Since the early 1970s, hot air balloons have taken to the skies en mass at this time of year in Albuquerque. Tom Garrity, with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, said the local tradition goes back much further.
"Ballooning has actually been taking place in New Mexico since the late 1800s," he said, "with gas balloons."
There’s some good news for low-income families in New Mexico. The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program will not be withholding services during the federal government shutdown.
Matt Kennicott, Director of External Affairs for The New Mexico Human Services Department said, “We’ll have to see what happens with the federal government, we’re definitely monitoring it very closely, but we have enough funding to last us through the end of the year.”
NM Not Offering Aid To Reopen Federal Parks - Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration isn't considering offering state money to try to reopen popular tourism stops in the national park system closed because of the federal government shutdown.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said in a statement that national parks are a federal responsibility and the failure "to perform even basic functions like funding government operations is a sign of the terrible dysfunction and inability to work together in Washington."
The World Friendship Center was founded 48 years ago to work toward world peace and to eliminate nuclear weapons. The center sends Peace Ambassador teams to tell stories of survival, hope and rebuilding of Hiroshima, Japan, after the atomic bombing of that city in 1945. A delegation is in New Mexico this week. Peace Talks Radio producer Paul Ingles sat down with a survivor of the Hiroshima blast, one of the center's Peace Ambassadors.
Severe drought has been gripping much of the Southwest for years, with New Mexico getting the worst of it. And the lack of water is forcing many Native American farmers to consider more non-traditional methods of irrigation.
On a late summer morning at the Santo Domingo Pueblo just south of Santa Fe, Water Resources Manager Jonathan Garcia grabs a map and the keys to a large SUV. He’s headed to the reservation’s agricultural land for a closer look at new irrigation techniques.
There are about 400,000 acres of Public Lands in New Mexico managed by the National Park Service. If the federal government shuts down, parks like Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Canyon and the Petroglyph will shut down, too.
Patrick O'Driscoll works with the National Parks Service regional office in Denver. "If, when we report to work, nothing has changed," O'Driscoll explained, "then we would have no more than four hours each to clear our desks and leave. We even shut down our website. That's how far down we go."
Four-thousand of the nearly 50,000 federal workers in New Mexico are military personnel, including the Army and the Air National Guard. A government shutdown would lead to furloughs of some national guard workers.
On the eve of a potential federal government shutdown, New Mexicans are preparing for what could be a pervasive shock to families, businesses, and pocketbooks. The pain will not be felt immediately in all cases, although several federally funded organizations are planning to close their doors Tuesday.
For decades, the IPCC has collected information about changes in the climate over time and improved models predicting future changes. One of the scientists who worked on the Fifth Assessment Report is the University of New Mexico’s David Gutzler.
Heinrich Proposal To Expand Access To Public Lands - Associated Press
New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich is proposing legislation to expand access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and other recreation.
Heinrich introduced the measure last week in Washington, D.C., and said it will require federal agencies to identify lands they manage that lack routes for public access. The agencies will have to develop a plan for access to those lands with a significant recreational potential.
Grey skies and bustling winds are all part of the Pacific storm system that's been cruising across New Mexico. Brent Wachter, with the National Weather Service, said the system will be moving out of the region. In it's wake we'll be left with downright cool temperatures.
Lows will be in the 20s and 30s. Wachter said people need to keep in mind that forecasts are given for temperature gauges, which are usually between six and ten feet from the ground.
The team of agencies managing the Mexican grey wolf recovery program has a new player, or rather, a returning one.
The New Mexico Game and Fish department was ordered this week by the state Game Commission to return to the negotiating table nearly two years after pulling out of discussions about proposed rule changes.
Hate it or love it, the Affordable Health Care Act is set to roll out soon. And as most already know, the act requires nearly all citizens to obtain health insurance or face penalties. But some of those exempted from the mandate are Native Americans. That hasn’t deterred private insurance companies from launching a campaign in Indian Country to sign up tribal members in New Mexico.
On a cool, Saturday afternoon on the Navajo Nation a crowd of tribal members are lined up at a row of folding tables staffed by insurance company representatives that speak English.
A former trustee of a New Mexico border town says his former police chief collected more than $2,000 a month from the Juarez Cartel and allowed its members to use the city's police cruisers.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that former Columbus village trustee Blas "Woody" Gutierrez testified Wednesday that former Police Chief Angelo Vega received $1,500 each time he allowed the cartel members to use village vehicles, including police cruisers, for drug and guns smuggling.
A former Albuquerque police officer charged with beating a surrendering man has been found not guilty.
A jury acquitted Connor Rice of battery and aggravated battery on Thursday after deliberating more than three hours.
Connor Rice testified Wednesday that he was reacting to the suspect's efforts to resist arrest when he hit the 20-year-old in May 2012. Some of the incident, including video of another officer putting his boot on the suspect's head, was recorded on the officer's lapel camera.
LULAC New Mexico State Director Ralph Arellanes responded Wednesday at the Veteran's Memorial Center in Albuquerque to HSD Secretary Sidonie Squier's comments about evidence of hunger among children in the state.
GOP Lawmakers Oppose Gay Marriage In Court Filing Associated Press
Nearly two dozen current and former Republican legislators are urging New Mexico's highest court to declare that state law prohibits same-sex marriage.
The Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the legislators with the state Supreme Court in a case that could resolve whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.
Gay marriage supporters also filed written arguments with the court on Monday.