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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Reports: New Mexico Public Lands ‘Worth More Wild’

September 28, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Two unrelated reports released Thursday have calculated the economic value of public lands in New Mexico and find that leaving wilderness intact provides long-term economic benefits, when compared to extracting resources through logging, mining or drilling. The findings counter the claims by some in the energy exploration industry, who expect an economic windfall from a growing energy boom in New Mexico and the rest of the Rockies.

Economist Jennifer Thacher from the University of New Mexico says research has found that New Mexico's unspoiled environment draws businesses and employees who value natural amenities and quality of life.

"Our research is showing that individuals in New Mexico have strong desires for the state's forest and wilderness areas."

Randall Coleman with Environment New Mexico says a bill before Congress would strengthen the 2001 Roadless Rule and help protect New Mexico’s wilderness from industrial development.

"It would safguard our national forests from new roads, and new oil and gas drilling."

One of the reports, from The Wilderness Society, finds the role of public lands and wilderness in Western economies is growing, while the importance of oil and gas and other industries is waning. A separate report from Environment New Mexico found that industrial use of New Mexico’s national forests jeopardizes the state’s source of clean drinking water and over $800 million-worth of tourism each year.

The reports are online at and

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM