The Los Alamos National Laboratory has spent about $425 million on designs for its proposed new plutonium facility without reaching the level of confidence needed to prepare a reliable budget or begin building.
The proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear has been delayed at least five years under President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins Monday. The budget cut funding for the program.
A group of Rio Grande valley farmers who say the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District illegally cut their water supplies during dry years are suing the district.
The group says the district is failing to follow the state Constitution's mandate that water rights are allocated from oldest to newest in lean times. They argue that means during dry years those with the earliest rights gets first crack at the water.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says New Mexico is making some history.
He made two stops in the state Thursday to dedicate a pair of new national wildlife refuges, including the first urban refuge in the Southwest. Salazar says this marks the first time two refuges have been dedicated in one state on the same day.
The public helped choose the name of the urban refuge — Valle de Oro, which is Spanish for Valley of Gold. It's located along the Rio Grande on the southern edge of Albuquerque.
Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are conducting an environmental review of a proposed uranium project in western New Mexico.
Commission staff began their three-day visit Tuesday. They're reviewing plans related to a proposal by Hydro Resources Inc. to develop an in-situ leach mining operation near the Navajo community of Church Rock.
Hydro Resources plans to construct well fields and a uranium recovery plant. The solution mining process involves injecting water into the ground and using chemicals as part of a drying process to release the uranium.
By The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press
A draft report by consultants hired by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry to evaluate the organizational structure of city government has recommended cutting about 50 jobs and downsizing the city's fleet of vehicles by 20 percent.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Matrix Consulting Group's report also recommended creating about a dozen new jobs, increasing animal adoption fees and having one company — not two — in charge of managing and marketing the Convention Center.
Albuquerque's Sunport is getting a third federal grant to expand its solar efforts.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Mayor Richard Berry say the international airport is getting a $3.3 million grant from the FAA to install more photovoltaic solar arrays and canopies over the long-term parking lot.
When the project is complete next year, Sunport's multiple solar arrays will be able to produce nearly two megawatts of power, which will save the city nearly $400,000 in annual electricity costs.
KUNM Call In Show 9/27 8a: New Mexico has high alpine meadows, desert badlands and everything in between. But it also has its share of challenges when it comes to the environment. Those include historic issues such as mining, grazing and energy development. But there are new pressures as well, such as climate change, drought, and the loss of rural lands to development.
A New Mexico-based company is recalling 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after one of its products was linked to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe's groceries.
Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's product.
A Buddhist stupa has been order removed from New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.
The National Park Service said Monday that park service will remove the ten-foot structure containing Buddhist relics from the park this week after getting an opinion from the Department of Interior's solicitor general. The solicitor general ruled last month that keeping the Buddhist stupa violates the Constitution on established religion.
A consultant group says Albuquerque police should purchase software to help warn internal affairs about officers who need "early intervention."
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a draft report from the Matrix Consulting Group says city should purchase a $35,000 software system to reduce paperwork in the Internal Affairs Unit. The report says the city's current early intervention system for officers "does not link to the internal affairs records or provide any proactive early warning notifications."
New Mexicans can soon start to vote in the general election.
Absentee voting begins Oct. 9, and people can go to their county clerk's office to cast a ballot in person. Voter registration also ends then, making it possible for New Mexicans to register and vote on that same day.
Early voting starts Oct. 20 at alternate polling locations established by the clerks and continues through Nov. 3.
Election Day is Nov. 6 and that's also the deadline for returning absentee ballots.
New Mexico's summer monsoon season began with a promise but has now ended with disappointing amounts of rainfall across much of the state.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Frazier tells The Santa Fe New Mexican that the ingredients needed to bring normal summer rains to the state's mountains and plains just never developed this year. Instead, the main moisture plume stayed to the west in Arizona and California.
A former top New Mexico environmental official has been appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency region that includes some of the nation's biggest oil- and gas-producing states.
Ron Curry will assume his post Monday. He succeeds Al Armendariz, who resigned in April after Republicans lambasted him for using the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies that violated environmental laws.
New Mexico has a long history of leading solar development. This continues to be true, despite the closure of Schott Solar earlier this summer. A new company hopes to start manufacturing again at the Schott plant. It faces significant challenges from offshore competitors. But there are many other companies in the solar industry here that are finding success.
KUNM Call In Show 9/20 8a: New Mexico has the highest rate of poverty in the nation. Recent census data also shows that the number of people living in poverty is on the rise, especially in rural New Mexico. This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we'll look at the latest numbers and talk about what's being done to assist rural and tribal communities.
Do you live or work a rural county? What do you think would create new opportunities for work or development? Guests:
Three areas of the Navajo Nation that are contaminated with uranium mining waste are being cleaned up.
The work starts in Cove, where uranium ore was stockpiled before trucks took it to a nearby mill for processing. The so-called transfer stations still contain some waste, which will be consolidated and sealed until a permanent disposal site is found.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will put up fencing and monitor air quality to make sure residents in the area are protected from dust.
Sometimes it takes a whacky circumstance to recognize our true potential and life path. Renowned performer, writer, comic and all out Public Radio star Mike Birbiglia tells Rita Daniels about the first time he realized he was funny. Birbiglia is performing at The Lensic on Wednesday night, September 19th, in Santa Fe.
This week, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced it’s keeping a closer eye on southern New Mexico, where some deer are infected with chronic wasting disease. That disease attacks the brain and spinal column of deer and elk, causing them to become emaciated and eventually die.
Chronic wasting disease isn’t widespread in New Mexico, but there are some hot zones near Cloudcroft and Alamogordo.
New Mexico regulators are considering a proposal that would mean fewer credits for Public Service Company of New Mexico customers who install solar photovoltaic systems.
Renewable Energy Certificate credits have been slashed by more than half in the last year, and PNM says more changes are necessary due to a drop in the price of solar photovoltaic systems and the costs of the program to other customers.
The proposal before the state Public Regulation Commission stems from negotiations with solar industry representatives and others.
State environmental officials say they have finished their upgrade to a database that gives the public access to information on clean-up efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin says the new centralized, cloud-based database application called Intellus New Mexico provides the public with greater transparency and more timely access to the environmental data for tracking efforts to clean up toxic waste around the laboratory where the nuclear bomb was developed.