F&G to consider more wolf trapping
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission next week will consider a proposal to open wolf-trapping seasons near the Wood River Valley.
Current regulations prohibit trapping for wolves throughout the local Sawtooth and Southern Mountains zones.
The proposed changes would open a trapping season in game units west of the Warm Springs Creek drainage, east of Trail Creek Summit, in the East Fork of the Salmon drainage and in parts of Unit 36, which surrounds and includes the Sawtooth Valley.
The proposals would also open wolf trapping seasons in other units in south-central Idaho.
The commission will also consider allowing hunters to buy up to five wolf tags for hunting units throughout the state. Under current regulations, the number of tags available to hunters varies by unit, and is set at a maximum of five.
The commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Washington Group Plaza’s main auditorium, 720 East Park Blvd. in Boise. It will decide on proposed big-game hunting changes during a meeting at Fish and Game headquarters in Boise on Thursday, March 20, from 8:45-9:45 a.m.
The wolf hunting season in the Sawtooth and Southern Mountains zones runs from Aug. 31 to March 31. The Sawtooth Zone has a quota of 60 wolves and the Southern Mountains Zone has a quota of 40. As of March 10, hunters had killed 13 wolves and in the Sawtooth Zone and 25 in the Southern Mountains Zone.
Throughout the state this season, 177 wolves have been killed by hunters and 87 by trappers. Fish and Game estimated in 2012 that Idaho had about 680 wolves.
Big Wood School to hold fundraiser
The Big Wood School Carnival is coming to town today, March 14, from 6-8 pm.
This fundraiser will include a cake walk, games with prizes, bouncy houses, carnival food, silent auction and raffle prizes. There will be opportunities to win a guided fishing trip for two, a stay at the Amangani Resort in Jackson Hole, a Boise family adventure with tickets for the zoo and an overnight hotel stay, a “birthday bash bundle and a “spoiled Mama package.” There will also be gift certificates to many local restaurants and businesses.
Big Wood School is at 100 Saddle Road in Ketchum, 726-9053.
Library to host symphony talk
Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale will share highlights of the symphony’s upcoming 30th season during an “Upbeat With Alasdair” presentation on Monday, March 17, at 5 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum. Neale’s talk will be titled “30 Years Young.”
Admission is free but space is limited. Contact 622-5607 or email@example.com to reserve space.
Mountain West to host March BAH
The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses and the public to the March Business After Hours, hosted by Mountain West Bank, 206 N. Main St. It will be held Thursday, March 20, from 5-7 p.m.
Sushi from Zou 75 and beer will be provided. Woodside Motorsports will have some of its summer toys on display and Ryan’s Mountain Rentals will be available to discuss his UTVs.
Call 788-3484 for additional information.
BLM seeks input on transmission line
The BLM’s Twin Falls District would like to hear from the public regarding a proposed upgrade to an existing 138-kilovolt electrical transmission line on public lands managed by the Shoshone Field Office.
Comments should be received by April 8.
Idaho Power operates and maintains the line, which extends from the King substation near Hagerman to the Wood River substation near Hailey. This power line is known as King to Wood River or Line 433.
The power line, which was initially authorized under a right-of-way grant in 1962, crosses 28.5 miles of BLM land in Gooding, Camas and Blaine counties.
Idaho Power’s proposal includes rebuilding the line while expanding the right-of-way corridor and upgrading access.
The public is encouraged to comment on the proposal to help the BLM identify potential issues and viable alternatives that address the purpose and need for the proposed upgrade. Information about the project may be found at http://blm.gov/htld.
Analysis of the proposal will be documented in an environmental assessment estimated to be completed in April 2015.
Written comments must be submitted to Elizabeth Maclean, Shoshone field manager, 400 W. F St., Shoshone, ID 83352. Electronic comments can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should include the title of this project, “King to Wood River (Line 433) 138 kilovolt Transmission Line (IDI-012961)” in the subject line.
For additional information, contact Dusty Parson at 208-373-4068.
Airport seeks $22.5 million grant
The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority on Tuesday authorized airport staff to prepare an application for an expected $22.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The money will pay for most of the $24 million worth of construction planned at the airport beginning this spring and continuing through next winter.
The airport would pay the $1.5 million difference with money collected from the $4.50 passenger facility charge collected from each airline ticket.
The work is part of an overall $34 million construction project that will allow the airport to comply with federal safety requirements. It is expected to be completed by July 2015.
“This is a huge undertaking,” airport Manager Rick Baird told the authority board members Tuesday. “The FAA is very supportive.”
Baird said he expects to receive the grant offer between late April and mid-May. He said that if all the anticipated funds are not made available this fiscal year, he expects that the remainder will be offered in 2015.
The airport’s runway will be closed from April 28-May 22 to allow contractors to relocate the south half of the west side taxiway 70 feet to the west to create more space between it and the runway. Delta flights during that time have been canceled, though a morning flight will be available on April 28 and afternoon flights will be available on May 22.