July 19, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

July 19, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

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

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
May 15 – Firewood Season starts
June 16 – Hard closure of South Fork Road (weekdays)
2020 Harmonica Festival Canceled
Aug 8 – VYPA meeting at 2pm
Sept 12 – VYPA meeting at 2pm
(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:

2020 Festival is Cancelled

We have come to the decision that the 2020 Festival will be cancelled. We look forward to celebrating the 32nd year of the Festival August 5, 6, & 7, 2021.

Our decision was not made lightly. We had to consider the current situation we are in and examine the outlook for the coming months. This is the necessary and right decision for the safety of our community and all participants.

We all look forward to one big reunion with all of you in August 2021.
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Village News:

Food Bank Friday

On Friday, July 17, the mail truck brought in Grasmick food boxes for the locals. Fresh fruit and veggies, butter, milk and cheese, cooked shredded chicken thighs and cute little hams.
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Yellow Pine Mosquito

A reader shared a picture showing the size of “mosquitoes” around town this summer. “They seem to be a little bigger…”

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Community Yard Sale

$1024 raised for the Community Hall maintenance.
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Boil Water Order issued

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect do to extremely high use due to leaks.

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”

Minutes from July 5, 2020 Meeting

Yellow Pine Water Users Association Annual Shareholders Meeting 7/05/2020

Directors in Attendance:

Steve Holloway, Willie Sullivan, Stu Edwards, Dawn Brown

Steve called the meeting to order and gave a brief description of the agenda.

Willie gave the Treasurers Report. Current balance is $37,699.08. There are 14 accounts in arrears with 4 accounts seriously delinquent. Recommends following with legal action i.e. liens, water shut off, etc. Willie handed out a 3 year financial statement for the department showing 2017, 2018 and 2019 income and expenses.

Steve asked if anyone had questions.

Question from attendee: Should delinquent accounts be shut off first and then file liens? Steve indicated that we are looking at all options.

Question from attendee: They asked 3 years ago to have water line repaired to their place and not done yet so they haven’t paid yet. Willie indicated they tried to repair but gate was not open. Steve and Willie agreed that they would schedule repair with the user and coordinate access.

Steve indicated that we are still under a boil order.

Warren (Operator) gave an update as to status of plant. Indicated that as our plant is a surface water plant, has to be monitored every day and we report monthly to DEQ. He also indicated that the boil order is in effect do to extremely high use. He indicated that leaks in the lines are the reason for the high usage. Hard to detect where leaks are as our soil type does not allow leaks to surface and be seen. We also sustained damage from the recent earthquake to the plant. There are big cracks in the cement building 1/8” to 3/16” in very important part of structure. He indicated that it is still functioning properly and there is no danger now. He indicated he has spoken with Mtn Water Works and they are working on improvements and finding grant money and low interest loans. He said Nikki (employee) works every day to maintain adequate chlorine levels. Warren checks several locations when he is in town. Warren asked for questions.

Question from attendee: If you drill your own well do you still have to pay?

Warren: No, there are no restrictions from YPWUA but DEQ restrictions apply.

Question from attendee: Visitors have access to water and might not know about boil order. Should we put up signs at public access points?

Warren: DEQ requires that we make that information available to all. Steve and Willie indicated they would put up signs.

Nikki asked Warren to explain gravity feed water system. Warren gave brief description and indicated it could create air pockets. Nikki indicated that at high usage people on the upper end of the system sometimes have no water.

Warren said we need a new master plan to control leaks, take care of repairs, etc. He indicated we need a new tank but probably won’t be up and running until next year.

Steve said we are working on grants with Mtn Water Works and are hoping to get 1.25 million in grants to make all necessary repairs and get new tank up and running.

Willie indicated that they have a person assigned to our department helping to make sure we are doing everything we can. There is also a plan to repair line coming in to town. He said a 20’ section of pipe by the apple orchard was replaced. Said there were approximately 12 leaks in that 20’ section. Said pipes were not installed correctly originally so now seeing problems.

Steve spoke about rate increases. Said there will be no rate increases in the coming year as they would not be nearly enough to make a difference in repairs. He asked that if you do lawn watering please do not water after 2 pm and try to use the even and odd day schedule.

There are two officers up for election this year. Last year, Stu and Dawn were reelected. This year Steve and Willie are up for reelection.

Attendees nominated both for reelection and both were reelected.

Question from attendee: Is there an estimate from engineer on total cost of all repairs?

Willie: Not yet but it is being worked on.

Meeting adjourned.
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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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Critters

Tick’s are still very plentiful in early July.

Mosquitoes and no-see-ums are hungry.

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

Link: to current road reports.
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Forest Info

All campgrounds and restroom facilities in the South Fork Corridor, Lick Creek/Secesh Corridor and along the East Fork South Fork Salmon River are open. -Krassel RD
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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

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:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

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

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.

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

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

2020 Festival has been canceled.

The Community Yard Sale raised $1024 for the Community Hall maintenance.

Next VYPA meeting: August 8 at 2pm

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
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July 1 – Post Harmonica Meeting 2pm Community Hall
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 to notes:

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

VYPA meeting schedule for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.
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YPFD News:

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27_final.docx

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
(TBA) – 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
Calling ahead works best but not a huge deal. Groceries, Ice Cream, Beer and Soda. Our menu fluctuates but typically have Smoked Brisket, Tri Tip, Chicken, Burgers and Wings on hand.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

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
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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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Local Observations:

Monday (July 13) overnight low of 44 degrees, mostly cloudy/hazy sky this morning and light breeze. Early air traffic. A few finches and pine siskins visiting. The swallows are swooping around for bugs (the early hatched chicks have their eyes open.) Mostly cloudy and light breezes at lunch time. Colombian ground squirrels running about. Mostly cloudy and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 80 degrees. Lots of motorcycles and OHVs going up and down main street. Mostly clear to partly cloudy and light breezes mid-evening, pleasant temperature. Female hairy woodpecker and a chipmunk visiting, a lone robin calling. Mostly clear before dusk with occasional gusty breezes, mosquitoes and gnats about, swallows busy hunting and the robin is still cheerfully chirping. Looked clear at midnight.

Tuesday (July 14) overnight low of 37 degrees, clear sky and breezy this morning. Early air traffic. Swallows swooping around, a northern flicker whooping and a few finches and jays calling. Sunny and clear at lunch time. Ground squirrels out running amuck. Clear, warm and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 81 degrees. Jays active and sounding off this afternoon. A smudge of haze in a clear sky, warm and light breezes mid-evening. Cooling off and a streak of haze in the sky before dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Wednesday (July 15) overnight low of 38 degrees, clear sky and light breeze this morning. Early (loud) air traffic. Robins hopping about, steller jay visiting and swallows hunting bugs. Shooting started at 1135am, lasted less than an hour. Mail truck made it in early, Robert came out of retirement to drive for a couple days. Clear, warm and slight breeze at lunch time. Some of the swallow chicks are big enough to climb up on the backs of their hatch-mates to peer out the door hole of the bird house, all have their eyes open. Clear, warm and occasional gusty breeze mid-afternoon, high of 86 degrees. Still pretty warm mid-evening, clear sky and light breezes. Partly hazy sky, cooling off and slight breeze before dusk. Robins calling and swallows hunting. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Thursday (July 16) overnight low of 42 degrees, clear sky this morning. Early air traffic, one very loud. Swallows hunting bugs and robins chirping. Clear and warm at lunch time. A lone jay making all sorts of funny sounds, quite a vocabulary. Getting hot under clear skies early afternoon, light and variable breezes, high of 90 degrees. Increasing traffic (and dust.) A few finches visiting. Still pretty warm mid-evening, clear and light breeze. A few pine siskins visiting. Slowly cooling off a little before dusk, clear and calm. Swarms of mosquitoes out, robins calling and swallow flying high to hunt. Clear and lots of stars out before midnight.

Friday (July 17) overnight low of 47 degrees, clear sky and warming up fast this morning. Early air traffic. Hairy woodpecker, jay and a few finches visiting, flicker calling to the south, and robins hopping about. Clouds coming in and gusty breezes after lunch time. Increasing traffic (and dust.) Getting pretty warm by mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy and gusty breezes, high of 88 degrees. Increased OHV traffic on main street. Still pretty warm mid-evening, mostly cloudy (a bit muggy) and variable breezes. OHV sightseers going around and around raising dust in the neighborhood. Cooling off very slowly after sundown, mostly cloudy and warm before dusk. Clear sky at midnight.

Saturday (July 18) overnight low of 46 degrees, clear sky this morning. Early air and street traffic (dusty.) A few finches, pine siskins and a vocal jay visiting, swallows hunting (the babies in the nest have been practicing flapping their growing wings.) Clear and hot after lunch time. Increasing street traffic (and dust.) Hot sun and a little breeze mid-afternoon, high of 88 degrees. More people and traffic than usual for a weekend (and dust.) Pretty warm mid-evening, clear sky and slight breeze. Slowly cooling off right before dusk, clear sky and not the best air quality. Clear at midnight.

Sunday (July 19) overnight low of 44 degrees, clear sky this morning and warming up quickly. A few early airplanes, street traffic kicking up dust and making the air quality rather poor. A few cassin’s finches and pine siskins visiting, a talkative jay stopped by, and adult swallows hunting hard to feed their growing broods. Really loud airplane at 1041am. Visitor’s dogs running loose in the neighborhood. Heavy equipment (backup beepers) working in the neighborhood most of the day. Sunny, warm and breezy after lunch time. Ground squirrels running about. Hot, breezy and clear sky mid-afternoon, high of 88 degrees. Still pretty warm mid-evening, mostly clear sky and light breezes.
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RIP:

Norma Jean Auth

1928 – 2020

RIPNormaJeanAuth1928-2020-aThoughtful, generous, and kind are words people would use to describe Norma Jean Auth, who passed away, peacefully, on July 9, 2020. Norma was born on June 11, 1928, in Normal, Illinois, the middle daughter of Frances Pauline and Lyle Hill. An enthusiastic student, she loved school, was an excellent student, and took pride in her work on the school newspaper. On July 15, 1950, she married Robert Auth, and in 1959, they moved to Boise where Robert worked for the Boise School District. They divorced in 1976.

Norma spent her working life, in Boise, as an administrative assistant, at the Idaho Department of Employment. The years following her retirement were especially golden ones for Norma. She enjoyed spending winters in Hawaii, traveling abroad, and around the United States. Norma was an enthusiastic and fun travel companion, and many of her adventures included her family. She enjoyed numerous cruises and was up for anything, as long as family was there too. Two of her favorite vacation places were the Oregon Coast and Jackson Lake Lodge. A family trip to Jackson Hole, on her 80th birthday, found her hiking in the Tetons. She spent many enjoyable visits in Yellow Pine, Idaho, where her daughters and sons-in-law own cabins. She was a trooper, in her 80’s, stacking wood, raking pine needles, ATV riding, and joining in all the mountain activities her family loves. A BSU fan, she enjoyed many campfires, listening to games, with immediate family and friends, including her special nephew, Marc Auth, his partner, Kathi
Denton, and son-in-law John’s mother, Marge Schreiner. She loved animals and delighted in watching all creatures, great and small: whales, bears, deer, hummingbirds, and chipmunks, she enjoyed them all.

For the three years, prior to her passing and as her health began to fail, she resided at Plantation Place, where, once again, she joined in all activities, making sandwiches for City Lights, enjoying concerts, playing games, and becoming a part of Plantation Place’s very special family.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dr. Ken Hill of Boise. She is survived by her sister, Joan Davis of Boise, her daughters, Chris Niebrand (Gary), Connie Auth (Leighanne Ridge), Cindy Schreiner (John) and her grandchildren, Lindsay Agalsoff of Auburn, California, Nick Schreiner of Weiser, and Bailey Eckert of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by her sister’s daughter, Diane Fullmer, as well as other nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Bowman Funeral Directors and the family and staff at Plantation Place for their extraordinary love and care. At Norma’s request, a family celebration of life will take place at a later date.

source: (and to leave condolences)
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Idaho News:

Valley County hits 61 COVID-19 cases

Less than half declare themselves as county residents

By Tom Grote for The Star-News July 16, 2020

A total of 61 cases of the COVID-19 virus have been confirmed in Valley County as of this week, according to health officials.

St. Luke’s McCall reported 53 positive cases from 992 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic, up from 32 positive cases a week ago. All but two of the positive cases were reported since June 11.

Cascade Medical Center reported eight positive results from 143 tests, up from five last week. All eight were reported within the past three weeks.

Central District Health reported 26 cases among those who reported Valley County as their primary residents, up from 22 a week ago.

Some of those who tested positive at St. Luke’s McCall but did not declare Valley County their primary residence could still be in Valley County under quarantine, health officials said.

Adams County had 12 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to Southwest District Health.

An employee of the City of McCall tested positive for the COVID-19, a statement from the city said.

The employee had no contact with the public during their work, and close contact with co-workers was minimal, the statement said.

The employee was adhering to the city’s COVID-19 protection guidelines including mask-wearing, physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene, and staying home when symptoms became apparent, the city said.

The city’s human resources department conducted a contact tracing interview with the employee, after which three other employees were found as having close contact with the infected employee.

Those employees will remain in quarantine, their offices have been sanitized for safety and the sick employee’s workplace has been closed until further notice, the statement said.

The name of the employees and the departments where they work were not disclosed.

“Our city staff is on high alert to keep each other safe and our public safe,” City Manager Anette Spickard said.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Valley County Mask-Up

On Monday, the Valley County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 2020-14 which encourages every person to wear a face covering in public spaces including businesses and other establishments where people assemble and interact and any place social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be met.

This Resolution is in place until July 31, 2020.

Read the full resolution here: (link)
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Valley County avoids mask mandate, encourages wearing them

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 16, 2020

Valley County commissioners on Monday encouraged people to wear face masks in public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The resolution applies to all areas in Valley County but does not include any punishment for failing to wear a mask.

Commissioners softened the resolution’s initial language from every person is “expected” to wear a mask, to “encouraged,” before a unanimous 3-0 vote to adopt the resolution.

“Every person is encouraged to wear a face covering that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth when the person is in a public place and others are present,” the resolution said.

Valley County defined a public place as “any place, indoor or outdoor, that is open to the public and includes, but is not limited to, businesses or other establishments where people assemble and interact, or members of the general public may enter and where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be met.”

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Cascade City Council debates mandate on face masks

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 16, 2020

The Cascade City Council on Monday considered, but did not take a vote, on a resolution that would mandate masks be required to combat COVID-19.

Council members were divided on whether a mask order was necessary, and could not decide if the order should apply to only businesses, indoor spaces or all areas within the city, including outdoors.

Council members were more agreeable to a resolution that recommended masks but did not mandate them.

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Watkins Pharmacy – Cascade

Watkins Pharmacy is set to reopen on Monday 7-13-2020 for both the front end of the store and the pharmacy. Store hours will remain 7am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 8am-4pm on Sunday. The pharmacy hours have changed to 10am-3pm Monday through Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weeks. We have undergone testing of all remaining staff and are happy to report all negative tests. We have cleaned the store and implemented policies and procedures to reduce potential transmission and increase the safety of staff and customers.

Safety is important during these times. Let us all keep in mind that we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and rates for community transmission are still high. To that end, it is strongly encouraged that all patrons maintain a social distance of 6 feet to the best of their ability as this is one of the most effective ways to reduce community transmission. It is also strongly encouraged to wear a mask while visiting the facility. Together, these steps will help prevent community spread and will help keep us and you safe. We look forward to once again opening our doors and serving our wonderful community. With all of ours and your continued efforts, we hope to keep us all in Valley County safe and working. Thank you all, and we hope to see you soon!

(via FB 7/13)
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Historic Roseberry cancels ice cream social, pioneer picnic

The Star-News July 16, 2020

The annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social and Long Valley Pioneer Picnic have been canceled by the sponsoring Long Valley County Preservation Society due to worries over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision to cancel the events was made “sadly and after much discussion” by the society board “due to COVID-19 and public safety,” a statement said.

The ice cream social had been scheduled for Sept. 5 at the Historic Roseberry townsite located one mile east of Donnelly.

… The Long Valley Pioneer Picnic had been scheduled to celebrate its 100th year on Aug. 16 at The Barn at Roseberry.

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Fosdick Benefit cancels dinner, but Aug. 2 golf tourney will go on

The Star-News July 16, 2020

The Fosdick Benefit has canceled its dinner and auction due to COVID-19 worries but will tee up for the 35th annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 2, at MeadowCreek Golf Resort.

The barbecue dinner and auction, which were scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, were canceled due to the increase in community COVID-19 cases, a statement from organizers said.

Masks, gloves, sanitizer and temperature checks will be available at the golf tournament for the health and safety of guests and volunteers.

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Valley County Fair & ICA Rodeo – Cancelled

4H events will take place, for more information contact Alysson Statz, 4H Program Coordinator, astatz@uidaho.edu, or (208)382-7190.

Jr Rodeo will take place, for more information contact Toby Olson, (208) 634-9229.

(their FB page July 18)
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Eastern Idaho State Fair adjusts 2020 plans

Cancels majority of activities and entertainment

July 17, 2020 Local News 8

The Eastern Idaho State Fair has canceled the majority of activities and entertainment that would have made up this year’s fair.

The Fair said public safety was its number one concern and felt it could not meet the narrow requirements outlined by public health officials.

The annual 4H Livestock Competition and Sale and two nights of the Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo will continue with reduced venue capacity.

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Chubbuck Days Festival canceled

July 17, 2020 Local News 8

The recent spike in coronavirus cases in our area is causing Chubbuck to make some tough decisions.

The summer celebration Chubbuck Days Festival and Parade is canceled.

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Central District Health issues mandatory mask order for all of Ada County

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, July 14th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Central District Health voted Tuesday to issue a mandatory mask order for all of Ada County.

The health order has been issued as “effective immediately.”

The meeting ran long as different members discussed their views on the issue of stopping the spread of coronavirus.

They came to the conclusion that something had to be done to help Idaho’s hot spot: Ada County. The county currently has 4,541 cases out of the state’s 11,718.

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571 new Idaho COVID-19 cases Sunday

July 19, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 571 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

This brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 14,873.

There are a total of 13,979 confirmed cases and 894 probable cases in 42 of the 44 Idaho counties, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. See the chart below.

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Highway 95: Closed


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Warning: Do not use French Creek road for a detour.
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Highway 95 to remain closed indefinitely after rockslide

By Katie Kloppenburg July 14, 2020 KIVI


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Riggins, Idaho — The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) announced Tuesday morning they will continue to monitor the rockslide at US-95 south of Riggins to see if the area is stable enough for crews to begin rock removal. The rockslide happened on July 3.

“The additional rock fall that occurred last Thursday invalidated the survey points we were monitoring,” ITD Operations Engineer Jared Hopkins said. “We have to once again establish a baseline and carefully monitor the slope over a number of days to ensure that no significant movement is continuing to occur that would cause concern.”

A scaling crew was at the slide Monday to evaluate damage from the recent rock fall. The crew also assessed how the area can be best secured so crews can begin removing fallen rock off the highway.

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Smash Hit: Giant bolder lands on U.S. 95, crushes the competition

Shipping container barriers placed to block debris smashed, no estimate when highway will be cleared

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 16, 2020

Another massive rockslide onto U.S. 95 south of Riggins last week crushed any hopes of the highway reopening soon, Idaho Transportation Department officials said.

The side area six miles south of Riggins will stay closed until crews can determine if the slope is stable and crews are safely able to enter the area and remove fallen rock, said an ITD statement.

The massive rockslide on the highway on July 3 severed Idaho’s main north-south highway.

A temporary bypass was opened on July 8 but had to be closed the next day when a rock slope overhanging the highway was found to be unstable.

Shortly after the closure, a new slide came down, crushing shipping container barricades that had been set up and blocking a temporary roadway around the rockfall.

One of the newly fallen rocks is 40 feet wide and will need to be broken apart before cleanup can begin.

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Rock removal to start Monday to reopen US-95 at the slide south of Riggins

July 17, 2020 by Megan Sausser ITD

On Monday crews are expected to start removing rocks at the base of the slide on US-95 south of Riggins. The temporary road built around the base has been blocked by massive boulders since the slope failed for a second time last week but may be open in time for next weekend.

“Our entire timeline is dependent on survey results,” Operations Engineer Jared Hopkins said. “If we observe movement, that will limit our ability to have crews working underneath the slope and delay the eventual reopening of the temporary road.”

No significant movement has been detected since late last week, allowing scalers to finish dislodging loose material on the rock face this week.

Removing debris and rebuilding the rock berm to shield the temporary road is planned to take at least all week.

“Some of these boulders are 40 feet wide,” Hopkins said. “We’ll need to drill and blast them into small enough pieces to be removed.”

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Health & Safety:

Knowing the early signs of heat stroke can mean the difference between life and death

by Natalie Hurst Friday, July 17th 2020 CBS2

Get ready for a heat wave next week – after a relatively mild start to July.

As you know, Idahoans love to be in the outdoors – whether we’re floating the river or just enjoying the city parks.

But mid summer’s heat and sun exposure can be dangerous, especially this time of year.

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Public Lands:

McCall council raps state land board proposal

Trident Holdings plan called ‘hornet’s nest’

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News July 16, 2020

The Boise man that wants to trade timberlands in northern Idaho for 28,000 acres of land around McCall received a frosty reception from the McCall City Council last Thursday.

Council members grilled Alec Williams of Trident Holdings for about 45 minutes after he presented his proposal to the council and an audience of about 120 people viewing the virtual meeting.

Williams tailored the presentation for city officials by emphasizing the control that the city and Valley County would gain by having 28,000 acres of land in the area subject to their zoning laws instead of the state’s whims.

Council member Mike Maciaszek thanked Williams for “kicking the hornet’s nest” and “galvanizing our community into action” to preserve open space around Payette Lake.

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McCall land swap?

By Steve Liebenthal Jul 15, 2020 KIVI

Jeff Mousseau is an Idaho outdoorsman and an Idaho native who chose McCall as the place to buy a second house. A major part of that decision was the city’s proximity to public land.

“From huckleberry picking, to fishing, to hunting, to hiking, to snowmobiling, There’s basically every outdoor recreation opportunity in those lands that you can think of,” said Mousseau.

But now a company called Trident Holdings LLC wants to take over 28 thousand acres currently held by the Idaho Land Board. Prime real estate that surrounds Payette Lake, Little Payette Lake, and prime fish and wildlife habitat to the south.

That puts fear in the heart of Mousseau and other outdoor enthusiasts who have seen public land go private, then end up in the hands of those who are unwilling to allow access.

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Letters to Share:

Feeding Pheasants

Hi all, here’s to all the folks that are raising pheasant chicks and other gamebirds from The Gamebird Foundation. If you would like to get started for next year, now is the time. All of the 10,000 chicks we have been raising are in the brooders and soft release pens now, to be released into the wild habitat at 10 weeks old. We have been doing this for a number of years and this is some of the things we have found about the kind of feed, the amount of protein, the medication and clean fresh water that it takes to make healthy birds. If you have any questions or need more help feel free to call.

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
208-883-3423
Jhag1008@gmail.com
The Gamebird Foundation
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Feeding Pheasants

The Gamebird Foundation and Little Canyon Shooting Sports, where we have our baby pheasant chick feed made, we take our protein content very seriously. After years of study, work and hands –on research it has shown us the optimum diet for raising healthy gamebirds when they are farm raised is the protein content and fresh, clean water.

In the wild, pheasants eat grain, insects, worms, and anything they can peck at- even if it is not good for them. Our pheasants are fed, a balanced diet with set protein contents tailored for their age. Because we buy in bulk, from Little Canyon, they have the feed mixed to contain the correct protein; medication and mineral content Check the ingredients on commercially purchased game bird feed and try to duplicate the following recommendations for results.

Up to three weeks of age use pre-starter feed with 30% protein; from 3 weeks to seven weeks use starter feed with 25% protein; from seven to 14 weeks use grower feed with 20% protein content and beyond the 14 weeks use maintenance food with 12 % protein or better protein content. If you cannot find gamebird feed in your area, turkey feed-not chicken feed-is the next best for keeping the pheasants on a healthy diet if you are going to keep them past the 10-12 week old stage.

For partridge, we have found the best results with 28-30% protein gamebird prestart from up to age nine weeks and then 24% protein game bird grower. Remember, wild bird feed does not have medication in it. Unless you want your birds to become infected with Coccidiosis and other infections you will have to add Amprolium to your water. Our feed we make and use has the medication and minerals already added.

Feeding pheasants is a science. Make sure you are offering your birds the correct protein percentage that will help you raise the highest quality pheasants. Shop around to find feed with the correct protein content and Remember an Abundant Supply of Fresh Water is a Very Important Component of Any Gamebird Diet. If you would like more information on feed consulting, please visit jhag1008@gmail.com or call Jim Hagedorn 208-883-3423.
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First load of load Red Leg Partridges

Good morning all, this is some of the first Red Leg Partridge. We , The Gamebird Foundation with the help of Little Canyon and Andy Harriston hatched and received our first batch of chicks. We received 300 + eggs and had a hatch of 254 live chicks. 83% hatch, very good. We have these chicks divided into 3 groups in brooders and we will raise them until they are 12 to 16 weeks before we release them.

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Sportsman can thank, with the help of some generous donors to the Foundation, The Gamebird Foundation was able to purchase the eggs and now we will continue to raise them. This is only the beginning. With your help we will continue to bring wild upland birds to North Idaho. Pheasants, chukar, partridge, grouse, whatever we can do. Now is the time to pony up. We need your donations, $5.00 whatever. $20.00 buys a 50 LB. bag of chick starter. The family’s and folks raising birds to release into the wild, with the help of the Foundation have went through about 7 tons of chick starter. That is almost 300 bags. If we had more funds we could have raised another 4,000. As it is we had to stop at 8,500. Next year we hope to be able to raise double of this year, 16,000. With your help and donations we can do it.

Ask Bob Carson how great is to look out across his alfalfa field and for the first time in years, be able to see real live pheasants. Ask Joel Warner how great to look out in a field at his place this spring and see 15-16 hen pheasants with a rooster. We have many stories like this. We could almost start writing a book. Come Join us. If you can’t raise them please help with a small or large donation. The Gamebird Foundation, PO Box 100, Viola Idaho 83872

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

Tick Bite Paralysis in Dogs

PetMD Editorial Oct 05, 2010

Ticks act as carriers of various diseases in animals, including in dogs. Tick paralysis, or tick-bite paralysis, is caused by a potent toxin that is released through the saliva of certain species of female tick and which is injected into the blood of the dog as the tick infests the skin of the dog. The toxin directly affects the nervous system, leading to a group of nervous symptoms in the affected animal.

The toxins released by ticks cause lower motor neuron paralysis, which is defined as a loss of voluntary movement and which is caused by a disease of the nerves that connect the spinal cord and muscles. With lower motor neuron paralysis the muscles stay in an apparent state of relaxation.

An infestation of ticks is not necessary for a diseased state to occur. While multiple ticks are usually present on a dog that is showing symptoms of tick paralysis, tick-bite paralysis can take place after being bitten by only one tick. Conversely, not all animals, infested or not, will develop tick paralysis.

Symptoms usually begin to appear around 6-9 days after a tick has attached to the skin of the dog.

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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

1. Combine 1:4 ratio of plain white table sugar to boiled water.
2. Allow the sugar to dissolve. Do NOT use red food coloring!
3. Cool and fill feeders. Store remaining nectar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Your feeder should be emptied and cleaned twice per week in hot weather; cooler weather, once per week.
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West Nile virus found in Canyon County mosquitoes

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, July 15th 2020

West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes Tuesday in Canyon County.

According to the Southwest District Health, the mosquitoes were found northeast of Caldwell. The area has been treated for both larval and adult stage mosquitoes.

The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District says it will step up surveillance and control measures to decrease any public threat.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game Commission to meet July 22-23 in Idaho Falls

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, July 17, 2020

People who attend in-person meeting asked to observe social distancing, encouraged to wear masks

The Fish and Game Commission will meet in person in Idaho Falls on July 22-23, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, in the Grand Teton Event Center, 3910 South Yellowstone Highway. People can address the Commission about agenda items or any matters related to Fish and Game.

The business meeting will resume at the same location at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 23. Public comments will not be taken during this portion of the meeting.

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Upper Salmon River closes for Chinook fishing effective immediately

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Fall Chinook season will be considered by the Commission at its July 22-23 meeting

Idaho Fish and Game has closed salmon fishing effectively immediately on the Upper Salmon River to protect wild Chinook salmon. Effects on wild Chinook salmon from catch-and-release impacts of non-tribal fisheries and direct harvest by tribal fisheries have met the allowable take approved through Endangered Species Act authorizations.

Chinook fishing is closed from the South Butte boat ramp upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards below the Sawtooth Hatchery.

Officials from the tribes involved in the Upper Salmon River fishery have also said they intend to close tribal fishing in the area.

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Summer Edition of Windows to Wildlife

The summer edition of Windows to Wildlife

* Idaho’s Own Tiger King – Tiger Beetles
* Artificial Nesting Platforms for Common Loons
* Species of Greatest Conservation Need: Hoary Marmot

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Deniz Aygen
Watchable Wildlife Biologist
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Woman injured after colliding with bear while running on Montana trail

by KECI Staff Monday, July 13th 2020

Missoula, Mont. (KECI) — A woman sustained minor injuries Saturday morning when she collided with a young grizzly bear on Huckleberry Lookout Trail at Glacier Nation Park in Montana.

The collision occurred four miles down Huckleberry Lookout Trail. The woman was the lead runner, with two people in the group when she collided with the bear, park authorities said in a press release. The woman and the bear tumbled off the trail together, and once they separated, the bear reportedly ran off.

… The park sent out the following information in a press release Saturday about bears in the park:

“Visitors to Glacier National Park are reminded that the park is home to black and grizzly bears. Trail running in grizzly habitat is dangerous because runners traveling quickly and quietly through bear habitat have a higher risk of surprising grizzly bears at close range. Glacier National Park discourages trail running in order to protect the public and the bears.

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