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Eye On Boise invasive species archive

FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2017

Western governors want federal help in invasive mussel fight

Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways. The Western Governors' Association on Thursday sent a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to put in place by spring 2018 controls to prevent the spread...

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FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017


A hitch in the trailers, but eventually, JFAC rolls on...

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee was busily approving “trailer” appropriation bills this morning – bills that “trail” behind policy bills to add the required funding – when it ran into a hitch. Sens. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, and Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, raised questions about a trailer...

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This Idaho license plate, immersed in Lake Mead for nine months, emerged thickly encrusted with invasive quagga mussels; some have been scraped off to show the plate underneath. Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, has the plate on display in her Capitol office in Boise; she wants Idaho to avoid similar infestations in its waterways. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Idaho's boat inspection program faces big budget shortfall 

Idaho’s boat inspection program, aimed at keeping invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state, is facing a big budget shortfall that’s sent state lawmakers scrambling. Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, co-chair of the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee, plans to propose an additional funding...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Checkpoint finds first invasive mussels

The first invasive mussels have been found on a boat entering Idaho at a checkpoint on U.S. Highway 93 in Twin Falls County near the Nevada state line, the Times-News reports. The 20-foot pontoon boat, which was headed to Cascade from Lake Havasu, Nev., was...

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

Boat inspection stations opening 

Idaho's state Department of Agriculture plans to open its first boat-inspection stations of the season tomorrow, near Bruneau where highways 51 and 78 intersect, and near Marsing on Highway 95. An additional check station on U.S. 93 just north of the Nevada state line will...

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At a session on invasive species at the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Region conference in Boise, Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, is at left, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Eric Anderson, no relation, is second from right.  (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

'They are different people'

It's a bit of an oddity that Idaho's state legislator who's been a key instigator of programs targeting aquatic invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels, has the same name as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife aquatic invasive species coordinator. So at this...

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

Idaho-bound boats will have to pull over...

Starting in about a month, anyone pulling a boat into Idaho will have to pull over at a port of entry for inspection and possible decontamination, in an effort to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state. Top state officials approved emergency...

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