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The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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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

A push to expand compensation for more New Mexicans affected by radiation exposure from mining and nuclear testing is under way. (Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A rally held this week in the state Capitol Rotunda has brought new attention to the needs of New Mexico residents who have been exposed to health hazards from uranium mining and nuclear testing in past decades. New Mexico lawmakers are being asked to support amendments to the Radi

Nuclear watchdogs are criticizing the reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM. (Wikimedia Commons)

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Nuclear watchdog groups are criticizing the decision to reopen the underground storage areas of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, also known as WIPP, which closed after an accidental release of radioactive particles in February of 2014. In that incident, a drum of n

Advocates from Juntos: Our Air Our Water today are presenting petitions to the Environment Department calling for a move toward more clean energy. (New Mexico League of Conservation Voters)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Advocates with a group called Juntos: Our Air Our Water today are delivering 2,000 petition signatures to the Environment Department asking that the state move toward a clean energy economy and protect public lands despite the election of Donald Trump as president. During the

Faith and conservation leaders are asking trade groups to drop their opposition to a proposed federal rule on methane waste from flaring, venting and leaks at oil and gas facilities. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Dozens of conservation leaders, faith leaders and socially responsible investors across the West released a letter on Wednesday urging trade groups, such as the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Western Energy Alliance, to drop their opposition to the Obama administra

A NASA study confirmed that a massive methane cloud in the San Juan Basin is primarily caused by emissions from oil and gas production. (iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new study by NASA confirms that New Mexico's massive methane cloud in the Four Corners region is primarily caused by emissions from oil and gas production. The space agency used aerial reconnaissance and infrared cameras to map the sources of the leaks that contribute to the 2,500

Nuclear Watch New Mexico has sued the operators of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for failing to meet deadlines under a court order to clean up nuclear waste. (Dept. of Energy)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A nuclear energy watchdog group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Energy and a federal contractor for failing to clean up nuclear and toxic waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The suit claims waste stored at a lab site known as "Area G" hasn't been removed des

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