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BOISE, Idaho — The Natural Resources Conservation Service has just released the sixth water supply outlook report for the 2016 water year. Data shows that a solid snowpack still exists above 8,000 feet in the central mountains, and in most basins the remaining high elevation snowpack is more than twice normal. In addition, residual streamflow forecasts call for average or greater June to July volumes across the state. While May brought lower than normal precipitation to Idaho, the water year-to-date precipitation is above normal across the state, ranging from a low of 127 percent of average in the Spokane and Salmon Falls basins to 170 percent in Little Wood and Big Lost basins. It is worth noting that with the exception of the Mud Lake area, Idaho as a whole has already received its annual precipitation for the water year that runs from October to September.
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Sometimes ending a wild trip is the hardest part. Just ask Todd Wells and high-water kayaking cohorts Aniol Serrasolses, Tyler Bradt and Brendan Wells: What was the hardest part about setting a new, 24-hour distance paddling world record? Well, besides a sore butt and stiff legs, it was the last four hours after hitting the 24-hour mark, still having to paddle out to reach their takeout. The foursome set the world record, still pending approval from Guinness, this weekend (June 3-4) by paddling a high-water run linking Idaho’s Middle Fork, Main and Lower Salmon rivers, clocking a whopping 287.5 miles in 24 hours. “The previous record was 274 miles,” says Bradt, who celebrated his 31st birthday on the record-setting excursion, “and at the end of a big 24 hours of continuous paddling our GPS read 287.5.” Read more at http://www.canoekayak.com/news/bradt-serrasolses-and-wells-brothers-set-...

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BOISE, ID - The Natural Resources Conservation Service has just released the sixth water supply outlook report for the 2016 water year. The water supply outlook report shows that a solid snowpack still exists above 8,000 feet in the central mountains of Idaho, and in most basins -- more than twice the normal amount. In addition, residual streamflow forecasts call for average or greater June to July volumes across the state.

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RIGGINS, Idaho (AP) — A Montana woman has drowned in Idaho after authorities say she fell out of a raft into a river and her life vest came off.

The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Lindsay A. Rice of Great Falls, Montana, died Saturday after falling into the Little Salmon River near Riggins. Riggins is located near the Idaho/Oregon border. 

 

Authorities say Rice and another person were in the raft when they ended up in the river.

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If you were hoping to head up to Stanley for summertime hiking or sightseeing, you’ll want to avoid taking Idaho 21. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, a stretch of the road is closed until further notice. The 10-plus mile closure comprises an area where the highway is crumbling into a high and fast Canyon Creek, said ITD spokeswoman Jennifer Gonzalez. She said the water is undercutting the road. The closure begins at milepost 94 and stretches to milepost 105.5, between Grandjean Road and the line between Boise and Custer counties. It’s about 25 miles south of Stanley. ITD on its website described the situation as “extremely hazardous driving conditions.”...

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GUEST OPINIONS - BY CRAIG GEHRKE Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be visiting the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Friday, giving him a great opportunity to broaden his perspective on the national forests he is charged with overseeing. Perdue recently told Congress that the trees of our national forests are “crops” that “ought to be harvested.” I hope the secretary takes the time to listen and learn how much more the national forests yield states like Idaho beyond their value for cutting. I hope he talks to…

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MACKAY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Favorable weather has allowed the Salmon-Challis National Forest to begin its White Knob Fuels Reduction project. The project began in Blaze Canyon, about 1.5 miles from Mackay. The forest plans to treat 200 acres of timber. Personnel from several districts are participating. Smoke from the controlled burns is visible in the Mackay area.

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Idaho anglers may get another chance to fish for spring chinook.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via conference call Friday to consider reopening fishing seasons on the lower Salmon, Little Salmon and Clearwater rivers, as well as opening seasons for summer chinook on the upper Salmon and South Fork of the Salmon rivers.

Seasons on the Clearwater, lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers were closed Wednesday because of dismally low counts of adult chinook at Bonneville Dam. When fisheries managers from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game made the call to end fishing, the latest data told them the run was so low that there was a risk hatcheries on the Clearwater River might not get enough fish back to accommodate full production later this year, and that anglers on the lower Salmon River might harm protected wild salmon.

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