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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2019 


Chants of a different sort greet U.S. Rep. Omar upon her return home to Minnesota. Also on our Friday rundown: A new report says gunshot survivors need more outreach, support. Plus, sharing climate-change perspectives in Charlotte.

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Free assessments are available to private landowners in four Oregon counties. (Bureau of Land Management/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Private landowners in northwest Oregon can apply to receive a free assessment of their forest land from the Natural Resource Conservation Service or NRCS, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture. The free assessment includes gauging the health of the forest land

The Boardman Plant is Oregon's only coal-powered plant. Portland General Electric plans to close it by 2020. (Tedder/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon's legislative session ended after nearly five weeks with a boom in bills passed in the final days. Lawmakers were constitutionally obligated to end the session by Sunday, and did so with three days to spare. One of the final bills to come out of the session was Senate

Advocates are meeting in Salem to discuss ways to fix the state's affordable-housing shortage. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. - Representatives from food banks across Oregon are stepping out of the pantry to discuss the state's housing crisis with lawmakers in Salem today. Affordable housing for Oregon's growing population has become a statewide issue, and legislators are proposing a number of bills to address

Residential applications for solar panels in Oregon nearly doubled last year. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The job's report remains "sunny" for Oregon's solar energy sector. According to the National Solar Jobs Census of 2015, produced by the Solar Foundation, the industry added workers 12-times faster than the jobs growth rate for the whole U.S. economy last year. The Energy Trust of

In lieu of a ballot measure to end the use of coal power in Oregon, major utilities offered to negotiate a transition plan and timeline. (columbia114/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new approach and new timeline for state energy policy awaits the Oregon Legislature for consideration. Utilities, clean-energy groups and consumer advocates have just unveiled a plan to ensure the state will be coal-free by 2030, and that the state's two largest power companies

Tours of permaculture in action are part of this weekend's Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence

EUGENE, Ore. - Today and through the weekend, people from across the region are gathering in Eugene for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic challenge

The Northwest Energy Coalition is asking the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to take into account the expenses of coal plants in the region, not just the four-state area shown in red, in its new forecast document known as the Seventh Northwest Power and Conservation Plan. Courtesy: Northwest Energy Coalition.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Northwest Power and Conservation Plan guides many utility-related decisions in the Northwest and is updated every five years. The newest draft of what is known as the Seventh Plan is being called into question for not taking some important expenses into account in its forecast.

PHOTO: Oregon's densely forested O-and-C lands encompass slightly more than 2.6 million acres, and the Bureau of Land Management wants more public input as it updates the master plan to manage them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down

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