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CLARK FORK, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments on a plan to restore whitebark pine in the Lightning Creek drainage in northern Idaho. The agency tells the Bonner County Daily Bee that the plan includes prescribed burns and thinning on about 3,500 acres. Comments on the restoration plan can be made through Jan. 16.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A skier who traveled out of the boundaries of the Bogus Basin Ski Area near Boise almost spent a night on the mountain before being spotted by a grooming machine operator. Thirty-year-old Remington Kendall of Boise managed to alert the snow cat operator by signaling with the light from his cellphone. Authorities say Remington was not injured.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife officials say a wandering herd of nearly 75 elk that created problems for drivers on Interstate 15 in southeastern Idaho has moved on. The Post Register reports that the herd has moved to the open desert several miles west of the freeway near Roberts. Idaho Department Fish and Game officials say they issued hunting permits to hunters to help move the elk to their usual migration route.

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Seven black Lab puppies abandoned in a southeast Idaho parking lot have been reunited with their mother who was dropped off at the back of an animal shelter 50 miles away. The Idaho State Journal reports that the pups and 2-year-old mother named Jan are doing well in a foster home.

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