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Transcript: Obama’s immigration speech -- The Washington Post
OBAMA: My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.- 11/20/2014
See also: Immigration - Taking Action on Immigration, Whitehouse.gov
NM Spaceport executives asking lawmakers for emergency taxpayer funds – KOB Albuquerque
Is there life after the crash?
New Mexico's Spaceport America project is struggling for money and survival in the aftermath of the Virgin Galactic rocket crash in California's Mojave Desert last month. Spaceport executives went to the State Capitol today, asking lawmakers at a committee hearing to give them an emergency injection of taxpayer dollars. – 11/21/2014
Tech Week That Was: Obama Rocks The Net Neutrality Debate -- All Tech Considered
Each week, we take a look back at headlines in the technology and society space, but Monday's net neutrality move by President Obama was the biggest headline by a mile. So we've tweaked the typical roundup to focus on net neutrality, with some additional headlines at the end. -- 11/15/2014
Southwest Ranchers Receive First Mexican Wolf/Livestock “Pay for Presence” Payments -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife News Release
The Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council issued its first Payments for Wolf Presence to 26 Arizona and New Mexico livestock operators who qualified for its coexistence plan's pilot year. The Coexistence Council developed the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Plan that presents a new paradigm for addressing wolf-livestock conflicts – one of the most significant impediments to Mexican wolf recovery. Payments for presence of Mexican wolves, the key component of the plan, address the negative financial impacts on livestock producers that accompany Mexican wolf recovery. -- 11/17/2014
Chaco Canyon among parks proposing fee increases -- Albuquerque Journal/Associated Press
Northwestern New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park wants to more than double its entrance fees.
Officials will seek public input on the proposed increases, which include raising the per-vehicle charge of $8 to $20. The $4 fee per motorcycle would increase to $15, and the $4 charge per bicycle would rise to $10. -- 11/18/2014
WSMR active shooter exercise to cause delays- Las Cruces Sun News
White Sands Missile Range will conduct an installation wide active shooter exercise on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The exercise will cause gate and building lock-downs for up to one hour sometime between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Residents are asked to make plans ahead of time in order to avoid unnecessary disruptions to scheduled activities, according to a news release. -- 11/18/14
Local drug take-back event nets over 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs– Las Cruces Sun News
A Sept. 27, 2014 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day brought in hundreds of tons of unwanted prescription drugs. In Doña Ana County, 1,281 pounds unused prescription drugs were collected. -- 11/17/14
Las Cruces crime rate follows national trend with drop– Las Cruces Sun News
FBI data shows violent crime has increased statewide; rate for Las Cruces is down 16 percent. For the past several years, Las Cruces has been in step with the rest of the state and nation when it comes to the falling number of violent crime. That mostly continued in 2013, according to the latest FBI data. -- 11/17/14
WSMR recognized for energy efficiency efforts – Las Cruces Sun News
White Sands Missile Range was recognized at this year's Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awardsheld Oct. 29 at the Pentagon. WSMR Garrison Energy Manager Craig Collins and his team were recognized for their achievements in energy efficiency and energy management for construction of a 4.5 megawatt ground-mounted solar photovoltaic power plan system, which includes a solar carport. -- 11/17/2014
Environmental groups want Farmington's BLM Field Office to pause issuing permits for oil and gas wells -- Daily Times: Four Corners News
Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say they will organize an internal committee to respond to a letter from environmentalists that calls for the bureau to stop issuing oil and gas drilling permits until an environmental analysis of the Mancos Shale/Gallup Formation is complete.
The San Juan Citizens Alliance, the Chaco Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center sent a 34-page letter to the bureau on Monday outlining issues with BLM's Farmington Field Office and its approval of Mancos Shale drilling permits. -- 10/30/2014
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight – The New York Times
SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane that is to carry tourists on a short ride to space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots.
SpaceShipTwo is a prototype commercial spaceship by Virgin Galactic. Like its smaller predecessor, SpaceShipOne, the craft is designed to be lifted aloft by a carrier plane, then released. It fires a rocket engine to reach the upper atmosphere, then glides to a landing.
Virgin Galactic’s operations will operate commercially from SpacePort America in New Mexico. -- 10/31/2014
"Obama signs New Mexico disaster declaration" – Las Cruces Sun News
Federal aid is coming to New Mexico after areas of the state were hit by severe storms and flooding last month. The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for New Mexico as the state continues to recover from the storms and flooding on Sept. 15-26. 10-30-14
Satellites Map Climate Change
According to climatologists, the increasing impact of climate change means some regions will be wetter than ever, and some will experience unprecedented droughts. Yet while it’s already too late to entirely avoid the consequences of such changes, farmers and water supply managers will soon have a satellite-based tool to help address these mounting challenges. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive SMAP satellite mission, which is scheduled to launch November 5, will measure the water content of the planet’s soil every two to three days.
While SMAP’s microwave devices measure only the moisture content in the top two inches of soil, scientists can infer more about water conditions deeper in the ground. The data will be of sufficient accuracy for the biggest data users of soil moisture data – agriculture and those who do flood modeling and drought monitoring. -- GCN October 2014, page 42
"$12M grant helps UNM unlock cells’ secrets" – Albuquerque Journal
Cells talk to each other, and new tools are helping University of New Mexico scientists learn the language.
The work uses innovative microscopes and mathematics to unlock the innermost secrets of cells, said Bridget Wilson, a UNM pathologist.
Wilson directs a UNM center that has received a $12 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow the New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling to continue through 2015. – 10/28/2014