I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
While environmental activists played their part yesterday during demonstrations at the capitol building, going so far as to dress up as solar panels and to sing the tune of “You Are My Sunshine,” their counterparts, the anti-cap-and-trade contingency who has…
New Mexico is considering reversing former Gov. Richardson’s cap and trade program on carbon dioxide emissions because the upfront costs are proving too much to bear.
Deputy Secretary of the state’s Environment Department, Butch Tongate, testified before the Environmental Improvement Board…
Late last week, an amendment proposed by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D), of New Mexico’s third district, attempting to alter a deal between the U.S. government and a major mining firm was voted down. Lujan had been seeking to tweak the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2009, legislation originally introduced by Senators John Kyl and John McCain allowing for an exchange of land between the federal government and the Resolution Copper Co. Lujan had hoped to protect this land,
Last week, a number of publications reported on research about “Halloween sadism”, the deliberate poisoning or tampering of candy in order to harm children. The research claims that the phenomenon appears to be a myth, with most outlets calling it an urban myth.
Late last week, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinforced an earlier decision by the 9th Circuit Court, in reestablishing a Bill Clinton-era ban on roadway construction on almost 60 million acres of forest and grassland in 38 states, including over 1 million acres in New Mexico. “It’s not a surprise but it is a welcome relief,” said Bryan Bird of WildEarth Guardians, the Santa Fe-based environmental-advocacy group. “We’ve always known the Clinton ruling was sound.”
Consumer prices in the Western states, including New Mexico, rose 0.4 percent in September, and 3.5 percent in the past year.
As part of the required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, officials from the U.S. Air Force and Clovis’s Cannon Air Force Base held another public hearing last night in Las Vegas concerning its plans for low-altitude tactical navigation (LATN) training flights over southeast Colorado and eastern New Mexico.
Officials in the Martinez administration announced Tuesday that revenue for the state government will be lower than previously estimated.
PILT would not be subject to the normal appropriations process, but would be reduced by five percent each year for the next five years, with the hope that it will eventually be phased out.
Yesterday The National Nuclear Security Administration confirmed its plans to replace an aging Los Alamos National Labs facility, which runs across a major fault line, with an estimated $4-6 billion plutonium lab. According to the NNSA notice, the new building “would provide vitally essential technical support capabilities to NNSA’s national security mission.”
Yesterday, the Obama administration fast-tracked seven transmission projects across 12 states — including one in New Mexico — that will generate thousands of construction jobs and increase electric output in the Southwest and Rocky states.
Arizona Public Service, Inc, operator of The Four Corners Power Plant, located about 25 miles west of Farmington, was sued Tuesday by Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law firm, which claims that for years the plant operated outside the rules set down in the Clean Air Act. Earthjustice seeks for the plant to improve its emissions or otherwise it have to shut down
Over 800,000 New Mexicans will face price hikes in their electric bills after a Colorado-based company and its 44 local co-ops voted 43-1 to raise the rates by 4.5 percent.
Sierra Club, NRDC sue Michigan for granting permit to coal plant, argues move violates Clean Air Act
The Sierra Club and the Natural Resource Defense Council are suing the state for issuing an air permit for a coal-burning power generation facility planned by the Wolverine Power Cooperative in Rogers City.
New Mexico has a stake in the increasingly heated debate over allowing a Canadian petroleum firm to build a pipeline across the Great Plains to the Gulf of Mexico: table water.
While the Four Corners area is one of the most remote regions of the lower 48 states, it’s also home to some of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this month set out to remedy that situation.
Al Gore’s impassioned speech against climate change deniers in Colorado induced a frenzy of conservative chest-pounding last week wherein Fox News and the usual suspects swore his sermon must be a symptom of dementia. They went on to repeat the same misleading memes the ex-vice president decried in Aspen. Science, however, is on Gore’s side.
“They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense,’” an impassioned Al Gore told attendees at the Aspen Institute Thursday. “Bullshit! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!”