At 212 feet high, Shoshone Falls in southeastern Idaho, is taller than it’s grander cousin, Niagara Falls. But Niagara, at 3,409 feet across, is broader in the beam than Shoshone Falls. Both are remnants of the last ice age—Shoshone Falls was born of the massive Bonneville flood, which scraped its way through basalt volcanic rock to create the Snake River plain and geological smiley face across southern Idaho.
In 1907, the first hydroelectric power plant in the Magic Valley was built at the Milner Dam, just upstream from Shoshone Falls. Now the water flow is controlled by Idaho Power for the purposes of irrigation and power. On February 14th, the power company doubled the flow from Milner Dam, creating the crowd pleasing drama of rumbling rainbows at the falls. The crowd expanded throughout the afternoon, along with the volume of water cascade over the rocks. The falls provided family entertainment as well as a romantic picnic outing for the lovestruck.
I suspect the family that planned a wedding at Shoshone Falls Park for Valentines Day, had not anticipated Idaho Power’s unfortunately timed decision to turn up the faucet and jam the park with sightseers and tourists.Perhaps most entertaining however, was the local KMVT (Fox affiliate) news crew.
She is a professional at wearing heels. But what do spike heels have to do with the news? Why must she wear a pencil thin dress and risk her neck wearing inappropriate shoes to deliver the news? Oh, excuse me. I’m so silly. It’s not news we want. It’s “feature stories.” We want romance! We want pretty, sexy reporters!
Given the American public’s expectations, is it any wonder that our news “personalities” become victims of their own need to make the news?