Oct 30, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 30, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

YPWUA News: 

Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Village News:

Halloween Party

There was a Halloween Party at the YP Tavern on Saturday October 29th.

2017 YP Calendars

Time to start thinking about the 2017 calendars. I will send out a separate email that you can order from. (Please do not reply to the newsletter – I need to keep things organized.) A great way to show your support for the Yellow Pine Times – or at least they make great Xmas gifts. I will take orders from Nov. 1st thru Thanksgiving. We will only get enough calendars to fill orders, there will be NO extras! Shipping out in early December. – rrS

Local Observations:

Monday (Oct 24) no frost, overcast, looks like it might rain. Quiet, no people or critters around. Afternoon rain. Cloudy and quiet evening. Rain most of the night (after midnight.)

Tuesday (Oct 25) no frost, overcast and sprinkling. Light showers until about noon, then cloudy the rest of the day. A few drops of rain in the evening, breezy and quiet.

Wednesday (Oct 26) no frost, dark overcast sky all morning. No rain during the day. Mild temperatures and not much of a breeze. Pine squirrel gathering cones, no birds around. Quiet cloudy evening.

Thursday (Oct 27) no frost, dark overcast sky, heavy dew. Rained for over an hour in the afternoon. Couple of rifle shots close to the village around 230pm. Dark clouds and blustery late afternoon and evening. Might have been a loose horse on main street, heard galloping at dark and mules were braying. Rained most of the night.

Friday (Oct 28) no frost, low overcast, foggy flanks on the mountains, Johnson Crk ridge socked in solid. Pine squirrel gathering pine cones, a stellar jay showed up after lunch. Cloudy quiet day, no rain. A few cracks in the clouds before dark. Smell of burning garbage in the air.

Saturday (Oct 29) slight frost (low 32.5F), very light ground fog rising up before sunrise (10am) with mostly clear sky above. Cloudy by lunch time. Extra traffic all day and into the evening. Pine squirrel gathering cones. Cloudy evening, smell of diesel fumes in the air. Short hard rain shower after 8pm and another around 120am.

Sunday (Oct 30) no frost, damp, high clouds, light fog along the rivers. Clarks nutcracker calling from the forest, pine squirrel calling from the neighborhood. Thicker darker clouds after lunch time. Sprinkles and showers all afternoon, low dark clouds, mist streaming up the flanks of the mountains from the rivers. Fairly quiet day, just a little extra traffic. Still raining at dark (7pm.)


Dane Vaughn

Dane K. Vaughn, 42, of Garden Valley [and Big Creek], died October 17, 2016 at home.

Arrangements are pending with Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett.

Idaho News:

Concrete Truck Overturns

The Star-News Oct 27, 2016


Photo by Fred Erland, Meadows Valley Fire Dept.

Doug Buys of the Meadows Valley Ambulance Service does some cleanup while waiting for a tow truck to move a concrete truck that overturned on Idaho 55 east of New Meadows on Saturday. The truck, owned by Clearwater Concrete of McCall, crashed about 7:45 a.m. Saturday and blocked one lane of traffic for more than three hours. The driver, whose name was not available, was not injured.

source: The Star-News 
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McCall to celebrate U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Nov. 5

Tree will be cut on Payette National Forest Wednesday

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News Oct 27, 2016

The U.S. Capital Christmas Tree will be celebrated in McCall with festivities on Saturday, Nov. 5, the Payette National Forest has announced.

The tree, also known as the “People’s Tree” will make a cross-country journey from Idaho to Washington D.C. after it is cut from the Payette forest on Wednesday.

Before that journey begins, however, the people of McCall will give the tree a proper send-off on Nov. 5.

The celebration will officially kick off at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 with a parade through downtown McCall.

full story: The Star-News
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Police warn of property crimes on Halloween

Morgan Boydston, KTVB October 28, 2016

BOISE — Halloween is just a few days away: a time for kids to dress up in make-believe and to decorate our houses in ghoulish gear and hand out candy.

National data shows, it’s also a time for a rise in property crime.

USA Today partner NerdWallet says crime-related insurance claims rise by more than 24 percent on Fright Night. Police are warning about crimes of opportunity such as theft and vandalism – especially in areas where a lot of people are out and about.

“You’re naturally going to see a little bit of a rise in property crime or malicious injury to property just because of the sheer fact that there are a lot of people out,” Deputy Chief of Meridian Police, Tracy Basterrechea, said.

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Idaho Power aims to improve Snake River water quality

Gretchen Parsons, KTVB October 24, 2016

BOISE – A utility company is manually transforming the Snake River to make water cooler.

In order to keep up with regulation standards, Idaho Power is lowering the temperature in areas of the Snake River that are wide and shallow.

Channels that are broad with little depth, have warmer water leading to more algae and less oxygen for aquatic species.

“Certainly in extreme cases it can lead to fish killed,” says Senior Biologist Stacey Baczkowski.

To cool river temperature, Idaho Power began work in July to narrow and deepen a channel by widening two islands just downstream of Walters Ferry.

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Lost hunters found safe in Shoshone County

KTVB October 25, 2016

SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho — Two missing hunters have been found safe in Shoshone County.

The two were reported missing after not returning from a hunting trip on Sunday.

Marty Coleman and Shane Spearing, left their vehicle Sunday afternoon and did not return.

They were last seen in the area between the Montana state line and the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille, according to the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said it is extremely rugged and there are not many roads in the area.

(© 2016 KREM)
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Is taking a selfie with your ballot illegal in Idaho?

The secretary of state says it is perfectly legal to do so.

Joe Parris, KTVB 8:51 PM. MDT October 28, 2016

BOISE – In some places taking a selfie with your ballot can get you in real trouble, but what about here in Idaho? KTVB went the state Capitol Friday to find out the rules on ballot selfies from Secretary of State Lawerence Denney

“It’s perfectly legal, it’s not illegal in Idaho,” said Denney.

There you have it, there are no rules against taking a picture with your ballot, but Denney says he still wouldn’t encourage voters to do it.

“We discourage it because it does take time. When there are lines at the polling place we’d rather not have people holding things up,” said Denney.

In Ada County, Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says voters have the green light to snap away.


Forest / BLM News:

Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Project Update

USDA Forest Service 10/27/2016

In anticipation of issuing a decision on the Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Plan in the next few months and recognition of the public interest in the proposed changes to travel management, we have established an implementation page that is now accessible from the project website at  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45084. To access the implementation page, navigate to “Implementation Info” link in the upper right corner of the project website.

We have prepared a draft implementation strategy regarding route treatments for the selected alternative, including sequencing of routes added to the Motor Vehicle Use Map as well as decommissioning of unauthorized routes. This strategy is based on general information used in the analysis. Prior to implementation, the Forest Service will need to take a more detailed look at each route to determine exact restoration and storm damage risk reduction treatments. As a result this draft implementation strategy will likely be refined prior to implementation and exact treatments may change when a more detailed survey is done. Specific route treatment plans will be developed or approved by the Forest Service based on field verified conditions at the time of implementation. The draft implementation strategy, including a map, is available on the implementation page.

I appreciate the interest you have in the Big Creek area and I hope you find the new implementation page a convenient way to access timely information as the project moves forward. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email at abbotello@fs.fed.us or by phone at 208-634-0601.

Anthony B. Botello
Krassel District Ranger
Payette National Forest
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BLM Conducting Timber Pile Burning Near Silver City, Idaho

Boise BLM October 24, 2016
CONTACT: Jared Jablonski, (208) 384-3210

Boise, ID – This fall the Boise District BLM will be prescribed burning timber piles from a 2015 hazardous fuels reduction project in the Owyhee Field Office near Silver City, Idaho. The treatment area consisted of 190 acres and the timber piles from that treatment to be burned are located along the War Eagle and Silver City Roads. The purpose of the completed hazardous fuels reduction was to thin juniper and fir trees concentrated along major road corridors to reduce the threat of wildfire impacting the historic mining town of Silver City.

Personnel and equipment will be in the project area for the duration of the burning operations. The smoke from this burn has potential to be visible from large distances due to location, fuel type and burning conditions.

The Silver City prescribed burn is expected to start on or around Oct. 25th and may last until Nov. 30th depending on weather conditions.
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Utility eyes burning thinning debris to protect water supply


PHOENIX — An Arizona water and power utility is conducting an experiment to add forest-thinning debris to coal burned by an electricity-generating plant, hoping to make thinning more economical to help avoid devastating wildfires producing runoff that would contaminate reservoirs.

A test conducted Wednesday at the Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station near St. Johns in eastern Arizona showed that the plant’s machinery can handle mixing woody biomass material with coal, SRP officials said.

That sets the stage for stage for two 10-day periods of burning biomass in November, said SRP water strategy analyst Ron Klawitter.

Klawitter said SRP then will study costs and other data collected during the planned biomass burns before deciding whether to using forest debris to augment coal as a fuel source on a regular basis.

“This test is all about a market-driven solution to forest restoration in northern Arizona,” Klawitter said.


Letter to Share:

“Grow More Spots” Raffle Tickets!


Please help support Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. by purchasing raffle tickets – and purchase as many as you like! These will make great stocking stuffers – the drawing is not until January 21st at the “GROW MORE SPOTS” fundraising event – and you need not be present to win! We will accept cash, money order, or PayPal at
mysticfarmrescue @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)

If you are local, just stop in to Bradley Insurance in Ponderay or give Dory a call: 208 241-7081.

Thanks for supporting the rescue…and the fawns thank you!

*A reminder: If you have committed to a donation item or sponsorship for the event, please contact Dory or anyone on the board re. getting that to us. We are trying to get everything inventoried, set up, and ready to go ASAP! Really hoping to not have to be scrambling over the holidays to pull the event together – less stress and more enjoyment.

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
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Mystic Farm Candles and Melts


Who makes the best burning and best scent throw candles out there? Where does every penny of the proceeds go from those candles? Who needs your help to keep the fawn rescue up and running?


Get your candles and melts beginning Monday at: Bradley Insurance in Ponderay, Sandpoint Furniture, or direct orders from Dory! Minimum donation of $12 per candle and $4 for melts + Shipping if you aren’t local. Thanks for your continued support!


Dory McIsaac mysticfarmrescue @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)

Critter News:

Boise couple makes big dog food donation

Natalie Shaver, KTVB October 28, 2016

Dogs at the Meridian Valley Humane Society won’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from for a while.

A Boise couple bought more than $500 of food from Zamzows and asked the store to donate it to the shelter.

The store decided to match the donation.

The shelter got the delivery this morning, which filled the entire back of a truck.

Leaders at the shelter say this comes at the perfect time because they’ve been worried about food supplies.

The shelter runs on donations and adoption fees.

They say this food will feed their dogs for the next couple of months.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Emails indicate Idaho wildlife management influenced by wealthy, politics

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Oct 27, 2016

Idaho sportsman are becoming wary of wealthy individuals who appear to be working to monopolize hunting access and wildlife management.

The billionaire Wilks brothers of Texas have caught attention for purchasing and closing public access to 172,000 acres of Potatch timberland.

And scrutiny is increasing on efforts to pump up the big-game auction tag program to boost the opportunities for hunters to whom money is not an issue.

Sportsmen have sought access to email accounts for Idaho lawmakers to track the influence in the auction tag issue.  The results are interesting, as you’ll see in the roundup below by Lewiston Tribune outdoor writer Eric Barker:

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Pheasants released on new Idaho youth hunting area

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Oct 26, 2016

About 925 acres has been acquired near Potlatch, Idaho, for youth hunters to pursue pen-raised pheasants released by a sportsmen’s group.

Idaho Fish and Game secured access to the property through it’s Access Yes program with the help of The Game Bird Foundation, said the group’s spokesman Jim Hagedorn in Viola.

The area is open to licensed hunters age 17 and under accompanied by an adult who also must have a valid Idaho hunting license, Hagedorn said.  “Both the mentor and the youth can hunt,” he said.

“It is required that the hunters sign in at the kiosk on South River Road before hunting.


The Game Bird Foundation
Jim Hagedorn Viola, Idaho (208) 883-3423
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Washington wolf shot in Montana after roaming 700 miles

Rich Landers Oct 24, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

Photo caption: A young male wolf captured and GPS collared by state wildlife biologists in northeastern Washington left the Huckleberry Pack in June 2016 and roamed about 700 miles in three months before being shot by Wildlife Services as it attacked sheep in Central Montana. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

A young gray wolf that left its pack in northeastern Washington this summer traveled about 700 miles before being shot in central Montana last month while attacking sheep.

The 2-year-old male wolf was captured in February by Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists and fitted with a GPS satellite tracking collar. It began wandering northeast into the Idaho Panhandle in June, headed into the Moyie area of British Columbia before crossing Lake Koocanusa and trekking southeast into Montana near Eureka on July 4.

“We have no clue how the wolf crossed the reservoir,” said Scott Becker, Washington Fish and Wildlife wolf capture and monitoring leader who was involved with collaring the footloose wolf. “It could have swam or used a bridge; it probably didn’t hitchhike.”

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of October 2016
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WEI Newsletter

Norway Plans To Kill Almost 70 Percent Of Its Wolf Population

Washington wolf killed in Montana had wandered 700 miles
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Feds reconsider wolverine listing

Agency sets 30-day public comment period

Oct 26, 2016 by Greg Moore IME

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on whether wolverines in the lower 48 states should be placed on the federal endangered species list.

About 300 wolverines remain in the West, with the most in Montana. They are occasionally sighted in the mountains surrounding the Wood River Valley.

In 2013, the agency issued a draft decision granting wolverines protection, but reversed course a year later, citing scientific disagreement about climate change and the extent of the threat it posed to the species. A coalition of conservation organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Idaho Conservation League, challenged the final decision in federal district court in Montana in October 2014. Last April, a U.S. District Court judge sided with the groups, calling the agency’s withdrawal of the listing proposal “arbitrary and capricious.”

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Sheriff’s team uses granola bar to nab scofflaw goat

KTVB October 27, 2016

BOISE — A fugitive goat is off the streets, thanks to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office ACTION team.

Deputies spent part of Tuesday afternoon chasing Sophie the goat, who had escaped from her pen nearby.

According to the sheriff’s office, Sophie approached the ACTION team as they met in a parking lot to discuss a case. After she “messed with our guys for a few minutes,” sheriff’s officials wrote in a Facebook post, the 20-pound, three-foot-tall goat chased several skateboarders out of the lot.

Next, she tried to walk into traffic on Maple Grove Road.

“Lots of fugitives talk trash, jump around, and run away when ACTION shows up,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “It’s just that most of the time they are not as short and elusive as Sophie.”

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More Pacific Coast hatchery salmon could receive protections

By KEITH RIDLER – 10/26/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Federal authorities want to add more hatchery-raised fish to the 28 Pacific Coast salmon and steelhead stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The National Marine Fisheries Service in a document made public Friday said 23 hatchery programs could produce fish genetically similar to their wild but struggling cousins and should have the option of receiving federal protections.

The agency recently completed a five-year review required for listed species and plans no changes to the threatened or endangered status for the salmon and steelhead populations found in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
October 28, 2016
Issue No. 808

Table Of Contents

* NOAA Fisheries Releases Proposed Recovery Plan For Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook, Steelhead; $347 Million Over 25 Years

* Research: Warming, Rising Ocean Could Inundate Columbia Estuary With Salt Water, Big Changes For Salmon Habitat

* Expectations Of Wetter Conditions, More Mountain Snow Suggesting Basin Water Supply April-August Above Normal

* River Managers To Begin Flow Operations To Protect Spawning (ESA-Listed) Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam

* PNNL Develops Self-Charging Tag That Tracks Fish As Long As They Live; Could Track Sturgeon For Decades

* Study: ‘Network Theory’ Can Help Quantify Salmon, Lamprey Migration Routes At Columbia/Snake River Dams

* NMFS Seeks Comments On Proposal To Extend ESA Protections To Hatchery Fish Already Used To Support Protected Salmon, Steelhead

* Comments Sought On Proposed Eulachon (Smelt) Recovery Plan: Could Take 25-100 Years, $14 Million First Five Years

* NOAA 2015 Report: Salmon Fourth Highest Value Commercial Species ($460.2 Million), Dutch Harbor Most Seafood Landed

* NOAA Awards Research Funding To Address Rising Sea Level, Hypoxia, Harmful Algal Blooms

* Montana Scoping Meetings Slated For Columbia River System Operations EIS

* NOAA Fisheries Releases Final Recovery Plan For California Coastal Salmon, Steelhead

Fish & Game News:

News Releases


Fun Critter Stuff:

The Headless Horseman Rides Again

Express photo by Willy Cook

October 26, 2016 IME

A facsimile Headless Horseman greets approximately 600 visiting guests to Swiftsure Ranch south of Bellevue Saturday afternoon during the Blazing Pumpkins fundraising event. The affair functioned to create awareness and raise money for the ranch’s therapeutic equestrian center. None of the riders that benefit from equine-assisted activities or therapies that use the facility are charged fees, so money must be raised to put riders on horses. The festival Saturday offered fun activities for everyone. Catapult “pumpkin chuckin,” apple shooting, mechanical bull riding and a bonfire complete with s’mores kept kids smiling. The adults enjoyed food, drinks and checking out the horses and facility.

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This Dog’s Reaction To Her Gumby Toy Coming To Life Is All You’ve Ever Wanted

You may think you love Gumby, but we’re positive Jolene loves Gumby more.

Emily Crisp recorded her golden retriever, Jolene, playing with a stuffed Gumby toy in a viral video posted on Thursday.

The video turns from adorable to downright you’ll-want-to-cry-it’s-so-cute when Crisp’s boyfriend, Ben Mesches, shows up in a Gumby costume.

Jolene’s reaction to the real-life Gumby is, well, perfect. You can see what appears to be pure shock and joy as she sees the living, breathing, giant version of her favorite toy.

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Where Did Halloween Come From?

The origin of Halloween can be traced to Samhain (pronounced sow-in, which rhymes with cow-in), which was an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated to mark the end of harvest-time and the beginning of the new year. The ancient Celts believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest during Samhain, thereby making it a good time to communicate with the deceased and to divine the future. Samhain is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” a day to bid good-bye to warmth and light as day length shortens.

Brief History Of Halloween

Following the Roman Empire’s rule over Celt-occupied lands in the 1st century A.D., the Romans incorporated many of the Celtic traditions, including Samhain, with their own. Eight hundred years later, the Roman Catholic Church further modified Samhain, designating November 1 as All Saints’ Day, in honor of all Catholic saints. This day was formerly known as Allhallowmas, hallow meaning to sanctify, or make holy. All Saints’ Day is known in England as All Hallows’ Day. The evening before, October 31, is known as All Hallows’ Eve, the origin of the American word Halloween!

If All Saints brings out winter,
St. Martin brings out Indian summer.

– Folklore

In later years, the Irish used hollowed-out, candlelit turnips carved with a demon’s face to frighten away spirits. When Irish immigrants in the 1840s found few turnips in the United States, they used the more plentiful pumpkins instead. See more about the ancient traditions of Halloween.

from the Old Farmer’s Almanac
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Orson Welles’ radio performance of “War of the Worlds” causes mass hysteria

Orson Welles was an actor, producer and writer, best remembered for directing and staring in the classic film Citizen Kane. But Welles was also known during his time for his radio broadcasts.

On October 30th 1938, Orson Welles’ radio performance of “War of the Worlds” caused mass hysteria. This performance was aired through the American radio drama station and it would have been expected to be taken as just another drama on the station. The only difference was that it started off as if it was a News Bulletin and therefore people began to believe it.

The “announcement” was that there was an alien invasion occurring and people panicked at the thought of that. It was cleared up, but nonetheless it was a shocking moment for many households.


Tips & Advice:

Pumpkin Carving Tips And Tricks

from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Cornhusk Doll

Native Americans used cornhusks to make spiritual messenger dolls. Early settlers in the Colonies painted faces on cornhusk dolls and made them into toys.

Here’s how:

Save some fine-grained inner cornhusks and store them in a dry place.

Soak dried husks in warm water to make them easier to handle.

If you want, dye them with regular fabric dyes (they pick up the color, but slowly).

For the head, make a ball out of a cornhusk, fold two husks over the ball, and tie off for the neck with cotton string or heavy thread.

Make arms by rolling husks into a tight tube or braiding three husks together, then put the piece through the middle of the doll.

Make a dress by folding husks over each shoulder and crossing them at waist level.

Tie the waist with string and cover with a narrow cornhusk.

Trim the skirt so she can stand up.

Glue on corn silk for hair, and make a bonnet out of a husk.

from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Halloween Humor:



Weekly Quote:

“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939