Groups threaten to sue over nuclear weapons work at US labs

6 hours ago

  LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Nuclear watchdog groups say they will sue if the U.S. government doesn't conduct a nationwide programmatic environmental review of its plans to expand production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal.

Federal officials have set a deadline of 2030 for ramped-up production of plutonium pits. The work will be split between Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

Sierra County/T or C - Tours and Expeditions

6 hours ago

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with MainStreet Truth or Consequences Executive Director, Linda DeMarino, with a focus on happenings around Sierra County and Truth or Consequences. On this report DeMarino describes tours and expeditions on many of Ted Turner’s properties, especially Sierra Grande Lodge.

New Mexico brings big data to bear on methane pollution

11 hours ago
Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators in New Mexico are turning to the private sector for new tools including satellite data to detect and monitor methane pollution in a thriving zone for U.S. oil production.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday a collaborative effort with the data-crunching company Descartes Labs to use new technologies that can chart emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico cleared its backlog of pledged tax rebates to film and video production companies by reimbursing about $30 million of in-state spending, state taxation officials announced Thursday.

The state paid out $100 million in backlogged credits in June. September payments of just under $30 million clear a backlog that accrued under a $50 million annual spending cap that was amended this year by lawmakers.

"Best Of Living Here" Newsmakers Episode Honored With An Emmy

11 hours ago

A team from KRWG Public Media at New Mexico State University has won a highly competitive Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for its half-hour “Newsmakers-Best of Living Here” show.  Watch the program at the bottom of this post.

KRWG production manager Joe Widmer, producer Christian Valle and TV production supervisor Ralph Escandón received the Arts/Entertainment-Program Special Emmy, a highly competitive award with entries from four western states. This is the first joint Emmy for Widmer, Valle and Escandón.

Trump closes doors to immigrants, some US citizens open them

14 hours ago
Border Patrol photo from Sunland Park, NM / 4/30/19

    NEW YORK (AP) — As news of immigrant parents being separated from their children at the border filled headlines last summer, Vivien Tartter became distraught.

So the 67-year-old psychology professor took action: She opened the doors of her Manhattan apartment to a Guatemalan family of three who had been separated at a detention center in Colorado, reunited in New York and had no place to stay.

"I wanted to help and I knew I could do this," said the divorced empty-nester, who has housed them for a year.

Government transfers land for more border wall

Sep 18, 2019

  PHOENIX (AP) — The Department of Interior says it is transferring 560 acres (226 hectares) of federal land to the U.S. Army to speed up construction on 70 miles (113 kilometers) of border wall in West Texas, California and Arizona.

This marks the first time the government has transferred land on an emergency basis to build border barriers.

Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond said Wednesday that "extraordinary measures must be taken to preserve values that would otherwise be lost" at the southern border.

Enrico Pontelli / NMSU

The National Science Foundation recently awarded New Mexico State University a second $5 million dollar grant to fund Phase II of collaborative smart grid research. The grant will help researchers build on success of the program over the past five years, which resulted in publication of 450 peer-reviewed papers.

Las Cruces Event Features Immigration Expert

Sep 18, 2019

New Mexico State University’s Chicano Programs will sponsor a talk by Megan Finno-Velasquez, an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and director of the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare at NMSU in Albuquerque, during Hispanic Serving Institutions Week, which runs Sept. 17-23.

The talk, “Immigration Enforcement and Our Role in Protecting Children and Families,” will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in O’Donnell Hall, room 111. The event will be open to the public.

UPDATE: Couple Improving after Propane Tank Explosion in Las Cruces

Sep 18, 2019

The couple injured in Tuesday evening’s fire and explosion near the Pilot Travel Center in west Las Cruces are both said to be recovering in a Texas hospital.


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Commentary: Today, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the Trump administration will transfer over 560 acres of public lands to the Army to build roughly 70 miles of border barriers. The acreage includes public and desert lands in Arizona, California and New Mexico, including areas immediately south of Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona and Otay Mountain Wilderness in California. 

The land transfer is a result of Trump’s national emergency declaration and waiving of virtually all environmental and cultural protection laws at the border for wall construction. Trump will use $3.6 billion of the military’s budget for these portions of the wall-- cutting over 125 projects that benefit military families and readiness. The Sierra Club, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC)’s challenge of Trump’s national emergency declaration will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court on November 18th. A ruling in favor of the groups could shut down Trump’s national emergency declaration and halt the fund transfers. 


    Commentary: Wednesday evening, Albuquerque city council voted 6-0 in favor of passing resolution R-19-187 “Declaring a Climate Emergency”. Numerous citizens gave testimony to their concerns about the growing climate crisis and the federal government’s inaction concerning the issue. Residents of all ages showed up in support of declaring a climate emergency, particularly a younger cohort who presented a powerful argument for action to secure a sustainable future. 

The Value Of Play For Adults

19 hours ago
Photo by: Nathan J. Fish

Commentary:    Commentary: It is commonly accepted, if not always understood, that play is essential for child development; but what about adults?

Joan Moriarity has no board certification, but in her role as “game guru” at the Snakes & Lattes Board Game Café in Toronto, she is something of a play therapist for adults, because play is also necessary for grown human beings.


Change In A Harsh Climate

Sep 17, 2019

Commentary: Every past climate change over the last 2,000 years affected only half the globe. This climate change, this one we are in now, is world-wide.  Either we keep treating this global warming like a hot potato or we work on what we can do where we live, city or country.

For instance, science says if those who raise cattle added 1% seaweed into the cattle’s diet, the methane gas released into the atmosphere by cattle would be cut in half.

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