Albuquerque school boss gets $350,000 buyout, taxpayers don’t get answers

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Education, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

GOLDEN PARACHUTE: Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he's leaving.

Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

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America has a ‘militarization moment’

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  California, Federal Government, Idaho, Local Government, Military, Missouri, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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The display of tactics and weaponry in Ferguson, Mo., has elevated the debate over militarization of local law enforcement.

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After two months, an uneasy coexistence at NM immigration facility continues

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Federal Government, Immigration, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

TWO MONTHS ON: The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia. N.M. has been renovated to house up to 700 women and children who entered the U.S. illegally.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia has been turned into an immigration facility for up to 700 women and children. After two months, here’s a progress report.

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Who’s teaching the kids at New Mexico’s immigration facility?

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Immigration, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

KRQE-TV

Immigrant children at the federal facility in Artesia will receive educational opportunities but the details are still up in the air

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New Mexico moves up to No. 5 in U.S. oil reserves

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

UP TO NO. 5: An annual study shows New Mexico increased its oil reserves 11.4  percent in the space of one year. Photo by Rob Nikolewski.

An annual study shows New Mexico increased its oil reserves 11.4 percent in the space of one year, placing it fifth in the entire country.

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As Armstrong heads to NM Legislature, conflict-of-interest questions arise

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Health Care, Legislature, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare, State Politics  /  No Comments

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: Debbie Armstrong runs the day-to-day operations of New Mexico's high-risk insurance pool. She's also about to become a member of the state legislature.

Debbie Armstrong is heading the New Mexico Legislature but her role as manager of the state’s high-risk insurance pool has raised questions.

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