Friday, November 19, 2010


ITD: Drive safely over holiday

Using federal grant funds, the Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with Idaho law enforcement agencies to make state highways safer by funding education campaigns and high-visibility impaired-driving enforcement patrols from Nov. 20-30.

During the campaign, officers will be watching for impaired drivers. They also will check for seat belt use.

A few simple precautions before celebrating can prevent a drunk-driving tragedy:

- Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

- If you're impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

- Promptly report drunk drivers you see on roadways to law enforcement. To contact the Idaho State Police, call *ISP.

- If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take his or her keys and help make other transportation arrangements.


Thanksgiving travel predicted to be up

Thanksgiving fixings will beckon 42.2 million Americans to the roads, skyways and byways this year, representing an 11.4 percent increase from a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association.

Travel took a hard hit when the recession struck two years ago, but it now appears to be outpacing the modest improvements in the overall recovery.

AAA predicted that more than 94 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers—nearly 40 million people—will go by car, representing the highest percentage of auto travel share since the organization began keeping records.

Poacher taunts Fish and Game

"Here is a picture of the nice buck I poached in Northern Idaho this year. ... I plan to do all my Idaho hunting like this from now on," reads an anonymous letter received by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game last week.

The letter, accompanied by a picture of a whitetail buck and a pronghorn antelope, gives no clues as to the poacher's identity. The return address space read only "Poacher X" with no actual address, though the letter was postmarked from Everett, Wash.

Department spokesman Ed Mitchell said the letter was unusual.

"This is, in my memory, the only one of these we've ever gotten," he said.

The department is investigating the letter, but Mitchell said the agency has no suspects so far. Anyone with information can call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at (800) 632-5999. Informants may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

Mitchell said poachers are usually caught through public input.

Community Dinners offer Thanksgiving

The weekly Wednesday Ketchum Community Dinners at the Presbyterian Church of the Bigwood in Ketchum will offer a special Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 6-7 p.m. Attendees can dine in or take a meal to go, which is available every Wednesday. In addition, Mountain Rides offers free bus service to all diners from anywhere in the valley to Ketchum.

For details, call 622-3510.

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