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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - ID: Climate Change/Air Quality

The Cenarussa Ranch easement provides more than three miles of access to public lands. (Tess O'Sullivan/TNC)

CAREY, Idaho -- A conservation easement in south-central Idaho is helping protect access to public lands. The easement surrounds the Cenarrusa Ranch, located northeast of the town of Carey, between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument. It will preserve about 7,600 acres

Pollution trapped during winter inversions can make air dangerous for sensitive groups, including children and older people. (Charles Knowles/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- The winter inversion season is a reminder of the daily pollution seen in valley communities across the West. Inversions are weather patterns that occur when warm air acts like a lid, trapping colder air in valleys and causing stagnation. When it's unable to move, air quality suff

More than 4,000 rooftop solar owners could see big increases to their electricity bill under an Idaho Power proposal. (Brad Nixon/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Rooftop solar customers could see big changes to their energy bills under a proposal from Idaho Power. The utility company wants to cut in half the price it pays for excess electricity sent back to the grid from solar owners – a structure known as net metering. Current

Eight in 10 people in Idaho see wildfire smoke as a natural hazard, according to new research. (Neal Herbert/U.S. Interior Dept.)

BOISE, Idaho – Wildfires are a threat in the West, but their smoke is even more deadly, researchers say. However, a new survey shows Idahoans don't necessarily see it that way. Researchers at Boise State University surveyed Gem State residents and found 90% have experienced at least one sy

Climate activists say the warming climate is causing an increased threat from wildfires in Idaho. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — People around the world will walk out of work and school this Friday to call for action on climate change, including many in Idaho. Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg spurred the Global Climate Strike in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summ

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, introduced the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act in 2009. (Greg Shine/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

MARSING, Idaho – This year's Rangeland Fall Forum is coming to the Owyhees. The event is being held in Marsing on October 10 and the theme for 2019 is "Science, Policy and Perspectives: Collaborating in the Owyhees." It will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Owyhee Initiative, which br

The area where Rexburg is located is classified as desert because of its scant rainfall. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

REXBURG, Idaho – A city in southeast Idaho on Thursday is being honored for its water conservation efforts. Rexburg has won the annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation after residents pledged in April to reduce their water use by 42 million gallons over the next year.

Six biogas facilities are scheduled to be built in southern Idaho. (Bob Nichols/U.S. Department of Agriculture)

BOISE, Idaho – The breakdown of farm byproducts such as manure into energy is touted as a renewable fix for the future. But critics say the clean energy dreams of biogas have fizzled out. A new analysis from the organization Food and Water Watch says the process of anaerobic digestion to c

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