Environment http://boisestatepublicradio.org en California-Based Petition Gets 20,000 Signatures To Protect Idaho's Ravens http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/california-based-petition-gets-20000-signatures-protect-idahos-ravens <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than <a href="http://www.thepetitionsite.com/114/241/939/state-of-idaho-to-kill-4000-ravens/" target="_blank">20,000 people have signed an online petition</a> aimed at Idaho Fish and Game to stop the killing of thousands of ravens. The point of the raven population control, though, is to protect another bird close to becoming endangered: the sage grouse.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don </span>Kemner’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> job at the Idaho Fish and Game Department is to safeguard the sage grouse.</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:23:08 +0000 Jessica Murri 43928 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org California-Based Petition Gets 20,000 Signatures To Protect Idaho's Ravens A Landslide Buried Boise In Mud 55 Years Ago, Scientists Say It Could Happen Again http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/landslide-buried-boise-mud-55-years-ago-scientists-say-it-could-happen-again <p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:27:46 +0000 Adam Cotterell 43866 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Landslide Buried Boise In Mud 55 Years Ago, Scientists Say It Could Happen Again Federal Officials Eye Improving Fall Chinook Runs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-officials-eye-improving-fall-chinook-runs <p></p><p>Officials at the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a long-range plan that could lead to delisting fall chinook in the Snake River.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1mkgTQz" target="_blank">Lewiston Tribune</a> reports that officials for the first time are setting down precise standards that must be met for the fish to be taken off the endangered species list.</p><p>But officials say it's a long process with many hurdles.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:08:36 +0000 Associated Press 43736 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Federal Officials Eye Improving Fall Chinook Runs North Idaho Poachers Taking Heavy Toll On Game http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-idaho-poachers-taking-heavy-toll-game <p></p><p>State wildlife officials in northern Idaho say poachers are killing far more game animals than wolves.</p><p>Officials tell the <a href="http://bit.ly/1jdj31p" target="_blank">Lewiston Tribune</a> that last year in northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.</p><p>Officials say a realistic detection rate is 5 percent, meaning poachers are likely killing about 600 elk, 80 moose, 260 mule deer and 1,000 whitetail.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:16:48 +0000 Associated Press 43713 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Idaho Poachers Taking Heavy Toll On Game How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-boises-1959-mudslide-led-lasting-protections-citys-foothills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was August, 1959. Boise was having one of its typical hot, dry summers. A fire had just burned 9,000 acres in the nearby foothills. Then on August 20, a huge storm system dumped heavy rain on the Treasure Valley. One inch of rain fell in an hour on the burn scar.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The water overwhelmed the hills and washed away tons of topsoil. A Forest Service <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UxSjP-Dn2o">video</a> made several years after the event, tells the story.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Scott Graf 43660 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills Endangered Salmon Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/endangered-salmon-migrate-trucks-around-cracked-dam <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/041514AK_Wanapum_salmonfix_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June because of the cracked Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.<p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Anna King 43552 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Endangered Salmon Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam Earthquake Swarm Continues To Shake Central Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/earthquake-swarm-continues-shake-central-idaho <p>The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.6-magnitude earthquake occurred Monday afternoon 14.2 miles north of Challis. Early Monday morning, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was measured 11 miles north northwest of the town.</p><p>Mike Stickney is the director of the Earthquake Studies Office at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. He says this swarm of earthquakes in central Idaho started on March 24. He says at least 12 have been greater than magnitude 3, and many smaller tremors have also been measured.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:09:44 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43494 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Earthquake Swarm Continues To Shake Central Idaho 4.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Central Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/49-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-central-idaho <p>A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.</p><p>USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was "kind of an unusual occurrence" being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. But he said even minor damage is unlikely because of the remote location. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:12 +0000 Associated Press 43462 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Fish And Game Celebrates 75 Years Of Modern Management http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-fish-and-game-celebrates-75-years-modern-management <p>If you've watched much cable TV recently, you may have seen this spot promoting Idaho Fish and Game's 75th anniversary.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="415" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SGCsKHBsDAM" width="595"></iframe></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:00:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43299 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Fish And Game Celebrates 75 Years Of Modern Management Water Supply Rebounds Across Most of Northwest After March Storms http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/water-supply-rebounds-across-most-northwest-after-march-storms <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/041014TB_Water_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest according to the <a href="http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/ws/">latest regional water supply forecast</a>.<p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Tom Banse 43300 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Water Supply Rebounds Across Most of Northwest After March Storms 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Challis, Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/41-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-challis-idaho <p></p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.1 earthquake has been recorded three miles underground near Challis, Idaho.</p><p>USGS monitors <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pe6v#summary">recorded the quake</a> at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_412424341" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">6:21</span></span> a.m. Thursday. It occurred nine miles north-northwest of the town.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:33:23 +0000 Scott Graf 43257 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Challis, Idaho Two Idaho Rivers Make Most Endangered In America List http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/two-idaho-rivers-make-most-endangered-america-list <p></p><p>Idaho's Clearwater and Lochsa rivers have made it on a list of <a href="http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/press-releases/middle-fork-clearwater-and-lochsa-rivers-among-americas-most-endangered-rivers-of-2014/" target="_blank">top 10 most endangered rivers in America</a>. The list is put out every year by American Rivers, an advocacy group that works to protect and restore rivers in the U.S.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:09:06 +0000 Samantha Wright 43201 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Two Idaho Rivers Make Most Endangered In America List Idaho Groups Negotiating To End Megaloads Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-groups-negotiating-end-megaloads-lawsuit <p></p><p>Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe are in mediation with the U.S. Forest Service to end a lawsuit concerning megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho.</p><p>Kevin Lewis of Idaho Rivers United said Wednesday the groups are seeking to have the federal agency come up with specific rules concerning gigantic loads traveling on the northern Idaho route that includes a federally designated Wild and Scenic River corridor as well as tribal land.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:13:36 +0000 Associated Press 43202 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Groups Negotiating To End Megaloads Lawsuit Lawsuit Planned To Stop Incidental Trapping Of Lynx In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-planned-stop-incidental-trapping-lynx-idaho <p></p><p>Three environmental groups plan to file a federal lawsuit if Idaho doesn't address incidental trapping of federally protected Canada lynx.</p><p>The groups sent a letter Monday to Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter as well as Idaho Department of Fish Game officials. The state has 60 days to respond.</p><p>Western Watersheds Project, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Clearwater contend that Idaho is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing recreational trapping for bobcats that has led to the capture of three lynx in the last two years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:33:16 +0000 Associated Press 43133 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lawsuit Planned To Stop Incidental Trapping Of Lynx In Idaho Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/megaloads-opponents-seek-more-public-input <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/040414CL_megaloads_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.<p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:11:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 42968 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input Yellowstone Park Fighting Online Supervolcano Rumors http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/yellowstone-park-fighting-online-supervolcano-rumors <p></p><p>Yellowstone National Park is trying to fight online rumors that running bison <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_csBXWlUA4" target="_blank">seen in a YouTube video</a> are fleeing a possible explosion of the park's supervolcano.</p><p>The video was posted on March 20, 10 days before a magnitude-4.8 earthquake hit, the strongest quake in 30 years.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:02:44 +0000 Associated Press 42936 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Yellowstone Park Fighting Online Supervolcano Rumors Rockies Gray Wolf Numbers Steady Despite Hunting http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rockies-gray-wolf-numbers-steady-despite-hunting <p></p><p>A new population tally of gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies shows their continued resilience despite increased hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals.</p><p>State and federal agencies said Friday there were a minimum of 1,691 wolves at the end of 2013.</p><p>That's virtually unchanged from the prior year even as state wildlife agencies adopted aggressive tactics to drive down wolf numbers.</p><p>Under pressure from livestock and hunting groups, Idaho officials have used helicopters to shoot packs. Montana has eased hunting and trapping rules.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:34:58 +0000 Associated Press 42929 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rockies Gray Wolf Numbers Steady Despite Hunting Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-river-flow-increases-sixfold-water-managers-maintain-current-level <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those managing water flow in the Boise River Basin say they plan to keep the river at its current level for the foreseeable future.</span></p><p>The river is been flowing at roughly 1,800 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Street bridge in Boise.&nbsp; The flow last week was around 300 cfs and then increased steadily over the weekend.</p><p>Snake River Area Office Water Operations Manager Brian Sauer says the outflow at Lucky Peak reached 1,800 cfs for the first time this season at 8 a.m. Monday. &nbsp;Flood level is 7,000 cfs.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:05:33 +0000 Scott Graf 42727 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level Got Space? Montana Needs A Home For 135 Bison http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/got-space-montana-needs-home-135-bison <p></p><p>Montana wildlife officials say they are seeking proposals to take up to 135 disease-free bison being held under an experimental effort to establish new populations of the animals.</p><p>The small herd in the U.S. Department of Agriculture program is made up of animals captured from Yellowstone National Park and their descendants.</p><p>The bison have been held for the past several years on behalf of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks at a Bozeman-area ranch owned by philanthropist Ted Turner.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:44:08 +0000 Associated Press 42723 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Got Space? Montana Needs A Home For 135 Bison Drought In Idaho's Elmore County Means It's Now A Disaster Area http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/drought-idahos-elmore-county-means-its-now-disaster-area <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:55:29 +0000 Associated Press 42647 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Drought In Idaho's Elmore County Means It's Now A Disaster Area