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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 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 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 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 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