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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Public News Service - ID: Public Lands/Wilderness

Thousands of Idahoans rallied in Boise on Saturday to support public lands. (Nathan Field)

BOISE, Idaho - Outdoor enthusiasts rallied on Saturday at the Idaho state Capitol in support of public lands. A broad coalition of hunters, hikers, conservationists, bikers and more came to the steps of the Capitol to listen to speakers on the importance of public lands and keeping them out of priv

New research has found hundreds of thousands of acres of state land sold by Idaho appear to have violated the state's constitution. (Idaho State Parks & Recreation)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho may have violated the state constitution by selling off large parcels of state land, according to new research by The Wilderness Society and the Idaho Conservation League. During its first century of statehood from 1890 to the 1980s, there have been 300 violations of the

Groups in the West are concerned that repealing a new BLM planning process could tie the hands of the U.S. Interior Department on future planning rules. (Bob Wick/BLM)

BOISE, Idaho – A coalition of groups across the West is concerned Congress could overturn the Bureau of Land Management's new land-use planning policies before Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana is confirmed as U.S. Interior Secretary. Last week, the U.S. House voted to repeal the Obama-era rule know

Ownership and management of public lands is sure to be a topic as the Idaho Legislature begins its 2017 session next week. (Colleen Bonelli/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - The debate over transfer of public lands to the states is heating up - both in Washington, D.C., and Idaho - as lawmakers head back to both capitols. The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved a rule-change package that includes a change in how public-land transfers are acc

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 groups have reopened a lawsuit against Atlanta Gold over discharges of arsenic into Boise River headwaters. (John Robison/Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho – Two conservation groups announced Thursday they are reopening a lawsuit against the Atlanta Gold Mine over discharges of arsenic into the headwaters of the Boise River from the company's mine near Atlanta, Idaho. The Idaho Conservation League and Northwest Environmental Defense

Idaho has nearly 20,000 miles of bike trails in national forests outside of wilderness-designated areas. (Linda Paul/flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Congress is briefly back in session, and one of the bills being considered could open up wilderness-designated areas to mountain biking. Senate Bill 3205, called the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act, was introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and co-sponsored by Orrin

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