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PNS Daily Newscast - April 26, 2019 


Former V.P. Joe Biden launches his presidential campaign, warning that Trump is "a danger to the nation's character." Also on our Friday rundown: Six 2020 Dems to speak at a weekend forum in Vegas. Plus, thousands of Navajo homes get electricity for the first time.

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Public News Service - WA: Salmon Recovery

The Northwest's Southern Resident orca population is down to 75, the lowest number in 30 years. (Ingrid Taylar/Flickr)

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington state is proposing to increase the volume of water spilled over Columbia and Snake River dams to aid salmon recovery, a plan designed to feed the region's dwindling orca population. The state Department of Ecology is to hold a public meeting on the proposal today in Va

There are 74 Southern Resident orcas in the Northwest, their lowest population in nearly three decades. (Candice Emmons/NOAA)

SEATTLE – The Washington state Southern Resident Orca Task Force's recommendations for saving the killer whale population are open for public comment through Sunday. The organization, convened by Gov. Jay Inslee, released a long list of potential fixes last week and will review public commen

Environmental groups say removing four lower Snake River dams would restore salmon populations, providing food to Northwest orcas. (Save Our Wild Salmon)

CLARKSTON, Wash. – The fourth annual Free the Snake Flotilla begins tomorrow and one focus of the event is the role a free-flowing Snake River could play in aiding Northwest orcas. Folks in kayaks, canoes and boats are floating down the Snake in Southeast Washington to call on policymakers t

There are only about 75 Southern Resident orcas left in the Northwest. (C. Emmons/NOAA Fisheries)

SEATTLE – The death of a calf among the Northwest's iconic Southern Resident orcas is highlighting the grave situation the whales are in. The newborn calf, part of a pod that migrates through Puget Sound known as J pod, died last week. Its mother has been seen carrying the dead calf since the

There are only 76 killer whales left in the Northwest's iconic Southern Resident population. (NOAA/Wikimedia Commons)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – An orca conservation team convened by Gov. Jay Inslee is holding its first meeting on Tuesday. The Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force will focus on ways to help the Northwest's iconic species. Southern Resident Orca numbers in the Salish Sea have been in seri

Poorly designed culverts can make it nearly impossible for salmon to swim upstream to spawn. (Jerilyn Walley/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case today with major implications for the rights of tribes and salmon in Washington state. At the center of Washington v. United States are culverts, the pipes that carry streams under roads. The state has more than 800 culverts blocking more than 1,000 mil

A federal court has mandated that dams in the Columbia River Basin increase spill for salmon four times since 2005. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

SEATTLE – A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld a decision to allow Northwest dams to release more water over their spillways to help young salmon heading toward the ocean. Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers will begin spilling more water in the next week. Federal agencies appealed a deci

The Olympic Peninsula is recognized as a World Heritage Site because of its old-growth forests. (The Nature Conservancy)

FORKS, Wash. – The Washington Legislature has set aside $1 million in the capital budget for management of land and rivers on the Olympic Peninsula, home to forests recognized the world over. It also will become the site of an experiment in restoration. The Nature Conservancy is using lessons

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