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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 - MT: Environment

Last year, Glacier National Park experienced record high attendance. (Wesley Fryer/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – National parks in Montana and across the country expect big crowds as Americans celebrate the Fourth of July and summer rolls on. But public-lands advocates are concerned about the combination of park maintenance backlogs that now total more than $11 billion - and plans to sl

Veteran Michael Jarnevic of Milltown, Mont., and the Vet Voice Foundation is in Washington, D.C., defending protections for sage grouse. (Vet Voice Foundation)

HELENA, Mont. -- Veterans from the West, including Montana, are in Washington, D.C., today to tell Congress not to undermine the country's sage grouse management plans. The Vet Voice Foundation is in town because the National Defense Authorization Act is on the table - and in years past, it has in

Montana Conservation Voters assessed state lawmakers' records this session on issues such as public lands policy. (Deja Elder/Montana Conservation Voters)

HELENA, Mont. – With another session in the books, marks for Montana state lawmakers on conservation are in. Montana Conservation Voters has released a comprehensive scorecard of legislators' voting records in the 2017 session. It covers issues of public lands, clean energy and water policy.

The public comment period for the review process of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument lasts until July 10. (Bob Wick/BLM)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument protects an area with a lot of history, including the first Native Americans and Lewis and Clark's expedition west. A review process from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scrutinizing the area’s borders, and the public

An oil spill on the Yellowstone River in 2011. Conservation groups are concerned another spill will happen if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. (David Rouse/USFWS)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A conservation group in Montana on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would travel through the state and across two of its major rivers. The Trump administration approved the pipeline last week based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, wh

The coal-fired power plant in Colstrip supplies energy for West Coast utility companies and is scheduled to close by 2022. (Spot Us/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - A bill that would require utility companies to pay for closing the Colstrip power plant could come at the cost of future investment in renewable energy, according to critics of the state legislation. Senate Bill 338 would make Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy, owners of the two o

A new environmental scorecard shows a big difference in priorities for Montana's congressional delegation. (Pat Fosse/BLM)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Montana congressional delegation's grades were high and low without much in between on a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters Friday. The scoring was based on legislative votes on environment, energy and public health issues in 2016. D

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has temporarily blocked 40 Yellowstone bison from being slaughtered. (Jimmie/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Gov. Steve Bullock has temporarily banned the slaughter of Yellowstone bison in Montana, saving 40 bison held in the park right now. But their fate and the fate of many other bison still remains unclear. Last January, the National Park Service released a draft plan for a bi

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