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Twin Falls man dies in ATV accident

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - Jimmie Joe Mudd, 70, of Twin Falls died Saturday near the West Magic Reservoir Area while playing a poker-based ATV game.

Lt. Jay Davis of Blaine County Sheriff's Office said it's unclear what killed Mudd, who had previous medical conditions. He didn't elaborate on the conditions. None of the three witnesses who talked to police saw Mudd's ATV turn onto its side Saturday afternoon, Davis said.

"It's really unclear what happened because there are no witnesses who said they saw the crash but there were witnesses who said they came about the wreck," Davis said.

He said the nearest witness had followed behind Mudd by about 100 yards. Another had called 9-1-1 on his cell phone as they rode to Mudd.

Witnesses told police that Mudd drove at about 20 mph and wasn't being reckless. In the game, riders drive their ATVs to different locations, draw a card and repeat until they have a full poker hand. Poker rules determine the winner.

Witnesses told police the riders would drink beer at the stop. They told police that Mudd drank three or four beers between noon, when they started riding, and about 4:30 p.m., when the ambulance was called.

Davis said he's only heard of one other ATV-related fatality in Blaine County, when a young man died near Alturas Lake.

Elk foundation chief executive resigns

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chief executive announced he is resigning after four years with the conservation group.

Peter J. Dart, president and CEO at the foundation, oversaw the organization's move to a new $5 million facility in Missoula and conservation of more than 1 million acres of elk habitat nationwide.

Dart sent a letter to staff announcing his decision.

"It is with mixed emotions that I wish to inform you of my decision to resign as the Elk Foundation's president and chief executive officer, effective

June 15," Dart said in his letter. "This difficult decision will allow me to spend more time with my family and pursue new opportunities."

The board is expected to meet next week to start talking about a replacement.

Dart was not asked to leave and the decision was unexpected, said David Parcell, RMEF vice president of marketing and communication.

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