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PNS Daily Newscast - July 17, 2018 


Trump says he is not buying U.S. intelligence as he meets with Putin. Also on the rundown: as harvest nears farmers speak out on tariffs; immigrant advocates say families should not be kept in cages; and a call for a deeper dive to the Lake Erie algae troubles.

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Scientists worry that conservation plans for sage grouse that aren't based on their whole habitat won't be effective. (Jennifer Strickland/USFWS)

BOISE, Idaho – Scientists are pushing back against changes proposed to the multi-state Greater Sage Grouse Management Plan by the Trump administration. Twenty-one sage-grouse experts signed a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing concern over the Bureau of Land Management's propos

Solarize the Valley has helped more than 100 Idahoan homeowners and businesses install solar panels. (SmitBruins/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – A program to help Idahoans install rooftop solar is back just in time for the summer sun. The Snake River Alliance's Solarize the Valley project is heading into its third straight year of helping homeowners bring the power of the sun to their residences. After year two, the al

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

The Snake River Alliance helped more than 100 families install solar panels on their rooftops over the past year and a half. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Could a proposal from the Idaho Power Company cast a shadow on the future of solar energy in the Gem State? The public will have a chance to weigh in on the utility company's proposition to state regulators to place Idahoans, who have installed rooftop solar panels, into a new

The number of Idahoans using solar power has doubled over the last two years. (IndianCkDish4/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – 2017 could be remembered as the year solar energy caught on in Idaho. If it does, it would be thanks in part to the Snake River Alliance, which launched Solarize the Valley 18 months ago. The program provides a low-cost solar panel installation and has helped 109 homes get pow

Cross-laminated timber, used in some buildings in place of steel, is seeing a growing market demand in the Northwest. (Denna Jones/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Businesses, environmental groups and the timber industry are just a few of the diverse groups coming together for Idaho's first-ever statewide summit on climate change. "Safeguarding Idaho's Economy in a Changing Climate" is a two-day event that started Thursday. The goal is t

Solar energy powers 45,000 homes in Idaho, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Chris Kantos/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Power is asking for permission from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to put customers who use solar energy into a different rate-paying class. Clean energy advocates say this is the first step toward charging solar customers more. The company says net metering solar cust

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