June 21, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

June 21, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

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

Happy Father’s Day

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 16 – Hard closure of South Fork Road (weekdays)
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 Community Hall
July 4 – Yellow Pine Golf Gathering (1045am)
July 5 – Annual YPWUA meeting 2pm 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 in Yellow Pine is scheduled for 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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4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Gathering

Although the official YP Golf Tournament was called off, a few of us are hosting an “unofficial” Yellow Pine Golf Gathering. No entrance fees, just asking for donations (which we are already getting.) All proceeds will go to the community. There will be fun, funky trophies and prizes. We will provide bottled water and score cards. Tee time is 11am on Saturday the 4th so we’re asking people to show up about 10:45am.
Hope to see you all there enjoying the fresh air and the spectacular 18 holes.
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Yellow Pine Water Users Association

Meeting July 5 at 2pm in the Community Hall. See agenda below under YPWUA News.
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Village News:

Sunday Wreck on Johnson Creek

On June 14th, 89 year old Jack Walker from Yellow Pine, went off of Johnson Creek Road in his 1994 Dodge pickup. Walker sustained non-life threatening injuries. No other vehicles or people were involved in the crash.

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(Info and photo from Lt. Kevin Copperi, Valley County Sheriff’s office via The Star-News)

The local Cascade EMS ambulance crew and YP Fire volunteers responded. Jack was treated and taken to Cascade Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation and was then sent to Boise by ambulance.
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Harmonica Festival Meeting June 27

Thanks to all of you for your emails and social media comments regarding the Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival. Hopefully this has helped you formulate your feelings and ideas on the Village of Yellow Pine holding our 31st Annual Harmonica Meeting this year 2020.
If you want your voice to be heard please attend our next Yellow Pine Harmonica Meeting to be held Saturday June 27th at 2PM at the Yellow Pine Village Community Hall.
Thank You
Lorinne N. Munn
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Please Return Borrowed Measuring Wheel

Would the person who borrowed the Village’s measuring wheel please return it to the Community Hall or one of the Council members? Thank you
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Local Road Work

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Ellison Street

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OK Gravel

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Ellison Street work completed.

The road work is authorized by the county and the VYPA Infrastructure Committee is working with OK Gravel to get it done. The roads being worked on are Westside Ave., Ellison Street, Arnold Alley, Profile Street, Yellow Pine Ave. (main street), and other places that need attention. Additional work will be done as funding is available.
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4th of July No Fireworks

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courtesy YPDF
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Food Box Friday

The mail truck brought in another load of food boxes from the Food Bank and Grasmicks on Friday, June 19th. Lots of veggies, fruit, milk, cheese, butter and chicken.
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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 very 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.

June 12, 2020

Profile Report June 20: “Still about 3-4 ft of snow on Profile Summit.” – SA

June 20, 2020
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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:

July 5th 2020 at the community center 2 PM

1. Financial Report Willie
A. Current Balance
B. Delinquent Accounts

2. Operations Warren
A. Current Boil Order
B. Current condition of system
– Leaks
– Earthquake Damage

3. Grants Steve and Willie
A. Current awarded grant status
B. Discontinued use of SPF Engineering
C. New Engineering Company Mountain Water Works
D. By-law update terms of office, agent

4. Final Issues
A. Future rate increases
B. Summer lawn watering
C. Election of Board Members: Steve Holloway and Willie Sullivan positions

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

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 13th, next meeting July 11th

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 23)

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 15) a little rain early this morning, overnight low of 32 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.09″. Overcast sky this morning, light chilly breeze and a few drops of rain. Hairy woodpecker drumming on the power pole, nutcrackers and jays calling, not many swallows around, appears to be 4 eggs in the swallow nest we are watching. Rain late morning until after lunch time. A few grosbeaks and finches joined the jays and nutcrackers at the feeders. Low clouds, chilly breezes and steady light rain this afternoon, high of 53 degrees. A break in the rain at dusk and overcast. Cloudy before midnight. Showers during the night.

Tuesday (June 16) overnight low of 40 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.39″, this morning low overcast and damp. No swallows flying around, female on the nest. Jays, grosbeaks, a few finches and a trio of nutcrackers (2 noisy juveniles) calling and visiting. Little sprinkle of rain before 10am, then breezy before lunch time. After lunch a few breaks in the clouds. Hard rain for about 10 minutes late-afternoon, dark overcast sky and light breezes, high of 60 degrees. Quiet day. Early evening dark clouds and a few tiny drops of rain. Mamma doe wandering around the neighborhood. Low dark overcast and steady rain before dusk. Light sprinkles just before full dark and robins calling. Cloudy before midnight and raining after midnight. Rained all night.

Wednesday (June 17) rained all night, overnight low of 37 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.59″, low foggy overcast and still raining this morning. No swallows around. Jays, happy robins and noisy young nutcrackers visiting. Rained until just after lunch time. Mail truck was a little late, but reported no travel problems. Low airplane at 235pm. A few finches and grosbeaks showed up at the feeders, still no sign of swallows. Dark overcast mid-afternoon and cooler, high of 52 degrees. A couple of hummingbirds stopped by, have not seen many around this year. Dark overcast mid-evening. A doe and a yearling wandered by. At dusk breaks in the cloud cover and robins calling. Swallows returned right at dark. Mostly cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (June 18) overnight low of 36 degrees, yesterday’s rain total = 0.03″, partly cloudy sky this morning and light breezes. Tree swallows flying around and taking feathers to nests, robins chirping. Mostly cloudy by lunch time. A few finches visiting, chipmunks, ground squirrels and pine squirrels running about. A little more traffic this afternoon. A pine siskin, a few grosbeaks and a couple of jays joined the finches at the feeders by early afternoon. Road grader blading the main street, dump truck hauling gravel. Mostly cloudy and higher humidity mid-afternoon, high of 66 degrees. Increasing air traffic. Larger patches of blue sky but mostly cloudy mid-evening, breezy and a little humid. Mostly clear and calm at dusk. Swallows and robins calling. Lots of stars before midnight.

Friday (June 19) overnight low of 36 degrees, clear very blue sky this morning. Early airplanes buzzing the village. Lots of tree swallows swooping around. Finches and a pine squirrel visiting. Slow internet this morning. Mail truck brought in more food boxes. Mostly cloudy, warm and light breezes after lunch time. Increased air and street traffic. Warm, light breezes and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 77 degrees. Smaller clouds and more open patches of sky by early evening. Thin high haze and cooling off at dusk. Hazy before midnight.

Saturday (June 20) overnight low of 41 degrees, overcast sky this morning. Early morning airplanes taking short cuts over the village. Tree swallows active, hunting feathers for nests, females are setting on eggs. A few finches and evening grosbeaks visiting. Several shots fired beginning at 1035am. Dark and cloudy at lunch time. Sprinkle of rain for an hour early afternoon, dark overcast and a little breezy, high of 69 degrees. A couple of little pine siskins joined the grosbeaks and finches at the feeders, clark’s nutcracker stopped by for a suet snack. Broken overcast and a bit humid mid-evening. Shooting started around 9pm. Mostly cloudy and calm at dusk.

Sunday (June 21) overnight low of 47 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.01″, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Early airplanes buzzing overhead. Tree squirrels “barking”, swallows swooping, a few finches and evening grosbeaks calling. Increased road traffic. Mostly cloudy and a little breezy after lunch time. Flock of airplanes went over around 230pm. Broken overcast and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 77 degrees. Partly cloudy/clear mid-evening and light pleasant breeze.
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Idaho News:

Idaho’s open but health officials say “we are not done” with COVID-19

By Frankie Katafias Jun 15, 2020 KIVI

Who wants to wear face masks to the bar or sit six feet from a close friend? Our guess, not you.

But as Idaho entered the fourth and final step for re-opening, the State’s health officials stress the importance of protecting the community’s most vulnerable people by practicing “social responsibility.”

… We asked Atkins, “how can people socialize responsibly?” He says, “you need to be wearing face coverings when you’re out in public you still need to be social distancing appropriately you need to be mindful about how much time you’re spending in a small enclosed space.”

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Idaho COVID-19 cases top 4,000; 135 new cases reported today

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, June 20th 2020

The state of Idaho reached a new milestone Saturday, when the Department of Health and Welfare reported 135 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

The new cases bring the state’s total to 4,006. 89 people have died.

Saturday also marks the third day in a row that the state has seen more than 100 cases in a single day. 66 of the 135 cases on Saturday were in Ada County.

Of the cases, 3,305 are presumed recovered.

Of the 4,006 cases, 1,082 are among people ages 18-29.

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COVID-19 illness cluster from Downtown Boise bars rises to 69 cases

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, June 18th 2020 CBS2

The Central District Health said the COVID-19 illness cluster associated with Downtown Boise bar patrons increased to include 69 cases.

That’s twice as many cases from Tuesday.

In the first two weeks of June, nine bars in Boise were identified as potential exposure spots for COVID-19. People found to be infected had visited specific locations and the CDH announced those locations this week and last.

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Sabala foundation cancels fireworks over Payette Lake

The Star-News June 18, 2020

The Richard J. Sabala Foundation has canceled its annual fireworks display over Payette Lake that had been scheduled for June 27.

The fireworks were canceled in support of the City of McCall’s decision to cancel the city’s July 4 fireworks display to control possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, a statement from the foundation said.

“The mayor, city manager, chief of police, city council and chamber of commerce have a huge responsibility overseeing the welfare of our community,” the statement said. “We support their responsible decision to not feature this year’s Fourth of July fireworks.”

The fireworks were scheduled to be held during the 28th annual RJS Memorial Invitational Golf Classic to support the youth and families of the McCall and Donnelly communities.

The event will go on in a modified format, with proceeds donated for the maintenance and operational needs of Manchester Ice and Event Centre.

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Woodstock firewood project canceled due to COVID-19

The Star-News June 18, 2020

Humanitarian Wood Working Day, also known as Woodstock, has been canceled to protect volunteers from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

The board of the sponsoring Heartland Hunger Resource Center decided to cancel the event for this summer, Executive Director Linda Klind said.

“We did not think it was fair to ask 200 volunteers to come together and take a risk that something might happen,” Klind said.

Those in need to winter firewood will still be served, however. The board is working to use a combination of smaller groups of volunteers as well as donations from local businesses over a period of time, as well as support from local organizations and individuals to ensure the demand is met, Klind said.

“Adaptations are in process in order to best meet our primary goals of providing firewood support to families in need,” she said

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MDEF cancels Taste of McCall that had been set for June 27

The Star-News June 18, 2020

The McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation has canceled the 2020 Taste of McCall, scheduled for June 27, due to COVID-19 precautions.

The Taste of McCall is the foundation’s primary fundraiser for its educational grant program, and showcases area restaurants and beverage vendors.

The popular event draws people from all over the region to sample some of the best food and drink that McCall has to offer, along with a silent auction of local recreational packages, artwork, and must-have items from local businesses.

Planning for next year’s event is now underway, and the foundation anticipates it will be held in late June 2021. For more information, visit (link)

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Progressive club cancels summer luncheon, fashion show

The Star-News June 18, 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.

A membership meeting is set for Tuesday, Aug. 11, at noon at Ponderosa State Park and will include the induction of newly elected officers Gail DiBenedetto as president, Camilla Switzer as vice president, Treone Cooley as treasurer, Joyce Haley as secretary and Penny Williamson as member-at-large.

The meeting will be at the pavilion next to the visitor center in the park.

The 100-person strong women’s organization has served the community of McCall and surrounding areas since 1930. For more information, contact Linda Hallock at 208-634-7049.

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Amateur radio operators to celebrate Field Day at home

The Star-News June 18, 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.

Participating local stations will include K6JMQ, KG6MRX, KE7FST, KG7CW, KG7MFC, KJ7AIB, K7TPH, N7IBC, W7ELE and W7TID. Also involved will be the club station operated by W7BOB and N7EZQ.

For more information on becoming an amateur radio operator or the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club, visit http://ciarc.org

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Braun Brothers Reunion Festival canceled for 2020

“We are devastated to share this news with you,” organizers wrote, adding that the risk of exposing fans, performers and staff to coronavirus was simply too high.

June 15, 2020 KTVB

Challis, Idaho — A popular music festival in the central Idaho town of Challis has been canceled this year because of coronavirus concerns, organizers announced Monday.

The 2020 Braun Brothers Reunion Festival was scheduled for Aug. 6-8.

“We held out as long as we possibly could in hopes that we would be able to pull off the festival safely this year but after carefully considering all options, due to dozens of issues that are beyond our control concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, we must do what’s best for our fans, friends, family, artists, the community of Challis and our fellow Idahoans,” the Braun family, who hosts the festival, wrote. “We are devastated to share this news with you. ‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in the history of the event that we’ve had to cancel. It is our hope that everyone understands how difficult this decision was, and why we feel this is the right thing to do.”

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2020 Western Idaho Fair canceled due to COVID-19

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, June 16th 2020

The Western Idaho Fair has been canceled this summer.

Fair officials made the announcement on Tuesday and said it was a difficult decision “after reviewing many possible scenarios and receiving advice from Western Idaho Fair’s Advisory Board and Ada County officials.”

It’s the state’s largest event and attracts a quarter of a million people every year.

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Canyon County Fair to host youth 4-H, FFA exhibits despite fair being canceled

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, June 15th 2020

Canyon County Fair announced Monday it will host 4-H and FFA despite usual fair operations being canceled.

“After many months of deliberating, weighing options, and reflecting on the one-of-a-kind experience that is the Canyon County Fair, the Canyon County Commissioners have come to an operational decision that makes the most sense for our exhibitors, patrons, vendors, and staff,” said a spokesperson for Canyon County.

Unfortunately the usual fair activities – concerts, entertainment, carnival, commercial vendors, food concessions and competitive exhibits – will not take place.

But, that isn’t stopping the county’s officials from figuring out a way to give the 4-H and FFA youth an opportunity to exhibit their livestock, static projects, and participate in a market livestock sale.

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Blaine County Fair to be held virtually this year

Alejandra Buitrago Jun 11, 2020 IME

The Blaine County Fair, typically scheduled to take place in August or early September at the fairgrounds in Carey, will go virtual this year, due to COVID-19.

In a statement from the Blaine County Fair Board on June 4, the board announced that in conjunction with the Blaine County Commissioners, the decision was made to move the 2020 Blaine County Fair to a virtual format.

“This was not an easy decision but was made in the interest of the health of our community,” Blaine County Fair Board President Morgan Drage said in the statement, shared on the fair’s website.

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Monday deadline noted to pay Adams, Valley property taxes

The Star-News June 18, 2020

Monday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for property owners in Adams and Valley counties to pay the second half of their yearly property taxes.

Late charges and interest will begin on Tuesday, with interest retroactive from Jan. 1, so mailed payments should be correctly stamped by date.

The treasurers’ offices in both counties are open during the lunch hour Mondays through Fridays.

Valley County accepts credit card payments at http://co.valley.id.us or by calling 208-382-7110.

In Adams County, payments can be placed in the drop box at the main courthouse entrance in Council.

The office has credit card, debit card or echeck payment options online at co.adams.id.us or by calling 208-253-4263 Ext. 6 for questions.

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Idaho census return tops national average

June 16, 2020 Local News 8

Six Idaho counties have surpassed their 2010 Census response rate.

About 490,000 Idahoans have responded to the 2020 Census, for a self-response rate of 64.9%. The national average is 61.4%.

With a 70% response rate, Bonneville County has the 4th highest response rate, behind Canyon, Gem, and Ada County at 74.7%.

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[Note: Valley County response rate = 28.1%, of which 17.5% were done via the internet.] link:
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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.

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Public Lands:

Plan would trade 28,000 acres of state land

Boise firm proposes ‘responsible development’ around Payette Lake

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News June 18, 2020

A land exchange encompassing 28,000 acres of land around Payette Lake and the City of McCall has been proposed to the Idaho Department of Lands.

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Map courtesy Trident Corp. Blue lines on map show boundaries of state endowment land around McCall that a Boise company wants to trade for timber land.

In return, the state would receive timberlands in northern Idaho that could yield about $2.9 million per year in revenue and cost savings, according to an analysis commissioned by Trident.

The proposal was briefly discussed at the State Board of Land Commissioners meeting in Boise on Tuesday, where Idaho Gov. Brad Little urged moving slowly.

“This is a big, hairy piece of ground with all kinds of conflicting issues and a place that’s very special to lots of people, including me,” said Little, who chairs the land board.

“I have a conflict in the fact that I love McCall, so we want to do this right,” Little said.

The McCall lands are a drain on the state to the tune of about $276,000 per year due to restrictions on harvesting, leasing and limited accessibility, the Trident analysis said.

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Road and Recreation Update

June 19, 2020 Payette NF

The Payette National Forest is open for recreational use with access via roads that are clear of snow.

* Goose Lake Road is operated by Adams County to just beyond the Brundage Mountain Resort. This paved section of the road is fully open.

* Goose Lake Road beyond the Brundage Mountain Resort is accessible to the Twin Lakes Trailhead just north of Goose Lake. The road to Brundage Reservoir is accessible to nearly ¾ along the reservoir before hitting a large snow drift.

* Lick Creek Road has not been plowed open by Valley County – some people have made it through, but encountered snow banks – travel is not advisable at this time.

* South Fork of the Salmon River Road has construction with hard closures Monday through Friday from 7a.m. to 4p.m., but no closures over the weekends.

* Warren Wagon Road is open to Warren Summit – check with Valley County Roads Department for access to the South Fork from Warren Summit. Elk Creek Summit is not passable.

* Profile Summit/Edwardsburg Road is maintained by Valley County and has not been plowed open at this time.

* Monumental Summit has not been plowed open at this time.

* No Business/West Mountain Road is open, but minor snow drifts may be encountered.

* Access to Cuddy Mountain is limited with persistent snow drifts in shaded draws that block access to high elevations areas.

The majority of campgrounds on the Forest are open for use – refer to specific information below.
Dispersed camping is available across the Forest where sites are accessible.
For additional information, please call the Forest Supervisor’s Office at office at (208) 634-0700.

Campground Information:

McCall – New Meadow Ranger Districts Opening Dates

* Cold Springs Campground Open
* Burgdorf Campground Open
* Jeanette Campground Open
* Chinook Campground Open
* Lake Fork Campground Closed- wet & muddy
* Kennally Creek Campground Open
* Grouse Campground Closed – snow, wet & muddy
* Hazard Campground Not accessible – snow
* Upper Payette Lake Campground June 22 – reservations begin July 1
* Last Chance Campground Closed, opening TBD – tree insect outbreak
* Cold Springs Group Camp Open
* Upper Payette Group Camp June 22 – reservations begin July 1

Council – Weiser Ranger Districts Opening Dates

* Mann Creek Campground Open
* Spring Creek Campground Open
* Spring Creek Group Campground Open
* Big Bar dispersed area Campground Open
* Paradise Campground Open
* Kiwanis Campground Open
* Justrite Campground Open
* Big Flat Campground Open
* Cabin Creek Campground Open
* Evergreen Campground Open – no water available
* Lafferty Campground Open
* Huckleberry Campground Open

Krassel Ranger District Opening Dates

* Poverty Flat Campground Open
* Fourmile Campground Open
* Camp Creek Campground Open
* Buckhorn Campground Open
* Ponderosa Campground Open
* Secesh Horse Camp Open
* Big Creek Campground Projected for July 1

Closure Orders: No COVID-19 related closures are in effect.

April 29 – The Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office group size of 10 order has been RESCINDED.

April 3 – Float boating closure on the Lower South Fork of the Salmon River has been RESCINDED.

March 25 – Snowmobile Parking Lot Closure has been RESCINDED.
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Idaho increasing harvest of trees that are vulnerable to insects, disease, and wildfire

State officials say about a 33 percent increase of timber harvesting is needed to keep up with tree growth.

June 16, 2020 KTVB


Credit: IDL

Aged and over-crowded trees are at the most risk for insects, disease, and wildfire. The Idaho Department of Lands say they are now able to better determine where those trees are located and better manage endowment forests.

“The harvest increase allows us to address the excess standing volume, or in other words, the too many overly mature trees that should be harvested rather than left at risk for insects, disease and wildfire,” said Jim Elbin, Trust Land Division Administrator. “Our endowment forests will be more resilient and resistant to those threats because the forests will be healthier, and our state will be helped by the increased revenue in timber sales.”

The inventory process has shown that about a 33 percent increase of timber harvesting is needed to keep up with tree growth.

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Idaho Power opens ALL campgrounds, parks, boat ramps and access sites

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, June 16th 2020

Idaho Power announced Tuesday that all of its campgrounds, parks, boat ramps, and recreation access sites are now open.

The recreation sites had mostly been closed since March due to COVID-19 concerns, but a phased reopening started in May. And now, they are all open.

The company said requests for campsites at the company’s campgrounds in Hells Canyon and at C.J. Strike Reservoir had been pouring in. Many locations have, and are, filling up on the weekends.

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Lowman WUI Project-Objection Period Notification

6/172020 Boise NF

The Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District has completed the Environmental Assessment /Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) and the draft Decision Notice (DN) for the Lowman Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project. The EA/FONSI and draft DN are available on the project website at (link)

The Responsible Official for this project has selected to implement the Proposed Action as identified in the draft DN. The project area surrounds the community of Lowman, Idaho. The proposed action will implement vegetation management treatments (commercial and noncommercial thinning, prescribed burning) on approximately 8,953 acres. All treatments with commercial product removal will be followed by noncommercial tree thinning and activity fuel abatement treatments. No road building is proposed as part of this project. Commercial thinning, non-commercial thinning and prescribed burning treatments would utilize existing road infrastructure. Maintenance of existing roads in support of project activities would likely occur.

Eligibility to File Objection

This project is subject to objection pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B. Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless they are based on new information arising after designated opportunities.

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

Content of an Objection

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

* Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available, with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request;
* Identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request;
* Name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located;
* Sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies, which would resolve the objection; and
* Statement demonstrating the connection between prior specific written comments on this project and the content of the objection, unless the objection issue arose after the designated opportunities for comment.

Filing an Objection

The Objection Reviewing Officer is the Boise National Forest, Forest Supervisor, Tawnya Brummett. Written, facsimile, and electronic objections will be accepted. The responsible official is not accepting hand-delivered comments at this time as there are limited office functions as part of precautions in response to the coronavirus.

Send written objections, including any attachments, to: Objection Reviewing Officer, Boise National Forest, 1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200, Boise, Idaho, 83709; or fax to 208-373-4111; or by email to: objections-intermtn-boise@usda.gov, within 45 days following the publication date of this legal notice in the newspaper of record. Email objections must be submitted in a format such as an email message, portable document format (.pdf), plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx). It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9). Objections may also be submitted through a web form on the Lowman WUI Project webpage (link). To submit an objection using the web form, select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Objections received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” on the Project webpage. An objection, including attachments, must be filed with the appropriate reviewing officer within 45 days of the publication of the legal notice in the Idaho World. The publication date of this legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. The legal notice and project documents are available at the link provided above.

Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. Additional information about this project may be obtained from Ryan Shannahan, Team Leader, at ryan.shannahan@usda.gov or by phone at 208-259-3361.
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Little Weiser Forest Resilience Project

6/17/2020 Payette NF

Dear Interested Party:

The Forest Service is seeking public comment on a forest management project known as the Little Weiser Forest Resilience Project on the Council Ranger District, Payette National Forest. You are being contacted because you have expressed an interest in projects on the Forest, and/or because you live adjacent to the project area. Please see the How to Comment section of this letter for information on how to provide input into this proposal. Comments will help inform the environmental analysis and decision-making process.

Project Location and Description

The Project area is in Management Area (MA) 3 (Weiser River), is currently identified as approximately 14,150 acres in size and located approximately 15 miles southeast of Council, Idaho in Adams County. The Project is within the boundary of the Council Ranger District on the Payette National Forest, also within the Weiser River drainage, primarily the Upper Little Weiser River HU6 subwatershed and partially within the Anderson Creek HU6 subwatershed.

The project and analysis will be completed under the direction and guidance of the 2003 Payette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. The Management Prescription Category (MPC) for the Project area is: 5.2 – Commodity Production Emphasis within Forested Landscapes. The proposed action will be consistent with the Forest Plan standards, guidelines, and management direction, Section 603 of Title VI of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act as amended by the 2014 Farm Bill, and other applicable law, regulation, and policy.

Purpose and Need for Action

Portions of the project area are experiencing high insect activity and/or are at high risk for insect infestation and mortality according to a recent USDA Forest Health and Protection survey. A trail also within the Project area is need of maintenance and improvement.

The purpose of proposed treatments within the project area include:

* Move forest stands toward desired conditions by increasing forest resiliency to insects, and disease, and by promoting the development of large tree forest structures mixed with a mosaic of size classes and seral species composition.
* Reduce the risk of additional tree mortality and subsequent hazard trees to forest visitors.
* Improve the alignment and condition of the Little Weiser trail.

Proposed Action

Proposed treatments would occur on up to 3,000 acres identified within the larger 14,150-acre area and would be designed to move towards desired conditions addressed above. In order to quickly address this emerging insect outbreak and subsequent tree mortality, this project would focus vegetation treatments in those areas with high levels of insect activity and current and anticipated high levels of tree mortality, as well as adjacent stands which are at risk due to high stand density. Treatments are summarized below; more detailed vegetation treatment descriptions as well as project design features are posted on the project webpage (link to the webpage is included in the How to Comment section below).

The following activities are proposed:

* Commercial thinning
* Noncommercial thinning
* Slash treatments (lop and scatter or pile burning)
* Broadcast prescribed burning
* Improvement of Little Weiser Trail at specific trouble locations
* Related transportation actions

These treatments would be designed to promote species adapted to disturbance and desired forest and wildlife habitat conditions in accordance with the Payette Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) (2003). Treatments would maximize the retention of old-growth and large trees, as appropriate for the forest type, to the extent that the trees promote stands that are resilient to insects and disease. Additionally, the project will consider the best available scientific information to maintain or restore the ecological integrity, including maintaining or restoring structure, function, composition, and connectivity.

Maintenance burning (burning after initial application of fire) would occur as necessary according to Fire Regime conditions to maintain desired conditions, especially density management, forest structural and species composition diversity. Prescribed burning operations may occur at any time of year when conditions permit, typically spring (April, May, June) and fall (August, September, October). Prescribed fires would be designed to achieve a mosaic of burned and unburned areas resulting in low soil severities and low-moderate vegetation severities in treatment areas.

Road maintenance activities to facilitate commercial harvest may occur on NFS roads within and around the project area. Temporary roads may be constructed for project implementation and would be reclaimed within three years of project completion.

Anticipated Analysis

The Council Ranger District has made a preliminary assessment for the project proposal and has determined it will fall within a category of action that is excluded from documentation in an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Specifically, under the authority of Section 603 of HFRA (16 U.S.C.6591b). An insect and disease project may be categorically excluded under Secretary authority in a project that is designed to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase the resilience to, insect or disease infestation (HFRA, Sections 602(d) and 603(a)). If the analysis process determines that there are no extenuating circumstances that would preclude the use of this categorical exclusion, the project would adhere to the specifications of that authority.

Deciding Official

The Deciding Official is anticipated to be the Payette Forest Supervisor.

How to Comment:

More information including location will be posted to the project webpage. The legal notice regarding the scoping process is anticipated to be published in the Idaho Statesman on June 17, 2020. Copies of the legal notice will be posted to the project web page for reference. Comments will be accepted until July 20, 2020.

To be most helpful, please make your comments as specific as possible. Comments may pertain to the nature and scope of the environmental, social, and economic issues, and possible modifications to the proposed action. Your comments will help the Forest Service refine the proposal, ensure issues are identified and addressed appropriately, and will also assist the agency in making a well-informed decision. Comments received in response to this request will become part of the project record and will be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” on the Little Weiser Forest Resilience Project web site: (link)

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this project will be accepted. Send written comments to Ronda Bishop, Council District Ranger, Payette National Forest, 2092 Highway 95, Council, Idaho 83612. Comments may also be sent via facsimile to 208-253-0109. The office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Oral comments may also be provided at the Council Ranger District Office during normal business hours via telephone 208-253-0100 or in person. Comments may also be submitted through the Little Weiser Forest Resilience Project webpage at: (link) To submit comments using the web form select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s web page.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Little Weiser Forest Resilience Project.

Sincerely,
Ronda Bishop
Council District Ranger
Payette National Forest
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Fire Season:

Wildfire season expected to be above-average despite all the rain

By Steve Dent Jun 17, 2020 KIVI

The rain kept coming down this month, and so far, it ranks as the third most precipitation Boise has ever had in June.

So what does that mean for the wildfire season, which forecasters expected to be worse than usual because of a below-average snowpack this year?

“Idaho has had in excess of 300 percent of the average precipitation over the past month,” said Brian Henry, the national fire weather program manager at NIFC. “That’s just amazing, it is slowing down the drying and the curing of the grasses.”

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Letter to Share:

Don’t Be a Fawn Napper!

Every year, fawns are reported by the caring public as being orphaned or abandoned. Sometimes it is a case of death of the doe, leaving the fawn obviously orphaned. Sometimes it is a case of an injured fawn, causing the doe to abandon her baby. But, unfortunately, it is often a case of not being orphaned at all, but rather the mother just being out of sight.

If you come across a lone fawn, DO NOT TOUCH! Keep a distance and call Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue or your local Idaho Department of Fish and Game officer. An assessment of the situation will be made and proper measures taken if warranted. In the event the fawn truly is orphaned and is deemed a viable candidate for rehabilitation, Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue is available. By providing shelter, food and medical care, trained Mystic Farm staff can help orphaned and/or injured wildlife until they can be ‘soft released’ back into their natural habitat.

Some facts to know:

* Mother deer will leave their fawn for many hours while they go off to feed nearby. The mother does this so predators will not see a vulnerable fawn when they see her. She can be gone many hours, leaving the camouflaged and scent free fawn motionless, avoiding detection by predators.
* Is it injured? If a fawn is seen lying upright, eyes wide open, but flattened to the ground, do not touch it! This is a fawn’s camouflage position to blend in with its surroundings. When the fawn is picked up, it will allow its body to become limp and dangle in your hands. The legs are not broken! Put the baby down, walk away, and leave the area.
* If a fawn is obviously ill or injured – lying on its side, kicking and crying, bleeding, etc. – gently pick it up and place in a safe, quiet place. A light cloth placed over the eyes will often calm it. Keep the fawn away from pets and other human activity. Touch, odors, and the sound of the human voice will only add to the stress of the situation and may cause additional harm. Keep the fawn free from cold drafts or keep it cool if the weather is warm. Please do not feed the fawn. Call Mystic Farm immediately.
* The fawn is on the road! Mystic Farm receives many calls regarding fawns in the middle of the road. Why are they there? Because the mom is nearby! If the fawn is in danger of being hit by cars, gently pick it up and place it about twenty feet off the side of the road and leave the area.
* Is it too late to return to the mother if the fawn has been handled by humans? Will she then reject it? NO! That is an “Old Wives Tale.” Though we strongly encourage you to not touch the fawn, the mother will not abandon it if you do – she just wants her baby back. She is around human scent all the time. Her maternal instinct is much stronger than her ability to rationalize human scent on her baby.
* What happens to the fawn if a rescue is warranted? After arrival at Mystic Farm, the fawn is evaluated and checked for any injuries, dehydration, etc. Wounds are treated either on the premises or through the services of local veterinarians. The fawn is put on an appropriate diet and feeding schedule. Once the fawns gain strength and can nurse from a bottle on their own, the ‘blind feeding method’ is utilized using “hands off” bottle racks. Human contact is kept to a minimum. The fawns are kept in an isolated area – free from predators and forming their own little “herd.” They are free to browse and live in a large, safe, enclosure. Over the course of the season, the fawns are slowly introduced back into the wild.

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. We are a licensed facility available to provide rehabilitation and release back into the wild of orphaned and/or injured fawns. None of the caring staff or volunteers at Mystic Farm receive a salary or payment for service. Operating out of love and caring for our precious wildlife, we ask our community to do the same. “Don’t Be A Fawn Napper.” Help us to help the wildlife remain wild!

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
710 Sanctuary Hills
Sagle, ID 83860
208 241-7081


*Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. is not open for tours. The animals in our care are kept to a minimum of human contact. Thank you for your understanding and support. If in doubt, call me! 208 241-7081.
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Critter News:

FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video

June 16, 2020 Local News 8

Pets might not infect people with coronavirus, but pet owners need to protect cats, dogs and other companion animals, the US Food and Drug Administration cautioned in a new YouTube video.

The video pushes the “aww” button with images of adorable furry kittens, ferrets, puppies and loving owners.

“Though it doesn’t seem like animals can give you the virus, it appears you can give it to them. So if you’re sick, avoid direct contact with your pets. If possible, have someone else care for them until you’re well again,” the FDA says in the video.

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MCPAWS animal shelter receives $5,000 COVID-19 relief grant

The Star-News June 18, 2020

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter has received a $5,000 Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant from Best Friends Animal Society,

“This grant allows us to continue our lifesaving work by helping us with the day-to-day expenses of running the shelter,” MCPAWS Executive Director Amber Kostoff.

MCPAWS has suffered “major” financial losses since the closure of the MCPAWS Thrift Store and the postponement of major fundraising events, Kostoff said.

The grant will go directly toward the food, veterinary, and care costs, she said.

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Fish and Game gets reports of aggressive deer protecting fawns

The Star-News June 18, 2020

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has received reports of aggressive deer throughout McCall this summer.

“People have called to report that mule deer have charged towards walkers, or threatened to kick or stomp their dogs,” Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

Mule deer have fawns between late May and early June. During the first 6 weeks of their lives, the fawn’s primary survival mechanism is hiding, Berkley said.

Does will hide their fawns for several hours each day while they forage nearby.

“When humans or dogs unknowingly come too close to a hidden fawn, mule deer moms will often become aggressive,” she said.

While deer are generally docile, they can cause harm when they are defending their young. Adult does weigh over 100 pounds and their sharp hooves can cause plenty of damage.

“Trust me, they can run faster than you can,” Berkley said.

Fish and Game advises the following to avoid conflicts:

• Keep dogs on a leash while walking in town.
• Give deer a wide berth, and never approach a deer on purpose.
• Anyone who finds a hidden fawn should move away quickly.
• Never pick up a deer fawn. Removing a hidden deer fawn can cause the mother to abandon the area.

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Chinook fishing closes on Lower Salmon River

By Kristen Bolden Jun 18, 2020 KIVI

Idaho Fish and Game has closed the Chinook salmon fishing season on the Lower Salmon River. Starting Saturday, June 20, the Little Salmon River will also see the end of fishing hours.

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

The closure on the Lower Salmon is intended to protect Chinook salmon broodstock returning to hatcheries in the South Fork Salmon and Upper Salmon Rivers, and the harvest objective in the Little Salmon River is expected to be met by the end of fishing hours this weekend.

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State health officials issue fish advisory for Coeur d’Alene Basin due to mercury levels

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, June 18th 2020 CBS2

State health officials have issued a fish advisory for the Coeur d’Alene Basin after high levels of mercury have been found in some species of fish.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said Thursday that bass, bullhead, northern pike, panfish and kokanne recently showed high levels of mercury caught in the Coeur d’Alene Basin area.

Eating high levels of mercury can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, especially to children and pregnant women, state health officials say.

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Fish & Game News:

Controlled hunt drawing results available for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear and turkey

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, June 19, 2020

Tags must be bought by Aug. 1 or they will be forfeited

Results of the deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and turkey controlled hunt drawings are available online and applicants who provided an email address will receive notification of their draw results. Hunters who drew a controlled hunt must purchase the tag by Aug. 1 or it will be forfeited.

Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants only by July 10, but applicants are responsible to check if they were drawn and purchase their tags. People without an online license system account can get step-by-step instructions on the Controlled Hunt Results web page.

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F&G Commission approves Chinook season for Upper Salmon River starting June 26

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Fishing will be allowed from lower boundary near Clayton upstream to 100 yards of the weir at the Sawtooth Hatchery

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission met via conference call and approved a Chinook fishing season to start June 26 on about 38 miles of river from the posted boundary at the South Butte boat ramp near Clayton, upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. About 300-350 adult Chinook are expected to be available for harvest as well as “Jack” salmon, which are salmon less than 24 inches and don’t need to be recorded on the permit.

Fishing for Chinook Salmon in the Upper Salmon River will be open three days per week; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. MDT. Fishing will close Aug. 9, or by Closure Order signed by the Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

A bear attacks a woman. She fights it off — with her laptop

June 18, 2020 Local News 8

A Southern California teen had a rude awakening when an outdoor nap turned into a bear attack.

She survived by fighting the bear off with her only weapon — a laptop.

The 19-year old Sierra Madre woman fell asleep in backyard chair Monday evening, Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy told CNN.

“She awoke to the sound of a bear approaching her,” Foy said. “It immediately attacked.”

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