Dec 16, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 16, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Ice Hole Campground Closed for the season
Firewood Season is Closed
December 21, Winter Solstice
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

(details below)

Village News:

Midas Gold Holiday Celebration December 8th

We feel very lucky to call the people of Yellow Pine our neighbors and, in many ways, family. We had a great time on Saturday and appreciate everyone who came to celebrate the holiday with good cheer and of course banana cream and apple crisp.

Moving forward, we hope that the community will continue to reach out to us with questions and ideas on the project or how we can work together.

Mckinsey Lyon, Midas Gold Inc.
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Stibnite Advisory Council

December 5, 2018 Meeting Synopsis

Lynn Imel – Yellow Pine
Glenna Young – Cascade
Gene Tyler – Donnelly
Julie Good – New Meadows
Bob Crump – Riggins
Tami Testa – Council
Denis Duman – Idaho County
Anne Labelle – Midas Gold

Synopsis prepared by: Anne Labelle, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.

* Chair – Until bylaws are approved, Anne Labelle will serve as the existing Chair.

* Meetings – Meetings will be monthly, generally on the second Thursday of each month, 10:00 AM to noon, Midas Gold Idaho’s Donnelly office, with call-in option.

* Working Group for Stibnite Advisory Council Bylaws – Bylaws for the Stibnite Advisory Council will be developed and proposed by Julie Good – New Meadows, Gene Tyler – Donnelly and Anne Labelle—Midas Gold. The working group will work to present final bylaws to the full advisory council for approval by the deadline of March 31, 2019.

* Working Group for Stibnite Foundation – The Stibnite Foundation working group will consist of Julie Good – New Meadows and Anne Labelle—Midas Gold Deadline for Midas Gold to create the Foundation is February 28, 2019. The contribution of $100,000 cash plus 1.5 million MGC shares will be provided within a further 60 days of the Foundation creation date. The additional $100,000 contribution for calendar 2019 is due in Q1/19 so not later than March 31, 2019 provided the Foundation has been created.

* Stibnite Gold Project Presentation January 10, 2019 – The Stibnite Advisory Council would like an overview of the project at their January 10, 2019 meeting. From that initial presentation, the Advisory Council will determine which working groups they would like to organize, if any. The Advisory Council will provide us with a list of topics they would like covered by December 31.

* Form of Reporting to Communities – We determined that the obligation of the Stibnite Advisory Council to report back to the Communities will take the form of a meeting summary and minutes distributed to the elected entity for each Community (for example the City of Cascade, Yellow Pine Village Association, etc.). The elected entity will likely distribute in their meeting packets, but this is up to the individual community re how to distribute.
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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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December 14 Wind

Saturday was pretty blustery in Yellow Pine with some impressive gusts. Got a report on Sunday that trees were down on the EFSF and South Fork roads, a path had been cut wide enough for vehicles.

On Sunday a crew from Yellow Pine went out and cleaned up the EFSF road, then checked Johnson Creek road and found more downed trees to clean up.

(Waiting on update from Valley Co. Road Dept. on the South Fork situation.)
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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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Yellow Pine Tavern

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

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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

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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

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

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

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

Monday (Dec 10) overnight low estimated around 20 degrees, it was 24F at 1030am, fine light snow falling (started around 10am) just a trace so far, measured 3″ of old snow on the ground. Stellar jays visiting, 2 ravens flying and calling to the northwest. A couple of hairy woodpeckers visited after lunch. Snowed nearly an inch by 1pm, a break in the snow for a couple hours then more snow until after 9pm, high of 30 degrees.

Tuesday (Dec 11) overnight low of 16 degrees, 1″ new snow (4″ total snow) high thin overcast and breezy. Steller jays, a pine squirrel and a hairy woodpecker visiting. Sounded like a wolf howling to the south this morning. Flaking snow on and off early afternoon, then the wind kicked up and the clouds lowered nearly to the valley floor late by afternoon, light steady snow and a trace on the ground by dark, high of 35 degrees. Light snow until around midnight then moderately heavy snow for a few hours.

Wednesday (Dec 12) overnight low around 23 degrees, 2.5″ new snow and 6″ total snow on the measuring board, overcast and flaking. Jays, woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Sort of snowed on and off all morning, no accumulation. Mail truck was only a few minutes late, said the roads had not been plowed yet. A few flakes on and off in the afternoon, breaks in the clouds and scattered sun, high of 37 degrees. A little more traffic than usual for a Wed. Clearing after dark, lots of stars out and cold.

Thursday (Dec 13) overnight low of 4 degrees, overcast and cold light breeze this morning, 5″ of old snow on the ground (the trace that came down yesterday melted before dark.) Hairy woodpecker, pine squirrel and jays visiting. Partly cloudy by early afternoon, light chilly breeze, icicles dripping, high of 35 degrees. Quiet afternoon. Clear sky by dark, bright crescent waxing moon in the sky.

Friday (Dec 14) overnight low of 8 degrees, high thin overcast and filtered sunshine this morning, 5″ of old snow on the ground. Heard a raven calling while flying over the village and a flock of small birds twittering in the trees, steller jays, a hairy woodpecker and a pine squirrel visiting. Amerigas truck in the village topping off customers (Dan had to bring the big truck, the little truck would not start.) A little extra traffic early afternoon. Warm gusty breezes early afternoon and partly cloudy, high of 51 degrees! Brief late afternoon rain shower and gusty winds. Breezy cloudy evening. Rain splatters after dark, windy. Rain turned to snow during the night.

Saturday (Dec 15) overnight low probably just under freezing, 32F at 1030am and high thin overcast, filtered sun, 3/4″ new snow, about 4″ total snow (with frozen rain under.) Jays visiting and small birds twittering from the trees. A report of trees down on the EFSF and SF roads from the wind yesterday, locals went out to clean them up. Hairy woodpecker and pine squirrel stopped by for lunch. Partly cloudy and breezy early afternoon, once in a while a few flakes of snow, warming and icicles dripping, high of 41 degrees. Cloudy by dark.

Sunday (Dec 16) overnight low of 26 degrees, overcast this morning, 4″ old snow on the ground. Jays and pine squirrel visiting, small birds twittering from the trees. Thinner clouds and filtered sunshine around lunch time, gusty breezes. Warm early afternoon, icicles dripping and gusty breezes, high of 54 degrees. Clouds in front of the moon at dark.

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 #9 – Don’t Wait

Most homes are destroyed by wildfire because wind driven burning embers come into contact with something easily ignited on, in or near the home. When evaluating your home and property’s vulnerability to embers, you should do it in the context of wildfire conditions. You should assume:

* Hot temperatures, very low humidity, and strong gusting winds.
* Poor visibility due to smoke.
* No electricity.
* Little or no water pressure.
* No telephone, including cell phone service.
* Panicking people acting irrationally.
* Firefighters will not be protecting your home and will likely not even be in your neighborhood.
* You and your family will not be present.
* Thousands of burning embers coming from burning pieces of bark, pine cones, branches, and construction materials are being driven by winds into your house and onto your roof.

Now assume that your home is exactly as you left it this morning when you left for work or are out of town. Would it survive under these conditions? Did you leave a window open? Did you forget to close the shop door? Is the firewood pile stacked next to the house? Are the garbage cans on the back porch full and not covered by lids? Take steps now to reduce the ember threat to your home. Waiting until the fire starts may cost you your home.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]

Idaho News:

Dec. 20 deadline noted for Valley, Adams property taxes

The Star-News December 13, 2018

The deadline for the first half of the year’s property taxes for Valley and Adams counties will be next Thursday, Dec. 20.

Payments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the county courthouses in Cascade and Council. The treasurer offices in both counties are staffed Monday through Friday, including the lunch hour.

Late charges begin on Friday, Dec. 21, and interest begins on Jan. 1, so mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 20.

Valley County property owners can also pay their taxes with credit cards at

For more information, contact the treasurer’s office at 208-382-7110 or

Online credit card payments are available in Adams County at For questions, call 208-253-4263 extension 6 or write to

Payments also can be left in the payment drop box just outside the main courthouse entrance in Council.

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Stambaugh promoted to lieutenant with Valley County sheriff

The Star-News December 13, 2018

David Stambaugh has been named a lieutenant with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

Stambaugh has worked for the sheriff’s office for over a year. He retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 28 years and moved to Valley County, starting as a patrolman in the patrol division.

At the LAPD he was assigned various positions over his career including, patrol, Metropolitan K-9 Division, patrol sergeant and captain adjutant with the officer-involved shooting section.

“Lt. Stambaugh with his training and experience will be a great addition to my supervision team,” Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen said.

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Wyden, Crapo Introduce Legislation to Provide Much-needed Certainty for Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today introduced legislation to provide much-needed financial certainty for rural counties to ensure they have the long-term funding needed for schools, road maintenance, law enforcement and other essential services.

The bipartisan Forest Management for Rural Stability Act makes the Secure Rural Schools program—which expired at the end of FY 2018—permanent by creating an endowment fund to provide stable, increasing and reliable funding for county services.

“Without a permanent fiscal solution, forested counties in Oregon and across the country will continue to slide into financial uncertainty. Oregonians will continue to be left with fewer teachers and law enforcement officers, forced to close libraries, and unable to repair broken bridges and roads,” said Wyden. “This bipartisan, bold approach will finally end the financial roller coaster and provide Oregonians living and working in rural counties the security they need and deserve.”

“Establishing a growing endowment for the Secure Rural Schools program will end the need for short-term or retroactive reauthorizations of this program.” said Crapo. “The Secure Rural Schools program has become vital in budgeting for essential services in Idaho’s forested counties with large tracts of tax-exempt federal lands. This endowment will stabilize the program for generations and maintain the important link between economic growth and forest management in our forested counties, while ending the perpetual temporary band-aids that create instability and uncertainty. In the coming year, I will work with Senator Wyden to advance and refine today’s proposal by gathering the input of other stakeholders and our Senate colleagues. The Secure Rural Schools program is important to dozens of states and this proposal should receive strong, bipartisan support.”


Video of Senator Crapo’s remarks can be viewed here online:

[h/t Gordon C]

Scam Alert:

Telephone Fraud

Valley County Sheriff’s Office (via FB) Dec 11, 2018

Telephone fraud and scams are still happening to everyone, especially this time of year. Please make sure that if you are not familiar with the phone number, don’t answer, let it go to voicemail. These scams target the elderly, so make sure you educate your parents and grand parents of these types of calls. The phone numbers may come from familiar phone numbers, as there are apps out there that can change your phone number or pick a random one, so blocking them sometimes doesn’t work. Here is a great article from the Federal Trade Commission on what you can do to help prevent them.

Stopping unwanted phone calls and text messages

August 13, 2015 by Alvaro Puig Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Unwanted phone calls or random text messages seem to come at all hours. They bug you at work, interrupt your dinner, or wake you up when you’re sound asleep. I think we can all agree they’re a real nuisance. Did you know they could also be a scam?

If your phone number is one of the more than 217 million numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, you’ve taken action to stop most unwanted sales calls. The law allows political calls, calls from charitable organizations, informational calls, calls about debts you owe, and phone surveys, as well as calls from companies you’ve done business with or gave permission to call.

If you get an unwanted sales call or a robocall—a recorded message that’s pitching a product or service— it’s probably a scam. The unscrupulous businesses behind these calls use autodialers to make thousands of calls a minute and don’t bother to check if the numbers are on the Do Not Call Registry. Don’t press buttons to request to speak to someone or be taken off the call list. You’ll just end up getting more unwanted calls. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at or 1-888-382-1222.

If you’re getting repeated calls from the same number, you might want to ask your service provider to block the number; for calls from different numbers, ask if they offer a service to block unwanted calls. You can also buy a call blocking device. Getting calls on your mobile phone? There’s an app for that. Actually, there’s more than one. Look in your mobile app store or marketplace.

What about those random text messages? It’s illegal for a company to send you a text message if it doesn’t have your permission, barring a few exceptions. If you get a random text message from a number you don’t recognize that says you won something or asks you to confirm some personal information, don’t text back or click on links. Report it to your provider at 7726 (SPAM) and to the FTC at or 1-888-382-1222.

Mining News:

Midas Gold advisory council gets to work

Group will spend next few months getting organized

By Tom Grote for The Star-News December 13, 2018

The group that is the direct link between Midas Gold and communities near the company’s proposed gold mine spent its first meeting last week talking about getting organized.

The Stibnite Advisory Council met for two hours on Dec. 5 at the Midas Gold office in Donnelly.

The Dec. 5 meeting was closed to the public, as will the next few meetings until the group drafts its by-laws, Midas Gold representative Anne Labelle said.

Council members will decide if future meetings should be open to the public, Labelle said.

The group will next meet on Jan. 10 to hear an overview of the proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine, Labelle said.

The advisory council is one of two entities formed by the Community Agreement between Midas Gold and local communities.

That agreement, which took effect Nov. 30, has been signed by the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins and Council plus Idaho County. The Village of Yellow Pine, which is not an incorporated city, is also a signer to the agreement.

The City of McCall, Valley County and Adams County have yet to decide whether to sign the agreement.

Initial members appointed by their governing boards are:

• Cascade: Glenna Young.
• Donnelly: Gene Tyler.
• New Meadows: Julie Good.
• Riggins: Bob Crump.
• Council: Tami Testa.
• Idaho County: Denis Duman.
• Yellow Pine: Lynn Imel.

Meeting summaries will be issued to the signers following each meeting for them to distribute as they see fit, Labelle said.

“I can say all is going well,” Tyler told The Star-News. “I am pleased, and just trying to get the finer details nailed down.”

Young told The Star-News that the group was “very organized, focused on getting the committee moving.”

After the Jan. 10 briefing, council members will decide if smaller working groups should be formed to focus on specific topics, Labelle said.

The Stibnite Advisory Council will “serve as the principal forum for communication among the parties regarding the Stibnite Gold Project now and throughout the life of the project,” according to wording in the Community Agreement.

The council will receive comprehensive updates of the project as it moves through construction and operation if it receives needed permits from regulatory agencies, the agreement said.

Topics would not limited to the project itself but would include housing, traffic, recreation, police and fire, education and recycling, under the agreement.

The Community Agreement also authorizes the formation of The Stibnite Foundation, which will be formed early next year and funded by Midas Gold to issue grants for community projects.

Separate appointments will be made to the foundation board by the governing boards of the signing agencies.

Midas Gold is the name being used for Midas Gold Idaho, the operating company for the Stibnite Gold Project, and its parent company, Midas Gold Corp. of Vancouver, B.C.

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Midas Gold strikes separate pact with Yellow Pine for $30,000

Agreement with backcountry community was signed in July

By Tom Grote for The Star-News December 13, 2018

Midas Gold agreed to give $30,000 to Yellow Pine months before an agreement was signed with other communities that would be affected by the proposed Valley County gold mine.

The Yellow Pine Community Partnership Agreement was signed July 14 between Midas Gold and “The Village of Yellow Pine.”

Yellow Pine is located 14 miles west of the site of the proposed mine in the historical Stibnite Mining District.

The town is not an incorporated city and has no taxing powers. The Village of Yellow Pine Association, a nonprofit organization, oversees maintenance of the Community Hall and Pioneer Cemetery.

The village’s water system is overseen by the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, another nonprofit group that is a separate entity from the village association. The system serves about 115 users.

Under the agreement, Midas Gold donated $10,000 last summer to the water users association for improvements, said Willie Sullivan, a member of the water users group.

The $10,000 from Midas Gold will be used as matching funds to obtain a grant, Sullivan said.

Midas Gold has pledged to give a second payment of $10,000 by June 30, 2019 and a final payment of $10,000 by June 30, 2020.

No decision has been made where to spend the additional $20,000, said Lynn Imel, a member of the village association board.

“The final decision will be made at the appropriate time at association meetings,” Imel said.

This $30,000 mirrors what the company has provided in the past for infrastructure improvements, Midas Gold representative Anne Labelle said.

“We currently have a very collaborative relationship with the village and have been helping to fund many of their projects,” Labelle said.

Midas Gold has provided more than money in the past, Imel said.

“Yellow Pine has benefited from Midas Gold’s manpower, equipment use on roads when needed, help with dust abatement, and frequent presentations at village meetings,” she said.

Yellow Pine is located 55 miles by road northeast of Cascade. The winter population is estimated by current residents at between 20 and 25 while the summer population can grow to 150 or more on weekends.

The July agreement is separate from the Community Agreement that went into effect Nov. 30 between Midas Gold and communities near the proposed mine.

That agreement has been signed by the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins and Council and Idaho County. “The Village of Yellow Pine” also is a signer of the agreement.

The City of McCall, Valley County and Adams County have yet to decide whether to sign the agreement.

Signers agree to write comments about the proposed project once a draft environmental review is released by the Payette National Forest next year.

The signers also appoint members to the Stibnite Advisory Council, which had its first in-person meeting last week, and to the board of The Stibnite Foundation.

The foundation is expected to be formed by the end of February with initial funding from Midas Gold expected by the end of April.

Signers to the Community Agreement get no money from Midas Gold. Those communities, and anyone else, may apply for grants from The Stibnite Foundation.

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Valley commissioners delay vote on Midas Gold Community Agreement

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 13, 2018

Valley County commissioners on Monday put off a vote on the Midas Gold Community Agreement. Commissioners decided to schedule more public meetings before making a decision.

Commissioners heeded requests from the public for more meetings that would be accessible to a greater number of people.

“It’s apparent that there’s people who want to comment on this,” Commissioner Elt Hasbrouck said.

Monday’s meeting at the Valley County Courthouse saw 18 people speak against signing the agreement and three people speaking in favor.

Many of those who spoke against signing urged commissioners to wait until after the Forest Service releases a draft study next year of the proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

Opponents were also worried about the perception the agreement could be seen as a form of bribery and that the transfer of Midas Gold stock to the soon-to-be-formed Stibnite Foundation might violate the state constitution.

“For you to enter into an agreement that provides money to the community, and especially stock in a company, presents a clear conflict of interest,” Susan Bechdel said in opposition to signing the agreement.

“Perhaps the Midas attorneys are able to structure it to be legal, but it still holds the perception of conflict and you should not be in a position to have to decide between what is best for Valley County and what is best for the bottom line of Midas,” Bechdel said. “Stockholders are bound to do what’s in the best interest of the company, and you’re elected to do what’s in the best interest of the county,” she said.

The agreement has already been signed by seven agencies and the first meeting of the Stibnite Advisory Council was held last week.

Signing the agreement would allow Valley County to appoint a member to the advisory council as well as to the board of The Stibnite Foundation.

Plans call for Midas Gold to give The Stibnite Foundation $100,000 in cash and 1.5 million shares of Midas Gold Corp. stock early next year.

Midas Gold would add another $100,000 in 2019 and also at the beginning of 2020 regardless of the status of the project. Funding after those milestones becomes tied to the company’s growth.

The Community Agreement has been signed by the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins and Council plus Idaho County. The Village of Yellow Pine, which is not an incorporated city, is also a signer to the agreement.

Besides Valley County, the City of McCall and Adams County have yet to decide whether to sign the agreement.

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Giving Back by Planting Trees

Midas Gold Idaho Dec 13, 2018

For the past seven years, Midas Gold has planted trees on and around our project site in the historic Stibnite Mining District. This is an opportunity for us to do more than improve the environment up at site, we also use it as a way to give back to our community.

For the last several years, we have partnered with school districts and community groups and donated $1 to their organization for every tree they help us plant. This year, we decided to give our employees a chance to plant trees and raise money for the causes that matter most to them. Collectively, the team planted 3,200 trees and raised money for two Idaho charities.

Chuck Eilers, our lead equipment operator for Midas Gold Idaho, encouraged the team to plant 1,600 trees this fall for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. This Boise-based organization strives to provide safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Chuck wrote a letter to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance to send in along with Midas Gold’s donation. We wanted to share a part of it with you so you can understand why he and the team chose this organization:


Public Lands:

Mesa Salvage and Reforestation Project

USDA FS 12/13/2018

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Mesa Salvage and Reforestation Project on the Council 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 also provides a tool to engage in this process as you wish. From “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page, click on “Comment /Object on Project” link to access a simple webform to submit your comments on this project. To be most useful, interested parties should submit issues pertinent to this proposal on the webpage by December 28, 2018.

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: Ronda Bishop, Council and Weiser District Ranger, Payette National Forest, 2092 Highway 95, Council, Idaho 83612. 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 Mark Fox, Environmental Coordinator,, 208-253-0164.

Thank you for your continued involvement in the management of the Payette National Forest.

Keith Lannom
Forest Supervisor

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Reward offered for N. Idaho timber theft from federal land

by Associated Press Wednesday, December 12th 2018

Pinehurst, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are offering a $2,500 reward to find those responsible for an illegal timber harvest on federal land in northern Idaho.

Kurt Pavlat of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management tells The Spokesman-Review in a story on Tuesday that the illegal harvest occurred the week of Nov. 11 near the West Fork of Pine Creek.

Pavlat says thieves cut down Douglas fir trees worth more than $5,000. He says the trees probably ended up as commercial firewood.


Critter News:

Tips to keep your pet safe this winter

Frankie Katafias Dec 10, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho – As temperatures continue to drop and snow begins to fall, it’s important to remember that even our furry friends are affected by harsh weather conditions. That walk around the block, forgetting to take that sweater off your pup and even having festive plants around the house could harm or even kill your pet. The Idaho Humane Society spoke with 6 On Your Side to share these helpful tips.

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Pet Talk – Canine Alzheimer’s Disease

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt December 14, 2018 IME

The incidence of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome, or canine Alzheimer’s disease, is an estimated 14 percent of dogs 8 and older. Signs of CDS are slowly progressive in dogs, just like in people. Dogs can go from symptom-free to exhibiting mild to severe signs of CDS within six months. Screening dogs for behavioral and cognitive health should be as routine as screening for medical issues such as dental and joint health.

CDS is a “rule-out” diagnosis. It cannot be detected with a single blood test or exam. Questions asked by your veterinarian include: Is there a difference in activity level? Are there mentation changes or new anxieties? Your veterinarian has to figure out whether the pet is suffering from medical problems, behavioral problems, neurological problems or all of the above.

Veterinarians will look for disorientation, changes in social interactions, changes in the sleep cycle, changes in behavior at home, changes in activity and increased anxiety.

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Idaho ranked among top pet-friendly states in the nation

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Idaho is number one for dog ownership.

KTVB December 11, 2018

Idaho has the highest percentage of households in the U.S. with dogs, according to recently released data from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The 2017-2018 edition of the AVMA Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, is a comprehensive source of data on pet ownership that found nearly 57 percent of all U.S. households owned a pet at end of 2016.

Idaho is among the most pet-friendly states.

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2017 Yellowstone Park wolf report released

Dec 14, 2018 Local News 8

Yellowstone National Park (KIFI/KIDK) – Yellowstone National Park has released a detailed report of wolf activity within the park during 2017.

According to the report, there were at least 97 wolves in 11 packs (3 breeding pairs) living primarily in Yellowstone at the end of December 2017. Each of the packs ranged from 2 to 21, averaging 8.8 animals per pack.

Overall wolf numbers have not varied much from 2009 to 2017. The overall numbers have ranged between 83 to 108 animals. The number of breeding pairs (defined as a male and female with two pups) has typically been two to three times higher than it was last year.

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Conservation groups appeal BLM sagebrush project

Agency says intent is to help sage grouse

Greg Moore December 14, 2018 IME

Disputing the BLM’s claims for potential benefits to sage grouse, two locally based environmental organizations have appealed a decision by the agency to sow native bunch grass seeds and cut Douglas firs on up to 245 square miles in east-central Idaho.

On Nov. 1, Challis Field Office Manager Todd Kuck and Salmon Field Office Manager Linda Price signed the decision to carry out the project over the next 10 years. Depending on funding, it could sow grass seeds on up to 139,000 acres, mostly in the Pahsimeroi Valley but also in the valleys between Challis and Mackay, and cut conifers on up to 18,000 acres, mostly in an area just north of the eastern end of Trail Creek Road.

An environmental assessment released the same day states that wildfires, invasive annual grasses, historic overgrazing and conifer encroachment have fragmented sagebrush habitat and created plant communities that lack the herbaceous understory needed by sage grouse.

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Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon make deal on fish passage

12/14/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — An Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon have reached a deal involving the operation of a hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.

The agreement made public Friday means water-quality certifications from each state for Idaho Power to operate the Hells Canyon Complex of dams can move forward. The environmental quality departments of each state are taking public comments on those certifications through about mid-February.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
December 14, 2018
Issue No. 892
Table of Contents

* Legislation Awaiting President’s Signature Would Allow Significant Increase In Killing Of Salmon-Eating Sea Lions

* CRITFC Briefs Council On Need To Develop Common Metrics To Assess Predation Effects On Returning Salmonids

* Agreement Allows Idaho Steelhead Fishing While NOAA Reviews State Steelhead Plan

* Council Recommends BPA Funding For 25 Existing Basin F&W Research Projects Reviewed By Science Panel

* Flows Managed To Aid ESA-Listed Chum Salmon Continuing To Arrive Below Bonneville Dam

* Drought Conditions Continue In Columbia Basin As El Nino Chance Now 90 Percent; Warmer, Drier Winter

* Groups Ask Court To Order Immediate Changes At Willamette Dams To Benefit Salmon, Steelhead

* Applications Accepted For $5.8 Million In Habitat Projects In Deschutes River Basin Benefitting Salmon, Steelhead

* Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board Announces $18 Million In Salmon Habitat Projects Statewide

* Federal Judge Orders Oregon To Produce New Water Quality Standards For Several Basin Rivers; Wants Schedule By March 11

* BPA Releases Power, Transmission Rates Proposal For 2020, 2012; Stresses Spending Reductions

* Removing Diversion Dam In Washington’s Kittitas County Brings Back Mid-Columbia Steelhead To 20 Miles Of Habitat

* Study: Human Actions Leading To Loss Of Chinook ‘Spring-Run Gene’ May Mean Irreversible Loss Of Spring Run

* Research: Sierra Nevada Mountain Peak Snowpack Will Drop 79 Percent By 2100

* NOAA Issues Report On Economic Impacts of Commercial, Recreational Fishing In 2016

Fish & Game News:

Deputy Director Ed Schriever named as new Director of Idaho Fish and Game

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, December 14, 2018

Schriever has worked for the department for 35 years

Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Friday, Dec. 14 announced the hiring of Ed Schriever as the new Fish and Game Director. Schriever will replace Moore on Jan. 13, who in November announced his retirement.

Schriever, 59, has been Fish and Game’s Deputy Director of Operations since 2015, and was the Fisheries Bureau Chief from 2008 to 2015. He held various other positions within the agency, including Clearwater Regional Fisheries Manager, fish biologist and hatchery manager during his 35-year career with Fish and Game.

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Hunter comments wanted for moose, sheep, and mountain goat season proposals

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Public input for deer, elk, pronghorn, lion, bear and wolf seasons also encouraged

Idaho Fish and Game biologists in the Salmon Region want to hear from hunters on proposed changes to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons for 2019 and 2020.

Hunters are encouraged to attend any of two open houses where they can visit with local wildlife biologists about the proposals and provide their comments.

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Steelhead fishing continues uninterrupted with two new area closures

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, December 7, 2018

F&G Commission approved agreement with groups to continue steelhead fishing in Idaho with area closures

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Friday, Dec. 7 approved an agreement to keep most steelhead seasons open, but steelhead fishing in two areas closed effective 11:59 p.m. Dec. 7, 2018.

Closure areas include:

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Baby elephant born at Columbus Zoo, shows off its cuteness immediately

WSYX/WTTE Thursday, December 6th 2018

Asian Elephant Calf (Courtesy: Columbus Zoo)

Columbus, Ohio — Meet your newest baby obsession.

The Columbus Zoo welcomed an elephant calf early Thursday morning, and the small pachyderm is already showing off its star power with a series of photos that highlight cuteness. The gender of the calf has not yet been determined, but zoo officials say it appears strong.

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