Syrian refugees arrive aboard a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to the island of Lesbos, Greece in September. The U.S. has plans to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year.
Syrian refugees arrive aboard a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to the island of Lesbos, Greece in September. The U.S. has plans to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year. Petros Giannakouris AP
Syrian refugees arrive aboard a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to the island of Lesbos, Greece in September. The U.S. has plans to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year. Petros Giannakouris AP
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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."