Wolf advocates: Lolo Zone aerial gunning under way

Aerial gunning of wild wolves is under way in remote and rugged areas of the Clearwater National Forest, conducted by the federal Wildlife Services agency and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Defenders of Wildlife and Friends of the Clearwater noted Feb. 8. The agencies are using helicopters to kill wolves in the Lolo Zone, which covers portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. About 50 Lolo Zone wolves have been killed from the air since 2011.

Presidents Day Weekend snow jamboree slated

This Presidents Weekend, Feb. 13-14, Meadows Valley will be hosting a two-day Snow Jamboree for snowmobilers of all ages. Based at the location of C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane and Highway 55 in New Meadows, activities and events are planned for all.

Groups seek grant to add ADA accessibility to Elk City’s new motorized recreation trailhead

Framing Our Community and the Dust Devils ATV Club are planning to add ADA access to all of the facilities at the new Elk City Trailhead constructed in 2015. This trailhead will provide year-around shelter, bathrooms, and fire pit and informational signage to recreationists in Elk City that is accessible to disabled veterans, senior citizens and others.

OHV rec group’s ‘working relationships’ proving productive

A motorized recreation group — well-known in other counties — is coordinating with the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) to propose and implement the Gem Trail, a 243-mile route from Avery to Elk City with several key stops in Idaho County: in Kamiah, Kooskia and Elk City.

State wolf management to continue after five-year ‘success’

Outside Opinion

In a few short months, the federal five-year post-delisting oversight window will close and Idaho will continue to sustainably manage its wolves.

Ski scoop

Fish Creek, Cottonwood Butte and Snowhaven snow conditions.


Boys Basketball; Girls Basketball; Wrestling; Bowling; Trapshooting; Elks Hoop Shoot.

First of two bighorn sheep tags set for auction on Jan. 23

Hunters interested in bidding for the ultimate bighorn sheep hunt can attend the Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet and Auction in Reno from Jan. 21-23, or bid online beginning Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. (PST). Online bids will be taken at http://www.onlinehuntingauctions.com/IDAHO-BIGHORN-SHEEP-PERMIT_i23890809.

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Where All Things Merge Into One

Pictured is an ice circle that formed on the Salmon River downstream of French Creek near Riggins some time before Fred Taylor of White Bird happened upon it Jan. 8.

Hunters satisfied with controlled hunts, but would weigh options

Idaho Fish and Game recently conducted a survey to “take the pulse” of hunters about controlled-hunt drawings, and the majority of them are satisfied with the current system. The approval percentage is also higher than it was a decade ago.

COLUMN: Two ways to test for one nasty parasitic protozoan

Ask Bwana

Giardiasis or “beaver fever,” not to be confused with the common affliction that plagues most teenage boys, is a disease born from a parasite that attacks the small intestines of humans and other animals.

Spring steelhead season opens New Year’s Day

For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opens Jan. 1. Anglers are reminded that they will need a 2016 fishing license and steelhead permit.

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Escape to Cottonwood Butte Saturday, Dec. 26

Cottonwood Butte Ski Area will be opening on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Board to meet in Boise in January

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet by conference call Thursday, January 21 to set the 2016 and 2017 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons.

Fishing season and rule books available soon

Idaho’s fishing seasons and rules books for 2016-2018 have been sent to the printer and are expected to be available at license vendors this week.