Oct 28, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 28, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 15 – Nov 30 Firewood Season – permits at The Corner
August 6 Ice Hole Campground Closed for the season
October 29 Valley County Commissioner Meeting 130pm Cascade Courthouse
Oct 29 – Nov 2 BNF Rx burns planned, Johnson Crk and YP
November 1st week Amerigas Propane delivery call (208) 634-8181
November 22 at 4pm Thanksgiving Potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern

(details below)

Village News:

Snow maintenance Johnson Creek Commissioners Meeting Monday 29th

This topic will be discussed again. I encourage all YP people to attend Monday 29th 1:30 Commissioners meeting room [Cascade] courthouse. See Facebook Yellow Pine Area and tell others .. We need to make a good decision.

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Boise NF Local Fall Rx Burns Planned Oct 29 – Nov 2

Update 10-25-2018

Looks like we will be down there Monday the 29th for burning, the Yellow Pine Blowdown (golf course) and the helispot and some of the thinning piles near Johnson Creek airstrip and Cox Ranch. We hope to burn everyday next week until we finish the thinning piles along Johnson Creek.

Tim Dulhanty
Fuels Technician, Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District

* Lower Johnson Thinning (95 acres): Is a project designed to reduce hazardous fuels within the WUI. This project is located approximately 7 miles south of Yellow Pine along NFS road 413 and Johnson Creek.

* Yellow Pine Blowdown (40 acres): is located approximately 62 miles from Cascade, Idaho and is adjacent to the community of Yellow Pine. Hand Ignitions will be used to ignite machine piles along NFS roads 412, 413.

The Cascade RD is planning to burn both the Lower Johnson Thinning and Yellow Pine Blow Down units this fall, both of these projects will be pile burning only NO Broadcast Burning is planned.

The Lower Johnson Project (thinning & piling) was completed last summer, these handpiles are located along Johnson Creek road, Wapiti Ranch, Cox Ranch, Bryant Ranch/ Johnson Creek Airstrip.

Hand Ignition for Lower Johnson should take about a week to complete, once those piles have been completed, the crews will relocate to Yellow Pine to burn the logging slash piles.

If you have any addition questions please contact Tim Dulhanty tdulhanty@fs.fed.us (208-382-7400) or myself at 208-382-7400 or send me an email.

James Bishop
Fuels AFMO, Boise National Forest
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“Bald Hill” Rx Burn Oct 20-21

We are very happy with the fire effects we got from this fall burn. The objective was to reintroduce fire to reduce ground and ‘ladder’ fuels and have minimal effect on mature tree canopy. Our folks were successful in accomplishing that objective. If you look at some of the photos, and from our monitoring, there was no, or very few mature trees which torched and were killed.

Prescribed fires act and have different fire effects in the fall than ones in the spring. Spring burns are effective in burning duff (needles and leaf litter), brush and light to moderate woody fuels. The heavy dead and downed wood fuels are usually too wet in the spring to be receptive to fire. In the fall, such as we saw in this burn, the heavy log component was very receptive and was mostly consumed by this ground fire and the effects if this fall ignition, was a very nice cleanup of the forest floor.

What this fire allowed us to accomplish was to burn the ground fuels and even the lower rungs of branches on the mature trees to raise the canopy of the overstory. This will allow these stands of trees to be more resistant in the event of a natural fire to keep the fire on the ground and not facilitate it spreading into the canopies of and therefore torching and killing mature trees. All in all, this burn was very effective in treating over 1100 acres of forest.

I know Sunday got a little smoky in Yellow Pine and a apologize for that, but this burn will help make Yellow Pine and the East Fork more resistant to natural fire in the future.

Thanks to the community for all your support, if anyone has an questions, they can always call.

Anthony B. Botello
District Ranger, Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0601
c: 208-634-9286


October 20, 2018

October 21, 2018

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Firewood Permits

Permits available May 15, 2018 through November 30, 2018 at The Corner.

Fuelwood permits have been reduced to $6.25 per cord with a 4-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household.

link to more info:
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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No recent reports of bear activity, but they are still around fattening up for winter. Please do not leave pet food outside and secure your trash. Mice are looking for a warm place to winter.

Video Link Bear Visitor Aug 20, 2018

Local Events:

October 27 Halloween Party at the Yellow Pine Tavern

Our annual Halloween party at the Tavern was enjoyed by young and old, hunters and travelers and locals. Great food and conversation and Boise State football.

Photo gallery at the Tavern’s FB page:
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Thanksgiving Potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern

Thursday November 22 at 4pm

Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy provided

Local Groups:


September Yellow Pine water update excerpts

The good news is the second sand filter is online and operating well. We have refurbished and upgraded the chlorinator and purchased new chlorine monitoring tools that will help us more accurately adjust the amount of chlorine injected into the water. Additionally, we received the $10,000 grant from Midas. We are looking at all options but it seems that for 2018 we must raise user fees a minimum of a $150 per year.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx

There will be a YPWUA meeting in October. (?)

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

Community Hall October Update

Hello to the Yellow Pine Family,

I would like to give you all an update on the things going on at the community hall.

First and most exciting is we have HEAT in the community hall. So if anyone wants to use the community hall this winter, contact me and I will get the heat set up.

Next you will see that the picnic table are reading for winter. Thanks to Terry Hall for tarping them. The water has been turned off and flex seal has been put on one wall as a test to see if we can stop all water from coming in the basement.

The inventory on the cloud has been updated. This will assist the Harmonica team to plan their needs. Also added to the inventory for all groups to use is a baseball diamond chalk marker. This will be used for marking parking spaces for Harmonica. Should anyone need to borrow it please let me know.

I want to thank Dawn Brown for the nice job done to clean up after her use of the community hall. And for the check to the community hall of $250.

Speaking of money, the community hall as of Oct 1, 2018 has $1877.60. Some of this is being used for the heat and propane tanks and tarps. I have also requested an estimate from Cecil Dallman to knock down the outhouses behind the CH. Then I will have the fire department safely burn them away from power lines. We have trees and bushes to be cut down and burned at the same time, along with an old table and door by the air conditioner. I believe we still need new piano wheels put on.

Mike Amos has agreed to take the small trailer from behind the CH. He knows someone who can use it. Thank You Mike

We also have 6 new white portable folding tables thanks to Harmonica. I am working with Bill MacIntosh regarding kitchen flooring. Still reviewing Cost vs Use vs Safety.

Now for the planned events for 2019:

May 25 2019 YPCH ATV UTV Photo Scavenger Ride 10am-3pm
July 1-7 2019 Garage Sale time to be announced
July 6 2019 Golf Outing and Breakfast
July 13 2019 ATV UTV Big Creek Ride and Lunch starting at 9am all day
July 20 2019 VYPA meeting 2pm
September 7 VYPA meeting 2pm
September 14 ATV UTV Ride to Cinnabar Mine and Lunch 10am start

All details will be coming out soon.

Finally our little critters from outside have been asked to leave and so far so good. I will keep my eyes open for any returning visitors.

As always, if you have questions or concerns or corrections please let me know.

Kathleen Hall
208 633 6270
630 915 1544
or drop by 385 Behne Ave.

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 18th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th. Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.

Midas Gold and Yellow Pine

August 28, 2018

Attached is the Community Partnership Agreement the Village of Yellow Pine signed with Midas Gold.

link to: 2018 Community Partnership Agreement.pdf
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YPFD News:

The next meeting to be in May 18th, 2019 at the Community Hall
There was a YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting June 9, no minutes yet.
There was a YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting August 6, no minutes yet.
Sept 22nd YPFD meeting minutes posted in the Sept. 30th Yellow Pine Times.
October 6 YPFD meeting minutes posted in the Oct 21st Yellow Pine Times.

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

The YPFD has 2 Size Chimney Brushes with extension rods that were donated for use around YP. If you would like to borrow one, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you. The YPFD also has loanable mitigation tools, (Weed-Whacker, Hedge Trimmer, backpack blower and 16’ pole saw). If you would like to borrow one or all, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you.

It’s also time to check the Smoke Alarm batteries and Fire Extinguishers. Please test the alarm and replace Smoke Alarm Batteries every year, if you have the replaceable battery type. Fire Extinguishers should be checked as well and should be easily seen and reachable. A good location for the Fire Extinguishers would be the kitchen and near the wood stove and/or fireplace. The needle should be in the green.

If you need a Smoke Detector or Fire Extinguisher for your YP residence please contact Jeff F.

Smoke Alarm Info:

Cooking safety in the home:

Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Open for summer
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Fall 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 also sold by 6 and 12 pack. Fuel available 92 Octane. Wi Fi, Ice.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

We sell FS wood cutting permits.

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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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC

Buck Horn Outfitters in Idaho’s west Central Mountains in Units 25, 20 A, & 19 A. Providing Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Mountain lion, & Wolf Hunts. We offer Guided Rifle or Archery Hunts & Drop Camps. We are not about Quantity we are about providing Quality Hunts. My husband and I have been in the back country all our lives, we offer Deluxe camps with great food & our Guides know hunting, the back country and Stock.

Link to FB:
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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 – 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99. Breaks the Ice Barrier. Quick Melting action, even in heavy snow.
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Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Oct 22) overnight low of 28 degrees, mostly clear this morning, dry – light frost, and haze of smoke. Stellar jay perched on the fence watching the chickens. Power off and back on at 1033am. By lunch time we had great air quality, just a few high thin clouds and lots of sunshine, high of 67 degrees. By mid-afternoon the smoke was back, smelled like being on the wrong side of a campfire. Raven flying over the village and calling. Mostly cloudy late afternoon. A starling was hanging around, trying to get into the eves of the house. Partly clear and smoky at sundown. Orange moon rising over Antimony Ridge after dark, poor air quality. Mostly cloudy at midnight.

Tuesday (Oct 23) did not freeze overnight, overcast and light rain started before 9am, much better air quality. Raven calling to the east. Sprinkles all morning, ending early afternoon, good air quality. Streets are damp, no dust. Cloudy afternoon and evening, high of 51 degrees. Partly clear at 1030pm, fat bright moon.

Wednesday (Oct 24) overnight low of 33 degrees, mostly cloudy and damp this morning, good air quality. Quiet day, sound of a woodsplitter off in the distance, folks getting ready for winter. Mostly cloudy afternoon, mild temps and nearly calm, high of 60 degrees. Pine squirrel running down the fence with a big pine cone. Quiet evening, very little traffic. Mostly cloudy at sunset around 6pm and dark by 7pm. Fuzzy fat moon up at 10pm.

Thursday (Oct 25) overnight low of 37 degrees, high flat gray overcast sky and calm this morning, good air quality. Partly clear by early afternoon and a light haze of smoke seen against the hillsides, high of 60 degrees. By sundown overcast again, persistent light haze of smoke. Fat moon peeking out of cracks in the clouds at 10pm.

Friday (Oct 26) stayed well above freezing overnight, mostly cloudy – high thin haze and wisps – this morning. A couple of loud airplanes and weekend traffic starting early. Two steller jays calling and flying around the neighborhood. Small pine squirrel with very large pine cone running down the fence rail. Light sprinkles late afternoon for about half an hour, high of 68 degrees. Gun shots late afternoon from various directions. Overcast at sundown. Sprinkles and showers during the evening. Cloudy at dark. Fat moon peeking out from cracks in the clouds at 10pm.

Saturday (Oct 27) in the 40’s overnight, rain early morning, pounding down at 5am, sprinkles at daylight ending around sunrise, low foggy clouds on the mountains (no snow.) Breaks in the clouds early afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Rough sounding airplane around 2pm. A lone chipmunk sitting on the fence this afternoon. Partly clear later in the afternoon and evening, mild and hardly a breeze. Weekend traffic.

Sunday (Oct 28) overnight low of 37 degrees, light rain showers started before sunrise, chilly breezes and overcast this morning. Rain ended before lunch time and a few cracks in the clouds. Small flock of starlings in the neighborhood. Rain showers mid-afternoon and breezy, high of 56 degrees. Dark clouds before sunset and steady rain (thunder? at 6pm), ground fog out in the forest, the mountains cloaked in clouds and mist.


Roger Ross

Roger Ross, 81 of Emmett, passed away in a Boise hospital Oct. 19, 2018.

Roger was born June 18, 1937 in Council to Cliff and Wilma Ross. He joined sisters Glenna and Wanda at home in Indian Valley.

The family moved to Stibnite in 1941. He lived there until 1958 when he moved to McCall.

He worked for Brown Tie and Lumber there, and for Boise Cascade in McCall and Cascade. He finished his working years at Medley Sports in McCall.

In 1960 he married Gerry Evans and they lived in McCall until 2013 then moved to Emmett. They spent several winters in Yuma, Ariz., as snow birds where he learned to play shuffle board.

Roger loved to hunt, fish, and visit everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents and both sisters.

He is survived by his wife Gerry, son Duane, and three grandchildren, Alex, Clifford, and Makayla, several nieces and nephews, and lots of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City, with Pastor Larry Jones officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Roger’s name be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho 101 Warm Springs Avenue Boise, ID 83712

Please visit Roger’s memorial webpage online at http://bowmanfuneral.com

source: The Star-News October 25, 2018

Tips & Advice:

Be Ember Aware! Tip Series

“Used with permission from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Living With Fire program.”

Be Ember Aware Tip #2 – Chucking Your Wood

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck? If he lived in one of Idaho’s high fire hazard areas, he should chuck all of it at least 30 feet from his home.

One of the most common ember hazards homeowners create is the placement of firewood stacks next their home. During a wildfire, hundreds of burning embers could become lodged within the stack. The dry, high winds that often accompany wildfire can fan the embers and cause ignition. Once burning, the firewood stack can jeopardize just about any home, regardless of construction material, because of its ability to ignite combustible siding, provide a flaming exposure to windows and break the glass, or climb to the eave and possible enter into the attic.

Firewood should be stored at least 30 feet from the house, deck, and other structures during fire season. If the firewood stack is located uphill, make sure burning logs won’t roll downhill and ignite the home. Don’t place the stack under tree branches or adjacent to wood fences that are connected to the house. Bring just enough wood for the winter in close to the house after fire season is over. Another option is to store firewood inside the garage, but make sure embers can’t enter your garage though gaps between the door and framing. Don’t let your firewood stack be the kindling for your house fire.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]
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How to safely keep your home warm this winter

Fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters are great appliances to keep warm but they can also pose fire risks.

By Gretchen Parsons KTVB October 23, 2018

Boise — With temperatures cooling, it’s about that time of year when many of us crank up the heat inside our homes, if we haven’t already.

Unfortunately, every year home heating appliances will spark a fire.

“About half of all of our home heating fires start in December, January and February so October and November are a great time to be prepared for that,” said Deputy Chief Romeo Gervais, Boise Fire Department.

Part of being prepared means calling a professional to check out your appliances once a year.


Letters to Share:

Road Levy info

Attached is some information I have created concerning the upcoming vote to impose a road levy for the county roads.

October 28, 2018 (via email)

The History of County Road Funding off the National Forest and why a road levy is being considered today.

When the National Forests were created President Theodore Roosevelt proposed a concept of revenue sharing. Since 1908 25 percent of the revenues from the National Forests, primarily timber harvest, was shared with counties and schools. In Idaho 70% went to maintain county roads and 30% to the schools. The following is an explanation on the 70% share for county road funding.

In the 1990’s the timber harvests were declining and revenues were dwindling. In 2000 Congress created the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Act (SRS) which provided offsets to back fill the decrease in the 25% Timber Harvest funds. Each year after Congress funded SRS payments however at a reduced rate each year and in 2017 we received only the 25% Timber Harvest receipts.

Let me recap in 2000 Valley County Road Department received $2,079,000.00 in total funding. In 2015 the amount received was $1,102.755.00. In 2017 actual Timber Harvest 25% receipts received by the Road Department was $74,725.00 as Congress did not authorize any SRS funding. In 2018 Congress authorized another 2 years of funding at the 2015 level minus 5% so we received $1,052,148.00 in funding and will receive SRS again in 2019 reduced by another 5% which will be estimated at $999,541.00.

Attempting to work within our funding levels the Road Department has reduced staff, cut back on routine maintenance, did limited paving, have not done chip sealing, not been able to crush gravel and have not been able to do any major roadway improvements without utilizing grants. Additionally we are unable to purchase equipment to maintain our fleet and repairs increase with operating older equipment.

Our paved roads are in dire need of management with either an overlay or chip seals to maintain their function. One mile of overlay costs approximately $250,000.00 and one mile of reconstruction is approximately $1,000,000.00. If the funding is not available then we will be forced to return these roads to gravel surfaces.

Trying to work within a $4,000,000.00 budget just allows us to do minimal maintenance on the roadways. Currently Fuel Tax revenue provides 2.4 million in funding and this year we received the 1 million in SRS funding which still leaves a shortfall of $600,000 in revenue. If the SRS funding is not reauthorized then the shortfall becomes $1,600,000.00. This is not a sustainable way to provide viable county road maintenance without some additional funding.

That is why we are asking you the citizens of Valley County if the Commissioners should impose Idaho Code 40-801(b) a Levy to sustain county road maintenance. This levy rate is capped at $0.00084 per $100,000.00 of market value if the commissioners use the full levy. A property worth $300,000.00 would pay $252.00. If the commissioners use the full levy rate it would provide 3.3 million in revenue for the county road maintenance program.

In the event SRS is reauthorized the Road Department could use this portion for major improvements, purchasing equipment or crushing material for the roadways. We would use this funding for one time purchases as it is becoming an unreliable source of revenue for ongoing operations and maintenance.

Citizens the choice is yours will you want a better county road system or are you willing to allow the roads to continue to degrade?

Thank you,
Gordon Cruickshank, Chairman Valley County Commissioners
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Voters have a choice on level of service for Valley County roads

By Gordon Cruickshank

As a Valley County commissioner who has fought to keep revenue from the national forests continuing, I have been convinced that the future of this revenue source will not sustain the funding needed for good county road maintenance.

Since 1908 until the 1990s timber harvest dollars kept the burden off Valley County taxpayers. Phil Davis, prior Valley County commissioner, watched the declining revenues and went to work to find other funding.

Working with former Idaho Sen. Craig, he along with others were able to create what we know as Secure Rural Schools funding. For the past 17 of the 18 years Valley County received an estimated $28.5 million in funding that has helped keep that tax burden away.

However the SRS funding was never designed to be the revenue of the future, and the payments were declining each year as counties were told they needed to find other sources of revenue.

Today the SRS funding, when funded, isn’t keeping up with demands of county road maintenance, and if not funded severely impacts our county road budget to the extent that regular maintenance will no longer be normal. Snow removal will not happen on the day it snows in all areas and summer maintenance will be less than it is now which many say is not acceptable.

In 2017 the actual timber dollars was $74,725.48 and this is all Valley County received, as SRS was not authorized that year. It is difficult to maintain a budget when the amount of revenue coming is not known.

With the cost of living increasing the cost of doing business increases. Wages, equipment, trucks, pickups, supplies and materials all cost more today, however the revenue has not kept up with the increase in costs as all are needed to maintain a good road system or make regular improvements.

Idaho Code 40-801 (b) allows county commissioners to implement the following: “A special levy of eighty-four thousandth per cent (0.0084%) of market value for assessment purposes to be used for any one (1) or all of the following purposes:

1. Bridge maintenance;
2. Matching state and federal highway funds;
3. Secondary highway construction;
4. Secondary highway maintenance and improvements;
5. Maintenance during an emergency;

No part of this levy shall be apportioned to any incorporated city.

Should Valley County commissioners utilize this levy to help fund a portion of the county road maintenance and improvements? If approved at the current market value this would provide $3.391 million in funding and the maximum levy rate of 0.0084 percent.

No one likes to have their taxes raised and the commissioners have struggled to consider this option however the decision must be made. That is why we are asking the citizens of Valley County for an advisory vote on whether to impose this road levy to sustain the road maintenance funding into the future.

The choice is yours whether you can live with rough roads, limited snow removal and taking paved roads back to gravel, or helping fund the road maintenance into the future with a sustainable known amount of revenue.

(Gordon Cruickshank is the chairman of the Valley County commissioners.)

source: The Star-News October 25, 2018

Idaho News:

20% of Valley registered voters request early ballots

By Max Silverson for The Star-News October 25, 2018

Valley County has sent ballots for early voting to 20 percent of registered voters for the Nov. 6 general election.

As of Tuesday, 1,165 requests for ballots had been filled of 6,616 registered voters, Valley County Clerk Doug Miller said.

Early voting has been so popular that the clerk’s office was forced to order 400 additional ballots to complement its initial order of 1,200 ballot.

The number of ballots sent out already exceeds the 1,106 ballots returned for the 2012 general election and the 852 ballots returned for the 2014 general election, Miller said.

The figure falls short of the the 1,867 ballots returned for the 2016 general election, he said.

“I would say that there might be a lot of new residents to the county that are choosing to vote absentee in this election, but I haven’t studied to see the amount of new registrations for our area,” Miller said.

“The other factor is that I think we have done a better job of getting the word out that people have the option to vote absentee,” he said.

“It’s nice to have the ability to mail in your request, have your ballot sent to you at home, and then mail that ballot back to us,” Miller said.

The deadline for the clerk’s office to receive ballot requests is Friday, and the last day to vote early in person at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade is Nov. 2, Miller said.

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2018 Candidate Profiles Valley County Commission

Ed Allen

Age: 76
Occupation: Retired, US Forest Service wildfire management.
Born/Raised: Barnardsville, N.C.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education from Lewis Clark
State College 1970, Associate in Arts in pre-forestry from Warren Wilson Junior College in Swannanoa N.C., 1963.
How Long Lived in Valley County: 50 years

Experience: Valley County Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the past 15 years. Worked for the United States Forest Service in wildfire management from 1967-1994.

Community Service: President and primary coordinator and organizer for the Payette Lakes Ski Club 1995-2008. President of the McCall Folk Lore Society for six years. Organized the Summer Music Festival at the Roseberry Event Center. President of the Organizing Committee for the 2008 Masters World Cup cross country ski races.

Awards: Recipient of The Star News Community Service Award.

Family members at home: Wife, Debbie, and Rosie the poodle.

Allen cites P&Z experience, would seek collaboration

Ed Allen would draw upon his experience on the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission and protect and enhance access to public lands if elected as Valley County commissioner.

“There are many lesser issues, but a common denominator for resolution of any issue is a collaborative and transparent approach,” he said. “My goal is to create an atmosphere that achieves collaborative and thoughtful resolutions to all issues.”

The greatest challenge facing Valley County, has been and continues to be growth and development, Allen said. As a member of the P&Z, he believes he is well positioned to work in that field.

Allen will vote in favor of the advisory vote on a property tax levy to fund Valley County roads.

“I think that a tax levy is the only logical solution to continuing road maintenance and improvement at this time,” he said. “If we can come up with other revenue sources in the future the levy can be adjusted.”

Allen would like to see some provision placed into law by the federal government that permanently recognizes its responsibility as landowners to help support schools and roads.

“Going forward we have to have a more secure funding source,” he said.
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Dave Bingaman

Age: 48
Occupation: Carpenter/Avalanche Forecaster
Born/Raised: Born in Bluffton, Ind., Raised in Salt Lake City
Education: BA Whitman College with a combined major in environmental studies and sociology, minor in geology that specialized in the social and economic issues of resource use in the Northwest.

Experience: Participated in many groups and collaborations including local trail maintenance collaboratives, and the rewrite of the Frank Church River of No Return Management Plan. Had close interaction with multiple agencies including the BLM and several USFS Ranger Districts while owning a local river business. For the last 10 years, has worked seasonally for the USFS as an Avalanche Forecaster and Trail Crew at McCall R.D. Never held any political office. Have also worked extensively over the last two years with Idaho Department of Lands and the Payette National Forest building and maintaining local trails.

Community Service: Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, American Avalanche Association, National Registry of EMTs, Idaho Emergency Responders. Currently sit on the board of the Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Friends of Payette Avalanche center, Payette Area Composite Youth MTB team.

Awards: St Luke’s/McCall Chamber 2018 Spirit of Giving award for community volunteerism. Certificate of Merit from the USFS in 2012 for directing operations of the Payette Avalanche Center and the McCall/New Meadows Ranger District Trail Crew.

Family members at home: Wife Sidney, daughters Olivia and Catherine, dog Fast Eddy.

Bingaman eyes growth, loss of access to public lands

Dave Bingaman said he is running for county commissioner to make a difference in Valley County’s future.

“I have been here since 1994 and I have seen the area change,” he said. “I want to work to maintain the quality of life and the unique character of the area that we have here and also promote sensible growth and the transition from a resource based economy to a recreation based economy.”

“I haven’t seen any of the other candidates or the current county leadership adequately address this change or the growth that is already occurring,” he said.

Bingaman was motivated to run for county commissioner not only by the effects of Treasure Valley’s exponential growth on Valley County but also by the loss of access to public lands in Valley County.

“I did not see anyone stepping up to address either of these issues,” he said. “These are potentially the two biggest issues that we have to address if we want to maintain the quality of life we all enjoy in Valley County.”

“If we don’t plan for the growth now and get in front of the access issues, we are going to lose what we love about the county,” Bingaman said.

Two goals Bingaman would like to accomplish if elected are improving access to public land and improving infrastructure like roads, communications and emergency medical services.

“We need to improve and maintain access and easements to our local public lands and open spaces before we lose more of them,” he said. “We must work to ensure our access as the property near these areas changes ownership.”

“If we can negotiate for these easements that would be ideal, but I think our county leadership must be willing to take legal actions if needed,” he said.

Bingaman sees growth as the greatest challenge facing Valley County.

“Idaho is the fastest growing state and that growth is affecting us now,” he said. “We have to get in front of it before it is too late.”

Bingaman is in favor of the proposed property tax levy to fund the county road and bridge department.

“If we want better maintenance on our roads we need more money to do it,” Bingaman said. “It really is that simple.”

“The levy would guarantee that funding and allow for the creation of a reserve for catastrophic events, grant matches or major repairs,” Bingaman said. “We are also going to have to continue to rely on whatever additional funding from the federal government and seek additional grant opportunities wherever possible.”
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Cec Tyler

Age: 61
Occupation: Retired U.S. Army Officer (Colonel); former small business owner
Born/Raised: Born in McCall and raised in Donnelly
Education: Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Idaho State University, 1978. Master of Science in Mineral Economics with a concentration in operations research and systems analysis from the Colorado School of Mines, 1987. Master of Science in National Resource Strategy with concentrations in space operations and cyber security from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, 2000.

How Long Lived in Valley County: Resident from 1956-2004 (retained Idaho residency while on active duty); Returned to Idaho in 2010; Resident 56 of my 61 years

Experience: 27 years active duty in the U.S. Army.

Community Service: Past president of the Greater Donnelly Area Chamber of Commerce. American Legion Post 60. President of the Valley County Republican Women. Idaho Federation of Republican Women Armed Services Chair. Association of the United States Army. Armed Forces Communication-Electronics Association. Donnelly Bible Church.

Awards: Defense Superior Service Medal, six Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. When selected to a command a battalion by a board of senior Army officer, I was among the first women to be honored by this recognition and selection. My most recent achievement was leading the VCRW to earn the National Federation of Republican Women’s Diamond Achievement Award.

Family members at home: Husband, Gene Tyler.

Tyler would work on roads, growth management

Cecilia Tyler said she has the leadership, team building, and analytical skills that are needed to be a Valley County commissioner.

“I have extensive experience in building large budgets and implementing fixes,” she said. “If given the privilege to serve, I will draw on these skills as I work for the citizens of Valley County.”

If elected, Tyler would implement a comprehensive road plan with a realistic budget as well as partner with schools and businesses to establish trade schools and apprenticeship programs.

Tyler is in favor of partnering with developers like Midas Gold and hiring a full-time grant writer or administrator to seek outside funding.

“Valley County can no longer rely on the federal government to provide large portions of the funds necessary to fix and maintain our roads,” she said.

“It is not enough to say our roads are broken,” she said. “We must be specific and identify what it will take and how long to make the fixes.”

“I favor the commissioners asking residents their opinion on the tax levy; I will vote yes, as we need funding beyond what is currently available,” she said.

She sees the need to manage growth as the greatest challenge facing Valley County.

“We must ensure growth is not just more second homes but businesses that will bring jobs beyond service industry jobs,” she said.

Valley County must find ways to increase affordable housing and to ensure growth does not damage the area’s rural and natural resources available for the enjoyment of residents, she said.

source: The Star-News October 25, 2018
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Cascade High School students plant willows on riverbank

The Star-News October 25, 2018

One hundred potted willows were planted by Cheyenne Jedry’s Cascade High School science students last week along the east bank of the North Fork of the Payette River near Cascade.

Students Alea Stahl, Trent Sayers and Blake Thurston joined volunteers from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Valley Soil and Water Conservation District to plant the trees in an effort to restore an eroded bank.

The science students and Cascade fourth graders also worked with Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission State Engineer Bill Lillibridge on the west bank of the river to install additional river barbs, which are woven with willows and cattails to slow and redirect floodwaters.

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Search may resume after woman’s dog emerges from woods

10/25/18 AP

Grangeville, Idaho — The search by law enforcement for a 76-year-old woman missing for three weeks in Idaho could resume after a dog that was with her wandered out of the woods, authorities said.

The border collie named Ace belonging to Connie Johnson appeared Wednesday at a camp near Moose Creek Ranger Station, where private searchers had gathered, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings said.

“There’s a possibility that if we would take the dog back in there, he might lead us to where she was,” Giddings said. “We believe she’s in there; we just don’t know where.”


Mining News:

Yellow Pine Mine C. 1943

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Cascade votes to sign Midas Gold agreement

Pact would form foundation funded by mining company

By Max Silverson for The Star-News October 25, 2018

The Cascade City Council voted to sign the Stibnite Gold Project Community Agreement following a town hall meeting on Monday.

Cascade becomes the third entity that has voted to sign the agreement, said Anne

Labelle, attorney for Midas Gold.

Previously, the City of New Meadows and the community of Yellow Pine have agreed to sign, Labelle said.

Decisions to signs are still pending by the cities of McCall, Donnelly, Council and Riggins as well as county commissioners in Valley, Adams and Idaho counties, she said.

At the end of the town hall meeting, Cascade Mayor Julie Crosby asked the audience for a show of hands to determine who was in favor of signing the agreement. Twenty-one people were in favor, and two were opposed or undecided.

Questions were raised during the meeting about the proposed gold mine’s effects on the Cascade’s hospital, schools, emergency medical services and housing.

About 250 people will be working at the mine at any one time with shifts working two weeks on and two weeks off, Labelle said.

Labelle emphasized that the agreement is “over and above” all commitments for which the company would be bound through the federal permitting process.

“This is not meant to cover all project impacts,” Labelle said. “If the mitigating dollar amount is ‘X,’ this agreement will be on top of that number.”

Under the agreement, each community that signs on will appoint an individual to serve on the Stibnite Advisory Council. The council will meet regularly to get updates from Midas Gold on the Stibnite Gold Project.

Each of the communities will also appoint one person to serve on the Stibnite Foundation, a charitable community foundation to be established to support projects that benefit communities surrounding the project.

The signers also agree to submit letters to the Forest Service as part of an effort by Midas Gold to encourage community participation in the permitting process.

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Nez Perce Tribe opposes proposed Stibnite gold mine

Members say project threatens Chinook recovery

By Tom Grote for The Star-News October 25, 2018

The governing body of the Nez Perce Tribe has voted to formally oppose the proposed Stibnite Gold Project in Valley County.

The resolution by the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee said the mine, proposed by Midas Gold, “poses a threat to the tribe’s treaty-reserved resources and the livelihood, health, and socio-economic well-being of Nez Perce Tribal members,” a news release said.

“For the Nez Perce Tribe, the value of the land, wildlife, and resources will always be worth more than any amount of gold,” committee Chair Shannon F. Wheeler said.

“Damage to our natural resources will have long-term impacts on everyone, and the impacts will still be felt by people here long after the company, and gold, have left the country,” Wheeler said.

The tribe’s Department of Fisheries Resources Management spends $2.5 million dollars each year to restore Chinook salmon runs in the South Fork of the Salmon River downstream from Midas Gold’s proposed mine, he said.

“Gold mining, by its very nature, destroys and contaminates resources and habitat – resources and habitat that the tribe heavily relies on and is currently working to restore,” Wheeler said.

“We have yet to see a mine that does more good than harm and it is our responsibility to look out for our future generations,” he said.

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‘Pioneering’ plan for scarred Idaho tract may rock industry

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter Greenwire: Thursday, October 25, 2018

The proposed site of the Stibnite Gold Project in central Idaho. Dylan Brown/E&E News

Yellow Pine, Idaho — Twenty-five miles out, the road turns to gravel and follows a creek to the closest thing to a speck of a town in what might be the most remote place in the Lower 48.

Turning right at the Corner, which offers the last hot meal until Montana, 100 miles of wilderness away, the road reaches the Salmon River and then hugs the edge of the canyon for a heart-pounding 14 miles until it arrives at the Stibnite Mining District.

Stibnite, a mining hotbed since 1899, is where a Canadian company envisions a different future for mining and where environmentalists see the same old calamity.

Midas Gold Corp. plans to build one of the country’s biggest open-pit mines on 2,000 acres near the source of the Salmon, known as the “River of No Return” and famed for its fishing, whitewater and solitude, in a region already scarred by decades of mining.

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Ask Midas: What Goes Into Permitting a Mine?

October 22

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 about the project.

Permitting a mine is not a quick or easy process, nor should it be. The process is based in rigorous scientific review and analysis. It takes years to collect the information for baseline studies of a proposed mine site and even more time to develop a plan for a project and fully evaluate the impacts it may have on the environment and surrounding communities. Midas Gold has been exploring the Stibnite Gold Project site since 2009 and in the permitting process since 2016.

In this week’s Ask Midas, I want to help you understand the process of permitting a mine and all the scientific research it involves.

What Goes Into Permitting a Mine?

Permitting a mine closely follows the scientific process – you ask a question, conduct lots of research, develop a hypothesis, thoroughly test it and then make your final conclusions.

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CuMo Presentation in Garden Valley Highlights a Long-Term Partnership

October 25, 2018 BCC

CuMo Presentation in Garden Valley. Photo by Janet Juroch

A recent presentation of Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation (ICMC) at the Crouch Community Hall was attended by community members wanting to be informed about the project and ask questions of the staff. Some attendees were newcomers who are just learning about a proposed mine in the county. Others follow the project updates.

ICMC is the wholly-owned subsidiary of American CuMo Mining Corporation, a Canadian natural resource exploration and development company. CuMo regularly has presentations to keep the communities who will be impacted by the mine, to stay on top of the news and project updates. Questions and answers were part of the program after a fundraiser dinner was catered by the Garden Valley Senior Center.

A PowerPoint presentation was shown and different CuMo representatives spoke about different aspects of the project, from scientific to financial, environmental to economic concerns. The project is in the developmental and exploration stage. Every decision must meet a high level of criteria. The project is a big investment and ICMC wants to make sure the communities receive regular updates though various ways of website, social media, face to face presentations and other media news.


Public Lands:

Work starts to replace collapsed Idaho suspension bridge

AP Oct 26, 2018

Stoddard Bridge before damage March of 2016

North Fork, Idaho (AP) – Exploratory drilling has started to find anchor points for a new bridge over the Salmon River in east-central Idaho to replace a suspension bridge that collapsed.

Dan Slanina of the Western Federal Lands Highway Division tells the Post Register in a story on Wednesday that workers are searching for areas that could support the structure.

The Stoddard Bridge over the Salmon River in east-central Idaho that provided access to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness collapsed earlier this year.

The 348-foot-long bridge was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corp. The site is about 40 miles west of North Fork, and just downstream of the confluence of the Salmon River and Middle Fork Salmon River.

Officials say hikers, hunters and anglers used the bridge to access the wilderness area.

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Forest Service keeps tabs on bugs that threaten fir forests

10/22/18 AP

Lewiston, Idaho — State and federal entomologists are tracking the spread of a tiny invasive insect that feeds on fir forests.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the Idaho Department of Lands says the balsam woolly adelgid has the ability to rearrange the species composition of Northwestern forests, and it’s already been found in northern Idaho.

The wingless insect is from Europe and was first introduced to North America in the early 20th century. With no native predators, the bug has flourished.

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Woman turns tragedy into change for avalanche safety

By Tristan Lewis Oct 27, 2018 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – One woman is taking a tragedy and using it to make a difference in the motor sports community.

Summer Andersen lost her husband, Adam, in an avalanche on Jan. 10 near Island Park. Since then, she has been trying to raise awareness about avalanche safety.

“That kind of just spurred me into wanting to do more, raise awareness and make sure everyone has the right gear, everyone has access to the gear, which is what I’ve been doing,” said Andersen.

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Federal stream gauge information knocked out in 43 states

By Keith Ridler – 10/26/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — About 10 percent of a national network of 8,300 stream gauges used to measure potential flooding isn’t reporting information and workers are giving highest priority to fixing gauges where expected rainfall could cause flooding, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it’s working with the National Weather Service and other federal, state and local agencies to determine which gauges in 43 states should get back online first.

Don Cline of the Geological Survey said a type of computer chip failed simultaneously in 1,100 gauges for unknown reasons about a week ago. The chips transmit information to a satellite.


[Note: Neither the Johnson Creek or South Fork stream gauges were affected – both are still online.]

Critter News:

A deadly snack for Fido or Fluffy

October 27, 2018 KIVI TV

Halloween candy can be deadly for your dog or cat. No candy is healthy, but anything that’s sugar-free, or contains raisins or chocolate can quickly cause seizures, even organ failure.

“Pets are 32 percent more likely to experience food poisoning during Halloween week,” said Cara Meglio, content and communications manager for Petplan, a pet insurance company.

It can be all too easy for your pet to sneak a snack while your children inspect their haul, so be sure to put your furry friend in another room before bringing out the sweet stuff.

If pets do get hold of raisins, sugar-free candy or chocolate, call your vet immediately. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a poison hot line, too: (888) 426-4435.

If poisoned, your pet might need his or her stomach pumped. According to Petplan, the average cost of treatment for food poisoning last year was $730.17, but can easily rise to $1,100 or more depending on the severity of the poisoning and any complications.

Pet costumes are a growing trend, especially among millennials, says the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. Choose costumes that aren’t too restrictive, especially around the throat, say vets, and beware of loose costume bits that can be chewed off and swallowed.

Those, along with lollipop sticks, glow sticks and foil or cellophane wrappers can create digestive blockages you might not notice for days. In 2017 the average cost of surgical removal of a foreign object lodged in the intestines of a pet was $2,062.13. “As with food poisoning cases, more severe or complicated occurrences can cost much more,” said Petplan’s Meglio.

excerpted from: 13 of the scariest health hazards of Halloween
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Pet Talk – Elimination Problems in Dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Oct 26, 2018 IME

Urinating or defecating inside the home is a common behavioral problem of dogs. If the problem is not rectified, the dog may be banished from the home to a backyard, taken to an animal shelter or even euthanized.

There are many reasons for elimination problems. They include incomplete puppy training, anxiety disorders, underlying medical disorders and submissive behavior.

Dogs that are incompletely house-trained deposit urine or stool at inappropriate locations in the home. It is common in puppies, but rare in adult dogs. Urine marking can occur in intact male dogs in territorial, sexual and conflict situations. Urine marking develops after sexual maturity, at 1 year of age. Dogs with separation anxiety or noise phobias may exhibit inappropriate elimination when they are anxious. Submission urination occurs when dogs perceive threats or dominance signals from other dogs or humans. Excitement urination occurs when the dog is very excited, often when owners return home, when greeting new dogs and people. Many medical disorders result in house-soiling due to alterations in function of the urinary or digestive systems, decreased mobility or poor awareness of the environment.

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State will kill remaining 2 wolves of pack killing cattle

10/26/18 AP

Spokane, Wash. — The state has decided to kill the remaining two wolves from a pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says it documented another wolf depredation on Tuesday, bringing the total to 16 attributed to the Old Profanity Territory pack.

Agency Director Kelly Susewind on Friday ordered the remaining two wolves killed.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

October 24, 2018
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Officials planning to move Canadian wolves to Isle Royale

10/25/18 AP

Houghton, Mich. — Officials plan to relocate several gray wolves from the Canadian province of Ontario to Isle Royale National Park this winter.

It’s the next step in rebuilding the depleted wolf population at the Lake Superior park. Only two remained until crews took four more wolves to the island from Minnesota this fall. Park spokeswoman Liz Valencia says the goal is to get four from Ontario in coming months.

Plans call for transporting 20-30 mainland wolves to Isle Royale in the next few years. The predators are considered essential for keeping the park’s moose from overpopulating and eating too much greenery.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 10/23/2018

Wolves on the rebound across B.C. — here’s how to live with them

Mexican wolves found dead in Arizona, New Mexico

Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

Newsletter 10/27/2018

Guest Column: Wolf expansion has ranchers worried about their livelihoods

Global Socioeconomic Impact of Cystic Echinococcosis

Maps: Wolves in France 2008 vs. 2016
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IDFG: Multiple mountain lion sightings reported in McCall

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, October 22nd 2018

McCall, Idaho (CBS2) — Idaho Fish and Game say they have received several reports of mountain lion sightings in McCall over the past three weeks.

Fish and Game says that mountain lions move through McCall often, but it usually takes place at night.

Mountain lions are drawn to McCall because of the large deer population. Idaho Fish and Game says they discourage feeding deer in town to avoid attracting predictors.

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Hiker killed in likely cougar attack suffered broken neck, had puncture wounds to neck

The five-page report doesn’t list an official cause of death for the 55-year-old Diana Bober.

Associated Press October 25, 2018

Portland, Ore. (AP) — Records released this week show that an Oregon woman likely killed in a cougar attack near Mount Hood suffered a broken neck and had over a dozen puncture wounds to the nape of her neck.

Those injuries and others on Diana Bober’s hands “appeared to be consistent with an animal attack,” staff in the Clackamas County medical examiner’s office determined, according to a state police report.

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Law enforcement investigates shooting of deer in McCall

The Star-News October 25, 2018

Law enforcement officials are investigating the shooting of a deer near the corner of Lick Creek Road and Davis Avenue in McCall last week.

The deer was reported shot at about 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 16 near the intersection, McCall Police Chief Justin Williams said.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that a juvenile subject had discharged a firearm at a deer within the city limits, resulting in the demise of the animal,” Williams said.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game was called to the scene and began an investigation, District Conservation Officer Marshall Haynes said.

“Once the investigation is complete it will be referred to the prosecutor to decide on the appropriate charges,” Haynes said.

The animal was a doe mule deer and the carcass was preserved as evidence, he said.

The deer was almost certainly part of what is know as McCall’s “town herd,” F&G Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

“There are individuals who feed deer near Davis Beach and in the Spring Mountain neighborhood, and therefore several deer that never leave that side of town,” Berkley said.

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Residents upset after hunter kills deer in city park

Oct 28, 2018 KIVI TV

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (AP) – Residents of one Coeur d’Alene neighborhood are upset that steps aren’t being taken to prevent hunting in a popular city park.

A deer gut pile found in the park recently prompted concerns from residents who fear getting shot by hunters.

City police said the deer was killed with archery equipment by a resident who did not know that killing deer with bow and arrow in the city was illegal.

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Crow management plan in Nampa prepares to chase away upcoming crow invasion

Steve Dent Oct 26, 2018 KIVI TV

Nampa – The City of Nampa is preparing for the crow invasion that happens around this time every year, crows can cause a public safety hazard but more than anything the crows can be a nuisance.

That is why several volunteers have teamed up with city officials and students from Boise State University in an effort to be ready to chase the crows away so they don’t roost in Nampa.

However, it is a tricky situation because the crows are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the city can kill crows if a big enough concentration causes a serious public safety hazard, but the crow management plan calls for non-lethal deterrents.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
October 26, 2019
Issue No. 888
Table of Contents

* Willamette Falls Pinniped Task Force Recommends Lethal Removal Of California Sea Lions

* Trump Administration Memo Cuts Basin Salmon/Steelhead BiOp Schedule By One Year, Trims Regs For Water Projects

* Federal Court Orders EPA To Complete Water Temperature Protections For Columbia/Snake Salmon, Steelhead

* Federal Agencies, Tribes, States Sign Extended Columbia Basin Fish Accords; $400 Million For Fish/Wildlife Mitigation

* Introduction Project Sees First Adult Coho Enter NE Oregon’s Lostine River In Nearly 40 Years

* Sea Lions At Bonneville Dam Took Summer Break Then Returned To Feast On Fall Chinook

* Independent Science Panel Reviews Research Projects For NW Power/Conservation Council

* Fundraising Underway To Purchase Easement Key To Returning Sockeye Salmon To Wallowa Lake

* Lead Diplomat For U.S. Sizes Up Ongoing Columbia River Treaty Negotiations

* EPA Proposes Trimming Size of Portland Harbor Superfund Site By 17 Acres

* BPA Selects New Executive Vice-President For Environment, Fish, Wildlife

* Washington Federal Court Approves Water Quality Settlement Aimed At Bolstering Salmon Protections

* UW Study Reveals Sockeye Carcasses Tossed On Shore For 20 Years Spurred Tree Growth

* NOAA’s Winter Outlook Predicting Warmer Temperatures For The West, Drier Than Average In Northern Rockies

* Researchers Identify Invasive Algae From Japanese Tsunami Debris Hitting PNW Coast; None Gain Foothold

Fish & Game News:

Check stations show mix of success for deer/elk hunters for Oct. 20-21 weekend

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Deer and elk hunts continue through October and into November in many areas

Oct. 20-21 was the second weekend of deer hunting and the first weekend of elk hunting in many parts of the state. Fish and Game was running its check stations in most of its traditional areas and adding new ones as well.

While its difficult to judge how the hunting season is going based on one weekend of check stations, there are some interesting details about the hunting season so far. In many parts of the state, it’s been warm and sunny well into fall, which typically isn’t the best conditions for hunters to be successful.

Harvest rates at check stations over the Oct. 20-21 weekend varied wildly, from a low of less than 1 percent at a Panhandle check station to 26 percent success at a check station in the Salmon Region.

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Respect and courtesy are essential when hunting private land

By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor
Friday, October 26, 2018

Private landowners are generally tolerant of hunters, and hunting private land is a special privilege

Hunters should get permission before hunting on private land, and Idaho Fish and Game urges them to act responsibly so access to private lands can be preserved.

“We are fortunate that the majority of hunters are respectful and considerate to landowners,” said Sal Palazzolo, private lands coordinator for Idaho Fish and Game. “But each year, we deal with problems related to irresponsible behavior of a few.”

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Please fill out your hunter report after your hunt ends

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hunter reports provide first-hand information that is critical to wildlife management and season settings

General season big game hunts and controlled hunts are in full swing and it’s time to remind hunters to fill out their mandatory hunter reports after their hunts end. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and it will provide critical information so Fish and Game can continue to preserve, protect and perpetuate Idaho’s wildlife.

You can submit your hunter reports online or by calling (877) 268-9365. The phone option is available 24 per day and seven days per week. Please have your hunting tag number when calling.

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Oct. 24-31 is National Bat Week, and you can learn more about these fascinating creatures

By Rita Dixon, Wildlife Natural Resource Program Coordinator
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Bat week highlights these often misunderstood animals

Governor C.L. Butch Otter has proclaimed October 24–31 to be National Bat Week in Idaho and called upon Idahoans to join him in celebrating the significance of bats with observances and activities. This year’s theme is “Be a Bat Hero!”

Bat Week is a time to celebrate our bats and to spread the word about how we can help to protect them. To learn more about bats, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Bat Week table at Cabela’s in Boise on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Do not dress up pet chickens for Halloween

Joey Greaber Oct 24, 2018

With Halloween right around the corner, the CDC is reminding owners of chickens to not dress them up this year due to a strain of salmonella.

According to the CDC, when dressing up a chicken, it raises the chances of a person coming in contact with harmful bacteria that includes salmonella. “Live poultry might have Salmonella germs in their droppings and on their bodies (feathers, feet, and beaks), even when they appear healthy and clean,” the CDC said.

Reports indicate at least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC also says to not kiss your birds or snuggle them and always wash your hands with soap and water.


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