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Didn't Plan to Write, But

by Steven R. Evans
Lewiston Tribune, February 9, 2020

Graphic: Survival of juvenile salmon from the Washington/Idaho border to beyond Bonneville Dam has averaged around 50% survival.  In other words, half of them die while migrating through the federal hydropower system. I already wrote a letter about the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association meeting that was addressed by Gov. Brad Little and I don't want to write another. But, I have to. A letter by Steven R. Evans forced me.

His letter supported Little's stand to not allow discussion of removing the lower Snake River dams by his own special fish committee. The headline read "Agrees with Little," and I know Entel did not write the headline. But the Tribune's headline accurately describes the contents of Entel's letter.

I was in the front row of the meeting when the governor admitted he stood behind his decision to not allow his committee the freedom to even discuss dam removal. He defended his position in the sweetest tones, but under the sweet tones was the not-too-subtle message right in the association's face that shipping was more important than salmon/steelhead or fishing guides.

I don't think I was the only one stunned and speechless. I live in Idaho, Marvin, and you live in Washington. I am one of many voters who support our Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association and I disagree with my Idaho governor's position on the dams.

Related Pages:
Agrees with Little by Steven R. Evans, Lewiston Tribune, 1/26/20

Steven R. Evans, Lapwai
Didn't Plan to Write, But
Lewiston Tribune, February 9, 2020

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