Snake River

Fish
3:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Federal Officials Eye Improving Fall Chinook Runs

Credit Ingrid Taylar / Flickr

Officials at the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a long-range plan that could lead to delisting fall chinook in the Snake River.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that officials for the first time are setting down precise standards that must be met for the fish to be taken off the endangered species list.

But officials say it's a long process with many hurdles.

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Dams
11:51 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams

Columbia River Gorge
Credit Shawn Kinkade / Flickr

The Army Corps of Engineers this spring will begin killing birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead.

The agency unveiled a plan Thursday that will allow as many as 1,200 California gulls, 650 ring-billed gulls and 150 double-crested cormorants to be killed.

The Lewiston Tribune says the action will occur at McNary Dam on the Columbia River and Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams on the Snake River.

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Idaho News
9:27 am
Thu February 20, 2014

One Anniversary, Two Teams Trying To Recreate Evel Knievel Canyon Jump

The rocket that Scott Record, left, and Scott Truax plan to use to recreate Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump is about 60 percent complete.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 11:21 am

Two teams want to re-enact Evel Knievel's famous jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

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Idaho News
9:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Snake River Canyon Jump Back In The Spotlight

Credit City of Twin Falls

The Twin Falls City Council will meet tonight and revisit the issue of planning a jump over the Snake River Canyon. It's the first meeting for the group since council members last week voted to deny access to city-owned land to a Texas stunt-man the city has been negotiating with for months. The council had concerns over Ed Beckley's proposed safety plan. 

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Idaho News
9:34 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Twin Falls Denies Texas Stuntman's Permit For Snake River Jump

Credit BigEdBeckley.net

The Twin Falls City Council has denied a Texas motorcycle stuntman's request to lease the site from which Evel Knievel made his failed attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in 1974.

A motion to approve the lease to Beckley Media failed on a 5-2 vote on Monday.

Many council members said they were concerned that "Big Ed" Beckley's safety plan for the proposed September jump was incomplete while some questioned whether local law enforcement could handle the expected crowds.

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Water
2:17 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

South Idaho Farmers Told To Brace For Water Shutdown

A farmer walks his droughted field in eastern Idaho.
Credit Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Growers of sugar beets and potatoes in eight counties along southern Idaho's Snake River could be in jeopardy after a fish hatchery's complaint it isn't getting its fair share of water.

Idaho Department of Water Resources' director Gary Spackman signed an order Wednesday telling 2,300 water-right holders they'll have to shut down irrigation if they can't reach a compromise with Rangen Inc, a Hagerman-based fish farm.

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Idaho News
10:20 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Second Snake River Canyon Jumper Gets Permit

Credit ChadH / Flickr Creative Commons

Jerome County commissioners in south-central Idaho have approved a permit for a rocket-powered jump of the Snake River Canyon the weekend before another daredevil's attempt.

The Times-News reports that commissioners approved the plan for Scott Record and Scott Traux to launch the rocket Sept. 1 from private land in Jerome County to private land in Twin Falls County.

That's a week ahead of the planned attempt by Texas motorcycle stuntman Big Ed Beckley.

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Environment
10:23 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Idaho Fish Farm Settles Pollution Case With EPA

The farm raises Tilapia and American Bullfrogs.
Credit MHaze / Flickr Creative Commons

A Twin Falls fish and frog farm has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine as part to settle a case over illegal discharging of phosphorus into the Snake River.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Tuesday with McCollum Enterprises, Limited Partnership, which operates the Canyon Springs Fish Farm.

Regulators accused the company of more than 550 violations of its discharge permit between June 2008 and March 2012.

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Idaho News
11:51 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Evel Knievel's Snake River Jump Site Now Part Of Twin Falls

Credit ChadH / Flickr Creative Commons

Evel Knievel's 1974 Snake River jump site and 425 acres along the Snake River Canyon are now part of the Twin Falls city limits.

The city council on Monday unanimously approved annexing the land, which includes the Centennial Trail and the city gun range.

The city obtained the property in a 2012 land swap. With daredevils seeking to use the Knievel site to launch a rocket across the canyon, city officials want to make sure they have full jurisdiction over the site.

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Education Funding
10:59 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Texas Stuntman Sends Nearly $1 Million To Idaho Schools

"Big" Ed Beckley.
Credit BigEdBeckley.net

Idaho schools will get $943,000 from a Texas stuntman, in return, the stuntman has purchased the right to jump the Snake River Canyon.

The bid made by "Big" Ed Beckley in a public auction last week is due to the state of Idaho Friday afternoon. He'll wire the money to the state.

Beckley is a 63-year-old who's been jumping motorcycles since the mid 1970s.  At 285 lbs. he bills himself as the world's largest motorcycle jumper. 

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StoryCorps
6:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Idaho StoryCorps: Neither Rain, Nor Mud, Nor Goose Poop Will Stop One Marriage Proposal

Brian Thom and Ardele Hanson on the Snake River after he proposed.
Credit Brian Thom and Ardele Hanson

Four years ago, Brian Thom, the Episcopal Bishop of Idaho, came up with a plan to ask Ardele Hanson to marry him.  He wanted to recreate a special moment by kayaking up the Snake River to a lush, green island they had visited that summer. 

In his pocket was an engagement gift, a heart-shaped necklace.  The couple sat down in the StoryCorps booth in Boise to talk about that day.

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Water
5:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Why The Snake River In Idaho Runs Dry For Miles

Water is being diverted for agriculture at Milner Dam, which means the Snake River is running at low levels until Twin Falls.
Credit Frank Kovalchek / Flickr Creative Commons

If you were to go to the banks of the Snake River downstream of Milner Dam near Burley, you wouldn’t see much more than a trickle of water. That’s because the federal Bureau of Reclamation shut off the river flow on June 4.

For at least 25 miles, there isn’t enough water for a kayaker to paddle through. Idaho Power runs the hydroelectric plant at the dam, and says the zero flow will impact its operations through late July.  

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Clean Water Act
10:40 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Idaho Cheese Company, EPA Reach Settlement

Credit Greg Harness / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] has reached a settlement agreement with Jerome Cheese Company that would have the cheesemaker paying more than $300,000 in fines for dumping too many pollutants into the Snake River.

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Aquifers
9:22 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Study: Aquifers Draining Quickly, Less In Pacific Northwest

Middle Fork of the Boise River
Credit KelleyTravel / Flickr

A new study says the nation’s aquifers are shrinking at an alarming rate The problem is not as bad in the Northwest, thanks to an abundance of rivers and streams. But even here, aquifers are shrinking.

Think of all the water in Lake Erie. Then double it. That’s how much water has drained since 1900 from aquifers in the U.S. When these underground water bodies shrink, it means less water for cities, farms and streams.

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Snake River
8:52 am
Mon April 8, 2013

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prepares Snake River Dredging Plans

Washington's Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River.
Credit Idaho Public Television

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers wants to dredge a deeper channel for barges in the waters behind southeastern Washington’s Lower Granite Dam. Idaho’s Port of Lewiston says the work is important to keep the local economy moving. But some environmental groups opposed to the plan.

Damming the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington has turned the nearby town of Lewiston, Idaho into the Northwest’s most inland seaport. But the build-up of sediment is making the water too shallow for barges to navigate the waters behind the Lower Granite Dam.

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Idaho History
3:36 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Hells Canyon Mail Boats Give Insight Into Idaho's Past

Mail Boat on the Snake River
Credit From the Kyle McGrady collection, courtesy of Bob McGrady

Early in the last century, people living in Hells Canyon didn't have much contact with the outside world.  Their lifeline were  the mail boats that braved the challenging Snake River.  Former Lewis Clark State College professor Carole Simon-Smolinski has been studying Hells Canyon. She'll talk about the mail boat tradition tonight in Boise.  She says the boats started running around 100 years ago.

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Winter weather
11:39 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Flood Watch Near Salmon In Effect After Frigid Temps

Credit Andrew McFarlane / Flickr Creative Commons

Ice jams on the Salmon River are causing flooding concerns. The National Weather Service reports continued sub-zero temperatures in Lemhi County. The cold weather could mean the river will flood low-lying areas this week.    

David Evetts is with the U.S. Geological Survey in Idaho. He says there is one ice jam north and one south of Salmon. Evetts says it’s common for ice jams to form in the area, but flooding isn’t always the end result.

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Environment
12:01 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Judge Redden Talks Salmon Case

Judge James Redden
Aaron Kunz Earthfix

A federal judge who has ruled for more than a decade on how to save Columbia and Snake River salmon says four dams on the Lower Snake River should be torn down.

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