NM Woman Finds Euthanized Dog Alive With New Owner

The gazette.com -A New Mexico woman who was told months ago that her Chihuahua needed to be euthanized after it was viciously attacked by another dog has discovered that the dog is alive and has been living with another owner. Lisa Gossett of Albuquerque was originally told by a veterinarian that the outlook was grim for the injured one-year-old Lola. Gossett was given two choices. “‘Pay out all this money and there’s a 20 percent chance that she’ll live or euthanize her,’” Gossett said. “So, it was hard.”  More News New Mexico

N.M. Dad's Adoption Case Shakes Up Utah

From kob.com -A Los Alamos father says he’s fighting the battle of his life for custody of his daughter. He says she was taken away from him at birth. That was four years ago – now the little girl is living in Utah with her biological mother’s family.  But it’s how she got there in the first place that’s literally shaking up the legal system in that state.  More News New Mexico

N.M. Woman Heads to Trial for $2 Pumpkin Theft

From wral.com -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 handcuffed. Atencio says she's in disbelief that the theft charge against her sister was not dropped.  She says her sister could have pleaded guilty and be given probation, but refused. 

Madoff Victim Helping N.M. Ponzi Victims

Bernie Madoff
From wsj.com - A noted New York lawyer and Ponzi scheme victim of Bernie Madoff has signed on to help victims of a New Mexico swindler fight a flurry of so-called claw-back lawsuits that seek to recapture some of the $75 million lost by 600 investors around the country. More than 100 suits had been filed by the end of last week as the trustee for the bankruptcy case of Doug Vaughan worked to meet a deadline Wednesday for making any claims against people who may have profited from their investments in promissory notes with Vaughan and his Vaughan Company Realtors.  More News New Mexico

Eddy County senator will not seek third term

From the Carlsbad Current Argus - SANTA FE -- State Senator Vernon Asbill (R-District 34) has informed legislative leaders that he will not be seeking re-election to the N.M. Senate District 34 seat in Southeastern New Mexico. The retired educator is the ranking Republican member of the Senate Education Committee. He also serves on the Public Affairs Committee. He serves on four interim committees: Public School Capitol Outlay Oversight Task Force; Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee; Water and Natural Resources Committee; and, the Legislative Education Study Committee. He has been a senator since 2005.


150 years ago Feb 21st - Civil War Valverde battle in NM

A Civil War battle was fought 150 years ago today (February 21, 1862) in the Rio Grande valley halfway between Albuquerque and El Paso near Fort Craig. It is called the Battle of Valverde, so named for the village and river ford by that name. It was one of the biggest battles of the Civil War fought in the west. Confederate Brigadier General Henry Hopkins Sibley intended to invade New Mexico, defeat the Union forces, capture Santa Fe and then go west to conquer California thereby adding it to the Confederacy. His forces gathered in El Paso. Fort Craig, 140 miles north of El Paso was his first objective. The Federal army at Ft. Craig was under the command of Colonel Edward Canby. January 3, 1862, Sibley left El Paso with three regiments and one partial regiment of mounted Texans comprising 2,510 officers and men. Canby waited at Ft. Craig with 3,800 men, mostly infantry. Only 1,200 of Canby's men were seasoned soldiers. The remainder consisted of 2,000 New Mexican volunteers, 100 Colorado volunteers, and 500 militia. Kit Carson commanded the First Regiment of New Mexican volunteers almost entirely Hispanics. Sibley arrived fifteen miles south of Fort Craig February 13. Deciding Ft. Craig was too strong to be taken, Sibley deployed his men outside the fort hoping to lure the Federals into the open, but Canby, not trusting his volunteer troops, refused to attack. Sibley ordered the army to cross the Rio Grande and move up the eastern side of the river near the village ofValverde, six miles north of Fort Craig. February 21, Read the entire battle description


Sandia Wins, LANL Loses In Fed Nuke Proposal

Albuquerque Journal - The Obama administration wants to spend $3 billion on nuclear weapons work in New Mexico next year, but notably absent from its annual funding request to Congress is money for a plutonium lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
After spending more than $600 million over nearly a decade without starting construction, the National Nuclear Security Administration on Monday asked Congress to indefinitely postpone work on the proposed new plutonium-handling building at LANL. However, funding for nuclear weapons work at Sandia National Laboratories would jump 30 percent next year under the budget proposal, primarily for refurbishing aging nuclear weapons. Read More News New Mexico. Albuquerque Journal subscription required


Sonic Booms: Sound of Freedom or Nuisance?

KRQE-TV - Some New Mexico residents who live along flight paths of supersonic fighter jets from the Holloman Air Force Base are complaining about noise loud enough to set off car alarms. The base squadron flies the Air Force's fastest fighter plane, the F-22 Raptor. The plane flies at supersonic speeds, creating a sonic boom that is rattling residents up to 50 miles from the southern New Mexico base. F-22 pilot Cmdr. Robert Teschner says he understands the noise issue since his family lives in downtown Alamogordo. But he says the daily training is necessary to keep pilots ready at a moment's notice. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Pearce: Standing with New Mexicans

Steve Pearce
By U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce - The surge of massive forest fires has been too common in the West in recent years. Mismanaged, overgrown forests have contributed to the spread of wildfires. Otero County has taken a stand against irresponsible forest management in their county. Officials have worked to give their residents safer communities and healthier forests. They said that “enough is enough” when it comes to the federal government’s mismanagement of the forest around Cloudcroft.
In June, the Otero County Commission voted to create an emergency plan, allowing the county to begin thinning the forest for fire prevention. They created an 80,000-acre plan, which they submitted to USFS, that calls for responsible management to protect local watershed and prevent fires that have threatened Cloudcroft for many years. This level of forest management is exactly what the Otero County Commission was trying to accomplish with the emergency tree cutting on September 17th near Cloudcroft.
It was an historic day, marking the return of common-sense local resource management, and I commend their efforts and determination. In the days leading up to the event, an agreement was reached between the US Forest Service (USFS) and the County, stating that USFS would not interfere with the emergency plan. This breakthrough demonstrated that cooperation between local and federal governments is both possible and desirable.
Their efforts are admirable, and the law is on their side—both state law and the Constitution.
Now, the federal government is attacking Otero County, and trying to stop actions that would prevent communities from going up in flames. USFS filed suit against the County Commission, claiming the County does not have the right to protect their homes, property and forests.
In the lawsuit, The United States of America v. Board of County Commissioners of the County of Otero and State of New Mexico, the federal government claims that federal law preempts the actions of the County. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction, halting Otero County’s efforts to make the forests safer.
There are two major problems with this lawsuit. The first and most important is that in the Constitution, the powers of the federal government are explicitly outlined and the Tenth Amendment states that all powers not given to the federal government belong to the states and to the people. The right of forest management is not given to the federal government. Therefore, it is reserved for the people and the states. Second, New Mexico law gives the County the right to manage these lands after an emergency declaration by the commission.
Otero County’s plan is legal, reasonable, and looks out for the safety of constituents. It does not call for clear cutting of the forests. Instead, it is a responsible plan to clear dead trees and underbrush that act as kindling when wildfires start.
I am not a proponent of clear cutting our forests; however, I am strongly in favor of healthy conservation through targeted forest management. Regular thinning of trees helps protect local watersheds, decreases the risk of fires, and provides a better forest for wildlife and the people of New Mexico.
Otero County is on the right side of the law, and has worked diligently with USFS to ensure the safety of the county’s residents. Forest management cannot be handled in Washington alone; local resources are best managed local governments who better understand the needs and interests of their communities. This is a local issue that directly affects the safety and welfare of New Mexicans.
 Commonsense solutions exist, and Otero County has been actively pursuing them. I will continue to stand with my fellow citizens to ensure the safety of our communities, economic growth and a clean environment.


To Sign or Not to Sign, That is the Question

Susana Martinez
KRQE — Lawmakers have put more than 70 bills on Governor Susana Martinez's desk, and now she has to figure out which ones will actually make it into law. The Governor says the legislative session, which ended Thursday, certainly had some bright spots. "I was pleased that we got some of our tax reforms out," Governor Martinez said. "We have some of the dollars in place for education reform, and we also tackled corruption in our state." Two bills the Governor knows she will accept include one that prevents elected officials convicted of crimes from collecting benefits after they've been booted from office. Another bill will give $1,000 tax credit to business hiring veterans from war. "We're real excited that we're going to be more competitive with our surrounding states, and make sure businesses that are her remain open," Martinez said. "We're also inviting other businesses to come her and hire our New Mexicans."  Read full story here: News New Mexico

Lobos Surge to 22-4

The University of New Mexico's men's basketball team expects to be nationally ranked today after beating two nationally-ranked teams last week. The Lobos knocked off San Diego State (#13) by 10 points on Wednesday night and then topped the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (#11)  by 20 points in a televised game on Saturday. The Lobos (8-2) are alone at the top of the Mountain West Conference standings and have a 22-4 record for the season.


Lions Club Gun Show a Smash Hit......Again

KOB TV - A lever-action rifle finished in 24-karat gold and shiny nickel is on display as New Mexico's official commemorative firearm at this year's Sunrise Lions Club Gun Show in Las Cruces. KOB news partners at The Las Cruces Sun-News reports many of the thousands of attendees stopped Saturday to admire the limited edition weapon, which shows state history scenes and is engraved with the centennial logo. The engraving company says it costs $3,000 and 100 will be sold. Read full story here: News New Mexico

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