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November 10, 2016

Interior Department Finalizes Rule Providing a Foundation for the Future of BLM’s Renewable Energy Program -- Department of the Interior News Release

Rule codifies BLM’s Smart from the Start approach, establishes a robust framework for competitive leasing, and increases transparency and certainty 

 Advancing the President’s Climate Action Plan to create jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop clean domestic energy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized its rule governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The rule strengthens existing policies and creates a new leasing program that will support renewable energy development through competitive leasing processes and incentives to encourage development in suitable areas.

The rule will support the full range of development activities anticipated by the BLM across the lands it manages. The rule’s competitive leasing provisions will help renewable energy development flourish on the 700,000 acres of public lands that have been identified in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The regulations will become effective 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register. -- 11/10/2016


October 27, 2016

U.S. lawmakers raise privacy concerns over new hacking rules -- Reuters

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Congress on Thursday asked the Justice Department to clarify how a looming rule change to the government's hacking powers could impact privacy rights of innocent Americans.

The Supreme Court in April approved amendments to Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure that would allow judges to issue warrants in cases when a suspect uses anonymizing technology to conceal the location of his or her computer or for an investigation into a network of hacked or infected computers, such as a botnet.

Those amendments will take effect on December 1 of this year unless Congress passes legislation that would reject, amend or postpone the changes. Some lawmakers, led by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, have introduced legislation that would halt the changes, but it has yet to gain much traction. -- 10/27/2016


October 21, 2016

American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule -- NPR

If there's one rule that most parents cling to in the confusing, fast-changing world of kids and media, it's this one: No screens before age 2.

As of today, that rule is out the window.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which first issued that recommendation back in 1999, has extensively updated and revised its guidelines for children and adolescents to reflect new research and new habits. -- 10/21/2016


Feds to look closer at oil, gas drilling near Chaco Canyon -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The federal government announced Thursday that it will study the potential effects of drilling on public and tribal lands near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in the San Juan Basin, an area that is one of the state’s largest centers for oil and gas production. -- 10/21/2016

October 25, 2016

Governor vetoes $22M in budget cuts -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Monday that reduces state spending by $150 million. But the Republican governor stopped short of giving lawmakers all the cuts they asked for and accused them of trying to “gut classroom spending” meant to help struggling schools and students.

Using line-item vetoes, the governor rejected $22 million in cuts passed by the Legislature during a special session last month to education initiatives backed by her administration, including a controversial teacher evaluation program. -- 10/25/2016


October 19, 2015

Requirements to get ID under two-tier license program draw criticism -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The state’s effort to implement a new two-tier driver’s license system is coming under fire from critics who say proposed rule changes will make it too difficult for immigrants, the homeless and even domestic violence victims to obtain a state identification card.

Advocates for the various groups packed a public hearing at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department on Tuesday to voice concerns over the agency’s proposed regulations. -- 10/19/2016


Mammograms a must for New Mexico womenLas Cruces Sun News

Friday, Oct. 21, is National Mammography Day. It’s a day scheduled in the month of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month where women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment — with good reason.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the state and the second leading cause of cancer death among New Mexico women. Each year an estimated 1,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in New Mexico and nearly 250 women will die. Every year, about 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported nationwide and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. -- 10/19/2016