Category Archives: Environment

Outdoor Cats Impact Wildlife In Albuquerque

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March 11, 2016 – Did you know that cats are legally not supposed to be let loose outside in Albuquerque? A local ordinance requires that owners keep cats on a leash or in an enclosure. City officials argue it helps keep pets safe and wildlife advocates say it also would help protect birds and other small animals.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down this week with  Desiree Cawley from the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department and Sara Jayne Cole from the Central New Mexico Audubon Society.

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New Mexico’s U.S. Senators Lay Out Plans For Mining Reform

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January 15, 2016 – New Mexico officials announced this week that the state plans to sue the federal government for the Gold King Mine spill last fall.

The Associated Press reports that the New Mexico Environment Department will sue both the Environmental Protection Agency and the owners of the Colorado mines that were the source of the toxis spill in the Animas River.

This is the latest action in the ongoing response to the spill, which resulted in the loss of access to the river for weeks in some communities on the Navajo Nation.

In late 2015, we sat down with Senator Marthin Heinrich and Senatoar Tom Udall to discuss the impact of the Gold King Mine Spill and their proposals to reform oversight of abandoned mines in Western states. This week, we feature both interviews on New Mexico in Focus.