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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Public News Service - WA: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Federal agencies have released a new plan to recover grizzly bear numbers in the North Cascades region of Washington state. (Gregory

SEATTLE – Federal agencies have released a draft plan for how to recover the grizzly bear population in the North Cascades region of Washington state. Suffering from increasingly thinning populations, a grizzly hasn't been sighted in the U.S. portion of the North Cascades since 1996, althoug

Groups are asking federal agencies to stop investments in the lower Snake River dams, which could be torn down to help salmon populations. (BLM/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Conservation and fishing groups are calling for a halt to spending projects on four lower Snake River dams that they say could be torn down to help salmon in the Northwest. The groups filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Portland this week to cut off an estimated $110 million in proj

Researchers and others believe breaching the four Lower Snake River dams could give Puget Sound orcas more fish to feed on. (Seabamirum/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – As the public weighs in today in Spokane on the future of the Lower Snake River dams, researchers are calling for their removal in order to save Puget Sound orcas. In October, two members of the J pod of Southern Resident killer whales died, and scientists at the Center for

There are about 7,500 marbled murrelets left in Washington state. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed 1.6 million acres of mostly federal land in Washington are critical habitat for the marbled murrelet. The small, diving seabird, known as a "fog lark" to loggers, has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1992. Cri

A federal appeals court has ruled that Washington state must repair culverts blocking salmon from swimming to upstream habitats. (Matthew_Hull/morguefile)

SEATTLE – Native American tribes in Washington state received a victory Monday from a federal appeals court that ruled the state must pay to fix fish blocking culverts. Culverts allow rivers and streams to flow underneath roadways, but can be trouble for salmon swimming upstream if the culve

The Southern Resident orca population is making its way to the inland waters of western Washington. (Robert Pittman/NOAA)

SEATTLE – June is Orca Awareness Month, the time of year when killer whales return to the inland waters of western Washington. The endangered residents of Northwest orca pods face a number of threats, the most severe being a shortage of food, which is mainly Chinook salmon. "Our efforts ar

The spotted frog's critical habitat includes parts of Klickitat, Skagit, Skamania, Thurston and Whatcom counties in Washington. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

SEATTLE - More than 65,000 acres and 20 miles of river in Washington and Oregon have been protected as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the designation this week for the species, which has lost 90 percent of its former range. Fish and Wildlife bi

Pacific Fisher are being threatened by logging and illegal marijuana grows, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. (USFS Region 5 Reg/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region)

SEATTLE - As Earth Day approaches, two West Coast members of the weasel family may be heading in different directions when it comes to protection as endangered species. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied protections for the Pacific Fisher, a mid-sized weasel estimated to number a

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