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ASOTIN — Five southeastern Washington counties are “pushing back” against an Idaho congressman’s proposal to breach the four dams on the lower Snake River in an effort to save endangered salmon.

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In a bid to recover Snake River salmon and end decades of conflict, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is proposing a $33 billion infrastructure and community investment strategy that would breach the four lower Snake River dams and reorder much of the fish, energy and commodity transportation systems of the Pacific Northwest.

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BOISE — Two former Republican speakers of the Idaho House took the unusual step of releasing a letter Wednesday blasting the Republican-dominated Legislature for its attempts to strip GOP Gov. Brad Little and future governors of emergency powers during crises like the coronavirus pandemic.

BOISE, Idaho — Republican U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher was elected to a second term by Idaho voters Tuesday, a seat last held by a Democrat in 2011.…