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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - NM: Environment

The Wilderness Society is warning that the Chihuahuan Desert Rivers near Carlsbad Caverns may be opened to more oil and gas drilling by the Bureau of Land Management. (nps.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new report, Too Wild to Drill, from The Wilderness Society says the damage and destruction that would be caused from extractive industries allowed on Chihuahuan Desert Rivers near Carlsbad Caverns would put southeast New Mexico's future at risk. The area is one of 15 id

New Mexico's Elephant Butte Reservoir remained near capacity throughout the 1990s but an 18-year drought caused levels to drop sharply starting in 2000. (USGS)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Many in the U.S. are dealing with flooding from massive hurricanes while New Mexico is celebrating moderate relief from a drought that has lasted 18 years. For the first time since the federal Drought Monitor began operations in January 2000, New Mexico is completely free of d

A highly anticipated announcement last week did not shed any light on whether New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will be altered by the U.S. Interior Department.  (Northwest Progressive Institute)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Days after a highly anticipated report was delivered to President Donald Trump on the future of 27 national monuments, New Mexico politicians and conservation groups already are threatening lawsuits, even though the report remains shrouded in secrecy. After delivering the

Cleaner school buses could improve the state's air pollution levels, but will New Mexico opt to spend its share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement to support that goal? (Children's Clean Air Network)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A New Mexico group plans to advocate for cleaner school buses in meetings this week to discuss how the state's money from the Volkswagen settlement should be spent. New Mexico's share of the federal settlement is $18 million after Volkswagen was caught cheating on federal

Of the nearly 650 million acres of public land that could see increased energy development under new Trump administration policies, almost 27 million are in New Mexico. (American Lands Council)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico may learn next week if the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will be reduced in size by the U.S. Interior Department. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been working toward an August 24 deadline to make his recommendations to President Donald Trump.

The Environmental Protection Agency just keeps fighting new limits on methane emitted from oil and gas operations, say some ranchers. (Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico residents have until Wednesday to submit comments on stricter standards for methane leaks from new and modified oil and gas operations. The tougher rules were approved under the Obama administration, but they're among those the Trump administration has promised to r

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument gets a personal visit on Friday from U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. (Bureau of Land Management)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tours the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on Friday, part of making recommendations to President Donald Trump about whether it should be downsized or have its status revoked. Zinke has been invited to a Las Cruces town hall

Environmental groups say they've waited three years for an update on a jet-fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base, and they were put off again this week. (Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The cancellation of this week's meeting to update the public on progress at Kirtland Air Force Base on cleaning up a decades-old jet fuel leak has angered local environmental groups. Kirtland has said the meeting was canceled to allow the air base staff more time to review two m

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