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December 16, 2014

Archaeologists Worry As Drilling Approaches Chaco -- KUNM News

The oil and gas industry in New Mexico is a big deal. It supports the state budget with hundreds of millions of dollars each year. But there are impacts, too – on air quality, water, public health and even cultural sites. In the first installment of KUNM’s new series Drilling Deep, we explore northwestern New Mexico – and the Chacoan landscape.

Across northern New Mexico, there are important ancient sites: Chaco Canyon, Aztec ruins, and Salmon Ruins. And thousands of sites in between. They’re all a part of what archaeologists call the Chacoan Landscape. This was the cultural center of the Southwest where Puebloan people lived for hundreds of years until about AD 1250. They built roads, traded with communities as far south as Mexico and Central America, and they innovated a unique building style that’s still stunning today. -- 12/16/2014

December 15, 2014

Albuquerque gets Bloomberg ‘innovation team’ grant -- Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque is among 14 cities — ranging from Long Beach, Calif., to Jerusalem — that are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation to create “innovation teams” to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. -- 12/15/2014


GPO Releases The Official Digital & Print Versions Of The Senate CIA Report -- GPO News Release

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) makes available the official and authentic digital and print versions of the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program, together with a forward by Chairman Feinstein and Additional and Minority Views (Senate Report 113-288).

This document comprises the declassified Executive Summary and Findings and Conclusions, including declassified additional and minority views. The full classified report will be maintained by the Committee and has been provided to the Executive Branch for dissemination to all relevant agencies.

The digital version is available on GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys); the print version is available for purchase at GPO's retail and online bookstore for $29. -- 12/15/2014


Launching Disasters.Data.Gov to Empower First Responders and Survivors with Innovative Tools and Data -- The White House Blog

Strengthening our Nation’s resilience to disasters is a shared responsibility, with all community members contributing their unique skills and perspectives. Whether you’re a data steward who can unlock information and foster a culture of open data, an innovator who can help address disaster preparedness challenges, or a volunteer ready to join the “Innovation for Disasters” movement, we are excited for you to visit the new site, launching today.

First previewed at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day, is designed to be a public resource to foster collaboration and the continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower first responders, survivors, and government officials with the information needed in the wake of a disaster. -- 12/15/2014


December 8, 2014

NM gets $579 million in energy revenues, second in the nation--- Farmington Daily News

New Mexico has been allocated $579 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior for revenues generated in energy production on Federal and American Indian lands, according to a department press release.

The disbursements include more than $1 billion to American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, marking the first time disbursements from energy production on American Indian lands topped the billion-dollar mark.

Among the top states receiving FY 2014 revenue are Wyoming ($1 billion); New Mexico ($579 million); Utah ($171 million); Colorado ($169 million); California ($100 million); North Dakota ($68 million); Montana ($38 million); Louisiana ($24 million); Alaska ($20 million); and Texas ($12 million).  – 12/6/2014


Sixth White House Tribal Nation’s Conference – US Department of the Interior

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell delivered opening remarks at the sixth White House Tribal Nation’s Conference, where she emphasized the Obama Administration's commitment to Indian Country, including self-determination and self-governance initiatives that are helping tribal nations to build a foundation for a successful and culturally vibrant future.

The conference provides leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with President Obama, members of his Cabinet and other federal policy-level officials, building on the President’s commitment to strengthen our government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the livelihood of Native Americans.

During this year’s conference, Jewell will discuss some of the progress made by the White House Council on Native American Affairs in advancing initiatives on educational reform, energy and economic development and climate change. -- 12/3/2014

December 9, 2014

Senate Torture Report Condemns C.I.A. Interrogation Program -- The New York Times

A report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday found that the Central Intelligence Agency routinely misled the White House and Congress about the information it obtained from the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects, and that its methods were more brutal than the C.I.A. acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public. -- 12/9/2014


State levies $54M in fines over nuke repository mishaps -- The Santa Fe New Mexican

In a sharp rebuke of the U.S. Department of Energy, the state of New Mexico on Saturday levied $54 million in penalties against the federal agency and private contractors for a series of mistakes and violations that led to a radiation leak that indefinitely shut down the nation’s only underground repository for nuclear waste.


BLM Considering Oil Pipeline Proposal -- KUNM

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is considering a proposal to build a pipeline that would move oil to markets from northwestern New Mexico. The agency is accepting public comments through the end of this year.

The proposed pipeline would cross federal, state, private and Navajo tribal lands. The pipeline will end up at rail lines near Grants and transport up to 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day. -- 12/5/2014

December 5, 2014

House OKs defense bill with New Mexico provisionsLas Cruces Sun News

A defense policy bill approved by the U.S. House and sent to the U.S. Senate includes several provisions on New Mexico historical and conservation topics. The bill would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. 12/5/14


New Mexico records 3rd Hantavirus death in 2014Las Cruces Sun News

New Mexico Health Department officials say a 28-year-old McKinley County man is the third person in the state to die from Hantavirus this year. The Department of Health says there have been a total of six Hantavirus cases in the state this year. Those include a 49-year-old Otero County man who remains hospitalized but whose condition is improving. 12/5/14


New Mexico has first measles case since early 2012Las Cruces Sun News

State health officials say New Mexico has its first confirmed case of measles since February 2012. The NM Department of Health says the case involves a 1-year-old Rio Arriba County child who had not been immunized against the disease. 12/4/14