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The U.S. Forest Service has hired Bobbi Filbert as a new deputy area ranger for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, SNRA’s Area Ranger Kirk Flannigan announced in a press release on Oct. 10.

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South-central Idaho is on track to experience a wet winter with above-normal precipitation, bringing the region some relief from ongoing exceptional drought conditions, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s long-range U.S. Winter Outlook released on Thursday morning.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Sun Valley Resort will again be implementing specialized health and safety protocols this winter at its ski areas, lodges and other facilities—though the rules won’t be as restrictive as last season.

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The Jakes Gulch Fire that ignited near Alturas Lake on Sept. 5 grew about 130 acres between Friday and Tuesday, spurring increased efforts to protect private and Forest Service infrastructure around high-use campgrounds.

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The Nature Conservancy plans to restore normal fishing access hours at its Silver Creek Preserve on Friday, Sept. 3, ending an unprecedented summer of closures and restrictions brought on by extreme heat and drought.

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The Sawtooth National Recreation Area enacted seasonal closures to float boating and float fishing along the Salmon River earlier this week to protect spawning salmon as they lay their eggs in the river gravel 900 miles from the ocean.

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The forests in and around the ski slopes on Bald Mountain are under attack by Douglas-fir beetle, dwarf mistletoe, white pine blister rust and other infestations. A combination of deadfall and canopy overgrowth has increased fire risk, as wide swathes of trees have died and gone brown in the…

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Doug and Stacy Layman from Oneonta, N.Y. took advantage of Sun Valley Resort’s summer operations on Thursday, July 1. The resort reopened its lifts on Bald Mountain last weekend, with the Roundhouse Gondola and Christmas chairlift offering lift-served hiking and biking. The gondola and chair…

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Though the COVID pandemic is on the wane in the United States, manufacturing slowdowns and heavy demand mean local outdoor-gear retailers are still encountering challenges in stocking their stores—and customers are having to wait longer than usual to get some items.

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A local family is urging dog owners to fit their pets with high-visibility vests or brightly colored bandanas after their dog was mistaken for a wolf, shot and wounded during a camping trip last weekend.