Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.

The battle over wind farms, dead eagles and a rule by the federal government

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

DANGEROUS FLIGHT: The federal government's decision to give wind energy companies up to a 30-year permit to escape punishment for the deaths of eagles has sparked controversy. Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The federal government’s decision to give wind farms up to a 30-year permit to escape penalties for the deaths of eagles has sparked controversy.

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It’s official: Albuquerque police gets rid of its MRAP

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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Albuquerque police chief Gorden Eden decided Wednesday morning to get rid of the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

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Albuquerque police may ditch its MRAP

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Local Government, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

GIVE IT BACK?: The Albuquerque Police Department is considering returning its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. This MRAP was recently acquired by the Los Lunas, N.M. Police Department.

The Albuquerque Police Department is considering getting ride of its MRAP — the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle it acquired from the federal government.

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Oil boom may be just starting in Permian Basin

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The explosive growth in the Permian Basin in eastern New Mexico and West Texas shows no signs of slowing.

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Mr. Meadow Jumping Mouse goes to Washington

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

MOUSE MAELSTROM: Listing the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species has led to a battle between environmentalists and New Mexico ranchers that went all the way to Capitol Hill Thursday.

Listing the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species has led to a battle between environmentalists and New Mexico ranchers that went all the way to Capitol Hill Thursday.

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Ride-sharing demand grows in NM as regulators debate stifling it

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

IN DEMAND: A member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission says the 19,000 people in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and downloaded the smartphone app to use the ride-sharing company Uber.

A member of the PRC says 19,000 people in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and downloaded the smartphone app to use the ride-sharing company Uber.

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