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PNS Daily Newscast - September 28, 2020 

The New York Times reports President Trump's tax returns show chronic losses; and will climate change make it as a topic in the first presidential debate?

2020Talks - September 28, 2020 

The New York Times obtains President Trump's tax returns, showing chronic loss and debts coming due. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

BLM ‘Wild Lands’ Pros and Cons: DOI Wants to Hear it All

February 7, 2011

CASPER, Wyo. - Opinions are running strong after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced restoration of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) authority to inventory areas as "wild lands" that then could be recommended to Congress for consideration as wilderness. Wyoming's Congressional delegation, governor and energy developers are against the move, citing concerns that oil and gas development projects could be delayed.

Rancher Bill Eikenberry, Wheatland, is a former associate state BLM director. He takes issue with that argument because, he says, since 1982 more than 230 million acres of public lands have been released for energy development leasing, yet most of that land has yet to be drilled.

"Not only does industry have a great amount of public land available to drill that has already been cleared for drilling, they are way behind on using the permits they already have."

The Rev. Warren Murphy, environmental projects director for the Wyoming Association of Churches, has long advocated recognizing and preserving the spiritual and cultural qualities of public lands. He points to another issue that may have been overlooked, which he thinks sets up a win-win situation: Once the inventory is done, it could pave the way for more development.

"What that does is release the rest of the designated areas, which have been studied, for general use. Which takes it off the wilderness approach."

About 220 million acres of land nationwide would be reviewed for wilderness qualities under the policy. A Department of the Interior spokesman said last week in Jackson that all concerns would be considered.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY