Beekeeping, mosquito abatement often in conflict

Jared Arnold, mosquito abatement supervisor for Madison County, holds a jar containing samples of mosquitoes collected in the area. The culex mosquitoes, which are the most common in the area, are the species that carries West Nile virus.

Area beekeepers fear mosquito abatement efforts will destroy hives, but abatement officials say they want to do all they can to protect the bees.

40 percent of bee colonies died in past year

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, a hive of honey bees is on display at the Vermont Beekeeping Supply booth at the 82nd annual Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Jct., Vt. Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1 percent of their colonies, the second highest loss rate in nine years, and then managed to recover a bit, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture.(AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)

WASHINGTON — More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.

Everyone’s affected by new water deal

Although there is still snowpack in the high country, most irrigation comes from water pumped from the Eastern Snake Plaine Aquifer such as this pivot line uses. A recent deal between groundwater and surface water users is expected to ease the tensions over rights to the water.

TWIN FALLS — A landmark deal struck between water users last week promises to bring back the aquifer that supports life in much of the region. Groundwater and surface water users have battled over water rights for decades, but through this agreement, these rivals plan to legally and forever end the fighting.

Shelley FFA treats kids to field day

Kim Berg, newly elected vice president of the Shelley FFA chapter, teaches some Shelley Elementary School first- and second-graders how to rope a calf dummy recently at the annual FFA student and teacher Ag Field day at the North Bingham County Park in Shelley. Ten stations were set up by FFA students who taught about 369 youngsters.

Some 369 first- and second-graders from Sunrise Elementary School in Shelley recently enjoyed a series of hands-on experiences that brought them in touch with agriculture and the outdoors at the annual Shelley High School FFA student and faculty Ag Day field trip.

New horse show added to circuit

Courtesy of Becky Crapo
From left, Jared Crapo, Aralynn Crapo, Emersynn Crapo and Becky Crapo, of Rexburg, display the ribbons they've won competing in the Central Idaho Horse Show Association. Jared and Becky Crapo are organizing a new show, called the Upper Valley Open Horse Show that will be held June 27 at the Madison County Fairgrounds

There are events for every rider regardless of age, ability or horse breed at the Central Idaho Horse Association’s newest event called, the Upper Valley Open Horse Show.

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