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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission formally removed statewide mountain lion harvest quotas for the 2021-22 big game season last Thursday during its annual season-setting meeting in Boise, it announced on Monday, significantly expanding the mountain lion hunt starting this summer.

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Work began this week on the second phase of a mile-long stream restoration project in the Big Wood River where it flows through Bellevue. The $120,000 phase of the project underway this month is part of a $760,000 multi-year project initiated by the Wood River Land Trust to increase biodiver…

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Idaho’s 2020 elk harvest went into the books as the sixth highest of all time and the second highest in the past decade, according to a Fish and Game report this month.

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This month, Power Engineers took steps to ensure that the company uses 100% renewable energy in its Idaho buildings. Power Engineers will buy enough renewable energy certificates to cover the energy use of its Hailey headquarters and Meridian campus, about 3,000 megawatt-hours per year.

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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 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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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 481 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide Tuesday, raising the total to 173,790. Of those, an estimated 96,628 have recovered.

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The Sawtooth National Forest is seeking public comment this month on its proposed forest-wide Prescribed Fire Restoration Project, which would authorize prescribed burns ranging from 10 to 10,000 acres.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 482 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide over the weekend, including 378 today. The weekend increase brings the total to 173,309, of which an estimated 96,445 have recovered.

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Office is advising residents of southern and central Idaho to temporarily remove bird feeders due to a suspected outbreak of salmonellosis, a highly fatal bird disease.

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A bill introduced in the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee last week would change gray wolves’ classification in the state from game animals to predators, allowing hunters to kill them year-round from snowmobiles, ATVs, helicopters and other motorized vehicles.

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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 …

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The city of Bellevue, Wood River Land Trust and Friends of the Howard Preserve will partner this month on a renovation project that aims to enhance fish and wildlife habitat on the southern end of Howard Preserve, the Land Trust announced in a press release last week.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 312 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total since last March to 170,907. Of those, an estimated 93,975 have recovered.