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June 28, 2016

Gov. Martinez unveils new anti-DWI adsLas Cruces Sun News

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled a new set of commercials targeting drunken driving and texting while driving. The advertisements released Monday feature New Mexico State Police and dramatized scenes from fatal traffic crashes. The ads are part of a push by the governor’s office to combat drunken driving and come before the start of the July 4th holiday weekend. -- 6/28/2016

June 24, 2016

Western wildfires still rage but some progress being madeLas Cruces Sun News

Damage assessments of active wildfire’s that's charred 28 square miles in central New Mexico are expected to start in the coming days. One of the focuses will be an area near the community of Chilili, where 24 homes and numerous other structures were destroyed. Cloud cover, high humidity and some rain have lessened fire activity in recent days. The blaze was nearly 70 percent contained. - - 6/24/2016

NMSU community continues to keep an eye on hawksLas Cruces Sun News

A pair of hawks protected by federal laws continue to draw attention at New Mexico State University. The Swainson’s hawks have built a nest in a tree near Rentfrow Gym, and some campus birdwatchers believe they may have recently welcomed some hatchlings. The birds are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  The Swainson's hawk is listed as a species of concern by five states including New Mexico. - - 6/24/2016

June 22, 2016

NM DOH: We don’t have to take unnecessary risks with our livesLas Cruces Sun News

It’s National Safety Month. Each June, the National Safety Council, the New Mexico Department of Health and partners around the country work to raise awareness on preventing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.

That’s a lot of ground to cover, and in a way, you can say it covers a lifetime of risk. The NTC reports preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, right after heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases. Let’s check out the top risks by age in the country. - - 6/22/2016

June 23, 2016

New Mexico sues Colorado over mine spill -- Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico is suing its upstream neighbor, contending Colorado was too lax in its oversight of groundwater contaminated by decades of mining and should be held responsible for the fallout of last year’s Gold King Mine spill.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Supreme Court this week by Attorney General Hector Balderas and outside attorneys hired by the state Environment Department, seeks reimbursement for all costs – including “stigma” damages – connected to the mine spill, in which more than 3 million gallons of toxic waste was spewed into a tributary of the Animas River and flowed into New Mexico. -- 6/23/2016


Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules -- NPR

A federal judge in Wyoming has struck down the Obama administration's regulations on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands.

In the ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said Congress had not granted the BLM that power, and had instead chosen to specifically exclude fracking from federal oversight. -- 6/22/2016

June 16, 2016

Evacuations ordered for residents south of NM 337, NM 217; state of emergency declared as Dog Head Fire spreads -- KOB News

New Mexico Emergency Management has issued a fire warning and ordered mandatory evacuations for several communities in the East Mountains as the Dog Head Fire continues to burn in a northeasterly direction.

At 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, emergency management ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents extending from where NM 217 and NM 337 intersect, down toward the Torrance County line. The new evacuations include Ponderosa, Yrisarri, El Merced, Escabosa and areas south toward Chilili. Questions about the evacuation have been directed to BCSD, which can be reached at (505) 281-5887.

In Torrance County, voluntary evacuations have been ordered from the county line south to NM 55, and from NM 337 to the west. Information about Torrance Co. evacuations can be found at (505) 544-4900.


Governor Susana Martinez Declares State of Emergency in Response to Dog Head Wildfire  -- Office of the Governor

Governor Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency in response to the Dog Head Wildfire affecting portions of Bernalillo and Torrance Counties. The Governor has also directed state agencies to offer all available resources to assist local authorities in the affected areas. -- 6/15/2016