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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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ECOBALT SOLUTIONS COM NPV (OTCMKTS:ECSIF), the mining company focused on the exploration and development of mineral resources of cobalt and copper, has recently become very interesting. Why? The company made an update regarding its 100% owned Idaho Cobalt Project, wherein it was noted that the company had achieved many key milestones.
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MANNINGTON TWP. -- State Police have identified the man and woman killed Saturday afternoon when their motorcycle collided with a car. Bradley Loveland, 57, of Alloway Township, was driving a Harley Davidson east on County Route 540 (Welchville Road) shortly before 3:30 p.m. when the vehicle struck the passenger side of a Ford Escape traveling south on County Route 653 (Acton Station Road). Loveland and his passenger, Tammy Bailey, 46, of Salmon, Idaho, were thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Ford had observed the stop sign at the intersection and then pulled into the intersection when the crash occurred, police said. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
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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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The Boundary Creek Road #40-579 and #40-568 is now passable. The Salmon-Challis National Forest wants to remind visitors to slow down as the road is still rough in places and speed increases the size of existing potholes. Road maintenance is scheduled for the Boundary Creek Road and Salmon River Road (#030) in July. Please use caution as there will be equipment in the area. 

Many areas are experiencing high water. Damage to roadways and trails from the high water has been documented. Use extra caution around eroded banks and roads. Floodwaters may undercut the road surface leaving an unstable area that can collapse without warning dropping people or vehicles into the water. Turn around when encountering flooded roads. It is unknown what is under the water and the road may be gone causing your vehicle to be swept downstream with the water flow. Drivers should continually be on the lookout for damaged roads. The Forest encourages extra caution for travel at night and during periods of low visibility. Damaged road surfaces may not be marked and can be very hard to identify in the dark.

It was a big snow year and many roads are not opening as early as in years past.

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By Laura Zuckerman | SALMON, IDAHO Grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park will be stripped of Endangered Species Act safeguards this summer, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday in a move conservation groups vowed to challenge in court. Dropping federal protection of Yellowstone's grizzlies, formally proposed in March 2016 under the Obama administration, was based on the agency's findings that the bears' numbers have rebounded sufficiently in recent decades....
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Motorcycles are a family affair. “I grew up on motorcycles. I grew up on a ranch bordering the BLM,” said Max’s dad, Dan, who grew up in Salmon, Idaho. “I had a track right out of my back yard. That’s what I did.” Dan is in charge of maintaining the racing bikes, KTM 50 CCs, which are the required size for Max’s age group. “The motors are all the same,” Dan explained, “The regulations focus on tire size and suspension. It’s basically to give the different sized riders the same playing field.” Dan says that the racing is safe—which may seem surprising to those used to watching motocross at the fair or on television.
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image: http://www.canoekayak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/C-K-WHITEWATER-ILLU... 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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