This is how we do it
Set an average tax rate of 17%, create testing and labeling requirements, and allow local governments to decide where cannabis dispensaries are located. These are a few of the recommendations from a working group on how New Mexico should legalize marijuana. The marijuana legalization group, formed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last June, released its report yesterday. The group studied 12 states where cannabis is legal, held 30 hours of public hearings around the state and received 200 pages of public comments.
Six mothers from New Mexico will testify today at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Dallas in favor of strict methane regulations. The EPA last summer proposed rule changes that would reduce methane monitoring ($NYT) for oil and gas pipelines and wells. Members of the state chapter of the national Moms Clean Air Force will be attending because "It's important to hear from families on this issue, and to let the EPA know that it's not just about economic impact," says New Mexico field director Celerah Hewes. Last month, the state and Descartes Labs announced a large-scale plan to use satellite imagery to monitor the state's methane emissions. Also on the emissions news front, the state Environment Department yesterday announced it was sharing emissions data publicly now on its website.
New Mexico's immigration policies, county to county, are a "hodgepodge," ($TNM) says the author of an ACLU New Mexico study. The research shows inconsistency in how different agencies view using public sources to identify someone's immigration status, or cooperating with immigration officials. Specifically, 84% of New Mexico counties and six of its 10 largest cities have no written policy at all. The ACLU and Somos Un Pueblo Unido will discuss the report from 7 to 9 pm tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 107 W. Barcelona Road.
True scary stories
Speaking of the ACLU, this long-form narrative published yesterday, "Crossing the Line," takes an in-depth, and frankly scary look at white nationalism on the border, and a behind-the-scenes look at the ACLU's response to the United Constitutional Patriots.
A truck and trailer rig transporting a 69-foot-long, 460,000-pound rotor from Los Alamos National Laboratory to Clovis on Friday can't take the so-called Relief Route (aka NM 599) because of construction. Instead, it is expected to reach and travel though Santa Fe at approximately 10 am at 25 to 40 miles per hour, and might cause delays, according to the state Department of Transportation. The equipment, according to LANL, is not militaristic or hazardous, just very large.
Hispanics spent on average twice as long as whites locked in solitary confinement at the Santa Fe County jail, according to a SFR analysis of a report delivered last week to county officials. The information follows a new law that restricts the use of solitary confinement and requires quarterly reports from both the state Corrections Department and county jails.
A new report from the national Audubon Society says 48 percent of New Mexico's birds face extinction due to climate change ($TNM). The mountain chickadee and the dark-eyed junco are among the state's birds facing the existential threat, as is the broad-tailed hummingbird. All together, 389 birds in North America—two-thirds—face extinction.
“Cooler” being a relative term
The National Weather Service gleefully tweeted this morning that cooler temperatures are coming soon. For Santa Fe, that means that after today's high of 72 and tomorrow's high of 68, next Monday might have a high of 59. So, yes, that is cooler.