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August 5, 2014

"New Mexico student proficiency drops from 2010" – Santa Fe New Mexican

The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was in 2010.  Recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring.  That’s down 4 percentage points since 2010. – 8/5/2014

August 4, 2014

"New Mexico one of five worst states for education, study says" Albuquerque Business First

A new report by financial site WalletHub brings more bad news for our state: New Mexico is among the five worst states in education.  Using data from, among other places, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, WalletHub ranked New Mexico 46th overall in education.  The overall rankings were compiled using data in a number of categories, including dropout rates, math test scores and reading test scores.  New Mexico scored poorly across all three individual categories, placing 43rd in dropout rate, 47th in math test scores and 50th in reading test scores. – 8/4/2014

July 28, 2014

"Feds seek to expand wolf habitat in New Mexico, Arizona" – Santa Fe New Mexican

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand Mexican gray wolves’ potential habitat beyond their current small range along the New Mexico-Arizona border.  The agency released suggested revisions to a June 2013 proposal, now proposing to extend the territory for releasing and relocating wolves deep into west-central Arizona and east-central New Mexico and as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border. – 7/25/2014

July 29, 2014

"Parts of NM receive record rainfall; more on the way" Albuquerque Journal

Parts of drought-stricken New Mexico have received record rainfall, and forecasters say more is coming this evening.  A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said northern and central New Mexico will likely see locally heavy rainfall.  More severe weather in the state is expected this week, bringing the possibility of flooding and dangerous road conditions.


"New Mexico tax holiday starts Friday for shoppers" Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico’s annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.  Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.  The Taxation and Revenue Department’s web site lists the tax treatment of various goods. – 7/28/2014

July 25, 2014

"Feds sued over Rio Grande flow for minnow, bird" Albuquerque Journal

Citing “two decades of broken promises by federal and state water managers,” a Santa Fe-based environmental group filed a federal lawsuit against two government agencies Thursday alleging they failed “to secure dynamic and perennial flows for the Rio Grande” needed to protect the silvery minnow and Southwestern willow flycatcher.  In its suit, WildEarth Guardians accuses the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of failing to adopt “even the most modest changes in management on behalf of the Rio Grande.” – 7/25/2014