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  • Obama to visit four states for damage control on energy issues

    03/21/2012 9:50:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/21/2012 | By Susan Crabtree
    President Obama hits the road this week to try to shake off two persistent political liabilities — Keystone XL and Solyndra — and their ongoing damage to his re-election hopes. Instead of shying away from these two political hot potatoes, Mr. Obama seems determined to try to change the public’s mind about them — or at least explain how they fit into his stated “all of the above” approach to energy. It won’t be an easy task, especially with voters worried that rising gas prices could thwart the economic recovery and political opponents charging that Mr. Obama is more committed...
  • Homeowner Won't Be Charged After Shooting Intruder(NM)

    03/19/2012 7:25:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    koat.com ^ | 19 March, 2012 | NA
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Police said a homeowner shot someone who broke into his home in northwest Albuquerque on Sunday morning. The homeowner frantically called 911 after the shooting. Police said the man didn't know the intruder or how he got in. "He had fired numerous rounds at the individual," Sgt. Ferris Simmons said. "The suspect was conscious when police arrived. The homeowner did say he was conscious when he was making the call and crying." ------------cut------------------- "No one ever wants to take another person's life in a situation like this. However, we expect homeowners to defend their families and defend...
  • Mayor's views of president point of contention in city meeting

    03/16/2012 6:13:34 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 14 replies
    Clovis (NM) News Journal ^ | March 15, 2012 | Kevin Wilson
    Clovis citizens and commissioners debated new Mayor David Lansford’s views on President Obama, and whether they matter for the city going forward. The chairman of the city’s planning and zoning committee, Brent “Bud” DaBell, resigned Wednesday regarding the matter and said his time might be better spent pursuing a recall of Lansford. District 3 Commissioner Bobby Sandoval noted the nationwide attention Clovis has received, and his support for a possible recall of Lansford, in comments that touched off an hour-long debate. He noted concerns that Lansford’s positions would hurt relationships with other communities and federal agencies.
  • Before well-known Battle of Glorieta Pass, Texans captured Santa Fe

    03/10/2012 10:46:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 3/10/12 | Tom Sharpe
    The Confederates who briefly occupied Santa Fe 150 years ago this month found it an inhospitable city with Jewish merchants who refused their money, terrified nuns and a Hispanic majority neutral in the fight between Anglos. Much has been written about the Battle of Glorieta Pass, known as the Gettysburg of the West, which took place from March 26 to 28, 1862. But less is known about Santa Fe's few weeks as a Confederate territory. That is partly because just about anyone who openly sided with the Union had left Santa Fe -- heading either to Fort Craig, south of...
  • Richardson Is Paid To Promote Listed Terror Group (Ex-NM Gov)

    03/10/2012 3:42:53 PM PST · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Sat, Mar 10, 2012 | Thomas Cole
    Ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is one of several former top U.S. government officials pocketing large fees to speak in support of an Iranian group that is listed by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization. Richardson, a former energy secretary and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was in Washington, D.C., in January and in Paris in February to call on the State Department to remove the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, from the terror list. During the ’70s, the MEK killed U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of...
  • Accused ‘illegal’ gun seller Terri Reese still awaiting bail release

    03/10/2012 7:06:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A member of a gun dealer family jailed since last August for conducting alleged sales to straw purchasers has had her bail release delayed due to procedural documentation requirements, Gun Rights Examiner has learned. Terri Reese, wife of Deming gun shop owner and co-defendant Rick Reese, and mother of co-defendants Ryin and Remington Reese, was granted bail on February 24, provided a property appraisal/title search would be completed to secure her bond, this column reported on February 27. The family spokesperson who gave their side of the story in a February 28 follow-up report confirmed Wednesday that...
  • New Mexico town elects mayor who called Obama evil

    03/07/2012 11:06:20 AM PST · by Kartographer · 17 replies · 1+ views
    A former New Mexico mayor who called President Barack Obama "the carnal manifestation of evil" and said Obama's election was part of a CIA conspiracy has been elected to his former job, according to unofficial results. The Clovis News Journal reports (http://bit.ly/yRR7Uy ) that former Clovis mayor David Lansford won his old job back Tuesday by defeating Mayor Gayla Brumfield with almost 63 percent of the votes. Lansford, 53, recently gained national attention after the newspaper reported his ties to a fringe religious and political group, ATLAH Media Network in New York. After threatening to withdraw from the race, Lansford...
  • New Mexico robber makes off with cash from register... but leaves part of his FINGER behind

    03/06/2012 8:55:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6 March, 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    Police in New Mexico say a robbery suspect may have left a piece of his finger behind at the crime scene. Police arrived at the Up in Smoke Smoke Shop in Albuquerque after a report of shots fired Saturday night. According to a police spokesperson, the suspect fled the scene after emptying the register, but they believe he left behind his severed finger tip inside a glass display case. Wearing a black hoodie and sunglasses, the armed suspect emptied the register as well as demanded some of the store's glass pipes, according to the filed police report. Finding an opportunity...
  • A Child Has Been Found Who Police Believe To Be Missing Boy

    03/04/2012 9:14:03 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 30 replies
    Carlsbad police said they believe they found Samuel Jones in a hole in a yard of a nearby home at about 7 a.m. Sunday. The boy had last been seen at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said the hole was about 30-feet deep with an opening of about three feet.The Carlsbad Fire Department and a local mine rescue team were assisting in the rescue operation. The child's condition was unknown. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
  • Another Tragedy Results from the Obama Administration's Fast and Furious Scandal

    03/01/2012 1:19:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 11+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3/1/2012 | Chris W. Cox
    Three months ago, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that guns illegally supplied to drug cartels in Mexico – as part of the Obama Administration's "Fast and Furious" scandal – would continue to show up at crime scenes "for years to come." Unfortunately, this is the most honest declaration to come out of Holder's Justice Department since this deadly scheme first surfaced. On February 15, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata was ruthlessly gunned down in the line of duty when his vehicle was ambushed by suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel. Documents obtained by...
  • Albuquerque dog becomes registered voter

    An Albuquerque man says he successfully registered his dog to vote in Bernalillo County. The dog owner said he saw a voter registration booth on the University of New Mexico's campus a few weeks ago and decided to see how easy it would be to register his dog to vote. He said he was trying to expose the problems with the registration system. He said he just received the dog's voter registration card in the mail Wednesday, and it was way too easy. "They should verify. Somebody should have verified this information and somebody should have come out and took...
  • Navajo Nation sues Urban Outfitters

    02/29/2012 11:13:43 AM PST · by Kartographer · 44 replies · 2+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 2/29/12 | FELICIA FONSECA
    The American Indian tribe Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters months after the tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the clothing retailer demanding it pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit filed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico alleges trademark violations and violations of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to sell arts or crafts in a way to falsely suggest they're made by American Indians when they're not.
  • NM gun case shows government treats citizens differently from its own (cont'd.)

    02/29/2012 7:28:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 February, 2012 | David Codrea
    Part Two: The family speaks The Department of Justice is prosecuting members of the Reese family, proprietors of a New Mexico gun store accused of knowingly selling guns to cartel buyers, and has held the family members without bail for over six months. Family assets which they could use to provide a legal defense have been tied up in forfeiture proceedings, and the judge presiding over the case has denied the family’s request to be represented by one attorney. As noted in the first installment of this report, Terri Reese, the wife of defendant Rick Reese and mother of defendant’s...
  • NM gun case shows government treats citizens differently from its own

    02/29/2012 5:54:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    Part One: An economic Waco A member of a gun dealer family arrested over half a year ago for allegedly knowingly selling firearms and ammunition to Mexican cartel buyers has been released on bail, Jeff Knox of The Firearms Coalition reported over the weekend. [Update--per Knox: "Correcting my previous report, Terri Reese has not yet been released from jail. The judge granted bail on Friday evening (2/24) but Terri will not be released until an appraisal and title search can be completed for the property being put up to secure her bond. Bail was set at $2 million and she...
  • Idiot UNM Students Disrupt Invited Speaker; Get Pwnd By Old People (Video via Live Leak)

    02/27/2012 6:35:49 PM PST · by beaversmom · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Live Leak ^ | February 27, 2012 | unknown
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  • Majority of N.M. Dems Like Martinez, Poll Says

    02/27/2012 8:41:03 AM PST · by CedarDave · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 27, 2012 | Michael Coleman
    A majority of New Mexico Democrats have a favorable opinion of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, and President Barack Obama would easily defeat either of the current top two Republican candidates in a New Mexico contest, according to a new Rasmussen poll.~~snip~~Fifty-four percent of New Mexico Democrats have a favorable opinion of the governor, while 94 percent of Republicans view her favorably. Sixty-six percent of all likely New Mexico voters viewed the governor favorably. Seventy percent of New Mexico men and 66 percent of the state’s women approve of Martinez, according to the Rasmussen poll. Fifty-eight percent of New Mexico Hispanics...
  • The Reese Family Railroad(NM ATF)

    02/26/2012 7:10:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    (17 February) The investigation into the ATF/DOJ Gunwalker scandal code-named Fast & Furious has passed the one-year mark. During that time Congressional investigators have put barely a chip in the stone wall established by Eric Holder and his Justice Department. So far, fewer than 20 percent of the documents requested by Congressional investigators have been produced by the DOJ. There have been a couple of resignations and a few reassignments, and one Justice Department official has refused to testify on Fifth Amendment grounds, but so far there hasn't been the slightest indication that anyone involved is going to spend a...
  • Gerardo Hernandez: Topless dancer sent by political rivals

    02/25/2012 10:20:46 AM PST · by woofie · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/23/12
    SUNLAND PARK, N.M. — A mayoral candidate in a New Mexico border town says video of a topless woman dancing in his office is a setup orchestrated by political rivals who wanted to force him out of the race. Gerardo Hernandez's claim of dirty politics is the latest scandal to rock Sunland Park, a city seen as so tainted that a House representative has called for a state takeover. Hernandez told KVIA-TV this week that he was in his office with his campaign manager and a job applicant when an unidentified woman began to dance for the three of them,...
  • Polish Man Pleads Guilty in NM License Scam

    02/24/2012 12:21:06 PM PST · by Kartographer · 3 replies
    Albuquerque Journal/AP ^ | 2/24/12 | Russell Contreras
    A Polish man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection to a New Mexico driver’s licenses scam aimed at illegal immigrants. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Friday that Pawel Skladnik pleaded guilty to transporting illegal immigrants. The 38-year-old Skladnik entered his guilty plea Thursday under an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in federal court in Albuquerque.
  • Stylist stops cutting governor's hair over gay-marriage stance

    02/23/2012 12:45:57 PM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/22/2012 | Staff
    When New Mexico governor Susana Martinez articulated her stance against gay marriage ("Domestic partnership is just another word for gay marriage, and I do not support [either]," she said during her election campaign), she might have anticipated political protest -- but she probably wasn't expecting her hairstylist to wage a one-man war against her hair. Antonio Darden, who runs Antonio's Hair Studio in Santa Fe, had previously cut the governor's hair three times, but says he refuses to do it again until she reconsiders her position. "I think it's just equality, dignity for everyone," Darden told KOB news. "My...
  • Couple Convicted In Pumpkin Patch Theft

    02/22/2012 7:27:43 AM PST · by CedarDave · 33 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Wed, Feb 22, 2012 | Rory McClannahan / Mountain View Telegraph
    MORIARTY — Matthew Schindele and Lauren Medina had a nice romantic date at McCall’s Pumpkin Patch last October to walk through the haunted barn and corn maze. But that date didn’t really end until Tuesday in Torrance County Magistrate Court where the Albuquerque pair, both in their early 20s and University of New Mexico students, were found guilty of shoplifting an item worth $250 or less. The heist? Pumpkins no larger than a volleyball and worth no more than $5. “It’s not the dollar amount we’re talking about,” Magistrate Steve Jones said. “We’re talking about something you took without paying...
  • Forest Service Fees Found Faulty by Courts

    02/21/2012 10:53:00 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    KREX News ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Matt Kroschel
    In a ruling that is binding in nine western states and sets a nationwide legal precedent; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously last week that the U.S. Forest Service's recreation fee programs must allow citizens to park at trail-heads and go for a hike without paying a fee. The case (Adams v. U. S. Forest Service) was brought in 2008 by four hikers who visit the Coronado National Forest around Mt. Lemmon, near Tucson. The San Francisco Appeals Court found the U. S. Forest Service at fault for charging parking fees to people who go for a hike...
  • Forest Service Fees Found Faulty by Courts

    02/21/2012 10:52:50 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    KREX News ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Matt Kroschel
    In a ruling that is binding in nine western states and sets a nationwide legal precedent; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously last week that the U.S. Forest Service's recreation fee programs must allow citizens to park at trail-heads and go for a hike without paying a fee. The case (Adams v. U. S. Forest Service) was brought in 2008 by four hikers who visit the Coronado National Forest around Mt. Lemmon, near Tucson. The San Francisco Appeals Court found the U. S. Forest Service at fault for charging parking fees to people who go for a hike...
  • Some say newspaper cartoons offensive (NM- Cartoons poke fun at licenses for illegals)

    02/21/2012 5:14:52 PM PST · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    KRQU News 13, Albuquerque ^ | February 21, 2012 | Katie Kim
    ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - A series of political cartoons against driver's licenses to illegal immigrants is causing quite a stir. Even the governor says the newspapers cartoons go too far. The cartoons in the Roswell Daily Record poke fun at the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. They've run in the paper over the last year, including one from Friday that features a caricature of an immigrant whose only able to muster the word "si." "Here you have a gentleman with a cap and a Mexican flag on it," said Javier Martinez from the Partnership for Community Action....
  • BREAKING: LANL Announces Planned Staff Reductions (Los Alamos National Lab)

    02/21/2012 5:05:52 PM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Tue, Feb 21, 2012 | Jackie Jadrnak
    Some 400 to 800 workers will be leaving Los Alamos National Laboratory this spring — preferably by choice, the lab announced Tuesday. Lab Director Charlie McMillan told workers the staff reduction plan has been sent to the National Nuclear Security Administration for approval, calling it a “voluntary separation program.” This chunk will be taken from the 7,585 permanent employees at LANL, explained spokesman Fred deSousa. It will not affect students, post-doctoral, term or union workers, he said, noting that those groups bring LANL’s current employment to 11,127 people. “We are taking these actions now in an attempt to reduce the...
  • NM woman heads to trial for stealing $2 pumpkin

    02/19/2012 6:43:02 PM PST · by rawhide · 69 replies
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 23-year-old college student from New Mexico is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly stealing a small pumpkin worth two dollars. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., reports that Lauren Medina will go before a jury and Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones on Tuesday. She is accused of taking the pumpkin in October 2011 from McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty. Her sister, Annette Atencio, says Medina spent $75 on food that day but forgot to pay for the pumpkin she picked up as she was leaving. Atencio says her sister offered to pay but was refused and then...
  • A Disturbing Case in New Mexico Guilty or not, this is too much

    02/18/2012 7:18:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 47 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 9 December, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    A family of four – Rick Reese, his wife Terri, and their two sons, Ryin - 24 and Remington - 19 – was arrested in Las Cruces, New Mexico on August 30, 2011. They have been held in four separate county and federal detention facilities without bond ever since. Their alleged crime is that, over the course of several months, they sold between 15 and 30 guns to people they knew, or should have known were gun traffickers for Mexican drug gangs. The Reeses insist that they are innocent of any crime. Shortly after they were arrested in Las Cruces,...
  • School menus [Clovis, NM)

    02/18/2012 6:33:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Clovis News-Journal (NM) ^ | February 18, 2012
    Clovis Elementary Monday: President’s Day — No school Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, ranch salad and bread stix and fruit smoothie. Wednesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Porky rib on a bun, baked french fries, coleslaw and fruited Jell-O. Thursday: Breakfast — Mini pancakes. Lunch — Pizza pasta bake, mixed veggies, chilled fruit and cookie. Friday: Breakfast — Taco omelet. Lunch — Beef and cheese soft taco, seasoned pinto beans, lettuce, tomato, salsa and seasonal fruit. Clovis junior high/high School Monday: President’s Day — No school Tuesday: Breakfast — Frudel. Lunch...
  • New Mexico Senate: Heinrich (D) 45%, Wilson (R) 43%

    02/15/2012 7:38:46 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 15, 2012
    The first Rasmussen Reports survey of the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico shows a tight contest between former Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson and her two likeliest Democratic challengers. The statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich picking up 45% of the vote against Wilson, who draws 43% support. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) If State Auditor Hector Balderas is the Democratic candidate, he and Wilson are tied at 44% each. Three percent (3%) prefer...
  • New Mexico Heroes Recall Daring Vietnam Rescue

    02/09/2012 10:28:24 AM PST · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    KOAT News ^ | 2/9/12
    The pilots got word that more than 100 U.S. soldiers were surrounded by enemy fire with no escape in sight. "The only other thing we could've done was just leave, and you know, we don't do that," Baca said. Baca and Swickard got in their helicopters and went in. When they got to the scene, they found bamboo that stretched 25-feet into the air. The pilots were not deterred and used the main rotor blades of their helicopters to cut through the bamboo and went in for a blind landing. "They were kind of talking us in because we couldn't...
  • BREAKING: N.M. Fails To Get ‘No Child’ Waiver

    02/09/2012 8:28:48 AM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Feb 9, 2012 | Ben Feller and Kimberly Hefling/AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama today will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned. The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.
  • Breaking: House Votes 45-25 to Strike Down Driver’s License Law (NM-banning DL's for illegals)

    02/08/2012 4:42:32 PM PST · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 8, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    After more than three hours of debate, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn the controversial state law that allows foreign nationals to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses, regardless of whether they are in the country legally.
  • Would-be intruder shot by home owner (7:18 a.m.)(NM)

    02/08/2012 7:47:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    webcitation.org ^ | 5 February, 2012 | Matt Robinson
    DEMING -- A home intruder was shot on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 2 as he attempted to charge the home owner. Authorities were tipped off when the failed home intruder called Central Dispatch with his cellular phone seeking help for his two gunshot wounds. Justin Hall, 32, suffered two gunshot wounds after he broke into a home on the 5000 block of Amapola Road in the county. The home owner, a 62-year-old man, had called the Luna County Sheriff's Office to his residence earlier that evening because he had noticed some of his personal items stacked in a strange...
  • Mexico arrests figure in Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal

    02/07/2012 7:05:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
    Mexico arrests figure in Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities have arrested a reputed enforcer for the country's most powerful drug cartel -- a man also alleged to have amassed weapons from the U.S. government's failed Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation (link, in Spanish, includes video). Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, 33, is also wanted by U.S. officials on drug-trafficking charges in El Paso. Mexican and U.S. authorities say he served as a top lieutenant to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel and was in charge of operations in the border state of...
  • Editorial: Rail Runner Tax Idea Should Fuel Discussion (NM-Richardson's Railroad)

    02/07/2012 10:31:14 AM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 4, 2012 | Journal Editorial Staff
    Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, has proposed legislation that would tax residents of the counties the New Mexico Rail Runner Express chugs through. That’s because the train chugs through money much faster than it chugs from Belen to Santa Fe. In fact, it takes $23.4 million to operate the train annually, plus there’s $843.3 million in capital and financing costs the state owes through 2027. The folks Muñoz calls train “users” already pay an additional $13 million in sales taxes annually to help finance the train, and only $3.2 million comes in to the fare box each year. So with $5.4...
  • Navajo Leader Vetoes Green Jobs Money

    02/07/2012 9:46:42 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 7, 2012 | AP
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly once again has vetoed money to fund a commission aimed at developing green jobs. Shelly says legislation that created the Green Economy Commission doesn’t set guidelines on how it would work with the tribe’s executive branch, which has similar goals. He also says the commission is supposed to seek outside funding.
  • 5-0 Vote Kills Off Cap-Trade (NM)

    02/07/2012 9:42:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 7, 2012 | Michael Hartranft
    SANTA FE – The state Environmental Improvement Board voted 5-0 Monday to repeal a controversial cap-and-trade regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nullifying a struggling program before it got off the ground. A partnership of seven states originally envisioned to participate in the cap-and-trade program had dwindled to two, board Chairman Deborah Peacock said. “The intent was that all these states would be doing this cap and trading, and everyone’s dropped (out) except for California and New Mexico,” she said. “That, to me, was very significant.” The ruling reversed a 2010 decision of the previous board appointed by then-Gov. Bill...
  • Insurgency in America? Upcoming GBTV Report on Mexico Border

    02/05/2012 4:46:13 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02/05/2012 | Buck Sexton
    You know the border is a place where drugs and illegal immigrants transit every day. But you have no idea how bad things really are.
  • Sheriff Baca Won't Renew Forest Service Agreement

    02/04/2012 5:27:37 PM PST · by girlangler · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Sierra County Sentinel ^ | Feb. 3, 2012 | Etta Pettijohn
    Etta Pettijohn Sierra County Sheriff Joe Baca has joined a growing number of elected sheriffs from across the West by sending a message to federal officials about undermining state and local rights regarding law enforcement. Baca, a former lieutenant in the New Mexico Army National Guard and an Afghanistan veteran, told Sierra County Commissioners earlier this month his office will not renew an annual $16,000 contract with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The ongoing cooperative agreement between the two agencies to compensate the sheriffÂ’s department for patrolling and enforcing laws in the Gila National Forest was due for renewal this...
  • House gets ban on illegals' licenses

    02/03/2012 6:29:29 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    KASA ^ | 03 Feb 2012 | Katie Kim
    SANTA FE (KRQE) - The House Judiciary Committee late Friday approved a bill to ban drivers licenses for illegal immigrants after efforts to find a compromise failed. A bipartisan group had been trying to find common ground with Gov. Susana Martinez and the Senate but couldn't do it. One Democratic version would have continued the licenses but for shorter terms and with tighter restrictions. There was also a proposal to give illegals temporary permits that could be used for driving but not for ID or other purposes.
  • Jailed N.M. Gun Store Owner on Hunger Strike

    01/30/2012 9:24:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 29 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 30, 2012 | AP
    LAS CRUCES — A jailed New Mexico gun store owner accused of selling weapons that made it into the hands of Mexican cartels says he is on a hunger strike. Ian Garland wrote in a letter to the Las Cruces Sun-News that he won’t eat until he is allowed visits from his lawyers and the media. “I have been in a 6-by-12 room for 316 days in maximum security for making legal and lawful sales to people who have lied to me, they even admitted they lied, so why am I here?” he wrote.
  • Commissioners visit New Mexico for natural gas conference

    01/30/2012 8:59:55 AM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies
    THe Daily Review ^ | 01/21/12 | JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
    TOWANDA - While Bradford County has experienced extensive gas drilling for a few years, what will it be like after the drilling has gone on for decades? The three Bradford County commissioners and other local officials had a chance to get a sense of what could happen when they traveled last week to participate in a two-day conference in Lea County, N.M.
  • Immigrant driver's license repeal falls short in New Mexico

    01/27/2012 9:52:21 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    TriValley Central ^ | January 27, 2012 | BARRY MASSEY Associated Press
    SANTA FE, N.M. — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez suffered a temporary political setback Thursday in a bid to stop New Mexico from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
  • N.M. License Data Points to Fraud

    01/26/2012 9:03:09 AM PST · by CedarDave · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 26, 2012 | Barry Massey, AP
    SANTA FE — An Associated Press investigation has found that addresses of dozens of the same businesses and homes across New Mexico were used over and over again by people to get driver’s licenses in a pattern that suggests potential fraud by immigrants trying to game the system. In one instance, 48 foreign nationals claimed to live at a smoke shop in Albuquerque to get a license. In another case, more than a dozen claimed to live at an automotive repair shop over a one-year period. The scenario has been repeated at other addresses since New Mexico changed its law...
  • 1st convictions from Fast and Furious gun probe

    01/25/2012 5:02:03 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    KPHO ^ | Jan 24, 2012
    Two men pleaded guilty to buying guns that were destined to be smuggled into Mexico, the first convictions in the federal government's botched Operation Fast and Furious. The men were so-called "straw buyers" who acknowledged purchasing guns that they knew were headed to Mexican drug gangs. The goal of the federal government's investigation was to catch weapons-trafficking kingpins, but firearms agents lost track of many weapons they were trying to trace to smuggling ringleaders, and some guns ended up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. Jacob Wayne Chambers and Jacob Anthony Montelongo each pleaded guilty in federal court...
  • SCPD investigating aggravated burglary(NM)

    01/25/2012 9:55:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    grantcountybeat.com ^ | 23 January, 2012 | NA
    Date: 01/23/12 Contact: Ed Reynolds, Chief of Police Synopsis: Aggravated Burglary Location: 1800 block of Lamina Loop Silver City, New Mexico Narrative: On Saturday, January 21, 2012 officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to Gila Regional Medical Center in reference to an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. When officers arrived at GRMC, they interviewed a male subject that brought the male who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the hospital. He stated he was awakened at his residence on the 600 block of Oro, by loud banging on the door of his residence. When he...
  • US Border Patrol to build station in NM Bootheel

    01/22/2012 7:11:55 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | Jan. 20, 2012 | Russell Contreras
    The U.S. Border Patrol Friday announced it is building an outpost in New Mexico's Bootheel, one of the last unguarded regions between the United States and Mexico. It's an unforgiving terrain where Geronimo made his last stand. Today, it remains largely isolated with no cell service, few unpaved roads but growing lawlessness as drug dealers and human smugglers increasingly look for alternatives to more traveled routes. There are tales of drug traffickers breaking into homes and high speed chases that sometimes force school buses off dirt roads. One rancher even stumbled upon 19 lost and starving Chinese immigrants who had...
  • Gov., Bishops Still Split Over Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants (NM)

    01/19/2012 8:21:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 19, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez joined Archbishop Michael Sheehan and other Catholic bishops for breakfast Wednesday and met privately in the state Capitol over the weekend with New Mexico’s top-ranking Roman Catholic leader. But while the governor and Sheehan were able to find common ground regarding an abortion bill, they remain divided on the high-profile driver’s license issue. Sheehan and other Catholic bishops have staunchly defended the 2003 state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, while Martinez has waged a high-profile effort to repeal the law. At the Wednesday morning Catholic prayer breakfast attended by Martinez...
  • State List

    01/19/2012 8:15:03 AM PST · by JudyM · 3 replies
    Self | 1/18/2012 | Self
    How do I find my state specific Freeper list? Judy in NM
  • ICE Critical of Santa Fe Jail

    01/19/2012 8:03:02 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Jan 14, 2012 | Vic Vela
    SANTA FE — The Santa Fe County jail continues to release many illegal immigrants — some of them dangerous criminals — to the streets before immigration officials can detain them. That’s according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who this week ramped up their criticism of the lockup in Santa Fe, known for its “safe haven” attitude toward immigrants. After the agency’s statements to KOAT-TV, repeating earlier claims that jail officials don’t do enough to help them enforce federal immigration law, the county and ICE sat down to try to reach an understanding. ICE assistant Albuquerque field office director...