Monthly Archives: February 2018

Road Report Feb 28

Note: Winter road conditions change quickly. Be prepared for icy roads, snow at high elevations and rocks/trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: Winter storm warning for tonight. We received 4.5″ of snow Monday morning, dry on Tuesday. Average of 13″ of snow on the flat today. Some local streets were plowed Tuesday (crossroads to the post office.)
Click for Local Forecast.

Warm Lake Highway: (Feb 28) Mail truck driver reports snow floor, summit had been plowed.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (Feb 28) Mail truck driver reports the South Fork road was terrible on Monday, pushing deep snow. Road was plowed on Tuesday (and rocks moved) good trip in today, snow floor all the way.
Tea Pot Weather Station (5175′)

EFSF Road: (Feb 28) Mail truck driver reports the EFSF road is not so icy with the new snow. No trees or rocks to move.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: (Feb 21) “Johnson Creek Rd from at least airport and I’m sure from Wapiti Ranch. Snow floor, good conditions.”
Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed at Landmark to wheeled vehicles for the winter.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Snowmobile Trail Report: (Feb 1) “Trail is great from Warm Lake to Yellow Pine.”
Per County Groomer report – “Johnson Cr Rd – Landmark to Wapiti Meadows 1/11/18”
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Lick Creek: Closed for winter to wheeled vehicles.
Trail Report: Old report (Jan 20) that trail had been packed from Yellow Pine to Lick Creek for skiing.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed for winter to wheeled vehicles.
Trail report: Last Holiday weekend report: trail is good from YP to Big Creek.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Last report Dec 13: Open, chains advised, icy.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed at Stibnite with snow. Truck reported to be stuck for the winter on the other side of Monumental.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.
Trail Report: (Feb 24) “The trail up Monumental Summit is groomed to Fern Creek. The rest is open to the summit.” and “The trail to Cinnabar is open and in perfect condition.”

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′

Winter Storm Warning February 28, 11pm to March 1, 11pm

Yellow Pine Forecast

Winter Storm Warning

National Weather Service Boise ID
736 AM MST Wed Feb 28 2018

West Central Mountains-
736 AM MST Wed Feb 28 2018


* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel
  conditions. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 13 inches, with
  localized amounts up to 23 inches possible over the mountains
  above 7000 feet.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains zone.

* WHEN...From 11 PM this evening to 11 PM MST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in
  visibility at times.


A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling
5 1 1.


Feb 25, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 25, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Yellow Pine Tavern

Watch all of your favorite sports on our Big Screen TV at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Open 9am to 8pm (or later on game nights.) Jukebox is up and going!
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The Corner

The Corner is closed for the season.
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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.
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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 @
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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

Premium wood pellets, by the bag or pallet. 208-382-4430
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Local Observations:

Monday (Feb 19) snowed yesterday and during the night, measured 1.3″ new snow, 10.5″ total snow on the ground, overnight low of 8 degrees. Light snowfall all morning, trace so far. Chickadees, a white-breasted and several red-breasted nuthatches, male downy and female hairy woodpeckers visiting. Cloudy cold afternoon, high of 23 degrees. Partly clear at sunset, stiff cold breeze.

Tuesday (Feb 20) overnight low of -5 degrees, almost clear sky this morning, measured an average of 10″ old snow on the flat. Chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Male and female hairy woodpeckers visited later along with the resident pine squirrel. Mostly clear after lunch, light cold breezes and still below freezing. Overcast by late afternoon, chilly breeze, high of 22 degrees. Temps dropping quickly with the sun.

Wednesday (Feb 21) 10 degrees at 7am, light skiff of snow, overcast and chilly slight breeze. Chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, male downy woodpecker visited. Light snowfall until after lunch, barely a trace. Cloudy and cold light breezes all afternoon and evening, high of 26 degrees. At midnight it was 18 degrees and cloudy.

Thursday (Feb 22) fine light snow falling before sunrise, trace. 20 degrees and light snow until 11am. Male downy and male hairy woodpeckers, red-breasted nuthatches and mountain chickadees visiting, along with a pine squirrel. The chunky white-breasted nuthatch joined the others at the suet feeder. Just after 2pm it started snowing pretty good, breezy and clouds down to the valley floor. Short storm, pretty much done by 4pm, more than 1/2″ accumulation, high of 29 degrees. Partly clear at sundown. Clearing during the night and cold.

Friday (Feb 23) overnight low of zero degrees, clear sky this morning, measured a scant 3/4″ of new snow and an average of 11″ total snow on the flat. Red-breasted nuthatches (puffed up twice their normal size) and chickadees visiting. Two female hairy woodpeckers visited and the white-breasted nuthatch. Neighbor plowing local streets early afternoon. Lots of sunshine today, icicles melting in the sun but below freezing and a cold light breeze, high of 29 degrees. High thin clouds moving in during the afternoon, cloudy by sundown.

Saturday (Feb 24) snowing early this morning, 1/2″ by 10am and 20 degrees, average 11.5″ of snow on the flat. Lots of red-breasted nuthatches and several chickadees visiting this morning, male downy woodpecker and the resident pine squirrel. Male hairy woodpecker and white-breasted nuthatch also visited. Light snowfall all morning and into early afternoon, less than half inch additional accumulation by 2pm. Female hairy woodpecker stopped by later in the afternoon. Snow storm appeared to be done around 330pm, then an occasional flake or two, high of 30 degrees. Thinner clouds and starting to clear a little after sundown.

Sunday (Feb 25) overnight low of 17 degrees, measured a fat 3/4″ new snow and an average of 12″ of snow on the flat. Cloudy and breezy this morning. A white-breasted nuthatch and several red-breasted, chickadees, male and female hairy woodpeckers and male downy woodpecker visiting this morning. Light snow and breezy early afternoon, at times more snow was blowing up from the ground than falling from the sky, high of 28 degrees. At sundown low clouds, light sideways snowfall and blustery.


Aspen Burdine

Born Feb. 15, 2018, at St. Luke’s McCall to DJ and Tarra Burdine of Cascade.

A girl, 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches long.

Immediate Family: Brother, Lane (6). Sister, Lilly (10).

Grandparents: Maternal, Buck and Connie Cox of Council. Paternal, David and Elaine Burdine of Wilder.

source: The Star-News

Letter to Share:

Manning Crevice Bridge update

Feb 24, 2018

I thought I would share this item of interest with you.

The Manning Crevice Bridge spanning the Salmon River in Idaho (aka River of No Return) is nearing completion. I have attached a photo of the work. The original Manning Bridge was completed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). The original construction was by manual labor forces who had limited resources to create this amazing feat. The bridge is approximately 40-50 feet above the Salmon River and when I have boated through this section the water depth is 60-70 feet deep depending on the flows.

Today with new engineering and modern equipment a new bridge, on the right side of the photo, has been completed and the old historic bridge, on the left side of the photo, is now gone.

If you would like to see more photos or learn more just Google Manning Crevice Bridge. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has a website for this bridge and a photo gallery along with a time lapse video of the construction along with some facts. You will also see when you Google a website of the Historic Manning Bridge and the history of the CCC crews who built the original bridge.

This Salmon River Road is maintained by Idaho County Road Department. Just a prime example of a rural county, with limited resources, utilizing the FHWA to replace a bridge that had served the needs of the citizens for many years.



Link to FHWA Time Lapse Webcam
Link to Manning Crevice Bridge Replacement Photo Gallery
Link to History Shearers Ferry Manning Creek Bridge

Idaho News:

Noxious weed or fine apparel? Idaho educator says ‘both’

By Rebecca Boone – 2/21/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Some University of Idaho educators hope their new line of scarves will become an invasive trend, just like the noxious weeds they feature.

The scarves are emblazoned with botanical prints based on plants like white oxeye daisy, purple spotted knapweed and yellow toadflax.

The flowers are beautiful, but dangerous to the country’s landscapes because they can crowd out native plants and throw the ecosystem out of balance, says Melissa Hamilton, a UI extension office educator in Valley County, Idaho.

“It’s kind of an interesting twist, because you’re glorifying the beauty of a plant that you want to eradicate — there’s this duality,” said Hamilton, who created the scarves along with UI apparel, textiles and design instructor Lori Wahl. “You’re using fashion to tell that story, that while that field covered in oxeye daisies looks pretty, it’s actually very disruptive to the ecosystem.”

… It can sometimes be hard to get property owners to care about invasive weeds, especially when they are beautiful, said Hamilton. In Valley County, where about 70 percent of property owners are only part-time residents, invasive species can spread quickly.

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Valley Search and Rescue seeks donations to buy ATV

The Star-News February 22, 2018

The Valley County rescue team is in search of cash donations to purchase a four-season capable all-terrain vehicle with Camso tracks.

The group has already raised $4,000 and must raise another $5,000 by July to secure a matching Idaho Parks and Recreation grant.

The all-terrain vehicle would be used for search responses in remote areas, insertion of search personnel and extraction of lost or injured backcountry travelers as well as transportation of equipment.

The vehicle also would be used in public events, such as the McCall Winter Carnival, and backcountry events like the Snowmobile Fun Runs.

The Camso tracks would allow for over-the-snow travel during winter rescue or equipment transport. Using these tracks would reduce or eliminate environmental damage during the spring run-off.

Donations are tax-deductible and all donors will receive a search-and-rescue handkerchief imprinted with information on what to do if lost or injured.

With permission, donors who give $1,000 or more will have their names printed in the “Donations Made By” section on the side of the mobile command center.

Donations may be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 144, Donnelly, Idaho, 83615. For more information, contact Larry Scarborough at 208-860-8346 or Larry Mangum at 208-315-0991.

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March 2 deadline noted for $500 wildfire grants

The Star-News February 22, 2018

March 2 is the deadline to apply for local wildfire risk reduction projects as part of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5.

The $500 grants are funded by the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm.

Applicants should show how a $500 grant will reduce wildfire risk in their community.

Projects can include such activities as community clean-up days, fire prevention workshops, and youth community service projects.

For project ideas and tips on creating a winning application, visit the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day website at

For questions, contact McCall Fire & EMS Chief Mark Billmire at mark @

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Who’s The Boss?

Valley elected officials oversee employees not in their department

By Max Silverson for The Star-News February 22, 2018

When it came time for Valley County Planning and Zoning Director Cynda Herrick to review her out-of-county travel plans, she went to her supervisor, Carol Brockmann.

That would not be unusual except for the fact that Brockmann is the Valley County prosecuting attorney and Herrick does not work for Brockmann.

Since last summer, Brockmann and other county elected officials have taken on the supervision of departments for which, under law, they do not have responsibility.

Those departments previously were supervised by the three Valley County commissioners, but the commissioners decided their part-time status did not lend itself to day-to-day supervision.

A department head still has the ability to discuss all topics of day-to-day operations with their assigned elected official, Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank said.

This new system also does not prevent department heads from making their monthly reports to commissioners or from discussing topics like overtime hours.

Policy changes and disciplinary actions are still determined by commissioners, Valley County Clerk Doug Miller said.

In addition to Herrick, Brockmann also supervises Human Resources Director Pat Duncan and Road and Bridge Superintendent Jeff McFadden.

Miller oversees Information Technology Director David Crawford and the building and grounds maintenance department.

Sheriff Patti Bolen oversees Parks and Recreation Director Larry Laxson as well as Court Services Director Skip Clapp.

Assessor June Fullmer supervises the University of Idaho Extension Office in Cascade, which is headed by Melissa Hamilton, and Treasurer Glenna Young oversees the solid waste department and Building Department Director Annette Derrick.

Valley County Coroner Scott Carver is elected but is also part-time, so he was not assigned a department, Cruickshank said.

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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche in eastern Idaho

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KBOI) — A man has died following a snowmobiling accident in eastern Idaho.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office says search and rescue crews were called out to the Sheep Creek area Tuesday, which is east of Palisades Reservoir. Deputies say a man was snowmobiling with a group of friends about six miles from the trailhead when the avalanche occurred.

The victim, identified by the sheriff’s office as 47-year-old Troy Leishman, was from Idaho Falls.

“The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the Star Valley Search and Rescue, Swan Valley Fire and Idaho Falls EMS (and) Bonneville County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue for their assistance as well as the friends and family of the victim who assisted in the recovery of the victim. As a public reminder avalanche danger is high and will continue to get higher as the temperatures warm throughout the remainder of the snowmobile season.”


Mining News:

Midas Gold Updates Mineral Resources for the Stibnite Gold Project, Idaho

February 15, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia – Midas Gold Corp. (TSX:MAX / OTCQX:MDRPF) today updated its mineral resource estimates for the Stibnite Gold Project (the “Project”), located in the historic Stibnite-Yellow Pine mining district in Idaho, USA. These updated estimates incorporate: (1) additional drilling completed since 2014 that was focused on converting mineral resources from the inferred to the indicated category within the limits of mineral reserve limiting pit in the 2014 Preliminary Feasibility Study (“2014 PFS”), (2) additional data collected and recovered from pre-Midas Gold activities, and (3) more detailed geological modelling supported by relogging Midas Gold core, rock geochemistry, mapping, alteration modeling and other information. While overall totals and averages have seen modest changes since 2014, key highlights include:

First time definition of a measured resource at Yellow Pine, located at surface, with a grade of 2.5 g/t gold and 0.25% antimony, which would be the first area to be mined under the development plan proposed in the 2014 PFS.

An overall 6% increase in gold grade and a 22% increase in antimony grade in the Yellow Pine deposit, which would be the first deposit to be mined under 2014 PFS, which should benefit project economics as compared to the 2014 PFS.

A 31% increase in antimony contained in the mineral resources for the Project, split between the Yellow Pine and Hangar Flats deposits, potentially increasing production of this critical metal.

On a total project basis, a 2% increase in measured and indicated gold grade and a 3% increase in gold contained in the measured and indicated mineral resources.

The West End deposit saw a 6% increase in gold contained in indicated mineral resources, and a 49% increase in gold contained in inferred mineral resources.

These increases in measured and indicated mineral resources are partially offset by reductions in inferred mineral resources as a result of the updated model and conversion of inferred resources.

Details of the above highlights are provided, below.

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Ask Midas: How Will Midas Gold Bring Salmon Home?

February 21

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.

As we talk about the Stibnite Gold Project, we often talk about the future and what the site will look like once it has finally been restored. One of the things I am personally most excited about is our ability to bring salmon back home to their native spawning grounds. This week, I get to explain exactly how we will make it happen in our Ask Midas series.

How Will Midas Gold Reconnect Salmon With Their Native Spawning Grounds?

Critical chinook salmon migration routes were blocked in 1938 with the construction of the Yellow Pine Pit. Today, the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River dumps into this abandoned mine pit and fish can’t swim past it. By redeveloping the Stibnite Gold Project site, we are going to reconnect fish to their native spawning grounds.

We want to reconnect fish as quickly as possible. In order to do this, during the early phases of construction, we are going to build a temporary 0.8-mile tunnel that bypasses the existing pit and has lighting to mimic night and day and a flow pattern that gives fish resting pools. This will allow fish to get back upstream before mining ever begins. Midas Gold will then re-mine the remainder of the ore out of the Yellow Pine pit and when we backfill it during year seven of operations, we will rebuild the natural channel of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River – permanently allowing fish to swim upstream to their native spawning grounds. This will open up at least 3.4 miles of fish habitat that is currently being blocked off by the existing pit, and there is the potential to revitalize much more. At Midas Gold, we are working on designs that could add up to 25 miles of new habitat for the fish.

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

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Idaho Lawmakers Send Message to D.C. To Support the Stibnite Gold Project

February 22

Idaho’s House of Representatives and Senate overwhelmingly passed a joint memorial asking the President of the United States, Idaho’s congressional delegation, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the secretary of the Interior and the secretary of Agriculture to take the steps necessary to approve Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project in a timely cost-effective manner. An unprecedented 71 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors of the joint memorial, including leadership in the Republican and Democrat caucuses in both houses. This is a huge step forward for our company as we work with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies to permit our project.

We appreciate the support we’ve received from Idaho’s Republicans and Democrats and thank them for their request for a timely review and approval of the Stibnite Gold Project. We strongly believe the Stibnite Gold Project needs to be permitted the right way and follow every step of the process under the National Environmental Policy Act in order to protect the environment, gather input from Idahoans and ensure all of the rules and regulations are followed. However, permitting a mine in the U.S. can take considerably longer than other countries with comparable environmental standards. A timely review of our project will allow environmental restoration work to start sooner and for Idahoans to see the economic benefits of this project.


Public Lands:

Midas Gold Geophysical Investigation Update

USDA Forest Service 2/22/2018

Dear Interested Party:

On February 16, 2017, I signed the Decision Memo for the Midas Geophysical Investigation project. This project proposes geophysical investigations on National Forest System (NFS) lands by Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. (MGII), within their MGII claim group in the Stibnite/Yellow Pine District in central Idaho, in accordance with a Plan of Operations for Geophysical Investigation, submitted to the Payette National Forest in June 2017 and revised in February 2018. MGII needs to collect core samples to acquire subsurface data and conduct sonic/auger standard penetration testing (SPT) drilling to acquire geophysical data to support feasibility level mine engineering design and to assess design alternatives. The Decision Memo and the response to scoping comments are available on the project’s webpage at:

I determined that this action falls within categorical exclusion 36 CFR 220.6(e)(8): Short-term (1 year or less) mineral, energy, or geophysical investigations and their incidental support activities that may require cross-country travel by vehicles and equipment, construction of less than 1 mile of low standard road, or use and minor repair of existing roads.

This project was reviewed in accordance with the categorical exclusion guidelines at FSH 1909.15(30), as updated on May 28, 2014. Following review of the resource conditions identified at 36 CFR 220.6(b), I determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist. In addition, the Interdisciplinary Team’s analysis did not identify any other unusual circumstances or uncertainties about environmental effects associated with the action that would preclude use of a categorical exclusion.

On January 17, 2014, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (Pub. L. No. 113-76). Section 431 of that Act directs that the 1992 and 2012 legislation establishing the 36 CFR 215 (post-decisional appeals) and 36 CFR 218 (pre-decisional objections) processes “shall not apply to any project or activity implementing a land and resource management plan … that is categorically excluded ….under the National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA].” On February 7, 2014, the President signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) (Pub. L. No. 113-79). Section 8006 of the 2014 Farm Bill repealed the Appeals Reform Act (ARA) (Pub. L. No. 102-381). The ARA’s implementing regulation was 36 CFR 215. The 2014 Farm Bill also directs that the pre-decisional objection process established in the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2012 shall not be applicable to categorically excluded projects or activities. As a result of these two statutes, the Forest Service no longer offers notice, comment and appeal opportunities pursuant to 36 CFR 215 for categorically excluded projects.

Implementation of this decision is scheduled to begin immediately to allow for oversnow drilling during winter 2018.

Please contact me at 208-634-0401 for additional information about this project.

/s/ Anthony B. Botello
District Ranger
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US Interior boss alters agency revamp, governors ‘gratified’

By Matthew Brown and Dan Elliott – 2/23/18 AP

Billings, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he told The Associated Press on Friday in an exclusive interview.

The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of Western state governors that Zinke did not consult them before unveiling his original plan last month. The agency oversees vast public lands, primarily in the U.S. West, ranging from protected national parks and wildlife refuges to areas where coal mining and energy exploration dominate the landscape.

Zinke told AP that his goal remains unchanged: decentralizing the Interior Department’s bureaucracy and creating 13 regional headquarters.


Letters to Share:

Greetings Mystic Farm Supporters!

Spring is kind of in the air. It won’t be long before orphaned and/or injured fawns will find their way to Mystic Farm.

This summer there will be two young high school girls helping me out on a limited schedule. Hannah and Sierra are both very hard working and determined young ladies with plans to attend veterinary school. This is a great opportunity for them to have some interning at Mystic Farm on their transcripts. If you see them in their Mystic Farm T-shirts running around Sandpoint doing errands, give them a big hello and a welcome!

As you all know, none of this rescue stuff comes free – we operate solely on donations and volunteers – with 100% going to the care and feeding of the babes. The only paid staff at Mystic Farm is “Murphy the Wonder Dog” – he does a great job keeping the predators away and agrees to work only for kibble. The humans? We work only for love and the the satisfaction of success.

Thank you… and the fawns thank you!

Dory, Janette, Connie, Trina, and Murphy – board/staff of Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
(208) 241-7081

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Pheasant Leg Band Drawing Results


The Game Bird Foundation would like to thank all those who participated in this year’s Pheasant Release Pilot Program. The two winners of this year’s participant drawing were Jakob Lewis (First place – A bird hunt at Little Canyon Shooting Preserve), and Brett Taggart (Second place – $100 Cabela’s Gift Card). Congratulations Jakob and Brett!

With help from Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG), we released 200 rooster pheasants over a 9-week period this season. Your participation and reporting of the leg bands taken from harvested birds directly helped show the success of this Pilot Program and we are hoping it will lead to more of the same (and even expansion of the Program) next year. The following information was provided by IDFG regarding the Program:

“From October 20th – December 15th Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) and The Game Bird Foundation released 200 cock pheasants on the Palouse Area owned by Mark, Darrell, and Brian Gottschalk. We released 25 birds every Friday afternoon to increase success of harvest.

As per the landowner’s request, availability was limited to 5 hunters per day. To accomplish this, IDFG implemented a new online sign-in style. We asked that hunters sign-in online and reserve the day they wanted to hunt. This was well received and 59% of the hunters utilized this system.

Throughout the hunting season, 31 youth hunters visited the area. The average age of the youth hunters was 13, and they spent an average of 3 hours hunting during each trip. Many of the hunters returned multiple times throughout the hunting season. For many, it was a family trip including younger siblings and dogs. 46% of hunters brought their hunting dogs.

Of the 200 birds released, hunters harvested 47; however, adults off the Access Yes area harvested 9 birds. The youth hunters enjoyed the opportunity and expressed gratitude to the landowners, IDFG, and The Game Bird Foundation for making this a possibility. IDFG is excited about doing this again and we are looking to expand the Access Yes area. We are also looking to create another area where adults can take advantage of this opportunity.”

Again, the positive feedback and comments received from you were overwhelming and showed us that the hard work paid off. We will keep you posted as to what the upcoming season may offer.

Lastly, a head’s up that this year’s youth pheasant hunt day at Little Canyon Shooting Preserve will be Saturday April 7th so mark your calendars and keep that day open! If you haven’t had the chance to go down to their place in Peck Idaho, it is worth the drive and a great time for kids under 18 years old to have a shot at 3 roosters. Best of all – it’s free! We don’t have all the details ironed out yet so watch for additional information to come.

Jerry Lee
President, Game Bird Foundation

[h/t to “Whiskers”]

Critter News:

Locals asked to keep vigilant with canine flu

Jeannette Boner Feb 21, 2018 Teton Vally News

The Idaho Veterinary Medical Association has received reports of dogs testing positive for Canine Influenza in Idaho. Both affected dogs, one in Boise and one in Rigby, are infected with Canine Influenza Virus. The IVMA has also heard reports of two dogs in Salt Lake City positive for CIV subtype H3N8.

While there have been no reports of the virus in Teton Valley, local vet clinics are asking that dog owners be aware of the symptoms. This virus cannot infect people and the human influenza viruses cannot infect dogs. Dogs with symptoms should seek veterinary care and most will recover, but fatalities have been seen at up to 10 percent rate in some outbreaks.

“Canine Influenza is relatively new and causes respiratory disease in dogs,” said Maura Connolly Anderson, the owner of Victor Veterinary Hospital. “Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, high fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. This symptoms may mimic typical kennel cough caused by bordatella, but can also become much more severe and can progress to life threatening pneumonia.”

The IVMA, with input from Idaho Public Health, is recommending proactive vaccination of at-risk dogs for CIV to protect these patients and prevent outbreaks in communities. Because CIV is readily spread during comingling, vaccination against both subtypes is strongly recommended, at minimum, for dogs that are traveling, boarding, visiting groomers or doggie daycare, frequenting dog parks or dog shows, and shelter dogs.

Vaccination should be considered for dogs with cardiac disease, pre-existing pulmonary disease, brachycephalic breeds, and senior dogs. Also, vaccination of veterinary staff dogs is advised, as transmission can occur via fomites (i.e. clothing).

According to the Center of Disease Control not all dogs will show signs of illness. The severity of illness associated with canine flu in dogs can range from no signs to severe illness resulting in pneumonia and sometimes death. The percentage of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. Some dogs have asymptomatic infections (no signs of illness), while some have severe infections. Severe illness is characterized by the onset of pneumonia.

CIV H3N8 originally emerged in Florida in 2004 from equine influenza virus and has more slowly expanded across the United States.

Canine Influenza is not a reportable or notifiable disease in Idaho, because of its emerging nature, alerting the IVMA (phone 800-272-1813), Idaho Public Health officials (phone 208-334-5939), or Idaho Department of Agriculture officials (208-332-8540) will help us all monitor its geographic distribution and keep veterinarians advised of developments.

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Bill would amend Idaho’s service dog law

Gretchen Parsons, KTVB February 20, 2018

Boise – It’s not unusual to see people bringing their dogs just about anywhere around town. And while some places are canine friendly, many businesses and restaurants are not, unless you have a registered service dog.

One woman has been working for over a year to better define what actually constitutes as a service dog. Her bill is scheduled for public testimony at the Statehouse Thursday afternoon.

Cheryl Bloom has multiple sclerosis or MS. She describes her disability as an invisible one, and one that is currently not a valid reason for having a service dog under Idaho law.

It’s one of several elements or what she calls flaws with the current code she wants to change.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third Week of February, 2018
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Mexican gray wolf population grows by 1 animal, survey says

By Susan Montoya Bryan – 2/21/18 AP

Albuquerque, N.M. — At least one more endangered Mexican gray wolf is roaming the American Southwest compared with a year earlier, and U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday that lower survival rates among pups are primarily to blame for the lack of strong growth in the population.

The annual survey documented 114 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico. The number reflects on-the-ground data collected over the winter along with aerial surveys done in January and February.

The latest figure includes 26 pups that survived through 2017. In 2016, the number of surviving pups was nearly double that.

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Midwest scientists help endangered Mexican wolf population

2/18/18 AP

Chicago, Ill — Scientists from the Chicago Zoological Society and a team assembled by the Reproductive and Behavioral Sciences Department at the St. Louis Zoo are using artificial insemination in an effort to improve the genetic diversity of the Mexican wolf population.

The wolves have been endangered since 1976, when only seven were left in the wild, the Chicago Tribune reported . Now, scientists at Brookfield Zoo are utilizing new reproductive tools and technologies to advance the recovery of the Mexican wolf.

Scientists said artificial insemination holds promise for the Mexican wolf as well as other species that are close to extinction.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Third Week Feb 2018

2017 Annual Mexican Wolf Count

Is France Going to the Dogs?

France could soon be home to 500 wolves as part of species conservation plan
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Grizzly trapper prepares for 24th summer in the woods

By Michael Wright – 2/24/18 AP

Bozeman, Mont. — If you were to imagine someone who traps grizzly bears for a living, you’d imagine someone like Chad Dickinson. Large, bearded, deep-voiced. The kind of guy who would much rather be deep in the woods than in an office talking to a newspaper reporter.

His love of being out there is part of the reason Dickinson is slated for his 24th consecutive summer of trapping grizzlies.

“I still love to catch bears,” Dickinson said earlier this month. “For me personally, it’s just seeing them and being up close and getting your hands on them, and treating them the proper way.”

Dickinson’s official title is biological service technician, but he serves as the leader of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team’s field crew. The crew, an arm of the U.S. Geological Survey, goes out each summer and sets culvert traps for grizzlies around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Yellowstone bison again escape holding pen, but most return

2/22/18 AP

Billings, Mont. — For the second time this winter, someone broke into a holding pen for Yellowstone National Park bison, allowing the escape of 73 animals captured to prevent the spread of a wildlife disease.

Park officials said the Stephens Creek pen was opened Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Most of the 73 wild bison that escaped stayed nearby and eventually returned to the pen. Fifty-two bison escaped in a similar incident last month.

Bison captured as they leave the park during winter migrations are slaughtered or held in quarantine for possible relocation later.

Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said whoever broke into the pen was threatening the success of the quarantine program and ensuring more bison will be sent to slaughter.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
February 23, 2018
Issue No. 863
Table of Contents

* Corps Considers Mixing Tower At Detroit Dam, Would Be One Of Three In Oregon

* States Set Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishing, Hear Concerns About Upriver Allocations

* Deschutes River Alliance Proposes New Court Schedule To Allow For Spill Request At Pelton-Round Butte

* ODFW Trapping Sea Lions At Willamette Falls, Relocating To Oregon Coast

* Hells Canyon Fish Passage: Idaho Power To Appeal FERC’s Decision On Oregon Law

* Managing Dworshak: Concerns About Dissolved Gas Could Force Early Release Of Hatchery Smolts On North Fork Clearwater

* Council Fish/Wildlife Committee Gives Go-Ahead For Three Lamprey Projects

* Council ‘Story Mapping’ Now Online, Shows Investments, Activities In Basin Salmon Recovery

* Council Reviews, Mulls Next Steps For Fish/Wildlife Program Cost-Savings Workgroup

* Study: Listening To Data – Sonification — Could Be Best Way To Track Salmon Migration

* Tuna Plenty In California Current Where Surface Waters Converge, Not So For Salmon

Fish & Game News:

Spring Turkey Hunters – Apply a little early this year.

By Vicky Osborn, Television/Radio Specialist
Friday, February 23, 2018

The last day to apply for the spring turkey controlled hunt is March 1. This is also the same day, Idaho Fish and Game will be launching a new license and tag sales system“For the first time since 2007, the department is upgrading its license issuance system which is a major undertaking,’ said Michael Pearson, Fish and Game administration bureau chief. “We’ve trained our staff and vendors on the new terminals and issuance process, but it may take a little while before everyone becomes familiar with the new system.”

Idaho Fish and Game sells approximately 1.9 million licenses, tags and controlled hunt applications annually, all of which is done through the contracted licensing system.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Video captures icy moose rescue

By Kaitlin Loukides Feb 22, 2018

Swan Valley, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Crews from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and Greater Swan Valley Fire Protection made a daring rescue on Saturday after discovering a moose stuck in the middle of icy waters in Swan Valley.

It’s not clear how she made her way onto the ice, but luckily, crews were able to get her to safety.

Rusty’s Tree Service happened to capture the full rescue on camera and posted the video to YouTube on Wednesday.

Watch it below:


Tips & Advice:

Home Inspections: How to avoid getting stuck with a big bill

by Sophia Doumani Friday, February 16th 2018

There are a lot of things that can go wrong in your home that can leave you stuck with the bill. Luckily, they are preventable, if you know what to look for.

Home inspector and owner of Fenco Home Inspections, Jason Fenwick, explains how to respond to common problems when you find them.

One issue is overly expensive heating and cooling bills. Fenwick says that insulation is a cost-effective way to make your house more efficient. Having about 14 to 16 inches of insulation in your attic can help you save a lot of money.

Be sure to check your insulation to see if you have the proper amount. If you don’t, call a licensed professional for installation.


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Idaho History February 25, 2018

Hugh Whitney the Idaho Bandit

Pocatello, Idaho, June 23, [1911] – That Humph Whitney, the Idaho bandit, is safe in the mountains on the Idaho-Wyoming line, is the report received here from the posses which abandoned the chase in the Wild creek country.

source: The Houston Post, June 24, 1911 courtesy of Samuel Nielsen – Idaho State of Mind
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Charles and Hugh Whitney

[June 1911] … a saloon in Monida, Montana, had been robbed by Charles and Hugh Whitney, who killed three people in the process. According to Patricia Lyn Scott in her book The Hub of Eastern Idaho, they rode south towards Rigby and crossed the Menan bridge. A hundred men with bloodhounds stalked the area around Rigby looking for them but found no signs. For years rumors of the outlaws’ whereabouts circulated, but the men never surfaced. It wasn’t until 1950 that Hugh Whitney revealed that he had been living in Teton Valley since 1911. Even after the turn of the century, the Valley was still a great place to hide out.

source: Teton Valley Magazine, Teton Valley’s Checkered Past By Diane Verna
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HughWhitney1-2-aRancher is Held by Bandit for Ransom

Sum of Six Thousand Dollars Demanded for His Release on Penalty of Death

By Associated Press, Idaho Falls, Ida., July 20, [1915]

Ernest Empey, aged 35, a wealthy rancher, is being held by a lone bandit for $6,000 ransom. Directions for the delivery of the money, brought to the ranch by Empey’s son, aged 11 and a neighbor boy, provided that it be delivered on a lonely road in the mountains in the night of July 24 under pain of death. From the boys’ description the officials believe the bandit is Hugh Whitney, a fugitive, thought to be hiding in the mountains of Eastern Idaho or Western Wyoming.
source: Prescott Journal Miner – Jul 21, 1915
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From the Tribune week of July 19, 1915

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Ernest A. Empey, a wealthy rancher, kidnapped several days ago by bandits and held for $6,000 ransom, has escaped from his abductors. He is now safe at Montpelier. Empey escaped late today while his captor was asleep in a hut on Sheep mountain, five miles from Empey’s ranch where he was taken at the point of a rifle. According to a report from Montpelier, Empey recognized his abductor as a man employed upon his ranch about five years ago.

source: Great Falls Tribune
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Hugh Whitney the bandit

By Arthur C. Saunders, Pocatello, Idaho 1915

… In spite of the wild and sometimes forbidding scenery that meets the traveler’s eve from the train window, there are probably few more peaceful communities than Bannock County in the farming sections of the east. Women frequently live alone and unprotected on isolated ranches and are seldom molested. The case of Hugh Whitney, the bandit and outlaw who robbed Pocatello of a true citizen, and upon whose head there rests a large reward, is today an exception. His story is too well known to be repeated in detail here. In brief, Hugh Whitney, who was a Wyoming sheep man, and a companion, held up a saloon at Monida, just over the Montana line, in 1911, and were apprehended on a train running south toward Pocatello. The sheriff, who had boarded the train to make the arrest, placed his guns on a seat in order to handcuff the prisoners. Whitney grabbed those and shot both the sheriff and Conductor James Kidd, who was helping the officer. Conductor Kidd died in Pocatello within a few days. The sheriff recovered.

Whitney and his companion jumped from the moving train and separated in making their escape. Whitney was trailed by posses for weeks, and in the course of the chase killed several of his pursuers. Although bloodhounds were used in the attempt to capture him, he eluded all pursuit with ingenuity worthy of a better cause. When the excitement had died down somewhat, he and his brother held up a bank in Cody [*], Wyoming, driving the employees into the safe and locking them up there while they made their escape.

Evidently the days of “bad men,” in the criminal sense of the term, are not yet ended in the far west, but the facility of communication afforded by the railway, telephone and telegraph makes their trade very hazardous, and the ordinary citizen lives in less danger of being held up or shot than does the wayfarer on the streets of New York or Chicago.

source: History of Bannock County, Idaho By Arthur C. Saunders, Pocatello, Idaho. U. S. A., The Tribune Company. Limited, 1915
[*] The bank was in Cokeville, Wyoming.
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The Whitney Boys

In September of that year [1911], two sheepherders, Hugh and Charley Whitney, came into [Cokeville]. The brothers had for that year had been cutting a wide swath through Idaho and Wyoming.

Earlier that year, the Whitneys robbed a saloon of $200.00 and were arrested, but made good their escape shooting the deputy. Several days later Hugh shot William Reuben “Rube” Scott, his cousin, in the hand. Additionally, Hugh shot and killed a conductor on the Oregon Short Line Railroad. Thus, Hugh had an award of $1,500.00 posted for his capture. The boys fled to Cokeville and proceeded to the bank in which Asa D. Noblitt, the cashier, was on duty.

Making no effort to conceal their identity, the boys had come to make a withdrawal at the point of a gun. Unfortunately, Noblitt informed the brothers, the vault was on a time lock and could not be opened for another one and a half hours. The boys calmly waiting. As customers entered, they were held at the point of a gun, not without, however, sharing a box of Mr. Noblitt’s cigars. A woman customer entered and the two brothers decided that they could not hold her. Thus, scooping up an available $600.00, the boys departed. Not withstanding an extensive search and posse, the boys were not heard from again for another 41 years.

In 1913, newspapers reported that Hugh had been arrested in a bar in Salt Lake City. The person arrested was not Hugh. Hugh was five foot eight inches tall and had blue eyes. The person arrested had brown eyes and was five foot six inches tall. Persons who knew Hugh denied that the person arrested was Hugh. Nevertheless, the Salt Lake City Police held the arrestee named Joseph Gabriel in their lockup for two days before he was finally released.

According to an article, “The Outlaw,” Time Magazine, June 30, 1952, the boys fled to Texas and later to Minnesota and Montana. Charlie after he reappeared 41 years later recounted that they fled first to Montana and then to Wisconsin and back to Montana. In July 1914 there was a moment of excitement when it was reported that Hugh had been killed near Meacham, Oregon, attempting to rob the Number 5 Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company train. The report, however, was in error. It was three other Cokeville Boys that had robbed the train.

The body at first was identified as Hugh was in fact Charlie Manning who had a wife and four children back in Cokeville. The initial identification was made from a watch inscribed with Hugh’s name. Hugh had given the watch to Manning. Identification was made from a check in Manning’s wallet made out to him and represented poker winnings. Manning had cashed the check in a Cokeville saloon. Unfortunately, the maker had stopped payment on it and Charlie had to redeem the check. The lesson to be learned, never take gambling winnings in the form of a check.

The other two Cokeville boys involved in the railroad heist were Rocky Stoner’s son Clarence and Albert Meador who claimed Kemmerer as his residence. The robbery had been planned for four months in Cokeville.

… Under assumed names the Whitney Brothers enlisted in the Army during World War I and served in France. In 1935 Hugh moved to Canada. Hugh died on October 25, 1951. As a result of which Charley decided to come clean and put his affairs in order. At the suggestion of the Governor of Montana went to Wyoming, pleaded guilty to the Bank robbery 41 years before. He was released to return to Montana. In his confession he blamed Manning for leading the two into a life of crime. Charley died on November 13, 1968.

source: From Wyoming Tales and Trails
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Wyoming’s Outlaw Brothers

photo caption: (l to r) Hugh Whitney, Charlie Whitney and Clarence Stoner before the Whitneys robbed the Cokeville bank in 1911

September 11, 1911, was a bit warmer than Cokeville, Wyoming, residents had a right to expect that late in the summer, but otherwise life in the remote little community continued its normal, placid pace. …

Gene [(Imogene) Collett] was a clerk in the Cokeville Mercantile Co. store, owned by Ben H. Smalley. It was Gene’s job every day about 3 p.m. to walk a couple of blocks straight down the street and deposit the day’s receipts in the State Bank of Cokeville. …

Gene walked through the door and her heart jumped. There was a strange silence in the room and she quickly understood what was happening. Two cowboys, their six-shooters drawn, had all of the customers and bank employees lined up against the wall. She did not have time to consider that she was the only woman in the bank.

It had been a busy day at the store and there was several hundred dollars in cash in her receipt bag. She thought of that and then it occurred to her she knew the bank robbers! In fact, everyone in town knew them. They were not wearing masks.

The one she knew best was Charlie Whitney, who lived in Cokeville. The other was his brother, Hugh, who was considered a major outlaw, especially after that killing on the train earlier that summer. Hugh’s exploits had received tremendous press attention elevating him to celebrity status and here he was in the flesh. Just as the notion struck her that the Whitney brothers were doing the very thing everyone said they would do, Hugh brusquely motioned for her to give him her bag.

“Nothing doing,” Charlie interjected. “We are not robbin’ women. Let ‘er go.”

Hugh quickly pulled back and searching the businessmen lined against the wall spotted a cigar in the pocket of saloon-owner Earl Haggerty. He grabbed the cigar and jammed it into the young woman’s mouth.

“All right, that will keep yer mouth shut; now get out of here and let us finish,” Hugh commanded.

Gene was only too happy to comply and walked out the door. With her went the largest cache the Whitneys could have taken that day. She breathed deeply and rushed to the Cokeville Mercantile store. She did not speak to anyone on the way nor did she sound the alarm.

She dashed into the store and threw the money bag on the counter. Smalley, astonished, asked “what’s the matter? Why didn’t you deposit the money?”

“Because they’re robbing the bank!” was Gene Collett’s simple, matter-of-fact reply. …

The Whitney brothers escaped and were not caught. The bank robbery was the biggest event in the history of Cokeville. It was also the high water mark of the Whitney boys’ outlaw career. Although before and after the robbery all sorts of nefarious activities were attributed to the Whitneys, very little has been confirmed. They were outlaws for only a short time. What makes their story so unusual is what happened following the robbery.

The story did not end until June 19, 1952, when Charlie Whitney surrendered to the governor of Wyoming. That made him the last Old West outlaw. His emotional written confession is one of the most unusual documents in American outlaw history. …

Mary Ella’s brother, Fred, was father of Hugh and Charlie Whitney. The Whitney brothers grew up mostly in Weiser but the family moved a lot. According to Charlie, the growing up years were painful. Their tyrant of a father beat them and gave them only the barest necessities.

Lewis H. Daniels said he knew Hugh Whitney during his younger days around Council and Brownlee Creek, Idaho, and Brownlee, Oregon. Much of this area is now covered by Brownlee Reservoir. Daniels said that in 1908, the Whitney family, consisting of “Ma and Pa Whitney” and eight children, moved to Council. Pa Whitney worked at various jobs and was county road commissioner. Whitney wore red wool long johns the year around. In winter, he wore a shirt and pants but in summer he shed the outer garments and wore just the long johns.

As boys, Hugh and Charlie worked on sheep ranches. By 1907, they were ready to leave and in March of that year they collected their wages and headed for Cokeville where they had relatives. The two brothers worked for Pete W. Olsen, who owned one of the biggest ranches near Cokeville and it was there their troubles began. One story is that Hugh made Olsen angry because he herded the sheep with his pistol or rifle and occasionally maimed or killed an animal.

This habit got to be too much for Ezra Christiansen, Olsen’s foreman, who fired the boys. They stayed at the ranch waiting for Olsen to return from a trip to Evanston. When he arrived two days later, he refused to reinstate them, docked their wages for the damage and told them to leave. Another story is that Hugh became involved in a scheme to collect stray sheep, change the brands and ear marks to match Olsen’s and split the profit with the owner. But after it was done and it was time for Olsen to pay up, the rancher denied he had been part of the plan and refused to split anything. He gave the two Whitneys their wages and told them to hit the trail.

Hugh Whitney was at a disadvantage because of a poker game fracas in which he was suspected of robbing the players of a local saloon. He had no choice but to leave Olsen’s ranch.

The Whitneys left vowing to shoot Olsen on sight. They returned to the range to get their equipment where they spotted Christiansen. Beating him unmercifully, they left him for dead. Hugh snapped off a shot with his pistol killing one of Olsen’s prize rams. A 1914 Salt Lake newspaper account says this fight was between Hugh and Christiansen and that it occurred in June, 1910, in Cokeville. According to that account, Hugh knocked Christiansen down whose head struck a rail knocking him unconscious for eighteen hours.

From other evidence it appears that Hugh and Charlie were discharged at Olsen’s in 1909. Hugh then went to work at the Green River Livestock Company in Rock Springs. He returned to Cokeville and asserted that Christiansen had sent word to the foreman of the Green River company that Whitney ought to be discharged. He was, and then worked for the Beckwith-Quinn Company where Christiansen again tried to get him fired. Whitney sent word to his tormentor that if he did not stop talking about him, he would thrash him at the first opportunity. According to these accounts, this is when Hugh’s fight with Christiansen occurred.”

Deputy Sheriff Dan Hanson tracked Hugh to Green River, arrested him and returned him to Cokeville to be charged with the assault on Christiansen. There was no jail in Cokeville, so Whitney was confined in Frank Mau’s saloon. But Whitney escaped. While absent he was tried and convicted of the assault and fined $50 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. He returned later and got off by paying $35. He then went to Oregon where he was joined by his brother. They returned to Cokeville in April, 1911, which set the stage for the next dramatic developments in Hugh Whitney’s life.

There is no question the Whitneys and Olsen became bitter enemies and the rancher blackballed the brothers from working on nearby ranches. It was difficult for the two boys to find honest work so they were forced to resort to dishonest means. Charlie Whitney, however, blamed Hugh’s entry into outlawry on one Charles Manning. To his dying day, Charlie was bitter about Manning’s role in their lives. Though Charlie mentioned Manning in his confession, he said nothing about Manning who is one of the great mysteries of Wyoming outlawry. There is little doubt he was an outlaw on par with Hugh Whitney but much less is known of him.

… Two other Cokeville badmen were said to be in this gang, Tex Taylor and Tex Long. But it was Manning who asserted leadership and it was he who snared Hugh Whitney into the deadly game. Hugh apparently learned fast. Rose recalled that one night he walked into Tommie Holland’s saloon with a handkerchief tied over part of his face and, pointing a six-shooter at a half dozen men at the poker table, ordered them to put up their hands. A young cowpoke near the culprit, with less judgement than courage, jumped up and pulled the handkerchief from his face. Whitney, his identity revealed, pretended he was playing a joke on his friends. He bought a round of drinks and took a hand in the game. When the game broke up a little before dawn, Whitney had all of the money anyway although it took him several hours longer than he had planned.

As noted previously, the Whitney boys moved to Oregon where they stayed, apparently out of trouble, for two years. Then in April, 1911, they returned to Cokeville. On June 17,1911, the name of Hugh Whitney burst upon the West with sudden force and from that time on Whitney was a major outlaw.

Hugh had been working in Idaho and southern Montana with a friend, called variously Albert Ross and Albert F. Sesler. Not much is known of him except that he was an ex-railroader, age 25, possibly from Butler Island, east of Rigby, Idaho. Hugh and Albert had gone into a pool hall in Monida, Montana, near the Idaho border, with nearly $400 between them. Hugh liked to play cards but was not known to gamble for high stakes.

It is not clear how they were separated from their money but they awoke the next morning with no money to buy breakfast. So they went into the pool hall, held up the bartender and relieved him of the money they lost. They then walked to the railroad station and bought tickets for Pocatello. It is evident they thought they had committed no great crime or they would not have boarded the train.

The bartender telegraphed ahead to have a deputy sheriff board the train at Spencer, Idaho. The deputy, Sam Milton, and Conductor William Kidd came into the car where Hugh and Albert were playing cards with two traveling men. Milton put them under arrest and removed Hugh’s revolver from the holster and laid it across the aisle on a vacant seat.

Then he came at Hugh with handcuffs calling him a “dirty yellow cowardly S.O.B.” and other expletives. That was more than Hugh could take, perhaps remembering the abuse of his father. He grabbed his revolver and shot the deputy twice at close range. In the melee, the conductor grabbed Hugh and he too was shot once at dose range. Both men slumped to the floor. Kidd was mortally wounded and died that night in a Pocatello hospital. The deputy recovered but was handicapped the rest of his life. Three passengers were wounded, none seriously.

As the sound of the last shot reverberated inside the car, Hugh pulled the brake cord and stopped the train. He disembarked south of Spencer near Hamer, Idaho. A posse was formed and members sent for bloodhounds at the Montana prison in Deer Lodge. Possemen, however, were reluctant to enter the brush to look for Whitney. Word was sent to Warren Bailey, who owned the grocery store in Hamer, and who was a deputy sheriff, to look for Hugh. Bailey saw a man on foot on the opposite side of a boxcar on the track and he and a couple of others took rifles and ran after the fugitive.

Also in the Hamer store was Edgar McGill, age about 16 years, who took a gun and unhitched a pony from the rail in front of the store and took up the chase, against the objections of Bailey. Undaunted, McGill plunged into the brush but Hugh Whitney found him first and shot him in the shoulder knocking him from the horse. With more courage than sense, McGill raised to fire at the bandit. Whitney put a slug in the youth’s leg and told him not to follow.

Whitney borrowed the boy’s jacket and mounting the horse, headed east. A reward of $500 was posted for Whitney and his cohort. Whitney was described as “about 23 years; five feet eight inches; 165 pounds; stocky build; very dark complexion; smooth shaven; dark curly hair which comes down over forehead. He always wears a handkerchief around his neck; does not drink but smokes cigarettes; wears high heel boots with nails in the end of heels.”

… Whitney stopped at the McGill residence north of Hamer and bought lunch. He had part of the lunch and some water with him when the posse discovered him. Someone shot through his coat and he dropped the food but escaped. When he reached the Snake River it was at high water and guards were posted at all bridges and ferries. Rube Scott was guarding the bridge near Menan. In the twilight, Hugh rode onto the bridge and Scott stepped out and demanded he halt “and get down off that horse, you dirty yellow coward.”

Hugh spurred the horse at a gallop, shooting as he rode. A bullet struck Scott in the right hand taking off his trigger finger. Scott rolled off the bridge and played dead. Whitney rode on without incident. The next day, June 18, 1911 the posse found Whitney’s trail east of Rigby in the Willow Creek area. He reached the Fall Creek Ranch in Swan Valley and was given a meal by two bachelors, Ed Daniels and Joe Jones. They had not heard about Whitney, but a few hours after he left the posse arrived.

Hugh took the south side of the river up to the Edwards Ranch and the Edwards boys ferried him across. Hugh then rode to the Ralph Janes’ place. Janes and Whitney had ridden for a cattle ranch near Cokeville. Hugh told Janes of his escape and of his intention to get work near Cokeville where his brother was working at the time. When talking with Janes, Hugh did not realize he had killed anyone. He left, heading for Cokeville.

As soon as he found Charlie, Hugh learned he killed Conductor Kidd. The railroad increased the price on his head to $1,500. Hugh could not work at a ranch so he disappeared, perhaps hiding out at Lake Alice. Hugh also may have visited the Wind River Reservation west of Lander because in recent years old Indians there recalled that Whitney was seen with friends on the reservation.

Hugh stayed hidden the rest of the summer. Charlie probably supplied him. Up to this point, Charlie was not sought by the law and lived in town next door to the Ben H. Smalley residence. Dorothy Sornsen, Smalley’s daughter, a child at the time, recalled going to Charlie’s for condensed milk and strawberry jam. Dorothy never saw Hugh there but she remembers Charlie was very handsome.

Though Charlie’s life may have seemed innocent to a young girl, he was in the midst of planning the biggest operation of his life. Charlie in his confession does not say how he and Hugh decided to rob the Cokeville bank, but insists “that nefarious crook in Cokeville, Charley Manning, was the cause of my brother’s downfall. We were green, ignorant and gullible at the time and easy prey for every confidence man that came along and anyone that knew our background knows the reason why.”

He was referring to his blighted youth but the Whitneys were not as unsophisticated as Charlie indicates. Charlie’s confession does not mention the other troubles Hugh got into and in other respects glosses over their early years around Cokeville. No doubt Charley Manning did influence the Whitneys and may have exhorted them to rob the bank. This may have appealed to Hugh because his hated enemy Pete Olsen had large sums of money in the bank.

Some said Manning held the getaway horses in a field just north of the bank. But an account of a couple who saw the Whitneys escape on their horses mentions no one holding the animals. And at least one account claims Manning was in the bank when it was robbed.

According to J. Patrick Wilde, during the first days of September, Charlie disappeared and joined Hugh in hiding. Wilde said on September 6, several persons in Montpelier saw the two and the local newspaper reported it. According to the newspaper account, the brothers the night before robbed the Tom Taylor sheep camp in Salt Canyon. Then the two were seen at the Steward Grocery in Montpelier where they purchased a jug of whiskey, ammunition and a few food items.

Guy Hays, who claimed to know both Whitneys, said he passed them in front of the Capitol Saloon. Marion Perkins, a local freighter, said he passed the two resting in Montpelier Canyon. So apparently the two were riding from camp to camp in the mountains between Montpelier and Cokeville.

On September 11 they acted. They left their horses in a field north of Cokeville. At a haystack yard they hid their rifles. They walked the short distance to the bank. Some say they entered just after noon and stayed an hour or more. Others put the time nearer 3 p.m. There is no doubt they spent some time in the bank waiting for more customers to show and rob since they got so little from the bank. It was reported later that bank officials suspected they might be robbed so they kept most of their cash in a time-release vault. There also is the story the Whitneys waited for the timer to go off.

This much is known: When they entered the bank, the two Whitneys held up cashier A. D. Noblitt. Noblitt said when he turned around he was looking into the muzzle of a pistol held by one of the bandits. Neither Whitney wore a mask and since everyone in town knew them they must have planned to leave the country forever on the proceeds from this raid. They demanded the bank’s money. Noblitt gave them a few dollars from the cash drawer but he said the vault would not open until later.

Disappointed, the two made the cashier and four others line up against the wall and hand over their deposits, jewelry and watches. Then they waited for more customers. As people walked in, each was robbed and told to stand against the wall. In all, fourteen persons were robbed.”

Perhaps to remove suspicion that he was involved. Manning was in the bank making a deposit and shared the fate of the other customers. Before they left, the Whitneys ordered Manning, the cashier and teller into the safe and gagged and tied them. The two shut the door and ran out of the bank. Rose said the Whitneys “gathered up several thousand dollars.” But Wilde said the brothers got only $700 of which $240 came from the bank and the balance from the customers. Wilde said fourteen customers were put in the vault and the door was closed and barricaded. The Denver Post put the take at $100 from the cashier and $300 from eleven citizens. A wire dispatch from Cokeville said the total was $500. Lewis Daniels in his “Snake River Echoes” story said it was $600. This kind of disparity is typical of bank and train robbery reporting at that time.

The biggest loser was businessman Earl Haggerty who lost a $250 deposit. But Haggerty was allowed to keep his diamond ring because the Whitneys knew his wife had given it to him and she had befriended them during their sheep herding days.

Even as the brothers fled the bank the customers were getting out of the vault and giving chase. Henry Wyaman and his wife were at an upstairs window in their hotel next to the bank and saw the Whitneys on the run. Knowing them, Wyman got his rifle and took careful aim out of the window but his wife begged him not to shoot.

A Mexican, Hernando Morino, was the first person on a horse in pursuit of the outlaws and he wished he had not been. He got too close and when a rifle shot penetrated his hat, he dismounted into an irrigation ditch.

Those who began the chase on foot returned to Cokeville to organize a posse and that gave the Whitneys a chance. The posses fanned out and one of the biggest manhunts in the West ensued. The Whitneys fled across Collett Flat where they raided Tim Kirmey’s sheep camp, taking another horse, food and a camping outfit.

The posse using bloodhounds tracked the two to Lake Alice and lost them. The brothers then fled to the Wind River Reservation and rested with friends. As they remained hidden from view, many robberies were blamed on the pair – but their involvement in any of them has never been confirmed. The next spring horses known to have been used by the Whitneys were sold at Cody and two men boarded an eastbound train. In May, 1912, they were reported in Casper and in June they were said to be back in Star Valley. But Charlie said they traveled to Wisconsin where they worked in a saddle shop. They then went to Montana where they sought refuge in the Little Rockies.” In his confession, Charlie said in the fall of 1912 he settled near Glasgow and lived there until 1952.

In June, 1912, someone put a note on the gate post at Pete Olsen’s ranch saying: “If you want to keep harm from you and your family, put $1,500 in a can and have Les (a son) leave it by the post near the bridge on Bear River. If not, harm will come to you and you will be the loser.” It was signed “Hugh and Charlie Whitney.”

Olsen turned the note over to Deputy Dan Hanson and Olsen left for his shearing corrals. Hanson sent word to Sheriff John Ward in Evanston and left to check the Olsen ranch. As he neared the buildings about dusk, he spotted a man lurking near a structure. He called to the man and was answered by two rifle shots, the second of which went through his heart. He was found three hours later by Sheriff Ward.

Hanson lived long enough to give a vague description of his assailant and died in Cokeville. Everyone believed the killer to be Hugh Whitney. The description Hanson gave did not fit. But he could have been mistaken in the approaching dark. People were surprised when two days later Sheriff Ward arrested a drifter-sheepherder named Bert Dalton for the crime. Dalton fit Hanson’s description.

Charlie Manning was questioned and claimed that Dalton was at a meeting with the Whitneys when the crime was planned. In a signed confession Dalton admitted he met with Hugh and Charlie Whitney back of the school house on the night of June 19, 1912. He said he met them, “just by chance” and they wanted him to hold their horses while they got $1,500 but they did not say how. But though he waited for them at the appointed place to hold their horses they never showed up.

Dalton escaped the Evanston jail, but was recaptured and changed his story absolving the Whitneys of any blame and said Charles Manning planned the extortion of Pete Olsen and it was Manning who killed Hanson. Ever after Dalton said Manning had done it and the Whitneys were not to blame, … Dalton served a term in the Wyoming prison for the Hanson murder.

At Glasgow, Charlie was known as Frank S. Taylor and Hugh as George Walter Brown. During World War I, both enlisted using their assumed names, Charlie in the 363rd Infantry of the 91st Division and Hugh in the 23rd Engineers. Both were discharged in1919. They returned to ranching in Montana where they were prominent and well-respected. Charlie took part in church activities, served on the school board and was on the board of directors of a bank! Among his friends was Governor John Bonner of Montana.

In 1935, Hugh, as George Walter Brown, sold his holdings and moved to Canada. He died in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on October 25, 1950. In about a month, Charlie learned of his brother’s death and that spurred him to set the record straight. Governor Bonner suggested he surrender to Governor Frank Barrett in Wyoming and in a letter to Barrett the Montana governor recommended clemency.

The Wyoming governor, startled by this turn of events, mulled over the situation as Charlie began his journey to Wyoming. On December 1, 1951, he carefully constructed his confession. No more simple eloquence can be found in all outlaw history.

Whitney traveled first to Cokeville and spent the better part of a day walking streets he had known more than 40 years before. As he relived those haunting days of youth, he was shocked by the changes. Gone was the bank they had robbed, closed during the Great Depression. The building remained but was now a store. Main Street was paved. The hitching rails had disappeared. He spoke to no one as he walked the streets of his past and remembered those fateful hours that branded him an outlaw.

Then on June 19, 1952, Frank S. Taylor, 63, appeared before Governor Barrett. The governor assigned the case to the Third District Judge H. Robert Christmas. Whitney gave a tearful plea and volunteered to pay back the full sum of money to the community of Cokeville. After ten days of waiting in jail, Whitney was called before Judge Christmas who gave him five years probation saying “no useful purpose can be served by sending you to the penitentiary.”

Whitney left immediately for Montana but his hope for peace went unrealized. His surrender and confession made national headlines and he was continually harassed by newsmen. He traveled a lot, visiting relatives and old friends he had dared not see until his surrender. He died on November 13, 1968, in Hot Springs, Montana, and is buried in the Whitefish, Montana, cemetery.

When Charley Manning learned that the Whitneys were in Wisconsin in the summer of 1912, he tried to blackmail them, threatening to turn them in. That prompted their move to Montana. Despite this, there is considerable evidence that through the years the Whitneys kept in secret touch with some members of their family.

In his confession, Charlie Whitney said of his life: “I sold my birth right for a few tainted dollars that I took from the Cokeville Bank back in September 1911, for my brothers sake and my love and loyalty to him. If we are not punished for our mistakes we certainly are punished by them, and Hugh and I have paid a mighty sum for our mistakes in the form of bitter remorse, tears and regret.”

source: Wyoming’s Outlaw Brothers by Jim Dullenty and Mary Stoner Hadley
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1952 Press Photo. Charles Whitney [R] confess to a bank robbery in 1911. Photo is dated 06-06-1952.

source: Amazon

page updated Dec 10, 2018

Road Report Feb 25

Note: Winter road conditions change quickly. Be prepared for icy roads, snow at high elevations and rocks/trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: This morning there is an average of 12″ of snow on the flat. Local streets have snow on top of ice base. Weather Service predicts up to 12″ of new snow in the next 24 hours. Click for Local Forecast.

Note: Once again, no current road reports. Conditions have probably changed due to the storms since last Wednesday. A few new trail reports below.

Warm Lake Highway: (Feb 21) Mail truck driver reports snow on the road “clear to Cascade”.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (Feb 21) Mail truck driver reports the road is snow covered, no rocks or trees to move.
Tea Pot Weather Station (5175′)

EFSF Road: (Feb 21) Mail truck driver reports the recent snow has improved traction on the EFSF road (ice base.)

Lower Johnson Creek Road: (Feb 21) “Johnson Creek Rd from at least airport and I’m sure from Wapiti Ranch. Snow floor, good conditions.”
Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed at Landmark to wheeled vehicles for the winter.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Snowmobile Trail Report: (Feb 1) “Trail is great from Warm Lake to Yellow Pine.”
Per County Groomer report – “Johnson Cr Rd – Landmark to Wapiti Meadows 1/11/18”
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Lick Creek: Closed for winter to wheeled vehicles.
Trail Report: Old report (Jan 20) that trail had been packed from Yellow Pine to Lick Creek for skiing.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed for winter to wheeled vehicles.
Trail report: Last weekend report: trail is good from YP to Big Creek.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Last report Dec 13: Open, chains advised, icy.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed at Stibnite with snow. Truck reported to be stuck for the winter on the other side of Monumental.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.
Trail Report: (Feb 24) “The trail up Monumental Summit is groomed to Fern Creek. The rest is open to the summit.” and “The trail to Cinnabar is open and in perfect condition.”

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′

Avalanche Advisory February 25, 2018

Bottom Line

Natural and Human triggered Loose snow avalanches/sluffs are likely on slopes over 35 degrees. Wind slab hazard will be increasing, and may be found on upper and middle elevation, wind exposed slopes. Be careful near ridgelines and cornices that may be tender and overhanging. Numerous natural and human caused avalanches occurred in the last 6 days, most of these failed in wind loaded areas where faceted snow was resting on a crust below.

Avalanche Problem 1: Loose Dry

The new snow is light and dry, and wants to move with you on slopes that are steeper than 35 degrees. The loose snow sluffs are somewhat predictable, but could easily take you into treewells, rocks and other obstacles that might not be on your to do list. We watched them failing naturally yesterday and had many running away from our skis and sleds.

Avalanche Problem 2: Wind Slab

Wind slab avalanche hazard has been on our radar as most of the snow that we have received has come with ideal winds and temperature regimes to create slabs that have failed naturally and which have been triggered by people. The slabs built up on top of crusts that have been exposed to cold temperatures and a mixture of graupel and facets….as we put more snow and wind over the next 24 hours the wind slab avalanche hazard will increase. Signs on the snow surface have likely been erased by the calmer light snow over the last 24 hours. Likely tender cornices are overhanging quite a bit right now and will be a great indicator of where the snow has been blowing and shaping the monsters on the ridges above slopes that have been wind loaded.

Recent Observations

Saturday, we toured through the Louie Lake Twin Peaks, Rapid cr, South Fork of Lake Fork zone. The new snow was very light, deep, deeper throughout the day, and had a tenancy to run in front of your sled and or skis. We were able to kick loose sluffs that wanted to move within the new snow on steep slopes greater than 35 degrees, and observed natural sluffing that was widespread along steep ridgelines. Test pits columns were failing on isolation within the upper six inches of new snow.

Avalanche West of Goose Lake

Sensitive wind slabs in steep terrain


Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Boise ID
357 AM MST Sun Feb 25 2018

.SHORT TERM…Today through Monday…A vigorous upper level trough
is moving south along the British Columbia coast this morning with
moisture streaming into the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures this
morning are colder than anticipated, thus have lowered high
temperatures for today slightly. Snow will develop across the
west central Idaho mountains and Baker County OR this morning and
become widespread across much of the region by this evening, with
the exception of precipitation shadowing directly east of the
Owyhee Mountains of SW Idaho and Steens Mountain in SE Oregon.
Westerly flow aloft will favor heavy snow across the West Central
Mountains and Boise Mountains ahead of the cold front. The cold
front will move through the region late Sunday night and into
Monday morning. Snow will taper off quickly behind the cold front
from NW to SE on Monday, with isolated snow showers continuing
across the central ID mountains and south along the NV ID/OR
border through Monday evening. Breezy northwest winds are expected
on Monday afternoon behind the cold front.

.LONG TERM…Monday night through Saturday…Snow showers end Monday
night as the trough axis swings through and the main upper low moves
far to the southwest. Northwest flow Tuesday will back to westerly
on Wed in advance of another system, and mountain snow showers are
possible through this time. This large strong system will spread
snow to all areas Wed night through Friday, with several periods of
snowfall for lower elevations and nearly continuous snow for the
mountains. Mountains could easily end up with over a foot of new
snow with this storm. A cold front will move through Friday,
continuing the chance for precipitation. Snow showers remain
possible through next weekend as we reside under a broad upper level
trough. Temperatures will remain well below normal through the
extended period.

.AVIATION…VFR initially. Mountains deteriorating into IFR with
snow after 12Z. Lower elevations VFR/MVFR after 15Z in snow showers.
A cold front will move through tonight, bringing additional snow.
Surface winds: southeast to southwest 10-20 kts except 15-25 kts
over the higher terrain, transitioning to northwest after 26/00Z.
Winds aloft at 10k ft MSL: northwest 25-35 kts becoming west 30-40
kts after 21z.


This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Payette Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the West Central Mountains between Hard Butte on the north and Council Mountain on the south. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires at midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.


Winter Storm Warning Feb 25, 5am to Feb 26, 5am

Yellow Pine Forecast

Winter Storm Warning

National Weather Service Boise ID
323 AM MST Sun Feb 25 2018

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-Upper Weiser River-
323 AM MST Sun Feb 25 2018


* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions.
  Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches in the Upper Weiser
  Basin; 8 to 12 inches in the West Central and Boise Mountains,
  with localized amounts up to 20 inches expected above 7000 feet.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and Upper
  Weiser River zones.

* WHEN...Until 5 AM MST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in
  visibility at times.


A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling
5 1 1.


Weather Reports Feb 18-24

Feb 18 Weather:

Started snowing around 930am, at 10am it was 26 degrees, overcast and snowing. By 1030am just flaking and a few cracks in the clouds. Not snowing at 11am. Flaking snow at noon, steady sideways snow by 1215pm, foggy along the river. Calmer and steady snow at 1230pm. At 150pm it was 25 degrees, steady light snow (close to 1/2″ new), light breeze. Stopped snowing around 3pm. At 450pm breaks in the clouds. Starting to snow lightly just after 510pm for about 15 minutes. At 6pm it was 23 degrees, light breeze and overcast. At 8pm it had been snowing for a while, trace new, breezy. At midnight looks like it’s still snowing. Did not appear to be snowing at 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 19, 2018 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 35 degrees F
Min temperature 8 degrees F
At observation 16 degrees F
Precipitation 0.10 inch
Snowfall 1.3 inch
Snow depth 10.5 inch
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Feb 19 Weather:

At 10am it was 16 degrees and mostly cloudy (breaks in the clouds to the south) and slight breeze. Started snowing around 1030am. Still snowing lightly at noon. Not snowing at 120pm. At 2pm it was 22 degrees and overcast. At 420pm it was 19 degrees, light breeze and cloudy. At 615pm it was 16 degrees, partly clear and stiff cold breeze. At 1045pm it was 9 degrees. At 1145pm it was 7 degrees and cloudy. Some stars out at 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 20, 2018 at 10:00AM
Almost clear and cold
Max temperature 23 degrees F
Min temperature -5 degrees F
At observation -2 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 1/8 inch
Snow depth 10 inch
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Feb 20 Weather:

At 10am it was -2 degrees and almost clear. At 150pm it was 20 degrees, chilly breezes and mostly clear, a few small puffs of clouds. At 4pm it was mostly cloudy. At 615pm it was 15 degrees and overcast. At 1130pm it was 12 degrees, cloudy and fine ice crystals falling. Skiff of snow fell some time after 2am and before 7am (10 degrees).

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 21, 2018 at 10:00AM
Overcast, flaking snow
Max temperature 22 degrees F
Min temperature -2 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 14 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 1/4 inch
Snow depth 10 inch
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Feb 21 Weather:

At 10am it was 14 degrees, overcast, flaking snow, slight breeze. Fine light snow fell until around 1245pm. At 2pm it was 24 degrees, overcast and light chilly breezes. At 515pm 3 snowflakes fell. At 6pm it was 22 degrees and overcast. At 1015pm it was 19 degrees and cloudy. At midnight it was 18 degrees and cloudy. Skiff of snow by 930am and flaking a little.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 22, 2018 at 10:00AM
Overcast, fine light snow falling, light cold breeze
Max temperature 26 degrees F
Min temperature 14 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 20 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 10 inch
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Feb 22 Weather:

At 10am it was 20 degrees, overcast, fine light snow falling, light cold breezes. At 1pm it was 28 and cloudy. At 2pm an occasional flake of snow, then by 205pm it was snowing pretty good, at 215pm it was 25 degrees and socked in down to the valley floor. Snowed pretty good until 250pm, then intermittent until 4pm, then just flaking. Occasional flakes off and on around 5pm. At 615pm it was 22 degrees and partly clear. At 11pm it was 16 degrees, breaks in the clouds.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 23, 2018 at 10:00AM
Clear, light cold breeze
Max temperature 29 degrees F
Min temperature 0 degrees F
At observation 0 degrees F
Precipitation 0.04 inch
Snowfall 3/4 inch
Snow depth 11 inch
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Feb 23 Weather:

At 10am it was 0 degrees, clear and light cold breeze. At 151pm it was 26 degrees, a few puffy white clouds but mostly clear and a cold light breeze. At 6pm it was 20 degrees and mostly cloudy (high thin haze.) At 1030pm it was 18 degrees. Snowed a skiff by 7am (not snowing) Snowing at 9am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 24, 2018 at 10:00AM
Overcast, light steady snow, cold breezes
Max temperature 30 degrees F
Min temperature 0 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 20 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
Snowfall 1/2 inch
Snow depth 11.5 inch
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Feb 24 Weather:

At 10am it was 20 degrees, overcast, light steady snowfall and light cold breezes. At 215pm it was 26 degrees, light snowfall continues, less then 1/2″ new snow since 10am. Stopped snowing around 330pm. A few random flakes at 530pm. At 615pm it was 26 degrees, thinner clouds, a few clear patches and light breeze. At 1030pm it was 21 degrees, snowing very lightly (a transparent skiff.) Not snowing at 230am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 25, 2018 at 10:00AM
Overcast, breezy
Max temperature 29 degrees F
Min temperature 17 degrees F
At observation 25 degrees F
Precipitation 0.05 inch
Snowfall 3/4 inch
Snow depth 12 inch

Road Report Feb 23

Note: Winter road conditions change quickly. Be prepared for icy roads, snow at high elevations and rocks/trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: We received a scant 3/4″ of snow from yesterday’s storm, now an average of 11″ of snow on the flat. Very cold temperatures (zero this morning.) Local streets have an ice base with a layer of snow on top, rather slick in places.
Click for Local Forecast.

Note: No current road reports, conditions are probably similar, just more snow.

Warm Lake Highway: (Feb 21) Mail truck driver reports snow on the road “clear to Cascade”.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (Feb 21) Mail truck driver reports the road is snow covered, no rocks or trees to move.
Tea Pot Weather Station (5175′)

EFSF Road: (Feb 21) Mail truck driver reports the recent snow has improved traction on the EFSF road (ice base.)

Lower Johnson Creek Road: (Feb 21) “Johnson Creek Rd from at least airport and I’m sure from Wapiti Ranch. Snow floor, good conditions.”
Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed at Landmark to wheeled vehicles for the winter.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Snowmobile Trail Report: (Feb 1) “Trail is great from Warm Lake to Yellow Pine.”
Per County Groomer report – “Johnson Cr Rd – Landmark to Wapiti Meadows 1/11/18”
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Lick Creek: Closed for winter to wheeled vehicles.
Trail Report: Old report (Jan 20) that trail had been packed from Yellow Pine to Lick Creek for skiing.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed for winter to wheeled vehicles.
Trail report: Old report (Jan 20) that the trail had been packed from Yellow Pine to Profile Summit for skiing. Snowmobilers went to Big Creek over the holiday weekend.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Last report Dec 13: Open, chains advised, icy.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed at Stibnite with snow. Truck reported to be stuck for the winter on the other side of Monumental.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′

Updated Winter Weather Advisory Feb 24, 5am to Feb 24, 5pm

Yellow Pine Forecast

Winter Weather Advisory

National Weather Service Boise ID
159 PM MST Fri Feb 23 2018

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-Western Magic Valley-
Upper Weiser River-Baker County-
159 PM MST Fri Feb 23 2018 /1259 PM PST Fri Feb 23 2018/


* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total
  snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in the West Central and
  Boise mountains with 7 to 12 inches above 6000 feet. Total snow
  accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in Baker County and 2 to 4 inches
  in the Upper Weiser River Basin and Western Magic Valley are

* WHERE...In Oregon, Baker County zone. In Idaho, West Central
  Mountains, Boise Mountains, Western Magic Valley and Upper
  Weiser River zones.

* WHEN...From 5 AM MST /4 AM PST/ to 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.