Apr 7, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 7, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

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

(details below)

Local Events:

April 21 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern

Fried Chicken and Potato Salad provided by the 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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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
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

The 2019 schedule for the Yellow Pine Escapades has been updated on the website!

Expect new escapades this coming year, including an ATV-UTV Photo Scavenger Hunt; two (yes, two) ATV-UTV rides, a golf tournament, and even a community yard sale. Other events will be added to the calendar as plans are finalized.

Join us for a great season of fun! The starting point for fun in Yellow Pine! The website includes information on the events hosted by the Yellow Pine Community Hall as well as the other “goings-on” in the village. Food, lodging and fuel are available in Yellow Pine.


Village News:

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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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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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

A report March 14 that the transfer station was emptied. A report March 15 that the dumpsters are empty, but there is trash strewn between and behind the bins. Road report March 17 that the ice floor is starting to break up, slushy during warm afternoons.

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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Bears are due to come out of hibernation soon. 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)

Local Groups:


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.

Smoke Alarm Info:

Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430, Suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
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 1) overnight low of 24 degrees, overcast this morning, measured 11″ of old snow. Two robins were hopping around on the snow crust, lots of finches visiting and more calling from the trees. A few breaks in the clouds mid-day. Jays joined the finches at the feeders early afternoon. Mid-afternoon it was overcast and a brief rain shower, high of 50 degrees. A few cow elk at hole #1 early evening. Calm and partly clear at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 2) overnight low of 27 degrees, high haze over most of the sky this morning, 10″ old snow on average, bare spots are growing. Woodpeckers drumming and calling, jays and finches visiting. Solid cloud cover by mid-day. Short light sprinkle, breezy and overcast mid-afternoon, high of 51 degrees. Cloudy at dusk, several robins calling. Cloudy before midnight. Early morning rain showers before sunrise.

Wednesday (Apr 3) overnight low of 24 degrees, early morning rain and overcast, average of 8″ old snow on the ground, more open places. Ravens, robins and finches calling. Thinner cloud and filtered sunshine mid-day, light breezes. Jays and finches visiting. Breaks in the clouds and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Flickers calling. Little shower of rain late evening, cloudy and damp at dusk. Robins calling. Cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 4) overnight low of 31 degrees, broken cloud cover this morning, measured an average of 6″ old snow on the ground. More bare ground on local streets. Robins, finches and flickers calling. Pretty good rain shower mid-day, high of 52 degrees. Intermittent rain showers in the afternoon and evening. Sprinkling at dusk and robins calling. Looked wet and cloudy at 1030pm. Early morning rain.

Friday (Apr 5) overnight low of 32 degrees, low overcast (VanMeter socked in low) and light rain continued until 11am, measured an average of 5″ old snow on the ground. Jay and finches visiting. Rain shower mid-day, higher clouds. Pine squirrel, finches and jays calling from around the neighborhood mid-afternoon and cloudy, high of 49 degrees. A report of a rufus sided towhee today. Showers on and off in the evening, raining lightly at dusk and robins chirping. Rained until some time after midnight.

Saturday (Apr 6) overnight low of 30 degrees, overcast sky, average of 5″ old snow taking into account larger bare patches. Lots of birds calling this morning, robins, flickers, finches, jays and a red-winged blackbird. Finches and red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Snow flurry then rain/snow shower mid-day. Rain showers and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Cow elk at hole #1. At dusk it was overcast and damp, almost misting. Looks like it rained all night.

Sunday (Apr 7) overnight low of 35 degrees, low overcast and steady rain this morning, average of 4″ old snow/ice on the ground. Finches, flicker, jays and robins calling. Still raining mid-day. Still raining mid-afternoon and breezy, high of 45 degrees. Quiet wet day, more open ground showing, south facing hillsides are bare. Cloudy and raining at dusk, robins calling.

Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s March Newsletter


From the desk and travels of Commissioner Cruickshank,

March 1st through March 7th I have attached my report after attending the National Association of Counties (NACo) Mid-Winter Legislative Conference held in Washington D C. I will note that the majority of my travel and expenses was paid by the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) as their representative on the NACo Board of Directors. I also had one night of hotel paid by NACo for staying an additional day to attend the Rural Action Caucus Day of Action. Valley County paid for one hotel night in Boise so I could catch a 6:00 AM flight.
link to report:

Friday March 8th
I had calls from citizens on the conditions of the county roads due to the recent snowfall from the prior several weeks. I explained to them of major equipment breakdowns which required renting other equipment that isn’t set up with all the attachments we use to at least try and keep up.

Saturday March 9th
I spent much of the day reviewing the claims, emails and related documents prior to our Commissioner meeting on Monday.

Sunday March 10th
I prepared and sent out the February Newsletter. I prepared the NACo report after attending the NACo Conference and emailed Idaho folks who attended the conference to get feedback on what they thought of the conference.

Monday March 11th
Commissioner day today. Please find the minutes of the meeting once approved posted on the Valley County Website at Valley County Idaho Official Site and found under the Commissioners section.

Tuesday March 12th
I sent out the agenda for my NACo West Region Call on Thursday.

I responded to emails, returned phone calls, sent emails on attending future NACo Conferences and had a phone conversation to clarify committee membership on NACo Committees.

Wednesday March 13th
I sent out an email to the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition on what I learned while in Washington D C on the status of the Secure Rural Schools program.

Thursday March 14th
I reviewed a future Rock Crushing Contract for the Road Department.

I hosted the NACo West Region Conference Call where I had asked attendees from the West Region to provide any feedback on the recent NACo Conference so I could report this to the NACo staff to learn where we needed to improve for future conferences.

Tonight I attended a Valley County Snow Advisory Committee meeting to discuss the ongoing Snow Grooming Program and related issues.

Friday March 15th
I visited with the Valley County Treasurer on a Tax Deed issue where Valley County acquired a Cabin on a Forest Service lease.

I sent an email concerning our Firewise program to the administrator with Idaho Department of Lands to clarify some concerns.

I prepared and sent out my notes from the West Region Conference call.

I received a message asking for information on avalanche issues with Warm Lake Road near Landmark and sent out a request to learn more on the issue.

Monday March 18th
Commissioner day today. Please find the minutes once approved on the Valley County Website. Of note we set Public Hearing dates of Monday April 22nd in Cascade from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the American Legion and April 23rd in McCall from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Idaho First Bank Conference Room.

Tuesday March 19th
I returned calls from staff on setting the Hearing Dates set yesterday for the Waterways Ordinance.

I visited with a citizen on a possible new snowmobile groomed route to consider.

Wednesday March 20th
I received and sent an email on a trail maintenance schedule for the Payette National Forest trails that primarily falls in Valley County.

I sent information on the avalanche issue to the folks requesting information.

Thursday March 21st
Today I attended the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) meeting held in McCall where we heard about grazing to assist with fuels reduction, Good Neighbor Authority by Idaho Department of Lands on the National Forest, a presentation by a University of Idaho Range Specialist who spoke on grazing projects she had conducted on Sage Brush lands, heard a report from the Lands Allocation Committee on their meetings and had an update on PFC projects. We also learned that a Deputy Supervisor will be assigned to the Payette National Forest for the summer.

Friday March 22nd
I participated in a NACo Executive Board Conference Call today where we recapped the NACo Conference, heard updates from staff and reports from the Executive Board.

Monday March 25th
Today was a commissioner day however my fellow commissioners were away on Spring Break. Commissioner Hasbrouck called in so we could have the meeting and pay the bills. After this I along with the Valley County Prosecutor and Cascade City Mayor went to the Valley County Jail to conduct a Jail Inspection which is required quarterly by the commissioners.

I also reviewed an application form the Valley County Assessor is creating for people who could qualify for some Tax Exemptions on new business ventures which is allowed by Idaho State Code for any major improvements over $500,000.00.

Tuesday March 26th
I sent an email to the Director and other with the Idaho Transportation Department concerning news I learned from a citizen on proposed work on Highway 55 asking why the Valley County Commissioners had not been informed of this pending work as it was closing Highway 55 for several hours at a time.

I attended a meeting with the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) and the Forest Service Regional Office via Video Teleconferencing at the Payette National Forest Supervisors office. The meeting was held to learn the focus of the Regional Office for Region 4 for the upcoming years. Of note there is more work to be completed by the Forest Service however funding and staff still hamper the ability to reach goals requested by the Secretary of Agriculture. I also learned that 28 Harvest Sales received a No-Bid due to the market for timber products isn’t the same is all areas.

I returned a phone call to the Assessor as they had learned some additional information on the Tax Exemption application process.

Wednesday March 27th
This morning I attended another meeting with the AFRC and this time it was with the Payette and Boise National Forests in McCall also using the Video Conferencing to connect with the Boise National Forest and AFRC. Today we learned more on the projects scheduled for timber harvest on both forests using Stewardship Contracting, traditional Timber Sales and Good Neighbor Authority utilizing Idaho Department of Lands. The discussion was projected targeted goals to meet the request by the Secretary of Agriculture, doing fuels treatment to reduce the risk of fire and staffing needs.

This afternoon I attended a meeting with the Idaho State Tax Commission staff to discuss the conditions of approval for businesses who would apply for the Tax Exemption allowed by Idaho State Code.

I also was able to have a phone conversation with the Project Manager for the Highway 55 project so he knows my concerns with the Highway closures and to understand why the Valley County Commissioners were not provided a presentation on this upcoming work on Highway 55. This work is scheduled to begin this fall on a section of Highway 55 north of Smith’s Ferry and below the Rainbow Bridge to drill and blast some of the rock walls along this section of Highway 55. The work will be done in several phases with the closures after Labor Day and prior to mid May so it doesn’t interfere with long closures during the busy summer season.

Well that about wraps up this month. Many folks were on Spring Break this week across the area. I hope you had a chance to get outside a bit as Winter just won’t let go and Spring wants to be here.

Thanks for reading the newsletter of my work for you.

Idaho News:

Fire marshal: Propane leak led to deadly McCall home explosion

A propane leak that led to flammable gas slowly pooling in the crawl space beneath a McCall home is to blame for the massive explosion that killed a man and badly injured a teenage girl.

Joe Parris, Katie Terhune April 3, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — A propane leak that led to flammable gas slowly pooling in the crawl space beneath a McCall home is to blame for the massive explosion that killed a man and badly injured a teenage girl.

Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl released the result of the investigation Wednesday, while urging all Idahoans to guard themselves and their houses from a similar tragedy.

The March 17 explosion completely leveled the house on Fairway Drive, near the McCall Golf Club. The force of the explosion drove boards through the roofs of nearby homes and left a field of smoking debris where the home had stood.

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‘It smells like rotten eggs:’ How to detect and prevent propane or other gas leaks

After an undetected propane leak caused a house explosion in McCall, fire officials are speaking out with a safety message to prevent other disasters.

Misty Inglet April 3, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — A flammable gas leak is being blamed for a McCall house explosion that killed one man and left a teenage girl badly injured.

The Idaho State Fire Marshal, Knute Sandahl, released the results of his investigation Wednesday morning.

According to Sandahl, an undetected propane leak is what led to the explosion. He said there were fractures in the joints of the piping from the propane tank and so the gas pooled in a crawlspace underneath the house, eventually making its way up through the floorboards and inside the home.

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State puts kibosh on Valley County road tax levy

Tax commission says November advisory vote not enough

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 4, 2019

A misunderstanding of state law means Valley County will not be able to collect $3.3 million in property taxes starting next year to improve and maintain county roads.

A total of 69 percent of voters last November approved an advisory vote that county commissioners thought gave them the go-ahead to impose a permanent increase in property taxes under state law.

But the Idaho State Tax Commission on Monday told county officials they did not fully consider all relevant sections of state law before putting the advisory vote on the ballot.

State law allows the county to enact a property tax for roads, but another section of state law says the total amount of property taxes cannot be increased by more than 3 percent per year, tax commission Tax Policy Bureau Chief Alan Dornfest said.

The only way the county could raise the $3.3 million per year is to hold an election specifically to override the 3 percent increase cap.

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‘We take the blame’: Valley County commissioners weighing options after $3M ballot confusion

In November, 69 percent of voters approved an advisory vote for a road levy, but the language on the ballot was incorrect.

Shirah Matsuzawa April 4, 2019 KTVB

Cascade, Idaho — A misunderstanding in Valley County now has county leaders looking for a new way to get funds to improve and maintain its roads.

In November, 69 percent of voters approved an advisory vote for a road levy.

“The road levy was a way to provide some stability to our road maintenance issues,” Valley County Commission Chairman Gordon Cruickshank said.

continued w/video interview:
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High snowpack levels could make for excellent whitewater rafting, jetboat season

Apr 02, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Idaho outfitters are excited about mountain snowpack levels across Idaho — because the abundant snow provides a strong indication of a promising whitewater rafting and jet boating season on rivers this spring and summer.

Experts say Idaho snowpack levels are above-average in the river basins, that count the most for whitewater rafting and jet boating statewide.

“Snowpack levels are particularly strong in the Owyhee (130 percent of normal) and Bruneau river basins (121 percent of normal), where desert river trips are wholly dependent on natural runoff,” said Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association spokesman Steve Stuebner.


Mining News:

Midas Gold mine study delayed until Christmas

Company says info requests, shutdown, slows process

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 4, 2019

It could be Christmas before a federal draft study of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine is released, the company announced on Tuesday.

The release of the draft study had already been pushed back from May to August earlier this year to allow Midas Gold more time to submit studies on water quality at the mine site before, during and after the project.

But a 35-day federal government shutdown from late December to late January further slowed progress on the study by the Payette National Forest, according to a Midas Gold news release.

“The partial government shutdown unfortunately extended the schedule and the request for more modeling of alternatives has had additional impacts on the schedules,” Midas Gold Idaho President Laurel Sayer said in the release.

The delay in the release of the draft study means the soonest the Payette could approve the project would be late 2020, according to the news release.

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Midas Gold gets $5M from Barrick, files papers for $200M

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 4, 2019

Midas Gold Corp. has taken steps to ensure it has enough money to finish planning and building its proposed gold and antimony mine in Valley County.

Barrick Gold Corp. has agreed to invest up to $5 million to assist Midas Gold in advancing its Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

The Toronto company, which owns about 19.7 percent of Midas Gold Corp., modified its agreement with Midas Gold to “increase financing flexibility,” a Midas Gold news release said.

“Previously Barrick may have participated in financing; now Barrick will participate,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold Idaho.

It is expected the money will be used for permitting and general and administrative expenses as Midas Gold awaits approval on its proposed gold and antimony mine about 35 air miles east of McCall, Lyon said.

More money for the Stibnite Gold Project has been needed due to delays for getting the project approved.


Public Lands:

Spring 2019 Prescribed Fire on the Payette National Fores


The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning on the Four Mile and Bald Hill Prescribed Fire projects this spring. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch. The Bald Hill project area is north of the East Fork Road, in Williams and Dutch Oven Creek drainages as well as an area west of Profile Rd near the jct of the East Fork and Profile roads. Maps of the project areas are attached for your reference, areas that we will be working in are yellow. Timing will be dependent on weather; ignitions will most likely occur sometime in April or May 2019. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

Please let me know if you need more specific notifications, such as health related concerns with smoke.

Thanks for your continued support and I will pass on more specifics as we get closer to implementation.

Link to: Bald Hill Spring 19.pdf

Link to: FourMile_Spring19.pdf

Have a good day,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District
p: 208-634-0622
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Boise National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)


The Boise National Forest’s published “Schedule of Proposed Actions” (SOPA) report for April 1, 2019 through June 31, 2019 is now available on the Boise National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions webpage. The Forest Service produces the published SOPA report every three months to keep the public informed about projects that the Forest is currently working on or planning to analyze in the near future.


The SOPA has been standardized across all National Forests from a national database to track key project planning information. The SOPA reports for the all National Forests are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa. The Forest Service automatically posts the SOPA four times a year in January, April, July, and October.

If you have questions about a specific project, please contact the project leader listed in the SOPA. If you have general questions about the SOPA, please feel free to contact me.

Terre Pearson-Ramirez
Acting Forest Planner
Boise National Forest
1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-4245

Note: Cascade Ranger District:
The Boise National Forest would authorize Idaho Power Company to reroute approximately 2.49 miles of existing overhead 7.2-kilovolt (kV) distribution line with approximately 2.74 miles of single-phase underground line.
Location: UNIT – Cascade Ranger District. STATE – Idaho. COUNTY – Valley. LEGAL – Township 18 North, Range 08 East, Section 04, and Township 19 North, Range 08 East, Sections 28, 29, 32, & 33, Boise Meridian. Yellow Pine area.
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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update, April – June 2019

Here is the link to the Payette NF SOPA web page: Payette NF Schedule of Proposed Actions

Note: Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Big Creek Hazardous Fuel Reduction
Description: Community protection for Edwardsburg/Big Creek area using commercial and noncommercial treatments and Rx fire to reduce hazardous fuels. Treatments are on USFS lands along public roads and adjacent to private property, outside of wilderness.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54260
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Mountain Home Ranger District temporarily closes roads for upcoming tree planting

Boise, Idaho, April 4, 2019 – As part of the ongoing reforestation effort for the 2013 Elk Complex fires, the Mountain Home Ranger District will temporarily close National Forest System (NFS) Roads to plow them in preparation for spring planting of various conifer species, primarily ponderosa pine.

The roads are closed to motorized use (wheeled vehicles and snowmobiles) to provide for public safety, prevent road damage and to protect wintering wildlife during the Elk Reforestation effort on roads typically inaccessible during this time of year.

The Elk wildfire burned hot and consumed most of the trees so planting is needed to accelerate the establishment of ponderosa pine. Other areas within the Elk wildfire are expected to be planted for several more years.

NFS roads affected include 128 (Lester Creek road), 129 (Fall Creek road), 118 (Stavely Creek road), and 103 (No Name Creek). The closures are in effect beginning April 2 through June 15, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

Any violation of this order is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.

For specific details and a map visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

For more information, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961.

0402-01-88 Spring Road Plowing Closure – Stavley Creek MAP.pdf
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BLM supplies wildland fire engine to local Rangeland Fire Protection Association

Date: April 3, 2019
Contact: Jared Jablonski 208-384-3210

Boise, Idaho – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) transferred a surplus wildland fire engine to the Owyhee Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) in Jordan Valley, Oregon. The Type 4 wildland engine can hold over 800 gallons of water and is equipped with its own pump system.

The transfer took place as part of BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness program, which helps boost the crucial role of rural cooperators in wildland firefighting. The program gives the BLM not only the ability to transfer equipment at no cost, but also tools, protective gear and training to RFPAs and volunteer and rural fire departments.

“Having an engine with four-wheel drive that holds so much water is really beneficial,” said Teo Maestrejuan, Owyhee RFPA Chairman. “This engine makes us much more diversified.”

The RFPAs are all-volunteer organizations comprised of ranchers and farmers in remote areas who proactively provide initial attack against new fires and respond alongside BLM firefighters. They are often closest to a fire when it starts, bringing local knowledge of road access to remote areas and a passionate motivation to protect the land.

The equipment, training and communication procedures used by RFPA members allow them to seamlessly integrate with BLM firefighting operations. The Owyhee RFPA has assisted the BLM on multiple wildland fires since its inception in 2012, most notably on the nearly 280,000-acre Soda Fire in 2015.

“The RFPAs play a critical role in fighting wildland fires in Idaho,” said Russ Babiak, BLM Boise District Fire Management Officer. “Any time we can assist a local cooperator—be it through training or equipment—it’s a win-win situation that continues to promote a safe and effective wildland firefighting community.”

Last year, southwestern Idaho had 147 wildfires that burned 80,606 acres. The BLM works closely with other federal and state agencies, local fire departments and RFPAs to respond to wildland fires.
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USFS Regional Intermountain News

Volume 3 Issue 1 April 2, 2019


Critter News:

Cascade vet clinic to host vaccinations Saturday

The Star-News April 4, 2019

Cascade Veterinary Clinic will host a pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pet owners do not need to make an appointment.

Cascade dog licenses will be available for purchase. Canine vaccinations available will include rabies, distemper, parvo, lepto, adenovirus, para-influenza and bordatello.

Feline vaccinations available will include panleuk rhino, calicivirus and feline leukemia.

For more information, call 208-382-4590. The Cascade Veterinary Clinic is located at 935 S. Idaho 55.


[Note: The Cascade Vet Clinic will come to Yellow Pine on Tuesday June 11th, please call to get on the list.]
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Cats Might Not Act Like It, But They Know Their Names As Well As Dogs, Study Says

April 4, 2019 Matthew S. Schwartz NPR

Call a dog by its name, and its tail wags, it starts panting happily, and it showers you with love and affection.

Call a cat by its name and … well, cats are a bit harder to read. Does the cat even know what its name is?

So researchers in Japan set out to answer the question: Can a cat understand the difference between its name and any other random word that sounds like it?

Research on cats is slim compared to research on dogs. That may be because cats can’t be bothered to participate in the experiments.

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Pet Talk – Cats and herpes virus

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 4/5/2019 IME

Feline herpesvirus is a common upper respiratory infection of cats. Most cats are exposed at some point during their life. Once exposed to the virus, most cats develop sufficient immunity to destroy the virus and antibodies to prevent reinfection. Some cats, like some people, develop latent infection. This means the virus isn’t destroyed, but goes into remission, and can be reactivated during times of stress or illness.

Signs of herpes infection in cats are highly variable and range from mild conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) to life-threatening illness. In severe cases, upper respiratory infection, fever, loss of appetite, marked pink-eye and ocular and nasal discharges occur.

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Photos: Idaho Horse Show dazzles with amazing horses

The Idaho Horse Show Association held the Idaho Horse Show at the Ford Idaho Center on Saturday, April. 6. Different classes of horses were tested and judged for skills, body, and several other categories. (Photos by Axel Quartarone)

photo gallery link:
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Fish & Game issues advisory about bears waking up from hibernation

The Star-News April 4, 2019

Spring has sprung, and so have the hibernating bears. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is reminding residents of the dangers of the animals finding human food sources and to take precautions.

“Understandably, they are hungry, and with several feet of snow on the ground, their food options are limited,” F&G regional wildlife manager Regan Berkley said. “Now is the time to start making sure they don’t find food at houses or businesses in town.”

Residents can take precautions by using bear-resistant trash containers properly and not propping lids open, leaving bags outside the containers or tampering with latches.

Businesses are also urged to not prop open dumpster lids, especially at night when bears are most likely to look for easy meals in town.

Residents are also cautioned to take down bird feeders. “Bird seed is high-calorie nutrition for bears, and they’ll return to your home many times if they’ve found that easy meal even once,” Berkley said.

Bears that find easy sources of human food can become dangerous, she said. “Unfortunately, bears that have become too accustomed to human food sources cannot responsibly be relocated,” Berkley said.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game sometimes must intervene and trap and euthanize a bear who has become a nuisance, Berkley said.

“Luckily, the solution is simple: Don’t allow bears to access human food sources in the first place,” she said.

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Washington wolf census finds more packs, breeding pairs

By Nicholas K. Geranios – 4/4/19 AP

Spokane, Wash. — The number of gray wolves in Washington state kept growing last year and for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range, wildlife officials said Thursday.

The state has a minimum of 126 wolves in 27 packs with 15 successful breeding pairs, defined as male and female adults that have raised at least two pups that survived through the end of the year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife found in its annual wolf census.

A year ago, there were 122 wolves in 22 packs with 14 breeding pairs.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of April 2019
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 4/1/2019

Montana Bills to Stop Wolf Hunting Dead

Local Rancher Deals With Losing Livestock to ‘Rogue’ Wolf Pack
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Idaho moose population is in decline

Wood River Valley is exception to trend

4/5/2019 IME

While the Wood River Valley’s moose population appears to be stable, wildlife managers are expressing concern about a dwindling population in most of Idaho.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the state’s moose population steadily increased into the early 2000s. The animals had greatly expanded their range and numbers throughout the state since the 1970s, and also expanded west into Washington and northeastern Oregon.

However, the department said, moose populations have declined in parts of the country since the 1990s, and concerns have escalated since the early 2000s. Eastern moose populations were the first to experience significant reductions. Moose populations in the West appeared to fare better, but the Rocky Mountain states eventually began seeing similar declines.

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New squirrel species reported in valley

Fox squirrel is native to the East

Greg Moore 4/5/2019 IME

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has received its first reported sighting of an Eastern fox squirrel in Blaine County.

Dan Casali, a resident of Cold Springs subdivision south of Ketchum, reported the sighting to the “Share your observations” section of the department’s website on March 24. The species has been reported on the site in five other counties in Idaho, all in the southern part of the state.

The fox squirrel, a native of the eastern U.S., is the largest species of tree squirrel native to North America. Weighing about two pounds, it’s about four times the size of the American red squirrel, the only tree squirrel other than flying squirrels native to the Wood River Valley.

… He said the squirrels have been introduced into numerous urban areas in the West, including to Boise in 1917, and have spread from those places.

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Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
April 2, 2019

* NOAA Releases New 2019 BiOp For Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead; Includes Flexible Spill, Take Provisions

Fish & Game News:

Some units remain open to wolf hunting until April 30

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Some wolf seasons for spring 2019 were extended last year.

Due to changes in wolf hunting seasons, some wolf hunts for spring 2019 are not reflected in the 2017-18 big game rules booklet. The units and dates shown in red reflect open areas for wolf hunting in spring 2019.

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Bear hunters in southeast Idaho take note: Spring bear hunt rules for 2018 still in effect

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Recently approved big game hunting seasons and rules, which included expanding bear hunting opportunity in southeast Idaho, take effect July 1, 2019.

In March, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission set big game hunting seasons and rules for 2019-2021, which included expanding bear hunting opportunity in the Southeast Region. With spring bear hunts upon us, hunters are reminded that bear hunting regulations this spring are the same as they were in spring 2018. The recent changes to bear hunting regulations in southeastern Idaho are not applicable until after the approved big game rules take effect July 1, 2019.

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F&G offers fewer moose tags for 2019 while biologists research moose declines

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, April 1, 2019

Moose population decline is consistent throughout most of the West

Opportunities for moose hunters to harvest one of Idaho’s most sought-after trophy species will be fewer in 2019-20 in an effort by Fish and Game wildlife managers to address declining populations in much of the state.

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See comments and details about Idaho’s steelhead Fishery Management Plan

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Idaho received federal authorization in March to continue its traditional steelhead seasons

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received authorization for its steelhead fishery from the National Marine Fisheries Service in March, which determined that Idaho’s Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan provides the necessary protection for salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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More F&G News Releases


Fun Critter Stuff:

Who blinked first in this epic stare down between a Bald Eagle and a Squirrel?

Lincoln, Maine (Circa) — This photo of a bald eagle and a squirrel’s epic staring contest has gone viral on the internet.

Roger Stevens Jr.’s photo has been shared over 11,000 times as of Friday. The photo, which was taken on Monday, shows a bald eagle and a squirrel participating in a staring contest in a treetop in Maine.

According to WTAE, Stevens took additional photos of the staring match, showing the eagle attempting to catch the squirrel. The squirrel then jumped into a hole in the tree avoiding becoming a meal.


Seasonal Humor:


Is it spring yet?