Environmentalists are accusing federal wildlife managers of failing to ensure the survival of the threatened Mexican spotted owl in New Mexico and Arizona.
The Santa Fe-based group WildEarth Guardians is targeting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with its latest legal action.
The group contends that the agency has failed to consider the effects of widespread thinning and logging in national forests and has not held the U.S. Forest Service accountable in tracking the bird's numbers.
The group says owl populations have declined recently.
A bill to help to help New Mexico complete high priority uranium mine cleanup projects has cleared an initial hurdle in Washington.
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say their bill was endorsed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday and now heads to the full Senate.
The bill by the two New Mexico Democrats would amend federal law to give states and tribes the ability to apply existing funds for coal-related cleanup efforts to non-coal mine reclamation, including hundreds of abandoned uranium mines throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.
The New Mexico Legislature has passed a bill to get tough on poachers.
The House on a unanimous vote Thursday sent Gov. Susana Martinez the proposal to increase penalties on poachers who take the heads and antlers of elk, deer and other trophy animals and leave the meat behind to rot. The Senate passed the measure last month.
The bill would let the state Game Commission revoke hunting and fishing license privileges for more than the three years currently called for under state law. Backers say the ability to revoke licenses longer is needed as a stronger deterrent.
Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 7:00 am
"The meek shall inherit the earth" — that seems to be the latest message from the United Nations Development Program.
Their 2013 Human Development Report chronicles the recent, rapid expansion of the middle class in the developing world. It also predicts that over the next two decades growth in the so-called "Global South" will dramatically shift economic and political power away from Europe and North America.
Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 10:43 am
Pope Francis, in his first audience with the cardinals since becoming head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and urged the evangelization of the church's message.
Francis said of Benedict, who served as pontiff for eight years before his historic resignation last month, that he "lit a flame in the depths of our hearts that will continue to burn because it is fueled by his prayers."
Governor Susanna Martinez signed the Fair Pay for Women Act into law yesterday. The legislation is similar to the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and was designed to make it easier for women in New Mexico to file and win wage discrimination lawsuits.
Unlike civil rights laws, the Fair Pay for Women Act does not require proof of intent to discriminate. A woman only has to show that an employer paid her less than a man in the same job.
Last year, a federal program called the Earned Income Tax Credit took about $60 billion from wealthier Americans and gave it to the working poor. And here's the surprising thing: This redistribution of wealth has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.
"This program worked," says Richard Burkhauser, an economist at Cornell University and the American Enterprise Institute. "And there's not a hell of a lot of these programs where you can see the tremendous change in the behavior of people in exactly the way that all of us hoped it would happen."