New Mexico News Plus
October 2, 2014
Federal report: LANL violated environmental requirements -- Santa Fe New Mexican
A blistering new federal report says Los Alamos National Laboratory failed to follow its own safety procedures and ignored internal reports warning against mixing potentially volatile chemicals in the handling and packaging of nuclear waste — a series of missteps that may have led directly to a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. -- 10/1/2014
New Mexico hopes ‘singing road’ curbs speeding -- Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico transportation officials are hoping an experiment along historic Route 66 will curb speeding.
Tigress Productions is creating a ‘singing road’ between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed Crowd Control. The show will debut in November.
The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed. -- 10/1/2014
September 26, 2014
"In Record Settlement, U.S. To Pay $554 Million To Navajo Nation" – NPR News All Things Considered
The Navajo Nation is about to get the largest settlement the U.S. has ever agreed to pay to a single Native American tribe - $554 million. It will settle a lawsuit that claims the federal government mismanaged funds and natural resources on the Navajo reservation. – 9/25/2014
Note: The agreement will be signed Friday 9/26/2014 and we will post links to the full-text of the agreement when available.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is going over a plan submitted by Providence Memorial Hospital on how the hospital proposes to correct the alleged violations that threatened its federal funding and may have led to the massive exposure of infants to tuberculosis. "It was another busy day at the City of El Paso Department of Public Health as workers continued investigating the tuberculosis exposure that occurred at a local hospital," the city health department said in a statement. -- 9-26-14
Ranch family takes water fight to NM Supreme Court -- KRQE News
Despite recent rains drenching much of the state, New Mexico is still in a drought and as usual water is precious. That’s especially true for ranchers in rural New Mexico. They rely on rain and well water to sustain their crops, but now a company owned by a group of people who live in Italy could change all that.
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has posted details and a chronology of the case.
September 23, 2014
National Library of Medicine’s TOXMAP -- NLM-TOX-ENVIRO-HEALTH-L notice
TOXMAP is a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory and Superfund program.
TOXMAP is not specifically designed for any one particular group, but the Toxic Release Inventory and Superfund program to clean up the nation’s uncontrolled hazardous waste sites can be of interest to specific populations such as Native Americans by helping to find sources of chemical releases and contamination in locations of interest to them.
You can zoom to a specific location or place, and specify "reservation" or "rancheria" in the search box. You can also overlay US Census data by race: "American Indian and Alaskan Native" (1990) or "One Race: American Indian and Alaska Native" and "Two or More Races Including American Indian and Alaska Native" (2000). For more information, see the TOXMAP and Native American Populations page. -- 9/23/2014
GPO Provides Digital Access To Warren Commission Report And Hearing Volumes -- FDLP News & Events
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission Report, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) made the complete report and 26 hearing volumes available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy's assassination. GPO worked with Boston Public Library to digitize the 26 hearing volumes after digitizing the Warren Commission Report last year. Now the complete, official Warren Commission Report and hearing volumes are digitally available through GPO.
The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on GPO’s Federal Digital System.
GPO produced the Warren Commission Report and 26 hearing volumes in 1964. Altogether, GPO's work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO's bookstores. A short historic video of GPO’s production and distribution of the Warren Commission Report documents this work.
“GPO is committed to digitization efforts and providing future generations of Americans with digital access to historical content,” Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “I thank Boston Public Library for collaborating with GPO to digitize the hearing volumes. This digitization effort reflects GPO’s digital transformation from printing the report 50 years ago to making it digitally available today.” -- 9/22/2014
September 25, 2014
"Border agency swears in new El Paso field director" -- Las Cruces Sun News
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection formally swore in its new director of field operations for El Paso during a Tuesday change-of-command ceremony at Fort Bliss. Hector A. Mancha Jr., who began his career with the agency in 1991, assumed his new role as director of field operations early Tuesday after reciting the oath of office. Mancha replaces David P. Higgerson. -- 9-25-14
"Report faults New Mexico on mental-health services" – Las Cruces Sun News
New Mexico has done a poor job of providing mental-health and substance-abuse services for needy New Mexicans despite repeatedly overhauling government programs during the past two decades, according to a legislative report released Wednesday. The state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on behavioral health services, but it continues to have among the nation's highest rates of suicide as well as deaths from alcohol and drug overdoses, the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee report said. -- 9-25-14
"Doña Ana County launches drug discount card program" – Las Cruces Sun News
Doña Ana County officials launched a new prescription drug discount program Tuesday they say will save county residents money. To get a discount, which ranges up to 75 percent on some drugs, residents have to pick up a free prescription discount card, soon to be available at several pharmacies, hospitals and local government offices around the county. -- 9-24-14
September 22, 2014
"Quakes, methane production linked" -- Albuquerque Journal
The injection of huge amounts of wastewater – a byproduct of methane gas production – deep underground has led to a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes in the Raton Basin since 2001, according to a study published recently in a scientific journal.
In the 30 years leading up to the wastewater injection, the basin straddling the border of Colfax County in New Mexico and Colorado was seismically quiet, with just one significant earthquake. But since energy companies expanded coal-bed methane operations in 1999, seismic activity has gone way up, according to the study. -- 9/21/2014
"Prescription drug drop-offs not limited to yearly events" – Las Cruces Sun News
In the past, those with unused prescription drugs would need to wait for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) take-back events to properly dispose of them, but now those unused prescription drugs can be dropped off throughout the year at specific facilities. Earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new regulation that would allow pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other collectors to serve as authorized drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs. -- 9-22-14