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The Conservation Beat
6:01 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Pricey Los Alamos Project on Pause

Under the President’s budget proposal a controversial $6 billion dollar nuclear lab at Los Alamos has been put on hold for at least five years.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.

The Conservation Beat
2:15 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

EPA to ABQ: Get a Handle on Your Storm Drain Gunk

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Under a new permit issued by the Environmental l Protection Agency, Albuquerque has six months to improve its plan for dealing with storm water runoff.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
4:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

House Dems Report Leniency in Drilling Penalties

A new report by House Democrats finds lax and inconsistent federal oversight of oil and natural gas drilling on public lands.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
8:46 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Opponents of Augustin Plains Water Application Await Decision

About a hundred people packed into a Socorro courtroom this morning for a hearing on a case that both sides say could affect the future of water law in New Mexico.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
8:40 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Environmentalists Sue Over Trapping

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The group WildEarth Guardians is suing wildlife managers over a decision they say has led to the death and injury of Mexican gray wolves.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
5:38 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Crucial Day in Augustin Plains Water Fight

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A hearing on Tuesday in Socorro will determine whether a proposal to pump billions of gallons of water from the San Austin Plains is allowed to move forward.

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The Conservation Beat
4:59 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

El Malpais Naturalist on Push to Reopen Caves

There’s been a deadly disease making its way West for the last five years.  It’s victims--bats.  Millions of them.  Scientists say White Nose Syndrome could even lead to the extinction of some species.  The disease has not been detected in New Mexico, but is so virulent that last year officials closed all the caves at El Malpais National Monument to prevent its potential spread. 

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The Conservation Beat
7:38 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Officials Work Towards Reopening Caves at El Malpais

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It’s been about a year since the caves at El Malpais National Monument were closed over concerns about a disease spreading among bats.  But as KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard reports, new information has officials starting to think about reopening some of them.

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The Conservation Beat
2:14 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Group Gives NM a D- in Prairie Dog Hospitality

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There may not be any ground hogs around to help New Mexicans celebrate February second.  But there are prairie dogs.  And a report out today says the state should be doing more to protect them.  KUNM's Sidsel Overgaard explains.

The Conservation Beat
12:49 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Thomas Linzey on the Rights of Nature

On Thursday UNM will host a talk by guest speaker Thomas Linzey.  Linzey, who works with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, is becoming known across the country for helping individual communities ban environmentally-damaging practices on a local level.

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The Conservation Beat
3:02 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Finding a Place for Science

Students at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Sidsel Overgaard

With all the time devoted to bringing up math and reading scores in elementary schools these days, we often hear how other subjects- like art and music- are losing out.  But given the signs pointing to a high-tech future, it may be more surprising to learn about another area getting left in the dust…science.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
2:50 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

PNM Moves Forward With San Juan Pollution Controls

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New Mexico’s largest electric utility is moving forward on the installation of new pollution controls at one of its coal-fired power plants…even while continuing to fight the requirement in court.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
1:01 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Across the Political Spectrum, New Mexicans Identify as Conservationists

A poll released today shows bi-partisan support for conservation throughout the West.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
3:00 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Coalition Working to Reinstate Green Building Codes

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An environmental coalition is detailing its position in a case challenging the state’s rollback of energy efficient building codes.

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The Conservation Beat
4:06 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Northern NM Ranchers Sue to Protect Heritage

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A group of ranchers and Rio Arriba County are suing the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to limit grazing on historic land grant areas in northern New Mexico.  KUNM’S Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
12:15 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Sportsmen Mobilizing Under Threat of Land Loss

In a new report, the Wilderness Society describes US public lands as “under siege” by Congress.  A slew of bills would open millions of acres to new roads and development, while curtailing the President’s ability to establish new national monuments.

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KUNM Call-In Show
2:44 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Recycling Water

In the US, purple pipes are used to distinguish reclaimed water from potable water.
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Wed. 01/18 8a: Looking for new solutions to meet New Mexico’s water needs. This week on the KUNM Call-in Show we’ll talk about whether the use of low-quality water—including sewage—could help decrease the burden on our over-taxed water supply.  If scientists could assure you that water reclaimed from your drains was pure enough to drink…would you grab a glass and swallow it down? 

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The Conservation Beat
2:01 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Katherine Yuhas on Albuquerque's Water Conservation Progress

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This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we’ll have a discussion about how the use of low-quality water - including treated sewage - could help New Mexico meet its water needs.  But residential conservation will also play a huge role in securing our water future.

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The Conservation Beat
5:53 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Environmentalists Take Issue with Governor's Speech

Stephanie Fitzgerald

During her State of the State address, Governor Susana Martinez devoted about a minute to environmental issues, saying she believes the state can support the growth of business AND protect the environment.

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The Conservation Beat
4:36 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Some NM Communities Ahead of the Curve in Wastewater Recycling

Ultrafiltration membrane system used on an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant.
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A new report by the National Research Council says the US could save 12 billion gallons of water a year by recycling its wastewater.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard reports on some efforts already underway in New Mexico.

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The Conservation Beat
5:13 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

EnviroBills: Students Champion Right to Get Outside

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Once the legislative session starts next week, hundreds of students will descend on the Roundhouse in support of a measure known as the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.

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The Conservation Beat
4:33 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

EnviroBills: Hydrogen Tax Credit

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The New Mexico legislative session begins next week and KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard, has been tracking some of the environment-related measures on the table. 

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The Conservation Beat
6:35 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Coalition Wants Students to Graduate with Knowledge of Nature

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In a world where kids are spending more time in front of the TV and less time outside, a coalition of New Mexico educators and environmentalists have started work on a plan that they hope will help turn the tide. 

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The Conservation Beat
2:57 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

New Mexico Birders Contribute to Citizen Science

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Every year around this time, New Mexico birders have the opportunity to take part in a nationwide ritual known as the Christmas Bird Count.   Organized by The Audubon Society, it’s the longest running citizen-science survey in the world.  The survey goes on for weeks, with birders covering different parts of the state each day.  This morning, dozens of people pulled on their warmest boots to catalog birds in the Sandia Mountains.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard, tagged along with one group and has this story.

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The Conservation Beat
10:05 am
Tue December 20, 2011

National Forests Open for Christmas Tree Cutting Until December 23

Christmas tree cutters brave snowy roads in Jemez.
Mike Sullivan

For over 50 years New Mexico’s National Forests have been selling Christmas tree permits to energeticdo-it-yourself-ers, and this year is no different.

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The Conservation Beat
10:12 am
Fri December 16, 2011

NM Anglers Take Advantage of Winter Trout Program

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The cold weather may not inspire the majority of us to go outside and stand around for hours.  But, then, the majority of us aren’t fishermen.

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The Conservation Beat
11:12 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Coalition Says Federal Bill a Win-Win for New Mexico

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A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and union members said today that passage of the American Jobs Act would be a win for both the economy and environment.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard has more.

The Conservation Beat
6:33 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Youthful Energy Heats Up Hearing on the NM Emissions Cap

Last year, New Mexico became a national leader in air pollution control by passing a rule to limit and reduce the carbon emissions of its largest polluters.

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The Conservation Beat
9:22 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Mariel Nanasi on Effort to Repeal NM Emissions Cap

Hearings began Wednesday on an effort to repeal a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico.  The rule was approved by the Environmental Improvement Board in the waning days of former Governor Bill Richardson’s tenure and has yet to take effect.

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The Conservation Beat
6:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Crane Hunting in the Middle Rio Grande Valley

This week, most Americans only have one kind of bird on the brain-turkey.  But this past weekend, a few hunters in the Middle Rio Grande Valley had their sites set on a different kind of Thanksgiving feast.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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