New Mexico News Plus
"Parts of NM receive record rainfall; more on the way" – Albuquerque Journal
Parts of drought-stricken New Mexico have received record rainfall, and forecasters say more is coming this evening. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said northern and central New Mexico will likely see locally heavy rainfall. More severe weather in the state is expected this week, bringing the possibility of flooding and dangerous road conditions.
"New Mexico tax holiday starts Friday for shoppers" – Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico’s annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes. Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers. The Taxation and Revenue Department’s web site lists the tax treatment of various goods. – 7/28/2014
"Feds seek to expand wolf habitat in New Mexico, Arizona" – Santa Fe New Mexican
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand Mexican gray wolves’ potential habitat beyond their current small range along the New Mexico-Arizona border. The agency released suggested revisions to a June 2013 proposal, now proposing to extend the territory for releasing and relocating wolves deep into west-central Arizona and east-central New Mexico and as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border. – 7/25/2014
"Feds sued over Rio Grande flow for minnow, bird" – Albuquerque Journal
Citing “two decades of broken promises by federal and state water managers,” a Santa Fe-based environmental group filed a federal lawsuit against two government agencies Thursday alleging they failed “to secure dynamic and perennial flows for the Rio Grande” needed to protect the silvery minnow and Southwestern willow flycatcher. In its suit, WildEarth Guardians accuses the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of failing to adopt “even the most modest changes in management on behalf of the Rio Grande.” – 7/25/2014
“Report: Film production generated 15,900 jobs” – The News Tribune
New Mexico has created one job for every $8,519 spent on tax incentives to attract film and television productions during the past five years, according to a state-commissioned study released Tuesday. Film-production spending created nearly 15,900 full-time jobs and generated about $104 million in taxes from mid-2009 through earlier this year, said the report released by the state Film Office. It estimated that the average annual wage of an industry job was $52,723.
Governor Perry of Texas announced Monday that he was sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to supplement a "surge" of state troopers already deployed in response to the crisis. – 7/23/2014
“New Mexico national park tourism increased in 2013” – Las Cruces Sun-News
Visitors to New Mexico's national parks and monuments in 2013 spent about $83.2 million dollars and supported 1,136 jobs, according to a new National Park Service report. In New Mexico, more than 1.5 million visitors spent time at national parks in 2013, an increase of 0.65 percent over the previous year. Visitor spending increased by 2.59 percent and the amount of jobs supported by tourism increased 1.16 percent from 2012.
"N.M. crawls one spot up from bottom in annual Kids Count report" – Santa Fe New Mexican
Last year, New Mexico was ranked dead last for the economic well-being, education, health, and family and community support of children, according to the 2013 national Kids Count Data Book. This year, the state moved up one notch to 49 and, based on the data in 2014 report released Tuesday, little has changed.
"Museum E-Publishes Curation Paper Number Eleven" – New Mexico Museum of Space History news release
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce publication of Curation Paper Eleven, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. It is an oral history of Colonel Joseph Kittinger Jr. (USAF, Ret.). The interview was conducted in 2000 for the New Mexico Museum of Space History (formerly the Space Center Museum) by Museum volunteer Lt. Col. Wayne O. Mattson (USAF, Ret.) and George House, Museum Curator.
"Tests may have underestimated Kirtland water contamination" – Albuquerque Journal
Tests conducted by Air Force contractors may have frequently underestimated the levels of hazardous chemicals found in Albuquerque groundwater contaminated by a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill, Air Force and state officials have acknowledged in documents and interviews.
See also: New Mexico Environment Department’s Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Cleanup – 7/22/2014
Landscape Restoration & Stewardship Plan for the Valles Caldera
The Valles Caldera Trust has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan).
The Stewardship Plan proposes a 10-year strategy for the restoration and stewardship of the forest, grassland, shrubland, and riparian ecosystems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Proposed activities include, forest thinning, wildland fire management, road closure, decommissioning, maintenance and repair; riparian restoration, erosion control, burned area rehabilitation, and noxious weed eradication and control.
A Notice of Availability will be published in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency on or near July 7, 2014. Not less than 30-days following the publication of the notice, the Valles Caldera Trust will make decision to implement the proposed action, select and alternative action or take no action at this time. This decision will be documented in a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will be made available to the public.
Valles Caldera News Release July 7, 2014
"July rains helping New Mexico significantly" – KRQE News
It’s been a rainy July in New Mexico. Now, those watching the water are weighing in on just how much the rain is helping New Mexico. The Bureau of Reclamation says one of the biggest benefits of the rainfall has been the Rio Grande where rain has reconnected miles of dry river bed. – 7/17/2014