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PHOTO: Monday is the anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The bird once numbered around 5 billion in North America. Photo credit: Tim Lenz/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, but Jake Li, director of e ...Read More

PHOTO: Consumer groups in Arizona and other Western states are urging lawmakers to be transparent about the incentives they're offering Tesla, in the competition to house the electric carmaker's proposed multibillion-dollar gigafactory. Photo credit: U-S Department of Energy.

PHOENIX - Consumer groups in Arizona and other Western states competing to house the multibillion-dollar Tesla Gigafactory are urging transparency in a very competitive process. Arizona Public Interest Research Group is among several consumer groups that wrote an open letter calling on state leader ...Read More

PHOTO: A program is expanding that helps rescue pets from domestic-violence situations in New Mexico, thanks to increased state funding. Photo credit: Minneapolis Animal Care and Control.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A program is expanding in New Mexico that rescues pets from domestic-violence situations while the human victims are being cared for. The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence operates the "Companion Animal Rescue Effort" (CARE) in partnership with Animal Protection of New ...Read More

PHOTO: Over 6,000 Arizonans, along with thousands of others across the country, are at risk of losing their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act due to errors and missing information on their applications. Photo credit: The White House.

PHOENIX - Thousands of Arizonans and thousands more across the U.S. are at risk of losing their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, all due to inaccurate or incomplete document information. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says it sent out notices to several hu ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservationists and sportsmen want federal public lands to remain in public hands, instead of being handed over to states or private entities, as the Republican National Committee has recently proposed. Photo courtesy of Suzanne O'Neill.

DENVER - The Colorado Wildlife Federation, along with 40 other conservation and sportsman groups, is asking the Republican National Committee (RNC) to reconsider its support of states and the private sector taking responsibility for federal public lands. The RNC passed the resolution this year, but ...Read More

PHOTO: Skies over Zion National Park and other National Parks around the nation should remain clear of aerial drones, now that the National Park Service has banned their use. Photo credit: Robert Nieter.

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - The National Park Service's ban on aerial drones being used inside National Parks, primarily to capture photos and video, is now in full effect nationwide. The Park Service initiated the drone ban in late June, but gave park superintendents two months to implement the po ...Read More

PHOTO: The state-issued driver's license will bear a slightly different banner than the standard Colorado driver's license. Courtesy: CO DMV

DENVER - The Colorado DMV is chipping away at the estimated 45,000 immigrants who are now eligible for a state-issued driver's license. It's been almost a month since the state began issuing driver's permits to them, and members of the state's insurance industry say immigrants aren't the only people ...Read More

PHOTO: State health officials are urging the public to avoid mosquitoes now that New Mexico has its first confirmed human infection of 2014 of the potentially deadly West Nile virus. Photo courtesy of

SANTA FE, N.M. - As August draws to a close health officials in New Mexico have confirmed the states first human case of 2014 of the potentially fatal West Nile virus. Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, says a 45-year-old woman from San Juan Count ...Read More

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