PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 

Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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PHOTO: A new coalition of venture capitalists has formed to encourage more protected public land. Its members say beautiful places with recreational opportunities are attracting entrepreneurs and skilled workers that boost local economies. Photo of Lake Berryessa courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior.

SAN FRANCISCO — There's a link between successful start-ups and the great outdoors - and members of a new national coalition say it's a profitable one that should be encouraged. Some of the investment and venture capital firms in the "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition" are California

PHOTO: As the Wilderness Act of 1964 marks its 50th anniversary this week, efforts remain underway in California to introduce new wilderness legislation, despite an unwilling Congress. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES – With the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, wilderness advocates are reflecting on the legislation that created the National Wilderness Preservation System – along with the challenges of maintaining it amid renewed calls for resource extraction and passing new wilderne

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in Riverside County is one of dozens of protected areas in California which benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES – This week marks the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreatio

PHOTO: The proximity to the busy LA metro area is one reason groups want to preserve the San Gabriel Mountains. During Asian Pacific Heritage Month, groups highlighted the historical contributions of Asian Pacific islanders to the area and said they support a proposal to make it a National Recreation Area. Credit: BobBushPhoto/
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – To celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month, several groups are highlighting the historical contributions Asian Pacific islanders have made in the San Gabriel Mountains. Mark Masaoka, policy director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), says this rela

PHOTO: Seastacks and lighthouse at Point Arena-Stornetta California Coastal National Monument, which was protected earlier this year. The area was highlighted as the number three

The busy summer vacation season is here, and California is putting out the welcome mat for international travelers, which is something the White House desires, too. President Obama last week said he wants to make it easier for foreign visitors to enter the U.S. because it will mean more tourism doll

PHOTO: The California Fish and Game Commission is considering whether to protect gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. A decision may be announced when the commission meets in Ventura on Wednesday. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

VENTURA, Calif. - Wolf advocates in California are urging policymakers to welcome the animals back to the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission is expected to announce Wednesday if gray wolves will be getting protections under the California Endangered Species Act. According to Pam

PHOTO: Bay Area citizens line up to voice their concerns to newly appointed Federal Communications Commissioner Tom Wheeler Thursday night in Oakland. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The new head of the FCC held a "Town Hall" meeting Thursday night to hear from Bay Area residents about their communications concerns. Chairman Tom Wheeler appeared to be sending a message by holding the first FCC event of this kind in five years in Oakland, a community close to te

PHOTO: Fish swimming in one of California's Marine Protected Areas. December 19, 2013, is the one-year anniversary of the completion of California's statewide network of Marine Protected Areas.

SAN DIEGO - California is celebrating the first anniversary of the completion of the state's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The 124 "underwater parks" can be found just offshore, from Oregon to Mexico. The Marine Protected Areas provide a safe haven for ocean wildlife and habitat, which i

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