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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.

2020Talks - August 14, 2020 

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.

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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

PHOTO: Yellowstone cutthroat trout fishing contributes $20 million a year in recreation spending in southeastern Idaho. A new report shows how the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps preserve the fishery, and calls for full LWCF funding. Photo credit: National Park Service

ASHTON, Idaho - A new report that details the benefits of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in Idaho also is calling for the fund to be completely filled. The LWCF turned 50 this week. Rob Van Kirk, senior scientist at the Henry's Fork Foundation, said the funds have been key for preserving wate

PHOTO: The Idaho Land Board is considering a permit to allow commercial suction dredging for gold on the Salmon River, even though the EPA says the area is off limits. Photo credit: Jonathan Oppenheimer

BOISE, Idaho – With gold prices at around $1,300 an ounce, motivation is strong to mine for the metal in Idaho. Many rivers and streams can be used by gold panners or suction dredges, but the Environmental Protection Agency has said parts of the Salmon River are off limits to the dredges bec

IMAGE: The Boise Foothills are among the thousands of acres in Idaho that benefit from Land and Water Conservation Fund grants. The fund is set to expire next year, after 50 years. CREDIT: Deborah C. Smith

Monday marks the start of 'GO' Week in Idaho and around the nation. The 'Great Outdoors America Week' campaign encourages people to get outdoors and enjoy green and open spaces. Thousands of acres of public space in the Gem State, from local parks to large parcels of land, were made possible over t

PHOTO: The only herd of woodland caribou in the U.S., Idaho's Selkirk herd, is down to 18 animals. Photo credit: Steve Forrest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SANDPOINT, Idaho – The United States and Canada are flip-flopped on the level of protection for woodland caribou. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed downgrading the animals from "threatened" to "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but Canada has proposed th

PHOTO: The Idaho House is expected to vote on the so-called

BOISE, Idaho - It's expected the Idaho House will vote on the so-called "ag-gag" bill this week. Much attention has been focused on animal abuse at an Idaho dairy and how secret recordings can hurt agricultural operations. However, Courtney Washburn, community conservation director, Idaho Conserva

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