Monthly Archives: May 2016

Road Report May 31

Tuesday (May 31) Report from Valley County Road Dept.: There are no big projects coming up in June.  The crews will be working on maintenance, crack sealing, pot hole patching, grading and clearing of right of way.  Lick Creek and Deadwood are still closed, Jeff anticipates a couple more weeks before they are open.  Secesh and Johnson Creek are open.

May 29, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

May 29, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Veteran’s Memorial

A big thank you goes out to Bob Auth’s daughter Chris Niebrand and Kathi Denton for spending several hours last Thursday working at the Veteran’s Memorial. They did a great job of cleaning/polishing up the memorial, replacing tiles and planting flowers etc.
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YPWUA News: 

Please be conservative when watering lawns. We ask those that are here all week to not water lawns on the weekends so that more water is available for the weekend cabin owners. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!
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Local Observations:

Monday (May 23) no frost, early morning rain shower, damp and trees dripping. Lots of bird activity, finches, cowbirds, jays, nutcrackers and a female yellow-headed blackbird. Gunshot at 1045am. Brief rain shower early afternoon, cloudy day. Helicopter flew over the village at 850pm. Less clouds before dark.

Tuesday (May 24) no frost, low of 33F, mostly cloudy – high thin poofy clouds. Swallows are back (then left by afternoon), a couple of clarks nutcrackers, several robins and some finches. More bitterbrush going to bloom, lilacs are dropping blossoms. Couple of pine squirrels running around. Power off at 1141am for less than 1 minute. Male hairy woodpecker drumming on the power pole after lunch. Mostly cloudy, warmer and drier. Breaks in the clouds before dark. Some stars out after midnight.

Wednesday (May 25) dipped a little below freezing for a short while, overcast morning. Swallows are back, some finches and robins. Partly clear later in the afternoon and light breezes. Clearing at dark.

Thursday (May 26) low just above freezing, good amount of dew and clear sky. Swallows starting to build nests, clarks nutcrackers and finches calling (and eating a lot of sunflower seeds.) Increasing clouds and a few late afternoon showers. Sorrel and cinquefoil blooming (invasives.) Yarrow and penstemons making flower buds. Increasing traffic. Loud boom shook the house at 1210am.

Friday (May 27) low a little above freezing, moderate dew on the grass, mostly cloudy sky. Swallows taking straw and grass to the nest boxes. A couple of nutcrackers, some cassins finches, and robins. Loud dirt bikes brapping thru the neighborhood after lunch time and off and on in the afternoon/evening. Scattered afternoon rain showers. Airplanes buzzing the village during the afternoon and evening.

Saturday (May 28) got down to 32 degrees, a few flowers wilted, partly cloudy sky (high haze.) Swallows busy at the nest boxes and harassed a pine squirrel. Loud motorcycles going around the village a bit. Sounds like .22 shots once in a while. Sunshine and mild temperatures. A few hummmingbirds in afternoon. Loose dog trying to get in the yard after the chickens. Sounds like it got a little drunk out last night.

Sunday (May 29) got down to just above freezing, mostly clear sky, smoky haze from someone’s garbage fire. Loud airplanes flying over early, more vehicle traffic and road dust. Swallows active early morning. Jays and nutcrackers calling. About dusk a mule deer doe was grazing along the fences in the neighborhood while it was quiet.
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RIP:

Eldene Joyce Pevler

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January 4, 1935 – May 19, 2016

Eldene Joyce (Fowler) Pevler, 81, passed away at St. Alphonsus Hospital on May 19, 2016. She was born January 4, 1935 to Jack and Bessie Fowler in Emmett, Idaho. Eldene was born at home, which was located on the south end of the football field behind the Emmett Middle School. She started the first grade in Echo, Oregon. Her second grade was in Stanfield. She attended the fourth grade in Stibnite, Idaho and went to Wardwell School through the eighth grade in Emmett. She went to Emmett High School, which was then Parkview, from ninth through eleventh grade and later did home correspondence until she received her diploma in 1953. When she was young, she enjoyed working in the apple and cherry orchards with her parents and siblings. She married Norman Lee Pevler on Aug. 25th, 1952 and together they raised 5 children: Walter, Chester, Coleen, Clyde, and Shannon.

Eldene grew a wonderful garden with many vegetables and flowers. She enjoyed going to the cabin in Yellow Pine with her family, her sister Reva Martin, and many special friends. She retired in 1991 from Ore-Ida Foods in Ontario where she had worked for 35 years. After her retirement, she enjoyed playing bingo at the Senior Center in Emmett with her daughter, Shannon Arent, and her many special friends including Chuck and Ann Pautsch.

She loved her family and her many friends. Eldene is preceded in death by her parents, Bessie and Jack Fowler; sister, Reva Martin; son, Clyde Pevler and grandson, Jason Waters. She is survived by her husband, Norman Pevler, of 64 years, who still resides on the 93 acre farm west of Emmett; brother, Jerry Fowler, of Emmett; two sons, Walter Pevler of Emmett and Chester Pevler of Marsing; two daughters, Coleen terTelgte and Shannon Arent both of Emmett; nine grandchildren: Stacie Gassett, Jessie Pevler, Tom Pevler, Lindsey Pevler, Lisa Pevler, Andrew Pevler, Rachel Gassett, Dianna Walden and Tina Waters as well as her nine great grandchildren. Eldene was loved by many and will be missed by everybody who knew her.

Funeral services will be held at the Potter Funeral Chapel on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Viewing will be Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. She will be laid to rest at the Bramwell Cemetery following services.
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Photos to Share:

Yellow-headed Blackbird

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Horsethief Reservoir

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both photos by Dave Putman
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Idaho News:

Collaborative agrees on backcountry roads to close, keep

Group starts with Big Creek, will move to S. Fork, E. Fork

“It’s painful at times. However it works.” – Sandra Mitchell

BY DAN GALLAGHER for The Star-News May 26, 2016

After years of study from a citizens group, the Payette National Forest has proposed closing some roads and rehabilitating others in the Big Creek area of Valley County.

There currently are about five miles of trail open to off-highway vehicles in the big Creek area, located northeast of Yellow Pine in the remote back country of the county.

A total of 11 miles of Forest Service road are open to the public, four miles of federal and temporary roads are closed for use and 37 miles are unauthorized road.

The proposal would obliterate about 10 miles of the unauthorized roads, while another 20 miles would be rehabilitated.

Ten miles of road would managed for off-highway vehicle use such as ATVs.

Signage and educational information would be added, as well as stream crossings.

Comments will be accepted until Tuesday on the plan, called the Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Project.

The Big Creek-Yellow Pine Collaborative has met since 2012 to determine which roads and trails should be left open, be closed or set aside for possible later use.

The collaborative includes miners, recreationists, residents, environmentalists, biologists and Forest Service employees.

“We know that recreation use will not go away,” Krassel District Ranger Anthony Botello said. “We’re just trying to put it in the best spot for access but not impact the resources if we can.”

The collaborative was formed after landowners in the area challenged an earlier road-closure plan issued by the Forest Service in 2009. Valley County commissioners joined in the fight to demand ample access to the area.

Poorly Built

Many of the roads studied provided access to mines and were not built properly or maintained, according to the study.

That allowed sediment to flow into the streams where threatened Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout live.

The Big Creek study is the first of three studies of roads in the back country, Botello said. The advisory group is in the middle of discussions on roads around the South Fork of the Salmon River, and the group will also take on roads around the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River.

“The process is a variety of groups were involved,” said Valley County Commission Chair Gordon Cruickshank, who sits on the collaborative group.

“There was a rounded group with miners and access proponents, a resource group such as the Nez Perce Tribe and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and then recreation,” Cruickshank said. “They’ve come to a consensus.”

The collaborative brought in people with different views to try and find common ground, he said.

“It’s painful at times. However it works,” said Sandra Mitchell with the Idaho Recreation Council and Idaho State Snowmobile Association.

“Maybe to solve a problem, there has to be a little pain,” Mitchell said. “I admire everybody who comes and collaborates and sticks it out.”

Good things are possible when people come together, said John Robison, public lands director with the Idaho Conservation League.

“People have been able to respect and listen to other persons’ concerns to protect recreation opportunities and restore areas worth recreating in,” Robison said.

The document can be viewed at http://fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45084

source: The Star-News
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Free Fishing Day to be held June 11 in McCall, Cascade, NM

The Star-News May 26, 2016

Anglers of all kinds can take part in Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 11, in McCall, Cascade and New Meadows.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license.

License requirements are suspended, but all other rules such as limits or tackle restrictions remain in effect.

The three local events include:

• Fischer Pond in Cascade, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by Lake Cascade State Park, Walmart and local sponsors.

• Kimberland Meadows Pond, located at the entrance of MeadowCreek Golf Resort at New Meadows, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be hosted by Fish and Game and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

• Northwest Passage Pond, located in the North Beach Unit of Ponderosa State Park in McCall, 9 a.m. to noon, hosted by Fish and Game.

For more information, call 634-8137 or check http://fishandgame.idaho.gov

source: The Star-News
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Valley transfer station to host free clean-up days June 1-4

The Star-News May 26, 2016

Almost anything brought to the Valley County Transfer Station June 1-4 will be accepted at no charge.

The free clean-up days will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, June 1-4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Reduced rates will be charged for refrigerators, air conditioning units, freezers and tires. Commercial dumping will be charged normal prices, and no hazardous material will be accepted.

Woody debris will be accepted free from Saturday to June 30 as part of the county’s “Bring It, Don’t Burn It” campaign to reduce wildfire hazard.

The transfer station is located at 240 Spink Lane east of Farm to Market Road between Donnelly and Lake Fork. For questions, call 634-7712.

source: The Star-News
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WICAP to host annual yard sale June 3-11 at fairgrounds

The Star-News May 26, 2016

The Western Idaho Community Action Partnership will hold its annual yard sale on Friday, June 3, through Saturday, June 11, at the Valley County Fairgrounds in Cascade.

Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. There will be raffles for special items.

The sale will offer a range of items such as furniture, clothing, household goods, sports and spa equipment, and even boat motors.

Donations can be dropped from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the WICAP office at 110 West Pine St. in Cascade and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. June 1-2 at the fairgrounds.

WICAP offers food boxes to low-income families, job readiness help and Head Start among its services. For more information or to volunteer, call 382-4577.

source: The Star-News
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Cloud seeding program continues with collaborative funding

By The Associated Press – 5/27/16

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho water managers say they will step up funding for a cloud seeding program that’s already been credited with increasing the state’s mountain snowpack.

The Capital Press reports (http://bit.ly/1TJbtzs ) that the Idaho Power Co. program releases silver iodine into the atmosphere, which helps ice form in the clouds and increases precipitation.

The cloud seeding began in 2003. Idaho Power estimates that the extra snowpack creates an average of 800,000 acre-feet of water, roughly the volume of the American Falls Reservoir. It generates enough hydro-power to supply 17,000 homes.

Idaho Power engineering leader Jon Bowling says irrigation organizations, the Idaho Water Resource Board and Idaho Power will each shoulder about a third of the project’s cost. He says the collaborative funding prevents customers from having to bear the full cost themselves.

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Mining News:

Gold miners still sifting through Idaho waterways

Don Nelson May 25, 2016 KIVITV

BOISE COUNTY, Idaho – Gold mining is deeply rooted in Idaho history.

According to the Idaho Historical Society, miners found gold in the Boise River Basin in 1861 and by 1866, nearly $24 million of the precious metal was pulled from rivers, streams, and creeks. The state had tens of thousands of prospectors pouring into the area which ultimately put pressure on Abraham Lincoln to sign an act creating the Idaho Territory and eventually paving the way to statehood.

Although gold mining pans have been replaced with laptops and environmental regulations have stopped many of the traditionally dangerous and sometimes harmful mining techniques, that doesn’t mean a dedicated group of men and women don’t sift through sand every weekend hoping to catch a glimpse of gold.

At the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, Coyote Short has an answer for any question you may have regarding gold mining and how Idaho owes its existence to the stuff.

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Hecla Mining to acquire Mines Management

By The Associated Press – 5/24/16

HELENA, Mont. — Hecla Mining Co. has reached a nearly $30 million deal to acquire Mines Management Inc., the owner of the Montanore Mine in northwestern Montana, company officials announced Tuesday.

In the proposed merger, each outstanding common share of Spokane-based Mines Management will be exchanged for 0.2218 of a common share of Hecla Mining, which is based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Mines Management shareholders still must approve the deal.

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Forest News:

Boise National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps

It is the responsibility of the user to acquire the current MVUM.This MVUM shows the National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and the areas on National Forest System lands in the Cascade Ranger District that are designated for motor vehicle use pursuant to 36 CFR 212.51. This MVUM also identifies the vehicle classes allowed on each route and in each area; and any seasonal restrictions that apply on those routes and in those areas.

Designation of a road, trail, or area for motor vehicle use by a particular class of vehicle under 36 CFR 212.51 should not be interpreted as encouraging or inviting use or implying that the road, trail, or area is passable, actively maintained, or safe for travel. Motor vehicle designations include parking along designated routes and at facilities associated with designated routes when it is safe to do so and when not causing damage to National Forest System resources. Seasonal weather conditions and natural events may render designated roads and trails impassable for extended periods. Designated areas may contain dangerous or impassable terrain. Many designated roads and trails may be passable only by high-clearance vehicles or four-wheel-drive vehicles. Maintenance of designated roads and trails will depend on available resources, and many may receive little maintenance.

This motor vehicle use map identifies those roads, trails, and areas designated for the motor vehicle use under 36 CFR 212.51 for the purpose of enforcing the prohibition at 36 CFR 261.13. This is a limited purpose. The other public roads are shown for information and navigation purposes only and are not subject to designation under the Forest Service travel management regulation.

These designations apply only to National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and areas on National Forest System lands.

PROHIBITIONS

It Is prohibited to possess or operate a motor vehicle on National Forest System lands on the Cascade Ranger District other than in accordance with these designations (CFR 261.13)

Violators of 36 CFR 261.13 are subject to a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both (18 U.S.C. 3571(e)).This prohibition applies regardless of the presence or absence of signs.

This map does not display nonmotorized uses, oversnow uses, or other facilities and attractions on the Cascade Ranger District. Obtain forest visitor information from the local national forest office.

Designated roads, trails and areas may also be subject to temporary, emergency closures. As a visitor, you must comply with signs notifying you of such restrictions. A national forest may issue an order to close a road, trail or area on a temporary basis to protect the life, health, or safety of forest visitors or the natural or cultural resources in these areas. Such a temporary and/or emergency closures are consistent with the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR 212.52 (b), 36 CFR 261 subpart B).

The designation “road or trail open to all motor vehicles” does not supersede State traffic law.

Boise National Forest Cascade RD East Side Motor Vehicle Use Map 2016
https://www.pdf-maps.com/maps/75176/Boise/

Boise National Forest Cascade RD West Side Motor Vehicle Use Map 2016
https://www.pdf-maps.com/maps/75177/boise/

source:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/boise/maps-pubs
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Riding in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation wants to make sure you are prepared, educated and legal before you take to the trail on your off-highway vehicle (OHV). Be sure to stay on trails when you venture out on your OHV.  Visit Stay On Trails (link is external) to learn more.
http://www.stayontrails.com/

To find OHV trail maps across the state visit the Idaho Trail Mapping Program.

Anyone who will operate an OHV should complete a free IDPR Responsible Riders education course to acquire your ATV Safety Education Certificate.

Learn more about OHV laws, Idaho rules and guidelines, safety, trip planning and much more by viewing or downloading a free brochure, Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle Program.

Trail Ranger and Trail Cat reports are conveniently available on the Idaho ATV/Motorbike Program Facebook. Click the following links to view reports for the North, Westand East Regions,and be sure to “Like” the program to receive regular reports and event-related information.

Registration and Statistics

Learn more about the registration process and locate vendors by visiting our registration information.

Statistics and resources pertaining to ATVs and Motorbikes in Idaho is located under the Downloads/Links/FAQs tab to the left.
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Big Creek Road Plan of Operation Project Update

USDA Forest Service
May 24, 2016

The Forest Service, Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger Districts, has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Big Creek Roads Plan of Operations. We are proposing to authorize full-size motor vehicle travel on 26.34 miles of existing routes to provide access for 1872 Mining Act mineral activities under a ten-year Plan of Operations in the Big Creek area in Valley County, Idaho, approximately 7 miles north and east of the community of Yellow Pine, Idaho. The Responsible Official is Anthony Botello, Krassel District Ranger.

The environmental assessment and other information are available for review at the project webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46053 and at the Krassel Ranger District 500 North Mission Street, Bldg 1, McCall, ID 83638.  Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from Krassel District Ranger, 208-634-0600. Persons interested in receiving updates about this project may subscribe to GovDelivery for project updates via email by clicking the link “subscribe to email updates” on the right side of the project webpage.

Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to object must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR §218 Subparts A and B. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection under §218.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the notice in the McCall Star News, expected on May 26, 2016. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

Written comments may be submitted to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46053. Submissions via the project webpage are preferred; simply click on “how to comment” on the right side of the page and fill out the webform with your comments. Electronic comments may also be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to email: FS-comments-intermtn-payette-krassel@fs.fed.us.  Hard copy comments may be submitted to Anthony Botello, Krassel District Ranger, 500 North Mission, Bldg 1, McCall, ID 83638, or via fax at 208-634-0634. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification. For objection eligibility each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request. All comments received will be published with authorship information in the public reading room on the project webpage.

We appreciate your interest in the Payette National Forest and this project. If you have any questions regarding this project or comment period, please contact Jim Egnew, Forest Geologist, at 208-634-0756 or jegnew@fs.fed.us.

Sincerely,
ANTHONY B. BOTELLO
DISTRICT RANGER
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Idaho City Ranger District: Forest Road 327 repaired and open for through traffic

Boise National Forest
May 24, 2016

BOISE, Idaho, May 24, 2016 – A section of Forest Road 327 near Deer Park, which washed away over a week ago making the road Impassable, has been repaired and is open to through traffic.

This section of Forest Road 327 is under the maintenance jurisdiction of the Atlanta Highway District and is the only drivable road linking North Fork Boise River to the Middle Fork Boise River, Forest Road 268.

Forest crews recently cleared downed trees from the Granite Creek parking area to Barber Flat, and now the entire loop of Forest Roads 327 and 384 is also now open.

Motorists should contact the Atlanta Highway District at 208-864-2115 for further information.
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Mountain Home Ranger District opens many areas to overnight camping

Boise National Forest
May 26, 2016

The Mountain Home Ranger District is opening several recreation areas to overnight camping that are located along the South Fork Boise River and the West side of Anderson Ranch Reservoir effective May 26, following an extended period where only day use was allowed.

The change is reflective of continued soil stabilization in the Elk Complex fire area which produced two significant flash flood events since the fire in 2013.

“A careful evaluation of each recreation area on the West side of Anderson Ranch Reservoir and from the dam down the South Fork Boise River to the Danskin Boat Launch has occurred,” said District Ranger Stephaney Kerley. “This review showed that in many areas conditions have improved enough to once again allow overnight use.”

Areas not available for overnight use include campgrounds at Tailwaters, and Dog Creek.

A specific description and map of all the recreation areas is enclosed and a legal notice will be posted on the Boise National Forest website.

Recreation Areas Specific Day and Overnight Use Listing:

* Castle Creek Campground:  Overnight camping allowed, but the river bar on the west side of the campground is closed to overnight camping due to it being in the flood plain of Castle Creek.  Restroom facilities are not available due to the structure being burned in the fire.
* Evans Creek Campground: Overnight camping allowed.
* Elk Creek Boat Launch:  Day Use only as usual.
* Spillway Campground:  Overnight camping allowed.
* Tailwaters Campground:  Day Use only. The restrooms are available for use.  The Boat Launch is open however a newly formed rapid is just downstream of the launch site.
* Village and Reclamation Village: Overnight Use allowed.
* Spur Roads off the SF Boise River Road with Overnight Use allowed include the 121J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T and U road spurs.
* Danskin Boat Ramp: Day Use as usual.
* Cow Creek Campground: Overnight camping allowed.
* Dog Creek Campground:  Site is located north of Pine. The campground and access roads will remain closed to all entry due to very unstable soils in the headwater area of Dog Creek. The campground would be in a direct path of any mud flow or flash flood event.
* Wilson OHV Trails:  This area is closed to motorized and mechanized use due to extensive trail damage.

For more information, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961.

Susan Blake
Acting Public Affairs Officer
Forest Service
Boise National Forest
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Forest Service Wants To Route 630 Truckloads Of Logs Over Ada Streets

Boise Guardian May 26, 2016

After the Ada County Highway District Commishes turned down a request April 11 from the Forest Service to route 630 truckloads of logs through Hidden Springs or Boise’s North End, the Federal Agency appealed to the next level – Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

… – The project involves an agency of the United States Government (Forest Service).

– All of the 3,000 acres of the timber sale are within neighboring Boise County.

– The proposed routes (“haul roads”) are all under the authority of the ACHD.

Primitive roads within Boise County and within the forest boundaries are available to the logging operation leading directly to Highway 55, but the USFS and Bieter say needed improvements would cut into forest rehab budgets from the timber sale revenues.

The ACHD Commishes said they would not allow public streets to be used as “haul roads” for a logging operation. Bieter did not mention any potential conflicts between giant logging trucks and bicycles using either Cartwright or Bogus Basin roads.

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see also:

Bogus Basin Forest Health Project
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B and M Plan of Operations Decision Memo is Now Available

USDA Forest Service
May 25, 2016

The Decision Memo for the B&M Mineral Exploration Project located on the Idaho City Ranger District is enclosed. The Decision Memo documents the decision to implement the B&M Mineral Exploration Project. The Decision Memo is also available on the Project web page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46529.

As identified in the decision, the purpose of this project is to approve a Plan of Operations to explore for locatable minerals, as required by Forest Service mining regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR 228A). This action is needed because the Forest Service is required to conduct the appropriate level of environmental analysis to approve the operator’s Plan of Operations (36 CFR 228.4(f)).

Ranger Petersen determined that this action falls within categorical exclusion 36 CFR 220.6 (e)(8). The B&M Minerals Exploration Project was reviewed in accordance with the categorical exclusion guidelines at FSH 1909.15(30), as updated May 28, 2014. Following review of the resource conditions identified at 36 CFR 220.6(b), Ranger Petersen determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist. In addition, the interdisciplinary team’s analysis did not identify any other unusual circumstances or uncertainties about environmental effects associated with the action that would preclude use of a categorical exclusion.

The decision may be implemented five business days following notification of the decision, after finalization of the signed Plan of Operations, and the posting of a bond by the operator. Implementation is expected to begin in June 2016 and all ground disturbing activities will be completed within one year.

For additional information about this project, please contact Melissa Swain, Minerals Administrator, by phone at 208-392-3719 or by email at mbswain@fs.fed.us.

Sincerely,

Melissa Yenko
Forest Environmental Coordinator
Boise National Forest
1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-4245
Email: myenko@fs.fed.us
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Group hopes to make Craters of the Moon a national park

By The Associated Press –  5/24/16

NAMPA, Idaho — A coalition in southern Idaho hopes to turn Craters of the Moon National Monument into Idaho’s first national park.

Butte County commissioner Rose Bernal told KIVI-TV (http://bit.ly/25jPHLd ) that getting the monument national park status could provide a much-needed boost to the struggling local economy and draw tourists already headed to Yellowstone. But opponents fear a switch could lead to land use limitations.

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Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states

By The Associated Press – 5/24/16

MARSING, Idaho — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday toured a massive wildfire rehabilitation effort in southwest Idaho that’s part of the federal government’s new wildfire strategy and then announced $10 million for projects in 12 states to reduce wildfire threats.

“It’s easy for folks to think we can’t respond quickly, but we can respond quickly,” Jewell told about 30 federal land managers gathered in the small town of Marsing before heading out to an area where a wildfire last year scorched 436 square miles in Idaho and Oregon.

Jewell issued a secretarial order last year calling for a “science-based” approach to safeguard greater sage grouse while contending with fires that have been especially destructive in the Great Basin. The order also calls for rehabilitating burned areas, and her visit to Idaho gave her a chance to check up on the work.

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1st US firefighters head to Canada to help attack huge blaze

By The Associated Press –  5/25/16

BOISE, Idaho — For the first time, U.S. officials have sent firefighters to help battle a giant blaze in Canada that has destroyed parts of Fort McMurray in Alberta.

The National Interagency Fire Center says 100 firefighters flew out of in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday morning and another 100 left from Missoula, Montana.

Officials say the firefighters are from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service.

The blaze has forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate, burned nearly 2,000 structures and hurt the region’s oil sands industry because of production shutdowns.

Earlier this month, the U.S. sent two air tankers from Minnesota to a different wildfire in the province of Ontario.

Canada has sent firefighters to the U.S. each of the last five years.

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Feds call off N. Idaho salvage logging project after lawsuit

By The Associated Press – 5/26/16

LEWISTON, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has rescinded a decision approving a salvage logging project in northern Idaho after a federal judge halted the plan at the request of two environmental groups.

The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1TGvE0S) that Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert on Wednesday stopped the project so the agency could re-examine the analysis leading to its approval.

The project near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers was intended to harvest 34 million board feet of timber scorched by a 2014 wildfire.

Idaho Rivers United and Friends of the Clearwater sued and received an injunction, contending the logging violates the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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Letter to Share:

Mystic Farm in need of a stove

May 24, 2016

It’s almost fawn time! I’m setting up the new barn with an area for me to live until our house is ready. I hired an electrician to wire for a donated electric range…plugged it in and nothing – it’s toast! In need of a WORKING apartment sized (20″?) kitchen range. No stove = no way to warm all the bottles! I can’t afford new. Let me know what you have. Thanks!

Dory
mysticfarmrescue @ gmail.com
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Tips & Advice:

Ticks and Mosquitoes: Protect Yourself

Margaret Boyles The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Ticks & mosquitoes have become abundant. Time for warnings. Protect yourself with safe but also effective solutions!

First, let’s just talk about ticks and mosquitoes. Not to be scary, but lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus, West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, dengue, and now zika are just some of the diseases transmitted by these biting insects.

Everyone should check local or state public health agencies to learn the habits and life cycles of the biting insects and ticks in your area, as well as labs that will identify ticks. Learn to remove a tick safely  and check every inch of your body (inside and behind ears, scalp, belly button, behind knees, between toes, etc.) after outdoor excursions.

But remember: not all species of ticks and mosquitoes in any given area are able to transmit disease, and even if they do have that capability, the one that bites you might not be carrying enough of a viral or bacterial load to infect you.

Mosquitoes usually become infected from feeding on infected birds. Ticks generally pick up infectious bacteria as young larvae feeding on infected rodents.

Fortunately, there are ways your can protect yourself and your loved ones from getting bitten in the first place.

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[Ed note: Please protect your pets too!]
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Critter News:

Lions and dogs and bears, oh my! Pet ownership near forests

By The Associated Press – 5/24/16

Interior designer Heather Mourer and her family were considering a move from Denver when her young daughter saw a mountain lion across the street from the mid-century home in the suburbs they were considering.

They took the Golden, Colorado house anyway, with its view of the Rocky Mountain Front Range and just 20 minutes west of downtown Denver, moving in two years ago with their 50-pound mixed breed dog Ruby. Soon after, they inherited Chacha, a Chihuahua mix, and Mourer set out to inform herself about keeping pets safe, entering terms like “fences to keep mountain lions out” into an internet search engine.

Animal welfare advocates urge pet owners living at the edge of wildland to learn as much as they can about being safe and responsible neighbors to lions and coyote and bears.

And it’s become increasingly important: In a recent study on urbanization, the think tank Conservation Science Partners found that at any moment in the Western U.S., a bear is about 3.5 miles from significant human development.

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Dog’s life saved by tick discovery just before scheduled euthanasia

KATU MAY 23RD 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. — A visiting medical student at DoveLewis Animal Hospital found a tick hidden behind a dog’s ear right before she and a veterinarian were scheduled to put the dog to sleep over his ailing health.

According to a news release from DoveLewis, the owners of 10-year-old Ollie the Sheltie noticed their dog was lethargic following a trip to the Umpqua River and Eastern Oregon. They took the dog to their normal vet for a range of tests, but veterinarians couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him.

“He still had a little sparkle in his eyes so he didn’t look really sick, he couldn’t really move… but you know, his expressions were still lively and responsive, his ears were still perking up. It was almost unreal,” Ollie’s owner Joelle Meteney said.

About a week after the trip, the dog was almost completely paralyzed and unable to eat or go to the bathroom.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third Week of May
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Wolves At Your Door

MAY 23, 2016 by Earl Stahl – Editors – Nancy Morrison, Linda Grosskopf

Wolves at Your Door is a factual account of the impact of wolves on big game, livestock, and people. The introduction of wolves in western states and the protection of wolves throughout the U.S., including the Midwest, has allowed the wolf populations to far exceed the maximum numbers agreed by the states and the federal government. Although Idaho and Montana have been successful in securing state management of their wolf populations, other states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota have had their state management plans overturned by a federal judge. The force of that court decision has been the unabated increase in wolf populations. While direct depredation of big game and livestock by wolves has a negative effect, stress and disease also play a major role where wolves exist. The management of wolf populations must be based on scientific facts and not on emotional positions.

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Wolves Attack and Kill Dogs in Wisconsin

MAY 25, 2016 BY WEI STAFF

Warning! Graphic Photos

But it is the reality of being forced to live with wolves.

We lost a family member and pet early this morning. This happened only a few yards from the house. My mother in law let Suzie out to go to the bathroom and wolves had their way with her. We are all saddened and upset by this because this is where our pets and children play! These things are killing machines, their only purpose is killing warm blooded animals. What happens when they are done with our pets? Are we next? Our ancestors had the sense to eradicate this menace and now people who don’t have to associate or deal with them fight to make sure that we suffer the consequences. This is in Florence County Wisconsin. One of the pictures shows just how close this happened to the house. Please share this.

Link: WARNING! VERY SAD!!!
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Yellowstone urges tourists to carry bear spray, just in case

By The Associated Press – 5/28/16

BILLINGS, Mont. — A new Yellowstone National Park campaign urging tourists to carry bear spray features celebrities like Bozeman climber Conrad Anker, whose feats include three Everest ascents.

… While bear attacks are rare, Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid says the park is trying to increase the number of tourists carrying the tool.

Last August a lone hiker was killed by a grizzly sow with cubs. He was the ninth bear fatality in the park’s 144 years.

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Idaho man won’t fight charges that he stole from elk ranch

By The Associated Press – 5/23/16

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A former employee of a Twin Falls elk ranch has agreed to a plea deal on charges that he stole from ranch owners.

The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1WcMfgi ) that 31-year-old Brandon Eldredge was charged with stealing elk semen from the Early Morning Elk Ranch in 2011 and selling it to another ranch for $3,000.

Eldredge entered an Alford plea to felony grand theft on Tuesday, meaning he did not admit to committing the crime but conceded that he would likely be found guilty if the case went to trial.

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Jackson antler auction nets over $175,000

May 23, 2016 KIFI/KIDK

JACKSON, Wyo. – The National Elk Refuge reports 11,512 pounds of antlers were sold at the 49th annual Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction in Jackson last weekend.

Saturday’s sale yielded a total of $175,397, which was the third highest amount in the auction’s 49-year history.  It was exceeded in revenue by 2014 and 2015 respectively.  75 percent of the proceeds are donated to the National Elk Refuge. The refuge manages approximately 25,000 acres of winter range for the Jackson Elk Herd.  The funds are used for habitat enhancement projects.

The remaining 25 percent of the sale proceeds are given to the Jackson District Boy Scouts, who collect the antlers for auction.

This year, 138 bidders registered at the sale paid an average $14.65 per pound, down 14 percent from last year.

“This event exemplifies community spirit and an incredible partnership with a federal agency,” said Refuge Manager Steve Kallin. “We value our unique working relationship with the Jackson District Boy Scouts and their dedication to this annual event.”

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Lawsuit challenges potential transfer of bison range

By The Associated Press –  5/24/16

BILLINGS, Mont. — An environmental group has sued federal officials over the potential transfer of the National Bison Range to American Indian tribes in Montana.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by attorneys for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

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Feds propose closing sheep grazing in west-central Idaho

By The Associated Press – 5/27/16

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials have released a plan to close about 30 square miles of grazing allotments to domestic sheep and goats in west-central Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from diseases.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s release of the final supplemental environmental impact statement closing three allotments starts a protest period that runs through June 19.

Two of the allotments are east of Riggins near the Salmon River and one is to the south along the Little Salmon River. The BLM opted not to close a fourth smaller allotment farther south.

None of the allotments currently have domestic sheep.

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Ground squirrels in SW Idaho likely have plague

By The Associated Press – 5/27/16

BOISE, Idaho — For the second year in a row, Idaho health officials say preliminary tests on dead ground squirrels south of Boise have come back positive for plague.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is still confirming the diagnosis, but officials are asking the public to be cautious.

A map of the infected area is a circle shape extending about 45 miles south from Boise to the Snake River. The boundary also extends over Interstate 84 but doesn’t reach Mountain Home.

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Feds reject request to lift Snake River fall chinook listing

By The Associated Press – 5/26/16

BOISE, Idaho — The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities.

The decision made public Thursday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries cites concerns Snake River fall chinook wouldn’t remain viable without continued protections.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Seagull steals bag of potato chips from cafe

May 22, 2016

A seagull was caught on camera entering a cafe and nonchalantly choosing its favorite bag of potato chips to lift from the store.

The Huffington Post reports that it’s not clear where the incident occurred, but the video was posted to YouTube Friday.

Shoplifting Seagull

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Greenacres retiree faced down deer in her bedroom

Doug Clark/SR May 25, 2016

The Animal Kingdom, I’m becoming more and more convinced, is out to get us

… Well, perhaps you will all finally wake up and grab a shotgun after I tell you about Necia Wright’s four-legged home invasion.

“I thought the house was falling in,” says Wright of the “horrible crash” that startled her last Friday morning, a few minutes after she had stepped out of the shower.

Wright is 78 years old. She lives in a cottage at Spokane Valley Good Samaritan Village, a retirement community in Greenacres.

Wright comes from hearty stock, being the daughter of a Silver Valley miner.

Good thing. I would have started screaming and wet myself had I faced what this woman faced.

Wright, who was standing in her bedroom, looked down the hallway to see a full-grown deer CHARGING STRAIGHT AT HER!!!

Wright would learn later that two women on a walk had inadvertently startled the deer who jumped straight through her living room window.

“The deer was in a panic mode,” said Wright. “I’m thanking God that I wasn’t run over.”

It was all Wright could do to move out of the intruder’s way. Even so, one of the deer’s hooves clipped her right leg, leaving a rather angry three-inch scrape.

The deer, oddly enough, appeared unharmed despite its header through the window.

“Didn’t see any blood from the deer,” she added, “just from the scrape on my leg.”

Wright found herself in bizarre faceoff.

The deer (a female, no doubt, from its lack of antlers) stood on one side of the bed. Wright held her ground on the other side.

“We looked eye to eye,” she said. “It was a big deer,” she said, adding that the animal “gets bigger every time I tell the story.”

A predicament like this speaks volumes about the character of a person.

Did Wright wimper? Did she cower in fear?

Hell, no.

The woman hollered, “Get out of my house, you crazy deer!”

The beast, perhaps sensing Wright’s indignant tone, turned “and ran down the hall.”

About this time Wright heard someone at her front door. She opened it to find the women who had spooked the deer.

Wright didn’t know that, of course. She slammed the door, telling them she was in the midst of a wildlife emergency and couldn’t chat right now.

Wright heard another expensive-sounding crash. The deer had decided to vamoose, but by jumping through another perfectly intact window.

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Fish & Game News:

News Releases for Idaho Fish and Game

* Millions of hatchery smolts get clipped before leaving for the ocean ( Boise, ID – 5/23/16 )
* Surveys show Boise River has healthy trout populations ( Boise, ID – 5/23/16 )
* Big game controlled hunt deadline approaching ( Boise, ID – 5/23/16 )
* Time to take the family fishing  ( Boise, ID – 5/23/16 )
* Summer Chinook seasons set on Upper Salmon and South Fork  ( Boise, ID – 5/23/16 )
* Trap education effort partners with Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs ( Boise, ID – 5/23/16 )
* Idaho Free Fishing Day is June 11 ( Coeur d’Alene, ID – 5/23/16 )
* Bald Eagle killed near Menan, information sought  ( Idaho Falls, ID – 5/23/16 )

https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/?getPage=179
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Idaho Fish and Game Commission chief opts out

Eric Barker Lewiston Tribune May 25, 2016

Idaho Fish and Game Commission Chairman Will Naillon said Tuesday he will not reapply for his position after being nudged out by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter following an ongoing clash with a handful of legislators.

Naillon, of Challis, and Commissioner Mark Doerr of Twin Falls were informed earlier this month by an aide to Otter that the governor would not reappoint them to second four-year terms. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian later insisted the two commissioners were welcome to reapply for their jobs.

“I believe that if the governor wanted me on the commission, he would have simply reappointed me,” Naillon said in a statement. “The governor is not bound by any procedure on the appointment of fish and game commissioners and could simply appoint myself or anyone else at his discretion. I feel that reapplying would be somewhat redundant, as my voice for wildlife and representation of the sportsmen of Idaho has been well-documented over the last four years.”

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Trivia:

Memorial Day History

from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.

In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.

After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all America wars.

No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who served—in wartime or peacetime—and whether they died or survived. Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.

The Poppy, A Symbol of Memorial Day

The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day (not Veterans Day). The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of this day was actually the idea of an American woman, Miss Moina Michael. Read more about the inspiration for the poppy.

In war-torn battlefields, the red field poppy (papaver rhoeas) was one of the first plants to grow. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground is disturbed—as it was by the very brutal fighting during World War 1.

The practice of wearing of poppies was further inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae. He saw the poppies in burials around his artillery position in Belgium.

Today, poppies are both the symbol of loss of life as a symbol of recovery and new life, especially in support of those servicemen who were damaged physically or emotionally.
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In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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“Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause – honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.”

– Abraham Lincoln
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Weather Reports May 22-28

May 22 Weather:

At 9am it was 39 degrees and overcast, wispy clouds low on the mountains, damp and full puddles, snow line approx 6000′. Light rain falling just after 10am, done about 11am. Thinner clouds to the east and filtered sun at noon. Darker clouds and raining before 1pm. Still dripping a bit around 2pm. Not raining at 3pm and slightly thinner clouds. At 8pm it was 47 degrees. A shower probably around 530am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 23, 2016 at 09:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 53 degrees F
Min temperature 36 degrees F
At observation 41 degrees F
Precipitation 0.06 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 23 Weather:

At 9am it was 41 degrees and overcast. Sprinkling just before 1pm, didn’t last long, enough to make things damp. Cloudy day. At 815pm it was 50 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 930pm it was 45 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation type daily (24 hr values/totals)
Mostly cloudy (thin)
Max temperature 53 degrees F
Min temperature 33 degrees F
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 24 Weather:

At 9am it was 40 degrees and mostly cloudy (high and thin.) Mostly cloudy all day but drier and warmer. At 730pm it was 56 degrees and mostly cloudy. Partly clear after midnight.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 25, 2016 at 09:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 62 degrees F
Min temperature 31 degrees F
At observation 39 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 25 Weather:

At 9am it was 39 degrees and overcast. Some breaks in the clouds and filtered sun by 11am. Partly cloudy later in the afternoon and light breezes. At 7pm it was 61 degrees and partly cloudy. At 930pm it appeared to be clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 26, 2016 at 09:00AM
Almost clear
Max temperature 67 degrees F
Min temperature 33 degrees F
At observation 46 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 26 Weather:

At 9am it was 46 degrees and almost clear (a few tiny “cotton balls” in the sky), heavy dew. Increasing clouds before lunch, some with dark bellies. At 1pm it was 63 degrees and mostly cloudy. (May have been a light shower or two before 5pm, but nothing wet.) Little rain shower at 535pm for about 5 minutes. Raining just before 6pm, lasted 20 minutes. At 7pm it was 57 degrees and mostly cloudy. Sprinkles at 720pm for about 5 minutes. At 930pm it was 50 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 27, 2016 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 67 degrees F
Min temperature 34 degrees F
At observation 46 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 27 Weather:

At 9am it was 46 degrees and mostly cloudy. Drops of rain at 1250pm for about a minute. Short showers off and on after 1pm until around 330pm. At 730pm it was 56 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 28, 2016 at 09:00AM
Partly cloudy
Max temperature 63 degrees F
Min temperature 32 degrees F
At observation 43 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 28 Weather:

At 9am it was 43 degrees and partly cloudy (some high haze and a few little clouds.) Sun or filtered sun all day and mild. At 730pm it was 61 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 29, 2016 at 09:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 68 degrees F
Min temperature 33 degrees F
At observation 47 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Road Report May 29

No reports from travelers, but a lot of people coming in. Both the South Fork and Johnson Creek routes are open, no one has reported any problems. No reports on Lick Creek yet.

Be aware that there are kids in town this weekend, riding bikes and motor cycles on our local roads and they may not be watching for full sized vehicles.

Locals streets are drying out and starting to get dusty.

Idaho History May 29, 2016

Idaho Soldiers

Cornerstone Laid for Idaho Soldiers Home in Boise

South Fork Companion May 23, 2016

On May 23, 1893, dignitaries gathered in Boise City to lay the cornerstone for the new Idaho Soldiers’ Home. Meant to care for Union Army veterans of the Civil War who were “aged and in want,” the Home was completed the following year.

Idaho, of course, wasn’t even organized when the War started, and provided no Volunteer units for the conflict. However, by the time Idaho became a state, several thousand veterans had settled there. Not too surprisingly, 70 percent of them came from the midwestern states. (Nearly 85 percent came from the Midwest, Pennsylvania, or New York.)


Union soldiers, ca. 1862. Library of Congress.

Thus, the Idaho legislature appropriated funds for a soldiers’ home, and designated acreage from Federal land grants to create an operating endowment fund. The Act also authorized the governor to appoint a Board of Trustees. The appropriation stretched further after Ada County citizens donated the money to buy forty acres of land where the home could be sited. Builders completed the structure in November, 1894.

Officials staged a formal opening in May 1895. By then, the legislature had authorized funds for more buildings, including a hospital. Two years later, the state modified the eligibility requirements to include veterans of the Mexican War and National Guard soldiers who were disabled in the line of duty. That provided a “side door” for some who fought for the losing side of what some still called, in 1901, “the war of the rebellion.”


Idaho Soldiers Home, ca. 1914. H. T. French photo.

Fire damaged the main building in October 1900 and took the life of one resident veteran. The structure was rebuilt, reportedly better than ever. Certainly, it was different. The original Home had been built in the style, more or less, of a French chateau, with numerous gables and conical turrets at the front corners. The new design sported an onion-shaped dome that dominated the center front of the building, and the corner turrets had been reshaped. (The results seem rather akin to a Russian-Orthodox church.)

Another fire in October 1917 caused major damage. The state made arrangements to house the residents at Boise Barracks, which then had only minimal use. The aged veterans found their “temporary” quarters comfortable enough, but commented that they never felt like home. Because the country and the state were on a war footing, it took quite a long time for the old home to be rebuilt: It was not reopened until 1920 (Idaho Statesman, May 10, 1920). Perhaps to reduce costs, the repairs did not include the exotic domes and turrets.

As time, and old soldiers, passed, more and more residents of the Home were veterans of the 1898 Spanish-American War, then World War I, and so on. Age also took its toll on the building and finally, in 1966, officials dedicated a new “Boise Veterans Home” a half mile east of the capitol building.

Eventually, city workers leveled the structures at the old site and created Veterans Memorial Park. Besides the usual recreational areas, the park contains monuments to war dead in several conflicts, those Missing in Action, and prisoners of war. It also has commemorative plaques for veterans’ groups and various military activities.

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Franco-Prussian War of 1870 stirred nationalist passions in Idaho

By Arthur Hart Special to the Idaho Statesman May 28, 2016

Sharing a common language and customs was important to people far from the land of their birth, and the Germans, never more than a small percentage of Idaho’s population, are a good example of those who formed organizations to keep their culture alive.

This advertisement in the Idaho World of Idaho City appeared on Nov. 11, 1869: “Germans, Attention! A meeting will be held at the Idaho Brewery at 7 ½ o’clock p.m. on Saturday evening, November 13th for the purpose of organizing a German Literary Club. All Germans feeling an interest will please attend.”

When news of the outbreak of war between Prussia and France on July 19, 1870, reached Idaho City in August, the Idaho World reported, “Off for the War. Our Teutonic friend Louis Reid, of the Miners’ Brewery, caught the war fever and started a few days ago for the Fatherland to join the Prussian army. He takes with him the best wishes of his friends who hope to see him return here safe and sound when the war closes.”

However, Reid died in Mountain City, Nev., before reaching the new transcontinental Union Pacific Railroad, completed just a year earlier. It was reported that shortly before his death Reid had acted strangely and was thought to be insane.

In August 1870, the World ran an ad for a German Relief Fund. “Subscriptions will be received in aid of the wounded soldiers, widows and orphans in Germany, at the Miners’ Brewery and the St. Charles Restaurant, or by any member of the undersigned committee.” Those listed were S.G. Rosenbaum, C.J. Bernstiel and C. Lautenschlager. In September the paper noted, “Charlie Bernstiel, a ‘true blue’ Prussian, who has been quite enthusiastic of late over the news of Prussian triumphs, dumped a little champagne into our sanctum a few days ago, which, with the assistance of a few friends, we managed to get away with.”

The Germans in Boise City had a “Grand blow-out” that week, and when a number of men gave speeches of celebration over German victories, brewers John Lemp and Charles Bernstiel were among them. When the Boise City stage pulled into Idaho City with its horses decorated with Prussian flags, Bernstiel, who was on board, was believed to have had a hand in it. “He is bound to find vent for his enthusiasm in some way,” said the World.

When news arrived that the war was over, “The enthusiasm of our citizens of Prussian birth and German sympathizers was demonstrated in a lively manner. Considerable champagne was indulged in, but the reliability of the news was doubted by some of our French residents and others whose sympathies were with the French. Numerous bets were made that Napoleon had not surrendered. Quite an amount of money and a quantity of jewelry was staked upon the correctness of the news.”

In September 1870, the Idaho World noted, “The Committee of the German Relief Fund informs us that they raised the sum of $370 in coin, which was immediately forwarded to the proper authorities at Berlin. This speaks well for the liberality and love of Fatherland on the part of the Germans in our city, as the sum is quite large, considering the number of Germans in our midst.”

The war ended on May 10, 1871, with an overwhelming victory for Prussia and the North German Confederation, led by Otto von Bismarck of Prussia, in what is now known as the Franco-Prussian War. French Emperor Napoleon III was captured and forced to surrender after the Battle of Sedan on Sept. 2, 1870, but other French forces continued to fight until the following May. French casualties totaled 138,871, compared to 28,208 Germans.

Bismarck dictated the terms of peace in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles and proclaimed the formation of a new German Empire that included the south German states of Bavaria, Wurttemberg and Baden.

Old antipathies never die, and after Germany lost World War I, the terms of peace were imposed upon it in that very same room in Versailles.

link to: IdahoHistoryFrancoPrussianWar.doc
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page updated Nov 12, 2018

May 22, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

May 22, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Johnson Creek Road

As of Wednesday May 18 Johnson Creek was reported open! The county has not graded the road yet, but they did bring the blade in for rocks and lingering snow banks.
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Village Clean Up Day May 21

photos posted to YP facebook:

Tavern facebook photo gallery:

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Dog Owners Beware!

Its that time of year when the mamma deer and elk are aggressive towards dogs.
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Vet Clinic June 15

On June 15 Dr. Ruble and crew from Cascade Vet Clinic are coming to Yellow Pine. If you want your pet seen, you must call the clinic at 382-4590 (M-W-F) to get on the list.
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YPWUA News:

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

Monday (May 16) yesterday’s drizzles didn’t measure up to much. Sky almost overcast, a few breaks in the clouds. Four elk grazing outside the fence early morning. Swallows are back, lots of robins, a few finches. Breaks in the clouds off and on, occasional drops of rain in the afternoon. Mule deer doe wandering up the edge of the road. Mosquitoes are out and they are hungry!

Tuesday (May 17) no frost, mostly clear morning. Swallows and finches, a nutcracker, a couple of mourning doves, robins and a couple of starlings. Woodland stars and pussy toes blooming (and dandelions.) Report that the transfer station was empty. Sunny day.

Wednesday (May 18) no frost, mostly clear morning. Swallows, robins, finches and cowbirds. Not much blooming in the forest, wild strawberries and woodland stars. Medusa-head grass going to seed. warm sunny day. Clouds moving in late evening.

Thursday (May 19) hard rain early morning, big puddles, cloudy and drippy, no frost. Lots of birds! Evening grosbeaks, cowbirds, blackbirds and pine siskns. A couple of hummingbirds. Swallows absent. Fresh snow on Bald Hill. Blue camas and bitterbrush in bloom over by the school. Showers off and on, cool cloudy day (even a little hail.) One swallow and a couple of hummers by evening. Clouds breaking up, partly cloudy before dark.

Friday (May 20) no frost, overcast and damp. A few swallows, cassins finches and hummingbirds. One nutcracker, and could hear jays in the trees. Robins everywhere. Fresh deer tracks crossing YP Ave by the outhouses. Chilly day, sprinkles and showers off and all afternoon.

Saturday (May 21) no frost, but got close to freezing. Overcast, misty foggy low clouds. A few swallows, finches and a jay. Fires burning out on the golf course. Sprinkles of rain off and on. Wild wind, rain and hail during the afternoon. A Lazuli bunting stopped by, a few more jays in the afternoon, most of the swallows left before the storm hit. Showers off and on during the night.

Sunday (May 22) no frost, damp and full puddles, low misty clouds. Snow line a third of the way down VanMeter, and snow on top of Golden Gate hill. Several swallow swooping about, some cassins finches and robins. Big logs still smoking on the golf course. A few woodland stars and a couple blue camas blooming. Later in the afternoon evening grosbeaks and more finches. By evening the finches, grosbeaks and swallows had left and cowbirds had arrived.
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Photo to Share:

Wapiti Meadow Ranch

May 19, 2016

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This is going out of the driveway at Wapiti Meadow Ranch

photo by Dave Putman
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Letter to Share:

Valley County Process for Issues when brought to the Commissioners

May 21, 2016

With the request by the Valley County Board of Commissioners to have the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission research the possible Nuisance Ordinance for Valley County, it appears there is some confusion as to the process used.

As the Valley County Board of Commissioners, we feel there needs to be some clarification on how a topic is handled when a request is made to us. This is the process.

When a citizen, group, organization or agency asks a Valley County Commissioner to assist with an issue, the topic is researched to see if Federal, State or local Ordinances already have a law or ordinance that deals with the issue. If it is decided by the Board of Commissioners there is not a clear path forward, we will then ask the appropriate sitting Commission or Committee to review and research the topic and provide a recommendation to us. As Commissioners, we have done this with the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission, Valley County Waterways Committee and Valley County Snowmobile Advisory Committee.

Once the appropriate Commission or Committee takes on an issue, meetings are held to discuss the topic and the public is invited to attend and provide their input. Quite often multiple meetings are held in an attempt to sort out all concerns.

In the most recent topic of the Nuisance Ordinance the Valley County Commissioners, after being approached to do something about Eyesores, Junk Piles, etc., asked the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission to review and research the possibility of creating a Nuisance Ordinance. By holding public hearings on the topic this provides citizens an opportunity to express their views.

When the Planning and Zoning Commission has heard what they consider sufficient testimony to make a reasonable decision, they make a recommendation to the Valley County Board of Commissioners for a final decision.

The Board of County Commissioners then holds a Public Hearing to accept or deny the Planning and Zoning recommendation.

We hope this short explanation helps our citizens to understand how issues are handled in Valley County.

Thank you,

Commissioners Gordon L. Cruickshank, Bill Willey and Elt Hasbrouck

[hat tip to GC]
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To Contact Valley County Commissioners

commissioners @ co.valley.id.us
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Idaho News:

One Man’s Trash …

Protests cause Valley P&Z to shelve proposal on old cars, debris

“The overwhelming thing tonight is, ‘Leave us alone.’” —Rob Garrison

BY DAN GALLAGHER for The Star-News May 19, 2016

The Valley Planning and Zoning Commission last Thursday decided to hold a proposed public nuisance ordinance after nearly two dozen people testified it would deprive them of their property rights.

The P&Z held a public hearing at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade on a draft plan to clean up old cars, trailers and debris from lots in the county but outside city limits.

The county received seven written comments in favor of the proposal, but 22 people told commissioners the proposal would violate their constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure of their possessions.

“What I’ve listened to tonight, we’re not anywhere near,” P&Z Chair Rob Garrison said. “The overwhelming thing tonight is, ‘Leave us alone.’”

Planning and Zoning Administrator Cynda Herrick said the ordinance was the result of frequent complaints that some residents allowed their land to become an eyesore or safety hazard.

The proposed ordinance would have included cars or trailers in the definition of “nuisance” but would not have included firewood or agricultural uses.

Most members of the crowd that filled up the hearing room and spilled into the hall decried a new ordinance.

The $3 price of taking scrap tires to the county transfer station is too expensive, Hershel Coulter of Donnelly said.

If anyone had complained to him about materials on his land, he would have considered cleaning it up, Coulter said.

A letter from acting Valley County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Brockmann took the air out of the county’s proposal.

“Your mechanism for notice will most certainly result in legal challenges,” Brockmann wrote.

Idaho law already provides the ability to clean up nuisances, while existing Valley County law “deals with unlawful practices and can be applied to solid waste substances of any kind,” Brockmann said.

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Valley transfer station to host free clean-up days June 1-4

The Star-News May 19, 2016

Almost anything brought to the Valley County Transfer Station June 1-4 will be accepted at no charge.

The free clean-up days will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, June 1-4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Reduced rates will be charged for refrigerators, air conditioning units, freezers and tires. Commercial dumping will be charged normal prices, and no hazardous material will be accepted.

Woody debris will be accepted free between May 28 to June 30 as part of the county’s “Bring It, Don’t Burn It” campaign to reduce wildfire hazard.

The transfer station is located at 240 Spink Lane east of Farm to Market Road between Donnelly and Lake Fork. For questions, call 634-7712.

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Work to begin to replace Idaho 55 bridge over Gold Fork River

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News May 19, 2016

Work will begin next week to replace the Gold Fork River Bridge on Idaho 55 south of Donnelly, the Idaho Transportation Department said.

The bridge was built in 1951 and has outlived its design life, an ITD news release said.

The new bridge will be wider, with two 12-foot travel lanes, 10-foot shoulders and paved roadway approaches, the ITD said.

Starting next week, construction crews will begin building a temporary bridge to the west of the current bridge in order to keep traffic moving during construction.

Motorists will be shifted onto the temporary bridge early this summer. The project is expected to be complete this fall.

Idaho 55 will remain open at all times and throughout construction with the speed limit unchanged at 65 mph.

The highway shoulders will be restricted and occasional single-lane closures will be necessary. When lane closures are in place, flaggers will direct traffic.

Concrete Placing Company Inc. was selected to design and build the $3.2 million project.

The design-build method is a streamlined process in which the design team and construction team work simultaneously.

This process allows for innovative methods of construction, creation of jobs and results in quicker project completion, the ITD news release said.

More information is available at http://itd.idaho.gov/GoldFork. To sign up for email construction updates, text GOLDFORK to 22828, email jennifer.gonzalez@itd.idaho.gov or call (208) 334-8938.

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Mushroom hunting heating up in wake of Northwest wildfires

By The Associated Press – 5/22/16

BOISE, Idaho — From flames come fungi.

That means mushroom hunters are checking maps outlining last year’s many Northwest wildfires before heading into forests this month searching for the easily identifiable and woodsy-tasting morels.

“It’s going to be a good season for finding morel mushrooms, there’s no doubt about that,” said Brian Harris, spokesman for the Payette National Forest in Idaho.

The spongey-looking delicacies have defied commercial cultivation and can retail for $20 a pound.

“They’ve got a kind of cult following,” Boise Co-op North End produce manager Tommy West said. “When they do come into season they usually move pretty good.”

Nearly a million acres of U.S. Forest Service land burned last year in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the National Interagency Fire Center said. Maps of specific wildfire perimeters are available online at the Forest Service’s InciWeb.

Harvesters who want the mushrooms for personal use can gather up to 5 gallons a day without a permit. A 21-day commercial permit from the U.S Forest Service allowing more than 5 gallons costs $200.

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Idaho officials in the market for timberland, farmland

By The Associated Press –  5/17/16

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Land Board voted Tuesday to get back to its roots of managing timberland and agricultural land.

The unanimous vote by the five-member board to adopt a new strategic reinvestment plan calls for using money from the sale of commercial real estate and residential cottage sites to buy resource-producing lands.

Specifically, the vote authorizes the Idaho Department of Lands to start a pipeline of potential purchases with what is expected to be $160 million.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said during the meeting he’d like to see the state use the money to buy 100,000 acres of timberland to push the state timberland total to a million acres.

“In the forest, that’s what we’re good at and that’s where we make our money,” Otter said after the meeting. “Stick with what we know.”

The $160 million is coming from the ongoing sale of hundreds of residential home sites as the state gets out of the business of leasing that land. The move began amid concerns the state wasn’t getting fair-market value for the leases.

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Letter to Share:

Central District Health Award to Lyle Nelson

May 21, 2016

I wanted to share the Award Lyle Nelson received on Friday May 20th. This award was for Lyles’s Leadership in Community Health with St. Lukes from the Central District Health (CDH) agency which is the four counties of Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley. In prior years the award has only been given to individuals two other times. Mostly it is an organization or agency that receives this. What an honor for Lyle to receive this award for all the work he has accomplished for the region.

Of course Lyle says all the credit needs to go to the communities who help make this happen from Council to Cascade as all health services make this possible.

Lyle was asked to do a short presentation on the Community Health prior to this award. This is how we were able to get Lyle to the meeting without him knowing of the award. The pride in Lyle’s face was priceless when this award was presented to him.

I have attached photos of Lyle receiving the award from Dr. Steve Scanlin Chairman of the CDH Board, a photo of Dr. Scanlin and CDH Director Russ Duke with Lyle and the award itself.

When you see Lyle thank him for doing his part of the team effort to help our community be healthy.

Thanks,
Gordon Cruickshank

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Forest News:

Memorial Day Recreational Opportunities Update

Boise National Forest
May 20, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – Boise National Forest visitors may experience heavier snowpack conditions on Memorial Day weekend compared with previous years. Water levels in rivers and streams will be running high and very cold. Many trails, roads and campgrounds may be open if they are located below 7,000 feet in elevation. Reservations can be made ahead of time at: http://www.recreation.gov/

Recreationists planning on going to higher elevations should contact Ranger District offices, or the Interagency Visitor Center to get current information about road conditions and facilities.  Many roads will likely have continuous snow, or snow drifts that will potentially be deep enough for a vehicle to become stuck.

“It is not too early in the season to be extra careful with campfires,” said Susan Blake, Boise National Forest Acting Public Affairs Officer. “Also, do not try to drive through a snow drift, because you may get stuck and cell phone coverage is not available in many areas of the Forest.”

Specific Updates by Ranger Districts Anticipated by Memorial Weekend

Lowman Ranger District 208-259-3361

OPEN CAMPGROUNDS

* All campgrounds along State Highway 21 – South Fork Payette River are OPEN with full services.
* Park Creek Campground is OPEN.
* The road to Grandjean is OPEN.

CLOSED CAMPGROUNDS

At this time ALL access roads to Deadwood Reservoir are CLOSED.  You cannot get to Deadwood Reservoir from any access roads because of snow.

The Stanley/Landmark Road – National Forest System (NFS) road 579 from State Highway 21 is CLOSED to the Elk Creek Guard Station, Bear Valley and Dagger Falls.

* Bull Trout Campground is CLOSED due to snow.
* Scott Mountain Road (NFS road 555) is CLOSED due to snow.
* The Clear Creek Road (NFS road 582) is CLOSED due to snow.

Emmett Ranger District 208-365-7000 / Garden Valley Guard Station 208-462-3241

All Payette River recreation sites are open. There is a $3.00 day-use fee for visitors who have not purchased a 2016 Payette River Pass. Passes are available at Forest offices and vendors.

OPEN CAMPGROUNDS

* All campgrounds adjacent to State Highway 55 along the North Fork Payette River between Banks and Smiths Ferry are OPEN.
* Campgrounds along the Middle Fork Payette River Road (NFS road 698) including Boiling Springs, Hardscrabble, Rattlesnake, Trail Creek and Tie Creek are OPEN.
* Hot Springs campground is OPEN.
* Third Fork and Boiling Springs Cabins are OPEN with reservations at: http://www.recreation.gov/  Deadwood Lookout opens on June 25.
* National Forest System (NFS roads 671 and 698) are OPEN with access to the Silver Creek Plunge area. Peace Valley Group Campground is OPEN. Silver Creek Campground is OPEN. All campgrounds around Sage Hen Reservoir are OPEN.

Mountain Home Ranger District 208-587-7961

OPEN CAMPGROUNDS

* The Danskin ATV/OHV Trail systems is OPEN.
* The Mountain Home Ranger District plans to have all lower elevation campgrounds OPEN by Memorial Weekend.
* Fee collections and all services will be in place at Pine Airport, Curlew Creek, and Elks Flat Campgrounds. Group site reservations can be made at:  http://www.recreation.gov.
* Fee collections and all services will be in place at Pine Airport, Curlew Creek, and Elks Flat Campgrounds. Group site reservations can be made at:  http://www.recreation.gov.
* Anderson Ranch reservoir open and there are concrete ramps available. Please use caution as floating debris has been spotted in the reservoir.
* Water levels in the Anderson Ranch Reservoir are controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation. Call the Bureau of Reclamation at 208-334-9134 for the current river and reservoir water levels. View image and more information about reservoir water levels at: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps/anderson/anderson.html
* Call the Elmore County Highway District for current updates on county roads. Their number is:  208-587-3211.

CLOSED CAMPGROUNDS AND AREAS:

* All Campgrounds in the Trinity Recreation area (normally they open July 15 or when conditions permit) are CLOSED due to snow.  Closed Campgrounds include: Big Trinity, Little Trinity, Big Roaring and Little Roaring Campgrounds.
* Shafer Butte Campground is CLOSED, it normally opens June 15.  Call the District for updates.
* BURNED AREA CLOSURE REMAINS IN EFFECT – Dog Creek, Evans Creek, Spillway, and Tailwater Campgrounds, and the Wilson OHV/ATV trail systems.   The area closure for the Elk/Pony Complex Fire is still in effect and the affected area description can be viewed on the Boise National Forest website Alerts and Notices. (REVISED Elk & Pony Fires – Area and Trail Closure Version #7.)
* The area along the South Fork Boise River from Danskin Bridge to Castle Creek Campground is day-use only, with the exception of the following areas: Castle Creek, Village, Reclamation Village, Cow Creek and several designated spur roads.  These are identified on the Boise National Forest website Alerts and Notices  (REVISED Elk & Pony Fires – Area and Trail Closure Version #7.)
* Trail Closure – The National Forest System Trail 045 (Roaring River Trail) and National Forest System Trail 122 (William Pogue Trail) have a trail closure. See the Boise National Forest website Alerts and Notices (Order number: 0402-01-59).

Cascade Ranger District   208-382-7400

OPEN CAMPGROUNDS

* All campgrounds and trails are anticipated to OPEN by May 22, with the exception of those above snow levels of 7,000 feet.  Call the District for updates.
* Campgrounds along the west side of Cascade Lake are scheduled to OPEN by the Memorial weekend.
* Shoreline, South Fork Salmon River, Warm Lake and Picnic Point Campgrounds are scheduled to be OPEN.
* The Stolle Rental Cabin is OPEN and access NFS road 474.
* South Fork Salmon River NFS road 474 is OPEN to Yellow Pine.
* The Johnson Creek Corridor Campgrounds are OPEN and the access roads are open.
* Johnson Guard Station Cabin is OPEN for reservations beginning May 26.
* Summit Lake, Pen Basin and Buck Mountain Campgrounds are OPEN.  Road conditions may be muddy.

CLOSED CAMPGROUNDS

* At this time all access roads to Deadwood Reservoir are CLOSED.  You cannot get to Deadwood Reservoir from any access roads because of snow.
* Snowbank Mountain Road NFS road 446 is gated and seasonally CLOSED until May 31.

Idaho City Ranger District 208-392-6681

OPEN CAMPGROUNDS

All campgrounds within the Idaho Ranger District are anticipated to open by Memorial Day weekend.

* Campgrounds OPEN – Edna Creek, Ten Mile, Willow Creek, Whoop-em-up, Grayback Gulch Bad Bear, Black Rock and Hayfork.
* Idaho City Cabins will be OPEN with the exception of Graham Cabin. Graham cabin will on June 1. Cabins are available for reservation through: http://www.recreation.gov/
* The campgrounds near Atlanta will OPEN May 22, including Queens River, Power Plant,   and Riverside.

CLOSED CAMPGROUNDS

* The road to the Graham Guard Station Cabin providing access to the Graham is currently CLOSED due to snow.

For camping reservations and cabin rentals on all the Districts, contact the National Recreation Reservation System by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 or via the Internet at: http://www.recreation.gov/.  Camping can be a great experience and good planning will ensure that you have a campsite once you arrive in the area.  Determine in advance the campground that you would like and make a reservation. Most campgrounds provide some sites for non-reservation use and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on recreational opportunities in the Boise National Forest, visit the Natural Resource Visitor Center at 1387 S. Vinnell Way in Boise, or call 208-373-4007, or visit the Web site: http://fs.usda.gov/boise.
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Idaho Angler McCall (dba Fly Fish McCall) Outfitter and Guide Special Use Reauthorization Update

USDA Forest Service
May 17, 2016

On May 12, 2016, I signed the Decision Memo for the Idaho Angler McCall (dba Fly Fish McCall) Outfitter and Guide Special Use Reauthorization on the McCall, New Meadows, and Krassel Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest. The Decision Memo and other related documents are available on the project’s webpage at
http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48821

I determined that this action falls within categorical exclusion 36CFR 220.6(e)(15) – Issuance of a new special use authorization for a new term to replace an existing or expired special use authorization when the only changes are administrative, there are not changes to the authorized facilities or increases in the scope or intensity of authorized activities, and the applicant or holder is in full compliance with the terms and conditions of the special use authorization.

This project was reviewed in accordance with the categorical exclusion guidelines at FSH 1909.15(30), as updated on May 28, 2014. Following review of the resource conditions identified at 36 CFR 220.6(b), I determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist. In addition, the Interdisciplinary Team’s analysis did not identify any other unusual circumstances or uncertainties about environmental effects associated with the action that would preclude use of a categorical exclusion.

Implementation of this decision is scheduled to begin immediately.

For further information, please contact Susan Jenkins, Recreation Specialist for McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts, at 208-634-0415 or via email at sjenkins02@fs.fed.us.

Sincerely,
LISA J. KLINGER
District Ranger
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Council Fuelwood Decks

Payette National Forest
Date:  May 16, 2014
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945

Council, Idaho – The Council Ranger District of the Payette National Forest is pleased to announce the availability of decked timber for public fuelwood gathering.  This fuelwood material was decked during timber harvest activities as part of the stewardship contracts in Mill Creek, east of Council, ID, and is available now, until the closing for the fuelwood season on November 30th, or until the decked timber is gone – whichever comes first.

Fuelwood decks will be signed (Open to Firewood Cutting – with appropriate permit) and temporary roads will be open until late fall or until work is completed in the harvest units.

Roads with decked logs include:

* 3 decks located on road 50524
* 1 deck located on road 51853
* 1 deck located on road 50996
* 1 deck located on road 51846
* 2 decks located on road 51321
* 1 deck located on road 51385
* 4 decks located on road 51845

The public needs to be aware that there may be logging activities, equipment and truck traffic on these roads, so use caution when in the areas.

This fuelwood varies by species depending on the composition of the harvested stands, but is a mix of primarily grand fir, ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir.  Next year, similar opportunities may be available depending on harvest activities in the Cottonwood Creek, Mill Creek and Shingle Creek areas.

The Forest believes that by decking cull material separately in these contracts, more fuelwood is made available through short-term selective opening of closed roads.  We will monitor this activity to ensure it meets the purpose of enhancing the public availability of fuelwood as stated in our Travel Management Plans.

The Forest will continue to pursue additional firewood opportunities that would be analyzed in large-scale landscape restoration projects.  This summer, the Forest will be announcing the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project which is expected to propose additional opportunities for the public to gather fuelwood in currently closed areas as well as cull material generated in timber harvesting, while protecting snag habitat that many wildlife species depend on for habitat and nesting.

In future project analysis when areas behind closed roads are opened for additional fuelwood collection, timing restrictions would apply to meet wildlife and watershed objectives.  The standard Personal Use Fuelwood rules would apply to all opportunities.

Please call the Council Ranger District to find out what areas may be available for fuelwood this year at 208-253-0100.
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Forest Service hosts Emergency Medical Short Haul Training near Boise

Boise National Forest
May 17, 2016

BOISE, Idaho, May 17, 2016 – Nearly 35 firefighters will participate in Emergency Medical Short Haul training beginning on Sunday, May 22, in preparation for the upcoming wildfire season.

The U.S. Forest Service will be training selected helitack crews to conduct emergency medical short-haul missions near Boise, Idaho from May 24 to May 27. Reporters are invited to observe, photograph and videotape this training and to interview participants and program managers on Thursday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at the Lyko Flat training area, outside Idaho City.

Emergency medical short-haul is a medical air evacuation mission in which helicopters transport one or more persons suspended on a fixed line. The U.S. Forest Service launched an Emergency Medical Short-Haul Program last year to ensure that injured wildland firefighters working in remote areas can be transported to medical facilities as efficiently as possible when needed. In the past, the U.S. Forest Service has used contractors, cooperators and the military to provide emergency medical short-haul capability. The agency is developing its own program to ensure that services are available when needed.

For more information contact Boise National Forest Public Affairs Officer Susan Blake at 850-509-9952.
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Critter News:

KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third Week of May, 2016
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Wisconsin (USA) lawmaker speaks after dog killed by wolf

MAY 16, 2016 BY WEI STAFF

“Mandy Onesti said she let her dogs out of her Bowler home on Saturday night and then heard squealing.

She then saw a large animal drop her dog from its mouth. The wounded 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix ran back but later died.”….

“State Senator Tom Tiffany spoke with Newsline 9 on Friday about a planned discussion on the need for wolf management throughout Wisconsin.

“The main thing I think here is to really raise public awareness, this is about management,” Tiffany said. “Some people will portray this as you want to eliminate the wolf, that’s not the case at all.

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Officials believe 2 wolves roaming North Tongass area

By The Associated Press – 5/19/16

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Alaska wildlife officials are investigating after multiple reported sightings of wolves in the North Tongass area from residents who say the animals appear to be unafraid of humans.

Micah Sanguinetti, wildlife conservation technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the department received half a dozen calls related to the wolves on Tuesday. The agency believes there are two wolves that have been roaming around Ketchikan’s north end, he said.

“It seems like it’s the same two,” Sanguinetti told The Ketchikan Daily News (http://bit.ly/1TgsN1y). “We don’t believe it’s a pack.”

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Boy hunting black bears kills 500-pound grizzly in E. Idaho

By The Associated Press –  5/19/16

ISLAND PARK, Idaho — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy hunting black bears with his father mistakenly shot and killed a 500-pound male grizzly bear in eastern Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the father and son from California later that evening on May 5 returned to their family cabin and realized it was a grizzly bear.

Authorities say that the next morning they contacted Idaho Fish and Game to report what happened.

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Wildlife feeding site to remain in use despite elk deaths

By The Associated Press –  5/20/16

HAILEY, Idaho — State officials apologized for poor oversight of a wildlife feeding site in central Idaho where dozens of elk, mostly calves, died last winter and say that improvements will be made.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said 43 elk died at the Bullwhacker site in Warm Springs Canyon near Ketchum. Officials say most of the elk starved after being unable to get to food.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports (http://bit.ly/255EJW8) that officials at a meeting Wednesday in Hailey said they’ll keep the site open but expand it so elk have an easier time getting to the food.

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Hunter charged for shooting celebrity bull elk near Ellensburg [WA]

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review May 17, 2016

Here’s a long story from the Yakima Herald-Republic with a message about hunter ethics, especially if you’re tempted into a pasture to  shoot a bull elk the locals have known fondly for years as “Bullwinkle.”

By Scott Sandsberry

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Bullwinkle was as smart as he was big. The most photographed bull elk in Kittitas County, if not the state of Washington, he had figured out as long as he stayed in that idyllic pastureland where people fed him and treated him like royalty, nobody would shoot him with anything other than a camera.

The state’s hunting laws agreed with him.

Yet in December a hunter shot and killed him.

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Brucellosis spread blamed on elk

By The Associated Press May 17, 2016

BILLINGS, Mt. (AP) – Researchers say Montana elk are to blame for an animal disease spreading into new areas around Yellowstone National Park.

The finding disputes conventional wisdom that said park bison and wildlife feeding grounds in Wyoming were responsible.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions traced transmissions of the disease brucellosis following a recent spike in livestock infections.

They say a strain of the disease that originated in artificial elk feeding grounds in Wyoming is now self-sustaining in Montana. A different brucellosis strain is found in bison.

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Tracking the travels of goats

By The Associated Press – 5/18/16

ALPINE, Wyo. — About 1,000 feet above the Snake River on the steep slopes of Ferry Peak, a nanny mountain goat soon to be known as F1 was nibbling on fresh greens with not a care in the world.

Her instincts were misguided.

Perhaps 30 yards away Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist Gary Fralick and warden Kyle Lash were armed with a tranquilizer gun and waiting for a clear line of fire. Consumed by her drawn-out meal, the sure-footed white herbivore took her time and barely paid the wildlife managers any attention, the Jackson Hole News and Guide reported (http://bit.ly/1TXZP3w).

Three minutes passed, then five, and still no clear shot. She took a couple of steps forward, cleared a conifer and then “Whap!”

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Bison calf euthanized after Yellowstone tourists drive away with it, fearing for its life

By Jamie Hale – The Oregonian/OregonLive  May 16, 2016

When it comes to the needless death of a young animal, the National Park Service does not mince words.

“In recent weeks, visitors in the park have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous, and illegal behavior with wildlife,” the agency wrote in a press release Monday. “These actions endanger people and have now resulted in the death of a newborn bison calf.”

Those visitors were tourists in Yellowstone National Park, and their actions – while apparently noble – are hard to comprehend.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
May 20, 2016
Issue No. 792

Table of Contents

* BiOp Judge Approves Extension For Feds In Delivering A Plan For Responding To Court Directives
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436764.aspx

* River Managers Increase Spill At Lower Snake’s Lower Monumental Dam To Aid Migrating Juvenile Sockeye
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436763.aspx

* Elevated Flows At Libby Dam Aimed At Benefitting Kootenai River Sturgeon; Reservoir Refill To Full Pool Unlikely
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436762.aspx

* Considering Predation Levels When Reintroducing Salmonids Above High Head Dams
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436761.aspx

* Pinniped-Fishery Task Force To Reconvene To Consider 5 More Years Of Killing Sea Lions At Bonneville Dam
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436760.aspx

* Harvest Managers Downgrade Spring Chinook Return But Approve More Fishing Days
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436759.aspx

* Managing Salmon Fisheries For Northeast Oregon’s End-Of-The-Line, Remote Rivers Tricky
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436758.aspx

* Group To Sue PGE Over Deschutes River Water Quality; Blames Lake Billy Chinook Water Withdrawal Tower Intended To Improve Salmonid Passage
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436757.aspx

* Council Approves Another Step Forward On $8 Million Sturgeon Hatchery To Boost Numbers In Columbia/Snake Reservoirs
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436756.aspx

* Study Finds Ocean Acidification Threatens Northwest Dungeness Crab, Region’s Largest Fishery By Revenue
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436755.aspx

* New Advanced-Technology Turbine Being Installed At Ice Harbor Dam; Intended To Be Safer For Fish
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436754.aspx

* Council’s ‘Cost Savings Workgroup’ Looking To Review More Projects
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436753.aspx

* Study: If California’s Land-Use Patterns Continue, Projected Water Needs By 2062 Will Increase Beyond Supply
http://www.cbbulletin.com/436752.aspx
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Fun Critter Stuff:

Texas woman sells ‘housebroken’ bison she let wander inside

May 16, 2016 AP

Photo caption: Bullet, a bison, walks through the hallway of her owner Karen Schoeve’s home in Argyle, Texas

ARGYLE, Texas (AP) — A 1,000-pound “domesticated” bison that was allowed to roam in her owner’s Dallas-area home has moved on to pastures new.

Bullet the bison was transported Saturday from Karen Schoeve’s home in Argyle to her new home, which she will share with two cows, 15 miles away in Flower Mound.

Schoeve says she was struggling to balance work and looking after Bullet and her two paint ponies, so she sold off the horses and two months ago advertised Bullet for sale on Craigslist for $5,960. She tells The Dallas Morning News she received several offers.

Schoeve describes Bullet as house-trained, although she sometimes tracks mud inside. She says the bison is “good hardy stock, but “not scary” and that she has “a great personality.”

source:

[hat tip SMc]
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The American Bison

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Moose in the House

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Wood duck chicks follow mom in giant leap of faith

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1947 mechanical horse

(Photo Archive/ Spokesman Review)

In this 1947 photo, Warner L. Keehn, Spokane inventor, rides his converted Merry-go-round horse near his home at E. 3134 35th. The mechanical horse, geared to small gasoline engine mounted on rubber-tired wheels, gallops when the wheel turns and is controlled by the reins, just like a real horse.
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Fish & Game News:

News Releases for Idaho Fish and Game

* Gear up for Kokanee fishing ( Boise, ID – 5/16/16 )
* Young wildlife best left alone ( Boise, ID – 5/16/16 )
* Commission to meet in Coeur d’ Alene this week ( Boise, ID – 5/16/16 )
* Free Fishing Day aims to hook new anglers ( Boise, ID – 5/16/16 )
* Still time to enter Super Hunt drawing ( Boise, ID – 5/16/16 )

https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/?getPage=179
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Trivia:

Lilac Growing Tips and Lore

by Amber Kanuckel The Farmers’ Almanac Monday, May 16th, 2016

If there is one thing many gardeners and flower pickers alike look forward to, it’s the lilacs blooming in the spring. Between the strong fragrance and the pretty plumes of white, pink, mauve and purple blossoms, this shrub is irresistible. Gardeners throughout history felt the same way. Common lilacs appeared in Britain as early as the 15th Century, and they came to the Americas along with some of the first settlers.

Before gardeners brought lilacs to Britain and the Americas, common lilacs were found in Eastern Europe, while other types of lilacs originated in Iran. The history of this shrub dates back so far that the ancient Greeks had a tale about it. In their legend, the god Pan fell hopelessly in love with a nymph named Syringa, but Syringa was terrified of the god and his newfound affection. Pan chased Syringa through a forest, where she turned herself into a lilac bush to hide from him.

That isn’t the only lore surrounding this shrub. Throughout Europe, especially within the British Isles, the lilac was considered an unlucky flower. It was perfectly fine to grow them outdoors, but bringing the flowers inside was asking for disaster. Purple lilacs were supposed to be far unluckier than the white ones, to the point that some said bringing a bouquet of purple lilacs inside would “bring death to a healthy home.” So bad was the reputation of lilacs that old British lore claimed that any girl wearing a sprig of lilacs on her dress was destined to be single forever. At one time, you could even give a bouquet of lilacs to your partner as a sign that you wanted to break up with him or her.

The Victorian era brought an end to the negative stigma surrounding lilacs, finally putting them in their rightful place as a favorite flower. Victorians developed what is known as the “Language of Flowers,” a system that gave flowers meanings that could be used symbolically or as a form of communication. Consequently, purple lilacs became known as the flowers of the first feelings of love, while white lilacs represented the innocence of youth.

Even in the United States, lilacs have a long history. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew these shrubs, and there are lilacs growing at New Hampshire’s Governor Wentworth Estate that are believed to have been planted in 1750. Early Americans often used lilacs as a substitute for aloe, a treatment for malaria and as a de-wormer.But enough about yesteryear! Let’s show you how to grow lilacs today.

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Weather Reports May 15-21

May 15 Weather:

At 9am it was 42 degrees and low overcast (clouds obscuring top of VanMeter.) Light drizzle all morning, still dripping at noon. Stopped raining before 215pm. Broken clouds and stray sunshine by 315pm (didn’t last long.) Steady rain falling at 407pm for maybe 30 minutes. Breaks in the clouds around 5pm. At 730pm it was 50 degrees and partly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 16, 2016 at 09:00AM
Breaks in overcast
Max temperature 58 degrees F
Min temperature 40 degrees F
At observation 45 degrees F
Precipitation 0.01 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 16 Weather:

At 9am it was 45 degrees, breaks in the solid overcast. Partly sunny or filtered sun by lunch time. Shower from 3pm to 315pm. Gusty afternoon breezes. A little sprinkle for about a minute at 612pm. Rained for a couple minutes at 620pm. At 820pm it was 54 degrees, mostly cloudy and a few drops of rain. At 915pm it was mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 17, 2016 at 09:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 66 degrees F
Min temperature 37 degrees F
At observation 46 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 17 Weather:

At 9am it was 46 degrees and mostly clear. Sunny mild day. At 730pm it was 67 degrees and light breezes, some clouds. At 930pm (almost dark) it was mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 18, 2016 at 09:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 73 degrees F
Min temperature 37 degrees F
At observation 47 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 18 Weather:

At 9am it was 47 degrees and mostly clear. Warm sunny day, afternoon breezes. At 8pm it was 66 degrees and partly clear (high wispy clouds.) At midnight it was 55 degrees and mostly cloudy. Rain at 5am, hard rain 530am to 8am (estimate.)

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 19, 2016 at 09:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 79 degrees F
Min temperature 40 degrees F
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation 0.72 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 19 Weather:

At 9am it was 40 degrees, overcast and breezy (big puddles.) Light rain falling 1030am, lasted for about 15 minutes. Raining before noon, lasted about 30 minutes. Shower started at 115pm, steady rain at 120pm, ended around 2pm. Light rain just before 3pm lasted 20 minutes, then a few thunder rumbles afterwards. Rain 425pm for 10 minutes included some BB sized hail towards the end. 5pm broken clouds. At 7pm partly cloudy and a few drops of rain. At 730pm it was 49 degrees, chilly light breeze. Partly cloudy at 130am, moon and mars shining.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 20, 2016 at 09:00AM
Overcast, damp
Max temperature 57 degrees F
Min temperature 34 degrees F
At observation 39 degrees F
Precipitation 0.05 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 20 Weather:

At 9am it was 39 degrees, overcast and damp. Started sprinkling at 120pm for about 20 minutes. Rain just before 2pm for about 30 minutes. Drizzles off an on the rest of the afternoon. Light shower at 6pm for about 20 minutes. Sprinkles off and on. At 710pm it was 47 degrees and overcast. A few drops of rain at 915pm. At 1130pm it was 42 degrees and cloudy. At 2am it was partly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 21, 2016 at 09:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 48 degrees F
Min temperature 33 degrees F
At observation 38 degrees F
Precipitation 0.15 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 21 Weather:

At 9am it was 38 degrees and overcast, some low clouds on VanMeter. A few drops of rain at 910am. Sprinkling at 930am. At 1015am it was 40 degrees and still misting a little. Sprinkles off and on. Steady rain at 1130am. Break in the showers a little after 12 noon. A few breaks in the clouds before 130pm. Cloudy and a few drops of rain falling at 209pm. Sprinkles off and on. At 245pm it was 43 degrees cloudy and not raining. A bit of sun leaking thru the clouds at 340pm. Patches of blue sky at 4pm. Cloudy and raining pretty good at 445pm. Hail around 5pm for about 10 minutes, BB to pea sized. Not raining at 530pm. Just before 6pm big wind gusts (knocking over chairs) and rain. Wind settled down and lighter rain at 630pm. At 7pm it was 39 degrees, overcast and not raining. Short shower at 755pm, then breaks in the clouds by 815pm. At 930pm it was sprinkling, low overcast and 40 degrees. Showers off and on during the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 22, 2016 at 09:00AM
Low overcast
Max temperature 51 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 39 degrees F
Precipitation 0.42 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Idaho History May 22, 2016

Payette Lake, Valley County, Idaho

The principal tributaries of the Payette River are the North and South forks. The North Fork drains about 950 square miles, beginning north of McCall and flowing into Payette Lake. The North Fork exits at the southwest end of Payette Lake at 4,990 feet and flows south in the “Long Valley” of Valley County toward Cascade. It then flows into the Cascade Reservoir, then continues south, accompanied by Highway 55.

source: Wikipedia
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Idaho Payette Lake Post Card

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[hat tip to SMc]
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Idaho Payette River Fishing

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[hat tip to Historic Roseberry and SMc]
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