Monthly Archives: May 2018

Road Report May 30

Note: Spring road conditions can change quickly. Be prepared for rocks and trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: Rain showers on and off have kept local streets from becoming dusty, watch for pot holes. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv?13313000

Warm Lake Highway: (May 30) mail truck driver (Robert) reported clear pavement over the summit.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (May 30) Mail truck driver came in the South Fork today, said several trees had blown down across the road during the storm last night but had been cut out by the time he came thru.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: (May 30) mail truck driver reported the EFSF road is still in good shape, county graded it 2 weeks ago.

Johnson Creek Road: Open but very rough and a narrow path cut through the downed trees, lots of pot holes. (Mail truck came in Johnson Creek Tuesday, and said he would not go that route again until it is graded.)
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/

Lick Creek: No current report. Summit may still be closed to full sized vehicles. Open between Yellow Pine and Zena Creek Ranch.
Update from FS: (May 24) Lick Creek Summit (McCall to Yellow Pine) – Valley County will look at the summit for potential opening the week of June 4.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles.
Trail Report: last report from (May 10, 2018) video link:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. Friday (May 11) report that it’s rough in some places, some wash boards starting, and still fairly smooth in other places.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: (May 29) Not advised to go beyond Stibnite, snow line is below the Fern Cabin.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.
(May 21) Warren Wagon Road is open to Secesh and Warren.
(May 23) Secesh Summit (McCall to Warren). Valley County plowed the road open this week.
(May 23) Warren Summit (Warren to the South Fork of the Salmon River) is open with caution as Valley County has not surveyed the roadway for damage yet – travelers may run into road issues.

Deadwood Summit: Report (May 19) from Deadwood Outfitters: Road open to Deadwood over Fir Creek.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′
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May 27, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

May 27, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 10 Burn Permits required
May 15 Firewood Season Starts – permits at The Corner
May 20 Noxious Weed Program deadline – could be extended
June 5 at 2pm Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) class
June 9 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Commissioner Meeting
June 9 at 2pm Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
June 20 Yellow Pine Vet Clinic call 208-382-4590 for appointment
June 30 Golf Tournament
July 4 Parade 2pm and Fireworks at dusk
July 7 Community Hall Yard Sale 9am to Noon
July 14 at 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
July 19 Noxious Weed Day
August 3, 4, 5 Music and Harmonica Festival
August 11 at 2pm Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
September 8 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Budget Hearing
September 8 at 2pm Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting

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Village News:

RIP Skip Gould May 25, 2018
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Dust Abatement Sign-up

It’s time to think dust abatement again. Word from North American Dust Control is that they will be in YP sometime in June. Please let me know if you are interested in having dust abatement done. fillerd2 @ live.com or 633-6945. – Deb F.
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Fuel Delivery

We will be delivering fuel within the next 2 weeks. We are wanting everyone to get filled so that we don’t have to go back in June. Have everyone call to place their fuel order and get on the schedule. Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430
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Free Noxious Weed Program

Meeting with Valley County Weed Control Dept May 17, 2018

Steve Anderson our Valley County weed guy was scheduled to meet over coffee with whoever was available to talk about the weed control program and how it relates to Yellow Pine. Present were Lorinne Munn, Ann Forster and Jeff Forster.

Steve related they would bring up a team along with the chemicals and apparatus to mix the product which is Milestone a specialty herbicide. All that is needed is a place to convene and a water source to mix the chemical. Jeff offered the fire department grounds as a meeting place and water source.

A good time to meet would be a weekday such as Thursday where they could drop off the chemicals and apparatus and return on Monday to pick up the equipment. Mid June or early July would be the best time in terms of the weeds actually appearing. It was mentioned maybe June 14 or July 12 we need to work around special events on June 23 and June 30. Steve said he would check his calendar and get back to us on a specific date. We suggested making a presentation of the program at our June 9th Association Meeting. I will put it on the agenda.

Steve mentioned the program is the Landowner’s Assistance Cost share Program. The chemicals are provided for by the Department of Agriculture the product is $300.00 per gallon. The Cost share part is provided by the landowner by providing the labor to apply the product. Steve’s group will actually help the elderly or disabled by applying it for them. The other landowners must apply or have folks representing them apply the product to their land. Jeff said he would be the point man Identifying areas that need treatment as he bikes through the area a lot. Sherry Gordon has also identified areas that need attention. Sign up sheets are being distributed to those folks interested in taking advantage of this program. You must sign up to get treatment. As it turns out a bunch of us ladies have vowed to become a spraying team and I’m sure many guys will also step up.

Please contact Kathy Hall 208 633-6270 for forms and information dealing with the program here in Yellow Pine.

Steve hopes this will become a yearly project hoping to have Bethany and the Forest Service involved next year. He hopes to include outlying areas on board such as Johnson Creek, who have already been involved in the past and the Eiguren Ranch.

In response to inquiries about toxicity to animals Steve says as soon as it dries there is no concern. The only issue is not to use any animal waste for fertilizer in your garden from any animal that may have consumed any of the treated plants as it may kill your garden plants.

Submitted by Lorinne N. Munn
Secretary of the Village of Yellow Pine Association

link to form:

Steve Anderson from Valley County Weed Control
Office (208)382-7199
e-mail: SAnderson @ co.valley.id.us

Update May 24th

July 19 Noxious Weed Day

Steve has scheduled his visit to Yellow Pine for Thursday July 19th. The staging area will be the Fire Department. He will bring up the Chemicals and spray equipment. Backpack sprayers, pump up sprayers, ATV tanks and he needs to know how many of these we need. He will leave everything there for the weekend and pick it all up Monday. Please call Kathy Hall 208 633-6270 for forms and information.
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Memorial Weekend

Yellow Pine Escapade ATV-UTV Rally

A great time was had on Saturday by all 29 participants of the May 2018, Yellow Pine Escapade ATV-UTV Rally. The winning “hands” were:

1st place – tie – LaVesta Harnden and Ace Jones (both had 5 black + 1 yellow, green, or blue); they split $80

2nd place – Grant Cardoza (only red or black with no wild cards); received $20

Huge thanks to all our volunteers, participants, and watchers.

See you next time!

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Photo of Yellow Pine

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(click image for larger size)
Taken during the May 2018 Bald Hill Rx Fire. Courtesy Payette NF.
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Rubber Boa on the South Fork Road

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Jeff helped this rubber boa across the road on the South Fork [May 22nd].

The rubber boa (Charina bottae) is a species of snake in the family Boidae. The species is native to the Western United States and British Columbia, Canada.

The family Boidae consists of the nonvenomous snakes commonly called boas and consists of 43 species. The genus Charina consists of two species, both of which are found in North America. Charina bottae is sometimes also known as the coastal rubber boa or the northern rubber boa and is not to be confused with the southern rubber boa (Charina umbratica).

… Characteristics of rubber boas behavior also set them apart from other snakes. Rubber boas are considered one of the most docile of the boa species and are often used to help people overcome their fear of snakes. Rubber boas are known to never strike at or bite a human under any circumstances but will release a potent musk from their vent if they feel threatened. They are primarily nocturnal and likely crepuscular (active during dawn and dusk) which partially contributes to how rarely they are encountered. Because of the temperate regions they inhabit rubber boas hibernate during the winter months in underground dens.

more info at Wiki:
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Tick Season

A reminder that it is tick season, and the little critters are very active. Protect your pets too.
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Local Events:

Yellow Pine Vet Clinic June 20

Dr. Keith Ruble from Cascade Vet Clinic will be in Yellow Pine on Wednesday June 20th. You must sign up via the clinic by calling (208) 382-4590 (M-W-F) so they can bring charts and meds.
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4th of July Golf Tournament June 30th

Our 20th annual Yellow Pine Golf Tournament will take place on June 30th 2018. The proceeds will go towards the Yellow Pine Medical Training and Supply Fund. By giving to this annual event, you’ll be supporting the village of Yellow Pine and our growing EMS service.

Thanks to Cascade Fire/EMS Fire Commissioners, Chief Steve Hull and the EMS Director Keri Donica, Yellow Pine is now a Cascade Fire/EMS Paramedic Ambulance Sub-station. This allows us to have equipment available in Yellow Pine to treat and care for patients in the field, not only First Aid but Advanced Life Support. Yellow Pine now has Nationally Registered: 4 EMR’s, 1 RN-EMT, and 1 Paramedic in Yellow Pine.

The cost for the event is $20/person or $50 will give you a sponsorship and pay for 2 players!

As a sponsor, your name will be put on a plaque, or you can provide your own sign for the event. This plaque will be posted on one of our 18 holes during the tournament.

To reserve a place in the tournament please contact Jeff or Ann Forster @ aforsterrn@aol.com or call (208) 633-1010.

You can mail your payments to: P.O. Box 38 Yellow Pine, ID. 83677.

Please make checks payable to “Cascade Fire EMS” attn: YP Golf Tournament.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Jeff Forster – Paramedic & Ann Forster – BS, RN, EMT
Event Coordinators
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Yard Sale – Saturday, July 7 9am-Noon

Garage Sale Date Change

Due to the busy day we will have on June 30, I have decided to more the garage sale to July 7 from 9-noon.

Everyone can bring their items anytime to the community hall. I will have a space marked for the items.

Please remember this is a Donation and Everything Must Work.

If you want your items back if they don’t sell you must pick them up at 12:30 on July 7th.

The proceeds of the Garage Sale will go to the maintenance of the Community Hall.

If you have questions please call Kathy Hall at 208 633 6270 or text to 630 915 1544

Thank you everyone for your support of the Yellow Pine Community Hall
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Local Groups:

VYPA News:

Summer Meeting Schedule:

June 9, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
July 14, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
August 11, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
September 8, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
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YPFD News:

Sunday (May 27) Training Session
link to FB photo gallery:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/yellowpine/permalink/10156429465403844/
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Burn Permits Needed After May 10

A reminder that May 10 is beginning of fire season where burning permits for open burning are required. The free permits show the fire officials who has a planned burn. Seeing smoke can easily raise concerns. When neighbors call in seeing smoke, the fire department can then see if that person has their burn permit or if they need to go and address the source of the unknown smoke.

Contact Fire Chief Jeff at 633-1010 or email j4star1911 @ gmail.com
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Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

The Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) class is a go. June 5th at 2:00 PM. I’ll provide the details of where, when we know what the weather will be like. Class details will follow. This class is open to all who would like to attend.

YP Fire Commissioner Meeting, June 9, 2018 – 10:00 Community Hall

YP Fire Budget Hearing: September 8, 2018 – 10:00 Community Hall

Fire Department Training on Sunday’s at 11:00 all are welcome

Test of the fire siren will resume beginning June 1, at 12:00 noon and go through November

CPR class coming to YP in June; Class details to be announced in the near future. If interested please notify Jeff or Ann.

Special Use Permit for Fire Station and Helispot:

The Boise National Forest has granted a “Special Use Permit” to the Yellow Pine Fire Protection District for the Fire Station lot and the Helispot. The Helispot is a new addition and the Fire Station lot was a renewal. This permit will expire 12/31/2037 (20 years) and will need to be rewed again at that time. Thanks to Jake Strohmeyer, District Ranger and Chris (Kit) Woras, Special Use Permit Administrator of the Boise Forest for spending a lot of time and correspondence to get this permit completed.

Helispot:

The Helispot needs a lot of work and a base needs to be put down before officially being used. I’m currently in discussion with some folks to help with the ground prep and to put the base down. Life Flight and other agencies will need to do an inspection as well before using the helispot.

LifeFlight:

Lifeflight has a new Base Manager. Doug advised me that LifeFlight will come out to YP to do a site visit to look at the Helispot and provide a Landing Zone class for anyone who would like to participate, all are welcome. As soon as I receive a date I’ll pass it along.

Anyone needing a Smoke/CO detector or fire extinguisher please let Jeff, Cecil or Dan know.

Jeff F.

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.
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2018 Festival:

The next planning meeting will be June 22

August 3, 4, 5 Music and Harmonica Festival
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge

Now open for summer (208) 633-3377
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Hours: 9am to 8pm daily

Daily Menu: full Breakfast served also Burgers and Pizza for Afternoon and Evening. Good selection of Beer and Wine.
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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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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

We have a great price on wild bird seed. $19.99 for a 50 lb bag. 12.99 for a 25 lb bag. We also sell suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. Niger Thistle seed $13.25 for 5 lbs.
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Local Observations:

Monday (May 21) overnight low of 47 degrees, damp from last night’s rain and mostly cloudy this morning. Tree swallows flying low or perched on bird houses, finches and jays (and squirrels) at the feeders, buzzed by a fast little hummer. A male black-headed grosbeak and a few evening grosbeaks visiting before lunch. Shots fired at 225pm near the subdivision. A few tiny drops of rain around 3pm, high of 71 degrees. Pine siskins joined the finches at the feeders this afternoon. Flicker is nesting in the bird house we built for them. Warm muggy cloudy evening, robins calling at dusk.

Tuesday (May 22) overnight low of 41 degrees, partly cloudy sky this morning (clouds coming from the south.) Grosbeaks, finches, robins, jays and swallows calling. Dark clouds and thunder early afternoon, rain and some pea sized hail stones, the last strike was really close out in the forest. Temperature dropped quickly from the high of 73 degrees to 55 degrees during the storm. Tree swallows building nests in the bird houses. Flock of brown-headed cowbirds visited. Quiet evening, rain/pine scented air.

Wednesday (May 23) overnight low of 41 degrees, mostly high thin clouds and filtered sun this morning. Swallows taking feathers to the nests (got the nest-cam hooked up.) A few cassins finches, pine siskins, cowbirds and grosbeaks at the feeders. Robins nesting. Ground squirrels running amuck. Not as many finches or hummers around today. Late afternoon rain storm with one big clap of thunder, high of 76 degrees. Breaks in the clouds before sundown, the sun was lighting up the sparkling drops in the trees, ground fog coming up from the river for a short while. One male rufous hummer visiting. Scolded by mama flicker for being near her nest box. Happy robins calling at dusk.

Thursday (May 24) overnight low of 48 degrees, mostly cloudy, warm and muggy this morning. Swallows taking down feathers tossed in the air before they hit the ground. Finches, pine siskins, grosbeaks, jays and robins calling. Idaho Power trucks bringing in a large pole on the west side. Lilacs blooming and smell wonderful. Apple trees in bloom. Woodpecker drumming on the power pole. A couple of hummingbirds. Cowbirds came later in the day. Mama flicker in her fancy bird house keeping a eye on us humans. A few light sprinkles of rain on and off in the afternoon, high of 70 degrees. Mostly cloudy (dark bottoms) and patches of blue sky after sunset. Almost clear sky just before dark, robins calling and swallows flying high.

Friday (May 25) overnight low of 41 degrees, partly cloudy this morning and warming up quickly. Increasing ground and air traffic. Swallows dive bombing for feathers, a few finches, pine siskins and cowbirds at the feeders. Very short afternoon showers (a bit of thunder with one) and one short shower had huge elongated drops of rain with a few hailstones. Swallows went inside the bird houses during the rain/hail. Another noisy thunderstorm with hard rain around 4pm, high of 80 degrees before the storms. Female yellow-headed blackbird visited early evening. she was by herself, no finches around. Swallows flying high after sundown, very dark clouds and our lights flickered once in a while. Female swallow on the nest after dark, sleeping with her head under her wing. More rain before midnight.

Saturday (May 26) overnight low of 44 degrees, mostly clear this morning, a few foggy clouds sitting on the ridges, damp from last night’s rain. A few finches and pine siskins at the feeders (cowbirds came later), swallows flying low. Lots of ground squirrels. Increasing traffic and a few airplanes this morning. The osprey nest on the EFSF is occupied. Dark clouds in the afternoon, high of 71 degrees. Lots of traffic in the afternoon. A little sprinkle and thunder around 8pm. Shots fired at 1024pm near Westside Ave.

Sunday (May 27) overnight low of 48 degrees, partly clear this morning. Airplane traffic over the village. Swallows flying low, cassins finches, pine siskins, female hairy woodpecker, steller jays, evening grosbeaks, brown-headed cowbirds and red-breasted nuthatches at the feeders. Ground squirrels, chipmunks, golden mantels and pine squirrels running about. Shooting to the west started before noon, lasting for over an hour. More shooting to the west started at 2pm, for over half an hour. Mostly clear afternoon, light breezes, high of 75 degrees. Golfers out enjoying the Yellow Pine County Club. Finches and robins singing before sunset.
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Idaho News:

Legion posts to honor veterans at Memorial Day services

The Star-News May 24, 2018

American Legion members from Cascade and McCall will conduct Memorial Day ceremonies at Valley County’s cemeteries and war memorials on Monday.

A three-volley rifle salute and “Taps” will occur at each dedication and will be conducted by member of McCall American Legion Post 119 and Cascade American Legion Post 60:

The day’s schedule includes:

• McCall Cemetery, 9 a.m.
• Finn Cemetery, 9:45 a.m.
• Crown Point Cemetery, 9:45 a.m.
• Margaret Cemetery, 10:15 a.m.
• Spink (Bell) Cemetery, 10:20 a.m.
• Holmes Cemetery, 11 a.m.
• Alpha Cemetery, 11 a.m.
• McCall Veterans Memorial Plaza. Idaho 55 (North Third Street) will be blocked off from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Kelly’s Whitewater Park, noon.
• Cascade American Legion Hall/Valley County Veterans War Memorial, 12:40 p.m.

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Noxious Weed Control

May 21, 2018 McCall City Source

Noxious weeds are non-native invading plants designated “Noxious” by the State of Idaho. Noxious Weeds impair land productivity and value. They outcompete and displace native vegetation because they have no innate controlling agents in their new environment and/or they have growth characteristics that inhibit survival of native vegetation. Unfortunately, McCall is home for several of these unwelcome invading guests.

Noxious Weed Seminar at the McCall Public Library on May 30th starting at 6:00 pm

Visit McCall’s website to read an overview of designated noxious weeds needing control in McCall. There will be a Noxious Weed Seminar at the McCall Public Library on May 30th starting at 6:00 pm. At this seminar you will learn about the noxious weed problem, McCall noxious weed species eradication needs and control method alternatives.

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Cascade School District facing budget problems, job cuts

The district is looking at cuts across the board, from supplies to programs, to staff and teachers.

Morgan Boydston KTVB May 24, 2018

Cascade, Idaho — Rural school districts in Idaho are struggling with funding right now, particularly as their enrollments continue to drop.

On Thursday night, we saw that struggle playing out in Cascade where the district needs to make cuts and is talking about laying people off. No matter how the Cascade School District decides to stop deficit spending, they’ll be cutting from somewhere. But leaders say they’re trying to do it with minimal impact on students.

This rural mountain community is facing some less than ideal circumstances: a struggling tourist-based economy, low-paying service jobs, a tough housing market. Thus, two years ago, there was a mass exodus of students from the school district.

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Community foundation seeks to fund ‘the public good’

Concept sprung from America’s Best Communities contest

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News May 24, 2018

Sherry Maupin has seen what other communities have done to improve themselves, and she hopes to copy that model in the West Central Mountains area.

Maupin is president of the West Central Mountains Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization geared toward “encouraging private giving for the public good,” according to the organization’s mission statement.

The foundation plans to provide grants to local organizations to help them benefit the community, but first it needs money to establish an endowment.

The seeds for the foundation were planted during efforts by local communities to do well in the America’s Best Communities contest that concluded a year ago.

The West Central Mountains application made the cut of eight finalists but did not win one of the top prizes of $3 million, $2 million and $1 million.

Maupin was hoping to use one of those prizes to kick-start the West Central Mountains Community Foundation.

A total of $6,000 was left over from the ABC effort, of which $5,000 was spent to set up the foundation.

Now the foundation must undertake traditional fundraising efforts. Midas Gold Corp. was the first contributor with $5,000.

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Experts predict an “outstanding year” for whitewater enthusiasts

Steve Bertel May 22, 2018 KIVI TV


Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc.

Boise, ID – A lot of snow in the mountains this winter is making for what experts are calling “an outstanding year” for whitewater boating, floating, and jet boat trips in many parts of the state.

In central Idaho, the Salmon River and Middle Fork Salmon River have near-normal snowpack, which will provide near-normal runoff this summer — and excellent family-friendly flows into the summer months.

“The Payette River is going to be fun — like always — even with the slightly-below-normal snow that fell this winter. This is because the Payette Reservoir system is 96% full today,” said USDA water Supply Specialist Ron Abramovich.

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4 people missing after car crashes into Idaho river

5/23/18 AP

Lewiston, Idaho — Officials are searching for four missing people after their vehicle was found in the upper Selway River in northern Idaho backcountry.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the crash was reported early Monday to the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department in Darby, Montana.

Sheriff Doug Giddings said Tuesday that there were originally six occupants inside the vehicle.

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Rescuers recover vehicle from Selway river, no bodies inside

by Associated Press Friday, May 25th 2018

Rescuers have recovered a sport utility vehicle from the upper Selway River in the Idaho backcountry, but Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says none of the four hunters missing since the crash earlier this week were inside.

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Video shows moments leading up to plane crash on I-90 near Montana/Idaho border

A witness said the pilot only had some back pain after he brought down his experimental airplane onto the interstate when the engine quit.

Samantha Kubota, Ryan Simms May 23, 2018

Spokane, Wash. – A plane crashed on Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass on Tuesday afternoon near the Idaho/Montana state line, officials confirmed.

A witness said he watched an experimental airplane glide down onto the highway around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. He also caught it all on video.

“First thing I noticed was a shadow going on top of me on the interstate,” Tim Halbert said. “He was following the freeway the whole time. I thought it was weird.”

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Man convicted of Table Rock fire has only repaid small portion of cost

by Scott Logan Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — A Boise man convicted of starting the devastating 2016 Table Rock fire has only paid about $1,600 — a small portion of the nearly $400,000 he was ordered to pay by a judge.

Taylor Kemp, who was 19 at the time, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of fireworks in connection with the blaze that burned 2,500 acres and destroyed a home. He was ordered to pay a $391,377 restitution.

But court records indicate to date Kemp has only paid some $1,682 of that amount.

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Idaho abandons plans for new governor’s mansion

5/23/18 AP

Nampa, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers are abandoning plans to build a new governor’s mansion and will instead hand the land over to Boise for a park.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports lawmakers on the Governor’s Housing Committee voted Tuesday to give the 15-acre (6-hectare) site in the east Boise foothills to the city for management.

The state received the property near the Military Reserve park from the Bureau of Land Management in 1981. The property’s deed restrictions require that it only be used for a governor’s residence or for a public park.

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Mining News:

Toronto company buys 12.4% of Midas Gold Corp.

$38 million to be used to finish process to get permits

By Tom Grote for The Star-News May 24, 2018

A Toronto company has purchased more than 12 percent of Midas Gold Corp., the Canadian company that wants to open a gold mine in the Stibnite area of Valley County near Yellow Pine.

Barrick Gold Corp. bought 12.4 percent of the Vancouver. B.C., Midas Gold for $38 million, money that Midas Gold said it will use to finance obtaining permits and remaining studies for the Stibnite Gold Project.

Midas Gold said the company will stay independent and will follow through with the project if permits are obtained.

“Like other Midas Gold investors, Barrick has invested equity but decisions regarding the future of the project will continue to be made by Midas Gold staff and board members,” a news release from Midas Gold said.

Barrick was founded in 1983 and has mining operations and projects in 10 countries that employ 11,000 people. More than 75 percent of the company’s gold production comes from Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic, Peru and the United States.

Barrick also has mining operations and projects in Australia, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Zambia. The Stibnite Gold Project is the only project of Midas Gold Corp.

Barrick becomes the second-largest investor in Midas Gold. In 2016, the New York City investment management firm of Paulson & Co. purchased 26 percent Midas Gold for $41.5 million.

In 2013, Teck Resources Limited of Vancouver, B.C., purchased about 4 percent of the company for about $7.6 million.

Teck Resources has operations and projects in Canada, the United States, Chile and Peru that produce copper, zinc, gold, steel-making coal, and energy.

A variety of other firms have holdings that total about 10 percent, according to figures from the company.

“Barrick shares Midas Gold’s vision for the restoration of the site and focus on community engagement,” Midas Gold President & CEO Stephen Quin said.

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Forest Service OKs exploratory drilling for N. Idaho silica

5/26/18 AP

Sandpoint, Idaho — Federal officials have approved exploratory drilling for a silica mine on Green Mountain in northern Idaho.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Saturday that the U.S. Forest Service approved the exploratory plan for Pend Oreille Silica earlier this month.

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Court: more study needed on Yellowstone-area gold mining

AP May 25, 2018

Billings, Mont. (AP) – A gold exploration proposal just north of Yellowstone National Park has suffered a significant setback with a court ruling that says Montana officials understated mining’s potential harm to land, water and wildlife.

State Judge Brenda Gilbert said in a ruling made public Friday that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality should have conducted a more extensive review of the proposal from Lucky Minerals.

The Canadian company received approval last year to begin exploration work in the Emigrant Gulch area of southern Montana’s Paradise Valley.

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FireWise:

What Is a Fire Adapted Community?

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group defines a fire adapted community as “A human community consisting of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively planning and taking action to safely coexist with wildland fire.” More fully, fire adapted communities are knowledgeable, engaged communities where actions of residents and agencies in relation to infrastructure, buildings, landscaping and the surrounding ecosystem lessen the need for extensive protection actions and enable the communities to safely accept fire as part of the surrounding landscape. Because every community is unique, the steps and strategies they take to improve their wildfire resilience will vary from place to place.

The term “fire adapted communities” was codified in the 2005 Quadrennial Fire and Fuel Review, and subsequently became one of the three tenets of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy.

Fire adapted communities is not a program, rather it is a continual process with no defined endpoint. There is no entity that certifies that any given community is fire adapted and there is no checklist. This is because every community’s fire adaptation journey is different, and because of the need for continual re-evaluation and adjustment.

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Fire Prevention

“Embers drift from campfire and ignite a wildfire that incinerates thousands of acres.”

“Man driving on a national forest road ignites tinder-dry grass with hot engine.”

Headlines like these have become far too familiar in Idaho. A growing number of Idaho wildfires have a common, incriminating back story – people caused them. Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide are caused by humans and could have been prevented. In 2015 alone, 58,916 human-caused wildfires burned over 2 million acres of land.

What are wildfires?

Wildfires are any unwanted, unplanned fires that burn in Idaho’s forests and rangelands. They’re a powerful natural force that must be understood, and respected, in order for us to coexist.

In this section you will learn

* about the most common causes of wildfires in Idaho.
* how to burn safely.
* how to apply or renew your burn permits.
* where to check for burning restrictions.
* where to find wildfire incident information.

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Public Lands:

BC-YP Roads Updated Meeting Minutes

May 23, 2018

There were some last minute updates to the April Meeting Minutes. Here is a copy of the minutes along with an attachment of Conway’s Presentation on the Big Creek Ramp Smith Creek Road.

Josie Greenwood
STEAM and Environmental Educator
UI Valley County Extension Office

BC-YP Meeting-April 26, 2018

2018 04-26 BCRAMP SMITH CREEK Collaborative-Presentation
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Memorial Day weekend campground openings planned

Contact: Mike Williamson (208) 373-4105

Boise, Idaho, May 22, 2018 — Boise National Forest visitors headed to the Forest in celebration of Memorial Day can expect cool temperatures with a chance of rain. Temperatures in higher elevations are much cooler and conditions can change very quickly. Please call the District for updates. Many campgrounds and roads in the higher elevations are closed due the remaining snow pack including Deadwood Reservoir, Bull Trout Campground and Trinity Recreation area. Forest managers ask everyone to be extremely careful near waterways. River banks may be unstable and roads are easily damaged in muddy conditions.

District list of anticipated campground openings – weather and conditions permitting.Check the Alerts & Notices site for road and area closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Please call the Districts for further information. All cabins are reservation only.

Visit: https://www.recreation.gov/ for reservations. 1-877-444-6777

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Forest Service seeks public help in identifying illegal motorists

Contact: Michael Williamson
Phone: (208) 373-4105

Boise, Idaho, May 23, 2018 – The Emmett Ranger District is asking for public help in identifying those involved in the destruction of a wet meadow by individuals mud-bogging with motorized vehicles. The incident is believed to have occurred in late April within the Tripod Meadows area, located approximately two miles west of Smiths Ferry.

“Wet meadows like these are critical components to the forest ecosystem and damage like this impacts everything from fish to big game species,” said Emmett District Ranger Richard Newton. “We encourage appropriate motorized recreation on the forest, but users must stay on designated routes for the protection of resources.”

The incident was initially reported by a member of the public who witnessed two jeep-like vehicles in the area, but no other details were provided. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Boise National Forest Patrol Captain Breck Young at (208) 373-4296.

The penalty for violating National Forest Systems land regulations is a misdemeanor and can include up to a $5,000 fine, six months in jail, or both. The Forest Service may seek restitution for the repair of damaged areas, which often times costs thousands of dollars.

Tripod Meadows area before

Tripod Meadows area after

Know before you go

To view maps of designated routes for motor vehicle use, visit:
To view a detailed description of all forest closures visit:
To view the interactive Boise National Forest closure story map visit:
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Payette forest releases new trail maintenance map

The Star-News May 24, 2018

The Payette National Forest has release a web-based map that shows the status of trails maintenance on the forest.

The map will provide forest trail users and visitors real-time information on any of the trails on the Payette, whether they are in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness or on any of the forest’s ranger districts.

Non-motorized trails and motorized trails are represented. Trail designations can be identified by clicking on an individual trail, but users should consult the current Motor Vehicle Use Map available online or at any Payette National Forest Office. The new maintenance map will be updated regularly and users should note that trail conditions and maintenance schedules can change rapidly. To see the map, go to http://bit.ly/PayetteTrails

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Forest Service temporarily closes road for hazard tree removal

Contact: Michael Williamson
Phone: (208) 373-4105

Boise, Idaho, May 23, 2018 – The Lowman Ranger District has temporarily closed National Forest System (NFS) road 545 to all motorized use while roadside hazard tree removal operations take place as a result of the Pioneer Fire. Known as Long Creek Road and located approximately 4 miles north of Lowman, this closure will remain in effect through July 10.

Long Creek Road summer home residents and their guests will be allowed to drive vehicles for the specific purpose of accessing their summer homes.

This closure will start at the junction of NFS road 582 (Clear Creek Road) and proceeds in a northeasterly direction 15.5 miles to the junction with NFS road 515.

All motorists in the Lowman area should use caution since heavy traffic and large trucks will be traveling the area in support of hazard tree removal and logging operations.

Forest visitors are also reminded to be cautious this time of year when weather conditions are unpredictable. Roads may still be snow covered or muddy on much of the forest. Please know before you go and take precautions.

For more information, call the Lowman Ranger District at (208) 259-3361.

For all current closures within the Boise National Forest visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Long Creek Road Closure Map

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USDA Forest Service Bogus Basin Multi-Use Trails Scoping Information is Now Available

May 24, 2018

The Boise National Forest (BNF) is soliciting scoping comments on the Bogus Basin Multi-Use Trails Project. This project proposes to construct multi-use and mountain bike trails in the Showcase Chair and Deer Point Express areas at Bogus Basin Recreational Area (BBRA). Project information is available on the project webpage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54041. All proposed multi-use and mountain bike trails were identified in the 2017 Bogus Basin Master Development Plan and all except for 2.1 miles of multi-use trails are contained within the BBRA Special Use Permit (SUP) area.

Purpose and Need

The purpose and need of this project is to coordinate with BBRA on implementation of Bogus Basin Master Development Plan as outlined in Forest Plan Management Area (MA) 4, Objective 0428. Additionally, this project would address MA 4, Objective 0435 to develop additional summer trails in the heavily used Boise Front (USDA Forest Service 2010).

BBRA’s mission is “to provide accessible, affordable and fun year-round mountain recreation and education.” In accordance with that mission, the proposed mountain bike trails are intended to improve connectivity, provide adequate options for different ability levels, seamlessly integrate with the existing and planned resort operations, and contribute to a comprehensive, high-quality mountain bike trail network at BBRA. Multi-use trails, specifically at ski areas, have continually grown in popularity across the breadth of the outdoor recreation sector. The trail additions would help to meet guest expectations and bolster BBRA’s relevance in the year-round destination market.

Proposed Action

Approximately 12.6 miles of multi-use trails are proposed on NFS lands, designed to accommodate a variety of recreation experiences including hiking, equestrian use, and mountain biking (singletrack, downhill, and “flow” trails). Trails would be lift-served via the Deer Point Express chairlift. Depending on the type of trail being constructed, tread widths could range from 18 to 72 inches, and trail corridors could range from 6 feet to 12 feet wide with ground disturbance. The proposed mountain bike flow trails would be developed in a manner that would have minimal long-term impacts to the environment. In particular, sustainable trail development guidelines would be used to reduce erosion. Trails could include fully machined tread, banked turns, roll overs, and other constructed features to be navigable with minimal pedaling or braking. In total, the proposed multi-use and mountain bike trails would require approximately 22 acres of disturbance on NFS lands.

BBRA would manage and maintain the 12.6 miles of NFS trails under the SUP.
Categorical Exclusion

A Categorical Exclusion (CE) process and Decision Memo (DM) will be utilized to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, proportional to the scale and scope of the proposed action. For a proposed action to be Categorically Excluded from analysis in an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the proposed action must comply with one of the categories noted in the Forest Service Handbook at 1909.15, Chapter 30, and there can be no extraordinary circumstances related to the specific proposed action that would warrant further analysis. The proposed multi-use and mountain bike trails project appears to fit in the category found at 36 CFR 220.6(e)(1) – “Construction and reconstruction of trails.”

How to Comment and Timeframe

Written comments must be submitted via mail service, facsimile, electronic mail, or in person, and comments concerning this action will be most helpful if received by or before June 22, 2018. Written comments must be submitted to: Fantasy Burns, Team Leader, 2180 American Legion Boulevard, Mountain Home, ID 83647, FAX (208) 587-9217. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or MS Word (.docx). Email comments may be submitted to the Mountain Home Ranger District Comment inbox at comments-intermtn-boise-mtn-home@fs.fed.us. Comments may also be submitted electronically at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=54041 .

Persons commenting should include: 1) name, address, telephone number, and organization represented, if any; 2) title of the project of concern (e.g. Bogus Basin Multi-Use Trails Project) ; and 3) specific facts, concerns, or issues, and supporting reasons why they should be considered. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses, will be posted to the Project webpage public comment reading room (https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//ReadingRoom?Project=54041), will be part of the public record for this project, and will be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freed of Information Act. Only those who submit comments or notify the team leader that they would like to remain on the mailing list for this project or subscribe to receive email updates for this project will receive future correspondences on this project.

Thank you for your interest in these ski area management projects. To request further information on this proposed action, please contact Fantasy Burns, Team Leader, at (208) 587-7889 or fburns@fs.fed.us.

Sincerely,
Melissa Yenko
Forest Environmental Coordinator
Boise National Forest
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Reminders to keep public land safe

By Michaela Leung May 24, 2018 Local News 8

Memorial day marks the beginning of camping and outdoor activities, but before you head out the Bureau of Land Management and Central Fire District have a few reminders, and they want to put a stop to a problem that has been going on for way too long.

Last fire season was a busy one for the BLM.

“We had 8 human-caused fires last year in the Menan Butte area. They were from target shooting, fireworks, off-roading, abandoned campfires,” says Kelsey Griffee, Fire Information Officer.

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Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

By Keith Ridler – 5/24/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Officials say they’re losing the battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird.

The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in a 58-page report released this month says invasive plants on nearly 160,000 square miles (414,400 sq. kilometers) of public and private lands have reached enormous levels and are spreading.

Officials say that could mean more giant rangeland wildfires that in recent decades destroyed vast areas of sagebrush country that support some 350 species of wildlife, including imperiled sage grouse.

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USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region

Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 10 May 23, 2018

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Critter News:

Hot Car Safety

70 degrees is too hot to leave a dog in the car.

Cascade Veterinary Clinic FB link:

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Nampa owners’ dog shot in backyard; police investigating

The dog, a male pitbull named Tyson, had to be put down because of the severity of his injuries.

KTVB May 25, 2018

Nampa, ID — Nampa Police are are asking for the public’s help after a pet dog was found shot in its owners’ backyard earlier this year.

According to investigators, the shooting happened in the 700 block of 1st Street north on March 12.

The residents told police they found their dog Tyson, a neutered male pitbull, injured and badly bleeding in their yard. Tyson was had been tethered on their property when he was shot, police say.

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More mountain lion sightings reported in Pocatello

May 21, 2018 Local News 8

Pocatello, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials responded to two reports of mountain lion sightings in the vicinity of Red Hill Trail behind Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello over the weekend.

Officials said, at this time, the sightings have not been confirmed.

The first call came in on Saturday evening. Agency and university personnel were not able to find any sign of the mountain lion that evening.

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Wyoming to vote on biggest grizzly hunt in lower 48 states

By Mead Gruver – 5/23/18 AP

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Wyoming could allow grizzly bear hunting for the first time in decades when state officials vote Wednesday whether to allow as many as 22 grizzlies to be killed this fall outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Native American tribes say the hunt would undermine decades of work to restore grizzlies in the Yellowstone ecosystem. About 700 grizzlies now inhabit the region including parts of Idaho and Montana, up from 136 in 1975 when they were listed as a threatened species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed federal protections for grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem in 2017 and Wyoming officials say relatively few would be hunted.

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Montana wolf population estimated at 900, gain of about 50

5/24/18 AP

Billings, Mont. — Wildlife officials say Montana had about 900 wolves in 2017, the 13th consecutive year the state exceeded its recovery goal.

The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that last year’s population estimate was up from 851 in 2016.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ annual wolf report said 166 wolves were killed by hunters and 89 by trappers in the 2017-18 season. The department said sales of wolf licenses generated $380,000 for wolf conservation and management.

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Wolf News Roundup 5/21/2018

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
May 21, 2018

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter May 23, 2018

Worldwide epidemiology of liver hydatidosis including the Mediterranean area

The Netherlands’ first wolf (pack) may be settling in Drenthe

Dead Cows Are Changing The Way Wolves Eat

Interior Department moves to reverse Obama-era rules on hunting bears, wolves in Alaska
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Officials work to ensure existence of caribou population

5/24/18 AP

Sandpoint, Idaho — Officials say the existence of the two southernmost populations of woodland caribou is in danger.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Bart George with the Kalispel Tribe at Usk says the next step to boost the populations — comprised of seven animals including three in the southern Selkirk Mountains and four across the valley in the Purcell Mountains — is not known.

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Birds of Prey NCA Partnership to host First Annual Snake River Raptor Fest

Date: May 25, 2018
Contact: Corrine Coffman, (208) 384-3485
Steve Alsup, (208) 891-1786

Boise, Idaho — The Birds of Prey NCA Partnership, along with a diverse array of partner groups, will be hosting the first annual Snake River Raptor Fest at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna on June 2, 2018. The event is designed in part to be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the designation of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA), which is located just south of Boise. The Birds of Prey NCA Partnership, an Idaho-based nonprofit, is a recently formed friends group whose mission is to support the management and conservation of this unique area.

As a result of the hard work and dedication of local supporters, Congress established the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in 1993 to protect a unique environment that supports one of the world’s most dense concentrations of nesting birds of prey. Falcons, eagles, hawks and owls are found here in unique profusion and variety. In fact, the boundaries of this NCA were determined based upon the habitat requirements of the Prairie Falcon, the species best known for this region. This NCA is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System and is managed to conserve the area’s remarkable wildlife habitat while providing for other compatible uses of the land, so that birds of prey flourish here as they have for thousands of years.

The Snake River Raptor Fest will feature a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including field trips to the NCA, live birds of prey, and interactive presentations. There will also be live music, local beer and wine, food trucks, and raptor-themed games and activities for kids.

Learn more about the Snake River Raptor Fest here:
facebook.com/BirdsofPreyNCAPartnership
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F&G: Low snowpack mean anglers should find more fish this season

By Andrew Weeks for The Star-News May 24, 2018

Anglers who plan to get some fishing time in this Memorial Day weekend will have plenty of options to drown a worm.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, they might find they have better luck putting fish into their creel than they did last year.

“This year is a little more normal,” said Roger Phillips, public information officer with the F&G’s Boise office.

Without the excessive snowpack of last year, “a lot of reservoirs are in a little better shape,” Phillips said.

While some rivers are still flowing high, he said “overall things look good.”

Some of the expected hot spots this weekend and moving forward into the summer season are Lake Cascade for perch and Payette Lake for lake trout, said Dale Allen, F&G regional fisheries manager in McCall.

But it’s not just perch and trout that are fishing favorites this weekend, Allen said.

“As Little Payette Lake fills up the tiger muskies seem to get a little more catchable,” he said. “There are still some 36-inch-plus tigers out there.”

Phillips said anglers shouldn’t overlook Horsethief Reservoir and Warm Lake east of Cascade, both good choices for trout fishing.

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Idaho adds inspection stations to target invasive species

Idaho stations have already found 22 watercrafts with harmful mussels this year.

Associated Press May 25, 2018

Idaho officials have added watercraft inspection stations and extended operating hours at some in anticipation of a busy season.

The Capital Press reports the Idaho stations that intercept invasive species have already found 22 watercrafts with harmful mussels this year. The stations found 31 last year.

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CDC: Tick population on the rise, so are tick-borne illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the tick population has surged – and so have the illnesses caused by ticks, like Lyme disease.

by Alex Livingston KTVB May 22, 2018

Boise – It’s that time of year again, time to keep a good eye out for ticks especially if you have any plans to be in heavily wooded areas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the tick population has surged – and so have the illnesses caused by ticks, like Lyme disease. Some of the classic symptoms of Lyme disease, an illness caused by a bite from an infected tick, are fatigue, fever and rashes.

Many cases of Lyme Disease, when caught early, can be treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. Without treatment, officials say there may be some complications.

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Uptick in ticks brings higher risk to outdoor lovers and pets

186 tick-borne disease cases were reported in Idaho between 2004 and 2016

Alejandra Buitrago May 25, 2018 IME

Ticks, the blood-sucking parasites that can bring disease to people and their pets, appear to be uncomfortably prevalent in central Idaho this spring.

Tick season in Idaho is generally from May to June. This year, they are already out in strong numbers, and could have a significant impact on spring and summer outings.

“We’re just coming into tick season,” said veterinarian Bart Gillespie, at St. Francis Pet Clinic in Ketchum. “I’ve had two or three cases this week and there will probably be more the warmer it gets.”

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Fish & Game News:

First Super Hunt entry deadline is May 31

By Vicky Osborn, Television/Radio Specialist
Monday, May 21, 2018 – 12:18 PM MDT

Hunters hoping to enter Idaho’s first Super Hunt drawing have through May 31 to apply.

With every entry in Fish and Game’s Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.

The first drawing will be for eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn, and one moose hunt. One Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for all four species – elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. Winners will be notified by June 10.

A second drawing will be for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, and one moose hunt. Another Super Hunt Combo entry will also be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing is June 1 through August 10, with winners notified by August 20.

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F&G News Releases

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

Eagle firefighters save beaver stuck in fence

May 20, 2018


(Eagle FD)

Eagle, (ID) – The Eagle Fire Department had an out of the ordinary wildlife encounter Sunday.

Check out this little guy in need of some big help! A beaver got stuck between two metal railings in a fence so firefighters were dispatched to help dislodge the critter.

They were able to break him free and it looks like he stuck around for a minute as a way to say thanks.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Tips & Advice:

We got expert advice on what you can do to keep seasonal allergies under control

By Kay Angrum May 21, 2018

Spring is finally here, which means so are allergies.

Perhaps you’ve already experienced a few symptoms or are going through it right now — tissues and all!

Although there’s no avoiding pesky pollen, which is expected to double in count by 2040 as a result of climate change, there are steps you can take to make life a lot easier and sniffle free.

Circa’s Kay Angrum sat down with preventive medicine physician Dr. Tania Elliott to share helpful tips on how to survive allergy season.

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Tips from Boise PD: Securing your home before vacation

by Abigail Taylor Thursday, May 24th 2018

Before heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend, or at all this summer, Boise Police say you’ll want to make sure your home is secure.

“We want your house to look like it’s lived in even if you’re not there,” said Ed Fritz, crime prevention supervisor for the Boise Police Department. “If [people] advertise that they are not home — it’s an inviting place for a potential would be criminal.”

With more people traveling this time of year, police say that often means more ‘crimes of opportunity.’

By taking the following simple precautions, you can make your home less appealing to criminals:

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Idaho History May 27, 2018

Clydeus Rosalure Williams Dunbar aka Wheelbarrow Annie

The Snake River Hells Canyon

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… While Clegg enjoyed a foursome of bridge with the visitors – “one very dirty deck of cards… made me quite homesick” – Holmstrom and Bean hiked cross-country upriver on the Oregon side to visit Clydeus Rosalure Dunbar, locally known as “Wheelbarrow Annie” because she used a venerable, rickety wheelbarrow to move her hay. Annie smoked roll-your-owns, slept in her barn, looked out for horses and cow, dog and chickens, pheasants and rattlesnakes. At night she hiked with a lantern to Homestead for necessities. Holmstrom thought her “the dirtiest person I ever saw”; she may well have regarded him likewise. Clegg, although she did not visit, was more sympathetic: “They said she talked well, like a person with a good education and a good background…. There must be a story behind her. She lives absolutely alone in the poorest way, dresses like a tramp (or very much in my own style of the moment) but seems to have money to send away for things.” On passing her by boat at a distance the next day, Clegg spotted her on shore waving, and wrote, “I thought she looked rather pathetic and would like to have stopped and talked.”

source: The Doing of the Thing: The Brief Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom, By Vince Welch, Cort Conley, Brad Dimock (Google Books)
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Wheelbarrow Woman

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source: Labor Songs: Poems By Diane Raptosh (Google Books)
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Clydeus Rosalure Williams Dunbar

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Birth: 1 Oct 1880 Colorado
Death: 6 Jan 1945 Baker City, Baker County, Oregon
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery Baker City, Baker County, Oregon

Known in the area as “Wheelbarrow Annie”

In January, 1945, after several weeks of illness, Annie Dunbar died at the home of Ted Morin on Balm Avenue. Local doctor Thomas Higgins found that malnutrition had caused her death. The funeral service was held in the Morin house.

Her effects revealed that Roxanne Dunbar’s first name was Clydeus; her birthplace and her past, however were secrets she took to her grave.

page 67 Idaho Loners, Hermits, Solitaries, and Individualists, by Cort Conley

“Wheelbarrow Annie, found seclusion to be a great and good companion and wed it for better or for worse.”

source: Find A Grave
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Hells Canyon

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Snake River winding through Hells Canyon

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Photo was taken somewhere between Kirkwood Historic Ranch and Pittsburg Landing, Oregon. Taken on 11 October 2002 Author X-Weinzar

Hells Canyon is a 10-mile (16 km) wide canyon located along the border of eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and western Idaho in the United States. It is part of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is North America’s deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet (2,436 m).

The canyon was carved by the waters of the Snake River, which flows more than 1 mile (1.6 km) below the canyon’s west rim on the Oregon side and 7,400 feet (2,300 m) below the peaks of Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains range to the east. Most of the area is inaccessible by road.

The geologic history of the rocks of Hells Canyon began 300 million years ago with an arc of volcanoes that emerged from the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Over millions of years, the volcanoes subsided and limestone built up on the underwater platforms. The basins between them were filled with sedimentary rock. Between 130 and 17 million years ago, the ocean plate carrying the volcanoes collided with and became part of the North American continent. A period of volcanic activity followed, and much of the area was covered with floods of basalt lava, which smoothed the topography into a high plateau. The Snake River began carving Hells Canyon out of the plateau about 6 million years ago. Significant canyon-shaping events occurred as recently as 15,000 years ago during a massive outburst flood from Glacial Lake Bonneville in Utah.

The earliest known settlers in Hells Canyon were the Nez Percé tribe. Others tribes visiting the area were the Shoshone-Bannock, northern Paiute and Cayuse Indians. The mild winters, and ample plant and wildlife attracted human habitation. Pictographs and petroglyphs on the walls of the canyon are a record of the Indian settlements.

In 1806, three members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition entered the Hells Canyon region along the Salmon River. They turned back without seeing the deep parts of the canyon. It was not until 1811 that the Wilson Price Hunt expedition explored Hells Canyon while seeking a shortcut to the Columbia River. Hunger and cold forced them to turn back, as did many explorers who were defeated by the canyon’s inaccessibility. There remains no evidence in the canyon of their attempts; their expedition journals are the only documentation. Early explorers sometimes called this area Box Canyon or Snake River Canyon.

The early miners were next to follow. In the 1860s gold was discovered in river bars near present-day Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and miners soon penetrated Hells Canyon. Gold mining was not profitable here. Evidence of their endeavors remains visible along the corridor of the Snake River. Later efforts concentrated on hard-rock mining, requiring complex facilities. Evidence of these developments is visible today, especially near the mouth of the Imnaha River.

In the 1880s there was a short-lived homesteading boom, but the weather was unsuited to farming and ranching, and most settlers soon gave up. However, some ranchers still operate within the boundaries of the National Recreation Area.

In May 1887, perhaps 34 Chinese gold miners were ambushed and killed in the area, in an event known as the Hells Canyon Massacre.

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… While we traveled in a modern jet propulsion boat… and navigated the canyon’s huge rapids with relative ease, historic runs through Hells Canyon did not enjoy the same luxuries.

The lower images below, snapped in the visitors’ center at Hells Canyon Dam, show what travel through the canyon was like more than a century ago. The photos made us grateful for our boat, captain, and lifejackets.

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source: SHRA January 5, 2015
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page update Feb 22, 2020

Road Report May 27

Note: Spring road conditions can change quickly. Be prepared for rocks and trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: We have had 0.70″ of rain in the last 7 days from afternoon thunderstorms. Local streets are damp and pot holes have water. Lots of traffic this weekend. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv?13313000

Warm Lake Highway: No current report. (May 23) mail truck driver (Robert) reported clear pavement over the summit.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: No current report. (May 23) mail truck driver (Robert) reported the South Fork road was clear, no rocks or trees to move.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv?13310700

EFSF Road: No current report. (May 23) mail truck driver reported the EFSF road was still in good shape, county graded it last week.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: No current report. Road between Yellow Pine and the dump has not been graded and last report was “bumpy”.
Upper Johnson Creek Road: May be open soon – need report.
FB image from May 24th courtesy Wapiti Meadow Ranch

The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/

Lick Creek: No current reports. Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles. Open between Yellow Pine and Zena Creek Ranch.
Update from FS: (May 24) Lick Creek Summit (McCall to Yellow Pine) – Valley County will look at the summit for potential opening the week of June 4.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles.
Trail Report: last report from (May 10, 2018) video link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_vTGffDmUUU1pTZ56psMSqk6jkU6Jf1o/view
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. Friday (May 11) report that it’s rough in some places, some wash boards starting, and still fairly smooth in other places.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Not advised to go beyond Stibnite, snow in the high elevations. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.
(May 21) Warren Wagon Road is open to Secesh and Warren.
(May 23) Secesh Summit (McCall to Warren). Valley County plowed the road open this week.
(May 23) Warren Summit (Warren to the South Fork of the Salmon River) is open with caution as Valley County has not surveyed the roadway for damage yet – travelers may run into road issues.

Deadwood Summit: Report (May 19) from Deadwood Outfitters: Road open to Deadwood over Fir Creek, need 4×4.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′
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Weather Reports May 20-26

South Fork Salmon River Stream Gauge May 1-27, 2018
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May 20 Weather:

At 930am it was 53 degrees and overcast. Light sprinkles at 110pm, then steady light rain for over an hour. Not raining at 230pm. At 3pm it was 60 degrees and large breaks in the clouds. Thunder rumbling at 355pm, thunder and light rain shower 4pm for about 15 min. Very dark clouds to the south at 545pm, starting to sprinkle. Light showers until just after 7pm. At 8pm it was 53 degrees, cloudy and a little breezy. Light steady rain after 10pm for about half an hour or so. Probably another sprinkle before 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 21, 2018 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 66 degrees F
Min temperature 47 degrees F
At observation 52 degrees F
Precipitation 0.18 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 21 Weather:

At 920am it was 52 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 3pm it was 66 degrees and mostly cloudy, about a dozen drops of rain. At 845pm it was 60 degrees and mostly cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 22, 2018 at 09:30AM
Partly cloudy to the south
Max temperature 71 degrees F
Min temperature 41 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 22 Weather:

At 930am it was 56 degrees, partly cloudy (moving in from the south.) Dark clouds, thunder rumbling at 120pm. Occasional big drops of rain at 130pm, pea sized hail stones 132pm for a couple minutes, then heavy rain at 135pm. Tapering off to lighter sprinkles at 140pm, and thundering again. Just an occasional drop right before 2pm, with close loud thunder. Light sprinkles and close lightning strike at 221pm, felt like the strike was out in the golf course. At 235pm not raining and quiet. At 250pm it was 55 degrees and overcast (temp dropped from 73F.) Once in a while a few drops of rain. At 9pm it was 53 degrees and cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 23, 2018 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy (thin)
Max temperature 73 degrees F
Min temperature 41 degrees F
At observation 54 degrees F
Precipitation 0.08 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 23 Weather:

At 930am it was 54 degrees, mostly high thin clouds. At 245pm it was 71 degrees, mostly cloudy – thicker clouds with dark bottoms. Started sprinkling at 615pm for less than 10 minutes. Two minute rain shower started at 630pm, light chilly breezes. Sprinkle at 637pm with thunder then steady rain. Short pause in rain at 708pm, ground fog out in the forest, then light sprinkles. Steady rain at 720pm. Not raining at 744pm, breaks in the clouds and breezy. At 845pm it was 54 degrees and mostly cloudy, some blue patches of sky. Raining again at 9pm, pretty good shower for about 10 minutes, light sprinkle at 915pm. May have rained around 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 24, 2018 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy, muggy
Max temperature 76 degrees F
Min temperature 48 degrees F
At observation 57 degrees F
Precipitation 0.26 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 24 Weather:

At 930am it was 57 degrees, mostly cloudy and muggy. Very light sprinkle of rain at 239pm for around 10 minutes, then a few more drops around 330pm. At 345pm it was 65 degrees and mostly cloudy. Light sprinkle at 547pm for about 10 minutes. At 830pm it was 63 degrees, mostly cloudy (dark bottoms) but also some big clear patches. At 930pm it was 56 degrees and mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 25, 2018 at 09:30AM
Partly cloudy
Max temperature 70 degrees F
Min temperature 41 degrees F
At observation 53 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 25 Weather:

At 930am it was 53 degrees and partly cloudy. Dark clouds coming in after lunch. Light sprinkle of rain started at 215pm, down to just drops at 223pm and thunder rumbling. Sprinkling at 235pm. lasted about 10 min, then more drops at 249pm, sprinkle at 250pm for about 5 minutes. At 3pm it was 71 degrees and mostly cloudy. Huge elongated drops of rain (melted hail?) falling at 315pm, 69 degrees, a few hail stones at 322pm, then done by 325pm. Far off rumble of thunder at 353pm. Closer thunder at 4pm, hard rain shower 410pm for about 10 or 15 minutes, lots of close thunder. May have sprinkled a little on and off around 430pm. Little short sprinkle of rain at 8pm. At 840pm it was 58 degrees and dark clouds. At 925pm it was 60 degrees and sprinkling lightly, thunder at 928pm, getting breezy. Raining pretty good at 950pm for a while, light sprinkles at 1025pm. Probably done before midnight.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 26, 2018 at 09:30AM
Mostly clear (clouds on ridges)
Max temperature 80 degrees F
Min temperature 44 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.18 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 26 Weather:

At 930am it was 56 degrees and mostly clear, clouds sitting on the ridges, clear overhead. Some thunder and dark clouds around 3pm, 65 degrees. At 8pm it was 61 degrees, rumbles of thunder and a few sprinkles of rain around 805pm – didn’t last long, gusty breezes. At 930pm it was mostly cloudy (a couple of breaks in the dark clouds.)

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 27, 2018 at 09:30AM
Partly clear, slight breeze
Max temperature 71 degrees F
Min temperature 48 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Road Report May 23

Note: High elevation passes are still closed with snow. Spring road conditions change quickly. Be prepared for rocks and trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: We have had sprinkles and showers the last 3 days (loud thunderstorm yesterday, not much rain.) Pot holes had a little water in them yesterday, not too dusty – yet. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv?13313000

Warm Lake Highway: (May 23) mail truck driver (Robert) reports clear pavement over the summit.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (May 23) mail truck driver (Robert) reports the South Fork road is clear, no rocks or trees to move today.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Report (May 23) mail truck driver reports the EFSF road is still in good shape, county graded it last week.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: No current report. Road between Yellow Pine and the dump has not been graded and last report was “bumpy”.
Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed at Landmark for winter to full sized vehicles. There is less than 2 feet of snow at 6500′ per the SNOTEL stations.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/

Lick Creek: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles. Open between Yellow Pine and Zena Creek Ranch.
Update from FS: The Lick Creek road is slowly opening up. Currently visitors can access from the South Fork Salmon River road and get almost to Foolhen Meadows, approx. 1 mile below the Hum Lake trailhead.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles.
Trail Report: from (May 10, 2018) video link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_vTGffDmUUU1pTZ56psMSqk6jkU6Jf1o/view
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. Friday (May 11) report that it’s rough in some places, some wash boards starting, and still fairly smooth in other places.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Not advised to go beyond Stibnite, snow in the high elevations. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.
(May 21) Warren Wagon Road is open to Secesh and Warren.
(May 23) Secesh Summit (McCall to Warren). Valley County plowed the road open this week.
(May 23) Warren Summit (Warren to the South Fork of the Salmon River) is open with caution as Valley County has not surveyed the roadway for damage yet – travelers may run into road issues.

Deadwood Summit: Report (May 19) from Deadwood Outfitters: Road open to Deadwood over Fir Creek 4×4 required.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′
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Village News May 22, 2018

Free Noxious Weed Program

Meeting with Valley County Weed Control Dept May 17, 2018

Steve Anderson our Valley County weed guy was scheduled to meet over coffee with whoever was available to talk about the weed control program and how it relates to Yellow Pine. Present were Lorinne Munn, Ann Forster and Jeff Forster.

Steve related they would bring up a team along with the chemicals and apparatus to mix the product which is Milestone a specialty herbicide. All that is needed is a place to convene and a water source to mix the chemical. Jeff offered the fire department grounds as a meeting place and water source.

A good time to meet would be a weekday such as Thursday where they could drop off the chemicals and apparatus and return on Monday to pick up the equipment. Mid June or early July would be the best time in terms of the weeds actually appearing. It was mentioned maybe June 14 or July 12 we need to work around special events on June 23 and June 30. Steve said he would check his calendar and get back to us on a specific date. We suggested making a presentation of the program at our June 9th Association Meeting. I will put it on the agenda.

Steve mentioned the program is the Landowner’s Assistance Cost share Program. The chemicals are provided for by the Department of Agriculture the product is $300.00 per gallon. The Cost share part is provided by the landowner by providing the labor to apply the product. Steve’s group will actually help the elderly or disabled by applying it for them. The other landowners must apply or have folks representing them apply the product to their land. Jeff said he would be the point man Identifying areas that need treatment as he bikes through the area a lot. Sherry Gordon has also identified areas that need attention. Sign up sheets are being distributed to those folks interested in taking advantage of this program. You must sign up to get treatment. As it turns out a bunch of us ladies have vowed to become a spraying team and I’m sure many guys will also step up.

Please contact Kathy Hall 208 633-6270 for forms and information dealing with the program here in Yellow Pine.

Steve hopes this will become a yearly project hoping to have Bethany and the Forest Service involved next year. He hopes to include outlying areas on board such as Johnson Creek, who have already been involved in the past and the Eugerin Ranch.

In response to inquiries about toxicity to animals Steve says as soon as it dries there is no concern. The only issue is not to use any animal waste for fertilizer in your garden from any animal that may have consumed any of the treated plants as it may kill your garden plants.

Submitted by Lorinne N. Munn
Secretary of the Village of Yellow Pine Association

link to form:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18owX4KBHEPc7wlZI3i0MlgV5gY98OdCQ/view

Steve Anderson from Valley County Weed Control
Office (208)382-7199
e-mail: SAnderson @ co.valley.id.us
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Milestone® specialty herbicide

Link to info

Canada Thistle

Field Bindweed

Oxeye Daisy

Rush Skeletonweed

Spotted Knapweed

May 20, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

May 20, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 10 Burn Permits required
May 15 Firewood Season Starts – permits at The Corner
May 20 Noxious Weed Program deadline – could be extended
May 22 Next Festival Planning meeting 11am Community Hall
May 26 at 1pm ATV/UTV Rally to benefit the Community Hall
May 26 Willie and the Single Wides at The Corner
June 5 at 2pm Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) class
June 9 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Commissioner Meeting
June 20 Yellow Pine Vet Clinic call 208-382-4590 for appointment
June 30 Golf Tournament
July 4 Parade 2pm and Fireworks at dusk
July 7 Community Hall Yard Sale 9am to Noon
August 3, 4, 5 Music and Harmonica Festival
September 8 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Budget Hearing
(details below)
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Village News:

Dust Abatement Sign-up

It’s time to think dust abatement again. Word from North American Dust Control is that they will be in YP sometime in June. Please let me know if you are interested in having dust abatement done. fillerd2 @ live.com or 633-6945. – Deb F.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report from Monday (May 14) that the bins at the transfer station were empty. Please remember, the bins are for household trash only. The road is rather rough between Yellow Pine and the dump.
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Burn Permits Needed After May 10

A reminder that May 10 is beginning of fire season where burning permits for open burning are required. The free permits show the fire officials who has a planned burn. Seeing smoke can easily raise concerns. When neighbors call in seeing smoke, the fire department can then see if that person has their burn permit or if they need to go and address the source of the unknown smoke.

Contact Fire Chief Jeff at 633-1010 or email j4star1911 @ gmail.com
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Noxious Weed Program

Free Valley County Weed Department Noxious Weed Program Yellow Pine Property Owners

Yes It Is Free please keep reading.

The Village of Yellow Pine was contacted by Steven Anderson of the Valley County Weed Dept. regarding a Noxious Weed Program for our area.

The way it will work is each property owner gives approval for Steve to go on your property and look for Noxious Weeds. Steve will be here in May to assess your property. Then he will return in June with all items needed to rid your property of the Noxious Weed.

At this time I need anyone who is interested to fill out the attached form and get it back to me or Lorrine at the Tavern by May 20. You also can go to the Tavern and fill out the form there and leave it with Lorrine.

My information:
Kathleen Hall 208 633-6270 or cell phone 630 915-1544 Email 75hallker @ att.net

link to form:

Steve Anderson from Valley County Weed Control
Office (208)382-7199
e-mail: SAnderson @ co.valley.id.us
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Yellow Pine Vet Clinic June 20

Dr. Keith Ruble from Cascade Vet Clinic will be in Yellow Pine on Wednesday June 20th. You must sign up via the clinic by calling (208) 382-4590 (M-W-F) so they can bring charts and meds.
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Yard Sale – Saturday, July 7 9am-Noon

Garage Sale Date Change

Due to the busy day we will have on June 30, I have decided to more the garage sale to July 7 from 9-noon.

Everyone can bring their items anytime to the community hall. I will have a space marked for the items.

Please remember this is a Donation and Everything Must Work.

If you want your items back if they don’t sell you must pick them up at 12:30 on July 7th.

The proceeds of the Garage Sale will go to the maintenance of the Community Hall.

If you have questions please call Kathy Hall at 208 633 6270 or text to 630 915 1544

Thank you everyone for your support of the Yellow Pine Community Hall
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Open 9am to 8pm (or later on game nights.) Jukebox is up and going.
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The Corner

Saturday, May 26. Happy to say that Willie and the Single Wides will be bringing live music to The Corner for Memorial Day weekend. We can’t wait to see them again!

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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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

The Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) class is a go. June 5th at 2:00 PM. I’ll provide the details of where, when we know what the weather will be like. Class details will follow. This class is open to all who would like to attend.

YP Fire Commissioner Meeting, June 9, 2018 – 10:00 Community Hall

YP Fire Budget Hearing: September 8, 2018 – 10:00 Community Hall

Fire Department Training on Sunday’s at 11:00 all are welcome

Test of the fire siren will resume beginning June 1, at 12:00 noon and go through November

CPR class coming to YP in June; Class details to be announced in the near future. If interested please notify Jeff or Ann.

Special Use Permit for Fire Station and Helispot:

The Boise National Forest has granted a “Special Use Permit” to the Yellow Pine Fire Protection District for the Fire Station lot and the Helispot. The Helispot is a new addition and the Fire Station lot was a renewal. This permit will expire 12/31/2037 (20 years) and will need to be rewed again at that time. Thanks to Jake Strohmeyer, District Ranger and Chris (Kit) Woras, Special Use Permit Administrator of the Boise Forest for spending a lot of time and correspondence to get this permit completed.

Helispot:

The Helispot needs a lot of work and a base needs to be put down before officially being used. I’m currently in discussion with some folks to help with the ground prep and to put the base down. Life Flight and other agencies will need to do an inspection as well before using the helispot.

LifeFlight:

Lifeflight has a new Base Manager. Doug advised me that LifeFlight will come out to YP to do a site visit to look at the Helispot and provide a Landing Zone class for anyone who would like to participate, all are welcome. As soon as I receive a date I’ll pass it along.

Anyone needing a Smoke/CO detector or fire extinguisher please let Jeff, Cecil or Dan know.

Jeff F.

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.
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4th of July Golf Tournament June 30th

Our 20th annual Yellow Pine Golf Tournament will take place on June 30th 2018. The proceeds will go towards the Yellow Pine Medical Training and Supply Fund. By giving to this annual event, you’ll be supporting the village of Yellow Pine and our growing EMS service.

Thanks to Cascade Fire/EMS Fire Commissioners, Chief Steve Hull and the EMS Director Keri Donica, Yellow Pine is now a Cascade Fire/EMS Paramedic Ambulance Sub-station. This allows us to have equipment available in Yellow Pine to treat and care for patients in the field, not only First Aid but Advanced Life Support. Yellow Pine now has Nationally Registered: 4 EMR’s, 1 RN-EMT, and 1 Paramedic in Yellow Pine.

The cost for the event is $20/person or $50 will give you a sponsorship and pay for 2 players!

As a sponsor, your name will be put on a plaque, or you can provide your own sign for the event. This plaque will be posted on one of our 18 holes during the tournament.

To reserve a place in the tournament please contact Jeff or Ann Forster @ aforsterrn@aol.com or call (208) 633-1010.

You can mail your payments to: P.O. Box 38 Yellow Pine, ID. 83677.

Please make checks payable to “Cascade Fire EMS” attn: YP Golf Tournament.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Jeff Forster – Paramedic & Ann Forster – BS, RN, EMT
Event Coordinators
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2018 H-Fest

Harmonica Meeting May 22 at 11am at the Community Hall 1pm everyone welcome.

We will be discussing our T Shirt Logo and checking on our task schedule.

The next meeting will be June 22

The 2018 T-shirt logo contest is closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a design.
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VYPA News:

Saturday, May 26 at 1pm Yellow Pine Escapade – an ATV/UTV Rally to benefit the Community Hall

link to FB image:

Join us for a fund-raising escapade in Yellow Pine.

The course is approximately 30 miles with 5 checkpoints.

Meet at the Community Hall at 1pm to sign in and get route details.

Come have some fun and help out the Community Hall.

Regulations:

1. Helmets MUST be worn by all participants/riders who are less than 16 years old.
2. Vehicle drivers shall have a valid driver’s license; under-aged, non-licensed drivers must have parental/guardian consent.
3. All traffic signs and road regulations shall be obeyed.
4. The event is not a race; drivers shall abide by the posted speed limit.
5. The rally is a fund raising event for the Yellow Pine Community Hall; all funds donated for participation will be used for this purpose.
6. A donation of $20.00 (cash or check) is to be paid to participate.
7. A participant is a person who has donated to participate.
8. Participants under the legal age of majority MUST have parental/guardian consent to participate.
9. A qualified vehicle shall have at least one participant on board. Multiple participants in the same vehicle are allowed.
10. The rally has a specified timeframe in which it must be completed.
11. The end of the rally is at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.
12. Consumption of alcoholic beverages by any participant/rider, before the end of the event is expressly forbidden.
13. The use of any narcotic or dangerous drug by any participant/rider is specifically prohibited.

Rules of the Rally:

1. At the starting point, each person who signed up and donated to participate is given a participant indicator.
2. The participant will follow the specified route and stop at each checkpoint.
3. At the checkpoint, each participant will be given a card which proves the participant was at the checkpoint.
4. Participants keep all of the cards they receive from all of the checkpoints.
5. At the specified rally end time, all participants bring their checkpoint cards and meet at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.
6. Winners will be verified, announced, and prizes awarded at the end of the event.

link to event on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2100371320184828/

Next VYPA 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

We have a great price on wild bird seed. $19.99 for a 50 lb bag. 12.99 for a 25 lb bag. We also sell suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. Niger Thistle seed $13.25 for 5 lbs.
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Local Observations:

Monday (May 14) overnight low of 33 degrees, clear sky this morning. Swallows are flying low, robins calling, finches eating sunflower seeds. A large pileated woodpecker was drumming on a power pole, showing off his red crest in the morning sun. Rufous and black-chinned (male) hummingbirds visited after lunch. Partly cloudy sky and warm mid-afternoon, high of 74 degrees. A few finches and cowbirds, colombian ground squirrels and a chipmunk stopped by. Mostly clear at sundown and mild. Robins and a mourning dove calling just before dark.

Tuesday (May 15) overnight low of 35 degrees, clear sky this morning. Swallows very active, a few finches, evening grosbeaks and robins, heard the squeaking wings of a mourning dove in flight. Clouds moving in by lunch time and a little breezy. Low flying airplane at 134pm. Cowbirds and jays joined the finches and grosbeaks at the feeders for a late lunch. A couple drops of rain this afternoon, then a blustery front came through in the early evening with gusty breezes and spatterings of rain on and off, high of 78 degrees. Robins chirping at dust. Reports of heartleaf arnica, bearberry and shooting stars blooming along the EFSF river.

Wednesday (May 16) overnight low of 45 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Robins, grosbeaks, jays and cowbirds this morning, all the various species of squirrels out and about including a chipmunk. Helicopter and airplane traffic most of the morning and into the afternoon. More grosbeaks joining the finches this afternoon. Rain showers late afternoon/early evening, high of 69 degrees. Male calliope and 2 male rufous hummers visited after the rain. A raven stopped by around sundown, bigger flock of cowbirds, no sign of tree swallows. Collared elk and yearling wandering down Westside Ave at dusk, robins cheerily chirping.

Thursday (May 17) overnight low of 40 degrees, overcast this morning. Swallows are back, lots of cowbirds, a few jays, robins and several finches. Two female yellow-headed blackbirds joined the cowbirds for lunch, pair of flickers calling from the power pole in the school yard. Sprinkles and rain showers on and off late afternoon ending at full dark, high of 70 degrees. Reports of heartleaf arnica and arrowleaf balsamroot blooming along the South Fork.

Friday (May 18) overnight low of 44 degrees, overcast this morning and a bit damp from the showers last evening. Swallows pairing up and claiming bird houses. Finches, cowbirds, grosbeaks and jays at the feeders this morning. Lilacs on the verge of blooming, bleeding hearts have lots of little flowers coming on. Daffodils are about done, a few still standing proud. Mourning dove calling from the forest after lunch, male rufous hummer guarding the feeder. Cloudy cool afternoon, little sprinkles of rain on and off into the evening, high of 63 degrees.

Saturday (May 19) overnight low of 39 degrees, almost clear sky this morning. A car alarm was going off this morning. Increasing traffic. Swallows flying low, finches, jays and grosbeaks at the feeders, male rufous hummer buzzing at any “intruders” near his feeder. Clouds building up after lunch time, cooler and a few sprinkles of rain early afternoon, high of 70 degrees. First blossom opened on the lilac bush, wild strawberries blooming like crazy. At sundown most of the sky covered in high thin clouds. Robins calling at dark.

Sunday (May 20) overnight low of 41 degrees, overcast this morning. Tree swallows flying low, seems most of them have claimed a bird house to sing from. Robins and and a few finches and evening grosbeaks, hummers showed up later in day. Pine squirrel dashing up and down the fence and a golden mantle ground squirrel doing chin-ups on the bird feeder, lots of colombian ground squirrels scampering about. Afternoon thunderstorm with light showers, high of 66 degrees. Both a white and red-breasted nuthatch visited. Very dark clouds early evening and more rain. Robins calling at dusk, no swallows visible.
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Idaho News:

Yellow Pine to be base for ATV race on May 26

All-terrain vehicle drivers can start their engines and join the Yellow Pine Escapade fundraiser on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.

The rally course will be about 30 miles long with five checkpoints. Participants will be given a card at each station to turn in at the finish line.

Cost is $20, and proceeds will benefit the Yellow Pine Community Hall. For more information, visit the Yellow Pine Facebook event page or call 208-633-6945.

source: The Star-News May 17, 2018
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Small missing airplane traveling from Boise to McCall found, one dead

by KBOI News Staff Monday, May 14th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — The small airplane that went missing on its way from Boise to McCall has been found along with the pilot who was deceased.

The Idaho Transportation Department says the plane left Boise at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday but failed to arrive in McCall. ITD says the flight path between Boise and McCall has been was searched by radar and cell phone.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office found that the missing plane would be in Valley County after further pings from the ELT were received by the US Air Force.

Idaho Civil Air Patrol found wreckage of the plane as they were searching the ground. The pilot of the plane was found deceased and is identified as 34-year-old Nolan Smith of Boise.

The plane was found east of MP 93 in the mountain area near Smiths Ferry.

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Health department to host clinic for hepatitis A vaccine

The Central District Health Department will hold a free walk-in hepatitis A vaccine clinics on Wednesday at Heartland Hunger Resource Center.

The clinic, which will start at 4 p.m., is being held to mark Hepatitis Awareness Month. The vaccines are free to uninsured adults ages 19 years and older.

No appointments are necessary, but doses are limited. For more information, call 208-630-8001.
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Health department offers screening for STIs

The Central District Health Department will offer free screenings for sexually transmitted infections during the month of June.

The testing is free, confidential and will include treatment if needed.

To schedule an appointment, call the Valley County office at 208-630-8002. For more information, visit cdhd.idaho.gov/free-testing.

source: The Star-News May 17, 2018
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First Aid, CPR classes set for Donnelly June 4-5

The Donnelly Fire Department will teach a two-day CPR/AED and First Aid class beginning Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m. at the Donnelly Fire Station.

The CPR/AED course will be Monday, June 4. The First Aid class will be Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

Cost is $20, and space is limited. To register, call 208-325-8619. The Donnelly Fire Station is located at 244 W. Roseberry Rd.

source: The Star-News May 17, 2018
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McCall council split on July 4 parks alcohol ban

Nielsen, Holmes want to ease previous restrictions

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News May 17, 2018

The McCall City Council last week split 2-2 on whether to continue the ban on alcohol in the city’s parks during the Independent Day holiday.

Mayor Jackie Aymon and council member Bob Giles said they were in favor of imposing the ban for the third year in a row while council members Colby Nielsen and Melanie Holmes said they wanted to lift the ban this year.

Council member Thom Sowers was absent, so the council will discuss the matter again at a work session on May 30. Sowers did not respond to an email request by The Star-News on which way he is leaning on the subject.

City staff has recommended a 36-hour restriction to be levied on parks starting the night of July 3 and ending the morning of July 5. The recommendation for a shorter ban comes as a result of the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year.

Alcohol will be banned during the holiday for the third year in a row at North Beach on Payette Lake by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and Valley County. The ban will last 10 days and span the weekends before and after July 4.

North Beach was the site of impromptu beach parties by hundreds of young adults between 2007 and 2015 that officials said resulted in large amounts of trash and excessive alcohol use.

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Fire destroys Whitetail Club golf cart storage barn

Cause unknown in blaze that torched 50 member carts

By Tom Grote for The Star-News May 17, 2018

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Photo by Whitetail Club Security Staff

A fire destroyed a storage building at Whitetail Club Golf Course last Thursday containing 50 golf carts with golf clubs belonging to members.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported about 8:20 p.m. last Thursday, according to information from McCall Fire & EMS. The cause of the blaze was listed as unknown.

Firefighters from the McCall department and the Donnelly Rural Fire Protection District were called to the scene but were hampered by heavy smoke and extreme heat, Capt. Brandon Swain said.

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Whitewater fans expect banner year

May 16, 2018 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho’s Outfitters and Guides Association is expecting a big whitewater season this summer.

Snowpack ranging from 105 percent of normal in the Salmon River and Middle Fork basins to 120-145 percent of normal in the Clearwater and Panhandle basins foretells season-long flows, according to outfitters.

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Funnel cloud seen in the Treasure Valley

by KBOI News Staff Thursday, May 17th 2018


Funnel cloud seen in New Plymoth and Star area. (Photo courtesy Crystal Dawn)

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Funnel cloud Utah/Idaho border

May 17th

Thunderstorms near the Utah/Idaho border produced at least one funnel cloud yesterday afternoon.

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Primary Results

Local News 8 May 16, 2018

Governor
Republicans Brad Little 72,391 37%
Democrats Paulette Jordan 38,458 58%
Lieutenant Governor
Republicans Janice McGeachin 51,079 29%
Democrats Kristin Collum 52,336 88%
1st Congressional District Representative
Republicans Russ Fulcher 42,793 43%
Democrats Cristina McNeil 19,069 70%
Idaho Legislature
District 8 Senator
Republicans Steven Thayn 4,568 56%
Valley County
Valley County Commissioner – 3rd District
Republicans Cecilia (Cec) Tyler 770 49%
McCall Hotel Tax 3% of hotel and rental charges for 10 years – Needs 60% to pass
In Favor 511 85% – Against 90 15%
Cascade School Levy $2.4 million over 10 years – Needs 55% to pass
In Favor 298 36% – Against 527 64%

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Tyler wins Republican primary for Valley commission

Stayton comes out on top in Valley treasurer’s race

By Tom Grote for The Star-News May 17, 2018

Cecilia Tyler on Tuesday won the Republican primary for the Valley County commission seat from District 3, out-polling two opponents.

Gabe Stayton won the Republican nomination for Valley County Treasurer in a crowded six-way race.

Tyler received 770 votes, or 49 percent of the 1,572 votes cast. She was followed by Lonnie King with 508 votes, or 32 percent, and Ken Arment with 294 votes, or 19 percent.

Tyler will now face Democrat Dave Bingaman and independent Ed Allen in the Nov. 6 general election.

The winner will replace commissioner Bill Willey, who did not seek re-election to the seat that he has held since 2011.

Stayton received 339 votes, or 21 percent of the 1,594 votes cast. The next largest vote-getter was Rhonda Komula, who received 285 votes, or nearly 18 percent of the total.

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Mining News:

Ask Midas: Financial Assurance

Midas Gold Idaho wants to keep the community informed about the work we are doing at the Stibnite Gold Project site. The Ask Midas blog series gives the experts in our company a chance to answer some of the community’s most frequently asked questions and help clear up any misconceptions around the project.

MYTH: Recent news stories claim that mining companies in the U.S. no longer have to provide proof of financial responsibility, also known as financial assurance or bonding, for the cost of environmental cleanup and reclamation.

FACT: Mining companies are still required to provide financial assurance for the cleanup and reclamation of the sites where they work. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering adding a new rule that would have required mining companies to provide additional financial assurance over and above what is already required. However, the Agency Administrator for the EPA determined that this would be a duplication of existing federal and state regulations that ensure mining companies prove the necessary funds set aside to reclaim project sites. This ruling aims to reduce unnecessary duplication of laws but does not let industry off the hook for responsible cleanup practices and providing financial assurance to ensure cleanup work is done. Reclamation and bonding is a requirement for all modern mining companies.

Midas Gold will be required by the U.S. Forest Service, and state agencies overseeing our project, to provide financial assurance and set aside millions of dollars to guarantee environmental restoration work is fully funded before we receive a permit.

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

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Firewise:

Low-ignition Homes – Building materials

One of the most important responsibilities a WUI homeowner has is to reduce your home’s vulnerability to wildfire ignition.

Building Codes for New Construction

If you have not started constructing your new WUI home, an important consideration available to you that others do not have, the placement of your home and other structures on the landscape.

Draws act like chimneys and carry fire up slopes. If possible, locate new construction AWAY from the edges of draws and slopes.

Wildfires burn more rapidly up hills and draws, so try to place all structures on flat ground. If this is not possible, set building back 100 to 200-feet from the edges of slopes and avoid cantilevering any part of a structure over the edges.

Many communities in Idaho have adopted all or part of the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (2006). These codes set standards for new construction and can include:

* Ignition resistant building materials.
* Ignition resistant building techniques.
* Driveway access for fire apparatus.
* Vegetation plans for new residences and subdivisions that provide defensible space.
* Sprinkler systems on structures over 5000 sq. ft.
* Proper address labels for emergency response.
* Other restrictions on outdoor burning, outside storage, etc.

For ordinances and building codes for your area, contact your local Idaho city or county Planning and Zoning Office.

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Agencies Promote Wildfire Awareness with Local Communities

Bureau of Land Management – Idaho Thursday, May 17, 2018

A partnership of federal land managers, local fire departments, and Idaho Firewise has announced the Every Yard Counts (EYC) Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about wildfires in the wildland-urban interface and what can be done to protect homes in southwest Idaho.

The Every Yard Counts Campaign focuses on creation of defensible space – the critical distance between a home and the potentially flammable brush and vegetation that can surround one’s property. The program aims to promote effective fire-resistant landscaping strategies to communities and individual homeowners to combat the increasing threat caused by wildland fire.

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Public Lands:

BCYPSR May 24th Meeting Agenda

We will meet at the E.O.C in Cascade from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday May 24th. The Forest Service will present on their Land Resource Management Plan in the morning so come prepared with any questions. If you are not able to make it let me know if you would like to call in via a zoom webinar link by Wednesday morning and I will send you an email invite.

Josie Greenwood
STEAM and Environmental Educator
UI Valley County Extension Office
jgreenwood @ uidaho.edu

Big Creek/Yellow Pine/South Fork Collaborative Meeting Agenda
May 24th, 2018; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
BCYPSR 5-24-18 Agenda.pdf

Collaborative Meeting Minutes April 26, 2018
BC-YP Meeting-April 26%2c 2018.pdf
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Temporary road closure near Idaho City due to logging operations

Boise, Idaho, May 19, 2017 –The Idaho City Ranger District is temporarily closing National Forest System (NFS) road 393, located west of Gold Fork Trailhead on Highway 21, to all public uses while salvage logging operations take place as a result of the Pioneer Fire. This closure will remain in effect through October 31, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

All motorists using Highway 21 in the Idaho City area should use caution since heavy traffic and large trucks will be traveling the area in support of various logging operations within the Pioneer Fire area.

Forest visitors are also reminded to be cautious this time of year when weather conditions are unpredictable. Roads may still be snow covered or muddy on much of the forest. Please know before you go and take precautions.

For all current closures within the Boise National Forest visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
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Temporary road closure in Clear Creek drainage effective May 21

Boise, Idaho, May 19, 2017 – The Lowman Ranger District is temporarily closing a portion of National Forest System (NFS) road 582 within the Clear Creek drainage to motor vehicles while roadside hazard tree removal operations take place as a result of the Pioneer Fire. This temporary closure will begin May 21, and will remain in effect through July 15, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

This closed section will start at the junction of NFS road 545 (Long Creek) and proceed approximately 11.5 miles in a northerly direction to the junction with NFS road 510 (Horse Creek Summit). The lower end will remain open allowing Long Creek residents access to their homes.

All motorists in the Lowman area should use caution since heavy traffic and large trucks will be traveling the area in support of operations within the Clear Creek drainage.

Forest visitors are also reminded to be cautious this time of year when weather conditions are unpredictable. Roads may still be snow covered or muddy on much of the forest. Please know before you go and take precautions.

For all current closures within the Boise National Forest visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
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Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Soliciting for Nominees

Contact: Joe Schindel (208) 373-4175

Boise, Idaho, May 14, 2018 – The Secure Rural Schools Act authorizes the use of Resource Advisory Committee (RACs) as a mechanism for collaboration with local communities and federal land managers in recommending Title II projects. Secure Rural Schools funds are available to organizations, counties, and the Forest Service to accomplish work benefiting local communities and public lands. Projects may include: watershed restoration, sediment control, habitat improvement, invasive weed control and many other land management activities that directly benefit the American people.
Title II-Special Projects on Federal Land
https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects

Several Southwest Idaho RAC member’s terms have expired, the RAC is seeking to fill these vacant positions. If no new members are appointed the RAC will not be able to recommend fund distribution for selected projects. “There is a need for diverse and engaging applicants who can improve collaborative relationships and help represent land management opportunities and rural community interests,” said Richard Newton, Emmet District Ranger.

The Southwest Idaho RAC represents Ada, Adams, Boise, Elmore, Gem, Valley, and Washington counties and includes the Boise, Payette, Salmon-Challis (Middle Fork Ranger District), Sawtooth (portions of the SNRA and Fairfield Ranger District) and Wallowa-Whitman (Hells Canyon NRA) National Forests.

Each RAC consists of 15 members and 3 replacement members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Each nominee is required to submit a form AD-755 to the RAC Designated Federal Official (DFO) Richard Newton, renewton@fs.fed.us, 1805 Highway 16, Room 5, Emmett, ID 83617-9076. The AD-755 can be downloaded from the Boise National Forest advisory committee site:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/boise/workingtogether/advisorycommittees

Applications Are Due July 29, 2018.

Committee members represent diverse interests within three categories. The Southwest Idaho RAC currently has 5 members and is soliciting nominees for Categories A, B and C.

Category A:

* Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
* Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;
* Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests
* Commercial timber industry
* Federal grazing or other land use permit holders or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the RAC is organized

Category B:

* Nationally recognized environmental organizations
* Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
* Dispersed recreational activities
* Archaeological and historical interests
* Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations

Category C:

* Hold state elected office or their designee
* Hold county or local elected office
* Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized
* Are school officials or teachers
* Represent the affected public at large.

The Selection Process

Applicants will be evaluated on: their understanding of The Secure Rural Schools Act, diverse geographic representation across the area, diversity of applicants, community support, consensus-building ability, dedication to serving the community’s interests, and active participation in current natural resource issues.

The Secretary’s office processes all AD-755 forms and performs a background check on all nominees. Once nominees are cleared, the Secretary will review and make selections of new members. Appointed members will receive a letter from the Secretary including a certificate of appointment. This process, beginning with application submission through appointing new members may take several months.
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Critter News:

Leave wildlife babies alone

By Mike Demick May 16, 2018 IME

Spring is here, and with it comes baby wildlife season. The chance of encountering young animals from baby birds to lone deer fawns increases. But what should you do—or not do—if you find a baby animal in your yard or in the hills?

While humans often have good intentions when they try to intervene, often more damage is done when we meddle with Mother Nature. Idaho Fish and Game offers this simple suggestion to those that discover baby animals that appear to be abandoned: Please leave them alone.

Each spring, a myriad of baby birds, ducklings, fawn mule deer, calf elk, bear cubs, baby raccoons, fox and rabbits are taken from the outdoors and brought to Fish and Game. The unfortunate part of these well-intended “rescues” is that in most cases, the animal was not lost, abandoned, or orphaned.

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Pet Talk – Glaucoma in dogs

by Dr. Karsten Fostvedt May 18, 2018 IME

Glaucoma is an increase in pressure within the eye and is a very common disease in dogs. Primary glaucoma is an inherited condition and usually affects both eyes. Secondary glaucoma can affect one or both eyes, depending on the cause.

Fluid in our eyeball is under constant production and drainage. With primary glaucoma, fluid in the front chamber of the eye backs up because of a malfunction in the drainage area, which causes an increase in pressure. With secondary glaucoma, the movement of the fluid within the eye is obstructed usually because of disease, such as uveitis, lens luxation, bleeding in the eye, tumors, prior intraocular surgery and other conditions.

Glaucoma will cause redness of the eye, watery discharge and marked pain. Without immediate treatment, it can cause severe cloudiness to the eye and blindness due to the death of retinal cells, the rods and cones in the back of the eye. Signs of glaucoma are very similar to many other eye diseases, so veterinarians always recommend that a painful red eye be checked immediately.

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New $16M animal shelter looks to give community a face-lift

5/14/18 AP

Hailey, Idaho — A new Idaho animal shelter will feature a “cat cafe,” where potential pet owners can order a coffee or cookies and go into a petting area to socialize with the shelter’s felines.

The Times-News reports the new $16 million Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley in Hailey, which is under construction, is set to open at the end of the year.

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Feral cats now considered invasive species, Idaho Humane Society reacts

by Sarah Jacobsen Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Boise, ID (KBOI) — The Western Governors Association released the top 50 invasive species in our region and one addition to the list may surprise you, feral cats.

And while the association is calling for euthanizing these animals, the Idaho Humane Society is stepping up to help these animals find loving homes.

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Cat saves family

“He’s been waiting his whole life to do this one heroic thing.”

by Christian Hauser, WKRC Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Green Township, Ohio (WKRC) — The Kecskes family knew something was wrong Tuesday morning when they were awoken by the family cat.

It turned out to be carbon monoxide. Investigators said the trouble started with a gas boiler in the basement. The family can’t use it again until it is professionally serviced.

Ariana Kecskes says the family cat, the normally quiet Mr. Boo, is the hero of the day. Mr. Boo is a rescue the family has had for about seven years.

…. There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the house but the family says they will go out and get some for the house.

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Second mountain lion spotted on ISU campus in 1 week

5/17/18 AP

Pocatello, Idaho — Idaho State University officials are warning people to use caution after a second mountain lion was spotted on the Pocatello campus in less than a week.

On May 11, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials tranquilized and relocated a cougar from a trail south of the university. On Wednesday, ISU officials issued a campus-wide alert after a resident reported spotting a mountain lion near the school’s Stephens Performing Arts Center.

ISU public safety officers, Pocatello police and state wildlife officials searched the area but didn’t find the big cat.

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1 dead, 1 injured after mountain lion attack on mountain bikers near North Bend

by KOMO Staff Saturday, May 19th 2018

North Bend, Wash. — A man is dead and another was taken to Harborview Medical Center on Saturday afternoon after a highly unusual fatal mountain lion attack near North Bend east of Seattle in the Cascades, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The 31-year-old man taken to the hospital is currently awake, alert and and was upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition as of Saturday evening, Harborview spokesperson Susan Gregg said.

The mountain lion was tracked and killed.

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Controversial wolf researcher agrees to leave WSU

5/15/18 AP

Pullman, Wash. — A controversial wolf researcher will accept a $300,000 settlement to leave Washington State University, the school said.

Robert Wielgus, director of the Carnivore Conservation Lab, sued the Pullman school for infringement of his academic freedom.

Wielgus angered ranchers with his research of wolf behavior. He concluded the state’s policy of killing wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second Week of May 2018
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Idaho man to serve month in jail in moose poaching case

5/18/18 AP

Coeur D’Alene, Idaho — A northern Idaho philanthropist convicted of poaching a moose near Mica Bay has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports 66-year-old John A. Huckabay was sentenced to two years in prison, but 1st District Judge Benjamin Simpson then suspended that sentence and ordered Huckabay to serve a month in jail without the chance of work release or public service release.

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Dozens more charges filed in wildlife poaching ring probe

By Evan Bush – 5/16/18 AP

Seattle — Prosecutors in Oregon have filed more than a hundred charges in an investigation of wildlife poaching that has spanned state lines and allegedly left dozens of animals shot illegally and sometimes left to rot.

The Wasco County District Attorney’s office charged eleven people with misdemeanor wildlife crimes in that county Tuesday. Some of those charged in Oregon are also being prosecuted in Washington state for allegedly killing bears, deer, elk or bobcats illegally. Members of the loose network often filmed or photographed their hunts, capturing gruesome scenes, including some in Washington that showed hunting dogs gnawing on dead or wounded bears. In some hunts, the alleged poachers left their prey to waste, collecting little meat or hide, investigators said.

Officials in both states have said the case is among the largest and most complex they’ve ever investigated, but still have not pinpointed any specific motives of the alleged poachers, other than to kill for thrill.

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Large bull escapes, takes out some shrubs in Meridian neighborhood

by KBOI News Staff Monday, May 14th 2018


Ada County Paramedics says the bull, named Ricky, got loose near Locust Grove and Ustick. Boise Fire, Meridian Police and one of Ada County Paramedic’s battalion chiefs helped wrangle Ricky. (Ada County Paramedics)

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BLM launches Wild Horse and Burro “Online Corral”

By Karole Honas May 18, 2018 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – For years the Bureau of Land Management has struggled to get its mustangs adopted.

There are more wild horses in the west then there is grass to feed them. The BLM rounds them up and allows them to be adopted, but it’s not cutting into the herds enough.

Now, the BLM hopes Wild Horse and Burro ‘Online Corral’ will connect Americans with adoptable animals.

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World Migratory Bird Day Highlights “Year of the Bird” – May 26, 2018 at Ponderosa State Park

Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945
May 18, 2018
Joint News Release from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Idaho State Parks & Recreation, and the Payette National Forest.

McCall, Idaho – As International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates its 25th year and has expanded across the globe, IMBD has become a single event, World Migratory Bird Day. “Year of the Bird” is the theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, an international celebration of the hundreds of bird species that migrate between their nesting habitats in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. This year we unify our voices for bird conservation and share ways to protect birds 365 days of the year.

There are many small actions people can take to help birds throughout the year, and across differing bird habitats. Transforming backyards into safe stopover sites with native vegetation, fresh water, and keeping cats indoors are some of the ideas we’ll explore on our local Bird Day, May 26, hosted by Ponderosa State Park in cooperation with Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Payette National Forest.

Join us for the following activities at Ponderosa State Park:

* 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Take a Buddy Birding and join the bird walk led by Diane Evans Mack, local birder with Idaho Fish and Game. Meet at the Fox Run trail head.

* 10:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. – Activities for all ages, including a Junior Rangers program. Meet at the Activity Center.

All participants are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for hiking. There is a $5.00 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee to the park, unless you have a valid Idaho Passport or Idaho Annual Pass attached to your vehicle.

For more information visit Ponderosa State Park, Payette National Forest, and IDFG Region 3 Facebook pages.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Fish and Game postpones decision on Chinook season

by Steve Bertel May 15, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise, ID – A late Chinook salmon return prompted Idaho Fish and Game commissioners to postpone a decision on setting summer fishing seasons on the Clearwater, South Fork of the Salmon and Upper Salmon rivers.

“Spring chinook fishing is currently open on several rivers, but fish have been slow to return and by Monday, May 14th, less than 800 spring Chinook had crossed Lower Granite Dam about 25 miles downstream from Lewiston. That’s less than 5 percent of the 10-year average for that date,” explained Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips.

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Spring chinook numbers on Snake, Columbia rivers improving

5/19/18 AP

Lewiston, Idaho — Spring chinook counts in the Snake and Columbia rivers are improving after a late start to this year’s run, but fishery managers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are still unsure how strong the final run will be.

Flows on the lower Columbia River have surged in recent weeks and may be the reason for a dip in the number of chinook passing Bonneville Dam last week and this week, The Lewiston Tribune reported .

Idaho’s harvest share for the Clearwater River and its tributaries could range between 1,000 and 2,500, said Joe DuPont, regional fisheries manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Lewiston. The lower number is based on how strong the run will be if its timing lines up with an average of other late runs. The larger number is based on a run timing that matches last year’s run, the latest ever recorded.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
May 18, 2018
Issue No. 873
Table of Contents

* Successful Lake Trout Suppression In Lake Pend Oreille Brings Back Kokanee; Walleye Next Challenge
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440769.aspx

* Study Looks At How Viral Disease Spreads To Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead, Hatcheries
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440768.aspx

* Spring Chinook Fishing Closed Until Run Update; Steelhead Fishing Opens In Lower Columbia
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440767.aspx

* As Spring Chinook Arrive, Steller Sea Lion Presence At Bonneville Dam Breaks Single Day Record
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440766.aspx

* Court-Ordered Spring Spill Now Moot As High Columbia/Snake Flows Forcing Involuntary Spill At Dams
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440765.aspx

* Flooding In Upper Basin Expected To Continue For Several Days; NOAA Says Above Normal Temps June-August
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440764.aspx

* Fearing Fish Disease Transmission, WDFW Denies Transfer Of Atlantic Salmon To Kitsap County Net Pens
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440763.aspx

* Draft Report On Columbia Basin Fish/Wildlife Costs In 2017 Out For Review; $450.4 Million
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440762.aspx

* NOAA Fisheries Seeking Comment On Upcoming Assessment Of Puget Sound Salmon Harvest Plan
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440761.aspx

* Montana Researchers Use Low-Cost, Aircraft Mounted ‘LiDAR’ To Locate Spawning Invasive Fish
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440760.aspx

* PGE Files Additional Points In Urging Judge To Dismiss Deschutes Water Quality Case
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440759.aspx

* Study Suggests Managers Should Reduce Fishing Pressure On Large Fish To Maintain Stocks
http://www.cbbulletin.com/440758.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Pocatello man sets new catch-and-release record for rainbow trout

30.5-inch fish tops the old record by an inch

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Provided by David Raisch

Would you release a 30.5-inch rainbow trout if you caught it? David Raisch of Pocatello did, and he’s now a state-record holder.

Raisch caught his record fish in late March and recently submitted it into Idaho Fish and Game’s catch and release records, which allows anglers to claim a state record while letting the fish live. The program started in 2016, and it complements the traditional “certified weight” records that require anglers to weigh the fish on a certified scale, which means the fish is typically killed.

Raisch was fly fishing in the Snake River when he landed the record rainbow, which coincidentally is where the previous record of 29.3 inches was caught.

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F&G News Releases

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

Family realizes its ‘puppy’ is actually black bear

Bear transported to rescue center

May 14, 2018 Local News 8

A Chinese family has turned over its pet to a wildlife rescue center after they realized the puppy they had been raising for two years was actually a black bear.

Su Yun said she started to grow suspicious of the animal when she noticed its large size and even larger appetite.

Yun said the bear ate “a box of fruits and two buckets of noodles” every day, and had eventually grown to 250 pounds.

“The more he grew, the more like a bear he looked,” Yun told Chinese media.

The animal, an endangered Asiatic Black Bear, has been relocated to the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center. Staff were reportedly so intimated by the bear that they had to sedate it before transport.

The family says it brought the bear home thinking it was a Tibetan mastiff.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Idaho History May 20, 2018

Johnny Behind-The-Rocks McKeown

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photo caption: Johnny McKeown, who became known as Johnny Behind-the-Rocks, made his living by feeding the horses of passing freighters. He charged freighters 50-cents to feed the horses and let them rest at his place overnight. Guy Whitney, who at the age of 12 stopped at McKeown’s place with his father on a freight trip, said this photo epitomizes Johnny Behind-the-rocks. “Sometimes the smell would drive you out of his shack,” Whitney said.

McKeown fed horses for freighters

Every community has its characters, just like every family has an odd uncle or a slightly different aunt. Mountain Home’s history has a number of characters; one known to many early residents was “Johnny Behind-The-Rocks.”

John McKeown was first a placer miner in Silver City, Idaho City, North Idaho, and Rocky Bar. His final residence near Dixie was built into a large rock in lean-to fashion. The dwelling was a conglomeration of willows, straw, and boards. He didn’t use any nails and the door was an old horse blanket. He raised some stock and traded with people who came and went on the old toll roads.

Many conflicting stories exist about the personality of “Johnny Behind-The-Rocks.” He kept track of the comings and goings of people on the road and thus was able to pass a lot of gossip along.

Little is known about Johnny’s family except that his finely-dressed sister visited him once – one can hypothesize why she didn’t become a regular visitor.

Johnny wasn’t known for his delight with soap and water, thus the myth that a bath given during an illness by local do-gooders caused his demise.

source: Mountain Home High School 60’s Era Classes
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John M “Johnny Behind The Rocks” McKeown

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Added by Gravely and Morticia Diggens

Birth: 1826 Ireland
Death: 1915 Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho
Burial: Mountain View Cemetery Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho

source: Find a Grave
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A look into Mountain Home’s past

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Tomas Hiler

One of the more popular men buried in the cemetery is John McKeown, better known as “Johnny-Behind-the-Rocks.” He was originally a placer miner by trade.

Before coming to the Mountain Home vicinity, he worked in Silver City, Idaho City, North Idaho and Rocky Bar. He finally homesteaded near Dixie and spent the rest of his life raising cattle and horses.

In many ways, he was a very odd individual, although he was generous to those he liked.

He was a very dirty man at the time of his last sickness. When brought to town, he wore parts of six suits and several pair of underwear with approximately $1,500 in his pockets.

McKeown needed medical care, but the first order was to have him bathed and cleaned up. As the story goes, “He just couldn’t take a bath after so many years without one.”

He was buried in the Mountain Home Cemetery, and his monument was purchased with the money found on him when he died.

Meanwhile, a newly erected sign along the Highway 20 at the base of Bennett Mountain marks the closest location by the highway where Johnny lived.

source: Mountain Home News
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source: Find a Grave
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page updated July 21, 2020

Road Report May 20

Note: Spring road conditions change quickly. Be prepared for rocks and trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: We have had sprinkles and showers the last few days, not enough to fill the pot holes, but enough to keep the streets from getting too dusty – yet. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv?13313000

Warm Lake Highway: (May 16) mail truck driver (Robert) reports clear pavement over the summit.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (May 16) mail truck driver (Robert) reports he had to cut a tree laying across the road on Friday, today no trees or rocks to move.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Report (May 15) the county graded the EFSF road, smooth driving from YP to the South Fork. (May 16) mail truck driver also reports the county had graded the road, much improved.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: (May 16) road between Yellow Pine and the dump has not been graded and is “bumpy”. The old mud hole by Golden Gate was reported mostly dry on May 9th.
Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed at Landmark for winter to full sized vehicles. There is over 2 feet of snow at 6500′ per the SNOTEL stations.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/

Lick Creek: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles. There is around 4 feet of snow at 6800′. Open between Yellow Pine and Zena Creek Ranch.
Update from FS: The Lick Creek road is slowly opening up. Currently visitors can access from the South Fork Salmon River road and get almost to Foolhen Meadows, approx. 1 mile below the Hum Lake trailhead.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles.
Trail Report: report from (May 10, 2018) Lois & I came out of Big Creek & made the following observations:
From Big Creek to about a mile south of Belvedere Creek the road is bare. From that point to the Big Culvert (old exit to Cleveland Mine Road) the road is snow covered and about 4-5 feet of snow at the Big Culvert. At Profile Gap there is about 6 feet of snow. At entrance to Red Metal Mine Road there is about 4-5 feet of snow. At Missouri Ridge road entrance there is about 2 feet of snow, and at the rock pit there is about 1 foot of snow. A determined person with a high clearance 4×4 vehicle could probably drive to the rock pit; however there is a large cottonwood tree partially blocking the Profile Road about 1-2 miles from the EFSF Road. You can probably get a pickup past the tree (perhaps with a few scratches), but trailers will be a problem. In cool mornings the snow is so hard snowmobiles will tend to heat up, but by early afternoon the snow is mushy and hard to traverse. The warm temperatures of recent days is rapidly melting the snow.
For folks wanting a visual of conditions go to the following link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_vTGffDmUUU1pTZ56psMSqk6jkU6Jf1o/view
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. Friday (May 11) report that it’s rough in some places, some wash boards starting, and still fairly smooth in other places.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Not advised to go beyond Stibnite, snow in the high elevations. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

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

Deadwood Summit: Report (May 19) from Deadwood Outfitters: Road open to Deadwood over Fir Creek.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′
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