Death Investigation & Reseeding

Death Investigation & Reseeding

Death Investigation & Reseeding. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

The officer-involved shooting death of Adams County rancher Jack Yantis is being investigated by the FBI. Yantis was shot and killed by Adams County Idaho deputies on November 1, after his bull was hit by a passenger car and officers began shooting the bull. Federal investigators are looking into whether deputies violated Yantis' Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizure. The Idaho State Police and the attorney general will be looking into the allegations of state criminal violations in the case, while the FBI will be looking into possible federal violations.

I mentioned last week that work has begun on restoration of wildfire areas including those of the Soda fire that burned nearly 300-thousand acres. Natural resource specialist Cindy Fritz says that while reseeding is an annual event, this year was unusual.

FRITZ: This first phase is normal. The size is unusual that we're doing almost 200-thousand acres in various treatments across there between aerial, drilling and herbicide application. And this isn't my only fire. I've got five others that I'm taking care of as well. We started drill seeding about mid-October. We hope to get done by the end of the month. We like to drill seed this time of year. Seeds will be dormant. They won't germinate this fall and so they're ready to go in the spring.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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