Nov 12, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 12, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

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Village News:

Matt’s back-country rescue

Three young men, out-of-state hunters from Bozeman, MT, drove almost to the trailhead at Roosevelt Lake to start their hunt. After cutting several downed trees they finally decided to just park on the road and hike the rest of the way. They hiked down past the pioneer cemetery several miles, spent several nights camping and finally got a nice buck. That night it really snowed. They got their deer and gear back to the truck to discover they were in serious trouble. They shoveled snow (it sounded like two days) then realized that wouldn’t work as the snow was getting steadily deeper. They packed four days of rations (& the deer) and started taking turns breaking trail and working their way through waist deep snow. About eleven o’clock they heard a snowmobile…..Matt was breaking trail for the guide Al B. The three & packs were rescued by riding on snowmobile sled. They arranged for Matt to get the rest of their stuff, and waited a few days here in YP to ride out with Heather. We’ll see them next summer when they come back to get their truck. Amazing that Matt arrived at the right place at the right time.

– LI Nov. 12, 2017
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Mail Days M-W-F

Starting November 1st, the mail is being delivered 3 days a week.
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Community Hall Update Oct. 2017

Hello fellow Yellow Piners, I am just wanting to take a minute to give a community hall update.

Items completed:

Junk removal with exception of small camper trailer. Anyone interested?
Mobile Grill covered
Flowers planted
Inventory of completed and on the Cloud
Water off and winterized
Past Harmonica T-Shirts going good.
Still need 1990, 2003, 2004, 2005 ,2008, 2011
New fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are installed
Clock installed in main hall
4 propane tanks in place and full
New trailer cleaned and parked
Also all outside Harmonica items (benches, etc.) on new trailer and tarped

Still in Process:

Process Manual
repair and refinishing of outside picnic tables
electric repair of light switch
new wheels for the piano
event sign for the airport
Fund raising ideas

Thank you to everyone who made this possible
Chairman of Community Hall
Kathleen Hall
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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.

Thanksgiving potluck will be held at The Corner 4pm November 23rd. Please call Heather at the Corner 208 633-3325 for items to bring.

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Yellow Pine Tavern

Winter hours currently will be: 9am to 8pm daily

Christmas potluck will be at the Tavern. Look for further updates on the time and what the Tavern will be providing.

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Diamond (Kennedy) Fuel & Feed


We will now be carrying wood pellets, so if you or someone you know up there burns pellets we will have some in stock by Thursday night. We will also order 1 ton pallets if there is an interest. No delivery to YP at this time, but folks can come pick up themselves.

Also, current price on the wood pellets are $5.99/ 50 lb. bag or $250 for a bulk order of 50 bags (1 ton). The brand is Purcell which is rated just as good if not better than the North Idaho Brand. It is made and sold by the same manufacture. Chris Gurney, the new owner here, said next summer he would be willing to deliver 1 ton bulk orders to YP if there are enough interested. Current prices may change by then of course.
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Bear Aware

A fed bear is a dead bear. Keep garbage secured and pet food indoors, take down bird feeders until hibernation. Clean BBQ grills (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 will resume in the spring.
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VYPA News:

Next meeting June 2018
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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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Local Observations:

Monday (Nov 6) snowed over an inch after dark last night, overnight low of 18 degrees, 1.5″ new snow, 5.5″ total snow on the ground this morning. Snowmobile sighted. Partly cloudy during the day, bits of sun felt warm, high 40 degrees. Clearing and getting cold as the sun went down.

Tuesday (Nov 7) overnight low of 4 degrees, clear sky and slight breeze this morning, 5″ of snow still on the ground. No bird calls, but sound of chainsaw off in the distance. High hazy clouds moved in by lunch time. Filtered sun and cool this afternoon, high 37 degrees. Temperature dropping fast after sunset. Quiet day, no birds or wild critters sighted.

Wednesday (Nov 8) clear night, hard freeze. This morning there is still 5″ of snow on the ground, high thin clouds coming in. Heard juncos tweeting. Mail truck made it in close to on time, using So Fork route now that snow has closed Johnson Creek at Landmark. Quiet cloudy afternoon, sort of inverted (can smell vehicle exhaust), high 43 degrees. Drips and drops of rain just at dark. Probably misted on and off all night.

Thursday (Nov 9) probably stayed above freezing all night, misty rain and cloudy this morning. Rain sprinkles and drizzles on and off all day, cloudy and cool. Quiet afternoon, more rain, high 40 degrees. Probably sprinkled on and off all night.

Friday (Nov 10) rain turned to light snow by the time the sun came up, overnight low of 28 degrees. Big fat flakes of snow for a while this morning, about 1/4″ accumulated before it turned to rain and melted. Rain drizzles sometimes mixed with snow during the day. Saw one stellar jay flying thru the neighborhood. Chilly damp day and low clouds, high 35 degrees. Still sprinkling before dark. By midnight it looked like the clouds had sat right down to the ground.

Saturday (Nov 11) overnight low of 31 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. There is still a little over 3″ of snow on the ground. Cloudy damp day, a little snow melting and dripping off the roofs, high 41 degrees. Quiet afternoon and evening, no wild critters or birds around.

Sunday (Nov 12) overnight low of 27 degrees, high thin haze this morning. About 3″ of snow covers the ground in the open, but bare spots growing under trees. Small herd of does on the golf course after lunch time. Cloudy all day, above freezing and melting a little bit of snow, high 44 degrees. Beautiful red sunset (after the sun was down.)

Scam Alert!

Nov 8, 2017 – rrSue

Received a phone call a few days ago (fellow with heavy accent) with a garbled intro about Medicare. When I asked for details he was vague. When I asked if this was a scam, he got belligerent. When I questioned further, he said, “Never mind.” and hung up. Beware!

Idaho News:

Movie Stars & Baseball Teams

New documentary recounts the early history of McCall

By Phil Janquart for The Star-News November 9, 2017

Photo courtesy McCall Historic Preservation Commission. Photo from 1920 shows downtown McCall crowded with traffic.

McCall once had a horse track, a baseball team and dog sleds that delivered mail. The Hollywood film “Northwest Passage” starring Spencer Tracy was filmed in McCall.

These are tidbits from McCall’s history that have been revived by a documentary produced by the McCall Historic Preservation Commission.

The 30-minute program, “McCall, Idaho: An Early History,” showcases a history that dates back to a time when the Nez Perce and Shoshone tribes spent their summers in the area and fur trappers harvested animal pelts.

That all took place long before there was a ski resort or motorboats cruising Payette Lake, which was named after French-Canadian fur trapper Francois Payette.

The documentary will be available electronically on the city’s website and DVDs will be availabe at McCall City Hall, but no date has been set for its release. The DVD also will be distributed to McCall schools and the McCall Public Library.

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Cascade Legion post to hold Veterans Day observances

The Star-News November 9, 2017

The American Legion in Cascade will observe Veterans Day with a high school assembly, an observance in front of Legion Hall and a flag retirement ceremony.

Members of American Legion Post 60 and Auxiliary Post 60 will conduct a Veterans Day student assembly at Cascade High School on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

They will also host the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday at 11:11 a.m. in front of Legion Hall, 105 E. Mill St. in Cascade.

The American Legion Post 60 members will also conduct their annual flag retirement ceremony on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Legion Hall’s east parking lot.

During this event, Legion members will properly dispose of the unserviceable and worn American flags that were turned in during the year by burning them.

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State agency sponsors aviation-themed art contest for youths

The Star-News November 9, 2017

The Idaho Division of Aeronautics is sponsoring a statewide, aviation-themed art contest with the theme “Careers in Aerospace.” The Digital Artwork Category is for ages 14 to 20 year and is a design challenge to create the official logo for the 2018 Aerospace Career Exploration Academy.

The Standard Artwork Category is split into five age groups for youths ranging from age 5 to 18. Contest notices will be sent to schools, Valley County 4-H clubs, Cascade homeschoolers and scout troops.

The deadline to enter either art contest is March 1, 2018. To download an application to enter the art contest, see

The McCall Chapter of the Idaho Aviation Association will create a satellite campus at which Valley County students interested in STEM education programs and aviation will be able to participate directly in the ACE Academy, chapter president Rob Tucker said.

The McCall campus will be digitally linked to the Boise State University campus for statewide interactive presentations. McCall ACE Academy participants will also experience hands-on activities at the McCall airport,Tucker said.

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Idaho hunter found after vehicle goes off road

11/7/17 AP

Warren, Idaho — Authorities in north-central Idaho say a missing hunter has been found dead outside his vehicle that went off the road.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office in a news release Monday says family members found the body of 65-year-old Ernest Wright of Warren on Saturday on a U.S. Forest Service road about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Warren Summit.

Officials say Wright succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

Officials say Wright went hunting Friday but didn’t return, causing family and friends to start a search that lasted through the night. They alerted authorities Saturday morning that Wright was missing.

The sheriff’s office called in a helicopter, but family members found Wright before it arrived.

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La Niña is officially here. What does that mean for our winter?

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, KTVB November 09, 2017

La Niña, the cooler sibling of El Niño, is here.

The La Niña climate pattern — a natural cycle marked by cooler-than-average ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean — is one of the main drivers of weather in the U.S. and around the world, especially during the late fall, winter and early spring.

Federal government forecasters announced La Niña’s formation Thursday. The Climate Prediction Center says this year’s La Niña (translated from Spanish as “little girl”) is on the weak side, but it should still continue through the winter.

This is the second consecutive La Niña winter. Last year’s episode was unusually brief, forming in November and gone by February.

A typical La Niña winter in the U.S. brings cold and snow to the Northwest and unusually dry conditions to most of the southern tier of the U.S., according to the prediction center. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic also tend to see warmer-than-average temperatures during a La Niña winter.

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Canal policies threaten federal flood insurance in Idaho

Local News 8 – Nov 10, 2017

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has threatened to suspend the National Flood Insurance Program in Idaho.

The program has more than 8,000 enrollees in Idaho and insures structures worth more than $2.1 billion.

Idaho Department of Water Resources Deputy Director Mat Weaver told the Idaho Water Resource Board the threat revolves around a conflict between state law and federal law regarding the “operation, maintenance and repair of canals and flood ways.”

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Hundreds volunteer to help restore Table Rock landscape

by KBOI News Staff Saturday, November 11th 2017

Hundreds of volunteers showed up at Table Rock Saturday to help restore the landscape.

In 2016 the Table Rock Fire ripped through the foothills blackening everything in its path.

The volunteers spent their morning planting native species to rehabilitate the land.

The Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Fish and Game, City of Boise and Land Trust of the Treasure Valley organized the habitat restoration.

They provided all of the necessary tools, plants and equipment.


Mining News:

Drilling Down on Safety

November 6 Midas Gold

Midas Gold has been exploring the Stibnite Gold Project site since 2009. Our exploration work has included an extensive drilling program. This has allowed us to better understand what type of minerals exist at the site and in what quantities. More recently, we’ve used drilling to understand the geotechnical structure of the soil and underlying bedrock, so our engineering team can make sure future facilities are designed with the exact conditions of site in mind.

The information we gather through drilling will arm us with the data we need to build the safest project possible. And while we’ve been collecting this information, we’ve made sure to do it in the safest manner possible.

Earlier this month, we wrapped up our drilling program for the season and we are happy to report that not only did we collect crucial information we did it without any safety incidents or unintended impacts to the environment. This is only possible because of our wonderful partner, T&J Drilling. Wehave worked with them since 2012 and from the moment we started working with them they embraced our values of safety and protecting the environment. In fact, for the last 22 months we have had zero safety incidents up at the site and we have gone five and a half years without a reportable spill. This wouldn’t be possible without strong partnerships with our contractors and suppliers.

To show our appreciation, we made a special plaque for T&J Drilling using materials from the site – including a piece of stibnite from one of their drill sites. We are honored to work with such a thoughtful and caring team and appreciate all they are doing to help make the Stibnite Gold Project a reality.

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Public Lands:

Change in the Landscape

Payette program restores vast swaths of forests

By Max Silverson for The Star-News November 9, 2017

Andre Snyder peered into a cavernous culvert recently installed on the west branch of the Weiser River west of New Meadows. The 14-foot wide culvert was installed to replace the previous four-foot culvert that sat in its place for years, blocking fish passage.

The culvert is just one example of how an initiative by the Payette National Forest is restoring the land and water in large swaths of national forest.

Since 2012, the Payette has selected tracts of land for what are known as Collaborative Landscape Forest Restoration Projects.

Two projects are underway, one is nearly to start, and two more are in the planning stages spanning nearly 1 million acres, half of which are on the Payette.

Commercial timber cutting is not used on all landscape projects, but when it is, the projects do not operate like typical timber sales, Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

The projects operate under what are called stewardship contracts, which allow the Payette to exchange goods for services, he said.

Timber value is traded for forest restoration projects such as thinning, chipping, culvert replacement to allow for fish passage, taking roads out of service and rerouting of roads that cause erosion and sediment runoff, Harris said.

The projects operate under the umbrella name of the Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

See a video about the projects at

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Payette archaeologist to discuss historical sites Nov. 16

The Star-News November 9, 2017

An archaeologist will discuss sites of historical significance in the Payette National Forest on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at The Barn Owl Books and Gifts.

The discussion will focus on how to develop educational interests of visitors while maintaining the wilderness character of the land.

The event, the first in a new series titled “Outdoor Conversations,” is co-sponsored by the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation and the McCall Public Library.

The Barn Owl Books and Gifts is located at 626 N. Third St., Suite 110. Refreshments will be served.

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Boise and Payette National Forests Begin Christmas Tree Permit Sales Nov. 18

Boise, Idaho, Oct. 27, 2017

The Payette and Boise National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 18. On Monday, Nov. 20, permits will be available at Payette and Boise National Forest Offices. Christmas tree permits are $10, and valid through Dec. 25.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. The maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. Permits are valid for use on both National Forests – a permit purchased at a Boise National Forest office, can be used on the Payette and vice versa. A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only – commercial use is prohibited. Permits are not refundable.

Harvesting a Christmas tree is a fun adventure and often a traditional family event. Please be certain you are fully prepared for winter conditions and winter travel before heading out. All purchasers are provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, as well as restrictions and helpful tips.

Fourth-graders receive a Free Permit! In coordination with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth-graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit. The Forest Service is among several federal agencies supporting the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free entry pass to many fee locations throughout the nation. Fourth-grade students, with the assistance of an adult, can register for the initiative at

To receive a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth-grader and a parent must go to a Forest Service office in person with the “voucher” they received from the online registration.

Commercial vendors do not except the vouchers – free Christmas tree permits to registered fourth-graders are only available at Forest Service offices. Free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically.

Safety Guidelines:

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering as Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead and check websites for road conditions before heading out. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.

A Few Reminders when traveling to the Forests:

* Use the Christmas tree brochures with instructions provided by offices and vendors.
* Practice winter survival and driving techniques.
* Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.
* Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.
* Always advise neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, and include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.
* Be prepared for the possibility of a long day as time may be needed to search for the “perfect tree.”
* According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate or end of the car, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.
* Much of the Boise National Forest has burned in recent years. Please help our Forests with recovery and restoration efforts by not cutting green trees in burned areas. Check the alerts and notices pages of the Forest websites for closure areas.###

See list of offices and vendors on the following pages.

Christmas Tree Permit Locations Payette National Forest Offices /
All Payette National Forest offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact any of the District Offices. (Vendors and offices closed on Thanksgiving)

Council Ranger District Office
2092 Highway 95, Council, ID
(208) 253-0100

New Meadows Ranger District Office
3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID
(208) 347-0300

Weiser Ranger District Office
851 E Ninth St., Weiser, ID
(208) 549-4200

McCall Ranger District Office
102 West Lake St., McCall, ID
(208) 634-0400

Payette National Forest Vendors

Weiser: Ridley’s Food and Drug 208) 549-1332
652 E First St., Weiser, ID
Open: Everyday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Cambridge: Jay’s Sinclair (208) 257-5000
Corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 71, Cambridge, ID
Open: Everyday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Council: Farmer’s Supply Co-op (208) 253-4266
2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID
Open: Everyday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

McCall: Albertsons (208) 634-8166
132 E. Lake Street, McCall, ID
Open: Everyday 6:30 a.m. -11 p.m.

New Meadows: C & M Lumber (208) 347-3648
3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID
Open: Mon – Sat 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Tree Permit Locations Boise National Forest Offices /
Interagency Visitor Information Center (208) 373-4007

Sells permits for the Payette and Boise National Forests
1387 South Vinnell Way
(BLM State Office – West of Walmart on Overland Road, Boise)
Hours: M-F – 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Vendors and offices are closed Thanksgiving Day)

The Idaho City Ranger District (208) 392-6681
3833 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30p.m
The Idaho City Ranger District may not be open on weekends.

Check with local vendors for weekend hours.

Lowman Ranger District (208) 259-3361
7359 Highway 21
Lowman, ID 83637
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Emmett Ranger District (208) 365-7000
1805 Highway 16, Room 5
Emmett, ID 83617
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cascade Ranger District (208) 382-7400
540 North Main Street
Cascade, ID 83611
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mountain Home Ranger District (208) 587-7961
3080 Industrial Way
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Tree Permit Locations Boise National Forest Vendors

Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426
3868 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tom’s Service/Sinclair (208) 392-4900
243 State Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Donna’s Place (208) 392-9777
200 Main Street
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Donna’s Place (208) 392-9666
110 E Granite Street
Placerville, ID 83666
Open: Everyday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442
2518 E Cleveland
Caldwell, ID 83605
Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

B & W Fuels (208) 365-2291
1900 N. Washington
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Sun – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 6 a.m. -10 p.m.

D & B Supply (208) 963-7035
111 State Highway 16
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Mon – Sat, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Tree Permit Locations Boise National Forest Vendors

Valley View Chevron (208) 793-4321
459 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open: Mon-Thursday, – 5:30 a.m. – 10-p.m.; Friday – Sunday 5:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391
445 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open Everyday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869
P.O. Box 447
Garden Valley, ID 83622
Beginning Nov.20 – open: Everyday – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Critter News:

MCPAWS launches endowment fund, legacy society

The Star-News November 9, 2017

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter has launched two new programs to help raise money for the shelter and honor those who donate.

The MCPAWS Endowment Fund, also known as McFund, is an investment fund designed to provide a permanent, consistent source of income to help the shelter obtain long-term financial sustainability. The growth income will help support the operations at MCPAWS.

The minimum gift is $5,000. Endowment gifts can be established as an outright gift or through estate planning products.

The MCPAWS Legacy Society honors those who contribute to the endowment fund with a plaque on the Legacy Society Wall at the animal shelter.

For more information, call 208-634-3647 or email Amber Kostoff at or Kattie Kingsley at

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Pet Talk – Chemotherapy and your pet

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 10, 2017 – IME

Chemotherapy is the use of various drugs to destroy tumor cells, but leave normal cells OK. The use of chemotherapy depends on several factors. These include the type of tumor, its location, the condition of the patient, if the tumor has spread to other areas of the body (metastasis), personal beliefs of the pet’s owner and financial restraints. Chemotherapy can be used with or without surgery, depending on the tumor type. Most often, chemotherapy is used after a malignant tumor has been removed from your pet. This is to ensure that any metastatic cells are killed.

Chemotherapy works by damaging rapidly growing cells. Rapidly dividing cancer cells are typically more sensitive to chemotherapy than normally dividing healthy cells. The effective use of chemotherapy is a balance between killing cancer cells and minimizing side effects on the patient’s healthy cells.

Chemotherapeutic agents, or drugs, are commonly administered together in specific protocols that maximize destruction of tumor cells. The protocols may be altered to fit the needs of the individual patient or changed based on the tumor type, the patient’s health status, the veterinarian’s experience and the owner’s constraints. Discuss your pet’s protocol with your veterinarian to be sure you understand all possible side effects, the treatment schedule and costs, as well as monitoring any problems with the drugs.

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Wildlife moving into foothills

Dean Johnson, KTVB November 09, 2017

A pack of wolves is confirmed to have eaten a cow in the Boise foothills.

Boise – It’s rare here in Idaho, but can happen: coming face-to-face with a mountain lion or even a wolf. However, it’s something Idaho Fish and Game says people need to be aware with winter on the horizon.

“We’re seeing deer moving down. We’re seeing elk moving down, winter is kinda starting up and just like an 18-year-old kid, they’re going to follow the food,” Jim Hayden, a biologist with Idaho Fish and Game says.

One of those predators following their food into the foothills are wolves. Earlier this week, the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services says an investigator with their agency found the tracks of a pack of wolves next to the carcass of a cow. The investigator however could not confirm if the pack killed the cow.

The livestock was found near Ourada Ranch Road, which is just a few miles north of the Hidden Springs subdivision.

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Rancher kills wolf attacking livestock in Ferry County

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 9, 2017

A rancher has killed an adult female gray wolf as it was caught in the act of attacking livestock on private grazing grounds in northern Ferry County.

The livestock producer reported the incident on Oct. 27, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials confirmed in a report released today.

Even though the wolf in that portion of the state was protected by state endangered species rules, it is lawful to kill a wolf in self-defense or to protect other people, livestock or pets.

WDFW enforcement investigated the producer’s action and found it to be consistent with state regulations.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of November 2017
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Another wolf shot in Oregon; investigation continues in unsolved cases

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 7, 2017

Another gray wolf has been found dead in Oregon, marking the third such unsolved death of a federally protected wolf in the past year, state and federal wildlife officials told the Associated Press. Another wolf was shot by a hunter who claimed self-defense.

Here’s more from the latest report:

The wolf was found dead Oct. 29 in Klamath County on state forest land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered a $5,000 reward for information on the killing, authorities said Monday.

The wolf was known to biologists as OR-25 and was wearing a tracking collar. It was believed to have killed a calf at a private ranch near Prospect earlier this year, according to state wildlife officials.

OR-33, another collared male, was found shot dead April 23 about 20 miles northwest of Klamath Falls in Fremont-Winema National Forest. OR-28, a collared female, was found dead Oct. 6, 2016, in Fremont-Winema National Forest near Summer Lake.

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Gun encourages self-defense claim in shooting of wolf

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 6, 2017

An elk hunter got the benefit of the doubt for killing a wolf in self-defense in northeastern Oregon last month, the first time that’s happened since the predator began migrating to the state in the late 1990s, state police said Thursday.

The story from the Associated Press says the man shot the animal initially thinking it was a coyote. He said three wolves were trotting toward him. Feeling threatened, he shot one of the wolves, an 83-pound female, at 27 yards. The other two wolves ran away at the shot, he said.

The hunter detailed the incident in an interview with Bill Monroe of Oregon Live and said he was “terrified” as the wolves advanced. There’s no reason to doubt his story.

No charges were pressed after the the hunter reported the incident and it was investigated.

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Welcome to Wolf Watch

Pinedale Online

11/2/17: Oregon hunter kills wolf in self-defense
(By Oregon State Police) A hunter from Clackamas had an encounter with three wolves while out elk hunting in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit in Union County. The hunter initially assumed the animals that were moving around him were coyotes. One of the animals began to run directly at him while another moved around him. The hunter stated he focused on the one running directly at him. He began to scream at it, and fearing for his life shot it one time. He said what he still believed to be a coyote died from the single shot. He stated that after the shot the other two disappeared out of sight. They later came to the conclusion the animals were wolves and reported the incident to the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The case will not be prosecuted as this is believed to be an incidence of self-defense…… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

10/31/17: California Cattle Depredation
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Three months after California confirmed the presence of its first wolf pack, state officials have now confirmed the pack’s first livestock depredation on cattle. While officials were investigating the depredation on cattle, a wolf remained nearby. Although wolves are an endangered species in California (pursuant to both federal and state laws) state agencies have no program in place to compensate for livestock losses to wolves. The cattle owner has now moved his cattle out of the area……. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

10/26/17: Wolf news roundup 10/27/2017
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) By Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26, there have been 32 wolves taken in Wyoming’s wolf hunting season (in the trophy zone), and six hunt areas are now closed, while six hunt areas remain open until the quota is reached or the season ends Dec. 31. In addition to the wolves taken by hunters in the trophy zone, 23 wolves have been killed in the state’s predator zone – a number that includes wolves killed in agency control actions as well as hunter harvest. More wolf news from Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and Germany…… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)
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GOP bill would end wolf management in Wisconsin

By Todd Richmond – 11/9/17 AP

Madison, Wis. — Some northern Wisconsin legislators are proposing a bill that would end the state’s efforts to manage wolves and force police to ignore wolf killings, unless the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list.

The Republican lawmakers — Reps. Adam Jarchow, Mary Felzkowski and Romaine Quinn along with Sen. Tom Tiffany — released the proposal Wednesday. They said in a memo to their colleagues seeking co-sponsors that wolves “have taken over northern Wisconsin.”

“They are depredating our deer population, killing livestock and attacking family pets,” they said in the memo.

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Wolf advocacy groups rip bill to end management

11/9/17 AP

Madison, Wis. — The Latest on a Republican bill to end Wisconsin’s wolf management efforts.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 11/10/2017

Bill would end state protections for Wisconsin’s growing wolf population

“Alpha Male” Wolf Shot. Now What Happens?

Raising Livestock in Areas With Wolves Won’t Be Easy
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Loaded for pheasant, Montana hunter kills charging grizzly bear with 12 gauge

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 7, 2017

While bird hunting along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, a sportsman must consider being loaded for bear as well as pheasant.

On Saturday near Pendroy, a pheasant hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear that charged him after it was surprised by the hunter’s bird dog, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The incident occurred after the resident hunter from Bozeman had shot a pheasant near an irrigation canal on a farm almost 20 miles north of Choteau.

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Bear spray nozzle fails, but still helps elk hunter deter charging grizzly

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Nov 7, 2017

Perhaps the potential for repelling a grizzly attack with a can of bear spray hadn’t been fully explored, until this….

An elk hunter near Livingston, Montana, was able to deploy bear spray at a bear that had charged and had him on the ground, but the nozzle of the spray didn’t work properly in his frenzy so he ended up throwing the canister at the bear, according to initial reports. The hunter was bit on his hand and wrist, but he’s OK, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park Warden Sergeant Matt Wemple told the Associated Press.

Wemple said the man was tracking an elk on Saturday in the Rock Creek-Tom Miner area after shooting it the day prior. He reported getting separated from his hunting party before the bear charged him from about 30 yards away and knocked it him to the ground.

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A ‘Sub’-urban cowboy and his coffee

Brian Holmes, KTVB November 08, 2017

Dan Weston makes his coffee runs on four hooves instead of four cylinders. (Photo: Mike di Donato)

If you live in the middle of Meridian, Idaho’s fastest growing city, and you own a horse there are only so many ways to get them out for exercise.

One way Dan Weston does it is a bareback amble through town.

Every chance he gets, Dan, along with his daughter Alexis, and his friend Sherry, head out not across the south 40, but across the street and into the neighborhood to the north.

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Moose poaching prompts investigation by Idaho authorities

11/9/17 AP

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is investigating the illegal hunting of two moose in the northwestern part of the state.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports a cow and a calf were shot last week in an area east of Lewiston.

Conservation Officer Rick Cooper says the moose were likely shot from the road, and only a small portion of the meat was taken.

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US sage grouse policy heading back to square one

By Scott Sonner – 11/11/17 AP

Sparks, Nev. — Federal scientists and land managers who’ve been crafting strategies to protect a ground-dwelling bird’s habitat across the American West for nearly two decades are going back to the drawing board under a new Trump administration edict to reassess existing plans condemned by ranchers, miners and energy developers.

Federal officials are wrapping up a series of public meetings with three sessions starting Tuesday in Utah ahead of a Nov. 27 cutoff for comment on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s order last month to consider revisions to land management amendments for the greater sage grouse that were adopted under the Obama administration.

Zinke says he wants to make sure the amendments don’t harm local economies in 11 western states and allow the states to have maximum control over the efforts within their borders.


Fish & Game News:

Hunters reminded to report on deer, elk, pronghorn tags

By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor
Monday, November 6, 2017

With most big game hunting seasons winding down, Idaho Fish and Game reminds hunters who purchased a 2017 deer, elk, or pronghorn tag to report the results of their big game hunts as soon as possible.

Hunters can file their reports online at or call 1-877-268-9365 and speak to a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hunters are required to file a report for each tag they purchased whether they went hunting or not. Reporting is required either 10 days after a deer, elk or pronghorn is harvested, or ten days following the end of the season for which a tag is valid.

To file reports, hunters need to know their tag number or hunting license number, the number of days they hunted, the game management units they hunted in, the date they harvested, and the number of antler points on the animal they harvested, or the length of the horns for pronghorn in inches.

With some hunts continuing through the end of December, reminders will be sent in the coming weeks to prompt late season hunters to file their reports when their hunts are over.

Promptly received hunting and harvest data provides Fish and Game a more complete picture of game populations to base decisions for next year’s season. Without this timely information, managers are forced to be more conservative when making future hunting opportunities available. In addition, hunters like having harvest estimates well before the application period for fall controlled hunts. If Fish and Game receives hunter reports early, wildlife managers are able to complete the harvest estimates sooner so hunters can plan their hunting trips next fall.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Bigfoot sighting reported in California

by Alexandra Lehnert, KMPH Friday, October 13th 2017

Fresno County, Calif. (KMPH) – We’ve all heard the stories of Bigfoot: people saying they’ve seen the legendary beast all over the country, and now, another sighting in the Golden State.

According to paranormal expert Jeffrey Gonzalez, the most recent sighting was near Avocado Lake.

Gonzalez says a local farmer saw a family of five or six Bigfoot running on his ranch in the middle of the night.

“One of them, which was extremely tall, had a pig over its shoulder. And the five scattered and the one with the pig was running so fast it didn’t see an irrigation pipe and it tripped, with the pig flying over,” says Gonzalez.

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Tips & Advice:

Fresh Cut Trees

The United States Department of Agriculture urges you to keep your tree in water while indoors to maintain freshness, reduce fire hazards and to enjoy its beauty throughout the holiday season. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able to absorb water causing it to dry out quickly. Most fresh-cut trees should last at least five weeks before drying out if properly cared for.