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Summer 2017

The addition of new articles to New Mexico News Plus will be sporadic.  We hope this situation is temporary and that we will be able to resume frequent updates as soon as possible.

June 30, 2017

 
On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft revision to its Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, which guides plans to remove the wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act.
 
Under the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez, New Mexico has opposed wolf reintroductions, and in 2011, the Game Commission ended the state’s participation in the program. The commission also voted to stop the federal government from releasing any new captive-raised wolves in the state and sued. A federal judge then blocked any new releases.
 
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan is available for public comment until August 29, and there will be four public meetings this summer in New Mexico and Arizona:
 
-July 18, 6-9 p.m. Northern Arizona University, Prochnow Auditorium, South Knowles Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
-July 19, 6-9 p.m.. Hon-Dah Resort, Casino Banquet Hall, 777 AZ–260, Pinetop, AZ
-July 20, 6-9 p.m. Ralph Edwards Auditorium, Civic Center, 400 West Fourth, Truth or Consequences, NM
-July 22, 2-5 p.m. Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, 1901 University Boulevard NE,
Albuquerque, NM
 
 
 
This week the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found a number of impacts for older Americans. Those changes could be felt particularly hard in New Mexico.
 
With an aging population, advocates and policy analysts say New Mexico could face significant challenges if the health care bill passes the Senate.
 
"There is a greying of America, but there’s a disproportionate greying of New Mexico," said DeAnza Valencia with the New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired People. "That makes us even more at risk for changes that will hurt people over 50 with this bill. We are really bracing for impact should this bill become law." -- 6/28/2017

June 15, 2017

Fire Restrictions implemented on three Cibola Forest districts -- KOB

The U.S. Forest Service is implementing Stage I fire restrictions on three New Mexico districts in the Cibola Forest, officials said Thursday.

Officials said record warm temperatures and exceptionally dry fuel moisture levels are expected to increase the fire danger level significantly this week, causing  Stage I fire restrictions to be implemented in parts of the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

The fire restrictions will be effective on the following dates:

  • Mt. Taylor Ranger District – June 16, 2017
  • Mountainair Ranger District – June 15, 2017
  • Sandia Ranger District – June 23, 2017

 

Feds put brakes on methane regulation -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The Trump administration has dealt its largest blow yet to Obama-era oil and gas drilling regulations, announcing one rule requiring operators to curb methane pollution won’t take effect until at least 2019 and that another methane rule is being suspended indefinitely.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Land Management, published notice Wednesday that a methane rule for drilling on federal and tribal land will be put on hold until litigation challenging the regulation has been resolved in court.

The notice came less than 24 hours after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that its implementation of a methane rule for operators on private land will be stayed for two years to give the agency time to reconsider the regulation and solicit additional public comment. The EPA had issued a 90-day hold in June.

June 20, 2017

Clean air shelter opened due to Bonita Fire smoke -- KOB

Forest Service officials said that Rio Arriba County will open a clean air shelter Tuesday because of continued smoke impacts from the Bonita Fire.

 The shelter will be set up at the Rural Events Center, on Highway 554 one-half mile north of its junction with Highway 84.  The shelter will be staffed by the American Red Cross and will be open 24 hours a day, starting at 7 p.m.  Beds will be provided for people who want to stay overnight.  For more information call the Rio Arriba County Emergency Management Office at 505-747-1941.  After hours, call the Española/Rio Arriba Regional Communications Center, 505-753-5555. -- 6/20/2017

June 14, 2017

‘An Attack on One Monument Is an Attack on Them All’ -- The Daily Yonder

Native Americans, hunting groups, Utah Republicans, and others respond to a Trump Administration recommendation that the U.S. remove protections from parts of Bears Ears National Historic Monument. Utah Senator Orin Hatch calls the proposal a “balanced” approach, while a Native American conservation group calls the recommendation “an illegal move to turn back the clock 100 years on tribal relations and Utah’s economy.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Department of Interior report that was released yesterday contains an historic rollback of a previously designated National Monument. This reversal of public land policy is the first in a series of reviews and “recommendations” to be issued on 27 monuments created by presidential authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The review process affects 11.3 million acres of public land, all located in rural communities, and 218 million acres of publicly owned marine waterways. Secretary Zinke’s decision has prompted a series of press releases, position statements, and announcements related to the Trump Administration’s approach to managing public land resources. Selected responses, both pro and con, are included below. More detailed information regarding the National Monument review process is available from the Department of Interior. Specific information related to the Bears Ear Proposal is available from the Washington Post.-- 6/13/2017

 

Communities Take the Search for Broadband Into Their Own Hands -- The Daily Yonder

More and more small communities are coming together to explore ways to access high-speed broadband, even if that means changing some existing laws.  -- 6/12/2017