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A White Elephant Stalks the Motherland’s Taxpayers

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Wed, 2015-07-29 18:52

Model of launch complex for Soyuz-2 rocket in Vostochny Cosmodrome. Credit: Vitaly V. Kuzmin (http://vitalykuzmin.net).

It turns out, “spaceport” and “boondoggle” go together beyond New Mexico’s borders.

The Vostochny Cosmodrome, under construction in Russia’s Far East, is in trouble. The project’s purpose, according to Anatoly Medetsky of the The Moscow Times, is “to ease the country’s dependence on the Soviet-era Baikonur launch site, located in the wind-swept steppe of neighboring Kazakhstan and which Russia is leasing through 2050.”

But the cosmodore is behind schedule — manned flights are now projected to take place three years later than originally planned — and corruption at the site is rampant.

In June, The Siberian Times reported that a senior director “suspected of embezzling funds … has been arrested after going on the run. The 45-year-old Georgian national, whose name has not been disclosed, had fled Russia after being accused of taking four million roubles ($75,000). … Police in the Amur region put the shamed director on the international wanted list and he was located in Minsk, where he drove a luxury Mercedes car decorated with Swarovski diamonds. According to local media, it cost $300,000 (16 million roubles) to have the vehicle covered.”

A few days ago, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika announced that his probe of 250 cosmodrome contractors had uncovered “theft that caused 7.5 billion rubles in damages.”

It’s all an unfortunate mess for Russia’s taxpayers. But unlike “Spaceport America,” the “public investment” made in the cosmodrome could eventually produce significant revenue. Relations with Kazakhstan have been testy lately. And Russia has a long history of lofting payloads — launch vehicles in the R-7 and Proton families alone have flown over 2,000 times.

New Mexico seeing darker days for green chile production - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 16:49

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New Mexico seeing darker days for green chile production
KRQE News 13
From breakfast to dinner, chile is a staple of the diet in New Mexico, but the New Mexico Chile Association says New Mexico chile is at risk and in steep decline. According to their website, 34,500 acres were harvested in 1992. That number went down to ...
New Mexico seeks to revive chile industry amid challengesThe Spokesman Review
Future unsure for troubled New Mexico green chile productionTulsa World
Future unsure for New Mexico green chile productionazcentral.com

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New Mexico leaders call for Planned Parenthood investigation - New Mexico Political Report

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 15:30

New Mexico Political Report

New Mexico leaders call for Planned Parenthood investigation
New Mexico Political Report
“The Office of the Attorney General fully reviews every complaint received and investigates where appropriate,” James Hallinan, a spokesman with the office of the Attorney General said in a statement to New Mexico Political Report Wednesday evening.

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Rain stymies drought in about half of New Mexico - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 15:03

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Rain stymies drought in about half of New Mexico
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – More than 49 percent of the state is free of drought conditions following the fourth-wettest six months the state has seen. Drought was present statewide in July 2014, with the prevalence of severe drought at 77 percent ...
About half of New Mexico drought-freeKOB.com
Wet 6 months stymies drought in about half of New Mexico, has cattle 'fat and ...Daily Journal

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Gov. Bobby Jindal talks parenting, oil prices

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 12:23
Republican presidential candidate and governor of Louisiana on 'Overtime'
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AP names Mary Hudetz as New Mexico law enforcement reporter - Washington Times

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 11:34

Washington Times

AP names Mary Hudetz as New Mexico law enforcement reporter
Washington Times
FILE-Mary Hudetz, seen in this July 2013 photo, a former Associated Press journalist and current editor of Native Peoples Magazine in Phoenix, will return to the AP in August to become the news cooperative's law enforcement reporter in Albuquerque, New ...

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Tracking 'shadows' in New Mexico's Bootheel - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 09:46

Tracking 'shadows' in New Mexico's Bootheel
Las Cruces Sun-News
Heading down County Road 1 deep into New Mexico's Bootheel, one of the Mexican border's most rugged corridors, no sign warns of the drug mules — men smuggling 65-pound packs of pot on their backs — trekking expertly, constantly, through the ragged ...

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New Mexico State Police investigating fatal shooting in Jal - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 08:13

New Mexico State Police investigating fatal shooting in Jal
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JAL, N.M. (AP) - State police are investigating a fatal shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Jal. Jal police say they received a 911 call about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday about a shooting that occurred on South Second Street. When officers responded ...

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Dispatcher hangs up on 911 caller, teen dies - USA TODAY

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 07:48

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Dispatcher hangs up on 911 caller, teen dies
USA TODAY
A New Mexico dispatcher has resigned after hanging up on a panicked woman who was trying to save a teenage shooting victim's life, Albuquerque Fire Department officials confirmed. After authorities were made aware of the June call, dispatcher Matthew ...
911 caller: New Mexico dispatcher had no reason to hang up while she tried to ...Fox News
New Mexico 911 dispatcher quits after telling frantic girl to 'deal with it ...New York Daily News
New Mexico firefighter resigns after hanging up 911 callabc27
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New Mexico State Police investigating fatal shooting in Jal - KRQE News 13

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New Mexico State Police investigating fatal shooting in Jal
KRQE News 13
JAL, N.M. (AP) – State police are investigating a fatal shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Jal. Jal police say they received a 911 call about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday about a shooting that occurred on South Second Street. When officers responded ...

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China's slowing economy could cost New Mexico millions - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 06:12

Albuquerque Business First (blog)

China's slowing economy could cost New Mexico millions
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
China is more than 7,000 miles from New Mexico and while the effects of its stock market crisis are currently drawing more attention, the slow burn of its declining economy will likely have a greater impact on the global economy — including New Mexico.

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Kurtz: A blast from Trump's past

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‘Media Buzz’ host reacts to story involving Trump’s ex-wife Ivana
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New Mexico real estate market sees strong summer, increasing prices - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 05:02

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New Mexico real estate market sees strong summer, increasing prices
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — New Mexico's housing market is looking up. Real estate experts say home prices are the best they've been in years, rebounding closer to what they were before the 2008 recession. That could be good news for your investment.

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Tracking 'shadows' in New Mexico's Bootheel - Albany Times Union

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 03:36

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Tracking 'shadows' in New Mexico's Bootheel
Albany Times Union
ANIMAS VALLEY, N.M. (AP) — WARNING, the sign says: primitive road. WARNING, another reads: no services ahead. Heading down County Road 1 deep into New Mexico's Bootheel, one of the Mexican border's most rugged corridors, no sign warns of the ...

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Tracking 'shadows' in New Mexico's Bootheel - Washington Times

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Tracking 'shadows' in New Mexico's Bootheel
Washington Times
This photo taken June 24, 2015, shows a Border Patrol agent looking for other agents escorting six undocumented immigrants that were apprehended in the Animas mountains in New Mexico's boot heel. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP) ...

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New Mexico State Police investigating fatal shooting in Jal - KLTV

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 03:11

New Mexico State Police investigating fatal shooting in Jal
KLTV
JAL, N.M. (AP) - State police are investigating a fatal shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Jal. Jal police say they received a 911 call about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday about a shooting that occurred on South Second Street. When officers responded ...

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Troubled New Mexico green chile faces uncertain future amid declining acreage ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 00:56

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Troubled New Mexico green chile faces uncertain future amid declining acreage ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Green chiles have defined New Mexico for generations, gaining fans and fame around the globe. However, as this year's harvest begins, labor shortages, shrinking acreage, drought and foreign competition have hurt production in ...
New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chileThe Denver Post

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Future Unsure for Troubled New Mexico Green Chile Production - ABC News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 00:54

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Future Unsure for Troubled New Mexico Green Chile Production
ABC News
Green chiles have defined New Mexico for generations, gaining fans and fame around the globe. However, as this year's harvest begins, labor shortages, shrinking acreage, drought and foreign competition have hurt production in the state. Farmers and ...
New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chileThe Denver Post

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Future unsure for troubled New Mexico green chile production - U.S. News & World Report

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 00:52

U.S. News & World Report

Future unsure for troubled New Mexico green chile production
U.S. News & World Report
In this Saturday, July 25, 215 photo, workers harvest chile on the 350-acre Adams Produce farm near Hatch, New Mexico. Efforts are underway to save the green chile that's important to traditional New Mexican fare as labor shortages, a previous severe ...
Troubled New Mexico green chile faces uncertain future amid declining acreage ...Minneapolis Star Tribune
New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chileThe Denver Post

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New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chile - The Denver Post

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2015-07-29 00:01

New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chile
The Denver Post
Farmers and producers say shrinking acreage set aside for the crop also highlights the need for changes in the industry that has helped define New Mexico for generations. To rejuvenate production, investors and inventors are testing machines that would ...

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