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  • City Officials Who Ignore State Law Against Civil Asset Forfeiture Get Hauled Into Court

    11/25/2015 12:52:11 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2015 | George Leef
    Recently I wrote about a suit challenging the law in Arizona - a state that's very friendly towards the abomination called civil asset forfeiture. There, innocent people who have had their property stolen by public officials have to worry that if they fight to get it returned and lose the case, the government will force them to pay out additional money to cover its legal costs in fending off their claims. Across the state line in New Mexico, a different but equally vexing legal situation prevails. Back in summer, the state legislature unanimously passed a bill that defangs the civil...
  • Public Schools Abuse Immigration Laws

    11/24/2015 7:51:48 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 24, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    You may not believe who is abusing America’s immigration laws to secure cheap labor — public schools. "The foreign teacher trafficking business has stretched from the Prince George's County, Maryland, school district (which was ordered to pay $5.9 million in back wages and penalties for H-1B abuses in 2011) to the East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, school system (which required H-1B teachers to pay a $50 interview fee, $5,000 job application fee, and a $7,500 additional fee to a recruitment agency) and beyond," Michelle Malkin and John Miano write in their new book, Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires and Bipartisan Beltway...
  • Financial claims add up after Gold King Mine spill ( Colorado )

    11/23/2015 4:56:48 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | November 21, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    More than 30 individuals, businesses seek damages from EPA. Financial damage claims for those affected by the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine blowout eclipsed $1.3 million just two months after the Environmental Protection Agency triggered the release of 3 million gallons of mine wastewater down the Animas River. ... more than 30 individuals and business owners filed Form 95, the claim process for financial reimbursements from economic loss caused by wrongful U.S. government actions. The combined claims total about $1.3 million in damages ... the hardest hit are rafting companies and their employees, who were forced to shut down for...
  • Three more Syrian men with fake Greek passports arrested on Caribbean island

    11/21/2015 7:09:40 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail, ^ | 21 November 2015 | Martin Gould
    Three more Syrian men with fake Greek passports arrested on Caribbean island as the extraordinary lengths five others went to in a bid to enter US amid ISIS fears is revealed. [ Full title ] Earlier this week, five Syrians were arrested in Honduras with forged Greek passports . ... Three Syrians apparently attempting to sneak into the United States by traveling with fake Greek passports have been arrested on the Caribbean island of St Maarten.. ... the investigation is continuing to determine their identities and how they obtained the fake documents. They arrived on the island on an Insel...
  • US Postal Service to host passport fairs around New Mexico

    11/20/2015 3:35:36 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The U.S. Postal Service will be hosting passport fairs around New Mexico as residents brace for identification requirements to take effect early next year.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently denied New Mexico an extension from tougher federal requirements on state driver’s licenses under the REAL ID Act.The decision means New Mexico driver’s licenses and IDs won’t be valid for federal purposes such as entering military bases and nuclear research labs starting Jan. 10. As a result, residents are seeking passports as an alternative.
  • 28 states refuse Syrian refugees - AL, MI, TX, LA, AR, IN, IL, MA, MS, OH, FL, WI, NC, AZ, ME, NH...

    11/16/2015 9:47:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 442 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    "Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values," [Obama] said.Six Republican governors have announced that Syrian refugees won't be allowed to resettle in their states in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued statements Sunday saying that they wanted to prioritize the safety of the residents in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP presidential candidate; Arkansas Gov. Gov. Asa Hutchinson; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined them on Monday. "Michigan is a welcoming state and we are...
  • (NM) Governor Martinez opposes fed plan to accept more Syrian refugees

    11/16/2015 8:35:14 PM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    KRQE News 13 Albuquerque ^ | November 16, 2015 | AP
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she’s opposed to the Obama administration’s plan to accept any more Syrian refugees until there’s a clear plan in place to properly vet and place them. "The Governor strongly opposes the Obama Administration’s plan to accept more Syrian refugees until there is a very clear plan in place to properly vet and place the refugees, and the voices of governors and the public can be heard."
  • 'Glad to See That Ronda Rousey Lost,' Donald Trump Tweets as Fighter Vows, 'I'll Be Back'

    11/16/2015 2:12:49 PM PST · by EveningStar · 60 replies
    People ^ | November 16, 2015 | Char Adams
    Donald Trump is glad that Ronda Rousey lost her title as UFC women's bantamweight champion ... "Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!" Trump, 69, tweeted to his more than 4 million followers on Sunday ... Days earlier, Rousey, 28, pledged her support to Bernie Sanders in an interview with Maxim magazine. She added that if Sanders doesn't defeat Hillary Clinton in the primary, she'll vote for a third-party candidate ...
  • Yellow River: EPA Forces Secrecy On Gold King Mine Spill Firm ( Colorado )

    11/15/2015 5:17:21 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency officials require contractors to sign secrecy pledges that in the case of the Gold King Mine spill kept the public in the dark earlier this year about a Colorado mining disaster that turned waters yellow as they flowed through two states and the Navajo Nation. ... these secrecy clauses are typical with the EPA - the same government agency whose former administrator, Lisa Jackson, used an alias email address to avoid public scrutiny. ... the EPA controls the flow of information by circumventing federal regulations that dictate when an agency can use non-disclosure clauses by including secrecy...
  • NM Energy Outlook Summit: Forecasts hazy for industry in flux

    11/13/2015 6:28:20 PM PST · by brownwill6767
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | 11/13/15 | Sal Christ
    Panelists at Business First's second annual New Mexico Energy Outlook Summit yesterday offered but one common ground: Something needs to be done to turn the industry around. SPONSORED BY PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Tanja Jenkins Tanja Jenkins Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico Andrew G. Schultz Andrew G. Schultz City of Albuquerque Board of Ethics and Campaign Practices SPONSORTony Royle, CPA Tony Royle, CPA Moss Adams See More People on the Move Emceed by ABF publisher Candace Beeke, the event brought together Dr. Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy at New Mexico...
  • Mother, on school luncheon brawl: I'm humiliated

    11/13/2015 6:55:20 AM PST · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    KOAT News ^ | 11/12/2015 | Matt Howerton
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Public Schools police officers are investigating a brawl between two parents that happened last Friday at Zuni Elementary School. Officers were called to the school after those parents started duking it out in a fourth-grade classroom filled with kids, according to an incident report.It says one of the parents, Juli Pulsifer, was at the school to eat with her daughter during a Thanksgiving lunch. A group of girls were making faces at Pulsifer's daughter, investigators said, which sparked Pulsifer to verbally confront the group of girls.Pulsifer later told Action 7 News that she never did such...
  • AP Exclusive: Colorado disputes key part of EPA's account of toxic waste spill from old mine

    11/12/2015 5:23:49 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    ap ^ | November 12, 2015 | Dan Elliott
    Colorado officials say they didn't endorse an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup operation that caused a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine, disputing a key claim by federal agencies that state experts signed off on the plan. ... a blow to the EPA's contention that outside technical experts supported its plan ... also raises questions about an investigation of the spill by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which claimed two mining experts from the state approved of the project
  • Government contractors brace for Real ID (NM-Legacy of illegals issued driver's licenses)

    11/10/2015 10:41:21 AM PST · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 9, 2015 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    Robert Rubin, president and CEO of Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, says the federal government's decision to clamp down on the use of New Mexico driver's licenses to access federal facilities starting in January could potentially shut down his 600-employee business. He's not alone. "This could just be a disaster for a company like mine," said Bill Miera, president and CEO of the 143-employee engineering firm Fiore, which manages research and development contracts with Sandia National Laboratories and with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base. "If we couldn't get on base, we'd have to stop work, because...
  • EIA: Permian Basin output still growing, but other top shale plays to fall

    11/10/2015 5:47:53 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 9, 2015 | Joshua Cain
    New federal data shows that the Energy Department expects drillers in the Permian Basin to push oil production in the shale play above 2 million barrels per day for the first time ever this November. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly Drilling Productivity Report released Monday, which covers seven of the biggest shale plays in the country, projects production in the Permian to jump by 17,000 bpd this month. That increase would bring the play above the 2 million bpd mark. In December, the EIA expects the play to grow again by 11,000 bpd. But the Permian is one of...
  • Publisher's note: Energy industry critical to New Mexico, your business

    11/06/2015 9:17:54 PM PST · by brownwill6767 · 3 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | 11/5/15 | Candace Beeke
    It’s time to talk seriously about the energy industry in New Mexico. And you have some work to do. Whether your business is directly involved in this industry, it’s very much tied to its outcomes — and right now, there’s much concern about that in the state. After all, some 30 percent of New Mexico’s tax base comes from oil and gas. And you’ve read the headlines we’ve been reporting on how that sector is faring. If you haven’t, let me recap — it’s a fracking mess. The price of oil dropping more than a year ago has resulted in...
  • In Trashing Land, The EPA Has Nothing On The Forest Service

    09/03/2015 1:14:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2015 | William Perry Pendley
    Americans now comprehend fully the disdain the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for truth-telling, the rights of others, and the environment. Forget the last six spiteful years; the Colorado mine disaster suffices. The EPAs wanton malfeasance experts warned of a catastrophic blowout unleashed three million gallons of orange arsenic-, cadmium-, and lead-laden wastewater into an Animas River tributary trashing public, private, and tribal lands and waters in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the Navajo Nation. Even so, the EPA has nothing on the U.S. Forest Service. In documents filed days ago in a federal district court in Arkansas,...
  • Extreme Much? Che Guevara Tribute Kicks Off National Environmental Summit

    11/03/2015 11:41:09 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Steamboat Institute ^ | November 2nd, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    It's no secret that many U.S. environmental groups have become more strident and ideological during the Obama residency. But you may be surprised just how extreme they have become. In early October, a national network of environmental groups - called Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) - held a summit in Colorado to discuss their campaign strategies. The STFA alliance is led by Earthworks and includes other well-known national activist groups, such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Food & Water Watch. Dozens of smaller groups, which routinely serve as the face of national groups in state- and...
  • Appeals court rules arrest of ABQ family was illegal (Cops mistook Ford P/U for Chevy sedan)

    11/02/2015 3:17:05 PM PST · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 2, 2015 | Scott Sandlin
    Elementary school principal Stephen Maresca was heading home from hiking in the Sandias with his wife, three children and their dog when the family was arrested by armed deputies after a rookie Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputy typed in a wrong license plate number. Responding officers had the couple and their children exit the truck, walk backward with their hands up and lie face-down on the pavement. The officers aimed firearms at the parents and children, including two boys ages 17 and 14 and a 9-year-old girl, according to a summary of evidence in an opinion by the 10th Circuit...
  • Coal mine expansion stalls in lawsuit citing climate change ( Montana: WildEarth Guardians )

    10/31/2015 9:53:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 26, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN
    Judge stalls approved Montana coal mine expansion in 2nd successful suit citing climate change. The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal's contributions to climate change. Environmental groups sued the Interior Department after it approved an expansion of the Spring Creek Coal mine in 2012. The case marks the second time conservationists have used worries over climate change to successfully challenge approval of a coal mine after it had...
  • Nuke labs in New Mexico weigh requiring passports for entry

    10/29/2015 1:35:03 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 29, 2015 | Russell Contreras, AP
    Two nuclear research labs would require visitors to show passports or other forms of identification if New Mexico does not comply with tougher U.S. regulations for driver’s licenses, creating uncertainty in a state that grants IDs to immigrants regardless of their legal status. Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab, said late Wednesday that visitors would need U.S. passports for entry if the state does not start mandating proof of legal U.S. residency for driver’s license applicants, a requirement under the federal REAL ID Act. Sandia Labs also said they would need an alternative government-issued form of...
  • Officer Daniel Webster dies (2nd ABQ area officer since May)

    10/29/2015 12:46:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 29, 2015 | Nicole Perez and Robert Browman
    The Albuquerque police officer shot and critically injured during a traffic stop last week succumbed to his injuries early Thursday morning after a week-long battle for his life, according to Police Chief Gorden Eden. Officer Daniel Webster, 47, an 8-year-veteran of the department, had been on life support without brain function at University of New Mexico Hospital since Wednesday, his stepfather John Hanafin said. Eden said Webster was “a true hero and guardian of our community and nation.” He died at 2:15 a.m., according to Hanafin. Davon Lymon, 34, allegedly fired six shots at Webster and then fled into a...
  • APD Officer Webster Dies

    10/29/2015 9:02:49 AM PDT · by fishtank · 17 replies
    KKOB 770 AM ^ | Oct. 29, 2015 | KKOB 770 AM
    APD Officer Webster Dies Posted on October 29, 2015 The Albuquerque Police Department Confirms That Officer Daniel Webster … Critically Injured Last Week During A Traffic Stop Near Central And Eubank … Died At University Hospital Overnight. An Apd Press Release Says Officer Webster Died Around 2:30 Thursday Morning.
  • Volatile times loom for NMs oil patch

    10/28/2015 10:21:32 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 26, 2015 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    New Mexicos oil and gas industry is bracing for another round of volatile ups and downs in crude prices that could push the market and ultimately production in the southeastern part of the state to its lowest point in more than a decade. The industry has already been battered by steep price declines over the past year that cut the price of crude from more than a $100 a barrel in mid-2014 to about $44 now. Thats led to thousands of layoffs in New Mexicos oil patch in the southeastern part of the state and, to a lesser...
  • Lovely: The EPA Spill In Colorado Was Completely Preventable

    10/25/2015 7:29:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    <p>The Colorado spill would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels inside the inactive Gold King Mine before digging into its collapsed and leaking entrance, a team of engineers from Interior's Bureau of Reclamation concluded in a 132-page report released Thursday.</p>
  • The other Fast & Furious, headed to a theatre near you

    10/25/2015 9:15:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | October 23, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent John Dodson blew the whistle on the Department of Justice (DOJ) ill-fated Fast and Furious operation in an interview with me in 2011. Dodson explained that the U.S. government had been instructing federal agents like him to encourage gun dealers to sell thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. ... Beyond Fast and Furious, similar gunwalking cases by the government were reported in numerous cities: Phoenix, Tucson and Houston to name a few. Walked guns were used by illegal Mexican bandits in an Arizona shootout that killed...
  • Accused cop shooter found in shed, police say

    10/22/2015 7:38:55 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    koat.com ^ | Oct 22, 2015 | By Nancy Laflin
    Injured officer in critical but stable condition ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Police say the man accused of shooting an Albuquerque police officer this week was located in a backyard shed with a handcuff still attached to his wrist. The shooting occurred just before 8 p.m. Wednesday near Central Avenue and Eubank Boulevard. According to authorities, a traffic stop nearby turned into some sort of altercation in which Davon Lymon, 34, fired six shots. Police say two shots hit Officer Daniel Webster. One shot hit him in the face, critically injuring him. Webster has been in the Intensive Care Unit since the incident...
  • Why hasn't the US eradicated the plague?

    10/15/2015 4:54:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 October 2015 | Vanessa Barford
    It's nearly 50 years since the US landed men on the moon, but Americans are still dying from a disease that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages. Why hasn't the US eradicated the plague?
  • 9 cities abolish Columbus Day in favor Indigenous Peoples Day

    10/10/2015 5:14:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 158 replies
    RT ^ | 10 Oct, 2015
    Nine cities in states across the US have pressed for resolutions to recognize October 12 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day. Eight of those cities passed resolutions in the last two months and three adopted a resolution just this week. The City Council of Albuquerque, New Mexico voted six to three on Thursday to recognize October 12 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in a new proclamation:“Albuquerque recognizes the occupation of New Mexico’s homelands for the building of our City and knows indigenous nations have lived upon this land since time immemorial and values the process of our society...
  • Hammonds to serve 5 years in prison [ Oregon ranchers vs BLM ]

    10/09/2015 5:51:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    Oregon Farm Bureau ^ | October 7, 2015 | Barry Bushue
    Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome. Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president, have already served time in federal prison for their mistakes and paid their debt to society for the less-than-140 acres of BLM land that was accidentally impacted by the fires. This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should be outraged. Todays verdict is also hypocritical...
  • EPA triggers another wastewater spill at Colorado superfund site ( Crested Butte )

    10/08/2015 9:28:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 8, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Once again the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has failed to notify the appropriate local officials and agencies of the spill in a timely manner. These are the words of U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) of Colorados 3rd Congressional District in response to another toxic spill resulting from EPA activities at an abandoned mine in western Colorado. According to the Denver Post, an EPA mine crew working Thursday at the Standard Mine in the mountains near Crested Butte, triggered another spill of some 2,000 gallons of wastewater into a nearby mountain creek. Supporting Tiptons remarks to Watchdog Arena, the Denver Post...
  • Petition demanding Maze Runner cast apologize to Native American

    10/06/2015 2:54:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/6/15
    More than 35,000 people have signed a petition calling for the cast of Maze Runner to apologize to the Native American people for stealing Pueblo artifacts while filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It comes after one of the sequel's stars, Dylan O'Brien of Teen Wolf fame, jokingly admitted to pinching rocks and skulls from the Diamond Trail despite being warned not to. His throw-away comment has sparked online outrage - and 20th Century Fox producers are 'very upset and very embarrassed' by the situation, Daily Mail Online has learned. Now, the production team has launched an internal investigation to find...
  • Top Law Enforcement Official: Terrorists Have Infiltrated U.S. Through Mexico

    10/06/2015 12:34:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 6, 2015
    A few days ago a top law enforcement official finally confirmed that Islamic terrorists have infiltrated the United States through Mexico, a story that Judicial Watch broke last year as part of an ongoing series involving the dangerously porous southern border. Last October JW reported that four members of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), who entered the U.S. through the Mexican border, were arrested in McAllen and Pharr Texas. Then, over the summer, JW reported that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near...
  • Environmentalists stop grazing on monument ( Wild Earth Guardians - Colorado )

    10/05/2015 2:47:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | October 04, 2015 | Jim Mimiaga
    Two allotments delayed pending more studies. A coalition of environmental groups have forced public land managers to delay a grazing permit decision on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Grand Canyon Trust, Western Watershed Project, Wild Earth Guardians, National Resource Defense Council, Wildlands Defense, the Sierra Club and Durango-based Great Old Broads for Wilderness collectively filed a 27-page protest against the proposed Flodine and Yellow Jacket grazing allotments on the monument ... they want the two allotments permanently closed to grazing ... The groups challenged a recent decision plan by the BLM to issue 10-year terms for the allotments, located...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mines coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLMs Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • Reports show tents trapped Boy Scouts during deadly flooding

    09/28/2015 8:15:00 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    Deadly floodwaters that tore through a Boy Scout troop's New Mexico campsite as they slept turned their tents into wet cages that clung to their bodies like saran wrap, newly released police reports and taped interviews show. The group of eight California boys and their chaperones fought desperately to escape, some using their teeth to rip holes in their tents. "You could hear people yelling, but you couldn't understand what they were saying," Michael Evans, one of the adults, told police of the chaos that June night.
  • Mayors Of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready To Take More Syrian Refugees

    09/26/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 117 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration. We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities, wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement. This is...
  • Governor's energy plan sets up New Mexico for new opportunities

    09/26/2015 8:43:31 AM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 3 replies
    Ripon Advance News Service ^ | 9/25/15 | Ripon Advance News Service
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced a sweeping, statewide energy plan aimed at embracing a wide array of energy sources, including oil and gas which already accounts for more than $1 billion in yearly state revenues solar, wind and new technologies. The far-reaching energy policy and implementation plan, entitled Seizing our Energy Potential: Creating a More Diverse Economy in New Mexico, is the states first comprehensive energy policy and plan since 1991, nearly 25 years ago, Michael Lonergan, Martinezs press secretary, told Ripon Advance.
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • F-18 Crashes West of Lemoore

    09/21/2015 6:21:40 PM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 17 replies
    Hanford Sentinal ^ | 09/21/15 | Staff reports
    An F/A-18 fighter jet aircraft has crashed west of Naval Air Station Lemoore. The crash, which happened Monday, was north of Highway 198 in a dirt field just east of the Kings/Fresno county line, about two miles west of NASL, according to Adam Barresi, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. The pilot reportedly ejected from the aircraft in mid-air, parachuted to the ground, landed and walked over to emergency responders on scene, according to Kings County Fire Chief Bill Lynch. Lynch said the crash happened around 4 p.m. The pilot's name wasn't immediately available. The parachute was reported as...
  • Editorial: Governors energy plan is excellent future blueprint

    09/20/2015 8:10:27 AM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 1 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 9/20/15 | Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
    New Mexico has a wealth of energy resources. And now it has a comprehensive plan to help guide development of those riches to grow the states economy. Last week at the 2015 Southeastern New Mexico Mayors Energy Summit in Carlsbad, Gov. Susana Martinez laid out a broad all of the above energy policy. There is no reason we shouldnt be an energy leader, she later told attendees at the eighth annual Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces. Her plan embraces a wide range of energy sources, ranging from oil and gas to solar, wind and up-and-coming technologies, such as...
  • Pacifist Homeowner Disarms, Shoots, and Kills Invasion Suspect

    09/19/2015 6:42:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- On a remote property on Perdiz Canyon Road, off of Highway 165, in New Mexico, a 59-year-old homeowner says that he woke up to find an intruder in his home. The house is out of sight of the gate, down a long, dirt track that serves as a driveway. The intruder is said to have sprayed the homeowners dog with pepper spray, then used a gun after the homeowner woke up. From koat.com: (The intruder) fired a shot that went just wide of my clients hip, Cravens said.Cravens said his client used his cane to knock the...
  • New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill

    09/18/2015 1:11:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 9/17/15 | MATTHEW BROWN
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials refused for weeks to share water-quality data with their state counterparts following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, New Mexico's top environmental regulator testified Thursday. The move by federal agencies aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the state's response to the high levels of arsenic, lead and other contaminants involved in the spill, New Mexico Secretary of Environment Ryan Flynn said. His criticisms, aired before a U.S. House committee investigating the Aug. 5 accident, offered more fodder for congressional Republicans eager to find...
  • New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill

    09/17/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2015 4:20 PM EDT | Matthew Brown
    Federal officials refused to share water-quality data for weeks following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, New Mexicos top environmental regulator said Thursday. The move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the states response, said Ryan Flynn, New Mexico secretary of Environment. His criticisms, aired before a U.S. House committee investigating the Aug. 5 accident, offered more fodder for congressional Republicans eager to find fault with a federal agency they perceive as having an anti-business agenda. An EPA cleanup team accidentally triggered...
  • CRY US A CONTAMINATED RIVER: EPA Chief Takes a Beating at Senate Hearings

    09/17/2015 6:56:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | September 16, 2015
    It was a dirty river before, its a dirtier river now, were moving on. That sums up the attitude of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy who testified before two Senate committees today. Democratic lawmakers made excuses for the agency while Republicans hammered at McCarthy to take responsibility for the rusty contaminated sludge her agency unleashed on the Animas River and across three states. ... Has anyone been fired for ? ... Colorados Sen. Cory Gardner attended both hearings, and drilled McCarthy on the agencys appalling lack of telephone etiquette downstream users werent notified until days after the incident. When Gardner...
  • Gold King spill leads to state-control discussion ( EPA: Colorado )

    09/16/2015 5:05:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Herald ^ | September 15, 2015 | Peter Marcus
    The recent Gold King Mine wastewater spill could breathe new life into a conversation about state control over federal lands. A meeting of the Water Resources Review Committee on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the issue, as state lawmakers had their first opportunity since the Aug. 5 spill to ask questions as an official panel. An Environmental Protection Agency-contracted team was performing reclamation work on the Gold King Mine near Silverton when an error during excavation caused an estimated 3 million gallons of orange sludge to pour into the Animas River. The water initially tested for spikes in heavy metals....
  • Another Colorado coal mine to undergo federal environmental review

    09/12/2015 7:46:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Sep 11, 2015 | Cathy Proctor
    A second northwestern Colorado coal mine will undergo a review of the mine's environmental impact following an agreement reached by the federal government, the mine's owners and WildEarth Guardians.. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Interiors Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians was filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Denver. The agreement gives the federal government until the end of April to complete a new review of the mines operations. ... Our miners must be allowed to keep working to supply Craig Station with the coal thats needed to supply the grid...
  • Erin Brockovich Accuses Feds of Lying About Mine Waste Spill

    09/09/2015 2:01:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KPHO ^ | Sep 08, 2015
    Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, made famous from the Oscar-winning movie bearing her name, on Tuesday accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of lying about how much toxic wastewater spilled from a Colorado mine and fouled rivers in three Western states. Her allegation came during a visit to the nation's largest American Indian reservation, where she saw the damage and met with Navajo Nation leaders and farmers affected by last month's spill, which was triggered by an EPA crew during excavation work. Brockovich said she was shocked by the agency's actions leading up to the release of waste tainted with heavy...
  • On First Official Trip to Mexico, Gov. Abbott Must Balance Politics, Diplomacy

    09/06/2015 10:44:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 06 September 2015 | ALFREDO CORCHADO AND BRANDI GRISSOM
    Arizona, long a hotbed of anti-immigrant sentiment, finally swallowed its pride and sent a delegation to Mexico City, a mission designed to beckon Mexican shoppers north. The 2013 trip was known as the apology tour. Last year, California retooled its Mexico City office and hosted the Mexican president for his first U.S. state visit. Following years of acrimonious relationships with Mexico, U.S. states along the Mexican border are finding that a little good-neighbor outreach serves their economic interests. Texas is about to take what some experts call a similar mea culpa journey as Gov. Greg Abbott visits Mexico with a...
  • Navajo Nation Pres. Releases Statement Regarding FEMA Denying Assistance for Gold King Mine Spill

    09/06/2015 2:19:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 09/06/2015 | Stephen Montoya
    Sunday the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President released a statement to the public in regards to FEMA and the EPA's refusal for assistance in cleaning up the toxic water in the San Jaun River. "We are extremely frustrated with the news that both FEMA and the U.S. EPA have declined our urgent requests to continue assistance to the Navajo Nation. U.S. EPA caused this entire disaster, they have harmed the people, the water and the land. I appreciated the fact U.S. EPA took responsibility and I was hoping for the U.S. EPA to prove to the...