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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 

    Several stories on the list this weekend: President Obama mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; California is having a monumental moment; for college students, it’s time to think about financial aid.

Public News Service - New Mexico

The BLM plans a public hearing Tuesday in Farmington on its proposed regulations for release of methane gas from wells on federal lands. (greturusangel/morguefile)

FARMINGTON, N.M. - The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public hearing in Farmington on Tuesday about proposed regulations for releasing natural gas from wells on federal lands. According to the agency, the rule is designed to reduce venting, leaking and flaring of methane to cut waste and emi...Read More

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El BLM planea una audiencia pública para el martes 16 de febrero, en Farmington, sobre las normas que propuso para liberar gas metano de los pozos de perforación, en tierras públicas. (greturusangel/morguefile)

FARMINGTON, N.M. – El próximo martes 16, la gente de Nuevo México tendrá la oportunidad de opinar sobre la propuesta de la Oficina de Administración de la Tierra (“Bureau of Land Management”), acerca de las emanaciones del gas natural de las perforaciones d...Read More

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A proposal for $41 million in President Obama's budget proposal would help New Mexico and others clear the backlog of untested rape kits. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Victims advocacy groups are hailing the inclusion of $41 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget to help address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, also called rape kits, across the United States. In New Mexico, a 2015 audit discovered more than 5,400 ...Read More

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A New Mexico judge's order has blocked a Roswell company from opening a horse slaughterhouse. (sgarton/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A state district judge's order has put an end in New Mexico to plans for the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The state and the Front Range Equine Rescue sued Valley Meat Company in Roswell in 2013 over its plans to slaughter horses and sell the meat overseas. Bruce Wagm...Read More

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Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say two endangered Mexican wolves died in January during annual capture-and-count operations. (Wikimedia Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Two endangered Mexican wolves were accidentally killed in January during federal wildlife officials' annual capture-and-count operations in New Mexico and Arizona. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called a temporary halt to the counting program while officials determine what...Read More

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New Mexico public health officials are monitoring two kinds of mosquitoes known to carry the Zika virus. (xpistwv/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Public Health officials in New Mexico say there is currently no evidence that the Zika virus has spread to the state, but they're taking precautions. The disease, which is rampant in parts of Latin America, is believed to cause severe birth defects if contracted by a woman d...Read More

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A proposed new BLM rule would require energy companies to capture instead of flare methane from drilling rigs on federal and tribal lands. (Wikimedia Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Proposed new regulations for oil and gas producers on federal and tribal lands could not only clean the air, but also could pump millions of extra dollars into New Mexico's economy. The Bureau of Land Management last week issued a draft rule that would require energy comp...Read More

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Una nueva norma propuesta por el BLM exigiría a las empresas energéticas capturar, en vez de soltar al aire, el metano de las plataformas de perforación ubicadas en tierras federales y tribales. (Wikimedia Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Un proyecto de norma propuesto por la Oficina de Administración de Tierras (Bureau of Land Management, BLM) obligaría a las empresas de energía a instalar nuevos equipos para captar el metano, en vez de soltarlo a la atmósfera, perderlo en fugas o q...Read More

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