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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - WA: Public Lands/Wilderness

A bill in Congress would protect the Olympic Peninsula's Queets River. (Sam Beebe/Flickr)

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A bill a decade in the making to protect parts of the Olympic National Forest passed out of committee in Congress yesterday. The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of the forest as wilderness, and 19 riv

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources oversees about 2 million acres of state-owned forest land. (rnjacobs/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Washington state Department of Natural Resources is making progress on high profile issues facing the state, but that could be overshadowing the agency's core functions, according to an assessment of Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz by the Washington Environmental Counci

A bill in Congress would protect more than 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

QUILCENE, Wash. – After a decade of work, a bill to protect sensitive parts of the Olympic National Forest is poised to move ahead in Congress. On Wednesday, a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee held a hearing on the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It would

The Navy is looking to increasing training jet flights to as many as 5,000 a year from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (Robert Sullivan/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The National Parks Conservation Association is suing the U.S, Navy to get more information on jet training taking place over an area prized for its silence. Olympic National Park is a World Heritage Site renowned for its tranquility. But jet training with Growlers, one of the loude

While the severity of wildfires in the Northwest has grown, a new study finds only about a tenth of the historical acreage burns each year. (LDELD/Flickr)

SEATTLE — While the Northwest has seen massive infernos in recent years, a new report shows its forests actually are experiencing a historical deficit of fires. That deficit could be fueling recent, dangerous wildfire seasons. The study conducted by The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Servic

A southern Washington community is managing nearby forestland. (Jeff Hollett/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill in the Washington State Legislature could give communities more control over local forests. Senate Bill 5873 would create a community forest pilot program to fund and monitor three projects in the state. Max Webster, evergreen forest program manager for the Washingt

A 2013 attempt to strip gray wolves of endangered species protections failed because of backlash from the public and scientists. (Brad Greenlee/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of the Interior will roll out plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has announced. Groups in the Northwest say that action would be premature. Wolf numbers have made a big comeback since the spec

Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island, Wash., is one of more than 400 historic sites preserved by the National Park Service. (Ashlyn Gehrett/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Groups across the country are calling on Congress to address maintenance costs in national parks in order to save some of America's most historic places. While the National Park Service oversees iconic landscapes such as Mount Rainier National Park, it also preserves historic sites

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