therepublic.com - Rebuilding the state's cow herd in areas hit hardest by drought will present both opportunities and challenges for ranchers, said a cattle specialist with New Mexico State University. It's estimated that more than 100,000 beef cows will have to be replaced to return New Mexico's herds to 2010 levels. Manny Encinias, who also serves as the director of operations for the New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association, said the industry has experienced a reduction in herd inventories of more than 20 percent since 2010. Although nearly 90 percent of the state remains in some stage of drought, Encinias said cattle producers are looking forward to rebuilding herds with higher quality genetics from regionally adapted registered cowherds. "The two largest challenges the cow-calf producers will face when restocking will be finding the females that are adapted to our arid production environment and then being able to afford these replacements," he said. More News New Mexico
ballot-access.org -Recently, the Republican Party of Bernalillo County filed a federal lawsuit against part of New Mexico’s law that provides public funding for candidates for some state offices. The lawsuit challenges the part of the public funding law that gives extra public funding to publicly-funded candidates who have well-financed opponents. There is virtually no chance this lawsuit can fail, because the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated extra public funding for this kind of candidate last year in the Arizona Free Enterprise Club decision.
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newswest9.com -New Mexico's tourism secretary says race descriptions will be pulled from a casting call for an upcoming state ad campaign after a casting notice called for Caucasian or "light-skinned" Hispanics to star in the spot. KOAT-TV reports that New Mexico Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson said the department wants the race descriptions dropped following a firestorm resulting from reports about the casting call. She said the wording created a "distraction from the true intention" and that the department's goal was not to "be racist in any way, shape or form." She said the ad's description left out Asians, blacks and darker-skinned Hispanics - populations Jacobson said the state also wants to attract as tourists.
Breitbart.com has uncovered video from 1995 of then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announcing a public campaign to "really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way."Holder was addressing the Woman's National Democratic Club. In his remarks, broadcast by CSPAN 2, he explained that he intended to use anti-smoking campaigns as his model to "change the hearts and minds of people in Washington, DC" about guns. "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes."Holder added that he had asked advertising agencies in the nation's capital to assist by making anti-gun ads rather than commercials "that make me buy things that I don't really need." He had also approached local newspapers and television stations, he said, asking them to devote prime space and time, respectively, to his anti-gun campaign. More News New Mexico
currentargus.com -Perhaps the most controversial candidate in this election year is one that has never spoken a word and never will. The dunes sagebrush lizard, a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act, is the central figure in a debate that the federal government must resolve this spring. Lee Fitzgerald, a biologist at Texas A&M, probably has studied this reptile as much as anyone. Apolitical and determined to remain so, Fitzgerald has not joined the partisan conflict in which conservation groups are pressing for the lizard's listing and Republican politicians are trying to defeat it. Fitzgerald searched for the lizard last year in 50 locations of the desert. Even after locating it in 28 places, he said, he could not estimate its population. "There are areas where the habitat is very optimal for the species," Fitzgerald said in an inter-view. "There also are areas of fragmentation of the species, where its habitat has been degraded." To live, the dunes sagebrush lizard needs a combination of wind, sand and the shrub shinnery oak. If the desert winds howl just right, they create blowouts in the sandy patches with shinnery oak. The lizard can survive in those conditions but no others. Fitzgerald said he saw evidence of herbicide spraying that had hurt one part of the lizard's habi-tat in West Texas. But he is neutral on whether such findings merit an endangered listing for the lizard. "Much of the Endangered Species Act is a political process more than basic biological informa-tion," he said. More News New Mexico
Posted by Jim Spence
Sen. Sanchez is one of the most powerful figures in the Roundhouse and has become a thorn in the side of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, blocking a number of pieces of legislation Martinez has advocated, including ending the practice of “social promotion” for New Mexico students who cannot read at a minimal level by the third grade.
The decision by Chavez caught people by surprise because just one week ago, he announced he was resigning from his state rep seat in House District 7 to devote more time to his law practice. Why the turnabout?
“I didn’t seek out this seat,” Rep. Chavez told Capitol Report New Mexico. “It came to me. I had great support from my clients, my family, my friends, neighbors, constituents, colleagues and statewide support and encouragement to reconsider because we’ve got an opportunity to make some significant changes.”
This will be try No. 2 for Chavez against Sanchez. In 2000, Chavez lost to Sanchez, who has held the seat in District 29 since 1993 and has been the majority leader in in the Senate for the last eight years. Read full story here: News New Mexico
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