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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; 13 states are suing the EPA over the controversial Clean Water Rule; and a report on the defeat of some controversial education proposals in New York; and an Arizona congressman is backing legislation that would add greater protections to more than two million acres of public lands in the Grand Canyon State.

Public News Service - Montana

PHOTO: The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation will listen to public complaints about its website today. The Northern Plains Resource Council has requested better transparency at the agency, as people living near areas of intense oil and gas development seek details on impacts. Photo of a Bakken drill rig by Stephanie Gaswirth/USGS.

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) meets today and the first topic of business is a request from the Northern Plains Resource Council to improve public access to information about the impacts of oil and gas development. Council member Pat Wilson of Bainville says as a r...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision against listing wolverines as threatened under the Endangered Species Act is being challenged in court. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MISSOULA, Mont. - First they said they would. Then they said they wouldn't. So now, the courts may make the call on whether the wolverine should be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had proposed the listing last year, but reversed course in A...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Manufacturers often offer products bearing breast-cancer awareness ribbons during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, but one group is encouraging consumers to ask whether proceeds from the sale of these items actually goes to fight the disease. Photo credit: Jason Meredith/Wikimedia.

HELENA, Mont. - From snacks to bags, pizza boxes to pajamas, 'tis the season when pink-ribbon products pile up on store shelves across Arkansas for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One group, however, says if the goal is to eventually eradicate breast cancer, it's important to Think Before You Pink. ...Read More

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PHOTO: Montana farmers and ranchers gathered in Bozeman to learn more about weeds, pests and other issues related to climate change. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) thrives when temperatures and carbon dioxide levels rise. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Farmers and ranchers gathered in Bozeman on Tuesday night to learn about how climate change is affecting their livelihood, and what they can do to prepare for risks and manage them. Montana State University environmental sciences professor Fabian Menalled said one example that ever...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Hundreds of hunters and anglers will set up an elk camp at the Capitol on Saturday, and stage a rally to object to proposals to dispose of public lands. Photo credit:

HELENA, Mont. - Several hundred are expected on the State Capitol lawn tomorrow to set up an elk camp. It's part of a rally for National Hunting and Fishing Day, with participants arriving via bus from all around the state. Jim Posewitz with Helena Hunters and Anglers has written extensively about t...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: The monarch butterfly is one of the species found in Montana that are listed in a new report about plants and animals experiencing dramatic population declines. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - It's a case of the common becoming uncommon in a new report from the Endangered Species Coalition. The report lists 10 species that have been documented as declining, and at a rate that could mean the next generation may not get to see them in the great outdoors. In Montana, said ...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Ten Montana farmers and ranchers voiced concerns about rail shipping delays during the National Farmers Union Fly-in to Washington, D.C., this week. Photo credit: Library of Congress

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Railroads are the backbone of agriculture for Montana. Rail shipping gets products to markets, grain elevators and export terminals, but scheduling rail cars has become trickier with the expansion of oil production in the Bakken. That's the experience Montana Farmers Union membe...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: Conservation of west-slope cutthroat trout habitat connected to Tenderfoot Creek is one of the case studies in a new report about how Land and Water Conservation Fund projects benefit local recreation economies. The report also calls for the fund to be reauthorized at its full amount next year. Photo credit: National Park Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - Birthday No. 50 was this week for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The money, which comes from offshore oil and gas royalties, has been used for parks, trails, sport fields, open spaces and recreation access across the nation. In Montana, the funds also have been used for con...Read More

Public News Service - MT

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