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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


2020Talks - August 12, 2020 


California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

New Mexico's Gila and San Francisco rivers and their tributaries make up one of the largest undammed watersheds in the lower 48 states. (circleofblue.org)

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Many Americans have been drawn to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the significance of a bill introduced in Congress to protect two of New Mexico's rivers. The Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act would protect portions of the Gila and San Francisco Rivers an

A javelina family trapped by a border wall in Arizona. (Matt Clark/Defenders of Wildlife)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A coalition of conservation groups has sued the Trump administration over money from the nation's military budget being used to build the southern border wall, arguing that it's both illegal and unconstitutional. President Donald Trump made the border wall a signature issue of

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

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