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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

August 14, 2014

"Report: Arts, culture have $5.6B impact in New Mexico" – Las Cruces Sun-News

A new report commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs shows more needs to be done to capitalize on the state's creative assets as art and culture markets go global and high-tech.  The report, released by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of New Mexico, says the state's museums, art galleries, libraries, performance spaces, festivals and farmers markets have a combined economic impact of about $5.6 billion. – 8/13/2014


August 8, 2014

"New Mexico consumer spending up 11%" – Santa Fe New Mexican

Consumer spending in New Mexico shortly after the Great Recession mirrored the national average with 11 percent growth, but it increased at a faster pace than in most other Western states, according to federal figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. – 8/7/2014

August 12, 2014

"Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go" – Santa Fe New Mexican

A federal judge says a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.  Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued a ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, saying the monument constitutes government speech and has the “principal effect of endorsing religion.”  In a 32-page opinion, Parker says the city of Bloomfield clearly violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and must take the monument down by Sept. 10. – 8/9/2014

August 7, 2014

"NM plans to reimpose work requirement for food stamps" Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration proposes to reimpose and broaden work-related requirements on low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.  Starting in October, the state plans to restore a 20-hour-a-week work requirement for an estimated 26,600 childless adults to get food stamps. The mandate was suspended in 2009 because of the national recession. On-the-job training and community service also can help meet the work mandate.  The Human Services Department says it’s uncertain how many people would be affected by the proposed job search changes.


"Rail Runner Express to undergo safety review of Santa Fe crossings" Progressive Railroading

During the next 60 to 90 days, Federal Railroad Administration safety experts will join officials from the Rio Metro Regional Transit District, New Mexico Department of Transportation and other stakeholders to conduct a safety review of Sante Fe grade crossings involving the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. – 8/7/2014