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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - ID: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

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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