Nov 4, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 4, 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
November 22 at 4pm Thanksgiving Potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern

(details below)

Village News:

End of Hunting Season Potluck Yellow Pine Tavern

Nov 3rd

FB photo gallery:
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Yellow Pine US Mail Winter Delivery

Three day a week mail delivery from Cascade starts November 1, 2018. The Post Office in Yellow Pine will be open six days a week. Be sure to buy your holiday stamps here.
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Wolf Hunters – be sure of your target!

“There’s two German shepherds running around down by the Eiguren Ranch. Look like wolf pups from far. I mentioned to the owner he might want to keep them closer, just an FYI.” – JB
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Boise NF Local Fall Rx Burns

The Boise NF crews came and burned the slash piles on the golf course this last week, minimal smoke. Thank you from Yellow Pine.
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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 This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.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:

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

Was there 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:

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.
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YPFD News:

The next meeting to be in May 18th, 2019 at the Community Hall
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 29) probably rained most of the night, low of 33 degrees. Very low overcast this morning, socked in nearly to the valley floor, light rain with occasional blobs of snow until just before 11am. Snow line appears to be around 6000 feet. FS lighting off golf course slash piles before 11am. Took a lot of drips from the torches to get the piles going, crews spent the day going from pile to pile, checking and raking a ring down to dirt. By evening most of the piles had been consumed. Rain showers on and off all day, breaks in the clouds and sunshine once in a while, chilly breezes, high of 48 degrees. Low overcast at sundown, light misty rain. No rain during the night.

Tuesday (Oct 30) overnight low of 31 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning. Ed Staub propane truck in the village today. Steller jay flying and calling over the neighborhood. Pine squirrel and jay visited at lunch time. Overcast and chilly mid-day, an occasional drop of rain, high of 41 degrees. Flock of starlings in the neighborhood. Breaks in the clouds by early evening, pretty much calm, humidity is up.

Wednesday (Oct 31) overnight low of 28 degrees, snowing before sunrise, very low overcast, ridges socked in nearly to valley floor. Still snowing pretty good at lunch time, nearly an inch on the ground. Raining by 130pm and melting snow. Rain showers on and off all afternoon and evening, low foggy clouds, most of the morning snow had melted and snowline rising on the hills, high of 36 degrees. Sprinkles on and off during the night and more rain before sunrise.

Thursday (Nov 1) raining this morning and warmer than it was during the day yesterday. Low clouds and foggy belts midway up the hills. Heard a robin calling and a raven. Amerigas in town topping off tanks. Sprinkles and low clouds early afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Quiet rainy afternoon and evening. Probably sprinkled most of the night.

Friday (Nov 2) overnight low of 36 degrees, low foggy clouds and light sprinkles this morning. Quiet and very little traffic. Rained all day until around 3pm, then broken clouds and bits of sunshine, high of 47 degrees. At sunset larger clear patches in the cloud cover, damp and foggy looking towards the river.

Saturday (Nov 3) overnight low of 34 degrees, overcast and damp roofs this morning. Pine squirrel scolding from somewhere in the neighborhood and a lone chipmunk running about. Gray cloudy day, rather calm and humid, high of 41 degrees. FS burning more slash piles to the south west but not much smoke in the village. Gray and cloudy at sundown, no rain.

Sunday (Nov 4) early morning rain, overnight low of 35 degrees, overcast and low foggy clouds this morning and sprinkling. Light drizzles mid-day, low foggy clouds, high of 48 degrees. Rain stopped mid-afternoon, breaks in the clouds and bits of sunshine on and off. Quiet evening, no traffic. With the time change, it is dark at 6pm.

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 #3 – Deck Danger

Decks are a common feature of Idaho homes situated in high fire hazard areas. They are also one of the parts of your home that are vulnerable to embers during wildfire. This applies to decks comprised of wood boards as well as those made from plastic and wood-plastic composite deck boards. If your deck ignites, the flames can ignite your combustible siding, break the glass on an adjacent window or sliding glass door, or climb to the eave and burn into your attic. If you have a deck and live in a high fire hazard area, you should consider the following tips:
* Keep the gaps between deck boards free of pine needles, leaves and other debris. This tip also applies to intersection between your deck and your house. Embers can become lodged in the gaps and ignite the deck. Also, don’t allow fallen pine needles and other dead plant material to accumulate on the deck surface during fire season.
* The area underneath the deck is particularly susceptible to ember attack. Don’t store firewood, gas cans, lawn mowers, cardboard or other combustible materials under the deck and keep it free of weeds, pine needles and leaves. Consider enclosing the deck with solid skirting, such as siding that is properly vented, or with 1/8-inch wire mesh to limit ember penetration and reduce maintenance. Don’t enclose it with wooden lattice.
* Rotted or otherwise poor condition wood is more easily ignited by embers than wood in good condition. Replace deteriorated wooden deck boards and posts with new ones.
* Install metal flashing between the deck and the side of the house. Be sure the flashing is installed to allow proper drainage of water.
* If wildfire is threatening, remove combustible materials from the deck, including newspapers and magazines, baskets, door mats, dried flower arrangements, and place them inside the house or garage. Propane tanks should be placed at a distance 30-ft or more from the house.

Decks are an important and attractive feature to many homes in the wildland-urban interface. Unfortunately, they can also contribute to the wildfire threat to your home. Take steps now, before fire season, to reduce the deck danger.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]

Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s October 2018 Newsletter

November 4, 2018

From the desk of Commissioner Cruickshank,

Monday October 1st
This morning I attended the West Central Mountains Economic Summit in McCall. Topic included recapping progress made after last years Summit, a report from the Department of Labor on the job situation with unemployment down to 2.8%, business incentives to help people stay at work, housing solutions, broadband needs and we heard from a writer on 13 Ways to Kill your community.

Tuesday October 2nd
I worked on emails this morning. This afternoon I met with an attorney concerning a lawsuit against Valley County.

Wednesday October 3rd
This afternoon I was deposed on the lawsuit mentioned above.

Thursday October 4th
I attended a Payette Forest Coalition sub-committee concerning Roads and Trails in the Granite Meadows project.

Friday October 5th
I reviewed a document by the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition concerning the need for Secure Rural Schools payments to continue.
This afternoon I participated in a National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Board call where we discussed re-organization of how NACo does business including staff changes.

Monday October 8th
I drove to Boise for an early flight tomorrow.

Tuesday October 9th
I flew to La Jolla, CA for a NACo Executive Board meeting with NACo sponsors and to have an Executive Board meeting to discuss the re-organization of NACo in more detail. (travel and expenses paid by NACo)

Wednesday October 10th
Met with many of the NACo Sponsors in an informal meeting and dinner after.

Thursday October 11th
Intense Workshop with the NACo Sponsors, NACo Executive Board and other NACo Chairs of Committees to better understand how the partnerships work to enhance county government work.

Friday October 12th
This morning was the NACo Executive Board meeting to discuss paths forward for NACo and understanding where the value of NACo is for counties.
I flew to Boise this afternoon.

Sunday October 13th
I registered for Large Urban County Caucus and NACo Board Meeting to be held in December. (travel and expenses paid by the Idaho Association of Counties)
I created and sent out my newsletter for August and September.
I sent emails to NACo Sponsors who I met while at the meeting in La Jolla to invite them to visit with the West Central Mountains Economic Development Executive Director on Housing, Marketing and Data.

Monday October 15th
Today was a commissioner day. Please find the minutes of our meetings on our website at Valley County Idaho Official Site and then clicking on the commissioners section where you will find the minutes once approved a few weeks after the meeting. The commissioners also performed a Jail Inspection today as one of our duties.

Tuesday October 16th
This morning I worked on responding to emails and sent emails to set up meetings or provide information for future discussions.
This afternoon I attended a Valley Adams Planning Partnership meeting to discuss grant opportunities for the region and support for the prioritizing of the road work.
I worked on information to speak to the Road Levy Advisory Vote being asked of the citizens this November for the Thursday night forum.

Wednesday October 17th
I sent out a reminder and agenda for my NACo West Region conference call I host each month.
I discussed snow grooming authorities with other counties and how their programs worked to insure ours was in compliance.

Thursday October 18th
I listened in on a NACo Public Lands Conference call early this morning.
At 10:00 AM I hosted the NACo West Region Call where we heard from many states on what their concerns were to help all understand the diversity of the issues in the West Region I represent. I then prepared and sent out the notes from the call that I captured during the discussion.
Tonight I attended the Candidate Forum where I spoke on the Advisory Vote for a Road Levy to maintain our county roads. During the discussion with county candidates it was questioned about spending funding to attend meetings in Washington D C. I explained that the majority of my travel and expenses was paid by either the Idaho Association of Counties as I represent the 44 counties of Idaho and the National Association of Counties where I represent the 15 Western States as their Regional Representative. I believe the return on the investment of this travel far outweighs the funding Valley County receives from the Secure Rural Schools and Payment in Lieu of Taxes.

Friday October 19th
I had a phone conversation with Lakeshore Disposal on their operations and how this is working with Valley County.
I attended the Community Agreement meeting on Midas Gold to hear what the other communities were considering with the Community Agreement process. Valley County has not signed on to this agreement and are still studying the document as to how it pertains to Valley County with our other Conditional Use Process.

Monday October 22nd
I returned a phone call concerning the upcoming Advisory Vote for the Road Levy this morning.
Commissioner day today. Please see the Valley County website for the minutes of this meeting once approved.
Tonight I received a phone call concerning the snow removal on Johnson Creek Road as well as personal visit after our Commissioner meeting on the same topic.
I sent out emails to folks about a future meeting with the Johnson Creek folks and snow removal the following Monday.
I drove to Boise for an early flight to Washington D C tomorrow.

Tuesday October 23rd
I flew to Washington D C to attend a NACo Finance meeting as the NACo Executive Board was invited to attend. A more in depth review of the financial status of NACo was gone over concerning the 2018 budget. We also had a presentation by an investment firm to better understand the investment strategy for the future of NACo.
Tonight I attended a dinner event for all the attendees.
This evening the four NACo Regional Representatives had an informal meeting to discuss topics of interest as it relates to our duties for NACo.

Wednesday October 24th
This morning the NACo Finance meeting continued as we looked into the future for 2019 and discussed the changes we will need to make. All this will be presented to the full NACo Board of Directors in December.
At noon the four Regional Representatives met with the NACo Executive Director to discuss our duties as Regional Representatives.
This afternoon I attended a meeting with the US Customs and Border Patrol to learn more about their duties of protecting our borders on all sides. A lot of information was shared on how many different areas they work in along our borders.
This afternoon I flew to Minneapolis only to miss my connection to Boise due to my flight being delayed in Washington D C.
I spent the night in the airport.

Thursday October 25th
I was able to catch a flight to Boise this afternoon and then drove home. (travel and expenses was paid by NACo for this meeting)

Friday October 26th
I visited the Transfer Site to look at a structure build to cover the fuel and waste oil tanks.

Sunday October 28th
I sent out some additional information concerning the upcoming Advisory Vote for the Road Levy.

Monday October 29th
Commissioner meeting today. Please find the minutes once approved on the Valley County website.
This afternoon we had a workshop with Elected Officials and Department Heads to discuss all areas of concern with their respective duties.

Wednesday October 31st
I returned a call to the McCall District Ranger on wanting to set up a meeting to discuss the recent UTV Takeover event as they want to come again next year.
I reviewed my deposition document and corrected some spelling errors or made corrections.

Well I trust Halloween treated you well and the kids still got most of the candy and treats.

Before I sent out another newsletter Thanksgiving will be past so I want to wish everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving.

Also don’t forget to VOTE on November 6th as every vote counts.

Thanks for reading my news and please don’t hesitate to ask for more information and I will do my level best to find an answer if I can.


Idaho News:

Fall back! Daylight saving time ends Sunday

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY November 1, 2018 KTVB

It’s one of the rites of autumn, along with pumpkin spice, football games and raking leaves: The end of daylight saving time, which will occur at 2:00 a.m. Sunday November 4.

So if you’re sick of dark mornings on your way to school or work, it’s your time to rise and shine. But if you dread driving home in the dark, you’re out of luck for the next few months.

At 2:00 a.m. on the 4th – or the night before – the few analog clocks still around must “fall back” an hour, turning 1:59:59 a.m. into 1 a.m. Microwaves and ovens are on a short list of household appliances that will need a manual adjustment.

Since most of our computers, smartphones and DVRs do it automatically, it’s not as much of a chore as it used to be.

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More Taxes For Roads?

Valley County voters will see advisory question on Tues. ballot

By Max Silverson For The Star-News Nov 1, 2018

Voters in Valley County will get to express their opinion on Tuesday whether they are willing to pay more property taxes to improve and maintain county roads.

If a majority of voters endorse the levy, Valley County commissioners will be encouraged to adopt a property tax increase that would add up to $252 in taxes per year for a property worth $300,000.

The levy would provide the road department with an additional $3.3 million, according to estimates.

Commissioners would not make a final decision on enacting the levy until September 2019, when they set the budget for 2020, commission Chair Gordon Cruickshank said.

The first increased taxes would not be collected until December 2019.

Federal funding for local roads has decreased so extensively that the Valley County budget is barely adequate to keep up with basic services, Cruickshank said.

“Our paved roads are in dire need of management with either overlays or chip seals to maintain their function,” he said. “If the funding is not available then we will be forced to return these roads to gravel surfaces.”

Commissioners have the authority to levy the tax without voter approval, but opted to put the proposal to an advisory vote.

Commissioners could make a decision to enact the maximum levy rate, or possibly a lesser rate, depending on the outcome of the vote.

“I believe the commissioners would need to have a good discussion to decide how to proceed no matter what the vote,” he said.

“Depending on the decision we may not need to use a full levy rate if we receive revenue from other sources.”

The levy would tax all residents of Valley County, with most of the work done on county roads.

“Intent is for funds to be used for county road maintenance, however that doesn’t prevent the county partnering with the city on a road project,” Cruickshank said.

Historically, the road department budget in Valley County has been propped up by a federal revenue sharing program that allocated 25 percent of revenue from timber harvests on national forests to counties.

In the 1990s timber harvest numbers began to decline, and in 2000 congress passed the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act to fill the gap.

In 2000, the Valley County road department received $2 million in total funding from the law.

In 2017, the law was not reauthorized, leaving the road department with only $74,725 in funding from timber harvests, he said.

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Airbnb agrees to begin paying McCall local-option tax

By Drew Dodson The Star-News

Short-term rental company Airbnb has reached a settlement with the City of McCall to reimburse uncollected local-option tax revenue since Jan. 1.

The settlement includes an undisclosed amount for estimated tax revenue dating to Jan. 1 and an agreement clarifying rules and responsibilities for tax collection moving forward.

“City staff has reviewed the proposed settlement amount and believes it is reasonable and fair based on comparisons to other short-term rental market remittances,” City Clerk Bessie Jo Wagner told McCall City Council members at their regular meeting last week.

The settlement amount was kept confidential as required by a city ordinance restricting the disclosure of tax repayment information, Wagner said.

Currently, there are 306 Airbnb properties registered in McCall at an average of $153 per night.

If all units were rented out, the city’s applicable local-option tax rate of 7 percent on short-term rentals could bring in about $3,300 per day.

New legislation that became effective Jan. 1 requires short-term rental companies like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway to collect and remit both state and local taxes.

However, Airbnb failed to collect the appropriate taxes in several Idaho cities, including McCall, Ketchum and Driggs.

The alternative to a settlement would’ve been a full audit of Airbnb’s rental records dating to Jan. 1, but that approach would’ve been time consuming and costly, Wagner said.

Some homeowners registered with Airbnb had managed tax collection themselves, but Airbnb is responsible for collecting all taxes moving forward, she said.

The city’s contract law firm, White Peterson of Nampa, negotiated the settlement. The firm also negotiated a settlement between Airbnb and the City of Ketchum.

Airbnb did not respond to a request by The Star-News for comment on the settlement.

The city currently has two local-option taxes in place affecting short-term rentals like Airbnb.

The tourism tax levies a 3 percent tax on hotels, motels and short-term rentals. The streets tax also levies a 3 percent tax on short-term rentals, plus a general sales tax of 1 percent except for groceries.

Revenue from the taxes can be used to enhance tourism, improve public amenities, infrastructure and city streets, among other uses.

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You can now text 911 in Boise County as resource to help rural residents expands

“This is going to help a lot,” one local business owner says of the service, which is being adopted in a growing number of Idaho counties.

Shirah Matsuzawa KTVB October 31, 2018

Idaho City — We all know that you call 911 when you have an emergency. Now, Boise County is joining at least eight other Idaho counties in a system that will allow residents to both call and text 911.

“If you’re up here recreating and you have your cell and you can’t make a call, then you can simply text 911 and it’ll come to the dispatch center and they’ll reply with text,” Boise County Emergency Manager Bob Showalter said.

The Text-to-911 system is especially important in Boise County, because a lot of areas don’t have the best service.

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Tree Falls on Two Homes in Terrace Lakes

October 29, 2018 BCC

Two homes were in the path of a very large tree, probably 18 inches in diameter or more. Removal of the tree was first order of business on Monday and tarping the roof to prevent rain adding to the problems. Photo by Janet Juroch

October 28, 2018: In the Terrace Lakes community, a circle lane of homes sit, with tall pine trees that whisper in the wind and provide wonderful shade in the hot summer. Every so often, these trees can come tumbling down with certain weather conditions or during a storm. But this time it was not Mother Nature causing a tree to fall.

This time a planned tree falling with a professional company went awry, and a large tree decided it was going to fall in its own direction. Tree falling is a serious business and can sometimes not go as planned. It came crashing down on two homes, damaging a couple of cars as well. The tree originally sat between two homes near the road, fell towards the homes instead of the path between. Fortunately, no one was in the homes at the time. One owner was away, and the other was at some neighbors waiting for the tree faller to finish their job. Neighbors were saying, “When the tree fell, we knew it did not hit the ground first.”

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Richie Outfitters continues search for woman missing in Idaho County, using her dog Ace

by Sarah Jacobsen Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Richie Outfitters continues search using found dog for woman missing in Idaho County

Boise, ID (KBOI) — “Mike and I got ace for Connie, so it’s just a close, tight knit deal,” says owner of Richie Outfitters Dawn Richie. “It’s been really really close to home.”

The search for 76 year old Connie Johnson continues today.

“Mike flew back in today, he is going to take Ace and go back in there and hes going to take him in one on one and ride around that country,” Dawn says.

This time, with a much smaller search party. A man and a dog.


Public Lands:

Boise family receives $500 from BHA for turning in illegal motorists on public lands

Contact: Venetia Gempler Phone: (208) 373-4105 Email:

Boise, Idaho, October 29, 2018 – The Moore family recently collected a financial reward for reporting the illegal use of a motorized vehicle in a non-motorized area on the Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest. Brothers Hunter (17) and Clay (14) observed a white jeep driving beyond the trailhead well into the non-motorized area; impacting their bear hunt and other law abiding users’ opportunities.

The brothers had the foresight and education to document the illegal activity and contact the local Emmett Ranger District. Their report and photographs helped the local law enforcement officer conduct an investigation culminating in citing the driver of the Jeep for a violation of the motor vehicle use map (MVUM) resulting in a $230 fine.

“This citation would not be possible without your awareness and assistance. We need more community minded folks like you to help us manage our public lands,” said Emmett District Ranger, Richard Newton.

The award given to the Moore family was from the Back Country Hunters and Anglers (BHA) Idaho Chapter’s reward fund. BHA encourages sportsman to help maintain habitat and opportunities by reporting illegal motor vehicle use.

To read the entire story please visit:

For additional information on BHA Rewards visit:

Letter to Share:

Save the Day, I Need RSVP

Nov. 4, 2018

Hey all, remember to save Sunday evening Dec. 2, from 4 to 7 PM, for The Game Bird Foundation’s BBQ spare rib feed fundraiser Potluck dinner at Viola, Idaho, in the new Viola Community Center. The Game Bird Foundation is furnishing the ribs and (non-alcoholic drinks), plates and utensils. Please bring favorite dish, salad or dessert for the potluck.

Also bring your checkbook, as we will have several great auction items to bid on during our silent auction (sporting goods, gift certificates, etc.), and a live auction for a few choice items including a 6-foot carved black bear! All this plus music furnished by “Bear Grass” during the evening.

We are limited to 175 people and it is starting to fill up. You must give me a call or an email RSVP by November 25 so I can assign you a wristband to get ribs. We need to know so we can have enough ribs and drinks for everyone.

Call 208-883-3423 or email me at jhag1008 @ for a wrist band, no charge. I need your name and number of people attending. Your wristband(s) will be waiting at the door.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation

Critter News:

Pet talk – Halloween chocolate is bad for dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 1, 2018 IME

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which are methylxanthines, a class of compounds that occur naturally in certain plants, including the fruit of the coffee plant and the seeds of the cacao plant. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, colas and some human stimulant drugs. Theobromine is present in chocolate, colas and tea.

Methylxanthines all act as a central-nervous-system stimulant. The most common cause of poisoning in small animals is ingestion of chocolate, though toxicity has occurred following ingestion of coffee grounds, tea bags or human medications. Cocoa powder contains the highest amount of caffeine and theobromine, followed by unsweetened baker’s chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate.

The most common signs of chocolate toxicity are restlessness and hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea and a rapid and irregular heartbeat. Hyperactivity may progress to tremors and seizures when large amounts of chocolate are ingested.

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Dog shoots owner in bizarre hunting accident

by Associated Press Thursday, November 1st 2018

Las Cruces, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is recovering after he says his dog Charlie shot him.

Yes, he said his 120-pound Rottweiler-mix shot him in the back.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Sonny “Tex” Gilligan told police Charlie accidentally pulled the trigger during a hunt for jackrabbits in the desert west of Las Cruces.

According to the 74-year-old Gilligan, Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun while in the back seat of Gilligan’s parked truck, slipped off and pulled the trigger.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

October 24, 2018
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Wolf News Roundup – Oct. 28, 2018

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! October 27, 2018

Wyoming Hunt

The hunting season for wolves in the trophy game area of northwestern Wyoming opened Sept. 1. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, 22 wolves have been harvested as of Oct. 26. The agency set a total quota of 58 wolves in the state’s 14 hunt areas for wolves. The hunting season remains open until Dec. 31 or until hunt-area quotas are reached. There have also been 27 wolves killed in Wyoming’s predator zone so far in 2018.

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Grizzly bear killed in North Idaho:’Loss of a breeding female is a major setback’

by CBS 2 News Staff Saturday, November 3rd 2018

Bonners Ferry, Idaho (CBS 2) — Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported that an adult female grizzly bear was shot and killed near Spruce Lake in norther Boundary County, over the Labor Day weekend.

Grizzly bears are protected by both state and federal law.

The report went on to state that the loss of a breeding female is a major setback to the bear’s recovery in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem.

Any information regarding this poaching should be submitted to Senior Conservation Officer Brian Johnson at 208-267-4085.

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Montana woman rescues wandering llama from Yellowstone park

11/2/18 AP

Susi Huelsmeyer-Sinay via AP)

Idaho Falls, Idaho — A pack llama that escaped from a guided hike in southern Yellowstone National Park in August was rescued by a Montana outfitter last weekend, just days before most of the park’s entrances were to close for winter preparations.

“I just had to help him,” Susi Huelsmeyer-Sinay with Yellowstone Llamas in Bozeman, Montana, said Friday. “He was abandoned.”

Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas owner Kirstin Baty of Idaho Falls, Idaho, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that Ike ran off after guides loosened his halter because it irritated the spot of a previously abscessed tooth.

“Ike slipped out of the halter completely,” Baty said, “because he’s sneaky, and he knows he can.”

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International Bat Conservation Week

October 24, 2018

(The following is a news release published by the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, on October 24, 2018.)

Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by a team of representatives from across the United States and Canada from conservation organizations and government departments. This year, it falls on October 24-31.

Worldwide, there are more than 1,300 species of bats, which is almost 20 percent of all mammal species. Bats live everywhere on Earth except the most extreme desert and Polar Regions. So, no matter where you live, chances are there are bats living near you.

Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly. The structure of the bat’s wing is actually a modified hand. The finger bones are elongated to support a thin membrane of skin that extends between each finger, arms, and body. The membrane of a bat’s wing is living tissue similar to the tiny flaps of skin joining the bases of our human fingers. These “hands” have been adapted for flight, and the flexible skin and many moveable joints make bats exceptionally agile fliers.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
November 2, 2018
Issue No. 889
Table of Contents

* Evaluation Of Columbia River Harvest Reforms Shows Expected Economic Benefits Have Not Materialized

* ESA-Listed Chum Salmon Arrive Early Below Bonneville Dam; Flow Operations Begin To Protect Spawning

* Independent Science Panel Review Of Salmon Survival Study Shows Concern Over Low Smolt-To-Adult Returns

* Which Way The Weather Blows: Portland Meteorologists Take Their Shots At Predicting Coming Winter

* Science Panel Reviews Monitoring/Evaluation Plan For Walla Walla Spring Chinook Supplementation Hatchery

* Study Looks At Injuries To Coho In Purse Seine Nets That Determine Survival Or Mortality After Capture

* Oregon Extends One Steelhead Bag Limit For Snake River, Tribs; Very Low Steelhead Passage At Lower Granite

* Deschutes River Clean Water Case Headed To The Ninth Circuit; Briefs Due Early 2019

* WDFW Uses Drone To Collect Habitat Restoration Data In Lower Columbia River

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