Wednesday, April 22, 2009

News briefs

County eyes reduced office hours

The Blaine Environmental, Economic and Energy Sustainability Team, known as BEST, recently presented county commissioners with a new schedule for hours of service for county offices.

The new hours would extend the workday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The group recommended that the county close its offices on Fridays. The change would reduce carbon footprints created by commuters and energy use, the group said.

Commissioners are now seeking public input regarding the proposal. To comment on the proposal, visit the Blaine County Web site:

Chinook season opens Saturday

The spring Chinook salmon fishing season will open this Saturday on the Clearwater, lower Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers.

In a press release, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said the first Chinook salmon of spring have arrived at Lower Granite Dam, the last major hurdle before the salmon reach Idaho. As of Sunday, April 19, 2,592 Chinook salmon had crossed Bonneville Dam, the first of eight federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Apply early for controlled hunts

The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunts starts May 1 and runs through June 5.

Hunters may apply at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office or with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5. Or, buy online at An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications.

Hunters must have a 2009 Idaho hunting license to apply. As an added benefit, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will hand out two cash prizes, one at $550 and one at $450, for early registers.

Wood River Middle School holds trivia contest

In honor of Earth Day, the Wood River Middle School will hold a water trivia contest.

Questions will focus on smart water-use techniques to raise conservation awareness. Blaine County uses 700 gallons of water per capita each day. Kathleen Turner, outreach and communications coordinator for the Blaine County Water Quality Department, will moderate.

Prizes include gift certificates to Hailey Coffee Co., KB's and Blockbuster. The contest will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the seventh-grade hall of the middle school.

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