Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Town hall meetings scheduled
    District 26 representatives will hold town hall meetings this week to give their constituents a chance to get legislative updates and share their views.
    Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, and Reps. Steve Miller, R-Fairfield, and Donna Pence, D-Gooding, will hold three meetings in the region. The schedule is:

  • Friday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. in Ketchum City Hall.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 a.m. at the Oak Street Deli in Bellevue.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Shoshone Community Center in Lincoln County.

Meeting to discuss river protection
    The Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a free public meeting from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Whiskey Jacques’ restaurant and bar in Ketchum.
    Chad Chorney, Trout Unlimited’s Big Wood River project manager, will give a presentation focused on protecting and restoring the Big Wood River. He will discuss the current state of the river, habitat and restoration opportunities, tributary reconnection possibilities, fish passage barriers and stream flow concerns. The presentation will outline Trout Unlimited’s investment in the Wood River Valley and describe future efforts.
    Peter Anderson, Trout Unlimited’s water law attorney from Boise, will provide background information on a proposal to remove water from the Big Wood River to sell it to private landowners for groundwater recharge.
    For more information, call 788-3618.

February BAH set in Hailey
    The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is inviting business operators and the public to the February Business After Hours networking event, which will be hosted by Silver Creek Ford and Sun Valley Title. The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Silver Creek Ford, at 920 S. Main St. in Hailey.  
    Light food and refreshments will be served. Those who bring business cards can be included in a monthly raffle. Call 788-3484 for additional information.

Lack of snow hampers game surveys
    So far this year, dry conditions and a lack of snow have led Idaho Department of Fish and Game to change its aerial survey plans because big game animals are spread apart rather than confined to typical winter ranges.
    Aerial surveys are conducted mostly during winter months when the animals are congregated on lower-elevation winter ranges. The winter months usually bring three elements needed to conduct accurate surveys: clear weather for good visibility; animals are confined to a smaller geographic area; and snow covering to aid in locating and identifying species.  A helicopter flying low and slow is often the most efficient tool for gathering information on herds.
    Fish and Game has conducted more ground surveys for mule deer than is typical because of the lack of snow. Ground counts, along with other information typically used such as harvest data, habitat conditions and winter survival estimates, will be part of the decision-making process used by the department to propose hunting seasons for next fall.

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