Monthly Archives: November 2015

Nov 29, 2015 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 29, 2015 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: More of the newsletter going online this week, see links below.

Local Observations:

Sunday (Nov 22) cold morning, mostly sunny and chilly day. Smell of burning garbage hanging in the air.

Monday (Nov 23) a little warmer morning, but still cold. Vehicle exhaust polluting the air. Mosty sunny day, a little snow melted.

Tuesday (Nov 24) overcast, drizzles and misty rain off and on during the day, rained off a little snow, a lot of roofs are bare.

Wednesday (Nov 26) 2″ of new snow, mostly cloudy morning. Decreasing clouds and gusty breezes dumping snow out of the trees. Hazy nearly full moon (and breezy.)

Thursday (Nov 26) clear and cold morning, sunny cold quiet day. Bright full moon, cold night. Report that folks had a very nice pot luck dinner at the Tavern.

Friday (Nov 27) very cold morning, sunny cold day. Clear cold night.

Saturday (Nov 28) very cold morning, sunny cold day and quiet. Clear and cold night.

Sunday (Nov 29) cold morning Sunny chilly day and quiet.

Yellow Pine Weather Reports:

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Links to weather forecasts and webcams:

Road Reports:

Community Calendar and Announcements:

Real Estate:

(updated with some photos)

YPTimes Nov 29 posted here:

Idaho News:

Rules of the road for motorists include open range in much of Idaho

By BILL DENTZER – Idaho Statesman Published: 11/23/15 (hosted free by AP)

BOISE, Idaho — In March 2004, a motorcyclist riding through Lincoln County came over a slight rise in the road, hit a calf and died. In that moment, new West and old West collided, and not for the first or last time.

The rider’s family sued. The calf’s owner, the family claimed in court, had failed to maintain fencing along the road. The family lost in a case that eventually went to the Idaho Supreme Court. Fencing notwithstanding, the accident had occurred in open range territory, where longstanding tradition, eventually written into law, absolves livestock owners from liability in such cases.

It’s a standard straight out of the code of the West, reflecting the history of its settlement and establishing a pecking order among landed interests: ranchers first, farmers next. Motorists, who came much later, are on notice: Those unlucky enough to collide with livestock in the open range are financially liable not only for their injuries and damage to their vehicles, but also for the animal they strike.

In Idaho and the West, as traditional land uses cede ground to encroaching development, people and traffic, not everyone thinks that’s a fair deal.

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Small earthquake reported in northern Idaho

Small earthquake recorded in northern Idaho near Sandpoint, no damage reported

Local News 8 – Nov 23, 2015

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) – Federal officials say a 3.4-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Idaho near Sandpoint but authorities say there are no reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor at about 1 p.m. Monday was about 9 miles deep and about 11 miles southeast of Sandpoint.

Officials say that’s under Lake Pend Oreille.

A Sandpoint Police Department spokeswoman says no reports of damage have been received.

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Southwest Idaho a wildfire restoration lab for land managers fighting invasive species

By ROCKY BARKER – Idaho Statesman Published: 11/27/15

MARSING, Idaho — Even before the smoke cleared last summer, scientists and resource specialists spread out across the blackened range of the Owyhee Mountains to assess the damage of the Soda Fire.

These experts from several federal and state agencies used aerial photographs and their own observations to put together a plan not just to stabilize the soils and rehabilitate the plant communities. Their job was to map out five years of projects that would restore the sagebrush steppe ecosystem and turn it into a laboratory for restoration across the West.

“We’re working for the survival of the sagebrush landscape,” said Tim Murphy, Idaho State Bureau of Land Management director. “We’ve completed Phase 1 by stabilizing the soil and preparing to reverse the cheatgrass growth.”

When the snow came earlier this month, contractors completed “drilling” seeds into the soils where the Soda Fire burned 280,000 acres after starting Aug. 10. As tractors were seeding the snow-covered Idaho and Oregon landscape, 200 scientists, land managers, county commissioners and ranchers were meeting in Boise to develop a strategy for protecting the native grasses and shrubs that provide habitat for 350 species including sage grouse by stopping and reversing the cheatgrass invasion.

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NTSB preliminary report details events of small plane crash near Hope that killed 3

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/29/15

SANDPOINT, Idaho — A preliminary federal report details the events of a plane crash that killed three people near the town of Hope, Idaho, in October.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the National Transportation Safety Board report did not indicate why the Cessna 182 plane crashed shortly after taking off Oct. 8.

Killed were the pilot Pamela Bird, widow of renowned inventor Forrest Bird, as well as Donald and Tookie Hensley, of Mohave Valley, Arizona.


Idaho History:

Forest News:

Debate continues over Lochsa land swap proposal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/23/15

LEWISTON, Idaho — Officials are considering a controversial proposal to swap federal land for private timberland in the upper Lochsa River basin.

The Lewiston Tribune reports ( ) Republican Sen. Jim Risch is holding a meeting in Grangeville Tuesday to discuss the proposal.

Under the proposed legislation, Western Pacific Timber Co. would offer 39,000 acres of land in the upper Lochsa River basin in exchange for U.S. Forest Service land of similar value.

Most of the federal land would come from Idaho County, near Grangeville. The land is a popular area for hunting and other outdoor activities.

Federal officials say acquiring the private land would allow for protection of important fish and wildlife habitat. But opponents of the trade, which has been debated for eight years, don’t want to lose access to public land.

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Forest Service plans $1 million restoration effort on scorched northern Idaho forests

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 11/23/15

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service is spending just over $1 million in northern Idaho to shore up areas scorched by massive wildfires last summer.

The agency on Monday announced the plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests aimed at stabilizing roads and trails, preventing erosion, keeping out invasive species and removing hazard trees.

About 288 square miles of the forests burned due to nine wildfires.

The agency says that’s the largest number of wildfires in any national forest this fire season.

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BLM: Wildland firefighter died from heart attack after completing training exercise in June

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI – AP Published: 11/25/15

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials say a heart attack is to blame for the death of a wildland firefighter who passed away this summer after completing a physical training exercise.

Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management say 33-year-old Terry Sonner from Hammett collapsed after completing a 2-mile training run in June.


Mining News:

Feds extend comment period on proposed plan to close key sage grouse habitat to mining

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 11/27/15

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on the agency’s plan to withdraw 10 million acres of public lands in six western states from potential mineral extraction to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse.

The comment period will last about three additional weeks to Jan. 15, with public meetings scheduled in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming in December.

The BLM is seeking comments ahead of creating an Environmental Impact Statement before making a final decision on whether to withdraw the public lands for 20 years.

Some aspects federal authorities want to analyze include the economic effects of withdrawing the lands, wilderness characteristics, American Indian resources, mineral resources and recreation.

“We really want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to comment on the proposed withdrawal,” said BLM spokesman Mark Mackiewicz.


Letter to Share:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. Update

Nov 23, 2015

Look how little Autie is losing her spots! She continues to grow and thrive and melt my heart


Hired the two most awesome guys today to help me get some work done on Mystic Farm before the big move in the spring. Kyle and Logan – you were lifesavers. We now have the fridges, more storage, stove and misc. other items out at the new barn. Set up for the new batch of fawns in the spring no longer looks so “un-doable”… We got this!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for.

Dory and all…

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
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Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.!

This Thanksgiving Day – and everyday – the fawns are thankful for all of you amazing supporters. Oh, and bottles…don’t forget bottles!


Happy Thanksgiving from Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

Dory, Hubcap, and all the critters
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Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. Candle Tins

Nov 24, 2015


… wonderful handmade Mystic Farm natural candles. Great Christmas Gifts! Remember, all proceeds go to feed and care for the orphans at Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. Thank You!

Dory and all at Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

Critter News:

Money to deter wolf attacks goes unclaimed

Federal grants help pay ranchers for preventive measures

Nov 25, 2015 by Greg Moore – IME

Due to lack of interest from [Idaho] ranchers, little has been spent from a $108,000 fund administered by the state of Idaho to prevent wolf depredation on livestock.

Judging by public comments made during the Idaho Fish and Game Commission’s quarterly meeting at the Community Campus in Hailey last week, the issue is important to Wood River Valley residents. Fifteen people urged the commission to ask the state to pursue less aggressive methods of reducing depredation, while only two people emphasized the importance of lethal control. Many commenters suggested transferring part of the $620,000 in state money available this year for lethal control of wolves to preventive measures.

Last year, the Legislature created a Wolf Depredation Control Board, and has allocated $400,000 in general fund money in each of the past two years to kill wolves. The new law also provides $110,000 annually from assessments made on livestock producers and another $110,000 from the Department of Fish and Game.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of November 2015
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New Washington wolf pack news sparks rare poetic debate

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 24, 2015

… OMAK – A new wolf pack has been confirmed in Okanogan County, bringing to 17 the number of packs in Washington state.

The new pack, which may have two to six members, is being called the Loup Loup Pack, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials who announced the new pack on Tuesday. It has been sighted in the Twisp and Omak areas. Loup Loup Pass was is a prominent place within the wolves’ range in the Methow Valley.

This is the fourth confirmed wolf pack in North Central Washington, including the Wenatchee Pack, which was discovered south of Wenatchee in March 2013. That pack had only two known adults found in a survey last December. Scott Becker, wolf specialist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said now that there’s snow on the ground, they’re beginning to look in the pack’s territory to see if there’s continuing wolf activity in the area.

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Utah authorities say animal found dead in trap near Wyoming line appears to be gray wolf

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST – AP Published: 11/27/15

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah authorities say an animal that appears to be a gray wolf was found dead in a snare set for a coyote earlier this month near the Wyoming state line.

The 89-pound female was found Nov. 7 in an area where the animals are not listed as an endangered species, Kim Hersey with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday.

Biologists believe the animal is a wolf but are conducting genetic tests to make sure that it wasn’t a dog hybrid, she said. Those tests could take months to complete.

The approximately 2 1/2 -year-old creature was found west of Randolph by a trapper who alerted state wildlife authorities.

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Colorado wildlife officials revisit concerns about wolf reintroduction

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/23/15

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — Colorado wildlife officials might soon reiterate their opposition to wolves being reintroduced to the state.

The state Parks and Wildlife Commission on Friday considered a draft resolution that would reaffirm positions the commission took in the 1980s, reported the Grand Junction Sentinel (

The resolution expresses concern about the impact wolves and grizzly bears would have Colorado’s livestock, wildlife and human welfare. Wildlife officials decided to revisit the issue after the governors of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico sent a letter to federal officials opposing recovery plans for the Mexican wolf.

The commission hasn’t taken any action yet because members want to make sure the resolution is consistent with changes made in 2005, when then commission adopted recommendations from the state Wolf Working Group.

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Reward offered in fatal shooting of gray wolf on Upper Peninsula snowmobile trail last weekend

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/23/15

HOUGHTON, Michigan — State officials are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting of a gray wolf in the Upper Peninsula’s Houghton County.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the wolf was killed Saturday on a snowmobile trail near state highway 26, a half-mile south of Twin Lakes.

Sgt. Grant Emery says the shooter fired from a vehicle.

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New Mexico Game Commission delays decision on appeal to keep wolves at Turner ranch

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/20/15

ROSWELL, New Mexico — The State Game Commission has decided to delay a decision on an appeal that would allow endangered Mexican gray wolves to be kept at Ted Turner’s ranch in southern New Mexico.

A bid by the Ladder Ranch to renew its permit for holding wolves in captivity was denied earlier this year, partly over concerns that federal officials have yet to update the recovery plan for the species.

The Turner Endangered Species Fund appealed. Executive director Mike Phillips told commissioners during a meeting Thursday in Roswell that the decision singled out the ranch for unequal treatment.

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Wolves Return to Mount Parnitha On the Outskirts of Athens

November 23, 2015 By WEI Staff

Environmentalists confirmed the presence of wolves on Mount Parnitha on the outskirts of Athens using automatic infrared photography.

Using cameras that remained active for six months, following a request for technical support by Parnitha Forestry, the Kallisto Environmental Organization for Wild Life and Nature recorded a pack of 7-8 wolves.
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Wolves “attack” southern Donetsk region

November 23, 2015 By WEI Staff

Nine cases of wolf attacks on domestic animals kept by farmers were recorded in the villages of Pershotravneve district in the Donetsk region in the past few days.

“In one case, wolves torn apart a calf, while in others – they attacked the goats, sheep and other large and small cattle. And that’s not counting how many predators tore apart poultry – ducks, chickens, geese,” said the head of hunting, fishing farm “Udacha” in Pershotravneve district Oleksandr Krasozov.
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Wolves return to Warsaw area after decades


The country’s communist regime organised a vast wolf cull in the 1960s in response to the perceived danger they posed, paying residents for every animal shot dead.

Locals killed off the park‘s last wolf pack in 1964.

Officials added the wolf to the country’s list of endangered species in the 1990s following protests from ecologists and animal rights activists, including former French movie star Brigitte Bardot.

The move helped reinstate their population in certain areas, including the mountainous region of Bieszczady in the south-east.
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Officials seek information after eastern Idaho cow elk poached near White Owl Butte

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/27/15

REXBURG, Idaho — State officials say they’re trying to find out who illegally shot and killed a cow elk in eastern Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a statement Friday says the elk was killed on Thanksgiving Day near White Owl Butte and left to rot.

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Ex-elk ranch employee charged with stealing elk semen

Local News 8 – Nov 25, 2015

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A former employee of a Twin Falls elk ranch has been accused of stealing elk semen and artificially inseminating elk at another ranch.

The Times-News reports that 30-year-old Brandon Eldredge was arraigned Friday on one count of grand theft.

Police say Eldredge stole the semen in 2011 and it was discovered the following year when owners of Early Morning Elk Ranch took inventory.

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Idaho officials OK implementation of sage grouse plan for endowment lands

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 11/24/15

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials on Tuesday approved implementing the state’s plan to protect habitat for greater sage grouse on endowment lands, despite frustration with federal land managers.

The Idaho Land Board voted 5-0 to have the Idaho Department of Lands move forward with actions set out in the 82-page Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan the board approved in April.

Implementation of the plan for endowment lands was made contingent in April on federal agencies incorporating a much larger Idaho plan called the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Alternative concerning federal lands in Idaho.

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Oregon firefighters rescue owl tangled in fishing line; bird resting at rehabilitation center

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/27/15

GRANTS PASS, Oregon — Wildlife rehabilitation workers say a great horned owl that was tangled in fishing line is resting after being rescued by Oregon firefighters.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports ( ) that a resident in Shady Cove saw the adult male owl flapping its wings erratically while high up a tree on Sunday.

Jackson County Fire District No. 4 Captain Rick Mendenhall says the owl was “stuck big time.”

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Idaho Power first to count fish with only drones

Brian Holmes, KTVB November 25, 2015

RIGGINS, Idaho — Sixty years ago Idaho Power put dams on the Snake River. Since the 60’s fish hatcheries have helped reduce the impact of those dams on the native populations of Chinook Salmon and steelhead. But it’s only been for the past 25 years that the utility company has kept track of the spawning native population.

… Since 1991 the utility company that pulls power from the Snake River has made it a priority to keep track of the fish population that comes home to spawn in these waters.

Over those years this has been Phil Groves’ job.

“I would sit in a helicopter with the door off, and we’d fly about 250-300 feet over water and we’d fly about 35 miles an hour, and I would just count redds as we fly up and down the river,” said Groves, an Idaho Power fish biologist.

A redd is a nest made by an aging female salmon. And it’s actually not red. “In this river it’s a light-colored patch on a dark-colored river background,” said Groves.

For the first time in 25 years Phil finds himself at the controls of a drone instead of hanging out the side of a helicopter in Hells Canyon, where the winds can whip up at a moment’s notice.

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Strong salmon returns up the Columbia River; efforts to improve fish passage credited

By GEORGE PLAVEN – East Oregonian Published: 11/29/15

PENDLETON, Oregon — The Columbia Basin’s 2015 salmon season is the second-strongest year since the federal dams were built nearly 80 years ago.

A record number of fall chinook salmon returned up the Columbia River past McNary Dam in 2015, continuing on to spawning grounds at Hanford Reach, the Snake River and Yakima Basin.

More than 456,000 of the fish were counted at McNary Dam, breaking the facility’s previous record of 454,991 set in 2013. An estimated 200,000 fall chinook made it back to Hanford Reach, the most since hydroelectric dams were first built on the Columbia nearly 80 years ago.


Fun Critter Stuff:


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Wild Turkey Waltz


Fish & Game News:

Fish and game officials approve new fishing rules for coming years

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/28/15

POCATELLO, Idaho — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission have approved that state’s fishing rules for the next three seasons.

The Idaho State Journal reports ( ) that the new rules go into effect on Jan. 1.

Included in the rules is a new statewide possession limit. It will be three times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season. Currently, the possession limit is equal to the bag limit.

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Figh and Game News Releases


Now online!

Tips and Advice:

Thanksgiving food to keep away from pets

Some tranditional Thanksgiving fare dangerous for pets

Local News 8 –  Nov 25, 2015

While you’re passing around the turkey and mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, make sure to keep an eye on Fido and his friends. Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian in Calabash, North Carolina, tells the Wall Street Journal people don’t realize some human foods, even in small amounts, are risky for pets.

… According to WGN, Evans say pet owners should keep the following foods away from their furry friends:

Ham: Pork products can result in vomiting, diarrhea and even pancreatitis, which causes other digestive problems.

Stuffing: Onions and garlic are extremely toxic to dogs and cats, according to Evans. Since these items are included in most stuffing recipes, you should avoid giving any amount to pets.

Mashed potatoes: If it’s made with onion powder or garlic, don’t give it to you pet. Many animals are also lactose intolerance so the milk and butter in mashed potatoes can cause diarrhea.

Turkey bones: Aside from a choking risk, turkey bones can splinter and cause damage to the stomach and intestines. Evans also said bones can give our furry friends severe indigestion.

Salads with grapes or raisins: Grapes are potentially deadly, so keep waldorf salad and ambrosia away from dogs and cats.

Anything chocolate: This may seem like a no-brainer for experienced pet owners. But you may want to remind guests not to give animals a taste of chocolate desserts.

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Roosevelt establishes Thanksgiving date

October 31st marks two occasions now: Halloween, most obviously, and also the date after which Christmas sales can begin. Christmas has creeped up to almost four weeks before Thanksgiving, but during President Franklin Roosevelt’s time retailers still considered it bad form to mention Christmas, traditionally the biggest shopping holiday of the year, before Thanksgiving. During the depression, this was a problem: Thanksgiving, falling on the last Thursday of the year, gave shoppers only 20 days to finish their gift buying. FDR though – naively – that he could move the holiday a week up, and nobody would mind. They did.

On this day, November 26, in 1941, after FDR’s announcement of Thanksgiving’s move to the third Thursday of the month met with outcry in the streets and in public, Roosevelt relented, moving the holiday back and officially enshrining in law its celebration on the last Thursday of the month.

Thanksgiving arose from a tradition of harvest-season lectures started by American settlers – the most famous of which took place in Plymouth, as governor William Bradford invited local Indians to share in the feast. President Washington declared every November 26 to be Thanksgiving, and President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the holiday fall on the last Thursday of every [year] – a tradition adhered to, save for one blip during Roosevelt’s third term – thereafter.
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The Pilgrims – American Experience




[hat tip to SMc]

Thanks for sharing news and photos for the YPTimes.

Idaho History November 30, 2015

Riggins Caravan

19240707RigginsCaravanphoto 1924 July 07 Riggins Caravan

Idaho Editorial Association caravan, July 7, 1924.

Searchable date 1924-07-11

Photo by Edward F. Rhodenbaugh. A group of people pose next to the Nampa-Caldwell tour bus on Main street in Riggins Idaho. Rhodenbaugh was paid to photograph the Idaho Editorial Association on a trip from McCall to Moscow on the North-South highway – a stretch of road that connected northern and southern Idaho, which had been completed only a few years earlier. Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives


[hat tip to SMc]

page updated Nov 10, 2018

Idaho History November 29, 2015

Arrowrock Dam: A Century of Service 1915-2015

For a century, Arrowrock Dam has been a key driver for development and growth in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, providing residents with irrigation, flood control, recreation and benefits to fish and wildlife.

[hat tip to BF]
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Arrowrock Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Boise River, in the U.S. state of Idaho. It opened in 1915 and is located on the border between Boise County and Elmore County, upstream of the Lucky Peak Dam and reservoir. The spillway elevation for Arrowrock is 3,219 feet (981 m) above sea level and its primary purpose is to provide irrigation water for agriculture. The dam was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2016.

continued: Wikipedia
page updated July 17, 2021

Weather Reports Nov 22-28

Nov 22 Weather:

At 930am it was 9 degrees and clear, heavy frost, estimate 2″ old snow on the ground. Mostly sunny all day, a little bit of melting. At 450pm it was 25 degrees and some high haze. Hazy moon rise just before 530pm (thin clouds.) At midnight it was 19 degrees and hazy thin clouds.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 23, 2015 at 09:30AM
Mostly clear, high wispy clouds, light breeze
Max temperature 42 degrees F
Min temperature 9 degrees F
At observation 15 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 1.5 inch
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Nov 23 Weather:

At 930am it was 15 degrees, mostly clear (some mare’s tails) and light breeze. Increasing clouds, by 1230pm it was overcast (thin and filtered sun.) Clearing mid-afternoon. At 3pm it was 42 degrees and mostly clear. At 5pm it was 30 degrees and partly cloudy. Probably started misting around 8am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 24, 2015 at 09:30AM
Overcast, light mist
Max temperature 47 degrees F
Min temperature 15 degrees F
At observation 34 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 1.5 inch
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Nov 24 Weather:

At 930am it was 34 degrees, overcast and very light misty rain falling. At noon it was 39 degrees and not raining. Misting a little at 130pm. Dripping at 230pm. Not raining at 330pm. Sucker hole to the east at 4pm. At 450pm it was 35 degrees and cloudy. At 530pm it was 34 degrees and broken clouds to the south. Snowing before midnight (about 1/2″ accumulation.) Still snowing a little at 1am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 25, 2015 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 41 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 29 degrees F
Precipitation 0.19 inch
Snowfall 2.0 inch
Snow depth 2.5 inch
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Nov 25 Weather:

At 930am it was 29 degrees and mostly cloudy, thin spots in the clouds. A little sun breaking thru after 1030am, gusty breezes knocking some snow out of the trees. Partly cloudy by 1130am. Sunshine at 1230pm (partly cloudy.) Just before 2pm the wind kicked up and dumped more snow out of the trees, more clouds and filtered sun. Gray and gusty winds just before 330pm. Partly clear and fairly calm at 4pm. At 430pm it was 29 degrees, mostly clear and gusty cold breezes. Hazy fat moon at 8pm. Wind ringing the chimes once in a while into the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 26, 2015 at 09:30AM
Clear, cold light breeze
Max temperature 33 degrees F
Min temperature 3 degrees F
At observation 4 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 2 inch
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Nov 26 Weather:

At 930am it was 4 degrees, clear sky, slight COLD breeze. Sunny but cold all day. At 5pm it was 19 degrees and clear. At 1020pm it was 9 degrees and clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 27, 2015 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 33 degrees F
Min temperature -2 degrees F
At observation -1 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 2 inch (est)
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Nov 27 Weather:

At 930am it was -1 degrees and clear. Sunny but cold day. At 3pm it was 25 degrees and clear. At 440pm it was 17 degrees and clear. At 530pm it was 13 degreess. At 1030pm it was 4 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 28, 2015 at 09:30AM
Clear, slight breeze
Max temperature 28 degrees F
Min temperature -1 degrees F
At observation 0 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 2 inch
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Nov 28 Weather:

At 930am it was ZERO degrees, clear and a slight (very noticible) breeze. Sunny and cold all day. At 5pm it was 17 degrees. At 530pm it was down to 15 degrees. At 1050pm it was 7 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 29, 2015 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 29 degrees F
Min temperature 0 degrees F
At observation 3 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 2 inch (est.)

Road Report Nov 25

Wednesday (Nov 25) – Mail truck driver (Robert) said Warm Lake Highway had been plowed, but there was a couple inches of new snow on the road over Big Creek Summit that fell after plowing. South Fork/EFSF had not been plowed, several inches of new snow in the upper parts.

Also a report that the little plow went up Johnson Creek from this end on Tuesday Nov 24th.

Thanksgiving Holiday Forecast

Click for the latest Yellow Pine Forecast

Wednesday Night
A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 15. East northeast wind around 8 mph.

Thanksgiving Day
Sunny, with a high near 22. East northeast wind around 7 mph. Thursday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 7.

Sunny, with a high near 25.

Forecast updated 10am Nov 24
(map below updated at 4pm)

Haz Weather:

email from
Valerie Mills
Meteorologist NWS Boise Idaho

We want to give you a heads up on winter weather expected later this week.

We have issued a Winter Storm Watch for portions of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon – mostly south of Snake River. Our concerns are mostly across the southern part of the area – especially the closer you get to the Nevada border.

Attached below is a graphic showing the expected snowfall accumulations for the Wednesday morning through Thursday mid-day time period along with a link to the Watch product.

One of the big concerns will be that as the low drops into Nevada, brisk northerly winds will develop across the watch area bringing the potential for blowing snow, in addition to the snow itself.


Here is the latest Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch

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Road Report Nov 22

Sunday (Nov 22) we traveled in sunshine from Big Creek to Donnelly: the trip was very pleasant.

Big Creek to EFSF. Road has barely enough snow to snowmobile from Edwardsburg to Jacob Ladder Flats. Solid snow floor from Jacob Ladder Flat to the EFSF. Traveling over Profile would be a serious challenge for wheeled vehicles.

From the mouth of Profile Creek to Yellow Pine it is icy & very slippery.

From Yellow Pine to South Fork Road: mostly rock free & thin snow floor.

South Fork Road – From EFSF to Reed Ranch mostly bare with snow/ice patches. From Reed Ranch to Warm Lake mostly snow floor with some bare spots.

Warm Lake to Cascade – Well plowed snow floor.

– C&L

Nov 22, 2015 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 22, 2015 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: The Yellow Pine Times has a website now. I’m posting more of the newsletter there each week. This should solve the problem of some email providers blocking the YPTimes as spam. – rrSue

The news will be posted here:

Yellow Pine Weather Reports:

Now online!

YP Links and other Links now posted under the “Local” tab:

Road Reports are now posted as they come in, so you can check this link any time for the latest road report:

(scroll down for older reports)

Local Observations:

Monday (Nov 16) report that the transfer station is FULL.

Tuesday (Nov 17) night, rain and wind.

Wednesday (Nov 18) cold and frozen rain, very slick! Boot cleats recommended, roads SLICK. Reports of elk hanging around the village.

Thursday (Nov 19) snowed during the night then snowed all day until dark.

Friday (Nov 20) clear and cold morning, got above freezing. Temps dropping by dark and cold.

Saturday (Nov 21) morning low of ZERO degrees! Mostly sunny day, but cold. White truck driving x-country on the golf course around 2pm. Clear and cold after dark, bright waxing moon.

Sunday (Nov 22) another cold and clear morning, about 2″ of snow still on the ground. Sunny day but still pretty chilly. Quiet afternoon.

VYPA Officers:

Buddy Bowman – Chairperson
Steve Holloway – Vice Chairperson
Lorinne Munn – Secretary
Ann Forster – Treasurer
Rick Eardly – Member at Large

If you have questions, ideas to share, or want to use the Community Hall please contact the VYPA Chairperson.

Community Calendar and Announcements now posted here:

Real Estate now posted here (updated Nov 22nd with new listing):


Harold Davis

Harold Davis, 91, passed peacefully away on Nov. 11, 2015, in McCall.

He was born at Bear Basin on Sept. 15, 1924 to William and Maude Davis, homesteaders of Valley County and true mountaineers. Harold wasn’t even a week old when his mother wrapped him up and departed for their hunting camp in the back country.

He followed in his parents’ footsteps and from that moment on, there was barely a day of Harold’s life that wasn’t spent enjoying the outdoors.

Over the course of his life, Harold had many occupations. He was a rancher, a log cutter for Brown Lumber and J.I. Morgan, a trapper, an avid fisherman and hunter, a gatherer of huckleberries. He played the guitar and sang many a song and loved old westerns and Gene Autry.

Harold was also the overseer of the Valley County landfill for almost 20 years where he made many friends. He married his wife Eula (Mike) on Oct. 1, 1948, and they were married for 61 years before her passing in 2009.

Harold was preceded in death by his father and mother, his wife, and a brother, Melvin. He is survived by his son Bill Davis of McCall, daughter YaVonna (Bruce) Baxter of McCall, and daughter Nancy (Greg) Smith of Eagle. His granddaughters, Mandy Bonilla (Juan), Niki Baxter, Sara Davis, Ali Sager, and Janelle Smith. His grandsons, Josh Davis (Misty), Seth Davis (Jennie), Nathan Davis, and Paul Smith. His great-grandchildren, Jacquelyn (Chris) Narvaiz, Andrew Bonilla, Vivienne, Collette, and Tristan Adams, Samantha Davis, and great-great-grandchildren Alex and Michael Narvaiz and Kinzlee Raines.

Harold was a gentle soul who fiercely loved his family. He was always quick with a smile and a story which endeared him to everyone he met and he will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Nov. 28, 2015 at Mountain Life Church, 14180 Highway 55, at 1 p.m. in the afternoon and officiated by Rev. Thomas Penry. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you bring a side for the meat-provided potluck, as Harold always enjoyed a good potluck. Services under the direction of the Heikkila Funeral Chapel

Published in the Star-News November 19, 2015

Idaho News:

West Central Mountains Economic Development Plan

Voted one of the top 50 communities in the U.S. in the America’s Best Communities Competition,  we are ready to take the next steps. The West Central Mountains Economic Development Plan provides a straightforward vision for social and economic prosperity for the region including the areas of McCall, Donnelly, Cascade and Meadows Valley, as well as in unincorporated areas of Valley County.

It identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the region’s economy, and develops long-term strategies for leveraging these strengths. The Plan will also develop shortterm projects or programs that will harness local resources to achieve the long-term vision. The process will engage the community, Steering Committee and elected officials to ensure the plan is meaningful, implementable, and representative of the region’s collective values.


[hat tip to SMc]
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Midas Gold camp at Stibnite

3:31 video

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Winds of mass destruction

Weather damages structures, closes roads, downs trees, cuts power

November 18, 2015 BRIAN WALKER CdA Press

Crushing winds rocked North Idaho on Tuesday, causing flying debris, numerous downed trees and fences and leaving much of the region in a blackout without power into the night.

“There’s downed power lines and trees across roads throughout Kootenai County,” Jim Lyon, spokesman for the Northern Lakes Fire Protection District, said shortly before 5 p.m. “We’re getting really stacked up and just can’t keep up with responding.”

Emergency agencies advised residents to stay inside and away from exterior walls or windows.

Meteorologist Randy Mann said winds in Kootenai County reached as high as 63 mph as of early evening. Gusts reached 71 mph at Spokane International Airport, a record for a non-thunderstorm event.

“Category 1 hurricanes are 74 mph with sustained winds,” Mann said. “We’ve reached gusts that are near hurricane strength. This time of year we can get strong winds when there’s a battle between cold and warm. This is a battle for supremacy.”

continued w/photos:

Idaho History:

Weekly History now posted here (2 this week)

Forest / BLM News:

Western weed summit takes aim at invasive plants overrunning sagebrush ecosystems

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 11/19/15

BOISE, Idaho — Experts say finding a way to stop fire-prone cheatgrass and other invasive species is unavoidable if sagebrush ecosystems in the West are to remain viable for native plants and animals.

More than 200 federal and state land managers and scientists trying to figure out how to do that took part in the three-day 2015 Western Invasive Weed Summit that wrapped up Thursday in Boise.

Interior Department Assistant Secretary Janice Schneider says a key to any success will be state and federal agencies as well as other entities finding ways to work collaboratively.


Critter News:

Wolves kill fewer livestock in Idaho this year, but Cascade area defies trend

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 11/19/15

BOISE, Idaho — Although wolves killed fewer livestock overall in Idaho this year, the Cascade area defied the trend.

The Capital Press reports ( ) that Idaho Wildlife Services investigated 91 wolf livestock killings during fiscal year 2015, down from 107 the year before and 129 in 2013.

But Wildlife Services Director Todd Grimm says the Cascade area was an exception to the trend. He says the wolves there killed nine cattle this summer, including seven owned by rancher Phil Davis. They didn’t bother to feed on the carcasses of Davis’ cattle.

Grimm plans to use a helicopter to put radio collars on the wolves there as soon as there’s a blue sky and snow, allowing them to track foot prints.

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Idaho wolf trapper courses set for Friday, Saturday

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 16, 2015

Wolf trapper certification classes are being offered by the Idaho Fish and Game Department in the Panhandle Region on Friday and Saturday.

Certification is required before a person can purchase wolf trapping tags. The course includes 6.5 hours of instruction including both classroom and field experience followed by a written exam.

Courses are offered periodically throughout the year, but most are offered in the fall and early winter when people are preparing to spend more time in the field.  This also coincides with the time of the year when wolf hides are prime and have the most value.

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Environmental groups file lawsuits seeking information on Idaho wolf-killing derby

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 11/17/15

BOISE, Idaho — Environmental groups filed lawsuits Tuesday in Idaho and Washington, D.C., seeking to force federal officials to reveal reasons behind allowing a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in parts of Idaho.

The lawsuits contend the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is violating the Freedom of Information Act by withholding records sought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project.

Steve Alder of Idaho for Wildlife said the group isn’t holding its Predator Hunting Contest this winter because hunters were unable to kill any wolves the previous two winters.

“We don’t care about lawsuits, but we failed miserably at harvesting a wolf,” Alder said. “There’s no point getting sponsorships and doing this and that and not being able to get a wolf.”

The group overcame lawsuits to hold the events on private land and U.S. Forest Service land the past two winters.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of November 2015
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The Tip of the Iceberg


In 1978 Eric and Sue Koens purchased a former dairy farm and moved from southern to northern Wisconsin. In 1980 they began raising registered Polled Hereford cattle on their 400 acre farm and have been seed stock producers for the past 35 years. Their herd is comprised of about 50 Hereford brood cows that are pastured in fields adjacent to their home and buildings. When I visited the Koens in July, Eric said that he has 16 bred heifers that will calve next February. He explained that he prefers the cows to calve in February rather than in late March or April because the early spring weather is typically very wet which adversely affects the calves. Calving occurs in individual sheltered pens and the cow and her new calf remain in the pen about two days. Once the calf is dried off and has nursed, the cow and calf are turned outside.

Eric and his neighbors have experienced verified wolf threats and depredations but he is quick to point out that depredation is only the tip of the iceberg regarding wolf damage. He has had cattle infected by a disease called Neosporosis. The disease is not contagious within the herd; cows are infected by ingesting oocysts present in canine feces that are deposited in feed and water sources. The disease causes cattle to abort the fetus which is very costly to the producer. Eric believes that all canines, dogs included, must be kept out of cattle pastures and other areas where cattle are present. In particular, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture recommends that canines must not come in contact with cows and heifers at calving time. The WDA also recommends that cattle producers and dairy farmers work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan to reduce the density of wild canines that are in the immediate area of their herds. As will be seen later in this article, reducing the density of wild canines (primarily wolves since coyotes are not protected) is currently a challenge due to the relisting of wolves in the Midwest and in Wyoming.

Eric shared information concerning two other cattle operations in the state. In 2013 verified wolf damage on a farm in central Wisconsin resulted in cattle stampeding into a cranberry marsh. The cranberry owner is attempting to collect $50,000 from the cattle owner for damages. In 2014 a cattle producer in northern Wisconsin experienced weight loss in 160 steers due to wolf caused stress. …

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Wildlife workers free hungry bear’s head from milk can

By Associated Press Published: Nov 17, 2015

THURMONT, Md. (AP) – In an episode reminiscent of “Winnie the Pooh,” Maryland state wildlife workers used an electric hand saw to remove a milk can that was stuck on the head of a bear.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Karis King says the wildlife response team was called early Monday to a rural location near Thurmont to rescue an adult male black bear with his head stuck inside a metal milk can.

King says the bear was calm, but the workers tranquilized him for safety reasons before carefully removing the can. She says the animal regained consciousness, lifted his head and walked into the nearby woods.

King says the bear weighed 175 to 200 pounds.

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Conservation officer frees buck and video goes viral

By Roger Phillips, IDFG public information specialist November 16, 2015

It wasn’t an average day at the office for Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer John McLain when he encountered a white-tailed buck tangled in baling twine, but his average days don’t go viral on the Internet, either.

In August, McLain received a call about an entangled buck near Orofino, and he went to investigate it. Finding the buck, he turned on his body-mounted camera and thought, “this might be a video of me getting my butt kicked, or it might turn out alright.”

Fortunately, it was the latter, although not without some drama that he captured on video. Upon seeing McLain, the buck panicked, but the twine had wrapped around its front leg and prevented it from fleeing. The buck quickly exhausted itself, and that’s when McLain went to work carefully cutting the twine from its leg and antlers.



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Idaho deer tags nearly sold out

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 18, 2015

With whitetail hunting in full swing and reports of good hunting, nonresidents or Idaho hunters interested in a second tag may want to buy sooner rather than later.

Only about 1,300 white-tailed deer tags remained in the nonresident quota today, and all nonresident general deer tags have already been sold.

In recent years, nonresident hunters have had the option of waiting until the last minute to buy tags before their hunts, says Roger Phillips, Idaho Fish and Game Department spokesman. “Many nonresident hunters, especially in North Idaho, hunt during the Thanksgiving holiday, but with brisk sales, it’s possible the remaining quota may already be sold by then,” he said.

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Chronic wasting disease detected in deer near Yellowstone

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 20, 2015

A buck white-tailed deer killed Nov. 1 in a hunting area about 25 miles east of Yellowstone National Park has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The case of fatal neurological disease that infects elk, deer and moose hadn’t previously been discovered close to the park.

During a July conference about another disease, the park’s chief of wildlife P.J. White said chronic wasting disease might already be in the park even though it hasn’t been detected.

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Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
November 20, 2015
Issue No. 772

Table of Contents:

* A Northern Pike Caught In John Day Reservoir: For Salmon, Canary In The Coal Mine?

* 2015: Huge Fall Chinook Return, Below Average Steelhead Run, Coho Only 28 Percent Of Average

* Study Offers Details On Lamprey Migration; Based On Environmental Cues, Less On Seasonal Timing

* As Climate Warms, Columbia Basin Salmonids Will Seek ‘Thermal Edge’ To Avoid Extinction

* Senate Energy/Natural Resources Panel Resumes Review Of Proposed Yakima Basin Water Plan

* FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon For Food; ‘rDNA’ Makes The Fish Grow Faster

* Study Links Ocean Warming To Sudden Onset Of Low Oxygen Marine Dead Zones

* Report Synthesizes Relevant Research On Climate Change And Future Of Puget Sound

* Grand Opening Set For Grant PUD’s New Visitor Center, ‘The Power Of The Columbia River’

* Study Indicates Fish Health May Be Affected By Pharmaceuticals In Treated Wastewater
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Leavenworth Hatchery workers avert near disaster to salmon crop

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 20, 2015

Leavenworth [Washington] National Fish Hatchery employees worked all night Tuesday and Wednesday to save 1.2 million fingerling salmon from debris-choked flood waters that swept down Icicle Creek.

“The last flood this bad was 2005,” said Travis Collier, Assistant Hatchery Manager. Nearly two and a half inches of rain fell, melting recently fallen snow to swell the river flows above 11,000 cubic feet.

The hatchery faced two primary problems: the volume of water, and the debris it carried, officials said.

Flood diversion channel was overwhelmed with water and water in the natural channel swelled to dangerous levels.


Fun Critter Stuff:

Snow Business – Simon’s Cat


Fish & Game News:

December First Thursday and Big Game Scoring Day

Nov 16, 2015

IDFG will host a “First Thursday” at the McCall office on December 3 from 4-7 pm.  This one is a little different, as we will also be offering big game scoring at this event.  As usual, staff will be on hand throughout the evening to discuss issues or ideas, or answer questions about wildlife or hunting.  We will have a presentation on the recent drawing odds survey at 5 pm.  A Boone and Crockett scorer will be on hand to measure big game skulls and antlers.  We hope to see you there!


Regan Berkley
Regional Wildlife Manager
McCall Regional Office
555 Deinhard Ln.
McCall, ID 83638
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Idaho Fish and Game News Releases


Now online! (updated almost daily)

Thanks for sharing news and photos for the YPTimes.

Idaho History November 22, 2015

Mapping Idaho

Surveyor General Cartee began mapping Idaho Territory in 1867

By Arthur Hart November 21, 2015 Special to the Statesman

Lafayette Cartee was appointed surveyor general of the Idaho Territory on Aug. 13, 1866, and arrived in Boise that November. He had been in the surveying business in Oregon since at least 1850.

Before he and his associates, Allen M. Thompson and brother-in-law Peter Bell, could start their hundreds of miles of surveying, a starting point had to be chosen. Cartee’s instructions from the commissioner of the General Land Office read, “After having obtained the necessary information from reliable sources and from your personal observation you will establish Initial Point of Surveys therein, either on a conspicuous mountain or at a confluence of streams which point will be the intersection of the Principal Meridian with the Base Line governing those surveys. You will commemorate the initial point by a conspicuous and enduring monument, signalizing the spot with appropriate inscription thereon.”

The nearest “conspicuous confluence of streams” was at the mouth of the Boise River — a location unsuitable for Cartee’s purpose because during every spring flood season, the Snake and Boise rivers rearranged the area where they met. Instead he chose a small, solitary volcanic butte about 20 miles southwest of Boise and 5 miles north of the Snake River. The place is not impressive, but it is a conspicuous landmark on the flat sagebrush plain. (As you drive south toward Kuna on Meridian Road, it stands out before you in the distance. Because of its geographical significance, you may find it is worth a visit.)

Statesman Editor James Reynolds and Cartee became friends, even though Cartee was a Democrat and Reynolds a radical Republican. Reynolds became much interested in the survey process and reported on it regularly. On Dec. 3, 1868, he wrote, “Happening into the surveyor general’s office yesterday we noticed a few of the township maps being made by Mr. William P. Thompson, draftsman in that institution. They are perfect specimens of workmanship, their uniformity and legibility rarely being equaled. Mr. Thompson’s skill is the result of many years laborious practice.”

Thomas Donaldson, in his reminiscence “Idaho of Yesterday,” remembered this: “W.P. Thompson, an Englishman by birth and a queer old genius, was draftsman in the office of L.F. Cartee, surveyor general of the territory. Mr. Thompson had resided for many years on the coast. … I recall that he imported a particular brand of Scotch whisky into Idaho and brewed warm potions that sent our local connoisseurs into dreamland. In the fall of 1869, Thompson blossomed out as a financier, and his ingenuity deserves mention. We had no coin in the territory smaller than two bits, a quarter dollar. Thompson sent one hundred dollars to a friend in San Francisco — the ‘Bay’ as we called it — and requested 1,000 ten-cent pieces. When they arrived, Mr. Thompson distributed them at the rate of two for a quarter — that is bit pieces. He consequently made $20 without the slightest difficulty. Loud and lasting were the curses of merchants against the unknown who had done the trick!”

Produce from Lafayette Cartee’s vegetable garden was shared with his friends. George Ainsley, editor of the Idaho World, wrote of him in August 1870, after receiving by stagecoach a large box of vegetables: “The General is as successful as a horticulturist as he is in the use of (surveying equipment); at least we should judge so from the size and quality of the esculent ‘yarbs’ raised in his garden. Thanks General for such favors.”

Two weeks later Ainsley received from Cartee a box of “the largest and finest tomatoes we have ever seen in this territory.”

In the heat of summer in 1871, Lafayette Cartee and his family joined those of banker C.W. Moore and Thomas Donaldson “for a short stay in the mountains and to luxuriate on game and trout.”

In November 1871, it was back to work for the surveyor general. The Statesman noted, “Parties just in from Idaho City report that the last seen of Gen. Cartee and A. Thompson they had joined the gum-boot brigade and were striking out down the bed of More’s Creek, with tremendous strides, accompanied by a couple of assistants and a chain.”

link to file: IdHistory Mapping Idaho Territory in 1867.doc
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Slide Show Idaho Territory

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Mapping Mount Borah

This album (10 1/2 in. x 13 1/2 in.) of black and white photographs was created by Lyman Marden, official photographer of the United States Geological Survey expedition that explored and mapped Mount Borah in 1934. All photographs have captions. Also included is 1 loose photograph and 1 Christmas greeting card. The album was presented to Lee Morrison, the chief of the party. Individuals identified include: Lee Morrison, Mrs. Morrison, Lew Costello, Mrs. Costello, Lyman Marden, and F.F. Hayford, Geographical sites include: Mount Borah, Leatherman Peak, Poison Springs, Thousand Springs Valley, Mackay Reservoir, Dudley Peak, Pahsimeroi Valley, Burnt Creek Lake, Goat Heaven, and Wet Creek.

link to: Idaho State Historical Society Mapping Mount Borah collection
[h/t SMc]
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Origins of the Name “Idaho” and How Idaho Became a Territory in 1863

Merle W. Wells

One of the most intriguing mysteries of ldaho history is the origin and meaning of the name “Idaho.” The name is generally assumed to be an adaptation of an Indian word from one of the northwest tongues signifying either gem of the mountains” or “sunrise.” Studies by competent linguists reveal, however, that “Idaho” is one of many Indian “words” supplied by the white man. Research shows that “Idaho” was first considered as the name for ‘he growing Pike’s Peak mining area but that “Colorado” was finally chosen by Congress. It is not definitely known how “Idaho” originated or how it reached the northwest, but it eventually replaced “Montana” for the new mining territory in the Pacific North-west when the Idaho bill was passed by Congress on March 3, 1863.

Professor Wells ably discusses “Idaho’s” interesting background and lays to rest some of the legends surrounding it.

… The creation of territories began in America following the achievement of national independence. The creation of a territory is the first step in the state-making process and is accomplished by an act of Congress. The organization of Idaho Territory followed much of the established general pattern but it differed considerably from the usual procedure of following natural boundaries or the continuation of already established lines. Idaho’s northern, southern and southwestern boundaries were previously defined but the steps taken in forming the northwestern and eastern boundaries were complex and interesting.

In the companion article to “Origins of the Name ‘Idaho”‘ Professor Wells relates the step-by-step procedure that eventuated in the establishment of the Territory of Idaho.

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Here We Have Idaho


You’ve heard of the wonders our land does possess,
Its beautiful valleys and hills.
The majestic forests where nature abounds,
We love every nook and rill


And here we have Idaho,
Winning her way to fame.
Silver and gold in the sunlight blaze,
And romance lies in her name.
Singing, we’re singing of you,
Ah, proudly too. All our lives thru,
We’ll go singing, singing of you,
Singing of Idaho.

There’s truly one state in this great land of ours,
Where ideals can be realized.
The pioneers made it so for you and me,
A legacy we’ll always prize.

And here we have Idaho,
Winning her way to fame.
Silver and gold in the sunlight blaze,
And romance lies in her name.
Singing, we’re singing of you,
Ah, proudly too. All our lives thru,
We’ll go singing, singing of you,
Singing of Idaho.

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How Idaho Got Many Of Its Place Names

By Frankie Barnhill May 24, 2017

If you’re new to Idaho, you may wonder how some Gem State places got their names. Thankfully, historian and Idaho Statesman columnist Arthur Hart has you covered.

In a recent column, Hart went over the origins of a number of county names:

“From French we have Nez Perce (pierced nose), Teton (woman’s breast) and Boise (wooded), because most of the early fur trappers in Idaho were from French-speaking eastern Canada. From Spanish we once had a giant county called Alturas (mountain heights), which was broken up into parts of several new counties.” — Arthur Hart in the Statesman

Of course, one look at the Idaho Press Club’s pronunciation guide will teach any newcomers to ignore the original French or Spanish pronunciations for most Idaho places. (Dubois = DOO-boyss, Jacques = JACKS, etc.)

Hart points out although Nez Perce, Shoshone, Blackfoot and other counties were named for Idaho Indian tribes — Oneida County was actually named after “a tribe centered in New York that was part of the powerful Iroquois Confederacy.”

Mormon county names are also of note, as Hart describes: “The name Lemhi is derived from King Limhi in the Book of Mormon. Franklin County, created in 1913, is named for Mormon apostle Franklin D. Richards — the only one of 24 Franklin counties in the United States not named for Benjamin Franklin.”

And — like many other states, American presidents are a common place name (remember learning your presidents in order during grade school? Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, etc.). There’s even one failed presidential hopeful in the mix: James G. Blaine ran for president and lost to Grover Cleveland.

But of course, the name “Idaho” itself famously has a murky history and origin story.

source: Boise State Public Radio

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