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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 


    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Native American Issues

Coal mining, as seen here, is a big part of the economy on the Navajo Reservation. The Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting in Farmington today on the issue of raising the royalty fees coal companies pay to mine on public lands. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – The amount of royalties coal companies pay for mining on public lands amounts to taxpayers in New Mexico and across the country getting ripped off, according to a Sierra Club official. Robert Tohe, the Sierra Club’s organizing representative for its Dirty Fuels campai ...Read More

PHOTO: Bears Ears in Southeastern Utah, seen here, is cited for housing centuries of history for the Navajo and other tribes. A new report says Bears Ears and other federally managed public lands that have special value are at risk of being compromised by energy development. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

SALT LAKE CITY – A new report called Too Wild to Drill calls for greater government protections of federally managed public lands around Desolation Canyon and at Bears Ears in Utah. According to the report from The Wilderness Society, both places are at risk of being compromised by energy de ...Read More

Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park is one of the featured locales in the 2015 Too Wild to Drill report from The Wilderness Society. Credit: U.S. Department of Interior.

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Oil and gas leases from decades past are tied to the history and future of Montana's Badger-Two Medicine region, which is adjacent to Glacier National Park. The history of the region and pending oil and gas projects are showcased in a new report from The Wilderness Society c ...Read More

PHOTO: Toxic sludge from the Gold King Mine spill is being treated in containment ponds such as this one. The spill is an unexpected and unwelcome event for southeastern Utah at the height of its summer tourist season. Photo courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency.

MONTICELLO, Utah - The Gold King Mine spill, which dumped millions of gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas River in Colorado, is having a far-reaching economic impact in Utah. The Animus River turns into the San Juan River, which flows into Lake Powell in Utah. San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldre ...Read More

PHOTO: Hoover Dam on the Colorado River provides power to much of Southern California. Youth leaders from the group Nuestro Rio are working to save the river. Photo credit: Mike/morguefile

Instead of partying away the summer with friends, dozens of college kids from California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada are celebrating Latino Conservation week by preparing for a leadership summit next week in Denver. They're all part of a nonprofit called Nuestro Rio, which means "our river" in Sp ...Read More

PHOTO: President Barack Obama designated the Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada today. It's a region of desert valleys rich in prehistory and recent history, along with wildlife.  Photo courtesy of BLM.

LAS VEGAS - A new monument designation in Nevada today with President Barack Obama announcing the Basin and Range National Monument. It covers more than 700,000 acres north of Las Vegas, mainly valley regions rich in history, wildlife and recreation. Mauricia Baca, executive director with the Outs ...Read More

PHOTO: Congressman Raśl Grijalva is sponsoring three bills in Congress to protect public lands and cultural resources in southern Arizona, lending some certainty to the state's outdoor recreation economy. Photo credit: Representative Raśl Grijalva.

PHOENIX – Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D–Tucson) is sponsoring three bills in Congress which he says seek to better protect and preserve public lands, cultural resources and the economy. The proposed legislation would create multiple heritage and conservation areas on over tw ...Read More

The Blackfeet Nation is hosting a Badger Two-Medicine Day on Saturday at Mitten Lake. Hikes, trail rides, language lessons and ceremonies all are free to the public. Credit. U.S. Forest Service.

BROWNING, Mont. - The Badger-Two Medicine area's history, landscape and recreational opportunities will be celebrated Saturday at Mitten Lake. Badger Two-Medicine Day offers a plant-identification workshop, hikes and trail rides, Blackfeet language lessons and stories about the cultural heritage of ...Read More

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