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    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

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PHOTO: One of the proposed helicopter landing sites for military training, which has drawn criticism from some quarters, is located within two miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Photo credit: Mark Wolf-Armstrong.

METHOW, Wash. - More than two dozen recreation and conservation groups have voiced their concerns about a U.S. Army plan to shift some helicopter training from Colorado to Washington for pilots from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A few of the proposed training spots are in southwest Washington, but othe ...Read More

PHOTO: Concerns over fracking in Kentucky have produced large turnouts at public meetings, including this one earlier this year in Berea. There's another meeting on oil and gas development tonight in Hazard. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky has become ground zero for testing of potential high-volume, hydraulic fracturing in the state. Tonight in Hazard, the Energy and Environment Cabinet concludes a series of public meetings across the state on oil and gas development. Kim Walters says she will be there ...Read More

PHOTO: Hikes along the West Little Owyhee River are just one option for outdoor recreation in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Eight conservation groups have formed a coalition to protect the area as federal wilderness. Photo credit: Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

BEND, Ore. – There's a new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands at the Oregon-Idaho border as federal wilderness – and its first challenge is to get a sponsor in Congress. The area is one of the most pristine stretches of high desert in the nation, and ab ...Read More

PHOTO: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is just two months from expiring, but a bipartisan deal in Congress could save it. In New Mexico, the program has helped create outdoor resources from city parks to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The future appears positive for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal government program that in New Mexico has helped to create Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. A bipartisan deal recently reached in the Senate would extend ...Read More

PHOTO: Powerful cameras attached to communications towers are helping to spot wildfires before they burn out of control in some of Nevada's most remote areas. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Powerful cameras are being used to keep an eye out for wildfires across huge areas of Nevada's remote outback in the central and northern part of the state. Paul Petersen, acting state fire management officer with the Bureau of Land Management, says the agency is working with t ...Read More

PHOTO: A rare bit of bipartisan cooperation might just come in time to secure a 50-year-old program that supports public lands. Photo from the Monongahela National Forest by Beth Little.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Conservationists are praising a rare bit of bipartisan cooperation in Congress to fund a program for public areas and historic and wilderness lands. The Land and Water Conservation Fund takes a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development and spends that on ma ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

HELENA, Mont. – When it comes to keeping small streams and wetlands clean, there's little controversy among hunters and anglers. A new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found 83 percent of those surveyed agree that Clean Water Act rules should apply to small waterways. Da ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows nearly unanimous support for the EPA's clean water policy among hunters and anglers in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Pennsylvania stream photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

CARLISLE, Pa. – A poll of national and Pennsylvania hunters and anglers has found overwhelming support, even among self-described conservatives, for a controversial EPA clean water policy. Commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the survey found support for an EPA plan to ap ...Read More

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