State, Nation & World

State, Nation & World

AGU: Air Pollution From Oil And Gas Production Sites Visible From Space

OMI NO2 map and NOx emission estimates.(a) Absolute changes in OMI tropospheric NO2VCDs between 2007 and 2018 for the continental U.S. Green boxes denote major U.S. oil and gas production regions. The insets show the NO2 VCD change between 2007 and 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, over the Permian basin. (b) 2015 FOG NOx emission estimates for the areas outlined in (a) ©2019 American Geophysical Union. Courtesy photo

AGU News:

Oil and gas production has doubled in some parts of the United States in the last two years, and scientists can use satellites to see impacts of that trend: a significant


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NM Supreme Court Rules Injured Tribal Casino Worker Cannot Seek Benefits Through State Workers’ Comp

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that tribal sovereignty precludes an Isleta Pueblo casino employee injured on the job from bringing a claim against the Pueblo or its insurer under the state workers’ compensation program.

In a unanimous opinion, the state’s highest court reversed a decision by the Court of Appeals to allow Gloria Mendoza to proceed with a claim for benefits filed with the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA).

Ms. Mendoza injured her knee while pushing chairs at the casino Aug. 24, 2015. The Pueblo’s third-party workers’ compensation


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Makes Requests Regarding PFAS And Plan For Next Steps

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting that the Department of Defense’s (DoD) release a plan for next steps to ensure New Mexican communities and dairy farms in close proximity to Cannon Air Force Base receive access to a clean water supply and a reimbursement of incurred filtration expenses.

The delegation also requested DoD work on plans to purchase


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New Mexico Delegation Recognizes Sandia National Laboratories Contributions To State Economy, Jobs

NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), commended findings from a 2019 economic-impact analysis released Wednesday, which found that Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is responsible for creating 1,100 new jobs while contributing $509 million to New Mexico businesses and $96.6 million in state gross receipt tax revenue.

The Economic Impact Report also found that SNL contributes $784 million to small


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Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Announces Early Endorsements For Environmental Champions

SIERRA CLUB News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club Friday issued its early 2020 endorsements of incumbent legislators who are leading environmental champions, including Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos.

“The candidates on this list have sponsored critical environmental legislation and have outstanding voting records over the last three years on pro-environment bills. They have proven they are committed to protecting our climate, water, land and wildlife here in New Mexico,” said Richard Barish, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter political chair. 

“Because


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New Mexico Ethics Watch Releases Comprehensive Lobbying Report On Tales Of Film, Firearms And Fumes

NMEW News:

New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethics in governance and public life, has released its report, Lobbyists and Their Outsized Influence in New Mexico: Tales of Film, Firearms and Fumes.

The report takes a fresh look at lobbying and the New Mexico Legislature, examining monies spent and tactics used to influence votes regarding legislation on cannabis, firearms, film and tobacco-related products. 

Using data from the Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS), the report paints a picture of the lengths to which lobbyists


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NMDWS: Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed For Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday Jan. 20

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) will remain available. Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours resume 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The normal business hours of the Unemployment Insurance


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Q&A: Congressional Candidate Teresa Fernandez

Congressional District 3 Candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

LEGER FERNANDEZ: I have spent the past 30 years working with and on behalf of our communities


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Horse Shelter Hosts Dinner To Support 71 Rescues

The Horse Shelter hosts its 10th annual philanthropic Equine Dinner Jan. 27 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/THS

THS News:

SANTA FE — To celebrate its’ 12th year rescuing, saving and providing sanctuary for horses, The Horse Shelter (THS) is hosting its 10th annual philanthropic Equine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at Restaurant Martin.

The five-course, wine paired meal is created specifically for the event by Chef Martin Rios, an eight-time James Beard finalist for Best Chef of the Southwest. 

Over the course of 10 years, the event has helped support more than 300 horses, adopted 210 horses, fed


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