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Oil and gas another piece in New Mexico’s water puzzle

Dec. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EST

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Craig Ogden has farmed alfalfa and cotton in southeastern New Mexico for nearly three decades, and he’s seen the acreage used for farming dwindle as neighbors seize lucrative offers from the oil and gas industry. The northern border of his property teems with oil wells drilled in...

Carolinas horse owners still leery after animals attacked

Dec. 14, 2019 10:18 AM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Several horse owners in the Carolinas are still keeping a close eye on their animals, not entirely convinced most of the recent attacks on horses in the area were cause by wild boars. Agents with South Carolina's State Law Enforcement Division announced Wednesday that five of six...

New England sees record number of loons in several states

Dec. 14, 2019 9:30 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Loons are thriving in New England, with record numbers documented this year because of increased protections for the iconic bird known for its black head and haunting calls at dusk. New Hampshire saw a slight increase to 313 pairs in 2019 while Vermont had an all-time high of 101...

Trees planted to help improve Chesapeake Bay watershed

Dec. 14, 2019 9:00 AM EST

TIMBERVILLE, Va. (AP) — Steve and Rose Harvey brought their kids, Geneveive, 6, and Oliver, 3, from Front Royal to plant trees at a farm in Timberville Saturday (Dec. 7) as part of an effort to have healthier livestock and streams and rivers. But to the Harveys, it was also about teaching their children...

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

Opponents warn of staff exodus as US breaks up lands bureau

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Opponents of the Trump administration's plan to break up the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the country's public lands bureau are warning of a brain drain, saying many staffers who are being reassigned are opting to quit rather than move out West. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt...

Federal agency plans to trap, relocate 25 wild horses

Dec. 13, 2019 2:34 PM EST

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) — A government land agency has announced plans to remove about 25 wild horses from private land in northwestern Colorado using a bait and trap technique. Craig Daily News reported Thursday that removing wild horses from private land is part of the Bureau of Land Management's...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Dec. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates, where...

Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

Dec. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a...