PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 

It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 

Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - NM: Toxics

PHOTO: Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance.

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Several conservation groups in New Mexico are calling on the federal government to not allow the Four Corners Power Plant to burn coal for another quarter-century. The U.S. Interior Department is in the process of considering a 25-year lease on the power plant with Arizona Public

PHOTO: There could be challenges to New Mexico's Public Regulation Committee's decision to change the amount of credit utilities are given for renewable energy. Photo credit: NASA.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There could be challenges to a decision by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) to lower the amount of renewable energy that utilities have to generate. Camilla Feibelman, director of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, says the PRC action reduces the amount o

PHOTO: U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is sponsoring a bill to help communities deal with stormwater pollution. Image courtesy of the US government.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Following September's devastating floods, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico is backing legislation to improve America's ability to help prevent stormwater pollution. Udall spokeswoman Jennifer Talhelm says the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 would help resto

PHOTO: New Mexico farmers are plowing ahead following September's devastating floods that led to President Obama granting the state a Disaster Declaration. Image courtesy of the American Friends Service Committee.
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico farmers are plowing ahead following September's devastating floods that led to President Barack Obama granting the state a Disaster Declaration. Don Bustos, co-director of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) of New Mexico, which works with farmers on

PHOTO: Gila River in summer. The water level of the Gila River, a tributary of the Colorado River, has New Mexicans concerned for the long-term health of the waterway. <br />Courtesy of: Dennis O’Keefe<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new survey shows New Mexicans see the health of their waterways as a primary concern. And a majority of those questioned see drought and low water levels as best addressed with local solutions, rather than diverting the Gila River, a tributary of the Colorado, with a pr

Picture of Otero Mesa<br />Courtesy of: Matt Skroch<br />

SANTA FE, N.M. - Plans to change the drilling rules on Otero Mesa are raising concerns about the potential impact on an important aquifer. Until now, Otero Mesa has been protected from the waste left from natural gas drilling, thanks to an executive order from former Gov. Bill Richardson that called

Alaric Balibrera; photo taken by Elizabeth Romero.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico remains in the crosshairs of the ongoing debate over the safety of the nuclear industry. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new chairwoman, Allison MacFarlane, has indicated that a site near Carlsbad, N.M., where nuclear waste is stored four miles undergroun

WATERFLOW, N.M. - What's to be done about the San Juan Generating Plant? A team of stakeholders, ratepayers, residents, workers, government representatives and environmental groups is working on a plan to meet the Clean Air Act's regulations, while still cutting costs and saving jobs at the plant, n

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