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Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile virus of 2014. A Blaine County woman in her 20s is recovering from a virus-induced fever. Eight other Idaho counties have found West Nile in mosquitoes this summer, but the Blaine County case is the first confirmed human infection.

Last year, 40 known people in Idaho contracted West Nile and two died. A 2006 outbreak saw nearly 1,000 cases and 23 deaths in Idaho.

Authorities in central Idaho are testing a bat for rabies after it bit a 6-year-old girl.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the bite occurred Friday while the girl played in her grandmother's yard.

Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey says the grandmother captured the bat and took the girl for treatment at an area hospital.Ramsey says the girl received antibiotics but he's not sure if rabies shots have been started.

He tells the newspaper that medical officials usually wait until they test the animal that made the bite to see if it has rabies.

Blaine County commissioners in central Idaho plan to finalize a resolution supporting a central Idaho national monument by Tuesday.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that commissioners set that date so Commission Chair Larry Schoen can hand deliver the resolution backing a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument in person when he visits Washington, D.C., for a conference in early March.

Transportation, megaload
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A shipment of nearly a million pounds of oil field equipment resumed its drive Tuesday night toward Canada. The load had been stopped for the past week by bad weather in eastern Oregon.

A spokeswoman for the company in charge of the shipment, Omega Morgan, says the "megaload" started moving again around 10 p.m.  Holly Zander says crews pulled the equipment about 50 miles along Highway 395 before stopping around 4 a.m.

Omega Morgan is expected to be issued the necessary permits to move the load through southern Idaho.

Roger Phillips / Idaho Statesman

Ice fishing enthusiasts have big plans this weekend on Magic Reservoir in southern Blaine County.  The lake hosts its annual tournament Saturday and  Sunday.  Competitors are going for the biggest trout and yellow perch. They’ll weigh their catches throughout the day.

Students at Wood River High School had a late start today not because of snow, but because of security concerns. The Blaine County School District delayed classes until 10:30 this morning after being notified in the night of a break in at the high school.

A district spokesperson says police believe someone used a shotgun to shatter a glass door to the building then entered the school for a short time.

Police searched the premises and don’t think anything was taken or left behind. They continue to look for a suspect.   

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

There aren’t many places in deep red Idaho where you’re likely to hear the kind of proud introduction Gini Ballou offered up not long after we met.

“I’m Gini Ballou,” she said.  “My mother stopped to vote for John F. Kennedy on her way to the hospital to have me.  And the greatest gift I ever got for my birthday was the ’08 election, when I was given President Obama on my birthday.” 

Officers Bust Big Marijuana Operation In Blaine County

Aug 23, 2012
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Law enforcement officers seized an estimated 11,100 marijuana plants in Blaine County Thursday. The illegal grow operation was on public land in the Sawtooth National Forest near Galena Summit. Several agencies were involved. The grow was first discovered by a father and son pair of hikers. That led to more than two weeks of surveillance. However, no arrests have been made.

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