Fish & Game Reservists Receive Awards
Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 12:00 AM MST
The Magic Valley Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game recently recognized members of the Reservist program for their efforts and contributions to fish and wildlife management in 2000. Lanny Ames of Kimberly was selected as the region's Reservist of the Year for his tireless efforts in the program. He distinguished himself by being constantly available and volunteering for every assignment that came up, many of them at the last minute. Ames donated a total of 352 hours of time and 795 personal vehicle miles to the Reservist program in calendar year 2000. He participated in fieldwork from sharp-tailed grouse and mule deer fawn trapping to the more menial work of big game check stations. Ames worked in every aspect of Fish and Game including enforcement, fisheries, wildlife, information and education, administration and training. Ames joined the Reservist program in January of 1996 and has donated over 630 hours total since then. He retired from Brizee Heating and Air Conditioning in December 1999. The Magic Valley Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game recognizes the contributions Lanny Ames has made to the Reservist Program and greatly appreciates his dedication and commitment to wildlife management. Other reservists received awards for reaching various levels of hours donated to the program. These included the following: Rick Hartley of Jerome and Charles Stevens of Buhl for 100 hours donated; Walt Charles of Burley, Ronny Klimes of Buhl, and Lanny Ames of Kimberly for 500 hours donated; R.B. Higgins of Rupert and Cory Cress of Ketchum for 750 hours donated; and Rod Runyon of Burley for 1,000 hours donated. Currently in the Magic Valley Region there are 27 active reservists in the program. These people assist the Department in many ways and in various activities. If it were not for their keen interests in fish and wildlife management and their desires to "give something back" to the resource, many projects in this region would simply not get done. Currently, we are looking for volunteers in Blaine County, Camas County and eastern Elmore County who would be interested in participating in the program. Please contact Jerry Baltazor in the Jerome office at 324-4359, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., if you would like more information about becoming a Fish and Game Reservist.