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November 18th, 2014

Restaurateur pleads guilty to serving whale meat

November 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each entered guilty pleas Monday to one count of unlawful sale of a marine mammal.
They were charged with serving meat from the endangered Sei (say) whale to undercover investigators at the restaurant The Hump at Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

November 17th

Frigid weather cuts aquifer recharge short

November 17, 2014

Water has remained in Jensen Grove Lake a few months longer than usual this year. Traditionally the lake is drained between August and September; however, this year, Snake River Irrigation (part of the irrigation district) is working with the State of Idaho to run additional water in an effort to recharge the aquifer.
Snake River Irrigation manager Steve Nielson said he has been working with the state for the past couple of years to obtain a permit to keep the water flow going longer into the season. Snake River Irrigation is the first to have been issued such a permit.


81-year-old charged with looting tangerine grove

November 17, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in Florida say an 81-year-old man picked thousands of tangerines — 11 truckloads worth — and then sold the stolen bounty at a nearby market.
Herman Southall was charged Wednesday with 11 counts of transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft of more than 2,000 pieces of citrus and trespassing. He is being held at the Polk County Jail on an $8,500 bond.
Southall and another man were found by deputies Wednesday picking fruit in a Dundee grove after a Sheriff's Office helicopter pilot saw them. It's unclear if he has retained an attorney.

Study finds Americans using less water 


November 17, 2014

BOISE (AP) — Americans are using less water, though people in the Northwest individually use more than the national average and Idahoans use more than people in any other state.
A study by local, state and federal officials tracking everything from collective sips at the public fountain to irrigating crops to water used to cool nuclear power plants has found that water usage has dropped to levels of at least 40 years ago.

More grizzlies eating moths south of Yellowstone

November 17, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Those army cutworm moths are a nuisance to people, but they are an important nutritious snack for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Researchers say more grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in the southeastern portion of the 9,210-square-mile ecosystem in search of the moths.

November 16th

St. John's parishioners prepare for bazaar

November 17, 2014

PINGREE — A dozen or so members of St. John's Catholic Church have spent the last three Sundays preparing for their annual Christmas noodles bazaar.


Owl attacks hawk at store display

November 16, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The grand opening of an L.L. Bean store in Vermont has ruffled some feathers, with an owl attacking a hawk in a shopping mall display.
Officials say a European eagle owl attacked a Harris's hawk Friday in Burlington's Town Center Mall.
The Burlington Free Press reports witnesses said the owl squeezed the hawk in its claws for several minutes, causing the hawk to shriek.
Workers at the mall display for the Freeport, Maine-based outdoors outfitter separated the birds.

November 14th

Great Deer Hunts Begin with Doughnuts

November 15, 2014

Great things come in little packages. Take 11-year old Hailey Transtrum from Blackfoot. This tiny-framed huntress harvested her first deer in October. Though she herself is pint-sized, her story -- and the exuberance she uses to tell it -- is larger than life.
When recounting that exciting day on Oct. 17, Hailey doesn’t immediately jump to the blood-pumping moment the deer came into view or that breathless moment when she settled in and took her shot. She starts at the beginning.
“We had to get up "really" early,” Hailey starts. “But, my dad had bought doughnuts for breakfast!”


Man arrested after calf found in car

November 14, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California have arrested a suspected calf rustler after the animal was found in the back seat of his car.
Riverside Animal Services spokesman John Welsh says an officer approached Cesar Zamora Santana early Wednesday when the man was spotted loitering outside an auto shop.
When the officer looked inside Santana's vehicle, he saw the calf lying in the back seat. Santana told police that he bought the animal for $200 at a gas station.
Animal control officers found that the bovine's ear identification tag had been forcibly removed.

VIDEO: Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame

November 14, 2014

 

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