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Eye On Boise quagga mussels archive

THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2018

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 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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FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

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MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017

MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

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, NOV. 18, 2016

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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

Council: Mussel-fight cost could hit $100M

A new report from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council estimates that it could cost $100 million a year to fight invasive quagga and zebra mussels once they make it into the Columbia River Basin, which echoes alarms that have been sounded for the past...

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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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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, talks about efforts to prevent quagga and zebra mussels from entering Idaho waterways. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Anderson: Success so far on quaggas

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, says Idaho's efforts to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels from getting into the state's waterways appear to be succeeding. "We were very successful this year," he told the Legislature's interim committee on energy, environment and technology. "We seem to...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

Delays in store for boat stickers 

New invasive species stickers that are now required on all boats that launch in Idaho, motorized or not, have sparked such demand that the state Parks Department is now reporting big delays in getting all the orders filled. “The sheer number of orders that IDPR...

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

Idaho's invasive species sticker has been required since 2009 on all boats that launch in Idaho, to help fund a fight to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of the state's waterways. The stickers cost $5 for non-motorized craft, $10 for boats registered in Idaho, and $20 for boats registered elsewhere. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

That's the sticker... 

Swung by the Idaho parks & rec office and purchased my invasive species sticker, which I then plastered onto my sailboard. Now we'll see if it sticks. They were plenty busy, but it was a breeze picking up the $5 sticker (for non-motorized craft; Idaho-registered...

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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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