Dec 10, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 10, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Coyote Alert

Have received reports of coyote activity in and around the village. Please keep pet food indoors and garbage secure.
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Yellow Pine Christmas Bags

Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves, we will be doing Christmas Bags again!! Contact [Nicki] if you are interested in helping out.
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Watch all of your favorite sports on our Big Screen TV at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Featuring Football

Open 9am to 8pm (or later on game nights)

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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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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Diamond (Kennedy) Fuel & Feed


Did you know you can order antifreeze from Diamond? “Full strength or 50/50 diluted. Prestone Prime is our best value brand. We also carry Chevron brands. We carry many other automotive lubes and additives, so don’t hesitate to ask.”
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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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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 4) some clearing during the night and bright moon, overnight low of 20 degrees. Mostly cloudy this morning and flaking snow. Breaks in the clouds at lunch time, bits of sun or filtered sun, cold breeze and not much melting, high of 32 degrees. Trees are still holding big snow loads and so are the power lines. Thicker clouds later in the afternoon, light breezes with a bite. Quiet day, no wild birds or critters around. Breaks in the clouds and stunning moon rise.
Dec 4th “Super Moon Rise” – rrS

Tuesday (Dec 5) clearing during the night and cold, low of 5 degrees. Clouds coming in this morning after sunrise, cold light breeze. Clouds whipped on by and mostly clear before lunch time. Clear sky all afternoon, but the sun didn’t feel very strong and only a few icicles dripped, high of 30 degrees. Snow still stuck to power lines this evening. Temperatures dropping quickly with the sun. Clear cold night.

Wednesday (Dec 6) overnight low of 1.5 degrees, clear sky this morning, temps rising with the sun, 4 degrees at 1030am and 7 degrees by 1045am. Red-breasted nuthatch visited. Sunny all day, but below freezing and no melting, high of 28 degrees. Fox tracks on Pioneer Street. Clear sky before dark and temps dropping.

Thursday (Dec 7) overnight low of 4 degrees and clear sky this morning, we still have 3 inches of snow on the ground, not melting. Heard a steller jay calling. Sunny day, but not very warm, a few icicles dripping, high of 33 degrees. The trees and power lines are still coated with frozen snow from the last storm. Red-breasted nuthatches calling from the edge of the forest. Reports of coyote activity in and around the village. Mostly clear at dark, temps dropping, colorful sunset.

Friday (Dec 8) overnight low of 8 degrees, clear sky this morning. The hoarfrost has grown a half inch thick on top of 3″ of old snow. Very quiet today, sun had some strength to it and the power lines have lost half their snow loads, more trees dumping snow on their sun-ward sides out in the forest. Icicles growing a little more during the day, high of 36 degrees. We were a few degrees warmer at sundown than yesterday, clear sky. Cold clear night.

Saturday (Dec 9) overnight low of 7 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning (a few wisps of high clouds.) Heard a steller jay calling. Sunrise turned the hoarfrost on the snow into brilliant diamonds. Red-breasted nuthatch visited. High thin hazy clouds over most of the sky after lunch time, filtered sun, but still made it a little above freezing, icicles dripping and growing, high of 34 degrees. Hazy sky at sunset, not as cold as previous evenings. Elk wandering down the road after dark. Thinner clouds, lots of stars.

Sunday (Dec 10) overnight low of 8 degrees, almost clear this morning, a few thin wisps of clouds. We still have 3″ of snow on the ground with a thick layer of hoarfrost. Red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Filtered sun early afternoon, warm enough for icicles to drip, high of 35 degrees. Sounds of heavy equipment (and back up beepers) this afternoon. Hazy sky before sunset.


Nellie Ernestine (Francis) Downend

March 26, 1924 – Nov. 29, 2017

Nellie was born in Emmett on her grandfather, Charley Martin’s homestead to Merlin and Minnie (Gantz) Francis.

Her brother Bud was born in 1927. She attended schools in Emmett, Parma, Boise and graduated from Cascade High in 1942. Nellie was captain of the Cascade basketball team and the drum major for the band. After graduation, she worked in the Bradley Mining Co. office and later was the clerk of the Valley County Ration Board and a member of the Cascade Hospital Board.

Nellie married Robert (Bob) D. Downend in 1945, the same year he was inducted into the U.S. Army. When Bob was in basic training, she worked in the finance office at the Camp Roberts Army Base and then worked for an attorney in San Luis Obispo.

Bob served in Japan and was discharged in 1947. They then worked at Banks One for her Dad where their son Danny was born that same year. In 1948 they moved to Garden Valley where Bob worked for Bedal & Smith Logging.

In 1951 they moved back to Cascade and purchased the Utah Oil Service Station and Wholesale Distributorship. Their daughter, Bobbie Kay, was born that same year. They worked together running the business until 1976.

In 1977 Nellie went to work at the Valley County Courthouse where she microfilmed county records and went on to serve as bailiff of the ourt. In 1990 they retired. Nellie loved living in Cascade where she was involved in many community activities.

The Cascade Chamber of Commerce honored her as “Cascade Woman of the Year” in 1960. She served as Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge, Worthy Matron of the Valley Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, president of the Cascade School PTA, Guardian of Job’s Daughters, and den mother for the Boy Scouts.

Nellie was the chairman of the Cascade High School reunions for several years. She served as secretary of the Cascade Hospital Building Committee, which raised funds to help build the hospital.

Bob and Nellie served as co-chairmen of the Cascade Chamber of Commerce crab feed for several years. She was proud of her volunteer work to help build the first three holes on the Cascade golf course.

Nellie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends boating, water skiing, snow skiing, golfing, snowmobiling (when she wasn’t hitting the trees!), walking two miles every day, and hosting happy hour in the backyard.

After retiring, Nellie and Bob traveled in their motor home to Parker, Lake Havasu, and Las Vegas. They made many trips to the Oregon and Washington coasts.

In 1995 they flew to Mazatlan, Mexico with their daughter to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. In 2004 they sold their office and shop and in 2006 they sold their home of 52 years and moved to Boise.

Mom was fun-loving, feisty and a little stubborn, a great cook, a first-rate singer/dancer, and an even better mother and friend. She will never be forgotten. We love you Mom! See you later alligator!

Per her wishes, there will be no services. Nellie and Bob’s ashes will be scattered at a later date in Cascade. Nellie was preceded in death by her husband Bob, brother Bud Francis and her parents.

She is survived by her son Dan (Kitta), daughter Bobbie Kay Downend, grandsons Greg and Jeff and several nieces and nephews.

Published in the Star-News December 7, 2017

Idaho News:

Dec. 20 deadline noted for Valley, Adams property taxes

The Star-News December 7, 2017

The deadline for the first half of the year’s property taxes for Valley and Adams counties will be Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Payments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the county courthouses in Cascade and Council. The treasurer offices in both counties are staffed Monday through Friday, including the lunch hour.

Late charges begin on Thursday, Dec. 21, and interest begins on Jan. 1, so mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 20.

Valley County property owners can also pay their taxes through the Access Idaho program, which accepts credit cards. For more information, contact the treasurer’s office at 382-7110 or

Credit card payments are available in Adams County and will be accepted until midnight on Dec. 20. Contact the staff at (208) 253-4263 extension 6 or

Payments also can be left in the payment drop box just outside the main courthouse entrance in Council.

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Valley County allows ‘tiny houses’ to be built

Law sets standards for homes 400 s.f. or less

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 7, 2017

Valley County commissioners on Monday approved an ordinance that will allow the construction of tiny houses, which are homes of 400 square feet or less.

The new ordinance relaxes current standards for exits, access, ceiling height and handrails for tiny homes attached to foundations.

“There has been overwhelming support and little opposition to it,” Valley County Building Official Anne Guarino said.

Commissioners were initially hesitant to adopt the ordinance, citing concerns that the final version of the rules could change before they are officially adopted into Idaho building codes.

A state law allowing tiny houses is expected to be approved by the 2018 Idaho Legislature, Guarino said.

The wording of the Valley County ordinance guarantees that the local rules will match whatever version is passed at the state level, even if they are changed later, she said.

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Board of Guardians seeks volunteers to serve as advocates

The Star-News December 7, 2017

The Valley County Board of Guardians is looking for board members and volunteers to serve as court-appointed guardians, or advocates, for adults who are disabled or otherwise impaired.

The seven-member board sets policies for accepting referrals as well as for the recruiting, screening and training of volunteer guardians.

Volunteer guardians are appointed by the court, often in an emergency situation, to step in and help adults with disabilities who have been deemed legally incapacitated by the courts and who do not have immediate family members willing or able to help.

The volunteers may be required to make decisions based on the person’s limitations, see to the person’s well-being and to encourage maximum self-reliance and independence.

To learn more about the program, visit the Valley County website at, then follow the links to Services and then Community Guardian.

Those who are interested in becoming a board member or volunteer guardian may contact one of the board members via the same links.

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UI to host online series on food preservation, safety

The Star-News December 7, 2017

The University of Idaho will host an online series on food preservation and food safety beginning Thursday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m.

The Preserve @ Home course will cover how to produce high-quality preserved foods as well as the science behind food preservation and food safety.

The class will include online text that can be downloaded and printed, an online discussion board for student interaction and a real-time chat with classmates.

Registration is $35 plus the cost of supplemental materials. The enrollment and payment deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 16. For more information or to register, write to

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Provo man arrested, loot recovered from Valley County burglaries

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 7, 2017

A Provo, Utah, man has been charged in connection with thousands of dollars of stolen goods traced to burglaries in Valley County, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

Karl Gresham, 36, was arrested Sunday morning at the location of a pickup truck and trailer on Round Valley Road, Lt. Jason Speer said.

Gresham was being held in the Valley County Jail on a $30,000 bond on two felony charges of grand theft, one felony charge of burglary and one misdemeanor charge of theft.

He is scheduled to appear on Tuesday in Valley County Magistrate Court in Cascade to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial.

Residents on Round Valley Road called Valley County Dispatch after noticing an out-of-place pickup truck and trailer that had run out of gas in the middle of the road, Speer said,

When sheriff’s deputies showed up, they found the pickup and trailer filled with stolen items.

“Thousands upon thousands of dollars in tools, a motorcycle, and an ATV were found,” Speer said. “The trailer was also stolen.”

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McCall OKs lease of former juvenile center for police

City will pay $32,400 per year to Valley County for unused space

By Phil Janquart for The Star-News December 7, 2017

The McCall Police Department is scheduled to move this summer into the former Valley County Juvenile Detention Center following approval last week of a lease with Valley County.

The McCall City Council last Thursday approved a five-year renewable lease for the former detention center. The city will pay $32,400 per year to lease the 3,000 square-foot space.

The lease will now go to Valley County Commissioners on Monday for final approval.

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Tamarack Resort now open for skiing and snowboarding

by KBOI News Staff Friday, December 8th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — The upper mountain and learning area of Tamarack Resort is now open to skiers and snowboarders.

The resort will be open for seven-days-a-week for the remainder of the winter.

In addition to the 11 runs and three lifts being open, Tamarack’s lodging, dining, rental, retail and lessons are also available to visitors.

Conditions at the resort can be accessed on their online snow report.

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Tamarack using 1.5 million gallons of water a day to make snow

by Sophia Doumani Saturday, December 9th 2017

Tamarack, Idaho (KBOI) — This winter is much warmer than the last but Tamarack was able to open its slopes again on the same weekend because of 14 snow guns.

These snow guns are water guzzling machines. To put it in perspective, they consume 1,100 gallons of water a minute, 1.5 million gallons a day and approximately 25 million gallons per ski season.

General manager of the Tamarack Resort, Brad Larsen, says the snow guns are considered a “non-consumptive use of water.”

“The water goes back into the water shed once it melts,” Larsen said. “Most of it ends up back in Lake Cascade some way or another.”

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[Idaho] County issues disaster declaration for town without water

12/6/17 AP

Grangeville, Idaho — County officials approved a disaster declaration for a western Idaho town so it can apply for emergency state funding after losing its water wells.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the water wells in the town of White Bird stopped working late last month, causing Idaho County commissioners to approve the declaration on Tuesday.

Town officials say a cause has not been determined for why the wells suddenly quit functioning. Officials say seismic activity may have contributed to the loss.

The town declared a state of emergency, and it began providing water resources to residents at what officials say is an unsustainable cost.

The town has applied for emergency funding from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development agency has committed to helping the town.

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Idaho sells 5 commercial properties, but 5 receive no bids

Associated Press, KTVB December 07, 2017

Boise, Idaho – Five properties Idaho officials offered at an auction sold for above appraised value, but five others didn’t receive any bids.

The auction Wednesday by the Idaho Department of Lands brought in nearly $8.5 million, about $1.6 million above the appraised value.

An office building in Idaho Falls brought in the most at $5.3 million, $125,000 above its appraised value.

An office building in Boise sold for $1.6 million, nearly double its appraised value. Three parking lots in Boise also went for above the appraised value.

The five properties with no bids at or above the appraised value include a commercial building in Idaho Falls and four commercial lots in Meridian.

The Idaho Land Board has been selling commercial real estate following complaints that state-owned businesses unfairly compete with private businesses.

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Christmas tree shortage driving up prices

Morgan Boydston, KTVB December 05, 2017

Meridian, ID – Have you bought your Christmas tree yet? If not, you should probably get on it because they’re going fast!

But just a heads up: you’ll likely have to pay more than you did last year and you might not find exactly what you’re looking for. Why? Because America is facing a Christmas tree shortage.

Customers likely won’t physically see the shortage in trees at any local lots right now, but they will see it reflected in the price tag. It can take up to 10 years to grow a tree, so we can blame the Great Recession for that.

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University of Idaho stinks up evergreens to deter Christmas tree thefts

Lexi Davenport, KREM December 05, 2017

Moscow, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s landscape crew sprayed about 200 trees on campus with a natural repellent of skunk scent, fox urine, and a sticking agent. It’s all to protect the trees from theft and destruction during the holiday season.

The tree-spraying program started back in 1990 and has drastically reduced the number of tree thefts on campus. According to officials, U of I would lose four or five evergreen trees each holiday season. The repellent stays on the trees for about four weeks and does not harm the evergreens or the environment.

U of I officials said the repellent is hard to notice while in colder temperatures outdoors, but it becomes very odorous once indoors. The smell from the repellent can stay in a room and on furniture for a long time, according to officials.

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Idaho launches online voter registration

By Kimberlee Kruesi – 12/5/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idahoans can now register to vote online for the first time.

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday that the move will offer convenience to voters and cut down administrative work for county election officials.

“Today, Idahoans can not only find out things like where to vote, whether they are registered to vote, or whether the county has received their absentee ballot, but also register to vote online,” Denney said.

Online registration requires voters, who would have to have a state-issued ID, to fill out an electronic application that is then sent to state elections officials for validation. The Idaho Transportation Department will provide digital copies of voter signatures from state-issued driver’s licenses to become part of the voter registration database.

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Tribal flags could be displayed inside Idaho Capitol

12/5/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Tribal leaders in Idaho say they want tribal flags to be displayed inside the Statehouse as a reminder that five sovereign nations reside in the Gem State.

The Idaho Council on Indian Affairs met Tuesday to discuss the logistics of hanging the flags at the Capitol. Legislative staffers said Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and legislative leaders are supportive of the move.

Ted Howard, chairman of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, says displaying the flags will help educate the public on the unique standing the tribes have with the United States, as well as serve as a reminder that all of Idaho used to be the tribe’s homeland.

The council hopes to have the flags up and ready before the end of the 2018 legislative session, which begins in January.

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Supermoon Lights Up The Valley

Dec 6, 2017 – IME

The 2017 supermoon sets to the west over the ridge to the north of Warm Springs around sunrise Monday morning, near Ketchum.

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Scam Alerts:

New PayPal phishing scam regards camera purchases

John Matarese Dec 4, 2017 KIVI TV

What would you do if you got an email from PayPal saying it is billing you hundreds of dollars for a camera that you never ordered?

That’s what happened to one woman — and it should be a warning to everyone.

“The email was from PayPal. It just said, ‘Thank you for your purchase,'” she said.

However, Frazee didn’t recall making any purchases.

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Protecting yourself during the season of scams

by Abigail Taylor Thursday, December 7th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Scammers are finding creative ways to steal your cash this holiday season.

They know those credit cards are being swiped left and right, so they’re just waiting to cash in on your generosity.

Already this month in Idaho, there have been several dozen scams reported to the Better Business Bureau.

Here are a couple of the common ones to look out for:


Mining News:

Ask Midas: Financial Assurance

December 5

Midas Gold Idaho wants to keep the community informed about the work we are doing at the Stibnite Gold Project site. The Ask Midas blog series gives the experts in our company a chance to answer some of the community’s most frequently asked questions and help clear up any misconceptions around the project.

MYTH: Recent news stories claim that mining companies in the U.S. no longer have to provide proof of financial responsibility, also known as financial assurance or bonding, for the cost of environmental cleanup and reclamation.

FACT: Mining companies are still required to provide financial assurance for the cleanup and reclamation of the sites where they work. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering adding a new rule that would have required mining companies to provide additional financial assurance over and above what is already required. However, the Agency Administrator for the EPA determined that this would be a duplication of existing federal and state regulations that ensure mining companies prove the necessary funds set aside to reclaim project sites. This ruling aims to reduce unnecessary duplication of laws but does not let industry off the hook for responsible cleanup practices and providing financial assurance to ensure cleanup work is done. Reclamation and bonding is a requirement for all modern mining companies.

Midas Gold will be required by the U.S. Forest Service, and state agencies overseeing our project, to provide financial assurance and set aside millions of dollars to guarantee environmental restoration work is fully funded before we receive a permit.

If you have a question you would like us to answer, please email it to community @

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Delay on open pit mine: how the public can help

by Alexis Goree Tuesday, December 5th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Tonight, the Forest Service hosted the first of three open houses for the open pit mine project in the Boise National Forest.

The proposed CuMo project advancement is reliant on the engagement and support of the community after 10 years of analysis and delays. Changed conditions in the Treasure Valley has been one of them.

CuMoCo Mining company has given the Forest Service a proposal to open roads to contract drill pads and exploration drilling for possibly the worlds largest molybdenum project. The deposit is exploring southwest Idaho, 14 miles northwest of Idaho City.


Public Lands:

Big Creek/Yellow Pine/South Fork Collaborative Meeting

Payette National Forest December 14, 2017; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Valley County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Melissa B. Hamilton
U of I Valley County Extension Educator
Community Development / Agriculture

Matrix for EFSFSR Project Area sent to collaborative 10-25-2017.pdf
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McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts Seek Grants for Recreation Projects

PNF 12/8/2017

McCall, ID – The McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts on the Payette National Forest will apply for multiple state recreation grants to support trail and campground projects, as well as winter recreation opportunities. These grants are made available annually by the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation to government entities for the provision of equipment, and the creation and renovation of outdoor recreational facilities.


The Forest is submitting two grant proposals for trails work. The first will be to cover the second phase of rerouting the Jackson Creek Trail, located off the Warren Wagon Road near McCall. The proposal calls for rerouting the trail out of wetland areas, and for continuing general enhancements of the trail.

The second grant proposal is to fund replacement of the Jenkins Crossing Bridge, located on the Jackson Creek Trail. The funding will cover the purchase of a prefabricated bridge, as well as costs associated with the bridge installation.


A grant proposal for making improvements to the McCall District’s Lake Fork Campground is being submitted. The campground’s current restroom facilities are in need of full replacement. The grant proposal is to fund the cost of two American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible concrete restrooms, as well as other enhancements to the campground such as a new entrance information kiosk, campsite markers and parking barriers.

The McCall Ranger District is submitting a grant proposal to fund the purchase of equipment to be used by volunteer campground hosts who provide services to the many campsites frequented by Forest visitors. Funds are also being requested to purchase pressure washers to facilitate the cleaning of restrooms, and other facilities at recreation sites.

Winter Recreation

The final grant proposal is for the ongoing Over-Snow-Vehicle-Education Project. Funds requested by the district will support the work of seasonal employees who provide assistance to Forest visitors that are snowmobiling on the Forest, or taking advantage of other winter recreation opportunities. These employees provide safety information to the public, as well as assist in maintaining winter travel routes and associated signage.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0784
c: 208-634-6945
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Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project Final Record of Decision

Dear Interested Party,

The Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project Final Record of Decision has been signed by Payette National Forest, Forest Supervisor, Keith Lannom on December 5th, 2017. Implementation may begin immediately pursuant to 36 CFR 218.12.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision were made available on May 19th, 2017. Three objections were received during the 45-day predecisional objection period. Idaho Conservation League, American Forest Resource Council, and WildEarth Guardians all submitted their respective objections by the July 3, 2017 deadline. An objection resolution meeting was held with all objectors on August 7, 2017. As a result of the resolution meeting, the Forest provided clarification to the road analysis as requested by WildEarth Guardians. This clarification is included in the Final Record of Decision as Attachment 3 – Roads Analysis Clarification for WildEarth Guardians. No changes were made to the Selected Alternative through the objection resolution process. The Final Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision, objection letters, objection withdrawal letters, Biological Assessment, Letter of Concurrence from US Fish and Wildlife Service, and all other pertinent project documents are posted on the Project webpage.

The Middle Fork Weiser River project area encompasses approximately 50,000 acres on the Council Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. Restoration activities include timber harvest, biomass harvest, road reconstruction, road realignment, temporary road construction, road decommissioning, culvert removal, thinning of sub-merchantable trees, prescribed fire, and other actions. The Project also proposes managing recreation use in the project area, with an emphasis on improving developed and dispersed recreation areas, improving and realigning existing trails, and developing new trail opportunities. Hard copies or CDs of the FEIS and Final ROD and additional information regarding this project can be obtained from: Mark Fox (project lead), 2092 Highway 95, Council, Idaho, 83612, (208)253-0164, mrfox @
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Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project Record of Decision Signed

PNF 12/8/2017

McCall, ID – The Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project final Record of Decision has been signed, and implementation can begin.

The project area encompasses nearly 50,000 acres on the Council Ranger District. This is the third project of as many as eight the Payette National Forest is and will be conducting under our Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), with the assistance of the Payette Forest Coalition.

Forest restoration activities for this project include timber and biomass harvest to reduce fuel loading; road reconstruction, realignment, and decommissioning; culvert removal to enhance riparian areas; and thinning of sub-merchantable trees and the use of prescribed fire to restore healthy conditions and help protect communities from wildfires.

The project also has an emphasis on improving developed and dispersed recreation areas, improving and realigning existing trails, and developing new trail opportunities.

The Payette National Forest is actively conducting large scale forest restoration projects that are restoring our Ponderosa pine forests to healthy structure and function. We are improving wildlife habitat, restoring fish connectivity, reducing road sediment, improving floodplain function, restoring upland and riparian vegetation, promoting large tree growth, reducing wildfire risks to local communities, encouraging the use of woody biomass and providing local economic benefits. A fourth project (Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project, 67,000 acres) is under analysis now, and a fifth project is in initial planning stages.

“We look forward to adding to the accomplishments that we have already achieved in returning our forests to a healthy condition that can thrive into the future,” said Keith Lannom, Payette National Forest Supervisor. “These restoration and collaborative projects are truly producing significant results on the ground and with our local economies.”

Other CFLRP Projects on the Payette National Forest:

* Mill Creek-Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project, 50,000 acres – in the final phases of implementation.

* Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project, 80,000 acres – under implementation now.

* Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project, 67,000 acres. Decision expected in the spring of 2019.

For a summary of our CFLRP projects, please watch is video:

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0784
c: 208-634-6945
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BLM seeks comments on grazing permit renewals near Grand View

Date: December 4, 2017
Contact: Michael Williamson 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the renewal of thirteen grazing permits in the Battle Creek, East Castle Creek, and Owens grazing allotments. The project seeks to maintain or improve land health and address resource impacts through the renewal of grazing permits and potential development of the Purjue Canyon area to promote education and recreation on lands south of Grand View.

This scoping period allows the public, organizations and other interested parties to identify potential issues which the BLM may opt to include in the environmental analysis. Comments are most helpful if they provide specific actions, resources, or issues to be considered and analyzed. The BLM will accept comments throughout the scoping period (Dec. 4 to Jan. 16, 2018).

“The purpose of this landscape level project is to implement the Secretary of the Interior’s priority of shared conservation stewardship that improves land health while supporting local economies through agriculture and recreational activities,” said BLM Bruneau Field Manager Tanya Thrift. “Our intent in reaching out to the public and our partners during this scoping period is to give everyone a chance to provide issues they feel should be included in the analysis.”

As part of the scoping period, the BLM will host a public meeting on Dec. 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the Boise District Office, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83705. Resource specialists will be on hand to talk about the process and answer questions.

Maps and information about the renewal process are available at:

Comments can be submitted by any one of the following:

* Email:
* Fax: 208-384-3205
* Mail: BLM Boise District Office, 3948 S. Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705; Attention: Kavi Koleini.

Please note that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number), commenters should be aware that their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information, contact Kavi Koleini at (208) 384-3337 or

Letter to Share:

Game bird last couple weeks report


Things have been going pretty great over at the youth access hunting area. We did not put out any pheasants over Thanksgiving weekend. Talked to Sonny and they were real shorthanded and talked to Jim Hagedorn and the Game Bird Foundation and we were shorthanded so we took a look and I could see quit a few birds so decided to hold off a week. We dropped 25 birds last Friday evening about 3:00 the First of December. Lots of activity Friday evening as we were enjoying the release with the young folks from the U of I Wildlife Society. Shortly after we released there was two rigs showed up. One a mom and son, the other had 4 men and a women. All Decked out in orange vest. 6 kids came out of the canopy on the pickup, all decked out in orange caps and vests. The whole works had 2 youth shotguns. Mom handled the dog, the 4 guys were mentoring and helping the kids, no guns. With all the shooting the kids got they got one bird. No worry they were back Saturday . 2 boys their dads and the dog. The dads mentored the kids and handled the dog. They got one bird. What proud kids and what proud dads. I wish daylight was longer in the evening so the kids could get out for a hunt after school.

Lots of road hunting from folks with no kids in the rig. I see them on week day mornings when the kids are in school. Don’t know what I can do except to get a load of buckshot so I keep my mouth shut. Folks have been real good about walking in and staying away from the livestock. What a great fall. I have 2 elk tags and 2 deer tags and I haven’t even got the rifle out. I have had one of my best hunting seasons ever this fall watching young people and their folks.


As of last night, we have had 26 birds reported as harvested. A few people have called in the band without submitting harvest reports, and we have had 2 birds harvested off the area and called in. 11 different hunters have harvested birds. Multiple hunters have been repeat visitors. Exciting stuff

Nicole Alonso
Farm Bill Coordinator – Region 2
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
(208) 750-4226

God Bless and have a Merry Christmas.

Jim Hagedorn “Whiskers”
The Game Bird Foundation

Critter News:

Pet Talk – Be careful of antifreeze with your pets

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 8, 2017 – IME

Antifreeze products contain ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, methanol or a combination of those products. Most automotive antifreeze liquids contain ethylene glycol and pose the greatest risk to pets. Relatively safe antifreeze products contain propylene glycol. Those products are considered GRAS (generally recognized as safe). Propylene glycol is also commonly used in toothpaste and cosmetics. Methanol is present in many windshield washer fluids.

All those compounds can depress the brain and cause “drunken” behavior. Of the three compounds, ethylene glycol is the most serious. It has a sweet taste that is attractive to dogs and cats. When ethylene glycol is ingested, it forms oxalate crystals in the kidneys that cause acute kidney failure and subsequent death without immediate treatment.

Clinical signs can occur within one hour after ingestion. Animals appear drunk and uncoordinated. Anywhere from 12 to 36 hours after ingestion, kidney failure develops with decreased urine production. The kidney damage is often irreversible and fatal. Diagnosis is based on a history of exposure to antifreeze and the clinical signs. Because many ethylene glycol formulations contain a fluorescent dye, the muzzle, paws, urine and vomitus may fluoresce or glow under an ultraviolet light! There are special test kits that can measure ethylene glycol in the blood. A few days later, blood and urine tests can show the typical oxalate crystals in the urine and kidney failure in the blood.

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‘Santa Claws’ helps Idaho spay-and-neuter cause

KTVB December 09, 2017

(Photo: KTVB)

Boise, ID – The annual ‘Santa Claws’ event helps put pet owners in the Christmas spirit, and helps raise money for a group that aims to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in Idaho.

Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets, or SNIP, is teaming up with Bark ‘n’ Purr in Vista Village for SNIP Santa Claws on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10.

You can bring your pet to the store between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and take a picture with Santa. The photo costs $20, and the proceeds go to SNIP.

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Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data

By Keith Ridler – 12/6/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Tuesday requested a stay of the judgment in U.S. District Court in Idaho pending the agency’s appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled in January the U.S. Forest Service broke environmental laws nearly two years ago by authorizing Idaho Fish and Game to put collars on about 60 elk by landing helicopters in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, where engines are prohibited.

Idaho also collared four wolves in an action the Forest Service didn’t authorize. Fish and Game blamed miscommunication with a helicopter crew.

Winmill wrote that it was such an extreme case “the only remedy that will directly address the ongoing harm is an order requiring destruction of the data.”

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Wolves in E. Washington do not appear to hurt deer, elk

by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press Friday, December 8th 2017

Spokane, Wash. (AP) — The growing population of wolves in eastern Washington state does not appear to be hurting the populations of deer, elk and other ungulates.

A report issued this week by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife looked at ungulate populations between fiscal 2015 and 2017.

The report concluded that none of the ungulate populations in the assessment appeared to show clear signs of being limited by predation from wolves.

Ungulates include elk, moose, deer and bighorn sheep.

Gray wolves were hunted to extinction in Washington early in the past century. But the animals started migrating into the state in the early 2000s from Idaho and Canada. The first wolf pack was documented by DFW in 2008.

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2018 plan for Mexican wolves calls for fostering of pups

By Susan Montoya Bryan – 12/5/17 AP

Albuquerque, N.M. — Federal wildlife officials have a plan for fostering as many as a dozen captive Mexican gray wolf pups with packs in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico in 2018.

The goal of the proposal unveiled this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to boost genetic diversity among the endangered species over the next year.

Aside from fostering, managers want to remove a female wolf from a pack in Arizona to prevent it from mating with a sibling.

During a temporary stint in captivity, the wolf either would be artificially inseminated or allowed to mate with another captive wolf before being released back into the wild.

Environmentalists are calling for the release of more captive wolves.

The public has until Dec. 26 to comment on the proposal.

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Suburban NY police: Watch out for the ‘coywolf’

Coyote hybrid spotted wandering around suburb

Local News 8 – Dec 06, 2017

The coywolf is larger than most coyotes (pictured). They have different colorings, with more gray in their coats.

Police are warning residents about an usually large coyote-wolf hybrid that’s been spotted around a New York City suburb.

The animal was an eerie sight in the fog near Rockland County condos, WCBS reported.

“It looks larger than your average coyote,” Nyack resident Sean McCormack told WCBS. “Very scary, yeah, very scary.”

“It’s a coywolf — basically, it’s a mixture of a coyote and a wolf,” Clarkstown police Officer Peter Walker told WCBS.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Dec 9, 2017

Coywolf — Coyote-Wolf Hybrid — Spotted Roaming In Rockland County

Are we crying wolf? A European tale of farmers vs. nature

Tapeworm could jump to humans with potentially deadly consequences, veterinarian warns
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US to review end of protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

By Matthew Brown – 12/6/17 AP

Billings, Mont. — U.S. officials said Wednesday they’ll review the recent lifting of protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a court ruling that retained protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes.

About 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park lost their threatened species status on July 31, opening the door to future trophy hunts in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

Just a day later, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. said in the wolf case that wildlife officials needed to give more consideration to how a species’ loss of historical habitat affects its recovery.

Like wolves, grizzly bears have seen a strong recovery over the past several decades in isolated regions of the U.S., but remain absent from the vast majority of their historical range.

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N. Idaho hunter shot by partner who mistook him for an elk

12/6/17 AP

Moscow, Idaho — Authorities say a 60-year-old northern Idaho man is recovering after being shot in the buttocks with a .50-caliber muzzleloader rifle by his hunting partner who mistook him for an elk.

The Latah County Sheriff’s Office tells the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that the Moscow man was shot Monday near Dreary by a 72-year-old Potlatch man.

Officials say the injured man was transported to a hospital and was in stable condition Tuesday.

Names haven’t been released.

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Idaho officials delay possible increase in grazing fees

By Associated Press – 12/5/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — The state’s top elected officials have put off a possible increase in grazing fees on state lands due to potential litigation.

The Idaho Land Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to delay a decision about grazing fees but didn’t set a timeline.

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said after the meeting the board likely won’t take up grazing fees again until spring.

In public comments, ranchers mostly were against raising the rates.

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Man Saves Rabbit From Fire in California

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SW Idaho city authorizes police to shoot downtown crows

12/9/17 AP

Nampa, Idaho — Officials in Nampa in southwestern Idaho have authorized the city’s police force to use pellet guns to shoot crows in the downtown area through Sunday night.

Mayor Bob Henry approved the discharging of firearms in the downtown area that is otherwise prohibited.

Officials say the crows feed in fields during the day and return to the city in the evening where it’s warmer, partly because of the street lights.

Officials say the crows create a mess downtown that can cause a health hazard.

Nampa officials are also exploring using a bird repellent hazer that nearby Caldwell used when crows created a problem in that city several years ago.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
December 8, 2017
Issue No. 854
Table of Contents

* Briefs Filed In Appeals Court To Expedite Challenge To Increased Spill For Juvenile Salmon, Steelhead

* Federal Agencies Outline NEPA/EIS Progress Evaluating Columbia/Snake River Uses, Improvements For Fish

* Study: As River Warms Through McNary-John Day Pools, Juvenile Salmon Change Food-Source To Non-Native Shad

* ESA-Listed Chum Salmon Spawning Below Bonneville, Weather Cooperating For River Operations Aiding Fish

* U.S. – Canada Columbia River Treaty Negotiations Expected To Begin In Early 2018

* Corps Seeking Public Input On Detroit Dam Fish Passage, Temperature Control Scoping Process

* River Managers Reset Annual Guidelines For Zero Nighttime/Weekend Flows At Lower Snake Dams

* Idaho Power To Provide More Information To Idaho, Oregon As Part Of Hells Canyon Complex Relicensing

* Canadian Science Committee Recommends Listing Fraser River Sockeye As ‘Species At Risk’

* Harvest Managers Approve Tribal Hook And Line, Setline Sturgeon Fishing In John Day Pool

* Study Takes A Look At Best Landing Nets To Reduce Harm In Catch-Release Fisheries

* NASA Looking For Citizen Scientists To Collect Pacific Northwest Snowpack Depth Measurements

* IDFG Boise River Survey Finds A Surprise: A Non-Native Freshwater Shrimp >From Mississippi River

Fish & Game News:

F&G open house Tuesday to review hunting rules changes

The Star-News December 7, 2017

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host an open house to discuss proposed changes to local hunts on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the McCall Regional Office, 555 Deinhard Lane.

The meeting will feature information as well as allow for comments on the two proposed changes on the 2018-19 upland game, furbearer and turkey regulations.

Fish and Game is proposing a new fall turkey hunt in portions of Units 22, 31 and 32. The department is also seeking public comment on removing the fox trapping and hunting restrictions in Valley and Adams counties.

For more information on the proposals or to provide comments online, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website at

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Fish and Game to begin helicopter game surveys

The Star-News December 7, 2017

Hunters with late-season deer and elk tags might have some company this month as Idaho Department of Fish and Game survey helicopters will be taking to the air.

“Deer and elk surveys occur during winter, when animals are concentrated and are easier to see and count in open country,” said Regan Berkley, McCall regional wildlife manager for Fish and Game.

Information gathered during these surveys helps to determine male to female ratios as well as hunting season mortality and current calf and fawn survival, Berkley said.

“Biologists will be on the lookout for hunters, and will try to avoid disturbing active hunts,” she said.

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Fish and Game issues advisory on McCall ‘town deer’

The Star-News December 7, 2017

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is warning residents to not feed the “town deer” in McCall and to watch out for them on the roads.

Fish and Game responds to dozens of reports of dead or injured deer each year in McCall and Cascade, with more than 30 reports in McCall alone last year, McCall Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

“These deer died of two primary causes: vehicle-related injuries or starvation because their digestive systems were unable to process the feed they were given,” Berkley said.

Deer do not naturally spend winters in McCall because they do not have access to natural forage,” she said.

“The only reason the town deer stay is because people feed them, year after year,” Berkley said “Feeding in town may actually harm more deer than it saves.”

Deer on the roads are another winter problem. “During winter, we get so much snow that the only places deer can really move around are on roads,” Berkley said. “If you observe a deer crossing the road, expect that more deer are coming right behind it.”

Fish and Game’s options for responding to injured deer are limited because adult deer are not candidates for successful rehabilitation, she said.

Badly injured deer will be euthanized, while those that appear to be able to survive their injuries will be released.

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Fish and Game working a poaching case in the Magic Valley

by Brian Morrin Sunday, December 3rd 2017

(Fish and Game photo)

Rupert, Idaho (KBOI) — Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers served a search warrant early Friday morning at a home in Rupert.

The officers had probable cause to believe there was evidence tied to big game poaching.

These elk skulls were confiscated from the home.

IDFG says it’ll continue to work hard to protect wildlife from those who seek to steal it.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Squirrel blamed for vandalizing Christmas lights

by The Associated Press Monday, December 4th 2017

(Sea Girt Police Department)

Sea Girt, N.J. (AP) — It was a squirrel that nearly stole Christmas in a New Jersey town.

Sea Girt officials were puzzled when wires to the town’s Christmas tree and display were found torn last week. Workers repaired the damage so the tree could be lit on Friday.

Police kept watch over the display and on Saturday posted a photo on Facebook of the culprit — a squirrel.

Police said the squirrel was “charged with criminal mischief and released on bail.”

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Possum breaks into Okaloosa liquor store, gets drunk

By Annie Blanks Dec 1, 2017 News Herald

Okaloosa Island — An opossum that snuck into a liquor store and apparently helped itself to a few drinks the day after Thanksgiving was brought in to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for treatment before it was released Thursday.

Michelle Pettis, a wildlife health technician at the refuge, said the juvenile female opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach police officer Nov. 24. He said a Cash’s Liquor Store employee at the AJ’s on the Bayou location discovered the animal next to a broken and empty bottle of alcohol the morning after Thanksgiving.

“A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open bottle of liquor with nothing in it,” Pettis said. “Assuming the opossum drank it all, he brought her to us, and we looked over her and she definitely wasn’t fully acting normal.”

Pettis said the opossum appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating and appeared to be pale. The staff quickly pumped the marsupial full of fluids and cared for her as she sobered up.


Seasonal Humor:

This image from the cover of “Pioneer Life in Ely” by Lee Brownell

Tips & Advice:

See how fast a Christmas tree goes up in flames

KTVB December 08, 2017

The Christmas tree fire spread quickly in this demonstration. (Photo: BFD)

The Boise Fire Department wants to remind you — with the beauty of a Christmas tree — comes a fire hazard.

Check out this video from the fire department. It shows you just how quickly a Christmas tree can burn!

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