May 17, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

May 17, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern Closed until further notice.
Spring Rx Burns postponed
March 23 – South Fork road weight restrictions
April 9 – Temp. Spring Restrictions on upper Stibnite Rd
April 17 – Boil water order issued
May 15 – Firewood Season starts
May 15 – Lower South Fork river open for float boating
May 18 – Work starts on South Fork road
May 20 – Amerigas Delivery
June – YP Vet Clinic Canceled
June 27 – Fest Meeting 2pm at the Community Hall
4th of July YPFD Golf Tourney Canceled
(details below)
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From Valley County

We need Your Help to protect the place and the people we all Love.
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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
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Local Events:

June Yellow Pine Vet Clinic Canceled

In consultation with the Cascade Veterinary Clinic, we will not be hosting the June vaccination clinic in Yellow Pine this year. If you need your pet seen, please call Cascade Vet at (208) 382-4590 to arrange an appointment. Currently the protocol is to call the clinic from the parking lot when you arrive and someone will come out to your vehicle and take your pet inside. Due to space limitations they are not allowing people to accompany pets inside.
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4th of July YPFD Golf Tourney Canceled

As Idaho enters into the four-stage plan and guidelines for opening the state since the novel coronavirus pandemic, each community has its own responsibility to be vigilant in following these guidelines.

A huge debt of gratitude goes out to all the doctors, nurses, hospital employees, first responders and our state leaders for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy. We will all be stronger when we come out on the other side of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Phase 4 begins June 14th and “gatherings, both public and private, of more than 50 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed can occur. Large venues (e.g., movie theaters and sporting venues) can operate under limited physical distancing protocols.”

The 23rd Annual July 4th Golf Tournament was scheduled for July 4th and includes visitors traveling from outside Yellow Pine. Although the tournament could officially be held, there are certain measures that could be out of our control in following the Phase 4 guidelines. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel the event this year due to the continuing COVID-19 public health concerns and to ensure that we do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic. The health and safety of the community is our paramount concern.

It’s difficult to know what decisions are the right ones to make and, in many instances, we may not know until we have the benefit of hindsight. While we are all anxious to return to events and being together again, we need to be vigilant and patient. We have been weighing the risks and benefits, are canceling the event for this year but we will host the 23th Annual Golf Tournament on July 3rd, 2021.

The July 4th Golf Tournament has been a fundraiser for the “Medical Supply & Training Fund” for Yellow Pine for the past 6 years. If you would like to donate to this fund, please contact us at aforsterrn@aol.com . Thank you for your understanding as we all continue to remain strong during these challenging times.

Stay strong! Stay healthy!
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Village News:

News from the Dump

On or around May 1st, the doors to the transfer station were damaged. A local reported when they went to open the doors to dump trash a week later, the doors sprung open and nearly knocked them down. Then a report Tuesday (May 12th) that the doors fell off the building and bears had been in the dumpsters making a big mess. Jeff from the County Road Dept. brought in stuff for repairs on Wednesday, May 13th, and locals went out and put the doors back on. Thank you to Cecil, Tom, Tim and Gary. The doors should work better now, but a welder is due in to finish repairs, maybe next week. The mess left by the bears still needs to be cleaned up.
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Amerigas

Dan from Amerigas was up on Wednesday, May 13th, filling up propane tanks. He will be back next Wednesday, May 20th, to top off more customers.
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M 4.4 Aftershock May 13

At 622pm Wednesday we felt a sharp short jolt. Location near Cape Horn Mountain, east of Bear Valley on the far eastern edge of Valley County. A few other folks in Yellow Pine, Donnelly, Emmett and Boise report feeling it.
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20200513M4.3Aftershock

M 3.0 Aftershock May 15

At 5pm we felt a small jolt. Location north and east of Cape Horn Mountain on the western edge of Custer County.
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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 Yellow Pine Precinct: Update the Valley County Clerk mailed our ballots 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

Inching closer. Each of our communities and Valley County as a whole have increased our response rate by a few percentage points over the last few weeks – but we still have a lot of room to grow! We are still ranked #42 of 44 counties in Idaho for our Census response rate. Let’s get that number up! Responding to the Census takes less than 10 minutes and mean $1,483 per person in federal funding for Valley County.

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 October 31st. 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

Update May 15: As usual in previous years, the water plant is experiencing high water in boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order at least through spring thaw.

As of 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

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

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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Critters:

Tick’s are plentiful this spring.

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

It is getting close to calving season, watch out for aggressive mother does and cows, they will stomp your dogs.
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Road News:

Work on the South Fork Salmon River road will begin on May 18th. This year’s work will be focused primarily on the Payette portions of the roadway. This initial work will not include road closures, but may cause some very short delays in traveling the road. The contractor will to begin implement the same closures as last year as soon as Lick Creek opens, which is expected to be right after the Memorial Day weekend. These closures will be from 0700 until 1600 every week day, just like last year. The Forest Service will provide weekly updates on Mile Post closures as we did last year.

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.
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Forest Info:

The Krassel RD campgrounds are effectively open for use but currently with limited services – we advise all users to bring toilet paper, drinking water and strive to be as fully self-contained as possible as the District is not operating the campgrounds as open with full services. We have cleaned the restrooms in the South Fork paved road corridor, but water systems will take a little longer to bring on-line due to the need to sanitize and to receive water testing results.

All campgrounds and restroom facilities in the South Fork Corridor, Lick Creek/Secesh Corridor and along the East Fork South Fork Salmon River to Yellow Pine will begin seeing our regular restroom cleaning beginning this Friday, May 15th. Water systems will come online in the near future.

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.
– PNF
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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 on or before May 1st. Please keep the burn pile neat.

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, etc.) 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:

New Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until runoff is over.

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:

2020 Festival Meeting May 16, 2020

Note: at each meeting we simply add to info on the topic. That way, info from all meetings is included in a single document.

Next planning Meeting June 27th at 2pm at the Community Hall
link: 2020 Festival Planning Notes.pdf

Heat was installed in the community hall on April 30th.

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:

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed. Do NOT burn on breezy afternoons.

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Jeff Forster – Fire Chief

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
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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
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
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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

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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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

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Local Observations:

Monday (May 11) overnight low of 45 degrees, mostly clear sky (some high haze) and light breezes this morning. Swallows and finches calling. Air traffic. Warm and mostly cloudy at lunch time. Dandelions blooming. More people out and about. By mid-afternoon dark clouds building up to the southwest, light breezes, warm and muggy, high of 76 degrees. A few finches, cowbirds and hummingbirds visiting. Early evening thinner clouds, lighter breezes, warm and humid. Cowbirds and finches visiting (no swallows in sight.) Cloudy and calmer at dusk, lots of robins calling and a bat flitting overhead. Breaks in the clouds and a few stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (May 12) overnight low of 45 degrees, partly cloudy sky and strong gusty breezes this morning. A few swallows, dozens of cassin’s finches and a jay visiting. Mostly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Dark clouds building up and breezy early afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Lots of columbian ground squirrels running about. Overcast and strong chilly breezes early evening. Overcast and gusty breezes at dusk. Quiet evening and birds are hunkered down. Cloudy and calmer before midnight.

Wednesday (May 13) overnight low of 42 degrees, dark overcast, gusty breezes and little sprinkle of rain this morning. Mostly finches, a few jays and robins calling, and a few cowbirds visiting. Mail truck made it in on time, roads are good. Cloudy and light breezes at lunch time. Early afternoon rain shower for about 30 minutes, overcast and lighter breezes. Dan from Amerigas was here filling propane tanks. Late afternoon light rain shower, dark overcast and light breezes, high of 55 degrees. Aftershock M 4.4 at 622pm. Broken cloud cover and light chilly breezes at dusk.

Thursday (May 14) overnight low of 33 degrees, overcast and light breezes this morning. Swallows are back, robins and jays calling, finches and a few hummingbirds visiting. Little showers before lunch time, overcast and chilly light breezes. Blustery early afternoon and overcast, followed an hour later by a short sprinkle of rain. Cloudy late afternoon and chilly breezes, high of 55 degrees. Light shower of rain mid-evening. Quiet evening and mourning dove stopped by. Started sprinkling at dusk, top of VanMeter fogged in. Elk out on the golf course just before full dark. Cloudy before midnight.

Friday (May 15) overnight low of 35 degrees, cracks in the overcast, top of VanMeter socked in and light breezes. Swallows not as numerous, several finches and 2 clark’s nutcrackers visiting (possible juvenile.) A few patches of blue sky at noon. Brief visit by a hummingbird and a golden mantel ground squirrel was poking around. Rain showers and graupel (little snowballs) and breezy early afternoon. Increased traffic. Breaks in the clouds, the top of VanMeter stocked in and calmer by mid-afternoon, high of 56 degrees. Partly clear late afternoon and variable breezes. Another aftershock M 3.0 at 5pm. Mostly clear sky and robins calling at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Saturday (May 16) overnight low of 28 degrees, high thin hazy overcast and light breezes this morning. Swallows swooping, pine squirrel scolding, ground squirrels chasing each other, jays calling and lots of finches at the feeders. Extra traffic. Overcast and breezy at lunch time. Mourning dove visiting. Helicopter flew by at 202pm. Overcast and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 64 degrees. Shooting stars, a few glacier lilies and wild strawberries are blooming. Increased traffic. Thin hazy high clouds at dusk. Cloudy before midnight and few stars out. Rain started early morning.

Sunday (May 17) overnight low of 40 degrees, overcast and light rain falling this morning. Evening grosbeaks and finches calling. Extra traffic. Light rain at lunch time. Calliope hummingbird visiting. Rain showers continued until mid-afternoon, then breaks in the clouds, high of 65 degrees. Broken cloud cover and muggy early evening and quiet. Cloudy, calm and humid at dusk, robins calling.
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Letter to Share:

Businesses should require staff, customers to wear masks

To the Editor:

As “stay at home” and travel restrictions are relaxed in Idaho, it is clear that many tourists and second home owners are already returning to Valley County and the number will increase during the summer. Over 50 countries have required residents to wear face masks when they leave home, but as far as I know, no states in the US have mandated the use of face masks.

However, local businesses can require their staff and customers to wear face masks, which May Hardware in McCall and Costco in Boise have done, and this greatly reduces the risk of both their employees and their customers of transmitting coronavirus in the store.

The poster in the front of May Hardware says it all: “I wear a mask to protect you; You wear a mask to protect me.” The Valley County Mask Force has been instrumental in creation of this poster and also making and donating masks to health care workers. Go to (link) [GoFundMe] and search for “Wear a Mask Valley County!”

I encourage all open businesses in Valley County to require both their employees and customers to consistently and properly wear cloth, reusable face masks while they are in the stores, as well as promoting social distancing and making hand hygiene gel available throughout their stores.

Such measures will reduce the likelihood that community transmission of coronavirus occurs in Valley County, thereby preventing COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality.

Since it is difficult and expensive to purchase disposable face masks and they are urgently needed by heath care workers, everyone should make their own cloth reusable face masks before shopping and attending any group activity.

The video by the US Surgeon General is very brief and informative. Go to [YouTube] and search for “How To Make Your Own Face Covering.” Another video on making a mask from a T-shirt is very graphic and also shows how to remove it and wash it for reuse.

After removing a face mask as described, it is important to put it into a plastic or paper bag (not into a purse or pocket) until it can be washed for reuse or disposed of and to wash hands or use hand hygiene gel after removing the mask. Go to (link), follow the drop-down menu on the left and search for “How to Make Your Own Face Mask.”

Businesses, residents and visitors all need to continue preventive measures that will keep Valley County from having a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Thomas Welty, MD, McCall

May 14, 2020 via The Star-News
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Idaho News:

Valley County launches ‘Protect Your Mountain Playground’ campaign

By Tom Grote for The Star-News May 14, 2020

Valley County governments and organizations have launched an educational campaign to go along with the staged reopening of businesses serving visitors.

“Protect Your Mountain Playground” is an $8,000 effort by chambers of commerce in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade, Valley County, Central District Health and the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council.

“This is really a know-before-you-go request,” said McKenzie Kraemer, marketing director for the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

“There are a lot of variables right now, so understanding what businesses and recreation areas are open, closed, or have new protocols in place will help limit surprises and make time spent in our communities much more enjoyable,” Kraemer said.

The campaign includes a new website, promotional video, social media postings, road signs and highway banners, she said.

The effort replaces the previous “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” advisory in place since the initial round of closures in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign seeks to inform visitors about new protocols in place at local businesses and recreation areas, continuing social distancing, wearing a mask in public, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home when feeling sick.

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McCall changes tourist advisory from ‘stay away’ to ‘be cautious’

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News May 14, 2020

A new advisory issued by the City of McCall urges tourists to follow COVID-19 precautions mandated by local businesses as the state prepares to relax restrictions on non-essential travel.

Precautions could include wearing face masks, following in-store customer limitations, receiving services only via curbside or other business-specific procedures, the advisory said.

“We are asking, that when travel opens according to the governor’s staged plan, to please respect the safeguards our businesses have put in place,” Mayor Bob Giles said.

“Our goal is always to keep McCall residents and visitors safe,” Giles said.

The advisory replaces a joint advisory issued in March by Valley County, the cities of McCall, Donnelly and Cascade, St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center and Cascade Medical Center.

That advisory told potential visitors to the area to “stay home and stay healthy,” citing misconceptions that rural areas are safe havens from the virus and the lack of resources to combat a potential local outbreak.

Under stage two, gyms, salons and restaurants can re-open on Saturday. However, local restaurants must have re-opening plans approved by Central District Health, while hair salons and gyms are required to continue following social distancing guidelines, increased sanitation practices and other precautions.

Stage two continues urging minimal non-essential travel, but stage three, set to start May 30, would drop that restriction and defer to guidelines set by local jurisdictions.

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Mask makers shift focus to stockpile

5,673 masks distributed so far by volunteers

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News May 14, 2020

After sewing and distributing 5,673 masks, the Valley County Mask Force has shifted its efforts to sewing a stockpile of 2,500 masks by July 15 for a potential second wave of the COVID-19 virus.

“Hopefully, we won’t need them, but we also think it’s important to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best,” said Colby Rampton of McCall, part of the volunteer group’s leadership team.

The new goal was set Monday after the group’s leaders met to retool their strategy now that the sewn masks have been distributed to many local businesses and residents.

There have been no new cases of the virus being confirmed in Valley or Adams counties in the last month, but the possibility of an outbreak looms as tourists begin returning for the summer season, Rampton said.

“We are seeing lots more visitors. Some people are wearing masks, some aren’t,” he said. “I think many of us are just kind of waiting to see what happens with this whole pandemic thing.”

Mask force’s founder Matt Ganz of McCall lauded the efforts of the group’s 150-plus volunteers to sew 5,763 masks and secure another 726 masks through donations as “inspiring.”

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Valley County Idaho

Valley County facilities will be reopening to the public on Monday, May 18th. An appointment is required and all visitors are required to wear a face mask.

* To schedule an appointment, please contact the appropriate department for the service you need (link) for a full list of contact numbers.

* The DMV is also offering online scheduling here: (link)

* If you arrive without an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you, however you may be asked to come back at a later time or day.

* Public Hearings: All public hearings will continue electronically until June 11th. Please visit the Valley County website for details on specific hearing dates and additional information.

We look forward to taking this first step toward a full re-open and ask for your patience as we strive to adapt once again. Our committed employees are working as quickly as they can to catch up on backlogged work and provided current services to help you with your needs.

(via FB May 13)
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Public health officials guidelines for businesses and masks explained

By Emma Iannacone May 11, 2020 Local News 8

Governor Brad Little’s plan to re-open Idaho is expected to move into stage two on Saturday.

After nearly seven weeks with empty tables, restaurants will have the option to open their dining rooms again. Indoor gyms, recreation facilities and hair and beauty salons are also allowed to re-open.

Stage two will be enacted only if Idaho can meet public health officials criteria.

“We know they’re waiting until the very last day because things can change, certainly, between now and Saturday. But at this point in time, all indicators do look like we would be moving forward to stage two as planned,” said Maggie Mann, the district director for the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department.

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Tamarack Resort says it’s opening on Saturday for summer season

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Tamarack, Idaho (CBS2) — Tamarack Resort is opening up its mountain for outdoor enthusiasts.

The resort said on Wednesday that in addition to opening up its trails for hikers and mountain bikers, dining, lodging and other recreation activities will open beginning on Saturday. Tamarack says it received approval from the Central District Health Department for its phased reopening plan.

Social distancing will be encouraged.

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Historic Roseberry to open for Memorial Day weekend with precautions

The Star-News May 14, 2020

Historic Roseberry will open for Memorial Day weekend with precautions for COVID-19 in place.

The historic complex of buildings one mile east of Donnelly will be open on Saturday through Monday, May 23-25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Volunteers will be present at the Valley County Museum and Roseberry General Store. There will be hand sanitizer lotion in each of the buildings and visitors are requested to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Methodist/Episcopal Church, Whitney-Fairbrother School and Finnish cabins will be open for self-guided tours.

Board members of the Long Valley Preservation Society have not decided if the museum buildings will be open for the rest of the summer.

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Raft companies on the Payette River prepare for opening weekend

By Steve Dent May 14, 2020 KIVI

Banks, Idaho — Three different generations of the Long spend their summers running Cascade Raft & Kayak, an adventure business on the banks of the Payette River.

They are used to overcoming challenges. Last year they helped the Garden Valley Fire Department remove dangerous logs from the South Fork of the Payette River.

This year COVID-19 is creating a different kind of challenge as Cascade Raft & Kayak prepares to open on Saturday, May 15.

“We will have groups of ten or fewer to maintain social distancing,” said operations manager Kenneth Long. “The guides are all up to speed on the protocols with cleaning gear and making sure buses get wiped down before and after trips.

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Payette Lake wooden boat show canceled by COVID-19

The Star-News May 14, 2020

The 16th Annual Payette Lakes Classic & Wooden Boat Show planned for Shore Lodge on Payette Lake in McCall July 24-26 has been canceled due to the risk to public health and safety resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As much as we would like to reunite with everyone to enjoy companionship and celebrate our love of classic boats, the health and safety of our members, show attendees, volunteers, venue employees, and community is our utmost priority,” said Gary Lyons, president of the Payette Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

“We have determined we cannot move forward with this year’s show in its usual format because of the undue risk of disease transmission,” Lyons said.

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Fry Foods shuts down Weiser plant after five employees test positive for COVID-19

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Weiser, Idaho (CBS2) — Fry Foods in Weiser is currently closed after several employees have tested positive for coronavirus.

A supervisor told CBS2 on Wednesday that a family reunion was held earlier this month and several employees attended. A total of five employees have tested positive, which prompted the closure.

Fry Foods says it started an investigation after it became aware of the reunion and is working closely with the health department.

Every confirmed case has been traced back to the party, the supervisor says. The plant will not reopen until managers are positive it’s in the best interest of employees and the community.

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Twin Falls County accounts for a third of the state’s new COVID-19 cases

By Natasha Williams May 13, 2020 KIVI

According to state data, Twin Falls County accounts for more than a third of Idaho’s 154 new cases in the past seven days. The county has seen 60 new cases in the past week, bringing the county total to 223.

The South Central Public Health District says the spike in cases is a reminder we’re not out of the woods yet.

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Permits for controlled open burning now required

The Star-News May 14, 2020

Permits for controlled open burning are now required starting Sunday from the Idaho Department of Lands.

The permits can be obtained online at http://burnpermits.idaho. The burn permits are free and good for 10 days after issued.

Idaho law requires a permit for burning outside city limits except for campfires between May 10 and Oct. 20.

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Photos show impact of earthquake at Stanley Lake

May 11, 2020 Local News 8


Sawtooth National Forest Stanley Lake inlet

Stanley, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Idaho Geological Society geologists believe the 6.5 Magnitude earthquake that struck central Idaho on March 31, 2020 may have had some significant impact at Stanley Lake.

After reviewing photos and satellite imagery of the inlet, the geologist said it appears a former boat launch, beach, and popular fishing area was flooded with deep water.

“The most probable cause for the “disappearing” of the inlet delta is a combination of liquefaction and compaction of saturated sediments and some possible sliding and lateral spreading on the delta toward the deeper part of the lake as a result of the March 31 earthquake or the associated aftershocks,” said Claudio Berti, Director and State Geologist, Idaho Geological Survey.

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4.4 magnitude earthquake felt in Boise

The quake originated from the same general area of Central Idaho as the big 6.5 earthquake on March 31.

March 13, 2020 KTVB

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook Central Idaho and the surrounding region Wednesday evening.

We’re getting reports from people in the Boise area who felt the quake at about 6:30 p.m.

According to the US Geological Survey, the latest temblor originated in the same general area as the big 6.5 magnitude earthquake on March 31. It was centered about 40 miles west of Cascade in the mountains of Central Idaho.

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Several funnel clouds reported in southwest Idaho on Thursday

The National Weather Service in Boise confirmed several sightings of funnel clouds in the region.

May 15, 2020 KTVB


Credit: Rich Bond This funnel cloud was spotted near Cambridge, Idaho around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Viewers across southwest Idaho reported seeing several funnel clouds in the region during a storm that moved through Thursday afternoon.

Some viewers posted photos of the storm on our Idaho Weather Watchers Facebook group.

… Dave Groenert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise, told us that people spotted funnel clouds near Kuna, Nampa, Midvale and Cambridge.

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Tips & Advice:

How to deal with wasps and hornets

Garden master Jim Duthie shares a few tips on how we can bring those annoying insects under control, or even get them to go away for good.

Jim Duthie May 15, 2020 KTVB

If you’re seeing wasps and hornets lately, I’ll show you some safe ways to get rid of them.

Spring means that gardens are growing and flowers are blooming, but it also means that insects are buzzing around. And while we count on many of them, especially honeybees, to pollinate our gardens, we don’t want to put up with pesky stinging insects like wasps and hornets.

Garden master Jim Duthie shares a few tips on how we can bring those annoying insects under control, or even get them to go away for good.

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Public Lands:

South Fork Salmon River Road Work

Work on the South Fork Salmon River road will begin on May 18th. This year’s work will be focused primarily on the Payette portions of the roadway. This initial work will not include road closures, but may cause some very short delays in traveling the road. The contractor will to begin implement the same closures as last year as soon as Lick Creek opens, which is expected to be right after the Memorial Day weekend. These closures will be from 0700 until 1600 every week day, just like last year. The Forest Service will provide weekly updates on Mile Post closures as we did last year.

(from the Payette NF May 13, 2020 via email)
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Payette NF Campgrounds South Fork Corridor

The Krassel RD campgrounds are effectively open for use but currently with limited services – we advise all users to bring toilet paper, drinking water and strive to be as fully self-contained as possible as the District is not operating the campgrounds as open with full services. We have cleaned the restrooms in the South Fork paved road corridor, but water systems will take a little longer to bring on-line due to the need to sanitize and to receive water testing results.

All campgrounds and restroom facilities in the South Fork Corridor, Lick Creek/Secesh Corridor and along the East Fork South Fork Salmon River to Yellow Pine will begin seeing our regular restroom cleaning beginning this Friday, May 15th. Water systems will come online in the near future.

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Payette forest advises campers that restrooms are closed

The Star-News May 14, 2020

Limited campground availability due to snow and the COVID-19 pandemic means campers need to be responsible for their own waste and plan for having no access to bathrooms, the Payette National Forest advised.

“None of the campgrounds across the forest have restrooms or potable water available and restroom facilities outside of campgrounds are not currently being cleaned or maintained, so visitors are advised to plan accordingly,”a statement from the Payette said.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, campgrounds that usually start to open in mid-May have been delayed. Seasonal staff have been brought on later than usual and the requirements for cleaning facilities are more rigorous than previous years, the statement said.

With toilets closed, campers were advised to bring their own toilet paper and a shovel for digging a hole for solid waste.

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Boise National Forest prepping some lower elevation campgrounds for the Memorial Day weekend, need Public’s help

Boise, Idaho, May 14, 2020 – As Idaho begins to rebound from COVID-19 and warmer weather entices visitors, the Boise National Forest is working hard to open some lower elevation campgrounds for the Memorial Day weekend. There may be some exceptions based on recreation concessionaire schedules, snow levels or locations adjacent to active timber sales. For current information visit: (link).

Public safety is the No. 1 priority and as in normal years, crews must assess each campground before its opening. Work required depends on previous winter conditions as lot of damage can occur over the course of a winter. There can be down trees or standing hazard trees that have to be removed, and broken waterlines or picnic tables may need to be repaired before opening. As a reminder, our developed campgrounds are currently closed.

“We are asking visitors to avoid our developed campgrounds so crews can work as quickly as possible to open sites for the Memorial Day weekend,” said Danelle Highfill, Boise National Forest recreation manager. “It is an issue of public safety. Crews routinely need to drop hazard trees that have been damaged because of snow load, and they can’t do that if the campsites are occupied.”

The COVID-19 situation has delayed preparation for the normal campground openings that take place in mid to late May. In a normal year, a few low elevation campgrounds are open with full restroom and water services in early May, but most campgrounds open around Memorial Day. Due to COVID-19 and increased use, additional cleaning and repair work may be required. As it is, some developed campgrounds will be opened with limited services if water testing and repairs are delayed or extensive.

While our developed campgrounds are currently closed, we want visitors to know that the majority of the forest is still open for public access. Trails and trailheads remain open. Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and/or parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more. Visitors should recreate consistent with the State’s Recreate Responsibly Idaho campaign.

“Dispersed camping is open throughout the forest except for two locations in the Silver Creek area,” Highfill said. “We want to encourage visitors to pack out their trash, practice “Leave no Trace” land use principles, and social distance when recreating on the forest. Most of all, we are asking the public to be patient for a couple more weeks.”

To make campground reservations visit: (link)

To stay up to date on Boise National Forest closures visit: (link)

For Leave No Trace land use principles visit: (link)

1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize campfire impacts
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of other visitors

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Boise National Forest Service Offering FREE Personal Use Firewood Cutting from May 15 – June 15, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 economic impacts, the Boise National Forest is offering a permit to cut 4 cords of FREE personal use fuelwood per household from May 15 through June 15. (Free permit only applies to the Boise National Forest.)

Go to This Page to Print Fuelwood Permit and Brochure: (link)

June 16, return to traditional Fuelwood permits for purchase.

All fuelwood cutting rules and regulations apply and a permit is required.

Wood cutters MUST have in their possession:

• Self-serve Free Use FUELWOOD PERMIT: Printed, filled out and signed AND

• FUELWOOD BROCHURE

Recommended: Know where to go.

• Downloadable georeferenced Forest fuelwood maps:

1. Northern part of the Boise National Forest.
2. Southern part of the Boise National Forest

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) available: (link)

A cord is a tightly piled wood in a stack 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long.

Wood cutters should also use caution while driving on Forest Service roads. Many roads remain snow covered and icy at higher elevations. Roads at lower elevations may be wet and muddy and the soft roadbed can easily be damaged by vehicle traffic.

Phone numbers and hours of operation for Boise National Forests offices are available online at (link).
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Spring 2020 Reconstruction Update – Cascade RD

National Forest System Road 427 (Stolle)

Purpose of the project: To widen the roadway, construct road shoulders, install additional drainage culverts, relocate utilities, and provide aggregate and asphalt surfacing.

The northern segment of National Forest System (NFS) road 427 from the Warm Lake HWY to the N. Shoreline Drive intersection will remain closed through project completion in 2020.

The remainder of NFS road 427 is open. Work has resumed and time restriction closures have gone into effect.

PLEASE NOTE: A road closure is in place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1- 5 p.m. daily.

Road closures will not be in place through the weekends.

Dispersed camping is CLOSED for the duration of the project (including weekends).

To view the order, map and flyer, visit: (link)

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Payette forest to start issuing firewood permits Friday

The Star-News May 14, 2020

The Payette National Forest will offer personal firewood permits beginning on Friday through a mail-in or call-in application process due to COVID-19 concerns.

Applications are available online at http://fs.usda.gov/payette or in front of the McCall or New Meadows ranger district offices, which began accepting requests on Monday. The firewood cutting season ends on Nov. 30.

Firewood permits cost $6.25 per cord with a four-cord minimum per purchase and 10-cord maximum per household.

The McCall Ranger District also has free permits available for the Big Creek area, and firewood from that area counts against the 10-cord maximum.

A new regulation this year is no cutting of the deciduous larch, also known as tamarack, after Nov. 1. Too many live trees that have shed their needles have been mistakenly cut down in the past, the Payette said.

Call-in applications will be processed with a credit card on Tuesdays and Thursdays in McCall at 208-634-0400 and Tuesdays and Wednesdays in New Meadows at 208-347-0300.

The McCall Ranger District is located at 102 W. Lake St. and New Meadows Ranger District at 3674 U.S. 95.

More information is available online or on the Payette National Forest’s Facebook page.

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Lower South Fork Salmon River Open for Float Boating

McCall, Idaho, May 15, 2020 – The Payette National Forest has lifted the closure of the lower South Fork of the Salmon River that had been put in place to promote social distancing regarding COVID-19.

Float boaters are welcome to float the river at this time, and are reminded that free permits are required to float between the confluence with the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River and the confluence with the Salmon River. This permit is used to help the Forest understand visitor use in accordance with the Frank Church River of No Return Area Management Plan, and as a tool to assist in county emergency search and rescue operations as needed. For planning purposes, please submit your request for a permit 7 to 10 days ahead of your planned float trip. Permit information can be found at this web page: (link). For questions, contact the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

The lifting of this COVID-19 related closure for the lower South Fork of the Salmon River coincides with the Salmon-Challis National Forest lifting COVID-19 closures for the Middle Fork and the main stem of the Salmon River.

To clarify, the South Fork of the Salmon River between Goat Creek and the confluence with the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River (upstream of the river segment described above) is closed to float boating seasonally to protect spawning of threatened fish species. These seasonal closures run from April 1 to May 31, then again from August 1 to September 30 of each year, and additional information can be found here. (link)

Access to the Payette National Forest remains open with a 10-person group limitation in place in accordance with Rebound Idaho guidelines. Only a small number of campgrounds are open at this time of year due to snow levels and required pre-opening maintenance work that needs to occur once campgrounds are accessible. Dispersed camping is available across the Forest where sites are accessible. The latest information can be found by calling 208-634-0700.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities: Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19. The key is to Know Before You Go and to follow safety and health guidelines from reputable sources. Recreate Responsibly Idaho and help Protect Your Mountain Playground.

Brian Harris
Forest Service
R4 COVID-19 Communications
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Emmett Ranger District issues temporary closure orders around Sage Hen and Tripod areas for public safety

Boise, Idaho, May 15, 2020 –The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest has issued two closures for public safety while numerous logging operations remove dead and diseased trees from the Sage Hen Recreation Area and National Forest System road 626H (Tripod area).

“Public safety is our No. 1 priority and with 20 -30 logging trucks per day traveling these roads, and with loggers falling trees on or near the roads, we need to be cautious,” said Katie Wood, Emmett District Ranger. “These sales located in campgrounds and along the road, are to remove dead and dying trees that have succumbed to tussock moth and beetles.”

Timing is critical to remove hazardous fuels before wildfire season starts and to decrease the impact to the public. “This is a popular recreation area and the work will affect boating and camping activities, however, our goal is to reopen the area as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Wood. Once the projects are completed, visitors should be prepared to see a different landscape with fewer trees and less shade.

To view all Boise National Forest closures visit the interactive closure map: (link)

To view the official Closure Orders and maps visit: (link)
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US plans reimagine fighting wildfires amid crews’ virus risk

by Rebecca Boone Associated Press Tuesday, May 12th 2020

In new plans that offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews, it’s not clear how officials will get the testing and equipment needed to keep firefighters safe in what’s expected to be a difficult fire season.

A U.S. group instead put together broad guidelines to consider when sending crews to blazes, with agencies and firefighting groups in different parts of the country able to tailor them to fit their needs. The wildfire season has largely begun, and states in the American West that have suffered catastrophic blazes in recent years could see higher-than-normal levels of wildfire because of drought.

“This plan is intended to provide a higher-level framework of considerations and not specific operational procedures,” the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group, made up of representatives from federal agencies who worked with state and local officials, wrote in each of the regional plans. “It is not written in terms of ‘how to’ but instead provides considerations of ‘what,’ ‘why,’ and ‘where.'”

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Trivia:

Columbian ground squirrel

The Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus) is a species of rodent common in certain regions of Canada and the northwestern United States. It is the second largest member of the genus Urocitellus, which is part of the tribe Marmotini, along with marmots, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and other holarctic ground squirrels. They are stout, with short dense fur, which is characteristically tawny across the bridge of the nose. Social encounters often are initiated with kissing behavior and the most common activity above ground is standing at attention. Residing in mountainous terrain and high plains in northern latitudes, they hibernate most of the year in burrows, which may be used for many years. They are emaciated when emerging in the spring. These long periods of torpor earned the squirrels the moniker “Seven Sleepers”, since the rests last around seven months. The Columbian ground squirrel came to the attention of the scientific community through writings produced by Lewis and Clark, while 21st century molecular genetics has more finely illuminated its ties with other close relatives.

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Critter News:

Pet talk – Diabetes mellitus in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt May 15, 2020 IME

Diabetes mellitus is also known as sugar diabetes because of the increased blood and urine sugar levels that occur with this disease. Diabetes arises when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is the hormone that allows many tissues of the body to utilize blood sugar or glucose. If insulin levels fall, then the tissues of the body are no longer able to use blood sugar. Blood sugar rises in the body and produces many adverse side effects.

This type of diabetes is known as Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which arises from the development of resistance to insulin, is rare in dogs.

Common clinical signs include increased thirst and urination, increased appetite and weight loss. Because glucose cannot be utilized by the body, weight loss occurs even with more food intake. A severe form of diabetes called diabetic ketoacidosis may cause the animal to become terribly ill, with vomiting, depression, weakness and dehydration.

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This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus

May 12, 2020 Local News 8

… The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends pet owners have an emergency plan in place: identify a friend or family member who can care for your pet should you become sick, have up-to-date veterinary records and proof of vaccinations, and stock up on food and medications that could last a few weeks.

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An Endemic Invasion of Mormon Crickets

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Brad Stokes – UI Extension Educator Elmore County

The spring of 2020 has been abnormal to say the least. Our community has experienced things that many generations have never seen before. We are learning and adapting every day. Unfortunately, there is one normal thing we can count on happening every year in Elmore County, the annual endemic invasion (or “hatching”) of the Morman cricket, Anabrus simplex.

The Mormon cricket is a large insect, with adult females measuring nearly 3 inches fully grown. They vary in color from a dull yellow-green to a brownish-black or even purple tone. It is native to the western United States and got its unusual common name from pioneers in the mid-1800’s who planted crops in the Salt Lake Valley. Subsequently there was a hatch of this native insect and due to the feeding and sheer numbers the settlers named them Mormon crickets, the common name thus stuck. Though they are called “crickets” they are in fact long-horned grasshoppers in the family Tettigoniidae (tet-i-gone-ee-i-dee). They are flightless insects that are voracious eaters of several plants including: crops, gardens, grasses, forbs, sagebrush and shrubs. Interestingly they also show cannibalistic behavior, possibly due to a protein or salt deficiency in their diet.

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Fish & Game News:

F&G Commission denies petitions for lighted nocks for archery and signage for trapping and wolf hunts

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Petitions will not move forwarded into the rule-making process

On May 14, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission denied petitions from certain organizations that requested the Commission initiate negotiated rulemaking for allowing lighted nocks for archery hunting, and to require signage near traps and during some wolf hunting seasons.

Denying the petitions means they will not be moved forward into any rulemaking process.

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F&G will resume sales of nonresident licenses, tags and permits at 10 a.m. on May 16

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Change is in accordance with Governor’s new directives

Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved resuming sales of nonresident licenses, tags and permits, which will be available for sale at 10 a.m. M.D.T. on May 16. The decision was aligned with Governor Brad Little’s revised guidance for Stage 2 of Idaho Rebounds, which includes relaxing the 14-day self-quarantine for people entering Idaho.

Commissioners suspended the sale of some nonresident licenses and tags in April in support of the “stay at home” order in Idaho and many other states. Nonresident licenses, tags and permits will be available to buy online, at vendors, or by calling (800) 554-8685.

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Wood River Valley bears are already finding an easy meal in residential garbage containers

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Black bears in the Wood River Valley are already finding food rewards when roaming in neighborhoods, which can quickly lead to a food conditioned bear. Residents are urged to secure their household garbage to keep bears from getting a quick meal.

Residents south of Ketchum have been reporting black bears roaming their neighborhoods and getting into garbage cans and bird feeders. Since late April, four reports have come into Fish and Game about bears getting food rewards from residential garbage cans being left outside, and from bird seed and hummingbird feeders.

Last year, the first reports from the Wood River Valley about bears getting into neighborhood trash cans did not occur until mid-July.

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F&G dispatches mountain lion in Idaho Falls to protect the public

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

On the morning of May 13, an adult male mountain lion was dispatched by a Fish and Game Conservation Officer on the LDS church grounds near 49th S. and Stanfield Lane in Idaho Falls.

The mountain lion was reported by a resident of the area who spotted the animal walking through the neighborhood and quickly called local law enforcement. An IFPD Officer patrolling the area saw the adult lion crossing a road at about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning and was able to corner the lion in the parking lot of a nearby LDS church building before calling a Fish and Game Officer to assist.

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Low returns cause F&G to close some areas to Chinook salmon fishing and alter others

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Chinook run size is below forecast, and it was forecasted to be below average

Idaho Fish and Game has closed Chinook fishing in the Clearwater River system, and will end fishing on portions of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River on May 17. Fishing days per week will also be reduced after May 17 on sections of Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers that remain open.

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