US cattle grazing plan for Craters draws criticism

FILE - In this July 2012 file photo, people hike the North Crater Flow Trail at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. Federal officials have released a cattle grazing plan for central Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve that immediately came under fire from an environmental group. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Final Environmental Impact Statement released Friday, May 26, 2017, allows cattle grazing on nearly all of the roughly 275,000 acres it administers in the monument. (Tetona Dunlap/The Times-News via AP, File)

BOISE — Federal officials on Friday released a cattle grazing plan for central Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve that immediately came under fire from an environmental group.

Water level, and optimism, rise at famed Idaho fishing creek

This undated photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows birds flying over Silver Creek at The Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek Preserve near Picabo, Idaho. The reputation of what is generally considered Idaho's premier and nationally renowned fly fishing destination has taken a beating with three years of drought. But Silver Creek could get its groove back this opening weekend of the 2017 fishing season with a good water year that is filling the creek and, anglers hope, drawing back trout. (Hamilton Wallace/The Nature Conservancy via AP)

BOISE — The reputation of what is generally considered Idaho’s premier and nationally renowned fly fishing destination has taken a beating after three years of drought, but Silver Creek could get its groove back this season as abundant water fills its channels.

Look for new visitors to your birdfeeders

This Lazuli Bunting spent several days at my feeders taking a break from migration. Neotropical migratory songbirds will be flying across eastern Idaho in great numbers over the next three weeks. Make sure you get out to see them. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

My bird feeders are a hotbed of social upheaval year-round. While there is usually more than enough food to satisfy all visitors, the squabbles for domination are endless. This time of year, though, things get even more exciting as new species are briefly added to the mix.

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