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New Mexico official says no to working with US border agency

Jun. 26, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico State Land Office on Friday declined to add her signature to the renewal of a cooperative agreement with U.S. border authorities. Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said she instead is siding with community members who urged her not to work with...

Waikiki jetty reconstruction expected to be finished in July

Jun. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state official says reconstruction of a jetty protecting the Waikiki shoreline is expected to be completed by the end of July. Work began in May on the $1.5 million reconstruction of the structure, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The rock-and-concrete jetty fronting...

Honolulu mayor ends Waimanalo Bay Beach Park field project

Jun. 19, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced that city officials will halt a development project at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park that opponents said could disturb cultural artifacts. Caldwell appeared with supporters and opponents of the project Thursday to announce there would be no further...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, emigrant Peak is seen rising above the Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Mont. Lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Senate approves $2.8B plan to boost conservation, parks

Jun. 17, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands, a measure supporters say would be the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a...

New Mexico senators applaud $2.8B conservation bill

Jun. 17, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation and conservation groups are applauding the U.S. Senate's approval Wednesday of a bipartisan bill that would devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks and double spending on a popular conservation program...

Conservationists purchase more than 15K western Maine acres

Jun. 16, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

WATERFORD, Maine (AP) — Conservationists in Maine have purchased more than 15,000 acres in the western part of the state for conservation from a tree farm company. The Conservation Fund said it has bought the land from Chadbourne Tree Farms in Oxford County. The fund said the purpose of the purchase is...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, emigrant Peak is seen rising above the Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Mont. Lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

In time of crises, lands bill gives Senate a chance to unite

Jun. 13, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time of national crises, the Senate has been able to come together on a topic both parties celebrate: the great outdoors. While the country copes with the coronavirus, an economic downturn and a reckoning over racism, lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year...

In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks at an event marking a conservation agreement at a former mining site in Jardine, Mont. Steve Bullock never got to square off directly against President Donald Trump before dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary race last year. But the two-term governor is getting another chance on his home turf by trying to oust a strong Trump ally, first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines in Montana's U.S. Senate race. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

With his sights now on Senate, Bullock still battling Trump

Jun. 11, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Steve Bullock never got to square off against President Donald Trump before dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary last year, but the two-term governor is getting another chance on his home turf by trying to oust a strong Trump ally in Montana's U.S. Senate race. The...

Oahu cemetery expansion onto conservation land debated

Jun. 11, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Land Use Commission has held a hearing on a contested plan to expand a Honolulu cemetery onto forested conservation land. The $29 million expansion would add 30,000 burial sites to the 79,000-plot Hawaiian Memorial Park cemetery, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday....

Whatcom Land Trust to buy, protect wetland near creek

Jun. 9, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has partnered with Whatcom Land Trust on a conservation project that would protect coastal wetland and the fish and wildlife who depend on it. The Whatcom Land Trust has received a $915,000 grant to buy and protect wetland along California...