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."
A proposal to create the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area has taken a small step forward. A House subcommittee heard testimony on the measure, sponsored by Representative Ben Ray Lujan. It now goes to the full committee for markup. Questa mayor Esther Garcia spoke at the hearing. A corresponding bill, sponsored by Senator Jeff Bingaman, has already been sent to the Senate floor.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has moved forward on a set of rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired power plants. Because the rule would have no effect on existing plants, New Mexico will be largely unaffected. But Shrayas Jatkar with Sierra Club New Mexico, says as the state has been repealing its own rules to limit carbon emissions, this development sends an important message. Jatkar says the Sierra Club will be working to inform residents about the rule during the 60 day comment period that begins now.
As Albuquerque is mired in debate over a proposal to improve the I-25/Paseo del Norte interchange, local leaders have been hearing from a visitor with some different ideas about infrastructure and development. Chuck Marohn with the Minnesota-based organization Strong Towns, is an engineer and planner with a growing national audience.
Students are flocking to Spanish immersion programs in countries like Guatemala. It has given birth to a new industry, an industry that is full of women. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jim Paluzzi reports that when you study with one of these Spanish teachers, your investment is a lifeline.
These days, the ability to communicate in Spanish can be a key asset in the job market. But to speak with confidence it often takes an immersion experience in a Spanish speaking country. The Central American nation of Guatemala is developing a reputation as the go-to place for Spanish immersion. Jim Paluzzi from the Fronteras Changing America Desk has this second part of the Why Spanish series.
This week marks the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the controversial new health care law intended to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. Ahead this morning on the KUNM Call In Show, we'll take your questions, but first we'll hear from Ron Pollack, the founding Executive Director of Families USA, a non-profit organization advocating for equal access to high quality healthcare
Americans are notorious for being mono-lingual. Gallup poll research shows that three out of every four Americans can't carry on a conversation in a second language. But if you ARE going to learn another language, here in the Southwest, that means Spanish. Today we begin a three part series from the Fronteras Changing America Desk and the Public Insight Network. In this first piece, Jim Paluzzi looked into dozens of cases of adult English speakers who are now using Spanish.
A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that as the economy recovers, Asians and Latinos are gaining work faster than other ethnic groups. Adrian Florido reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.