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Ag Briefs

- Hay stocks in Idaho up 6 percent from year ago - Idaho wheat production up 2 percent from 2015 - Effort to reach 200,000 transitioning military

Dist. 7 legislators honored by IFBF

McMillan, Nuxoll receive “Friend of Agriculture” award

Two District 7 legislators were recently honored by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) with its “Friend of Agriculture” award.

Spring produced ideal conditions for area ag

Extension Notes:

This spring has produced ideal growing conditions for area crop fields, pastures and ranges. The rain and warm temperatures have really helped the crops.

Ventenata control field tour May 26 in Kamiah

After the Fire:

University of Idaho Extension is offering: After the Fire: Ventenata Control Field Tour in Kamiah on Thursday evening, May 26. This May 26 program will provide a summary of herbicides and their effects on ventenata as well as a discussion of the specific effects observed in the demonstration plots.

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Health issue challenge for owners, authorities, conservationists

Livestock-wildlife disease interaction

“Certain livestock/wildlife interaction can be a problem, most wildlife interactions are not,” said Roy Kinner, senior conservation officer for Idaho Fish and Game. Unfortunately, disease transmission from wildlife to livestock and vice versa does occur. This creates a challenging animal health issue for livestock owners, animal health authorities, and wildlife conservationists.

Two U. of I. students missing, presumed drowned in Salmon River

The search continues for two Nampa residents believed to have perished in an auto accident.

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Kamiah mill sale: Blue North officials asked IFG to step in

Faced with having to close the Kamiah mill, in October 2015, Blue North Forest Products approached Idaho Forest Group about buying out its assets and timber position, Blue North operating manager Bill Mulligan confirmed to the Free Press Monday morning, May 16. IFG is in the process of completing the buyout, subject to “various closing conditions” IFG now anticipates will be met later this month.

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Judge puts J-Bar salvage on hold

USFS reviewing decision and and 'will move forward accordingly'

Late Thursday, May 12, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction in the civil case over the Forest Service’s Johnson Bar Fire Salvage project. The order stops salvage logging near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers, which was set to begin as early as Monday, May 16.

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Swap stopped

Risch finds 97 percent opposed Lochsa Land Exchange - Matter 'not settled' and 'not close'

In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell dated May 12, U.S. Senator Jim Risch formally ended his pursuit of a legislated end to one long, controversial saga: the Lochsa Land Exchange.

Grangeville city cleanup starts May 23; signup under way

An annual effort provided by city public works, Grangeville Spring Cleanup runs May 23-27 to collect large or excessive trash items for disposal at no cost to participants.

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Girls Keeping In Step

About 35 students participated in the spring Shirley’s Dance Studio recital held Saturday, May 14, at Grangeville High School. Classes will start again in August and are held each Monday at the Grangeville United Methodist Church basement. Call 509-758-6510.

May 25 wildfire awareness event at Green Acres nursery

Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville will host a wildfire awareness event next Wednesday, May 25, as part of a public education program sponsored by state and federal organizations.

One hurt in two-vehicle crash May 10 north of Cottonwood on U.S. 95

A citation for inattentive/careless driving is pending against a Grangeville man who was injured last week in a two-vehicle accident one mile north of Cottonwood on U.S. Highway 95.

Investigation ongoing, charges pending following searches

Suspect detained; undetermined if related to regional crimes

Investigation continues with possible criminal charges pending following a series of warrant searches conducted at Cottonwood-area residences earlier this month. A suspect in the case was detained but not arrested, and the connection to this case with earlier crimes committed within the region is still to be determined.