Nov 27, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 27, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

The Thanksgiving pot-luck was held at The Corner on Thursday Nov 24th at 5pm.
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The Board voted to add an additional $30 annually to both the residential and business water assessments. This will bring the annual cost of service for residential customers to $150 and for business customers to $165. The users who chose to pay the Construction Fee in installments are paying an additional $130 annually. That amount will not change.

The changes will be implemented for this billing cycle. Your 2016 bill will be mailed out in December and is due by January 31, 2015.

Local Observations:

Monday (Nov 21) light freeze this morning, mostly cloudy (a few patches of blue overhead) bands of low foggy clouds on the ridges. Pot holes full of water from rain last night. The sun is coming up south of Golden Gate peak this time of year. Partly sunny during the day, but cool. High thin clouds in the afternoon, filtered sun. Sounds of heavy equipment to the east late afternoon.

Tuesday (Nov 22) hard freeze this morning, mostly clear. Elk tracks frozen in mud along the road. Sounds of heavy equipment to the east before sun rise. Power blipped off and on at 1101am. Increasing clouds and chilly day. Internet out for a while around 8pm. Quiet evening.

Wednesday (Nov 23) light freeze this morning, low clouds almost to the valley floor, snowing lightly. Huge flock of geese calling and circling over the village. Snow falling most of the day, from fat flakes coming down hard to small flakes lazily swirling down. By evening we had an inch of snow on the measuring board. Quiet all day, hardly any traffic.

Thursday (Nov 24 – Happy Thanksgiving) hard freeze this morning, about an inch of snow on the ground and mostly cloudy. By noon it had warmed up enough to start melting snow on the roof. Mostly clear (some haze) weak sunshine. Thicker haze early afternoon, overcast by late afternoon. Most of the snow has melted.

Friday (Nov 25) light freeze this morning, patchy snow on the ground, overcast and light chilly breeze. Cloudy gray day, light chilly breezes and very quiet. No critters or birds around. Did not warm up much, but a little more snow went away (evaporated?) Overcast and above freezing at dark.

Saturday (Nov 26) clear, dry and cold this morning, thin patches of old snow on the ground. Clouds moved in and overcast by early afternoon. Pine squirrel running around on neighbor’s roof. Pretty quiet day, not much traffic.

Sunday (Nov 27) overcast, dry and cold this morning (thin layer of frost), patches of old snow remain in the shady places. A little snow fell before lunch time, no accumulation. Dark clouds and chilly day. Occasional flake of snow in the afternoon until just before dark, then steady snow starting to stick by 5pm.


Jerine Brown


Jerine Eloise Brown


Jerine was born August 14, 1920 in Saskatchewan, Canada to Hugh Maurice Bartlett and Tinterella Henderson Bartlett. She had 2 brothers.

She is a direct descendant of Josiah Bartlett who was the third signer of the Declaration of Independence and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jerine moved to Boise and studied nursing at Saint Alphonsus Hospital.

She met William Weber Brown, a pilot in the Army Air Corp, as a “blind date” at a “USO” dance at Gowen Field. They were married September 5, 1943 in Harvard Nebraska. While Bill was in the military and servicing in World War II, they traveled throughout the states and abroad but then settled back in Meridian, Idaho.

She worked as a registered nurse at St Alphonsus Hospital and continued to her college degree. Jerine graduated with a Nurse Practitioner degree, one of the few in Idaho, and started her new career at the Boise State University Medical Center.

Upon retiring they built a cabin in Yellow Pine, Idaho. She loved spending summers there, socializing, playing bridge and dancing with Bill in “downtown” Yellow Pine.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill and her 2 brothers Lorraine Bartlett and John Bartlett.

Jerine is survived by her sister-in-law Mercedes Bartlett, her 3 sons: Michael Brown (wife Rosella), Patrick Brown (wife Kay) and Scott Brown (wife Cathy Mae); six Grandchildren, William, Russell, Teresa, Aaron, Jason and Drew; and 10 Great Grandchildren.

Jerine loved to play cards especially bridge, socialize with friends and neighbors and spending time with her family.

She enjoyed a full and rich life and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Graveside services will be held Monday, November 28th at 1:00 P.M. at the Terrace Lawn Cemetery in Meridian, Idaho.

Published in Idaho Statesman on Nov. 23, 2016
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Lois Fry, violinist and long-time performer, dies

Friends remember versatile talent, devotion to students

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News November 23, 2016

Lois Fry, a fixture on the McCall music scene for decades, died on Friday [Nov 18th].


Fry, a violin player, was known for her work with both the McCall Folklore Society and McCall Music Society.

But she was most admired for the breadth of her talent, her willingness to play anywhere and anytime, and for her dedication to her violin students.

Information on memorial services was not available for Fry, who was in her mid-70s.

“Lois played all kinds of music – classical, folk, jazz, rock, country – like an expert skier gliding from packed to powder,” said Jim Cockey of Boise, a classical music composer who previously lived in McCall.

“I think to her, there was no difference; it was all music, and music came from the soul, and the soul knows no boundaries,” Cockey said.

Fry served as concertmaster of the McCall Chamber Orchestra and as fiddler in numerous groups in the area.

She was a regular in the annual music festival now known as the Summer Music Festival at Roseberry, playing in more local groups than anyone else, according to friends.

She was a board member on both the McCall Music Society and the McCall Folklore Society.

Fry “was a kind lady who would always put on a huge smile for you no matter how she was feeling,” folklore society board member Jim Bates said. “She was a wealth of information and experience so valuable to the folklore society.”

Fry never hesitated to share her love of music, said Bob Burns of McCall, who frequently played with Fry over the years.

“She had the unique musical ability of being able to play around a melody with spontaneous harmony that produced beautiful results,” Burns said.

“Her pitch was perfect, and one should never question it and risk facing her wrath,” he said.

full story The Star-News:
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Lois Fry August 7, 2005 in Yellow Pine

[Note: Lois Fry’s talent will be missed at the Yellow Pine Music Festival.]

Letters to Share:

Valdez Gravel pit and reclamation


Valley County has been working with Midas Gold as they need material to fill their requirement for their operations to continue. The use of the gravel will be on county roads to help reduce the sediment to Johnson Creek and the East Fork.

So we are working together on this project with the intent to crush one more time adjacent to the Valdez Pit on the Boise National Forest. Our plan is to crush what we can afford to do and stockpile any additional material on Donna Valdez’s property and reclaim the Valdez site and the BNF site.

We understand that there needs to be a good reclamation plan to complete this work and not come back to this site.

We are also looking at where we could possibly find some suitable material near the Johnson Creek Road somewhere upstream so we have a more permanent site to have gravel in the future for maintenance. As you are well aware the East Fork Road is much better after we placed the gravel from the Valdez pit on it than the wash board sandy material we had prior.

If no sources are found then that means all material would need to be trucked into the area so that just increases the trucking cost and reduces the amount of work we can accomplish.

Gordon Cruickshank
Valley County Commissioner
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Photo Valdez Gravel Pit July 24, 2016


photo credit – TM
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Program in Idaho to work Toward Zero Deaths on Highways

Received Nov 23, 2016 from Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank

I thought I would share two awards Valley County, Idaho officials received this week.

The Idaho Transportation Department recognizes counties who work to reduce the traffic fatalities in their county. Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen and the Valley County Commissioners all received the award for not having any traffic fatalities in Valley County during 2015. We would also point out that to date we have not had one in Valley County in 2016.

Attached are two photos which show the folks with Sheriff Bolen and Valley County Commissioners. Commissioner Cruickshank in the middle (pink shirt), on my right is Commissioner Willey and on my left is Commissioner Hasbrouck.


Sheriff Bolen was the first female in Idaho to become a Sheriff and is currently President of the Idaho Sheriff’s Association.



Idaho News:

Albertsons Customers Give Back

The Star-News November 23, 2016


Photo for The Star-News by Gary Ertter

Ashlee Robinson and Miles Klind of McCall on Monday helped load frozen turkeys and other Thanksgiving meal fixings donated by Albertsons customers to food banks in Valley County and New Meadows. A total of 270 dinners were provided as part of $13,497 in Turkey Bucks donated by customers as they checked out, store Manager Lance Armstrong said.

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Foundation grants more than $14,000 in Valley, Adams

The Star-News November 23, 2016

The Idaho Community Foundation’s Southwestern Regional Grants Panel has selected 91 southwestern Idaho and central Idaho nonprofits, educational organizations and governmental entities to receive nearly $236,000 through its competitive grant cycle.

Of that total, more than $14,000 will be distributed to seven nonprofits in Adams and Valley counties.

Money for the grants comes from several foundation funds that were established by donors to benefit southwest and central Idaho.

This year’s local grant recipients are:

Valley County

• Cascade Food Pantry, Inc. – $1,000 to purchase foods or spices for the educational food demonstration program that will be part of the regular food distribution, which will include recipes, instruction and materials necessary for successful home cooking.

• Donnelly Rural Fire Protection Association, Inc. – $2,500 to purchase adult and infant CPR manikins, Automatic External Defibrillator trainers and Heartsaver instructor manuals.

• McCall Arts and Humanities Council – $1,946 to purchase new equipment to continue Kaleidoscope, an annual free children’s art festival.

• McCall Senior Citizens, Inc. – $2,325 to purchase a new refrigerator and freezer for the food pantry and an outdoor grill for the kitchen.

• Payette Lakes Community Association, Inc. – $2,000 to purchase the equipment and license to provide students with two Camp Invention projects during winter and spring months and to assist with the cost of teachers to implement the projects.

• Payette Lakes Ski Club – $2,500 for program costs associated with the seven-week learn-to-ski after-school program for area youth

Adams County.

• Idaho Mountain Samba – $2,000 to support a one week samba music and dance residency for Meadows Valley School District.

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Brundage Mountain Resort gets snow, will pray for more

The Star-News November 23, 2016

Mother Nature dropped two to four inches of fresh snow on Brundage Mountain Monday night, “fueling the stoke” for the upcoming ski season.

Brundage received two inches in the base area and four inches at mid-mountain and above.

The ski resort needs more snow to be able to offer free skiing on Easy Street as part of this weekend’s events.

No natural snow has fallen at The Activity Barn, the site of Friday’s community-wide Pray for Snow Party. But that won’t stop snow lovers from #OptingOutside.

Live music, bonfires and a raffle will be held at the tubing hill Friday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Snowmaking efforts are underway, but so far there’s not enough snow to open snow tubing.

Snow is in the forecast even at the 5,000 foot level and crews are standing by to build tubing lanes if Mother Nature gets with the program.

Prospects look brighter for Saturday’s event at Brundage Mountain, where the forecast is calling for snow today. Temperatures look more favorable for snowmaking this week at the 6,000 foot level where Brundage Mountain’s base sits.

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Tamarack clears brush to improve skiing on three parts of mountain for ’16-17 season

Nov 22, 2016 chadd Cripe Idaho Statesman

Crews spent time over the summer clearing brush to create better skiing opportunities on the mountain. The improvements focused on the Bentwoods, tree skiing between Adrenaline and Funnel; Reasons to Quit, tree skiing between Tango and the top of the Tamarack Express lift; and La Bamba Cliffs, an expert area within Wildwood that requires a hike to reach. “They were places on the mountain that could be improved fairly quickly and at a reasonable cost,” General Manager Brad Larsen said. “They were some areas that we wanted to ski better.”

The Tamarack Municipal Association, a group of homeowners, has assumed control of the resort. That averted the potential for key assets to be lost in an auction because of back taxes owed by previous owners.

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Idaho man hit by car, falls 50 feet into icy river, survives

By ANDREW SELSKY – 11/21/16 AP

An Idaho man not only survived being hit by a car on an icy interstate highway bridge but also a 50-foot-fall into a river and a swim through its frigid waters with a badly broken leg, authorities said.

Steven Arrasmith, 34, said the image in his mind of his 7-month-old son drove him to keep swimming for shore through the strong current in the Snake River in the dark.

He finally reached an island near the Oregon-Idaho border and awaited rescuers, unable to pull his legs and feet out of the water because of his broken left leg.


Public Lands News:

Two of best snowshoe hikes in Idaho City area survived Pioneer Fire

By chadd Cripe Idaho Statesman Nov 22, 2016

Some of the best snowshoeing with easy access from Boise is in the Park N’ Ski system north of Idaho City — an area hit hard by the Pioneer Fire.

But the Boise National Forest and State Parks and Recreation have come through on their commitment to try to save as much of the winter recreation season as possible in that area.

Snowshoers will be able to hike to Banner Ridge and Stargaze Yurt — two great viewpoints. The trails won’t be groomed but they will be marked with blue blazes.

“Banner Ridge will be the best hike,” said Leo Hennessy, the non-motorized trail coordinator for Parks and Recreation and an avid snowshoer. “It’s about equal between that and going up to Stargaze Yurt. If you’ve never been there, that is a good place to go. You get a really big, overall perspective of the entire area. The views are actually better than they were (last year) because of the trees. I think (the fire) is actually going to enhance the whole area over a period of years because we were getting pretty thick forest in the whole Park N’ Ski area. It will be more open. But there will be some sticks for a few years and trail-maintenance issues.”

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Hailey, land trust aim to increase public access along river

Associated Press, KTVB November 25, 2016

HAILEY – Officials in the central Idaho city of Hailey have voted to accept conservation easements that will nearly double the length of public access west of town along the Big Wood River.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Hailey City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept 153 acres of conservation easements held by the Wood River Land Trust.

The Land Trust plans to raise about $500,000 to buy the property. Land Trust Director of Conservation Keri York says the trust is required by law to transfer the easements to the city or some other entity before purchasing the property.

If the plan goes through, it would create a nearly continuous series of nature trails between the Bullion Bridge and Colorado Gulch Bridge.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Idaho group renews push for Craters Monument status upgrade

Associated Press, KTVB November 25, 2016

ARCO, Idaho — An Idaho group wants state lawmakers to sign off on its efforts to get national park status for a national monument near Arco.

The Capital Press reports that Nov. 8 ballot measure shows that Butte County residents support making Craters of the Moon National Monument into a National Park. President Calvin Coolidge created the monument under the Antiquities Act in 1924.

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation says it will continue fighting the status change, which it fears will enable the federal government to place new restrictions on agricultural producers.

The Coalition to Change the Name secured the endorsement of leaders from nearby cities, five contiguous counties, the Idaho Association of counties and the Idaho Senate in 2015. The issue died in the state House of Representatives without a vote.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Massive project proposed to remove juniper trees in Idaho

By KEITH RIDLER – 11/22/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and might also benefit cattle ranchers.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced it’s taking public comments through Jan. 3 on the plan to eliminate the trees from 940 square miles in Owyhee County in southwest Idaho.

“For juniper, these numbers are unprecedented,” said Karen Launchbaugh, director of the University of Idaho’s Rangeland Center. “This is bold.”

Launchbaugh said the sheer scale of the project could give scientists new insights into how to deal with vast juniper forests across the West that have sprung up in the last century. The project must first go through an analysis that includes an environmental impact statement.

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Long-Term Vegetation Change in Utah’s Henry Mountains

A Study in Repeat Photography

Charles E. Kay, Ph.D. June 2015


An extensive search was conducted of archival and other sources to locate as many historical photographs as possible for the Henry Mountains in south-central Utah. Those images were then taken into the field, the original camera stations relocated, and modern pictures made of the historical scenes to evaluate long-term vegetation change and land management activities. In all, 626 repeat-photosets were compiled – 608 by the author and 18 by Earl Hindley. As might be expected, most photosets contained more than one vegetation type. Grasslands were depicted in 152 photosets, sagebrush in 99, pinyon-juniper in 293, mountain brush in 72, aspen in 37, conifers in 145, blackbrush in 71, and woody riparian species in 142. In addition, all photosets were evaluated for plant cover and whether or not the sites showed accelerated soil erosion.

In general, grasslands, sagebrush and aspen have declined, while blackbrush, mountain brush, pinyon-juniper, and conifers increased. Utah’s rangelands are generally in much better condition today than they were during the early 1900s because plant cover has increased and soil erosion has declined. Repeat photos also show that woody riparian vegetation has significantly increased whether or not livestock have been excluded. Contrary to popular perception, coniferous trees and forests are more abundant today than at any point in the past. In fact, the overriding problem on most Utah rangelands has been a major increase in woody plants which, in turn, has dramatically reduced forage production for both livestock and wildlife. As conifers, including pinyon-juniper, have increased so have forest fuels setting the stage for large-scale, high-intensity crown fires, a type of fire behavior that seldom, if ever, occurred in the past. As judged by stand age and forest conditions seen in early photographs, large stand-clearing fires are outside the normal range of historical variability. Historically, frequent, low-intensity surface fires, most likely set by Native Americans, kept most conifers from increasing.

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Letter to Share:

Mystic Farm Raffle Tickets


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We have a few dates set up to sell raffle tickets for the annual GROW MORE SPOTS fundraiser. This will be in Ponderay and Sandpoint on the following dates: Saturday, Nov. 26th – North 40, Saturday, Dec. 3rd.- Super 1, and Friday, Dec. 23rd.- Super 1. Let me know if this is something you would like to help out with. Thanks!

If you would like some raffle tickets, let me know and I can get them to you. Or, you can pick them up at Bradley Insurance in Ponderay…or at the places mentioned above. These make great stocking stuffers! The raffle is for the following items:

* 1/2  Pig: Gourmet Senna Gray – Mangalista Pork – Cut and Wrapped
* Ruger LCP  .380 Caliber
* Basket of ‘Everything Star Wars’

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
208 241-7081

Critter News:

MCPAWS Giving Trees to provide supplies for shelter animals

The Star-News November 23, 2016

Deck the halls with paper towels and tennis balls! The MCPAWS Giving Trees are coming to a store near you.

Giving Trees allow the community to play Santa, helping MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter stock its shelves with necessary supplies and goodies for the cats and dogs at the shelter.

Each year hundreds of dollars of much-needed supplies are donated through the Giving Trees. This volunteer-run event helps MCPAWS offsets some of the cost of running the animal shelter by stocking the shelves with supplies which they would ordinarily need to purchase.

Trees will be set up Friday at Ridley’s Family Market in McCall, May Hardware in McCall, McCall Pet Outfitters and C&M Lumber in New Meadows.

Browsers should check the tree for the wish list ornaments. Wish lists vary by store, and include items such as laundry detergent, paper towels, dog and cat treats, toys, and more. Items donated will be picked up and brought to MCPAWS.

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More than 1,000 gather to mourn slain police dog in Boise

11/23/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — There were whines, tears and even barks in Boise’s Taco Bell Arena where as many as 1,500 people gathered to mourn a police dog that was killed in the line of duty.

At least 30 police dogs from departments across the state gathered Tuesday at a memorial service for 6-year-old K-9 Police Officer Jardo, who was shot Nov. 11 working with officers to apprehend a suspect, The Idaho Statesman reported. He died five days after he was injured.

“For the canines here, it’s OK to whine, it’s OK to bark. I think that’s only appropriate today,” said Boise Police Chief Bill Bones at the memorial.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Fourth week of November 2016
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Wolf News Roundup

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! November 10, 2016

Long-distance wolf
A two-year old wolf originating in northeastern Washington traveled about 700 miles before being killed by federal officials while it was in the act of attacking domestic sheep. Read about the wolf’s journey in the links below.

Vancouver Island
Bold wolves have been approaching people walking with their dogs on leashes in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island. Global News reports of a recent encounter when a jogger was able to fend off the wolf by throwing rocks and yelling at the animal during the reported 15-minute encounter. Two similar encounters were reported by hikers on the same day.

School children in a remote region of southern Russia no longer have to walk six miles to school after video emerged of the students trudging through snow, with one student carrying an axe to fend off wolves. Read about it at the BBC link below.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of two gray wolves in western Lassen County. After a wolf-like canid was photographed by trail cameras in Lassen County in fall 2015 and spring 2016, CDFW began operating additional trail cameras in the area and regularly searching for wolf scat and tracks. This summer, photographs, tracks and eyewitness sightings suggested the presence of two canids frequently traveling together.

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Wolves killing dogs

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! November 18, 2016

In six towns across central Sweden, villagers held candlelight vigils in tribute to dogs that have been killed by wolves. The dogs killed varied from family pets to hunting or working dogs.

Perhaps Wisconsin dog owners will want to hold vigils of their own, with 40 dogs killed by wolves in that state so far this year.

For details on both these stories, check out the links below.

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Wolf trapper’s job tougher when the catch is a bear

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 23, 2016

Trapping wolves is tricky business in state’s where it’s legal, especially when a black bear is captured by the steel jaws of a leg-hold trap.  Bears are required to be released.

Here’s a bit of the drama involved with tranquilizing and releasing a big bruin, as told by a North Idaho trapper.

“A fellow trapper got a big boar in his wolf trap (Monday) and called Idaho Fish and Game to dart it so it could be released,” said North Idaho trapper Kevin Sawyer.

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Another Montana hunter injured in grizzly bear attack

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 21, 2016

A resident elk hunter was mauled Sunday morning by a female grizzly after surprising the sow and her two cubs on the Rocky Mountain Front of northwestern Montana.

The man was with a group hunting private land on the south fork of Willow Creek west of Choteau, reports Bruce Auchly of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department.

“They had shot at elk, and about 9 a.m., he went into a creek bottom to see if there was a wounded elk when he surprised the grizzly at about 20 yards,” Auchly said.

“The bear attack lasted about 30 seconds and left him with multiple injuries. As other hunters in his party approached the scene the bears left unharmed.”

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Chronic wasting disease found in another deer shot near Yellowstone

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 22, 2016

A Wyoming hunter has killed a buck mule deer in the Shoshone National Forest that tested positive for a fatal neurological disorder.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports this is the third hunting area near Yellowstone National Park in which chronic wasting disease has been found.

This recent case is not a surprise, Scott Edberg of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said in a statement.

He said this shows the importance of a management plan and increased surveillance in western Wyoming.

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‘Dead’ deer wakes up in trunk, surprises driver

Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, KARE November 21, 2016

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. — When a 59-year-old man hit a deer last week, he did what many Wisconsin residents would do — he put the body in his trunk to take home for the venison.

But before he could get there, the deer woke up.

Like the Monty Python sketch — “I’m not dead yet!” — the deer was not yet ready to go gently into the night.

The motorist contacted the Adams County Sheriff’s Department around 7:25 p.m. CT Thursday, and when Deputy Brian Loewenhagen arrived on the scene in Easton Township near Grand Marsh, Wis., about 7 miles southeast of the central Wisconsin communities of Adams-Friendship, his dashboard camera recorded the scene.

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Juniper control would benefit sage grouse, ranchers

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 25, 2016

Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse and might also benefit cattle ranchers.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced it’s taking public comments through Jan. 3 on the plan to eliminate the trees from 940 square miles in Owyhee County in southwest Idaho.

“For juniper, these numbers are unprecedented,” said Karen Launchbaugh, director of the University of Idaho’s Rangeland Center. “This is bold.”

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Scientists go big with first aquatic species map for US West

By KEITH RIDLER – 11/24/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — It sounds like a big fish story: a plan to create a biodiversity map identifying thousands of aquatic species in every river and stream in the western U.S.

But scientists say they’re steadily reeling in that whopper and by next summer will have the first Aquatic Environmental DNA Atlas available for the public.

Boise-based U.S. Forest Service fisheries biologist Dan Isaak is leading the project and says such a map could help with land management decisions and deciding where to spend limited money and resources.

“It’s kind of the Holy Grail for biologists to know what a true biodiversity map looks like,” he said. “To have that formatted digitally so you can do lots of science with it will be transformative in terms of the quality of information we’ll have to conserve species.”


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North Idaho land deals approved for hunting, fishing access

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 22, 2016

Two Idaho Panhandle land deals totaling 11,000 acres for the benefit of fish, wildlife and public access have been approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

* The purchase of 1,012 acres of private land near Black Lake, if completed, would add to the Coeur d’Alene River Wildlife Management Area. The land includes five miles of Coeur d’Alene River frontage and 3,800 feet of shoreline on Black Lake about 18 miles east of Harrison. The purchase price is $2.6 million.

* A 10,000-acre conservation easement on a 13,169-acre property known as Clagstone Meadows Ranch, which is owned by Stimson Lumber Company, will provide public access along Lake Pend Oreille. The parcel is the largest contiguous block of privately-owned land in Bonner County, and the conservation easement includes an additional 1,263 acres in two parcels on the lake’s west shore at Cape Horn. Just more than 10,000 acres of this easement will provide for public access in perpetuity. The 2016 Legislature already approved spending authority for the purchase.



Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother Of Thanksgiving

from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little time to remember Sarah Josepha Hale, who helped make this national day of thanks possible.

… Throughout this period, Hale had written hundreds of letters to governors, ministers, newspaper editors, and every U.S. president with one request: that the last Thursday in November be set aside to “offer to God our tribute of joy and gratitude for the blessings of the year.”

Native American harvest festivals had taken place for centuries in North America, and there had long been colonists’ services to give thanks, but there had never been a Thanksgiving holiday.

In 1863, with the country torn by the Civil War, Hale’s campaign finally got people’s attention. That September, she put her thanksgiving message into an editorial and wrote to President Abraham Lincoln, urging him to make Thanksgiving Day a fixed national festival.

Lincoln liked Hale’s idea. On October 3, 1863, he issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday of November to be National Thanksgiving Day. He ordered all government offices in Washington closed on that day.

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