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• NM Congressman thinks unemployed persons need to be drug tested before collecting benefits.

• As the saying goes, "..water's for fightin’". Rio Rancho finds this out, as California developer decides not to sell its water rights, opting instead to "sit on the asset."

• Land of Enchantment's infrastructure earns a grade of "C" from American Society of Civil Engineers. Beats the national average of "D+".

• Commercial real estate developer group hosts event next week to focus on so-called "Right to Work" law. Could lobbying to enact such a statute in NM be in the group's future?

• Former Lobo football great Brian Urlacher will no longer be a Chicago Bear.

• Brackets ready? NCAA March Madness begins in earnest today. Best of luck to both the Lobos and Aggies.

• UNM gives Lobo coach Steve Alford a big raise, extending his contract. Here are the details of how Alford could potentially earn up to $2 million per year.

• Meanwhile, Lobo Hugh Greenwood is named as one of the "Hottest Guys of March Madness" by Cosmopolitan.

• Speaking of Cosmo, a 23-year-old Duke City woman wins a job with the magazine by competing on a TV show.

• In other fashion news, Michael Kors is coming to ABQ Uptown later this spring.

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Comment by Benny the Icepick on March 21, 2013 at 10:57am

Regarding the first story...

Comment by Black Dog on March 21, 2013 at 11:26am

Regarding Steve Alford's pay raise and all the March Madness hype, as this story shows, the players don't reap the rewards of all the money the NCAA and colleges make.

Comment by once banned twice shy on March 21, 2013 at 2:00pm

Ah, the delightful Steve Pearce rears his ugly head once again.  If it's hateful, he's for it!

Comment by Izquierdo on March 21, 2013 at 4:05pm

You're right, Black Dog. They front-loaded his contract perks so he got paid for the exhibition season and a cheap top 10 status. Another bonus for making the NCAA. But if he doesn't make the so-called Sweet 16, which is actually not as prestigious as a top 10 poll finish, he has not done anymore for UNM as several other coaches. I think the contract came about now because his boys seem to be greater players so UNM is buying off the coach to keep his kids here. Plus Alford managed to snare the 7-footers from Los Alamos, so he could turn out a national championship in the next couple of years, not because he can coach, but because he has sons who are players, as he was. Alford is taking advantage of a once in a lifetime opp that either fell in his lap or he calculated carefully over years. I think he wanted the UNM job because he was breeding his own talent and not having to hustle for it.

Comment by ramon t on March 21, 2013 at 4:19pm

That would all be plausible if Kory Alford was a 'player' and not at the bottom of the stat sheet and there was indeed '7-footers' from Los Alamos.  

I do agree...the job either fell into his lap or he calculated his career over the years.  Has to be one of those two.

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