July 21, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

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

Note: The boil water order and water restrictions are still in effect.
July 22 – Daytime closures on So. Fk road begin
July 25 – 8am – noon planned power outage

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
July 22 – Daytime closures on So. Fk road begin
July 25 – 8am – noon planned power outage
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – 12pm Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles in Big Creek
Aug 10 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
Sept 14 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall budget meeting
Sept 14 – Ride to Cinnabar
Sept 21 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall

(details below)

Local Events:

Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles July 27

Celebration at Big Creek lodge July 27th at noon. Lunch catered by The Corner.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

Village News:

Power Outages

Idaho Power will have a maintenance power outage on Thursday, July 25th from 8am – noon.

The power went off at 417pm July 14, back on at 917am July 15 – off a total of 17 hours. Then power went off again at 243pm July 15 until 617pm – a total of 3 hours and 31 minutes. Wednesday (July 17) power blipped off and on some time before 250pm.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176
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Johnson Creek
July 24th dust abatement will be applied to Johnson Creek from Wapiti Meadow Ranch to Yellow Pine.

South Fork
Starting Monday, July 22, the South Fork road will be closed Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm on weekdays, with no closures over the weekends.
More info:
Map w/info:

YP to Stibnite Road
Update from Midas July 18: The road is still closed Monday through Thursday and open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Good progress is being made, but it is likely that we still have a few weeks of work ahead.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

June 1st started the 6-day a week mail delivery. 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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Wasp Season

Long legged wasps are out, invading sheds and seeing to come indoors.

Have not had a report of ticks since the hot dry weather arrived.
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Reminder for people living in bear country:

* Garbage should be stored inside the house or in a secure garage or storage building.
* If garbage cannot be stored in a secure location, a bear-resistant container approved by the Interagency Bear Committee is recommended.
* Avoid using bird feeders from March through November. Birds do not need supplemental feeding this time of year.
* Pet food should not be left outside.
* BBQ grills or anything with a strong odor should not be left out at night.
* Protect gardens, beehives, and compost piles with electric fencing.
* Never intentionally feed bears. A food-conditioned bear may pose a threat to human safety and usually results in the removal of the bear.

Local Groups:


Water Update July 5:

The Boil Order is still in effect.

Idaho Rural Water water will be in on the 19th to look for leaks. Water usage in town is in excess of 57,000 gallons per day. Some have been reminded of the No Lawn Watering request. If we get too much above the 60,000 gallons per day, the town is running the risk of draining the tanks and being out of water.

The yearly Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th at 10 am in the community hall. (no minutes yet)

Water Update June 7:

1. The “boil order” is still in effect.
2. There is still large water leaks in the system. We continue to look.
3. A grant for $39,000 was approved for improvements to the system.
3. Work is currently being done on the new contact tank.
4. Please, no lawn watering until we find and repair the major leaks.
– Steve Holloway

link to: #4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19.pdf

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

Next meeting August 10th 2pm at the Community Hall

Last meeting was July 20, 2019 – minutes forthcoming.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for June 8, 2019

link to: 20190608 Village of Yellow Pine Association Minutes

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th – 2pm at the Community Hall.

Last Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

Next Meeting Sept 14 at 10am YPFD meeting in the Fire Hall

Last meeting July 13 – minutes forthcoming.

YPFD June 16, 2019 Meeting minutes

link to: 20190615 YPFD Meeting Notes_Final.docx

Meetings will be held at the fire station at 10am and everyone is welcome to attend. June 15th; July 13th; and Sept 14th (which will also be the budget meeting as well).

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief 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.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

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.


Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Call for reservations
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Our hours will be 11-8 every day, except closed on Tuesdays. We are open for breakfast by request and always have good coffee starting at 6am.
The Corner has firewood permits in stock now. 4 cord minimum at $6.25 per cord. Please bring drivers license and cash is preferred, no CC.
The Corner Store will also be open with snacks, groceries, fresh produce, soda, ice and packaged beer. If you know you will be coming in over the summer and need special grocery orders, let me know and I will order it in for you while you are here, 2 deliveries a week. The best way to get a hold of me is to call or stop by and say hello.
Karaoke is back at The Corner! Choose your favorite songs from our online music library and entertain your friends up on stage through our professional sound system.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Summer Hours Daily 8am to Close
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Link to FB page:
It’s official starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals

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 Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, 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 (July 15) overnight low of 53 degrees, partly cloudy sky this morning. Early air traffic. Hummingbirds visiting. Power on at 917am (was off for a total of 17 hours.) Mother hairy woodpecker brought her baby, feeding it bits of suet. Increasing traffic before lunch time. Dark clouds and a rumble of thunder early afternoon. Power off again at 243pm (it had been on for 5 hours and 26 minutes today.) Cloudy and warm mid-afternoon, high of 84 degrees. Power back on at 614pm (off a total of 3 hours and 31 minutes this time.) Mostly cloudy this evening, warm, a bit muggy and slight breeze. A couple dozen juvenile tree swallows perched on the power line calling to the adults flying above. Lightning, thunder, gusty wind and rain at dusk, storm lasted about 20 minutes. Bright almost full moon before midnight.

Tuesday (July 16) overnight low of 48 degrees, low overcast this morning – top of VanMeter socked in. Tree swallows swooping and calling, mother hairy woodpecker w/juvenile and a few finches and pine siskins visiting. Gun shot on the golf course at 1154am. Breaks in the clouds mid-day, partly sunny and mild breezes. Quiet afternoon, very little traffic. Mostly cloudy, mild temperatures and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 81 degrees. Juvenile swallows flying around with the adults. Mostly clear and cooling off after sunset. Young swallows were going in and out of the old nest boxes or perching on top of them, then at dusk they were on the power line. Two does wandering down the side of the road at dusk, looking sleek (no fawns.) Mostly clear at dusk.

Wednesday (July 17) overnight low of 43 degrees, thin overcast sky this morning. Finches, pine siskins, tree swallows and a northern flicker calling. Pine and ground squirrels active. Mostly cloudy and mild temperatures mid-day. Light traffic. Power blipped off and on some time before 250pm. Mostly cloudy and a bit breezy mid-afternoon, high of 83 degrees. Northern flicker calling from various trees in the neighborhood. It was cooling off under mostly cloudy skies early this evening and breezy. Traffic kicking up dust in the neighborhood. After sundown it was partly clear and light breezes.

Thursday (July 18) overnight low of 51 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning. Heavy air traffic early, extra loud planes at 842am, and 920am. Increased traffic and dust in the neighborhood. A hummingbird, some finches and pine siskins visiting. Mostly cloudy mid-day and a little breezy. Young tree swallows landing on the birdhouses and begging for food. Mostly clear, breezy and mild temperatures mid-afternoon, high of 80 degrees. Lots of afternoon traffic (and dust.) Doe with spotted fawn in the neighborhood. YP Ambulance went by early evening, then Life flight landed at the new heli-pad at 730pm, took off at 750pm. Mostly clear and cooling off after sundown.

Friday (July 19) overnight low of 42 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. Young pine squirrel sounding off from the edge of the forest, young swallows practicing flying, finches and pine siskins visiting. Light breezes, clear and mild temps mid-day, high of 79 degrees. Dusty air from increased traffic this afternoon and evening (loud dirt bike on main street.) Brown-headed cowbirds visiting early afternoon. Lots of juvenile ground squirrels out, appear to be gathering dried grasses for winter. Clear evening, light cool breeze. Red-breasted nuthatch and mama woodpecker with her baby visited after sunset. Clear and cool at dusk.

Saturday (July 20) overnight low of 37 degrees, clear sky this morning. It has been very dry this month, the forest floor is “crunchy”. Cassins finches, little pine siskins and a couple of cowbirds visiting, young pine squirrels calling, tree swallows swooping around catching bugs. Clear and mild mid-day. Calliope hummingbird stopped by. Warming up by mid-afternoon, clear and light breezes, high of 82 degrees. A few cowbirds visiting, later the mama hairy woodpecker and fledgling. Smoky sky to the south and haze of dust in the air this afternoon. Clear at dusk and cooling off. Saturn rising over the ridge to the south east just after dark.

Sunday (July 21) overnight low of 39 degrees, clear sky this morning. Quiet enough to hear the river before the traffic started. Lots of juvenile swallows perched on the power lines calling and adults flying around. Finches, pine siskins, steller jays and pine squirrel visiting. Clear and warm mid-day. Almost constant traffic all afternoon and dusty air. Mid-afternoon it was clear, hot, dry and light breeze, high of 93 degrees. Calliope hummingbird and red-breasted nuthatch visited. Warm mostly clear evening.


Bud Tracy

Buddy Bruce Tracy, 77, of Reno, Nevada, formerly of Yellow Pine, passed away May 18, 2019 in Reno. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Emmett Cemetery.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 21, 2019
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Don Caward

December 23, 1940 ~ July 10, 2019

Donald Caward 78, of Cambridge, ID (formerly of Yellow Pine) passed away July 10, 2019. Cremation under the direction of Cremation Society of Idaho.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 18, 2019
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John Lance’s ashes will be scattered in Yellow Pine on Aug. 4, not Aug. 3.

Idaho News:

South Fork Salmon River Road to have closures for roadway rehabilitation project

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, July 18th 2019

McCall, Idaho (CBS 2) — The South Fork of the Salmon River Road rehabilitation project will begin July 22, 2019, and run through the 2020 field season, with a winter shutdown on the Boise and Payette National Forests.

The roadway is paved and in need of repairs to include the replacement of broken asphalt, surface drainage issues, and subgrade stability problems.

Beginning July 22, 2019, a point road closure will be in place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, with no closures over the weekends.

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Adams dispatchers step up to aid Valley County

911 staffers to take shifts in Cascade

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

Five of the six Adams County 911 dispatchers have said they are willing to help fill in at the critically understaffed Valley County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch, Valley County commissioners were told Monday.

Sheriff Patti Bolen also told commissioners that two dispatchers from elsewhere in Idaho, including one from Idaho County, have offered assistance if needed.

The added help means that Valley County will be able to maintain adequate 911 dispatch staff to keep the service running until permanent staff can be hired.

Dispatchers from Adams County will be paid their regular wage plus $2 per hour and travel expenses to make the 67-mile drive to the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade to fill shifts.

The assisting dispatchers will be hired as part time Valley County employees, she said.

Bolen and commissioners hope a long-term solution can be found to replace the stopgap measure of paying outside dispatchers. The proposed 2019-2020 county budget could see a 6% increase in 911 dispatcher pay, commissioners said.

A pay increase may help attract applicants, but the cost of housing in the area is an continuing concern, Bolen said.

“This is the third time since I’ve been sheriff, since 2005, that we’ve been in this position with dispatch,” Bolen said. “This is pretty critical.”

The starting wage for dispatchers in Valley County is $16.77 per hour, while starting dispatchers in Adams County earn $14.97 per hour.

The sheriff’s office is in the process of reviewing three applications for dispatchers. The department needs eight dispatchers to be fully staffed and will be down to one part time and three full time employees at the end of the month, Bolen said.

Valley County dispatch handles calls for the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, McCall Police Department, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Forest Service, Valley County Search and Rescue, and fire districts in McCall, Donnelly, Cascade and Yellow Pine.

In 2018, Valley County dispatch received about 35,000 calls, generating about 11,000 calls for service.

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Hazards to watch out for on rivers in Idaho

Jul 15, 2019 By Steve Dent KIVI TV

Boise — This summer has already proven deadly on Idaho’s most popular rivers for recreating, with deaths reported on the Boise, Payette and Snake Rivers.

One recent drowning on the Payette River system involved a 27-year-old man who died after his raft went through Big Falls on the South Fork of the Payette Canyon section.

“The population in Boise is going up, kayaking popularity is getting bigger, and I think people underestimate the river,” said Kyle Little of Idaho River Sports.

Every river in Idaho has hazards; some are more dangerous than others, but all should be taken seriously.

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VA Health offers new urgent care benefit for veterans

Jul 18, 2019 By Madeline White KIVI TV

Calling all veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare: getting your urgent care visit covered may have just gotten a whole lot easier.

“We don’t want any veterans not to get the care that they earned the right to get… When you’re sick, you’re sick, and you need to be seen timely,” said Stacie Burtis, Chief, Health Administration Service, Boise VA Medical Center.

… Visit missionact.VA.gov to learn more.

full story:

Scam Alert:

Beware of scam calls from “Medicare Assistance”. Medicare will not cold call you or ask for personal info.
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BBB explains recent fraud alert on genetic testing scam

Jul 15, 2019 KIVI TV

Genetic testing is rising in popularity. With a few swabs of the cheek, we are learning more than ever about our health and potential risks, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a fraud alert on a new genetic testing scam.

“Scammers are popping up across the country, offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing through telemarketing calls, booths at public events, health fairs, and door-to-door visits. They claim this is at no-cost to them and attempt to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes,” said Better Business Bureau’s Rebecca Barr.

Barr says this scam is happening in Idaho.


Mining News:

State officials update Idaho’s 50-year-old mining laws

The rules take effect immediately and come ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline set by the Legislature earlier this year.

Keith Ridler Associated Press July 16, 2019

Boise, Idaho — State officials have approved a rewrite of Idaho’s 50-year-old mining law.

Republican Gov. Brad Little and other members of the Idaho Land Board voted Tuesday to adopt rules intended to give mining companies the financial leeway to mine but also avoid leaving Idaho taxpayers paying for cleanup costs if a mining company goes bankrupt.

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Former Idaho governor seeks investigation of mining company

by Associated Press Monday, July 15th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Former Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has asked the Trump administration to investigate possible Chinese involvement in a mining company that could compete in Idaho with a Canadian-based company that tapped Otter to serve on its board of directors.

The Idaho Statesman reports in a story on Friday that Otter in a July 9 letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he’s concerned cobalt mined in Idaho will be shipped to China.

Otter, a Republican, left office in January after serving 12 years as governor. In February he joined the board of Toronto-based First Cobalt Corp.


Tips & Advice:

Heat Safety Tips and Resources

During a Heat Wave

How to Respond to Excessive Heat Events

* Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
* Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
* Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads. If you pack food, put it in a cooler or carry an ice pack. Don’t leave it sitting in the sun. Meats and dairy products can spoil quickly in hot weather.
* Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids.
* Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.
* Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
* Do not direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°F. The dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering your health.
* Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
* Take a cool bath or shower.
* Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
* Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Keep your children, disabled adults, and pets safe during tumultuous heat waves.
* Don’t leave valuable electronic equipment, such as cell phones and gps units, sitting in hot cars.
* Make sure rooms are well vented if you are using volatile chemicals.

Fire Season:

Idaho Fire Info

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July 19, 2019

Nationally, 99 large fires have burned more than 1.7 million acres in 10 states. Large fire activity continues in Alaska where 70 large fires are burning. Many fires in Alaska were active yesterday and burned thousands of acres. Large fire activity picked up in Arizona where four new ones were reported. Firefighters contained five large fires yesterday.

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Vader Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
14 miles northwest of Stanley, south of Highway 21 on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
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Forest fire near Stanley burns over 200 acres, shuts down parts of Highway 21

by CBS 2 News Staff Saturday, July 20th 2019

Stanley, Idaho (CBS 2) — Many people were stranded on the side of the road Friday night after a forest fire caused fire crews to close off portions of Highway 21, near Stanley.

A spokeswoman from the US Forest Service in Salmon, Idaho stated the Vader Fire was reported Friday afternoon and is located about 14 miles northwest of Stanley, south of Highway 21 on the Middle Fork Ranger District.

The fire is estimated at 231 acres, as of Saturday morning.

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Canyon Fire

Boise National Forest
14 miles west of Stanley, Idaho
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Firefighters Continue to Gain on the Canyon Fire

Lowman, Idaho, July 21, 2019 — After yesterday’s effective burn operation along Idaho State Highway (SH) 21, firefighters are continuing to secure the east side, and monitor the area for hot spots. Today, crews are conducting burn operations on the northern perimeter of the fire. The fire is 303 acres and 18 percent contained. Crews are hopeful for larger containment gains this weekend with favorable wind conditions and weather outlook. The fire is expected to remain active within the perimeter for several days as flames move through unburned fuel pockets.

Both lanes of SH 21 between milepost 101- 103 will be open to traffic. Forest Officials are asking drivers to please slowdown in that area as fire traffic will continue to be on the road.

Smoke from the Canyon Fire and other nearby fires may affect the overall air quality of this area. For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit link.

The Canyon Fire is located southeast of Bull Trout Campground and 14 miles west of Stanley, Idaho, within the Lowman Ranger District. It was reported at approximately 5 p.m., July 14, 2019. Currently, there are 202 personnel on scene.

Fire danger in Central Idaho is high due to high temperatures and drying fuel conditions. Forest Officials encourages the public to be careful with anything that could start a fire and to ensure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch. We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires.
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Lightning adds five new fires to Idaho forest, nine total in Salmon-Challis

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, July 15th 2019

Idaho (CBS 2) — The Salmon-Challis National Forest has detected five new lightning fires over the weekend moving the total up to nine fires that are currently being monitored.

… The Waterfall Fire is located on the east side of the Middle Fork Salmon River, about one mile southeast of the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon River and Big Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is inactive at this time. The fire has had no significant fire activity in the last four days. Logs and brush in the interior of the fire have burned and the exterior edges of the fire are inactive. Very little smoke, if any, is apparent on the fire; the Middle Fork Peak lookout will continue to monitor the fire area for smoke.

… The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger. There are no fire restrictions at this time. While the SalmonChallis National Forest looks green, fire danger is a concern.

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Shady Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
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Thousands of acres burning in Payette County wildland fire

Jul 14, 2019 By Natasha Williams KIVI TV

Fire crews are working to fight two fires in Payette County.

Dispatchers received a call about a fire in the area of Little Willow Road and Dry Creek Road around 11:45 Sunday morning.

Crews say the smaller of the two fires is located off Dry Creek Road and is about 100 acres, but the percent of containment is unknown.

The larger of the two fires is on the west side of Little Willow Road and is estimated to be 5,000 acres and growing. Fire officials have not yet been able to contain the larger fire.

There are nine fire departments and air support working to fight both fires.

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Boise District BLM Fire Update

July 15, 2019 Jared Jablonski 208-384-3378

Four of the seven wildfires ignited over the past few days have been controlled and fire crews have made substantial progress on the remaining three. This will be the last news release for these fires unless significant activity occurs.

Canmay Fire
Location: approximately eight miles north of Mountain Home, Id near the intersection of Canyon Creek and Mayfield roads
Size: mapped at 1,010 acres
Containment: 7/13 at 11:59 p.m.
Control: estimated 7/15 at 6 p.m.
Resources: two Boise BLM engines
Fire behavior: smoldering
Structures threatened: none
Cause: lightning

Heart Fire
Location: approximately fifteen miles southeast of Weiser, Id near Heart Gulch
Size: mapped at 1529 acres
Containment: estimated 7/15 at 8 p.m.
Control: estimated 7/16 at 8 p.m.
Resources: three Boise BLM engines, two Vale BLM engines, two Boise BLM dozers, SRV-1 hand crew, SRV-9 hand crew, Payette Engine 421 and FS Engine 413
Fire behavior: smoldering
Structures threatened: none
Cause: lightning

Alkie Fire
Location: approximately 20 miles southeast of Weiser, Id near Dry Creek
Size: mapped at 86 acres
Containment: 7/15 at 12 noon
Control: estimated 7/15 at 8 p.m.
Resources: two Boise BLM engines
Fire behavior: smoldering
Structures threatened: none
Cause: lightning

Public Lands:

South Fork Salmon River Road to have Closures for Roadway Rehabilitation Project Beginning July 22

McCall, ID, July 18, 2019 – The South Fork of the Salmon River Road rehabilitation project will begin July 22, 2019 and run through the 2020 field season, with a winter shutdown on the Boise and Payette National Forests. The roadway is paved and in need of repairs to include the replacement of broken asphalt, surface drainage issues, and subgrade stability problems.

Beginning July 22, 2019, a point road closure will be in place Monday through Friday from 7:00a.m. to 4:00 pm on weekdays, with no closures over the weekends. Access to all sites along the river will remain open, but the route to reach those sites will be determined by the point closure location. The first point closure location will be just south of Reed Ranch beginning July 22nd.

The Payette National Forest will produce and distribute a weekly newsletter to help travelers determine the location of the point closure, and which route to use to reach desired sites along the river. Additionally, a webpage has been developed to convey this same information. Self-subscribe to the newsletter by singing up at (link), and visit the project web site at (link)

Things to know about the point closure site:

· The point closure location will dictate if the Warm Lake route, or the Lick Creek route to the South Fork of the Salmon River is to be taken to access sites along the river.

· The closure sites will change on a weekly basis, and will not always be adjacent to the last closure site. Refer to the current weekly newsletter or the project website to determine the closure point and access for each week.

· Use the existing mile post markers to become familiar with the road. These mile post markers will be used to note where the current point closure is located.

The South Fork Salmon River Road was paved in 1993 as a single track road in order to assist in the prevention of sediment getting into the river and creating problems for ESA Listed Summer Chinook Salmon. Minor road work, and periodically, major road reconstruction following a road damaging event, has been conducted since 1993, but this is the first full rehabilitation project that will take place on the road.

To learn more about the history of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and stewardship efforts visit this link:

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0784
c: 208-634-6945

Critter News:

Pet talk – Chewing Disorders In Dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt July 19, 2019

There is a common chewing disorder in dogs involving the muscles that are used in chewing. These muscles are called the muscles of mastication, and the disease is called masticatory myositis. The muscles of the head that are used for chewing are inflamed and attacked by the immune system. The main muscles involved are the temporalis muscles, which are in the forehead region above and beside the eyes, and the masseter muscles, which are in the cheek area. The inflammation is usually of sudden onset and causes severe pain.

Masticatory myositis is in immune-mediated disease. The dog’s own immune system attacks various components of the muscles. This group of muscles has unique origin in the embryo and is different from other skeletal muscles.

Acute myositis usually causes symmetrical swelling and pain of the muscles. If the muscles become terribly swollen, one or both eyes may bulge. The dog will always be in severe pain and reluctant to open the mouth. Fever, lethargy, decreased appetite and enlargement of nearby lymph nodes may also occur. Signs may last two to three weeks.

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Camera catches grizzly bear foraging with cubs in Idaho wilderness

KTVB July 18, 2019

Cameras operated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game caught a grizzly bear and her two cubs foraging in the Island Park area of eastern Idaho.

The female adult bear can be seen investigating a scent in a small tree, while her young cubs attempt to help.

Fish and Game officials – curious if the bear had cubs – say they placed a scent on top of the tree, hoping to draw her out of her den.

The area where the camera is located is on Forest Service lands far from any human interaction, according to IDFG, and researchers had to hike several miles to get there.


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Mountain lion relocated from public park

July 19, 2019 Local News 8

On July 18, a young male mountain lion ran up a tree in a public park in Banida , Idaho, after being spooked out of some cover on an adjacent property by a landowner and his dog. The healthy mountain lion was tranquilized and transported to a remote location in southeast Idaho where it was released.

Banida, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Department of Fish and Game personnel removed a mountain lion from a public park in the small community of Banida in Franklin County Thursday.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Fish and Game conservation officers responded to a report of a mountain lion in a tree in a 3-acre park in Banida.

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CDC: Backyard chickens, pig ear dog treats still making people sick

Two people have died, hundreds ill

By Theresa Waldrop Jul 19, 2019 Local News 8

Two people have died and hundreds more have become ill in an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to backyard chickens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The news came as the CDC also said a salmonella outbreak traced to pig ear dog treats continues to sicken people in multiple states.

Since the illnesses related to backyard poultry began January 1, more than 768 people in 48 states have become ill, the CDC said. That number includes 489 who were diagnosed since June 13, the agency said in a release. One death was reported in Ohio, and one in Texas.

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Gem County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, July 15th 2019

Gem County, Idaho (CBS 2 News Staff) — Mosquitoes trapped in Gem County have tested positive for the West Nile virus. The mosquitoes carrying the virus in Gem County were trapped outside of the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District near the Payette County border.

This area is not located inside a mosquito abatement district.

Residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten. Precautions include draining any standing water on your property and wearing repellent when outdoors.


Fish & Game News:

Escape the summer heat by fishing in the mountains

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Roger Phillips/Idaho Fish and Game

There are thousands of mountain lakes in Idaho that offer cool temperatures and great fishing

Distant mountain peaks loom in the summer heat and stand like a cool oasis for anglers. Hidden in the bowls, basins and valleys are many lakes brimming with trout and waiting for intrepid anglers.

Idaho has many mountain ranges, nearly all of which have lakes that contain fish. Idaho Fish and Game has long been committed to keeping those lakes stocked with fish by a variety of methods, including aircraft, horseback and backpack.

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Check out summer birding in Idaho’s sagebrush country

By Hilary Turner, Road Ecology Wildlife Technician
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

sage thrasher Robert L Kothenbeutel

Sagebrush country is home to a variety of songbirds and other birds

Southern Idaho is a wonderful place to spend the summer as a birder. With diverse habitats there is no shortage of places to explore the avifauna. A few of my favorite places to watch birds during the summer are in the sagebrush steppe, juniper foothills, and Snake River riparian corridors.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Deer spotted with ‘rare batch of triplets’ – one of them is albino

by Brandon Bailey Monday, July 1st 2019

Photo Credit: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Miles City, MT — Tracy Baker spotted a truly rare sight recently when she captured a mother deer with triplets in Montana.

A deer having triplets is rare by itself, but one of the triplets was albino.

“Only two fawns are visible in the picture, but in the span of a few minutes, the doe had a third fawn, making for a rare batch of triplets,” said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks – Region 7 on Facebook.


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