Jan 5, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 5, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Link: 2019 Yellow Pine Year in Review Posted Jan 1st

Community Calendar:

Jan 18 – Cross Country Ski Race & Chili Cook-Off
Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
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Local Events:

Cross Country Ski Race & Chili Cook-Off Jan 18

Once around the airstrip for the ski race, followed by the chili cook-off at 3pm in the community hall. If you don’t plan to compete in the cook-off, feel free to bring side dishes and fixin’s for the chili Feed after the contest.
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Village News:

New Year’s Eve Storm

Heavy snow fell New Year’s Eve all night long dumped over 6″ of heavy wet snow. We have 12″ of snow on the ground on first day of 2020.
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Cougar in Yellow Pine

There has been a small cougar hanging out in the village for almost 2 weeks as of Sunday Dec 29th. Tracks up at the post office and also around residences near main street. Keep an eye on your pets.


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Wolves

Report of lots of wolf tracks by the Yellow Pine campground reported New Year’s Eve.
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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. Plowed Dec 31st.

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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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 30) overnight low of 24 degrees, 3/4″ new snow and 5″ total snow on the ground, mostly cloudy sky. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Decreasing clouds and strong sunshine at noon, icicles dripping, high of 38 degrees. Mostly clear at sundown and light chilly breeze. At dark a light breeze and it looked cloudy.

Tuesday (Dec 31) overnight low of 23 degrees, light dusting of new snow and estimate 5″ total snow on the ground, low dark overcast (top of VanMeter foggy) and light breeze. Mountain chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches and a jay visiting. Snowing lightly at lunch time, cloudy and light breezes, high of 34 degrees. Snowing at sundown – a good trace so far, cloudy and light breeze. Light snow still falling at dark, about 1/8″ and light breezes. Snowing pretty good before midnight, about an inch and stacking up. Quiet at midnight. Snowed all night.

Wednesday (Jan 1) overnight low just below freezing, overcast and light breezes, 6 1/2″ new heavy wet snow and 12″ total snow on the ground. Gusty winds and short blizzard starting at 1030am, power off/on at 1039am. Nuthatches, chickadees and later a hairy woodpecker visiting. Snow ended before noon, partly clear sky and some sunshine, trees dumping snow loads, high of 42 degrees. Another snowstorm early afternoon put down about 1/2″ in an hour, gusty breezes at times. Mostly cloudy at dark, crescent moon high in the sky (behind clouds.) Cloudy before midnight. Trace of snow early morning.

Thursday (Jan 2) overnight low of 23 degrees, 1″ new snow and 10″ total snow on the ground. Partly clear sky early then overcast before noon. Jays, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Mail truck made it in on time, had no problems. Overcast and fairly calm all afternoon, high of 36 degrees. It appeared to be overcast (no moon) at dark and the top of VanMeter looked foggy. Cloudy (no stars or moon) before midnight.

Friday (Jan 3) overnight low of 23 degrees, trace of new snow and 10″ total snow on the ground, overcast and calm. Nuthatches visiting. Some blue sky and sunshine at lunch time, high of 42 degrees. Hazy sky and filtered sun early afternoon. Solid overcast near sundown. Breezy and cloudy after dark. During the night it was windy and temperatures rising. Snow started after 7am.

Saturday (Jan 4) overnight low of 20 degrees, 3/4″ new snow and 10 1/2″ total snow on the ground, low overcast – nearly to the floor, light breeze and steady light snowfall. Nuthatches visiting. Blowing and snowing at noon, high of 36 degrees. Stopped snowing and breaks in the clouds early afternoon, light breezes. The Sun was down by 330pm and temps dropping quickly under partly clear sky. Calm and clear at dark. Looked hazy before midnight.

Sunday (Jan 5) overnight low of 11 degrees, 3/4″ new snow and 11″ total snow on the ground, low foggy overcast and fine light snow falling. Nuthatches and a chickadee visiting. Flaking snow at lunch time and overcast, high of 28 degrees. Overcast, thicker clouds but not snowing by early afternoon. Started snowing after sundown, overcast, calm and cold.
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Idaho News:

Identity of a man found in a cave 40 years ago has been revealed, along with his colorful criminal past

January 1, 2020 Local News 8

Dubois, ID (East Idaho News) — Nobody could have guessed the identity of a man whose body was found in the Civil Defense Caves in 1979.

For 40 years, anthropologists, scientists and investigators from Idaho State University all the way to the Smithsonian and the FBI tried to unravel the mystery of who this man was. The big question none of them could figure out was how long he had been in the caves.

The answers were revealed Tuesday during a riveting news conference held by Clark County Sheriff Bart Mary and others involved in the decades-long investigation.

The man’s remains were so well preserved, there was still skin on the body. Anthropologists believed that he had maybe only been in the caves for five to 10 years. When the DNA Doe Project finally put the genetic and genealogical pieces together, they learned he had been in the cave since 1916.

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Real ID deadline to fly commercial in the US is this year

KTVB January 2, 2020

Boise, Idaho — Right now, if you’re taking a commercial flight within the United States, not having a passport is no problem.

But starting in October, you’ll need to show a passport or some other form of federally-approved ID at the security checkpoint — a regular driver’s license will no longer be enough.

One option, less expensive than a passport, is the Star Card.

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Scam Alert:

Idaho Tax Commission renews warning about fraudulent mailings

The mailing claimed to be from the state of Idaho’s “Tax Processing Unit Internal Processing Service” in Oregon’s Malheur County.

Idaho Press Staff January 1, 2020

Boise, Idaho — The Idaho State Tax Commission is again alerting Idaho taxpayers to a recurring tax scam.

The renewed alert issued Tuesday comes after an individual with a tax debt recently received a demand for payment of Idaho taxes in the mail, according to a Tax Commission press release.

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Tips & Advice:

E-waste: where and why you should recycle your old electronics

Dec 31, 2019 By Jessica Taylor KIVI

Garden City — Every year, it’s the latest and greatest of whatever electronic coming out, but the older versions aren’t always properly disposed of.

Data shows in 2016, only 20% of electronic waste , E-waste, globally, was recycled. The Treasure Valley offers multiple electronic waste disposal events throughout the year. However, if but if you miss those, you can avoid the landfill by bringing them to The Reuseum.

“We are accepting all sorts of electronics,” said Steven Rodoletz, executive director of Reuseum.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold would pay for Idaho 55 improvements

Intersections in McCall, Cascade would be revamped

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

By Drew Dodson The Star-News Jan 2, 2020

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Graphic courtesy Midas Gold
Graphic shows how the intersection of Idaho 55 and Warm Lake Road in Cascade would be improved by Midas Gold to handle heavy truck traffic to and from Stibnite.

Idaho 55 intersections at Warm Lake Road in Cascade and at Deinhard Lane and Boydstun Street in McCall would be enlarged to accommodate traffic from Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project if the project moves forward.

The three intersections were identified as key to the proposed mine during a traffic study conducted at the request of the Idaho Transportation Department, Midas Gold officials said.

Daily traffic associated with the project would be about 53 vehicles per day, or less than a 1% increase over current Idaho 55 traffic, according to the Midas Gold’s updated plan submitted to the Payette National Forest last May.

The study predicts that about a third of that traffic, or 18 vehicles, would travel north from Warm Lake Road, while the other two thirds, or 35 vehicles, would travel south toward Boise.

The traffic would be a mix of semi-trucks and passenger vehicles.

Incoming semi-trucks would carry everything from food and toilet paper to ore processing supplies, machine parts and fuel.

Outgoing semi-trucks would carry two-tons sacks of antimony concentrate from Stibnite bound for refineries as well as trash and materials for recycling.

The intersection of Deinhard Lane and Idaho 55 would be expanded by about 10 feet to widen lanes at the southwestern corner nearest to the McCall Municipal Airport.

That work would enable semi-trucks on Deinhard Lane to turn right onto southbound Idaho 55 without impeding other lanes of traffic.

The left turn lane onto Deinhard Lane from northbound Idaho 55 would also be extended to the south to handle increased traffic at the intersection.

An extra lane on Idaho 55 would be built just north of Boydstun Street to add a left turn lane for traffic traveling westbound on Idaho 55 out of McCall.

That work would also move the existing guardrail to realign the turn to accommodate the turning radius of semi-trucks.

The work also would install underground infrastructure at Boydstun Street and Idaho 55 for use with a future traffic light.

The designs for each of the intersections are conceptual as Midas Gold continues to develop them with ITD and the City of McCall.

At Warm Lake Road, turn lanes and acceleration lanes would be added in both directions of Idaho 55 to enable mine traffic to more easily merge into and out of the flow of other traffic.

The Stibnite Logistics Facility is planned for Warm Lake Road about seven miles east of Idaho 55.

The work force of up to 600 people would be shuttled from that facility to Stibnite for two-week shifts

Cost estimates for the intersections were not available pending final designs.

The improvements would be completed no later than three years after the Payette National Forest grants final approval for the mine.

Permitting Time Line

Here is the latest estimated schedule for permitting of the Stibnite Gold Project by the Payette National Forest:

• This Month: Draft environmental study released with various alternatives, including a Preferred Alternative. Minimum 45-day public comment period in which anyone is eligible to comment

• November: Final environmental study and tentative decision. Minimum 45-day objection period for anyone who issued a valid comment during the project scoping period in 2017 or on the draft environment study.

• March 2021: Final decision and authorization to proceed.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Save the South Fork to host evening of films Jan. 10

The Star-News Jan 2, 2020

Save the South Fork Salmon will host an evening of short films, informational presentations and discussions on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Alpine Playhouse.

The short films will explore the reactions of small rural towns to proposed mining activities in sensitive watersheds.

The event will also include informational presentations and discussion on the proposed Stibnite Gold Project as well as the pending release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Payette National Forest.

Once the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released, community members will have 45 days to comment on the Forest Service’s analysis of how the project will affect the environment.

The Alpine Playhouse is located at 1210 Roosevelt Ave. in McCall.

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

Payette Avalanche Center starts issuance regular forecasting

The Star-News Jan 2, 2020

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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Payette National Forest updates Winter Travel Map

The Star-News Jan 2, 2020

The Payette National Forest Winter Travel Map has been updated.

A digital version of the map can be downloaded via the free Avenza Maps app for viewing in the field. The map can also be downloaded from (link)

The Winter Travel Map shows motorized and non-motorized area during the winter, as well as specific restrictions in areas such as Granite Mountain.

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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update

12/31/2019

The next quarterly schedule of proposed activities will be published on January 1, 2020 at this website: (link)
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McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts Seek Grants for Recreation Projects

McCall, Idaho, January 2, 2020 – The McCall & New Meadows Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest are applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to support the districts’ year-round recreation program.

The district is planning to submit two applications through IDPR’s Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV) fund. ORMV funds will be used to support the districts’ over snow vehicle ranger program, which has been in place for the past several years. Rangers provide information to visitors on routes and conditions, install and maintain signage, and assist with parking and facility maintenance. Additionally, ORMV funds will improve visitors’ recreation experience by supporting the replacement of five trail bridges on the district by youth conservation corps crews.

If received, implementation of the grants would begin in the fall of 2020 and continue into the summer of 2021.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Mike Beach, McCall Ranger District, 102 West Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638, or by calling 208-634-0440.
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Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project Update

January 4, 2020

The Council Ranger District, Payette National Forest, is providing a summary of the Selected Alternative identified in the Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project. The Forest anticipates having the full document along with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) complete by January 17, 2020. A Legal notice in the Newspaper of Record, The Idaho Statesman, should appear on that date along with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

Please refrain from filing objections until the legal notice has appeared in the Newspaper of Record as that is the sole means for calculating the beginning and end of the 45-day objection period.

The documents are available on the project webpage at: (link)

‘Huckleberry Draft ROD Summary’ located in ‘Decision’ tab

‘Huckleberry FEIS Summary’ located in ‘Analysis’ tab under ‘FEIS’

For additional information, please contact Mark Fox, Project Leader at the Council Ranger District, 208-253-0164, mark.fox@usda.gov.
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Idaho City and Mountain Home Districts of the Boise National Forest Intend to Submit Grant Proposals to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Mountain Home, Idaho, & Idaho City, Idaho January 1, 2020 — The Idaho City and Mountain Home Ranger Districts of the Boise National Forest are applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to help with noxious weed treatments along motorized and non-motorized trail systems.

The application will request funding through the Department’s Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV) fund. It will also request funding through the Department’s Recreational Trails Program (RTV) fund. ORMV and RTV funds will enhance visitor experience by improving the quality and condition of the trails located in the Danskin Mountains and Beaver Creek/Crooked River Park and Ski Trail area. Trail conditions will be improved by treating existing infestations located along identified trails.

If received, implementation of the grant would begin in the spring of 2020.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Holly Hampton, Mountain Home Ranger District, 3080 Industrial Way, Mountain Home, ID 83647, or by calling 208-587-7961 or Michael Feiger, Idaho City Ranger District, P.O. Box 129/3833 State Highway 21, Idaho City, Idaho, 83631 or by calling 208-392-3739.
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Critter News:

Mountain Lions spotted in the Clear Creek and Gold Dust areas.

Valley County Sheriff’s Office 1/1/2020

On 12/31/19 around 8:30 pm, two mountain lions fatally wounded a family pet on Callendar Road, south of the Clear Creek area. The Valley County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho Fish and Game are working with a local hounds man to track and attempt to remove the lions as soon as possible. Residents of the area are encouraged to keep their pets and young children inside, especially after dark. They are travelling around the back side of Clear Creek-Skunk Creek-Goslin-Gold Dust areas. If you spot the Mountain Lions, please call 911 or the non emergency line at 208-382-5160.
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Mountain lions spotted, killed family pet near Clear Creek area in Valley County

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, January 1st 2020

Two Mountain lions killed a family pet Wednesday south of Cascade and north of Smiths Ferry along Highway 55 in Valley County.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to track and attempt to remove the lions as soon as possible.

Residents of the area are encouraged to keep their pets and young children inside, especially after dark.

They are traveling around the backside of Clear Creek-Skunk Creek-Goslin-Gold Dust areas. If you spot the mountain lions, please call 911 or the non-emergency line at 208-382-5160.

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‘Every day was a new adventure with her’: Valley County man reacts to mountain lion attack that killed his dog

The Valley County Sheriff’s office says the attack happened on New Year’s Eve, around 8:30 p.m. Idaho Fish and Game are now tracking two mountain lions.

Joey Prechtl January 2, 2020 KTVB

Valley County, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game officials are working to track down two mountain lions in Valley County. On New Year’s Eve, it was reported the mountain lions attacked and killed a family’s dog. The attack happened south of Cascade, on Callender Road.

A spokesperson with Fish and Game they’re working with a local tracker to find the mountain lions. The fresh snow has made it difficult though.

Meanwhile the family is grieving over the loss of what they consider a family member.

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Idaho Sled Dog Challenge to host teacher seminar Jan. 11

The Star-News Jan 2, 2020

The 2020 Idaho Sled Dog Challenge will offer a seminar on Saturday, Jan. 11, to help local teachers incorporate mushing into their curriculum.

The cost of the seminar, the location and time to be announced, is $75, or $50 for the first 15 educators who sign up.

Guest speakers will present details about sled dog racing and give examples of lessons and activities that teachers can use in the classroom. The seminar will also feature information about the Iditarod, dog mushing and care for the dogs before, during and after the race.

The teacher’s seminar is presented by the Iditarod Education Department, which promotes the 1,000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race through educational curriculum. The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is a qualifying race for the Iditarod.

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Fish and Game officers rescue cub from tree

Local News 8 December 31, 2019


Idaho Fish & Game

Victor, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Upper Snake Region Idaho Fish and Game Department officers were called to Victor Monday, where a black bear cub found itself stranded in a tree.

With help from the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Fall River Electric Cooperative equipment, the cub was rescued.

The cub was cold and hungry, but Fish and Game officials said it was on its way to an undisclosed rehabilitation facility.

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Idaho Fish and Game officers free elk calf from tomato cage

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, December 30th 2019


(Courtesy IDFG)

Idaho Fish and Game officers freed an elk calf from a tomato cage Saturday.

IDFG in the Magic Valley received several reports from Hailey about a distressed elk calf. Turns out the calf was wearing a tomato cage and bucket.

The elk was just north of Hailey when the officers found it. They tranquilized the calf and removed the cage and bucket.

Now she’s looking to get back with her herd.

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Conservation easement secured for Idaho wildlife, lands

Jan 01, 2020 Associated Press


Photo by: Idaho Fish and Game

Carey, Idaho (AP) — Idaho land management officials have secured a conservation land use easement on the Cenarrusa Ranch ensuring the land in that area is not developed.

The Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy in Idaho finalized the easement in the Pioneer Mountain foothills near Carey after years of discussion, The Times-News reported Monday.

The easement ensures protection of about 13 square miles (32 square kilometers) of land including sage grouse habitat and migration corridors for wildlife, officials said.

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Lake Cascade freezes over as ice fishing anglers rejoice

By Paul Janssen For The Star-News Jan 2, 2020

Lake Cascade has now frozen over entirely, with four to five inches of good clear ice in the Sugarloaf boat ramp and island areas.

This does not mean that the ice is this thick over the entire lake. ATV and snowmobile use is not recommended on the lake except north of Poison Creek boat ramp where its been frozen over for two to three weeks.

Use extreme caution when going out on any lake ice. Drill holes as you move out onto the ice to get a feel of ice conditions in that area. Underwater springs, creek outlet, ice heaves and cracks, and old fishing holes can effect the thickness of ice.

The Sugarloaf boat ramp road is open, but use with caution as this road is not plowed and blowing and drifting snow can make the road impassible quickly. Blue Heron, Cascade City, Poison Creek boat ramps and the Crown point access areas will be plowed through the winter.

Check out Fish and Game’s ice fishing webpage for safety tips, fishing tips and additional ice fishing locations.

(Paul Janssen is the Fisheries Regional Biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish Game.)

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Fish & Game News:

Mountain Lion Killed Following Dog Attack Near Cascade

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Sunday, January 5, 2020

An adult male mountain lion was killed by a hunter after it attacked and partially consumed a domestic dog at a residence a few miles south of Cascade, Idaho. The attack occurred late Friday night, January 3rd.

The following morning, remains of the shepherd mix were found cached behind the owner’s residence by a neighbor, who alerted the homeowner and called the Valley County Sheriff’s Office. Fish and Game officers Marshall Haynes and Chris Rowley responded to the incident, together with a houndsman and a local hunter with a valid mountain lion tag.

Early in the investigation, a lion was spooked from a day bed a short distance from the cached dog. Hounds quickly treed the lion, which was then killed by the hunter. A quick field examination revealed nothing unusual — a healthy, younger adult male lion with a few porcupine quills in its muzzle and head region. Porcupines are a target prey species for lions, and quills are a common byproduct of those encounters.

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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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Apply for spring bear controlled hunts soon

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, January 3, 2020

Application period runs Jan. 15 through Feb. 15

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Four mule deer shot and left to waste at Teton Dam site

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Sunday, December 29, 2019 – 4:26 PM MST

Four mule deer does were shot and left to waste at the Teton Dam site between Dec. 24 and 28. “These deer had no fear of humans,” says Conservation Officer Charlie Anderson. “You could drive right past them, within yards, and not even spook them.”

Conservation Officers are seeking help from the public to provide information that could solve this crime. “If anyone knows anything about these deer being shot, or witnessed anything suspicious in the area during this time, we would really like to hear from you.” says Anderson.

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Please watch for wildlife on highways and avoid costly collisions

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Monday, December 30, 2019

With big game animals at lower elevations, wildlife-vehicle collisions tend to increase during winter

Winter is already tough for deer, elk and other big game animals, and being near busy roads and highways can be deadly, so drivers are asked to keep a sharp eye out and avoid costly and potentially dangerous collisions.

With more snow in the higher elevations, big game herds throughout the state migrate to lower elevation winter ranges and cross Idaho’s highways and roads.

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Bird feeding is a way to see birds up close and help them get through winter

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, December 30, 2019


IDFG

Taking simple precautions will prevent the spread of disease when you’re feeding birds

Feeding birds is enjoyable and mutually beneficial because you can watch nature from the warmth of your home, and birds get much-needed nutrients.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Kentucky police department shares hilarious plight of officers facing ‘hostile’ chicken

by Adrian Mojica, WZTV Staff Wednesday, January 1st 2020


Elizabethtown Police Department Facebook Page

Elizabethtown, Ky. (WZTV) -The Elizabethtown Police Department had a little fun last week sharing the plight of some officers who squared off with a ‘hostile’ chicken on the loose.

The department shared photos of the bird who was said to be “menacing patrons at a local pharmacy.”

Officers responded to the scene, squaring off with the chicken which the department writes was “Probably feeding an addiction to corn or grubs or birdseed or whatever the heck chickens eat. Responding officers were pecked viciously by the uncooperative fowl fiend, and he made some adept use of vehicles for cover. Some quick thinking, unflappable bravery, and some MacGyver like ingenuity involving a milk crate led to the swift apprehension of the peevish poultry.”

The chicken was captured and the officers were safe according to the department. ” We expect our officers to make a full recovery after some doughnut therapy. We salute you brave sirs.”

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