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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 

Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.

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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

ID Roadless Rule Detoured … Again

August 14, 2008

Boise, ID – The rollercoaster ride for the Forest Service "Roadless Rule" continues. This week, a federal judge in Wyoming put it on hold. The case was filed by the State of Wyoming, which wants the ability to build roads in national forests to allow logging and oil and gas drilling. The law firm Earthjustice argued in favor of keeping the Roadless Rule.

Idaho, which has the most roadless areas in the Lower 48 states, once opposed designating forest backcountry as "roadless," but that has changed. Jonathan Oppenheimer with the Idaho Conservation League says Idaho is now one of the champions of the rule.

"I think there was a general realization that these areas do deserve protection, and that's exactly what the State of Idaho, and now the Forest Service, are doing."

Oppenheimer says the rule's controversy faded for the Gem State as Idahoans learned more about roadless areas.

"People here are coming to the realization that these are really the areas that Idahoans treasure for hunting, and fishing, and boating, and hiking, and just getting out and enjoying the great outdoors."

Opponents of the rule say they are concerned about limits on harvesting timber, precious metals and phosphate. Oppenheimer expects the latest ruling to be appealed.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - ID