Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
In response to a complaint filed by former New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission Director Norm Gaume, the New Mexico Attorney General determined that the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity violated the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. In a July 12, 2016 letter sent to NM CAP Entity attorney Pete Domenici, Jr., Assistant Attorney General Dylan Lange concludes that the NM CAP Entity violated the Open Meetings Act during meetings it held on January 14 and March 1, 2016.
The New Mexico Department of agriculture is inviting farmers, ranchers, processors, and others with stake in the state’s Organic Program to attend a series of meetings across the state to discuss the program’s funding and future. The Organic Program offers nationally accredited organic certification for farmers, ranchers, and food processors throughout New Mexico, as well as application and marketing assistance. The Department of Agriculture wants to hear on which program best meets stakeholders’ certification needs, as well as their ideas on how to operate the program in the future.
In a news release today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that more people are visiting New Mexico’s state parks than ever before. Last year, the state parks welcomed more than five million visitors – one million more than in 2014. The announcement comes on the heels of the Governor announcing record-breaking tourism numbers for the fourth consecutive year.
The US Environmental Protection Agency today moves to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. The agency worked with the California Air Resources Board to help ensure the final national rule is consistent with California requirements for composite wood products.