ABC News(NEW YORK) — Conservation group American Rivers has named Snake River, which passes through four Western states, the most endangered river in the country due to a series of dams that it says are threatening the existence of the river’s native salmon population.“They’ve never been closer to extinction than they are today. We’ve got to remove the four dams on the lower Snake River,” said Amy Souers Kober, an American Rivers spokesperson.The Snake River Basin is home to half of all Pacific salmon in the lower 48 states, the group wrote in a statement.The fishing industry in the region alone generates $5 billion annually and supports more than 36,000 jobs, according to American Rivers.“When people don’t come to fish, then the cash registers aren’t ringing and that’s had a pretty big economic impact,” said Mark Deming, of Northwest River Supplies, an outdoor gear and equipment company.For decades, some environmental activists have been advocating for breaching, or getting rid of, the earthen portion of the dams, on the river. But the dams also serve a purpose for farmers, supporting their 5 million acres of land in southeastern Washington State alone, and aiding in the transportation of 10% of the nation’s wheat exports, which travel by barge, according to the Idaho State government.Wheat farmer Tom Kammerzell said the river system is environmentally friendly and cost effective.“There’s a very slim margin of profits in wheat,” said Kammerzell. “It would be impossible to continue to be able to produce [without the river].”Currently, Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson wants to have $33.5 billion from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan earmarked to save the Snake River. His plan includes removing the earthen part of the dams to clear the waterways, replacing the energy produced at the dams, and upgrading the transportation and irrigation services that the dams provide, hoping to make the communities that the river serves, like the farmers, whole until they can supplement shipping methods.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
St. Thomas University law school award winners reflect its diversity St. Thomas University School of Law has been steadfast in its mission to educate a diverse student population — one which mirrors today’s society — in order to bring greater diversity to the legal profession and greater legal representation to minority groups.St. Thomas University School of Law’s Student Bar Association recently announced the award winners for first year Professor of the Year — a tie between Rory Bahadur and John Hernandez; Upperclass Professor of the Year — Tamara Lawson; and Staff Person of the Year — Alana Dasent. These awards are granted based on voting by the student body.Each of this year’s winners represent an ethnic minority, a fact that went unnoticed at St. Thomas until a guest at the event pointed it out to Dean Bob Butterworth.“Diversity is such an integral part of our St. Thomas Law School community that we forget just how unique it is,” Butterworth said. “Diversity is not new to us — St. Thomas University School of Law has always educated a diverse group of students within a truly congenial academic climate where differences are valued. We are honored to be consistently ranked one of the most diverse law schools in the country and one of the best environments for minority law students.”St. Thomas University School of Law is currently ranked first in total Hispanic enrollment among the 189 ABA-accredited law schools, according to the ABA’s Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools. The Princeton Review ranks STU Law seventh best environment for minority law students, and U.S. News & World Report ranks the law school in a tie for fifth place in its Law School Diversity Index. May 15, 2006 Regular News St. Thomas University law schoolaward winners reflect its diversity read more
If you had the space and the skill to pull this off, would you?If you were impressed by the Brisbane house that had a giant skate bowl in it, you’ll be blown away by the wicked genius of this home that comes with an entire wooden skate park inside. 28-year-old buys house sight unseen, again Experts warn of sharp fall in house prices Owner Rob Marsden is a mechanic that built a 8m by 11.88m wooden skate bowl inside a converted church hall he calls home, complete with ramps, 4m vertical wall and three 1.2m quarter pipes. MORE: Giant skate bowl home sold for millions Listed for sale for just under $432,000 (£240,000) by Attik Property Services, the property actually comes in way cheaper than Brisbane’s hidden skate bowl home, which went viral after it was listed for sale earlier this year.The Brisbane house was understood to have sold for close to its advertised listing price of over $2.375m. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago Mr Marsden’s love of boards is everywhere in the Norfolk home. You wouldn’t even know if you walked right past it in the street. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS Justyn Wood and Susan Chenoweth with their skate bowl inside the Hamilton home they went on to sell in Brisbane for millions. Picture: Adam Head. Anyone wanting a home with entire skate park inside will have to pack up and relocate to a much cooler climate, with the 19th century home located in Terrington Saint Clement, which is the largest village in Norfolk in England’s east.The property has gone viral since it was listed and featured across multiple sites including BBC.Mr Marsden told The Sun he has not given up on skating despite his injury.“I want to work from home and fix up the new place. I’ll make a concrete feature there that I’ll skate — just not inside this time.” Behind this unassuming exterior lies a gnarly secret – the most amazing handbuilt skate park. Mr Marsden is a mechanic who began building the skate park to indulge his skating obsession – and it just kept growing. It does have a modern kitchen. The home’s dining area and kitchen. The backyard.Upstairs, the home has three bedrooms, but the vast majority of it is taken up by his skate park indoors.The indoor skate haven is so popular that it even has its own Facebook page, which livestreams every Wednesday.“I’m 45, I have a broken back and I’m a middle-aged shredder,” he said. “I never thought I would leave this place but I found a place out in the country that I have bought,” Mr Marsden told The Sun. Something like this is definitely a labour of love. The rest of the property is quite spacious and well loved.He even built in a spot for verticals. read more
LeBron James hopes the return of the NBA can “spread a lot of love throughout the world” after he scored the winning basket in the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.James followed up his own miss by being alert to grab the decisive points in a 103-101 win with 12.8 seconds to go when the season resumed in the Orlando bubble on Thursday. “There has been progress, but in the past when we’ve seen progress, we’ve let our foot off the gas a little bit,” he said. “We can’t do that, we want to continue to keep our foot on the gas, continue to push forward, continue to spread love throughout America.”We are dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice, a lot of police brutality, not only in my neighborhood, not only with black people, with people of color and it’s something that we want to continue to have people’s ears open to.”We have ears now, but we cannot stop putting our foot on the gas, as we’ve been doing for the last few months.” Players took a knee wearing tops in support of the Black Lives Matters movement before the first NBA action since March got under way behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.Four-time NBA MVP James says NBA stars can play a major part in raising spirits all over the world.MORE: What will another championship mean for LeBron’s legacy?”The game of basketball has always been bigger than just a ball and a rim, 10 guys on a field and referees. It’s an opportunity to use this platform to spread a lot of positivity, a lot of love throughout the world,” James said in an on-court interview. “We understand what’s going on in society right now and we are using this NBA platform as players, as coaches, as organizations to continue to stand strong on that.”This is a good start tonight, it’s good to have the NBA back and I hope our fans are proud of us tonight.”Tie game. Orlando opener. Top two teams in the West.The King came through pic.twitter.com/i77YzyrknH— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 31, 2020James stressed the importance of the league and players continuing to take a stand against racial inequality. read more