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Online inquiry form available to file discrimination charges

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ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Human Rights Bureau has launched a new online initial inquiry form for individuals who have complaints of discrimination and/or harassment in employment, housing, credit, and or public accommodations.

The inquiry form located on the NMDWS website...

Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World

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Week ending Friday, September 25, 2020


Summer Melt

Arctic sea ice melted to its second-smallest expanse on record on Sept. 15, covering only 1.44 million square miles around the North Pole, according to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center. Only during the summer of 2012 did the polar ice cap shrink farther. And since the unprecedented drops in sea ice extent in 2007 and 2012, there have been fewer areas with thick, multiyear ice that has accumulated over countless winters. Experts believe this and global heating will keep the ice from recovering, and will soon lead to ice-free summers across the Arctic.

Earthquakes

More than 100 buildings were damaged when a magnitude 5.3...

Changes at the top at the Bureau of Land Management

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William Perry Pendley is out as the director of the Bureau of Land Management.

The United States District Court for the District of Montana issued a decision that enjoins Pendley from exercising authority as the director of the BLM. The Court declared that Pendley served unlawfully as the acting director for the BLM for 424 days.

On Sept. 25, chief district judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled against Pendley in a 34-page decision, stating that Pendley’s unconfirmed appointment violates the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which limits how long a temporary official can fill a vacant federal position without Senate confirmation.

“[Pendley’s] ascent to...

Society for American Archaeology protests BLM movement in Chaco Culture Region

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In a letter to the Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico State Office dated Sept. 25, the Society for American Archaeology expressed its opposition to the BLM moving forward with a new Resource Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement for the sale of oil and gas extraction leases in the Mancos Shale area (northern New Mexico) in the Chaco Culture region. The SAA is a consulting party to the BLM process, and our Mancos Shale Task Force has been involved from the beginning.

Specifically, the SAA calls BLM’s attention to the plan’s serious shortcomings:

• Even the best management option presented would still fail to provide adequate protection for the heritage...

Gallup veteran honored in #StillServing campaign

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Gallup veteran Christian Roman’s volunteer work in the local community recently earned him recognition in the national Veteran of Foreign Wars #StillServing campaign.

The campaign honors veterans who continue to serve in their communities after active duty. A patrolman with the New Mexico State Police, Roman volunteers his time serving food and eating with veterans, reading and singing to veterans at the care shelter, conducting food drives for homeless veterans and serving food at local shelters and pantries.

Roman’s favorite part about being a patrol officer is participating in community events like First Responders Night Out and Shop with a Cop where he can get to know the...

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