Meetings watch: County commission will consider endangered species listing

PNT staff Roosevelt County commissioners will attend a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Hotel Santa Fe Library to discuss the following items with other county officials: • Approval of resolutions listing the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered. • A resolution changing the habitat range affected by endangered […]

Our view: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard.Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, which […]

Lizard that lives in county could be added to endangered list

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A lizard that lives in southern Roosevelt County may become federally listed as an endangered species, limiting the use of the land included in its habitat. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service proposed the dunes sagebrush lizard, also known as the sand dunes lizard, be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. […]

Group wants prairie chicken listed as endangered

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By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Lesser prairie chickens have been reduced to just a fraction of their once booming population across a handful of states, prompting a group of Western conservationists to crank up the pressure on the federal government to provide more protection for the rare bird. Monday marked the […]

Editorial: Listing polar bears as endangered a scary proposition

There’s no documented, let alone alarming, loss of lovable, fuzzy polar bears. But freedom-loving Americans ought to be alarmed at what’s proposed under the guise of saving the furry critters. The federal government is considering designating polar bears as an endangered species, a leap in logic in light of the confusion about whether their numbers […]

State recommends against listing prairie chicken

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer After a six-year investigation of lesser prairie chicken populations and habitats, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced June 9 in a press release that they will recommend against listing the species as threatened or endangered in the state. According to the results of the study posted […]

Chance to act on Endangered Species Act slipping away

Editorial With each day that passes, the chances diminish that Congress will act on Endangered Species Act reform this year. Should Democrats make substantial gains in this fall’s elections, or take control of the House or Senate, the opportunity to update ESA will slip away, just when it seemed within reach. The House approved a […]

Trees can use protection, too

By Jim Lee While having coffee recently with my friend Don Criss, he casually mentioned the sad plight of the pernambuco tree. I instantly became alert, no small feat for a fellow with my attention span. Don always gets my attention because I learn so much from him — and it’s an opportunity to rip […]