Wheat farmer Bryan Jones on the Snake River. He says river shipping is cheaper than rail and trucking for him. But if more rail is built to offset the loss of the river, he supports removing four Snake River dams in Washington state.
Wheat farmer Bryan Jones on the Snake River. He says river shipping is cheaper than rail and trucking for him. But if more rail is built to offset the loss of the river, he supports removing four Snake River dams in Washington state. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Wheat farmer Bryan Jones on the Snake River. He says river shipping is cheaper than rail and trucking for him. But if more rail is built to offset the loss of the river, he supports removing four Snake River dams in Washington state. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com

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