Public media's teamed up and created the American Graduate Initiative to try and tackle the high school dropout crisis in our country. In New Mexico, 2 out of 5 students don't finish high school. PBS' Newshour correspondent Ray Saurez visited the Duke City this week to see why.
A state Livestock Board official says an inspector took appropriate action when he was told about four dying horses at a Las Lunas auction. But the inspector has been reprimanded for how he dealt with animal rescue group members.
Livestock Board Executive Director Myles Culbertson tells the Albuquerque Journal that inspector B.J. Winchester is back on the job.
Albuquerque water officials will likely need to raise customers’ rates in the next several years in order to pay for improvements to aging infrastructure.
At a board meeting of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, chief executive Mark Sanchez said the utility would be asking for five percent increases in 2016 and 2018. A rate hike for 2013 has already been approved. Each increase would raise average customer rates by about 3 dollars.
The state Court of Appeals has ruled a national online retailer must pay more than a half million dollars in taxes on sales of books, music and movies in New Mexico.
The court's ruling today involved a subsidiary of Barnes&Noble.com which was assessed gross receipts taxes for sales in New Mexico from 1998 to 2005. The company protested and a state agency hearing officer said the online retailer was not required to collect the New Mexico tax because it had no presence in the state. Company offices are outside of New Mexico.
Officials at Kirtland Air Force Base say, starting Monday, they’ll begin burning off 400 gallons of jet fuel per day from a decades-old underground spill in Albuquerque.
For now, they’ll be using the same passive soil vapor extraction technology that’s been pulling out roughly 135 gallons a day for the last eight years. Two new wells drilled in more concentrated areas of the spill account for the increase in efficiency.
Officials at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico are asking for the public's help in developing a management plan for dozens of archaeological sites that are separate from the main portion of the park.
The plan will focus on the Tsankawi unit, which is home to more than 150 sites that range from petroglyphs to stone pueblo structures. The plan is aimed at improving protection of the archaeological resources as well as visitor understanding of the area.
A 30-day scoping period began Monday. The public has until May 15 to submit comments.
The criticism, leveled in a letter Friday, comes after the latest Air Force data show contamination from a decades-old leak migrating northeast beneath southeast Albuquerque with no clear picture of how close the fuel is to the wells that provide drinking water to area neighborhoods.
Community members and conservation groups met in front of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional headquarters today to demand the release of more Mexican grey wolves. The agency administers a controversial reintroduction program for the endangered species in the Gila Wilderness in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.
The oldest of the baby boomer generation turns 66 this year, and while that age may technically qualify them as senior citizens, it’s not a label they’re taking sitting down. Here's a closer look at how conservation groups are tapping into this pool of willing and able-bodied volunteers.
[D]ocuments obtained by the Colorado-based Front Range Equine Rescue, through a federal Freedom of Information Act request, show Valley Meat Co. general manager Ricardo De Los Santos submitted an application, dated March 1, seeking USDA inspections of the 7,290-square-foot plant on a 10-acre site.
A divided U.S. appeals court struck down a federal ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations, a decision that could open the public airwaves to a heavy dose of campaign ads leading up to the November elections.
A bill called the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act is inching its way through Congress, and could have serious consequences for close to two million acres of New Mexico land currently managed as wilderness.
Funding for the Conservation Beat comes from the New Mexico Community Foundation
UPDATE (2:56 PM) An email from the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society and International Mountain Bicycling Association says the bill introduced today is endorsed by all cycling groups in Northern New Mexico:
Bingaman and the Conservation Community, which includes cyclists, understand the benefits of cycling and the recreation economy it supports. Thus, a special bill was crafted that meets everyone’s needs by designating trails and protecting land from resource extraction and motorized abuse.
UPDATE (2:33 PM) Activists have delivered their petition to PNM headquarters. About two dozen people gathered at a rally earlier today calling on PNM to invest more in renewable energy. The company is slated to submit its renewable energy plan to state regulators later this month. Petitioners say they hope PNM will go beyond the minimum requirements.
By The Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal
Jury selection is set to begin in the death penalty phase in the trial of Michael Paul Astorga who was convicted in 2006 of killing Bernalillo County deputy James McGrane Jr.
Jurors will be asked to sentence Astorga to life in prison or to death, even though New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009. Astorga is still eligible for the death penalty since the crime occurred before the repeal.
Voter advocacy and conservation groups are co-sponsoring two candidate forums, one for each open seat on the PRC, which regulates a wide range of agencies and industries including telecommunications, insurance, and utilities.
From the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County press release:
Albuquerque area PRC Candidate Forum, District 1
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11
UNM Continuing Education Center, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque
Elected Sunland Park mayor Daniel Salinas can't be sworn in because he's been barred from having contact with the clerk who administers the oath of office. The court order is the result of blackmail allegations.
The southern New Mexico town's city council will meet next week to declare the mayor's office vacant and make an appointment, according to a KRQE-TV report.
Los Alamos National Laboratory is making its full database of environmental monitoring information public. The lab said a new web-based application, called Intellus New Mexico, offers an unprecedented level of transparency by giving the public access to the same data lab scientists have.
The new system contains more than 9 million records, including historical data and what the lab describes as a "near-real-time view of ongoing data collection activities."