April 20, 2015

Wild horse advocates disagree on contraceptives for mustangs– Las Cruces Sun News

United in their belief wild horses should remain free to roam public rangeland across the West, groups including the BLM are working to protect the mustangs and are increasingly at odds over whether contraception should play a role in the decades-old dispute over efforts to reign in the natural size of the herds.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign - made up of more than 60 groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Welfare Institute and In Defense of Animals - has been willing to accept treating mares with the anti-fertility drug PZP as a more humane alternative to gathering and shipping mustangs to costly holding facilities. -- 4/20/2015


DOE report on WIPP: Los Alamos radiation release could have been preventedLas Cruces Sun News

A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday.

A combination of poor management, lapses in safety and a lack of proper procedures were outlined in a final report released by the U.S. Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board. Officials planned to review the findings Thursday night during a community meeting in Carlsbad.

The investigators spent more than a year looking into the cause of the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico. – 4/17/2015


1,000 pounds of marijuana found in metal spools in El Paso, CBP officials sayLas Cruces Sun News

It took El Paso U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers 12 hours to remove more than 600 packages of marijuana from an elaborate smuggling attempt Tuesday at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, officials said Thursday.

CBP officials said that 1,365 pounds of marijuana were found during the inspection of a flatbed trailer arriving from Mexico with a cargo of metal cables. Officers had to remove the cable from the large metal spools and cut open metal containers hidden in the middle of the spools to reach the marijuana, officials said. – 4/17/2015