Eldorado football star off team after DWI charge

From KRQE-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Eldorado High School football player Aaron Herrera was kicked off the team Friday after a car crash where police believe alcohol was a factor. Thursday night Herrera, 16, ran a red light crashing his car into a Jeep driven by another student in front of the school, according to Albuquerque police. Sources told News 13 the student in the Jeep is a member of the EHS basketball team. Police reported Herrera was screaming in the ambulance pulling off straps that were holding him into the gurney. Then at the hospital he pulled off his neck brace and screamed he was afraid he would be kicked off the football team, the investigating officer wrote in the accident report. On Friday football staffers told News 13 Herrera was no longer a member of the team. An Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson confirmed that. Albuquerque Police Department officers said Herrera told them he had been drinking. He also smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot watery eyes. Read more

Ex-PRC Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. back in jail

From the Santa Fe New Mexican.com - Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is back in jail. Block, who pleaded guilty to several felony charges in the last two months and agreed to resign from the PRC, was booked into the Santa Fe County jail at 12:11 p.m. Monday. The jail booking sheet indicated he was being held on a "remand order." When he was arrested Oct. 14 on a previous remand order, it was learned Block had failed a drug test and violated the conditions of his participation in a drug court program. The 34-year-old La Puebla resident, who has acknowledged a problem with prescription drugs, promised as part of his Sept. 28 plea agreement to enter drug court with state District Judge Michael Vigil. In exchange for his guilty pleas, and an agreement to resign from the PRC and never run for political office again, Block was given an opportunity to avoid jail time if he successfully completed the drug court program, which often takes 12 to 18 months. Read more

Google Maps Reveal Mysterious Chinese Structures

From gizmodo.com -New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes.  They seem to be wide lines drawn with some white material. Or maybe the dust have been dug by machinery.  It's located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, north of the Shule River, which crosses the Tibetan Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert. It covers an area approximately one mile long by more than 3,000 feet wide.  More News New Mexico

Martinez Aims to Challenge a NM Law

Gov. Martinez
From newmexicoindependent.com -As stated in Article V, Section 7 of the New Mexico Constitution, “when the governor travels outside New Mexico’s borders . . . the lieutenant governor shall act as governor.” Governor Susana Martinez recently told the Albuquerque Journal that she’d like to amend this 1948 amendment in such a way that she would retain all the authority of her office when traveling outside the state.  More News New Mexico

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Gov. Martinez Clarifies Her Family History

Gov. Susan Martinez
 From sfgate.com -New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family's ancestry and uncovered documents that she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed the law and common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were illegal immigrants.  More News New Mexico

Obama Pushes Head With NM Plutonium Facility

From allgov.com - Despite lacking what critics say is a clear purpose or mission, the Department of Energy is planning to invest $6 billion in building a new plutonium facility at the nation’s leading scientific lab. Los Alamos National Laboratory wants to have a “Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement” (CMRR) Nuclear Facility, which has been on the books since 1999. Back when it was first proposed, the cost was estimated to be $375 million. Now, the price tag is anywhere from $4.5 billion to $6.5 billion, according to the Los Alamos Study Group, a local watchdog organization. The study group has filed two lawsuits against the government to try to stop the project from being completed.  More News New Mexico

Obama Loses Another Million Jobs for Americans

From thegatewaypundit.com -The Keystone Pipeline project was expected to create up to 1,000,000 high-paying US jobs in the oil manufacturing and associated industries. The project itself would create 20,000 construction jobs.  Obama refused to sign the Keystone agreement last week. Today Canadian Prime Minister Harper told Obama that he would look to Asia to sell its oil.  More News New Mexico

It’s all about energy, cost, and international competition

Marita Noon
We are in an economic war—and it is bigger than Republicans and Democrats battling over tax increases and spending cuts. It is global. The stock market has gone up and down, based on news of Europe’s financial solutions one day, and demise the next. Their success or failure impacts the global economy—including the United States. The various troubled countries: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain are often referred to as the PIIGS. While there are myriad reasons for their difficulties, one not discussed on the nightly news is their lack of natural resources. By comparison, the BRIC countries—those with growing economies: Brazil, Russia, India, and China, are rich with resources, which they maximize.
America has an abundance of natural resources, yet our policies keep them locked up. We can’t drill in the Gulf. ANWAR is off limits. Mining is nearly impossible due to regulations. “Endangered species” threaten existing supplies.
Meanwhile resource discoveries are being made and developed the world over. Last week, Repsol announced a new discovery in Argentina—estimated to be more than 900 million barrels of oil. The oil shale find is reported to be Repsol’s largest ever. Argentina’s potential has attracted investment from both majors and independents. Argentina’s rising energy consumption and higher prices make Repsol’s success especially welcome, representing a potential windfall for the country. Argentina is not crying.
On October 20, a “giant” gas discovery was announced off the coast of Mozambique. It is reported that the results of the exploration well “exceed pre-drill expectations and confirm the Rovuma Basin as a world-class natural gas province.” Then, one week later, word came out that the find was 50% greater than originally estimated with up to 22.5 trillion cubic feet of gas. Estimates are expected to increase. Infrastructure, including LNG facilities, will have to be built to support the recent exploration successes with the natural gas expected to be brought to the market in 2018.
The day before the original Mozambique “giant” discovery announcement, it was reported that companies such as ExxonMobil would invest $100 billion to develop and upgrade oil fields in Iraq. The investment is expected to up Iraq’s oil production to at least 6.8 million barrels of oil a day by 2017—making Iraq one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil. Also, on October 19, reports came out saying that the North Sea Statoil discovery is bigger than originally estimated with a potential of 2.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent—which would make it the third-largest find ever made on the Norwegian shelf. Production is expected to begin by 2018. One day earlier, October 18, service provider Odebrecht announced plans to triple its revenues over the next three years. In support of Brazil’s vast deepwater oilfields, the company is spending $5 billion in equipment, from drilling ships and floating oil platforms to pipeline-laying vessels. Odebrecht says: “This year we should [have] revenues of about $500 million and we are going to double that next year, and be at $1.5 billion by 2013.” This, all in the past couple of weeks. Read rest of column here: News New Mexico


Canada Looks to China After Obama Chooses to Flush Jobs and Money Down Toilet

Stephen Harper
Breitbart - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday that he was looking at exporting more oil to China after the United States delayed a decision on a controversial pipeline. President Barack Obama's administration last week put off a decision on Keystone XL project after a major protest campaign by environmentalists, who say the pipeline would be prone to accidents and worsen climate change.
The conservative Canadian leader, taking part in a summit in Hawaii hosted by Obama said the pipeline decision had produced "extremely negative reactions" and that he discussed oil exports with Chinese President Hu Jintao. "This does underscore the necessity of Canada making sure that we are able to access Asian markets for our energy products," Harper told reporters. "I indicated that yesterday (Saturday) to President Hu of China." Read full story here: News New Mexico


Gadsden REPEATS as State Champions

Gadsden High School in Anthony, N.M.
Some high school athletic programs have built in advantages. And of course many successful athletic programs create their own advantages by raising funds and developing a culture that breeds success and winning attitudes. However, like most things in society, most athletic programs simply fall into the “average” category. Anthony, New Mexico is not a city where built-in advantages could ever be portrayed as part of the cultural or socio-economic landscape. The school district is located in one of the poorest areas in the entire nation. Illiteracy is rampant. Drop-out rates are alarming. Illegitimate birth rates are approaching a situation best described as an epidemic. English is spoken as a second language by a large percentage of the population. Poverty, as much as any other word, defines the economic circumstances of the vast majority of students attending Gadsden High School.
Along comes Head Volleyball Coach Al Rosen. Al Rosen doesn’t seem to believe in poor me concepts like: less fortunate or under-privileged. Rosen does not see a system that is stacked against him. And on Saturday in an arena just north of Rio Rancho in the town of Bernalillo, Coach Al Rosen’s Gadsden volleyball team accomplished what most sports observers in the Land of Enchantment believe was for all intents and purposes.....“unthinkable.” The Gadsden Panthers, REPEATED as Class 5-A State Champions. That is right. They repeated.
Facing Cleveland High of Rio Rancho one of the state's best-equipped high schools, Rosen’s squad was up against some of the tallest and most talented players in the state. Somehow it didn’t matter. In what amounted to a home game for Cleveland in the nearby Santa Ana Star Center, second-seeded Gadsden rebounded from a bad start and outlasted the top-seeded Storm 23-25, 26-24, 24-26, 25-18, 16-14.
What Coach Rosen and the young ladies at Gadsden High School accomplished this weekend, was nothing short of remarkable. The entire state, perhaps the entire nation, should take notice of what can be accomplished when good old-fashioned work ethic is combined with an emphasis on personal responsibility, teamwork, and an intelligent approach to rigors of competition. The Gadsden Panthers and Coach Al Rosen are to be commended. They deserve a trip to the Governor's office.