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    PNS Daily News - May 28, 20150 

    Our coast to coast news highlights several stories including: controversial new federal water rules hailed around the country; conservation groups sue to stop deep-sea mining; and a court order sought to free birth certificates of U.S. born children of immigrant parents.

Public News Service - Montana

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

PHOTO: Two trail-clearing and maintenance projects are scheduled in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness this fall, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act. Photo credit: Kyle Martens, Montana Conservation Corps

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Crews of young people are ready to get to work improving trails and upgrading access on public lands in Montana. The projects are part of the Fifty for the 50th celebration of the Wilderness Act. Bobby Grillo, regional supervisor for the Montana Conservation Corps, which i...Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: A new report outlines Montana's high traffic-crash death rate and recommends a primary seat-belt law to save lives. Credit: Microsoft Images

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana has one of the highest traffic-crash death rates in the nation. A new report from Montana KIDS COUNT details the reason it happens is because too many people do not wearing seat belts and there are delays in getting expert medical treatment in rural areas. Thale Dillon, d...Read More

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PHOTO: A note for folks headed to Glacier National Park, or any national park: Aerial drones are not allowed. Drones have been popular as a means to take photos and videos. Photo of Swiftcurrent Lake and Mount Gould: David Restivo/National Park Service

WEST GLACIER, Mont. - If you're visiting a national park in Montana this weekend, leave the drones at home. Unmanned aircraft are banned at national parks - a move the National Park Service initiated in June and that now has been finalized. Drones primarily have been used to take photos and videos....Read More

Public News Service - MT

PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Montana. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watc...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that the wolverine will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. About 300 animals exist in the United States, mainly in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - A decision on whether wolverines should be considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act took 14 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided the animals are not imperiled, citing uncertainty about the ecology of the wolverine. Wolverines are found mainly in ar...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: National Agricultural Library

HELENA, Mont. - Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in big cities, where the cost of living tends to be high, but a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. That characterizes much of Montana. Jon Bailey, with the...Read More

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PHOTO: Medicare is marking is 49th anniversary. More than 167,000 Montanans use the program. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – Medicare is marking its 49th anniversary. It's a program used by more than 167,000 Montanans, most of them seniors, and it's also a program that Congress is looking at changing because of expenses. Sam Burnett, a volunteer educator with the National Committee to Preserve So...Read More

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