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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - OR: Salmon Recovery

The Klamath River flows through southern Oregon and northern California. (Tami Heilemann/Dept. of the Interior)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D)and California Governor Jerry Brown (D) met at an event along the Klamath River Wednesday to agree to remove four dams from the river. They were joined by Native American tribal leaders, the electric utility PacifiCorp, and other groups interested in re

The Iron Gate Dam is one of four slated for removal if all parties agree on amendments to the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. (California Trout)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A plan for the Klamath Basin water-use agreements may have expired in Congress, but at least part of it was resuscitated this week. The states of Oregon and California, the utility PacifiCorp and two federal agencies, the Commerce and Interior Departments, say they're moving

In Oregon, the spotted frog's range includes only a half-dozen counties and the species has long been considered a candidate for protection. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BEND, Ore. - A second federal lawsuit has been filed to protect the Oregon spotted frog - but more broadly, to change the way water is being managed in Central Oregon's Deschutes River Basin. Since 2008, according to the group WaterWatch of Oregon, federal agencies and local irrigators have promise

Klamath Basin water users are concerned that the region's overarching water-rights agreement will die in Congress this month. (waterwatch.org)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - With one week to go before Congress is scheduled to wrap up its session for the year, it's looking unlikely that the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement will be approved. The last-minute draft bill from Congressman Greg Walden, R-Ore., doesn't align with the Senate bill to m

Fisheries biologists are just some of the positions to be filled by the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Washington. Courtesy: USFS Pacific Northwest Region

PORTLAND, Ore. - You'll have to get organized in the next few days if you want to be considered for a job working in one of the 16 national forests in the Northwest next spring or summer. The U.S. Forest Service is hiring more than 1,000 seasonal workers, but the time to apply is short - only one w

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one of four slated for decommissioning if Congress approves the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Time is running out for Congress to pass the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. But at the White House Tribal Nations Conference late last week, there were glimmers of hope that it could still be possible. President Obama told the group he's committed to working with tribal

PHOTO: Oregon's densely forested O-and-C lands encompass slightly more than 2.6 million acres, and the Bureau of Land Management wants more public input as it updates the master plan to manage them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down

PHOTO: Fishermen with a Tillamook Bay Chinook taken on spinners in the middle bay on Tuesday. Fall Chinook are among the most stable wild salmon populations in Oregon, largely because they don't spend as much time in fresh water streams as others. Photo courtesy of Bob Rees.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Every Oregonian who turns on a faucet or casts a fishing line has a stake in what happens with the Clean Water Act. The federal law turns 42 on Saturday, and sportsmen and conservation groups are pushing to strengthen it. The EPA is proposing an update to the Act after court cases

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