Oct 29, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 29, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

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Village News:

Halloween Party

There was a Halloween partly on October 28th at the Yellow Pine Tavern.

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The Corner

The Corner is closed for the season. Stop by if you need wood permits. We will reopen after we have the baby.
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YP Transfer Station

A report from Wednesday (Oct 25) that the bins had been emptied and the community slash pile burned. Road is rough between YP and the Transfer Station.
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Fall Rx Burns planned

Cascade Ranger District: Slash piles will be ignited in the following locations: Warm Lake, Yellow pine, Landmark and Crawford. It will be pile burning for two days.

The Krassel Ranger District plans to ignite 1,600 acres in the Fourmile drainage, and 2,000 acres in the Bald Hill project area.
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Bear Aware

Bears are around and hungry this fall, not much of a berry crop this year. Keep garbage secured and pet food indoors, take down bird feeders until hibernation. Bears love grills and outdoor fridges.) Good info on living with bears HERE (scroll down,)
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YPFD News:

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.

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

Both Fire Sirens will be tested at noon on the first of each month.
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VYPA News:

Next meeting June 2018
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Local Observations:

Monday (Oct 23) overnight low of 31 degrees, quite foggy early, then lifting with the sun and partly clear. Pine squirrels very active once the sun was shining. Filtered sun after lunch time. About 215pm several airplanes coming from the north east, turning over the village (a couple low and loud) and landing at Johnson Creek. Partly cloudy late afternoon, high of 56 degrees. Quiet evening.

Tuesday (Oct 24) overnight low of 25 degrees, clear and frosty this morning. After lunch a chipmunk was running around, a flock of nutcrackers were after pine cones out in the forest. Backup beeper on heavy equipment to the east, otherwise very quiet. Tamarack trees were shining brilliant gold colors against a really blue sky, high of 61 degrees. Midas Gold survey call this afternoon. Starlings sighted. Clear quiet evening.

Wednesday(Oct 25) overnight low of 26 degrees, clear and frosty this morning. Sun hit about 1030am and roofs were steaming and dripping. Small flock of starlings. Some high thin ‘mare’s tails’ clouds coming from the north west after lunch, high of 66 degrees. Heard clarks nutcrackers calling to the north in the early afternoon. Mostly clear at sunset. Heard a pileated woodpecker calling from across the street, too dim to see. Mostly cloudy just as it was getting dark.

Thursday (Oct 26) a little rain shower during the night or early morning, stayed above freezing. Partly cloudy this morning and damp. Pine squirrel calling, a flicker hunting bugs, and a small flock of starlings. Mostly clear early in the afternoon, pretty day, high of 61 degrees. Pine squirrel running about and a steller jay poking at pine cones. Sun was down behind the hill before 6pm, clear sky. Just before dark a pileated woodpecker visited the ant pile. Bright moon riding high at dark.

Friday (Oct 27) overnight low of 27 degrees, high hazy clouds, light frost this morning. Mostly clear after lunch time. Lone Clark’s nutcracker in the neighbor’s tree. Nice fall day, high of 62 degrees Helicopter flew over the village at 604pm. Mostly clear at sunset, bright first quarter moon shining before dark. Lots of stars twinkling tonight.

Saturday (Oct 28) overnight low of 27 degrees, clear sky this morning. Not many birds around, saw one jay and heard one nutcracker. Pine squirrel was very busy. Clear and sunny nice day, high of 65 degrees. Light traffic during and day and quiet evening. Late afternoon slanting sunlight turned the tamaracks to gold. Bright waxing moon up before dark.

Sunday (Oct 29) overnight low of 28 degrees, clear sky this morning, light frost. Not many birds around except “Baby Jay” looking for a handout. Sound of chainsaw early this morning, someone getting in their winter’s wood. A few clarks nutcrackers are still around, calling from the trees. Beautiful warm sunny day, high of 67 degrees. Light traffic and quiet evening. Fat moon rising before dark.

Letter to Share:

Midas Letter to Yellow Pine

October 25, 2017

Thank you for the letter dated October 16, 2017 from Willie Sullivan representing the Village of Yellow Pine Association (VYPA). Following is a proposal for formalizing our communication, an update for your committee on our progress evaluating access and our proposed next steps.

We very much appreciate members of the VYPA volunteering their time to participate in these discussions. Thank you for establishing a committee of representatives of the township, which we understand comprises Lorinne Munn, Cecil Dallman, Lynn Imel and Willie Sullivan. Midas Gold will also designate authorized representatives as per the discussion below. This will help ensure we are hearing one, unified, voice from Yellow Pine and that you are hearing a consistent and accurate message from the company.

A meaningful resolution to access routes will take time, which is why we would like to solidify our commitment to communicating regularly with the designated members of the VYPA. In order to facilitate and focus discussions, we propose that YPVA and Midas Gold enter into a Communications Agreement and we will send you a draft agreement on or before November 3. This agreement would formalize the list of individuals representing the Village of Yellow Pine and Midas Gold, provide commitments on regular communication, including a meeting schedule, and set objectives for the coming months.

We have committed to the residents of Yellow Pine that we would carefully and comprehensively evaluate public access to Thunder Mountain through our site and present options, alternatives and issues to you. In order to advance these discussions, we instructed our engineering and permitting staff to identify and then evaluate potentially feasible options that would provide continued seasonal access for regular vehicles through our project area that would connect members of the public in and around Yellow Pine to Thunder Mountain. Our team is currently evaluating potential access routes for consideration as alternatives in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The routes we are assessing utilize the existing Yellow Pine to Stibnite road as far as the Sugar Creek junction and then progress through the site in various directions before connecting to the road up the EFSRSR to the existing Thunder Mountain Road on the far side of the proposed project boundaries.

We hope to review these options with you in just a few weeks. In mid-November we would like to meet with the group representing YPVA to discuss those findings. Belinda Provancher from Midas Gold will work with Lorinne Munn to establish a meeting date and logistics.

Our plan for the Stibnite Gold Project, and any changes to that plan, are now in the hands of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Please keep in mind that any access route alternatives need to be presented to USFS for consideration as an alternative to our proposed plan and would then be subject to a review of potential impacts. After review and public comment, the USFS will make the final determination of the route included in the EIS. Additionally, Midas Gold must further evaluate the engineering feasibility (at a conceptual level), the environmental impacts and the significant logistical and safety considerations, isolating public vehicle traffic across an active mine site.

We are committed to working with you to reach a mutual understanding, and look forward to hearing from you on the proposed communications agreement and a meeting date for reviewing our road access study.


Belinda Provancher
Community Relations Manager
Midas Gold

Idaho News:

Idaho 55 [Temp] Closed for Dead Trees

The Star-News October 26, 2017

Photo by Dave Holland

Idaho 55 west of McCall was closed for about 20 minutes on Monday while crews from the Idaho Transportation Department and Idaho Power Co. cut down two dead trees. The tree were cut because they were considered a risk to the traveling public, ITD spokesperson Jennifer Gonzalez said.

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Ohio man sexually Skyped Valley County kids

Steve Bertel Oct 25, 2017 KIVI TV

Boise, ID – Timothy Raymond Schmidt, 34, of Cincinnati, Ohio pleaded guilty Tuesday in United States District Court to sexual exploitation of children, according to U.S. Attorney Bart Davis -– after communicating via Skype with two Valley County children.

According to the plea agreement, from January 28 to April 9, 2015, Schmidt, while living in Ohio, used Skype to communicate with two minor victims — ages 17 and 13 -– living in Valley County.

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Member sought for Valley County Planning & Zoning Commission

The Star-News October 26, 2017

The Valley County Board of Commissioners is seeking to fill a vacancy on the five-member Planning and Zoning Commission beginning in January.

Applicants must be full-time residents of Valley County and have lived in the county for at least the past five years.

The selected applicant will replace current commissioner Rob Garrison, who has decided not to seek a new term.

Those who are interested may submit their resumes to Cynda Herrick at cherrick@co.valley.id.us or at the Planning and Zoning Office, 219 N. Main St. in Cascade, or mail it to P.O. Box 1350, Cascade, ID 83611.

For more information, call Herrick at 208-382-7115.

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McCall settles airport taxiway lawsuit for $1.65 million

Feds will pay 90% to acquire land, build project

By Phil Janquart for The Star-News October 26, 2017

Star-News Graphic by Tomi Grote. Area outlined in red shows the land the city of McCall has agreed to aquire for $1.65 million to allow construction of a new taxiway at McCall Airport.

The City of McCall has agreed to pay $1.65 million to landowners for 15.3 acres of property needed to build a new federally mandated airport taxiway.

New standards under the Federal Aviation Administration call for a wider separation between the taxiway and the main runway, which would help prevent collisions between large aircraft.

The agency says the old taxiway, which is 200 feet from the main runway, must be abandoned and that a new taxiway must be built 400 feet away.

The extra land also is needed to avoid placing the new taxiway over drainage ditches, according to the city.

An agreement between the city and landowners on a sale price for the acreage reached an impasse, prompting the city to file a lawsuit in June 2016 to have a judge or jury set a price.

A trial had been set to begin Dec. 4, but the settlement means the trial will be canceled pending completion of the settlement agreement.

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McCall cleans up Payette L. shoreline, has plans for development

By Phil Janquart for The Star-News October 26, 2017

It has been a repository for old docks, logs and pieces of metal, but a plan to transform a stretch of shoreline on Payette Lake near downtown McCall into a non-motorized access point for recreationists is inching forward.

The McCall Parks and Recreation Department set the process into motion earlier this month with a volunteer clean-up day that cleared debris from the narrow shoreline.

The area extends about 100 yards between Mile High Marina and Brown Park and is one of the few areas around Payette Lake where the public has access.

Visions for the area include swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking, but the first step is to remove debris, Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Wolf said.

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Local drummer making noise on Hwy 55

by Roland Steadham Friday, October 27th 2017

Horseshoe Bend, Idaho (KBOI) — A local drummer is turning a lot of heads along Highway 55 on Horseshoe Bend Hill.

Watch the video to meet this one of a kind drummer!

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Idaho Experience

Idaho Public Television

Idaho Experience will showcase the rugged and innovative nature of Idahoans, our unforgettable events and unbelievable successes. Our stories will inspire a deeper understanding of how we came to be where we are today and where we may go tomorrow. The Idaho State Historical Society is our partner on this project.


[h/t LC]
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Human skeletal remains found along Salmon River

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Grangeville, Idaho (KBOI) — Human remains were found along the bank of the Salmon River near Cottonwood, sheriff deputies say.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office says hunters found the remains near Rice Creek and Grave Creek roads. Two deputies and the county coroner found the skeletal remains below the high water mark.

The remains were not intact and it appears to be an adult of unknown sex.

The sheriff’s office says it has two people missing in the Salmon River — 20-year-old Cayla Danenberg, who went missing since a crash along Highway 95 in May 2016 and John “Randy” French, 54, of Boise, who went missing after a Highway 95 crash on approximately July 2.

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Remains found in Salmon River are those of Nampa woman

KTVB October 27, 2017

Cottonwood, Idaho – The Idaho County coroner says human remains found by hunters along the banks of the Salmon River Monday are those of a Nampa woman missing for nearly a year and a half.

Cayla Danenberg, 21, was reported missing on May, 2016, after the car she was riding in crashed into the Salmon River about six miles north of the town of Lucille.

Authorities say Danenberg and Tiffany Maupin, 21, were returning to the University of Idaho when their car went off U.S. 95 into the river. Maupin’s body was recovered on May 28, 2016, about six miles downstream from where the car went into the river.

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Lowman Elementary may only be one room, but it has a lot of heart

by Sarah Jacobsen Wednesday, October 25th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — If you’ve ever driven through the town of Lowman, Idaho, nestled deep in the mountains on the South Fork of the Payette River, you may have seen this building.

Lowman Elementary School.

The one and only school in the town of Lowman.

“Here it’s just a great community, the school is part of the center of the community and I have great community support,” said teacher Kim Grigg.

This one room school houses grades kindergarten through 5th grade.

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Man pleads not guilty to lighting fireworks that burned home

by Associated Press Sunday, October 29th 2017

Pocatello, Idaho (AP) – A Pocatello man accused of lighting mortar rocket fireworks that authorities say burned one home and damaged another has pleaded not guilty.

The Idaho State Journal reported that John Woods, of Pocatello, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree arson. He pleaded not guilty last week in district court.

Defense attorney Shane Reichert says Woods is sorry for what happened but that his client is innocent until proven guilty. Reichert says the state must prove that he was responsible for that crime.

Woods told the Journal in an interview in July that he began lighting mortar rockets from his driveway. Another resident reports that she came out of the house when she heard an explosion. Three additional mortars exploded in the air near her home.

The July 13 fire caused thousands of dollars in property damages.

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Are we in store for another record setting snow year?

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, October 25th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Countless hours of shoveling snow, and mounds of it lining the driveway, last winters record snowfall remains fresh on our minds.

Heading into the next winter season we’re beginning to see hints of what could be another extreme snow year.

“A La Nina Watch has been issued by the Climate Prediction Center for the fall and winter season… at the equator in the eastern Pacific, the ocean surface is trending cooler than average,” said KBOI 2News meteorologist Nate Larsen. “A similar pattern to what we saw last season.”

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Idaho approves $3 million to study raising Boise River dams

10/28/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho officials have approved spending $3 million to help pay for a federal study to increase the height of three dams on the Boise River.

The Capital Press reports that the Idaho Water Resources Board on Tuesday approved paying for half of the $6 million study that requires a 50 percent non-federal match.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study will look at raising Anderson Ranch Dam by 6 feet, Arrowrock Dam by 10 feet and Lucky Peak Dam by 4 feet.

That would result in an additional 60,000 acre-feet of storage capacity in the system that can now store about 1 million acre-feet.


Public Lands:

Barber Flats Bridge road temporarily closes for first phase of repairs

Boise, Idaho, October 27, 2017 —

The Boise National Forest is temporarily closing National Forest System road 376 (Barber Flat Road) Oct. 30, 2017, for public health and safety while the Barber Flat Bridge undergoes the first phase of a two phased repair process.

This order will remain in effect until noon Nov. 16, 2017. Once the first phase is completed the bridge will reopen to vehicles less than 50 inches. Phase two is planned for the late summer, early fall 2018.

The Barber Flat Bridge has been closed to vehicles wider than 50 inches since April 2012 when an inspection showed that a bridge pier had moved deeming it unsafe for full sized vehicles.

A detailed description of the closure is attached. For this, and all Boise National Forest area closures visit:
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Forests Without Borders: State, Payette forest cooperate to produce healthy timber stands

By Max Silverson for The Star-News October 26, 2017

Clark Lucas works for the Idaho Department of Lands, but his latest project is located on land managed by the Payette National Forest.

Lucas, an IDL forest resource specialist, has been surveying Payette forest land in the Sloans Point area east of Donnelly under a new program called the Good Neighbor Authority.

The national program was included in the 2014 Farm Bill passed by Congress. The agreement allows for the two agencies to work as partners to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration, with each entity contributing to a single project, officials said.

Work in the Sloan’s Point area will focus about 1,500 acres of Payette forest land containing Ponderosa pine and western larch. Work would include stream restoration, controlled burns, and thinning trees both to produce lumber and to reduce the risk of wildfire.

“The intent is to help move conditions closer to what nature would have done if wildfire had not been excluded over the past 100 years,” Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

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Forest Service buys key wildlife habitat area in E. Idaho

10/24/17 AP

Last Chance, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has purchased about 60 acres (24 hectares) of private land inside the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in eastern Idaho that contains key spawning habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

The agency in a news release Tuesday says the Duck Creek area of Henry’s Lake is also important habitat for elk, deer, pronghorn, grizzly bears and other wildlife.

The Forest Service says the public will have non-motorized access with camping available within 100 yards (91 meters) of Red Rock Road.

The agency says it purchased the land from Rob and Ruth Plesner. Rob Plesner’s ancestors homesteaded in the area.

The Nature Conservancy of Idaho assisted with the deal. Officials didn’t release the selling price.

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Federal land manager to Idaho National Guard: Stop building

By Rebecca Boone – 10/24/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management has ordered the Idaho National Guard to stop building a tank crossing on a road in a national conservation area in the state until an environmental analysis is finished and the BLM decides whether to grant a permit.

A formal cease and desist letter was sent to the Idaho Military Division last month, stating that the construction project — which involves extensive digging and trenching on Simco Road — was a trespass on the BLM-managed Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area.

Both sides characterized the issue as the result of a rare misunderstanding in a long-standing positive relationship in the area that contains key habitat for eagles, falcons and hawks.

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House will vote next week on wildfire bill

Matthew Daly Associated Press, KTVB October 26, 2017

Republican leaders say the House will vote next week on a GOP bill to make it easier to cut down trees on national forests to reduce the risk of wildfire.

A bill by Arkansas congressman Bruce Westerman would loosen environmental regulations for forest-thinning projects on federal lands. The measure would waive environmental reviews for projects up to 30,000 acres for areas prone to insect infestations, disease or extreme wildfire risk.

The bill comes as the Forest Service has spent a record $2.4 billion battling forest fires across the West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California says the bill makes needed changes “to keep our forests healthy and less susceptible to the types of fires that ravaged our state this month.”

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Yellowstone & Grand Teton entrance fees could more than double

Oct 25, 2017 Local News 8

Washington DC (KIFI/KIDK) – The National Park Service is considering a proposal to increase fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. The list includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and 15 other national parks across the country.

The increases would apply to entrance fees and revised fees for road-based commercial tours. According to the Park Service, the revenue would fund improvements to aging infrastructure, including roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services.

Yellowstone Park officials have identified a number of improvement projects.

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National Parks Want a Massive Fee Increase

Visiting one of the 17 most popular National Parks will cost $70 during peak season if this proposal goes through.

The Western Slope No-Fee Coalition 10/25/2017

On October 24, 2017 the National Park Service issued an announcement that they want to implement a huge “targeted” increase in entrance fees at the most popular National Parks.

Their “target”? Families whose vacation schedules are tied to the school calendar, lower-income visitors, and your wallet!

These 17 parks would charge a premium entry fee during their peak season, more than doubling the current cost of a single-visit entry to $70!

The parks involved, along with their peak season when the increase would be in effect are:

– May 1-September 30 for Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park
– June 1-October 31 for Acadia National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park
– January 1-May 31 for Joshua Tree National Park

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Hispanic ranchers dealt blow in lengthy battle over grazing

By Susan Montoya Bryan – 10/24/17 AP

Albuquerque, N.M. — A group of Hispanic ranchers has been dealt a blow in their years-long feud with the federal government over grazing rights on land in New Mexico that has been used by their families for centuries.

Attorneys for the ranchers argued that the U.S. Forest Service violated the law when deciding to limit grazing on historic land grants even though the government has recognized that the descendants of Spanish colonists have a unique relationship with the land.

The ranchers claimed the agency failed to consider social and economic effects that would result from limiting grazing in a region where poverty and dependence on the land for subsistence is high.

In a recent ruling, U.S. District James Browning dismissed remaining counts against the government, finding that the National Environmental Policy Act does not require the Forest Service to consider social and economic effects that are a direct result of an agency’s action.

The law narrowly centers on effects to the physical environment, the judge ruled.


Critter News:

Halloween isn’t always a treat for your pets: How to avoid a scary vet bill

Pet owners beware of these Halloween hazards

Candi Carney Oct 27, 2017

It’s creepy, spooky and downright fun for families — but the Halloween season might be more of a trick, versus a treat, for your four-legged friends.

Pet insurance companies say vet ER visits are always up around this time of year.

We talked to local veterinarian Dr. Brad Twigg about what pet owners need to be aware of so they can avoid a frightful bill from the ER.

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Pet Talk – What is ‘pinkeye’?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Oct 27, 2017 IME

Pinkeye is actually conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation and swelling of the tissues lining or covering the eyelids and eyeball.

There are numerous causes of pinkeye, including infection by bacteria and viruses, irritants such as dust and snow crystals, and trauma. Other irritants include smoke, shampoo, foreign bodies, abnormal hair, and many others. Certain forms of pinkeye are secondary to allergies and auto-immune disease, and also due to poor tear production. Rarely, parasites, tumors and fungal infections can cause conjunctivitis.

The main clinical sign of pinkeye is redness and swelling to the conjunctiva and a discharge at the lower corner of the eye. The discharge may be gray, green, yellow, white or just watery. With widespread or severe conjunctivitis, inflammation of the eyelids or cornea can occur. This is called blepharitis and keratitis.

Conjunctivitis may or may not be painful. If painful, then the animal squints its’ eyes and tries to rub or paw at them.

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Reward offered for info on wolf-killing poacher in Oregon

by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Wednesday, October 25th 2017

Portland, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and five conservation groups have teamed up to offer $15,500 for information about the illegal poaching of a federally protected gray wolf that was shot dead in a national forest in southern Oregon.

The wolf, known as OR-33, was being tracked by authorities and is one of at least eight that have been poached or died under mysterious circumstances in the state since 2015, the conservation groups said.

The groups in a statement Tuesday said OR-33 was found dead of gunshot wounds in Fremont Winema National Forest on April 23. DNA tests only recently confirmed that he was OR-33, a 4-year-old male who left a pack in northeast Oregon in 2015. His radio tracking collar stopped working last year.

Over two days in June, he killed two goats and one lamb at a small livestock operation near the small city of Ashland just north of Oregon’s border with California.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

“Midway through October 2017”
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Wolf Education International

Fourth Week October 2017

Wolves return to haunt EU politics

Funding restored to trap wolves who attack livestock

$15,500 Reward Offered After Endangered Wolf Shot Dead

Legislative Pulse: Wyoming Wins Wolf, Monument Battles
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Tentative deal reached on deadly ‘cyanide bombs’

By Matthew Brown – 10/26/17 AP

Billings, Mont. — U.S. officials have reached a tentative deal with wildlife advocates trying to stop the use of predator-killing traps, including devices called “cyanide bombs” that earlier this year injured an Idaho teenager and killed his dog, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Government attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to put on hold for 60 days a lawsuit over the poisoned traps pending final approval of the agreement by senior officials at the Interior Department.

Terms were not disclosed.

One of the devices named in the lawsuit, called an M-44, is partially buried and baited to attract predators. It sprays cyanide into the mouths of animals that trigger it.

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Scotchman Peak goat ambassadors reduce conflict with hikers

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Oct 27, 2017

The future for mountain goats on North Idaho’s Scotchman Peak is brighter, thanks to “goat ambassadors” who have been hiking the popular trail to educate hikers on avoiding contact with the goats.

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW) have wrapped up a second season of the Mountain Goat Ambassador Program with reports that hikers on Trail 65 near Clark Fork, Idaho, had fewer encounters with aggressive goats.

The 29 volunteer ambassadors were on the peak overlooking Lake Pend Oreille on 37 days for a total of 388 hours, reports Phil Hough, FSPW executive director. That’s every weekend from early June through early October for outreach, education, surveying and monitoring.

“The hikers encountered by our Ambassadors were very interested in learning about the goats and expressed a desire to keep both hikers and goats safe,” he said. Hikers also appreciated any information the knowledgeable ambassadors offered on the proposed wilderness area and the mountains in general, he added.


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Video: Gutless field dressing saves time, hassle for elk hunters

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Oct 25, 2017

I’ve killed an elk near a road where it could be loaded in a pickup exactly zero times in my hunting career.

Every one had to be quartered or the meat removed from the bone in the field to be hauled by a pack animal or, in most cases, by me and a buddy on our backs or on a cart.

In the following two videos, pro hunters demostrate the “gutless method” of deboning meat and getting it ready quickly to pack out.

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Utah woman hospitalized after apparent moose attack

AP Oct 26, 2017

Salt Lake City (AP) – Authorities say a woman is recovering after an apparent moose attack in Summit County.

Two hikers found the woman lying on a trail with her dog on Sunday. They told authorities a cow moose and her calf were about 20 feet (6 meters) away, with the mother acting aggressively.

The hikers got the woman and dog away from the area and called for help.

The woman was taken to a hospital, but the extent of her injuries is unknown. Authorities are waiting for the woman to recover sufficiently before questioning her further.

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Hunter bags 36-point freak-of-nature deer with his crossbow

Brian Broom, The Clarion-Ledger, TEGNA October 26, 2017

Jackson, Miss. – The hunt for a 6-point management buck that spanned four years ended with a Philadelphia, Miss., man taking a rare 36-point giant.

“I hunt there around my house,” Stan Ethredge said. “We’ve got a couple of hundred acres.

“I’ve been getting pictures of him for at least four years now. He was a big 6-point four years ago. He dropped his antlers and grew six points again. After the second year he was a 6-point, I figured that was all he was going to be. I figured he was a good cull buck, but I never got a shot at him. I just got pictures.”

Ethredge continued to monitor the deer and as expected, he grew into another 6-point the following spring, but during the summer, his antlers began to express abnormalities. The buck started growing drop tines and stickers.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
October 27, 2017
Issue No. 849
Table of Contents

* Wild Salmon/Steelhead Numbers Rising In Oregon’s Sandy River After 2007 Dam Removal

* Tribal Kelt Reconditioning Program Aims To Boost This Year’s Wild Steelhead Spawning In Lower Snake River

* Operations To Protect Spawning ESA-Listed Chum Below Bonneville Delayed; Early Basin Water Supply Forecast Normal

* U.S. State Department Picks New Columbia River Treaty Negotiator

* Another Sturgeon Fishing Day Added, Mainstem Night Fishing Ban Lifted, Wild Steelhead Passage Still Very Low

* More Questions Than Answers On Influx Of Tropical Organisms Found In Alaska Waters For First Time

* Oregon Governor Announces Nominations For New Oregon Members Of Northwest Power/Conservation Council

* Irrigators Say Not ‘Re-Litigating,’ Want Court To Hear New Information On Barging Fish During Low Flow, Warm Conditions

* Independent Science Panel Reviews Draft Report On Columbia Basin Salmon Survival

* Council Hears A USFWS Review Of Libby Dam Operations For Sturgeon, Bull Trout

* NOAA Study: Climate Shifts Shorten Marine Food Chain Off California

Fish & Game News:

Bats get their due as important wildlife species Oct. 24-31

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Monday, October 23, 2017

Governor’s proclamation recognizes the value of Idaho’s bat population

Don’t expect a spotlight in the sky over Gotham City, but do expect furry, flying critters to get their due respect Oct. 24-31 as it’s proclaimed National Bat Week in Idaho by proclamation of Gov. Butch Otter.

“Bats provide important biological services that contribute substantially to the economy of the United States by protecting American forests and agriculture from destructive insects and by providing the fundamental benefit of pollination,” the proclamation reads.

Recently, bat populations have suffered losses from white-nose syndrome and other factors that require attention to ensure the sustainability of food production and protect environmental and human health.

“It is critically important to continue federal and state efforts, including development of new public-private partnerships and increasing citizen engagement to promote the health of bat populations, increase the quality and quantity of bat roosting and foraging habitat, and help restore bat populations to healthy levels,” the proclamation reads.

Want to learn more about bats? Did you know a bat can live over 40 years? Check out 13 Awesome Facts About Bats from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Processing wild game: Beyond burger, five options for deer and elk meat

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, October 27, 2017

Even if you have your game processed by a butcher, these are still options

We love deer and elk steaks, but you can only get so many off an animal. That means lots of wild game meat is ground into burger, but there are other options that make tasty meals and snacks.

Many hunters have their big game animals processed by professional butchers. If that’s the case, chances are good you will end up with lots of ground meat. Don’t worry, you can still use that meat for nearly everything below.

Roger Phillips/Idaho Fish and Game

If you do your own butchering, you have more options. And a quick note about processing the meat before it’s ground. Deer or elk burger has a reputation for having “gamey” flavor, which is usually not a compliment, but it can be just as tasty as steaks of you process it with a few things in mind.

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Information sought on killed cow & bull moose found south of Elk River

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Conservation Educator
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Anyone with information encouraged to call CAP hotline 1-800-632-5999

On October 20, 2017, Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers located a cow moose and a bull moose that had been shot near the 21-mile marker on the Aquarius road, hunt unit 10A in Clearwater County. The Aquarius road connects Elk River to the Grandad Bridge area.

The scene suggests that the moose were killed at different times but within a hundred yards of each other. Although the actual dates of the deaths are unknown, officers believe the moose were shot on or after October 10. Portions of the animals were taken and the antlers of the bull moose were left at the scene.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Clearwater Regional Office at 208-799-5010, or the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Anteater vs baby kangaroo

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Makem & Clancy: A Place In The Choir

“All God’s Creatures Got A Place In the Choir” was composed by Bill Staines, an American folk musician and singer-songwriter from New England, This song has been recorded by many others apart from Makem and Clancy…


Tips & Advice:

It’s the season of unwanted guests in your home, pests

by Nathan Larsen Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Meridian, Idaho (KBOI) — As the temperatures continue to cool-off we tend to migrate indoors.

It’s not just us humans that look for warmth on cooler days, you’re probably seeing a few unwanted guests darting across the floor or crawling up on the ceiling.

We spoke with Treasure Valley Pest Control to see what to look for on the exterior of your home, where the little critters often get in.

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Seasonal Humor:


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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

In the 1966 animated special It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The PEANUTS gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party.

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