Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
About 70 students from Mexico are studying English at the Western New Mexico University Language Institute for a month. Professor Eric Ockerhausen brought eight of the level 4 class to speak and listen to the different voices of veteran members of the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The girls in the group, mostly from Chihuahua state, said they are going to teachers’ colleges. The boys in the group were studying engineering.
The New Mexico Environment Department will host several public meetings in various locations around the state in order to share information, answer questions and receive initial public input on the options available for developing a State Implementation Plan in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. EPA’s Clean Power Plan sets requirements for certain electric generators to lower carbon dioxide emissions. States are then required to develop an implementation plan to ensure that these federal requirements are met. The Las Cruces meeting will be held December 8th from 10 to 1 at the New Mexico Environment Department District 3 Office on Endrada del Sol.
Yesterday, the New Mexico Environment Department and U.S. Air Force executed a Memorandum of Agreement worth $750,000 to fund continuing regulatory activities associated with clean-up of the jet fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. The agreement resolves a Notice of Violation that the Environment Department issued on January 15, 2015 after the Air Force failed to meet a December 2014 deadline for installation and implementation of an interim measure for cleanup of the Ethylene Dybromide (EDB) plume.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California: “At this point we don’t know who committed these heinous murders or why. But we cannot become numb to these tragedies and we must be willing to take action to protect our communities. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones, the first responders, and the entire San Bernardino community.”
U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: “The mass shooting in San Bernardino today is horrifying. That this happened within hours and days of shootings in Savannah, Georgia, and Colorado Springs and elsewhere is terrible beyond words. While law enforcement continues to respond to the situation in California, my thoughts are with the victims, their families, the first responders and the entire community of San Bernardino.”