NMSU Beats Big Ten Minnesota on the Road

DeWayne Walker
DeWayne Walker’s New Mexico State Aggie football team was embarrassed at home last week against Ohio University. And things didn’t figure to get any better this week in Minnesota when Walker’s squad took on a Big Ten team that lost by only two points on the road at mighty USC a week ago. It really didn’t work out too well for the Golden Gophers. The Aggies, led by sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley and star wide receiver Taveon Rogers played their best game in years. NMSU never trailed in the game and when the final gun sounded NMSU had delivered a stunning 28-21 upset of Minnesota before a hushed crowd.
Manning finished a great day going 20 for 30 through the air for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Four of Manning's passes were completed to Taveon Rogers for 88 yards and two scores. The game came down to a fourth down and ten situation for Minnesota at the Aggie 25 yard line with twenty seconds to go when Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill suddenly collapsed on the sideline. Kill, who has a medical history of suffering seizures was tended to for twenty minutes while both teams kneeled in prayer and the stadium fell silent. Coach Kill was taken to a local hospital where he was reportedly in stable condition. When play finally resumed the Aggie defense got the stop on the big 4th down play and a subdued celebration began on the NMSU sideline with all in attendance mindful of the condition of the Gophers coach in mind. It was easily DeWayne Walker’s biggest win as NMSU’s head coach. The Aggies return to Las Cruces for a home engagement with archrival UTEP next Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Read game recap here and box score here.


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$535 Million and Counting, Obama's "Green Job Investment" in Solyndra is the Gift That Keeps on Taking

Former "Green Jobs Czar" - Van Jones
Iwatchnews - Federal agents have expanded their examination of the now-bankrupt California solar power company Solyndra, visiting the homes of the company's chief executive, a founder, and a former executive, examining computer files and documents, the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News and ABC News have learned. Agents visited the homes of CEO Brian Harrison and company founder Chris Gronet. Agents also visited the home of a third executive involved in the company from the start, according to a source who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity because of the legal sensitivity of the situation. Gronet, reached at his home Friday morning, did not dispute that his home was visited by federal agents a day earlier.
“I’m sorry,” Gronet said in an interview. “You probably understand full well that I cannot comment.” Solyndra spokesman David Miller confirmed agents visited Harrison’s home on Thursday, when the FBI and Energy Department Inspector General arrived at the company's headquarters in Fremont, Calif., seizing boxes of records. “Yeah, they did go to his house and speak to him briefly,” Miller said. “I don’t know what they may have taken. I believe they took a look at his computer.” They took nothing from the house, he added. Read full story here: News New Mexico

NMSU Enrollment Drops

KOB - TV - New Mexico State University officials say student enrollment is down across the state, declining nearly 20 percent at one campus. The Carlsbad Current -Argus reports that official announced Thursday that Fall 2011 census numbers showing 1.2 percent drop in enrollment at NMSU campuses from the all-time high recorded last fall. NMSU Grants was hit hard by declining enrollment and tallied 1,257 students, a decrease of 19.6 percent. NMSU Alamogordo's enrollment was 3,372, down 12.5 percent. The Carlsbad campus enrollment declined more than 7 percent. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Ten Years Later, Lujan Just Doesn't Get It

Ben Lujan
In the face of multiple indictments of crime rings accused of duping the State of New Mexico so thousands of people who have entered the country illegally can obtain driver's licenses that provide the appearance of legitimacy, NM Speaker of the House Ben Lujan wants to revive an idea that has already been soundly rejected as inadequate. Instead of simply allowing an up or down vote on a corrective bill that was overwhelmingly approved during this year's 60 day legislative session, Speaker Lujan's bill seeks to "reduce the number years" before these dubious driver's licenses expire. Given that the anniversary of 9-11  is approaching, Lujan is rolling the political dice. Seven years ago the bi-partisan 9-11 Commission called for driver's license issuance reforms that Lujan seems to insist on ignoring. Will he get away with this approach? Only time will tell. His position seems doubly suspect with fresh evidence suggesting these previously mentioned crime rings are bringing people to New Mexico for less than 24 hours to game the New Mexico system.
9-11 Hijacker Mohammed Atta's License
The speaker's proposal is actually very similar to what was loosely characterized as a "compromise" bill that failed in the House earlier this year. Lujan's new bill (HB 22), which can be seen here, also adds a few additional document requirements to the process and some after-the-fact penalties to those who are sure to be long gone before what they have done is uncovered.
Thus far, early reports on this year's "special session" seem to suggest the legislature is moving at a snail's pace. Costs for the stalling is forcing taxpayers to foot a $50,000 per day tab. And there are no reports coming from the Democratic Party caucus in the NM Senate suggesting there is much attention being paid to the wishes of the voters on driver's licenses. Instead, Senate Democrats seem to be taking their cues on their positions from Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. Minus Senator John Arthur Smith of Luna County, who is as independent as Representative Andy Nunez, every other Democrat in the NM Senate seems to be fine with the hopes that voters are not paying attention. Readers who are paying attention and want to assert their concerns can find contact information on their legislators here should they want to send a message to them and voice their concerns.