NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules - Associated Press
New Mexico regulators have approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.
Tuesday's hearing before the state Water Quality Control Commission marked the culmination of months of wrangling over how best to deal with potential contamination at mining sites.
Duncan To Tout New Preschool Plan During NM Visit - Associated Press
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is expected to tout the Obama administration's new preschool plan during his visit to New Mexico.
On Monday, Duncan is traveling to Santa Fe as part of his back-to-school bus tour. One of his topics will be the president's proposal to spend $75 billion over 10 years to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds in the U.S.
Court Upholds PRC's Energy Efficiency Decision - Associated Press
The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding a decision by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to earn a profit on operating expenses related to the utility's energy conservation programs.
The court issued its ruling Thursday, saying the decision by the Public Regulation Commission was consistent with state law.
NM County Prepares For Same-sex Marriages Hearing - The Associated Press
The clerk for New Mexico's most populous county has a supply of new forms ready in case a court orders her to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.
A judge in Albuquerque has scheduled a hearing Monday afternoon on a request by a couple from Pojoaque to have their marriage recognized. Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she's had 1,000 licenses printed.
Nearly 300 NM Towns Face Water Crisis- Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal
A state review says around 300 New Mexico community water systems are vulnerable to drought, dropping water tables and aging infrastructure.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a state task force review to be made public Wednesday says towns or villages often depends on a single water source making them unguarded to drought and contamination.
Cleanup Continues Following Severe Weather - The Associated Press
It's been a week since communities around New Mexico were slammed with strong winds, heavy rain and flooding, and the cleanup continues.
The American Red Cross has been working in Columbus in southern New Mexico to provide drinking water, tarps and air mattresses, while the Roadrunner Food Bank has been bringing in fresh produce and ready to eat meals.
Judge To Decide Whether To Block Horse Slaughter - Associated Press
A federal judge in Albuquerque is expected to decide Friday whether companies in New Mexico and Iowa can begin slaughtering horses next week.
The Humane Society of the United States and others are requesting a restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation in Sigourney, Iowa, from opening their slaughterhouses as planned on Monday.
NM Governor Issues Emergency Assistance Order - Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez is making emergency assistance available in areas of New Mexico damaged by recent storms and flooding.
The governor issued an executive order on Tuesday that provides $500,000 to the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for a wide range of aid, including for emergency shelter, food and health care.
Martinez also directed the New Mexico National Guard to provide any needed assistance to local authorities.