Jan 21, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 21, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Ski Race Jan 27

The ski race will be at noon on the 27th. Meet at the community center at 11:55 for course, which will depend on snow conditions.

Chili Contest Jan 27

Heat Up Winter in Yellow Pine. Chili Contest & 1$ Chili Feed Saturday January 27th at 2pm at the Community Hall. Questions? Contact Kathy Hall 633-6270. Donations go toward Community Hall maintenance.
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Up coming events in February. February 4th Superbowl Sunday Party. February 17th Pie Contest.

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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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.

Water Bills are due January 31st.
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Be Predator Aware

Recent (Jan 20) reports of fox activity and tracks in and around the village, apparently there are 2 habituated foxes hanging around, one is red and the other gray. Also a report of a small cougar leaving tracks around the upper end of the village. Keep an eye on small dogs and cats and please don’t leave pet food outdoors.
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2018 Fest

The 2018 festival T-shirt contest is now open! All entries must include the year (2018) and the festival name “Yellow Pine Festival” in the design Entries must be received by Friday, May 18th, 2018. The prize for the winning design is $100! Multiple designs by the same artist can be sent in.

Hint: these shirts are screen prints, simpler designs stand out better. Submit your entry by email to Marj Fields at fieldsmarjie @ yahoo.com
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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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Winter Propane Tips

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

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
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Diamond (Kennedy) Fuel & Feed

Diamond Fuel & Feed carries ice melt. “We sell 50# bags [of ice melt] for $8.99.” 208-382-4430
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Local Observations:

Monday (Jan 15) overnight low of 18 degrees, mostly clear this morning, measured 5.5″ of old snow. Pretty frost patterns on the chicken wire, but as soon as the sun came up the frost turned to steam. Nuthatches, chickadees and a pine squirrel visiting. Sunny warm beautiful day, high of 41 degrees. Internet went wonky around 620pm for a while. Mostly clear night sky, brilliant stars.

Tuesday (Jan 16) overnight low of 19 degrees, overcast sky this morning, moderate frost, measured 5.5″ of old snow. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting. A trace of snow fell after lunch time, then a brief sucker hole in the clouds. Very quiet day, high of 40 degrees. Female hairy woodpecker visited. Mostly cloudy at sundown. Mostly clear before midnight, lots of stars.

Wednesday (Jan 17) overnight low of 16 degrees, partly clear sky this morning, trace of snow remaining in the shade from yesterday’s passing storm, total snow measurement still 5.5″. Nuthatches, chickadees, a hairy woodpecker and a pine squirrel visiting. Cloudy quiet afternoon, high in the 40’s. Breezy before sundown. Breezy night and warming up to 48 degrees by morning.

Thursday (Jan 18) it was warmer this morning than all day yesterday, 48 degrees and blustery, measured an average of 5″ of snow on the flat, bare ground under trees in the forest. Lots of nuthatches, chickadees, the female hairy woodpecker and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Blustery cloudy day, started raining before 2pm and temperature dropping, the high of 50 degrees was this morning. Rained all afternoon, lowering clouds and dropping temperatures, water not soaking in – the ground is frozen. Most roofs in the neighborhood were bare before this storm. Rain changed to snow late evening. Less than 1/2″ by midnight.

Friday (Jan 19) early morning snow on top of the slush and rain from yesterday and last night, measured 2 1/3″ new snow and 7″ total snow on the ground. Wet and heavy shoveling this morning, snow ended before noon. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Snowing off and on all afternoon, trace accumulation, very low clouds at times, winter has returned, high of 31 degrees. Snowed about an inch before midnight.

Saturday (Jan 20) overnight low of 22 degrees, measured 1 1/4″ new snow, 8″ total snow on the ground. Cracks in the clouds this morning, trees encrusted with snow, lines hanging low. Fresh fox tracks in the new snow. Hairy woodpecker, pine squirrel, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Lone snowmobile off in the distance. Cracks in the clouds early afternoon and just a hair below freezing, high of 33 degrees. Pink tinged clouds after sunset against a little blue showing through cracks in the clouds.

Sunday (Jan 21) overnight low of 17 degrees, snowed 1/2″ before 6am, measured 8.5″ total snow on the ground, almost clear sky. Lots of chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Beautiful blue sky with a few wispy “mare’s tails” after lunch time, icicles dripping at 32 degrees, strong sun, high of 36 degrees. Cloudy by early afternoon.

Idaho News:

Valley County ponders future of road funding

Federal dollars that had supported roads have gone away

By Max Silverson for The Star-News January 18, 2017

Valley County commissioners said Tuesday they may seek to increase property taxes to pay for road improvements and regular maintenance now that federal funds have dried up.

For years, a major portion of the road department budget in Valley County came from the national Secure Rural Schools Program, but this congressional legislation expired September 2015 and has not been reauthorized.

The last payment to the county was about $1.14 million in 2016.

Idaho law allows county commissioners two options to impose tax levies for road funding.

One option would levy a new property tax that would require that 50 percent of taxes collected within incorporated city limits in that county must be spent within that city.

The other option is to impose property tax on all properties that can be spent on any roads within the county.

Commissioners decided to explore possibilities at their regular meeting in Cascade on Tuesday.

“I think we ought to start the discussion and start putting some numbers together,” commission Chair Gordon Cruickshank said.

Commissioners plan to host community meetings during the summer to discuss options and gauge public opinion.

“Funding keeps going down and down, but our roads department needs continue to increase,” Cruickshank said.

With decreased funding, the county has been forced to postpone or cancel major road improvements.

Equipment upkeep is difficult under current budget constraints, and the county has had to shut off most major road improvements, Cruickshank said.

“Unless we can get a grant, there is no way to improve our roads,” he said.

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2018 McCall Winter Carnival

Each year tens of thousands of visitors are treated to parades, dozens of larger-than-life snow sculptures and breathtaking firework shows over Payette Lake.

KTVB January 16, 2018

McCall – The always-popular McCall Winter Carnival returns to the Central Idaho mountain community for its 53rd year, bringing with it all sorts of fun and excitement for the entire family. The 2018 edition of McCall’s signature event runs from Friday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Feb. 4.

Each year tens of thousands of visitors are treated to parades, dozens of larger-than-life snow sculptures and breathtaking firework shows over Payette Lake.

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Family fun will be theme of Snowmobile Fun Run on Feb. 3

The Star-News January 18, 2017

Family fun will be the theme of the annual Snowmobile Fun Run to be held Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Francis Wallace Parking lot on Warren Wagon Road north of McCall will be the headquarters for the event, which is sponsored by the McCall Area Snowmobilers.

Entrants should register between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. before heading out on groomed trails to Burgdorf Hot Springs intersection then back again to Francis Wallace Parking lot.

Participants will have plenty of time to break off the trail and play in the different areas along the way.

An entry card costs $10 and participants can purchase multiple cards. There will be multiple check stations along the route that will have games to win additional raffle tickets.

At the end of the day there will be drawings for snowmobiling accessories, gift cards and items from local businesses as well as the grand prize of $500.

Proceeds from the event will support the Nancy Stathis Memorial Scholarship Fund for local high school students.

Over the years, McCall Area Snowmobilers has been instrumental in establishing snowmobile parking lots and groomer buildings in the northern part of Valley County.

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Snowmobiler killed in eastern Idaho avalanche

Jan 21, 2018 KIVI TV

Idaho Falls, Idaho (AP) – Authorities say a snowmobiler has died after being caught in an avalanche in eastern Idaho.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says emergency workers received a 911 call Saturday afternoon that a snowmobiler had been caught in an avalanche east of Reas Peak in Island Park.

Search and rescue teams responded. Members of the man’s group found his body after about 40 minutes of searching.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has not been identified.

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David Groeschl appointed as Idaho Department of Lands acting director

Jan 16, 2018 – Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) voted Tuesday to appoint State Forester David Groeschl as acting director of the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).

The appointment follows the departure of former Director Tom Schultz, who left IDL to become vice president of Government Affairs and Community Outreach for Idaho Forest Group.

Groeschl has been Idaho State Forester since 2011 and IDL Deputy Director since 2016. He came to Idaho in 2008 from Montana where he led the Forest Management Bureau at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Groeschl earned a bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and a master’s degree in Forestry from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Groeschl’s broad and extensive forestry experience over nearly 30 years includes work in the private, industrial and public forestry sectors, as well as in three different geographic regions of the country – the South, the Great Lakes area and the Intermountain West.

“I appreciate the Land Board’s confidence in me and the opportunity to continue to serve Idahoans as IDL acting director,” Groeschl said.

The Land Board also directed IDL to open the process of soliciting applications for the director position.

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Judicial turnover has state barely hanging on

By Rebecca Boone – 1/16/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Courts Director Sara Thomas said Tuesday the state has made big gains on improving court access and technology, but Idaho is barely hanging on when it comes to judicial turnover and vacancies.

“We are holding on by the skin of our teeth,” Thomas told members of Idaho’s legislative budget-writing committee. “We are seeing huge turnover — it is having a strong effect.”

As a result, the judicial branch is recommending lawmakers approve a plan that would both fund a new magistrate judge position in Jerome County and allow the courts to cover more cases using retired judges on “senior status.” The senior judge program pays retired judges to cover cases as needed when the local court would otherwise be overwhelmed by caseloads.


Letters to Share:

Plan now to prevent a disaster

The Star-News Editorial January 18, 2017

The ground may be frozen and snow-covered, but now is the time for people to start thinking about how to prevent a blazing summer wildfire from roaring through their neighborhoods.

The concept of “firewise” has become a buzzword in recent years, especially in residential areas near forests that would be devastated if a wind-blown wildfire were to erupt. Individual efforts to protect single homes are worthwhile, of course, but only a concerted effort among all residents of a neighborhood near forests can help ensure a disaster will not occur.

Enter the National Fire Protection Association and its program for offering $500 wildfire preparation grants as part of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5. There are few constraints to how neighborhoods can use the grant. Projects can include such activities as community clean-up days, fire prevention workshops, and youth community service projects. The grants can be used for such purposes as renting a chipper, purchasing hand tools, buying garbage bags or renting a refuse bin – whatever it takes to make the idea of turning out for a firewise project more palatable to homeowners who already should have plenty of incentive to prevent their homes from burning. And the project doesn’t even have to happen on May 5, when the ground in this area will likely still be muddy. There are plenty of helpful suggestions at http://wildfireprepday.org for those thinking about organizing a project.

Organizing a clean-up day can be time-consuming and involve a lot of headaches and logistics. But acting now to prevent a wildfire will help eliminate the need later for a meeting on how to rebuild a burned-out neighborhood.

The Star-News:
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Map Secesh


Invasive plants are invading the Secesh River Idaho corridor. These weeds harm and degrade the land, water and wildlife environment we value within Idaho and Valley Counties.

The Secesh River Corridor Invasive Species Mapping Project (MAP SECESH) is being put together under the National Forest System (USFS) and the University of Georgia to implement a mapping project on desirable and highly valuable Scenic/Wild landscapes across the USA.

We, as volunteers, are now part of this national program. The MAP SECESH Project will be finalized in February and details will be announced to the public in March/April.

The local group will be led by John Cantlon along with NFS and UG along with pending key state partners.

Local Secesh Community connections will be very important. The Childs and Rectors will be leads in this effort. Others are encouraged to volunteer.

I have chosen June 9 at 10am to noon at the Secesh Community Center for a public partner briefing and project launch.

We are seeking names, agencies and groups wishing to volunteer over the next two summers to complete the project.

For further information, questions or volunteering time and expertise, please contact:

John Cantlon

[h/t DP]

Stories to Share:

Monumental Idaho mountain man turns 102

Very few can be considered legendary Idahoans. But one man, who moved to the Gem State during the Great Depression because he wanted to see some mountains, makes a strong case.

Brian Holmes KTVB January 19, 2018

Wilbur Wiles wasn’t planning on turning 102 here at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Boise, but driving a winding road on the way to Arizona three months ago changed that.

“I come around a curve pitch dark, and I didn’t see it coming around, you know?” remembers Wilbur, sitting in a chair in his room.

A truck was parked in his lane with the lights off.

“And boy, I hit it before I seen it,” he says, detailing the broken bones in his chest that are recovering.

In fact, Wilbur would rather be spending his birthday tomorrow (Friday) where he has spent most of his other days – in Idaho’s mountains.

“I don’t know, I always wanted to go to the mountains,” says Wilbur.

Well, he didn’t just see them, he rarely left them.

Wilbur came to Idaho from Iowa in 1933 at the age of 17, trapping fur in the Tetons and finally settling in the middle of the Payette National Forest in 1938.

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see also:

Wilbur Wiles – Big Creek History


Page updated Jan 19, 2018 with photos and birthday letters from Wilbur’s 100th birthday.
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July 2017 – Big Creek

The July issue of Idaho Magazine has been sponsored and free to read online. There is a story about Big Creek on page 32 by Kitty Widner, and wonderful photos.


Mining News:

Survey Shows Idahoans Know Mining and Environment Can Work Together

January 18, 2018
Contact: Natalie Podgorski 435.881.1391

Donnelly, ID – In a recent survey conducted by Boise State University’s School of Public Service, 80 percent of Idahoans say mining in Idaho can be done in an environmentally responsible manner. Midas Gold is in the process of demonstrating that this can be done with the Stibnite Gold Project. The project provides an opportunity to clean up and restore the historic Stibnite Mining District while once again producing gold, antimony and silver.

From the outset, Midas Gold designed the Stibnite Gold Project by asking how the company could leave the area better than it was found. Midas Gold has already started restoration work and this will ramp up alongside project development and operations. The company has already restored 33 acres of disturbed land, removed more than 30 tons of scrap metal from the site, planted more than 52,000 trees to help with reforestation and started generating solar power at the site to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Boise State’s survey took a deep look at how Idahoans view the state’s economy and it showed mining has an important place in Idaho’s future. While many of the survey participants said they believe Idaho needs to look toward new industries for growth, like technology, they also recognize how important mining, agriculture and timber are to the state’s continued success. In fact, 85 percent of those surveyed said they believe natural resource industries, including mining, are extremely or very important to Idaho’s economy.

Midas Gold has proposed to invest $1 billion in Idaho to build the Stibnite Gold Project. The company has already invested over $145 million since it first started exploring the site in 2009. Throughout the life of the project, Midas Gold would directly provide over 500 well-paying jobs to Idahoans and indirectly create hundreds more. The Stibnite Gold Project would also provide the U.S. with gold and antimony, important minerals for our everyday lives.

Antimony is a particularly critical mineral and one currently not produced in the United States. Antimony is used for national defense, energy production, fire prevention, as a flame retardant in furniture and clothing, for batteries and in electronics. Right now, the United States gets most of its antimony from China. According to the BSU survey, over 60 percent of Idahoans believe the Gem State should lead the way and mine for critical minerals in the U.S. to reduce our reliance on foreign mineral sources.

Midas Gold was one of the sponsors of Boise State’s survey. The findings reinforce what Midas Gold has been hearing in communities across Idaho. Midas Gold looks forward to the future and is proud to be building a mining project that benefits Idahoans, the environment and the economy.

Here is the link the full survey:

Scam Alerts:

ACSO warns about ‘federal warrant’ scam

The sheriff’s office is warning the public to be on the alert.

KTVB January 18, 2018

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a new twist on an old phone scam.

Scammers are calling resident and threatening them by saying there is a federal warrant out for their arrest. This is a new take on the old jury duty scam.

The sheriff’s office says their deputies will never call or threaten to arrest anyone because they missed jury duty, or have a federal arrest warrant, or an outstanding civil judgment or anything like that.

Deputies say you will never be asked to put funds or payment on a pre-paid credit card to cancel the arrest warrant, jury duty or some other made-up charge. However, scammers will do that.

They are targeting citizens in Ada County by using phone numbers with a 208 area code and use the names of current ACSO employees to sell the ruse.

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Scammers impersonate Idaho attorney general

When a Latah County resident questioned a caller claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, she got another call from someone claiming to be “Mr. Wasden.”

KTVB January 18, 2018

Boise – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning Idahoans of a consumer scam involving the use of his name and office.

A Latah County resident reported the scam to the Consumer Protection Division of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.

The woman told officials that she was contacted via telephone on Wednesday by a man claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House. When the woman questioned the caller’s legitimacy, he said he would have the Idaho attorney general contact her to verify the call.

The woman told officials that she got another call a short time later from a man claiming to be “Mr. Wasden,” who told her the first call was from Publishers Clearing House.

Wasden said both calls were fake and part of an apparent scam.


Critter News:

Pet Talk – What is ‘heat’ in dogs?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jan 19, 2018 – IME

Estrus (“heat”) is the mating period of female animals. When estrus occurs, animals are said to be “in heat” or “in season.” Dogs generally have their first estrous cycle at 6-12 months of age. The average is 9 months old. Some females of the larger breeds, however, may not have their first estrus until they are 12-24 months old.

The estrous cycle can be divided into four stages in dogs:

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Lost dog rescued 15 days after rollover near Boise Stage Stop

Staff at the Idaho Humane Society refused to give up on the search for Apollo.

KTVB January 16, 2018

Boise — A beloved pet has been found safe more than two weeks after he disappeared in the aftermath of a crash near the Boise Stage Stop.

According to the Idaho Humane Society, Apollo – a black and white terrier mix – ran away out into the desert after a rollover crash on I-84 just after Christmas.

Police officers responding to the crash called the Idaho Humane Society for help, but the dog was nowhere to be found. Complicating matters, a fresh layer of snow had fallen, making Apollo’s white coat even harder to spot.

But staff at the Idaho Humane Society did not give up.

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Dog rescued after falling through ice in north Idaho

by KBOI News Staff Monday, January 15th 2018

Sandpoint, Idaho (KBOI) — Selkirk fire crews responded to a call about a dog that had fallen through the ice at Chuck Slough in Sandpoint.

Upon arrival, rescuers found a good Samaritan with a kayak in the process of rescuing the dog.

Selkirk Fire says the kayaker was holding the dog up by the collar to keep it from drowning, and wasn’t able to lift it up without the kayak tipping.

Selkirk crews sent out a rescuer onto the ice. The rescuer was able to bring the dog and kayaker back to shore safely.

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Wolves active in Mount Hood area for first time since species returned to Oregon

by News Staff Tuesday, January 16th 2018

The Dalles, Ore. — Biologists confirmed at least two wolves are active in Oregon Cascades around Mount Hood, a first since the animals started returning to the state from Idaho.

The wolves are active on the White River Wildlife Area and Mount Hood National Forest, and have been observed on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The area is in southern Wasco County.

Wolves have passed through the area before, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of January 2018
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 1/15/2018 – 1/17/2018

A Brief History of Human/Predator Conflicts and Potent Lessons

Conservationists Line up Against Ending Wolf Management

Habituation, Taming, Social Dominance Assertions, and “Freedom of the Woods”

Science and Scholarship Abused, and the Counter-Productive “Conservation” of Wolves in North America and Europe

140 Years Ago Wolves Still Ate People in Estonia

Resurgent wolf is back in Belgium after more than 100 years
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Idaho wolverine killed by illegal trap

Jan 16, 2018 – Local News 8

Victor, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Center for Biological Diversity obtained documents through a public-records request that reported the snare that killed an adult female wolverine in Idaho’s Beaverhead Mountains last month did not have a stop, a mechanism required under state law that could have prevented the wolverine’s death.

Based on this information, the Center sent a letter to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to prosecute the trapper and limit trapping in Idaho.

“The death of this female wolverine was entirely preventable,” said Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney at the Center. “Rather than inform the public of this trapping violation, the Department of Fish and Game tried to bury it. Our state wildlife officials have to enforce their own trapping regulations and stop the needless killings of rare animals.”

The Fourth of July Creek drainage in the Beaverhead Mountains, where this wolverine was killed, is considered prime wolverine habitat. IDFG has confirmed wolverine use of the area during the past eight years, and the agency has documented a wolverine maternal den in the area.

“The death of even one wolverine is significant when dealing with such a small population,” said Santarsiere.

Scientists believe fewer than 300 wolverines remain.

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There Are Record Bald Eagle Numbers In North Idaho

And Biologists Don’t Know Why

By Emily Schwing – Jan 12, 2018 NW News Network

Every winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate through Idaho’s panhandle. They stop at Lake Coeur D’Alene to feed on kokanee salmon for a few weeks. And this year, the number of eagles are at a record high.

Migrating eagles start to arrive in mid-November, just as the blue-backed kokanee salmon return to the lake.

Carrie Hugo is a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management. She has been counting bald eagles of all ages at Lake Coeur D’Alene for the last eight years. This year Hugo has counted more than ever.

“The highest count this year on December 20 was 383,” she said. “For our area, the highest count prior to that was 272 in 2010.”

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Ice fishermen invited to Hardwater Classic Jan. 27 on Lake Cascade

The Star-News January 18, 2017

Ice fishermen will get a chance to test their skills during the Hardwater Classic, a one-day ice fishing tournament on Lake Cascade on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Registration will open at 6 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Cascade American Legion Hall. Cost is $25 for adults and $10 for youths up to age 14.

At 1 p.m., registration will close and the weigh-in will begin. Dinner will be served at 4:45 p.m. with the weigh-in closing at 5 p.m.

Door prizes will be presented at 5:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and a drawing starting at 6:30 p.m.

There will be cash prizes for the top three perch and trout in both the adult and youth category. There will also be a cash prize for largest junk fish.

For information and registration forms, go to http://hardwaterclassic.com or write to hardwaterclassic@gmail.com.

The event is coordinated by Idaho Youth Outdoors, which will use proceeds to support the group’s annual Youth Ice Fishing Day held at Horsethief Reservoir.

Idaho Youth Outdoors is a non-profit organization formed by a group of enthusiastic parents who love the outdoors.

The group’s mission is to provide families, especially youth, with chances to enjoy Idaho and the exciting adventures the outdoors can provide.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
January 19, 2018
Issue No. 859
Table of Contents

* West Coast California Sea Lion Population Has Rebounded; Meets Marine Mammal Protection Act Goal

* Study: Fraser River Juvenile Sockeye Infected With Sea Lice From Fish Farms Eat Less

* U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Washington State’s Fish Culvert/Tribal Fishing Rights Case

* Hatchery Steelhead Targeted In Bag Limit Changes On Snake River Tributaries

* Council Begins Mulling Issues Likely To Arise During Coming Update Of Basin Fish And Wildlife Program

* NOAA’s Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force Aims For Common Goals On Long-Term Salmon/Steelhead Recovery

* Study Looks At How Elwha Dam Removals Changed Nearshore Ecosystems Near Mouth

* Agencies Identify Spawning Areas For Chum, Confirm Safe Water Levels Over Redds

* Outflow Increased At Dworshak To Make Way For More Rain, Higher Flows Into Reservoir

* Parties Agree To Court Schedule In Deschutes River Flow, Water Temperature Case

* ODFW Confirms Wolves Using Northern Portion Of Oregon Cascades

* The Dalles Pool Closes For Sturgeon Retention Jan. 20; Still Open In Bonneville, John Day Pools

* USFWS Says Canada Lynx May No Longer Warrant Protection Under ESA

* Oregon State To Build New Marine Studies Building At Hatfield Marine Science Center In Newport

Fish & Game News:

Fish and Game reports mountain lion sighting in McCall

The Star-News January 18, 2017

Mountain lions have been reported on the west side of McCall over the past three weeks, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported.

Mountain lions may be drawn to McCall partly because of the large town deer herd, said Regan Berkley, regional wildlife manager of the F&G’s McCall office.

“We strongly discourage feeding deer in town to avoid attracting predators, among other reasons,” Berkley said.

“Mountain lion attacks are even rarer than sightings, but keeping yourself informed and prepared is the best way to avoid a confrontation,” she said.

Berkely offered these suggestions when encountering a mountain lion:

• Do not run. Stay calm and keep eye contact. Move slowly and try to back away.

• Try to appear large by raising and waving arms or opening jacket. Yell in a loud, firm voice.

• Never turn your back on a mountain lion. Always maintain eye contact and face the lion.

• Travel in groups, keep children close and in sight at all times, and pick small children up if a lion is near.

• Give the lion a way out of a close situation.

• Pepper spray is effective in deterring a mountain lion.

For questions or to report a sighting, call 208- 634-8137 or Valley County Dispatch at 9-1-1.

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Winter edition of Windows to Wildlife

Multispecies Winter Bait Stations, Scent Dispensers in the Wilderness, winter events, and more!

link to PDF file (good article on our nuthatches):

Winter wildlife and frozen beaver tales

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F&G News Releases


Fun Critter Stuff:

Fox in the Portrait Gallery

Fox caught by security cameras in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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The curious incident of the fox in the night-time

By Louise Jury, Arts Correspondent Monday 26 September 2005, Independent UK

Captured in the Tudor and Georgian rooms of the National Portrait Gallery in London, this fox is no optical illusion – and neither is he an accidental tourist.

As part of an investigation into the omnipresence of surveillance cameras in London, the fox was introduced into the gallery by Francis Als, a Belgian artist who lives in Mexico. For several hours one night early last year, Als used the gallery’s security cameras to record the animal pondering a few paintings and, more frequently, checking out pieces of chewing gum stuck beneath the benches.

The footage, commissioned by the contemporary art group Artangel, has been edited into a 20-minute film, called The Nightwatch, which is now on display in the main gallery of the National Portrait Gallery.

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Tips & Advice:

First responders: make sure house numbers are visible

Houses without number delay emergency responders

By Misty Inglet Jan 19, 2018 – Local News 8

A reminder from sheriff’s offices around the region, and from first responders – homeowners make sure your house numbers are easy to see from the street.

… Local first responders said it’s an important reminder that sometimes goes overlooked.

Take a look outside at your house number. Can you tell what it is? Can others?

If it’s not easy to see for you, it’s not for first responders either.

full story:

Seasonal Humor:

The Upper Michigan Blizzard of 1938

In Upper Michigan’s Storm of the Century in 1938, some snow drifts reached the level of utility poles. Nearly a meter of new and unexpected snow fell over two days in a storm that started 80 years ago this week. As snow fell and gale-force winds piled snow to surreal heights; many roads became not only impassable but unplowable; people became stranded; cars, school buses and a train became mired; and even a dangerous fire raged. Fortunately only two people were killed, although some students were forced to spend several consecutive days at school. The featured image was taken by a local resident soon after the storm.

source: Astronomy Photo of the Day
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