May 4, 2016

NM DOH: Keeping on the move saves you from pain laterLas Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico Department of Health reports arthritis affects an estimated 26 percent of New Mexico residents. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. It affects the young and old, with age being the leading factor in diagnosis. It’s a problem sure to affect more New Mexicans because our aging population is growing rapidly. By the year 2030, New Mexico will rank third in the nation in percentage of population ages 60 and older; currently it ranks 10th according the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services. -- 5/4/2016

 

New Mexico senator defends wilderness designationLas Cruces Sun News

Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich on Thursday defended a proposal to create two federal wilderness areas in northern New Mexico in response to criticism that the legislation could limit state revenues from timber and mining operations.

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has strongly objected to wilderness designations at the Rio Grande del Norte Monument that encompass 1,280 acres of state trust land that might otherwise generate state revenues from timber sales and the mining of pumice and molybdenum. Trust lands span 9 million acres in New Mexico and generate funding mainly through oil and natural gas production for public schools, universities and hospitals. -- 5/4/2016