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    PNS Daily News - June 24, 20160 


    In our wrap-up of today’s top news, Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the Supreme Court issues major rulings on immigration and affirmative action, and the world’s biggest swimming lesson aims at preventing drowning.

Salmon Recovery

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

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 ...Read More

The Klamath River flows through southern Oregon and northern California. (Tami Heilemann/Dept. of the Interior)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D)and California Governor Jerry Brown (D) met at an event along the Klamath River Wednesday to agree to remove four dams from the river. They were joined by Native American tribal leaders, the electric utility PacifiCorp, and other groups interested in re ...Read More

The Iron Gate Dam is one of four slated for removal if all parties agree on amendments to the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. (California Trout)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A plan for the Klamath Basin water-use agreements may have expired in Congress, but at least part of it was resuscitated this week. The states of Oregon and California, the utility PacifiCorp and two federal agencies, the Commerce and Interior Departments, say they're moving ...Read More

In Oregon, the spotted frog's range includes only a half-dozen counties and the species has long been considered a candidate for protection. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BEND, Ore. - A second federal lawsuit has been filed to protect the Oregon spotted frog - but more broadly, to change the way water is being managed in Central Oregon's Deschutes River Basin. Since 2008, according to the group WaterWatch of Oregon, federal agencies and local irrigators have promise ...Read More

Klamath Basin water users are concerned that the region's overarching water-rights agreement will die in Congress this month. (waterwatch.org)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - With one week to go before Congress is scheduled to wrap up its session for the year, it's looking unlikely that the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement will be approved. The last-minute draft bill from Congressman Greg Walden, R-Ore., doesn't align with the Senate bill to m ...Read More

Fisheries biologists are just some of the positions to be filled by the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Washington. Courtesy: USFS Pacific Northwest Region

PORTLAND, Ore. - You'll have to get organized in the next few days if you want to be considered for a job working in one of the 16 national forests in the Northwest next spring or summer. The U.S. Forest Service is hiring more than 1,000 seasonal workers, but the time to apply is short - only one w ...Read More

According to a new report, such outdoor traditions in Colorado as hunting and fishing are increasingly at risk due to climate change. Courtesy: National Wildlife Federation

DENVER – Such outdoor traditions in Colorado as hunting and fishing are increasingly at risk due to rising temperatures and their associated effects – including stronger storms, drought and wildfires - according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation. Paonia Chamber of Comm ...Read More

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