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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - ID: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

The Bureau of Land Management is holding public informational open houses all this week to explain the controversial proposed Gateway West Transmission Line project. (lauramusikanski/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - This week, the public can learn more about the massive 1,100 mile Gateway West Transmission Line project at several open houses hosted by the Bureau of Land Management. There are events today in Boise and Kuna, one tomorrow in Twin Falls and one Thursday in Murphy. Experts will be a

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have to reconsider its decision not to list the wolverine as an endangered species, in light of a recent court ruling. (Conservation Northwest Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project)

BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is denying claims that it ignored the science and used political considerations when it decided not to list the wolverine as an endangered species. Several conservation groups had sued the agency, and last week a judge ruled that Fish and Wildlife ha

A federal judge upheld a U.S. Forest Service decision to restrict domestic sheep grazing in order to protect wild bighorn sheep from disease. (Craig Gehrke/The Wilderness Society)

McCALL, Idaho - Conservation groups are cheering a recent court decision that limits domestic sheep grazing in order to protect wild bighorn sheep in Idaho. A judge from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the U.S. Forest Service's decision to cut back on domestic sheep grazing by 70 percent

Today is World Wildlife Day, and conservation groups are promoting measures to conserve habitat by fighting the transfer of public lands to state control. (sgarton/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Today, March 3, is annual World Wildlife Day and this year, conservation advocates in Idaho are taking the opportunity to speak out on issues that most affect wildlife in the Gem State. They are particularly concerned about the movement to transfer federal public land to state contr

Opposition to federal management of public lands is a longstanding idea in Idaho and underpins support among some in the Gem State for the protesters currently occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. (ostephy/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Some of the ideas behind the standoff in Oregon this week, in which anti-government protesters have seized buildings on a federal wildlife refuge, have been floating around for years in Idaho. More than 60 percent of the Gem State is comprised of federally owned land. A few years ago

The U.S. Senate approved the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill (H.R. 1138/S. 583) on Tuesday. Credit: U.S. Forest Service.

BOISE, Idaho - What once was a highly controversial idea - wilderness designation for the Boulder-White Clouds region - is about to become law. The U.S. Senate approved the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Addition Act on Tuesday, an idea based on conservation ethics that

Forty volunteers trained last weekend to become citizen scientists for monarch butterflies.  Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho's state insect is the monarch butterfly, but very little is known about monarchs in Idaho, or milkweed - which monarchs use exclusively for breeding. About 40 volunteers spent the weekend learning how to monitor monarchs and milkweed. A new federal grant of $170,000 will

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