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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?

Helping Works

Turn support into action at Boise Race for the Cure

Fight breast cancer with a non-competitive 5k and 1-mile run walk at the Susan G. Komen Boise Race for the Cure; nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts and History; learn more about local organizations at a nonprofit “speed dating” event; the Daffodil Tea and Luncheon will benefit The Salvation Army’s Booth Marian Pritchett School Program.

Helping Works

Dive in to fundraising with Swim for MS; sign up for Brush-Up Nampa

Swim for MS allows volunteers to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America; Brush-Up Nampa seeks volunteers, applicants and sponsors; Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline needs volunteer phone responders; Treasure Valley companies team up to benefit Boise Rescue Mission; Delta Dental of Idaho’s Grins on the Go program provides free dental sealants to 1st and 2nd grade Peregrine Elementary students.


Boise flood forecast 4/19/2017

Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Damon Delarosa says his team took calculated risk to keep Boise River flows below 10,000 cubic feet per second.(Rocky Barker)
Boise flood forecast 4/19/2017 1:15

Boise flood forecast 4/19/2017

Boise flood danger remains high 1:40

Boise flood danger remains high

Idaho Capitol climate hearing 1:32

Idaho Capitol climate hearing

Rocky Barker: The best thing about Idaho, really 1:29

Rocky Barker: The best thing about Idaho, really