Rob Nikolewski is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org based in Santa Fe, N.M. Contact him at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @NMWatchdog.

Schools from modest NM communities hold their own in statewide rankings

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  Education, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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A number of New Mexico schools from communities where household income is below the state median scored highly in rankings compiled by a national website.

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NM Obamacare officials mum on signup goals

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Open enrollment for Obamacare individual policies started Saturday but New Mexico officials won’t say what their target goals are for signups.

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Oil prices may go back up — and that’s good news for New Mexico

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Oil prices are dropping fast but an energy forecaster predicts the price is heading back to a level that will ensure New Mexico producers will keep pumping.

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A ‘gold mine’ or a civil liberties outrage? Civil forfeiture remarks go viral

By   /  November 13, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Local Government, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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The videotaped remarks of Las Cruces City Attorney Pete Donnelly have ignited a debate over the fairness of civil asset forfeiture laws.

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Is New Mexico’s drunk driving problem getting better or worse?

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Drunk driving arrests and convictions have been going down in New Mexico. Is that an indication there are fewer impaired drivers, or just fewer getting caught?

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New Mexico Republicans name Tripp new Speaker of the House

By   /  November 9, 2014  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Less than four days after taking the New Mexico House of Representatives, Republicans chose Don Tripp to become Speaker of the House

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