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PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 


Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Public News Service - ID: Climate Change/Air Quality

Climate change could increase fires in Idaho, which in turn would threaten the state's natural resources. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

BOISE, Idaho – Unable to get an informational hearing on climate change's impact on Idaho in the Legislature, State Rep. Ilana Rubel is taking the issue to the people. Rubel holds a forum today at the Idaho State Capitol to address the effects that climate change is having on the state. She

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

The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. (Idaho Rivers United)

BOISE, Idaho - A big victory for wild fish in Idaho on Wednesday, as a District Court judge in Portland, Oregon, invalidated the 2014 Columbia Basin salmon biological opinion or "bi-op." The judge didn't think the plan by federal agencies did enough to prevent the extinction of endangered salmon and

The Bureau of Land Management is holding public informational open houses all this week to explain the controversial proposed Gateway West Transmission Line project. (lauramusikanski/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - This week, the public can learn more about the massive 1,100 mile Gateway West Transmission Line project at several open houses hosted by the Bureau of Land Management. There are events today in Boise and Kuna, one tomorrow in Twin Falls and one Thursday in Murphy. Experts will be a

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have to reconsider its decision not to list the wolverine as an endangered species, in light of a recent court ruling. (Conservation Northwest Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project)

BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is denying claims that it ignored the science and used political considerations when it decided not to list the wolverine as an endangered species. Several conservation groups had sued the agency, and last week a judge ruled that Fish and Wildlife ha

Idaho's delegation in Washington scored very low on the annual League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. (ostephy/Morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Nada. Zip. Zero percent. That's the score received by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch on the annual Environmental Scorecard released Wednesday by the League of Conservation Voters. Representative Raúl Labrador cast pro-environmental votes just 3 percent of the time an

Expansion of suction dredge gold mining failed to get approval Tuesday from the Idaho House Resource and Conservation Committee. (Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho - A victory for conservation advocates as a bill to lift all state regulation on small scale suction dredge gold mining in Idaho died Tuesday in the House Resources and Conservation Committee. As written, the bill, HB 510, would have opened more than 80,000 miles of streams in Idaho t

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