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Blaine County’s COVID-19 transmission risk was declared “minimal” by the South Central Public Health District today and “moderate” by the county’s own estimation. Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Idaho Mountain Express for the full story on local coronavirus rates.

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued a water quality health caution Thursday morning for Penny Lake, located west of Ketchum, in response to citizen reports of at least two dogs becoming sick and one dog dying after spending time at the lake.

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Ketchum became the third city in Blaine County to rescind its COVID-19 health order last night, following Hailey and Sun Valley. In light of these decisions, the leaders in Bellevue and Blaine County are preparing to make their own determinations on mask mandates.

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A fire prevention order issued by the Bureau of Land Management last week will remain in effect on public land in Idaho until Oct. 20, the BLM’s Idaho Fire Program announced.

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Since last Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has reported 1,151 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide, raising the total to 190,279. In the past week, the state’s coronavirus-related death toll has risen by eight, to a total of 2,069.

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The Idaho Senate voted to adjourn sine die—effectively ending its 2021 legislative session—on Wednesday. But the Idaho House had different plans, choosing instead to go into recess, which would allow House Speaker Scott Bedke to call the House back into session later in the year without the …

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As Idaho settles into Stage 4 of reopening and restrictions on gatherings are lifted, Blaine County’s COVID-19 risk has been falling gradually. Though local risk is still rated “moderate” on the county’s assessment scale, key metrics like positive testing rate and average new cases have drop…

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The Hailey City Council on Monday approved a motion to lift all restrictions on outdoor public gatherings. However, the order Mayor Martha Burke signed Tuesday night removes restrictions on outdoor and indoor gatherings.

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A bill signed into law by Gov. Brad Little on May 6 will allow hunters and private contractors to kill an unlimited number of wolves starting July 1, potentially removing more than 90% of Idaho’s gray wolf population.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 340 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide over the weekend, raising the total to 189,128. The state reported no new coronavirus-related deaths over the weekend. The death toll remains 2,061.

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A bill signed into law by Gov. Brad Little on May 6 will allow hunters and private contractors to kill an unlimited number of wolves starting July 1, potentially removing more than 90% of Idaho’s gray wolf population.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 187 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide on Friday--the second straight day under 200 cases--raising the total to 188,788. However, the state reported eight COVID-19-related deaths today. The death toll is 2,061.

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The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is currently developing a land-based outfitter and guide management plan to streamline the processing of outfitter and guide proposals and will take public comment in the summer.

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A wind-energy project of at least 1,000 megawatts proposed for a large swath of Bureau of Land Management land near Shoshone and Dietrich would be one of the country’s largest wind farms.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 289 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total to 187,014. Of those, an estimated 106,527 have recovered.