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Sharon Salazar Hickey listens to a presentation during a New Mexico Game Commission meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Hickey was appointed chair of the commission during the meeting, having been recently named to the board by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

Fight over river access simmers before New Mexico commission

Jan. 17, 2020 3:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel charged with overseeing hunting and fishing regulations and managing wildlife across New Mexico met Friday for the first time following a shakeup over an ongoing dispute that involves public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. Former Game...

New Mexico adopts rule as oil industry touts fiscal impact

Jan. 16, 2020 2:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Thursday adopted a new rule aimed at oil and natural gas companies as the industry touted the more than $3 billion that was pumped into the state's general fund coffers through taxes and revenues during the last fiscal year. With the change, the state Oil...

Water users appeal ruling on central Idaho water diversions

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of water users on Wednesday appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout....

NOAA: Minimal impact on wildlife in proposed gas project

Jan. 11, 2020 4:13 PM EST

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Federal authorities suggested the environmental impact of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline in southern Oregon would be minimal, saying the contentious project wouldn't jeopardize protected species or adversely change their critical habitat. The National Oceanic...

Judge won't stop Idaho tribe lawsuit against mining company

Jan. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its central Idaho facility will be allowed to continue, a federal judge decided. Judge B. Lynn Winmill at Boise forwarded the...

Casino looks to replace workers with automatic drink makers

Jan. 9, 2020 6:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts is in the process of “rightsizing” operations at Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion casino that opened just six months ago but has so far fallen short of revenue projections, a company official said Thursday. Eric Kraus, the casino’s senior vice president...

Reward offered for information in 2018 killing of gray wolf

Jan. 7, 2020 3:06 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who shot dead an endangered gray wolf in 2018 in Northern California. The male wolf, known as OR-59, was wearing tracking collar when it was...

This June 1, 2019, photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, shows the rare desert wildflower Tiehm's buckwheat in the Silver Peak Range about 120 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. An Australian mining company has agreed to a moratorium on new activities at a planned lithium mine in Nevada in exchange for conservationists dropping a lawsuit to protect a rare desert wildflower they say doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

New deal with mining company to protect rare Nevada plant

Jan. 6, 2020 4:59 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Australian mining company has agreed to a moratorium on new activities at a planned lithium mine in Nevada in exchange for conservationists dropping a lawsuit to protect a rare desert wildflower they say doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. The Center for Biological Diversity...

Judge: 'Filthy' zoo must give up animals; Zoo appeals

Dec. 31, 2019 3:36 PM EST

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland zoo where five endangered animals died was ordered by a judge to send its remaining big cats to a sanctuary. Tri-State Zoological Park in Cumberland has seen two tigers, a lion and a lemur die within a three-year span. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...

FILE - In this Monday, May 2, 2016 file photo, Two alligators lounge on the end of the 16th green during the final round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. A federal judge in California has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products and has scheduled an April hearing on Louisiana's lawsuit against the law. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 that it's a first step toward protecting the state alligator industry. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge blocks California's alligator ban after Louisiana sues

Dec. 27, 2019 6:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also scheduled an April 24 hearing on Louisiana's request for a longer-lasting order called a preliminary injunction. ...