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On the afternoon of Saturday, March 14, 2020, a representative from the South Central Public Health District announced Blaine County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. Months of mask requirements, lockdowns, social distancing and cancellations ensued. As the anniversary of Blaine County’s f…

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 364 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total to 174,610. Of those, an estimated 97,063 have recovered.

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The Blaine County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution stating their support for the nonlethal control of wolves and asking the Idaho Fish and Game Commission not to expand wolf hunting or allow wolf trapping in the Wood River Valley.

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Settling into his new role, recently sworn-in Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback says the vision for the county’s prosecution office will remain much the same as it was when his predecessor—Jim Thomas—was in charge: First and foremost, to protect the community.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 240 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total to 172,827. Of those, an estimated 95,808 have recovered.

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A 5th District Court judge this week sided with former county commission candidate Kiki Tidwell in her lawsuit against Blaine County, the Blaine County Housing Authority and the ARCH Community Housing Trust, ruling that the county illegally issued a building permit for an affordable housing …

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The Blaine County commissioners last week put their stamp of approval on area of city impact ordinances passed by the Bellevue and Hailey city councils, putting to rest a contentious years-long negotiation process—for now.

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The Bureau of Land Management released long-anticipated recreation plans for about 137,000 acres of public lands in Blaine County last week, outlining a number of projects to expand hiking, biking and camping opportunities in the southern Wood River Valley over the next few years.

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Another Blaine County resident has died of COVID-19, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported today. The Idaho Mountain Express has no further information on the deceased at this time. The 17th local coronavirus-related death was one of five statewide today, leaving Idaho’s death …

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 314 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total to 168,953. Of those, an estimated 91,637 have recovered.

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Another Blaine County resident has died of COVID-19, one of three coronavirus-related deaths statewide today, according to the state Department of Health and Welfare. To date, 1,806 Idahoans have died of the virus, including 16 in Blaine County. 

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Despite recent snowfall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Integrated Drought Information System reported “extreme” drought conditions across northern Blaine County last Tuesday, indicating the possibility of a drier spring with below-normal runoff.

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission began collecting comments from the public this week on a joint proposal from the Camas County-based Idaho Trappers Association and Bonner County-based Foundation for Wildlife Management that—if passed—would expand wolf trapping areas and seasons in the Wood…

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 689 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide over the weekend, raising the total to 165,658. An estimated 86,880 have recovered.