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On November 28-29, 1995, the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University and two of Idaho’s most respected newspapers, the Idaho Falls Post Register and The Lewiston Morning Tribune, cooperated to convene a major policy and issues conference, focused on the Snake River. The conference was the capstone of a year of thoughtful and detailed reporting of the controversy and promise that always seem to flow with the current of Idaho’s greatest river. The two newspapers, one at each end of the Snake in Idaho, are to be congratulated for teaming up to explore the challenges of keeping the river a great and useful resource for all Idahoans. The reporting—and the subsequent conference—also did much to focus us on the spiritual and historical pull the Snake has on our Idaho experience. We know that the river has helped define our development as a state, and we know that its hold on our commerce, recreation, agriculture, and tourism is essential to our future.

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