Aug 19, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 19, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 10 Burn Permits required
May 15 Firewood Season Starts – permits at The Corner
September 2 Public meeting at the Big Creek Ranger Station re: Big Creek Hazardous Fuel Reduction
September 3 Labor Day
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:

Possible Problem Bear

A report Sunday (Aug 19) of a “BIG bear” hanging out in the upper village. Be “Bear Aware” – Remember to secure your BBQ, trash and pet food.
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Problem Mule Deer

The old mean doe is still around. A report that she killed a small dog (Dougie?) in its yard on the west side of Yellow Pine this last week. (Probably the same doe that has stomped other dogs in Yellow Pine!) Please watch your dogs and kids, and your back.
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Kiwah Fire

The Kiwah fire is burning east of Yellow Pine in the Wilderness in the Indian Creek drainage. Meadow Creek Road is Closed and the Mule Hill trail leading down into Indian Creek is closed.

8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary… Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire. – Brian Harris PNF

8/19 Point Protection Measure at Stibnite
link to FB photo:

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Ice Hole Campground

The Cascade Ranger District [has] temporarily closed Ice Hole Campground for reconstruction beginning Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

The Campground will remain closed for the remainder of the 2018 season. Project funding was provided by local Tribes and a State RV Grant.

Forest Service crews and contractors will repair existing resource damage, enabling visitors to have an improved recreational experience in the future.

link to project
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49637
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Please do not dump appliances or tires at our transfer station, it is for household trash only and must be placed in the dumpsters.

“Bring it, Don’t Burn it.” There is a burn pile for woody debris only. Please don’t put trash or cardboard in the burn pile.
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Local Events:

Will there be a Labor Day Golf Tourney ???

(List your event here for free!)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

July 24th Yellow Pine water update:

It is good to go back to the even/odd watering schedule. Even/odd means if your address is 315 Yellow Pine Avenue, you can water on odd days such as the 1st, 3rd, 5th etc. And if your address is 316, water in even numbered days. The only request is that watering be done between 6am and 1pm. Also please limit to one sprinkler at a time.

Also it is requested that no lawn watering be done August 1st through the 6th to be able to withstand the draw from Harmonica.

Our second sand filter will be on line soon and give us more capacity. Thank you everyone for your patience during the high water demand time. – SH

There was a YPWUA Annual Shareholder’s meeting Saturday July 7, no minutes yet.
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VYPA News:

Yellow Pine Village Association Minutes: August 11, 2018

Officers Present: Deb Filler, Chairman; Vice Chairman, Ronda Rogers; Treasurer, Joel Fields; Secretary, Lynn Imel; Absent: Member-at-large, Kathy Hall

The meeting was opened at 2:00 by Deb Filler

There being no objections or corrections, the minutes of the July meeting were accepted as written and posted on Facebook and community bulletin boards.

Treasurer’s report. See attached [below]. Joel Fields reported there are outstanding invoices related to the Harmonica Festival; he expects those will be presented and paid before November. Bill McIntosh explained that the grant from the McCall Chamber of Commerce for advertising required matching money to be paid out; the reimbursement and grant money of about $7,000 should be received by December.

Cemetery Report was presented by Tim Rogers. He has received the cemetery records from past Commissioner, Willie Sullivan. The financial account records are kept by the Village Treasurer, Joel Fields, who will meet with Tim to review the cemetery finances. Cemetery money is a separate fund administered by three elected Commissioners. The graves sites are being marked with numbers that correlate with the (repaired) board to be placed at the cemetery. Marge Fields reported that the map of grave sites has been digitized and each site is being identified as containing a burial, cremated remains, or a memorial stone without remains. A designation will be made for members of the Armed Forces. Burial plots can be reserved for $100. The availability of water was discussed; at present there is no water. (see below: Ron Earl elected to serve as the third commissioner on the board)

Community Hall report: Deb Filler provided the report for Kathy Hall, Chairman of that committee. The improvements in the community hall will be prioritized by the committee and financed by that fund. (see Treasurer’s report for fund amount)

Harmonica/Music Festival report: Lorrine Munn, Chairman, presented the report on the event. Thanks to numerous volunteers the event was very successful. A complete financial printout will be provided at the September meeting. The gross so far recorded is greater than the previous year’s event.

Election of Cemetery Commissioner: Ron Earl was unanimously elected to the Cemetery Board. Tim Rogers, Ron Earl and Marge Fields serve on that Board.

Old Business

Steve Holloway provided an up-date on the status of the water supply provided by Yellow Pine Water Users Association.

* The main focus of the water board is the create and maintain a safe system for users and staff.

* The second bay of the sand filter is functioning and approved by DEQ.

* Chlorine level is being adjusted as required. It may fluctuate during peak use.

* Please cooperate on lawn watering. Odd addresses water on odd days; even addresses on even days. Water lawns in the morning, use only one sprinkler, shut off by 1:00 p.m. so chlorine levels can be adjusted.

* Weekend users water lawns when they are in YP. Full time residents during the week days.

* No lawn watering on Harmonica Festival weekend.

* Warren Drake has been hired as a licensed operator ($1,200/mo.) as required by regulations. He makes required adjustments, manages samples, and deals with DEQ when necessary. He also works for other small water companies.

* If air gets into the water lines, DEQ requires that a notice be issued to boil domestic water.

* Work is underway to create an accurate map of all water lines and plan future work.

* Dave McClintock has agreed to help if there is an emergency in the winter.

* The Board will try to have a member attend YP town meetings to answer questions.

(YPWU Board: Willie Sullivan, Stu Edwards, Dawn Brown, Steve Holloway, Dave Prouty. The YPWU is not administered or affiliated with the Village of Yellow Pine Association.)

Midas Gold will be giving the Yellow Pine community three $10,000 donations over the next three years. Yellow Pine selected four representatives to work as liaisons between the community and Midas Gold. (Lorrine Munn, Cecil Dallman, Willie Sullivan, Lynn Imel) They identified community needs and selected the water supply system as being the most important need. The $10,000 donation will be made directly to the YPWU. The Water Board will decide the best use of the money. The remaining two annual donations will be designated at later dates.

Noxious Weed program: The county coordinator has completed the Yellow Pine spraying project and accounted for all of the equipment loaned.

Golf Tournament Joel Fields, Marge Fields, and Kathy Hall announced they will be organizing the 2019 July 4th golf tournament. (Golf tournaments are not affiliated with the Village of Yellow Pine Assoc.)

Harmonica/Music Festival 2019 chairman: Lorrine Munn offered to serve as chairman for next year’s event. Unanimously approved.

New Business

There being no further topics for discussion, the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted for publishing by Lynn Imel

Financial report to accompany minutes:

Fund Description 8/10/18 Balance
General Village Fund $1,724.51
Cemetery Fund $5,732.38
Harmonica Fund $20,419.19
Community Hall Fund $1,817.16
Restrooms Fund $6,050.76
Road & Ditch Fund $500.00
Total Community Funds $36,244.00

Next VYPA Meeting:

September 8, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
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YPFD News:

There was a YPFD Fire Commissioner Meeting June 9, no minutes yet.

There was a YPFD Fire Commissioner Meeting August 6, no minutes yet.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2018 to September 20, 2019, pursuant to County Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Saturday September 08, 2018, at 10:00 AM. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposal budget should be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimate set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal year 2018 – 2019.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2018 – 2019:

* Fire Fighting/Rescue: $8,132
* Wages: $0
* Advertising: $2,000
* Repairs and Maintenance: $4,000
* Utilities (Fixed Cost*) $4,000

Total:
Fixed: $4,000
Insurance $2,500
Total $18,132

I, Dan Stiff, Chair Yellow Pine Fire Commissioner, Yellow Pine, Idaho, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2018 – 2019. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two (2) conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on September 08, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Yellow Pine Community Hall, and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of the proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 320 Westside Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho, 83677.

Dated this 15th day of August 2018

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Burn Permits Needed After May 10

A reminder that May 10 is beginning of fire season where burning permits for open burning are required throughout most Fire Districts. Since the YPFD doesn’t issue actual “Burn Permits” per say, notification of a large pile burn would be appreciated. The notification makes the fire officials aware of those who have a planned burn. Seeing smoke can easily raise concerns. When neighbors call in seeing smoke, we can reduce their anxiety by knowing that there was a notification by a property owner. This elevates the response to smoke investigations.

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

Next meeting:

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

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

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 / Life Flight:

A lot of progress has been made on the new Helipad near the crossroads.

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

– Fire Chief Jeff

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

Yellow Pine Lodge

Open for summer (208) 633-3377
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Summer Hours: 8am to close 7 days a week.

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 633-3325

Our hours for this week: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-close

We will also be cooking most of the week for private events so if anyone wants something outside of those hours just call and we can usually accommodate.

The Corner Store is open as well, just call for grocery needs, fresh produce, eggs, meat etc.
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430
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Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 13) overnight low of 43 degrees, clear sky and light haze of smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. Gravel truck/trailer turning around on the residential streets with back-up beepers before 830am. Good water pressure this morning. A few finches and a couple of pine siskins visiting. Getting breezy before noon, clear and good air. Increasing haze late afternoon, hot and breezy, high of 89 degrees. Cooling off some after sundown, lighter breezes.

Tuesday (Aug 14) overnight low of 42 degrees, clear sky and light haze of smoke this morning, Green AQ. It has been 45 days since our last drop of rain, very dry! Low water pressure. Gravel truck traffic from the pit going up Johnson Creek road. Female hairy woodpecker and a couple of female/juvenile hummingbirds, pine squirrel “chipping” from the fence and a couple of chipmunks dashing about. Local streets are very dusty. A few pine siskins visited early after lunch. Clear, sunny, hot and gusty hot breezes early in the afternoon, high of 92 degrees. Increasing smoke to the west later in the afternoon. Little male downy woodpecker visited this evening and a raven calling from the forest. Clear, warm, hazy and almost calm after sundown. Yellow AQ.

Wednesday (Aug 15) overnight low of 41 degrees, clear sky and moderate haze of smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. Gravel trucks hauling from the pit up Johnson Creek. Good water pressure. A few pine siskins and a red-breasted nuthatch, not many birds around. Getting a bit breezy by lunch time. Hot by early afternoon, moderate haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and hot variable breezes, high of 94 degrees. Quiet and very warm evening, female/juvenile calliope hummingbird at the feeder. Warm evening, haze of smoke and setting sun paints everything with a golden glow. Slow to cool down after sunset.

Thursday (Aug 16) overnight low of 50 degrees, mostly cloudy above the smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. A couple of loud airplanes around 9am. (Airport Webcam is not reporting.) Low water pressure. A couple of juvenile jays trying to figure out the suet feeder, not many birds around. Two hummingbirds visited at lunch time, one was a young male calliope. Hot, cloudy and smoky by early afternoon, light hot breezes, very dry, high of 93 degrees. Quiet evening, better water pressure. Mostly cloudy after sundown and warm. Golden crescent moon in the southwest at dark.

Friday (Aug 17) overnight low of 52 degrees, mostly cloudy to partly clear above the smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. A few cassins finches and a couple of hummingbirds visiting. Good water pressure. Raven calling just before lunch time. Hot this afternoon, high of 90 degrees, cloudy, smoky and breezy. This evening towering thunderheads to the east (partly cloudy) variable breezes and perhaps the sound of thunder (or dump trucks) and haze of smoke. Slow to cool off after sundown, a little breezy before midnight.

Saturday (Aug 18) overnight low of 49 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke, Yellow AQ. It appears the thunderstorms tracked north of McCall last evening, no rain or lightning. Finches and hummingbirds visiting this morning, several chipmunks scurrying around. Gravel truck/trailer parked on main street, not sure if they are hauling today. Pine siskins showed up for a lunch time seed snack. Mid-afternoon “chunky” clouds, warm and light breezes, haze of smoke, high of 86 degrees. Dusty streets! Comical juvenile stellar jay visited. Increasing smoke this evening. Female hairy woodpecker visited before sundown. Low smoke coming upriver this evening (probably from the Rattlesnake Creek fire), and high “clouds” of smoke in an otherwise clear sky. Fat first quarter moon tinted orange in the south west just at dark.

Sunday (Aug 19) overnight low of 45 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke, Yellow AQ. Finches, pine siskins and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Getting breezy before lunch time. Water pressure down a little. A few small clouds by early afternoon, thicker haze of smoke, hot and breezy. Hot dry afternoon, high of 90 degrees, haze of smoke and some thin high clouds streaking the sky, light breezes. Female hairy woodpecker and a juvenile jay visited the suet feeder early this evening. Not seeing as many colombian ground squirrels, but plenty of chipmunks. Low smoke coming up river before sundown, yellow air quality.
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RIP:

Gene Battles

June 14, 1937 – August 4, 2018

Gene was born on Flag Day (June 14), 1937 to Paul and Gracie Battles in Hanford, Calif. They soon moved to Coalinga, Calif. where his dad worked in the oil fields.

He was joined by two brothers and two sisters. He had a good childhood growing up in a small town and getting into all the mischief one did at that time with friends.

In 1954 he enlisted in the Army. After basic training in Atlanta he was sent to Ft. Richardson, Alaska, near Anchorage. He really liked Alaska and wanted to stay, but had to return to California when his enlistment was up for his separation from the service.

It took him 11 years to return. In the meantime he married Betty Lindsay, they had two daughters, Debbie and Brenda. He became an iron worker and welder.

He still wanted to go back to Alaska, so he packed up his family and headed up the Alcan for what the Betty felt was a “hair raising” trip. He went to work building metal buildings and later working on the oil drilling platforms out in the Kenai Inlet and on the North Slope preparing for the oil pipeline to be built.

He and Betty parted ways. Cold weather hit and work shut down, so he and Elaine left for California to find winter work and see family. While there, his sister Claudia introduced them to the Bomengens, who owned West Mountain Lodge in Cascade. They were looking for a manager for the lodge and cabins on the west side of Cascade Lake.

Gene was always going back to Alaska but thought a couple of years on the way would be okay. That turned into 45 years.

After two years at the lodge, they started Gene’s Pump Service installing water pumps working with Gary Wilson of Gary’s Well Drilling. The next year his brother Clay and his family moved to Cascade. They partnered and began also installing septic systems and built some log houses.

In 1988 they went to New Zealand with Elaine’s parents and brother and his wife. They stayed for six weeks renting a van and touring both islands. His mother-in-law said she never laughed so much or had such a good trip. I attribute that to Gene’s good nature and fun ways.

Work dried up with a downturn in the economy. So, Gene bought a truck and began delivering freight for Action Express out of Boise to Cascade, McCall and New Meadows. When that slowed down he went to work for Ray Arnold driving Ray’s truck coast to coast. He got to see a lot of country and Elaine got to go with him, too, sometimes.

After being away from home most of the time for five years, he quit and went to work for Harp Oil delivering fuel locally and to the back country, Stibnite, Thunder Mountain, Big Creek and Warren. He became manager when Bud Harp retired.

After 11 years he retired from that. He and Elaine bought a travel trailer and made many great trips all around the country reconnecting with old friends and family.

Even though he never made it back to Alaska, except for visits, his 45 years in Cascade were very good until he began experiencing Alzheimer’s and they stayed home close to family. It is a terrible disease that slowly steals your abilities, your memories, your personality and then your life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Gracie Battles and his daughter Brenda.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, daughters Debbie (Mark) Duty, Vicki (Carl) Nickels and Doneva Daggett. Also brothers Clay and Dennis and sisters Helen Brown and Claudia Beswick and two half sisters Linda and Robin plus numerous grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews..

He received excellent care from Ashley Manor – Highmont in Boise and from Auborn Crest Hospice. They were wonderful to him and to his family.

We will have a celebration of his life at the American Legion on Sept 22, 2018, giving his family and friends all time to be able to come. He was the best partner I could ever ask for.

source: The Star-News
https://www.mccallstarnews.com/

Note: For those who wish to send a card to Elaine, email me for her address. – rrS
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Frances Elen Olson

Frances Elen Olson, 81 of Cascade, passed away peacefully at her home after a four year battle with cancer.

Frances was born on Dec. 13, 1937, in Caldwell to Obie and Lottie Haskins. Frances spent all of her youth and most of her adult life in Cascade. Frances attended K-12 at the Cascade School as well as did all her children.

In 1952 the love of her life Thomas N. Olson moved to town. In March of 1956 (their senior year) Tom and Frances snuck off to Lovelock Nevada and got married. When they returned home to Cascade they each went home like nothing happened and kept it a secret from family and friends until after they graduated.

Later that year the first of five children were born a son Tammy followed by daughters Tronnie and Rorie and sons Tom Jr. and Tobie.

After graduation Tom worked for J.I. Morgan and they lived in New Meadows for a couple years before settling back in Cascade.

Upon returning to Cascade the two built their forever home where they spent over 60 years together raising their family. Frances raised kids while working as a swim instructor, where she shared her love to swim, teaching the community children.

She spent time helping at the hospital, worked part time at the Boise Cascade mill and remained active in the electoral committee until recent years. In 1979 Tom and Frances started their own business, Olson’s Excavating, and for 35 years she was the secretary and chief bottle washer.

Most of the crew knew her as “Gram” and the only trouble at work scarier than having to answering to Tom in the field was having to answer to “Gram” in the office.

In 2004 Tom and Frances retired and sold the business to Tobie. After retiring they spent time together around Cascade in the summers and traveled to Arizona during the winters to enjoy time with old friends and new acquaintances.

Frances lived her entire life with her focus on her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to all that knew her. She always stood firm for what she believed.

Frances never knew a stranger. Her home and kitchen was open day or night to anyone that needed it. She loved to cook and have her family near.

She loved music and did not always stick to singing in the shower. It was no surprise to find her humming or singing along to a tune in the grocery store or yodeling in the kitchen to entertain the kids or grandkids while she prepared a meal.

Frances gave a whole new meaning to:

Dance as though no one is watching
Love as though you have never loved before
Sing as though no one can hear you
Live as though heaven is on earth

Frances truly loved life and her family and had a strong religious belief that carried her through. Frances was so much too so many, her legacy will live forever, she will be greatly missed by all of those that had the pleasure to know this truly amazing woman.

Frances is survived by Husband Tom Sr., children Rorie, Tom Jr., and Tobie; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by parents Obie and Lottie, son Tammy, daughter Tronnie, brother’s Jessie, Albert, and Roy

A funeral service will be held Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall located at 105 E Mill Street, Cascade with a potluck to follow.

source: The Star-News
https://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Idaho News:

Is Your 911 Dollar Going to the Right County?

Valley County Sheriff’s Office August 15, 2018

Have you recently moved to Valley County or have you changed your provider recently?

Many of you may not know that your Federal mandated dollar might be going to the wrong Public Safety entity. When you move to Valley County and you have had your cell phone activated in another area, your 911 dollar is still going to the original County that your cell phone was set up in. We are encouraging our citizens to double check their cell phone bill to see if the 911 money is actually coming to Valley County and not where you use to live. To do this, check your bill or call your cell phone provider and ask them. If it is still going to your old residence’s agency, then have them switch it to Valley County. The 911 money is federally mandated to come out of a phone bill and help the Public Safety Agency in which you live in to pay for 911 equipment in your area. This does not apply to a home phone or a hard line, that is automatically done at the phone company and goes off of your physical address, this is only for cell phones. So please check and make sure that your contribution is going to the right place.

source: Valley County Sheriff’s Office FB
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McCall hosts housing forum in an attempt to combat one of the biggest problems in Valley County

Steve Dent Aug 13, 2018 KIVI TV

McCall – Tourism continues to grow in McCall and the surrounding Valley County and that was pretty evident with the traffic and people at the beach on a Monday afternoon.

“Tourism is the bread and butter for a lot of our communities in the west central mountains,” said Andrew Mentzer the executive director of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council.

Although the tourism industry is booming, business face a shortage of workers and fueling that is the lack of affordable housing in the McCall.

“It is a huge challenge, a lot of our service industries our restaurants have had to cut back services because they don’t have enough workers,” said McCall Mayor Jackie Aymon. “Local housing, workforce housing or whatever you want to call it is probably the number one issue and one of the biggest obstacles of economic development in our community.”

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Valley County Sheriff: 17-year-old falls in Payette Lake, in ‘grave condition’

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Cascade, Idaho (CBS2) — Sunday afternoon emergency services responded to Payette Lake after reports of a 17-year-old fell into the water as he was paddle boarding.

Deputies say the 17-year-old’s father called 911 and reported that his son was on a paddle board near their pontoon boat when he collapsed into the water. The father said his son was not breathing and they were trying to get them on the pontoon boat.

The sheriff’s office says the 17-year-old was wearing a US Coast Guard approved life jacket at the time.

Valley County Marine Patrol responded in three minutes.

The 17-year-old was brought over to the sheriff’s office patrol boat where first aid was rendered and finally CPR was performed on the male. While doing this, the Marine Patrol took the male to the McCall Fire and EMS boat and was transferred to St. Luke’s McCall and then by air ambulance to St. Luke’s Downtown where the sheriff’s office says he is in “grave condition”.

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Public Utility

UTV owners gather at Brundage Mountain for ‘takeover’

By Max Silverson for The Star-News August 16, 2018

Erika Christensen and her family gathered at Brundage Mountain Resort on Friday to watch barrel racing, but there was not a horse in sight.

Instead, the Christensen family watched contestants riding in UTVs taking turns ripping around in circles.

The races were just one event of the UTV Takeover, which drew an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 people to Brundage, which served as a base for outings and tours.

Activities throughout the event were intended to foster a family-friendly environment.

… Activities during the week included 100-mile group rides to places like Yellow Pine and Warren, plus shorter 50 mile rides to places like Granite Lake, Hazard Lake and the Brundage Mountain fire lookout.

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Whooping cough outbreak worsens in southwestern Idaho

Whooping cough has sickened roughly 122 people in the region. Health officials say those numbers could go higher when school starts.

Rebecca Boone Associated Press August 14, 2018

Boise — Health officials say a whooping cough outbreak has now sickened roughly 122 people in southwestern Idaho, and they’re warning those numbers could increase with the start of the school year.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, can be avoided with a series of vaccines. But the illness can be serious or even fatal for infants because the vaccine series takes multiple months to complete.

Cases of pertussis have been found throughout the Southwest District Health region, which includes Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties. But the bulk of them have occurred in Canyon County, where 94 people have contracted the disease.

District environmental health supervisor Jami Delmore says people who have a cough that lasts two weeks should see a health care provider to determine if the illness is pertussis. The disease is treatable with a five-day course of antibiotics.

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CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Oregon

Some 107 people have contracted the measles thus far in 2018, according to the CDC.

Mark Bergin August 15, 2018 KTVB

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the spread of measles in 21 states, including Florida.

The Florida Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child in Pinellas County.

The other states included are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C.

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Idaho Falls couple rescued after being lost in cave for nearly 2 days

AP August 14, 2018

Jackson Hole, Wyo. (AP) – A man and woman got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them.

Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole News and Guide the Idaho Falls couple had burned their backpacks and other gear to stay warm after getting soaked by a waterfall in the Darby Canyon Ice Cave.

The 27-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife left Idaho Falls at 7 a.m. Saturday to explore the caves. Their family called authorities when they didn’t return.

Carr says rescuers found them shivering and “unable to move” and helped them out of the cave around 11 p.m. Sunday.

The undersheriff says the cave system is mazelike and unmapped and only experienced spelunkers are encouraged to enter.

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Pilot makes emergency landing into Snake River

Steve Bertel Aug 14, 2018 KIVI TV


picture by Doug Locksmith

Owyhee County – A pilot suffering an undisclosed health condition was apparently forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday morning into the Snake River.

It happened about 10:30 a.m., near the Sunrise Skypark in Owyhee County, according to an Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

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Plane crashes in Caribou County

The pilot and passengers were sent to the hospital

By Lindsay Kerr August 13, 2018 Local News 8

Caribou County, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office along with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash that happened Monday morning.

The Lincoln County, Wyoming Sheriff’s office received a 911 call around 9 a.m. about a plane crash in a heavily wooded area northwest of the Smoky Canyon Mine in Caribou County.

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Officials release names of individuals in plane crash

The pilot and passengers were sent to the hospital

By Lindsay Kerr August 15, 2018 Local News 8

The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of those involved in a plane crash that happened Monday morning.

Pilot John Craig Koehler, 66, of Afton, Wyoming, passenger Evan Zane Hathaway, 29, of Afton, Wyoming and passenger Tristan Brant Smith, 41, of Smoot, Wyoming were rescued from the crash.

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Two dead after plane leaves Caldwell and crashes in Baker City

by CBS 2 News Monday, August 13th 2018


(Photo courtesy Baker County Sheriff)

Caldwell, Idaho (CBS2) — Deputies say two people died Saturday after their plane crashed in a Baker City hay field.

The hay field was located near Lindley Road and I84.

According to Baker County Sheriff, 77-year-old William Watts and 70-year-old Mihoko Matsuda Nelsen died in the crash.

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Judge: Idaho violated US Constitution with oil leases order

by Keith Ridler Associated Press Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Boise, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several mineral rights owners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state’s decision.

The ruling Monday in U.S. District Court in Boise could have significant ramifications for a state-approved process intended to prevent a minority of mineral rights owners from stopping natural gas and oil production.

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Fire News:

August 19, 2018 Fire Update

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Three firefighters injured on Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Feared high winds never arrived, aiding efforts

By Max Silverson for The Star-News August 16, 2018

Three people were injured this week on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire south of Riggins, while the Kiwah Fire in eastern Valley County crept closer to the area proposed for gold mining by Midas Gold Corp.

Two members of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot team received burns when a large snag fell on them while working near the end of their shift, Forest Service Public Information Officer Al Koss said.

… A total of 22 people had been injured as of Tuesday on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, Koss said.

“Injuries vary from heat stroke to cuts, bruises and sprains to serious injuries such as snags falling on the hotshot members,” he said.

A third person working on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire was hospitalized in an incident on Monday unrelated to the accident involving the two hotshots, Koss said.

… Midas Gold may be forced to evacuate personnel at the Stibnite mine if the Kiwah Fire closes in, Midas Gold Inc. Vice President of Public Affairs Mckinsey Lyon said.

The fire is burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness with minimal intervention from firefighters.

Firefighters will be used stop the fire’s spread and protect structures should it move closer to the Stibnite area, Payette National Forest Public Affairs Office Brian Harris said.

… Kiwah Fire

The Kiwah Fire had grown to an estimated 15,437 acres as of Wednesday in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness within the Indian Creek drainage.

The fire was ignited by a lightning strike on July 17 and has been largely allowed to play its natural role in the wilderness under Forest Service policies.

Currently 17 firefighters are assigned to the Kiwah Fire. On Tuesday the fire was active in the basin to the east of Battle Axe Mountain, the Forest Service said.

The Kiwah fire was burning about 3.5 miles from the Midas Gold operations on Tuesday, Lyon said.

“Under our current plan, if a fire reaches within 1.5 miles of . . . . potential evacuation routes, or if USFS Fire Crews advise, we have instructed our employees to leave the site,” she said.

Midas Gold has taken measures to protect buildings and equipment at the site and will rely on firefighters if the Kiwah fire approaches, Lyon said.

The site houses offices, a shed housing core drilling samples, employee housing, a solar power facility and a fuel storage area, Lyon said.

Most of Midas’ buildings on site are sided and roofed with metal, which makes them less likely to burn, she said.

The company’s operations on the site are minimal while it awaits an environmental review of its proposed gold and antimony mine in the area.

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Land, roads reopen in fire’s wake

Sharps Fire now 90 percent contained

Mark Dee August 17, 2018 IME

With closures lifting and the Sharps Fire 90 percent contained Thursday morning, crews continued to scale back efforts on the 64,853-acre burn.

The Southern Idaho Type 3 team, which marshals the 100 or so firefighters now assigned to the blaze, plans to hand over operations to a smaller, local unit on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Their main task will be to monitor the burnout and rehab land upended during suppression, including removing berms and repairing bulldozed fire lines—just the first steps in a long process of restoring the burnout, almost three weeks after the fire was first sparked east of Bellevue.

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Mining News:

Full Midas Press Release – Kiwah Fire

As of August 14, the Kiwah fire was burning approximately 3.5 miles from our project location.

Our first concern is the safety of all employees, contractors and other visitors to site. We have watched the situation closely and cannot thank the USFS fire crews enough for their assistance, clear and consistent communication and their dedication to keeping everyone safe.

Our current standard operating procedure for evacuating the camp in the event of a wildfire is based on the limited size crew and personal property at site. We are currently operating under the terms of our emergency fire response and evacuation plan and in the future, when we are in construction and operations, we will further develop this plan to comply with company and Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requirements (PRO 8-27) for expanded personnel and activities on site.

Under our current plan, if a fire reaches within 1.5 miles of Stibnite, the Yellow Pine Stibnite road, Profile Creek Jct. or Monumental Summit, which are potential evacuation routes, or if USFS Fire Crews advise, we have instructed our employees to leave the site. The fire did get close to this boundary over the weekend but the fire has since moved to the north east and away from our site.

1. What buildings, equipment, supplies, etc. are in place at the site that could be in harm’s way?

a. Current infrastructure at the site includes our offices, core shed, employee housing, solar power facility, fuel storage area and laydown yards.

b. Most of Midas’ buildings on site are sided and roofed with metal which makes them less likely to be impacted by fire.

c. We also have vehicles and machinery up at site that we use in our day-to-day operations.

d. We’ve done as much as we can to reduce the likelihood any existing infrastructure will be in harm’s way. Over the years, the Forest Service has implemented wildland fire mitigation measures to trim and thin potential hazards around site. We have also implemented many preventative measures like thinning vegetation, keeping the site clear of debris and creating fire-safe perimeters around buildings located on private land.

e. A lot of the area surrounding the immediate site has been impacted by forest fires in the past. This means most of the land package held by Midas Gold has been impacted by forest fire so there is limited fuel left in the area to burn.

2. Is Midas Gold sending its own personnel and equipment to the area to implement protection and set up patrols? If so, how many people and what sort of equipment?

a. We have staff on site 24 hours a day. However, if the fire gets within the 1.5 mile boundary, we will leave the site. We are most concerned with keeping our team safe and letting the crews at the USFS do their job.

b. The current fire location and our project are within the USFS fire protection zone boundary. We are not allowed, or trained, to fight forest fires. The Forest Service has the training and the expertise to protect Stibnite.

c. Until a fire reaches the evacuation perimeter, and we have to leave, we will help firefighters in any way we can. We have large (2,000-3,000 gallon) water tanks placed near the infrastructure at site and in locations for fire crews to use, if needed. In the past and, if requested by the Forest Service, we can provide access to our water well and airstrip to facilitate the Forest Service activities.

d. Our fuel storage area is protected by multiple containments to make sure it is protected in situations like this. The fuel is stored in double walled containers which are placed in a cement enclosure with an impermeable liner. In addition, the cement enclosure is surrounded by an unvegetated buffer zone with cement knee walls to minimize risk of fire entering the area. As one final layer of protection, the water tank near the fuel storage area is equipped to spray a fine mist over the fuel storage area in case we need to leave the site.

3. Which resources are considered the most critical and would receive the highest level of protection?

a. The absolute most important resource at site is our team. Our employees and people at the site receive the highest level of protection, which is why we instruct our crews to not engage in fighting the fire.

b. This summer we have 2-17 staff members on site plus contractors who are working to complete special projects.

4. What kinds of protection will be implemented? Foam? Foil wraps? Sprinkler systems? All of the above?

a. As mentioned above, we’ve implemented many preventative measures like thinning vegetation, keeping the site clear of debris and creating fire-safe perimeters around buildings. The Forest Service would implement Point Protection measures at our facilities but the metal structures at Stibnite do not require wrapping or foaming.

b. At this stage in our operations, we will not deploy additional protections other than water tanks located next to our infrastructure.

5. Will Midas rely on fire managers to provide protection or will Midas supplement those methods as needed?

a. We have taken the preventative measures we feel are necessary to protect the existing infrastructure at the site. We will now rely on fire managers to provide protection in the case of a wildfire. In these extreme situations, everyone is safer when the trained experts can do their job without interference or interruption.

Mckinsey Lyon
Director of Public Affairs
Midas Gold Inc.
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Commission takes up bridge concerned in gold haul route

By Lorie Palmer August 14, 2018 Idaho County Free Press

Grangeville, ID — Concern for a bridge – mainly, for who would be liable for injuries and repairs if it failed under freight weight – is expected to hold up new Orogrande-area gold digs for a month or more while Idaho County researches road history details and prepares to enter an agreement that may involve residents and the company now leasing the old Friday Mine.

Following an Aug. 7 Idaho County Commission meeting, the Lewiston Tribune reported Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, that a project by Sweden-based Endomines could yield 75,000 ounces of gold while employing 10-plus workers for seven to 10 years.

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Lawsuit: Dredge mining done without permits in Idaho river

By Keith Ridler – 8/15/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — A conservation group has filed a federal lawsuit contending a miner in Idaho is ignoring environmental laws and encouraging unpermitted mining by other gold seekers.

In its citizen enforcement lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, the Idaho Conservation League contends that suction dredge mining by Shannon Poe of Concord, California, is violating the federal Clean Water Act on the South Fork of the Clearwater River.

… Federal and state agencies have repeatedly notified Poe of the violations, but Poe denies he is subject to the Clean Water Act, the lawsuit says. Poe didn’t respond to a phone message Wednesday.

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Public Lands:

BC-YP-SF August 23rd Meeting

This is just a reminder that the August meeting will be held at 10:00 am at the E.O.C in Cascade Thursday the 23rd next week.

Josie Greenwood
STEAM and Environmental Educator
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Appeals court ruling halts giant forest project in Idaho

By Keith Ridler – 8/16/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — A giant forest project in Idaho is on hold following a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The decision Monday halts the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning to reduce forest fire risks and the closing of some roads.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit and appeal. It contends the project allows more logging of mature forests, which harms species that rely on old-growth. The group also said the project harms fish habitat for federally protected bull trout.

Other environmental groups backed the project.

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Portion of Long Gulch Road closed for bridge construction

Mountain Home, Idaho, Aug. 16, 2018 — The Boise National Forest is announcing that a portion of Long Gulch Road (Forest Road 213), located approximately 7 miles northwest of Prairie, will be closed while the bridge over Rattlesnake Creek is replaced.

The Mountain Home Highway District (MHHD) will enact the closure and begin construction on Aug. 20, with work expected to be completed before the Labor Day weekend. This portion of the road is managed and maintained by MHHD.

The existing timber bridge has exceeded its designed life and is being replaced with funding from the Forest Service, MHHD, and the Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee. Once complete, the new structure will be wider and longer to better accommodate higher stream flows and trailer travel.

For more information contact the Mountain Home Highway District, 208-587-3211.
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Critter News:

Photos: Corgi Fest packs Ann Morrison Park with puppy love

Saturday Corgi Fest packed Ann Morrison Park with corgis from around Idaho. The event benefits Idaho Humane Society and Fuzzy Paws Rescue.

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Pet Talk – Prostate Cancer in Dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt August 17, 2018 IME

Prostate cancer is the development of a malignant tumor of the prostate. It occurs in both neutered and unneutered dogs. Although castration protects against most other prostatic diseases, it does not always prevent prostate cancer. Castration does not increase the risk of prostate cancer. The most common type of prostate cancer is called transitional cell carcinoma, which typically spreads from the bladder or urethra. Occasionally, other types of cancer can spread to the prostate (metastasis) from cancers in other organs of the body. The only way to distinguish the different types of cancer is to biopsy the dog’s prostate and send the biopsy samples to a veterinary pathologist.

Clinical signs occur as the tumor enlarges and presses on the urethra, the tube conveying urine from the bladder to the penis. Bloody urine, bloody or yellow discharges from the penis, straining to urinate and straining to defecate may all occur. If the tumor grows into the urethra, it can obstruct urine flow. Prostate cancer can spread to the backbone, leading to pain or difficulty at the rear legs while walking. An enlarged and irregular prostate can be detected by rectal palpitation, just like in humans.

Diagnostic tests are always performed. These include blood tests, urinalyses and abdominal X-rays. Chest X-rays may be indicated to search for metastases. Examination of tissue specimens is necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Cells are attained by needle aspiration of the prostate using ultrasound to guide the needle into the prostatic tumor. These cells are sent to a pathologist to confirm the diagnosis.

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MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter receives $530 grant

The Star-News August 16, 2018

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter in McCall has received a $530 Petfinder Cat Enrichment Grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

The Cat Enrichment Grant program was awarded to Petfinder organizations by providing funds to purchase cat enrichment toys to stimulate their minds, making them more adoptable.

The Petfinder.com Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com

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Big Hole range rider tracks wolves toward middle ground

By Ted Mcdermott – 8/11/18 AP

Jackson, Mont. — Chet Robertson found the spot he was headed to on a recent morning by doing what he’s done six hours a day, July through September, for the last eight summers: following wolves.

The wolves that led Robertson here, to a little island made by the braiding of Miner Creek, on the west side of the Big Hole, had cornered some elk and wounded one of them.

“But they headed right down this trail here,” Robertson says, “so off I go.”

A range rider hired by the Big Hole Watershed Commission, a Divide-based conservation nonprofit, Robertson’s job is, at its core, profoundly simple.

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Famous Oregon wolf OR-7 sires 5th consecutive litter of pups

8/15/18 AP

Portland, Ore. — A wolf known as OR-7 that established the first gray wolf pack in western Oregon in six decades has sired at least one pup for his fifth consecutive year, wildlife biologists said Wednesday.

Three wolf pups were captured frolicking in front of a remote camera set up in southwest Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said Amaroq Weiss, of the Center for Biological Diversity. The footage was recorded in early July and released this week.

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Togo wolf pack responsible for killing cattle

8/14/18 AP

Spokane, Wash. — Members of the Togo wolf pack in the Colville National Forest of eastern Washington state killed one cow and injured another last week.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the Togo pack is responsible for five depredations in the past 10 months, including two last November and one in May.

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Fish and Game set traps to catch young grizzly bear roaming around N. Idaho homes

Idaho Fish and Game officials said they received several calls about the bear raiding chicken coops near Athol.

Taylor Viydo KTVB August 15, 2018

Athol, Id. — The race is on to catch a young grizzly bear spotted near some homes in Kootenai County.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said they received several calls about the bear raiding chicken coops near Athol.

As of Tuesday, Fish and Game has just one trap in this area to get a hold of the two-and-a-half-year-old grizzly.

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Idaho wildlife officials relocate chicken-chasing grizzly

8/17/18 AP

Athol, Id. — Wildlife officials in northern Idaho have trapped and relocated a young grizzly bear that was reportedly raiding chicken coops and damaging sprinkler heads near the small town of Athol.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional conservation officer Craig Walker told the Coeur d’Alene Press that the bear was seen roaming for five days between Chilco and Athol. After the grizzly was spotted digging up a dead goat that had been recently buried in a field, authorities brought in a trap and used a chunk of the goat as bait.

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Health officials: Boise County bat tests positive for rabies

Steve Bertel Aug 16, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise – A bat found in Boise County has tested positive for rabies, making it the second rabid bat discovered in Idaho this season, health officials said.

“The bat was found inside a Boise County home where it had potential contact with a dog. The dog was current on its rabies vaccine. Those who were staying at the home are being assessed for potential exposure,” said Central District Health Department spokesperson Christine Myron.

… “It’s important that people have their pets vaccinated to protect them in case they interact with a rabid bat or other wild animal. It’s also important for parents to talk to their kids about not touching wild animals.”

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Boaters urged to avoid Chinook salmon spawning nests

Steve Bertel Aug 14, 2018 KIVI TV

Stanley, Idaho – Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15, all boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River will be urged to steer clear of Chinook salmon spawning nests — known as redds — as they navigate the 100-mile-long National Wild and Scenic River in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

“The Chinook spawning season on the main-stem Middle Fork occurs for a month, from August 15 to September 15. The Middle Fork Ranger District will mark key salmon spawning areas, so boaters know which areas to avoid,” said Steve Stuebner, spokesman for the Middle Fork Outfitters Association.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
August 17, 2018
Issue No. 882
Table of Contents

* Report Summarizes Tribes’ Work, Results From 10 Years Of Columbia River Fish Accords
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441301.aspx

* Willamette Falls Sea Lion Task Force Meets Three Days Next Week To Review Lethal Removal Request
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441299.aspx

* Deadline Extended For Amendments To Columbia River Basin Fish And Wildlife Program
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441298.aspx

* BPA Briefs NW Power/Conservation Council On The Spring Spill Surcharge Numbers
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441297.aspx

* Commercial Fishing For Columbia River Fall Chinook To Open For Treaty, Non-Treaty Gillnetters
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441296.aspx

* Council Gets Update On BPA Efforts To Reduce Funding For Fish/Wildlife Program Projects
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441295.aspx

* WDFW Restricts Fisheries On Columbia River, Two Tributaries To Support Steelhead Run
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441294.aspx

* Council Approves Letter Inviting Nominees To Regional Science Review Panels, Approves Members
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441293.aspx

* Lawsuit Filed Calling For Expanding, Revising Critical Habitat For Southern Resident Killer Whales
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441292.aspx

* Study Suggests Young Salmon May Leap To Remove Parasitic Sea Lice
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441291.aspx

* Basin Climate Outlook: Continued Hot, Dry Weather Expected For Coming Months, With More Wildfire Potential
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441290.aspx

* WDFW Seeking Public Comment On Draft Blue Mountains Elk Herd Plan
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441289.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

New rules in effect to prevent chronic wasting disease from entering Idaho

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The disease has never been found in Idaho, but is in neighboring states

At its July 26 meeting in Idaho Falls, Fish and Game Commission approved several new rules to prevent chronic wasting disease from entering Idaho, or managing the disease if it ever is found in Idaho.

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Hunters should check for wildfires in their hunting areas before their trips

Large wildfires are burning in Central and North Idaho and there are land closures

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, August 17, 2018

Hunters planning their first trips want to pay close attention to fire closures and be prepared to alter their plans if necessary.

Large fires are currently burning in Central and North Idaho and are likely to be burning when archery season opens at the end of August. Fires have created large closure areas that will temporarily curb hunters’ access to some areas. To see current area closures and fire boundaries go to Fish and Game’s Idaho Fire Map.

Boundaries change as summer progresses and we get into fall, but it’s important that hunters know fire closures often extend far beyond the boundaries of the active fires.

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Warm weather hunters can avoid meat spoilage with extra preparation

Cooling meat immediately is critical during hot weather

By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor
Friday, August 17, 2018

Idaho’s big game early season hunts have started and hunters are already heading to the woods to take advantage of what looks to be a great season. While these early hunts have some advantages, hunting during warm weather requires extra preparation and special care to prevent spoiling of game meat.

Plan Ahead

Besides packing your gear, you should always have a plan before you leave home for handling the meat should the hunt be successful. Knowing how to quickly get the animal out of the woods and where to take the meat are questions every early season hunter should ask themselves.

“With daytime temperatures reaching the 80-90’s, you don’t have time to look for friends to help or call around to multiple cold storage facilities,” says David Silcock, Idaho Fish and Game Regional Conservation Officer based in Salmon. “Always know in advance who can help and where you can take the meat to cool and store it.”

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More F&G News Releases

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

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Firefighters battling California wildfires care for dehydrated fawn

Zac Self Aug 13, 2018 KIVI TV

Firefighters battling the Holy Fire in Southern California took care of a dehydrated fawn Monday afternoon.

Officials with the Cleveland National Forest tweeted that the firefighters stumbled upon the fawn and discovered she was heat exhausted and dehydrated.

The men can be seen in a photo giving the fawn a much-needed drink of water before helping get her back on her feet.

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