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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - ID: Rural/Farming

Only 15 varieties make up 90% of apple production, according to the U.S. Apple Association. (Mariusz Blach/Adobe Stock)

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Lost apple varieties of the Northwest are sprouting anew and in the spotlight at a conference this week. The University of Idaho is hosting the second Heritage Orchard Conference -- albeit at a distance this year. On Wednesday, David Benscoter, a retired law enforcement inves

Runoff from dairy and farming operations contains nitrogen that is affecting drinking water for people in Twin Falls and other parts of eastern Idaho. (Mark Gunn/Flickr)

KETCHUM, Idaho -- A new report raises growing concern about contamination of Idaho's Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The Idaho Conservation League has released its second groundwater report on the aquifer, which supplies drinking water for more than 300,000 Idahoans. Josh Johnson, a conservation as

Earlier this week, the sheriff of Payette County dispelled a rumor that Antifa activists were being sent to Idaho. (MclittleStock/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- No, people associated with Antifa are not on their way to Idaho. But rumors are spreading online that rioters are coming to small communities to wreak havoc. Matt Hildreth, executive director of RuralOrganizing.org, says civic leaders across the country have reached out to his gr

The Cenarussa Ranch easement provides more than three miles of access to public lands. (Tess O'Sullivan/TNC)

CAREY, Idaho -- A conservation easement in south-central Idaho is helping protect access to public lands. The easement surrounds the Cenarrusa Ranch, located northeast of the town of Carey, between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument. It will preserve about 7,600 acres

Only 17% of Idahoans have access to high-speed, fiber-optic internet. (bugarskipavle3/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Access to the Internet is a critical part of modern life, but many Idahoans can't get connected. Idaho ranks 43rd in connectivity, according to an analysis by the advocacy group BroadbandNow. Todd Achilles, CEO of the broadcast company Edge Spectrum in Boise, says the state

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, introduced the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act in 2009. (Greg Shine/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

MARSING, Idaho – This year's Rangeland Fall Forum is coming to the Owyhees. The event is being held in Marsing on October 10 and the theme for 2019 is "Science, Policy and Perspectives: Collaborating in the Owyhees." It will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Owyhee Initiative, which br

Roughly 400,000 cows in the Magic Valley produce as much waste as 12 million people. (Lee O'Dell/Adobe Stock)

KETCHUM, Idaho – Water quality in and around the Snake River in southern Idaho is on the decline, according to a new report. The Idaho Conservation League's survey of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer finds an increase in pollutants, especially nitrogen and phosphorus – in some cases exc

Six biogas facilities are scheduled to be built in southern Idaho. (Bob Nichols/U.S. Department of Agriculture)

BOISE, Idaho – The breakdown of farm byproducts such as manure into energy is touted as a renewable fix for the future. But critics say the clean energy dreams of biogas have fizzled out. A new analysis from the organization Food and Water Watch says the process of anaerobic digestion to c

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