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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - NM: Environment

Penistaja soils are the state soil of New Mexico and cover more than 1 million acres. In Navajo,

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Determining soil quality usually requires getting your hands dirty, but the pandemic will require that a New Mexico soil workshop be held virtually this week. As climate change accelerates, it's impacting farm yields, and experts are eager to help farmers adopt new practices. N

Outdoor recreation in New Mexico generates nearly $10 billion annually in consumer spending. (masoncummings/wilderness.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A U.S. Senate committee heard testimony from a Gila outfitter Wednesday on why portions of New Mexico's Gila River need protection for future generations. The M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act had its debut before the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommi

Conservation groups argue that selling even more oil and gas leases on public lands will deprive communities of significant tax revenue that could be generated by hunting, fishing, or other uses. (Creative Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sportswomen with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) say new sales of oil and gas leases on public lands will hurt Western communities. But that didn't stop the Trump administration from resuming the sales this week after a five-month pause. Today, the U.S. Bureau of Land M

The solar industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, but systems purchased and installed in New Mexico before Dec. 31, 2027, are eligible for a 10% tax credit. (riograndesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- All eyes are on New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission this week in anticipation of a decision on how to replace energy from the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station. The station, located in San Juan County, is set to retire in 2022. The commission's hearing examiners r

Opponents of new oil and gas leases presented 33,000 public protests to New Mexico lawmakers at the Roundhouse in 2019. (wildearthguardians.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A federal judge is requiring the Bureau of Land Management to reinstate a rule that limits methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Residents of Western states who fought for the rule are praising the decision, although they assume the ruling will be appealed. The Trump

A climate action plan unveiled by congressional Democrats this week aims to create a 100% clean-energy economy and help prevent the hotter, drier summers New Mexico has had to cope with. (americanprogress.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Scientists say only a decade remains to reverse course on the worst impacts of climate change - and to address the looming crisis, House Democrats in Congress have unveiled a net-zero carbon emissions plan they say could be achieved by 2050. In a press briefing, New Mexico Rep.

Every $1 million spent on watershed restoration can result in total economic activity of $2.2 million to $2.5 million, according to a study by the University of Oregon. (nm.audubon.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There are five major rivers in New Mexico, and with June designated National Rivers Month, now is the time to appreciate them for the habitat, drinking water and recreation they provide. The San Juan, Pecos, Rio Grande, Canadian and Gila are New Mexico's major rivers. From panf

Wildfire managers in New Mexico often let wildfires burn, but have determined they will be extinguished as quickly as possible this season. (usda.gov)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- It's only May, but fire restrictions already were imposed in New Mexico today, and COVID-19 will add another layer of safety precautions to the firefighting season. Kaili McCray, who chairs the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's emergency medical committee, said large numbers

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