Feb 11, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 11, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Yellow Pine Tavern

Up coming event: February 17th Pie Contest.

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

The Corner is closed for the season.
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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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Be Predator Aware

No recent reports of activity around the village during this mild weather. There have been reports of fox, coyote and a small cougar late last month. Keep an eye on small dogs and cats and please don’t leave pet food outdoors.
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2018 Fest

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

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

Winter Fire Safety Tips

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

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.

Training will resume in the spring.
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VYPA News:

Next meeting June 2018
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Winter Propane Tips

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

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

“50# bags Ice melt on sale for $8 per bag.” 208-382-4430
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Local Observations:

Monday (Feb 5) overnight low of 29 degrees, little skiff of snow fell before sunrise, light fog along the river, tops of the ridges socked in. Chickadees, nuthatches and the female hairy woodpecker visiting. Cloudy all day, flaking snow in the afternoon but no trace, high of 39 degrees. Ground has thawed enough in a few places for puddles to soak in. Cloudy quiet evening. Skiff of snow fell before 10pm. More snow fell before sunrise.

Tuesday (Feb 6) overnight low of 30 degrees, measured 3/4″ of new snow and 9″ of total snow on the ground, overcast and snowing lightly. Heard a pine squirrel and a jay calling, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Later heard a clarks nutcracker calling and the pine squirrel visited. After lunch time, cracks in the cloud cover and bits of sunshine. Nice afternoon, warm, high of 44 degrees. Partly clear at sunset, clouds taking on rosy golden hues.

Wednesday (Feb 7) overnight low of 28 degrees, a few flakes of snow fell before sunrise, average of 8″ snow on the ground, breezy and overcast this morning. Nuthatches and chickadees visiting, sounded like a larger flock out in the forest. Pine squirrel visited (and scolded) after the mail truck left. Cloudy early afternoon, slight breeze, high of 48 degrees. Breaks in the clouds late afternoon, then thin high haze at sundown.

Thursday (Feb 8) overnight low of 30 degrees, dark clouds and light breeze this morning, average 8″ old snow on the ground. Nuthatches, chickadees and female hairy woodpecker visiting. Breezy and cloudy at lunch time, pileated woodpecker whooping it up out in the forest. Warm breezy afternoon, more bare ground under trees in the forest, south facing hillsides have patchy snow, high of 47 degrees. The ground has thawed enough in places for meltwater to soak in. The surface of the road this afternoon was very slick, water on smooth ice. Thinner clouds at sunset, clear before midnight brilliant stars. Clouds moved in before morning and a “freckle” of snow fell.

Friday (Feb 9) overnight low of 27 degrees, cloudy this morning, 8″ of crusty old snow on the flat. Lots of bare ground under trees and near rocks where the sun can reach. Chickadees, nuthatches and a pine squirrel visiting. Breaks in the clouds by lunch time and sunshine, high of 44 degrees. Pioneer St. is a solid sheet of ice. Light snow flurry late afternoon. Partly cloudy at sundown. Clear sky before 11pm. Snow flurry before morning.

Saturday (Feb 10) overnight low of 18 degrees, partly clear this morning, measured 7.5″ of old snow on the ground. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting, then a stellar jay and pine squirrel stopped by. Clear sky early afternoon, light cold breeze, high of 38 degrees. Both male and female hairy woodpeckers visited in the afternoon. Clear and dropping below freezing before sundown. Clear and breezy before 11pm, Pleiades star cluster visible to the naked eye to the west.

Sunday (Feb 11) overnight low of 13 degrees, cloudy this morning, about 7.5″ of old snow on the flat, lots of bare ground under trees in the forest. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting, raven flying and calling above the south east side of the village, pine squirrel calling from a tree. Later a starling in winter plumage showed up. Cloudy chilly day, barely above freezing early afternoon, cold light breeze, high of 34 degrees. Late afternoon a female hairy and a male downy woodpecker visited. Cloudy and below freezing at sunset.
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Idaho News:

Brighter Smiles offers dental care to families

The Star-News Feb 8, 2018

Now in its sixth year, the Brighter Smiles program provides funding for dental care to treat and prevent painful, complicated and expensive dental conditions for adults and children.

The St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary awarded a $10,000 grant to provide access to dental services at Adams County Health Center in Council for lower income patients by subsidizing the cost of services based on a sliding fee scale.

A family of four earning up to $49,200 or an individual earning up to $24,120 could receive a subsidy for their dental care. Patients are required to submit an application to verify financial eligibility.

The Brighter Smiles Project is a collaboration of the St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary, St. Luke’s McCall Foundation and the Adams County Health Center’s Dental Clinic.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Adams County Health Center provides a variety of health care services to patients regardless of their economic status by using a sliding fee scale structure based on a patient’s income.

For more information, call a St. Luke’s McCall Patient Access Specialist at 208-630-2215 or the Adams County Health Center at 208-253-6447.

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Shore Lodge opens Narrows Steakhouse in former bar location

The Star-News Feb 8, 2018

Shore Lodge in McCall ushered in the new year with the completion of The Narrows Steakhouse, the third and final dining concept to debut as part of the lakeside resort’s transformed food and beverage program.

The Narrows Steakhouse, located in the former Narrows Grill location, presents diners with an intimate steakhouse experience.

“We spent a great deal of time conceptualizing our new culinary program as we wanted to bring something both special and memorable to McCall,” said Dan Scott, president and general manager of Shore Lodge and Whitetail Club.

“The Narrows Steakhouse’s debut is a point of pride for us all, and completes our vision of offering the finest food and drinks, with something for everyone,” Scott said.

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Idaho Adventure: Gold Fork Hot Springs

by Nathan Larsen Wednesday, February 7th 2018

We all know that ‘Adventure Starts with Weather’.

This Idaho Adventure is enticing all year round.

Off the beaten path, this adventure takes you 6 miles into the woods along the Gold Fork River.

Tucked along the hillside, Gold Fork Hot Springs is the place to kick back and relax.

“It’s a very natural surrounding whereas the hot springs that I’ve been in are more the cement pools like the lower segment here…this is very nice with the rocks and everything, more like you found one out in the woods,” said Craig Erickson from Post Falls, ID.

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CAT fund sees sharp upturn in cases, costs

Betsy Z. Russell The Spokesman-Review Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Caseloads for the state’s Catastrophic Health Care Fund have taken a sharp upturn this year, CAT Board Chairman Roger Christensen reported to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning. Christensen, a Bonneville County commissioner, said it doesn’t appear to be just a blip. “We’re sensing that this is more of an upward trend,” he told JFAC. “We look down the pipeline of what’s come into the counties, and they’re very, very busy again.”

The CAT fund, which helps counties pay for the costliest cases when Idahoans who can’t pay their catastrophic medical bills turn to local property taxpayers for help, had been growing dramatically for years, but that trend turned around when the Your Health Idaho insurance exchange was established, and caseloads fell each year from 2014 to 2017, falling by almost half from 2014 to 2015. “It appeared to me the biggest effect was from the Idaho insurance exchange,” Christensen said. “We had a number of individuals who were able to get covered with insurance, and so our costs dropped rather dramatically.”

Now, however, with the repeal of the individual mandate and rising insurance premiums, YHI saw enrollments this year drop by about 4,000 from projected levels, Christensen said, and next year, it’s projecting another 5,000 drop. “We used their figures,” he said. “Next year, they projected a decrease of about 5,000 more. Using a rough calculation … that 1 percent of those who are uninsured will come to the indigent fund … on that 9,000, would be an increased cost of about $2.5 million. So for roughly every 5,000 that drop off the insurance, I think you can conservatively expect an increase of about a million dollars in the CAT fund and the indigent side.” He added, “There’s a lot of moving parts. We’re watching it closely to see how it’s going to affect it.”

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Snowpack is hanging in there despite lack of snowfall

by Roland Steadham, Chief Meteorologist Friday, February 9th 2018

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — There is no doubt we have seen little snow in our local mountains over the last few weeks. Plus, the cold air has all but turned away from the Treasure Valley. Even when a weak cold front does move through we still have a hard time getting temperatures to cool to near normal ranges. So the question is, how is the snowpack doing? The mountain snow is essential for feeding our rivers with the lifeblood that flows downstream into the Valley. So far, we’re hanging in there.

After the record snowfall last year, the reservoirs were left in good shape going into autumn and winter. Thanks to last year’s hyperactive season, we were able to maintain a decent amount of storage in our upstream lakes. So as the runoff does occur this spring, we’ll still be benefiting from last years flow. Plus, we need to remember that some of the wettest months of the year in the Rockies occurs in March, April and May. March in particular can generate some impressive storms for our mountains.

What we don’t know is if this Spring will be an active pattern or a dud. There is still time for Mother Nature to redeem herself and deposit more white gold on our mountains. For now, the best chance of any additional showers in the high country will be late Sunday into early Monday. Then again around midweek. But, each of these storms looks to be on the weak side of the storm spectrum.

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Several small earthquakes reported this month near Challis

by KBOI News Staff Thursday, February 8th 2018

Challis, Idaho (KBOI) — Several small earthquakes have been reported in the Challis area this month by the U.S. Geological Survey.

A 2.0 magnitude earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon about 30 miles southwest of Challis. A second, smaller 1.7 quake, was reported about 23 miles southwest of town as well.

On Wednesday, a 2.8 magnitude quake was reported.

The largest earthquake to hit the Gem State in the past 30 days has been in southeast Idaho (near Soda Springs). On Jan. 26, a 4.3 earthquake was reported.

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Mining News:

Stibnite Gold Plan of Operations EIS Update

USDA Forest Service 2/5/2017

Dear Interested Party,

The Scoping and Issues Summary Report for the Stibnite Gold Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available on the project website, under supporting information, at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50516

link: Scoping & Issues Summary Report (PDF 5858kb) 02-02-2018

This report describes the strategy, methods, and techniques that were used to involve the public in scoping of the EIS; summarizes the input received from the public, agencies, Native American tribes, and other interested parties prior to and during the scoping period; and describes the process of identifying issues to be addressed in the EIS.

The Payette National Forest and cooperating agencies are preparing this EIS to evaluate and disclose the potential environmental effects from: (1) Approval of the “Stibnite Gold Project Plan of Restoration and Operations” (Plan) submitted by Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. in September 2016, to occupy and use National Forest System lands for operations associated with ope-pit mining and ore processing; and (2) related amendments to the Payette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and/or the Boise National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

The next public comment opportunity for this project will be at the release of the Draft EIS, expected later in 2018.

Sincerely,
Keith Lannom
Forest Supervisor
Payette National Forest
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Ask Midas: Which Minerals Will Midas Gold Idaho Produce

February 7

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 a geologist, I study the Earth, which is made up of rock-forming minerals. That is why this week, I am very excited to tell you more about what minerals we hope to produce once the Stibnite Gold Project goes into production.

What minerals is Midas Gold Idaho planning to mine?

The Stibnite Gold Project site has a rich mineral history. Miners first came to the site looking for gold more than a century ago and instead found rich antimony-silver veins. Over the years, miners focused on gold, and later discovered tungsten in the form of the mineral scheelite. Once our project goes into production, we will produce gold and antimony, plus some silver. Gold at Stibnite is microscopic and occurs in the mineral pyrite – also known as fool’s gold. The antimony and silver occur primarily in the mineral stibnite, from which the area gets it’s name. Once the Stibnite Gold Project goes into production, we plan to concentrate the pyrite and stibnite minerals and then process them to extract the gold, silver and antimony.

Gold and antimony have many uses in today’s world. While most people only think about gold’s uses in jewelry, it has many uses in electronics, like computer chips and iPhones, because it is a good conductor of electricity and it does not corrode; as well as many other uses, too numerous to discuss here. Antimony is used as a metal strengthener which makes it an important element in bullets, batteries and other alloys. It is also widely used as a flame retardant in furniture, clothing, computers, cell phones, insulation around copper wire and many other products.

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

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Public Lands:

West Lowman NFR Project

2/8/2018 USDA Forest Service

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed West Lowman Natural Fuels Reduction Project (West Lowman NFR Project) on lands managed by the Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.

Project Description

The Lowman Ranger District proposes to utilize prescribed fire and non-commercial thinning to improve forest health within the Lowman corridor wildland urban interface (WUI) and other forest lands by reducing tree densities, ladder fuels and other fuel loads in the Clear Creek, Miller Creek, Lick Creek, Kirkham Creek, Whangdoodle Creek, and Warm Creek sub-basins around Lowman, Idaho. Through implementation of the proposed action, this project aims to maintain or reintroduce the fire return interval to achieve desired forest conditions.

The project purpose is to maintain or improve vegetative conditions to reduce the frequency, extent, severity, and intensity of uncharacteristic or undesirable disturbances from wildfire, insects, and pathogens and to maintain and restore low, elevation coniferous forests for wildlife species. For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53306.

How to Comment

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

Electronic, written, hand-delivered, and facsimile comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments may be electronically submitted through:

* The Forest web form by selecting “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the Project’s webpage.

* The comments database at: comments­intermtn-boise-lowman@fs.fed.us.

Email comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Adobe (.pdf), and Word (.doc). Please put “West Lowman NFR Project” in the subject line of e-mail comments. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments.

Written comments may be submitted to: Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83637 Attention: Ryan Shannahan, or by fax at 208-259-3366. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the Public Comment Reading Room on the project webpage and will be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by March 5, 2018.

Project Contact

For further information on the project, please contact Ryan Shannahan, Team Leader, at rmshannahan@fs.fed.us or by phone at 208-259-3361.
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Bureau of Land Management seeks 2018 Artist-in-Residence in Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Date: February 5, 2018
Contact: Michael Williamson 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management is pleased to announce an opportunity to be the next Artist-in-Residence in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their art, inspired by the majesty of Idaho public lands.

The selected artist will visit this scenic area guided by BLM staff for one week in late May. The residency is open to all professional artists over 18 years of age who are United States citizens. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2018.

All disciplines of artists will be considered including photographers, painters, sculptors, videographers, writers, poets, musicians and composers. Final selections are based on the merit and professionalism of the artist and the proposal presented in the application. Selected works from the artist will be showcased to the public in a venue to be announced and will be included in future BLM exhibits and publications.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the program, proposed project, a professional resume and a minimum of five artwork samples in electronic format. A panel of professional artists and Bureau of Land Management staff will review the applications to select the artist.

Artist-In-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence program seeks to share the scenic beauty and unique stories of the landscapes and resources managed by the Bureau of Land Management through the world of art. It also provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of preserving these special places.

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

The deep canyon of the Snake River, with its crags, crevices and thermal updrafts, is home to the greatest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America, if not the world. The BLM’s mission at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) is to preserve this remarkable wildlife habitat, while providing for other compatible uses of the land. Some 800 pairs of hawks, owls, eagles and falcons come each spring to mate and raise their young. The NCA is “nature in the rough,” with few public facilities. However, the birds and their unique environment offer rich rewards to those willing to experience the NCA on its own terms and who have patience to fit into the natural rhythms of life in this special place.

For more information, please contact Cory Coffman at ccoffman@blm.gov 208-384-3485. To apply or to learn additional information about the program, please visit the BLM’s website at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/artist-in-residence
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Efforts to move top US land managers west gain a strong ally

By Dan Elliott – 2/6/18 AP

Denver — From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation’s most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails.

But more than 99 percent of that land is in 12 Western states, hundreds of miles from the nation’s capital. Some Western politicians — both Republicans and Democrats — are asking why the bureau’s headquarters isn’t in the West as well.

“You’re dealing with an agency that basically has no business in Washington, D.C.,” said Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who introduced a bill to move the headquarters to any of those dozen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. The Bureau of Land Management manages a combined 385,000 square miles (997,000 square kilometers) in those states.

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Governors say Interior Department shift didn’t include them

By Dan Elliott – 2/8/18 AP

Denver — A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency, and have asked him to delay implementing the proposal until he speaks with them.

The Feb. 1 letter from the Western Governors Association said the group had asked Zinke in April 2017 to be consulted on any reshuffling of the department, which wields considerable authority over public lands in the West.

They said last week that Zinke has still not sought the views of its members, who represent every state in the western half of the nation, from Texas to Hawaii.

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Critter News:

Dogs at Tamarack Resort trained to find someone in an avalanche

Dog does training drills frequently

Anna Silver Feb 8, 2018 KIVI TV

Tamarack – It may feel like Spring here in the Treasure Valley, but area ski resorts are still open.

It’s well known that ski resorts have ski patrol in the event of an emergency, but some may not know that Tamarack Resort employs several dogs.

“He loves it. He loves to go to work everyday. He gets fired up,” said Chris Demo, Tamarack Ski Patrol.

Demo has been a ski patroller at Tamarack resort for five years. He works alongside his best friend.

“We originally just adopted Mac just as a pet and then we tried it out to see if he had any drive or interest in doing the ski patrol avalanche dog stuff and he picked it right up and loved it,” said Demo

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One Person. 12 Dogs. 237 Miles.

10 sled-dog teams battle the elements, bad luck at McCall Ultra Sled-Dog Challenge

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Feb 8, 2018

Charging through the cold forest under the bright light of a blue moon, Jessie Royer crossed the finish line at Bear Creek Lodge in front of around two dozen dedicated volunteers and race officials.

The time was 4:50 a.m. on Jan. 31 and Royer, of Tabiona, Utah, beat her nearest rival by almost two hours to win the inaugural McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge.

One-by-one, each of the 10 teams that had started the 237-mile race ended their journeys. The last team to finish, led by Miriam Osredkar, of Farifield, Mont., arrived more than nine hours after Royer, at 2:17 p.m.

“It was really cool, I love running in the full moon, you don’t even need a headlamp,” Royer said after the race. “You could see all the towns from up high and the whole valley, it couldn’t get prettier.”

She and her 12-dog team began the race nearly 40 hours earlier to cover the course that stretched from McCall to Cascade, looping through remote trails atop the West Mountains.

The cold setting at the finish line in the wee hours of the morning drew only a handful of supporters, in stark contrast to the large boisterous crowds that gathered at the start of the race.

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Pet Talk – Inflammatory bowel disease in cats and dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 2/9/2018 IME

Inflammatory bowel disease is the name given to several common conditions in which the walls of the gastrointestinal tract become inflamed. IBD in cats and dogs is similar but not exactly the same as irritable bowel syndrome in people, and treatments designed for the control of human irritable bowel syndrome do not necessarily help dogs and cats with IBD.

The cause of IBD in cats and dogs is never completely determined. Dietary intolerances or allergies seem to play an important part in triggering IBD. Often a specific dietary protein can be the cause. Many studies question the role of different bacteria that live in the gut as the cause of IBD.

Clinical signs of IBD are highly variable. The most common are poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss. Clinical exam often reveals a thickened intestinal tract when palpating the abdomen. Because of these variable signs of disease, IBD often requires multiple tests to reach a diagnosis.

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Northern Idaho firefighters save trapped dog that fell in frozen lake

by KBOI News Staff Thursday, February 8th 2018

Cocolalla, Idaho (KBOI) — Selkirk Fire was called to rescue a dog that had fallen into the frozen Cocolalla Lake Wednesday.

The 120 pound black labrador retriever named Chassy was saved by firefighters in ice rescue suits.

A video of the rescue shows Chassy running back to the shore on the ice-covered lake after the rescue.

This is the second dog ice rescue this year for Selkirk Fire.

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1/28/18: Wolf news roundup – 1/28/18

(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) About 2,500 hunting licenses were sold for Wyoming’s 2017 wolf hunting season, according to the Associated Press, and with 44 wolves taken in the trophy hunting region of the state, less than two percent of license-holders were successful in taking a wolf. …. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)
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Federal officials investigate possible gray wolf shooting

2/6/18 AP

Aberdeen, S.D. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the case of a South Dakota man who may have illegally shot a gray wolf.

Mike Werner of Britton alleges he was hunting coyotes in Marshall County on Jan. 13 when he shot and killed what he thought was a larger, dark coyote, Aberdeen American News reported . Werner said he called the local game warden after noticing the animal resembled a wolf.

Gray wolf sightings are uncommon in the northeast part of the state, but some transient wolves occasionally pass through the area.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 2/6/2018

Germans could be allowed to hunt wolves under new proposal
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Montana recommends against Yellowstone grizzly hunt in 2018

2/8/18 AP

Billings, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials are recommending against holding a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after the animals lost their federal protections across a three-state region around Yellowstone National Park.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Martha Williams said Thursday the state wants to demonstrate its commitment to the grizzly’s long-term recovery.

State wildlife commissioners will consider the matter Feb. 15.

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Waterfowl dumped near Kuna Butte

Steve Bertel Feb 7, 2018 KIVI TV

Kuna, ID – Idaho Fish and Game Department officials are asking the public for information regarding two recent cases involving the dumping of multiple Canada goose, mallard and goldeneye carcasses near Kuna Butte, southwest of Kuna.

Responding to a call on January 19th, Fish and Game conservation officer Brian Flatter found nine Canada geese, and two duck carcasses left to waste along Swan Falls Road. On February 5th, fellow conservation officer Brian Jack responded to a second call — and found 31 Canada goose carcasses dumped in the same area.

No meat from any of the birds had been taken. Idaho code requires that the breast meat be removed before disposing of a harvested waterfowl carcass.

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Fish & Game News:

Non-profit wildlife group offers up to $10K grants for habitat and conservation

Deadline to apply is April 30

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Monday, February 5, 2018

The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 grants cycle. The grants program provides funding on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and tax-exempt organizations.

The Foundation is especially interested in projects that align with the foundation’s mission. Grants up to $10,000 per project are available. To qualify, projects generally address one or more of the following areas:

* Habitat Conservation: Projects that aid in the protection, restoration or improvement of habitats.
* Fish and Wildlife Management: Projects that apply management principles to protect or enhance fish and wildlife.
* Conservation Education: Projects that help educate Idahoans of all ages about the state’s wildlife resources.

The deadline to apply is April 30. Recipients who qualify for funding will be notified and announced by Aug. 31 for projects to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019.

Application forms and guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

For more information, contact IFWF at (208) 334-2648 or email ifwf@idfg.idaho.gov

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F&G News Releases

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

Cat with 28 toes ties world record

Minnesota pet is named Paws

Feb 08, 2018 Local News 8

Paws the cat has 28 toes. She’s tied with another cat for the Guinness World Record for feline with the most toes.

The 3-year-old pet uses her extra digits to grip narrow surfaces, according to her owner, Jeanne Martin, of Northfield, Minnesota, WCCO reported.

“It almost looks like a catcher’s mitt,” Martin told WCCO.

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World’s deadliest cat is a 5-pound floof

BBC video highlights killer mama cat, kitten

By Kaitlyn Walsh Jan 19, 2018 Local News 8

A BBC video has the internet wondering if the world’s deadliest cat is also the cutest.

The BBC recently featured a killer kitty named Gyra living in the Karoo desert of South Africa. Gyra is tiny — fully grown black-footed cats typically weigh less than 5 pounds — but not as teensy as her baby, who is also in the video.

According to the BBC, the black-footed cat has the highest hit rate of the entire cat family: 60 percent of its hunts are successful.

Don’t worry. The highly lethal little hunter isn’t after you. Gyra stalks small creatures, such as locusts, birds and gerbils, according to the BBC.

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Tips & Advice:

Sleep Problems? St. Luke’s doctor shares tips on how to get more Z’s.

by Lauren Clark Friday, February 2nd 2018 KBOI

From snoring to snoozing, sleep is important for your over-all health. Not getting enough hours during the night, could be impacting how you carry on the rest of your day.

“We know people who have certain sleep disorders are more likely to have a heart attack, or stroke, or heart rhythm problems and high blood pressure,” said Dr. Thompson with St. Luke’s.

Dr. Thompson also adds a lack of sleep could be impacting your concentration–both in the office and behind the wheel.

To make sure you get a well-rested night, there’s plenty of habits to develop in order to have what Dr. Thompson calls better “sleep hygiene.”

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