A California-based law firm representing ranchers is suing to have two New Mexico plant species removed from federal protection.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a federal lawsuit last week and said the Kuenzler hedgehog cactus and gypsum wild-buckwheat should either be "downlisted" or delisted and removed from government protection all together. Both plants are found in southeastern New Mexico.
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The Environmental Protection Agency says they'll be inspecting properties on Acoma Pueblo in western New Mexico for radioactive materials. The assessment is one of numerous being conducted in the southwest, and in Indian Country.
Since 2009, the EPA says they've been doing structural assessments of properties near former uranium mills and mines, including the Navajo Nation, Laguna Pueblo and now Acoma Pueblo.
Three lawyers from Clovis have been recommended to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a district court judgeship.
A bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission screened applicants last week in Clovis and submitted three candidates to the governor.
The nominees are Wesley Pool, who's operated his own law firm since 2003; former Clovis City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen; and Brian Scott Stover, who's been a prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office since 2006 and deputy district attorney in the 5th Judicial District in 1999 to 2005.
An independent panel of scientists that spent two years reviewing the U.S. government's controversial management of wild horses is poised to release a series of recommendations to combat skyrocketing costs and help quell decades of conflict on public rangelands.
The study being made public on Wednesday is expected to touch on a wide range of fronts, from mustang roundups and fertility control to better ways to calculate the preferred size of the free-roaming herds and their impacts on the range in 10 Western states.
A judge has barred a telephone call alleging insurance fraud in the trial of former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife in 2007.
But state District Judge George P. Eichwald also ruled this week that prosecutors will be allowed to present "numerous paramours" about alleged extramarital affairs by Levi Chavez before the death of his wife.
Chavez is accused of killing 26-year-old Tera Chavez with his department-issued handgun in their Los Lunas home, and of trying to make her death look like a suicide.
A University of New Mexico psychology professor is under fire after he tweeted that people battling obesity don't have the willpower to finish doctorate degrees.
Geoffrey Miller wrote on Twitter Sunday that obese doctoral applicants who don't "have the will power to stop eating carbs" won't "have the willpower to do a dissertation." The tweet has since been deleted and his Twitter account has been made private.
A landfill in southern New Mexico, rumored to be the final resting place of the 1982 Atari video game ET, is about to be excavated. Rita Daniels reports, the big dig for ET, is part of a Canadian Television companies attempt to document the game, and its role in crashing the fledgling home gaming industry.
UPDATE 6/9 12:30p: A wildfire in northern New Mexico prompted a section of state highway to be closed after embers crossed a protection line and caused the blaze to grow.
The growth in the Thompson Ridge fire burning in the Valle Caldera National Preserve and the Santa Fe National Forest near Jemez Springs led to the closure of New Mexico Highway 4 from the junction at Route 126 to the junction at State Route 501.
The blaze had grown to more than 32 square miles by Sunday morning. It was 40 percent contained.
Children who depend on free meals at school in New Mexico have a place to go this summer now that the state's summer meals program is up and running.
The pre-packaged meals usually include a sandwich, carrots or another veggie, milk or juice and fruit, and for kids who might not otherwise get lunch at home during the summer months. New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department doles out the money to schools and local government agencies that hand out the meals at central locations in dozens of cities. Henry Varela is CYFD's spokesman.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to the nation's capital to participate in an educational policy forum on student reading.
The governor's office said Martinez will join governors from Mississippi and Delaware at the forum hosted by the Washington Post on Tuesday about state efforts to improve student reading by the third grade. Education superintendents from several states also are to participate.
New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers has named deputy provost Greg Fant as interim executive vice president and provost.
The executive vice president and provost is the chief academic officer at NMSU and serves as the university's chief executive in the president's absence. Carruthers named Fant to fill the post while he searches for a permanent provost. Last week Carruthers indicated he might hire one of the candidates he recently beat out for the job as university president.
Growth of the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge wildfires burning in New Mexico have slowed since last week, however unfavorable weather conditions today could change that. So far, the fires have burned more than 15 square miles and are now 5% contained.
Light winds and high humidity allowed fire crews to make considerable progress containing the blazes on Sunday.
However dry and windy conditions are in the forecast through the evening, which officials say could make fire activity more volatile.
The mayor of Santa Fe wants President Barack Obama to issue a proclamation establishing a La Bajada Mesa National Monument south of the city.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17LHcLp) that Santa Fe Mayor David Coss has introduced a resolution seeking the designation.
The land in question consists of 128,000 acres adjacent to the Caja Del Rio Plateau and runs from La Bajada Mesa south to the Cerrillos Hills State Park, north to the Santa Fe River Basin, and across the Caja del Rio Plateau to the Rio Grande.
The two wildfires burning in the Santa Fe National forest in New Mexico have grown considerably over the weekend. Since igniting last week the fires have burned more than 9,000 acres and remain 0% contained.
State forestry officials say while the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge wildfires are still growing, crews on the ground are making good progress on building containment lines around the blazes.
Nearly 200 homes are threatened by the blazes and have been evacuated, although no structures have been burned.
Officials at a financial-troubled New Mexico school district are facing heat after the district purchased new vehicles for employees.
The Farmington Daily-Times reports the Central Consolidated School District faced criticism this week for purchasing six vehicles, four of which were brand new, for between about $19,000 and $26,000 each.
District spokesman James Preminger says the purchases were necessary since some old vehicles were in such bad shape and new vehicles were needed.