Jan 15, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 15, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Bad Roads & Snow Slides Monday, Snomageddon Wednesday

Our mail truck driver (Robert) had a tough day on Monday, January 9th. He was 2 hours late getting to Yellow Pine. He said there were snow slides all along the South Fork road. He said he shoveled thru a couple of them, but was about to turn around and go back at a slide too big to shovel by himself (deeper than he is tall.) The Midas Gold crew showed up headed into Stibnite, 11 guys and 8 shovels dug a path thru the slide enough to get the trucks thru. Robert said he also had to cut out a 3 foot diameter ponderosa pine that fell in the road. Then he said he encountered more snow slides all the rest of the way into Yellow Pine on the East Fork road.

Found this report from the Payette Avalanche Center posted Jan. 10th: “We also had a third hand report yesterday of approximately 7 avalanches on the road going to the Stibnite mine near Yellow Pine.”

Snowed Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning Yellow Pine had received 10″ new snow in 24 hours, giving us 25″ of snow on the ground. The county plow truck made it to Yellow Pine ahead of the mail truck. Neighbors with snow plows have been hard at work all day Wednesday to get the deep snow off many side roads.
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Wednesday morning’s snow on the Fence Art


[Note: the fence is 6.5 feet tall] – rrSue
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Gut Piles along the South Fork

Monday (Jan 9) photos were posted to the YP Facebook Group of gut piles along the South Fork road. Comments included:

“A F&G officer stopped us on the way out last night telling us he was looking for a black Dodge extended cab pick up with a camper shell…” – LA

I contacted our local F&G Conservation Officer Jon Hunter and he got back to me on Wednesday with the following:

I am aware of the gut piles along the South Fork. I did not see the shooters, but from the description of the vehicle and individuals I believe it was a Nez Perce tribal member accompanied by some non-tribal cohorts.

The SF is in the Nez Perce’s treaty area and their hunting/fishing rights extend onto all public lands within the treaty area.

I will step-up my patrols in the area, but I do think this latest round of shooting was done by the same guy that was in the area last winter.

If you hear anything more on your end I would sure appreciate you passing it on. [A license plate number, date and time would also be helpful.]

Jon Hunter
Conservation Officer
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
cell phone (315-5703)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Jan 9) stayed above freezing and rained all night, .66″ of water in 24 hours. Snow is very heavy (soaked up the rain like a sponge) and reduced to 16″ on the flat. Overcast and breezy, then wind kicked up bringing snow for about an hour. At 1130am geese were circling over the village and honking. Gusty breezes at times and a little snow off and on during the day, not much accumulation. Light snow falling at dark until around 8pm, about 1/2″ so far. Calm and thinner clouds and filtered moonlight.

Tuesday (Jan 10) started snowing around daylight, added to yesterday’s snow we got an inch new and 17″ total on the ground. Sounded like the county snow plow came in this morning. Stellar Jay sighting. Very light snow all day, then moderate snow after 4pm. Neighbor going by with the snowplow just before dark. Maybe an inch new snow by 7pm and still snowing. Just fine flakes at 740pm and stopped before 830pm, over 2″ new so far. Then it snowed all night.

Wednesday (Jan 11) snowed all night, probably stopped around 8am, breaks in the clouds at 930am and 10″ new snow in the last 24 hours, 25″ total snow on the ground (hard to measure, got a little breezy during the night and drifted a bit.) Lots of water in the snow, melted down to 0.85″. Flock of stellar jays flew over this morning. A few light snow showers during the day, just a trace. Clearing overnight and cold.

Thursday (Jan 12) clear and cold, -2F and 25″ of snow on the ground. A few clouds, then clear and sunny all day. Temp dropping quickly with the sun and single digits before dark. Bright full moon rise tonight and dropping below zero.

Friday (Jan 13) clear and cold, low of -11F, no precip, total snow 24″. Hairy woodpecker calling to the north this morning. Clear cold sunny day, high of 22F. The sun was strong enough to make icicles. Temps dropped fast as the sun went down. Clear cold night, sparkling stars and bright moon.

Saturday (Jan 14) cold, low of -10F, but up to -7 by 930am, some high thin ‘mare’s tails’ clouds. Mostly sunny, cold and quiet day. Some high thin afternoon clouds, temp dropping fast after sundown. Fell below zero before 11pm.

Sunday (Jan 15) cold, low of -8F, up to -3F by 930am, most of the sky covered with high thin clouds, very cold light breeze. Snow must be sublimating, (certainly not melting!), measured 22″ on the ground. A red-breasted nuthatch paid a very brief visit. Mostly cloudy then clearing before sundown and getting cold quickly, single digits before dark.


Patricia (Patti) Dovel

Patricia (Patti) Dovel, 61, of Horseshoe Bend, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at a family home in Nampa.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Ladies Club Hall in Horseshoe Bend, under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel of Emmett. 365-4491
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Letter to Share:

Hi All, George [Dovel] called and ask me to pass along the news that his wife Patti Dovel has passed to join with her lord.  This has been a hard time for George.  Patti has been very ill and needed much help.  George is wore down and needs lots of our support.

I have put his [email removed for privacy, contact rrSue for forwarding] in for anyone wanting to send condolence.  He sure needs our love.  Thank you all and thank George and Patti for all they have done for all of us.

“Whiskers” Jim Hagedorn

Letter to Share:

Valley County & City of Cascade Centennial Commemorative Magazine

I wanted to share this digital magazine of the 100 year anniversary of Valley County and the City of Cascade.

Link to Digital Magazine

Gordon Cruickshank
Valley County Commissioner

[Note: lots of neat old photos!]

Idaho News:

City of Cascade to apply for grants for trail signs in town

The Star-News January 12, 2017

The city of Cascade, in partnership with the Horizon’s Lifestyle and Education Team Mobility Committee, is applying for an Idaho Parks and Recreation Department Recreational Trails Program grant.

The grant would be used to buy trailhead signs and trail waypoint markers for Cascade area trails.

For more information on this project, please contact Mayor Rob Terry at mayorrob @ cascadeid.us

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Cascade students make good use of former high school gym bleachers

By Max Silverson for The Star-News January 12, 2017

Instead of dumping the old gym bleachers in the trash, Cascade students will soon throw their recycling into containers made from those same bleachers.

Cascade schools recently invested in new mechanical bleachers for the gym, which retract to make more space when not in use.

Instead of sending the old wooden bleachers to a landfill, Russ Fanselow, Cascade Schools’ tech teacher, decided to have the students repurpose the raw materials in class. “The boards from the bleachers are being planed down and used for building recycling boxes for the school, and possibly for purchase by the public,” Fanselow said.

Some of the boards will be used in a small garden tool shed that the school will be selling as a fundraiser for Technology Student Association student to go to a competition in Twin Falls this spring, he said.

… “The shed has an outhouse theme that should turn out pretty cool,” Fasenlow said.

full story at The Star-News:
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M-D, Cascade schools declare rare snow day

Icy roads force cancellation; MV holds sessions

By Tom Grote and Teri Robinson for The Star-News January 12, 2017

Students in the McCall-Donnelly and Cascade school districts got a rare day off due to the weather on Monday [1/9/2017].

Snow days were declared after school officials decided roads in the county were too icy for school buses and private cars to be operated safely.

The 1,100 students of the McCall-Donnelly district and the 238 students of the Cascade district were told to stay home because of icy conditions on county roads.

full story at The Star-News:
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McCall power outage Sunday affects 4,118 customers

The Star-News January 12, 2017

About 4,118 customers of Idaho Power Co. in the McCall area lost power at about 1:15 p.m. on Sunday [1/8/2017], an Idaho Power spokesperson said.

The cause of the outage was a problem with a transformer in a substation that was likely weather-related, the spokesperson said.

Power was restored to about 1,800 customers between 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., with service to 835 more customers restored around 5 p.m.

The remaining customers had service restored at 5:45 p.m., the spokesperson said.

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Crews clear snow slide along Highway 55

KTVB January 09, 2017

(Photo: Connie Robertson)

Banks, Idaho – A snow slide south of Banks slowed travelers along Highway 55 Monday afternoon.

Connie Robertson said she was traveling back from Cascade when she noticed snow on the highway just after 1 p.m.

She estimates the slide was about 25 to 30 feet wide northbound and 10 to 15 feet wide on the southbound side.

Boise County crews received reports of a number of snow slides in the area, but they have since been cleared.

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Idaho City residents brave feet of snow: ‘It’s worth it’

Alex Livingston, KTVB January 13, 2017

While getting out of driveways and neighborhoods has been difficult for many down in the Traesure Valley these past couple of weeks, an area that has been hit hard by the recent snowfall is Idaho City. But many residents say it’s all worth it.

“I’ve always wanted to live in the mountains,” said Andy Hansen, who is now going through his second winter in Idaho City.

With mountain living, however, comes snow, snow – and more snow.

“I figured moving up in the mountains there’s going to be a lot more snow and a lot more problems,” Hansen said.

Problems like frozen pipes and heavy snow on rooftops. Around two feet of snow slid off of Hansen’s home, knocking over the porch rail and blocking two front windows that showcase the views Hansen and his wife moved to Idaho City for.

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Banks-Lowman road has been re-opened for full access.

7pm Update Jan 11, 2017

John P. Roberts
Emergency Management Coordinator
Boise County Public Safety
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Road closure on Banks Lowman road isolates Garden Valley and Lowman

News Release: 3pm Jan 11, 2017

Banks-Lowman Road in Boise County is closed by avalanches between Banks and the MiddleFork Road (Crouch). The Sheriff and Road Department are evaluating the threat of repeated avalanches at this time. Re-opening will depend on changes in weather conditions.

Highway 21 is also closed by ITD from Granite Creek Road (7 miles north of Idaho City) to Lowman due to avalanche danger.
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Avalanche causes flooding in Hailey, relief efforts underway

by KBOI News January 9th 2017

Hailey, Idaho (KBOI) — An avalanche on Della Mountain sent an ice dam into the Big Wood River that caused flooding Monday morning.

City officials say the avalanche happened around 2:30 a.m., and Hailey crews have been working to divert water away from homes throughout the morning.

Residents are encouraged to use sand bags that were delivered to War Eagle Drive and Della Vista Drive, intersecting with Cedar Street, to protect their homes.

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Residents urged to prepare for floods as Snake River rises

KTVB January 11, 2017

Malheur County — Authorities are urging people who live along the Snake River to take steps to protect their homes, but also remain ready to evacuate as floodwaters continue to rise.

An ice jam in the river is causing water to overflow along the banks and back up in drainage ditches and channels, prompting Malheur County to issue a flood warning.

Both Malheur County and Payette County officials have told residents to be on stand-by to evacuate.

Residents are also encouraged to use sandbags to hold off the rising water, but the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office warned sandbags “may not prevent water from getting in or under your residence.”

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Heavy snow collapses roofs around Treasure Valley

Dean Johnson, KTVB January 09, 2017

Treasure Valley – The last couple of days have been difficult for some local business owners and homeowners in Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho. This after the weight from all the snow and rain the area has gotten started to cause some roofs to give way.

Around 2:30 on Monday afternoon, John Schmitz says he was shoveling the snow out of the back of his truck when the roof of the Weiser Lanes Bowling Alley started to give way.

… Weiser Lanes wasn’t the only business affected by the snow.

The Les Schwab in Ontario had the front of its building collapse due to the weight.

… The nonprofit Blazing Hope Youth Family Ranch is asking for a little help after the snow collapsed its horse shelter in Middleton. They say no people or horses were hurt.

full story w/video report:
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Idaho’s mountain snowpack, water supply off to good start

1/11/17 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — A new federal report shows snowpack levels and water supply projections are above average in the mountains of eastern Idaho and across much of the state.

The Post Register reports the Natural Resource Conservation Service released a study Tuesday showing that eastern Idaho and western Wyoming had among the highest snowpack percentages in the state. The report covered October to Jan. 1.

Snowpack measurements in central Idaho were right around average, while southern Idaho ranged between 97 and 132 percent of median snowpack levels.

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Groups challenge eastern Idaho groundwater area designation

1/9/17 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — Legal challenges have been filed against Idaho officials over a groundwater management area created in November.

The Post Register reports that a number of organizations including the city of Pocatello, the Coalition of Cities — a collection of 14 Magic Valley communities — and McCain Foods have submitted petitions for the Idaho Department of Water Resources to reconsider its management area order.

The groups are challenging IDWR Director Gary Spackman’s recent order creating the state’s largest groundwater management area, which covers the East Snake Plain Aquifer from Jerome and Burley to Dubois and St. Anthony.


Public Lands:

Land Allocation Committee to discuss ATV, UTV use in forest

The Star-News January 12, 2017

ATV, UTV and equestrian use on the Payette National Forest will be the topic of the next Land Allocation Committee meeting to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the basement Community Room at Idaho First Bank, 475 E. Deinhard Ln. in McCall.

Presenters will discuss current recreational uses on the Payette and potential ways to improve current Forest Service designations.

Guest speakers will include David Claiborne, president of the Idaho State ATV Association; Mark Wood, president of the McCall Snowmobile and ATV Club, Todd Wernex with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and Bob Wagner with the Backcountry Horsemen of Idaho.

The meeting is sponsored by the Payette Forest Coalition, a collaborative group working to build diverse community support for forest restoration projects on the Payette National Forest.

The coalition formed the committee to review current land designations, assess what is and is not working, and develop recommendations.

The coalition has not recommended any changes from the current status.

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Winter Travel – Over-snow Vehicle Use Maps Available for the Payette National Forest

News Release, Payette National Forest, 1/13/2017

McCall, ID – Winter is here on the Payette National Forest, and we are welcoming skiers, snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, snow shoers and other winter enthusiasts to get outdoors and recreate on the Forest.  We have free over-snow travel information winter maps available at all Ranger Districts and at the Supervisor’s Office in McCall.

We also want to remind visitors that there are areas on the Forest where over-snow vehicle travel is, and is not allowed.  These areas are not new and were identified to help protect important habitat, reduce user conflicts and protect water quality.

“The Payette National Forest winter travel map was developed to help inform winter visitors, and is available for free at all of our Forest Service offices,” said Jane Cropp, Recreation Program Manager.  The map complies with Federal regulations (Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule), and displays a variety of information in hard copy form.

The Forest Service defines “over-snow vehicle (OSV)” as a motor vehicle that is designed for use over-snow, and that runs on a track or tracks and/or a ski or skies, while in use over-snow. The map is also geo-referenced and available for download through the Avenza Map Store for free.  Using Azenza, enables the visitor to download the map onto their smart phone or tablet and then use their Global Positions System (GPS) to track their location and navigate while outdoors.  This tool also helps visitors to locate the areas that are open for over-snow use and other winter uses.

Another tool for the public is the use of quick response codes (QR codes) for information.  QR codes are printed on the back of the winter travel map.  Typically, a smartphone is used as a QR code scanner, displaying the code and converting it to a useful form, such as a standard URL for a website.  Information about maps, permits, user guides and other information becomes readily available electronically and reduces the need form paper handouts.

“The Payette National Forest is a renowned destination for snowmobiling, and the forest offers miles and miles of groomed trail opportunities,” added Cropp.  Please remember that not all routes are groomed at all times.  Grooming is weather dependent and groomed routes over and through state and private land change.  Check the Forest web page for the latest changes and updates to the groomed routes.

For the latest information on backcountry avalanche and weather conditions, check the Payette Avalanche Center’s 24-hour report that is available at 208-634-0419, on their web site at http://www.avalanche.org.  For further information on the winter travel map or Subpart C Travel Management Rule information please contact Jane Cropp, Payette National Forest Recreation Program Manager at (208) 6340-0757.

Brian D. Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Public Comments Sought for Proposed Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel Habitat Restoration Project

News Release, Payette National Forest, 1/13/2017

McCall, ID – Payette National Forest officials are seeking public comment on a proposal to conduct northern Idaho ground squirrel (NIDGS) habitat restoration at seven NIDGS colony study sites on the Council Ranger District as part of a research study conducted by the University of Idaho Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (CWRU).

As part of the current Research Agreement between the Forest Service and the US Geological Survey (USGS; the University of Idaho CWRU is part of the USGS), the assigned research team is tasked to determine if the Thin & Burn NIDGS Habitat Restoration Model (as described by Conway and Goldberg 2015), currently used by the Forest, leads to NIDGS colonization of treated sites.

Each treatment site is 4 has (approximately 10 ac) and is coupled with a control site of no treatment, also 4 ha in area. This Categorical Exclusion (CE) covers three sites for the tree marking and thin and burn treatment activities and four sites for burn only treatment activities, for a total of seven of the 13 NIDGS habitat treatment study sites identified on the Council and New Meadows ranger districts.

Each thin and burn treatment site is a forested stand, located directly adjacent to an occupied NIDGS colony. The three thin and burn treatment sites covered under this CE are named for the adjacent occupied NIDGS colonies: Cold Springs West, Fawn Creek, and Huckleberry. Prior to thinning, the stand boundaries and individual trees in the stand will be marked by Forest personnel for retention, as determined by the Forest Timber program.

The four burn only treatment sites are also named for NIDGS colonies: Cap Gun, Cold Springs East, Lost Valley Reservoir, and Summit Gulch. No thinning of trees will occur on these sites.

The seven study sites are located on the Council and New Meadows Ranger Districts, Adams County, Idaho, approximately 30-40 miles west-northwest of Council, Idaho. The study area can be accessed by Forest Service System roads that branch off of the Council-Cuprum Road (FSS Road #002), which runs west and northwest out of Council.

Written comments should be submitted by February 17, 2017 to be considered in the analysis.  Any comments received will be placed in the project file and will become a matter of public record.

Submit written comments to:

Keith Lannom
Payette National Forest Supervisor
500 North Mission Street, Building 2
McCall, ID 83638
Phone:  208-634-0700
Fax:  208-634-0744

Those submitting hand-delivered comments may do so during the regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays.  Please be sure to include NIDGS Habitat Restoration Project as the subject for your written comments.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, rich text format (.rtf), Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf), or Microsoft Word to comments-intermtn-payette@fs.fed.us.   Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for these proposals and will be available for public inspection (Authority:  40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 21).

For more information please contact June Galloway, Forest Wildlife Biologist, at the Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 208-634-0791.

Brian D. Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest

Critter News:

Ice fishermen invited to Hardwater Classic on Lake Cascade Jan. 28

The Star-News January 12, 2017

Ice fishermen will get a chance to test their skills during the Hardwater Classic, a one-day ice fishing tournament on Lake Cascade on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Registration will open at 6 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Cascade American Legion Hall. Cost is $25 for adults and $10 for youths up to age 14.

At 1 p.m., registration will close and the weigh-in will begin. Dinner will be served at 4:45 p.m. with the weigh-in closing at 5 p.m.

Door prizes will be presented at 5:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and a drawing starting at 6:30 p.m.

There will be cash prizes for the top three perch and trout in both the adult and youth category. There will also be a cash prize for largest junk fish and smallest perch.

For information and registration forms, go to http://hardwaterclassic.com or write to hardwaterclassic @ gmail.com.

The event is coordinated by Idaho Youth Outdoors, which will use proceeds to support the group’s annual Youth Ice Fishing Day held at Horsethief Reservoir.

Idaho Youth Outdoors is a non-profit organization formed by a group of enthusiastic parents who love the outdoors.

The group’s mission is to provide families, especially youth, with chances to enjoy Idaho and the exciting adventures the outdoors can provide.

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‘Herd’ of mountain lions photographed in North Idaho

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Jan 10, 2017

Four of five mountain lions photographed in a series of images in a remote camera put out in the Panhandle Region by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Idaho Fish and Game biologists, who apparently are finally sorting through some of the remote camera images from their summer field work, have posted a series of shots showing a group of five mountain lions in the Selkirk Mountains.

The best single image (above) shows four of the five cougars traveling together in August in the Panhandle Region.

While it’s not uncommon for a female cougar to have three grown offspring with her, biologists say more than four in a group is likely to be an adult female cougar with her young along with one of her older female offspring and one or two of that female’s offspring.

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Capturing wolverines with pixels and wire brushes

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist Friday, January 13, 2017

Remote cameras give researchers the opportunity to learn about these secretive animals

The forest floor has a thick blanket of snow topped by a layer of bone-chilling air that’s so still a creaking tree sounds like an airhorn. It appears all animals have abandoned the forest for warmer climes, but biologist Diane Evans Mack’s remote cameras tell a different story.

A handful of hardy animals roam Idaho’s snowy, mountainous forests, and among them are wolverines. Only a tiny fraction of the public has ever encountered one, and it’s difficult to determine how many are out there, but Idaho Fish and Game is trying to learn where they live, or at least, where they are likely to live.

… One of the 61 sites in Idaho where cameras are stationed is about 12 miles northeast of McCall, an area where wolverines have been known to inhabit in recent years.

The camera triggered a sequence of five photos whenever there was movement at the bait site, and it recorded an intriguing scene in time lapse where at least one wolverine and American marten consumed an entire deer leg during a series of visits.

full story w/more photos:

[h/t SMc]
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Profanity Peak wolf pack removal cost state $135K

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Jan 13, 2017

Circle shows approximate range of the Profanity Peak wolf pack, which is north of U.S. 20 in Ferry County, Washington.w (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Washington wildlife managers spent $135,000 to kill seven of 11 gray wolves in a pack that had attacked or killed about 15 cattle on national forest grazing allotments in northeastern Washington last summer and fall.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife have released a 200-page report on the situation and effort to lethally remove the Profanity Peak Pack in northern Ferry County.

Helicopter and staff time for the aerial gunning accounted for most of the spending while $10,000 was paid to an area trapper, the agency reported.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of January 2017
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Here’s why two Yellowstone wolves have been able to enjoy remarkably long lives

by Chadd Cripe – Idaho Statesman Jan 12, 2017

One of the highlights of my family’s visit to Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier national parks last summer was a chance to watch adult wolves and their pups through a spotting scope at Yellowstone.

Wolves are among the most difficult animals to spot in the park unless you have the high-powered gadgets. But their winter survival depends on the easiest large animal to find: bison.

Brett French of the Billings (Mont.) Gazette wrote a pair of stories this week about Yellowstone wildlife. His wolf story is below. The second story is about Montana’s efforts to reduce the number of bison that migrate out of the park and into that state during the winter.

Read more here:
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Jan 9-14 2017

As California plans to live with wolves, be prepared to share the costs

Swedish hunters kill 22 wolves in a week

USFWS in Very Hot Water Over False ESA Protections of Hybrid Red Wolves

Glorification of wolves is unrealistic in real-world wildlife, livestock management
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Grizzly bear delisting put on hold

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Jan 11, 2017

Federal officials are delaying their decision on whether to lift protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park and allow controlled hunting in some areas outside of the park, the Associated Press reports.

Despite expert opinions that the area’s bear population has recovered and may be at social tolerance limits, the move comes in the wake of opposition from dozens of American Indian tribes and conservation groups that say hunts could reverse the grizzly’s four-decade recovery.

Officials had planned to finalize the proposal to turn jurisdiction on grizzlies over to state wildlife agencies by the end of 2016.

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Feds offer 4 options for North Cascades grizzly bear revival

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Jan 12, 2017

Federal officials released a draft plan this week for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.

Following two years of public process, the plan presents four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts of capturing bears from other locations and transplanting them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land surrounding North Cascades National Park.

Grizzly bears once roamed that rugged area in Washington but only a few have been confirmed in recent decades.

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Fish and Game gets emergency funds to feed big game

KTVB January 13, 2017

Boise – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is prepared to feed big game animals in areas where forage is scarce.

During this brutal winter herds of big game animals are coming down to lower elevations in search of food.

Last week, KTVB reported about farmers and ranchers in Weiser that are frustrated wild animals are eating their hay.

On Thursday, the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee approved the department’s supplemental budget. That money gives Fish and Game more resources for emergency feeding to help those animals survive the winter.

Right now, they’re using those resources in eastern Idaho where a wildfire burned most of the available forage.

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Citizens help rescue horse stranded in frozen river

Samantha Kubota, KREM January 10, 2017

Photo: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office

Idaho County – Citizens and law enforcement helped rescue a horse that got stuck in the river near Stites on Tuesday.

No one knows how long the horse was in the river, but officials said it was clear it needed help before it succumbed to hypothermia.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said the horse appears to be okay, except for minor injuries to its legs.

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Salmon with large tapeworms arrive in the U.S.

Jenn Gidman, WUSA January 13, 2017

U.S. salmon lovers feeling bad for those overseas infected with a pesky parasite can start worrying about themselves.

The Japanese broad tapeworm, aka Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, is usually only found in fish from Asia’s Pacific coasts, CNN reports, but per a study in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, wild salmon netted in Alaska were also plagued by the parasite.

Researchers now say that could mean salmon caught anywhere off North America’s Pacific coasts could be affected, though the health effects aren’t generally serious. The scientists, however, warn the problem could spread if not remedied: Because salmon is often packed and transported on ice (but not frozen), the tapeworm’s larvae may be able to survive the trip, possibly infecting consumers in Europe, New Zealand, China, and other parts of the US.


Fun Critter Stuff:

Bird Video for Cats

(And something green and springlike for us humans. h/t MMc)
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[h/t CP]

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Dogs Playing in Snow Compilation


Fish & Game News:

News Releases

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Southwest Region Big Game Winter Feeding Update

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator Friday, January 13, 2017

The office phone rings more often than usual these days, with citizens calling to voice concern about the welfare of Idaho’s big game animals – specifically mule deer and elk. This year’s more normal Idaho winter, with heavy snowfall and cold temperatures, is compelling animals to move to low elevation winter range where they are noticed by all of us. These winter conditions have some folks convinced that supplemental feeding is necessary to keep big game animals from starving.

Fish and Game wildlife managers and biologists share this concern. Even as winter progresses, we continue to actively monitor the region’s big game herds, and are making necessary preparations should an emergency feeding operation become necessary.

Here’s some winter feeding background information along with the latest update on the region’s big game herds.

Because of their larger size and durability, elk are fed less often than mule deer. Their size allows them to cope with harsh winter conditions much better than their smaller cousins. When elk are provided with winter feed, it’s not normally because they need the nutrition. Rather, feeding is a tool to keep elk from bullying in on deer feed sites. In some cases, feed may also be used strategically to bait elk away from private property where they are causing property damage.



Martin Luther King Jr. Day

From Wikipedia

After King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office).

November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, to create a federal holiday honoring King. The bill had passed the House of Representatives by a count of 338 to 90, a veto-proof margin. The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

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