I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
TODAY’S TOP STORIES: UNM freezes top administration salaries
Responding to the economic hard times, University of New Mexico President David Schmidly has frozen executive salaries — including his own, the Albuqerque Journal reports. The action comes amid some talk among faculty of taking a no-confidence vote on Schmidly’s leadership.
Also from the Journal, ridership on the Rail Runner Express commuter train is down. Weekday ridership has dipped by about 1,000 a day since Jan. 5 — the post-holiday season.
Santa Fe drivers, beware. The City Different could see red-light cameras up and in use by March or April, according to a story by the Santa Fe New Mexican. The paper says “a deal with RedFlex Traffic Systems was recommended unanimously Monday night by the Public Works Committee and is scheduled for consideration by other committees before landing at the City Council next month.”
Santa Fe drivers aren’t the only ones who need to beware. The Associated Press reports that the state is “cracking down on people who try to avoid paying taxes on used-car sales by low-balling the purchase price.”
The story goes on:
With New Mexico squeezed by budget problems, the Motor Vehicle Division is toughening its excise-tax collection efforts to help come up with more money for state government.