Feb 18, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 18, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

February 17th Pie Contest at the Yellow Pine Tavern

The results are in, for our annual Pie Contest. Judges Sam, Steve and Cecil determined the winners for a close contest. First to Heather for Apple, Second to Lorinne for Strawberry Rhubarb, Third to Nicki for Lemon Meringue. Thanks to the bakers and to the eaters a good time was had by all.


link to photo gallery on Facebook:
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Watch all of your favorite sports on our Big Screen TV at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Featuring Football. Open 9am to 8pm (or later on game nights.) 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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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

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

Monday (Feb 12) overnight low of 13 degrees, tiny skiff of snow from last night, then clear skies and cold. Average 7.5″ of old crusty snow on the flat, open ground under trees and next to rocks and buildings. Nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Male downy woodpecker showed up and our resident pine squirrel. Also a report of a robin sighting Sunday evening. Clear sunny day, didn’t get very warm, cold stiff breeze in the afternoon, high of 36 degrees. Clear and very cold night.

Tuesday (Feb 13) overnight low of 6 degrees, clear sky and light frost this morning, about 7″ of crusty old snow on the flat. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting, later a male red-wing blackbird stopped by, then the male downy woodpecker and a male hairy woodpecker. Clouds coming in after lunch time, then going away by late afternoon, high of 45 degrees. Gusty breezes and clear sky after dark.

Wednesday (Feb 14) clouds and blowing light snow before sunrise, 7″ of old crusty snow on the flat (skiff of new snow by lunch time.) Nuthatches, chickadees and the pine squirrel visiting. Pioneer St. is solid ice, very slick. Early afternoon light snow swirling in the breezes. Steady light snow all afternoon, but not much accumulation, high of 34 degrees. By 6pm we had 1/4″, by 1030pm we had 3/4″, snowed most of the night.

Thursday (Feb 15) overnight low of 16 degrees, measured 1 3/4″ new snow and 9″ total snow on the ground, breaks in the clouds this morning and occasional flakes of snow. Nuthatches, chickadees and male downy woodpecker visiting. Later 2 female hairy woodpeckers showed up at the same time. Clouds breaking and scattered sunshine mid-day into the early afternoon, then more clouds and cold light breezes late afternoon, high of 36 degrees. Getting cold after dark, overcast (no stars visible.)

Friday (Feb 16) overnight low of 19 degrees, overcast and snowing this morning (trace so far) measured 9″ of old snow on the flat. Chickadees, nuthatches and male downy woodpecker visiting. Break in the snow at lunch time, melting and dripping off the roof. Overcast and cold light breezes early afternoon, high of 34 degrees. Late afternoon flaking snow and breezy, trace by 8pm, 1/2″ by 1030pm, probably done snowing before midnight. (Gunshot to the west.) Warmed up during the night, windy and melting snow before sunrise.

Saturday (Feb 17) overnight low of 24 degrees, warmed up, melting snow and windy. Measured 1/4″ new snow (half had melted) and 9″ total snow on the ground. Male downy woodpecker, chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Snowing and blowing all morning but not much accumulation. A white-breasted nuthatch visited late afternoon, they are much larger than the red-breasted and bigger than a chickadee. Blustery afternoon and, dark clouds, high of 38 degrees. Rain off and on late afternoon/early evening. Then snowed a skiff after dark.

Sunday (Feb 18) snowing this morning before sunrise, overnight low of 23 degrees. Measured a scant 3/4″ of new snow/slush/ice this morning and an average of 9″ total snow on the flat. Male downy woodpecker, chickadees, red-breasted and one white-breasted nuthatch and the pine squirrel visiting. Snowing most of the morning and early afternoon, about 1/2″ accumulation, high of 35 degrees. Temperatures dropping with the sun, lower clouds at dark with a cold light breeze.

Videos to Share:

Women in Wilderness Interviews, 1992

Boise State Unviersity. University Television Productions

Videotaped interviews made in 1992 with Emma Cox, Harriet “Babe” Hanson, Gertrude Maxwell, and Beulah Reeves, all women who spent portions of their lives in the Idaho backcountry; together with interview logs. The interviews were recorded during the making of the video, Women in Wilderness, by University Television Productions, and portions of them were interwoven into the program, which tells the women’s life stories.

Emma Cox, VHS recording of interview and tape log.

Emma Cox (1920-2011) and her husband Lafe operated a dude ranch near Yellow Pine, Idaho. Her autobiography, Idaho Mountains, Our Home: Life in Idaho’s Backcountry, was published in 1997. She was interviewed by Gayle Valentine.

source: BSU Archives

(video on Facebook)

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Rebuilding Big Creek Lodge Idaho Time Lapse

Watch the new Big Creek Lodge re-emerge from the ashes in this construction time lapse video. In 2008, the historic lodge burned to the ground in Idaho’s remote Salmon River Mountains. Getting materials to the site is challenging—vehicle access to the site is limited to Jul-Oct due to snow on mountain passes, and a dirt mountain airstrip also provides access. The Idaho Aviation Foundation led the non-profit effort to rebuild it for public use in partnership with USFS/Payette National Forest. Come stay at Big Creek Lodge (completion date July-Aug 2018) and enjoy disconnecting in this amazing off-the-grid setting. Get updates at http://www.facebook.com/bigcreeklodgeidaho


Idaho News:

McCall fundraiser Feb. 23 to aid Payette Avalanche Center

The Star-News Feb 15, 2018

The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center will host a fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the McCall Golf Course Clubhouse.

The event will feature live bluegrass music, dancing, raffle prizes and a short “state of the snowpack” discussion.

Cost is $10 at the door and includes one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Participants are encouraged to wear a favorite river shirt in honor of the “winter that wasn’t.”

Proceeds will benefit the avalanche center. The McCall Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 925 Fairway Dr. For more information, visit http://payetteavalanche.org

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Big Cabin Properties acquires sawmill site near Donnelly

The Star-News Feb 15, 2018

Big Cabin Properties has acquired the historic sawmill site along Idaho 55 between Lake Fork and Donnelly.

The sawmill will continue to offer simple log sawmill production, while bringing in new Design/Build services, unique products, a show room, as well as a custom kiln dryer.

Big Cabin Log & Timber, a sister company to Idaho-based Edgewood Log Homes, will provide access to one-of-a-kind antique logs, timbers and siding materials in a factory direct environment, said Brian Schafer, founder and owner of Edgewood and Big Cabin.

The show room will also will provide Glass Forest™ architectural elements while maintaining production of the site’s current sawmill offerings.

“While we will be offering new products and services to Valley County, I feel it is important to continue to provide the same high quality log products log materials to the many happy log home owners in Valley County,” Schafer said.

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Need an Idaho adventure? Head to Burgdorf Hot Springs, but find a good snowmobile first!

by Ashten Goodenough Monday, February 12th 2018

McCall, Idaho (KBOI) — Thirty miles north of McCall sits a little resort called Burgdorf, best known for its hot springs.

At this time of year the only way through these misty Mountains is on a snowmobile or another type of beastly snow vehicle. Pending weather conditions, the trip is about 35 minutes. As an unseasoned snowmobiler, the groomed trails made for an easy ride. Fun fact for all you newbies, it may look like every rider is waving at you, but they’re actually signaling how many people are behind them. I’m sure they’re all very friendly, but not nearly as friendly as I originally thought.

For you seasoned sporters, once you get to Burgdorf there’s plenty of off trail terrain and wide open spaces. If you see a frantically waving motorist, that’s me.

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Idaho Adventure: Limited snowfall doesn’t stop adventure-goers in Idaho City

by Nathan Larsen Wednesday, February 14th 2018 KBOI

This winter hasn’t been great for those wanting to enjoy the snow.

We traveled to Idaho City to find out how our weather is impacting people seeking adventure.

“We haven’t had any winter at all…I think my husband has had to use the snow blower two times, maybe three, whereas before, he’s had to use it at least a dozen times,” said Sharon Aiken, Idaho City.

One thing is missing in Idaho City this winter, everyone wants to know what happened to all the snow.


Scam Alert:

BBB warns cellphone users of port-out scam

Feb 12, 2018 KIVI TV

According to Better Business Bureau, thieves are trying to access bank accounts by first gaining control of a person’s cellphone. It’s known as porting or a port-out scam.

“This happens when a scammer has your name and phone number and then is able to gather more information about you, like your address, Social Security number or date of birth. Then, they can contact your cell provider, impersonating you, and tell them your phone was stolen and request the number be ‘ported’ with another provider and device. Now they have control of your phone number,” BBB’s Veronica Craker explained.

BBB says this is a problem for all major cellphone carriers, and it’s something everyone should be aware of.

“Once they have your number ported to a new device, they can then start accessing and gaining entry to accounts that require more authorization, such as a special code texted directly to your phone for security verification.


Mining News:

Arizona mine up for sale could have $60M of gold inside

John Trierweiler, Courtland Jeffrey Feb 14, 2018

Scottsdale, Ariz. – High above Scottsdale, Arizona on Old Mine Road sits a property that fits right in with the street name. It’s the largest piece of land for sale in Scottsdale at 117 acres, with its own spring and even a gold mine.

Originally discovered in the 1870s, it’s believed prospectors started digging and found gold on the mountain around 1874 and continued mining until the early 1930s when the gold rush fizzled out, according to Preston Westmoreland, with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Explore inside the gold mine using the 360 [degree] video below.


Public Lands:

2-22-18 BCYPSR Collaborative Meeting

The Big Creek Yellow Pine Collaborative will meet next Thursday, February 22nd at the EOC in Cascade. We will be continuing discussion on the EFSFSR Proposal. …

Josie Greenwood
STEAM and Environmental Educator
UI Valley County Extension Office

Agenda Draft

Big Creek/Yellow Pine/South Fork Collaborative Meeting

Payette National Forest
February 22nd, 2018; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Valley County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) ZOOM video conferencing link: https://uidaho.zoom.us/j/901641791

Conference Line Phone Number: 208-229-8030; Conference ID: 968706

(Notify facilitator if you will be calling in, the zoom link is available upon request)

Note: Attendees to supply their own lunch.

The schedule is sequential, but flexible to allow time for questions and discussion.

Desired Outcomes:

1) Address Action Items from December meeting.
2) Gather feedback on desired changes and proposed offsets to the East Fork-South Fork Salmon River Watershed Grand Plan Matrix.
3) Determine action items to continue moving forward with EFSFSR Proposal.

Agenda to Achieve Desired Outcomes

10:00 Welcome & Introductions Josie Greenwood
10:10 Address Action Items from December Meeting
• Visiting Google Drive Josie Greenwood
• Review Decision Making Document Gordon Cruickshank
• Crater Lake and Gate Location Update
• McCall Stibnite Road Reroute Update
10:45 The EFSFSR Grand Plan Matrix Sandra Mitchell, John Robison, Kyle Fend
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Moving Forward
• What is the value of the EFSFSR Proposal?
• Decide how our collaborative can keep the EFSFSR Proposal moving in a positive direction
2:45 Identify Action Items and Wrap Up

Topic Information Sheet

McCall Stibnite Road Re-Route: The proposed reroute is a long-time discussion over the years to help correct a section of the East Fork Road that continues to slide due to the steep cut slope. Until this effort no actual design or cost estimates have been looked at. This quick look using Google Earth elevations is an attempt to start the discussion and see if we can create a positive realignment of the road to eliminate the slide area of concern. We still need to have an actual elevation survey completed to provide real numbers to work from.

Crater Lake and Gate Location Communication: Wes Keller reached out to Greg Vidas, the property owner at Crater Lake, regarding a proposed motorized trail and the potential of moving his gate to the Red Metals Mine Site.

Decision Making Document: The goal of our collaborative is to submit consensus recommendations that follow the Forest Service’s Land and Resource Management Plans, take into consideration the sideboards of the regulatory agencies and reflect the intent of the Charter. Our decision-making process should encourage creativity, seek win-win solutions and successfully negotiate differences.

East Fork South Fork Salmon River Grand Plan Matrix: The EFSFSR Grand Plan Matrix is a working draft proposal. The Grand Plan Matrix includes project descriptions, links to site maps, as well as recommendations based upon feedback and the work of interest group leaders. Feedback should find balance of the needs of outstanding rights (including mineral interest, private property rights, and tribal), recreation, and restoration within the current long-range Forest Service Travel Management plan.
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BLM pays out reward in Black Cliffs graffiti case

February 12, 2018
Contact: Michael Williamson 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management recently paid out a reward to a citizen whose tip helped identify the person responsible for the March 2017 graffiti in the Black Cliffs area, a popular climbing spot located on BLM-managed public lands along Highway 21 near Warm Springs Avenue in Boise.

The citizen came forward with information that assisted the prosecution by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In doing so, this individual also collected a $1,000 reward that was offered by the BLM.

“This is the first reward claim we’ve had with BLM Idaho in thirteen years,” said Boise District Supervisory Law Enforcement Officer Stan Buchanan. “We believe the awarded played a direct role in providing us with critical information for this case.”

“We are grateful for the help of concerned citizens who share our goal of good stewardship on public lands. We also want to thank the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Boise Police Department for their support and hard work on the case,” said Buchanan.

The defendant agreed to pay $5,030 in restitution costs, with criminal penalties deferred. This included the cost to remove the graffiti, minus labor costs for BLM personnel. The graffiti was removed on Oct. 11, 2017.

Citizens who see graffiti or witness trash being dumped on public lands are asked to call BLM Law Enforcement at (208) 384-3333 with information.
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Idaho Power Company – Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley Project Update

USDA Forest Service 2/12/2018

The Boise National Forest, Emmett Ranger District, has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) for the Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley 34.5kV Distribution Line Project. Forest Supervisor Seesholtz is the Responsible Official for this project.

The Draft DN/FONSI identifies the Alternative B as the selected alternative. Idaho Power Company (IPC) has submitted an application for a right-of way grant from the Boise National Forest (BNF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended to construct and maintain approximately 23.6 miles of 34.5-kilovolt (kV) distribution line. One segment (14 miles) would extend from the Porter Creek area north of Horseshoe Bend to Placerville, Idaho. The second segment (9.6 miles) would extend from Placerville along Alder Creek Road to Garden Valley, Idaho. .

The EA and draft DN are available on the project website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48879. This project is subject to objection pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B.

Eligibility to File Objection

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with §218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless they are based on new information arising after designated opportunities.

Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having previously submitted comments on the project (§ 218.7). Names and addresses of objectors will become part of the public record.

Content of an Objection

Incorporation of documents by reference in the objection is permitted only as provided for at §218.8(b). Minimum content requirements of an objection identified at §218.8(d) include: Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available; with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request; Identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request; Name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located, and Sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies, which would resolve the objection. Statement demonstrating the connection between prior specific written comments on this project and the content of the objection, unless the objection issue arose after the designated opportunity for comment.

Filing an Objection

The Objection Reviewing Officer is the Intermountain (R4) Regional Forester. Written, facsimile, hand delivered, and electronic objections will be accepted.

Send written objections, including any attachments, to: Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region, USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to: objections-intermtn- regional-office@fs.fed.us, within 45 days following the publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. The Ogden Utah office’s business hours for those submitting hand-delivered objections are: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Email objections must be submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx) to objections-intermtn-regional-office@fs.fed.us. It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9).

Objections may also be submitted through a web form on the Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley Project webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48879. Objections received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” on the Project webpage.

Objections, including attachments, must be filed with the appropriate reviewing officer within 45 days of the publication of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. The publication date of the legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. The legal notice was published in the Idaho Statesman (Newspaper of Record) on February 8, 2018. The legal notice has been published on the project website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48879).Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

The Responsible Official for this project is Forest Supervisor Cecelia R. Seesholtz. Further information about this project may be obtained from Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at tramirez@fs.fed.us
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BLM seeks public input on travel plan analysis in southwest Idaho

February 13, 2018
Contact: Michael Williamson 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management is beginning preparation of an environmental analysis for a proposed travel management plan for public lands in western Owyhee County. This will include a six-week public comment period and two public meetings to assist the BLM in identifying appropriate areas for motorized and non-motorized recreation.

The Silver City Travel Management Plan (TMP) will cover the far western portion of Owyhee County, roughly south and west of Highway 78, east of the Oregon border, and north of the Backcountry Byway (Mud Flat Road). It will establish a comprehensive system of routes providing access to BLM-managed lands for multiple-use activities, while addressing concerns related to cultural resources, wildlife habitat, user conflicts, noxious weeds and invasive species.

“This TMP effort is an example of working with our partners and the public to promote multiple-use activities on public lands by ensuring access for traditional land uses, such as grazing, and for recreational activities, while being mindful of areas with resource concerns,” said Acting BLM Owyhee Field Manager Brian Thrift.

Detailed information and maps will be available on Feb. 13. Information on the Silver City TMP can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xnsD2

The six-week scoping comment period will begin Feb. 13 and end March 30, 2018. Comments will be accepted through the following means:

* Email: oma_trans_wild@blm.gov
* Fax: 208-896-5940
* Surface mail: BLM Owyhee Field Office, 20 First Ave West, Marsing ID, 83639

The BLM is also inviting all interested parties to participate in public meetings at the following locations:

Feb. 27, 2018
Nampa Civic Center
311 Third St. S
Nampa, ID
5-7 p.m.

Feb. 28, 2018
Owyhee County Museum
17085 Basey Street
Murphy, ID
5-7 p.m.

The purpose of this public scoping period is to obtain feedback on relevant issues that may influence the BLM’s environmental analysis or range of alternatives to be analyzed. Comments are most helpful if they provide specific actions, resources, or issues to be considered and analyzed.

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number) they should be aware that the entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information, contact the BLM Owyhee Field Office at 208-896-5912.
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BLM releases final analysis on Bruneau-Owyhee sage-grouse habitat project

February 13, 2018
Contact: Michael Williamson 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat Project for a 30-day public availability period beginning Feb. 9, 2018. This Final EIS analyzes the removal of encroaching Western juniper on about 726,000 acres within a 1.67 million-acre area of sagebrush steppe habitat in Owyhee County.

“This project is a great example of the BLM’s effort to achieve shared conservation stewardship alongside our partners to improve and maintain sagebrush-steppe habitat,” said Boise District Manager Lara Douglas. “The input of our partners and the public has been instrumental in designing this project.”

The BLM has developed this project in collaboration with the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Lands, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Projects like this align with state objectives to enhance the conditions on this important landscape for both wildlife and multiple-use activities,” said Josh Uriarte, Terrestrial Species Program Manager for the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation. “Removing encroaching juniper will improve conditions for Greater sage-grouse and many other species that depend on a healthy sagebrush-steppe ecosystem.”

This juniper treatment project will build on proactive land management policies and practices to conserve the region’s remaining sagebrush habitat, which also supports significant economic activity, such as ranching and recreation, and abundant wildlife, including mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and golden eagles.

To review the Final EIS and associated documents, go to https://go.usa.gov/xnAKz

For more information, contact BLM Project Manager Mike McGee at (208) 384-3464.
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BOR Grape Mountain Telecommunication Site Special Use Permit Project Update

USDA Forest Service 2/12/2018

The Decision Memo for the BOR Grape Mountain Telecommunications Site SUP on the Mountain Home Ranger District is now available on the Project web page athttps://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50430. District Ranger Stephaney Kerley is the Responsible Official for this project.

Ranger Kerley determined that this action falls within categorical exclusion 36 CFR 220.6(e)(3). The BOR Grape Mountain Telecommunications Site SUP 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), Ranger Kerley 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 in the summer of 2018.

If you have questions concerning this project decision, please contact Fantasy Burns, Project Leader, at 208-587-7932.

Melissa Yenko
Boise National Forest
Forest Environmental Coordinator
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Interior to implement massive overhaul despite criticism

By Dan Elliott – 2/15/18 AP

Denver — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pressing ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, despite growing opposition to his proposal to move hundreds of public employees out of Washington and create a new organizational map that largely ignores state boundaries.

Zinke wants to divide most of the department’s 70,000 employees and their responsibilities into 13 regions based on rivers and ecosystems, instead of the current map based mostly on state lines.

The proposal would relocate many of the Interior Department’s top decision-makers from Washington to still-undisclosed cities in the West. The headquarters of some of its major bureaus also would move to the West.

The concept — supported in principle by many Western politicians from both parties — is to get top officials closer to the natural resources and cultural sites they manage. The Interior Department oversees a vast expanse of public lands, mainly in the West, that are rich in wildlife, parks, archaeological and historic sites, oil and gas, coal and grazing ranges.

… And a bipartisan group of Western governors complained to Zinke two weeks ago that he shut them out of the planning for the reorganization. The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association expressed concern that organizing the department around natural features instead of state lines would weaken their states’ influence on department decisions.

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Regional Intermountain Newsletter

Volume 2 Issue 3 February 14, 2018


Letters to Share:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. – Opportunity


Have you ever wanted to do fawn rescue? Now may be your chance!

Mystic Farm is hoping for an additional rescue facility for orphaned and/or injured fawns. If you have the love of animals, the experience or ability to care for and re-hab fawns for eventual release, the rural property suitable for set up of a working facility, don’t mind long hours and sleepless nights, and you understand your only pay will be your full heart and the satisfaction you have done what is right…this may be for you.

Contact me if you think you have what it takes! We can discuss if you are a good candidate to take the next step and work with the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game to obtain your permit.

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
208 241-7081

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Book Review


Enclosed please find a book review that was done on the new updated edition of “The Real Wolf” that was published by Grand View Outdoors. The new book is set to be released on March 27, 2018.

– Ted Lyon

New book explores environmental impact of federally-protected wolves

“The Real Wolf” takes a science-based look at the impacts this animal has made on big game and livestock populations as a federal-protected species.

Bob Robb — February 7, 2018

If you’re a hunter — and especially a western hunter — wolves and their impact, both real and perceived, on big game populations are never far from your mind. In The Real Wolf, authors Ted Lyon and Will N. Graves explore all the myths and misinformation and present the facts about the impact wolves have had, and are having, in modern times. Every chapter in the book has been meticulously researched and written by people with great expertise in the field who have studied wolves and their behavior for many years.


Critter News:

Dog foods pulled from shelves nationwide after investigation finds euthanasia drug

by Lisa Fletcher Wednesday, February 14th 2018 ABC7

Retailers pulled at least 31 varieties of dog food off the shelves nationwide after a months-long investigation found the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.

After releasing the results of lab tests that identified the drug, the FDA launched an investigation. And now, just days later, Smucker’s, the owner of almost all the brands in question, announcing a voluntary withdrawal. It includes products in the Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy lines of canned food.

Retailers, including the nation’s largest, Walmart, removed it from all 4,700 stores.

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Please read this to all dog owners. Starting Monday the 19th all dogs will have to have the influenza shot.

February 15, 2018 Cascade Veterinary Clinic

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 (CIV) subtype H3N2. The IVMA has also heard reports of two dogs in Salt Lake City positive for CIV subtype H3N8.

Canine Influenza is an emerging disease across the nation. Dogs in the greater Bay Area of California began experiencing an outbreak of CIV H3N2 in December 2017, which has quickly expanded locally and regionally into other states and Canada through adoptions and other forms of movement. CIV H3N8 originally emerged in Florida in 2004 from equine influenza virus and has more slowly expanded across the United States.

Risks for new introductions also come with canine adoptions from Asia, which is believed to be the source of the 2015 H3N2 canine outbreak in Chicago and possibly also the current California outbreak. There are few safeguards in place to keep emerging pathogens from coming into Idaho, particularly for pathogens such as Canine Influenza which are easily transmitted even by animals shedding subclinically.

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 our 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). Initial vaccination requires a 2-dose series. Full effectiveness does not occur until after the SECOND immunization in the initial series and is effective for 12 months. Bivalent vaccines are available from multiple manufacturers; please follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for revaccination interval. Aggressive disinfection is necessary to keep fomite-associated spread to a minimum.

Although 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.

Neither H3N2 nor H3N8 subtypes are currently considered zoonotic; however, influenza viruses are skilled at recombination, so suspect and confirmed cases should be handled with infection prevention (animal and human) in mind. The incubation period is generally 1 – 8 days following exposure. A mild kennel-cough type illness is the most common presentation, but severe pneumonia and even death have been reported for some animals. There have been some reports in the United States and Asia of cats infected with H3N2.

Here are some helpful links to learn more:

• Iowa State University provides a comprehensive summary of information on Canine Influenza: http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/canine_influenza.pdf.

• NASPHV provides excellent advice on infection control practices, also useful for non-zoonotic pathogens: http://www.nasphv.org/Doc…/VeterinaryStandardPrecautions.pdf

• AVMA has pet owners’ guides and a guidance document for veterinarians: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Control-of-Canine-Influenza-in-Dogs.aspx

• Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center compiles data from commercial labs across the country: https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/news/civchicago.cfm

Dr. Sherilynn Burkman, One Health Committee Chair, Idaho Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. David Ard, President, Idaho Veterinary Medical Association

In cooperation with Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, Idaho Public Health and Dr. Bill Barton, Idaho Department of Agriculture

source: Cascade Veterinary Clinic FB
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Two confirmed cases of Canine Influenza in Idaho

By Michaela Leung Feb 15, 2018 Local News 8

Rigby, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Canine Influenza has made it’s way to the gem state, and it’s even in our area.

A couple of weeks ago we reported that the dog flu is in neighboring states but not in Idaho. Today, the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association has confirmed that a dog in Boise and one in Rigby has tested positive for the subtype of the virus, H3N2.

The IVMA has also heard reports of two dogs in Salt Lake City who have tested positive for H3N8.

If your dog is frequently in contact with other dogs and you haven’t gotten them vaccinated, now is the time.

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Treasure Valley hit with first case of dog flu

by Abigail Taylor Thursday, February 15th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — This year’s flu concern is spreading — now, even our four-legged friends are at risk.

The dog flu is officially in the Treasure Valley.

A Boise dog tested positive for canine influenza on Wednesday.

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Idaho nonprofit opens new, low-cost spay and neuter clinic

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets, more commonly known as SNIP, now has a permanent clinic in Meridian.

Natalie Shaver February 18, 2018 KTVB

A local nonprofit working to make sure all Idahoans can spay and neuter their pets, even if they can’t afford it, will be able to continue it’s work and help more people.

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets, more commonly known as SNIP, now has a permanent clinic.

It opened this past week and Sunday was the grand opening.

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Pet Talk – What is cat-scratch fever?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 2/16/2018 IME

Cat-scratch fever, or bartenollosis, is a bacterial infection that affects dogs, cats and many other species, including humans.

The bacteria are transmitted in the feces of fleas and in tick saliva. There are many different species of Bartonella bacteria. Cats are the main reservoir for bartenollosis and the bacteria are commonly found in the nails of infected cats. When a human is scratched by an infected cat’s nail, transmission of Bartonella occurs.

Most cats infected with Bartonella seem to have no clinical illness as a result of the infection. Some cats show signs of fever, lethargy and weight loss. Inflammation of the eye and swollen lymph nodes commonly occur. The most serious problem, however rare, is infection of the heart valves. Neurological abnormalities also occur. All the clinical signs can occur in both dogs and people.

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Idaho can keep data on animals tracked illegally amid appeal

By Keith Ridler – 2/14/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho officials don’t have to destroy information right away that came from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by a helicopter crew that landed illegally in a wilderness area where engines are prohibited.

A federal judge earlier this week agreed to delay his order to destroy the information collected from the collars while the Idaho Department of Fish and Game appeals to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill rejected the agency’s request to lift his ban on using any of the information.

“We’re proceeding with the appeal to ultimately allow us to use these scientific data in future decisions,” Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips said.

The agency in January 2016 put collars on four wolves and 57 elk in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Western Watersheds Project and other conservation groups sued.

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Wolf Education International

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Mountain lion shot and killed near Bruneau Elementary School

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, February 14th 2018

Bruneau, Idaho (KBOI) — A mountain lion spent a portion of the morning in a tree on Bruneau Elementary School grounds and was later shot and killed.

The cat was spotted at about 8:00 a.m. Wednesday and the school immediately went into lock down. The Fish and Game Office in Nampa was immediately contacted.

“We did not have a conservation officer immediately available to respond,” Fish and Game wildlife manager Rick Ward noted. “We made a call to the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office and requested that Sheriff’s office personnel dispatch the cat as a matter of public safety.”

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Montana won’t allow Yellowstone grizzly bear hunts in 2018

By Matthew Brown – 2/15/18 AP

Billings, Mont. — Montana won’t hold a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said Thursday they want to avoid complicating lawsuits over the animal’s legal status.

Federal officials last year lifted Endangered Species Act protections for about 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, opening the door to potential hunting in the three-state region.

Montana wildlife commissioners said letting hunters kill some of those bears could give momentum to pending legal challenges that seek to restore protections.

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Elk refuge considers halting feeding program this winter

AP Feb 15, 2017

Jackson, Wyo. (AP) – National Elk Refuge officials say the supplemental feeding program could be halted this year as western Wyoming experiences a warmer than average winter.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the refuge near Jackson is without snow during the time of year when the snowpack is typically at its deepest.

Refuge biologist Eric Cole says the elk herds are moving farther north to forage – an action that would usually occur in late March or April. Officials may not supply feed to the elk and bison herds if the winter stays mild and the animals are able to live off the landscape.

Feed trucks have typically begun distributing the hay and alfalfa in the last week of January, but the program has started in late February before.

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Two Magic Valley ranches quarantined because of equine herpes

By Jeffrey Dahdah Feb 08, 2018

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Three different ranches in Idaho are quarantined because of cases of equine herpes. Two of them are in the Magic Valley.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture said private locations in Jerome and Gooding counties have horses that tested positive for a neuropathogenic strain of equine herpes. Of the three forms the virus takes in horses, it’s the most serious one.

“Well the neurological form has a more grim outcome than either of the others,” said Bill Barton, the state veterinarian with the department of agriculture.

Barton said some horses can recover from the virus. Others don’t.

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Rampaging bull leads to high school lockdown in Idaho

2/14/18 AP

Burley, Idaho — A high school in southeast Idaho was briefly placed on lockdown after a bull escaped an auction yard and stormed past the campus.

The Times-News reports the Black Angus bull rampaged across the town of Burley on Tuesday, trampling over signs and charging at people before arriving at Burley High School.

Sheriff Jay Heward says the officers were not able to capture the bull, so the animal was killed in order to keep the public safe. He says no gunshots were fired on school grounds.

The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office notified school officials, who placed the campus on lockdown for about 15 minutes as officers followed the animal.

Principal Levi Power says students had been dismissed for lunch, but staff was able to secure the school.

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Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter

AP Feb 13, 2018

Salt Lake City (AP) – Authorities say a leaping elk brought down a research helicopter trying to capture the animal in the mountains of eastern Utah.

Wasatch County authorities say the elk jumped into the chopper’s tail rotor as it flew about 10 feet above ground, trying to capture the animal with a net.

The two people on board weren’t seriously hurt, but wildlife officials say the elk died of its injuries.

The state-contracted Texas-based crew was trying to capture and sedate the elk so they could give it a tracking collar and research its movements about 90 miles east of Salt Lake City.

Mark Hadley with the state Division of Wildlife Resources says the state helicopters are frequently used to monitor remote wildlife and this is the first such accident in Utah.

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Massive juniper removal project could help Idaho sage grouse

By Keith Ridler – 2/15/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Federal officials have released final plans for one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse that will also benefit cattle ranchers in southwestern Idaho.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management made public earlier this week the 247-page final Environmental Impact Statement for the Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat Project.

The agency plans to remove juniper trees from about 1,100 square miles (2,800 square kilometers) within a 2,600-square-mile (4,200-square kilometer) area in Owyhee County over about 15 years.

“We feel that with a landscape-scale project like this, it gives us a better chance for success,” said BLM spokesman Michael Williamson.

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Idaho utility continues attempt to negate Oregon fish law

By Keith Ridler – 2/16/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — An Idaho utility is challenging a decision by federal regulators rejecting its request to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River.

Idaho Power on Friday petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision in January.

The commission dismissed Boise-based Idaho Power’s request that it exempt the three-dam Hells Canyon Complex from an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing.

The company says the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution that has to do with federal authority over states pre-empts the Oregon law. But the commission said it found no reason why Oregon couldn’t require fish passage and reintroduction as part of relicensing.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
February 16, 2018
Issue No. 862
Table of Contents

* Independent Science Panel Reviews Upper Columbia River Spring Chinook Recovery Efforts

* By The Numbers: Trapping, Transporting Salmonids In Reintroduction Efforts In Blocked Areas Of Upper Deschutes Basin

* Science Panel Gives Tribes’ Lamprey Synthesis Report High Marks, Some Questions About Genetics

* Scientists Want More Detailed Information On Northern Pike Suppression Plan In Lake Roosevelt

* Study Explores Ways To Minimize Genetic Change In Chinook Salmon Caused By Hatchery Rearing

* Idaho Fish And Game Decides Not To Pursue Lake Trout Suppression In Priest Lake

* NOAA: Three Month Climate Outlook For Basin Shows All Of Oregon ‘Abnormally Dry’

* Lawsuit Seeks Consultations On Water Diversions In Sawtooth Valley

* Harvest Managers Set Treaty Commercial Gillnetting In Some Zone 6 Pools

* WSU Study: Salmon Surviving Polluted Stormwater From Urban Roadways Still At Risk

* Study Indicates Hatchery Salmon In Same Rearing Tanks Not All The Same, Show Self-Sorting Behavior

* WDFW To Seek Public Comment On Current Lower Columbia River Commercial (Gillnet), Sport Salmon Fisheries

* Stohr Named Acting Director Of Washington Department Of Fish And Wildlife

Fish & Game News:

Fish and Game to host open house for anglers on Tuesday

The Star-News Feb 15, 2018

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host an open house for anglers on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at its McCall Office.

The meeting will help shape fishing rules and long-term management of Idaho waters. Idaho fisheries managers are seeking input on the 2018 Chinook salmon seasons, upcoming statewide fishing seasons and rules through 2021, and updating Idaho’s long-term fisheries management plan.

For more information, visit https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish. To provide feedback online, go to the webpage and click on the fishing rule comment page. There will also be links to the current 2016-2018 fishing regulations as well as to the 2013 to 2018 statewide Fisheries Management Plan. Comments may also be provided to Dale Allen, regional fishery manager, at 208-634-8137 or dale.allen@idfg.idaho.gov.

The McCall Office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is located at 555 Deinhard Lane.

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Make sure your prices are correct for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat applications

2018 rules booklet does not reflect current prices

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

To ensure applications are correctly entered, hunters applying for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags in April are encouraged to apply online, by phone or in person at Fish and Game offices or license vendors.

Application fees for these species have increased for both residents and nonresidents, and are not part of the resident “price lock” program. The new application and tag fees are not reflected in the 2017-18 moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat rules booklet because it was published before the new fees were set by the Legislature.

Residents who are “price locked” will pay $183.50 to apply ($166.75 plus $16.75 application fee) for a moose, bighorn sheep or mountain goat tag. To be “price locked”, a resident will need to have purchased a 2017 annual fishing, hunting or trapping license.

Residents who did not buy an annual license in 2017 will pay $216.50 to apply ($199.75 plus $16.75 application fee).

Nonresidents pay $2,143.50 to apply for a moose, sheep or mountain goat tag ($2101.75 plus $41.75 application fee). Nonresident tags did not increase, but the application fee did.

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat runs from April 1 through April 30. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30. Mailed applications with incorrect payment amounts will be returned to the applicant and not entered into the drawing unless correct amounts are postmarked by the deadline.

Moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags are unlike other drawings for controlled hunts because applicants must include the full price of the tag with the application. Unsuccessful applicants are refunded the price of the tag, but not the application fee. Both residents and nonresidents must have a 2018 hunting license to apply for any controlled hunt tag.

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F&G News Releases


Fun Critter Stuff:

Cops have hour-long standoff with stuffed toy tiger

by Adam Forgie Sunday, February 11th 2018

(KUTV) – Police in Scotland are making fun of other police who were involved in an hour-long standoff what turned out to be a stuffed toy tiger, according to a report from The Scottish Sun.

Farmer Bruce Grubb, 24, reported to police that he spotted a tiger in his barn.

“When police arrived, they stayed safely inside their vehicles during a tense hour-long stand-off as they tried to work out how best to tackle the beast. But Grubb began to grow suspicious when the ‘tiger’ didn’t move,” according to the Scottish Sun.


Tips & Advice:

Who’s spying on you? Cyber security tips to keep you safe

by Brent Hunsaker Thursday, February 15th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — People who know, say our digital identity is vulnerable. All of us are at risk.

… “We’re all a risk in this world,” said Brett DeLange, a Deputy Attorney General for the state of Idaho and head of the Consumer Protection Division. Even DeLange has been hit by an identity thief. “20,000 bucks in cameras, and it’s like, ‘I don’t think we made this purchase.’ Fortunately, there is a process in place. If you exercise your rights under the fair credit reporting act to dispute it, then the charges can get sent back up the line.”

Tip #1: Check your online accounts weekly for unusual activity. Daily is better.

“You’ve got to do those sorts of things in this day. You’ve got to take steps to look at your bank account,” said DeLange.

Tip #2: Never Click on Links in Emails

DeLange said, “If they’re saying, you know, you need to talk to us about your credit report. Click here for more details — don’t!”

Tip #3: Get Serious About Your Passwords.

Daniel DeCloss is head of cyber security at Scentsy headquartered in Meridian, Idaho. “That’s one of the biggest weaknesses that we have as consumers, a lot of us can’t remember our passwords so we use the same password for everything!” Bad idea.

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