In brief: Lost wolf pup moving from Boise to Virginia
A lost wolf pup left Boise Wednesday morning on its way to a new home and family in Virginia.
Idaho Fish and Game officials selected Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., from a list of potential facilities willing to accept the wolf.
Last month, out-of-town campers picked up what they thought was a lost domestic puppy outside Ketchum and took it to a vet clinic in town. Officials thought the male puppy looked like it might be a wolf. A DNA test proved them right, but no pack was found in the area.
Zoo Boise took care of the pup while a list was compiled of facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that would be suitable for the pup.
Busch Gardens was chosen for several reasons, officials said. It has had wolves for more than 12 years and recently received two six-week-old pups. The National Zoo sends its staffers there to receive captive wolf training.
Busch Gardens also has been active in Mexican wolf recovery, and it sponsors a fund that has contributed more than $10 million worldwide to wildlife conservation.
Oregon men guilty of growing marijuana
Three Oregon men have pled guilty to growing large amounts of marijuana in Boundary County, Idaho.
Robert Wayne Baucum, 56, Ronald Clifford Underwood, 55, and Raymond Earl Hogle, 50, grew marijuana in barns on Baucum’s property in Naples, Idaho, from 2004 to 2011. Baucum is from Scio, Ore.; Underwood and Hogle are from Albany, Ore.
Hogle pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge in April. Baucum and Underwood pleaded guilty this week in Coeur d’Alene.
The men are to be sentenced July 17.
Co-defendants Justin Egner of Springfield, Ore., and Charles Goodenough of Willow, Alaska, are set for trial on July 17.
Plea agreements and all other documents that might give details on the investigation have been sealed.
Former penitentiary superintendent dies
WALLA WALLA – A man who oversaw Washington State Penitentiary during some of its most pivotal years has died.
Bobby J. Rhay was dubbed “the youngest prison warden in America” when he was appointed to run Washington State Penitentiary in 1957, a post he would hold for 20 years.
The job would bring him into the local, state and national spotlight on more than one occasion, ranging from when he stopped a breakout attempt by two inmates by shooting one to appearing in a guest spot on the “What’s My Line?” television show in January 1959.
He died Sunday in Walla Walla at age 91.
Rhay’s career at Washington State Penitentiary started in 1954 when he became chief sociologist. He rose through the ranks and in January 1957 became superintendent. During Rhay’s tenure, the penitentiary underwent major changes, adding new living units, kitchen and dining halls, industries and working units.
Trade education programs were also introduced.
But in the 1970s, reforms intended to humanize the prison led to major turmoil both within the Department of Corrections and at the penitentiary. Rhay’s term as prison superintendent ended in 1977.
Biplane crashes into power lines, pilot safe
OKANOGAN, Wash. – An Ephrata man is in satisfactory condition today after crashing a plane into power lines Wednesday while spraying a canola field east of Okanogan.
Ward M. Bischoff, 41, was spraying a chemical that helps hold the canola pods together at about 8:30 a.m. when his single-engine biplane hit two of three high-voltage lines and crashed to the ground, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said.
Rogers said Bischoff was conscious after the plane crash. “He was talking to everybody the whole time,” Rogers said.
Rogers said the force of the plane pulled one of the large high-voltage poles forward, and it snapped across another pole. He said it’s amazing that Bischoff lived. “That plane is just flat,” he said. “All in all, he was a very lucky man.”