July 2, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

July 2, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Motorcycle Stolen June 30

Travis Patten from Donnelly reported: 2000 Kawasaki Klx400. Stolen from beside the Yellow Pine tavern between 11:00 and 11:45 last night. Keep eyes open everyone…


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Announcement from The Corner

We have the store up and running. We have a ton of items. Here is a small list; Ice Cream, Yogurt, Various other Snacks, small propane bottles, motor oil , sunscreen, bug spray, feminine needs, shampoo, conditioners, toothpastes, toothbrushes, lighters, cell phone chargers. The list goes on and on. Basically a little bit of everything. We also get food orders in three times a week. People have been ordering perishables from us. We can get a wide variety, what we have been selling the most of is, bacon, milk, lettuce, ground beef, berries, bananas, yogurt and similar items. The produce we get is a decent price and great quality. We are also working on getting together other gift shop type items.
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Ed Staub Propane

The Ed Staub & Sons Propane company came to Yellow Pine Wednesday June 28 to do maintenance and leak checks.
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YPWUA Meeting July 2

The annual shareholders meetings for the Yellow Pine Water Users Association was held on Sunday, July 2 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall
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Yellow Pine Independence Day weekend

“Another great 4th of July in Yellow Pine was celebrated on Friday the 30th with the Dave Nudo Band in the Tavern.” -LM

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Saturday July 1 – Golf Tournament

It was another successful July 4th Golf Tournament at the Yellow Pine Country Club to benefit the Medical Supply & Training Fund for the Village.

Thanks to so many who donated, participated, and helped during this year’s event:

Dan & Umi, Steve & Sue, Teri N., Kathy H., Matt & Heather, Willie & Candi, Dave P., Sam, Alex, Christee H., you all do so much to make this community a great place to live.

And thank you Doug for doing the Cannon Start in Wally’s absence.

Thanks to the sponsors: Ashley Inn, Franklin Building & Supply, McCall Golf, Star News, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Alpine Village, The corner Grill & Bar, The Tavern, Kiff Brown Foundation, Marjie & Joel, Les & Joyce, Steve & Jenny, Dan & Umi, Chris & Gary, Nate & Lane from Midas, your donations to a worthy cause for the community are appreciated.

This year’s results are:

1st place – Ted & Laura with a score of61
2nd place – Dan & Umi with a score of 63
3rd place – Anna & Mark with a score of 65

1st place – Dawn & Shelly with a score of 75

1st place – Joel & Jeb with a score of 68
2nd place – Willie & Steve with a score of 70
3rd place – Stew & Mark with a score of 72

Closest to the Pin on hole #1 Ken H.

The Ambulance and Fire Engine were represented in the parade as were many locals with decorated horses, 4-wheelers, vehicles, and motorcycles.

At the end of the evening we were treated to a power outage as the Fire Engine watered down the trees and surrounding area where the fireworks were set off by Willie in a spectacular display, bring to end a wonderful day of celebration – Yellow Pine style.

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Saturday July 1 – Parade

The parade started at 4pm with the “town bell” being rung by Joel Fields, followed by a color guard and ended at 410pm with the YPFD ambulance and fire truck. This year’s Grand Marshal was Lynn Imel. Christie Petersen was crowned Miss Yellow Pine. Willey Ranch Outfitter was represented with 3 horses. Out of the Blue provided the marching ‘band’. Various motorcycles, 4-wheelers and floats were decked out in red white and blue.

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Saturday July 1 – Willie and The Single Wides played at The Corner.

Saturday July 1 – Fireworks started at 10pm, very nice display for over 20 minutes.

Sunday July 2 – Sneaky Bones playing at The Corner.
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Yellow Pine Blowdown Update

(from 6/21/2017)

The Yellow Pine Salvage Sale was awarded to Mark Tucker last Friday. He hopes to start logging in early July and plans to finish prior to the Harmonica Festival. I’ll send another update as soon as I see his actual schedule.

Jake Strohmeyer
District Ranger
Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District
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VYPA News:

Next Meeting (and Election) July 8

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda
July 8, 2017 2pm at the Community Hall

I. Call to order
II. Reading of the minutes
III. Treasurer’s report
IV. Annual Cemetery committee written report
V. Community hall oral report
VI. Harmonica Festival Committee oral report
VII. Old Business
Midas Gold Report and any news of repair of Memorial lighting
Willie to give a report on the composting toilets
Marty report of the Idaho Power yearly donation of $60.00 towards the memorial light
Vote on Dust Abatement
Vote on the purchase of an Association Computer
Report on the 4th of July Activities Golf Tournament, Parade and Fireworks, Vote on providing funds for next year’s 4th of July fireworks
VIII. New Business
Discussion and voting on plowing streets of the Village for the winter in the future, and vote on paying Cecil for the plowing of village roads last winter
Nomination list of offices of Treasurer and Chairman presented
Election of Council members for Treasurer and Chairman
Cash dispersal
Vote on having the books end July 1st that is the end of the fiscal year
Discuss communication with County Officials
Submitted by Lorinne N. Munn, Secretary
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Judy Wiley Memorial Stone July 17

We would like all people in the community, who can make it, to come join us at the cemetery on July 17th at 3pm. At that time, we would like to talk about Judy Wiley. She didn’t want a service or a memorial. So this would be a chat and a talk. We plan to place a stone at the foot of Bud Boyd in her memory. Judy’s sister, Linda Blank, will be joining us. Thanks to the community for their generous donations. We would also like to invite the community for chips and salsa at the Tavern after the ‘talk’. It would be a good time to talk to her sister and tell her your stories of Judy.

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YPFD Meeting July 29

Next YPFD Commissioner Meeting: July 29, 2017. Community Hall at 2pm.

Reminder that there is training every Sunday at 11:00 at the Fire Station unless we notify you.

Fire Siren will be tested at noon on the first of each month.

Training in Cascade.
posting by Star News
Awesome photo by Dave
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Yellow Pine Fire Commissioner Meeting Minutes

6/21/17 2pm

Call to order at 1406

Dan Stiff, Cecil Dallman and Jeff Forster were present. Tom Richter was excused

Cecil Dallman Swore in as Yellow Pine Fire District Commissioner, District 1 by Dan Stiff

May 31, 2017 Minutes approved

Financials for YPFD will be overseen by Dan Stiff and Cecil Dallman

Minutes will be taken by Jeff Forster

Old Business:

Fire Commissioners approved the purchase of:

* 50 Fire Extinguishers and 50 Smoke/Carbon Monoxide detectors for YPFD residences. We will advise when they are available and where to place the detectors and how to use a fire extinguisher properly.

* 2 200 gallon water trailers to be used for residential pile burning and for small fire containment in our District. The trailers will be placed throughout the village.

* Assorted diameter chimney brushes and extensions to be used by YP residents throughout the village

* Additional Rope Rescue equipment and personal protective safety gear

New Business:

Discussion of YPFD apparatus, equipment and fuel still in possession from previous Fire Chief. Dan Stiff will take lead on these issues.

Donation of old FORD Fire Truck to Donnelly Fire for an Advanced Extrication Class (18 Wheelers/Heavy Equipment) that will be held in September. We’ll have 3 YPFD folks going to this 4 day class. Hopefully we’ll get some scrap money for it. Granite stated they’ll donate the truck and trailer to haul it out if need be.

Midas Gold asked for a letter from the YP Fire Chief outlining the positive relationship Midas Gold has shown with the help and materials for our Repeater Tower, keeping the roads open during last winter, etc. The Chief was advised to prepare a DRAFT document.

Reminder that Fire/Rescue/EMS training will be held on Sunday’s at 11:00-2:00 PM. Please check with Jeff, Ann or Dan to confirm training in advance of Sundays. Cancellations and changes do occur.

Next YPFD Commissioner Meeting: July 29, 2017. Community Hall at 2:00 PM.

Adjourn: 3:08

Dan Stiff
Cecil Dallman
Tom Richter
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Big Creek Lodge

Breakfast at Big Creek Saturday Aug 5. Breakfasts run from 8-10am, and are $10/plate. Visitors can take a tour of the lodge and enjoy pancakes, ham, eggs and coffee/juice.
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Harmonica T-shirt Request

I would like to send out a request to everyone who might have a T-shirt from the past harmonica festivals. We are missing the following years: 1994, 2002-2014. It would be a donation to the Community Hall. I am hoping to make the Center more inviting and useful. Any suggestions from anyone are also welcome.
My email is: 75hallker @ att.net My phone: 208-633-6270

Thanks so much, Kathleen Hall – VYPA – Member at Large
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Local Observations:

Monday (June 26) lots of early morning airplanes, some quite loud. Overnight low of 48 degrees, partly clear sky. All 5 tree swallow babies are wiggling, barely able to hold their heads up, both parents caring for them. A few finches and pine-siskins at the feeder, heard the olive-sided flycatcher and a flicker this morning. Increasing vehicular traffic, local streets are dusty. Hot day, high of 94 degrees, cloudy and muggy in the afternoon. Sprinkles of rain before 8pm, not enough to get wet. Thunder and lightning and a little rain after 1am.

Tuesday (June 27) 0.03″ of rain during the thunderstorm last night, overnight low of 51 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. The 5 swallow babies are growing fast, both parents caring for them, bringing food and carrying waste out of the nest. A few finches at the feeder, heard the olive-sided flycatcher. Female hummer at the feeder this morning. Got pretty warm today, high of 82 degrees, clouds with dark bellies building in the afternoon. Breezy and cooling off towards evening. Thunderstorm with lots of close lightning strikes and rain between 7pm and 930pm. A bat flitting and hunting bugs over the neighborhood at dark.

Wednesday (June 28) yesterday’s rain measured 0.29″, clear sky this morning. A few finches and pine-siskins at the feeders, robins hopping about. A few clouds by lunch time. Very pleasant day, light breezes. Increased traffic (both vehicles and airplanes.) Swallow babies growing fast, starting to get tiny down feathers. Swallows still taking feathers to the nest (and cleaning out the soiled ones.) Female hummer visited our feeders. Clouds building late afternoon, mild day, high of 78 degrees. A few drops of rain on and off late evening, not enough to get wet, distant thunder. Quiet night.

Thursday (June 29) a trace of rain from last evening, low of 42 degrees and mostly cloudy sky this morning. A couple of finches and a jay at the feeder. A few loud airplanes. Swallow babies getting darker markings, parents busy feeding and cleaning. Has been about half cloudy most of the day and very pleasant, high of 76 degrees. Two female (or juvenile) hummers at the feeder. A few afternoon airplanes, but otherwise quiet. Nice cool evening, but LOTS of mosquitoes out. Swallows hunting bugs. Nighthawk calling at dusk and a few robins. Clear sky before dark.

Friday (June 30) quite a few early morning airplanes. Overnight low of 41 degrees and almost clear sky this morning, good amount of dew. A few finches at the feeders, ground squirrels running about. Swallow babies are nearly covered in fine down and can hold their heads up. All mouths open when a parent brings a bug. Sego lilies, stonecrop and fireweed starting to bloom. White peonies in full bloom, penstemons blooming like crazy, yarrow, stonecrop and paintbrush in bloom too. Female (or juvenile) hummers at the feeders. Still have a lot of swallowtail butterflies visiting. Local streets are dusty, increasing traffic. Pileated woodpecker pecking on an elk antler on the fence this afternoon. Fairly warm day, high of 83 degrees, a few high thin clouds later. Quite a few planes parked on both sides of the airstrip by evening. A report there are at least 2 chicks in the osprey nest today. Jupiter next to the bright moon just before full dark and a bat flitting around hunting bugs.

Saturday (July 1) lots of early morning airplanes (extra loud one at 757am). Overnight low of 43 degrees and nearly clear sky this morning (a few wispy clouds), light haze of smoke and dust over the village. A few finches, a couple of pine-siskins and a jay at the feeders. Swallow babies have much bigger mouths and necks are stronger. Increased traffic and dust. Report of a motorcycle stolen from beside the Tavern last night. Two youngsters (in white helmets) tearing around the neighborhood at unsafe speeds on a 4-wheeler this morning. Multiple shots fired to the west at 955am for around 15 minutes. Cannon shot at 1019am to start the golf tourney. Fire siren tested at 12pm. Pretty warm today, high of 89 degrees. Parade started 4pm and went up the main road (while a brappy loud dirt bike revved it up down on Westside Ave.) Loud gunshot in the neighborhood just after 530pm. At 738pm a loud boom on the west side of the village, sounded like an explosion, happened two more times later on. Power went out at 855pm. A few illegal fireworks before 10pm. Bat flying over the neighborhood in a straight line, not hunting. Village fireworks started at 10pm and lasted over 20 minutes (some “personal” fireworks also going off.) At 1055pm the power came back on. Enough dust and smoke in the air to turn the moon pink. Quiet after 11pm.

Sunday (July 2) a few airplanes, but not too bad this morning. Overnight low of 48 degrees, clear sky this morning. Robins and a grosbeak calling, a few finches at the feeders, swallows swooping. Swallow chicks nearly covered in down feather and starting to grow wing and tail feathers, eyes still closed. Seeing more hummingbirds at the feeders. Loud dirt bike annoying the neighborhood before lunch. Hot by early afternoon, fat clouds building up. “Shootout” in the forest west of the village around 130pm. More shooting to the west started before 645pm and went on for over an hour. Increased traffic and dust in the neighborhood this evening. Clear sky and starting to cool off at dusk.

Idaho News:

Idaho To Receive $30M In PILT Funding For 2017

By Taylor Munson June 28 Boise Public Radio

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced yesterday Idaho will receive $30 million via Payments in Lieu of Taxes, a.k.a. PILT funding, for 2017.

A total of 44 local governments in Idaho will receive the funding. Idaho was a top contender for the money, with more than 60 percent of the state’s land being public.

Secretary Zinke made the announcement Tuesday, saying, “PILT investments often serve as critical support for local communities as they juggle planning and paying for basic services, such as public safety, firefighting, social services and transportation.”

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Valley County, Cascade will talk about taking over police duties

Study said city needs to make changes in department

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 29, 2017

Valley County commissioners and the Cascade City Council will begin discussions on disbanding the Cascade Police Department and contracting services to the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

Cascade Mayor Rob Terry spoke to commissioners at Monday’s regular county commissioners meeting, where all parties agreed to initiate preliminary discussions and explore options.

Terry cited findings from a cost analysis study conducted by Gary Raney, a former Ada County sheriff who is now a consultant.

The study found that the city could save a considerable amount of money by contracting services to the sheriff’s office, among other possible alternatives.

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Solar Eclipse hosts asked to register with Valley County

The Star-News June 29, 2017

Anyone who plans to open their land for camping or viewing during the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, is asked to register with Valley County.

No permits are required to host campers and there is no charge to register, Valley County Planning and Zoning Administrator Cynda Herrick said.

“We expect to get many inquires as the eclipse approaches for places to view and camp,” said Herrick, who is assisting the Valley County Astronomical Society, which is leading the coordination of eclipse activities.

“Having a registry will help connect those looking for a place to view the eclipse with those who have space available,” she said.

Herrick asks landowners to manage their own properties for fire protection, facilities, and other safety precautions.

To be added to the registry, contact Herrick at 382-7115 or cherrick @ co.valley.id.us.

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Avoid burning your retinas watching the solar eclipse; get protective glasses

Taja Davis Jun 30, 2017

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – No matter where you will be during the total solar eclipse in August, you need to be prepared for a lot of things — but especially when it comes to your eye protection.

“These are inexpensive solar eclipse glasses. These are incredibly dark compared to what your typical sunglass is. And you can see there’s just no comparison to the darkness,” Dr. Jerry Nave, with Advantage Eye Center, said.

Solar eclipse glasses block a higher amount of the photogenic radiation we get from the sun.

“What you’re doing is magnifying the protection with something like this compared to a sunglass. Sunglasses by themselves are not sufficient. The intention is to block the intensity,” Nave said.

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Four people killed in cabin fire near Tamarack Resort

KTVB July 01, 2017

Donnelly, Idaho — Four people have died in an overnight cabin fire near Tamarack Resort.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office says multiple calls came in about the flames on Whitewater Drive just after 10 p.m. Friday. Several agencies responded, including Donnelly Fire, Cascade Fire, Idaho State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association, and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

The cabin was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. The responding units were able to extinguish the fire.

William Smith, 46, of Boise, was taken to St. Luke’s McCall Hospital. The Valley County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday afternoon that he was treated and released.

The State Fire Marshal has confirmed locating four other victims, who were deceased. Their names have not been released.

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Idaho National Guard member Erin Smith one of four killed in Donnelly fire

by KBOI News Staff Saturday, July 1st 2017

Donnelly, Idaho (KBOI) — Four people were killed in a house fire near Tamarack Resort.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office says the fire broke out at a home on White Water Drive in Donnelly about 10:06 p.m . Friday.

A man, 46-year-old William Smith of Boise, was taken to a hospital and later released.

The sheriff’s office said Sunday that although the positive identification of the four victims has not been confirmed Smith told deputies that the victims were his wife, Erin Smith, 34, of Boise, their friend James Harper III, 49, of Boise, and two juveniles.

Erin Smith made history last year when she graduated from the Army’s M1 Armor Crewman School. Smith was the first woman in history to graduate and be put on the path to be a member of a 4 person tank crew.

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Man missing after car plunges into NF Payette river

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 29, 2017

The driver of a car that plunged into the North Fork of the Payette River north of Smiths Ferry on Saturday was still missing as of Wednesday, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

Valley County dispatchers received reports about 5:30 p.m. Saturday that a car drove off Idaho 55 and into the river between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge, Lt. Jason Speer said.

The sheriff’s office asked the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to reduce the flow of the river through Cascade Dam to assist in the search for the vehicle.

The search was called off due to darkness on Saturday and was resumed on Monday.

The vehicle had not been located as of Wednesday.

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Valley County Sheriff to resume searching for driver, vehicle in Payette River next week

by KBOI News Staf Friday, June 30th 2017

Smiths Ferry, Idaho (KBOI) — The Valley County Sheriff’s office isn’t giving up trying to locate the driver and vehicle that plunged into the Payette River last weekend.

The sheriff’s office told KBOI 2News that multiple agencies will try once again to recover the vehicle on Thursday.

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Woman Hurt In Wreck

The Star-News June 29, 2017

Photo for The Star-News by Gary Ertter

Senior Capt. Paul Vawter of Donnelly Fire & EMS walks past a overturned car that was involved in a two-car accident about 4:45 p.m. on Monday on Idaho 55 south of Lake Fork. The car was headed north and driven by Adele Valois, 73, of Tucson, Ariz. when a car heading south and driven by Jan Gallad, 49, of Donnelly, crossed the center line and struck the other car head-on, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said. Valois was taken to St. Luke’s McCall and transferred by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Her condition was not available.

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Arizona woman killed in crash on Highway 55

KTVB June 29, 2017

Boise – A 73-year-old Arizona woman was killed in a rollover crash on Idaho 55 earlier this week, officials said.

Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens identified the woman on Thursday as Adele Valois, of Tucson, Arizona.

Valois was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision Monday afternoon on Highway 55. Officials say the vehicle left the road and flipped over landing on its top in a ditch next to the highway.

Valois was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical in Boise where she later died.

Owens said the cause of death is still under investigation.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

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Council couple found dead in wrecked car

The Star-News June 29, 2017

A Council couple was found dead on Saturday in their car that had wrecked on U.S. 95 about 10 miles north of Council, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a request about 8:30 a.m. Saturday to check on the welfare of David Rittersbacher, 83, and passenger Joy Rittersbacher, 81, who were overdue from returning to McCall, a news release said.

The couple was last seen in McCall at 1:30 p.m. last Friday and were reported to be making their way back to Council. Deputies and concerned friends started a search along U.S. 95 until a 911 call was received about 10:40 a.m. about a vehicle at the bottom of a steep bank, the release said.

Officers found the car with the couple dead inside. No further information on the acccient was available.

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Fire motivates Table Rock neighbors to become firewise

Dean Johnson, KTVB June 29, 2017

One year after the Table Rock Fire burned more than 2,600 acres, threatened dozens of homes and burned one of the ground, neighbors say they’ve taken new steps to protect their properties.

The Table Rock Fire started just before midnight on June 29, 2016. Since then everyone from schoolchildren to prison inmates have helped restore the burn scar. It took days for firefighters to get control of the flames, and some of the burn scar is still visible today.

Residents tell KTVB they’ve used the fire as a learning experience. Over the course of the last year, many have become firewise. They’ve cleared shrubs and sagebrush away from their homes and plan to take a more proactive approach.

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One year later: Burnt remnants of scorched house all that remain of family home

by Amika Osumi Thursday, June 29th 2017

(KBOI Photos)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — It’s been one year since the Table Rock Fire scorched two thousand acres of land. The fire swept through the area burning everything in its path, including one home.

One year later, the house is a mere shell of the home it used to be, and the owner says he’s still trying to pick up the pieces.

The fire started when Taylor Kemp lit a roman candle firework. That firework sparked a 2,600 acre fire.

Kemp was sentenced to jail last month and is ordered to pay $400,000 dollars in restitution, but Danielson says he doesn’t expect to see a dime of that money.

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Brown tips on branches show effects of spruce budworm

By John Lillehaug for The Star-News June 29, 2017

This is the time of year where we start seeing the negative effects of Spruce Budworm on conifer trees throughout the area.

Over the next few weeks it is likely we will start seeing brown tips on the ends of the branches where the new growth was and some spider-like webbing.

This is caused by the Western Spruce Budworm, a native North America insect that is defoliating the Douglas fir, Grand Fir, and Spruce in many parts of southern Idaho.

The insect populations began to increase around 2004 and now are at an outbreak stage in many areas. The Budworm has been present in the Long Valley area since about 2007 and is now spreading into the New Meadows area.

The cold, wet spring kept the insect at bay until the warm weather hit and brown tips at the tops of the Fir trees should appear as well as caterpillars hanging from silk threads as they dropped down to the lower branches or onto younger trees.

The caterpillar is the stage that feeds on the new growth which can be detrimental to smaller trees that don’t have much foliage. That is why the smaller trees often appear to be dead or dying.

The feeding stage of the caterpillar last about one to two months and then it spins a web or protective shelter where it goes through the pupation stage and emerges as an adult in August.

The adult lays her eggs in a mass on the underside of the needle. The eggs hatch late summer and the larvae migrate to an overwintering site which typically is a silken shelter under bark scales.

Budworm populations are cyclic across the west when the last outbreak extended for a period of 15 years. Normally the budworm does not kill larger trees but causes them to have reduced growth from loss of new growth or some cases dead tops.

Heavily defoliation over the course of five to 15 years of infestation often results in extensive tree mortality in the younger trees.

Even if the tree manages to survive the defoliation it may be stressed enough that bark beetles then attack and kill the tree.

Treatment for this insect can be difficult as the only way for control is to kill the caterpillar. Several insecticides are available for treating individual trees or small sized tree stands and only effective when the caterpillars are small and actively feeding on the trees, typically early summer.

Once the caterpillars have disappeared and the insect has gone into its next development stage chemical application is worthless. While chemical applications may be effective on individual trees, remember that control options are limited over large areas and trees may be attacked the following year as the outbreak persists.

Keeping stands of Douglas fir and true firs growing vigorously is the best way to minimize the effects of the Western Spruce budworm.

Call me at the Idaho Department of Lands office in McCall at 634-7125 with any questions.

(John Lillehaug is a Private Forestry Specialist with the Idaho Department of Lands and a member of the McCall Tree Advisory Committee.)

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Sage Winds

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents:

Season in Review P.1
Bridging Gaps Between NWS Boise & Partners P.2
Meet & Greet P.3
Winter and Spring Flood Summary P.4
Eclipse Maps P.5
Summer 2017 & Fire Weather Outlook P.6

link SageWinds_Sp_2017.pdf

Fire Season:

Yellow Pine Fire – Valley County Dispatch 911
The 24-hr number for Boise Dispatch is 208-384-3400
The 24-hr number for Payette Dispatch is 208-634-2757

Firewise http://firewise.org/
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Fire Starts on the Payette NF

June 28 (From lightning storm June 27)

The Payette National Forest is picking up numerous small wildfires resulting from the last two nights of lightning activity.

We have 6 reported wildfires that are staffed. Two of which are contained, and we are responding to 10 additional smoke reports.

On the Weiser Ranger District: The Adams Creek fire is contained at .25 acres. The Four Bit fire is at .10 of an acre located east of Cambridge, and just north of Four Bit Summit.

On the New Meadows Ranger District: The Bally Mountain Fire is at .25 acres and located approximately 2.5 miles east of highway 95. The Squirrel Creek Fire is .5 of an acre and located west of highway 95, and 2 miles northeast of Pollock Mountain.

On the McCall Ranger District: The Warren Wagon Fire is contained at .25 acres. The Louie Fire is a .10 of an acre and is located just east of Louie Lake. The fire is not expected to grow in size due to snow in the area.

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Lightning storm ignites multiple wildfires in Idaho

6/27/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says a lightning storm ignited multiple fires in Southwest Idaho.

The largest fire to spark during the storm Monday night was estimated at nearly 5 square miles and located northwest of Grandview.

The second largest blaze burned about 2.3 square miles Monday night about two miles east of the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

At least a half dozen smaller fires also started around the area.

No structures were threatened as of Monday night.

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List of fires (June 27)

KTVB June 27, 2017

Yeti Fire
• Approximately 11 miles northwest of Grand View
• Approximately 3,800 acres

Dry Fire
• Approximately 16 miles north of Mountain Home
• Approximately 8 acres

Ditto Fire
• Approximately 14 miles northwest of Mountain Home
• Approximately 2,561 acres

Lock Fire
• Approximately six miles northwest of Mountain Home
• Approximately 350-plus acres

Breeze Fire
• Approximately 14 miles northwest of Mountain Home
• Approximately 800-plus acres

Rattle Fire
• Approximately 11 miles south of Mountain Home
• Approximately 200-plus acres

Rattle 2 Fire
• Approximately 12 miles south of Mountain Home
• Approximately 450 acres

Sim Fire
• Approximately seven miles northwest of the Mountain Home Air Force Base
• Approximately 200-plus acres

Chalk Flat Fire
• Approximately five miles northwest of Hammett
• Approximately 250-plus acres

Beet Dump Fire
• Approximately two miles east of the Mountain Home Air Force Base
• Approximately 1,500 acres

Grand Fire
• Near Firebird Raceway
• Approximately 20 acres
• The cause of this fire is being investigated. The BLM says explosions were heard in the area before the fire started.

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Grass fire threatens Boise neighborhood, firefighters aren’t the only ones to respond

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, June 28th 2017

(KBOI Photos)

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — A grass fire came dangerously close to some homes in a Southeast Boise neighborhood, and while Boise firefighters responded quickly to the fire, the battalion chief admits they didn’t do the heavy lifting alone.

It’s a scary thing to hear anyone tell you there’s a fire, but its scarier when the fire is moving toward you — and moving fast.

Neighbors say the fire spread in a matter of seconds, burning through an acre of land and creeping toward homes on Anemone St. and Mimosa Way, just blocks from the site of the Oregon Trail Fire, also known as the Amity Road Inferno.

The human caused fire was put out quickly, with everyone safe and sound. Firefighters are saying it wasn’t just them that saved the day.

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The York Fire that threatened two homes now 70 percent contained

by KBOI News Staff Thursday, June 29th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Fire crews are mopping up a brush fire that sparked Thursday.

The BLM says the York fire is now 280 acres, but it’s 70% contained. The fire is expected to be contained by 11:00 p.m.

BLM responded with a helicopter and two air tankers along with local resources to fight the fire. The fire is North of Kuna Mora and S. Cole roads, but forward progression of the fire has stopped. Two structures were threatened, but are now safe.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Large grass fire near Utah border expected to be contained by Wednesday Evening

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Malad City, Idaho (KBOI) — Crews are fighting a large grass fire in southeast Idaho that has a portion of I-84 near the Utah border shut down.

The Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was called around 4 a.m. to the area of mile marker 271.

When they got there, they say the fire appeared to stretch about 300 acres, but high temperatures and wind have accelerated the blaze and it’s now grown to 3,000 acres.

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Crews battling blaze north of Sweet

By Sharla Arledge Idaho Department of Lands 6/30/2017

Fire crews are on the scene of a 250 acre wildfire near Sweet, Idaho. It is burning in grass and sage and is in the Timber Butte Fire scar from several years ago. The fire was reported about 4:30pm today, the cause is unknown. No structures currently threatened. The fire is 0% contained.

Approximately 50 firefighters are working the fire, which includes the crews of 12 engines, three single engine air tankers (SEATS), two heavy air tankers, and 2 bulldozers.

The fire is in the Idaho Department of Land (IDL) fire protection area. IDL is being assisted by Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Gem County 2, and the Horseshoe Bend Fire Department.

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Air, ground crews fight wildfire near Sweet

KTVB July 01, 2017

(Photo: Jenny Furst/KTVB First Person)

Sweet, Idaho – The Brownlee Fire near Sweet is fully contained, the Idaho Department of Lands said Saturday evening.

The fire was first reported at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. It was burning in the scar area from the 2014 Timber Butte Fire.

Air and ground crews stopped the spread of the fire Friday night. It burned 184 acres of grass and dry sage.

No structures are threatened, and the cause hasn’t been determined.

Four engines and 15 personnel are still at the scene.

IDL crews were being assisted by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, Gem County 2, and the Horseshoe Bend Fire Department.

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Help prevent the spread of wildfires this holiday weekend

June 30, 2017

Boise, Idaho – Hot and dry weather is predicted for the upcoming holiday weekend, and firefighters are asking for your help to prevent human-caused wildfires from spreading in Idaho. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) works to promote safety and reminds everyone that this summer there is an abundance of tall and thick grass, creating extreme burning conditions for the wildfire community.

“We are asking the public to be extremely vigilant when out recreating this holiday weekend, and to take all safety precautions to keep from igniting a wildfire,” said BLM Idaho State Fire Management Officer Michael Morcom.

On May 20, Idaho State Director Timothy Murphy issued a Fire Prevention Order making it a misdemeanor to carry, discharge or otherwise use fireworks on BLM-managed lands. Violations of the order can result in fines and more severe penalties, and offenders who start wildfires can also be held liable for damage and suppression costs. The safest way to enjoy fireworks this holiday weekend is to attend a public display sponsored by your local community.

In addition to fireworks, the use of incendiary/tracer/steel-core ammunition and exploding targets are prohibited. In general, please be proactive and take precautionary measures while shooting. Clear all flammable materials and rocks away from the target area, and be sure to have fire safety equipment (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water) on hand. Sparks from steel core/steel jacketed fragments have been found to cause vegetation fires as much as lead core/copper-jacketed and solid copper jackets fragments.

During the summer, Kongming lanterns, wish lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons and sky lanterns are used at a variety of celebrations. Although they are not specifically prohibited, they are a fire hazard when they come into contact with dry vegetation.

Before you depart, make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring the safety chain is not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased and tires are inflated to the proper level to help prevent a blown tire. Sparks can be thrown from a vehicle or trailer that is not properly maintained, potentially causing roadside fires without knowledge of the driver.

The devastating effects from an escaped campfire can last for many years, so please completely extinguish your campfire before you leave. Currently, there are no fire restrictions in effect but in the future please KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

For more information on current area wildfires and fire prevention information visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com and follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter.

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Intermountain Region Wildfire Update

June 29th, 2017

Intermountain Region Wildfire Update

Fuels (grasses, shrubs, trees) are dried out – much of the region is in critical or near critical status, meaning fires can start easily. The fire season in the region has just begun and we have already experienced a high amount of human caused fires. While preparing for July 4th, please remember that fireworks are prohibited on all National Forest System lands.

Brian Head Fire, City of Brian Head, UT, 58,319 acres, growing 4,100 acres yesterday. It is currently 15 percent contained.

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Study: Fuels treatment in Western forests has limited effect

Authors urge ‘adaptive’ strategy

Greg Moore 6/30/2017 IME

A review of more than 100 studies on various aspects of wildfire has concluded that thinning and logging of Western forests has had little impact on the frequency or severity of wildfires.

The paper, titled “Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes,” was written by 12 authors from universities around the West, including one from the University of Idaho. It was published in the May 2 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The authors advocate an “adaptive resilience” approach to addressing wildfires, which would allow the forest environment, human communities and firefighting strategies to evolve in response to more fires and climate change.


Public Lands:

Visitors are reminded: fireworks are not allowed on the Boise National Forest


BOISE, Idaho, June 28, 2017 — Boise National Forest land managers are reminding visitors and campers that all fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on National Forests lands regardless of weather conditions or holidays. The forest hosts large numbers of visitors over the Fourth of July weekend and this increased activity could lead to human caused fires.

Recent lightning storms moved across the forest and fire officials are monitoring for new starts. With the warmer weather and changing conditions, finer fuels like grasses are beginning to dry out and the potential for wildfires is escalating.

Forest visitors should take precautions to ensure they do not accidently start a wildfire.

* Be especially careful when towing trailers or boats as dragging safety chains can cause sparks and ignite roadside vegetation.

* When building campfires, use designated campfire rings or look for a place at least 15 feet from trees, shrubs, tents or other flammable objects; be aware of low hanging branches.

* Don’t leave campfires unattended and make sure they are dead out when you leave.

* All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles, should have properly installed and maintained spark-arresters.

* Exploding targets and tracer or incendiary bullets are prohibited on National Forest lands.

Some National Forest System roads and trails may still be impassible or closed due to damage from recent spring runoff. For all forest closures visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs
Boise National Forest
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Commercial mushroom season comes to a close June 30, 2017


Boise, Idaho, June 30, 2017- Boise National Forest officials want to remind mushroom harvesters that the commercial mushroom harvest on the Boise National Forest closes June 30, 2017. The limited commercial mushroom season began June 1 in areas of the Pioneer Fire area alongside public health and safety operations and recovery efforts for the 2016 wildfire.

The Barber Flats and Banner Ridge dispersed site camping areas, set aside for commercial mushroom harvesters will be reopened to general forest visitors beginning July 1, in time for the busy holiday weekend.

Personal mushroom harvest is open throughout the forest except for areas closed for public safety or protection of natural resources. Individuals can pick 5 gallons of any kind of mushroom per day and they cannot be sold, or bartered per Forest Service Handbook 2409.18.

Visitors are reminded to use the forest responsibly, stay on roads and trails, keep a clean camp and be cautious with campfires. With warmer temperatures grasses and brush are starting to dry out increasing wildfire potential.

Know before you go, call Ranger District offices and visit the Boise National Forest webpage page for current information and to follow us on Facebook: https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise/

Certain areas remain closed for public safety or resource protection. For current closures within the Boise National Forest visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
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Forest Supervisor issues Decision on North Pioneer Fire Salvage and Reforestation Environmental Assessment


Boise, Idaho, June 26, 2017–Boise National Forest Supervisor Cecilia Seesholtz signed the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the North Pioneer Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project June 23, 2017, selecting Alternative B, the proposed action.

Implementing Alternative B will:

* Reduce hazard trees along roads and trails on about 5,200 acres through a combination of treatments including salvage and drop and leave

* Salvage additional dead trees on 2,010 acres

* Decommission 3.3 miles of unauthorized routes causing resource damage

* Re-establish forested conditions by planting trees on 6062 acres, naturally regenerating 1314 acres

* Restore whitebark pine on 336 acres

* Restore riparian vegetation on 209 acres

“We talked to a lot of people throughout the planning phase of this project,” said John Kidd, Lowman District Ranger. “We met with our local collaborative group, the Boise Forest Coalition, tribal and timber industry representatives; County commissioners; state agencies and other interested stakeholders. A 30-day comment period on the Environmental Assessment was included in the extensive public involvement efforts implemented from October 2016 through June 2017. These efforts helped inform the development of the Proposed Action and understand the effects of implementing actions included in the decision.”

District Rangers from both the Lowman and Idaho City Ranger Districts hosted field trips with a wide range of people to discuss the proposed action and the Forest’s intent to request an Emergency Situation Determination (ESD). During the analysis process for Environmental Assessment preparation, Forest representatives met formally and informally with groups to discuss the project when requested and participated in public forums to share presentations about the Project.

An Emergency Situation Determination, 218.21(b) is defined as: A situation on National Forest System (NFS) lands for which immediate implementation of a decision is necessary to achieve one or more of the following:

1) Relief from hazards threatening human health and safety

2) Mitigation of threats to natural resources on NFS or adjacent lands

3) Avoiding a loss of commodity value sufficient to jeopardize the agency’s ability to accomplish project objectives directly related to resource protection or restoration.

Authority to authorize an ESD rests solely with the Chief and Associate Chief of the Forest Service. Current regulations concerning authorization of an ESD exempt a project from the administrative review (objection) process.

“As discussed with stakeholders throughout the planning process, timing of hazard tree removal and salvage harvest is critical to achieving the purpose and need for the North Pioneer Project, “ said Cecilia Seesholtz, Forest Supervisor of the Boise National Forest. “The combination of my Decision and approval of the ESD by the Chief of the Forest Service May 31, 2017, allows immediate implementation.”

“Executing this Project this field season recovers the greatest wood product value from hazard and dead trees salvaged before deterioration occurs,” said Seesholtz. “It’s essential to recover this value so we can accomplish project objectives for hazard tree treatments; watershed improvements; and forest restoration, including reforestation.”

With the ESD approval, the Forest is moving forward with project implementation, including the award of hazard and dead tree salvage sale contracts, following issuance of the North Pioneer Project Decision Notice/FONSI signed June 23, 2017, and notifying stakeholders of the decision through this new release and other venues.

For more information visit:

Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs
Boise National Forest
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Salvage sale approved to reap timber from 2014 wildfire

6/30/17 AP

Lewiston, Idaho — The supervisor of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest approved a redesigned logging plan for a timber sale that will see fewer trees cut and more assurances that scenic views and water quality are protected.

The Johnson Bar Salvage Sale was first approved last year, but it was halted by a federal judge who granted a temporary injunction requested by the Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United.

The two environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service, saying the sale would harm water quality and steelhead habitat.

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Zinke calls for fewer barriers to development on public land

By Mead Gruver – 6/27/17 AP

Removing bureaucratic obstacles to development on federal land can create jobs and offer hope to nearby communities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday in hinting at long-term changes in store for federal agencies including the Interior Department.

Promising reorganization “on a scale of 100 years” but without offering specifics, Zinke said the Interior Department and other land management agencies need to better cooperate. Right now, agencies that evaluate the same project often end up providing conflicting opinions, he said at the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana.

“Jobs matter. There’s a social cost of not having jobs. And we love environmental regulations fair and equitable, but it takes wealth to make sure that we can maintain those regulations and improve,” Zinke said.

The Interior Department has begun reviewing its practice of requiring developers to offset the harm of their projects by paying for conservation elsewhere, he said.

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Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue Update


Update on the little one attacked by a coyote: She is thriving! What a little fighter. She screams and fights when I insert her feeding tube to the back of her throat (her jaw is broken and she can’t suckle a bottle…yet!), but then starts swallowing with vigor. Her eye still looks nasty, but she is tolerating my daily flushing. Her breathing sounded like Darth Vader – suspected the coyote crushed her trachia, causing swelling. She is responding great to the steroids to reduce swelling and her breathing sounds much better. Her gashes and puncture wounds are healing well. I think her best medicine is being near the other fawns. Hopefully soon there won’t be a wire panel separating them. She is fighting like a girl! Hence her name, “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

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Wolf Alert

At the May 2017 Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Commission meeting In Salmon, Idaho, IDFG released a draft outline for a new Wolf Management Plan. After listening to a recording of the meeting it emerged that, under questioning from members of the Commission, IDFG proposes to leave the maximum number of wolves open-ended and without limit.

If a Wolf Management plan is to be credible, it must identify a target population number for the state, just like other species. As a state, Idaho has agreed to maintain 150 wolves and 15 wolf packs in order to avoid and prevent relisting. It is time for the Department and the Commission to offer a specific management plan that plainly identifies firm population numbers, not vague objectives. IDFG admits to a statewide wolf population of 800-850 wolves in around 100 packs. The public will not accept these numbers as being permanent without a fight. There is no reason for Idahoans to bear the burden of being “The Wolf State” while our game herds struggle in many areas and our livestock industry suffers losses.

You have until July 26 to call your IDFG Commissioner and let him know about your feelings on a population cap or be at the Commission meeting July 26 and 27 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Meetings start at 7pm. Commissioners are: Brad Corkill 208-682-4602, Dan Blanco 208-816-0746, Blake Fisher 208867-2703, Greg Cameron 208-312-4465, Lane Clezie 208-3174867, Derick Atterbury 208-521-4500, and Jerry Meyers 208303-0559.

Paid for by Jim Hagedorn, Idaho Wildlife Foundation Member.
208-883-3423. jhag1 @ frontier.com

Critter News:

Idaho Humane Society braces for influx of pets over 4th of July weekend

by Abigail Taylor Thursday, June 29th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Every year during this time, the Idaho Humane Society sees an influx of lost dogs and cats coming into its shelter.

Firework celebrations are stressful for even the bravest and calmest of pets.

During last year’s Fourth of July weekend, more than 100 strays were brought into the IHS animal shelter.

Their Veterinary Medical Center also saw an inflow of animals who were injured in an effort to escape loud fireworks.

The IHS shares these tips to help keep pets safe:

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Dog’s heat stroke while hiking Boise Foothills prompts warning

by KBOI News Staff Monday, June 26th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — The city of Boise is warning pet owners to use caution while hiking area trails after a dog reportedly had a heat stroke while hiking the foothills with its owner over the weekend.

City officials posted a reminder on Facebook for pet owners to “be very careful with their pets as summer temperatures begin to rise.”

They say it is important to bring water not only for yourself, but also your dogs.

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Pet talk – Fear and anxiety in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 6/30/2017 IME

Separation anxiety and noise phobias are prevalent fear-related disorders in dogs. Dogs with separation anxiety experience distress when left alone or when separated from a favorite person. Dogs with noise phobia experience fear in response to certain noises, especially loud percussive sounds such as thunder, lightning, firecrackers, fireworks and gunshots. Every summer during our thunderstorm season, every Fourth of July and every New Year’s Eve, veterinarians are constantly being asked for sedatives for their noise-phobic dogs.

Dogs with noise phobias become restless. They may pace, vocalize, jump against windows or doors, chew, dig, tremble, salivate, pant, eliminate inappropriately and constantly seek to hide under beds or in closets or seek to be close to their owner. Some dogs will become so frantic that they will be destructive to the home. Some dogs, if outdoors, will run away to hide for hours and even days. With thunderstorm phobia, it is common for a dog to act fearful before people are even aware a storm is approaching.

Treatment for noise phobias are many. Some people just ignore their pet’s phobia. One should always reassure the pet that all is OK and always avoid punishment for its behavior. Establish a safe, dark place where sounds are muffled. Anti-anxiety drugs such as Acepromazine and Dexdomitor are available by prescription from your veterinarian. Non-pharmaceutical anti-anxiety products may also be tried.

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US pets getting fatter, 1 in 3 are overweight, report says

Cats, dogs have gained weight in past 10 years

Clint Davis Jun 27, 2017 KIVI TV

American pets are packing extra pounds these days, to the detriment of their health.

According to Banfield Pet Hospital’s annual State of Pet Health report, about one in three of all dogs and cats they treated in 2016 were overweight.

Banfield treated about 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats last year, according to its website, meaning approximately 1 million of those animals were overweight.

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Feds release long-awaited recovery plan for Mexican wolves

By Susan Montoya Bryan – 6/29/17 AP

Albuquerque, N.M. — After repeated failures over decades, U.S. wildlife officials have finally drafted a recovery plan for endangered wolves that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court order to complete the plan for the Mexican gray wolf by the end of November.

The draft document released Thursday calls for focusing recovery of the wolves in core areas of the predators’ historic range. That means south of Interstate 40 in the two states and in Mexico. The document also addresses threats, such as genetic diversity.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Fourth Week of June 2017
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Wolf News from Pinedale Online

6/15/17: Montana wolf population strong
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Wolf numbers in Montana remained healthy in 2016 and more than three times the federally-mandated minimums. During the 2016/2017 wolf hunting and trapping season, 246 wolves were harvested – 163 by hunters and 83 by trappers. This is the highest harvest to date, but only 16 wolves higher than the 2013/2014 season. 2016 also saw 57 confirmed wolf livestock depredations – 52 cattle, five sheep. This is down from 64 in 2016. The recovery of the wolf in the northern Rockies remains one of the fastest endangered species comebacks on record and a real success story. Montana’s wolf population remains healthy, well distributed and genetically connected. The delisting of wolves in 2011 allows Montana to manage wolves as it does any other game species, which is guided by state management plans, administrative rules and laws. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

6/15/17: Wielgus to sue WSU
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Washington State University researcher Rob Wielgus reportedly plans to sue WSU over violations of his free speech regarding the Profanity Peak wolf pack’s repeated livestock depredations. Wielgus told K5 news that he plans to sue for six years of salary and then leave his WSU teaching position. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter last week of June 2017

Let rich tourists hunt wolves by helicopter to solve Siberia’s wolf epidemic

Parasites, infections, wolves taking toll on Minnesota moose

Mexican Wolf Draft Revised Recovery Plan Released for Public Comment
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2 grizzlies euthanized after livestock attack

6/27/17 AP

Stanford, Mont. — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized two grizzly bears for preying on livestock in Montana.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/2sdGGq6 ) the two subadult males, who were siblings, were killed Monday.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks say the bears were the farthest east of the Rocky Mountain Front than any grizzly bear has been seen in more than a century.

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Groups challenge US plan to lift grizzly bear protections

By Keith Ridler – 6/30/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — At least three different legal challenges launched Friday against the U.S. government’s decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area that have been in place for more than 40 years.

Some of the groups involved are the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Center for Biological Diversity, The Humane Society and WildEarth Guardians. They sent 60-day notices of their intent to sue to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Bear breaks through window into Alaska boy’s bedroom

Associated Press Jul 1, 2017

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) — A huge crash jolted 11-year-old Zach Landis awake in his Anchorage home, but it soon became clear it wasn’t a human intruder or his sisters playing a trick on him.

A black bear had broken through the garden-level window of Zach’s tiny bedroom and was whimpering like a scared dog in the room.

Zach screamed, and the man-sized animal bolted out the window and disappeared, the boy recalled Friday about the Monday night encounter at his home on a large, thickly wooded lot.

The boy scrambled over the shattered glass and ran upstairs to tell his parents.

“Mom, Dad, there’s a bear in my room,” he blurted. His mother, Alisa Landis, told him he just had a bad dream and that he could sleep with her and his father. No, no, no, it was a bear, Zach insisted, adding the animal had climbed out the window.

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Study: Wyoming deer avoid oil and gas wells

6/26/17 AP

Casper, Wyo. — Mule deer in southwest Wyoming have not adapted to oil and gas wells on their winter range, according to a 17-year study that also documented a 36 percent decline in deer populations exposed to energy development.

“The study shows the trade-offs of energy development in critical wildlife habitat,” said researcher Hall Sawyer, who has studied deer in southwest Wyoming since the 1990s.

The study looked at the Pinedale Anticline in Sublette County, where mule deer spend the winter and where one of the largest gas fields in the country encroaches on their winter range.

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7 western states report heavy winter losses of deer, elk

By The Associated Press – 7/2/17

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Across the U.S. West, wildlife managers are reporting above-normal losses of deer, elk and other wildlife following one of the coldest and snowiest winters in decades. Here’s a look at what they found:


Idaho saw its third worst winter for mule deer fawn survival in the past 18 years, according to Roger Phillips, Idaho Fish and Game Department spokesman.

Of the 10 areas where mule deer are monitored, the lowest fawn survival rate was 3 percent, and the highest was 60 percent.

Mule deer numbers across the state are still healthy enough to withstand the loss as long as next winter is milder.

Concern for wildlife prompted Idaho to initiate supplemental feeding over the winter on a scale that hadn’t been done in about 20 years. It’s believed that white tail deer, bighorn sheep and elk came through the winter with normal losses.

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US rep wants Idaho sheep station open despite Trump’s budget

6/28/17 AP

Dubois, Idaho — U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson will try to keep open an Idaho sheep experiment station despite President Donald Trump’s proposed budget calling for its elimination.

The Post-Register reported (http://bit.ly/2t1BClE ) Tuesday that Clark County economic development officials worry closure of the station could have a major negative impact on the economy.

The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station employs 14 full-time researchers. It’s one of the most significant employers in the county that about 860 people live in.

The station’s annual budget stands at about $2.1 million for 2017, but Trump’s budget would send that figure to zero and lay off all 14 researchers. It would cancel a $1.7 million project aimed at increasing the efficiency of sheep production on rangeland, as well as a $711,000 project examining technologies for rangeland management.

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Eagle Fire Department saves mother and baby osprey

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, June 28th 2017

Eagle, Idaho (KBOI) — A mother osprey and her baby are taking a breath of fresh air after being saved by the Eagle Fire Department.

The birds had been caught up in a piece of plastic tarp that the mother was using to build her nest. Luckily, firefighters Andy Varin, Josh Bradshaw and Brent Thompson came along and got the ospreys untangled safely.

The Eagle Fire Department says the mother bird flew away, but the baby was taken to the World Center for Birds of Prey to be checked out and nursed to health.


Fish & Game News:

Sessions to teach F&G hunter, bowhunter education classes

The Star-News June 29, 2017

Classes to obtain Idaho Department of Fish and Game certification for either gun hunters or bow hunters will be offered in Cascade on July 25-27.

The sessions will be held in the Emergency Operations Center building, located at 108 W. Spring across from the Valley County Courthouse.

The course will provide instruction in weapon handling and safety, laws and ethics, responsibilities towards landowners, skills and methods, game care and survival skills.

Certification cards will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the course, which includes attending all class sessions, passing field exercises and a written test.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, must complete a hunter education course in order to purchase a hunting license.

To buy an archery permit, all bowhunters must possess a valid hunting license and show proof they have completed an approved bowhunter education course.

The bowhunting course is recommended for students ages 9-14 or anyone new to bowhunting. A parent must check in students under age 18.

Cost is $9.75. Register online at register-ed.com/programs/idaho. For questions, contact Marcie Orem at (208) 608-8460 marcie_orem @ yahoo.com

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Moose caught in traffic in Aspen

by Gary Detman Thursday, June 15th 2017

A moose ran through the streets of Aspen, Colorado. Video Courtesy: Aspen Police – Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Aspen, Colo. (CBS12) — A moose merged with traffic in Aspen, a popular resort town in the mountains of Colorado.

And it’s run through the city streets is caught on camera.

Aspen Police want to remind folks that moose are not friendly. Move away from them and give them room, especially if you have a dog.

“Be sure and give them lots of room if you see one, and if you happen to have your dog along, really make tracks away because the only thing that makes a moose grumpier than a tourist with a camera is a tourist, with a camera, with a dog,” wrote the department on its Facebook page.

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Tips & Advice:

Lightning Safety

If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you, and on average, lightning kills 49 people in the U.S. every year. What should you do if a thunderstorm is near?

* Move inside a shelter: a substantial building with plumbing and electricity, or a metal-topped vehicle with the windows up.

* Stay in shelter for 30 minutes past the last thunder heard.

* If inside a building, stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

If you’re caught outside with no safe shelter nearby take the following actions to reduce your risk:

* Get off any elevated area such as a hill or mountaintop

* NEVER shelter under an isolated tree, or lie flat on the ground.

* Get out of and away from bodies of water.

* Avoid being near objects that conduct electricity, such as barbed wire fences, power lines, or windmills.

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