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PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 


President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - ID: Public Lands/Wilderness

Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the BLM and U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Sagebrush landscapes are home to greater sage-grouse and 350 other species, as well as prime ran

Forest restoration collaborations are taking place at more than two dozen sites around Idaho. Local stakeholders help the U.S. Forest Service decide about timber harvest, recreation and wildlife habitat. Credit: Rainbow Lake region in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests by Mike Hayes.

BOISE, Idaho - Transferring control of public lands has been a hot-button topic throughout the West - and recently in Congress. Legislation seeking state control of federal public lands didn't succeed in Idaho this year, but it's expected bills will surface again. Holly Endersby, Idaho chapter repr

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing today about the renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A collaboration spanning the Idaho-Montana border is hoping to secure LWCF money for conservation along the High Divide, which includes part of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Credit: U.S. Forest Service.

LEADORE, Idaho - The expiration date is approaching quickly for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has brought millions of dollars to Idaho in the past 50 years. The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is taking up the topic today. Michael Whitfield, executive director of t

PHOTO: Conservation groups have filed an objection to drilling plans designed to validate mining claims at the Golden Hand Mine in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

BOISE, Idaho - A plan to allow dump trucks, bulldozers, new roads and drilling rigs into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has led to several conservation groups filing an objection. American Independence Mines and Minerals wants to work a claim at the old Golden Hand mine to validate

PHOTO: About 500 hunters, anglers, and fans of outdoor recreation rallied on the Statehouse steps today for the

BOISE, Idaho - About 500 people are expected on the Idaho Statehouse steps at 12 noon Thursday for the "keep public lands in public hands" rally. The Idaho Legislature has been exploring options to transfer control of most federal public lands to the state, with backers saying the state could do a

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BOISE, Idaho - Several rallies and demonstrations are planned today in Boise as President Obama speaks on the Boise State University campus. One of those events is "Get Loud for the Clouds," organized by those who want the president to create a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. "It wou

PHOTO: The Idaho Conservation League is exploring ways to protect pets and non-target species getting caught in traps. Trapping has become more popular in Idaho because of demand for fur from Asia, with bobcat pelts bringing around $400. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

BOISE, Idaho - The fur business is good in Idaho. The number of licenses issued for trapping fur-bearing animals has doubled in five years, according to Idaho Fish and Game. But those traps have also caught dogs and even threatened species. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has required a new mand

PHOTO: Another round of public hearings is scheduled this week about Idaho's proposal to demand that the federal government turn land over to Idaho. Photo of Boise National Forest courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Idaho's demand that the federal government turn over public lands to the state is up for debate in a series of hearings Thursday and Friday in Idaho Falls, Soda Springs, Twin Falls, and Hailey. Courtney Washburn, community conservation director with the Idaho Conservation League

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