Precautionary evacuation for fire in southwest NM

From - A precautionary evacuation is underway in Willow Creek, near Glenwood. The Whitewater Fire in the Gila Wilderness has grown to 1,100 acres, and as of Tuesday afternoon, remains zero percent contained. Fire crews are going door-to-door and recommending that residents should evacuate. Officials have said only about eight or nine people live in the area full time, and there are many other vacation homes in the area. Fire crews are also being pulled back from the area for their safety. The fire was detected on Wednesday, May 16, approximately five miles southwest of the Willow Creek. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Read more


NM governor to honor law officers, public workers

Susana Martinez
Las Cruces Sun-NewsNew Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be kicking off a week of events to honor law enforcement officers, public employees and other heroes. Martinez will start Tuesday by presenting awards to recognize the actions of 10 people during last summer's Las Conchas fire, the largest in the state's recorded history.
The governor will speak later in the week at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Santa Fe, paying tribute to the 193 peace officers who have died in the line of duty. A new centennial memorial will also be unveiled. The 83rd class of the New Mexico State Police Academy is set to graduate on Friday. The governor will attend the ceremony. She'll wrap up heroes week next Monday by speaking at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Read More News New Mexico


Injury-related deaths highest in New Mexico, says study

CBSNew Mexico residents, be warned: New statistics show that the state has the highest rate of injury-related deaths in the country at 97.8 fatalities per 100,000 people. A new report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation called "The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy" ranks states on injury safety by the number of injury-related deaths and the number of laws put in place that can prevent these catastrophes from happening. Which states aren't doing their utmost to protect their residents from injuries? According to the report, the states that scored the lowest on injury prevention goes to Ohio and Montana. Researchers determined if states met criteria for 10 laws and regulations that can prevent common injuries, including legislation on seat belts, drunk driving, motorcycle or bicycle helmets, booster seats, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, concussions, prescription drug monitoring programs and "ecodes" (injury codes that help track emergency room trends to guide prevention strategies). Montana and Ohio only had two of the 10 on the books. Read More News New Mexico


Breaking Bad’s final season kicks off in July

Courtesy Breaking Bad
New Mexico Business WeeklyThe wait soon will be over for “Breaking Bad” fans. AMC will begin running the fifth and final season on July 15 of the cable television show that is filmed and set in Albuquerque and which has garnered numerous awards. The Los Angeles Times reports that this might prove a bit of a tease for fans, however. AMC will run half of the final season this summer, and finish it with the final eight episodes in summer 2013. The show centers around Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, who has nabbed several Emmy Awards for the role, as a chemistry teacher who uses his cancer diagnosis as justification to become a drug kingpin who makes high-quality meth. Along the way, his well-intentioned, but horrible choices, have severe impacts on those around him, particularly his partner in crime, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. Paul also has earned Emmy Awards for his role. Albuquerque is everywhere in the series, and there is no doubt it’s often not a flattering picture. I attended a journalism workshop in Phoenix in January with people from all over the country. One attendee told me that the only thing he knew about Albuquerque was “Breaking Bad.” I admit that gave me pause. Read More News New Mexico


Pony Express rides again: Centennial mail relay ride begins Saturday in Hobbs

Carlsbad Current-ArgusToday, mail is transported by air, truck or electronically across the country. But there was a time in our history when brave riders mounted their horses and galloped across the country to deliver mail. They were called the Pony Express. To celebrate the state's centennial, a group of riders will mount their horses on Saturday for a two-week relay ride from Hobbs to Santa Fe with their saddle bags filled with mail from the region that includes Carlsbad. "The 14-day ride begins at the Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame and will conclude on June 8 when the riders reach Santa Fe," said Carlsbad Museum Director Patsy-Jackson-Christopher. "We have a stack of mail already and we hope to get more from Carlsbad." Jackson-Christopher said it is her understanding that up to 300 people have signed up to be a Pony Express rider. "It's truly a relay like they had when the Pony Express was operating. But the only difference from then and now is that we will have a lot more riders than they had back then. Riders will probably ride a mile or more before handing off to the next rider." Read More News New Mexico


Booker Speaks Truth, Catches Flack from Obama

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker committed basphemy against the Obama Administration's open embracement of Marxism on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. Apparently Booker had the temerity to defend legitimate business interests against a relentless onslaught of anti-business, anti-growth, anti-jobs attack ads by Team Obama on Mitt Romney.
Unfortunatley for the adminsitration, Booker is the mayor of a city in the real world. In Newark, jobs are needed. And Mayor Booker has had to live with the consequences of Obama's anti-business policies. Here is Mayor Booker's quote: 
"I have to just say, from a very personal level, I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity. . . . Especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital's record, they've done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses."

Well! Just imagine a good Democrat defending a free market business approach to job creation.....the very idea!


Government creates the next bubble in higher education

Dr. Antony Davies
Washington ExaminerA phoenix has risen from the ashes of the Occupy movement. As anger over the housing crisis wanes, protesters have returned home from their camps to find student loan bills -- one trillion dollars' worth. Ironically, it is now they who are looking for government bailouts -- and from a hole that government essentially put them in. The impending student loan crisis, like the recent housing crisis, is born of government meddling, and promises to have similar results. But with the students, the coming bankruptcies will be much worse. The anatomy of the housing crisis is simple. Years ago, the U.S. government decided that the path to prosperity was homeownership. When the free market did not provide what the government considered "enough" housing, the government used both carrots and sticks to force markets to lend more money for mortgages. When private banks shied away from high-risk borrowers, the government instructed its enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to direct more than 40 percent of their lending toward low-income borrowers. These two government-sponsored enterprises took lending risk away from private banks and placed it on the backs of taxpayers instead. Read More News New Mexico


Egolf Starts His Own PAC

Brian Egolf
Capitol Report New Mexico - Think the 2012 election in the state House of Representatives isn’t crucial? On Monday (May 21), Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) announced that he’s starting a political action committee to try to keep the Democrats in control of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
“We cannot risk losing control to a Tea Party-controlled Republican majority,” Egolf said in a guest blog at the liberal website Democracy for New Mexico. Egolf says the PAC will be called the New Mexico Defense Fund and that all the money raised will be used to support Democratic Party candidates in the House. Right now, Democrats cling to a 36-33 advantage over Republicans with one independent (Andy Nuñez of Hatch) who often votes with Republicans on critical issues such as repealing the state law allowing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
The last time Republicans outnumbered Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives was way back in 1953 but the GOP picked up eight seats in the House in the November 2010 elections and Gov. Susana Martinez hasn’t been shy at throwing elbows at Democrats who have resisted her calls for education reform as well as the driver’s license repeal. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Is This Really a "Controversy?"

KOB TV - City of Albuquerque officials have confirmed to KOB Eyewitness News 4 that some newer city garbage trucks were assembled in Mexico. This, after KOB discovered a "Made in Mexico" sticker on a truck.
The issue was discussed at Monday's city council meeting. A couple people spoke out about the issue, saying they were concerned about United States jobs being lost to Mexico.
City officials said documents verify that major components of trucks are made in the U.S and city specifications require that. Officials also said that there are no restrictions about trucks being assembled in Mexico. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Ony Enough Money for Their Vacation, Owners Dumping Their Pets at Albuquerque Shelters

KOAT TV - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Animal welfare workers said people are dumping their dogs at shelters just so they can go on vacation. "We are overflowing with dogs," Animal Welfare Director Barbara Bruin said. "People plan vacations, and they come dump their family pet with us."
Bruin said some dog owners drop off their pets permanently when school lets out. "It's mind boggling, because those poor animals -- they get there, and they're scared, and confused, and wonder what they did wrong. They thought they were part of a family, and then they're in a kennel," Bruin said.
Bruin said some owners claim they can't afford to board their pets, so they simply give them up. Those who give up their pet cannot re-adopt them for a year. Some owners know that, and come up with more creative explanations, Bruin said. "They might pretend it's a stray they found and just hope that the pet is there when they get back," she said. Bruin said that vacationers are ditching their dogs at such an alarming rate that Animal Welfare is near capacity right now and has to house multiple dogs in the same cage. Read full story here: News New Mexico