PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

A Lonely Idaho Couple...So Far

August 2, 2007

They're being called the loneliest couple in Idaho. One male and one female sockeye salmon have made it from the ocean to Redfish Lake near Stanley, following a route that thousands of sockeye used to make successfully every year. Amanda Peacher with Idaho Rivers United says this year's return is another sign that something needs to change if endangered salmon will ever be restored.

"So, while it's joyous to see a couple make it back, it's also a sign that our salmon recovery efforts are not working."

Peacher wants decisions to be made quickly to keep wild sockeye from going extinct because the artificial breeding fishery system can't work forever.

"Each year that goes by that all of our sockeye remain in this captive program, they lose genetic fitness. So, we don't have a lot of time before they're no longer suited for the wild."

Sockeye have to make it around eight dams on their journey. Peacher explains that returning sockeye salmon numbers drastically fell off after the four dams on the Lower Snake River were added to the system. Peacher feels that restoring wild salmon populations is an economic dream for rural towns that used to be fishing hotspots.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID