PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Another Serving of Idaho Salmon in Federal Court

June 18, 2008

Boise, ID – People in river towns in Idaho are still hoping to able to count on a chance to hook some wild salmon, and their new hope for regular, sustained fishing seasons is in federal court. Several groups have filed a lawsuit alleging the latest federal plan to "save" endangered fish still violates the Endangered Species Act.

Bill Sedivy with Idaho Rivers United says scientists and the courts have been clear that what's been done over the past 20 years isn't enough, and federal planning still doesn't address the biggest killer of the fish – a handful of the many dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

"This new plan is no different – inadequate, inconsistent with the law, and with science, and these plans have all been illegal."

Sedivy says it's time to stop wasting billions of dollars on things that don't work, like trying to barge the fish around the dams. Instead, he says that money should go towards designing new river systems and preparing to remove the problem dams.

"We can come together and resolve the salmon crisis by removing the four dams on the Lower Snake River, and keep people and communities whole."

Those dams are the ones scientists have pointed to as most dangerous to fish and to river health.

Supporters of keeping the dams in place say they are needed to generate electricity, maintain shipping channels, and provide irrigation; and they point out that the latest federal plan includes more money for salmon habitat projects.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - ID