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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


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It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - CO: Environment

Colorado's headwaters, alpine and urban lakes are experiencing increased outbreaks of toxic algae, and wildlife decline. (Eyeimage/Pixabay)

DENVER -- Water is the lifeblood of the West, but a warming climate and other factors have put Colorado's lakes, reservoirs and ponds at greater risk for toxic algal outbreaks. Brian Kurzel, regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center, said a re

The Bureau of Land Management oversees 248 million acres of public lands. (Bob Wick/BLM)

DENVER -- Western hunters, anglers and conservationists are calling for the immediate removal of William Perry Pendley as head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Pendley has served as acting director of the agency for more than a year. He was formally nominated to be director in June, but

New guidelines for mining projects would allocate a portion of revenues generated from mineral development on public lands to offset expenses for mitigation and abandoned-mine reclamation.(Pixabay)

DENVER -- Colorado's Mineral Belt in the central and southwestern parts of the state is rich in deposits of so-called critical minerals, the kind used to produce everything from smartphones to wind turbines and batteries that power electric vehicles. A new report released today by conservation group

The CORE Act would add recreational opportunities in the White River and San Juan national forests,  and protect the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development. (Nightryder84/Wikimedia Commons)

EAGLE, Colo. -- Congress has an opportunity to preserve 400,000 acres in Colorado, after the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE, Act was attached to a key defense spending bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Kathy Chandler-Henry, chair of the Eagle County

Colorado's historic apple orchards along the Dolores River gave way to hay, alfalfa and other crops that were more lucrative - and also more water intensive. (Pxhere)

CORTEZ, Colo. -- A 36-acre property near Cortez in southwestern Colorado soon will be transformed into a sustainable community apple "orchard hub." With help from The Nature Conservancy, the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project was able to purchase the land . Jude Schuenemeyer, who co-directs the

National Forest Week was launched in 2019 to raise awareness of the value of America's National Forests on publicly-owned lands. (Pickpik)

DELTA, Colo. -- This week, Americans are celebrating National Forest Week. Ute Mountain Utes member Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk says forests have long been places where Indigenous people have retreated to find solitude or collect herbs in preparation for ceremonies. She says access to public lands has

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., says the state's 30 federally funded research labs and joint institutes on climate science are poised to help the nation achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Franmarie Metzler/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER -- This week, House Democrats in Congress unveiled a plan to address climate change by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a press briefing, Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., called climate change "an existential threat," and pointed to Colorado's commitment to transition to wind and sol

If pollution from Suncor's Commerce City refinery were eliminated, Adams County could see health and economic benefits between $5 million and $12 million annually, according to a new report. (Jason Woodhead/Flickr)

DENVER -- If pollutants from a single oil refinery in Adams County were eliminated, Colorado could see economic and health benefits worth between $15 million and $35 million each year, according to a new Colorado Fiscal Institute report. The report also highlighted new Harvard research showing tha

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