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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Native American Issues

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

Even some Portland city-dwellers took the time to make their views known about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. (Rural Organizing Project)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - About 350 people gathered in Burns, Ore., on Monday for a local rally to tell the last few armed anti-government occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and their supporters, to go home. Protests and pickets are a daily occurrence now in Burns, and they're spreading acro ...Read More

New federal rules could severely limit methane flaring at North Dakota's tribal and public gas wells. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – The U.S. soon could see tighter restrictions on oil and gas flaring, and, if approved, that could have some long-term effects on North Dakota's air quality and economy. The Bureau of Land Management proposed new rules Friday that would limit venting and flaring at gas wells ...Read More

About 20 percent of Oregonians are people of color, and a new report says the state can do more to ensure fairness and equality for all. (fellowdesigns/morguefile)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is becoming more diverse, and its residents and policies need to keep up with the changes or risk many facets of life being unequal and unfair for one in five Oregonians. That's the finding of Facing Race, a report released this week by a coalition of advocacy groups. It outli ...Read More

The Burns Paiute Tribe holds a Wednesday news conference to voice their concerns about the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (Burns Paiute Tribe)

BURNS, Ore. - Anti-government protesters occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns may be getting the lion's share of publicity, but residents of Harney County are making some efforts to amplify their voices as well. Petitions are circulating among the locals requesting that the ar ...Read More

A newly developed partnership with tribal leaders in Wisconsin is helping the Native American Center for Health Professions attract new students and faculty. (UW Health/NACHP)

MADISON, Wis. - Working in a newly developed relationship with tribal leaders from across Wisconsin, the Native American Center for Health Professions is helping to identify and recruit Native American students to U-W Health professional schools and programs. Dr. Christine Athmann, assistant direc ...Read More

The Navajo Nation is building a utility-scale solar farm on tribal property in northern Arizona that will serve 7,700 homes once it is completed. (jutta/morguefile)

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation is going green by building its first utility-scale solar farm on tribal property in northern Arizona. The facility, to be located on 300 acres near Monument Valley, is expected to generate enough power for 7,700 homes after it is completed in late 2016. Deen ...Read More

Cathy Becker of Grove City joined the Sierra Club at the UN Climate Conference. (Earth to Paris)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some Ohoans were on hand this month in Paris as global leaders mapped out a blueprint for the future to reduce the damaging impacts of climate change. Cathy Becker of Grove City was a member of the Sierra Club delegation at the U.N. Climate Change Conference. After her time spent a ...Read More

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