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A small wildfire that ignited three miles west of Stanley Lake late Monday afternoon is currently estimated at one acre and is expected to be contained on Wednesday, Sawtooth National Forest spokeswoman Julie Thomas told the Express.

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After a cold, dry spring, severe drought conditions and low flows on the Big Wood River have already resulted in crop and pasture loss throughout the basin.

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The Sawtooth National Forest is proposing to thin 3,000 acres of forest near Alturas and Pettit lakes to reduce the risk of wildfire in an area that contains summer cabins and organization camps, as well as to generally improve forest health.

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The U.S. government has withdrawn legal claims against Sawtooth Mountain Ranch owners David Boren and Lynn Arnone following a statement filed in court by Boren’s brother, Michael Boren, that he did not intend to harass a trail construction crew near the Stanley Airport with his helicopter an…

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Rising reports of encounters with bears and mountain lions along trails in the Wood River Valley have prompted the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to remind hikers and bikers that no matter the season, big game species are always nearby—and can be unpredictable.

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The National Integrated Drought Information System is reporting severe drought conditions across a wide swath of Blaine County and parts of Custer and Camas counties, indicating likely crop and pasture loss for farmers and ranchers.

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Prompted by a payment from the Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Fund and a desire to protect wild bighorns, Lava Lake Land and Livestock has permanently ended sheep grazing on about 88,000 acres of national forest land north and east of Ketchum.

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The impacts of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck northwest of Stanley on March 31, and its aftershocks, are still being uncovered in the Sawtooth Mountains north of Ketchum. For geologists, though, the near-daily tremors offer a rare chance to measure seismic activity in the area—and, h…

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During the early morning hours last week, residents of Hailey’s River Street could hear bleating and the muffled sound of hooves as hundreds of sheep passed through town. They were flanked by lanky white guard dogs and kept moving in a tight band three city blocks long by swifter, smaller sh…

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The local Hemingway chapter of Trout Unlimited led a major rescue operation on Friday, June 26, moving more than a hundred fish from a dried up pond just off Pero Road in Bellevue. Drought conditions have left fish stranded all over the south county. Since mid-June, Trout Unlimited has rescu…

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During the early morning hours last week, residents on River Street in Hailey could hear bleating and the muffled sound of hooves as hundreds of sheep passed through town. This time of year, thousands of sheep in several distinct bands move north for green pastures in the high country.

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Following passage in the U.S. Senate by a 73-25 vote last week, the Great American Outdoors Act, which would require automatic annual funding for the Land, Water and Conservation Fund, will be considered by the House of Representatives in late July, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer annou…

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The Wood River Valley was shaken Wednesday night at 11:21 p.m. by one of the strongest aftershocks of a March 31 earthquake that occurred northwest of Stanley.

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Anyone fly fishing the Big Wood River in the summer is unlikely to encounter the Wood River sculpin—even on sunny days when the stream bottom can be seen through the current.

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In response to an increase in wildland fires and permitted burns that escaped control this season, the Wood River Fire Protection District has approved establishment of seasonal bans during which burns will not be allowed.

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The Idaho Council of Trout Unlimited relocated 1,055 trout upstream into the Big Wood River on last week discovering a nearly dried-up section of the river south of Bellevue.