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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


2020Talks - August 12, 2020 


California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Public News Service - ID: Salmon Recovery

Some fishing communities in Idaho rely on salmon to support their local economies. (Nan Palermo/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Federal agencies have released a report on management plans in the Columbia River basin to save endangered salmon species, rejecting proposals to remove four lower Snake River dams in southeast Washington. The draft environmental impact statement instead recommends smaller actions,

Salmon and steelhead return numbers on the Snake River have plummeted in recent decades. (Matthew Dillon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Energy companies and conservation groups want to bridge the divide on a contentious issue in the Northwest: the future of four Snake River dams. This week, utilities and environmental groups came together to write an open letter to the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washing

Hells Canyon Dam is one of three hydroelectric dams operated by Idaho Power on the Snake River. (Sam Beebe/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – River conservation groups are challenging water permits issued to Idaho Power for its Hells Canyon complex of dams on the Snake River. The petition was filed this week in Oregon, by Idaho Rivers United and Pacific Rivers. The groups say the Oregon Department of Environmental Q

Idaho communities rely on the return of salmon and steelhead each year. (Nan Palmero/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A diverse group of stakeholders will be in Boise on Friday to develop a plan to save Idaho's salmon and steelhead trout. The gathering was established at the behest of Gov. Brad Little. At an environmental conference at Boise State in April, Little instructed the Office of Spe

Salmon populations in the Northwest continue to spiral downward. (biker3/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho — Major Northwest stakeholders are gathering today at Boise State University to discuss salmon recovery and the region's power system. The theme for the 2019 Environmental Conference is "Energy, Salmon, Agriculture and Community: Can We Come Together?" Guests and speakers includ

Salmon and steelhead have been returning up the Columbia River to Idaho in historically low numbers. (Ryndon Ricks/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Columbia River Treaty negotiators from the United States and Canada are meeting in Washington, D.C., and Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, has said the environment and endangered species aren't a priority in those discussions. That has groups who want to save Northwest salmon from extin

Salmon runs on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River have fallen drastically since the lower Snake River dams were built, according to the National Wildlife Federation. (Rex Parker/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. House is set to vote on Wednesday on a bill that would add federal protections to four lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups are concerned it would spell doom for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest, which already have seen sharply reduced runs because of the da

Conservation and fishing groups say four lower Snake River dams are driving salmon to the brink of extinction. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

BOISE, Idaho – A new study finds hydropower from the lower Snake River dams could be replaced with renewable-energy sources, potentially providing a framework for saving the region's salmon. A major linchpin in the argument against breaching the four dams has been the energy they produce, wh

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