”

For example, the Private Equity Investments Program racked up returns of minus-18 percent between 1994 and 2004.

Since then, Wollmann said, the program improved, turning in 4 percent annualized returns.

“We have a fiduciary responsibility as council members to gain a return on the fund,” said SIC board member Leonard Lee Rawson. “And we’re still guarded as to whether or not the New Mexico Private Equity investments are going to generate the return that we have an obligation to produce.”

“I do think there’s another part of the mission” at the SIC, McClure said. “That mission is to invest in New Mexico companies and create New Mexico jobs.”

But Rawson says the No. 1 job for the SIC is making money for the state’s taxpayers.

“We are charged as fiduciaries not as economic development folks,” said Rawson. “Beverlee looks at it as economic development. We have to look at it (as), can we get a return that’s close to what we need to get? … We can’t continue to invest in a loss at 18 percent just for jobs.”

“The more money this fund makes the more money we contribute to the general fund and to school operations budgets every year,” Wollmann said.

“All we’re saying is, there’s got to be a balance in there somewhere,” McClure. “So instead of saying, no New Mexico companies qualify because we had some that did not perform well, there should be a better balance in investing in New Mexico companies.”

In addition to the Private Equity Investment Fund there’s requirement 1 percent of the Severance Tax Permanent Fund go to the Small Business Investment Council, which specializes in New Mexico companies.

“When you take the 5 percent (invested in the Private Equity Investments Fund) and the 1 percent in the SBIC, you’re really talking about 6 percent out there,” Rawson said.

“We (as a state) put them in an awkward position in that we’re saying two things to them,” McClure said. “We say, use this money to invest in us and create New Mexico jobs. And, oh by the way, you’ve also got to make money for the fund. We don’t see those two things as competing. But it appears that the current State Investment Council and the current advisory committee does see that as a conflict,” McClure said.

“Financial returns need to be the first focus,” Wollmann said. “We’ve seen what happens from the first 10 years of this program when you don’t make financial returns the priority … If you want to have a policy debate, that’s really for the Legislature.”

New Mexico's infant mortality rate drops - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 13:59

New Mexico's infant mortality rate drops
KRQE News 13
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The infant mortality rate in New Mexico has dropped significantly last year, but health officials said this week that the change is not rare. The latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 ...

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New Mexico's infant mortality rate drops - Bellingham Herald

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 12:34

New Mexico's infant mortality rate drops
Bellingham Herald
SANTA FE, N.M. — The infant mortality rate in New Mexico has dropped significantly last year, but health officials said this week that the change is not rare. The latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 5 ...
Infant death rate declines in New MexicoKOB.com
State's infant death rate in declineDeming Headlight

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Correcting misperceptions on Hobby Lobby decision

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:59

Recently, the Santa Fe Reporter ran an article decrying the US Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision from a highly-typical left-wing viewpoint that can be summarized from a line in the article: “Whether it’s restricting access to abortion or restricting access to birth control, women’s autonomy as individual human beings capable of making decisions is apparently not valued by the majority of those sitting on our nation’s highest court.”

While the left loves to pin blame on sexism or some other nefarious plot, the real issue is the absurd US health care laws (laws that long-predated ObamaCare) that strongly incentivize employers to purchase health care for their workers. You can read my letter to the editor which was published in response (and another letter supporting the decision! here).

Faulty Framework
As with so many liberal critiques of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Hunter Riley fails to address the central issues in the case. Instead, she prefers to play up the “War on Women” meme and rail against the court’s supposedly sexist views.

The central issue in Hobby Lobby is the federal tax preference for employer health care purchases relative to those made by individuals. Absent this provision, which was literally an accident of history dating back to World War II wage and price controls, employers would have literally no say in their workers’ health care decisions.

Unfortunately, the Obamacare health “reforms” failed to address this simple, misguided provision, which created a number of harmful consequences, most notably the dominance of insurance companies in American health care.

The court simply decided that certain businesses had an interest in not purchasing for their employees certain forms of birth control that they believed to cause an abortion. Sixteen of 20 approved forms of birth control remain covered, and there is nothing stopping workers from purchasing these products on their own.

Ultimately, the reproductive rights community should get over their misguided obsession with “free” health care and work with libertarians to end misguided policies that place employers and government bureaucrats in control of our most intimate medical decisions.

Paul J Gessing
President Rio Grande Foundation

Podcast of “New Mexico Freedom Hour” now available

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:40

The first episode of the New Mexico Freedom Hour on 770 KKOB is now posted. At the outset of the show I outlined a few of the issues likely to be discussed during the show and our goals for the show. I spent most of the rest of the show discussing right to work laws with Jarrett Skorup of the Michigan-based Mackinac Center. Michigan is the latest state to have adopted such a law.

You can listen to the podcast here.

New Mexico candidate features terrorist in ad campaign - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:30

New Mexico candidate features terrorist in ad campaign
KOAT Albuquerque
New Mexico candidate features terrorist in ad campaign. UPDATED 10:36 PM MDT Aug 26, 2014. Tweet · Next Video: Rats run rampant on neighborhood streets. post a comment. A New Mexico candidate is using a shocking image in his new ad campaign.

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Texas-El Paso (0-0) at New Mexico (0-0) (ET) - The State

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:04

Texas-El Paso (0-0) at New Mexico (0-0) (ET)
The State
FACTS & STATS: Site: University Stadium (39,224) -- Albuquerque, New Mexico. Television: Mountain West Network. Home Record: UTEP 0-0, UNM 0-0. Away Record: UTEP 0-0, UNM 0-0. Neutral Record: UTEP 0-0, UNM 0-0. Conference Record: UTEP 0-0 ...
UTEP football: Young unit faces big task slowing New Mexico running attack in ...El Paso Times
Davie: 'There's a bunch of us trying to be 1-0'KOAT Albuquerque

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