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Las Cruces, NM

Here we go with the Red Light Scam Again.

AFAIK Cristobal Rodriguez and Avallone Mechanical Company are still awaiting a judge's ruling on the legality of these tickets. Back on March 19, 2010 it was stated "the New Mexico Department of Transportation issued a ban on all red light cameras operating on state roads and highways because of lack of evidence that cameras increase safety and increasing evidence that revenue generation is the primary motivation" Google maps reveals Valley Dr to be state highway 185 and Lohman Ave to be state highway 342. Thankfully somebody had the foresight to archive the announcement (http://164.64.74. 113/upload/content s/436/Red%20Light% 20Camera%20Ban%20% 28ver%203b%29.pdf) : "The ban would apply to red-light cameras and mobile enforcement vans on state and federal roadways, such as: • I-25 and I-40 in Albuquerque • Coors Boulevard in Albuquerque • Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque • Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe • St. Francis Road in Santa Fe • St. Michael’s Road in Santa Fe • U.S. 70 in Las Cruces • S. Valley Drive and Avenida De Mesilla in Las Cruces" So base don this how can ANY of the red light cameras in Las Cruces be operating legally?  (Mar 6, 2012 | post #4)

Las Cruces, NM

35% of red light-camera tickets go unpaid

It is interesting to watch as Red Light cameras go down like 10 pins in a bowling alley. The companies are suing cites as the cameras come down (for example, Houston is being sued by ATS for $25 million) but given that in most civil suit trial you face a jury I wonder how well that is going to work out. As for the idea of an Airtight Contract if the contract is found to violate a law then it would become an illegal contract and unenforceable.  (Aug 26, 2011 | post #71)

Las Cruces, NM

35% of red light-camera tickets go unpaid

By crossing state lines this is now a FEDERAL matter. Time to contact the Feds especially the Postmaster General  (Aug 25, 2011 | post #69)

Las Cruces Sun-News

New school grading system gets trial run

I agree regarding computers and the problem is everyone forget computers are a TOOL and sees them as an end in of them-self. As for textbook THAT is a problem with money and the publishers. When I was a substitute teacher we often only had one class set of books so all work from the book had to be done in class. The reason is publishers encourage schools to have the latest textbook even if the old one still works (any college student can tell you this) and this cost money that in many cases the school simply doesn't have.  (Jun 30, 2011 | post #11)

Las Cruces Sun-News

New school grading system gets trial run

This is garbage as a quick search of the net produced things like a report by the Michigan Department of Education with 23 (!) peer reviewed references over 15 years that showed PARENTS are the key to good education. "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more." (2004 Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) "Educational failure is increased by lack of parental interest in schooling In particular, a father’s interest in a child’s schooling is strongly linked to educational outcomes for the child. (...) Overall, research has shown conclusively that parental involvement does make a difference to pupils’ engagement and their achievement and the evidence indicates that parental involvement benefits students, parents teachers and schools."(The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children’s Education; Department of Education and Skills United Kingdom, 37 peer reviewed references) These actual reports show you are blowing smoke and it is time to stop claiming EVERYTHING depends on the teacher as these and the HUNDREDS of similar reports to show it is a PARENTAL problem.  (Jun 30, 2011 | post #10)

Las Cruces Sun-News

New school grading system gets trial run

Morales is right grading everything. If only 11th graders are counted with regards to reading and math proficiency then how in the name of reason can you tell how the school AS A WHOLE is doing? Worse yet this smakes of the "teaching to the Test" problem Bushweller talked about in a 1997 American School Board Journal article. This is all ignoring the sort of nonsense as seen with the New York State’s Education Department's test ("On New York School Tests, Warning Signs Ignored" October 10, 2010 NY Times) that some people have called 'the Enron of the testing world' and the recent fiasco regarding a school in the nation's capital ("When standardized test scores soared in D.C., were the gains real?" USA Today March 30, 2011). Badly designed tests, allegations of test tampering, teaching to the test rather than the skills students need to succeed in the world, and many other problems make this a very bad idea.  (Jun 27, 2011 | post #1)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Stolen '57 Chevy crashes into Bravo Chevrolet dealership ...

With the wonky way the insurance laws are written (or are claimed to be written) I would not be surprised if the "it happened on private property" idiocy might get trotted out. I have seen property damage by people who didn't have the required documentation (like car insurance) but the cops would not cite them because the incident occurred on private property.  (Jun 15, 2011 | post #33)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Water fight may soon be settled (4:54 p.m.)

"An acre-foot contains about 326,000 gallons, enough to supply about one to two U.S. households annually." I have always wondered about that number as I use at most 12,000 gallons a year and when living with my parents we never got much over 50,000 gallons over the year. So just WHERE is all that extra water going or is there something wonked with the statistic?  (Jun 12, 2011 | post #1)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Postal officials grilled about processing proposal

But the flip side of that is urban sprawl is far worse now then it was in 1975. The amount of mail has proportionally gone down but the routes and their lengths have gone UP. The REAL problem is the cost of a stamp has not gone up to reflect that reality.  (Jun 10, 2011 | post #33)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Postal officials grilled about processing proposal

I agree though having working for the federal government (both as a volunteer and a paid worker) there are some pretty wonky things going on. Many of the problems are due to laws that haven't been updated to keep up with the times. Case in point is the American Antiquities Act of 1906. Due to the way the law is written you have the ludicrous situation where a logging company can go in do so logging but disturb the ground enough to bring enough evidence of an archeological site to light that they can't continue to log in that area. In the case with the Post office you have bulk mail which is charged at a lower rate than normal mail and harkens back to a time when buying by mail took off (1890s) and the USPS wanted to encourage junk mail. Discounting junk mail today is the equivalent of driving a Model T down the interstate--you could do it but you have to be stupid beyond all belief to WANT to do it. Charge normal or better yet HIGHER rates for this stuff.  (Jun 9, 2011 | post #28)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Unpaid tickets from traffic cameras could cost drivers th...

The article said something I found VERY interesting: "the courts and drivers ignore the summonses" (sic). A COURT ignoring a summons is a VERY interesting development.  (Jun 9, 2011 | post #96)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Unpaid tickets from traffic cameras could cost drivers th...

Since these NMDOT and Sun News articles are now on wikipedia and the question raised perhaps you will NOW provide the information asked for...assuming it actually exists.  (Jun 8, 2011 | post #94)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Postal officials grilled about processing proposal

I would like to know just how much LOCAL mail goes through the Las Cruces Post office and how sending that mail 100 miles round trip will save money. I have to wonder just how much creative accounting has gone into this because something doesn't feel right about this  (Jun 8, 2011 | post #1)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Study: Casino could be a jackpot

Again you don't get it. Most of the people staying in hotels in Las Cruces are actually going go to another destination avoiding El Paso for reasons of traffic of because of the reports regarding Ciudad Juárez. In short for most of the tourists coming through here Las Cruces is NOT a destination but a stopping point on the way to a destination. People seem to have this Field of Dreams mentality with this casino--build it and they will come. The reality is as the fate of the Las Cruces Conversion Center Hotel showed that is NOT the case; the numbers showed that even with the pull of the convention center that a hotel right next door could not make it. For the Anthony Casino to succeed you would have to bring in more OVERALL tourists with Anthony as their final destination and there is nothing to show THAT is going to happen with the economy in the state it is in.  (Jun 6, 2011 | post #27)

Las Cruces Sun-News

Study: Casino could be a jackpot

You clearly didn't READ as I was talking about the SUPPLY side of the equation and NOT expenses. The key reason Las Vegas, NV casinos are having problems is the tourism is simply not there. Fewer people are traveling which results in less money coming into the casinos. Hence casinos like the Sahara are closing their doors after 50 years of operation. As a person who works in the Las Cruces hotel industry I tell you tourism is way down here as well. It is so bad that the hotel that was planned for the convention center wasn't built even after it was down graded from 180 room full service to about 120 room semi-service. The number of projected tourists simply wasn't there to support another hotel and given the state of the economy it is doubtful there are enough to support a casino. This casino project made some degree of sense when the economy was good but in this uncertain economy this has all the signs of turning into a Peter-Paul Casino and that is the LAST thing this area needs.  (Jun 5, 2011 | post #19)

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