Posted by Michael Swickard on Monday, September 19, 2011
From KOB-TV.com - Bears in search of food are turning to dumpsters in Ruidoso. People who live there said it is leaving a big mess and they want the village to do something about it. Officials say the drought has left hardly anything for the bears to eat. As the starving bears prepare to hibernate, they have turned to dumpsters that are used to collect ordinary household garbage for food. Living with wildlife, especially bears, is just a way of life in Ruidoso. Resident Frank Potter says you get use to it after a while. "We see bears every two or three days and they crawl under the fence and get into the yard," Potter said. Lately, residents said they have seen more bears clawing their way into dumpsters looking for food. "They come into town and typically at night and raid the dumpsters that aren't secure," Potter explained. Frank snapped a picture of an adult bear in one of the dumpsters. Ruidoso officials said the sight is becoming more common this year because of the drought. Read more
Posted by Michael Swickard
From the Santa Fe New Mexican.com - When the extremely private, 76-year-old Santa Fe artist and former Santa Fe High School teacher Ernest Badynski died in July, his family followed his wishes and let his passing go quietly. "We did exactly what he wanted," said stepson John Hasted. That all changed Wednesday. With television news helicopters hovering overhead, neighbors lining the dirt roadways off Bishops Lodge Road after being evacuated from their homes for hours, utility crews working to shut off gas and electricity in the area, and dozens of Santa Fe police officers and firefighters on hand, Badynski went out with a bang, after all. A Santa Fe police bomb squad used a remote-controlled robot named Cybil to remove six sticks of decades-old dynamite from Badynski's art studio. They situated the explosives in a dirt driveway, then blew up the dynamite with a thunderous bang around 4:25 p.m. It was Hasted who had been cleaning out Badynski's art studio late Tuesday when he came across a paper bag and looked inside. Wrapped in wax paper were six sticks of dynamite that Badynski had purchased about 20 to 30 years ago. The artist had occasionally used explosives in shaping and making holes in large sheets of metal for his sculptures. "It was an uneasy feeling in my stomach that I hope I never get again," Hasted recalled of the discovery. Hasted didn't touch the bag. He called police at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. "The dynamite had obviously degraded to a certain point, but we couldn't tell how much," Santa Fe police Lt. Louis Carlos said. "Our EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] team determined it was too unstable to remove from the area and drive through the city, so we had to counter-charge the ordnance on site." Essentially, rather than detonate the dynamite, the bomb squad used smaller explosive devices of their own to blow it up. Even though shock waves from the blast could be felt a half-mile away, the only visible damage was a 4- to 5-inch-deep crater in the front driveway of Badynski's home. Carlos said Hasted's reaction to finding the dynamite and his decision not to touch the explosives was "textbook." "He did everything right," Carlos said. "He didn't throw it in the back of his truck and take it to the dump or to the police station, he called us and our EOD team was able to do their thing." Read more
Posted by Michael Swickard
From the Chicago Tribune - Commentary by Steve Chapman - When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine.The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can't even sneak a cigarette. His approval rating is at its lowest level ever. His party just lost two House elections — one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years. He's staked his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don't think would work.The vultures are starting to circle. Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, "it's going to be impossible for the president to win." Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: "Panic."But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he's willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013. Read more
Posted by Jim Spence
1) I highly respect the Navajo Nations plan. The Navajo Nation is very concern[ed] about losing representation. They had worked with the Pueblos to come to consensus. They supported the consensus.
2) It showed solidarity to try to work with other tribal governments in NM. But, that consensus plan is no longer on the table for discussion.
5) [Their] voting rights are protected by Federal voting rights act. Let’s be realistic. If the Governor doesn’t like this — she’s gonna veto this bill. Where do we up [end] up at? We’re back to square one because of all these concerns. I cannot ignore the Republicans in my district. Thus, let us attempt to work towards a bi-partisan plan. Read full story here: News New Mexico
NM Watchdog - New Mexico continues to be one of the worst states in the US when it comes to overpaying unemployment benefits. Last year, Capitol Report New Mexico broke the story that New Mexico ranked third in the nation by paying out $97.8 million in improper payments — a rate of 28.68 percent of total benefit receipts. Now, the US Department of Labor has come out with the latest numbers, and this year, the statistics are similarly bad. New Mexico is still third-highest in the nation in percentage of unemployment overpayments, with the percentage creeping up to 30.66 percent with $104.7 million going out to people who should not have received payment. On top of that, New Mexico has the fourth-highest rate of fraud in unemployment compensation. Last year, New Mexico had the sixth-highest rate. Here’s a look at the five states with the highest percentage of misspent dollars: Read full story here: News New Mexico
Posted by Jim Spence
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A $10,000 donation to the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center appears on the group’s 2009 tax forms. It was also in 2009 that Kaiser successfully sought to lock down a loan guarantee for the green-energy company Solyndra through his two investment vehicles: Argonaut Ventures and the GKFF Investment Company. While this donation seems small compared to the far larger numbers involved in the Solyndra scandal, it adds to the pattern of possible connections between the Obama administration and the growing Solyndra scandal.