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September 27, 2016

U.S. Government To Pay $492 Million To 17 American Indian Tribes -- NPR The Two-Way

The U.S. government has agreed to pay a total of $492 million to 17 American Indian tribes for mismanaging natural resources and other tribal assets, according to an attorney who filed most of the suits.

In a joint press release by the Departments of Interior and Justice, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel said, "Settling these long-standing disputes reflects the Obama Administration's continued commitment to reconciliation and empowerment for Indian Country."

The settlements mark the end of a push by the Obama administration to resolve what the U.S. says is more than 100 lawsuits totaling more than $3.3 billion brought by American Indian individuals and tribal governments against the federal government. The policy of reaching settlements on the disputes, some of which date back more than a century, is part of a campaign promise the president made to American Indians before he took office. -- 9/27/2016

September 23, 2016

Rudolfo Anaya honored for ‘pioneering stories’ -- Albuquerque Journal

In bestowing the National Humanities Medal to New Mexico’s Rudolfo Anaya, President Obama lauded the famed author for his “pioneering stories of the American Southwest.”
 
“His works of fiction and poetry celebrate the Chicano experience and reveal universal truths about the human condition,” Obama said. “And as an educator, he has spread a love of literature to new generations.”
 
Anaya, a native of New Mexico whose Southwestern-themed fiction and poetry dazzled the literary world, received the heavy bronze medal from Obama at an upbeat ceremony Thursday in the White House. -- 9/23/2016
 
 
 
A Hermosa Middle School sixth-grade science teacher has been awarded a presidential award for her effort to champion science education beyond the classroom. Cindy Colomb was one of 213 math and science teachers nationwide selected as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, according to a White House press release. The teachers will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8.
 
Colomb recently completed a project in May called Trout in the Classroom in which 170 Hermosa students traveled to the Cottonwood Campground at Navajo Dam to release 100 triploid rainbow trout into the San Juan River. The students spent five months raising the fish from eggs before they were released in the wild. The program provided students an opportunity to learn how to raise the fish, monitor the water quality in the tank, and study the growth and development of the trout. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the San Juan Fly Fishing Federation sponsored the program.

September 21, 2016

Game and Fish warn hunters about fatal disease -- KRQE

Game and Fish is warning hunters to be careful what animals they harvest. “Chronic Wasting Disease” has been found in the McGregor Range in southern New Mexico.

It’s recommended that hunters avoid eating meat from animals that appear sick even though there’s no proof the disease can be harmful to humans. -- 9/21/2016

September 20, 2016

Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government -- New York Times

Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation’s highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people.

In long-awaited guidelines for the booming industry of automated vehicles, the Obama administration promised strong safety oversight, but sent a clear signal to automakers that the door was wide open for driverless cars.

“We envision in the future, you can take your hands off the wheel, and your commute becomes restful or productive instead of frustrating and exhausting,” said Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, adding that highly automated vehicles “will save time, money and lives.” -- 9/19/2016

 

September 19, 2016

Auditor Asks Governor To Help Emergency Agency -- KUNM

New Mexico’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is late paying out millions in federal disaster relief money it owes local governments and contractors.

That money came to the state through FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is meant to help communities clean up after natural disasters such as wildfires and floods.

Now, State Auditor Tim Keller is asking Governor Susana Martinez to help, immediately. In a letter this week, Keller says there are steps the governor’s office could take to help the troubled department. -- 9/16/2016

 

September 16, 2016

Health officials investigating cases of crypto in NMLas Cruces Sun News

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health are investigating cases of cryptosporidiosis among state residents. They say there have been six confirmed cases of "crypto" since Aug. 31. Each reported consuming raw milk products. The affected individuals are from Bernalillo County. Epidemiologists, laboratory staff and inspectors are working to confirm the source of the outbreak. - - 9/15/2016

 

Obama: Oceans Key to Protecting Planet From Climate Change -- ABC News/Associated Press

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he created the Atlantic Ocean's first national monument because the planet cannot be protected without trying to safeguard its oceans.

Obama announced the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument at a State Department conference.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. It's the 27th time that Obama has created or enlarged a national monument. -- 9/15/2016

September 14, 2016

Facebook announces decision to build new data center in Los Lunas -- KRQE

Facebook has announced that their new data center will be built in Los Lunas.

Facebook officials made the announcement Wednesday saying the facility will be one of the most advanced data centers and that it will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy.

In a news release Governor Martinez said, “Facebook is a stellar, cutting-edge, high-tech company, and it’s an honor to welcome them to New Mexico. Making our state more competitive for jobs and new investment is critical to growing our private sector and diversifying our economy. With the improvements we’ve made over the past several years, New Mexico is finally competing again, and in this case, it’s a big win for the people of our state and our economic future.” -- 9/14/2016

 

Bringing Calm to Chaos: A critical incident review of the San Bernardino public safety response to the December 2, 2015, terrorist shooting incident at the Inland Regional Center -- Homeland Security Digital Library

From the report's executive summary:

The purpose of this Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Critical Incident Review is to critically, objectively, and thoroughly examine the public safety response—including preparation and aftermath—to the December 2, 2015, terrorist shooting in San Bernardino. This review provides a detailed overview of the incident response; lessons learned to improve responding agencies' policies, procedures, tactics, systems, culture, and relationships; and guidance to other agencies and first responders as they prepare for responses to terrorist, active shooter or other hostile events, or mass casualty incidents.

It is important that the lessons identified in this report be studied and applied by public safety agencies as they work to enhance the safety of their community and first responders and possibly prevent future attacks. -- 9/14/2016