Dec 1, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 1, 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)

Local Events:

Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm

Potluck with turkey provided. We may have a Bingo game afterward.

Village News:

Lost Dog

Don Waller (down on the South Fork near the McClain ranch) is missing his dog Able. Someone saw a dog that appeared lost fitting Abel’s description near Warren about a week ago but the dog wouldn’t get in with them. If you see Able, give Don a call (208) 636-2020.

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Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving at the Tavern. A special treat this year Prime Rib provided by Cory and Annie. As well as our Turkey provided by the Tavern. Pies and side dishes by our usual great Yellow Pine cooks.

linkto FB photo gallery:
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Boil Water Advisory Lifted Nov 22

Good news! We have received a noticed that the boil order has been lifted. (More info under YPWUA News below.)
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South Fork Ice Flow

Folks need to be aware of dangerous road conditions about half way out the South Fork. Water has been running down the middle of the road this fall, eroding the pavement and freezing into a thick layer of ice right up to the edge along the river side. Folks have said that low clearance cars may have trouble with the deep rut and ice.

There have been 2 slide-offs and a few near wrecks reported this month.

photo courtesy Nancy Bellman – November 10th

Kelly Collins posted on FB around 1130pm Nov 17th in response to the photo above: I [saw] this pickup when it was upside down in the river. There is a thick stretch of ice right there, it kinda sneaks up on you. I also pulled two guys from Washington with a Dodge 1-ton with a cargo trailer out from that same spot about 4 days ago.
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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 Saturday (Nov 23) the dump is very full. Others have reported the road is developing some pot holes to dodge.

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

Local Groups:


Boil Water Advisory Lifted November 22, 2019

With the sharp reduction in water demand due to the repair of the large pipeline leak and the successful cleaning of Filter #1, water production now exceeds demand. The flow restriction orifices are installed in each filter as is required, and both turbidity and chlorine residual values remain acceptable.

The combination of all of these factors has resulted in the restoration of sufficient treatment and as a result the Boil Advisory can now be lifted.

A few things to note:

1. As Boulder Creek water temperatures drop with winter conditions, chlorine dosing has to increase to maintain proper ratios. As usual, I will regularly provide a chlorine residual “target” value that corresponds with changes in water temperature. Maintaining the correct residual will be critical in order to avoid “Treatment Technique” violations with DEQ and the resulting required public notification.

2. Upon my last visit I observed the flow meter malfunctioning. It’s operation was intermittent and replacement of the meter should be considered.

3. A new Micro Switch for control of the chlorine dosing pump has been ordered and I plan to install it on the next regular visit.

4. Modification of the filter output piping and valving is planned for January. I will create and submit a drawing to DEQ for approval and once approved, the work can be completed. This modification will allow for “filter to waste” operation as is required after filter cleaning or maintenance. Currently no provision for filter to waste exists. Cost for fittings and valves is estimated at $350

5. Filter #2 should be cleaned and I’ve schedule that cleaning for mid January after filter to waste plumbing work is completed

6. Securement of the Boulder Creek “overflow culvert” needs to be completed. Please advise as to availability of the donated cable and clamps. Work needs to be completed before winter conditions set in so that the culvert is in place and secure for spring runoff.
– Warren Drake

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

Cemetery – Tim Rogers: Marge Fields is researching the history of the log cabin now located at the cemetery, but formerly was in the center of the Yellow Pine village. A plaque will be placed at the cabin. The previous information sign showing names and locations of deceased buried in the cemetery will be repaired this winter and placed next year.

Road & Ditch Committee has been created. Clayton Egbert, Chairman. Tim Rogers and Tom Lanham have volunteered. This group and will need more volunteers.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link to: 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 to: 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

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 @ or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Holiday Closure Dec 7 thru Feb 21
Hours open 8am to close
Full breakfast served starting at 8am with special arrangement for earlier breakfast as needed. 92 Octane non ethanol gas available, cubed ice, beer, pop and water sold by the 6 and 12 pack, snacks, ice cream and many supplies available. Burgers and Pizza, Beer and Wine on the evening menu. Football and other sports available on our TV. Wi Fi, Verizon phone service and information available.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
It’s official starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!
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Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
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Deadwood Outfitters
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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

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 (Nov 25) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light frost this morning. Raven calling to the south west, chickadee calling from the forest, jays, nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and clark’s nutcrackers visiting. Quiet morning. Overcast and a few flakes of snow falling at noon. Light snow and cold gusty breezes on and off in the afternoon, mostly cloudy, high of 34 degrees. At dark it was mostly cloudy and calmer. Cloudy before midnight. Light dusting of snow fell before sunrise.

Tuesday (Nov 26) overnight low of 17 degrees, light dusting of snow on the ground and overcast sky this morning. Raven flying over the village and calling, lots of red-breasted nuthatches and a few jays visiting. Breaks in the clouds after lunch time. Quiet cold day. Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 30 degrees. Cold and cloudy at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Gusty breezes after midnight. Skiff of snow fell early morning.

Wednesday (Nov 27) overnight low of 20 degrees, light dusting of snow on the ground and overcast sky again this morning. Jays, nutcrackers, nuthatches and a female cassins finch visiting. Patches of blue sky between the clouds at lunch time. Mail truck (Ray) was a bit late today, he said Cascade got more snow than Landmark. Mostly cloudy with cold gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 36 degrees. Below freezing by dark, hazy flat sky. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 28) Happy Thanksgiving. Overnight low of 14 degrees, clear sky and a little frost this morning. The wild birds are enjoying a “feast” of seeds, corn and suet, a little mountain chickadee showed up to join in with the flock of red-breasted nuthatches. Thin high haze to the south at lunch time and weak sunshine. Made it above freezing by mid-afternoon and partly cloudy, high of 34 degrees. Sun down behind the ridge just before 4pm today. Partly cloudy at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight. Snow fell early morning.

Friday (Nov 29) overnight low of 12 degrees, overcast and snowing this morning, an inch by 10am and still snowing. Mostly red-breasted nuthatches and a solitary jay visiting. Light snow fall and thinner clouds at lunch time, but mountains still socked in. Snow stopped and clouds lifted early afternoon. Chilly, overcast and light cold breezes mid-afternoon, high of 29 degrees. Overcast at dusk. Lightly snowing after dark, still snowing lightly at midnight.

Saturday (Nov 30) overnight low around 20 degrees, mostly cloudy with growing clear patches this morning, 3/4″ new snow and 1.5″ total snow on the board. This has been the driest Nov in 10 years of record keeping, and the 2nd driest month of 2019 (July had a hair less, August a hair more.) Mountain chickadee, female hairy woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatches, jays and clark’s nutcracker visiting. Breaks in the clouds and filtered sunshine at lunch time. Partly cloudy mid-afternoon and cold breezes, high of 33 degrees. Sun behind the ridge by 340pm. Appeared to be mostly clear at dark, thin crescent moon low to the southwest. Lots of stars out before midnight. Increasing clouds during the night.

Sunday (Dec 1) overnight low of 7 degrees, socked in and steady snow this morning before sunrise, then clouds lifting and lighter snow at sunrise, and light breeze. Nuthatches, jays and nutcrackers visiting, raven flying and calling. Break in the snow until noon, then steady snow and socked in down to the valley floor. Still snowing mid-afternoon, high of 28 degrees, measured 1 7/8″ new snow since this morning, 3″ total on the board. Still snowing at dark.


Budd Kehne

Budd L. Kehne, 96, of Eagle (and Yellow Pine), died Monday, November 25, 2019. Survived by wife Jerralyn (Jeri). Funeral Home: Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell

Idaho News:

Officials warn of hazardous driving conditions in Boise County after car crash blocks parts of Highway 55

Boise County is currently under a winter weather advisory.

KTVB December 1, 2019

Boise City, Idaho — A multi-vehicle crash is blocking northbound lanes of Highway 55 in Boise County and officials are warning drivers of hazardous road conditions throughout the county due to winter weather.

According to Boise County Emergency Management, the crash happened at mile marker 57.5 and traffic is being diverted around the crash.

Officials did not state exactly how many cars were involved in the crash or if anyone was seriously injured.

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Boise man dies in snowy Idaho 55 crash

KTVB November 26, 2019

Donnelly, Idaho — One man is dead after police say he lost control on a snow-covered highway north of Donnelly Monday evening.

The wreck happened just before 8 p.m. on Idaho 55.

According to Idaho State Police, 27-year-old Kenneth Fourtner of Boise was headed north when he tried to pass a vehicle in front of him.

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Valley County recycling

Lori Hunter, Valley County Planning & Zoning Dept. Nov 26, 2019

The Valley County recycling guidelines have been updated, with additions! This version has been updated after receiving input from Commissioner Bingaman, Lakeshore Disposal, and the buyer of our recycled materials.

Please note – no plastic bags in recycling bins.

Recycling Guidelines

Updated November 2019

• There is no garbage collection at the recycling locations.
• Do not leave garbage, “Free” items or other non-recyclable items.
• Do not place bags containing recyclables in the bins. Remove the items from the bags. Currently Ridley’s, Albertsons and McPaws accept grocery bags.

Items Accepted for Recycle

– Corrugated Cardboard – Flattened/broken down corrugated cardboard. No wax coated boxes, egg cartons, chipboard or paperboard(These go to Mixed Paper).
– Mixed Paper – Includes printer paper, magazines, newspaper and packing paper. Also includes junk mail, neon paper and chipboard (such as cereal boxes.) No shredded paper and no food-contaminated items.
– Plastic – Includes #1 – #7 plastics mixed together. No plastic films such as garbage bags or grocery bags. Also no buckets, PVC pipe or other similar large items will be accepted. Containers need to be rinsed and free of food and chemical residue.
– Aluminum Cans – Only aluminum cans are accepted in the aluminum bins. No other forms of aluminum are accepted. Remove the cans from bags.
– Tin – Clean steel cans only in tin compartment. EMPTY aerosol cans are acceptable. No aluminum, scrap metal or bags.

• Contaminated bins may be disposed of as garbage. Please be aware of these guidelines and what you are placing in the bins to prevent this from happening. Your cooperation is appreciated and will contribute to the continuation of the recycling program in Valley County.
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Cascade, McCall DMV offices to be closed for training

The Star-News November 27, 2019

The Division of Motor Vehicle office in Cascade will be closed for Idaho State Tax Commission training next Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

The DMV office in McCall will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 9:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. for the same training.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is located at 219 N. Main St. in Cascade and at 475 E. Deinhard Lane, Suite 106, in McCall. Normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cascade and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McCall.

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Childhood friend 3D prints prosthetic arm for McCall man

A University of Idaho student made a prosthetic arm using a 3D printer for a childhood friend after he lost half of his left arm in a car accident.

Joey Prechtl November 29, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Losing a limb can be a traumatizing event, a person must re-learn how to live life with something they may have thought they’d never lose.

Alex Montes from McCall lost his left arm in a car accident in 2018. He was driving on Highway 55 from McCall to Boise, when he fell asleep at the wheel. Montes said he had his arm hanging out the window and the car flipped over onto it, causing him to lose it.

Montes told KTVB he didn’t get a prosthetic arm because he doesn’t have health insurance, and he couldn’t afford the out of pocket cost for one. He said a basic prosthetic would run him around $10,000.

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Tamarack opening beginner area this weekend for skiers and boarders

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, November 29th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Tamarack Resort is opening the beginner area Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for skiers and snowboarders.

The lift started turning Friday with several hundred people coming out to get some early season turns.

It has been snowing softly all day with one inch accumulating since early Friday morning.


Mining News:

Midas: Cyanide leaching would be contained

Closed system would extract gold, silver, from slurry

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

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News November 27, 2019

Gold and silver particles would be dissolved by cyanide in large tanks of water, leaving only rock as if it were coffee grounds leftover after brewing a hot pot of coffee, according to Midas Gold’s operating plan for its proposed mine near Yellow Pine.

After being freed from within rock during oxidation, gold and silver particles mixed with rock would be pumped into the vat leaching circuit at a continuous rate of about 3,000 tons per day.

The circuit would consist of a series of seven steel tanks filled with a diluted mixture of sodium cyanide and water being circulated through each tank.

The cylindrical tanks would average about 50 feet in diameter and 30 feet tall with a capacity of about 440,000 gallons.

Slurry would be pumped into the first tank in the series and begin working its way to the final tank. Each tank would be connected by screens that allow particles to pass through.

As the slurry moves through the circuit, sodium cyanide would dissolve gold and silver from the slurry and into the water solution in the tanks. The solution would contain about 0.3% cyanide.

Tanks toward the end of the circuit would be stocked with granular activated carbon, which attracts and absorbs dissolved gold and silver particles.

The carbon would regularly be transferred up the tank gradient to remove dissolved gold and silver lingering in tanks at the beginning of the circuit.

Once the fully-loaded carbon reaches the first tank, it would be removed from the circuit for the next step of the process, gold and silver recovery. The removed carbon would then be replaced with new carbon in the last tank, or most down-gradient tank, in the circuit.

Slurry would spend about 12 hours in the leach circuit until all the gold and silver particles are dissolved and removed through carbon absorption.

Rock slurry would be left behind in the tanks just like coffee grounds in a filter. It would then be neutralized, thickened and pumped to the on-site, lined tailings storage facility.

The leaching circuit would use about 10 tons of sodium cyanide per day, or about 50,000 tons over the expected 12-year to 15-year life of the mine.

Cyanide would be shipped to Stibnite in briquette form in double-walled and sealed tanker trucks to reduce the risk of a spill in an accident.

Large concrete walls capable of holding 10% more than the contents of the largest of the seven tanks would be built around the circuit in case of a spill.

A digital monitoring system would also make sure that the circuit remains at safe operating conditions, according to the Midas Gold operating plan.

Cyanide History

Cyanide has commonly been used to extract gold from rock since the late 1800s, including during previous mining operations at Stibnite.

However, the closed circuit, vat cyanide leaching proposed by Midas Gold is different than open heap leaching techniques used at Stibnite as recently as then 1980s and 1990s by Hecla Mining Company and Canadian Superior Mining.

Heap leaching involves piling hundreds of thousands of tons of ore onto a liner and then initiating a cyanide drip system to percolate through the heap and dissolve gold and silver particles.

A collection basin at the bottom of the heap would collect the cyanide solution for processing to remove the gold and silver.

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

Public Lands:

Payette, Boise forests now selling Christmas tree permits

The Star-News November 27, 2019

Christmas tree permits for the Boise and Payette national forests are now on sale at vendor locations and at Forest Service offices.

Cost is $10 per tree. Each permit will allow one tree to be cut, with a limit of three per family. Maximum height for a tree is 12 feet.

Forest offices will provide information on where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips.

Fourth-graders can also pick up a free Christmas tree permit as part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” program by completing a voucher online and bringing it into a Forest Service office.

Fourth-graders cannot receive their free permits from commercial vendors, electronically or through the mail. The voucher is available at (link).

Those heading out to cut trees are encouraged to check road conditions before leaving, as Forest Service roads are not plowed.

Tree cutters are also encouraged to bring the proper tools, such as a saw, a shovel and a red or orange flag. Trees should be cut to within 6 inches of the ground.

Vehicles carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate must display a red or orange flag tied to the end of the load as a warning to other drivers.

Christmas tree permits will be available at the following locations:

• McCall Ranger District Office, 102 W. Lake St., McCall.
• Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 500 N. Mission St., McCall.
• Cascade Ranger District, 540 N. Main St., Cascade.
• New Meadows Ranger District Office, 3674 U.S. 95, Cascade.
• Albertsons, 132 E. Lake St., McCall.
• C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane, New Meadows.

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Little Red Goose Forest Resilience Project – Decision Memo signed

McCall, Id., November 19, 2019 – Tawnya Brummett, the Acting Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest, signed the decision memo today for the Little Red Goose Forest Resilience Project on the New Meadows Ranger District.

This project area is roughly 8,800 acres in the Little Salmon River subbasin in Upper Goose Creek, Sixmile Creek, and Lower Goose Creek between McCall and New Meadows, and is visible from Highway 55, Highway 95 and Brundage Ski Resort. The area has been heavily impacted by Douglas fir tussock moth as evidenced by the large areas of red needled trees this summer and fall.

According to a recent USDA Forest Health and Protection report, this area is also being impacted by the western spruce budworm, Balsam woolly adelgid, mistletoe, and root and butt rots which is compounding the effect on trees in the area.

This decision authorizes treatments on up to 3,000 acres identified within the larger 8,800-acre area, and includes commercial thinning, non-commercial thinning, commercial firewood removal, slash treatments (lop and scatter or pile burning), and broadcast prescribed burning. Hazard tree removal in Last Chance Campground as well as commercial treatments west of FSR 453 could begin as early as January 2020.

“[Little Red Goose] is an excellent example of how we can quickly respond to our changing forest conditions, and the importance of engaging with our communities and local officials to address insect and disease issues that have the potential to affect a much larger area,” says Brummett in her decision. “Much like wildfire, insects and disease do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries, and managing the National Forest to increase its resiliency to such disturbances is critical to being good stewards of the land and responsible neighbors.”

The project is categorically excluded from documentation in an EA or EIS because it fits within the Insect and Disease Infestation category authorized by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, specifically section 603 (16 U.S.C6591b)(FSH1909.15, 32.3(3)). This project adheres to the specifications of that authority.

More information about the project can be found on the Little Red Goose project webpage at: (link) or you can contact Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger at 208-347-0301.
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Winter logging operations may affect some snowmobile routes within the Emmett Ranger District

Crouch, Idaho, November 26, 2019 — This winter, some Emmett Ranger District snowmobile routes within Boise County may be affected by logging activities in an effort to respond to the recent tussock moth outbreak.

The West Scriver timber sale is ongoing, adjacent to National Forest System roads 693 and 696. The Boise National Forest has authorized winter logging along these routes through January 15, 2020 to remove dead and dying trees.

Logging activities are operating Monday through Friday. Visitors should proceed with caution since they may encounter heavy logging truck traffic. Signs are posted where active logging operations are occurring. “We want to provide as much notice as possible,” said Katie Wood, Emmett District Ranger. “There is a chance that harvest dates or timber operations may change and if so, we will get the word out so forest visitors can plan accordingly.”

The Emmett Ranger District has experienced numerous tussock moth outbreaks over the last few years. Options for control are somewhat limited over large areas. Dry sites, ridges and dense stands tend to have more damage because trees have less water to recover from feeding damage.

Multiple efforts are being planned in future years to improve the health and resilience of the forest including timber harvests, prescribed burns and tree plantings.
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E-Bikes welcome on ‘motorized use’ Forest Service trails, roads

Ogden, Utah, Nov. 20, 2019 – Electric bicycles, known commonly as e-bikes, have grown in popularity for both recreational use and hunting on public lands and are currently welcome on roads and trails where motorized vehicle travel is authorized throughout the Intermountain Region’s 12 national forests and Curlew National Grassland.

The USDA Forest Service considers e-bikes as motorized vehicles and therefore does not allow their use on non-motorized National Forest System roads and trails.

The Forest Service encourages e-bike riders to consult their local National Forest or Grassland’s motor vehicle use map to ensure they’re riding on an approved motorized-use roads or trails and to exercise caution when traveling among other motor vehicles.

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

The Forest Service Intermountain Region includes 12 national forests in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming with small portions in California and Colorado and 47,790 acres of National Grassland In Idaho. These public lands provide timber for people, forage for cattle and wildlife, habitat for fish, plants and animals, and some of the best recreational opportunities in the country.

Letter to Share:

Community to Thank for Wildlife Rescue’s Success

November 26, 2019 Bonner County Daily Bee

It has been another successful year at Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue and we have the community to thank. None of this could be done without your help.

Mystic Farm is a non-profit, 501(c)3. We operate 100% on donations, grants, and volunteers. You are the backbone of the rescue. Because of you, there are many happy, healthy, and thriving fawns living their second chance at life in the wild. Thank you to the following: Safeway for the supplemental produce, Mountain Sky for the continued printing donations, The Bonner County Daily Bee for getting the word out regarding “don’t be a fawn napper,” Blue Sky for their community calendar, Community Assistance League for supporting us with a grant to help with predator control fencing improvement, Winter Ridge for the “Bags for Change” program, Dr. Marvalee Higgins at Fry Creek Veterinarian Clinic, Officers Josh, Matt and Rob at Idaho Department of Fish and Game, all the great “fawn warrior” volunteers who hauled produce and donated apples, those volunteers that were there with a second set of hands when needed (too many to mention), Sandpoint Furniture for selling the fabulous handmade Mystic Farm candles, all who purchased Mystic Farm candles and swag, those whom have generously donated cash and in-kind so we can keep the rescue up and running, and to everyone reading this that may have given us a word of support or a wave and thumbs up when you see the Mystic Farm truck driving by. We are truly blessed with this community.

Thank you — and the fawns thank you.
Dory Mcisaac

Critter News:

9 Thanksgiving foods that will make your dog sick

If you care about your dog’s health, think twice before feeding them off of your Thanksgiving plate.

Suzanne Nuyen November 25, 2019

It can be tempting to feed your dog a little bit off of your Thanksgiving plate, especially if you have a pet that’s prone to begging for food at the table. If you’re going to give your dog a Thanksgiving treat, make sure you’re not feeding them anything that will send them to the hospital. These popular Thanksgiving foods are a no-no for your pets.

Turkey skin and bones

Dogs love gnawing on bones, but if they swallow one it might cause problems. Poultry bones can splinter off in the esophagus or intestines and require surgery to remove. The fattier turkey skin can cause gastrointestinal distress and even life threatening inflammation in the pancreas.

Turkey twine
Corn on the cob
Garlic and Onions
Gravy and trimmings
Bread dough

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Wolf News Roundup

11/23/2019 By Cat Urbigkit Pinedale Online

Western Wyoming’s wolf hunting season opened Sept. 1st. Six of the trophy wolf hunt areas have had their quotas reached, so those areas are now closed. Of the total quota of 35 wolves available for legal harvest in the state’s wolf trophy zone, 25 wolves have been killed by hunters as of Nov. 21. An additional 22 wolves have been killed so far this year in the remainder of Wyoming, where wolves are classified as predators.

In the early 1990s, biologists attempted a reintroduction of endangered red wolves to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a failed program that was quickly ended once the endangered red wolves failed to raise pups. Although the reintroduced wolves reproduced, all of the estimated 40 pups died of parvo.

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Sockeye salmon run falters, but Idaho officials optimistic

Nov 26, 2019 By Associated Press

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Boise, Idaho — Fisheries managers are optimistic a program to save imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon is heading in the right direction despite few of the ocean-going fish making it back to central Idaho this year.

Of the 730,000 young sockeye released in Idaho 2017, only 17 survived the 900-mile (1,400-kilometer) journey to the Pacific Ocean and then back again to arrive as adults in the Sawtooth Basin near Stanley.

But John Powell of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said late last week that fish raised to adults in hatcheries will keep the population going. Biologists also released 610 adults into central Idaho lakes this fall to spawn naturally.

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Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

by Keith Ridler Associated Press November 29th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho utility will voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving relicensing of the company’s hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce.

Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court says the EPA in response to the lawsuit has approved allowing warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex on the Idaho-Oregon border.

The National Marines Fisheries Service says the change is not likely to jeopardize salmon or their critical habitat.

Idaho Power says allowing warmer water below the dams could reduce the cost of electricity and save customers up to $100 million over 50 years.

The company says the Hells Canyon Complex generates about 70% of its hydroelectric power supplied to customers.


Fish & Game News:

2020 nonresident deer and elk tags go on sale Dec. 1

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, November 25, 2019

Nonresident hunters can buy 2020 hunting license and deer and elk tags starting Dec. 1, except Sawtooth Zone elk tags, which go on sale May 11.

Pioneer Zone elk B tags and Big Desert Zone elk B tags will also be available to nonresident hunters on Dec. 1, which were not available at that time last year.

Nonresident deer and elk tags have sold out in recent years and were gone by mid September in 2019, and if trends continue, they will likely sell out in 2020. Nonresidents are encouraged to buy licenses and tags early to ensure they have the opportunity to hunt in Idaho.

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MK Nature Center hosting 13th annual bird seed sale

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Stop by on Dec. 6-7 to stock up on food for your favorite backyard birds

The MK Nature Center will host its 13th annual bird seed sale on December 6 and 7. Come and stock up on food for your favorite backyard birds, and help support the Nature Center in the process.

High quality bird seed, including black-oil sunflower, dove and quail mix, nyger thistle, and other varieties are provided through partnership with Wild Birds Unlimited of Boise. Wild Birds Unlimited is a long-time supporter of this event, helping make sure that the bird seed sale is one of the nature center’s most successful and popular fundraisers. Proceeds from this event benefit educational programs at the MK Nature Center.

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Sorry anglers, no steelhead for the Boise River this year

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Roger Phillips/Idaho Fish and Game

Low returns mean all steelhead trapped in Hells Canyon will be needed for hatcheries

Low steelhead returns mean no steelhead will be released into the Boise River for the first time in more than 20 years. It’s an annual event that many anglers look forward to all year, but there aren’t enough fish available at the trap in Hells Canyon to do it.

“We have been holding out hope that we would have enough steelhead to stock into the Boise River this week, but as trapping at Oxbow has progressed this fall, we have determined that we are not going to have enough surplus fish above broodstock needs to make it happen,” Anadromous Fisheries Manager Chris Sullivan said.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Viral Bellingham cat ‘Cinderblock’ is on a mission to lose weight

by Dyer Oxley KOMO News Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Bellingham, Wash. — Exercise is rarely fun, as Cinderblock the Cat can attest. But no pain, no gain.

“I think what has drawn a lot of attention to her is people’s personal weight loss and body issues that we all have,” said Jason Collins, a vet tech with Bellingham’s Northshore Veterinary Hospital. “Having a feline that we can relate to and seeing her go through things is heartwarming.”

Cinderblock the Cat hails from Bellingham, but has recently become a bit of an online sensation with videos of her exercise going viral. Losing weight entails significant playtime, walking on a special underwater treadmill, and sticking to a low calorie diet.

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When eating is more important than breathing


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