November 17, 2015

Mouse protection closures in Santa Fe National Forest to stay -- Albuquerque Journal

A federal judge has thrown out most of a lawsuit filed by New Mexico ranchers seeking to reopen areas in the Santa Fe and Lincoln national forests that have been closed to cattle grazing in order to protect the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

The decision by federal District Court Judge Robert C. Brack leaves in place the Forest Service’s October 2014 closure of about 224 acres in the Jemez Mountains, barring both grazing and recreational activities. The stretches of mouse habitat are along the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio Creek, with 188 acres fenced off to keep cattle and people out. -- 11/17/2015

 

State Gives First Public Updates On Chemical Spill -- KUNM

The state’s Environment Department gave an update on the toxic plume of dry-cleaning solvents beneath downtown Albuquerque to neighbors and Bernalillo County’s water protection board last week. The meetings were the first time the plume’s risks to public health have been publicly discussed by the state.

Groundwater Bureau Chief Michelle Hunter told the audiences there is a risk that the chemicals in the shallow aquifer are evaporating into toxic gas and making their way into people’s homes—and that the concentration of chemicals are several hundred times higher than the threshold for recommended air testing. -- 11/16/2015