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July 1, 2016

NM Supreme Court: Doctors can’t help patients end lives – Las Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors, ending what right-to-die advocates thought would be a successful legal fight.

In a 5-0 opinion, the high court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state’s assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony. - - 7/1/16


Fourth hantavirus death reported in New Mexico– Las Cruces Sun News

State health officials say a 20-year-old woman from Torrance County in central New Mexico has died of Hantavirus.

The Health Department said Thursday it marks the state’s sixth case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome this year. Four of the cases have been fatal. - - 7/1/16

June 29, 2016

NM DOH: Celebrate Independence Day safelyLas Cruces Sun News

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is traditionally the time for parties, barbecues and fireworks, but for emergency rooms in New Mexico, it can be more than that. It’s a day where the hospital staff knows to expect to see patients suffering burns, bruises, cuts and more. Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day, yet the day can also bring pain, even death. In 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a nationwide study of fireworks injuries from June 20 through July 20. -- 6/29/2016


Federal lawsuit targets cougar trapping in NMLas Cruces Sun News

Environmentalists are suing the New Mexico Game Commission in federal court, arguing that expanded cougar trapping threatens endangered Mexican gray wolves and jaguars.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection New Mexico and residents Peter and Jean Ossorio. -- 6/29/2016

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 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 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