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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

Ninety-one percent of public lands in northwest New Mexico are leased for drilling, with the remaining nine percent in Greater Chaco, where the Bureau of Land Management also wants to allow hydraulic fracking. (sanjuancitizens.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The federal government is proceeding with plans for a December auction of oil and gas drilling leases on thousands of acres of land in the Greater Chaco region. A comment period on the proposal opened today and will continue through October 31, despite a pending Senate b

New Mexico has more than 13 million acres of BLM lands that drive the state's economy through fishing, hunting and wildlife watching. (newmexico.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The recreational opportunities for hunting, angling and wildlife-watching on Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico are matched only by their economic benefits, according to a new study. The research to determine spending on wildlife-related recreation tells the Ne

A 10-mile buffer region is all that's left of protection from oil and gas drilling near New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (news.umn.edu)

WASHINGTON - Pueblo tribal leaders are urging Congress to support legislation to protect culturally important areas near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park from further oil and gas drilling. Representatives are in Washington this week to support passage of a bill to prevent any future leasi

The half-century-old Land and Water Conversation preservation program has funded city parks and playgrounds, hiking trails and public land projects. (snapped.funs.usda.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A 50-year-old conservation program that will expire at the end of this month without action from Congress is the focus of a new film released by the Hispanic Access Foundation. The film, "Land, Water, y Comunidad," explores the importance of the Land and Water Conservatio

In 2017, New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte National Monument avoided an acreage reduction during the U.S. Interior Department's review of 27 national monuments. (conservationslands.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico's U.S. senators, two of its three U.S. representatives, plus tribal, conservation and community leaders have gotten behind a bill that would strengthen the Antiquities Act of 1906. The enhanced Antiquities Act of 2018 would declare congressional support for mon

Navajo Lake State Park is one of many New Mexico sites that have benefitted from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (emnrd.state.nm.us)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Without action from Congress in the next six weeks, a conservation program that has benefited all 33 of New Mexico's counties will end. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was enacted by Congress in 1964 with a goal to "preserve, create and ensure access to outdoor recre

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