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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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In a year like this, with snowpack and streamflow ranging up to 200 percent of normal, the top boaters really shine in the big water scene, and they go after it with gusto. They’re out running the Salmon River top to bottom, from Stanley to Lewiston, or Marsh Creek to Spring Bar, in a matter of days. They’ll be waiting to run the Middle Fork at 10 feet in a single day, all 100 miles in about 10 hours....

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...What they discovered, contrary to popular opinion, is that protected areas, which presumably have higher biomass and fuels loads, had lower-severity fires than forests that were actively managed. This is not surprising if you understand why and how forests burn. First, what burns in forest fires are primarily the fine fuels such as needles, small branches, grass and shrubs. That is why in the aftermath of a fire, there are snags. The tree boles themselves seldom burn. Logging and thinning tends to put more fine fuels on the ground and promotes the growth of things such as grasses and shrubs....

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