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April 24, 2014

MUNCIE — Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer voted “pro-environment” only 4 percent of the time on the most important environmental legislation of 2013, according to the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). The organization has published a National Environmental Scorecard for every Congress since 1970, the year it was founded by leaders of the environmental movement after the first Earth Day.

April 23, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Recently a benefit was held in Scottsdale dubbed “Dinner with Wolves.” The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, and many environmental groups want the Mexican wolf returned to what they consider the wild landscape of Arizona. They also want to maintain protections for the Mexican wolf by listing it as “endangered.” Wolves are charismatic, beautiful, and graceful. Their evening howls evoke wonderment in many people. Environmentalists believe that wolves will foster ecosystem diversity and stability.

April 22, 2014
Desert, © Charles Sale

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defenders of Wildlife, says the Forest Service has little leeway because of the 1872 federal mining law.

April 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the lesser prairie chicken only merits a listing status of threatened despite a drastic population decline.

April 16, 2014
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place the lesser prairie chicken on its list of threatened species has brought divergent criticism of the announced protection plan, which is set to take effect on May

April 15, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Wolf advocates in California are urging policymakers to welcome the animals back to the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission is expected to announce Wednesday if gray wolves will be getting protections under the California Endangered Species Act. According to Pamela Flick, California representative for Defenders of Wildlife, it's vitally important that wolves get state protection, especially if the proposal to strip nearly all gray wolves of federal Endangered Species Act protection becomes a reality. "Wolves may one day return to their rightful place on the California landscape, but, you know, the chances for wolves surviving in California are quickly diminishing with the federal proposal to delist wolves," she declared.

April 11, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Thursday launched a public offering of $3 billion in senior notes. The company expects the notes to be issued in three separate series, one maturing in 2019, another maturing in 2022 and the last maturing in 2026. Chesapeake intends to use proceeds from the offering to repay debt, including a tender offer for $1.26 billion in senior notes due in 2015.

April 10, 2014
Western yellow-billed cuckoo, © Creed Clayton/USFWS

A striking bird that's been waiting more than 15 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether to list it under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) just got handed another minor delay.

April 9, 2014

The Fish and Wildlife Service is revisiting its proposal last fall to list as threatened a subpopulation of greater sage grouse found only in central California and southwest Nevada, saying there is "substantial disagreement" over the science used to justify the listing.

April 3, 2014
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

Officials from southwestern states are gearing up to battle the federal government over a new round of fowl language. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s March 27 listing of the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act has ruffled feathers of state leaders and land users in the Southwest, particularly after years of coalition efforts to restore bird numbers.