Monthly Archives: December 2019

Winter Weather Advisory in effect from Dec 31, 5pm to Jan 1, 11pm

Winter Weather Advisory in effect from Dec 31, 5pm to Jan 1, 11pm

Link: Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Snow likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 32. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight Snow. Low around 26. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

New Year’s Day Snow showers. High near 34. West wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Wednesday Night Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind around 8 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Thursday Snow showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
306 AM MST Tue Dec 31 2019

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-
306 AM MST Tue Dec 31 2019

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 11 PM MST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12
  inches. Local amounts up to 16 inches on the mountain peaks.
  Winds gusting as high as 35 mph above 6000 feet.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains and Boise Mountains zones,
  including the Highway 55 and 21 corridors, and the Long Valley.

* WHEN...From 5 PM this afternoon to 11 PM MST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

 

Dec 29, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 29, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

New Year’s Eve ?
Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
(details below)
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Local Events:

New Year’s Eve ?
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Village News:

Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall

The community hall was warm and it didn’t start to cool off until everybody was done eating. We had a nice dinner with turkey, ham and prime rib. Hot cider, lots of pies, salads and side dishes. As usual way too much food. I think there probably were more than 25 people; there were two big, long tables full. Rhonda and Ronda and Deb decorated & had Christmas music. We enjoyed having having several “flat landers”: Ray Gillihan, Tom’s Lanham’s mother, Colleen, Deb’s sister, Vicky and her husband Jim, Marne and her friend. Dan Westfall was a nice surprise…. and he brought along a banana cream pie. We had a fun time and give our hostesses two thumbs up! Oh, and everyone went home with our annual Christmas “treats-in-a-bag”. (Bring your bag back to Nikki so it can be refilled next year.) – LI

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Cougar in Yellow Pine

There has been a small cougar hanging out in the village for almost 2 weeks. Tracks up at the post office and also around residences near main street. Keep an eye on your pets.

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photo provided by Nicki
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Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure

The Tavern will be closed from Saturday December 7th to Friday February 21st. UPS packages will be dropped off at Deb’s porch and she will also have gasoline for emergency situations. I will be available at my cell number for any questions or situations 208 739-7086
Thanks, Lorinne N. Munn
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report December 20 that the transfer station is clean and the bins are still fairly empty. Also the snow has improved the road, filling in the pot holes.

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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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Boil Water Advisory Lifted November 22, 2019

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the Community Hall.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Fire Chief – Jeff Forster

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: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Stop the Bleed Class: We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest.

Training will resume in the spring.

-Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner is closed for the winter, opening again next spring. I can be reached at matt @ ypcorner.com or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Closed Dec 7 thru Feb 21.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
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
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
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:

The Star-News

subscribe:
A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

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 (Dec 23) overnight low of 26 degrees, low overcast (top of VanMeter socked in) and flaking snow – scant trace new and 2″ old snow on the ground. Red-breasted nuthatches, female hairy woodpecker visiting and possibly a female cassins finch, raven flying over the school “cronking.” Above freezing – steady snow, then rain/snow mix, back to all snow, then rain/snow mix then all rain ending by lunch time, the scant accumulation melting quickly, high of 37 degrees. Overcast and calm at sundown. Just above freezing and misting at dark, turned to snow when it dropped to 32 degrees later in the evening. Still snowing lightly at midnight. Looks like it snowed all night.

Tuesday (Dec 24) overnight low of 30 degrees, low overcast nearly to the floor and had just finished snowing by 10am, we received 1 1/8″ new snow and 3″ total snow on the ground. Nuthatches, chickadees and jays visiting. Light snow started before lunch time and ended early afternoon, about 1/4″ new accumulation, high of 35 degrees. Broken cloud cover mid-afternoon. Peaceful quiet day. Partly cloudy at dusk. Clear and sparkly stars before midnight.

Wednesday (Dec 25) overnight low of 4 degrees, partly cloudy – high thin streaks and cold, heavy frost, estimate 3″ snow on the ground. Steller jays, clark’s nutcracker, red-breasted nuthatches and a mountain chickadee visiting along with a fluffy looking pine squirrel. Some high haze and filtered sun after lunch time, high of 30 degrees. Mostly cloudy, below freezing and calm just before sundown. High thin clouds and haze at dusk, getting cold. A few bright stars out before midnight and cold. Cloudy at 2am. Clearing early morning and cold.

Thursday (Dec 26) overnight low of 5 degrees, mostly clear sky – a few clouds to the south and cold, estimate 3″ old snow on the ground. Nuthatches tapping seeds open. Strong sun melting frost by 11am and 13 degrees. Mostly cloudy before lunch time and still below freezing, high of 25 degrees. Just before sundown there were larger patches of open sky but mostly cloudy and cold. Cloudy and cold at dark. Light snow falling after midnight.

Friday (Dec 27) low of 6 degrees from Thurs morning, it was 22 degrees at 10am and overcast, light dusting of new snow and estimate 3″ old snow. Nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Cold and cloudy at lunch time, high of 28 degrees. Light traffic today. Spitting a few flakes of snow just before sundown (didn’t last long,) cloudy and cold. Low clouds and very light snow falling at dark. Snowed on and off most of the night and early morning.

Saturday (Dec 28) overnight low of 16 degrees, 1 1/8″ new snow and 4″ total snow on the ground, mostly cloudy and flaking snow all morning. A steller jay joined the nuthatches and chickadees at the feeders. Partly sunny at noon and icicles dripping, high of 34 degrees. Partly cloudy and light breeze early afternoon and above freezing for a bit. Sun went down behind the ridge by 330pm and almost clear. At dark it was calm and appeared to be partly cloudy. Short light snowfall at 920pm. Cloudy before midnight. Started snowing after 6am.

Sunday (Dec 29) overnight low of 15 degrees, 1/2″ new snow and 4″ total snow on the ground, overcast and fine light snow falling. Nuthatches, chickadees and hairy woodpecker visiting, raven flying and calling. Still snowing very lightly before lunch time, high of 31 degrees. Steady light snow all afternoon, calm and very low clouds. At sun set (around 330pm) the ridges were socked in and steady snowfall (about 1/4″ new.) Still snowing lightly at dark.
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RIP:

John H. Irwin
Jan. 1, 1931 – Dec.1, 2019

RIPJohnIrwinJohn H. Irwin, born Jan. 1, 1931 at Warren, died Sunday Dec.1, 2019 at his residence in Weiser at the age of 88.

John was born and raised on his parents ranch on the South Fork of the Salmon River, and was educated in Warren and at St. Gertrude’s in Cottonwood.

After his father’s untimely death when he was 16, he worked for the Forest Service building trails and lookouts. He then went on to join the Navy, serving four years during the Korean War.

While in the Navy he helped design the survival suits for the Navy pilots. He would always send money home to help his mother and 10 siblings.

John met his wife, Shirley Hix, in Prescott, Arizona where they were married. While raising a family of seven children he trained as a diesel mechanic.

John worked for Case/Drott for many years that included John and Shirley living in Costa Rica for five years while he was the Central American liaison for the company.

On his return to the states John retired from Case and worked as a foreman on the Petan Ranch in Nevada. While working on the ranch there was a wildland fire and he saved three wildland firefighters lives by driving into a wall of flames that surrounded them.

John received an award of valor and commendation from the BLM and the U.S. Congress.

John and Shirley built their retirement home at Secesh Meadows and lived there for more than 20 years. John was also instrumental in the start of the Secesh Fire Department.

He obtained fire equipment and trucks by writing grants. Through donations and grants the fire department building and land were established with his dedicated work.

He also made sure there was a phone installed by the fire station for emergencies to be used by everyone who needed it. He built the small enclosure for it. He also made the snow marker for Secesh Summit.

John also restored many gravesites on the South Fork of the Salmon River. He made sure the name of the deceased was on a headstone or marker.

He restored the Elk Creek Cemetery after fire destroyed the original markers and railing. Since he grew up in the area there were gravesites not known or marked, so he made sure they were marked and kept up.

John is survived by his children, James Irwin, Timothy Irwin, Catherine Farner, Deborah Jacoby, John Irwin, and Richard Irwin.

There are also 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Robert Irwin and Dallas Irwin and sisters Colette Stradley and Ruth Clemens.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Irwin, and a daughter, Laura Ann Robideau, also brothers Michael Irwin, Jerry Irwin, and Sisters Patricia Sasenberry, Rita Romine, Thecla Yeamans and Celine Seminole.

A family and friends gathering will be held early summer on the South Fork of the Salmon River at his favorite place.

source: The Star-News
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Idaho News:

Valley County roads get reprieve from Congress

Funding renewal to send $1M per year for 2 years

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Dec 26, 2019

Valley County road maintenance will get a boost of about $1 million each year for the next two years under funding passed last week by Congress.

The Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Act was reauthorized to provide funding to counties that have large amounts of federal land which generate no property taxes.

The new funding is likely to bring about $950,000 to the county road department in 2020 and 2021, Valley County Clerk Doug Miller said.

The funding also will provide $340,000 per year to the McCall-Donnelly School District and $65,500 to the Cascade School District, Miller said.

The legislation was first enacted in 2000, providing over $1 million in funding to county roads and was reauthorized several times since then.

The county received no funding in 2017 when Congress allowed the program to lapse.

The money for this year was already included in the current budget, Valley County Road Superintendent Jeff McFadden said.

“With this, it doesn’t really allow us to do any big projects, but it does help keep this place moving along with maintenance,” McFadden said.

Not receiving the funds would have been bad news for the road department, which saw a levy override vote in November fail to get the needed two-thirds majority. The levy would have added up to $4 million per year to the department’s budget.

County commissioners said they might seek to pass a similar levy in the future even with the renewed federal funding.

“We are still in discussion on the road levy,” Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck said.

Commissioners have set a town hall meeting to discuss road department funding needs for Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. the American Legion Post 119 located beneath McCall City Hall in downtown McCall.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Payette Avalanche Center begins issuing regular forecasts

The Star-News Dec 26, 2019

The USFS Payette Avalanche Center has begun issuing forecasts on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through the beginning of April at (link)

Forecasts may be issued on additional days if conditions warrant, a news release said.

Those interested can have the forecast emailed to them each morning or can call the center’s advisory hotline at 208-634-0409 to hear an audio recording of the forecast. The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center will post conditions and events information on Facebook.

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Valley rec director not guilty of extortion

Jury clears Larry Laxson of misdemeanor charge

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Dec 26, 2019

Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson was found not guilty of misdemeanor extortion following a jury trial last Thursday.

Laxson was accused of extorting a Nampa man by telling him his stranded pickup would not be retrieved unless he made a $500 donation to the McCall Area Snowmobile Club.

A five-woman, one-man jury issued the not-guilty verdict after deliberating about 90 minutes following testimony given at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

Laxson, 67, has been an employee of Valley County since 2012. He had been on administrative leave since June 27, but returned to work on Tuesday.

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Tamarack’s new chairlift to open Saturday, bus service starts

The high-speed, 4-person chairlift will whisk skiers up more than 1,600 feet in less than 6 minutes.

KTVB December 25, 2019

Donnelly, Idaho — Tamarack Resort announced that it will be opening the Wildwood Express chairlift on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Tamarack is expanding its mountain terrain and the lift will open access to more than 200 acres.

The Wildwood Express chairlift was originally installed in 2005. It was dismantled in late 2013 after Bank of America repossessed the lift.

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Heritiage Trust grant will repair ceiling at New Meadows depot

The Star-News Dec 26, 2019

The Adams County Historical Society has received a $2,550 grant from Idaho Heritage Trust for restoration of the second story hallway plaster ceiling in the historic Pacific and Idaho Northern Railway Depot in New Meadows.

The grant will be matched by an additional $2,550 from the historical society.

The 108-year-old plaster ceiling is failing and needs to be fixed before other restoration work can be done in other second story rooms. The work is scheduled to be done this winter.

This year 36 Idaho public organizations received matching grants from the Idaho Heritage Trust across Idaho, 16 of which were in communities with 5,000 or less residents.

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Christmas heroes save local family from scary situation

Dec 23, 2019 By Natasha Williams KIVI

Idaho City, Idaho — It’s not unusual for Idaho families to make the trek up to Idaho City during Christmastime, and a lot can go wrong if you’re not prepared well enough.

What started as a Christmas adventure for a local mom and her four children became a disaster, but ended in a string of events they’ll never forget thanks to the help of four complete strangers.

Izabella Martinez and her children were happy to go hunting for their own tree, and as someone who grew up enjoying the Idaho outdoors, Martinez says she was prepared.

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Two elderly women in North Idaho die from flu complications

Megan Carroll December 23, 2019 KTVB

Two North Idaho women are the first in the state to die from flu-related complications this season.

The Department of Health and Welfare says both women were over the age of 70. Health leaders did not say whether the women received a flu shot.

During the four previous flu seasons in Idaho – from 2014 to 2019 – an average of 64 flu-related deaths occurred, with most of those occurring among people over 70 years of age.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold workers would live large at Stibnite

Lodge would include cafeteria, sports dome

(Note: This is the tenth part in a series detailing Midas Gold’s operating plan for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine. Next week: Traffic and Infrastructure)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Dec 26, 2019

A lodge with a cafeteria, sports dome and a variety of other amenities would house Midas Gold employees at the company’s proposed gold mine near Yellow Pine.

Plans call for a 28,000 square foot hotel-style building called the Stibnite Lodge to house all Midas Gold employees and contractors through the expected 12-15-year life of the mine.

The Vancouver, B.C., company would pay about $70 million to build the facility, plus another $6 million per year to operate it, according to estimates.

The lodge would house employees in private individuals bedrooms. The total number of rooms planned was not available.

A housekeeping staff of about 28 to 32 employees would handle laundry and cleaning for employees, most of whom would work 14 consecutive 12-hour days before having 14 days off and away from site.

Two shifts of employees would live in the lodge at a time to enable the mine to operate 24 hours per day.

Every site employee would be required to stay in the lodge rather than commute three or more hours to the site each way daily.

Commuting could cause employee fatigue, increase the risk of traffic accidents and harm the environment due to increased traffic, according to Midas Gold.

Employees would be shuttled by bus to Stibnite from a Midas Gold logistics facility planned about seven miles up Warm Lake Road from Idaho 55.

All types of employees would be housed in the lodge along with other site visitors like company executives, consultants, government inspectors and regulators. Family and friends of employees would not be allowed on site.

The lodge would also feature a cafeteria capable of feeding about 300 people at once. No alcohol would be allowed or served in the lodge.

Other amenities included in the Stibnite Lodge would include internet access and a detached 20,000 square foot recreation dome.

The fabric dome would include sports fields for football, soccer and other sports, a gym with fitness equipment and a recreation area with activities like billiards, ping-pong and video games.

A separate outdoor area would provide additional sports fields for summer use and possibly cross-country ski trails in the winter, according to plans.

The lodge would be built about a mile away from mining operations in the Upper East Fork South Fork Salmon River valley, which would give workers a quiet place for off-shift employees to sleep.

Midas Gold would build a wastewater treatment plant to service the lodge, and trash would either be placed in a permitted on-site landfill or trucked off-site.

Materials to be recycled would be hauled to collection centers on outbound trucks following equipment and supply deliveries.

The lodge would be reduced in size and eventually be completely removed as mining winds down, according to the plan.

At its peak during World War II, Stibnite boasted a year-round community of about 750 people, 300 to 400 of which were employees of Bradley Mining Company, the site’s operator at the time.

The town featured a four-room school that had a ski team and a high school football team, plus other amenities like a bowling alley, a movie theater and Valley County’s first hospital.

The town was mostly abandoned in 1952 when Bradley shut down operations but several homes and other buildings from the community were trucked to Cascade and McCall and remain in use today.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Public Lands:

Winter Travel and Recreation Safety!

Payette National Forest, December 23, 2019

McCall, Idaho – December 23, 2019. The USFS Payette Avalanche Center (PAC) will begin issuing regular avalanche forecasts this Friday, December 20th. The PAC will be issuing forecasts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through the beginning of April and they will be published at (link)

Forecasts may be issued on additional days if conditions warrant. Those interested can have the forecast emailed to them each morning or can call the PAC advisory hotline at 208-634-0409 to hear an audio recording of the forecast. As in past seasons, the Friends of the PAC will post conditions and events information on Facebook (@payetteavalanche). If you witness an avalanche or have a report on snowpack conditions, please submit your observations through the PAC website.

Looking to brush up on your avalanche awareness and rescue skills? The American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) training course calendar can be viewed online at (link). Courses are available for all levels both locally and regionally.

The Payette National Forest Winter Travel Map has been updated for 2019 and print versions will be available at the start of the New Year. A digital version of the map can be downloaded to your phone via the free Avenza Maps app (link) for viewing in the field. The map can also be downloaded from the FS website here:

The Winter Travel Map shows allowable uses (i.e., motorized, non-motorized) during the winter season, as well as specific restrictions in areas such as Granite Mountain. Before heading out to enjoy your national forest, please take time to become familiar with the Winter Travel Map.

Enjoy visiting your National Forest this winter and please be safe while recreating. The McCall Ranger District is open M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm, and staff is available to answer your questions. You can also call the office at 208-634-0400 during business hours.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Letter to Share:

Cascade Veterinary Clinic

New Hours for both Clinics as of today 12/23/19! Cascade Vet Clinic Monday/Wed/Friday 9-5 lunch 12-1 Tuesday and Thursday 9-12 No doctor available. Garden Valley Clinic will be open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-5 lunch 12-1 Monday/Wed/Friday they will be open from 9-12 no doctor available. Everyone have a safe and Happy Holidays!!
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Critter News:

‘It’s not going away’: Vets still seeing cases of dog heart problems linked to grain-free food

Exotic ingredients and boutique brands may also be linked to the health issues.

Dec. 27, 2019, By Linda Carroll NBC

Debbie Turner remembers the shock when a veterinary specialist said her beloved dog, Kanga Lu, had severe heart damage.

… The first question the specialist had asked Turner when she brought in Kanga — whose blood pressure had skyrocketed — was, “Do you feed her grain-free dog food?” The answer was yes.

Turner is one of a growing list of pet owners whose healthy-sounding dog food may have somehow led to a serious heart problem in their pets called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

The Food and Drug Administration last year announced a possible link between the condition, which can cause heart failure, and grain-free pet foods, which replace grains with ingredients like peas, lentils or potatoes.

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Five mountain lion attacks reported in Wood River Valley

Dec 24, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI

Hailey, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game officers received a report Monday about a mountain lion attack on a Labrador retriever on Saturday, December 21, north of Hailey.

The homeowners reported letting their dog out about 6:15 a.m. that morning then, shortly after, hearing loud noises in their backyard. They immediately checked and found a mountain lion attacking their dog in the unfenced backyard. Shortly after the homeowner confronted the lion, it let the dog go.

The dog received injuries in the attack, but survived and is back home with its owners.

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Man catches record-setting whitefish at Bear Lake, now owns three Idaho fishing records

Gaylon Newbold now holds the record for catching the heaviest and longest Bonneville Whitefish in Idaho.

KTVB December 23, 2019


by Gaylon Newbold

Boise, Idaho — Another Idaho fishing record has fallen, this time the record-breaking fish was caught at Bear Lake, along the Idaho-Utah border.

Gaylon Newbold now has his name etched in Idaho’s fishing records for a third time after he caught the largest Bonneville Whitefish in the state

Idaho Fish and Game said Newbold caught the whitefish 21-inch long fish on Dec. 10.

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Fish & Game News:

Safety tips when living in close proximity to mountain lions

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, December 26, 2019

When people and their pets live in close proximity to mountain lions, everyone needs to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

Reports of mountain lions in the Wood River Valley continue to come in, almost daily, to Fish and Game. Most reports are about lions moving through neighborhoods or sightings of lions in yards. We also receive reports of cats recorded on security cameras. Since December 14, these reports have also included reports of five attacks on dogs, three fatal, in the Valley.

Understandably, residents and visitors are concerned.

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Ring in the New Year with a 2020 License

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, December 23, 2019

Before heading out in the New Year, Idaho hunters and anglers are reminded to pick up a 2020 license.

Nearly all of Idaho’s hunting and fishing licenses, tags, and permits are sold on a calendar year basis, and they expire December 31.

The only licenses or permit not sold on a calendar year basis are Idaho’s trapping license and Federal duck stamp. Both are valid from July 1 through the following June 30. This is because the seasons generally begin in the fall and end in the late winter.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

‘Serious replies only:’ Dating ad seeks match for man’s grieving, newly single duck

by Associated Press Thursday, December 12th 2019

Jennifer Coolidge via AP

Blue Hill, Maine (AP) — There’s no Tinder for waterfowl, but that didn’t stop a Maine bird owner from trying to find a match for a mourning duckling.

One of Chris Morris’ ducks, Yellow Duck, lost its mate to a hungry bobcat a couple of weeks ago at Morris’ yard in Blue Hill. Morris, a 31-year-old special education teacher, drew up a singles ad for Yellow Duck and placed it on a community bulletin board at a local grocery store.

The ad declares: “Duck seeking duck. Lonesome runner duck seeks companion. Partner recently deceased.” It also includes an email address dedicated to the dating search and states, “serious replies only.”

The Bangor Daily News reports farm owner Sadie Greene might have just the duck to mend Yellow Duck’s broken heart. Greene and Morris are arranging a meeting for the ducks on Sunday.

Yellow Duck’s favorite food is slugs, and they might be on the menu for the big date, Morris said.

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Seasonal Humor:

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News February 4, 1905

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho February 4, 1905 Volume 1 Number 8

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The Great Standard Mine.

Most Important Discovery of Gold Ore Made in Idaho.

About a month ago the residents of the Thunder Mountain district were pleased to learn that a body of gold ore had been uncovered in the Standard mine. This news coming as it did, just at a time when the Sunnyside mine, owing to defects in tramway and mill, was compelled to close down for the winter, has gone far toward making our snowed-in and uninteresting existence bearable and has re-enfored [sic] and given us additional confidence that the faith we have all held regarding the ultimate value and permanence of the district has been well founded.

The Standard mine is an example of what a little money and plenty of good mining sense can accomplished in Thunder Mountain in a short space of time.

While the group of claims, of which it is composed, are some of the oldest locations on the mountain, having been located in 1901, the real development of the property began only three months ago. Within sixty days from the beginning of actual underground work, the breast of the Elk, or No. 3 tunnel, was in solid ore, which was encountered at a depth of 128 feet, after passing 100 feet of this distance through the solid tuffa hanging-wall. The tunnel is situated at the west base of Thunder Mountain and is a crosscut being driven about due east into the mountain. The deposit encountered strikes northeast toward the Sunnyside and southwest through the H. Y. Climax and stands almost vertical but has a slight underlie to the northwest toward the Dewey mine.

The position of the Standard group is about one mile southwest of the Sunnyside, one-half mile southeast of the Dewey and 1000 feet northeast of the H. Y. Climax: from this it is readily seen it holds an inside and enviable location, which any one familiar with the distribution and extent of the ore formation of the mountain can affirm; and it was expected from the first, that flattering results would follow the exploitation of the property.

It has been known ever since the camp was discovered that there was a vein of gold ore somewhere along the west base of Thunder Mountain above the Dewey mine. Several years ago Jack Roberts and his partner took out a ditch from one of the several small peat bogs, that cluster in the flat above the Dewey mine, and washed out a considerable quantity of placer gold from the old Equinox claim. This gold could come from no place except the Standard group as it was over the hill from the Sunnyside, and more than a quarter of a mile east of and 300 or 400 feet in elevation above the outcrop of the Dewey mine; while all of the flow and movement of detritus is to the westward down Mule creek.

The occasion for surprise is not that ore has been opened on the Standard, but that a property of such possibilities and position should remain so long in the condition of a prospect untaken by some one of Idaho’s galaxy of bustling mine hunters, ever in search of a good thing. But one of their number did not remain asleep. Supt. M. O. Snyder paid the property a visit during the past summer and his extended mining experience led him to know he bad overtaken a sure winner as soon as he saw the ground, so, without further ado, he set about the task of taking hold of and presenting the proposition to a coterie of Minneapolis financiers, who, when he had laid the matter before them, were not slow to see that a real bonafide mining proposition had been offered them. The Standard Mining & Milling Co. was organized and work begun as soon as buildings could be erected, and supplies and material laid down.

The Standard company is a close corporation, with plenty of the wherewithal to mine with, not one share of the stock has been sold, and not a share for sale. It is financially capable of developing its mine and equipping it with any sized mill required to handle the ore, without soliciting the dollars and dimes of the acquisitive counter-jumpers and pot-wrestlers of the effete East; although we would be pleased to see them get in on a good thing like the Standard.

Did you ask how wide the vein is, and what values are in the ore? Why, the vein is 56 feet wide between walls, all of which is payable ore, running from $5 to $280 per ton in gold and a little silver. The ore, in appearance, is identical with that of the Dipper, Sunnyside, Dewey and H. Y. and evidently belongs to the same deposit. It is a rather rusty, friable, decomposed soft, quartz-porphyritic material, which when seen on the dump, looks like a mixture of ashes and sawdust pounded up and run together, but it has the gold in it, and this is what we are all in search of, in need of, and the metal that has made Thunder Mountain famous.

Goldfields and Tonopah, Nevada, for the rich and extensive mines they have, have justly merited and won the good opinion and money of the mining public. They are good winter camps, but in summer, the scorching sun drives the mining man and prospector from the dusty, alkaline deserts of the sagebrush state to the cool bracing climate of mountainous Idaho, and then we will have our inning. Thunder Mountain district, with its mammoth deposits of auriferous ore, even though it is isolated and hard of access, is certain to win its share of notoriety and attention in season, and when another summer comes again and the mantle of winter meanders back to mother ocean, we have revelations of richness and magnitude in mines that cannot be surpassed anywhere, and the Standard is one of them.

– Samuel F. Hunt.
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The Pioneer Mines Richness.

Output at the Dewey for the Last Eight Months.

The mineral zone of Thunder Mountain seems to be widening in every direction, until at present, there is believed to be an ore body one and one-half miles wide by four miles long. It is believed to be solid, for wherever the ground has been tapped, at any considerable depth, it shows milling ore in paying quantities.

This zone, so far as is known at present, begins on Mule Creek about one-half mile above the mouth, taking in the claims of Bish, Joe Davis, Dewey, Rubber Neck, Dan Cotter, Standard, H. Y. Climax, Blackhorse, Pittsburg, Sunnyside, East Dewey, and how much farther it extends will be decided by further developments.

This is not all there is to the Thunder Mountain district. These are only … (page torn) contiguous … each other. There are other groups of claims with equally as good surface showings, but lack the development.
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The Dewey Mine.

The Dewey mine, unknown to history prior to August, 1901, at which time the present company took hold of it, is the pioneer of the Thunder Mountain district.

Col. Dewey has been called a boomer, but his work and the work of those who have come after him does not show it, it shows that he had judgment enough to know a good thing when he saw it.

The booming that has been done by the Dewey Co. has been by putting its money in the district and opening up the biggest and best mine in this county and not in blowing about the district in newspapers.

As soon as the company became interested in the district it commenced work opening up the mine, put in a ten stamp mill and engine, all of which had to be packed in on mules, over the roughest mountain country in the State, and commenced pounding out ten to fourteen thousand dollars per month and has kept at it ever since, never shutting down except on account of some unavoidable circumstance, having taken out in the last eight months $80,867.11. Supt. Haug expects to have to tie up five stamps soon on account of a bad mortar, but they will be dropping again as soon as-the mortar can be repaired.

The company has about forty men working at present. It has all its works and buildings lighted by electricity.

The company spares neither pains nor expense to make it pleasant for its employees. It has a large, warm sitting-room for the boys and a first-class dormitory for them to sleep in.

The boarding house is the peer of any hotel, supplied, as it is, with the best that the market affords and an abundance of it, while the cuisine tickles the palate of the most fastidious.

The man who has a job with this company makes a mistake when he throws it up, especially, if he has to work for a living.

While the ore being milled runs along from ten to fifteen dollars a ton, there is much being developed that is of a higher grade. Some of this is of the bonanza order. Heretofore, none of this has been taken out, but recently it has been necessary to take down some, and a considerable quantity has been mined to get it out of the way in the stope. Some of this ore is so rich that it is being sacked in the mine to be sent out bodily, without being reduced at all.
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Wedding Bells.

J. B. Randell and Miss Carrie Frampton.

The Baltimore American contains the following story of the marriage in that city last week of Postmaster Randell of Roosevelt:

“After journeying over 2000 miles, Judge Joseph B. Randell, United States commissioner and postmaster of Roosevelt, Idaho, was quietly married to Miss Carrie Frampton, of the eastern shore, at the home of Rev. J. R. Schultz, 18 North Stricker street. For the past two years Miss Frampton has resided at 1316 West Mulberry street. Immediately after the ceremony Judge and Mrs Randell left for New York where they will spend their honeymoon before returning West.

For a number of years Judge Randall has found it necessary to visit the eastern cities, and it was while on one of these visits that he first met Miss Frampton. About two years ago while in Washington on some federal business, Judge Randell was presented to Miss Frampton at a reception of which he was the honored guest.

Judge Randell, when he returned to Idaho, began a correspondence with Miss Frampton, which ended in the engagement some weeks ago and arrangements being made for the marriage to take place in this city.”

The NEWS joins their many friends in wishing them a long and happy journey through life.
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S. I. Choat and John Wallace have gone to the Salmon river country on a short pleasure and hunting trip.
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Sunnyside Starting Up.

Work of Repairing Tram and Mill to Commence at Once.

Herman Veelmen, foreman of the Sunnyside mill and tram, arrived in town Thursday from the outside.

He reports the new ore crusher and grips for the tramway on the road and everything else necessary to make the change and start up the mine and mill at once.

E. L. Abbott, superintendent of the great Sunnyside mine, after an absence from camp of three weeks, returned yesterday. While away Mr. Abbott spent several days in Boise and Nampa in the interest of his company.

This is good news for the camp. It has not got as black an eye as some of its enemies thought it had.
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Large Deal.

There is a deal on tap for the group of claims known as the Eureka group, consisting of ten claims and owned by Dan Cotter. Some of these claims lay between and adjacent to the Sunnyside and Dewey mines. It is one of the best locations in the camp and shows up well under the amount of development done.

The road comes to the ground and Mr. Cotter has suitable quarters for a small force of men which will be put to work as soon as necessary papers can be fixed.

Mr. Cotter will hold a large interest in the property and is to have charge of the work. There is no stock for sale. The formation is the same as in the Standard property. This is on the same ridge south about two claims from the Eureka group.
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A Great Fire Barely Averted.

One night this week when John Hamil, “Shorty,” as he is familiarly called, was in bed in one of the rooms on the ground floor of Queeney’s dormitory, on Coney avenue, was awakened by finding that his bed was a little warmer than he cared to have it. He found that the fire fiend had eaten a hole about two feet in diameter clear through his bed clothing. By great presence of mind and prompt action, he succeeded in getting the fire under control and putting it out without calling out the hose carts and engine.
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Bill Thorn was recently shot through the heart and killed near Baker City.
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To The Public.

Having disposed of my interest in THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN NEWS my interest and connection with it is ended.

Owing to financial and other misfortunes it was impossible for Eddy & Hunt to continue publication. It has been difficult to get sufficient financial backing behind the enterprise to make a success of the paper; though, under ordinary circumstances, it would have paid from the beginning.

The paper’s subscription list and advertising has grown rapidly from the first and its field is one in which great good can be done for the mining and other interests of Central Idaho, if given the support it justly deserves.

The growing importance of Thunder Mountain and Central Idaho as a goldfield fully justifies the publication of a newspaper, and I am gratified to inform the readers of the NEWS, that the parties that assume control of the paper at this time, are capable and experienced newspaper men and are financially able to carry the business to a successful issue; and I bespeak for them the same liberal patronage and support that has been extended us from the beginning.

– Samuel F. Hunt
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Thunder Mountain enters the year 1905 under more promising conditions than ever before. There has been more work done, more money expended and more ore uncovered within the last year than in all the years before.
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The Grangeville Standard has sent out a perfect gem in its “Industrial Edition.” Noticing as it does the different industries of Idaho County from their birth up to the present time. This is a well illustrated edition and is a fine specimen of the printers art. It is a history of Idaho county in a nut-shell and it certainly required an immense amount of work to get it up. For the send–off it gives to Thunder Mountain we feel truly thankful.
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Europe this been experiencing an unusually severe winter. It set in early and has continued very cold. The dispatches state there has been heavier frost in Spain than was ever known before, men being frozen to death, while, in Rome, the public fountains have been frozen. People there must begin to feel that another glacial age is approaching. But conditions there are not much worse than they have been on our Atlantic seaboard, where the weather has been very rough, though the temperature has not been so low. Snowstorms have been frequent and the entire country east of the Alleghanies [sic] has been covered for a long time, the snow line reaching far south of Washington. Why winter should bestow his attentions so exclusively upon those regions is a question for the meteorologists to answer – it is beyond the ordinary observer.
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There will be not less than fifty families of prominent mining men and other professionals visit camp next year for their summer outing. They will enjoy the scent of the pines and the shade, and live and drink and fish in the purling limpid waters of Thunder Mountain for two months.
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While cold weather has been raging in all other parts of the country the people of Thunder Mountain have been enjoying ideal winter weather. The thermometer has never registered more than 22 degrees below and then only one night. There is not more than six inches of snow in the streets of Roosevelt. Freight teams are on the road all the time bringing in mining, machinery and all other kinds of supplies for the people, both liquid and solid. All who are suffering in other parts of the country from the effects of cold, stormy weather are invited to come to Roosevelt to spend the winter.
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A Good Strike.

The Gold Bullion Mining & Milling Co., situated at the mouth of the Southwest Fork of Monumental creek, of which Steven Choate is superintendent, has struck a mountain of ore. There are six men working. The tunnel is in 140 feet, cross-cutting one lead 14 feet wide and other small stringers all heavily mineralized. The tunnel will be 480 feet long when it reaches the main lead, which will be encountered at a vertical depth of 375 feet. This lead is 40 feet wide on top and assays $6.00.

The company has nine claims in the group. Mr. Choate is in high spirits over the property and thinks that his company has a bonanza
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Contract

Sealed bids will be received on or before February 10th for driving one hundred and fifty feet (150 feet) on the Blue Point Tunnel. Apply to

JAS. R. Noss,
20th Century Co.
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The “Ads” in these colums represent the Stage Lines, Wayhouses, etc., with rodometer distances from Boise and Emmett to Roosevelt:
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Bridge Building.

The following named boys, citizens of Roosevelt, went down to the mouth of Monumental to build a bridge across Big Creek. The one put in three years ago went out last spring in time of high water:

D. S. Mclnerny, Nash Wayland, S. P. Burr, Jack Conley, J. W. LeRoy, Thos. Lynch, Jack Cassell, T. R. Meredith, O. Goodrich, J. S. Welch and C. W. Stallings.

They think that they can put in one in about a week that will stand the pressure of high water. This bridge will open up travel on the Big Creek, Crooked Creek and Ramie Ridge trails at least two months earlier than last year, owing to the fact that it is almost impossible to get over Snowslide Mountain with horses before the middle of July. The boys are sure of having plenty to eat as they employed Van Welch to furnish meat for the gang. Van is said to be a great hunter and there is plenty of game and fish in the neighborhood.
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The Man Who Advertises.

If you want anything you go to see a man who advertises because you know he wants to sell and will make you a selling price. The same may be said of the merchant. All merchants will sell if they get their prices; but the man who advertises makes prices. So if you want to buy goods, see those men who advertise. They are the men who want to sell.
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An Unwelcome Guest.

Yellow Stone Brown, a prospector and trapper, who is camped on snowslide, had a mountain lion enter his camp the other day and eat up all the meat he had on hand. But Yellow Stone is going to get even. Ho has located some placer ground that will enable him to buy better meat and wear better clothes than he can afford at present.
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S. F. Hunt says that the next newspaper he starts will be in the New Jerusalem. Mr. Hunt finds that there is very little pleasure in “swamping” for a newspaper.

A letter received from E. M. Heigho, vice-president and general manager of the P. & I. Northern Railway Co.’s accounting department, of Weiser, Idaho, of the 11th ult., states that they hope to be in the Thunder Mountain district for business next summer. This looks favorable for us and if a railroad starts to build into this district Roosevelt will be a city of 10,000 inhabitants by this time next year instead of a tipical [sic] mining village.

Hank McGiveny, the push on the bridge being put in on the Middle Fork of Salmon river, at the mouth of Loon creek, has gone down to superintend the building. Mr. McGiveny is an experienced bridge builder and when he gets through with it there will be a bridge across the river that will stand – the two first ones having gone out. This is good news for the camp as we get some of our vegetables from that neighborhood. Mr. McGiveny is one of Belleco’s prosperous business men.

* ult. Latin abbreviation for ultimo mense, (last month)
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The Sour Dough Can

The people of Roosevelt were aroused to the lynching point a few days ago over the death of several valuable dogs, thinking that the dog-poisoner had come to town and them were threats long, deep and fierce in case the guilty party could be found. Some of the boys thought that the best thing to do would be to make him stand on nothing and pull a rope by the neck, but before they done anything rash they discovered that their wrath had been misdirected when the news came in that a couple of the boys at the 20th Century mine, two miles above town, had gone out and washed their feet in Monumental creek.
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The following letter was handed us by a mine superintendent and requested us to publish it, thinking that some of the NEWS readers might have time to answer it. This man is not a Missourian and ought to make a good citizen:

Thayer, Neosho Co., Kans.
To the Superintendent of the Mines of Thunder Mountain Idaho.
Dear Sir:
I take the liberty of addressing you thus: I am an old miner, having followed it most of my time and wishing to locate out in Idaho I write you this to ask you if you would please write we particulars concerning the mines and how the miners are paid, about how much they average per day. Infact [sic] any information you could give would be highly appreciated by me and are they gold, silver or copper mines? I have a large family of girls and am anxious to move into Idaho. Would you please tell me how close the mines are to the land that is coming in, the Snake valley? I have one grown son.
Please write by return mail. I would thank you very much.
Yours truly,
Mr. Joseph Hampson,
Thayer,
Neosho County,
Kans.
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S. F. Hunt, the geologist, has just completed an examination of the Blue Cap Mine, situated on Boulder creek, about four miles south of town. it is understood a strong Eastern syndicate has the property under consideration with a view of purchasing it.
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Got No Mitten That Time

There lived in one of the Old Colony towns, some years ago, a young man, son of a well-to-do farmer, who, says the Boston Courier, was a very clever, steady going fellow, but not possessed of sufficient brilliancy of mind to render him a favorite with the young ladies of his acquaintance, in consequence of which fact his repeated attempts to engage a partner for life had simply (as we would say at the present day) “developed negatives.”

His continued ill success had worried him and threatened to utterly discourage future projects in that direction. But there was one thrifty girl in the neighborhood, herself the daughter of a farmer, upon whom he had not tried his persuasive powers, and he determined to make a further attempt before “throwing up the sponge ”

She was fair to look upon, a good housekeeper, well posted as to the duties devolving upon a farmer’s wife, and would make an excellent helpmeet, and they had grown up as neighbors and attended school and church together. But she was not his first choice, else he had made earlier call. He pondered upon his disappointments, thought of this girl, and finally concluded to make the venture.

So the next Sabbath evening, arrayed in his “go-to-meetin'” best, he mended his way to her father’s house, and fortune so far favored him as to have her at home and disengaged.

He was welcomed in a neighborly manner, and as the old folks were going to “evening meeting,” … speedily left with her.

Commonplace conversation was maintained for a brief period, and then came a lull which was broken by the young man’s coming down to business with “Supposing I should as you to marry me, Mary, what would you say?”

“Why,” said she, “I should say no !”

“Then, darn you, wait till you’re asked!” was his response; and, reaching for his hat, he departed in a decidedly informal manner.
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The South African Labor Question.

The Chinese now being imported in large numbers into South Africa seem to be giving satisfaction. The coolie is rapidly developing into a good miner and, indeed, learns more quickly than the Kaffirs, who have been thus far the manual workers of the mines. These Chinese do not take the place of the white men; on the other hand, an increase in colored miners means an increased number of white men, who in South Africa occupy only positions of authority. It seems certain that before the end of this present year the number of men working in the mines will reach 100,000, or the same as before the war. By the middle of next year at least 150,000 men will be working, and for the first time in the history of the Transvaal ample workers will be available for the mines.
– Mining Reporter.
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James McAndrews is anxiously looking for his freight which is expected in next week.
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Lucky Judge.

“Diamondfield Jack” Davis gives $10,000 worth of Goldfield stock to Salt Lake Judge who once secured his conviction for murder and drew up his death warrant.

“Diamondfield Jack” Davis, the central figure in one of the most remarkable criminal cases on record, has given the man who drew his death warrant at Albion, Idaho, six years ago, mining stock valued at $10,000, says the Salt Lake Herald. Judge O. W. Powers, of Salt Lake, is the recipient of the gift. In 1898, Judge Powers, with W. A. Borah of Idaho, assisted the state in prosecuting Diamondfield Jack for murder, secured a conviction and by order of Judge Stoskslager, drew Davis’s death warrant.

Afterwards, having become convinced of Davis’s innocence, Judge Powers appeared before the Idaho board of pardons to urge that Davis be released. This was done and about two years ago Davis came to Salt Lake penniless. Judge Powers loaned him money enough to get to Tonopah, Nev., and Davis departed with the promise that he would repay the money. As one of the original locators of the famous claims at Goldfield and Diamondfield, he secured large holdings in the camps, changed his way of living and is said to be a leader of the law and ordor [sic] element in the mining section where he resides.

Recently Judge Powers received a letter from the secretary of the Diamondfield Gold Mining Company, enclosing 2,500 shares of stock with the statement that it was the personal gift of Davis.

The shooting for which Davis was thrice sentenced to death was a double killing, committed in Cassia county, Idaho, in 1896. The legal proceedings ran through six years. The case at one time reached the supreme court of the United States and almost attained the proportions of a political issue in Idaho.
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Dredging at Dawson.

Dredging operations on Bonanza creek and the operation of a steam shovel plant at the mouth of Bear creek were suspended on October 23rd. The dredging season has been a long, and it is reported, a satisfactory one, work having been first commenced on May 5th. At the Bear Creek a great quantity of gravel has been moved by the steam shovel.

A new order in council has been passed pertaining to the reservation of certain rights by the crown upon mineral lands to which crown grants have been issued, amending section fifty-three of the quartz mining regulations to the following effect: That patents conveying the surface, as well as the under rights, shall reserve to the crown forever such right or rights of way and of entry as may be required under any regulations in that behalf now or hereafter in force in connection with the construction, maintenance and use of works for the conveyance of water for use in mining operations.

On Sulphur creek active preparations are being made for busy winter working on claims from 56 above to 98 below discovery. The work will be chiefly carried on by individual miners working on lays.

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Mining & Local News

P. K. McCann and J. M. Bledsoe left last Monday for Ketchakan, Alaska.

We have several changes of ads. this week. Look them over and you will profit by doing so.

It is hoped that Roosevelt will have a telephone connection with the outside world within the next ninety days, at least, as we are surely in need of it.

Lee Lisenby, one of our prominent business men, is in Boise at the present time, and while there he will purchase a first-class stock of goods for his summer trade.

The proprietor of the Amusement Hall has put in a first-class bathing outfit in the upper story of the hall and connected it by pipes and hose to the pump and stove on the ground floor. This is a drawing card for the establishment and an accommodation to those wishing a bath.

S. P. Burr, U. S. deputy mineral surveyor, of Roosevelt, who has been working on a map of Thunder Mountain for sometime will have it completed the first of the week. This is a fine specimen of the draftsman art. This is the only correct map we have seen of the district and should sell readily.

When the twenty teams (nothing less than four-horse teams) reaches here next week it will be a red letter day for Roosevelt and will go down as a historical point and show the people, far and near, that freight can come to Thunder Mountain any time of thc year. They are loaded with all kinds of freight.

The bill introduced in the state senate to close up all places of amusement on Sundays menaces the individual rights of citizens, and should never be given a place among the statutes of Idaho. It is not likely that it will become law. Sunday is the only day which most of the toilers have for rest, recreation and amusement.
– Wardner News.

Floyd H. Barnett, owner of the Thunder Mountain Assay Office, has a group of seven claims on Divide creek, one and one half miles above town, that has all the marks of a good mine. He has a force of men working on the property and is satisfied that he has something good. Mr. Barnett is a stayer and if there is anything there he will find it.

Some of the merchants of Roosevelt are having quite a lot of goods tobogganed down from The Robb Mercantile Co.’s establishment at the Sunnyside. Mr. Thompson says their stock is going fast. This gentleman knows the value of printers ink. Next week we will try and show our readers where this firm is doing business. See their ad. on last page.

With this issue we start with fifty new paid up subscribers from the outside world to say nothing of our new subscriptions at home. This added to our former list will make us a subhcription list that we are proud of. Our outside subscribers knowing themselves indebted to us will please remit at the earlist convenience by money order, by so doing you are sure of receiving the paper.

T. J. Little has accepted a position with the 20th Century, Co. and commenced work Monday.

L. A. Wayland Son’s ad. appears in this issue for the first time. Their stock of goods is new and complete. For further particulars see ad.

Jim Hash and Jack McGiveny, from the Middle Fork of Salmon river, are in town this week. They report about two or three inches of snow in the valley.

Hinkey is a disappointed manufacturer. He has some fine snow-shoes on hand, but it is impossible to sell them because the weather persists in remaining fine regardless of his desire to sell snow-shoes.

Hammell, Skinner & Swayne are doing the annual assessment work on their claims at the head of Cottonwood creek. There are five claims in the group and they are so located that the work can all he done on one claim. By so doing, this gives them a chance of showing up their property and possibly striking something good.

A visit to Smith’s Hotel will convince a person, who is familiar with this kind of a life, that he is keeping a first-class place. We were shown through this establishment and found it neat and tidy. They have a large dining-room which is well furnished and their sleeping department nice and warm. One feature of the hotel is their large sitting room which is well supplied with literature where a person can spend a few leisure moments in comfort. Mr. and Mrs. Smith know how to treat a guest and persons visiting Roosevelt would do well to give them a call.
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Subscribe for THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN NEWS.
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Since the new mail contractor has succeeded in getting his men straightened out the mail service is giving good satisfaction.
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Forfeiture Notices

FORFEITURE NOTICE.
Nampa, Idaho, January 3rd, 1905.
To Walter A Berna:
You are hereby notified that I have expended
during the year 1901, the sum of three hundred
($300.00) dollars in labor and improvements up-
on the Wild Boy No. 1, Wild Boy No 2, and
Wild Boy No. 3 quartz lode mining claims, situ-
ate in Thunder Mountain Mining District, Idaho
County, State of Idaho. of which the location
certificate is found of record Wild Boy No. 1,
Book 8, page 137; Wild Boy No. 2, Book 8, page
139; Wild Boy No. 3, Book 5, page 141, of the
Quartz Records of Idaho County in the office of
the Deputy Recorder of said district, in order
to hold said claims under the provisions of Sec-
tion 2324 of the Revised Statutes of the United
States, and the amendment thereto approved
January 22nd, 1880, concerning annual labor up-
on mining claims; said amount being necessary
and requited in order to hold said quartz lode
mining claims for the period ending on the 31st
day of December, A. D. 1904, And if within
ninety days from the personal service of this no-
tice, or within ninety days after the publication
thereof, you fail or refuse to contribute your pro-
portion of such expenditure as a co-owner your
interest in said claims will become the property
of the subscriber, your co-owner, who has made
the required expenditure by the terms of said
sections.
Wm. A. PLEASANTS, Co-Owner.
Feb. 4-May 6,
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FORFEITURE NOTICE.
Morrison, Idaho Co., Idaho. Jan. 5th, 1905
To A. N. Easly, Wm. Berry, Hans Anderson,
H. H. Hegena, Al. Woods, W. M. Easly, and
Roy McKenzie:
You are hereby notified that I have expended
during the year 1904 one hundred dollars in
labor and improvements upon the Blue Bird
Placer Mining Claim situated on Johnson Creek
about five miles above the junction of the East
Fork with Johnson Creek, and commences about
300 feet above the mouth of Riordan Creek and
extends one mile down Johnson Creek in Yellow
Pine Mining District, Idaho County, State of
Idaho, the locating certificate of which is found
of record in Book 34 of Mining claims at page
263 in the office of the Recorder of said county, in
order io hold said claim under the provisions of
section 2324 of the Revised Statutes of the United
States and the amendment thereto approved
January 22, 1880, concerning annual labor upon
Mining Claims. being the amount required to
hold said placer claim for the period ending on
the 31st day of December, A. D., 1904. And if
within ninety from the personal service of
this notice, or within ninety days after the pub-
lication thereof, you fail or refuse to contribute
your proportion of such expenditure as a co-
owner, your interest in the claim will become
the property of the subscriber, your co-owner
who has made the required expenditure, by the
terms of said section.
ALBERT HENNESSY.
Feb. 1-May 6,
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FORFEITURE NOTICE.
Morrison, Idaho Co., Idaho. Jan. 5th, 1905
To A. N. Easly. Wm. Berry, Hans Anderson,
Al. Woods, W. M. Easly, Francis Castle and
N. A Easly:
You are hereby notified that I have expended
during the year 1904 one hundred dollars in
labor and improvements upon the Red Bell
Placer Mining Claim situate on Johnson Creek,
commencing about 300 feet south of the mouth
of Riordan Creek and extending one mile south
in Yellow Pine Mining District, Idaho County,
State of Idaho, the locating certificate of which
is found of record in Book 34 of mining claims at
page 262, in the office of the Recorder of said Coun-
ty, in order to hold said claim under the provis-
ions of section 2324 of the Revised Statute of the
United States, and the amendment thereto ap-
proved January 22, 1880, concerning annual labor
upon mining claims, being the amount re-
quired to hold said Placer Claim for the period
ending on the 31st day of December, A. D., 1904.
And if within ninety days from the personal
service of this notice, or within ninety days
after the publication thereof. You fail or refuse
to contribute your proportion of such expendi-
ture as a co-owner, your interest in the claim
will become the property of the subscriber,
your co-owner, who has made the required ex-
penditure, by the terms of said section.
ALBERT HENNESSY.
Feb. 4-May 6.
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Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt index page

Link: Public folder with images of the old newspapers

page updated April 29, 2022

Road Reports Dec 29, 2019

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have a snow floor, a little icy in the shade. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reported no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: No current report.
Monday (Dec 23) KA reports the South Fork extremely slick with water over ice and many rocks down.
Friday (Dec 20) local plow truck went out as far as Warm Lake, reports the road is good from this end until Caton Creek then icy and really slick by Reed Ranch. Warm and water running, will be really icy when it freezes up.
Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reports the road is good, a small amount of snow, patchy snow floor and ice in the shade.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: No current report.
Monday (Dec 23) KA reports the East Fork extremely slick with water over ice and many rocks down.

Johnson Creek Road: (No current report) Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles, Warm Lake summit not plowed. Lower Johnson Creek: the snow has improved the drive to the dump, filling in the worst pot holes.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Old Report from December 14-15, 2019
L&I spent last weekend in Big Creek. We drove to YP & took the tracked ATVs from there to Big Creek. Driving to YP from Cascade all the roads were snow packed (including the East Fork Road). If we had prior knowledge of the road status from Wapita to the mouth of Profile Creek we would have ridden snowmobiles from Warm Lake to Big Creek. However the section from Wapita to Profile Creek has just the minimum amount of snow & could easily become unusable for snowmobiles.
There is the alternative of avoiding the Wapita to Profile section by using the old Thunder Mountain Road (takes off about 1 mile south of Wapita) to Stibnite & then down to the Profile Road via the East Fork Road from Stibnite. Currently that could be a challenging ride because it includes several miles of high elevation (above 8000 feet) riding. As a comparison, on Sunday L&I attempted to go from Big Creek to Elk Summit & as we approached the 8000′ elevation we encountered 5-6 feet of dry powder (bottomless) that could be a challenge – it certainly stopped L&I on our tracked ATVs. Profile gap (~7700′) was no problem because all the recent traffic had set up a pretty good base.
For some info on conditions in the back country this last weekend the following is a linkto a short video:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Most likely closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Weather Reports Dec 22-28, 2019

Dec 22 Weather:

At 10am it was 28 degrees, most of the sky covered in high thin clouds, old snow crusty ice and hard to measure. Mostly clear sky at noon. At 345pm it was 42 degrees, clear and breezy. A few high streaks of clouds moving in around 415pm. At 535pm it was 35 degrees, breezy and appears to be cloudy. Clouds sitting on top of VanMeter and light snow at 930am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 23, 2019 at 10:00AM
Low dark overcast, flaking snow
Max temperature 48 degrees F
Min temperature 26 degrees F
At observation 34 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Scant Trace
Snow depth 2 inch
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Dec 23 Weather:

At 10am it was 34 degrees, low overcast (top of VanMeter socked in) and flaking snow. Snowing big flakes at 1030am. Rain/snow mix, back to snow, rain/snow mix, then all rain between 11am and noon. At 4pm it was 36 degrees and overcast. At 550pm it was 33 degrees, just started misting and overcast. At 910pm it was 32 degrees and snowing, about 1/4″ accumulation at that time. Snowing lightly after 10pm. Still snowing lightly at 1am. Looks like it may have snowed lightly all night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 24, 2019 at 10:00AM
Low overcast
Max temperature 37 degrees F
Min temperature 30 degrees F
At observation 31 degrees F
Precipitation 0.17 inch
Snowfall 1.1 inch
Snow depth 3 inch
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Dec 24 Weather:

At 10am it was 31 degrees, low overcast and just quit snowing. Light snow falling at 1140am. Just a few flakes falling at 1220pm. Light snow falling at 1237pm, socked in low. Light steady snowfall at 2pm. Not snowing at 230pm and breaks in the clouds, snow melted on bare surfaces – about 1/4″ accumulated in the shade. At 3pm it was 34 degrees and broken cloud cover. At 530pm it was 29 degrees and partly cloudy. At 11pm it was 18 degrees and clear. Hazy to the east at 130am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 25, 2019 at 10:00AM
Partly cloudy, heavy frost
Max temperature 35 degrees F
Min temperature 4 degrees F
At observation 7 degrees F
Precipitation 0.01 inch
Snowfall 1/4 inch (mostly melted as it came down)
Snow depth 3 inch (est)
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Dec 25 Weather:

At 10am it was 7 degrees and partly cloudy (high thin lines) and estimated 3″ snow on the ground. At 11am it was 13 degrees and almost clear. High thin haze building up by 1pm. At 330pm it was 34 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 515pm it was 21 degrees and mostly cloudy (high thin clouds and haze.) At 850pm it was 15 degrees. A few stars out at 11pm. Looked cloudy at 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 26, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 30 degrees F
Min temperature 5 degrees F
At observation 6 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 3 inch (est)
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Dec 26 Weather:

At 10am it was 6 degrees and mostly clear. At 1110am it was up to 13 degrees and mostly clear. Mostly cloudy by 1140am. At 1230pm it was 19 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 315pm it was 24 degrees and mostly cloudy – bigger patches of blue sky tho. At 530pm it was 19 degrees and appeared overcast or mostly cloudy. At 130am it was 20 degrees, cloudy and fine light snow falling. Bigger flakes at 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 27, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 25 degrees F
Min temperature 6 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 22 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 3 inch (est)
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Dec 27 Weather:

At 10am it was 22 degrees and overcast, light dusting of new snow. At 11am it was 24 degrees and overcast. At 315pm it was 27 degrees, overcast and spitting a few little snowballs from the sky, didn’t last long. At 530pm it was 24 degrees, low overcast and very light snow falling. Still snowing around 9pm, est 1/2″. Didn’t appear to be snowing at 11pm or 2am. More snow during the night. Not snowing at 6am. Flaking and breaks in the clouds at 940am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 28, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy, flaking snow
Max temperature 28 degrees F
Min temperature 16 degrees F
At observation 20 degrees F
Precipitation 0.04 inch
Snowfall 1 1/8 inch
Snow depth 4 inch
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Dec 28 Weather:

At 10am it was 20 degrees, mostly cloudy and flaking snow. At 11am it was 21 degrees, bigger patches of open sky and still flaking snow until around 1120am. Less clouds and filtered sun at noon. At 2pm partly cloudy. At 230pm it was 33 degrees and partly cloudy. At 330pm it was 27 degrees, almost clear and light breeze (sun down behind the ridge.) At 550pm it was 19 degrees, calm and appeared partly cloudy. Some stars out at 630pm. At 945pm it was 20 degrees and snowing lightly – didn’t last long and no accumulation. Not showing at 11pm. Cloudy and not snowing at 2am. Snow started after 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 29, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast, fine steady snow
Max temperature 34 degrees F
Min temperature 15 degrees F
At observation 24 degrees F
Precipitation 0.05 inch
Snowfall 1/2 inch
Snow depth 4 inch
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Road Reports Dec 25, 2019

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have a thin icy snow cover – slick in the shade. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reported no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Monday (Dec 23) KA reports the South Fork extremely slick with water over ice and many rocks down.
Friday (Dec 20) local plow truck went out as far as Warm Lake, reports the road is good from this end until Caton Creek then icy and really slick by Reed Ranch. Warm and water running, will be really icy when it freezes up.
Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reports the road is good, a small amount of snow, patchy snow floor and ice in the shade.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Monday (Dec 23) KA reports the East Fork extremely slick with water over ice and many rocks down.

Johnson Creek Road: Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles, Warm Lake summit not plowed. Lower Johnson Creek: the snow has improved the drive to the dump, filling in the worst pot holes.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
New Report from December 14-15, 2019
L&I spent last weekend in Big Creek. We drove to YP & took the tracked ATVs from there to Big Creek. Driving to YP from Cascade all the roads were snow packed (including the East Fork Road). If we had prior knowledge of the road status from Wapita to the mouth of Profile Creek we would have ridden snowmobiles from Warm Lake to Big Creek. However the section from Wapita to Profile Creek has just the minimum amount of snow & could easily become unusable for snowmobiles.
There is the alternative of avoiding the Wapita to Profile section by using the old Thunder Mountain Road (takes off about 1 mile south of Wapita) to Stibnite & then down to the Profile Road via the East Fork Road from Stibnite. Currently that could be a challenging ride because it includes several miles of high elevation (above 8000 feet) riding. As a comparison, on Sunday L&I attempted to go from Big Creek to Elk Summit & as we approached the 8000′ elevation we encountered 5-6 feet of dry powder (bottomless) that could be a challenge – it certainly stopped L&I on our tracked ATVs. Profile gap (~7700′) was no problem because all the recent traffic had set up a pretty good base.
For some info on conditions in the back country this last weekend the following is a link to a short video:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Most likely closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Dec 22, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 22, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm
(details below)
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Local Events:

Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm

Christmas potluck will be at the community Hall on the 25th at 2pm. stay after dinner and play bingo!
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Village News:

Winter Solstice Sunrise

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December 21, 2019 about 1045am. – rrS
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Community Hall has been Decked

On Friday December 20th A gathering of locals worked in the community hall decorating for Christmas dinner.
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Christmas Bags

Christmas bags will be available for ‘stuffing’ inside the community hall starting on the 10th.
-DF
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Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure

The Tavern will be closed from Saturday December 7th to Friday February 21st. UPS packages will be dropped off at Deb’s porch and she will also have gasoline for emergency situations. I will be available at my cell number for any questions or situations 208 739-7086
Thanks, Lorinne N. Munn
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report December 20 that the transfer station is clean and the bins are still fairly empty. Also the snow has improved the road, filling in the pot holes.

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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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Boil Water Advisory Lifted November 22, 2019

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the Community Hall.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Christmas bags will be available for ‘stuffing’ inside the community hall starting on the 10th.

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Fire Chief – Jeff Forster

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: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Stop the Bleed Class: We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest.

Training will resume in the spring.

-Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner is closed for the winter, opening again next spring. I can be reached at matt @ ypcorner.com or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Closed Dec 7 thru Feb 21.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
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
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
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:

The Star-News

subscribe:
A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

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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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 16) overnight low of 1 degree, clear sky this morning, trace of new snow from last evening and 3″ of snow on the ground. Mountain chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Sunny and well below freezing at lunch time, high of 26 degrees. Female hairy woodpecker stopped by. Still way below freezing mid-afternoon, sunny clear sky. Temperatures dropped quickly after sundown into the teens under a clear sky. Single digits by 930pm. Stars out and cold before midnight.

Tuesday (Dec 17) overnight low of -1 degree, high thin overcast this morning, about 3″ old snow on the ground. Nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Thicker overcast by lunch time and chilly, high of 26 degrees. Clark’s nutcracker stopped by. Still below freezing and overcast mid-afternoon. Cloudy and chilly at dark, temperatures in the teens.

Wednesday (Dec 18) at 6am it was 9 degrees (probably the low for the night) overcast sky this morning and a little warmer. Mountain chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time, high of 35 degrees. Mail truck (Elaine) was a little early today. Clouds breaking up early afternoon and bits of sunshine. Partly cloudy and below freezing by late afternoon. Appears to be mostly cloudy just before dark. Overcast before midnight. Snow falling early morning.

Thursday (Dec 19) warming up and snowing early this morning, at 10am it was 29 degrees, low overcast and half inch new snow (3″ on the ground.) Chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Thinner clouds and filtered sun (and a few flakes of snow) after lunch time, high of 37 degrees. A break from snow flakes, above freezing and dripping early afternoon. Breezy, overcast and flaking snow again mid-afternoon (just before sunset.) Breezy after dark and probably not snowing. Calmer before midnight. Rain early morning.

Friday (Dec 20) warmed up and rained early this morning, at 10am it was 34 degrees overcast and breezy, roofs dripping. A few nuthatches visiting, later a few mountain chickadees and a jay. Cloudy warm and melting snow dripping off roofs at lunch time, high of 44 degrees. Still above freezing by mid-afternoon, dark clouds and a little breezy. Cloudy and calmer at dark. Windy after midnight, flags flapping and overcast. Hard gusts of wind before sunrise.

Saturday (Dec 21) overnight low of 27 degrees, warmed up and windy this morning under overcast sky, about 3″ old snow still on the ground but roofs are mostly bare. Red-breasted nuthatches and mountain chickadees visiting. Overcast, warm and breezy at lunch time, high of 49 degrees. Really blustery early afternoon. Lighter breezes and overcast at sundown. Overcast, above freezing and almost calm at dark. Hit the freezing mark by 10pm and getting really slick on the streets and paths. Cloudy and calm before midnight.

Sunday (Dec 22) overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly high thin clouds this morning and almost calm, measured 2″ old crusty icy snow on the ground. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Mostly clear and a little breezy at lunch time, high of 48 degrees. Quiet day. Clear and breezy right after sundown. Cloudy and breezy at dark.
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RIP:

Milton Howard Gillihan

August 12, 1952 – December 4, 2019

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Milton Howard Gillihan, a former Yellow Pine resident, passed away on December 4, 2019, in Centralia, WA. He was born on August 12, 1952, in Boise, Idaho to John and Elsie Gillihan. Milton’s father was an Outfitter and Guide in the Frank Church Wilderness of Idaho. His family moved to Yellow Pine, Idaho in 1963. Milton attended school in there from 1963 to 1967, moved to Emmett to complete the last four years of school, and graduated from Emmett High School in 1970. Shortly after graduation, he married his High School sweetheart, Linda Walker, and they had three children – Russell, Lani and Marc. He and Linda eventually parted ways, and Milton moved to Washington state for a truck driving position. He married Jeanne Clark of Silver Creek, WA on July 30, 2005.

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Growing up, Milton spent summers helping his father in the hunting business. He learned to guide hunting and fishing parties in the Yellow Pine and Big Creek areas. They leased the Neal Ranch in Big Creek every summer, and it was Milton’s favorite place to be. His days were spent wrangling and riding horses, fishing, hiking and hunting. He loved being in the mountains and connecting with nature. During his lifetime Milton worked in Idaho, Washington, Nevada and California in various occupations including wilderness guide, sawmill & mining work, construction, and long haul & local truck driving.

Milton is survived by his wife Jeanne, his children Russell (Beth) Gillihan, Lanigan Vitaceae, and Marc (Jana) Gillihan. His siblings: Bob Gillihan (Cathy); George Gillihan (Veda); Ray Gillihan, Roy Gillihan (Renette), Anna May Wyman (Chuck); Kristy Scaraglino (Rick) and Pat Gillihan. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Elsie Gillihan, his brothers Jack Gillihan and Harold Gillihan, and nephews Kevin and Kelly Gillihan. He was blessed with nine grandchildren and 31 nieces and nephews.

(courtesy Kristy Gillihan Scaraglino)
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Valley County Snowmobile News:

Valley County Board of County Commissioners Invites You to a Public Hearing

Public Hearing January 21, 2020 1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Building, 2nd Floor
219 North Main Street Cascade, ID

You are welcome to attend the public hearing and/or comment on this proposal. Our office would appreciate your comments in person or by mail, fax, email, or phone call. Written comments must be received at least seven days prior to the public hearing. You may also speak during the public hearing. If you do not submit a comment, we will assume you have no objections to the application.

Direct questions and comments to:

Cynda Herrick, AICP, CFM
Planning & Zoning Administrator
PO Box 1350
Cascade, ID 83611
208-382-7115
cherrick@co.valley.id.us

Ordinance Amendment “Snowmobiles”

This proposal would amend Valley County Code Title 5 Chapter 5 Snowmobiles and Chapter 7 Rights of Way

Changes include:

• Specific groomed snowmobile trails would be closed to Wheeled Vehicles during certain times of the year, including Warren Wagon RD, No Business RD, Anderson Creek RD, High Valley RD (USFS 626), Clear Creek Road, and “Green Gate RD”.
• Tracked vehicles may be permitted by the Valley County Parks & Recreation Director for home owners beyond groomed trail heads after consideration by the Board of County Commissioners.
• It shall be unlawful to leave wheeled vehicles or trailers parked in a place or manner which will impede snow removal equipment or impede the flow of orderly traffic, except in designated areas. Vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense.
• Overnight parking of wheeled vehicles and trailers, or between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. is only allowed in designated areas. Vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense.
• If a wheeled vehicle gets stuck on a groomed trail or closed road, the operator is responsible for the removal of the vehicle to an open road and costs of the removal and repair of the groomed trail.
• A right of way permit shall be issued for any work done in the Valley County right-of-way, including road construction, utility installation, boring for utilities, snow removal, etc.

Draft ordinance can be read at: (link)

Visit the P&Z GIS map at: (link)
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Idaho News:

Idaho 55 blocked for an hour when snowplow hits car

The Star-News December 19, 2019

Idaho 55 west of McCall was blocked for about an hour last Thursday when a snowplow backed into a car, Idaho State Police reported.

The accident happened about 9 a.m. last Thursday about a mile west of the Brundage Mountain Resort turn-off, the ISP said.

An Idaho Transportation Department snowplow driven by Brad W. Steiner of New Meadows was working to clear the roadway around a stuck vehicle when it backed into a car driven by Robert R. Picken of Hayden. There were no injuries but Picken’s car had to be towed from the scene, the ISP said.

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Historic Roseberry gets $7,000 grant for new general store roof

The Star-News December 19, 2019

A $7,000 grant to put a new roof on the general store at Historic Roseberry has been awarded by the Idaho Heritage Trust.

The grant to the Long Valley Preservation Society is dependent on the society raising $7,000 in matching funds, board member Dean Jones said.

“The roof is rusted, has holes in it, allows birds and bats inside,” Jones said. “Bat droppings as well as water are degrading the vintage, original wall paper upstairs.”

The Roseberry General Store was built in 1905 and was acquired by the society in 2015. It is one of nearly two dozen buildings owned and maintained by the society at the historic townsite located one mile east of Donnelly.

The general store is open May through September Fridays through Sundays and sells throwback candy such as horehound sticks, collectible tin toys, water and soft drinks.

The townsite is also the location of The Barn, a popular wedding and reunion venue, and the site of the Summer Music Festival at Roseberry each July.

The townsite also hosts an arts and crafts fair during the Independence Day holiday and the annual Ice Cream Social each Labor Day weekend.

The Long Valley Preservation Society was established in 1973 with the goal to collect, preserve, interpret and display Valley County history at the Roseberry complex.

Contact Jones at rattlesnake4873@gmail.com for information on making a donation toward the match for the Roseberry General Store roof. Go to (link)  for information on the townsite.

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With new operator, Steamboat Gulch sled hill will open by Christmas

The area was shut down earlier this month after visitors damaged it by leaving trash, damaging trees and driving on the hill.

KTVB December 20, 2019

Idaho City, Idaho — A popular sledding spot near Idaho City will be open to the public after all, just weeks after officials said they were forced to shut it down.

A new operator has stepped up to manage and oversee Steamboat Gulch sled hill, meaning the area will reopen to sledders in time for Christmas.

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New Idaho law suspends uninsured drivers’ car registration after three months, goes into effect January 1

Joe Parris KTVB December 17, 2019

Boise, Idaho — In a few weeks we bring in the new year, 2020 – and some new laws go into effect in Idaho.

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Idaho drivers who do not have insurance for three consecutive months could have their car registration suspended.

Vince Trimboli, a spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department, says there are around 150,000 cars that don’t have insurance attached to them in Idaho.

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Seasonal Tips & Advice:

Dry Christmas trees cause house fires

By Emma Iannacone December 19, 2019 KDIK

About 160 Christmas trees catch fire every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

… Tree fires cause about $10 million in damage each year, according to the NFPA.

To avoid a tree fire, Farnsworth said to keep the tree watered daily and don’t set it up by heat sources.

“Heating devices, that’s one of the most common ones, to have heating devices near the Christmas trees,” Farnsworth said.

Double check your light set up for frays or breaks in the string. Don’t use outdoor specific lights on your tree because they can get too hot for the branches.

Keep candles away from the tree. Get rid of your tree after Christmas to avoid it drying out too much, but don’t leave it in the garage or up against the house.

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Christmas Tree Fire: Watered Tree vs. Dry Tree

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In this video, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs. a dry Christmas tree.

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Letter to Share:

Fact Check: Biological Assessment

Midas Gold Blog December 16, 2019

A recent article published by the AP around our project did not include all the facts on an aspect of the permitting process and only told one side of the narrative. We want to make sure Idahoans have the full story.

Here is what you need to know.

Midas Gold is working through the permitting process exactly as it was intended and following all of the rules outlined by federal agencies. We are committed to a permitting process based on objective scientific review that encourages a collaborative process that brings all stakeholders around the same table to share information and input to help guide the project.

The article discusses the process of preparing an environmental report called a Biological Assessment, which is part of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and an important part of the permitting process, and our role being designated as a “non-federal representative.”

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Mining News:

Midas Gold plans to fill up the Glory Hole

Yellow Pine pit would go away under proposed plan

(Note: This is the ninth part in a series detailing Midas Gold’s operating plan for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine. Next week: Workforce Housing)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News December 19, 2019

The existing pit lake seen from Stibnite Road would be drained and dug hundreds of feet deeper before the scar is removed from the land, according to Midas Gold’s operating plan for its gold mine near Yellow Pine.

The Yellow Pine pit, also known as the Glory Hole, has blocked salmon and trout from traveling further up the East Fork South Fork Salmon River since the pit was first excavated in 1938 by Bradley Mining Company.

Midas Gold plans to restore the river to its pre-1938 condition after extracting about 2.5 million ounces of gold, 4 million ounces of silver and 86 million pounds of antimony from the pit.

In order to do that, about 30 million gallons of water would be pumped out of the lake, while year-round pumps would prevent the pit from re-filling with groundwater.

The pit is now 125 feet deep but would be dug down to 640 feet below the surface during extraction operations, the operation plan said.

About 110 million tons of waste rock from the nearby West End pit would be used to fill the pit starting in year seven of mining.

By year 11, the pit would be completely filled and grading work to sculpt the river corridor back to its original configuration would begin.

The re-established river would consist of a main channel about 25 to 30 feet wide and five feet deep. Resting pools and small cascades would be built into it to mimic natural riverbeds and assist salmon and trout in swimming upstream.

Alongside the channel would be between 170 feet and 350 feet of floodplain with high-flow channels, which would provide additional wildlife habitat and room for the river to change courses naturally over time, according to the plan.

A liner would be needed to prevent the river from drying up while groundwater levels replenish in the former Yellow Pine pit, a process expected to take about two years.

The liner would be placed several feet beneath the ground to prevent erosion and would extend at least 100 feet out on each side of the main channel into the floodplain.

Native grasses, shrubs and trees planted in the restored river corridor would take several decades to fully mature and meet Midas Gold’s final vision for the restored East Fork corridor.

Until work to re-establish the East Fork is complete about 15 years after mining begins, it would flow through Midas Gold’s proposed fish passage tunnel to the west of the Yellow Pine pit.

The mile-long tunnel would remain open for about two years after the East Fork is re-established in case it is needed to divert high flows that could wash away newly planted vegetation.

Currently, the Yellow Pine pit lake is about 35 feet deep because about 90 feet of sediment from upriver has collected in it over the last 80 years.

Large, coarse sediment that is ideal for salmon spawning habitat sinks to the bottom of the lake, while finer sediment passes through and continues down the East Fork.

The finer sediment can fill and muck up existing salmon spawning grounds, which must be coarse gravel beds.

If the pit lake continues filling with sediment, eventually the sediment would spill downstream into the East Fork and overload existing salmon spawning grounds with sediment, according to Midas Gold.

Much of the fine sediment filling the lake stems from a 1965 dam failure that Midas Gold also proposes to clean up as part of its plan.

Exposed rock in the old pit walls beneath the surface of the water are also believed to be leaching arsenic and antimony into the water. Currently, water at Stibnite does not meet federal standards for drinking water or aquatic life.

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Judge rejects Midas Gold request to dismiss lawsuit

Tribe says miners have not stopped water pollution at Stibnite

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News December 19, 2019

A federal judge on Monday denied Midas Gold’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe against the company for discharging pollutants into waters at Stibnite.

The ruling handed down by U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill in Boise means that the lawsuit will advance toward a trial, though no date has been set yet.

The tribe accuses Midas Gold of violating the Clean Water Act, a federal law regulating pollutant discharges into waterways, by not stopping existing sources of pollutants from entering waterways.

“As the tribe has repeatedly stated, Midas Gold’s failure to address unlawful pollution discharges at the site is harming the tribe and the people of Idaho,” Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman Shannon Wheeler said in a statement following the hearing.

Sugar Creek, the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, Meadow Creek and adjacent wetlands are all affected by the pollutants, according to the lawsuit.

Wheeler added that he is “troubled” by Midas Gold’s efforts to “evade ownership responsibility” of the proposed gold mine site near Yellow Pine by seeking a dismissal of the case.

But a Midas Gold spokesperson said the company cannot legally clean up contaminants left by previous mining companies under a federal law regulating hazardous waste sites that could endanger the environment and the public.

“A lawsuit will not clean up the site,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold.

“Midas Gold needs permission from regulators to do work on the ground to see true improvements in water quality at Stibnite,” Lyon said. “That process is underway and has been for quite a while.”

Winmill did not rule on a separate motion to suspend the lawsuit for 180 days while Midas Gold continues to work through the permitting process.

Midas Gold would be able to clean up existing pollutants just as the tribe seeks if the process is completed, Lyon said.

The tribe insists that the clean-up begin immediately to avoid further damage to aquatic ecosystems from the pollutants.

“The tribe remains committed to serving as the voice of these resources and to ensuring a full cleanup happens without further delay,” Wheeler said in the release.

Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project lies on lands subject to a federal treaty from 1855 that protects the tribe’s rights to fishing, hunting, gathering and pasturing on the land.

In early June, the tribe filed documents notifying Midas Gold of its plans to sue if the company did not comply with federal water quality standards within 60 days. The lawsuit was then formally filed in August.

Midas Gold for nearly a decade has regularly submitted water sampling data to the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency on the mine, as part of its commitment to cleaning up Stibnite and improving water quality, Midas Gold officials said.

A recent sample taken from near the East Fork South Fork Salmon River showed arsenic levels 700 times higher than federal drinking water standards allow.

Last October, the Nez Perce Tribe, which is based in Lapwai, formally announced its opposition to the Vancouver, B.C., company’s proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

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Lawsuit puts forest gold exploration on hold

Dec 19, 2019 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Forest Service failed to adequately consider the potential water quality impacts of an eastern Idaho mining permit.

Otis Gold plans to construct over 10 miles of temporary road, clear up to 140 drill pads, and drill up to 420 exploratory holes in a search for gold about 50 miles west of Yellowstone National Park in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The project covers 20 square miles adjacent the popular Steel Creek Campground.

… The lawsuit was filed in November 2018, challenging an August 2018 decision to grant a five-year permit to Otis Gold Corp. of Canada for low grade gold in a wildlife migration corridor and farming region in the Centennial Mountains near Kilgore, Idaho.

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Union members from Idaho mine reject agreement with company

Dec 18, 2019 By Associated Press

Members of a union representing workers at an Idaho mine have rejected a tentative agreement that could have ended a two-and-half year strike.

The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that United Steelworkers Local 5114 and Hecla Mining Company announced a tentative agreement in November that required ratification by a majority of union members.

Union officials say a third party counted ballots Monday finding that the majority voted against the proposed contract. Officials say the union represents about 200 workers at the Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan, Idaho.

Hecla Mining was not immediately available for comment.

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Public Lands:

USDA Forest Service South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan Update

December 17, 2019

The US Forest Service has prepared a revised Environmental Assessment and Draft Decision Notice for the South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan. The project includes numerous actions relating to watershed restoration, motorized and non-motorized access, and improvements of recreation facilities within the South Fork Salmon River (SFSR) watershed within a 329,000 acre project area. The selected alternative is a hybrid of the alternatives presented in the Environmental Assessment, hereafter referred to as the Selected Alternative. The selected alternative includes one project-level amendment limited to the scope and scale of this project related to the designation of existing routes as system roads for administrative purposes in the Krassel Work Center and Reed Ranch Airstrip area. It also includes the decision to issue a Federal Roads and Trails Act easement to Valley County for 30.3 miles of the South Fork Salmon River Road (Forest Road 474/674).

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

The revised Environmental Assessment, Draft Decision Notice, and other project information are available for review at the project webpage at (link) and at the Krassel Ranger District 500 North Mission Street, Bldg 1, McCall, ID 83638. Hardcopy documents may be made available to interested parties upon request by calling 208-634-0600.

This project is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218 Subpart B. This project is not related to the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Act. The Intermountain Regional Forester is the reviewing officer. The objection filing period is expected to be December 19, 2019 through February 3, 2020.

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after designated opportunities. Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having previously submitted comments on the project (§ 218.7). Names and addresses of objectors will become part of the public record.

Incorporation of documents by reference in the objection is permitted only as provided for at § 218.8(b). Minimum content requirements of an objection are identified in § 218.8(d) include: Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available; with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request; identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request; name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located, and sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies which would resolve the objection. The objection must include a statement demonstrating the connection between prior specific written comments on this project and the content of the objection, unless the objection issue arose after the designated opportunities for comment.

Written objections, including any attachments, must be submitted within 45 days following the publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9). The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. We anticipate the legal notice will be published on December 18, 2019 and the official comment period would open the following day.

The Reviewing Officer is the Regional Forester. Send objections to the project website using the link in the right corner to “comment/object to project” or send to Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to: objections-intermtn-regional-office@fs.fed.us. Reference the project name “SFRAMP” in the subject line. It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9).

We appreciate your interest in the Payette National Forest and this project. If you have any questions regarding this project or objection period, please contact Anthony Botello, Krassel District Ranger at 208-634-0601.
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Idaho City District of the Boise National Forest Intends to Submit Grant Proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Idaho City, Idaho, December 20, 2019 — The Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to help trail and developed campsite improvements and maintenance.

The different applications will request funding through the Department’s Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV), and Recreational Vehicle (RV) programs.

* ORMV funds would provide necessary equipment and crew time to assist in the heavy trail maintenance and signing of approximately 16 miles of motorized trails # 289, 291 and 292.

* RV funds would be concentrated on improving Edna Creek Campground. The grant will fund the replacement of campground furniture and tent pads.

All grant proposals will improve visitor experiences. If received, implementation of the trails grant would begin in late summer and the RV grant would be implemented in the fall.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Everardo Santillan, Idaho City Ranger District, and P.O. Box 129, Idaho City, ID or by calling 208-392-6681.
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More access to public land blocked

Crouch residents upset about gates

Dec 18, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI

Crouch, Idaho — Ryan McFarland is an Idaho native who has been wandering the mountains near Crouch his entire life. Nine years ago he bought a second home here, and this year he was disappointed to find a gate blocking a road that provides access to large parcels of state and federal public land.

“I called the Boise National Forest and asked them what was going on and why they allowed gates to go up over a Forest Service road,” said McFarland. “They told me it was not a Forest Service road.”

McFarland made that call based on a map the Forest Service published in 2018. In 2019 the Forest Service issued a new map with an interesting revision. On the new map this road doesn’t exist.

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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Dogs and chocolate do not mix

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 20, 2019 IME

In December, dogs are more than twice as likely to scarf down a toxic dose of chocolate than at any other time of the year. This is probably because their human companions have stocked up on candies, cocoa and baking chocolate for gifts and treats. The harmful substances in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine. Cocoa powder contains the highest amount of caffeine and theobromine, followed by unsweetened baker’s chocolate, sweet chocolate and milk chocolate. White chocolate contains negligible amounts of methylxanthines and caffeine.

The most common clinical signs of chocolate toxicity are restlessness, hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased drinking and urination, and a rapid heart rate. Animals may begin pacing and are unable to sit still. They may pant and appear anxious. Hyperactivity may progress to tremors and seizures if large amounts of chocolate are ingested.

… For a dog, a deadly dose is about 100-200 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. That means that a 20-pound dog needs only 14 ounces of milk chocolate to kill it. About 3.5 ounces of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate could kill a 20-pound dog, and as little as one ounce of baker’s chocolate could end its life.

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USPS reports close calls between dogs, carriers

Dec 20, 2019 KIVI

Idaho — Southern Idaho Postal Carriers are reporting an increasing number of dog bites and close encounters with dogs as they deliver a growing number of packages to doors and porches this holiday season.

The injurious scenario is often the same; Postal carrier walks up to a house to deliver a package, customer opens the door, dog runs out the door and bites the carrier.

According to USPS District Manager Laura Hubrich, these dog attacks are preventable.

“If a carrier delivers a package or a certified letter to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door,” said Hubrich. “Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.”

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One dog killed, another injured in mountain lion attacks in Blaine County

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, December 17th 2019

Ketchum, Idaho (CBS2) — A dog was killed over the weekend by a mountain lion in Blaine County.

Another was injured in a separate and unrelated attack.

Idaho Fish and Game says a lion was in a fenced backyard in the small town of Gimlet on Sunday when the cougar killed the homeowner’s dog, a German shorthair. Conservation officers will try and trap and remove the mountain lion from the area.

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Cougar shot near Warm Springs Road

Lion involved in incident near Gimlet remains at large

Greg Moore Dec 20, 2019 IME

An Idaho Department of Fish and Game officer shot a mountain lion near Warm Springs Road on Wednesday morning after two residents reported that their dogs had been killed.

The attacks followed an attack by a cougar on a dog in southwest Ketchum on Saturday night, in which the dog survived but lost an eye, and a fatal attack on a dog Sunday night at a home near Gimlet Road south of Ketchum.

Fish and Game spokesman Terry Thompson said the department received a call Wednesday about 7 a.m. that a lion had just killed a dog that was behind a 6-foot solid fence in a yard on Bald Mountain Road. Thompson said the caller reported that another dog that had been in the yard had not been attacked. He said the caller said the lion had been seen jumping over the fence to leave the yard.

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2 Yellowstone wolf pups fatally hit by a vehicle

Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) – Two wolves from the Junction Butte Pack were fatally hit around sunset on the road between Tower Junction and the Northeast Entrance on Nov. 19 Yellowstone National Park announced in a release Wednesday.

A necropsy confirmed the black male and female pups died from a vehicle strike.

Yellowstone law enforcement officers are investigating the incident.

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Zoo Boise welcomes Henry the maned wolf

KTVB December 18, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Zoo Boise is celebrating their newest addition to the zoo: a male maned wolf named Henry.

The 6-year-old wolf was selected as a mate for Zoo Boise’s female maned wolf, Jamie. Henry was brought to Zoo Boise from the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado through the Maned Wolf Species Survival Program.

The conservation program is aimed at maintaining a healthy population of endangered or threatened species.

Maned wolves are native to South America, and bark or roar rather than howling like a gray wolf. They are omnivores, eating fruit and vegetables along with small mammals and insects.

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Annual land closure to begin in east Idaho to protect deer, elk and moose herds

by Ryan L Morrison Tuesday, December 17th 2019

… BLM closes the Egin-Hamer Area (in eastern Idaho) every year for the protection of wintering deer, elk and moose herds. The area’s temporary annual closure’s been in place for more than 20 years.

It designates nearly 500 square miles of land off-limits to human entry to allow herds to spend more time down on the desert outside of Rexburg – time during crucial portions of the late winter and early spring.

… “Occasionally, powered parachutes, helicopters and small planes have been sighted flying low over the closure area. While the air space over the seasonal closure is not restricted, pilots of all types are cautioned to not disturb wintering wildlife. If the machines are flying low enough to cause the wildlife to move away, then they are flying too low.”

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Wally the Moose tours Idaho to help with hunter education

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, December 19th 2019


Wally the Moose tours Idaho to help with hunter education. (Courtesy IDFG)

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Wally the Decoy Moose is touring Idaho to help Idaho Fish and Game educate hunters in certain areas.

A “whole bunch” of moose have been killed in the Idaho City-area lately, according to IDFG. At least seven in the last three years.

IDFG said all of these were mistaken identity cases and all seven cases were solved. Unfortunately, another moose died this fall, but the case is still open.

Eight dead moose in that short of time is unacceptable in a population that is already struggling. That’s where Wally comes in handy.

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Interior Department, states appeal sage grouse ruling

Idaho and Wyoming are appealing a ruling that halted a Trump administration plan.

Keith Ridler Associated Press December 18, 2019

Boise, Idaho — The Interior Department, Idaho and Wyoming are appealing a court ruling that halted a Trump administration plan to ease land-use restrictions in seven Western states that protect struggling sage grouse.

The notices filed Monday say the agency and states will seek a review by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of an October ruling temporarily preventing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from carrying out the plan.

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Fish & Game News:

Mountain lion attacks and kills two dogs in Warm Springs area of Ketchum

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Two dogs were killed in separate mountain lion attacks in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum.

Fish and Game officers in the Wood River Valley received two reports of separate fatal mountain lion attacks on dogs early Wednesday morning, Dec. 18. These were the third and fourth mountain lion attacks on dogs in the area over a period of five days, two of which took place over the prior weekend.

Upon investigation, officers found that a mountain lion attacked a dog in its fenced backyard where it received significant injuries from the attack. The dog survived, but had to be euthanized by a local veterinarian.

Shortly after the first report, Fish and Game officers were notified of a second dog that had been killed as a result of a mountain lion attack within blocks of the first incident.

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Here’s where Idaho’s ducks come from

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, December 16, 2019

Study identifies origins of dabbling ducks harvested in Pacific Flyway states

When temperatures fall in December and January, duck hunting in Idaho — particularly in the southwest part of the state — often heats up with the arrival of “northern birds.” But exactly where in the north are these birds coming from? Generally speaking, the likeliest answer for Idaho hunters is Alberta.

In a 2017 study, researchers at the University of Minnesota and the California Department of Water Resources shed some additional light on where dabbling ducks harvested in the Pacific Flyway originated. Using abundance, banding and harvest data from throughout the Pacific Flyway, as well as other important source areas in the neighboring Central Flyway, researchers were able to estimate where ducks came from and where they were harvested over the course of about 50 years, from 1966 to 2013.

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F&G Commission expands 2020 spring steelhead fishing season starting Jan. 1

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Fishing will reopen on the Clearwater and lower Snake rivers

Meeting by conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission reopened steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River and lower Snake River downstream of Couse Creek Boat Ramp, beginning on Jan. 1. Daily bag limit in those sections is limited to one adipose-clipped steelhead per day, none over 28 inches in length.

Anglers should note that the North Fork Clearwater River will be closed to steelhead fishing during the 2020 spring season. The South Fork of the Clearwater River will also reopen on Jan. 1, and all other season dates remain the same as what is printed 2019-21 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Video: Police dog hoards holiday toys

by Gary Detman Friday, December 20th 2019

Franklin, Mass. (CBS12) — Police officers in Massachusetts discovered that the case of the missing holiday toys turned out to be an inside job.

The department collected a classroom full of toys for the Santa Foundation.

Some of them mysteriously vanished.

But the mystery unraveled after officers spotted Ben Franklin, the department’s therapy dog, walking out of the classroom with a baby doll in its mouth.

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Decorating the Christmas tree was a real hoot for this Georgia family

by Leandra Bernstein Thursday, December 19th 2019


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Newnan, GA. (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — An unusual-looking ornament caught the attention of a family in Georgia when they realized there was a live owl living in their Christmas tree.

Katie McBride Newman posted to Facebook that she and her two children, India and Jack, found a live owl “roosting” in their Christmas tree.

… The family isn’t sure how long the creature was living in their Christmas tree. They bought the tree from a store two days after Thanksgiving, according to CNN. They discovered the owl almost two weeks later Dec. 12.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Idaho History Dec 22, 2019

The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News November 12, 1904

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Volume 1. Roosevelt, Idaho, November 12, 1904 Number 3

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Locals.

Our old friend Clyde Wilkason is working at the H. Y.

W. E. Dexter, of Chicago, has gone home for the winter.

There are a good many parties out hunting just now and venison is not hard to find.

M. S. Hicks, formerly of Challis and sheriff of Custer county, is employed at the Dewey mine.

Lawrence Phelan, Earnest Crampton, John Altham and Chas. Haney, all of Challis, were in town on election day.

R. D. Almond has completed this year’s work on some promising Ramie Ridge properties and is working at the Sunnyside for the winter.

S. A. Kimmel, of Elk Lick, Pa., and owner of the Little Nell group on Monumental, has gone home on a visit after six years spent in Idaho.

Bud Davis and M. B. Merritt returned the 6th inst. from ten day’s hunting. They each secured two large bucks and saw many mountain sheep, of which latter they could not get in good shooting distance.

We are informed on good authority that the dance given by the Ladies Club, on election evening, was a complete success; that there was an excellent supper, superb orchestra, and that all participating had an enjoyable time.

Queeney, Curtis & McGiveny have fifty head of beef they will butcher in about fifteen days, most, of which have already been taken under contract. They have a few more head, however, that they can supply. They will be in the market early next spring with a fine herd of three and four year old steers.
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Joe Bowers.

My name it is Joe Bowers, I have a brother Ike,
I came from old Missouri and all the way from Pike.
I’ll tell you why I left thar and why I came to roam
And leave my poor old mammy, so far away from home.

I used to court a gal thar, her name was Sally Black,
I axed her if she’d marry me, she said it was a whack;
Says she to me: Joe Bowers, before we hitch for life
You ought to get a little home, to keep your little wife.

Oh Sally, dearest Sally, Oh Sally, for your sake
I’ll go to California and try to raise a stake:
Says she to me: Joe Bowers, you are the man to win,
Here’s a kiss to bind the bargain, and she hove a bozen in.

When I got to that country I haden’t “nary red”
I had such woolfish feelings I wished myself most dead.
But the thoughts of poor, dear Sally soon made them feelings git
And whispered hopes to Bowers, I wish I had ’em yet.

At length I went to mining, put in my biggest licks
Went down upon the boulders just like a thousand bricks
I worked both late and early, in rain and sun and snow;
I was working for my Sally, ’twas all the same to Joe.

At length I got a letter from my dear brother Ike
It came from old Missouri and all the way from Pike,
It brought to me the darndest news that ever you did hear,
My heart is almost broken, do pray excuse this tear.

It said that Sal was false to me, her love for me had fled,
She’d got married to a butcher, the butcher’s hair was red;
And more than that the letter said: Its enough to make me swear
That Sally had a baby, the baby had red hair.

Now, I’ve told you all about this sad affair
‘Bout Sally’s marrying a butcher, that butcher with red hair,
But whether ’twas a boy or girl the letter never, said,
It only said the baby’s hair was inclined to be red.
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The Sour Dough Can

A Modern Essay.

A pupil in a village school who had been requested to write an essay on the human body handed in the following: “The human body consists of the head, (thorax abdomen and legs. The head contains the brains in case there are any. The thorax contains the heart and lungs also the liver and lights. The abdomen contains the bowels, of which there are five – a, e, i, o, and u, and sometimes w and y. The legs extend from the abdomen to the floor and have hinges at the top and middle to enable a fellow to sit when he is standing or stand when he is sitting.

It Came Too Late.

The editor stood at the beautiful gate with all of his sins and his patches. Not long did he linger, not long did he wait, for they gave him a handful of matches, and tapped on a bell that was answered in – well, in place of the sulphurous crater – and the next moment found himself in it – the fast going elevator. It landed him straightway in furnace thirteen close by a political briber, when lo, through the halo of brimstone was seen the old delinquent subscriber. And vainly he tried his emotions to hide: I would that his face I could show you, as he drew a huge cart to the editor’s side saying, “Friend, here’s that cordwood I owe you.”

He Swore at Death’s Door.

Horace Greeley was one of the most profane men that ever lived, says the New York Press. Cursing was second nature to him. He even called himself names that would cause a duel in the South if applied to friend or enemy. When he realized that he was dying he said aloud: “Well, the devil has you at last, you — old —.” A week after the funeral his daughter, Miss Gabrielle Greeley, wrote to Whitelaw Reid, the young editor in the Tall Tower Tribune, to know what were the last words of her father. Reid wrote: “Your dear father’s last words were, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” That is one case on record where ignorance proved to be unconditional bliss.

The Plain Truth.

(From the Tribune, Meridian, Idaho.)

“The merchant who won’t advertise in his home paper or subscribe a dollar toward an enterprise that will build up his community and is bound to double his business, ought not to receive any patronage from public spirited citizens. They should give his store a wide berth and give their trade to men who are up-to date, who are alive to the interests of the town and country and who are doing all in their power, financially and personally, to promote the welfare of the locality in which they live.”

Right you are Brother Reynolds, but here in the Thunder Mountain country we, thus far, have no complaint to make. See how our merchants advertise in THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN NEWS.

“He Pants for Fame.”

A boy in a Kansas school has been suspended for reading the following essay on “Pants:”

“Pants are made for men, and not men for pants. Women are made for men and not for pants. When a man pants for a woman and a woman pants for a man they are a pair of pants. Such pants don’t last. Pants are like molasses; they are thinner in hot weather and thicker in cold. The man in the moon changes his pants during the eclipse. Don’t you go to the pantry for pants; you might be mistaken. Men are often mistaken in pants. Such mistakes often make breeches of promise. There has been much discussion as to whether pants is singular or plural. Seems to me when men wear pants they are plural and when they don’t wear pants it is singular. Men go on a tear in their pants, and it is all right, but when the pants go on a tear it is all wrong.”
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Montpelier Examiner, November 11, 1904

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The Thunder Mountain News

The Thunder Mountain News is the name of the paper now published at Roosevelt by Clarence Eddy and Samuel Hunt. It is a 12 page weekly, and in the first issue Mr. Eddy, who has been styled the “poet miner,” gave his imagination full play in his word pointing of that great mineral region.

“Peerless Thunder Mountain, enthroned among a thousand peaks, snow covered and sylvan clad it stands alone and thundering bespeaks it monarch of the mountain lands,” is the way Mr. Eddy heads up his first page. He reviews the big mines of the camp, describing with sweeping but truthful strokes the immense treasures which recent development work has uncovered. The supposed origin of the mammoth ore bodies is treated in poetic style and the commercial, physical, social and climatic conditions of the region are detailed eloquently.

The first issue contained many quaint advertisements and comic local items. Among the former is a display ad of a saloon which reads:

“A bracer before breakfast, during or between meals, before or after bed time. Best old bug juice, ‘juice of giant powder’ and fresh home made whiskies a specialty.” Another saloon advertisement runs in doggrell as follows:

The packers’ rest
In the wooly west
Is at the town of Randall.
Of gins and beer and
Bug juice here
None but the best we handle.
Come, drop your tools
And leave your wagon,
Unhitch your mules
Get a jag on”

The following “locals” may startle outside readers:

“Five wagon loads of booze and a brand new piano have arrived at the Blank amusement hall. Contracts for the Y.M.C.A. building are in abeyance.”

“Sam Gilliam is getting in a winter’s supply of liquors. Cayenne pepper, fnsil oil [*], boxing gloves and tobacco form no component part of the goods sold by Sam.”

“Hay is about $200 per ton, but Queeney & Curtis, the Roosevelt liverymen, are still in the ring.”

“Some one, evidently a freighter, screwed the lock off Bill Thompson’s cabin on Mule creek recently, stole a money wrench and ‘screwed his nut.’”

“Some women of Roosevelt who persist in wearing pants would look more symmetrical by first removing their petticoats. Don’t store excess raiment in the seat of your trousers.”

All of the local news, however, is not of that character, as there is much valuable information concerning mining properties of the district.

source: ID AHGP [h/t SMc]

[*] Fnsil, or Fusel oils are mixtures of several alcohols (chiefly amyl alcohol) produced as a by-product of alcoholic fermentation.[1] The word Fusel is German for “bad liquor”.
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Smith Ferry.
Lots of Freight Coming up – Man Severely Injured.

Long Valley Advocate, December 15, 1904

The river at the Ferry is froze up and a few more cold nights will make it safe for teams to cross on the ice, as it is the ice is cut each morning and the ford is in good shape. Roads are froze up hard, and very rough as far as Squaw hill, but we are told that from there on to Boise city road was never better.

J. McNish of Emmett has a crew of men here numbering about 30 getting out logs for his new mill at Emmett. They have been working since Sept. 1, and expect to bank 4,000,000 feet for next spring run. They have had very favorable weather for such work and are all ready for snow now.

There has been something like 35,000 pounds of freight passed here in the last ten days for Roosevelt, and teamsters report sleighing good from Knox to Roosevelt.

F. A. Noland of Vanwyck passed the Ferry on the 5th inst, on his way to Boise with four 4-horse teams for merchandise for Vanwyck.

Harley McConnel of this place got badly hurt Sunday, the 4th inst., while repairing Bell telephone by falling from one of the poles.

Long Valley Advocate December 15, 1904 pg 8 [h/t ID AHGP]
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Link: Thunder Mountain / Roosevelt History index page

Link: Public folder with images of the old newspapers

page updated Feb 28, 2020

Road Reports Dec 22, 2019

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have a thin icy snow cover – slick in the shade. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reported no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Friday (Dec 20) local plow truck went out as far as Warm Lake, reports the road is good from this end until Caton Creek then icy and really slick by Reed Ranch. Warm and water running, will be really icy when it freezes up.
Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reports the road is good, a small amount of snow, patchy snow floor and ice in the shade.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Friday (Dec 20) local plow truck went out and reports the lower part of the EFSF road is really slick.
Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) said the road was good.

Johnson Creek Road: Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles, Warm Lake summit not plowed. Lower Johnson Creek: the snow has improved the drive to the dump, filling in the worst pot holes.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
New Report from December 14-15, 2019
L&I spent last weekend in Big Creek. We drove to YP & took the tracked ATVs from there to Big Creek. Driving to YP from Cascade all the roads were snow packed (including the East Fork Road). If we had prior knowledge of the road status from Wapita to the mouth of Profile Creek we would have ridden snowmobiles from Warm Lake to Big Creek. However the section from Wapita to Profile Creek has just the minimum amount of snow & could easily become unusable for snowmobiles.
There is the alternative of avoiding the Wapita to Profile section by using the old Thunder Mountain Road (takes off about 1 mile south of Wapita) to Stibnite & then down to the Profile Road via the East Fork Road from Stibnite. Currently that could be a challenging ride because it includes several miles of high elevation (above 8000 feet) riding. As a comparison, on Sunday L&I attempted to go from Big Creek to Elk Summit & as we approached the 8000′ elevation we encountered 5-6 feet of dry powder (bottomless) that could be a challenge – it certainly stopped L&I on our tracked ATVs. Profile gap (~7700′) was no problem because all the recent traffic had set up a pretty good base.
For some info on conditions in the back country this last weekend the following is a linkto a short video:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Most likely closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Weather Reports Dec 15-22, 2019

Dec 15 Weather:

At 10am it was 13 degrees, mostly cloudy with increasing clear patches. Larger patches of clear sky at 1pm. At 330pm it was 26 degrees and nearly overcast, small patch of broken clouds to the south. At 540pm it was 23 degrees, snowing long enough for a trace to accumulate and low overcast. Didn’t appear to be snowing at 630pm. It was snowing lightly at 1020pm. Cloudy and not snowing at 1130pm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 16, 2019 at 10:00AM
Clear and cold
Max temperature 26 degrees F
Min temperature 1 degrees F
At observation 2 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 3 inch
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Dec 16 Weather:

At 10am it was 2 degrees and clear. At 1230pm it was 18 degrees and sunny. At 230pm it was 24 degrees and clear. At 530pm it was 11 degrees and appeared clear. At 940pm it was 7 degrees. At 11pm it wa 6 degrees, almost clear – some very thin high haze blocking dim stars. Bright moon w/halo at 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 17, 2019 at 10:00AM
High thin overcast
Max temperature 26 degrees F
Min temperature -1 degrees F
At observation 5 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 3 inch (est.)
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Dec 17 Weather:

At 10am it was 5 degrees and high thin overcast. Overcast and cold at noon. At 3pm it was 26 degrees and overcast. At 530pm it was 17 degrees and appeared to be overcast. A few stars out at 11pm. At 6am it was 9 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 18, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 26 degrees F
Min temperature 5 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 18 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 3 inch (est.)
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Dec 18 Weather:

At 6am it was 9 degrees. At 10am it was 18 degrees and overcast. At 1220pm it was 29 degrees and mostly cloudy. Bigger breaks in the clouds 2pm. At 340pm it was 27 degrees and partly cloudy. At 540pm it was 22 degrees and appears to be mostly cloudy. At 11pm it looked cloudy. Not snowing yet at 2am. Snow early morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 19, 2019 at 10:00AM
Low overcast, light snowfall
Max temperature 35 degrees F
Min temperature 18 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 29 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
Snowfall 1/2 inch
Snow depth 3 inch (est.)
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Dec 19 Weather:

At 10am it was 29 degrees, low overcast (ridges socked in) and fine light snow falling. At 1240pm thinner clouds, filtered sun and still flaking snow. Snow stopped some time around 2pm, trace accumulation and melting. At 345pm it was 36 degrees, breezy, gray overcast and a few flakes of snow. At 535pm it was 34 degrees, overcast, breezy and a few flakes of snow. Around 8pm there was a skiff of new snow. Rain before sunrise.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 20, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast, breezy
Max temperature 37 degrees F
Min temperature 29 degrees F
At observation 34 degrees F
Precipitation 0.08 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 3 inch (est.)
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Dec 20 Weather:

At 10am it was 34 degrees, overcast and breezy. Cloudy at noon. At 350pm it was 28 degrees, dark overcast and breezy. At 540pm it was 36 degrees, calmer and looked overcast. At 1030pm it looked cloudy and calm. Flags flapping breezy at 2am. Hard wind gusts between 730am and 930am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 21, 2019 at 10:00AM
Overcast and gusty winds
Max temperature 44 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 3 inch (est.)
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Dec 21 Weather:

At 10am it was 42 degrees, overcast and gusty winds. Cloudy and lighter breezes at noon. Really gusty around 2pm. At 330pm it was 42 degrees, overcast and lighter breezes. At 530pm it was 36 degrees, overcast and almost calm. At 10pm it was 32 degrees, freezing up and slick. At 2am cloudy and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 22, 2019 at 10:00AM
Mostly high thin clouds
Max temperature 49 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 28 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 2 inch
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