LICENSING – Washington’s first general hunting-fishing license fee increase in a decade kicks in Sept. 1.
Hunters can save by buying most licenses now. However, a few licenses fees will decrease.
Here’s a sampling:
• Deer, elk, bear and cougar tag package, currently $81.20, will increase to $93.50.
• Small game license, $38, will increase to $38.50.
• Freshwater fishing license, $24, will increase to $27.50.
• Combination fishing license, $48.20, ups to $52.25.
Decreasing: Examples of fees that will go down starting Sept. 1 include:
• Senior freshwater fishing, $8, will decrease to $5.50.
• Two-pole endorsement, $24.50, will decrease to $14.30.
Idaho makes pitch to manage fed lands
PUBLIC LANDS – Idaho’s rural counties want Washington, D.C., to let the state manage federal land amid threats to a program that’s propped up their budgets.
The Idaho Land Board and Gov. Butch Otter support a pilot program to put 200,000 acres of national forests under state Department of Lands’ care.
They would manage the land to benefit rural counties.
For eight years, counties have been the beneficiaries of a federal law that’s replaced timber sale receipts with payments of $13.7 million a year to Idaho. National debt cutting puts that money in doubt.
Region’s rivers claim more river runners
PADDLING – 2011 continues to be a deadly year on the region’s whitewater rivers.
The latest fatalities include:
North Fork Payette: Boyce Greer, 55, of New Hampshire. The experienced paddler lost control in the Class 5 rapids of Jacob’s Ladder.
Wenatchee River: Christopher Egan-Pennels, 25, of California. Employed by Tube Leavenworth, he was paddling to contact clients. He was not wearing a life jacket.
Deschutes River: A 29-year- old man, lost after five people were thrown into the water when the raft overturned in White Horse Rapids near North Junction. Four made it to shore.
Widow files suit after goat kills man
PARKS – The family of a Port Angeles, Wash., hiker who was fatally gored by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park has filed suit against the park.
Bob Boardman, 63, died in October after a mountain goat followed and charged him on a popular park trail.
Three wrongful death claims totaling $10 million have been filed by Boardman’s wife Susan Chadd, her son Jacob Haverfield and the estate.
Their lawyer, John Messina of Tacoma, says the park is liable for the Boardman’s death.
Bear spray training
A “Be Bear Aware” educational exhibit – and a chance to be trained on using bear spray – will be open Monday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley.