Friday, July 4, 2014


Drunk drivers beware

     Idaho State Police are on the lookout for impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

     Through July 7, ISP will be on Idaho highways in greater numbers than usual with “high visibility enforcement patrols” targeting drivers who shouldn’t be driving.

     “Avoid driving any vehicle when buzzed, drunk or under the influence of drugs,” said ISP Lt. Robert Rausch. “Make this holiday memorable in a positive way, not by injuring or killing somebody else or yourself.”

     ISP reported in a news release that during the Fourth of July weekend of 2013 there were 31 crashes in Idaho in which alcohol was involved. Nineteen people were injured and two were killed.


F&G to conduct drawing

     Some hunters who were unsuccessful in last month’s controlled hunt drawing are eligible for a special drawing that will take place before July 10. 

     Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore released 283 additional tags for deer, elk and pronghorn for the special drawing.

     Moore announced the drawing in response to confusion about eligibility requirements for the first drawing. A new law that went into effect July 1 allows 10- and 11-year-olds to hunt big game. The first drawing occurred before the new law took effect, but nearly 300 tags were awarded to 9- to 11-year-olds. Eligible hunters who were at least 12 prior to July 1 and applied in the original drawing for tags awarded to 9- to 11-year-olds will automatically be entered into the special drawing, which will take place as soon as possible. Successful applicants will be notified by July 10. 

     Successful applicants in the special drawing will be notified by mail, and will also be able to use the Fish and Game website at

     For more information about this one-time special drawing for controlled hunts, including a list of the 106 hunts affected and a list of frequently asked questions, go to


John Segar, Fish and Wildlife Service chief of fire management, presents Larry McCray with a Citation for Exemplary Action.
Courtesy photo

Beaver Creek firefighter commended for saving life

     A firefighter on the Beaver Creek Fire last August has received an award for saving the life of a fellow firefighter who had a heart attack.

     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented a Citation for Exemplary Action to Larry McCray, Wildland Fire Medical Standards Program manager with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The award recognizes McCray’s prompt action that contributed to saving a life on Aug. 13, 2013.

     He administered chest compressions, applied an automated external defibrillator and ordered oxygen in response to a fire camp crew member who suffered a cardiac arrest. He coordinated his efforts with two other trained employees assigned to the fire. The emergency room physician who later cared for the victim credited the responders’ actions with saving the patient’s life.

     Since 1990, cardiac arrest has been the third-leading cause of wildland firefighter deaths.  Aircraft and vehicle accidents are the first and second leading causes.

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