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If you have a 5th or 6th grader who loves to ski or snowboard or one who'd like to learn, you'll want to take advantage of the free skiing program offered by the Idaho Ski Areas Association, a.k.a. Ski Idaho.

COTTONWOOD – Construction on the Pine Bar boat ramp is set to begin on Dec. 2, causing a temporary closure of the ramp and the adjacent parking area. The temporary closure is expected to extend through Feb. 13, 2020, unless work is completed ahead of schedule.

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Pocatello on Nov. 13-14, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Southeast Regional Office at 1345 Barton Rd. People can address the commission on any matters related to Fish and Game at that time.

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Clearwater Region released the following update regarding the shooting of a trophy bull elk near Harpster, which IDFG investigated earlier this month: 

A young black bear cub, taken from the wild by a well-meaning citizen, was deemed a good candidate for rehabilitation and now resides with a licensed rehabilitator in central Idaho. Like others across Idaho, the rehabilitator operates under a permit issued by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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The Maggie Creek Supervisory Area of the Idaho Department of Lands in Kamiah will be closing roads accessing the Woodrat Mountain block of state land on Nov. 8. Entrance roads will be closed at Suttler Creek, Wilson Creek, Harris Ridge, Kidder Ridge, Glenwood Meadows, and Woodrat Mountain. C…

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GRANGEVILLE -- The Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) invites citizens who have interest in forest projects on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest (NPCLW) to attend a public meeting next Wednesday, Oct. 30,

Thanks to a partnership between Idaho of Fish and Game and the Boise State College of Innovation and Design, learning to field dress a big game animal just got a lot easier.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, a report came in to Idaho Fish and Game regarding a cow elk that was shot and found dead on private property off of Wells Bench Road northeast of Orofino. No part of the animal was taken. It is anticipated that the elk was shot from the road during the afternoon or even…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Allen Rowley has accepted the position of Associate Deputy Chief of the National Forest System Deputy Area, Washington Office, effective now.

Most waterfowl seasons in Idaho open on either Oct. 5 or Oct. 12, and the statewide youth hunt is Sept. 28-29. While hunting success will ultimately be determined by myriad local conditions during the 2019-20 season, this year’s North American Waterfowl Breeding and Population Habitat Survey…

The White Bird streamgage, where Salmon River streamflow data has been recorded for 107 years, is not providing real-time water temperature data this October due to a reduction in funding, U.S. Geological Survey noted Monday morning, Sept. 30, on Twitter. The station’s webpage holds water te…

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted on Friday, Sept. 20 to close all steelhead seasons on the Clearwater River because the number of returning adult hatchery fish is less than the number needed for broodstock, and there is no surplus to provide a fishery.

RIGGINS — To provide a user-friendly and sanitary way to dispose of human waste that would otherwise end up in the Salmon River, the Forest Service is installing a new cleaning station with a septic collection and treatment (SCAT) machine.

COTTONWOOD – The third Annual Ranch Rodeo at Two Bar V Livestock Arena is set to go at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, with events including branding, doctoring, sorting, trailer loading and relay hide race.

In several areas of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ backcountry, bridges and other structures help make difficult crossings easier. But wear and tear take their toll on these structures, and they need maintaining to keep functional.

Construction will begin Sept. 16 on improvements to the Bureau of Land Management's Shorts Bar Recreation Area along the Lower Salmon River. A large portion of the recreation area will be closed for up to six weeks to ensure public safety while the contractor completes the work. 

Hunters should be advised that Avista Utilities will be conducting a power pole replacement on the ridge between Eagle Creek and Deer Creek in Unit 11 on Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Gates will stay locked during this time and sportsmen can expect truck traffic on the Swamp Creek road.

COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood Riding Club will host an O-Mok-See Sunday, Sept. 8, starting at 9 a.m. Single and team events will be held; everyone is welcome. Concessions will be available.

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The Big Smith Fire, reported to Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, is about 1.5 acres in size, about 1.5 miles north of Syringa, and is being contested by 13 personnel and a helicopter with additional resources responding. Those resources include a Loch…

Public comment is sought on a prescribed burning project, the Rapid River Ecosystem Maintenance Burn Project, located on the Payette and Nez Perce-Clearwater national forests. Comment deadline is Sept. 16.

For people interested in hunting this fall who have not taken a hunter education course, it’s not too late. By completing an online course and attending a mandatory field day, students can fast-track their hunter education and be ready to hunt.

Campbells Pond in Clearwater County is set to receive 1,500 rainbow trout next month. Good fishing can be had from the bank with several docks, including one handicap-accessible dock.

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