Dec 24, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 24, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Winter Water Advice

To help prevent frozen water, avoid parking over buried water lines, allow the natural snow cover to insulate the ground. Driving over the lines will also push the frost deeper and can result in frozen pipes. Also, don’t plow the snow over where water lines are buried, and avoid covering up water shut off valves.
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YP Transfer Station

Report on Monday Dec 18th that the dumpsters were only a quarter full.
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Be Predator Aware

Recent reports of Coyote and Fox activity and tracks in and around the village. 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

Christmas Day Potluck 4pm at the 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)

Juke box is up and going!
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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:

Winter Fire Safety Tips

Keep your chimney clean to prevent flue fires. Make sure your smoke detector is working. Never leave a portable electric heater unattended. Fire extinguishers should be charged, visible and easily accessible.

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 that Diamond Fuel & Feed carries pet food? Arnolds will deliver to Yellow Pine. Give them a call to set up an account. They carry Diamond brand dog food. Current dog food prices: Maintenance is $29.99 for a 50# bag. Performance is $39.95 for a 50# bag. Senior is $37.99 for a 35# bag. Farm Cat is $13.99 for a 20# bag.
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Winter Propane Tips

Keep the snow cleared around propane lines and pipes leading from your tank to the house. The weight of snow can cause leaks that can result in fire. Make sure you have a CO detector with working batteries.
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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 18) a skiff of snow fell before morning and warmed up, snow depth 5.75″ and “softer” (not squeaky.) Trees dumping snow out in the forest. Red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Cloudy all day, chilly damp breeze, warmer than it has been for a while, high of 39 degrees. A little bit of snow melted off the roofs, icicles crashing down. Cloudy and above freezing all night.

Tuesday (Dec 19) probably stayed above freezing, 36 degrees at 1030am and light rain starting to fall, light breeze. Currently 5″ of soft mushy snow on the ground. Light rain turned to rain/snow mix for a bit then back to rain after lunch time. Stopped raining mid-afternoon and quite breezy, trees waving, flags flapping almost straight out, high of 41 degrees. Winter Weather Advisory for storm tonight, started off as rain/snow mix around 9pm, then all snow at 2am, still snowing a little at 6am.

Wednesday (Dec 20) partly clear this morning, low of 25 degrees. 1 3/4″ new snow, 6 1/2″ total snow on the ground (wet, slushy and heavy!) Stellar jays, red-breasted nuthatches and pine squirrel visiting. Snow squall went by mid-afternoon, just a trace of new snow, then clouds breaking up and partly cloudy as the sun set, and temps dropping quickly, high of 32 degrees. Snowed 1/4″ around 11pm, then clearing, stars out and cold.

Thursday (Dec 21) overnight low of 4 degrees, high hazy clouds coming in, obscured the Solstice Sunrise. Jays and nuthatches visiting. Haze went away by noon and almost clear blue sky. Sunny afternoon, but chilly, high of 29 degrees. Quiet and peaceful for the shortest day of the year. Temps dropping with the sun. Clouds came in after dark.

Friday (Dec 22) snowing lightly this morning, 1/4″ new snow, 6″ total snow. Red-breasted nuthatches and steller jays visiting. Snow stopped before lunch time. Cloudy and light cold breezes early afternoon. Didn’t make it to freezing today, high of 30 degrees. Snowing very lightly just before dark. Still snowing at midnight, about 1/2″ new.

Saturday (Dec 23) overnight low of 22 degrees, snowed an inch last night. Partly cloudy and breezy this morning. When the sun breaks thru the clouds it is strong enough to melt icicles, stops when the clouds cover the sun. Nuthatches, jays and pine squirrel visiting. Also dark-eyed juncos and a mountain chickadee! Clearing early afternoon and VERY blue sky, breeze has a bite to it, high of 28 degrees. Clear sky late afternoon and getting cold, sliver of a silver moon high in the sky just after sundown. Very cold night.

Sunday (Dec 24) overnight low of -10 degrees, then hazy clouds this morning -5 degrees, clearing up quickly as the sun rose. Red-breasted nuthatches calling. Cow elk wandered thru the golf course, chickadees, jays and nuthatches at the feeders and a pine squirrel trying to chase the jays. Overcast by lunch time and cold. Female hairy woodpecker visited. Cloudy all afternoon, high of 17 degrees. Cloudy at dark and 15 degrees.
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Fraud Alert:

Don’t fall for this FedEx holiday shipping scam

by ABC7 News Staff Tuesday, December 19th 2017

The week before Christmas is a big one for package delivery scams.

With so many gifts ordered online this year, an email that looks like it’s from a well-known shipping service, like UPS, FedEx or the U.S. Postal Service, doesn’t tend to raise any red flags.

But crooks are counting on that. They’re sending out fake messages with subject lines such as: “Your Order is Ready for Shipment,” “We Could Not Deliver Your Package” or “Please Confirm Delivery.”

In a release on its website, FedEx says it has received reports of fraudulent emails with the subject line “FedEx: Delivery Problems Notification.” These emails can contain links that, when clicked, will connect you to a site loaded with malware that can infect your computer.

FedEx says it does not send unsolicited emails to customers requesting information regarding packages, invoices, account numbers, passwords or personal information.

If you receive such a notice — don’t respond. FedEx says to delete the email immediately or forward it to abuse@fedex.com

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Idaho News:

Pact reconnects snowmobile trails DF Development to allow access across private land

By Tom Grote for The Star-News December 21, 2017

An agreement between the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and the owners of private land west of McCall will reconnect groomed snowmobile trails between McCall and Donnelly, proponents said.

The snowmobile group on Monday signed the agreement with DF Development, the Texas company that purchased 172,000 acres of timbered land in central Idaho in 2016.

“We are delighted that DF Development has allowed snowmobilers to groom trails in this most important area,”association President Gary Cvecich of Stanley said

The agreement allows Valley County to groom key roads on DF Development Land on the north end of Long Valley, Valley County Parks and Recreation Director Larry Laxson said.

The trails to be groomed under the agreement are the Beaver Creek, Blue Bunch Ridge, and the East Fork of the Weiser trails, he said.

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Workshop on government contracts set for Jan. 10

The Star-News December 21, 2017

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.

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Former Valley County HR director says he was unfairly fired

Ken Arment said he was let go because he reported misconduct

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 21, 2017

Former Valley County Human Resources Director Ken Arment has filed a lawsuit against the county claiming he was wrongfully fired for raising questions about what he thought to be financial misconduct.

Arment, 59, of Donnelly, is seeking $1 million in damages after being fired in May for reporting what he said was waste and fraud, which is a violation of the Idaho Protection of Public Employees Act, the lawsuit said.

No trial date has been set for the lawsuit, which was filed in Fourth District Court in Cascade.

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Idaho lands nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve

by Keith Ridler, Associated Press Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Boise, Idaho (AP) — A giant chunk of central Idaho with a dazzling night sky has become the nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.

The International Dark-Sky Association late Monday designated the 1,400-square-mile (3,600-square-kilometer) reserve. The area’s night skies are so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way.

Supporters say excess artificial light causes sleeping problems for people and disrupts nocturnal wildlife and that a dark sky can solve those problems, boost home values and draw tourists.

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Idaho lands director to step down in January

12/20/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has announced that Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz will step down in mid-January.

Otter said Wednesday that Schultz is leaving the state agency in January to become vice president of government affairs and community outreach for Idaho Forest Group — a family owned wood products company.

Schultz has been the land agency’s director since 2011. During his tenure, Schultz has worked to execute the direction of the five-member State Board Land of Commissioners to divest hundreds of cottage sites at Priest Lake and Payette Lake and several agency commercial properties.

The land board, which is made up of Otter, the attorney general, secretary of state, state controller and superintendent of public instruction, will discussion the agency director position at its January 16 meeting. The board provides direction to agency in managing endowment trusts lands in Idaho.

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Idaho tops list of fastest-growing states

12/20/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Federal officials say Idaho had the largest percentage increase in population of any state in the nation in a recent census.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday announced that Idaho’s population from July 2016 to July 2017 increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million.

The agency says that’s about 37,000 more people living in the state.

Population Estimates Branch Chief Luke Rogers says domestic migration is the main driver in Idaho’s increase.

He says that’s the same for Nevada that had the second fastest percentage increase at 2 percent.

Rogers says Utah landed at No. 3 on the list at 1.9 percent due to more births than deaths in that state.

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Teacher shortage worse in Idaho than other states

12/22/17 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — A recent report says about a third of all teachers who are certified in Idaho each year don’t go on to get teaching jobs in the state, and many of those who don’t stay around for long.

The Post Register reports Christina Linder with the State Board of Education announced during a Thursday meeting that the state is steadily losing 10 percent of its teacher population every year.

According to an educator pipeline report, many certified teachers who are not working in an Idaho school likely found jobs in other states that offer higher salaries.

Although the teacher shortage is seen nationwide, the report suggests the problem may be worse in Idaho than in other states.

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Mining News:

Ask Midas: When Will Mining Begin?

November 29, 2017

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.

I’m Kyle the environmental superintendent for Midas Gold. In this week’s blog, I want to address a question I get asked a lot:

When Will Midas Gold Idaho Begin Mining?

We are still a few years away from mining the Stibnite Gold Project site and a lot still needs to happen before mining can begin. In order for the project to start, we will have to get all of our permits and set aside the money needed for reclamation bonding.

Midas Gold is well into the permitting process. We submitted our Plan of Restoration and Operations, commonly referred to as the PRO, to the U.S. Forest Service in September of 2016. It was declared adequate in December 2016 and, this summer, the agency gathered feedback from the public in order to determine how to evaluate the plan under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Today, the U.S. Forest Service and other cooperating agencies are carefully reviewing and analyzing our plan for the project and possible alternatives. Once they are finished with this review, they will issue a draft plan for public comment and, subsequently, a final plan and Record of Decision. After the company receives a final Record of Decision and necessary permits, and puts up the required reclamation bonding, we will able to begin site restoration and building the project.

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

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Public Lands:

PNF jobs

The Payette National Forest offers many Seasonal/Temporary employment opportunities in and around the communities of Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall and Yellow Pine.

Follow our upcoming series of “Upland Job Hunting.” We will be sharing our 2018 Seasonal and Temporary positions across the Forest.

Learn what it takes to be a firefighter, range or biological science technician, work with our timber and recreation programs, road crews and administrative support across the Forest.

Over the next two weeks, we will share position descriptions and what that job may entail; who to contact for questions, how to access USA jobs, resume building advice, and much more.

Stay tuned as many of these positions will be open for a very short window of time starting as early as January 3, 2018.

With over 150 temporary seasonal employees and 2.3 million acres of forest out there, your next summer job may be waiting for you.

For a sneak look at our upcoming temporary job listings for Phase I of the hiring process, visit this link for our Outreach Notice. The phase 2 Outreach Notice will be finalized soon, so stay tuned.

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Golden Duck Plan of Operations Update

USDA Forest Service 12/21/2017

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Golden Duck Exploration Plan of Operations on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The attached scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51378.

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 19, 2018, and make your comments as specific as possible.

The project webpage provides you tools to engage this process as you wish. From “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page, click on “Subscribe to Email Updates” if you wish to receive electronic communication about this project. Use the “Comment/Object on project” link to access a simple webform to submit your comments on this project. The “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” are the published comments received on this project.

Webform submission of comments through the project webpage is preferred but mailed and hand-delivered comments concerning this project will also be accepted. Comments may be submitted to the McCall District Office 102 West Lake Street McCall, Idaho 83638. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered to the same address during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage.

For further information on this project, please contact Clint Hughes, Geologist at (208) 634-0756.

Sincerely,
Lisa J. Klinger
McCall District Ranger
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Agency pulls some Idaho, Wyoming snowmobile maps after suit

By Keith Ridler – 12/20/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn snowmobile use maps for two national forests in Idaho and part of another in Wyoming after environmental groups in a lawsuit said the maps violate the federal agency’s regulations and environmental laws.

The Forest Service last week withdrew Over-Snow Vehicle Use Maps for the Payette National Forest and Boise National Forest in Idaho.

The agency also withdrew the map for the Teton Division of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

But the agency in the three separate notices also said that for this winter “there will be no change in over-snow motor vehicle use” for any the forests from the 2016-2017 season as a result of withdrawing the maps. The agency also said new maps would not be completed any sooner than April 1.

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Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley 34.5kV Distribution Line Project

USDA Forest Service 12/22/2017

The Forest Service in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley 34.5kV Distribution Line Project and is seeking public comment on this EA during the 30-day notice and comment period. The Project extends from the Porter Creek area north of Horseshoe Bend to Placerville and from Placerville along Alder Creek Road to Garden Valley, in Boise County, Idaho. The Project Area covers approximately 284 acres within the Porter Creek, West Fork Clear Creek-Clear Creek, Granite Creek, and Alder Creek subwatersheds. The complete EA can be downloaded from the project website located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48879. If you would prefer a hard copy of the EA, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at tramirez@fs.fed.us@fs.fed.us or by phone at 208-382-7400.

Project Description

The purpose of the Federal action is to respond to the ROW application submitted by Idaho Power Company.

Idaho Power Company (IPC) presented a need to increase electrical reliability and resiliency, and to accommodate growth in electrical demand in the Garden Valley and Idaho City areas. IPC proposes to construct approximately 23.6 miles of 34.5-kilovolt (kV) distribution line. One segment (14 miles) would extend from the Porter Creek area north of Horseshoe Bend to Placerville, Idaho. A previous 25 kV powerline existed in this location but the line was removed at some point in the past; the line corridor is still visible on the landscape. The second segment (9.6 miles) would extend from Placerville along Alder Creek Road to Garden Valley, Idaho.

Vegetation and trees within the ROW would be cleared where necessary to facilitate construction. Hazard trees that would interfere with the safe operation of the line would be cleared. Timber removal would require the construction of temporary landing locations where timber could be processed and loaded onto trucks. Residual slash on these landings would be piled and burned by Federal Agency personnel. The single-circuit powerline line would be built overhead on supporting wood structures.

Select locations for authorized service roads to the facilities would be required for continued maintenance and upkeep of the facilities. IPC proposes to utilize existing public roadways for the majority of access, primarily using Porter Creek Road, Alder Creek Road, Hawley Mountain Road, and Granite Creek Road. However, because IPC would need to access each structure location by vehicle during construction and operating and maintenance activities, existing service roads would need to be repaired and maintained. In addition, the construction of short lateral spur roads off the existing access roads would also occur.

How to Comment

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most useful, please make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us identify and address issues.

Electronic, written, hand-delivered, and facsimile comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments may be submitted through the Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley Project webpage. To submit comments using the web form select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Email comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Adobe (.pdf) and Word (.doc) to: comments-intermtn-boise-emmett@fs.fed.us. Please put “Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley Project” in the subject line of e-mail comments. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments.

Written comments must be submitted to: Boise National Forest, Emmett Ranger District, Attention: Terre Pearson-Ramirez, 1805 Highway 16, Room 5, Emmett, ID 83617 or by fax at 208-365- 7037. The office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage and will be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act..

When to Comment

This project is subject to requirements at 36 CFR 218.7 parts (a) and (b). Instead of a post-decision appeal period, there will be an objection process before the final decision is made (36 CFR 218). In order to be eligible to file an objection, specific written comments related to the project must be submitted during the designated period identified above or other designated public comment period specifically requested per requirements at 36 CFR 218.5 during the environmental analysis process. Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual.

Comments must be received or posted within 30 days of publication of this legal notice in the Idaho Statesman. The Idaho Statesman is the newspaper of record for the legal notices for this project. As identified above, this EA 30 day notice and comment period is considered a designated comment period as defined under 36 CFR 218.

For more information on how the objection process works for projects and activities implementing land and resource management plans, please read the regulations under 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B on the National Forest Service web site at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2013-title36-vol2/pdf/CFR-2013-title36-vol2-part218.pdf

For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at tramirez@fs.fed.us or by phone at 208-382-7400.
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Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest Intends to Submit Grant Proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Emmett, Idaho, Dec. 20, 2017

The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest are applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to help developed campsite improvements and maintenance.

The two different applications will request funding through the Idaho Department Recreational Vehicle (RV) programs.

* RV funds would be concentrated on improving Hard Scrabble Campground and Trail Creek Campground. These grant proposals will fund the replacement of campground furniture, parking spurs and tent pads.

These grant proposals will improve the visitor experience, and mitigate public health and safety hazards. If received, the RV grant would be implemented in the fall of 2018.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Everardo Santillan, Emmett Ranger District, 1805 Hwy 16 Room 5, Emmett, Idaho 83617 or by calling 208-365-7011.


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Federal officials launch new rangeland wildfire plan

Dec 22, 2017 KIVI TV

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Federal officials have launched a two-pronged plan to stop a vicious cycle of rangeland wildfires in a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching, recreation and is home to an imperiled bird.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday says it will create an Environmental Impact Statement concerning fuel breaks and another on fuels reduction and restoration for Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah, and Washington.

The agency says the documents when finished will help speed the approval process for future landscape-scale projects in the Great Basin.

Giant rangeland wildfires in recent decades have destroyed vast areas of sagebrush steppe that support some 350 species of wildlife, including imperiled sage grouse.

The agency is taking public comments through Feb. 20.

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Letter to Share:

Youth Pheasant Hunt

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This is what us guys and gals with the Gamebird foundation work for 7 days a week this time of the year. Got one and missed one. When I see a picture like this I just get a big lump in my throat. God Bless our youth and their parents or mentors.

“Whiskers”
The Gamebird Foundation and IDFG
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Critter News:

Keeping pets safe in cold weather

Michaela Leung Dec 18, 2017 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – With the temperatures continuing to drop in the winter months, you have to consider your furry friends.

Animals can be left in the car for short amounts of time because it’s not as dangerous as leaving them in the heat.

… But it’s best to keep your pets inside when the temperatures fall below zero. Even though dogs enjoy the snow, being too cold can be deadly.

“They just go outside, go to the bathroom, play around in the snow, have a good time about 10-15 minutes, then they come back in the house,” says Dr. Stone.

Dogs need to be acclimated to the cold in order to stay outside.

… If you’re keeping your dog outside there are legal requirements, which include a shelter.

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Giving a pet for a present could be a bad idea

by Brian Morrin Sunday, December 17th 2017

As Christmas is fast approaching, there is one gift you should not give this holiday season.

… At the shelter, you’ll see lots of faces begging you the bring them home, but that requires some homework on your part to make sure everyone has a happy tail wagging ending.

“We have seen several families come in in that past couple of weeks as part of their Christmas shopping and that does concern us generally speaking, dogs are a big commitment, it’s like adding a family member to your home and it’s not always a good idea to make that commitment for somebody else. Here at Meridian Canine Rescue, we believe that dogs are a part of the family and we need to help match up dogs to the right family,” said Jessica Ewing at Meridian Canine Rescue.

Some of the issues you can run into if you’re not careful, the dog might not get along with other pets or kids.

Another concern about getting a new pet around the holidays, there’s a lot going on with family and friends visiting, holiday parties, etc. It’s a good idea to have a more peaceful environment when introducing a new pet into your home.

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Cougar kills dog near Ketchum

IME Dec 21, 2017

A Labrador retriever was apparently killed by a mountain lion along the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s hospital south of Ketchum last weekend.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Kelton Hatch said a report from a conservation officer stated that the dog had been let out by its owner on Saturday night and didn’t return. Its body was found the next day more than 100 yards from the house.

“We think the dog ventured way too far from the house,” Hatch said. “It was down in the river corridor, an area that we assume cats are using for a migration corridor.”

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of December 2017
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North Cascades grizzly bear recovery work halted

12/19/17 AP

Missoula, Mont. — Work to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem has been stopped by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s office, a national parks official told a Montana newspaper.

But Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift told The Associated Press Tuesday that Zinke did not direct a stop work order on the environmental review. Swift didn’t provide further details.

North Cascades National Park Superintendent Karen Taylor-Goodrich told the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee last week that her staff had been asked to halt work on its environmental review, the Missoulian reported .

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Wolverine killed in trap in east-central Idaho

12/20/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho wildlife officials say a trapper reported finding a wolverine dead in a trap in east-central Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release Tuesday says the Idaho trapper reported finding the adult female wolverine inadvertently caught in his trap in Lemhi County on Dec. 8.

Idaho has not allowed a hunting or trapping season for wolverines since 1965.

Wolverines were wiped out across most of the U.S. by the 1930s. In the Lower 48 states, an estimated 250 to 300 wolverines survive in remote areas of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.

Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips says the trapped wolverine will be mounted for educational purposes and kept at the agency’s office in Salmon.

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Moose found with arrow in head, Idaho Fish and Game seek help

by KBOI News Staff Thursday, December 21st 2017


The moose had an arrow struck in it’s head and was removed. (Courtesy Idaho Fish and Game)

A calf bull moose had an arrow sticking out of its head Wednesday near Rexburg.

The moose was sedated and the arrow was removed.

There were signs of other arrow shots to the head.

Idaho Fish and Game responded to the calls and located the moose near the Teton Lakes Golf Course.

Officers are asking the public’s help for information relating to the abuse.

Anyone who might have helpful information can call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) Hotline at 1-800-632-5999 or District Conservation Officer Andrew Sorenson at 208-390-0632.

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Reward being offered for information on who killed/ skinned elk, and left it behind

by Kelsey Anderson Monday, December 18th 2017

Ontario, Oregon — A reward is being offered for information leading to the person, or people, responsible for killing an elk, and leaving it behind.

An Oregon State Fish and Wildlife Officer says the elk was found in the Owyhee Canal, near Malheur Butte, off Foothill Drive, outside of Ontario. The elk was skinned, and intact, expect the front shoulders were found nearby. The head and lower legs were also removed. There was a long rope attached to the animal’s neck, and a short rope holding the rear legs together.

If you think you may know who is responsible, call the ‘Turn-In-Poachers’ (TIP) program at 1-800-452-7888. Callers can remain anonymous. You can also call Trooper Anthony Spencer, with Oregon State Police, at 541-889-6469, ex. 4772.

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Record-breaking largescale sucker fish caught in Lake Cascade

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, December 19th 2017


Dave Gassel with his record Largescale Sucker from Cascade Reservoir 2017 (Photo Courtesy Idaho Fish and Game)

Dave Gassel of Meridian caught a 9.04-pound largescale sucker that broke the Idaho weight record at Lake Cascade.

The previous record was 8.42 pounds also caught at Lake Cascade.

Idaho Fish and Game say these fish like to hang out in deeper parts of water so they can pick up a variety of food found on the bottom of lakes and rivers. They eat algae, insects, clams, and snails.

60 species of suckers can be found in the U.S. and Canada. In Idaho they can be found in most rivers and reservoirs that are connected to the Snake River except for above Shoshone Falls. Spokane, Pend Oreille, and Kootenai River systems also are home to these fish.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
December 22, 2017
Issue No. 856
Table of Contents

* River Ops Review 2017: Big Spring Runoff Led To Huge Flows, Involuntary Spill, Elevated Gas Levels, Quicker Fish Migration
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439974.aspx

* River Ops Review 2017: Overall Hydrosystem Survival For Chinook/Steelhead Smolts Below Average
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439973.aspx

* River Ops Review 2017: Simultaneous High Runoff, Dissolved Gas, Generator Outage Created Challenges At Dworshak
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439972.aspx

* River Ops Review 2017: Kootenai River Sturgeon Show Positive Response To Libby Dam Water Pulses, Habitat Work
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439971.aspx

* NOAA Predicts La Nina Conditions Will Persist Through The Winter; Colder, Wetter
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439970.aspx

* Chum Operations At Bonneville Dam Transition From Spawning To Incubation Flows
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439969.aspx

* 2017 Snowpack Made It A Good Year For Sturgeon In Portions Of The Snake River
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439968.aspx

* Study: Warming Seas Double Snowfall On Alaska Peaks Since Industrial Age, Affects Pacific Northwest
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439967.aspx

* Corps Extends Willamette Reservoir Storage Reallocation Study Review Period
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439966.aspx

* EPA, Oregon DEQ Announce ‘Milestones’ And ‘Progress’ On Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439965.aspx

* UW Study Investigates ‘Designer Flows’ From Dams That Balance ‘Human And Ecosytem Needs’
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439964.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Open House to discuss grants for Horsethief Reservoir

By Joe Kozfkay, Regional Fisheries Manager
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Camping upgrades may soon be coming to Horsethief Reservoir, and the public is invited to an open house to learn more about and discuss the proposed upgrades.

The open house will be held on December 28th from 2 to 5 pm at Fish and Game’s Nampa Regional office, located at 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa, ID, 83686. For those unable to attend, written comments may be sent to the the same address.

For the second year in a row, Idaho Parks and Recreation’s RV grant monies are being pursued to fund camping area improvements. During 2017, IDFG was fortunate to be awarded two grants. Obtained funds are being utilized to develop high-quality host sites and for the purchase and installation of fire rings and picnic tables at some sites. “Host site development is necessary for us to attract and retain quality camp hosts throughout the camping season, Fish and Game recreation site maintenance foreman Dennis Hardy noted. “The fire pits and picnic tables will enhance the camping experience for visitors, while addressing the issue of fire safety at Horsethief.”

For 2018, staff is developing a grant application with the hopes of renovating the entire Kings Point camping area, one of the largest and most popular at Horsethief. Funds would be used to grade, delineate, and asphalt roads and parking areas, as well as delineate and improve campsites by installing hardened borders, crushed gravel, and picnic tables. Improvements are intended to increase user enjoyment, reduce conflict and resource damage, as well as facilitate more year-round use of this area.

Individuals with disabilities may request open house meeting accommodations by contacting Teri Mattulat at the Fish and Game Nampa office (208-465-8465) or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD).

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2017 survey shows perch populations remain strong in Lake Cascade

By Paul Janssen, Fisheries Regional Biologist
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Lots of large perch remain, but fewer smaller sizes could affect the fishery in the future

Since 2012, Fish and Game fisheries staff in McCall has annually conducted fall fishery surveys on Lake Cascade. We sample all fish populations in the lake, which helps manage all game fish in the reservoir.

So what did we find in our 2017 survey?

Lots of big perch

The perch population looks healthy. All ages of fish are present in the lake, and there’s still a large number of perch over 12 inches. Of all the perch we caught in nets 59 percent were over 12 inches.

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Pheasant Miscount means fewer birds stocked on WMAs

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Monday, December 18, 2017

Along with Christmas trees, you can add ring-necked pheasants to the list of hard to find items this Christmas season.

A simple miscount by the supplier of birds destined for stocking on Fish and Game’s four regional Wildlife Management Area (WMAs) means fewer birds have and will be stocked in the final weeks of the pheasant hunting season.

“Our supplier recently discovered that they were short by about 800 birds,” Fish and Game wildlife biologist Tyler Archibald noted. “And only one of the 58 other bird farms contacted had any surplus birds available.”

Those 400 pheasants have been added to the stocking schedule and will make up more than half the original pheasant shortfall.

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Idaho Fish and Game gather and sort wings for research

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Buckets around the state can be found in areas where bird hunting is a popular activity. What are they for? Science.

Every year Idaho Fish and Game gathers the wings and brings them to the Magic Valley Region for the annual Wing-B.

Wings are sorted to identify species, gender and maturity. This provides information to managers about the upland bird nesting and population.

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F&G News Releases

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

Festive pets waiting for Santa Paws

Check out this great gallery of pets anxiously awaiting Santa Paws!

KBOI photo gallery
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Reindeer wrangler catches a deer loose in Kohl’s store

by Nathan Edwards, WKEF/WRGT Monday, December 18th 2017


Reindeer Wrangler catches a deer loose in Troy Kohl’s (WKEF/WRGT)

Troy, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Christmas shoppers got a wild surprise over the weekend when a deer ran through a Kohl’s in Troy, Ohio.

The man who wrangled it says he wanted to keep customers safe.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Rudolph emerged to do some last minute shopping at Kohl’s.

“We were at the jewelry counter when we heard a commotion at the front door,” Bill Krimm said.

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Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

by The Associated Press Thursday, December 14th 2017

A cow that escaped twice from a nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place.

The cow, nicknamed “Stormy,” wandered away from the nativity scene at Old First Reformed Church of Christ Thursday and ended up on Interstate 95.

Philadelphia police eventually boxed in the cow with their cruisers before walking it off the interstate and returning it to the church.

However, WPVI-TV reported it was not long before the cow took off again despite efforts by the Rev. Michael Caine to stop the animal.

The bovine was found on the fourth floor of a parking garage before it was taken back to the nativity.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Tips & Advice:

Safety tips for lighting up your home for the holidays

Local News 8 – Dec 16, 2017

Conquering the task of stringing up holiday lights can be a challenge, but for many it’s the key in making the season merry and bright.

Rocky Mountain Power reminds you how to stay safe while tackling the feat of lighting up your holiday season.

* Look up. When placing outside holiday lights on a house or in trees, locate any overhead power lines, and keep all objects such as ladders and extension poles more than 10 feet away.
* Replace any worn or frayed cords on strings of lights. Plug in lights before stringing them to identify any damaged bulbs.
* Don’t forget to power down. Unplug lights before hanging them, and again when you are out of the house and when you go to sleep.
* Don’t attach too many light strings together and avoid plugging them into just one outlet. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended maximum number of strings per outlet.
* Keep lights away from anything flammable, including draperies.
* Keep lights off metal railings, banisters and aluminum siding. The metal can become energized if the wire has a short circuit.
* Make sure rooftop decorations are secure and don’t block vents or vent pipes.

Additionally, Rocky Mountain Power said using LED holiday lights will save money on energy costs. They use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights and are cool to the touch.

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Getting your home ready for the cold

by Haley Kramer Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Eagle, Idaho (KBOI) — We’re expecting some freezing temperatures here in the Treasure Valley and when that goes on for several days it can cause some major problems for homeowners.

Kasey Whiting, Project Manager at Perfect Plumbing shared a few tips and tricks you should know to get your home winter ready and make sure it doesn’t freeze along with the freezing temperatures.

… He says there are five areas in your home that cause problems when the temperatures drop: Hoses, foundation vents, open garage doors and windows, outside plumbing and furnace care while away.

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Are your Christmas presents ‘spying’ on you?

by Jennifer Gonsoulin Friday, December 22nd 2017 (WBMA)

Sales of gadgets are way up this year: from drones, to the latest phones, smart watches, and the digital assistants like the Amazon Echo.

And, for every high tech gift under your tree, hackers are finding ways to use them to spy on you, and steal your personal information.

This is the part of the tech world consumers don’t often want to think about. But, it’s extremely important to understand what’s happening in this virtual world. Large corporations record personal conversations, cameras are hacked, and devices even capture how often you flush the toilet.

Now, the FBI is issuing a warning. Feds say toys that connect to the Internet could be inviting hackers into your home. They say the only way to prevent a hack is to get rid of the toy. But, you can minimize the risk by taking a few steps.

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