Dec 4, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 4, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Christmas Potluck

We are going to have the Christmas day potluck at The Corner.  It will be at 5pm. – H
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The annual rate has gone up by $30 to $150 per year for residential connections. Water bills are due in January.

Local Observations:

Monday (Nov 28) overnight snow put down 2.5″ by this morning, mostly cloudy and occasional flakes of snow. Patches of blue sky to the south, socked in to the north. Patchy sunshine and flaking snow on and off all day, short afternoon snow flurry, but no accumulation. More snow melted than gained. Chilly quiet day. Power off/on at 406pm. Light snow falling after dark.

Tuesday (Nov 29) hard freeze, snowing by daylight, 1/4″ new snow by 9am (total snow on the ground about 1.5″), overcast and light snow falling this morning. Intermittent light snow during the day. Cloudy evening, temperature dropping.

Wednesday (Nov 30) very hard freeze, a little dusting of snow before sunrise, cold and cloudy morning. Flaking snow off and on. Low helicopter at 1035am. Steady light snow at lunchtime, snowed all day until way after dark. Cold all day, never got above freezing.

Thursday (Dec 1) snowing early this morning, 1.5″ new snow, 3″ total snow on the board, cloudy and light snow falling. Fire siren test at noon. Snow off and on all day and quiet. One starling hanging around the chickens. Breaks in the clouds before dark.

Friday (Dec 2) very cold this morning (low of 8 degrees) clear sky. Strong sun made icicles drip and melted a little snow, but the high was only 32 degrees. Clouds came in and overcast by late afternoon. One starling still hanging with the hens. Very quiet day. Breezy night.

Saturday (Dec 3) not as cold, but below freezing. Yesterday’s sun and last night’s wind took an inch of snow away, now 2″ of snow on the flat. Helicopter over the village at 1115am. Cloudy all day, slight breeze in the afternoon, sucker holes in the clouds off and on. Diesel fumes hanging in the air before dark. Cloudy, started snowing in the middle of the night.

Sunday (Dec 4) 2″ of new snow by morning (4″ total on the flat) cloudy and steady snow this morning. Steady snow all day, big flakes stacking up, at least another couple of inches. Snow stopped and a little breezy before dark.


Rick Boyd

Rockslide passed away on December 1, 2016.


No info yet on services.
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Kathy Chaloupka

September 3, 1953 ~ October 6, 2016


Kathy Sue Miller Chaloupka, age 63 of Boise, Idaho passed from this life after a long battle with cancer on October 6, 2016. Kathy was born in Elkhart, Indiana in 1953 to Clayborne and Vera Miller who with her brother James Allen Miller have preceded her in death.  She is mourned and greatly missed by: her husband James Chaloupka; brother Larry R.(Susan) Miller of Knoxville, Tennessee; sister Karen Fitzsimmons of Denver, Colorado; Aunt Shirley Plass of Valinda, California and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and coworkers.

Kathy was a talented artist, a quilter, a tole painter, a carpenter and a rug sculptor. She loved traveling to the Oregon coast and hiking.  She was a dedicated, long time employee and supervisor at the Sate of Idaho Insurance Department.

There was a celebration of her life on October 15th, from 1-3pm at Louie’s Restaurant that is located at 2500 East Fairview Avenue in Meridian, Idaho.  In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to send a donation to your favorite charity.

Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s November Newsletter

December 4, 2016

From the desk of Commissioner Cruickshank

Wednesday November 2nd
Today the Payette National Forest cut the National Christmas Tree which will now begin the journey to our Nations Capitol. With the tree being cut within view of the Little Ski Hill Lodge right outside of McCall many people joined in to watch it happen.

Thursday November 3rd
I participated in an Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) conference call to discuss updates to the By-Laws for IAC.

Monday November 7th
A commissioner day today. To view the minutes of our meetings once approved they are on our Valley County website at Valley County, Idaho Official Site

Tuesday November 8th
Election day. After voting I started picking up campaign signs as they had been up long enough.

Tonight I went to the courthouse to watch the results come in. Thank you to all my supporters and the folks who voted for me as I won my re-election by 132 votes. Valley County had a great turnout with 82 percent voting today.

Wednesday November 9th
Several municipal agencies work to support transportation grants. To support the grants I signed for Valley County a document along with Cascade, Donnelly, McCall and New Meadows Mayors with a list of our wishes for transportation projects in the coming years.

This afternoon I participated in a National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition conference call to discuss potential legislation that could provide Secure Rural Schools funding for our Schools and Roads.

Thursday November 10th
I attended a Federal Court proceeding today to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee which we were successful in doing.

Tonight I stopped by the Snow Advisory meeting held in Cascade on my way home.

Friday November 11th
I received a phone call asking if I had heard anything on Salvage Harvest of Timber from the Pioneer Fire. At this time there had not been any news of harvest other than along roadways.

Veterans Day today. I attended the event held in McCall to honor our Veterans for our freedom.

I met with a Tamarack Homeowners Board member to discuss the Tax Deed Process for the parcels that have not paid taxes for the last several years.

Tonight I attended an Event at Mile High Sports that thank everyone for their support of all types of recreation in our region.

Monday November 14th
Commissioner day today. Please see the Valley County website for the minutes.

Tuesday November 15th
This morning I met with an individual to discuss the intent of Congressman Labrador’s legislation to allow management of National Forests by using State of Idaho Forestry Division. Concerns were on if this allowed selling of Public Lands which there was never any intent to do so only management in a responsible manner to utilize the natural resource and provide funding for our schools and road maintenance.

This afternoon I met with an individual to discuss the recent election and how it will effect Valley County.

Wednesday November 16th
This morning was an Americas Best Communities meeting to review the projects and see where they are in process to meet the requirements the ABC Team created when we applied for this contest.

Tonight I provided the opening remarks to the Multi-Hazard Workshop held in McCall. This workshop focused primarily on Flood Plain Insurance however the Fire Departments and Fire Wise officials were on hand to discuss other hazards.

Thursday November 17th
Today my fellow commissioners and I attended the West Central Mountains Leadership training held at Jug Mountain Golf Clubhouse to discuss with this years Leadership Class the county perspective of what happens in the commissioner arena of local government.

Tonight I provided the opening remarks to the Multi-Hazard Workshop held in Cascade on the same topics as McCall.

Friday November 18th
I started my day attending the Big CK/YP meeting held in Cascade.

I stepped out for an hour to attend a training on new electronic filing for the court system called Odyssey which will change how court records are filed in the future. By the middle of 2017 all Idaho courts should be on this system as it has been working in a few other counties as a pilot program.

I then returned to the Big CK/YP meeting for the remainder of that meeting.

Monday November 21st
Commissioner day today. Please see the minutes on the Valley County website.

Tuesday November 22nd
Catching up on emails and a few phone calls on the Bio-Mass Study Valley County is having done.

Wednesday November 23rd
Reviewed documents on the Payette National Forest Travel Management lawsuit in an attempt to settle the issue of access which has been closed to several areas in the Big Creek and Yellow Pine areas. Responded back to our attorney with comments after the review.

Received a call from a citizen concerned about how the McCall Hospital District is able to tax when St Lukes is now running the hospital. Explained the vote of 86 percent voting in favor to continue with the tax when this was looked at originally.

Thursday November 24th
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope all had a great time with family and friends today.

Friday November 25th
I met with an engineer with CH2M Hill to discuss the YMCA Camp at Horsethief and the Horsethief Campground as the Idaho Fish and Game is looking for someone to manage the site.

Monday November 28th
Commissioner day. Please see the minutes once approved on the Valley County website.

Tuesday November 29th
Drove to Boise for an early morning meeting tomorrow.

Wednesday November 30th
I attended the Associated Taxpayers conference held at the Boise Center on the Grove. Speakers presented on how Idaho Compares to surrounding states, Idaho Economic Development, Local Government’s role in Taxes, an Idaho CEO Perspective with Bob Miller with Albertsons and the Presidential Transition. Idaho Lt. Governor Little provided the opening remarks this morning and Idaho Governor Otter spoke during our luncheon.

Late afternoon I attended the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) Legislative Committee meeting to review potential legislation submitted by Counties in Idaho and set priorities on how to proceed.

I hope my newsletter provides a snapshot of the activities I participate in to represent he great folks of Valley County and Idaho.

Well that wraps up another month of activities for me. I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as it will have come and gone before my next newsletter.

Thanks for reading. See you next year.

Idaho News:

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives

The Star-News December 1, 2016


Photo by Choose Outdoors

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is shown being erected on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Monday. The tree safely completed its cross-country trip from McCall, where it was cut on Nov. 1, to the nation’s capital. The tree will be decorated this week with lights and decorations made by Idaho school students. A formal tree lighting will begin at 3 p.m. Mountain time on Tuesday.

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Valley, Cascade officers give out turkeys instead of tickets

The Star-News December 1, 2016

Motorists stopped for minor traffic offenses over the Thanksgiving weekend got a surprise from officers. Instead of a ticket, they got a turkey.

Deputies from the Valley County Sheriff’s Department and officers of the Cascade Police Department were authorized to give out turkeys instead of tickets at their discretion, Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen said.

The Tamarack Environmental Protection Association donated 33 turkeys to the sheriff’s office, Bolen said.

The decision was made to share the turkeys with Cascade police and to allow officers to hand them out to those stopped for minor traffic offenses.

The deputies enjoyed the change from their normal routine, and the motorists especially appreciated the gesture, Bolen said.

The sheriff’s office plans to repeat the giveaway next year, she said.

Officers will not be giving away turkeys during Christmas, but Bolen said there were plans underway to do something similar.

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Idaho governor says he won’t propose tax cut for 2017

11/30/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says that he has no plans to introduce a tax cut proposal to the Idaho Legislature in 2017.

Speaking Wednesday at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference in Boise, Otter said he plans to focus on education as his top priority during the upcoming legislative session. However, Otter added he’s open to considering tax cut proposals that make it through the GOP-dominated Legislature.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Idaho is currently in the middle of implementing a five-year plan to boost teacher pay. The third installment is estimated to cost $58 million next year.

Otter won’t unveil his final plans until his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 9.

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Idaho Dept. of Lands auctions off seven commercial properties, including Affordable Storage

By Betsy Z. Russell The Spokesman-Review Dec 1, 2016

At a public auction today in Meridian, the Idaho Department of Lands auctioned off seven commercial properties owned by the state endowment for $17.3 million; two others didn’t sell. Three buildings in downtown Boise sold together as a package for $6.6 million, more than $2 million higher than the appraised price. The three were the Sherm Perry building, location of the 10 Barrel brewpub, 826 W. Bannock Street; the Garro building, 816 W. Bannock Street; and the Garro building parking lot at 822 W. Bannock Street.

The Affordable Storage property at 448-450 S. Maple Grove Road in Boise sold for $4.7 million, $1,690,000 more than its appraised price. A former bank building kitty-corner across from the state Capitol at the corner of 8th and State Streets sold for $1.5 million, $645,000 above its appraised price.

An office known as Central Washington Place, at 602 N. Fifth Street in downtown Boise, sold for its appraised price of $4,185,000, with no competitive bidding.

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Man gets probation for sparking east Idaho wildfire

12/3/16 AP

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An Ammon man has been sentenced to probation for starting a wildfire near Idaho Falls.

The Post Register reports that 20-year-old Kristian Lopez on Friday was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail. Lopez was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and to serve community service.

Lopez in September pleaded guilty to misdemeanor malicious injury to property by setting fire to the forest, prairie lands or by unextinguished campfire.

Lopez was shooting off bottle rockets when he sparked the so-called “Henry’s Creek Fire” on Aug. 21. He told investigators that he and his friends tried to extinguish the blaze but were unsuccessful. He called 911 to report the fire before leaving the scene.

The wildfire consumed an estimated 81 square miles.


Public Lands News:

How to stay safe in Pioneer Fire burn scar

Morgan Boydston, KTVB November 30, 2016

BOISE NATIONAL FOREST — This fresh snow is getting many Idahoans excited about those winter activities we love so much, and this weekend looks like a great time to head up to the mountains.

But there are some things you need to know if you’re planning on going where the Pioneer Fire burned.

With more snow in the forecast, Idaho City District Ranger Brant Peterson is warning folks to be extremely cautious when out recreating in the area – mainly because of burned trees. Snow could pile up and because the trees are weaker, they could easily break and topple over, hitting the road, hitting your car, or hitting you.

“Recreating in the winter – and especially post-fire – means that there’s other hazards that exist,” Petersen said.

Boise National Forest has reduced those hazards, but says by no means have they eliminated them- especially when it comes to fallen trees.

“They could fall on a route that you came in on, and coming back out could be much more challenging,” Petersen added.


Boise National Forest Area Closure Pioneer Fire – Version #10 – September 30, 2016 – Map 1
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Draft plan released for new wilderness areas

Few changes proposed in management

Greg Moore  Nov 30, 2016 IME

Following creation of wilderness areas in the White Cloud and Boulder mountains in August 2015, the public now has the chance to provide input on how those areas should be managed.

The Sawtooth National Forest and the BLM are seeking public comments by Jan. 5 and will host public meetings on the recently released plan next week in Ketchum and Stanley. Following the comment period, the agencies will develop a revised plan and environmental assessment, expected for release with a second public comment period next summer.

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Sexual harassment also rampant at Forest Service

By MATTHEW DALY –  12/1/16 AP

WASHINGTON — Two months after learning about rampant sexual harassment, bullying and other misconduct at the National Park Service, a House oversight panel is hearing testimony about similar problems at the Forest Service.

A longtime employee at California’s Eldorado National Forest said Thursday that the agency’s “system is rigged against women for reporting sexual harassment or assault,” adding that male supervisors who harass or assault women are rarely disciplined.

Denice Rice, a fire prevention technician, told the House Oversight Committee that a supervisor who harassed and assaulted her was allowed to retire with full benefits, then rehired as a contractor and even selected to give a motivational speech.

Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, called the treatment of Rice “offensive” and said it echoed problems uncovered at the park service, especially among firefighters.


Letter to Share:


Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue 11/29/2016

Don’t forget to pick up or order your raffle tickets for the event! And, please feel free to print out some of these flyers and post around.


Dory McIsaac
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Critter News:

IDFG relocates moose after it wanders through Lewiston

KREM November 28, 2016

Wildlife officials captured a moose on the loose in Lewiston, Idaho early Monday morning.

The call came in at 8 a.m. on Preston and 8th Street that a young bull moose was roaming through the neighborhood.

Idaho Fish and Game officials shot the moose with a sedative and loaded him into a truck.

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Elk and deer killed, left to rot

KTVB November 29, 2016

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game would like to speak to whoever left the carcasses of an elk and two mule deer to waste earlier this month.

The first case – a spike elk discovered near Arrowrock Reservoir’s Irish Creek boat ramp – likely happened around Nov. 1, officials say. Hunters apparently cut the elk in two, but left half of it behind in a field.

Fish and Game conservation officer Ben Cadwallader said the culprit may have tried to take more of the meat before giving up.

“It appears that attempts were made to pack portions of the other elk half away from the kill site,” he explained in a press release. “Yet one whole front quarter was found – apparently discarded – just off the trail, as though the person became injured or perhaps exhausted.”

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Horse rescued after fall from cliff in Idaho

11/30/16 AP

POCATELLO, Idaho — Idaho authorities teamed up with a construction company to help rescue a horse that fell off a cliff and became stranded on a ledge.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office deputies and search and rescue personnel were called to the Blackrock Canyon area south of Pocatello on Tuesday morning. They found a draft horse stranded on a ledge there and estimated it weighed 1,700 to 1,800 pounds.

FM Construction owner Kevin Fay helped the rescuers by using his backhoe to dump rocks and gravel into a nearby crevice. Once the crevice was filled, the horse could climb out on its own.

The horse was uninjured aside from some bumps and scratches even though it fell about 12 feet off the cliff.

Fay says “he was a lucky horse.”

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Reward offered after grizzly bear killed in E. Idaho

12/1/16 AP

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A grizzly bear has been killed in eastern Idaho and a $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to whoever is responsible.

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a statement Wednesday say the bear was killed on or about Oct. 21 in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Fremont County.

Authorities have released few details, including what caused the bear’s death.

Grizzly bears are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lion at Zoo Boise diagnosed with cancer

12/1/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Officials at Zoo Boise say one of the three lions in the African Plains Exhibit is being treated for cancer and the prognosis is unclear.

Officials announced Thursday that Jabari, a 14-year-old male, will not be outside in the public exhibit most days as he’s treated for lymphoma.

Zoo officials say the two female lions will continue to be in the public exhibit.

Jabari came to Zoo Boise in 2008.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Final week of November 2016
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Nov 29, 2016

Madrid to double farmers’ compensation fund for wolf attacks

Wolf, Dog, Hybrid Track Determinations
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Yellowstone park looks at large bison cull to trim herds

11/30/16 AP

BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park biologists say more than 900 wild bison would need to be killed or removed this winter to begin reducing the size of herds that spill into neighboring Montana.

The park has an estimated 5,500 bison, the highest number since at least 2000.

Park officials meet Thursday with state, tribal and U.S. Agriculture Department representatives to discuss options for managing the animals.

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Saying yes to young hunters IDFG, private landowners join in program to offer opportunities to youngsters

Eric Barker, Lewiston Tribune Nov 24, 2016

POTLATCH, Idaho — It became clear Axle was on point when the rustling of brush and tall grass he bounded into fell suddenly silent.

Jay Roach of Genesee parted and peered into the dense vegetation to find his 2-year-old German shorthair pointer.

“OK, here he is,” Roach said quietly of the dog, which was locked in a ridgid pose, signaling it had a pheasant located and pinned.

Roach directed Hannah and Sam Barnes to approach.

The 16-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother, both of Potlatch, were among a small group of kids hunting Saturday at the Palouse River Upland Bird Area, an Access Yes! site managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The site features 925 acres of beautiful bird habitat along the Palouse River just east of the Washington-Idaho state line that was seeded with human-raised pheasant chicks during the spring and summer, and more recently with 200 pen-raised adult roosters.

As Hannah Barnes stepped into the tangle of brush, the pheasant rocketed from its hiding spot. Barnes shouldered her shotgun, fired and missed.


[Note: the above article was sent to share on Nov 30 with the following note.]

Hi All, here is a very fine article by Eric Barker on the youth pheasant hunt we put on over on the Palouse River Access Yes area.  I have the very fine pictures that he took and added in the paper.  They are pretty large to email.  I can make prints for any one.  This comes about with all you folks that have helped raise birds and contributed funds to help with the project.  The Gamebird Foundation is a 501c3 Nonprofit.  Tax deductible. Donation.

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Governor issues emergency declaration for invasive mussels

12/1/16 AP

HELENA, Mont. — Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a natural resource emergency after aquatic invasive mussels were detected in Montana waters for the first time.

The Independent Record reports ( ) that a rapid response team will be developed in response to Bullock’s executive order Wednesday. The team is comprised of three agencies — the Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
December 2, 2016
Issue No. 811

Table Of Contents

* ‘We Are Facing An Imminent Threat’: Organizations To Hold ‘Call To Action’ Emergency Meeting On Invasive Mussels

* Washington, Oregon Fish/Wildlife Commissions Considering Next Moves On Lower River Gillnetting

* Irrigators Petition Trump Transition Team For ‘God Squad’ Intervention In Salmon/Steelhead BiOp Remand

* Nez Perce Tribe Seeking Next Step For Steelhead Kelt Facility To Capture, Recondition Spawned Fish

* Study Looks At Ways To Reduce Hatchery Steelhead Adaptation To Captivity, Increase Post-Release Survival

* EPA Calls Corps’ Draft EIS For Longview Export Coal Terminal ‘Inadequate,’ Suggests Revising Before Final Released

* Washington, Oregon U.S. Senators Urge Obama To Permanently Ban Oil, Gas Drilling Off West Coast

* Research Links Human-Caused Ocean Acidification To Dissolving Shells Of Pteropods, Key Part Of Marine Food Chain

* USFWS Issues Final Policy On Mitigating Impacts Of Development To Protect Wildlife, Habitats

* Research: Carrot Better Than Stick When Addressing Environmental Threats To Marine Ecosystems

* Study: Freshwater Systems Under Ice Show Surprisingly Active Animal, Plant Productivity

* Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society To Hold Annual Meeting In Bend

Crazy Critter Stuff:

Coworker perfectly pranked by bear costume

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Oregon woman pranks husband with picture of son and coyote

Erin Robinson, KREM December 02, 2016

SEASIDE, Oregon — Kayla Eby said her family loves to play pranks. In fact, one prank she recently pulled on her husband has gone viral.

Eby currently lives in Seaside, Oregon, but is originally from the Coeur d’Alene area.

In a phone interview Friday, Eby said she is a member of an online Photoshop group and saw a string of comments about people pranking their spouses.

“I bring home lost, stray animals all the time,” Eby said.

Eby used her habit as the basis of her prank. She texted an altered photo of her son next to a coyote to her husband, telling him she brought home a stray dog.

Eby’s husband was a little shocked, to say the least.


Fish & Game News:

News Releases
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Hunting and fishing licenses available online again in Idaho

By KEITH RIDLER –  11/29/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Online sales of hunting and fishing licenses resumed Tuesday following a three-month shutdown due to a computer breach at the vendor that handles those sales, Idaho officials announced.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said additional security features include requiring online buyers to create an account with a password.

Dallas-based Active Network reported a computer breach in late August with the possibility that millions of records in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including Social Security numbers, might have been compromised.

“We worked with them to patch the vulnerabilities,” said Michael Pearson, chief of administration for the Idaho agency. “Fish and Game had to modify the website to put additional security measures in place.”




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Bad Snow Day