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In a bid to recover Snake River salmon and end decades of conflict, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is proposing a $33 billion infrastructure and community investment strategy that would breach the four lower Snake River dams and reorder much of the fish, energy and commodity transportation systems o…

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You wouldn’t know it from the way Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., pumped the brakes on Congressman Mike Simpson’s concept to breach four dams on the lower Snake River to spare imperiled salmon from extinction.

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Washington’s two most powerful politicians said Friday the region’s salmon and steelhead need help “now more than ever,” but then dismissed Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s plan to save the fish and in its place proposed a regional collaborative process.

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The founder of the region’s largest private employer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, opposes a proposal by Congressman Mike Simpson to help threatened and endangered salmon by breaching the four lower Snake River dams.

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Sitting at opposite ends of the Columbia River Basin and the modern political spectrum didn’t keep two Northwest congressmen from scratching out some common ground surrounding one of the region’s most difficult and controversial issues.

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Nearly half of the wild spring chinook populations in the Snake River Basin have crossed a critical threshold, signaling they are nearing extinction and without intervention may not persist, according to analysis by the Nez Perce Tribe.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is operating the lower Snake River at a water elevation that decreases survival of protected salmon and steelhead but provides safer navigation conditions for tug and barge operators.

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Leaders from a dozen Native American tribes in the Columbia Basin are seeking a dialogue with energy, agriculture and business interests aimed at advancing discussions of Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s plan to save salmon by breaching the four lower Snake River dams.

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In an appeal for Congressman Mike Simpson to reconsider his proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams, the Lewis County commissioners are inviting the southeastern Idaho Republican lawmaker to visit northern Idaho to see first-hand the effect that such a move would have on the region.

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Letter writing continues to be a vehicle of choice for groups and individuals looking to sway members of Congress as they deliberate Rep. Mike Simpson’s $33 billion dam breaching concept.

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Rep. Mike Simpson said legislation for his sweeping plan to save salmon and steelhead by breaching the four lower Snake River Dams could come in multiple phases.

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Key players in the debate about breaching the four lower Snake River dams so far are silent about two scenarios being circulated by the staff of U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson that address how grain could reach the Portland area if barges no longer called on the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

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A few weeks ago, I spoke out in support of Rep. Mike Simpson’s bold new plan for the Northwest. I wrote about the inextricable link between my community of Riggins and our salmon and steelhead. I spoke about spending my lifetime listening and learning to what our wheat farmers require, what …

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By most accounts, Toby Wyatt and his Reel Time Fishing business are premier examples of entrepreneurship and fishing experience excellence in our region. You could easily argue that he is legendary in the tradition of his father, Snake River Jake.

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pledged swift work by Congress on a job and infrastructure package that will be “fiscally sound,” but said she isn’t sure whether the next major item on President Joe Biden’s agenda will attract Republican backing.

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The Clearwater County commissioners joined their counterparts in Idaho County on Monday by expressing “outrage” at Congressman Mike Simpson’s proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams.

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GRANGEVILLE — Saying they are “completely mystified” by Congressman Mike Simpson’s proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams, the Idaho County commissioners Tuesday sent a strongly worded letter to the lawmaker rejecting the plan.

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Two of the staunchest supporters of the four lower Snake River dams are pushing legislation that calls for the expansion of hydropower across the country and promotes innovation in the industry.

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BOISE — The eighth week of Idaho’s 2021 legislative session kicked off Monday with a mix of anti-dam-breaching sentiments, constitutionality concerns and legislative prerogatives.

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Idaho Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy and Washington Sen. Mark Schoesler, I read your co-authored article in the Feb. 18 Lewiston Tribune, which opposed Rep. Mike Simpson’s dam-breaching plan. I am quite disturbed with the eagerness of you and other dam supporters — including Gov. Brad Little — t…

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Organizers of the nascent Columbia Basin Collaborative were urged to not let the typically slow pace of such proceedings prevent the body from considering a dam breaching proposal that could require quick action.

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ASOTIN — Five southeastern Washington counties are “pushing back” against an Idaho congressman’s proposal to breach the four dams on the lower Snake River in an effort to save endangered salmon.

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Idaho’s already struggling populations of wild spring and summer chinook salmon face grim consequences from climate change and could blink out in the second half of this century, according to a paper published by federal fisheries scientists.

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Like many others, we were caught off guard by Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s recent announcement of his $33 billion salmon-recovery plan that centers around removing the four dams on the lower Snake River by 2031. Known as a collaborator, Rep. Simpson’s proposal is especially disappointing g…

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Thirty years ago last month then-Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus stood at the front of a crowded hotel ballroom in Boise to warn the Northwest’s industrial and energy interests that the Endangered Species Act was coming for them, and that the demise of the region’s salmon populations would eventu…

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Initial reaction to an Idaho congressman’s proposal to save Idaho salmon by breaching the four lower Snake River dams while investing in affected industries and communities broadly fell along three lines Monday.

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In a bid to recover Snake River salmon and end decades of conflict, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is proposing a $33 billion infrastructure and community investment strategy that would breach the four lower Snake River dams and reorder much of the fish, energy and commodity transportation systems o…

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In a bid to recover Snake River salmon and end decades of conflict, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is proposing a $33 billion infrastructure and community investment strategy that would breach the four lower Snake River dams and reorder much of the fish, energy and commodity transportation systems o…