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# Page 11 Hells Canyon Journal December 9, 1998 ! 999 Hydro Season Off To Good Start Flows Increase at Hells Canyon This Week Idaho Power increased outflows in the Snake River downstream of the company's Hells Canyon Dam to approximately 23,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) beginning Monday, December 7. Since late October, the company had main- tained flows at Hells Canyon near 9,500 cfs when the company voluntarily began maintaining con- sistent outflows to provide suitable conditions for falJ chinook salmon spawning. The company projects inflow into Brownlee Res- ervoir this month to average nearly 23,000 cfs. Inflows into the 53-mih-long reservoir gener- ally averaged about 16,500 cfs during November but are higher now because of above-normal re- leases of water from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs upstream of Brownlee. The reservoir is expected to remain at nearly full-pool -- 2,077 feet above sea level -- through- out the month. Idaho Power hydrologists say that as of Decem- ber 1, the snowpack in the mountains above the Snake River ranges from 107 percent of normal in the upper Snake River Basin to more than 230 percent of normal for the Weiser Basin. "It's early yet, but it looks like we are off to a good start," said Idaho Power hydrologist Nengjin Liu. "So far this month, the Snake River Basin has experienced above average precipitation. "The precipitation last month was about 107 percent of the average for November. October, on the other hand, was just 36 percent of normal." The state's water year runs from October 1 through September 30. Hydrologists pay close at- tention to snowpack conditions and inflow into Brownlee Reservoir, since water conditions there dictate the hydroelectric generating capabilities of the company's important three-dam Hells Canyon project. In an average water year, nearly 60 per- cent of the company's hydroelectric power is gen- erated there. START TALKING with your YOUNG child about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN and try to understand their concerns. KNOW THAT CHILDREN are never too big for a hug...even when they are grown. GET INVOLVED and take the time to attend and help with school and after- school activities. ESTABLISH CLEAR family boundaries and exImctations. ALCOHOl, TOBACCO & 0$H DllI S PREVENTION COAUTION 2090 4111 Street Balm City OI 97814 lni IIt lta,almliN 541-S13dllt ZP.. IIIII Implement Recently, the National Institute for Occupa- tional Safety and Health (NIOSH), received two separate reports of farm workers who were in- jured while attempting to drill holes into sealed plow frames in order to mount a hitch or a "slow- moving vehicle" sign. These workers received serious skin burns and other injuries when the drill bits penetrated the frames releasing and igniting flammable gases. Hydrogen and meth- ane gas may be produced within sealed frames that are filled during manufacture with scrap metal ballast. The uncleaned, assorted machine Modification Can Be Deadly shop metal scrap apparently reacts electrochemi: tally with water and emulsion-type cutting oils to liberate flammable gases. The potential for such ignitions exists in any equipment with similar ballast in sealed com- partments during drilling, cutting, welding, or other operations that release the gases and pro- vide an ignition source. If a sealed frame member must be penetrated, only qualified personnel who are aware of the hazard and its control, and use proper equipment and procedures should attempt the operation. 0 Donate any $10 toy to Falcon and receive a FREE CABLE TV HOOK-UP. Christmas is a precious time that comes once a year, but holiday memories can last a lifetime. When you give a toy worth $10 or more to Falcon, we'll donate it to a local charity and give you a FREE hook-up to cable TV. Your small gift could be the answer to a child's holiday wish and in return, Falcon will provide a fantastic entertainment value for you and your family. Help us create bright holiday memories in your community. Call Falcon today. Call (800) 264-1572 YOUR DONATION WILL GO TO: VARIOUS LOCAL CHARITIES CHANNEL am/k~Fa/con~ Tune in December 5th at 8:35pm/7:35c. to "HolidoFs in Concert" Disney Channel's latest original musk special featuring today's hot singing sensations, $hawn Colvin, Tatyuna All and "N $?nc. And don't rain "Out of theBox'-anew Disney Channel series encouraging creative e~ression among preschoolers. Tune in weekday mornings at I O:.JOaral~. 30c