State News at a Glance 02-15-11

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By Associated Press

Progress made in Ruidoso

RUIDOSO — New Mexico officials say significant progress has been made in the effort to restore water service to the village of Ruidoso. The state Environment Department said  water in the system isn’t contaminated, but a boil water advisory still is in effect. Residents are being advised to boil water for 5 minutes before drinking, cooking and washing dishes.
Bottled water for drinking is available at the main Fire Station in the village.
Massive water main problems occurred due to sub-zero temperatures that impacted New Mexico two weeks ago and also caused a natural gas outage affecting 32,000 for six days. Gov. Susana Martinez sent 100 additional members of the New Mexico National Guard to assist state and local officials Sunday. Ruidoso hopes to have water services completely restored today.

Changes proposed for protecting water

ALBUQUERQUE – An effort by New Mexico lawmakers to change the way the state adopts rules for protecting water resources is causing concern among environmentalists.
The effort comes just months after the state’s Water Quality Control Commission handed environmentalists two major victories. One of those was aimed at establishing tougher rules for the dairy industry and the other put in place special protections for hundreds of miles of rivers and streams, lakes and wetlands in federal wilderness areas around the state.
Supporters said the effort to dissolve the commission and transfer its authority to the state environment secretary and other existing state agencies is not a backlash over the panel’s recent decisions.
– The Associated Press