Dec 18, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 18, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Winter Storm Warning

Village News:

Xmas Potluck

There will be a potluck on Christmas Day at The Corner at 5pm.
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Yellow Pine Community Christmas Tree

Lights put up by Matt, photo shared by Kathy

2016ypxmaslights

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Memorial stone for Judy Tschopp Wiley

If you would like to contribute, please send donation to Marjie Fields at: 3706 N E Thompson St., Portland, OR 97212
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Bobcats

Received a report from one of the locals (several days ago) … Two bobcats were seen crossing the EFSF road in the area of the Devil’s Bathubs.
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Wolf Video

Video of a wolf near the confluence of the Secesh and the South Fork. – Scott Amos

posted on the Yellow Pine Facebook Group page:
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Snow Plowing

Thank you to the industrious local folks with plow blades on their trucks (and backhoe) for keeping local streets passable.
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YPWUA News

Reminder – Water bills are due in January. The annual fee has been increased by $30/year to cover expenses related to the water filtration plant.
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Local Observations:

Snow December 12, 2016

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Monday (Dec 12) snow started again around 4am and by 930am we had 5.5″ new snow, total snow on the board 16″, overcast and still snowing big flakes. Break in the snow storm for a couple hours after lunch. Then breezy and snow blowing out of the trees. Snowing off and on later in the afternoon and early evening. Clouds breaking up and bright moon after dark. Cold night!

Tuesday (Dec 13) hard freeze, low of 1F, warming to 10F and partly clear this morning, 14″ of snow on the flat. Hazy and filtered sun by 1030am. Quiet cold day, high of 27F, very little traffic. Streets are snow covered but passable. After dark bright but fuzzy moon rising (hazy clouds.)

Wednesday (Dec 14) hard freeze, low of 6F, warmed to 11F and overcast this morning, 13.5″ of snow on the flat. Snow started at 2pm and snowed all afternoon. Heavier snow after dark and snowed half the night. Then it warmed up and turned to rain by morning.

Thursday (Dec 15) right at 32 degrees this morning and raining. Wet heavy snow to shovel, close to 5″ of new snow and 15.5″ total on the flat. Messy!! Light misty rain and low foggy clouds all morning. Shoveled paths are getting slick. Temps hovered just above freezing all afternoon, misty sprinkles off and on, and foggy. After midnight fog gone, and filtered moonlight.

Friday (Dec 16) snow early morning, half inch by 930am, 14.5″ total snow on the ground. Temperature hovered around 23 degrees for most of the day, along with a chilly breeze. Neighbor plowing local streets. Snowmobile traffic. Getting colder, stronger breeze and mostly clear before dark. Clear sky and below zero by midnight.

Saturday (Dec 17) very cold, low of -14, high thin clouds cover the sky this morning. Overcast and zero by lunch time. Very cold day, not much sun, high of 8.5F. Clouds started thinning and then clear by sundown. Temp dropping fast, back to zero at dark. Very cold night, a few thin clouds after midnight, then clearing.

Sunday (Dec 18) very cold night, low of -13, clear sky, temp rose to -9 by 4am. Cold and sunny morning, then high thin clouds moving in. Airplane flying over the village at 110pm. Partly cloudy then clearing in the afternoon and cold! Temps dropping fast and down to 4 degrees just before dark.
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Scam Alerts!

Your Amazon order wasn’t shipped? It’s a scam!

Tanya Rivera, KING December 14, 2016

Count me as one of the many millions of people who have ordered a few (wink, wink) items from Amazon.com for the holiday.  So, if you get an email that tells you there is something wrong with your order and it can’t be shipped, you’re likely to want to fix the issue quickly. Scammers are counting on it.

Lechelle Yates from the Better Business Bureau says the Amazon shipping scam can easily fool you. First is the email with the subject line: Your Amazon.com order cannot be shipped. The body of the email tells you to click a link to confirm your information.

“The landing page looks really good. It could easily fool you. The page wants your full name and address. But worse, it wants your credit card information including your CVV, your three digit security code on the back. ”

The scammers are so good, the next page is the real Amazon.com. So, you need to know the tip-offs:

Subject line: Your Amazon.com order cannot be shipped

Check the sender’s name. Usually it’s a company versus Amazon.

“Never, never, never click the link that is provided in an email. Always go to the website directly.” In this case, when you go to Amazon.com and log into your account, click the ORDERS tab.  If you aren’t prompted to update your billing info, then the email you got is not from Amazon.

If you do get this bogus email, Amazon.com wants to know about it. You can report an issue or verify if the email you received is real.

(© 2016 WFMY)
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Jury duty scam hitting Ada County again

KTVB December 14, 2016

BOISE – The jury duty scam is circulating in Ada County again.

The Ada County Jury Commissioner’s Office has received reports people are being threatened with an arrest warrant for failure to appear for jury duty.

Someone claiming to be an officer calls saying there is a contempt of court warrant of $500 owed, plus a failure to appear warrant of $500.

One person was tricked into buying a thousand dollar gift card and mailing it out.

Ada County will never call or email people about this type of situation.

If you receive a call like this hang up immediately and call Boise Police and the Better Business Bureau.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Yahoo’s billion account breach: 5 things you should do to stay safe

The massive data breach can be an opportunity to do some cleanup and implement security recommendations

By Lucian Constantin – PC World Dec 15, 2016

Internet giant Yahoo announced a massive data breach Wednesday that affected over one billion accounts, making it by far the largest data breach in history. This follows the disclosure in September of a different breach that affected more than 500 million of the company’s customers.

What stands out with this new security compromise is that it occurred over three years ago, in August 2013, and that hackers walked away with password hashes that can be easily cracked.

If you’re a Yahoo user you should consider your password compromised and should take all the necessary steps to secure your account. You should follow all of Yahoo’s recommendations, but here are a few more that you should have in mind:

1. Don’t save emails you don’t need
2. Check your email forwarding and reply-to settings
3. Two-factor authentication everywhere
4. Never reuse passwords
5. Phishing follows breaches

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Idaho News:

Tuesday deadline noted to pay Valley, Adams property taxes

The Star-News Dec 15, 2016

The deadline for the first half of the year’s property taxes for Valley and Adams counties will be Tuesday.

Payments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Tuesday at the county courthouses in Cascade and Council. The treasurer offices in both counties are staffed Mondays through Friday, including the lunch hour.

Late charge begin on Wednesday and interest begins on Jan. 1, so mailed payments must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Valley County property owners can also pay their taxes through the Access Idaho program which accepts credit cards or electronic checks. For more information, contact the treasurer’s office at 382-7110 or treasurer@co.valley.id.us.

Credit card payments are available in Adams County and will be accepted until midnight on Tuesday. Contact the staff at (208) 253-4263 extension 6 or http://co.adams.id.us.

Payments also can be left in the payment drop box just outside the main courthouse entrance in Council.

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Valley County, city of Cascade, to kick off centennials Jan. 1

The Star-News Dec 15, 2016

Valley County and the city of Cascade will kick off their year-long centennial celebrations on Sunday, Jan. 1, in Cascade.

The party will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 1 outdoors at the Van Wyck Unit of Lake Cascade State Park.

There will be s’mores, bonfires, and ideas to take home to implement throughout the year-long celebration.

One hundred Chinese Lanterns will be released into the winter night sky to help celebrate the centennials.

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Toward Darker Skies

Cascade to air restrictions on outdoor lighting

BY MAX SILVERSON for The Star-News Dec 15, 2016

Porch lights that allow light to shine into the sky are among the things that would be banned in a proposal to be heard Monday by the city of Cascade.

The City of Cascade Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on a “dark sky” ordinance starting at 6 p.m. Monday at Cascade City Hall.

The ordinance is being proposed to protect the city from light pollution and will limit the height and type of lighting allowed, P&Z Chair Lori Hunter said.

Included are restrictions on the lighting of flagpoles with shielding to limit the spread of light and intensity of the lights.

All outdoor lighting would be required to be hooded or shielded downward so as not to produce glare or cast light on any adjacent property, according to the proposal. No lights can be mounted more than 30 feet in the air, under the proposal.

Light on flags will be limited in their brightness, but the proposed ordinance asks that flags be taken down at night to avoid the need for lighting.

Sensor-activated lights would be allowed and are set to turn off within five minutes of activation. They must also not be triggered by activity off the property where they are located, under the proposal.

The proposal is similar to dark-sky ordinances now in place in Valley County and the City of McCall, Hunter said.

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Valley County tweaks dark-sky provisions

Changes would affect flag poles, streetlights

BY MAX SILVERSON for The Star-News Dec 15, 2016

Changes to the existing outdoor lighting ordinance for areas outside city limits in Valley County were recommended for approval last week by the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission.

The tweaks to the county’s “dark sky” law are intended to reduce nighttime light pollution and make the county more compliant with international dark-sky standards, according to a staff report on the proposed revisions.

The recommendations will now go to Valley County commissioners for final approval. No hearing date has been set.

The new rules would limit the skyward lighting of flagpoles to a maximum output of 1,300 lumens, or between the brightness of a 75-watt and 100-watt incandescent bulb. However, the proposed ordinance encourages residents to take flags down at sunset to avoid the need for lighting.

The type of bulbs allowed would also be affected. LED lighting color would be mandated not to exceed 3,000 on the Kelvin scale, which is equivalent to slightly more than a 100-watt incandescent bulb.

Additionally, streetlights would be required to have bulbs that are either high-pressure or low-pressure sodium, LED or metal halide.

All streetlights and canopy lights, such as service station lighting, would need to be fully shielded to ensure light is not visible from the street or adjacent properties, according to the proposal.

The county plans to begin an educational process to make residents in the county aware of the dark-sky ordinance, Valley County P&Z Administrator Cynda Herrick said.

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Idaho snowplow driver dies after getting pulled into blades

12/14/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Authorities say a rotary snowplow operator with the Idaho Transportation Department has died after getting pulled into the machine’s blades.

Officials say 62-year-old Byran Bidegain died Tuesday morning on State Highway 21 at the Mores Creek Summit.

Boise County Deputy Coroner Mike Johnson tells KIVI-TV (http://bit.ly/2gL6yCo) that the death has been ruled an accident.

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Weather News:

The Fall 2016 Edition of the Sage Winds Newsletter

12/13/2016

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Public Lands:

Boise National Forest to submit grant proposals to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Boise, Idaho, December 12, 2016– The Idaho City Ranger District is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to help with trail improvements and maintenance, as well as improve recreation sites.

Applications will request funding through the Department’s Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV), Motor Bike (MBR) and Recreation Trails Program (RTP).

* MBR/ ORMV funds would be used to maintain trails in the Idaho City Area. The routes are 163, 286, 288 and 690. This grant proposes to address signage, brushing and heavy tread maintenance needs. Due to the recent Pioneer Fire these trails need tread maintenance and additional removal of hazard trees within the trail’s corridor.

* Idaho City Ranger District and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation are collaborating on an RTP grant that would fund trail maintenance in the Pioneer Fire area around the IDPR Yurts and winter Park and Ski trail system where the trail damaged by the fire. Funds would be used to repair and replace signage, remove hazard trees, heavy brushing, repair trail tread damage and heavy tread maintenance on the trail system. These trails are a year-round recreation destination for the Treasure Valley.

All grant proposals will improve visitor experiences and remove some public health and safety hazards caused by the Pioneer Fire. If received, grant implementation will begin in late summer 2017.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Megan Impson, Idaho City Ranger District, P.O. BOX 129 Idaho City ID 83631, or by calling 208-392-3733.
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Rainbow Point and Amanita Campground Forest Health and Safety Improvement Project (Rainbow-Amanita) Update

USDA Forest Service 12/14/2016

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Rainbow Point and Amanita Campground Safety and Forest Health Improvement Project (Rainbow-Amanita Project) on lands managed by the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.

Project Description

The Rainbow-Amanita Project is an estimated 25 acres located approximately 5 miles west of Donnelly, Idaho along West Mountain Road in Valley County. Within the campground there is widespread root disease involving subalpine fir, mountain pine beetle infestations within the lodgepole pine, and western spruce budworm affecting the spruce stands.

The purpose of this project is to remove hazards from dead and dying trees and to improve and maintain forest health and resilience through thinning and planting. For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50734

How to Comment

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. Please make your comments as specific as possible to help us identify and address issues.

Electronic, written, hand-delivered, and facsimile comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments may be submitted through the Rainbow-Amanita Project. To submit comments using the web form, select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Email comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Adobe (.pdf), and Word (.doc) to: comments-intermtn-boise-cascade-fs.fed.us. Please put “Rainbow-Amanita Project” in the subject line of e-mail comments. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments.

Written comments may be submitted to: Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83638 Attention: Will Smith, or by fax at 208-382-7461. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the Public Comment Reading Room on the project webpage and will be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 5, 2017.

Only those who subscribe to the mailing list, submit comments, or notify the Forest that they would like to remain on the mailing list for this project will receive future correspondences on this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning this project will not be possible.

For further information on the project, please contact Will Smith, Team Leader, at willsmith@fs.fed.us or by phone at 208-382-7461.
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Public safety and forest health prompt actions at Lake Cascade campgrounds

News Release: 12-15-2016

Boise, Idaho, December 15, 2016 – The Cascade Ranger District will be removing a large number of trees suffering from serious bug and disease (root rot) infestation in two popular campgrounds around Lake Cascade late winter or early spring 2017, changing the campgrounds from shady to an open canopy condition.

A 2016 spring assessment of the Rainbow Point and Amanita campgrounds identified that the forest health problem had dramatically increased. Forest employees have been removing hazard trees from the area for several years but the scale of the problem has increased beyond what maintenance crews can handle. “The high density of the forest in this area have made the existing trees more susceptible to insects and disease,” said Cascade District Ranger Jake Strohmeyer. “The current situation is very hazardous and the potential for trees to fall pose a significant risk to visitors using the sites.”

Forestry experts are working on a treatment that will bring in heavy equipment to safely remove the shade tolerant Grand and subalpine firs as well as older spruce that are deteriorating. The campgrounds will be replanted with larch, a species more tolerant to insects and disease that will thrive in the open forest conditions created by removing the dead and dying trees.

“People familiar with the campgrounds will encounter a much different place than what they remember when they return this year,” said Strohmeyer. “However, it will be a much safer place for people to camp and enjoy the outdoors.” The Forest Service is expecting to have this work completed in time for the 2017 camping season. The status of both campgrounds will be posted on e http://www.recreation.gov
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Pioneer Fire Closure reduced, opening Bear Creek area to winter recreation

News Release: 12/16/2016

Boise, Idaho, December 16, 2016 — The Boise National Forest has reduced the Pioneer Fire Closure Area, opening the Bear Creek area, northeast of Idaho City. National Forest Systems (NFS) Roads 312, 348, 348J and NFS trail 565 (Crooked Pike Loop Trail) have been opened increasing opportunities for winter recreationists. This reduced closure area opens access to popular groomed snowmobile routes.

All other area and trail closures on the Lowman and Idaho City Ranger Districts listed in Version #10 remain closed including NFS Road 362. Please refer to the attached closure order and map for specifics.

While immediate threat hazard trees have been removed along priority roads and snowmobile routes, public health and safety threats still exist. Burned trees will continue to fall as snow loads increase and avalanche danger may be higher in burned areas. Anyone accessing or recreating in these areas should always plan ahead and proceed with caution.

Recovery and restoration work is ongoing in the Pioneer Fire area and temporary closures may be put in place for public safety. Visitors should look for posted warning signs and be aware of their surroundings and current weather conditions.

For all closures within the Boise National Forest visit:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs
Boise National Forest

VIEW THE CLOSURE ORDER

VIEW THE CLOSURE MAP – North area

VIEW THE CLOSURE MAP – South area

VIEW THE TERMINATION OF VERSION #9
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Murphy Water System Special Use Authorization Update

USDA Forest Service 12/16/2016

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed issuance of a special use authorization for the Murphy Water System on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The enclosed scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project’s webpage at
http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50534

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 16, 2017, and make your comments as specific as possible. Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor, is the Responsible Official for this project.

To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goals of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project materials (scoping documents, updates, draft and final National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA] documents, and decisions) by e-mail. This new system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online. It’s easy, it’s good for the environment, and it gives “on-demand” access to projects.

To subscribe to this new system, go online to the project website listed above. On the project website, you will see a box titled “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page. Click on “Subscribe to Email Updates.” When you click on that item, you will be prompted to provide your e-mail address and select a password in the GovDelivery program. When you have logged in, you will be able to manage your account by subscribing to projects by Forest, District, project type, or project purpose. You will also be able to change your e-mail address and password. If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail, unless you request hard copies.

To submit comments using the webform, select “Comment/Object on Project”, under “Get Connected”, on the right panel of the project website.

Only those who subscribe to the GovDelivery mailing list or submit comments will receive future correspondence on this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning these projects will not be possible.

Webform submission is preferred but written, facsimile, hand-delivered, verbal, and electronic comments concerning these projects will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to the McCall District Office at 102 West Lake McCall, ID 83638 or by fax to 208-634-0433. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. Comments may also be submitted electronically via email to comments-intermtn-payette-mccall@fs.fed.us or through the project web page listed above.

Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50534.

For further information on this project, please contact Rebecca Havens, Lands Special Uses Program Manager, at 208-634-0416 or by email rahavens@fs.fed.us.

Sincerely,
Lisa J. Klinger
District Ranger

20161214+Murphy+Water+System+CE+Scoping+Document.pdf
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Four Summit Challenge Event Multi-Year Special Use Authorization Update

USDA Forest Service 12/16/2016

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the Four Summit Challenge Multiyear Special Use Authorization on the Cascade District of the Boise National Forest and the Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest in Valley County, Idaho. The enclosed scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project’s webpage at
http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50533

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 16, 2017, and make your comments as specific as possible.

To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goals of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project materials (scoping documents, updates, draft and final National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA] documents, and decisions) by e-mail. This new system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online. It’s easy, it’s good for the environment, and it gives “on-demand” access to projects.

To subscribe to this new system, go online to the project website listed above. On the project website, you will see a box titled “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page. Click on “Subscribe to Email Updates.” When you click on that item, you will be prompted to provide your e-mail address and select a password in the GovDelivery program. When you have logged in, you will be able to manage your account by subscribing to projects by Forest, District, project type, or project purpose. You will also be able to change your e-mail address and password. If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail, unless you request hard copies.

To submit comments using the web form select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project website.

Only those who subscribe to the GovDelivery mailing list or submit comments will receive future correspondence on this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning these projects will not be possible.

Webform submission is preferred but written, facsimile, hand-delivered, verbal, and electronic comments concerning these projects will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to the Krassel District Office at 500 North Mission Street, Bldg. 1, McCall, Idaho 83638 or by fax to 208-634-0634. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. Comments may also be submitted electronically via email to comments-intermtn-payette-krassel@fs.fed.us or through the project web page listed above.

Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50533.

For further information on this project, please contact Joshua Simpson, Recreation, Wilderness, and Trails Program Manager, 208-634-0616, jtsimpson@fs.fed.us.

Sincerely,
Keith Lannom
Forest Supervisor

20161214+Four+Summit+Challenge+Multiyear+SUA+CE+Scoping+Document.pdf
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Senior Pass Price Skyrocketing 

12/14/2016 Western Slope No Fee Coalition

On Tuesday December 6, in the lame duck session of Congress, the House passed by unanimous consent a bill (HR 4680) that will eliminate the $10 lifetime Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Pass) which has been available to citizens and permanent residents age 62 and older since 1965.

In the early hours of Saturday morning December 10, in a nearly empty Senate chamber – most members having already left for the holidays – the Senate approved the House bill by unanimous consent

The bill is now on its way to the President. He is nearly certain to sign it.

The lifetime pass will track with the price of the annual America the Beautiful Pass. That price is currently $80 but can be changed at any time by the federal land management agencies, without further legislation.

For those who prefer an installment plan, a new “Senior Annual” pass will also be established at a price of $20, good for one year from the date of purchase. Four consecutive Senior Annual passes can be exchanged for a lifetime pass.

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Public lands: what’s at stake in Trump administration

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Dec 15, 2016

President-elect Trump has been sending mixed signals on how his policies will treat treasured public lands. His son, Donald Trump Jr.,  said the Trump administration will be a good steward.  But  some Republicans are champing at the bit to seize federal public lands and turn them over to states or private interests. This will cast a particularly intense spotlight on Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, Trump’s choice to serve as his Interior secretary.

Here’s a brief outline from Utah-based Associated Press writers of issues to watch in the coming months.

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Letter to Share:

Flyfishing 2017 And Shooting School

Deadwood Outfitters 12/14/2016

2017 Shooting School

2017 Flyfishing Adventure

Tom & Dawn Carter
Deadwood Outfitters
http://www.deadwoodoutfitters.com/
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Critter News:

Keep the Kitties Warm

The Star-News December 15, 2016

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Photo for The Star-News by Gary Ertter

Twelve Meadows Valley middle school students delivered 20 hand made fleece “kitty blankies” and five hand-made or machine-sewn cat hammocks to MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter last Friday as part of their “Pay It Forward” community service project. The students raised $222 during the Dec. 7 Fundraiser Night held at MV school by selling baked goods, holding a cake walk, hosting a donation jar, and selling hand-made beaded bracelets. In photo, Owen Sherman is sitting in the chair. Sitting on the floor, from left, are Emma Blanthorn, Joshua Ford, Will Richards, and Logan Brusso. Sitting, second row, is teacher Cindi Feeley, Sadie Berry, Jadyn Ford, Leylani Vargas Mendez, Alexandra Mendoza Martinez, MCPAWS Adoptions Assistant Christa Brown, Nate Olson and Alex Sherman. Not pictured is Joe Edwards.

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Trapped dog rescued from Nampa irrigation box

KTVB December 16, 2016


(photo Nampa Police)

NAMPA — Zeta the yellow lab is home for the holidays after spending days trapped in an underground irrigation box in Nampa.

According to Nampa Police, a resident called dispatchers after her children spotted the dog through the drainage system’s grate. The woman said she had heard a dog barking and crying for two days, but figured the animal was at a neighbor’s house.

It wasn’t until her kids followed the sound of Zeta’s cries that she realized the dog’s plight.

Animal Control Officers Kimberly Mink and Shelly Duff teamed up with the Nampa Fire Department to get Zeta out. Police say she likely ran into a culvert and got lost in the drain system before ending up in the irrigation box.

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Escaped wolf from eastern Idaho tourist attraction killed

12/13/16 AP

REXBURG, Idaho — A wolf that escaped a tourist attraction in southeastern Idaho has been shot and killed by its owner.

An Idaho Fish and Game official tells the Standard Journal that the owner of Yellowstone Bear World tracked the wolf in the snow and shot it about an hour after it got out of the enclosure Saturday morning.

Yellowstone Bear World also has bears and allows visitors to drive vehicles through the large enclosures.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of December 2016
http://kwvrradio.net/main/
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Dec 12, 2016

Sen. Baldwin: Delist grey wolves now

Wolf Hunting Bill Makes It’s Way Through Michigan Legislature

Michigan Senator Pushes for Wolf Bill

Oregon Biologists Begin Wolf Count

Farmers stage Grimm protest against big bad wolves in Hanover
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Grizzly bear experts ponder delisting at Missoula meeting

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Dec 14, 2016

A conservation strategy for managing recovered grizzly bear populations has been the main focus of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is holding its final meeting of 2016 Tuesday and today in Missoula.

“From a single grizzly sighted in the Big Hole basin where bears haven’t been for decades, to 750-plus grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem getting a conservation strategy nearly completed, to numerous bear encounters in the flatlands east of the Rocky Mountain Front, the committee has digested a lot of ursus arctos horribilis information this year,:  reports Rob Chaney of the Missoulian.

That may provide the final push toward removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population from federal Endangered Species Act protection at this meeting.  Stay tuned.

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Bobcat fishing for salmon inside Olympic National Park

Published on Dec 15, 2016

An Olympic National Park ranger shot a viral video of a bobcat fishing for salmon in the Hoh rainforest. Video by Ranger Lee Snook

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Idaho Racing Commission broke law distributing funds

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI –  12/13/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Racing Commission broke the law when it distributed funds collected from now-defunct historical horse racing betting terminals, state auditors said.

Legislative auditors said in a report released Tuesday that the commission gave two horse breeder associations about $286,000 in late 2015. However, the commission was supposed to give nearly $72,000 of that money to public schools.

Furthermore, the commission did not have authority at the time to distribute the money, the auditors wrote in the report. That’s because the law legalizing historical horse racing had been repealed earlier that year, which stripped the commission of its authority to distribute the funds, they said.

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Wild turkeys cause power outages in Oregon town

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Dec 12, 2016

A flock of wild turkeys, long considered menaces to one Oregon town, have sparked new ire after causing power outages in the eastern part of Medford.

The Mail Tribune reports that wild turkeys flying into Pacific Power Lines have caused four morning outages in the last month, each time cutting off power for more than 1,600 residents and businesses.

Pacific Power spokesman Monte Mendenhall says the outages are definitely caused by the turkeys, though it’s unclear how the utility will resolve the issue.

Unlike in rural areas, it is illegal to shoot or hunt within Medford’s city limits. And trapping turkeys is thought to be difficult and time consuming.

State wildlife biologists say the power outages are a new symptom of the old problem of people feeding turkeys, allowing them to establish urban flocks.

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Cascade Audubon Christmas Bird Count to be held on Dec. 31

The Star-News December 15, 2016

A Christmas Bird Count and New Year’s Eve Party for birders will be held in Cascade on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Participants should attend a briefing starting at 8 a.m. Dec, 31 at The Ashley Inn. Partners will be assigned and instructions will be issued.

At noon, the group will break for a chili potluck lunch. Contact Shauna Arnold at skhines@frontiernet.net or 634-6906 for questions or to volunteer.

That night, a New Year’s Even Party will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cascade Cultural Arts Center, located at 106 Pine St. in downtown Cascade.

Those attending will play birding games and there will be activities and door prizes. Hot drinks will be provided, but those attending should bring an appetizer,

The Christmas Bird Count s a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement.

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Birds fluff up and take winter cold in stride

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Dec 14, 2016

For being light a fragile, birds are incredible at surviving cold that drives humans indoors.

Birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Since they can’t just throw a log on the fire, birds have several ways of coping with bitter-cold temperatures.

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Check out the Audubon Guide to Winter Bird-Feeding

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Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
December 16, 2016
Issue No. 813

Table Of Contents

* NOAA Releases Proposed Changes To Columbia Basin Mitchell Act Hatchery Programs
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438098.aspx

* EIS Scoping Meetings On Basin Salmon/Steelhead End; Next Step Developing Alternatives For Evaluation
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438097.aspx

* Will Federal Funds Arrive In Time To Help NW States Stymie Mussel Spread During 2017 Boating Season?
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438096.aspx

* Early Fish Forecast: Lower Returns Than Last Year Expected For Spring/Summer Chinook, Sockeye
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438095.aspx

* Study: Barged Snake River Fall Chinook Juveniles Stray More Than In-River Fish When Return As Adults
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438094.aspx

* Oregon, Idaho Differ On Clean Water Act Interpretations Regarding Snake River¡¯s Hells Canyon Complex
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438093.aspx

* Recovery Plan Aims To Make Oregon Coast Coho First ESA-Listed West Coast Salmonid To Be Eligible For Delisting
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438092.aspx

* NOAA Climate Prediction: Columbia Basin States Looking At Cold, Wet Winter
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438091.aspx

* “Columbia River Basin Restoration Act” Passes Congress, Aims To Reduce Toxic Contaminants
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438090.aspx

* Lawsuits Filed Over Klamath River Basin Operations That Plaintiffs Say Allowed For Parasite To Kill Coho
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438089.aspx

* UW Study Looks At How Much Of Individual Glacier¡¯s Retreat Due To Climate Change
http://www.cbbulletin.com/438088.aspx
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Falling fish knocks out power in Seattle

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Dec 16, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) — Utility officials say a falling fish knocked out power to nearly 200 customers in Seattle.

Seattle City Light says a witness reported seeing a bird drop the fish. It was presumably one of the eagles or ospreys that hunt in the nearby Duwamish River.

A crew investigating the outage walked the power lines and found what workers described as an electrocuted salmon.

Power was out for about two and a half hours.

City Light says birds often cause power outages — 162 of them in the city last year, including two by bald eagles. Raccoons are another common culprit. But spokeswoman Connie McDougall says this is the first time she’s heard of a fish knocking out power.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

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Moose Loses an Antler

National Geographic Mar 8, 2016

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Buck Drops Both Antlers at Once

Eastmans’ Hunting Journals Feb 5, 2016

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YP Weather Moose December 12, 2012 by Local Color Photography
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Fish & Game News:

News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Trivia:

The Christmas Cat of Iceland – a giant terrifying cat that gobbles up children if they’re bad

At Christmas time in Iceland, families give warm clothing to each member of their household.

According to legend, there is a frightening Christmas Cat who stalks the snowy countryside and gobbles up anyone not equipped for the cold and wintery weather.

Families in Iceland work together to ensure nobody will “go to the Christmas Cat”.

This terrifying Christmas Cat is also referred to as the Yule Cat.

The idea is that families gift each other new and warm clothes for the winter, and make the Yule cat an offering of some warm weather gear. If not, the Yule cat will gobble you up like some fishy treats.

The message is passed down to children, who are taught to work hard, and if they don’t/are bad children – the Christmas Cat will eat them.

Terrifying … but effective!

There is a beloved poem about the Yule Cat by Johannes ur Kotlum which describes the huge cat’s sharp teeth and glaring yellow eyes along with the belief that one must work hard for Christmas to avoid being punished by the Yule Cat.

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What is a Polar Vortex?

The Attack of Arctic Air

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Why does the U.S. get hit with Arctic air? The media calls it the “polar vortex.” Here’s everything you need to know – in one short page.

The Arctic Oscillation (AO) is the blasting polar jet stream that circles the Arctic air mass. If it is strong, it keeps all that cold where it belongs—up in the Arctic Circle, making life interesting for the Canadians and Siberians. If it is weak, it lets all the frigid air escape south, and we get hit with a blast of winter misery.

… Winds are controlled by air pressure. If the low-pressure areas, particularly the Atlantic’s Icelandic Low or the Pacific’s Aleutian Low, are strong, they make strong winds, a positive AO.

The Arctic air stays pinned to the north and most of the US stays cozy warm. If the low-pressure areas are weak, the winds are too weak and the cold air escapes. The jet stream veers south, bringing storms and the frozen Arctic air follows right behind. Brrrr!

… These miserable invasions of cold air have a lot of names: Siberian Express, Alberta Express, Saskatchewan screamer, Manitoba mauler and Ontario scary-o. Scientists have climate names which analyze the air pressure and explain where and why the cold air will drop. The positive Pacific North American Oscillation (PNA) makes the jet stream drop into the Great Plains and Midwest. The negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) makes the jet stream drop in the Great Lakes and East.

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Winter Poem:

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

by Robert Frost

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Seasonal Humor:

Christmas Cat

by Sue Teague
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by Alexander Vasilyevich Maskaev
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Put Another Log On The Fire ~ Hillbilly Hank ~ The Muppet Show

[h/t BG]
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Stuck in the Smoke Hole of our Tipi

Uploaded on Dec 17, 2009

Shoshoni Elder Oldhands posts his Original Aboriginal Christmas Song, as a gift to you.


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Quote:

“A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.”

– Herbert Hoover, 1935
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