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PNS Daily Newscast - June 21, 2018 


President Donald Trump reverses course on some aspects of his border policy. Also on the Thursday rundown: with the midterms approaching we will take you to a state, you might not expect to be reaching out to Latino voters: and Dan Heyman has a novel angle on the utility of medical marijuana

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Public News Service - ID: Environmental Justice

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

Groups in the West are concerned that repealing a new BLM planning process could tie the hands of the U.S. Interior Department on future planning rules. (Bob Wick/BLM)

BOISE, Idaho – A coalition of groups across the West is concerned Congress could overturn the Bureau of Land Management's new land-use planning policies before Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana is confirmed as U.S. Interior Secretary. Last week, the U.S. House voted to repeal the Obama-era rule know

Members of the Nez Perce are asking for the breaching of four Lower Snake River dams, including the Little Goose Dam, above. (Melissa Shavlik/Northwest Power and Conservation Council)

LEWISTON, Idaho – Nez Perce tribe members believe the best way to restore salmon and steelhead to their Idaho communities is by breaching the four Lower Snake River dams. Tomorrow, members of the tribe will be in Lewiston for an informal public hearing on what federal agencies should do in or

Conservation groups have reopened a lawsuit against Atlanta Gold over discharges of arsenic into Boise River headwaters. (John Robison/Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho – Two conservation groups announced Thursday they are reopening a lawsuit against the Atlanta Gold Mine over discharges of arsenic into the headwaters of the Boise River from the company's mine near Atlanta, Idaho. The Idaho Conservation League and Northwest Environmental Defense

The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. (Idaho Rivers United)

BOISE, Idaho - A big victory for wild fish in Idaho on Wednesday, as a District Court judge in Portland, Oregon, invalidated the 2014 Columbia Basin salmon biological opinion or "bi-op." The judge didn't think the plan by federal agencies did enough to prevent the extinction of endangered salmon and

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have to reconsider its decision not to list the wolverine as an endangered species, in light of a recent court ruling. (Conservation Northwest Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project)

BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is denying claims that it ignored the science and used political considerations when it decided not to list the wolverine as an endangered species. Several conservation groups had sued the agency, and last week a judge ruled that Fish and Wildlife ha

Idaho's delegation in Washington scored very low on the annual League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. (ostephy/Morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Nada. Zip. Zero percent. That's the score received by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch on the annual Environmental Scorecard released Wednesday by the League of Conservation Voters. Representative Raúl Labrador cast pro-environmental votes just 3 percent of the time an

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