June 30, 2015

New Mexico reports 'all-time high' tourism numbers for 2014Las Cruces Sun News

Pointing to New Mexico's slick television and online promotional commercials, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that close to 33 million people visited the state last year, making it a record-breaking year for tourism.

Martinez said that's half a million more people who visited New Mexico than in 2013. She credited the state's New Mexico True campaign for attracting more visitors. That campaign features the state's famous outdoor locations and several New Mexico celebrities such as mixed-martial arts fighter Carlos Condit. - - 6/30/2015

 

13 states, including New Mexico, sue over rule giving feds authority on state waterLas Cruces Sun News

Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the "Waters of the U.S." rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers is a "federal power grab" that is "unnecessary and unlawful and will do nothing to increase water quality." - - 6/30/2015