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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public Lands/Wilderness

PHOTO: Montana's congressional delegation has been graded on votes cast related to environmental issues. It's a mixed report card. Photo of the Great Bear Wilderness courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

BILLINGS, Mont. - It's a mixed set of grades for Montana's congressional delegation in a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters. The scoring was based on votes related to environment, energy and public health last year. Sen. Jon Tester and former Sen. John Wals ...Read More

PHOTO: After years of budget cuts, Congress is considering a proposed spending plan that could help pay for repairs to deteriorating trails and outdated visitor centers, as well as hiring more staff at Grand Canyon and other national parks. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Grand Canyon and other national parks could get some much-needed maintenance and additional staff if Congress approves a proposed budget currently under consideration. John Garder, budget and appropriations director for the National Parks Conservation Association ...Read More

PHOTO: A grizzly bear is a rare sight, and even rarer in the North Cascades, where the last reported sighting was in 2010. Federal agencies are seeking public input as they determine how to increase grizzly numbers in an area that used to be prime habitat for the bears. Photo courtesy Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

WINTHROP, Wash. - Public meetings begin next week about recovering the grizzly bear population in the North Cascades. Federal agencies determined 20 years ago that this almost 10,000-square-mile area is prime territory for grizzly bear recovery, so their decision won't be whether to increase the pop ...Read More

PHOTO: Access and recreation on public lands are top benefits of living in Wyoming, even higher on the priority list than economic opportunities, quality of education and health care. Those findings are in a new poll.  Photo of the Bridger-Teton National Forest courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Access and recreation on public lands are top benefits of living in Wyoming, even higher on the priority list than economic opportunities, quality of education and health care, according to a recent poll. The latest Conservation in the West Poll also found that 53 percent want fede ...Read More

PHOTO: Fifty Montanans are expected at the State Capitol today for a rally to show displeasure with legislative plans to look at transferring federal public lands to state control. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans loaded on to buses early this morning to attend a rally today at the State Capitol to show displeasure with legislative actions to try to transfer national public lands to state control. A petition will be presented to Gov. Steve Bullock with more than 3,000 signatu ...Read More

MAP: Dominion and its partners are surveying an alternative route for part of the controversial Atlantic Coast natural-gas pipeline. The current path is in blue, the alternative in black. Map submitted by Dominion to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Dominion Energy and its partners say they are surveying an alternative route for part of the controversial Atlantic Coast natural-gas pipeline. Opponents say it's not an improvement. The new route would send the 42-inch pipeline south of the current proposed path in Randolph a ...Read More

PHOTO: About 500 hunters, anglers, and fans of outdoor recreation rallied on the Statehouse steps today for the "keep public lands in public hands" rally. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - About 500 people are expected on the Idaho Statehouse steps at 12 noon Thursday for the "keep public lands in public hands" rally. The Idaho Legislature has been exploring options to transfer control of most federal public lands to the state, with backers saying the state could do a ...Read More

PHOTO: There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner to show support preservation of bison herds in Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's about "buff-love" for Valentine's Day in Montana. That's how organizers characterize a week of action to raise awareness about wild buffalo - also called bison. There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner. Stephany Seay, media coordinator with the Buffalo Field ...Read More

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