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Coordinator Helps Search For Mustelids (Weasels)

Coordinator Helps Search For Mustelids (Weasels)

A researcher is heading to North Idaho to study a rare carnivore. Kelsey Brasseur will work with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to help track data from bait stations across North Idaho and Western Montana.

Forest service requires new bear resistant food storage in the Idaho Panhandle

Forest service requires new bear resistant food storage in the Idaho Panhandle

Some recreation in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will now require new food storage requirements while in the region's back and front country.

Starting October 11th, forest visitors will need to store food items in a "bear resistant manner" and dispose of wildlife attracts in a proper manner. Forest officials say the new food storage requirement will reduce human and wildlife conflicts because of readily available food sources.

The requirement will be in effect from April 1st to December 1st on an annual basis.

Officials say the requirements depend on your recreation location.

Help Sandpoint Celebrate!

Help Sandpoint Celebrate!

Sandpoint is ready to celebrate... and for all the right reasons. Here's why:

1) The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team out of Post Falls just returned home from a year long deployment in Iraq.

2) USA Today just (over the Summer) awarded Sandpoint the honor of 'Most Beautiful Small Town in America'

3) It's Oktoberfest.

So, the City plans on celebrating all three in a First Thursday event.

NASA looking into large Artic Ozone loss

NASA looking into large Artic Ozone loss

Scientists from 9 countries are examining data to find out more on an unprecedented hole in the ozone layer above the Artic from December to March of this year. NASA says the hole developed from a long period of extremely low temperatures in the stratospheric ozonelayer. Ozone holes usually form around spring.

Forest service keeping two campgrounds open during fall season

Forest service keeping two campgrounds open during fall season

Instead of keeping some of their campgrounds closed after Labor Day, Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District is extending a trial season for some of their campgrounds, keeping them open and free for public use.

“We’ve had requests to open the campgrounds in the fall to accommodate both hunters and people who enjoy fall camping. This year we decided to experiment with an extended season to determine how much use these sites would receive after Labor Day,” said deputy district ranger Kimberly Johnson.

For the fall season, Big Hank and Bumblebee campgrounds will be open for free public use through October 31st. Visitors are required to bring their own water and pack out their own trash. Outhouses will remain open for use.

St. Regis Road Closed

St. Regis Road Closed

Anyone headed to the big city - Coeur d'Alene or Spokane - from the St. Joe River area heed warning. And, vice versa for people headed from said big city into the country. Idaho Panhandle National Forest says the popular St. Regis Road (Forest Highway 50) is closed. Crews are replacing culverts in the Bear Springs and Float Creek area.

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest suggested the following alternative routes:

Those travelers who wish to cross over Gold Pass between St. Regis, Montana and the upper St. Joe River will need to use an alternate route. Regular passenger vehicles traveling between St. Regis and the upper St.

Birthday Fire increases little over night as fire crews prevent further spread

Birthday Fire increases little over night as fire crews prevent further spread

Fire fighters are making progress battling the Birthday Fire along the Selkirk Mountains northwest of Bonners Ferry. The fire only increased 28-acres due to cooler temperatures and an air inversion which slowed down the spread.

Hot spots are still active, but most of the activity is surface fire. Firefighters are still preparing structure protection to a private cabin a quarter of a mile from the fire's perimeter in case the fire perimeter increases.