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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - WY: Climate Change/Air Quality

Seventy percent of all oil and gas leases granted royalty relief during the coronavirus health emergency were in Wyoming. (Richard Masoner/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Land Management is failing to ensure taxpayers receive a fair market value for oil and gas deposits on federal lands, according to a new report. Autumn Hanna, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said due to outdated and poor land-management policies, over t

Smoke from wildfires can cause inflammation, irritate the lungs and affect the immune system. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wildfires are becoming more common and severe due to climate change and its warmer and drier conditions, in Wyoming and across the West. Now, health experts are warning people exposed to wildfire smoke also are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection. Cheryl Pirozzi, a pulmonary

Japan, the primary potential buyer of Wyoming coal exports, plans to retire most of its coal fleet in favor of cheaper renewable energy and natural gas. (Jwvein/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are challenging Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon to invest $1 million to help impacted communities that depend on coal production, instead of promoting the state's coal deposits to Asian markets. Rob Joyce, conservation organizer for the Sierra Club's Wyoming chapter,

The Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis Project will allow clear-cut logging on 86,119 acres. (Calibas/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are weighing their options to protect habitat and watersheds after the U.S. Forest Service issued its final decision last week to allow logging on more than 235,000 acres, and bulldozing 600 miles of new roads in the Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Wyom

Scientists have called on the United States to stop new coal leasing to help prevent the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. (Ecoflight)

SHERIDAN, Wyo. - A coalition including the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, conservation organizations and states launched a new challenge this week against the Trump administration's move to open millions of acres of public lands for new coal leasing and mining. Connie Wilbert, director of the Wyoming Ch

Mountain lion predation on adult mule deer, coyote predation on fawn, along with elk populations consuming deer food and prolonged drought have made it increasingly difficult for mule deer in the Greater Little Mountain Area to find their own place. (NPS)

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. -- Five years of comprehensive research into why mule deer populations have declined dramatically over the past few decades is nearing the finish line. Kevin Monteith, associate professor at the University of Wyoming, has been studying the impacts of drought, coyote and mountain

Key elements for phasing out fossil fuels in a managed way include social protection for fossil fuel workers, sound investments in low-emission sectors, and local economic diversification. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming's oil and gas sector continues to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic, a new report in the journal Climate Policy outlines how lawmakers can diversify revenue streams and begin phasing out reliance on fossil fuels. Report co-author Sivan Kartha, senior scientist a

Critics say a U.S. Forest Service proposal for logging in the Medicine Bow National Forest will destroy habitat for the imperiled lynx and the elusive pine marten, a small forest carnivore in the weasel family. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are stepping back into the fray to stop the latest proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to allow logging on more than 300,000 acres of land, and bulldozing 600 miles of new roads, in the Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Wyoming. Connie Wilbert, director

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