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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - OR: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge has burned more than 48,000 acres. (James C. Kling/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A fire in the Columbia River Gorge is slowing down, but debate over what to do next is just heating up. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has introduced a bill to allow a practice known as salvage logging in the area of the Eagle Creek Fire, which burned more than 48,000 acres in the

The Siletz River Ecosystem in Lincoln County provides some of the drinking water for the county's residents. (osunikon/Flickr)

NEWPORT, Ore. – Can a river defend itself in court? On Monday, a judge in Newport will answer that question in the case of the Siletz River Ecosystem. Last May, Lincoln County residents approved a measure banning aerial pesticide spraying – a measure that stated the river had the "ri

Lifetime senior passes get folks age 62 and older into places such as Crater Lake National Park at a discount. (Andy Melton/Flickr)

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – Oregonians and people across the country age 62 and older have until midnight on Sunday to get a great deal on lifetime passes to national parks and other federal recreational sites. The passes are $10 until Monday when the price increases to $80. It's the first price inc

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is recognized globally for its biological diversity. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Over the weekend, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, one of about two dozen national monuments whose status and borders his agency are reviewing. Zinke met with stakeholders in the region, including state Rep. Pam Marsh of Ashland.

Suction dredge mining disrupts spawning and rearing areas for salmon. (Jeff T. Green/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. – A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that will give salmon some relief from the pull of suction dredge mining. The practice is used to suck up gold on the riverbeds of former mining sites. Gas-powered devices do the suctioning. However, the practice

Oregon has committed to getting all its energy needs from renewable power sources by 2050. (Melanie Connor/GettyImages)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Utility company Portland General Electric (PGE) has suspended its efforts to get permits for two natural-gas plants, in part because of its customers' desire for renewable energy. PGE's coal-fired power plant in Boardman, Ore., is scheduled to shut down in 2020 and, while th

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was expanded from 65,000 to 113,000 acres under President Obama, meaning it could be subject for review under a new executive order. (Bob Wick/BLM)

ASHLAND, Ore. – President Donald Trump's executive order asking the U.S. Department of the Interior to review national monuments could put the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon in the administration's sights. On Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, the House Natural Resources Comm

A bill has been introduced in Congress to protect part of the North Umpqua River, which is renowned for its fly-fishing opportunities. (BLM/Flickr)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Members of Oregon's congressional delegation introduced a bill on Thursday to protect some crucial habitat for wild steelhead on the North Umpqua River. The bill is known as the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Act, named in honor of two stewards of the

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