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Otter signs wolf control board bill as feds are silent

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill Thursday that establishes an Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board. The amended bill places the new board within the governor’s office to fund wolf management with $400,000 from general tax dollars, and additional funds

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Posted in Letters from the West

Spring Break powder alert: Up to 7 inches on the slopes

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Photo by Roger Phillips Get your butts back to the slopes if you love powder. Brundage and Tamarack are both reporting 7 inches of fresh with more on the way. Bogus Basin got hit with 3 inches of new flakes,

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Federal judge upholds Payette bighorn sheep protections

A federal judge upheld the decision by the Payette National Forest to close 70 percent of the forest to domestic sheep grazing to protect wild bighorn sheep. U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Wallace Tashima denied a motion by the Idaho Wool

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Posted in Letters from the West

Spring bass fishing on the fly

Photo by Roger Phillips, Dave Gourley with a 4-pound largemouth bass taken from the Snake River in Sunday, March 23. A few of my fly fishing pals have been trying to unlock the mystery of early season bass. We’ve learned

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F&G announces 2014 spring chinook rules

Seasons will begin on April 26 on the Clearwater, Lochsa, Lower Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake River in Hells Canyon from Dug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam. Closing dates will be determined and ordered by the Commission based on harvest

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Spring is like summer for bikers, so get out and ride

MTB sagebrush

Photo by Roger Phillips Went for a ride last night in a long-sleeved Merino wool shirt, windbreaker and leg warmers. I rode until dusk, and never felt hot or cold. That’s rare. You can’t beat this weather for riding, either

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Jewell joins Idaho Republicans and Oregon Democrats in support of wildfire funding fix

Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch returned Monday to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, where last August they called for reforming fire funding. This time they brought Interior Secretary Sally Jewell,

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The payoff for patience, great weather and good fishing

Terry Bass

Photo by Roger Phillips I caught myself saying “it’s usually not like this.” It’s a common phrase on a slow day of fishing. It was windy and partially cloudy on the Snake River, a storm front loomed on the horizon.

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Great bird watching for people who aren’t bird watchers

Photo by Roger Phillips I admit I have passing interest in birds other than game birds. Just my nature, I guess. But I love cruising around the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area near Parma in the spring. In one morning

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Idaho all-star basketball games set for Saturday in Coeur d’Alene

The 11th annual Idaho State High School All-Star Basketball Games will be played at 1 p.m. (girls) and 3:30 p.m. (boys) local time Saturday at North Idaho College’s Christianson Gym in Coeur d’Alene. Players were chosen by a selection committee

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