Aug 13, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 13, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Smoke in Yellow Pine

The smoke we endured this last week mostly came from fires in BC, Canada, fires in surrounding states and fires in the Idaho Wilderness. The Missouri Fire has been quiet. This weekend the weather changed and by Sunday we had good air quality.

McCall AQI site:
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Yellow Pine Blowdown Update

It appears the logging crew took a break during the festival, we did not see them after Aug 1st. Logs decked by School Street are still there this weekend. (Porta potties are still here too.)
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H-Fest Thank Yous

Thank you Steven Toomey, Brandon Kilborn and their friend Zack for doing the “heavy lifting” during fest, keeping trash cans empty and road barricades upright.
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Firewood – ** Correction **

The firewood at the shooting range is NOT free. You must have a valid permit and tag the wood. Firewood permits are available at The Corner, please bring cash and a driver’s license.
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Yellow Pine Gravel Pit:

Valley County Quarry Development

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Valley County Quarry Development (Valley County Quarry) Project on lands managed by the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.

Project Description

Valley County has submitted applications to the Boise National Forest (NF) to obtain the necessary approval for the portion of the project on federally administered lands. The Boise NF is proposing to issue a special use permit to authorize Valley County to use National Forest System lands for the purpose of developing and operating a quarry.

The development of an additional aggregate source is needed to economically support the road maintenance activities on the Stibnite/East Fork South Fork Salmon River (EFSFSR) Road, Johnson Creek Road and other local backcountry roads as determined necessary by the proponent (Valley County). These road surface improvements would reduce sediment delivery to adjacent waterways, provide improved road surface protection, and enhance public safety.

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage:

How to Comment

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

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

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

Written comments may be submitted to: Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83638 Attention: Terre Pearson-Ramirez, or by fax at 208-382-7480. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the Public Comment Reading Room on the project webpage and will be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by September 8, 2017.

For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, NEPA Planner, by email at or by phone at 208-382-7457

Scoping Letter (PDF):
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VYPA News:

Yellow Pine Village Council Meeting Agenda

2:00 Community Hall 08/12/2017
Type of Meeting: Monthly Meeting
Meeting Facilitator: Deb Filler, Village Chairperson
Invitees: All Y.P. property owners, renters, & YPFD residents, public

I. Call to order
II. Approval of minutes from last meeting: Lorrine Munn, Secretary
III. Standing Committee Reports:
IV. Treasurer: Joel Fields
V. Community Hall: Kathy Hall
VI. Cemetery: Willie Sullivan
VII. Membership:
VIII. Harmonica Festival: Deb Filler
IX. Joel Fields, Midas Gold, Museum- Bill McIntosh, Fire/Sheriff- Jeff Forster
X. Ad Hoc Committee Reports
XI. Snow removal
XII. Composting toilet construction: Willie Sullivan
I. Old Business
II. New Business
III. Appointment of committee chairpersons (per By-Laws)
IV. By Law changes proposals/action
V. Adjourn
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YPFD News:

Next meeting will be on the 26th of August, 2:00 at the Comm Hall. Discussing the 2018-19 Budget.

Training is on Sundays starting at 11am at the YP Fire Station and open to the community of Yellow Pine. Check with Jeff F. or Ann F. to confirm trainings.

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District July Commissioner Meeting

July 29, 2017

In Attendance:
Jeff Forster (Interim Fire Chief)
Cecil Dallman (Zone 1 Commissioner)
Dan Stiff (Zone 2 Commissioner)
Tom Rickter (Zone 3 Commissioner)

Meeting came to Order at 1409

Read minutes from last meeting

(The reading of the minutes were for the Residence in Yellow Pine that attended, the commissioners had approved the minutes, via e-mail prior to the meeting)

Old Business

Portable Pump Stations From May Meeting
We reviewed the status and operation of all portable pumps and hoses.
* A complete list of hoses, couplings, and foot valves was compiled and item put on order.

Discussion about purchasing Progressive line Back Packs, (Dan / Jeff Order)

Tank … Suggestion for a training day…Tank by Jack Walkers
* The old tank on Stibnite Road near Jack’s place needs to be flushed.

Willie: Cement Pads for the Tanks in town 3…One at Dave’s, one at Buck Cox’s.
* Willie Sullivan suggested we look into cement pads for foundations for our tanks.

Fire Extinguishers
* Discuss Distribution process
* Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Detectors will be distributed by Dan
* Saturday 15 August we will distribute them at the Village Association meeting at the Rec Hall. After that, just call Dan and he will arrange to meet you at the fire station.

Fire Rescue Vehicle (Chevy)
* Status
* Commissioners and the Interim Fire Chief have decided to sell the Chevy and purchase a newer asset.

New Business

Budget Review
* $75,312.00
* Budget Meeting August 26th, 2 PM at Community Hall
Tentative meeting set for Budget spending with Commissioners Thursday, 11 August, 2017

Storage discussion
We discussed adding a new bay to the Fire Station.

What do we use the empty bay / make decision on purchasing another tanker as primary

Made decision to sell the Army Truck

Discuss meeting with Midas (Extraction Equipment)
* We have proposed to Midas to purchase $25K worth of Heavy Extraction equipment to be housed in the YPFD station. 3 members of the department are attending Heavy Extraction with Valley County later this Fall.

Review incident from 7/27
* Communication was an issue due to Line of Sight up in Quartz Creek
* 18 of the 30+ residence of Yellow Pine responded to the Fire Department Siren
* Items that could have assisted us:
** Trail extraction Stokes with Wheel
** More training on Stokes / SKED / Vacuum Mattress transport
* Dress.
** Too many of us showed up in shorts and non-hiking boots. Standard response dress discussed and agreed upon.

Discussion about November Elections

Next Meeting

Discussion about Town Water to fill Fire Truck
Possibility that soon, the town will be replacing pipe around town.
Best option would be to have a parallel system fire / Potable Water System ($$).

Communication about the Fire Department Siren and 911 Message to Community.

Business Cards for Fire Department Commissioners

Do we have the ability to Bond? Ask Doug Miller (Valley County Clerk)

Looking into Purchasing a Portable Repeater. Jeff

Talk to Donna Valdez about donation of some material for LZ (Dan)
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Welch Memorial Golf Tourney 2017

Saturday September 2 at 1pm – Yellow Pine Country Club
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September 13-14 Scheduled Power Outage

A message that Idaho Power needs to replace power poles.
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Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 7) overnight low of 46 degrees, appears to be a few clouds above the smoke this morning, McCall shows RED air quality. Some campers still on the golf course, light traffic and dusty. One hummingbird, a finch and a pine-siskin. Pine squirrels chasing each other and several chipmunks running around, spotted one colombian ground squirrel. Sounded like there were a couple of grosbeaks calling from the trees to the east before lunch. Light breezes and smoky at noon. A few campers leaving. Calm, cloudy, a bit muggy, dusty and smoky afternoon, high of 88 degrees. Most of the campers were gone by evening. At 930pm it was 66 degrees and calm, appears to be partly/mostly cloudy.

Tuesday (Aug 8) overnight low of 50 degrees, appears to be clear above the smoke this morning. McCall shows Orange air quality. Flock of pine-siskins chirping from the power-line this morning. By lunch time the McCall air monitor had improved to Yellow, and the smoke seems to be thinner here too. Hot hazy afternoon (dust and smoke) a few clouds, light breezes, yellow air quality, high of 91 degrees. Almost clear at dark and thicker haze of smoke. Very orange moon rose over Golden Gate.

Wednesday (Aug 9) overnight low of 48 degrees, appears to be clear above moderate smoke this morning. McCall AQI shows orange air quality. Quiet, very few birds. Juvenile jay and several chipmunks. A few afternoon clouds, light breezes and Orange air quality, high of 90 degrees. Clear, calm and smoky evening. Increasing smoke after midnight (very orange moon.)

Thursday (Aug 10) overnight low of 47 degrees, appears to be clear above thick smoke this morning, McCall AQI shows Red. Did not see or hear many birds, a few pine-siskins, a mourning dove and a jay. Pine squirrels chittering, chipmunks jerking about. Appears to be clear sky after lunch, hard to tell as the sky looks flat and gray from the smoke. McCall AQI still in the red. Not as hot today, calm this afternoon and smoky, high of 89 degrees. Early evening light breezes, McCall AQI in the Orange. A couple of young hummingbirds visited the feeder. Calm after dark, thicker smoke. McCall AQI Red at midnight.

Friday (Aug 11) overnight low of 47 degrees, appeared to be a few clouds above thick smoke, the sun is a fuzzy orange disk this morning, McCall AQI shows Red. Could hear a few pine-siskins, a robin and a jay calling, a couple of young hummers buzzing the feeders. It was so quiet for a bit that we could hear the river. Dust rising from the back Stibnite road, even tho we had a little dew early. Mostly cloudy after lunch time (hard to see the clouds thru the smoke.) 1pm McCall AQI Orange (barely below red), high of 85 degrees Thunderstorm came thru with a little rain before 4pm. Strike map shows hits near Parks Creek and Rainbow Ridge. The rain cooled it off, but didn’t do much about the smoke. Still hazy with smoke this evening.

Saturday (Aug 12) overnight low of 43 degrees, clear sky above a haze of smoke, McCall AQI Yellow. Still a bit damp from yesterday’s shower. Pine-siskins calling from the trees, pine squirrel scolding and chipmunks running around. A report that the EFSF Road has been graded (and perhaps dust abatement will be applied soon.) Smoky haze sticking with us all day. Some afternoon clouds building to the south (hard to see thru the haze) and Yellow Air quality. A couple of young hummingbirds and a few pine-siskins at the feeder early afternoon. Late afternoon and early evening: mostly cloudy, pretty warm, a bit muggy and just a thin haze of smoke (McCall AQI in the green!), high of 89 degrees. Nighthawk calling at dusk, single swallow flying over the neighborhood, clarks nutcracker flying near the school, “Baby” Jay on the edge of the golf course (has learned to feed itself and no longer begging.) Very light sprinkles of rain after 10pm (with lightning) until around midnight.

Sunday (Aug 12) Overnight low (from yesterday morning) 48 degrees, trace of rain in the gauge, mostly cloudy and much better air quality (can see the sky.) A few pine-siskins at the feeder, clarks nutcrackers calling from the trees and one young hummingbird, no sign of the colombian ground squirrels. Hear a helicopter flying around the area just after 11am. Sprinkled a little rain for about an hour around lunch time. Cooler and good air, broken clouds by 130pm. Cooler, cloudy and quiet afternoon, high of 77 degrees.

Eclipse News:

Here’s the exact time the eclipse will be over your city

KTVB August 08, 2017

Parts of Idaho and eastern Oregon will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Even if you aren’t in the path of totality, you will still get a show to remember.

If you would like to know exactly when the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse will happen in your neighborhood, NASA has created a fantastic interactive map that lets you zoom into your community and find out – down to a tenth of a second – when the eclipse will begin, when you’ll see totality (the moment the moon moves completely in front of the sun), and when the eclipse will end.

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UTC Time to MTD time converter
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Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon

They could be legit, but it’s hard to know for sure

by Loren Grush Jul 26, 2017

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will pass through the continental United States — traveling from the coasts of Oregon to South Carolina. It’s going to be an incredible sight, but the only way to watch it safely is to view the partially eclipsed Sun with special solar filter glasses that block out the majority of the Sun’s light. Only certain solar filter glasses sold online have been properly certified.

A quick search of solar filter glasses on Amazon will pull up hundreds of companies selling products for safely viewing the eclipse. Many of the glasses are sponsored or recommended by Amazon, and claim to have been certified for safely viewing the Sun. However, some of the vendors being featured on Amazon’s website are allegedly selling counterfeit products, and it’s hard to tell which ones are legitimate.

“Some of the places they’re selling from are reputable manufacturers who we recognize and have had their glasses certified — and others are suspect,” says Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), a DC-based nonprofit that’s been working with NASA on verifying certified solar filter glasses. “We do have some confirmed reports of glasses being sold on Amazon by various vendors that are not genuine and that are not made from well-known manufacturers with documented proof of their identification.”

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Amazon recalls some solar eclipse glasses week before event

Sara Roth, KGW August 12, 2017

On Saturday, the photography staff at KTVB’s sister station in Portland – KGW – received an email from Amazon, explaining the solar filters the station purchased for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse were not confirmed safe for viewing.

At least one KTVB viewer has received a similar notification about a recall from Amazon, which also affects eclipse glasses.

… An Amazon spokesperson said Amazon is responding “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards. We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on and eclipse glasses sold on are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard,” the company said in a statement.

Amazon said customers who did not receive an email purchased glasses that were safe to use. The company did not reveal how many glasses were recalled or how much money was refunded.

The company said some counterfeiters are even ripping off legitimate brands so even if a customer purchased a verified product, it could be counterfeit.

Anyone who is concerned about their eclipse glasses but did not receive an email about the recall can reach out to Amazon customer service for a refund.

full story:
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Vets say prepare pets for eclipse

by Reed Andrews, KATU News Friday, August 11th 2017

Your solar eclipse glasses won’t fit your dog — veterinarians say to put away any tape or string, the glasses aren’t needed for pets.

“Those commercial eye care products for dogs aren’t necessarily going to be protective for these eclipse viewing,” said Sarah Tauber, a veterinarian for Dove Lewis. “Animals won’t directly look into the sun like we’re all told not to do.”

Tauber says for pet owners in the path of totality, where large crowds are expected, the ensuing traffic and loud noises could cause problems for pets.

“Mostly, keep them inside. A lot of people have indoor, outdoor pets, and I think the safest thing to do with a lot of the changes that are going to be happening during the weekend is just to keep them inside,” Tauber said.

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ITD: make sure vehicle is in good working order before traveling for eclipse

Stephanie Hale-Lopez Aug 8, 2017 KIVI TV

The total solar eclipse will increase the total number of vehicles on the road. With thousands expected to travel on Idaho roadways, experts have a message for drivers.

“It’s important to do a pre-trip check, where you check the tires — make sure there’s plenty of air pressure — make sure there’s no leaks and that fluids are topped off,” said Jared Scofield, owner of Garry’s Automotive in Boise. “Things that are the most basic are often the most overlooked.”

Making sure your vehicle’s battery, tires, headlights and brakes are in good working order could save you in the event of delays or an emergency.

The hot temperatures expected on the day of the eclipse could cause havoc on your vehicle, affecting your engine or even your air conditioning.

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Lunartic Friends Music Festival to rock eclipse weekend

The Star-News August 10, 2017

Enough music to make the sun get tired and go to sleep will be featured during Lunartic Friends Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20, in Cascade.

The festival will be held at the Cascade Sports Park on the south side of Cascade and will feature camping for those staying over for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

Bands scheduled to perform on Saturday, Aug. 19, include Brief ‘N’ Breezy, the Smooth Avenue Band, Straight Shooter and the Bret Welty Band.

Sunday’s scheduled bands include Destination Dead, the Uke-A-Ladies, The Guess When and The Retreads.

Tickets cost $20 for a one-day pass or $40 for a three-day pass with additional fees for camping and parking.

Go to for details.

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Eclipse Projects: Pinhole Projector and Eclipse Glasses Decorating

Posted on August 10, 2017 Boise County Connection

Paper Pinhole Projector – Idaho

Supplied by NASA

Copy of the Idaho map

Carefully cut out the circle and star shapes to create your pinholes.

With your back to the sun, hold your 2D printed pinhole projector 2-3 feet above the ground.

continued, scroll down for printable template and more info:
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U.S. Forest Service prepares for the solar eclipse

Boise, Idaho, August, 9, 2017

The Boise and Sawtooth National Forests are preparing for the solar eclipse. With the projected increase of visitors, there are special considerations requiring additional attention from all Forest users during this time, please visit:

Some areas within the path of totality are closed. Below are some of the specific closure areas. Recreationists are highly encouraged to “know before you go” by visiting the Boise National Forest alerts and notices page where all current closures are posted:

* Bear Valley Creek areas will be closed for the protection of threatened and endangered species and for public health and safety. This area north of Lowman, Idaho, hosts adult salmon completing their spawning migration (almost 900 miles). This area is very sensitive and we ask our visitors to help us protect this valuable resource.

* National Forest Systems (NFS) Road 555 (Scott Mountain Road) will be designated one-way traffic at different times of the day for public safety Aug. 18-21, 2017. Northbound traffic is open from 6 a.m. -1 p.m. Southbound traffic is open from 1—7 p.m. Two-way traffic is open to 7 p.m.—6 a.m.

* Snowbank Mountain area has limited occupancy capacity and will be monitored. Once capacity has been reached, NFS Road 446 gate will be closed to further incoming traffic for public health and safety. If you plan on viewing the eclipse from this delicate area, please help protect it by adhering to the posted motor vehicle boundaries (300 feet from designated roads).

* Salvage logging and Forest road repair work has begun in areas burned by the 2016 Pioneer Fire. Forest visitors traveling on State Highways 55, State Highway 21, Boise County Road 17 (Banks Lowman Highway) and adjacent NFS roads within the Lowman and Idaho City Ranger Districts should drive with caution as there is an increase of logging truck activity. Safety is always important, especially while traveling in burned areas as there is a higher degree of hazards. Many immediate threat hazard trees have been removed along priority roads and travel routes however, fire weakened trees have potential to fall; obstructing roadways and camp sites. Forest recreationists are encouraged to critically evaluate parking areas and camping locations.

* Be bear aware. During dry summer months, bear’s natural food may be scarce, attracting them to improperly stored food sources. For additional safety information, please visit:

Idaho News:

Pioneer Picnic in Roseberry Aug. 20 seeks old photos, family stories

The Star-News August 10, 2017

Old photos and family stories from the early days of Long Valley are being sought for this year’s Long Valley Pioneer Picnic to be held at Historic Roseberry on Sunday, Aug. 20

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. at The Barn at Roseberry with registration and conversation. Those attending should bring a dish to share and their own table service.

The afternoon will feature a presentation from the Yensen family. Live music will be provided by Mountain Fever, also known as Jon and Bonnie Glick.

Those attending are invited to help update the museum’s photo archives by bringing their old family photos to be scanned or donated.

Picnic attendees are also invited to bring copies of written family stories from the early days of Long Valley to add to the museum’s family history archives.

For questions, write to Lucy Chronic at

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Woman, child killed after airborne car crashes into tree

KTVB August 10, 2017

Donnelly, Idaho — A woman and a child are dead after a crash Wednesday night.

Idaho State Police say Devin Hawkins, 36, of McCall was driving northbound on Mountain Road near Little Lane, west of Donnelly, in a 2002 Porsche with two passengers.

Hawkins was driving at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve. He tried to overcorrect his car but ended up driving off the road and hit a culvert.

The impact from hitting the culvert caused Hawkins’ car to go airborne then hit a tree. His two passengers died at the scene, Kerri Hawkins, 37, of McCall, and a child in the car.

Devin Hawkins was brought to St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center. Everyone in the car was wearing seatbelts.

The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police with assistance from the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

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Driver in June 26 wreck near McCall charged with manslaughter

By Tom Grote for The Star-News August 10, 2017

A Donnelly woman has been with charged with vehicular manslaughter in a June 26 accident near McCall that killed an Arizona woman.

Charges were filed against Jan Gallad, 49, of Donnelly, last week by the Valley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The charge is a misdemeanor punishable to up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Gallad is scheduled to appear for a hearing on Sept. 19 in Valley County Magistrate Court in Cascade.

The criminal complaint against Gallad said she moved out of her lane “in an unsafe manner” on Idaho 55 south of Lake Fork, colliding head-on with a car driven by Adele Valois, 73, of Tucson, Ariz.

The car driven by Valois left the road and came to rest upside down in a ditch, 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, where she died, the Ada County Coroner’s Office said.

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Sheriff investigates death of man in Payette Lake

By Tom Grote for The Star-News August 10, 2017

The death of a man in Payette Lake on July 29 is being investigated by the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency responders were called to a “suspicious circumstance” at 910 Yew Wood St. at 1:21 a.m. on July 29, Lt. Jason Speer said.

A man identified as Carmello Tinnerello Jr, 61, Boise, was found floating unresponsive in the lake, Speer said.

The man was pulled from the water by a woman staying at the same house as Tinnerello, he said. Rescuers tried to revive Tinnerello but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case was turned over to the sheriff’s office and Valley County Coroner Scott Carver, who ordered an autopsy. The initial results of the autopsy were “inconclusive,” Carver said.

A final determination will depend on the results of blood tests on levels of drugs and alcohol present at the time of Tinnerello’s death, Carver and Speer said.

No other details of the incident will be disclosed while the investigation continues, Speer said.

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Boise man dies in rafting accident

KTVB August 12, 2017

A Boise man has died in a boating accident on the Payette River.

Sgt. David Anthony of the Boise Co. Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that William Navarro and his girlfriend, Heidi Landa, were floating down the river in a catamaran-style raft shortly before 9 p.m. Friday night near Chief Parrish, between Horseshoe Bend and Banks.

When they hit the rapids, Anthony said, Navarro fell out of the raft.

Navarro and Landa were both wearing life jackets. However, Navarro took his life jacket off after having difficulties in trying to get back onto the raft, Anthony said.

Landa tried to help Navarro, but he went under after they came up on another set of rapids.

The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department’s water rescue team found Navarro near Beehive Bend. He was unconscious and not breathing.

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Mosquitoes in Elmore County test positive for West Nile Virus

by KBOI News Staff Friday, August 11th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Elmore County becomes the twelfth Idaho county to report mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus as of Friday.

The Central District Health Department says multiple mosquito pools were located this week.

The pools are in the areas of Canyon Creek Street, Hamilton Road, and East 6th Street/South 18th East Street in Mountain Home, Three Island Crossing Park in Glenns Ferry and King Hill outside Glenns Ferry.

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Old scam with new twist surfaces in Magic Valley

KTVB August 12, 2017

The Twin Falls Police Department has recently received reports of a scam in which a caller threatens arrest in an attempt to take people’s money.

People have reported receiving a call, or a voicemail message, from a man claiming to be a local law enforcement officer, specifically a detective, deputy, or someone with the warrant or records division. Often, the name that is given is an actual officer’s name, which can be found by doing an internet search.

The caller says the potential victim has an arrest warrant for missing a court date. Past schemes have threatened arrest for failure to pay a traffic ticket or other violations, such as missing jury duty.

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Kawasaki Recalls All-Terrain Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

Suzanne Nuyen, TEGNA August 12, 2017

Kawasaki is recalling about 15,000 of their all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) due to a fire hazard.

The company received 18 reports of fuel leakage from the fuel tap. Although no injuries have been reported, the leakage poses a fire hazard.

The recall involves 2013-2017 KFX50 models and 2012-2017 KFX90 models.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Kawasaki for a free repair. Kawasaki can be reached toll-free at 866-802-9381 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. More information on recalls can be found on their website.

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Farming in the heat: How temperatures are influencing Idaho’s crops

by Nate Larsen Tuesday, August 8th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Hot temperatures are influencing Idaho’s crops.

The long list of hot summer days has made it hard for sensitive crops to fully mature in some cases.

Most farmers have had a hard time keeping crops wet with the above average temperatures.

So far this summer, we’ve had 11 days of 100 degree temperatures and a run of 39 days with high temperatures in the 90’s.

Farmers are lucky this year having ample water to keep up with the demand.


Fire Season:

Hanover Fire near Riggins continues to grow

KTVB August 09, 2017

Riggins, Idaho – The Hanover Fire northeast of Riggins has burned almost 6,500 acres – more than 10 square miles.

The fire started after a lightning strike on August 1st.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8 o’clock Mountain Time in the gym at Salmon River High School in Riggins.

The Salmon River Road is open and the Salmon River is open to all activities. But the fire has been moving slowly down slope toward the river, and firefighter equipment and activity has increased on the Salmon River Road east of Riggins.

Also, helicopters may start dipping from the river, so rafters and other recreationists are advised to watch out for that.


Photo By Jonathan Moor Posted on: 08/09/17

InciWeb link:
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Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Central Idaho

August 8, 2017 Payette NF

McCall, Idaho – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette Dispatch Area beginning at 00:01 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 and will remain in effect until October 1, 2017 unless rescinded earlier by the jurisdictional agencies. These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the risk of any human caused wildfires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be in effect within the Payette Fire Restriction Area. This area includes the Payette National Forest (excluding the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness), Idaho State Lands, Boise and Cottonwood BLM Field Offices and private lands in central Idaho. For a detailed map of the Payette Fire Restriction Area see below and visit:

Fire, fuels and weather conditions as they relate to fire restrictions will continue to be monitored – based on these conditions, restrictions can be rescinded or additional restrictions issued if conditions warrant. The land management agencies would like to thank the public for their attention to fires in Idaho so far this season and ask for their help in preventing any future unwanted fire with drying fuels and hotter temperatures expected to continue into this fall.

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state, private and federal lands:

* Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within a permanent land owner-provided structure. (See liquid petroleum fueled stove exemption below).

* Smoking, outside an enclosed vehicle or building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

* Persons with a written special use authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.

* Persons using a stove or grill that is fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.

* Persons using a stove fire (a fire built inside a fully enclosed metal stove, grill, or sheep herder type stove that is outfitted with a chimney that is at least five (5) feet in length that is equipped with a spark arrester consisting of a mesh screen with screen opening of 1/4 inch or less).

* Persons using metal fire pans (sides must be 3 inches high with a metal grate on top) within ¼ mile of the Main Salmon River. Pack-out of ashes is required.

* Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

* All land within a city boundary is exempt.

With the volume of wildfires burning throughout central Idaho, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors. Idahoans are also reminded that the use of fireworks are prohibited on forest and range lands in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20).

Please visit for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.

Payette National Forest Designated areas: campfires are allowed in permanent Forest Service provided fire structures in the following areas on the Payette National Forest – please see attached map.

Krassel RD: McCall RD: Council RD:
Big Creek Campground Kennally Creek Campground Cabin Creek Campground
Ponderosa Campground Paddy Flat Campground Big Flat Campground
Buckhorn Bar Campground, all loops Upper Payette Lake Campground Evergreen Campground
Lafferty Campground
Secesh Campground Burgdorf Campground Hornet Picnic Area
Camp Creek Campground Chinook Campground Huckleberry Campground
Four Mile Campground Lake Fork Campground Sheep Rock Recreation Site
Poverty Campground Ruby Meadow Campsite (3 sites)
Old East Fork Road Campsites
Deadman Campsites Pete Creek/Three Mile Trailhead (9 sites) Weiser RD:
Split Creek/Cow Creek Campsites Buck Park Cabin
Indian Point Campsites Jeanette Campground Brownlee Campground
Lick Creek Trailhead Lake Fork Cabin Justrite Campground
Reed Ranch Campsites Paddy Flat Cabin Kiwanis Campground
California Lake Paradise Campground
Spring Creek Campground
 New Meadows RD:
Goose Lake Campsites (3 sites)
Granite Lake Campsite
Yantis Ditch (2 sites)
Smokey Boulder Road Campsites (13 sites)
Hazard Lakes Campground
Grouse Campground
Last Chance Campground
Cold Springs Campground
Hard Creek Horse Camp

Lost Valley Reservoir (7 sites)

Lower Lost Valley (7 sites)

Campfires are prohibited in all other locations on the Payette National Forest except as otherwise noted above.


(click map for larger size, then click again to zoom in.)

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0784
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be implemented in Treasure Valley and West Central Mountains

August 7, 2017 Boise NF

Boise, Idaho – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing throughout southwest Idaho, local wildland fire management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective August 11, 2017 beginning at 12:01 a.m. They will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 restrictions prohibit fires, campfires, or camp stoves in areas other than designated recreation sites with approved fire structures. Stage 1 also prohibits smoking in open areas except when stopped in sites that are free of flammable materials with a radius of at least 3 feet of barren soil or in developed recreation sites.

The identified areas going into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions include private and public lands protected by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within:

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington counties

* Within Washington County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir

* Within Valley County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade

* Within Elmore and Boise counties, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones, visit: Idaho Fire Information

Treasure Valley Fire Restrictions Zone – All of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington counties. Portions of Boise County including the administrative boundary of Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir and that portion of Elmore County that lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, south along Anderson Dam Road (FS Rd 134) to Highway 20, east on Highway 20 to the Elmore/Gooding County line south to Interstate 84. The Treasure Valley Restriction area is bounded by the Idaho/Oregon boundary to Oreana then follows the Bachman Grade to Triangle and continues east-northeast of the Owyhee Front to the Bruneau River. The northern boundary begins near Weiser, Idaho and follows Highway 95 to Indian Valley, then generally follows the Little Weiser River to the Payette and Boise National Forest boundary lines.

West Central Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone – Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within Elmore County, Boise County, and Valley County to include all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade. From the point where the Boise National Forest boundary intersects State Highway 20 near Dixie following the Boise National Forest boundary west and north along the ridge of the Danskin to Boise Front foothills and extending north encompassing the Idaho Department of Lands to its intersection back with the Boise National Forest boundary near Sagehen Reservoir. The far northern boundary includes all Boise National Forest lands, excluding the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All lands north of Sagehen Reservoir including Tripod Mountain and West Mountain within the North Fork Payette River drainage north to near Tamarack Resort.

With the fire season well underway, these restrictions are intended to keep visitors to public lands safe as well as preventing unwanted human-caused wildland fire. If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please visit the following link for current fire restrictions:


Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs
Boise National Forest
p: 208-373-4106
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2017 Idaho Wildfire Season Has Been Less Intense Than Last Year (So Far)

By Frankie Barnhill Boise State Public Radio Aug 10, 2017

At this time last year, a gigantic wildfire in the Boise National Forest held the record as the largest wildfire in the country.

The Pioneer Fire burned until the snow fell last October. It left almost 300 square miles of destruction in its path. The tiny town of Lowman was put on evacuation notice and a terrifying cloud full of ash and smoke hung over the wildfire – visible 60 miles away in Boise.

But according to Jennifer Smith with the National Interagency Fire Center, southwest Idaho forests are getting a bit of a break this year.

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Wildland Fire Summary Through August 2017

Please review the fuels and fire behavior advisory for Nevada, Utah, part of Idaho and Wyoming.

It is an overall busy fire season in the Great Basin, although there are relatively few large fires on National Forest Systems lands. Record grass crops in the lower elevations have supported many large, fast moving fires managed by BLM and States. Forest Service personnel are heavily supporting interagency fires in the basin and elsewhere in the west. As another long, demanding season drags on, people are starting to feel the results of cumulative fatigue. It is a great time for everyone to be aware of hazardous conditions and the potential for extreme fire behavior. Let’s look out for one another.

We are at preparedness level 4 both regionally and nationally. Preparedness levels for wildland fire range from 1-5 with 5 being the highest level. Preparedness Levels are dictated by fuel and weather conditions, fire activity, and resource availability. Our fire personnel and aviators are helping the northwest, including northern California and the Rockies, who are also experiencing high fire activity.

We continue to have moderate to heavy Initial Attack (IA) on new starts each day, most of which are contained successfully. There are four uncontained large fires showing on the daily Incident Management Situation Report, two of those with Forest Service jurisdiction ( ). There are also fires burning on National Forest Systems Land within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness including the Highline Fire on the Payette National Forest and the Tappan and Ibex Fires on the Salmon Challis National Forest. Visit our website for more information on fire activity in the region,

Smoke from dozens of fires throughout the western U.S. and Canada have been impacting the west. For the latest information on smoke in Idaho visit:

A very wet winter across the western and northern Nevada, Utah, and southern Idaho, has produced tremendous fine fuel loading and continuity in the lower elevations. Fine fuel loadings are 200-300% above average across much of the advisory area. Recent large fires in northern Nevada, southern Idaho and Utah, have displayed extreme fire behavior and high resistance to control. Very hot and dry conditions through the month of July have caused live and dead fuel moisture to rapidly decrease to critical levels mostly affecting northern Nevada and southern Idaho.

With the 7 day predictive services report calling for a mix of dry and wet thunderstorms in the Great Basin, there is potential for extreme fire conditions across much of the region. The temperatures will return to above normal as an influx of visitors is expected for the total solar eclipse on August 21st. Preparations are being made to ensure the safety and smooth operations of the public, firefighters, employees, and emergency management personnel. All Intermountain Region Forests in the path of totality will be under fire restrictions.

For more information on fire restrictions visit:

For more information on predictive service outlook please visit:

For more information on the solar eclipse please visit:

Public Lands:

Bull Trout Campground reopens

Boise, Idaho, August 11, 2017

The Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District has reopened Bull Trout Campground and the surrounding dispersed recreation areas along the NFS road 520 after being closed for almost two weeks. That’s good news for visitor’s who planned to camp and watch the solar eclipse.

District employees have contacted campers that had reservations to get them re-booked. For new reservations until Aug. 15 call the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361. Reservations after Aug. 15 will be made through

The closure was prompted when two bears began to regularly visit the area foraging for food. Idaho State Fish and Game caught one bear which was euthanized because it had lost fear of humans, destroyed private property and posed a potential threat to public safety. The second bear seems to have left the area.

“This year, bears appear more prone toward human contact. In spite of heavy precipitation experienced this past spring and winter, we’re finding that berry crops in traditional bear habitat have not fared well,” said Mike Feiger, Acting Lowman District Ranger. “Bears are seeking other food sources and in this campers and campgrounds are an easy and attractive source.”

Bears possess an extremely keen sense of smell, and can find food from great distances. Once a bear finds food near humans, it is likely to come back again and again. Bears associating food with humans often results in a dangerous situation for both the bear and for people.

Forest visitors must be vigilant about storing food, toiletry products and keeping a clean camp to avoid attracting black bears. For tips and techniques about camping in bear country visit: or
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Volunteers improve Marble Creek Trail in Frank Church wilderness

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Aug 10, 2017

Kelly O’Neill was born and raised in the desert city of El Paso, Texas, but she spent this summer in the forested Idaho wilderness improving hiking and packing trails.

ONeill is the Lead Wilderness Steward for the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness located east of McCall.

Last month, O’Neill a crew of volunteers and two SBFC Wilderness Ranger Interns worked on a section of the Marble Creek trail inside the Frank Church Wilderness that is part of the 900-mile Idaho Centennial Trail.

Marble Creek is one of ten volunteer-staffed trail projects the foundation has planned this summer, Communication & Membership Coordinator Sue Webster said.

Four projects are located in the 2.3 million acre Frank Church wilderness and six are located in the 1.3 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, Webster said.

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Wilson Flat Trail Reconstruction Project Scoping Letter Now Available

USDA Forest Service 8/9/2017

Dear Interested Party,

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the Wilson Flat Trail Reconstruction Project located on the Mountain Home Ranger District. This project is located in the House Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area (IRA) in an area assigned to the Primitive theme under the Idaho Roadless Rule (36 CFR 294). This project was presented to the Idaho Roadless Commission on May 9, 2017.

The Forest Service is proposing to reconstruct and/or realign approximately 1 mile of motorized ATV Trail 606 and re-establish the trailhead (information board and parking) located off Forest Road 120.Project map is available on the project web page at

The trail segment listed is part of the popular Wilson Flat ATV trail system located on the Mountain Home Ranger District. The trail segment is located within the perimeter of the 2013 Elk/Pony Fire. During August 2014, surges of monsoonal moisture swept through Idaho from the southwest creating severe thunderstorms and flash flooding across the Boise National Forest. Locally heavy rain and flash flooding occurred through much of the Wilson Creek watershed, resulting in damage to roadways, stream crossings, trails, and natural resources. The portion of the Wilson Flat trail system being proposed for reconstruction was damaged during this event.

This system was formally designated in 1999 using an old decommissioned road system. On September 12, 2000, a Decision Memo was signed for a new trail construction, repair/replacement to two stream crossings and routing trail maintenance and light reconstruction.

Preliminary analysis indicates that the proposed action falls within a categorical exclusion (CE). Specifically CE category 1: Construction and reconstruction of trails [36 CFR 220.6 (e)(1)]. Impacts from this action are anticipated to be minor. This is in part due to the overall small footprint associated with the reconstruction (less than one acre) and its vicinity to existing disturbances (roads and existing trails). Design features may be developed by the Forest Service to address any resource concerns identified during internal and external scoping and impacts analysis.

If approved, implementation is anticipated to start in the fall of 2017.

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. Even if you have no specific concerns, we are asking that you respond if you desire to stay on the project’s mailing list.

To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by September 7th, 2017, and make your comments as specific as possible. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the Wilson Flat Trail Reconstruction webpage:

How to Comment

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, verbal, and electronic comments concerning this project will be accepted.

Written comments must be submitted to: Mountain Home Ranger District, Attention: Stephaney Kerley, 3080 Industrial Way, Mountain Home, Idaho, 83647. The office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Verbal comments may also be provided at the Mountain Home Ranger District office during normal business hours or via telephone 1-208-587-7961.

Comments may also be submitted through the Wilson Flat Trail Reconstruction webpage: To submit comments using the web form select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

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

Stay Connected to this Project via the Web

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

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

For further information on the Wilson Flat Trail Reconstruction Project, please feel free to contact Stephaney Kerley at 1-208-587-7961.

Melissa Yenko
Forest Environmental Coordinator
Boise National Forest
Phone: 208-373-4245
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US cattle grazing plan for Idaho national monument approved

By Keith Ridler, Associated Press Friday, August 11th 2017

Boise, Idaho (AP) — Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a statement Wednesday said grazing on BLM-administered portions of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve not covered by lava flows will stay at about 99 percent of current levels.

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Yellowstone visitation up 40 percent in 9 years

Management options under study

Local News 8 – Aug 10, 2017

Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) – Two separate studies commissioned by Yellowstone National Park in 2016 show visitors enjoy the park, but they think it’s too crowded during the summer season.

The studies looked at traffic, parking, visitor demographics, values, experiences, and expectations.

Since 2008, annual visitation at Yellowstone has increased by 40 percent. The growth has challenged the park’s ability to manage visitor use to protect resources and still offer high-quality visitor experiences.

“Historic and recent trends demonstrate that visitation will increase over the long-term, therefore, it is imperative for us to plan now,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk. “Good visitor use management will allow the park to protect resources, encourage access, and improve experiences.”


Critter News:

Smoky air can affect every member of your family, including pets

Alexa Block, KREM August 07, 2017

Smoky air could truly affect every member of a family including the furry ones.

Dr. Erica Ronhovde, an associate veterinarian at VCA North Division Animal Medical Center, answered some questions about what pet owners should do when air quality is poor.

“Any warning that is out there for humans it’s exactly the same for pets. Their lung physiology is exactly the same as humans, especially for cats and dogs,” said Ronhovde. “Birds’ respiratory systems are a lot more sensitive, so they (bird owners) need to be a lot more strict about keeping the air quality inside the house good, as well as not letting birds outside if that’s what they do.”

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Pet talk – Cheat Grass, Foxtails And Grass Seeds

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Aug 11, 2017 IME

Every summer, veterinarians see multiple patients with grass seeds and awns in their eyes, ears, skin, nose and even vulva. These nasty seeds can get lodged in the nasal cavity, causing incessant sneezing. They can get stuck between the digits of the paws and penetrate the interdigital webs of the paws, causing persistent oozing sores at the site. They can then migrate from the entrance of the paws along tissue planes up the legs and cause persistent purulent draining tracts. They most commonly get embedded into the ear canals of dogs when they were running head down. They can especially be troublesome when they get caught in the recesses of the eye. This will cause your pet to squint and rub at its eye incessantly. These grass fragments can penetrate any body orifice and any skin surface, causing infections until they are properly removed.

Foxtails that penetrate the toes and skin must be removed like a sliver in our hand. It must be removed in total, or the infection persists. Veterinarians often have to sedate their patients to probe the affected area and remove the grass seed. Foxtails in the nasal cavity are even more difficult to remove. General anesthesia is necessary to prevent movement of the dog while placing scopes and forceps in the nasal cavity. Foxtails and grass seeds in the recesses of the eyes can usually be removed with topical anesthesia. They often cause corneal ulcers, which heal with proper medications.

Foxtails and grass seeds have been found to migrate into lungs, deep muscle tissues and even the spinal cord. They carry many bacterial and fungal elements with them when they migrate. Whenever there is a draining tract on your pet, a foxtail is immediately suspected and appropriate surgical exploratory and antibiotics are necessary.

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Groups move to ban cyanide traps that kill predator animals

By Keith Ridler, Associated Press Thursday, August 10th 2017

Boise, Idaho (AP) — Predator-killing cyanide traps such as one that sickened a boy in Idaho and killed his dog should be banned, environmental groups told the federal government Thursday.

The Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to outlaw the spring-activated devices called M-44s.

The traps look like water sprinkler heads embedded in the ground and spray cyanide when triggered by animals attracted by bait.

The groups said the federal agency should ban the traps that pose a threat to people and pets on public lands and kill non-targeted wildlife.

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Crossing paths with a predator: Idaho wildlife safety

by Devan Kaney Thursday, August 10th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — It’s an all too common scenario in Idaho: you’re camping or on a long hike in the mountains, when a bear crosses your path.

What do you do? Run? Hide? Climb?

Roger Phillips of Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game says none of the above.

“Don’t run from it,” Phillips said. “Back up, keep your eyes on it, move slowly, kind of watch what the bear is doing.”

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of August 2017
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Wolf Education International

Second Week August 2017

French farmers demand action against wolves killing livestock
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Idaho police looking for shooter targeting llamas, livestock

Associated Press, KTVB August 10, 2017

Curry, Idaho – Idaho police are looking for a shooter who has been targeting livestock and llamas in southern Idaho.

Llama owner Steve Westphal tells the Times-News that his two favorite llamas were killed in two separate incidents in Twin Falls County. Westphal says he found the first llama dead several weeks ago, and he found a second llama dead on Sunday with an obvious gunshot wound.

A nearby cattleman reported that one of his prize bull and a heifer were also killed earlier this month by an unknown shooter. He suspects the shooter got access to the animals through a railroad track that passes along both men’s properties.

Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Deputy Levi Meyer believes they may be able to apprehend the shooter if they catch them in the act.

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Hummingbird Feeder Mix

Hummingbird food is a very basic recipe similar to simple syrup. You may be tempted to use turbinado sugar or brown sugar, but this is never a good sugar to use. These sugars contain too much iron for the hummingbird’s system and can cause illness or death.

Powdered or confectioners sugar should not be used either. Powdered sugar has cornstarch added to it to prevent clumping and the cornstarch will cause the nectar to ferment.

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Here is the recipe for making hummingbird nectar

1. Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar in a pan. For example, use 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water. Make sure to use cane sugar only. If it doesn’t say cane on the label it is probably beet sugar. I know of nothing harmful about using beet sugar, but a lot of anecdotal evidence suggests that the birds strongly prefer cane sugar. Do not use honey, Jell-O, raw sugar, corn syrup, turbinado, molasses or brown sugar. Especially do not use artificial sweeteners. Putting hummingbirds on a diet will kill them. They burn prodigious amounts of energy for their size and need real sugar. Do not use red food coloring. It is unnecessary and can harm the little hummers even in low concentrations because they eat so much nectar. If your feeder isn’t red, tie a red ribbon on it as described in the Feeders section, above. Do not add anything else that you might think of. Just sugar and water, that’s all.

2. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat. Stir it while it is heating until all of the sugar is dissolved. Don’t boil it for long because that will change the ratio as water is boiled off. The reason for boiling is not to make syrup, but to drive out the chlorine in the water and to kill mold and yeast spores that might be in the sugar. This will help make the nectar last longer both in the feeder and in your refrigerator.

3. Cover and allow to cool before using or pouring into the storage bottle. We recommend making a large batch of nectar and storing it in the refrigerator in a 2 liter soda bottle (washed thoroughly first.) This makes refilling the feeder so easy that you won’t mind doing it every few days.

Sugar water is a very rich growth medium. Yeasts like to eat it causing fermentation which can harm hummingbirds. Mold and bacteria grow in it and can also harm the birds. That is why it is important to keep the feeder clean and the nectar fresh. You must change the nectar frequently to avoid these contaminants.

In cooler temperatures we recommend changing it every seven days. If the temperatures are getting above 60 degrees, follow this chart:

Daily high temp / Change nectar after
61-70 / 4-5 days
71-80 / 3 days
81-85 / 2 days
86+ / daily

Be sure and take them apart every time. … If contamination occurs, use a mild bleach solution to sterilize it, but if you use bleach, rinse thoroughly afterwards. Even a tiny amount of bleach could be harmful to birds weighing only a quarter of an ounce! Glass or metal pieces can be boiled, but you should probably not boil plastic pieces. The black mold may leave a very faint stain, but this will not affect the safe operation of the feeder.

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Feds to give states more flexibility in protecting wild bird

By Matthew Daly – 8/8/17 AP

The Interior Department has unveiled a plan to protect the threatened sage grouse that gives Western states greater flexibility to allow mining, logging and other economic development where it now is prohibited.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the strategy Monday for the ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range. Zinke insists that the federal government and the states can work together to protect the sage grouse and its habitat while not slowing economic growth and job creation.

States affected by the plan are California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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Sockeye start returning to Sawtooth Valley

Aug 7, 2017 IME

The first sockeye salmon of the year have arrived in the Sawtooth Valley – a naturally produced fish on July 27 and a hatchery fish on Aug. 2. The fish completed a 900-mile journey that included passing through eight dams and swimming 6,500 vertical feet in elevation from the Pacific.

Through Aug. 2, 225 sockeye had crossed Lower Granite Dam, about 30 miles downstream from Lewiston. That’s the last dam salmon cross before reaching Idaho, and after crossing it, the fish still have to swim another 400 miles to return to their spawning grounds in the Sawtooth Valley.

Fish and Game biologists are expecting that about 150 fish will complete the final leg to the valley, and they don’t expect many more fish over Lower Granite this year.

“Typically, about 95 percent of the run has passed through Lower Granite by early August,” Eagle Hatchery Manager Dan Baker said.

At the same time last year, 790 sockeye crossed Lower Granite, and 595 returned to Stanley.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
August 11, 2017
Issue No. 840

Table of Contents

* ODFW Analysis: With Continued Sea Lion Predation, Wild Willamette Winter Steelhead At Risk Of Extinction

* Managing Snake River Steelhead With A-Run, B-Run Dichotomy: Is There A Better Way?

* Snake River Sockeye Trickling Into Stanley Basin; Upper Columbia Sockeye Numbers Far Below 10-Year Average

* Alaska Announces Non-Retention Of Chinook Salmon Throughout SE Alaska, Cites ‘Poor Production Conditions’

* Due To Low Numbers Of Estuary Cormorants Showing Nesting Activity, Culling Remains Suspended

* Wenatchee Basin Research: Choice Of Spawning Habitat May Result In Lower Reproductive Success For Hatchery Spring Chinook

* Montana Effort To Restore Native Fish In Popular Sport Fishery Alpine Flathead Lakes Nears Finish Line

* Temperatures To Cool In Lower Snake River, Riverboat Needs Higher Pool At Port Of Clarkston

* Imnaha River Research Revealing Some Of The Mysteries Of Drainage’s Threatened Steelhead

* Dillon Dam Removal On Umatilla River Good For Fish Passage And Irrigators

* Restoring Kootenai River Burbot: Study Looks At Impacts, Importance Of Water Temperatures

* Fall Chinook Fishing On Snake, Clearwater, Salmon Rivers Opens August 18

* ODFW Kills Two Wolves From Northeast Oregon Pack To Limit Livestock Depredation

* UW To Host Interior Department’s Northwest Climate Science Center

* Corps Confirms Suspected Oil Leak In Generator Unit At Lower Monumental Dam

* NOAA Research Shows How Changing Ocean Conditions Influence Bird Predation On Salmon

Fish & Game News:

Learn about bear behavior and help prevent unwanted encounters

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, August 4, 2017 – 2:21 PM MDT

People can prevent attracting bears into situations that can be lethal to the animals

There’s been several incidents this summer involving black bears, and it’s a good opportunity to remind people about these native Idaho animals. Black bears are common, and their native range includes most of the state. Black bears are typically shy, and any encounter with humans is usually brief, from a safe distance and ends with the bear fleeing.

Black bear attacks on humans are rare, and there has never been a recorded human death from a black bear in Idaho.

When people see a black bear from a safe distance, they should consider it an exciting and interesting wildlife sighting. But they should not approach or crowd the bear, and it’s often a good idea to talk or yell to get the bear’s attention so it’s aware of your presence, especially if it’s moving in your direction and unaware of you.

Black bears are omnivores with a wide-ranging diet, and most of their diet is plants, but they are capable of killing large animals, so they should always be treated with respect and caution.

While most black bear encounters are random when people and a bear happen to be in the same place at the same time, that’s not always the case. Sometimes bears are attracted to the same areas as people, and people should know how to avoid those situations, or deal with them when they occur.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Escaped elephant strolls through Wisconsin neighborhood

by The Associated Press Friday, June 30th 2017

(Jaime Peterson via AP)

An elephant walks in the street, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Baraboo, Wis. Law enforcement officers quickly got in touch with the nearby Circus World Museum, home to the wandering pachyderm. A trainer arrived and led the elephant back to the circus complex.

Circus World spokesman Dave Saloutos says the elephant, named Kelly, was freed by her pachyderm partner, Isla, who used her trunk to disengage a restraint.

Saloutos says Kelly lumbered across the shallow Baraboo River and wandered into a neighboring backyard where she unlatched a gate and munched on some marigolds during her couple hours of freedom.

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Baby elephant chasing birds


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