Million Dollar Ticket Sold in NM

KOAT - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A ticket sold in New Mexico matched all five white balls to win $1 million in Saturday's Powerball drawing. The winning numbers are 5, 14, 36, 54, 58 and the Powerball number is 27. In Friday's Mega Millions drawing, even though no one in the state brought home the big prize, more the 87,000 winning tickets were sold. Eight of those tickets missed the millions by just one number. One lucky person will get $250,000 and seven tickets will bring home $10,000. "When a jackpot skyrockets, it's easy to forget that there are eight other ways to win playing both Powerball and Mega Millions. We're reminding all our players to check their tickets because many people won great prizes this weekend," said Tom Romero, New Mexico Lottery chief executive officer. A $515,000 Roadrunner Cash jackpot from the game's February 28 drawing is still unclaimed. The ticket matches the winning numbers of 3, 7, 16, 17 and 23. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Republican state rep denies charges of improper residency

Rick Little
Representative Little will join the Tuesday Morning News New Mexico broadcast at 8am to discuss the following allegations made by ProgressNow New Mexico. Capitol Report New Mexico - A liberal blog says a Republican member of the Roundhouse has serious residency issues but Rep. Rick Little (R-Chaparral) tells Capitol Report New Mexico he’s properly listed at an address within his district. On Monday morning, ProgressNow New Mexico reported that property and business records list Rep. Little’s permanent residence as 305 Mesilla View in Dona Ana County but his family residence is a number of miles away at 2301 Nike Air Road. According to the blog post, “While New Mexico law may allow person to register to vote at a location where they have established residency and intend to return, property records show that Little’s commercial property contains no residential structures and is not permitted for residential use.” But in a phone interview Monday (April 2), Little said, “Well, I didn’t want this to get out in a public forum but recently my wife and I got divorced. My residence is 305 Mesilla View. We’re reconciling. She’s on 2301 Nike Air. She’s living there until we get remarried again.” Read More News New Mexico 


Chavez Facing Voter Fraud Investigation

Eleanor Chavez
KOB - State Representative Eleanor Chavez is at the center of a criminal investigation for allegations that she obtained multiple fraudulent signatures on her petition to get on the ballot as a candidate for NM Senate District-14.
Chavez, who has been a New Mexico State Representative since 2009, is seeking the seat vacated by Eric Griego, who is now running for a U.S. congressional seat.
One of her primary challengers, Michael Padilla, was the first to raise the allegations that Chavez’s campaign forged the signatures of constituents to gain the necessary signature requirements for the petition.
The KOB 4 On Your Side team began looking into the claims and found at least five people listed on the petition denied ever knowing, meeting, or signing any petitions for Chavez.
4 On Your Side visited random homes listed on the petition. The homeowners included Michelle Stark, Ryan Stark, Alfred Howell, Victoria Deer, and Joseph Dangelo all who said on camera that they never signed Chavez’s petition. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Noon: Obama: “More Flexibility”--use less, pay more

President Obama made headlines during his visit to Seoul, South Korea—though not for his public policy statements, rather for his private comments, unintentionally broadcast, in conversation with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Believing he will be reelected, President Obama addressed dealing with “controversial issues”: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
The comment was made specifically about missile defense. But there are many other “controversial issues” plaguing his presidency about which he is likely to feel that he has “more flexibility” when he no longer has a pending campaign keeping the lid on his actions.
One controversial issue facing President Obama today is energy. Since gas prices have been climbing dramatically, his rhetoric has changed. He is now bragging about increased oil production—though fact-checking shows that his statements are about as valid as “a rooster taking credit for the sunrise.” This apparent “change” is really just electoral posturing, not a new energy policy.
With the election behind him, four more years in the White House would allow President Obama to finish off the American dream—making all of us subjects of the state.
Some might think my claim is too harsh. Yet, looking strictly at energy issues, a third world is where we are headed. It is widely accepted that energy use, wealth and health are connected. The countries with the highest energy consumption are also the countries with the longest life expectancy and wealth: human well-being and material well-being.
When we study the words and actions of both President Obama and his administration, we see that given “more flexibility” our available energy will be greatly curtailed and what we do have will be far more expensive during an Obama second term. “Energy” refers to both liquid fuels for transportation and electricity for residential and industrial use. In both cases, the Administration’s policies favor reduced use and increased cost. Use less, pay more. Because gasoline prices, transportation fuels, are the headline issues, we’ll start there.
During his 2008 campaign, gas prices spiked—similar to the current increase. At that time, candidate Obama was asked about high gas prices. His response: “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing.” And then, Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Under the pressure of a campaign, Secretary Chu has recanted, saying that he no longer “shares that view.” Yet, when asked about attempts to lower gas prices, he acknowledged that was not his goal.
President Obama continues his rant about penalizing the oil companies while promising to “double down on investment in clean energy technologies” such as “wind power, solar power and biofuels.” The biofuel he currently favors is algae: “Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17% of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America.” The study his quote is based on also notes that it would “take acreage equivalent to the area of South Carolina to generate that much oil. It takes 350 gallons of water for every one gallon of oil you produce” and “meeting that water requirement would take 25% of our irrigation capacity.” Read rest of the column here: News New Mexico

New Mexico venture investors put more money into fewer deals in 2011

New Mexico Business Weekly Venture capitalists invested $60.3 million in 22 companies in New Mexico in 2011, according to the latest survey by the New Mexico Venture Capital Association. That represents a 10 percent increase from the $54.8 million investors pumped into local startups in 2010, and it’s nearly three times higher than the $22.2 million reported in 2009, when the recession virtually froze funding. But last year’s totals are still 50 percent less than in 2008, when venture capitalists committed $119.5 million to New Mexico companies. In addition, deal flow remains sluggish. Although 22 companies received investments last year, that was a 37 percent drop from 2010, and it’s still 24 percent lower than in 2008. Read More News New Mexico