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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2020 


Virginia declares a state of emergency ahead of a pro-gun rally as the nation pauses to celebrate MLK Day.

2020Talks - January 20, 2020 


The New York Times endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of MN. Plus, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, candidates spoke at a forum about protecting democracy, "a decade after Citizens United."

Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

A 2018 study found that designation of White Sands National Monument as a national park could increase visitation by 21 percent and boost spending in local communities by $7.5 million. (nps.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A 120-year-old idea to make New Mexico's White Sands National Monument a national park could be realized before the end of the year. The wave-like dunes of gypsum sand cover 275 square miles of desert in southern New Mexico and attract thousands of visitors each year. Sen. M

An effort to roll back New Mexico's Non-Navigable Water Rule is supported by 10 conservation groups and several national sporting goods companies. (blog.nwf.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is on its way to abandoning or amending the Non-Navigable Water Rule adopted in 2017. The rule enabled private landowners with a stretch of public water passing through their property to apply for a "non-navigable" certificate. Enacted by the Department of Game

Water stress in New Mexico is on par with the United Arab Emirates, the 10th most water-stressed country in the world, according to the World Resources Institute. (worldresourcesinstitute.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Pressures on water availability are higher in New Mexico than any other state, according to the World Resources Institute. Nonetheless, a new study shows more than 95% of the state's oil and gas leases offered by the Trump administration are in water-stressed areas. The C

Since 1924, a federal wilderness designation has prohibited motorized vehicles, buildings, logging or mining in New Mexico's Gila Wilderness. (nmwildlife.org)

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Ninety-five years ago, the Gila area in southwest New Mexico received the first-ever wilderness designation. Now a coalition wants to make sure additional protections extend to the Gila River. A delegation of New Mexico residents is in Washington, D.C., today to ask the st

Loss of habitat makes it more difficult for animals such as bighorn sheep to use historic migration routes in New Mexico. (commons.wikimedia.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's Upper Rio Grande Watershed is home to one of the best-connected wildlife landscapes in the country. But development is fragmenting the landscape and reducing habitat – creating challenges for migrating wildlife. A new 20-year management plan for the Cars

The Bureau of Land Management oversees nearly 250 million acres of public land, including more than 45% percent of land in New Mexico. (nmwildlife.org)<br />

SANTA FE, N.M. – The acting director of the Bureau of Land Management has advocated for selling off public lands and conservation groups say that's reason enough he needs to step down. William Perry Pendley was a controversial choice when named to the post. At a recent conference, Pendley to

Latino Conservation Week, which began as a handful of events in six states, has grown to more than 150 events in as many as 25 states. (newmexico.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Latinos are the largest minority group in America, representing nearly 17% of the nation's population. But when it comes to taking part in outdoor recreation activities, a 2018 report by the Outdoor Industry Association found only 10% of Latinos participated. This is the 6th

New Mexico is estimated to lose nearly $43 million a year in royalty revenues from methane wasted through leaks, venting and flaring on public lands. (riograndesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than 50 members of Congress have signed on to legal documents arguing that a proposed rollback of methane rules by the U.S. Interior Department violates federal law. An amicus brief filed yesterday by lawmakers says eliminating the 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention r

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