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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - CO: Environment

Signs suggesting a changing climate in Colorado include over 475,000 acres consumed by wildfires in 2018. The U.S. Drought Monitor recently reported that 70% of the state is considered “abnormally dry.” (BLM/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Health professionals are calling out Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado for his party-line vote last week blocking efforts to keep the Clean Power Plan on the books. The plan would have put limits on climate pollution from power plants for the first time. Dr. Cory Carroll at Foothills

More than 20 community partners including businesses, city and county governments, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and others came together to create the Yampa River Fund. (Katkimchee/Wikimedia Commons)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – The Yampa River is a key contributor to the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water for 40 million people across seven states. And now the Yampa has its own dedicated fund. Water funds are used around the world as a tool for bringing diverse interests

DNA in ponderosa pine cone seeds carries critical survival tools, including knowlege of a geographical area's seasonal shifts. (Chris Light/Wikimedia Commons) DNA in ponderosa pine cone seeds carry critical survival tools, including knowlege of a geographical area's seasonal shifts. (Chris Light/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Every decade or so, ponderosa pine trees produce massive numbers of pine cones, an event called a mast seeding year. This year, trees along Colorado's Front Range already are producing lots of seeds, and forest managers are jumping at the opportunity to collect and store them. Cat

Colorado's zero-emissions policy would require 6% of cars sold by 2030 to be zero-emission vehicles, a move that is projected to eliminate more than 3 million metric tons of greenhouse-gas pollution. (DOD)

DENVER – Colorado has joined 10 other states that have adopted an official zero-emission standard for vehicles, a move Gov. Jared Polis says will lead to cleaner energy and healthier air. The action comes as the Trump administration is working to restrict states' rights to adopt protections

Nationally, the transportation sector is the number one source for greenhouse gas emissions. (Pxhere)

DENVER – Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission wraps up hearings Thursday over whether the state should require automakers to make a certain number of zero-emission vehicles available for sale. Jen Clanahan, head mom with the group Colorado Moms Know Best, says Colorado has an opportunit

The CORE Act would establish a boundary around the 43,000-acre Curecanti National Recreation Area, making it an official unit of the National Park Service. (NPS)

DENVER – A measure that would safeguard some 400,000 acres of public lands across Colorado cleared a key U.S. House committee this week. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE Act, would protect roughly 200,000 acres of the Thompson Divide from the impacts of oil and gas and ot

Engineers restoring some areas impacted by extreme flooding are deploying four-stage channel designs that emulate river systems to naturally accommodate water flows during drought and 100-year floods. (FEMA)

ESTES PARK, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference comes to Estes Park next week, bringing watershed experts and engineers to the state. Russ Schumacher – associate professor and Colorado State University's climatologist – says it's an opportunity for policymake

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped increase access to outdoor-recreation and other conservation efforts in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. (NPS)

VAIL, Colo. — Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is coming home to Colorado for the Western Governors' Association conference today in Vail. Public-lands advocates are asking the former Rifle resident to prioritize conservation over extraction on public lands, and to reverse a proposal to cut

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