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PNS Daily News - May 29, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s news including: Germany’s leader notes a disconnect with the United States; remembering the fallen and those left behind on a Memorial Day; and a look at passenger’s rights as summer air travel season kicks into gear.

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Public News Service - NM: Environment

Kids in New Mexico are helping monitor water for the protection of generations to come. (Photo: Sierra Club Rio Grande)

VALDEZ, N.M. -- "Water Sentinels" is a volunteer monitoring program started by the Sierra Club to survey rivers and streams the Environmental Protection Agency has neglected. And in rural New Mexico, its membership is increasingly made up of school kids. They inspect the Rio Hondo, Rio Fernando, R

Air quality in New Mexico is an increasing concern, with seven towns or cities measuring elevated smog pollution levels for more than 50 days during 2015. (Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new report released by Environment New Mexico shows a continuing health threat from air pollution. The report said Albuquerque had 113 days of elevated smog pollution in 2015, ranking that city 22nd-highest in the nation for the number of smoggy days. Farmington and Las Cru

Plugging natural-gas leaks is providing more jobs for New Mexicans, along with protecting the environment. (Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new report shows a booming business in stopping leaks in natural-gas pipelines across the country. While cleaner air is good news for the environment in New Mexico, it might be just as big a boon to the job market, since these companies are hiring workers to perform methane mitig

One New Mexico group says President Trump's executive order to dismantle some environmental protections could prompt local communities to do their own clean-energy work. (Creative Commons/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo the Clean Power Plan yesterday, an Environmental Protection Agency plan that aimed to have New Mexico getting at least 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The clean-energy sector has provided 9,

New Mexico conservationists are worried about taking public lands out of public hands. (Creative Commons/Flikr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – About 30 percent of New Mexico state trust lands have been sold over the years, and a new report shows why that long-term trend is a concern for sportsmen and conservation groups. The Wilderness Society report says privatization means when people go hunting, fishing, hiking

A move to ban animal traps and poisons on public lands has been postponed and may be heard next week in Santa Fe. (Mary Katherine Ray/Trap Free New Mexico)

SANTA FE, N.M. – A bill to ban the use of traps and poisons for hunting on public lands has been postponed and may get its first hearing in the state Senate Conservation Committee next week. Senate Bill 286 is intended to stop trappers from setting snares and traps that grab the animal's bod

Groups that oppose the pending mergers of giant companies that sell seeds and pesticides are pressing the new U.S. Attorney General to review the three mega-deals. (belfastEileen/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Some New Mexico groups are joining the call for more scrutiny of mega-mergers now in the works between multinational agribusiness companies that dominate the global market for seeds and pesticides. More than 300 groups have signed a letter to new U.S. Attorney General Jeff S

A bill that originated with the New Mexico Lands Office to put mineral-rights revenue toward education was tabled in the state Legislature after public opposition. (Conservation Voters New Mexico)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Conservation groups are celebrating after a bill that would put revenue from the sale of mineral rights toward early-childhood education was tabled by its author. On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee tabled and essentially killed Senate Bill 182, following a public out

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