Apr 26 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 26 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern Closed until further notice.
April 17 – Boil water order issued
April 15-30 – Statewide Stay Home order extended
April 9 – Temp. Spring Restrictions on upper Stibnite Rd
March 23 – South Fork road weight restrictions
March 28-June 30 – Lower South Fork Salmon River closed to rafting
Spring Rx Burns postponed
(details below)

Valley County Covid-19 Response Page
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Valley County Emergency Operations Center
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Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
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COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)

Local Events:

Nothing scheduled yet.

Village News:

Aftershocks felt this week:

April 20 Aftershock at 1158pm M 4.1 on Cape Horn Mountain link:

April 24 Aftershock at 1250am M 3.4 south of Stanley Lake.
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Wolves (no recent reports) – wolves attacked and wounded a cow elk right in the village around 1030pm Sunday night (April 12th) in the area between main street and Alpine village. (Update the elk apparently survived, at least for a week.) Watch your pets!

Tick Season in full swing.

Bears are out of hibernation, protect your trash and pet food.

Foxes may still be around, watch your small pets.
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Yellow Pine Tavern closed due to COVID-19 fears

Tavern is still closed until 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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Voting Idaho Primary Election May 19, 2020

For folks registered in the Valley County Precinct: Update, the Valley County Clerk’s office corrected an earlier report, Yellow Pine ballots will be mailed out next Monday *April 27th*. If you do not get your ballot by Friday’s mail, you should call and request one. (208) 382-7103. You may also download an absentee ballot (link) request and mail to the County Clerk (must be received by May 19th at 5pm).
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2020 Census

The 2020 Census Impacts All Valley County Residents

A report April 22nd that Valley County has had only had a 10% participation in the 2020 Census. Some folks with PO boxes have not received the paper census. You do not need and ID#, just your street address. It is recommended that we all fill out the census online.

If you spend 50% of your time in Valley County, you can consider it your home per the Census. Where you register with the Census is confidential and never linked to other governmental requirements such as property taxes or mailing address. The deadline for the 2020 Census has been extended until August. They will probably not be sending census takers up to Yellow Pine.

Link: to online census

You do not need an ID number. Go to the link. Click on “start questionnaire”. Then on the next page scroll down to “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” – when you click on that line it will start the census. (see below)

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Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020

As April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under another “Boil Order”.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

What Happened?

Starting on 3-22-2020 the water system had the following problem: Due to high water demand, treatment requirements were not met after the completion of maintenance procedures. .

This problem indicates that harmful microbes may be present in your drinking water. Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water.

If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.

What is being done?

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance. .

It is likely that you will need to boil water for the next 3 to 5 days until the problem is fixed.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

For more information, please contact:
Warren Drake
of the Yellow Pine Water System
at 208-573-6261
or wdrake@drakediversified.com

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020
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Forest Info:

The Payette and Boise NF campgrounds in our area do not normally open until Memorial Day Weekend. Currently restrooms are locked. The Old Eastfork (Devil’s Bathtubs) campground is closed. The Forest Service will send info to share when they know more. There are plans to do work on the South Fork road this summer, they said they would wait until Johnson Creek road is open, but there is no firm date set yet for the work.
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Road News:

It’s Rock Migration Season. Watch for rocks on the EFSF road in the bowling alley area and some areas of the South Fork. While the earthquake didn’t shake anything big loose, the freeze thaw cycle along with wet weather is bringing down rocks large and small.

Report that the county will start grading the EFSF road Monday, April 27th.

April 9th the temporary road restrictions on the upper Stibnite Road went into effect.

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.

The FS has plans to work on the South Fork Road again this summer, they will send info if and when the project is scheduled.
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Rx Burns

All new prescribed burn ignitions have been paused across the Region in line with regional direction. The Forest will continue to prioritize keeping employees and the public safe during this time. The decision to temporarily postpone ignitions will prevent any effects from smoke that might further worsen conditions for those who are at risk in our communities while reducing exposure for Forest Service employees who might not otherwise need to travel.

We expect the pause on prescribed burn ignitions to be re-evaluated by the Regional Forester sometime in April.
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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 13th.

Dump Report April 22: The bins are getting pretty full, please stack bags to the side of the dumpsters if full. The road to the dump is bare now.

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:


New Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020

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

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for the winter.
Plan to open for Memorial Weekend with live music provided by Willie and the Singlewides.
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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
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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Letter to Share:

Dear Yellow Pine residents:

Cascade Medical Center is here for you. When I (Tom Reinhardt) attended your community meeting in September, I mentioned that we were preparing to provide tele-video medical visits. We now have that up and running. If you want to schedule an appointment, call our clinic at 208-382-4285. Vicki or one of the MAs will ask you some questions to make sure that a tele-video visit is the right choice given your symptoms or need. If so, we will work with you to make sure you are set up on the Cascade Medical Center patient portal (with our EMR). We will also make sure that you are set up to be able to do a tele-video visit (laptop with camera, desktop with camera, or smart phone). We use the Zoom telemedicine system, which is confidential and secure (it works like Skype or Face-time). Before the appointment, we will email you a link for the tele-video visit. When it is time for your appointment, you will click on the link in the email and you will be connected with our provider and can begin your visit.

Regarding insurance coverage, the COVID legislation passed in March assures coverage of telemedicine visits for patients with Medicare, Medicaid, VA. Private insurers have also decided to provide coverage just as for regular in person visits, at least until the COVID epidemic crisis is declared over.

My advice is that if someone usually goes to the VA for care, they should call the VA and see if they can do a video visit with them. Or if they usually go to McCall St. Lukes, they should call their doctor there.

Tom Reinhardt, CEO
Cascade Medical Center
April 4, 2020


Local Observations:

Monday (Apr 20) overnight low of 26 degrees, clear sky and light breezes this morning, most of the snow is gone except in the shade. Lots of swallows calling and swooping, several jays squawking, female hairy woodpecker and nuthatches visiting. A few small clouds and breezy after lunch time. Partly cloudy, warm and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 67 degrees. Clear sky at dusk and calmer, swallows and robins calling. Lots of stars out before midnight. Earthquake at 1158pm!

Tuesday (Apr 21) overnight low of 27 degrees, clear sky and light breezes this morning, smaller piles of snow in the shade. Lots of swallows, a few jays, juncos and cassin’s finches, a robin and a few nuthatches along with a pine squirrel and 2 hairy woodpeckers visiting. Gusty breezes after lunch time. Northern flicker, a few finches, nuthatches, jays, juncos, and a chipmunk visiting. Report of the first hummingbird sighting. Increasing clouds and gusty breezes early afternoon. Colombian ground squirrels are coming out of hibernation. Warm late afternoon, mostly cloudy and breezy, high of 65 degrees. Gray overcast at dusk and calmer, elk munching through the neighborhood and robins hopping and chirping. Cloudy before midnight, later some stars came out.

Wednesday (Apr 22) overnight low of 28 degrees, mostly high thin hazy clouds this morning, almost all of the snow has melted except in the shade. Lots of swallows, some jays, juncos, robins, several cassin’s finches and a few nuthatches visiting. Mostly cloudy and light breezes at noon. Mail truck made it in a little early. Ground squirrels and chipmunks are out of hibernation, pine squirrel visiting as well as a hairy woodpecker. Two large birds of prey circling high over the village. Overcast, warm and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 63 degrees. Dark overcast and short drizzles early evening. Dark overcast and chilly gusty breezes after sundown. Robins calling in the fading light. Cloudy with rain showers before midnight. Rained during the night.

Thursday (Apr 23) overnight low of 38 degrees, received 1/4″ rain during the night, mostly cloudy sky this morning with wisps of fog mid-mountain, small patches of old snow remain in the shade. No swallows this morning, robins calling all over the neighborhood, several juncos and cassin’s finches, a few noisy jays, a couple of nuthatches, a hairy woodpecker and the silly pine squirrel visiting. Sprinkles on and off after lunch time, getting a little breezy early afternoon. Mostly cloudy with gusty breezes late afternoon and early evening, high of 55 degrees. It was mostly cloudy and calmer at dusk. Robins calling and elk grazing along neighborhood streets. Cloudy before midnight. M 3.4 aftershock at 1250am located south of Stanley Lake.

Friday (Apr 24) overnight low of 32 degrees, gray overcast this morning, just a few patches of snow remaining in the shade. A few swallows this morning, jays, juncos, cassin’s finches and nuthatches visiting along with a cheeky chipmunk. Cloudy at lunch time. A little breezy early afternoon. Warm with gray cloud cover and breezy late afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Calmer at dusk and cloudy. Elk in the neighborhood and robins calling. Some stars out before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 25) overnight low of 28 degrees, overcast and breezy this morning, smaller patches of old snow in the shade. Swallows and robins calling, woodpecker banging, nuthatches, juncos and cassin’s finches visiting. Overcast and breezy at lunch time. Male evening grosbeak joined the finches and juncos at the feeders early afternoon, overcast and breezy. Breaks in the clouds and gusty breezes during the afternoon, high of 64 degrees. Gunshot at 601pm to the north west. Dark overcast, gusty breezes and sprinkles of rain at dusk. Robins chirping and hopping around. Rain lasted until some time after midnight.

Sunday (Apr 26) overnight low of 40 degrees, partly cloudy sky and light breezes this morning. The only snow is where it slid off roofs into piles, the “natural” snow on the flat has melted. Lots of swallows and robins calling, cassin’s finches, nuthatches, jays and a hairy woodpecker visiting. Increased traffic. Partly cloudy and light breezes at lunch time. Dark-eyed juncos, clark’s nutcracker and northern flicker were early afternoon visitors, along with a chipmunk and ground squirrels. Mostly high thin haze, warm and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 66 degrees. Calmer at dusk, robins calling and elk in the neighborhood. Internet out at 930pm.


Rowen Connor Burdine

Born April 14, 2020, at St. Luke’s McCall to DJ and Tarra Burdine of Cascade.

A boy, 8 pounds even and 20.5 inches long.

Immediate Family: Brother, Lane (8). Sisters, Lilly (12) and Aspen (2).

Grandparents: Maternal, Buck and Connie Cox of Council. Paternal, David and Elaine Burdine of Wilder.

source: The Star-News April 23, 2020

Idaho News:

Rebound Idaho

(Valley County April 23, 2020 via FB)

Governor Brad Little announced “Rebound Idaho” at today’s press conference. This plan, with the help of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and guidance issued by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has established a data-driven approach to opening up Idaho’s economy. The approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Idaho’s most vulnerable population and preserves capacity in our healthcare system, while opening up businesses safely.

Link: to learn more

Please note: The State Stay-Home order is still in effect through Thursday, April 30th, Valley County’s emergency order expires May 15th.
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‘Most of the state will be open by the end of June’: Here’s when Idaho bars, churches and more could reopen under Gov. Little’s plan

The governor says his four-stage plan will provide a “concrete roadmap” about what comes next.

Katie Terhune April 23, 2020 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little laid out his four-step plan Thursday for how the state can reopen as the threat of coronavirus recedes.

The governor warned that the model hinges on people continuing to maintain social distance and abiding by the current stay-at-home order to avoid a second spike of illness that could push those openings back further into the summer.

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ISP trooper on NM manhunt had COVID-19

Dozens of officers were assigned to search

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 23, 2020

Dozens of police officers, including nearly the entire forces of the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and the McCall Police Department, were potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus during a manhunt near New Meadows in late March and early April.

An Idaho State Police trooper who was present during the search for fugitive William James became ill after his arrival and was relieved of duties three days into the search, Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman said. The trooper later tested positive for COVID-19, Zollman said.

The trooper was on scene for three days between March 29-31 and left on April 1, the sheriff said.

During that time, 13 of the 17 deputies on the Valley County force as well as Chief Deputy Dave Stambaugh were part of the search.

All 14 Valley County officers were ordered into self-quarantine for three days until test results showed none were infected, Stambaugh told The Star-News.

Seven of the nine officers on the McCall police force were at the search scene, but city officials declined to reveal whether any of the officers were taken off patrol or tested.

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Stibnite Foundation gives $2,000 grants to towns to battle COVID-19

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 23, 2020

The Stibnite Foundation has issued seven $2,000 community grants to help local communities assist residents in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

“We felt it was important to help each community immediately and give them resources to meet growing needs,” said Bob Crump of Riggins, who chairs the foundation’s 10-member board.

Communities that received a $2,000 grant were the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, McCall, New Meadows, Council and Riggins and the Village of Yellow Pine.

Each board member worked within their respective communities to identify who the grants should be awarded to and how they should be divided, Crump said.

The $14,000 in emergency grant funding comes on top of the $50,000 in grants the foundation plans to award later this year, he said.

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Cascade sewer system clogged by garbage

Other systems say they are OK, so far

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 23, 2020

The City of Cascade has seen a 50% increase in the amount of garbage showing up in the sewage lagoons since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Napkins, wet-wipes and paper towels that apparently have been used as a substitute for toilet paper are showing up in addition to the usual tampons, condoms and even mop heads found in the city’s sewage lagoons, Cascade Mayor Judith Nissula said.

Sheltering in place and a shortage of toilet paper bought on by panic-buying hoarders has meant more garbage for city employees to fish out of the system.

“A lot of it I think has to do with people staying home, and being out of toilet paper,” Nissula said.

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M-D schools to stay closed for rest of academic year

Plans move forward for graduation celebration

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 23, 2020

The McCall-Donnelly School District will keep its buildings closed through the end of the school year despite guidelines for reopening issued by the state.

M-D trustees decided to extend the “soft closure” of the district, but is developing a plan for an alternative ceremony for graduation, which is now scheduled for May 30.

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Cascade school to stay closed through end of school year

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 23, 2020

The Cascade school building will stay closed through the end of the school year, but a graduation ceremony for seniors is still being developed, Superintendent Jeff Blaser said.

The Cascade School District Board of Trustees last week voted to extend the current school closure in response to Gov. Brad Little’s amended statewide stay-home order.

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MV keeps school building closed, plans graduation for May 23

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 23, 2020

The Meadows Valley School District Board of Trustees voted on Monday to keep the school building closed until the end of the school year.

However, trustees still plan to hold a graduation ceremony for Meadows Valley High School seniors as planned on May 23.

“We will continue to deliver and stay connected with students through on-line methods,” MV superintendent Mike Howard said.

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Earthquake damage to Cascade City Hall not serious

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 23, 2020

The March 31 earthquake shook the foundations of Cascade City Hall, but did not make the building unsafe, the city was told last week.

The Cascade City Council was told in February that city hall was in need of a new roof and extensive repairs to the cinderblock building from water damage, Cascade Mayor Judith Nissula said.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake opened up new cracks in the walls of the building, buckled the floor and caused two walls to move inches apart from each other, Nissula said.

An engineer examined the building last week and found the building was still structurally sound even though the damage looks troubling, she said. That eased fears the city would need to find a new home for its offices and meeting space.

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Valley County, schools divide $1.5 million in federal funds

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 23, 2020

Local governments recently received about $1.5 million in federal funding for road work, schools, search and rescue and firewise projects from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

Of that money, about $972,000 went to the Valley County Road Department, about $356,000 went to the McCall-Donnelly School District and about $60,000 went to the Cascade School District.

Also, about $114,000 went to a fund used for search and rescue and programs to thin and prune trees near homes to prevent wildfires, Valley County Clerk Douglas Miller said.

The federal funds are already included in this year’s $4 million road department budget and slated for general maintenance and matching grant funding, Valley County Road Superintendent Jeff McFadden said.

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Valley County Board of County Commissioners Invites You to Participate in a Public Hearing

Public Hearing
May 26, 2020 1:00 p.m.

Hearing will be held using teleconference and web-based tools unless emergency declarations are lifted.

The Valley County Commissioners enacted an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, closing most Valley County facilities to the public, including the Valley County Courthouse. Therefore, our hearing procedures have temporarily changed.

Comments must be received by mail, fax, or email no later than May 20, 2020. To listen to and/or comment during the hearing, please go to (link) and click on link labeled “Watch Commissioner and Planning & Zoning Meetings Live” Instructions will be provided.

If you do not submit a comment, we will assume you have no objections to the proposals.

Direct questions & written comments to:
Douglas Miller
Valley County Clerk
PO Box 1350
Cascade, ID 83611
208-382-7100 (phone)
208-382-7107 (fax)

Valley County Waterways Ordinance

This proposal would create an ordinance covering all public waterways Including Deadwood Reservoir, Granite Lake, Horsethief Reservoir, Lake Cascade, Little Payette Lake, Payette Lake, Upper Payette Lake, Warm Lake, and specific reaches of the North Fork of Payette River.

It would establish regulations for use of said waterways in in order to promote and protect the health, safety and general welfare of citizens of the county.

This ordinance would also repeal the following ordinances: Ordinance 78-1 (3-13-1978), Ordinance 02-3 (8-12-2002), Ordinance 03-3 (5-27-2003) and Ordinance 08-1 (2-11-2008).

In addition, all waterways in Valley County are subject to the provisions of the Idaho state boating laws as found in the Idaho Safe Boating Act, Idaho Code Title 67, Chapter 70, other applicable Idaho State Statutes and the Idaho Administrative Code, IDAPA 26.01.3

link: to Draft Waterways Ordinances
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72nd annual Riggins Rodeo cancelled for the first time

The rodeo is usually held the first weekend in May, but not this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Brian Holmes April 22, 2020 KTVB

Riggins, Idaho — In Idaho, the first weekend in May means one thing — the Riggins Rodeo.

It’s the one weekend when Idaho’s whitewater capital turns it attention from boats to bucking chutes.


After 71 straight years, Riggins will not be hosting a rodeo this spring.

Because of the clamping down across the state to help stop the spread of COVID-19, directors felt they wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

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Pandemic leads to Idaho potato market woes

4/25/20 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — The coronavirus pandemic has caused a once strong potato market to make an abrupt about-face, leading some Idaho growers to dump surplus spuds from storage cellars or to feed them to cattle.

Just a few weeks ago, Idaho potato farmers were enjoying some of their best fresh prices in recent memory and anticipated supplies would run short in the coming summer. The combination of lower spud yields and widespread frost damage during the 2019 harvest had contributed to a smaller statewide crop than normal, the Post Register reported Saturday.

The critical restaurant and food service market, however, has taken a dive due to stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 crisis. In response, potato processors have cut back on contracted acres with farmers, and fresh potato prices have plummeted, even as demand at grocery stores has been strengthened.

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ITD extends deadline for removal of studded snow tires.

We have gotten a couple of questions about the removal of snow tires, since the deadline is coming up. Normally, snow tires are legal in Idaho from Oct. 1 to April 30th, but due to the stay-home-order in place until April 30, ITD is aware that this may make it difficult for some. The deadline for removal of snow tires is June 30, 2020.

ITD is encouraging drivers to have their studded tires removed before the deadline if possible, as tires may cause undue wear on bare roadways. For more information you can visit them at 511.idaho.gov

(from Valley County Sheriff’s Office April 22, 2020 FB page)

Scam Alert:

FBI: Fraudsters at work in Idaho with Covid-19 scams

by Scott Logan Tuesday, April 21st 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — The FBI says the increasing number of new Covid-19 scams all have one thing in common. They prey on the fear and uncertainty in our society and try to rip people off by selling bogus medical supplies as well as unproven tests and cures for Covid-19.

True, many people are always looking to steal somebody’s money.

But the FBI says it’s different now in the coronavirus pandemic.


Public Lands:

Road conditions prompts temporary road closures for public safety

Boise, Idaho, April 22, 2020 — The Boise National Forest is temporarily closing National Forest System (NFS) road 327 (Granite-Rabbit Creek road) and NFS road 376 (Barber Flats-Alexander Flats cutoff) for public safety until May 4, 2020. Both roads are temporarily closed to all highway legal motorized vehicles (passenger cars, vans, SUVs, pickups and trucks) to provide for public health and safety due to vehicles becoming stuck and stranded in snow-covered segments of the roads.

“Motorists often do not realized the unsafe conditions until they have traveled a considerable distance. The roads may appear firmly packed in the morning, but as temperatures warm throughout the day the snow, ice and road base thaws,” said John Wallace, Acting Idaho City District Ranger. “Visitor safety is our primary concern and we want to warn motorists from getting into dangerous situations.”

Visitors should be cautious and be prepared for the unexpected. Know before you go and check the Boise National Forest’s webpage for current closure orders and maps. For specific details on this closure visit: (link)

Visit the interactive Forest Closure map to see where closures are located: (link)
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Headed outside to recreate? Here are some guidelines to follow to prevent the spread

By Natasha Williams Apr 22, 2020 KIVI

As the weather warms up, you might be itching to get outside, but if you do make sure you’re recreating responsibly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Whether you’re headed out to play in the water, or hike your favorite trail, it’s important to remember to stay at lease 6 feet apart from each other, and avoid groups of people who aren’t immediate family members or housemates.

Keep travel to a minimum, and if you’re heading outside to recreate, stay as close to home as you can.

Make sure to bring all the food, drinks, and other supplies you need–and pack it out when you’re done.

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Letter to Share:

News From the Gamebird Foundation

Hi All:

Here’s a little news on what’s happening with the The Gamebird Foundation (TGBF).

We want to take a moment to thank you all as members and friends for helping to make our pheasant population grow. We also sincerely appreciate any and all donations of help or money for our very low budget 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Remember, all donations of funds and/or labor are tax deductible.

We are right in the middle of getting ready for the pheasant raising season – which means lots of baby chicks! For those that do not know, this time of the year that our members and friends get the brooders set up, making sure that heat and water is read for the pheasant chicks to start arriving. Idaho Fish and Game supplies the Gamebird Foundation with day-old chicks that are hatched by Little Canyon Shooting Preserve in Peck, ID. The members supply the food and great habitat for the birds that we release into the wild habitat when they are about 9-10 weeks old.

By putting the pheasants out in a good habit area, we are creating a reservoir for the birds to reproduce. We are now seeing mama hens that we turned out the year before showing up with a new brood of chicks the following year. If you are interested in visiting one of the places, just give me a call and we can arrange for a visit. We are tentatively planning a field day in May at Joel Warner’s place in Troy. If it becomes a possibility, we will announce the date at a later news release. We intend to have brooders loaded and with chicks and ready for a visit. Joel just told me that a couple of evenings ago, he had a big beautiful rooster pheasant with about 15 or 16 hens in the field out behind the house. The hens will nest in the draw that runs up the hill for about a mile, and show up with babies in June and July.

Dale Rose is heading up a crew of TGBF members and their families building brooders for new members that are going to raise pheasant chicks this year. So far I think they have built 25 new brooders this year. At this time, we have a few brooders left if anyone is interested in raising chicks. The brooders have a cost of about $250.00 to complete them. We would like (if you can afford it) to deposit $50.00 for the brooder, which we will return to you when you return the brooder or you can keep it to raise more baby pheasants. If you would like to build your own, we would be happy to send you the plans on how to build it.

We will have some great news on our youth hunting Access area and other Access areas around the Clearwater and the Panhandle regions in the near future. We may also have some good news to share on a couple of 30-40 acre habitat areas for pheasants and wildlife.

You can become a part of this great group of folks by becoming a member for just $20.00 for a year of membership – and this is for the whole family! Our normal meeting time (after this pandemic is over) is on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Latah County Fairgrounds in the classroom of the main building. Meetings are open to the public, so please join us when you can. At this time, the May meeting has been cancelled by the fairgrounds. Hopefully we will be able to meet in June.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation

Critter News:

Pet Talk – Rat poison can kill dogs and cats

by Dr. Karsten Fostvedt April 24, 2020

There are a large number of anticoagulant rat poisons. These poisons inhibit the body’s ability to produce vitamin K. Without vitamin K, clotting proteins are not produced and bleeding internally occurs.

A rat poison is also called a rodenticide. Pets may directly ingest rodent bait, food contaminated with the poison or even rodents that have died from poison. Most of these poisons are bright blue-green pellets, and dogs and cats often confuse them for tasty kibble.

Signs can take several days to develop, because vitamin K stores must first be depleted. Signs are related to anemia or bleeding tendencies. Dogs and cats can bleed from any body orifice. Sometimes bleeding only occurs internally. In those cases, weakness and depression may be the only signs noted. Pale gums, bruising, nosebleeds, difficulty breathing, or blood in the urine, feces and eyes may occur. Bleeding may be sudden and life-threatening.

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Idaho’s black bears will soon emerge from winter dens

Apr 21, 2020 KIVI

Idaho — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is reminding everyone that the state’s black bear population will soon emerge from winter hibernation.

Officials say the bears will immediately begin foraging for food to replenish their fat reserves. That diet is mostly spring grasses but can include pretty much anything that provides easy calories. IDFG says male black bears usually lose 15-30% of their body weight while female black bears can lose up to 40% during hibernation. Black bears are normally on a quest to eat between 15,000-20,000 calories a day.

IDFG has some reminders as hibernation ends. First, bears can smell food for miles. It isn’t too early for those in the Wood River Valley to ensure bears, as well as other wildlife, aren’t able to find food around homes and neighborhoods.

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[Note: bears in the YP area are usually out by April 1st.]
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Grizzly bear tracks spotted 7 miles south of Grangeville

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, April 22nd 2020

An Idaho Fish and Game officer spotted fresh grizzly bear tracks about 7 miles south of Grangeville recently.

The fresh tracks were confirmed to be a grizzly bear and. They were found on April 18 in the Fish Creek Meadows winter recreation area, which is about 7 miles south of Grangeville.

IDFG is warning hunters and recreationists to be bear aware, because they don’t know if the grizzly is still in the area.

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Idaho angler catches record bull trout

Credit: Sawyer Livesey

A north Idaho angler has a really big fish story to tell.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is congratulating Sawyer Livesey of Post Falls for setting a new catch/release record for bull trout.

Sawyer reeled in the monster while fishing the Kootenai River near Bonner’s Ferry on April 8.

The bull trout measured 30.5 inches long, a new state record.


Fish & Game News:

Hunters and hikers urged to be ‘Bear Aware’ as they head into the field this spring

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Being ‘Bear Aware’ can help you avoid an unwanted bear encounter or attack

As the days get longer and the snow begins to subside, both hunters and bears are becoming more active across Idaho. Hunters and hikers need to take a few extra precautions when recreating in bear country. “We are definitely seeing both grizzlies and black bears coming out of their dens and becoming active across the state,” says Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Nicholson. “This is a good time of year to brush up on your ‘Bear Aware’ skills and remember to carry your bear spray with you and have it readily accessible when you venture into the woods.”

A recent video produced by Nicholson provides some helpful tips for recreating safely in bear country including what to do in different types of bear encounters or attacks.

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Mountain lion euthanized to protect public safety near Kimberly in southern Idaho

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, April 24, 2020

A male mountain lion was euthanized east of Kimberly on the morning of April 24 to protect public safety. It is thought to be the same lion seen over the last two days in the same area, and was showing no fear of humans.

Fish and Game Conservation Officers received a report early Friday morning, April 24, of a mountain lion on a homeowner’s porch east of Kimberly. This was the second report of a mountain lion in the Kimberly area in two days. Before the officers’ arrival, the homeowner made repeated unsuccessful attempts to haze the mountain lion away from the house. The homeowner reported that the lion showed no fear despite him yelling repeatedly at the lion, and at one point the lion hissed and took an aggressive posture towards the homeowner.

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F&G commission will take emailed public comments prior to May meeting

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, April 24, 2020

Meeting agenda, instructions for submitting comments will be posted to F&G’s website on April 29

To allow continued public involvement during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in lieu of a public hearing, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will take public comments via email for a seven-day period from April 29 through May 6 prior their teleconference meeting May 13-14.

Among items on the agenda, the Commission is scheduled to consider whether to proceed with rulemaking on two items that were brought forward by public petition: allowing lighted nocks for archery hunting and requiring signs posted near traps.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Dog befriends baby giraffe after abandoned in South Africa

by The Associated Press Friday, November 22nd 2019

(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Mokopane, South Africa (AP) — A dog in South Africa has befriended a baby giraffe that was abandoned at birth, rescued and taken to a local orphanage.

Jazz the giraffe arrived at The Rhino Orphanage just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help.

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