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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - NM: Water

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

Sierra Club volunteers Tom Gorman and Michael Melendrez canvas the neighborhood encouraging residents to vote. (Susan Martin/Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – With only four days left before the election, conservation groups are fanning out across the state, going door to door, promoting clean water and climate issues and encouraging New Mexicans to make their voice heard on Tuesday. The Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter has dozens

Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument is getting some special attention this week from teens and veterans working together on habitat improvements. (Jim O'Donnell)

PILAR, N.M. – This week, veterans and high school-age volunteers are teaming up to remove invasive plants and put in native vegetation at Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. The eight-day project is a partnership between conservation groups, veterans, local volunteers, land managers and bu

The species of mosquito that can carry the Zika virus has been found in Sierra County for the first time. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N. M. - For the first time, authorities have trapped and identified the type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus in Sierra County, where the county seat is Truth or Consequences. This summer, the New Mexico Department of Health, along with New Mexico State University, ha

A 2015 spill at Colorado's Gold King Mine dumped 3 million gallons of mine waste and toxic substances into the Animas and San Juan rivers. (KaraGrubis/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds an oversight field hearing today in Phoenix to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s response to tribes whose livelihood was damaged by a toxic spill. In August, the EPA caused a spill of toxic wastewater that turned t

The Healthy Kids New Mexico program teaches children about fruits, vegetables and even how to make salads in order to maintain a healthy weight. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Health officials in New Mexico say childhood obesity in the state has decreased by 16 percent over the past five years, both in kindergartners and third graders. Despite the progress, however, the state's Department of Health says that means more than one-in-three third graders an

The Shiprock is one of New Mexico's iconic natural landmarks. The state's congressional delegation is ranked among the best for its voting record on pro-conservation legislation. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico's delegation was ranked among the best in Congress for pro-environment voting by the League of Conservation Voters in its 2015 annual scorecard. New Mexico's voting record stands in stark contrast to many of its neighboring western states, such as Utah, Arizona and Texas

Energy and environmental experts met in Albuquerque last week to address methane pollution in advance of new EPA regulations. Credit: Versevend/iStockphoto

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Leaders from the energy industry met with government officials, environmental activists and utility experts last week to find a way to put a cap on methane emissions in New Mexico. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulations for methane pollution, a byproduct

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