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"oods will always remember landing as part of a wildland firefighting crew in the tiny town of Salmon, Idaho, set to battle a blazing wildfire. The townspeople came out to meet them with posters and thank you notes and overflowing appreciation for what they’d come to do. Or, for a more peaceful moment, he’ll think of the time he and his family lived on Cumberland Island, an undeveloped piece of land off the Georgia coast, reachable only by boat. “In some ways living right in the parks has been just a magical thing, almost,” he said. " ...
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I love a good fish story. Even if the fish tend to grow a few inches over time or the drama increases with each retelling, it’s always fun to hear about other anglers’ memorable adventures.

Because fish stories typically are passed along by word of mouth, there is a lot of room for lines to blur and details to become fuzzy. And as the years go by, some stories lose all or part of the truth behind them.

Thus, fishing myths and legends are born. When I talk to readers, students in my fishing classes, friends and other anglers, I’m always surprised by the amount of misinformation that gets around. So it’s time to end the speculation once and for all with some fishing myth busters.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined.

The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave their green light by finding that the project would not mean extinction for endangered and threatened native species of salmon and other fish. The project, which would tap part of the flow of California's largest river, the Sacramento, would change the way the San Francisco Bay Area, the farm-rich Central Valley and populous Southern California get their water from what is the West Coast's largest estuary.

The twin tunnels, both four stories high and 35 miles long, would be California's most ambitious water project since the 1950s and 1960s. Then, Brown's father, the late Gov. Pat Brown, helped oversee building of the pumps, dams, and aqueducts that move water from the green north to more arid south. Supporters say the tunnels are needed to modernize and secure water deliveries from the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, now done by aging pumps that pull the rivers and the fish in them off-course.

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mule deer

Turns out Idaho’s mule deer fawn mortality wasn’t as bad as feared, but still the second-lowest winter survival in nearly 20 years. About 30 percent of radio collared fawns and 90 percent of collared does survived the harsh conditions last winter with deep snow and frigid temperatures on low-elevation winter range. Elk survival was substantially better with 54 percent of radio collared calves and 96 percent of collared cows making it through winter.

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image: Story: Brendan Wells // Videos: Todd Wells // Illustration: Martin Simpson “What was a dark and empty silence crescendoed into a roar unparalleled by any other sound in nature. The paddlers ahead of me accelerated toward the towering giants and by the time I hit the first wave, the light from their glowsticks had completely disappeared as they sunk into the troughs of the waves, the force of the current sucking them from one side of the river to the other. “All I could do was keep my forward momentum, hoping, praying that there wasn’t a massive river-wide hole that could stop us all dead in our tracks. The size of this rapid and the eeriness of paddling it in the dark was accentuated by the moonlight, which almost blinded me as it sat directly in front of the coming waves low on the horizon. Somewhat miraculously, the river swept us through its powerful torrents unscathed and we managed to avoid any trip-ending features or mishaps.” ...
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The small earthquake that struck Yellowstone National Park on Thursday night was part of a swarm that has been hitting the area since Monday, scientists say. The quake was centered near West Yellowstone, but was also felt by people in Gardiner and Bozeman. “As of 10 a.m. this morning we had located a total of 235 earthquakes in the area,” said Jamie Farrell, University of Utah research professor of seismology. Yellowstone gets about 1,500 to 2,000 earthquakes every year. About half of those come in earthquake swarms — lots of earthquakes in a small area in a short amount of time.
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While the overall federal budget has plenty of cuts in agency after agency, the forest service plan has more drama, because the White House is seeking about $100 million in funding for capital improvement and maintenance, down from $363 million this year. That’s a 73 percent cut, and could have a huge impact on recreation, according to Rebecca Turner, senior director of programs and policy for American Forests, a nonprofit conservation organization. Turner said roads are used to access the trails leading to “majestic overlooks,” as well as lakes and rivers inside the forests. She said the budget cuts would also lead to camp sites and facilities not being maintained....
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The Aug. 21 solar eclipse is expected to impact eastern Idaho’s highway system more than any event in recent history. The Idaho Transportation Department is taking steps to mitigate danger and inconvenience, spokesman Bruce King said. “The more traffic you have on the state highway system the more potential there is for congestion, and the more congestion there is the more risk of accidents, therefore we want to minimize any impediments to safe travel,” he said. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to visit eastern Idaho for eclipse weekend.
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