skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

AL nonprofit urges Medicaid expansion to save rural hospitals; Harris skipping Netanyahu address shows daylight with Biden on Israeli leader; Biden to give first speech since dropping out of race; IN students face stricter attendance rules, new reading requirements; New Missouri law ensures medication access.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Kamala Harris builds momentum toward nomination and vets potential Veeps. She and Trump take aggressive stances, as plans for a September debate continue. Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll resign, but will also appeal his corruption conviction.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

There's a gap between how rural and urban folks feel about the economy, Colorado's 'Rural is Rad' aims to connect outdoor businesses, more than a dozen of Maine's infrastructure sites face repeated flooding, and chocolate chip cookies rock August.

Permanent Protections Sought for NM's Caja del Rio

play audio
Play

Monday, December 19, 2022   

New Mexico is home to more world heritage sites than any other state, but also a smaller site outside Santa Fe that indigenous leaders and conservationists want to see protected.

The Caja del Rio area features thousands of ancient petroglyphs from the 13th to 17th centuries, and is sacred to the Pueblo people.

Andrew Black - public lands field director with the National Wildlife Federation - said that's why a broad coalition has come together seeking permanent protections, tribal co-management and stewardship investments.

"It's an area of tremendous cultural, historical, archaeological, spiritual and, of course, wildlife values," said Black. "And it's just really a remarkable landscape that speaks to the rich and diverse identity of not only New Mexico's people but the people of the American Southwest."

Black said the coalition works with Pueblo governors, Hispanic land-grant heirs, spiritual leaders, elected officials and outdoor recreationists.

The All Pueblo Council of Governors and the Santa Fe County Commission recently passed resolutions calling on President Joe Biden and the New Mexico congressional delegation to take action to provide permanent protections for the Caja del Rio.

Black said he feels the action is urgent because the cultural areas and fragile ecosystems face a multitude of threats.

"We have everything from petroglyph defacement and vandalism and theft to illegal dumping, illegal shooting, poaching," said Black. "But you also have kind of bigger threats ranging from mining to larger road development and, of course, bigger commercial and residential development."

In addition to historical and cultural treasures, Black said the Caja is home to diverse wildlife that seek out the area when frightened by wildfires and the ongoing threats of climate change.

"Everything from elk and mule deer move into that area as well as bear and bobcat," said Black, "but also golden eagle, burrowing owls. They're all in this area."

Advocates of permanent protections say federal and local agencies lack the personnel and resources to properly patrol, monitor and protect the antiquities.



Disclosure: National Wildlife Federation contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Endangered Species & Wildlife, Energy Policy, Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Brian Burton with the Arkansas Food Bank said children experiencing malnourishment have a tougher time learning in the classroom. (fotokitas/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

By Mary Hennigan for The Arkansas Advocate.Broadcast version by Freda Ross for Arkansas News Service reporting for The Arkansas Advocate-Winthrop Rock…


Social Issues

play sound

Big changes are imminent in the way homes are bought and sold, as the new forms for transactions in California come out today. The forms are linked …

Social Issues

play sound

A university in eastern Oregon is figuring out ways to prevent rural 'brain drain.' Eastern Oregon University was officially designated "Oregon's Rur…


Gov. Mike Parson chose not to sign or veto Senate Bill 751, allowing it to become law automatically. (M. Suhail/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

Gov. Mike Parson recently announced Senate Bill 751 would become law, allowing Missourians to access essential medications within their communities …

Social Issues

play sound

As students in Indiana head back to school, they will encounter some stricter classroom rules, including new reading requirements and a tighter …

Negotiating the costs of health care procedures using Medicare payments as a reference has proven effective in reducing health care spending, especially for large employers. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

The rates Medicare pays hospitals are carefully calculated to cover the actual cost of care in an efficient health care facility. But Anthem, Cigna…

Health and Wellness

play sound

An Alabama group is sounding the alarm about the need for Medicaid expansion, in part to keep rural hospitals in business. Many hospitals in Alabama …

Social Issues

play sound

Gov. Andy Beshear is among a small group being considered by Vice President Kamala Harris's team as a potential running mate. There are reports …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021