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PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 


West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project wants to hear from at least 10,000 Montanans about public lands funding. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – How can Montana improve funding to protect what many feel is its most important asset – the outdoors? That's what backers of the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project are asking. The project kicked off Thursday, inviting Montanans to chime in with ideas on how to increase de

David Bernhardt, right, replaced former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., left, as head of the Interior Department last month. (U.S. Dept. of the Interior/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Less than a month on the job and with investigations mounting, some Montanans are wondering if new Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will help or hinder Big Sky Country. The former oil and gas lobbyist is facing ethics scandals on multiple fronts, including a call last week

Habitat fragmentation is a major threat to migrating species around the world. (Mark A. Bauer/USGS)

HELENA, Mont. – One of the key threats facing wildlife today is its ability to move. But efforts to protect safe migration corridors are gaining steam around the world. Jodi Hilty is co-editor of "Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation," w

Montana passed a management plan in 2015 that helped keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Conservation groups in Montana are hoping state lawmakers can work out the details on a bill introduced to modify sage grouse protections. Senate Bill 299 would exempt certain types of development in sage grouse habitat. In particular, the telecommunications industry has rais

Concern is growing that artificially feeding elk on the National Elk Refuge could become a catalyst for chronic wasting disease in the Mountain West. (Diane Borgreen/USFWS)

HELENA, Mont. - With the threat of chronic wasting disease spreading, conservation groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to jump-start a process to phase out supplemental elk feeding. The agency's decade-old commitment to phase out artificial feeding in Wyoming's National Elk Refuge h

Deferred maintenance in Montana parks has reached $22 million. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A bill to increase funding for Montana's outdoor-recreation sites has passed the state Senate and moves on to the House. Senate Bill 24 increases the voluntary vehicle-registration fee for state parks from $6 to $9, estimated to generate an additional $1.8 million each year.

American Prairie Reserve manages 400,000 acres of purchased, leased and partnered lands. (Dennis Linghor/American Prairie Reserve)

HELENA, Mont. — American Prairie Reserve is pushing back on a Montana House resolution asking the federal government to deny a bison-grazing proposal on land it leases. House Joint Resolution 28 passed through the chamber last week and now is in the Senate Agriculture Committee. Supporters

There were 65 reported grizzly bear deaths in 2018. (H. Michael Miley/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – After a record number of grizzly bear deaths in 2018, groups are calling for an update to a decade-old report on conflict prevention. Six conservation groups have sent a letter to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee. They're urging me

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