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)

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.


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.


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

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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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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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)

Local Groups:


Winter Water Advice

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

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

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th.

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

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

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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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.


Virginia Mae Boydstun


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

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.

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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.

source w/photo gallery::
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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!

FB photo link:
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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.


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


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:

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


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:

Lisa Klinger
McCall District Ranger
Payette National Forest

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

link to video:

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]

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.

continued: (warning, sad photo)
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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
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

* Idaho Study Finds Catch-Release, (Fight Time, Air Exposure) For Wild Steelhead Little Impact On Pre-Spawn/Progeny Survival

* NW Power/Conservation Council Hears Details On Flexible Spill Agreement To Aid Juvenile Salmon, Steelhead

* February Rain, Snow Gives Slight Bump To Basin Water Supply Outlook

* Study: Experimental Draining Of Willamette Reservoir To Aid Juvenile Salmon Has Unintended Ecological Impacts

* Comments For New Proposed Recovery Plan For Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Due March 28, Highlights Culvert Threat

* Sea Lions Getting Shot, Killed In Greater Seattle Area; NOAA Fisheries Offers $20,000 Reward For Information

* Public Lands Bill Includes Protection For Methow Valley Headwaters From Mining, Covers 340,000 Acres

* NOAA Announces Arrival Of Weak El Nino; Significant Impacts Not Expected

* NOAA’s Latest Weather Satellite To Improve Forecasts For Western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii

* UW Study Identifies Which Riverside Routes In Northwest Most Important For Animals Navigating Climate Change

* USFWS Selects Former WDFW Director Unsworth As Assistant Regional Director For Science Applications

* Study Says Climate Of North American Cities Will Shift Hundreds Of Miles In One Generation: Portland Looking Like Sacramento?

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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