March 15, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 15, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

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

March Snow

It is “sprinter” in Yellow Pine, we have had several nice warm and dry days this week, we also had heavy wet snow fall, 3″ Monday morning, 2 1/2″ Saturday morning and 3 1/4″ Sunday morning. The snowpack had been slowly reducing, the first of the month we had 27″ of snow on the flat, by the 13th we were down to 21″, but we have gained some this weekend and by Sunday morning 25″ of snow on the ground. So far in March 10″ of snow has fallen.
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Rock Migration Season

March 12th report of a large boulder in the EFSF road in the “bowling alley” area – and one perched on the hill above ready to come down.
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Wildlife Sightings

Rufous Sided Spotted Towhee

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photo by Terry (Local Color Photography)

Friendly Fox in the Alpine Village Area

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photo by Ray Lutz

(Watch your small pets!)
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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

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

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
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 9) overnight low of 29 degrees and 3″ of heavy wet snow, 25″ total on the ground, low overcast and snowing lightly this morning. Lots of juncos, a few jays, red-breasted nuthatches and a couple of chickadees visiting. Overcast and snowing lightly at lunch time. Snow tapered off and stopped early afternoon. By mid-afternoon broken cloud cover and light breezes, lots of melting, high of 40 degrees. Clouds settling down on the peaks late afternoon. Just as the light was fading it snowed big fat flakes and stacked up quickly until late evening. After midnight the clouds were higher and thinner – hazy full moon, and foggy ridges.

Tuesday (Mar 10) overnight low of 17 degrees and 1″ of new snow on the board, 24″ total on the ground, partly clear sky. A trio of rufous sided spotted towhees, jays, juncos, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Clear blue sky after lunch time. Warm afternoon – lots of melting, high of 47 degrees, almost clear sky late afternoon. High haze moving in by early evening and above freezing at dusk. Partly clear before midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 11) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly clear sky and strong sunshine this morning, no new snow and 22″ snow on the ground – tree wells are starting to open up out in the forest. Jays, juncos, hairy woodpecker, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Partly cloudy at lunch time, strong sunshine and warm. Mail truck made it in on time – EFSF road ice layer breaking up and rough, big rock in the road in the bowling alley area and a bigger one perched and ready to come down. Partly clear, warm and breezy afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Rufous sided spotted towhee stopped by. Snowmobile traffic. Thicker darker clouds at dusk. Partly clear before midnight. Moon rise over Golden Gate peak at 120am.

Thursday (Mar 12) overnight low of 19 degrees, almost clear sky this morning and light breeze, 21″of old snow on the ground. Jays and chickadees calling, red-breasted nuthatches, juncos and a pine squirrel visiting. A few clouds after lunch time. Rufous sided spotted towhee stopped by for a short visit. Mostly clear and light chilly breeze late afternoon, high of 45 degrees. Shots fired just before 8pm. Mostly clear and rosy western sky at dusk. Partly hazy before midnight.

Friday (Mar 13) overnight low of 12 degrees, high thin overcast and light breeze this morning, 21″ old snow on the ground. Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, a towhee and a pine squirrel visiting. Nate from MTE in town. Thicker overcast and filtered sun at lunch time. Blue patches in a mostly cloudy sky late afternoon and variable breezes, high of 49 degrees. Mostly cloudy at dusk and calmer. Cloudy before midnight. Heavy wet snow falling early morning.

Saturday (Mar 14) 24 hour low of 24 degrees (it probably didn’t get much below freezing last night) low overcast, steady snow and light breeze, measured 2 1/2″ new snow (SWE= 1/2″ water) and 23″ total snow on the ground. Dozens of dark-eyed juncos, a rufous sided spotted towhee, a few jays, a hairy woodpecker, several red-breasted and a white-breasted nuthatch visiting. Snowed on and off most of the day, then melting, high of 41 degrees. Broken cloud cover late afternoon. Shots fired around 8pm (elk raiding hay.) Overcast at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Started snowing before 6am.

Sunday (Mar 15) overnight low of 31 degrees, socked in low and snowing hard this morning, measured 3 1/4″ new snow and 25″ snow on the ground. Lots of juncos, a few jays, several red-breasted nuthatches, a hairy woodpecker, a towhee, starlings and a chickadee visiting. Thinner clouds and quit snowing after lunch time. Warming up and lots of melting by early afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Snowmobile traffic. Partly clear mid-afternoon, lots of dripping and melting. Fast moving storm late evening, started with gusty winds and low clouds, rained for 15 minutes, then rain/snow mix for 10 minutes, then foggy clouds lifted and partly clear sky. Golden glow to the west at dusk.
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RIP:

Richard R. (Randy) Norell, 68, of Eagle, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at a local care facility. Funeral Home: Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Sarah’s grandmother Nonie Herrick – “the greatest sassy grandmother in the world” passed away March 13th.
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Letter to Share

Important Service Update from AmeriGas Propane

March 13, 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

As AmeriGas continues to monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are committed to the health and safety of our colleagues and customers. It is important for you to know that our company is fully enabled to support you during this challenging time, and we are not expecting any delivery suspensions or supply issues.

Based on guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control to minimize unnecessary contact and exposure, your local AmeriGas office will temporarily be closed for walk-in customer visits.

Thank you for being our valued customer and entrusting us to be your propane provider. We appreciate your flexibility as we make the best possible decisions for our customers, employees and surrounding communities. We will continue to update you on additional changes if they should arise. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, our teams are here for you. Please reach out to your local office at (208) 634-8181 or call our national Customer Care line at 1-800-427-4968.

On behalf of our entire AmeriGas Family, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

Sincerely,
Your AmeriGas Service Team
(208) 634-8181
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Idaho News:

Cascade DMV to be closed next week for staff training

The Star-News March 12, 2020

The Valley County Department of Motor Vehicles office in Cascade will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday for staff training. The Cascade office is located at the Valley County Courthouse.

The McCall Department of Motor Vehicles, located at 475 E. Deinhard Lane, Suite 106, will be open during normal business hours on those days.

McCall Department of Motor Vehicles hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Normal hours for the Cascade Department of Motor Vehicles are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Former Tamarack general manager accused of sexual battery, unlawful touching

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, March 9th 2020

The, now former, Tamarack general manager has been accused of sexual battery and unlawful touching or striking of another against their will.

Brad Larsen has been charged with seven counts of misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and one misdemeanor charge of unlawful touching in Valley County.

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New Meadows seeks source of insulation clogging sewers

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 12, 2020

Gobs of home insulation clogging up the City of New Meadows’ sewer system could trigger over $500,000 in work to repair damage, according to the city.

The city hopes to avoid a rate increase by soliciting the help of citizens in tracking down the source of the flushed insulation.

“Those costs will be borne by city residents unless the city can obtain a conviction of the person, persons or entities that are dumping these damaging substances into the city’s sewer system,” a statement from the city said.

Over the last two years, the insulation has caused sporadic blockages in the solid waste filter through which all sewage entering the treatment plant must pass through.

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Idaho names new State Forester

Local News 8 Mar 11, 2020

The Idaho Department of Lands has installed Craig Foss as State Forester.

Foss will work out of the agency’s Coeur d’Alene office, where he already serves as Division Administrator of Forestry and Fire.

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Scam Alert:

Meridian Police warn residents about Census scams

Starting in mid-March, residents will start seeing invitations to respond to the 2020 Census.

KTVB March 9, 2020

Starting in mid-March, residents will start seeing invitations to respond to the 2020 Census.

The Meridian Police Department is urging residents to take part in the in Census to make sure every person in your household is counted. But they are reminding citizens to be vigilant when providing personal information.

Identity thieves and scammers will use the Census as an opportunity to steal personal information.

… Genuine 2020 Census surveys and agents will never:

• Ask for your Social Security number.
• Ask for your bank, credit card or account numbers.
• Ask for money or donations.
• Ask for support for a political party.
• Ask when you leave for or return from work.
• Threaten jail time.

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These coronavirus scams can steal your identity

Emails appear to come from the CDC

Feb 19, 2020 By John Matarese KIVI

When it comes to the coronavirus, first came the news reports, then came the conspiracy theories, and now come the scams to steal your money and your identity.

The FTC says scammers and hackers are “following the headlines.”

The agency warns about a sudden surge in phishing emails that appear to be from the CDC, with headings such as:

“Local coronavirus health alert”
“COVID-19 cases near you”
“Where to find a coronavirus vaccine in your area.”

Click the links in these and they may give you a virus: not coronavirus, fortunately, but more likely a computer virus.

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Public Notice:

United States of America Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Idaho Aviation Foundation – Project No. P-10721-031

Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Soliciting Additional Study Requests

(March 3, 2020)

Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.

a. Type of Application: Subsequent License

b. Project No.: P-10721-031

c. Date filed: February 28, 2020

d. Applicant: Idaho Aviation Foundation

e. Name of Project: Big Creek Hydroelectric Project

f. Location: On McCorkle Creek near the town of Yellow Pine in Valley County, Idaho. The project would occupy 0.43 acre of United States lands administered by U.S. Forest Service.

g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. §§ 791 (a) – 825(r)

h. Applicant Contact: Vic Jaro, Idaho Aviation Foundation, P.O. Box 2016, Eagle, Idaho 83616; (208) 404-9627; vjaro@filertel.com.

i. FERC Contact: Suzanne Novak (202) 502-6665; or e-mail at Suzanne.novak@ferc.gov.

j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such requests described in item l below. Cooperating agencies should note the Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See, 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001).

k. Pursuant to section 4.32(b)(7) of 18 C.F.R. of the Commission’s regulations, if any resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person believes that an additional scientific study should be conducted in order to form an adequate factual basis for a complete analysis of the application on its merit, the resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person must file a request for a study with the Commission not later than 60 days from the date of filing of the application, and serve a copy of the request on the applicant.

l. Deadline for filing additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status: April 28, 2020.

The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P-10721-xxx.

m. The application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time.

n. The Big Creek Project consists of the following facilities: (1) a 2 foot-high, 2-foot-wide, 3-foot-long diversion structure with a check gate; (2) a 1,340-foot long, 4-inch diameter, PVC buried penstock with a screened inlet; (3) a 10-foot wide by 10-foot-long log generator house containing a single unit with an estimated installed capacity of 5 kilowatts and a maximum hydraulic capacity of 0.5 cfs, (4) an 18-inch diameter tailrace that returns all withdrawn water back to McCorkle Creek, (5) 350 feet of electrical cable buried in 2-inch-diameter PVC conduit leading to Big Creek Lodge, and (6) appurtenant facilities. The project operates in a run-of-river mode between mid-May and late October; it does not operate the remainder of the year. During the off-season, the diversion check gate is removed and 100 percent of streamflow returns to the creek and the penstock inlet is sealed. No changes to project operation or facilities are proposed.

o. A copy of the application is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s website at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.

You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

p. Procedural schedule: The application will be processed according to the following preliminary hydro licensing schedule. Revisions to the schedule will be made as appropriate.

Issue Notice of Acceptance – April 2020
Issue Scoping Document 1 for comments – May 2020
Comments on Scoping Document 1 due – June 2020
Issue notice of ready for environmental analysis – July 2020
Commission issues EA – February 2021
Comments on EA due – March 2021

Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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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 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

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf
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From the Payette NF March 12, 2020

The Krassel RD, Payette National Forest, will be starting to implement prescribed fire in some small areas in the Four Mile Project area on the South Fork Rd this Friday, March 13. Areas being lit will be along the bottom portion of the Miners Peak trail and various spots along the South Fork Road between Poverty Flat CG and Reed Ranch Airstrip. Expect some smoke and fire along the road and across the river from Reed Ranch Airstrip. We do not anticipate large smoke impacts, if any, to Yellow Pine. Personnel involved in prescribed fire operations will be working along the South Fork Road during firing operations, please use caution if driving through the burn. Any questions feel free to contact Patrick Schon at 208-634-0623 or Laurel Ingram at 208-634-0622.
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Prescribed Fire: Promoting Fire-Adapted Communities and Creating Resilient Landscapes

McCall, ID, March 12, 2020 – The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this spring. As with all prescribed fires, depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from April to early July. These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values. Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.

The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 2,000 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area (8 miles northeast of Council); and, 500 acres in the Weasel Fuels reduction project (15 miles northwest of Council).

The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn approximately 3,000 acres along 4th of July Creek (15 miles west of New Meadows); 50 acres above Wallace Lane, near Timber Ridge Subdivision (3 miles southwest of New Meadows); and, 2,000 acres near Boulder Creek along Choke Cherry Flat Road (12 miles northwest of New Meadows).

The McCall Ranger District plans to burn approximately 300 acres near the West Face Parking Lot (2 miles west of McCall).

The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 5,000 acres within the Bald Hill project area (North of Yellow Pine); and, 2,000 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the

Salmon River near Reed Ranch (approximately 18 miles east of McCall).

Trail heads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations. Fire personnel will work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure smoke impacts are minimized. The decision to ignite on any given day will depend on favorable weather conditions, and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. If smoke concentrations approach air quality standards, fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke is anticipated to dissipate 1-2 days after ignition.

Individuals may call Dustin Doane (McCall and New Meadows RDs at 208-347-0300), Patrick Schon (Krassel RD at 208-634-0623), or Dave LaChapelle (Council and Weiser RDs at 208-549-4228) with any concerns about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest. Council RD 208-253-0100; Krassel RD 208-634-0974; McCall RD 208-634-0400; New Meadows RD 208-347-0300; Weiser RD 208-549-4200.

For the most current information about prescribed burning projects, please visit the Payette RX incident on inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Brian Harris
Payette National Forest
Acting Director of Strategic Communications
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Critter News:

Idaho court restricts wolf-killing, bans use of M-44 cyanide bombs

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, March 11th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — An agreement took place Wednesday between the Idaho director of wildlife services and a conservation group that sets strict limits on wolf-killing and bans use of M-44 cyanide bombs.

Specifically, the new restrictions set strict limits on how and where a federal agency can kill wolves in Idaho, bans the use of M-44 cyanide bombs statewide and prohibits the use of snares to kill wolves on public lands.

The new restrictions on wolf snares and M-44 ban will remain in place until the U.S. government does a detailed study on the impact of killing wolves.

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Mountain lion sighting near Caldwell

by CBS 2 News Staff Sunday, March 8th 2020


Idaho State Department of Fish and Game were notified, once the pictures were confirmed to be real. (Canyon County Sheriff’s Office)

Caldwell, Idaho (CBS2) — Pictures of a mountain lion, taken in Caldwell, caused Idaho Fish and Game to investigate the situation, Sunday.

The person who says they took the pictures called Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, who then responded to the sighting, near the 17000 block of Friends Rd. in Caldwell.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game Commission to meet March 19-20

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, March 9, 2020

Public hearing will be in Boise, meeting at Nampa regional office

The Fish and Game Commission will meet March 19-20, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19 in the main auditorium at St. Luke’s Plaza, 720 E. Park Blvd. in Boise. People can address the Commission about any matters related to Fish and Game at that time.

The meeting will resume in Nampa at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Idaho Fish and Game Southwest Regional Office, 15950 N. Gate Blvd. Public comments will not be taken during this portion of the meeting.

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River Otter trapping season closed in the Salmon Region

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Wednesday, March 11, 202


Lontra canadensis – Photo (BY-NC-SA) Susan Adams

Quota of 15 otters was reached March 6

The river otter harvest quota for Idaho’s Salmon Region was reached at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6. The otter trapping season for the entire region closes 72 hours after the harvest quota has been met. As a result, the otter season for the entire region closed at 5 p.m. Monday, March 9.

Any otter trapped in the Salmon Region after 5 p.m. Monday, March 9 must be surrendered to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office, 99 Highway 93 North in Salmon for a $10.00 reward.

Trappers can call 1-800-323-4334 for the most up-to-date information on harvest limits and closures. For more information on reporting requirements, review page 34 of the 2020 & 2021 Upland Game, Turkey & Furbearer Seasons and Rules, or contact the Fish and Game office in Salmon at 208-756-2271.

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March 9: Upper Salmon River steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician
Monday, March 9, 2020

The Deadwater ice jam went out on Thursday, March 5th

Steelhead angler effort increased this past week on the upper Salmon River, but catch rates declined. Over the weekend, the majority of bank anglers were observed downstream of North Fork in location code 15, and boat anglers were spread out between Challis and North Fork.

Snow slides downstream of North Fork limited the number of interviews that were obtained from location codes 14 and 15 throughout the week, and no interviews were collected on Sunday. Bank anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 did not report catching a steelhead. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 15 averaged 25 hours per steelhead caught.

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More F&G News Releases

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‘Golden unicorn’ dog born with one ear melts hearts around the world

by Brandon Bailey Friday, March 13th 2020


Courtesy: @goldenunicornrae via CNN

A 12-week-old golden retriever born with one ear is taking the world by storm for her “unicorn horn.”

Rae was born with one ear at birth. According to CNN, her mother accidentally bit her ear off when she was trying to tear her amniotic sac, causing her other ear to grow on top of her head, but that doesn’t affect her hearing!

Her owner says Rae doesn’t let her birth defect hold her back. An Instagram page dedicated to ray shows her running around, playing, and posing for the camera just like any other puppy.

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