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June 26, 2014

"PRC denies Uber’s application to operate in New Mexico" – Albuquerque Business First

On Wednesday, the state Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to deny a request from a company connected to one of the largest ride-sharing outfits in the nation, Uber, for a certificate to provide “specialized passenger service.”  The move comes a little more than a month after the PRC issued a cease and desist order against Lyft, which is trying to establish a presence in the Albuquerque market. – 6/25/2014

 

"Board OKs $26M in Special Education dispute" – Las Cruces Sun News

The NM State Board of Finance has approved $26 million as a safety net if New Mexico loses a dispute with the federal government over special education funding. The board on Tuesday agreed to a transfer of the money from this year's budget accounts. – 6/26/2014

June 20, 2014

"Water wells will close over any jet fuel contamination" – Albuquerque Journal

On June 18, 2014, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority unanimously approved a resolution aimed at preventing contamination from a jet spill at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) from threatening the community’s drinking water supply.  The resolution declares “The Water Authority’s position that ethylene dibromide (EDB) at any detectable level will not be allowed to enter the potable drinking water system.”

"State rejects plan to clean up KAFB fuel spill" – Albuquerque Journal

On June 6, 2014, the New Mexico Environment Department sent a certified letter directing KAFB to cease plans to increase pumping on one of the base’s drinking water wells to try to divert the underground flow of contamination. “The proposed strategy would actively enhance the spread of contamination into the very resource NMED seeks to protect, Albuquerque’s drinking water supply,” Environment Department official Tom Blaine wrote in “Disapproval of White Paper on Interim Measure for EDB Dissolved Plume

June 17, 2014

"New Mexico wildfire rages through Native American reservation" – Reuters

A wind-whipped wildfire on the Navajo Reservation in northwest New Mexico raged for a fourth day on Monday, forcing the evacuation of sheep-herding residents in the Chuska mountains, officials said, but no injuries were reported.  The blaze, nicknamed the Assayii Lake Fire, has so far burned up more than 11,000 acres of land and remains uncontained despite the deployment of hundreds of firefighters and aerial sorties, said Jacey McCurtain, president of the Crystal Chapter on the Navajo Reservation. – 6/17/2014

June 18, 2014

"New Mexico sees year’s 1st Hantavirus death" – Santa Fe New Mexican

The New Mexico Department of Health announced that a 67-year-old woman from San Juan County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).  An environmental investigation will be conducted at the home of the patient to help reduce the risk to others. – 6/18/2014

June 13, 2014

"Doña Ana County issues drought proclamation, firework restrictions" – Las Cruces Sun News

The Doña Ana County Commission has issued a 30-day proclamation declaring an extreme drought and firework restrictions. The county has banned the use of all fireworks in areas partially or completely covered by timber, brush or native grass. Permissible fireworks can only be discharged in areas that are paved, barren or have readily accessible water sources. – 6/13/2014

 

"Adios, Kit Carson" – Albuquerque Journal

Taos Town Council has voted to change the name of Kit Carson Park over concerns by critics that the famed scout and explorer was cruel to American Indians.  Council passed a resolution Tuesday to rename the downtown park Red Willow following a presentation from activists. – 6/12/2014