Jan 12, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 12, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Jan 18 – Cross Country Ski Race & Chili Cook-Off
Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
(details below)

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.

Village News:

January Trip to Big Creek – Edwardsburg

There is about a foot of snow in Big Creek. Lots of moose tracks. Off trail snowmobiling is kinda tough because there has not been much thermo cycling of the snow. There is about 4 to 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap, but off trail riding at that elevation or above involves a lot of snow over the windshield. I followed Steve through a meadow near Profile Gap & could barely see out of the trench we were making. Attached is a photo taken at Profile gap this morning. [Jan 8, 2020]

photo and reports courtesy Chris & Lois Schwarzhoff

Road Report for Jan 8, 2020

Cascade to Warm Lake – Smooth snow floor, beautiful ride.

Warm Lake to Poverty Overlook – Plowed but fairly deep snow left on road center: kinda tough going if pulling a trailer like we were. Was wishing we had tire chains on in a couple of places.

Poverty Overlook to Poverty Flat Campground – plowed and well compacted snow floor that was easy going.

Poverty Flat Campground to East Fork Road – snow floor with asphalt often showing through in the ruts with short sections of bare roads.

East fork Road from South Fork to mouth of Profile Creek. Plowed road that is Hard packed snow but sometimes a little slippery.

Profile/Big Creek Road – Not suitable for wheeled traffic. There has been enough over snow traffic that the route is easy going for snowmobiles so long as you stay in compacted porting of the road.

There is no evidence of travel up Smith Creek & up to Elk Summit. We would recommend only the most adventurous take on those routes until after the snow sets up.
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Jan 9 Snow Storm

In the 24 hours ending 10am Jan 9 we received 3″ new snow, measured 14″ total snow on the ground.

Jan 10-11 Snow storm

In the 24 hours ending 10am Jan 11 we received 5″ new snow, measured 17″ total snow on the ground.
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20th Anniversary of The Yellow Pine Times

Link: to front page
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Wolf Tracks

Report of wolf tracks at the crossroads on Sunday Jan 12, and more tracks at the Buckhorn Campground on the South Fork Jan 11, 2020.
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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 Jan 12 that the transfer station was plowed today and there is still room in the bins.

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

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

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
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals

Deadwood Outfitters
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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 (Jan 6) overnight low of 18 degrees, 1/2″ new snow (fell last evening) and 11″ total snow on the ground, overcast and snowing lightly. Jays calling from the trees, nuthatches visiting. Still snowing lightly at lunch time. Light traffic. Very light snow falling most of the day, high around 32 degrees. It was right at freezing at sunset and flaking snow, top of VanMeter fogged over. Still snowing lightly at dark. Stopped snowing around midnight.

Tuesday (Jan 7) overnight was warmer than yesterday morning’s reset at 25F (warmed up during the night and warmer than yesterday’s high of 32F.) It was 34 degrees this morning at 10am, measured 5/8″ new snow and 11″ snow on the ground, broken cloud cover and light breeze, roofs dripping. Nuthatches visiting. Overcast at lunch time, sun was just a brighter spot in the clouds, high of 38 degrees. Mostly cloudy (small patches of blue) mid-afternoon (about 20 minutes before sundown) warm and roofs dripping. Fat waxing moon above the ridge to the east peeking thru breaks in the clouds at 430pm. Breezy and above freezing at dark. Cloudy before midnight. Snowing at 6am, but not snowing at 930am.

Wednesday (Jan 8) overnight low of 29 degrees, 1/2″ new fluffy snow fell early morning and measured 10″ total snow on the ground (settled not melted) light breezes and overcast. A white-breasted nuthatch joined the red-breasted at the feeders, chickadees calling from the trees. Light snowfall started around 1020am and calmer. Mail truck made it in on time. Steady snow and 32 degrees just after lunch time, high of 33 degrees for the day. About 1/4″ new snow by mid-afternoon, stopped snowing for a couple hours, light breezes and breaks in the clouds at sundown. More snow from 4pm to6pm. A break in the storm and light breeze late evening until after midnight. Snowed during the night and early morning.

Thursday (Jan 9) overnight low of 21 degrees, 3″ new fluffy snow and 14″ total snow on the ground, partly clear sky at 10am and flaking. Not many birds around, hears jays and chickadees calling (nuthatches showed up later.) Overcast and flaking snow on and off before lunch time. Breaks in the clouds early afternoon, roofs dripping a little and breezes causing trees to dump snow, high 31 degrees. Overcast at sundown and light chilly breeze. Low foggy clouds, cold breezes and fine light snow falling at dark. Partly clear late evening – bright fat moon and breezy. Cold night.

Friday (Jan 10) overnight low of -2 degrees, scant trace of snow yesterday, measured 13″ total snow on the ground (settled not melted) overcast and cold light breeze. Red-breasted nuthatches and jays visiting. Cloudy and cold at lunch time, high 26 degrees. Mail truck made it in on time. Flaking snow early afternoon and cold gusty winds. At dark it was still snowing and blowing. Breezy and steady moderate snowfall late evening. Snowed most of the night and early morning.

Saturday (Jan 11) overnight low probably around 20 degrees (gizmo had 5F from yesterday morning,) 5″ new snow and 17″ total snow on the ground, low overcast (socked in), steady light snow and calm this morning. Nuthatches and a jay visiting. Just flaking snow before lunch time. Lightly flaking snow mid-day and early afternoon, slightly above freezing, low overcast and light breeze, high 34 degrees. Still snowing late afternoon. Still snowing at dark, scant 1/2″ accumulation for the day. A break in the snow an hour or so after dark. Snow 2am to around 6am.

Sunday (Jan 12) overnight low of 22 degrees, 1 1/3″ new snow, 16″ total snow on the ground, overcast, light breeze and flaking snow. Several nuthatches and a jay visiting. Low foggy clouds, breezy and steady fine snow falling after lunch time, high 28 degrees. Still socked in mid-afternoon, chilly breezes and steady fine snow. Still snowing at dark, about 1″ since this morning, calmer and foggy low clouds.


Jim Dale Fluckiger

11/1993 – 12/2019


Younger son of Trina & Todd Fluckiger. Formerly of Yellow Pine and one of the last students at the one-room school. Funeral held January 11, 2020, about 150 people attended.

Jim Fluckiger Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jim Fluckiger (Meridian, Idaho), who passed away on December 14, 2019, at the age of 26, leaving to mourn family and friends.

Funeral Home: Cremation Society of Idaho

Link: Leave messages at Legacy.com

Idaho News:

Winter storm dumps snow in mountains, Highway 21 closed north of Idaho City

KTVB Jan 11, 2010

A major winter storm continues to drop big accumulations of snow throughout southern and central Idaho on Sunday.

That’s good news for skiers and snowboarders, but means a slow commute for anyone traveling through Idaho’s mountain areas.

… With more than a foot of new snow reported in parts of Valley and Boise counties, and several inches in some Treasure Valley locations, the Idaho Transportation Department is urging drivers to use extra caution on Idaho’s highways and interstates.

Idaho Highway 21 remains closed Sunday morning north of Idaho City due to deep snow on the road, and the possibility of avalanches in the area. The highway closed Saturday between Idaho City and Lowman, and as of Sunday morning remained closed, according to ITD. The road is also closed north of Lowman between Grandjean and Banner Summit – in an area known as Avalanche Alley – due to avalanche danger.

full story:
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Valley County to host McCall meeting on roads

Tuesday session to talk about funding

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Jan 9, 2020

A list of priority road projects in rural Valley County and their estimated costs will be part of a town hall meeting to be held in McCall on Tuesday.

The meeting, hosted by Valley County commissioners, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 119 at 216 Park Street under McCall City Hall.

At the meeting, the county will provide information and answer questions about road funding.

In November, a vote to add about $4 million in property tax funding failed at the ballot, leaving the county with a dwindling budget and little hope of building major road projects.

The county is still seeking options to fund the department, commissioner Sherry Maupin said.

“The county needs to find a stable funding source for the future so that roads and infrastructure maintenance can be planned and implemented into the future,” Maupin said.

“We heard from many residents that planning needs to be done and not just respond to emergency situations,” she said. “Residents want to be a part of the conversation.”

On Tuesday, county officials will present information about the current funding situation, and possible future sources of funding.

Officials plan to present information on the department’s funding for the past three years to show what work has been done and where the funds come from.

Future funding will also be presented, including specifics on what would happen to the department if property taxes are levied to support the department’s budget, and what would happen at current funding levels.

Specific projects and timelines for their implementation as well as cost estimates per mile of work will be available at the meeting.

An informal poll of preferred options for funding is planned.

The county will make decisions based on community conversations on the path forward, Maupin said.

The Secure Rural Schools and Self Determination Act of 2000 was recently reauthorized by Congress for two years. The federal funding should provide about $1 million per year, but exact figures are not yet known.

Even with the additional federal funding, the department is underfunded to meet basic needs into the future, officials have said.

More town hall meetings are planned in Cascade and Donnelly with dates and locations to be announced.

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No Injuries in Slide-Off

Jan 9, 2020 The Star-News

Photo Courtesy McCall Fire & EMS

Eight people aboard a twin propeller Beechcraft King Air 200 passenger airplane escaped injury after two inches of snow caused the airplane to slide off the runway at the McCall Municipal Airport on New Year’s Eve at about 3:46 p.m., according to McCall Fire and EMS. The plane, which was flying in from Boise, was not damaged after coming to a rest about 30 feet off to the side of the runway, Airport Manager Rick Stein said. The airport was closed at about 5 p.m. to move the airplane and remained closed until the next morning for additional snow removal, Stein said. The identity of the pilot was not available.

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McCall airport hangar put on historic register

Johnson Flying Service building dates to 1932

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Jan 9, 2020

Walt Sledzieski is not sure where McCall would be today if not for a battered red hangar that greets motorists entering McCall from the south on Idaho 55.

The former Johnson Flying Service hangar has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places after a successful bid by the McCall Historic Preservation Commission, which is headed by Sledzieski.

Sledzieski credits the building, known by many as the “red hangar” or the “elevation 5,021 building,” for helping usher McCall out of the logging industry and into a tourism economy.

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Idaho ski resort closed after 2 people killed in avalanche

1/8/20 Associated Press

Kellogg, Idaho — An Idaho ski resort was closed on Wednesday, a day after a series of avalanches killed two skiers and injured five others.

Silver Mountain Resort spokesman Gus Colburn said all the skiers in the area of the avalanches Tuesday morning were believed to be accounted for.

The names of the victims have not been released.

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Body of missing skier found after deadly avalanche at Idaho resort

Jan 09, 2020 By Natasha Williams, Associated Press

Kellogg, Idaho (AP) — Officials have found the body of a missing skier at an Idaho resort where an avalanche on Tuesday killed two other skiers and injured four others.

The Silver Mountain Resort was closed Wednesday “to focus all available resources on the search, the resort said on Facebook.

The resort said it received a telephone call Wednesday morning from a concerned family member of the missing skier who was confirmed to be skiing there at the time of the avalanche. Resort officials said Wednesday afternoon that an intense search with dogs did not find the missing person, and it wasn’t until Thursday at 1:00 p.m. that their body was recovered.

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Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue provides tips for recreation in the backcountry

Jan 09, 2020 By Steve Dent KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Over the next week and a half the forecast calls for the mountains of Idaho to get pummeled with snow which means exciting news for outdoor enthusiasts, but it also means people need to have a plan and be safe when they travel into the Idaho backcountry.

The Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue unit is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who will go into the wilderness to look for missing people.

However, we want to prevent that from happening so we teamed up with the organizations search and rescue coordinator to give you the tools you need before recreating in the mountains.

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Idahoans urged to test homes for radon

Jan 8, 2020 Local News 8

The Department of Health and Welfare is encouraging you to test your home for radon because two in five tested homes across the state of Idaho have higher-than-recommended radon levels.

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that builds up in homes over time. It enters homes and buildings through gaps and cracks in crawl spaces and foundations and has been found in every county in Idaho.

Living in a home with high radon levels can be dangerous for your health as radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking, causing an estimated 21,000 deaths each year in the U.S.


Mining News:

Federal Judge Ushers Forward Nez Perce Tribal Lawsuit Against Midas Gold

By James Dawson Jan 10, 2020 Boise State Public Radio

Courtesy Midas Gold Corp.

A federal judge in Idaho has denied a mining company’s request to push pause on a lawsuit brought by a Native American tribe while a potential project undergoes environmental review.

Earlier this week, Idaho District Court Judge Lynn Winmill denied Midas Gold’s request to stay the lawsuit brought by the Nez Perce Tribe.

Winmill says the company didn’t offer any evidence that negotiations with the federal government on cleaning up the legacy mining site would wrap up any time soon.

Meanwhile, he said the Nez Perce Tribe has shown that “there will be real, tangible harm if the discharge of pollutants continues.” The tribe says these rivers are critical habitat to both salmon and steelhead.


Public Lands:

Payette forest ranger district to apply for recreation grants

The Star-News Jan 9, 2020

The McCall and New Meadows ranger districts of the Payette National Forest will apply jointly for grants from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

The districts will submit two applications through the parks department’s Off-Road Motor Vehicle fund to support the districts’ winter vehicle ranger program as well as to replace five trail bridges.

Rangers provide information to visitors on routes and conditions, install and maintain signs and assist with parking and facility maintenance.

The projects would start this fall 2020 and continue into the summer of 2021 if funding is received.

For more information or to comment, contact Mike Beach at McCall Ranger District, 102 W. Lake St., McCall, ID 83638 or call 208-634-0440.

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Nampa Eagle Scout makes improvements on Payette forest

The Star-News Jan 9, 2020

An Eagle scout from Nampa has performed three conservation projects on the Payette National Forest and will start on a fourth this year.

Mason Tuft loves climbing, backpacking, and mountain biking in the McCall area and decided he wanted to give back by helping to protect and conserve the backcountry.

In his first project, Tuft led family, friends, and members of Nampa Crew 1822 spending 250 combined hours cleaning up fire rings around Boulder Lake that were either unnecessary or too large.

The volunteers removed and scattered rocks, picked up trash, spread ashes and placed topsoil over the blackened ground.

In his second project, Tuft’s family and Crew 1822 members documented and eradicated invasive species on the Bear Basin trail system.

Weeds such as Canadian thistle and toadflax have been carried into that area by heavy machinery, horses, livestock, hikers, and mountain bikers, he said.

The Canadian thistle was removed through spraying or pulling, while a beetle that feeds on toadflax was released on the weed. The team has spent about 235 hours on the weed project with more work planned, Tuft said.

In his third project, Tuft’s team stabilized river banks and road bed fill material along the South Fork Salmon River. They did this by improving and repairing steps for Chinook salmon fishing trails, planting native shrubs, and blocking unnecessary trails with limbs and other debris.

The project, at 200 hours and counting, will help keep sediment from entering into the river and affecting the spawning beds for salmon, he said.

Tuft’s fourth project, planned for this summer, will be to install a “beaver deceiver” to prevent flooding of a road about two miles from Kennelly Creek Campground.

A beaver deceiver fools beavers into thinking they plugged a culvert while allowing water to continue flowing through the culvert.

Upon completion of his fourth project, Tuft plans to apply for the Boy Scouts of America William T. Hornaday Silver Award presented for service in conservation and ecology.


Letter to Share:

2020 Intern Position – Must be at least 18

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue Jan 11, 2020

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue and Consulting, Inc.
710 Sanctuary Hills, Sagle, ID 83860
208 241-7081 mysticfarmrescue @ yahoo.com

Intern Position – Summer 2020

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue is a non-profit organization. Our mission is, “To assist, support, rehabilitate, and return to the wild, injured or orphaned wildlife and provide public education.” We hold the necessary permits through the state of Idaho and operate 100% on volunteers – there are no paid positions at Mystic Farm.

We are seeking a responsible and caring individual to fill an internship position for approximately fourteen (14) weeks – May 15th-August 30th. Days/hours are flexible and totally depend on the needs of the animals. If you intend to receive credit and or scholarship through university, you must make previous arrangements. This is a non-salaried position, however, a stipend of $50.00 per week will be provided as well as your housing and utilities. The intern will live in the finest, 5 star accommodations in all of Bonner County… O.K., it’s a sweet little apartment on the property, but it has character, privacy, and serves the need. J Our rescue facility is very rural, though not too remote to provide access to good roads, internet, and cell coverage. We are also located near a great little lake for fishing, kayaking, and swimming in your spare time. There are tons of opportunities for hiking and exploring the area.

The intern will become involved in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation with deer fawns, including feeding, cleaning, minor medical attention, facility upkeep and maintenance, transport of animals, animal food preparation, assist with providing education and supervision of volunteers… whatever is thrown your way! Please keep in mind that this position is not exclusively “hands on” with the rescue babies and realize there is much more to rescue than feeding the fawns a bottle! The intern must have a sincere interest in wildlife and must be willing to work a time schedule as dictated by the animals in our care. Understand that many of the babes in our care need to be fed and cared for every two hours when they first arrive or require ‘round the clock care in the case of medical or health issues. The fawns and their care – and their eventual soft release back into the wild – is our number one priority.

A background in wildlife/animal care is desired but not required. Students studying in the field of wildlife or future veterinary are encouraged to apply… but not required. Passion and compassion are required. A sense of humor is highly desirable. If you get queasy or you hate the thought of getting peed on, this may not be the position for you. The ability to “roll with the punches” is an absolute must.

Does this sound like something you would be interested in? If so, please contact Mystic Farm for an application. You must apply via snail mail or email no later than March 31st, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to phone or email me at Mystic Farm.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Dory McIsaac – Executive Director/Operator

Critter News:

Mountain lion killed after 2 dogs attacked

Family pets south of Cascade fall victim

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Jan 9, 2020

Two family dogs were killed four days apart last week by mountain lions in the Clear Creek area south of McCall, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

A hunting party killed a mountain lion near the attack sites on Sunday, the F&G said.

Roxy, a German shorthair and lab mix owned by Jeff and Heidi Decarpenterie, was killed by two mountain lions on New Year’s Eve on Callender Road about eight miles south of Cascade.

Last Friday, Crackerjack, the eight-year-old Australian shepherd mix owned by Lenard and Leslie Irwin, was killed about a mile away from the Decarpenterie’s residence.

Following the second attack, the body of Crackerjack were found behind the Irwin residence by a neighbor, who alerted the owners and called the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

A local tracking hound owner and a local hunter with a cougar hunting tag were hired by Fish and Game to find and kill the lions, an F&G news release said.

Soon after officials began searching the area, a mountain lion was spotted a short distance from Crackerjack’s body. The hounds quickly treed the cougar, which was then killed by the hunter, the F&G said.

Fish and Game initially pursued two mountain lions on New Year’s Day with the help of hound owner, but the cats’ trail was lost in heavy snow that fell after the attack, the release said.

The names of the hunter and hound owner were not disclosed.

It is unclear whether the two attacks were carried out by the same mountain lion or whether the lion that was killed was responsible for the first attack, the F&G said.

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Pet Talk – What is the adrenal gland?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jan 10, 2020 IME

The adrenal gland makes several types of hormones. If the adrenal gland produces too many of these hormones, it is a disease called Cushing’s disease. If the adrenal gland has a decreased production of these hormones, it is called Addison’s disease. President John F. Kennedy had Addison’s disease. There are two types of hormones produced by the adrenal gland. One is called mineralocorticoids, which regulate sodium and potassium values in blood. The other is called glucocorticoids, which regulates glucose metabolism in the body. In Addison’s disease, both hormones are decreased.

Addison’s disease usually develops when the adrenal glands are attacked by the immune system. The triggering event for this problem is unknown. Clinical signs include intermittent vomiting, decreased appetite, weight loss and sometimes diarrhea. Lethargy, depression and weakness are also common. In some animals, signs wax and wane; in others, an acute crisis develops with the animal showing signs of collapse, dehydration and shock.

A diagnosis of Addison’s disease always requires laboratory testing, because no clinical sign is specific for Addison’s disease.

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Researchers: Some pet products touted as CBD don’t have any

by Mary Esch, Associated Press Tuesday, January 7th 2020

Companies have unleashed hundreds of CBD pet health products accompanied by glowing customer testimonials claiming the cannabis derivative produced calmer, quieter and pain-free dogs and cats.

But some of these products are all bark and no bite.

“You’d be astounded by the analysis we’ve seen of products on the shelf with virtually no CBD in them,” said Cornell University veterinary researcher Joseph Wakshlag, who studies therapeutic uses for the compound. “Or products with 2 milligrams per milliliter, when an effective concentration would be between 25 and 75 milligrams per milliliter. There are plenty of folks looking to make a dollar rather than produce anything that’s really beneficial.”

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Cat from Russia found in Idaho Falls

By Ariel Schroeder January 7, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – One unique cat at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter may come with a lot of baggage.

Ivan arrived at the shelter the day after New Year’s Day.

Rescuers say his microchip reads he is from Russia, but his chip has not been registered, so they are unable to find his family.

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Wildlife officials find evidence of wolves in Colorado

Jan 9, 2020 Local News 8

Wildlife officials have discovered evidence of wolves living in northwestern Colorado after hunters reported a suspected pack and residents found a scavenged elk carcass.

The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department announced the discoveries Wednesday. It suggests a pack of gray wolves may be residing in the state.

Officials say it was the first time in a few years multiple wolves were seen traveling together in Colorado. Officials say the announcement comes days after state election officials placed a measure to reintroduce wolves on this year’s ballot.

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Hardwater Classic Jan. 17-18 to feature seminar, fishing

The Star-News Jan 9, 2020

The Hardwater Classic seminar and charity ice fishing tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, at the Cascade American Legion Hall and Lake Cascade.

The Western Ice Fishing Association will host an Ice Fishing Seminar on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Legion hall at 105 E. Mill St.

The tournament will be Saturday, Jan. 18, on Lake Cascade with registration and check-in beginning at 6 a.m. Scales will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for weigh-in.

Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m. at the Legion Hall, with awards, raffles and games at 5:45 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Annual Youth Ice Fishing Day and will be used to purchase ice fishing rods and tackle to be given away at the youth event.

For more information, email Idahoyouthoutdoors@gmail.com or visit (link)


Fish & Game News:

Fish and Game uses non-lethal hazing to move a mountain lion in Ketchum

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, January 9, 2020

A large male mountain lion was hazed, using non-lethal methods, from the backyard of a home in Ketchum.

Fish and Game received reports on Wednesday January 8 of a mountain lion laying near the backyard of a home in south Ketchum. After monitoring the situation, the lion continued to remain near the home in the backyard, prompting officers on January 9 to make the decision to use non-lethal means to force the lion to move.

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Windows to Wildlife

In the winter edition of Windows to Wildlife (link)

· Bees to Bears: For Wildlife, Climate Change is All About Timing
· Idaho Birding Trail v2.0
· 2.9 Billion Birds Gone Since 1970
· 7 Simple Actions to Help Birds
· Winter Wildlife Events

Thank you for your continued support,
Deniz Aygen
Watchable Wildlife Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
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Feeding deer and elk in town does more harm than good

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, January 10, 2020

Public asked to let animals fend for themselves as nature intended

Feeding that cute deer fawn in your yard may seem helpful, but Idaho Fish and Game says that well-intentioned people often feed deer, elk and other wildlife without realizing the problems it can create.

“Although people have good intentions and only want to help, feeding can lead to unforeseen problems and can actually do more harm than good,” said Tempe Regan, wildlife biologist based in Salmon. “For one, it often begins with just a few animals, but their numbers can quickly grow and become overwhelming.”

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Protect wintering wildlife by avoiding areas where they congregate

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, January 10, 2020

If wintering animals see you and move away, you’re probably too close

When it’s the “dead of winter,” it’s important that we consider our effects on wildlife so the term doesn’t apply too literally, and that means people should avoid disturbing wintering animals. When animals are forced to burn extra calories to avoid people, it can make a life-or-death difference, especially for fawns and calves trying to survive their first winter.

Most big game animals migrate to lower elevations where winter weather is milder and more forage is available than in the high country. That often puts deer, elk and other big game animals fairly close to people.

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Public’s Help Sought in Triple Deer Poaching Case

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the Christmas break poaching of three mule deer bucks in the Sagebrush Hill area just northeast of Weiser.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Beluga whale playing with a rugby ball

posted Nov 8, 2019

Beluga Whale playing fetch with a rugby ball, celebrating South Africa Rugby World Cup Victory close to the South Pole!


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