Monthly Archives: April 2019

Apr 28, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 28, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – boil water order issued
May 1 – 12pm Fire Siren Test
May 5 – 3pm Taco Feed at the Community Hall
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
May 18 – YPFD meeting at the Community Hall
May 20 – Deadline 2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest
May 23 – Festival meeting 2pm at the Community Hall
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
June 11 – Vet Day Yellow Pine
June 20 – Festival meeting Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 29 – Highland Games
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 18 – (tentative) Noxious Weed Spray day
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

(details below)
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Local Events:

May 5, 2019, 3pm Taco Feed at the Community Hall

In thanks for the great support of the community, the Community Hall Committee is giving back.

A Taco Feed will be held at the Community Hall on May 5th at 3pm. The Community Hall is providing the fixin’s.

Please join us for good food and to check out the progress that has been made in the Community Hall.

Thanks again for all your support.
Kathy Hall
Community Hall Chairman
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2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest – Deadline May 20

The contest for the 30th Annual Yellow Pine Music Festival T-shirt logo is open!
This year’s theme is “Then and Now”.
The winner receives $100!
Your one-color design* must include the following:

* 30th Annual
* 2019
* Yellow Pine Music Festival
* musical instruments incorporated into the design

Designs must be submitted electronically to yellowpinefestival@gmail.com or by snail-mail to Yellow Pine Festival, PO Box 10, Yellow Pine, ID 83677
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Submissions become the property of the Village of Yellow Pine Association.

*Note: We have learned that simple designs show and sell better.
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June 11 – Vet Day

On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list.
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June 29 – Highland Games

For the second year, Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers will bring the Highland Games to Yellow Pine on June 29th. Last year they donated over $2,600 to the Helipad and this year money will be raised for the water department. Come see these fantastic athletes and support the water department.
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Golf Tournament July 6

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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Noxious Weed Spray day July 18

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I tentatively have Thursday, July 18, 2019 marked on my calendar.

We had really good participation last year but we can do better, lets start talking now and get more people involved as it is “Everyone’s responsibility to control Noxious and Invasive plants”. I think last years event went very well, we will try and be a little more organized this year, if we missed someone put them on top of the priority list. I will bring my entire crew, all of our equipment, PPE, and mixed herbicide, you provide the volunteers, we’re here to help you not do it for you.

I misplaced 1-backpack sprayer last year, please keep your eyes peeled in case we laid it down someplace or forgot to pick it up.

Spread the word, save the date. I look forward to hearing from you. The best way to contact me this time of year is through e-mail, I will be in and out of the office until May, I check my e-mails daily but I can’t always respond until I get back into the office.

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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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.

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Village News:

Water Update

Yellow Pine water system update is as follows; a substantial leak has been located downtown that is likely the main culprit in regards to excessive water use. Steve Holloway is heading up efforts for repair. The system is still under a boil water advisory until further notice. Once the water leak has been repaired and water use is diminished, the treatment system will be back to normal operation and the boil water advisory will likely be lifted.
– Warren Drake (4/28/2019)

#4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19.pdf
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Power Outage

Probably due to winds, our power went off at 707pm Saturday evening (Apr 27) for over 7 hours.
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Spring 2019 Nez Perce Yellow Pine Fisheries Report

By John Byrne

The 2019 trapping season is underway! The Johnson Creek screw trap was installed on March 6 and is currently fishing. The Secesh screw trap was installed on March 21 and is currently not fishing, due to high water conditions. Although there was plenty of snowpack in the lower elevations, so far it has been a slow and steady runoff, aside from a few rain events. We will see what the remainder of the spring runoff has in store for us, as there is still substantial high elevation snow yet to melt off. Hopefully the giant log jam on the East Fork will blow out.

Chinook numbers at Johnson Creek have been fairly high for this time of year. They are smolts from the tail end of last years’ out migration, represented below, in red, as Migration Year 2019. These smolts’ parents returned during the summer of 2017, hence Brood Year 2017. (Note; these are not actual numbers just a visual aide to help describe how fish are classified) Most of the BY17 smolt migration happened during the summer of 2018, but more than usual held over the winter. This may have to do with carrying capacity of Johnson Creek. Because of a low return of their parents during the summer of 2017, there weren’t many BY17 offspring in the system. With less fish in the system, one can assume there was more habitat and food available. This may have caused them to stay longer. We will begin monitoring another year class soon, as we start catching sac fry offspring of last years’ adults (BY18s). As there was a good adult return last summer (626 total), we are expecting many BY18’s in the system this summer!

continued: Spring 2019 Nez Perce Fisheries Report.pdf

Correction: There was only 150,000 chinook put into Johnson creek for the supplementary stocking. Not 250,000.
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Roads

Stibnite Road Update From Midas April 27, 2019 (via email Mckinsey Lyon)

Repair work is underway after multiple landslides hit the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River and Stibnite Road in early April. Local contractor, OK Gravel is currently addressing high priority areas to limit further damage that may occur from spring runoff conditions. This work includes repairing two main areas of Stibnite Road directly above and below Tamarack Creek. The current work is overseen and funded by Valley County in coordination with state and federal officials.

This immediate action does not address the 1/2 mile stretch of the Stibnite Road currently washed away and sitting underneath snow, timber and other debris left by the largest of the four avalanches. As OK Gravel works their way up from the lower section of the road between the slide and Yellow Pine, Midas Gold will begin addressing portions of the slide closest to the Stibnite Gold Project location.

While progress is being made, it is likely that the road will remain undriveable and closed through the spring. Everyone’s top priority is to stabilize the area and then reestablish safe passage along Stibnite Road in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

With access currently closed, Midas Gold staff still makes regular visiting to Stibnite to perform maintenance and other tasks as needed. This requires hiking around the current disturbance. Once we begin making repairs on the upper section of the road, we anticipate staff will be up daily.

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A report on Saturday (Apr 27) that the “bowling alley” on the EFSF road has been cleaned up and the road is good in that area. The avalanche across the river from the Eiguren Ranch is still melting and contains a lot of large trees. The log jam in the river broke up, there are individual trees hung up on the rocks downstream.
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Tick Season

It is official, ticks are out.


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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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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Transfer station was last emptied March 14. A big Thank You to the civic minded locals who went out and cleaned up the litter in and around the building on April 23! A report that the bins are about half full. Road report April 24 – the big rock has been moved to the side of the road.

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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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. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Bears are out of hibernation and hungry. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw bears, 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:

Boil order issued April 2, 2019

(see above in village news)

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.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern *Cancelled*
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

We had training today [April 28] and Midas employees in attendance.

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

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

-JF
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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 – expecting to be open for Memorial Weekend
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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 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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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
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (Apr 22) overnight low of 28 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. The tree swallows are back, lots of finches visiting. Partly cloudy and light breeze mid-day, high of 67 degrees. Raven calling from the golf course, finches twittering from the trees. Mostly cloudy and warm mid-afternoon, light and pleasant breezes. At dusk flat sky, probably high haze and still pleasantly warm. High hazy clouds before midnight, didn’t see any meteors.

Tuesday (Apr 23) overnight low of 35 degrees, overcast, light breeze and rather muggy this morning. The tree swallows were more subdued and not as many finches, a raven flew over the ‘hood calling. Breaks in the clouds mid-day and bits of sunshine, high of 70 degrees. The colombian ground squirrels have come out of hibernation. Tiny leaves starting to break out of the buds on the lilac bush. Mostly cloudy, warm, muggy and breezy mid-afternoon. At dusk it was mostly cloudy and warm, robins chirping. Broken clouds before midnight, a few stars out.

Wednesday (Apr 24) overnight low of 40 degrees, mostly cloudy and slight breeze this morning. Brewers blackbirds, robins, tree swallows and finches calling. Breaks in the clouds mid-day, scattered sunshine and light breezes, high of 65 degrees. Low water pressure in the middle of the day. Two female hairy woodpeckers and several cassins finches visiting, ground squirrels running around and a very busy pine squirrel. Increased traffic. Almost clear by mid-afternoon, warm and gusty breezes. At dusk it appears there is some thin high haze in the sky, nearly calm and robins calling. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 25) overnight low of 26 degrees, almost clear sky (a few wisps of haze) and almost calm this morning. Lots of birds calling, finches, swallows, robins, jays and a woodpecker drumming. Increasing haze mid-day, slight breeze and warm, high of 69 degrees. Finches and swallows singing. Mostly hazy with filtered sunshine and warm mid-afternoon, slight breeze, very nice. Daffodils are starting to form flower buds. The water seems to have a brown tinge and low pressure. Mostly cloudy and warm at dusk, robins calling. Breaks in the clouds around 1030pm and breezy. Calmer and only a few stars after midnight.

Friday (Apr 26) overnight low of 39 degrees, overcast this morning. Lots of robins around, tiny leaves out on lilac bush, swallows swooping and looking in bird houses, finches calling from the trees. Low water pressure. Short sprinkle of rain before noon and breezy. Cassins finches visiting. Breaks in the clouds-mid day, occasional bits of sunshine. Partly clear and blustery mid-day, high of 60 degrees. Increased traffic. Mostly clear at dusk, lots of robins hopping around. Water pressure is still low but better than this morning. High haze before midnight, a few stars out.

Saturday (Apr 27) overnight low of 26 degrees and mostly clear this morning. Finches, swallows and robins active and singing. A few clouds coming in and breezy mid-day, high of 60 degrees. Water pressure better than yesterday but still rather low. Cassins finches visiting. By mid-afternoon it was getting blustery, windy gusts and partly cloudy (darker thicker clouds.) Power out at 707pm, mostly cloudy and windy. Still pretty breezy at dusk. Power came on around 245am.

Sunday (Apr 28) overnight low of 26 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy this morning. Swallow and finches calling. Low water pressure. Mostly cloudy and breezy mid-day, high of 43 degrees. Finches visiting and ground squirrels running about. A few snowflakes falling mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy and chilly breeze. Better water pressure this afternoon. Breezy and mostly clear at dusk. Elk wandering through the neighborhood.
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Idaho News:

Plane crashes, lands on top of tree outside McCall

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, April 23rd 2019


(Courtesy McCall Fire)

McCall, Idaho (CBS 2) — A 79-year-old pilot crashed landed a small airplane on the top of a tree outside of McCall on Monday.

McCall Fire says crews were called out to Poorman Creek up Boulder Lake Road after the pilot called 911 and said his plane was stuck in a tree.

After emergency crews arrived, they found the plane about 60 feet in the air. One of McCall’s firefighters who owns and operates a tree removal company was able to climb the tree and secure a safety harness on the pilot who was safely removed. He said he was surprised at how stable the plane was in the tree.

No word yet on the pilot’s condition.

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Volunteer firefighter pulls pilot who crashed into trees to safety

Randy Acker is a professional tree climber who used his expertise to help bring the man to safety.

Joey Prechtl April 25, 2019 KTVB

McCall, Idaho — It’s a story that will go down in aeronautical history around here. And one that could have turned out much differently.

A 79-year-old pilot is lucky to be alive after crashing his plane into trees nearly 60-feet tall in a remote area east of McCall Monday night.

John Gregory’s plane was gobbled up by a massive ponderosa pine high above ground.

It took a volunteer firefighter, who climbed the tree limb by limb, to get him to safety.

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McCall pilot rescued unharmed after plane crashes in top of tree

Rescuers had to lower John Gregory 60 feet to the ground

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 25, 2019

A McCall man walked away uninjured after crashing his airplane into the top of a 60-foot tall tree east of McCall Monday night.

The pilot, John Gregory, 79, used his cell phone to call 911 at 8:58 p.m. after his plane came to a rest in the tree in the Poorman Creek area off of Boulder Creek Road, according to McCall Fire & EMS and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

Gregory had been looking for a field for an emergency landing after noticing mechanical problems with his airplane during a flight from Challis to McCall Municipal Airport, said McCall Fire Capt. Brandon Swain, who spoke to Gregory.

The 1,300-pound Piper Cub PA-18 single-propeller airplane clipped a tree with its landing gear, snagging a strut around it and snapping the top portion of the tree off in the process.

“It was literally at the top of the tree,” Swain said. “We just did not have a clue how stable that plane was.”

McCall Fire and EMS dispatched four firefighters with two snowmobiles, a toboggan and chainsaws to clear downed trees on the way to the GPS coordinates provided by Gregory.

Three volunteer firefighters also responded to the scene, including Randy Acker, who climbed up the tree to stabilize the plane and help safely lower Gregory to the ground with a harness and ropes at about 12:08 a.m.

Gregory refused an ambulance ride to the hospital, instead opting to ride in trucks with first responders back to McCall.

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‘Business as Usual’

Firefighter’s day job as tree faller comes in handy for pilot rescue

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 25, 2019

Randy Acker has climbed thousands of trees, but never one with a crashed airplane and its pilot teetering overhead.

“I’ve had to climb up and lower a dead bear out of a tree. I’ve had to climb up and get drones out of trees, climbed up and rescued a few cats,” said Acker, 55. “But first person in an airplane.”

Acker, owner of Acker Tree Services in McCall and a volunteer firefighter, was McCall Fire and EMS’s first call when determining how to rescue John Gregory, 79, of McCall from his wrecked airplane balanced about 60 feet up a white fir east of McCall on Monday night.

Acker was getting ready for bed at about 9:30 p.m. when the call came in from McCall Fire Chief Garrett de Jong.

About 30 minutes later, he had been taken by snowmobile to the scene and was assessing how he would approach scaling a tree with an airplane precariously perched atop it at a 45-degree angle.

Acker used spiked tree cleats and a wire-core rope wrapped around the tree trunk and hooked to his harness.

He got to work chain sawing more than 200 limbs off the tree as he looped around the tree and inched toward the wreckage.

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Crews still working to remove plane from tree after crash in McCall

Pilot escaped without injuries Monday night

Apr 26, 2019 KIVI TV

McCall, Ida. — It’s been several days since a small plane crashed into a tree just outside of McCall, but crews are still trying to figure out how to remove the aircraft.

The pilot told rescuers the propeller stopped working just before he crashed around 60 feet up. He was rescued safely and is not hurt, but the plane is still in the tree.

A fireman who rescued the pilot happens to also own his own tree service and has been using his resources to help secure the plane in the tree. Randy Acker says the plan may involve picking the plane up with a helicopter.

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Valley County Commissioner weighs in on lake ordinance: ‘This is a proposal’

by Alexis Goree Sunday, April 21st 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Conversations are heating up, over a proposed ordinance to create new wake limitations on all Valley County waterways.

Right now, Valley County’s no wake zone is just 300 feet off shore. If this ordinance passes, County Commissioner Gordon Cruiskshank says that number will increase.

“If a wave gets higher the 24 inches we’re asking you to move 1000 feet out from the shoreline so those larger waves don’t impact the other uses as much as they have in the past at a closer distance,” Cruiskshank said.

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Speakers oppose draft wake boat rules

Valley commissioners urged to go back to drawing board

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 25, 2019

They were often on different sides, but those speaking on proposed rules on wake boats on Valley County lakes this week were agreed the rules need more work.

Valley County commissioners held public hearing in Cascade on Monday and McCall on Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that, among other thing, would set 1,000-foot no-wake zones for wake boats.

The boats use ballast or wings to create large waves on which surfers can ride without a tow rope.

Monday’s hearing at the Cascade American Legion Hall saw 123 people who wrote their names down as opponents of the proposal. Only nine supported the draft.

Seven people spoke in favor of certain provisions of the ordinance, while 41 spoke against.

Tuesday’s hearing at Idaho First Bank in McCall drew more than 200 people. Nine people signed in as unopposed, 45 as proponents and 134 in opposition to the rules.

Those opposed to the draft ranged from power boating enthusiasts opposing the no-wake zones to people seeking to ban wake boats entirely from Payette Lake.

Commissioners Gordon Cruickshank, Elt Hasbrouck and Dave Bingaman listened to the testimony but took no action.

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Meadows Valley students outfit Packer John’s Cabin park with signs

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 25, 2019

Monir Desouky grinned as he held up a rusted railroad spike from the Pacific and Idaho Northern Railroad that once ran through New Meadows.

“If you go dig where the train was, you can find pieces of the train track,” Desouky said as he gestured towards an interpretive sign he made detailing the former railroad.

Desouky is one of 15 students in Sue Weber’s fifth-grade class that undertook a year-long project to cleanup Packer John’s Cabin park near New Meadows and outfit it with signs detailing the history of Meadows Valley.

“I want kids to be able to come back here and cherish and value the town that they grew up in and give them a reason to come back and bring their families,” Weber said of the project.

Students began last spring by raking up debris at the park, which is owned by Adams County.

The students convinced Adams County commissioners to grant a budget of up to $14,000 to create the signs.

Students then researched the history of each of their selected topics ranging from logging to agriculture and native wildlife with assistance from the Adams County Historical Society and McCall Outdoor Science School graduate students.

On Monday, the work will culminate in each student installing their unique 24-by-18-inch sign at one of each of the campsites in the state park.

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Idaho vacates order forcing landowners into oil leases

by Associated Press Thursday, April 25th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Idaho officials have vacated an order forcing landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to an energy company following a ruling from a federal judge who found Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution.

The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 to vacate the order after the federal judge in the August ruling directed the panel to do exactly that.

Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability sued in 2017, contending the state discriminated against landowners with an order finalizing a deal that favored Alta Mesa.

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Texas oil company to pay Idaho penalty for acid in well

Apr 24, 2019 AP

Boise, Idaho (AP) – A Texas-based oil company that injected acid into a well as part of a process to improve production will pay Idaho $8,000 in civil penalties.

The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve the agreement with Alta Mesa.

State officials say Alta Mesa violated two Idaho codes.

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Idaho, Oregon reach agreement on hydroelectric project

Apr 23, 2019 AP

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Idaho and Oregon have reached an agreement on a hydroelectric project on the Snake River that requires an Idaho utility to spend about $312 million on water quality and habitat improvements.

Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little and Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in separate news releases announced the agreement Monday.

Idaho Power has been trying to obtain a new 50-year license for its Hells Canyon Complex from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after the old one expired in 2005.

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It is important that all CoCoRaHS precipitation reports be accurate and consistant. Training is provided on how to install gauges, properly measure precipitation and transmit reports. CoCoRaHS precipitation reports are accurate and very useful.

Why is there so much interest in rain, hail and snow?

Precipitation is essential for life. It varies greatly with topography, storm type and season. It really is true that it may pour on one side of the street and be dry on the other. A portion of a field may be pounded by hail while others nearby receive no damage. Snowfall may pile up in one neighborhood and only dust another. Rain, hail and snow are fairly easy to measure, and the data collected are very important. Meteorologists, hydrologists, engineers, builders, farmers . . . you name it, everyone seems to care about rain, hail and snow. That’s why we ask, “How much fell in your backyard?”

There are limited observations across southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon, compared to the rest of the country, so we would love to have your observations. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS program and to see where your fellow observers have recorded rain amounts, visit http://www.cocorahs.org/.

Invite your neighbors, relatives and friends by sending them this “Join” link:

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Tips & Advice:

What you need to know before starting a debris burn

KBOI March 26, 2019

You’ve spent the day cleaning up your yard, and now there’s a big pile of debris that needs to be taken care of. Burning it will be an easy way to get rid of the mess, right? Hold that thought – while debris burning is an effective way to dispose of yard waste, debris fires can also pose a big safety hazard. In fact, debris burning is the number one cause of accidental fires in the state of Idaho.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re burning safely:

… Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire department or fire protection district to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

full story: Idaho Firewise
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Reduce your home’s vulnerability to wildfire ignition

KBOI April 22, 2019

Home ownership is exciting. But with it comes many responsibilities — especially when you live in an area prone to wildfires. So, one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is to reduce your home’s vulnerability to wildfire ignition.

If you’re a new homeowner or plan on building a house, utilize these recommendations to keep your home fire-free. If your house has been your home for years, don’t fret! Think of these recommendations as annual upgrades or as a renovation project — there’s no need to rebuild your house completely. Pay attention to the following tips to maintain your home’s safety, and begin to plan for and budget for major renovations.

Here’s what you can do to protect your home:

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Public Lands:

Payette forest to issue firewood permits starting May 15

The Star-News April 25, 2019

Personal firewood permits for the Payette National Forests will be available beginning on Wednesday, May 15.

Permit purchases are limited to a minimum of 4 cords and maximum of 10 cords per household. Cost is $6.25 per cord, and woodcutting is limited to dead trees.

The Payette is encouraging permit holders to cut firewood early in the year because fire restrictions may affect the cutting season later in the summer, a news release said.

Those heading out in the early season are encouraged to avoid traveling on wet, muddy roads that might cause damage.

Information and permits will be available at C&M Lumber in New Meadows, Albertsons in McCall, The Corner in Yellow Pine, and ranger district offices in McCall and New Meadows. For more information, visit http://fs.fed.us.

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Forestry for Southern Idaho tour to start May 15 in McCall

The Star-News April 25, 2019

The fifth annual Forestry for Southern Idaho tour will cover forest management topics from bark beetles to wildfire prevention on Wednesday, May 15, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office.

The event will begin indoors with a discussion on defensible space around the home, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program cost-sharing initiative, fire season preparedness, noxious weed control and bark beetle updates.

Sponsored by the Valley Soil and Water Conservation District and the Idaho Department of Lands, the program will also feature an outdoor session in the afternoon.

The outdoor portion will include stops to view harvest and thinning to improve forest health and reduce wildfire risk as well as a demonstration of equipment to remove trees or other debris to minimize wildfire.

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USDA Forest Service Payette Powder Guides Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance Update

4/22/2019

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed reissuance of a special use authorization for Payette Powder Guides on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The scoping document is available on the project’s webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55635.

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 May 22, 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 project webpage is preferred but written, comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to McCall Ranger District 102 West Lake Street McCall Idaho 83638. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

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

For further information on this project, please contact me at lklinger@fs.fed.us or 208-634-0401.

Sincerely,
Lisa J. Klinger
District Ranger
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USDA Forest Service Payette Lakes Ski Club Little Ski Hill Improvements Update

4/22/2019

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Little Ski Hill Improvements on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The scoping document is available on the project’s webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55634.

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 May 22, 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 submissions on the project webpage are preferred, but written comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted in writing to McCall Ranger District, 102 West Lake Street, McCall, Idaho 83638. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

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

For further information on this project, please contact me at lklinger@fs.fed.us or 208-634-0401.

Sincerely,
Lisa J. Klinger
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Southwest Idaho Spring prescribed fire burning planned

Boise, Idaho, April 24, 2019 — Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable spring weather conditions for planned low-intensity prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), large wildfire potential to communities, and improve wildlife habitat.

Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in April and continue through June. Approximately 3,000 acres are planned for ignition in 13 project areas within the Boise National Forest.

Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.

Prescribed burns may affect people sensitive to smoke and may impact access to burn areas and travel routes. Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and drive slowly in areas with decreased visibility.

Information and signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.

Visit the http://www.rxfire.com website and click on the link (http://bit.ly/RxFireSWIdaho) to the interactive map with the latest planned areas of prescribed fire treatments. The interactive map will allow you to zoom in to your areas of interest to provide the latest information and a phone number to contact for more information. The Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, Payette National Forest, Boise National Forest, and Sawtooth National Forest planned prescribed fire treatments are in the map.

The Boise NF prescribed fire hotline is (208) 373-4208. The most current fire information will be posted on inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5751/.

Planned Boise National Forest fall prescribed burns include:

Idaho City Ranger District

* Alder (261 acres): located 3 miles north of Placerville, Idaho. This a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Alder Ridge (100 acres): located 1 miles north of Placerville, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Amber (300 acres): located 2 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a modified tree well burn.
* Amber North (276 acres): located 4 miles southeast of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a modified tree well burn.
* Buckskin (200): located approximately 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho.
* Little Ophir (100 acres): located 4 miles west of Pioneerville, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignition that will reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface area.
* Little Ophir WUI (130 acres): located 1.5 miles northeast of Centerville, Idaho.
* Mores South-Granite Creek (50 acres): located 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Mores South-Switchback (112 acres): located 5 miles southeast of Idaho City, Idaho in the Granite Creek Drainage.

Cascade Ranger District


Horsethief burn

* Horsethief (180 acres): located about 1 mile east/northeast of Horsethief Reservoir. This burn involves helicopter and hand ignition to reduce fuels over the area and is within the wildland urban interface.

* Westside Restoration Unit 39 (25 acres): This project is located on National Forest System (NFS) road 435 along West Mountain. It is approximately 10 miles west of Cascade, Idaho. This will be hand ignition to reduce fuels within the wildland urban interface.

Lowman Ranger District

* West Lowman WUI (650 acres): located approximately 2 miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho between Clear and Miller creek drainages.

Emmett Ranger District

* Lodgepole Springs Underburn (585 acres): located approximately 14 miles north of Crouch, this will be a restoration underburn in the Silver Creek drainage north of FS road 671.
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BLM to conduct pile burning in Southwest Idaho

Date: April 22, 2019
Contact: Jared Jablonski jjablonski@blm.gov 208-384-3210

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting the Trout Springs Jackpot Prescribed Burn, located 36 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR, on Juniper Mountain, sometime in late April or May, depending on weather, fuel and ground conditions. The burn area is approximately 285 acres.

The objective is to burn piles of heavy, dead tree branches, called jackpots, resulting from juniper tree thinning projects in the area. These projects are aimed at reducing the encroachment of western juniper trees into the grass and sagebrush dominated sage-steppe ecosystem, which supports wildlife habitat, grazing, and recreation.

Fire managers will be targeting weather and fuel conditions that minimize fire spread such as snow, high fuel moistures and new grass growth. Containing the fire spread to individual tree debris zones reduces risk to live vegetation and allows for faster vegetation recovery.

Once these conditions are favorable, fire managers will be igniting piles over multiple days, with subsequent mop-up and patrol occurring for several days afterwards. The public can expect to see smoke during ignitions and mop-up.

For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378.
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BLM to burn tumbleweeds along Soda fuelbreaks

Date: April 25, 2019
Contact: Jared Jablonski jjablonski@blm.gov 208-384-3210

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting the Soda Fuelbreak Prescribed Burn, in an area about five miles south of Marsing. Crews will be conducting burns between late April and mid-May, depending on weather, fuel and ground conditions.

The objective of the burn is to mitigate the risk of hazardous fuels by reducing unsafe accumulations of tumbleweeds along fence lines and roadways. The burn area is approximately 50 acres, with the option to treat additional acres depending on the amount of tumbleweed buildup. Tumbleweed accumulations can create hazardous fire conditions because large amounts of fast-burning fuels can be blown across roads, spreading fires and creating dangers for nearby property owners and firefighters.

Burning will occur near the intersection of Sommer Camp Road and U.S. Highway 95. Smoke will be visible from Marsing and the public should be aware of safety flaggers and short-term travel delays because of smoke and firefighters working along the roadway.

Prescribed fire managers will time the burning with seasonal conditions such as recent rains and spring green-up to provide firefighters a natural barrier to prevent the fire’s spread into nearby open areas.

For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378.
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New map shows prescribed burns in southwestern Idaho

by Associated Press Friday, April 26th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Land management officials in Idaho have put together a new online map so hikers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts can know when and where to expect prescribed burns.

Boise State Public Radio reports national forests in Idaho along with the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho Department of Lands put together the maps for prescribed burns happening between April and July on the Southwest Idaho Interagency Prescribed Fire website.

The goal of prescribed burns is to reduce fuels on the ground, create fire-resilient trees and help protect people and timber from severe wildland fires. Agencies typically post caution signs with closures and a map of where they plan to burn along trailheads and roads leading to the locations. But the interactive website will allow recreationists to check for prescribed burns before they head out to the wilderness.

Prescribed burn maps:

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Regional Intermountain Newsletter Special Issue

April 24, 2019

Prepare for the long hot days of summer

The snow slowly starts melting away, flowers begin emerging from the ground and the landscapes are abundant with life again. Many feel a sigh of relief after surviving the cold dark days of winter and anticipate the long hot summer days that lie ahead. Before summer arrives, spend time preparing your home for the upcoming wildfire season.

Land managers and wildland firefighters will perform essential vegetation management treatments including prescribed fire, mechanical thinning and biological and chemical spraying that reduce the natural buildup of grasses, shrubs and forest growth. These treatments help protect communities and other values before wildfire occurs.

Homeowners and communities can help. Creating defensible space around homes and buildings by reducing materials that may catch fire from around buildings and structures, helps keep property, the community and firefighters safe. A buffer between trees, shrubs and tall grasses will improve the chance of your home surviving a wildfire and also provide a safe place for firefighters.

Please visit Firewise for more information on preparing your home before wildfires happen near you.

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New strategy aims to save sagebrush in Western states

By Keith Ridler – 4/23/19 AP

Boise, Idaho — A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species — including imperiled sage grouse — is a paradigm shift in strategy, federal officials said.

The 248-page document released this month emphasizes new technologies and analytics as lands managers try to turn around a decades-long losing streak to a devastating combination of invasive plants and wildfires.

The plan categorizes sagebrush areas on their resistance and resiliency to those two threats, and describes a triage system as officials with limited money try to restore and protect sagebrush country where they can.

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Letter to Share:

Free Baby Pheasant Chicks

Folks take a look at how lucky we are. We get Free baby chicks and the rest of the world has to pay for them. Remember the next hatch of chicks will be ready May 9th. Get those brooders ready. The folks are building more brooders Wednesday night the 1st of may at Camp Grizzly from 5:30 to 7:30. Give a call 208-883-3423 for directions. This is why it is so important that you become a member of the Gamebird Foundation. We help with the free chicks. We help with the brooders. We help with the high protein feed. We help with the habitat. For $20:00 you can become a member to help become a partner in this great program.

Here is what other groups pay for what we get free.

Hen chicks $.40 each in lots of 25.
Rooster chicks $2.25 each any amount.
1/2 hens x 1/2 roosters $1.50 each with 26 min.
50lbs starter feed $20.00.

At the Gamebird Foundation Membership is $20.00 for the whole family. We help you with all this and the chicks are free.

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

Pet Talk – Hepatitis in dogs

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt April 26, 2019 IME

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, a very large organ found in the front part of the abdomen. Hepatitis comes in two forms, acute and chronic. Inflammation leads to a loss of liver function, and over time, liver cell death, which is called cirrhosis.

Several potential toxins can cause hepatitis in dogs, but often no specific cause is found. Some dog breeds are especially at risk, such as Doberman pinschers, Labrador retrievers, cocker spaniels and German shepherds, but this disease can affect any breed or mixed-breed dog. It is most common in middle-age to older dogs.

The causes of hepatitis in dogs are many, from viral disease to leptospirosis, to long-term exposure to various drugs, such as antifungal and anticonvulsant medications. Sometimes the immune system attacks the liver for reasons no one understands.

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Dogs in Cars: Why your dog should be restrained

by Jill Ciminillo, Automotive Editor Friday, April 26th 2019


Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety conducted a collaborative crash test study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses marketed with safety claims. (Image courtesy of Subaru and Center for Pet Safety)

Imagine a 10-pound bowling ball hitting you in the back of the head.

That was the vivid imagery Lindsey Wolko, founder and CEO of Center for Pet Safety, used to describe a crash where an unrestrained Yorkshire Terrier flew through the vehicle, striking the owner in the back of the head.

The driver had to be air-lifted to a hospital because his injuries were so severe.

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Federal appeals court overturns Idaho wolf-killing ruling

The appeals panel ruled that the environmental groups have standing to bring the lawsuit.

Keith Ridler Associated Press April 24, 2019

Boise, Idaho — A federal appeals court has overturned a U.S. District Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging a federal agency’s killing of wolves in Idaho.

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday ruled that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge erred in January 2018 when he ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.

Specifically, the appeals panel ruled that the environmental groups have standing to bring the lawsuit, and sent the case back to the district court.

The environmental groups contend Wildlife Services’ 2011 study allowing it to kill wolves in the state is flawed because it relies on outdated information.

The groups say the Agriculture Department is violating environmental laws by killing wolves without a new environmental analysis.

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Hunting, fewer pups, disease reduce Wyoming wolf population

Although having fewer wolves concerns wildlife watchers and activists, the outcome is what Wyoming wildlife managers have been seeking.

Associated Press April 21, 2019

Jackson, Wyo — Biologists estimate the overall Wyoming wolf population at 286 this year, which is down 61 animals from a year ago.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that’s the fewest wolves counted in the state since the Wyoming Game and Fish Department took over management and initiated wolf hunting seven years ago.

State biologists estimate there were 46 wolf packs in the state at the end of 2018.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 4/25/2019

Study: Predator effect clouded in ‘cascades’

A Fairy-Tale Baddie, the Wolf, Is Back in Germany

Newsletter 4/27/2019

Environmental Groups’ NEPA Challenge to USDA Wolf Killing Survives
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Grin and ‘bear’ it? Rangers recommend tighter rules in the SNRA

Proposed changes aim to limit rising human-wildlife interactions

Mark Dee April 26, 2019 IME

Citing increased run-ins between black bears and campers, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area is proposing a new rule for food and trash storage. If approved, it could take effect as soon as next month.

The order, currently in draft form, would mirror bear-proofing rules common in grizzly country, like Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, SNRA Ranger Kirk Flannigan said. Food, trash and animal carcasses could be stored in a hardtop car, a building or a bear-proof container or strung up at least 10 feet off the ground any time a person isn’t within eyesight of it during the day or preparing it at night. Per the order, dead animals would also need to be stored at least 100 yards from any campsite, sleeping area or national forest trail.

If signed by Forest Supervisor Jim DeMaagd, the order would take effect the Saturday before Memorial Day — May 25 this year — and run through Labor Day.

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Mountain lion in southeast Boise turns out to be bobcat with rust-colored fur

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, April 23rd 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — A large cat roaming southeast Boise on Tuesday prompted schools to keep students inside while officials searched for the animal.

What was initially called in as a possible mountain lion, Idaho Fish and Game says the cat turned out to be an unusually rust-colored bobcat.

Two schools (Trail Wind Elementary and Les Bois Jr. High) kept kids inside while Idaho Fish and Game conducted the search. Bobcats are fairly common in the area and they typically hunt rabbits and other small game.

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Riding horses works wonders with blind and visually impaired students

Jay Hildebrandt Apr 24, 2019 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho – With the school year winding down it’s the season for field trips. There was a very different kind of field trip Wednesday were local students who are blind or visually impaired got to ride horses

Carver was not able to see Doc, the horse, but he was fascinated by his soft fur and gentle disposition. He loves horses.

“I feel like [t]hey link up with humans,” Carver said.

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Idaho to fight sage grouse plan appeal

Apr 26, 2019 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Governor Brad Little said Friday that the state will intervene in a federal lawsuit to defend the federal Bureau of Land Management’s recently adopted sage grouse plan amendments. Little, on behalf of the State and the Idaho Legislature, filed legal action Thursday.

Four environmental groups, including the Hailey-based Western Watersheds Project, asked for an injunction last week to block Idaho’s sage grouse plan.

“A diverse set of stakeholders and experts worked tirelessly to develop a state plan that meets the needs of sage grouse in Idaho,” Governor Little said. “I am confident the court will recognize that our plan strikes the appropriate balance between conservation and multiple use.”

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Officer training postponed after family of doves nest in training equipment

Apr 26, 2019 By Natasha Williams KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho — Boise Police Officers were faced with a feathery problem when they tried to undergo a training at City Hall West Friday.

A steel door frame used to practice dynamic entries was taken over by a family of doves who had decided to nest there.

The training was temporarily put on hold until the eggs have hatched, and the doves can move on.

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Minidoka County men fined for poaching sturgeon

It is illegal to harvest a sturgeon or even pull it from the water in Idaho.

KTVB April 26, 2019

Minidoka County, Idaho — Two men who poached a 5 1/2 foot sturgeon last year have sentenced to fines and suspended jail time in the case.

Michael Dewhirst of Rupert, who pleaded guilty to possession of a sturgeon during closed season, was sentenced to 180 days suspended jail time, $315 in fines and court costs and a year of probation. Dewhirst was also ordered to pay $250 in restitution to the State of Idaho for the sturgeon.

Anthony Eaton of Heyburn, who pleaded guilty to aiding in the commission of a misdemeanor, was sentenced to 68 days suspended jail time $165 in court costs.

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Study shows Roundup on weeds can harm bees.

A new study found that the herbicide found in Roundup could be harming bees. A Boise beekeeper says a loss of food is worse for the bees.

Joey Prechtl April 25, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Spring has arrived in the Treasure Valley which means more and more flowers are blooming, but that also means dandelions are as well.

Last fall, a study was conducted by three professors at the University of Texas. They found that glyphosate, which is the primary herbicide used to kill weeds, upsets honey bees.

This means that weed killers could be affecting bee health and how effective they are at pollinating a garden.

… One recommendation when it comes to spraying the dandelions in your yard is to wait until June if possible, when bees have more options for finding food.

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Fish & Game News:

Found a baby animal in the wild? Leave it be.

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, April 26, 2019

You have heard of deer season, bear season, turkey season, and with warmer weather making appearances across the state, we have left ski season behind to welcome fishing season. But, right now, there is another important season just getting underway…baby animal season.

When visiting the great outdoors in the spring and early summer, even if you are only venturing as far as your own backyard, there is something important to keep in mind: when it comes to taking care of wildlife babies, no one does it better than wildlife moms.

If you see a baby bird hopping on the ground or a tiny deer fawn curled up in the shade of an aspen, leave it alone. Don’t assume the young animal has been abandoned. In almost every situation, the mother is very close by, and may even be watching you watch her baby.

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Bears are waking up around the Upper Snake Region

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Adam Brubaker

Grizzlies and black bears are waking up from their winter slumber around the Upper Snake Region

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Sage Grouse fitted with GPS transmitters

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Biologists are placing GPS transmitters on female sage grouse in order to study how they nest, raise chicks, and utilize the landscape after the Grassy Ridge fire.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Carly will be a future Budweiser Cyldesdale

link to: Warm Springs Ranch video
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Seasonal Humor:

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Bird of the week: Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

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Photos by Local Color Photography

Mountain Chickadee
Poecile gambeli
Size and Shape: Tiny, large-headed but small-billed, with a long, narrow tail and full, rounded wings.
Both Sexes
Length: 4.3-5.5 in (11-14 cm)
Weight: 0.4 oz (11 g)
Color Pattern: Like all chickadees, strikingly black-and-white on the head, gray elsewhere. The white stripe over the eye identifies Mountain Chickadees from all other chickadees.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is in Yellow Pine year around.
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Idaho History April 28, 2019

Roosevelt

Idaho’s Pompeii

A Gold Rush Town Drowned

by Robin McRae – photos courtesy of Robin McRae and Jim Collord

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Thunder Mountain – first cabin built at Mule creek by Caswells (on right) from a roll of film found on site by the author’s father.

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A camp at “Rubber Neck Creek” – Thunder Mountain from a roll of film found on site by the author’s father.

Some years ago, Doug Tims asked me to travel with him to the site of Roosevelt, a former gold rush town almost five hours’ drive from Cascade in the Payette National Forest. My forebears lived in the mining area around Roosevelt known as the Thunder Mountain District. Doug, who owns the historic Campbell’s Ferry Ranch on the main Salmon River to the north, was interested in the area’s history and geology for a book he was writing… Many gold rush folk came into Roosevelt by way of Lewiston, through Elk City and then Campbell’s Ferry, where they crossed the Salmon to reach Thunder Mountain. From there, they followed the Three Blaze Trail sixty-five miles to Roosevelt.

During the drive with Doug, I related stories of mining and the town that grew up to support most of the seven thousand people who once received their mail at the Roosevelt Post Office.

“Most likely, this was the most isolated cultural area ever formed in the state of Idaho,” I told him.

Nowadays, Roosevelt is best known for the torrent of muddy water that flowed down Thunder Mountain in 1909, covering the town to create Roosevelt Lake. After the settlement met its watery fate, my grandparents moved with their six-year-old son (who would become my father) and their two-year-old daughter to the Dewey Mine, two miles above the new lake that covered about forty buildings.

Bob [Robin’s father] and his sister, Marjorie [Jim’s mother] both went into Thunder Mountain in 1914 — when mom was two.
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Mom-&-Bob-1916-aRobert and Marge McRae, the father and aunt of Robin, on mules at Roosevelt in 1916

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Dewey-Snow-aThe cabin at the Dewey. Grandma Grace, Bob and Marjorie and Fred Holcomb.

Dad-Lightning-Peak-a[Photo] of my dad [Jim Collord Sr.] on top of Lightning Peak .. 1930 when he first went in to work at the mine.

My grandparents, Daniel C. and Grace McRae, first had interests in the area from about 1897 to 1902. They lived on Thunder Mountain from 1914 to 1942, after which the government put a moratorium on gold production. They worked both of the two main mines, the Dewey and Sunnyside, eventually partnering with Marie Dewey Davis in ownership of Sunnyside. My father, Robert McRae, then patented Sunnyside in 1960 in partnership with local logging baron Warren Brown. The mine remained in the family until we sold it to the Public Trust for Lands in 2005, which subsequently sold it to the U.S. Forest Service.

My father grew up to become the metallurgist for the Stibnite Mine, to the west of Roosevelt. I lived in Stibnite as a child with my parents and my sister Lorie, and we often visited Roosevelt.

“After the flood, Roosevelt provided very good fishing,” I told Doug. “My father would take a raft out to the five or six buildings that were floating like ducks on a pond. Apparently, kitchen pots and pans were still attached to the walls. My grandmother said she salvaged a frying pan.”

Scavengers have been busy in the area over the decades. For example, in the 1970s, several crewmembers on a break from a movie being made in Idaho dove among what remained of Roosevelt’s submerged buildings and came up with a very ornate door with a large window in it. They cleaned up half of the door, leaving the other half in its original condition for contrast, and sold it to a Yellow Pine resident.

I told Doug about the time in 1950 when I saw about four men diving for souvenirs, using a metal diving suit and a compressor for air. The lake was then about thirty feet deep. They brought up an ax, a chest of drawers, and bottles. “I remember the divers had an ongoing tussle with beaver,” I said. “Every night, the beavers would dam up part of Monumental Creek and flood the camp.”

Monumental Creek flowed in an S-shape through Roosevelt, roughly perpendicular to Mule Creek, which came down from Thunder Mountain. The namesake of Monumental Creek is an amazing geologic oddity that still stands nine miles below Lake Roosevelt. It’s an eighty-foot-tall monument of mud and gravel, twenty-six feet in girth at the base and topped by a two-ton boulder. Considered sacred by the Sheepeater tribes, it was created during a volcanic period about forty-two million years ago, and is a prime example of the volcanic mud that played a key role in Roosevelt’s demise.

Monument-aThe namesake of Monumental Creek, a formation still standing from ancient volcanic activity.

Doug and I visited the site of the old Roosevelt cemetery at the south end of the lake, where a plaque commemorates thirteen people interred there. The cemetery held twenty to thirty graves, but the names of the others could not be recalled by my grandfather or by former Roosevelt assayer Bill Timm. When the marker was installed by Stibnite residents in 1949, the Idaho Statesman published a photo that showed the new plaque flanked by my grandfather, my dad, my sister, and me.

Later, when I read newspapers printed in Roosevelt during 1904 and 1905, I discovered that a handful of people were born there and several marriages were performed. As an avid collector of historic images and other information about Roosevelt, I’ve assembled a picture of what life was like during the town’s heyday, and of the fate that befell it.

Gold was first discovered on Thunder Mountain in 1896 by the Caswell brothers, Lou, Dan, Ben, and Cort. They sold their claim to William E. Dewey, known as Col. Dewey, who in those days was a fixture in the Owyhee County mining town of Silver City, where he had made a fortune and built a hotel near Ruby City, now a ghost town. He died not long after his purchase of what he named the Dewey Mine, which sparked the gold rush to the Thunder Mountain District.

The Dewey Mine and the other gold operation on Thunder Mountain, the Sunnyside Mine, were responsible for Roosevelt, named after President Teddy Roosevelt. The town, which flourished from 1902 to 1908, was constructed at the bottom of a steeply sloped canyon. At the headwaters of Mule Creek, about one-and-three-quarters miles above the town, was the Dewey Mine.

About a mile from it was the Sunnyside Mine, which had been purchased by a group of men from Pittsburgh who had become virtually instant millionaires when they formed the United State millionaires when they formed the United State Steel Corp. The Sunnyside Mine had two miles of tunnels and an ore tramline, the latter of which was made possible when locally famous muleteer Jesus Urquides packed one-and-a-half miles of one-inch cable into the remote area. Up to three hundred men were employed at Sunnyside as underground miners, on the tramline, and at the thirty-stamp mill, which had a cyanide feature.

Residents of Roosevelt and its surrounds received their mail by hand-carriers from Warren, about seventy-five miles away. Later, mail arrived by way of Thunder City, two miles south of Cascade and ninety-five miles from Roosevelt. In both cases, the contract was very costly.

All commercial shipments were packed in by horse or mule, except in the case of cow trains. Cows were loaded with produce to make the trip and when they arrived, the animals were slaughtered for meat.

Roosevelt in 1902, from a roll of film found on site by the author’s father.

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Dewey Mill 1903

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In 1902-03, a telephone line was installed from Warren and in the next two years, a road was built. It was mostly used by wagons pulled by mules or horses but at least one car made the trip, driven from Thunder City by Col. Dewey’s son Con in 1905. A better dirt road was constructed by the Forest Service and the mine in 1932-33, and the first people to travel it by car were Con and his sister, Marie Dewey Davis, the woman who later partnered with my grandfather in ownership of the Sunnyside Mine.

I discovered a description of the town’s layout made by the recorder for all the area’s mining claims, a Mr. Neff. Among its buildings were cabins, a hotel, five saloons, a doctor’s clinic, an assay office, the post office, the recorder’s office, a blacksmith, a laundry, a restaurant, and six stores, including a second-hand shop and a general store that “has liquor and they drink it all, not sellin’ any.”

By 1907, the higher-grade ore near the surface had played out, and both of the major mines closed. By May 1909, the lone resident of the Sunnyside mining camp was a man named Julius Colmorgan. One of the first men to arrive during the gold rush, he had traveled from Spokane and crossed the Salmon River at Campbell’s Ferry. He worked for the Thunder Mountain Company, whose main project was the Sunnyside Mine.

The town of Roosevelt 1907


source: Idaho State Historical Society

The winter of 1908 and spring of 1909 were typical for the area, with very heavy snowfall from February through April. In May Roosevelt still had two feet of snow but late that month, temperatures rose as high as one hundred degrees. Monumental Creek and its tributaries flooded their banks, probably making the town’s pathways very soggy. The ancient volcanic activity had played a role in the later gold deposits but it also accounted for the high content of unstable mud in soil above the townsite. What’s more, much of the tree cover around the mines had been removed to fuel the millworks.

In late May, Julius Colmorgan walked the mile from Sunnyside to the Dewey Mine, where a few Dewey family friends had been given permission to placer the tailings and a few other people were hiding out from the law. Julius was amazed and concerned by what he saw west of the Dewey camp. The entire side of the mountain was beginning to slide down toward Roosevelt. Later, the amount of soil flowing down Mule Creek was estimated at one-quarter of a cubic mile. The slide moved slowly, churning up trees, boulders, and large pieces of equipment in its wide path near the Dewey Mill.

Recognizing that if the slide reached the bottom of the canyon, it might well spell the end of Roosevelt, Julius hurried the mile-and-a-half down the mountain to warn the forty residents who had wintered there. When he told a group of townspeople about the looming disaster, “he met only with laughter,” as reported by my mother Ruth Cook McRae, in an article she wrote for the Idaho Statesman in 1937. They thought Monumental Creek’s high waters would wash the mud downstream. But eventually, several men climbed up the mountain to inspect the situation. Recognizing the threat, they then concocted a plan to place six cases of dynamite in the path of the slide and set it off. They hoped the blast would create a channel in the mud, diverting the creek away from town. But when the dynamite was detonated underneath the slide, the result was a muffled pop, with no other effect.

The slide moved down Mule Creek, northwest of the town. Eventually, it reached a spot where Mule Creek merged with Monumental Creek, which flowed in a west-to-east direction through Roosevelt. At that place, on the westerly outskirts of town, a wall of mud sixty-five-feet arose, creating a dam. The creeks began backing up. Eight hours after the slide started to move, Roosevelt’s streets held three feet of water, through which the town soak was seen pushing a keg of whiskey. Residents attached telephone wires to the roofs of buildings, tied their names to the wires to establish ownership, and ran the wires up the canyon wall. Twenty-four hours into the slide, townspeople floated a piano out of the second floor of a saloon. A half-dozen of the most well-built structures came off their foundations and floated. Thirty-six hours after the slide began to move, it filled the canyon to a depth of sixty feet of mud and water.

Roosevelt in 1915, six years after the flood

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The piano that was saved from the flood still can be seen in Yellow Pine’s former schoolhouse, now a museum. The schoolhouse was salvaged and taken to a ranch five miles below town. Four buildings that were not in the floodplain were later disassembled and moved by John Oberbillig, owner of other mines in the area.

One year after the flooding, a man known only as “Bismark,” and thought to be related co the royal German family of that surname, was the sole Roosevelt resident. My grandparents and their two children became acquainted with him, and told me he was by any measure an oddity. He roamed around in his long johns, carrying a .30-30 rifle, and was unfriendly to anyone he came across, calling them murderers and thieves. He died in 1915 of a drug overdose.

During a very cold winter in 1933, my father measured ice on the lake two feet thick. This was still three years before a road into the place was finished, and my dad figured a biplane could land on the lake in winter. He intended to try it the following year, but for the first time in recorded history, neither Roosevelt Lake nor Payette Lake in McCall froze.
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Air-Guard-1935-1-aThis c. 1935 Air Guard photo shows the aftermath of the mudslide on the right, mill building still standing.

Air-Guard-1935-1-zSame photo as above, zoomed in to show the Dewey

Air-Guard-1935-4-aRoosevelt Lake Air Guard c. 1935

Air-Guard-1935-5-aRoosevelt Lake Air Guard c. 1935

In 2014, sixty people gathered at Monumental Summit to dedicate a plaque that describes Roosevelt and its gold mines. Today the lake is twenty feet deep, with a lot of silt at the bottom. On a clear day, you might see shadows of ruins in its depths. But moose, otter, and fish are its only inhabitants.

source: Idaho Mag Roosevelt Apr 2017.pdf
Thank you Sandy McRae, shared by Jim Collord, (some of these photos have never been published before.)
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1949


Robert McRae (left) with daughter Lorie, son Robin, and the children’s grandfather, Daniel McRae, displaying a plaque dedicated by the citizens of Stibnite to people interred at the flooded town of Roosevelt.

Dedicated to Pioneers of Thunder Mountain

First were the American Indians that inhabited these mountains for generations. Then came the prospectors who discovered gold at Thunder Mountain in the 1860s. In the 1890s, the three Caswell brothers, Ben, Luman, and Dan, developed a profitable prospect that was sold to W.H. Dewey of Silver City. Dewey raised money and developed the claims. By 1902 a large population of fortune seekers had built the town of Roosevelt, which boasted a population of a thousand or more, with a post office and a variety of stores and services.

The Roosevelt town site was flooded in 1909 when a mudslide dammed Monumental Creek and formed Roosevelt Lake – remnants of the town’s buildings can still be seen below the water. Although the flood ended the gold rush boom, exploration and mining continued in the district until the early 21st century. Most notable were the Dewey Reef Mine and the Sunnyside Mine, the latter mined by Dan McRae and family in the 1920s and 1930s.

Large-scale modern mining in the district was done at the Dewey Mine in the 1970s and 1980s by Dewey Mining Company, and on the Sunnyside Mine by Coeur d’ Alene Mines and Thunder Mountain Gold in the 1980s and 1990s. It is estimated the District has produced over 300,000 ounces of gold.

The private land and mining claims were sold to The Trust for Public Land and the Forest Service in 2005, with the owners donating a significant amount of the value. The donation also preserved public access to the area forever.

“As along an old road one may find
A bit of memory where a cabin stood.
We may look back through crowded years
To quiet places where life was good.”

(From a poem by Marjorie McRae Collord, who first saw Thunder Mountain in 1914 at the age of 2.)

This plaque placed here in 2013 by The Trust for Public Land, Thunder Mountain Gold and the Payette National Forest.
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see also:

Link to Roosevelt Cemetery

Link to Roosevelt part 1

Link to Packing In

Link to Jesus Urquides – Idaho’s Premier Muleteer

Link to The Yellow Pine School Piano

Link to Back County Post Offices

Link: Thunder Mountain / Roosevelt History index page
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page updated November 4, 2020

Road Reports Apr 28, 2019

Watch for downed trees, it has been windy. The only way to get to Yellow Pine right now is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change VERY quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.

Yellow Pine: It has been windy the last couple of days, power out last evening for over 7 hours. Local streets are bare.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Apr 24) mail truck driver (Robert) reports the highway is clear.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Warning from ITD: Between Sportsman Access and Smith’s Ferry Drive – High Valley Road (14 to 20 miles south of the Cascade area). Look out for potholes. Drive carefully.
Report Friday (Apr 26) road is not too bad, looks like major pot holes filled in.

South Fork Road: Friday (Apr 26) Road is in good shape. Sat (Apr 27) wind storm, watch for trees coming down.
Note: The maintenance by Valley County has ended for the season and turned back to the USFS.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: A report on Saturday (Apr 27) that the “bowling alley” on the EFSF road has been cleaned up and the road is good in that area. The avalanche across the river from the Eiguren Ranch is still melting and contains a lot of large trees. The log jam in the river broke up, there are individual trees hung up on the rocks downstream.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Mail truck driver reported on Wed (Apr 17) the road is bare out to Wapiti Meadow Ranch. Big snow berm at the end of the plowing reported Monday (Apr 22). A report Apr 23 the big rock has been moved to the side of the road.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

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: Road is still closed.
Stibnite Road Update From Midas April 27, 2019
Repair work is underway after multiple landslides hit the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River and Stibnite Road in early April. Local contractor, OK Gravel is currently addressing high priority areas to limit further damage that may occur from spring runoff conditions. This work includes repairing two main areas of Stibnite Road directly above and below Tamarack Creek. The current work is overseen and funded by Valley County in coordination with state and federal officials.
This immediate action does not address the 1/2 mile stretch of the Stibnite Road currently washed away and sitting underneath snow, timber and other debris left by the largest of the four avalanches. As OK Gravel works their way up from the lower section of the road between the slide and Yellow Pine, Midas Gold will begin addressing portions of the slide closest to the Stibnite Gold Project location.
While progress is being made, it is likely that the road will remain undriveable and closed through the spring. Everyone’s top priority is to stabilize the area and then reestablish safe passage along Stibnite Road in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
With access currently closed, Midas Gold staff still makes regular visiting to Stibnite to perform maintenance and other tasks as needed. This requires hiking around the current disturbance. Once we begin making repairs on the upper section of the road, we anticipate staff will be up daily.
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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′
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Weather Reports Apr 21-27, 2019

Apr 21 Weather:

At 10am it was 43 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 1pm broken cloud cover and scattered sunshine. At 4pm it was 55 degrees, breezy and mostly cloudy (bigger patches of blue sky.) At 840pm it was 48 degrees and partly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 22, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly clear, light breeze
Max temperature 57 degrees F
Min temperature 28 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Apr 22 Weather:

At 10am it was 42 degrees, mostly clear and light breeze. Partly cloudy mid-day and light breezes. At 430pm it was 64 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breezes. At 840pm it was 51 degrees and probably high haze. At 11pm thin high haze, a few stars.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 23, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast, light breeze, humidity up
Max temperature 67 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 47 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Apr 23 Weather:

At 10am it was 47 degrees, overcast, light breeze and feels humid. A few breaks in the clouds mid-day, scattered sunshine and breezy. At 4pm it was 69 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy. At 845pm it was 55 degrees, mostly cloudy and almost calm. A few stars out at 11pm, broken clouds.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 24, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 70 degrees F
Min temperature 40 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Apr 24 Weather:

At 10am it was 48 degrees and mostly cloudy. Breaks in the clouds mid-day, scattered sunshine and light breezes. At 4pm it was 63 degrees, almost clear and gusty breezes. At 845pm it was 47 degrees and appeared to be some thin high haze in the sky. At 1130pm lots of stars to the east.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 25, 2019 at 10:00AM
Almost clear
Max temperature 65 degrees F
Min temperature 26 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Apr 25 Weather:

At 10am it was 42 degrees and almost clear (a few wisps of haze.) Increasing haze mid-day. At 4pm it was 68 degrees and mostly hazy. Thicker clouds observed at 6pm. At 845pm it was 55 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 1030pm some stars out and breezy. Calmer and only a couple stars showing at 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 26, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 69 degrees F
Min temperature 39 degrees F
At observation 47 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Apr 26 Weather:

At 10am it was 47 degrees and overcast. Sprinkling at 1120am and breezy, didn’t last very long. Breaks in the clouds and scattered sunshine at 1pm. At 4pm it ws 57 degrees, partly clear and stong gusty breezes. At 840pm it was 46 degrees, slight breeze and appered to be mostly clear. At 1030pm it was calm, a few fuzzy stars, high haze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 27, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 60 degrees F
Min temperature 26 degrees F
At observation 43 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Apr 27 Weather:

At 10am it was 43 degrees and mostly clear. A few clouds and breezy at noon. At 340pm it was 56 degrees, partly cloudy (thicker and dark) and windy. Power out 707pm, dark clouds and windy. At 840pm it was 48 degrees, mostly cloudy and quite breezy. (Power on by 248am.) Gusty winds during the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 28, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy, breezy
Max temperature 60 degrees F
Min temperature 26 degrees F
At observation 35 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Road Reports April 24, 2019

There is still a lot of snow in the high country. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change VERY quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.

Yellow Pine: It has been dry the last few days. Local streets are bare.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Apr 24) mail truck driver (Robert) reports the highway is clear.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Warning from ITD: Between Sportsman Access and Smith’s Ferry Drive – High Valley Road (14 to 20 miles south of the Cascade area). Look out for potholes. Drive carefully.

South Fork Road: Report Sunday (Apr 21) “South Fork was great! Watched 2 mud slides happen right before Krassel on the west side of the river. Saw the trees falling and just watched a small part of the hill side Into the river.” – AF
Wed (Apr 24) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning.
Note: The maintenance by Valley County has ended for the season and turned back to the USFS.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: Report Sunday (Apr 21) “East Fork road has the usual potholes and small obstacles but everything is passable.” – AF
Report Wed (Apr 24) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Mail truck driver reported on Wed (Apr 17) the road is bare out to Wapiti Meadow Ranch. Big berm at the end of the plowing reported Monday (Apr 22). A report Apr 23 the big rock has been moved to the side of the road.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

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: Road is still closed. Note: Midas will give an update later in the week.
Stibnite Road Update From Midas April 16, 2019

On Monday, April 8 an overnight avalanche and subsequent disturbance along Stibnite Road (Forest Highway 48 – FS Road #50412) between the Village of Yellow Pine and the historical Stibnite mining district caused extensive damage and forced the closure of the road.
The main slide, which is estimated at 100 feet high, pushed snow, timber, and debris across the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and Stibnite Road. Over a half-mile stretch of road is impassable.
Some sections have been washed away near Tamarack Creek, while other sections of the road are piled high with debris. At the time of the slide, Midas Gold had two team members on site at Stibnite and additional staff in Yellow Pine. Since then, our team established a safe path to traverse around the slide on foot and maintain access to the site.
We are working closely with state and federal officials to assess the situation, stabilize the area and determine the appropriate steps to take to repair the river and road once conditions are safe. Valley County, which has maintenance jurisdiction over the road, issued a local emergency declaration and will lead the work once final approval is received from coordinating agencies.
We anticipate the first phase of work to stabilize the area will begin soon.
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′
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Bird of the Week White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

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Photos by Local Color Photography

White-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta carolinensis
Size and Shape: The largest nuthatch, this is still a small bird with a large head and almost no neck. The tail is very short, and the long, narrow bill is straight or slightly upturned.
Both Sexes
Length: 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm)
Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz (18-30 g)
Wingspan: 7.9-10.6 in (20-27 cm)
Color Pattern: White-breasted Nuthatches are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or gray cap and neck frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is seen in Yellow Pine year around.
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Link to Birds Page
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Apr 21, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 21, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
April 21 – 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern
May 5 – 3pm Taco Feed at the Community Hall
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
May 20 – Deadline 2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
June 11 – Vet Day Yellow Pine
June 29 – Highland Games
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 18 – (tentative) Noxious Weed Spray day
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

April 21 Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern

Easter at the Tavern started off as an egg hunt then Easter dinner with Fried Chicken, Ham, Smoked Turkey, Salads, Cakes and Pies. Thanks to all the great cooks of Yellow Pine. There is just a hint of Spring to come.

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link to photo gallery YP Tavern:
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May 5, 2019, 3pm Taco Feed at the Community Hall

In thanks for the great support of the community, the Community Hall Committee is giving back.

A Taco Feed will be held at the Community Hall on May 5th at 3pm. The Community Hall is providing the fixin’s.

Please join us for good food and to check out the progress that has been made in the Community Hall.

Thanks again for all your support.
Kathy Hall
Community Hall Chairman
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2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest – Deadline May 20

The contest for the 30th Annual Yellow Pine Music Festival T-shirt logo is open!
This year’s theme is “Then and Now”.
The winner receives $100!
Your one-color design* must include the following:

* 30th Annual
* 2019
* Yellow Pine Music Festival
* musical instruments incorporated into the design

Designs must be submitted electronically to yellowpinefestival@gmail.com or by snail-mail to Yellow Pine Festival, PO Box 10, Yellow Pine, ID 83677
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Submissions become the property of the Village of Yellow Pine Association.

*Note: We have learned that simple designs show and sell better.
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June 11 – Vet Day

On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list.
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June 29 – Highland Games

For the second year, Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers will bring the Highland Games to Yellow Pine on June 29th. Last year they donated over $2,600 to the Helipad and this year money will be raised for the water department. Come see these fantastic athletes and support the water department.
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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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Noxious Weed Spray day July 18

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I tentatively have Thursday, July 18, 2019 marked on my calendar.

We had really good participation last year but we can do better, lets start talking now and get more people involved as it is “Everyone’s responsibility to control Noxious and Invasive plants”. I think last years event went very well, we will try and be a little more organized this year, if we missed someone put them on top of the priority list. I will bring my entire crew, all of our equipment, PPE, and mixed herbicide, you provide the volunteers, we’re here to help you not do it for you.

I misplaced 1-backpack sprayer last year, please keep your eyes peeled in case we laid it down someplace or forgot to pick it up.

Spread the word, save the date. I look forward to hearing from you. The best way to contact me this time of year is through e-mail, I will be in and out of the office until May, I check my e-mails daily but I can’t always respond until I get back into the office.

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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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:
https://www.ypescapade.org/atv-utv-events
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Village News:

Power Outages

We had 2 quick off/on outages this last week, both on Saturday, at 245pm and again at 256pm.
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Stibnite Road Update

From Midas April 16, 2019

On Monday, April 8 an overnight avalanche and subsequent disturbance along Stibnite Road (Forest Highway 48 – FS Road #50412) between the Village of Yellow Pine and the historical Stibnite mining district caused extensive damage and forced the closure of the road.

The main slide, which is estimated at 100 feet high, pushed snow, timber, and debris across the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and Stibnite Road. Over a half-mile stretch of road is impassable.

Some sections have been washed away near Tamarack Creek, while other sections of the road are piled high with debris. At the time of the slide, Midas Gold had two team members on site at Stibnite and additional staff in Yellow Pine. Since then, our team established a safe path to traverse around the slide on foot and maintain access to the site.

We are working closely with state and federal officials to assess the situation, stabilize the area and determine the appropriate steps to take to repair the river and road once conditions are safe. Valley County, which has maintenance jurisdiction over the road, issued a local emergency declaration and will lead the work once final approval is received from coordinating agencies.

We anticipate the first phase of work to stabilize the area will begin soon.

Please be aware of road conditions throughout the region and travel safely!

source: FB
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Yellow Pine water system on boil order until further notice

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has placed the Yellow Pine Water Users Association Public Water System on a boil order until further notice.

The water system has had perpetual issues this winter with meeting water treatment requirements of produced water and with maintaining enough volume in the storage tanks. The problem could most likely be solved by reducing water system usage. Until that occurs:

* Not flushing the water to waste for 24 hours or until turbidity returns to pre-scrape levels after a sand scraping event, is cause for a boil order.

* Opening the orifice plate on the sand filter(s) to let more water through allows the water to pass through the sand too fast, and is cause for a boil order.

* Not maintaining a certain minimum water level in the storage tanks reduces the “contact time” to below engineered timeframes, and is cause for a boil order.

* Using more water than the water system can produce will cause depressurization events within the water system, and is cause for a boil order.

Yellow Pine’s water system has not been able to maintain all of these requirements on a consistent basis and none of the contingency efforts have proven to be successful.

Your Drinking Water Operator, Warren Drake, will provide you with the public notification, and with a Certification Form. The Public Notification needs to be posted within 24 hours, and the filled out Certification form and a copy of that notice must be sent to me within 10 days. The water system will receive a violation if a Certification Form is not received by DEQ.

If you have any questions, please call me at (208) 373-0457.

Thank you,
Richard Lee Drinking Water Analyst
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

see attachments:
PWS #ID4430059 -Yellow Pine – CT Ratio Disinfection Violation Public Notification January 2019.pdf

#4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19.pdf
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Tick Season

It is official, ticks are out.


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Missing US Flag

A report that the US Flag at the Kiosk on main street went missing. If you have any info, please contact the YP Tavern. A temporary flag will be hoisted until a replacement flag arrives.
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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

Please share road reports, if you see a slide or rocks down, please take a photo so it can be shared with the plow driver.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Transfer station was last emptied March 14. Report April 19 that the dumpsters are about half full, and there is still a mess between and behind the dumpsters, nothing outside of the building. Road report April 18 to watch for a big rock in the road, April 19 the rock has been moved a little and you can get around it.

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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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. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Bears are out of hibernation and hungry. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw bears, 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:

Boil order issued April 2, 2019

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.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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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.

Cooking safety in the home:
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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 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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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
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, 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 (Apr 15) overnight low of 31 degrees and overcast this morning, a trace of old snow/ice remains. Finches and robins calling. Cloudy and a little breeze mid-day, high of 48 degrees. Hairy woodpecker and finches visiting. Blustery and breaks in the cloud cover mid-afternoon. Cloudy and calmer at dusk, a “freckle” of rain drops drying on the roof, lots of happy robins chirping. Rain some time after midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 16) overnight low of 34 degrees and mostly cloudy this morning, foggy peaks and ridge tops, just a trace of old snow/ice left on the flat. Robins, finches, flicker and jays calling. Socked in low and rained for about an hour mid-day, high of 50 degrees. Finches visiting, woodpecker drumming on the power pole. Overcast and little showers on and off mid-afternoon. Broken clouds late afternoon, elk on the golf course. About a dozen elk on Dave’s Lane at dusk, broken clouds and fat moon peeking out, robins calling. Broken clouds after midnight. Trace of snow fell during the night.

Wednesday (Apr 17) overnight low of 29 degrees, overcast this morning, tiny trace of new snow melting, still a few patches of old snow. Flickers calling from either side of the neighborhood, robins and finches calling. Mail truck made it in on time. Patches of blue sky mid-day, high of 58 degrees. Finches visiting. Breezy and patchy sunshine mid-afternoon. Hairy woodpecker visiting with the finches. Mostly clear by evening and breezy. Robins calling at dusk. Bright moon shine last night.

Thursday (Apr 18) overnight low of 26 degrees, mostly clear and light breeze this morning, a couple of old patches of snow still melting. Tree swallows have arrived and checking out birdhouses, finches and jays calling. Filtered sunshine and thin high haze mid-day, high of 69 degrees. Finches, hairy woodpecker and starling visiting. Mostly cloudy and quite warm mid to late afternoon. Warm evening, clear or mostly clear sky at dusk, the last patches of snow melted. Robins calling and elk wandering through the neighborhood. Bright moon rising over Golden Gate peak around 1030pm.

Friday (Apr 19) overnight low of 31 degrees, clear sky and strong sunshine this morning. Lots of swallows swooping and calling and finches singing. Increasing clouds mid-day and blustery, high of 72 degrees. Finches visiting and tree swallows checking out bird houses. Mostly cloudy, very warm and gusty winds mid-afternoon. Mostly cloudy at dusk, warm and light breeze, robins calling. Breezy and rain after dark, then a windy rain storm in the middle of the night.

Saturday (Apr 20) overnight low of 41 degrees, low overcast sitting down on the peaks. Swallows flying low and calling, lots of finches and a pine squirrel visiting. Dark clouds and raining mid-day, high of 55 degrees. Stopped raining early afternoon. Power off and on at 245pm and again at 256pm. Finches visiting and flickers calling. Cloudy and light breezes mid-afternoon. Hard rain shower late afternoon, then misty sprinkles on and off early evening. Steady rain at dusk, robins calling. Probably rained until around 4am.

Sunday (Apr 21) overnight low of 39 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning. Moss turning brighter green, male brewers blackbird, finches and pine squirrel visiting. Broken clouds and scattered sunshine mid-day, high of 57 degrees. Female brewers blackbird joined the male under the feeders. A little breezy mid-afternoon and mostly cloudy (larger patches of blue sky.)
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Letter to Share:

Thank You

Thank you all for your kind words, prayers, calls, mental hugs, cards, gifts and efforts.
Your support has eased the burden of this time.
My soul sings knowing you, my dear friends, have been there for me.
I am so thankful to count you as part of my family.
Hugs,
Deb
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RIP:

Wilbur Wiles

Wiles, Wilbur V. (103) from Big Creek, Idaho passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at VA Medical Center. Life Celebration pending in Big Creek at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Summers Funeral Home, Boise Chapel.

source: Idaho Statesman April 18, 2019
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Wilbur Wiles (1916 – 2019)

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Wilbur Vernon Wiles died peacefully at the Veterans Administration’s Willow Hospice in Boise, Idaho on April 17, 2019. He was 103.

He was predeceased by his wife, Katie Thrall Wiles; his parents, Roscoe and Flora Schuldt Wiles; his sister, Eunice Wiles Rounds; and his brothers, Oliver Wiles and Billy Wiles. He is survived by his sister, Geraldine Wiles Rippel of Des Moines, Iowa, and by several nieces and nephews.

Wilbur was born in Goodell, Iowa on January 19, 1916, the second of five children. He grew up on the farm homesteaded by his grandfather, Roscoe Sr. Wilbur hiked the woods, trapped and hunted, and dreamed of the West.

As Wilbur was beginning high school in 1931, way out in Idaho the Forest Service was in the process of placing special protections on a vast and wild landscape of canyons and forests, rivers, mountains and high basins, designating it the Idaho Primitive Area. Young Wilbur Wiles did not know it then, of course, but this area would become his home for 80 years.

By the time he graduated from Goodell High School in 1934, Wilbur had made enough from selling mink and muskrat pelts to buy a Model T Ford, in which he immediately lit out for the West. For the next few years Wilbur worked construction and logging jobs in Wyoming, Idaho, and other parts of the Northwest, exploring as far as Alaska and Mexico. In 1938 he discovered the tiny settlement of Big Creek, Idaho, consisting mainly of a ranger station and a rustic hunting lodge on the western edge of the Primitive Area, about 20 miles and a high mountain pass east of Yellow Pine. He moved into an abandoned miner’s cabin on lower Monumental Creek, a place even deeper inside that wilderness. Later he built a cabin in the area adjacent to Big Creek known as Edwardsburg. He obtained a pack horse and hounds, and established trap lines covering at least 120 miles in several directions. He became proficient in mining and prospecting, and worked at the Snowshoe Mine, Stibnite, and a tungsten mine he developed on Elk Creek Summit. And he hunted cougars, for which, at the time, the state paid a handsome bounty. When he was in his 60s, he discovered and later patented a small opal mine that still exists in the upper Monumental Creek drainage.

In the spring of 1941 Wilbur snowshoed over Profile Summit to Yellow Pine, caught the mail car to Cascade, and volunteered for the United States Army. Eight months later, he found himself in the wartime Army, which is what he anticipated and why he enlisted in the first place. After a couple of years as an instructor on the small arms firing range, he was sent to England to prepare for the epic invasion of Europe. Wilbur went ashore on Omaha Beach on June 9, 1944. Attaining the rank of sergeant, he participated in the breakout near St. Lo, endured the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest, and fought through to the Elbe River where Soviet and American forces linked up in April 1945. He helped liberate two concentration camps. In his later years, incredulous to learn about the existence of Holocaust deniers, he said, “Well, they don’t know what they’re talking about. I know the Holocaust happened because I saw it. I saw what the Nazis did.” The Army awarded Wilbur Wiles the Bronze Star for bravery. Honorably discharged in October 1945, he made straight for Big Creek.

In the summer of 1964, Wilbur opened his cabin door to the knock of Maurice Hornocker, who also was raised in Iowa and had roamed those Iowa hills, but had come west to study under John Craighead at the University of Montana. After twelve years in Montana, Hornocker was pursuing his PhD in wildlife biology at the University of British Columbia. He doubtless captured Wilbur’s interest that summer day when he described the audacious doctoral project he had devised: tracking and marking cougars in the Idaho Primitive Area to determine their population densities, territories and interactions with their prey base. Hornocker had no experience capturing cougars, and little with the extended periods of self-supported back country travel that would be required in such rugged country, much of it in winter. He didn’t know the territory. His inquiries about who he could hire to track, tranquilize, collar, measure, and release the big cats led him directly to Wilbur Wiles. Their ten-year effort together pioneered new techniques and understandings in wildlife management; it resulted in a PhD dissertation and several scientific papers, a 1969 National Geographic story, and a career for Dr. Hornocker as a world-renowned expert on large predators. And Maurice and Wilbur became best friends for life, a fact probably more significant to them than the scientific discoveries they made. Dr. Hornocker refers to Wilbur as his mentor, and credits him with the success of the cat study. Maurice, now 88, was at Wilbur’s side the day he died.

Later in life, Wilbur married Kathryn Thrall, a widow with her own back country roots. Wilbur was devoted to Katie, and acceded to her need to spend winters someplace with milder winters than Big Creek. For a number of years in the 80s and 90s they lived part-time in Boise and later in Arizona. Wilbur continued to keep a fifth-wheel trailer in Arizona after Katie died in 1997, and drove himself from Big Creek to Arizona every October, back north again in May, until he was 101. He never looked as old as his age in years, always staying fit, walking the mountains and working his Big Creek garden. Young friends witnessed him, at 85, walking 26 miles in one day on the Big Creek trail. And this despite the fact that, eleven months before, he had broken both ankles—and had been hospitalized for the first time in his life—due to a fall from his cabin roof. The photo here is Wilbur at 95.

Wilbur Wiles was a straightforward and quiet man of natural-born integrity. Although he is the subject of a Forest Service biography and has been featured on Idaho Public Television’s “Outdoor Idaho” and Boise’s KTVB News, he never sought any kind of notoriety. He never was a big talker about anything. He seemed surprised when asked how he wanted to be remembered, saying simply, “Why, just as I am!”

A celebration of Wilbur’s life is being planned for late summer 2019 at his cabin in Big Creek, the date to be announced. Wilbur’s friends thank the staff at the Veterans Administration’s Willow Hospice in Boise for the outstanding, truly excellent care they gave Wilbur in his final months. Contributions in Wilbur’s memory can be made to Idaho Public Television.

source: Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 21, 2019
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Outdoor Idaho Segment on the late Wilbur Wiles on Big Creek for “Where the Road Ends”

FB link:
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link to 1969 National Geographic Wilbur Wiles
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link to Wilbur Wiles history and letters
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Wilbur Wiles’ cabin in Big Creek / Edwardsburg

photo shared by Marcia Franklin courtesy Jim Collord
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Letters to Share for Wilbur:

Boy, talk about the passing of a generation and time . . . A man who actually lived not just in the woods, but in the remote Idaho backcountry most of his life, living off the land – hunting, trapping, mining, and later working indirectly for National Geo. His mentors, friends, and acquaintances were authentic Thunder Mountain miners, original backcountry forest rangers, homesteaders, and the most recognized figures of the backcountry. Of course he did not like himself to be placed in the latter category. He served his country in WWII, not because he had to, but because he wanted to, and always down played his participation in D-Day and later the liberation of camps. He never entered the computer age, rarely used a telephone, and when I last visited with him at his home in Big Creek (August 2017) he preferred to get his news on the am radio. And best of all, he was a man of great integrity who valued the intangible things in life, such as friendship and nature, above anything else – it always appeared to me he wanted for nothing and his life was completely fulfilled. It is certainly rare anymore to meet people who simply judge and accept a fellow human being based on his or her word. He will be well remembered and missed!
– From pilot/author Richard Holm on the passing of Wilbur Wiles
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Wilbur Wiles passed away at 2 a.m. this morning. He was an icon of the backcountry who moved to Idaho in the 1930s.
A WWII Vet, he said he was at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He told me he walked over Elk Summit to Warren in January of 1942, to answer a draft letter from the Army. He worked in mines at Thunder Mountain, Big Creek and possibly other foreign countries.
He loved working at his opal mine in the Frank Church Wilderness. A fifteen mile hike he did well into his senior years. The opal from his mine is so unique, it is called “Wilbur Wiles opal”.
The family is having a private service for Wilbur, but a memorial may be planned for this summer in Big Creek….Wilbur’s chosen final resting place.
– Scott Amos
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Idaho News:

Slide damages one-half mile of road to Stibnite mine

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 18, 2019

An avalanche last week covered the road between Yellow Pine and the Stibnite mining district where Midas Gold plans mining operations.

The April 8 slide sent snow, timber and debris across the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River and Stibnite Road about seven miles east of Yellow Pine, said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold in Boise.

The main slide is estimated to be 100 feet tall, Lyon said.

“Some sections of the road have been washed away near Tamarack Creek, while other sections of the road are piled high with debris,” she said.

Two full-time employees of Midas Gold who were performing general maintenance at the Stibnite site were stranded briefly, she said.

Other Midas Gold employees used hand tools to carve a trail around the slide and installed a safety rope, Lyon said.

About one-half mile of the road likely will need to be rebuilt, she said.

Early estimates say that work could cost about $800,000, Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank told The Star-News. Valley County has maintenance jurisdiction over the road, which is the only road into the historic mining area.

The Idaho Office of Emergency Management so far has not pledged any state funds to help with repairs because no homes were threatened, Cruickshank said.

The county will first try to stabilize areas of the road to reduce further damage before the spring melt, after which a plan will be developed to repair the road, Lyon said.

Midas Gold is evaluating other ways to get to the site to keep its activities on track, she said. Meanwhile, the company has canceled all public tours until at least July.

The tendency for slides along The Stibnite Road is one reason Midas Gold is proposing to build a new primary access road into the Stibnite area, Lyon said.

The company has proposed renovating and extending Burntlog Road between Landmark near Warm Lake and the project site.

The Payette National Forest is currently conducting a study of the plans by Midas Gold to extract gold and antimony from the site. Construction would take three years mining would last at least 12 years.

That draft study is expected to be released by Christmas, with final approval of the mine’s plans expected a year later.

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Landslide blocking Idaho 55 between Banks, Smiths Ferry

The Idaho Transportation Department estimates the road will be closed overnight.

KTVB April 16, 2019

Banks, Idaho — A landslide over Idaho 55 is blocking the highway in both directions Tuesday morning.

The slide happened before 7 a.m. about 13 miles north of Horseshoe Bend. The closed area stretches from Banks to Smiths Ferry.

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Landslide cleared, Idaho Transportation Department reopens Highway 55

The highway was closed Tuesday morning by a landslide estimated to be around 15-feet deep in some places.

John Masters April 17, 2019 KTVB

A massive landslide that blocked both lanes of Idaho 55 since Tuesday morning has been cleared and the road is back open to traffic again.

Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Jake Melder says crews hauled away around 300 truckloads of mud, rocks and debris in the last 34 hours.

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New Meadows evaluates damage, seeks aid, after flooding

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 18, 2019

Floodwaters receded late last week in New Meadows, but the city remained in a state of emergency, the New Meadows City Council confirmed during an emergency meeting on Monday.

“There’s still more potential damage,” New Meadows City Clerk Mac Qualls said. “That’s the part that’s scary.”

The city, which initially declared an emergency on April 9, will operate under emergency conditions for several months until the full effects of the flood is realized, Qualls said.

Gov. Brad Little signed a state disaster declaration for Adams County on April 10, freeing up state funds to reimburse the city for up to 50 percent of the cost of damage caused by the flood.

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Valley commissioners schedule road funding vote in November

Binding vote needed after state said advisory vote not enough

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 18, 2019

Valley County commissioners on Monday placed a measure on the November ballot to ask voters to permanently raise property taxes to fund construction and maintenance of county roads.

The measure would need at least 66.6 percent in favor and would raise about $3.4 million per year.

The decision to ask for a binding vote came after the Idaho State Tax Commission told commissioners that an advisory vote on raising property taxes that passed last November was not sufficient authorization.

Voters approved the advisory ballot by 69 percent, which commissioners thought gave a vote of confidence to raise taxes on their own under state law.

But the tax commission said a separate section of state law says budgets cannot be raised by more than 3 percent under any conditions without a binding vote. Commissioners cited miscommunication with the state before the advisory vote was offered.

The county had hoped to get new property taxes in place by next year to get to work on a backlog of maintenance and construction projects. If approved, tax revenue from this November’s vote would not arrive in road department coffers until 2021.

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McCall residents react to proposed ordinance affecting wake limitations on the lake

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, April 18th 2019

McCall, Idaho (CBS2) — A new proposed ordinance in Valley County is trying to create a standard for every lake in the county and it is causing controversy.

The most heated of debates, over the proposal that any boat creating a wake larger than two feet, would now be moved to at least 1,000 feet off shore.

People in McCall are questioning the ordinance as the weather heats up and boat activity is only a few months away.

Payette Lake, a lake that would be under the proposed ordinance, is one of many gems for recreation in Valley County.

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Prescription Drug Take Back day to be held April 27

The Star-News April 18, 2019

Unwanted and expired medications will be taken, no questions asked, during the Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can bring their pills or patches to either the McCall Police Department, 550 Deinhard Lane, or Cascade Legion Hall, 105 E. Mill St. Officers at drop-off sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.

The service is free and is part of the national Take Back initiative. Last April, Americans turned in 949,046 pounds of prescription drugs during the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take-Back event.

The initiative addresses a vital public health and safety issue, as medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to misuse, abuse and theft, a news release said

Previous medicine discard methods, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, pose potential safety and health hazards, the news release said.

Residents can drop off their unwanted or expired prescription medications at the Valley County Jail, 107 W. Spring St. in Cascade, at any time, or at the McCall Police Department Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information visit http://DEATakeBack.com

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Land board rescinds Payette Lake event center lease

Attorney general says ‘mistakes were made’ by state

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 18, 2019

The State Land Board struck down a lease for an event center on Payette Lake on Tuesday, saying the Idaho Department of Lands failed to follow proper leasing procedures.

“In our review of this, I believe that we have to acknowledge there were some mistakes made in the processes employed,” said Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, who sits on the land board.

The 28-acre lake front parcel will instead be leased to the highest bidder in a public auction at a time to be determined, lands department Public Information Officer Sharla Arledge said.

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Idaho, Forest Service partner to plant trees on private land

19,500 Douglas fir seedlings to be planted

Apr 19, 2019 Associated Press

Orofino, Idaho — Money generated from an Idaho partnership with the U.S. Forest Service involving timber sales on federal land is being used for the first time on private land for wildfire restoration work.

The Idaho Department of Lands and the Forest Service in a news release this week say 19,500 Douglas fir seedlings will be planted on 65 acres (26 hectares) in the Lolo Creek drainage in northern Idaho near Orofino.

Catastrophic wildfires scorched the region in 2015.

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Idaho Power customers could see price decrease

Apr 16, 2019 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Power Company is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to lower its rates.

The company’s spring cost adjustment (PCA) would lower rates by $50 million across all customer classes.

If approved, IPC said the adjustment would lower a typical residential customer’s bill by about $3.35 per month, beginning June 1.

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Public Lands:

USDA Forest Service South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan Update

April 17, 2019

Dear Interested Party,

The US Forest Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan. The project includes numerous actions relating to watershed restoration, motorized and non-motorized access, and improvements of recreation facilities within the South Fork Salmon River (SFSR) watershed within a 329,000 acre project area. The project alternatives include up to three project-level amendments.

These actions are proposed to be implemented on the Krassel and McCall Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest and the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest. The Responsible Official is Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor, Payette National Forest. The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and is subject to pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

The environmental assessment and other information are available for review at the project webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51257 and at the Krassel Ranger District 500 North Mission Street, Bldg 1, McCall, ID 83638. Hardcopy documents may be made available to interested parties upon request by calling 208-634-0600.

The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the Idaho Statesman newspaper, the official newspaper of record for a Forest Supervisor decision. A courtesy copy of the legal notice will also be provided to the McCall Star-News.

Only those who submit timely and specific written comments §218.2 regarding the proposed project or activity during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection §218.24(b)(6). For issues to be raised in objections, they must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. The time period for the opportunity to comment on a proposed project or activity to be documented with an environmental assessment shall not be extended. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner.

Comment submissions via the project webpage are preferred, simply click on “comment/object to project” on the right side of the page and fill out the webform with your comments. Alternatively, written comments can be submitted to: Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor, Payette National Forest, 500 North Mission, Building 2 McCall, ID 83638. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request §218.24(b)(8).

We appreciate your interest in the Payette National Forest and this project. If you have any questions regarding this project or comment period, please contact Anthony Botello, Krassel District Ranger at 208-634 0601.

Sincerely,
Keith B. Lannom
Forest Supervisor

Link to: South Fork Salmon River Restoration and Access Management Plan Environmental Assessment
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Personal Use Mushroom Season on the Payette National Forest

McCall, ID., April 16, 2019 – The Payette National Forest is announcing the following guidelines for wild mushroom picking this year on the Forest. Following last summer’s wildfires, morel (more-ELL) mushrooms are anticipated to appear in burned areas of the forests. Use caution in recently burned areas due to stump holes, snags, and loose soil or rocks.

Personal Use: Permits are not required. Harvesters may gather up to 5 gallons of morels or other mushrooms per day for personal use without a permit. There is no age limit on personal use mushroom pickers. Personal use mushrooms may not be sold or bartered to another party.

Commercial Use: Commercial Mushroom permits will not be available this year. Due to the limited size of fires in 2018, and access limitations, the Forest is not issuing commercial permits, nor buying permits – buying stations will not be permitted to operate on Forest land.

Best Practices: Be sure to know where you are! Always check to be sure you are on public lands where mushroom picking is authorized. If you intend to pick mushrooms on private lands, always ask the land owners for permission ahead of time.

Know your mushrooms! Each year interest grows in harvesting wild mushrooms from National Forests. Proper identification and determination of whether a mushroom is edible is the responsibility of the picker.

* At least one-third of the mushroom caps (in the collection area) should be left intact to release spores for future mushroom growth.

* Minimize the impacts to the actual fungus by not disturbing the ground habitat.

* Raking or other ground disturbance is prohibited. Use a knife to cut the mushroom to minimize the impact to the fungus.

* Do not collect mushrooms from previously harvested areas; leave the rest for spores and food for wildlife.

* Recommend using net or paper bags which allows air and keeps mushrooms fresher.

For additional information, please stop one of our offices, or contact an office by telephone: Council Ranger District – 208-253-0100; Krassel Ranger District – 208-634-0600; McCall Ranger District – 208-634-0400, New Meadows Ranger District – 208-347-0300, Weiser Ranger District – 208-549-4200.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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2019 Boise NF Mushroom Gathering

Mushroom picking in 2019 will be for personal use only. No permit required.

There will be no commercial permits sold in 2019.

Personal use harvesting – applies:

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order: (0402-00-50):

* Persons may personal harvest up to 5 gallons of morel mushrooms per person and possess up to 10 gallons per person per day.

* The mushrooms are used for non-commercial purposes.

* Mushrooms are not to be sold for profit.

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Fuelwood Permits Available May 15 for Southwest Idaho National Forests

Date: April 19, 2019
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945

McCall, Idaho – Personal use fuelwood permits for the Payette, Sawtooth and Boise National Forests will be available beginning May 15, through November 30, 2019.

Permits will be available at USDA Forest Service Ranger District offices, and private vendors (see attached list). Please recall that we can no longer can sell permits of only 2 cords. If you want all ten cords, permit purchases will need to be purchased 5 cords and 5 cords, or 4 cords and 6 cord, or all 10 cords at once.

Recall fuelwood permits were reduced in 2018 from $12.50 to $6.25 per cord with a 4-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household. The two reasons that drove the change were: aligning the overall price of the fuelwood to be closer with other Idaho National Forests; and, to help remove the fuel load since woodcutting is limited to dead trees.

The Payette National Forest has two free-use areas, which are located in the Steamboat Summit/Warren Summit area and the Big Creek area. A free-use permit is required for these areas and can be obtained at the McCall Ranger District office and the Big Creek Work Center, long with specific location information and permit use requirements. Free-use fuelwood counts as personal use toward the 10-cord maximum per household.

Cutting fuelwood within a closure area is prohibited. Check on the Alerts & Notices pages of Forest websites for closure information.

Check this year’s fuelwood brochure, fuelwood map, and the current Motor Vehicle Use Maps to make sure you are cutting in an area open to fuelwood gathering, and pay special attention to closed areas and roads with restoration activities. Regulations prohibit the cutting of dead or living Whitebark pine trees due to that species decline, and they are critically important to several wildlife species.

Fuelwood permits are valid within the Boise, Payette and Sawtooth Forests. All motorized travel related to fuelwood gathering must be in full accordance with Forest Service travel regulations for the area as shown in the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), unless specifically exempted in the fuelwood permit.

Permit holders are encouraged to cut fuelwood early in the year because fire restrictions may impact the cutting season later in the summer. Early season fuelwood cutters are asked to use caution to avoid wet muddy roads, where travel may cause resource damage. Fuelwood cutting is not allowed within riparian areas (adjacent to creeks and rivers).

Regulations are available when permits are issued. Visit this link to view the Payette Fuelwood Cutting Map… https://origin-fs.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd622767.pdf

For additional information, contact the local Ranger District offices, or Forest websites. Check with forest vendors for weekend hours.

Payette National Forest Vendors:
Jay’s Sinclair, Cambridge 208-257-5000
Ridley’s Food & Drug, Weiser 208-549-1332
Farmer’s Supply Co-Op, Weiser 208-549-0654
Farmer’s Supply Co-op, Council 208-253-4266
C & M Lumber, New Meadows 208-347-3648
Albertsons, McCall 208-634-8166
The Corner, Yellow Pine 208-633-3325

Payette NF Ranger District Offices:
Weiser RD 208-549-4200
Council RD 208-253-0100
McCall RD 208-634-0400
New Meadows RD 208-347-0300

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Fuelwood Permits available beginning May 15 for southwest Idaho National Forests

Boise National Forest

Boise, Idaho, April 19, 2019 — Personal use fuelwood permits for the Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests will be available beginning May 15, through Nov. 30, 2019.

… The Sage Hen area within the Emmett Ranger District of the Boise NF continues to be infested with Tussock Moth. Be aware that the caterpillars shed tiny hairs that can cause significant skin irritation. While the trees may look dead because the caterpillars feed on the needles, they are not, and should not be cut for fuelwood. If trees have any green needles, please do not cut.

Please note: The Emmett Ranger District will not open for fuelwood sales or any other type of sales until they have completed moving into their new building, at 1857 Highway 16 Suite A, Emmett, ID 83637.

Boise National Forest Vendors:
Seasons, Idaho City 208-392-9777
Donna’s Place, Placerville 208-392-9666
Idaho City Grocery, Idaho City 208-392-4426
Tom’s Service/Sinclair, Idaho City 208-392-4900
B&W Fuels, Emmett 208-392-4900
Valley View Chevron 208-793-4321
Ray’s Corner Market, Horseshoe Bend 208-793-2391
East Cleveland Beverage, Caldwell 208-459-6442
Garden Valley Chevron, Garden Valley 208-462-3869
D & B Supply, Emmett 208 365-2955

Boise NF Ranger District Offices:
Interagency Visitor Center 208-373-4007
Mountain Home RD 208-587-7961
Idaho City RD 208-392-6681
Cascade RD 208-382-7400
Lowman RD 208-259-3361
Emmett RD (coming soon)
Emmett RD/ Garden Valley Work Center 208-462-3241

Sawtooth National Forest Vendors:
Rock Creek General Store, Hansen 208-423-5659
Hansen Quick Stop & Go, Hansen 208-423-9900
Camas Creek Country Store, Fairfield 208-764-2211
Sawtooth Wood Products, Bellevue 208-788-4705
Idaho Lumber, Hailey 208-788-3333
Jerrys Country Store 208-774-3566

Sawtooth NF Ranger District Offices:
Minidoka RD 208-678-0430
Ketchum RD 208-622-5371
Fairfield RD 208-764-3202
Sawtooth National Recreation Area 208-727-5013
Stanley RD 208-774-3000
Sawtooth Supervisor’s Office 208-423-7500
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Prescribed Fire: Promoting Fire-Adapted Communities and Creating Resilient Landscapes

Date: April 19, 2019
Contacts: Brian Harris, Public Affairs Officer, 208-634-0784 office, 208-634-6945 cell.

McCall, ID – While the Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this spring, an on-line map is available for the public to see details of all burns throughout Southwest Idaho. For many years, land management agencies have been producing a hard copy of planned prescribed fires for the public, but this year information is available on line at: http://bit.ly/RxFireSWIdaho

As with all prescribed fires, depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from April to early July. These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values. Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.

The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 1,500 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area. (8 miles northeast of Council); 5,000 acres in the Weasel Fuels reduction project, (15 miles northwest of Council); 15 acres on the Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel study project (20 miles northwest of Council).

The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn approximately 3,500 acres in the Warm Springs project area (9 miles southwest of New Meadows); 103 acres in the Muddy Squirrel project area (9 miles northwest of New Meadows); and 2,059 acres in the Meadows Slope project area (4 miles northwest of McCall).

The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 2,000 acres within the Bald Hill project area (North of Yellow Pine); 1,000 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch (approximately 18 miles east of McCall).

Trail heads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations. Fire personnel will work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized. The decision to ignite on any given day will depend on favorable weather conditions and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. If smoke concentrations approach air quality standards, fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke is anticipated to dissipate 1-2 days after ignition.

Individuals may call Dustin Doane (McCall and New Meadows RDs; 347-0336), Laurel Ingram (Krassel RD; 634-0622), or Dave LaChapelle (Council and Weiser RDs; 549-4228) with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest. Council RD: 253-0100; Krassel RD: 634-0974; McCall RD: 634-0400; New Meadows RD: 347-0300; Weiser RD: 549-4200.

For the most current information about prescribed burning projects, please visit the Payette RX incident on inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6290/

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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In forest, more noxious weed control

Plan for Sawtooth focuses on herbicide use

Greg Moore Apr 17, 2019 IME


Spotted knapweed is the second most extensive noxious weed on the Boise and Sawtooth national forests, covering 26,000 acres total. The most widespread is rush skeletonweed, which covers 53,000 acres. Express file photo

If budgets permit, the U.S. Forest Service will undertake an aggressive campaign to control noxious weeds on the Sawtooth National Forest, greatly increasing the acreage now being treated.

The effort would primarily involve ground-based and aerial spraying of herbicides, along with some biological control agents and manual clearing of infested areas. The herbicides planned for use include some that have become controversial due to having damaged croplands or allegedly caused cancer.

In a decision issued March 14, Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor Jim DeMaagd chose a plan of expanded “integrated weed management” over continuing the current limited effort or implementing a plan without the use of herbicides.

The decision is part of a plan to treat invasive plants on both the Sawtooth and Boise national forests, including within the Sawtooth, Hemingway-Boulders and Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds wilderness areas, though not in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

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Letter to Share:

The Gamebird Foundation

We have done it again!! I have witnessed again the great smiles and grins on a great bunch of boys and girls. They showed up in pickup loads with mom’s, dad’s and grandpa and grandma’s. It was a great sight for these old eyes. You just feel the excitement in the air. First thing the young hunters done when they arrived was to sign in and get a name tag, along with the name tag the young hunter and his mentor received the best darn tee shirt from little Canyon Shooting sports with the name of the sponsors on the back. As soon as they had a group of 4 hunters away they went to the trap shoot range. When each hunter got to shoot at 15 clay pigeons back down to the ranch and then it was up to the fields where the rooster pheasants were located. Each kid got to shoot at or try to shoot at over some of the best working dogs you ever wanted to witness. Each hunter had the dog handler and a mentor with him at all times. When the group was done back down they came, I might add there was more than one field that had dog’s, dog handlers and mentors that the young hunters went to. I might add that when the hunters finished the trap shoot there was a brown tag put on the name tag, when they finished the bird hunt there was a green tag on the name tag so we knew that each young hunter had completed the course. What a great sight to see young hunters come down from the hill carrying 1,2 roosters with a grin a mile wide from ear to ear. When they were through with that they could go to the cleaning facility so they could receive a demo and help with cleaning there birds.

There was so much to do, the archery range was open where young folks could shoot at life sized targets from different range. There was the small bore rifle range where the young folks could shoot at targets with animals on them that I have never seen. The Chief started serving food around 10:30 and you couldn’t miss the wonderful aroma no matter where you went. Hamburger’s, Cheeseburger’s, hotdogs with all the trimmings. If you went out and worked up another appetite you just went back for seconds and thirds, the food and drinks never ran out.

One of the great things was Sonny taking groups for a tour of the hatchery and the chick raising facilities. The young and old were shown where the baby pheasants were hatched and what they looked like when they came from the egg. How the chicks are put into incubators and raised till they go into larger pens. What a great place to just spend the day.

This was a FREE day for kids and all that arrived. We at the Gamebird Foundation want to thank all that help sponsor this gig. I don’t dare start naming names as I would miss or forget some of the great folks that helped put this on.

We really want to thank Sonny, Andy and their families, also the great employees and the many volunteers that showed up to help with this great event. God Bless every one of you and thank you again.
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Critter News:

Parvo outbreak in puppies leads to dog breeder ban at popular spot outside Cabela’s in Boise

The Cabela’s parking lot at Milwaukee and Franklin roads has been a popular destination for dog breeders to set up shop but now breeders are banned after one puppy died from parvo.

Gretchen Parsons April 15, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Following a parvo outbreak, dog breeders are now banned from setting up shop at the Cabela’s parking lot at Milwaukee and Franklin road intersection in Boise.

The parking lot has been a popular spot for dog breeders to set up shop on the weekends to sell puppies.

Parvo is a deadly virus that affects a dog’s gastrointestinal tract, basically making the dog vomit and have diarrhea until the dog becomes so dehydrated that they die.

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Wolf population declining in Yellowstone National Park

April 19, 2019 AP

Powell, Wyo. (AP) – Officials say Yellowstone National Park’s gray wolf population has dropped to about 80 wolves – less than half of the highest population mark in the park.

The Powell Tribune reported on Thursday while park officials won’t have an accurate count until the fall after surviving pups are visible, the park’s top biologist, Doug Smith, doesn’t expect the numbers to rise dramatically after litters are included in population estimates.

… Smith largely blames outbreaks of disease – including distemper, mange and the parvovirus – and packs moving out of the park for the decline.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 4/16/2019

Finland to continue wolf culls despite NGO uproar

Wolves to the slaughter: France approves cull to save sheep

Wild wolves in crosshairs of German politics

Trump Administration Wants More Wolves off Endangered Species List

Newsletter 4/17/2019

RMEF Warns of Colorado Wolf Reintroduction Ballot Initiative

Plan has new rules on killing wolves that prey on livestock

Gray wolves in Central Oregon? Maybe someday soon, experts say

Eastern Oregon man justified in wolf shooting
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Howdy’s Fishing Derby to be held May 4-5

The Star-News April 18, 2019

Anglers of all ages can throw in their poles in search of the big one during the 25th annual Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, on Lake Cascade.

There will be $900 in cash prizes and lots of giveaways. The final weigh-in will be Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 208-382-6712 or visit Howdy’s in Cascade.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
April 19, 2019
Issue No. 904
Table of Contents

* Columbia River Springer Fishing Allowed This Weekend; Passage Numbers Low At Bonneville Dam But Improving
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442478.aspx

* Biologists Detail Health Of White Sturgeon Populations In Columbia/Lower Snake River; A Mixed Bag
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442477.aspx

* Limiting Factors For Columbia River Smelt? Climate Change, Ocean By-Catch, Smaller Ocean Plume, Water Quality
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442469.aspx

* Salmon Fishing Seasons Set: Good Opportunities For Coho, Fisheries Restricted To Protect Low Chinook Returns
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442460.aspx

* PacificCorp Commits $20 Million In Lewis River (SW Washington) Salmon, Steelhead Improvements
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442461.aspx

* Montana Intercepts, Decontaminates Boat From Great Lakes Carrying Invasive Mussels; Oregon Opens Inspection Stations
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442462.aspx

* ODFW Releases Third Edition Of Draft Wolf Management Plan, Commission To Vote June 7
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442470.aspx

* Study Shows How Heavy Tropical Rains In Southeast Asia Contribute To California Heat Waves
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442471.aspx

* Bonneville Power Administration Says ESA-Listed Oregon Spotted Frog Finding ‘Refuge’ Under Transmission Lines
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442472.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Wolf hunting season remains open in several local units

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Monday, April 15, 2019

Due to changes in wolf hunting seasons, some wolf hunts for spring 2019 were extended last year and are not reflected in the 2017-2018 big game rules booklet.

In the Salmon area, wolf hunting seasons were extended in the following units and will run through:

June 30, 2019 in Big Game Management Units 21 and 28
April 30, 2019 in Big Game Management Units 21A, 29, 30, 30A, 36, 36A, 36B, 37, and 37A

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April 15: Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Monday, April 15, 2019

Over the week of April 8th, the majority of steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was located upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19. Angler effort in areas downstream of the East Fork was low.

Anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 20 hours per steelhead caught. Upstream of the East Fork in location code 19, interviewed anglers averaged 4 hours per steelhead caught.

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More F&G News Releases

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

World’s smallest baby monkeys enjoy adorable Easter celebration

by Storyful Friday, April 19th 2019

Helensburgh, Australia — Pymgy Marmoset babies Ariana and Dominigo at the Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, Australia, were celebrating Easter early this year, enjoying treats including hand-decorated quail and chicken eggs.

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Idaho History Apr 21, 2019

Roosevelt Cemetery

(Thunder Mountain, now Valley County)

Roosevelt Cemetery Plaque c. 1949


Robert McRae (left) with daughter Lorie, son Robin, and the children’s grandfather, Daniel McRae, displaying a plaque dedicated by the citizens of Stibnite to people interred at the flooded town of Roosevelt. (photo courtesy Sandy McRae and Jim Collord)
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2009 Photo

rsvlt_plaque-aThis plaque sponsored in 1949 A. D. by Pioneers of the Thunder Mountain Gold Rush 1902-1908

Photographs courtesy of Lori Hunter.

Roosevelt Cemetery In Memory of the Thunder Mountain Dead of whom thirteen are known to rest in this cemetery

William Armstrong
J. S. Bicknell
Gustave Dahms
______ De Faunte
Joseph Gardner
Cornelius Harrington
______ Rogers
W. D. Smith
Al Tuttle
Perry Watson
Three unknowns
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Roosevelt Death Notices

Al Tuttle
Idaho County Free Press, October 29, 1903
DEATH: Al Tuttle, who was deputy mining recorder at Roosevelt died at that place on October 7th.
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Cornelius “Curly” Harrington
Idaho County Free Press, Nov. 26, 1903
DEATH: Cornelius “Curly” Harrington, a well known miner of Thunder Mt. died in that camp on the second of this month. Harrington had been employed at the Rainbow mine by C.W. Neff. On the evening of the 2nd, Mr. Neff found Harrington lying dead at the cabin door. Deceased was supposedly a victim of heart disease. He was about 54 years old and a native of Nevada
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Gustave Dahm
Idaho County Free Press, March 17, 1904
The county auditor received a letter stating that since the snowslide at Thunder Mountain, known as the Henderson slide, it is almost certain that Henderson had a visitor, and to date neither of the bodies have been found. On the 14th of February two prospectors were frightened and left their cabin and started for Roosevelt, one of them returned the following day. On the 16th it was reported that the cabin was gone. Searching parties started out and after making three tunnels in the snow for a considerable distance discovered the body of Gustave Dahm, a German. His funeral was held at Roosevelt the 17th of February.
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T. Rogers
The Spokesman Review (Spokane Wash), July 29, 1904
T. Rogers, a contractor in the employ of C.M. DeCamp, is dead of mountain fever, July 25, 1904
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Lorenzo DeFonte (DeFaunte)
Idaho County Free Press, August 10, 1905
Reported shooting affray at Roosevelt last week proved correct. but instead of Thomas Neighbor it was L.(Lorenzo) DeFonte, an Italian who was killed. He was killed by a man named West over trouble with the latter’s wife. West was given a preliminary trial and turned loose.

Idaho County Free Press, August 31, 1905
West Re-Arrested – Will be Brought Here On Charge of Murder
J.E. West, who shot and killed Lorenzo Defonte at Roosevelt, has been again arrested at Mountain Home and the sheriff left Tuesday to bring the prisoner here for trial. At the time of the killing of DeFonte, West was given a hearing at Roosevelt and turned loose, but investigation indicates that the preliminary was conducted by West’s friends and the true facts of the case were not brought out.
The trouble arose over a woman who West claimed was his wife but who was rather promiscuous in the bestowal of her affections.
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Perry Watson
Idaho County Free Press, February 14, 1907
Killed in Snowslide – Perry Watson Caught in Rush of Snow Near Roosevelt
The following telegram was received at the sheriff’s office the first of the week: “Knott [Knox?], Idaho February 11, 1907; To Sheriff, Grangeville; Perry Watson killed in snowslide 21 miles south of Roosevelt. Please inform Tom Watson and other relatives… J.A. Gardner”
From local parties it is learned that Perry Watson was a brother of Tom Watson, who lives over across Salmon River. Perry Watson was a miner and owned some valuable property in the vicinity where his life was lost. It is supposed that he was at work on this property when the slide occurred. News concerning the particulars of his death, other than contained in above message could not be learned. Watson was well known in Roosevelt and surrounding camps.

Extracted by Penny Casey, Idaho County GenWeb Coordinator. Updated 25 February 2012
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source: Valley County, IDGenWeb Project
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Roosevelt Cemetery

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Roosevelt Markers

Native Stone Marker
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Wood Marker cracked
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Wood Marker, tall with Odd Fellow Links
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Wood Marker, short
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Wood Marker, rocked over grave
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Wood Marker with holes
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Grave Row
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Row of Two
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Photographs courtesy of Lori Hunter used with permission

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Roosevelt Cemetery History

by Sandy McRae

The graves were buried on a patented claim call the Massenet. The patent was let in 1902 or so. The Dewey owners filed the papers. The owners of the Dewey in the late 1930s sold the claim to Bradley mining co. The company decided they did not need the Massenet in 1944 so offered to sell it to my dad. He bought it for 50 dollars and the McRaes owned it till 1982. We sold it to a fellow from Challas and they after 4 or 5 years sold the 19 acres to the Forest Service and it went in to the Wilderness area.

It was done so a mill could be built near water.
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1950 Roosevelt

Description: Roosevelt, Idaho views, Roosevelt Lake near Yellow Pine, Idaho [1950].

source: Idaho State Historical Society
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Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lake

Number 21 February, 1964

Founded late in the fall before the big rush to Thunder Mountain in the beginning of 1902, Roosevelt soon became the leading camp in the new mining district. Thousands of men, having heard that Thunder Mountain was destined to be the biggest gold producer in the country, poured into Roosevelt and the Monumental Creek area. But actual production did not begin to match expectations, and although the Dewey mine stayed in production until 1907, Roosevelt did not become the big center its promoters planned. Relatively little activity went on after the Dewey mine shut down, and in the winters especially, not many people remained there.

Before the spring population returned in 1909, a large mud slide blocked Monumental Creek below the town, May 30. (Slides such as this were typical of that part of the country: the Roosevelt slide resulted from heavy spring rains, and not from mining activities.) Lasting for two days or so, the slide grew large enough to back up a new lake which flooded the town, and Roosevelt had to be evacuated. For the next twenty years or so, buildings floated around in the lake; but as the years went by, they fell apart, and now there are only a lot of boards cast about in the water.

In recent years, the level of the lake has been declining, but the townsite still is under water. Roosevelt and the other Thunder Mountain towns have all been deserted for years, and by 1962, there were only two inhabitants on the whole of Monumental Creek, compared with the horde that rushed in there only sixty years before.

source: Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Number 21 February 1964
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Link: Thunder Mountain / Roosevelt History index page

page updated Nov 5, 2020

Road Reports April 21, 2019

There is still a lot of snow in the high country. Rain on snow is bringing down the snow pack, sometimes into the roads and rivers. Hwy 55 was blocked by a mudslide Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change VERY quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.

Yellow Pine: In the last 2 days we have received over 1/2″ of rain, so things may have changed since the last reports. Local streets are bare.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Apr 17) mail truck driver (Dean) reports the highway is clear.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Warning from ITD: Between Sportsman Access and Smith’s Ferry Drive – High Valley Road (14 to 20 miles south of the Cascade area). Look out for potholes. Drive carefully.

South Fork Road: Wed (Apr 17) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning. Report Friday (Apr 19) road was clear, no rocks or trees down.
Note: The maintenance by Valley County has ended for the season and turned back to the USFS.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: Wed (Apr 17) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning. Report Friday (Apr 19) road was clear, no rocks or trees down.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Mail truck driver reported on Wed (Apr 17) the road is bare out to Wapiti Meadow Ranch. Big berm at the end of the plowing. A report Apr 18 to watch for a big rock in the road, you can get around it.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

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: Road is still closed. (See Village News later tonight for update.)
Stibnite Road Update From Midas April 16, 2019

On Monday, April 8 an overnight avalanche and subsequent disturbance along Stibnite Road (Forest Highway 48 – FS Road #50412) between the Village of Yellow Pine and the historical Stibnite mining district caused extensive damage and forced the closure of the road.
The main slide, which is estimated at 100 feet high, pushed snow, timber, and debris across the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and Stibnite Road. Over a half-mile stretch of road is impassable.
Some sections have been washed away near Tamarack Creek, while other sections of the road are piled high with debris. At the time of the slide, Midas Gold had two team members on site at Stibnite and additional staff in Yellow Pine. Since then, our team established a safe path to traverse around the slide on foot and maintain access to the site.
We are working closely with state and federal officials to assess the situation, stabilize the area and determine the appropriate steps to take to repair the river and road once conditions are safe. Valley County, which has maintenance jurisdiction over the road, issued a local emergency declaration and will lead the work once final approval is received from coordinating agencies.
We anticipate the first phase of work to stabilize the area will begin soon.
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′
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