Environment

Letters from the West

Saving Idaho’s salmon: Nature again turns against returning fish that already face long odds

The number of spring chinook salmon that have made it from the ocean to the first dam on the Columbia is at a low not seen since the 1990s. Biologists worry that recently abundant salmon runs are at risk again, with changing Pacific ocean conditions, low water in 2015 and other factors. Will salmon return to the brink of extinction, or can steps taken in the past decade sustain fish in the face of a warming climate?

Environment

Idaho Capitol climate hearing

More than 650 people packed the Lincoln Auditorium and four overload rooms to hear scientists, economists, theologians and business people talk about climate change and its impacts on Idaho.(Rocky Barker)

Videos

Boise flooding: What to watch for

Federal dam managers have bet we wouldn't have 3 days of 90 degree temperatures in the next 20 days. But a lot of rain also could bring snow down.(Rocky Barker)
rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Boise flooding: What to watch for 1:19

Boise flooding: What to watch for

Elmore County resident's video shows severe flooding in mountain town 0:31

Elmore County resident's video shows severe flooding in mountain town

Flooding in Elmore County washes out roads, forces evacuations 0:35

Flooding in Elmore County washes out roads, forces evacuations

Hot weather as Boise River floods 0:55

Hot weather as Boise River floods