PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Oregon’s “Copper Salmon” Clears Another Hurdle

April 24, 2008

Port Orford, OR – The U.S. House passed legislation this week that would create the Copper Salmon Wilderness around the Elk River in southwest Oregon. The stream is prime habitat for salmon, steelhead and trout, and the bill would protect 11 miles of it and more than 13,000 acres of land. It must still pass the U.S. Senate.

Mike Beagle of Trout Unlimited says the closure of the commercial salmon fishing season on much of the U.S. West Coast this year may have lent some urgency to the measure.

"We think that protection of habitat, whether it's headwater protection like Copper Salmon, or even the lower-level protection down in the tidewater, those are all critical to a good solid sport and commercial fishing industry."

Beagle says the effort over many years to get the wilderness designation has taken so long, not because of lack of support, but because this isn't a very large area compared to others in Oregon. For supporters, he says patience has been part of the process.

"This is legislation that's going to protect this little piece of Oregon, for our kids and generations to come. When you do something like that, it can't be undone very easily. So, that's just one of the things you have to deal with, with permanent legislation."

Beagle says the next step is a full U.S. Senate vote. Sportsman's groups are hoping it will take place this summer, before Congress gets tied up in last minute, pre-election campaigning.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR