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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 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 18, 2014

"Before Bataan: Photo exhibit captures soldiers unaware of their fate in Philippines" -- The Santa Fe New Mexican

The young men photographed during military drills or waiting in line for food at Camp Luna near Las Vegas, N.M., had no idea that hundreds of them would die defending the Bataan Peninsula, walking in the Bataan Death March or during imprisonment by the Japanese under brutal conditions.

In August 1940, members of the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, which included more than 1,800 New Mexicans, had gathered to train for the last time on home soil. A year later, their units were deployed to the Philippines. The 10 black-and-white images in a new photo exhibit at the Jean Cocteau Cinema capture the soldiers’ blissful ignorance. -- 9/18/2014


"LANL’s burst barrel has sister drum at WIPP" -- The Santa Fe New Mexican

A second drum of nuclear waste contains the same volatile mix of ingredients from Los Alamos National Laboratory that is suspected of causing a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, lawmakers learned Tuesday. -- 9/18/2014


"Census data shows poverty rate rises in New Mexico" – Las Cruces Sun News

New U.S. Census Bureau numbers show New Mexico has the nation's second-highest percentage of people living in poverty. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that 21.9 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012. The national rate was 15.8 percent in 2013 compared to 15.9 percent the year before.-- 9/18/2014


"More rain expected in Las Cruces as Odile remnants pass through"- Las Cruces Sun News

One more day of potentially heavy rain is anticipated Thursday as what remains of now-tropical depression Odile passes through Las Cruces and southern New Mexico. National Weather Servicemeteorologists believe as much as two more inches of rain could fall in Las Cruces. When the storm arrives and how much rain it could bring are uncertain. -- 9/17/2014

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

September 16, 2014

"Gas Production Blamed For Rise in Colorado & New Mexico Earthquakes" -- Business Insider (Reuters)

The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday.

The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used.

Energy companies began producing coal-bed methane in Colorado in 1994, then in New Mexico five years later. The process creates large amounts of wastewater, which is pumped into sub-surface disposal wells.

Scientists have long linked some small earthquakes to work carried out below ground for oil and gas extraction, which they say can alter pressure points and cause shifts in the earth.

The new study focused on the Raton Basin, which stretches from southern Colorado into northern New Mexico.  -- 9/15/2014