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Despite February storms that battered much of Idaho and pushed snowpack and precipitation above average in most areas, radio-collared young fawns and elk calves were faring relatively well across the state through the end of February, the Department of Fish and Game reported.

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Changes in the economics of hydropower generation in the Pacific Northwest are giving anadromous fish advocates optimism that four dams on the lower Snake River could soon be removed. The dams are widely blamed for being the main cause of salmon and steelhead declines in Idaho since they wen…

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Blaine County was the first community in Idaho to undertake a planning effort aimed at addressing the effects of climate change when it held its first community workshop in Hailey in December. A second workshop was held Monday at the Community Campus.

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The Idaho Conservation League and The Community Library in Ketchum will host a Wood River Valley Conservation Symposium on Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, addressing salmon and steelhead recovery.

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In comments submitted to the Salmon-Challis National Forest, the Blaine County commissioners stated that they “disagree with the notion that there is ‘enough’ wilderness in the Salmon-Challis National Forest already and therefore no more areas should be recommended.”

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Beginning today, March 1, ranchers will be paying less money to graze their livestock on public land. The change was described by federal agencies as justified by the economics of farming and ranching, but criticized by environmentalists as further reducing the federal government’s ability t…

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A female yearling moose died after being rescued from a basement window well it had fallen into at a home in Lane Ranch subdivision in Sun Valley on Thursday afternoon.

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On Friday about 1 p.m., a large slab of snow broke loose from a hillside above Lake Creek Road, north of Ketchum. The avalanche ran to the ground and slammed into a house at the base of the hill.

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Two avalanches off Della Mountain west of Hailey led to flooding Thursday night into Friday, as snow and debris shunted water out of the Big Wood River and into the neighborhood around War Eagle Drive.

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After a fairly dry first two months of winter, February finally brought central Idaho the snow its residents had been looking for, prompting numerous “powder alerts” from Sun Valley Resort and ensuring a reliable water supply for farmers this summer. It also prompted a “High” avalanche-hazar…

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An avalanche off Della Mountain west of Hailey led to flooding Thursday night into Friday, as snow and debris shunted water out of the Big Wood River and into the neighborhood around War Eagle Drive.

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comments on proposed changes for the 2019-20 big-game hunting season. The proposed changes include additional elk- and deer-hunting opportunities, as well as the initiation of a trapping season for wolves on private land.

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Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., introduced legislation Wednesday to permanently reauthorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and provide 10 years of mandatory funding derived from energy revenues. The Land and National Park Deferred Maintenance (LAND) Act …

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A request for a 10-year extension to build in the floodplain in the Della View neighborhood of Hailey is drawing attention to recent geological changes in the Big Wood River that could affect rights to build near the river.

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Following a temporary federal spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, local U.S. Forest Service and BLM offices reopened Monday for the first time since Dec. 21.

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It is not unusual this time of year to encounter mountain lions in the Wood River Valley. The top predators typically hunt from dusk to dawn, feeding on deer and smaller animals.

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Two men were swept up in an out-of-bounds avalanche they triggered off the back side of Bald Mountain on Sunday, according to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center. Neither was seriously injured, according to Scott Savage, director of the center.

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    The winter months create a high potency of radon levels in homes, making it the perfect time for residents to test the levels of the colorless, odorless, tasteless and invisible gas. That’s why January is National Radon Action Month, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfar…

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Snowpack throughout Idaho is below normal for mid-January—and is especially low in a band across the south-central part of the state that includes the Wood River Valley. However, the situation should improve due to a storm forecast for Thursday.

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Trout Unlimited and the local Flood Control District gave the Big Wood River an early gift just before Christmas, embarking on a $150,000 in-stream project to restore 1,250 flood-damaged feet of river south of Bellevue.

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Riverside property owners—along with their lawyers—pushed back against proposed changes to Blaine County’s floodplain ordinances Wednesday, driving discussions into a fifth hearing next week.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated forecast for precipitation and temperatures in the winter months of 2019 may portend bad news for skiers and snowboarders in central Idaho.

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A long-running dispute over reintroducing salmon and steelhead above a complex of dams in the Hells Canyon section of the Snake River is nearing its conclusion, thanks to a proposed agreement among Oregon, Idaho and Idaho Power Co.

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The Wood River Land Trust sees the spring 2017 flooding of the Big Wood River as the best thing to happen to the valley in terms of river restoration. The flood’s high flows and velocities moved more bedload and sediment “than could ever have been completed in our combined lifetimes through …

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Following a public comment period and analysis by an interdisciplinary team, Fairfield District Ranger Mike Dettori has signed a decision to change over-snow vehicle access restrictions in the upper South Fork Boise River area.

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The federal Wildlife Services agency killed a young male wolf in the upper Corral Creek drainage in September in response to a report of depredation by wolves on 10 sheep. It was the first killing of a wolf in response to livestock depredation in the Wood River Wolf Project’s area of operati…

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The states of Oregon and Washington, the Nez Perce Tribe and three federal agencies, including the Bonneville Power Administration, on Tuesday announced an interim agreement to help endangered salmon and steelhead navigate dams and reservoirs in the Columbia River basin.

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Two conservation organizations notified the federal government on Wednesday that they plan to legally challenge its authorization of bear baiting on national forests in Idaho and Wyoming for violations of the Endangered Species Act, citing harms to protected grizzly bears and new science on …