Nov 15, 2015 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 15, 2015 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: Something new for YPTimes subscribers. We are transitioning to a webpage format. This should help with the “spam” problem, as many email providers don’t like all the links in the e-newsletter. Certain sections of the newsletter are already online, like road reports, weather reports, recipes and real estate. (See links below.) – rrS

Yellow Pine Weather Reports:

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Road Reports:

Now online! Updated every Wednesday or more often as folks share reports.

Local Observations:

Monday – rain most of the day, snow after dark and half the night.

Tuesday (Nov 10) nearly 4″ of new snow, power lines and clothes lines bowed from the weight. Power off and back on at 1122am, then again at 1133am.

Friday (Nov 13) report that the Nez Perce pulled their fish traps out of Johnson Creek for the season.

Sunday (Nov 15) most of the snow has melted, about 1/2″ of patchy snow on the ground (none under the trees).

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.

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Real Estate:

New Real Estate Page here!

Idaho News:

Truck totaled after rock tumbled down mountain on Hwy 55

KBOI Nov 14, 2015

BOISE COUNTY, Idaho (KBOI) — KBOI 2News has learned that a rock came off a mountain, caused a wreck and delayed traffic on Highway 55 Saturday morning.

Jerica Denniston was the first car stopped after a rock came tumbling down the mountain near milepost 74. She told a KBOI 2News employee that the rock “took out a truck” damaging and ultimately totaling the vehicle.

Traffic was stopped for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Boise County dispatch says they had an officer on scene. Traffic was delayed, but they say the roads are cleared now. No word yet on any injuries, however, Denniston says the driver was seen leaving in an ambulance.

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Emotions flare at state auction of Payette Lake cabin sites

By Betsy Z. Russell The Spokesman-Review Nov 13, 2015

As the Idaho Department of Lands auctioned off 20 state-owned lake cabin sites on Payette Lake today, the auction was marred by a clash between a cabin owner and a competing bidder. “There was a lessee who was upset that someone had bid against him,” said Sharla Arledge, department spokeswoman. “The lessee did win the bid, but afterward, he confronted the person who bid against him and tried to exchange words with him. And that person was unresponsive, and the incident was over.”

“In all honesty, it was just a moment,” she said; it came during a break midway through the auction. “There was an announcement that was made shortly after that, announcing that intimidation and collusion was not allowed and was not acceptable, and just asking people to be professional.” And the auction proceeded without further incident, she said.

The cabin site in question went for $31,000 over the appraised price of $60,000, as a result of the competitive bidding. Four other lots also drew competitive bidding, but only one of those was currently leased; that site went to a bidder who wasn’t the current lessee, for $11,000 over the appraised price. Lessees have built and owned their cabins on the lots and paid rent to the state for the ground underneath; that’s led to years of lawsuits and disputes over how to charge fair-market rent in that situation. Now, the state is moving to get out of the cabin site renting business, auctioning off the sites in favor of higher-paying investments for the state endowment.

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Couple in Adams County car-bull crash healing from serious injuries

BY BILL DENTZER Idaho Statesman Nov 12, 2015

Doris Garner has no memory of the vehicle hitting the bull, much less anything that came after, when a terrible collision took its far more tragic turn.

Garner and her husband, Jack, were driving home to Nampa from a family visit in LaCrosse, Wash., near dusk on Nov. 1 when their Subaru collided with a bull on U.S. 95 in Adams County. Both suffered serious injuries. Doris faces two to three weeks more in the hospital, her sister, Shannon Ellis, said Thursday. Jack is home.

“He just said they came around the corner and there was the biggest black cow. ‘I didn’t have time to do anything,’ ” Ellis said Jack told her. “He says he remembers everything going black when it hit up into the windshield.”

What happened after the crash is under investigation and no official details have been released.

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Brass star to commemorate Butch Cassidy’s Idaho robbery

KTVB November 11, 2015

MONTPELIER, Idaho – On August 13, 1896, notorious Old West outlaw Butch Cassidy and two members of his Wild Bunch gang robbed the Bank of Montpelier in eastern Idaho. The gang made off with thousands and dollars in bank notes, as well as gold and silver. It was said to be the gang’s first bank robbery.

While the amount stolen was nowhere close to the some of the Wild Bunch’s big-money train heists in the years to come, it created a legend that lives on today in Montpelier.

The bank, now a museum, still stands. And now, to commemorate that fateful day 120 years ago, the museum has commissioned a large brass star, which will be installed – much like the Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars – in the sidewalk in front of the bank.

The 300 pound star was poured at Star Foundry and Machine in Salt Lake City. It features the date the bank was robbed, the names of the sheriff and chief deputy, as well as the names of the robbers – Butch Cassidy, Bob Meeks, and Elzy Lay.

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Costs mounting for Soldier Mountain’s new owners

Shannon Camp, KTVB November 13, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Idaho — If Matt McFerran has his way, the chairlifts at Soldier Mountain Ski Area will be up and running before the New Year. But right now, the ski area’s new owner is pulling 16-hour days working through what has become a mountain of paperwork.

When Soldier Mountain was put up for sale last month for a mere $149,000, some called it the deal of a lifetime.

“The purchase price definitely got the world dreaming,” said McFerran who purchased the mountain with his wife, Diane.

The McFerrans of Bend, Oregon beat out hundreds of applicants when they bought Soldier Mountain last week.


Idaho History:

Pictographs in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness

By Sheila D. Reddy
Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Regions 1 and 4
Heritage Program
August 1996

In 1978 Dr. Max Pavesic described the pictographs, or paintings on stone found in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness area, saying:

“Another outstanding feature of Middle Fork archaeology is the nature of the rock art site. The remains are pictographs where design elements have been applied directly to a rock facing through the use of red ocher (hematite) paints… The rock are sites offer an incredible array of motifs and coloration (blue, white, black or red) Although a detailed study of the art is lacking. The majority of the panels are associated with rock shelters and caves.”

The pictographs in the Wilderness area cannot be traced directly to the Tukudika band of Northern Shoshone, for as writer P.S. Barry (1991) points out,

“… most native North Americans are skillful and subtle rhetoricians, preferring to speak obliquely of sacred matters. They would rather say that the petroglyphs and pictographs are the work of spirits, even the bluebirds that live in the rocky holes. In speaking thus they speak truly, for in symbolic language birds and spirits are the same. Both metaphors for the human spirit, and as such equivalent to the artist in this mystical transformation.”


Fun Stuff:

The Idaho Cities Song

Have friends or family who can’t say “Buhl”, “Acequia”, or “Castleford” correctly? Pass along this little number to teach them how to pronounce Idaho cities… problem solved.

More info at KTVB

Forest News:

Big Creek/Yellow Pine/South Fork Collaborative Meeting


November 19th, 2015; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Payette National Forest

Valley County EOC

108 Spring Street, Cascade, Idaho
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Christmas Tree Permits Sales for Boise and Payette National Forests

USDA Forest Service Nov 10, 2015

The Boise and Payette National Forest (NF) vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, November 21.

On Monday, November 23, permits will be available at Boise and Payette NF District Offices and the Interagency Visitor’s Information Center located at 1387 South Vinnell Way in Boise.  All tree permits are valid through December 24.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family.

For both Forests, the cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet.  Permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise NFs.

All purchasers are provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips.

A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and the use of permits for commercial use is prohibited.  Permits are not refundable for any reason.

New this year!  In coordination with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth graders who are participating in the Every Kid in a Park program can receive a free Christmas Tree Permit.  The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists.  The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to and complete the application process.

To receive a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth grader and a parent need to go to a Forest Service office in person with the “voucher” they received from the online Every Kid in a Park program – commercial vendors will not be issuing a free Christmas tree permit to participants of the Every Kid in a Park program, and free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically.

Participation in the Every Kid in a Park program also offers benefits at National Parks and on other public lands and facilities across the United States.

“Keep your family and your own safety in mind,” said Audrey Karpe, Boise NF Tree Coordinator.  “We recommend that people go early in the day, because it gets dark early.  The weather in the mountains is very different than in the valley and conditions can change quickly.”  “Also, make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when you plan to return.”

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering.  Forest roads are not plowed.  Call ahead for road updates if conditions warrant.  Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.  For further information call the Boise NF at:              208-373-4007 and check out our website at:

To provide for family safety, officials advise a few simple guidelines:

* Use the brochure with instruction provided.

* Practice winter survival and driving techniques.

* Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.

* Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.

* Always advise neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.

* Be prepared for the possibility of a long hike or snowmobile ride while searching for the perfect tree.

* According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.

Boise National Forest Offices

Interagency Visitor Information Center   208-373-4007
Sells permits for the Sawtooth, Payette, and Boise National Forests
1387 South Vinnell Way
(BLM State Office – West of Wal-Mart on Overland Road, Boise)
Hours:  M-F 7:45-4:30 p.m.

The Idaho City Ranger District   208-392-6681
3833 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30p.m

The Idaho City Ranger District will be open on 5 weekend days to sell Christmas tree permits.
Weekend open days: Saturday, Nov. 28 & Sunday, Nov. 29.
Saturday 12/5 & Sunday 12/6
& Saturday 12/12
Office hours will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lowman Ranger District   208-259-3361
7359 Highway 21
Lowman, ID 83637
Hours:  M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Emmett Ranger District   208-365-7000
1805 Highway 16, Room 5
Emmett, ID 83617
Hours:  M-F 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cascade Ranger District   208-382-7400
540 North Main Street
Cascade, ID 83611
Hours:  M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mountain Home Ranger District   208-587-7961
3080 Industrial Way
Mountain Home, ID   83647
Hours:  M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boise National Forest Vendors
Idaho City Grocery   (208) 392-4426
3868 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID  83631    Open:  Everyday, 7:30 am -9 pm
Starting end of Nov. – Open: 8 am -8 pm

Tom’s Service/Sinclair   (208) 392-4900
243 State Highway 21
Idaho City, ID  83631
Open: Everyday, 5 am -11 pm

Donna’s Place   (208) 392-9777
200 Main Street
Idaho City, ID  83631
Open:  Everyday, 8 am-10 pm

Donna’s Place   (208) 392-9666
110 E Granite Street
Placerville, ID 83666
Open:  Everyday, 10 am – 6 pm

East Cleveland Beverage   (208) 459-6442
2518 E Cleveland
Caldwell, ID 83605
Open:  Everyday, 6 am – 10 pm

B & W Fuels (208) 365-2291
1900 N. Washington
Emmett, ID  83617
Open:  Sun – Thurs., 6 am – 9 pm; Fri-Sat, 6 am -10 pm

D & B Supply (208) 963-7035
(2015 Changed ownership from Emmett Saw and Motor Rentals)
111 State Highway 16
Emmett, ID 83617
Open:  Mon – Sat, 8 am – 8 pm; Sunday 9 am – 6 pm

Valley View Chevron   (208) 793-4321
459 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID  83629
Open:  Everyday, 5:30 am – 10 pm

Ray’s Corner Market   (208) 793-2391
445 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open:  Sun-Sat, 6 am – 10 pm

Garden Valley Chevron   (208) 462-3869
PO Box 447    Garden Valley, ID 83622    Open:  Sun 7 am – 9 pm;
Mon-Thurs., 6 am -9 pm; Fri-Sat 6 am – 10 pm

Payette National Forest Offices

All Payette National Forest offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information contact any of the District Offices.

Council Ranger District Office
2092 Highway 95, Council, ID

New Meadows Ranger District Office
3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID

Weiser Ranger District Office
851 E 9th St., Weiser, ID

McCall Ranger District Office
102 West Lake St., McCall, ID

Payette National Forest Vendors

Ridley’s Food and Drug    (208) 549-1332
652 E 1st St., Weiser, ID
Open:  Everyday 7 am – 11 pm

Jay’s Sinclair   (208) 257-5000
Corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 71, Cambridge, ID
Open: Everyday 7 am – 8 pm

Farmer’s Supply Co-op    (208) 253-4266
2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID
Open:  Everyday 6 am – 10 pm

Paul’s Market      (208) 634-8166
132 E. Lake Street, McCall, ID
Open:  Everyday 6:30 am -11:00 pm

C & M Lumber   (208) 347-3648
3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID
Open:  Mon – Sat 8 am – 6 pm
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Forest Service Report Highlights Restoration Progress Made Despite Growing Challenges

Agency Funding Fix Still Needed to Complete Necessary Work to Make Forests More Resilient to Fire


The U.S. Forest Service has increased the pace and scale of forest restoration by nine percent since 2011, according to a report released today.  The significant progress comes in the face of mounting challenges to the agency including record droughts, longer wildfire seasons and the increasing percentage of the agency’s budget spent fighting wildland fires.

Despite the gains, at least 65 million National Forest System acres are still in need of restoration work. The rising cost of wildfire suppression, as fires have become more intense and more expensive to fight in recent years, has taken funding away from restoration, watershed and wildlife programs, limiting the Forest Service’s ability to do the work that would prevent fires in the first place.

With a record 52 percent of the Forest Service’s budget dedicated to fighting wildfire in 2015, compared to just 16 percent in 1995, the Forest Service’s ability to do more restoration work within the current budget structure  is severely constrained by the increasing proportion of resources spent on fire.

Before a single fire broke out in 2015, the Forest Service started the Fiscal Year with a budget of $115 million less for all work not related to fire than the previous year.  Budget constraints have also reduced staffing for restoration, watershed and recreation by nearly 40 percent, from about 18,000 in 1998 to fewer than 11,000 people in 2015.


Critter News:

Oregon delists gray wolf from state endangered species protections

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 9, 2015

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 this evening, Nov. 9, to delist wolves from the state Endangered Species Act throughout the state.

The meeting began at 8 a.m. and adjourned at 6:44 p.m. About 106 people on both sides of the vote came to testify and they were limited to three minutes each.

The action removes wolves from the state ESA but has no other effect on wolf management at this time, state wildlife managers say.

Any take of wolves remains tightly regulated under the state’s wolf management plan. Killing wolves is allowed only if they’re caught in the act of attacking or involved in repeated livestock damage.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

2nd Week of November 2015
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Millions of ‘coywolf’ coyote-wolf hybrids live in North America


Wolves, coyotes, and dogs have formed a new type of creature referred to as the “coywolf” — that is, it is primarily a coyote-wolf hybrid — and researchers estimate there are now millions of them roaming around North America. Researchers believe a growing lack of suitable mates lead wolves to start breeding with dogs and coyotes, and their offspring has turned out to be a strong new species spreading quickly across different types of environments.
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Top award for Idaho archery bear may go to boy on first hunt

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 10, 2015

Harvesting the biggest black bear taken in the state this year may seem like a pretty ambitious goal for a first-year bowhunter.

But 10-year-old Sam Sherman of Eagle just may have pulled it off.

“We won’t know for awhile yet,” said Sam’s father, Tad Sherman. “The skull has to dry for at least sixty days before taking the official measurement.”

The green score measured in September was 19-13/16 inches.

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Forest roads gated to protect grizzlies opening in Idaho Panhandle

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 13, 2015

Forest road access to wood cutters and hunters will be increasing starting next week as the Idaho Panhandle National Forests begin opening forest roads that have been gated to help provide security for grizzly bears.

Gates will be opened starting Nov 16 in the Selkirk Mountains and starting Dec. 1 in the Purcell and Cabinet Mountains of the forests’ North (Kaniksu) Zone.

“The difference in opening dates between the two areas is based on local research findings and provides additional habitat security for grizzly bears that have not yet denned,” said Jason Kirchner, forest spokesman in Coeur d’Alene. “Gates will be opened as weather conditions and personnel availability allow.”

Some roads will continue to be closed to motorized vehicle traffic as shown on the forest’s latest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). The maps are available at forest offices.

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Snake River corridor elk numbers concern managers

Local News 8 – Nov 13, 2015

JACKSON, Wyo. – Wyoming Game and Fish biologists believe 900 to 1,000 elk are living in the Snake River corridor between Grand Teton National Park and the town of Wilson.

Game and Fish personnel used infrared cameras to count elk from the air.

Biologists and wardens believe that segment of the Jackson Elk Herd is rapidly growing, but say it has been difficult to get a good count since the area is dominated by private land.  Traditional aerial surveys were also hampered by dense tree canopy.  Wildlife managers try not to conduct low elevation aerial surveys to avoid disturbing private landowners.

The infrared aerial surveys are flown at approximately 3,000 feet in a fixed-wing aircraft.  The infrared camera shows heat signatures given off by the animals, even through thick vegetation.

The recent survey resulted in a count of 840 animals.  Wildlife managers said some animals were missed, but believe it revealed at least 90 percent of the animals present.

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Pheasant release site serves youth hunters

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 13, 2015

A youth pheasant hunting area stocked with birds raised by volunteers has been designated in the Palouse River area of Idaho.

Hunters age 15 and under who have completed a hunter education course and are accompanied by an adult with a hunting license can hunt the area, said organizer Jim Hagedorn of The Gamebird Foundation.

The group along with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game have planted 150 rooster pheasants in the area, which will be open for youth hunters through December.

The hunters must sign in at the access point. Call for directions (208) 883-3423.

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Nov 9, 2015


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Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
November 13, 2015
Issue No. 771

Table of Contents:

* 2015 Fall Chinook Return Breaking Records From Bonneville To Hanford Reach To Lower Granite

* Study Identifies Healthy Population Of ESA-Listed Bull Trout In Metolius River/Lake Billy Chinook

* Climate Conference: Higher Temperatures For PNW New Normal No Matter What Happens With Greenhouse Gases

* Oregon De-Lists Wolves From State Endangered Species Act; Federal ESA Still Applies In Most Of State

* Steelhead From Hells Canyon To Be Trucked To Boise River For Holiday Fishing

* WDFW Seeks Support For Steelhead License Plate To Raise Revenue To Conserve Native Steelhead

* NOAA Fisheries Releases Draft EIS For Puget Sound Winter Steelhead Hatcheries

* EPA Awards Environmental Education Grants To Three Pacific Northwest Organizations

* Study: Sixth Grade Science Textbooks Portray Climate Change As Matter Of Opinion, Not Scientific Fact

* Hanford’s Historic B Reactor, Part Of Manhattan Project, Now A National Historical Park

Fun Critter Stuff:

4 masked bandits caught in Oregon art gallery

David Davis, Statesman Journal November 12, 2015


NEWPORT, Ore. — Newport Police were called to the Inscapes Gallery on the Newport bayfront just after midnight Wednesday on a report of suspicious activity.

After arriving, police found four raccoon had entered the business.

We’ll let the Newport Police Department tell the rest of the story:

“Four masked bandits burglarized Inscapes Gallery on SW Bay Blvd recently. Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity after midnight and cornered the suspects immediately upon entering the business. The suspects, known only by their street names of ‘Home Dog’, ‘Da Nails’, ‘Squeaky Feets’, and ‘2-Toes Todd’, attempted to elude officers on scene. After a brief scuffle, all suspects were captured without further incident or injuries.

‘Squeaky Feets’ told officers they had no intention of taking anything from the gallery; they were only trying to straighten a few pieces of art on the wall. Tell it to the judge, ‘Feets’. Tell it to the judge.”


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