Environment http://boisestatepublicradio.org en 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 Idaho Seeks Preliminary Permit From FERC As Part Of Weiser Dam Study http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-seeks-preliminary-permit-ferc-part-weiser-dam-study <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Idaho water managers this week filed an application for a preliminary permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or </span>FERC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The state's Water Resource Board continues to study the feasibility of building a new dam on the </span>Weiser<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:07:58 +0000 Scott Graf 42552 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Seeks Preliminary Permit From FERC As Part Of Weiser Dam Study Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/army-corps-kill-birds-snake-and-columbia-river-dams <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers this spring will begin killing birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead.</p><p>The agency unveiled a plan Thursday that will allow as many as 1,200 California gulls, 650 ring-billed gulls and 150 double-crested cormorants to be killed.</p><p><a href="http://www.lmtribune.com" target="_blank">The Lewiston Tribune</a> says the action will occur at McNary Dam on the Columbia River and Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams on the Snake River.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:51:07 +0000 Associated Press 42527 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams Governor Otter Signs Wolf Control Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-otter-signs-wolf-control-bill <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a bill to create a state board that will work to control the growth of wolf populations in the state.</p><p>Otter signed the bill on Wednesday, despite opposition from some conservation groups.</p><p>The bill, which passed on the final day of the recent legislative session, creates a $400,000 fund and establishes a five-member board whose job is to authorize the killing of wolves that come into conflict with wildlife or livestock.</p><p>The money comes from the state's general fund.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:44:01 +0000 Associated Press 42485 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Governor Otter Signs Wolf Control Bill Federal Judge Upholds Bighorn Protection Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-upholds-bighorn-protection-plan <p></p><p>A federal judge has ruled that a U.S. Forest Service plan to reduce domestic sheep grazing on the Payette National Forest by about 70 percent to protect bighorn sheep from diseases will remain in place.</p><p>Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima, sitting by designation for the District of Idaho, made the ruling on Tuesday.</p><p>Sheep ranchers in Idaho and other states in 2012 sued the Forest Service over the bighorn sheep protection plan announced in 2010.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:57:12 +0000 Associated Press 42456 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Federal Judge Upholds Bighorn Protection Plan Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-sage-grouse-habitat-slow-rebound-after-fire <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032414JR_SageGrouse_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A <a href="http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/ES13-00278.1">new study</a> suggests creating livable habitat for the dwindling sage grouse may be trickier than originally thought.<p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 42302 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire