March 8, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 8, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day 3pm Yellow Pine Tavern
March 28 – 10am YP Community Hall Spring Rx Burning
May 2 – Firewise Meeting 2pm at the Fire Hall
(details below)

Local Events:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Tavern

March 17th Tuesday at 3pm

Corned Beef and Cabbage provided by the Tavern. Bring other dishes if you like. Spring is on the way!
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March 28 – 10am at the YP Community Hall Spring Rx Burning

Payette National Forest will have 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.

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.

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf

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

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

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

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

Village News:

East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River


photo by Ray Lutz March 4, 2020

“Sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate where you live.”
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Rock Migration Season

March 5th local crew moved large rocks off the EFSF road Thursday (Caton Creek area?)

March 8th report of rocks scattered on the road on the lower EFSF and lower SF roads late afternoon.
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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

The transfer station was last plowed on Feb 28. Lakeshore came in and emptied the bins on Thursday (Feb 13.)

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176

Local Groups:


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

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Winter Tavern Hours
Open M,W,F,Sat 9-2 4-8 Sun 9-2
Closed Tues,Thurs
Or Call 208 739-7086 or 208 633-2233 anytime will open as needed
Or check at house across the street next to Silver Dollar 365 Yellow Pine Ave
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (Mar 2) overnight low of 11 degrees, overcast and light breeze this morning, measured 27″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, clark’s nutcrackers, jays, juncos, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Pine squirrel showed up before lunch time. Cloudy mid-day, high of 37 degrees. Overcast and chilly late afternoon and evening. Cloudy before midnight. Light dusting of snow fell before morning.

Tuesday (Mar 3) 24 hour low of 21 degrees (from Monday morning) warmed up and above freezing before sunrise, mostly cloudy, light dusting of snow on the board and an average of 26″ of snow on the ground. Fox visited during the night; jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Warm sunshine at lunch time, high of 52 degrees. Mostly clear and light breeze late afternoon and warm. Flatter roofs are dumping snow loads. Still above freezing at dark and mostly clear. Partly cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 4) overnight low of 23 degrees, overcast and flaking snow this morning, measured 26″ of snow on the ground. Paths are slick with refrozen melt-water. A few juncos, jays, mountain chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Breaks in the clouds and bits of sunshine after sunrise. Low helicopter passed over the village at 1051am. Mostly cloudy and gusty at noon. Mail truck made it in on time. Blowing and spitting snow for about 10 minutes and above freezing after lunch, high of 47 degrees. Small flock of starlings stopped by to raid the feeders early afternoon. Mostly cloudy late afternoon, warm and a bit breezy. It was right at freezing and the sky looked clear just before full dark. Mostly clear before midnight, stars out.

Thursday (Mar 5) overnight low of 17 degrees, mostly high thin haze this morning, measured 25″ of snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, hairy woodpecker, jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Gusty breezes and hazy sky early afternoon, high of 58 degrees. Mostly hazy and gusty breezes late afternoon, snow melting and ponding on frozen ground (not soaking in.) Above freezing, calm and fuzzy waxing moon up at dark. A few stars out after midnight.

Friday (Mar 6) 24 hour low of 23 degrees (from Thursday morning) it got cold enough to freeze yesterday’s melt puddles, and was already up to 36 degrees by sunrise, high overcast and light breezes, measured 24″ of snow on the ground. Jays, juncos, hairy woodpecker and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy and warm at lunch time, high of 58 degrees. Quite breezy early afternoon, lots of melting. Snowmobile traffic. Cloudy and gusty breezes on and off late afternoon. Cloudy before midnight. Rain showers early morning.

Saturday (Mar 7) overnight low of 32 degrees, overcast and smells like more rain is coming, down to 23″ of snow on the ground. The ground has thawed enough for yesterday’s melt puddles to soak in. Several juncos, a hairy woodpecker, jays and nuthatches visiting. Low clouds and raining after lunch time until mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Break in the rain late afternoon, then sprinkles just before dark. Snowing late evening until after midnight.

Sunday (Mar 8) overnight low of 28 degrees, broken cloud cover, 1/4″ new snow and an average of 23″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, several jays and juncos visiting along with a hairy woodpecker, mountain chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches, pine squirrel showed up later. Cloudy at lunch time, high of 40 degrees. Snowing lightly mid-afternoon, clouds sitting down on VanMeter and a little breezy. Break from the snow late afternoon. Socked in low and light snow falling at dusk and sticking.

Idaho News:

ITD removes rocks, all lanes on Highway 55 back open after rock slide

by CBS 2 News Staff Saturday, March 7th 2020

Adams County, Idaho (CBS2) — Idaho State Police reopened Highway 55, north of McCall, after removing all rocks from a previous rock slide, Saturday.

The rock slide happened just over the border of Adams County, in between McCall and New Meadows, on Highway 55, milepost 151.

No injuries were reported.

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Donnelly school locked after man spotted with gun

Man detained after officers surrounded home

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 5, 2020

The lone unlocked door at Donnelly Elementary School was locked Monday afternoon after a man was seen near the school displaying a pistol, officials said.

None of the 151 students and about 20 staff members of the school were ever in danger, M-D Superintendent Jim Foudy said.

An 82 year-old Donnelly man was detained and taken to St. Luke’s McCall for unspecified medical treatment, but was not arrested, Valley County Chief Deputy David Stambaugh said.

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Lucky Peak Nursery sets date for annual seedling sale

Mar 03, 2020 KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Landowners who wish to purchase trees and shrubs to create windbreaks, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance their property are encouraged to come to the Lucky Peak Nursery’s annual surplus seedling sale.

The sale begins Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seedlings will not be available Sunday. The sale continues through the end of April, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $30 for 50 seedlings. Fifty seedlings is the minimum quantity that can be purchased. A bundle of 50 seedlings will easily fit into a standard grocery bag. This year, limited quantities of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Tips & Advice

6 Spring Propane Safety Tips

from Amerigas

As you freshen your home in the weeks ahead, it’s also a good idea to refresh your memory on propane safety. To help, we’ve compiled a list of 6 propane safety tips for your home:

1. Seek assistance from your propane supplier to understand how to correctly turn off your propane supply, both your main tank and your propane appliances.

2. Prepare for severe weather and make sure that you have enough propane, if your tank is under 30%, be sure to request a delivery.

3. Recognize the smell of propane and be sure to teach all members of your family what propane smells like – the odor is similar to a rotten egg odor.

4. If you smell gas or, an odor you think could be gas, or experience a propane emergency, exit the building and call your local office from a safe location. If your local office is unable to assist you should immediately call 9-1-1.

5. Never store or place a propane cylinder in an enclosed area such as a basement or garage. Always store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright position.

6. Go out and purchase carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. These should be installed in very level in your home, paying particular attention to sleeping areas. Maintain them according to manufacturer’s instructions. We also highly recommend installing propane gas detectors, which can be purchased at your local hardware store.

For a complete list of Propane Safety Guidelines, visit (link)

Scam Alert:

BBB warns scammers may take advantage of coronavirus outbreak

Mar 2, 2020 KIVI

Boise, Idaho — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the current spread of coronavirus, but another group is also keeping a close eye on the outbreak: scammers.

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of social media posts, emails, websites, and other communications with false claims of products that include convincing testimonials or a conspiracy theory backstory. An example of this would be the government allegedly discovering a vaccine but keeping it secret for “security reasons.” Consumers figure it can’t hurt to give the medicine a try, so you get out your credit card. Currently, there are no FDA approved vaccines or drugs to prevent coronavirus, although treatments are in development. No approved vaccines, drugs, or products specifically for Covid-19 can be purchased online or in-stores.

Peddling quack medicines isn’t the only way scammers are trying to cash in on coronavirus fears. Con artists are impersonating the CDC and the World Health Organization in phishing emails. These messages claim to have news about the disease and prompt readers to download malicious software. Another scam email tries to con people into donating to a fake fundraising effort, claiming to be a government program to develop a coronavirus vaccine.


Mining News:

Village of Yellow Pine 2019

Annual Wrap-Up Letter February 12, 2020

Dear Association President and Members,

Thank you for being part of the innovative and collaborative discussion that has taken place this past year through the Stibnite Advisory Council. Because of your support and involvement, we have:

* Created a regional discussion regarding the impact of industry on our individual communities.
* Received numerous presentations from Midas Gold regarding the proposed Stibnite project.
* Discovered a way to dialogue with other communities about common goals and challenges and discuss possible steps forward.
* Developed a website with online access to much of the information and answered questions we have received regarding the Stibnite project.

Soon, the NEPA process will begin and, as per the Community Agreement, each city/county will need to provide a letter commenting on the Stibnite project. Your Stibnite Advisory Council representative will be your very best resource in developing that communication. Once the NEPA process has begun, we will inform you of the schedule for submitting your letter.

Thank you for allowing your community to be involved in a regional conversation that benefits us all. Our hope is that this type of dialogue will not be limited to a specific project, but will become the model for regional collaboration on many scenarios.

We encourage you to reach out to your community representative with any of your comments or concerns regarding the Stibnite Project and reap the benefits of the work that has been completed so far in the Stibnite Advisory Council.

Julie Good
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Midas Gold gets $35 million more in cash

Company would have run out of money by April

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

A New York City investment firm has agreed to pay Midas Gold Corp. up to $35 million to help the company get through the permitting stage for its proposed Stibnite Gold Project.

The infusion of cash comes as Midas Gold was due to run out of money next month, according to the company.

The deal with Paulson & Co. will boost the Vancouver, B.C., company’s available funds from about $9 million to nearly $43.1 million, which should carry it through the end of 2021, a Midas Gold news release said.

“We are very fortunate to have shareholders and investors that want this project to move forward,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold Idaho.

“It is clear through the continued support of investors that there is broad confidence in the merits of this project,” Lyon said.

Without Paulson’s money, Midas Gold would have been forced to consider a “substantial and near-future reduction” of permitting efforts, but would not have abandoned the project, she said.

“If the project were to be put on hold for a short period, the permitting process could be picked up again in the future, for the most part, without redoing all of the data or science,” Lyon said.

A series of delays since Midas Gold submitted its proposal to regulators in September 2016 has resulted in the process costing much more than the company expected.

To date, Midas Gold has spent $53 million on permitting the Stibnite Gold Project, with another $2 million or more spent on the process and other project related activities each month, Lyon said.

“Needless to say, this is more costly and is taking longer than we anticipated,” she said.

Paulson has guaranteed Midas Gold $25 million, plus whatever portion of the remaining $10 million is not covered by four brokerage firms working to attract other investors.

The investment was expedited by filing for a financial hardship exemption that allowed Midas Gold to skip a shareholder vote that could have ultimately slowed the permitting process, Lyon said.

“As a company, we did not feel it was in our shareholders’ interests to delay the decision that long, leaving two-plus months of uncertainty over future funding,” she said.

Paulson first invested in Midas Gold in 2016 when it bought $25 million in notes that could later be converted to shares, but still have not been.

Last June, Paulson purchased 9.66 million common shares for $4.3 million, giving it a 3.6% ownership stake in the company at the time.

Depending on the final amount of its most recent investment, Paulson could own between 34% to 39% of Midas Gold if all of the notes it currently holds were converted to common shares, Lyon said.

That would make Paulson Midas Gold’s largest shareholder, a title currently belonging to Barrick Gold, which owns 19.9% of Midas Gold after purchasing 46.55 million shares in 2018 and another 7.27 million shares in 2019.

Barrick Gold is a Toronto mining company that has mining operations in 15 countries that employ over 11,000 people. In 2019, the company extracted 5.5 million ounces of gold and 432 million pounds of copper.

The remaining balance of shares in Midas Gold are widely held by institutional and retail investors in the United States, Europe and Canada.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Midas Gold chief wants to ‘make Stibnite better’

Stephen Quin says collaboration vital to success

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

When it comes to high-stakes gambling, Stephen Quin would trade his job any day with a high roller in Las Vegas.

“What’s the point of putting a dollar in a slot machine when I’m drilling a $100,000 hole?” said Quin, president and CEO of Midas Gold Corp.

Since 2011, Quin has headed the Vancouver, B.C., parent company of Midas Gold Idaho, which has its eyes fixed on developing a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine in Valley County.

Quin, 60, was poised for retirement after a successful four-decade career as a mining executive when he stumbled into what he called a “rare opportunity” to use mining as a way to clean up pollution left by previous mining operations at Stibnite.

“Every project I’ve been involved in was always going to have a negative impact on the environment because you can’t avoid that,” Quin said.

“But here, it was just sort of blindingly obvious when you got to Stibnite and stood at the Yellow Pine pit overlook that here’s somewhere you could actually make it better,” he said.

Midas Gold’s strategy over its last decade can be traced to Quin’s belief in the value of obtaining “social license” in the communities of mines he operates.

The idea is to create a mutually beneficial project through community collaboration, thereby reducing local conflict and tension and creating a stronger project, he said.

In Valley County, that effort began by establishing Midas Gold Idaho as a subsidiary of Midas Gold Corp., which Quin says only exists as a mechanism to tap into the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Since no public market for small mining companies exists in the United States, Quin and all three other Midas Gold Corp. employees are tasked with attracting investor dollars to fund Midas Gold Idaho and complying with Canadian financial market regulations.

Meanwhile, the company’s 35 Idaho employees make all decisions related to what happens on the ground at Stibnite.

“It’s their company, their project,” Quin said of Midas Gold Idaho. “My job is to get the money to keep moving things forward and give them reign to do their jobs. They’re the experts.”

Once Stibnite is permitted, it is possible Midas Gold Corp. will merge into Midas Gold Idaho since the need to tap into Canadian markets would be gone, he said.

Centralizing nearly all of the company’s operations in Boise and Donnelly offices enabled Midas Gold to employ locals with intimate knowledge of the area and its stakeholders.

Using a similar approach would not be feasible for companies with many projects, but the Stibnite Gold Project is the only project of Midas Gold.

“You’re much better off to laser focus on one environment, one project, one system,” Quin said.

Quin’s philosophy hinges on collaboration with citizens, business owners and other stakeholders to make the best possible project that will result in long-term wins and, in turn, community support.

So far, that approach has sculpted major parts of the project, like the use of the Burnt Log Route as the main access to the mine and a tunnel to restore fish passage up the East Fork South Fork Salmon River during operations. Those ideas were suggested by people outside the company, he said.

“We’re not the only people who have good ideas,” Quin said.

Then there is Stibnite Advisory Council, a citizen’s panel of community-appointed representatives that brings ideas and worries from their respective communities to monthly meetings with Midas Gold officials.

Midas Gold’s stated intention to be a good neighbor has been met with skepticism with some in Valley County, but Quin aims to show residents his vision of sustainable community-wide benefits.

Cash donations are one example of benefits mining companies can bring to entire generations of residents, Quin said.

“If we’re doing this with hard-won capital from shareholders, when we’ve actually got a project we should be more generous and we’ve got to lay that out,” he said.

Similarly, the company established the Stibnite Foundation to distribute millions in expected profits back into local communities through grants, with the first grant cycle expected to begin this year.

Quin says it is too soon to know how much he stands to earn personally if Stibnite is approved.

Whatever happens, he plans to use his earnings to provide long-term funding for an orphanage in Latvia where he and his wife of 38 years, Bernice, adopted their two children in 2003.

Quin admits some of the harsher criticism is tough to swallow and that the spread of “deliberate misinformation” has surprised him. “The first reaction sometimes is you’ve just criticized my kid and said he’s ugly,” Quin said. “It’s pretty upsetting because it’s just not the way we are.”

Quin’s optimism abounds even while shrouded in the negativity of naysayers, a personality trait owed to over 30 years in the mining industry.

“To be an explorationist, you have to be an optimist,” he said. “You’ll never convince some people, but you do the right thing no matter what.”

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Quin associates say he is a problem-solver, concerned with communities

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

John Small remembers a time when there were no private-sector jobs available for residents of the Yukon in western Canada.

That all changed in 2007 when Sherwood Copper Corp., headed at the time by now-Midas Gold Corp. President Stephen Quin, broke ground on the Minto Mine, a gold and copper mine near Whitehorse.

“Stephen and Minto Exploration’s mine turned the private sector around in the Yukon,” said Small, a Whitehorse resident who owns a transportation logistics company.

His business grew from two employees supporting the Minto Mine to 30 employees and the population of Whitehorse has grown from about 20,000 in 2006 to about 25,000 in 2016.

Quin’s propensity for seeking “win-win scenarios” by finding solutions through common interests drew praise from Small as well as others who have worked with him.

“During the time our careers intersected, I was extremely impressed with Stephen’s collaborative approach to problem solving,” said Angus Robertson, deputy minister of energy, mines and resources for the Yukon government from 2000 to 2012.

Quin helped guide policy to redistribute tax revenue from mines more equitably among various interests in the community.

Quin served as chair of the Yukon Mineral Advisory Board from 2007 to 2011, during which he helped establish mutually beneficial mining policies for communities, regulators and mining companies, Robertson said.

“He took a big picture approach to the future of mining in the Yukon,” he said.

Robertson pointed to Quin’s personality as part of the reason he has been successful in forming positive relationships and earning trust with local stakeholders throughout his career.

“His sense of humor and irony, perhaps part of his British background, served him in good stead and certainly helped to forge positive working relations with my minister of the day as well as other key players in the Yukon mining world,” he said.

Quin and Midas Gold have the traits common to most successful mining companies, said Nikki Adshead-Bell a long-time analyst, geologist, investor and investment banker in Vancouver, B.C.

“They understand the complex nature of the mining business, are respectful of all stakeholders and base their business plan on engendering trust,” Adshead-Bell said.

Collaborative approaches tend to earn support from local communities, regulators and investors, Adshead-Bell said.

“Without a social license, a company is unlikely to garner regulator or financial support,” she said. “A project cannot advance without either.”

Adshead-Bell understands local skepticism of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project and admits the mining industry overall has work to do regarding its public reputation.

But Quin is “one of the best in the business” because of his ability to not only obtain social license in communities he has worked with, but to follow through on his word, Adshead-Bell said.

“Trust is the rarest commodity in any business and Stephen has a well-earned reputation for being trustworthy,” she said.

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

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 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, or Laurel Ingram: 208-634-0622,

Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf
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Diseased trees removed from Last Chance Campground

Work will prevent trees from falling on popular site

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

Michael Dwyer peered up at a grand fir tree in Last Chance Campground towering nearly 100 feet above his head and shuddered at the thought of force it would carry coming down.

“If you have the top 20 feet come flying out of a tree in a wind event during a thunderstorm, that’s about as deadly as anything,” said Dwyer, program specialist with the Idaho Department of Lands.

Dwyer was part of a team of lands department and Payette National Forest officials that recently teamed up to coordinate the removal of about 30 truckloads of diseased trees from the campground between New Meadows and McCall.

The project was the first completed under the Good Neighbor Authority, which allows national forests to join with other agencies to expedite forest restoration work.

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Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision

Council, ID., March 2, 2020 – The Council Ranger District has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision for the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project.

The Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project is the fourth project that is part of the Payette National Forest’s Weiser – Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project. Other projects have been the Mill Creek – Council Mountain project, Lost Creek – Boulder Creek project, and the Middle Fork Weiser River project. This project encompasses approximately 67,000 acres on the Council Ranger District of the Payette National Forest, and is located northeast of Council, primarily in the Brownlee Reservoir Subbasin, and the Indian, Lick, and Bear Creek subwatersheds.

Proposed restoration activities include timber harvest, biomass harvest, road reconstruction, road realignment, temporary road construction, road storage, road decommissioning, culvert removal, culvert replacement, thinning of sub-merchantable trees, prescribed fire, and other actions. Specific vegetation treatments are proposed to enhance Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel habitat, a threatened species as listed by the Endangered Species Act, as well as species dependent on dry coniferous forests (e.g., white-headed woodpecker), while maintaining habitat for other Forest sensitive and ESA-listed species. Proposed recreation improvements include developed and dispersed recreation site improvements, motorized and non-motorized trail development and realignment, trailhead improvements, and the conversion of Smith Mountain Lookout to a public rental cabin.

This project is based in part on recommendations provided by the Payette Forest Coalition. The Payette Forest Coalition is a collaborative group formed under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 whose recommendations are structured to meet the intent of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The Payette Forest Coalition members represent stakeholders from a broad range of interests including the, environmental community, timber industry, recreational groups and state and county government.

The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. For more information on the Payette Forest Coalition and their involvement in the Payette National Forest’s Weiser – Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project visit their website at (link)

The Environmental Protection Agency will publish a Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision in the Federal Register on March 6, 2020. A legal notice was published in the newspaper of record, the Idaho Statesman, on February 28, 2020. The publication date of this legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the 45-day objection period for the Project. Those wishing to submit an objection should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

Eligibility to File Objections

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after designated opportunities.

Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having previously submitted comments on the project (§ 218.7). Names and addresses of objectors will become part of the public record.

Contents of an Objection

Incorporation of documents by reference in the objection is permitted only as provided for at § 218.8(b). Minimum content requirements of an objection are identified in § 218.8(d) include:

* Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available; with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request;

* Identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request;

* Name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located, and

* Sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies which would resolve the objection.

* Statement demonstrating the connection between prior specific written comments on this project and the content of the objection, unless the objection issue arose after the designated opportunity(ies) for comment.

Filing an Objection

Written objections, including any attachments, may be submitted to the reviewing officer through the project web page: (link) Simply click on “Comment /Object on Project” on the right side of the page and fill out the web form with your comments. Written objections, including any attachments, may also be addressed to Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered objections are: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic objections may also be submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx) to Objections must be submitted within 45 days following the publication date of this legal notice in the newspaper of record. It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9).

The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. The objection period starts the day after the publication of the legal notice per 36 CFR 218.6 (b) and runs for 45 days. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

For additional information, please contact Mark Fox, Project Leader at the Council Ranger District, 208-253-0164.
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Boise National Forest Annual Surplus Seedling Sale

Boise, Idaho, March 2, 2020 — Landowners who wish to purchase trees and shrubs to create windbreaks, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance their property are encouraged to come to the Lucky Peak Nursery’s annual surplus seedling sale.

The sale begins Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seedlings will not be available Sunday. The sale continues through the end of April; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $30.00 for 50 seedlings. Fifty seedlings is the minimum quantity that can be purchased. A bundle of 50 seedlings will easily fit into a standard grocery bag. This year, limited quantities of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is a resource for the entire Intermountain West, producing over 3 million (1 and 2 year old) trees and shrubs.

Seedlings produced at the nursery are used for restoration efforts on public lands disturbed by wildfire, timber sales or other events. Some brush species produced sustain mule deer populations on their winter ranges.

When the nursery has produced more seedlings than is customers need, the surplus becomes available to the public. The seedlings are best suited for land owners with property in rural areas. They are not intended for homeowners in urban areas to plant in their backyards. Written planting instructions and technical assistance will be available.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is located 16 miles northeast of Boise on Highway 21 (15169 E. Highway 21, Boise, ID 83716). For more information about the annual seedling sale call: (208) 343-1977.

Critter News:

Elk harvest drops 8%, deer harvest falls 13% in 2019

Winter kill cited for drop in Weiser-McCall areas

By Brian Pearson The Star-News March 5, 2020

The 2019 statewide elk harvest was down 8% while the deer harvest in Idaho went down 13% from 2018, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The number of deer hunters in Idaho was also down by 5.5% from the prior year, while the number of elk hunters remained fairly consistent (down by about 1.5%), the F&G figures said.

Contributing to the drop in harvest, there were about 4,200 fewer mule deer hunters and 3,500 fewer whitetail hunters statewide in 2019 compared with 2018.

“Hunting isn’t unlike fishing — when it’s good, everyone goes,” Fish and Game’s Deer and Elk Program Coordinator Daryl Meints said. “When things get tougher, you see the participation drop.”

The white-tailed deer harvest and mule deer harvest were both below their respective 10-year averages, while elk harvest was slightly above.

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Idaho visitors will see big hike in hunting, fishing fees

by Associated Press Thursday, March 5th 2020

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Legislation significantly increasing what it will cost nonresidents to hunt deer and elk in Idaho has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

The Republican governor signed the measure Tuesday that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said resident hunters asked for so there will be less overcrowding in the field.

Fish and Game is doing that by capping how many nonresidents can hunt deer and elk. But that will result in reducing Fish and Game revenue with fewer nonresident hunters. Estimates put the loss at $5.4 million and $9 million a year.

To make up for that, Fish and Game is increasing hunting and fishing costs for nonresidents.

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Officials seek baby moose poacher

March 6, 2020 Local News 8

Driggs, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Fish and Game is looking for information regarding a poaching incident south of Driggs.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office reports a baby moose was shot, and Fish and Game officials are requesting your help locating the poacher.

If you have any information, contact Rob Howe at 208-390-0634 or

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Reward offered for information regarding bull elk shot and left to waste

March 6, 2020 Local News 8

Dingle, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports a bull elk was shot twice approximately 30 yards off of the Dingle Pond road, in Dingle in Bear Lake County Wednesday sometime before 10 p.m.

The elk traveled 20 yards before it died from its wounds.

The dead elk was in clear view of the road and was spotted in the dark. It appeared that no efforts were made to recover any part of the elk.

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Rehabilitated eagle released to the wild

March 6, 2020 Local News 8

Teton Raptor Center

Experts at the Teton Raptor Center released a rehabilitated Bald Eagle back into the wild Friday.

The almost 31-year-old eagle crashed through the window of a home in the Hoback area January 28.

Teton Raptor Center took the bird back to its facility near Wilson for treatment and rehabilitation. Tests revealed he had elevated levels of lead in his system, that were probably related to the window collision. The eagle was treated with two rounds of chelation therapy to remove lead from its system. Lead can lead to issues with balance, walking and flight.

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Fish and Game explains declining perch populations in Lake Cascade

Perch may be depleting their own populations

Mar 04, 2020 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI

Cascade, Idaho — In the late 1990s and the early 2000s, a once thriving perch fishery in Lake Cascade had all but disappeared. So the Idaho Department of Fish and Game worked on a restoration project.

First, teams worked to clean up blue-green algae that was plaguing the water and killing fish. From 2004 to 2006 managers worked to reduce the number of northern pike minnows, a predatory native fish, and they transplanted a large number of mostly adult perch from nearby waterways. They collected and transported 865,000 adult perch over a three year period.

Because the lake was virtually void of perch when the new perch were transplanted they had an unlimited food supply. That resulted in amazing growth rates, that eventually led to multiple world record catches in the lake a decade later.

Perch anglers from all over the U.S and Canada come to Idaho hoping to catch ‘”jumbo” perch in Lake Cascade. But in recent years catch rates have declined.

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Fundraiser March 14 in Riggins to aid steelhead, salmon

The Star-News March 5, 2020

The Riggins Chapter of the Idaho River Community Alliance will host a fundraiser with live music and dancing on Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center.

The Idaho River Community Alliance advocates for the small river communities of Central Idaho in the Salmon and Clearwater river drainages.

The alliance was formed in December 2018 after a lawsuit by five environmental groups threatened to shut down the winter salmon season because the Idaho Department of Fish and Game did not have current harvest permits through the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.

Cost is donation only. For more information on the event visit the Facebook page for the Riggins Chapter of the Idaho River Alliance.

Riggins Community Center is located at 121 Lodge St.

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Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club can “re-home” local honey bee swarms

Mar 07, 2020 By Izaak Anderson KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Spring is right around the corner and you may start seeing swarms of bees moving back into your neighborhood.

Before you try to take on a swarm by yourself, it’s best to reach out to local experts.

The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club makes it easy for you to report a swarm, and a skilled beekeeper will come out and relocate them for you.


Fish & Game News:

As winter lingers, responsible shed hunting is critical for big game

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Monday, March 2, 2020

Todd Duke – IDFG

Shed hunting can have deadly implications for animals weakened by the rigors of winter

As anxious shed antler hunters prepare to take to Idaho’s hills in search of fresh bounty, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game urges them to avoid stressing wildlife trying to survive the late winter storms.

Shed antlers from deer, elk and moose are commonly found in areas where they spend the winter months. Typically, mule deer and moose shed in late December through January, and elk shed from mid-winter through April.

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Fish and Game to survey mountain goats and bighorn sheep in the Salmon Region

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Monday, March 2, 2020

Survey information will be used in determining future management and hunting opportunities.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will conduct aerial surveys of mountain goats along the Middle Fork Salmon River and bighorn sheep in the Lost River mountain range beginning this week and continuing through March.

Surveys of Mountain goats are planned to begin March 3 in big game management units 27 and portions of units 20A, 21, 26, 28, 34, and 36. Bighorn sheep surveys are planned to begin March 16 in units 37, 50 and 51. Survey flights are estimated to take 15 to 20 days to conclude, depending on weather conditions.

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Public’s Help Sought in Sturgeon Poaching Case

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, March 6, 2020

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent poaching of a white sturgeon from the Boise River.

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

On March 3rd, Fish and Game conservation officer Steve Ross investigated the report of a sturgeon carcass in the Boise River near Veterans’ Memorial Bridge in Boise. He quickly located the carcass, most of which had been removed; only the head and fins remained. The fish is estimated to have been about six feet in length, and likely caught earlier in March.

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Salmon River steelhead anglers reminded of reduced limits

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, March 6, 2020

IDFG – Salmon Region

Bag limits are one fish per day, three in possession

As the weather warms and steelhead anglers look to shake their winter blues along the Salmon River, they need to be aware of reduced daily and possession limits.

Due to lower numbers of returning steelhead, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission modified the seasons and reduced bag limits statewide for the 2020 seasons.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Baby rhino meets other animals for the first time

by Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday, September 27th 2019

A one month white rhino wasn’t afraid as he is introduced to other animals at this zoo in the Netherlands.

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