Jan 13, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 13, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Jan 19 X-country Ski Race (noon) Chili Contest (2pm)
Feb 16 Pie Contest 2pm Yellow Pine Tavern
May 25 ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
Jul 13 Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14 Ride to Cinnabar

(details below)

Local Events:

Jan 19, 2019 the 15th Annual X-country Ski Race and 20th Annual Chili Contest 

Saturday, January 19th, Noon, Annual Yellow Pine Cross Country Ski Race. Race begins and ends in front of the Yellow Pine Tavern. New race course this year! Race awards & Chili Contest, 2pm, at the Tavern.

Saturday, January 19th, 2:00 pm, Heat Up Winter Chili Contest and Chili Feed (following ski race awards) at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Not participating in the contest? Feel free to bring a dish to accompany the Chili Feed.
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Annual Pie Contest

Saturday February 16th at 2pm at the Yellow Pine Tavern.
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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. link:

Village News:

YPWUA Notice

Over the last month [December] there have been complaints of low water pressure. Nicki and Warren have been investigating and found out that the water usage is extremely high. We know there are leaks in the system but those leaks have been there for several years. We know that people leave a small stream of water running so their lines do not freeze but that is done every winter. If anyone notices any abnormal loss of water, please let me know.

– Steve Holloway 208-697-7343
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

The cemetery committee is interested in any information on the cabin that is located by the cemetery. We know that it had been on the property that was known as “Mary’s Cabins”. It was moved by Tom Richter while the Filler’s were building their house. Donna Valdez said that the people who ran the cafe and bar slept there, before the Tavern was built.

Do people have pictures or any information they can share? We’d love to put a plaque up on the cabin while we repair it.
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Dump Report

On Friday (Jan 4) a report that the dumpsters are pretty full. The road is in excellent shape, pot holes filled in with snow. The road was plowed for vehicles recently and a small berm for the snowmobilers.
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Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

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

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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

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

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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A report from Warm Lake last month that a Mountain Lion killed a dog. Wolves have been spotted in the Clear Creek area. We have plenty of predators in our area too.

Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.

Local Groups:


Winter Water Advice

To help prevent frozen water, avoid parking over buried water lines, allow the natural snow cover to insulate the ground. Driving over the lines will also push the frost deeper and can result in frozen pipes. Also, don’t plow the snow over where water lines are buried, and avoid covering up water shut off valves.

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

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; 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:

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
suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block
50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99.
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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 (Jan 7) overnight low of 22 degrees, 24 hour snow total 5″ and measured 15.5″ on the ground (snowed most of the night), mostly cloudy this morning – patch of blue sky. Red-breasted nuthatch and 2 jays visited. Flaking a little bit for over an hour mid-day, high of 30 degrees. Partly clear mid-afternoon and below freezing. Mostly clear by dusk and temps in the teens. Clear and single digits by midnight. Cloudy by morning.

Tuesday (Jan 8) overnight low of 1 degree, overcast and light breeze this morning, the snow had settled to 14″. Female hairy woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatch visited. By lunch time it was partly sunny, high of 40 degrees. Mid-afternoon high thin haze and slight breeze. Looked cloudy at dusk. No stars out (cloudy) at 10pm. Got cold, then warmed up by morning.

Wednesday (Jan 9) it was 33 degrees at 1030am, overcast and light breeze, snow has settled down to 13″. Wind kicking up before lunch time, trees dumping snowloads. Started sprinkling just before noon and quite blustery for about an hour, high of 43 degrees. Mid-afternoon calmer, not raining, overcast and light ground fog, paths are very slick. Raven calling off in the distance late afternoon. Overcast at dusk, very slick paths. Warm and cloudy night, a few sprinkles.

Thursday (Jan 10) overnight low of 32 degrees, mostly cloudy, light ground fog and a short misty little sprinkle this morning, snow depth 11″. Female hairy woodpecker visiting. Icicles falling, snow melting and dripping off roofs mid-day, high of 41 degrees. A couple of ravens flying and calling to the north west. Mid-afternoon mostly cloudy, warm and dripping. At dusk it appeared mostly clear. Clear cold night.

Friday (Jan 11) overnight low of 10 degrees, mostly clear and frosty this morning, 10″ old snow on the ground (may be on top of a layer of ice.) Lots of visitors today, pine squirrel, both male and female northern flickers, female hairy woodpecker, a stellar jay and 2 red-breasted nuthatches. High haze and filtered sunshine mid-day, high of 39 degrees. Mostly clear at dusk, thin sliver of moon high in the sky. Mostly clear to partly hazy night and cold.

Saturday (Jan 12) overnight low of 4 degrees, mostly clear and frosty this morning, 10″ old snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, northern flicker and jays visiting. A little haze in the sky mid-day, icicles dripped a bit, high of 35 degrees. Mid-afternoon mostly clear, just a couple of hazy patches. Quiet afternoon. Looked clear at dusk.

Sunday (Jan 13) overnight low of 2 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, measured 10″ of old snow on the ground. Female hairy woodpecker and jays visited. Clear sky mid-day, a few icicles dripping in the sun, high of 33 degrees. Clear and calm mid-afternoon, just a hair below freezing. Clear at dusk, crescent moon in the sky.

Tips & Advice:

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Can Be Deadly!

High levels of CO can make you dizzy, give you headaches, or cause flu-like symptoms. In extreme cases high levels of, or extended exposure to, CO can result in brain damage or death. Young children; the elderly; people with heart disease; and those under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication are particularly susceptible to CO poisoning. Symptoms of CO poisoning include: Headache, Dizziness, Shortness of Breath, Nausea, and Fatigue.

What Should I Do if I Suspect Carbon Monoxide Is Present?

If you or a family member are showing physical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, or you suspect that carbon monoxide is present, get everyone out of the building and CALL 911 OR YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT. If it is safe to do so, open windows to allow entry of fresh air, and turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing the carbon monoxide.

How Can I Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The best way to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is to have a qualified service technician check your appliances and venting systems annually, preferably before the heating season begins. Other important measures include:

[h/t Amerigas]

Idaho News:

Yellow Pine to host cross-country ski race, Jan. 19

The Star-News January 10, 2018

The remote hamlet of Yellow Pine east of McCall will be the site for the Annual Yellow Pine Cross Country Ski Race on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The race will begin at noon with a new course that will start and finish in front of the Yellow Pine Tavern. Race awards and a chili contest will begin at 2 p.m. at the tavern.

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Event Guide: McCall Winter Carnival 2019

Thousands of Idahoans will be treated to week long festivities during the annual McCall Winter Carnival. Here’s everything that you need to know for the major events.

Devin Ramey January 12, 2019 KTVB

McCall, Idaho — The popular McCall Winter Carnival returns for the 54th year to the small Central Mountain community. Festivities will bring plenty of fun and excitement for all the kids and family. This year’s carnival runs from Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 4.

The carnival attracts thousands of people across the globe to enjoy live events, fireworks over Payette Lake and the famous snow and ice sculptures.

This year’s theme is myths, legends and superheros.

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Car Wrecks on Park Street [McCall]

The Star-News January 10, 2018

Photo by Brooke Caldwell/McCall Fire & EMS

McCall Fire and EMS volunteer Firefighter/EMT Graham Pinard recovers extrication tools used to free a McCall man who was trapped in the car after it crashed about 3:45 p.m. on Sunday at a house on Park Street in McCall. Pinard, who lives nearby, saw the car traveling at high speed westbound on Thompson Avenue when the car ran off the roadway, hit a landscaping mound and flew about 50 feet before landing on its roof in the back yard of the house at 501 Park St., McCall Fire & EMS Capt. Freddie Van Middendorp said. Pinard and other first responders anchored the car into the ground to keep it from slipping. The rescuers used the extrication equipment to remove three doors and move seats to allow the driver, Earl Dodds, 91, to be freed. Dodds was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s McCall for treatment. He was not a patient at the hospital as of Tuesday, a spokesperson said.

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Idaho man dies in snowmobile crash

According to the sheriff’s office, the 44-year-old ran into a shipping container “at a high rate of speed.”

KTVB January 9, 2019

Cambridge, Idaho — A Cambridge man is dead after crashing his snowmobile in Washington County Tuesday night.

The wreck happened at about 8:05 p.m. on private property just outside of Cambridge.

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New Meadows students build tiny home, raise awareness of housing crisis in their community

Meadows Valley School students launched a tiny construction project to finish funding ADA-compliant playground equipment at the city park – and to bring attention to lack of housing in the small Idaho town.

Sean Deter January 11, 2019 KTVB

New Meadows, Idaho — A group of students at Meadows Valley School in New Meadows might have sparked a solution to the housing crisis that has gripped their community.

It’s a tiny project with larger implications: a little under 200 square feet of living space that has drawn overwhelming support from the Idaho town.

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Increasing H1N1, flu trends across Idaho

KIVI TV Jan 8, 2018

Sometimes it disguises itself as a cold, but the flu, particularly H1N1 is increasing across the state every day.

“On a weekly basis we’re seeing more and more cases of the flu,” said director of urgent care for Primary Health Medical Group Dr. Derek Hamblin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza activity in the U.S. is on the rise. Widespread flu activity is being reported by 24 states.


Mining News:

McCall council will not sign Midas Gold agreement

Speakers say proposal has too many problems

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News January 10, 2018

The McCall City Council voted unanimously Monday night not to sign an agreement with Midas Gold, the company that is proposing a massive gold mine near Yellow Pine.

About 125 people attended a special meeting of the council at Northfork Lodge in anticipation of the decision.

The four-hour meeting featured 68 public comments, of which 58 were opposed signing the agreement.

Many called a decision “premature” until the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency on the proposed project, releases its draft environmental study, expected in May.

The city will instead delay any agreement with the company until the draft study is released.

Signing the agreement means communities get to put a representative on an advisory council that will have the ear of Midas Gold, based in Vancouver, B.C.

Signers also get to put a representative on the board of a forthcoming charitable foundation funded by Midas Gold.

Once the draft study has been reviewed, the city council plans to propose an agreement of its own to Midas Gold that excludes involvement with The Stibnite Foundation and caters to the city’s questions.

“I think that there is a better path…to ensure ongoing communication between Midas and the city without joining this community agreement,” council member Colby Nielsen said.

Signing the agreement would have allowed the city to participate in the Stibnite Advisory Council, which meets regularly with Midas Gold officials. The group had its first meeting on Dec. 5 and has its second meeting scheduled for today.

Midas Gold Idaho President Laurel Sayer said in a statement Tuesday that the company was “disappointed” that the city chose not to “work alongside its neighbors to help shape the project.”

“Nevertheless, we remain committed to transparency and will continue to work directly with individual community members…to address their concerns and achieve our shared goals,” Sayer said.

McCall resident Devon Barker told council members that “signing an agreement in any form is not professional or in the best interests of the people before we see the environmental impact statement.”

Another worry of opponents was the agreement’s ties to the Stibnite Foundation, which pledges to donate millions of dollars in stocks and cash to be given as grants for community projects.

The City of McCall and anyone else would be eligible to apply for grants from the foundation.

“Each of the signatories in essence would become shareholders and have their interests tied to Midas Gold,” Jamie Laidlaw of McCall said of the agreement allowing signers to appoint a representative to the foundation’s board.

“Legally, this is muddy at best,” Laidlaw said. “Morally and ethically, this is a clear conflict of interests.”

McCall resident Joseph Fox also feared the conflict of interests created by the agreement, particularly that the foundation board, would consist of unelected members and not be subject to open meeting laws.

“This is the first step in privatizing local government, which is flatly un-American,” Fox said in a letter to the council.

Midas Gold has said that joining the community agreement is not necessarily an endorsement of the mine, but many of those speaking Monday disagreed.

“I think everyone in this room, or most, would agree that the public’s perception of you signing this agreement will be that of an endorsement. It’s ridiculous to say anything to the contrary,” Jeff Abrams of McCall told council members.

Others questioned if the agreement would be with Midas Gold Idaho or its parent company, Midas Gold Corp. of Vancouver, B.C.

“Yes, they have done a very good job of putting a local face on their operations here,” McCall resident Tor Anderson said. “But is this the real Midas Gold?”

Another worry was the possibility that the company could decide to sell the mine to Toronto-based Barrick Gold, which owns nearly 20 percent of Midas Gold.

The cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Council and Riggins as well as Idaho and Adams counties and the village of Yellow Pine all have agreed to sign the Community Agreement with the company. The agreement took effect Nov. 30.

McCall becomes the first community to reject the agreement. Valley County Commissioners have yet to make a decision and have a similar public meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Donnelly Elementary School.

Midas Gold predicts it will employ 400 people during a two-to-three-year construction period, increasing to 500 employees over the 12-year life of the mine.

The company’s probable mineral reserves include more than 4.5 million ounces of gold, or 154 tons, and 100 million pounds of antimony from the Stibnite deposits.

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Proponents urge McCall to adopt Midas Gold agreement

Speakers say pact would let city be part of the process

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News January 10, 2018

Several speakers cautioned the McCall City Council at Monday night’s special meeting that not signing a Community Agreement offered by Midas Gold would be a missed opportunity.

“The earlier we get involved with this conversation, the better off we are,” Gina Schatteman of McCall told council members. “Having conversations where we do it as a community is really important.”

But council members felt representation of their constituents was more important than any potential benefits offered by signing the agreement.

The council heard 68 public comments during the nearly four-hour-long meeting, 58 of which were in opposition to the agreement. More than 100 emails and letters were also submitted to the council for public comment, mostly in opposition.

“I think this is a point in time where we should listen to what the community has to say,” council member Colby Nielsen said.

McCall Mayor Jackie Aymon agreed, saying that it is their duty as elected officials.

“It’s our job as representatives to listen to the people,” Aymon said.

The council ultimately opted to wait for a draft environmental study to be released, expected in May, before drafting an agreement of their own to propose to Midas Gold.

However, nearly all of those who spoke in favor of the agreement urged the importance of having a voice in the conversation.

“Sign the agreement so you can stand up and make your voices heard like we are doing here tonight,” McCall resident Scotty Davenport advised council members.

Davenport is a board member of Midas Gold Idaho, a subsidiary of Midas Gold Corp. of Vancouver, B.C.

Andrew Mentzer, executive director of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council, reminded council members that the agreement was not about supporting the proposed project.

“This is part of having a fluid conversation and being at the table, and I think that’s to the public’s benefit no matter what your stance is on mining,” Mentzer said.

Signing the agreement would have allowed the city to participate in the Stibnite Advisory Council, a board that meets regularly with Midas Gold officials to get project updates.

Mentzer also praised the company’s efforts to establish The Stibnite Foundation, which will be formed this year and funded by Midas Gold to issue grants for community projects.

“In lieu of creating a taxing reality, Midas is being proactive instead of reactive, and that’s the city’s opportunity,” Mentzer said.

Other speakers touted the agreement as a way for the city to assume a leadership role and protect its own interests.

“Leaders don’t run away from responsibilities; they take them head on,” Donnelly resident Gene Tyler told council members. Tyler is Donnelly’s representative on the Stibnite Advisory Council.

Supporters also expressed optimism that modern mining practices could successfully limit the impacts of a large-scale mining operation as Midas Gold has proposed.

“Sins of the past aren’t necessarily indicative of future results when it comes to mining,” Steve Clements of McCall said.

Modern mining failures often result in not only heavy financial burdens for offenders, but jailtime, Clements said, noting his background in permitting mines.

Monday night’s vote makes McCall the first community to reject Midas Gold’s agreement. The cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Council and Riggins as well as Idaho and Adams counties and the village of Yellow Pine all have agreed to sign the Community Agreement with the company. The agreement took effect Nov. 30.

Valley County Commissioners have yet to make a decision and will hold a public meeting on the agreement starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Donnelly Elementary School.

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Valley commissioners to air Midas Gold agreement Wednesday in Donnelly

By Max Silverson for The Star-News January 10, 2018

Valley commissioners will hold a second public meeting on the Midas Gold Community Agreement starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Donnelly Elementary School.

Commissioners previously held a public meeting on the agreement on Dec. 10, where the majority of people who spoke urged against signing the agreement until a draft study is released later this year on the proposed Midas Gold mine near Yellow Pine.

The cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Council and Riggins as well as Idaho County and Adams County and the village of Yellow Pine all have signed the agreement with Midas Gold.

The agreement, which took effect Nov. 30, formed the Stibnite Advisory Council, composed of representatives of each signing agency.

The group had its first meeting on Dec. 5 and will meet again today. The meetings are closed to the public until the group drafts its operating rules.

The Community Agreement also authorizes the formation of The Stibnite Foundation, which will be formed early this 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.

Signers also must submit formal comments to the Payette National Forest during its review of the proposed project. A draft study for public comment is expected to be released in May.

The agreement does not outline what should be included in the comments or require the agencies to endorse the project, but was included to encourage communities to participate in the process, Midas Gold officials said.

Midas Gold has said signing the agreement does not signify endorsement of the mining project, but critics have been dubious.

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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Adams County commissioners sign Midas Gold agreement

By Tom Grote for The Star-News January 10, 2018

Adams County on Monday became the eighth community to sign the Community Agreement proposed by Midas Gold.

Adams County commissioners on Monday voted to sign the agreement, joining the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Council and Riggins as well as Idaho County and the village of Yellow Pine.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with Adams County and using their unique perspective to help design the best project possible,” Midas Gold Idaho President & CEO Laurel Sayer said in a statement.

The agreement, which took effect Nov. 30, formed the Stibnite Advisory Council, composed of representatives of each signing agency.

The group had its first meeting on Dec. 5 and is scheduled to meet again today. The meetings are closed to the public until the group drafts its operating rules.

The Community Agreement also authorizes the formation of The Stibnite Foundation, which will be formed early this 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.

Anyone will be eligible to apply for the community grants and not just signers to the Community Agreement.

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McCall Says ‘No’ To Stibnite Mine Agreement

By Monica Gokey Jan 9, 2018 Boise State Public Radio

On Monday, the McCall City Council decided not to sign a community agreement with the mining company Midas Gold.

City leaders decided to wait until a draft environmental impact statement is released later this summer, before drafting their own memorandum of understanding with the mining company.

Midas Gold is undergoing the permitting process to re-open the nearby Stibnite mine.

The chief purpose of the community agreement is to open a line of communication between the mine and the communities where it operates.

Most surrounding cities have already signed the agreement, including Riggins, Yellow Pine, Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows and Council — plus both Idaho and Adams counties.


Letter to Share:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. Update


Happy New Year! I know it has been awhile since posting. I’ve been pretty much ‘off the grid without a generator’… Somewhat getting back to the world of the living and need to do some housekeeping on here.

First off, a HUGE thank you to everyone that thought of Mystic Farm over the holidays. It really is humbling to know how much all of you care and are invested in this – and not just monetarily. Thank you.

Having said that… Some mail I have been sending out has come back undeliverable (tax receipts, etc.). I have been able to figure some of it out, but … Also, I have had a couple reports of people not receiving the mail I sent (mailbox bombers, lost mail, etc.). If you sent a donation to MF and HAVE NOT heard back from me, PLEASE let me know. I respond to all mail/donations in a timely manner and feel terrible if you think I have neglected acknowledging you.

Finally, the fawns! The group that was released here around the farm are thriving and healthy! I see them every few days or so. A few have hooked up with wild groups and the rest have formed their own little herd with a “resident” doe from a couple of years ago. It warms my heart to see success.


Dory McIsaac
mysticfarmrescue @ gmail.com

Critter News:

Idaho Humane Society offering Pet Food Pantry to furloughed federal workers

by CBS 2 News Staff Friday, January 11th 2019

The Idaho Humane Society announced Friday that they will be offering access to their Pet Food Pantry program to all furloughed federal employees.

The program is designed to provide resources to help struggling pet owners.

People who are interested in using the program can bring their Federal ID on Sunday, Jan. 13 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Pet Talk – Growing pains in young dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jan 11, 2019 IME

Panosteitis is a bone disease that affects young dogs. It is most common in large-breed male dogs. The disease trends to affect the shafts of the bones more than the ends of the bones. The disease is most common in the ulna, a bone between the elbow and wrist, but can affect other long bones of the limbs, such as the humerus, tibia, radius and the femur.

The cause of panosteitis is unknown, although recent evidence suggests the possibility of a link between the disease and high-calorie and high-protein diets.

Lameness in one or more legs is the most common clinical sign. This is often a “shifting leg lameness,” going from one leg to another over time. Lameness can range in severity from mild to moderate and is not associated with the time of day or any period of rest. Lameness is usually worsened with excessive activity and exercise. Rarely, fever, depression and loss of appetite can occur.

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Environmental groups withdraw from Oregon wolf plan talks

By Gillian Flaccus – 1/7/19 AP

Portland, Ore. — Environmental groups in Oregon announced Monday they have withdrawn from talks on how to manage the state’s rebounding wolf population because of what they called a “broken” process, and concerns that state wildlife officials want to make it easier to kill wolves that eat livestock without trying other alternatives.

The announcement came after months of negotiations to update rules on how and when wolves can be killed as their numbers increase and they spread farther west and south after re-entering northeastern Oregon from Idaho more than a decade ago.

It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to the talks, although the environmental groups said they would “collectively and actively” oppose the wolf management plan proposed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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1/7/19: Wolf News Roundup 1/7/19

(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The hunting season for wolves in the trophy game area of northwestern Wyoming closed with the end of 2018. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, 44 wolves were harvested, of total quota of 58 wolves in the state’s 14 hunt areas for wolves. There were also 37 wolves killed in Wyoming’s predator zone in 2018. New Year’s Day rang in with the Rogue wolf pack killing another calf on private property in Jackson County, Oregon, hitting the same range on which previous depredations have occurred. Wildlife officials have confirmed eight kills in the last two months, in addition to several unconfirmed kills. Wolves in the region are federally protected, and the cattle-killing wolves will not be subject to lethal control….. (Click on this link for the complete story.)
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DNA of wolf declared extinct in wild lives on in Texas pack

by David Warren, Associated Press Sunday, January 13th 2019

Dallas (AP) — Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago.

The finding has led wildlife biologists and others to develop a new understanding that the red wolf DNA is remarkably resilient after decades of human hunting, loss of habitat and other factors had led the animal to near decimation.

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Hard Water Anglers: Ice fishermen report success catching perch in Lake Cascade

By Andrew Weeks for The Star-News January 10, 2018

Anglers have been reporting success ice fishing at Lake Cascade this season.

Most successes have been with the lake’s most popular wintertime catch: perch, said Dale Allen, McCall’s regional fisheries manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

“That’s what people seem to catch,” Allen said. “Anglers have fun catching perch and they usually do really well.”

Some anglers have reported catching jumbo-sized perch, though that likely will decline as the season progresses, according to Fish and Game reports,

Those with the best luck will likely find it by fishing off the bottom, or near the bottom, usually with small jigs. Trout also often do well at the lake, but it often depends on the location of the frozen lake.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
January 11, 2019
Issue No. 894
Table of Contents

* With New Permit, Oregon Begins Lethally Removing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls To Protect Wild Winter Steelhead

* Following Presidential Directive, Federal Agencies Shorten Columbia/Snake Hydrosystem EIS Schedule By One Year

* Basin Snowpack Lagging; For Now, April-Sept. Water Supply Forecast At The Dalles Dam 95 Percent Of Normal

* River Operations In Review: 2018 Smolt Travel Times Among Fastest, Survival Results Mixed

* River Operations In Review: 2018 Pacific Lamprey Return To Bonneville Dam Below 2017, But Far Above Normal

* River Operations in Review: Environmental Factors Make Spilling To Gas Cap Tricky Business

* River Operations in Review: Balancing Spill For Juvenile Salmon With Adult Passage At Little Goose Dam

* Hydro/Fish Managers Transition ESA-Listed Chum Salmon Operations From Spawning Flows To Protecting Egg Incubation

* Washington State Opposes Fed Plan To Reclassify Hanford Nuclear Waste; Cites Threat To Columbia River

* Groups Give NOAA 60-Day Notice To Consider Impact Of Salmon Fisheries On Orcas

* Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ‘Sensor Fish’ Licensed By Wildlife Tracking Company

* Two Long-Serving Members Of NW Power/Conservation Council — Karier, Booth – Retire

* Montana Reviews End Of Year Statistics For Aquatic Invasive Species Program

* Counting Salmon: Study Uses DNA From Salmon Tissues For Accurate Counts In Spawning Streams

* New Kootenai River Burbot Fishery Opens; After Numbers Rebound, First Season Since 1992

* WDFW Identifies Up 2.75 Million Chinook Fry To Help Replace Fish Lost At Hatchery During Storm

* Study: While Most Of Pacific Ocean Responding To Modern Warming, Deep Pacific May Be Cooling

* Central Oregon Study Looks At Impacts Of Too Dense, Less Drought-Tolerant Forests

Fish & Game News:

Jan 8: Lake Cascade ice conditions and fishing update

By Paul Janssen, Fisheries Regional Biologist
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ice, snow and slush conditions on Lake Cascade have deteriorated since the heavy snows Jan. 5-6. Ice conditions should be good all around the lake however there is 12 inches or more of new snow and areas of slush up to 12 inches deep. Edges of the ice along shore may be flooded and thin. There is a risk of getting a snowmobile stuck in the slush so use caution! Access by ATV is not an option at this point and walking any distance would be difficult.

The road to Sugarloaf boat ramp area is snowed in at this time.

We’ve had reports of slow to good fishing on the lake for large perch and trout.

As always be careful when going out on the ice as thickness can vary greatly in a given area, so drill holes and check for yourself. Don’t go alone. Learn more about ice safety on the Ice Fishing webpage.

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