Really? Bill Richardson, budget hawk?

By Rob Nikolewski on October 18, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — Some eyebrows were raised — and maybe a few harrumphs uttered — in the past week as news came out that former  Gov. Bill Richardson has been named to the Governors Fiscal Leadership Council, a new group aimed at addressing the country’s fiscal crisis.
“We are honored [...]

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Spaceport gets a reality show but revenue from launches won’t go to NM taxpayers

By Rob Nikolewski on October 4, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
New Mexico taxpayers’ $209 million investment in Spaceport America soon will be part of a reality show on NBC-TV but it isn’t clear how prominently the facility will be featured and what kind of economic impact the show will have.
Plus, while the reality show highlighting Virgin Galactic blasting well-heeled [...]

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Lawsuit continues against Albuquerque PBS station

By Rob Nikolewski on September 27, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — A long-running court case surrounding an alleged fake documentary that aired on New Mexico’s largest Public Broadcasting System affiliate will continue.
Judge Nan G. Nash on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss filed by attorneys for KNME-TV and other defendants in a case that has dragged on [...]

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Lawsuit against New Mexico PBS station over alleged fake documentary still up in air

By Rob Nikolewski on September 17, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
In 2012, Jim Scarantino of New Mexico Watchdog ran a series of stories about a controversial program that aired on KNME-TV, the state’s flagship public broadcasting television station, and the lawsuit the program sparked.
It’s been a year since those stories were posted and fully six years since the program [...]

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NM’s lousy economic numbers: Are they connected to natural gas?

By Rob Nikolewski on August 31, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – New Mexico’s economy has been struggling for years, and the Land of (Dis)Enchantment’s woes are put into sharp relief by an interactive graphic called the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States, which ranks the economic health of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
The chart begins [...]

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Criminal allegations in NM behavioral health system no surprise to one advocate

By Rob Nikolewski on August 23, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – As the controversy continues over allegations of $36 million in potential misuse of funds, a former Green Party candidate for statewide and national office said she has a sense of déjà vu.
“I haven’t read the audit” of the providers in question, “but I do have concerns [...]

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The NM behavioral health controversy rolls on

By Rob Nikolewski on August 5, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — In one corner are allegations that some $36 million has been misspent by behavioral health providers in New Mexico.
In the other corner are the providers, who say it’s unfair their Medicaid funding was suspended while the state’s Attorney General’s office — and possibly other law enforcement [...]

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Navajo Nation will support NM horse processing plant

By Rob Nikolewski on July 31, 2013

The Navajo Nation is about to wade into the heated debate over a horse-meat processing plant in Roswell and will support Valley Meat Co. becoming the first horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. in seven years.
“They’re eating up the land and drinking all the water,” Erny Zah, spokesman for Navajo Nation President Ben Shelley told New [...]

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Remember this? It’s nothing to smile about

By Rob Nikolewski on July 26, 2013

A U.S. Senate report claims taxpayer dollars are being wasted at the Small Smiles dental chain and the company should be thrown out of the Medicaid program.
The 1,517-page report came out this week after a two-year investigation and charges that the chain encouraged dentists to perform unnecessary procedures, overbilled patients and produced low-quality work.
The corporate [...]

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NM Attorney General joins opposition to horse slaughter plant, defenders say he’s ‘grandstanding’ UPDATE: NM Environment Dept weighs in

By Rob Nikolewski on July 22, 2013

The battle over the first horsemeat processing plant in the U.S. in seven years is heating up, with a court hearing in Albuquerque fast approaching.
The facility in Roswell is scheduled to open in two weeks but in the latest development, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has joined a lawsuit trying to stop the slaughterhouse  from opening its [...]

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