from Photographers' Blog:

Truth or Consequences – Spaceport

May 8, 2014

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
By Lucy Nicholson

Spaceport America's Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building is seen near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Having just trundled past cattle and tumbleweed through the high desert red plains of southern New Mexico, Elizabeth Mixon stepped off a tour bus to face the future.

from Photographers' Blog:

New Mexico’s Holy Week

April 1, 2013

New Mexico

By Brian Snyder

The high desert of northern New Mexico, with Taos as its unofficial capital, is a confluence of cultures and eras.  Native American, Spanish, Mexican and American cultures co-exist and show themselves in both modern and old ways. Holy Week in this area is celebrated in a very public manner within the safety of the region, beyond the notice of much of the rest of the United States. The rites and customs are very much of the place and cultures found there.

from MuniLand:

The promise and peril of energy tax revenues

By Cate Long
April 13, 2012

Of the $763 billion in tax revenues that states collected in 2011, only $14.6 billion – less than 2 percent – came from severance taxes on coal, gas and oil. Energy production is very concentrated in the United States: Just nine states receive over 5 percent of their tax revenues from energy producers. Currently, the bulk of severance revenues comes from oil production. Alaska, a state floating on an ocean of oil, gets 76 percent of its revenues from a handful of big oil companies that have drilling rights on the North Slope of the state.

from MuniLand:

Proximity to the madness

By Cate Long
July 19, 2011

More alarms are ringing in muniland today. Moody's issued a statement announcing that it was putting on review five states which have Aaa ratings. Aaa is Moody's highest rating, and the agency is concerned that knock-on effects from the federal government could weaken the ratings of these states.

from Photographers' Blog:

Tips on the fire line

June 17, 2011

My rental SUV smells like a junior high school locker room manned by a chain-cigar-smoking gym instructor and I am standing on the side of the road with my pants and shirt half off cleaning myself with baby wipes and I am itching in areas that are not suppose to itch like that… yeah, I am in the field covering a wildfire.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Hey Billy, you’re gettin’ out of hell!

December 18, 2010

Blog Guy, I need your help. I have too much important stuff on my mind lately, and I need something to think about that is totally irrelevant.

from Tales from the Trail:

Arizona immigration law controversy hits border governors’ conference

July 17, 2010

The simmering row over Arizona's tough-as-nails immigration law has led to a shift in venue for the U.S.-Mexico border governors' meeting, an annual event usually characterized by unity and good will.

from Left field:

Bracket busting in the year of the mid-Major

March 21, 2010

NCAA/The madness of March continued today as we saw the fall of the top overall seeded Kansas Jayhawks to the #9 Northern Iowa. Additionally #2 seed Villanova collapsed against #10 St. Marys and #3 New Mexico lost to #11 Washington. Cinderella has arrived to the Sweet 16 and brought along some friends.

from Environment Forum:

Group wants oil, gas drillers to follow rules in U.S. West

March 27, 2009

An environmental group this week issued a report saying oil and gas companies have enjoyed exemptions to common sense anti-pollution federal rules that govern companies in other industries. This has led, the Environmental Working Group claims, to fouled groundwater, creeks and acres and acres of formerly pristine land in the U.S. West.

from Tales from the Trail:

Weather looks good for most of U.S. on Election Day

November 4, 2008

WASHINGTON - Election Day is finally here, the final opinion polls are in and now it's time for Americans to make their way to the voting booth -- but will weather be a factor?