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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

New Mexico's Eagle Nest Lake State Park has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that ends in September without reauthorization from Congress. (emnrd.state.nm.us)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In New Mexico and across the country, many U.S. veterans are calling for the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, saying access to public lands was beneficial to them on their return from active duty. The program has improved and protected public land

A new poll by the Center for Western Priorities shows only 18 percent of New Mexico voters are in favor of shrinking national monuments. (newmexico.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Recent Trump administration actions on public lands could play a deciding role in upcoming elections, especially among independent and swing voters in states such as New Mexico. A new poll from the Center for Western Priorities says voters in five Western states take a di

New Mexico has approximately 963 trails, including 513 hiking trails and 213 for mountain biking. (blm.gov)

TAOS, N.M. — Hikers are heading back to their favorite trails in New Mexico after rain relieved the extreme fire danger that kept parks, forests and open-space destinations closed for five weeks. Hiking is a great way to improve your health, but experts say there are some essentials you need

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

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