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PNS Daily Newscast - December 18, 2018 


Senate reports detail Russian influence via social media on the 2016 election. Also on Tuesday's rundown: North Carolina jurors reject the death penalty for a second consecutive year; and Medicaid expansion proves important to rural Kentuckians.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

New Mexico's Capulin Volcano was designated a National Monument in 1916. (summitpost.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A bipartisan bill is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday that would address the nearly $12 billion backlog of repairs and maintenance within the National Park Service. The "Restore Our Parks Act" would not fund all the deferred maintenance, but the $6.5 b

The threatened Land and Water Conservation Fund helped purchase 13 remaining acres to create the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. (mybosquefriends.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – Conservationists are alarmed that only three months remain before one of the nation's most popular conservation programs could end because Congress has not acted. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has improved national and local parks in New Mexico for more tha

The 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest was the the first wilderness in the United States when it was established in 1905. (earthguardians.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Opponents of a U.S. Air Force plan to expand its flyover zone over the Gila National Forest will likely wait months longer for a draft environmental statement. Public comment is being taken during a scoping process by the Air Force under the National Environmental Policy

New Mexico is the second-largest state recipient of energy-related mineral royalties, after Wyoming. (nature.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Royalty Policy Committee meets in Albuquerque today. While it isn't a household name, the RPC was rechartered by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after the Trump administration made increased production of domestic oil, gas and coal the centerpiece of its energy policy. Wh

It's estimated that methane leaks at oil and gas drilling sites waste $100 million annually in New Mexico. (sanjuancitizens.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship has launched a media blitz arguing that the Trump administration's plan to roll back a waste-prevention rule on methane is not consistent with conservative principles. The Obama-era rule was designed to prevent energy waste, ensur

New Mexico already has seen 80 wildfires in March, and 90 percent have been human-caused. (env.nm.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico's wildfire season typically begins no sooner than May, but because there already have been more than 140 wildfires in the state since Jan. 1, Wildfire Awareness Week has been declared early this year - and continues through Saturday. David Morgan, public information o

New Mexico voters will choose among five candidates for state land commissioner this November. (sierrraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – This year's race for state land commissioner in New Mexico is drawing extra attention, because many voters believe public lands are under attack by the Trump administration. Some New Mexicans argue that the commissioner is more powerful than the governor, with responsibil

People convicted of vandalizing natural and cultural resources or facilities managed by the BLM are subject to fines up to $1,000 and imprisonment. (wilderness.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Recreational visitors to public lands have a new tool to document any damage they see and upload their report to a database. Brian Sybert is executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. He said the new mobile app, TerraTRUTH, is needed because public lands are

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