Aug 4, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 4, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: The boil water order and water restrictions are still in effect.
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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
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:

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:

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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South Fork
Starting 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 for 7/29-8/2:

YP to Stibnite Road
Last 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 seeking 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 25:

On July 19th a crew from Idaho rural water came in and found a substantial leak on the east side of the east fork bridge. We are currently looking for a good time to shut the water down to town to make the repairs. It will definitely be after harmonica but seeing we will be shutting down the town, we want to be prepared. We are still on a boil order due to the large capacity of water lost and low chlorine contact time. We still request that everyone conserves water by not watering lawns because we are borderline to running the town out of water.
– Steve H YPWUA

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

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

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

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes July 20, 2019
Link to: 20190720 Yellow Pine Village Association Minutes.docx

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for June 8, 2019
link to: 20190608 Village of Yellow Pine Association.rtf

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.”

Link to: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation.doc

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.

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 29) overnight low of 45 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light breeze this morning. Plume of dust rising from gravel site. A few finches and several tree swallows calling. Pine squirrels harvesting (and chewing up) cones. Increasing traffic and dust on the west side. The number of camps on the north end of the golf course is growing. Mostly cloudy and breezy mid-day. Rumble of thunder after lunch time, maps show a strike south of the Johnson Creek airstrip (Porcupine Fire.) Mostly cloudy and “Virga” (rain evaporating before it reaches the ground), hot and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 88 degrees. Chipmunks, pine and ground squirrels active. Two calliope hummingbirds and a red-breasted nuthatch visited. Steady street traffic kicking up dust on the west side. Backfiring airplane went over at 352pm. Mostly clear (dusty smoky haze) later in the afternoon and a little breezy. Cooling off slowly after sundown, mostly clear (hazy) warm evening.

Tuesday (July 30) overnight low of 54 degrees, sprinkles of rain early morning, thunderclap at 801am (map showed hits south of the Thunder Mtn. “cherry stem”.) Partly clear and muggy this morning. Traffic and airplanes started early, huge plume of dust rising from crusher operation at gravel pit on the hill. Partly cloudy, warm and light breezes mid-day. Light but constant traffic, porta potties set out. Thunder, dark clouds and hot mid-afternoon, high of 90 degrees, map shows strikes east of the South Fork river and also west of Missouri Ridge. Some strong breezes on and off this afternoon. More campers pulling in and dusty air. Mostly cloudy and warm before sunset, a bit humid. Campers continue to pull in kicking up dust out in the forest too. Mostly clear before dusk and calm, skeeters are hungry.

Wednesday (July 31) overnight low of 46 degrees, high haze turning the sky milky blue (smoke?) Early airplanes and street traffic (dusty) yelling over by hole #1. A few swallows and finches calling this morning, red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Some clouds starting to build up to the south mid-day and pretty warm. Constant traffic and dust all day, poor air quality. Hot, dry, partly cloudy and windy mid-afternoon, high of 96 degrees. Mostly clear, warm and dusty evening. Constant buzz of traffic. Hazy sky and some stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Aug 1) overnight low of 49 degrees, partly cloudy sky this morning, dusty air. No swallows this morning, a lone olive-sided flycatcher calling from the trees. Road barricades went up this morning, but folks just drag them out of the way. Campers piling in right around the porta potties in the residential area. Partly cloudy and warm mid-day. A few finches and chipmunks visiting, not as many ground squirrels out. Hot by mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and light breezes, high of 95 degrees. A few finches and a pine siskin showed up. Pine squirrels very active, chipmunks scurrying about and a few columbian ground squirrels above ground. Hot and dusty late afternoon, light breeze and a few chunky clouds. Clear and warm at nightfall. Bar traffic, potty doors slamming and generators running after midnight.

Friday (Aug 2) overnight low of 53 degrees, a tiny trace of rain fell around 6am, partly cloudy sky this morning. A few finches, lots of chipmunks, a couple of young pine squirrels and several ground squirrels visiting. Off leash dogs roaming the neighborhood, increasing traffic and dust. Pretty warm by mid-day, mostly cloudy and light breezes. Finches and a red-breasted nuthatch visiting. More campers piling in, big clouds of dust. Mostly dry thunder storm early afternoon, not enough rain to settle the dust. Mostly sunny and hot mid-afternoon, light breezes, high of 95 degrees. Impressive thunderstorm at 420pm, strike map showed Bald Hill hit, 25 minutes of hard rain with large hail at the end, done by 445pm. Storm settled the dust quite well. Power blipped off/on at 6pm. Constant traffic. Underage kids drinking in the school yard. Mostly cloudy and breezy at dusk. Bar traffic at 2am, yelling, generators and loud music up until 3am.

Saturday (Aug 3) overnight low of 49 degrees, clear sky this morning. Early air and street traffic, dogs barking, potty doors slamming and people yelling. A couple of tree swallows still around, a few finches and a robin. Lots of chipmunks running about. Shooting started 1039am – several shots fired, sounds like it is coming from the west side of the golf course. A few campers leaving. Calliope hummingbird, red-breasted nuthatch and pine squirrels visiting mid-day, a few small clouds and breezy, not as many ground squirrels today. More campers pulled out early afternoon, streets are drying out and getting dusty from traffic. Plenty hot by mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and very light breezes, high of 93 degrees. Helicopter high to the south – might be looking at the fire near Johnson Creek. A couple more camps pulled out late afternoon. Warm evening, clear sky after sundown and slowly cooling off. Two swallows perched on the power line. Quiet after midnight until the bar traffic wah-hooed down into the neighborhood after 2am. Yelling, dogs barking and potty doors slamming at least until after 3am.

Sunday (Aug 4) overnight low of 46 degrees, clear sky this morning, light haze of dust and smoke. Early morning air and road traffic, slamming potty doors and barking dogs. A few finches visiting. Campers slowly pulling out. Road barricades taken down at noon. Increased traffic and dust after lunch. Mostly cloudy and hot mid-afternoon, light breezes, high of 95 degrees. Exodus of campers continues leaving a lingering cloud of dust over the neighborhood. Lots of chipmunks and a few ground squirrels running about. Pretty warm evening, mostly cloudy and slight breeze. Flock of swallows flying high. A few campers remain on the golf course.

Idaho News:

South Fork Road work cancels 4 Summit Challenge

Event has drawn up to 400 riders in past years

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Aug 1, 2019

Organizers of the 4 Summit Challenge canceled the event scheduled for last Saturday due to road construction on the South Fork Salmon River Road by the Payette National Forest.

“If we had done the old route up Warm Lake Road to Landmark Summit, then it would have provided limited paved emergency access to Yellow Pine,” organizer Mary Tracey of Cascade said.

“In the end, we decided to cancel it this year in the hopes that we can offer a nicely paved South Fork Road for our 10th anniversary ride next year.” Tracey said.

The 4 Summit Challenge is an event centered around conquering a personal challenge, with no emphasis on racing against others or the clock.

In previous rides, participants doing the full ride start from downtown Cascade, turn on to Warm Lake Road and the left at the South Fork road 45 miles over two summits, returning via the same route.

… The closures will be in place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no closures over the weekend. Construction on the road is expected to end in the summer of 2020. No road work will be done over the winter.

Yellow Pine will remain accessible via the Johnson Creek Road and Lick Creek Road during the closures.

full story:
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Boise hikers found safe after spending 4 nights in the forest

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Aug 1, 2019

Two Boise hikers and their dog are safe after spending four nights lost on backwoods trails near Blackmare Lake east of Donnelly, according to Valley County Search and Rescue.

The hikers were reported missing, triggering a search involving 20 search and rescue members and two airplanes, Search and Rescue Capt. Larry Mangum said.

The two and their dog Lucy set out last Friday for Stump Lake, about 13 miles east of Donnelly with the intention of returning Sunday evening at the latest.

“They told their wives what their hiking plan was, but got turned around on the trails and went the wrong direction,” Mangum said.

The hikers later sent a text to family members on Saturday saying that they would abandon Stump Lake and head for Blackmare Lake because there were too many bugs, Mangum said.

Relatives contacted Search and Rescue when the pair failed to return on time.

Searchers found the hikers’ car at the Kennelly Creek Campground and sent teams to Blackmare Summit, Blackmare Lake, Stump Lake and the surrounding area, Mangum said.

Two airplanes were mobilized to join the search. A co-worker of one of the hikers also hired a plane to fly over the area.

Also called in was Two Bear Air, a private search and rescue company based in Whitefish, Montana, to fly over the area with infrared sensors hoping to spot the lost hikers, Mangum said.

Neither airplane was able to spot the two hikers or the dog.

The two lost hikers made their way inadvertently to the Cougar Trail on the South Fork Road, just south of the Krassel Work Station. They were found by a Forest Service trail crew working in the area on Tuesday Morning, shortly after 9 a.m., Mangum said.

“They didn’t panic and they did all the right things, they just got confused on the trail markings and got turned around going the wrong direction,” he said.

“Both were in very good shape when they came out, the only thing that suffered was the dog and her paws,” Mangum said.


Note: Yellow Pine S&R also responded to the incident.
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Work progresses on U.S. 95 rebuild through NM

The Star-News Aug 1, 2019

Work on the northbound lanes will begin this week following the completion of the paving work on the southbound lanes as construction continues on U.S. 95 in New Meadows.

Final paving of both south and northbound lanes is scheduled to occur in late August, the Idaho Transportation Department said.

The City of New Meadows and ITD will replace the city’s water main as well as replacing the old road base and pavement on U.S. 95 between South End Road and Idaho 55.

The project, which began in June, will also include construction of new curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

During the project, homes and businesses may experience disruption of water service. Those affected will be notified in advance.

For more information about city water service, contact New Meadows City Hall at 208-347-2171.

Construction work will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to noon on Fridays on U.S. 95. All lanes will be open on the weekends.

There is no on-street parking in the work zone, and business access will remain open.

For more information on the project, visit:


Scam Alerts:

Four credit card skimmers found at ATMs across Boise

Police say that thieves are now placing the skimmers in ATMs, where people will least expect the devices.

KTVB July 29, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Boise Police are asking people to check their bank statements after four credit card skimmers were found at local bank ATMs across Boise.

Police did not state where exactly the skimmers were found.

“The financial institutions are technically victims as well, so we will not be naming them,” Haley Williams, a spokesperson with Boise Police, said.

She also said the banks where the skimmers were found will be reaching out to their customers about it.

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Better Business Bureau reports rise in scams involving utility companies

Customers duped by Idaho Power scams

Jul 29, 2019 KIVI TV

Boise, Ida. — With temperatures heating up across the Treasure Valley, utility scammers are also on the rise. Many are impersonating water, electric, and gas company representatives, frequently threatening residents and business owners with deactivation of service if they don’t pay up immediately.

Scammers are starting to take advantage of customers here in Idaho. One Ada County woman says she recently lost $897 to a scammer. She reported to the BBB Scam Tracker that she received a message from a caller claiming to be Idaho Power , saying her services would be shut off in 30 minutes. When she called back, she reached what sounded like the real Idaho Power answering message.

When she was finally able to reach someone on the phone, they listed addresses for two of her properties and said her nearly $900 bill was overdue. Since it was close to 5 p.m., the scammer told her Idaho Power was about to close and she needed to pay immediately. The caller told the woman to go to Walgreens and buy Money Pac cards, then to call the technician who was waiting to turn the power off and give him the card numbers.

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Idahoans lost $6.85 million to online scams in 2018

Idaho ranked as the #22 state in victims per capita and the #35 state in loss amount.

KTVB August 1, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Idahoans lost near $7 million to online scams last year.

That’s according to CenturyLinkQuote, which pored over FBI statistics and the 2018 Annual Report by the Internet Crime Complaint Center to identify the most at-risk states for internet scams.


Mining News:

Midas Gold submits changes to Stibnite gold mine plans

Revisions designed to meet comments by Payette, public

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Aug 1, 2019

Midas Gold Idaho has submitted a new plan to the Payette National Forest with several significant changes to the company’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

The changes are designed to reduce the size of the project, better preserve water quality, cut costs and accommodate public access at the proposed gold and antimony mine, Midas Gold officials said.

The changes were made in response to public comments and as well as analysis by the Payette and a contractor hired to review the project.

The changes were filed by the Vancouver, B.C., company with the Payette in May, but neither Midas Gold or the Payette issued a statement announcing the revised plan.

The changes were made public during the most recent meeting of the Stibnite Advisory Council, the citizens group composed of representatives of various local governments.

The submission of the modified plan should not delay the expected release of a draft study of the Stibnite Gold Project by the end of the year, Payette Public Affairs Officers Brian Harris told The Star-News.

The original plan of operations was submitted in September 2016. That plan, the revised plan and other alternatives proposed by the Payette will all be incorporated into the draft environmental study, Harris said.

Here is a brief review of the changes made by Midas Gold. More detailed explanations will be presented in The Star-News in future issues.

Rock Storage

One major change proposed is to eliminate the West End Development Rock Storage Facility, which would have dumped about 25 million tons of waste rock not containing gold or antimony onto a new massive pile.

Instead the rock would be used to backfill two open pit mines proposed as part of the project.

About 20 million tons of rock would be put into the proposed Hangar Flats pit, making its final depth about 140 feet. Previously the Hangar Flats pit would have been 600 feet deep under the 2016 proposal.

Another 5 million tons of rock would be used to completely backfill the existing Midnight pit, which would result in lower water temperatures by eliminating the formation of a lake, according to the revisions.

Protective Liner

Another change would add a protective liner cover to waste rock storage to improve water quality by reducing leaks.

The new plans also call for design changes to several surface water diversions that would result in improved water quality and lower water temperatures.

“Water temperature is important to long-term fish population restoration and a priority for the company,” said Dale Kerner, permitting manager for Midas Gold Idaho.

During operations, run-off water and streams around waste rock storage and tailings facilities would be diverted into underground pipes during low flows to prevent water from warming.

After mining is completed, the diversions would be re-established across the surface of the storage areas to create permanent waterways, Kerner said.

Meadow Creek

A temporary rerouting of Meadow Creek around the Hangar Flats pit lake proposed in Midas Gold’s original plan would instead be permanent under the proposed changes.

Simulations showed a risk of increased water temperatures in the original proposal, Kerner said.

A liner proposed for a portion of Meadow Creek would also be extended to prevent the stream from being absorbed into groundwater while the Hangar Flat pit lake fills with water after mining.

Public Access

Another proposed change would allow public access through the mine using the Stibnite Road during operations.

The road would not be plowed during the winter and could be subject to daily or even weekly closures for blasting and other dangerous mine activities, according to modified plans.

“People want to get up here with their campers,” Kerner said. “They do it now, they want to do it 10 years from now.”

Limestone Mine

Under the modified proposal, Midas Gold would use limestone discovered in an existing open pit on site to produce lime, an important substance use for neutralization in extracting gold and silver from rock.

That would involve building an estimated $29 million lime kiln, which would produce lime about 50% cheaper than having it delivered daily by trucks.

Producing lime on site would eliminate about 2,917 truck deliveries annually, but it would add about 133 propane deliveries each year to fuel the kiln, according to the company.

Overall, emissions would slightly increase as a result of on-site lime generation, the modified plans said.

Maintenance Facility

Another proposed change would relocate an off-site maintenance facility originally planned for Landmark to about four miles east up the Burnt Log Route, which is proposed as the primary mine traffic access to Stibnite.

Moving the building would preserve the historical character of the Landmark Ranger Station, which was built in about 1930.

Burnt Log Route

The modified plan would also modify the Burnt Log Route to reduce steepness and impacts to wetlands along a 5.8-mile section of the road near the Riordan Creek drainage.

The changed route would edge closer to the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, but would remain at least 100 feet from the boundary and outside of the Frank’s watershed, Kerner said.

“Refining it the way we did, it was a no-brainer,” he said. “It just made sense.”

A minor change proposed in the modified plan would reroute some power lines that must be upgraded to operate the mine.


Link to: 2019 Midas Gold Plan Revision.pdf
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Bemetals Commences Resource Expansion and Confirmation Drilling Program at the High-Grade South Mountain Zinc-Silver Project in Idaho

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Vancouver, Canada – BeMetals Corp. is pleased to announce the commencement of BeMetals’ initial core drilling program at the high-grade South Mountain Zinc-Silver Project (“South Mountain” or the “Project” or “Property”) in southwestern Idaho, U.S.A. This summer’s drilling campaign is designed to test potential extensions and confirm the grade distribution of the mineral resource outlined in the independent technical report titled, “National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report Updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the South Mountain Project Owyhee County, Idaho, USA.”, with an effective date of April 1, 2019, and available on the Company’s website at and on SEDAR at

continued: [h/t Sandy]

Tips & Advice:

Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash

Wildfire smoke and ash can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. They can make you cough or wheeze, and can make it hard to breathe. A respirator is a device (mask) that covers your nose and mouth, fits tightly to your face, and can filter out smoke or ash particles before you breathe them in. Respirators are not sized for children.

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Protect Yourself from Ash

Protect yourself from harmful ash when you clean up after a wildfire. Cleanup work can expose you to ash and other products of the fire that may irritate your eyes, nose, or skin and cause coughing and other health effects. Ash inhaled deeply into lungs may cause asthma attacks and make it difficult to breathe.

Ash is made up of larger and tiny particles (dust, dirt, and soot). Ash deposited on surfaces both indoors and outdoors can be inhaled if it becomes airborne when you clean up. Ash from burned structures is generally more hazardous than forest ash.

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Heat Safety Tips and Resources

Stay Hydrated

Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

* Warning: If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
* Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.

* If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.

Keep Your Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

Fire Season:

Porcupine Fire
Boise National Forest
Porcupine Fire: One fire prevention patrol and 1 helicopter are assigned to the Porcupine Fire. The Porcupine Fire is burning in timber and brush and it is currently about 0.25 acres. Yellow Pine residents and forest visitors attending the Harmonica Festival may see fire crews and aircraft in the area but it should not affect weekend festivities.
Note: Porcupine Creek is a tributary to Johnson Creek at Ice Hole.

Nethker Fire
Payette National Forest
Evacuations of campgrounds, closing of Burgdorf Hot Springs and Burgdorf-French Creek Road is closed to through traffic. Wildfire started at 2:20pm near Burgdorf – cause is unknown at this time. 150+ acres and actively growing. Air tankers, helicopters and ground based firefighters are actively suppressing the fire.
Nethker Fire as seen from McCall. 4:41pm, Sunday, August 4. 150+ acres.

There is a fire outside Burgdorf Hot Springs. First reported 2:20, 25 acres. By 4:41 they are reporting 150+ acres. It’s on Netheker Creek. That’s about 5 miles from Secesh. Smokejumpers and DC10 are on it.
Nethker Creek from Burgdorf Hot Springs.
Update: The fire is holding at this time and is not expected to reach Warren Wagon Road tonight. Air tankers and helicopters working in support of ground based firefighters continue to work the fire. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage the fire.
Update, 8:45p.m. August 4, 2019: The fire continues to hold west of Warren Wagon Road. Firefighters will work through the night to cut fire line, and prepare for a potential burnout operation in the morning. A fie update will be posted in the morning.
Nethker Fire Actively burning Southwest of Burgdorf
Nethker Fire: The Nethker fire was detected today a 2:20p.m. It is actively burning approximately 3 miles southwest of Burgdorf. The fire is estimated at 150 acres. Ten airtankers, 5 helicopters, 8 crews and 9 engines are assigned to the fire. The fire is holding to the west of Warren Wagon Road at this time and the road remains open. Firefighters will continue to engage the fire throughout the night. Jeanette Campground and dispersed camp sites were evacuated from the area – Burgdorf residents evacuated as well. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but lightning is suspected. An area closure will be effect for this fire area. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage the fire. (Inciweb link).
To date, the Payette National Forest has had 25 wildfires which is in keeping with the Forest having an average fire season or 65 to 70 wildfires – four wildfires have been reported since Friday. The three wildfires in the Profile Gap area were declared out and in patrol status today. The Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA) has responded to 16 wildfires so far this season. The largest wildfire prior to the Nethker Fire was held to 2.5 acres.
Fire Restrictions: No Fire Restrictions are in effect at this time.

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.
Size 3,931 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 31st, 2019

Canyon Fire
Boise National Forest
14 miles west of Stanley, Idaho
Canyon Fire 100 percent containment on August 2, 2019
Size 326 Acres

Vader Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
14 miles northwest of Stanley, south of Highway 21 on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%
Size 443 Acres

Idaho Fire Info


2 Idaho News
To keep you updated, safe and in the know, this page will provide the very latest news and updates throughout the summer.
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Lightning starts fires on the Boise National Forest

UPDATE: August 2, 2019 – The Boise National Forest has detected three lightning caused fires about 3 p.m. Two fires are east of Lowman, Idaho, in Eight Mile Creek and the third in southwest of Yellow Pine, Idaho, in Porcupine Creek. Crews are working to suppress the fires and establish hand line along the perimeter to prevent further growth.

Nine Fire/Eight Fire: Three hand crews, 1 fire engine, 1 helicopter, 1 air attack and 4 air tankers are assigned to the Nine Fire which is located in the vicinity of the Eight Fire. Retardant has been dropped around the Nine Fire and has slowed its spread. It is burning in timber and brush and it is currently about 3-5 acres.

Porcupine Fire: One fire prevention patrol and 1 helicopter are assigned to the Porcupine Fire. The Porcupine Fire is burning in timber and brush and it is currently about 0.25 acres. Yellow Pine residents and forest visitors attending the Harmonica Festival may see fire crews and aircraft in the area but it should not affect weekend festivities.

STRUCTURES THREATENED: No structures are threatened.

CAUSE: Lightning.

CLOSURES: None at this time.

SMOKE: Smoke from the wildfires may affect the overall air quality of this area. For information visit:

RESTRICTIONS: Currently there are no fire restrictions in effect.

Forest official ask the public to be extremely careful with all flammable materials and t ensure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch. With increasing weekend temperatures, fuels are drying out quickly and the potential for wildfire ignitions is high.
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Fires ignited within Boise National Forest

Boise, Idaho, July 30, 2019 — Fire crews are responding to several new wildfires reported across the Boise National Forest as a result of thunderstorms late yesterday.

The higher concentration of ignitions were within the Lowman and Idaho City Ranger Districts. Aerial detection flights will be flown today and tomorrow in search for new holdover fires.

The fires are all currently small, less than one acre in size and some moisture was reported. The largest of the fires is the Taylor Fire within the Idaho City Ranger District and approximately 5 acres in size. The majority of fires have been staffed with a combination of helicopters, hotshots, fire crews and engines. Staffing is on-going today and containment is anticipated on many of the starts within the next few shifts.

Lingering monsoonal moisture is predicted across southern Idaho this morning. Instability will remain over the eastern portions of the Boise and Payette National Forests bringing another possible round of thunderstorms to the area today. Today’s air mass is more moist than yesterday, therefore potentially better chance of wetting rains with the thunderstorms.

There are no structures threatened at this time and there are not fire restrictions currently in effect. Forest officials ask the public to be extremely careful with all flammable materials. With the increase in temperatures and decrease in humidity, fuels are drying out quickly and the potential for wildfire ignitions rises daily.

photo of Taylor fire on FB:
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Lightning zaps Salmon-Challis Forest

Jul 30, 2019 Local News 8

Jenny Fire

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Lightning has caused at least 11 new fires on the Salmon-Challis National Forest in the past week.

The three-acre “Jenny” fire was reported Sunday about 38 miles southwest of Salmon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is in rugged back country. For now, a helicopter is dropping water on the fire to cool the fire’s edge and slow the spread of fire.

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Central Idaho Dispatch Zone moves to very high fire danger

by CBS 2 News Staff Wednesday, July 31st 2019

(USFS – Salmon-Challis)

Salmon, Idaho (CBS 2) — Weather and fuel conditions have made the Central Idaho Dispatch Zone move to Very High Fire Danger.

In this type of danger, fires will start from most of the usual causes.

Fires can spread quickly and grow intensely shortly after starting.

“Small fires can quickly become large fires and exhibit extreme fire intensity, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirls,” said the U.S. Forest Service – Salmon-Challis. “These fires can be difficult to control and will often become much larger and longer-lasting fires.”

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Firefighters respond to fires near Lucky Peak Reservoir

Boise National Forest
Contact: Venetia Gempler
Phone: (208) 373-4105

UPDATE: August 1, 2019 — Engines and crews with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (FS) are responding to several new fire starts near Lucky Peak Reservoir. The fires were reported Thursday morning just after 1 a.m. The 104 acre Lucky Fire is the largest fire, under Forest Service protection and burning on State Lands. (Acres updated 8-1 / 11:30 a.m.)

Lucky Fire crews are working to secure hand line, dozer line and hose line along the perimeter to prevent further growth. The fire grew quickly in the early morning hours, however all spread has been slowed and stopped with the suppression efforts. The containment and control of the fire will be determined as further progress is made.

The Shores Fire ignited in the same vicinity and time was contained at 0.10 acres.

A third fire, the MM13 Fire, was contained at 20 acres and BLM crews are now assisting with the Lucky Fire.

STRUCTURES THREATENED: No structures are threatened.

CAUSE: The cause of the fires are under investigation.

WEATHER: Crews say the wind and steep terrain made this fire difficult to battle in the early hours of the morning. Possible thunderstorms have been predicted through the weekend.

RESOURCES: Resources responding to all the fires include multiagency helicopters, crews, engines and water tenders.

CLOSURES: Middle Fork of the Boise River (road #268) is currently shut down as crews work.

SMOKE: Smoke from the Lucky Fire was reported Thursday morning. For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit

RESTRICTIONS: Currently there are no fire restrictions in effect. Please be careful 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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Idaho 21 reopened amid Lucky Fire mop-up

“Drivers are asked to remain alert and cautious,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.

KTVB August 2, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Idaho 21 has reopened to traffic as crews continue working on the Lucky Fire Friday.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that deputies were blocking the highway as mop-up crews worked alongside the road.

By 12:35 p.m. Friday, however, the sheriff’s office said the highway would be reopened.

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Fire burning near Craters of the Moon burns 2,500 acres

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, August 1st 2019

Carey, Idaho (CBS 2) — The Spud Fire, burning in central Idaho near Craters of the Moon National Monument, has grown to 2,500 acres as of late Thursday.

The fire is located about 12 miles east of Carey, and is still actively burning.

BLM crews are facing rocky terrain and windy conditions as they work to get the fire under control. The fire is burning in grass and also brush that’s growing out of the lava rock in the area.

Eight Bureau of Land Management Fire Department fire engines, 1 Sawtooth National Forest engine, a dozer, water tender, and multiple aircraft are responding.

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Human-caused fire prevention: How you can help Idaho stop wildfires

By KBOI July 30, 2019

Due to such an unseasonably hot and dry summer, the state of Idaho has experienced a dramatic uptick in the number of wildfires in 2019.

While some of these fires have been the result of Mother Nature’s fury, others have sparked at the hands of everyday human beings doing what they perceive as everyday activities. In fact, people are the number one cause of wildfires in Idaho, further solidifying the evidence that you can make a difference.

In order to cut down on the number of wildfires for the second half of this year, please be aware of these fire-starting tendencies so that you can prevent the next potential disaster:


Public Lands:

South Fork Salmon River Road Rehabiliation Project Newsletter July 29 through August 2, 2019

USDA Forest Service Region 4 Payette

There are two closure points for this week. Monday, July 29 at Mile Post 11 south of Poverty Flat Campground, and Tuesday, July 30 through Friday, August 2 between Mile Posts 25 and 26 south of the Krassel work station. Closures run from 7a.m. to 4p.m. No closures over the weekends.

Please see the attached newsletter for closure points in effect for Monday, July 29 through August 2, 2019.


Note: The South Fork road is closed Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm on weekdays, with no closures over the weekends.
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Stolle Meadows Roadway Reconstruction Project begins August 5

Cascade, Idaho, August 2, 2019 — National Forest System (NFS) road 427 (Stolle Meadows road) Reconstruction Project will begin Aug. 5, 2019, at 8 a.m., and run through the 2019 field season. The purpose of the project is to widen the roadway, construct road shoulders, install additional surface drainage culverts, relocate utilities and provide aggregate and asphalt surfacing.

Beginning Aug. 5, 2019, NFS 427 road will be closed from the Warm Lake Highway to the NFS road 489, see attached map. In addition:

* The 427 road will be restricted between the junctions of NFS roads 489 and 474.
* The restriction will close this segment Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
* Travelers should also anticipate 20 minute delays outside the closure timeframes
* Work will not be done over the weekends.
* While travel restrictions are limited, dispersed camping along this restricted segment will be closed for the duration of the project.

While travel restrictions are limited, dispersed camping along this restricted segment will be closed for the duration of the project.

The Boise National Forest is producing and distributing a bimonthly newsletter to update permitted residences, travelers, and recreational users about the project’s status. The first newsletter is included with this release and the next one will be available Aug. 19. To receive updates, subscribe to the newsletter by singing up at:
Reconstruction Update: National Forest System road 427.

During the winter of 2017, excessive snowpack and rainfall induced several hillslope failures on a segment of NFS road 474. The landslides left NFS road 427 as the only route or link from the Warm Lake Highway to Stolle Meadows and provides access to permitted recreation residences, developed and dispersed recreation areas, special use permittees, and the Stolle Meadows Guard Station. The reconstruction project is designed to not only improve recreational access and user comfort but also accommodate future traffic growth.

The project is being financed by emergency relief funding. The work is being completed by a local contractor, Granite Excavation Inc. from Cascade, Idaho.

map link: 0402-04-82 NFS Roads 427 and 489.1 construction closure MAP.pdf
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Leadership Changes on the Payette National Forest

August 1, 2019 Payette National Forest

McCall, Id., August 1, 2019 – Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom is leaving the Payette National Forest, Tawnya Brummett will detail into the Forest Supervisor position, the Forest have been authorized to hire a permanent Deputy Forest Supervisor, and Krassel District Ranger Anthony Botello will go on a temporary assignment to the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Lannom is headed to the Forest Service’s Northern Region in Missoula, Montana as one of two Deputy Regional Foresters. He has served on Payette National Forest as the Forest Supervisor since July of 2011. While he and his family will miss friends and colleagues, he looks forward to the new challenges in Montana, northern Idaho and North and South Dakota. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the employees of the Forest as they are excellent stewards of our public lands,” said Lannom. “We have accomplished much needed forest restoration work through partnership with the Payette Forest Coalition. The family and I will miss recreating in the mountains and rivers of the Payette and the friends we have made here.” He reports to his new position on August 5, 2019.

Filling in behind Lannom is Tawnya Brummett who is the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Boise National Forest. She will serve as the Acting Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest until the position is filled on a permanent basis. Brummett’s experience prior to the Boise National Forest includes serving as a District Ranger on the Lolo National Forest; Wildlife Biologist and Range Specialist on the Gila National Forest; Wildlife Biologist on the Angelina-Sabine National Forest; and as a hotshot crewmember on the Gila National Forest. Brummett holds a degree in Wildlife Biology from Stephan F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. “I am excited to engage with members of the public and partners of the Payette National Forest,” said Brummett. “We love the central Idaho Mountains and look forward to exploring more outdoor opportunities.”

With the Forest being authorized to fill a fulltime Deputy Forest Supervisor, Belle Craig will serve as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor until the position is filled on a permanent basis. Craig is currently the Regional Director for Information Management in the Intermountain Region (Ogden, Utah), and had previous leadership assignments to include: Acting Planning Director; Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Bridger-Teton National Forest; and Washington Office Assistant Director at the National Geospatial and Technology Application Center in Salt Lake City. Craig is a professional land surveyor and holds a degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She is an avid hiker, enjoys camping and golf. “I look forward to working with our employees and engaging with our stakeholders,” said Craig. “The Payette National Forest is a true gem of the Gem State.”

Krassel District Ranger Anthony Botello will temporarily depart the Payette National Forest as he will serve as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Custer Gallatin National Forest in Bozeman, Montana. Botello will return the Payette once his assignment has ended. On a temporary assignment, Acting District Ranger Brian Anderson will fill in behind Botello. Anderson is currently the Deputy Area Ranger for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Stanley, Idaho. Prior to this, he worked as a Hydrologist for the Boise National Forest from 2011 to 2017. Anderson has experience working as a youth conservation corps leader, trail crew member, wilderness ranger, hydrologic technician, and firefighter, including 4 field seasons in wilderness and trails on the Krassel Ranger District from 2001-2005. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in Hydrologic Science from Boise State University.
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Two big timber salvage sales planned north of Boise

By Idaho Press Staff Jul 29, 2019

Idaho Department of Lands

Boise — The Idaho Department of Lands is planning two major timber salvage sales in the Smiths Ferry-Banks-Crouch area totaling nearly 2,000 acres, due to a big Douglas fir-tussock moth infestation that’s killed most of the trees in the area.

“The dead and dying trees pose a significant fire danger, especially to those who live or recreate near the affected area,” IDL said in a news release Monday. “There is also the danger of the dead and dying trees falling, creating further risk for the recreating public.”

The insect-killed trees still have economic value if they’re cut soon, the department said. “However, that value will rapidly decrease if bark beetles and wood borers infest the dead trees, or if the wood dries and cracks due to delayed salvage harvests.”

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Lost Horse Public Meeting

July 30, 2019

The Cascade Ranger District will host a Public Field Trip to view the Lost Horse Project on Tuesday, August 6th. The field trip will begin at the Cascade Ranger District at 10:00 a.m. Participants will carpool to three different locations within the project area and will return to the Ranger Station at approximately 3:00 p.m. Participants should pack a lunch, water, and appropriate clothing.

Please RSVP to Jim Bishop, Project Leader at

Map link:
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Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project – Decision Notice Signed

July 30, 2019

Dear Interested Party,

The Boise National Forest has signed the Decision Notice for the Boise Basin Experimental Forest (BBEF) Project on the Idaho City Ranger District.

A copy of the Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Notice for the BBEF Project can be found on the project webpage at (see Analysis and Decision tabs).

If you would like further information about the project, please contact Brian Lawatch, Project Team Leader at 208-590-3345, or Brant Petersen, District Ranger at 208-392-3701.
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Temporary area closure of Sage Hen Gravel Pit

Boise, Idaho, July 29, 2019 — The Emmett Ranger District is temporarily closing the Sage Hen Gravel Pit to provide for public safety due to hazards associated with rock crushing operations. The Pit is located along National Forest System road 626 (Sage Hen Road) approximately 1 mile east of the Forest boundary.

The temporary closure is in effect beginning August 4, 2019 and will remain in effect through November 15, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. Please refer to the order and the map for specific information at the link provided below.

Forest visitors should drive with caution while traveling in the area, they may encounter heavy equipment using roadways.

For all current area and road closures within the Boise National Forest visit:

If you need further information, you may call the Emmett Ranger District at 208-365-7000.

0402-06-42 Sage Hen Gravel Pit Area Closure MAP

Critter News:

Snowdon to host Beers for Bear Cubs Aug. 8 at SRB

The Star-News Aug 1, 2019

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary will host the 4th annual Beers for Bear Cubs next Thursday, Aug. 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Salmon River Brewery.

Those who buy a collectible beer glass will get their first beer free. The event will also include an owl ambassador from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets for a carved bear by McCall artist John Schulz.

The winner of the carved bear will be drawn during Snowdon’s open house on Sept. 28.

Proceeds will benefit injured and orphaned bear cubs and other wildlife through the Snowdon sanctuary and its programs.

The 35-acre Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary is located near McCall and has a number of animal pens and enclosures as well as a clinic to care for injured animals.

The Salmon River Brewery is located at 411 Railroad Ave. in McCall.

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Idaho campers should be ‘bear aware’

by CBS 2 News Staff Wednesday, July 31st 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — Bears have been spotted by campers from the Sawtooth National Forest to the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service wants to encourage campers to be, “bear aware.”

The Sawtooth National Forest is reminding visitors to be extra vigilant this summer when storing their food to avoid attracting black bears.

“Bears possess an extremely keen sense of smell and can find food from great distances,” according to the Sawtooth NFS. “Once a bear finds food near humans, it is likely to come back. The result is a dangerous situation for both the bear and for people.”

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Pet Talk – Older dogs and their inability to control their stools

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Aug 2, 2019 IME

Fecal incontinence occurs when a loss of control of the lower bowel and rectum allows feces or stool to be passed at inappropriate times or places. Fecal incontinence may be neurogenic in origin associated with the failure of nervous sensation. In these cases, the animal does not realize that it is defecating and does not assume a normal posture for defecation. In contrast, urge incontinence may occur with uncontrolled strong urges to defecate. In these cases, the animal acutely needs to defecate and is aware of that need.

Diseases of the nerves in the lower spine, and of the rectum and anus can all result in fecal incontinence. Masses or tumors in the wall of the rectum or in the pelvic canal can also lead to excessive straining. Urge incontinence can result from inflammation to the lower colon, which is called colitis. Some older animals develop incontinence from a decline in mental status, or senility, which leads them to become less attentive to many aspects of daily life.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter Aug 1, 2019

Biological deserts in Siberia and northern Canada
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Boise man spots Bobcat in north Boise near park

The animal was spotted around 8:15 Tuesday evening

Jul 30, 2019 By Karen Lehr KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho — A Boise man snapped some photos of what appears to be a large bobcat roaming a field near a playground in north Boise.

Ryan Chisum says he spotted the large cat around 8:15 Tuesday evening in close proximity to Stewart Gulch Park just past Quail Hollow Golf Course on 36th Street in north Boise.

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Ducks Unlimited plans Sportsman’s Party Aug. 17 at Northfork

The Star-News Aug 1, 2019

McCall Ducks Unlimited will host a Sportsman’s Party with games, raffles, a silent auction and food on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Northfork Lodge.

Tickets include a barbecue dinner, bottomless beer and a $35 Ducks Unlimited membership. Items for raffle include 15 guns. Cost is $45 per person and $25 for youth ages 16 and under. The sportsman’s package, which includes a $100 raffle pack, is $120 for a single and $140 for a couple.

Those who purchase a sportsman’s package by Tuesday, Aug. 13, will be entered into an early bird gun drawing.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 208-761-1145 or 404-630-8150.

Ducks Unlimited is a private, nonprofit waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. The group works through a series of partnerships with private individuals, land-owners, agencies and scientific communities.

The works of Ducks Unlimited include waterfowl habitation as well as improving wet-lands, which aids the overall health of the environmental by recharging and purifying groundwater, moderating floods and reducing soil erosion.

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Idaho male sage-grouse counts decline 25% in one year

by CBS 2 News Staff Wednesday, July 31st 2019

(Idaho Fish and Game)

Idaho Fish and Game are seeking public comment on proposed sage-grouse hunting season after a 25 percent decline in males since 2018.

Population counts are down which could mean more restrictive seasons according to Idaho Fish and Game.

… Statewide, sage-grouse lek counts indicate a 25-percent decline in males at leks in spring 2019, compared to 2018.

full story:
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USDA Releases Proposed Amendments to Greater Sage Grouse Land Management Plans

(Washington – August 1, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service proposed changes to how the agency manages greater sage grouse in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah after hearing concerns from states and land users. The changes strive to improve the clarity, efficiency, and implementation of the current sage grouse plans.

“The Forest Service continues to promote our multiple use mission while ensuring conservation of greater sage grouse habitat,” Secretary Perdue said. “We are sharing the stewardship of the lands with western state governors – their extensive participation throughout this process was the key to landscape-scale conservation that aligns our policies and practices across local, state, and federal jurisdictions.”

The Forest Service published the final environmental impact statement in the Federal Register, and the objection period will last 60 days from the date of the publication of the notice of availability. After considering objections, the Forest Service intends to continue the planning process by issuing a final decision document regarding the revised plan amendments in the fall of 2019.


Greater sage grouse populations have been impacted by a variety of threats including the loss of habitat from wildfire and the spread of invasive weeds like cheat grass. In 2015, the USDA’s Forest Service, along with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, amended land management plans in an attempt to address threats and improve habitat conservation for greater sage grouse.

Stakeholders have since raised concerns that the 2015 plans would impact economic growth and did not align with conservation plans laid out by the states. To address these concerns, USDA engaged in an historic collaboration effort to build partnerships between state and local governments, ranchers, universities, non-profit groups, and businesses in order to better align changes to the 2015 plans with stakeholder knowledge.

USDA applied lessons-learned and concerns voiced by a diverse set of stakeholders, including grazers and other land users, in the 2019 proposed changes. The 2019 plans have been adapted to take into account site-specific conditions to ensure ranchers, permittees, and industry can adapt to their local conditions rather than be forced to conform to a one-size-fits-all, national approach.

Key Changes:

* The 2019 plans allow for greater flexibility and local control of conservation and management actions related to sage grouse, ensuring that we can both conserve the habitat and enable grazers to maintain their livelihood. USDA has revised grazing guidelines to shift from rigid, prescriptive standards to common sense, locally-driven strategies.
* The 2019 plans align state and federal conservation standards, so ranchers and other land users have one set of standards instead of dealing with multiple, complex layers of restrictions. The new changes also align mitigation options with state-based systems so mitigation strategies on how to ensure no net-loss of habitat are locally supported, not a one-size-fits-all standard.
* The 2019 plans maintain the goal of preventing any net-loss to critical sage grouse habitat, but no longer require the unreasonable standard that every action increase conservation. This enables local stakeholders to determine what strategies to implement where and how while still conserving sage grouse habitat.
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Volunteers track songbirds along Boise River to study migration, breeding

Jul 31, 2019 By Jessica Taylor KIVI TV

Boise — Just off Highway 21 by the Boise River, volunteers are tracking migration patterns, breeding, and life cycles of different bird species.

“Usually they take off by themselves, you just hold your hand out, and they fly,” said 11-year-old volunteer Evan Sweet.

Dozens of songbirds are being banded, like yellow warblers and red-winged blackbirds, but the real star of the show is 14-year-old Arlo Thomas.

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Idaho fisheries managers forecast poor steelhead return

Jul 29, 2019 Associated Press

Lewiston, Idaho — Steelhead anglers hoping for strong returns this year on the Snake River likely will be disappointed, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

State biologists are forecasting another poor return to the Snake River and its tributaries, especially for the larger B-run fish, the Lewiston Tribune reported .

They are also forecasting few B-run steelhead for the Clearwater River.

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Tussock moth caterpillars kill trees, cause rash

Caterpillars and eggs can cause allergic reaction

Jul 31, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

Payette National Forest — Before you head into the forest, beware: There is an outbreak of bugs that could put you in danger of an allergic reaction, especially if you are looking for huckleberries. Touching them could result in an annoying rash, and in extreme cases, respiratory distress.

We talked to some huckleberry pickers who were aware of the tussock moth outbreak, but did not expect to find them in the patch where they were picking.

… The caterpillars and the moths they become can make humans uncomfortable, but they can also wreak havoc on timber. That’s why the Department of Lands is selling the trees on roughly two thousand acres near Smiths Ferry.

full story w/video report:
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West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes found in Payette County

by CBS 2 News Staff Wednesday, July 31st 2019

Payette, Idaho (CBS 2) — West Nile Virus has made its way into the Payette County area.

On Wednesday, the Payette County Mosquito Abatement Program said traps collected on Tuesday in the Jewel Wetlands area north of Payette, Blacks Bridge near New Plymouth and Falk Bride near the eastern edge of the county have tested positive for the virus.

Crews will increase mosquito surveillance in the area and will treat larvae infested waters as well as aerial spraying.

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West Nile Virus discovered near Boise River in Canyon County

by CBS 2 News Staff Friday, August 2nd 2019

Caldwell, Idaho (CBS 2) — West Nile is continuing to put a strangle on the western end of the Treasure Valley.

On Friday, the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District says mosquitoes collected in a trap near Sand Road and Highway 95 near the Boise River have tested positive for the virus.

To reduce the numbers, authorities fogged the area Thursday night and will repeat the treatment Friday night.

This is the fifth trap over the past six weeks in this area that has tested positive for West Nile Virus.


Fish & Game News:

Second Super Hunt entry deadline is Aug.10

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Last Chance for Second Super Hunt Drawing

Saturday, Aug. 10 is the deadline to enter to win the hunt of a lifetime in the second Super Hunt drawing of 2019. Tags for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn hunts, and one moose hunt will be drawn, as well as a “Super Hunt Comb” that will entitle the winner to hunt for all four species – elk, deer, pronghorn, and moose.

Super Hunt entries are $6 each and Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each. No hunting license is required for residents or nonresidents to enter a Super Hunt, and there is no limit on the number of times a person can apply. Hunters may enter the drawings at any Fish and Game office, license vendors, by phone at (800)-554-8685, or online at

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F&G seeks public comment on proposed sage-grouse hunting season

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Population counts are down which could mean more restrictive seasons

Idaho Fish and Game officials are asking hunters and other interested parties to review and comment on a proposed sage-grouse hunting season for 2019. Deadline to comment is Aug. 19.

Statewide, sage-grouse lek counts indicate a 25-percent decline in males at leks in spring 2019, compared to 2018. Data indicates that most sage grouse populations can be hunted at the “Restrictive” level, as defined in the 2006 Conservation Plan for the greater sage grouse in Idaho. However, Fish and Game data also calls for caution in some areas north of the Snake River and in part of Owyhee County.

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F&G commission approves proposed rules to be forwarded to the legislature

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, July 29, 2019

During a meeting in Salmon on July 25, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt four proposed rules and received an update about the progress of negotiated rulemaking regarding changing gear requirements on snares for gray wolf trapping.

The commission adopted the following proposed rules, which will now be published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin for an additional period of public comment, and will have to be approved by the Legislature during its next session to become final rules.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Officer trying to rescue kitten finds a bobcat instead

by Associated Press Tuesday, July 30th 2019

(Matt Callahan/Stratham Police Department via AP)

Stratham, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire police officer says the kitten he was trying to pick up in a parking lot turned out to be a bobcat, which then jumped onto the roof of a Burger King.

Stratham Officer Matt Callahan tells he was on patrol Saturday and saw the “kitten” run under a car. It eventually climbed a tree near the restaurant.

Once Callahan realized he was dealing with a young bobcat, he called state Fish and Game officers.

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