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IDAHO WILDFIRES-NATIONAL GUARD
Governor calls on Idaho National Guard to fight fires
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Governor Brad Little has mobilized the Idaho National Guard to help fight wildfires amid extreme heat and drought. The Republican governor issued an emergency declaration on Friday authorizing soldiers to help fight fires on the 9,700 square miles in most of northern Idaho, where the state provides fire protection. This is the first time that the Idaho Lands Department has asked the governor to issue such a declaration of emergency. The Lands Department said the soldiers would help with fire suppression and logistical support. State officials did not say how many troops could be deployed.
FIRES IN CALIFORNIA
California wildfire causes evacuations in Nevada
BECKWOURTH, Calif. (AP) – A wildfire in northern California exploding through dry wood prompted Nevada authorities to evacuate a community from the border area. The Beckwourth complex – an amalgamation of two lightning-triggered fires – headed towards Saturday, showing no signs of slowing its rush northeast from the Sierra Nevada. Across the state border, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has asked people to evacuate a section of Rancho Haven, north of Reno. Other fires are burning in Oregon, Arizona and Idaho. Authorities say fire conditions are difficult as a heat wave sweeps through the region, promising triple-digit temperatures in many areas throughout the weekend.
Track runner injured in grizzly bear attack in eastern Idaho
ISLAND PARK, Idaho (AP) – Idaho state wildlife officials said a man was injured after being attacked by a grizzly bear in eastern Idaho on Friday morning. Idaho Department of Fisheries and Game spokesman Roger Phillips said in a prepared statement the man was running on a trail in the Kilgore area near Island Park around 6:30 a.m. met the female grizzly bear with her calf. The bear charged him, and the man lay down in an effort to protect himself. Phillips said the grizzly had hit him several times before running away, but the man was able to return to his cabin and call 911. He was treated at a nearby hospital.
CASE OF TORTURE CONDEMNATION
Idaho woman sentenced to up to 20 years in torture case
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho Falls woman has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison in a kidnapping and torture case. EastIdahoNews.com reports that Sasha Dee Martinez, 34, will be eligible for parole after serving at least five years. Martinez pleaded guilty to aggravated bodily harm and a drug charge under a plea deal. According to Idaho Falls Police reports, officers were called to a house last year after a woman asked a stranger to call 911, claiming she had been detained and tortured. Martinez is one of the four defendants in the case. The other three defendants have pleaded not guilty and have yet to be tried.
RECORD ENERGY USE
Idaho Power customers set record for electricity consumption
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Power says its customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon used a record amount of electricity last week. The utility company told KIVI-TV in an article on Friday that electricity consumption peaked at 3,745 megawatts on the evening of June 30. That’s more than 9% above the previous record of 3,422 megawatts set in July 2017. The state-regulated company says it now has about 590,000 customers, about 50,000 more than in 2017. Company officials say additional customers and record heat in the region have led to a new record. The company says peak demands occur on hot summer afternoons when air conditioners and farm irrigation pumps turn on.
GRIZZLY’S DEADLY ATTACK
Grizzly bear gunned down after killing California woman
HELENA Mont. (AP) – A grizzly bear who pulled a California woman from her tent and killed her this week has been fatally shot in Montana. Wildlife officers using night vision goggles killed the bear on Friday night after staking a chicken coop the bear attacked near the town of Ovando. Leah Davis Lokan of Chico, Calif., Was on a long bike trip and had camped near the town’s post office with other cyclists when she was attacked and killed on Tuesday. Friends said Lokan was a free spirit, adventurous and aware of the dangers she faced on the journey.