PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

New Mexico voters will choose among five candidates for state land commissioner this November. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – This year's race for state land commissioner in New Mexico is drawing extra attention, because many voters believe public lands are under attack by the Trump administration. Some New Mexicans argue that the commissioner is more powerful than the governor, with responsibil

People convicted of vandalizing natural and cultural resources or facilities managed by the BLM are subject to fines up to $1,000 and imprisonment. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Recreational visitors to public lands have a new tool to document any damage they see and upload their report to a database. Brian Sybert is executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. He said the new mobile app, TerraTRUTH, is needed because public lands are

In New Mexico, 145,000 residents live within a half mile of active oil and gas wells. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new comment period will begin soon on the Interior Department's decision to replace an Obama-era regulation designed to restrict harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. The Obama administration regulation was set to take effect on Jan. 17

New Mexico has received $37.8 million from the now-threatened Land and Water Conservation Fund since it was established in 1965. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 54-year-old conservation program that has helped provide outdoor recreation access across New Mexico and the nation would be all but eliminated in the 2019 budget President Donald Trump has sent to Congress. The Land and Water Conservation Fund gets its money from offsh

Hikers with dogs should be aware that animal traps on public lands can be as close as 25 yards from trails or roads. (

SANTA FE, N. M. – There's still a month left in the animal-trapping season and, with the weather warming, hikers on public lands need to exercise caution – especially if they bring their dogs along. Trapping for fox, badger, weasel, ringtail and bobcat is legal on public lands from Nov.

New Mexico's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is one of many national monuments that some military veterans consider places of solitude. (conservation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A New Mexico veteran is among hundreds who have posted a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to maintain the boundaries of monuments in places such as Arizona, Nevada and California. Brett Myrick of Gila accompanied Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on a hike into Organ Mou

The New Year brings at least one more round of litigation as states such as New Mexico fight the Trump administration's suspension of methane waste rules on public and tribal lands. (Environmental Defense Fund)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The back and forth litigation about requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of methane they release into the atmosphere in New Mexico promises to continue in 2018. The Waste Prevention Rule written two years ago directed companies to reduce emissions and was s

The U.S. Interior Department recommends changing the proclamation for two national monuments in Mew Mexico but not shrinking them in size. IN(

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After a controversial review of federal lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said definitively on Tuesday that New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments would not be reduced in size. In a call with reporters, Zinke said

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