April 15, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

April 15, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

First Swallows of Spring

A sharp-eyed neighbor reported 3 or 4 tree swallows on Tuesday April 10th. A good reminder to get our bird houses checked and ready before nesting season.

For folks interested in building nesting houses for tree swallows, the following link from Birds and Blooms has plans and tips for a bluebird house made from a cedar fence board, Tree swallows use the same sized box and hole. Make sure to score the inside of the box all the way to the floor so the babies can climb up to be fed.
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Village Council Meeting

Minutes April 7, 2018 Yellow Pine Village Council

Present: Deb Filler, Chrm.; Joel Fields, Treas.; Kathy Hall, MAL.; Lynnea Imel, VChrm. Absent: Lorrine Munn, Sec.

Yellow Pine residents: Steve Holloway, Margie Fields, Bill McIntosh, Matt Huber

Deb Filler reviewed roadside work done since 2014 when the community created a list of road and roadside locations that needed improvements. The work done last summer (2017) has proven to be effective in controlling run-off water and preventing flooding of roads and private property. All work paid for with Village funds was on public property; some residents participated in the improvements and paid for work on their properties.

Considerable improvements are still needed:

(1) Yellow Pine Ave. between the Community Hall and Imel property the water leaves the roadside ditch area and runs on the road surface. This has resulted in the drivable area of the road is now narrower than originally created. This has restricted vehicle travel, resulting in cars having to stop and allow on-coming traffic to pass through. Equipment will be needed to re-establish the roadside ditches.

(2) Abstein street work was done in the past near McIntosh and Fields properties but work is needed to taper the road to channel water to the roadsides. Also planning and installation of “belted” diversions is needed so water is not allowed to run on the road and to the bridge. Joel emphasized that water on both sides of the wood-decked bridge runs onto the bridge causing damage. Water on the north side of the bridge (Fields & Saleen properties) is flowing on the road from the Fodor’s trailer above Greenway property. Water on the south side of the bridge (front of Bork property) is year-round. This needs investigation for the cause. It was agreed that this area needs work and will cost a considerable amount of money for equipment and materials.

Deb commented that the bridge has been inspected by an engineer representing Valley County and the County has the bridge replacement on a list for replacement. There is no definite year for that work.

Lynn reviewed information Willie Sullivan had presented at a recent meeting with Midas Gold. At that meeting he had suggested that Midas could possibly help with projects around Yellow Pine, such as the roads on each side of the bridge.

Deb commented that the community has spent almost $8,000 since we started concentrating on roadside maintenance. The community now has an aging population that is physically unable to maintain the ditches as previously done. Kathy asked how much money is in the General Fund to pay other expenses such as insurance, electricity, snow removal, dust abatement, so we would know how much is available for ditch maintenance. Joel responded that he feels reserving $3,000 would be wise leaving about $650 for use on ditches/roads.

Kathy suggested that because we do not have money to commence work on expensive roadside projects, the council should pursue ways maintain the ditches already cleared and work on the project list when possible. The designated “Ditch Day” last year had not been effective; the designated “Ditch Day” should be eliminated. The community should make an effort to ask for workers and equipment, using the the money as wisely as possible, to clean silt traps and culverts where residents are unable to do the work to maintain good water flow. Postponing maintenance work will result in past problems returning. The community has been supportive in the past because they have been involved in the planning.

Council members agreed that volunteer maintenance will be emphasized along with an effort to accumulate money to pay for work. This will be presented at the June meeting. We will post notices asking for workers and equipment to commit to help. Joel suggested that we need a person to guide workers how to do some of the work.

Lynn suggested that the County may provide culverts as they have in the past.

Lynn will suggest (at the June meeting) that lighting the flag at the Veterans’ Memorial could be discontinued during the winter months to save money.

Meeting adjourned 3:40

Margie Fields: suggested that the toilet construction fund surplus could be put in the general fund and Y.P. Water Co. could contribute since they’ve had trucks impacting the roads.

Steve Holloway suggested that prices at the Harmonica/Music Festival be increased to raise money for general fund, but the harmonica fund needs $12,000 maintained annually.
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April 14, 2018

Hi All,

We want to update you on Yellow Pine’s ditch and run-off status.


As you may remember, back in 2014 we started the project to control the spring run-off. After several ice years, the situation had become critical. We engaged ditch experts and an engineer. Each of the ditches and eroded areas were reviewed. The experts and engineer made recommendations to solve our run-off issues. A detailed plan was developed, reviewed and approved by the Villagers, and work began that year.

• The largest, and most critical part of the plan was done in 2014 and 2015. Approximately $7000.00 of village funds was spent. The results were everything we hoped for.

• In the fall of 2017 less than $800.00 of village funds was spent. This work eliminated the large “skating rink” at the intersection of Yellow Pine Ave. and School St.; resolved the flooding onto the property between Connie L.’s and Sarge’s place; and completely did away with the swamp behind the Community Hall and the standing water in the basement of the hall.

• Maintenance and “Ditch Day”: The first two years were a big success. In the following years, volunteer help tapered off. It is now to the point that there was zero participation in “Ditch Day” 2017. This is something we must face if we are to maintain the good works for the $8000.00 we spent. Many of us are now at a place in life where strenuous, physical labor is not possible.

Current Issue:

On April 7, 2018, the Village Council met to discuss the work remaining in the 2014 plan, the needed maintenance, and the funding available to meet our needs. It was determined that since the major work needed to resolve erosion and flooding had been completed, and funding is limited, we should focus the funds we have on maintaining what was done. The needed maintenance tasks have been identified and detailed (see page 2) for the areas of work that have been completed.

We need your help:

We would like you to look over the maintenance tasks and come up with ideas on who might have the ability to do some or all of the work; what equipment could be used to complete the work; what knowledge is needed for the tasks to be successful; what criteria would indicate a task could be bypassed in a given year; and how can we raise more funds for the village to keep maintenance work done and finish the 2014 plan.

We would like to you bring your ideas to the June 9, 2018 Village Association meeting or email them to me at fillerd2 @ live.com.

Thanks for your help,
Deb Filler
Chairman Village of Yellow Pine Association

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Tasks to Maintain Non-private Property Run-off Work

Upper Stibnite Road Issue: Clean needle cast from ditch each year before snowfall. Clean silt trap at Stibnite Rd-Profile St intersection. Clean out end of culvert if needed.

Profile Street: cleaning the ditch from the upper culvert to the culvert at Kehne’s driveway. Move material to uphill side of to repair berm and direct run-off. Clean ditch along Profile St. Clean silt traps above and below each culvert. Clean out end of culvert if needed.

Behne Ave: clean ditch along Behne; clean silt traps; clean out end of culvert if needed.

Lower Yellow Pine Ave: Clean ditch along both sides of YP Ave (from YP Ave. Hill to School St); clean silt trap at all culverts (both ends). Clean out end of culvert if needed.

Un-named Alley (alley between YP & Behne from Ellison to Pioneer): Clean ditch; remove silt from ditch at south end. Clean out end of culvert if needed.

Community Hall Ditch: Clean ditch along south side of property.

Abstein Rd: Clean shallow ditch along east side of road; clean silt trap at culvert; clean out end of culvert if needed. Repair any berm damage at the Doe St. intersection to direct run-off into pasture.


Clean Needle Cast – is the act of removing the needles that have fallen from the trees into the ditch.

Clean Culvert – is the act of removing debris and sediment from the pipe extending under and beyond the edges of the roadbed.

Clean Silt Trap – is the act of emptying sediment from a hole above the upper end of a culvert or just below the lower end of a culvert allowing sediment to accumulate outside of the culvert.

Clean Ditch – is the act of removing existing sediment from a ditch allowing for water to be free-flowing.

Repair Berm – is the act of adding soil/rock materials to fill any break that allows water to run where it shouldn’t be running.
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Long Island Iced Tea Party

Saturday, April 21st at 3pm, Filler’s front yard. Join us as we celebrate 10 years in Yellow Pine! Everyone is invited. Snacks are welcome.
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Blow-down Update

The Cascade Ranger District (BNF) is responsible for burning the slash piles from the blow-down cleanup. Last word is they will be burning either this spring or late fall. Will update when more info becomes available.
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Yellow Pine Tavern

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

The Corner is open for Breakfast and Dinner with prior arrangements. Typically breakfast is served between 5 and 6 am with dinner between 6 and 7 pm. The Corner Store is open as well, just call for grocery needs, fresh produce, eggs, meat etc.
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Be Predator Aware

Bears are coming out of hibernation. No recent reports of coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bobcats or cougars hanging around. The elk are close to homes, so wolves might be around. Please don’t leave pet food and garbage outdoors.
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2018 H-Fest

Next Festival Meeting April 19th 1pm at the Community Hall.

Next meeting will be May 17th.

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:

Fire Safety Tips for Winter/Spring

Keep your chimney clean to prevent flue fires, YPFD chimney brushes are available for local use, check with Cecil to borrow them. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide 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 and fire siren testing will resume in the spring.
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VYPA News:

Next meeting June 2018
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Local Propane Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
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Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430

Our local birds love black oil sunflower seeds. Diamond has 40 pound bags of sunflower seeds for $22.59 (plus tax) and Arnold’s charges 5 cents a pound to haul it to Yellow Pine.
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Local Observations:

Monday (Apr 9) Low flying large airplane at 232am. Overnight low of 28 degrees, skiff of new snow on the ground this morning, mostly clear sky and light chilly breezes. Lots of birds this morning, clarks nutcrackers, steller jays, robins, red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees, juncos and a red-shafted flicker. Warm sunshine and light breezes mid day, increasing clouds, high of 55 degrees. First Colombian ground squirrel sighting. Cow elk wearing a collar wandered down our street just before dark.

Tuesday (Apr 10) overnight low of 29 degrees, overcast and sprinkles of rain this morning. First Tree Swallow sighting! Robins chirping and flicker calling, jays and nutcrackers sounding off. Red-breasted nuthatches visiting, colombian ground squirrel nosing around. First chipmunk sighting early afternoon, flicker still calling. Cloudy afternoon, a few drops of rain around 330pm, high of 58 degrees. Female hairy woodpecker visited. Lots of robins chirping at dusk. Sprinkles of rain turned to showers, then hard rain after midnight, then snow in the middle of the night.

Wednesday (Apr 11) snowed about an inch during the night, overnight low of 32 degrees, partly cloudy this morning and melting. Lots of robins calling this morning. Cloudy by early afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Male downy woodpecker and several red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Later a female hairy woodpecker stopped by. Evening sprinkles of rain. Leaves are coming out on gooseberry bushes, buds on lilacs slightly swelled and turning pink.

Thursday (Apr 12) snowed over an inch after 8am, low clouds – socked in to the valley floor, steady snow and light breezes this morning. Lots of juncos flitting around in the snow on the ground, lots of red-breasted nuthatches and one white-breasted visiting. Didn’t hear any robins, but the local pine squirrel is busy. Still snowing lightly at lunch time. Male downy woodpecker visiting, later a female hairy woodpecker. Flaking snow most of the day, but melting, plus this morning’s snow also melted, high of 38 degrees. Finally quit snowing and breaks in the clouds around sunset. Snowed a skiff during the night.

Friday (Apr 13) skiff of snow from last night melting in the sun this morning and mostly clear, overnight low of 26 degrees. Lots of birds! Swallows swooping, a eurasian collared dove, a couple of stellar jays, a red-shafted flicker, lots of dark-eyed juncos, several red-breasted nuthatches and a white-breasted, a clarks nutcracker and perhaps a female cassins finch. Clouds moving in after lunch time, partly clear and rather breezy. A female hairy woodpecker visited, heard a flicker calling from the woods. Overcast by late afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Elk out on the golf course early in the evening, then they wandered up into the neighborhood, going in and out of yards. There were several cows and and quite a few yearlings, the old skinny one with the collar was with them. Robins chirping just at dark.

Saturday (Apr 14) overnight low of 32 degrees, skiff of snow, then light rain this morning, low overcast and ridges socked in. A few robins chirping, a jay calling, red-breasted nuthatches and dark-eyed juncos visiting, possible olive-sided flycatcher? After lunch a jay and 2 collared doves visited. Cloudy afternoon, not a lot of sun getting through the clouds, light breezes, high of 53 degrees. Juncos, nuthatches and a chickadee were afternoon visitors, heard a flicker calling. Quiet afternoon and evening, and cloudy.

Sunday (Apr 15) overnight low of 33 degrees, rain showers on and off after 7am. Nearly all of the old snow is gone except where it piled up sliding off north facing roofs. Heard a pine siskin this morning and the local pine squirrel was calling from over by the school. A few red-breasted nuthatches visiting, not a lot of birds this morning. Thinner clouds after lunch time and filtered sun. Early afternoon a female hairy woodpecker and 2 colombian ground squirrels visited, robin chirping off in the distance, and flicker calling. Warm cloudy afternoon, high of 59 degrees. Drops of rain on and off after sundown. Elk “migrating” through the neighborhood just before dark and a couple of robins calling.


Nancee Riggs of Riggins, Idaho passed away last Thursday, they had a memorial for her yesterday afternoon in Riggins.

Idaho News:

Valley County Gun Club plans shooting range near Horsethief Reservoir

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 12, 2018

Valley County might be the last county in Idaho without a gun range, but that is about to change.

The Valley County Gun Club plans to build a shooting range near Horsethief Reservoir off of Warm Lake Road.

The facility would sit on 44 acres leased from the Idaho Department of Lands and include a trap shooting range, rifle ranges, a dedicated .22 caliber range and a tactical range, club President Dale Allen said.

The facility is located about a mile away from the nearest dwelling, Allen said. The Valley County Gun Club was founded last summer 2017 and has grown to 105 members.

Valley County sheriff’s deputies, McCall Police and Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers are planning to use the facility for training, he said.

Construction is expected to begin this summer with completion in August.

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Workshop on wildland fires to be held April 24 in McCall

The Star-News April 12, 2018

Valley County will host a two-day interactive workshop focusing on how to address wildland fire issues beginning Tuesday, April 24, at 8 a.m. at the Quaker Hill Camp and Conference Center in McCall.

The Valley County Fire Working Group Cooperative’s “Living with Fire in Valley County” course will include presentations and learning exercises. A field trip will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at 9 a.m.

Cost is free, but registration is required. Lunch and snacks will be provided both days. For more information or to register, visit https://tinyurl.com/ybfcbs4z.

The Quaker Hill Conference Center is located at 1440 Warren Wagon Road.

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McCall fire district chief to leave in June

No reason given for Mark Billmire’s departure

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 12, 2018

McCall Rural Fire District Chief Mark Billmire has been relieved of his duties and will leave the fire district when his current contract expires in June.

Billmire, 62, who has been fire chief since 2012, was informed of the action by fire district commissioners on March 20.

Last week, the commissioners passed a resolution not to renew his three-year contract when it expires on June 17.

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Eight Idahoans become ill with E. coli after eating contaminated romaine lettuce

by KBOI News Staff Friday, April 13th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Eight Idahoans have become sick with E. coli infections after they ate contaminated romaine lettuce linked in a national outbreak.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says all eight of the Idahoans reported eating romaine lettuce in the 10 days prior to becoming ill.

Three of those people were hospitalized and two have developed kidney failure.

The state says the romaine lettuce came from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region. No grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified.

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Idaho Power customers could see bill decrease

Residential customers could start seeing savings on their bill by June 1.

KTVB April 13, 2018

Boise – Your power bill could soon be going down.

In its annual power cost adjustment, Idaho Power proposed a little more than a $1 decrease per month for residential households.

In total, that’s a $22 million decrease for all Idaho Power customers.

Idaho Power says the decrease is thanks to power supply costs being lower than anticipated last year.

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Gun show ban lifted at Expo Idaho by county officials

4/13/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Officials will allow gun shows again at the Boise-area fairgrounds after a ban was imposed following two accidental shootings.

Ada County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a new set of rules allowing the gun shows to return to Expo Idaho and aiming to make the events safer, the Idaho Statesman reported .

The commission banned the events in January 2016 after four people were injured in separate shootings in 2013 and 2015.

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Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

by Keith Ridler Associated Press Thursday, April 12th 2018

Boise, Idaho (AP) – A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state.

The U.S. Department of Energy said the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, one of the nation’s top federal nuclear research labs.

The rupture triggered a fire alarm, and three Idaho National Laboratory firefighters extinguished the smoldering barrel and pulled it away from a dozen other barrels nearby.

When the firefighters left the building, emergency workers detected a small amount of radioactive material on their skin, said department spokeswoman Danielle Miller.


Scam Alert:

Jury duty scam targets Treasure Valley residents

by KBOI News Staff Monday, April 9th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Residents in the Treasure Valley have been targeted with demands for bond money to avoid arrest on fictitious warrants in recent months.

The scam is known as the “Jury Duty Scam.” The scammers impersonate officers of the court or law enforcement telling targets that jury duty was missed and they have a warrant for their arrest and must pay bond to avoid it.

Targets are told that the bond can be paid by purchasing pre-paid money by providing a credit card number to the scam artist. Payments range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.


Mining News:

East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River is Endangered

Midas Gold has a Plan to Restore it

Midas Gold April 9, 2018

Donnelly, ID –The East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River is in desperate need of repair and it is about to be named one of the most endangered rivers in the country by an environmental group. The river has been impacted for more than a century and the water quality and fish habitat in its headwaters are degraded. Midas Gold, a modern, Idaho-based mining company, has a plan to restore the river’s ecosystem and fix these long-standing issues as part of the proposed Stibnite Gold Project.

The East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River suffers from elevated metal levels, salmon have been blocked from their native spawning grounds by an abandoned mine pit and hundreds of tons of sediment wash into the river each year, impacting water quality and fish habitat. These problems were caused by more than a century of mining-related activity, most of which took place before environmental regulations existed. Mother Nature has compounded the problem by numerous forest fires.

“We have already developed the right plan and our team is in place to fix the problems left behind by historical mining operations,” said Laurel Sayer, CEO of Midas Gold Idaho. “The Stibnite Gold Project has been designed from the outset to use mining as a tool for restoration. Our plan will allow us to repair and enhance more than 12 miles of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River and tributaries leading into it and get salmon and trout back to its headwaters for the first time in more than 80 years.”

Federal agencies used taxpayer dollars, alongside private funding, for limited clean-up of some of the issues in the area over 20 years ago. However, many significant issues still remain. Full restoration of the site is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars and, through its plan, Midas Gold is prepared to make that investment.

Under Midas Gold’s Plan of Restoration and Operations, salmon will be reconnected to their native spawning grounds for the first time in 80 years. Currently, fish are blocked from swimming upstream by the steep walls of an abandoned mining pit that cuts across the river. Midas Gold proposes to reconnect salmon to their spawning grounds before mining even begins. At first, fish will be reconnected through a temporary 0.8-mile tunnel. Using proven science, the fifteen-foot-wide passage is designed with smart lighting to mimic night and day and a flow pattern that gives fish resting pools. Midas Gold will then rebuild the channel of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River by backfilling the Yellow Pine Pit, beginning in year seven of operations, and reconstructing the natural flow of the river, providing permanent fish passage to the headwaters and spawning beds.

Another important site restoration effort is planned by Midas Gold before it begins mining. Hundreds of tons of sediment enter the river each year from Blowout Creek, where an earthen dam failed in the 1960s. Elevated sediment levels can clog fish gills, make it hard for them to see their food and reduce their ability to fight diseases. Excessive sediment also chokes off the oxygen supply to the gravel beds, reducing productivity of the salmon spawning habitat. Midas Gold will address the river sedimentation problem by initially installing a rock drain at the site of the failed dam and rebuild the stream channel to prevent excessive sediment from entering the river, while raising the water level in the wetlands above to restore full functional value.

Currently, one of the tributaries to the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River passes by 10.5 million tons of spent ore and tailings left behind by past miners. These tailings have the potential to elevate concentrations of metals that can leach out and make their way into the river or groundwater. During the first years of operations, Midas Gold will reprocess and store the historic tailings in an engineered and state-of-the-art lined facility in order to prevent metals leaching from these rocks and reuse the spent ore for construction purposes.

Every element of Midas Gold’s Plan of Restorations and Operations was designed to address the threats facing the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, restore the river’s ecosystem and make sure it recovers in the future.

“The river is facing many threats, however, the biggest threat to the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River is inaction,” said Sayer. “Doing nothing will continue to let fish habitat and water quality deteriorate and keep salmon blocked from their native spawning grounds. At Midas Gold, we’ve already developed a comprehensive plan to finally restore the river’s ecosystem and do much of that during the very early years of the project. As Idahoans, we are acutely aware of why restoring the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River is more critical than ever.”

To learn more about the problems facing the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River and Midas Gold’s plan to fix them, please visit

The Stibnite Gold Project is currently being permitted and reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act. Midas Gold must obtain more than 50 permits from state and federal agencies and the company must set aside all of the funds needed for restoration before their project is allowed to move forward. Currently, the Stibnite Gold Project is under review by the U.S. Forest Service and a draft environmental impact statement is expected to be available for public comment in late 2018.



Public Lands:

Payette forest to set controlled burns to reduce wildfire risk

The Payette National Forest will be setting controlled fires this spring to help prevent outbreaks of uncontrolled fires in the future.

The burns could be set anytime from now to early June, depending on the weather, a news release said.

The controlled fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, the release said.

Here is a listing of proposed controlled burns. All acreages cited are approximate.

Council Ranger District

• 10,000 acres in Mill Creek, two miles east of Council-from Fort Hall Ridge southward to Cottonwood Creek.

• 400 acres in the Cuprum Fuels reduction project 30 miles northwest of Council.

• 800 acres on the Weiser river eight miles north of Council and one mile south of Evergreen Forest on the east side of U.S. 95.

New Meadows Ranger District

• 1,600 acres in the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek project area six miles northwest of Lost Valley Reservoir.

• 500 acres in the Rapid River project area 17 miles northwest of New Meadows.

• 300 acres in the Meadows Slope project area four miles northwest of McCall.

McCall Ranger District

• 200 acres in the Bear Basin area three miles northwest of McCall.

Krassel Ranger District

• 2,000 acres within the Bald Hill project area north of Yellow Pine.

• 2,200 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch about 18 miles east of McCall.

Trail heads and roads that lead into the areas to be burned will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations. Fire personnel will work to keep the amount of smoke to a minimum.

Residual smoke may be visible for up to two weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke from the fires should be gone within two days.

Contacts are Dustin Doane (McCall and New Meadows, 208-347-0336), Justin Pappani (Krassel, 208-634-0623) and Dave LaChapelle (Council and Weiser, 2087-549-4228).

Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5709/ for updates.

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Volunteer Station Assistant Sought for Big Creek Work Station For Summer 2018

Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945
April 9, 2018

McCall, Idaho – The Payette National Forest/Krassel Ranger District is seeking a volunteer station assistant to staff the Big Creek work station for the summer of 2018. The volunteer will be responsible for visitor contacts, road patrols, shuttling work crews, taking radio check-ins, station upkeep, airstrip monitoring, irrigation and pasture rotation for livestock. The station sits adjacent to the Big Creek airstrip that is a popular airstrip for backcountry aviation.

“This is a unique opportunity for a person or married couple to experience the back county of Idaho while providing a valued service to Forest visitors and to the Forest Service,” said Patrick Brown, Krassel Ranger District Wilderness Management Assistant. Housing will be provided in a one- bedroom apartment with propane appliances and wood heat. Electrical, telephone and internet services are not available at the station. Groceries and US Mail are brought in once a week by a backcountry air charter service.

The volunteer assignment begins in early June and runs through the end of September. The volunteer works 5 days per week and receives a $28 per day stipend to assist in paying for food and personal supplies. The Big Creek work station is located 80 mile east of McCall and serves as the gateway to the 2.3 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area. Access to the station is by rough dirt road that is generally open in late June. The volunteer will be flown into the station in early June as necessary pending the condition of the road.

If interested, please send resume to Patrick Brown, pjbrown@fs.fed.us
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BLM using cattle to decrease wildfire risk

The BLM is experimenting with cattle grazing to provide fire fuel breaks.

Dean Johnson April 13, 2018 KTVB

Boise – Ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management are teaming up to help prevent another catastrophic fire on the Owyhee Front like the Soda Fire in the summer of 2015. It’s well known the two sides have not always seen eye-to-eye when it comes to grazing on public lands, but this new effort could prove to be beneficial for all.

The Targeted Grazing Project is a three- to five-year experiment taking place in the Soda Fire Burn Scar on the Owyhee Front to see if cattle grazing can be used to provide fuel breaks for firefighters.

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USDA Intermountain Region Newsletter

Volume 2 Issue 7 April 11, 2018

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Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

AP Apr 12, 2018

Washington (AP) – The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

A plan announced Thursday would boost fees at 17 popular parks by $5, up from the current $30 but far below the figure Interior proposed last fall.

The plan by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke drew widespread opposition from lawmakers and governors of both parties, who said the higher fees could exclude many Americans from enjoying national parks. The agency received more than 109,000 comments on the plan, most of them opposed.

The fee increases apply to Yellowstone, Zion, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton parks, among others.

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Yellowstone superintendent has questions about fee proposal

4/11/18 AP

Cody, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says he’s looking forward to learning more about Wyoming’s initiative to collect a fee at Yellowstone to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park.

Wenk tells the Powell Tribune he has many questions about the resolution and he’s concerned about adding to the overall cost park visitors must pay.

The Wyoming Legislature this year approved a resolution that seeks an agreement with U.S. Interior Department and National Park Service on collecting a fee at Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Proponents say the idea is to generate money for Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to deal with issues like wildlife collisions, disease and migration routes.

The Wyoming resolution doesn’t specify how the fee would be assessed or what the amount would be.



Patrick McManus

Born: August 25, 1933, Sandpoint, ID
Died: April 11, 2018, Spokane, WA
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An Evening with Patrick McManus

Outdoor Idaho

We interview the acclaimed outdoor humorist who lived near Sandpoint, Idaho, where he got most of his material; and we also feature the one-man play created by McManus and actor Tim Behrens, as they bring to life some of McManus’ favorite outdoor stories.


Critter News:

Pet Talk – Mammary tumors in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Apr 13, 2018 – IME

Mammary gland tumors, or breast tumors, can be malignant or benign, and usually occur in older female dogs. In fact, they are the most common tumors found in female dogs. They are usually found in unsprayed dogs, or dogs spayed later in their lives. The risk of developing mammary tumors is directly related to the number of heat cycles the dog has experienced. If the dog is spayed before its first heat cycle, the risk is almost zero. If your female pet goes two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26 percent.

Dogs have 10 mammary glands. The glands closest to the rear legs are most commonly affected. Tumors are firm and often irregular to the touch. They are rarely painful. They can be single or multiple in number.

If your vet finds a lump on your dog’s mammary tissue, a fine needle aspirate will be recommended. Cells of the tumor will be sent to a pathologist to see if they are malignant or benign. Similar aspirations of nearby lymph nodes may help determine if metastasis has occurred. If the fine needle aspirates are inconclusive, a surgical biopsy to remove the mass will be recommended. This is commonly called a “lumpectomy” and recommended when only one small well-defined tumor is present. A partial mastectomy (removal of one to three glands), or chain mastectomy, is done when multiple glands are affected on one side.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of April, 2018
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Several wolves attacking cattle in eastern Oregon

by KBOI News Staff Monday, April 9th 2018

(Baker County Sheriff Facebook)

Oxbow, Ore., (KBOI) — Several calves have died and others are missing after they were reportedly attacked by wolves in eastern Oregon.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called out to Highway 86 near Four Mile Canyon on Friday and were told that witnesses spotted wolves harassing cattle earlier in the day.

The owner of the cattle found a deceased calf and two critically injured. On Saturday, another cow and calf were found injured.

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Oregon rancher approved to kill 2 wolves; advocates alarmed

4/10/18 AP

Baker City, Ore. — Oregon wildlife officials will allow a cattle rancher in remote northeastern Oregon to kill any two wolves — including a pregnant one — from a new pack that’s been attacking calves.

The wolves in the new pack, dubbed the Pine Creek Pack, killed three calves and injured four more over a two-day period, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday. The pack roams along the Idaho state line and has eight members, including a breeding male and female and five yearlings.

The female is believed to be pregnant and could give birth in as little as a week, the agency said.

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Wolves continue comeback in Oregon after eradication

By Gillian Flaccus – 4/12/18 AP

Portland, Ore. — Biologists in Oregon counted 124 wolves in their annual tally, an 11 percent increase over last year’s numbers, and hailed the results Thursday as evidence that wolves are regaining their foothold in the state after being wiped out by bounty hunters more than 70 years ago.

Wolf advocates, however, blasted the report by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and said the report exaggerates the success of wolf recovery at a critical juncture when state officials are considering how to manage the species going forward.

They also criticized the agency for allowing ranchers to kill wolves to prevent attacks on livestock, including a kill order that was issued this week for up to any two wolves from a new pack that includes a heavily pregnant female.

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Wyoming counts at least 347 wolves in the state

4/11/18 AP

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Wyoming is estimated to have at least 347 wolves roaming within its borders after the state regained management of the animals and allowed limited hunting of wolves, according to an annual report by state wildlife managers.

The number of wolves counted by state game managers at the end of 2017 is down from about 380 estimated the year before.

State Game and Fish Department officials say the wolf population level continues to be healthy and exceeds all criteria established to show that the species is recovered.

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2 Mexican wolves found dead in New Mexico

4/13/18 AP

Albuquerque, N.M. — Federal wildlife managers say two endangered Mexican gray wolves have died, bringing the total of dead in the last few months to four.

The animals were found dead in New Mexico in March. Authorities did not release any details about the circumstances or where the wolves were found but confirmed their deaths are under investigation.

The deaths come after two of the animals were discovered dead in Arizona in February. They were the first to be reported this year.

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Idaho to hold public meetings on possible grizzly bear hunt

By Keith Ridler – 4/11/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho officials have scheduled two public meetings as part of a process to potentially open a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is gathering comments to draft regulations that the Fish and Game Commission will consider in May.

The first meeting is set for Tuesday at the College of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls, and the second on April 19 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise.

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Wyoming mule deer migrates almost 250 miles

By Christine Peterson – 4/10/18 AP

Casper, Wyo. — The longest recorded migratory mule deer herd in the world travels about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the Red Desert in southwest Wyoming to a place called the Hoback.

Discovered in 2012, the route garnered national attention and inspired countless discussions about its protection. It was an example of something infinitely impressive: the longest mule deer migration trekking unnoticed in Wyoming’s backyard.

Longest until now, anyway.

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Officials say lightning likely killed more than 100 geese

4/11/18 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — A lightning storm likely killed more than 100 geese in Idaho Falls, wildlife officials said.

About 50 geese were found dead in a parking lot and another 60 were found dead on the roof of a nearby warehouse, KIFI-TV reported .

The dead birds include snow geese and Ross’s Geese.

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Howdy’s Fishing Derby to be held April 28-29

The Star-News April 12, 2018

Anglers of all ages can throw in their poles in search of the big one during the 24th annual Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, on Lake Cascade.

There will be $900 in cash prizes and lots of giveaways. The final weigh-in will be Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m.

Registration is free for ages 13 years and under. Cost is $8 for adults. For more information, call 208-382-6712 or visit Howdy’s in Cascade or Old Town Market in McCall.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
April 13, 2018
Issue No. 868
Table of Contents

* Ocean Salmon Fishing Season Off Northwest Coast To Reflect Low Chinook, Coho Returns

* Low Bonneville Dam Passage For Spring Chinook Results In One More Fishing Day In Lower Columbia, Upriver Concerns Expressed

* North Pacific Reaching Carrying Capacity For Salmon? Study Says High Numbers Of Pinks, Chum May Be Hurting Chinook

* Study Details Challenges For Northwest Salmon, Trout As Region’s Rivers Face Warming Temperatures

* Court Ordered Spring Spill For Fish Begins On Four Lower Columbia River Dams

* Above Normal Precipitation, Lower Temperatures Has Water Supply Forecasts Far Above Normal For Much Of Basin

* House Natural Resources Committee Passes Bill Requiring Congressional Authorization For Certain Changes At Columbia/Snake Dams

* Oregon Report Says State Now Has More Than 124 Wolves, 12 Packs Documented

* Research: Extreme Climate Variability In West May Be Destabilizing West Coast Marine, Freshwater Ecosystems

* Deschutes River Alliance Counters Motions To Dismiss Clean Water Case

* Where And Why Does Restoration Happen? California Study Looks At Sociopolitical Influences

Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game explains why surveying is important

By Katie Keleher Apr 11, 2018 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Fish and Game took the time to give people a behind the scenes look at what they do each day. Some of the areas they focused on included surveying fisheries and big game species.

“A lot of what we do is we do things aerially out of helicopters or we do things on snowmobiles,” said Jim White, regional supervisor for Idaho Fish and Game.

They use a variety of methods and tools when sampling different populations, including electrofishing and shooting nets out of helicopters. Fish and Game says it’s important to keep track of these species.

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The many ways deer can get into trouble

By Vicky Osborn, Television/Radio Specialist
Thursday, April 12, 2018

When it happens, most people say, “I can’t believe our fence did that.” Yet, items around our homes we don’t see as dangerous – fences, loose wire and bailing string – can harm deer and other wildlife.

Idaho Fish and Game officers recently responded to a yearling deer whose head and rear leg were caught in a loose piece of hog panel.

The wire hog panel prevented the deer from eating and scraped the hair off its neck. The officers who released the deer believe it will recover from this injury and learn to live with it, like many other deer injured in urban settings.

Idaho Fish and Game receives hundreds of calls every year from concerned citizens who report similar situations. The most common problems involve loose wire, unkempt fences and wrought ironed fence spires. Some deer, like this next one from Salmon, are lucky to be found and released.

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F&G News Releases


Fun Critter Stuff:

Tiger reported on NY streets found to be other animal

by The Associated Press Thursday, April 12th 2018

New York (AP) — A false report of a tiger in the streets of New York has caused a social media frenzy.

WNBC says the New York Police Department got a call around 8:30 a.m. Thursday about a tiger in Harlem.

People on Twitter described a notification from the Citizen app that said police were responding to unconfirmed reports of a loose tiger running around the street.

Shortly thereafter, police confirmed that there was indeed a wild-animal sighting.

It was a raccoon.


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