Dec 17, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 17, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves to Meet Dec 23

Thank you to those that got goodies to [Nik]! We will be stuffing the Christmas bags on Saturday the 23rd at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Stop by anytime.
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Be Predator Aware

Reports of Coyote, Fox and Bobcat tracks in and around the village lately. Keep an eye on small dogs and cats and please don’t leave pet food outdoors. Unsecured garbage is also an attractant.
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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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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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Diamond (Kennedy) Fuel & Feed

208-382-4430

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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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 11) overnight low of 10 degrees, we still have 3″ of old snow (and hoarfrost) on the ground. Almost clear sky this morning, a couple of thin wispy clouds. Light traffic this morning. Red-breasted nuthatches visiting, fresh elk tracks along the road. Early afternoon it was warm enough to make icicles on the south side drip (no icicles on the north side) and some trees dumping a little more snow out in the forest, high 38 degrees. Clear evening, temps dropping after sundown.

Tuesday (Dec 12) overnight low of 9 degrees, mostly clear and frosty, still have 3″ of old snow topped by a thick layer of hoarfrost. Red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Heavy equipment working to the east. High haze and filtered sunshine by lunch time. Weak sunshine today, not as warm as yesterday, high 35 degrees. High thin clouds all afternoon, coloring for the sunset. Thicker clouds during the night.

Wednesday (Dec 13) started snowing around 730am, by 1030am 1.5″ new snow, 4.5″ total snow, overcast with light snow still falling. Heard clarks nutcrackers, red-breasted nuthatches and probably a hairy woodpecker. Fog band just below the ridges. Tapered off and stopped snowing shortly after lunch time (just a trace), a couple of small breaks in the clouds, ridges clear. Pine squirrel visited. A little breezy mid-afternoon, a few breaks in the clouds for a short time, then back to overcast and calm before dark. Chilly day, not much melting, high of 33 degrees. A few stars out around 830pm.

Thursday (Dec 14) overnight low of 10 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. Fox tracks all over the neighborhood. Red-breasted nuthatches visiting. A few high hazy wisps during the day, mostly sunny and stronger sunshine, high 35 degrees, icicles dripping and growing. High thin clouds colored by the sunset. Clear and twinkly stars before midnight.

Friday (Dec 15) overnight low of 11 degrees, overcast sky this morning, still have 4.5″ of snow on the ground, icicles much longer. Fresh fox tracks in the neighborhood again, pine squirrel and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Idaho Power truck in the village before lunch time. Cloudy cool afternoon, high 32 degrees. Steller jay and nuthatches calling, otherwise very quiet. Snowing after dark. An inch of snow by midnight, still snowing.

Saturday (Dec 16) snowed until around 4am, 1.5″ new snow, 6″ total snow on the ground, a few cracks in the cloud cover this morning. Red-breasted nuthatches and a pine squirrel visiting. Some cracks in the cloud cover before lunch time, hit or miss if the sun peeked through, icicles growing, high 35 degrees. Clearing before dark, just a few clouds turning red in the sunset. Some stars out at 830pm.

Sunday (Dec 17) overnight low of 3 degrees, then clouds moved in and up to 17 degrees by 1030am. Nuthatches visiting today, and heard a hairy woodpecker in the neighborhood. Cloudy and cold all day, never made it above freezing, no icicle drips or snow melted, high 29 degrees. Quiet day, light traffic. Cloudy afternoon and evening. Trying to snow just before dark.
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Holiday News:

USPS announces holiday shipping deadlines

by Ashley Hoak Monday, December 11th 2017

The U.S. Postal Service is preparing to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail throughout the holiday season.

Soon, post offices will be flooded with people shipping gifts.

But, if you’re waiting until the last minute to send something special, here are a few domestic shipping deadlines to ensure your gifts arrive by Christmas:

* December 16 – First Class Packages
* December 19 – First Class Mail (Including Greeting Cards)
* December 20 – Priority Mail
* December 22 – Priority Mail Express

And if you’re not a packing pro, the post office also offers pre-paid boxes to help ship items with ease.

The U.S. Postal Service also says in the two weeks leading up to Christmas, it plans to deliver 200 million packages per week.

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U.S. Postal Service sees record mail volume in Idaho

Stephanie Hale-Lopez Dec 13, 2017 KIVI TV

Boise, ID – The U.S. Postal Service is in the midst of its busiest time of year — the holiday season. But this year is even busier than normal — record-setting, in fact.

From cards to packages, it seems as though every post office in the country is busier than Santa’s workshop.

“Every year, we’re like, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of parcels,’” said Boise Postmaster, Dan Corral. “…but here again, we are in 2017, and we’re looking at breaking another record for how many parcels we’re going to deliver here in Idaho.”

So far this year, postal carriers in the Gem State have delivered two million packages, with more coming in every day.

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Idaho News:

Search and Rescue seeks grant for ATV rescue vehicle

The Star-News December 14, 2017

Valley County Search and Rescue is seeking comments on a proposed grant application to purchase a four-season all-terrain vehicle with Camoplast tracks.

The grant is available through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

The all-terrain vehicle would be used to search in remote areas, for insertion of search personnel and extraction of lost or injured backcountry travelers and transportation of equipment. It would also be used in public events such as the McCall Winter Carnival and backcountry events such as the McCall Trail Classic.

The Camoplast tracks would help reduce environmental damage in winter rescue or equipment transport during the snow and spring runoff seasons.

Written comments may be submitted via email to vcsar@valleycountysar.org

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Report: Cascade PD evidence room ‘disorganized’

$5,000 planned audit cost ballooned to $26,000

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 14, 2017

The evidence room of the now-disbanded Cascade Police Department was found in shambles from years of mismanagement and neglect, a consultant’s study said.

The Cascade City Council on Monday reviewed the report by Custer Agency Inc. of Boise.

The firm was hired to conduct an audit of the evidence room after agency was disbanded Oct. 1 and police protection for the city was contracted with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

“Upon initial inspection, agents noted that the evidence room was very full and disorganized,” the report said. “It was estimated that 90 percent of the evidence present should have already been destroyed or returned.”

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McCall outdoor preschool unique to Idaho

Tami Tremblay, KTVB December 13, 2017

McCall – A lot of us avoid being outside when it’s cold and we try to keep kids inside where it’s warm, but in McCall you will find little ones in the woods even when it’s bitterly cold, raining or windy.

Roots Forest School operates outdoors September through May. It’s the only outdoor preschool in the state.

“I don’t really want to be outside all day (in the winter) but the kids seem to love it,” said Heidi Summerfield, who sends her daughter to the Roots Forest School.

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McCall man discovers suspected meteorite near Donnelly

By Tom Grote for The Star-News The Star-News December 14, 2017

Brandon Firkins was cleaning up debris around his rental home near Donnelly last March when he saw a stone sticking up from the ground. When he went to kick it loose, what happened next came as a shock.

“It didn’t move, Firkins said. “I went down on both hands.”

When he picked it up, the rock was about the size of a football but was made of dense material weighing 24 pounds. The surface turned crimson when wet and parts of the surface were pitted with holes.

Firkins, a metal fabricator, turned a 13,000-degree gas torch on the rock to no effect. He then slammed it with a sledgehammer, but instead of cracking, the rock absorbed the impact.

He took the rock to the Payette National Forest office in McCall, where geologist Clint Hughes gave him a surprising evaluation.

Hughes said rock could be meteorite, the term for a space rock that has entered the Earth’s atmosphere and crashed to the ground, Payette Public Affairs Office Brian Harris said.

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New Meadows man injured in accident at Evergreen sawmill

By Tom Grote for The Star-News The Star-News December 14, 2017

A New Meadows man was injured last week in an accident at the Evergreen Forest/Tamarack Mill near New Meadows.

Jared Abarr, 30, lost part of his left arm in the accident, which happened about 12:30 a.m. last Thursday, Evergreen Human Resource Manager Larry Burke said.

Abarr was removing a board from a conveyor when his coat became caught and he was pulled into the mechanism, Burke said.

The conveyor was immediately shut down and first aid was administered to Abarr by other employees, Burke said.

He was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s McCall and transferred by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, according to a report from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Abarr was released from St. Alphonsus on Monday and was expected to return to work, Burke said. The sawmill was shut down for the rest of Abarr’s shift after the accident, he said.

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More officers on the road will be watching for drunk drivers

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, December 13th 2017

Starting today additional officers across Idaho will be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

They will be on the focused on drunk driving violations through the end of the year.

The Idaho Transportation Department and law enforcement across the state are partnering together to remind drivers that buzzed driving is drunk driving.

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Tentative deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility

By Keith Ridler – 12/14/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho officials have reached a tentative agreement approving a utility company’s $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday said it’s taking public comments through Jan. 5 on the proposed agreement with Boise-based Idaho Power involving the Hells Canyon Complex.

“It represents a compromise for both sides,” said commission spokesman Matt Evans. “It’s less than Idaho Power initially requested.”

The proposed agreement, which Evans said could be approved in February at the earliest, doesn’t call for a rate increase. That would take a separate request from Idaho Power also requiring the state commission’s approval.

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Idaho hay prices low until dairy market rebounds

12/17/17 AP

Burley, Idaho — Experts say hay prices are down in Idaho due to low milk prices that are depressing the market.

Steve Hines is the University of Idaho Extension educator for Jerome County.

The Capital Press reports that he says Idaho has carried over a lot of hay in recent years.

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Mining News:

Forest Service Explains CuMo Exploration Project at Public Meeting

Boise County Connection December 12, 2017 by Janet Juroch


Photo by Janet Juroch

Garden Valley – The recent meeting presentation in Garden Valley involving the Exploration Project of CuMo Mining and the Forest Service was well attended. In the Crouch Community Hall, stations were set up by various Forest Service departments to offer a place for questions to be answered by specialists in the fields of botany, geology, fisheries and more. CuMo mining is still in its exploration stages which may take years to complete.

Once there is a decision to have a mine, then the exploration project would turn into evaluating a mine. This requires a lot of information to determine an actual mine, according to Forest Service Minerals Program Manager, Rick Wells. The Forest Service has the job to make sure that the drilling information of a viable mine is determined. As Wells sees it, “This is to make sure that the mine will not get to a point that they say it is not good enough economically and the whole project pulls out.”

Copper and copper oxide is on top of a deposit which is a clue to consider further exploration for molybdenum. “As they drill into the rock they are looking at so many things,” says Wells, “and CuMo has to know what they need to get out of the samples to make sure the mine is cost effective.”

CuMo is doing this exploration for the mine to move forward. The core drilling goes down up to 2,000 feet. The plan allows for 256 drill holes and 122 drill pads in the project area. Wells explains that the mine will need to show confidence to investors that the return on investment is worth it and after a market analysis is done.

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Public Lands

Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest Intends to Submit Grant Proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Cascade, Idaho, Dec. 12, 2017

The Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is applying for Recreational Vehicle (RV) grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

The project will improve the existing campground road within Ice Hole Campground, build a worm rail fence between the campground and Johnson Creek, gravel discrete campsite pads, and install new campsite furniture and tent pads.

This grant proposal will improve the visitor experience, mitigate public health and safety hazards and prevent resource damage. If received, implementation of the RV grant would be implemented in the fall of 2018.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Jake Strohmeyer, Cascade Ranger District and P.O. Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611 or by calling 208-382-7400.

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The Forest Service is Withdrawing the Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map for the Boise National Forest

Boise, Idaho, December 14, 2017

The Forest Service is withdrawing the Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM) for the Boise National Forest that was published on February 11, 2016 under 36 CFR § 212 Subpart C, effective immediately. The OSVUM shall have no further force or effect.

The Forest Service is withdrawing the OSVUM to allow time to further review issues raised in the August 29, 2017 Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) submitted by WildEarth Guardians, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and The Wilderness Society. A new over-snow vehicle use map for the Boise National Forest will not be issued by the Forest Service until this review is complete and the Forest Service has responded to the NOI, and in any case no sooner than April 1, 2018. Before issuing a new OSVUM, the Forest Service will also complete applicable requirements under 36 CFR §212 Subpart C for making designations for over-snow vehicle use. Over-snow vehicles are defined as motor vehicles designed for use over snow that run on tracks and/or a ski or skis while in use over snow. 36 CFR § 212.1. In the interim, Orders have been issued by the Forest Service that reinstate the closures and restrictions on over-snow vehicle use on the Boise National Forest that were in effect pursuant to the Forest Plan prior to publication of the OSVUM on February 11, 2016, in accordance with 36 CFR § 261 Subpart B.

What does this mean for over snow travel this season? There will be no change in over-snow motor vehicle use on the Boise National Forest from the 2016-2017 season as a result of withdrawing the OSVUM. The Orders issued by the Forest Service are accompanied by maps showing the areas where over-snow vehicle use is allowed, prohibited or restricted. Additional short-term Orders may be issued for resource protection or public health and safety during the season in accordance 36 CFR §§ 261 Subpart B and 220.6(d)(1). Members of the public are encouraged to stop by a Forest Service office to obtain a free copy of the Orders and Maps.

For more information regarding over snow vehicle use on the Boise National Forest, please contact Danelle Highfill, Boise National Forest Recreation Program Manager at 208-373-4142.

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The Forest Service is Withdrawing the Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map for the Payette National Forest

Date: December 14, 2017
Contact: Brian Harris, Public Affairs Officer, 208-634-0784 office, 208-634-6945 cell.

McCall, ID – The Forest Service is withdrawing the Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM) for the Payette National Forest that was published on January 13, 2017 under 36 CFR § 212 Subpart C, effective immediately. The OSVUM shall have no further force or effect.

The Forest Service is withdrawing the OSVUM to allow time to further review issues raised in the August 29, 2017 Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) submitted by WildEarth Guardians, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and The Wilderness Society. A new over-snow vehicle use map for the Payette National Forest will not be issued by the Forest Service until this review is complete and the Forest Service has responded to the NOI, and in any case no sooner than April 1, 2018.

Before issuing a new OSVUM, the Forest Service will also complete applicable requirements under 36 CFR §212 Subpart C for making designations for over-snow vehicle use. Over-snow vehicles are defined as motor vehicles designed for use over snow that run on tracks and/or a ski or skis while in use over snow. 36 CFR § 212.1.

In the interim, Orders have been issued by the Forest Service that reinstate the closures and restrictions on over-snow vehicle use on the Payette National Forest that were in effect pursuant to the Forest Plan prior to publication of the OSVUM on January 13, 2017, in accordance with 36 CFR § 261 Subpart B.

What does this mean for over snow travel this season? There will be no change in over-snow motor vehicle use on the Payette National Forest from the 2016-2017 season as a result of withdrawing the OSVUM. The Orders issued by the Forest Service are accompanied by maps showing the areas where over-snow vehicle use is allowed, prohibited or restricted. Additional short-term Orders may be issued for resource protection or public health and safety during the season in accordance 36 CFR §§ 261 Subpart B and 220.6(d)(1). Members of the public are encouraged to stop by a Forest Service office to obtain a free copy of the Orders and Maps.

For more information regarding over snow vehicle use on the Payette National Forest, please contact Brian Harris, Payette National Forest Public Affairs Officer at 208-634-6945.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Workshop on government contracts set for Jan. 10 in Cascade

A free half-day workshop on “Doing Business with the Government” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Cascade Ranger District office in Cascade.

The introductory course will include how to find government projects that are seeking bids, required licenses and registrations, differences between state and federal contracting and where to go for assistance.

The class will also discuss the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, Women-Owned Small Business, HUBZone and other business certifications.

Workshop presenters include representatives from the Idaho Department of Transportation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information, call 208-334-8567 or email Elizabeth.healas@itd.idaho.gov.

The Cascade Ranger District is located at 540 N. Main St. in Cascade.

Posted at The Star-News December 14, 2017
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McCall, New Meadows districts seek grants for recreation

The McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts on the Payette National Forest will apply state for recreation grants to support trail and campground projects as well as winter recreation.

The Payette 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 would cover the purchase of a prefabricated bridge, as well as costs associated with the bridge installation.

A grant proposal for making improvements to the Lake Fork Campground is being submitted.

The campground’s current restroom facilities are in need of full replacement and the grant proposal is to fund the cost of two accessible concrete restrooms.

Other enhancements to the campground would include a new entrance information kiosk, campsite markers and parking barriers.

Another grant proposal would fund equipment to be used by volunteer campground hosts, including pressure washers for the cleaning of restrooms and other facilities at recreation sites.

Other funds requested would support the work of seasonal employees who provide assistance to snowmobiliers and backcountry skiers. The employees provide safety information to the public, as well as assist in maintaining winter travel routes and signs.

Posted at The Star-News December 14, 2017
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Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest Intend to Submit Grant Proposals to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Idaho City, Idaho, Dec. 11, 2017

The Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to help with trail improvements and maintenance, as well as improve recreation sites used by recreational users.

The different applications will request funding through the Departments Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV), Motor Bike (MBR) and Recreation Trails Program (RTP).

• MBR/ ORMV funds would be used to maintain trails in the Idaho City Area. The routes are 584, 683 and 167. These trails receive heavy summer usage from motor bike enthusiasts, and are also used in the Idaho City 100 Enduro Race. This grant proposes to address culvert placements, signage, brushing and heavy tread maintenance needs.

• RTP grant funds would be used for the construction of two bridges on the Crooked River Trail that was severely burned by the 2016 Pioneer Fire. The project would replace bridges over Edna Creek and Lamar Creek, restoring use to a trail that is a favorite recreation destination for the Treasure Valley.

• RTP grant funds would also be used to replace the recently destroyed Park and Ski toilet at Banner Ridge. The new toilet facility at Banner Ridge would restore a convenience to winter and summer recreationalists alike.

All grant proposals will improve the visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards. This will also help sustain the capital investment of the trail tread. If received, implementation of the grants would begin in late summer.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Megan Impson, Idaho City Ranger District, P.O. BOX 129 Idaho City ID 83631, or by calling 208-392-3733.
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Middle Fork landscape project to cover 50,000 acres on Payette

The Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project can now begin following the authorization by the Payette National Forest.

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

Forest restoration activities include:

• Timber and biomass harvest to reduce fuel loading.

• Road reconstruction, realignment, and decommissioning.

• Culvert removal to enhance habitat.

• Thinning of trees and controlled fires to restore healthy conditions and help protect communities from wildfires.

• Improved developed and dispersed recreation areas.

• Improving and realigning existing trails, and developing new trails.

A fourth project, the 67,000 acre Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project, 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,” Payette Supervisor Keith Lannom said.

“These restoration and collaborative projects are truly producing significant results on the ground and with our local economies,” Lannom said.

Other projects on the Payette National Forest include:

• 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.

Posted at The Star-News December 14, 2017
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National Park Service to limit fee-free days in 2018

Staff Writer Posted: Dec 14, 2017 Local News 8

The National Park Service announced it will offer four days without entrance fees in 2018. Last year, 10 days were offered without cost.

The 2018 fee-free days will be:

• January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• April 21 – First Day of National Park Week
• September 22 – National Public Lands Day
• November 11 – Veterans Day

Eliminated from the fee-free list were Presidents’ Day, 3 National Park Week weekends in April and one of two Veterans Day weekend days.

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USFS Regional Intermountain News

December 13, 2017

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Letter to Share:

Merry Christmas from Mystic Farm!

Dec 13, 2017

“Saving Idaho Wildlife – One Orphan at a Time!”

Merry Christmas from Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue! Mystic Farm provides care for injured and orphaned fawns in preparation for release back into the wild – where they belong! We continue to have extraordinary success with both rehabilitation and release.

This last season, the number of orphans that came through our door was record breaking. The more babes – the higher the cost to operate the rescue. Unfortunately, due to medical issues and limited volunteers, we will not be holding our annual “Grow More Spots” fundraiser. Though the board will be looking at alternatives, we count on that event to cover the majority of our funding. Honestly, fundraising is the one part of Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue that I dislike. But, the reality is that it has to be done. The thought of “considering the alternative” is not even open for discussion. We will save each and every warranted rescue babe that needs saving – opposition or lack of funds be damned!

Thank you for your past and continued support. Without generous tax deductible contributions like yours, we could not continue to provide the care to the animals coming through Mystic Farm. You are the backbone of our rescue operation. Know that by donating, you will be a part of giving wildlife a second chance. Sincere thanks – and the fawns thank you!

Name: _______________ Email: ______________

Address: _____________________ Zip: ________

Donation Amount: $___

Please print and return this portion with your donation to:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
710 Sanctuary Hills
Sagle, ID 83860

*Donations also accepted via PayPal: mysticfarmrescue@yahoo.com or on the website: http://www.mystic-farm.com

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Critter News:

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Pet Talk

Dec 15, 2017 Dr. Karsten Fostvedt – IME

What are anal sacs? The anal sacs are two small pouches on animals under the skin near the anus at the 4 and 8 o’clock positions. These sacs hold a thick, foul-smelling fluid produced by the glands of the anal sacs. This fluid is used by wolves and wildcats to mark their territories. Skunks use the glands to scare away potential predators. Domestic dogs and cats don’t use these glands to mark territory, but they are still present and can often become blocked or impacted. When this occurs, the dog or cat licks at its anus incessantly, or scooches on the ground to try to express the sac by itself.

Normal emptying of the anal sacs occurs with defecation. Dogs and cats can also empty their anal sacs voluntarily, which they do when they are frightened. Failure of the anal sacs to empty during defecation can occur when animals eat low-fiber diets. Often, the anal sacs can become infected and painful, and even abscess a bloody pustular oozing next to the rectum. Any impaction, swelling or abscess of the anal sacs will cause pain and redness and swelling to the perirectal area.

Your veterinarian will perform a rectal examination using a gloved finger to assess the size of the anal sacs. Sometimes tumors of the anal sacs occur and can be felt in a rectal exam. These tumors can spread to abdominal lymph nodes, causing widespread cancer.

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Reward for information on slain wolves grows to $20,000

Steve Bertel Dec 11, 2017 KIVI TV

Spokane, WA. – The reward for information regarding the killing of two wolves in northeastern Washington state has now grown to $20,000.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands on Monday said they had doubled a previously-announced reward by Conservation Northwest for information leading to a conviction in the killing of the wolves.

Over the weekend, officials for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that two wolves that were being monitored had been found shot to death.

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Wolf News

Pinedale Online!

12/13/17: Wolf ruling impacts grizzly delisting
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a federal appeals court ruling that may impact the agency’s final rule delisting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The deadline for comments is January 8, 2018. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a federal appeals court ruling that may impact the agency’s final rule delisting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The deadline for comments is January 8, 2018. The only obligation at issue here is for the Service to contend with the implications of massive range loss for the species’ endangered or threatened status within its current environment…… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

12/13/17: Colorado wolf reintroduction
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project is trying to build public support for reintroducing wolves to western Colorado. Environmental groups supporting the project include Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wild Earth Guardians, National Wolfwatchers Coalition, Colorado Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity….. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

12/10/17: Wolf News Roundup – Dec. 10, 2017
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Wolf news from Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and the Great Lakes, and on an environmental group lawsuit related to the Mexican wolf recovery plan, and report on Ontario caribou threatened by wolves. The wolf population on Isle Royale has declined to just one wolf, the last of a severely inbred population. The National Park Service is moving forward with plans to reintroduce wolves back onto the island….. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter second week December 2017

Shepherds and environmentalists clash as ‘rogue wolf’ rampages through German forest

Should Finland’s Wolves Be Hunted or Protected?

Norway’s Proposed Wolf Hunt
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Wolverine

Outdoor Idaho

If you’ve ever seen a wolverine in the wild, you’re one lucky person! Here’s our story on wolverines and snowmobilers near McCall. Trapping wolverines is not for the faint of heart. From our “Working for Wildlife” show, airing tonight, Sunday, at 7 p.m.

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Garden City Police officer cited for hunting mule deer on private property

by KBOI News Staff Monday, December 11th 2017

Garden City, Idaho (KBOI) — A Garden City Police officer was cited earlier this fall for the illegal killing of a mule deer.

The department said Monday that officer Tysend Faulkner mistakenly shot a mule deer Oct. 27 while he hunted with a white tail deer tag on private property near White Bird in northern Idaho.

Idaho Fish and Game cited the officer with three citations.

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Yellowstone rams catch disease causing unsightly mouth sores

Associated Press, KTVB December 12, 2017

Bozeman, Mont. – Yellowstone park officials say multiple bighorn rams in the park have caught a viral disease that causes unsightly mouth sores.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the park’s videographer snapped images in November of rams with the mouth sores.

Officials confirmed the videographer’s pictures on Monday, saying the rams have sore mouth disease, a condition widespread among wild bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountains. It is also common in domestic sheep and goats.

Officials say animals usually recover but death can occur in severe outbreaks, particularly among lambs that can’t feed because of the mouth sores.

The disease can be transmitted to people if a person directly touches an infected sheep.

Yellowstone biologists are monitoring the infected animals.

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9th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Day

A fun day of ice fishing for the whole family!

Horsethief Reservoir January 20, 2018 10am-3pm.

Please read through our helpful hints so you will be prepared for a fun filled day on the ice.

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Recovery plans for Snake River salmon, steelhead released

By Keith Ridler – 12/12/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Authorities have released recovery plans for federally protected Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead with the goal of making sure each species is self-sustaining in the wild.

The plans released Tuesday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries include spring and summer chinook, fall chinook and steelhead. Authorities listed the three runs as threatened in the 1990s.

Strategies in the 366-page fall chinook plan include reintroducing them above Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Complex of hydroelectric dams.

The 284-page recovery plan for spring and summer chinook and steelhead include protecting existing tributary habitat and restoring degraded habitat.

Salmon and steelhead are important as both a commercial and sport fishery, and are also important to tribes in the region that hold treaty rights concerning salmon and steelhead.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
December 15, 2017
Issue No. 855
Table of Contents

* Invasive Northern Pike In Lake Roosevelt Spread At Rapid Pace; Parties Discuss Suppression Plan, Funding Issues
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439953.aspx

* Early Fish Forecasts Show Higher 2018 Spring/Summer Chinook Returns Than This Year; Small Sockeye Increase
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439952.aspx

* Fish Traps, Alternative To Current Commercial Fishing Methods, Being Tested In Lower Columbia
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439951.aspx

* 2018 Spill Plan For Juvenile Fish Submitted To District Court, Expedited Appeal Accepted By Ninth Circuit
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439950.aspx

* Science Panel Hears Research On Sea Lion Consumption Of Spring Chinook Below Bonneville
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439949.aspx

* Lower Number Of Anglers Take Fewer Northern Pikeminnow In 2017 Than In 2016; $1.5 Million In Payouts
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439948.aspx

* NOAA Fisheries Releases Recovery Plans For Snake River Fall Chinook, Snake River Spring Chinook/Steelhead
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439947.aspx

* Montana Leaders, Tribes Urging Action On Mining Pollution From Canada Flowing Into Kootenai River Drainage
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439946.aspx

* Tentative Settlement On Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Relicensing Expenses Goes To Utility Commission
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439945.aspx

* Portland Harbor On List Of EPA Superfund Sites Targeted For ‘Immediate, Intense’ Attention
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439944.aspx

* WDFW To Test Drone Use For Researching Moose In Northeast Washington
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439943.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Gift licenses, Super Hunt entries make great stocking stuffers

By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor
Monday, December 11, 2017

Give the gift of the great outdoors – gift certificates for a fishing license, hunting license, or Super Hunt entry make excellent stocking stuffers.

Fishing and hunting provide a good excuse to get outside, see the beauty of Idaho, and spend precious time with family and friends. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is a fishing or hunting season open throughout the year.

License gift certificates can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office in any dollar amount. Most people buy them for the exact amount of an annual hunting license, fishing license, combination, or sportsman’s package.

Several options and price ranges are available, depending on the age of the recipient and type of license – hunting, fishing or combination. These gift certificates can be only be redeemed for hunting and fishing licenses at Fish and Game offices.

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GPS collars show the hidden lives of deer and elk

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, December 8, 2017

Collars provide real time information about where the animals live, travel and sometimes, die


Photo by Roger Phillips/Idaho Fish and Game

The whup, whup, whup of a helicopter grows louder as a herd of deer flees toward a trap. A small army of Fish and Game staff and volunteers hide as the animals run into a hidden net and become entangled.

People rush to the thrashing animals, and within seconds, untangle and calm them by placing a mask over their eyes and carefully pin their legs to their bodies. Then a quick, efficient routine begins as the animals are measured, weighed, health tested, and finally, fitted with a collar.

That scene is repeated dozens of times every winter for deer and elk, and it’s one of several ways Fish and Game captures big game animals and places collars on them to track their whereabouts and learn more about their seasonal movements and habits.

F&G does most of its capture-and-collar work during winter because animals tend to be congregated, easier to spot, and it’s typically gentler on the animals to capture them in cooler weather. It’s labor-intensive, and at times dangerous, but important work for managing big game herds.

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F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Fun Critter Stuff:

Red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond

by Andrew Selsky, Associated Press Tuesday, December 12th 2017

Salem, Ore. (AP) — Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus’ sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer.

The reverse-reality Christmas-season tale played out when a deer wandered onto a frozen golf course pond in Sunriver, Oregon, on Friday and then lost its footing.

Try as it might, it couldn’t get all its legs underneath him. It skidded and slithered, and its legs buckled.

Along came firefighter Jeff “JJ” Johnston, astride a new ice-rescue sled that was as bright red as the suit he wore, and as the nose on Rudolph the reindeer, which guided Santa’s sleigh one foggy Christmas Eve.

Benjamin O’Keefe, a captain in the fire department of the resort and residential community, had his camera rolling. His video has become a sensation, garnering millions of views and picked up by broadcasters in the United States and overseas.

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Buck busted for breaking and entering in Bellefontaine

by Gabi Warwick, WKEF/WRGT Monday, November 27th 2017

Bellefontaine, Ohio – A buck was busted for breaking and entering in Bellefontaine, according to the police department’s Facebook page.

They said that the buck jumped through a window of a vacant business in the High Point Village Plaza, breaking out the glass, before fleeing the scene. The buck was not injured, but the post does give a description of the suspect “as being brown and white, four legs and 10 points”.

No information was immediately available about other damage to the business.

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Oh, deer: Startled doe scrambles through Mississippi school

by The Associated Press Friday, December 1st 2017

Enterprise, Miss. (AP) — A deer darted through two hallways of a Mississippi school, startling students as they were arriving for the day.

People jumped out of the way and no one was injured.

Enterprise Middle School is in a rural, wooded area about 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Jackson. Principal Marlon Brannan says it’s unusual to see deer on campus, but this doe was grazing on a playground Wednesday morning.

Brannan says “that deer was moving full-throttle” as it scrambled down two tile hallways, going about 200 feet (61 meters) before sliding out another open door. It ran between two vehicles in the carpool line and escaped to the woods.

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Tips & Advice:

Time to remember winter driving safety

by Scott Logan Thursday, December 14th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — One common mistake drivers made repeatedly during last winter’s heavy snow is this:

“Quite honestly that’s going be primarily speed,” said Cpl. Kyle Wills with the Boise Police Department. “Too fast for conditions. When there’s snow and ice on the road, or black ice we don’t see, sometimes people just fail to slow down.”

And police say with slick roads, cars don’t stop as fast when brakes are applied so they slide, leading to all kinds of crashes.

So remember in winter, the posted speed limit may be too fast for conditions.

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The rules of the road when you encounter a stopped school bus

Dec 15, 2017 Local News 8

You are approaching a stopped school bus. Do you stop or are you ok to drive by?

The answer varies depending on a number of factors, and Bingham County Sheriff Craig T. Rowland said he’s received several complaints lately about drivers making the wrong choice.

… When you are on a roadway that is less than 4 lanes, you must come to a stop when a school bus has activated its red lights and the stop arm is out.

… However, if it’s a four-lane road, two lanes in each direction, traffic behind the bus must stop, and vehicles approaching the bus from the other direction on the other side of the double yellow lines may proceed past the bus without stopping.

The Idaho Code that deals with overtaking and passing a school bus reads:

49-1422. OVERTAKING AND PASSING SCHOOL BUS. (1) The driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop before reaching the school bus when there is in operation on a school bus the visual signals specified in section 49-915, Idaho Code, and the driver of a vehicle shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. Oncoming traffic on a highway of more than three (3) lanes is not required to stop upon meeting a school bus when visual signals are actuated. Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this subsection shall be fined an amount of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500).

(2) Every school bus shall be equipped with visual signals meeting the requirements of section 49-915, Idaho Code, which shall be actuated by the driver of the school bus whenever, but only whenever, the vehicle is stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children. A school bus driver shall not actuate the special visual signals:

(a) In business districts designated by the department or local authorities;

(b) At intersections or other places where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or peace officers; or

(c) In designated school bus loading areas where the bus is entirely off the roadway.

(3) Every school bus shall bear upon the front and rear plainly visible signs containing the words “SCHOOL BUS” in letters not less than eight (8) inches in height. When a school bus is being operated upon a highway for purposes other than the actual transportation of children either to or from school all markings thereon indicating “school bus” shall be covered or concealed.

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