The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rescinded its lethal removal order for AF1188. The agency has agreed to allow the Arizona-based Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center to provide permanent sanctuary to the female wolf.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in Albuquerque ordered the killing of a Mexican Gray Wolf whose pack is responsible for the killing of four head of cattle within the past year.
Navajo Nation officials say the tribal budget will be strained further if three units of a northwestern New Mexico coal plant close sooner than 2014.
Tribal spokesman Erny Zah says the tribe had been prepared for the units at the Four Corners Power Plant to close in two years. But the plant's operator says decommissioning will start once it acquires ownership of the other two units, which is expected later this year.
Zah says that would mean a $9 million annual loss from coal royalties.
A voting rights activist and the wife of a Democratic state representative are among more than 177,000 New Mexico voters whose status has been deemed inactive. The move is raising questions about the criteria being used by Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran as she begins a cleanup of voter rolls three months before the presidential elections.
The state Court of Appeals has ruled about 11,000 state workers are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Governor Bill Richardson's administration didn't follow union contracts in distributing money provided by the Legislature for employee compensation in 2009.
Governor Susana Martinez's administration plans to appeal this week's ruling and says it could cost the state $20 million for back pay to workers covered by union contracts. A union lawyer estimates a lower cost.
The Albuquerque Public Schools district is covering the cost of meals this year for students who qualify for reduced rates. District spokesman John Miller says a decision to start charging food providers for things like utilities has made money available for the meals.
About 7,000 students qualify for the reduced meals, which cost 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast. Miller says the district expects to spend between $300,000 and $400,000 to pay for the lunches.
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of the most iconic sites in New Mexico. It’s a sweeping landscape of meadows and forests that sits in the massive crater of a collapsed volcano. Congress bought the former ranch in 2000 and created the preserve with a special mandate: Become financially self-sufficient by 2015.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/9 8a: President Obama signed the HEARTH Act into law this month. The law provides for tribal authority over leasing of tribal lands for housing and commercial uses. Will buying a home on pueblo land become easier? What about business development for tribes? We'd like to hear from you! Email email@example.com, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.
Dr. Ed Smith and Smokey Bear in 1950. Briefly named “Hotfoot Teddy” this five-pound bear with burned paws was found clinging to a charred tree during a fire in the Lincoln National Forest. He became the "living symbol" of Smokey Bear.
Credit New Mexico State Forestry Division / NMEMRD
This week, an American icon celebrates his birthday: Smokey Bear is turning 68.
He’s still a spry old guy, kept alive by the Ad Council and the US Forest Service. It’s New Mexico’s forests that have been taking a hammering. In 2011, the Las Conchas Fire was the largest in state history. Then this year, the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest doubled its record. This summer also saw the state’s most destructive wildfire, the Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Mitt Romney's short list of potential running mates.
Martinez said, "The veep rumor is over. I've said it over and over and over and over, I don't have any interest in being the vice president. I have every interest in the world of staying in New Mexico and taking care of New Mexico business."
A New Mexico man is in federal custody after authorities seized more than 65,000 rounds of ammunition from his home. Authorities say 25-year-old Carlos Guadalupe Morales allegedly was buying large amounts of ammunition and shipping them to Mexican drug cartels.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents arrested Morales after executing a search warrant Tuesday at his apartment in Anthony. Agents reported finding 65,195 rounds of ammo, two ballistic vests and three Kevlar military helmets plus a semi-automatic rifle and pistol.
The New Mexico Land Office says it has earned more than $650 million from state trust lands in the most recent fiscal year.
State Land Commissioner Ray Powell attributes the record-setting revenue to higher oil prices and a thoughtful selection of tracts for lease. He says advances in technology have allowed larger volumes of oil to be produced from existing wells.
Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, and commercial leases also contributed to the earnings.
The New Mexico Horse Council has sent Gov. Susana Martinez a letter urging her to support a proposed horse slaughterhouse in Roswell, saying the closing of domestic facilities five years ago has caused "needless suffering under the cruelest of conditions."
The council, which represents more than 200 horse owners and 30 horse clubs, said an informal survey of its members showed 94 percent favor humane slaughter to help with an overpopulation crisis that has left many horses starving and abandoned.
By The Santa Fe New Mexican and The Associated Press
Los Alamos National Laboratory is warning its employees to prepare for protests as the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb nears. The world's first atomic bomb was developed in Los Alamos during World War II and was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.
A legal battle over water in the lower Rio Grande has New Mexico accusing the federal government of trying to take control of the state’s groundwater.
In a filing in the Third District Court in Las Cruces recently, the Bureau of Reclamation said it should be able to pump groundwater when it needs to deliver water in the Rio Grande to downstream users, such as farmers.
That raised the hackles of New Mexico state legislators, and others, including the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer. That office controls the state’s groundwater.
Mosquitoes in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
Paul Ettestad of the state Department of Public Health says recent rain across New Mexico has created breeding sites for mosquitoes.
Officials are urging the public to use bug repellent when outdoors, especially during the evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. The city of Albuquerque operates a mosquito control program that also covers Bernalillo County.
Common symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.
Social services advocates are urging Republican Governor Susana Martinez to support expanding Medicaid to provide health care to nearly 150,000 low-income New Mexicans.
A group representing working families, Organizers in the Land of Enchantment or OLÉ, delivered a plate of waffles to the governor's office on Tuesday, saying they want Martinez to "stop waffling" and back an expansion of Medicaid as proposed under a federal health care law.
President Barack Obama has signed a bill designed to expedite home building and energy development on tribal lands.
The law enables tribes to approve trust land leases directly, rather than waiting for approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Navajo Nation already has that authority.
The so-called HEARTH Act was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. It's expected to open the door to badly needed housing development on reservations, as well as wind and solar energy projects that tribes have been eager to launch.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the drilling of monitoring wells at Kirtland Air Force Base has been delayed until later this year. The monitoring wells are being drilled in order to determine the extent of contamination from a leak of about 24 million gallons of jet fuel.
One of the two contractors drilling the wells has gone out of business.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/2 8a: New Mexico's ranking for child welfare fell from 46th to 49th in the nation, according to the 2012 Kids Count report. What happened? What are advocacy groups and government officials doing to help kids in New Mexico? We'd like to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.