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New study makes case for state control of federal lands

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Fri, 2015-02-27 12:51

The Property and Environment Research Center is a national and even international leader on applying free market principles to pressing environmental issues. With the growing controversy over federal land management issues throughout the American West, PERC took a closer look at the different ways in which federal and state lands are managed. Their new paper is called “Divided Lands.”

* The federal government loses money managing valuable natural resources on federal lands, while states generate significant financial returns from state trust lands.

* The states examined in this study earn an average of $14.51 for every dollar spent on state trust land management. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management generate only 73 cents in return for every dollar spent on federal land management.

* On average, states generate more revenue per dollar spent than the federal government on a variety of land management activities, including timber, grazing, minerals, and recreation management.

* These outcomes are the result of the different statutory, regulatory, and administrative frameworks that govern state and federal lands. States have a fiduciary responsibility to generate revenues from state trust lands, while federal land agencies face overlapping and conflicting regulations and often lack a clear mandate.

* If federal lands were transferred, states could likely earn much greater revenues than the federal government. However, transfer proponents must consider how land management would have to change in order to generate those revenues under state control.

Legislation has been introduced in the New Mexico Legislature to study federal lands management in New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation also has a paper available which details just how much better New Mexico could manage its federal lands than Washington from a financial perspective.

Angst over new standardized test roiling New Mexico - Colorado Springs Gazette

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 12:37

Angst over new standardized test roiling New Mexico
Colorado Springs Gazette
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen students protested at the State Capitol on Friday and more plan to walk out of their schools next week as frustration brews over new standardized tests in New Mexico. Students from Santa Fe schools rallied outside ...

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Billy the Kid's historic hideout in New Mexico is for sale - New York Daily News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 12:14

New York Daily News

Billy the Kid's historic hideout in New Mexico is for sale
New York Daily News
The spacious New Mexico home in Lincoln where the legendary 19th century outlaw used to escape from authorities has hit the market for $545,000. Billy the Kid, also known as William Bonney, was a famous outlaw during the AP Billy the Kid, also known as ...

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New Mexico in for a snowy, rainy weekend - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 11:48

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New Mexico in for a snowy, rainy weekend
KOAT Albuquerque
By Friday evening, more snowy weather will hit Central New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe. One to 3 inches of snow could fall during the night. The brunt of the storm will drop tons of snow on Chama, Los Alamos and Taos. By Saturday ...
Latest winter storm's snow, ice cover highways in New MexicoKOB.com
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Should NM’s congressional delegation have a say on “right to work? (UPDATED)

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Fri, 2015-02-27 11:12

As the “right to work” legislation continues to stir up debate and discussion, there has been input from members of Congress of both parties. The four liberal Democrats weighed in against it in a published opinion piece and Udall went so far as to decry “right to work” in an ill-advised and inappropriate speech to the entire Legislature.

Democrats were not the only ones weighing in, however. According to former Republican state senator and blogger Rod Adair, Republican Steve Pearce may or may not have had direct input in the recent vote on “right to work,” but to his credit (unlike his Democrat colleagues), he has not published op-eds on the issue.

Whatever one’s feelings are on “right to work,” I would like to see New Mexico’s Congressional delegation (or Congressmen and women in general) to stay out of the issue as best as possible and not weigh in strongly and publicly on what amounts to an exclusively state level issue over which they have no say. We elect the Governor and legislators to make decisions on issues like “right to work.” Congress is supposed to represent New Mexico’s interests (or the interests of their respective districts) in Washington, DC, not attempt to persuade New Mexicans of their views on state issues, no matter how strong those feelings may be.

Congress has enough to deal with in Washington (like reining in an imperial presidency and overreaching, unelected bureaucrats).

*UPDATE: A representative with Congressman Pearce’s office contacted us to clarify that Rep. Pearce did not weigh in with Republicans in the New Mexico House to influence floor votes on the “right to work” bill and this was confirmed by two Republican House members. Kudos to Pearce for his understanding the separation of federal and state powers.

New Mexico cabinet secretary to Vermont: Driver's license fraud rampant ... - Watchdog.org

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 10:39

Watchdog.org

New Mexico cabinet secretary to Vermont: Driver's license fraud rampant ...
Watchdog.org
“We're currently issuing a driver's license, and we were seeing people come in not only from across the U.S. but from other countries,” Demesia Padilla, cabinet secretary over the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, told Vermont Watchdog.

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Overnight snow pounds New Mexico, causes school delays - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 07:27

Overnight snow pounds New Mexico, causes school delays
KOAT Albuquerque
ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER KIRSTEN SWANSON HERE IN THE METRO. KIRSTEN. GOOD MORNING. KIRSTEN: GOOD MORNING. WE ARE SEEING LINES OF SEMI-TRUCKS ALONG 98 THE GOT STRANDED HERE LAST NIGHT LATE WHEN THE ...

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Latest winter storm's snow, ice cover highways in New Mexico - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 06:44

KUNM

Latest winter storm's snow, ice cover highways in New Mexico
KOB.com
Highways with severe or difficult driving conditions Friday include a 161-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Raton Pass in northern New Mexico and a 155-mile stretch of Interstate 40 between Milagro and the Texas line. The state ...
Ice, snow cover some New Mexico roads after stormsNewsWest9.com
Senate reconfirms appointment of New Mexico health bossCarlsbad Current-Argus
Ice, snow cover some northern New Mexico roads after stormsLas Cruces Sun-News
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The Balanchine connection: NDI New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 05:09

Santa Fe New Mexican.com

The Balanchine connection: NDI New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
This fast-paced buoyant stream of motion, with music by Mikhail Glinka, forms the cornerstone of NDI New Mexico's Winter Dance Escape program, a showcase for its preprofessional group, Company XCel, and its apprentice dancers. The work was set on the ...
Latest winter storm's snow, ice cover highways in New MexicoLas Cruces Sun-News

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Second Arizona mental health provider will leave New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Fri, 2015-02-27 00:16

Second Arizona mental health provider will leave New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
A second Arizona-based behavioral health provider is poised to pull out of New Mexico after being brought in by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to help deal with a wholesale shake-up of the state's mental health care system for low-income people.

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New Mexico Mutual juggles a multigenerational workforce - UNM Newsroom

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 23:08

New Mexico Mutual juggles a multigenerational workforce
UNM Newsroom
New Mexico Mutual handles workers compensation insurance and is a very traditional workplace. Employees dress well, are expected to be responsible and work within specific parameters. It doesn't have hammocks, allow dogs or keep foosball machines in ...

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Second Arzizona mental health provider will leave New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:33

KUNM

Second Arzizona mental health provider will leave New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
A second Arizona-based behavioral health provider is poised to pull out of New Mexico after being brought in by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to help deal with a wholesale shake-up of the state's mental health care system for low-income people.
Nonprofits Cut Services In Arizona While Expanding Into New MexicoKUNM
La Frontera CEO confirms group might leave New MexicoLas Cruces Sun-News
CEO: Nonprofit hopes to continue New Mexico operationsThe State

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New Mexico House panel OKs Uber, Lyft regulation bill - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:23

New Mexico House panel OKs Uber, Lyft regulation bill
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
A measure aimed at regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft in New Mexico cleared its first hurdle Thursday. The House Transportation and Public Works Committee voted 8-3 to approve a proposal that would require such services to provide ...

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Wind, snow slam New Mexico - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:16

Wind, snow slam New Mexico
KRQE News 13
... the temps have dropped so we're dealing with a lot of ice. We're going to get some accumulations the interstate is going to be real icy and we're having to drop a lot of salt and cinders,” said Richard Garcia with the New Mexico Department of ...

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Second mental health provider will leave New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:14

Second mental health provider will leave New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
A second Arizona-based behavioral health provider is poised to pull out of New Mexico after being brought in by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to help deal with a wholesale shake-up of the state's mental health care system for low-income people.

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Mexico ban on gillnet use in Sea of Cortes set to take effect to help endangered porpoise

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:00
Mexican authorities will use satellite tracking, drones, three naval bases and a fleet of small patrol boats to enforce a new gillnet fishing ban in the upper Sea of Cortes in a bid to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.
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Former Mexico City mayor breaks with leftist PRD, criticizes its closeness to ruling party

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:00
Former Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is splitting with the country's leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD.
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Mexico replaces embattled attorney general, takes cabinet-level job for development

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:00
Mexico's embattled attorney general is leaving the post to take a new cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.
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Albuquerque uses 'elephant snot' to clean defaced petroglyphs

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 22:00
Petroglyphs are valuable relics of a past age – rock carvings that are produced by chiseling directly into a rock’s surface. That being said, archaeologists and conservationists alike are dismayed when these carvings are defaced by graffiti. What is the best way to clean up the mess? The answer surprisingly is a product named “elephant snot.”
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Bill to keep New Mexico on daylight saving time advances - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2015-02-26 21:15

KRQE News 13

Bill to keep New Mexico on daylight saving time advances
KOB.com
The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-1 Thursday to advance Sen. Cliff Pirtle's bill that would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round. The Republican farmer from Roswell says changing the clock twice a year is an unnecessary ...
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