Monthly Archives: March 2020

March 29, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 29, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed until further notice
March 22 – Boil Water Order
March 23 – South Fork Road Weight Restrictions
(details below)
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page

link:
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Idaho Gov’s Stay at Home Order

link:
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Local Events:

Nothing scheduled for now.
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Village News:

Boil Water Order is still in effect

Boil Order Advisory Notice for immediate distribution. This notice should be sent to all customers as well as posted in public places such as the Tavern and the Post Office etc.

Boil Water Advisory Notice Starting on 3-22-2020

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory Notice applies to The Yellow Pine Water System

After the turbidity of the treated water has fallen below then required limit, the boil advisory can be lifted. I anticipate that it will take just a few days to meet both criteria.
Regards,
Warren Drake

Update March 28th:

The boil order will remain in effect until treatment requirements are met.
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Yellow Pine Tavern closed due to COVID-19 fears

Tavern will be closed til further notice. Will have gas available as well as take out beer, pop, candy, chips, pizza. Call 208 739-7086 or go to 355 Yellow Pine Ave. House across street from the Tavern next to the Silver Dollar.
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South Fork Road Restrictions

The load restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road started on Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.
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Snowmobile Grooming

Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season. The PNF has closed a number of snowmobile parking lots (see below under Public Lands.)
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March Snow

So far in March we have had a total of 12″ of snow fall, 2″ fell this last week (and melted.) As of Sunday morning there was an average of 18″ of snow in the open on the flat. Tree wells, rocky south facing slopes and ground near buildings are opening up wider each day. Local streets are a mix of afternoon slush or bare ground.
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Rock Migration Season

Watch for rocks on the EFSF road in the bowling alley area and some areas of the South Fork, the freeze thaw cycle is bringing down rocks large and small.
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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

Dump Report March 17th: The bins are less than half full. The road to the dump is breaking up, slush and ruts.

Lakeshore last emptied the bins Feb 13. The transfer station was last plowed on Feb 28.

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:

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

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

Closed until further notice.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 208-502-0940
FB page link
open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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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 (Mar 23) overnight low of 25 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy this morning, measured an average of 19″ snow on the ground. Fox visited during the night. A few nuthatches, jays, a couple of chickadees and several juncos visiting. Started sprinkling before lunch time. Rain changed to snow early afternoon, socked in low. Cloudy late afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Lots of birds calling: jays, chickadees, juncos and a raven, also a woodpecker drumming. A report of a pileated woodpecker in the neighborhood. Partly clear early evening. Overcast and the top of VanMeter fogged in at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Trace of snow fell before 6am.

Tuesday (Mar 24) overnight low of 28 degrees, overcast and breezy this morning, trace of new snow melting and measured an average of 18″ of snow on the ground. Birds calling, jays squawking, juncos twittering and nuthatches beeping. Snowed for a couple hours after lunch time. Hairy woodpecker and chickadees visiting early afternoon, high of 40 degrees. Overcast, breezy and flaking snow late afternoon for a while. Broken cloud cover and just above freezing at dusk. Solid trace of snow before midnight and snowing lightly. More snow early morning blown in under the porch.

Wednesday (Mar 25) overnight low of 27 degrees, low overcast sitting down on the peaks and flaking snow at observation time, measured 1″ new snow and an average of 19″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, jays, juncos, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Snowing pretty good before 1130am, socked in down to valley floor, about 1/2″ new snow then melting at noon. Mail truck made it in a little early even though he was caught in the blizzard. Breaks in the clouds and a few flakes on and off after lunch time, high of 40 degrees. Cooler and snow flurries on and off in the afternoon. Windy and blowing snow late afternoon, dropped below freezing before 5pm. Another front blew thru late evening with clouds down to valley floor and more snow. Higher clouds at dusk, measured 1″ new snow. Cloudy before midnight. A little more snow fell during the night, then clearing and cold.

Thursday (Mar 26) overnight low of 12 degrees, partly cloudy and chilly light breezes this morning, measured 1″ of snow remaining on the board and 19″ snow on the ground. Airplane flew over a few times. Pine squirrel, jays, juncos, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Warm sunshine before noon, melting and dripping. Thicker clouds after lunch time, high of 41 degrees. A pair of hungry clark’s nutcracker stopped by. Partly sunny late afternoon, and partly cloudy early evening. At dusk it had dropped to freezing and was mostly cloudy. Stars out before midnight.

Friday (Mar 27) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and chilly light breezes this morning, no new snow and an average of 18″ snow on the ground. Silly pine squirrel, jays, juncos, nuthatches and a chickadee visiting, raven was calling to the east. Thicker darker clouds at lunch time. Clark’s nutcracker visiting. Dark gray overcast and chilly breezes late afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Dark thick overcast and cold light breezes at dusk. Cloudy and light breezes before midnight.

Saturday (Mar 28) 24 hour low of 28 degrees (from Friday morning), gray overcast and light breeze this morning, no new snow and an average of 18″ snow on the ground. Local pine squirrel, jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy at lunch time. Breaks in the clouds early afternoon, high of 47 degrees. Mostly cloudy and very light breezes late afternoon, jays and juncos visiting. Mostly cloudy and quiet at dusk. A few stars out before midnight. Started snowing at 1020am.

Sunday (Mar 29) overnight low of 26 degrees, lowering overcast and snowing big flakes this morning but melting, estimate an average of 18″ snow on the ground. Raven calling, jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Stopped snowing by lunch time. Cloudy and gusty breezes early afternoon, high of 46 degrees. Mostly cloudy and lighter breezes late afternoon. Quiet day. Dark clouds and a bit breezy at dusk.
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RIP:

Mayor Chappy

April 19, 1945 – March 23, 2020

RIPChappy2020

Larry Chapman, (Chappy), 74, passed away in his sleep Sunday evening in Riggins. He was a special guy and we will all miss him. No services are planned at this time.

“You’ll be Happy with Mayor Chappy”

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Yellow Pine has lost our Honorary Mayor Chappy. A good man with a kind heart that always helped out anyone in need. Logger, Miner, Inventor (Automatic Fish Catcher and The Boot Saver), Artist, Father and Friend.

So long pard.

ChappyBigFish

Father to Kendi and Candi

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Mayor Chappy’s wife Nancee Kay Riggs, 69, of Riggins died April 12, 2018. Daughter Candi passed away Nov 30, 2018. Survived by daughter Kendi.

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Logging Crew

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One evening, several of the loggers started playing pool. Somehow they came to the agreement that the loser would get his hair cut. I remember that Harvey Whitten, John Callender, Larry Chapman and Leroy Rainey, were in on it. There may have been more. They absolutely shaved the head of the first loser. This was so hilarious that they were not satisfied until every one of them had lost. They all looked like peeled onions. They were sure having fun, but there were several unhappy wives over that one.

Larry Chapman immortalized the pool hair cuts in refrain: “I got to thinkin’ about the hair cuts and writ’ a poem about it.”

There’s dumb things done, in the afternoon sun, by the loggers in the bar, But I dare say, about the last of May, was the dummest thing I’ve done, so far.

The 7-Devil’s bar, is the best by far, as the place to have a drink, And by day, the bar-keep’s away, a snoozin’ like a mink,

But his wife is there, with golden hair, and a ‘hole lotta gab. She’ll mix you a drink, quick as a wink, and write it on your tab.

If you feel, like you’d like a rod or reel, or if you don’t have that in mind, They have ice, rats and mice, and even fishin’ line.

He’s got hooks, and lures with crooks, or even a pound of nails, And if you’ve thot’, of sumthin’ he ain’t got, he’ll get through the mail!

One sunny morn, when the weather was warm, I stopped to have a shot. The boys were there, talkin’ about long hair, and were gettin’ kinda’ hot.

We had a few, and the hours flew, and I was actin’ like a nut, And we decided there, to play pool for hair, and the Winners got to cut.

Big John and Dave, thought their hides they’d save, and picked out the 2 best sticks, LeRoy and I, between us only had one eye, so from the rest we took our pick.

The balls were racked, and the chalk was passed, and it was their turn to break. Big John broke, in a cloud of smoke, but narry a ball did he make,

It was my choice then, so I made the ten, and the 15 went in with ease, I was on the twelve, and thot’ what the hell, and missed it like a breeze.

Dave took his cue, and made the six and two, and then the three and four, I felt my hair, and thot’ it’ll be slick up there, but he never made no more.

LeRoy made four balls, and stood against the wall, and leaned back and smelled the flowers, then made the one, and I said, “Now son, you know that that ain’t ours.

It was plain to see, it was the razor for me, and Big John just couldn’t wait, He shot the five, but on the way by, the cue ball had made the eight.

We cut their hair, in a straight back chair, right in the middle of the day, And shaved their heads, like feather beds, and even McCallister got in the way.

Old LeRoy said. “Old Boy, I’ll have just the same”, When I cut his ear, It’s good you couldn’t hear, ’cause he called me an awful name.

The next day, I saw ‘ern commn’ from far away, and that’s one thing I didn’t need, So some scizzors I found, and peeled my crown, But I still left some for seed!

By Larry Chapman

From Rosella (S?) “I’ve Gotta Write a Book” 1998 page 44
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Note: if friends wish to send a card, contact rrSue via email for an address. I will let folks know when we figure out a future celebration for hiz honor.

Slide Show: (click a photo to start)

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Idaho News:

Stay Home!

Message from Valley County

Law enforcement is reporting a large number of out-of-area vehicles arriving to our area.

A Reminder to All: citizens should not be accepting guests, vacation rentals should not be renting to anyone other than essential service providers, recreational opportunities are closed, retail shops are closed.

Please do your part to respect the Governor’s order to stay home: “Please stay home so you don’t overwhelm the limited resources in small towns and communities who are also staying home to slow the spread.”

(Valley County FB March 28th)
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Visitors to Valley County told to ‘stay home, stay healthy’

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Potential visitors to Valley County were urged last week to stay home in light of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

A statement issued on Saturday by government agencies and the county’s two hospitals asked those thinking about visiting the county to “stay home and stay healthy.”

The statement was issued by Valley County, the cities of McCall, Cascade and Donnelly, St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center and Cascade Medical Center.

“While our hospitals are prepared to care for the citizens of Valley County and surrounding areas, an influx of people from elsewhere risks overwhelming the limited resources at our hospitals,” said Dr. Gregory Irvine, chief of staff at St. Luke’s McCall.

There is a false perception by people who are planning “virus vacations” to think rural areas carry less risk of infection, Irvine said.

“I can think of little that is more inappropriate and dangerous than this mindset,” he said.

McCall Mayor Bob Giles said in the statement that public health and safety are a high priority.

“We simply don’t have enough stores, healthcare providers, medical tools or first responders to take care of an increase in population right now,” Giles said.

Businesses that normally cater to visitors sent out similar advisories asking customers to stay home.

“Now is not the time to escape to the mountains,” a joint statement from Hotel McCall, Rupert’s Restaurant and Jug Mountain Ranch said.

“Not for the weekend, or for the week or for possibly longer,” the statement said. “We must do our part to manage the spread of the outbreak.”

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Valley County sets up task force to coordinate COVID-19 response

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Valley County commissioners have approved the creation of a task force in an effort to consolidate information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move seeks to centralize resources and provide clear communication on local efforts to address the virus.

The group will be made of officials from the county, McCall, Donnelly and Cascade fire districts and representatives of the cities of Cascade, Donnelly and McCall.

Getting up and running with a response task force would better serve the community before a local outbreak is confirmed, Valley County Emergency Manager Juan Bonilla said.

Bonilla said the Blaine County emergency manager told him from his experience that, “after the first patient, you’re two weeks behind.” Blaine County had 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday.

“We could have a spike very quickly based on the number of tests that are awaiting results,” said Bonilla, who is also chief of Donnelly Fire & EMS.

The task force will set up shop in the Valley County Emergency Operations Center on West Spring Street across from the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

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link: Valley County Covid-19 Response page
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Valley County gets its first COVID-19 case – sort of

Part-timer recorded as ‘resident’ of county

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Valley County was counted on Sunday with its first case of the COVID-19 virus even though the patient was not in Valley County when tested and did not contract the virus in Valley County.

Central District Health announced on Sunday that a man in his 50s with mild symptoms was confirmed to have COVID-19 after testing in Ada County.

The man, who was not named, was described as a part-time resident of Valley County in a health department news release.

He had traveled to Blaine County, which has the most COVID-19 cases of any county in the state, but had not traveled to Valley County during his infectious period, the news release said.

“While the part-time resident is currently self-isolating in Ada County and was tested in Ada County, he indicates his primary residence is in Valley County, which associates the case with Valley County for reporting purposes,” the news release said.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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St. Luke’s McCall sets up parking lot clinic to exam patients in their car.

This effort is designed to protect patients from potential exposure to COVID19, while also reducing risk to our local healthcare workers. This is NOT a drive through testing clinic.

If you are experiencing symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or exposure to a known COVID-19 case, stay home, self-isolate, don’t expose others.

If you are concerned about your symptoms or potential exposure to the virus, please call us at 208-634-1776. We will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include scheduling an appointment for an exam at the parking lot clinic.

What to expect

You will be required to check in at the parking lot greeter tent. They will provide you with a mask and direct you to a designated parking area. Please keep your window rolled up until a provider comes to your car. The provider will evaluate your condition and give you appropriate treatment, guidance and follow up as needed. They may or may not recommend COVID-19 testing.

If a more extensive evaluation is needed, we will move you to an indoor setting for a comprehensive exam.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and our community, is to stay home except for absolute necessities and observe social distancing practices.

Stay home, stay healthy, stop the spread.

(via St. Luke’s FB page 3/25)
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City of McCall Advisory in response to Idaho Stay-home Isolation Order

Press Release March 26, 2020

In response to Idaho Governor Brad Little and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s statewide Stay-Home Order for all Idahoans, released, Wednesday, March 25, in affect for 21 days, City of McCall releases the following:

City of McCall staff will be working remotely where appropriate to maintain essential government services. Those services not related to essential government services such as recreation activities are cancelled until further notice. Please visit http://www.mccall.id.us for updated calendar and news.

Facility Closures

• All City Buildings – Closed to the Public, reduced to essential staff, performing duties as related to health and safety where appropriate.

* City Hall – Closed to the Public
* McCall Police Department – Closed to the Public
* McCall Public Library – Closed to the Public
* McCall Parks and Recreation – Closed to the public
* McCall Public Works – Closed to the Public

• All McCall parks and facilities including public restrooms – Closed to the public

• All McCall Golf Club buildings and facilities – Closed to the public

Non-Essential Travel

• McCall Municipal Airport – Pilots are advised that the Governor’s travel ban limits flights to those for essential travel only as defined in the Order. Arrivals of persons by aircraft that do not fit an essential service category will be instructed to return to their aircraft and depart. McCall Airport NOTAMS have been updated for flight planning.

• McCall Short Term Rental Properties permitted for essential service personnel or quarantine only – Under Idaho State Isolation Order, Short Term Rental Property Owners are advised that guests may only stay in their rental properties if they are providers of an essential service in the region. Current guests who are here for non-essential purposes such as vacations are strongly encouraged to depart the area as soon as possible and return to their place of origin.

Enforcement

Enforcement of the State of Idaho’s Self Isolation Order is in affect. Non-compliance constitutes a misdemeanor offense. Law enforcement maintains its goal is to educate and gain compliance in respect to the Governors direction for stay home sheltering.

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Watkins Pharmacy

As of March 26th Watkins Pharmacy Store will be closed to comply with the State of Idaho’s 21 day mandate in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. This means all areas of the store will be closed to the public. If you need prescriptions or other merchandise please call in your order including form of payment then call for curbside delivery until the State of Idaho lifts the mandate.

Thank You Watkins Pharmacy 208-382-4204

(via FB March 27, 2020)
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Easter eggs hunts canceled due to COVID-19 worries

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Community Easter egg hunts are the latest events to be canceled due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.

Easter egg hunts that had been planned for Saturday, April 11, in Cascade, Donnelly and New Meadows have been canceled, organizers said.

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Cemeteries bar burial services

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Cemeteries in and around Valley County will no longer allow services to be held in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If we are burying their loved one, we will bury in our local cemeteries, but no one will be allowed to be present,” Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

“Family and friends will be allowed to go to the gravesite after the burial is completed,” Carver said.

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Valley County Sheriff’s Office

Press Release March 28, 2020

On March [27], 2020 at approximately 5:43 p.m., the Valley County Sheriff’s Communications Center received multiple 911 calls of shots fired in the Meadows Subdivision located in Donnelly. One caller reported that there were multiple shots fired, causing damage to the residence. There were no reports of injury. Valley County Sheriff’s Deputies, Idaho State Police, US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer’s and Donnelly Fire and EMS responded to the call.

The reporting party was contacted by respond,. deputies. They advised that they heard several gunshots to the rear of their home and that several rounds had entered their residence. Deputies searched the surrounding area and found no injured persons. During the investigation, it was determined that the shots came from a neighboring home.

The investigation revealed that Christopher J. Kaufman a 48 year old man, of Donnelly was the person responsible for the shooting. He was placed into custody and booked into the Valley County Jail on Shooting at an Occupied Dwelling, (3) counts of Injury to a Child and Malicious Injury to Property. He will be arraigned in Valley County Court on March 30, 2020.

There were no injuries to the victims, suspect, public or law enforcement officers (hying this incident

The Valley County Sheriff would like to thank the public and other responding law enforcement agencies for the safe resolution to this incident.

This investigation is ongoing, if anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Valley County Sheriff’s Office at 208-382-5160.
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Important Service Update from AmeriGas Propane

Thank you for your business. During these times of uncertainty, you can count on AmeriGas to continue delivering propane safely and reliably to your home or business. Propane is an essential energy to keep America running, and AmeriGas remains open and committed to meeting your energy needs.

Payment Information

We’re here to help our customers through financial hardship due to the coronavirus and are waiving new late payment fees through May 15th and will not suspend service due to non-payment. For customers with credit terms, we offer a new monthly payment program called Convenience Pay. If you enroll today, your first payment isn’t due until the end of next month. Our website offers additional information about Convenience Pay and the ability to enroll today through MyAmeriGas. We have various other payment options available on a case by case basis. You can call (208) 634-8181 to reach your local AmeriGas office for additional details.

Online Resources

Our local offices will remain closed to walk-in visits. However, we have online resources to help you manage your propane service.

* MyAmeriGas Online Account – With a MyAmeriGas account you can pay your bill, request a delivery and much more.
* Propane Safety – Important safety information for your home, business or propane grill.
* Trust AmeriGas Referrals – You can earn up to $100 for referring a friend.

Nothing is more important to AmeriGas than the health and safety of our employees and customers. On a daily basis, we review our operating procedures to ensure we’re doing everything possible to service your account safely. The situation on COVID-19 is changing rapidly; you can count on us for continued updates and transparency.

Thank you and stay safe!
Your AmeriGas Service Team
https://www.amerigas.com/
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Idaho governor issues statewide 21-day stay at home order

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, March 25th 2020

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a statewide 21-day stay at home order.

He made the announcement Wednesday at the Idaho National Guard while the state’s seven health districts are currently reporting 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“We are all in this together,” Little said. “We will get through this together.”

All Idahoans (regardless if you’re ill) will need to self-isolate inside their homes, but can leave for essential services such as food, prescription medications and fuel. Going for walks and exercise near your home will be permitted as long as social distancing is practiced with people that don’t live with you.

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Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration

Wednesday March 25, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans.

He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.

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Link: Order to Self Isolate for the State of Idaho

Link: Governor Little’s Proclamation

Link: Guidance for Governor Brad Little’s Statewide Stay-home Order

[h/t DF]
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Idaho Board of Education orders all public schools to start ‘soft closure’ until April 20

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, March 23rd 2020

The Idaho State Board of Education Monday directed all public school districts and charter schools to immediately start a “soft closure” of all classroom facilities through April 20.

The Board ordered the soft closure when it approved the COVID-19 School Operation Guidance developed by Governor Brad Little’s K-12 Emergency Council.

The guidance directs districts and charters to provide three essential services during the soft closure:

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Boise VA Medical Center stops allowing visitors due to coronavirus

by CBS2 News Staff Sunday, March 29th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — The Boise VA Medical Center is temporarily barring visitors inside the hospital, in an effort to protect patients and staff from COVID-19.

Visitors will not be allowed to visit veteran patients or attend appointments with them.

The exceptions are if the visit is medically necessary, or if the veteran is in end-of-life-stages, according to an announcement from the Boise VA.

The Boise VA Medical Center joins several other medical centers in the Treasure Valley, including St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus, that are restricting patient visitors.

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Most Riggins EMTs exposed to coronavirus

Patient now being treated at Boise hospital; most of town’s emergency medical technicians in quarantine

By Kathy Hedberg Of the Lewiston Tribune March 27, 2020

A majority of Riggins’ emergency medical technicians are under self-quarantine after being exposed without their knowledge to a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mayor Glenna McClure said all but three of the town’s nearly 10 EMTs have been sidelined for the time being.

“They are self-quarantining after they were around someone that had the virus and wasn’t told,” McClure said Thursday. “We’re not too happy about this. It’s really tough to go on with this.”

The EMTs are a mostly volunteer group, she added. Despite the setback, McClure said the team is still able to operate and “once these others are out of quarantine, they’ll be able to come back.”

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What made Blaine County Idaho’s coronavirus hot spot? Wealthy visitors and recreation

By Nicole Blanchard and Nicole Foy March 26, 2020 Idaho Statesman

One of Idaho’s top tourist areas is asking visitors to — please — stay out. Blaine County, home to skiing, live music, conferences and other ever-popular events in Sun Valley, Hailey and Ketchum, flipped its usual welcoming script in the last week over concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

But that change of heart may have come too late.

Already coronavirus has hit the small mountain community harder than anywhere else in Idaho. Nearly half of Idaho’s 141 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, are in Blaine County.

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Virus Vacationers should stay home

March 28, 2020 Local News 8

St. Anthony, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Anyone planning to escape Idaho’s “stay-at-home” orders in Fremont County should make other plans.

That is the advice of Fremont County Emergency Manager Keith Richey, who says rural areas cannot handle more people and outside visitors put a big strain on what few health-care resources the area has.

Richey also points out that Island Park does not have a grocery store. Despite rumors, Fremont County does not plow or maintain private roads. And, the same “stay-at-home” orders still apply.

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Public asked to refrain from nonessential open burning

March 27, 2020

(Boise) — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) remind the public to refrain from all nonessential open burning activities as communities respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 affects the respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs) and gastrointestinal system. It can cause asthma attacks and can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress. People with asthma are recommended to avoid asthma triggers such as smoke from burning wood or other plants.

To avoid additional health impacts, the public should take standard preventative measures to protect their health from smoke exposure and refrain from residential open burning (tree limbs, leaves, yard trimmings, garden waste, burn barrels and fire pits) and other nonessential open burning activities until further notice. If open burning is essential, please follow best smoke management practices.

Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health and safety concerns and impact local service providers:

* Smoke inhalation can cause upper respiratory symptoms, which could be incorrectly attributed to COVID-19.
* Smoke exposure impacts can lead to unnecessary testing or self-isolation.
* First responders and other emergency services are operating at a reduced capacity and have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.
* Personal protective equipment to reduce smoke exposure is not readily available at this time.

Local officials may have already prohibited open burning in your area. Prior to burning, contact your local fire agency and visit (link) to verify open burning is allowed.

DEQ, IDL, and DHW encourage the public to use alternative burning options:

* Lawn mulching — Leave grass clippings on your lawn to add nutrients back into the soil and improve lawn health.
* Composting — Compost yard waste to recycle organic material and add nutrients back into the soil.
* Chipping — Add chipped brush, pruning, or wood waste to your compost pile or soil to increase nutrient content.
* Curbside pickup — Collect and separate yard waste, organic material, and recyclables and set out for curbside collection. Check with your local government or waste management company for local services.
* Landfills — Many landfills offer free or reduced fees for yard waste.
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Scam Alert:

Beware stimulus check scams

March 28, 2020 Local News 8

The federal government hasn’t issued a single stimulus check yet, but scammers are already trying to steal the money from Americans.

These criminal efforts are prompting the Federal Bureau of Investigation, multiple state attorneys general and other agencies to warn Americans not to fall for phone calls, texts, emails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive the $1,200 federal payment.

“If someone claims to be from the government with a check for you, it may be a phishing scam that is illegally trying to obtain your bank account or other personal information,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Saturday.

“Do not pay anyone who promises that they can expedite or obtain a payment or a loan for you,” James continued. “If you are eligible for relief, you will not need to make any up-front payment or pay any fee to receive a stimulus payment.”

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Letters to Share:

Dear Friends and Community Members,

We at the FPAC want to extend our heartfelt wishes for health and well being to all during these trying times. It is an unprecedented situation and one that highlights the importance of community. We want to share a few thoughts with you concerning this wonderful area we call home.

On March 25th, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order. “From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of Coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” said Gov. Little. And on March 20th the City of McCall issued a Public Travel advisory to inform the public that McCall and its rural infrastructure simply cannot handle an increase in population currently.

We understand the need to be out in open spaces, to continue to recreate and enjoy the splendors that only mother nature can offer. With this we ask you consider the effects you may unknowingly have on others. Now is not the time for traveling to small mountain communities with limited infrastructure. If you are still traveling in the backcountry, we encourage you to step back on your pursuit of riskier lines and more remote locations. Ask yourself, “If something happens, will this place more burden on our already strained health care system and local resources?”

One of the awesome things about living in the West Central Mountains is the close proximity to many forms of outdoor recreation. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy the place we live but please do so with care and consideration for all who call this place home. Thank you.

– Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center

Current Closures 3/28/2020. From Valley County Facebook Page-

– Valley County has suspended all snowmobile grooming operations.
– Payette National Forest Snowmobile Parking lots are closed (including West Face, Gordon Titus, Wallace Lane) as well as IDL Parking Lots (Francis E Wallace, Brush Creek, Green Gate)
– Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack (including all uphill traffic and parking lots), Little Ski Hill are closed.
– Boise National Forest has closed access through May 15, 2020. This includes roads, campgrounds, hot springs and other access in the BNF.
– Manchester Ice and Event Center: Closed until further notice
– Cascade Aquatic & Recreation Center: Closed through March 31st.
– Lake Cascade State Park Visitor’s Center & Ponderosa State Park Visitor’s Center and Cabins: Closed until April 30th.
– Idaho Power Boat Ramps, Parks & Day Use Areas: Closed until further notice.
– McCall Fish Hatchery: Closed until further notice.

Thank you!

(Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center FB page March 28th)
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Adams County has figured out what to do with its recycling

By Eberle Umbach

Earlier this month, Valley County Commissioner Dave Bingaman along with several Valley County residents took a field trip to the recycling center in downtown Council, where they met with Adams County Commissioner Mike Paradis and Solid Waste Manager Jim McLeod.

Adams County has managed a successful recycling program for over 20 years. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about how the program developed, and about policies that have helped make the recycling program successful.

Meeting onsite, the group also discussed physical features of the recycling center. Valley County is planning on making changes to its own recycling program, including closing down sites in McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade, and having county residents take all recyclables to a manned facility in Lake Fork.

As the group stood in front of $3000 worth of baled aluminum, Commissioner Paradis’ message was clear: recycling can be done cost-effectively. Although recycling in itself won’t do more than break even, he said, it would save Valley County a lot of money by reducing the overall costs of garbage disposal.

Valley County currently transports garbage to the Council landfill, with a cap of 90 tons per week of garbage from Valley County. Garbage in excess of that amount has to be transported to the Clay Peak landfill in Payette, with Valley County footing the bill for that 210 mile round trip in addition to the landfill fees. Keeping recyclable material out of what has to be transported represents the biggest savings.

The Council facility is 45 feet by 125 feet, airy and clean with a high roof, protecting all bins and storage. The metal bins are easily accessible and the tidiness of the facility was praised.

Contamination of material, Commissioner Bingaman said, was a problem at the McCall facility. Contaminated recyclables are not salable. He asked if local volunteers in Council helped with sorting?

Paradis said that no volunteers worked at the site, one paid employee does all the sorting and baling, working three hours a day, seven days a week. The facility is located in downtown Council so residents can easily drop material off when they come to town to shop.

When asked why so many metal bins were in the facility, Jim McLeod responded that it was important to be able to store material until enough was available to make a bale. Seven bins of aluminum are required to make a bale.

Having storage space to keep baled material while shopping around for the best price is important as well. With a reduction in the global market for recyclables, it takes more time to find a good price.

Glass has not been salable for quite a few years. Discussion is underway in McCall about local uses for glass. Commissioner Paradis said that Adams County would be happy to partner with a McCall project that made use of glass.

He also offered to make the county’s solid waste budget available. The $108 solid waste fee in Valley County is lower than Adams County’s $130 fee. Everyone at the meeting agreed that residents have a tendency not to sort recyclables with care.

McCall has recognized a problem as well with tourists leaving garbage in town before they leave. An ordinance would be required for the county to fine those who dispose of garbage improperly.

Commissioner Paradis emphasized that the recycling program not only saves the county money, but is a source of local pride. Working with the DEQ over the years has allowed the Adams County landfill to remain open, one of only six such landfills in the state.

The incentive for recycling has been to reduce the amount of material going into the landfill which is directly related to extending the life of the landfill.

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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Spring Prescribed Fire

PNF March 5, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District will be implementing prescribed fire in the Bald Hill and Four Mile Project areas this spring.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

Areas planned in the Four Mile Project are on both sides of the South Fork Salmon River, from Reed Ranch Airstrip south to Poverty Flat Camp Ground. Areas targeted for ignition this year include along the Miners Peak trail, the area between Reed Ranch and Four Mile Creek, and an area on the east side of the road across from Poverty Flat Campground. See the attached map for more specific location information.

We will have [canceled] a community meeting Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions. Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur. Like all of our burning this will be dependent on many factors including weather and fuel conditions.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Patrick Schon: 208-634-0623, patrick.schon@usda.gov or Laurel Ingram: 208-634-0622, laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Thanks,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

linkto map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf
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Valley County suspends grooming of snowmobile trails

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Valley County has suspended its snowmobile trail grooming program and the Payette National Forest has closed three snowmobile parking lots in an effort to dissuade would-be vacationers from visiting the area in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are discontinuing grooming in order to discourage guests from out of the area from coming and possibly spreading the virus,” said Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson.

“We have an aging population that is at risk with very limited medical resources,” he said. “Our only goal is to protect everyone during this virus outbreak.”

Before the program was discontinued, local snowmobile parking lots were full of cars with out of state license plates, he said.

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Payette National Forest Closes West Face, Gordon Titus Upper Elevation and Wallace Lane Snowmobile Parking Areas

McCall, Idaho, March 25, 2020 – The Payette National Forest has closed West Face, Gordon Titus Upper Elevation, and Wallace Lane Snowmobile Parking Areas until May 15, 2020 for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Effective immediately the following snowmobile parking areas will be closed and unavailable to visitors:

* West Face Parking Area – McCall Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho
* Gordon Titus Upper Elevation Parking Area – New Meadows Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho
* Wallace Lane Parking Area – New Meadows Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the best available CDC guidelines to promote social distancing. Adams County reminds the patrons of public lands that parking on county roads is prohibited.

For more information regarding the closure, please contact:

* McCall Ranger District: 102 W Lake St, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-0400

The Payette continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and make adjustments to public access. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers.
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The Payette National Forest Closes Forest Restroom Facilities and Delays Recreation Site Opening Dates

McCall, Idaho, March 28, 2020 To protect the health and safety of Forest staff, partners, and volunteers, all restrooms facilities on the Payette National Forest are no longer being stocked or maintained. The Forest strongly recommends visitors not use Forest restrooms to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Payette National Forest campgrounds and overnight facilities (which are not opened for the season) will be delayed in opening, in accordance with Idaho’s ‘stay-at-home’ order. The sites are closed through the dates listed below, and unavailable to reserve via Recreation.gov:

* Closed at least through May 15, 2020: Mann Creek, Spring Creek, Brownlee, Big Flat, Cabin Creek, Lafferty, Cold Springs, Last Chance, and Huckleberry Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest; and, Poverty Flat, 4-Mile, Camp Creek, Buckhorn, Ponderosa, Secesh Horse Camp, Old East Fork, and Big Creek Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest.

* Closed at least through the end of May: Lake Fork, Kennally Creek, Burgdorf, Jeannette, and Chinook Campgrounds.

* Closed at least through mid-June: Grouse, Upper Payette Lake, and Hazard Lake Campgrounds

* Closed at least through July 1, 2020: Buck Park Cabin and Paddy Flat Guard Station Cabin.

Notifications to those with reservations at reservable sites prior to these dates will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and to promote social distancing. Visitors are encouraged to contact local ranger district offices with additional questions.

Payette National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to recreation sites. Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are further changes affecting their reservations and receive refunds as necessary.
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Boise National Forest closes access to areas for public health and safety

Boise, Idaho, March 26, 2020 — A number of campgrounds, snow mobile parking lots, and areas where visitors gather are being closed immediately for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Forest officials are cautioning recreation use of these areas as an important step in reducing impacts to local communities who may be at risk from the virus.

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing support of our communities and fulfilling our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

“In the midst of Spring Break, we have visitors that want to enjoy the forest but many areas, including hot springs, are drawing more people than social distancing guidelines recommend” said Tawnya Brummett, Boise National Forest Supervisor. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and re-evaluate as new information becomes available.”

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per CDC guidelines and to promote social distancing.

Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including social distancing. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link).

Important: Most Boise National Forest Campgrounds are closed for the winter but restrooms are left unlocked for visitor use. These restrooms are not serviced so they are not cleaned or stocked.

For the latest Boise National Forest updates visit:

link: Facebook

link: Boise NF page

link: Closure Order
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Payette National Forest Offers Virtual Services in Response to COVID-19

McCall, Idaho, March 24, 2020 – The Payette National Forest is limiting access to their offices and implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.

Customers needing information, permits and maps are encouraged to call 208-634-0700 during regular business hours for prompt, customer service.

“As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority,” said Linda Jackson, Payette Forest Supervisor. “We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.”

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings of large numbers of people and to promote social distancing.

Visitors are encouraged to contact their local forest or ranger district for the latest office hours and availability.

Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link)
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Boise National Forest surplus seedling sale canceled for public safety

Boise, Idaho, March 27, 2020 — Lucky Peak Nursery has canceled the 2020 surplus seedling sale. Originally scheduled to begin Saturday, April 4, 2020, and run the month of April.

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing support of our communities and fulfilling our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

Following Governor Brad Little’s statewide stay-home order, we have made the decision to cancel this non-essential service.

We hope to provide surplus seedlings to the community again in 2021.

For more information about the annual surplus seedling sale, call (208) 343-1977.

Lucky Peak Nursery
15169 E Highway 21
Boise, ID 83716
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Idaho State Park Campgrounds to Close Friday in Fight against Covid-19

03/25/2020

Idaho State Parks remain open for day use recreation but camping will end on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m., which is in keeping with Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s stay-at-home order.

The camping closure will last through May 15 and no new reservations for campsites will be taken. The shutdown could be extended, depending on the status of the Covid-19 outbreak.

A combination of factors led to the closure decision, said David Langhorst, director of Idaho Parks and Recreation. Besides the stay-home order, concerns arose over the ability to maintain social distancing within concentrated campsites. Also, some communities expressed concerns about attracting out-of-area visitors and the potential for increased virus transmission.

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BLM seeks public input on Kuna Cave improvements

Date: March 27, 2020
Contact: Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today it is seeking public input on a proposal to improve access to Kuna Cave, located about 5 miles south of Kuna, near Black Cat Road.

The popular site is currently accessible by several unimproved dirt roads that have become heavily rutted during wet conditions. This assessment will look at road and parking access, the entrance ladder into the cave and vandalism deterrents. The proposal does not include closing off the cave entrance.

“We understand how important this site is to the local community, and we encourage folks to submit suggestions and comments regarding the proposal,” said Tom McGinnis, Acting Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Manager. “This effort is an example of how the BLM is working to improve recreational opportunities on public lands.”

Detailed information on the proposal can be found at (link)  (case sensitive).

A public scoping period will run from March 27 to April 27, 2020. Comments will be accepted through the following means:
Email: BLM_ID_FourRiversOffice@blm.gov
Fax: 208-384-3326
Surface mail: BLM Four Rivers Field Office, 3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705

The purpose of the scoping period is to obtain public input on relevant issues that may influence the BLM’s analysis. The BLM invites comments that would be useful in refining or identifying new issues, identifying possible alternatives, or identifying actions that may have a cumulative effect with the proposed action.

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number) they should be aware that the entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information, contact the BLM Four Rivers Field Office at 208-384-3300.
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks close indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, March 24th 2020

The Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.

The two parks announced the closures Tuesday at the request of nearby local county health officials.

The National Park Service says it is working servicewide with federal, state and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Critter News:

Cascade Veterinary Clinic

Please note: Both of our clinics are operating as best as we can during this time of uncertainty. We may be in & out of the office. If you get our voice mail, PLEASE leave us a message and we WILL return your call. Dr. Ruble is still seeing clients even though we have stopped allowing people in our clinics, we will come out and bring your animals in. All of our regular hours are subject to change. We are doing our best to keep our staff, our clients, and our community safe.

(via their FB page 3/25)
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Update from Cascade Vet Clinic

Business hours UPDATE: Effective immediately our new temporary hours are as follows: in Garden Valley Dr. Keith will be available Thursdays, 9-5, closed 12-1 for lunch. In Cascade, Wednesday/Friday 9-5, closed 12-1. We can ONLY schedule and see clients who have urgent, necessary, and essential needs. Many appointments are not essential and we will have to schedule you sometime after the 21 day “stay home” order. Please be patient. Dr. Keith is doing his best, as we all are, to take care of the needs of all our clients while protecting ourselves. Don’t forget, please stay inside your vehicles. No need to get out. We will come to you. Thank you & stay safe.

(via their FB page 3/27)
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Pet Talk – Allergic bronchitis in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt IME March 27, 2020

Allergic bronchitis is inflammation of the lower respiratory tract (bronchi) that results from exposure to some type of allergen that is inhaled or carried in the blood. The inflammation may also affect the trachea, or windpipe. Immunological stimulation occurs, often from common environmental allergens such as dust and molds, cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays, dust mites or other parasites and fungal infections that can cause a hypersensitivity reaction in the airways.

Allergic bronchitis most often affects young to middle-age dogs. It may be more common in obese dogs as well. Cough is a consistent sign. The cough is usually dry and nonproductive. It may be aggravated by exposure to cold temperatures, exercise or pressure placed on the trachea or chest. Sometimes respiratory distress occurs, with wheezing and an increase effort on expiration.

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Idaho sled-dog winner Royer places third at Iditarod

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Idaho Sled Dog Challenge winning musher Jessie Royer finished third in the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.

Royer, of Seely Lake, Montana, finished the 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome in 9 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes – a time that put her behind first-place finisher Thomas Waerner of Norway by only seven hours.

A total of 57 mushers started the 2020 race. Only 34 finished, with the last musher crossing the line on Sunday, almost 14 days after the race began.

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Quarantined humans take in homeless animals

Nearly 40 animals fostered out from Mountain Humane

Tony Evans IME March 27, 2020

More than half of the furry friends at Mountain Humane recently found temporary foster homes amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“In an effort to help the staff at Mountain Humane comply with the countywide shelter in place, or stay home ordinance, we had to reduce the number of animals in the shelter needing daily round the clock care,” said Mountain Human spokeswoman Kelly Mitchell.

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Idaho governor approves $400,000 to kill problem wolves

by Associated Press Friday, March 27th 2020

Legislation sending just under $400,000 to a state board to use to kill problem wolves in Idaho has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday, according to his website.

The budget bill taps money in the state’s general fund to kill wolves that prey on livestock or wildlife.

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Fish & Game News:

F&G offices will close starting March 27 except by appointment for limited services

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Closure will remain until April 15 unless extended by the Governor’s order

Consistent with the Governor’s statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in our community, Fish and Game public offices will close starting March 27 through April 15. Some services will remain available by appointment by calling the office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Services will include sale of items that cannot be bought online, or by telephone, such as bear bait permits and outfitter tags. Checking in harvested black bears, mountain lions and wolves per big game regulations also will require an appointment. Here’s a list of F&G offices and phone numbers.

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F&G offices will only take debit cards and checks starting March 30

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

F&G officials recommend buying online, which allows 24/7 access and the option of using a credit card

As part of an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our community while also continuing license, tag and permit sales, Fish and Game offices will no longer accept cash payments starting March 30.

Only debit cards and checks will be accepted at Fish and Game offices. As a reminder, F&G offices do not accept credit cards, nor have they in the past.

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F&G temporarily closes Farragut and Blacks Creek shooting ranges

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ranges will remain closed until April 15 unless statewide, stay-at-home orders are extended

The Farragut Public Shooting Range and Blacks Creek Range will be closed March 27 through April 15, unless extended by Governor’s order. The closure is in accordance with Governor Brad Little’s statewide stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Fish and Game’s Garden Valley shooting range, which is not staffed, will remain open, and all visitors should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain 6-feet apart. For more information about other changes to Fish and Game operations, see the department’s Covid-19 webpage.

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Hayspur Hatchery and campground in Blaine County closed to the public

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Hayspur Hatchery and adjacent campground, located near Picabo in Blaine County, is now closed until further notice in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Officials with Idaho Fish and Game have announced that effective immediately, the campground area at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery in Blaine County is closed to the public until further notice. This closure extends the previously announced closure of all Fish and Game hatcheries to the public to now include the Hayspur Hatchery campground.

Fish and Game had recently announced the closures of the state’s hatcheries to the public in response to the risk of transmittal of the COVID-19 virus to hatchery staff who live and work at the hatcheries, as well as local residents.

For more information, please contact the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

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Attention anglers: Delays expected in “Tag, You’re It” reward processing, but please continue to report tags

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Reported tags are crucial for fisheries research, and help make fishing better for Idaho anglers

Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, anglers who report reward tags as part of Fish and Game’s “Tag, You’re It” program should expect some delays in receiving their rewards.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Toilet Paper Hunting

[h/t SMc]
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Seasonal Humor:

MooseTP-a
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Idaho History March 29, 2020

The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News July 1, 1905

courtesy Sandy McRae and Jim Collord

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho July 1, 1905 Volume 1 Number 29

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Mr. Treweek’s Opinion of the Goldfield District.

Just before coming to Thunder Mountain Mr. Treweek was sent by Salt Lake capitalists into the Tonopah and Goldfield districts of Nevada. After a careful examination of the principal properties there he states that in his opinion these districts have a very bright future. The mineral is really there and in quantities that will justify the most extensive development.

In the Kawich district Mr. Treweek observed surface croppings so rich that the gold upon the rock could be seen at a distance of several feet. This is indeed remarkable, and when the fact is taken into consideration that the deepest shaft is only 135 feet — a mere prospect as yet — one can only wonder what will be brought to light when real development shall open up that section. It is Mr. Treweek’s belief that that is a great mineralized zone with a vast series of veins paralleling each other. The Kawich district lies some sixty-five miles south of Goldfield.

The great drawback and hindrance to the development of this district is the absence of water. While it is true that water for household use can he secured from a point about thirteen miles to the north, yet water in sufficient quantities for milling purposes is not now available and it is a serious question whether it can he secured. In south Kawich water costs the mining companies from $3 to $4 per barrel.

The Tonopah district, Mr. Treweek states, contains some very fine and promising properties and it is his judgment that they will prove without doubt, substantial and permanent as depth is gained. Tonopah lies about twenty-nine miles from Goldfield.

Mr. Treweek says that Goldfield is somewhat quiet now compared to what it has been — a reaction setting in from the boom. However, there are several producing mines among which being the Florence, Combination, January and others. The Combination mine has a shaft down 300 feet in which water was struck. The water rose to a distance of 50 feet and affords a permanent supply for milling purposes. At the January there are several thousand tons of low grade ore lying on the dump which is now being treated at the Gardner mill. There are three stamp mills in the camp at present.

Referring to the possibilities of Goldfield in the near future Mr. Treweek states that in all his mining experience covering the time since he was but fourteen years of age and extending over Australia, New Zealand, France, United States and other parts of the world, he has never seen a more mineralized section than that at Goldfield and surrounding districts. It is a vast region of surprises in the way of mineral formations and time only will show to the world the wonderful richness of those deserts. Mr. Treweek considers the future of Goldfield as very bright indeed.

Goldfield, like many new camps of the past, has been overrated and boomed beyond the bounds of reason in its beginning. This is due to frantic efforts of certain promoters to gratify personal ambition and a craving for illegitimate revenue. Picture assays alone were heralded to the world through yellow journals and represented as being average values from prospects and properties throughout the district. These wild and fictitious tales eventually were run to earth and probed. Then came a reaction and Goldfield was in many instances condemned. Goldfield will eventually settle down to a conservative business basis and then its true merit will be recognized by all.

One unsatisfactory condition prevailing there, according to Mr. Treweek, is the tendency on the part of prospectors to hold their [prospect?] … (page torn) … fabulous that capital is turned away. It is hoped and believed that this condition will right itself eventually. Mr. Treweek also believes that capitalists will await the outcome of development on the Combination and other properties before investing to any great extent.

Referring to the reported plague at Goldfield and of the many deaths there, Mr. Treweek says that while quite a number a deaths have occurred yet the idea of a plague is absurd. The days are very warm, the nights cool, and occasionally there occur dust storms that sweep up from the desert quantities of impalpable dust. Many deaths have resulted from the simple fact that many people who rushed into the deserts were totally unprepared for conditions as they exist and so were unable to properly care for themselves. The reports of a plague were sent broadcast over the country by towns and camps outside of Goldfield and Tonopah as a result of rivalry and jealousy and a desire to divert capital and people away from these two places.
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Sam Hancock has been selected as foreman at the Sunnyside mine.

C. W. Heath has accepted the position as cook at the Dewey mine.

Born — In Roosevelt, June 26, 1905, to the wife of Ed. Myres, a son.

Jack Green arrived Monday from Nampa with a train of pack horses.

J. C. Cawley, John Wagner and M. S. Hicks have been chosen as judges for the drill contest on the Fourth.

S. A. Hindman(?), of Warren, was in town this week on a business trip.

H. P. Brown has been suffering recently from a (severe?) attack of rheumatism.

Lee Lisenby has just received a new supply of liquors, cigars and hotel fixtures.

Sam Hancock has commenced the erection of a neat cottage in the south part of town.

C. B. Murphy, of Nampa, arrived last Monday and will spend sometime in Roosevelt.

Silence is not always an indication of wisdom – it sometimes conceals a world of ignorance.

Prosper and Ugene Aveline(?), of Boise, were in Roosevelt this week taking a look around.

D. S. Cotter, C. E. Curtis and James Tucker returned Thursday from Boise. Mr. Cotter will start work immediately on his claims.

D. T. Sillivan has commenced the annual assessment work on his claims on Cornish creek. He will also do some prospecting while over there.

E. L. Abbott returned the first of the week and is familiarizing the now superintendent and the assistant managers … (page torn) … various properties … (page torn) … Sam Bell … (page torn) on the Cheapman group of claims, owned by the Thunder Mountain Pearl Mining Co. Mr. Bell has secured some good miners and started work.

W. C. Cooper was in town the first of the week. He informed us there is a big deal pending in his section of the country but could not furnish the full particulars.

When the mail arrived last Saturday there were seven extra sacks of old mail that had been strung along the road for three months. This mail belonged on the old contract. It consisted principally of old papers which were wet and useless.

We are in receipt of an illustrated pamphlet of the Thunder Mountain country, issued by the Thunder Mountain Gold-Reef Mining & Development Corporation of Kansas City, Mo. This class of actual advertising is a credit to a country and a company.

The Braddock Gold Mining Milling Co., as the reorganizer of the Monongahela Gold Mining & Milling Co., which property is situated on Holly Terror and consisting of four claims are making arrangements to have their property patented the coming summer.

W. W. Matheny returned the first of the week from a prospecting trip on the Middle Fork and its tributaries. Mr. Matheny is fairly well pleased with the country and will return to that section shortly. He says the Yellow Jacket mine is starting up to make a temporary test. The Singiser mine is also starting up again.

Chas. Schultz and the Rose brothers, from Blackbird, arrived in camp this week and will probably stop in this district this summer. These gentlemen are favorably impressed with the condition and outlook in the Thunder Mountain district and may conclude to spend some time in prospecting here.
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On the night of June 21st the westbound Twentieth Century flyer was wrecked on the Lake Shore road near Mentor, Ohio. Nineteen persons were killed and as many more injured.
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The citizens of Roosevelt are not only offering the people that visit this city a rare treat and a good time on the glorious Fourth but are spending more money to make it a financial success than any other town of its age in the State. There is no town offering more inducements for a good time than you will get here in the heart of the mountains.
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The White Knob Copper company’s mines, smelters, etc , will be sold at sheriff’s sale at Mackay, July 7, to satisfy a judgment and decree of foreclosure and sale obtained in the district court on June 8, 1905, by the United States Mortgage & Trust Company. The judgment is for $1,068,666.67 besides counsel fees, $7,500 interests and costs.

— Hailey Times.
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Peace negotiations between Russia and Japan appear to be at a standstill at present and the … (page torn) are steadily pushing the Russian outposts back upon their main defenses. It seems probable that a big battle will yet be fought between the opposing forces in Manchuria before either nation will be satisfied to seriously consider a withdrawal from the conflict.
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A maniac in San Francisco last week broke loose from a monotonous routine and for two hours gave a most thrilling and realistic performance for the benefit of a thousand people on the streets. The show was free and extended through three acts when the curtain had to be rung down for lack of a player. The man of bug-house tendency began by firing furniture through a window in a hotel down upon the heads of people in the streets. Then procuring a shot gun and loading it with powder, buck shot and $50 and $100 bills, he gave his undivided attention to shooting all the persons he could reach. Finally, the police pressed him so closely that he concluded to do the final grand act, and turning the gun on himself, blew the top of his head off. Speaking of the wild and woolly northwest it looks as if Frisco doesn’t require any “showing.”
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E. W. Dewey has received the returns from the last 38 days run of the Dewey mill at Thunder Mountain, prior to its closing down awaiting supplies. The number of tons of ore crushed were 1494. Recovered in bullion $7 a ton which made an actual saving of 87 per cent. The full amount recovered was $10,587.69.

— Nampa Leader-Herald.
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C. M. Orr arrived the first of the week from Nampa with a load of passengers.
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Change of Mail Schedule.

The mail changes time today and will go on the following time until the 31st of October. It will leave Roosevelt Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p. m. It leaves Thunder City for Roosevelt on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays not later than 7 p. m. It will make the trip in 26 hours.
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$15 Reward.

One gray horse, weight about 1125 pounds, no brand, flee bitten on shoulders and neck, dapple gray on hind quarter, long mane and saddle marked.

The above reward will be paid upon delivery of same at Dewey mine.

– E. Haug.
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Money.

The sales of landed property, both in cities and the country, east and west, everywhere, show how much gold has depreciated in value. The men who say that gold always remains the same, that a twenty-dollar piece is the same yesterday, today and forever, are right in the abstract statement, but still what they say is not true. Fluctuations in the value of property merely indicate the fluctuations in what men call money, for money in itself is valueless; it is merely a measure of property value. The man who, fifty years ago, possessed a million dollars in gold was very rich. Why? Because he could exchange it for vast amounts of property. Had he been dying of thirst out on the desert, he would have given half his gold for a quart of water. He could loan his gold on government security and draw down $70,000 per annum in interest. With that money he could purchase as much property or merchandise as three times that sum will purchase now. But now on the same security he could not obtain in interest to exceed one-third of $70,000, and with it could not purchase merchandise or property of any kind to the amount of what the same money would have purchased fifty years ago. Hence it seems to be reasonably clear that the $20 piece of fifty years ago is really worth now only about one-third of what it then was, and it is clear that gold has … (page torn) … purchasing power it advances and recedes precisely as its volume decreases and increases. The man who, fifty years ago, could retire and live comfortably on the interest of $20,000, would require today, to purchase the same thing that he bought then, the interest on quite $80,000. The reason is he could obtain only half the rate that he obtained then, and he would have to pay double for what be bought. Of course there are exceptions to this, but the general rule is as stated above.

If the Socialists ever gain control of the country, about the poorest men will be those who have their property in money, for what will they be able to do with it in order to buy food and clothing? There will be no public utilities in which to invest — their money will be like that of the men on the desert perishing for want of a cup of water.

This depreciation of money, we suspect, is the mother of all the strikes in the country, for the rule is, invariably, that when money begins to lose its value, as evidenced by the advance of property when measured by gold, the last thing to respond to the general advance in prices is the rates paid to wage-earners. The working men of Utah — and Utah is no exception — are generally paid the same rates of wages that were paid ten years ago. But with their wages ten years ago they could buy of food and clothing quite 40 per cent. more than they can purchase now. If they only just about lived then, how many luxuries, even comforts, must they surrender now in order to live? Great scarcity of money is a mighty misfortune to a country, but an over-abundance of money is a perpetual menace to a country’s peace.

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Fortunes, Now and Then.

There has been considerable talk lately of the enormous fortunes some of our American multimillionaires have amassed. The methods by which these fortunes sometimes are accumulated have been very severely criticised [sic] about Rockefeller’s offered gift of $100,000 for the conversion of pagans. Henry Clews now publishes an estimate of some American fortunes. John D. Rockefeller heads the list with half a billion dollars. Andrew Carnegie, who has given away $115,000,000 is still rated as worth a quarter of a billion. William Waldorf Astor is said to be the owner of about $200,000,000 worth of American real estate. His brother, John Jacob, has $75,000,000. The Gould family is put down for $170,000,000. Marshall Field, Chicago’s richest man, is rated at $100,000,000. The Vanderbilts, Russel Sage and many others have more than they need.

It has been thought that never before, in the history of the world, were there such fortunes accumulated. But William E. Curtis corrects this impression. In the glorious days of Rome there were still wealthier citizens than any in this country. Ptolemaesus Philadelphus* was worth a billion dollars. He, like our Rockefeller, was of a literary taste, and he made Alexandria a seat of learning of undying fame. Cicero lived in a $50,000 mansion; and Seneca was a philosopher worth $120,000,000. Rome, then, certainly had its wealthy men, as our country has today.

-Desert News.

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The Passing of the Prospector.

It has been said that the old-time prospector as a distinct character is rapidly passing from off the stage of action. The virgin wilderness of a generation ago is a scene of activity today or has reached a zenith of greatness and now is but a memory. The prospector — we mean that picturesque figure of the past, so vividly portrayed by that prince of western writers, Brete Harte* — has “moved on,” seeking newer and wilder regions as civilization has kept encroaching upon the domain of his activity. Occasionally we find him now but only at great distances from the common lines of travel and the busy marts of trade. He does not seek the seclusion of the wilderness from any hatred or ill will of the busy, bustling commercial world. He blazes new trails through the wilds or follows the dim paths of the startled beasts only because he loves the wilderness better and there he is at home.

Among the mountains about us, here and there, can yet be seen a representative of that race of sturdy, fearless men who pioneered the way into the heart of the unknown. Unique they stand, generally large of stature, square shouldered and erect, with flowing locks and clear of eye — powerful men — with an ease of bearing and grace of carriage to which men of these later days might well aspire. Observe him carefully when once again you meet him, for the fullness of years will soon press him into the oblivion of the past from whence comes nothing more tangible than a memory.

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Glove Contests.

I challenge the “Terrible Swede” for a 15 round glove contest to a finish. Fight for a $100 purse, $50 a side on the 4th of July. Will come to an agreement at NEWS office.

– WM. Roe, of Boise.

I will challenge Jim Hoffman for a 10 round glove contest for $100 a side. Fight to take place in Roosevelt, if this challenge is accepted. I will meet you July 2nd at THUNDER MOUNTAIN NEWS office.

– Nick Dorsey, of Roosevelt.
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Notice of Publication.

Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of July, 1905, at Roosevelt, County of Idaho, State of Idaho, proof will be submitted of the completion of works for the diversion of one cubic foot per second of the waters of Little Lake Creek, in accordance with the terms and conditions of a certain permit heretofore issued by the State Engineer of the State of Idaho:

1. The name of the corporation holding said permit is Thunder Mtn. Gold and Silver M. & M. Co.

2. The place of business of such corporation is Roosevelt, County of Idaho, St.ate of Idaho.

3. The number of such permit is 1056, and the date set for the completion of such work is July 17, 1905.

4. Said water is to be used for milling and domestic purposes.

5. Said works of diversion will be fully completed on the date set for such completion, and the amount of water which said works are capable of conducting to the place of intended use, in accordance with the plans accompany the application for such permit, is one cubic foot per second.
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Here and There.

Wm. Midgley returned Wednesday from Boise.

The Amusement Hall restaurant will be reopened today.

B. F. Francis has a full line of bunting and flags for the Fourth.

A good sheet iron stove for sale cheap. Good as new. Enquire [sic] at this office.

Newton Hibbs and J. R. Noss have returned from Salmon. They report a moist time.

P. G. Swayne and H. A. Hummell are erecting a building on the west side of Main street.

Rhodes and Kettering will have their building sufficiently finished to be used on the Fourth.

A. A. Lyden and B. B. Scott are working on plans for a saw mill and electric light for Roosevelt.

Geo. A. Stephens came in from Red Mountain district, Colorado, last Tuesday and will make this his future home.

J. B. Randell on his return Thursday says there are 50 wagons on the road from the Transfer loaded with supplies for this camp.

T. J. Thompson & Co. have commenced the erection of a building 25×50 at their present stand between the Dewey and H. Y. mines.

John Sittig came in the latter part of last week from Boise and is now doing the assessment work on the Triple Alliance claims in which he is interested.

D. W. McFadden, of Boise is in town and is looking over a mining situation with a view of starting work immediately. They have the necessary supplies.

W. D. Bull was in town Thursday on his way out to Vanwyck. He brought in some vegetables from the ranch that were a credit to any section of the county.

Grand 4th of July dinner at the Overland Cafe.

The frame of the new addition to the Lisenby hotel is about up. This will be the largest frame building in the city when finished and will help the appearance of that end of the town.

P. W. Duffes, assistant manager of the Sunnyside and Mrs. M. F. Campbell, arrived in town Monday. Mrs. Campbell will most likely spend the summer here and Mr. Duffes will remain only a short time.

Orr & Morrison and Hanson & Cohern have their freight outfits on the road loaded with over 100,000 pounds for the Dewey mine and the Robb Mercantile Co. They loaded from the Robb Mercantile Co. on the outside.

Martin Curran arrived in town Thursday and is looking over their mining situation. Mr. Curran says part of their machinery is at the transfer and the teams have returned to Boise for the remainder. The first load will arrive about the 15th of the month.

The Roosevelt Laundry will change hands today and the present proprietors request all those having laundry uncalled for to please call and get it and settle the bill by July 3rd. The laundry will be conducted hereafter by Mrs. Wersing and will be moved above the recorder’s office.

The sage brush freight question has commenced to present itself again this year. Freighters have commenced to turn in goods that are broken open and smashed up. This will be of short duration for it is meeting with disapproval by the merchants paying for the freight.

Quick service at the Overland Cafe.

Hunter E. Crane arrived Tuesday from the outside. Mr. Crane and James LeRoy are partners in the building being erected north of the amusement hall. They are pushing the work on the building which will be a good structure when completed. They have a new piano and a good stock of liquors on the road and will soon he ready for business.

Work at the H. Y.-Climax property is progressing steadily and their three shafts are being sunk without interruption. Heretofore water has been encountered in almost too plentiful quantities but this is now rapidly disappearing and everything is working well. The bottom of the shaft started in June is looking exceedingly promising and it is the intention of the management to increase the working force after the Fourth.

Special dinner at the overland Cafe on the 4th.

John Treweek, of Salt Lake City, general superintendent for the Sunnyside mine arrived in Roosevelt last Monday. Mr. Treweek comes well recommended and he undoubtedly understands his business. Mr. Treweek was at one time superintendent of the Mercur mine in Utah. This mine was running behind at the time he took hold of it but he succeeded in putting it on a paying basis. The last position he held was as resident consulting mining engineer of the Mines DePierrefitte in the Hautes Pyrennees mountains, that divides Spain from France. These mines are owned by a London company.

Sam Gillam has now commenced to finish and decorate his place of business in earnest. While in Boise on his recent trip Mr. Gillam purchased all the necessary material with which to do this work and his taste will show for itsslf [sic]. There will be five room in the building when finished. The main room has been neatly papered and a nice paper finish given to the back bar. Charley Ball has been doing this artistic work and it is done well and is a credit to the profession. Mr. Gillam is having a stage placed in the rear of the room where he will place a new piano he has on the road. This will be here in time to furnish music for the 4th. Mr. Gillam has just received a fine line of cigars and bonded liquors.
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Updated April 29, 2022

Weather Reports Mar 22-28, 2020

Mar 22 Weather:

At 1030am it was 30 degrees, mostly hazy and light breeze. Sunny at noon. At 2pm mostly clear. At 4pm it was 50 degrees and almost clear. At 8pm it was 36 degrees and mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 23, 2020 at 10:30AM
Mostly cloudy, breezy
Max temperature 52 degrees F
Min temperature 25 degrees F
At observation 39 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 19 inch
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Mar 23 Weather:

At 1030am it was 39 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy. Sprinkles started before noon. Rain turned to snow around 240pm, socked in low. Not snowing at 3pm. At 445pm it was 49 degrees and overcast. Partly clear at 630pm. At 8pm it was 34 degrees and overcast (top of VanMeter foggy.) At 1045pm it was cloudy. Snowed a trace before 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 24, 2020 at 10:30AM
Overcast, breezy
Max temperature 44 degrees F
Min temperature 28 degrees F
At observation 35 degrees F
Precipitation 0.09 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 18 inch
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Mar 24 Weather:

At 1030am it was 35 degrees, overcast and breezy. Snowing at 1pm. Snowing hard at 130pm. Not snowing at 330pm and breaks in the clouds. At 4pm it was 37 degrees, breezy, overcast and flaking snow. Not snowing at 5pm. Snowing again at 520pm (not sure when it stopped.) Breaks in the clouds at 645pm. At 8pm it was 33 degrees and broken cloud cover. A solid trace of snow on the ground by 11pm and snowing lightly. Doesn’t appear to be snowing at 130am. More snow during the night and breezy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 25, 2020 at 10:30AM
Low overcast, flaking snow, variable breezes
Max temperature 40 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 31 degrees F
Precipitation 0.05 inch
Snowfall 1.0 inch
Snow depth 19 inch
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Mar 25 Weather:

At 1030am it was 31 degrees, low overcast sitting down on the peaks, flaking snow and variable breezes. At 11am breaks in the clouds, at 1120am dark overcast, socked in down to valley floor and snowing pretty good. At 12pm breaks in the clouds and not snowing (less then 1/2″ new snow and melting.) Broken clouds and a few flakes at 1245pm. Not snowing and blue patches at 1pm, then snowing pretty good at 110pm for about 20 minutes. Another short snow flurry at 2pm. Broken cloud cover at 230pm. Snowing at 3pm. Not snowing at 307pm. Snowing again at 320pm. Breaks in the clouds and a few flakes at 335pm. Not snowing at 350pm. At 4pm cloudy and quite breezy, at 440pm it was 32 degrees, low clouds, blowing and snowing. At 450pm it was 31 degrees, foggy ridges, quite breezy and snowing lightly. Not snowing at 5pm, clouds lifting and lighter breezes. Getting rather dark at 630pm. Snowing pretty good at 640pm. Socked in down to the valley floor at 7pm (1 block visibility) and steady snow. Fine light snow at 720pm, foggy but breaks above the clouds and a little smidgen of setting sunshine. Not snowing at 730pm. At 8pm it was 26 degrees, measured 1″ new snow, higher thinner clouds and cold light breeze. Cloudy at 11pm. A little more snow during the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 26, 2020 at 10:30AM
Partly cloudy, light breeze
Max temperature 40 degrees F
Min temperature 12 degrees F
At observation 21 degrees F
Precipitation 0.09 inch
Snowfall 1.0 inch
Snow depth 19 inch
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Mar 26 Weather:

At 1030am it was 21 degrees, partly cloudy and light breeze. Thicker clouds with dark bottoms at 2pm. At 4pm it was 41 degrees, mostly cloudy and gusty breezes. Partly clear mid-evening. At 8pm it was 32 degrees, mostly cloudy and very light breeze. Probably mostly clear at 11pm, stars out.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 27, 2020 at 10:30AM
Mostly cloudy, light breezes
Max temperature 41 degrees F
Min temperature 20 degrees F
At observation 28 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 18 inch
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Mar 27 Weather:

At 1030am it was 28 degrees, mostly cloudy and light chily breezes. Dark gray overcast at 2pm. At 4pm it was 41 degrees, dark gray overcast, breezy and a few flakes of snow. At 8pm it was 36 degrees, dark thick overcast and cold light breezes. At 11pm it looked cloudy and light breezes.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 28, 2020 at 10:30AM
Gray overcast, light breeze
Max temperature 42 degrees F
Min temperature 28 degrees F <- yesterday
At observation 35 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 18 inch
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Mar 28 Weather:

At 1030am it was 35 degrees, gray overcast and light breezes. Cloudy at 1pm. At 445pm it was 46 degrees, mostly cloudy and very light breezes. At 8pm it was 39 degrees and cloudy. At 1130pm it was partly clear, a few stars. Looked cloudy at 130am. Started snowing at 1020am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 29, 2020 at 10:30AM
Lowering overcast, big flakes of snow
Max temperature 47 degrees F
Min temperature 26 degrees F
At observation 33 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 18 inch
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Road Reports March 29, 2020

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several feet of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Snowmobile Grooming:
Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season. Payette NF has closed some parking lots.

Yellow Pine: Since Wednesday Yellow Pine it had been dry until Sunday morning (currently snowing) and we have an average of 18″ of snow on the flat in the open (tree wells and south facing rocky hillsides are getting bare.) Main street was reported to be bare on Tuesday, other streets are breaking up and slushy on warm afternoons. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Last report Wednesday (March 25) mail truck driver (Robert) reported a few inches of new snow mostly on the summit and both sides. (probably melted by now.) Watch for ice on the shady corners.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Last report Wed (March 25) mail truck driver reported new snow on the upper parts (probably melted by now.) No rocks on the road but that may have changed.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Last report Wed (March 25) mail truck driver reported no rocks on the road – that may have changed by now.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: No current report.
Last plowed Friday (Feb 28) and groomed by the county.
Report Tuesday (March 17) road to the dump is breaking up, 4-wheel drive is advised.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Old report from Midas Gold (McKinsey Lyon) on Feb 7: “Stibnite received 24 inches in the last 24 hours.” FB report of slides on the road between YP and the mine. Photo below courtesy Midas.

link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Road Reports March 25, 2020

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads still have several feet of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Snowmobile Grooming:
Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season. Payette NF has closed some parking lots.

Yellow Pine: Since Sunday Yellow Pine has received snow (over an inch this morning), we have an average of 19″ of snow on the ground on the flat (tree wells and south facing rocky hillsides are opening up.) Main street was reported to be bare on Tuesday, other streets are breaking up and slushy on warm afternoons. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date/time on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wednesday (March 25) mail truck driver (Robert) a few inches of new snow mostly on the summit and both sides. Watch for ice on the shady corners.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Report Wed (March 25) mail truck driver reports new snow on the upper parts, ran into a blizzard and fog and had to stop for a bit until it let up. No rocks on the road reported.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Report Wed (March 25) mail truck driver reports no rocks on the road. Other reports that the snow floor is quite slushy on warm afternoons.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Last plowed Friday (Feb 28) and groomed by the county.
Report Tuesday (March 17) road to the dump is breaking up, 4-wheel drive is advised.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Old report from Midas Gold (McKinsey Lyon) on Feb 7: “Stibnite received 24 inches in the last 24 hours.” FB report of slides on the road between YP and the mine. Photo below courtesy Midas.

link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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March 22, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 22, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed until further notice
March 23 – South Fork Road (weight) Restrictions
Postponed – March 28th meeting Community Hall Spring Rx Burning
Canceled – May 2nd Firewise Meeting 2pm at the Fire Hall
(details below)
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page

link:
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Local Events:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Tavern March 17th

We had an Apocalypse St Patrick’s Party at the Tavern this year with our usual Corned Beef and Cabbage. Our Leprechaun got Deflatavirus so only 4 people showed up and a good time was had by all. Stay safe out there.

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Postponed – meeting at the YP Community Hall Spring Rx Burning

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf

(more info below under Public Lands)
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Canceled – May 2 Firewise Meeting

To be rescheduled at a later date?
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed due to COVID-19 fears

Tavern will be closed til further notice. Will have gas available as well as take out beer, pop, candy, chips, pizza. Call 208 739-7086 or go to 355 Yellow Pine Ave. House across street from the Tavern next to the Silver Dollar.
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South Fork Road Restrictions

The load restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road start Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.
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Snowmobile Grooming

Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season.
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March Snow

So far in March we have had a total of 10″ of snow fall. As of Sunday morning there was an average of 20″ of snow in the open on the flat. Tree wells, rocky south facing slopes and ground near buildings is opening up wider each day.
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Rock Migration Season

Watch for rocks on the EFSF road in the bowling alley area and some areas of the South Fork, the freeze thaw cycle is bringing down rocks large and small.
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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

Dump Report March 17th: The bins are less than half full. The road to the dump is breaking up, slush and ruts.

Lakeshore last emptied the bins Feb 13. The transfer station was last plowed on Feb 28.

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:

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

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

Closed until further notice.
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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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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Mar 16) overnight low of 19 degrees, clear and very blue sky this morning, measured 23″ of crusty old snow on the ground. Lots of birds visiting, jays, juncos, hairy woodpecker, towhee, chickadees and nuthatches as well as a very acrobatic pine squirrel. Sunny and warm at lunch time. Mostly clear mid-afternoon, warm and light breezes, high of 51 degrees. Mostly clear at dusk. Stars out before midnight, but a little thin haze.

Tuesday (Mar 17) overnight low of 20 degrees, nearly clear sky (1 cloud) and a bit breezy this morning, measured 22″ of old snow (hard crust about a foot down in the layers.) Just a few birds this morning: Hairy woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatches visiting, jays and a red-winged blackbird calling to the east. Clouds building up by lunch time. Gray overcast by early afternoon. Chickadees and juncos visiting. Windy and splatters of rain this afternoon for about half an hour, high of 47 degrees. Clark’s nutcracker and female hairy woodpecker fighting over a feeder. Another round of wind and rain blew through later in the afternoon. Mostly clear early evening. Partly cloudy and calm at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Graupel (snowballs) at 6am.

Wednesday (Mar 18) overnight low of 29 degrees, overcast and foggy ridges this morning, trace of snow (graupel) melting, measured 21″ snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, juncos, jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. A few flakes of snow falling at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Early afternoon snow flurries, high of 38 degrees. Rufous sided spotted towhee and hairy woodpecker stopped by. Snow flurries on and off during the afternoon, ridges fogged in low. Breaks in the cloud cover and foggy bands across the mountains and peaks at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Foggy and misting rain after midnight. Little skiff of snow fell before daylight.

Thursday (Mar 19) overnight low of 27 degrees, overcast and ridges fogged in, light breeze this morning and trace of new snow, measured 21″ total snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, pine squirrel, red and white-breasted nuthatches and juncos visiting. Partly clear before lunch time, and partly cloudy after. Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon and warm and breezy, high of 51 degrees, tree wells are growing and south facing dark rocky hillsides baring up. Partly cloudy, breezy and way above freezing at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Friday (Mar 20) overnight low of 21 degrees, mostly clear sky – high haze this morning, measured an average of 20″ snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, clark’s nutcracker, jays, a few juncos and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Thin clouds and filtered sun at lunch time. Mostly cloudy (chunky clouds w/dark bottoms) by early afternoon, high of 53 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visiting, raven flying and calling. Broken dark cloud cover late afternoon. Mostly clear and above freezing at dusk. Mostly clear and stars twinkling before midnight.

Saturday (Mar 21) overnight low of 19 degrees, clear sky and measured an average of 20″ of crusty snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, nuthatches, juncos and noisy jays visiting. Sunny and mild at lunch time. Clark’s nutcrackers visiting in the afternoon. Partly cloudy and breezy late afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Elk out on the golf course mid-evening. Some high thin clouds and calm at dusk. A few stars out before midnight.

Sunday (Mar 22) overnight low of 19 degrees, mostly hazy sky and light breeze this morning, estimate we still have an average of 20″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox signs this morning, jays, a few juncos, a chickadee and nuthatches visiting. Sunny at lunch time. Clark’s nutcrackers and mountain chickadees visiting, singing their signature song. First butterfly sighting (small, orange wings with black spots.) Report of an evening grosbeak, red-wing blackbird and a rufous towhee. Mostly clear and warm late afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Mostly clear and above freezing at dusk. First robin calling.
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RIP:

Richard Randall (Randy) Norell
1951-2020
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68 yrs of age, passed away March 10 following an extended illness.

Randy was born May 4, 1951 to Richard C. (Dick) Norell and Donna D Norell (Bryant). Randy was an outdoor enthusiast who loved hunting, fishing and hiking from mountain lake to mountain lake. He spent many a summer exploring the mountains surrounding his beloved family ranch in Yellow Pine, Id.

Randy graduated from Boise State University with a BS degree in Geology. He worked for a variety of mining companies that lead him from Idaho to Montana. In 1992 Randy returned to the Boise area where he went to work for Spidell And Associates doing air quality testing. He worked up until 2012 when health issues forced him to retire.

Randy was a quiet soul, who never complained unless politics were involved. He loved science and technology. He had a great little chuckle that always made you smile.

He is survived by his sister Teri Norell and brother in-law Chuck Roth ; Stepmother Donna Norell; Stepbrothers Barry Curry ( Bernadette), Mike Curry (Carolynn), Brent Curry (Rhonda), Jeff Curry (Jennifer); Stepsister Jill (Tom) and his lifelong friend Cam Houlgate (Mary).

Over the past eight years, Randy lived at Paramount Parks Assisted Living. where his quality of life was greatly enhanced by all those who surrounded him.

A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at a later date at his beloved family’s property, the Bryant Ranch, in Yellow Pine.

Memorials can be made in his name to your favorite charity.
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Naomi Herrick
1932 – 2020
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On Friday March 13th our beloved mother and Matriarch of the family Naomi Herrick passed away from natural causes. After almost 88 years she is now peacefully sitting in heaven with her arms around her two daughters Kim and Kit.

Naomi was born Naomi Ruth Neeb on June 1st, 1932 in Round Valley Idaho to Melvin and Macel Neeb. She was the youngest of three sisters and an adopted brother. She attended high school in Boise while living with her Grandmother during the school year and then returning to the Neeb Ranch in Smiths Ferry for the summers to work on the ranch and in the lodge (Cougar Mountain Lodge). At an early age she learned to drive a tractor, tend to the farm animals and shoot a gun. After graduating from Boise High in 1950 she attended the University of Idaho.

She married Jim Drobny in 1954 and gave birth to her first child, Chris. She later married the love of her life Gary Peterson and in 1957 gave birth to twin girls, Kim and Kit. The twins were quite a surprise because they had no idea there were two babies in there! Then to top it off their births were on different days. Kim was born just before midnight and Kit was born just after midnight! Then in 1960 the second son, Kurt, was born. The marriage eventually ended and Naomi later married her longtime friend Mel Herrick with whom she shared many memorable and fun years with until Mel’s passing.

Naomi was the ultimate homemaker and mother. While she was the mother of 4 of her own, she “Mothered” many more. She had a pretty open door policy for anyone who needed a place to stay or just some motherly love. She took in many of our friends over the years, fed them, cut their hair, and was always willing to share her wisdom or just lend an ear to them.

She loved her family dearly and always did her best to make things as good as possible for us. While raising her four children she worked numerous jobs to make ends meet. Including working as a substitute teacher in the Cascade school system, which was a little challenging for us kids . . . she didn’t cut us a lot of slack for our behavior at school. Thankfully, for us, her stint as a teacher was relatively short-lived and she moved on to work as a teller at the local mercantile store and grocery store in Cascade. After leaving Cascade she worked as a Pharmacy Tech for Rite Aid in Boise until she retired.

Naomi was one of the strongest women God ever put on earth. Even with the loss of both her daughters due to complications from diabetes and cancer, she held her head up and kept going strong until the very end. She passed with her family and caregivers at her side.

Naomi was preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Macel Neeb, her sister JoAnn Cole, brother Jack Jones, her beloved daughters Kim Peterson and Kit Hill, along with her husbands Jim Drobny, Gary Peterson and Mel Herrick. She is survived by her sister Betty (Cecil) Nowland of Boise ID, son Chris (Tina) Drobny of Arizona City AZ, son Kurt (Heidi) Peterson of Park City UT, 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

There will not be any immediate services for Naomi. We will have a small service later this summer in Cascade for family and close friends.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers at Grace Assisted Living and Memory Care Center and Treasure Valley Hospice for the absolutely wonderful and loving care and compassion you showed for our Mom. It is truly greatly appreciated. You all made her last days the best they could be.

In lieu of flowers, if anyone would like to make any contributions to the American Diabetes Association or the in Mom’s name that would be great. Every day is a gift.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Naomi’s memorial website at (link)

Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 18, 2020
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Gregory Eich

Eich, Gregory, 71, of Council [formerly of Yellow Pine & Stibnite] passed away March 11, 2020 in Boise. Arrangements under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home.
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Idaho News:

Announcement from Valley County

An update – Tomorrow we begin a COV-19 task force that will be in communication daily with all hospitals-Central District health-all city governments-county official-first responders. This will be to keep communication flowing within the Region and to create a central communication point as we move forward. Once we have confirmed cases the County Emergency Operations Center will begin operations and it creates levels of emergency response not available until we have confirmed cases. This new task force will create a situation ready opportunity for the Region. The County and City officials are working daily behind the scenes to do everything we can to prepare. We will begin posting daily anything that is needed within the community to stay informed. Please follow the Valley County Facebook feed for daily updates. Stay Home-Stay Healthy-Stop the spread

from Valley County Commissioner Sherry Maupin (via FB March 22nd)
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First COVID-19 Case Reported in Part-time Valley County Resident

* No Identified Risk to Valley County Community.
* CDH is asking anyone with recent travel to Blaine County, Idaho in the past two weeks (March 8 through March 22) to shelter in place.

Press Release Excerpt:

Central District Health (CDH) announced the first case of novel coronavirus infection with ties to Valley County. A part-time Valley County man in his 50s, with mild symptoms, was recently confirmed to have COVID-19 after testing in Ada County. The man is recovering well under self-isolation in Ada County. He had no associated travel to Valley County during his infectious period. Contact investigations suggest travel-associated risk from Blaine County, and there is no identified risk to the Valley County Community.

CDH is asking anyone with recent travel to Blaine County, Idaho in the past two weeks (March 8 through March 22) to shelter in place. This, after three Ada County residents and one Valley County resident tested positive for COVID-19, and confirmed travel and time spent in Blaine County.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

* NO identified risk to the Valley County Community
* If you have traveled to Blaine County between March 8 – March 22, CDH is asking you to SHELTER IN PLACE for 14 days (stay home – only exception is for medical care). That means no grocery store, post office, work, etc.

To read the full Valley County and CDH Press Releases, please visit: (link)
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Valley County declares emergency, closes courthouse

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 19, 2020

Valley County Commissioners on Monday declared a countywide state of emergency and closed all county facilities to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is an unprecedented event,” said Valley County Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck. “These are hard decisions, but decisions we felt we had to make to keep our employees, their families and our community safe and healthy.”

All functions of county government are still operational but for the foreseeable future the best way for constituents to continue to receive them is by electronic means or mailing their requests to the various departments, Hasbrouck said.

“Until the coronavirus recedes we must protect the health of these departments by re-stricting public access to them,” he said.

The courthouse, Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Cascade and McCall, probation offices and sheriff’s offices were all closed to the public.

These facilities will remain closed to the public until March 30, at which time the situation will be reassessed, a press release from county commissioners said.

Law enforcement and emergency services, including 911 services remain fully functional and available to the public, Sheriff Patti Bolen said.

The transfer site and recycling centers would remain open to the public as well, commissioners said.

The emergency declaration directed elected officials and department directors to send home the majority of their staff, some of whom will work from home until the closures are lifted.

All employees will continue to be paid, commissioners said.

… For more information about how to access services during this public facility closure, visit (link)

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More info Valley County Covid-19 Response Page
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City Council votes unanimously to approve a Declaration of a State of Emergency in McCall

March 17, 2020

City Council met yesterday, March 16th, 2020, at 6:00 PM in Legion Hall and unanimously voted to approve a Declaration of State of Emergency for the City of McCall for the next 30 days in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. [watch the stream] The declaration allows access to federal, state and local supplemental funding and decision making resources for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of the community. Although one goal of a declaration is to alert citizens to change their normal behavior, this does not mean there is a mass outbreak in the city of McCall, but a proactive measure enabling necessary emergency plans to be made for the future.

City leaders are taking the lead of the State of Idaho and Valley County in our response to the pandemic and continue to look at current recommendations of the CDC and Central District health in decision making as we move forward. We encourage the public to follow the most recent guidelines of maintaining gathering limitations of less than 10 people at a time, limiting social situations and maintaining good hygiene.

McCall is a tourist destination with many vacation and second homes. We are at an increased risk of exposure and therefore, we hope that our visitors will respect our community’s goal to remain proactive by adhering to CDC recommendations. Help us to keep McCall healthy and safe for all. Local business can let us know here how they have altered hours or services and we will share that with the community and visitor.

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Travel advisory announced for McCall: ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 20th 2020

A travel advisory has been issued for the area of McCall.

There are limited health resources to help those who may become sick in these areas. Travelers who get sick would put a huge strain on healthcare workers.

“The West Central Mountains has finite healthcare resources. It is very likely that anyone who gets sick in our area may need to be transported to another area for treatment. This puts massive strain on our entire healthcare system,” the city of McCall said.

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City of Cascade declares emergency, cancels hearing

By Ben Fletcher for The Star-News March 19, 2020

The City of Cascade joined other local governments on Monday by declaring a state of emergency over the feared spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Mayor Judith Nissula issued the declaration on Tuesday to allow the city to receive state and federal funding and supplies to assist the city in combating the virus.

Changes in city operations were announced on Monday, including the limiting of walk-in traffic at Cascade City Hall.

“Doors to City Hall will be locked with a notice that all utility payments may be made either through, online utility bill pay, the drop slot, or through the mail,” a statement from the city said.

Water, sewer and streets employees will continue to work normally, the statement said.

Meetings of the Cascade City Council and Cascade Planning and Zoning Commission were postponed until after March 31.

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Cascade urges people to avoid visiting Valley County to prevent coronavirus spread

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, March 21st 2020

Cascade, Idaho (CBS2) — The city of Cascade is asking visitors to avoid vacationing in Valley County to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“To act as a cohesive community and to protect each other, we are respectfully asking that no visitation happen at this time,” a press release said. “It is imperative that our community follow the federal guidelines adopted by the State of Idaho, including avoiding unnecessary travel.”

Hospital providers and staff across Valley County have been preparing for the virus’ arrival. They are concerned their resources will not be able to support an increase of visitors.

“We are encouraging our neighbors in other areas of Idaho and sister states to stay where they are and protect themselves by following CDC guidelines, as we are stressing to our residents,” the city said.

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Hot Springs Closed:

Goldfork hotsprings is closed and will remain closed until there is a new post here saying we have reopened. We will be closed for roughly 3 weeks.
(per their FB page March 19th)

Burgdorf Hot Springs – The latest update from here is that Burgdorf will be temporarily CLOSED to all drop-in Day Swims starting March 20th in efforts to help stop the spread of the current pandemic. Hope you enjoy some sweet home-time and can still get out in nature and relax! See you soon! Exceptions: Previously made Cabin reservations and previously made snowmobile rental reservations will be honored and have limited access. Please contact us for details.
(per their FB page March 19th)
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Panic buying clears store shelves

Toilet paper, hand sanitizer in high demand

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 19, 2020

Store shelves from New Meadows to Cascade were left barren this week as shoppers scrambled to stock up on supplies amid fears of the COVID-19 virus.

Store managers and owners said the craze started last Thursday, just before the first confirmed case of the virus was reported in Idaho on Friday.

Aisles in Ridley’s, Rite Aid and Albertsons in McCall were devoid of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol and household disinfectants over the weekend and into this week.

Canned goods, produce, meat, frozen foods, rice and beans also dwindled as more shoppers poured through the doors in hopes of stocking up prior to the arrival of the virus.

“This is the first time I’ve seen something this extreme, but you just take it day to day,” said Dan Smith, Ridley’s store director.

All three stores placed quantity limits on items that were especially in demand to help prevent customers from hoarding.

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[Note: Please pass the word to folks, “Leave a little on the shelves for the locals.”]
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‘It’s scary’: McCall and Donnelly restaurant owner closes two of three locations amid coronavirus outbreak

Temporary shutdowns and outright closures of some businesses have started to affect several Idaho establishments.

Brian Holmes March 18, 2020 KTVB

McCall, Idaho — With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging everyone to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future by avoiding crowds of less than 10 people, those in the service industry have really started to feel the pinch.

Restaurants across the country have either drastically reduced their staff and hours, have gone to only take-out or delivery, or have voluntarily shut their doors altogether.

For restaurant owners like Steve Topple, it meant shutting the doors on two of his three restaurants in the McCall/Donnelly area.

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City of Crouch asking people to stay away from the Garden Valley area amid COVID-19 concerns

Mar 21, 2020 By Izaak Anderson KIVI

Garden Valley, Idaho — Leaders of the City of Crouch are asking people to avoid Crouch and the Garden Valley area at this time amid COVID-19 concerns.

City leaders say they are following current CDC and Central District Health Idaho recommendations to maintain gathering limitations to 10 or fewer people at a time, limit social situations and maintain proper hygiene.

As Crouch and the surrounding areas are tourist destinations, city leaders say the increase in visitors will increase the risk of exposure from coronavirus.

The city says they have noticed an increase in visitors coming to Crouch and the Garden Valley area from the Treasure Valley. This increase is putting a strain on depleted grocery stores, as well as stressing out their local EMS system and putting pressure on Crouch residents.

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Boise VA campus to set entrance restrictions, screenings for veterans and employees

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 20th 2020

Boise’s VA campus will set restrictions for entering and screening starting Tuesday for veterans and employees.

Starting March 24 veterans must use the main entrance at Fort Street, and employees will use parking lot 7.

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ITD issues 90-day extension on expiring credentials

March 16, 2020 Local News 8

To reduce large gatherings of people, the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Motor Vehicle is instituting a 90-day extension on some credentials.

The 90-day extension applies to driver’s licenses and non-commercial registration.

If one of these credentials expires between March 1 and May 31 of 2020, you will have until June 30, 2020, to renew.

Many of these can be renewed online.

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Idaho Power responds to coronavirus concerns

Mar 16, 2020 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Power is reducing public activities to reduce to spread of coronavirus through the community. The new measures come after weeks of internal planning and preparation.

… In addition, they are also limiting public access to their facilities. If you usually visit Idaho Power offices to pay your bill, they encourage you to pay online or by mail. To learn more about payment options, click here.

The facility closure also includes access to Idaho Power campgrounds. Most of the campgrounds are located near facilities that help provide energy to the community. If you have an existing reservation, you will be contacted by phone or email and will receive a full refund. Idaho Power is currently not accepting future reservations but will provide an update when they are again.

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Idaho utility companies to waive late fees, keep power on during coronavirus outbreak

Idaho Power Company, Intermountain Gas and Suez Water have all introduced payment options for those affected by the coronavirus.

March 21, 2020 KTVB

Three Idaho utility companies have informed their customers that several new relief measures will be implemented to those affected by the coronavirus. These measures range from assisting customers in setting up a payment plan and not disconnecting customers for late or nonpayment.

Idaho Power released a statement on their website announcing the assistance options that are available to their customers on Friday. For residential and small business customers, Idaho Power will not be disconnecting service because of nonpayment.

In addition, Idaho Power stated they will be waiving late fees temporarily and will be available to assist customers in setting up payment plans to ensure they do not fall extremely behind on payments and later face an overwhelming debt.

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Secretary of state encouraging Idahoans to vote absentee

Lawerence Denney wants Idahoans to vote early and says they can do that by requesting an absentee ballot.

John Masters March 18, 2020 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Wednesday that in response to the current COVID-19 situation, his office has initiated the #VoteEarlyIdaho campaign. Denney, along with Idaho’s 44 county clerks, are promoting early requests of absentee ballots for the May 19 primary election.

“By promoting early request of a ballot and voting by absentee, we are hoping Idahoans will take advantage of the opportunity to protect themselves and protect their neighbors. The process of voting absentee is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3,” Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck said. “You just have to request the ballot, wait for it to arrive around a month before the election, and then vote and get the ballot back to your county clerk before the polls close on election night!”

Denney asks all Idahoans to share the campaign on social media using the hashtag “#VoteEarlyIdaho.”

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Tips & Advice:

Plumbers: If you have to use an alternative to toilet paper, don’t flush it down the toilet

While toilet paper has been hard to come by during the coronavirus pandemic, plumbers say any alternative should not be flushed down the toilet

Gretchen Parsons March 17, 2020 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — During the coronavirus pandemic, toilet paper has quickly become a grocery item in high demand. Most supermarkets are in short supply or sold out.

… Haycock has been in the plumbing business for a long time. He said he understands that during this unprecedented time people might have to wipe with something other than toilet paper.

However, Haycock says toilet paper is the only material meant to be flushed.

“Everything else is taking a risk on causing a backup in your sewer line or even damaging the city sewer system,” Haycock said.

Materials like paper towels, tissues, and baby wipes, should never go down the toilet he explained.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold

In light of the evolving situation with the coronavirus, Midas Gold is trying to do our part to help slow the spread of the virus. Starting Monday, we are encouraging our employees to work from home. If you have questions for our team, we are still here to make sure you get the answers you need. Please feel free to send us a message on Facebook, email community@midasgoldidaho.com or reach out to one of our team members directly.

We hope you and your family stay well.

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Stibnite Advisory Council is Ready to Address Community’s Questions

Eight Communities Appoint 2020 Council Members

Contact: Natalie Podgorski Phone: 435-881-1391
March 17, 2020

Donnelly, ID – The eight cities and counties that signed onto a community agreement with Midas Gold dated November 30, 2018 have appointed representatives to serve on the Stibnite Advisory Council for 2020. The Stibnite Advisory Council, which was formed last year, provides a collaborative environment for local communities to work with Midas Gold throughout the life of the project and establishes a venue for cities and counties to address concerns and opportunities directly with the mining company.

“It is an honor to serve our communities on the Stibnite Advisory Council,” said Julie Good, chair of the Stibnite Advisory Council. “Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project will have a huge impact on this region, so it is important to have the communities closet to the mine site sit around the table to learn about the project and share our unique perspectives among the council. We each act as the voice of our community. We bring questions to the company, get the answers our neighbors need, and report what we learn back to our communities.”

Each participant in the community agreement appointed one member to represent their interests on the Stibnite Advisory Council. Midas Gold Idaho and Midas Gold Corp also hold seats on the council. The following individuals were chosen to represent their community in 2020:

Bob Crump, Riggins
Pat DeHaas, Council
Denis Duman, Idaho County
Julie Good, New Meadows
Lynn Imel, Yellow Pine
Joe Iveson, Adams County
Anne Labelle, Midas Gold Corp
Laurel Sayer, Midas Gold Idaho
Gene Tyler, Donnelly
Glenna Young, Cascade

Julie Good was elected to serve as chair for the Stibnite Advisory Council, Gene Tyler will serve as vice-chair and Lynn Imel will serve as secretary.

Over the last year, Stibnite Advisory Council members provided regular updates to their city council members or county commissioners. Additionally, many members of the council held gatherings in their towns. Based on the feedback at these meetings, the Stibnite Advisory Council established four working groups in order to address important issues in the region. Currently, members of the working groups are carefully evaluating the project’s impacts on the environment, workforce, transportation and local industry. As a result of these efforts, the workforce working group has released a public survey to gather more information from people who may be interested in working at the site. The survey is available at (link)
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and will help the Stibnite Advisory Council gain a better understanding of where workers may want to live, their needs and how this might impact the communities closest to the Stibnite Gold Project.

Residents who live in Adams, Idaho and Valley County and have questions about the Stibnite Gold Project, should contact their community’s designated representative. Council members work with Midas Gold to answer every question and share that information with interested citizens. The council developed a frequently asked questions document that keeps track of all of the questions brought forward by the communities. If you would like to review this information, visit (link)

The Stibnite Advisory Council meets the second Thursday of every month at Midas Gold ‘s Donnelly office. The meetings are open to the public for observation. To date, the Stibnite Advisory Council has held 13 public meetings.
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Public Lands:

South Fork Salmon River Road

I am planning on putting the load restrictions onto the South Fork Salmon River Road starting Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.

Ben Dreier, P.E.
Forest Road Manager
Payette National Forest, Supervisors Office
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Community Meeting for Payette NF Spring Prescribed Fire Postponed

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the community meeting planned for March 28 in Yellow Pine to discuss spring burning operations on the Payette NF is indefinitely postponed. If there is a need to talk about any of the planned burns please feel free to send us your questions or to give a call on the phone. We may reschedule a community meeting if needed once coronavirus/ COVID-19 is no longer a concern. We will continue to send out emails to this list as we approach weather windows that will allow us to burn.

Please feel free to reach out with questions or comments:

Patrick Schon, Fire Management Specialist
208-634-0623
Patrick.schon@usda.gov

Laurel Ingram, Fuels Technician
208-634-0622
Laurel.ingram@usda.gov

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Payette National Forest Spring Prescribed Fire

PNF March 5, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District will be implementing prescribed fire in the Bald Hill and Four Mile Project areas this spring.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

Areas planned in the Four Mile Project are on both sides of the South Fork Salmon River, from Reed Ranch Airstrip south to Poverty Flat Camp Ground. Areas targeted for ignition this year include along the Miners Peak trail, the area between Reed Ranch and Four Mile Creek, and an area on the east side of the road across from Poverty Flat Campground. See the attached map for more specific location information.

We will have a community meeting Saturday, [postponed] March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions. Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur. Like all of our burning this will be dependent on many factors including weather and fuel conditions.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Patrick Schon: 208-634-0623, patrick.schon@usda.gov or Laurel Ingram: 208-634-0622, laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Thanks,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

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Payette National Forest plans no changes in operations

The Star-News March 19, 2020

No changes in operations at the Payette National Forest are planned as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesperson said.

“Everything is business as usual for the Forest Service with some minor changes that should not impact the services the Forest Services offers, Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

The Payette has its headquarters in McCall as well a district offices in McCall, New Meadows, Council and Weiser.

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Boise National Forest limits public visitation to offices

Boise, Idaho, March 20, 2020–The Boise National Forest has implemented self-screening procedures for public access to Forest building in order to reduce the potential transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

“We appreciate the patience of our local communities and partners as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19, while continuing to provide the services expected from the Forest Service,” said Tawnya Brummett, Boise National Forest Supervisor. “Forest employees are staffing phone lines and monitoring emails to provide information and assist with your needs.”

To reach the Supervisors Office call 208-373-4100 and leave a voicemail. Customer service representatives will call you back or direct your call appropriately.

To stay informed about Forest activities or online services visit:

* The Boise National Forest’s website (link) or
* The Boise National Forest’s Facebook page (link)
* To purchase America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes visit: (link) Fourth Grade and military passes available at site locations.

The Interagency Visitor Center located at 1387 S. Vinnell Way, in Boise, Idaho, is also implementing temporary limitations of face-to-face public access. Upon entry, visitors are directed to call for assistance. For more information, visitors can call 208-373-4007.

Important: Most Boise National Forest Campgrounds are closed for the winter but restrooms are left unlocked for visitor use. These restrooms are not serviced so they are not cleaned or stocked.

Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including social distancing. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link)
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Idaho State Park Visitor Centers Close to Curb Covid-19 Spread; Parks Remain Open

Date: March 19, 2020
Contact: Craig Quintana, Public Information Officer, Senior 208-514-2254

Visitor centers at Idaho State Parks shut down Thursday March 19 as a precautionary measure to limit propagation of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) – but the parks will remain open to the public.

Rangers and other staff will be on duty to assist visitors and can be contacted by telephone.

Parks continue to offer day use and most camping options – but hands-on activities and large group events are discontinued. Premium cabins and picnic shelters also have been closed to reduce infection potential.

The visitor centers will stay closed through April, and possibly longer, depending on the progression of the Covid-19 outbreak. Closing the centers, gathering places for groups of people, protects visitors and park employees and follows the guidance of Idaho Gov. Brad Little and public health officials.

At this stressful time, the public is encouraged to visit Idaho’s spacious parks to experience the outdoors and fresh air as an alternative to staying sheltered indoors. Hiking, biking and snow sports provide healthy alternatives that allow for the social distancing (at least six feet of space between individuals) recommended by experts.

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Idaho state parks closing camper cabins and yurts to stop coronavirus spread

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 20th 2020


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Idaho state parks are closing camper cabins and yurts to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The state announced closing the camper cabins, yurts and Idaho City backcountry yurts will protect the public and park employees from potential Covid-19 exposure. The closures will begin Monday and all visitors with reservations will receive full refunds.

The closures will last until April 30 and could be extended, depending on the status of the virus outbreak in six weeks.

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National parks are free

By Brady Mccombs and James Anderson – 3/19/20 AP

Salt Lake City — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Parks are trying to keep up with ever-changing rules and recommendations from government officials who are urging people to avoid gathering in large groups but allowing them to get outside for fresh air and exercise as long as they keep their distance from others.

The National Park Service says it’s adhering to the latest guidelines from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vowing to keep outdoor spaces open while giving park superintendents the power to close or modify operations.

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BLM to temporarily suspend entrance fees on public lands to help people enjoy the outdoors

by Kristen McPeek Thursday, March 19th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — The Bureau of Land Management will temporarily suspend entrance fees in BLM-managed land until further notice.

Site-specific day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived temporarily. Overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use, and use of special areas, will remain in effect. A majority of BLM outdoor spaces remain open to the public, while some areas may be closed.

According to the agency, they hope by waiving the fees, it will make enjoying the outdoors easier.

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Critter News:

Cascade Veterinary Clinic

In order to keep everyone safe we are officially cancelling the vaccine clinic for April 2020 in both GV & Cascade. We apologize for any inconvenience.

(via FB Mar 16, 2020)

[Note: The Yellow Pine June vaccine clinic has not been scheduled, I will let folks know if it will occur. – rrS]
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Cascade Vet Clinic

Due to the Corona Virus We have had to make some changes at the clinic. Cascade Clinic we will be open on Monday / Wednesday / Friday from 9 – 5 Lunch 12 – 1. Tuesday and Thursday we will not be opened. Please leave a detailed message if you need prescriptions refilled or pet food etc., and someone will get back with you. We are asking all our clients to stay in there car when they arrive for there appointments. Please call us when you arrive and a Staff member will come outside and check you in. We are so sorry for any inconvenience but we must protect our clients and employees. This will be in effect until further notice.

Garden Valley Clinic

Due to the Corona Virus We have had to make some changes at the clinic. Garden Valley Clinic will be open Tuesday / Thursday from 9 – 5 Lunch 12 – 1. Monday / Wednesday / Friday we will not be opened. Please leave a detailed message if you need prescriptions refilled or pet food etc., and someone will get back with you. We are asking all our clients to stay in there car when they arrive for there appointments. Please call us when you arrive and a Staff member will come outside and check you in. We are so sorry for any inconvenience but we must protect our clients and employees. This will be in effect until further notice.

(via FB Mar 20, 2020)
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Cascade Veterinary Clinic

ALERT! Someone is shooting dogs on Gold Dust in Cascade, ID Dr. Keith just had to take care of a Beagle that was shot 3 times. Please watch your fur babies!

(via FB Mar 21, 2020)
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MCPAWS closes thrift store, limits access to shelter, clinic

The Star-News March 19, 2020

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter has made changes to the operations of its thrift store, shelter and clinic in response to the COVID-19 virus.

The MCPAWS Thrift Store on Lenora Street in downtown McCall will be closed for at lease 14 days for both sales as well as donations.

The MCPAWS shelter on Idaho 55 south of McCall will remain open, but with limitations on public access.

Those arriving at the shelter should stay in their vehicle and call 208-634-3647.

“We have suspended our volunteer program and volunteers are being asked to stay at home and avoid visiting the shelter or thrift store,” a statement said.

Adoption meet-and-greets and surrenders will continue by appointment and those who find stray animals should call the shelter rather than bring the animal.

MCPAWS Veterinary Hospital near Donnelly will remain open, but with similar limits to public access.

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Idaho wildlife agency kills 17 wolves in Lolo Zone

March 17, 2020 Associated Press

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) – More than a dozen wolves were killed last month to help curb struggling elk populations in north-central Idaho, wildlife officials said.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced Monday it killed 17 wolves in the remote Lolo Zone, the Lewiston Tribune reported. The zone includes part of the Clearwater National Forests and stretches to the Montana state line.

The agency has carried out wolf culling operations in the region for eight of the last nine years, officials said.

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Judge asked to force decision on US wolverine protections

By Matthew Brown – 3/18/20 AP

Billings, Mont. — Wildlife advocates on Wednesday asked a U.S. judge to force the government into deciding if the snow-loving wolverine should be federally protected as the rare predator becomes vulnerable to a warming planet.

The request comes in a lawsuit filed in Montana almost four years after U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to take swift action to protect the animal.

Wolverines, also known as “mountain devils.” need deep snows to den. Scientists warn such habitat could shrink as the Earth heats up.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game cancels events due to COVID-19 virus

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, March 16, 2020

F&G will provide updated information as situations change

In response to updated guidance from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for public events, Idaho Fish and Game has canceled several events and limited access to facilities, such as hatcheries. Cancellations are limited to specific events and hunting and fishing seasons are unaffected.

“I am proud of our extensive public outreach, but today is the time to use proactive caution based on the guidance of our public health officials and the Governor’s Office,” F&G Director Ed Schriever said.

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Winter survival for radio-collared mule deer fawns and elk calves average to slightly above average

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, March 16, 2020

84 percent of collared fawns and 92 percent of collared calves survived through February

Statewide winter survival of radio-collared mule deer fawns and elk calves was about average to slightly above average through the end of February.

A relatively mild winter in much of the state bolstered survival so far, and early spring weather is arriving in some locations, which means early survival reports are encouraging. But threats to wintering wildlife are not over, and biologists will continue monitoring animals until late spring.

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Attention elk hunters: If you apply for a controlled elk hunt in 2020, you will be ineligible to buy a capped elk zone tag until five days after they go on sale

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, March 20, 2020

Waiting period is intended to more fairly distribute capped elk zone tags

At its March 20 meeting, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission established a five-day waiting period to purchase capped elk zone tags for any resident who applies for a controlled elk hunt regardless of whether the person draws the controlled hunt tag. Capped elk zone tags go on sale in July.

Some controlled hunts will be exempt from the waiting period, including Super Hunts, extra elk hunts, depredation hunts or Landowner Appreciation Program hunts.

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Online Hunter Education temporarily waives field day, allowing certification to continue uninterrupted

By Ian Malepeai, Marketing Manager
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In response to updated COVID-19 guidance from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for public events, Idaho Fish and Game has temporarily waived the requirement to attend an in-person field day for online hunter education certification.

The temporary waiver allows students who complete the online course the ability to gain certification and purchase a hunting license. The cost of the online course is $24.50 and can be taken at (link). Classes are available to anyone 9 years or older.

According to Idaho Fish and Game’s Hunter Education Manager Brenda Beckley, “The public safety of our instructors, staff, and students are our primary concerns. We have seen an increased interest in our hunter education classes, and want to maintain a path for the public to gain certification. By temporarily waiving the in-person field day, we can follow health recommendation for social distancing while still providing necessary instruction and certification.”

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Cats are wearing coronavirus masks in China

By Madeline Farber Fox News February 16


AsiaWire

As the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage the country, pet owners in China are putting on makeshift masks on their furry friends.

Photos on the Chinese social media app Weibo show pets – namely cats – wearing the makeshift masks, many of them made from traditional surgical masks. Owners are cutting holes in the material to accommodate the animal’s eyes while the rest of their face remains covered.


AsiaWire

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Seasonal Humor:

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Idaho History March 22, 2020

The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News June 24, 1905

courtesy Sandy McRae and Jim Collord

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho June 24, 1905 Volume 1 Number 28

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The True Fissure Veins of Cooper Mountain.
The Formation and Conditions which Exist There, also a Few of the Characteristics of the Discoverer, Sun-Down Bill Cooper.

by Ernest A. Clark

The writer was recently asked by one of the uninitiated in the noble art of prospecting, and one who contemplated following this hazardous occupation, what qualifications one must possess in order to become a success in this chosen field. The answer to the query thus put, is both large and voluminous, inasmuch as it depends intirely [sic] upon the efforts of the individual himself, and the conditions which he has to cope with. The virgin territory that surrounds the Thunder Mountain mining district offers many opportunities to the enterprising prospector, who, each season, goes into the mountainous regions to [take his chance in making it rich.] (page torn)

SUN-DOWN BILL COOPER — THE MAN

Amongst the lucky few in our midst can be numbered that well known rock shark, Bill Cooper, the discoverer of the true fissure veins that traverse the mountain that bears his name. This man, possessing as he does, the tenacity of purpose and a physique that enables him to withstand the many hardships in his quest for what he seeks; also his familiarity with the different watersheds of a large scope of territory; his vastly comprehensive understanding of the many kinds of formations he comes in contact with, and the whys and wherefores of the same, has all been gained by him in the hard school of experience. The knowledge thus obtained has been a great factor in the important discoveries he has recently made.

THE DISCOVERY OF THE MONTE CRISTO MINE.

In the fall of 1903 this enterprising prospector found some honey-combed quartz float on the west of the mountain that bears his name, and to use miners parlance, it looked good to Bill, and quickly found its way into the assay office yielding $50 to $75 per ton in gold. No trouble was experienced in locating the croppings from whence it came and ten claims were located by him comprising the well-known Monte Cristo group, owned and operated by the Spear’s American Exchange of New York City.

OTHER DISCOVERIES.

Owing to the lateness of the season. Mr. Cooper was unable to do further exploitation work, but early in the following summer, he in company with James Hood, an expert miner, (now deceased) gave the mountain a thorough prospecting, which resulted in the finding of three parallel true fissure veins, the croppings of which not only panned big, but yielded large assay returns. Three claims in length were located on each of these ledges. They are known as the Alice Roosevelt, Minnie Wilson and Mikado veins, thus comprising a group of nine claims. 1000 feet east of this property the croppings of a parallel vein were discovered on which locations were made by McBride, Uhdal and others. This property is known as the Snowstorm group.

ITS LOCATION.

Cooper Mountain is situated about 18 miles in a southerly direction from Roosevelt, the metropolis of Thunder Mountain, and lies two miles in a westerly direction from the wagon road. Its south and west slopes form the watershed of the headwaters of Reardon creek. Its east slope the head waters of Big Indian, and its north, the S. W. fork of the above named stream.

THE FORMATION.

The formation is comprised largely of granite, with altered granite dykes cutting through, in which the true fissures are found. The following country rocks are also to be found associated with this formation: Feldspar, crystallized lime, quartzite, schist and sandstone.

THE LOCATING OF EXTENSIONS.

Croppings of these ledges were found on the south slope of the mountain and locations were made there-on by the following well-known expert miners: The Allison, Busby and Blackburn ore chutes were discovered that yielded large assay returns, and have been developer by them the past winter. The results of which fully justifies the owners in asking a mine price for their property.

DAME FORTUNE GROUP.

Extensions on the north, owned by the writer, consist of six full claims and two fractions, comprising what are known as the Dame Fortune Group Nos. 3, 4 and 5, consist of locations made on the Alice Roosevelt, Wilson and Mikado ledges, which crop out strongly and well defined. No. 6 consists of the extensions of the Snowstorm ledge. Development work done demonstrated the fact that the ledges not only lived throughout the country, but carried the values as well.

THE HARDSCRABBLE GROUP.

This property consists of six full claims, and comprise the extensions of the Dame Fortune Group, owned and discovered by E. S. Bish. These ledges were also in evidence on this property by their out-crop, and work performed there-on also was a great factor the proving of the true fissure veins.

DEVELOPMENT WORK ON THE MONTE CRISTO – TRIUMPH OF [?]
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The development work carried on the past winter, both night and day, by the Spear’s American Exchange, and under the able management of John Ebeno, fully proves the fact that the true fissures of Cooper Mountain are to be found at a great depth carrying good values, and having every indication and ear-marks of becoming, when fully developed, dividend paying mines. An important feature of this development work was the cross-cutting in the main tunnel which is now in 420 feet of two ledges, five and eight feet in width, that were not known to exist by the owners, carrying gold values of $6 to $20 per ton, proving thereby that traversing the formation a net work of veins and feeders exist.

At the time of writing an important deal is about to he consummated on the Hood & Cooper property which will be fully developed this season. Other important, discoveries in the vicinity have been made and the future is one of great promise for this section of the Thunder Mountain mining district.
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Our Natal Day.

Of all days in a year the 4th day of July carries with it more reasons why the same should be observed by the people of the United States than all others. Its very history signifies that joy, pleasure and jubilation should be the guiding factors in arranging an entertainment suitable to its proper observance. It will be the natal day of one of the greatest republics on the face of the earth, under which law abiding; and law respecting citizens consider themselves especially favored. Happiness and sunshine should fill all hearts and thanksgiving be the universal prayer.

The patriotic citizens of Roosevelt have responded to the influence of the day by arranging to celebrate the same in manner deserving of its significance.

A program has been made calling for songs to inspire, words to strengthen, good sports to gladden all hearts. Such a program is complete and especially appropriate. All patriotic citizens and all persons, near and far, who enjoy and appreciate the benefits of our government should be present and assist in duly honoring the day.

Let all become active participants in the games and sports and thus give assurance of success to the occasion. At least, let us all be present, show our interest, and possibly influence others to act.

All mines should, be closed, and all employees therein bidden to make merry and be exceedingly glad. There should be no reason why the coming Fourth of July should not prove to be a memorable day in the history of Roosevelt.
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What We Need.

As the year is now half gone and tax collecting time is drawing near, it is the duty of the County Commissioners of Idaho county to give us a deputy tax collector They now have an assessor and polltax collector in the field summing up the amount of revenue which they will shortly demand from us. In this isolated part of the county and without county protection our needs should be catered too as a merchant caters to his customers. Last year there was quite a lot of dissatisfaction here in regard to this matter. People mailed their money to pay their taxes on time, but on account of the poor mail service at that time they were made delinquent taxpayers. If a deputy tax collector was appointed for Roosevelt it would be a great convenience to those living here.
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It is stated on good authority in London on the 10th that Russia and Japan look favorably upon Roosevelt’s suggestion for peace and that a meeting of representatives of the two powers is now being arranged.
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The town of Wardner has the honor of having a ladies jury. The difficulty was between two women and they called for a jury of the same class.
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Freight Moving.

J. B. Randell returned Thursday from the Transfer where he has been looking after his freight. He has 32,000 pounds on the road. He says the old back mail is all on the road in and will be in shortly.

Mr. Randell reports the road about clear of snow and freight moving. There are twenty teams and four park trains between the Transfer and Roosevelt and will commence to arrive about Tuesday.

They have commenced to work on the telephone line at Trappers Flat. The poles are being cut and the line men are to follow up. It is hoped this line will soon reach town as it will be a great convenience to the people of this section.
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$15 Reward.

One gray horse, weight about 1125 pounds, no brand, flee [sic] bitten on shoulders and neck, dapple gray on hind quarters, long mane and saddle marked.

The above reward will be paid upon delivery of same at Dewey mine. E. Haug.
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There was something over 100 pack animals unloaded in Roosevelt Tuesday among the different firms. This was the largest amount of freight received in any one day this year.
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Brown Gravey Sam is always on deck.
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Crowel Missing.

News comes to us that a man by name of Crowel is missing in the Big creek country. He was coming in from Goff with a couple of pack animals loaded with provisions and out of Warren another man fell in company with him. When they reached Logan Crowel purchased some meat at a butcher shop and they went to his claims in that vicinity. A day or so later this companion returned the meat to the shop and stated that they did not want it. This man took Crowels provisions and disposed of them and brought the stock on to Roosevelt and disposed of the animals.

These men reached Logan about the 20th or 25th of last September. When Crowel left Goff he was only to be gone about thirty days and has never been seen or heard of since the day he bought the meat in Logan.

It is the opinion of every one that this man has met with foul play and they will commence to solve this mystery when the snow leaves that section. Not only the citizens of that place are going to make a search but we are informed the county officers are going to take the matter up.

The man disposing of these provisions and animals should be made to prove where he got them and what became of the missing man.

Mr. Crowel was in Roosevelt last summer and was slightly known here.
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The Pearl Gold Mining Co. at Work

W. A. Douglas, general manager for the Pearl Gold Mining Co., arrived the latter part of last week with a team from Boise. This was the second team over the road. While here Mr. Douglas put six miners to work and let a contract to Nick Kill and M. M. Atherton to cut a road from the Adam’s Mining & Milling Co.’s road to their property. This road will be about one half mile in length with a good grade. Mr. Douglas left Wednesday morning for Boise to meet Alford Adams, Jr., the president of the company. They will be in as soon as Mr. Douglas can make the round trip.
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G. B. Holleran, general manager for the the Spear’s American Exchange, was in town the first of the week in the interest of the company. This company own the Gold Bullion property of which S. I. Choat, deceased, had a contract on. The tunnel is in 326 feet. On account of Mr. Choat’s death Mr. Holleran paid off the men employed and stopped work for the present. Mr Holleran says there is plenty of money coming from the company to pay the bills connected with the mine and Mr. Choat has plenty to satisfy the few outstanding bills. There will be nothing further done until an administrator is appointed. Mr. Spears will be in next month and work will most likely be started up again on this property.
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Johnny Conyers and wife, passed through Roosevelt Sunday morning with a lot of pack animals, headed for their new home on the Middle Fork, which they recently secured from the Caswell Bros.
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Notices

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Locals.

E. M. Thornton was in town the first of the week.

Just received a fine line of confectioneries at James McAndrews.

John Noss, father of J. R. Noss, arrived Thursday evening.

B. F. Francis has a full line of bunting and flags for the Fourth.

Ollie Lingo has gone to the South Fork after a train load of hay.

Julius Lachs is putting a porch on the building occupied by R. F. Francis.

E. W. Whitcomb has commenced the erection of a building on north Main street.

J. B. Randell commenced the completion of his new building yesterday morning.

Bert Ailport has gone to the transfer after Mrs. Ailport who is on the way to Roosevelt.

M. F. Kirkpatrick, a well-known mining man of this section, died in Goldfield, Nev., on June 3rd of typhoid fever.

A. D. Clark passed through town Thursday enroute to Boise His two brothers have been sick but are able to be at work again.

Warren M. Dutton has been appointed postmaster at Roosevelt, Idaho county, vice James Randell, removed. — Capital News.

The Wellington Cafe has changed hands. The name of the new firm will appear later. We hope them success in their new undertaking.

The Overland Cafe is the best place to get a good 50 cent meal.

Thomas Neighbors and wife have returned from the outside. Mrs. Neighbors had trouble in making the trip on account of poor health.

There has been a strike made recently on the Alta group on Divide creek, two miles from town. This ground belongs to Frank Hutchinson. He is in about three feet on this vein and it pans.

James McAndrews has all kinds of smoking and chewing tobaccoes [sic].

A NEWS representative happened to run across a couple of stray horses the other day. These horses have been in their present section about eight months. Full information can be had by calling at this office.

Charley Frost, of the livery firm of Jones 86 Frost, left last Wednesday for Boise. He took out T. J. Little and will bring back Mrs. Henry Kinsinger and and children. Mr. Frost will make regular trips if the travel will demand it.

John Treweek, of Salt Lake, has accepted the position as general superintendent of the Sunnyside properties. He has had 20 years experience in mining and is looked upon as a good man for the position. Tom Babbitt will be the new foreman.

Just follow the rush to the Overland Cafe.

J. M. Venable came in the latter part of last week and is starting preliminary work on the Mosier property. This ground adjoins the Sunny side property and lies in a good mineral belt. Mr. Venable is representing St. Joseph, Mo., people.

S. G. Spicer arrived the first of the week with a drove of milch cows from Salmon Meadows and has engaged in the dairy business here. He has taken up quarters at the mouth of the West Fork of Monumental. This makes two dairies for Roosevelt.

The Nampa Leader-Herald contains the following information given out at headquarters concerning the Dewey mill and mine: “Several very important strikes have been reported lately, which the company is not ready to make public. The development work has been pushed with great vigor since Mr. Haug’s trip to Pittsburg, with a view of installing the big 100 stamp mill. Mr. Haug reports that he can be ready for the larger mill in about two months.”

Geo. D. Smith has been appointed deputy assessor for this district and is at work. He is also polltax collector. If you pay this tax before the first of the ear it is $2 after that time it is $2.50. Mr. Smith seems to think we will get a road supervisor appointed for this district about the middle of July.

Nash Wayland and Harry Markham arrived from Grangeville the latter part of last week with a cargo of supplies and departed Monday for Elk City for another load which they have there. This will be their last trip on the northern route. They will work on the southern route the remainder of the season as it is inure profitable.
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Must Be Lost.

Some three months ago Mrs. Ross Arnold was engaged to teach the Roosevelt school and was directed to come by Boise, but after leaving Grangeville with her husband for this place they changed their mind and started in by way of Elk City and after coming some distance on the road they concluded the snow was too deep to finish the journey and returned to the outside and Mrs. Arnold exchanged schools with Francis Steele at Clearwater.

Mr. Steele started to Roosevelt and came as far as Salmon river and was going to leave there with one days rashions [sic] but was insisted upon until he finally took enough for five days. This was the last seen or heard of him until he arrived at the Ramey Cabin on Big creek. The way they know he arrived there was that he dropped a few letters and assessors books in or near the cabin for this place. When he arrived at this cabin he had been out fifteen days, and as this is a bachelors cabin, as is familiar in this country, there was two men. One of these men had prepared a good dinner and happened to be out awaiting the arrival of the other and Steele entered the cabin and ate this dinner with a lot of other stuff and it is thought by many that the excessive eating was too much for him to bear and he lost the presence of mind.

This cabin is on a main traveled trail and there is no reason why he should not come through alright if something like this has not happened him. He has never been seen or heard off since he was at this cabin.

Mr. Steele would not listen to his friends ideas but clung to his own as he seemed to be a determined man. He was told if he got lost to remember that “water runs down hill.”

It is safe to say if this man Steele is not lost in the mountains he would show-up somewhere after this elapse of time.
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Notices

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June 24, 1905 4 pages Images of full sized pages:

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Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt index page

Link: Public folder with images of the old newspapers
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Other Papers

Elk City Mining News June 17, 1905 page 1

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LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS
Francis Steele Failed to Reach His Destination at Roosevelt — Last Seen on Salmon River — Mining Notes.

Clayton Vance passed through town this week on his way out from Roosevelt after supplies. He was accompanied by S. S. Whitaker. Mr. Vance brought out such particulars as could be gathered along the route relating to the disappearance of Francis Steele, the school teacher who is supposed to have been lost in the mountains between Salmon river and Big creek, while on the way in to Roosevelt to take charge of the school there.

So far as Mr. Vance knew the unfortunate man was last seen at Warren E. Cook’s ranch on Salmon river May 9th, where he secured five days rations, enough to bring him through. About the 20th a prospector named Lynch who was in temporary camp in the Ramey cabin, returned from a day’s hunt and found his camp had been visited during his absence, evidently by a half famished man, judging by the havoc wrought on a “mulligan” stew. After eating this the intruder carried away a kettle of beans. This kettle was afterwards found empty but a short distance from the cabin, near where had been a small camp fire.

Ten days later Lynch found the sack containing the poll books which Steele had with him for the purpose of assessing the Roosevelt district, also in the vicinity of the Ramey cabin. All of which seems to justify the assumption that the unfortunate man had lost the trail and had wandered around until famished and demented, and while in this condition he found Lynch’s camp, and instead of remaining in safety he, following the primal instinct, gorged himself till satisfied, took the remaining food and fled again into the wilderness.

Should this line of reasoning prove correct, and there seems little reason to doubt it, it leaves little hope for the unfortunate man’s escape from the saddest possible fate.

As to the mining operations in Thunder Mountain and Big Creek camps the coming season, Mr. Vance says they will be lively. All the better known properties are going ahead with development. The Dewey mill is pounding away steadily. The Sunnyside people have experienced bad luck with their mill thus far, it having run less than two days since its erection. Superintendent Abbott and his foreman have both resigned. There, is no doubt, however, with the installation of the additional power now planned this property will make good everything claimed for it in the past as a producer.

The Ramey Ridge and Big Creek countries are forging ahead in the most gratifying way. New discoveries are being made and the older ones are being developed into mines. Among the more promising new properties is the Florence A. group, owned by Vance, Merritt, Shepard and Arnelstrom. The ledge is uncovered for a distance of 2000 feet along its strike and has an average width of four feet. Average assay values thus far taken give $30 per ton in gold, much of it free.

Mr. Vance met Wayland’s pack train between Chamberlain basin and Big creek. It will be the first train to reach Roosevelt this season.
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ECMN19050617-5headline1Thunder Mountain Mill.

Most of the timbers for the Champion mill are sawed and framed; although the recent accident by which the big saw was put out of commission has delayed operations considerably in this direction. Excavation for the mill foundations and for the mortar blocks is being rushed with all possible dispatch by Manager Stoever.
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ECMN19050617-5headline2Broke His Leg.

G. W. Peck, a miner and prospector, well known in the various mining camps of Washington and Idaho, while logging for the Thunder Mountain G. M. Co. was caught by a log and suffered a compound fracture of the leg below the knee. Drs. Cullen and Parks reduced the fracture and the injured man is doing as well as could be wished.

source: Chronicling America
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Elk City Mining News June 17, 1905 page 8

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Local Mention Personal and Otherwise

Ed Pell is working for the Thunder Mountain company.

D. Rosengrantz of Stites bro’t [sic] in a load of freight Monday for the Thunder Mountain Co.

J. J. Barlow and P. Gilbert of Spokane arrived in camp to work on the Thunder Mountain mill.

source: Chronicling America
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Idaho County Free Press June 22, 1905

Young Man Perishes

Francis Steele was a school teacher and spent the winter and early spring in Mt. Idaho. He left Grangeville on May 8 for Roosevelt where he expected to teach school during the summer and assess the district for the county assessor of Idaho Co. On May 9 he appeared at Campbell’s crossing where he was supplied with food by Warren Cook. This is the last time he was seen.

He was directed by Cook how to follow the trail as miners and packers are constantly passing back and forth to the mines, and no trace of Steele had been found until Vance and Whitaker, of Roosevelt, found the assessment blanks and school books at the mouth of Ramey creek. They had evidently been on the ground several days as they were covered with mould [sic]. There was a bucket that had been taken from the cabin of Tom Lynch on May 20. Lynch was fishing and had left some grouse, fish and a lot of cooked beans in his cabin and when he returned he found the cabin had been entered and the greater part of the food was gone. There was a pair of gloves on the floor.

Search parties have spent several days traveling through the mountains where the papers were found, but no trace of the unfortunate man has been discovered. Steele leaves a wife in Portland.
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Idaho County Free Press July 27, 1905

Steele’s Body Found

Miners who arrived at Warren, Monday brought the news that the body of Francis Steele has been found near the mouth of Ramey creek which is about a half mile from the spot where he camped and ate his last meal. The supposition at the time of his disappearance is that he had attempted to cross Big Creek and was drowned. Details concerning the burial of the body have not been learned, but it is thought no effort will be made to bring the remains out of the country.
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Idaho County Free Press August 17, 1905

Steele’s Body Found

Word has been received that the body of Francis Steele has been found in Big Creek. A similar report reached here about two weeks ago but the body then found was evidently that of some other unfortunate. It is said that papers and other articles on the body leave no doubt as to his identity. Coroner Irwin and J.W. Evans, a brother-in-law of Steele’s expect to examine the body and it will be brought out for burial if possible.
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Idaho County Free Press Sept 7, 1905

Coroner Irvin passed through Warren with the remains of Francis Steele who was lost in Big Creek last spring. The remains were taken to Cottonwood for interment.

source: Idaho County GenWeb Project complied by Penny Bennett Casey
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Updated April 29, 2022

Road Reports March 22, 2020

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several feet of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Snowmobile Grooming:
Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season.

Yellow Pine: Since Wednesday Yellow Pine has received just a trace of new snow, we have an average of 20″ of snow on the ground on the flat (tree wells and south facing rocky hillsides are opening up.) Local streets have a snow floor, breaking up in sunny places where it has been plowed. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wednesday (March 18) mail truck driver (Robert) says lots more bare road, Big Creek summit is icy on both sides.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Report Wed (March 19) “The South Fork had the usual ice on the shaded corners but was 90% bare. There are rocks from milepost 26 down to the confluence with the East Fork. (Watch for the pair of Eagles on the South Fork.)” – LI
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Report Wed (March 19) “E. Fork Rd. still has a total snow floor; there were very few rocks at the bowling alley. If you come early it’s frozen down solid and is much easier.” – LI

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Last plowed Friday (Feb 28) and groomed by the county.
Report Tuesday (March 17) road to the dump is breaking up, 4-wheel drive is advised.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Old report from Midas Gold (McKinsey Lyon) on Feb 7: “Stibnite received 24 inches in the last 24 hours.” FB report of slides on the road between YP and the mine. Photo below courtesy Midas.

link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Weather Reports Mar 15-21, 2020

Mar 15 Weather:

At 1030am it was 32 degrees, socked in low and snowing pretty hard (big flakes.) Thinner clouds and flaking lightly by 1230pm and stopped soon after. At 345pm it was 43 degrees and partly clear, roofs dripping with melt water. At 640pm gusty winds, low clouds and starting to rain, rain/snow mix 705pm, all snow 710pm and 34 degrees, by 720pm it had quit precipitating, by 725pm low clouds lifting and partly clear. At 11pm it looked like the clouds were halfway down Golden Gate. Cloudy at 130am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 16, 2020 at 10:30AM
Clear, light breeze
Max temperature 44 degrees F
Min temperature 19 degrees F
At observation 26 degrees F
Precipitation 0.10 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 23 inch
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Mar 16 Weather:

At 1030am it was 26 degrees, clear blue sky and light breeze. Sunny and warm at noon. At 350pm it was 49 degrees, mostly clear and light breeze. At 8pm it was 36 degrees and mostly clear. At 1030pm mostly clear. At 130am a bit of haze, not as many stars.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 17, 2020 at 10:30AM
Almost clear, a bit breezy
Max temperature 51 degrees F
Min temperature 20 degrees F
At observation 32 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 22 inch
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Mar 17 Weather:

At 1030am it was 32 degrees and almost clear (1 small cloud) and a bit breezy. Clouds coming in by noon. Gray overcast by 2pm. Sprinkling lightly at 345pm. At 4pm it was 44 degrees, gusty winds, splatters of rain and overcast. At 420pm it was 43 degrees, calmer and not raining. Windy and light rain around 530pm. Not raining at 645pm, broken clouds and calmer. At 715pm it was mostly clear. At 8pm it was 33 degrees, partly cloudy and calm. Cloudy at 11pm. Cloudy at 130am. Solid trace of graupel around 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 18, 2020 at 10:30AM
Overcast, foggy ridges
Max temperature 47 degrees F
Min temperature 29 degrees F
At observation 32 degrees F
Precipitation 0.05 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 21 inch
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Mar 18 Weather:

At 1030am it was 23 degrees, overcast and ridges foggy, new snow melting. At 1230pm it was 36 degrees, overcast and snowing lightly. Not snowing 1pm. Snowing 130pm, low clouds halfway down Golden Gate. Not snowing at 230pm (probably quit around 2pm?) Snowing pretty good at 245pm. Not snowing at 350pm, at 4pm low clouds and 36 degrees, at 420pm breaks in the clouds overhead and 38 degrees, mountains still fogged in low. At 745pm it was 35 degrees, higher broken clouds and fog bands across the hills and peaks. At 11pm it was cloudy, the ridges look foggy. At 145pm it was misting rain and foggy. At 215am it was partly clear – some stars. Little skiff of snow fell before morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 19, 2020 at 10:30AM
Low overcast, tops of ridges fogged in, light breeze
Max temperature 38 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 31 degrees F
Precipitation 0.10 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 21 inch
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Mar 19 Weather:

At 1030am it was 31 degrees, overcast, tops of ridges fogged in and light breeze. Partly clear by 1145am. Mostly clear to partly cloudy at 130pm. At 4pm it was 50 degrees, mostly cloudy and a bit breezy. At 8pm it was 41 degrees, partly cloudy and a bit breezy. At 11pm mostly clear, lots of stars.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 20, 2020 at 10:30AM
Mostly clcear (high haze)
Max temperature 51 degrees F
Min temperature 21 degrees F
At observation 33 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 20 inch
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Mar 20 Weather:

At 1030am it was 33 degrees and mostly clear (high thin haze.) Mostly hazy and filtered sun at noon. Mostly cloudy (chunky w/dark bottoms) at 2pm. At 445pm it was 46 degrees, broken gray cloud cover. At 8pm it was 37 degrees and mostly clear. At 1030pm lots of stars twinkling.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 21, 2020 at 10:30AM
Clear
Max temperature 53 degrees F
Min temperature 19 degrees F
At observation 29 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 20 inch
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Mar 21 Weather:

At 1030am it was 29 degrees and clear. Sunny and mild at noon. At 425pm it was 50 degrees, partly cloudy and a bit breezy. At 8pm it was 37 degrees and likely partly clear. Partly clear at 1030pm, a few stars.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 22, 2020 at 10:30AM
Mostly hazy, light breeze
Max temperature 52 degrees F
Min temperature 19 degrees F
At observation 30 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 20 inch (est.)
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Road Reports March 18, 2020

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several feet of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Since Sunday Yellow Pine has received just traces of new snow, currently 21″ of snow on the ground. Local streets have a snow floor, breaking up a little in sunny places where it has been plowed. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wednesday (March 18) mail truck driver (Robert) lots more bare road, Big Creek summit is icy on both sides. County grader was stuck on the side of the road near the SF bridge.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Report Wednesday (March 18) mail truck (Robert) says the upper road has some ice, the lower road is mostly bare.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Wednesday (March 18) mail truck driver (Robert) says the big rock has been removed from the bowling alley, the lower end of the road is getting bare, this upper end is icy.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Last plowed Friday (Feb 28) and groomed by the county.
Report Tuesday (March 17) road to the dump is breaking up, 4-wheel drive is advised.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Last report from Midas Gold (McKinsey Lyon) on Feb 7: “Stibnite received 24 inches in the last 24 hours.” FB report of slides on the road between YP and the mine. Photo below courtesy Midas.

link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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