Friday, April 29, 2011


Turn in your drugs

The Blaine County Community Drug Coalition will not make its goal to start collecting unused prescription drugs this weekend, but it will begin collecting next week.

Starting Monday, May 2, Blaine County residents can drop unused and unwanted prescription drugs in bins at the Ketchum Police Department and at the Blaine County Sheriff's Office in Hailey.

Drugs may be dropped off anonymously, no questions asked. The goal, said coalition Director Terry Basolo, is to get drugs out of cabinets and out of the water supply.

Learn trapping with Fish and Game

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will hold a two-day trapper education class next week, both for new trappers and for those just looking to brush up on their knowledge.

"It's designed as an introductory class, but there's usually a lot of information passed on that current trappers don't know or could use," said Gary Hompland, a regional conservation officer with the department's Jerome office.

The class is a 16-hour program that will give students both field experience and classroom knowledge. Prospective trappers will learn how to safely set traps, find locations and treat whatever fur they manage to nab. Classroom time will focus on the history of trapping as well as safety, responsibility and how certain species respond, population-wise, to being trapped and hunted.

The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, at the Magic Valley Region Fish and Game Office in Jerome. The office is roughly 2.5 miles north of the Flying J on Highway 93.

No radiation in Idaho drinking water

Though radiation was detected in Boise's rainwater last month following the Japanese nuclear meltdown, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality reports that there is no radiation in Idaho's drinking water.

Samples of drinking water from systems across the state, including in Boise, Bonners Ferry, Challis, Lewiston and McCall, were tested for elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131. According to the department, iodine was "nondetectable" in all samples.

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