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PNS Daily Newscast - November 21, 2018 


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The spotted frog's critical habitat is in Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath, Lane and Wasco counties. (Maria Thi Mai/Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week designated more than 65,000 acres and 20 miles of river in Oregon and Washington as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. The threatened Northwest amphibian has lost 90 percent of its former range and is no longer found in Califor

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon are supporting a measure to ban production of more than 1,000 gallons of bottled water per day in Hood River County. (Blue Ackerman)

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. - The debate over a proposed Nestlé bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge town of Cascade Locks is reaching its boiling point. The city is three weeks away from the results on Measure 1455, which would ban producing and exporting more than 1,000 gallons of bottled water pe

The Klamath River flows through southern Oregon and northern California. (Tami Heilemann/Dept. of the Interior)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D)and California Governor Jerry Brown (D) met at an event along the Klamath River Wednesday to agree to remove four dams from the river. They were joined by Native American tribal leaders, the electric utility PacifiCorp, and other groups interested in re

Only 46 percent of adults in a new study said they participate in

PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're worried your lifestyle isn't healthy enough, you're not alone. Only 2.7 percent of adults have all four healthy characteristics measured in a new study by Oregon State University researchers. This means fewer than three percent of adults in the study were nonsmokers, pe

The Iron Gate Dam is one of four slated for removal if all parties agree on amendments to the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. (California Trout)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A plan for the Klamath Basin water-use agreements may have expired in Congress, but at least part of it was resuscitated this week. The states of Oregon and California, the utility PacifiCorp and two federal agencies, the Commerce and Interior Departments, say they're moving

In Oregon, the spotted frog's range includes only a half-dozen counties and the species has long been considered a candidate for protection. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BEND, Ore. - A second federal lawsuit has been filed to protect the Oregon spotted frog - but more broadly, to change the way water is being managed in Central Oregon's Deschutes River Basin. Since 2008, according to the group WaterWatch of Oregon, federal agencies and local irrigators have promise

Klamath Basin water users are concerned that the region's overarching water-rights agreement will die in Congress this month. (waterwatch.org)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - With one week to go before Congress is scheduled to wrap up its session for the year, it's looking unlikely that the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement will be approved. The last-minute draft bill from Congressman Greg Walden, R-Ore., doesn't align with the Senate bill to m

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one of four slated for decommissioning if Congress approves the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Time is running out for Congress to pass the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. But at the White House Tribal Nations Conference late last week, there were glimmers of hope that it could still be possible. President Obama told the group he's committed to working with tribal

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