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PNS Daily Newscast - January 18, 2019. 


A blockbuster storm forecast to bring major snowfall to the Midwest today and Northeast over the weekend. Also, on the Friday rundown: Women’s Marches planned across the nation tomorrow; plus Democrats slog to Iowa on path to the White House.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

Tourists eager for a glimpse of New Mexico's wilderness and open spaces accounted for a $6.6 billion boost to the state's economy in 2017. (taos.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Congress went home for the holidays without passing legislation to protect major wilderness areas in the West, but people who rely on wilderness areas are urging a vote early next month. At stake are protections for wilderness within the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and R

A government report says forests and other terrain on public lands, including New Mexico's Permian Basin, only offset greenhouse gases released on public lands by 15 percent. (hcn.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Drilling on public lands contributes nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and the latest federal report says Wyoming and New Mexico contribute the most. Released on the same day as the National Climate Assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey report

The Bureau of Land Management is poised to sell off 84,000 acres of public and ancestral lands for oil and gas drilling, after the shortest public-engagement period ever noted in the West. (sanjuancitizens.org)

SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming an "energy sacrifice zone," according to those who oppose the sale of 84,000 acres of state lands for oil and gas drilling. Opponents will rally at the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters in Santa Fe on Wednesday, one day ahead of Thursday's planned onl

City of Rocks State Park is one of 41,000 recreation areas and other projects across America that have benefitted from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (emnrd.state.nm.us)

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Canyons, deserts, lava flows, badlands, monuments. When it comes to public lands, New Mexico has it all, and a group of local business owners wants to make sure it's all preserved by calling on Congress to renew and fully fund the lapsed Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Congressional legislation supported by U.S. veterans would preserve wilderness in New Mexico, forests in Tennessee, California's Mojave Desert, Utah’s slot canyons and more. (hcn.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico veteran joined other former service members in signing on to a letter asking Congress to pass legislation that would conserve land and water in a number of states. Brett Myrick of Gila traveled to Washington, D. C., with the veterans' group to support nine bi

More methane is wasted from oil and gas production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico than any other state. (leonardodicaprio.org)

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Two conservation advocacy groups are challenging the Bureau of Land Management's plan to sell off 54 parcels of public land near Carlsbad and Roswell for oil and gas development without a thorough Resource Management Plan. On its website, the BLM touts such plans as blueprin

Environmental groups say the person who wins New Mexico's race for public lands commissioner next week could have a huge impact on climate change. (npca.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The surge of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico in the past 18 months also has led to a surge of influence spending in the race for the next Commissioner of Public Lands. Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard, Republican Pat Lyons and Libertarian Michael Lucero all want the job, but

The candidate who wins next month's governor's race in New Mexico will have a budget windfall from current oil production, but conservationists say the future calls for greater economic diversity. (cvmm.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A rebound in New Mexico's volatile oil and gas industry under the Trump administration is a major driver in next month's governor's race. Democratic candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham has promised to deliver a "renewable-energy economy" and 50 percent renewable production i

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