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July 2, 2015

Deming bear relocated to GilaLas Cruces Sun News

Department of Game and Fish officers captured a young bear found eating trash on the front porch of a home near Deming on Monday and released it, unharmed, into the Gila Wilderness.

"This is a good reminder to everyone that no matter where you live in New Mexico, you're in bear country," said Public Information Officer Jeremy Lane. "Please keep all trash and other attractants away from your house to avoid bringing unwanted wildlife into it." -- 7/1/2015


New Mexico aims to make clearinghouse for farmer marketsLas Cruces Sun News

The state agriculture department is looking for people across New Mexico who can take a few notes about the prices of fruits and vegetables, eggs and specialty items such as honey and mushrooms that are being sold at their local markets.

Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte says some growers shy away from selling their produce at local markets because they simply don't know how to price their items, while consumers think farmers' markets are more expensive than going to the grocery store. -- 7/1/2015


NMSU to inspect Elephant Butte Dam using droneLas Cruces Sun News

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation gave NMSU $35,000 for a project to inspect Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico using an unmanned aircraft system.

The research project will gather information with unmanned aircraft systems as a tool for infrastructure inspection in the future using light detection, ranging, infrared, photogrammetry and HD video.

It should help determine issues and damages in infrastructure, including cracks, spalls and other subsurface defects such as unwanted moisture, erosion or other surface changes to the dam and spillway. -- 7/1/2015

June 29, 2015

SpaceX supply rocket to Space Station blows up after liftoffLas Cruces Sun News

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and a first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed shipments.

The accident happened about 2 1/2 minutes into the flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A billowing white cloud emerged in the sky, growing bigger and bigger, then fiery plumes shot out of where the rocket was supposed to be, and pieces could be seen falling into the Atlantic. More than 5,200 pounds of space station cargo were on board, including the first docking port designed for future commercial crew capsules. -- 6/29/2015


WSMR Wellness Program promotes healthier lifestylesLas Cruces Sun News

White Sands Missile Range's Wellness Program, which officially kicked off April 20, is in full swing with well over 60 participants signed up and participating in not only physical activities but health and wellness courses as well.

The six-month program has just reached its second month. The goal of the program is to provide participants with the tools to lead an all-around healthier lifestyle even after the program is over. The program is assisted by a NMSU exercise science intern who monitors the participant's progress throughout the program. Participants are required to take two resiliency classes a month to help reduce stress in their lives. The classes range from spiritual courses, arts and crafts courses, and wellness program courses. -- 6/29/2015

June 19, 2015

New Mexico Officials Eye Illegal Sale Of Historic Documents -- KUNM / Associated Press

The New Mexico Commission of Public Records is worried some of the state's archival material dating back to Spanish rule may end up for sale online.

The state agency responsible for archiving New Mexico's past recently issued a warning that the sale of state public records is illegal and comes after officials have notice some documents being sold online.


June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States -- NPR

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Comparing the ruling to other landmark decisions, NPR's Nina Totenberg says, "This is probably right up there with Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade — if you like it or hate it — and today, Obergefell v. Hodges. This was a historic moment."


States Turn to Tech for Tracking Marijuana -- GCN

States with legal marijuana industries need technology to track plants from seed to sale and from doctors to patients.  The state of Washington now uses and New Mexico will soon use a system based on pharmaceutical distribution – BioTrackTHC.  BioTrackTHC is a marijuana traceability software, which is based on parent company Bio-Tech Medical Software’s products for tracking pharmaceuticals and preventing abuses.  The system uses barcodes to enable plant traceability with a quick scan.  The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program issued a request for proposal last October, which included a requirement for the “ability to capture and maintain information on its Licensed Non-Profit Producers including seed-to-sale, inventory, cannabis-derived product tracking and dispensary history.”  In April, New Mexico signed a contract to implement the BioTrackTHC system for monitoring medical marijuana. -- May 26, 2015

June 18, 2015

Governor makes Las Cruces stop to sign $294M capital outlay billLas Cruces Sun News

Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed a $294 million capital spending bill at St. Luke's Health Care Clinic in Las Cruces.

Martinez called the measure, which passed by the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate last week during a nearly five-hour special session, a "job-creation bill."

The bill includes about $45 million for highway infrastructure projects. Before signing the bill, Martinez said fixing roads will aid the state in economic growth. - - 6/18/15


Ton of marijuana found in pipe shipment in New MexicoEl Paso Times

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers during the weekend found a ton of marijuana inside 20-foot-long steel pipes at the border crossing in Columbus, N.M., officials said Wednesday.

CBP officials said that the 2,095 pounds of marijuana were in steel containers hidden inside pipes on a flatbed trailer. The trailer arrived from Mexico late Friday. An inspection found marijuana in 108 containers inside 12 of 80 pipes in the shipment, officials said. CBP estimated the marijuana had a street value of $1,676,000. - - 6/18/15