Monthly Archives: December 2018

Dec 30, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 30, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Firewood Season is Closed
December 31 New Year’s Eve at the Yellow Pine Tavern
~ 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:

Downgrade of Enhanced or E911 linesVCoLogo

Valley County Board of County Commissioners
219 N. Main Street, Cascade, Idaho
(208) 382-7100

To Property Owners of Warm Lake and Yellow Pine
Greetings Citizens,

In the continual effort to maintain fiduciary responsibility we have looked at the high cost of the E911 lines to the above areas. Valley County upgraded to the Enhanced 911 system in 2009. That upgrade required additional phone lines and Valley County has been paying in excess of $25,400 a year for these enhanced lines. Enhanced of E911 lines can give a location of the 911 call when it comes into the Valley County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center. A location will only come up when the call comes in on a non-cell call. While this information can be very helpful, we have only received 39 calls from the above areas in the last 3 years. 25 of these calls were from the Yellow Pine Fire Department and the enhanced system was not needed to locate the incident. The Enhanced System was only used in 2 of the remaining 14 calls. With reverting to the previous system, we will still maintain Caller ID which will assist in determining the location. Another factor in this decision is the ever increasing cost of maintenance and upgrade to the system. When the E911 lines are removed you will still dial 911 for emergencies. The only difference will be the location not appearing with the incoming call. Every land line phone and cell phone registered in these areas is paying $1.25 a month to support the costs of these services. Given the low number of phones in these areas, we are deficit spending every month to pay for the service. Another factor is the large amount of seasonal homes in the area which reduces the revenue when they are deactivated for the winter. Reducing to the standard 911 lines which are currently active as well will save over $25,000 a year. When we return Yellow Pine and Warm Lake back to the standard 911 lines, we will be using the original system before the upgrades.

If the Warm Lake and Yellow Pine area ever experiences a large population growth, we can look at adding this feature back. Right now we are expending more money than we are bringing in to this fund and these changes must be made. We want to be clear; you will still dial 911 to reach emergency services. Nothing will change on your end of this process.

Please contact your Board of County Commissioner’s if you have any questions.

Respectfully,
Gordon Cruickshank
Bill Willey
Elting Hasbrouck
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Christmas Day in Yellow Pine

Christmas Dinner pot-luck at the Yellow Pine Tavern, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 3pm.

“No one went away hungry.”

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Santa’s Helpers Gift Bags, Yellow Pine Tavern.
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Wreck on the EFSF road

The county plow truck was involved in an accident on the (EFSF) East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River Road this last Sunday (Dec 23) while pushing rocks off the road. Apparently a visitor coming into YP for the holiday slid into the County truck. Both vehicles were disabled, no injuries reported.
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Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

Note: when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed.

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Come Spring…

“To Yellow Pine residents. I will be making several trips next spring and summer hauling out metal, appliances, etc. . If you need anything hauled away please get on the list. Vehicles require a title. I will be hauling gravel back if anyone is interested.”

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Be sure to buy your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Thursday (Dec 20) the road to the dump is icy, 3 of the 4 dumpsters were full.

Report (Dec 15) that folks were once again dumping boxes and furniture outside of the transfer station. Please remind friends and neighbors about the rules.

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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Predators

It should be safe to put bird feeders back out, bears are hibernating (according to Jon Hunter our F&G CO.) However, foxes are coming around and they do like bird seed.

Please remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Local Events:

New Year’s Eve

The Yellow Pine Tavern will be open for New Year’s Eve.
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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.

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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

Fire Department Training on Sundays at 11am will resume in the Spring.

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.
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC

Link to FB page:
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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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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
Cleaning chimneys and stoves
307-258-8951 – We’re moving from Idaho City to Donnelly in a few months and service all over Idaho, including Yellow Pine.
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 24) snowed most of the night, turned to rain by 10am (31 degrees), and by 11am breaks in the clouds. We have 2″ new snow and average 7″ snow on the ground. Two jays and a pair (M/F) northern flickers visiting this morning. Breaks in the clouds and filtered sunlight mid-day, warmed up and dripping, high of 38 degrees. Mostly cloudy by sundown and quiet (except the “elk repellent”.) Cloudy cold night.

Tuesday (Dec 25) overnight low of 17 degrees, overcast (top of VanMeter socked in) and estimate 7″ of snow on the ground. Male northern flicker visiting at lunch time. Breaks in the clouds and breezy mid-afternoon, icicles dripped for a short time, high of 34 degrees. Mostly clear evening, temperature dropping. Single digits and cloudy after midnight.

Wednesday (Dec 26) overnight low of 1 degree, mostly cloudy this morning and nippy, snow is really squeaky, measured 6.5″ of old crusty snow on the ground. Raven calling from the east after lunch time. Gray cloudy cold day, below freezing, no drips, high of 26 degrees. Quiet afternoon, a little bit of traffic. Cloudy and rather cold at dusk.

Thursday (Dec 27) probably snowed lightly most of the night, 2″ new snow and about 8″ total snow on the ground, 23F at 1030am, occasional flakes falling. Heard jays and a raven calling and perhaps geese? Female hairy woodpecker stopped by for lunch. A few cow elk sighted just south of the village. Cold and flaking a little snow all morning and into the afternoon, barely a trace, high of 29 degrees. Cloudy at dark. A little more traffic than usual.

Friday (Dec 28) overnight low of 14 degrees, mostly clear this morning, estimate 8″ of snow on the ground. Strong sun started icicles dripping while the temperature was below freezing. Sleek pine squirrel visited for lunch. High thin clouds by early afternoon and filtered sunshine, high of 29 degrees. Temperature dropping with the sun, and in the teens by dark. Snowed during the night/early morning.

Saturday (Dec 29) received 1″ of new snow overnight, about 8.5″ of snow on the ground and overcast this morning, 24F at 1030am. Heard ravens calling as they flew over the village – headed west. Female flicker stopped by for lunch (she likes millet) then 3 jays showed up. Overcast and below freezing by mid-afternoon, high of 34 degrees. Elk tracks in the neighbor’s yard. Scarlet clouds after sunset. Snowmobiler racing up and down main street at dusk. Overcast at dark. Breezy and light snow falling after midnight. Snowed all night.

Sunday (Dec 30) received 1.5″ of new snow overnight, 10″ total snow on the ground, broken clouds at observation time and 29 degrees. Female hairy woodpecker and stellar jay visiting. Light snow on and off until noon, then steady snow stacking up at 1230pm, socked in to the valley floor. Pair of flickers and red-breasted nuthatches visiting early afternoon. By 3pm we had about 2″ of new snow since this morning, high of 32 degrees. Cloudy and lightly snowing at dark.
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RIP

Tom Richter 1954 – 2018

Memorial service for Tom Richter will be at Flahiff Funeral Chapel (624 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID) on January 11th at 2 PM.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can make it.
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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 #11 – Will Your Home Survive When the Embers Arrive?

The most common reason homes burn during wildfire are because windblown embers become lodged in something easily ignited on or near your home.

In Summary

* Replace wood shake or shingle roofs with fire resistant types.
* Keep rain gutters and roofs free of pine needles, leaves and other debris.
* Move your wood pile at least 30 feet away from the house.
* Remove pine needles and other plant debris from between deck boards and from the surface and enclose the undersides of the deck, making sure to provide adequate ventilation when you enclose.
* Cover vents with 1/8-inch wire mesh or install ember resistant vents.
* Create a noncombustible, or low combustible, area within five feet of the house.
* Avoid planting evergreen shrubs adjacent to the house, and particularly not in front or below vent openings or in front of windows.
* Do not use wood, bark or rubber mulches near homes, especially houses that have wood, vinyl or other plastic siding.
* A fuel break around your neighborhood is not enough.
* Replace single-pane windows with at least double-paned types.
* Cover open ended barrel roof tiles.
* Remove dead vegetation from around the home.
* Assume extreme fire conditions when assessing your home’s vulnerabilities to ember attack.

During wildfires, your home may be exposed to thousands of embers that rain down on your home. Take action now to reduce the ember threat.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]
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Idaho News:

Dozens of Santas hit the slopes

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, December 25th 2018

Donnelly Idaho — Dozens of riders dressed as Santa Claus hit the slopes at tamarack today.

It was at the annual Santa ski day at the resort.

Today, the lift tickets were free for everyone who arrived at the resort dressed as old Saint Nick

They’re celebrating the consistent snowfall they’ve recently received.

In the last 48 hours the mountain has seen 7 new inches.

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El Niño may bring lump of coal for skiers

NOAA updates outlook for winter precipitation

Peter Jensen Dec 26, 2018 IME

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated forecast for precipitation and temperatures in the winter months of 2019 may portend bad news for skiers and snowboarders in central Idaho.

NOAA issued its most recent forecast last week, and it predicts a strong chance of above-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest in January, February and March, and lower-than-normal precipitation. The strongest chances are in western Washington and western Oregon, but elevated chances extend into central Idaho as well.

The forecasts are probabilistic and do not preclude the possibility of large storms moving through the northern Rocky Mountains and dropping a significant amount of snow.

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McCall, other Long Valley cities using recruiting to promote year-round economy

by Deni Hawkins Monday, December 24th 2018

McCall, Idaho (CBS 2) — Cities like McCall, Idaho are often labeled as seasonal mountain towns — towns known for having a tempo that changes with the seasons. McCall and its neighboring towns in the West Central Mountains like Cascade, Donnelly and New Meadows tend to swell in size during the summer and winter months, and then return to a slower pace in the ‘shoulder’ seasons.

But located some 100 miles from Boise, these cities have a need for a full-time workforce beyond the summer and holiday months. One group is working to straighten out what it calls misconceptions about the seasonality of this area, in order to promote a healthy, year-round economy.

Valley County boasts some 3,700 square miles of land, and is home to more than 10,600 people. The city of McCall’s population was listed at just over 3,350 people in 2017, according to the most recent U.S. Census estimates.

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Mining News:

Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

By Keith Ridler – 12/26/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho.

The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a previous Forest Service environmental assessment as lacking information about a rare plant called Sacajawea’s bitterroot.

The judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by environmental groups that the Forest Service didn’t adequately consider the exploratory drilling’s impact on the plant because officials hadn’t taken into account a 2014 wildfire that tore through the area.

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Sacajawea’s bitterroot (Lewisia sacajaweana)

By Edna Ray-Vizgirda

A species new to science, Sacajawea’s bitterroot (Lewisia sacajaweana), is the first plant species to be named in honor of Sacajawea.

An Idaho native, this rare and beautiful plant occurs nowhere else in the world but central Idaho. Just over two dozen populations of Sacajawea’s bitterroot are known to exist, roughly three-fourths of them on the Boise National Forest. Scattered populations also occur on the Payette, Sawtooth, and Salmon-Challis National Forests.

A high country resident, Sacajawea’s bitterroot can be found in montane and subalpine habitats ranging from 5,000 to 9,500 feet. The plant is dormant most of the year, like its relative, the common bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva (Montana’s state flower). Shortly after snowmelt, a rosette of succulent leaves emerges, followed by showy white flowers that hug the ground. After flowering, all aboveground signs of the plant disappear, with the tuberous carrot-like root hidden just below the surface.

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Public Lands:

Public access to Boise Ridge Road

By Natasha Williams Dec 23, 2018 KIVI TV

The Idaho State ATV Association has announced it has secured public access to Boise Ridge Road near Bogus Basin.

The agreement with DF Development allows access to off-highway vehicles (like ATV’s, UTV’s and motorcycles) during non-snow seasons, and requires riders to stay on the designated road. Access will begin in Spring of 2019.

The association also secured access across a DF Development property on the south and east sides of Herrick Reservoir near Cascade. The Idaho State Snowmobile Association has also secured public snowmobiling access to groomed routes, crossing DF Development property in Adams and Valley counties, in the New Meadows Area.

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Wilks brothers to allow use of roads near Cascade, NM

Agreement will reopen routes to backcountry, snowmobile trails

By Tom Grote for The Star-News December 27, 2018

Snowmobile routes in the New Meadows area and summer access to backcountry areas near Cascade will be reopened under new agreements signed with the owner of private lands in the area.

The deals were struck with DF Development, the Texas company that purchased 172,000 acres of private land in west-central Idaho in 2016.

“This is a wonderful Christmas gift to all recreationists,” Valley County Parks and Recreation Director Larry Laxson said.

The Idaho State Snowmobile Association secured snowmobile access to groomed routes crossing DF Development property in Adams and Valley counties in the New Meadows area, a news release said.

The historical groomed routes provide snowmobile access from Idaho 55 near New Meadows to winter play areas in the East Fork Weiser River drainage.

Access will be only during the winter and users must stay on groomed trails, according to the agreement. The trails have been groomed and are open, the release said.

A separate agreement between DF Development and the Idaho State ATV Association will open summer access of a road on DF Development property on the south and east sides of Herrick Reservoir near Cascade.

The road provides access to Forest Road 417 and the East Mountain area. The popular route serves as a starting point for off-road enthusiasts to enter the forested backcountry east of Cascade, the news release said.

The access, which will begin April 1, is only for warm-weather months. Users must stay on the designated road and stay off side roads and private land.

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Letter to Share:

Kids Releasing pheasants

Dec. 25, 2018

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Wow, thanks Amber. Can’t ask for anything better. I know of 5 roosters harvested Saturday. This is what we do. We teach the kids how to handle the birds. Release them and get them involved. The kids and their mentors came in when we started to band and release the roosters. We had 50 roosters and every kid got to handle at least one. We had 2-3 folks with camera’s and videos. Nice sonny cool day December 22nd. Last turn out for the year. The birds are the very best, thanks to Little Canyon Shooting Preserve and Idaho Fish and Game. When we all work together we can do and make things better. This is what the Gamebird Foundation is for. God Bless and have a great New Year.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation
thegamebirdfoundation.org
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Critter News:

Pet talk – Dystocia

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 28, 2018 IME

Dystocia is the inability to initiate the act of labor or delivery of pups at the end of a pregnancy. Dog breeds at increased risk of dystocia include all “miniature” dogs, and dogs with wide heads such as bulldogs, Pekingese and chihuahuas.

The cause of dystocia can generally be classified into those caused by the mother and those caused by the fetus.

Uterine inertia is a condition in which the uterine muscles either cannot contract or becomes fatigued during labor from persistent straining against a fetus misaligned in the birth canal.

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Toxic plant killing wildlife

Deer poisoned by Japanese yew

Dec 28, 2018 by Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

An ornamental plant called Japanese yew may be attractive, but once again this year it is killing wildlife in Idaho. At least two deer have been found dead in the gem state with the highly toxic plant in their stomachs.

“It’s very attractive and it’s green and it’s beautiful, and that’s one of the reasons people plant it,” said IDFG Deer and Elk Coordinator Daryl Meints. “But unfortunately it’s very toxic to wildlife.”

Meints says he receives reports every year about deer and elk being poisoned by the plant, and awareness about Japanese yew hit a peak during the harsh winter two years ago. Dozens of animals desperate for food died from eating the shrub, including more than fifty pronghorn antelope near Payette.

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Misdemeanors make up bulk of hunting and fishing violations

By Jonathan Hogan – 12/25/18 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — An Ashton man was driving along Fisherman’s Drive in Ashton on Oct. 20 when he saw a pheasant near the road. He stepped out of his car and shot the bird.

It would have been a good shot if the man hadn’t broken Fish and Game rules in the process. The bird was on private property, and the shooter was still standing on the road when he fired the shot. A witness contacted law enforcement.

“I just shot and didn’t even think,” the man told the Idaho Fish and Game officer who responded, according to an incident report. He told the officer he knew it was illegal to shoot the pheasant from the road and he “(s)houlda just took one more step.”

Fish and Game violations cover incidents of illegal or improper hunting in Idaho.

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Idaho Fish and Game sting results in one arrest

Hunting from public roads is against the law – one man in Bonner Co. found that out the hard way when he shot a decoy deer staged by Idaho Fish and Game officers.

Taylor Viydo December 28, 2018 KTVB

Idaho Fish and Game officers set up a sting operation off of a Forest Service Road near Hoodoo Mountain in Bonner County, which resulted in one person’s arrest.

Court documents indicate officers weren’t targeting a specific person, but were prepared to catch anyone breaking the law.

That particular law? People hunting and shooting deer from a public road.

In this case, officers had set up a decoy deer off the road and waited in bushes nearby. Around 6 p.m., as someone approached, an officer wrote that he started rolling his camera phone.

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Citing government shutdown, Interior blocks public comments on greater sage grouse habitat

Shutdown: Interior blocks online portal

Author: Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette Journal December 25, 2018

Reno, Nev. – Citing the government shutdown, the Department of the Interior is denying online access to documents outlining a proposal to change conservation rules over 83 million acres of greater sage grouse habitat in six states.

The denial comes despite the fact the planning process to implement the changes is in the midst of a 30-day period in which the public is allowed to provide feedback.

The conservation group Western Watersheds Projected noticed the denial Monday when attempting to access the documents on the department’s website.

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Fish & Game News:

Eight reasons to renew your hunting and fishing licenses now for 2019

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, December 27, 2018

A 2019 resident Sportsman’s Package is as low as $124.25 and gives you almost all of Idaho’s hunting and fishing opportunities

You need a new hunting and fishing license before your first outing of 2019. You might procrastinate, and then run around looking for an open store to buy a hunting or fishing license because you’re leaving early for your first trip, or buy it right away and have peace of mind, as well as a full year of hunting and fishing.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Forget dogs and cats. The most pampered pets of the moment might be our backyard chickens

Backyard chickens join dogs, cats as most pampered pets

Gene Sloan, USA TODAY December 25, 2018


Giselle Raad, 11, collects eggs from “The Breakfast Club” chicken coop on her family’s property in Michigan. The coop features painted and hand-stenciled walls, art work and vintage decor including a chandelier and a painted shelf. Danielle Raad

When it came time to decorate the new Amish-built house on her 26-acre property near Lansing, Michigan, Danielle Raad went all out.

She painted the interior walls a lustrous eggshell blue, and spent hours hand-stenciling one with an intricate pattern. She lined rooms with handmade art, including her own work and that of her kids. She brought in vintage objects such as a chandelier and a painted shelf. Her mother added items covered in decoupaged roses.

Raad put her father in charge of prettying up the outside, which features barn-red siding, white picket fencing, flower boxes and a scarecrow.

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Seasonal Humor:


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Idaho History December 30, 2018

Winter of 1948-1949

Winter of 1948-1949 Stibnite – Cascade

from “83 Miles of Hell” by Duane L. Petersen

The winter of 1948-1949 will always be talked about whenever heavy snow years and records are brought up.

This winter set records all over the country and will always be remembered by the people in this area. The road to Boise was closed for days before crews could reopen it. The railroad between Cascade and Horseshoe Bend was closed over a month from snow slides.


— Leonard Photo
These trucks in Scott Valley were on their way back from Boise loaded with supplies for the mine. This was during the winter of 1948-49 when the railroad between Horseshoe Bend and Cascade was closed because of slides. The front truck is #1, the “Dart”, driven by Skogerson and the second one is Bud Harp’s Mack Tanker.

The road to Stibnite was also closed for a time, and during this period some supplies were air dropped by National Guard planes.


This National Guard cargo plane is making an air drop of supplies during the winter of 1949 when winter storms closed the road to Stibnite for a few weeks. The airport hanger is seen in the background. On the next page, one of the cargo chutes can be seen near the ground below the plane.
— Clendenon Photos

When the crews got it open, and the trucks started hauling again, they had to haul to Boise. With the railroad still closed they hauled ore down and brought back much needed supplies. To these drivers the highway was a vacation compared to the route they were use to. They had some experiences on these trips that proved they were more use to the narrow mountain roads.

This was a time when the crews plowing this 83 miles of mountain roads to Stibnite showed their worth. They were able to get these roads open long before many roads were open around the State. The deep snow caused many problems after the storm was over and all rest of the winter.

This was the winter of the bad snow slides and the drivers all tell stories of shoveling out and through slides almost every day. The section between Yellow Pine and Stibnite was a real problem and crews were sent down to blast these slides down. The crew consisted mainly of truck driver to help Jerry Logue Sr. with the blasting. After, blasting them down the cat operator, usually Jerry Logue Sr., would clear out the road. This at times took many days and had to be done every so often all winter. In all the winters since 1948-49, that winter has the record for snow and cold.


— Leonard Photo
Seen [above] is another of the many snow slides on Eastfork Road between Sugar Creek and Yellow Pine during the winter of 1948-49. This crew blasted all the overhangs as they opened the road. Pictured on the left is Buck Newell, the “Powder Monkey” and his helpers are Barney Skogerson, a truck driver, and Jerry Logue Sr., the Caterpillar operator. The two men standing in the background were truck drivers.

When talking to many of the drivers from these years about their winter driving problem they always talk about the snow slides. The worst part of the road for slides it seems was the 18 miles from the mine to Yellow Pine. Many a time crews would go down and blast out slides and be days clearing this road for the trucks. This was a job that the drivers would help on so they could get back to hauling. There were times when the trucks would be caught in between slides and would be stuck there until the road could be reopened.


— Stillwell Photo
Jerry Logue was the operator of the cat opening the road through snow slides between Stibnite and Yellow Pine. This picture was taken in 1948 and they were 72 hours on this trip through the slides and getting all the trucks to Yellow Pine.

One such time the trucks were stuck on this section of road seventy-two hours. They all tell about Jack Williams who at the time had a carton of cigarettes under the seat of his truck. Before they finally got the road open Jack was charging fifty cents a cigarette and trying to keep enough to last for himself until they got out. It seems all the smokers of the time remember this. Jack said one driver was breaking his cigarettes in two so they would last longer. Jack said he told him the price to him was going to be a dollar each if he kept doing that. During this time the trucks were separated by different slides and were walking back and forth between trucks.


— Leonard Photo
This picture was taken in front of the Kissinger Hotel in Yellow Pine after the Cat and trucks finally got through from Stibnite. The eighteen mile trip took 72 hours. On the Cat is Jerry Logue with Jerry May (holding the sandwich and cup of coffee) and Jerry Logue Jr. is on the right.

The whole route had slide areas and some trucks were hit by them. Many times drivers would help each other shovel through a slide and shovel out a partly covered truck. When the conditions are right snow will slide without any warning and on those days it was nothing to spend long hours getting through. One slide came down on Halfway grade and hit one of the State Highway Department rotaries and turned it on its side. With the narrow road there it was a job setting it back up. There wasn’t enough room to get a plow between the bank and the rotary, so the work had to be done by hand. They used cables that were run through blocks on a big tree high on the hill above. The cables were then hooked to a Caterpillar tractor and some trucks down on the road and set back on its wheels. The two men in the rotary said it was a scary ride but it happened real slow and nobody was hurt.

One reason they had so many problems was the road in most areas was so narrow even a small slide would block it. The Yellow Pine to Stibnite Road even today has many bad slide areas. This road hasn’t changed much from the 1940’s and it’s an every day job keeping it open when the weather conditions are right. The miners of today still worry about that section of road down to Yellow Pine.

excerpted from: “83 Miles of Hell The Stibnite Ore Haul 1942 to 1952” by Duane L. Petersen
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The Great Winter of 1948 – 1949

The heavy snowfall that occurred in 1948-1949 is probably the most well known storm in Idaho history. This storm has gone down in our state’s history as the most brutal and deadly storm we’ve ever seen. The result of a particularly aggressive cold snap, the storm completely shut down the southern region of Idaho. Temperatures were constantly in the negatives. Heavy snowfall plagued the state for six weeks, resulting in massive amounts of damage. Idahoans who experienced the storm firsthand most definitely remember it, and we haven’t seen anything like it since.

source: Only in Your State
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ITD Historical Photos Winger 48-49

North Gooding, Idaho S.H. 46

Ralph Rork, William Boyer, Ioton Walters, S.H. 46 North Gooding, Idaho, Winter, 1948-1949.
source: ITD Archives
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Fairfield, Idaho

William Boyer, Ioton Walters, Fairfield, Idaho, Winter, 1949.
source: ITD Archives
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Ice Jam

Ice jam against bridge on Highway 93-A near Challis, Idaho, and near Junction of US 93 and US 93-A. (Winter 1948-1949)
source: ITD Archives

(Note: go to the source links for much larger photos)
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Worst winter of them all

Contributed by Bill Ryan

So you’re sick of winter and think the cold and snow can’t get much worse? Let me tell you about the “Great Winter” of 1948-49 that old timers still talk about.

The central figure in my story is a man named Art Hoult, who was the Idaho Highway Dept.’s maintenance supervisor for all federal and state highways from Raft River to Wyoming and from the Utah line to Montana.

The agonies experienced in trying to keep highways open during the Great Winter are described in Hoult’s professional journals, which now rest in the Idaho State University Archives as a memorial to his life as an engineer. Hoult died in 1970.

All of the federal and state roads mentioned were two lane asphalt paved highways built to standards of the 1920s and 1930s. Cell phones had not yet been developed.

Official records at the National Weather Service office in Pocatello show that virtually every week between Nov. 21, 1948 and Feb. 19, 1949 brought a massive new storm to Eastern Idaho. This is 13 consecutive weeks of snow, accompanied by high winds and sub-freezing or below zero weather.

That winter’s icy curtain rose on Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving, with 3.5 inches of snow in Pocatello, blown by winds up to 25 miles an hour. Hoult’s men, on snowplows and sanders, had little trouble clearing the roads after this storm.

But snow fell almost continually on Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 4, leaving six inches on the ground, followed by more snow and wind on the 5th. The crews were hard pressed to keep the highways open but were winning the battle when another blizzard struck on Dec. 7.

What Art Hoult’s journal calls a blizzard probably may not meet the strict definition of “blizzard.” But he wrote in terse, unemotional language. It is certain that he meant it when he wrote in Dec. 7, “Blizzard in Pocatello and other places. Trouble on Rockland Road (Idaho 37) and Aberdeen Road (Idaho 39). Mink Creek closed. U.S. Highway 30 closed between Pebble and Bancroft.”

Hoult had ordered maintenance foreman Johnny Goddard to take a rotary plow and open Mink Creek (south of Pocatello) while the American Falls crew worked in its area. But after hearing about the Highway 30 closure, Hoult wrote, “Goddard and I to trouble to open, leaving at 5:30 p.m. Worked all night. Very bad. To Lava (Hot Springs) for short rest, 3 a.m. Left Lava 7 a.m. to widen road to Soda (Springs). Left Soda at noon for Mink Creek to open road. Home 4:30 p.m. Tired.”

For the following week, men and machines worked to clear the blocked highways and to widen the one-way trenches the plows had dug to restore a semblance of traffic.

A relatively minor storm came on Monday, Dec., 20, 1948, and most of the heavily traveled roads were opened by that evening.

“Dec. 31 Fri. Blizzard. Rotary working. Good west but bad east. Call from Laird. Bad ice conditions near Blue Dome.”

This entry, noting the phone call from Bill Laird, maintenance man at Dubois, was Hoult’s final 1948 page. But it foretold one of the major highway problems of the entire winter – the ice buildup on Birch Creek forced it to flow on Idaho Highway 28 between Terreton and Salmon.

The year 1949 bounced into eastern Idaho on a massive snow storm, high winds and zero temperatures. On New Years Day, a Saturday, Hoult left for the trouble at Birch Creek at 9 a.m. He found the ice about four inches thick in the highway trench with the full flow of the creek running over the ice and blocking the road for about a half mile. Hoult noted that blasting would be required.

Records at the National Weather Service show clear skies and below freezing to sub-zero weather between New Years Day and noon, Jan. 7th in Pocatello.

New snow, blown by winds upwards of 35 miles per hour, started on the evening of the 7th and continued well into the next day, bringing the total on the ground to six inches and more blocked highways.

On Jan. 14, almost four inches of new snow fell, driven by 33 mph winds.

The next six days, the mercury hovered between 11 degrees below zero and 14 above. More snow fell on Jan. 20 and 21, raising the depth to 14 inches at the Pocatello airport. Then the wind rose again and more snow fell.

The following paragraph, in Hoult’s words, describes the battle to keep the roads open. The words in parentheses are added to clarify Hoult’s terse writing.

“Jan. 21, Fri. Report 30 closed west of American Falls. Rockland also closed. High winds and drifting snow. Visibility zero. Three trucks required to hold (open) 30 west of American Falls. (American Falls maintenance man) Rowlands called at midnight advising two (abandoned) coal trucks in center of road and can’t be moved by our big Oshkosh (heavy duty rotary plow) and (our) crews abandoned road until morning. All need rest.

Goddard called at 1 a.m. advising 30 almost closed at Tallmadge (east of Bancroft).

Rotary left Pocatello at 2 a.m. to open.”

The coal trucks were removed from the roadway the next day, then the Oshkosh became disabled with fuel pump trouble and was towed back to American Falls. This left the towns of Rockland and Roy again cut off from the world.

On Jan 23rd the school superintendent phoned from Rockland asking Hoult about opening the Roy road for the children. “Told him it would be the next move for the rotary after cleaning up west of American Falls.”

The record low temperature for Pocatello to that date was set between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1949. It was 31.4 degrees below zero.

It only got down to minus 23 the following night. Another two and a half inches of snow fell in the next few days, raising the depth on the ground to 18 inches. Twenty foot drifts were reported in some places.

January 31st dawned with 21 inches of snow on the ground at the Pocatello airport.

Continuous snow and high winds marked the blinding storm of Feb. 4, 5, and 6. All roads in the area were closed by noon on Friday the 4th. Three heavy snowplow trucks and their drivers were marooned between Pocatello and American Falls and between Aberdeen and Blackfoot.

Hoult described the situation as the “worst in highway history.”

Caravans of travelers were stranded at Coldwater Camp, between American Falls and Raft River, with food and supplies dropped to them from planes. The week between Feb. 4 and 11 saw many eastern Idaho towns in virtual isolation with surface traffic at a standstill.

Coal supplies ran low; deliveries were made only to “folks who had run out,” says a Pocatellan who remembers that winter.

Cattlemen reported animals by the hundreds frozen or starved to death; trains were stalled on several occasions, and some food stores were hard hit when orders failed to arrive.

One snowplow operator experienced a breakdown on deserted U.S. 26 near Taber in Bingham County and was forced to walk 15 miles back to Moreland in the teeth of the storm.

Hoult’s eventual solution to get Birch Creek’s main channel off State Highway 28 was to borrow bulldozers from local contractors and use them to break through the drifts.

Crawler tractors and concrete rippers proved to be the only machines that could penetrate the thick ice.

Rotary plows were still working to widen the highway trenches through deep snow as late as March 14.

Hoult’s last journal reference to the Great Winter is his entry of April 30, which reads, “Four inches new snow and still snowing .” But that snow did not stick.

Next came the repairs to the roads which had been severely damaged by frost, water, and crawler tractors.

Never since has such a severe winter hit southern Idaho. The Idaho Transportation Department is now better prepared, with more manpower and more powerful snow removal equipment.

The Interstate highways, built since Hoult’s time, were designed to avoid deep cuts which are a natural attraction for drifting snow.

So if you hear someone beefing about the current winter, tell them about the Great Winter of 1948-49. Believe me, it was!

source: Idaho Transporter (ITD)
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Winter of 1948-49 Hits Hard In Arbon

An article that appeared in the 1999 Power County Press by Nelda Williams, added online by Hank Fitch

The winter of 1948-49 began early in November of ‘48 with sub zero temperatures and snow too dry to pack into any facsimile of a sled trail. Arbon ranchers all fed loose hay in those days by team and sled.

For three months, no water dripped from the eves of our little three roomed house. With no ceiling insulation you would ordinarily expect to see icicles hanging from the eves in the winter.

Sod, not long out of the service following World War II, was feeding cattle that winter for the J. N. Arbon family. Toward the last of January, Mr. Arbon had come from his winter home in Pocatello to see how we were getting along. I remember his remark that day, that hopefully the worst part of the winter was over.

Needless to say, we never saw him or anyone else from outside the valley again until Spring.

In early February it warmed up enough to begin to snow. For 17 days the storm never let up. Almost like clockwork, the wind would blow approximately 24 hours from the south, then switch to the west, which resulted in out traitorous west blizzards. Twenty-four hours later it would be back to the south again.

Finally on the 14th day, our mail was flown out from Pocatello and dropped in a field adjacent to the post office. Sod, who had accepted the appointment as rural mail carrier shortly after his discharge from the military, sorted the weeks accumulation of mail and delivered it to his patrons by horseback.

With still no signs of the storm abating, the drifts continued to bury us. Handling the loose hay made it difficult to feed. Using a hay knife, you were compelled to hand saw a small section at a time all the way to the ground. Below the snow line, the hay had to be pitched up on to the snow and then re-pitched on to the hay rack. You couldn’t open up a stack or it would cover over before the next day.

Sod made the decision to try to leave to feed every other day on a South wind. The cattle were some distance from the house and his hope was to get back before the wind shifted. Many times he faced a west blizzard to get home.

The horses constantly broke through the poorly packed sled trail. Sod had shoveled steps in the snow bank for the team to get out of the barn, but to get back in, they simply sat and slid. The double wings of the large barn had already covered over.

With no way to get the cream to town, we quit separating and fed the whole milk to the calves. We eventually had to keep the milk cows and some late fall calves we were feeding in the barn. Fortunately, we did have access to water inside.

Tired of shoveling into the out buildings each day, Sod finally began tunneling into them. We kept a shovel in the house by the door to dig out each morning. We had long since had to remove the storm door which opened outward. The snow finally came up over the roof on the west side of the house.

No way to get provisions, we made due with what we had. We had our milk and eggs and a winter supply of potatoes, flour, and canned goods. We supplemented our fair with an occasional snow shoe rabbit. I did look forward to a fresh green salad, come spring.

It was during the severe cold spell in January, just before the terrible storm period hit, that Sod took off on horseback one morning. He headed South to the food of Bull Canyon to deliver an accumulation of mail for Walt Frederick, who lived on up the canyon. Walt provided a large wooden structure for his mail on the main road as he only cam out of the canyon periodically to pick it up.

The road South into Oneida County was not winter-maintained so an arrangement had had been made through the postal department for periodic delivery to Walt by horseback. Sod left that morning around 10 a.m., leading a pack horse, figuring to spell the horses off in breaking trail. I was not to see him again for over 12 hours.

By dark I was becoming very concerned. No phone, no way to get word out for help, I decided I may as well start the chores while waiting out his return. The temperature was well below zero by 7 p.m. I bundled up our then five-year-old son, Barry, and headed for the barn.

As time wore on, the fear that some accident had befallen my husband continually gnawed at me. It was nearly 10 p.m. before I got around to packing water to the calves. When I turned the self-draining hydrant in the barn on, I watched in horror as water splashed onto my clothes and instantly froze. I knew that a man would never survive the night if he was laying out there somewhere injured and alone.

It wasn’t until that moment that I broke down and cried. Our little son for the first time sensed my fear and concern that something had happened to his dad. He attempted to console me with, “My dad won’t get bucked off Mom, my dad won’t get bucked off!”

Some time later, I was to hear the familiar crunch of horses’ hooves in the frozen snow. I rushed to the barn door in time to meet the pack mare as she shoved her head over the top of the Dutch door. It was an alarming sight, this black mare snow white with frost, her whiskers coated like a flocked Christmas tree.

I opened the door to let her in expecting to see something of Sod, but nothing. For the better part of an hour, I continued to wait. I was by now convinced that something terrible had indeed happened. The other horse perhaps down with a broken leg or worse, and heavens only knew what had become of my husband.

When he did finally appear, he was hazing a work team along ahead of him that belonged to Vadal Swenson. Vadal farmed in the South end of the valley and had moved to Malad for the winter. He had left the team to winter on dumped straw piles which generally serviced, but the horses had been having trouble pawing into the piles. They were hanging to a small area that they had kept trampled down. They would never have survived the storms that hit later in February. It was their refusal to leave the area and head North away from their home grounds that had cost Sod so much precious time.

From the day after Christmas in 1948 to March 22, 1949, we were snowed in at the Arbon ranch. The main road was finally dozed out in mid-March. Though still a young man, the color bleached out of Sod’s eyebrows that winter.

William Hatch Sr. (Carolynn Lusk’s dad), then our star route mail carrier out of Pocatello, made his daily trip to Arbon on the day the storms hit. He never made it back to Pocatello, but was forced to abandon his jeep at Michaud Flats. When the weather finally broke, with the help of Oliver Pocatello, he began searching for his vehicle. Using a long metal rod, he began prodding in an attempt to locate it under the snow. He proceeded to punch holes in the jeep’s aluminum top before he became aware that he had already located it.

When the storms finally gave us some slack, the Pocatello area proceeded to dig out, but we had a long wait ahead of us yet. Our only winter road maintenance equipment in those days was a road grader (patrol). Most of the ranchers in the valley had a sufficient stock of feed, but hay was airlifted to some who couldn’t get to their stacks.

I’m sure that our neighbors experienced their own difficulties through all of this. We were not the only ones struggling through this historic winter of ‘48-’49.

source:: Arbon Valley.com

[h/t Patty Pickett (Idaho History 1860s to 1960s)
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Winter of 1948-49 Was Beautiful and Treacherous

By Mychel Matthews Dec 29, 2013 Magic Valley


Courtesy Photo Kelker, O.A.(Gus), “Hay Wagon Sleigh,” Twin Falls Public Library – Digital Collections
Horse-drawn wagons were used to haul feed to livestock when the snow clogged the roads. Bruce Robinson, and another man, both dressed in coats and cowboy hats, are seen standing on the back of the hay wagon in 1964. His son, Mike Robinson, holds the reins as his daughter, Holly Robinson, enjoys the ride.

Filer [Idaho] – Rex Reed still remembers the winter of 1948-49.

“It was beautiful — and treacherous,” Reed said.

Reed had graduated from Filer High School the previous spring. He turned 18 and joined the National Guard during the worst winter to hit the Magic Valley since 1886.

His family lived at 4300 North and 2100 East — known then as Reed Road.

“The snow was bad at Christmas in ’48, but the roads hadn’t blown shut yet,” Reed said.

After the New Year, temperatures dropped, making life miserable for many residents. The Times-News reported temperatures of 18 degrees below zero on Jan. 9, 1949, in Burley, Shoshone and Jerome.

Then the snow began to fall.

On Jan. 14, a paralyzing snowstorm hit the valley, followed by strong winds. Drifted snow clogged all area roads by the next morning, stranding hundreds of motorists and buses loaded with travelers.

Schoolhouses, gymnasiums, dance halls — public and private buildings alike — were used to house the stranded.

Reed said highway departments cleared what roads they could reach but left high walls of snow that quickly drifted shut behind the snowplows.

Many roads were abandoned when the snowplows no longer could pass through them, he said.

“Most of the north-south roads were blown shut, but U.S. 30 was closed a lot of the time,” Reed said.

Many farmers in Reed’s neighborhood had milk cows, but trucks couldn’t get through to pick up milk.

“The cows had to be milked, but most guys were just dumping the milk on the ground,” he said.

But not the Reed family.

The Reeds had a tall, horse-drawn hay wagon that had better ground clearance than most. Two horses could pull the wagon on dry ground, but four were needed to break through the snowdrifts.

Every day, the Reeds milked their cows, loaded 10-gallon cans of milk onto the hay wagon, then drove the horses through the snow to gather milk from a half-dozen neighbors.

The Reed hay wagon full of milk met the Sego milk truck at an intersection several miles away.

“Sego was good to us,” Reed said. “They would take the full cans and drop off empties from the day before.”

The snow and wind continued for a month.

“It got worse and worse, and the snow just kept piling up,” he said.

That winter was the “worst in highway history,” said memoirs by Art Hoult, the Idaho Highway Department maintenance supervisor for federal and state highways in eastern Idaho.

Continuous snow and high winds resulted in a blinding storm in early February 1949.

Snowplow drivers were marooned near American Falls, and caravans of travelers were stranded at Coldwater Camp near Raft River. Food and supplies were dropped to them by planes.

Many southern Idaho towns were cut off from the world as traffic came to a standstill.

Cattlemen reported animals by the hundreds frozen or starved to death. Trains were stalled on several occasions, including one that was stuck in snow west of Murtaugh.

Then the weather turned.

The Times-News warned on Feb. 16, 1949, that higher temperatures were coming, and residents should brace for flooding.

Snow melted quickly, but ice blocked the runoff’s exit and houses flooded.

“Water ran over the canal banks because the canal couldn’t carry it all,” Reed said.

A week later, headlines returned to the usual news.

“As far as the office of this county relief coordinator is concerned, the emergency caused by adverse weather conditions is over,” declared DeWitt R. Young, Twin Falls County relief coordinator.

source: Magic Valley.com
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Cold, snow, wind made 1948-49 horrid

By Lynn Arave


photo courtesy: Utah Center For Climate And Weather. Huge amounts of drifting snow stranded many cars in the howling wind in the winter of 1948-49.

… Idaho too had a severe winter that season. According to a history by the Idaho Department of Transportation, every week between Nov. 21, 1948 and Feb. 19, 1949 included a massive new storm in eastern Idaho. These 13 consecutive weeks of snow were also accompanied by high winds and sub-freezing or below-zero temperatures.

Feb. 4 to Feb. 11 was probably Idaho’s worst ever winter blast. Three snowplows and their drivers were stranded between Pocatello and American Falls. Hundreds of motorists were also trapped at Coldwater Camp, between American Falls and Raft River. Food and supplies for them had to be dropped by aircraft.

Rotary plows could do little to clear the thick layer of ice from roads.

excerpted from: Deseret News Published December 27, 2008
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A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Idaho In 1949 And No One Saw It Coming

by Jennifer

… Idaho’s storm of the century created a winter disaster that was just as unexpected and deadly, the most intense seen since the 1800s, and far more brutal than any other weather-related event seen since. In 1949–a mere two generations ago–an unprecedented cold snap tore through southern Idaho, virtually isolating the southern half of the state for weeks and shutting down the economy for a month. But low temperatures are only part of this chilling story.

The start of winter in 1948 was a test of endurance, but nothing could have prepared southern Idaho for the monstrous storm that would hit in the new year.

The snow began falling early this year, starting around November. But it wasn’t until after the first of the year that the weather drastically turned on the region.

As the snow began to pile up around Christmas, families invested in shovels, canned goods, chains, and rope–just in case. But roads were still open.

Then, on January 9, the Times News reported that the temperature across the Magic Valley alone plummeted to -18.

The snow started again… but this time, it didn’t stop.

The line of snowplows was constant, pushing snow off the main roads until the buildup was so great that entire cities became barricaded from one another.

Eventually, the snowfall was so great that even the plows themselves were stuck. High walls of snow blew shut behind the machines in mere minutes, while hundreds of roads were abandoned when the snowplows no longer could pass through. By the end of the month, the snowfall in the region hit a single-day record of 27 inches.

Trains were completely stalled, while food and supplies had to be dropped in by plane.


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Thousands of livestock caught pneumonia or were lost in the blizzard, adding up to millions in industry losses.

There are dozens of stories of ranchers having to climb down into their barns to feed snow-locked cattle, and using walls of snow to replace buried fences. Without them, the accumulation of snow allowed animals to simply climb over their barricades. But the heartbreaking losses and suffering are difficult to imagine.

An intense wind storm struck at the beginning of February, causing a blinding storm that inhibited resource and rescue efforts, however.

After over a month with irregular electricity, warmer temperatures caused the mountains of snow to begin to melt. Southern Idaho residents were warned to brace for flooding.

Thankfully, residents were warned in time to make preparations. Idahoan survival skills and community togetherness made this epic disaster far less than what it could have been.

While the “Great Winter of 1949” effectively shut down southern Idaho for over six weeks, there were fewer than a dozen casualties.

source: Only in Your State December 17, 2016
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Remembering The Frigid Winter of 1948-49

Footage from the snowy and extremely cold winter of 1948-49, courtesy of the Twin Falls Historical Society. Video copyright Times-News.

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More Idaho Winter Photos

Cascade – Stibnite Road

c. 1940s (?) Vehicle identified as a ’37 Ford

Winter scene – Car on snowy Cascade-Stibnite road. Fig.6

source: ITD Archives
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c. 1951

(location, photographer unknown)
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Road Reports Dec 30, 2018

The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. Be aware of winter conditions, roads are likely ice and snow covered, trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Please share road reports. Conditions change quickly this time of year.

Yellow Pine: We received 4.5″ of new snow since Wednesday, 10″ of snow on the flat. Local streets are snow packed. Click for Local Forecast. New Year’s Eve will be COLD!!
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on photo)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wednesday (Dec 26) the mail truck driver (Dean) reports no problems.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Wednesday (Dec 26) Mail truck driver (Dean) reports no problems. Road was last plowed a week ago.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Wednesday (Dec 26) Mail truck driver (Dean) says the road is good. Road last plowed a week ago.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed. Road was last plowed a week ago.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam: (check date on photo)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open. (Report 12/19 that there is close to 2 feet of snow.)
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Weather Reports Dec 23-29, 2018

Dec 23 Weather:

At 1030am it was 26 degrees, overcast and fine light snow falling. At 240pm it was 30 degrees, overcast and light snow still falling (trace new since this morning.) Steady light snow during the afternoon. At 530pm it was 30 degrees, overcast, steady light snow falling. Steady snowfall at 10pm. Still snowing at 2am. Probably snowed all night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 24, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast, light rain
Max temperature 31 degrees F
Min temperature 26 degrees F
At observation 31 degrees F
Precipitation 0.14 inch
Snowfall 2.0 inch
Snow depth 7 inch
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Dec 24 Weather:

At 1030am it was 31 degrees, overcast and light rain falling. By 11am breaks in the clouds, bits of blue sky to the north. Filtered sun at 1pm. At 320pm it was 33 degrees and partly clear. At 6pm it was 27 degrees and appears to be mostly cloudy, variable breezes.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 25, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast
Max temperature 38 degrees F
Min temperature 17 degrees F
At observation 23 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 7 inch
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Dec 25 Weather:

At 1030am it was 23 degrees and overcast, clouds sitting down on top of VanMeter Hill. Breaks in the clouds and a little breezy at lunch time. At 315pm it was 31 degrees, partly clear and cold breezes. At 545pm it was 23 degrees and mostly clear. At 935pm it was mostly cloudy and fine light snow falling. At 10pm thin clouds and fuzzy stars. At 1250am it was 9 degrees, clouds – no stars.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 26, 2018 at 10:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 34 degrees F
Min temperature 1 degrees F
At observation 9 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 7 inch
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Dec 26 Weather:

At 1030am it was 9 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 315pm it was 25 degrees and overcast. At 530pm it was 23 degrees and appears to be cloudy. Started snowing around 630pm. Low clouds and still snowing at 1030pm. Light snow falling at 230am. Probably snowed most of the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 27, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast, occasional flakes of snow
Max temperature 26 degrees F
Min temperature 9 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 23 degrees F
Precipitation 0.12 inch
Snowfall 2.0 inch
Snow depth 8 inch
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Dec 27 Weather:

At 1030am it was 23 degrees, overcast and occasional flake of snow. Lightly flaking snow all morning. At 3pm it was 28 degrees, overcast and flaking snow (slight trace accumulation.) At 545pm it was 24 degrees and cloudy. At 1030pm it was cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 28, 2018 at 10:30AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 29 degrees F
Min temperature 14 degrees F
At observation 14 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 8 inch (est.)
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Dec 28 Weather:

At 1030am it was 14 degrees and mostly clear. High thin clouds mid-day, filtered sun. At 315pm it was 25 degrees and mostly cloudy (high thin.) At 530pm it was 16 degrees, flat gray sky. Snowed during the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 29, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast
Max temperature 29 degrees F
Min temperature 14 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 24 degrees F
Precipitation 0.10 inch
Snowfall 1.0 inch
Snow depth 8.5 inch
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Dec 29 Weather:

At 1030am it was 24 degrees and overcast. At 3pm it was 31 degrees and overcast. Brilliant scarlet western sky at 515pm. At 530pm it was 28 degrees and cloudy. Breezy around midnight and light snow. Snowed all night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 30, 2018 at 10:30AM
Broken clouds
Max temperature 34 degrees F
Min temperature 24 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 29 degrees F
Precipitation 0.12 inch
Snowfall 1.5 inch
Snow depth 10 inch
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Road Reports Dec 26, 2018

The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. Be aware of winter conditions, reduce speed, roads are likely ice and snow covered, trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Please share road reports. Conditions change quickly this time of year.

Yellow Pine: We received 2″ of new snow Sunday night (Monday morning.) About 6″-7″ of snow on the flat. Very cold last night, so the snow is “squeaky”, and not so icy. Local streets are snow packed (on top of ice.) Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wednesday (Dec 26) the mail truck driver (Dean) reports no problems.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Wednesday (Dec 26) Mail truck driver (Dean) reports no problems.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Wednesday (Dec 26) Mail truck driver (Dean) says the road is good, but there was a wreck. The plow truck was out on the EFSF road moving rocks last Sunday. Inbound truck came around a curve on the wrong side of the road and hit the plow truck! No injuries reported.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed. As of Thursday (Dec 20) the road was reported to be icy.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open. (Report 12/19 that there is close to 2 feet of snow.)
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Dec 23, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 23, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: Yahoo has been blocking emails from the Yellow Pine Times. There is nothing I can do about it. If you know a subscriber that uses Yahoo, please ask them to send me a different email address. – Thanks

Community Calendar:

Ice Hole Campground Closed for the season
Firewood Season is Closed
December 25 Christmas Dinner at the YP Tavern 3pm
December 31 New Year’s Eve
~ 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 Tavern

Christmas Dinner in Yellow Pine at the Yellow Pine Tavern, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 3pm


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Yellow Pine Santa’s Elves….

“Christmas bags are at Yellow Pine Tavern, stop on by and add your goodies to them!!”

Contact Nicki
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Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

Note: when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed.

– CD
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Come Spring…

“To Yellow Pine residents. I will be making several trips next spring and summer hauling out metal, appliances, etc. . If you need anything hauled away please get on the list. Vehicles require a title. I will be hauling gravel back if anyone is interested.”

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Be sure to buy your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Thursday (Dec 20) the road to the dump is icy, 3 of the 4 dumpsters were full.

12/15/2018 – Report that folks are once again dumping boxes and furniture outside of the transfer station. Please remind friends and neighbors about the rules.

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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Predators

It should be safe to put bird feeders back out, bears are hibernating (according to Jon Hunter our F&G CO.) However, foxes are coming around and they do like bird seed.

Please remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Local Events:

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.
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

Fire Department Training on Sundays at 11am will resume in the Spring.

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.
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC

Link to FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/idahoelkhunts/
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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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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
Cleaning chimneys and stoves
307-258-8951 – We’re moving from Idaho City to Donnelly in a few months and service all over Idaho, including Yellow Pine.
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 17) early morning rain, stayed just above freezing during the night, overcast and misting this morning. Rain on packed snow has turned to ice, very slippery – boot cleat season! Raven calling and flying over the village early afternoon. Misting and drizzling on and off in the afternoon and cloudy, high of 38 degrees. Elk “repellent” fired off to the east at dusk. Breaks in the clouds and getting foggy at dark.

Tuesday (Dec 18) overnight low of 28 degrees, rain/snow mix and gusty breezes early morning, low clouds – socked in nearly to the valley floor. A trace of new snow and about 4″ of old snow (on top of a layer of ice.) Small birds twittering from the trees, wet glops of snow mixed with rain before lunch. All rain after lunch time, cloudy and breezy at times, high of 36 degrees. Quiet afternoon. Raining, breezy and foggy low clouds at dark. Not raining at 1030pm.

Wednesday (Dec 19) overnight low of 30 degrees, a trace of graupel (little snowballs) fell before 10am, overcast and about 4″ old snow on the ground. Female hairy woodpecker visiting. A bit of traffic this morning. A short little snow flurry after lunch, then cloudy and melting, high of 38 degrees. More traffic than normal in the afternoon. Partly clear at dark, fat waxing moon rising.

Thursday (Dec 20) overnight low of 25 degrees, mostly cloudy skies this morning, average of 4″ of crusty frozen snow on the ground, very icy paths. Jays and hairy woodpecker visiting. Breezy and mostly cloudy by early afternoon, melting and dripping a little. High thin clouds and bits of clear sky late afternoon, high of 47 degrees. At dusk there appears to be less clouds, high haze, breezy and fat nearly full moon coming up over the ridge. Thicker clouds and breezy later in the evening and raining by midnight. Turned to snow before 2am and probably done by 4am.

Friday (Dec 21) overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning, 3/4″ new snow and an average of 5″ on the ground – crusty on top of frozen slush. Female hairy woodpecker visiting. Partly clear and scattered sunshine around lunch time, high of 34 degrees. By mid-afternoon it was overcast and below freezing. Cloudy at dusk.

Saturday (Dec 22) low this morning of 11 degrees, clear sky, estimate 5″ old crusty snow on the ground. Sunrise (down here) at 1044am. Jays and hairy woodpecker visiting. Quiet morning, no traffic. A bit of high haze by lunch time, high of 32 degrees. Mid-afternoon icicles dripping and only 30 degrees. Cloudy at dusk. Quiet evening, fuzzy moon.

Sunday (Dec 23) started snowing early this morning, about 1/2″ by 1030am and 26 degrees, overcast and snowing. Fresh squirrel tracks in the new snow. Female hairy woodpecker visited. Very light snowfall all morning and into mid-afternoon, below freezing and slight breeze. Light snowfall all afternoon (about 1/4″ accumulation), high of 31 degrees. Still snowing 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 #10 – Dead or Alive?

Dead vegetation poses a much greater fire hazard than living plants. Actively growing plants can control the amount of water in their tissues by drawing on moisture from the soil to get more or by transpiring moisture to reduce the amount. Through irrigation, we can ensure that living plants in our landscape have plenty of moisture in their leaves and stems, which is a good thing during fire season.

On the other hand, the water content of dead vegetation is largely controlled by the amount of moisture in the air. If it is a hot, sunny, windy day, with low humidity, dead vegetation will be very dry. The drier the vegetation, the more easy is will be to ignite it and the faster it will burn. Dead vegetation should be routinely removed from around the home, roof, deck and wooden fences during fire season.

Dead vegetation includes:

* Dried grass, such as cheatgrass, and dried weeds
* Fallen pine needles and leaves
* Dead branches on the ground or still attached to living plants
* Dead shrubs and trees
The presence of dead vegetation on or near your home greatly increases your vulnerability to ember attack during wildfire. Keep your landscape plants healthy, green, and irrigated during fire season.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]
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Idaho News:

Our snowpack is below normal

by Roland Steadham, Chief Meteorologist Monday, December 17th 2018

Our snowpack levels are below normal throughout southwest Idaho. We gauge how our winter season is doing by these numbers. For example, the Boise Basin is at 60%. That means that we are 60% “of” normal. If we were where we need to be for this time of the year, that number would be 100%. So far, we only have a little more than half our normal snowpack. It’s a good thing the pattern is still looking active for the next 7-10 days!

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Valley: Snowmobile trails to be open for Christmas

County network includes 400 miles of groomed trails

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 20, 2018

Only about 20 percent of snowmobile trails in the area had enough snow this week to be groomed for snowmobilers, Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson said.

But Laxon was confident more trails will be open if forecasted snow arrives.

“Absolutely, people will be able to go snowmobiling over the holiday,” he said. “We’ll get stuff open, and we’ll get it to where people can enjoy their Christmas.”

When fully operational, the snowmobile trail network includes about 400 miles of groomed trails in Valley, Adams and Idaho counties. About 50 miles of trail were groomed this week.

“For everything to be open, the trails would need about two feet of snow with a lot of moisture in it that would allow us to actually build a trail,” Laxson said.

The route to Burgdorf Hot Springs from the Francis Wallace parking lot on Warren Wagon Road north of McCall was open this week, but grooming past the turnoff to the hot springs has been difficult.

“We’ve been to Warren once, but we can’t get through Secesh right now,” Laxson said.

Also groomed have been trails to Fisher Creek Saddle and Granite Lake originating from the Gordon Titus parking lot near Brundage Mountain Resort, he said.

The trail to No Business Saddle and Little 4-Corners has been groomed from the Tamarack Falls parking lot on West Mountain Road, Laxson said.

From the Anderson Creek parking lot, groomers have been able to make it to 4-Corners Saddle and Beer Bottle Crossing, but no further, he said.

These trails are groomed and maintained under an agreement between the counties involved and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Child struck by car in McCall while sledding, later dies in hospital

by CBS 2 News Staff Friday, December 21st 2018

McCall, Idaho (CBS2) — A child has died after being hit by a car while sledding Friday in McCall, police say.

Police say the crash happened on Lake Ridge Drive.

Two kids were sledding in a driveway and one slid out into the road into the path of a Land Rover.

The driver attempted to stop, but was unable to do so in time.

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Jan. 3 open house to show plans for Horsethief improvements

The Star-News December 20, 2018

An open house will be held in Nampa on Thursday, Nov. 3, about campground improvements at Horsethief Reservoir east of Cascade.

The open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fish and Game’s Nampa Regional Office, 3101 S. Powerline Rd.

Fish and Game plans to apply for grants from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation’s RV program to provide electrical infrastructure to the entire west side of Horsethief Reservoir.

The grants also would more fully develop sites and roads in the Osprey Bay and Easters Cove loops.

During the last couple of years, Fish and Game has received grants for improving camping amenities and infrastructure at Horsethief, including installing more fire rings and picnic tables at some sites, as well as developing campground host sites to reduce the possibility of closures from lack of qualified hosts.

Comments may be submitted to joe.kozfkay@idfg.idaho.gov or by calling 208-475-2764.

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Whooping cough found in schools

Health District: ‘Several students’ diagnosed with contagious respiratory disease

Mark Dee 12/19/2018 IME

“Several students” in the Blaine County School District have come down with pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory infection commonly known as whooping cough, according to the South Central Public Health District.

At least three students have been diagnosed in the Wood River Valley, according to Health District spokeswoman Brianna Bodily. On Friday morning, the School District confirmed the cases in an email sent to parents, staff and community members.

… This has been a big year for whooping cough across South Central’s eight-county purview, though the disease is highly cyclical, according to Bodily. So far, 30 confirmed cases have been reported districtwide in 2018, 12 of which were in Blaine County. Last year, there were only three, with a single case locally.

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Scam Alerts:

New tax scam targeting Idaho residents

Dec 17, 2018 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Boise – Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the State Tax Commission are alerting Idahoans to a new tax scam targeting Idaho residents.

The alert comes after a Nampa woman contacted the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to verify the legitimacy of a document she had received in the mail. The mailer was not legitimate; it falsely claimed she owed $15,390 in income taxes to the State of Idaho.

The mailer was labeled as a “Notice of Default Pending Execution” and included two seals –- though not official state seals –- at the top. The scammers included a working telephone number in order to continue the fraud attempt via phone.

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Social Security phone scam circulating

Dec 20, 2018 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Falls-Bonneville County Crimestoppers is warning of a new scam, involving people pretending to represent the Social Security Administration.

According to the group, callers claim there has been suspicious activity on your social security number. The scam call may even appear to be a valid number for Social Security on your Caller ID.

Posing as a Social Security Worker, scammers will ask for personal information or a payment.

If you have provided information to a scammer, take identity theft protection steps right away. Those include checking your credit report and issuing a credit freeze with credit bureaus.

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Mining News:

Community Agreement Moves Forward With Seven Cities & Counties

December 14 Midas Gold Idaho

We are excited to share the news! Midas Gold and seven of the communities surrounding the Stibnite Gold Project site have officially established a community agreement. The agreement, signed on November 30, creates a collaborative environment for local communities to work together with us throughout the life of our project. It also provides a venue for cities and counties to address concerns and opportunities directly with our company and establishes the Stibnite Foundation to support community projects.

We are looking forward to working with the members of the Stibnite Advisory Council. Working alongside communities has always been an important pillar of the Stibnite Gold Project. We’ve spent a lot of time out in the communities, speaking with our neighbors and listening to their ideas because we know this information helps make our project stronger. Through this agreement, we’ve formalized this philosophy and given every signatory to the agreement a voice and seat at the table throughout the life of our project. Plus, working together with all of these communities ensures we develop regional solutions and that each city and county, regardless of size, is treated equally.

Since August, Cascade, Council, Donnelly, Idaho County, New Meadows, Riggins and Yellow Pine all voted unanimously to become part of the community agreement. We are so grateful for the hard work Anne Labelle, Midas Gold Idaho Board Member, and Belinda Provancher, community relations manager for Midas Gold Idaho, put into this agreement. They both worked closely with each of the communities to gather their feedback and incorporate it into the final document.

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Effort to reopen Bunker Hill Mine runs into problems

By Becky Kramer – 12/17/18 AP

Kellogg, Idaho — For nearly a century, the Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg was the source of tremendous wealth.

The massive underground mine produced lead for bullets fired in two world wars and zinc for rust-proofing steel. Paychecks from the Bunker supported generations of Idaho workers and their families, and the profits enriched shareholders far beyond the Silver Valley.

These days, however, the closed mine costs U.S. taxpayers about $1 million annually. Polluted water gushes out of the Bunker Hill’s portal at a rate of 1,300 gallons per minute, traveling by ditch to a treatment plant run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The federal government spends about $80,000 each month to remove toxic levels of heavy metals from the water.

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Public Lands:

USDA Forest Service Midvale Telephone extension Update

12/17/2018

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed buried copper telephone line on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The enclosed scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project’s webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55239

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 16, 2019, and make your comments as specific as possible.

The project webpage provides you tools to engage this process as you wish. From “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page, click on “Subscribe to Email Updates” if you wish to receive electronic communication about this project. Use the “Comment/Object on project” link to access a simple webform to submit your comments on this project. The “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” are the published comments received on this project.

Webform submission is preferred but hardcopy comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to the McCall Ranger District at 102 W. Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage.

For further information on this project, please contact Denise F. Cobb at 208-634-0446 or denise.cobb@usda.gov.

Sincerely,
Lisa Klinger, McCall District Ranger
Payette National Forest
Midvale Telephone Extension Scoping Document.pdf
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USDA Forest Service Kamp Claims 1-3 Bulk Sampling Project Update

12/17/2018

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Kamp Claims 1-3 Bulk Sampling project on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The scoping document is available on the project’s webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55235

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 16, 2019, and make your comments as specific as possible.

To submit comments using the web form select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project website. Only those who subscribe to the GovDelivery mailing list or submit comments will receive future correspondence on this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning these projects will not be possible.

Webform submission is preferred but hard copy comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to the McCall District Office 102 West Lake Street McCall, Idaho 83638. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage.

For further information on this project, please contact Clint Hughes, Geologist at 208-634-0756.

Sincerely,
Lisa J. Klinger
McCall District Ranger
Payette National Forest
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Forest Service seeks public comment on CuMo Exploration Project SREA

12/21/2018

Boise, Idaho, December 21, 2018 — The 2018 CuMo Exploration Project, presented in the form of a supplemental “redline” environmental assessment (SREA) has been prepared and the Forest is seeking comment.

The SREA contains information from the 2011 environmental assessment (EA) and 2015 supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) that is still relevant and did not change; that information remains in black text, while any new information, updates, and/or clarifications are presented in red text. As was done in the 2011 EA and 2015 SEA, the 2018 SREA evaluates three alternatives in detail: Alternative A – Proposed Action, Alternative B – Reduced Roads, and Alternative C – No Action. It is important to note that the SREA discloses the analyses of the mineral exploration specifically core sample drilling activities. This current environmental assessment does not consider mine development.

Following issuance of the 2016 Court Order, the Pioneer Fire began on July 18, 2016. This fire burned approximately 190,000 acres, including 1,578 acres (55 percent) of the CuMo Exploration Project area. As identified in the 2017 scoping documents for this project, consideration of changed conditions resulting from the 2016 Pioneer Fire and updates to most resource baseline conditions and effects analyses were needed.

One public meeting will be held during the 30-day Notice and Comment Period. The public meeting will be conducted in an open house format with the overall goal to share with the public the current supplemental environmental analysis. The meeting will be held on January 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plus – Vista Inn at the Airport, 2645 Airport Avenue, in Boise, Idaho.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this SREA will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the legal notice for public comment in the Idaho Statesman, the newspaper of record for the Boise National Forest. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis.

Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period. Please submit specific written comments to Rick Wells, Project Team Leader; at Boise National Forest, 1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200; Boise, Idaho 83709; or by fax at 208-373-4111. Office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays.

For additional information regarding this project, please contact Rick Wells by phone at 208-373-4100 or by email at: rickywells@fs.fed.us.

Comments may be submitted through the CuMo Exploration Project web page using the web form located at: https://cara.ecosystem-anagement.org/Public/CommentInput?project=52875

Email comments may be submitted with attachments in MS Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) format to: comments-intermtn-boise@fs.fed.us. Please include “CuMo Exploration Project” in the subject line of the email.
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Idaho, USDA sign logging and forest restoration agreement

Dec 18, 2018 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Boise — Idaho has signed an agreement with federal authorities to increase logging and restoration work on millions of acres of U.S. Forest Service lands that experts say are increasingly plagued with insect infestations and destructive wildfires.

Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter, Gov.-elect Brad Little and U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Jim Hubbard signed the Shared Stewardship Agreement on Tuesday — that officials say could serve as a template for other Western states.

The agreement calls for ramping up a federal-state partnership of the federally approved Good Neighbor Authority that allows state workers to assist on timber sales and restoration work on Forest Service land.

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Critter News:

Should you give pets as gifts for the holidays?

December 21, 2018 Circa

We recently went to the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington to answer some questions about pets and the holidays. Specifically, is it OK to give a pet as a gift for Christmas?

We spoke with Becca Stern, the director of adoptions, to determine if there were any negative consequences to the practice. She said that it isn’t always a great idea, but there’s no hard and fast rule.

“It’s great to add an animal to your home for the holidays or a family or a friend’s home, but just remember nobody likes the gift of surprise responsibility,” Stern said.

What you might want to avoid is giving the gift of a pet when the receiver won’t be able to pay enough attention to it. New pets, especially young ones, need a lot of attention to get used to new environments. For instance, if the receiver of your gift is hosting a big holiday party soon, it would be best to hold off on gifting the pet until after the party.

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Idaho’s dog ownership is the highest in the US

12/23/18 AP

Idaho is one of the most pet-friendly places in the country and tops the charts when it comes to dog ownership, a recent study has found.

The Idaho Statesman reports Idaho had the highest percentage of dog ownership in the country at the end of 2016, the most recent year the full dataset is available.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says 38 percent of households in the U.S. have a pet dog, but in Idaho, 58 percent of households have a dog.

That’s 6 percentage points higher than the next-highest states, Montana and Arkansas.

When it comes to cats, Idahoans are significantly less enthusiastic. Only 33 percent of Idaho households have a cat as a pet. Still, Idaho made the top 10 list for cat ownership, coming in eighth on a roster led by Vermont.

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Pet Talk – Fatty tumors in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 21, 2018 IME

Fatty tumors are called lipomas. They are benign tumors that arise from the growth of fat cells. They are very common in overweight middle-age to older dogs. All breeds of dogs can be affected, but Labrador retrievers are overly represented. Though only one tumor may be present, more often several lipomas develop over time.

The exact cause is unknown. These tumors also can develop in people.

Lipomas are well-defined, soft, oval-to-round growths that can be felt under the skin. They usually feel smooth and soft and can be easily moved around under the skin. Most occur on the trunk of the dog, especially under the chest. They start out small but can become as large as an orange or grapefruit. Most lipomas do not cause clinical signs and are discovered by the owner petting their dog. Some lipomas can cause problems with walking if they involve one of the dog’s joints. In rare instances, lipomas can develop in the abdomen or around the heart, where they can cause more clinical signs of distress.

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Wolf killed by Wildlife Services

Action in September followed attack on sheep near Sun Valley

Greg Moore Dec 21, 2018 IME

The federal Wildlife Services agency killed a young male wolf in the upper Corral Creek drainage in September in response to a report of depredation by wolves on 10 sheep. It was the first killing of a wolf in response to livestock depredation in the Wood River Wolf Project’s area of operation since it began providing ranchers with nonlethal deterrent tools in 2008.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Ketchum district ranger, Kurt Nelson, said he was informed by Wildlife Services state Director Todd Grimm in early August that Flat Top Sheep Co. had reported a total of six ewes and lambs killed and four injured.

Flat Top owner John Peavey said in an interview that he had about 700 ewes and 750-800 lambs grazing in the East Fork of the Big Wood River drainage just over the ridge south of the Corral Creek drainage.

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Wolf Education International

12/22/2018 Newsletter

Idaho Farm Bureau policy priorities include wolves

“You can only find the boots of the unfortunates”
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Idaho appeals ruling that restored grizzly protections

December 21, 2018 AP

Attorneys for the state of Idaho are appealing a judge’s decision that blocked grizzly bear hunts and restored federal protections for the animals in and around Yellowstone National Park.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Montana ruled in September that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should not have removed threatened species protections for the Yellowstone bears in 2017.

The ruling blocked the first grizzly hunts in decades in Wyoming and Idaho.

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Groups plan suit over Idaho, Wyoming bear baiting

Environmental groups the government to prohibit hunters from using bait to lure bears.

Associated Press December 20, 2018

Jackson, Wyoming — Environmental groups say they will sue the U.S. government for not prohibiting hunters from using bait to lure bears in national forests in two Western states.

Most bear hunters practice bear baiting, especially during the springtime.

Erik Molvar with the Western Watersheds Project tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that bear baiting by hunters pursuing black bears causes grizzly bears to be killed.

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Fawn dies after eating toxic plant

December 21, 2018 Local News 8

Rexburg, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – A mule deer fawn died of yew toxicity after ingesting a large amount of Japanese yew.

Conservation Officer Andrew Sorensen received a call about the deceased mule deer fawn on the outskirts of Rexburg on Dec. 19.

The fawn belonged to a group of about 25 mule deer that hang out on the south end of town every winter.

Japanese yew is a non-native plant that is often used an ornamental shrub for landscaping. It is often sold by local nurseries and chosen by homeowners due to the plants ability to stay green and lush all year. Japanese yew is highly toxic when ingested by domestic livestock or by wildlife such as deer, elk, pronghorn and moose. Eating only a few ounces of the plant may result in the death of the animal.

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Agreement reached on salmon survival plan

Dec 19, 2018 Local News 8

Portland, Or. (KIFI/KIDK) – Key parties have agreed on a plan designed to improve salmon survival while managing costs of hydropower production.

Federal, state, and tribal partners have developed an agreement focusing on the operation of federal dams in the Columbia River System. The parties involved include the states of Oregon, Washington, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Idaho and Montana are also supporting the flexible operation.

It covers up to three years of fish passage spill operations at eight lower Columbia and Snake River dams. The agreement avoids litigation while the lead agencies complete a Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
December 21, 2018
Issue No. 893
Table of Contents

* Parties Sign Agreement On Flexible Spill For Fish Passage At Columbia/Snake Dams; Agree Not To Continue Spill Litigation
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441945.aspx

* Hells Canyon Agreement: No Salmonid Reintroduction Above Dams For Now, Stresses Habitat Restoration, Research
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441944.aspx

* Council Receives Proposed Amendments To Columbia Basin Fish And Wildlife Program, Comments Due Feb. 4
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441943.aspx

* Inslee Budget Includes Over $1 Billion For Orcas/Salmon; $750,000 For Stakeholder Task Force On Lower Snake Dams
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441942.aspx

* Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program Removes 180,000 Fish In 2018, Top Angler Over $71,000
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441941.aspx

* Study Looks At How Carbon Emissions Absorbed By Ocean Impact Salmon’s Sense Of Smell
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441940.aspx

* Upper Columbia Basin Bull Trout Study Finds Small Populations Declining, At Risk
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441939.aspx

* Drought/Climate Outlook Conference Suggests Region-Wide, Below-Average Snowpack For Coming Months
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441938.aspx

* Over 6 Million Chinook Salmon Fry Die After Windstorm Cuts Power At Washington Hatchery
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441937.aspx

* Excess Algae, Aging Infrastructure Likely Cause Of Chinook Egg, Fry Loss At Oregon Hatchery
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441936.aspx

* Deputy Director Schriever Named New Director Of Idaho Fish And Game
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441935.aspx

* Feedback: Redoing Total Maximum Daily Load Determinations For Oregon Rivers
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441934.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Dec. 19: Lake Cascade ice conditions and fishing update

By Paul Janssen, Fisheries Regional Biologist
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

We had snow and rain for two days, which has removed all the snow on the ice and has caused mixed ice conditions around the lake.

At Poison Creek boat ramp area on the west side of lake there was 5 1/2 to 6 inches of original ice. On top of that there was 2 to 3 inches of water and a thin layer of ice. With each step you go through the thin layer of ice and into water on top of the original ice. Bring rubber boots if your going to fish in this area. There was a couple groups of anglers there and there were three or four groups out off the Boulder Creek boat ramp on the east side south of Donnelly.

Sugarloaf Campground road on the east side north of Cascade is still very passable with 2 to 3 inches of snow. At the boat ramp the ice had receded a couple feet from the ramp from all the rain. All the snow is gone off the ice and there was 1/2 inch or so of water under 1/2 inch of ice on top of the original ice. A little spooky to walk on. Still 3 1/2 to 4 inches of original ice here.

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Lake Cascade should continue to produce good perch fishing, but jumbos may decline

By Paul Janssen, Fisheries Regional Biologist
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Lake has produced two world record perch and several state records in recent years

Since 2012, Fish and Game’s McCall fisheries staff has conducted annual fall surveys on Lake Cascade by using gillnets and recording the species and sizes captured in the nets.

Overall, perch numbers are similar to 2017 numbers, but down from annual surveys since 2012 (see below). Also perch greater than 10 inches dominate the population, and have since 2014-15.

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Need a last minute gift? Hunt/fish licenses and Super Hunt entries make great stocking stuffers

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Thursday, December 20, 2018

You can buy gift certificates at regional offices to be redeemed for licenses

Give the gift of the great outdoors – gift certificates for a fishing license, hunting license, or Super Hunt entry make excellent stocking stuffers.

Fishing and hunting provide a good excuse to get outside, see the beauty of Idaho, and spend precious time with family and friends. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is a fishing or hunting season open throughout the year.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Rocco The Cheeky Parrot Keeps Using Amazon’s Alexa To Order Snacks

The African grey interacts with the virtual assistant up to 40 times a day, asking it to tell him jokes and play his favorite music.

By David Barden Dec 16, 2018

A mischievous parrot who was booted from an animal sanctuary for his foul mouth has found a friend in Amazon’s Alexa device.

Rocco, an African grey, was caught using the virtual assistant to play his favorite music, tell jokes and even order snacks, The Times of London reports.

Thankfully the device’s parental lock system prevented the clever boy from actually purchasing any items – which included strawberries, ice cream and even a kettle.

Owner Marion Wischnewski told The Times she took the parrot in after he was removed from a sanctuary operated by the UK’s National Animal Welfare Trust for swearing too much.

Rocco, who was taught to curse by a previous owner, is evidently loving his new home, interacting with Alexa up to 40 times a day and mastering countless household sounds.

“He knows the telephone and can make different mobile ringtones,” Wischnewski said. “He can do the microwave or the squeaking door on my fridge. He can do the ice cream van in the summer, and a truck reversing so loud you think it’s in your living room.”

source:
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Seasonal Humor:


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Idaho History Dec 23, 2018

Stage Coach History

(part 3)

West Central Idaho

Roseberry Stage Coach Fording the River 1900

No Bridge!

From a photo collection compiled by by Rosemary Hoff, Photo Slide Credits Photographs used by permission from the following Valley County pioneer women: Marilyn Kerby Callendar Whitson, Frances Kerby Coski, Eileen Scott Evans, Eleanor Morgan Manning, Donna Morgan Peterson
source: Hoff Phenomenology Research Pioneer Life Photo Essay
[hat tip to SMc]
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1902 News Briefs

A New Stage Line

The Emmett Index May 29, 1902

E. H. Beggs to Run Daily Stage from Emmett to Centerville

E. H. Dewey has made arrangements with E. H. Beggs to run a daily stage from Emmett to Centerville via Pearl and Placerville. This new line will begin operation on July 1st.

Such things as the above demonstrates that Mr. Dewey is exerting every effort to make business for his road and to build up our town. The liveliest place in all Idaho this summer, outside of Thunder Mountain itself, will be Emmett.

source: AHGP Idaho
[h/t SMc]
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Road Will Go by Long Valley

One Contract Has Been Let And Other Bids Will Be Accepted Today

The Emmett Index June 12, 1902

It has now been definitely announced that the wagon road to Thunder Mountain to be built from this place will go by way of Long Valley. The line will be from Emmett to Dry Buck, into High Valley, then down the old wagon road to Smith’s Ferry, thence on up to Big Creek or Clear Creek.

C. F. Fisher, a merchant of Van Wyck, has secured the contract for building the cut-off between Tripod and Van Wyck, and the contract will be let today for the contracts between Dry Buck and High Valley. There are a large number of bidders for this work.

Engineers J. M. Clark and Ed. Hedden were over this week making the survey for the cut-off. Mr. Hedden will have charge of the work until completion.

Mr. Fisher, who has the contract for the first cut-off will return from Nampa today and will begin immediate work.

source: AHGP Idaho
[h/t SMc]
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Emmett, Idaho, June 26, 1902

R. L. Moler commenced freighting to Thunder Mountain. He will use his own stock but work with “Little Mack’s” outfit.

J. J. McDonald, the Thunder Mountain road contractor, was down Monday for supplies. He says he is now working 50 men in his outfit and work is getting along fine.

excerpted from: AHGP Idaho
[h/t SMc]
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Surveyors Back from the Mines

The Route Will Now Be Selected And Contracts Let For Work At Once

The Emmett Index July 10, 1902

Engineer J. M. Clark, of the Idaho Northern, Con Dewey, and Ira Hamilton of Nampa, and E. E. Stanley of this place, returned yesterday from Thunder Mountain, for which place they started three weeks ago to survey the wagon road from Emmett to the mines. Mr. Clark had nothing to say for publication until after he made his report to General Manager E. H. Dewey at Nampa, but stated that the trip had been perfectly satisfactory.

Mr. Stanley, who accompanied the party with a view of bidding for a contract on the road, stated that they had found two or three very satisfactory routes. He could not tell which would be selected, but the party encountered less difficulty in locating the road and lower mountain passes than was anticipated.

Mr. Stanley is prepared to bid on any part of the road and will leave for Nampa today for that purpose. He says that if awarded a contract he will put on the biggest outfit on the works. He said they found lots of people in camp but that it would be hard to estimate the number as everyone was on the move.

source: AHGP Idaho
[h/t SMc]
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Wagon Road to Roosevelt

The Emmett Index May 7, 1903

Frank E. Johnesse, superintendent of construction of the Thunder Mountain Wagon Road, to be built from Long Valley to Roosevelt, expects to leave about May 15 for a trip over the route in company with a party of prospective contractors. The contract will be awarded soon and work will be resumed as soon as weather conditions will permit. Under the provisions of the law passed by the last legislature appropriating $20,000 to aid in constructing this road, a similar amount was to be raised on the outside. Colonel Dewey and his associates have already placed $10,000 at the disposal of the state and arrangements have been made to deposit the remaining $10,000 on May 10.

source: USGenWeb Archives by Sharon McConnel Copyright. All rights reserved.
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Boise & Pearl Stage, T. B. Walker, Prop.

source: AHGP Idaho
[h/t SMc]
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Sults’ Ola, Thunder City, Vanwyck Stage

(Thunder City about six miles west of Cascade and Vanwyck was about three miles southwest of Cascade.)

source: AHGP Idaho
[h/t SMc]
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Emmett to Van Wyck

The early wagon road into Long Valley was via Squaw Creek, Sweet, and Brownlee, over Dry Buck Summit into High Valley, and on to Smith’s Ferry, Round Valley, and Clear Creek. The road and ferry were built about 1882, when the need for ties for construction of the Oregon Short Line initiated the first export of logging products from the upper Payette River. Before the Oregon Short Line built the Idaho Northern Branch railway to McCall (opened in 1915), a four-horse-team stagecoach was operated between Emmett and Van Wyck, carrying passengers, mail, and supplies.

excerpted from page 44: History of the Boise National Forest 1905-1976 By Elizabeth M. Smith
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Smith’s Ferry Hotel 1910


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Callender Stage Coach

From a photo collection compiled by by Rosemary Hoff, Photo Slide Credits Photographs used by permission from the following Valley County pioneer women: Marilyn Kerby Callendar Whitson, Frances Kerby Coski, Eileen Scott Evans, Eleanor Morgan Manning, Donna Morgan Peterson
source: Hoff Phenomenology Research Pioneer Life Photo Essay
[hat tip to SMc]
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Joseph C. Shepherd

1836 – 1904 Emmett Index

J. C. Shepherd, one of the pioneers of Idaho, died at the home of his daughter in Pearl, Tuesday afternoon of pneumonia. He was 69 years old and had resided in this vicinity since 1862. About three months ago he left Emmett to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Mary Kidd. Mr. Shepherd was taken ill last Friday.

Mr. Shepherd was born in Pennsylvania. He came to the Payette valley in the spring of 1862. In the early sixties he ran a stage between Falk’s Store and Umitilla, Oregon. He located near the Block house below Emmett, where he conducted a meat market, stage station and a public house. Later he spent several years trapping. Tiring of this, Mr. Shepherd again entered the stage business, carrying the mail from Falk’s Store to Placerville.

When Shepherd located here there was nothing in Emmett but a post office and a few buildings. At one time in the early days he was quite wealthy. The last few years of his life he conducted a stage between Emmett and Pearl. He sold this business several months ago and retired.

He is survived by a son and daughter, Phil Shepherd and Mrs. Mary Kidd, both of Pearl; also two step-sons, John Hall of Emmett and Will Hall of Ontario, Ore. All were present at Mr. Shepherd’s death.

The remains were brought to Emmett yesterday afternoon. The funeral will take place at 10:30 o’clock February 25, from the Methodist Church.

source: Gem County, IDGenWeb Project
[h/t SMc]
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Stagecoach Robbery Near Grangeville

By Evan Filby

On this day in 1897, citizens in Grangeville, Idaho, learned that the stagecoach from Lewiston had been robbed during the night. The stage had apparently arrived within 4 or 5 miles of town when two highwaymen stopped it. The robbers then relieved the two passengers of their valuables, such as they had, and ordered the driver to toss them the mail sacks.


Stagecoach with Camas Prairie in the background. Retouched U.S. Forest Service photo

The driver threw off a sack he knew contained nothing of particular value, but surreptitiously retained a second. (Evidence would soon confirm that these crooks were not too bright.) The robbers directed him back the way he had come. The driver started that way, but then retraced his path after the highwaymen were out of sight. The stage continued on into Grangeville.

Investigators traveled to the holdup site during the day to look for clues and perhaps tracks. They apparently found the looted mail sack because they were able to link another specific clue to the robbery: They found a “get out of town” notice served on one Charles A. Frush, identified as a “half-breed.” Such notices were generally handed out to drifters with no visible means of support who hung around town too long.

Frush was quickly arrested and he immediately “ratted out” his accomplice, a man named Daniel Hurley. Frush’s guilty plea and testimony that convicted Hurley did him no good. The Illustrated History said, “Both received life sentences.”

source: South Fork Companion
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Postcard of the Grangeville to Stites Stage – 1909


Look at the size of those hogs!

postcard from the Hugh Hartman collection
source: Bob Hartman Idaho History 1860s to 1960s
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Old post card of stage on the Stites to Elk City wagon road

Staging between Stites and Elk City
Pub. for Post Office Drug Store, Stites, Idaho

FB source: Shannon Dolph Perry Idaho History 1860s to 1960s
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Stites to Elk City stage

FB source: Shannon Dolph Perry Idaho History 1860s to 1960s
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Elk City Wagon Road Stage just below Newsome headed for Elk City.

Two four-horse teams and passengers. Circa 1920.

FB source: U.S. Forest Service – Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
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Baalam Fox

by Kennie Lynn Klingback

… After the war he drove stage up and down the Santa Fe trail for Barlow & Sanderson, driving a Concord coach. He transferred farther to the Southwest near the Arizona border. Balaam then went into the employ of Ben Holladay on the Overland Stage Line driving stagecoach over rough roads in Idaho and Montana. Stage drivers were celebrated men in their time, paid well, and in their day became as famous as rock stars today. Balaam Fox is buried in the Sweet-Montour Cemetery under a Civil War era tombstone.

source: Gem County, IDGenWeb Project
[h/t SMc]
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Idaho Stage Coach History (part 1)

Idaho Stage Coach History (part 2)

page updated June 27, 2020

Road Reports Dec 23, 2018

The only road open to Yellow Pine is the South Fork route. Be aware of winter conditions, roads are likely ice and snow covered, trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Please share road reports. Conditions change quickly this time of year.

Yellow Pine: The weather has varied from warmer and rain to very cold and snow in the last 3 days. Currently it is snowing lightly, 1/2″ new this morning and an average of 5″ on the ground. Local streets are snow packed (on top of ice.) Click for Local Forecast. Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11pm tonight.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wednesday (Dec 19) the mail truck driver (Dean) reports the highway had been plowed.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Thursday (Dec 20) South Fork is good with usual ice in shaded locations. (Road Plowed 12/18)
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Thursday (Dec 20) East Fork road is really slick.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed. As of Thursday (Dec 20) the road was reported to be icy.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open. (Report 12/19 that there is close to 2 feet of snow.)
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Weather Reports Dec 16-22, 2018

Dec 16 Weather:

At 1030am it was 32 degrees and overcast. Thinner clouds and filtered sunshine around lunch time, gusty breezes. At 245pm it was 50 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy at times. At 545pm it was 35 degrees, some clouds in front of the moon, calmer. Wind kicking up at 735pm. Light rain falling at 745pm. At 9pm it was 37 degrees, light rain and windy. Not raining at 1030pm. Didn’t appear to be raining at 1am or 5am. Raining before 10am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 17, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast, light rain, slick!
Max temperature 54 degrees F
Min temperature 32 degrees F
At observation 34 degrees F
Precipitation 0.10 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 4 inch
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Dec 17 Weather:

At 1030am it was 34 degrees, overcast and misting, icy and slick. Misting on and off after noon, low clouds. At 3pm it was 37 degrees, overcast and occasional drops. At 540pm it was 34 degrees, breaks in the clouds and mid-mountain fog. At 9pm it is 29 degrees, frozen and foggy, maybe a flake of snow (or freezing fog?) Breaks in the clouds at 1030pm, stars and hazy moon.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 18, 2018 at 10:30AM
Low clouds, socked in, rain/snow mix
Max temperature 38 degrees F
Min temperature 28 degrees F
At observation 34 degrees F
Precipitation 0.08 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 4 inch
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Dec 18 Weather:

At 1030am it was 34 degrees, rain/snow mix, low overcast – socked in nearly to the valley floor. At 3pm it was 34 degrees, raining, breezy and overcast. At 545pm it was 35 degrees, steady rain, low foggy clouds. At 1030pm it was 33 degrees, cloudy and not raining. Cloudy at 130am. Trace of snow fell some time after 6am and before 10am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 19, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast
Max temperature 36 degrees F
Min temperature 30 degrees F
At observation 32 degrees F
Precipitation 0.20 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 4 inch
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Dec 19 Weather:

At 1030am it was 32 degrees and cloudy. Flaking snow at 1210pm for a few minutes. At 315pm it was 38 degrees and overcast. At 545pm it was 31 degrees and partly clear, fat waxing moon up over the ridge.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 20, 2018 at 10:30AM
Mostly cloudy, icy
Max temperature 38 degrees F
Min temperature 25 degrees F
At observation 30 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 4 inch
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Dec 20 Weather:

At 1030am it was 30 degrees, mostly cloudy and icy. At 3pm it was 46 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy. At 530pm it was 34 degrees and partly clear (high thin haze) and breezy. Cloudy at 10pm (high thin thicker haze) and breezy. At 1210am steady rain – it has been raining for a while. At 2am snowing, and had been snowing for a while.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 21, 2018 at 10:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 47 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 29 degrees F
Precipitation 0.23 inch
Snowfall 3/4 inch
Snow depth 5 inch
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Dec 21 Weather:

At 1030am it was 29 degrees and mostly cloudy (breaks in the cloud cover.) Partly clear around lunch time. At 230pm it was 30 degrees and overcast. At 530pm it was almost dark and cloudy. At 1030pm it was cloudy, no precip.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 22, 2018 at 10:30AM
Clear
Max temperature 34 degrees F
Min temperature 11 degrees F
At observation 11 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 5 inch
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Dec 22 Weather:

At 1030am it was 11 degrees and clear. A little high haze by lunch time. At 230pm it was 30 degrees, mostly clear – some high haze. At 4pm high gray clouds. At 545pm it was 22 degrees, appears to be cloudy. High thin clouds, 22 degrees and fuzzy moon at 930pm. At 1240am it was 20 degrees, fuzzy moon, thin clouds. At 2am thin clouds, filtered moonlight. Started snowing before sunrise.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 23, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast, light snow falling
Max temperature 32 degrees F
Min temperature 11 degrees F
At observation 26 degrees F
Precipitation 0.02 inch
Snowfall 0.5 inch
Snow depth 5 inch
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Winter Weather Advisory Dec 22, 11pm to Dec 23, 11pm

Yellow Pine Forecast link:

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
205 PM MST Sat Dec 22 2018

...SNOW LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

West Central Mountains-Baker County-
205 PM MST Sat Dec 22 2018 /105 PM PST Sat Dec 22 2018/

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/
THIS EVENING TO 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. In Baker
  County, total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in the valleys
  and 3 to 9 inches in the mountains are expected. In the West
  Central Mountains, total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in
  the valleys and 5 to 10 inches in the mountains are expected.

* WHERE...In Oregon, Baker County zone. In Idaho, West Central
  Mountains zone.

* WHEN...From 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ this evening to 11 PM MST
  /10 PM PST/ Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
  times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.