NM shooting range to hold coyote killing contest

Coyotes are not very afraid of humans and
are major consumers of pet dogs and cats
along with domestic sheep and calves
NewsNM Swickard - What a STUPID thing to do. I have had to deal with Coyotes all of my life out at the ranch and yes, I always shoot them to death. But I do not celebrate or make a big deal out of it. I would rather let them live but can not. The Coyotes must be cleaned away from human areas to protect the domestic dogs and cats of the citizens. There is a reason there is no protection under the law for Coyotes - they are varmits and must be dealt with as such. But I HATE making the national news in this way with a shooting contest.

From the Santa Fe New Mexican - ALBUQUERQUE — A shooting range and gun store is scheduled to hold a two-day contest to see who can kill the most coyotes in New Mexico.

KOB-TV reports that Calibers Shooting Sports Center in Albuquerque is set to hold the hunting challenge for two-member teams beginning Dec. 1. The grand prize for winning is a pair of Bushmaster AR-15 rifles.
Caliber’s owner, Ryan Burt, says he came up with the idea after he was approached by several ranchers from around the state who have been dealing with coyotes harming livestock.

Susan Weiss, an advocate for the “Coexist with Coyotes” group, called the planned contest “immoral and disgusting.”

Coyotes have no protection under New Mexico Law. Read more

Lawmaker may have illegally wielded influence

From KOB-TV.com - Gadi Schwartz and Peter St. Cyr, 4 On Your Side - A KOB 4 On Your Side investigation into Representative Ray Begaye of Shiprock has uncovered Begaye using his influence as a legislator to ask judges for favorable treatment in a drunk driving case against his daughter. In a July 2012 letter on official state legislature letterhead Begaye asks a magistrate judge to release his daughter from jail for a DWI.

In another letter dated back in December of 2009 Begaye appears to try and justify a DWI by writing, "there were technical matters beyond her control that led to her arrest."
The letters also list Begaye's committee appointments including his membership on the powerful Appropriation and Finance Committee. That committee controls the budget for the state judiciary.
The letter appears to be in direct violation of a 1996 advisory opinion issued by a by a state ethics committee and the New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act.

According to the law, "a legislator or public officer or employee shall treat the legislator's or public officer's or employee's government position as a public trust. The legislator or public officer or employee shall use the powers and resources of public office only to advance the public interest and not to obtain personal benefits or pursue private interests." Read more


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"Bless Me, Ultima" debuts in NM
ABQ offier leaves drugs at scene
Carlsbad woman burns down house after hearing voices
Portales prepares for ppeanut festival 

Three top APS officials get pay bump to $125K

Three of Albuquerque Public Schools top brass got 6.6 percent raises recently.
The APS officials who received the pay bump are all associate superintendents. Eddie Soto, Diane Kerschen and Raquel Reedy now make $125,000 each year.
APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said the three have taken on an increased workload and the district is saving money because they haven't replaced associate and assistant superintendents who have left their jobs.
"The district is still saving money even with the 6.6 percent increase in compensation for the remaining associate superintendents. The net savings to the district is $107,500," Brooks said in a statement.
Teacher salaries have remained stagnant at APS since 2008, according to the Albuquerque Journal.  


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Carlsbad woman burns down house after hearing voices
NM man incorrectly released from jail three times
Heinrich and Wilson debate in Las Cruces
State to consider concealed weapons in parks

Two NM sites get National Historic designation

San José de los Jémez Mission
Two sites in New Mexico are being designated as national historic landmarks. 
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's designation of 27 sites nationwide includes the Rio Grande Railroad's San Juan Extension in Rio Arriba CountyNew Mexico's other new landmark is the San José de los Jémez Mission and Pueblo Site. 
The Interior Department says the site is associated with the spread of Spanish control into the present-day American Southwest and is an early representation of the intersection of European and native cultures.
 The department says landmark designations mean each site gets a designation letter, a plaque, and technical preservation advice.


Spence: Finally some growth, oops, in welfare

Commentary by Jim Spence - Instead of cutting the unpatriotic deficits George W. Bush ran in half as Barrack Obama promised, he has added debt faster than the first forty-two U.S. presidents….combined. The United States government has now borrowed more than $5 trillion since Obama took the oath of office. How slow is the economic growth rate in the U.S.? Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke knows the economy is so tepid and vulnerable he has engaged in QE-3, a money printing operation designed to continue to allow Obama to borrow at near zero rates while savers earn near zero returns. The costs to savers is many hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
Jim Spence (left)
How could America borrow $5 trillion in less than four years? Where did all the money go? Consider the areas where Barrack Obama has concentrated his growth efforts and you will find a big part of the answer.
Besides the Justice Department giving automatic weapons to drug cartels in the Fast and Furious operation, which grew the number of murders in Mexico, the administration has been working hand-in-hand with the Mexican government to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. How? Obama’s USDA created an agreement with Mexico to actively promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps for Mexican nationals living in the U.S. The administration has done a great job of educating foreign nationals living in the United States about how easy it is to tap into the federal welfare system.
How much have these dubious government efforts to market dependency affected the federal budget deficit? According to the Congressional Research Service, the Obama administration in conjunction with state governments spent $1.03 trillion on federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011. This made welfare the government’s largest expenditure, according to the latest data. Welfare costs have jumped 32% since Obama’s inauguration. When some people argue there has been no growth under Obama they are wrong. Welfare spending has grown tremendously under his watch with 15 million new people now enrolled.


Portales prepares for peanut festival despite major recall

The eastern New Mexico town of Portales is preparing for its 39th annual peanut festival this weekend. But the festivities may be overshadowed by anxiety over the shuttering of a local plant at the heart of a national peanut butter recall. 

Officials with Sunland Inc., the nation's largest USDA certified organic peanut processing plant, say they are scrubbing from top to bottom and hope to get some operations running within a week or two. But it could be two more months before they start making peanut butter again. T

The plant makes nut butters for several major retailers. It was shut and more than 200 products recalled after salmonella was found in Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. 

Thirty-five illnesses in 19 states have been linked to the product.


"Bless Me, Ultima" movie debuts in NM

"Bless Me, Ultima" will make its New Mexico premiere tonight at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa FeThe movie opens in Albuquerque and Santa Fe this weekend.  
The movie, based on the beloved novel by Rudolpho Anaya, was shot entirely in New Mexico, but folks were outraged when the film premiered in El Paso
The film's stars say they believe it will make a big impact in New Mexico despite the controversy. 
Actor Benito Martinez says  he hopes the New Mexican audience will embrace it and see it as a tribute to New Mexico and see the story that unfolds.


ABQ police officer leaves evidence at scene

An Albuquerque police officer investigating a disturbance busted a man for heroin.  According to the criminal complaint, after making the arrest, the officer indicated he had possibly left some of the drugs on the curb. 
Albuquerque Police Department is calling this an honest, human mistake and an error the office immediately owned up to. 
The incident happened near the intersection of Rhode Island St. and Copper Ave. NE. According to the criminal complaint, the officer searched 29-year-old Mark Rodriguez for weapons, and found two hypodermic needles along with a scale.
 In addition, the officer removed a green, leafy substance wrapped in clear cellophane from Rodriguez's pocket, which the officer placed on the curb and continued his search. 
The key evidence that was not left behind is what landed Rodriguez with a felony charge.  It was a large, brown ball, also wrapped in cellophane, which the officer tested positive as heroin.


Carlsbad woman burns down house after hearing voices

Authorities say a Carlsbad woman burned down her own house after claiming to hear noises in the attic. 

Thirty-three year old Valerie Hernandez was arrested last week after a nearly six-month investigation. 

According to police, Hernandez moved into the home in March and told police she never liked living there because she believed someone was living in the attic and had bugged the house to listen to her conversations. 

Hernandez admitted buying lighter fluid but told police she just dropped the lighter fluid by the front door. Police say she repeatedly asked authorities if the person in the attic had died during the fire. No one was hurt in the fire police said originated on a mattress.


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NM legislator fined for campaign finance violations

Mary Jane Garcia
A New Mexico legislator has been fined $1,200 by the secretary of state for campaign finance violations. 
Democratic state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia of Dona Ana was notified of the fine in a letter dated Tuesday. Duran's office says Garcia's campaign disclosures had 12 instances of improper cash spending since 2010. Campaigns are prohibited from making payments for "cash" of more than $100.
 Garcia told Duran's office the campaign payments covered travel to attend legislative committee meetings and contended that's allowed by law. The Legislature separately reimbursed Garcia for mileage and daily expense allowances for attending the meetings.


State Rep wants NMSU president payout investigated

Barbara Couture
A state representative wants New Mexico's attorney general to investigate if a payout for New Mexico State University's president is legal. 

Barbara Couture resigned from NMSU in September. She is technically on leave until January. When her leave ends, she's scheduled to receive nearly $454,000. 
On Wednesday, state representative Bill Rehm sent a letter to Attorney General Gary King. The letter asked King to determine if the payout is a violation of the state's anti-donation clause, since Couture would be getting money from the state while not providing services to NMSU.