Feb 16, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 16, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
Feb 22 – Pie Contest 2pm at the Yellow Pine Tavern
May 2 – Firewise Meeting 2pm at the Fire Hall
(details below)
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Local Events:

Feb 22 – Pie Contest

2pm at the Yellow Pine Tavern, $1 per plate to taste the pies, money goes to the winners.
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May 2 Firewise Meeting

YPFD is participating in the “Wildfire Safety/National Community Preparedness Day”.

There will be an open house on May 2nd at 2pm at YPFD.

There will be presentations/pamphlets regarding what YPFD and the fire district has to offer on fire safety and mitigation for our community.
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Village News:

February Snow

February has brought a LOT of snow to Yellow Pine so far. From Feb 1st to Feb 16th: a total of 37.9″ of snow has fallen and since January 1st 76.5″ of snow has fallen, which is more than average for an entire winter.
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Winter 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 stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report the transfer station was plowed Wednesday (Feb 12) and Lakeshore came in and emptied the bins on Thursday (Feb 13.)

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:

Water rates have been increased (see letter with water bill), the 2019 fee is $400. Payment is due by Feb 15, 2020, or you can pay half and the other half is due June 15, 2020.

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.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

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:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Will open Friday Feb 21.
Winter Hours Open every day 9am-2pm 4pm-8pm
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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
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
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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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

subscribe:
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 (Feb 10) light snow early morning, trace by 10am and still snowing, snow depth varies from 30-32″ deep. Done snowing before 1030am and large patches of blue sky. Jays and hairy woodpecker calling, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy, breezy and icicles dripping after lunch time, high of 35 degrees. Patches of blue sky and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, dropping below freezing before sunset. Sun headed behind the ridge at 440pm. Report of hungry elk from the upper side of the village across the river. Mostly clear at dusk, lighter breezes. Bright moon and stars before midnight.

Tuesday (Feb 11) overnight low of 2 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, measured an average of 31″ of snow on the ground. Jays, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Sunny and very blue sky at lunch time, high of 43 degrees. Sunny, chilly breezes and warm sunshine mid-afternoon. Mostly clear at dusk and calmer, a few clouds painted in golden colors. Clouds moved in and light snowfall late evening into the night, finishing with a trace of graupel.

Wednesday (Feb 12) 24 hour low of 7 degrees (from Tues morning) it probably hovered around 25 during the night, trace of snow/graupel on the board this morning, an average of 30″ total snow on the ground (several crusty layers), mostly cloudy and light breeze. Jays, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Mostly cloudy and light breezes at lunch time, high of 39 degrees. Mail truck made it in a little early. Report of hungry elk in the lower SE part of the village. Partly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon. Gun shots around 4pm. Partly hazy at dusk and calmer. High thin hazy clouds before midnight, stars shining. Bright waning moon after midnight and cold.

Thursday (Feb 13) overnight low of 3 degrees, almost clear sky this morning, measured an average of 30″ old crusty snow on the ground. Several jays, a clark’s nutcracker, a female hairy woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatches and a few mountain chickadees visiting. Bright sunshine and icicles dripping at lunch time, high of 48 degrees. Snowmobile traffic. Clear, warm and light chilly breezes late afternoon. Clear sky at dusk and calm. Breezy and cloudy before midnight. Breezy and light snow falling some time after midnight.

Friday (Feb 14) 24 hour low of 5 degrees (from Thurs morning) the low was probably around 25F, it was 27F at 10am, mostly cloudy and breezy, trace of new snow and an average of 30″ total snow on the ground. Several jays calling from the trees, a trio visiting along with a nutcracker and several red-breasted nuthatches. Mostly cloudy and a bit breezy at lunch time, followed by a short little snow flurry, high of 39 degrees. Later both a female and a male hairy woodpecker, a white breasted nuthatch and mountain chickadees visited. Another short snow flurry and breezy early afternoon. Partly cloudy and quite breezy by mid-afternoon. Cloudy and calmer after dark. Cloudy at midnight. Dusting of snow fell before 6am.

Saturday (Feb 15) overnight low of 21 degrees, 1/10″ new snow and measured 29″ total snow on the ground, overcast and fairly calm. Hairy woodpecker drumming on the power pole, lots of jays being vocal in the neighborhood, clark’s nutcracker, red-breasted nuthatches and a chickadee visiting. Cloudy at lunch time, high of 36 degrees. Snowmobile traffic. Cloudy and light breezes mid-afternoon. Stronger breezes and thicker clouds late afternoon. Snowing after dark and stacking up. Not snowing at midnight. More snow after 7am.

Sunday (Feb 16) 24 hour low of 26 degrees (30F at 10am) 2 1/2″ new snow and 31″ total snow on the ground, overcast and steady snowfall until 11am (trace then melted.) Clark’s nutcracker, male and female hairy woodpeckers, jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Breaks in the clouds at lunch time and icicles dripping, high of 41 degrees. Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon and flag flapping breezy. Next round of snow started off with flakes, then snowing pretty hard by 445pm and windy, tapering off and done by 610pm (about 1″ new), then mostly clear and lighter breezes. Snowmobile traffic.
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Idaho News:

Wilkses offer to open roads

County would take over access roads in Kennally Creek, Gold Fork areas

By Max Silverson The Star-News Feb 13, 2020

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Graphic courtesy Wilks Ranch Brokers. Red lines shows roads on land owned by DF Development that are under discussion to be transferred to Valley County.

Representatives of DF Development on Monday offered to Valley County commissioners ownership of roads now owned by the company near Donnelly and Cascade.

The proposal would see the county take ownership of roads in the Kennally Creek and Gold Fork areas that provide access to state and federal land.

“The subject property, which we refer to as Gold Fork North, is over 11,000 acres and would provide the general public with some beautiful scenery and allow access to State and National Forest land,” Wilks Ranch Brokers Manager of Sales and leasing Jerry Conring wrote in an email to the county.

The new roads would have direct access off of Barker Lane and Gold Fork Road, Conring said.

Commissioners were receptive to the proposal, but also asked that the company consider making more DF Development owned roads into public roads.

Those requests include sections of Flat Creek Road, Lost Basin Road, West Fork Creek Road, Packer John Road, Sage Hen Road, Lost Basin Road, Corral Creek Road and Horsethief Road.

“I think it’s great they turned around and decided to deal with us instead of locking everybody out,” Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck said.

Commissioners speculated that the transfer of roads may be in advance of DF Development selling parcels of land in the area at some time in the future.

Wilks Ranch Brokers has a property listed for sale on its website that roughly consists of the northern half of the roads proposed. The 5,722-acre property called Kennally Creek Ranch is listed for about $11.4 million.

The county would also be responsible for road maintenance if ownership were transferred.

The roads could be classified as high clearance or ATV trails, costing little in maintenance costs, but would still be accessible by the public, Hasbrouck said.

Commissioners and DF Development representatives did not make a decision on Monday, but made plans to look at the condition of each road once the snow melts.

DF Development is controlled by Farris and Dan Wilks of Cisco, Texas, who purchased 172,000 acres of private land in west-central Idaho in 2016.

The land was previously owned by Boise Cascade Corp and later Potlatch Corp., which managed the lands for timber harvest. The companies allowed the public to use the land for hunting, hiking, mountain biking, ATV use and other activities.

The new owners erected gates and “No Trespassing” signs across access roads into their land due to what the brothers said was instances of abuse.

The DF Development lands are concentrated around Smith Ferry, along the east side of Long Valley between Cascade and Lake Fork, and surrounding Meadows Valley.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Valley County to hear proposed rules on short-term rentals

By Max Silverson The Star-News Feb 13, 2020

Valley County commissioners will air a proposed ordinance governing short term rental in the county at a public hearing on Tuesday.

A public hearing will be one of three beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

Two other hearings will be on proposed regulations on accessory dwelling units and recreational vehicle campgrounds.

The rules would require every short-term rental to apply for an annual administrative permit and set standards on maximum occupancy, sewage disposal, garbage, setbacks, rules of operation, lighting, camp fires, quiet hours, and notification to adjacent property owners.

The purpose of the ordinance is to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare in order to protect the integrity of residential neighborhoods, according to the draft ordinance.

Short term rental refers to any residence that is rented for 30 days or less. Current short-term rentals would not be exempted from obtaining a permit.

The proposal would require that the number of occupants could not exceed the limits of the septic system as approved by Central District Health. Portable toilets could not be used to increase the maximum occupancy.

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Valley DMV office to get new home in Cascade courthouse

By Max Silverson The Star-News Feb 13, 2020

The Division of Motor Vehicles office at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade is set to move to a new permanent location in the building’s ground floor after a water leak and mold outbreak forced a temporary move.

The DMV, which was forced to close between Jan. 21-24, will relocate to a large meeting room, kicking off an office shuffle among county departments.

The shuffle plans followed a discussion between Valley County Assessor June Fullmer and Valley County commissioners during commissioners’ weekly meeting on Monday.

Staff in the plat clerk’s office was also forced to relocate due to the mold and needed a permanent working space while the north wing of the building is renovated.

The DMV is set to begin moving into the new space as soon as possible, Fullmer said.

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Cascade hopes to get a total makeover for HGTV’s new ‘Hometown Takeover’ show

As for what parts of the city that need a makeover, Mayor Nissula says the library, city hall, sidewalks, and streetscaping could all use a little improvement.

KTVB February 11, 2020

Boise, Idaho — The City of Cascade is making the case that the small town deserves a large-scale makeover for a new HGTV show,

Mayor Judy Nissula told KTVB that the city submitted the video to the network on Friday.

The new show is called “Hometown Takeover” and is a spin-off one of HGTV’s current shows, “Hometown.” The hosts are choosing a second community of 40,000 or fewer and help them completely revamp their town.

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Friend of avalanche center to host fundraiser Feb. 21

The Star-News Feb 13, 2020

The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center will host a fundraiser party with live music on Friday, Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Banyan’s on the Green.

The event will also include a silent auction and raffle prizes. Live music will be performed by Jughandle Parade.

Cost is $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center, which is a partner to the Payette Avalanche Center.

The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a community-based forum to share avalanche information, to operate and maintain local beacon basic training facilities and to provide basic avalanche education to winter recreationists.

For more information on the Payette Avalanche Center or its Friends, visit (link). Banyans on the Green is located at 925 Fairway Dr.

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US National Weather Service: Idaho, Northwest snow pack above average

by CBS 2 News Staff Sunday, February 16th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Snow pack in much of Idaho, and in much of the northwest as well, is above average for the season, according to the US National Weather Service.

A map shows much of the Gem State with snow pack averages over 100 percent.

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Letter to Share:

Response to Questions-Warm Lake Feeder Line Relocation

2/11/2020

Thank you for your comments on the upcoming Idaho Power Warm Lake Feeder Line Relocation Project. Here are some follow-up to several questions asked.

Disruption of service: Yes, there will be a short outage in service (approximately 4 hours) to transition power from the existing overhead line to the new underground line. IPC will coordinate this outage with the town of Yellow Pine so that the outage will not adversely affect residents and businesses.

Expense to Homeowners: There will be no increase in cost of services to local residents specific from this project.

Length of project and coordination with the Harmonica Festival: The duration of the total construction period is anticipated to be two months. IPC will coordinate with the community of Yellow Pine and schedule project activities so that they do not occur during Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, or interfere with community events/festivals since businesses rely on the revenue generated by these holidays/festivities.

Traffic control along Johnson Creek Road: Project activities will require set up and operation of equipment within and along Johnson Creek Road. As such, IPC will implement appropriate traffic control and/or road restrictions to ensure public safety during construction.. Traffic control may include flaggers and restriction of traffic to one lane, as well as limited road closures. IPC will coordinate project activities with the Valley County Road Department. Prior notice would be given for any extended delay or road blockage. The closures would only be for the time needed to perform the construction tasks requiring the road restrictions. The road restrictions would be managed according to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Terre Pearson-Ramirez
NZ NEPA Planner
Boise National Forest
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Public Lands:

Burntlog Route Geophysical Investigation – Scoping

2/10/2020

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the Burntlog Route Geophysical Investigation Project on lands managed by the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.

Project Description

The purpose of the Burntlog Route Geophysical Investigation is to collect crucial data at proposed rock quarries, bridge abutments, cut slopes, and soil nail/ mechanically stabilized earth wall locations. This project is needed to inform feasibility of developing a transportation route from the Stibnite mine site to Highway 55. The current proposal is to use the existing Burntlog road and develop a new alignment between Trapper Creek and Stibnite.

Analysis indicates that this action falls within the category of 36 CFR 220.6(e)(8) – Short-term (1 year or less) mineral, energy, or geophysical investigations and their incidental support activities that may require cross-country travel by vehicles and equipment, construction of less than 1 mile of low standard road, or use and minor repair of existing roads.

The Decision on this analysis will only authorize the geophysical investigation. The decision on the actual construction of the road is tied to the larger Stibnite analysis.

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: (link)

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 for the environmental assessment. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the Project webpage (link above). 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 the Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611.
* Hand deliver to the Cascade Ranger 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 208-259-3366.

If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “Burntlog Route Geophysical Investigation” 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 March 2, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Two-Bit Road Decommissioning-Scoping

2/11/2020

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the Two-Bit Road Decommissioning Project on lands managed by the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.

Project Description

The Two-Bit Road Decommissioning project proposes to decommission approximately 18 miles of non-system routes in the Six-bit Creek and Curtis Creek subwatersheds. The purpose is to reduce sediment delivery to the South Fork Salmon River and several tributaries to improve spawning and rearing habitat for the threatened Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout.

Analysis indicates that this action falls within the category 36 CFR 220.6(e)(20) – Activities that restore, rehabilitate, or stabilize lands occupied by roads and trails, to a more natural condition that may include removing, replacing, or modifying drainage structures and ditches, reestablishing vegetation, reshaping natural contours and slopes, reestablishing drainage-ways, or other activities that would restore site productivity and reduce environmental impacts

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: (link).

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 for the environmental assessment. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the Project webpage (link above). 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 the Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611.
* Hand deliver to the Cascade Ranger 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 208-259-3366.

If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “Two-Bit Road Decommissioning” 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 March 2, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Tawnya Brummett selected as Forest Supervisor For Boise National Forest

2/12/2020

Boise Idaho, February 12, 2020 — Regional Forester Nora Rasure has selected Tawnya Brummett as the Forest Supervisor for the Boise National Forest. Tawnya has served for the last three years as the Boise National Forest’s Deputy Forest Supervisor. She replaces Cecilia Romero Seesholtz who retired December 2019.

“We are excited that Tawnya has accepted the position to lead Idaho’s Capital City Forest,” said Rasure. “Her diverse experience in range, wildlife, wildland fire and leadership will help the Boise National Forest continue to implement an ambitious forest management program.”

Brummett has 19 years in federal service most recently as acting Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest. Before serving as the Boise National Forest’s Deputy Forest Supervisor, she was the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska; District Ranger on the Lolo National Forest in Montana; Wildlife Biologist and Range Specialist on the Gila National Forest in NM; Wildlife Biologist on the Angelina-Sabine National Forest in East Texas; hotshot fire crewmember on the Gila National Forest.

“I am honored to step into this leadership role on the Boise National Forest,” said Brummett. “I look forward to strengthening existing partnerships as well as inviting new ideas and collaborative opportunities. I want our stakeholders to know that I remain committed to working with them to address concerns and implement strategies that improve the health of the forest while supporting our communities.”

Tawnya comes from a farming and ranching family in New Mexico, she, and her family are avid outdoor enthusiasts. During their off-time they enjoy multiple outdoor experiences on National Forest System lands including, boating, camping, hunting and hiking.

Brummett is a recognized leader in wildland fire, chairing a national complex fire leadership program for the last two years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Stephan F. Austin State University.
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Idaho Department of Transportation Maintenance Facility at Banks Special Use Permit Renewal -Scoping

2/11/2020

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the Idaho Department of Transportation Maintenance Facility at Banks Special Use Permit Renewal Project as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.

Project Description

The Emmett Ranger District, in coordination with the Idaho Department of Transportation, is seeking to issue a new special use authorization for a new term to replace expired authorization EMT100131 which authorized the operation and maintenance of a building and storage area for the State of Idaho Department of Transportation—known as Banks Maintenance Shed No. 3114.

Analysis indicates that this action falls within the category 36 CFR 220.6(e)(15) issuance of a new special use authorization for a new term to replace an expired special use authorization. There are not changes to the authorized facilities or increases in the scope or intensity of the authorized activities and the holder is in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their expired authorization

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: (link)

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 for the environmental assessment. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the Project webpage (link above). 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 or hand deliver to the Emmett Ranger District, 1857 Highway 16, Emmett, ID 83617. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
* Fax 208-365-7637.

If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “IDT Maintenance Facility SUP” 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 March 2, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Cambridge Telephone Company Special Use Permit Renewal-Scoping

2/10/2020

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the Cambridge Telephone Company Special Use Permit Renewal Project as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.

Project Description

The Lowman Ranger District in coordination with Cambridge Telephone Company is seeking to issue a new special use authorization for a new term to replace expired authorization LMN419306 which authorized the lease of land for the operation and maintenance of a microwave common carrier (MCC 803) on Jackson Peak.

Analysis indicates that this action falls within the category 36 CFR 220.6(e)(15) issuance of a new special use authorization for a new term to replace an expired special use authorization. There are not changes to the authorized facilities or increases in the scope or intensity of the authorized activities and the holder is in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their expired authorization

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: (link)

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 for the environmental assessment. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the Project webpage (link above). 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 or hand deliver to the Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83637. 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 208-259-3366.

If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “Cambridge SUP” 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 March 2, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Lowman Fire Station Special Use Renewal Project -Scoping

2/10/2020

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the Lowman Fire Station Special Use Renewal Project as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.

Project Description

The Lowman Ranger District in coordination with the Lowman Fire Department is seeking to issue a new special use authorization for a new term to replace expired authorization LMN433701 which authorized the Fire Station off mile marker 80 on Idaho State Highway-21.

Analysis indicates that this action falls within the category 36 CFR 220.6(e)(15) issuance of a new special use authorization for a new term to replace an expired special use authorization. There are not changes to the authorized facilities or increases in the scope or intensity of the authorized activities and the holder is in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their expired authorization

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: (link)

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 for the environmental assessment. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the Project webpage (link above). 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 or hand deliver to the Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83637. 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 208-259-3366.

If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “Lowman Fire Station SUP” 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 March 2, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Lowman Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project

2/11/2020

The Forest Service is seeking public input (comments) for the Lowman Wildland Urban Interface Project on lands managed by the Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.

Project Description

The Lowman WUI project would utilize prescribed fire, non-commercial thinning, and commercial thinning to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire to the wildland urban interface around the community of Lowman. The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: (link)

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 for the environmental assessment. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways

* Through the Lowman WUI Project webpage (link above). 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 or hand deliver to the Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 8363. 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 208-259-3366.

If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “Lowman WUI” 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).

Comment Period & Pre-decisional Objection Process

The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the Idaho World. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments (36 CFR §218.2) regarding the proposed project or activity during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection (36 CFR §218.24(b)(6)). For issues to be raised in objections, they must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. The time period for the opportunity to comment on a proposed project or activity to be documented with an environmental assessment shall not be extended. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner.

For further information on the project, please contact Ryan Shannahan, Team Leader, at 208-259-3361.
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Public informational meeting about Sage Hen Recreation Area

Boise National Forest 2/11/2020
Contact: Venetia Gempler (208) 373-4105

Emmett, Idaho, February 11, 2020 — The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is hosting an informational meeting Feb. 20, 2020, to share proposed restoration activities in the Sage Hen Recreation Area.

“We are hosting this meeting before we begin the formal scoping process to provide an overview of the proposed project and restoration needs, “said Katie Wood, Emmett District Ranger. “The Sage Hen area is a favorite destination for many forest visitors and we want people to know they can participate and inform the development of the proposed action.”

For more information about the Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project visit: (link). There the public can request more information and sign up to receive email updates.

The meeting details include:

* Date: Feb. 20, 2020
* Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
* Location: Emmett Ranger District Office, 1857 Highway 16, Suite A, Emmett ID
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Tips & Advice:

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

* Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.

* Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

* Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.

* Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.

* Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.

* Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

* Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.

* Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

* Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

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Critter News:

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MCPAWS to hold free cat microchipping clinic Feb. 20

The Star-News Feb 13, 2020

MCPAWS will host a free cat microchip clinic on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter.

In 2019, MCPAWS saw an increase of the number of stray cats successfully returned to their humans due in part to the increased effort to microchip owned cats.

“Most stray cats are never reunited with their owners,” development director Kattie Kingsley said in a recent press release. “MCPAWS is working to address this issue by offering free cat microchips. All you have to do is bring your cat in a carrier to MCPAWS.”

Microchipped cats are reunited with their owners 38.5% of the time, compared to just 1.8% for those without chips.

A microchip is a small, electronic chip about the size of a grain of rice that is injected under the skin of an animal. No surgery or anesthesia is required.

The microchip contains a number that is linked to the owner’s information and can be read when a scanner is passed over the area.

Call 208-634-3647 for more information or to schedule a time outside the clinic hours to have a cat microchipped free of charge.

MCPAWS, which is located at 831 S. Third St., received a Maddie’s Fund grant to fund the microchip clinic.

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Pet Talk – Dogs are always swallowing foreign objects!

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Feb 14, 2020

A gastric foreign body is any item that is present in the stomach and not passing the small intestine or is vomited. Some gastric foreign bodies can cause severe vomiting or intestinal obstruction, and others, such as coins or metal toys, can poison the animal. Gastric foreign bodies occur when something is swallowed but cannot leave the stomach. They may include large pieces of bone, an item that the animal was playing with, rocks, socks, gloves and underwear. Some animals eat unusual items if they have nausea, and some eat unusual items as part of a behavioral problem. This consumption of unusual items is called PICA.

The most common clinical sign of a gastric foreign body is vomiting. Most animals also lose their appetite. If the foreign body is made of zinc, the animal may develop anemia. If it is made of a heavy metal such as lead, then poisoning may occur.

If the gastric foreign body is suspected, abdominal X-rays are commonly recommended.

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Council, Boise mushers dominate in 100-mile Idaho Sled Dog Challenge

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, February 11th 2020


Courtesy Photographer Melissa Shelby and the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Idaho mushers took first and third place in the 100-mile Idaho Sled Dog Challenge.

Winner Laurie Warren from Council finished the race Jan. 31 after 20 hours and 55 minutes on the trail.

Seppa Francis, a 15-year-old from Kuna, finished the junior race, a 37-mile event in which she was the only contender, with help from Kevin Daugherty, a musher from McCall vying in the 100-mile race.

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Community leaders discuss wildlife education

F&G initiative is in early planning phase

Emily Jone Feb 14, 2020 IME


Express photo by Roland Lane, The Wood River Valley has long had a problem with bears eating from residents’ trash cans, such as this female black bear and her cubs near Board Ranch, west of Ketchum, about five years ago.

A diverse group of Wood River Valley nonprofit leaders, city representatives and Forest Service and BLM employees met on Feb. 6 to discuss a grassroots effort to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.

The purpose of the well-attended “wildlife-friendly community” meeting, spearheaded by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, was to brainstorm how each jurisdiction could renew its commitment to wildlife preservation and education.

“With all the incidents that have occurred recently, from the killing of pets to the mountain lion killed [on Jan. 30], we can take real steps to reduce our conflicts with wildlife—animals never win in those situations,” said Hailey City Council President Kaz Thea, who attended the meeting, during a council meeting Monday. “We can increase our educational efforts.”

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Winter Wildlife Photos

photo gallery by Roland Lane IME

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Idaho, other western states to study big game range land

The grant was announced by the U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday.

Associated Press February 14, 2020

Boise, Idaho — Idaho has been awarded a grant to study how elk herds move through a northern Idaho migration corridor also used by grizzly bears and wolverines.

The grant was announced by the U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday.

It’s part of $3.2 million in funding for big game range land studies in 11 western states.

Idaho’s work will involve tagging 40 elk in the McArthur Lake area and using 119 trail cameras to map their movements.

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Idaho visitors could see big hike in hunting, fishing fees

Most notably, the costs for elk and deer hunting are going up dramatically, which are the two most profitable areas for Idaho Fish and Game.

Keith Ridler (AP) February 11, 2020

Boise, Idaho — Legislation significantly increasing what it will cost nonresidents to hunt deer and elk in Idaho headed to the full Senate on Monday.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee approved the measure that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says resident hunters asked for so there will be less overcrowding in the field.

“Hunt satisfaction reported by many resident hunters has declined to the point where the (Idaho Fish and Game) Commission has made finding relief for this problem one of their highest priorities,” Paul Kline, a deputy director at the Department of Fish and Game, told lawmakers.

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Group of elk hit by train in southeastern Idaho

Idaho Fish and Game say the elk were hit in rural Bear Lake County early Sunday morning.

Associated Press February 11, 2020

Dingle, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game officials say a small group of elk were hit by a train in rural Bear Lake County over the weekend.

Conservation officers said 11 elk were killed in the collision near Dingle early Sunday morning. Two others were injured and had to be dispatched by wildlife managers. The salvageable meat was donated to members of the community, Fish and Wildlife officials said.

Such incidents are uncommon in southeastern Idaho, though this is the second incident in the area in a little over a year. In January 2019, about 30 elk were killed by a train traveling between Montpelier and Soda Springs.

Earlier this month, about 45 pronghorn were killed and another 19 were injured and had to be put down by wildlife managers in a train collision north of Hamer in eastern Idaho.

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Nampa deploys decoys to scare off crows

Feb 12, 2020 KIVI

Nampa, Idaho — For several years now, the City of Nampa has been having problems with an influx of crows. Businesses and residents have complained about the mess left behind from the birds.

For the past two months, the city has been using plastic crow decoys, placing them in trees, to scare the crows away. According to city officials, it’s been working so far.

“The area downtown has not seen the impact that it had a couple of years ago,” said Amy Bowman, communications manager for the City of Nampa. “And so really, it’s been a great success.”

In the past, the city has tried scaring the crows away with shiny objects and even used infrared lasers. So far, the decoys seem to be working the best. There is no word on how long they will stay in place.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Department of Fish and Game hosting public meetings on Chinook salmon seasons

Feb 12, 2020 KIVI


Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc.

Boise, Idaho — This month, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public’s input on the upcoming Chinook salmon seasons.

During these meetings, pizza and refreshments will be provided, and biologists will discuss what we learned from last year’s Chinook Salmon season, what this year’s salmon return is projected to look like, and strategies we could use to manage this year’s Chinook run. As always, input from anglers is important to help ensure the Chinook Salmon run is managed in a manner that is most satisfying to all who participate in this amazing fishery.

In addition to this, biologists will also give presentations on topics we think anglers may be interested in, such as: “What have we been doing to control sea-lions?”, and “Where are all our fish dying?”, and “What is our ocean looking like?”. At the meetings in Nampa and Cascade, there will also be a special presentation on ‘Perch Management at Lake Cascade’.

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Remember Idaho’s nongame wildlife when completing your taxes

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, February 14, 2020

Anyone working on this year’s tax forms might consider checking the box to donate to Idaho’s wildlife.

Taxpayers may check the square on their Idaho tax forms to donate any amount of their refund to the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund administered by Idaho Fish and Game.

This fund is used to pay for important work on species that are not hunted, fished or trapped – the “nongame” species of wildlife and plants that make up the vast majority of Idaho’s biological diversity. Other Fish and Game programs aimed at game animals and fish are funded through the sale of licenses and tags to hunters and anglers.

No general taxes go to either game or nongame programs.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Zoo animals enjoy treats on Valentine’s Day

ABC News

Gorillas enjoyed hearts made of biscuit and gelatin, while tortoises ate heart-shaped watermelon, as an Illinois zoo treated their animals to snacks to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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2 bobcats try to flirt, end up yelling at each other instead

Colorado bobcats in love?

Allison Sylte February 14, 2020 KTVB

Boulder County, Colo. — This Valentine’s Day, humans across the world will attempt to flirt during a Hallmark holiday that honors the beauty of love.

Of course, there are some humans that aren’t so good at flirting, because honestly, it’s hard.

With that being said, be thankful that your flirting (likely) doesn’t sound anything like these two bobcats.

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Seasonal Humor:

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