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  • Sniffing Out Salamanders

    The Nature Conservancy is doing its part in trying to find the endangered Jemez Mountain salamander and at the same time do some research on climate change.

    The researchers also have a little help.

    Helping out the conservancy is Sampson, a black lab, who has the ability to sniff out the salamander.

    “The research will help both people and nature,” Conservancy spokesperson Tracey Stone said. “Land managers will be able to develop plans that will protect the salamanders’ habitat and the forests that provide clean water and air and a place for us to play.”

    The Nature Conservancy created the Southwest Climate Change Initiative in 2008 to provide guidance to conservation practitioners and land managers in climate change adaptation planning and implementation on more local scales.

    This project specifically aims to: (1) further develop and expand impacts assessment protocol to adjacent states in the Southwest (Arizona, Colorado and Utah), and (2) apply a vulnerability assessment tool being developed by the U.S. Forest Service and an adaptation planning framework developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) working group to a series of case-study sites in the four states.

  • LANL surplus sale canceled

    The monthly surplus property sale scheduled for noon today (Sept. 19) has been cancelled Weather permitting, the next surplus property sale is scheduled for Oct. 17.

  • Winning numbers drawn in 'Powerball' game

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the "Powerball" game were:

    07-10-22-32-35, Powerball: 19

    (seven, ten, twenty-two, thirty-two, thirty-five; Powerball: nineteen)

    Estimated jackpot: $400 million

  • Today in History for September 19th
  • Flood Victims Pull Together in Colorado
  • Ex-NFL Player's Home Trashed by Partying Teens
  • Accidental Find May Solve Okla. Missing Cases

    Authorities in Oklahoma recovered two vehicles from a lake that contain the bodies of six people who may have been missing for decades. The remains were turned over to the medical examiner's office.

  • Officials examine flood damage

    The rains have largely stopped and flooding has been reduced.
    Now New Mexicans are working to assess all the damage to roads, water systems, homes and businesses.
    In the small town of Madrid, residents worked to clean out coal-soaked mud that seeped into homes and stores from the flooding.
    Meanwhile, Catron County officials say they were working to re-establish basic services to residents along several drainages near Glenwood and Mogollon. The area in the Gila National Forest received around eight inches of rain last week, destroying roads and flooding homes.
    New Mexico Environment Department officials told private well owners to open all the facets indoors and flush chlorine through the system. That’s because officials estimate there are more than 2,000 infected water wells around the state due to flooded sewers.
    Governor Susana Martinez will tour areas in Carlsbad today that were affected by recent flooding.
    Martinez will also visit with local officials.

  • FOG files lawsuit over audit

    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has filed a lawsuit seeking public disclosure of an audit that identified potential overbillings and fraud by providers of mental health and substance abuse services.
    The Human Services Department has frozen payments to more than a dozen behavioral health providers because of the fraud allegations.
    The lawsuit in state District Court in Santa Fe seeks to force the department and attorney general’s office to release an unredacted copy of the audit or justify why it shouldn’t be disclosed under the Inspection of Public Records Act.
    The attorney general’s office contends public disclosure of the audit could jeopardize its investigation of the fraud allegations.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News and New Mexico in Depth filed a lawsuit last month to require disclosure of the audit.
    “The audit report was significant enough to cause HSD to suspend Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health providers in New Mexico,” said Gregory P. Williams, an officer of FOG.
    “The report is too important to the citizens of New Mexico to be kept from public view, and in our view New Mexico law does not permit it to be withheld.

  • Rainbow over LA

    With early morning rain, a rainbow formed over Los Alamos Wednesday morning.