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PNS Daily News - September 16, 2019 


New allegations emerge against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh; and a new report says a lightning strike is more likely than a forced arbitration win.

2020Talks - September 16, 2019. (3 min.)  


2020 presidential hopefuls tweet about more sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats who didn't make it onto last week's debate stage continue their grassroots approaches.

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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

A Colorado mule deer is blocked by range fencing. A new state program is designed to have state agencies coordinate with federal and local governments and others to keep clear and preserve the state's migration corridors. (AdobeStock)<br /><br />

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. – Increased development in Colorado is creating major obstacles to migration corridors for several native animal species, but a new state program aims to keep them open. Gov. Jared Polis recently issued an executive order to preserve Colorado's historic migration corrido

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

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

Climate change has altered the seasonal cycles, and migrating birds' favorite rest stops frequently are out of sync with hatching insects, blooming flowers and fruiting trees. (Pierre Dalous Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Birds are helping scientists understand the impacts of rapid population growth and climate change in Colorado and across the West, thanks to a crowd-sourced "citizen science" project. John Sanderson, director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, said that when non-scientists

Since federal protections for wolves were lifted in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming in 2011, wildlife advocates say trophy hunters and trappers have killed some 3,000 wolves. (Eric Kilby/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – After repeated calls for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to hold public hearings on the Trump administration's decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in all lower 48 states, wildlife advocates are taking the matter into their own hands by hosting communit

More than 80 percent of Colorado voters believe it is important for states to use funds to protect and restore the health of rivers, lakes and streams. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Voters in Colorado and other western states continue to support conservation policies for publicly owned lands, putting them at odds with the Trump administration's energy dominance agenda, according to the ninth annual Conservation in the West Poll from Colorado College. Gov. Jared

Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy in Colorado are moving forward with plans to conserve 30 square miles of wilderness south of Trinidad for wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. (Michelle Goodall/Wikimedia Commons)

TRINIDAD, Colo. — Conservation groups have reached a deal to purchase Crazy French Ranch, a 30-square-mile parcel that includes the iconic Fisher's Peak just south of Trinidad. The move, initiated by city leaders, also will increase public access to two adjacent state wildlife areas and New

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