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September 21, 2016

Game and Fish warn hunters about fatal disease -- KRQE

Game and Fish is warning hunters to be careful what animals they harvest. “Chronic Wasting Disease” has been found in the McGregor Range in southern New Mexico.

It’s recommended that hunters avoid eating meat from animals that appear sick even though there’s no proof the disease can be harmful to humans. -- 9/21/2016

September 20, 2016

Self-Driving Cars Gain Powerful Ally: The Government -- New York Times

Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation’s highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people.

In long-awaited guidelines for the booming industry of automated vehicles, the Obama administration promised strong safety oversight, but sent a clear signal to automakers that the door was wide open for driverless cars.

“We envision in the future, you can take your hands off the wheel, and your commute becomes restful or productive instead of frustrating and exhausting,” said Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, adding that highly automated vehicles “will save time, money and lives.” -- 9/19/2016


September 19, 2016

Auditor Asks Governor To Help Emergency Agency -- KUNM

New Mexico’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is late paying out millions in federal disaster relief money it owes local governments and contractors.

That money came to the state through FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is meant to help communities clean up after natural disasters such as wildfires and floods.

Now, State Auditor Tim Keller is asking Governor Susana Martinez to help, immediately. In a letter this week, Keller says there are steps the governor’s office could take to help the troubled department. -- 9/16/2016


September 16, 2016

Health officials investigating cases of crypto in NMLas Cruces Sun News

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health are investigating cases of cryptosporidiosis among state residents. They say there have been six confirmed cases of "crypto" since Aug. 31. Each reported consuming raw milk products. The affected individuals are from Bernalillo County. Epidemiologists, laboratory staff and inspectors are working to confirm the source of the outbreak. - - 9/15/2016


Obama: Oceans Key to Protecting Planet From Climate Change -- ABC News/Associated Press

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he created the Atlantic Ocean's first national monument because the planet cannot be protected without trying to safeguard its oceans.

Obama announced the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument at a State Department conference.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. It's the 27th time that Obama has created or enlarged a national monument. -- 9/15/2016

September 14, 2016

Facebook announces decision to build new data center in Los Lunas -- KRQE

Facebook has announced that their new data center will be built in Los Lunas.

Facebook officials made the announcement Wednesday saying the facility will be one of the most advanced data centers and that it will be powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy.

In a news release Governor Martinez said, “Facebook is a stellar, cutting-edge, high-tech company, and it’s an honor to welcome them to New Mexico. Making our state more competitive for jobs and new investment is critical to growing our private sector and diversifying our economy. With the improvements we’ve made over the past several years, New Mexico is finally competing again, and in this case, it’s a big win for the people of our state and our economic future.” -- 9/14/2016


Bringing Calm to Chaos: A critical incident review of the San Bernardino public safety response to the December 2, 2015, terrorist shooting incident at the Inland Regional Center -- Homeland Security Digital Library

From the report's executive summary:

The purpose of this Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Critical Incident Review is to critically, objectively, and thoroughly examine the public safety response—including preparation and aftermath—to the December 2, 2015, terrorist shooting in San Bernardino. This review provides a detailed overview of the incident response; lessons learned to improve responding agencies' policies, procedures, tactics, systems, culture, and relationships; and guidance to other agencies and first responders as they prepare for responses to terrorist, active shooter or other hostile events, or mass casualty incidents.

It is important that the lessons identified in this report be studied and applied by public safety agencies as they work to enhance the safety of their community and first responders and possibly prevent future attacks. -- 9/14/2016

September 13, 2016

Martinez appoints new environment secretaryLas Cruces Sun News

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a longtime employee of the state Environment Department to serve as the agency’s new leader. Butch Tongate’s appointment was announced Monday. He replaces Ryan Flynn, who resigned earlier this summer to take a job with an oil and gas industry group. -- 9/13/2016

September 7, 2016

NM Dept. of Health: 3 things to do to avoid the fluLas Cruces Sun News

Believe the New Mexico Department of Health when it tells you: Flu is serious business. It is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. In New Mexico alone last flu season, there were 219 pneumonia and flu-related deaths.

NMDoH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge everyone to take flu seriously. Here are three things to do to save you and your family from the hassle — or far worse. -- 9/7/2016