New Mexico News Plus
June 2, 2016
State: Zika virus confirmed in Bernalillo County woman– Las Cruces Sun News
State health officials say a 40-year-old Bernalillo County woman is the second person in New Mexico to contract the Zika virus while traveling. The New Mexico Department of Health announced Wednesday that the woman contracted the virus while traveling in the Caribbean. The woman’s name hasn’t been released. -- 6/2/2016
Regulator warns of long, costly cleanup at Los Alamos lab -- Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico’s top environmental regulator says it could take the federal government another decade and more than $4 billion to clean up the hazardous waste and contamination remaining at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories.
Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn provided the estimate Wednesday to state lawmakers as he outlined proposed changes to a consent order that guides cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory. -- 6/1/2016
May 4, 2016
NM DOH: Keeping on the move saves you from pain later – Las Cruces Sun News
The New Mexico Department of Health reports arthritis affects an estimated 26 percent of New Mexico residents. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. It affects the young and old, with age being the leading factor in diagnosis. It’s a problem sure to affect more New Mexicans because our aging population is growing rapidly. By the year 2030, New Mexico will rank third in the nation in percentage of population ages 60 and older; currently it ranks 10th according the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services. -- 5/4/2016
New Mexico senator defends wilderness designation – Las Cruces Sun News
Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich on Thursday defended a proposal to create two federal wilderness areas in northern New Mexico in response to criticism that the legislation could limit state revenues from timber and mining operations.
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has strongly objected to wilderness designations at the Rio Grande del Norte Monument that encompass 1,280 acres of state trust land that might otherwise generate state revenues from timber sales and the mining of pumice and molybdenum. Trust lands span 9 million acres in New Mexico and generate funding mainly through oil and natural gas production for public schools, universities and hospitals. -- 5/4/2016
April 21, 2016
New Mexico to sue to block release of wolves -- Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico officials notified the federal government Wednesday they will sue to block the planned release of more Mexican gray wolves without the state’s OK.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish called the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s release plan “unpermitted and illegal” and said it will go to court unless the federal agency backs down.
The state department last year denied the federal agency’s application to release wolves into the wild. But the Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it planned to release a pack of wolves this year and also could place some captive-born pups into wild packs, in a bid to improve genetic diversity. -- 4/21/2016
April 28, 2016
Wildlife agency agrees to deadline for wolf recovery plan -- Las Cruces Sun News
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to a deadline to craft a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf after the agency was accused in federal court of dragging its feet for decades.
The settlement filed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Arizona still needs to be approved by a judge, and it's expected to be challenged by farm bureaus in three states. It would require a recovery plan to be complete by November 2017 with periodic status updates provided to parties in a lawsuit filed against the Fish and Wildlife Service. -- 4/28/2016
April 20, 2016
NM: Social media to broadcast lenient DUI sentences – Las Cruces Sun News
Social media feeds will soon tell you if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy, New Mexico officials say. The state will pay staffers from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to monitor court hearings by judges who are routinely lenient in drunken driving cases, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday. The group will send details about sentences to state officials, who will identify repeat offenders and the judges in tweets. - - 4/20/2016