New Mexico News Plus
"4 new confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in El Paso" – Las Cruces Sun-News
According to the El Paso Public Health Department, four new cases of the West Nile virus have been confirmed, bringing this year's total to six cases. Earlier this month, the health department reported that two other men had contracted the disease, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. – 8/28/2014
"Protect Your Groundwater Day" – NGWA
The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) encourages every person to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day, September 9.
In support of the White House’s updated Climate Data Initiative, IBM announced it will give scientists free access to dedicated virtual supercomputing via the company’s World Community Grid platform. Similarly, Microsoft Azure for Research program will grant 12 months of free cloud computing, and AWS will award grants of free access to supercomputing resources through Amazon EC2 Spot Instances. These vendors, along with other public and private sector participants, hope to leverage open government data and build tools that will make the United States and global food systems more resilient against the impacts of climate change.
The small, northwestern New Mexico city of Bloomfield is choosing orders handed down to Moses over one issued by a judge, but they say it is a matter of history, and not religion. Leaders in the community of about 8,000, already under fire for refusing to remove a monument in front of City Hall, voted unanimously to appeal a federal court's order. The 4-0 vote, said city attorney Ryan Lane, stays the judge's order to remove the monument by the Sept. 10 deadline. Rather than fight the decision from the angle of freedom of speech and religion, Lane is going to present the monument as an historical document just like other monuments in the town depicting the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and Gettysburg Address.
"Ft. Bayard celebrates 148 years" – Las Cruces Sun-News
"It's older than Silver City, older than Hurley, older than Bayard." That's how Cecelia Bell described Fort Bayard, on the 148th birthday celebration for old United States Army post Saturday morning. Founded in 1866 during the Apache wars, it played a leading role in the long conflict to defend local miners. When Geronimo was captured in 1886 and the Apache raids were quelled, the future of the Fort came in doubt. The fort went back into military service for two years during World War II, housing German prisoners, then reverted to a treatment facility under the New Mexico Department of Health.
"Mojave snake sightings rise in southern New Mexico" – Las Cruces Sun-News
Officials in southeastern New Mexico say sightings of one of the most lethal rattlesnakes appear to be on the rise. The Eddy County Sheriff's Department says more snakes have been spotted in yards this year, including the Mojave rattler. According to the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, the snake is a type of pit viper that has fangs infused with a neurotoxin that is more potent than some other rattlesnakes. – 8/25/2014
"A stunning image of New Mexico's economic malaise" – Albuquerque Journal
It is striking to see a visual comparison for New Mexico's lagging economy compared to the rest of the United States. The most recent chart is available from the Pew Charitable Trusts which looks at the labor-participation rates of those in their working prime, ages 25-55. New Mexico shows that 79.1 percent of this population was working in 2007 and just 69.9 percent is working today that is by far the worst performance among the 50 states. – 8/20/2014
"NM student program earns $500K NASA grant" – Albuquerque Journal
NASA has awarded a $500,000 grant to the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium to help students design and launch experiments into space from Spaceport America. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced the award Monday, which goes to support the Community College Technical Schools Student Launch Program. The senators requested the funding in April with an eye on helping “attract and retain students to jobs in high-tech sectors,” according to a statement. – 8/19/2014
"New Mexico chile will now be certified" – Albuquerque Business First
A new program started by the New Mexico Chile Association is hoping to cut down on imposters. In a news release, the organization said it’s unveiling a new “New Mexico Certified Chile” label to go on chile grown in the state in order to prove its authenticity. The program launches at The Range in Bernalillo at a special ceremony with Governor Susana Martinez. – 8/19/2014
A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year. According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July. That's up from 170 fatalities during the first seven months of last year, but down from 224 in 2012.
"New Mexico prevails against horse slaughter" – The Taos News
“It’s official. The controversial horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico will not be opening.” The attorney for Valley Meat Company, which has sought for years to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell, submitted a letter to the New Mexico Environment Department on July 31 withdrawing their application for a wastewater discharge permit, which the company needed to begin operations. – 8/18/2014