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December 8, 2014

NM gets $579 million in energy revenues, second in the nation--- Farmington Daily News

New Mexico has been allocated $579 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior for revenues generated in energy production on Federal and American Indian lands, according to a department press release.

The disbursements include more than $1 billion to American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, marking the first time disbursements from energy production on American Indian lands topped the billion-dollar mark.

Among the top states receiving FY 2014 revenue are Wyoming ($1 billion); New Mexico ($579 million); Utah ($171 million); Colorado ($169 million); California ($100 million); North Dakota ($68 million); Montana ($38 million); Louisiana ($24 million); Alaska ($20 million); and Texas ($12 million).  – 12/6/2014


Sixth White House Tribal Nation’s Conference – US Department of the Interior

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell delivered opening remarks at the sixth White House Tribal Nation’s Conference, where she emphasized the Obama Administration's commitment to Indian Country, including self-determination and self-governance initiatives that are helping tribal nations to build a foundation for a successful and culturally vibrant future.

The conference provides leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with President Obama, members of his Cabinet and other federal policy-level officials, building on the President’s commitment to strengthen our government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the livelihood of Native Americans.

During this year’s conference, Jewell will discuss some of the progress made by the White House Council on Native American Affairs in advancing initiatives on educational reform, energy and economic development and climate change. -- 12/3/2014

December 5, 2014

House OKs defense bill with New Mexico provisionsLas Cruces Sun News

A defense policy bill approved by the U.S. House and sent to the U.S. Senate includes several provisions on New Mexico historical and conservation topics. The bill would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. 12/5/14


New Mexico records 3rd Hantavirus death in 2014Las Cruces Sun News

New Mexico Health Department officials say a 28-year-old McKinley County man is the third person in the state to die from Hantavirus this year. The Department of Health says there have been a total of six Hantavirus cases in the state this year. Those include a 49-year-old Otero County man who remains hospitalized but whose condition is improving. 12/5/14


New Mexico has first measles case since early 2012Las Cruces Sun News

State health officials say New Mexico has its first confirmed case of measles since February 2012. The NM Department of Health says the case involves a 1-year-old Rio Arriba County child who had not been immunized against the disease. 12/4/14

November 21, 2014

Transcript: Obama’s immigration speech -- The Washington Post

OBAMA: My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.- 11/20/2014

See also: Immigration - Taking Action on Immigration,


NM Spaceport executives asking lawmakers for emergency taxpayer fundsKOB Albuquerque

Is there life after the crash?

New Mexico's Spaceport America project is struggling for money and survival in the aftermath of the Virgin Galactic rocket crash in California's Mojave Desert last month. Spaceport executives went to the State Capitol today, asking lawmakers at a committee hearing to give them an emergency injection of taxpayer dollars.  – 11/21/2014

November 18, 2014

Tech Week That Was: Obama Rocks The Net Neutrality Debate -- All Tech Considered

Each week, we take a look back at headlines in the technology and society space, but Monday's net neutrality move by President Obama was the biggest headline by a mile. So we've tweaked the typical roundup to focus on net neutrality, with some additional headlines at the end. -- 11/15/2014


Southwest Ranchers Receive First Mexican Wolf/Livestock “Pay for Presence” Payments -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife News Release

The Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council issued its first Payments for Wolf Presence to 26 Arizona and New Mexico livestock operators who qualified for its coexistence plan's pilot year. The Coexistence Council developed the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Plan that presents a new paradigm for addressing wolf-livestock conflicts – one of the most significant impediments to Mexican wolf recovery. Payments for presence of Mexican wolves, the key component of the plan, address the negative financial impacts on livestock producers that accompany Mexican wolf recovery. -- 11/17/2014


Chaco Canyon among parks proposing fee increases -- Albuquerque Journal/Associated Press

Northwestern New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park wants to more than double its entrance fees.

Officials will seek public input on the proposed increases, which include raising the per-vehicle charge of $8 to $20. The $4 fee per motorcycle would increase to $15, and the $4 charge per bicycle would rise to $10. -- 11/18/2014


WSMR active shooter exercise to cause delays- Las Cruces Sun News

White Sands Missile Range will conduct an installation wide active shooter exercise on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The exercise will cause gate and building lock-downs for up to one hour sometime between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Residents are asked to make plans ahead of time in order to avoid unnecessary disruptions to scheduled activities, according to a news release. -- 11/18/14

November 17, 2014

Local drug take-back event nets over 1,000 pounds of prescription drugsLas Cruces Sun News

A Sept. 27, 2014 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day brought in hundreds of tons of unwanted prescription drugs. In Doña Ana County, 1,281 pounds unused prescription drugs were collected. -- 11/17/14


Las Cruces crime rate follows national trend with dropLas Cruces Sun News

FBI data shows violent crime has increased statewide; rate for Las Cruces is down 16 percent. For the past several years, Las Cruces has been in step with the rest of the state and nation when it comes to the falling number of violent crime. That mostly continued in 2013, according to the latest FBI data. -- 11/17/14


WSMR recognized for energy efficiency effortsLas Cruces Sun News

White Sands Missile Range was recognized at this year's Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awardsheld Oct. 29 at the Pentagon. WSMR Garrison Energy Manager Craig Collins and his team were recognized for their achievements in energy efficiency and energy management for construction of a 4.5 megawatt ground-mounted solar photovoltaic power plan system, which includes a solar carport. -- 11/17/2014

November 3, 2014

Environmental groups want Farmington's BLM Field Office to pause issuing permits for oil and gas wells -- Daily Times: Four Corners News

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say they will organize an internal committee to respond to a letter from environmentalists that calls for the bureau to stop issuing oil and gas drilling permits until an environmental analysis of the Mancos Shale/Gallup Formation is complete.

The San Juan Citizens Alliance, the Chaco Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center sent a 34-page letter to the bureau on Monday outlining issues with BLM's Farmington Field Office and its approval of Mancos Shale drilling permits. -- 10/30/2014

October 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test FlightThe New York Times

SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane that is to carry tourists on a short ride to space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots.

SpaceShipTwo is a prototype commercial spaceship by Virgin Galactic. Like its smaller predecessor, SpaceShipOne, the craft is designed to be lifted aloft by a carrier plane, then released. It fires a rocket engine to reach the upper atmosphere, then glides to a landing.

Virgin Galactic’s operations will operate commercially from SpacePort America in New Mexico. -- 10/31/2014