Blaine County

Roger Phillips / Idaho Statesman

Ice fishing enthusiasts have big plans this weekend on Magic Reservoir in southern Blaine County.  The lake hosts its annual tournament Saturday and  Sunday.  Competitors are going for the biggest trout and yellow perch. They’ll weigh their catches throughout the day.

Students at Wood River High School had a late start today not because of snow, but because of security concerns. The Blaine County School District delayed classes until 10:30 this morning after being notified in the night of a break in at the high school.

A district spokesperson says police believe someone used a shotgun to shatter a glass door to the building then entered the school for a short time.

Police searched the premises and don’t think anything was taken or left behind. They continue to look for a suspect.   

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

There aren’t many places in deep red Idaho where you’re likely to hear the kind of proud introduction Gini Ballou offered up not long after we met.

“I’m Gini Ballou,” she said.  “My mother stopped to vote for John F. Kennedy on her way to the hospital to have me.  And the greatest gift I ever got for my birthday was the ’08 election, when I was given President Obama on my birthday.” 

Officers Bust Big Marijuana Operation In Blaine County

Aug 23, 2012
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Law enforcement officers seized an estimated 11,100 marijuana plants in Blaine County Thursday. The illegal grow operation was on public land in the Sawtooth National Forest near Galena Summit. Several agencies were involved. The grow was first discovered by a father and son pair of hikers. That led to more than two weeks of surveillance. However, no arrests have been made.