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Re: “Dam Proposal on the Weiser River Trail Calls for Sacrifice

It is past time to address perpetual water rights in the state of Idaho! What God granted them? I want what water we have to be available to people equally. I don't want farming profits robing me of equal use or causing me great expense statewide getting nitrates out of drinking water because farmers refuse to change earagation practices and dump earagation back into the rivers in this state.

People matter, there will not be an opportunity like the Weiser River Trail again, we do not have a user friendly access state. There are highways, without bike lanes, few if any rural walkways, fenced fields, and farms crossed with earagation ditches, prohibit access at every turn.

Water is the most important item on the next WORLD adjenda, Idaho could be first to recognize this and reevaluate our total water use. Farming is not first in place, first is Nature & Wildlife, I include People at this point. We need access to Nature to Rivers to survive in this rural desert.

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Posted by ruthiona on 05/21/2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Dam Proposal on the Weiser River Trail Calls for Sacrifice

Right now, 427,000 acre feet of water is released for salmon health—coming from the Snake, Boise and Payette rivers. If the dam is built, that water could come from the new reservoir instead. The Snake River Plain is especially in need some help, according to Chase. He said there is a 250,000 acre feet shortfall every year in the Snake River to meet water rights. Letting the Snake retain more of its water would help stabilize that shortfall and recharge the dwindling Snake River Aquifer.


Yeah, screw the people so that the corporations can do whatever they want to do-- AT OUR EXPENSE! Anyone else see a pattern here?

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Posted by Gadfly on 05/20/2015 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Dam Proposal on the Weiser River Trail Calls for Sacrifice

There's no way in hell I'll let this happen so close to my hometown. Not only would this wipe out acres of beautiful land, but it would destroy the entire "feel" of Weiser. Not to mention, disturb all of the wildlife in the area. As the commenter above said, "...Dam[s] will not create more water or provide water security." The state needs to learn how to use our precious resources more wisely.

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Posted by WeiserResident on 05/20/2015 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Dam Proposal on the Weiser River Trail Calls for Sacrifice

There used to be a myth that water followed the plow. Now there's a myth that mother nature provides more water when engineers build a dam. Building the Galloway Dam on southwest Idaho's only remaining free-flowing river or raising the height of Arrowrock Dam or Anderson Ranch Dam will not create more water or provide water security. Water security will come when we modernize our water use and distribution systems and make the best use of the water we have. Check out these short water efficiency videos produced by Idaho Rivers United.…

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Posted by Idaho Rivers on 05/20/2015 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Dam Proposal on the Weiser River Trail Calls for Sacrifice

Here is a link to a video produced for Idaho Rivers United by Mountain Visions titled "The Weiser River- Idaho's Free-Flowing Gem"

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Posted by gogrimm on 05/20/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Dam Proposal on the Weiser River Trail Calls for Sacrifice

Or, we could finally admit that water isn't an individual property right, but a community good, and get rid of these ridiculous individual and corporate water rights.

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Posted by Les Nessman on 05/20/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Dam Proposal on the Weiser River Trail Calls for Sacrifice

You can't just build a dam anywhere. The West ran out of good dam sites by the 1960's. The Dept of the Interior catalogued and rated all the possible dam locations over a hundred years ago. Any dam built since the 1960's is third rate at best.

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Posted by idahoguy101 on 05/20/2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Boise Foothills Gets a New Open Space Manager

Congratulations Sara! The city is lucky to have an open space director who has a passion for preserving our precious foothills.

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Posted by MAG on 05/16/2015 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Loathsome Dove: Open Season on Eurasian Collared Doves

I think it is great that people are hunting this invasive species. There are just too many of them and obviously they are spreading everywhere. It makes sense to hunt them vs. our native morning dove where they exist, as they are larger providing more meat per bird. It will be difficult to get rid of them in communities as hunting wouldn't be allowed, but where they expand out into natural habitats and farmland to harvest as many of these birds as possible makes all the sense in the world. Yes they are docile like all doves but they just don't belong in our country as well as Australia and I suppose many other places internationally. In FL where I Live they are numerous. I too can't stand there constant cooing and their harsh call notes. I so prefer the Morning doves soft, mournful song.

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Posted by Kinglet on 05/12/2015 at 6:25 PM

Re: “More Spokes in Boise Bike Week's Wheels

Confucius say, "Girl who ride bicycle, peddle ass all over town."

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Benj Hall on 05/11/2015 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Us Against Phlegm

The ignorance here is outstanding. This whole article is based on the fact that the men you saw spitting were doing it for no other reason than to spit. You have no way of knowing their reason for spitting, they could have a respitory infection, be smokers, or any number of things that makes them produce excess mucus. Swallowing mucus in these cases can cause more problems breathing and in some cases nausea and vomiting. To the commenter that thinks spitting and intelligence are connected, thanks for the good laugh. Your comment is a clear indication of your intelligence.

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Posted by Emily on 05/11/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Clothing Skinny Dipper

I think that we have too much government in our lives. To tell we we are trespassing on
public land is a prime example. I've sent an e-mail the the BLM as to how to apply foe a special use permit. I hope that we can get enough people involved that we can get this permit and take care of the hot springs our selves. Starting by closing the hot springs from 5 pm Friday till Sunrise Monday. Then open Monday through Friday Sunrise to Sunset. Do this for starters and maybe just maybe we can get rid of the people that are causing the problem. Lets work together to save the Skinny dipper hot springs. Thanks!
Jerry Karlson

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Posted by elkhorn on 05/08/2015 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Clothing Skinny Dipper

"Fischer said the legal reason for closing the springs is because it's unauthorized use of public lands—using them is considered trespass."

So apparently folks enjoying the geothermals is trespassing, but some guy in Nevada who hasn't paid any grazing fees, well that's derned government overreach (need I add that he's become quite wealthy raising cattle on BLM lands).

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by godivademaus on 05/08/2015 at 1:53 AM

Re: “First Thursday: Boise Escape Scavenger Hunt

CatWalkins, of course it is seventh. In this way, Boise is like New York City. Many years ago, Seventh Street in NYC was rebaptized "Avenue of the Americas," with names and national symbols at the various cross streets. Boise has done the same thing in its own way. Seventh is Capitol Blvd, and it has symbols of its many counties along the way. Nobody in NYC refers to its street as Ave of the Americas. New Yorkers still call it Seventh Avenue. I, being a transplanted New Yorker ( in my own way) refuse to call it "Capitol Boulevard." For me, it is Seventh Street. Jesus, Lord, how else can I keep my bearings in a town where a crane is blocking Main Street.

Posted by boi22toy on 05/07/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Clothing Skinny Dipper

Our highways have anti-litter signs everywhere. There is a fine for doing it. But we still have to have volunteers out to clean up the highways and dispose of litter. we are a senseless, indifferent society that needs reforming. One alternative is to post a 24/7 armed guard at the hot springs for awhile.

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Posted by Jerry Branson on 05/07/2015 at 1:34 PM

Re: “First Thursday: Boise Escape Scavenger Hunt

I guessed "seventh" :-(

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Posted by CatWalkins on 05/07/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Clothing Skinny Dipper

I'm not upset in the least that BLM has had to take this regrettable, but necessary, action. It's the bums who've spoiled it for the rest of us, and the hand-wringing and largely meaningless response that "they'll just move to the next place and trash that" ignores the larger problem, which is the absence of effective self-policing by users of public lands. If fellow users tolerate drug use, drinking, and trashing the place, there's not much for a management agency to do except to declare a "time out" and admonish the childish ones among us to "go to your room until we tell you to come out."

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Posted by Just the facts, ma"m on 05/06/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Clothing Skinny Dipper

I think I've met Ken! I am so bummed!

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Posted by Tamara Hallock on 05/06/2015 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Clothing Skinny Dipper

Just because the land is public doesn't mean you can do anything you want. It means it's ours, so you can't act like it's just yours. You can't just go around and say, ruin habitat. Some group needs to get the permit and then take steps to keep out knuckleheads. Problem solved.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Alan Tumlinson Mebane on 05/06/2015 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Clothing Skinny Dipper

I would like to see the BLM improve the area. Add out houses, groom the trail and impose a moderate use fee that directly funds the upkeep.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by starstorm on 05/06/2015 at 3:38 PM

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