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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - ID: Public Lands/Wilderness

Lake Coeur D'Alene is one of many sites in Idaho that the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect. (D. Taylor in Idaho/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Congress has less than three months to renew an often-overlooked program supporters say is critical to preserving special places in Idaho and across the country. Over the last 50 years, Gem State recreation parks and public lands have received nearly $280 million from the Land

The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve is the first and only preserve of its kind in the country. (Eddie Yip/Flickr)

KETCHUM, Idaho – This week, people are celebrating the stars for International Dark Sky Week. The week has special significance this year in Idaho, which gained the first dark sky preserve in the country in December. The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve stretches across 1,400 square miles in t

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho is one of many waterways protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. (Zachary Collier/Northwest Rafting Co)

BOISE, Idaho – As the Idaho legislative session wraps up, lawmakers are giving a parting gift to the state's waterways by commemorating a bill that protects some of its most beautiful rivers. Senate Concurrent Resolution 132 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act o

Law enforcement groups say a new trespassing bill, currently on Gov. Butch Otter's desk, will be hard to enforce. (Aperature Armadillo/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Law-enforcement and sporting groups are urging Gov. Butch Otter to veto a bill toughening trespassing penalties that passed the state Legislature last week. House Bill 658 would increase penalties for the crime and make multiple violations a felony. It also requires landowners

Groups from Idaho, Montana and eastern Washington are at the

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – A diversity of stakeholders in the West's national forests are coming together for a two-day workshop in Idaho. The "Resilient Landscapes, Thriving Communities" conference is taking place in Coeur D'Alene today and tomorrow in the spirit of collaboration between conser

Conservation efforts in Idaho helped recover wolverine populations. (Susanne Nilsson/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – What if states had the resources to prevent animals from ending up on the Endangered Species list? A bill introduced in Congress aims to do just that. Known as the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, it would fund states' wildlife management efforts before species are in dire n

In 2015, the EPA identified more than 220 mines that would have been affected by a rule requiring companies to pay for the cleanup. (Pete Markham/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes. The rule made sure companies that mine for gold, copper and other non-coal minerals had enough mon

Craters of the Moon was one of the national monuments under review by the Trump administration this year. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Conservation, hunting, business and other outdoor interests have sent a petition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, asking him to commit his agency to keep public lands in public hands. The coalition filed the letter under the Administrative Procedure Act, requesting that Zinke d

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