Idaho Newsreader - 05.05.08

Amateur director looks to Bill Buckner for inspiration • Bark beetles trying to murder campers • The fires are coming, the fires are coming • The Magic Valley is a hazard to your health • She's a true North Idaho beauty • Boise surgeons work to make skiing safer

Amateur director looks to Bill Buckner for inspiration

A Massachusetts filmmaker is paying tribute to Idaho resident and former Boston Red Sox Bill Buckner by making a musical film called "Out For Buckner."

According to the Boston Herald, Josh Mitchell plans to cast himself as Tony Tapler, a fictitious Sox fan who drives to Idaho to talk Buckner into coming home to star in a community theater production of "No, No, Nanette."

"I want to put the highlights of Buckner's life in perspective, put them on the center stage," Mitchell said. "He's proud of his career, he's proud of his family."

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Bark beetles trying to murder campers

Bark beetles have done some damage to Idaho forests, but the pesky bugs haven't forced campground closures like they are doing this summer in Colorado and Wyoming.

The U.S. Forest Service recently announced the closure of 21 campgrounds and recreation sites in Colorado and Wyoming for the summer because of concern that trees killed by the bark beetles could fall onto unsuspecting visitors.

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The fires are coming, the fires are coming

Idaho and Western Montana will get below-normal summer precipitation the National Interagency Fire Center said last week, and that low precipitation will mean a better chance for wildfires.

The Billings Gazette reports that NIFC's weather modeling also shows that June through August should be hotter than normal in the West.

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The Magic Valley is a hazard to your health

The Times-News reports that life expectancy for Magic Valley men has flattened out, if not risen very slightly, while the life expectancy of Mini-Cassia women has dipped a small amount.

A county-by-county report released last week by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington shows the decreasing longevity in some parts of south-central Idaho bucks national trends.

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She's a true North Idaho beauty

The Associated Press has a feature on a deformed bald eagle whose beak was partially shot off several years ago, leaving her with a stump that couldn't take in food.

Beauty, who currently lives in a raptor recovery center in the Idaho Panhandle, was recovered from an Alaskan landfill in 2005.

She was hand-fed for two years, and her caretakers are now preparing to attach an artificial beak to allow her to eat on her own.

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Boise surgeons work to make skiing safer

Dr. Kevin Shea, a surgeon with Intermountain Orthopedics in Boise, is among a handful of researchers across the country trying to make skiing safer by analyzing ski-related knee injuries and working to build bindings that can sense ligament-ripping forces and release milliseconds before an injury occurs.

Shea and Dr. Ron Pfeiffer, co-director of the Center for Orthopedic and Biomechanics Research at BSU, are sending out surveys to ski resorts, ski patrollers and hospitals that treat injured skiers to collect data.

Shea hopes that in five years he'll have enough info to identify exactly how most skiers injure their knees.

1. I think Buckner has him beat down senseless...

with that new truck marriage spot. You baaaaaad boy!

2. Those beetles work for spotted owls!

3. Get your weiners and s'mores! No charcoal needed.

4. How long do regular-sized Cassia women live and who's siting there waiting for them to die? A CAT???

5. How do you like my extension, boys?

6. By angry snow bunnies kicking them.

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