Nov 11, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 11, 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
November 24 “Stop the Bleed” Training YPFD

(details below)

Village News:

Yellow Pine US Mail

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: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Be sure to buy your holiday stamps here.
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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 This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.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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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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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
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November 24 “Stop the Bleed” Training

Jeff and I are now instructors for the National Program from the American College of Surgeons on educating the public on “Stop the Bleed”. We are going to hold a class here in YP the Saturday after Thanksgiving November 24, 2018 at the YP Fire Station and will do more once we return from our winter break. We are in the process of building “stop the bleed” packets to be placed in the businesses around town as well.

Background: Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved. The first responder program has received very good response and is widely being used across the country. The next step is to focus on needs of civilian bystanders.

Need: Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.

Mission/Objective: The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+million citizens of the United States.

Copyright © 2017 by the American College of Surgeons

Local Groups:


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

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx

There will be a YPWUA meeting in October. (?)
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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
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 (Nov 5) overnight low of 32 degrees, overcast this morning (top of VanMeter socked in) and a few drops and flakes falling for a short while. Heard some small birds twittering to the north east. Snow flurries around lunch time, then breaks in the clouds and scattered sunshine early afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Stellar jay visiting the neighborhood. Snow late afternoon, starting to stick a little, trees on Golden Gate frosted white, low clouds on top. More snow after dark, 1/2″ by 8pm. Snowed most of the night and early morning.

Tuesday (Nov 6) overnight low of 31 degrees, 3″ of snow on the ground, low clouds (ridges socked in) and still snowing. Heard starlings calling in the neighborhood. Snow stopped after lunch time, trees dumping snowloads. Breaks in the clouds and a bit of sunshine early afternoon, high of 42 degrees. More snow fell later in the afternoon and quit right after sunset, breaks in the clouds and temperature dropping. A skiff of snow fell after dark.

Wednesday (Nov 7) overnight low of 27 degrees, 2″ of snow remaining in the shade with a trace of new snow. Overcast and snowing a little before lunch time. Mail truck 2 hours late, broke down on main street. Breaks in the clouds and scattered sunshine early afternoon, mostly cloudy and stiff cold breeze, snow melting, high of 40 degrees. Flock of starlings in the neighborhood. Snow flurries late afternoon, trace accumulation. Clearing during the night and cold.

Thursday (Nov 8) overnight low of 15 degrees, average 1-2″ of snow with bare patches of ground, clear sky with a bit of haze. Sunny and melting snow off roofs mid-day, high of 39 degrees. Quiet day. Clear evening, temperatures dropping after sunset. Clear starry night.

Friday (Nov 9) overnight low of 10 degrees, high thin overcast and light breeze this morning, patchy snow cover (about 1″ in the shade.) Gray sky all day, chilly breezes and filtered sun melted a little of the snow, high of 38 degrees. Quiet day, very little traffic. Just below freezing at dark.

Saturday (Nov 10) overnight low in the 20’s, mostly cloudy this morning, occasional flake of snow and chilly breezes, patchy snow cover (still about 1″ in the shade.) The ground is starting to freeze. A few flakes of snow before lunch, then very light snow after lunch, a slight trace of snow by 3pm and mostly cloudy, high of 35 degrees. Overcast and breezy at dusk.

Sunday (Nov 11) overnight low of 9 degrees, clear sky and chilly breezes this morning, about an inch of patchy old snow in the shade. Quiet day, very little traffic. A solitary steller jay visiting early afternoon. Mostly clear afternoon and melting a little snow, high of 38 degrees. Partly cloudy at sunset and below freezing.

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 #4 – Vulnerable Vent Dilemma

Vents play a critical role in the long-term preservation of your home by allowing excess moisture to escape from the attic and crawl space. If moisture was allowed to accumulate in these areas, the wood components of your home could be threatened by mold and decay fungi.

During a wildfire, vent openings have also been shown to be one vulnerable spots for ember entry into your home. The Wildfire Lessons Learned Center “Southern California Firestorm 2003” report concluded after reviewing the loss of 3340 homes destroyed by wildfire:

Ornamental vegetation created an unpredictable and significant fuel source that blew into attic vents and eaves and spread through neighborhoods by torching, crowning, or throwing embers. Structures became involved from ember attack from the inside out rather than flame impingement.

This creates a dilemma for homeowners. Many vents use wire mesh coverings. Some building codes set the minimum mesh size for these at 1/4 inch. Smaller mesh sizes can become clogged by paint, cobwebs, debris, etc. that will reduce air flow. Unfortunately, the 1/4-inch mesh is not effective in preventing ember entry into the attic, eave, and crawl space vents. For existing homes, consider the following:

* Replace 1/4-inch mesh with 1/8-inch mesh, if building codes and required air flow allow. Be sure to keep the mesh openings unclogged.
* Use metal wire mesh, not plastic or fiberglass.
* Don’t store combustible materials, such as paper, clothing, etc. in the attic or crawl space.
* Clear fallen pine needles, leaves, dried grass and other debris from around vents (a particular problem with through-roof vents, such as a dormer or ridge vent).
* Do not plant shrubs in front of or underneath vent openings.
* Create pre-made covers out of plywood to install over vent openings if wildfire is approaching and there is time. In an emergency situation, it may help to fold several layers of aluminum foil and staple over vent openings.

New ember resistant vent designs are becoming available to consumers. Check with your local fire marshal for advice on these and other measures to reduce the potential of embers entering your home.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]
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Fla. medical director on ’60 Minutes’: We all need to learn ‘Stop the Bleed’

Dr. Peter Antevy said given how common mass casualty events have become in the U.S., everyone needs to be prepared

Nov 5, 2018

Broward County, Fla. — The day after the Parkland high school mass shooting, Broward County Medical Director Dr. Peter Antevy said his kids woke up for school, heard what happened and his son looked at him with the “fear of God that he had to go to school that day.”

“My first instinct was he needs a bleeding kit. My son, today, has a bleeding kit on his person,” Antevy told CBS News’ Scott Pelley during a segment on “60 Minutes” this past weekend.

The segment takes a deep look into the difference between wounds sustained from a handgun and injuries from an AR-15 style rifle round. Pelley spoke with Don Deyo, a former paramedic and Green Beret with firsthand experience with battlefield wounds.


[h/t YPFD]

Idaho News:

Local Election Results

The Star-News November 8, 2018

Valley County Commission – District 3

Dave Bingaman – 2,385 – 46%
Cec Tyler – 2,162 – 42%
Ed Allen – 616 – 12%

Valley County Treasurer

Gabe Stayton – 2,928 – 62%
Greg Price – 1,786 – 38%

Valley County Road Tax Advisory Vote

Yes – 3,478 – 69%
No – 1,550 – 31%

Adams County Commission – District 3

Viki Purdy – 1,208 – 65.5%
Jeff Luff – 636 – 34.5%

Idaho Legislature State Senator, District 8

Steven Thayn – 14,128 – 71.0%
Bill Sifford – 4,500 – 22.6%
Kirsten Faith Richardson – 1,265 – 6.4%

State Representative, Position A, District 8

Terry F. Gestrin – 14,670 – 70.1%
Jon W. Glick – 6,265 – 29.9%

State Representative, Position A, District 9

Ryan Kerby – 1,700 – 75.6%
Allen Schmid – 3,768- 24.4%

State Representative, Position B, District 9

Judy Boyle – 11,554- 74.7%
Chase Van Weerdhuizen – 3,921- 25.3%

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Unofficial 2018 General Election Valley County

With 9 of 9 precincts reporting.

Last updated Nov 7 2018 12:44AM

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Valley voters endorse higher taxes for roads

Commissioners will consider tax increase for 2020 budget

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 8, 2018

Voters in Valley County endorsed by a large margin on Tuesday higher property taxes to maintain and improve county roads.

The advisory ballot for the tax levy was 3,478 in favor, or 69 percent and 1,550 opposed, or 31 percent.

The vote endorsed a proposal by Valley County commissioners 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 will not make a final decision on enacting the levy until September 2019, when they set the budget for 2020. The first increased taxes would not be collected until December 2019.

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Cascade seeks member to serve on Midas Gold advisory council

The Star-News Nov 8, 2018

The City of Cascade seeking interested individuals to serve on the Stibnite Advisory Council.

The Cascade City Council voted on Oct. 22 to sign the community agreement offered by Midas Gold, which is proposing a gold and antimony mine in the Stibnite area of Valley County.

The agreement is not an endorsement of the Stibnite Gold Project and does not contain any obligation to endorse the project.

Cascade’s representative to the advisory council would serve a one-year term.

The city is also seeking someone interested in serving as a board member on the Stibnite Foundation for one year.

Applicants should submit statements of interest no later than Monday, Nov. 19, to, City of Cascade, PO Box 649, Cascade, ID 83611, in person at Cascade City Hall.

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First Idaho flu-related death of the season reported

by CBS 2 News Staff Friday, November 9th 2018

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says the first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 flu season has been reported.

Officials say the victim is a northern Idaho woman over the age of 50.

“The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is reminding residents that flu can be serious” said Randi Pedersen, the Idaho Influenza Surveillance Coordinator in a press release. “The most important action to take to prevent serious illness is to get a flu vaccine now.”


Mining News:

from Midas Gold (via FB)

City of McCall: the Environment

6:00PM – Nov 13, 2018

The City of McCall is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, November 13 to discuss the impacts mining can have on the environment and today’s reclamation standards. Reclamation standards and expectations have changed drastically since miners first discovered the historic Stibnite Mining District. Initially, there were no standards miners were required to meet but today that is not at all the case.

Do you have a question you would like to ask? Submit it online! Submitted questions will be answered by Midas Gold and the other panelists during the meeting.

If you believe in our project and support Midas Gold, we could use your support and would love to see you at the meeting. It starts at 6 p.m. on November 13 and will be held at the Northfork Lodge.Please join us and help city leaders understand McCall residents believe in the Stibnite Gold Project and support Midas Gold.


Public Lands:

The Fire Before the Fire

Controlled burns helped contain spread of Mesa Fire

By Max Silverson for The Star-News November 8, 2018

Controlled burns set three months before the Mesa Fire last summer are being credited with helping slow the spread of the blaze east of Council, Payette National Forest officials said.

Because of the controlled burns, the Mesa Fire proved to be relatively easy to contain, despite being active during some of the hottest and driest days of the summer, Payette officials said.

Firefighters were able to slow the advance of the fire, plan a more precise strategy and reduce risk to firefighters, Fire Management Specialist David LaChapelle said.

“This was some of the easiest burning to catch in an August wildfire because of treatments to the forest,” LaChapelle said.

Controlled burns are lit during the spring and fall to burn small portions of a forest. The lack of undergrowth, duff and small trees slows the progress any unplanned wildfires.

The burns in the area where the Mesa Fire came through were part of the Mill Creek-Council Mountain restoration project.

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Boise and Payette National Forests begin Christmas Tree Permit Sales November 17

Date: November 7, 2018
Contacts: Brian Harris, Public Affairs Officer, 208-634-0784 office, 208-634-6945 cell.
Venetia Gempler Phone: (208) 373-4105 Email:

McCall, ID – Christmas Tree Permits will be available for purchase on Saturday, November 17th. On that date, the commercial vendors will begin selling Christmas Tree Permits. On Monday, November 19, permits will be available at National Forest Offices. All tree permits are valid to December 25th.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. For both Forests, the cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. Permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise National Forest – one permit works for both Forests.

All purchasers are provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips.

A Christmas Tree Permit is for personal use only, and use of permits for commercial purposes is prohibited. Permits are non-refundable.

In coordination with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth-graders who are participating in the Every Kid in a Park program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit. The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to and complete the application process.

To receive a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth-grader and a parent must go to a Forest Service office in person with the “voucher” they received from the online website at:

Commercial vendors will not be issuing a free Christmas tree permit to participants of the Every Kid in a Park program, and free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically. Participation in the Every Kid in a Park program also offers benefits at National Parks and on other public lands and facilities across the United States.

Harvesting a Christmas tree is a fun adventure and often a traditional family event. Please review the Christmas tree brochure and map for optimal areas and be fully prepared for winter travel.

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering. Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead and check websites for road conditions before heading out. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.

To provide for family safety, officials advise a few simple guidelines:

* Use the brochure with instructions provided.

* Practice winter survival and driving techniques.

* Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.

* Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.

* Always inform neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.

* Be prepared for the possibility of a long hike or snowmobile ride while searching for the perfect tree.

* According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.

Where to get a Christmas Tree Permit

Boise National Forest Offices
Interagency Visitor Information Center 208-373-4007
Sells permits for the Payette and Boise National Forests
1387 South Vinnell Way
(BLM State Office – West of Walmart on Overland Road, Boise)
Hours: M-F 7:45-4:30 p.m. (Vendors and offices are closed Thanksgiving Day)

The Idaho City Ranger District 208-392-6681
3833 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30p.m
Idaho City Ranger District may or may not be open on weekends. Please call ahead

Lowman Ranger District 208-259-3361
7359 Highway 21
Lowman, ID 83637
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Emmett Ranger District 208-365-7000
1805 Highway 16, Room 5
Emmett, ID 83617
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cascade Ranger District 208-382-7400
540 North Main Street
Cascade, ID 83611
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mountain Home Ranger District 208-587-7961
3080 Industrial Way
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boise National Forest Vendors

Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426
3868 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Mon-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sun, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tom’s Service/Sinclair (208) 392-4900
243 State Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 5 a.m. -11 p.m.

Seasons (208) 392-9777
200 Main Street
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Donna’s Place (208) 392-9666
110 E Granite Street
Placerville, ID 83666
Open: Everyday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442
2518 E Cleveland
Caldwell, ID 83605
Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

B & W Fuels (208) 365-2291
1900 N. Washington
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Sun – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 6 a.m. -10 p.m.

D & B Supply (208) 963-7035
111 State Highway 16
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Mon – Sat, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Valley View Chevron (208) 793-4321
459 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open: Everyday, 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391
445 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open: Sun-Sat, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869
P.O. Box 447
Garden Valley, ID 83622
Beginning Nov.21 – open: Everyday – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Payette National Forest Offices

All Payette National Forest offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vendors and offices closed on Thanksgiving.

McCall Forest Supervisor’s Office
500 North Mission Street, McCall, ID

Council Ranger District Office
2092 Highway 95, Council, ID

New Meadows Ranger District Office
3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID

Weiser Ranger District Office
851 E Ninth St., Weiser, ID

McCall Ranger District Office
102 West Lake St., McCall, ID

Payette National Forest Vendors

Weiser: Ridley’s Food and Drug (208) 549-1332
652 E First St., Weiser, ID
Open: Everyday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Weiser: Farmer’s Supply Cooperative (208) 549-0654
622 E Commercial St., Weiser, ID
Open: Everyday 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Cambridge: Jay’s Sinclair (208) 257-5000
Corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 71, Cambridge, ID
Open: Everyday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Council: Farmer’s Supply Cooperative (208) 253-4266
2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID
Open: Everyday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

McCall: Albertsons (208) 634-8166
132 E. Lake Street, McCall, ID
Open: Everyday 6:30 a.m. -11 p.m.

New Meadows: C & M Lumber (208) 347-3648
3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID
Open: Mon – Sat 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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USFS Regional Intermountain News

Volume 2 Issue 14 November 7, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Regional Intermountain Newsletter! We appreciate the support we have received in regards to the information and content of our Regional Newsletter.


Letters to Share:

Mystic Farm “Swag”


Great for Christmas! Hoodie and denim:$25. Long sleeved T’s: $17. Kids and adult short sleeved T’s (all styles):$12. Hats:$12. Cloth bags and backpacks:$12. Ask me about colors available in both T’s and bags! And, of course, all those wonderful Mystic Farm handmade candles! All proceeds go to support the care and feeding of the fawns at Mystic Farm. Local delivery available and we do ship!

Dory McIsaac
mysticfarmrescue @
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The Gamebird Foundation



Spare rib feed Sunday evening December 2nd, 4 to 7 pm: Potluck. Gamebird foundation will furnish ribs and soft drinks. Bring your favorite dish, salad or desert. We must have an RSVP on email or a phone call to reserve your reservation, which we close by November 25th, or before when we reach 175 people. We need to know how many ribs to buy. All reservations will have an envelope at the door with a wristband in it for each member of the family. If you have no wristband, you get no food.

“Bear Grass” will play the music.

Bring your checkbook, as the Foundation will have some exciting items for silent auction/live auction to purchase. 6-foot tall chain sawed carved black bear, 1 each hand carved and painted pheasant and quail signed by Ralph Horn, great pheasant print signed by Fred Boyce, gift cards $75 and $25.00, lady’s silver belt buckle, jewelry, hand tied steelhead fly’s by Leroy Hyatt, gift cards for oil changed by Troy Motors and more items to be added. The funds from the auction will help with the cost of the evening, rent for this wonderful community center, ribs and other cost.

For RSVP and Reservations, Call Jim Hagedorn.

1-208-883-3423, EMAIL jhag1008 @

All This at the Viola Community Center as It Is Now Open for Business.

Critter News:

FDA investigating link between dog diets and a deadly heart disease increasing nationwide

Meg Shaw Nov 8, 2018 KIVI TV

Cleveland, Ohio — It’s a problem most dog owners can’t even see, but when they hear the diagnosis they’re in complete shock.

… Lucy was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, also known as DCM. It’s a heart disease where the heart becomes enlarged and pumps poorly, thus decreasing the amount of blood throughout the body.

Dr. Heaney said it could lead to congestive heart failure, and in some cases, even worse.

… Typically dogs who have the condition are older, large breed, but now, scattered across the country, mid-sized dogs and puppies are suffering from DCM, just like Lucy.

At this point, the FDA believes it could be a dietary problem.

full story:
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2 ranchers in eastern Oregon to try new strategy with wolves

by AP Thursday, November 8th 2018

Salem, Ore. (AP) — Two ranchers in eastern Oregon are working with the state to test a new strategy for preventing livestock attacks by wolves with the hope of breaking an impasse between conservationists and ranchers on how to manage the predators.

Rodger Huffman, president of the Union County Cattlemen’s Association, and Cynthia Warnock, president of the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association, will develop plans that emphasize non-lethal methods such as range riders, alarm boxes and electrified fencing to keep wolves away from their livestock, the Capital Press reported Thursday.

If wolves continue to attack, then ranchers could ask the state to kill them — a more streamlined approach than currently exists, the newspaper reported.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Nov 5, 2018

Wolves may be moving to Western Washington

Have Doubts That Wolves Are Ravaging Idaho? Come See For Yourselves.

2018 Depredation Chart

Newsletter Nov 8, 2018

Norway’s wolf cull pits sheep farmers against conservationists

State orders killing of wolves from 2 more packs

Federal judge blasts Fish and Wildlife Service, says endangered wolves cannot be shot
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Mountain caribou in lower 48 states being sent to Canada

by Associated Press Monday, November 5th 2018

Spokane, Wash. (AP) — The six mountain caribou remaining in the lower 48 states will be relocated farther north into Canada, a move that ends decades of efforts to reintroduce the large animals into Idaho and Washington state.

The Spokesman Review says biologists hope to breed the few survivors of the South Selkirk herd in captivity north of Revelstoke, British Columbia.

“This is what extinction looks like, and it must be a wake-up call for wildlife and habitat managers in both Canada and the United States,” said Joe Scott, international programs director for Conservation Northwest.

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Family gives warning about bats after man becomes Utah’s first fatal rabies case in over 70 years

November 8, 2018, by Amanda Gerry, Fox 13

Moroni, Utah — A Utah man is dead in what’s believed to be the first fatal case of rabies in Utah in over 70 years.

“It started with his neck and back pain. He was seen by a chiropractor. That relieved some of the pain initially, but then numbness and tingling into his arms,” his daughter Crystal Sedgwick said.

Sedgwick said her father, 55-year-old Gary Giles, started experiencing these initial symptoms back in mid-October, and from there, it only got worse.

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Idaho utility’s lawsuit against EPA involving salmon on hold

By Keith Ridler – 11/10/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — A lawsuit by an Idaho utility against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce has been put on hold.

A U.S. District Court judge last week agreed to stay the lawsuit by Idaho Power against the EPA while the federal agency works to complete tasks requested by the state of Idaho in 2012.

“Essentially, this is what we wanted for six years,” Idaho Power spokesman Brad Bowlin said Friday. “We’re optimistic things are moving in the right direction. This is definitely a good step forward.”

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Study shows pesticide exposure can dramatically impact bees’ social behaviors

November 8, 2018, Harvard University

For bees, being social is everything.

Whether it’s foraging for food, caring for the young, using their bodies to generate heat or to fan the nest, or building and repairing nests, a bee colony does just about everything as a single unit.

While recent studies have suggested exposure to pesticides could have impacts on foraging behavior, a new study, led by James Crall, has shown that those effects may be just the tip of the iceberg.


Fish & Game News:

Motorists urged to slow down and watch for wildlife

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, November 9, 2018

With big game animals on the move, wildlife-vehicle collisions tend to peak this time of year.

Mangled carcasses of deer, elk, and other wildlife along Idaho’s roadways should be a flashing warning sign to motorists.

Three mule deer were hit recently by a pickup on Highway 93 near North Fork, Idaho, and just last week, one person was hospitalized after hitting a moose near Leadore. Another driver is lucky to be alive after swerving off the highway near Gibbonsville to miss an elk and rolling his truck into the North Fork Salmon River.

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F&G Director Virgil Moore announces retirement

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

All rights reserved. Idaho Fish and Game

Moore has had a 42-year career in wildlife management

Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Nov. 6 announced he will retire from the department in Jan. 2019 after a 42-year career in fish and wildlife management. Moore has served as director since 2011, and intends to remain until his replacement has been selected by the Fish and Game Commission and is in place.

“It has been an honor to serve Idahoans, the governor and the Fish and Game commission as director the last eight years, and as a state employee for over 42 years,” Moore said. “Working together, Fish and Game and our wildlife resources are in excellent shape and ready to be handed off to new leadership.”

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