Jan 19 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 19 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Jan 28 – comments due on power line relocation
Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
(details below)

Local Events:

There will probably be a pie contest President’s day weekend in February.

Village News:

Chili Contest Jan 18

The chili contest was fun and about thirteen gathered and sat around to talk.
Sarah 1st
Kat 2nd
Cecil 3rd
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January Snow

So far in January Yellow Pine has received 33″ of snow. In the last 7 days we have received a little over 13 inches of snow. Total snow on the ground measured Sunday morning is 18 1/2″ (snow is settling, not melting.)

Jan 15, 2020 just before noon, 20″ snow on the ground.
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Biz Closures

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!
– Matt

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

The Yellow Pine Lodge is closed for the winter.
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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 and there was 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.” Cliick link: to view 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:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for the winter.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Closed Dec 7 thru Feb 21.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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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 13) overnight low of 14 degrees, measured 4 3/4″ new snow and 19″ total snow on the ground, overcast, light breeze and flaking snow (started around 8am.) A white-breasted and several red-breasted nuthatches, a jay and a hairy woodpecker visiting. Light snowfall all day (scant trace), light afternoon breezes, high of 26 degrees. Steady light snowfall at sundown, light dusting by dark and calmer. Still snowing after midnight, probably snowed most of the night. .

Tuesday (Jan 14) overnight low of 13 degrees, overcast, 2 1/4″ new snow and 20″ snow on the ground. Started snowing again shortly after 10am. Nuthatches visiting. Internet outage from around 1130am to 1215pm. Steady light snow at lunch time, high of 26 degrees. Several mountain chickadees and a hairy woodpecker joined the nuthatches at the feeders. About an inch of snow by the time the sun went behind the ridge at 345pm, breaks in the clouds, light chilly breeze and a few flakes falling. Wind gusts causing tree blizzards after 4pm. Gusty and fine light snow at dark. Low clouds, gusty winds and moderate snow late evening. Snowed until after midnight, then some clearing and bright moon. Cold night.

Wednesday (Jan 15) overnight low of -4 degrees, mostly clear sky and light cold breeze, 2 1/2″ new snow and 20″ snow on the ground (settled not melted.) Jays, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. The sunrise lit up the top of VanMeter and turned the fresh snow golden pink. Mail truck made it in on time. Mostly clear and breezy after lunch time, high of 31 degrees. Partly clear mid-afternoon and sharp cold breezes. Looked mostly clear at dark, cold breezes and temperature dropping quickly. Snowing and blowing at 10pm, temperature rising. Breezy and snowing lightly after midnight. Probably snowed until around 6am.

Thursday (Jan 16) overnight low was around 18 degrees (gizmo had -3F from yesterday morning) it was 26F at measurement time, overcast sky, 7/8″ new snow and 19″ snow on the ground (settled not melted.) Flicker, hairy woodpecker, jays, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Overcast at lunch time, high of 33 degrees. Quiet day. Overcast and a bit breezy at sundown. Overcast and calmer at dark. Snow started before 920pm and snowed all night.

Friday (Jan 17) overnight low of 14 degrees, mostly clear sky, 2 3/4″ new snow and 20″ snow on the ground. Hairy woodpecker, a trio of jays, mountain chickadees, a white-breasted and several red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Some gusty breezes after lunch time blowing snow out of the trees and clouds coming in, high of 33 degrees. Sun down behind the ridge at 350pm and mostly cloudy. Mostly cloudy at dark and quiet.

Saturday (Jan 18) 24 hour low of 13 degrees, overcast sky, no new snow and 19 1/2″ old snow on the ground. Nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Overcast and gusty breezes at lunch time, high of 32 degrees. Flaking snow on and off in the afternoon, no accumulation. Quiet day. Overcast at dark and calm. Very dark and cloudy before midnight, calm and quiet. Cloudy night.

Sunday (Jan 19) 24 hour low of 25 degrees (Saturday morning) and 31 degrees before sunrise, broken cloud cover and breezy, measured 18 1/2″ snow on the ground (settled not melting.) Not many birds around this morning. Mostly clear and icicles dripping after lunch time. Mostly clear and warm afternoon, steep roofs sliding and trees unloading snow, high of 45 degrees. Sun still above the ridge at 330pm but close to going down. Clear sky and breezy just before dark.

Idaho News:

Valley officials: We are out of options

McCall meeting reviews funding for county roads

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

Valley County commissioners told a town meeting in McCall on Tuesday that the county is out of options to fund maintenance and improvements of county roads.

“We are one of four counties in the state of Idaho that does not levy property taxes for roads,” commissioner Sherry Maupin said told about 30 people at the McCall American Legion Post.

Commissioners presented road department budgets, current funding sources and the specifics of the department’s funding and fielded questions.

More town hall meetings are planned, likely in Donnelly and Cascade, but dates and times have not yet been set.

A vote last November to levy property taxes to fund the department with about $3.8 million in additional revenue received 50.7% of the vote but fell short of the required 66.6%.

The county’s current of about $4.1 million allows the department to complete regular maintenance, but no major repairs of improvement projects, the audience was told.

In December, Congress passed an extension of a federal subsidy to rural counties with large amounts of federal land.

The subsidy is expected to bring the county about $1 million over the net two years.

Those attending Tuesday’s meeting asked about options to a road levy, the need to raise taxes and urging the county to ask the Forest Service to contribute more money to maintaining backcountry roads.

Some in attendance bemoaned what they felt was the ever-increasing burden of taxes from not only the county, but also the other taxing districts.

The county has several easements on Forest Service roads that provide access to backcountry locations such as Yellow Pine, Big Creek and Deadwood Reservoir.

The county receives $2,000 per mile for maintaining those roads, which provide access to recreational destinations, county officials said.

Another comment from the audience made the point that residents in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade already pay for the roads in their cities through taxes, which makes a new tax for county roads an unfair burden.

Commissioners said most city residents likely drive on county roads and that state law does not allow for the county to exempt residents living within city limits from paying county property taxes.

Commissioners floated the idea of taxing at a lower rate than previously proposed and circulated a survey where people could select a levy rate they found most appropriate.

Rates on the survey ranged from the full $83 per $100,000 in value that the failed levy proposed to less than half that amount.

Commissioners said they would consider the results of the surveys from each meeting when planning future levy votes.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Valley County to hear proposed rules for snowmobile trails

Parking, limits on wheeled vehicle among changes

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

Overnight parking, regulations for wheeled vehicles on snowmobile trails and rules for other tracked vehicles are among the proposed changes to a Valley County ordinance governing snowmobile trail use.

A public hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

County code already regulates snowmobile operation, speed and use on public roads and trails.

The additional proposal on Tuesday would add restrictions to snowmobile parking lots.

Vehicles parked in lots that impede snow removal equipment or the flow of traffic could be towed under the proposed ordinance.

Overnight parking would be allowed only in designated areas, with the exception of approved special events.

The rules would require snowmobile rental companies to provide transportation to trailheads and parking lots.

Tracked vehicles weighing over 2,000 pounds may be permitted for homeowners beyond groomed trailheads.

Wheeled vehicles would not be allowed to travel on Warren Wagon Road, No Business Road, Anderson Creek Road, High Valley Road, Clear Creek Road., East Side Drive/Brush Creek, and the “Green Gate” road from the first snowfall of the year until deemed safe by the county or April 30, whichever comes first.

The draft ordinance also proposed what should be done if a wheeled vehicle becomes stuck on a groomed snowmobile trail or closed road.

The operator of the vehicle would be responsible for the removal of the vehicle and the county parks and recreation director would be responsible for determining if a tow company or snow groomer can be used to remove the vehicle.

The cost of removing a vehicle and repairing the groomed trail would be set at $200 per hour with an additional $200 “mobilization fee” incurred.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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‘Huge undertaking’: Highway 21 reopens after ITD clears snow from road north of Idaho City

by Deni Hawkins Friday, January 17th 2020

ITD crews work to clear snow from a section of Highway 21 between Idaho City and Lowman. (Courtesy: Boise County Emergency Management)

Idaho City, Idaho (CBS2) — Highway 21 is back open as of Friday morning, after being closed in two spots for several days because of heavy snow and avalanche concerns.

According to 511, there are currently no closures active on the highway. Crews from the Idaho Transportation Department had been working to clear snow from a section of Highway 21 between Idaho City and Lowman since earlier this week.

Several feet of snow fell in the area quickly last weekend, and plows simply weren’t able to keep up.

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Lawmakers eye plans to boost money for Idaho roads

by Associated Press Wednesday, January 15th 2020

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Two methods to bring in millions of dollars to pay for maintaining Idaho’s roads gained traction with lawmakers on Tuesday.

The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted to send to the full House a bill that would use money generated from investing about $275 million sitting in the state’s rainy-day account.

Republican Rep. Joe Palmer said the investment account would still serve as an emergency reserve should an economic slowdown occur.

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2020 McCall Winter Carnival celebrating 55 years

Jan 14, 2020 By: Steve Bertel KIVI

courtesy Tony Harrison

McCall, Idaho — McCall is gearing up to celebrate 55 years of the McCall Winter Carnival. Every year, the small town of 3,000 in central Idaho welcomes a surge of more than 60,000 people during the ten-day winter festival.

This year’s event runs Friday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 2 — and celebrates the theme “It’s A Kids World.”

“It’s really asking the community and visitors to see through a child’s eyes and look at the world with that innocence and joy,” said McCall Winter Carnival Director Allison Wright. “Sometimes, it’s good to let go a little bit and just have some fun.”

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Ice rolling on Lake Lowell and a pickup buried in snow near McCall:

Hundreds of Idaho residents shared photos after an extra wintry week of weather.

KTVB Jan 17, 2020

After a frigid and snowy week, the KTVB Idaho Weather Watchers Facebook group has been overflowing with incredible photos of snow and wintry conditions across the state of Idaho.

Credit: Helen Brown
Helen Brown shared a photo in the Idaho Weather Watchers Facebook group and captioned it “brother found his pickup.” The photo was taken near McCall.

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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche west of Ketchum

The avalanche happened Wednesday afternoon in the Sawtooth National Forest.

KTVB January 15, 2020

A snowmobiler died Wednesday afternoon after getting caught in avalanche in the Sawtooth National Forest, officials said.

According to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, two snowmobilers were riding in the Baker Creek drainage west of Ketchum when they were caught in an avalanche.

One of the riders escaped the slide, found his buried partner, and removed snow to clear the buried person’s face, the avalanche center said in a Facebook post.

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Initial snowpack, heavy winter storms and high wind increasing avalanche risk in C. Idaho

by Sarah Jacobsen Thursday, January 16th 2020

Boise, ID (CBS2) — Winter is finally here, and with a combination of heavy snow hammering Central Idaho, and now high winds coupled with a initial light snow pack, means dangerous avalanche conditions at all elevations for Central Idaho.

“You need 4 things to have an avalanche, the first is a weak layer and we have multiple weak layers in the snow pack that are weak sugary grains of depth toward the bottom, large celery surface crystals and some crust near the top,” explains Director of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Scott Savage. “So you can picture the weak layer as thin layer of potato chips and they are pretty happy when there is no weight on top of them, but what happens when you stack a bunch of books on those potato chips? they crack or crumble.”

Savage says the series of winter storms over the past week, are causing the uptick.

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‘Live to ski another day’: Experts talk avalanche safety in Idaho

With several fatal avalanches in the region over the last week, experts talk safety on the slopes.

Misty Inglet January 16, 2020 KTVB

Five people have been killed in three avalanches in Idaho and Eastern Oregon within the last week.

In at least one case, the avalanche was proven to be human-triggered.

Scott Savage, director of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, said there is no average time frame that is considered “avalanche season” so having multiple avalanches in January is not unusual.

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Idaho Firewise Grant Program accepts applications through Feb. 28

The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

The Idaho Firewise Grant Program is accepting applications from fire departments and other community organizations seeking to increase wildland fire awareness through education.

The program has awarded more than $96,941 to fund projects throughout Idaho over the past six years.

For more information on the program, contact Stephanie Nelson at 208-630-4201 or (FB link).

For more information on Idaho Firewise grant requirements or to submit a grant proposal, visit (link). The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, Feb. 28.


Tips & Advice:

Winter storm driving hacks: Why kitty litter and old socks could be game changers

January 14, 2020 Local News 8

If you hate driving in the winter, you are not alone.

Here are some useful and unique tips provided by Allstate to help you conquer winter-related driving dilemmas.

* Get your vehicle out of the snow with [old fashioned] kitty litter. Spreading kitty litter directly in front of the tires that are stuck (this will depend on whether your car is front or rear wheel drive) may help your tires grip and get you out of the snow.

* Prevent windshield wipers from freezing with old socks. If you’re out running errands, putting socks over each windshield wiper blade can help keep them from freezing over and sticking to your windshield while you’re away from your car.

* Cover side mirrors with plastic bags to prevent frost buildup. Keeping plastic grocery store or food storage bags in your glove compartment may help you keep your side mirrors from freezing.

* De-ice your locks using hand sanitizer. The alcohol in the sanitizer is an ingredient known to help melt ice.

Note: Do Not use the new clumping litter, it get slick when wet.

Mining News:

Midas Gold to offer hot chocolates, cookies during Winter Carnival

The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

McCall Winter Carnival goers can warm up with hot chocolate and cookies at the Midas Gold booth at Art Roberts Park, 327 E. Lake St.

The booth will be open on Fridays, Jan. 24 and 31, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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McCall council splits over Midas Gold letter

Panel votes 3-2 to request extension of comment period

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

The McCall City Council last week split over whether to request the public be given more time to comment on the proposed Midas Gold mine near Yellow Pine.

The council split 3-2 in favor of making the request to the Payette National Forest to double the public comment period from the 45-day minimum to 90 days.

Mayor Bob Giles, council member Colby Nielsen and new council member Mike Maciaszek all supported the request, while council members Melanie Holmes and Thom Sowers voted against it.

The council voted on a request made to the council last month by the group Save The South Fork to ask for the extension of comment to the draft study of the mine by the Payette National Forest.

Public comment will be considered by the Payette in formulating the final version of the operating plan to be used by Midas Gold to extract gold and antimony from the historic Stibnite Mining District.

The Payette plans to release the draft study later this month so a 45-day extension would push the deadline for public comments from mid-March to early May.

An extension of the public comment period would not delay a final decision on the project, currently slated for March 2021, Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris told The Star-News.

Giles, Nielsen and Maciaszek said the extension was “practical” and necessary for the council to thoroughly review the draft study.

“It is an important enough issue for enough people in this community that we owe it to our community to do our due diligence in making sure the right thing happens should it be approved or denied,” Nielsen said.

Holmes said she did not want to see the process drawn out. “If we need some additional planning time, we should do a special meeting and just get it done,” she said.

Sowers called the extension request a “filibuster tactic” and said the extra time to review the draft study would probably not sway anyone’s opinion on the project.

Giles pointed to a well-attended 2018 lecture series on the Midas Gold proposal as evidence of the importance of the project within the community.

The council decided last year not to sign Midas Gold’s proposed Community Agreement after hearing testimony from 68 citizens, 58 of who were in opposition.

The agreement would have allowed the city to appoint a representative to the Stibnite Advisory Council, which meets monthly to hear updates on the project from Midas Gold officials, and to the Stibnite Foundation.

Council members feared conflicts of interest if the city was directly involved with the Stibnite Foundation, a charitable foundation set up and funded by Midas Gold to make grants for community projects.

The Stibnite Foundation is governed by a board of appointed representatives from each of the eight communities that signed the Community Agreement.

Adams County, Idaho County, the Village of Yellow Pine and the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins and Council all signed the community agreement.

Valley County was originally asked to sign the agreement but Midas Gold later withdrew the invitation.

Midas Gold cited a possible conflict since it will need permits from the county to operate the mine.

The foundation currently has about $950,000 in cash and shares from Midas Gold and expects to begin its first grant cycle later this year.

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

Public Lands:

IPC Warm lake Feeder Line Relocation [Yellow Pine]

“Please submit your scoping comments by January 28, 2020”

received Jan 13, 2020 Boise National Forest

Project Description

Idaho Power Company (IPC) has identified a need relocate a segment of line that is currently west of Johnson Creek. This segment of line is only accessible by a deteriorated light-duty bridge that cannot handle the weight of the large equipment required to maintain the line, thus creating a safety issue. Also, the segment of line where it crosses back over to the east side of Johnson Creek and continues into the community of Yellow Pine is at risk to rock slides and there has been repeated rock slide related outages and emergency repairs over the last several years. The proposed underground alignment would improve access, reduce customer outages, improve service and reliability, and ensure the electrical energy source to Yellow Pine residences is maintained.

Proposed Action:

IPC proposes to reroute approximately 2.49 miles of a portion of the existing overhead Warm Lake (WMLK 011) 7.2-kilovolt (kV) distribution line with approximately 2.74 miles of single-phase underground line.

The proposed underground line would be along the easterly ROW (66 feet) of Johnson Creek Road and the associated vaults and sectors would be located outside of the existing road prism and would not interfere with the free flow of traffic, disrupt communication services, or impair the full use and safety of the road.

The proposed project would involve plowing/trenching conduit, installing conductor, excavating and installing vaults/sectors, installing two new single poles (where the line transitions from overhead to underground), and backfilling the trench.

Once the underground distribution line is installed, the overhead line would be removed and the ROW for the portion of the overhead line would be relinquished. All project related disturbance would be repaired as soon as weather, ground, and scheduling conditions permit.

Approximately 0.27 miles of the existing overhead line (including four single-pole wood pole) would remain to continue to provide service to a private mining claim on the west side of Johnson Creek.

Project Location:

The proposed project is in Township 18 North, Range 08 East, Section 04, and Township 19 North, Range 08 East, Sections 28, 29, 32, & 33, Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho.

How to Comment

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the project webpage (link). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).
* Mail to Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611.
* Hand deliver to Boise National Forest, Cascade District, 540 North Main Street, Cascade, ID 83611. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
* By fax at 208-382-7480. If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “WMLK-11” in the subject line.

Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 28, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Officials want more bear safety signs in the Boise National Forest

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, January 14th 2020

An example of bear-safety signage.

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — The Boise National Forest would like to add more bear safety signs to its campgrounds.

BNF announced Tuesday it’s applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to improve bear safety signage at a number of campgrounds and picnic areas across the forest.

The forest is asking for money from the Department’s Recreational Vehicle Fund.

“Improved bear awareness at developed recreation sites will inform forest visitors how to safely enjoy the outdoors while sharing the landscape with bears,” BNF said. “Signage will focus on food storage and waste management guidance. Developed recreation sites with past nuisance bear problems are prioritized for the signage.”

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Boise National Forest to submit grant proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Boise, Idaho, January 14, 2020 — The Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to improve bear safety signage at a number of campgrounds and picnic areas across the Boise National Forest.

The application will request funding through the Department’s Recreational Vehicle Fund. Improved bear awareness at developed recreation sites will inform forest visitors how to safely enjoy the outdoors while sharing the landscape with bears. Signage will focus on food storage and waste management guidance. Developed recreation sites with past nuisance bear problems are prioritized for the signage.

All grant proposals will improve the visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards. If received, implementation of the grant would begin in summer of 2020.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to:

Boise National Forest Supervisor’s Office
Attn: Lisa Nutt
1249 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709

Or by calling the Boise National Forest at 208-373-4100.
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New Start – JaBob Minerals Project EA and FONSI: Opportunity for Public Comment

Dear Interested Party:

The Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest has prepared an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) for the New Start – JaBob (NSJB) Mining Project Plan of Operations. It is the Boise National Forest’s responsibility under Forest Service mineral regulations at 36 CFR 228(A) to respond to plans of operation for mineral exploration and ensure that the Plan’s Proposed Action minimizes adverse environmental impacts as defined at 36 CFR 228.8. The Plan was submitted pursuant to the 36 CFR 228(A) – Locatable Minerals. The Forest Service is mandated to act timely in processing Plans submitted under the mining laws, including completion of an environmental review, which is the purpose of this EA. This EA/FONSI is subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B.

The NSJB project area is located approximately one mile southwest of Pioneerville, Idaho, in Boise County. The legal description is Township 07N Range 05E, Section 10, Boise Meridian.

The EA/FONSI is available at (link) Click on the “Analysis” tab under “Project Documents.”

Opportunity to Comment

We welcome your comments on the content of the EA/FONSI. Instructions for commenting are found in the Legal Notice published in the Idaho Statesman on Friday, January 17, 2020. A copy can also be found on the project website (above). Comments specific to the proposed action that identify a cause-effect relationship are most helpful. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project and will be available for public inspection. The following options are available for submitting comments.

Electronic comments may be submitted through a web form on the NSJB Project webpage (link). To submit a comment using the web form, select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Written comments can be submitted via fax at 208-373-4111 or mailed to Travis Whitman, Idaho City Ranger District, 3833 Hwy 21, Idaho City, ID 83631, or hand-delivered to the same address during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays). If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “New Start – JaBob Mining Project” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Travis Whitman, Team Leader, at 208-392-3719.
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The Saint Minerals Project (Revised) – Opportunity for Public Comment

January 17, 2020 – The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for The Saint Minerals Project located on the Idaho City Ranger District. Information regarding this project is provided in the “Proposal Information” document (link below).

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. This project was originally proposed and scoped in August 2016 but was placed on hold due to changes in the proposal.

Please submit your scoping comments by Friday, February 14, 2020, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal and identify preliminary issues. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

How to Comment

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, verbal, and electronic comments concerning this project will be accepted.

Written comments can be submitted via fax at 208-373-4111 or mailed to Travis Whitman, Idaho City Ranger District, PO Box 129, Idaho City, ID 83631, or hand-delivered to the same address during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays). If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “The Saint Mining Project” in the subject line.

Electronic comments may also be submitted to The Saint Minerals Project webpage at (link) To submit comments using the web form select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Stay Connected to this Project via the Web

The Forest Service has transitioned to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (scoping documents, updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by e-mail. This system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online.

To subscribe, go online to The Saint Minerals Project webpage at (link) On the project webpage, you will see a box titled “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page, click on “Subscribe to Email Updates”. When you click on that item, you will be prompted to provide your e-mail address and select a password. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail.

If you have no comments on the proposal but want to remain on the mailing list and don’t want to use the automated process described above, please contact Travis Whitman.

For further information on The Saint Minerals Project, please contact Travis Whitman, Minerals Administrator, at 208-392-6681.
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Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest Intend to Submit Grant Proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Lowman, Idaho, January 13, 2020 — The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to install an additional vault toilet at Mountain View Campground.

The application will request funding through the Department’s Recreational Vehicle Fund. Installation of the vault toilet is to accommodate for projected high use numbers and improve accessibility after the campground’s reconstruction in summer 2020.

All grant proposals will improve the visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards. This will also help sustain the capital investment of Mountain View Campground. If received, implementation of the grant would begin in late summer of 2020.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to:

Lowman Ranger District
Attn: Lauren Bonney
7539 Highway 21
Lowman, ID 83631

Or by calling the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361

Critter News:

Pooches will provide the power at Monster Dog Pull on Jan. 26

The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

The dog-gone most fun event of the Winter Carnival is the Monster Dog Pull on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Alpine Village in downtown McCall starting at 11 a.m.

Dogs of every shape and size will pull small weighted sleds along a short course one at a time, competing for the fastest time in one of six weight classes.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each class. No special training, skills or equipment required.

Registration is $15 for each dog racing, with sign-ups held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is no admission for spectators.

All proceeds will benefit MCPAWS, which provides safe shelter for abandoned, surrendered and lost cats and dogs.

MCPAWS also finds loving homes for all adoptable animals, promotes responsible pet ownership and reduces overpopulation through spay and neuter services.

For more information visit (link) or call 634-DOGS

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Third annual Idaho Sled Dog Challenge returns to McCall this month

Jan 14, 2020 By KIVI Staff

McCall, Idaho — The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is returning to McCall starting January 28 during the 2020 McCall Winter Carnival.

Celebrating its third consecutive year, the race features world-class mushers . It is the only 300-mile Yukon Quest qualifier in the lower 48 and one of only three such events in the contiguous continental U.S. states for the Iditarod. The Iditarod and the Yukon Quest are considered the longest and the toughest sled dog races in the world.

The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is part of the Rocky Mountain Triple Crown, which also includes the Eagle Cap Extreme January 22-25 near Joseph, Oregon, and the Race to the Sky February 7-11 near Helena, Montana.

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Pet Talk – Nasal tumors in dogs

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jan 17, 2020 IME

Tumors of the nasal cavity and nearby sinuses account for about 1 to 2 percent of tumors in dogs. Most nasal tumors occur in large-breed dogs older than 8. Most nasal tumors are malignant or cancerous. The cause of these tumors is unknown. There are multiple tumor types, including primary tumors arising from the tissues within the nasal cavity, and secondary tumors that invade the nose, especially from the tissues around the nose.

Most signs are very subtle initially, and the tumor can be present in the nasal cavity or sinuses for months before any abnormalities are seen. The first abnormality that occurs is a bloody discharge from one nostril only. If your dog has a bloody discharge from one nostril, then take it to your veterinarian for an immediate exam. Open-mouth, noisy breathing is common if the nasal cavity is obstructed.

Tumors may be suspected in animals with chronic nasal discharge unresponsive to symptomatic therapy. X-rays of the head may demonstrate changes in the nasal cavity or sinuses that are compatible with the tumor.

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Idaho Fish and Game forces mountain lion to leave Ketchum backyard

Jan 14, 2020 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI

Ketchum, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game used non-lethal methods to remove a mountain lion that frequented a Ketchum backyard. Fish and Game officers were notified on Friday, January 10, that the mountain lion which had been hazed the day before had returned.

The large male lion was bedded in the same location as found on January 9. After assessing the situation, officers fired several shotgun rounds, using rubber slugs and buckshot, to force the lion to leave the backyard. After the hazing, the lion ran from the area.

Once the area was clear, officers inspected the day bed and found a partially eaten elk calf, which the lion had been feeding on over the last few days. The elk was removed, reducing the chances of the lion returning.

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‘We have a very healthy elk population’: Idaho Fish & Game responds to concerns about elk slaughter in Magic Valley

Misty Inglet January 13, 2020 KTVB

Jerome, Idaho — A Facebook post claiming Idaho Fish and Game slaughtered 172 elk in the Magic Valley region is generating a heated debate on the social media platform.

With hundreds of comments and more than a thousand shares, the post has sparked some outrage with many questioning why Fish and Game would kill the elk. Others wondered if the post was true.

Terry Thompson, communications manager for Fish and Game Magic Valley region, tells KTVB that elk were killed but the number was actually 206 not 172.

According to Thompson, the elk were killed as part of a research project with a graduate student from the University of Idaho.


Fish & Game News:

More Camping Improvements Coming to Horsethief Reservoir

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

Jordan Messner, IDFG

Horsethief Reservoir continues to be a camping and fishing destination for outdoor enthusiasts across Idaho. As visitation continues to increase, the need has arisen to provide more structured camping to protect the very environment that visitors travel to Horsethief to enjoy.

That effort began in 2018, when three of Horsethief’s east side camping loops — Beaver Tail, Trout Landing and Horsethief Creek — were upgraded with compacted gravel loop roads, parking pads, new picnic tables and fire rings.

That project was just the beginning. In 2019, Horsethief Reservoir underwent additional renovation, this time targeting the King’s Point camping loop and the adjacent boat ramp area. The loop road was widened and paved, as were all 28 King’s Point campsites, with each site outfitted with large sand living pads, picnic tables and fire rings. The boat ramp parking area was enlarged and paved to better serve Horsethief boaters. Both will be ready for campers and boaters when the snow melts this spring.

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Windows to Wildlife Newsletter

In this Winter 2019 issue:

* For Wildlife, Climate Change is all About Timing
* Bees to Bears
* Idaho Birding Trail
* Bird Populations in North America are on the Decline
* Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds
* Winter Wildlife Events

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Winter weather so far has not prompted the need for emergency big game feeding

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Big game herds are well adapted to survive a typical Idaho winter

When big snowstorms roll through Idaho, people often wonder if Idaho Fish and Game will start feeding deer, elk, pronghorn and other animals. The short answer is that this is a normal winter so far, and the department usually only feeds big game during extreme winter conditions, or when other factors prompt it.

Fish and Game has winter feeding advisory committees in each region of the state except the Panhandle (which has never had a winter feeding program). The regional advisory committees keep a watchful eye on several weather conditions and factors, such as snow depths, whether there’s crust on snow that hinders an animal’s ability to forage and extended periods of sub-zero temperatures. They also monitor if animals are causing damage to private agriculture lands, or creating hazards to public safety, such as congregating near freeways and highways.

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

Caught On Video: Highland Park House Cat Fights Off 3 Coyotes

Jan 14, 2010

Los Angeles, CA (KCAL/KCBS) — A black-and-white cat named Max proved the claws can come out in an instant when he faced off with three coyotes at his Highland Park home.

The epic battle last Wednesday night was caught on Maya Gurrin’s home security video.

“My husband and I were watching a movie right here and all of a sudden we see this kind of shadow of a tail,” she said. “We walk outside and all of a sudden we see just three coyotes completely surrounding him.”




Seasonal Humor:

“If you have had enough cold and snow, Please… raise your hands.”