As you may have noticed, it snowed yesterday, as well as last night. As a result, state government closed early yesterday. Others are starting up late today, including the Santa Fe Public Schools, which is on a two-hour delay. Here is a link to the complete list of delays. Ski Santa Fe is reporting 16 new inches in the last 24 hours and aiming to open on Thanksgiving. Whenever/wherever you're going, be safe out there.
Climate reality check
Hotter, longer summers. More intense storms. More frequent droughts. These are just a few signs of New Mexico experiencing climate disruption, according to a new report released yesterday by the state's new Interagency Climate Change Task Force. The report assesses New Mexico's current rates of greenhouse emissions—by industry—while also detailing strategies for reduction. The state, which is part of the US Climate Alliance, has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions' 2005 levels by at least 45% by 2030. The task force will report on its progress and next steps in September 2020, and plans to release new reports annually thereafter.
Bandelier National Monument would become a national park under a bill introduced yesterday by US Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM. In a press call with reporters, Heinrich discussed the bill's salient features, which include a tribal commission for governance of the park that ensures its land management plan considers tribal knowledge, culture and practice. The bill also would safeguard Bandelier's 33,000 acres from future oil, gas or mineral extraction, which Heinrich described as a potential threat given President Donald Trump's recision of land from other national monuments ($NYT).
Pot for pets
Epileptic dogs and people with attention deficit disorder would qualify for medical marijuana if the state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board approves several recent petitions. Currently, no states specifically allow dogs medical marijuana, but New York and California recently considered letting veterinarians recommend it, according to a National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws policy coordinator. Another petition asks that medical marijuana be allowed for people with attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome, anxiety disorder and Tourette's syndrome.
Count on it
The state says it needs $8 million more to be ready for the 2020 US Census. That would more than double the amount appropriated by the Legislature earlier this year. Finance and Administration Secretary Olivia Padilla-Jackson told lawmakers this week that an undercount, even by 1%, could result in a federal funding loss of approximately $780 million. During the last census in 2010, New Mexico had the second lowest participation rate.
Santa Fe poet wins National Book Award
Santa Fe poet Arthur Sze was among the National Book Award winners announced this week. Sze, Santa Fe's first poet laureate (among his many other accolades), won for his 10th poetry collection Sight Lines. After (or before) you read or re-read Sight Lines, be sure to also read poet Dana Levin (formerly of Santa Fe) discussing Sze's work in Agni magazine.
The Capitol Christmas Tree made stops throughout Northern New Mexico prior to continuing its cross-country journey to the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. But it skipped Española. The Rio Grande SUN writes that the tree originally was scheduled for a Nov. 12 stop at Plaza de Española, where local students would come to drink cider and hot chocolate and visit with the tree that originated in the Carson National Forest. However, Española's interim City Manager Xavier Martinez cancelled the event—which he reportedly heard about late due to "transitions in city government"—citing a lack of staffing. Bah! Humbug!
While you were sleeping
If you were up early enough, you might have noticed a condition the National Weather Service refers to as "snow fog." If you slept through that, don't rub it in. Today will be less eventful than yesterday, as skies return to being partly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunny, highs near 46 and a little windy throughout the weekend. Overnight lows for the next few days in the mid 20s.