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PNS Daily Newscast - October 15, 2018 


Is the moral of integrity of the U.S. at stake in the apparent murder of a Washington Post journalist? Also on the Monday rundown: A pair of reports as we head toward the November midterm elections; plus, if you're enrolling in Medicare today, help is available.

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Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

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

Mother Earth will be celebrated at Albuquerque's Rise at the Rio for Climate, Water Jobs and Justice. (riograndesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A flow check on the Rio Grande earlier this month showed the river was the third driest for that date in over a century. Marchers will cross the river in Albuquerque tomorrow to advocate for greater climate protections. Albuquerque and several other New Mexico cities will

New Mexico has up to 340 annual days of sunshine, making it one of the top 10 states where solar is a viable energy source. (votesolar.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A hearing officer for the New Mexico authority that decides utility company rates says fees imposed on solar customers should be dropped. The Public Regulation Commission has been asked to approve an 11.6 percent increase in the $28 "standby" fee charged to solar customers

Shirley McNall lives in New Mexico's San Juan Basin, home to the highest concentration of methane pollution the United States. (Moms Clean Air Force)

AZTEC, N.M. – A New Mexico woman who has spent her life in the San Juan Basin near hundreds of oil and gas wells says she'll continue her fight for a cleaner environment despite her own health issues. Shirley McNall is profiled in a report by the group Moms Clean Air Force about the consequen

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 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

Approximately 2,500 people work in New Mexico's solar industry. (solarlove.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico needs more affordable solar, but a renewable energy group says two members of the Public Regulation Commission have a conflict of interest and should not be allowed to participate in the decision. Mariel Nanasi, an attorney with New Energy Economy, says commission

Increased nuclear weapons production at Los Alamos could bring more jobs, but also more safety and environmental concerns to New Mexico. (energy.gov)

LAS ALAMOS, N.M. – The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Thursday that New Mexico and South Carolina will share in the development of next generation nuclear weapons with expanded plutonium pit production. The "pit" is the core that triggers a nuclear warhead. The Trump admi

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