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Idaho Briefing – April 2

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for April 2. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com.

With little drama, the Idaho Legislature called it quits early last week, and governmental activity in the state largely took a breather – aside, perhaps, from reconsidering what did and didn’t happen at the Statehouse.

The Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, recently signed a decision to implement the South 21 Project. The South 21 Project planning area is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho on the Middle Fork Ranger District, administered by the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District

Managing a large sterile lake with big, long-lived predators and a fluctuating prey species poses a big challenge for fisheries managers, and Payette Lake at McCall is the latest case where managers are asking anglers what they would like to see in the future.

For the bioeconomy to continue expanding, biomass must be produced and converted into biofuels in a cost-effective way. In September, Idaho National Laboratory bioenergy researchers helped meet those cost challenges by reducing the modeled cost of growing, harvesting, storing, transporting and preprocessing biomass from $149.58 per dry ton to $82.86 per dry ton.

The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating a disruption by Idaho inmates at a contract-bed facility in Texas.

Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters started its on-campus dual-enrollment pilot program in the fall of 2017 and has almost tripled the program’s size from 10 students to 29 in just one semester.

A bridge that has stood in Pocatello for more than 50 years is getting a bit of work. Recently, crews began work on the substructure that supports the Benton Street Bridge. The project will use various techniques to rehabilitate the structure with plans calling for reinforcing the concrete using carbon fiber wrapping, installation of a corrosion protection system, and repairing the column footings below ground.

PHOTO A lightning storm hits at the Salmon Falls Reservoir. The photo was released by the Bureau of Land Management last week. (image/Bureau of Land Management)