Posted by Rachel Pulaski on Thursday, January 19, 2012
kob.com -At the New Mexico state capitol another battle is looming over the state's rebates for the film industry. Last year, the legislature and the Governor Susana Martinez agreed to cap the rebates at $50 million a year, but now there's an organized effort to blow the cap off and go back to the old way of doing business. The old way was a pretty sweet deal - spend a dollar making a movie here, get 25 cents back - with some restrictions and reservations, of course. However, Gov. Martinez cried foul. She said other industries don't get breaks like that, so why should the movies? That led to the cap, and the fight to take it off. More News New Mexico
Posted by Rachel Pulaski
huffingtonpost.com -FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) -- A New Mexico man hogtied a suspected drunken driver accused of barely avoiding several head-on collisions on a stretch of highway that has recently become known for rampant drunken driving and traffic fatalities, authorities said. Justin Canuto was seen driving southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 550 on Sunday night, the Farmington Daily Times reported. The 22-year-old pulled over next to a convenience store where he was confronted by several witnesses who had followed him into the store's parking lot. Canuto became belligerent and tried to run away, prompting another man to tackle and hogtie him before sheriff's deputies arrived, San Juan County Sheriff's Sgt. Al Jamison said. Canuto was later charged with drunken driving. More News New Mexico
boston.com -The New Mexico State Land Office says it earned $6.5 million during its monthly oil and gas lease sale. The state says 29 tracts in San Juan and Lea counties were offered for lease and all were sold on Jan. 17 in Santa Fe. The highest bid of $1.06 million went to Ronald Miles of Roswell for 320 acres in Lea County. Each month the land office offers tracts for oil and gas development. The proceeds go to help fund public schools, hospitals and universities.
af.mil -The U.S. Air Force accepted a land gift offer from the State of New Mexico during a ceremony in Santa Fe Jan. 18, hosted by the New Mexico State Land Office. The 11,000-acre land gift, valued at approximately $3.2 million, will support the Joint Air Force Special Operations mission at Cannon Air Force Base. On June 23, 2008, the State of New Mexico and the Air Force entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that initiated the framework for gifting the land. The Air Force Real Property Agency, the 27th Special Operations Wing, the Air Force Special Operations Command, and Headquarters Air Force have worked with the State of New Mexico to receive this gift. The Air Force will use the additional land for special operations training - including aircraft live fire ranges and desert and urban warfare training - at Cannon Air Force Base. More News New Mexico
Posted by Michael Swickard
NM Congressional candidate signs pledge condemning corporate money in politics, but will accept corporate dollars in campaign
From Capital Report New Mexico.com - While speaking at the Occupy rally held outside the Roundhouse on the first day of this current 30-day legislative session Tuesday state Sen. Eric Griego (D-Albuquerque) signed what’s called “the 99 pledge” that calls for candidates to “work with particular focus to prevent corporations from directly or indirectly expending money to influence any election.” Griego has been a harsh critic of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which built on an earlier high court decision, Buckley v. Valeo, which said spending money in elections is a form of speech. In the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010, the high court ruled it unconstitutional to regulate the money spent during elections by corporations and unions. “Money does not equal speech,” Griego told the people taking part in the Occupy rally Tuesday morning after signing the anti-corporations pledge. Corporations are not people … Citizens United needs to be overturned.” But Griego — who is leaving the Roundhouse to run for the US Congress in New Mexico’s First District — told Capitol Report New Mexico that signing the pledge does not mean he won’t accept any corporate donations in his congressional campaign this year. Is that hypocritical? Griego said it isn’t. Read more
From the Santa Fe New Mexican.com - by Phaedra Haywood - They say time is relative. Apparently, the last few years at Attorney General Gary King's office seem more like "several months" to at least one staffer. King's spokeswoman Lynn Southard last month told The New Mexican that the attorney general had received information about alleged embezzlement of $3 million from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center "several months" ago. That statement contradicted a statement from the Santa Fe hospital that CEO Alex Valdez had turned over relevant documents about the case to the attorney general in 2008. This week, the newspaper received documents as part of a public-records request that indicate the hospital representative was correct: King's office has known about the allegations since early 2008 and began investigating them in September 2008. Asked about the conflicting statements, King said his spokeswoman had merely made a poor word choice when she answered questions last month. "I don't think 'several months' was particularly descriptive of how long we've had the case," King said. "But I don't think it was a lie, either. Several months is not a good description based on human experience of how much several months is, but basically it was trying to be a way to say that we can't make a specific comment on any particular case that is under investigation." Read more
NewsNM Swickard - My family homesteaded in the Three Rivers and the Lordsburg area. In the picture I am two years old and my father, as usual, got a ranch outhouse in the picture over my shoulder. He thought outhouses were photographically a hoot - From the Carlsbad Current Argus - The National Park Service is looking for New Mexicans who homesteaded land or whose ancestors did to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the federal Homestead Act. Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska is recruiting volunteers from the 30 states covered by the Act to carry their state's flag at events in May and June. A May 20 national commemoration event and a Homestead Day parade on June 16 are planned at the southeast Nebraska monument. The volunteer must carry the flag for a mile and a half. A different volunteer may be chosen for each event. More than 87,312 successful homestead claims were filed in New Mexico covering 25 percent of the state's land. Read more
From the Alamogordo Daily News - AP - A coalition of Southern New Mexico Hispanic leaders is urging President Barack Obama to protect southern New Mexico's Organ Mountains and the Desert Peaks region. The group sent a letter to the president on Wednesday. Former New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca, former Land Commissioner Jim Baca, State Auditor Hector Balderas and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima were among the 24 leaders to sign the letter. The group pointed to the area's ecological values, its thousands of archaeological sites and its connections to Hispanic residents and historical figures such as Billy the Kid and Geronimo. U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both New Mexico Democrats, are sponsoring legislation that would establish the Organ Mountains-Doña Ana County conservation and wilderness area. The measure would protect nearly 400,000 acres of public land in the county.
From NM Politics.net - By Gwyneth Doland - Gov. Susana Martinez today approved a wide range of topics for consideration during this 30-day legislative session, including corruption and transparency issues, abortion, increasing penalties for some crimes, and even regulation of the funeral industry. The session is intended to be primarily focused on the budget. Martinez sent 36 executive messages to the Senate, officially allowing bills on certain topics. Thirty six is a pretty big group; for comparison, during the 60-day session in 2011, Gov. Martinez issued a total of 48 messages to the Senate. Read list
The bill has been endorsed by Governor Martinez and was touted during her state of the state speech as one of the key components of her fight against corruption.
On January 14, 2012, Rep. Gentry wrote Speaker Ben Lujan urging speedy consideration of this legislation. During the 2011 regular session, the same bill passed the House of Representatives unanimously (66-0) but later died on the senate floor after being approved by the Senate Public Affairs Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Posted by Jim Spence
Labels: New Mexico News Analysis
|Jeff Bingaman (left)|
In now appears that an oil pipeline will be extended to the Pacific coast of Canada and the oil will be off-loaded to oil tankers bound for China. There, large Chinese refineries with few if any environmental restrictions. The consequences of the permit denial in the U.S. are:
|Beijing Oil Refinery|
5) job losses and layoffs in the U.S. as a result of the Keystone plan being scrapped
Pipeline supporters include several large construction trade unions.
|John Arthur Smith|