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Ground squirrel tests positive for plague

BOISE — A ground squirrel (whistle pig) found south of Boise near Gowen Field has tested positive for plague. Idaho public health officials and Idaho Fish and Game are asking people to take precautions as outdoor summer activities shift into high gear.

“We have investigated reported mortalities of ground squirrels in the area southeast of Boise during May,” State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew said. “Dogs and cats can be infected with plague through hunting rodents, playing with or consuming their carcasses, or by exposure to their fleas.”

Since 1940, only five human cases of plague have been reported in Idaho The last two cases reported in Idaho occurred in 1991 and 1992, with both patients fully recovering.

— Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Central District Health Department, May 22

Meadows man pleads guilty

COUNCIL — Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Faulks has announced that Dorn Tennis of Meadows entered pleas of “guilty” on May 15 to three felony counts of “Attempted enticing a child through use of the Internet or other communication device.”

— The Adams County Record, June 3

Royalty candidates sought for fair

COTTONWOOD — The Idaho County Fair royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participating in the 2016 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applications is June 30.

— Cottonwood Chronicle, June 4

Nezperce Hotel turns 100 in June

NEZPERCE — The long anticipated opening of the Nezperce Hotel will take place Monday, June 21, said the June 17, 1915, Nezperce Herald.

Persistent reports of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity have continued through the years.

The hotel was refurbished and remodeled by the current owners, Dan and Annie Johnson of Nezperce.

— Lewis County Herald, June 4

Wasden announces stopping charities

BOISE — Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Inc. and The Breast Cancer Society of America, can no longer solicit donations for their phony cancer charities, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

— Attorney General Office, May 20


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