This Week’s Snag Film: River Ways

The state of our lakes, rivers, and oceans is a hot topic in the news right now, so this week’s Snag Films documentary offering is especially prescient.  RIVER WAYS explores the lives of regular working people affected by the issue of four dams on Snake River in Eastern Washington.

Filmmaker Colin Stryker journeys to Washington state, where he chronicles the lives of everyday citizens struggling on either side of a divisive issue: whether to remove a series of hydroelectric dams from the Snake River. While groups of American Indians, environmentalists and fishermen advocate for removing the dams to replenish the local salmon population, farmers and other locals rely on the dams as an inexpensive source of electricity.

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Jimmie Johnson and Lowe’s Show Their Support for the USO!

Jimmie Johnson will be in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet car at the May 30 Sprint Cup race. The car will feature a special patriotic paint scheme in recognition of Memorial Day, plus donation information will be posted on the team’s pit wall banner during the race!

Lowe’s and the USO have announced the creation of the Lowe’s USO Family Fund, proceeds of which will support USO family programs such as the “With You All the Way!” deployment kit, “United Through Reading,” and USO Operation Phone Home.

These programs help deployed service members who are abroad and their families stay connected and help those who remain at home prepare for the separation while their family members are away.

Team Lowe’s Racing driver Jimmie Johnson and country-music artist Darius Rucker will host a special concert highlighting the Lowe’s USO Family Fund on the SPEED Channel airing at 7 p.m. on May 29, 2010, the night before the 600-mile Sprint Cup Series Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Donations can be made to the fund by visiting, by texting USO to 50555 for a $5 donation, or by calling 1-800-876-7469 and using giving codes “Lowe’s,” “Jimmie Johnson,” or “Racing.”

During the May 30 Sprint Cup race, the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will also have a special patriotic paint scheme in recognition of Memorial Day and will feature donation information on the team’s pit wall banner.

“Every year we do something different to show our support of the military during this race weekend,” said Johnson, who will be trying for his fourth win in the Memorial Day weekend race. “Both of my grandfathers served in the military, so I am especially proud to be partnering with my Lowe’s family for the Lowe’s USO Family Fund. The money raised will help those deployed and their families back home.”