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It should come as no surprise that this year’s whitewater season will be one for the record books. Our snowpack is as high as it has been for years. Right now our rivers are starting to let loose with the spring flush, and I think we still haven’t seen the peak. We haven’t seen this kind of high water in at least 20 years. I used to like kayaking high water. Since turning 50, I’ve dialed it back a little and since turning 60 I just plain don’t kayak high water anymore....
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LEWISTON - As a lifelong East Coaster, Vance Skidmore is used to a terrain of cement sidewalks and skyscrapers. A smartphone tethers the IBM sales executive to daily life. His vacations revolved around hotels until three years ago, when Skidmore, 58, left his comfort zone. He and his wife signed up for a six-day rafting trip on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The river flows through the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. They'd never been rafting, or even camping, but the Idaho River Adventures trip featured their favorite band, the Infamous Stringdusters, who they'd seen more than 100 times in concert. Skidmore saw it as a chance to bond with the band in an intimate setting...

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Kyle Smith has a philosophical answer when asked why he and two friends kayaked 300 miles of the Salmon River through the heart of Idaho in one 32.5-hour push. He also has a short version. “Why the hell not?” he said Friday, about 24 hours after the journey ended but still feeling the effects of the cold in his fingers.

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The Indian Creek Airstrip will be closed from May 8 through May 12 while the Salmon-Challis National Forest Trail Crew uses a mule team and a grader to perform routine maintenance on the remote airstrip. The backcountry airstrip is located in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, southwest of Salmon, Idaho...

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By The Herald Editorial Board

They want public comment? Give them public comment. Following an executive order signed by President Trump last month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has ordered the review of 22 national monuments and five more marine national monuments that were established since 1996 by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama under the authority granted presidents by the 1906 Antiquities Act....

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It’s mid-September, and endangered Chinook salmon are heading up to the headwaters of the Salmon River to spawn a new generation.

Thanks to a major collaborative project on Pole Creek, the stream is ready for adult and juvenile fish to thrive.

“Fish and Game is delighted with how this turned out,” said Windy Davis, staff biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Salmon Region. “The Pole Creek project and all of our restorations up here are like welcoming our fish home, back to Idaho. We don’t have a lot of control over how many fish come back but what we can do is leave the light on for them, open the doors, put out the welcome mat, and make it the best place to return home to.”

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