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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 - WY: Public Lands/Wilderness

Wildlife biologists point to the reintroduction of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone ecosysten as one reason ecological balance has been restored in the region, including the resurgence of willows, cottonwoods and songbirds. (Pixabay)

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in all lower 48 states. Gray wolves in the Northern Rockies were officially delisted in 2008, and in Wyoming it is legal to kill wolves outside the Yellowstone ecosystem, or in

A watchdog group discovered that proposed changes to the 11-state Greater Sage Grouse Management Plan closely mirrored requests by an oil and gas industry group, with documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. (Max Pixel)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Department of the Interior has taken steps to restrict public-records requests allowed through the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal would allow the agency to deny requests that it deems "burdensome" or "vague," and officials at the agency say it's necessary because

Nearly four in five voters surveyed support incentives for Wyoming farmers and ranchers to conserve wildlife habitat on their lands, while at the same time operating as a working farm or ranch. (NPS)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming voters overwhelmingly support a balanced approach to conservation, according to a new survey. Scott Zimmerman, a government affairs representative with Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, says the results confirm that residents want clean air, responsible energy developmen

Data collected by researchers show that the majority of streams on public lands are contaminated by fecal bacteria from livestock. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Environmental watchdog groups are eager to get back in the field after a Wyoming federal district court this week struck down so-called data trespass laws. Erik Molvar, executive director of the Western Watersheds Project, says by threatening citizens with jail time for coll

Federal scientists use radio-telemetry collars, such as the one on this elk, to monitor characteristics of healthy herds. (National Park Service)

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – As snow returns to Wyoming's mountain regions, elk are beginning their annual migration toward winter ranges. But some elk in the western part of the state will have to work for their meals after a recent U.S. district court revoked a long-term deal for a state-run feedi

In 2016, visits to western BLM lands resulted in 2.8 million fishing trips. (USFWS)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching on Bureau of Land Management lands generate more than $3 billion in economic activity annually, according to a new Southwick Associates study. The report is the first to document how these specific activities across 12 western states su

Aspen stands play a critical role in local ecosystems by providing habitat for birds, insects and various kinds of plants. (Pixabay)

CODY, Wyo. – Aspen trees are on the rebound in and around Yellowstone National Park, and a new report says predators deserve the credit. Luke Painter, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author, says the trees were in decline for decades largely because

Land and Water Conservation Fund state assistance grants have supported hundreds of projects across Wyoming, including Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. (National Park Service)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which taps a portion of offshore drilling fees to ensure recreational access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities on public lands, could effectively be shut down on September 30 unless Congress acts. The program is authorized

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