November 9, 2015

Obama Starts Personal Facebook Page -- New York Times

The leader of the free world now has a personal Facebook page, and more than 45,000 people clicked “like” on it in the first hour it was live on Monday.

It seems unlikely that a man whose daily schedule often includes meetings with world leaders and briefings on national security will have much time to post pictures of his meals or comment on pet photos. But as The Times reported this week, Mr. Obama now has a 20-member social media team at the White House that aims to bring more spontaneity and accessibility to the presidency, a position that has become highly choreographed and constricted in modern times. -- 11/9/2015


Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued For Electric Transmission Line South Of Las Cruces -- KRWG TV/FM

The Bureau of Land Management and Western Area Power Administration today announced the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Southline Transmission Line Project, a 360-mile electric transmission line proposed to run from New Mexico to Arizona.

The Final EIS is the result of a major collaborative project that involved multiple state, local and federal cooperating agencies from Arizona and New Mexico, and the public. Of particular note is an agreement that provides the Arizona Game and Fish Department with upgraded habitat for a wide variety of wildlife  and in particular the sandhill cranes near the Willcox Playa in southern Arizona. -- 11/9/2015


Interior, Energy Departments To Sign Agreement Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park -- Los Alamos Daily Post

Tuesday, Nov. 10, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will sign a Memorandum of Agreement at the Department of the Interior South Building Auditorium, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The park will have three locations: Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will attend the ceremony along with Senators Martin Heinrich, Lamar Alexander and Maria Cantwell, who represent each of the park’s locations. -- 11/9/2015


New Mexico receives low marks in integrity assessment -- Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico scored only 61, a letter grade of D-minus, and landed tied for 34th place in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation, an assessment of state government accountability and transparency conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Behind the score: widespread and systemic weaknesses in overseeing ethics, campaign finance and lobbying. -- 11/8/2015