Nov 18, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 18, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: You have 4 days left to order a 2019 Yellow Pine calendar, deadline is Thanksgiving.

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
2019 Events
May 25, 2019 ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
Jul 13, 2019 Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14, 2019 Ride to Cinnabar

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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

Season May 15 through November 30, 2018 Permits available 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 This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.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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Bears

It should be safe to put bird feeders back out, bears are hibernating (according to Jon Hunter our F&G CO.)

Please remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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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
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

The 2019 schedule for the Yellow Pine Escapades has been updated on the website!

Expect new escapades this coming year, including an ATV-UTV Photo Scavenger Hunt; two (yes, two) ATV-UTV rides, a golf tournament, and even a community yard sale. Other events will be added to the calendar as plans are finalized.

Join us for a great season of fun! The starting point for fun in Yellow Pine! The website includes information on the events hosted by the Yellow Pine Community Hall as well as the other “goings-on” in the village. Food, lodging and fuel are available in Yellow Pine.

https://www.ypescapade.org/atv-utv-events
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

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 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:
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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 12) overnight low of 9 degrees, clear sky, dry – not much frost, and chilly light breeze. There is still about an inch of snow in the shade but more open ground. Clear skies and lots of sunshine early afternoon, a little snow melting but still frozen in the shade, high of 42 degrees. Quiet afternoon and evening, no traffic. Mostly clear at sundown and below freezing.

Tuesday (Nov 13) overnight low of 16 degrees, mostly high thin clouds, dry – hardly any frost. Two hairy woodpeckers visited looking for the missing feeder. Checked with F&G, bears are hibernating, OK to put feeders back out. Happy woodpeckers. Clouds thickening and by early afternoon the sky was overcast with thick white haze, high of 44 degrees. Quiet afternoon and evening, very little traffic. Faint fuzzy crescent moon up at dark. Some stars visible at 9pm.

Wednesday (Nov 14) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly clear sky, dry – light frost, patchy snow in the shade. Truck traffic on main street this morning. Female Hairy woodpecker visiting. Mail truck made it in on time. High thin clouds covered most of the sky mid-afternoon, nearly calm air, high of 54 degrees. Overcast by sundown.

Thursday (Nov 15) overnight low of 25 degrees, mostly clear sky, dry – very light frost, chilly light breezes, about 1/2″ old patchy snow in the shade. Mid-afternoon warmer, high haze over most of the sky, nice day, high of 54 degrees. Quiet afternoon, a little traffic. Stellar jay visiting. Fuzzy half full moon at dark, dew starting to condense on metal roofs.

Friday (Nov 16) overnight low of 25 degrees, overcast this morning, slight bit of frost, about 1/2″ patchy old snow still in the shade. Steller jay visiting. Overcast and chilly breezes mid-day, high of 44 degrees. Raven calling and flying over the village. Airplane traffic at 3pm. Female hairy woodpecker stopped by. Decreasing clouds by sunset, bright half moon following Mars at dusk.

Saturday (Nov 17) overnight low of 20 degrees, clear sky this morning, light frost, patches of old snow in the shade. A couple of steller jays visiting. Clear sunny day, mild temperatures and cold light breezes, high of 43 degrees. Shots fired south west of the school around 245pm. Pine squirrel visiting. Clear sky at dusk, fat moon rising over Golden Gate peak, temperatures dropping.

Sunday (Nov 18) overnight low of 12 degrees, partly clear sky this morning – high haze, moderate frost and light breezes, smaller patches of snow in the shade. A female hairy woodpecker fighting with a starling, 2 jays and a pine squirrel visiting. Power went off and back on at 145pm. Mostly clear by early afternoon, a few clouds to the south, sunny and mild, high of 42 degrees. Quiet evening, fat moon peeking over the north shoulder of Golden Gate hill at dusk.
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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 #5- A Noncombustible Must

During a wildfire, thousands of windblown embers may pelt your house like hail during a fire storm. Many of the embers that strike the side of the house can fall to the ground and accumulate next to your home. If your neighborhood is asked to evacuate as wildfire approaches, the embers can lie there, glowing unattended for hours or even days. If the embers are in contact with a wood or other combustible material sided house, or something that can ignite in the flowerbed, your home could be in jeopardy.

The vegetation, landscape materials and other items located immediately adjacent to your home have critical influence on house survival during wildfire and ember attack. Homeowners living in high fire hazard areas need to create a “noncombustible (or low combustible) area” within 3 -5 feet of their houses. Some of the important “do’s” and “don’ts” of a noncombustible area include:

Dos…

* Do use hard surfaces such as concrete, brick and rock
* Do use green, healthy well maintained lawn
* Do use gravel or rock mulches
* Do use irrigated herbaceous plants such as annual and perennial flowers and groundcovers
* Do use short, less than 18” in height, deciduous shrubs, but don’t locate them in front of foundation vents

Don’ts…

* Don’t locate the firewood pile, or other combustible materials such as lumber in this area
* Don’t use wood, bark or rubber mulches
* Don’t have uncovered garbage cans or recycling bins here
* Don’t have dried grass and weeds, fallen pine needles and leaves or dead branches located in this area
* Don’t use ornamental evergreen plants, such as shrub junipers

Having a noncombustible (or low combustible) area next to your home is an important part of protecting it from wildfire. Don’t wait – take action now before the embers arrive.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]
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Winter Safe Driving Tips

* Prepare: Ensure your vehicle’s headlights and brake lights are in working condition, along with its tires, heater, defroster, brakes, and windshield wipers, and that you have enough windshield wiper fluid.

* Take Your Time: Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. Increasing following distance, traveling at slower speeds and accounting for the extra stopping time will all go a long way to help avoid collisions.

* Stay Alert: Give the road your undivided attention. That’s always true and especially important with slick streets and potentially dangerous conditions.

* Don’t Panic: If your vehicle begins to slide or skid, don’t slam on the brakes. Look down the road in the direction you want to go and gently steer your vehicle that way. Release the accelerator until traction returns.

* Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit in your car with the tools you need to protect yourself, should a problem arise. Gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a brush, water, jumper cables, a flashlight and something for traction, such as sand or kitty litter are all great things to include.

source: KIVI TV
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Idaho News:

Payette project shutdown could mean loss of dozens of timber jobs

By Max Silverson for The Star-News November 15, 2018

The shutdown of the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek project west of New Meadows could put dozens of people from the local timber industry out of work, according to employers.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the 80,000 acres project last month, finding that the designation of land within the project was done contrary to the Payette Forest Plan.

McCall-based Ikola Logging was planning to start working within the project, but has since been forced to search for other projects, owner Gerry Ikola said.

“Lost Creek-Boulder Creek was planning to be our winter job, the one we would move to in about two or three weeks,” Ikola said.

“There was enough work on that job to last us through winter and then some,” he said.

Without a substitute project, the company has no work lined up for a majority of the their employees and 15 to 20 jobs may be lost.

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Three Blaze Trail to be reviewed in Nov. 28 presentation

The Star-News November 15, 2018

Central Idaho’s historic Three Blaze Trail will be discussed on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office.

Forest Service Heritage employees and members of the Idaho Trails Association will join citizen hiker Wallace Kimball in talking about construction of the historic trail and Idaho’s Thunder Mountain Gold Rush of 1902.

Discussions will also include early homesteading in Chamberlain Basin and the historic mining town of Roosevelt as well as modern perspectives on the significance of backcountry trails.

Presentations are free and will be in the Weiser Conference Room at the Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office, located at 500 N. Mission St.

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The Jim Moore Place

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Nov 15, 2018

The Jim Moore Place, located approximately 50 miles upriver from Riggins on the Salmon River is an important historic site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Originally from Kentucky, Jim Moore moved to the Salmon River canyon in 1898. He initially claimed the property as a placer mining claim in 1900. Over the next 15 years, he constructed nine log buildings and a rock walled root cellar. He irrigated the adjacent fields with water diverted from Slide Creek via a handmade flume.

During the early days of the Thunder Mountain gold rush there was a need for a direct route from the northwest to the diggings. Demand for such a route resulted in the donation of three thousand dollars from prospectors, miners, and businessmen to construct a trail in 1900. The Three Blaze Trail from Grangeville via Dixie to the Thunder Mountain gold fields was built, passing through Jim Moore’s place on the river. Jim Moore lived on the north side of the river across from Campbell’s Ferry and took advantage of the influx of travelers on the trail and his neighbors’ ferry. In two years, from 1900 to 1902, nearly 1,800 men used this trail going into the Thunder Mountain area. Moore carried on a profitable business in supplying hides and meat to these travelers as well as supplying them with alcohol distilled from his extra fruit.

Jim Moore lived here until his death in 1942 and is buried on his property. Over the next 30 years, the property had several different owners including the Forest Service who had plans to build a guard station and an airstrip at this location. However, by 1971 the withdrawal designating the property as an administrative site was terminated.

In the early 1980s, several restoration projects were performed on some of these buildings. Some of the wall, gable, and roof purlin logs were replaced and new board and batten roofs were installed. Over the past 30+ years, mother-nature has taken her toll and additional maintenance is needed. Last September, South Zone Archaeologist Steve Armstrong and Fred Walters of the Idaho Heritage Trust, visited the site to determine current maintenance needs for the log buildings. A restoration and stabilization project is being planned for the spring of 2019. This will be the first of a multi-year effort to ensure the 100+ year old log buildings will be preserved well into the future for forest visitors to learn from and enjoy while passing through the wild Salmon River Canyon of central Idaho.

link to: FB photo gallery

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Cascade first-graders to raise money for California fire victims

By Max Silverson for The Star-News November 15, 2018

First graders at Cascade Schools are working to raise money to help people affected by the Camp Fire, currently burning in California.

Students were discussing the question of “how do people help out in the community,” when the idea of a penny drive got started, first grade teacher Melanie Stocks said.

“The students were brainstorming ideas and came up with the idea of helping those impacted by the Camp Fire,” Stocks said.

Students set the goal of raising $500 by Friday, Nov. 30.

The class has made the fundraiser into a competition, offering brownies to the elementary class and high school class that can raise the most money.

All of the funds raised will go directly to victims of the Camp Fire.

As of Tuesday the fire had burned 125,000 acres and is only 30 percent contained. It is the deadliest wildfire in California history, with 42 people confirmed dead and 6,552 residences destroyed, according to news reports.

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Cascade mayor resigns, citing ‘health and well-being’

Julie Crosby stepped down Tuesday, less than a year into her four-year term.

Katie Terhune November 15, 2018 KTVB

Cascade — The mayor of Cascade has stepped down from her position, less than a year into her her four-year term.

Julie Crosby announced her resignation Tuesday night after the city council meeting.

In her resignation letter, Crosby wrote that she had come into the position “with my eyes wide open” but had not foreseen the toll the mayorship would take on her own health.

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Salmon River Brewery in McCall to expand with 1,800-square foot brewhouse

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, November 12th 2018

McCall, Idaho (CBS 2) — A popular brewery and restaurant in McCall continues to grow.

Salmon River Brewery recently broke ground on a new 1,800 square-foot brew house across the street from its restaurant near the town’s historic railroad depot.

“We could not be more excited to see construction start on this project,” Salmon River Brewery co-owner Matt Hurlbutt says. “The new brew house will enable us to double our beer-making capabilities, as well as expand the community gathering space in the Hotel McCall Courtyard. Plus, the new facility will allow us to offer brewery tours, set aside a dedicated tasting room, and provide other new services.”

With the expansion Salmon River Brewery’s capacity will grow from 1,100 barrels per year to 2,200 barrels annually. It will also sport a tasting room overlooking the brewhouse, a 900-square-foot rooftop deck, and redesigned patio seating between the brewery and the current restaurant.

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Idaho man dies in hunting accident

The 25-year-old died after accidentally shooting himself.

Associated Press November 12, 2018

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) – Authorities say a north-central Idaho man died while hunting Sunday morning after accidentally shooting himself.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Ryan S. Rigney of Lewiston was hunting near Soldiers Meadow Lake when he accidentally discharged his gun.

The Lewiston Tribune reports emergency medical crews were sent to the rural location about 7:42 a.m. but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful and Rigney died at the scene.

Deputy Kris Schmidt said the investigation is continuing but the death appears to be an accidental gunshot.

On social media, Rigney described himself as a dedicated father and avid outdoorsman. Earlier this year, he and his 3-year-old son were the subject of a search when they went missing while hunting for shed antlers. They were later located in Orofino.

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Volunteer firefighters receive FEMA grant

Hailey and Wood River Fire & Rescue are beneficiaries

Alejandra Buitrago Nov 16, 2018 IME

Two Blaine County fire departments have been awarded federal grant funding to help them with recruitment and retention initiatives, as fire departments across the county work to recruit firefighters for firehouses that have become increasingly busier.

Hailey Fire Department and Wood River Fire & Rescue were awarded more than $650,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency—FEMA—in a grant called SAFER: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response. The grant funding will go towards yet-to-be-determined benefits for every volunteer firefighter in both departments.

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Graves at tiny Idaho cemetery remain a mystery

11/12/18 AP

Minidoka, Idaho — A wind-swept parcel of ground on the edge of the tiny town of Minidoka once cradled the remains of at least 40 people.

But now, The Times-News reports no one knows how many grave sites remain.

Minidoka County Historical Museum Curator Melissa Alley says some families moved the remains of their loved ones to other locations as the cemetery fell into disrepair. Only one grave marker is still at the cemetery, and it belongs to Henry Mitchell, who died in 1905. The others have all been removed or crumbled.

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Several small earthquakes strike southeastern Idaho

Michael Coats Nov 13, 2018 Local News 8

Soda Springs, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Several small earthquakes have struck southeastern Idaho near Soda Springs over the past couple of days.

The United States Geological Survey reports the two largest quakes registered at magnitudes of 3.2 and 3.3. Several smaller quakes under a 2.0 have also been picked up by the USGS.

The 3.3 quake struck Monday afternoon, around 4:52 p.m. The 3.2 quake striking Tuesday morning at around 10:17 a.m.

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No damage reported following 3.8-magnitude earthquake

AP Nov 15, 2018

Soda Springs, Idaho (AP) – Authorities in southeastern Idaho say there are no reports of damage following a 3.8-magnitude earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday about 7 miles east of Soda Springs.

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USPS increases stamps price to record-high 55 cents

Kristina Wright Oct 16, 2018 KIVI TV

The cost of mailing a letter is going up in January.

In an effort to improve its financial situation, the U.S. Postal Service has made a 5-cent increase on its first-class stamp, which increases the cost of mailing a one-ounce envelope from 50 cents to 55 cents.

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Scam Alerts:

Hang up on spoofed SSA calls

If you get a call that looks like it’s from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA’s 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information. Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number – often one that looks legit. Here are few things you should know about these so-called SSA calls.

These scam calls are happening across the nation, according to SSA: Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows that it’s the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213. The caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information – like your Social Security number – to increase your benefits payments. (Or he threatens to cut off your benefits if you don’t give the information.) But it’s not really the Social Security Administration calling. Yes, it is the SSA’s real phone number, but the scammers on the phone are spoofing the number to make the call look real.

What can you do if you get one of these calls?

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Thousands of dollars stolen with ‘skimmer’ devices found at a Meridian gas station

Police say the devices were likely sitting idle for months.

Gretchen Parsons November 13, 2018 KTVB

Meridian — Police on Tuesday uncovered and removed at least three skimmer devices used to steal people’s credit card information at a Meridian gas station.

The crooks stole thousands from unsuspecting victims who visited the Jackson’s Chevron on Eagle Road and Goldstone Drive.

Meridian Police Officer Terry Hodges says the criminals are getting slightly more sophisticated.

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Mining News:

Cascade seeks members to serve on Midas Gold council

The Star-News Nov 15, 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 to mayor@cascadeid.us, City of Cascade, PO Box 649, Cascade, ID 83611, or in person at Cascade City Hall.

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Groups file lawsuit to stop eastern Idaho gold exploration

By Keith Ridler – 11/15/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Two conservation groups say the federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company’s plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho.

The Idaho Conservation League and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in a lawsuit filed Tuesday say the U.S. Forest Service needs to halt British Columbia-based Otis Gold Corporation’s 5-year mining exploration project in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The Forest Service in August approved the project that includes 10 miles (16 kilometers) of new roads and 140 drill stations.

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Public Lands:

Boise, Payette forests to begin Christmas tree permit sales

The Star-News Nov 15, 2018

Vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits for the Payette and Boise national forests on Saturday.

Area permit vendors are Albertsons in McCall and C&M Lumber in New Meadows.

On Monday, permits will be available at Boise and Payette forest district offices.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. Cost is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet.

All purchasers will be provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested as well as restrictions and helpful tips.

Some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering if an unusually heavy snowfall occurs and forest roads become a safety concern, a news release said.

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Court order shuts down 80,000-acre Payette forest project

Logging, environmental work left undone

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 15, 2018

The Payette National Forest’s 80,000-acre Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Project has been forced to shut down after a federal court found fault with the project.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the project last month, finding that the designation of land within the project was done contrary to the Payette Forest Plan.

“No additional work will be accomplished at this time,” Payette Forest Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

The Lost Creek-Boulder Creek project area is located west of New Meadows

About 4,300 acres of commercial timber harvest was not completed before the shutdown, which represents 42 percent of proposed harvests, Harris said.

About 4,000 acres of non-commercial thinning, or 80 percent of the amount proposed, was not completed, Harris said.

Environmental improvement projects were also halted.

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Review of Payette forest landscape restoration projects

The Star-News Nov 15, 2018

Here is a rundown on the projects underway and in the planning stages for the Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project on the Payette National Forest.

Mill Creek-Council Mountain

The 50,000-acre Mill Creek-Council Mountain project was the first of the collaborative projects, with implementation of restoration work starting in 2012.

Work on the project located to the east of Council is now winding down and close to completion.

Lost Creek-Boulder Creek

The 80,000-acre Lost Creek-Boulder Creek project located to the west of New Meadows was under way, but was shut down due to a decision last month by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Middle Fork Weiser River

The 50,000-acre Middle Fork Weiser project was approved December 2017 and implementation is in the initial stages.

The project is located to the west of Council adjacent to the Mill Creek-Council Mountain project.

Huckleberry

The Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project covers 67,000 acres northwest of Council.

The project is in the early stages of public involvement and analysis. A firm plan is projected to be completed in the spring of 2019.

Granite Meadows

The 70,000-acre Granite Meadows project is now open for public comment.

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office on Mission Street in McCall.

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Public Comments Sought on the Proposed Granite Meadows – Public Meeting November 27, 2018

Date: November 13, 2018
Contact: Erin Phelps (208) 347-0300 cell: (208) 514-5809

New Meadows, ID– The Payette National Forest is seeking comments on the proposed Granite Meadows Project. A public meeting is scheduled for November 27, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00p.m. at the Forest Supervisors office (500 North Mission Street, McCall, Idaho 83638). Forest Service personnel will be available to share the project proposal and answer questions.

The Granite Meadows Project is the fifth project on the Forest that is part of the Weiser – Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Project. The Granite Meadows Project encompasses approximately 83,000 acres on the McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest, and is located north of New Meadows and north and west of McCall, primarily in the Little Salmon River watershed.

This project is based in part on recommendations provided by the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC). The PFC is a collaborative group whose recommendations are structured to meet the intent of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act (CFLRA). The PFC members represent stakeholders from a broad range of interests, including the environmental community, timber industry, recreational groups, and state and county government. For more information on the PFC visit their website at http://www.spatialinterest.info/main_page.html.

The purpose and need of this landscape-scale project is to improve conditions across multiple resource areas including;

* Forest conditions and ecosystem function
* Wildfire resiliency
* Watershed health
* Recreation.

Regarding vegetation, the intent is to move toward, restoration and management of wildlife habitat, with an emphasis on but not limited to addressing the need to maintain and promote large tree forest structure, early seral species composition (e.g. aspen, western larch, ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir), and forest resiliency; and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic and undesirable wildland fire.

Recreation improvements would include:

* Improving the existing trail system by establishing trails where appropriate, and removing user-created trails that negatively impact natural resources
* Replacing or repairing existing recreation facilities, including restrooms and lake amenities;
* Evaluating authorized and unauthorized roads identified for decommissioning for possible conversion to motorized or non-motorized trails
* Managing or improve dispersed recreation opportunities by hardening and improving sites, closing some sites, and/or install informational signs
* Managing roads (including relocation), posting signage and/or considering closure orders where conflicting use may occur
* Improving skier experience and safety through vegetative treatments within the Brundage Mountain Resort’s ski area.

How to Comment and Timeframe

The Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the Proposed Action in the Federal Register on October 31, 2018. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 45 days following that date. The publication date of the NOI in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for a proposed action documented in a DEIS. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

The preferred method to submit comments is electronically via the project webpage and must be submitted to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/granitemeadows . Simply click on “how to comment” on the right side of the page and fill out the web form with your comments.

Written comments must be submitted to Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor, Payette National Forest, 500 North Mission Street Building 2, McCall, Idaho 83638 or by fax to 208-634-0744. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Electronic comments may also be submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx) and must be sent to comments-intermtn-payette@fs.fed.us. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments. For objection eligibility each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request.

All comments received will be published with authorship information in the public reading room on the project webpage. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection.

The project file is posted on the Payette National Forest web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/granitemeadows For additional information, please contact Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger, New Meadows Ranger District, 208-347-0300.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Weak Forest Trees Can Pick Up the Tussock Moth Infestation

November 12, 2018 by Janet Juroch – BCC – Garden Valley

The Tussock Moth outbreak is seen in our region in a cyclical pattern, causing browning of foliage, particularly on the Douglas Fir Trees. Typically, an infestation can last three years in an 8 to 10-year outbreak cycle. The US Forest Service explains that the cycle being seen in our area may be likely to end after 2019. The outbreak has hit other areas in the state, including Craters of the Moon and in the Owyhees.

Aerial detection is the most common way to locate the problem areas. The US Forest Service monitors the moth, so they can predict the cycle and make decisions of what to do about it. The moth is an invasive insect and likes diseased trees or trees that are [un]healthy due to drought or lack of water.

At the recent information meeting held at the Crouch Community Hall, Laura Lowrey, considered the “bug lady” of the local US Forest Service, explained what a Tussock Moth is, its life cycle and the problem it creates in the forest. About 30 people attended the meeting to learn about the insect. Her presentation left everyone with an understanding of how the USFS is managing these outbreaks.

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New BLM program will help boost rural Idaho wildland firefighting

Nov 14, 2018 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Bureau of Land Management is launching a process to transfer excess vehicles, equipment and supplies to local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in Idaho to enhance their wildland firefighting capabilities.

Under BLM’s new Rural Fire Readiness (RFR) program, local wildland firefighting cooperators that meet certain requirements may receive at no cost wildland fire engines, water tenders, radios, pumps, hose, chainsaws, hand tools, personal protective equipment, fire shelters and other items the BLM no longer needs.

“Local fire departments and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations are critical partners of the BLM in wildland firefighting in Idaho,” said Peter J. Ditton, acting BLM Idaho State Director. “We appreciate the opportunity to augment their capability to respond to wildland fires safely and effectively through the Rural Fire Readiness program.”

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Critter News:

Pet buyers beware: Puppy scams on the rise

WMAR Nov 13, 2018

If you’re thinking of getting a pet for the holidays, be extra careful.

The Better Business Bureau says puppy-buying scams are on the rise, and up to 80 percent of sponsored advertisements about pets may be fake.

The BBB says their ScamTracker has 907 reports of this type of fraud and the Federal Trade Commission found 37,000 complaints regarding pets, and a majority of them are believed to be puppy scams.

One couple found three french bulldogs online, spoke with someone on the phone and paid $500, but on their way to pick the dogs up, the scammer called and asked for another $400. They never got the puppies.

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Pet Talk – Breast tumors in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 16, 2018 IME

Breast tumors, or mammary gland tumors, are benign or malignant masses that develop in breast tissue. They usually affect older female dogs. They are the most common tumors found in female dogs. These tumors usually occur in unspayed females, or in dogs that were spayed later in life.

The risk of developing mammary tumors is directly related to the number of heat cycles the dog has experienced. If the dog is spayed before the first heat cycle, the risk is 0.05 percent. Relative risk increases to 8 percent after one heat cycle and to 26 percent after a second heat cycle.

Any swelling in the mammary glands should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian. The mammary gland closest to the rear legs is most commonly affected. Mammary masses that are reddened and painful and ulcerated are usually malignant. Many malignant breast tumors will spread to other organs (metastasis).

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of November 2018
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Lawsuit seeks to maintain federal gray wolf protections

11/14/18 AP

Minneapolis — An environmental group has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve federal protections for gray wolves and force the agency to develop a national recovery plan for the species.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, a day after the service denied the group’s petition for a nationwide recovery plan. The service said its regional approach meets the legal requirements.

But the group says the agency is required under the Endangered Species act to foster the recovery of gray wolf populations across their former range, not just in the northern Rockies, the Great Lakes region and the southwest.

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House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press November 16, 2018

Washington (AP) – The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.

Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the wolf’s status and is expected to declare they’ve recovered sufficiently to be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The House bill enshrines that policy in law. It was approved, 196-180, and now goes to the Senate.

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Wolf taken to Isle Royale National Park this fall dies

By John Flesher – 11/13/18 AP

Traverse City, Mich. — A gray wolf relocated this fall from mainland Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park has died of unknown causes, officials said Tuesday, a minor setback in a multiyear plan to rebuild the predator species on the Lake Superior archipelago.

The 5-year-old male was among the first two wolves released at the park Sept. 26 . Staff biologists became concerned in late October when his radio tracking collar indicated he was no longer on the move, park spokeswoman Liz Valencia said.

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Pair of critically-endangered red wolves arrive at Akron Zoo

11/15/18 AP

Akron, Ohio — The Akron Zoo says two wolves that are a part of a critically endangered species have come to live at the zoo as part of a Species Survival Plan.

The red wolf is one of the world’s most endangered wolf species, and it is believed only about 60 wolves remain in the wild. Cleveland.com reports the wolf species were decimated by predator-control programs.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Nov 13, 2018

Christmas Lights And Pitchforks: Terrified Russian Villagers Try To Keep Encroaching Wolves At Bay
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USDA Forest Service announces public meetings on Greater Sage-grouse Plan amendments

November 13, 2018

Ogden, Utah – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will hold four public meetings in Idaho regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for its Sage-Grouse Plan Amendments. On Oct. 5, 2018, the USDA Forest Service published a Notice of Availability (NOA) announcing the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with proposed amendments to Forest Service land management plans for greater sage-grouse. The affected plans occur within five western states: Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. The purpose of the proposed changes is to improve the clarity, efficiency, and implementation of the current greater sage-grouse plans, including promoting landscape-scale alignment with state efforts.The USFS is encouraging the public to attend one of the four DEIS public comment open house meetings in Idaho:

* Boise, Nov. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters Trophy Room , 600 S. Walnut Street (enter through rear door);
* Jerome, Nov. 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Idaho Fish and Game, 324 South 417 East;
* Challis, Dec. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Challis Community Center, 411 Clinic Road;
* Idaho Falls, Dec. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Caribou-Targhee Forest Headquarters Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive.

Several information stations will be located within the meeting venue that will present information on key issues, the planning process and the public commenting process. Forest Service staff will give a short introduction at 5:30 p.m. Attendees can learn about the amendment comment process, ask questions, and provide comments on the actions being considered.

To read and comment on the DEIS please visit the Forest Service Intermountain Region webpage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=stelprd3843381

For more information, please contact: Sandra Underhill, Capitol City Coordinator at 307-777-6087 or John Shivik, National Sage grouse Coordinator at 801-625-5667 or johnashivik@fs.fed.us.
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Idaho officials suspend steelhead season in face of lawsuit

11/14/18 AP

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — Idaho wildlife officials have decided to suspend the current steelhead fishing season because of a possible federal lawsuit by six conservation groups contending the state’s steelhead regulations harm federally protected wild steelhead.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday voted to end the current season on Dec. 7.

Idaho Rivers United, Friends of the Clearwater and other groups in a notice of their intent to sue last month say Idaho doesn’t have an approved Fisheries Management and Evaluation Plan to allow steelhead fishing.

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Fish & Game News:

F&G Commission votes to continue general hunts for Sawtooth Elk Zone in 2019

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Commissioners reverse earlier decision to convert zone to controlled hunts

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Nov. 14 voted to continue a general hunt with capped tags for the Sawtooth Elk Zone in 2019, which typically sells out in minutes due to its popularity with hunters.

Commissioners may adjust the number of tags available in the zone when it sets its seasons and rules in March. Those tags will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the same dates and times as in 2018.

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Mule Deer Buck Found Shot and Left to Waste in Southeast Idaho

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding a dead buck discovered just off Miles Canyon Road (also known as Mill Canyon Road) near Liberty, Idaho, in Game Management Unit 78. The buck, a large 4×5 mule deer, was shot and left to waste on the south side of the road, approximately 1.2 miles west of the Lanark Road turnoff.

The investigation into this incident was initiated by Fish and Game after a caller submitted information to Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) on November 9.

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See the changes to fishing rules for 2019-21 seasons

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, November 16, 2018

Fish and Game Commission approved new fishing rules at its November 14 meeting.

The Idaho Fish and Game commission set seasons and rules for the 2019-21 fishing seasons at its Nov. 14 meeting in Coeur d’Alene. New rules to take effect Jan. 1 are as follows:

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Steelhead will be released into Boise River Nov. 21

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, November 16, 2018

Boise River steelhead season will not be affected by suspension of steelhead fishing in other rivers

Idaho Fish and Game will stock 150 to 200 hatchery steelhead into the Boise River on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The steelhead are trapped at Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River, and they will be released in equal numbers at five locations: Glenwood Bridge, Americana Bridge, below the Broadway Avenue Bridge behind Boise State University, at West Parkcenter Bridge and at Barber Park.

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More F&G News Releases

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

And the fattest bear in Alaska is … 409 Beadnose

Yereth Rosen Oct 9, 2018 Reuters

Anchorage (Reuters) – In an Alaska clash of tubby titans that has become a social media sensation, a shaggy, brown and possibly pregnant mother known as 409 Beadnose was crowned on Tuesday as Fattest Bear of 2018.

Beadnose nosed out a larger Alaska brown bear, a male called 747 – and likened to a jumbo jet – in online votes collected by staff at Katmai National Park and Preserve during a wildly popular event called Fat Bear Week. Male bears are bigger but Beadnose was deemed to be more rotund.

“Her radiant rolls were deemed by the voting public to be this year’s most fabulous flab,” the park said on its Facebook page. “Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savor her victory.”

Katmai, which hugs the mountainous Gulf of Alaska coast, is known for its massive, salmon-chomping ursine residents.

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Seasonal Humor:

Funny Thanksgiving Showdown – Farmer vs. Turkey

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