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    PNS Daily News - September 2, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; a manhunt underway for three suspected cop killers in Chicago; the fatal shooting of a San Antonio man prompts a call for body cameras; a settlement should end indefinite solitary confinement in California; and some tips on keeping back to school kids healthy.

Salmon Recovery

The Chinook salmon run won't dry out this summer, thanks to a court ruling this week. Credit: bpperry/iStock

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Salmon are safe for now - because a federal judge ruled this week against two Central Valley Water Districts that wanted to stop reservoir water from being released into local rivers. The San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District have been suing th ...Read More

PHOTO: On Wednesday a judge in San Bernardino County ruled the use of suction dredge mining equipment will continue to be banned in the Golden State. Photo credit: Klamath Riverkeeper.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Gold mining enthusiasts are disappointed and environmentalists are cheering after a judge ruled Wednesday a destructive type of river mining will not be allowed in California this summer. The San Bernardino County Superior Court ruled that a 2009 ban on suction dredge ...Read More

PHOTO: Behind the beautiful scenery, there's a lot of hard work going on in terms of public land management. A new summary of Northwest Forest Plan results, in place since the 1990s, cites progress in habitat restoration and water quality. Photo credit: Mason Cummings.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A lot can happen in five years - but it usually takes longer than that to see real changes in forest health and water quality, according to a new report released this week by the U.S. Forest Service. It summarizes progress for the Northwest Forest Plan. According to the report, w ...Read More

PHOTO: The cargo-shipping business is booming at the Port of Seattle, prompting some to ask why the port needs to open its Terminal 5 to a company that repairs oil rigs. Photo courtesy Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - Port of Seattle commissioners will appeal a Seattle Department of Planning and Development finding against a Shell Oil contractor leasing Terminal 5 as its homeport for repairing oil rigs on their way to Alaska. But late Tuesday, port commissioners also voted to warn the contractor that it ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon's densely forested O-and-C lands encompass slightly more than 2.6 million acres, and the Bureau of Land Management wants more public input as it updates the master plan to manage them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down ...Read More

PHOTO: Sardine fishing on the West Coast is officially ending, over concerns that overfishing the species is affecting the food supply for predators such as sea lions. Photo credit: Geoff Shester, Oceana.

Commercial fishing for sardines on the West Coast now is illegal - effective immediately. At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to end the sardine fishing season now instead of on June 30. It said overfishing has contributed to a 90 percent dec ...Read More

PHOTO: Beavers are busy in the Snohomish watershed, as they're being relocated to higher elevations where their dam-building skills help moderate stream flow and provide better habitat for salmon and other fish. Photo courtesy Beavers Northwest.

SEATTLE - Sometimes moving to a new neighborhood is the best choice for everyone. That's the theory behind a research project by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington to relocate beaver families. The critters have become a nuisance in the lowlands but in higher elevations, their hard work can benefit th ...Read More

PHOTO: It's been 20 years since the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted to manage national forestland in Washington, Oregon and northern California. Now, the U.S. Forest Service wants public comments on what the future of the plan should be. Photo credit: Binkski/FeaturePics.com

SEATTLE - The U.S. Forest Service holds public meetings this week in Seattle and Portland, asking for comments on how to update the Northwest Forest Plan. The plan has been the overarching management strategy to balance conservation and timber harvest on national forestland in the Northwest for 20 ...Read More

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