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Kindergarteners learn lesson in recycling for Earth Day

Kindergarteners learn lesson in recycling for Earth Day

Kelly Ward's Kindergarten class at Monarch Academy in Clarkston spent the last few weeks learning about recycling for Earth Day. Ward says the students at the private school went around to local businesses along 5th and 6th Streets a few weeks ago to let them know that Earth Day was on April 22nd and to ask them if they would be willing to collect items such as cardboard, plastic bottles, paper, and aluminum cans.

Suction dredgers plan protest in Salmon River

Idaho gold seekers say they will gather in central Idaho to run their suction dredges in the Salmon River to protest mining regulations.

John Crossman of the Southwest Idaho Mining Association of Boise tells the Lewiston Tribune that the suction dredgers plan to gather near Riggins around the Fourth of July.

Crossman says the goal of the protest is to remove the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Idaho.

The EPA last year ruled that suction dredgers need National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits to operate in the state.

Permit regulations forbid suction dredges in streams with threatened or endangered species such as salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

Indian reservations and rivers that are part of the National Wild and Scenic River system are also off limits.

Clarkston School District names superintendent finalists

Clarkston School District names superintendent finalists

From the Clarkston School District:

The Clarkston School District Board of Directors have invited three finalists to Clarkston to interview for the position of Clarkston School District Superintendent. Interviews and forums will be held on April 23, 2014. Congratulations to the following candidates:

Dworshak hatchery recognized for energy upgrades

The Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is being recognized for making improvements that cut its energy use by 30 million kilowatt-hours per year.

Federal, state and tribal officials presented the hatchery with the U.S. Department of Interior's Environmental Achievement Award on Friday.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the hatchery updated pumps, changed the way fish are incubated and raised, and installed new pipes.

The resulting energy savings are enough to power 3,000 homes in Clearwater County.

The hatchery was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after the Dworshak Dam wiped out the steelhead run on the North Fork of the Clearwater.

It raises salmon and steelhead and is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nez Perce Tribe.

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$3 million in technology grants available for Idaho schools

$3 million in technology grants available for Idaho schools

From the Idaho State Department of Education:

For the second year, schools across Idaho will have the opportunity to submit their ideas for what the next-generation classroom looks like and put them into action. It’s all part of the Idaho Technology Pilot Program, which received a second year of funding from the Idaho Legislature.


N. Idaho poachers taking heavy toll on game

State wildlife officials in northern Idaho say poachers are killing far more game animals than wolves.

Officials tell the Lewiston Tribune that last year in northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.

Officials say a realistic detection rate is 5 percent, meaning poachers are likely killing about 600 elk, 80 moose, 260 mule deer and 1,000 whitetail.

Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer Barry Cummings says many people don't report wildlife crimes because they don't consider it a crime against them.

The fine in Idaho for illegally killing an elk is $750, while the fine for illegally killing a moose is $10,000.

Man tased, detained after standoff in Orofino

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office has a man in custody following an overnight standoff Friday morning.

Just before midnight Thursday, police officers responded to a home near Rudo Road in Orofino.

Police were acting on information that a man had pointed a rifle at another person and fired several shots in their direction. The witness claimed he was suicidal.

Officers arrived and soon found themselves in a standoff with Randy Kester. He was outside the home saying he wanted to end his life in a shootout with police. He told officers he wanted to be shot or he would shoot them.

Police say after about an hour of negotiations, Kester approached the patrol vehicle, claiming he wanted to end his life. Deputies then deployed a taser and Kester was safely taken into custody.

He is being held at the Clearwater County Jail on counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault and a warrant from Asotin County.