Aug 27, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 27, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Firewood at Shooting Range

The firewood at the shooting range near Yellow Pine is NOT free (the pile is much smaller this weekend.) You need a valid permit and tag the wood. Firewood permits are available at The Corner, please bring cash and a driver’s license.

There are some “free use areas” over in Big Creek. Free permits and special tags can be obtained at the McCall District office.
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Bear Aware

Reports of bear scat along Johnson Creek road near the village. Also a report of bear “sign” at the transfer station recently.
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Recycle your old refrigerator

Idaho Power has arranged for free pick-up of old refrigerators. Call 1-800-253-5618 (11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and ASK FOR DONNA. She will confirm your request and coordinate for one pick-up day in Yellow Pine. They require: The motor must run, but need not cool down. You must have reasonable access to move it outside. You must sign for permission to take it. If you cannot be home on pick-up day you must put it outside and put a note inside giving ARCA permission to take the unit. Each owner must call. There must be written permission to take the unit. – LI
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Oil Furnace Tune-up

Bill from Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine in September to service oil an furnace. If you want a furnace tune-up call Office (208) 365-7473. Rocky Mountain Mechanical, 3328 W Idaho Blvd, Emmett, ID 83617. Recommended by Tracey Kennedy of Kennedy Fuel and Feed.
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Yellow Pine Blowdown Update

The logging crew has been working this week in various places on the golf course. Early in the week they loaded a big truckload over in the hole #13 area. On Wednesday they were along Westside Ave. Thursday they brought out a large load of logs from the lower bench.

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Tire lost on the EFSF road

On the way back from the harmonica festival, we lost a tire/wheel from our trailer. It’s an aluminum wheel, with a tire mounted. We would sure love to get it back if anyone traveling the road happens to come across it. Not sure when it came off because of the ungodly amount of dust, but it was between YP, and the South Fork Road.

Dave May via YP Facebook
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VYPA News:

Next meeting on Saturday, Sept 9, 10am at Community Hall.
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YPFD News:

Thank you to the Yellow Pine Fire Department for providing fire extinguishers and smoke/CO2 detectors for the safety of homeowners in Yellow Pine.

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.
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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:
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Labor Day Weekend

Sept 2 Festival Fundraiser Breakfast 8am to 1030am

Start your day right! Join us at the Festival Fundraiser Breakfast; Saturday, September 2nd at the Community Hall in Yellow Pine. Breakfast is only $5. All proceeds support the Yellow Pine Festival and the Community Hall. Everyone is welcome! Sponsored by Project Filter.
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Sept 2 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 21) overnight low of 43 degrees, almost clear this morning with a light haze of smoke. Sounds busy in the village with increased traffic, heavy equipment, weed-whacker, chainsaws in the forest and airplanes flying over. A few young finches at the feeder and a pileated woodpecker calling. The doe with twin fawns and the other doe were trotting thru the golf course together towards the river at 1030am, and clarks nutcrackers calling. At 11am the light is dimmer and the village quiet. At 1115am the temperature dropped nearly 1 degree (from 62F to 61.2F) and the sunlight is much dimmer. At 1125am the temperature had dropped almost 3 degrees, much dimmer outside and a bit of a red hue (had to turn on a light in the house.) At 1135 am the temperature had dropped 4 full degrees to 58F. The chickens are still out pecking around and a few birds are flying over. At 1145am the temperature had dropped 5 degrees (56.9F) even though it is getting brighter out. At 1153am the temperature was up nearly half a degree. At 12pm it was brighter and temperature up to 58.7 degrees. At 1215pm it was 63.5 degrees and almost normal light. It never got totally dark here, more like evening twilight. Clear sunny day, high of 88 degrees. Quiet afternoon and evening. Less smoke by sundown.

Tuesday (Aug 22) overnight low of 42 degrees, clear sky this morning, light breeze and moderate haze of smoke tinting the sunlight red. Some airplane traffic this morning. Did not hear any birds, saw only one chipmunk. Logging crew loaded their big truck out by hole #13, then moved equipment towards school street. Hot smoky afternoon, dusty at times, high of 91 degrees. A few young finches and a couple of clarks nutcrackers visited. Setting sun cast red light thru the smoke, quiet evening.

Wednesday (Aug 23) overnight low of 45 degrees, red light cast by the rising sun, sky appears to be mostly clear, moderate smoke and yellow air quality. Heard a few finches, a flicker calling and a pine squirrel sounding off. Warm day, light breezes, increasing clouds early afternoon and the smoke is rather thick, high of 89 degrees. Logging crew working along Westside Ave north of the School. Quiet later in the afternoon, cloudy, smoky and almost calm. Warm and somewhat muggy evening, overcast and almost calm. Smoke is slightly thinner. Gusty breezes after 915pm and a short little shower before midight (not enough to settle the dust.)

Thursday (Aug 24) overnight low of 48 degrees, dark overcast and light haze of smoke this morning. Heard a clarks nutcracker and a pine squirrel scolding. Light shower of rain 930am for about 30 minutes (0.04”). Logging crew is working on the lower bench on the north west side of the golf course this morning, later they brought out a large load of logs on the bigger truck. Helicopter flew over at 1131am. The rain didn’t get rid of the smoke, yellow air quality at lunch time. Light afernoon breezes, probably partly cloudy (hard to see the sky thru the smoke), high of 84 degrees. Late afternoon the logging crew was working west of the #14 un-Fairway. Thinner smoke by evening and partly cloudy.

Friday (Aug 25) overnight low of 44 degrees, clear sky with light haze of smoke (yellow air quality) the metal roofs were wet with dew. Clarks nutcrackers calling from the trees. Loggers moving equipment and sawing early this morning. Smoky dry day, increasing clouds, and light breezes, high of 87 degrees. Quiet afternoon, thinner clouds. Ospry juveniles still hanging around the nest, flying quite well, they dropped a fish on the road though. Some guys were shooting in the Old East Fork campgrounds this evening. Less smoke and lots of stars out after 10pm.

Saturday (Aug 26) overnight low of 44 degrees, clear sky with moderate haze of smoke (yellow air quality) and light dew. Clarks nutcrackers calling, pine squirrel chittering. Shooting around 930am in the EF campground. Hazy warm day, yellow air quality, light afternoon breezes, high of 90 degrees. Not as many chipmunks around, but still more than usual. The logging crew has stacked several log decks ready to haul. A large landing area for Life Flight has been cleared west of the crossroads. There is new asphalt on either side of the EFSF cement bridge, but the approaches are rather rough. The dust abatement is holding up well. Some of the goosberry bushes are turning red/brown, and seeing some yellows starting in the forest. Its really dry and crunchy. Spied a red-breasted nuthatch creeping down the truck of a tree. The juvenlie osprey are still hanging around the nest. Fat sliver of an orange moon setting just after dark. Clear but enough of a haze that only the brightest stars were visible.

Sunday (Aug 27) overnight low of 43 egrees, clear sky with moderate haze of smoke (yellow air quality.) Several clarks nutcrackers flying around the neighborhood and calling, robin perched on the power line, flicker flew over squeeking as it flapped. Dry and dusty, warming up fast after a cool morning. Hot dry, dusty smoky day, high of 95 degrees. Quiet evening, but still pretty warm. Seems the smoke was thinner just before sundown.

Eclipse Humor:

(from Facebook)

(from Twitter)
“During the eclipse, DO NOT look right at the sun. Make yourself look big, make noise, and back away slowly. Don’t provoke a solar attack.”

Eclipse News:

Crowds who gathered in Cascade wowed by total solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 KIVI TV

The small town of Cascade was one of the towns in the path of totality, and it saw a serious influx of crowds for Monday’s total solar eclipse.

Visitors from all around the country, and the even the world, descended on the small Idaho town for a chance to see the rare celestial event.

Some of those who traveled a long distance had been planning their trips for years.

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Experience the eclipse totality in the Idaho mountains

Brian Holmes and Xanti Alcelay, KTVB August 23, 2017

Cascade, Idaho — The next total solar eclipse that will cross the United States from coast to coast won’t happen until 2045.

So if you didn’t get a chance to experience it in totality Monday, you have a bit of a wait ahead of you.

Even if you did, you can see it again in virtual reality.

KTVB’s Brian Holmes and Xanti Alcelay traveled up to Valley County Monday with our 360 camera to see how the thousands of people who came to Cascade saw the celestial show.

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Nampa man falls victim to “eclipse over-hype” losing $20,000 on weekend event for small crowd

Karen Lehr Aug 22, 2017 KIVI TV

Cascade – The Great American Eclipse has come and gone, but one Nampa man is still paying the price.

Falling victim to “eclipse over-hype”, Jeff Webb spent more than $20,000 to put on a weekend music festival in Cascade, compete with campsites, live music and food for thousands.

“It got hyped up and it hurt, so I lost over 20,000 dollars this weekend,” Webb said.

The money was spent on what Webb hoped would be an epic eclipse event starting Saturday, two days before totality.

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Eclipse overhyped in Garden Valley?

Dean Johnson, KTVB August 23, 2017

Many communities across Idaho spent months planning and preparing for this summer’s total solar eclipse. Many even formed committees to help plan for the large influx of people.

While the eclipse certainly lived up to the hype, the Associated Press says Monday’s eclipse was the most observed and most photographed eclipse in history. The number of people coming into some of our communities did not.

There was a lot of hype in Garden Valley surrounding the eclipse. Many expecting tens of thousands to come up to the small area as it set in the path of totality. One day later, some organizers are saying with the turn-out they did receive, they would have done things a lot different.

“We thought that we would get at least the Fourth of July crowd, and I don’t’ know that we, we didn’t get it here,” Garden Valley School District Superintendent Greg Alexander said.

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Solar show in Stanley eclipsed by low tourism

Businesses suffer amid fewer visitors than expected

Joshua Murdock Aug 23, 2017 IME

Businesses and locals in Stanley were prepared for an anticipated influx of eclipse tourists beyond anything the town had seen, but on Monday, locals were grappling with what many described as an unequivocally underwhelming weekend.

A few business owners in Stanley have a new name for Monday’s eclipse, and it can’t be printed in the newspaper. Their frustration stems from patronage falling far short of previous estimates, which foretold complete inundation by as many as 30,000 people. In fact, some business owners said the past weekend fell short of even a typical mid-August weekend in Stanley, and that their bottom lines suffered dearly.

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Restaurant manager reacts to eclipse business: ‘as far as I’m concerned it was a bust’

Erin Oshaughnessy Aug 21, 2017 Local News 8

Pocatello, Idaho KIFI/KIDK – Following the eclipse on Monday morning, many were surprised by the lack of activity in Pocatello.

For places like the Portneuf Hospital, the lack of activity was a good thing.

“Everything that is happening on this Monday is kind of the same stuff we see most Mondays,” commented Todd Blackinton, a public relations spokesperson for the Portneuf Hospital.

However, for local eateries, many banked on more people staying in the area.

“We are very disappointed with the pre-eclipse. As far as i’m concerned it was a bust,” commented Pocatello Perkins manager, Stan Hales.

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Idaho Transportation Department’s on-line cameras crash

Steve Bertel Aug 21, 2017 KIVI TV

Boise, ID – Dozens of Idaho Transportation Department on-line cameras have crashed, preventing website viewers from receiving real-time looks at traffic on Idaho’s major roadways -– including eclipse-viewer traffic on Highways 55 and 95.

“It’s very unfortunate for the cameras to go down -– today of all days,” said ITD spokesman Bill Kotowski.

ITD officials are working to find the cause of the problem and restore the cameras as soon as possible, but Kotowski says no one yet knows when those repairs will be completed.

Although the Monday morning traffic flows along Highways 55 and 95 were not as congested as many had anticipated, “We are still concerned when people start heading home” Kotowski said. “We anticipate choke points along 55 and 95.”

Traffic flow information is still available at the 5-1-1 website, he said.

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Post-eclipse traffic backs up 26 miles on Idaho 55

The Star-News August 24, 2017

A line of stopped cars 26 miles long formed on Idaho 55 south of Cascade after Monday’s total solar eclipse, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

At one point, traffic came to a standstill between Banks on the south and Round Valley on the north, Lt. Jason Speer said.

“The biggest problem was that people did not stay with their cars,” Speer said. “Traffic would start moving and they were in the river.”

One motorists reported to Speer that it required eight hours to drive between Valley County and Boise following the eclipse, which reached totality just before 11:30 a.m. in Smiths Ferry, Cascade and Donnelly.

No traffic problems were reported in the days and hours leading up to Monday’s eclipse, Speer said.

Eclipse viewers allowed themselves plenty of time to find a spot to watch the celestial happening, he said.

Also, viewers were spread out over a large area, which also helped to prevent congestion, he said.

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Idaho roads busy as people head home after eclipse

KTVB August 21, 2017

Photo: Paul Boehlke/KTVB (Banks to Lowman Road)

Now that the solar eclipse is over, it’s time to worry about getting home. We received reports of congested highways across Idaho.

… The Idaho Transportation Department estimates there were 30,000 more cars than typical on the roads leading up to the event.

ITD spokesman Vince Trimboli says the busiest traffic areas include Interstate 15 between Utah and Idaho Falls, US 93 near the Craters of the Moon National Monument, Highway 95 from Payette to Riggins and Idaho 55 north of Eagle.

… Along Highway 55 in Horseshoe Bend. Southbound traffic is moving slowly – about 10 mph.

Near Crouch in the Garden Valley area. Expect severe delays.

Highway 55 southbound from Cascade. Delays increasing on Main Street. Average speed around 5 mph.

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First responders report typical weekend

Crowds for eclipse were only moderate on national forests

Joshua Murdock, Mark Dee, Greg Moore Aug 23, 2017 IME

Despite cries of an impending “apoc-eclipse,” law enforcement, health and emergency services across the region held up to only slightly increased demand by visitors viewing the total solar eclipse on Monday.

As the crowd ebbed Tuesday afternoon, local authorities praised planning—and lighter than expected attendance—for keeping things on track.

“As far as what we saw, everything went smoothly,” said Blaine County Disaster Services Coordinator Chris Corwin, who reported no “major issues” from Friday through Monday. “We had our plans in place, and fortunately we didn’t have to execute all of them. Some might say we were over-prepared, but to me that’s not a bad thing.”

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Estimated 300,000 people in Eastern Idaho for eclipse

Katie Keleher Aug 22, 2017 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The eclipse came and so did the people. Just how many? An estimated 300,000, possibly more.

Even though traffic was backed up all along the highway and interstate, the transportation department is happy with how things turned out.

“We had no crashes, no fatalities in Eastern Idaho,” Bruce King, Idaho Transportation Department, said. “With all the additional traffic, we’re very grateful that we came out that way.”

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ITD: 160,000 people came to Idaho for the eclipse

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — The Idaho Transportation Department estimates that 160,000 people traveled to the Gem State to watch the eclipse that occurred Monday morning.

ITD says most of the people came from Oregon and Utah.

The busiest roads due to the traffic were I-15 between Utah and Idaho Falls, US-93 near Craters of the Moon National Monument, US-20 near Arco, Highway 95 between Payette and Riggins, and Highway 55 north of Eagle.

To see a breakdown of ITD’s methodology, go to this site:

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Don’t throw away those used eclipse glasses! BSU will donate them for you

by Kelsey Anderson Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

Boise State University wants your used eclipse glasses!

The university will donate used pairs to ‘Astronomers Without Borders,’ which is a nonprofit organization that plans to hand out the shades to people in South America and Asia for the 2019 eclipse.

You can drop off your eclipse glasses at the Alumni and Friends Center on University Avenue, which is just south of Albertsons Stadium.


Idaho News:

Cecil Andrus, logger who rose to Idaho governor, dies at 85

By Kimberlee Kruesi and Keith Ridler – 8/25/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Cecil D. Andrus managed huge swaths of public land as a cabinet member in President Jimmy Carter’s administration and was the longest-serving governor in Idaho history, but the former lumberjack was known as an approachable everyman who listed his number in the local phone directory.

The 85-year-old Andrus died late Thursday, the Andrus Center for Public Policy said. His daughter, Tracy Andrus, said he died of complications from lung cancer.

Andrus resigned midway through his second term as Idaho governor in 1977 to become President Jimmy Carter’s secretary of the Interior Department and served until Carter’s term ended in 1981. He then was elected governor two more times, becoming the first four-term governor in Idaho history. He was also the last Democrat to hold the office in red-state Idaho.

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Report: 2016 crime rises in Cascade, McCall, falls in Valley County

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Aug 24, 2017

Reported crimes surged in Cascade during 2016 over 2015, according to statistics released from the Idaho State Police.

The number of crimes reported rose by nearly 7 percent in McCall, but fell by 5.5 percent in areas patrolled by the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, the ISP report said.

… Valley County Sheriff’s Office

Reported crimes fell by 5.5 percent in 2016 in areas patrolled by the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, the ISP report said.

The sheriff’s office patrols areas outside city limits within the county as well as the City of Donnelly.

Total offenses fell from 346 in 2015 to 327 last year. The county made 8 percent more arrests (313 to 337) and solved 60 percent of crimes reported.

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Valley County Search and Rescue seeks new members

The Star-News Aug 24, 2017

New volunteers are being sought for Valley County Search and Rescue, which conducts rescues of those who are lost or injured in the outdoors.

Training is provided in radio communications and GPS units, as well as search and rescue techniques.

“Team members have a strong desire to help others, learn emergency search and rescue skills, and enhance the safety and enjoyment of the outdoors for all,” Capt. Larry Mangum said.

The group is looking for active adults who are comfortable in the mountains. During winter, the group’s priority is on incidents relating to snowmobiles and other winter sports.

The team operates under the direction of the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and is involved in about 14 searches per year, Mangum said.

Summer searches are done on foot, on ATVs and UTVs, and on mountain bikes, motorcycles and horses. The searches are supplemented by air using airplanes and helicopters, he said.

Winter searches are done on snowmobiles, tracked machines or snowshoes.

Some members staff the Incident Command trailer which is outfitted with numerous radios, antennas, computers, printers and maps.

The group has equipment for rescue and transportation operations after lost or injured persons are located.

In addition to search calls, Valley County Search and Rescue participates in public events such as providing aid stations or communications for races and rides, parades, and other local activities.

For more information and an application, go to or contact Shelley Platt 634-7786 or

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Elk Creek Road closures noted starting this month

The Star-News Aug 24, 2017

Elk Creek Road in remote Valley County will be closed during much of September and October, the Valley County Road Department said.

The closures will allow work to repair three slides that occurred in March between Sawmill Point and the South Fork Salmon River.

The contractor will be working 10 days on and four days off. The road will be open when no work is being done.

Closure dates are Aug. 29-30, Sept. 5-14, Sept. 19-28, Oct. 3-12 and Oct. 17-26. For questions, call (208) 382-7195.

[Note: This is the road that goes from Warrens to the South Fork over to Big Creek via Elk Summit. See map below.]

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Boise woman dies in car wreck near Cascade

The Star-News Aug 24, 2017

A Boise woman died in a one-car rollover on Monday in the Crown Point area north of Cascade, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

Rebecca L. Stephens, 42, died at the scene of the accident, which happened about 4 p.m. Monday on Sunset Loop, Lt. Jason Speer said.

Stephens was driving the car northbound when it left the east side of the road, Speer said. The vehicle rolled twice and landed on its top on Crown Point Parkway.

Passengers in the car were Jennifer Kent, 44, of Boise and two minor children whose names were withheld.

None of the passengers were seriously injured, Speer said. The children were wearing seat belts but Stephens and Kent were not wearing seat belts, he said.

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Southeast Boise woman diagnosed with West Nile Virus

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — The Central District Health Department says a Boise woman over the age of 65 is recovering at home from West Nile Virus.

The department says this is the second human case of the virus this year in Idaho. A Kootenai County resident was diagnosed with having the disease earlier this month.

The health district says that twelve Idaho counties so far have reported mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile Virus this year.

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Sen. Crapo wants Congress to honor MK Wake Island defenders

by Scott Logan Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

The Wake Island Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park in Boise. (KBOI photo)

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — It’s been almost 76 years but now the men with Boise-based Morrison-Knudsen Construction Company who fought on Wake Island in 1941 are a step closer to receiving one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is co-sponsoring legislation on Capitol Hill that would bestow on the MK workers who fought with the marines and navy on Wake Island the Congressional Gold Medal, among the country’s highest civilian honors.


Fire Season:

“Not only campfire start unwanted fires. Poorly maintained tires and brakes can spark a wildfire too. One less spark one less Wildfire.”
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What others can learn from Meridian home destroyed by fire

KTVB August 25, 2017

Boise – After a grass fire grew big enough to burn a Meridian family’s home to the ground, Meridian Fire Department Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Joe Bongiorno shared tips to help keep this tragedy from happening to others.

Bongiorno said the fire on August 18 started by Interstate 84 near the home, was pushed up a hill by the wind and into the landscape surrounding the home.

The family’s home had large arborvitae plants along the deck and the side of the house. Bongjorno says that although these plants are green, they are not plants you should grow close to your home.

Bongiorno says, “In the fire service they’re known as gasoline plants because they, they burn like the dickens. So, they’re very, very flammable.”

Bongiorno added that homeowners should have no landscape touching their houses. He says that all flammable landscape touching homes should be cut down.

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3 Idaho firefighters injured after truck hits gas can, burns

by Associated Press Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Arimo, Idaho (AP) — Three Idaho firefighters battling a grass and brush fire threatening homes suffered burns after their firetruck ran over a gas can, engulfing the truck in flames.

Downey Fire Department Chief Chris Sorensen tells the Idaho State Journal that the gas can came loose at about 11 a.m. Monday and fell from the truck near the town of Arimo.

Sorensen says the three firefighters with the department escaped the vehicle, but one has burns on 40 percent of his body. One broke his leg.

All three were taken to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

Their names haven’t been released.

The 5-ton (4.5-metric ton), six-wheel-drive firetruck was destroyed.

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Firefighter who saved fellow fireman suffered severe burns

8/25/17 AP

Pocatello, Idaho — An eastern Idaho firefighter being treated for burns is credited with saving another firefighter’s life.

Idaho State Journal reports Downey firefighter Matt Henderson was severely burned when he rescued Kent Winward from their burning firetruck on Monday. Kent Winward’s wife, Melissa, says her husband would be dead if Henderson had not acted quickly and pulled him off the truck.

Family members say Henderson escaped the fire with severe burns on 30 to 40 percent of his body and minor fractures while Kent suffered less severe burns and a broken ankle. They are being treated at the University of Utah Intermountain Burn Center in Salt Lake City. Henderson’s brother-in-law Jeff Gosar says it may take a year for Henderson to recover.

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Idaho has had the same number of wildfires this year, they’ve just been smaller

by Nathan Larsen Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

KBOI Photo

Boise, Idaho – (KBOI) — Wildfires have been raging across Oregon, Washington, and Montana this fire season.

Here in the Gem State, we’ve had our wildfires, but they haven’t seemed as extreme.

Here in the Boise BLM Fire District, we’ve already seen 89 fires this season, a number that the BLM says is average.

“The difference is this year, is we’re just not seeing nearly the acreages burn that we have as far as our 25-year average, so you’re just not getting the big fires, we’re catching them small, but we are seeing the same number that we usually see for a fire season,” said Jared Jablonski, Boise District Fire Information Officer.


Public Lands:

A note of appreciation extended to eclipse visitors from Boise NF employees

Aug 23, 2017 Boise NF (via FB)

On behalf of the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest, I would like to express my appreciation to the people that visited the area to view the eclipse. While the crowds were not nearly as large as some predicted, we still had thousands of visitors come to experience this unique event on the National Forest lands surrounding Cascade.

Forest employees talked with people from all over Idaho, every region of the U.S., and from at least seven countries. Almost without exception, visitors were respectful to our employees and of the natural resources around them. Many were awe-struck by the natural landscape that served as a backdrop for the event and took time before the eclipse to learn about and explore the surrounding forest.

Over 1000 people viewed the eclipse from the Snowbank Mountain area but despite this large number of people, very little impact to the land could be seen after the crowds dispersed. At the top of Snowbank where over 300 people congregated, not a single piece of litter was found.

This is truly remarkable and is indicative of the attitude of respect toward both the eclipse event and the land that we sensed from this group of visitors. To all those who visited, thanks for coming to experience this incredible and rare moment with us and we hope that you get a chance to visit your public lands again soon. #ForestService

Jake Strohmeyer
Cascade District Ranger
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Toxic algae prompts health advisory for SW Idaho lake

8/26/17 AP

Nampa, Idaho — Visitors at a southwest Idaho lake shouldn’t enter the water due to toxic algae.

Southwest District Health tells the Idaho Press-Tribune ( in a story on Saturday that high concentrations of blue-green algae at Lake Lowell led to the health advisory.

Officials say coming in contact with the algae can cause nausea, vomiting, liver damage and other problems.

Anglers are encouraged to clean and rinse their catch with uncontaminated water.

Lake Lowell is part of the Dear Flat National Wildlife Refuge that’s managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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BLM replaces bridge on Mud Flat Road

BLM News Release August 25, 2017
Contact: Michael Williamson (208) 384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management is overseeing the construction and replacement of the Current Creek Bridge. The bridge is located near milepost 51 on Mud Flat Road, also known as the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, and is approximately 43 miles southwest of Grand View.

On-site work recently started and is expected to be complete by November 2017. A bypass has been placed and there will be no traffic disruptions to the public during construction.

“The Current Creek Bridge is over 50 years old and supports a lot of traffic from local ranchers, recreationists and sightseers to the Byway,” said BLM Owyhee Field Manager Michelle Ryerson. “During routine inspections, we determined the bridge needed to be replaced and so we moved forward on it soon afterwards for safety’s sake.”

Cook and Sons Construction, LLC, based in White Bird, Idaho, is performing the construction work. The small business performs bridge and road construction, excavation, culvert installation and crane operations.

For more information, contact the Owyhee Field Office at (208) 896-5912.
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Tony Tooke appointed U.S. Forest Service chief

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Aug 21, 2017

An Alabama native who’s worked on or for national forests since he was 18 has been named the 18th Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the new chief is Tony Tooke, who’s currently the Regional Forester for the Southern Region basted in Atlanta. He replaces Tom Tidwell, who was named chief in 2009.

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Zinke won’t eliminate any national monuments

By Matthew Brown and Brady McCombs – 8/24/17 AP

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he’s recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated.

But there would be changes to a “handful,” he said.

Zinke told The Associated Press that unspecified boundary adjustments for some monuments designated over the past four decades will be included in the recommendations he planned to give President Donald Trump on Thursday. None of the sites would revert to new ownership, he said, while public access for uses such as hunting, fishing or grazing would be maintained or restored.

… Zinke declined to say whether portions of the monuments would be opened up to oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and other industries for which Trump has advocated.

… Zinke had previously announced that no changes would be made at six national monuments — in Montana, Colorado, Idaho, California, Arizona and Washington.

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Warning issued after two rabid bats found in Valley County

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Aug 24, 2017

A warning was issued by the Central District Health Department last week after two bats infected with rabies were found in homes in McCall and Donnelly earlier this month.

At the McCall home, the homeowner and a cat had contact with the bat, which was trapped and submitted for testing, health department Public Information Officer Christine Myron said.

At the Donnelly home, two people and two dogs were potentially exposed to a rabid bat, Myron said.

The specific locations of the homes were not released due to federal health privacy laws, she said.

The humans and animals were receiving therapy to prevent infection from the disease, she said. For humans, the therapy includes a series of four vaccinations over two weeks.

… Here are some protection tips:

• Do not touch a bat with bare hands.

• Seek medical attention after an encounter with a bat.

• If there is contact with a bat, save the bat in a container without touching it and contact the health department at (208) 634-7194 to arrange testing for rabies.

• Always vaccinate pets for rabies, including horses, as pets may encounter bats outdoors or in the home.

• Bat-proof homes by plugging all holes in siding and keeping tight-fitting screens on windows.

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Pet Talk – Ear infections in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Aug 25, 2017 IME

One of the most common problems that veterinarians see is infections of the external ear canal. The dog’s ear canal has developed over hundreds and thousands of years into a horrible trap where dirt, moisture and foreign objects like grass seeds want to settle, then irritate the external ear canal. This is called otitis externa.

Many factors can cause otitis externa. Some are floppy ears, ear canals with narrow diameters, the overproduction of wax, excessive hair in the ear canal and frequent swimming causing constant moisture to the ear canal, which invites yeast and bacterial infections. Sometimes low thyroid disease can cause irregular wax production and inflammation. One of the major causes of ear infections is a disease called atopy, which is allergies’ to pollens and other allergens’ causing severe inflammation and itching to the face, ears and paws of dogs.

The most important physical and diagnostic tests are an exact exam of the ear canal, called otoscopy, and an evaluation of the debris within the ear canal. This usually involves looking microscopically at this debris for bacteria, yeast, parasites and foreign plant material. Often, swabs of the ear canal are sent to a lab for cultures and cytology. Sometimes even blood tests, allergy testing, biopsies and skin scrapings for parasites are necessary to determine the cause of the ear infection and subsequent necessary appropriate treatment.

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Coeur d’Alene 2-year-old attacked by her grandmother’s rescued dog

Evan Noorani, KREM August 25, 2017

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — A 2-year-old girl from Coeur d’Alene has spent days in the hospital after her grandmother’s dog attacked her.

Alainna Pleasant has now spent four days in the hospital, as of Thursday, August 24. The girl’s mothers, Chantel Pleasant and Santana Bruski, were very surprised by the outburst from the dog.

“She was in the living room petting the dog, her grandma was sitting on the couch and the dog just snapped at her first, then grabbed her and started lifting her up in the air and shaking her,” said Chantel.

This was the first-time Alainna had met the dog. Alainna’s grandmother had rescued the dog just days before. Now Alaina’s parents said they wished they had spent more time around the dog before bringing him home.

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Idaho officials reject bait hunting plan targeting wolves

By Keith Ridler – 8/25/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho officials declined to move forward Friday allowing the use of bait by hunters to specifically target wolves amid widespread opposition.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted 7-0 to direct the Department of Fish and Game to suspend an administrative process called negotiated rulemaking.

Commissioner Jerry Meyers said he would like more information about wolf baiting before moving ahead with any plan.

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Oregon OKs killing 2 wolves after attacks on livestock

by The Associated Press Friday, August 25th 2017

The agency said Thursday in a statement that wolves from the Meacham pack have killed four calves from a local ranch. The map shows areas of known wolf activity in northeastern Oregon. (ODFW)

Umatilla, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized the killing of two wolves from a pack in northeastern Oregon.

The agency said Thursday in a statement that wolves from the Meacham pack have killed four calves from a local ranch.

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Wolf Education International

Fourth week August 2017

Wolves facing reduced protection status

“Wolf Hydatid Disease in Coyotes, Foxes and other Canines”

Coywolves are Taking Over Eastern North America

Woman attacked by coyote while walking on upstate NY trail
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Judge: Bears near US-Canada border merit endangered status

Matt Volz / Associated Press, KTVB August 23, 2017

Helena, Mont. – A judge has ruled a small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered endangered even if they are not on the brink of extinction.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen’s order Monday reversed the 2014 re-classification by U.S. wildlife officials for the 40-50 bears of the Cabinet-Yaak bear population under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said then that the bear population had stabilized and that its status should be “threatened” but not on a waiting list for classification as endangered.

The conservation group Alliance for the Wild Rockies sued and Christensen sided with the group.

The bears live about 300 miles from grizzlies near Yellowstone National Park that lost federal protection status in July.

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4-H trained wild horse yearlings available for adoption

Yearlings to be showcased during Western Idaho Fair

August 22, 2017 BLM News Release
Heather Tiel-Nelson, 208-736-2352

Boise, Idaho – Over the past ten weeks, University of Idaho 4-H club members from around the Treasure Valley have worked hard to train and prepare their wild horse weanlings. This weekend, they finally get to showcase the results of their work.

On Friday, August 25, at 6 p.m. in the D&B Arena at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds in Boise, 4-H’ers aged 12-18 will demonstrate how skilled the young horses have become as they navigate a trail course that will include stepping over logs, backing through a narrow log path, and loading into a horse trailer.

These trained yearlings will then be available for adoption by competitive bid at the Fair on August 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the draft horse barn.

There were four different clubs who participated in training the yearlings: Lively Livestock 4-H from Idaho County, led by Stacy Van Steenwyk; Desperados 4-H from Ada County, led by Jan Maxie; Snake River Livestock 4-H from Owyhee County, led by Taft Bearden; and Idaho Youth Ranch 4-H Club from Canyon County, led by 4-H leader Brandon Breaux.

The partnership between the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has grown in popularity since its inception in 2009. “The purpose of this growing partnership is twofold,” said Boise District Wild Horse Specialist Raul Trevino. “It helps to increase awareness of the BLM’s wild horse adoption program while instilling horsemanship and life skills in the 4-H youth of the Gem State.”

Since 2009, over 268 horses have been adopted and $22,000 raised for 4-H clubs in southwestern and eastern Idaho.
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Eclipse blamed for accidental release of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound

by Kara Kostanich, KOMO Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

Anacortes, Wash. (KOMO) — The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is calling all fishermen to help catch thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon that were accidentally released just off Cypress Island in the San Juan Islands.

On Saturday, Cooke Aquaculture had a net pen failure that caused the release of Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound.

The company says 305,000 fish were in the net pen but believes only up to 5,000 escaped.

The company released a statement to KOMO News that said in part, “Exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse caused damage to a salmon farm that has been in operation near Cypress Island for approximately 30 years.”

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
August 25, 2017
Issue No. 841

Table of Contents

* Washington Encouraging Anglers To Fish For Thousands Of Atlantic Salmon Escaped From Fish Farm

* Coming Heat Wave Has River Managers Increasing Cold Clearwater Water Into Lower Granite Reservoir

* Fall Commercial Fishing Begins On Columbia Mainstem, Low Steelhead Numbers Prompts Idaho To Suspend Retention

* Council Approves Pilot Toxic Contaminant Mapping Project For Columbia River Basin

* After Tests Show Contaminants In Six Hanford Reach Fish Species, State Issues Fish Consumption Advisory

* Council Fish/Wildlife Committee Identifies Spending For Hatchery Upgrades, Fish Screen Projects

* Council Report To Governors Shows BPA’s 2016 Fish/Wildlife Costs Account For One-Third Of Wholesale Power Rate

* Group Issues White Paper On 2015 Hot Water Year For Sockeye As Region Grapples With BiOp, Spill

* Ninth Circuit Declines PGE Request On Deschutes River Case, Lawsuit Continues In Lower Court

* Research: Kootenai River Hatchery Juvenile Burbot Seek Deep Water, Coarse Substrate

* ODFW To Take Lethal Action To Limit Meacham Wolf Pack Livestock Depredations In Northeast Oregon

* Irreplaceable Biodiversity? DNA Study Indicates Migrating Spring Chinook, Steelhead Rely On Crucial Gene

* Yakima Project ‘Flip-Flop’ Operations Underway To Aid Spawning Spring Chinook

* Study: Take A Caught Fish Out Of Water, Stress Hormones Go Up, Harder To Catch Again

* Stocking Mountain Lakes: ODFW Experiment Looks At Bigger Juvenile Fish To Possibly Avoid Predation

Fish & Game News:

Mountain Goat Counts Slated for Early September

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Friday, August 25, 2017 – 7:57 AM MDT

Idaho Fish and Game biologists will take to the air in early September to count mountain goats near Yellow Pine, Idaho. The mountain goat surveys will focus on an area north of the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River Road between Monumental Creek and the South Fork of the Salmon River.

The surveys will encompass portions of hunt units 25, 26 and 20A. Because mountain goat surveys are conducted primarily in alpine habitats, minimal disturbance to archery elk and deer hunters is expected. Biologists will try to avoid flying near any hunters they observe.

For questions regarding the early September mountain goat surveys, please contact the Fish and Game McCall office at 208-634-8137.
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Desperately Seeking Hunter Education Instructors

Aug 25 via Facebook

Interested in giving back to the local hunting community? We need hunters – novice to veteran – to teach Hunter Education courses to the next generation of hunters.

Your investment is only a few hours a year. The impact could last for generations.

Call Jaime at the Hunter Education Center – 208-327-7159, or Derek at the Fish and Game Nampa regional office – 208-465-8465 to learn more.
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Harvey the Hurricane Hawk seeks refuge in Houston man’s taxi

by Sinclair Broadcast Group Saturday, August 26th 2017

A Cooper’s hawk sought refuge in a Houston-area man’s taxi as Hurrican Harvey barreled down on the Texas coast on Friday August 25, 2017. Harvey the Hawk was handed over to a Texas wildlife center on August 26. (Image credit: William Bruso / Youtube)

A Houston-area taxi driver picked up a strange passenger on Friday night as Hurricane Harvey was barreling down on the Texas coast, a Cooper’s hawk seeking shelter from the hurricane.
Many people in Texas relied on the kindness of others to evacuate and stay safe during the Category 4 hurricane. The same can be said for Harvey the Hurricane Hawk.

“He just kind of hopped on in and doesn’t want to leave,” taxi driver William Bruso said in the first of a series of YouTube videos featuring Harvey the Hawk. “He looks kind of scared.”

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Resourceful Dog Walks Away With Bag Of Dog Food After Hurricane Harvey

“Must be a Texas dog cause he can survive without help,” one person said.

By Carla Herreria 8/26/2017 HuffPo

Tiele Dockens

The morning after Hurricane Harvey tore into Texas, Gulf Coast residents were already trying to prepare for life after the destructive storm – including Otis, the dog.

Tiele Dockens was checking out the damage for friends and family in Sinton, north of Corpus Christi, when she saw Otis on the street carrying a large bag of dog food.


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