Dec 2, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 2, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Nov 30 Firewood Season Closed
August 6 Ice Hole Campground Closed for the season
Dec 8 12pm Midas Gold Holiday Celebration at the YP 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

(details below)

Village News:

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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Yellow Pine people involved in Alaska earthquake

Reinhold and Sharon Trager report they are okay following the earthquake near Anchorage, AK. The total blackout created by the power outage created a scramble for flashlights, the shaking caused things to be thrown onto the floor, and Sharon found her interrupted shower a bit disconcerting, but overall they’re okay.

– LI
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“Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves, it is time to think of Christmas Bags again!! Let me know if you want to help!!”

Contact Nicki Harnar
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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

Three day a week mail delivery from Cascade started November 1, 2018. The Post Office in Yellow Pine will be open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Be sure to buy your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Wolf or Dog?

A report of a “black wolf” (or a dog that looks wolfish) was seen Monday (Nov 19) evening near the Eiguren ranch.
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It should be safe to put bird feeders back out, bears are hibernating (according to Jon Hunter our F&G CO.)

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

Local Events:

Midas Gold Holiday Celebration

Dec 8th, 12pm at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Dessert Social, update on the Community Agreement and celebration of 2018
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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.

Local Groups:


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

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx

There was be a YPWUA meeting in October. (?)
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VYPA News:

December 1, 2018

The Yellow Pine Village Council met Saturday to select representatives and their alternates to participate on the Midas Gold Foundation and the Midas Gold Community Advisory Board. YP residents were contacted via the “Master List” and were invited to volunteer for the four job assignments. The Council considered personal abilities and interests, availability to attend monthly meetings, and the best way to use each volunteer to benefit the community.

The YP representative on the Stibnite Foundation will be Ronda Rogers, the alternate will be Lynn Imel. Ronda will be attending the monthly meetings in Donnelly as the Foundation gets organized and later considers financially assisting community-related projects in areas affected by Midas Gold. This charitable foundation will be funded by Midas Gold and administered by representatives from communities that may be impacted by Midas operations.

The Yellow Pine representative on the Midas Gold Community Advisory Board is Lynn Imel and Ronda Rogers will be the alternate. This group is also made up of community members from areas that want to participate in keeping open lines of communication with Midas Gold. They will meet monthly to discuss topics of concern and questions with Midas Gold staff.

These representatives are volunteers and are not funded by VYPA. The two groups will be meeting for many years and Yellow Pine will be seeking volunteers every year. The current representatives will be serving for the 2019 year.

Other opportunities for you to participate, with less time commitment, will occur throughout the year as small work-groups are formed around specific topics and issues.

– DF

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

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

The next meeting to be May 18th, 2019 at the Community Hall

There was a YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting June 9, no minutes yet.
There was a YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting August 6, no minutes yet.
Sept 22nd YPFD meeting minutes posted in the Sept. 30th Yellow Pine Times.
October 6 YPFD meeting minutes posted in the Oct 21st Yellow Pine Times.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

Fire Department Training on 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.

Smoke Alarm Info:

Cooking safety in the home:

Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

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

Fall Hours: 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm 7 days a week.

Daily Menu: full Breakfast served also Burgers and Pizza for Afternoon and Evening. Good selection of Beer and Wine also sold by 6 and 12 pack. Fuel available 92 Octane. Wi Fi, Ice.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Winter Hours (?)
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC

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

Link to FB:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99. Breaks the Ice Barrier. Quick Melting action, even in heavy snow.
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Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Nov 26) overnight low of 10 degrees, partly cloudy this morning (high wispy “mare’s tails”) and a cold light breeze. Overcast by lunch time. A little more traffic than normal for a Monday. Cloudy cool afternoon, slight chilly breeze, high of 37 degrees. Still a bit of a breeze at sundown, cloudy and below freezing.

Tuesday (Nov 27) snowing this morning around 9am, low overcast – ridges socked in, light breeze, trace of new snow, 1″ of old snow. Honey Dipper truck in town. Light rain by 11am. Drips, drops and sprinkles mid-day, low clouds. Chilly cloudy, drippy, wet afternoon. It is getting pretty slick where the ground is frozen and the rain is freezing into ice, high of 35 degrees. Jays and a pine squirrel visited. Probably sprinkled most of the night, turning to snow before morning.

Wednesday (Nov 28) overnight low of 32 degrees, 1/4″ new snow on top of slush and frozen rain (1.25″ total snow), mostly cloudy with small patches of blue and thick fog on the flanks of the mountains. Medium sized canine tracks in the new snow. Jays and a female hairy woodpecker visiting. Mail truck was a bit late. Broken clouds mid-day, above freezing, dripping and melting some, where the ground is frozen the rain turned to ice and very slick, high of 42 degrees. Quiet evening. Cloudy at dusk and sort of misting a few drops (more like moisture condensing out of the air.)

Thursday (Nov 29) overnight low of 24 degrees, high thin haze covering the sky, filtered sunshine, about 1″ of old (frozen) snow on the ground. Female hairy woodpecker and a jay visiting. A little more traffic than normal for a Thursday. Solid cloud cover mid-afternoon, a few icicles dripping and icy paths, high of 41 degrees. By dusk the clouds were thinner and more open sky, below freezing.

Friday (Nov 30) overnight low of 17 degrees, overcast sky this morning, light frost and about an inch of old frozen snow. Steller jays visiting. Snowed for a couple hours in the afternoon – about an inch, overcast and below freezing, high of 30 degrees. Snowed another half inch during the night/early morning.

Saturday (Dec 1) overnight low of 22 degrees, overcast and flaking snow this morning, 1.5″ new snow and 2.5″ total snow (on top of ice.) Female hairy woodpecker, a red-breasted nuthatch and 2 jays visiting. Occasional flakes of snow on and off all day under a gray overcast sky, high of 34 degrees. Light snowfall late afternoon and evening, a little skiff of accumulation before dark. Snowed during the night.

Sunday (Dec 2) overnight low of 24 degrees, thin overcast and foggy mountains this morning, 1.25″ new snow and 3″ total snow (on top of ice.) Fox tracks in the fresh snow. A trio of jays visiting and later a female hairy woodpecker. Short little snow flurry at 11am, and again at noon. Thinner clouds early in the afternoon, then back to gray and cold breezes mid-afternoon, high of 33 degrees. Snowed pretty good for 30 minutes late afternoon, then snowing again at dark. Some critter out on the golf course “chirping” (fox or young elk?)


Thomas “Tom” Allen Richter

1954 – 2018

Thomas “Tom” Allen Richter, 64, of Yellow Pine, passed away on November 28, 2018 at St. Alphonsus in Boise.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 in the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, 624 Cleveland Blvd.
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Harold “Gene” Amos

December 29, 1948 – November 29, 2018.

Harold Gene Amos (formerly of Yellow Pine) passed away Nov 29, 2018

Survived by wife Merle and sons Mike, Scott and Toby.
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Candi Lysiak

May 14, 1970 ~ November 30, 2018

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Candi Lysiak, 48, Bonners Ferry, who died unexpectedly while visiting her daughter Friday morning, November 30. Our heartfelt condolences to her family, loved ones and friends.

source: Kootenai Valley Times

Preceded in death by Mother Nancee Riggs (of Riggins) and survived by her children, sister Kendi and father Larry “Mayor Chappy” Chapman of Yellow Pine and Riggins.

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 #7 – Don’t Be “Fuelish”

In recent years, there has been a lot of effort put into the creation of fuel breaks around some of Idaho’s high fire hazard communities. Fuel breaks are usually a strip of land where flammable vegetation has been removed and less hazardous vegetation has been retained or planted. In our area, this often means mowing sagebrush and bitterbrush with machinery and leaving the grasses and wildflowers. Fuel breaks vary in width, ranging from 30 feet or less to more than 100 feet.

Surprising to many people, the primary purpose of a fuel break is not necessarily to stop an oncoming fire. Typically, fuel breaks are created to improve the ability of firefighters to control an advancing wildfire. A fuel break can reduce fire intensity, provide an area to light a backfire, improve access for firefighters, and improve the effectiveness of fire retardants dropped from aircraft.

Unfortunately, fuel breaks can also provide a false sense of security to the members of a community. Some homeowners assume that once the fuel break is created, they are fire safe and that no further action on their part is required. This is not true. Wind driven embers can be transported over the fuel break and ignite new fires on the other side. Homes that have not prepared for the ember threat are vulnerable despite the presence of the fuel break.

While community level fuel breaks are important in reducing the wildfire threat, they are not enough. Homeowners must continue to do their part by creating defensible space around their home and making their properties resistant to ignition from embers.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]
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AmeriGas Guidelines For A Worry Free Winter

(via email 11/27/2018)

Thank you for your business. Below are helpful tips to ensure your propane appliances run smoothly and continuously throughout the winter.

* Keep Driveway Clear of Snow and Ice- To ensure safe access to your propane tank, please keep snow and ice cleared from your driveway and sand all inclines. A propane delivery truck is approximately two feet wider than a passenger car and much taller, so please keep trees/bushes that line your driveway trimmed, including low-hanging branches. If our delivery driver is unable to navigate your driveway without obstruction, we will not be able to fill your tank, which could result in a special delivery/trip charge and/or you running out of gas. To avoid injury, please also be mindful of any objects in your yard that when hidden in snow would be slippery or cause our employees to trip and fall.

* Keep Equipment Clear of Snow and Ice – To prevent a gas leak, please keep your propane tank, equipment and piping clear of snow and ice accumulation, and heavy snowfall (including snow sliding off your roof). The weight of snow and ice could break gas connections and lead to serious injury or property damage.

* Keep Gas Appliance Vents Clear of Snow and Ice – To avoid hazardous gases, such as carbon monoxide, from becoming trapped in your home, please make sure that your chimney and rooftop, as well as all gas appliances are adequately vented and functioning properly, and the roof or walls remain clear of snow and ice. Should snow or ice cover a vent, the appliance may malfunction.

* Mark Location of Underground Tanks – Please mark the location of your underground tank and provide a clear pathway. This will aid our efforts to keep you supplied with gas all winter.

Seasonal/Vacation Home Important Notice:

Due to varying propane usage in weekend/vacation homes, we are not aware when the home is in use and it is difficult to forecast your usage. Please take special precautions to monitor your propane levels. You are encouraged, for example, to use a tank monitoring device and ask a year-round neighbor to periodically check the gauge on your propane tank. When the percentage falls below 30%, call us for a delivery to ensure that you do not run out of gas. If there is no gauge on the tank, call us if your propane usage increases.

Will-Call Customer Important Notice:

You must keep track of the propane in your tank and call for deliveries. Please note that by law, we must perform a gas leak check any time the gas flow is interrupted, including out-of-gas situations. Please regularly monitor your gas tank gauge reading. Call us to schedule a delivery when the percentage falls below 30% to avoid running out of gas. If your tank runs out of gas and/or you require an emergency delivery, additional charges may apply.

If you have any questions, please contact your local office. Visit our company website for additional consumer safety information.

If we are unable to safely access your tank or home to make a delivery, AmeriGas Propane will not honor claims for any damages due to freeze-ups or related problems caused by an out-of-gas situation. If you have any questions, please contact your local AmeriGas Propane office. Visit for additional safety information.

Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s November Newsletter

December 1, 2018

From the desk of Commissioner Cruickshank,

Thursday November 1st
I discussed concerns of the Snowmobile Grooming Program with Staff at Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation when Valley County employees are grooming in a bordering county.

Sunday November 4th
I created and sent out my October newsletter.

Monday November 5th
Today was a commissioner meeting day. Please find the minutes, once approved, for this meeting on the Valley County website at Valley County Idaho Official Site and click on the Commissioners section.

Tuesday November 6th through Monday [November] 12th I was out of the office.

Tuesday November 13th
Regular commissioners meeting today. Please see the minutes on the website once approved.

Wednesday November 14th
I attended the Winter Recreation meeting in McCall to explain the concerns of grooming in a bordering county.

Thursday November 15th
I attended a meeting to discuss last summers UTV Takeover Event as the UTV folks are wanting to return in 2019. Representatives from Valley and Adams County, City of McCall, McCall Snowmobile Club, Little Ski Hill met to discuss concerns raised with the recent event and what could work better including possible dates when they would hold the event.

I then attended the Payette Forest Coalition meeting held at the Payette National Forest Supervisors Office.

Friday November 16th
I participated in a National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Board Conference Call.

Monday November 19th
Commissioner meeting today. Please find the minutes on the website once approved.

Tuesday November 20th
I participated in a National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition Conference Call to discuss efforts to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Payment program as 2018 will be the last payment made unless reauthorization by Congress happens.

I participated in a NACo Transportation Committee Conference Call to discuss topics of interest from a recent survey and to hear information on GoRail which is a program of the Rail Freight Industry on Safety for materials being shipped by railroads.

Friday November 23rd
I started the review of 19 applications for a Judge Position in Ada County. Valley County shares the 4th Judicial District with Ada, Boise and Elmore Counties so each County has a seat on the Magistrate Commission to review and interview successful applicants for Judge positions in this District. We also have Mayors, Attorneys, Judges and At-Large participants on this Commission.

Monday November 26th
Commissioner meeting today. The minutes of this meeting will not be approved for the website until a meeting in December when they will be posted on the website.

Tuesday November 27th
I reviewed 110 pages of a document for a NACo Fall Board meeting I will be attending next week.
I worked on more review of the Judge Applications as we are having a conference call on Thursday to discuss the applicants.

Wednesday November 28th
I did additional review of Judge Applicants this morning.

I drove to Meridian to attend a County Officials Institute Training on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday November 29th
I attended the County Officials Institute Training which is for new elected officials as I had been invited to speak on a panel concerning ethics as an elected official.

Friday November 30th
I attended Day Two of the County Officials Institute Training as today the sessions were on Open Meeting Rules, Executive Sessions, Records Retention, Ethics in Government, Liability Coverage for Elected Officials, Highway Maintenance, Emergency Management and funding sources.

I drove home after this event.

Well that wraps up my November.

I want to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as it will have come and gone by the time I send out my December news.

Thanks to all who take the time to read my newsletter and if there are any topics that you need more clarification please do not hesitate to ask.


Idaho News:

New Tamarack Resort owners say they will get to work

Investment group takes over ski run lease, plans to finish Village Plaza

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 29, 2018

The new owners of Tamarack Resort near Donnelly say they will open the resort’s ski area next month and get to work on finishing what the original developers abandoned 10 years ago.

A company called Tamarack Resort Holdings announced last week it had acquired key pieces of the four-season resort, including the unfinished Village Plaza that was originally intended to be the heart of the project.

The announcement was made the same day the State Board of Land Commissioners approved the transfer of the lease of 2,100 acres of state endowment land to the new company. The ski runs are located on the endowment land.

The new company consists of a consortium of companies in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga., called Imperium Blue.

The consortium has been working for the past two years to acquire the resort, said Kyle Mowitz, president and co-founder Imperium Blue.

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Land trade for sewer bonds paved way for Tamarack Resort deal

State gets 532 acres in return for forgiveness of $15 million debt

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 29, 2018

Last week’s announcement of the acquisition of Tamarack Resort by a consortium of Florida investors would not have happened if a land exchange between the state and Tamarack homeowners did not occur a month prior.

On Oct. 17, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality took ownership of 532 acres of bare ground on the southern end of the four-season resort near Donnelly.

The land, known as the Heritage Property, was part of the original master plan of the resort but was never developed.

The state took the land in return for forgiving principal and interest totaling about $15 million on bonds attached to resort properties.

The bonds were issued in 2005 to finance the extension to the resort of sewer lines and pumping stations operated by the North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District.

The 532 acres swapped for the debt was owned by the Tamarack Homeowners Acquisition Company, composed of property owners of the resort.

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Cascade council decides not to sell former police department HQ

Space will be used to to help new businesses

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 29, 2018

Cascade City Council members voted to retain ownership of the former headquarters of the disbanded police department and lease the property in a public hearing on Monday.

The council voted to begin drafting a lease agreement that would see the space used as an incubator for startup businesses.

“If leasing the building is the way to get the incubator in there and see if that can stimulate the economy of cascade, I would much rather do that than sell the building,” council member Rachel Huckaby said.

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Wilks brothers’ gates on Forest Service road illegal, Idaho Wildlife Federation says

“This is about more than just gates,” IWF Executive Director Brian Brooks said. “This is about wealthy individuals flaunting Idaho’s laws and illegally claiming public resources as their own without repercussions.”

Sean Deter, Morgan Boydston November 28, 2018 KTVB

The gates installed by a pair of Texas billionaire brothers on an Idaho Forest Service road through their property near Bogus Basin are illegal, according to the Idaho Wildlife Federation.

Dan and Farris Wilks have raised the hackles of hunters and other outdoor recreationists who rely on access to Idaho public lands after their controversial purchases of vast swaths of private land in the state.

The tensions raised by the Wilkses have reached a fever pitch as of late, with the installation of gates on Forest System road 374 – known as Boise Ridge Road – by their company, DF Development LLC. They recently put up sets of bright orange gates on the popularly-traveled Forest Service road through their property just miles from Bogus Basin, surrounded by the Boise National Forest, and “No Trespassing” signs on their private property.

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Wilks brothers defend gates on Forest Service road in Idaho

DF Development wrote a letter to the Forest Service, saying they’re willing to work with the agency but want to protect their private property in Boise County.

Morgan Boydston November 30, 2018 KTVB

Boise County — KTVB has new developments to a story we’ve been following for months. On Thursday, we told you the Forest Service determined a pair of gates on a popular road through Boise County are illegal.

The Wilks brothers’ company DF Development put up the gates on Forest System road 374 – known as Boise Ridge Road – earlier this year. The Forest Service sent the company a letter in October, outlining easements they have – and don’t have – and informing DFD they must remove the gates because they’re on the public right-of-way.

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Idaho regulators agree to settlement with Texas oil company

11/29/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — A Texas oil company has agreed to pay $4,000 for not complying with Idaho rules, state oil and gas regulators said.

The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved the settlement this week with Houston-based Alta Mesa, the Idaho Statesman reported .

The company holds hundreds of oil and gas leases on private and state land in Payette County.

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Important shipping deadlines for the holiday season

Here are some reminders about when you need to mail packages during the holidays.

KTVB November 28, 2018

Boise — If you still have gifts to buy and send, here are some important shipping deadlines you’ll want to keep in mind.

If you are mailing things via the U.S. Postal Service, you have to send them by December 14 for ground, December 20 for first class, and December 22 for priority express.


Note to locals: Remember, our mail only goes out 3 days a week now.

Scam Alerts:

Boise Fire Department warns of phone scam

Steve Bertel Nov 27, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise – Officials are warning Treasure Valley residents of a phone scam involving someone claiming to be raising money for the Boise Fire Department.

A retired firefighter reported recently receiving a call from a person claiming to be collecting donations for the fire department. He stated the caller asked for funds in the name of the fire chief –- but, when asked by the retired firefighter, the caller could not give the name of the chief. The call came from a 208 area code.

Officials say, if you receive a call like this, promptly hang up.

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USPS warns people to be aware of change of address scam, especially around holidays

Sabirah Rayford Nov 27, 2018 KIVI TV

It’s a crime the U.S. Postal Service says you need to be aware of, especially this holiday season.

They can go to a store or do it online. All a criminal needs is your name and address to change where your mail is sent.

“It’s just like any other crime,” Ivan Ramirez said. “Crimes of opportunity, snatch and grabs or purse snatching.”

But Ramirez, a USPS inspector, says there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

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Scammers drain senior citizen bank accounts during the holidays

by Abigail Taylor Friday, November 30th 2018

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — This holiday season, scammers are looking to turn the nest eggs that seniors have been building up their whole lives into their Easter eggs.

As temperatures drop — utility scams are especially on the rise.

The scams typically come in as a phone call or email, urging victims to send money for a ‘late’ bill or they will have their power cut off.

“They claim that they’re from Idaho Power, Intermountain Gas, or any number of these utilities,” said Emily Valla with the Better Business Bureau. “They say you haven’t paid and if you don’t pay right away, your internet, your power, your gas, your water will be shut off.”

Their biggest target are the most vulnerable — seniors.


Mining News:

Valley commissioners set Dec. 10 workshop on Midas Gold pact

The Star-News Nov 29, 2018

Valley County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the county’s possible involvement in the Midas Gold Community Agreement.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Valley County Courthouse.

Public comment is encouraged at the meeting, which is on the commissioner’s agenda as a two-hour workshop.

Under the agreement, each community that signs on would appoint an individual to serve on the Stibnite Advisory Council.

The council would meet regularly to get updates from Midas Gold on the Stibnite Gold Project.

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

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

Under the proposed agreement, Midas Gold would give the Stibnite Foundation cash and company stocks at various stages of the permitting process, construction and operation of the mine.

There would be no restrictions on how the money given to the foundation would be spent.

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The Facts About Road Closures

November 27

At Midas Gold, we believe in being good neighbors, working with the communities closest to our project and communicating transparently with Idahoans. This is why we feel compelled to address some misconceptions we’ve been hearing about road closures outside of Yellow Pine.

Recently, we have heard some confusion about three distinct points of access. The first is Sugar Creek Road, which the U.S. Forest Service administratively closed in 2008. The second is Stibnite Road, which Midas Gold maintains as a part of our permit to access the Stibnite Gold Project site. The last access point is Stibnite Road as it runs through our site.

In 2008, the U.S. Forest Service made the decision to close Sugar Creek Road as a part of its McCall and Krassel Ranger Districts Snow-free Season Travel Management Plan. Midas Gold was not involved in this decision. In fact, our company didn’t even exist yet.

We understand Sugar Creek Road is important to many people who live in Yellow Pine and know people are upset with its recent physical closure. Lately, we’ve seen comments come into Midas Gold criticizing us for closing the road and that is why we want to clear up the confusion and give you all of the information we have on the roads.

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Ask Midas: How Do You Set Money Aside for Reclamation?

June 27

Midas Gold Idaho wants to keep the community informed about the work we are doing at the Stibnite Gold Project site. The Ask Midas blog series gives the experts in our company a chance to answer some of the community’s most frequently asked questions and helps clear up any misconceptions around the project.

Midas Gold is committed to restoring the site and leaving the area better than we found it. We know this will take a solid plan and a significant amount of money. We have developed our plan and, as soon as our project is permitted, we will be required to set aside all of the funds for reclamation before mining ever begins. Financial assurance funding, also known as bonding, has changed significantly over the years and on this week’s Ask Midas blog, I want to explain how it works today.

How Does a Mining Company Provide Financial Assurance to Cover Its Reclamation Efforts?

When miners first came to Stibnite well over 100 years ago, there were no reclamation standards. Miners were only focused on mineral production and weren’t expected to restore the areas they had mined. Today, things are drastically differently.


Public Lands:

USDA Forest Service Krassel Ranger District Developed & Dispersed Site Improvement Project Update

November 28, 2018

Dear Interested Party,

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Krassel Developed and Dispersed Site Improvement project on the Krassel 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

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 December 28, 2018, 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 through the project website is preferred but written comments concerning these projects will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to Krassel Ranger District 500 North Mission Building 1 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 Joshua Simpson;; 208-634-0616.

Anthony B. Botello
Krassel District Ranger

link to: 20181120 Krassel Rec Improvements Scoping Document.pdf

Note: Comments are due by December 28th.
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BLM protects road surface with annual winter closure of Eighth Street

Date: November 29, 2018
Contact: Michael Williamson 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management would like to remind the public of the annual seasonal road closure of upper Eighth Street in the Boise Foothills to prevent road damage during wet conditions.

This seasonal closure pertains only to full-sized vehicles and is in effect from Dec. 1 to May 15. The closure begins 2.8 miles from the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. The route remains open year-round for off-highway vehicles 50 inches or less in width, motorcycles, mountain bikes and all other non-motorized use.

“The purpose of this seasonal road closure has always been to prevent road damage from full-size vehicle use when the road bed is wet and easily rutted,” said David Draheim, BLM outdoor recreation planner. “This annual closure has gone a long way towards minimizing erosion and road maintenance costs, and preventing other resource damage from occurring each year.”

The BLM appreciates the public’s cooperation in respecting the road closure and helping to protect resources while maintaining access for recreational users. For more information, please contact the BLM Boise District Office at 208-384-3300.
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Smoke May Be Home To Helpful And Harmful Microbes, Research Finds

By James Dawson Nov 26, 2018 Boise State Public Radio

You know the old saying, where there’s smoke, there’s fire? Scientists at University of Idaho found where there’s smoke, there are microbes.

Tiny bacteria or fungi get sucked up from the soil or burning plant life and are cast through the air inside the smoke plume.

U of I Professor Leda Kobziar led the research team. She says it’s not clear if these microbes can survive long trips in smoke, but, “Research that has addressed long distance transport of fungi and bacteria – and even viruses – through dust clouds has shown that they can survive across continent transport.”


Critter News:

Pet talk – What is heartworm disease?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 30, 2018 IME

Heartworms are parasites that live in the arteries of the lungs and right side of the heart in dogs and wild canines. They can live up to seven years and eventually cause right-heart failure and death.

The official name for heartworms is dirofilarial immitis. They are found in most parts of the world and in every state of the United States. Heartworms also occur in cats, ferrets and California sea lions. Heartworms are spread from an infected animal to other animals by mosquitoes. Heartworm disease is only spread by the bite of mosquitoes that contain immature heartworms (larvae) in their bodies.

Once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, the larvae travel to the lungs, where they develop into adult worms. The adult worms cause damage to the pulmonary arteries and lining of the heart.

Most dogs with early heartworm disease have no clinical signs, and the disease is detected by routine blood tests by your veterinarian. As the infestation of worms worsens, clinical signs include lethargy, decreased activity and especially coughing. As the disease worsens, breathing rate and effort increase. With advanced disease and right-heart failure, fluid builds up in the abdomen, and weight loss occurs.

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Dog food recalled due to potentially harmful levels of vitamin D

KIVI TV – Dec 1, 2018

photo by FDA

Sunshine Mills, the maker of several brands of pet food, is recalling three of its puppy and dog food products, citing potentially high levels of vitamin D that could lead to “serious health issues,” including kidney failure.

The brands affected are Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride and Triumph, the company said in a statement that is also posted on the US Food and Drug Administration’s website.

“Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction,” the company said. Symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

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EPA denies petition to ban ‘cyanide bombs’

Several environmental groups filed a petition with the EPA seeking to ban the devices.

KTVB Staff November 27, 2018

Boise — The Environmental Protection Agency has refused a request to ban so-called “cyanide bombs.”

The traps made national headlines last year when a 14-year-old Pocatello boy and his dog were sprayed with cyanide after accidentally triggering a trap which had been set by federal workers to kill coyotes.

The boy became ill and the dog died.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Last week of November 2018
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Feds extend review of red wolf management

11/30/18 AP

Raleigh, N.C. — Federal authorities say they’ll extend their review of red wolf management in North Carolina after a judge ruled that a plan to shrink the territory of the only wild population of the animals violates endangered species protections.

In a statement posted online Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called the additional time an opportunity to evaluate the decision’s implications.

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Possible tracks found of rare wolf that escaped in Colorado

11/28/18 AP

Divide, Colo. — Wildlife managers have found tracks that might have been left by an endangered Mexican wolf that escaped from a Colorado wildlife center, but the animal hasn’t been seen for two weeks.

The year-old, captive-born male got out of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center on Nov. 11. It had been taken there to breed with other wolves.

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Motorists warned of elk herd in southeastern Idaho

Drivers need to be careful on U.S. Route 30 because of an elk herd that frequently crosses the highway.

Associated Press November 27, 2018

Montpelier, Idaho — Authorities in southeastern Idaho are warning motorists to be careful on U.S. Route 30 due to a large herd of elk.

The Bear Lake County Sheriff’s Office tells the Idaho State Journal in a story on Tuesday that the herd frequently crosses the highway.

The sheriff’s office says the herd is typically in the area this time of year.

The sheriff’s office says no collisions with elk have been reported so far.

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Controversy over ridding wild turkeys from Gibson Jack road

By Brady Halbleib Dec 01, 2018 Local News 8

Pocatello, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Some residents on Gibson jack road in Pocatello are upset over the euthanization 24 turkeys that became a nuisance in the area. Pocatello Fish and Game captured the turkeys and donated them to the Idaho Food Bank. However, many believe that they could have relocated the turkeys instead of killing them.

Gibson Jack is known for its beautiful trails and excellent hiking. However, recently, it’s been known for its wild turkeys. Many deer signs line the road, but it’s the Turkeys, that have made the pastures, along with Gibson Jack Road their home.

Jim Betty, a resident near Gibson Jack and former Chapter President of the National Turkey Federation says, “wild turkeys are cool when there are 3 or 4 of them, they’re not cool when you got a 100 of them on your porch.”

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Group forms in wake of decision to close steelhead season

11/30/18 AP

Lewiston, Idaho — Fishing outfitters, business owners and community members from two Idaho towns have come together to insert themselves into negotiations or maneuverings that could stop the pending closure of the state’s steelhead fishing season or lead to an earlier reopening.

The group on Thursday collectively created the Idaho River Community River Alliance, elected board members and hired attorney Bill Mauk of the Boise law firm Mauk and Miller, the Lewiston Morning Tribune reported .

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is closing Idaho’s steelhead season starting Dec. 8 to stave off a threatened lawsuit from six conservation organizations. The suspended season is expected to harm the economies of the two small towns — Riggins and White Bird — that depend on income from steelhead anglers in the late winter and spring.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
November 30, 2018
Issue No. 891
Table of Contents

* Federal Climate Report Suggests More Warm Years Such As 2015 Will Be A Reality For Columbia River Basin

* Council Committee Updated On Final BPA Fish/Wildlife Project Expenses For FY2018, Accords, Future Cuts

* Court Puts Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Water Quality Lawsuit Against EPA On Hold Until March

* With Threat Of Lawsuit, Idaho Suspends Steelhead Angling Until Obtains Incidental Take Permit

* Leading Practitioners Of eDNA Science Gather To Discuss New Tool’s Possibilities; Can Confirm Fish Species Presence

* PNW Coastal Forests, Western Cascades Will Be Less Vulnerable To Drought, Fire Than Rocky Mountains, Sierras

* UW Climate Impacts Group, Tribes Develop Resources For Tribes To Evaluate Their Vulnerability To Climate Change

* New Interactive Tool Allows Any User To Interact With PNW Historical Temperatures, Precipitation, See Changes

* Lawsuit Challenges EPA On Identifying Oregon Waters Impaired By Ocean Acidification

* Extensive, Five-Year Predator-Prey Study To Resume In NE Washington With Radio Collaring Deer

* $5,000 In Rewards Offered In Killing Of Collared Grizzly Bear In Northern Idaho

* Supreme Court Sends ESA Case Back To Appeals Court For Another Look At ‘Critical Habitat’

* Court Settlement Commits Oregon DEQ To Clearing Backlog Of Water Quality Permits, Addressing Causes Of Delays

Fish & Game News:

Governor fills empty Idaho Fish & Game vacant commissioner seat after viral photos mishap

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, November 29th 2018

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed a new person to the seven-person Idaho Fish and Game Commission panel after photos of a former commissioner’s hunting trip to Africa went viral.

Otter appointed Tim Murphy, to the seat. Murphy is a former BLM director and also worked as director of fire and aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

“Among the challenges facing wildlife management in Idaho, I always keep a keen focus on the value of agricultural land to Idaho’s wildlife and open space,” Murphy said in a news release. “Hunting, fishing, trapping, and other wildlife based recreation are key components of life in Idaho. I’m pleased to join the Department as a commissioner for the southwest region and look forward to opportunities to hear and address issues and needs important to Idahoans.”

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Winter feeding – not the act of kindness some may think

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter feeding of deer and elk near homes cannot only be harmful to them, but can ultimately be dangerous, according to Jason Husseman, Idaho Fish and Game district wildlife biologist based in Salmon.

While feeding that cute little fawn in your yard may seem helpful, Fish and Game says the unintentional consequences can actually be detrimental to their health for several reasons.

“Feeding deer and elk is not the act of kindness some people think, but it can actually do more harm than good,” said Husseman. “It often begins with just a few animals, but their numbers can quickly grow and become overwhelming.”

Wildlife receiving supplemental feed often congregate in unnaturally high numbers in small areas, which increases the chances of diseases spreading among the population. Malnourished animals and crowding stress creates conditions ideal for serious disease outbreaks, which is a serious concern to livestock producers and wildlife managers alike.

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Helicopter surveys of big game to begin soon

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, November 30, 2018

Disturbance to the animals is kept to the minimum, generally less than a few minutes

Beginning in early December, Idaho Fish and Game staff will take to the air to get a closer look at deer and elk numbers, including several low-level helicopter surveys planned throughout the state.

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Confiscated game meat donated to those in need

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, November 30, 2018

Each year, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game seizes unlawfully taken fish and wildlife that is often processed and donated to charity organizations.

Mike Demick – IDFG

After each case in finalized through the court system and with the magistrate’s approval, Fish and Game donates the edible meat and fish to local food banks, church groups and helping-hand organizations that distribute to those in need. Most of the game meat is confiscated in the fall, so donations usually increase during the holiday months, allowing some to have more food on the table during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

According to Justin Williams, Fish and Game district conservation officer in Salmon, several recent wildlife violation cases involving multiple animals taken illegally have resulted in hundreds of pounds going to those in need.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Rare albino white tail 12 point buck spotted in Tennessee

By Adrian Mojica, WZTV Staff Monday, November 26th 2018

Albino white tail buck-Photo courtesy Amy Henderson Hall

Nashville, Tenn. (WZTV) – A Tennessee hunter captured a rare sighting of an albino deer on video last week.

Amy Henderson Hall took video of the deer in Williamson County, Tennessee saying the deer frequents the Brentwood and Nolensville areas.

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Rare albino raccoon captured in Tennessee

By Adrian Mojica, WZTV Friday, October 19th 2018

Photo Courtesy of Matt Caldwell

Nashville, Tenn. (WZTV) — An extremely rare albino raccoon was captured in Tennessee this week when trappers responded to a Memphis resident’s home.

Alpha Wildlife, a company which specializes in animal trapping, prevention, and repairs, responded to a Collierville home to remove raccoons.

Co-owner Matt Caldwell says he was ready for the first raccoon trapped and removed but the second one was a surprise. “I was excited and taken aback at the same time,” Caldwell says. “I’ve seen pictures online but never in person.”


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