Amanda Peacher

Amanda Peacher is an Arthur F. Burns fellow reporting and producing in Berlin in 2013. Amanda is from Portland, Oregon, where she works as the public insight journalist for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She produces radio and online stories, data visualizations, multimedia projects, and facilitates community engagement opportunities for OPB's newsroom.

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A class action lawsuit is alleging the U.S. Olympic Committee headquartered in Colorado Springs tolerated sexual abuse, exploitation and forced labor. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee is not specifically named as a defendant in the suit, but that could change as the suit moves forward. 

Our region is home to some of the hottest housing markets in the country but that trend may slowing down. 

The nation’s first commercial oil-shale mine could be built here in our region. The Bureau of Land Management issued a decision that allows a mine in Utah’s Uinta Valley to move forward. 

The Department of Interior just released a new science policy that it says will increase transparency. But conservationists are concerned. 

An important but little-known public lands fund expired this weekend. 

Idaho and Utah voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid at the ballot this November. Those voters might want to look at a report out this week that assessed how the expansion of the federal health care program played out. 

Public lands are a big deal in the mountain west. Conservationists across our region are celebrating these lands all this month.

 


A federal judge has extended a temporary ban on grizzly bear hunting near Yellowstone National Park while he mulls the animal’s fate.

 


A leaked memo this week from the Interior Department shows Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give states more clout over wildlife management on public lands, unless it conflicts with federal law.

 


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A senate committee is focusing on a little-known environmental law Thursday. 

The National Environmental Policy Act isn’t as well known as the Endangered Species or Clean Water Acts, but it’s been around for almost fifty years.  It’s the law that mandates a public comment period before any big project, like a new highway or a dam.

NEPA reviews currently take around 3 to 5 years. President Trump wants that process cut down to 2 years or less.

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