PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 

President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 

Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - WA: Cultural Resources

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SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. - Today, President Obama designates the San Juan Islands National Monument, a series of 75 small parcels of land scattered on multiple islands in three Washington counties, totaling about 1,000 acres. It is a goal local residents have sought for years, to protect scenic spots

PHOTO: Tubing at Suncadia Resort is just one way people have outdoor fun in Washington. Outdoor recreation is a $22 billion business in the state, according to a new OIA report. Courtesy of Suncadia.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Having fun outdoors is serious business in the state of Washington. A new report from the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) shows that recreation is responsible for 227,000 jobs in Washington, $7 billion in wages and $1.6 billion dollars in state and local taxes. The r

PHOTO: The Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion legislation includes Wild & Scenic River protection for almost 30 miles of the Middle Fork of the Snowqualmie River. Courtesy Washington Wild.

SEATTLE - The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area in the central Cascades could be expanded by 22,000 acres if legislation introduced in Congress gets a fighting chance this session. Similar bills have come up several times in past years, but never quite managed to make it through both the House and Senate

PHOTO: Want to start 2013 with a business of your own? A workshop for beginning entrepreneurs is held monthly in the Tri-Cities. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

KENNEWICK, Wash. - If your New Year's resolution is to start your own business, a visit to the Tri-Cities could help. "Start Smart" is a one-time, three-hour workshop held monthly in Kennewick to give entrepreneurs the basic information they need to launch a business idea in Washington. LoAnn Ayers

PHOTO: The cash-strapped Washington State Parks system relies heavily on volunteers, like the ones on this project at Millersylvania State Park. Courtesy of Washington State Parks Foundation.

ELMA, Wash. - The Washington State Parks system has its 100th birthday this year, and park workers are hoping the occasion will help rally public support. The future of 116 state parks is up in the air, with budget cuts that already have eliminated some jobs, shifted full-time workers to part-time

PHOTO: The Bureau of Land Management manages several parcels of land on the San Juan Islands, including three historic lighthouses. There's a proposal to designate these areas as a national monument. Photo credit: Inferno/

LOPEZ ISLAND, Wash. – Some Washington residents say they know one simple thing President Obama could do to boost their local economy. They want him to designate part of the San Juan Islands as a national monument – and they say they've been waiting patiently. Volunteers have helped the

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane. Photo courtesy of the museum.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Those looking for an affordable place to retire - or save for retirement - have 10 options to consider, in new rankings from AARP The Magazine - and Spokane is one of them. The researchers looked at where a person or couple can live on $100 a day, or an average an

PHOTO: With all the budget cuts things like safe parks for kids to hang out in are being cut.

MOSSYROCK, Wash. - The Land and Water Conservation Fund is in limbo. The federal program was cut from the massive $120 billion surface transportation funding bill that Congress passed late last week. The Fund uses fees from oil and gas exploration - not taxpayer revenue - to make grants for recreati

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