March 4, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

March 4, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Snow Storms

Monday morning’s storm dumped nearly 4.5″ of new snow on Yellow Pine. Had a report that the mail truck driver had a heck of a time getting here, the roads had not been plowed. He said the snow was so deep on the South Fork that he was pushing snow with his bumper. (He indicated thigh deep snow.) He said he was having trouble getting up the hill and had decided to turn around and go back to Cascade, when a crew for Midas Gold came along, headed in to Stibnite with a bigger truck, so he decided to let them break trail and came on in with our mail.

Friday morning’s storm dumped 6″ of new snow on Yellow Pine, for a total of 18″ on the ground down here on the flat. Mail truck made it in on time, the roads had been plowed.

Friday morning looking towards the University of Yellow Pine – 3/2/2018
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March 11

“Spring ahead” Daylight Savings Time Change begins March 11. Move clocks forward at 2am Sunday morning.
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Our Annual St Patrick’s Day Potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern March 17th at 4pm. Corn Beef and Cabbage provided by the 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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Be Predator Aware

Foxes were back in the village March 3rd. A report of wolves howling March 2nd. 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 @
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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

We carry most varieties of Diamond Brand Dog Food. We even have a new line by Diamond called Professional Plus which is a grain-free formula. It is only $29.99 per bag. We have FREE samples in the office if anyone is in the area they can swing by and pick up several samples. They make great day trip servings too when on the go. 208-382-4430
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Local Observations:

Monday (Feb 26) snow storm most of the night, measured 4.25″ new snow and an average of 15.5″ total snow on the ground, overnight low of 20 degrees. Red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees and male downy woodpecker visiting this morning. Neighbor is out plowing local streets. Male and female hairy woodpeckers visited, the local vocal pine squirrel was sounding off from the trees. Thinner clouds, filtered sun and gusty breezes early afternoon, high of 33 degrees. Partly cloudy at sundown and chilly breezes. Bright moon casting shadows after dark and temps dropping to single digits before midnight.

Tuesday (Feb 27) overnight low of -11 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning (some high haze), measured an average of 14″ snow on the flat. The red-breasted nuthatches are fluffed up to twice their normal size. A male downy and a male and a female hairy woodpeckers visiting. High hazy clouds and filtered sun by lunch time, then overcast by early afternoon, high of 31 degrees. Clearing towards evening and temps dropping with the sun. Bright moon and a few clouds by dinner time, then cloudy by midnight.

Wednesday (Feb 28) no precip yesterday, average of 13″ of snow on the flat, getting some impressive icicles. Mostly cloudy this morning, 25F at 10am. Several red-breasted and a couple of white-breasted nuthatches at the feeders along with some mountain chickadees. Male downy and female hairy woodpeckers visiting today. Cloudy breezy afternoon, above freezing, icicles growing, high of 36 degrees. Overcast night, filtered moonlight.

Thursday (Mar 1) overnight low of 21 degrees, cloudy and breezy this morning, no new precip yet, measured an average of 13″ of old snow on the flat. Red-breasted nuthatches and mountain chickadees at the feeders. Female hairy and male downy woodpeckers and the resident pine squirrel visiting after lunch. Light snow flurries this afternoon and above freezing, icicles growing, high of 38 degrees, about 1/2″ new snow by 6pm. Steady snow after dark, a little over an inch by midnight. Snowed hard during the night, then again early morning.

Friday (Mar 2) a break in the snow between 730am and 830am, then flat out snowed hard for 30 minutes (almost another inch) wind blowing, then slacked off to flaking by 9am. Overnight low of 27 degrees, 6″ new snow, 18″ total snow. Male and female hairy and male downy woodpeckers, red-breasted nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Warming up enough to make the snow stick to the shovel by 10am. Light snow flurries on and off during the day, trace accumulation, high of 31 degrees. Breaks in the clouds then clearing by dark and temps dropping.

Saturday (Mar 3) overnight low of -1 degree, high thin clouds this morning. Fresh fox tracks in the neighborhood, average of 17″ of snow on the flat. Mountain chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. High clouds and filtered sun, didn’t warm up much today, high of 26 degrees. Female hairy and male downy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, and the local pine squirrel visited. Light snow flurries late afternoon, and again at sundown. Breaks in the clouds after dark, a few stars out.

Sunday (Mar 4) overnight low of 7 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning and a few flakes of snow falling. Average of 16″ of snow on the flat (settling not melting!) Red-breasted nuthatches and chickadees visiting, later the female hairy woodpecker stopped by and heard a Steller jay calling from the trees. Snow flurries on and off during the early afternoon (1/2″), high of 36 degrees. Clouds breaking up and mostly clear by sundown.

Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s February Newsletter

Feb 28, 2018

From the desk of Commissioner Cruickshank,

Thursday Feb. 1st
Today I participated in a conference call to discuss the Midas Gold Stibnite Project with other agencies who are reviewing technical reports for stream flow assessment. Valley County is involved as a Cooperating Agency which allows Valley County to hear the discussions on how the Stibnite Project will operate and protect the environment.

Saturday Feb. 3rd
I reviewed proposed legislation to establish a levy rate for county road maintenance. This proposed legislation is intended to help counties who have been receiving Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding to offset the 25% Timber Receipts counties were to receive from National Forest timber harvest.

I reviewed proposed legislation concerning Industrial Timber Lands that is coming forward due to some re-assessments of large timber lands in Northern Idaho. This legislation while not appearing to impact Valley County does create concerns of how timber land assessment may change in the future.

Monday Feb. 4th
I attended the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) Board of Directors meeting in Boise from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. From 3:00 PM until 5:30 PM I attended an IAC Legislative Committee meeting also in Boise. Tonight I attended a Retirement Reception for the IAC Executive Director held at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City.

Tuesday Feb. 5th
This morning started the IAC Mid Winter Conference held at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City. My morning started with the IAC Transportation Committee where we heard from the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council on bridges past their normal life and being weight restricted. Potential funding sources were discussed however not enough funding is available to keep up with the failing bridges. We also heard of some funding to assist with Safe Routes for Schools.

Idaho Senator, Bert Brackett who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee spoke on the Surplus Eliminator funding in Idaho which helps the Idaho Transportation Department and Local Jurisdictions with some of the maintenance needs. Primarily this funding was approved to assist with the major damage from last winters damage to roads from flooding and slides. The funding is expected to continue if all goes well. Senator Brackett is who proposed the Road Levy legislation to assist the rural counties who have been receiving SRS funds.

Senator Crapo staff member Casey Attebery spoke on Senator Crapo’s work in Congress to re-authorize SRS, passing a Federal Highway Funding bill as it will expire in 2020, review of President Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal of 1.5 Trillion over ten years and how a portion is dedicated to rural areas and then he spoke on the effort to reduce the timeline for Regulatory Agencies to review projects. Last he spoke on the short term Continuing Resolutions which doesn’t solve the long term funding needs for the government.

Then we heard a presentation on the Port of Lewiston and how this inland port provides commodities to Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. However with less container ship traffic coming into Portland the Lewiston Port is not being used to its potential. We did learn that 5 small cruise ships do come into Lewiston from Portland which seems to be a new revenue source for Idaho.

Next came our Opening General Session where we heard more on how the new IAC Executive Director wants to communicate with the membership. With the Legislative Session there is several ways IAC is providing information to the membership. Those include the Bill Tracker on the IAC website at, a weekly Legislative Bulletin which provides past week information and what to expect next week, Legislative Alerts of specific legislation to contact your legislators and Conference Calls dealing with specific issues of a county office or department. We also learned that the cost to introduce a bill whether it moved on or not cost approximately $2,200.00.

Next during the General Session we heard from a Media Panel on their thoughts of the Idaho Legislature and upcoming Elections. Top issues they see are Taxes and Health Care, seeing a limit on how often a failed bond can be run, campaign finance requirements and forgone (which is taxes not collected) amounts. Then they spoke on the relationship between State and Local Government. While they see the State complaining about the Federal Government overreach they turn around and place controls on Local Governments. They see Governor Otter’s position in the last year as working on Education and Transportation which will possibly be his legacy while in office.

In the upcoming elections they see a Momentous Race with the number of “R’s” and the two “D’s” running for the seat. Labrador’s and Little’s positions are somewhat known while Alquist is considered an outsider and his positions are unknown. Having a contested Governor’s race will take some of the attention away from other races. They also expect to see many turnovers in the State Legislators races which could see changes in leadership positions. They expect to see the session end sooner as elections will impact them wanting to leave early.

The last item they spoke on was the media wanting to get it right. Legislators want to hear from local folks and they would appreciate hearing what is happening so the media has it right.

Next was a session by Idaho Counties Risk Management Program to speak on items they see happening around the state and what concerns them.

This afternoon the General Session continued with a review of the legislation IAC proposed and other legislation that is being introduced that could impact or help counties.

Wednesday Feb. 7th
My morning started at the State Capitol where I had a chance to meet with Representative Kauffman and Gestrin at different times to discuss legislation. I also was able to speak to Senators Hagadorn, Winder and Siddoway on various topics of legislation while in the Capitol.

Next was an IAC Public Lands meeting. First off was a presentation to invite folks to the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership (IFRP) Conference in Coeur d’ Alene in March. IFRP is a group of Coalition and Collaborative members who meet to network about their respective groups and projects.

I was invited to speak on the efforts to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding. Neither SRS or PILT has been reauthorized currently however the PILT funding we are told is in the President’s Budget. Until we see actual bills including the funding it is unknown when this will happen if at all.

The Idaho Office of Species Conservation spoke on the Sage Grouse issue as regulations are placing more restrictions on rangeland utilization. Secretary Zinke is requiring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to come back to the States and work with them to create a better plan.

Congressman Labrador’s staff spoke on the increase of new administration changes which see better wages, companies coming back to the United States, Forest Management discussions, Timber reform in the Farm Bill and National Monument approval after State and Congress agreement.

Senator Crapo’s staff spoke on the Senator’s involvement with the collaborative process and seeing lawsuits prevailing with the assistance of the collaborative members.

Congressman Simpson’s staff spoke on Wildfire Disaster Funding and working to get the PILT funding through his position in Appropriations.

Blaine County, Idaho presented on the upcoming National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference being held in Sun Valley on May 22nd through the 25th. It has been many years since Idaho has hosted a WIR Conference.

This afternoon I went back to the State Capitol to attend the House Natural Resource Committee meeting to hear Representative Gestrin present a Joint Memorial concerning the Stibnite Mine Project proposed by Midas Gold. This Memorial is an effort to encourage the administration to move the process along to get the permitting of the mine completed.

Mid Afternoon was another General Session where the membership completed reviewing proposed legislation. Spoke on topics that are concerning to counties that could be an impact for many and had a general roundtable of discussion.

I returned phone calls on an upcoming Wild Fire meeting to look at Cohesive Strategy for our region. This is an attempt to get the right people at the table to insure our Wildland Urban Interface is being treated correctly to help prevent fire from reaching homes.

Tonight I attended a IAC Legislative Reception where IAC hosted State Elected Officials to visit with the IAC Conference attendees. Just another way provided to interact with legislators and county government.

Thursday Feb. 8th
At 7:00 AM I listened in on the NACo Central Region Conference Call. Their discussion was on assessment of Big Box Stores and how the Big Box Stores feel their assessment is too high as the only business that can operate is their type. When a store closes there is a huge decrease in value on the facility, to be able to sell, the price is dropped by a large amount. This creates a tax shift to other taxpayers which is the reason for the discussion.

This morning at the IAC Conference I attending a portion of the IAC Commissioners meeting. We discussed a future conference which will be held in Moscow in June and counties assisting Blaine County with funding for the WIR Conference in May.

The IAC Executive Director spoke on his working to attend more of the District meetings, respond to members needs, hearing your concerns with legislation, understanding the diverse opinions in the legislature, Public Defense concerns and solutions, transportation funding for the future,
unifying and working together, IAC hosting regional meetings after the legislative session is over to discuss new legislation, Surplus Eliminator funding and Public Defense Commission Rules and Guidelines with impacts to counties.

I then had to step out to host the NACo Western Region Conference call where we had the NACo Transportation Associate Legislative Director spoke on President Trump’s proposed Infrastructure Package in the State of the Union address. This is where the 1.5 Trillion in spending over ten years is up from the 1 Trillion proposed during the campaign. The Federal Contribution still remains at 200 Billion over ten years. Changes include the Federal Agencies providing 20% and Local Government providing 80%. In prior work is was the other way around with the Feds at 80% and Local 20%. 25% of the proposed funding over the ten years is to be used for Rural Infrastructure however no ideas were provided on what it could be used for. The other 75% is said to be used for existing programs. As the Senate and House will be working the proposal over expect to see changes.
There is discussion on Regulation Streamlining which could help move projects along and not have them stalled waiting for approval.

NACo’s WIR Liaison spoke to the Payment in Lieu of Taxes with discussions of raising the Budget Cap we could see Appropriations funding PILT. This will also be a topic of discussion in the Farm Bill which is up for renewal. A Farm Bill Summit is being created to garner support from Rural Counties to discuss the Farm Bill in April.

After arriving home I returned calls from requests to see if a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director has been appointed. I sent out an email request to a BLM contact to learn if this appointment has been made.

Friday Feb 9th
After learning that the BLM Director position has not been appointed and an Acting Director is in place I provided this information to the person requesting.

This afternoon I participated in the NACo Executive Board Conference call. Discussed today were who was invited to speak at the Legislative Conference in March, Hill Briefings at the Capitol, The Whitehouse inviting county commissioners from specific states to meet with the Administration, The Continuing Resolution which funded the Government until March 23rd, the hope to see an Omnibus Bill of 300 Billion soon to settle the funding issue, Children’s Health Initiative Program continuing for 4 years, disappointed that SRS funding wasn’t voted on as NACo staff and others worked hard to get it included, heard a potential of 6 Billion for Opioid and Health preventative programs, counties are investing in infrastructure, working with FEMA, addressing Rural Poverty and Health.
We also discussed the financial wellbeing of NACo, working together with other organizations as we did on Tax Reform to provide strength, attending upcoming conferences and seminars and the continued effort to push for SRS and PILT funding to Congress.
In the Northeast United States the Spotted Lantern Fly is destroying Fruit crops and primarily the Grape Industry.
I spoke on Valley County hosting the Iditarod Qualifier Race this past month and the Department of Interior looking to move their offices west with Denver being the major spot so their folks are closer to the Public Lands they manage.

This evening I had a call returned from NACo Executive Director to discuss potential Congressional and Federal staff invitees for the WIR Conference in May held in Blaine County, Idaho.

Monday Feb 12th
Commissioner day today. Please go to the Valley County website at Valley County Idaho Official Site and click on the commissioners section then click on Agendas and Minutes to read about our meetings. Please understand that it takes a few meetings before the minutes are approved and posted to the website.

Tuesday Feb. 13th
Today I was in Meridian to attend a Cooperating Agency Meeting on the Stibnite Mine Project by Midas Gold. Today many agencies met to discuss technical reports on the proposed operation of the mine, including how the materials will be processed, regeneration of Cyanide use on site to reduce traffic, storm water management for tailings piles, producing Lime onsite which reduces traffic, access routes for mine supplies, mine haul routes within the project, power line routes for Idaho Power, Public Access around the project while in production and alternative facility locations.

Wednesday Feb. 14th
I listened in on a NACo Public Lands Conference call where they discussed PILT funded at 465 Million not the 10 year average of 365 Million, 18 Million needed to reorganize the Federal Agencies, potential long term goal of having one agency to oversee all Public Lands management, establish a Public Land Infrastructure Fund, utilize funding from mineral leasing surplus, raising the Budget Cap will allow more funds for National Defense and Non Defense programs and SRS funding questioned as Forest Management in proposals could not be agreed on.

I received a call from a citizen asking more on the article in the Star News on Valley County looking at a potential Road Levy and how the citizens would be able to hear how this works. We discussed the ongoing collection of data and the Public Meetings that will be held later this year.

Next I participated in an IAC Legislative Committee Conference call to discuss the status of bills in the Idaho Legislature. Many bills are being introduced and some are moving and others need more work or are being held.

This afternoon I participated in a National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition Conference call. Here we also discussed the recent failed attempt to get SRS reauthorized due to the Forest Management not being agreed on. We also learned that some discussion by Congress is we didn’t have a 2016 payment so the counties seem to have lived through no funding. As we all know the only way we are living through this is by cutting services and not doing improvements to the roadways. We also visited about even if Forest Management does get included to increase the harvest volumes it will be a few years before the benefit of the revenue is received.

I returned a call to discuss what is to be expected if a person attends the WIR Conference in Blaine County, Idaho in May. I provided my thoughts and sent them the draft agenda.

Thursday Feb. 15th
I met with a local resident for an hour to discuss some ideas he had concerning Workforce Housing utilizing the Tiny House concept with the ability to expand the foot print in the future as a homeowner creates more equity.

Next I attended the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) meeting in McCall. A presentation was provided for the next area the PFC is going to work on. This area is North of Highway 55, East of Highway 95, West of Warren Wagon Road and a northern boundary using the South side of the Tee Pee Springs Fire from a few years ago. This area has the highest amount of residential properties the PFC will be working with. It also includes Idaho Department of Lands, DF Development Lands, other private lands and Public Lands Administered by the Forest Service and a small amount of Bureau of Land Management. We also discussed some of the funding opportunities going away and how the PFC can provide comments once a project is announced.

I then stepped out for 25 minutes to participate in a NACo Rural Action Caucus Conference call. Here was discussion on attending the Farm Bill Summit in April, five Opioid Summits being held this year in rural areas, a Rural Action Caucus day while attending the NACo Legislative Conference and the one agency one review to green light a project to move forward.

I then returned to the PFC meeting where they we discussing the invitation of the Chief of the Forest Service attending a PFC Tour this summer, heard an update of the Lost Creek Boulder Creek project lawsuit which was appealed to the Supreme Court, how folks can follow up with speakers and share answers with the PFC group.

Friday Feb, 16th
I met with some members of the Big CK/YP Collaborative to discuss if the value of continuing to meet is meeting the needs for the group. We also discussed if all the trails and routes are being discussed in the matrix created. Some would like to see some additional areas reviewed and added.

I then participated in a NACo Executive Board Conference call. More discussion on events coming together for the Legislative Conference, Hill Briefing meeting potentials, agenda for the committee meetings and the impact of the recent Florida School Shooting.

I sent out a NACo Analysis of the Infrastructure Proposal to some folks to help better understand the proposal as it is seen today.

Saturday Feb. 17th
I reviewed more Technical Reports for the Stibnite Project.

Monday Feb. 19th President’s Day
I sent invites to Congressional Staff to invite them to attend the WIR Conference held in Blaine County, Idaho in May.

I sent comments on HB 536 a Trespass Bill proposed to multiple House Members. In this bill there is confusing areas of current law with posting requirements, using fences to describe private lands when Public Land is fenced for grazing allotments, recognizing a resident that could be or couldn’t be associated with private property and 3 trespass violations, within 10 years, creating a felony. After sending the emails out I received several comments back either agreeing with me and some who supported the bill.

Tuesday Feb. 20th
At 8:00 AM I attended an American Disabilities Act Training in the commissioners room along with other elected officials and supervisors to learn more about how to understand the rules and guidelines for employees who may have some type of disability that could impact their work environment or personal needs.

At 9:00 AM we held started our Commissioners meeting. Please check the Valley County website for the minutes once approved and posted.

Wednesday Feb. 20th
I received a phone call to review changes to a Right-of-Way bill proposed to clarify historic Revised Statue 2477 routes and who has the authorization to close these routes.

I attended the IAC Legislative Committee meeting in Boise where we discussed the status of ongoing legislation being introduced, heard by legislative committees or moving forward to full floor voting. To learn more go to and click on the Bill Tracker Link and it will provide an overview of the legislation counties are interested in.

I then attended a Joint Committee session to listen to the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) provide an overview of the workings of IDL and how they manage the State Lands. Last year IDL provided $64,549,022.00 in revenue from timber sales. He also spoke on the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) provided in the last Farm Bill which allows IDL to work with the Forest Service to manage some of the timber sales on the National Forest. In Idaho there is 8.8 Million acres of timberlands that are at High Risk due to Insect and Disease that needs treated. The GNA allows the Forest Service an opportunity to increase the pace and scale to treat these acres. Proceeds from the sales is expected to create a sustainable program into the future with a small amount being sent back to the counties.

Then the Forest Supervisor from the Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forest spoke on being the first National Forest in Idaho to use the GNA process. With the GNA and good collaborative groups their National Forest has tripled their forest management projects in the last 5 years. By getting everyone around the table they worked through to find solutions. They are also using new technology to map the forest using Lidar imaging which provides clarity to see the landscape without the need to spend as much time on the ground to plan a project.

My next event was attending the Senate Local Government and Tax Committee to hear the presentation on Industrial Timber Land Assessment. Introduced is legislation to correct some misunderstandings on the process to find the market value of large timber lands in North Idaho. Apparently changes to land classification is in question and the large landowners are asking the Legislature to roll back assessments until the concerns are corrected or a solution is found.

Thursday Feb. 22nd
This morning I met with the Chiefs of all the Fire Departments and our Fire Wise Consultant to discuss the Bring It Don’t Burn It Program. McCall Fire will be doing another Fire Prevention Day on May 5th, Cascade Fire is doing some Town Hall meetings and Donnelly has a display on Fire Wise during their Annual BBQ all to increase awareness.

I then attended the Big CK/YP Meeting. Discussion was on access to Crater Lake near the Profile Summit when I arrived, then we moved into a discussion on a possible re-alignment of a portion of the East Fork Road to bypass the large slide area east of the Eiguren Ranch property. After discussion the group wanted to learn more on what the potential costs could be. Valley County is leading this project as it has been discussed for 20 plus years and it may take several years to survey on the ground, find funding, design, create agreements and then hopefully construct the reroute. We then moved into reviewing the Matrix of roads and trails with possible improvements made to allow non-motorized, motorized, ATV and Full size access. Some additional routes will be added and the group will discuss in more detail at the next meeting. Our next discussion was around are we making progress. All at this meeting agreed it looked like we were stalled out in determining what we could provide in restoration opportunities. In today’s meeting we are seeing a positive in continuing to meet and moving forward realizing there is not as much we can do in the East Fork drainage however the overall work of the Big CK/YP Collaborative since we started has created improvements. Now we just need to start seeing those improvements happen on the ground.

Friday Feb. 23rd
My morning was spent on reviewing and responding to some changes in the Right-of-Way proposed legislation. After several corresponding emails I was asked to testify on how this bill helps clarify Historic Routes which I agreed to do.

I also had the opportunity to review and comment on the Department of the Interior draft Reorganization Map for the future management for their authority. I am happy to see the concerns being addressed that the counties, primarily in the West, have requested for many years.

Monday Feb. 26th
First off this morning I received a call concerning Septic Pumping Companies potentially not going to be able to unload at any of the Sewer District facilities in Valley County and may end up hauling the septage to a facility outside of Valley County.

Commissioner Meeting day. Please see the Valley County website for the minutes of the meeting once approved.

Tonight I returned a call to the Executive Director of the Idaho Association of Highway Districts looking for information on Warren Wagon Road in Idaho County and if Valley County has had any discussion about maintenance of this area.

Tuesday Feb. 27th
I worked on reviewing and creating documents for my upcoming trip to Washington D.C. where I will be attending a NACo Conference, meeting with the Idaho Delegation offices and other Federal Administrative Offices or People to discuss issues of concern by counties.

I participated in a NACo Transportation conference call to receive an update of the agenda topics that will be discussed at the NACo Conference.

I participated in a NACo Western Interstate Region Board of Directors conference call to discuss meetings and Hill Briefings during the NACo Conference.

Tonight I was invited to a meeting to discuss Solid Waste Trash with some folks in McCall.

Wednesday Feb. 28th

This morning I attended the IAC Legislative Committee meeting in Boise. The status of bills that are moving through the State Legislature were discussed and others that are being introduced. All the reviews are to see how they benefit or impact county government. You can find more information on the IAC website and clicking on the Bill Tracker section.

Well another month has flown by. Some winter came this month and spring is around the corner. Thanks to everyone who reads my newsletter in an attempt to stay informed. Let me know if I can provide more on any topic of interest.


Idaho News:

Willey, Young to step down from Valley County seats

Hasbrouck to seek new term as commissioner

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 1, 2018

Valley County Commissioner Bill Willey will not seek a new term this year, Willey told The Star-News.

Willey’s announcement comes as the filing period opened for candidates in the May 15 primary election. The filing period opened on Monday and will close March 9.

Willey represents District 3 as the commissioner, which is generally the Donnelly area.

“I have deep gratitude to the voters of Valley County for giving me the chance to serve and to my fellow commissioners, elected officials, county employees, volunteers and all those who are working to make Valley County a better place,” said Willey, who has held the office since 2011.

“It is time to go back to the ranch, spend time with my family and take retirement more seriously this go around,” he said.

District 1 Commissioner Elt Hasbrouck said he will seek a new term in the office he has held since 2012. District 1 generally includes the Cascade area.

Commission Chair Gordon Cruickshank, who generally represents the McCall area from District 1, is not up for re-election this year.

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Fundraiser planned March 10 for Valley sheriff’s captain

The Star-News March 1, 2018

A fundraiser will be held in Cascade on Saturday, March 10, to raise funds for Valley County Sheriff’s Capt. John Coombs, who is battling cancer.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Cascade American Legion Hall. A spaghetti feed will begin at 7 p.m. with an auction at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 per person and can be reserved by calling Rorie Snapp at 208-315-5306.

Coombs was diagnosed last fall with chronic leukemia. Since that time, it was determined that he needed a bone marrow transplant.

He is currently in Seattle, Wash., undergoing the process for the bone marrow procedure from his sister, who was found to be a donor match.

Coombs and his wife, Teri, are staying in an apartment close to the hospital, and the funds raised on March 10 will help pay for rent and travel expenses.

A GoFundMe page also has been set up for Coombs. Donors may go to and search for “John Coombs.”

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Search and Rescue seeks donations to buy four-season ATV

The Star-News March 1, 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 also 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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Heavy snow leads M-D, Cascade schools to cancel classes [Last] Monday

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 1, 2018

Heavy snowfall early Monday led administrators in the McCall-Donnelly and Cascade school districts to cancel classes on Monday. Classes were not canceled in the Meadows Valley School District.

The snow day was declared after the McCall area received almost a foot of snow and Donnelly recorded about 17 inches of new snow, M-D Superintendent Jim Foudy said Monday.

Valley County Road and Bridge Supervisor Jeff McFadden called Foudy to tell him that snow began to drift over county roads almost as soon as county snowplows cleared them.

“It wasn’t safe to run the buses,” said Foudy, who made the decision to close the district’s five schools and keep the 1,200 students at home.

In Cascade, heavy snow and drifting resulting in hazardous driving caused Superintendent Pal Sartori to order the snow day and keep the district’s 230 students at home

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Idaho Adventure: Hap & Florence Points Sleigh Rides

by Nathan Larsen Wednesday, February 28th 2018

Photo Credit: Jim & Sharon Exler

At KBOI 2 Adventure Starts with Weather and this Idaho Adventure is all dependent on winter snowfall.

The Hap & Florence Points Sleigh Rides carry on a 30-year tradition of connecting with Idaho’s wildlife on a horse-drawn sleigh in Donnelly.

Feeding elk on the winter range and allowing adventurers the chance to ride along.

“It’s certainly a unique way for people to interact with a team of horses and sleigh, things that aren’t as common anymore,” said Scott Points, Hap & Florence Points Sleigh Rides.

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Texas billionaires put 54,000 acres of Idaho land up for sale

By Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman March 01, 2018

The Texas billionaires who bought and then closed off access to 172,000 acres of forest land in southern Idaho have put 54,000 of those acres up for sale.

Farris and Dan Wilks made $3.5 billion selling off their successful fracking and oil drilling service business in Cisco, Texas in 2011. They have listed six tracts of forest, mountain and riverfront property in Idaho, including a 31,000-acre parcel south and west of McCall in Valley and Adams counties. They are asking for $61 million for the land called McCall Red Ridge Ranch that runs west from West Mountain Road.

A second, 11,000-acre tract, called Boise Ridge Mountain Ranch, is located between Horseshoe Bend and Idaho City just east of the Bogus Basin ski area in Boise County. They are asking just over $10 million for the thickly timbered steep parcel just over the mountains from Boise.

The Clear Creek Ranch — 35 miles southeast of McCall, just east of Cabarton — has 4,100 acres of land offered at $5.6 million. Also offered: a 1,980-acre parcel southeast of Lake Fork called Paddy Flat Summit Ranch, and an 853-acre property with three miles of river frontage near Cascade called Big Creek Ranch, both in Valley County.

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Vehicle crashes into Payette River

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, February 28th 2018

Banks, Idaho (KBOI) — A vehicle has crashed into the Payette River south of Banks and a 25-year-old has died at the scene police say.

According to police, Alex Bunch of Boise was driving a 2006 Kia Spectra northbound on State Highway 55 at milepost 75.5. Bunch drove through the southbound lanes before going off the west side of the road, down an embankment, and into the river.

Police say Bunch was wearing a seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Idaho State Police says the injury crash was reported at about 10:23 a.m.

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Sheriff: 14-year-old girl run over by snowcat while on back country trip near Brundage

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, February 28th 2018

McCall, Idaho (KBOI) — A 14-year-old girl on a snowcat back country trip near Brundage Mountain was injured after she was run over by a snowcat.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office says its office received a 911 call on Monday morning about the accident. The girl was conscious and breathing at the time when the call came in. She was later treated in the field and airlifted from Brundage Reservoir to St. Alphonsus in Boise. It’s unclear the severity of her injuries.

Brundage Mountain says another person on Monday was also injured, but details of that incident were not immediately available.

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Officials identify man killed in Idaho snowmobile crash

Wayne Halverson died when his snowmobile went off a trail and ran into a tree.

Associated Press February 27, 2018

St. Anthony, Idaho – Eastern Idaho officials have identified a North Dakota man killed in a snowmobile crash.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in a news release Monday says 32-year-old Wayne Halverson of Wishek died Saturday in Island Park when he went off a trail and ran into a tree.

Officials say other snowmobilers and emergency responders attempted life-saving measures, but Halverson was pronounced dead at about 8:30 p.m.

Halverson is the fourth snowmobiler to die in eastern Idaho this year. The other three deaths were caused by avalanches.

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Snowmobilers rescued after stranded in Dry Creek Drainage

Feb 28, 2018 Local News 8

Island Park, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Four male snowmobilers from Shelley had an unexpected snowmobile experience in the Centennials Mountain Range’s backcountry northwest of Island Park Tuesday night.

Fremont County Search & Rescue reports the group of snowmobilers, ages ranging from 41 to 52, were riding south of Reas Peak when the four rode down a slope into Dry Creek.

Two were able to climb out, but the other two were not able.

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Whooping cough cases spike across Treasure Valley

Over the past four months, a total of 89 cases of whooping cough – also known as pertussis – have been reported.

KTVB March 1, 2018

Boise — Public health officials are warning of a whooping cough outbreak spreading across Ada and Canyon County.

Over the past four months, a total of 89 cases of whooping cough – also known as pertussis – have been reported. Seventy of those cases were in Ada County, and 19 were in Canyon County.

Whooping cough is an extremely contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing, or other close contact with an infected person. The disease is particularly dangerous, and even life-threatening, for babies and young children.

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Idaho Power proposing new customer rate class

Feb 27, 2018 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho utility regulators are considering an Idaho Power Company (IPC) proposal to reclassify customers who generate their own electricity.

If approved, it would create new customer classes for residential and small general service customers who generate their own electricity, mostly through rooftop solar.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) will host a public hearing in Pocatello Monday, March 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pocatello City Council chambers at 911 N. 7th Ave.

The Pocatello hearing will not include any presentation by the company or IPUC staff. It is intended to take comments from Idaho Power customers or interested parties only.

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Mountain snowpack levels improving after parade of storms

by Nathan Larsen Sunday, March 4th 2018

Idaho SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) % of Normal – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Heavy mountain snowfall over the past several weeks is starting to make a dent in our snowpack deficit. Looking at some of the current reading across the state the Weiser, Payette, and Boise basins have all made an improvement in the amount of moisture locked in the snowpack. It wasn’t too long ago when these water basins were closer to values currently seen in the southwest region of the state.

An area low-pressure parked off of the Oregon coast has brought significant moisture to the region over the past 72-hours.


Mining News:

Geotechnical Drilling Starting at Stibnite

March 1, 2018

As the Stibnite Gold Project continues to move through the permitting process, we want to make sure we are fully ready to move forward with site restoration and mine redevelopment once our plan of restoration and operations is approved. An important part of this process is understanding the structure of the soil and underlying bedrock at the site so that our engineering team and, one day, our construction team, can design our future facilities with a full understanding of the conditions of the site in mind. Geotechnical drilling allows us to collect this critically important information in order to build the safest project possible.

Geotechnical drilling allows us to determine if the ground beneath the surface is appropriate for building on top of. Knowing that information before we start any construction, and early in the design process, allows us to place our facilities in the best spots and reinforce the foundations of buildings and facilities, if necessary. Having this information will allow us to build the best project possible.

Over the next few weeks, we will gather information from more than 50 different locations across the site. Winter may seem like an odd time to launch a drilling program, but it is actually one of the best times of year to do it because it eliminates our disturbance on the environment. Many of the places we need to evaluate are located within wetlands or riparian conservation areas. If we drill during the winter, when we have a sufficient snowpack, we are able to access these areas, collect valuable information, all the while minimizing our disturbance.

Each sample we collect is approximately 2 to 3 inches in diameter and anywhere from 30 to 100 feet deep. We not only evaluate the samples that we pull out of the ground, allowing determination of density, moisture content, grain size distribution, strength, permeability, and consolidation properties, but our team also takes careful measurements as they drill so we can look back and see soil and rock type, geologic unit thickness, groundwater depth and more.

Once we collect our samples, we fill in (technically, known as abandon) each drill hole with a special type of bentonite abandonment clay that seals up the sample site. This is the same type of clay that is used to seal drinking water wells when no longer used. Filling each of the sample sites is an important step because it helps to keep the water in the aquifer from mixing with water on the surface – sometimes these two water sources can have different chemical makeup, so we want to make sure they stay separate, in a natural state.

In order to make sure we can get all of our work done before the temperatures start to warm up, we will have around six more people working at site during the drilling program. This means the village of Yellow Pine may notice a few more faces around town but, for the most part, our team will be up at site collecting the data we need to build the best project possible.

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Public Lands:

Draft Minutes – Big Creek Yellow Pine South Fork Collaborative Meeting

Payette National Forest February 22, 2018

link: BC YP SF Meeting February 22 2018 (2).pdf
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Lowman Ranger District reopens Clear Creek Road to snowmobiles

Contact: Venetia Gempler (208) 373-4105
Date: March 2, 2018

Boise, Idaho, March 2, 2018 — The Clear Creek road [National Forest System (NFS) road 582] has been reopened after winter conditions have forced salvage timber operations to halt until the spring. The public safety closure was put in place while logging trucks removed additional hazard trees from within the 2016 Pioneer Fire area.

“Its great news for snowmobilers,” said John Kidd, Lowman District Ranger. “Clear Creek is a popular snowmobile route and with the recent snowfall, conditions should be great!”

Forest visitors should be aware that while the route is open it will not be groomed and as soon as conditions improve the road will once again be closed as salvage operations resume.

Before venturing into a burned area, look for posted warning signs or current closure orders. Be aware of your surroundings as burned areas pose a higher risk to forest visitors. This is the second winter post fire and standing dead trees will continue to fall from increased snow loads. Let someone know where you are going in case of emergency.

For all Boise National Forest closures visit:
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Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

3/3/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho officials have auctioned timber on federal land as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service intended to increase logging and reduce the severity of wildfires.

The Jasper II West timber sale on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests in northern Idaho is the third timber sale sold by the Idaho Department of Lands under the federal Good Neighbor Authority program.

Stimson Lumber Company on Thursday submitted the winning bid of $1.47 million to log 306 acres north of Priest River. The Idaho Department of Lands says the company will be removing dead and dying timber.

Money from the sale will reimburse the state, and leftover money will be used for restoration projects on the forest.

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USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region Newsletter

Volume 2 Issue 4 February 28, 2018


Critter News:

Some peanut butters may be harmful for dogs

Andrea Braswell Feb 26, 2018 KIVI TV

Veterinarians have a warning for pet owners about an ingredient in some foods — including peanut butter — that can be toxic to your pet.

It’s a sweetener, called xylitol, that’s found in different brands of peanut butter, and it can make your pet sick, or even kill them. The ingredient can also cause liver failure.

“It’s kind of horrible to think about because it’s common knowledge — everyone gives their dog peanut butter,” Laura Lovely said.

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Pet Talk – Botulism in dogs and cats

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Mar 2, 2018 IME

Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by a bacterium called Colstridium botulinum. This organism is present in spoiled and rotting foods, garbage and carrion (dead animal carcasses).

This toxin blocks the release of acetylcholine, the most important nerve receptor in the body of all mammals. Acetylcholine stimulates muscles to react and is released by nerves to all the muscles in mammals’ bodies. The botulism toxin thus prevents the ability of muscles to contract. Subsequent generalized weakness to the muscles of the body results and paralysis ensues. After the animal eats spoiled, contaminated material, vomiting and diarrhea may occur prior to the onset of neurological signs, which typically occur two to four days after ingestion of the botulinum toxin. The animal typically has difficulty standing and using its legs. All muscles of the body may be affected, including the ability to blink, swallow and bark.

A history of eating spoiled foods, garbage or carrion and the presence of compatible clinical signs may cause an initial suspicion of botulism by your vet. Blood and feces can be tested for botulinum toxin, but the toxin is often undetectable. Usually, the diagnosis is made only after other diseases that cause similar clinical signs have been excluded.

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FDA investigation continues into dog food contaminated with euthanasia drug

by Lisa Fletcher/WJLA Wednesday, February 28th 2018

Different lots, different stores, same problem: a lethal drug used to primarily kill cats and dogs, never allowed to be used on animals in the food supply, showing up in what you feed your pets.

Earlier this month, WJLA broke the story that triggered an FDA investigation and millions of cans of pet food being pulled from shelves nationwide.

After seven months of research and lab tests, we found the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital, in multiple varieties of dog food.

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Wolf News Roundup 2/26/2018

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! February 25, 2018

Wolves are killing each other in response to lack of elk in the Gros Ventre, while a former Yellowstone wolf biologist is telling the people of Colorado how they need wolves. Minnesota’s moose rise and decline is closely tied to wolf population numbers, and Idaho gets a reprieve from having to destroy data. Those are just a few highlights in recent wolf news. See article summaries and links below.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of Feb, 2018
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3 cougars euthanized in Oregon following livestock attacks

3/2/18 AP

Corvallis, Ore. — Wildlife officials have euthanized three cougars that killed livestock belonging to multiple Oregon homeowners.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reported Thursday that the large cats were euthanized earlier this month. Wildlife biologist Nancy Taylor says a resident reported on Feb. 16 that one of her goats had been killed by a cougar. A federal trapper then captured and euthanized an adult and two juvenile cougars.

A nearby resident had called about their property a week earlier after presumably the same cougars killed several sheep.

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Groups, US reach settlement on predator-killing poisons

By Keith Ridler – 3/2/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — U.S. officials have agreed to complete a study on how two predator-killing poisons could be affecting federally protected species as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmental and animal-welfare groups.

The 10-page agreement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Montana requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete consultations with the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of 2021 on the two poisons used by federal workers on rural Western lands to protect livestock.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the other groups in the lawsuit filed last year in Montana say Fish and Wildlife is violating the Endangered Species Act by not analyzing with the EPA how sodium cyanide and Compound 1080 could harm federally protected species including grizzly bears and Canada lynx.

The groups say the federal agencies in 2011 started but never finished the analysis.

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13th annual Elk Calling Contest at Idaho Sportsman Show

by Brian Morrin Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Ada County, Idaho — Click the video above to see the contestants of all ages compete in this year’s Elk Calling Contest.

link: KBOI
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Refuge encourages motorists to discourage licking

Feb 26, 2018 Local News 8

Jackson, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) – The National Elk Refuge has borrowed an electronic signboard from Teton County to warn motorists of approaching bighorn sheep. The sign is located near Miller Butte, where bighorn sheep are frequently seen during the winter.

The animals are looking for more than attention. Bighorn like to lick the sides of cars and trucks to ingest salt and minerals found on the surface. While motorists may be tempted to stop and give the animals space, refuge officials had different advice.


Biologists said the best practice is to remove any kind of reward and discourage the animals from congregating near the road. “It’s never good to have animals learn to gather near a road,” said Refuge Biologist Eric Cole. “It only adds to the likelihood of vehicle vs. wildlife collisions.”

Officials said word-of-mouth and the message boards seem to be making a difference.

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Group calls for steelhead fishing ban to protect Idaho fish

by Associated Press Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) – A conservation group has asked fisheries managers to shut down steelhead fishing in the Columbia and Snake river basins to protect a wild run that returns to Idaho’s Clearwater River.

The Conservation Angler tells The Lewiston Tribune in a story on Saturday that even catch-and-release regulations threaten the survival of B-run steelhead.

Executive Director David Moskowitz in a letter to Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore says steelhead fishing should be closed to allow the wild fish to spawn.

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Study: Chinook salmon much smaller, younger these days

3/1/18 AP

Seattle — A new study has found that chinook salmon in the Columbia River and the northeastern Pacific from California to western Alaska are not as big as they used to be.

Researchers, in a study published in the journal, Fish and Fisheries, discovered chinook – the biggest and most prized species of salmon in North America – are smaller and younger nowadays.

The big chinook have decreased both in numbers and in size — as much as 10 percent in length, and substantially more in weight, according to data.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
March 2, 2018
Issue No. 864
Table of Contents

* Harvest Managers Predict 23 Percent Decline In 2018 Fall Chinook Run, One-Half Of 10-Year Average

* Agreement Guiding Columbia Basin Fisheries Harvests, Hatchery Production For Next 10 Years Approved

* Oregon Could Lease Corps’ McKenzie River Leaburg Hatchery To Raise Willamette Spring Chinook, Trophy Trout

* Largest Chinook Salmon Show Widespread Decline Along West Coast; Selective Removal A Factor

* Bureau Receives 99 Proposals In Competition For Solutions To Stop Spread Of Invasive Mussels

* February Snow, Cold Helps Make Up For January; Basin Water Supply Forecast 111 Percent Of Normal

* Portland Study Shows Urban Watershed Can Support Healthy Population Of Native Fish

* Judge Changes Court Schedule To Allow For Deschutes River Spill Consideration

* USGS Study: Rising Seas Put Pacific Coastal Wetlands At Risk Of Extinction, Some By 2050

* NOAA Fisheries Initiates Endangered Species Act Review Of Upper Klamath, Trinity River Chinook Salmon

* Recruitment Underway For New WDFW Director, Decision Slated For This Summer

Fish & Game News:

Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Personnel from Fish and Game’s Nampa Hatchery will be releasing more than 17,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at the following locations during March.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Brockport, N.Y. Police deal with an unusual suspect: A squirrel

by WHAM Friday, December 29th 2017

It’s a bit hard to tell from this screenshot but, yes, that is a squirrel that’s jumping at a Brockport Police officer (Photo: Brockport Police)

Brockport, N.Y. – The body camera of a Brockport Police officer managed to capture a situation involving a somewhat unusual suspect: A squirrel.

The police department posted the video on Facebook.

According to police, officers were dispatched to a home following a report of a squirrel that had entered a house and was eating cookies.

While the officers were able to safely catch the squirrel and bring it outside, unharmed, the body camera video shows the critter giving police – as the department put it in their social media post – a “warm welcome.”


Tips & Advice:

Are you prepared for a power outage?

Local News 8 Feb 23, 2018

Are you prepared for a power outage?

They happen unexpectedly and while temperatures are dropping, it can be dangerous.

Rocky Mountain Power said to avoid putting you and your family at risk of hypothermia during a power outage, follow these four steps.

1. Conserve the heat you already have in your home. Take towels or blankets and place them at the base of your door. This way you’re not letting a draft into your home.

2. Consolidate by closing doors in unused areas. The heat from your body can raise the temperature in your home by a couple degrees.

3. Keep moving. This will keep you warm and produce even more body heat.

4. Layer your clothing. Don’t forget hats, gloves and scarves will keep you warm.

If it’s a prolonged power outage, then you need to be concerned with how to keep your food safe.

“If you keep your doors closed on your refrigeration unit, it’ll self-contain up to 12 hours,” said Skylar Oswald, manager of Broulims in Ammon. “Anything above 41 degrees is no longer considered refrigerated and is no longer a food-safe item.”

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