Monthly Archives: April 2016

Road Report April 27

Wednesday (April 27) mail truck driver (Robert) reports a good trip in. The EFSF road is much improved thanks to the county for grading and rock raking.

Watch out for animals crossing the road.  Still having trees and rocks roll onto the road also. Forest Service was cleaning the barrow pit on the South Fork yesterday, and had their work area properly signed with enough warning. – DP

South Fork Salmon River Road Spring Break Up Restrictions Removed

April 27, 2016

I wanted to notify everyone that the spring break up restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road have been removed.

Will Perry, PE
Payette National Forest

April 24, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

April 24, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Local Observations:

Monday (April 18) light freeze early this morning, clear sky and warming up quickly. Lots of robins all over the neighborhood and golf course. Lots of swallows checking out the neighborhood bird houses. Jays and nutcrackers calling. Daffodils starting to bloom, a few glacier lily leaves are up out of the ground about an inch. Small leaves on the tips of aspen trees, bigger leaves on the snow-berry bushes. Hummingbird looking for a feeder just after lunch. Reports of people getting ticks.

Tuesday (April 19) light freeze early morning, not a lot of dew, clear sky and warming up. Lots of swallows swooping, pairs picking out nest boxes. Robins all over the forest and neighborhood. Noisy nutcrackers and jays. Daffodils blooming, greening up all over. Tiny wild strawberry leaves in the forest. (Invasive weeds coming up too.) Low flying helicopter at 1043am (low enough to scare the chickens!) Internet out 1125am for maybe half an hour or so. Warm sunny day. Pair of pileated woodpeckers in the neighborhood and a flicker sighting.

Wednesday (April 20) a little below freezing early morning, not much dew, clear sky. Not many juncos around, but lots of swallows and robins. Warm sunny day. Osprey sighting down by the EFSF river, their old nest tree broke off, but it appears a new nest has been started in the same area. High of 75 degrees (the average of the last 7 years on this date is 62F.)

Thursday (April 21) no freeze this morning, high thin hazy clouds and warm. So many swallows swooping and calling! First sighting of chipping sparrows. Fresh elk poop on Pioneer St. Gusty breezes and increasing clouds after noon and quite warm. Rufus (male) hummer enjoying (and guarding) the feeder all day.

Friday (April 22) no freeze this morning, warm and partly clear. Partly cloudy and breezy early afternoon. Overcast and thundering 630pm, a short sprinkle of rain just after 7pm. Cloudy and above freezing after dark.

Saturday (April 23) sprinkle early morning, no frost, dark thick clouds, breezy, river is Roaring! Buttercups blooming in the school yard. About half dozen deer across the EFSF road from the golf course. A few sprinkles off and on, just enough to settle the top layer of dust. Gooseberry bush starting to bloom. Lilac bushes have tiny bloom buds.

Sunday (April 24) mostly cloudy and damp, light breeze. Slash pile burning on the “golf course”. First Cassin’s Finch sighting, male Rufus hummer guarding the feeder from another male rufus and a male calliope, lots of swallows on the nest boxes.


During spring run-off, please limit outdoor watering until the run-off subsides.

Local News:


April 24, 2016

The 3rd Annual Golf Course Mitigation Day was successful.  Thanks to everyone who participated in this community event.

– AF


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Just a reminder about the May 1st  fire training starting at 11:00 at the firehouse. Please contact Jeff to RSVP and get info on what to bring. Fire siren testing at noon.

Siren Monthly Test

1st of every month at 12 noon

1. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
2. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
3. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count

Emergency Siren Use

Continuous cycles for 1 minute or 8 times

1. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
2. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
3. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
4. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
5. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
6. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
7. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count
8. Sound alarm: 5 second count
Silence: 3 second count

Wait 5 minutes, until 3 or more responders show up at the fire station, if enough responders don’t show up, repeat above as you feel necessary.


– J&A F

Photos to Share:

On the South fork of the Salmon

April 21, 2016


Big Creek summit


photos by Dave Putman

Idaho News:

Get smart about wildfire during preparedness day May 7

The Star-News April 21, 2016

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7, is an excellent time to clean up property and learn about protecting homes near forests in Valley County.

The three fire departments in the county recommend raking and removing excess pine needles and dry leaves, taking downed tree limbs to bins which will provided in each town, trimming tree branches and removing ladder fuels that carry fires from the ground into the limbs.

The McCall Fire Station will hold an open house on May 7 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., to distribute Firewise information, reflective address numbers so fire crews can find homes, and provide lunch. A bin for debris will be on hand.

Bins will be available in all three towns from Saturday, May 28, to Thursday, June 30, for free disposal of woody debris.

Paper collection bags for leaves and needles will be available at the McCall station. Plastic bags should not be used.

The Valley County Transfer Station on Spink Lane will accept yard waste and debris for free from Monday, May 2, to Saturday, May 7. Call 634-7070 for more information.

source: The Star-News
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Six wildfire prevention projects get $500 grants to protect homes

The Star-News April 21, 2016

Six Valley County applicants have been awarded $500 grants to help protect their neighborhoods from catastrophic wildfire, McCall Fire & EMS Chief Mark Billmire said.

The National Fire Protection Agency and State Farm Insurance awarded 125 grants nationwide to those who submitted details about their Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects on May 7. The local winners include:

• Christopher Church of Donnelly’s Meadows Subdivision. Twenty-five aspen trees will be planted in three rows along the property as a fire break.

• Paul Christensen of Timber Lost III and Fairway Ridge Homeowners Associations of McCall. A bin for woody debris will be provided and a neighborhood cleanup held. Information about protecting a home from wildfire will be distributed and a community response plan will be created.

• Claire and Orval Wieber of CR-4 Subdivision, West Mountain, Donnelly. Landowners will clear road right-of-ways, limb trees, remove ground fuels and provide fire information on Saturday, June 25.

• Joan Edwards of River’s Crossing Homeowners Association of McCall. Hazardous fuels will be removed from properties there.

• Eric Gehrung on Rainbow Road of Donnelly. Hazardous fuels removal.

• Rebecca Barton-Wagner in Wagon Wheel Ranch at Donnelly. A subdivision wildfire evaluation and feasibility will be conducted.

source: The Star-News
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St. Luke’s McCall finds new homes for under-used equipment

BY LAURA CRAWFORD for The Star-News April 21, 2016

Caring for people who suffer a heart attack or are injured on the ski hill has gotten easier thanks to donations from St. Luke’s McCall.

St. Luke’s has donated a Zoll AutoPulse to Cascade Fire & EMS.

An AutoPulse performs CPR mechanically by providing consistent, continuous chest compressions, maximizing blood flow for a patient suffering a cardiac event.

“Time is of the essence when someone is experiencing a cardiac event,” said Brent Hinck, Cascade Firefighter/A-EMT. “This equipment allows continuous compressions during times when previously we had to temporarily stop for patient transfers.”

St. Luke’s purchased AutoPulse units last year for intensive care units and emergency departments in Twin Falls and the Treasure Valley, but they weren’t being used in the larger hospitals, which have more staff on hand.

“They’re a perfect fit for rural areas,” said Mike Birkinbine, St. Luke’s McCall materials management manager.

St. Luke’s McCall’s emergency department received one and Birkinbine was able to gather up two more. Donnelly and Cascade both expressed interest and received the equipment.

full story w/photo: The Star-News
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History In Peril: Wood foundation of historic Roseberry store is rotting

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News April 21, 2016

Lucy Chronic could barely see the wooden foundation of the 100-year-old McDougal General Store for the thick layer of wet mud and moss that obscured it.

If action is not taken soon, Chronic and other members of the Long Valley Preservation Society are worried the foundation may crumble, threatening one of the centerpiece buildings of Historic Roseberry near Donnelly.

The store foundation was built sturdily and has lasted well for the last century, but the building is now starting to lean due to the eroding timbers in the foundation, said Chronic, director of the Roseberry Museum.

The society recently received a grant for $8,000 from Idaho Heritage Trust to rebuild the foundation, but the group needs $18,000 more to complete the project.

Plans call for lifting the two-story building, removing the current foundation and replacing it with a similar wooden foundation to retain the building’s historic integrity, Chronic said.

Until last year, the building was privately owned by Frank Eld, who founded the preservation society more than 40 years ago. Eld, who ran the building as a general store, moved to Boise last year and sold the building to the society.

Valley County helped pay for the purchase of the building and an adjacent lot last year using $68,000 from the Nasi Sisters Park Fund.

In March, Chronic asked commissioners for another $11,000 from the fund to replace the foundation, but commissioners declined, urging the group to first seek private donations.

“We will retain the store’s 1900s character by filling the shelves with antiques that would have been sold then, but we will also have a gift shop with a few new items,” Chronic said. “It will have a similar feel to when Frank owned the store.”

To donate or for information, contact Chronic at or 634-9421.

source: The Star-News
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Salmon River could get navigable designation after 80 years

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 4/19/16

LEWISTON, Idaho — Federal authorities are considering reversing an 80-year-old decision and designating the Salmon River as navigable.

The Lewiston Tribune reports ( the proposed change would add to the list of regulated activities on the river.

People currently need a Clean Water Act permit to use the river when discharging dredge or fill material.

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Grenade discovered in historic Idaho City home

KTVB April 20, 2016

IDAHO CITY — A bomb squad from Boise was called in Wednesday morning after a grenade was found inside a home in Idaho City.

Idaho City Police say a inmate work crew from the Idaho Department of Correction discovered the grenade in the historic Strauss House, which was built in the 1860’s.

Montgomery Street was shut down as a precaution, and police requested help from the Boise Police Bomb Squad.

Investigators determined that the grenade was real, but the explosive components had been removed, rendering the device inert.

It’s unclear how the grenade ended up in the Strauss House.

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Main road to remote Idaho town blocked by landslide, again

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 4/23/16

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — The main road into the remote north-central Idaho town of Elk City has been blocked again by a landslide.

The Lewiston Tribune ( ) reports that a hillside bordering State Highway 14 collapsed early Saturday morning, blocking the main route to both Elk City and the neighboring town of Dixie.

It’s the second major slide on the road this year. On Feb. 18 a landslide cut off access to the town, prompting Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to issue a disaster declaration as workers tried to remove the debris.

Idaho County Commission Chairman Jim Chmelik says road crews are trying to open up a nearby forest road to allow people in and out of the town.

Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Vince Trimboli says the department will open the road as soon as possible, but not until officials know it is safe to do so.

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ITD: West Co has cut a path through last night’s slide

April 23, 2015 Idaho County Free Press

Idaho Transportation Department – A photo of the State Highway 14/Elk City slide area on the afternoon of April 23

Idaho Transportation Department – An aerial view of the State Highway 14 slide at milepost 39.

ELK CITY — State Highway 14 was once again closed to all traffic as the landslide that blocked the highway in February reactivated last night, the Idaho Transportation Department noted on its 511 website. Shortly after 10 a.m. this morning, an ITD representative told the Free Press contractor West Co has cut a path through the material that came down last night. State Highway 14 remains “reduced to one lane,” per

UPDATE (8 p.m.): ITD’s point man on the slide work, Bob Schumacher, said work began at daylight and had created a path through the slide area by 9:30 a.m. this morning. :

A large rock, overburden and tree flow from the upriver end completely closed the road last night. This slide was witnessed by the onsite flaggers and the road was immediately closed. Although ITD and West Co crews were onsite shortly after the slide, cleanup could not start until daylight due to safety as the slide was active throughout the night and morning hours. Some of the boulders in this recent event were over 10 feet in height and width. West Co was able to create a path through the slide area by 9:30 this morning. Traffic is being flagger through the slide area and a spotter is onsite to observe the slide area before traffic is allowed to travel through.

full story:

Mining News:

Idaho groups eye legal action against gold mining company

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 4/20/16

BOISE, Idaho — Two environmental groups say they’ve told a Canadian mining company they plan to take legal action based on records showing the company continues to pollute the Boise River system despite a federal court order to stop.

The Idaho Conservation League and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center earlier this week informed Atlanta Gold Corporation of their intent to reopen the court case due to continued violations of the court order and the Clean Water Act.

A federal court in 2012 penalized the company $2 million for its failure to follow clean water laws and not doing enough to staunch the flow of arsenic and iron into a tributary of the Boise River.

Justin Hayes of the Idaho Conservation League said the groups didn’t act sooner because the company installed equipment and stopped the flow of pollution after the court order. Over the years, he said, problems would occur that resulted in pollution again entering the river.


Forest / BLM News:

Commercial Mushroom Permits Available on the Payette National Forest

Payette National Forest
April 20, 2016
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945

McCall, ID – The Payette National Forest is announcing the following guidelines for personal and commercial wild mushroom picking this year on the Forest.  Following last summer’s wildfires, morel (more-ELL) mushrooms are anticipated to appear in burned areas of the forests.  Use caution in recently burned areas due to stump holes, snags, and loose soil or rocks.

Personal Use:  Harvesters may gather up to 5 gallons of morels or other mushrooms per day for personal use without a permit.  There is no age limit on personal use mushroom pickers.  Personal use mushrooms may not be sold or bartered to another party.

Commercial Use:  Commercial Mushroom permits will be available starting Monday, May 2, 2016.  Each individual selling or bartering any mushrooms or gathering more than 5 gallons per day is required to have a valid Commercial Permit.  They must have this permit in their possession while gathering and transporting mushrooms.  A 21-day commercial gathering permit costs $200 dollars.  When purchasing a permit, commercial mushroom harvesters must present an acceptable form of identification such as a Birth Certificate, Green Card, State ID, Passport, Tribal ID, or other identification issued by a Federal or State Government.  Commercial permits will not be sold to anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Commercial mushroom permits will only be available for the New Meadows and McCall Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest and will only be sold at those district offices during their regular business hours of 8a.m. to 4:30p.m.  Commercial permits will not be available at local vendors.

The Payette National Forest is not issuing buying permits and buying stations will not be permitted to operate on Forest land.  Commercial pickers and buyers may not camp in developed campgrounds.  Dispersed camping within five miles of the same site for a period longer than 18 days in any 30 consecutive days is prohibited.

“We want the public to enjoy this delicious seasonal treat, while at the same time managing the potential impacts of a larger commercial harvest,” said Brian Harris, Payette National Forest Public Affairs Officer.  “Having a permit system that accommodates both personal use and commercial harvest allows us to do both.”

For complete information or to purchase a commercial mushroom permit, please contact the following offices:

New Meadows Ranger District
3674 Highway 95
New Meadows, ID 83654
(208) 347-0300

McCall Ranger District
102 W. Lake Street
McCall, ID 83638
(208) 634-0400

*Please see the attached brochure for additional information on mushroom picking.
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New Ranger for Cascade Ranger District

Boise National Forest
April 18, 2016

BOISE, Idaho., April 18, 2016 – There is a new ranger coming to town for the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest. Jake Strohmeyer will assume the district leadership in early May.

Strohmeyer has served as the Recreation, Engineering, Archaeology, Lands and Minerals Staff Officer for the Payette National Forest since March 2010. He brings a wealth of experience to this new position and one of his major emphasis areas has been collaboration on multiple projects, including implementation of the Payette’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the people and places of the Cascade Ranger District. I’ve spent the past six years in Valley County, it’s a very special place to me and it’s an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading the management of a portion of its natural resources,” said Strohmeyer.

Strohmeyer grew up surrounded by the Boise National Forest where he spent his free time exploring the forest around his home. These early experiences instilled in him a love for public lands and the communities around them that led him to a career with the Forest Service.

“I’m fortunate to have come into this job with established relationships with many of the stakeholders in the area and I’m eager to build new relationships with the stakeholders and communities that I haven’t yet had an opportunity to work with,” said Strohmeyer.

In his free time, Strohmeyer enjoys a wide variety of recreational pursuits including hunting, fishing, skiing, white-water rafting and exploring new places on his dual-sport motorcycle. Strohmeyer and his wife Heidi, have two children, Brady, 19 and Challis, 13.

“I’m especially excited about being part of the community of Cascade. Both of my kids learned to kayak at Kelly’s Whitewater Park and my son attended the Alzar School in Cascade. It’s a great community and I’m interested in working with the folks there to find out how the work of the Forest Service can help enhance their lives.”
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Emmett Ranger District cautions motorists and visitors during Pinney Slope timber operations

Boise National Forest
April 19, 2016

BOISE, Idaho., April 19, 2016 – The Emmett Ranger District is cautioning the public to be aware of timber and logging operations beginning this week and lasting through the summer in the Scriver Creek area northwest of Crouch, Idaho.

Operations to implement the Pinney Slope Stewardship Timber Sale have been initiated and consist of timber crews, helicopters and logging trucks working on lands managed by the Boise National Forest.

Logging trucks, support vehicles, and heavy equipment will be operating on National Forest System (NFS) road 693 and the Middle Fork road to Crouch. Heavy logging truck traffic can also be expected on State Highway 55. While the roads remain open to public use, motorists and visitors should be especially cautious when driving or transiting in the area due to the heavy volume of logging truck traffic.

Citizens using the main Scriver Creek Road are advised to use extra caution due to heavy log truck traffic. Motorists entering any curvy sections of that road should be done slowly with the anticipation of encountering a loaded log truck.

The Pinney Slope Stewardship Timber harvest is part of the ongoing efforts intended to improve forest restoration and resiliency to insects, disease and potentially intense wildfire.

For more information, contact the Emmett Ranger District at 208-365-7000.
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Idaho Land Board approves state timber harvest for 2017

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 4/19/16

BOISE, Idaho — State officials on Tuesday approved harvesting 247 million board feet of timber from state land in 2017 as part of a 50-year-plan to reduce the inventory of harvestable timber from more than 7 billion board feet to 5 billion.

The Idaho Land Board also voted 4-0 to start a process to buy nearly 3,000 acres of additional forest land that would be the first use of money brought in from the sale of cottage sites.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other board members also approved selecting real estate brokerage company Thornton Oliver Keller to sell 11 commercial properties worth about $25 million.

The board also approved trading 280 acres of endowment land with limited access for 238 acres of private land adjacent to other state land. Each of the parcels is valued at about $200,000.

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Feds to restore grazing allotment health stats in reports

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 4/18/16

BOISE, Idaho — Federal land managers have agreed to restore information about grazing allotments not meeting rangeland health standards in 13 western states after a public lands advocacy group complained about the omission.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreed the information covering 150 million acres is needed after Washington, D.C.-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed an administrative complaint.

“Without this data, it is difficult for Congress and the public to measure the success or failure of BLM’s rangeland management,” said the group’s advocacy director, Kirsten Stade, in a statement on Monday.

The federal agency said Monday it’s currently working on restoring information omitted in the Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, and Evaluation report for 2013 and subsequent years and should be done within six months.


Fun FS History:

The Adventures of Junior Raindrop (1948)

This short film is a 1948 Forest Service project designed to educate students about water management and soil erosion. The film’s artwork was done by Smokey Bear artist Rudy Wendelin.

For more information, see the Rudolph Wendelin Papers at the Forest History Society:

Letter to Share:

The Gamebird Foundation

Hi All,

Just an update on the wood American Flag,  The bidding started at $50.00 and a couple 3 bids and then the bid is now $100.00.  This flag was donated to the Gamebird Foundation as a fundraiser to help raise and release pheasants and other game birds.  The flag is made of all wood and hand carved and milled.  The stripes are made of hardwood and the picture does not do it justice.  The flag almost looks like it is waving.  I have it here in my living room and any one wanting to take a good look at it may come by.  The flag is 19×27 inches and is all made to scale.  If you would like to hang it on a wall the hangers are built in.  I vision this in an office with a light shining on it.  It is a special piece, one of a kind that Wood By Jack will sign if the high bidder wishes.

Jack has donated the flag to the Gamebird Foundation and all $ will go to the foundation.  The Gamebird Foundation is a 501c3 non profit and any donation can be used for a tax right off deduction.  Bids or donations can be sent to The Gamebird Foundation Inc.  208-883-3423.  PO Box 100, Viola, Idaho 83872.  All Donations and the high bidder will receive a receipt if requested.

We need funds to help build brooders, fly pens and for feed.  Idaho Fish and game furnishes the pheasants chicks.  If you or any one you know are interested in raising chicks please get in touch.


Jim Hagedorn

Critter News:

KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of April 2016
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Feds to release wolves in New Mexico despite opposition

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 4/20/16

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — U.S. officials plan to release Mexican wolves in New Mexico this year despite the state’s opposition.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday posted a plan to its website saying it intends to release a pack of wolves in the state and place pups born in captivity into a wild pack to improve the population’s genetic diversity.

The agency and the New Mexico Game Commission wrangled over bureaucratic issues for months before the commission denied the federal government permission to release the wolves in New Mexico.

The wildlife service says its authority trumps that of the state and plans to carry on with the program.

Game Commissioner Bob Ricklefs says the commission has no official reaction yet but was expecting the move.

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Uneasy Neighbors – Wolves and People

Posted: 20 Apr 2016 WEI – James A. Swan, Ph.D

As many as a million wolves once ranged over almost all of North America north of Mexico City. By 1930, they were essentially gone from the Lower 48 due to trapping, poisoning and bounty hunting. With human help, the wolf population in the US has rebounded to at least 5,500 wolves in the lower 48; 8,000-11,000 wolves in Alaska; and 60,000 wolves in Canada. The recovery of wolves in the lower 48 is a great conservation story. However, as wolf numbers have increased, the wolf has become very controversial.

My previous Outdoor Wire article discussed wolf predation of wildlife and livestock. This article is my take, as an environmental psychologist, on some of the human aspects of wolf conservation.

People have a wide range of attitudes about wolves. Some say wolves are valuable predators that should be restored nation-wide; others fervently insist that anyone who doesn’t love wolves is stupid, crazy or worse; others believe the wolf population should be very limited; and others assert that the only good wolf is a dead one.

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The wolves have left the county — or have they?

Jennie Sweetman  Apr. 17, 2016 New Jersey Herald

SUSSEX COUNTY — One of the problems encountered by the early Sussex County residents was wild animals, especially wolves.

One local historian to write about this problem was the Rev. Alanson A. Haines, who compiled a history of local events in his book “Hardyston Memorial” in 1888.

Haines wrote, “The first white settlers were greatly troubled by beasts of prey. Panthers, bears, wildcats and wolves dwelt in the woods, and often prowled around the settlers’ homes, killing sheep and calves, and even threatening men. Hunters were compelled to keep their fires burning all night when they bivouacked on the mountains. Wolf scalps or heads were nailed on the outside of many a cabin, a pleasing exhibition of the hunter’s success in the chase after these ravagers.

“The destruction caused by a single wolf, or a pair of wolves, for they generally went in pairs, in one night among a flock of sheep would be fearful. The old wolves became exceedingly cunning to escape pursuit or to avoid the traps set for them, and the she wolves, when they had young, were the fiercest and most ravenous.”

The wolves have left the county.doc

[hat tip to TM]
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A new species is evolving right before our eyes — an ultra-successful mix of wolves, coyotes and dogs


A new species combining wolves, coyotes and dogs is evolving before scientists’ eyes in the eastern United States.

Wolves faced with a diminishing number of potential mates are lowering their standards and mating with other, similar species, reported The Economist.

The interbreeding began up to 200 years ago, as European settlers pushed into southern Ontario and cleared the animal’s habitat for farming and killed a large number of the wolves that lived there.

That also allowed coyotes to spread from the prairies, and the white farmers brought dogs into the region.

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Government probes shooting death of endangered red wolf

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 4/22/16

RALEIGH, North Carolina — Federal wildlife officials are investigating the shooting death of an endangered red wolf in Hyde County.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Tom MacKenzie said Friday a recent necropsy shows the wolf found last November had died of a gunshot.

It’s generally illegal to shoot the wolves. Federal officials are offering a reward for information about this death.

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Biologists trapping, tagging Yellowstone grizzlies in May

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 4/22/16

BOZEMAN, Montana — Wildlife officials say they will begin trapping bears inside Yellowstone National Park in early May.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( ) that the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be trapping both grizzly and black bears as part of monitoring efforts required by federal protections. Biologists will attach radio collars to the animals and collect scientific samples.

The effort is part of an attempt to monitor the Yellowstone region’s grizzly bears, which are currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. There is a pending proposal to remove the bears from the list, but it hasn’t been finalized yet.

The trapping will happen in remote areas far from hiking trails or backcountry camping sites. All trapping sites will have warnings posted around the perimeter.

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Only US grizzly recovery coordinator retiring after 35 years

By The Associated Press Published: 4/21/16

The nation’s first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire.

Chris Servheen of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is retiring at the end of April. Wayne Kasworm will become acting recovery coordinator.

Servheen, 65, said he considers bear populations in Yellowstone National Park and the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem to be recovered.

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New Mexico lawmakers challenge feds over rare mouse

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN – AP Published: 4/21/16

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Nearly half of New Mexico’s Legislature is stepping into the fray between ranchers and the federal government over the fencing of watering holes on national forest land to protect an endangered mouse found in three Western states.

The 50 lawmakers say the federal government has overstepped its authority and is trampling private property and water rights, some of which predate New Mexico’s statehood.

They recently sent a letter to State Engineer Tom Blaine, asking that he use his authority as New Mexico’s top water official to stop the U.S. Forest Service from limiting access to springs, streams and other riparian areas. The letter was made public this week.

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Nampa boy saves injured screech owl

KTVB April 22, 2016

NAMPA — A 12-year-old Nampa boy rescued an injured screech owl that had been left for dead outside a store.

Cody Greentree was headed to Fred Meyer to do some shopping with his grandmother, when he noticed something unusual in the parking lot.

“We saw this thing on the ground – it looked like a bird,” he said. “When we drove by, we saw bright yellow eyes and we assumed it was an owl.”

Cody said the bird was near some bushes, and appeared to be hurt. The 12-year-old knew he had to get the owl to safety.

“A cat could have gotten him, something else could have gotten him if we had just left him there,” he said.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
April 22, 2016
Issue No. 789

Table of Contents

* As Spring Chinook Passage Picks Up At Bonneville Dam, So Do Sea Lion Numbers, Salmon Mortality

* Oregon Fish/Wildlife Commission Hears Review Of Ongoing Fishing Reforms Aimed At Banning Gillnetters From Mainstem Lower Columbia

* Gillnetters Say ‘Kitzhaber Plan’ Crowding Them Into Tight Areas; Spring Chinook Passage At Bonneville Slow

* Hot Weather Leads To Transmission Emergency At Ice Harbor Dam, Reducing Spill For Juvenile Fish

* Bonneville Power Expecting Normal Water Year Operations, Says Chance Of Oversupply During Runoff

* National Weather Service Says Models Show El Nino Dissipating Late Summer, Wetter La Nina Pattern To Develop

* Oregon, Idaho Open Upper Snake River Basin For Spring Chinook Fishing; 2,700 Hatchery Fish Expected To Return To Hells Canyon

* Pacific Fishery Management Council Recommends Sharply Limited Ocean Salmon Fishing To Protect Columbia River Coho

* Conservation Groups File Suit Challenging USFWS’ Bull Trout Recovery Plan

* WDFW Hatcheries Releasing Steelhead Into Rivers After Newly Approved Federal Permits

* Senate Passes Yakima Basin Water Management Plan As Part Of Energy Bill; Companion Bill In House

* Study Finds Lack Of Diversity (Gender, Race) Among Fisheries Scientists, Field Overwhelmingly Dominated By White Men

Fun Critter Stuff:

Which side of a cheetah has the most spots?


The Outside!

[Hat tip to CP]
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Are crows the ultimate problem solvers?

Dr Alex Taylor sets a difficult problem solving task, will the crow defeat the puzzle?

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Larry the Parrot calls out for his friend Max the Dog

This is a video of our African Grey parrot calling and whistling for the dog. When he first started doing this Max would go running to see who was calling. Now Max has figured out it’s just Larry calling.


Fish & Game News:

News Releases for Idaho Fish and Game

* Retired Fish and Game conservation officer honored with national award ( Boise, ID – 4/18/16 )
* Chinook seasons open Saturday ( Boise, ID – 4/18/16 )
* Trophy species controlled hunt application deadline approaching  ( Boise, ID – 4/18/16 )
* Peregrine Falcon nest webcam live in downtown Boise ( Boise, ID – 4/18/16 )

Idaho History April 24, 2016

Early Idaho Businesses

A general directory and business guide of the principal towns east of the Cascade Mountains, for the year 1865, including valuable historical and statistical information, together with a map of Boise Basin, embracing a portion of Ada, Owyhee and Alturas counties

by Owens, George, [from old catalog]

(original from Library of Congress)

Idaho Territory starts on page 2
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Old directories reveal intriguing info

By Arthur Hart Special to the Statesman January 9, 2016

Indispensable sources of information for the historian or the genealogist are city, county and state directories, especially when they include a classified directory of businesses, professions and occupations as they often do.

The earliest directory to include Idaho Territory was published in San Francisco by George Owens in 1864, when the gold rush to Boise Basin was at its peak. The long-winded title page of the 1865 edition reveals the exact contents: “A general directory and business guide of the principal towns east of the Cascade Mountains, for the year 1865, including valuable historical and statistical information, together with a map of Boise Basin, embracing a portion of Ada, Owyhee and Alturas counties, compiled and published by George Owens.”

The work includes individual directories of Placerville, Pioneer City, Centerville, Idaho City and Buena Vista Bar. The Ada County portion of the directory has eight pages of Boise City names, the earliest such record we have, since the first federal census was not taken until 1870.

That Boise City was a boom town is amply demonstrated by the fact that between the time the Army arrived from Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, to establish Fort Boise, and the town was platted, both in July 1863, until Owens published his directory in 1864, more than 200 men could be listed with their respective businesses, trades or professions. Not listed are the names of their wives and children, although they would be in the 1870 census. By that time the city’s population had grown to 995.

The cost of printing Owens’ 1864 directory was partly borne by advertising. Some of the Idaho City businesses that bought space were J.G. Bryant, “Wholesale dealer in groceries, provisions. Hardware, crockery, glassware, clothing, etc.”; J.G. Brooks & Company, wholesale and retail dealers in “Clothing, dry goods, boots and shoes, ladies’ and gentlemen’s furnishing goods”; The Miners’ Restaurant, “Formerly the Antelope” and run by S.J. Moody; T.C. Poujade, proprietor of the Poujade House and Stage Office on Main Street; and photographers F.H. Train and W.I. Cromwell: “Children’s pictures taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Views of residences and mining claims taken in a superior manner.”

James S. Reynolds, founder and editor of the Idaho Statesman, is in Owens’ directory, along with his brothers R.W. Reynolds and T.B. Reynolds, also named as “proprietors.”

A classified business directory of Idaho Territory published in San Francisco in 1867 reveals some unusual statistics: Boise City, Silver City and Ruby City each had five lawyers, while Idaho City had 20 and Lewiston had four. Silver City had a bank, but Boise didn’t have one, although the Idaho First National Bank would open that year. Only one Boise blacksmith is listed, but Buena Vista Bar near Idaho City had six, and Placerville three. When it came to liquor dealers, however, Boise City was well supplied with seven, and Idaho City had eight.

Some Boise businesses took out full-page ads in L.M. McKenney’s Pacific Coast Directory of 1880: Judge Milton Kelly, publisher of the Idaho Statesman; the Eastman brothers, proprietors of the Overland Hotel; John Hailey, superintendent of the Utah, Idaho and Oregon Stage Co.; and J.S. Hatch, dealer in furniture and household goods. Other prominent advertisers were Cyrus Jacobs, D. Falk & Bro., G.W. Brumm, Coffin & Kennaly and James A. Pinney.

The greatest compiler and publisher of city directories in U.S. history was R.L. Polk & Co., founded by Ralph Lane Polk in 1870. He had enlisted in the Union Army when he was 16, and at 21 had moved to Detroit and started his own business compiling and publishing directories. How successful was he? It takes 132 pages to list the more than 1,300 directories published by R.L. Polk & Co. over the years, including many for Idaho towns.

link to: Old directories reveal intriguing info.doc

[hat tip to SMc]
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Photos by Walter Lubken

From 1903 to 1917, Walter J. Lubken (1881-1960) was an official photographer for the U.S. Reclamation Service (USRS). During these years, Lubken took thousands of photographs documenting the Reclamation Service’s irrigation projects across the American West. He recorded the progress of construction projects as well as USRS machinery and personnel. The agency also asked Lubken to photograph nearby towns and farms for a series of articles designed to promote settlement on land reclaimed from the desert through irrigation. Traveling with his large camera and glass-plate negatives, he documented 25 projects in 17 Western States. After leaving the Reclamation Service in 1917, Lubken left professional photography until the 1930s, when he photographed the building of Boulder Dam.

Lubken’s photographs capture both engineering feats and everyday life in the early- 20th-century West. His optimistic images impress the viewer with the technological and social advances made by westerners. They make the point that progress and community had come to isolated, formerly barren places, and that abundant opportunities awaited those willing to move west and work hard on the reclaimed land.

“Testing the subsurface-Drilling with diamond drills”

By Walter J. Lubken, Boise Irrigation Project, Idaho and Oregon, August 1910
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JC-384) [VENDOR # 30]

“Interurban cars running through Main Street of Caldwell”

By Walter J. Lubken, Caldwell, Idaho, Boise Irrigation Project, February 21, 1910
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Reclamation
(115-JC-305) [VENDOR # 16]

[hat tip to SMc]

page updated Nov 11, 2018

Weather Reports April 17-23

April 17 Weather:

At 930am it was 36 degrees and clear. Sunny, light breezes and mild temperatures. At 7pm it was 62 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 18, 2016 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 69 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 37 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 18 Weather:

At 930am it was 37 degrees and clear. Sunny all day. At 830pm it was 54 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 19, 2016 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 72 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 19 Weather:

At 930am it was 40 degrees and clear. At 1pm it was 68 degrees and strong sun shine. Sunny warm day, very light afternoon breezes, but a few gusts once in a while. At 745pm it was 69 degrees and clear. Some stronger gusts at sundown. At 845pm it was 54 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 20, 2016 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 75 degrees F
Min temperature 29 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 20 Weather:

At 930am it was 42 degrees, clear and calm. Warm sunny day. At 710pm it was 69 degrees. At 1230am it was 43 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 21, 2016 at 09:30AM
Partly clear, thin high haze
Max temperature 78 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 21 Weather:

At 930am it was 48 degrees and high thin hazy clouds. Gusty breezes after lunch time. Increasing high thin clouds. Overcast late afternoon and warm. At 645pm it was 74 degrees and cloudy. At 845pm it was 62 degrees. At midnight it was 53 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 22, 2016 at 09:30AM
Partly clear
Max temperature 80 degrees F
Min temperature 38 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 22 Weather:

At 930am it was 48 degrees and partly clear. Gusty breezes at 1120am. Partly cloudy and a little breezy at 4pm. At 630pm it was overcast (dark clouds) and thundering (for about 10 minutes.) At 7pm it was 60 degrees and little short sprinkle of rain around 705pm. At 11pm it was 48 degrees and cloudy. Looks like it rained off and on early morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 23, 2016 at 09:30AM
Dark overcast
Max temperature 75 degrees F
Min temperature 42 degrees F
At observation 46 degrees F
Precipitation 0.02 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 23 Weather:

At 930am it was 46 degrees, dark thick clouds, a little breezy. Sprinkles started a little after 1130am, didn’t last long. Probably a few more short sprinkles during the day. Light rain at 6pm off and on for about 45 minutes. At 715pm it was 47 degrees and cloudy. At 845pm it was 45 degrees, slight breeze, cloudy and one drop of rain.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 24, 2016 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy, light breeze
Max temperature 54 degrees F
Min temperature 39 degrees F
At observation 44 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Year Date Temperature

2010 4/20 75
2011 4/20 44
2012 4/20 59
2013 4/20 50
2014 4/20 65
2015 4/20 64
2016 4/20 75

Avg = 62 degrees

Road Reports April 19-20

Tuesday (April 19) Rock rake came up the EFSF road, turned around at the cross roads and headed back down the EFSF road around 10am. Local streets are drying out and starting to get dusty.

Wednesday (April 20) mail truck driver (Bruce) had quite a report today. There was a big slide that came down on the South Fork road 6/10ths of a mile this side of Dollar Springs. The slide probably happened on Sunday and pretty well blocked the road. The county crew cleared a path thru the slide either Sunday night or Monday. He said the FS has had a crew working there the last couple of days (still working today.) The slide took part of the outer edge of the road off, so they had to haul in fill material to build the edge of the road back up. He also reported that the county crew has finished blading the EFSF road clear out to the Zena Creek mail box (and rock raked.) He said the road is in great shape. (He also reported a close call, almost got run off the road today!)

April 17, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

April 17, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Local Observations:

Monday (April 11) light frost early this morning, clear and strong sun. Pileated banging on a tree on the golf course, robins hopping about, jays and nutcrackers screeching, juncos flittering and swallows swooping. Warmer than normal for this time of year, clear and sunny day. No jacket necessary for evening chores. Report of a hummingbird up on main street. People reporting ticks, and another report of a long legged wasp.

Tuesday (April 12) no freeze this morning, partly cloudy and strong sun warming it up fast. Pileated woodpeckers calling back and forth, lots of robins, not as many juncos, jays and nutcrackers and a lone chickadee calling. Clouding up after lunch, afternoon rain showers off and on. Cooler, more normal temperatures. Quite a few robins chirping right at dark. Rain during the night.

Wednesday (April 13) no freeze, fresh snow on top of Golden Gate and VanMeter Hill. River getting loud. A few juncos, chickadees, lots of robins, jays and nutcrackers, no swallows. Greening up! Daffodils up and making flower buds, snow-berry bushes and bitter brush putting out small leaves. First Colombian Ground Squirrel sighting. Rain during the night.

Thursday (April 14) no freeze, rained during the night. Low misty clouds socking in the ridges, sprinkling rain with a few flakes of snow mixed in. Robins everywhere, worms out and crossing the road. More juncos around, swallows must have left. Jays and nutcrackers active. Moss is very green. Rain and sometimes snow during the day. Blustery cloudy afternoon. Northern Flicker digging at the ant pile. Shower of snow balls before 7pm, enough to almost make the ground white.

Friday (April 15) light freeze, started snowing early morning, just a trace on the board and none on the ground. Light snow falling, elk on the golf course, fresh scat on lower YP Ave. Robins, chickadees, juncos, pileated woodpecker, norther flicker, jays and nutcrackers. Daffodils up several inches with bloom buds still tight. Snow flurries done by around 1030am, cloudy day. Evening elk on the golf course. Decreasing clouds.

Saturday (April 16) hard freeze early morning, clear sky and frost melting. Power out 1010am to 1121am. Some swallows returning now the weather is better, a few starlings too. Lots of robins early this morning. Jays and nutcrackers active, only a few juncos sighted. Got a report that wasps are bad already in the Emmett area, probably a prediction of a bad wasp year for YP too. Pair of Pileated woodpeckers visited late afternoon.

Sunday (April 17) frost early morning, clear sky and lots of birds this morning. The swallows are back, robins all over, a few juncos, jays and nutcrackers active (and noisy.) Sunny quiet day, light breezes. Another dead tree at tee #1 at the Yellow Pine Country Club. Woodpeckers are feasting!


During spring run-off, please limit outdoor watering until the run-off subsides.

Local News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

Photos/story by Jeff Forster



Antenna Tower: The hole has been dug in preparation for the Antenna Tower and Repeater for better communication with Valley County Dispatch and other emergency responders. Valley County Communications Group and Valley County Sheriff’s Office are providing the tower and repeater and we received a $15,000 Grant to complete this much needed project.

A big thanks to Kyle. Stan and Dan from Midas Gold who are constructing the hole and supplying most of the material to build the base of the Tower.
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Fire Training:  Preparation is underway for the Fire Training on May 1, 2016 at 11:00 at the Fire Station. If you haven’t already, please RSVP to Jeff Forster at 633-1010.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course to be held in Yellow Pine. Jeff Forster and Cascade Fire/EMS will be teaching a Nationally and State of Idaho recognized EMR class to begin possibly Mid May 2016. Details of the class dates/times and other facts will be forthcoming. All graduates will be prepared to go through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians testing process. Once Nationally registered you’ll be State of Idaho licensed to function on the Quick Response Unit (QRU) in Yellow Pine. If interested in the EMR class or want to talk about the class give Jeff F. a call.
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Yellow Pine Country Club

Golf course mitigation day is Sunday April 24. After breakfast time. If interested come on down. No RSVP needed.


Robert Harry Greenway


September 28, 1919 – April 8, 2016

Robert Harry Greenway was born at home September 28, 1919 on the Stewart Place, (presently the NW corner of Doc Lane and U of I Road) to Harry and Clara Greenway, Parma, Idaho. He passed away April 8, 2016 at home, in the house in which he grew up on Klahr Road. He attended Parma schools and those years were enriched when a new girl, Mary Ann Aten, transferred to Parma from Roswell at the beginning of their sophomore year.

Dad served in several different military units during his service years, (March ’42-Nov ’45) including the motor pool of a tank destroyer unit at Ft. Lewis in 1942. Mom and Dad were married, Feb 21, 1942, during a 12 hour pass at ‘Lewis’. Among other assignments were Ft. Hood, Texas, and Ft. Crook, Nebraska, before being sent to a base in Massachusetts. From there he was transferred to Saipan in the Pacific. During Dad’s service he was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal .

After the war, Dad returned home where he farmed with his father and expanded the operation, retiring in 1986 when he embarked upon thirty years of retirement.

Fishing and camping trips were always an important part of our family activities. Mom and Dad’s association with Yellow Pine began during the 40’s when Dad’s brother, Gordon, lived in Stibnite. They built the cabin in 1976 and enjoyed the people and surroundings of the area through all seasons. Dad was 80 when he last hiked into Crater Lake near Profile Summit with three generations of us.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Clara; brother , Gordon,; daughter-in-law, Nancy Ann; and wife, Mary.

He is survived by his children, Alan and his children, Matt & Beth (Katie & Melody), Amanda & Michael McLennan (Chrissy & Luke), and Justin; Jim, and his children, Jason & Cheyenne, Tim & Surine (Taylor), and Gina; Billie & Mike and her children, Monte (Cole& Brody), and Nicki. Also surviving is Dean Harnar.

We wish to express our deep gratitude for our troop of caregivers for both Mom and Dad: Susan Bennett, June Thomas, Andrea Tracy, Lynda Woodhall, Markann Mattox, Pam Jurries Eguia, Kelli Jo Sorrell, Chris Larson, and Dennis & Lorna Howard.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church, Parma, ID. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to Old Fort Boise Historical Society, Attn: Jim Jefferies, PO Box 942, Parma ID, 83660; or the Yellow Pine (Schoolhouse) Museum, PO Box 99, Yellow Pine, ID 83677; or to your favorite charity .

Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 13, 2016

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Dennis Petersen

Dennis Alfred Petersen

August 20, 1942 – April 2, 2016


Dennis Alfred Petersen was born August 20, 1942 in Kellogg, Idaho and died April 2, 2016, at Everett, Washington.

Denny was the eldest son of A.B. (Pete) Petersen and Ruth Petersen. He spent his childhood in Yellow Pine, Idaho where Dad worked at the nearby Stibnite Mine. In 1953, after the mine closed, the family moved to Emmett, Idaho, to live in an easier winter climate. Denny attended Emmett Jr. and Sr. High Schools but found student life too tame and was encouraged to join the U.S. Navy. He served from 1959 to 1963 and was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Bon Homme Richard as a radar technician.

After discharge, Denny worked a variety of construction and mining jobs. This experience led to a career as an Ironworker, which suited his adventurous nature. In 1967 he married Sharon Parks and they made their first home in Emmett. Sharon and Denny had two children, Chris and Deni Lyn. They subsequently lived in Boise and Lacey, Wash. They returned to Boise and in 1984 were divorced. He moved to the Seattle area to continue his work in construction.

Denny met Carol Novak and they were married in 1992. He retired from Ironworkers Union Local 86 and he and Carol enjoyed the country life outside Snohomish, Washington. He took pride and pleasure in their home and yard, helping Carol with arts and crafts projects and building several houses for the benefit of Carol’s chickens. Their Pug dog “Libby” will sure miss her “dad.”

Denny is survived by his wife Carol, and step-daughters; Connie (Brian) Senyitko and granddaughters Hayley and Emily of Marysville; Christie (Kyle) Ward of Lake Stevens; son Chris Petersen (Christie) and grandchildren Hailey and Hayden of Emmett; daughter Deni Lyn Lequerica and grandchildren Kimber, K.C. and Kaden of Boise; sister-in-law Sandy Petersen of Modesto, Ca. and brother Nick (Mona) of Emmett.

Denny was proceeded in death by his father, Pete in 1987, mother Ruth in 1996 and brother John in 2013.

No services will be held, Denny wanted his ashes to be spread near his home in Washington. Feel free to donate to a favorite charity or not, either way would be OK with him, just remember Denny with a smile.

Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Apr. 6 to May 5, 2016

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Photos to Share:

Pileated Woodpecker Yellow Pine


received April 16, 2016

by Jeff Forster
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Goslin Loop, South of Cascade

received April 13, 2016

by Dave Putman


Spring’s Sudden Color Show

Chartreuse and yellow,
soft pink and bright white —
like Somebody flipped
a switch overnight.

– The Bard of Sherman Avenue


Idaho News:

Former Paul’s Market store in McCall transformed into Albertsons

Store to reopen Saturday with new inventory, signs

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News April 14, 2016

The parking lot was filled with cars, but no purchases were being made this week at the former Paul’s Market supermarket in McCall.

Suppliers, contractors, corporate workers and store employees were busy restocking the shelves and converting the check-out stands to reflect the store’s new owner, Albertsons.

The McCall Albertsons store will reopen on Saturday, a week after it was closed to make the conversion.

Remodeling of the store will wait until fall, but there will be plenty of changes to greet returning customers this weekend, said Kathy Holland, communications and community relations manager with Albertsons Intermountain Division in Boise.

The cash registers and check stands have been replaced with new equipment, outside signs have been replaced and all employees will be wearing Albertsons polo shirts, aprons or smocks.

The shelves have been restocked with Albertsons store brands, including its new Signature line and two organic lines, O Organics and Open Nature. The meat department will feature Double R Ranch beef.

The deli will feature Albertsons famous fried chicken and the bakery will continue to offer scratch-made donuts and cakes, Holland said. The clothing and shoe department from Paul’s will remain, she said.

The new store director is Lance Armstrong, who has worked with Albertsons for several years in varying roles. Former store manager Joe Garnett will stay on as assistant store director.

“We have decided to wait to begin the remodel until the end of the summer since that is a time many tourists are in the area and it is such a busy time,” Holland said.

Food Bank Donation

An Albertsons semi-truck arrived Monday morning at Heartland Hunger and Resource Center filled with donated food taken from the shelves of the store during the changeover.

Included were fresh produce, eggs and dairy products, juices, frozen meats and vegetables, varieties of snacks, spices and breads, said Linda Klind, board president of the McCall food bank.

A small army of volunteers gathered to divide the food among a variety of organizations, including the Donnelly Food Bank, The Shepherd’s Home, the McCall Senior Citizens Center, Camp Pinewood and Quaker Hill Camp and Conference Center, Klind said.

Local churches also distributed the donated food to youth groups, she said.

Pet food from Paul’s that is not carried by Albertsons was donated to MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter, Holland said.

The McCall store was part of the deal announced in February where Albertsons acquired all seven Paul’s Markets in southern Idaho.

The former Paul’s stores in McCall, Homedale, Kuna and Boise remain open as Albertsons stores, but the Paul’s stores in Caldwell, Nampa and Mountain Home were closed.

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. The company operates in 35 states and the District of Columbia under banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

source: The Star-News
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Howdy’s to host Lake Cascade fishing tourney

The Star-News April 14, 2016

Howdy’s Gas and Grub in Cascade will hold its 22nd annual Fishing Tournament on the waters of Lake Cascade on Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1.

There will be prizes of up to $300 in categories including largest trout caught and the highest accumulated weight for perch.

Registration costs $8 for adults, while youths age 13 years and younger can fish for free. Prizes will be awarded on May 1 at 3 p.m. at Howdy’s with free merchandise given away.

For more information, call Howdy’s at 382-6712 or drop by to see the rules.

source: The Star-News
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Wilder weather means tricky times for reservoir operators

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 4/12/16

BOISE, Idaho — Wilder swings in weather patterns in the past decade are making it trickier to keep reservoirs filled for irrigation and power generation while also avoiding the risk of flooding homes downstream, some Pacific Northwest reservoir operators say.

Reservoir management plans that dictate how much water is stored or released are based on decades of weather and snowmelt information. Conditions far outside the norm — such as early snowmelt due to warmth or rain instead of snow during winter — can skew calculations that are used to make water predictions.

“We’re struggling at this point with weather patterns,” said Joel Fenolio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers senior water manager for the Upper Columbia, which includes eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana and British Columbia.

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Feds list Idaho as possible site for nuclear waste storage

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 4/13/16

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Department of Energy lists the Idaho National Laboratory as a possible site for storing about 1,300 dump truck loads of low level radioactive waste.

The federal agency’s preferred alternative according to a final environmental impact statement made available in March is the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant geologic repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The INL is listed as a possibility in three other alternatives that also include the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state, the Nevada National Security Site and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

Possible methods of disposal at the 890-square-mile federal site in eastern Idaho include an intermediate-depth borehole disposal facility, a near-surface trench, or in a vault, the document says.

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Idaho to stagger release of food stamps beginning in July

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 4/16/16

BOISE, Idaho — Starting in July, Idaho will start staggering the release of food stamps. Instead of everyone who receives help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program getting their benefits on the first of the month, there will be a 10-day distribution system.

KTVB-TV reports ( ) about 82,000 Idaho families receive SNAP benefits each month.

State officials say recipients receive about $115 per month on average.

Starting in July, food stamp recipients will have access to their benefits to a day corresponding with the last digit of their birth year. For example, people born in 1966 will receive SNAP benefits on the sixth day of the month.

The Idaho Legislature passed legislation back in 2014 requiring the department to move to a staggered food stamp distribution system. Several retailers and grocery store chains pushed for the change because they are often swamped on the first of the month.


Forest News:

Groups seek injunction on northern Idaho logging project

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: 4/11/16

BOISE, Idaho — Two conservation groups have asked a federal judge for an injunction to temporarily stop a salvage logging project on a national forest near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers in northern Idaho.

Idaho Rivers United and Friends of the Clearwater filed the motion last week as part of their lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Forest Service seeking to stop the project that aims to harvest about 34 million board feet of timber scorched by wildfire.

The groups contend in the lawsuit filed in early March that the Forest Service’s approval of the project violates the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A wildfire burned more than 20 square miles in 2014, mostly on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

The Forest Service wants to start logging on May 15.


Letter to Share:

Idaho for Wildlife Foundation and the Gamebird Foundation

April 15, 2016

Hi All,

For the past couple years, Idaho for Wildlife Foundation and the Gamebird Foundation has been working with the Juvenile Correction center in Lewiston to build brooders and now they would like to raise pheasants to release behind their facility.  The Foundations have been providing material for the young folk that are detained and enrolled in the vocation classes at the center.  The training that they receive starts from working with the blueprints to the actual building of the brooders.  Until this project got started the material that the kids had to work with was the dismantling of old wood pallets and trying to figure out what they could build with the used pieces of wood.  The Foundation has been supplying them with new material to build with.  If you want to see some pride in young kids, you need to go down and see the the pride in their work when they complete a brooder.

Now for the newest project.  The correction center has now built their own brooder and a family has donated another brooder so the young folks at the center can start raising pheasants for release behind the facility where there are farm fields that lead down to Byden Canyon, which has some very nice wild bird habitat.   The Foundation will have to help with providing some feed and some heaters.  We will also help with some training on the care of the baby chicks.  IDFG will provide the baby chicks from Little canyon Shooters Hatcheries in Peck, Idaho.

We now have a ton of bird chow for baby chicks.  Our cost is $20 per 50# bag.  For those who can’t buy their own feed, we help as much as we are able.  the Gamebird Foundation needs help to raise some funds to keep these projects going.  We are seeing an increase of pheasants where we have been raising and releasing birds.  A lot of folks are buying their own feed and building their own brooding facilities.  We have many folks that want to help out but they need help buying feed.  We are down to one brooder that we haven’t loaned out, yet.  If you or anyone you know can donate a little CASH or have something they can donate, that we can sell, it would be appreciated.  Any donation, cash or otherwise, is good for a tax write off, as the Gamebird Foundation is a 501c3 corporation.  We will take anything, even if it eats hay.  Donations of CASH or check can be sent to the Gamebird foundation or offers of donated items to The Gamebird Foundation.  PO Box 100.  Viola, Idaho 83872.

As of a few days ago when I composed this the last brooder has been taken.  We need to get a couple more built.  A couple days ago a friend that does woodworking came by and donated this wood flag to the Gamebird Foundation.  It is beautifully done.  It is 19 by 27 inches, it is all done by hand using reclaimed wood and is painted with outside paint in case someone wanted to place it on a building.  Jack said that he would sign it if some one wanted.

The Gamebird foundations will be taking bids on the flag.  It will be a donation to the foundation and is tax deductible.  This a wall hanger supreme.  Email back.  Call cause we need $.  I will keep those bidding of how it goes.


The Gamebird Foundation
PO Box 100 Viola, Idaho 83872

Critter News:

Wildlife agents kill last of Rosebud wolf pack

By: MTN News Apr 08, 2016

BILLINGS – All six members of the Rosebud wolf pack have been killed, a spokesman for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks said Friday.

The last two of the six wolves in the pack were killed Friday, said agency spokesman Bob Gibson.

The pack was targeted after recently killing two yearling heifers on a ranch near Absarokee.

Authorities said the same pack had killed a yearling on another area ranch in January and two calves last year.


[hat tip to WEI]
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Wolf population on the rise in Wyoming

Loca News 8 – Apr 14, 2016

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming’s wolf population has soared and the once-endangered animals are expanding into new territory.

Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the state’s wolf population was at least 328 at the end of 2015, the highest since the carnivore was reintroduced to the ecosystem in the mid-1990s.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department carnivore biologist Ken Mills says the new wolves are mostly living on the fringes of their range in the state’s western mountain. Mills, who led the wolf program for Game and Fish from 2012 to 2014, says several packs are establishing and reproducing quickly.

Packs can now be found as far off as the tip of the Wind River Range, more than 150 miles from the reintroduction point in Yellowstone National Park.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of April 2016
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It’s a lie that wolves don’t kill just for fun

[Opinion] By Maury Jones APRIL 6, 2016 Jackson Hole News & Guide

On March 23, 2016, a pack of wolves descended on a herd of elk near Bondurant and slaughtered 19 elk, including 17 calves and two pregnant cows.

The wolves ripped the fetuses out of the cows’ bellies and ate them. Evidence suggests the fetuses were ripped out while the cow elk were still alive, as it appears the cows got up and walked a few feet before collapsing from loss of blood and succumbing to merciful death. The unborn calves were the only thing the wolves ate. What a tragic wanton waste of beautiful elk.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls this 19-elk slaughter a “surplus killing.” That implies the wolves accidentally killed too many. Nonsense. It was a thrill kill. Just having fun. This mass slaughter is not an isolated instance. It is not rare. This killing gained notoriety because of the sheer numbers of elk killed.


[hat tip to TM]
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Managing Wolves Is Managing People


In late March of 2016, news media in the US and UK ran a story about a pack of nine wolves killing 19 elk, mostly calves, in a herd near Bondurant, Wyoming, that were yarded in an area where they’re fed during the winter to help prevent starvation.

Wolves are predators. Elk are a prime prey for wolves. What made this elk kill get so much coverage was that 16 of the dead elk were calves and none of them were eaten. Two of the three adult elk killed were pregnant females. Such “Surplus killings”, when more prey are killed than are eaten, are rare, according to wolf biologists. In some situations the wolves will return later for food, however, there’s no guarantee that the wolves will return to the kill at all.

In October of 2009 the LA Times ran an article about another wolf surplus kill in Dillon, Montana, where a rancher found the carcasses of 122 of his purebred adult sheep killed by wolves. It was, according to the Times, an example of the ability of wolves to kill for the “pure pleasure of it.”

No one seems to have asked the wolves what motivated these killings. A “wolf whisperer” could help us know why wolves engage in surplus killings, but for the time being we have to rely on scientists.

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Lone wolf in northern B.C. destroyed after stalking walkers, killing dog

Locals tracked wolf and warned neighbours on Facebook

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News Posted: Apr 12, 2016

Conservation officials have killed a lone wolf that was prowling city streets in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Conservation officer Ryan Gordon says the wolf had been approaching people and recently killed a dog in a backyard. He says the wolf was severely underweight and coming too close for comfort.

“It was showing elevated levels of interest in people and increased habituation levels towards people, especially people out walking their pets,” said Gordon, who fielded numerous complaints over several months.

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North Cascades wolverines could play role in ESA decision

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review April 14, 2016

On April 4, describing the wolverine as a “snow-dependent species standing squarely in the path of global climate change,” a federal judge recently overturned a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny this rare species protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Conservationists cheered the decision.

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen passed harsh judgment on the Fish and Wildlife Service for responding to political pressure in the face of clear scientific evidence that the 300 remaining wolverines in the lower 48 states are threatened by reduced snowpack in their habitat.

The ruling puts the weight back on the federal agency’s shoulders to research the status and come up with a plan for the largest of the weasel family.

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Feds seek public comments on caribou habitat plan

By KEITH RIDLER – AP Published: 4/16/16

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials are seeking public comments on a plan to designate 30,000 acres of critical habitat for the last remaining herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states.

It’s the second attempt by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after a federal judge rejected the same plan that reduced critical habitat in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington state from about 375,000 acres to 30,000.

The federal agency is taking written comments through May 19.

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Situation Summary and Management Strategy For Mountain Caribou And Winter Recreation On the Idaho Panhandle National Forests

March 12, 2004

Link to Document:
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Idaho tries to curb spread of white-nose syndrome in bats

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review April 13, 2016

Idaho is asking the public to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome that’s killing millions of bats, especially in the eastern half of the United States.  Here’s a  media release just posted.

The recent confirmation of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of hibernating bats, in Washington state has heightened concern over bats in Idaho. The primary goal of the state is to prevent the introduction of the fungus that causes WNS while preparing for its potential arrival.

Within the framework of a national response plan led by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is working with state and federal agencies, other western states, tribes, academic institutions, grottos, and nongovernmental organizations to conduct WNS surveillance in Idaho, obtain baseline information on bats, and to develop an interagency coordinated response plan for the state.

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Idaho spring Chinook fishing rules adopted

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review April 13, 2016

With about two dozen spring chinook already running from the ocean, up the Columbia, into the Snake and over Lower Granite Dam, it’s time for anglers to bone up on the 2016 salmon fishing seasons and rules adopted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in March.

Opening day for spring chinook in Idaho is April 23.

The basic rules follow…

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Carp remain a big problem as Lake Lowell opens

Morgan Boydston, KTVB April 14, 2016

NAMPA — An invasive fish is taking over a popular lake in Canyon County, leaving leaders looking for ways to fix the problem. Boating season kicks off on Lake Lowell on Friday, and anglers out on the water may know about all the carp swimming beneath the surface.

“It’s been time to do something for quite some time,” Canyon County Commissioner Tom Dale said.

County officials are certain that there is no solution that will work out unless all the different agencies involved with the lake work together.

“The carp are overpopulating in Lake Lowell and they are a problem,” Dale added.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
April 15, 2016
Issue No. 788

Table of Contents

* NW Power/Conservation Council Hears ‘Lessons Learned’ Report On High Mortality For Columbia/Snake Basin’s 2015 Sockeye Run

* Council Votes To Move Forward On Salmon/Steelhead Habitat Assessment Above Grand Coulee; Idaho Members Opposed

* Council Approves More Than $550K In Cost-Savings From FW Projects; Money Goes To ‘Emerging Priorities’

* Walla Walla Corps District Rates 2016 Spring Flood Potential In Snake River Basin At Normal To Slightly Above Normal

* NOAA Issues Oregon BiOp Calling For Changes In National Flood Insurance Program To Better Protect Salmon, Steelhead

* Findings Suggest New ‘Bioretention’ Systems To Reduce Urban Stormwater’s Lethal Impacts On

* Imnaha River Hatchery Study Indicates Smaller Salmon Smolt Release Size Could Result In Larger Number Of Returning Adults

* Study Shows That Fishery Collapse Disaster Relief Funds Should Go To Wider Range Of Stakeholders

* Modernizing Dams: Lower Monumental Has Turbine Removed For Repairs First Time In 20 Years

* Federal Judge Directs Settlement Proceedings Over Deschutes River Management, Spotted Frog

* Steelhead Season In Northeast Oregon Rivers Extended To Increase Harvest Of Hatchery Fish

Fun Critter Stuff:

Wasp Season coming soon to Yellow Pine!


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Making good decisions…


… is a crucial skill at every level.

Boise National Forest, Peter Drucker photo

[hat tip to SMc]
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Clover knows 350+ words (with subtitles)

Clover, a Congo African Grey parrot shows off some of her 350 word vocabulary.


Fish & Game News:

News Releases for Idaho Fish and Game

* Spring is prime time for lakes and reservoirs ( Boise, ID – 4/11/16 )
* Bear baiting rule changes effective now ( Boise, ID – 4/11/16 )
* Commission to meet via conference call April 21 ( Boise, ID – 4/11/16 )
* Idaho’s turkey hunting remains popular, safety urged ( Boise, ID – 4/11/16 )
* Birds Love Boise Celebration and Native Plant Sale April 23  ( Boise, ID – 4/11/16 )

Tips & Advice:

The Many Helpful Uses of Baking Soda

by Farmers’ Almanac Staff – Sunday, January 1st, 2006

What is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a naturally occurring substance present in all living things. It helps living things maintain the pH balance necessary for life. Baking soda is made from soda ash, which is sodium carbonate.

This product is a must-have in every home as it’s a great all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer. Check out these great uses:

Doing Dishes?
Don’t forget the baking soda. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda to your dishwater. It will help cut grease and loosen food on dishes, pots, and pans. For cooked-on, baked-on foods, soak in a baking soda and detergent mixture, then use dry baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth as a scratch less scouring powder.

Cleaner Fruits and Vegetables
The experts agree—you should wash produce before consuming it. To clean more of the dirt, chemical residues, and waxes from all varieties of fruits and vegetables, use baking soda. Shake some onto wet produce, scrub, then rinse. Works better than water alone.

Remove Product Buildup
For extra clean hair, try adding a small amount of baking soda (about the size of a quarter) to your shampoo. Wash, rinse, and condition as you normally would. The baking soda helps remove built-up residues from styling products and mineral abundant waters.

Great For Dental Gear
Baking soda works well as a cleaner for dentures, retainers, or mouth guards. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl of water. Then soak dental gear for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water after soaking.

Camping Necessity
Baking soda is a must for any camper. It can serve as a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher, and first aid treatment for insect bites, sunburn and poison ivy, as well as much more. Plus, it saves space (one box compared to many products!).

Lawn Furniture Cleaner
To clean and deodorize lawn and pool furniture, mix a solution of 1/4-cup baking soda to 1 quart of warm water. Wipe the furniture with this solution, then rinse clean. For tougher stains, sprinkle baking soda directly onto a damp sponge, scrub with it and rinse.

First Aid
Relieve the itching and pain of an insect bite with a baking soda paste. After you have removed any stinger, make a paste by combining 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Apply it to the affected area and let it dry. Wash it off and repeat, if needed.

No More Smelly Dogs!
Instead of heading for the bathtub every time Fido smells, try giving him periodic dry baths. Rub dry baking soda into his fur, then comb or brush it through and out. Baking soda is nontoxic and safe for use on and around your pets.

Idaho History April 17, 2016

Lemhi County, Idaho

Leacock’s Station Photo Postcard C1910s


[Probably Big Creek Basin in Lemhi Co. Idaho]

Card addressed to:

Mrs. Roy J. King
Grass Valley, California

Darling, this is where I stopped for the night of July 2nd. The town consists of one house and three individuals. Lovingly, Roy

“Homestead of Abner C. Leacock, at confluence of Nappias and Big Creek.”

From “Centennial History of Lemhi County, Idaho,” compiled by Lemhi County History Committee, Hon. Fred Snook, Chairman; 1992; p. 168f

Thunder Mountain

by Marilyn Afford

While Thunder Mountain is not a part of Lemhi County, its history is enmeshed with ours. The trails to Thunder Mountain and the old town of Roosevelt were heavily traveled and many Lemhl County people were involved with the short but hectic story of that area. Thunder Mountain is located on the Payette National Forest near the head of Monumental and Marble Creeks, both western tributaries of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

In 1991, as a part of the National celebration of the centennial of the first Forest Reserves in the United States, the Salmon National Forest began maintaining and reconstructing a segment of one of the historic trails to Thunder Mountain for use by recreationists. While the location of parts of the old trail are unknown, or have been obliterated by roads or other activity, the segment from Williams Lake to China Springs is still largely intact and recognizable.

The gold rush was intense, involving thousands of people from all walks of life. To supply their needs, horse and mule strings found their way through the rugged terrain of the Salmon River Mountains from several directions, including Salmon City. One of the routes used involved travel from Salmon, up Lake Creek. past Williams Lake, to China Springs. then southwest to Yellowjacket on the way to the Middle Fork and Thunder Mountain. It was a long and arduous trip of over one hundred miles through some of the most rugged terrain in the state of Idaho. The trail from Salmon City to China Springs was steep and largely dry. At China Springs, teamsters and their animals could stop and refresh.

The gold rush began in the Thunder Mountain District in 1901, spawning the boom towns of Roosevelt, Thunder City, and Belleco. On December 11, 1901 an item appeared in the local newspaper that indicates the excitement that existed over the Thunder Mountain area:

The Red Rock and Salmon River Stage Line is preparing for the rush to Thunder Mountain. and has ten 4-horse Concord coaches and four 6–horse Concords in readiness. This will handle Twenty-five to fifty passengers daily, conveying them within fifty miles of Thunder Mountain at Yellow Jacket, from which point the journey must be made by pack outfits. It will require three days to make the trip in, one day being used to travel from Red Rock to Salmon. and two days from Salmon to Thunder.

Another item from the “Lemhi Herald” of November 20. 1901 reads:

Salmon to Leesburg, 14 miles –Leesburg to Leacock Station on Big Creek, 9 miles – Up Big Creek to Forney, 12 miles – Forney to Three Forks (which form Camas Creek), 14 miles –Down Camas Creek to the Middle Fork, 14 miles – Up the Middlefork to the mouth of Marble Creek, 8 miles Up Marble Creek to Mouth of Mule Creek, 20 miles —You are now in Thunder Mountain Country, but not the heart of it Up Mule Creek. 9 miles and we are in the land of wealth.

The combined population of Roosevelt and Thunder City grew to over five thousand, but some sources indicate that in 1902 there were as many as 22,000 men at work there on 11,000 claims. About fifty mining stock companies had formed, but only two had any money to work with.

The boom was short-lived, as the town of Roosevelt was drowned by a landslide–formed lake in 1909. Water seeping through the workings, true to the predictions of many experienced miners, caused the slide. The mountain slid 2.5 miles down Mule Creek to the mouth of Monumental Creek Canyon in twenty six hours, damming Monumental Creek.

Today, the waters of this remote lake ripple over the remains of a ghost town that was perhaps the most isolated mining town in Idaho.

References. “Recorder Herald” August 1991, and Research notes of Marjorie B Sims

source: AHGP

[h/t SMc]
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Lemhi County

from “The History of Idaho, The Gem of the Mountain”, by James H. Hawley, Volume I, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1920: The Counties of Idaho, G – L

Lemhi County

“Situated in the eastern part of the state, taking in the Lemhi Valley and extending northwest into the Valley of the Salmon River, is Lemhi County, which was created by an act of the Fifth Territorial Legislature, approved by Governor Ballard on January 9, 1869. The county takes its name from the Mormon settlement that was made in the Lemhi Valley in 1854, an account of which is given in an earlier chapter of this history. It has an area of 4,867 square miles; is bounded by the State of Montana on the north and east; by Fremont County on the southeast; by Custer County on the south and by Idaho County on the west. Along the eastern boundary are the Bitter Root Mountains, the Lemhi Range lies along the line separating Lemhi from Custer County, and in the western part are the Salmon River and Yellow Jacket Mountains. The valleys between these ranges are fertile and produce abundant crops. Two national forests the Lemhi and Salmon afford excellent grazing facilities and in 1917 the county stood first in the number of cattle and fifth in the number of sheep.

“In the summer of 1866 a party of prospectors from Montana discovered rich placer mines in the Big Creek Basin, between the Salmon River and Yellow Jacket Mountains, about eighteen miles from where Salmon, the county seat, is now situated. At that time the territory comprising Lemhi County was a part of Idaho County, but the rush to the new mining fields soon brought a large population, with the result that a provisional county government was established in July, 1867, and the county was regularly organized in January, 1869. The act creating Lemhi County named George L. Shoup, E. H. Tuttle and Benjamin F. Heath as commissioners to organize the county and appoint the other county officers. They appointed R. H. Johns, auditor and recorder; John S. Ramey, sheriff; J. G. Finnell, probate judge; Charles G. Chamberlain, county clerk; Francis J. Lemman, assessor. These officers served until the first election, which was held on June 7, 1869, when George L. Shoup, E. H. Tuttle and Fred Phillips were elected commissioners; Charles G. Chamberlain, clerk; Jesse McCaleb, auditor and recorder; John S. Ramey, sheriff; E. C. Whitsett, treasurer; A. C. Harris, probate judge; J. P. Jewell, coroner. George L. Shoup was the last territorial and the first state governor of Idaho, and was one of the first United States senators after the state was admitted into the Union. The present courthouse at Salmon was completed in 1910, at a cost of $40,000. In the spring of that year the Gilmore & Pittsburgh Railroad was finished through the Lemhi Valley, with stations at Baker, Cruik, Gilmore, Leadore, Lemhi, Maier, Salmon and Tendoy. Away from the railroad the villages are Carmen, Forney, Leesburg, May, Nicholia, Shoup and a few smaller places.

“Among the early settlers were the above named county officers, Thomas Pope, James McNab, J. L. Kirtley, B. F. Price, N. I. Andrews, F. B. Sharkey, Thomas Ryeatt, William Peterson, John W. Ostrander, Elijah Mulkey, David A. Wood, Albert Green, Joseph Crain, Thomas Elder, James Glendenning, and A. M. Stephenson. Most of these men were attracted to the country by the reports of the rich mineral discoveries. Mining is still one of the leading occupations, about fifty thousand tons of ore being shipped from the Gilmore mines every year. Some coal is mined near Salmon. In 1910 the population of Lemhi County was 4,786, and in 1918 assessed valuation of property was $5,481,170.

source: AHGP

[hat tip to SMc]

page updated Nov 10, 2018

Weather Reports April 10-16

April 10 Weather:

At 930am it was 40 degrees and clear. Warm sunny day, light breezes. At 715pm it was 63 degrees and clear. At midnight it was 40 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 11, 2016 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 71 degrees F
Min temperature 29 degrees F
At observation 39 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 11 Weather:

At 930am it was 39 degrees and clear. Warm sunny day, very light afternoon breezes. At 815pm it was 55 degrees and clear. At 130am it was 38 degrees and mostly clear, dew forming.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 12, 2016 at 09:30AM
Partly cloudy
Max temperature 72 degrees F
Min temperature 33 degrees F
At observation 44 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 12 Weather:

At 930am it was 44 degrees and partly cloudy. By noon it was mostly cloudy and stronger breezes. Darker clouds around 2pm and a couple drops of rain. Rain started around 330pm. Rained off and on. Thinner clouds and a little sun around 6pm. At 730pm it was 48 degrees and overcast. Shower passed thru around 740pm. At 845pm it was 48 degrees, clouds sitting on the ridges. At 11pm it was 44 degrees and sprinkling. Shower around 130am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 13, 2016 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 62 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 37 degrees F
Precipitation 0.45 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 13 Weather:

At 930am it was 37 degrees and mostly cloudy. More normal spring temperatures, mostly cloudy all day, a little breezy at times, no precip. At 730pm it was 49 degrees and mostly cloudy. Raining pretty good at 1130pm. At 1230am it was 39 degrees, cloudy, not raining. At 2am it was raining. More rain early morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 14, 2016 at 09:30AM
Low overcast, rain/snow mix
Max temperature 53 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 35 degrees F
Precipitation 0.16 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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April 14 Weather:

At 930am it was 35 degrees, low overcast (ridges socked in), light rain/snow mix. Snowing big fat flakes at 1030am, then light snow for about 10 minutes, then occasional drops of rain for a couple minutes. Another little sprinkle around 145pm. cloudy blustery late afternoon. Graupel (snow balls) falling at 650pm for 5 minutes (enough to turn the ground a little white), then a sprinkle of rain for a few minutes. At 7pm it was 38 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 845pm it was calm and low clouds on the mountains. At 1230am it was 34 degrees and partly cloudy. Snow early morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 15, 2016 at 09:30AM
Cloudy, light snow
Max temperature 47 degrees F
Min temperature 31 degrees F
At observation 34 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth Trace
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April 15 Weather:

At 930am it was 34 degrees, cloudy and light snow falling. Tapering off to an occasional flake by 1030am. Cloudy all day, no precip. At 730pm it was 44 degrees and partly clear (big blue hole.) At 1130pm it was 36 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 16, 2016 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 50 degrees F
Min temperature 25 degrees F
At observation 33 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth Trace
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April 16 Weather:

At 930am it was 33 degrees and clear. Sunny all day. Gusty breezes around 6pm. At 8pm it was 50 degrees and clear, lighter breezes.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 17, 2016 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 63 degrees F
Min temperature 26 degrees F
At observation 36 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch