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Apr 15, 2019

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum tackles visitors' color blindnessSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The vibrant colors and hues in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings soon will be on full display for color blind visitors.The Santa Fe museum announced Monday it's teaming up with California-based EnChroma to expand the gallery experience through special glasses.Starting May 3, visitors with red-green color blindness can borrow glasses to see O'Keeffe's work in the way that she intended.One of the museum's curators, Katrina Stacy, says O'Keeffe in her later years developed visual impairment from macular degeneration and turned her attention to sculpture.Stacy says the project with EnChroma has ties to that part of the artist's story.EnChroma co-founder Andrew Schmeder says O'Keeffe juxtaposed colors from nature in ways that evoked emotion and seeing that relationship between colors has been challenging for people with color blindness.


Congress measures conflict over drilling near sacred sitesSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near untrammeled Native American cultural sites in the Southwest are urging Congress to establish better safeguards.A research trip by a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources culminates Monday in a public hearing at the New Mexico Capitol. The committee is exploring the effects of air pollution on ruins held sacred by indigenous communities.New Mexico's delegation to Washington wants to halt new oil and natural gas lease sales on federal holdings within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historic Park and its ancient stone structures and avenues.Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says many tribes want a greater area around Chaco protected from industrial incursions.Oil developers say robust protections already are in place.


Report: New Mexico led pecan production in 2018(Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/)ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was the national leader in pecan production last year thanks to Hurricane Michael striking down large swaths of Georgia's pecan crop.The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show New Mexico produced around 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018.Georgia, traditionally the United States' largest pecan-producing state, saw its crop crippled by the storm, cutting production by almost half from 107 million pounds to 56 million.Records show Texas was ranked third at 28 million pounds and Arizona was fourth at 25 million pounds.New Mexico reported a growth of almost 50 million pounds in the last decade from 2008's production of 43 million pounds.___


230 migrants detained near New Mexico's Mount Cristo ReySUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Federal border authorities say more migrants have been arrested after illegally crossing into the United States through New Mexico.The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 230 migrants were taken into custody late Friday at the base of Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park.Officials say the majority of the migrants were from Central American countries.Mount Cristo Rey is a Catholic shrine and is the site where a 29 foot-tall (8.8 meter-tall) limestone statue of Jesus sits on a hill.New Mexico's isolated regions along the U.S.-Mexico border has seen more migrants claim asylum after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents.


Man hurt in sale exchange outside Albuquerque police station(Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man selling his camera was robbed by a potential buyer despite meeting near an Albuquerque police substation.KOB-TV reported Sunday that the suspect dragged the victim more than 20 feet (6 meters) with his car.According to the victim, he used the OfferUp app to arrange a meeting in front of the Nob Hill Triangle Substation.The victim says the suspect lured him out of view of a surveillance camera and offered him counterfeit money. When the victim questioned the legitimacy of the bills, the suspect grabbed the camera gear and drove off.Police say the seller let go of the camera and then walked into the substation to report the crime.Investigators have the license plate of the suspect's car and are searching for him.___


Police: Woman wounded in shooting in southwest AlbuquerqueALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say they are investigating a shooting in southwest Albuquerque that has left a woman wounded.They say the shooting occurred around 6 a.m. Sunday near 59th Street and Central Avenue.Police say when officers arrived on the scene, they found a woman who was suffering from a gunshot wound.She was taken to the hospital, but her condition is not immediately known.Police didn't release her name and age and they say no suspects in the case are in custody at this time.


Skeletal human remains found near New Mexico's Baylor CanyonLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff's detectives say they're investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains near the Baylor Canyon area of the Organ Mountains.They say a hiker made the discovery Friday evening.Sheriff's detectives responded and began an initial investigation of the area, locating some personal effects and a backpack near the remains.They say documents found inside the backpack might help identify the remains, which were transported Saturday to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner.


Report: Uranium plumes for Bluewater Mill site 'stable'(Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com)GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials say uranium plumes in a major aquifer in western New Mexico believed to be coming from a closed mine aren't growing.The Gallup Independent report a new report to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission concluded the plumes in the San Andres-Glorieta and Ancestral Rio San Jose alluvial aquifer appear to be "essentially stable." The plumes are believed emanating from the former Bluewater Mill site.The report, completed in February, is based on 2017 information on groundwater data and contaminant plumes.Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management site manager Bernadette Tsosie says the path of the San Andres-Glorieta aquifer plume remains 2 miles north of the nearest drinking water supply well for the Village of Milan and Grants, New Mexico.___