Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – October 16, 2020

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

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KAMIAH, Idaho (October 16, 2020) – More typical seasonal weather on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests over the past week has resulted in very little or no activity on the forest’s existing wildfires. The Bryan Mountain fire near Pollock continues to show some smoke, but has not grown, and activity is minimal. No smoke, fire activity, or fire growth has been observed on any other wildfires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests over the past week. Fire managers remain engaged to respond to any increase in fire activity until a wildfire is officially declared “out.” Local firefighting resources are also assisting with the national wildfire response as large–scale wildfires continue to burn elsewhere across the west.

New LC State Schweitzer CTE Center Is Like A Living Textbook

Official News Release | Lewis-Clark State College

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LEWISTON, Idaho – At first glance, the inside of the new Lewis-Clark State College Schweitzer Career & Technical Education Center building appears far from finished.

Ceilings are open, exposing the ductwork in several rooms. Computer cables, boxes and wiring are visible throughout rooms. The list goes on.

The key, as the old saying goes, is that there is more than meets the eye with this 86,000-square foot structure that will serve the needs of both students and industry in the region. The inside of the building was designed with many things exposed on purpose so it can be used as a living textbook, allowing students to both see how things operate and how to work on them.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Christmas Tree Permits Available Online This Holiday Season

News Release | United States Department of Agriculture

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KAMIAH, Idaho (October 16, 2020) – Harvesting a Christmas tree on National Forest System lands is a popular annual tradition which, for many, marks the beginning of the holiday season. This year, the Forest Service is offering permits to harvest Christmas trees online through Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Christmas tree permits are now available to purchase online at

IDL Fire Burn Permits Not Required After Oct. 20

News Release | Idaho Department Of Lands

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(BOISE) – State burn permits from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) are no longer required for burning activities outside of city limits beginning Oct. 21.

The burn permit from IDL is required for any burning (excluding recreational campfires) outside of city limits during closed fire season, from May 10 through Oct. 20 annually.

Staff Member At Camelot Elementary Was Diagnosed With COVID-19


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"This email is to inform you that a staff member at Camelot Elementary was diagnosed with COVID-19. Public Health is currently conducting contact tracing and anyone who has been determined to have been in close contact with this individual will be provided additional infomation.

School and classes will remain open in the green phase and appropriate building cleaning/disinfection has been completed."

Robert M. Donaldson, Ph.D.

Superintendent | Independent School Disrict No.1 | Lewiston, Idaho

Twelve Quilomene Bighorn Sheep Test Negative For Lethal Bacteria

NEWS RELEASE | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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ELLENSBURG – This week’s tests showed no signs of the bacteria that causes pneumonia among members of the Quilomene bighorn sheep herd according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists.

The department lethally removed and tested 12 bighorns from a remote area of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, where a domestic ewe infected with a pathogen known to cause pneumonia in bighorns was seen amongst them. The domestic ewe was lethally removed a week prior.

Kreidler Extends Emergency Order On Telehealth To Nov. 13

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order again, directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. His order is in effect until Nov. 13 and requires health insurers to:

  • Continue coverage for providing telehealth via methods including telephone and video chat tools such as Facetime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangout video, Skype and Go-to-Meeting. 
  • Cover all medically necessary diagnostic testing for flu and certain other viral respiratory illnesses billed during a provider visit for COVID-19 with no copay, coinsurance or deductible. 
  • Treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as provider visit with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.

Increase Mobility

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One of the most common reasons individuals undergo physical therapy is to increase their mobility and balance. Following surgery or a serious injury, there's usually a resting process to the recovery. During this process, the injured area might not be moved often so it can heal. This lack of mobility can cause the joint to stiffen and the muscles and tendons to shorten, which reduces an individual's range of motion.

Fish And Game Taking Uncommon Action To Trap And Translocate Elk Responsible For Costly And Repeated Crop Damage

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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In mid-October, Fish and Game will conduct a trapping and translocation project on private property to remove elk responsible for ongoing depredation issues in the Little Camas region of southern Idaho. Elk in this area have a long history of expensive damage to crops on private property at night, and then retreating to adjoining private property during the day. Because all activity will be on private ground, there will not be any disruption to ongoing hunting seasons.

Up to 70 cows and calves will be trapped and transported to central Idaho. Any bulls captured in the trapping effort will be anesthetized, ear-tagged and released on-site.


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