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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - ID: Public Lands/Wilderness

Conservation and fishing groups say four dams on the lower Snake River keep many migrating salmon from getting to Idaho. (Bureau of Land Management)

LEWISTON, Idaho - A "Free the Snake Flotilla" is floating the Snake River on Saturday, calling for the removal of four dams on the lower Snake to help improve salmon and steelhead habitat. The second annual event includes members of the Nez Perce Tribe, sport fishermen, biologists, and others who be

Outdoor recreation contributes more than $6 billion in consumer spending to Idaho's economy. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

BOISE, Idaho – Sportsmen, wildlife and environmental groups from states around the country, including Idaho, have a request for those running for the White House: Keep public lands in public hands. Forty organizations released a letter this week asking the presidential hopefuls to commit to

A judge has ruled against a plan to explore mining claims in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wildnerness. (Idaho Conservation League)

YELLOW PINE, Idaho - Conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as a federal judge ruled against a mining company plan to build roads and drilling pads in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. A coalition of groups including Earthworks, the Idaho Conservation League,

Tips to avoiding crowds at Yellowstone include visiting before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. (Kim Keating/USGS)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Visiting Yellowstone National Park in the summer is an American vacation classic, but that also means you won't be the only person standing in line waiting to see Old Faithful. The U.S. national parks system is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2016, and Yellowstone exp

The U.S. Forest Service will allow small-scale, suction-dredge gold mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River this summer. (Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho - Suction dredge mining will be allowed for the first time in a long time on the South Fork of the Clearwater River, French Creek and Orogrande Creek in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, as part of a new permit system announced by the U.S. Forest Service. Up to 15 miners will b

Five conservation groups are suing the federal government to stop the killing of wolves in Idaho until an environmental assessment is done. (deborahcat/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho – Five conservation groups filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boise on Wednesday to stop federal wildlife agents from killing wolves in Idaho until the federal government completes an environmental impact statement. The complaint alleges that agents from the U.S. Department of

Idaho will receive $500,000 to restore habitat for sage-grouse after recent summers' devastating wildland fires. (twildlife/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is in Boise today to announce $10 million in funding for projects to help Western landscapes bounce back after a wildfire. The projects include about $500,000 for the Bureau of Land Management to remove invasive juniper trees that have grown after

A new report shows the state has sold off 1.7 million acres of land over the past century, many for industrial uses that cut off public access, such as this gravel pit near Boise. (Brad Brooks, The Wilderness Society)

BOISE, Idaho - In its history, the state of Idaho has sold 1.7 million acres of land to private interests, according to an analysis of land sale records by The Wilderness Society. In a report released today called "Sold! Idaho lands - and recreation access - lost to the highest bidder," the societ

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