February 16, 2015

FAA drone rule proposal: What they allow, who benefits, who doesn't -- Los Angeles Times

The Federal Aviation Administration over the weekend released proposed rules for small drones for commercial use. Some have said the move has the potential to dramatically change the nation's airspace for years to come.

The proposed rules, which at times are outlined in vague terms, must undergo a phase of public and federal review, and would not take effect until 2017 at the earliest. -- 2/16/2015


Big Picture: Mapping New Oil And Gas Development -- KUNM News

When the US Bureau of Land Management's Farmington District Manager, Victoria Barr, came into the KUNM studio for the Call In Show, she brought a brand-new map with her. She sent along the PDF, for those who would like to take a look at the active leases and special designated areas near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park.

You can view and download the map by clicking here

We’re also excited to show off a new map – a work in progress – that Larry Heard, with the New Mexico Community Data Collaborative, made for KUNM's Drilling Deep project. -- 2/14/2015


2 House Dems join GOP in passing repeal of immigrant license lawLas Cruces Sun News

The state House of Representatives voted roughly along party lines Thursday to pass House Bill 32 that would repeal the law that allows the state to issue driver's licenses to people who can't prove their citizenship. As has been the case in other House debates this year over controversial legislation, Republicans, knowing they had the numbers to pass the bill, let Democrats do most of the talking during a three-hour debate. -- 2/13/2015


House panel advances bill banning smoking, vaping in car with kidsLas Cruces Sun News

A bill that would outlaw smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in cars carrying children cleared its first hurdle Thursday. Members of the Health Committee in the state House of Representatives voted 6-3 to advance House Bill 148, even though a few Democrats said the proposed $250 fine for a violation is too high. -- 2/16/2015


New Mexico House approves bill ending social promotionLas Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico House of Representatives has voted to approve legislation that would end the social promotion of third-graders who are not proficient readers. After three hours of debate Wednesday night, House Bill 41 passed 38-30 with one Democrat siding with Republicans in the majority. The legislation now moves to the Senate. The measure by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation. -- 2/13/2016