“It’s only a study” is the refrain from lawmakers and supporters who want to create a commission to look at options for transferring federal lands to state control.
But that didn’t keep Indian tribes, along with conservation, sportsmen’s, wildlife and acequia organizations, from lining up to testify against it at a House committee Wednesday.
They protested that the notion of taking over federal lands is unconstitutional and unworkable, and that studying it would be a waste of time and money.
Unpersuaded, the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee approved House Bill 291 overwhelmingly, by a 9-1 vote. It would have to clear two more committees before it reached the full House for a vote.
The legislation – backed by the State Land Office and the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez – would form a 17-member New Mexico Federal Land Management Study Commission, consisting mostly of state officials or their appointees and four legislators.
The commission over 18 months would study options including taking over federal lands, swapping state and federal lands, and transferring state and federal lands to Indian tribes and land grants.
Supporters – including farming and ranching groups – complained about federal mismanagement of New Mexico lands, citing catastrophic wildfires and restricted access.
“We’re not talking about making public lands private. We’re talking about keeping them public, just managing them here at home,” said attorney Blair Dunn, son of Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.
By Deborah Baker – Albuquerque Journal –
The rural southeastern New Mexico town of Hagerman held an uncontested election for three school board seats, but nobody voted. Now what?
The Roswell Daily Record reports that’s what officials are trying to determine.
Chaves County Clerk Dave Kunko said the three candidates needed at least one vote each to be elected. And Kunko said because they aren’t incumbents they don’t remain in office automatically absent a replacement being elected.
Kunko said he’s received legal advice to have the current school board appoint the three candidates for the positions that were up for election.
Hagerman Schools Superintendent Ricky Williams said he’d prefer to have the three candidates declared the winners because none were challenged.
By The Associated Press –
An Al Qaeda terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list for years crossed back and forth into the United States from Mexico to meet fellow militant Islamists in Texas and piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.
The same Al Qaeda operative helped plan the 2009 bombing of talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studios and the iconic Sears Tower (renamed Willis Tower), a story that Judicial Watch broke just last week. His name is Adnan G. El Shukrijumah (also known as “Javier Robles”) and over the weekend he was killed in Pakistan, according to military officials in the Islamic republic.
In 2010 Shukrijumah was indicted in the Eastern District of New York for his role in a terrorist plot to attack targets in the United States—including New York City’s subway system—and the United Kingdom, according the FBI. The plot against New York City’s subway system was directed by senior Al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan, the FBI says, and was also directly related to a scheme by Al Qaeda plotters in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the United States.
A year earlier Shukrijumah helped plan a terrorist truck-bomb plot targeting Winfrey’s Harpo Studios and the Sears Tower. Two of his fellow conspirators—Emad Karakrah and Hector Pedroza Huerta—were recently arrested for unrelated state crimes in different parts of the country. Karakrah is in Cook County, Illinois Jail on charges of making a false car bomb threat after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago with an ISIS flag waving from his car in August. Huerta, an illegal alien twice convicted for driving intoxicated, is in the El Paso County Jail and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
The men form part of a sophisticated narco-terror ring, exposed by JW in October, with connections running from El Paso to Chicago to New York City. It includes an all-star lineup of logistics and transportation operatives for militant Islamists in the United State, drug and weapons smugglers for the Juarez drug cartel in Mexico, an FBI confidential informant gone rogue and two of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists. Shukrijumah is one of them.
Despite being one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, Shukrijumah for years managed to slip in and out of the U.S. through the southern border to meet fellow militant Islamists—including Karakrah and Huerta—in the El Paso region, JW’s law enforcement sources confirm. In fact, in March the most wanted terrorist piloted a private aircraft from Mexico into the airfield at Cielo Dorado in Anthony New Mexico, according to JW’s high-level government sources.
From Judicial Watch –
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times –
Communicable diseases continue to be a problem at the New Mexico facility built to house illegal immigrant families surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, and the immigrants themselves aren’t taking their own health care very seriously, according to an audit released Monday.
While the Border Patrol is doing a good job of handling the surge of illegal immigrant children traveling alone without their parents, the families who are being housed at a special facility continue to have health problems and trouble using the bathroom, the Homeland Security inspector general said.
By Charlie Grapski – PhotographyIsNotACrime.com –
APD OFFICER KEITH SANDY DECLARES HE WILL SHOOT JAMES BOYD TWO HOURS BEFORE DOING IT!
Once again the use of public records laws by citizens pays off by exposing wrongdoing by public officials – in this case police officers. Despite the attempts by the City of Albuquerque to deny records lawfully required to be produced persistence paid off. Video evidence that has been obtained from the James Boyd murder, on March 16th, reveals far more of what really happened that day.
In particular it reveals that Officer Keith Sandy, who was hired with the explicit public assurance that he would never carry a badge or gun but would only “push papers” behind a desk (he was fired for inappropriate activity from the New Mexico State Police), did not merely shoot and kill James Boyd that day.
Several hours before he shot Boyd three times, at point blank range, with an M-4 Assault Rifle – Sandy stated to a former colleague, New Mexico State Police Sergeant Chris Ware, that he was “going to shoot him with [unintelligible] a shotgun here in a second.”
He made this statement despite the fact that he had not even seen Boyd or obtained anything but a cursory statement of the issues pertaining to the incident.
That statement, under NM Stat § 30-2-1 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis), could justify not just a charge – but a conviction – for First Degree Murder.
By Leuren Moret, Christina Consolo and Jim Fetzer – VeteransToday.com –
Something very strange is going on in California and New Mexico right now. Susan Duclos asks, Is it just a coincidence that just days after a report is released by ENENews that the leader of the Fukushima study stated that “Intense” radiation exposure was headed towards the US west coast with a plume traveling very fast and that “high concentrations” would impact the west coast with a prolonged period of radioactive upwelling expected, the highest of readings in San Diego, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico, suddenly vanish, go totally offline, and when they reappear those numbers have dropped by hundreds of Counts Per Minute?
Mid America Land Restoration/Microbes/Probiotics has been documenting the radiation readings across America for quite a while now on their Facebook page, and thanks to them we have the images from 9/18 – 9/20, showing extremely high levels of radiation, via the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center. Using those, with images from this morning, show that something very strange has been going on.
Susan raises the prospects of whether the NETC site was hacked or “coincidentally” these particular areas went offline and returned showing levels massively lower than right before they went offline. But under the circumstances, the likelihood that the numbers are being “fixed” to avoid alarming the public appears to be overwhelmingly greater than any mere coincidence. Consider the difference…