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
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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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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
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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

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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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