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Resurrect the Salmon

by Wayne de la Motte
The Idaho Statesman, August 23, 2005

Imagine a blond, crew-cut, freckle-faced boy on the banks of Johnson Creek, south of Yellow Pine, landing his first ever Idaho salmon. Wonder in awe as you see through his eyes the salmon's stout heart, still beating in the gut pile on the gravel bar.

That was 50 years ago, when an Air Force master sergeant would load his young family into a '55 Chevy station wagon and drive to the central Idaho wilderness, up the perilous Highway 55. It was before the four dams on the lower Snake River in Washington caused the near-extinction of Idaho's wild salmon.

Advocates for the return of the native anadromous Idahoans will not be deterred by the likes of Norm Semanko and Dirk Kempthorne, lackey and lapdog of the hydrofathers. We, our children and their children will not rest until the last dam on the lower Snake River is breached, and the wild Idaho salmon who died for our sins are resurrected.

Related Pages:
Well-known Biologist Reverses Stance on Dam Breaching by Alyson Outen, KTVB News, 8/11/5
Statesman's 1-Sided View on Dam Breaching is Absurd by Norm Semanko, Idaho Statesman, 8/6/5
Salmon Response: Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, R-Idaho Questionaire, Idaho Statesman, 8/7/5

Wayne de la Motte, South Fork, Boise River
Resurrect the Salmon
The Idaho Statesman, August 23, 2005

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