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Turns out Idaho’s mule deer fawn mortality wasn’t as bad as feared, but still the second-lowest winter survival in nearly 20 years. About 30 percent of radio collared fawns and 90 percent of collared does survived the harsh conditions last winter with deep snow and frigid temperatures on low-elevation winter range. Elk survival was substantially better with 54 percent of radio collared calves and 96 percent of collared cows making it through winter.

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image: http://www.canoekayak.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/C-K-WHITEWATER-ILLU... Story: Brendan Wells // Videos: Todd Wells // Illustration: Martin Simpson “What was a dark and empty silence crescendoed into a roar unparalleled by any other sound in nature. The paddlers ahead of me accelerated toward the towering giants and by the time I hit the first wave, the light from their glowsticks had completely disappeared as they sunk into the troughs of the waves, the force of the current sucking them from one side of the river to the other. “All I could do was keep my forward momentum, hoping, praying that there wasn’t a massive river-wide hole that could stop us all dead in our tracks. The size of this rapid and the eeriness of paddling it in the dark was accentuated by the moonlight, which almost blinded me as it sat directly in front of the coming waves low on the horizon. Somewhat miraculously, the river swept us through its powerful torrents unscathed and we managed to avoid any trip-ending features or mishaps.” ...
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The small earthquake that struck Yellowstone National Park on Thursday night was part of a swarm that has been hitting the area since Monday, scientists say. The quake was centered near West Yellowstone, but was also felt by people in Gardiner and Bozeman. “As of 10 a.m. this morning we had located a total of 235 earthquakes in the area,” said Jamie Farrell, University of Utah research professor of seismology. Yellowstone gets about 1,500 to 2,000 earthquakes every year. About half of those come in earthquake swarms — lots of earthquakes in a small area in a short amount of time.
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While the overall federal budget has plenty of cuts in agency after agency, the forest service plan has more drama, because the White House is seeking about $100 million in funding for capital improvement and maintenance, down from $363 million this year. That’s a 73 percent cut, and could have a huge impact on recreation, according to Rebecca Turner, senior director of programs and policy for American Forests, a nonprofit conservation organization. Turner said roads are used to access the trails leading to “majestic overlooks,” as well as lakes and rivers inside the forests. She said the budget cuts would also lead to camp sites and facilities not being maintained....
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The Aug. 21 solar eclipse is expected to impact eastern Idaho’s highway system more than any event in recent history. The Idaho Transportation Department is taking steps to mitigate danger and inconvenience, spokesman Bruce King said. “The more traffic you have on the state highway system the more potential there is for congestion, and the more congestion there is the more risk of accidents, therefore we want to minimize any impediments to safe travel,” he said. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to visit eastern Idaho for eclipse weekend.
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A short fishing season for Chinook salmon starting later this month on the Upper Salmon River above Challis and ways to slow winter elk depredation on local ranchers’ haystacks dominated discussion between Custer County Commissioners and the Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon Region supervisor earlier this week.
 
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Although the run is not strong, local anglers will be able to catch some hatchery-raised Chinook salmon on a stretch of the Salmon River between Challis Bridge south of town and the Sawtooth Hatchery above Stanley, Tom Curet told Commissioners Wayne Butts, Steve Smith and Randy Corgatelli at their regular meeting Monday afternoon, June 12.
 
Hatchery-raised fish can be distinguished from their wild cousins because they have no fatty adipose fin in between the dorsal and tailfins as wild fish do.
 
Anglers will be able to catch up to four hatchery-raised Chinook salmon per day starting Thursday, June 22. The season will be open Thursdays through Sundays weekly and will close after objectives are met, which is expected to be 1,000 hatchery-raised adults and 1,000 hatchery-raised jacks between the Clearwater, Little Salmon and Salmon rivers.
 
Curet expects the local salmon season to last only until the first week of August.
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Record speeds on the Salmon River.

Turns out that Aniol Serrasolses, Tyler Bradt and Todd and Brendan Wells just barely squeaked by in setting the new 24-hour distance paddling record June 3-4 by clocking 287.5 miles on a high-water run linking the Middle Fork, Main and Lower Salmon rivers. Though their record is still pending approval from Guinness, just a few days prior on May 30, a group of rafters set the mark of 282 miles on the same stretch of river. Just two-and-a-half days earlier, Idaho rafters Jon Barker, Ian Faurot and Shane Moser floated the raging waters of the Salmon system 282 miles in a 24-hour time period, besting the previous record of 273.5 miles in 24 hours, set by Andy Corra of Durango, Colo., in 2010 during the Yukon River Quest. They did so by rowing an 18-foot cataraft and taking turns behind the oars...

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CHALLIS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A Custer County search and rescue team is being credited with saving the life of a rafter. Carla Ponc, 30, of London, England was on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River when she broke her ankle in a fall. She was rock climbing near Big Bend Campground about 1 mile north of Boundary Creek. Using a texting system to a third party, the rafting team contacted Custer County Dispatch by phone at around 11 p.m. Monday.

Because weather made an air rescue difficult, the victim was floated downstream half a mile to a landing zone where should be picked up early Tuesday. But the weather did not clear until late Tuesday afternoon. The rafting party then floated down river another 15 miles to Indian Creek where Ponc could rest in an airstrip cabin. Custer County Search and Rescue organized a team to pick her up at Indian Creek with help from a Middle Fork Aviation fixed wing aircraft. When the team reached the victim, she was in poor condition. She was flown out of Indian Creek to Salmon and taken to Steele Memorial Medical Center by Salmon ambulance. She was listed in good condition at Steele Memorial Wednesday afternoon.

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