The Highest Paid Local Government Employee in New Mexico Is….

By Jim Scarantino on October 10, 2012

The award goes to Subhas Shah, Chief Engineer of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.  He rakes in $186,662.58.  Add to that a double-dip fake retirement of more than $108,000 and this employee at an obscure government agency receives nearly $300,000 a year from taxpayers.
The  MRGCD manages irrigation and flood control in the Middle Rio [...]

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Rep. Miguel Garcia Story Picked Up By KRQE-TV

By Jim Scarantino on September 25, 2012

Alex Tomlin of KRQE-TV covered the New Mexico Watchdog report on Rep. Miguel Garcia submitting false mileage reimbursement claims and using campaign funds for massages.
Here’s the link to the story on KRQE’s website.
Here’s the video:

Representative bills for massages, miles

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They may not have much money, but two challengers are taking on Sheryl Williams Stapelton

By Rob Nikolewski on September 17, 2012

Erica Landry is running against longtime Roundhouse rep Sheryl Williams Stapleton because she says House District 19 needs change while Hess Yntema is running because he says both Democrats and Republicans are captives to their party leadership and their contributors.
“It’s a very unlikely road to be elected as an Independent,” Yntema said in a telephone [...]

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Immigration officials mum on Ramon Hernandez case

By Rob Nikolewski on August 29, 2012

How can someone who’s apparently in the country illegally manage to stay in the US with at least three drunken driving convictions on his record?
That question has yet to be answered as another angle in the story surrounding Ramon Hernandez emerges.
Hernandez is sitting in jail in San Miguel County, charged with drunken driving in an [...]

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Chicken sandwiches and political speech

By Rob Nikolewski on August 1, 2012

In one of the oddest demonstrations in recent memory, people came out and made political statements across the country Wednesday (Aug. 1) by buying — or not buying — chicken sandwiches.
The fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-A has become ground zero on a debate over gay rights and the rights of the owners of a private company.
This was [...]

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Progress in the Little Bear Fire: Now 30% contained UPDATE: 175 structures destroyed, valued at $11.5M

By Rob Nikolewski on June 12, 2012

After a hellish weekend, firefighters made some real progress on the Little Bear Fire in the Ruidoso, NM area on Monday (June 11), going from zero percent containment Sunday to an estimated 30 percent containment by early Monday evening, thanks in part to lower temperatures and some favorable winds.
The fire burned more than 1,500 acres [...]

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Flier turns up the heat in Stapleton’s race against Valente-Compton

By Rob Nikolewski on May 7, 2012

The Democratic primary in House District 19 in Albuquerque is getting hot. Real hot.
Longtime Roundhouse veteran and liberal advocate Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton is facing a young challenger — a UNM law school student and mother of four named Cara Valente-Compton who also bills herself as a hard-core progressive.
And the campaign heated up in recent [...]

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No more paid leave for Albuquerque public school employees in legislature

By Rob Nikolewski on May 2, 2012

As anticipated, the board at Albuquerque Public Schools voted to change its policy regarding APS employees who serve in the legislature on Tuesday night (May 1), choosing to require those serving in the Roundhouse to take unpaid leave instead of draw APS pay while attending to legislative duties in Santa Fe.
The vote was 4-2 by [...]

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More trouble for Sheryl Williams Stapleton; plus reaction from opponents on the campaign trail

By Rob Nikolewski on April 13, 2012

Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) is in the middle of another controversy — actually two new controversies.
Last night on KRQE-TV, reporter Tim Maestas disclosed that Rep. Stapleton allegedly tried to back-date some Albuquerque Public School documents — possibly in reaction to the station’s story last fall about Stapleton taking paid leave of absences — and [...]

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Head of NM Racing Commission: “There are individuals abusing the animals”

By Rob Nikolewski on March 26, 2012

The day after a shocking horse racing story in the New York Times came out, detailing what the paper called “an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation” and claiming through computer analysis that New Mexico is home to an overwhelming number of the most dangerous tracks in the country, Capitol [...]

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