June 14, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

June 14, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

The Corner is Open w/reservations
Yellow Pine Tavern is open for outside dining.
The General Store is open Tues-Sat
Yellow Pine Lodge Open
Murph’s RV park open (no cabins or showers)
April 17 – Boil water order issued
May 15 – Firewood Season starts
June 15 – 2nd half water bill due
June 16 – Hard closure of South Fork Road (weekdays)
June 17 – YP Vet Clinic Canceled
June 22 – YP Dust Abatement
June 23-25 Dust Abatement YP to Stibnite Road
June 27 – YP Fire Commissioner meeting 10am Fire Hall
June 27 – Fest Meeting 2pm at the Community Hall
(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
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

Yellow Pine Dust Abatement

Dust Abatement will happen on June 22nd. The cost is the same as last year, .0709/sq ft + tax. If you want dust abatement of your property, please let Deb Filler know by June 18th. Checks can be made out to North American Dust Control. Give the checks or your payment to Deb by June 21st.
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Village News:

Sunday Morning Life Flight?

We heard a helicopter land around 710am at the heli-pad and leave around 815am. We hope everything turned out OK.
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Food Donated to YP

On Friday, June 5th, the mail truck brought in twenty 25-pound boxes of food for Yellow Pine residents from the Food Bank and Grasmick Produce. Boxes contained fresh produce, dairy (milk butter and cheese) and meat. Very nice!
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Fuel Deliveries

On June 10th, Diamond Fuel & Feed came up to deliver gas and heating fuel.

On June 11th Ed Staub & Sons Propane were in Yellow Pine topping off tanks.
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YPFD Updates 06/07/2020

Yellow Pine Fire has taken delivery of a Custom built Can-Am 6×6 Side-by-side. The 6×6 (Rescue 1) will be able to provide Paramedic level care, Fire Fighting, light rescue and Search-and-Rescue to those in need of these services. A large portion of the of the funds to purchase the 6×6 (YPFD Rescue 1) was generously donated by Nancy Manthos in memory of her husband prior to her passing. We all would like to thank the family for her charitable donation and support of the Yellow Pine Fire Protection District. Nancy was Nikki Saleen’s mother.

Partial equipment list;

* 75 gallons of water
* 5 gallons of Firefighting Foam that is automatically mixed with the water when activated
* 700′ of 1” house
* 200′ of 3/4″ hose
* 20′ of Draft hose
* ABC Fire Extinguisher
* Fire Fighting Tools (Pulaski, Multi Shovel, McLeod, Fire Rake)
* Drip Torch
* Chain Saw
* Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC)
* Portable Grinder with Cut-off blade for locks and chains
* Rescue Over-the-Side bag. 150′ of climbing rope with full harness and climbing gear.
* Paramedic ALS Bag,
* 4 sets of full PPE
* Oxygen
* Rescue Litter
* Back Board
* SKED Stretcher
* Portable Radio Repeater for Search and Rescue and Back Country calls

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“Rescue 1”

Rescue-1 was put into service Friday and was driven to the water works fully loaded (~ 1,350 pounds), and put through some tests, it passed like a sure footed Yeti.

The Polaris (Rescue-2) was too small and too short a wheel base to manage 1,300 pounds of water and rescue equipment and was too much for the 700cc engine. It would slide backward when stopped on a steep incline and to tippy on slide slopes. For safety reasons the Polaris was pulled and placed in other roles; a smaller 35 gallon H2o tank can fit easily in the bed, which we currently have, this will be much safer for our personnel and will also pull the Rescue trailer, which will be attached when at the Fire Station. Rescue 2 will be housed at the Fire Station between the Ambulance and the Engine. This change will be much safer for our personnel.

Cascade Fire will be transferring a full size 4×4 Engine to us this summer/fall. The water tank will hold 1,100 gallons and will be better suited for our District’s needs. The Engine went through a complete inspection and was certified in 2019. The odometer shows 20,000 miles. This transfer was provided by Jeff F. and the Chief of Cascade Rural Fire/EMS District. When the newer engine arrives we will take the Army Water Tender out of service.

We received 9 Motorola emergency hand held radios by a private donation, replacing our cheaper non-compliant handheld radios. This will allow the FD to use the same radios that are used by all the other Emergency Services operators in Valley County. These radios cost about $2,000,00 a piece and came with portable mics and extra batteries/chargers.This was all donated to the YPFD from a family member of a patient Ann and I treated a few years ago. Such a wonderful donation to our Fire District. Numerous other medical supplies and equipment was also donated by this individual for Search and Rescue and for the Cascade Fire/EMS Ambulance stationed here in Yellow Pine.

The money earmarked for radios and a newer fire engine off-setted the purchase of the 6×6. Thanks for some very large donations, YPFD has increased our ability to have better communications with Valley County 9-1-1 and a better and safer approach for responding to emergencies.

The Yellow Pine Helispot is completed and is in-service for those that might need rapid medical transport from our area.

Please call 9-1-1 for all emergencies.

4th of July: The Fire Commissioners and the Fire Chief will continue to try and keep the Village safe and free from personal Fire Works. The Fire District will be placing signs saying “No Fireworks Allowed in Yellow Pine”. This does not preclude the Village of having their Fireworks display on the evening of the 4th. We ask that the town help keep the 4th of July safe and help monitor the independent fire works on the streets.

Fire mitigation tools are available from the YPFD. We have large weed eaters, a gas powered hedge trimmer, back pack blower and a 14′ powered limb cutter. Please allow 24 hours to prep the units and get them ready for use if you need one. Call Jeff F. if you need to utilize any of this equipment.

Alex and Adam P. have joined the ranks of the YPFD along with members, Dayle B., Gary N., Ann F., Joel F., Willy S., and Candy S.. Alex will be a Cadet in our program. Both Alex and Adam are also joining the Valley County Search and Rescue (SAR) Team as well. Yellow Pine Fire will have 6 members on the VCSAR Team. Jeff Forster is the East Lieutenant for VCSAR.

On June 20th a team from Valley County will be installing a HAM Radio system at the Yellow Pine Fire Station. This HAM radio system was designed to be used in the event of an emergency and our normal channel of Emergency Communications system fails. Both Adam and Alex have shown interest in the emergency radio systems and both being HAM operators will help set up an Emergency Communication Plan for YPFD.

Sunday Trainings have resumed at the Fire Station but at a different time. We now will begin trainings at 3:00 PM. Please contact Jeff F. if interested in coming to trainings. If interested in personal trainings, they can be scheduled as well by contacting Jeff F.

Anyone interested in joining the YPFD as a volunteer please contact Jeff or Ann F. for information and or a membership application.

Reminder that it’s the time of year to shake up your Fire Extinguishers this keeps the aggregate from clumping up.

Thank you,
Jeff F.
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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 June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: 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 until further notice.

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 still plentiful in June.

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

Watch out for aggressive mother does and cows, they will stomp your dogs – and you too.
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Road News:

Johnson Creek road is open, not graded yet. Report June 10th of people having to cut trees on Johnson Creek road, and a large pot hole somewhere – it was marked for a while but by Wednesday the sticks and flagging were gone. Travel at your own risk and carry a saw.

YP to Stibnite: June 12 – Yesterday, OK Gravel completed grading the Stibnite road and North American Dust Control will be spraying it June 23rd, 24th and 25th.

South Fork: Hard closure will begin on Tuesday, June 16; 7am to 4pm daily with no closures on weekends.
Access to Yellow Pine during closure hours will only be via Johnson Creek. With the delay of the opening of Lick Creek Road, the contractor needs to start work that requires closures in order to keep his crews working.
The closure sites will change on a weekly basis, and will not always be adjacent to the last closure site. Refer to the current weekly newsletter or the project website to determine the closure point and access for each week.
Road project link:

Lick Creek is getting closer to opening, still some drifts across the road.
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Forest Info

A report Saturday (May 23) of trees cut and stacked at the Yellow Pine Campground. Possibly hazard tree removal by the Boise NF.

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 6-day a week mail delivery started June 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

Report June 6 – with community support more repairs have been made to the doors, and cement has been poured to stop the bear from digging under the building. A brave volunteer also climbed up on the roof and secured the loose roofing. The burn pile has been sorted as people have been dumping inappropriate items.

Report June 1 – the bins have been emptied. South doors are a bit stiff. The road from YP to the dump is really good.

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.

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater@gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

Last Village Meeting was June 13, next meeting July 11th
link: June 2020 VYPA Agenda-1.docx

2020 Festival Meeting May 16, 2020 Notes
Note: at each meeting we simply add to info on the topic. That way, info from all meetings is included in a single document.
link: 2020 Festival Planning Notes.pdf

Next festival planning Meeting June 27th at 2pm at the Community Hall

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

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:

The next YP Fire Commissioner meeting will be held on June 27, 2020 at 10 AM at the Fire Station.

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP.docx

link: Covid-19 EMS.pdf

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

Open 11am-8pm Closed Tuesdays
The best way to ensure we meet our social distancing guidelines is to call 208-633-3325 before dropping in but we will accommodate everyone, it just may take a bit more time. We will do breakfast on request and always have good coffee going.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Yellow Pine Tavern Reopening, Open Daily 8am to 10pm. Outside Dining and Bar. Breakfast and Bar Food.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Open.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

The store is open now and will be open into October. Hours are 9 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins (208) 633-6677

Cabins are not available in 2020. RV Spaces $25/night; $150/week; $300/month. Tent spaces $10/night. Shower house is closed for 2020.
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 208-502-0940
FB page link
open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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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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Telehealth

Cascade Medical Center is set up for Telehealth.

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.

Today (June 3rd) Blue Cross extended telehealth services and reimbursement through the end of the year.

Tom Reinhardt, CEO
Cascade Medical Center


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Cascade Medical Center needs your opinion!

Dear neighbor – as we plan for the future of healthcare in Cascade and the surrounding area, we need your input. Would you be so kind as to click on the link below and take this survey for us? We want to make sure we are meeting your needs now and long into the future. (link)

We want input from you whether you are a permanent resident, weekender, or occasional visitor. Please feel free to forward this survey link on to others as well.

Thank you, and stay healthy!

Tom Reinhardt, CEO
Cascade Medical Center
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Local Observations:

Monday (June 8) the low of 32 degrees was during yesterday afternoon’s snow storm, measured 3″ of snow on the board this morning, the melted snow and rain totaled 1.38″. Low overcast sky this morning, ridges and lower flanks foggy and a few drops of mist. Trees dumping big snow blobs, snow melting and sliding off roofs and bushes flattened under the weight of the snow. No swallows, however, jays, robins, evening grosbeaks, clark’s nutcrackers and finches calling and visiting. Breaks in the clouds and a bit of sunshine before lunch time. Western tanager and rufus hummingbird stopped by. Breaks in the clouds and light breezes early afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Report of a dog hit-and-run on main street – roughed up but OK. Mostly cloudy (thinner and lighter) mid-evening with a slight chilly breeze. Pine squirrel “barking” and robins chirping. Partly clear before midnight, stars out and calm.

Tuesday (June 9) overnight low of 32 degrees, patches of snow remain in the shade from Sunday’s snow storm, the sky is overcast and fairly calm. Evening grosbeaks, clark’s nutcrackers, jays and finches calling, a female hummingbird and red-breasted nuthatch visiting. No swallows but a dark-eyed junco, a mourning dove and a western tanager showed up. Raining before noon and clouds lowering down onto the top of VanMeter hill. Stopped raining by mid-afternoon and cracks in the cloud cover, high of 58 degrees. Several hummingbirds showed up in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy and still warm mid-evening, a little bit humid and calm. Still no swallows around. It appears to be overcast at dusk. Cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (June 10) overnight low of 36 degrees, small patches of snow remain in the shade, clear sky and light breeze this morning. Tree swallow are back, 2 eggs in the nest. Finches, evening grosbeaks, robins, jays, a single hummingbird and 2 or 3 clark’s nutcrackers calling and visiting. Airplane traffic over the village at 1215pm. Mail truck made it in on time, no problems. Partly cloudy after lunch time and warming up. Mostly cloudy and slight breeze by mid-afternoon, high of 74 degrees. Increasing traffic. Mostly clear and slight breeze by early evening. Ground squirrels and chipmunks running about. At dusk the sky was mostly clear, smell of vehicle exhaust hanging in the air. Swallows swooping and a few robins calling. Starry sky before midnight.

Thursday (June 11) overnight low of 40 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Early airplane buzzed over. Evening grosbeaks, finches, jays, swallows and robins calling. Mostly cloudy and a bit humid at lunch time. Gusty winds and blowing dust early afternoon for less than an hour. Increasing traffic. Pretty warm mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy, breezy and a little muggy, high of 85 degrees. Ground squirrels and chipmunks scampering about. Cloudy warm and muggy mid-evening, hint of a breeze. Finches and swallows calling. Mostly cloudy and humid at dusk. Cloudy and breezy before midnight.

Friday (June 12) overnight low of 45 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Tree swallows swooping down to collect feathers for their nests, jays, grosbeaks and finches calling. Increased street traffic. Mostly cloudy at lunch time, windy early afternoon. Traffic going pretty fast in the residential area. Mule deer doe on the golf course. Mostly cloudy, warm and blustery mid-afternoon, high of 85 degrees. Calmer, overcast and muggy mid-evening. Big breaks in the clouds at dusk and breezy. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Saturday (June 13) overnight low of 51 degrees, partly clear sky and breezy this morning. Only a couple of swallows flying high, grosbeaks and finches calling, and one hummingbird visiting. Windy at lunch time, high of 68 degrees. Swallows departed before the storm hit. A hawk was terrorizing the songbirds after lunch. Rain and wind early to mid-afternoon, the temperature dropped below the morning low. Raven flying over and calling, jays and nutcrackers visited, lots of chirpy robins. Short shower late afternoon. Some finches and grosbeaks have returned, and a western tanager on the suet feeder. Broken cloud cover and lighter breezes by early evening. Raven still flying around, a few finches and grosbeaks but no swallows. Mostly cloudy and slight breeze at dusk. Cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (June 14) helicopter came in around 710am and left around 815am. Overnight low of 39 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.25″, mostly cloudy sky this morning. A few swallows (probably the nesting females), jays and finches calling. Dark clouds, windy and rain before 11am for about 30 minutes. Blustery at lunch time, high of 51 degrees. Another windy rain shower just after 130pm, lasted about an hour and a half. Several jays, a few finches and a couple of nutcrackers visiting. Temperature dropped to 39 degrees early afternoon, looks like fresh snow up on top of VanMeter hill. No hummingbirds or swallows around. Rained again mid-afternoon for around 45 minutes and lighter breezes. Patches of blue sky and light breezes early evening. Happy robins calling from all around.
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Idaho News:

Stage 4 June 13th

from Valley County June 12, 2020 (FB)

Idaho is moving into Stage 4 of our reopening protocol tomorrow (June 13).

Please take a moment to learn about Idaho’s phased reopening guidelines and a few simple ways you can help protect yourself and this special place.

While in our community during this time:

• Expect health and safety protocols to be in place at individual businesses and comply with these measures.
• Social gatherings (public and private) of more than 50 people are allowed where physical distancing and precautionary measures can occur.
• Non-essential travel continues to locations that allow it and do not have ongoing transmission (adhere to Idaho and CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel).
• Restaurant dining rooms, indoor gyms, recreation facilities, salons, bars and movie theaters continue to be open with approved health plans and protocols – including limited capacity to maintain social distancing requirements.
• Nightclubs can open with diminished standing-room occupancy and large venues can operate under limited physical distancing protocols.
• Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet in public settings.
• Wear face coverings in public.
• Practice hand hygiene.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Be kind and spread love, not COVID.

For more information, visit (link)
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Shore Lodge worker named as 3rd Valley COVID-19 case

Health department says there is no risk to the public

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 11, 2020

A seasonal employee of Shore Lodge/Whitetail in McCall is the third case of COVID-19 in Valley County, according to Central District Health and Shore Lodge management.

The new case appears to have been isolated with no community exposure, Central District Health Public Information Officer Christine Myron said.

“There is not believed to be a level of risk to the general public that warrants any sort of public notification,” Myron said.

The male employee has a job in which he has no contact with customers of Shore Lodge, a public facility, and Whitetail, a private club, President Tom Garcia said Wednesday.

The employee has been isolated since he tested positive on Monday and will remain in isolation until this Monday per the recommendation of Central District Health, Garcia said. The employee is asymptomatic, which means he has shown no outward signs of the virus, he said.

About 30 resort employees who live in the same dormitory as the man have been ordered to stay in isolation until June 22, Garcia said. Meals will be delivered to them twice per day at which time their temperatures will be taken.

It is unknown when or how the employee contracted the virus, said Garcia.

The employee arrived in McCall on May 18 from Florida with a group of other seasonal employees and was ordered into 14 days of isolation following state and national protocols, he said.

Two weeks ago, Shore Lodge/Whitetail tested all 187 of its permanent employees as part of its reopening on May 16 using the Crush the Curve testing clearinghouse. All employees tested negative for COVID-19, Garcia said. The lodge had been closed since March 20.

New tests were conducted last Thursday on the 141 seasonal employees who recently arrived, which is how the one affected employee was discovered.

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SLM foundation continues free series on COVID-19 stress

The Star-News June 11, 2020

St. Luke’s McCall Foundation will continue a free education series this week on learning how to manage stress and anxiety during COVID-19 or any other challenging life experiences.

Jennifer Caple, a licensed clinic social worker and owner of Elevate 208, will provide participants with tools and information on how to better manage one’s own health.

The online classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through July 2. Those attending may attend the entire series or pick and choose based on interest or availability.

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Summer Music Festival canceled due to worries over COVID-19

The Star-News June 11, 2020

The Summer Music Festival at Roseberry set for July 16-18 has been canceled due to worries over the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We feel that it would be in the best interest regarding the safety of the community to postpone the festival until 2021,” a statement from festival sponsor McCall Folklore Society said.

“We know that there is support for both continuing and canceling, and we are very sorry to anybody that was looking forward to this year’s event,” the statement said.

Refunds to those who purchased tickets in advance will be sent electronically in the next few weeks, minus fees and donations.

The festival had been scheduled to begin with Locals Night on Thursday, July 16 at The Barn at Roseberry.

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Progressive club cancels summer luncheon, fashion show

The Star-News June 11, 2020

The Payette Lakes Progressive Club has canceled its annual June luncheon and fashion show due to coronavirus-related issues.

The club will concentrate its efforts on its major yearly fundraiser, the Festival of Trees, which will be held over Thanksgiving weekend.

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Amateur radio operators to celebrate Field Day at home

The Star-News June 11, 2020

Local amateur radio operators will hunker down and train at home during the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day event on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club will not host public outreach events. Instead, local operators will help less experienced members train on their own stations and expand their station capabilities.

The American Radio Relay League’s Field Day is a 24-hour emergency communication demonstration in the United States and Canada with more than 35,000 amateur operators participating.

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North Fork Championship Canceled This Year

Idaho’s royal family of kayakers takes over the North Fork Championship

By Steve Dent Jun 10, 2020 KIVI

The North Fork Championship was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the last eight years, the best kayakers in the world made their way to Idaho for one of the most extreme races in the world.

“The North Fork Championship that has been my favorite weekend of the entire year,” said Alec Voorhees, who has three top-five finishes. “I’m actually the only person to compete in every single North Fork Championship.”

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Salmon-Challis National Forest Canceling Custer Day Event

Salmon-Challis National Forest June 11, 2020

In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the Salmon-Challis National Forest in partnership with the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park and the Land of the Yankee Fork Historical Association will cancel the Custer Day event effective immediately.

“We understand this is a very popular event,” said Lanson Stavast, Acting District Ranger for the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, “Due to limited space, we are faced with challenges with parking accommodations and shuttling of visitors to the Custer Townsite. If we were to proceed as has been done in previous years we would be unable to meet recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Other recreation opportunities, such as hiking, backpacking, dispersed camping on the Salmon-Challis National Forest remain available to the public.

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Boise’s “We the People” Fourth of July Parade canceled

June 9, 2020 KTVB

The organizers of a popular Fourth of July parade say the event will not roll through downtown Boise this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and guidelines from the city restricting large-scale public gatherings.

“While the Committee is disappointed to be unable to host this important celebration in 2020, we encourage Boiseans to remember and celebrate the many blessings of Independence with their families and neighbors wherever possible,” organizers said in a Facebook post.

They added that they look forward to resuming the parade in 2021.

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Health district warns of possible coronavirus exposure at downtown Boise bars

Central District Health says it’s investigating a cluster of COVID-19 illnesses involving 10 people who visited downtown Boise bars on June 5 and 6.

June 11, 2020 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Health officials are investigating after a group of people who visited Boise bars last weekend tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Central District Health, five people who visited the bars on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 have tested positive for COVID-19. Five others are considered probable cases.

CDH has identified multiple bars in the area of 6th and Main streets in downtown Boise that the infected people visited Friday and Saturday:

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Grasmick Produce and Treasure Valley YMCA partner to provide food boxes for local families

By Lynsey Amundson Jun 09, 2020 KIVI

Due to COVID-19, more families locally and nationwide have become food insecure. According to The Idaho Foodbank, they estimate that one in six adults and one in four kids are food insecure in Idaho.

Grasmick Produce sent in a bid proposal to the USDA for their Farmers to Family Food Box Program. They were awarded 200,000 food boxes to distribute locally in Idaho.

“We really saw it as a twofold opportunity,” said Grasmick Produce owner, Angela Grasmick-Reed. “One we could support local farmers and national farmers who had already plowed their fields. Also we could support the unprecedented number of people who had lost their jobs in our community and were becoming food insecure.”

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4.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Stanley

The earthquake was recorded around 8 a.m. in the Challis National Forest, between Idaho 21 and Valley Creek

June 9, 2020 KTVB


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Stanley, Idaho — Another earthquake hit central Idaho Tuesday morning, shaking the ground northwest of Stanley.

The earthquake was recorded around 8 a.m. in the Challis National Forest, between Idaho 21 and Valley Creek. It’s unclear whether the shaking produced any damage.

The earthquake registered at a magnitude of 4.1, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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Geological Survey: Aftershocks in central Idaho expected to occur for several years

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, June 8th 2020

Stanley, Idaho (CBS2) — The Idaho Geological Survey says the frequent aftershocks following the historic 6.5 magnitude earthquake on March 31 likely won’t stop any time soon.

To date, there have been nearly 1,000 reported aftershocks — the largest being a 4.8. And there have been 10 aftershocks over 4.0 and 200 between 3 and 4.

“Scientifically, this is extremely interesting and is providing a wealth of data that will be critical in advancing our understanding of the seismic and tectonic evolution of this sector of the state,” said Claudio Berti, director of the Idaho Geological Survey.

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Scam Alerts:

Another scam could be hitting your inbox impersonating ITD

By Frankie Katafias Jun 10, 2020

Another scam could be hitting your inbox impersonating the Idaho Transportation Department.

The Boise Police Department has confirmed that a Boise resident received an email from someone posing as the “Transportation Department.” The scammer tells the receiver of this email that their traffic cameras captured a video of them running a red light. A citation was “issued” and had to be paid or contested in court within two days.

At first glance, the scam appears legitimate as the email address ends with “@gov-co.com.”

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Warning: unemployment insurance identity scams

June 12, 2020 Local News 8

Scammers are working to make their own claims in the name of people who lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Idaho Department of Labor says scammers are attempting to file claims by using the names and personal information of people who have not filed.

The department said anyone who is notified that a claim has been filed under their name that they did not file should contact the department immediately.

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Letter to Share:

from Valley County Sheriff’s Office

PSA Saturday –

We would like to take this opportunity to educate some folks on the usage of your UTV, ATV or Dirt Bikes on County roads in Valley County.

We get several questions and complaints during the spring, summer and fall on the use of these vehicles in neighborhoods and on County maintained roads, public and private. Remember, just because a road is marked private (blue signs), it’s still accessible to the public and you must still follow the rules of the road.

Use on City & County Roads (does not include private property)

The following requirements must be met on city, county, and highway district roads.

• Valid restricted vehicle license plate. [IC 49-402(4)]
• Valid IDPR OHV registration sticker affixed to restricted vehicle license plate. (IC 67-7122)
• Valid driver’s license. (IC 49-301) – Parents can be cited for allowing an unlicensed minor to operate an ATV or UTV. Please keep this in mind.
• Liability insurance or alternative insurance. (IC 49-1223 or IC 49-1232)
• A helmet under age 18. (IC 49-666) Please make sure it’s a DOT inspected helmet.
• Muffler and U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrestor. Your muffler has to pass 96 dB at the half-meter test, SAE J1287. The OHV cannot exceed 96dB. (IC 67-7125)
• If you are riding on a highway within city limits, you may NOT go beyond the 45 mph signs in Valley County. This may not be the case in other cities, please be sure to check city codes prior to operating an off road vehicle on state highways within other city jurisdictions, they vary.

For safe operation on roads the following equipment is recommended.

• Brake light.
• Headlight and taillight after dark/poor visibility.
• Horn audible at 200 feet.
• Mirror showing roadway 200 feet behind the OHV

License & Registration

Any OHVs being operated or transported on public lands, roads or trails of the state of Idaho must display a current IDPR OHV Registration Sticker. Idaho Code 67-7124. Registration has been extended until June 30th, due to COVID-19, however they are asking that you attempt to get this completed as soon as you can.

Non-resident Requirements

Non-residents are required to have either a valid OHV registration from their home state of residence or a valid IDPR OHV registration sticker. Nonresidents must purchase an Idaho restricted vehicle license plate with a valid IDPR OHV registration sticker if they don’t have a plate and wish to operate on Idaho’s local jurisdiction roads (i.e.county roads).

Please be courteous, pay attention to speed limits and remember when you are driving through neighborhoods there are lots of things going on, kids playing, family pets and people walking or biking their neighborhoods.

We are asking that if you would like to report traffic complaints in your neighborhood, to call at the time it’s occurring, get a good description of the vehicle, a plate would be great and a description of the occupants, if possible.

Some of the questions the dispatcher might ask you are; Which direction did they go? Do you know where they live? When did this occur?

All of this information helps us in assisting you in better serving your needs. A lot of these vehicles look the same and disappear quickly!

As always, Stay Safe, be healthy and practice social distancing.

(via FB May 23, 2020)
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Public Lands:

State plants 48,000 tree seedlings on land around McCall

The Star-News June 11, 2020

The Idaho Department of Lands this spring planted about 48,000 tree seedlings in the local area, including a section about four miles northeast of Donnelly, where 6,055 of the total local seedlings were planted.

The seedlings were among nearly 2 million tree seedlings planted statewide on state endowment lands that support state institutions.

The state contracted to have trees cut from the 199 acres last year. The new seedlings will be ready to harvest in 65 to 85 years, Idaho Department of Lands Forester Scott Howerton said.

The trees cut from the area were mostly grand fir that were at least 90 years old. The trees were at their end of their expected healthy life and were a wildfire risk since they had been damaged by insects and disease, Howerton said.

The seedlings planted were a mix of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, western larch, and Engelmann spruce. Larch and fir trees in good health were left to stand in the forest for natural regeneration and cone collection, he said.

“Tree planting is a major effort that we undertake each year and is a critical part of sustainable forest management,” Howerton said.

The Idaho Department of Lands manages about a million acres of forests.

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Domestic Sheep Grazing to take Place in Price Valley

McCall, Idaho, June 8, 2020 – Grazing allotments for domestic sheep have opened in the New Meadows Ranger District, with over 2,000 sheep already on the New Meadows Ranger District. This Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, 925 ewes, each accompanied with lambs, will move into Price Valley, just north of the Price Valley Guard Station.

The sheep, which will be trucked to the location, will begin grazing in Price Valley where they will then move to the Mud Creek drainage, Brush Mountain, eventually ending up on Railroad Saddle around October 10. During the time in which the sheep are on the Forest, they will be accompanied by two guard dogs, around three herder dogs and herders leading pack strings.

As these dogs have been trained to protect these sheep, it is important that when near the location of the sheep to remain cautious and vigilant. If you encounter domestic sheep or cattle while on National Forest lands, make the animals aware of your presence and pass by without startling them. As a Forest visitor, it is up to you to maintain control of your own dogs in these areas; to prevent your dogs from harassing livestock. Under no circumstances should Forest users attempt to pet a stock or guard dog. These are working dogs, not pets and their first duty is to protect their livestock from predators which includes human beings and other dogs.

By allowing for animals, like sheep, to graze on Forest land it assists with fuels reduction – ultimately preventing the spread of wildfires, makes the vegetation healthier and assists with the production of wool and meat.

If you have any questions or want to know if grazing occurs at your forest destination, please call your local Ranger District Office. If you have concerns about the grazing occurring on Price Valley, call the New Meadows Ranger District at (208) 347-0300.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Fire Season:

Idaho fire crews anticipate busy wildfire season and coronavirus challenges

Firefighters across the state will see some changes in procedures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Misty Inglet June 8, 2020 KTVB

Idaho’s fire season is already underway and is expected to increase in activity over the coming weeks.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise is predicting an above-average fire season for 2020, meaning more activity than a normal year.

“Our predictive services unit at the NIFC, they study the weather, they study the vegetation out there, and they do predict that we could be seeing above-normal fire activity in Idaho as early as July,” said NIFC spokesperson Jessica Gardetto.

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Letter to Share:

Auction to Benefit The Gamebird Foundation

Here is an original painting that has been donated from an estate to The Gamebird Foundation to raise funds to help continue raising pheasant chicks, to help with providing feed and supplies. We are a 501c3 Corp. that can and will give you a receipt for your donation that is tax deductible. We are a very low budget group where all membership fees and all money raised through donations go strictly into the raising of pheasant chicks and providing their habitat and helping with our youth programs getting them outdoors.

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This original Acrylic painting was done by Roger Flythe, a well-known wildlife artist, from Silver City, New Mexico. It was donated to the REMF in Walla Walla Wash. For their 1992 banquet. I auctioned it off at the banquet and the painting sold for $435.00. Also in 1992 there was a very similar painting done by the artist that sold on EBay for $800.00. The framed painting is 34 inches wide and 18 inches high.

The Gamebird Foundation is offering the painting at silent auction to the highest bidder. We will keep all the bidders informed where they stand in the bidding. All proceeds will go to the Foundation for raising pheasant chicks. There is no starting bid. You can see what the painting sold for in 1992 and good art only appreciates in value. If you want a look at the real painting I can arrange to meet with you or have a professional take a picture and send. It is very well framed and matted and very well cared for. You can bid by phone call or email. We ask you to pass this email on to other interested friends.

Things got of to a good start this morning on the silent bidding. Had 4 bids in the first couple hours. The high bid as of right now is $550.00. We have some great horses in the race, lets keep it going.

Auction ends July 4th at midnight.

“The Pheasant Guy”
The Gamebird Foundation
Jim Hagedorn
208-883-3423
Jhag1008@gmail.com
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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Inflammatory bowel disease in cats

By Dr. Allani Delis Jun 12, 2020 IME

Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition in which the walls of the gastrointestinal system (the gut) become inflamed. IBD in cats is not the same as irritable bowel syndrome in people, and treatment designed for control of human irritable bowel syndrome will not help IBD in cats. The exact cause of IBD in most cats is never determined. Allergies to food or dietary intolerances have been shown to trigger the development of IBD. The cat may be allergic to a particular part of the diet (protein is the most common allergen) or may develop an intolerance to one of the many types of bacteria that live in the gut.

Clinical signs of IBD in cats are most commonly a poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and/or weight loss. Some cats develop dry, scaly skin and matting of the fur, particularly if they have vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Signs can vary in type and severity from day to day.

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US delays repairs for Idaho road in grizzly bear habitat

June 10, 2020 Associated Press

U.S. officials are delaying repairs of an impassable northern Idaho road in important grizzly bear habitat near the Canadian border following a lawsuit.

Court documents filed Wednesday say work to reopen about 5 miles of the dirt road because of threats to border security will wait until 2021 instead of starting this summer. The Center for Biological Diversity in March sued the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, claiming that reopening the road will harm grizzly bears and other wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains.

U.S. officials want to patrol the road because they fear people illegally cross the border in that area.

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IDFG relocates two moose yearlings in southern Idaho

Jun 09, 2020 KIVI


Photo by: IDFG

Over the last weekend of May, local Fish and Game officials were kept busy when two yearling moose, one in Twin Falls and the other in Heyburn were found roaming in city neighborhoods. Local residents began reporting moose to area law enforcement, who worked alongside Fish and Game to locate and secure the areas to ensure public safety. Moose, even yearlings, are very large animals, and when stressed can be quite unpredictable.

Initial reports of a young bull moose in the Twin Falls area began to come in on Thursday, May 28. Fish and Game began to monitor the moose, as it moved north through agricultural lands. On Saturday evening May 30, the moose quickly moved into a residential neighborhood on the east side of Twin Falls where Fish and Game made the determination to dart the young bull and move it back to the South Hills, where it probably began its cross-country journey.

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N. Idaho angler sets state record with 21-inch tiger trout

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, June 9th 2020


Photo by Mark Randolph Courtesy of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game

A fisherman from Ahsahka, in north Idaho, set the new state record May 9 with a 21-inch tiger trout.

Mark Randolph was fishing in the Deer Creek Reservoir when he caught this monster, easily passing the previous 17 inch record set in 2017.

Deer Creek Reservoir is in the mountains east of Orofino, and was first stocked with tiger trout in 2014.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game officer saves lost hiker stranded in the woods in cold rain

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, June 11th 2020

An Idaho Fish and Game officer helped saved a lost hiker in the Idaho woods from potential life-threatening weather conditions earlier this month.

Idaho Fish and Game says conservation officer Michael Wampler was on bear hunter patrol in the Wilderness Gateway area of the Lochsa River June 7 when an emergency call about a lost hiker came through an emergency call box.

Two brothers went for a day hike in the Boulder Creek trail when they became separated. The lost hiker had only light clothing, a plastic bag for rain gear and no light source other than his phone.

It was about 10:30 p.m. and there was a cold rain and it was about 45 degrees out. A search party would begin looking for the hiker the following morning.

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Nonresident elk/deer tags selling fast and likely to sell out earlier than last year

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Projected sell out dates are July 1 for elk and Aug. 1 for deer

Nonresident hunters planning to hunt elk or deer in Idaho in 2020 may want to buy a tag soon because nonresident tags are likely to sell out earlier than last year.

Fish and Game projections based on current sales rates show nonresident 2020 elk tags could sell out by July 1 and deer tags (including white-tailed deer tags) by August 1. Those dates are based on current sales, and actual sell-out dates could be sooner if sales increase.

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Fish and Game takes new approach to reduce Magic Valley elk population

By Natasha Williams Jun 12, 2020 KIVI

Elmore COUNTY, Idaho — Elk depredation has been a huge issue in the Magic Valley, but starting this summer, Idaho Fish and Game says they’re taking a new approach to deal with it.

Idaho Fish and Game say there are too many elk in the Magic Valley, and all those elk are causing farmers major headaches.

“We have more elk than we’ve ever had,” explained Mike McDonald, Regional Wildlife Manager with Fish and Game. “We have some really good habitat on private property–irrigated agriculture in particular.”

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Chinook fishing closes on the Lower Salmon River from Rice Creek to Hammer Creek

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Portions of Lower Salmon River and Little Salmon rivers remain open to Chinook fishing

Idaho Fish and Game has closed the Chinook salmon fishing season on the Lower Salmon River from Rice Creek Bridge upstream to the Hammer Creek boat ramp effective June 10.

Fishing is open until further notice on the section of the Lower Salmon from Hammer Creek boat ramp to Time Zone Bridge, and on portions of the Little Salmon River. To see areas open to fishing, and other rules see the 2020 Spring Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Geronimo! Yes, Idaho really dropped beavers with parachutes from airplanes

No, we don’t believe they had first-class tickets on their flight and subsequent drops.

June 12, 2020 KTVB

McCall, Idaho — If you were only told about it, you might not believe it, like a story, passed around campfires from one generation to the next. But some legends and myths really do have a grain of truth to it.

The stories or social media posts are true – at least in this case – dozens of beavers were really thrown out of an airplane and into Idaho’s remote wilderness. Unfortunately, we don’t know if they had complimentary snacks on the flight.

Nearing the end of World War II, people began flocking to the lakeside town of McCall, building family homes, vacation homes, and businesses. Shortly after the war ended, the city found itself with a rodent problem.

A colony of beavers, who had been in the area for centuries, began destroying property. So in 1948, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game came up with a unique solution: relocate the rodents to other remote parts of Idaho via airplane.

They used a guinea pig, if you will, named Geronimo for the test-drop and several subsequent drops after that into Idaho’s backcountry.

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Parachuting beavers featured in ‘Fur For the Future,’ 1950s-era film

A 14-minute color film (circa 1950 and complete with audio) was produced by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to show trapping and transplanting of muskrat, beaver and martin.
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Trivia:

Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” This design was created by Francis Hopkinson, a Continental Congressman from New Jersey and a consultant to the design of the Great Seal of the United States.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; on August 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday.

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