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    PNS Daily News - July 30, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a Colorado lawmaker is under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts ending their ban on gay scout leaders; and we report on Republican efforts in Congress to block Planned Parenthood funding: and it was 50 years ago today that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Public News Service - Oregon

PHOTO: Hikes along the West Little Owyhee River are just one option for outdoor recreation in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Eight conservation groups have formed a coalition to protect the area as federal wilderness. Photo credit: Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

BEND, Ore. – There's a new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands at the Oregon-Idaho border as federal wilderness – and its first challenge is to get a sponsor in Congress. The area is one of the most pristine stretches of high desert in the nation, and ab...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: More than 600,000 Oregonians rely on Medicare for their health coverage, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program helps thousands of them navigate a complex system. Photo credit: AlexRaths/

PORTLAND, Ore. - Medicare has a big birthday this week. The federal health insurance program for older Americans is turning 50. Before the program was created, about half of all seniors in the United States were uninsured. Today, the system has more than 55 million enrollees, including more than 60...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Projects to improve water quality and fish habitat in Oregon's Umpqua, Siuslaw and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests were just a few in line for Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for 2015. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sportsmen's and conservation groups are praising a rare bit of bipartisan cooperation in Congress to keep the Land and Water Conservation Fund from expiring. But the deadline to save it is tight, with just two months before the fund is scheduled to end. The money is used to preser...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Oregon cattle ranchers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are working together to prove that cows can coexist with sage-grouse and other high-desert wildlife. Photo courtesy Oregon State University Extension Service.

ADEL, Ore. - Ranchers from across the West met this week to talk about what they're doing to preserve sagebrush country on public and private land - not only for the threatened sage-grouse but for the overall health of the range and other animals and plants that call it home. The Natural Resources ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: School may be out of session, but education is top of mind in Congress, as a conference committee is being selected to hash out differences between House and Senate versions of a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Photo credit: Jennifer Happ/Morguefile.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The federal law that governs public education across the country is getting a makeover, and so far Oregon educators say they're pleased with the possibilities. Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a major revision of "No Child Left Behind," the law that was criticized for its em...Read More

Public News Service - OR

MAP: The Northwest Energy Coalition is asking the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to take into account the expenses of coal plants in the region, not just the four-state area shown in red, in its new forecast document known as the Seventh Northwest Power and Conservation Plan. Image courtesy of Northwest Energy Coalition.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Northwest Power and Conservation Plan guides many utility-related decisions in the Northwest and is updated every five years. The newest draft of what is known as the Seventh Plan is being called into question for not taking some important expenses into account in its forecast. ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: About 459,000 Oregonians are unpaid family caregivers for loved ones. Nationally, AARP estimates the value of this care rivals Wal-Mart's annual sales. Photo credit: Chris Kirzeder/Alzheimer's Association.

SALEM, Ore. – AARP has just updated its research on family caregiving, and what it shows is no surprise – one in five people over the age of 25 juggles a job and family in order to care for older loved ones. The new Valuing the Invaluable report recommends strategies for workplace flexi...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Plans are well under way for a sustainable farm and ranch operation to be run by veterans. The nonprofit Central Oregon Veterans Ranch purchased the land near Bend in 2013. Photo credit: Howard Gorman.

BEND, Ore. – Veterans and community members in the Bend area are meeting this week to make plans for a sustainable farming operation as part of the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch. Since 2013, the nonprofit group has worked to create a combination farm and ranch on land purchased outside of Be...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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