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The West Nile virus infected three Idahoans and several horses in August and was responsible for the death of an Ada County man last week, according to Central District Heath and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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The Sawtooth Valley had clear blue skies over the weekend, thanks to a wind shift that cleared away smoke that had been drifting into the region from major fires burning to the west in California and Oregon. However, the respite was short-lived, as fires closer to home began flaring up.

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After four hours of public testimony and 10 minutes of deliberations, the Custer County commissioners voted 3-0 Wednesday to deny an appeal of a conditional use permit that allows Michael and Amanda Boren to designate a pasture as a private airstrip on their Hell Roaring Ranch 15 miles south…

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for Blaine County and three other counties in south-central Idaho on Monday in response to circulating wildfire smoke, banning all outdoor burning—including agricultural burning and residential trash burning—until f…

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The drought in northern Blaine County fell from “exceptional” to “extreme” last week, bringing Ketchum and Sun Valley from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s worst drought classification to its second worst.

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Though a monsoonal pattern that brought rain and increased humidity to central Idaho somewhat stunted fire growth on Wednesday, several lightning-sparked wildfires continue to take hold in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

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The Custer County Board of Commissioners will hear on Aug. 25 an appeal of Michael and Amanda Boren’s conditional use permit for an airport at the Hell Roaring Ranch in the middle of the Sawtooth Valley.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Drought Monitor upgraded Blaine County’s drought status from “extreme” to “exceptional” last week, bumping most of the county from the NOAA’s second-worst drought classification to its worst.