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Idaho’s drought could be solved by borrowing the Great Lakes

Do you think it’s hot for June? You haven’t seen ‘nuthin’ yet! A forecast I looked at this morning suggested triple-digit highs should become a routine at the end of next weekend and into the next week. The forecast also indicates that it is not raining. Keep in mind that these same long term forecasts are frequently subject to change, but I would like to make another point. Once a summer model sets in, they often stay with us for a while.

The water going down a pipe is already running. It is also not usually an environmental threat if water is leaking.

This is the second year of our drought. Some are seeing indications that it started even earlier. Last week, one of our gun show hosts recounted a previous seven-year drought. During its lifetime.

An old friend recently retired from a post as director of a science museum. He told me that in the past some parts of the west have experienced droughts that have lasted 200 years. I’m not sure we’re headed there, but I also remember a conversation from my days on TV 25 years ago.

The demographics already showed the enormous displacement of the population towards the west. Las Vegas was growing like gangbusters, and Scottsdale, Ariz. Did the same in the 1980s. Some guy told me the water would be shipped west of the Great Lakes. How? ‘Or’ What? By pipeline.

When you consider the opposition we have seen in recent years to building pipelines, it might sound silly. Or maybe not. The water going down a pipe is already running. It is also not usually an environmental threat if water is leaking.

Popular will is the key. Millions of thirsty Western voters will have a lot of influence on politics. As the region grows, so does its power in the United States House of Representatives. By design, the Senate is already sympathetic to Western concerns.

Lake Michigan could arrive in Idaho.

WATCH: Here are America’s 50 Best Beach Towns

Each beach town has its own set of pros and cons, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best to live in. To find out, Stacker took a look at WalletHub data, released on June 17, 2020, which compares US beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The towns had a population of 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From these rankings, we have selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will not be surprised to learn that many of the cities featured here are in one of these two states.

Read on to see if your favorite beach town has made the cut.


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Mary Cashion

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