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September 29, 2015

Legislative Analysts: New Mexico's Economy Still Recovering -- KUNM/Associated Press

Legislative analysts say New Mexico's economy shows some signs of recovery but continues to struggle compared with those of neighboring states and the country as a whole.

The Legislative Council Service also said Monday that "a lot has to go right" for a recent forecast projecting modest revenue growth for the next five years to hold.

That forecast called for $293 million of additional revenue in the next fiscal year, but the service said factors determining whether the forecast stands up over time include oil prices and China's economy.


State Game Commission denies wolf release permit -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The New Mexico Game Commission has denied an appeal by federal officials who sought to release endangered Mexican gray wolves in the state as part of recovery efforts in the Southwest.

The commission expressed concern about the lack of an updated recovery plan and decided during its meeting Tuesday in Albuquerque to uphold a previous ruling by the state game and fish director. -- 9/29/2015


$20M in unspent drinking water funds for NMLas Cruces Sun News

New Mexico faces an estimated $1 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next two decades, and a review by The Associated Press shows more than $20 million in federally appropriated funds that are available to help cities and towns pay for improvements to pipelines, treatment plants and storage tanks remains unspent.

While state officials have been whittling down that amount over the last five years, it’s still enough to rank the state among the top ten when it comes to the percentage of money that goes unused.

The federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund allows states to set aside up to 31 percent of the money they receive for operating and administrative costs. The goal is to help states comply with federal drinking water requirements. - - 9/28/2015


NM 'Could Get Hammered' By El Niño -- KUNM

Mild temperatures and the turning of the leaves are reminders that summer is officially over. In the coming months New Mexico is well positioned to trap significant amounts of moisture from the third strongest El Niño on record

Kerry Jones with the National Weather Service said even though precipitation has been a little inconsistent lately, it’s looking like El Niño could dump a ton of snow and rain across New Mexico this winter. -- 9/24/2015