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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - NM: Endangered Species & Wildlife

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

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

The Great Basin silverspot butterfly has been selected for a 12-month review for possible designation as an endangered species. (WildEarth Guardians)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected three rare insects, including one from New Mexico, to be evaluated for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act. The agency named the Great Basin silverspot butterfly, which lives in desert marshes in the Southwest,

At least one New Mexico conservation group says the armed militia that took over over a national wildlife refuge is treading on other Americans' public lands and their right to enjoy them. (DodgertonSkillhouse/morguefile)

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation traveled to rural Oregon this week to join a group of people protesting the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a small band of armed men. The occupation is entering its second week near the small to

Scientists and wild animal advocates are calling on federal authorities to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves into New Mexico's Gila National Forest to preserve the endangered species. Credit: Jim Clark/USFWS.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Scientists and wild animal advocates are calling on federal authorities to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves into New Mexico's Gila National Forest to preserve the endangered species. Mary Katherine Ray, wildlife chair of the Rio Grande chapter of the Sie

Farmington, NM - The Gold King Mine in Colorado, from which 3 million gallons of toxic sludge spilled into the Animas River and is devastating downstream commmunities such as Farmington, is just one of thousands of abandoned mines. It turned the waters of the Animas River yellow and orange, prompting water emergencies downstream as far as Lake Powell. The other thousands of abandoned mines throughout the West pose an equal or greater threat to rivers and waterways. Comments from Mike Eisenfeld, energy coord

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Thousands of abandoned mines in New Mexico, Colorado and other Western states pose as much of a toxic threat, or greater, as the Gold King Mine in Colorado, which leaked three million gallons of toxic sludge and mine waste into the Animas River following an accidental discha

PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t

PHOTO: Conservation projects at New Mexico's Carson National Forest and around the country mark the 50th anniversary of Congress passing the Wilderness Act. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

TAOS, N.M. – A conservation project at Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico is under way in recognition of this week's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Ben Thomas, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, says the young work crews are thinning about 160 acres of d

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