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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Pesticides are usually sprayed from aircraft in the clear-cutting of forests near the Siletz River. (Rio Davidson/Lincoln County Community Rights)

NEWPORT, Ore. – The Siletz River ecosystem could take some novel legal action in an Oregon case over a measure banning aerial pesticides. In May, Lincoln County residents passed a measure outlawing the spraying of pesticides from aircraft. The measure is the first of its kind in the nation.

A new report finds cleaning the Columbia River up for fish would have significant economic value for the region. (Thomas/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A cleaner Columbia River could unlock even more economic potential for the Northwest, according to a new report. In Earth Economics' analysis of the Columbia River Basin, its natural value totals nearly $200 billion dollars annually in food, water, recreation, flood risk reductio

The Nature Conservancy is teaming up with a local land trust to protect part of Tillamook Head, a region identified as resilient as climate change worsens. (OCVA/Flickr)

SEASIDE, Ore. – As climate change worsens, certain landscapes could become refuges from the most dramatic effects to nature. One conservation group is looking to harness the power of those refuges by protecting lands that will be most resilient as global temperatures rise. The Nature Conserv

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

The EPA and FDA have listed trout among the

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two federal agencies have released new advice on how much and which types of fish are safe to eat, especially for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency say more than 90 percent of fish are safe to eat. Th

Native American artist Clay with the Native American Youth and Family Center provides a mural for a side of the Bunk Bus. (Rick Rappaport)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Help will be rolling in for oil pipeline protestors at Standing Rock all the way from the Northwest, in the form of a retrofitted school bus. The Portland Climate Action Coalition, or CAC - made up of social and environmental justice groups - is working on what it calls the "Bunk

The steelhead count at Bonneville Dam is about half of the 10-year average for this time of year. (Peter Oelschlaeger/flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The number of steelhead making their way up the Columbia River and into its Northwest tributaries has fallen far below predictions this season. The migration of "A-run" steelhead from the ocean to freshwater is wrapping up through Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge, and the

The spotted frog's critical habitat is in Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath, Lane and Wasco counties. (Maria Thi Mai/Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week designated more than 65,000 acres and 20 miles of river in Oregon and Washington as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. The threatened Northwest amphibian has lost 90 percent of its former range and is no longer found in Califor

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