State, Nation & World

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NM Space History Museum Educators Evening Jan. 16

(Alien Autopsy) Students prepare to dissect the rare ‘spiny pickle worm’ as part of a class held by the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/NMMSH

NMMSH News:

ALAMORGORDO — An Educator’s Evening is planned at the New Mexico Museum of Space History beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Tombaugh Education Building on the museum’s campus.

Activities for the evening are free to teachers and include a catered taco bar, door prizes, planetarium programs and demonstrations.

“We can never show our appreciation to teachers enough and this is one way we can reach out and say thank you with


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Serenata Santa Fe Concert: Barriers 5:30 P.M. Today

Serenata Santa Fe Concert: Barriers at 5:30 p.m. today at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
Serenata Santa Fe News:
 
Listen to the music of Fred Rzewski and Eve Beglarian with world premieres by Leslie Wildman and Conrad Cummings at 5:30 p.m. today at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
 

Feel your way through obstacles and impediments to movement with music inspired by Amelia Earhart (1995), the flinty, political and progressive works of Rzewski that offer a space to be angry and reflective, and humanist Beglarians idealistic


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LFC Budget Includes Affordable Health Coverage Funds

NMTH News:
 
SANTA FE — The Legislative Finance Committee unveiled its FY 2021 budget proposal Tuesday, which included $500,000 critical to helping the Human Services Department “prepare to implement affordable health coverage options” for New Mexicans.
 
One of the main coverage options being considered is Medicaid Buy-in, an innovative policy that allows uninsured and under-insured New Mexicans to pay a monthly premium to receive trusted Medicaid coverage.
 
“This funding shows that the Legislature is serious about working with the administration to ensure that all

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Governor Kicks Off First Space Valley Summit

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks fastens a pin on the lapel of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday during the Space Valley Summit at NMSU in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks facilitates the first Space Valley Summit. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The event brought together federal and state leaders of New Mexico’s space industry.

Facilitated by Spaceport Authority Executive Director


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AGU: Searching For Oldest Ice In Antarctica

Robert Mulvaney (dressed in black) and the Beyond EPICA surveying team. Courtesy/British Antarctic Survey
 
AGU News:
 
Drilling engineer and ice core scientist Robert Mulvaney has driven thousands of kilometers over Antarctica in the past few years in a snow tractor, creeping slowly over one of the highest points of the ice sheet, near a location known as Dome C.
 
He’s looking for the perfect place to drill one and a half million years into the past. Gas trapped in the ice as it formed holds clues to Earth’s past climate and, Mulvaney believes, the atmospheric conditions that

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State Takes Enforcement Action Against Cannon Air Force Base For Discharging Without Permit

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources.

The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.


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NMDOH Reports First Child Death Of Flu Season

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today reports the death of a one-year-old Roosevelt County resident from influenza-related illness, the boy is New Mexico’s first pediatric influenza (flu) death of the 2019-2020 season.
 
Since the start of the flu season in October, NMDOH has identified 52 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths.
 
Flu is still spreading in all regions of the state, and we have not yet reached peak activity. During the first week of January, the percent of visits to outpatient medical clinics for flu-like symptoms was higher

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Military Plane Conducts Training At Los Alamos Airport

A HC 130J Combat King military plane begins its descent this morning onto the runway at Los Alamos County Airport. The plane, which flew from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, conducted a training session at the local airport, County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said. He explained that Los Alamos Airport was selected for the training because of its high altitude and short runway. The plane conducted two landings and two takeoffs at the airport. Military aircraft are a somewhat familiar sight at the airport; Humphres said typically the airport sees one to two military flights a month


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Spy Museum Responds To Senator Appeal To Modify Exhibit Misrepresenting CIA Torture Program

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. has responded to a request made by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the museum make changes to its exhibit on the CIA torture program.

In December 2019, the senators sent a letter to Tamara Christian, president and chief operating officer of the International Spy Museum, expressing disappointment over the exhibit’s misrepresentation of the CIA’s torture


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