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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - ID: Salmon Recovery

Conservation groups say the lower Snake River dams need to come down if salmon populations in the Northwest are to recover. (Wilson Hui/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Salmon and steelhead in the Northwest faced another alarming year in 2017, with return numbers declining yet again. Joseph Bogaard, executive director of the Save Our Wild Salmon coalition, said poor ocean conditions hurt the fish this year, although he added those conditions

Members of the Nez Perce are asking for the breaching of four Lower Snake River dams, including the Little Goose Dam, above. (Melissa Shavlik/Northwest Power and Conservation Council)

LEWISTON, Idaho – Nez Perce tribe members believe the best way to restore salmon and steelhead to their Idaho communities is by breaching the four Lower Snake River dams. Tomorrow, members of the tribe will be in Lewiston for an informal public hearing on what federal agencies should do in or

PHOTO: The Idaho Land Board is considering a permit to allow commercial suction dredging for gold on the Salmon River, even though the EPA says the area is off limits. Photo credit: Jonathan Oppenheimer

BOISE, Idaho – With gold prices at around $1,300 an ounce, motivation is strong to mine for the metal in Idaho. Many rivers and streams can be used by gold panners or suction dredges, but the Environmental Protection Agency has said parts of the Salmon River are off limits to the dredges bec

PHOTO: Idaho's Sockeye salmon named one of the most endangered species in the nation. Photo courtesy of Save Our Wild Salmon.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's sockeye salmon are named on a list of the most endangered species in the nation. The Endangered Species Coalition issues the report each year, and this time the focus is on water ecosystems. Greg Stahl, assistant policy director for Idaho Rivers United, says it's no secret t

PHOTO: Suction dredge mining. Photo courtesy of Idaho Conservation League.

BOISE, Idaho - Plans to dredge for gold in the Salmon River have landed in court. A lawsuit has been filed to require the state to approve a restoration plan for the suction dredging lease, claiming it's required by state law - but didn't happen when the Idaho Land Board approved the lease last mon

PHOTO: Sockeye salmon in Redfish Lake. Photo credit: Neil Ever Osborne/Save Our Wild Salmon

BOISE, Idaho - Each autumn, agencies take stock of how the state's native salmon and steelhead are faring. Spring chinook are holding steady compared with last year, summer chinook are down about 70 percent, sockeye are down more than 70 percent and steelhead and fall chinook counts are still under

PHOTO: Suction dredge mining. Photo credit: J. Hayes

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho has been experiencing a mini gold rush as the price of the precious metal stays at record highs, with hundreds of miners heading to rivers and streams with motorized suction dredging equipment to try to extract gold flakes from riverbeds. One proposal for such an operation is fo

PHOTO: Rail cars loaded with coal.

BOISE, Idaho - Supplying coal to Asia could be the next threat to endangered Idaho salmon and steelhead, according to a new report assessing impacts of ramped-up coal train traffic as the industry plans to boost exports through West Coast terminals. Coal trains would travel through Idaho and along

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