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More Help Needed to Gear Up for Summer

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:14
Article Category: Human InterestOrganizationsLemhi County

The Sacajawea Center is gearing up for the summer season after a quiet winter.  Each summer the Center hosts a number of youth-oriented educational programs as well as provides visitor services from its Interpretive Center seven days a week.  Its dedicated group of volunteer docents gives the Lemhi Valley a context and a personal touch for travelers from all over the country and the world.  Whether folks are traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail, hitting the back country, or taking a float trip, the Interpretive Center offers a place for people to ask questions about the local area and learn about what makes this valley special. 

The Center is still looking for volunteers to help run the Interpretive Center this summer.  Each day the Interpretive Center has two shifts, a morning opening shift and a closing afternoon shift - except on Sundays when there is only an afternoon shift.  Docents collect admissions from out-of-town travelers, sell items from the small gift shop, and answer a wide range of questions from those about Lewis and Clark to where to find the best burgers in town.  Shifts are 4 hours long and without a full group of docents the Interpretive Center may have to cut back operating hours.  Throughout the season there are potlucks and outings to regional places of interest giving docents the opportunity to learn from each other and socialize. 

If you know of somone who might like to act as an ambassador of Lemhi County, who is interested in local history, and who enjoys meeting new people tell them to contact Lin Gray at the Sacajawea Center (756-1188) for more information.  You can also find a description of what docents do attached to this article. Training is going on now and the Interpretive Center opens on Memorial Day and stays open through the end of September. 

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Arrest of Idaho Falls man

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:45
Article Category: Sheriff/Police

Rick Zundel, 45, of Idaho Falls, was being held in the Bonneville County Jail on Tuesday on charges of felony attempted strangulation.Idaho Falls police said Zundel was arrested by the Lemhi County Sheriff's Office on Monday. Police said he attacked and choked a 22-year old woman in a room at the Shilo Inn on April 8. The woman fled the room and contacted police from the hotel's front desk.. Zundel left the hotel before police arrived.

Earthquakes rattle nerves

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:41
Article Category: Human Interest

The latest seismic surge, including 100 small to moderate quakes on Monday alone, has galvanized government scientists, who planned to install special seismometers in the area as early as Tuesday to more closely track the activity.

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Simpson Urges for Certainty in PILT Payments

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:59
Article Category: Federal & Idaho

 Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has other Western Members of Congress in urging House leadership to fully fund the federal government’s obligations to counties with a high percentage of federal land.  They recently sent a letter to leadership pushing for full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.  PILT compensates local governments for the loss of income due to the presence of federal land in their state or county, since the federal government does not pay property taxes.  Full funding for PILT payments was extended in the Farm Bill but expires at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

“For almost 40 years, PILT payments have provided compensation to local governments to offset the loss of tax revenues that result from the presence of federal lands within their jurisdictions,” the letter states.  “PILT payments are distributed to 49 different states and nearly 2,000 counties throughout the nation.”

 

It continues, “In Fiscal Year 2013, the national average for PILT payments was 66 cents per acre. This figure pales in comparison to the amount of revenues that would be generated for states and local governments if economic development and value-based taxation was allowed to occur on these lands.  The federal government has an obligation to reimburse local governments for large quantities of federal lands found within their jurisdiction.”

 

The letter was signed by 51 Members of Congress.  Simpson, who is vice-chairman on the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, has long supported permanent full funding of PILT.

Fish & Game News 4.15.14

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:05
Article Category: Fish & Game
  • 75th Celebration:  Idaho’s Easter Bunny – The Pygmy Rabbit
  • Chinook Salmon Moving Toward Idaho
  • Spring Turkey Season Tips
  • Got Your Turkey – Now What?
  • Plan Now for Native Plant Landscaping
  • Families Encouraged to Unplug and Be Outside
  • Ask Fish and Game: Family Fishing Waters

 

 

75th Celebration:  Idaho’s Easter Bunny – The Pygmy Rabbit

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time once again for the shy and retiring rabbit to endure its brief stint in the Easter spotlight.

For centuries, rabbits have served as symbols of springtime renewal and fertility, owing to their ability to produce many offspring. Over time, a melding of folkloric and religious beliefs created the Easter Bunny, deliverer of baskets brimming with colored eggs and chocolate for good children everywhere.

But not all rabbits are as famous, wide-ranging, or prolific as “Peter Cottontail.” At the other end of the spectrum is the pygmy rabbit, the smallest rabbit in North America and possibly the smallest rabbit in the world.

            Harkening back to 1890, in the “plains and valleys covered with sage” of Idaho’s majestic Pashimeroi Valley, zoologist C. Hart Merriam encountered a new species that “requires comparison with no other rabbit, its small size, short head, apparent absence of tail...distinguish it at a glance from all previously known species.” Merriam named this diminutive animal the pygmy rabbit.

            To read more about Idaho's pygmy rabbit and other 75th Celebration stories, visit the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/75th.  

 

Chinook Salmon Moving Toward Idaho

 

Idaho born Spring Chinook salmon are starting to show up in the Columbia River, the gateway to their spawning grounds in the Gem State.

            As of Sunday, April 13, 4,603 Spring Chinook salmon have been counted going past Bonneville Dam, the first place they are counted on their 700-plus mile journey to the Salmon and Clearwater river drainages. While predicting returning numbers of salmon is a very tricky business, early season forecasts indicate the number of spring Chinook returning this year will be much higher than in 2013.

Early projections indicate around 80,000 hatchery and wild salmon will make it to Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River.  If projections hold true, Idaho anglers will be allowed to harvest 4,800 hatchery spring Chinook on the Clearwater River and its tributaries, 5,900 on the lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and 700 on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.

  • Seasons will begin on April 26 on the mainstem Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and on the Snake River in Hells Canyon from Dug Bar upstream to Hells Canyon Dam. Fisheries will be open seven days per week. Closing dates will be determined and ordered by the Commission based on harvest quotas.
  • Daily limits will be 4 fish per day. Only 2 of the daily limit of 4 fish may be adult salmon (24 inches or larger) on the Lower Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake River and South Fork Clearwater rivers. Only 1 of the daily bag limit of 4 fish may be an adult salmon on the Main stem Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater and the Lochsa rivers. Salmon anglers should refer to the salmon season rules brochures for more information on limits and the season.
  • A special restriction will be placed on a short stretch of the Clearwater River known as Big Eddy. That stretch will be closed to fishing from watercraft. Only fishing from the bank will be allowed in that section and boundaries will be clearly posted.

For more detailed season information, salmon anglers should refer to the seasons and rules pamphlet available at license vendors, at Fish and Game offices and online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.

 

Spring Turkey Season Tips

 

Hunting is generally a fall activity, however, there are a few spring hunts in Idaho that provide a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the warming weather.

         The general turkey season opens April 15. With turkey populations currently very high, there should be plenty of opportunity to put one on the table. However, since many turkeys spend most of their time on private property, be sure you know where you are hunting.

If you want to hunt on posted or private property, you need the landowner’s permission. Most property owners with turkeys are willing to allow hunting because growing turkey populations can lead to a messy situation for some landowners. Landowners interested in welcoming hunters in the Panhandle Region are encouraged to call Fish and Game at (208) 769-1414. Fish and Game can connect landowners to hunters benefiting both during this exciting season.

Due to the keen senses possessed by wild turkeys, hunters dress in complete camouflage, use decoys and dozens of different calls that imitate turkeys, to attract them into range. While these techniques can be very effective at fooling turkeys, they can have the same effect on hunters who might mistake them for the real thing.

Hunting is statistically a very safe pursuit.  Yet, the use of complete camouflage clothing and the call of the quarry pose specific concerns for the safety of turkey hunters.

The National Wild Turkey Federation offers guidelines on the safe use of decoys while hunting turkeys, as well as other safety tips hunters should consider. A detailed list of turkey hunting safety tips is available on Fish and Game’s website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=132.

Turkey populations declined in the early 1900’s, nearly reaching extinction following a century of habitat change and unregulated harvest. The few remaining turkeys lived in the most inaccessible habitats. By the Great Depression, only 30,000 wild turkeys were estimated to remain in the U.S.

The regeneration of forest stands after the depression set the stage for the resurgence of the wild turkey. Today, thanks to hunters, game agencies and wildlife conservation organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation, more than 7 million wild turkeys roam the continent, with populations large enough to hunt in every U.S. state except Alaska. Today, around 2.5 million sportsmen stalk wild turkeys in the U.S., even in states without native populations; including the Pacific Northwest states.

 

You Got Your Turkey – Now What?  

Once you harvest your turkey, the next step is preparing the meat and cooking up a great wild meal.

Idaho chef, Randy King, not only has turkey recipes to try, but also tips on how to prepare turkey meat to get the best taste and texture from your bird.

“Turkeys consist of five cuts of meat in total - the breast, the tenderloin, the wings, the thighs and the drumsticks,” King said in his blog. “Each of these bird parts beg for a separate cooking method.”

For the spring turkey hunt, King offers up a recipe for wild turkey cutlets on Idaho Fish and Game’s turkey web page http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=131.  For other wild meat preparations, see Chef King’s website: http://chefrandyking.com/

 

Plan Now for Native Plant Landscaping

 

In a small plot just behind the MK Nature Center in Boise, Susan Ziebarth has begun the annual spring ritual of bringing the Nature Center landscape back to life. The Nature Center’s native plant garden receives much of her attention this time of year.  This small garden is a showcase for the beauty of Idaho’s native plants and the benefits of native landscaping practices.  Our native landscape is beautiful, diverse and perfect wildlife habitat.  These hardy desert plants require little if any irrigation.

                In a couple of weeks people from all over the Treasure Valley will have the opportunity to add some ofthese plants to their landscaping courtesy of the MK Nature Center and the Pahove Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.  Ziebarth, who is one of Fish and Game's native plant experts, will be one of the many people helping Idahoans beautify their outdoor living space, as a part of “Spring Fling” activities the Nature Center will host on Saturday, April 26.

                “Now is the time to start thinking about what plants to add to your own landscaping” said Dave Cannamela, Nature Center Superintendent.

                By determining how much sun and how much water nature provides to certain parts of your property, you can figure out which native plants will fare best in certain locations. Cannamela has an impressive landscape surrounding his own home, planted with native plants which require varying amounts of sun and water. That being said, very few, if any of them require more water than Mother Nature provides.

                “If you landscape your entire property with native plants you could easily cut your irrigation needs by at least 50 percent” says Cannamela “Furthermore, native plants require little or no fertilizer because they are adapted to local soils.”  This keeps runoff water cleaner for fish and wildlife dependent on local water sources. 

                In addition, if you plan correctly and plant a wide variety of plants, you will have beautiful blossoms throughout the growing season. Cannamela’s home is surrounded by bright shades of yellow, blue, white, pink and purple from early spring to late autumn, and his landscaping has become virtually self-sustaining. The native plants attract an amazing array of birds and insects in search of food or cover. These welcome guests serve as pollinators and seed dispersers. Certain species, like native flax, spread quickly, decreasing the need to add features each year. In addition, the absence of grass lawns reduces the impact of wintering geese, whose droppings can become a problem for people living where grass is the dominant flora. 

                If you take the time to assess where there is space in your landscape, and how much sun and water that space receives, members of the Idaho Native Plant Society and MK Nature Center staff will help you determine exactly which native plants will accentuate the space around your home. But you might want to get there early; Cannamela anticipates a sellout by early Saturday afternoon.

                There is an Idaho Native Plant Society “Members-Only Sale” on Friday, April 25, from 5 to7 pm. If you are not already an INPS member, you may join at the Friday sale. On Saturday, April 26th, the sale is open to all from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

                For more information on Idaho native plants, visit idahonativeplants.org, where an availability list will be posted prior to the sale. 

 

Families Encouraged to Unplug and Be Outside

Children and adults are invited to get active, have fun and play at dozens of free events offered at the fourth annual Unplug and Be Outside week.  Unplug Week is a time for children and families to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities. 

Nationwide, children aged 8 to 18 spend an average of 53 hours each week indoors, plugged in to electronic devices.  All this indoor time has been linked to significant increases in childhood overweight and obesity, depression and mental health disorders in our children.  The solution is easy - go outside and play!  

 Unplug and Be Outside Week will help your family enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities.  From hiking, fishing and biking to playing in a park, painting or bird watching, your family can participate in many outdoor activities at locations throughout the Treasure Valley and Idaho Falls areas.

Events in the Treasure Valley will be offered April 19-26, while events in Idaho Falls will be held May 3-10.  Idaho Fish and Game’s “Take-Me-Fishing” trailer will be on-hand at various locations to help introduce anglers of all ages to the joys of fishing.

Win a prize! Children who collect three or more stickers on a passport card will be entered into a drawing for great prizes. For a list of events, please see www.unplugandbeoutside.com.

Unplug and Be Outside is designed to inspire and empower families to get off the couch, get active and enjoy the outdoors. This annual program is hosted by the High Five Children’s Health Collaborative, Be Outside, Idaho!, Fit One, and over a dozen partner organizations.     

 

Ask Fish and Game: Family Fishing Waters

Q.              With the weather getting nice, where’s a good place to take the kids fishing?

 

A.               Family Fishing Waters are great places to take the family fishing. They are easy to get to and have plenty of fish to catch.  Each of Idaho Fish and Game’s seven regional offices can answer your questions and get you and your family started on the road to fishing.  You can also find local Family Fishing Waters online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=252.

Chase ends without injury

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:01
Article Category: Sheriff/Police

On Friday, April the 11th, the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office responded to Quality Motors after receiving information that an individual with outstanding felony warrants was attempting to purchase a vehicle. 

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Maximum Length (100 inches) Firewood Permit

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:47
Article Category: BLM & Forest Service

The Salmon-Challis National Forest has added a restricted length firewood program. The implementation of this additional firewood program addresses unhealthy forest conditions due to recent insect epidemics, provides additional source of fuel wood to meet local demands, and will reduce un-natural fuel from insect epidemic impacted forested areas to reduce fire intensity.

Fishing report 4.14.14

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:44
Article Category: Fish & Game

This past weekend on the upper Salmon River, the vast majority of anglers were found in location code 19 between the Sawtooth Hatchery and the Yankee Fork.  No interviews were obtained downstream of Salmon due to minimal angler pressure. Interviewed anglers in location code 17, between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi Rivers, had the best average catch rates of the weekend at 17 hours per steelhead caught and 20 hours per steelhead kept. Almost all the angler effort in location code 17 occurred near the Ellis/Deer Gulch stretch. Upstream, in location code 18, angler effort was low, and interviewed anglers did not report catching any steelhead. From the East Fork of the Salmon River to the Sawtooth Hatchery, in location code 19, interviewed anglers averaged 32 hours per steelhead caught and 67 hours per steelhead kept.

 

River conditions upstream of Basin Cr, in location code 19, were good over the weekend, but due to sediment input from Basin Cr, river conditions downstream were poor. Water temperatures continued to stay in the 40s.

 

Brent Beller

Fisheries Technician

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

Idaho Department of Fish and Game - Region 7

Salmon, ID 83467

Challis earthquakes

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:14
Article Category: Human Interest

A 4.1 earthquake started the day for residents of Challis, Idaho and areas from 40 to 45 miles away. Several more, as late as today have followed

 

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LOT recipients

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:58
Article Category: City of Salmon

Councilman and Local Option Tax Commission Chairman Jim Bockelman presented a list of hopeful funding applicants at the April 2nd meeting of the Salmon City Council 

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Four FS honorees

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:52
Article Category: BLM & Forest Service

Salmon, Idaho –The Regional Forrester Awards ceremony is an annual event to honor exceptional individuals or groups and projects that beautify the image of the Intermountain Region.  More specifically, the Meeting America’s Needs award recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual, work unit, or group that ensure the Region’s forests and grasslands provide the American people with a reliable supply of forest and rangeland products and services, such as clean and ample water, energy, and wood products, on both Federal and non-Federal lands. 

For outstanding service and contributions to the Idaho AmeriCorps Program in 2013, the Meeting America’s Needs Award goes to, from the Salmon Challis NF, Angie Hurley, Forest Partnership Coordinator; Elizabeth Townley, Acting North Fork District Ranger; Kim Nelson, Admin Staff; and Jackie Lucero, Student Conservation Association (SCA) Idaho AmeriCorps Program Leader. 

In 2013, the SCA crew on the Salmon-Challis National Forest created 68 maps, surveyed forest areas, surveyed and reported erosion concerns. In addition to work including GIS, Engineering, Wildlife, U-routes, vegetation, wilderness trails and other special uses issues, Crew Members worked with the Salmon Office to map water diversions from forest streams to private land. Crews maintained trails in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area with primary focus on logging out the corridor and rehabilitating the tread, they cleared 697 blown down trees. 

This public/private partnership expands the achievement of the Forest Service legacy and focuses areas, demonstrates outstanding achievements in substantially leveraging funds and increasing accomplishments on the ground and shows how partnerships with youth programs are essential to our future.  Congratulations to the Student Conservation Association Idaho AmeriCorps Program, partnership with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

“An April Shower of Books” Sale

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:46
Article Category: Human Interest


Bargain hunters and book lovers take note:  the Salmon Public Library will hold their annual Spring Library Book Sale, on the weekend of April 18 and 19.

All proceeds will be designated to the New Library Building Fund.

 

The very popular library book sale is held every year to raise money for the library.  The lower level meeting room is literally transformed into an actual bookstore!  Books are sold by donation. Salmon Friends of the Library hope that Patron contributions will be generous in support of this vital fundraising effort.

 

Library book sales are virtual “treasure chests” for both library supporters and book lovers. Each sale offers an instant expansion of collections for just a few dollars. Stock up for all your summer reading material.

 

Thesale is open to the public on Friday, April 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 – 5:00 PM. Please support the Salmon Public Library in this most important fundraiser!

Regulating Mudpuddles

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 00:58
Article Category: Federal & Idaho

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is calling on the citizens of Idaho and the nation to speak out loudly about what he calls the federal government’s latest attempt to claim control over all the water in the country, including what falls from the sky. 

Packing Clinic offered

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:19
Article Category: Event ArticlesOrganizations

There is a definite art to packing and loading camping and work project equipment on the back of a horse or mule in a way that assures safety for the animal, the gear and the person doing the packing. 

Authors Share Insights on Nez Perce Story of Lewis and Clark

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:56
Article Category: Event Articles

Authors Share Insights on Nez Perce Story of Lewis and Clark

Brown Bag lecture slated April 10th at the Lemhi County Historical Museum

 

If you have ever wondered about the Nez Perce interpretation of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery, join authors Allen Pinkham and Steve Evans as they discuss the fifteen years of research and tribal memories that went into their newly released book, Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce:  Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu.  The authors will present at the  Brown Bag Luncheon at 12:00 noon on April 10, 2014, at the Lemhi County Historical Museum.  A book signing will follow the program with books available for purchase on site.  The program is free of charge to the public.

 

“We welcome two wonderful authors from northern Idaho,” states Hope Benedict, President of the Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum.  “We look forward to learning more about their research, their sources, and their historical evaluation of the interaction between the Nez Perce and the Corps of Discovery.”

 

The authors evaluate both what Lewis and Clark understood and what they misunderstood in the Nez Perce lifeway and political structure.   They will describe the terrain in which the contact between the two groups took place and highlight Ordway’s trip to the Lower Hells Canyon, a story not well described in the journals.

 

Allen Pinkham, former chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, served on the national Council for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial for six years, Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian’s National Museum for the American Indian, and held a two-year term as President of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians.  Pinkham co-authored Salmon and His People:  Fish and Fishing in Nez Perce Culture (Confluence Press 1999).   He lives in Lenore, Idaho.

 

Steven Evans, LCSC Professor Emeritus of History, taught for over thirty years and lived a parallel life as a construction worker in Alaska during the summer.  In 1996, Evans published his first book, Voice of the Old Wolf:  Lucullus Virgin McWhorter and the Nez Perce Indians (WSU Press).  Steve is married with three grown children. He and his wife, Connie, a full-blood Nez Perce, live at Lapwai, Idaho.

 

This program is made possible by the support of the Lewis-Clark State College Summer School and Special Programs, the Idaho Humanities Council, the Idaho Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee and the Idaho Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Salmon Celebrates Earth Week

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:22
Article Category: Event Articles

Earth Day is on April 22nd this year, but Salmon residents will be celebrating in advance on Saturday, April 12th, with a Discovery Hill work day and a downtown recycling drive.

 

A lot of different user groups enjoy the close proximity of Discovery Hill, and those are groups are looking to show up in force to help keep the area an important asset to the community. The BLM, Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association and Salmon Valley Stewardship are all asking their members and supporters to help get the area ready for a busy summer season.

 

Volunteers for Saturday’s Discovery Hill event should meet at the Lewis and Clark Trailhead at 9 a.m. and be equipped with gloves, good shoes, and water. The BLM will be providing tools and supplies, trash bags, and Salmon Valley Stewardship and the Youth Employment Program will host a BBQ for volunteers at noon.

Few things are as earth-friendly as pedal power, so the mountain bike association will be leading a community ride at Discovery Hill on Saturday following trail work and the cleanup day.

Gina Knudson of Salmon Valley Stewardship, said a cleanup day is a great time to be thinking about recycling. ESP Recycling, a family-owned business in Salmon, is sponsoring an Earth Day Recycling Drive on Saturday in the parking lot across from City Hall. Bring your aluminum cans, clean tin cans, plastics #1 and #2 (no lids), newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, flattened cardboard, paper grocery bags, printer ink cartridges, and paper milk cartons. The recycling drive starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m.

 

For more information about Earth Day activities, contact Salmon Valley Stewardship at 756-1686.

Earth Day comes early to Salmon -- This Saturday, April 12th

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:29
Article Category: Event Articles

Earth Day is on April 22nd this year, but Salmon residents will be celebrating in advance on Saturday, April 12th, with a Discovery Hill cleanup and trails day and a downtown recycling drive.

A lot of different user groups enjoy the close proximity of Discovery Hill, and those are groups are looking to show up in force to help keep the area an important asset to the community. The BLM, Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Youth Employment Program, and Salmon Valley Stewardship are all asking their members and supporters to help get the area ready for a busy summer season.

Volunteers for Saturday’s Discovery Hill event should meet at the Lewis and Clark Trailhead at 9 a.m. and be equipped with gloves, good shoes, and water. The BLM will be providing tools and supplies, trash bags, and Salmon Valley Stewardship and the Youth Employment Program will host a BBQ for volunteers at noon.

Few things are as earth-friendly as pedal power, so the mountain bike association will be leading a community ride at Discovery Hill on Saturday following trail work and the cleanup day.

Gina Knudson of Salmon Valley Stewardship, said a cleanup day is a great time to be thinking about recycling. ESP Recycling, a family-owned business in Salmon, is sponsoring an Earth Day Recycling Drive on Saturday in the parking lot across from City Hall. Bring your aluminum cans, clean tin cans, plastics #1 and #2 (no lids), newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, flattened cardboard, paper grocery bags, printer ink cartridges, and paper milk cartons. The recycling drive starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m.

For more information about Earth Day activities, contact Salmon Valley Stewardship at 756-1686.

Photo Caption: Salmon citizens Tawna Skinner, Anita Andrus, and Martha Edgar load up garbage collected throughout the Discovery Hill Trail Area. Discovery Hill, situated on the bluffs overlooking the Salmon River, and less than a mile from town, provides a variety of uses for community members and visitors. Remote-control airplanes, frisbee golf, horseback riding, mountain biking and motorcycle riding, OHV loops, hiking, Lewis and Clark trail trekking, target shooting, and hunting are just a few of the activities that make Discovery Hill a unique asset. All ages come out each year for the Discovery Hill trail work and cleanup day.

 

Fishing Report 4.7.14

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:52
Article Category: Fish & Game

This past weekend on the upper Salmon River, the majority of anglers were found above Ellis in location codes 18 and 19, but anglers downstream of Salmon were still catching steelhead as well. Anglers interviewed in location code 15, downstream of North Fork, averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught and 29 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 16, angler effort dropped from the previous weekend, but interviewed anglers still averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 11 hours per steelhead kept. Between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi Rivers, in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 23 hours per steelhead caught and 34 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of Ellis, in location code 18, interviewed anglers averaged 16 hours per steelhead caught and 51 hours per steelhead kept. Above the East Fork, in location code 19, angler effort increased significantly over the previous weekend, and interviewed anglers averaged 12 hours per steelhead caught and 30 hours per steelhead kept.

 

Water conditions remained favorable through the weekend, with clear water observed in all location codes and water temperatures in the mid to upper 40s.

 

Brent Beller

Fisheries Technician

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

Idaho Department of Fish and Game - Region 7

Fish &Game News 4.7.14

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:11
Article Category: Fish & Game

§  1984 Wild in the Classroom

§  Annual Wolf Report Available Online

§  Peregrine Falcon Nest Webcam Live in Downtown Boise

§  Annual Fur Auction Set for April in Idaho Falls

§  Spaces Available in “Wild about Turkeys” Workshop for Educators

§  Ask Fish and Game: Printed Regulations

 

75th Celebration: 1984 Wild in the Classroom

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a long tradition of educating Idaho’s citizens about our hunting and fishing traditions as well as the wildlife that populate our state.  Whether you are a teacher looking to expand your students’ knowledge, interested in hunter safety or simply curious about Idaho’s wildlife, Fish and Game offers many programs.

Most education programs are hands-on. Props such as antlers, hides, skulls, plaster casts of animal tracks, and owl pellets are common. A live snake or bird of prey in the classroom is certain to focus student attention! As students interact with props or live animals, their curiosity comes alive and the questions fly. 

In 1984, Fish and Game first brought Project WILD to teachers around the state. The program teaches teachers how to integrate wildlife into their classroom lessons. Project WILD maintains that students are fascinated by wildlife and wildlife can help get kids excited about learning. Today, students in classrooms all over Idaho participate in wildlife-related activities to learn about science, social studies, language arts, math and more.   

Conservation education programs range from visits to a classroom to field trips, working alongside biologists to doing habitat projects. Not only are these students learning about wildlife, they are also learning about potential wildlife-related careers.

Some programs also help students learn about Idaho’s traditions of hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. Hunter and angler education may be offered through school lifetime sports programs.  Trout in the Classroom students practice their casting skills and go fishing. Students helping at a bird banding station learn about bird watching and wildlife photography. 

Most importantly, conservation education encourages students to appreciate wildlife and understand Idaho’s incredible wildlife heritage. For more on  Idaho’s Fish and Game’s education programs and the 75thCelebration, go online to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/75th/.

 

Annual Wolf Report Available Online

The 2013 annual summary of wolf monitoring in Idaho is now available, and shows wolf numbers remain well above the 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs required to keep gray wolves off the endangered species list under the 2009 de-listing rule.

The 2013 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report includes the current status of the wolf population in Idaho.

Biologists documented 107 wolf packs in Idaho at the end of 2013, fewer than the 117 documented at the end of 2012, but still the second highest documented since reintroduction.  Seven additional packs were added to the 2012 total based on evidence collected during 2013, bringing that total to 124 packs.

Not all packs are presumed documented.  An estimated 659 wolves were associated with documented packs of wolves in Idaho at the end of 2013.

In addition, 28 documented border packs were counted in Montana, Wyoming and Washington that established territories overlapping the Idaho state border and spent some time in Idaho.

Of packs investigated for evidence of reproduction, 49 were known to have reproduced. Of those, 20 qualified as breeding pairs at the end of the year.

In Idaho, wolf packs ranged from the Canadian border south to the Snake River Plain, and from the Washington and Oregon borders east to the Montana and Wyoming borders. Dispersing wolves were occasionally reported in previously unoccupied areas.

Harvest by hunters and trappers accounted for 356 wolves killed during 2013.  Control efforts and legal landowner take in response to wolf-livestock depredation accounted for the deaths of 94 wolves.

Mean pack size was 5.4 at the end of 2013, approximately 33 percent smaller than the 8.1 wolves per pack average during the 3 years prior to the establishment of harvest seasons in 2009.

Sixteen wolf deaths were attributed to other human causes. The causes of seven wolf mortalities could not be determined and were listed as unknown. 

Also in 2013, 39 cattle, 404 sheep, four dogs and one horse were confirmed as wolf kills. Seven cattle, nine sheep, and one dog were considered probable wolf kills.

The Idaho progress report is available online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/wolves.   

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northern Rocky Mountain progress report, which includes reports from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, is available at: http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/.

 

Applications Sought for Commission Positions

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is accepting applications to fill two positions on the seven-member Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
            One would replace Commissioner Bob Barowsky of the Southwest Region, and the other would replace Randy Budge of the Southeast Region. To be appointed, a successful candidate must be a resident of the Panhandle or the Magic Valley region, and be well informed and interested in wildlife conservation and restoration.
           Anyone interested may contact Ann Beebe in the governor's office at 208-334-2100 or by email atann.beebe@gov.idaho.gov. Applications via email must be received by the governor's office by May 10, or postmarked by May 10 if sent by regular mail.
           Fish and Game commissioners are appointed by the governor for staggered four year terms - no more than four may be from the same political party. Each commissioner must be confirmed by the Idaho State Senate. Each of the seven Fish and Game commissioners represents a different region of the state. The commission is responsible for administering the fish and game policy of Idaho.

           Commissioners meet in January, March, May, July and November of each year. In recent years the complexity of wildlife and fisheries management has made special sessions necessary in addition to the quarterly meetings.
           Major duties and responsibilities of the commission are to supervise the director of the Department of Fish and Game; establish rules and other needed controls on fishing, hunting, trapping and wildlife management in line with the state's wildlife policy; approve department budgets for submission to the legislature; conduct public hearings and make decisions on managing the state's wildlife.

 

 

Peregrine Falcon Nest Webcam Live in Downtown Boise

The daily life of a wild peregrine falcon family in downtown Boise is once again on view via a web camera in the nest box.

This is the sixth year the webcam has followed the daily activities in a nest box on the 14th floor of One Capital Center, 10th and Main streets.  The webcam may be seen at: http://peregrinefund.org/webcam-peregrine.

Since 2003, breeding peregrine falcons have used the nest on the building that simulates the high, steep cliffs the falcons use in the wild.  When in a dive, peregrine falcons are the fastest members of the animal kingdom, reaching speeds as high as 240 miles per hour. They use that speed to prey on other birds. Downtown Boise provides a plentiful supply of pigeons, mourning doves, starlings and other species.

This year, the first egg was laid on March 26th, which is the earliest date for a first egg since the webcam was installed in 2009.  The timing is almost two weeks earlier than last year, which was also earlier than ever. 

Once an endangered species, the peregrine falcon was restored through the release of captive-bred young by The Peregrine Fund.  It was removed from the endangered species list in 1999, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and individual states continue to monitor peregrine population numbers.

The falcon was removed from Idaho’s list of endangered species in 2009.  Like all birds of prey, the falcons remain protected by state and federal law.

Peregrines were essentially gone from Idaho by 1974.  Starting in 1982, captive-bred falcons were released into the wild in Idaho and nearby states.  In 1985, the raptors were again documented as a breeding species, and releases were discontinued.  Eight falcons were released in downtown Boise in 1988 and 1989.  Today, there are about two dozen breeding pairs scattered around the state.

The web camera is sponsored by The Peregrine Fund, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fiberpipe.  The nest can also be viewed on monitors in the lobby of One Capital Center, courtesy of Oppenheimer Development Corp. and J.R. Simplot Co.

 

Annual Fur Auction Set for April in Idaho Falls

The fur sale is set for Saturday, April 26 at the Idaho Fish and Game Upper Snake Region office in Idaho Falls.

Auction items include furs, whole carcasses, antlers, skulls and other items. All items were either seized as evidence or salvaged. All carcasses are considered unfit for human consumption and are sold for use of the non-edible portions only. Elk, deer and moose antlers may be sold as small bundles by weight or as single sets attached to skull plates. Items may be viewed beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the live auction beginning at 10 a.m. The sale will be conducted at 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls, by Prime Time Auctions Inc.

A taxidermist-furbuyer license is required in advance to bid on bear parts, mountain lion parts or any furbearer for anyone in the business of buying and selling hides or animal mounts. Buyers for personal use are not required to have a taxidermist-furbuyer license. Resident licenses are $40 for one year, and nonresident licenses are $170. The licenses can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office. Fish and Game will accept only cash, cashier's check or personal check. No credit card service will be available.

Nonresident purchasers should be aware that their state may not allow import of the hides or parts of bear, mountain lion, bobcat or otter. Be sure to check state regulations before purchasing these items.

A person who has killed an animal may not buy that animal or any part of it at the auction. Nor may another person buy the animal or any part of it on their behalf. A violation would be considered an illegal purchase of wildlife.

For more information, contact the Upper Snake Region Fish and Game office at 208-525-7290.

Spaces Available in “Wild About Turkeys” Workshop for Educators Participants can receive college credits.

 

Everyone who has spent any time in the outdoors of northern Idaho has seen a wild turkey.  Actually, if you have seen one you have likely seen dozens as they spend much of their time in large flocks, especially in winter.  Where there is one there are often many.

Natural curiosity about these strange and unique birds may have you wondering…what do they eat?  Where do they sleep to avoid predators? Do they nest in trees or on the ground?  Why do some gobble and others not? Are domestic turkeys and wild turkeys the same?  And, why are some of them walking around these days with their brilliantly colored tail feathers all fanned out? 

A “Wild about Turkeys” Project Wild workshop is being offered in northern Idaho for teachers and youth leaders. Attendees will learn about the interesting and unusual habits of the wild turkey, a non-native species that was introduced into Idaho in the 1960’s. 

Every grade school educator talks about turkeys when Thanksgiving rolls around each November.  Teachers participating in this workshop will receive activity guides they can use with their students…and the materials are tied to Idaho’s state standards!  For this workshop, the Idaho State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will purchase additional educational materials for you.

Optional continuing education credits are available through multiple Idaho Universities for a fee; the fees are set by the institutions providing the credit. Credits usually run about $60.

Scheduled for April 25-26, the workshop includes a Friday evening (4-9 p.m.) at the Post Falls Cabela’s store (meeting room), and most of the day on Saturday. Saturday times will be determined once the date approaches, as it is hoped the weather will allow for an early morning field trip to hear gobblers calling from the treetops and ridges to attract hens.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.   

Project Wild activities develop awareness, knowledge and skills concerning the relationships between humans, wildlife and the natural world.  Wildlife concepts are related to social studies, mathematics, language arts and other subjects and do not take time away from established curricula.

Each workshop involves participants in the activities and demonstrates techniques for integrating the supplementary materials into classrooms and informal learning settings.

Project Wild is used throughout the United States and several other countries.  The goal of the program is to assist learners in developing a commitment to responsible and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.

Wildlife is an indicator of environmental health, and is important to our quality of life. Where there is abundant wildlife there is likely to be clean air, clean water, diverse vegetation and healthy soil.

Young people are fascinated by the study of wildlife, opening windows of learning into all subject areas.  Project Wild is based on the premise that young people and their teachers have a vital interest in learning about the earth as home for people and wildlife.

Many Idaho teachers are currently incorporating Project Wild activities in their classrooms.  If you are a teacher or youth group leader not familiar with Project Wild, ask around. Discover how other professional educators feel about the program. Then reserve a spot in this or a future workshop online atfishandgame.idaho.gov. Go to the “education” tab, then click on “Project Wild” specialized workshops.

 

Ask Fish and Game: Printed Regulations

Q: When will I able to get a printed copy of the new Big Game Hunting Regulations?

AThe new regulations are at the printer right now. We expect the booklets to be arriving at vendors’ locations by Easter week. In the meantime, you can look at the rules for 2014 on the Fish and Game website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=63

 

Homeowners urge residents to weigh in on Forest Service Upper North Fork Project

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:11
Article Category: Human Interest

When the August 2003 Frog Pond fire started throwing sparks across Highway 93 onto the Moose Creek Estates subdivision north of Gibbonsville, property owner Bob Wilson and manager John Goodman were grateful for the friends, neighbors, and firefighters who helped put out more than 20 fire starts.

Working with Lemhi County, they put Moose Creek Estates on the path to becoming a Firewise community, a program that empowers neighbors to work together to reduce wildland fire risk. Still, the elephant in the room was the condition of neighboring National Forest lands in the area.

In 2009, Wilson and Goodman invited the Forest Service and the Lemhi County Forest Restoration Group to tour Moose Creek Estates and the adjacent private lands. The group agreed that the area should be their next collaboratively designed project.

The results of dozens of meetings and trips to the field is now available for public review as the Upper North Fork Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The document examines proposed hazardous fuels reduction and forest restoration activities in an approximately 41,000-acre area from Lost Trail Pass to the Gibbonsville area.

The draft is available on the http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf/ from the Quick Links section to the right of the page.

Goodman urges fellow residents to take the time to review the Environmental Impact Statement and make comments by the deadline of May 5. “The Lemhi County Forest Restoration Group is the same group that brought agency folks, environmental groups, loggers, and others together to work on the Hughes Creek project. We all remember what happened when the Mustang Fire hit Hughes Creek after all the thinning had been accomplished,” Goodman reminded. “The same thought went into this Upper North Fork project. This is very important to the North Fork community. It will provide jobs for locals just as Hughes Creek did, and it will help in the eventual event of fire on the east side of Highway 93 to stop it or at least give you and I a fighting chance of saving our homes and property values.”

Wilson agreed that the success of the Hughes Creek project should pave the way for the collaboratively designed Upper North Fork project.

“Over the years, beetle infestation coupled with logging and fire suppression practices have resulted in the Upper North Fork Valley becoming a forest tinderbox.  Two years ago, we experienced the Mustang Fire that burned an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, much of which was in Lemhi County.  Steep terrain and dense forest with large patches of dead timber from beetle kill made the fire extremely difficult to contain.  The fire was rapidly approaching Gibbonsville when it reached a recently completed forest health project in the Hughes Creek drainage that had been addressed much like the proposed Upper North Fork Ecosystem Restoration Project.  The fire did exactly what would be expected after the proactive thinning and ladder fuels elimination.  It went to the ground and slowed down allowing fire fighters to get it under control.  Very likely that proactive project in Hughes Creek was the major factor in preventing the fire to destroy many homes and property in the area.  I salute the time and effort of the people who worked on this next phase of forest restoration – the Upper North Fork project,” Wilson commented.

The Forest Service is holding two open houses to discuss Upper North Fork. The first is Wednesday, April 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Salmon Valley Business Innovation Center and on Thursday, April 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gibbonsville Improvement Association Building in Gibbonsville.

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