PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - OR: Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: East slope of Steens Mountains, near Mann Lake. Courtesy of National Scenic Byways Program.

PORTLAND, Ore. - This month marks the 12th anniversary of designation of the remote Steens Mountain country of southeast Oregon as a protected area, some of it as federal wilderness. But conservation groups are in court trying to keep wind turbines and transmission lines off the mountain. Experts

THE DALLES, Ore. - Columbia Gorge Community College, one of the first in the nation to train wind-energy technicians, is enrolling for its new semester. The school is relieved that a group of freshmen Republicans in Congress has written a letter asking GOP leaders to push for an extension of the Pro

PORTLAND, Ore. - If everything in life has its price, the price of carbon is $21 a ton, according to the federal government. This means every ton of carbon emissions from car tailpipes, power plants and manufacturing causes about $21 worth of damage to people and the environment, or about 21 cents f

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's been the subject of plenty of protests and hearings, and now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the coal-fired power plant in Boardman is violating the Clean Air Act. The agency notified plant owner Portland General Electric (PGE) by letter. It came as a surp

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new list of Oregon's "Ten Most Endangered Places" includes lakes, rivers, forests, mountains, and even glaciers. Seven conservation groups compiled the information, and the threats they detail range from large, old-style logging projects and dredge mining, to off-road vehicles and

BOARDMAN, Ore. - There are at least two reasons for Oregonians to weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to regulate coal ash. One is the Portland General Electric (PGE) Boardman plant; the other is the Colstrip plant in Montana, owned in part by PGE and Pacific Power. Both

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Turning wood waste into energy and new jobs are the goals of a federal grant for Lake County in southern Oregon, in a project that's also being touted as a way to improve the health of the local forests. $1.7 million dollars of Recovery Act money is slated for a new co-generation pl

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Fourth of July weekend is a time for many Oregon families to enjoy the outdoors, but their doctors hope they're not in such a hurry to get outside that they forget to pack the sun hats and sunscreen. Oregon ranks number four among the states for new cases of melanoma, the most s

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