Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key Senate swing vote, announced on Wednesday that he will vote in favor of confirming Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to lead the Interior Department.

“While we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation’s energy independence,” Manchin said in a statement.

When four desert bighorn sheep were found dead at Mojave National Preserve in California in 2013, the worst-case scenario was feared. They were killed by a respiratory disease that carried a mortality rate of up to 90 percent, and that carried grave concerns for the preserve's bighorn population. Recent research, however, now suggests that the animals are more resilient to the disease than had been thought.

Bighorn sheep were once common in Southern California and Nevada, but by the 1960s their numbers had been sharply reduced by disease, unregulated hunting, and habitat loss. Forty years of cooperative efforts to rebuild the herds seemed to be paying off until that May day in 2013, when a National Park Service employee found the four dead sheep and spotted other sick animals that appeared to be weak and unsteady with labored breathing.

Nada Culver, an attorney who has spent most of her career working with environmental groups, will fill the Bureau of Land Management job recently vacated by William Perry Pendley, the bureau's top official during former President Trump's final months in office.

Culver, who since 2019 has served as vice president of public lands and senior policy counsel at the National Audubon Society in Denver, has been named by the Biden administration as BLM deputy director of policy and programs, the Interior Department announced today.

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