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.”

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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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