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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - NM: Environment

The Gila Wilderness was the first area in the United States to receive wilderness designation. (nmwild.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico residents have two more days to comment on a plan that will guide resource management in the Gila National Forest for the next 20-30 years. The forest-management plan, which has not been updated in 34 years, will determine how wilderness, wildlife, water and other n

The Forest Service has closed several recreation sites in New Mexico in an effort to protect residents from the COVID-19 outbreak. (auroraroberts/SierraClub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - If you're headed out to use New Mexico's trails or open space this weekend, outdoor experts say you should make the health of others your number one priority during the current health crisis. Terry Owen leads outings as the chairman of the Outings and Military Outdoors Program for

The Bureau of Land Management is proceeding with plans to lease more New Mexico public lands to the oil and gas industry, despite the recent energy market collapse. (sej.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Despite a global pandemic, it's down to the wire for New Mexico residents who want to comment on the May sale of oil and gas leases by the Bureau of Land Management. Wednesday is the end of a 10-day protest. The BLM typically requires that comments be delivered in person or by ma

New Mexico is one of the nation's top three oil and gas producers, and new state rules to limit methane emissions are expected by the end of the year. (sierragrandesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- This is the last day for New Mexico residents to have their say before draft rules are written by the state to govern methane emissions. The state's energy and environment departments have held public listening sessions for several months, and are expected to draft new rules f

More than 50% of New Mexico residents in a new poll strongly agree that the U.S. Congress should permanently protect the Gila River as Wild and Scenic. (wildlife.state.nm.us)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A poll out this week shows that New Mexico voters by a significant margin support "Wild and Scenic" designations for the Gila and San Francisco rivers and their tributaries. Commissioned by the Southwest Green Chamber of Commerce, the poll shows 65% of voters in the four counti

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has proposed nearly 100 environmental rollbacks. (FullThrottle6969/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In order to speed up construction of infrastructure and energy-development projects, the Trump administration has proposed controversial revisions to a landmark environmental law. And some fear the changes will have devastating consequences. The National Environmental Policy Act

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to review lower court rulings that allow the Trump administration to waive environmental laws for border-wall construction, including a 180-mile stretch in New Mexico. (ArtueoM/Adobe Stock)

SANTA FE -- Conservation groups have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court rulings that waive environmental laws to build the border wall, in New Mexico and elsewhere. The groups contend it's unconstitutional for the Trump administration to abandon environmental, health and safety

The health of today's children will be compromised by the effects of climate change, according to a November 2019 report by the science Journal, Lancet. (oceanservice.noaa.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - One sixth-grader on New Mexico's Navajo Nation Indian reservation says living in an area where drought has been common most of his life has made him eager to participate in a program that encourages students to find adaptive solutions to climate change. This weekend, Radford As

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