Monthly Archives: February 2019

Winter Weather Advisory from Feb 26, 5pm to Feb 27, 11am

New Winter Weather Advisory from Feb 26, 5pm to Feb 27, 11am

Note The current Winter Storm Warning goes until 5pm Feb 26

Yellow Pine Forecast:

Today Snow. High near 30. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight Snow. Low around 28. Light and variable wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Wednesday Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 11am. High near 38. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday Night Rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Thursday Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11am. High near 35. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday Night A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 31. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
320 AM MST Tue Feb 26 2019

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ISSUED FOR SOUTHEAST OREGON, BAKER
COUNTY, AND THE OWYHEES...

...WINTER WEATHER WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF CENTRAL
IDAHO THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON, THEN A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR
THE WEST-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...

.A cold front will bring colder air to much of southeast and
east-central Oregon this morning, including mainly the northern
halves of Harney and Malheur Counties, and most of Baker County.
Moisture will increase today and create snow in those areas and
also the Owyhee Mountains. Snow will also fall in the Treasure
Valley west of Mountain Home through the Ontario area, but
accumulations are expected to be minimal due to warm ground
temperatures, hence no advisory has been issued there. Snow will
continue in the advisory area tonight and Wednesday morning. By
Wednesday afternoon, warm air will have moved into the area,
changing the snow to rain and ending the winter weather threat for
all but the West-Central Mountains. There, snow will decrease in
intensity this evening, hence the warning that has been in effect
will be changed to an advisory (a lesser threat level). This is a
complex storm and there is a higher-than-normal chance for updates
to this forecast. Please stay informed on this situation
throughout the day and into tonight.

West Central Mountains-
320 AM MST Tue Feb 26 2019

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS
AFTERNOON...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
11 AM MST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow occurring now, decreasing to light snow
  tonight and tomorrow morning. Plan on difficult travel
  conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with
  localized amounts up to 5 inches, are expected.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains zone.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, until 5 PM MST this
  afternoon. For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 5 PM this
  afternoon to 11 AM MST Wednesday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe
winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep
an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling
5 1 1.

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

Feb 24, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 24, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

March 10 – Daylight Savings begins at 2am
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
Jul 13 – Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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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:
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Village News:

Sunday Snow Day

Feb 24, 2019 10am

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The Weather Station in Yellow Pine. As of 10am this morning measured 26 1/2″ snow on the ground, snowed an additional 3″ by dusk.
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President’s Day 2019

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Yellow Pine from Golden Gate Hill by Scott Amos
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RIP:

Dolly has gone to join Sarge across the Rainbow Bridge

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– JM
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Roads

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Ziva, Road Boss of Yellow Pine

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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Notice of Public Hearing March 14 – Valley County Quarry Yellow Pine

The Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade, Idaho, on March 14, 2019, to review the application.

Please direct questions and comments to Cynda Herrick at the P&Z office. Comments must be received at least seven days prior to the public hearing.

Phone: 208-382-7115
Fax: 208-382-7119
cherrick@co.valley.id.us

CUP 19-01 Valley County Quarry Yellow Pine: Valley County Road & Bridge Department is requesting approval of an expansion of the existing CUP 10-3 Valdez Quarry. The expansion would be south onto approximately 5 acres of the USFS Boise NF. Rock material extracted from this quarry would be used as cover material for road maintenance. Upon completion of the quarry activities, both portions would be reclaimed, re-contoured, and re-vegetated. Access would be via a private drive off Murphs Ave.

link to: 20190208ValdezQuarryExpansion.pdf
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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.

– Marj Fields
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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.

Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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


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Predators

Fox tracks seen in Yellow Pine this week. Mountain lions sightings in the McCall area. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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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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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

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:

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:
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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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
208-271-1600 – Based out of Donnelly, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Feb 18) overnight low of 14 degrees, a light dusting of snow this morning, mostly cloudy and a few flakes falling, breezy at times, measured 21″ of snow on the ground. Lots of birds early, jays, white and red-breasted nuthatches, dark-eyed juncos, hairy woodpecker and a clarks nutcracker. A few icicles dripping mid-day, below freezing, breezy at times, scattered sunshine, high of 28 degrees. Neighbor with back-hoe moving snow. Mid-afternoon partly clear to partly cloudy and breezy. Partly cloudy and breezy at dusk. Broken clouds and halo around the moon at 10pm and breezy.

Tuesday (Feb 19) fine light snow falling this morning before sunrise, overnight low of 9 degrees, a little trace of snow by 10am, overcast and very light snowfall, a bit of a breeze. Jays, juncos, red-breasted nuthatches and a northern flicker visiting this morning. Very light snow falling mid-day, no drips, high of 24 degrees. Mid-afternoon snowing lightly, about 1/4″ and overcast, top of VanMeter socked in, chilly light breeze. Nuthatches and juncos visiting. Overcast at dusk. Full moon was hiding behind thick clouds at 10pm. Light snowfall after 1am. Snow ended before 6am.

Wednesday (Feb 20) overnight low of 9 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning, 3/4″ new snow, 21″ total snow (some tree wells are almost bare.) Nuthatches, hairy woodpecker, juncos and jays visiting. Mail truck driver made it in on time. Mid-day cloudy and breezy at times, high of 34 degrees. Hairy woodpecker, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Mid-afternoon a few small patches of blue sky and breezy at times. Late afternoon passing snow storm. At dusk low clouds, socked in and steady snow long enough to put down a trace. Steady light snow before midnight (about 1/2″) still snowing lightly at 1am.

Thursday (Feb 21) overnight low of 5 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning, 3/4″ new snow, 22″ total snow on the ground. Jays, red-breasted nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and clarks nutcracker visited this morning. Mid-day bits of sunshine, a few icicles dripping, high of 36 degrees. Mid-afternoon breezy, snowing pretty hard and socked in right to the valley floor. At dusk it was starting to clear off, less than 1/2″ new snow from the afternoon storm.

Friday (Feb 22) overnight low of -4 degrees, high thin overcast and cold light breeze this morning, snow had settled to 1/4″ and total snow on the ground 22″. Jays, nutcracker, nuthatches, juncos, hairy woodpecker and pine squirrel this morning. Mid-day broken clouds and filtered sunshine, a few dripping icicles, high of 34 degrees. Mid-afternoon mostly clear, cold light breezes, and more icicles dripping. Partly clear at dusk and cold breezes. Cloudy at 10pm and breezy. Calmer and cloudy at midnight. Started snowing around 330am.

Saturday (Feb 23) overnight low probably around 20 degrees, started snowing early morning, low overcast and still snowing at observation time, measured 2″ new light fluffy snow and 24″ total snow on the ground. Jays, juncos, nuthatches, flicker and 2 hairy woodpeckers visiting this morning. Snow tapering off mid-day, high of 32 degrees. By mid-afternoon icicles dripping, a few flakes of snow falling and breezy (trace). Cloudy and calmer at dusk. Trace of snow fell before midnight, then probably snowed all night.

Sunday (Feb 24) overnight low probably around 24 degrees, snowed most of the night, low clouds and steady snow this morning, measured 4 1/4″ new light fluffy snow and 26 1/2″ total snow on the ground. Flicker, jays, juncos, nuthatches and hairy woodpeckers visiting this morning. Still snowing mid-day and breezy at times, high of 32 degrees. Still snowing mid-afternoon (about 1″ new since morning) breezy and low clouds. Still snowing at dusk, low clouds, breezy at times (about 3″ new snow since this morning.)
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Midas News:

Advisory Council Summary for 2/21/2019 Meeting

The Stibnite Advisory Council is composed of representatives from Adams County, Idaho County, Riggins, Council, New Meadows, Donnelly, Cascade, and Yellow Pine. If you have questions or concerns regarding Midas Gold Idaho’s mine, plan we encourage you to contact a representative or alternate. The Council has created several committees that will be gathering information and sharing it with the entire Council so all communities will be kept current as the plan progresses. All topics are open for consideration and will be researched. Lynn Imel is representing Yellow Pine and Ronda Rogers is the alternate. By asking questions and voicing concerns we can get accurate information about the proposed operation and provide input and opinion.

– Lynn Imel

Stibnite Advisory Council February 21, 2019 Special Meeting Summary

Attendance:

Lynn Imel – Yellow Pine
Ronda Rogers – Yellow Pine Alternate
Gene Tyler – Donnelly
Julie Good – New Meadows
Darla Webber – New Meadows Alternate
Glenna Young – Cascade
Bob Crump – Riggins
Tami Testa – Council
Denis Duman – Idaho County
Joe Iveson – Adams County
Anne Labelle – Midas Gold Corp.
Laurel Sayer – Midas Gold Idaho

Summary approved by the Chair
Distributed on February 21, 2019 to Advisory Council

* In response to the public interest in transparency the Stibnite Advisory council will open the meetings to the public for observation. Meetings will be held at Midas Gold the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

* Initial Working Groups
Workforce
Transportation
Environmental Effects
Supporting Industry Opportunities
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Idaho News:

Wilks Brothers list more Idaho properties for sale

“Boise Ridge Mountain Ranch” still for sale

Feb 21, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

The billionaire Wilks brothers from Texas are listing more Idaho properties for sale. Wilks Ranch Brokers is advertising a 128 acre “private mountain retreat” in Valley County for $281,000, and the 411 acre “Timbered Valley Ranch” in Boise County for $472,000.

The Wilks’ company, D-F Development, came under scrutiny last year when they installed gates on a Forest Service road near Bogus Basin. That road runs through their property that is also for sale. Country Homes of America lists the “Boise Ridge Mountain Ranch” as “over ten thousand deeded acres, with private access to an additional 640 acres of state land.”

But Brian Brooks of the Idaho Wildlife Federation says the so-called private access is not private at all. He showed 6 On Your Side documents that he says prove the road, commonly known as Boise Ridge Road, should be open to the public forever.

Last week Brooks introduced legislation that would allow private citizens to sue landowners who illegally block access to public land. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted unanimously to move Senate bill 1089 forward.

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Land board hears complaints about Payette Lake lease

Governor orders study of objections by neighbors

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Feb 21, 2019

The top elected official in the state on Tuesday heard complaints over a state lease for an event center granted on Payette Lake.

The state land board, chaired by Gov. Brad Little, invited the public to comment on the leases granted by the Idaho Department of Lands on the center, called Lookout on the Lake.

“I’m going to ask the department and our legal counsel to address some of the issues that came up in testimony,” Little told the crowd of about 100 gathered in the Maryanne Jordan Council Chambers at Boise City Hall

The land board will discuss the lease again at a special meeting or at its next regular meeting on March 19

Meanwhile, a separate meeting on the planned event center will be held by the lessee, Travis Leonard of McCall, next Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn Express in McCall at 7 p.m. in the conference room.

The lease includes 28 acres of lakefront land on Eastside Drive north of the Tamarack Bay Condominiums, including the northern six acres of Shellworth Island.

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Cascade to try again to pass dark sky ordinance

New draft to be heard Monday by P&Z commission

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Feb 21, 2019

An ordinance that would put restrictions on outdoor lighting to enhance the night sky in the City of Cascade will be presented at a public hearing on Tuesday at Cascade City Hall.

The hearing will begin at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday before the Cascade Planning and Zoning Commission.

The ordinance, called a “dark sky” law, is being proposed to protect Cascade from light pollution, officials said.

The new rules are an updated draft of a similar ordinance that was brought before the Cascade City Council in February 2017.

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Local Girl Scout troops to sell cookies at Albertsons, Ridley’s

The Star-News Feb 21, 2019

Members of seven local Girl Scout troops will sell Girl Scout Cookies in McCall starting this weekend.

The scouts will sell cookies at Albertsons and Ridley’s Family Market in McCall from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Cookies also will be sold at both supermarkets the weekend of March 1-3 and on Friday, March 8.

Cookies will be sold at Albertsons only on Friday, March 15, and at Ridley’s only on Saturday, March 16.

Proceeds from the cookie sales fund troop projects and experiences, as well as programming such as outdoor adventure and science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Silver Sage Girl Scout Council serves more than 3,800 girls throughout southern Idaho and in parts of Northern Nevada and Eastern Oregon with assistance from 2,200 local volunteers.

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Cretser named program manager for Historic Roseberry

The Star-News Feb 21, 2019

Michele Cretser has been named as the new programs manager for the Valley County Museum, Roseberry and the Long Valley Preservation Society.

Cretser is a six-year resident of McCall and a winter employee for Brundage Mountain Co. as the manager of The Activity Barn.

She will be taking on the part-time responsibility of programs manager from Lucy Chronic, who will be stepping down from the position and taking on a volunteer position as secretary for Long Valley Preservation Society.

The programs manager oversees a variety of programs and events that support the Valley County Museum and the activities at Roseberry, located one mile east of Donnelly.

Cretser will oversee the volunteer program, coordinating school group visits, as well as running several annual functions and fundraisers.

Among the two dozen historic buildings on the site include the Roseberry General Store, the Nell Tobias Research Center, The Barn performance and event center and the Valley County Museum, which is open May through September on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Historic Roseberry is the site of the Cowboy Trade Days in June, an arts and crafts fair over the Fourth of July weekend, the Summer Music Festival at Roseberry in July, the Pioneer Picnic in August and the Ice Cream Social over Labor Day weekend.

For more information about events, go to http://historicroseberry.com, write to info@historicroseberry.com or call 208-315-4629.

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Idaho City Snow

link to photo gallery: Photos by Axel Quartarone
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Avalanche slams into Lake Creek house

Homeowner says timing likely saved her life

by Greg Moore Feb 20, 2019 IME

On Friday about 1 p.m., a large slab of snow broke loose from a hillside above Lake Creek Road, north of Ketchum. The avalanche ran to the ground and slammed into a house at the base of the hill.

It broke three windows and part of the exterior wall of a bedroom, ran through the bedroom and poured through a double doorway into the living room. The homeowner, Jan Aronson, said she was sitting in the living room talking on the phone when the slide occurred.

“I heard a huge explosion and saw a massive amount of glass shards and wood shards coming right at me,” Aronson said.

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Proclamation remembers Idaho internment camp prisoners

Feb 18, 2019 Associated Press

Boise — Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation Monday to recognize and remember the people of Japanese ancestry imprisoned at the Minidoka prison camp in southcentral Idaho during WWII.

… Starting in 1942, when the U.S. was at war with Japan, some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were ordered by the U.S. government into prison camps around the country.

The camp in Idaho is now a national historic site managed by the National Park Service.

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House defeats bill to eliminate daylight saving time in Idaho

The final vote was 55 to 15 against House Bill 85.

John Masters February 22, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — A bill that would have eliminated daylight saving time in Idaho has been defeated in the Idaho House. The vote on House Bill 85 was 15-55. Every member voted.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, said it would have meant that Idahoans no longer would have to spring ahead or fall back during the year.

However, there was lots of opposition. Most of it came from lawmakers who said it would have a negative impact on recreation in the evenings during the summertime.

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Tips & Advice:

Being prepared for the Idaho back country

Feb 22, 2019 by Anna Silver KIVI TV

Snow in the forecast won’t stop many outdoor enthusiasts from enjoying all the gem state has to offer. The Idaho Backcountry is full of beautiful untouched wilderness for us to enjoy.

If you’re not prepared, it could be less than enjoyable.

“A lot of the time our searchers start with my husband, my son, my brother, whoever went to the Idaho City area. Well it’s 2000 square miles of wilderness here so the Idaho City area doesn’t work. They could be anywhere. They could be anywhere from the high bridge on Highway 21 to Stanley,” said Jim Kaczmarek, Boise County Sheriff.

He suggests taking a GPS spot device with you that can send out signals and a way to connect with people back home.

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Recognizing hazards in avalanche terrain : ‘Awareness is unmeasurable’

by Alexis Goree Saturday, February 23rd 2019

Pine, Idaho (CBS2) — Snowmobiling in the back country becomes real popular at this time of year but the hazards of mother nature can be unpredictable and dangerous.

In Idaho, the number one cause of death of snowmobilers is avalanches. So, it’s important to take a class, learn and practice with the three most important pieces of equipment. A probe, beacon and shovel.

“Awareness is unmeasurable. Being able to recognize mother nature’s signs and get out of harms way serves each of these people immensely through their level of safety in the back country,” Gummersall said.

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Payette Avalanche Center

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Mining News:

Updates to Idaho mining law advances despite some concerns

Feb 21, 2019 AP

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Legislation rewriting portions of Idaho’s mining law has passed a House committee despite concerns from two conservation groups that it could leave taxpayers with cleanup bills if a company declares bankruptcy.

The House Resources and Conservation Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the legislation that the conservation groups also say has good parts that update the nearly 50-year-old law.

Republican Rep. Jim Addis brought forward the bill on behalf of the Idaho Mining Association and says it will promote mining while protecting Idaho residents.

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Former Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joins cobalt mining company

Feb 22, 2019 AP

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Roughly seven weeks after leaving office, former Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has joined the board of a Canadian mining company that is expanding into Idaho.

The Idaho Statesman reports Otter will be on the board of directors for First Cobalt, a Toronto-based company with a cobalt project southwest of Salmon, Idaho, called Iron Creek. The area, known as the Idaho cobalt belt, is one of the most cobalt-rich areas in North America.

The metal is a key component of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles and electronic devices.

In a prepared statement Otter says Idaho’s Cobalt Belt is strategically important so America can reduce reliance on foreign sources of critical minerals.

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Public Lands:

30-Day Comment Period-NFSR 474/427

2/19/2019

The Forest Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the National Forest System (NFS) 427/474 Roads Project and the Communications Upgrade of Telephone Facilities within the footprint of NFS 427 Road (NFS 427/474 Roads Project) and is seeking public comment on this EA during the 30-day notice and comment period.

The project areas are located approximately 0.9 miles west of Warm Lake on the Cascade Ranger District, T15N R06E S11 in Valley County, Idaho.

The complete EA can be downloaded from the project website located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53839. If you would prefer a hard copy of the EA, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at tramirez@fs.fed.us or by phone at 208-382-7400.

Project Description

During the winter of 2017, excessive snowpack, rainfall, and/or saturated soil conditions on and adjacent to NFSR 474 induced several hillslope failures, which removed a significant portion of the road, fill in four locations. These landslides occurred over a one-mile stretch of the road. Currently the road is not drivable.

Approximately 1.05 miles of NFSR 474 would be decommissioned. Starting from the south gate near Forest Highway 22, approximately 0.90 miles of road would be decommissioned (obliterated); the next 0.15 miles would be decommissioned and converted to a trail to retain recreational access and preserve a trail loop.

NFSR 427 is an unpaved roadway in the Warm Lake Area, which links the Warm Lake Highway (Highway 22) with permitted recreation residences, developed and dispersed recreation areas, special use permittees, and the Stolle Meadows Guard Station. Traffic studies show that the average daily traffic (ADT) in the Warm Lake Area of the project is steadily increasing and has nearly doubled in the last 20 years.

This proposal includes widening the NFSR 427 to a two-lane roadway The widening would increase the roadway width from an existing typical 14-16 ft. to 20 ft. Two high-use miles of the roadway would be paved with hot mix asphalt. The remainder of the NFSR 427 road would be surfaced with six inches of crushed aggregate. To facilitate and improve drainage, the roadway would be raised with general borrow material and culverts upgraded where needed.

Midvale Telephone Company, dba MTE Communications, would like to upgrade its existing telephone facilities in the Warm Lake area to better serve its customers. The proposed location for the new buried lines is within the road prism of the section of NFSR 427 proposed for reconstruction. To minimize impacts to the road, the proposal is to install the conduit for the fiber optic lines prior to the road reconstruction.

How to Comment

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most useful, please make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us identify and address issues.

Electronic, written, hand-delivered, and facsimile comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments may be submitted through the NFS 427/474 Roads Project webpage http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53839. To submit comments using the web form select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Email comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Adobe (.pdf) and Word (.doc) to: comments-intermtn-boise-cascade@fs.fed.us. Please put “NFS 427/474 Roads Project” in the subject line of e-mail comments. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments.

Written comments must be submitted to: Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District, Attention: Terre Pearson-Ramirez, P.O. Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611 or by fax at 208-382-7480. The office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage and will be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

When to Comment and Eligibility to Object under 36 CFR 218

Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to object must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection under §218.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the legal notice in the Star News, the newspaper of record. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period. 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.

Only those who subscribe to the mailing list, submit comments, or notify the Forest that they would like to remain on the mailing list for this project will receive future correspondences on this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, without an associated name and address, receiving further correspondences concerning this project will not be possible.

The Responsible Official for this project is the Cascade District Ranger, Jake Strohmeyer. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at tramirez@fs.fed.us or by phone at 208-382-7400.

Sincerely,

Terre Pearson-Ramirez
540 North Main Street Cascade, ID 83611
Phone: 208-382-7400
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Critter News:

Pet Talk – An unusual spinal-cord disease in dogs

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Feb 22, 2019 IME

Degenerative myelopathy is a spinal-cord condition that results in progressive hind-leg weakness and incoordination. The spinal cord is composed of nerve cells and fibers called axons. Nerve impulses are transmitted along the axons of the spinal cord from the brain to the limbs, and vice versa. When portions of the spinal cord degenerate, nerve impulses are not properly transmitted in both directions. Consequently, the legs become weaker, and eventually the dog cannot move them voluntarily. Feeling in the rear leg is also affected.

The exact reason that degenerative myelopathy develops is not well understood. An inherited (genetic) basis is suspected. German shepherds are the most commonly affected breed. Other breeds commonly affected include boxers and Pembroke Welsh corgis. The myelopathy typically occurs in older dogs (older than 10 years).

Degenerative myelopathy causes chronic, progressive nonpainful hind-leg weakness. Affected animals shuffle on their rear legs, scruff their knuckles and toes of the rear paws and have difficulty rising from a down position. Late in the disease progression, rear limb paralysis occurs, and the dog drags its rear legs. Fecal and urinary incontinence also can occur.

Currently, there is no definitive test for degenerative myelopathy. A presumptive diagnosis can be made when advanced imaging studies reveal no abnormalities of the spinal cord or vertebral canal. In other words, if advanced imaging, such as CT scans, MRIs and spinal dye studies, is performed and shows no sign of disease, then degenerative myelopathy is assumed.

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Report says gazing into your dog’s eyes improves bond

by Hunter Geisel Saturday, February 16th 2019 KUTV

Gazing into your dog’s eyes could increase your bond with your furry friend, according to a Japanese scientific study.

According to a 2015 Japanese report published in Science Magazine, mutual gazing between a dog and its owner increases the bond between animal and human.

“Humans bond emotionally as we gaze into each other’s eyes—a process mediated by the hormone oxytocin,” stated the report. “Nagasawa [and her team] show that such gaze-mediated bonding also exists between us and our closest animal companions, dogs.”

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Mountain Humane opens new facility with tours, treats and thanks

Shelter features splash park and cat café

by Alejandra Buitrago Feb 20, 2019 IME

Mountain Humane opened its doors to the public Monday for the grand opening of its new animal shelter, welcoming more than 1,000 people and celebrating the community that made the $16 million facility possible.

“We’re just so fortunate to have a community that made this happen,” Community Campaign Coordinator Kelly Odell said while giving a tour.

The 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility was built on 20 acres of anonymously donated land on Croy Creek Road, west of Hailey, and was funded by private donations. The new building sits across the road from the former facility, which was “being held together with zip-ties and duct tape,” Odell said. The new facility has 58 kennels, with space to build more.

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Snowdon sanctuary to celebrate World Wildlife Day March 2

The Star-News Feb 21, 2019

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall will host a celebration of World Wildlife Day on Saturday, March 2, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Ruby’s Kitchen.

Snowdon will unite with others around the world to raise awareness of the planet’s wild animals during the United Nations’ World Wildlife Day.

The McCall event will include wine tasting, appetizers, silent auction, raffle and wildlife trivia contest with prizes.

Cost is $25 a person, and seating is limited. Tickets are available in advance at Ruby’s Kitchen, 324 W. Lake St.

All proceeds will benefit Snowdon’s rescue and care of orphaned and injured wild animals.

For more information, call 208-634-8050 or visit Facebook page

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Bill to keep Idaho wolf control board headed to governor

By AP Feb 18, 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Legislation to keep operating an Idaho board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk is on its way to Gov. Brad Little.

The House on Monday voted 51-19 to approve the bill to repeal a section of Idaho law that would end the five-year-run of the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board.

The legislation requested by the board has already passed the Senate.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third Week of Feb, 2019
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Wild Wolves Thrive in Germany’s Military Areas

posted by martyb on Sunday February 24, 2019

Wolves are an impressive success story for wildlife recovery in central Europe, bouncing back from near extermination in the 20th century to a population of several thousand today. And in Germany, where populations have been growing by 36% per year, military bases have played a surprisingly central role in helping the animals reclaim habitat, a new analysis finds.

[…] The population growth “is quite impressive,” says Ilka Reinhardt, a biologist with Lupus, the German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research in Spreewitz, who has been involved in efforts to study the wolves since they returned to Germany. The latest data suggest the country has 73 packs and 30 pairs of wolves. “Twenty years ago, no one would have expected this,” she adds, noting Germany’s fragmented habitat and the prevalence of roads and humans. “It shows how adaptable wolves are.”

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Feb 24, 2019

Proposed law would support full recovery of gray wolves

Why wolves have become a political football in Germany

Idaho trappers targeting wolves get partially reimbursed

Study Shows Wolves Directly Impact Minnesota Moose Numbers

Idaho to continue funding board responsible for killing wolves
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Wyoming Grizzlies Shipped to California Signed Into Law

Gov. Mark Gordon Signed Bill Into Law

By EHUNTR – February 20, 2019

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed several bills into law late last week. One particular bill would allow grizzly hunts to take place if the state feels that its needed.

“The grizzly bear population in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem has recovered by all measurable recovery criteria, since at least 2003, with approximately seven hundred (700) grizzly bears currently living in the ecosystem;” Bill SF0093

Another part of the bill includes the relocation of problems bears to states that have a below average number of bears. In particular, the state of California!

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Saving deer and elk

Fences, underpass and draw-down save wildlife

Feb 20, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

Lucky Peak Reservoir, Idaho — It was a scene that was upsetting to nearly anyone who saw it. A catastrophe for deer and elk traveling a migration route the herds had likely been using for hundreds if not thousands of years.

“In 2004 as you probably know, we had about ninety elk and twenty-five mule deer go through the ice down just above the high bridge at Mores Creek and drown,” said IDFG Senior Wildlife Technician Peter Ott. “And we had about five hundred elk that were attempting to cross at that same location.”

In a collaborative effort to avoid a repeat of that scene and reduce the number of deer and elk killed by cars, wildlife managers and water managers took action.

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Wildlife in the winter and farmers

By Brady Halbleib Feb 23, 2019 Local News 8

The winter season is tough on all of us, including our wildlife. The weather is frigid and food is limited in the mountains. Elk, deer and even antelope will often come down and feed on farmer’s crops and haystacks. This causes a lot of issues for farmers and even the wildlife themselves.

It can be extremely frustrating for farmers to see their haystack being eaten away by elk and deer. They’re not only a nuisance to farmers but it can also be extremely costly for them as well.

Fish and Game has been dealing with this for years and they will occasionally give out kill permits, but that’s their very last resort.

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Moose dies in rescue from window well

Female yearling moose was trapped in Lane Ranch on Thursday

Joshua Murdock Feb 22, 2019 IME

A female yearling moose died after being rescued from a basement window well it had fallen into at a home in Lane Ranch subdivision in Sun Valley on Thursday afternoon.

Rescuers from Idaho Fish and Game, Sun Valley Fire Department and Sun Valley Police Department successfully plucked the tranquilized moose, estimated to weigh about 500 pounds, from the window well, but the animal was unable to self-regulate its body temperature in outside air temperatures that dropped into the single digits, Fahrenheit. The moose died as Fish and Game officers attempted to reverse the tranquilizer.

Personnel on scene said that the moose fell into the window well around mid-afternoon on Thursday, and that a property manager at the home reported the trapped animal. Had the man not spotted the moose, they said, it likely would have starved. Fish and Game Regional Supervisor Craig White, who led rescue efforts, said the window well was about 8 feet deep.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
February 22, 2019
Issue No. 899
Table of Contents

* Very Low Spring Chinook Forecasted Return Prompts Limits On Recreational Fishing; 50 Percent Of 10-Year Average
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442201.aspx

* Study Looks At Non-Harvest Mortality Of Lower Columbia Adult Spring Chinook; Correlates With Sea Lion Abundance
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442200.aspx

* WDFW Seeking Public Participation in Setting Salmon Fishing Seasons For 2019, Orcas A Factor
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442199.aspx

* Council Staff Organizing, Summarizing Recommendations For Amending Columbia Basin Fish And Wildlife Program
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442198.aspx

* Cold, Snowy February Delivers Boost To Mountain Snowpacks, More Of The Same Expected
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442197.aspx

* Researchers Synthesize Dam Removal Studies; Suggest Ecosystem Effects Can Be Predicted
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442196.aspx

* Coeur d’Alene Restoration Partnership Soliciting Project Ideas For Restoring Resources Damaged By Mine Waste
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442195.aspx

* NOAA Fisheries Scientists On Board International Voyage Investigating Salmon Survival In North Pacific
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442194.aspx

* NOAA: January 2019 Third Warmest January On Record Dating Back To 1880
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442193.aspx

* NOAA Fisheries Issues BiOp Addressing Passage For Protected Salmon At Green River Dam; Will Help Orcas
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442192.aspx

* Study Says Earth May Be 140 Years Away From Carbon Levels Not Seen Since Dinosaur Extinction (56 Million Years Ago)
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442191.aspx
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Letter to Share:

Meeting yesterday with IDFG

2/24/2019

The gamebird foundation met with IDFG to come up with some ideas to help develop more public land to release pheasants on. This was some of the results of the meeting. Give us input. Please.

Hi all, Here is a summary of what I gained from yesterday’s meeting. I am sending this to the board members since some of you could not make it and wanted to know what we accomplished.

The meeting was with IDFG’s Don Jenkins & Nicole Alonso, and IDFG Commissioner Dan Blanco. All are from the Clearwater Region. Members from the Gamebird Foundation in attendance included Jerry Lee, Dale Rose, Dale Gottchalk, Jim Hagedorn, and Blaine McMahan on the speaker phone. Refreshments were cinnamon rolls, donuts, and popcorn. The meeting started with folks showing up at 9:00 AM and IDFG around 9:45 AM. This was a discussion meeting only. Nicole brought some new Access Yes program brochures that are very great. We worked from there. We discussed some of the programs that are available through NRCS and IDFG for landowners. The SAFE program is one that we need to work more on with Nicole and Don to really understand. This is a great program for Upland Birds – $100.00 per acre up front with the option of an additional CRP payment contract for a number of future years. Another good program encourages leaving stubble stand, 12 inches high or more, for up to 100 feet wide around good draws, creeks, and other good habitat over the winter that is worth $20.00 per acre.

A lot of discussion was had about landowners and sportsmen having more input into decisions, and we need more education so when we talk to landowners we will know what we are talking about with regards to the different programs. A suggestion was made that committees be formed to help and provide information to the Department. It was decided that we meet with Nicole and Don and put a plan together that we can present to landowners and sportsmen.

We have reserved the viola community center in Viola Idaho for Saturday march 30th for the day to help landowners and sportsmen and those watching wildlife.

You are all invited to this meeting. There will be more on the time of day at a later date. As of now we will have pizza until it is all gone. There will be more added to this news as we move forward. If anyone attending the meeting has more to add, hop on.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation
thegamebirdfoundation.org
208-883-3423
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Fish & Game News:

UPDATE: F&G adds three proposals to 2019-20 big game hunts

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, February 15, 2019

New information prompts new proposals; hunters have until Feb. 24 to comment

Idaho Fish and Game is adding three proposals for the 2019-20 big game hunting season for eastern Idaho mule deer hunts and elk hunts in the Weiser and Brownlee zones in response to new information.

Wildlife managers simultaneously propose changes to big game hunts for the upcoming season while also doing winter surveys and gauging big game populations and herd compositions. As new information becomes available, it’s necessary to alter hunting season proposals.

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Upper Salmon River steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Here’s the latest information about steelhead fishing in the Upper Salmon

Feb. 19: Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River over the past week was light with most anglers only fishing for an hour or two during the afternoons. The majority of anglers were observed fishing near Salmon in location codes 16 and 17.

Anglers interviewed downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16 averaged eight hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged five hours per steelhead caught. No interviewed anglers reported harvesting a steelhead.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Wisconsin farmer’s ‘Moo Muffs’ go viral

by FOX 11 News Friday, February 22nd 2019


A cow on Triple P Farm in Lone Rock, WI sports “Moo Muffs,” a creation by Holly Poad and her aunt, Kim Ewers, to keep newborn calves warm during cold weather. (WMTV)

LONE ROCK, Wis. (WLUK) — When temperatures dropped, a small southern Wisconsin farm got creative to keep their calves warm.

WMTV reports the idea of “Moo Muffs” came after Holly Poad, owner of Triple P Farm in Lone Rock, lost her barn in a fire and had to find a way to avoid frostbite on newborn calves.

In addition to calf jackets, Poad and her aunt Kim Ewers, who owns an embroidery business, got together to come up with the perfect design and material for calf earmuffs.

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Seasonal Humor:

Any one else sick of winter?

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Idaho History Feb 24, 2019

1959 Mule Train Idaho to California

John Gillihan’s Idaho Mule Train

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May 13, 1959 Idaho Statesman

Mules which will be used in a pack train to Los Angeles advertising Idaho’s tourist possibilities are lined out by Don Lee of Idaho Tourist Enterprises of Boise. The train will leave Boise May 20 [1959] and will take about 100 days to Los Angeles. Lee will pass out information on Idaho on the way.
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Don Lee of Idaho Tourist Enterprises, Boise, will bring back memories of the old Wild West when he leaves Boise May 20 with a mule pack string that will advertise Idaho as a tourist playground all the way to Los Angeles. With Lee will be Mr. and Mrs. Frank Perkins, outfitters and guides in the Selway area of the state.

The 100-day journey from Boise will take the mule train through Nampa, Caldwell, Marsing, Winnemucca and Reno, Nev., and on to the California cities, Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“We plan to carry pamphlets, movies and colored slides to advertise the attractions of this state,” Lee said. “If merchants contact us, we’ll carry sample packages of Idaho produce for distribution.”

At towns along the way Lee and his helpers will give shows and lectures advertising Idaho’s lakes, fishing streams, resorts, and big game areas.

“We will offer to prospective tourists,” Lee stated, “vacation plans tailor-made to fit the needs and wishes of specific families. None of this general stuff. We intend to tell Pa and Ma and the kids exactly where to go to find fishing, hunting, photography, or just grand scenery. Through our company, Idaho Tourist Enterprises, we will make all all arrangements for them, even to booking reservations for hotel, cabin, or guide service.”

Lee is an Idaho enthusiast who began work and research in 1953 for this project to bring more tourists to Idaho. Six years an outfitter and guide for Hell’s Canyon and Seven Devils in the Salmon River mountains, and on the headwaters of the Selway, he is well qualified to urge tourists into the wilder areas of Idaho.

Mr. and Mrs. Perkins are experienced stock people, who take pack strings up the Selway river from Selway Falls. Perkins operates a trucking business with his outfitting and guiding.

Larry Garner, president of Outfitters and Guides, and John Gillihan of Sawtooth Lodge, will travel with the train from Sacramento to San Francisco. Other tourist hosts from Idaho will travel with the train during other sections of the trip.
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Bound for California

May 21, 1959 Idaho Statesman

A mule train and three riders started from the Capitol building Wednesday. Riders heading the train for the first lap are, left to right, Frank Perkins of Weiser, Don Lee and John Gillihan, both of Boise. The mule train is a promotion of Idaho Tourist Enterprises. Films will be shown and literature distributed all along the way to Los Angeles. The party camped outside Meridian Wednesday night and will be in Nampa today and Caldwell Friday. The train will trek to Marsing and then be trucked to Jordan Valley. Trucks will carry the train between Jordan Valley and Winnemucca and Winnemucca and Reno, but from there on to Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles the journey will be by hoof at about 25 miles a day.
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Idaho Mule Train Arrives in Reno to Visit Governor

Reno, Nev. — The Idaho mule pack train, on a journey from Boise to Los Angeles to advertise the Gem State’s tourist attractions, has arrived in Reno, train captain Don Lee reported by mail to The Statesman Tuesday.

Lee, an Idaho hunting and fishing guide, said he will present a letter to Governor Sawyer of Nevada tomorrow, inviting the governor to a hunt in the Idaho primitive area. Lee said the mule train was on display at Dick Graves’ Nugget club in Reno Sunday.

The train left Boise May 20 and is expected to complete the journey to Los Angeles in 100 days. It is sponsored by Idaho Tourist Enterprises. Inc.
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Idaho Mule Train Hits Carson City On Treck to Coast

Carson City, Nev. AP – An Idaho mule train clip-clopped onto the capitol grounds Wednesday to deliver an elk hunt invitation to Gov. Grant Sawyer. Then it headed west for a similar call on Gov, Edmund Brown of California.

The five pack mules, herded by two horsemen, had been on the road from Boise 21 days. Chief Mule Skinner Don Lee said he estimated it would take 40 more days to wind through Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Lee is conveying Idaho Gov. Robert Smylie’s invitation to Sawyer and Brown to join him in an elk hunt in the Chamberlain basin when Idaho’s elk season opens Sept. 15.

Sawyer said he knew the Chamberlain basin country well and would do his best to attend.
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A clippity clopping of hoof beats . . . coming closer . . . and closer . . . and then stopping . . . and soon starting up again. Like an echo from the past. This was on Saturday . . . in Pleasant Valley.

It was the Idaho pack mule train that went, through Placerville two weeks ago. Then, it was en route to the state capitol with a letter for Governor Brown from the governor of Idaho. Now, it was on its way back through Pleasant Valley and on by Sly Park to join the local Wagon Train on Highway 50.

In Pleasant Valley, the train reined up before the 100-year-old Hughes hotel as did many a trail weary teamster in the days of yore. The mule drivers were Don Lee, trail boss, and John Gillihan, of Boise, Idaho. The third member of their party is Susie Estolow of El Dorado. She states her plans as staying with the train until it arrives in Placerville with the Wagon Train.

The mule train (six mules, two horses) left Boise, Idaho, on May 20, its destination Los Angeles. It first passed through Placerville on June 16, bound for Sacramento. Leaving there, mission accomplished, its next stop was Jackson and then back to El Dorado and Diamond Springs. They have hit all the celebrations in the various communities that they could.

Following the Wagon Train celebration in Placerville this weekend, the train will leave for San Francisco, then go down the coast, time permitting, to Los Angeles. Another letter is to be delivered – this one to Bing Crosby, from a former schoolmate, Sib Kleffner, of Boise, Idaho.

Principal purpose of this several-months long trip is to create interest, especially among sportsmen, in pack trips in Idaho.
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From Apr 13, 1959 LIFE Magazine Festival Calendar (page 102)

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Virginia City to Placerville July 28 to July 4, 1959

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With Mule Train

John Gillihan, 406 E. 40th, veteran Idaho guide and packer, has joined the Boise-to-Los Angeles mule train at Sacramento and will remain until the pack string gets to San Francisco. Gillihan and his son, Bob, pack for Grand-Jean Sawtooth Lodge on the South Fork of the Payette River.
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Dad [Big John Gillihan] in a parade in California in his honor. He and a group of others rode their horses and took a packstring all the way from Boise to California in 1959. It was called “The Idaho Mule Train”

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Idaho Mule Train information – Boise-Los Angeles 1959

Many thanks to Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino for sharing the family scrapbook.
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page updated October 5, 2020

Road Report Feb 24, 2019

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

Yellow Pine: Since Wednesday it has snowed every day, 8″ of new snow (4 1/4″ just overnight) and we have 26 1/2″ total snow on the ground. Local streets were last plowed before the latest storms.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Saturday (Feb 23) “Getting deep up top”
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Snow plow headed out this morning (Feb 24), no report yet.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Snow plow headed out this morning (Feb 24), no report yet.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed. Last plowed on Saturday (Feb 16th)
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

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

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

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

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

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

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

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Payette Avalanche Advisory
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Valley County Grooming Reports
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Trail MapWarm Lake & Johnson Creek areas
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Weather Reports Feb 17-23, 2019

Feb 17 Weather:

At 10am it was 23 degrees, thinning high haze and filtered sun. At noon, thin clouds and filtered sunshine. At 1pm low clouds, socked in, breezy and snowing. Not snowing at 150pm, new snow melted. At 3pm it was 30 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy, icicles dripping. At 6pm it was 26 degrees, a little breezy and partly cloudy. Broken clouds at 1030pm. High thin haze at 2am. Scant trace of snow fell by morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 18, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy, a few flakes
Max temperature 36 degrees F
Min temperature 14 degrees F
At observation 22 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 21 inch
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Feb 18 Weather:

At 10am it was 22 degrees, mostly cloudy (somewhat clear above low fog clinging to the ridges and a few flakes falling. At 230pm it was 25 degrees and partly clear, At 315pm it was 27 degrees and breezy. At 615pm it was 18 degrees, partly cloudy and breezy. At 10pm broken cloud cover, full moon. Fine light snow before sunrise.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 19, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast, fine light snowfall, breezy
Max temperature 28 degrees F
Min temperature 9 degrees F
At observation 13 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 21 inch
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Feb 19 Weather:

At 10am it was 13 degrees, overcast and fine light snow falling (trace), a little breezy. Light snow fell all morning. At 230pm it was 22 degrees, overcast (top of VanMeter socked in), light snow falling (about 1/4″) and chilly light breeze. Not snowing at 315pm. At 615pm it was 22 degrees and low overcast. At 1030pm it was overcast, the full moon was a faint fuzzy patch. Snowing lightly at 130am, cloudy and calm. Snow ended before 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 20, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 24 degrees F
Min temperature 9 degrees F
At observation 20 degrees F
Precipitation 0.04 inch
Snowfall 3/4 inch
Snow depth 21 inch
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Feb 20 Weather:

At 10am it was mostly cloudy. At 3pm it was 29 degrees and mostly cloudy (couple patches of blue sky) and breezy at times. At 4pm storm coming down Johnson Creek dark low clouds to the south, ridges socked in and fat snowflakes falling – for a short time – with bits of clear sky to the north. At 5pm VanMeter was socked in to the north, high overcast to the south and not snowing. Low clouds and snowing at 545pm. At 615pm it was 25 degrees, steady snow and low clouds socked in nearly to the valley floor. Probably didn’t snow much past 7pm. Not snowing at 9pm. Had been snowing for a while at 1140pm and about 1/2″.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 21, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 34 degrees F
Min temperature 5 degrees F
At observation 14 degrees F
Precipitation 0.06 inch
Snowfall 3/4 inch
Snow depth 22 inch
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Feb 21 Weather:

At 10am it was 14 degrees and mostly cloudy (like popcorn against blue sky.) Started snowing at 245pm and breezy. At 3pm it was 31 degrees, breezy and light snow. By 315pm it was 27 degrees, socked in to the valley floor and snowing pretty hard. Snowing lightly at 4pm (probably done snowing by 430pm.) Not snowing at 545pm (less than 1/2″.) At 630pm it was 21 degrees and partly clear. At 10pm large patches of stars visible. Cold night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 22, 2019 at 10:00AM
High thin overcast, light cold breeze
Max temperature 36 degrees F
Min temperature -4 degrees F
At observation 3 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
Snowfall 0.3 inch
Snow depth 22 inch
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Feb 22 Weather:

At 10am it was 3 degrees, high thin overcast and cold light breeze. At 1pm broken cloud cover and filtered sunshine. At 3pm it was 32 degrees, cold breezes and mostly clear. At 630pm it was 23 degrees, partly clear and cold breezes. Wind gusting up around 730pm. Breezy until around midnight. Light snow 330am. Bigger Flakes 430am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 23, 2019 at 10:00AM
Low overcast, still snowing
Max temperature 34 degrees F
Min temperature 3 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 23 degrees F
Precipitation 0.06 inch
Snowfall 2.0 inch
Snow depth 24 inch
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Feb 23 Weather:

At 10am it was 23 degrees, low overcast and snowing. Not snowing at 1245pm, higher clouds. A few flakes falling at 2pm. At 3pm it was 30 degrees, thinner clouds and a tiny bit of filtered sunlight, breezy and snowing lightly. Not snowing at 445pm, cloudy. At 6pm it was 26 degrees and overcast, calmer. By 1130pm it had snowed a trace. Probably snowed most of the night. (A break in the snow around 5am.)

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time February 24, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast, steady snowfall
Max temperature 32 degrees F
Min temperature 23 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 26 degrees F
Precipitation 0.24 inch
Snowfall 4 1/4 inch
Snow depth 26 1/2 inch
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Winter Storm Warning Feb 23, 5am to Feb 26, 5pm

Updated: Winter Storm Warning Feb 23, 5am to Feb 26, 5pm

Yellow Pine Forecast:

Updated Forecast for Yellow Pine:

Tonight Snow likely, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Saturday Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. West southwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night Snow, mainly after 11pm. Low around 20. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Sunday Snow. High near 32. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Sunday Night Snow. Low around 29. South wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Monday Snow. High near 37. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Monday Night Snow. Low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
214 PM MST Fri Feb 22 2019

...A PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING HEAVY SNOW THIS WEEKEND INTO NEXT
WEEK...

.A storm system will move into the Pacific Northwest late this
weekend, becoming anchored over the region into early next week.
This will bring a prolonged period of moderate to heavy snowfall
to the central Idaho mountains. Starting Sunday, gusty winds will
accompany the snowfall resulting in blowing and drifting snow.
Light snow accumulations are possible in the Snake Plain Saturday
morning and again Sunday morning, with a changeover to rain by
Sunday afternoon. Sheltered low-elevation valleys in Baker county
and the Weiser River basin could hold onto snow into Monday.

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-Camas Prairie-
214 PM MST Fri Feb 22 2019

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM SATURDAY TO 5 PM MST
TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to
  impossible at times. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet
  with localized amounts up to 3 feet in the mountains. Gusty
  winds will develop Sunday afternoon and continue through
  Tuesday, which could result in blowing and drifting snow.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and Camas
  Prairie zones.

* WHEN...From 5 AM Saturday to 5 PM MST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in
  visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling
5 1 1.

Road Reports Feb 20, 2019

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

Yellow Pine: Village streets were last plowed Saturday Feb 16th, and he is working again today. Since Sunday (Feb 17) we have received only 3/4″ new snow, 21″ total snow on the ground. Local streets are snow covered.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Tuesday (Feb 19) Warm Lake Hwy is good, snow floor and smooth.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Last plowed Sunday (Feb 17th) Report today that the lower South Fork road is getting a little rough in spots, bare pavement and ice ruts.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Last plowed Sunday (Feb 17th) Report today that the road is “smooth as silk.”

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed. Last plowed on Saturday (Feb 16th)
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

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

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

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

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

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

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

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Payette Avalanche Advisory
link:
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Winter Weather Advisory Feb 19, 5pm to Feb 20, 5pm

Winter Weather Advisory Feb 19, 5pm to Feb 20, 5pm

Note: it started snowing in Yellow Pine before sunrise this morning, trace so far and 21″ snow on the ground.

Yellow Pine Forecast:

Today A 30 percent chance of snow after 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 28. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight Snow. Low around 18. South southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday Snow showers. High near 28. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Wednesday Night Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 15. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Thursday A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. North northeast wind around 6 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 4.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
337 AM MST Tue Feb 19 2019

...SNOW TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

.A low pressure system in western Canada will spread snow into
southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho tonight. The snow will
continue through Wednesday as the system moves southward across
the area.

West Central Mountains-Lower Treasure Valley ID-Boise Mountains-
Upper Treasure Valley-Southwest Highlands-Western Magic Valley-
Camas Prairie-Owyhee Mountains-Southern Twin Falls County-
Upper Weiser River-Harney County-Baker County-Malheur County-
Oregon Lower Treasure Valley-
337 AM MST Tue Feb 19 2019 /237 AM PST Tue Feb 19 2019/

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/
THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions,
  including during the morning commute. Total snow accumulations
  of 1 to 3 inches in the valleys and 3 to 6 inches in the
  mountains are expected, with localized amounts up to 12 inches
  on the peaks.

* WHERE...southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho.

* WHEN...From 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ this afternoon to 5 PM MST /4 PM
  PST/ Wednesday. Most of the snow is expected late tonight
  through Wednesday morning.

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Feb 17, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 17, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

March 10 – Daylight Savings begins at 2am
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
Jul 13 – Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

(details below)
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Local Events:

Annual Pie Contest

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

The winners were Rhonda first place for razzle dazzle berry, Lorinne second for grandma Ople apple, Roxie and Kat tied third for blackberry and apple respectively. Judges Dick,Tom and Bill had a a difficult but delicious job choosing the winners.

20190216YPTavernPieContest-a

link to FB photo gallery:
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Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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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:
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Village News:

Scam Alert

If you receive an email that looks like it is from MTE Communications with the subject “check email update” – Delete the email!

It is a “phishing” scam trying to get your ID and password. I talked to Stacy at MTE and the email is not from them.
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Notice of Public Hearing March 14 – Valley County Quarry Yellow Pine

The Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade, Idaho, on March 14, 2019, to review the application.

Please direct questions and comments to Cynda Herrick at the P&Z office. Comments must be received at least seven days prior to the public hearing.

Phone: 208-382-7115
Fax: 208-382-7119
cherrick@co.valley.id.us

CUP 19-01 Valley County Quarry Yellow Pine: Valley County Road & Bridge Department is requesting approval of an expansion of the existing CUP 10-3 Valdez Quarry. The expansion would be south onto approximately 5 acres of the USFS Boise NF. Rock material extracted from this quarry would be used as cover material for road maintenance. Upon completion of the quarry activities, both portions would be reclaimed, re-contoured, and re-vegetated. Access would be via a private drive off Murphs Ave.

link to: 20190208ValdezQuarryExpansion.pdf
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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.

– Marj Fields
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Roads

Lower Johnson Creek received 10″ of new snow in the last few days, plowed on Saturday Feb 16, also plowed village streets. EFSF and So Fk plowed Sunday Feb 17.

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.

Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Note: A report that they changed out one dumpster last week (early Feb), the other is full. No reports on when the transfer station will be emptied.

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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Predators

Mountain lions sightings in the McCall area. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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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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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

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:

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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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
208-271-1600 – Based out of Donnelly, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Feb 11) overnight low of 15 degrees, early morning snow measured 5 3/4″ by 10am, 18″ total snow on the ground, low overcast, breezy and light snow falling. Red-breasted nuthatches visiting early. Breezy and light snow all morning. Northern flicker, jays, hairy woodpecker and nuthatches after lunch. Very few drips from the icicles mid-day, breezy and steady light snow, high of 27 degrees. Report the mail truck didn’t make it in (the mail from Boise to Cascade was delayed due to the storm.) Mid-afternoon still snowing (about 1/4″ new since 10am) and breezy. Still snowing lightly at dusk, breezy and low clouds, est. less than 1/2″ total accumulation. About an inch by 9pm and quit snowing. Calmer after midnight.

Tuesday (Feb 12) the overnight low stayed above 22 degrees and the temp this morning was warmer than the high yesterday at 28 degrees. Measured 3/4″ new snow and 18″ total snow on the ground (blowing and settling, not melting.) Hairy woodpecker and a red-breasted nuthatch visited early. Windy, blowing snow out of the trees mid-day, a few drips from icicles, high of 34 degrees. Mail truck made it in today with yesterday’s mail, said it was pretty bad out in Cascade area yesterday, blowing and drifting snow. A couple of dark-eyed juncos visited. Mid-afternoon a few drips from icicles, gusty winds, blowing snow out of trees and off roofs, but not really drifting. Low clouds, ridges socked in and snowing around 5pm. Still snowing lightly at dusk (trace) and lighter breezes. Still snowing at midnight. Probably snowed all night.

Wednesday (Feb 13) overnight low of 26 degrees, 3 1/4″ new snow, 21″ total snow on the ground, overcast and still snowing. Hairy woodpecker and a dark-eyed junco visiting. Mail truck made it in, lots of snow up high, plows are busy. Icicles dripping mid-day, still snowing lightly, high of 35 degrees. Northern flicker showed up and ran a hairy woodpecker off the suet. Mid-afternoon above freezing, icicles dripping and snow sliding off steep roofs, still snowing. At dusk it was still snowing lightly, hovering right at freezing so the snow was melting as it landed on objects, maybe 1/2″ new snow. Stopped snowing way before midnight.

Thursday (Feb 14) overnight low of 27 degrees, about 1/2″ new snow, 20″ total on the ground (settled not melted) overcast and light snowfall this morning. Hairy woodpecker visiting. Snow changed over to rain mid-day and very wet, high of 36 degrees. A trio of dark-eyed juncos joined the woodpeckers and flicker for a late lunch. Mid-afternoon light rain, very drippy and slushy wet. Still raining at dusk and above freezing, wet icy paths. A break in the rain around 830pm. Light rain observed at midnight. Started snowing after 5am and was snowing pretty hard by 10am.

Friday (Feb 15) overnight low of 27 degrees, snowing pretty good this morning, 2 1/2″ new snow (on top of slush) and 21″ snow on the ground. Snowed another half inch before noon. Lots of birds this morning, a hairy woodpecker was getting harassed by a mob of jays until a big clarks nutcracker showed up. Snow quit just before noon, 1/2″ so far, high of 32 degrees. Northern flicker, dark-eyed juncos and red-breasted nuthatches visited after lunch. Mid-afternoon short snow flurries, just hair below freezing. Started snowing pretty good at dusk, socked in nearly to the valley floor. Snowed about 1/2″ after dark, then stopped for a while. Not snowing at midnight. May have snowed a little during the night/early morning.

Saturday (Feb 16) overnight low of 16 degrees, mostly cloudy (broken cloud cover) this morning, 1 1/2″ new snow, 22″ total snow on the flat, and a few flakes falling. Jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. At mid-day low clouds and light snowfall, high of 32 degrees. Hairy woodpecker and white-breasted nuthatch visited. Mid afternoon low clouds and light snowfall. Red-breasted nuthatches and dark-eyed juncos visiting. Heard a raven to the north. At dusk partly clear and temps dropping. Fine light snow for a little while around 10pm (scant trace.) Thin clouds at midnight. Snowed about an inch early this morning.

Sunday (Feb 17) overnight low of 18 degrees, 1 1/4″ new snow, 22″ total snow on the ground, high thinning haze and filtered sun this morning. Three ravens flying low over the neighborhood, also a few dark-eyed juncos this morning. Filtered sun at noon and icicles dripping, then by 1pm socked in, breezy and snowing (trace), high of 36 degrees. Hairy woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Mid-afternoon mostly cloudy and breezy. Dark-eyed juncos and a white-breasted nuthatch visited late afternoon. At dusk, it was partly cloudy, clear sky overhead.
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RIP:

Virginia Mae Boydstun

VirginiaMaeBoydstun

Virginia Mae Boydstun

December 24, 1923 – February 2, 2019

Virginia Mae Boydstun, 95, of McCall, Idaho died February 2, 2019 in McCall.

Dear friends and family help us celebrate her life of 95 years and honor her memory! Born to Elsie and Albert Cooper in Tekama, Nebraska, December 24, 1923, she was the eldest of three children, and lived on the family farm 12 miles from town.

After the Great Depression and hard times, the family decided to seek a better life out west. In 1939, they loaded all their possessions in a Model A Ford with a rumble seat, along with the family dog, and headed to Idaho. They arrived in Emmett and Virginia started her sophomore year in high school, graduating in 1941. After graduation, she moved to Boise and received additional education in bookkeeping and shorthand while working in the dry goods at Newberry’s Department Store.

In 1943, she met Johnny Boydstun, who went to Emmett to visit his cousin. As it turned out, that cousin was Virginia’s best friend. They were married in 1943 and were married for 64 years before Johnny’s passing in 2007.

Johnny worked as a civilian aircraft mechanic during the war, and their first home was Mountain Home AFB. Following the war, their son Barry was born in 1945. They later lived in Landmark where John worked on a road crew, keeping the road open from Warm Lake to Yellow Pine. Virginia was the camp cook for the crew.

In the 1940s, The Boydstun family later built and operated a Mobile Service Station in Lardo, and John & Virginia operated it for several years. During that time their daughter Patty was born in 1951. After selling the business, they began working for a highway contractor in the summers and returned to McCall in the winter months to operate The Little Ski Hill. Returning full time to McCall in 1960, Johnny became the first employee of Brundage Mountain Ski Resort. He worked for Brundage for 27 years until his retirement. Virginia was busy being a mom, but also sold tickets and helped work on the chairlift operations at Brundage Mtn. She became a bookkeeper for Shaver’s Market and department store, until her retirement after 16 years. Virginia was a 60-year member of Eastern Star, enjoyed Daughters of the Nile and Wives of Shriners, Progressive Club, Book Club, Bible Study and was a regular at the Senior Center for dinners & exercise class.

Virginia and Johnny became members of the Community Congregational Church in 1944, where she has been devoted member since. Her commitment to staying active, positive, making the best of her situation, and remaining connected to friends was a deliberate and conscious decision. Her spunky and upbeat attitude caused many people in our community to admire her as a mentor and example.

In retirement years, she and Johnny traveled across the country from Alaska to Nova Scotia and all over the west in their Airstream Van. They loved to tell stories of their travels, and always with great humor and laughter. She always had a “no tell em” huckleberry patch and favorite wild mushroom spots. She loved the out- of-doors and Idaho!

Her reborn love of skiing was obvious, as she enjoyed skiing and being with her “ski” friends on Brundage Mtn. She was known for getting off the chair lift, and then skiing nonstop until at the lift line at the bottom. “Let’s go…we can visit on the chairlift” she would say with a grin. She was still skiing at age 88, and when cautioned by friends about the risk at her age she would say emphatically, “It’s easier to ski than it is to walk!” She loved her family and being a grandma. Virginia also loved her home and to look out her windows and see the foxes, squirrels, birds and deer. She never wanted to give that up; and she was able to stay at home until the very final days of her life. “You don’t want to give that up if you don’t have to. I put my trust in the Lord, and hope for the best”, she was known to say.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband John Boydstun, father Albert Cooper, mother Elsie Cooper, brother Harold Cooper and sister Gwen Schaap Axell. She is survived by her son Barry Boydstun (Patty), daughter Patty Hovdey (Dean), grandchildren, Eric Hovdey (Jessica) and Anna Bechtol (Stephen) and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

May God Bless Virginia’s legacy to her family, friends and community.

Funeral Services will be held at the Community Congregational Church, 901 1 st St., McCall, ID on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with burial at McCall Cemetery following.

Suggested memorials may include: Boydstun-Hovdey SKI Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 38, McCall, ID 83638-0038 or McCall Ski Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 4267, McCall, ID 83638-4267

Online condolences may be left at http://www.mccallfunerals.com

Arrangements in care of McCall Funeral Home.

Published in Idaho Statesman on Feb. 7, 2019
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Idaho News:

Valley County Sheriff’s Office CodeRED notification system.

(via FB)

As some of you may know we have been using our CodeRED emergency notification system quite a bit in the last few days. This has been very instrumental in getting out important information on the weather and road conditions, specifically for Valley County. We also use this system to make our community members aware of emergency situations going on throughout Valley County. If you would like to receive notifications, since many of you have cell phones and the cell phone companies do not allow access to their directory, PLEASE SIGN UP by following the link below. Once you create your account, you can maintain it, add new or additional contact numbers & emails. This helps us get the word out faster and more efficiently. Enjoy your day and above all be safe!

You will recognize the CodeRED call when your caller ID displays the following numbers. Please be sure to add these telephone numbers into your telephone’s contacts, when applicable.

866-419-5000 or Emergency Alert for Emergency Notifications
855-969-4636 or Community Alert for General Notifications

If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back.

You can also click on the SIGN UP button on our Facebook page.

Link:
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Snow storms shutter schools, close Idaho 55

Cascade, M-D schools close 3 days in a row

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 14, 2019

Wind-driven snow storms this week caused unprecedented closures of local schools as well as the closure of 50 miles of Idaho 55 Monday night.

The McCall-Donnelly and Cascade school districts canceled classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of drifting snow making rural roads impassable for school buses and private cars.

“We’ve probably closed school more in the past 10 days than we have in the past 20 years combined,” M-D Superintendent Jim Foudy said. The last snow day for M-D schools was Feb. 26, 2018.

On Feb. 4, the M-D district invoked a new policy that allowed classes to start two hours late rather than cancel an entire day of class. However, the severity of this week’s weather did not make late starts an option, Foudy said.

“Ultimately, it looked like we might be able to get the kids to school on a late start, but we weren’t confident we could get them home,” he said following Monday’s closure.

The three days of closures for Cascade schools is without precedent, Superintendent Jeff Blaser said.

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Donnelly Snow

Pictures from our viewer Jon Frost in Donnelly shows an overwhelming amount of snow that has dropped onto the Long Valley.

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As Idaho mountains get pummeled with snow, crews work to keep roads open

While the Idaho Transportation Department shut down a long stretch of Highway 55 Monday night due to dangerous conditions for plow trucks, crews are out on other mountain roads around the state, working to keep them open.

By Morgan Boydston February 12, 2019 KTVB

Boise County, Idaho — The Idaho Transportation Department is reporting the worst conditions they’ve seen in nearly a decade on a large stretch of Idaho Highway 55.

Dangerous winds and drifting snow in the mountains on the road are so unsafe for plow crews that ITD closed the highway from Banks to Donnelly Monday night. The stretch is more than 50 miles long.

It’s a rare move and ITD is trying to open Highway 55 as soon as it’s safe and possible to do so, but for now, they advise travelers not to drive in that area.

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Idaho 55 reopened between Banks and Donnelly

The extreme weather caused snow drifts up to four feet tall, ITD said.

KTVB February 12, 2019

Idaho 55 reopened between Banks and Donnelly Tuesday morning.

The stretch had been shut down Monday due to extreme weather that the agency says is too dangerous for plows and crews to work in.

Crews were experiencing blowing winds and drifting snow banks that are reaching up to four feet tall.

Transportation officials said those conditions, combined with low visibility, made it unsafe for both plow operators and the public to drive on.

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Cascade locals call Highway 55 closure rare: ‘That’s never happened’

by Alexis Goree Tuesday, February 12th 2019

Cascade, Idaho (CBS2) — With snow in the forecast, conditions are right for travel to be tough, especially stretches like Highway 55.

Monday night, ITD had to shutdown Highway 55 from Banks to Donnelly due to extreme weather.

… Locals tell CBS2, the weather was the worst they’ve seen in over a decade.

“Yesterday was the most snow I’ve seen in a day. Probably a foot and a half and it just wouldn’t stop,” Whipple said.

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Highway 95 reopens, Idaho 21 closed due to unsafe conditions

An avalanche was reported on Highway 21, which has two separate closures — one north of Idaho City and the other south of Stanley.

KTVB February 13, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Winter driving conditions forced the Idaho Transportation Department to close two major highways earlier today.

A 25-mile stretch of US Highway 95 was closed from Council to New Meadows (mileposts 136-161). The road was closed all morning due to blowing and drifting snow on the roadway. It reopened early this afternoon.

There are two closures to report on State Highway 21.

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Hwy 21

KIVI Channel 6

Check out this photo the Idaho Transportation Department shared on their Twitter! This is what it looks like at Canyon Creek (Highway 21 from Grandjean to Banner Creek). The highway is STILL closed as crews are working to clear many avalanche slides on the road. Some are 30 FEET deep!

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Tamarack Resort to begin major facelift

Feb 11, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Donnelly, ID — Tamarack Resort in Donnelly will embark on a new round of resort improvements beginning this spring, resort officials said Monday.

Along with the first phase completion of the Village Plaza, Tamarack is improving its mountain terrain and opening up lift-served access to more than 200 acres.

“It will certainly be busy around the mountain this spring,” Tamarack Resort President Jon Reveal stated. “Not only is the first phase of the Village Plaza — with retail, lodging and restaurants — being completed, but the mountain is getting a generous addition of accessible terrain thanks to new mountain equipment, including a high-speed quad. We’re focused on improving the guest experience from the moment they arrive at the Village through their last run of the day.”

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The snowpack keeps rising!

by Roland Steadham, Chief Meteorologist Wednesday, February 13th 2019

It’s official, all of southwest Idaho is now in the green for snowpack levels! This is fantastic considering that three weeks ago the Boise Basin was 65% of normal. We had concerns that the low numbers could impact water supply for the upcoming summer. In the last week we went from seeing a glimmer of hope for a good water year to now exceeding expectations in some areas. The Boise Basin is now 92% of normal with what looks like an active storm track in the forecast for the next 7-10 days.


A backhoe digs a path through the snow in Donnelly. (Jon Frost Photo)

The picture you see of the backhoe digging a path through the snow in Donnelly was sent to me by resident Jon Frost. He’s in the snow removal business and he says business is good. It’s almost too good because he’s having a hard time keeping up with the snowfall. Jon he told me that this is bigger than the winter of 2007/2008! He’s having to using a backhoe to clear a path from his house just so he can access the main highway. The snow in Donnelly is 6’ deep in some areas. What’s fascinating, is that most of this has fallen in the last two weeks.

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Public Lands:

Public lands access advocates taking their case to Idaho lawmakers

The Idaho Wildlife Federation is spearheading an effort to amend a current law to allow civil action against anyone who blocks access to public lands.

By Morgan Boydston February 13, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — The Idaho Wildlife Federation is leading the effort to introduce a bill that would allow people to take civil action against anyone who puts up gates or signs on public property, blocking access or claiming it’s private.

“I know there are many, many people from around the state, whether they mountain bike, ATV, hunt, fish, pick berries, hunt morels, they are interested in coming and saying it’s time we create this law. We have no power to hold people accountable,” Idaho Wildlife Federation Executive Director Brian Brooks said.

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Cottonwood Creek Road Closed for Mesa Fire Salvage Operations

Date: February 12, 2019
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945

Council, Idaho – Beginning today, February 12, 2019, the Cottonwood Creek Road (Forest Road 199) is closed from the Forest boundary, to its junction with Tamarack Gulch Road (Forest Road 200).

The purpose of the closure is to provide for public safety from hazards related to logging equipment working immediately from the road, and log truck traffic using the road while conducting the Mesa Fire Salvage Timber Sale.

This closure is in effect until the salvage operation is completed. “We had forest visitors attempting to travel up the road, and some pulling trailers, that once reaching the Cottonwood Creek Road had no way of turning around,” said Ronda Bishop, Council District Ranger. “We are posting a closure sign low in the drainage to ensure visitors know of the road closure before heading up the drainage.”

Please see the attached closure map. For additional information, please call the Council Ranger District office at 208-253-0100.

Brian D. Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest

link to: 02122019 Cottonwood Creek Road Closure Mesa Salvage.pdf
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USDA Forest Service Indian Creek Dam Removal Update

2/14/2019

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Indian Creek dam removal project on the Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The enclosed scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project’s webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55415

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 March 18, 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 on the public webpage is preferred but written comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to Krassel Ranger District 500 North Mission, Building 1, 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 Caleb Zurstadt, (208) 634-0618, czurstadt@fs.fed.us

link to scoping document:

Sincerely,
Anthony Botello,
Krassel District Ranger
Payette National Forest
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USDA Forest Service East Fork French Creek Road Rehabilitation Update

2/15/2019

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed East Fork French Creek Road Rehab on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The enclosed scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project’s webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55427

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 March 18, 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 through the project webpage is preferred but written hardcopy comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to McCall Ranger District 102 West 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 Brian J Davis, Wildlife Biologist at 208-634-0436 or briandavis@fs.fed.us.

link to scoping document:

Sincerely,
Lisa Klinger
McCall District Ranger
Payette National Forest
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Letters to Share:

Upland Game Management Plan 2019 to 2024

link to download plan PDF 2.8 MB, 95 pages:

Dear IDFG Commissioners. I have spent the best part of the last 15 days since the Commission meeting on the 24th of last month contacting sportsmen and women on their thoughts, after we skipped the first 38 pages and got down to the details of the working plan. There is nothing in the plan except what they wanted to do in the 1991 plan. Another 5 years to add to the last 28. The Clearwater is the only region that has made some progress and has some new ideas.

Yesterday I just received a press release, along with many others, from the IDFG and a number of sportsmen have called today and didn’t know about the Upland game manage plan. Now they have 3 days to find, read 88 pages and send in their survey by February 18th. This is not fair to the IDFG Commission and Sportsmen and Women.

We suggest that the Commission make the IDFG Department Redo and Do it right the way a plan should be done. Have some objectives and how they will get it done. Please read the attachment.

link to attachment:

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation
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Idaho Impacts by Wolves and helping Colorado Stop Accepting them

(email 2/14/2019)

Do you know the impact wolves have on our economy in Idaho? I want to share some information I have and know. Recently I attended a meeting to discuss the Wolf Impacts here in Idaho. Wolf Depredation on Livestock was the highest in Valley County followed by Lemhi and Custer County. Statewide the depredation is happening. I have attached a map showing where wolves are or are suspected of being in Idaho in 2015. Check the map they are everywhere and I have received reports of wolves where there isn’t circles. Owhyee County folks are seeing wolves.

Now even though livestock has wolf depredation our wildlife is being impacted as well. Valley County only has cattle grazing each summer the wolves eat all year so they turn to the wildlife. Numbers in northern Idaho where an Elk Herd of 3,000 were reduced to less than 1,000 in a few years. Talk to the sportsmen they will confirm this.

Idaho’s economy is hurting as a result. Wolves are moving into neighboring states that didn’t have wolves reintroduced.

Colorado is now having groups along with the Ted Turner Foundation say they want to bring 500 wolves to Colorado. If Colorado receives wolves their Big Game and Livestock will be impacted just like Idaho.

Please send comments on impacts of wolves you experience to Denny Behrens, Big Game Forever via email at denny@biggameforever.org there is a video link below where RFD TV did a special presentation on wolves. You may recognize a former Valley County Commissioner speaking on the impacts to his ranch and others speaking on Big Game impacts. Watch the video listen to what happened when Idaho was forced to take wolves. The disease the wolves carry through their scat will possibly impact you. WATCH the VIDEO become aware and lets help Colorado STOP the Wolf Introduction or they will be losing their economy just like we are in Valley County and Idaho.

Idaho started out with a few and now we have an estimated 1,500.

Thank you for helping out where you can by speaking out.

Gordon Cruickshank
208 634 6874

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link to 2015 Idaho wolf map:

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New Book on Wolves

You might be interested in a new book that has just been published about wolves. The main author is a Finnish scientist [Kaj Granlund] and I am the coauthor. Details about the book are available on ebay.com. The book contains a wealth of truthful info about wolves. The title of the book is “The Gray Wolf Revealed.”

Link to book on e-Bay:

– Will Graves
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Dr. Geist: Professor Emeritus, University Calgary

Big Game Forever – Wolf Symposium guest speaker Dr. Valerius Geist, talks about wolves in the (Lower 48) United States.

43 minute video:

[h/t TM]
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Critter News:

Idaho mountain lion sightings and attacks prompt safety advice for pets

by Abigail Taylor Thursday, February 7th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — In Idaho, this time of year, mountain lion sightings typically peak.

Idaho Fish and Game told CBS 2 News that during the winter mountain lions come down from the snowy remote areas in the mountains, following after deer and elk, and travel to where it’s warmer — sometimes among people.

The good news is mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, Idaho Fish and Game said our pets can make for easy prey.

Just in the past month, two dogs have been killed in mountain lion attacks. Earlier this week, a woman made headlines after breaking up a fight between her dog and a cougar.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week February 2019
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Eastern Wash. ranchers fed up with wolf attacks, demand state action

In 2018, Washington wildlife officials said there were 33 confirmed attacks on livestock in the region, double the number of attacks in 2016.

Whitney Ward, Kaitlin Riordan February 13, 2019 KTVB

Ferry County, Wash. — The number of wolf attacks on cattle in Eastern Washington has doubled in the past two years as the wolf population continues to climb.

There are about 120 known wolves in the state of Washington. Of the 22 known wolf packs, 19 are east of the Cascades. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said the wolf population is still growing, under protections from state and federal law.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Feb 13, 2018

Montana wolf payout bill called unethical

Wolves and Livestock Fact Sheet

Montana Wolf Management May See Changes

Game & Fish Continues Wolf Monitoring Effort

Wild wolves in crosshairs of German politics
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Woman injured in suspected wolf attack in Red Lake, OPP say

Woman was walking her small dog Thursday evening when confronted by “large black animal”, police say

CBC News · Posted: Feb 12, 2019

Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed a 38-year-old woman was attacked by what was believed to be a wolf in Red Lake on Thursday.

The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. February 7, in the vicinity of the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, said Sgt. Mike Golding, community safety and media relations coordinator for the OPP North West Region.

“The victim had apparently been walking her dog when a large black animal, described as a wolf in her view, squared off against her dog and she decided to step in between to protect her pet and at that time the animal attacked her and she received a number of injuries to her legs and her back which required some medical assistance,” he said, adding the woman has been released from hospital.

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Wild horses of Gem County

Chuck Rolland Gem County sheriff Emmett Messenger Index Feb 13, 2019

Every year the Sheriff’s Office receives calls about horses running at large north of Emmett. The calls are usually regarding the location and health of the horses. Many people are unaware that there is a good population of wild horses in the area. The Four Mile heard as they are known, are managed by the Bureau of Land Management and if you visit their website you can learn more about the horses and management program. Questions regarding the health of these animals or other concerns should be directed to the US Department of the Interior BLM. Below is an excerpt from their website.

The Four Mile wild horses are known to be of excellent size with good conformation and color. This is the result of the influence of released Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse studs to the herds periodically up to 1978. It is also suspected that horses bred for Cavalry Re-Mounts may have also influenced the herd. In addition to the typical colors of bay, brown, and black, the wild horses include many chestnuts, pintos, paints, roans, grays, duns, grullos and a few Appaloosas. The population is128 horses. They are located about 15 miles north of Emmett on 25,806 acres of rolling hills and sagebrush steppe. Wildlife in the area are pronghorn, mule deer and upland bird species.

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Bill to compensate farmers for wildlife damage clears Idaho House

The proposed law could cost the state $150,000 annually.

Associated Press February 13, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Legislation to compensate Idaho farmers and ranchers for damage caused by elk, deer, antelope and moose to irrigation equipment and ground planted with seeds has cleared the House.

Representatives voted 68-0 on Wednesday to send the legislation to the Senate.

The proposed law would cost the Idaho Department of Fish and Game about $150,000 annually.

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Hoof disease detected in Idaho elk for the first time

Disease has been observed in Washington since 2000

Feb 12, 2019 Local News 8

Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Fish and Game has confirmed a case of Treponema Associated Hoof Disease in an elk harvested by a hunter near Whitebird in 2018. That is the first animal diagnosed with TAHD in Idaho.

Fish and Game is asking you report elk showing symptoms.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has established a research project at Washington State University to learn more about the TAHD and its effect on elk populations.

The samples from Idaho were sent to WSU for definitive diagnosis and testing of TAHD.

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Officials feeding elk, hope to lure them away from Idaho highway

Idaho Fish and Game have reported at least one incident between two elk and a semitrailer.

Associated Press February 14, 2019

Sugar City, Idaho — Idaho wildlife officials are feeding a group of elk camped near U.S. Highway 20 in hopes of luring them away from danger.

The Post Register reports that Department of Fish and Game officials say 50 elk have positioned themselves to the east of the highway near Sugar City.

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Groups to sue US agency over loss of caribou herd

By Nicholas K. Geranios – 2/13/19 AP

Spokane, Wash. — Environmental groups said Wednesday they plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent loss of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states.

The handful of remaining animals were relocated into Canada last November, ending decades of efforts to save the southern Selkirk Mountains herd, which were located in a remote part of northern Idaho and Washington state.

The lawsuit would seek to blame the Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to designate protected habitat for the animals.

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Prize money being offered to thin Snake River rainbow trout

by Associated Press Tuesday, February 12th 2019

Pocatello, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has placed a bounty on rainbow trout in the South Fork of the Snake River in hopes of reducing the population of the invasive species. Prize money ranging from $50 to $1,000 is awarded to any angler who turns in a rainbow trout head containing a coded wire tag.

Fish and Game workers catch the fish and affix the tiny tags within the snout of the fish before releasing them in an effort to incentivize anglers to catch and keep the fish. Regional fisheries manager Brett High tells the Idaho State Journal that a few hundred anglers participate in the program each year, and about 4 percent of the heads they turn in have tags.

Rainbow trout are the biggest threat to the blue-ribbon fishery’s native Yellowstone cutthroats, because they compete with and interbreed with the cutthroat.

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Legislation urges federal agency to work on steelhead permit

by Associated Press Thursday, February 14th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Legislation has been introduced to urge federal officials to complete work on a permit requested by Idaho to make sure the state can open a steelhead fishing season this fall.

The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously sent to the full House the legislation requesting action by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Republican House Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star brought the legislation forward.

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Women With Bait

Ladies fish for steelhead and memories

Feb 13, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

It’s a thrill for which people will travel hundreds of miles and brave the winter elements. The thrill of putting an Idaho steelhead in the net.

Every winter the boats of River Adventures are packed. But don’t call these anglers fishermen. They are women with bait. And they are here for several reasons. First and foremost catching a big fish.

“Hoping to catch a sloppy hog with big shoulders,” said Dawn Pham from Meridian. But the women in this annual derby have a ball, even when the fishing is slow.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
February 15, 2019
Issue No. 898
Table of Contents

* This Year’s Coho Return To Columbia River Forecasted To Be Far Above 10-Year Average
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442162.aspx

* Idaho Study Finds Catch-Release, (Fight Time, Air Exposure) For Wild Steelhead Little Impact On Pre-Spawn/Progeny Survival
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442161.aspx

* NW Power/Conservation Council Hears Details On Flexible Spill Agreement To Aid Juvenile Salmon, Steelhead
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442160.aspx

* February Rain, Snow Gives Slight Bump To Basin Water Supply Outlook
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442159.aspx

* Study: Experimental Draining Of Willamette Reservoir To Aid Juvenile Salmon Has Unintended Ecological Impacts
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442158.aspx

* Comments For New Proposed Recovery Plan For Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Due March 28, Highlights Culvert Threat
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442157.aspx

* Sea Lions Getting Shot, Killed In Greater Seattle Area; NOAA Fisheries Offers $20,000 Reward For Information
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442156.aspx

* Public Lands Bill Includes Protection For Methow Valley Headwaters From Mining, Covers 340,000 Acres
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442155.aspx

* NOAA Announces Arrival Of Weak El Nino; Significant Impacts Not Expected
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442154.aspx

* NOAA’s Latest Weather Satellite To Improve Forecasts For Western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442153.aspx

* UW Study Identifies Which Riverside Routes In Northwest Most Important For Animals Navigating Climate Change
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442152.aspx

* USFWS Selects Former WDFW Director Unsworth As Assistant Regional Director For Science Applications
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442151.aspx

* Study Says Climate Of North American Cities Will Shift Hundreds Of Miles In One Generation: Portland Looking Like Sacramento?
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442150.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Despite snowstorms, it’s a normal winter and wide-spread emergency feeding unnecessary

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, February 11, 2019

Big game herds are well adapted for surviving a typical Idaho winter

When big snowstorms roll through Idaho, people often wonder how they will effect big game, and whether Idaho Fish and Game will start feeding deer, elk, pronghorn and other animals. The short answer is this is a normal winter so far, and there’s no need for emergency winter feeding to help animals survive.

According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, in mid February, Idaho’s snowpack was ranging from 83 percent to 124 percent of average with the majority of drainages running between 85 and 95 percent.

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Public’s Help Sought in Deer Poaching Case

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent poaching of two mule deer bucks just off Big Willow Road north of Emmett.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

Fish and Game conservation officer Brian Marek spoke with the landowner on Monday, February, 11th. The landowner reported finding two dead mule deer bucks near his residence and immediately adjacent to Big Willow Road that morning. Hours earlier, at 3:30am, the landowner was returning from work and spotted a vehicle parked along the road. As he prepared to investigate, the vehicle, described as a mid-sized SUV, sped away. Later that morning he found the dead bucks and made a call to Fish and Game. “Deer herds in this area are still recovering from the 2017 winter,” Marek commented. “Spotlighting deer during closed season only further hampers that recovery.”

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Bighorn Sheep Capture Planned in Hells Canyon

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, February 14, 2019

An interagency effort is planned between Idaho Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to capture 80 bighorn sheep in five Hells Canyon herds Feb. 19–28 as part of the ongoing Hells Canyon Initiative to restore bighorn sheep populations. Bighorn sheep will be captured by net gunning from a helicopter and brought to a processing site near the capture location. Biologists will take health samples, radio collar the sheep, and release them on site.

The operation is made possible through the cooperative efforts of Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation, Washington Wild Sheep Foundation, Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and the state wildlife agencies with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service and Nez Perce and Umatilla tribes. This project is part of research to determine health status and test strategies for managing disease in Hells Canyon bighorn sheep. Contact the Clearwater Region office for more information (208) 799-5010.

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Bridge Repairs Close Fort Boise WMA Boat Ramp Access

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Snake River users have alternate access points

The badly dilapidated bridge spanning Sand Hollow Creek at Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will soon be replaced, one of the last repair projects resulting from the “snowpocalypse” of 2016-2017.

The repair work is scheduled to begin February 25th and will necessitate closing the access road to the WMA’s Snake River boat ramp for the duration. The new bridge should be completed by March 17th, at which time the access road will reopen.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Animals Get Valentine’s Day Treats – Cincinnati Zoo

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Idaho History Feb 17, 2019

Gillihans in Yellow Pine

John M. Gillihan married Elsie Good Dec 17, 1945
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The Yellow Pine Lodge

YPLodge1KGC-aJohn and Elsie Gillihan owned the Yellow Pine Lodge in 1966 and 1967, and he outfitted out of Yellow Pine in the 1960’s in the Monumental area. He also had trail jobs for the Forest Service.

The 3 youngest Gillihan children, Milton, Kristy and Pat, went to school in Yellow Pine, while John’s 6 oldest sons (Jack, Bob, George, Harold, Ray and Roy) worked with the outfit.

Elsie carried the mail from Yellow Pine to Big Creek when Whitmore had the mail route – before Arnolds.

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Yellow Pine Lodge G&S Guide Service

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Jim and Olga Cox in front of the Lodge
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My Dad, John Gillihan began his hunting guide career in the early 50’s. He worked out of the Sawtooth/Grandjean area at first. Dad started going into Big Creek in 1956, as an Outfitter & Guide. He often told me that I was two years old the first time I went to the Neal Ranch, and I was born in July of 1954. We spent every summer up there until 1963, when we moved permanently from Garden City to Yellow Pine.

The reason I am sure it was 1963 is because my first recollection of being there was during the 1963 Idaho Territorial Centennial celebration. Warren Campbell had hauled our house from Stibnite and it was sitting in the middle of the street during the Centennial festivities. It was then moved to the top of the road next to Tom and Betty Nicolas place, where it still sits today.

Napier Edwards brought family heirlooms for display at what is now the Corner Bar. I vividly remember seeing his mother’s (Annie Napier Edwards) wedding dress displayed in the window. It is such a shame all his possessions were destroyed when his house burned to the ground years later.

We lived in our house for a couple of years before we leased the Yellow Pine Hotel – after the Browning’s moved. My brother, Roy, and his family moved into our house while my parents ran the Hotel. I think we had the Hotel from 1966 to 1967.

I know we moved to Emmett the winter of 1967 when I was half way through the 8th grade. Roy and his family moved out of our house at that same time, so we must have sold it in 1968 or 1969, because we never lived there again, just continued to go to the Neal Ranch in the summer and Dad would be there through hunting season and usually came home just before Thanksgiving.

My brothers and I attended Yellow Pine School from 1963 to 1967. Milton moved to Emmett to live with our brother George, after the 8th grade, so that he could complete school. The only other option at that time would have been correspondence school or going to McCall to graduate. Pat and I stayed in Yellow Pine until our family moved to Emmett in 1967 and I graduated from there in 1972.

Thank you for your interest in our family history. I still consider Yellow Pine my hometown!

– Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino
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1960’s Yellow Pine

Cafe Tavern Cabins Yellow Pine

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Old post card of Yellow Pine

source: Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino

Iva and Fay Kissinger, Napier Edwards in Yellow Pine Mid 1960s

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“My dad showed me this photo, he is the one in the background on the left, the little boy playing baseball. His name is Dave Browning and at this time my grandparents ran the hotel. Don and Barbra Browning.”

source: Kate Browning Noble

Note: The Brownings had the Lodge before the Gillihans.
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G&S Headquarters at our house in Yellow Pine

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Our house – one of the ones brought out of Stibnite.

[The houses] came from a row of duplexes in Stibnite. All of them had two front doors and two staircases at the entry. We eventually took out one of our front doors, but kept the two staircases. Upstairs, they connected on a landing and one was the boy’s side and one the girl’s… I was lucky to be the only girl!

– Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino

Big John, Pat and Milton Gillihan in Yellow Pine

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You can see Tom & Betty’s house with the white picket fence in the background, and an old shed/house between our house and theirs.
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George Gillihan

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George, wife Veda, children Ricky, Heidi and Mike in Yellow Pine.

G&S Guide Service – Gillihan and Sons

G & S Guide Service 1965

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Bob, Roy and George Gillihan

Yellow Pine Lodge Headquarters

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G & S Guide Service: Ted Gentry, George & John Gillihan

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G & S Billboard on George’s Impala

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Dad’s horses and mules [typed on company stationary]

(Roans)
Tysiska, Roanie, Stormy
(Blacks)
Ranger, Beauty, Montana, Big Prince
(Gray)
Zing, Pee Wee, Spud, Champ, Starlight
(Sorrels)
Penny, Copper, Duke, Beepo, Gordo
(Bays)
Scooter, Socks, Nancy, Pardner, Little Prince
(Brown)
Lady B. J., Peanuts
(Buckskin)
Buck Shot, Cricket
(Pintos)
Brinda, Mary, Judy, Tony, Patches, Jane
(mules)
Kennedy, Duke, Doc, Jack, Molly, May, (?pot) Molly, (?ub), Freddie, Jenny, Cindy, Fanny, Billie, Sad Sack, Patty, Little Jack
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Dad’s packstring returning through town.

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My brother, Milton Gillihan, getting ready to take a group on a horseback ride in Yellow Pine, Idaho.
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Fishing

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Roy and John Gillihan and guest showing off their catch of salmon.

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Pam Hathaway and I showing our catch of the day.
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Yellow Pine School Days

The Yellow Pine School in winter

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This is before we had Idaho Power and no light in the school except the big windows.
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Here is a list of the teachers 1963 – 1967

1963 – 64 – Mrs. Hazel Scheline
1964 – 65 – Mrs. Esther Bieroth
1965 – 66 – Dave Imel (taught the first 12 weeks)
1966 – Miss Mary Scholes (taught the last 12 weeks)
1966 – 67 Mrs. Patricia (Pat) Inama
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Yellow Pine School Teachers

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L-R: Phil Jensen, Milton Gillihan, Lee Green, Danny Ashton, Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino, Doyle Pond, Cheri (Che) Colston.
Second row, Mary Ashton, Pat Gillihan, Dave Imel, In front – Vonnie Ashton and Jessie Green.

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Yellow Pine School Teacher, Miss Mary Scholes from Grandview. L to R: Pam Hathaway, Kristy Gillihan, Miss Mary, Milton Gillihan, Karen Pond, Doyle Pond and Pat Gillihan.
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Yellow Pine School

1962-1963 School opened with 21 Students.
1964-1965 School wired for electricity
1967-1968 School had 18 students at start of school. A recreation room was was built from the woodshed …

excerpted from page 92, History of the Yellow Pine School by Emma Cox, in “Yellow Pine, Idaho” complied by Nancy Sumner
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Getting ready for School in Yellow Pine

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Pat, Milton and I loading our books on a sled to walk to school.
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Getting ready for winter

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My little brother, Pat Gillihan, chopping wood at the house in Yellow Pine, Idaho.
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Winter in Yellow Pine

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Our old International “Pinky” buried in the driveway
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John Gillihan

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“Dad and Trudy, named after Astronaut Gordon Cooper’s wife (Trudy Olson) Dad loved the “race to space” and JFK – he named several horses and mules after celebrities! We had, Gordo, Trudy, Lady B.J., and Kennedy – to name a few.”
– Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino
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John M. Gillihan

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Photo added by Diane Harris

Birth: 4 Sep 1910
Death: 18 Sep 1991 (aged 81)
Burial: Riverside Cemetery Emmett, Gem County, Idaho

Obit

John M. Gillihan

Emmett, ID — John M. Gillihan, 81, of Emmett, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1991, in a Boise hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Emmett Cemetery. Pastor Tom Blackburn of Boise will offi-ciate. Arrangements are under di-rection of the Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett.

Mr. Gillihan was born Sept. 4, 1910, at Gannett, Idaho. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Elsie Good on Dec. 17, 1945, at Dallas, Texas. They lived in Boise, where he was an outfitter and guide at Big Creek. They moved to Em-mett in 1967. He then worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1980 to 1988. Mrs. Gillihan died Jan: 26, 1985.

Survivors include eight sons, Milton H., Patrick M., G. Harold, F. Ray and John W. “Jack” Gillihan, all of Winnemucca, Nev., K. George and Robert J.. Gillihan, both of Emmett, and F. Roy Gillihan of Olympia, Wash.; two daughters, Anna May Wyman of Cottonwood, Calif., and Kristy Gillihan of Boise; a sister, Jane Worthington of Boise; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the McCall Senior Citizen Center, First Street, McCall 83638; or to the American Diabetes Associa-tion, 1528 Vista, Boise 83705.

source: Find a Grave
[h/t SMc]
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Elsie Gillihan

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source: Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino
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[I found] a poem my mother wrote when she was all alone at the Jensen Cabin [Snowshoe Mine on Crooked Creek a tributary to Big Creek]. Bob found the poem written on a brown piece of paper and brought it out to the Base Camp. – Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino

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Arrived at cabin September 15th. Cook & wash for family and also cook for hunters going on pack trips.

Beautiful scenery here at cabin – but can’t say for back country as I have to stay & wash too many diapers.

Poem composed while looking out window – washing dishes.

Seasons Changes

Mountain flowers, drop their heads
Upon their bosoms, playing dead.
And so escape the wicked wind
Who tries to lure them deep within
His rocky castle of canyon walls
With granite stairway to Pine Trees Tall.
But now with summer glory spent
They lie serene & rest content
Till April’s gentle lover rain
Wakes them anew to live again.

By Elsie Gillihan, Boise ID
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Elsie G. Gillihan

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Photo added by Diane Harris

Birth: 5 Oct 1920
Death: 26 Jan 1985 (aged 64)
Burial: Riverside Cemetery Emmett, Gem County, Idaho

source: Find a Grave

Obit

Elsie G. Gillihan

Emmett, ID – Elsie G. Gillihan, 64, of Emmett, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 1985, in a Boise hospital of natural causes.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett. Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery.

Gillihan, an owner of a day care center, was born Oct. 5, 1920, at Mineola, Texas. She married John M. Gillihan on Dec. 17, 1945, at Dallas, Texas. They then moved to Boise.

For most of her life she helped her husband as an outfitter in the Idaho wilderness near Yellow Pine. They raised 24 foster children in addition to 10 children of their own. They had resided at Emmett since 1967 where she operated a day care center.

Survivors include her husband of Emmett; eight sons, Milton H. of Bonner, Mont., Patrick M., G. Harold, and F. Ray, all of Winnemucca, Nev., Robert J. and K. George, both of Emmett, John W. “Jack” of Paisley, Ore., and F. Roy Gillihan of Lacey, Wash.; two daughters, Anna May Wyman of Cottonwood, Calif., and Kristy Gillihan of Boise; and two sisters, Dorothy Few of Mineola and Willie Fay Smith of Chandler, Texas. Her parents, two brothers and a sister died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1528 Vista Ave. Boise 83705.

source: US GenWeb Valley County Archives
[h/t SMc]
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(story by Elsie Gillihan)

Yellow Pine – “I almost petted him, but I didn’t ’cause he moved,” said five-year-old LaDonna Adkins as she recounted to her mother an experience she and her older sister, Christine, had in the woodshed at the family home near here.

Christine, 7, told her mother “something” is in the woodshed. Her mother told her to bring in wood. Then, LaDonna said “there’s a big cat in the wood shed.” Mrs. Adkins decided to take a look. She went to the small building and almost ran into a bobcat in the doorway.

Mrs. Adkins got one shot at the “cat” before it made a fast get-away. It was later killed by a neighbor.
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My Mom, Elsie Gillihan, submitted this article to the newspaper back in the 60’s when Norm and Pauline Adkins had the store in Yellow Pine. LaDonna Adkins was their daughter. The incident entertained us for quite a while.”

source: Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino
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By Elsie Gillihan

Yellow Pine – Now being a housewife, mother, and, so I’m told, a very good baker of bread; I can be proud of my culinary art. It saves money and is quite a necessity in the hills.

Baking, however, brings painful memories of my teen years when my first attempt to bake bread brought triumph for one hour, but in a most unusual way.

Being a very headstrong, impatient, teen-ager (they didn’t call us that; they usually called me “lazy”) I read the recipe, but couldn’t belive it could possibly matter that the hot milk must cool to lukewarm before adding the yeast.

I mixed the bread, then waited and waited for that big, messy, kettle of sticky dough to raise. I looked so long that my eyes began to play tricks and lo, and behold, it must be raising a bit.

Again I decided that the person who had written the recipe, had lots of time to waste; I didn’t; just had to get the bread in the oven.

It baked all right, that is, the top and bottom were a beautiful, golden brown; but it didn’t raise a bit, even in that hot oven.

My family was known for its Christian kindness, but not even this could persuade them to partake of my first light bread. I will give them credit, however, they made valiant attempts, but were unable to get a toothhold, so to speak.

My cousin came by and took a loaf home with him. Next day he appeared at the door minus a tooth. I gasped in alarm until he told me [he] had just been out to the dentist. I never did find out if he was just being kind to spare my feelings. Anyway, he told me that he could have eaten the loaf if only I had remembered to salt it.

I was, by this time, beginning to be very nervous, wondering what in the world to do with four loaves of unusable bread. I took one loaf apart and began to roll some of the middle portion between my two palms, when suddenly I looked at it and was surprised to discover I had a ball that closely resembled rubber, except this smelled a little better.

I tested it by throwing it on the floor and was amazed when it actually bounced three feet.

At last, I thought, I’ve found something to use it for. I proceeded to sew a cloth cover for the ball, invited the neighbor kids to play ball. We played catch, used a bat, had fun for an hour until we tired of the game. I then gave the ball to our dog who took one sniff, gave me a sorrowful look, then walked away leaving the ball for the neighbor’s dog. This dog, taking no chances, promptly dug a hole and buried it.

The thing that really bothers me is this: When this ball petrifies, and future archeologists unearth it, I’d just love to be there, in hiding of course, to get their version of what this object really is.
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This is another article submitted to the Idaho Statesman by my Mom, Elsie Gillihan. She used to tell this story to us.

source: Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino

Many thanks to Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino for sharing family history and photos for this story.
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