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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - NM: Water

Every $1 million spent on watershed restoration can result in total economic activity of $2.2 million to $2.5 million, according to a study by the University of Oregon. (nm.audubon.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There are five major rivers in New Mexico, and with June designated National Rivers Month, now is the time to appreciate them for the habitat, drinking water and recreation they provide. The San Juan, Pecos, Rio Grande, Canadian and Gila are New Mexico's major rivers. From panf

New Mexico's Gila and San Francisco rivers and their tributaries make up one of the largest undammed watersheds in the lower 48 states. (circleofblue.org)

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Many Americans have been drawn to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the significance of a bill introduced in Congress to protect two of New Mexico's rivers. The Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act would protect portions of the Gila and San Francisco Rivers an

New Mexico, New Hampshire and Massachusetts lack state regulations to control discharges into rivers and streams, making them completely dependent on federal clean-water protections. (riograndesierraclub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A proposal to abolish limits on how much pollution can be dumped into small streams and wetlands was challenged this week by conservation groups. The legal challenge could open a major court battle over what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say clean-water p

About 40% of Navajo Nation households don't have running water, and many of the filling stations they use to get water have closed during the pandemic. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- After New York and New Jersey, the place with the highest coronavirus infection rate in the United States is the Navajo Nation. Long-standing problems within the Nation have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in mostly rural tribal areas of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Many ho

Volunteers unload boxes of water on the Navajo Nation as part of a grassroots food-distribution effort to help the 180,000 tribal members during the coronavirus pandemic. (Deidra Peaches)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A relief fund to help Navajo and Hopi families in the Navajo Nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic has raised more than $800,000 to date. The Navajo Nation has reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases, with the latest information showing 44 deaths. Cassandra Begay is the co

The Gila Wilderness was the first area in the United States to receive wilderness designation. (nmwild.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico residents have two more days to comment on a plan that will guide resource management in the Gila National Forest for the next 20-30 years. The forest-management plan, which has not been updated in 34 years, will determine how wilderness, wildlife, water and other n

The Bureau of Land Management is proceeding with plans to lease more New Mexico public lands to the oil and gas industry, despite the recent energy market collapse. (sej.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Despite a global pandemic, it's down to the wire for New Mexico residents who want to comment on the May sale of oil and gas leases by the Bureau of Land Management. Wednesday is the end of a 10-day protest. The BLM typically requires that comments be delivered in person or by ma

More than 50% of New Mexico residents in a new poll strongly agree that the U.S. Congress should permanently protect the Gila River as Wild and Scenic. (wildlife.state.nm.us)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A poll out this week shows that New Mexico voters by a significant margin support "Wild and Scenic" designations for the Gila and San Francisco rivers and their tributaries. Commissioned by the Southwest Green Chamber of Commerce, the poll shows 65% of voters in the four counti

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