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PNS Daily News - July 25, 2017 


Another Obamacare repeal showdown expected in the Senate; the President’s son-in-law in the hot seat in the Russia probe; and a setback for federal immigration agents. We’re covering those stories and more on today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - CO: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

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 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

Proposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could disrupt the Porcupine caribou's migration and calving. (Pixabay)

ALAMOSA, Colo. -- Representatives of a Native American tribe in Alaska are making their way across the Southwest in an effort to raise public awareness about a proposal to open up parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for fossil fuel production. Members of the Gwich'in nation will be in Ala

Colorado throws a statewide party on Saturday to celebrate publicly-owned lands. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Colorado is the first state in the nation to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands, and kicks off its inaugural celebration on Saturday with events across the state. There's an Elephant Revival concert, trail cleanups, and eight special beers from local breweries w

National monument protections for places such as Colorado's Chimney Rock could be removed if the U.S. Department of the Interior disagrees with their designations. (USDA)

DENVER - President Trump today is expected to order a review of all national monuments designated since the Clinton administration. Trump has said he wants to reverse what he sees as government intrusion and cancel what he claims are job-killing regulations. Keith Baker, a retired naval commander a

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