PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Dairy farmers are hoping for federal help after severe drought and high feed prices have closed around 40 dairies in New Mexico.
The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/SZdS7U) that experts believe the U.S. Farm Bill could give dairy farmers relief by ending old price support systems.
New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort (HAYG'-vohrt) says the proposal would create a regulated producer-paid insurance program. He says the program would make sure that if margins are upside down, insurance will pay out.
New Mexico's ski season kicked off Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort and at least two more resorts are expected to open later this week.
Taos Ski Valley and Red River Ski Area are expected to open by Thanksgiving Day. Ski Santa Fe officials say they won't open until after the Thanksgiving weekend but could open within 48 hours of significant snowfall.
A federal agency's proposal to use helicopters to gather hundreds of wild horses in northwestern New Mexico has drawn criticism from animal advocates who are urging the government to use gentler tactics.
The Bureau of Land Management office plans to round up more than 270 wild horses off the Jicarilla/Carracas Mesa area near Navajo Dam.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/TTmvCe) that the federal agency's preferred option includes using helicopters.
A coyote hunting contest organized by a New Mexico gun shop that set off protests from animal rights activists has ended without problems.
Gunhawk Firearms business manager Rick Gross says the hunt ended at noon Sunday and all hunters had checked in with the shop's owner by 2 p.m. Gross didn't have a count for the number of coyotes taken. But he says the last count he had from Saturday was 23 and he expected no more than 60 would be shot in all.
Manny Bernal immigrated to El Paso from Chihuahua at the age of 12. He describes school then as “horrible,” because he didn’t speak any English. He says he was an “outcast.” But after his freshman year, he entered the bilingual program at his high school. He says, “It gives me a chance to keep my identity. It’s like a comfort zone. It’s like a place where you know you won’t get harassed. Where you’re just safe.”
VADITO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will be kicking off the start of the ski season Saturday with the opening of the Sipapu resort.
Snowmaking has started at some ski areas around New Mexico, but Sipapu will be the first to open. The resort is reporting an 18-inch base.
Ski resorts in New Mexico and around the West had an unusual season last year. Early on, the snow was relatively good in New Mexico, but resorts in other Western states were forced to close early thanks to lackluster snow.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One year after being granted reservation status in New Mexico, the Fort Sill Apache Friday raised their flag on their 30-acre plot of land in the Akela Flats of southern New Mexico. But tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous says it will likely take generations to re-establish a true presence on the tribe's homelands.
Key to the plans is resolution of the tribe's long-standing battle to build a casino on the reservation, an area where the tribe has made little progress in the last year.
Fri. 11/16 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with theater artist Ain Gordon, Director of New York City's Pickup Performance Co(s). The company collaborated with local New Mexico filmmakers to create a "fictional documentary." "The History of Asking the Wrong Question", which explores the relationships Native Americans have to their own history, gives its premiere performances November 16 and 17 at Albuquerque's North 4th Theater.
New Mexico's state land commissioner says participants in a commercial coyote killing contest run by a gun store in Los Lunas won't be allowed to use state trust land.
Commissioner Ray Powell says in a letter to the owner of Gunhawk Firearms that a permit or lease is needed for commercial use of the state lands and none has been issued. The letter obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/QLFIZw ) on Thursday says anyone participating in the hunt who kills coyotes on state land will be considered a trespasser.
A new initiative has been launched aimed at getting more recruits into the Albuquerque police academy.
Mayor Richard Berry and Albuquerque Police Chief Raymond Schultz announced Wednesday an initiative that will give each cadet a $5,000 bonus for completing the academy and $500 for city employees who refer qualified candidates. The city has also launched a new campaign aimed at attracting more recruits.
A new study says the gap between wealthy households and low-income families in New Mexico continues to grow, and it is now the widest in the nation.
The report was released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. It says that from 2008 to 2010, the richest 5 percent of New Mexico households had average incomes nearly 17 times higher than the bottom 20 percent of households.
That's a jump from two years earlier, when the gap was around 14 times higher.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is moving ahead to establish a state-run clearinghouse to help small businesses and tens of thousands of individuals find affordable health insurance they currently lack.
However, a fight over the health insurance exchange could break out in next year's Legislature. Attorney General Gary King's office is reviewing whether new legislation is needed to implement an exchange or whether it can be done as the Martinez administration plans without a change in current law.
New Mexico's State Engineer made his agency's budget request to the Legislative Finance Committee on Tuesday. The requested money would help reduce the state's backlog of water rights adjudication, and deal with current and future droughts.
The Bernalillo County Commission has voted to post the names and salaries of all its workers online as a transparency measure.
The commission voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to adopt the online postings as part of an openness and transparency measure.
Bernalillo County has been posting public salaries but not along with the workers' names.
Measure sponsor Commissioner Wayne Johnson says in a statement that transparency in government is the foundation for good government and allows citizens to hold public workers and elected officials accountable.
Opposition to end a coyote hunting contest being held by a Los Lunas gun shop is growing.
According to a report from The Albuquerque Journal, more than 28,000 people have signed a petition to end the competition being held by Gunhawk Firearms. Those against it say killing animals for the purpose of a body count is cruel and that it’s a risk to public safety.
But supporters of the program disagree, saying it’s their right to hold the contest, and that it will help control the predatory coyote population.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Only 20 percent of Albuquerque officers approved of the job by the city's police chief, and close to a fifth believe bringing in the U.S. Justice Department will improve the department.
Those were the finds from a survey of 450 officers — around half the department's workforce — released Tuesday by the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.
A New Mexico State Police sergeant who complained about a lack of diversity among leaders of the State Police and Department of Public Safety has claimed in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ZBlZMq) that Henry Trujillo filed a lawsuit against DPS in state court in Santa Fe last week that alleges the agency violated laws against racial and age discrimination and retaliated against him.