What’s news in the Northwest today:
WALLACE — The Shoshone County sheriff says two dogs were attacked by four wolves near Wallace. Sheriff Mitch Alexander told The Shoshone News Press that one dog died and another sustained a facial bite in the attack Wednesday evening, and that there were many wolf tracks in the area. The newspaper reported that Idaho Fish and Game officials told residents in the area that it is legal to shoot the wolf pack. Idaho Fish and Game official Josh Stanley didn’t return a call for comment.
Colville tribe to manage wolves on reservation
NESPELEM, Wash. — Officials with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are making plans to manage a growing population of wolves in northeast Washington. Remote cameras have photographed at least three wolves, and officials think as many as nine may be living on the reservation. Tribal wildlife manager Randy Friedlander says the reports of wolf tracks, wolf kills and howling have become more frequent. Tribal Fish and Wildlife Director Joe Peone told The Wenatchee World the management plan could include removing animals, if the population exceeds more than tribal members want. Wolves haven’t lived on the reservation for about 80 years. The tribe plans to trap and radio collar wolves this spring to develop the management plan.
Idaho man wins US ski mountaineering championship
POCATELLO — A 31-year-old Pocatello man has become the U.S. Ski Mountaineering champion after taking first in the national championship at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Luke Nelson told the Idaho State Journal that he considers the win a huge one because now he can say that he’s the fastest ski mountaineer racer in America. Nelson started ski mountaineering and ultra-marathon running about six years ago. Ski mountaineering combines the sports of Telemark, Alpine and backcountry skiing with mountaineering. Saturday’s competition race alternated between climbing and skiing sections of the mountain. Nelson, who works as a physician assistant at Idaho Sport and Spine, finished the race in 2 hours and 38 minutes.
Man walks down Seattle street randomly firing gun
SEATTLE — A number of people called 911 Thursday night in Seattle to report a man walking down a street randomly firing a gun. Police say he reportedly fired the gun in the air, into the ground and in the direction of several buildings in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. He reloaded at least once. No one was hurt. Police arrested the 32-year-old man and seized a .38-caliber revolver. When officers asked him why he fired the gun, he said he wanted to see if it still works.
Eastern Ore. landmarks added to national register
PENDLETON, Ore. — Two Eastern Oregon landmarks have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, both in the town of Weston, which will help ensure their preservation. The Weston school, an 1882 building that housed a Methodist academy and public schools, was used until 1973, the East Oregonian reports. The second addition to the register, the Winn barn, was built in 1916 with a Gothic-arch roof. Weston is about 15 miles south of the Washington state border. It is home to 15 other properties on the register. Listing on the national register allows the owner to apply for grants to help preserve and rehabilitate the structure and claim tax credits, among other benefits.
Oregon replica football helmets sell for $1,000
EUGENE, Ore. — Did you see the mirror-finish football helmets the Oregon Ducks wore in their Rose Bowl victory? The university put 24 commemorative replicas on sale this week at $1,000 each, and they sold out in one day to fans eager for Rose Bowl regalia. KVAL reports the university put 12 more helmets on sale. It’s also selling mini-helmet replicas for only $149 each.