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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - ID: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Conservation groups say the lower Snake River dams need to come down if salmon populations in the Northwest are to recover. (Wilson Hui/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Salmon and steelhead in the Northwest faced another alarming year in 2017, with return numbers declining yet again. Joseph Bogaard, executive director of the Save Our Wild Salmon coalition, said poor ocean conditions hurt the fish this year, although he added those conditions

Conservation efforts in Idaho helped recover wolverine populations. (Susanne Nilsson/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – What if states had the resources to prevent animals from ending up on the Endangered Species list? A bill introduced in Congress aims to do just that. Known as the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, it would fund states' wildlife management efforts before species are in dire n

Conservation groups are concerned that a bill in Congress will undermine environmental laws. (Larry Miller/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Passed by the U.S. House and moving on to the Senate, the Resilient Federal Forests Act is aimed at protecting forests from fires. But conservation groups in Idaho and across the country say it undermines the most meaningful efforts to do just that. Among their many concerns i

One of Idaho's U.S. Senators has introduced a bill to create a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area. (Steve Weisse/Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

SANDPOINT, Idaho — Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has introduced a bill in Congress to create the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area in northern Idaho, which would encompass nearly 14,000 acres of national forest land in Bonner County. Wilderness designation for the area has garnered widespread support i

Members of the Nez Perce are asking for the breaching of four Lower Snake River dams, including the Little Goose Dam, above. (Melissa Shavlik/Northwest Power and Conservation Council)

LEWISTON, Idaho – Nez Perce tribe members believe the best way to restore salmon and steelhead to their Idaho communities is by breaching the four Lower Snake River dams. Tomorrow, members of the tribe will be in Lewiston for an informal public hearing on what federal agencies should do in or

Conservation and fishing groups say four dams on the lower Snake River keep many migrating salmon from getting to Idaho. (Bureau of Land Management)

LEWISTON, Idaho - A "Free the Snake Flotilla" is floating the Snake River on Saturday, calling for the removal of four dams on the lower Snake to help improve salmon and steelhead habitat. The second annual event includes members of the Nez Perce Tribe, sport fishermen, biologists, and others who be

A judge has ruled against a plan to explore mining claims in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wildnerness. (Idaho Conservation League)

YELLOW PINE, Idaho - Conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as a federal judge ruled against a mining company plan to build roads and drilling pads in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. A coalition of groups including Earthworks, the Idaho Conservation League,

The U.S. Forest Service will allow small-scale, suction-dredge gold mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River this summer. (Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho - Suction dredge mining will be allowed for the first time in a long time on the South Fork of the Clearwater River, French Creek and Orogrande Creek in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, as part of a new permit system announced by the U.S. Forest Service. Up to 15 miners will b

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