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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

Conservation groups say New Mexico and Arizona are at a tipping point for the recovery of Mexican gray wolves in the wild. (Defenders of Wildlife)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico residents can tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service what they think about a revised Mexican wolf recovery plan in Truth or Consequences on Thursday and Albuquerque on Saturday. The plan aims to increase the wolf population that roams northern New Mexico and Arizona

A satellite photo shows the yellow and red

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Environmental Protection Agency got some push-back from folks in New Mexico and other states at a hearing in the nation's capital on Monday. The agency wants to delay a new methane-emission rule for the oil and gas industry on federal land - although methane leaked at

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is just one attribute that helped launch the city onto a new national list for wellness. (Creative Commons/Flickr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque is on a new list of the top 15 cities in the country where wellness is a top priority. Yelp! and Women's Health magazine have compiled the list of metro areas they're calling the "well-thiest," using information gathered from the review site used by millions o

Conservationists say the budget proposal from President Donald Trump's Interior Secretary hurts the outdoor industry in New Mexico at the worst possible time. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended budget cuts that create unsavory conditions to public lands and parks in New Mexico, according to conservationists. It begins with an 80 percent reduction to the Land and Water Conservation Fund then goes on to cut $30 mil

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

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