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PNS Weekend Newscast - July 22nd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: The new White House communications director is expressing his love and loyalty to Donald Trump, more meetings between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russians being disclosed, and environmental groups say drilling in New York has contaminated wells.

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Public News Service - CO: Environment

Colorado welcomes more than 7  million visitors a year to federally protected lands, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, who inject nearly $500 million into local economies. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Public lands draw millions of visitors to Colorado who support local jobs and boost revenues, according to a new report by Democratic members of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Each year the outdoor recreation industry adds more than $28 billion in consumer spending in C

Scientists warn if the U.S. continues business as usual, climate change could lead to the largest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in the nationís history. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Rocky Mountain and Western states could see some benefits as climate change forces people and assets to move away from the nation's hottest regions into more temperate areas, but scientists project economic inequality will increase as the planet warms. Rutgers University Professor R

The U.S. Department of Interior is taking steps to speed up applications for oil and gas drilling on public lands. (Getty Images)

DENVER – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order yesterday opening up more public lands for drilling and mining in an effort he says is needed to tackle permitting backlogs and delays. Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project, warns the measure could result i

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to reverse pollution protections on 60 percent of U.S. streams and 20 million acres of wetlands, significant sources of drinking water. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The American public will have 30 days to comment on the Trump administration's plan to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, once it's published in the Federal Register. Jan Goldman-Carter, wetlands and water resources director for the National Wildlife Federation, said the move wo

The Bureau of Land Management is considering how to best manage activities on public lands in the Eastern Colorado Region, including

DENVER - Low-impact outdoor activities such as hiking and camping make a big impression on Colorado's economy, according to a new report. In 2015, according to the study, non-motorized or "quiet" recreation on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in eastern Colorado generated more

Drought and warmer temperatures have been linked to an increase in the number and size of wildfires across western states. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The amount of air pollution released by forest fires is three times larger than previous EPA estimates, and particulates can have a long-lasting impact on climate - according to two new studies from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Greg Huey, a professor at Georgia Tech, says sm

A Colorado veteran who served as a sniper in Kosovo and Iraq is calling on leaders in Washington, D.C., to protect the greater sage-grouse habitat from energy development. (Getty Images)

DENVER -- Veterans from Colorado, Arizona and Montana are marching into the nation's capital to make sure riders are not attached to a defense bill that would block the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting the greater sage grouse. Garett Reppenhagen, Rocky Mountain director with the Vet

Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing is one of hundreds of companies, governors and mayors pledging to meet climate goals set in Paris. (M. Doxtad/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Colorado companies including Western Union, New Belgium Brewing and several ski resorts have joined hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors and chief executives, all promising to make good on the nation's commitment to reach climate goals set in Paris. A letter - including signatures from such

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