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    PNS Daily News - June 29, 20160 


    We’re covering stories from around the world on today’s update, including: an attack at an airport in Istanbul leaves more than 30 people dead; some see a challenge in getting out the Latino youth vote, but now there’s an app for that; and could we soon see the end of the death penalty in the U.S.? One lawyer says it’s inevitable.

Endangered Species & Wildlife

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 ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Interior will hold a public meeting in Grand Junction on Thursday to discuss its federal coal program. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Officials from the U.S. Interior Department will be in Grand Junction on Thursday as part of a national tour to get input on how coal should be managed on federal lands. The American public owns coal across the West, said Pam Eaton, The Wilderness Society's senior director for energy ...Read More

The federal government has denied permission to build a hydroelectric dam project on the Bear River. (Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United)

PRESTON, Idaho - A nearly 14-year battle to stop plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Bear River near Preston is over, after a federal decision on the project on Thursday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the application by Twin Lakes Canal Co. to build a 10-megawatt dam in an area p ...Read More

Adam Swisher and Matt Kearns traveled the length of the Elk River. They say protecting it will be good for West Virginia's future. (Chad Cordell)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As West Virginians consider their future, some say the Elk River runs right through it. In part to build support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, Adam Swisher and Matt Kearns hiked, biked and paddled the entire Elk River in what they called the Elkspedition ...Read More

A Montana bear expert will share his expertise at an international conference on bears this week in Alaska. (skeeze/pixabay)

MISSOULA, Mont. - Bears face serious threats worldwide and most of them are caused by humans. This week hundreds of experts on bears from more than a dozen countries will swap ideas at a conference of the International Association for Bear Research and Management in Anchorage, Alaska. Russ Talmo, ...Read More

Supporters say a Birthplace of Rivers National Monument - including the Cranberry Glades - would mean more jobs at a time when West Virginia needs them. (Mike Costello)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A Birthplace of Rivers National Monument could boost tourism and help the state replace losses in the coal and gas industries, according to supporters. As West Virginia wrestles with the fallout of declines in fossil-fuel prices, folks such as Gil Willis, vice president of the ...Read More

Conservation groups are opposing New Mexico officials, who are seeking a court order to remove two Mexico gray wolf pups recently introduced into the wild. (Endangered Wolf Center)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Conservation groups are seeking to join the legal fight between New Mexico and the federal government over the release of endangered Mexican gray wolf pups into the wild. The organizations have filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit, saying the state has no authority to block ...Read More

Conservation groups sent 105,000 petition signatures to the federal government asking that more waters be designated as critical habitat for the Southern Resident orca. (NOAA)

MONTEREY, Calif. - On Monday, a coalition of conservation groups sent more than 105,000 signatures to the National Marine Fisheries Service asking the agency to speed up a plan to expand habitat protections for killer whales. The Southern Resident orca spend their summers in protected waters near ...Read More

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