Anglers reminded to remove ice fishing shacks as warmer weather approaches

There’s nothing like an inch of late-March rain on a work day to cause ice anglers to worry about whether their ice shack will be high and dry when they finally get a chance to return to their favorite lake.

That was the case in much of the state on Friday, and with warm weather forecast through the weekend and again later next week, a Maine game warden said anglers might want to make plans to move their shacks to dry land as soon as possible.

Warden Jim Fahey said anglers should keep an eye on the weather to determine a good time to head onto the ice.

Russia, Syria urge US to discuss evacuation of refugee camp

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Syria have invited the U.S. to have a joint discussion on evacuating a refugee camp in southern Syria.

The Russian and Syrian refugee return coordination centers urged the U.S. to hold a meeting next week to allow some 40,000 people to leave the Rukban camp near the Jordanian border.

In Friday’s statement, they pointed to “catastrophic” conditions in the camp and the spread of diseases there in the absence of proper medical assistance.

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