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Passionate about public lands, Idaho’s rugged beauty and putting one foot in front of the other for hours and hours?

    Those were attributes of the 100 trail runners completing Saturday’s fifth annual Stand-hope Ultra Challenge 60-kilometer (37-mile) and 30k (18.6-mile) races in the Pioneer Mountains east of Sun Valley.

    Saturday’s 60k race began from Park Creek Campground 13 miles east of Ketchum via Trail Creek Road and traveled through wild and rugged Custer County wilderness.

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In 1976, there were about 30,000 head of cattle in Custer County. Today there are about half that many

Restrictions applied by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have taken cattle off of the land in Custer County and throughout the western states. Ranchers contend the restrictions, in many cases, are arbitrary.

A group of Custer County ranchers and state and federal agency land managers recently toured the Morgan Creek Allotment west of Challis to discuss conflicts on federal land and to look at the health of the land.

Ranchers repeatedly questioned the federal officials about stubble height requirements along streams. They say the land is healthy and that is a long-term trend – a claim the BLM officials agreed with. However, stubble height requirements are limiting the number of cattle ranchers are allowed to turn out and that is threatening the future of several ranches.

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Stage 1 fire restrictions are set to go into effect on Monday, Aug. 14, and agencies’ concern for fires was underscored by a weekend of abandoned campfires that escaped fire rings and nearly sparked wildfires.

According to a joint news release from the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and Idaho Department of Lands, restrictions will begin at midnight on Aug. 14. David Collins, a fire prevention technician for the Sawtooth National Forest’s Ketchum Ranger District, said the restrictions are set to end Oct. 4, but ongoing analysis of wildfire fuels, which determines fire risk, may shorten or extend the restrictions’ duration.

The Stage 1 restrictions govern federal, state and private forest lands, as well as rangelands, roads and trails, in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties, the release stated, with the exception of Forest Service lands in Cassia and Twin Falls counties.

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