Dec 23, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

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

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Community Calendar:

Ice Hole Campground Closed for the season
Firewood Season is Closed
December 25 Christmas Dinner at the YP Tavern 3pm
December 31 New Year’s Eve
~ 2019 Events ~
May 25, 2019 ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
Jul 13, 2019 Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14, 2019 Ride to Cinnabar

(details below)

Village News:

Yellow Pine Tavern

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

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Yellow Pine Santa’s Elves….

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

Contact Nicki
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Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

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

– CD
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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

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

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

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

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Ice Hole Campground Closed

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


link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

The YPFD has 2 Size Chimney Brushes with extension rods that were donated for use around YP. If you would like to borrow one, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you. The YPFD also has loanable mitigation tools, (Weed-Whacker, Hedge Trimmer, backpack blower and 16’ pole saw). If you would like to borrow one or all, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you.

It’s also time to check the Smoke Alarm batteries and Fire Extinguishers. Please test the alarm and replace Smoke Alarm Batteries every year, if you have the replaceable battery type. Fire Extinguishers should be checked as well and should be easily seen and reachable. A good location for the Fire Extinguishers would be the kitchen and near the wood stove and/or fireplace. The needle should be in the green.

If you need a Smoke Detector or Fire Extinguisher for your YP residence please contact Jeff F.

Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

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

Link to FB page:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99. Breaks the Ice Barrier. Quick Melting action, even in heavy snow.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
Cleaning chimneys and stoves
307-258-8951 – We’re moving from Idaho City to Donnelly in a few months and service all over Idaho, including Yellow Pine.
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Local Observations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips & Advice:

Be Ember Aware! Tip Series

“Used with permission from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Living With Fire program.”

Be Ember Aware Tip #10 – Dead or Alive?

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

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

Dead vegetation includes:

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

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]

Idaho News:

Our snowpack is below normal

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

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

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Valley: Snowmobile trails to be open for Christmas

County network includes 400 miles of groomed trails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by CBS 2 News Staff Friday, December 21st 2018

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

Police say the crash happened on Lake Ridge Drive.

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

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

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Jan. 3 open house to show plans for Horsethief improvements

The Star-News December 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Comments may be submitted to or by calling 208-475-2764.

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Whooping cough found in schools

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

Mark Dee 12/19/2018 IME

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

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

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

full story:

Scam Alerts:

New tax scam targeting Idaho residents

Dec 17, 2018 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

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

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

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

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Social Security phone scam circulating

Dec 20, 2018 Local News 8

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

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

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

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


Mining News:

Community Agreement Moves Forward With Seven Cities & Counties

December 14 Midas Gold Idaho

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

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

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

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Effort to reopen Bunker Hill Mine runs into problems

By Becky Kramer – 12/17/18 AP

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

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

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


Public Lands:

USDA Forest Service Midvale Telephone extension Update


The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed buried copper telephone line on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The enclosed scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project’s webpage at

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

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

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

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

For further information on this project, please contact Denise F. Cobb at 208-634-0446 or

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


The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Kamp Claims 1-3 Bulk Sampling project on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The scoping document is available on the project’s webpage at

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For additional information regarding this project, please contact Rick Wells by phone at 208-373-4100 or by email at:

Comments may be submitted through the CuMo Exploration Project web page using the web form located at:

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

Dec 18, 2018 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

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

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

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


Critter News:

Should you give pets as gifts for the holidays?

December 21, 2018 Circa

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

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

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

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

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Idaho’s dog ownership is the highest in the US

12/23/18 AP

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

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

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

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

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

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Pet Talk – Fatty tumors in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 21, 2018 IME

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

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

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

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Wolf killed by Wildlife Services

Action in September followed attack on sheep near Sun Valley

Greg Moore Dec 21, 2018 IME

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

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

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

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Wolf Education International

12/22/2018 Newsletter

Idaho Farm Bureau policy priorities include wolves

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

December 21, 2018 AP

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

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

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

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Groups plan suit over Idaho, Wyoming bear baiting

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

Associated Press December 20, 2018

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

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

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

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Fawn dies after eating toxic plant

December 21, 2018 Local News 8

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

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

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

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

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Agreement reached on salmon survival plan

Dec 19, 2018 Local News 8

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

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

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

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
December 21, 2018
Issue No. 893
Table of Contents

* Parties Sign Agreement On Flexible Spill For Fish Passage At Columbia/Snake Dams; Agree Not To Continue Spill Litigation

* Hells Canyon Agreement: No Salmonid Reintroduction Above Dams For Now, Stresses Habitat Restoration, Research

* Council Receives Proposed Amendments To Columbia Basin Fish And Wildlife Program, Comments Due Feb. 4

* Inslee Budget Includes Over $1 Billion For Orcas/Salmon; $750,000 For Stakeholder Task Force On Lower Snake Dams

* Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program Removes 180,000 Fish In 2018, Top Angler Over $71,000

* Study Looks At How Carbon Emissions Absorbed By Ocean Impact Salmon’s Sense Of Smell

* Upper Columbia Basin Bull Trout Study Finds Small Populations Declining, At Risk

* Drought/Climate Outlook Conference Suggests Region-Wide, Below-Average Snowpack For Coming Months

* Over 6 Million Chinook Salmon Fry Die After Windstorm Cuts Power At Washington Hatchery

* Excess Algae, Aging Infrastructure Likely Cause Of Chinook Egg, Fry Loss At Oregon Hatchery

* Deputy Director Schriever Named New Director Of Idaho Fish And Game

* Feedback: Redoing Total Maximum Daily Load Determinations For Oregon Rivers

Fish & Game News:

Dec. 19: Lake Cascade ice conditions and fishing update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fun Critter Stuff:

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

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

By David Barden Dec 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


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