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In brief: Officials plan to cull up to 3 more wolves

Washington Fish and Wildlife officials say they plan to kill more wolves in northern Stevens County to curb attacks on cattle.

After confirming that wolves killed one calf this week and injured another, the agency intends to kill up to three members of the Wedge Pack, department spokeswoman Madonna Luers said Friday.

“Our officers will try to trap and put a radio collar on at least one more wolf in the pack for monitoring,” she said. “Then the intent is to lethally remove up to three more wolves to disrupt the pack and reduce its need to feed so many mouths.”

The Wedge Pack roams the Colville National Forest area the Diamond M Ranch leases for grazing between the Columbia and Kettle rivers.

A female nonbreeding wolf in the pack was killed by department officers on Aug. 7 after wolves had killed a calf and injured two others. The kill was the first by the agency under its 2011 wolf management plan. Gray wolves are protected by state endangered species laws.

Youth center leader will be laid off

The executive director of the Odyssey Youth Center will be let go in an effort to save money.

The center’s board of directors voted Thursday to lay off executive director Carla Savalli by the end of this month.

Odyssey, a nonprofit organization that serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, will remain open at its South Perry Street location, a news release from the center said.

All nine members of the volunteer board supported the move as an effort to save money for the financially strapped organization, the release said.

“It was a business decision,” board chair Kelly Lerner said in the release. “This was a really hard decision for us because the board has been so happy with Carla’s leadership, her ability to draw supporters and donors, and her obvious love for the youth.”

Savalli, a former editor at The Spokesman-Review, said she understands the board’s choice. “Keeping the center open is the priority,” she said in the release.

Canola planting temporarily halted

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered a temporary halt to state rules that allow an oil-seed crop, canola, to be planted in parts of the Willamette Valley.

The order is in effect until the court rules on a suit filed by opponents of canola planting. The court said Thursday the ruling could come later this month.

Some farmers want to plant canola for processing into cooking oil or biodiesel fuel.

Valley farmers who grow related plants for seeds to sell to production growers and gardeners fear canola will cross-pollinate their plants. Opponents also object to genetically modified plants.

Last week, the state Agriculture Department said it would allow canola around the edges of the valley, areas previously off limits.