Morning Word: SunZia Transmission Line Halted
A winter snow storm takes aim at New MexicoMorning WordFriday, January 30, 2015
It's Friday, January 30, 2015.
New Mexico mountains could get up to a foot of new snow over the next few days.
“This is going to be a great event,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones predicted late Thursday morning. “This is what we want. These kinds of systems cause a little inconvenience for travel, but good, deep snow is just what the ski resorts and watersheds need.”
Aubrey Dunn, the new Commissioner of Public Lands, has halted work on the new SunZia transmission line project, which will help put renewable energy on the grid, for 60 days. The US Interior Department Secretary had just approved the project last Saturday.
The US Senate passed legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, voted against it. He says oil from tar sands is not the right choice to help meet future energy needs.
"Instead of focusing on the past, which the Keystone XL Pipeline represents, we need to look to the future of clean energy technologies and the domestic jobs they support. Our national energy policy should be focused on two fundamental principles, fewer imports and cleaner fuels. Developing Canada’s tar sands flunks both these tests. My position against tar sand development is about taking the science of climate change and risk analysis seriously, and that the smarter investments are in the low-carbon and sustainable fuels of the future.”
Helium balloonists Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev have officially broken the distance record with their trans-Pacific Ocean flight.
The team is also looking to break a flight duration record of 137 hours, known in the ballooning community as the "holy grail" of ballooning achievements.Still aloft, the Two Eagles balloon is expected to land sometime on Saturday after a safe landing spot is located-perhaps in Northern California.
For instance, the document does not offer conclusive evidence that there is probable cause to believe the organizations committed Medicaid fraud.
Roque Garcia, CEO of Southwest Counseling Center, said Thursday was the first time he'd seen the full audit. He said he was shocked because he saw many inaccuracies in the report. He also said the findings identified don't merit the dramatic action taken against local behavioral health providers two years ago.