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August 21, 2014

"A stunning image of New Mexico's economic malaise" Albuquerque Journal

It is striking to see a visual comparison for New Mexico's lagging economy compared to the rest of the United States.  The most recent chart is available from the Pew Charitable Trusts which looks at the labor-participation rates of those in their working prime, ages 25-55.  New Mexico shows that 79.1 percent of this population was working in 2007 and just 69.9 percent is working today that is by far the worst performance among the 50 states. – 8/20/2014

August 20, 2014

"NM student program earns $500K NASA grant" Albuquerque Journal

NASA has awarded a $500,000 grant to the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium to help students design and launch experiments into space from Spaceport America.  U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced the award Monday, which goes to support the Community College Technical Schools Student Launch Program.  The senators requested the funding in April with an eye on helping “attract and retain students to jobs in high-tech sectors,” according to a statement. – 8/19/2014

August 18, 2014

"Traffic Deaths Up 20 Percent In New Mexico" KRWG

A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year.  According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July.  That's up from 170 fatalities during the first seven months of last year, but down from 224 in 2012.



"New Mexico prevails against horse slaughter" – The Taos News

“It’s official.  The controversial horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico will not be opening.”  The attorney for Valley Meat Company, which has sought for years to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell, submitted a letter to the New Mexico Environment Department on July 31 withdrawing their application for a wastewater discharge permit, which the company needed to begin operations. – 8/18/2014

August 19, 2014

"New Mexico chile will now be certified" Albuquerque Business First

A new program started by the New Mexico Chile Association is hoping to cut down on imposters.  In a news release, the organization said it’s unveiling a new “New Mexico Certified Chile” label to go on chile grown in the state in order to prove its authenticity. The program launches at The Range in Bernalillo at a special ceremony with Governor Susana Martinez. – 8/19/2014

August 15, 2014

"River Ranch purchase benefits wildlife, habitat" Headlight Deming News

The New Mexico State Game Commission recently purchased more than 1,000 acres of riparian habitat along the Mimbres River in southwestern New Mexico.  The $585,000 purchase will allow the Department of Game and Fish to manage the property and its diverse wildlife habitat.  "The River Ranch is an opportunity for the department to conserve valuable habitat for many wildlife species," Department Director Alexa Sandoval said. – 8/14/2014