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.
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Climate change is a threat to New Mexico’s natural environment and a new study argues that makes it a serious economic threat as well.
Tourism, the creative arts, agriculture, ranching, and the dairy industry all stand to lose millions of dollars, according to Demos, the public policy group that published “New Mexico’s Rising Economic Risks from Climate Change.” The report is authored by Robert Repetto, author of the 2011 book, "America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward." He is a senior fellow in the United Nations Foundation’s climate and energy program.
When a young filmmaker from New York came up with the idea to shadow three Navajo students out on the Rez through their senior year of high school, expectations were moderate. But hundreds of hours of footage and editing later, a feature length documentary began to take Film Festivals by storm. Here, both the stars and filmmaker talk about their experience. The film screened in Albuquerque July 25th, 2012.
New Mexico has fallen to 49th in the country in an annual ranking of child welfare in the states.
Only Mississippi fared worse than New Mexico in the 2012 Kids Count Data Book released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Although this year's report says New Mexico has made a few gains in children's health, it says the state has a long way to go in improving the economic, education, and community-related well-being of kids.
Even after the flames have died down, the impacts of a wildfire persist. Without tree and grass roots to absorb rainfall and hold soil in place, flooding can be a big problem.
In the wake of the Whitewater-Baldy Fire—which burned almost 300,000 acres in southwestern New Mexico—officials in the Gila National Forest have been working to get ahead of the summer rains and next year’s snowmelt.
A New Mexico State University student has been awarded a fellowship to study dust storms on Mars.
Robert Edmonds is the second graduate student in the school's Department of Astronomy to receive NASA's Earth and Space Science Fellowship. The $30,000 NASA fellowship can be renewed for up to three years.
Edmonds will study connections between atmospheric gravity waves and dust storms. The waves convey momentum from low to high altitudes on Earth, causing shifts in wind speed and atmospheric turbulence.
By The Santa Fe New Mexican and The Associated Press
A judge has ordered Governor Susana Martinez's administration to remove the names of classified employees from an online database.
The Monday ruling from District Court Judge Valerie Huling came after members of a state employees' union challenged the practice. An attorney for the union had argued that posting the names of classified employees is prohibited by state law and raises security concerns.
Martinez had ordered the information to be put online last year as a way to increase government transparency.
At the hot springs signing ceremony, from the left: Laureano B. Romero, Governor of Taos Pueblo; Christopher Smith, President of the Taos Land Trust Board of Directors; and Benito M. Sandoval, Warchief of Taos Pueblo.
In northern New Mexico, a sacred site has been returned to its indigenous community.
On July 14, the Taos Land Trust officially transferred the Ponce de León Hot Springs to the Pueblo of Taos.
Now, the springs will be protected from any future development and also remain open to the general public. “This kind of partnership is very rare in the conservation community,” says Patricia Quintana, executive director of Taos Land Trust.
The land trust had purchased the 44-acre parcel in 1997 to save the springs from private development and create a public park.
A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see its population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 million and 3 million by 2060.
That's according to the latest data from a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/OhHnQI) that New Mexico and the other states that depend on the Colorado River Basin for water face a growing gap between how much water nature provides and how much people want to use.
Civil right groups and an immigrant advocacy organization have released a report that faults most law enforcement agencies in New Mexico on racial profiling. The report unveiled Thursday says less than a quarter of agencies surveyed are in compliance with a 2009 state law banning bias policing.
The report also says around 20 percent of agencies have no written policies against bias policing and about 24 percent refused to provide their policies, a violation of state law.
More than 50 organizations are urging Governor Susana Martinez to support expanding Medicaid to cover more uninsured New Mexicans.
The groups sent a letter this week to the Republican governor, saying the expansion of Medicaid under a federal health care law is a "win-win for New Mexico." Among those signing the letter are health care groups such as the New Mexico Pediatric Society and religious organizations including the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Environmentalists call the decades-old fuel spill in Albuquerque the largest threat to a city's drinking water supply in history. As much as 24 million gallons of jet fuel, seeping into an underground aquifer and steadily toward the city's largest and most pristine water wells.
But more than 12 years after the toxin-laden plume from an underground pipe leak was discovered at Kirtland Air Force Base, less than half a million gallons have been pumped out of the ground and the Air Force is two years away from finalizing a cleanup plan.
Hundreds of Educators and Parents gathered at the States Public Education building in Santa Fe on Wednesday to submit testimony to Secretary of Education Designate Hannah Skandera regarding her proposed Teacher Evaluation System.
After classmates found out that Zack Frankel is Jewish, the name-calling and teasing began. By the time Zack got to high school, he says it was part of his normal school experience to hear offensive jokes, names, and comments referring to his faith.
One student was sending "text bombs" or hundreds of pre-programmed texts to Zack's cell phone. Finally the 14 year old told his mom, she called the school, and the other student was suspended.
Drought and climate change are causing extensive forest dieback in the U.S. West as well as worldwide. This photo shows dead ponderosa pines in the Jemez Mountains killed by a combination of drought stress and attacks by bark beetles on weakened trees.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a New Mexico county to its list of primary natural disaster areas due to drought and excessive heat.
Cibola County joins 39 counties in eight states in the latest designation Wednesday.
In all, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared nearly 1,300 counties in 29 states as disaster areas during the current crop year. Much of New Mexico and the Southwest is already on the list.
The monsoon rains arrived this month, but it’s still hot and dry in New Mexico.
The ongoing drought is placing stress on the state’s rivers and streams, including the Rio Grande. And while cities and farmers still receive their shares of water, each summer, one user gets left out—the Rio Grande itself. Like it has every summer for the past decade, the Rio Grande downstream of Albuquerque is drying.
On July 6, law enforcement officials from Arizona Game and Fish Department recovered the body of Mexican Gray Wolf. The carcass was found near Big Lake in the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests.
The carcass is that of AM806, an adult male wolf that was released into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in 2006. The recovery area includes 4.4 million acres in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico and Arizona’s Apache National Forest.
This is the third wolf death documented within the recovery area this year.
Rangina's family fled Afghanistan when she was a young child during the Soviet invasion, and for decades there was never any reason to return home. But after September 11th, 2001, Rangina was overcome by a calling much bigger then herself, to go back and serve her people.
About an hour north of Albuquerque, the Jemez Mountains are popular with hikers, fly fishermen, and pretty much anyone else looking for a mountain escape. The mountains have also been grazed, logged, and recently, hit hard by wildfire—Cerro Grande in 2000 and Las Conchas in 2011.