Monthly Archives: August 2020

Fire Update Aug 31, 2020

FireTreeWatch for fire traffic on the upper Johnson Creek road and fire crews working along the road side.
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Buck Fire Boise National Forest

Current as of 8/31/2020, 11:38am
Total Personnel 133
Size 1,367 Acres
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 3:30pm

Road and Trail closures in effect

8-30-2020 Buck Fire Recreation Area Closure (pdf 175 kb) (link)
8-30-2020 Buck Fire Closure Map (pdf 376 kb) (link)

Planned Actions
Limit fire spread to the West and North toward the Johnson Creek corridor and the town of Yellow Pine.

Projected Incident Activity
Crews will continue road prep and contingency line construction on the 413 road.

Remarks
As the dry cold front moves past the fire area and conditions start warming and drying, the fire will continue to back down the slope towards the Johnson creek drainage and FS 413 Rd.

8-31-2020 Infared mapping of Buck Fire

8-31-2020 Great transportation map of Buck Fire

8-31-2020 Topo map of Buck Fire showing elevations

8-30-2020 Buck Fire backing down a slope

Info from InciWeb:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7102/
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No update from Payette NF Aug 31 as of 7pm
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NIFC

National Preparedness Level 5

August 31, 2020

Ten new large fires were reported in seven states yesterday. Eighty-three large fires have burned nearly two million acres across the country. More than 26,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are working toward containment goals on these incidents.

Idaho Fires: 4 Acres: 4,191 New: 1 Contained: 0
* Buck Boise National Forest FS 835 0 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 106 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 550 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 2,700 15 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-310-0317

Aug 30, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 30, 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)
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Sept 5 – Golf Tournament
Sept 12 – Midas Gold 12pm–4pm Community Hall
Sept 12 – VYPA meeting at 2pm Community Hall
Sept 12 – Flu shots after 3pm Community Hall
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

We need Your Help to protect the place and the people we all Love.
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page
link:

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:

Sept 5 – Golf Tournament

Golf check in at 10:30, Tournament starts at 11am. Entry fee is by donation.

Earl Hughes of Idaho Opry Stars is donating a music CD to every player. All funds go to the Village off Yellow Pine.

Labor Day events: Earl Hughes and friends, Gary Eller. Live music Friday & Saturday at The Corner. Sunday at Filler’s yard, to raise funds for the Village of Yellow Pine.

Roasted corn on the cob, courtesy of Cory Phillips. Funds support the Village of Yellow Pine.

Saturday Basket raffle, funds to support the Village.
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Sept 12 – Flu shots after 3pm Community Hall

Flu shots will be available after the September 12th Village meeting (~3pm). Insurance usually pays 100% of the cost. If you don’t have insurance, the cost is $25, make the checks out to Cascade Medical Center
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Assistance with Support Letters

I wanted to let you know that I will be in YP @ the community center on 9/12 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm to assist community members with their letters of support for the Stibnite Project. If you would let folks know, that would be great.

Belinda Provancher
Community Relations Manager
Midas Gold
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Village News:

Fire Traffic Upper Johnson Creek Road

Heads up folks, there is quite a bit of fire traffic on upper Johnson Creek road. The Buck Fire camp is at Landmark. Crews are working along Johnson Creek road reducing fuels.
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Tuesday’s Storm

Wow – what a storm in Yellow Pine! Just before 2pm August 25, it was 72 degrees and started to thunder, sprinkles of rain at 159pm followed by intense rain 2pm to 220pm with low clouds and lots of thunder and lighting strikes in our area but not much wind. Done raining by 220pm and breaks in the clouds. Localized street and field flooding. By 240pm it was 64 degrees, mostly clear (above the smoke) and the “flood” water was starting to soak in. Rain fall – 0.48″

Photo courtesy The Yellow Pine Tavern
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Idaho Power

As most folks know, Idaho Power has been working this summer to bury the power line coming into YP. A report they have about 2 weeks of work left to do. They will doubtless give us notice when they switch the power over to the new line.

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Photo of Idaho Power crew working near the Yellow Pine Fire Hall, August 26, courtesy Lynn I.
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Saleen Cabin Raising

Photo of our progress as of Saturday evening – 12 logs high! Big thanks to friends, family & community of Yellow Pine for all the help & support!

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Western Smoke

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August 30, 2020 Morning Smoke NOAA
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due 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.
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2020 Census

The 2020 Census Impacts All Valley County Residents

Hurry and complete the census, the deadline has been moved up to September 30th.

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.

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

West Nile has been found in Ada, Canyon and Gem county mosquitoes.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep all household garbage secured in a garage or other enclosed area.
* Leftovers or discarded fish or meat bones give off a strong odor and should be stored in your freezer until you haul the garbage to the transfer station.
* Keep attractants like B-B-Q grills, bird seed or pet food stored where bears cannot find them.
* Bird feeders should be taken down May through October or placed well out of reach of bears.

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.
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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

Aug 25: The road between YP and the dump is in really good shape.

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.

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

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:

Next VYPA meeting September 12 at 2pm

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting link:

Printable Letter of Interest to be a Community Representative link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting link:

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

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (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.
Starting Aug 12th Firewood Permits at The Corner
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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
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

click to 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 (Aug 24) overnight low of 46 degrees, appears to be a few clouds above the out of state smoke this morning and bad air quality. Early morning air traffic. A swallow and a couple of clark’s nutcrackers calling, hairy woodpecker and half a dozen hummingbirds visiting. Dim and murky looking outside after lunch, cooler than it has been. Cool, smoky and cloudy mid-afternoon and bad air quality, high of 78 degrees. Quiet afternoon. Mostly cloudy and smoky mid-evening, poor air quality. It appears to be clear above the haze of smoke and cooling off. Poor air quality during the night.

Tuesday (Aug 25) overnight low of 49 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and a haze of out of state smoke in the air, a little better air quality, but still poor. A jay, a few pine siskins and finches visiting. Loud airplane buzzed over at 925am. Cloudy and haze of smoke at lunch time. Just before 2pm it was 72 degrees and started to thunder, sprinkles of rain at 159pm followed by intense rain 2pm to 220pm with low clouds and lots of thunder and lighting strikes in our area but not much wind. Done raining by 221pm and breaks in the clouds, rain total = 0.48″. Localized street and field flooding. By 240pm it was 64 degrees, mostly clear above the cruddy smoke and “flood” water soaking in. Warmed up and mostly clear mid-evening, lighter haze of smoke, high of 78 degrees. At dusk it was cooling off quickly and the sky appeared mostly clear above the haze of smoke. Smoky and probably clear before midnight.

Wednesday (Aug 26) overnight low of 48 degrees, mostly clear above haze of out of state smoke and roofs wet with dew. Morning air and street traffic. A few finches, pine siskins and evening grosbeaks (including juvenile) visiting. Smoky, dark clouds, breezy and thunder rumbling mid-afternoon, maps shows some strikes both sides of Johnson Creek, high of 87 degrees. A few clark’s nutcrackers and evening grosbeaks hanging around. Buck Fire detected in the Trapper’s creek drainage around 4pm. Mostly cloudy above the smoke and a little breezy and warm mid-evening. Appears to be partly clear above the haze of smoke just before dusk, cooling off slowly. Thunderstorm and short rain after 3am, rain total = 0.02″.

Thursday (Aug 27) overnight low of 51 degrees, partly cloudy above haze of out of state smoke. Air quality better than it has been. Evening grosbeaks, finches and pine siskins visiting, clark’s nutcrackers calling from the trees. Looks overcast after lunch time, thicker smoke and light breezes. Helicopter flew over at 120pm. Warm, mostly cloudy, a little bit humid and a haze of smoke mid-afternoon, high of 83 degrees. Jays, grosbeaks, hummingbirds and a vocal pine squirrel visiting. Partly cloudy, mild temperature, light breeze and haze of smoke mid-evening. It appears mostly clear above a thinner haze of smoke at dusk, waxing moon above Antimony ridge and warm. Appeared to be mostly clear before midnight, fat orange moon to the south west and can smell smoke.

Friday (Aug 28) overnight low of 42 degrees, dew on the roofs, clear sky above thinner haze of smoke and air quality not as bad. Evening grosbeaks, jays, hummingbirds and an opinionated pine squirrel visiting, nutcrackers and finches calling from the trees. Warm, breezy and increasing haze after lunch time. Hummingbirds zooming around. Hot and hazy mid-afternoon and light breeze, high of 88 degrees. Increasing traffic. Still pretty warm mid-evening, looks cloudy but satellite maps shows no clouds, possible layer of local smoke above the haze of out of state smoke? At dusk it appeared clear above the haze of smoke, thicker to the east. Looked hazy to the east before midnight.

Saturday (Aug 29) overnight low of 41 degrees, dew on roofs, clear sky above haze of (local?) smoke – thicker to the east and poor air quality. Increased street traffic kicking up dust on main street. A few jays and finches visiting. Getting hot, breezy and smoky after lunch time. Less out of state smoke, our thick haze of smoke is probably from Buck Fire. Weekend traffic on main street. Hot and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, the visual smoke is thinner, but you can smell it, high of 87 degrees. Warm, breezy and partly cloudy mid-evening, air quality improved. At dusk it was cooling off slowly, mostly cloudy – high thin pink streaks and a slight breeze. Bat flying high. Looked mostly clear with fat yellow/orange moon in the sky before midnight.

Sunday (Aug 30) overnight low of 38 degrees, dew on roofs, clear blue sky, light chilly breeze, slight haze of smoke and much better air quality. Early loud airplane. Clarks nutcrackers calling from the trees. Weekend traffic. Mild temperatures and quite breezy after lunch time. Clear sky, slight haze of smoke and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 74 degrees. Smell of smoke, almost clear sky and light breezes mid-evening.
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Idaho News:

262 new Idaho COVID-19 cases Friday, 10 new deaths

August 28, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 262 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 31,384.

There are a total of 29,088 confirmed cases and 2,296 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 10 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 353.

full story:
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Valley County COVID-19 cases climb to 112

By Tom Grote for The Star-News August 27, 2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 112 cases on Tuesday, up from 106 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall reported 90 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital since March, up from 86 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 20 positive cases, which is no change from a week ago.

Nearly all of the positive cases reported by the hospitals were found following the start of the summer visitor season in mid-June.

Also, the private testing cooperative Crush the Curve reported its testing results for Valley County for the first time this week. The group has found two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, spokesperson Camille Blaylock said.

Central District Health reported 75 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, up from 73 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence

Adams County had 24 confirmed cases among county residents as of Tuesday since March, up from 22 a week ago, according to Southwest District Health.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported locally since the pandemic reached Idaho in March. An 85-year-old McCall man died July 15 at St. Luke’s Boise hospital due to complications of COVID-19 infection.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved
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Valley County 2021 budget would not levy all property taxes allowed

By Max Silverson for The Star-News August 27, 2020

Valley County commissioners on Monday moved closer to approving a 2021 budget that would not levy the full amount of property taxes allowed under state law.

A public hearing on the proposed budget was held Monday at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade, with plans to adopt the budget on Sept. 8.

The proposed operating budget for 2021 is about $23.5 million.

Valley County did levy the 3% allowed increase over last year’s base, but did not levy the full amount allowed for the value of new construction, Valley County Clerk Doug Miller said.

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Two dead after head-on crash on Highway 55

The crash, involving two semis and a pickup, blocked the highway for several hours Monday afternoon.

Aug 24, 2020 KTVB

Banks, Idaho — Two people died and two others were injured in a head-on crash on Idaho 55 Monday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 1:15 p.m. at milepost 83 — about four miles north of Banks, about 17 miles north of the Horseshoe Bend area.

According to Idaho State Police, the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado was heading south of the highway and attempting to pass a semi, which was in a slow-moving vehicle turnout.

The pickup truck crossed the center line of the highway and crashed head-on into an oncoming semi, police said.

…The highway was blocked for nearly five hours

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ID55 upgrade project near Smiths Ferry to start Sept. 8

By Max Silverson for The Star-News August 27, 2020

Safety improvements on about one mile of Idaho 55 between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge are scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2022, will widen shoulders, minimize curves in the road and install guardrails in some sections of the road.

… Between September and November, travel will be limited to one lane of alternating traffic with a temporary signal with work scheduled to continue 24 hours per day.

Blasting and full road closures are planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

… Work on the project would stop between November and February with all lanes open and no closures. In the spring, the same fall work and closure schedule would be restarted.

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Road Closure Alert

Due to the Hwy 55 construction from Smith’s Ferry to Rainbow Bridge that starts in September (after Labor Day), the County Commissioners have ordered the closure of Smith’s Ferry Dr. at Packer John Rd. and Round Valley Rd. This closure is in effect along with the expected construction work schedules posted by ITD.

This closure does not apply to the property owners who live beyond the intersection of Packer John Rd. and Smith’s Ferry Dr. as they will continue to be able to access their properties.
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Major work scheduled on Highway 55

Katie Kloppenburg Aug 28, 2020 KIVI

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) starts road work on the Idaho Highway 55 safety-enhancement project between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley on September 8.

The public is invited to attend a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, September 2, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. where ITD representatives will give an overview of the project and take questions. The link to attend will be posted on the project website 15 minutes prior to the meeting.

Work will largely be done in fall, spring and summer months, with construction stopping during the winter. This fall, travelers can expect full closures on the roadway Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to allow for blasting and rock removal. You can find more information on road closures and traffic patterns on the project website and sign up for email and text updates.

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Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry to undergo two years worth of construction improvements

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 28th 2020

The Idaho Transportation Department says a stretch of Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and the Round Valley will soon undergo a lengthy safety enhancement project. The construction is expected to take roughly two years to complete.

“Our goal with this project is to enhance the safety of this mile-long section of the roadway,” said Alex Deduck, project manager. “

Construction crews will be removing roughly 146,000 tons of rock from the hillside.

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Hwy 95 Friday Aug 28 Blasting

Blasting unstable material from the US-95 slide south of Riggins

Blasting unstable material from the slope will prevent future rock slides. This is the first of two blasts.

source: ITD
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ITD crews blast 14,000 cubic feet of rock off hillside along Highway 95

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 28th 2020

Road crews continued to blast their way to the finish the cleanup and repairs along Highway 95 following a massive rock slide earlier this summer.

On Friday, the Idaho Transportation Department says it blasted roughly 14,000 cubic feet of unstable rock from the slope.

While crews clean up the debris (it’s expected to take about a week), drivers will be using Old Pollock Road as a detour.

ITD says this is the first of two blasts planned to fix the slope. The second has yet to be scheduled.

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Rough road gets rougher

Outdoor enthusiasts complain about road to Atlanta

By Steve Liebenthal Aug 27, 2020 KIVI

Boise County, Idaho — Pat Ewing loves to fish the Middle Fork of the Boise River. But on his most recent trip, he ran into big trouble. The washboard road was the straw that broke the camel’s back, or in this case the rear axle, on his utility trailer.

Just before this happened, Ewing was complaining about what he calls a lack of maintenance on this mountain road. A few minutes later, he was dealing with the damage he says was caused by that lack of maintenance.

“You know this road is pretty washboardy,” said Ewing. It would be nice if they would grade this road several times per season.”

A frequent traveler of the road who stopped to help says it happens often.

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Scam Alert:

Don’t be fooled by census worker impostors

By Chelsea Briar August 27, 2020 Local News 8

With a little more than 40 days left to count every person living in the U.S., census workers are rushing to gather information prior to their September 30 deadline.

Many residents of Eastern Idaho may hear a knock at their door or receive some other type of communication from the U.S. Census Bureau within the next few weeks. Unfortunately, there’s a concern that impostors are vying for your information as well.

“Any time something major like the census is happening, unfortunately, untrustworthy people try to take advantage of that situation,” Jeremy Johnson, Market Manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific said.

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Note: you can complete the 2020 Census online, you do NOT need an ID#, see link and instructions under Village News. Valley county response is just under 40%.]
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Mining News:

Stibnite study ponders where to put the waste

Options review sites for expected 100 million tons of mine tailings

(Note: This is the first in a series of stories describing the draft federal study of the proposed Stibnite Gold Project. Next week: Waterways).

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News August 27, 2020

An embankment and storage area designed to hold 100 million tons of mining waste from Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project would be at “extremely low” risk of failing, according to the Payette National Forest.

A draft environmental study of the proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine puts the odds of tailings escaping the lined storage area at about one in 10 million, or about as likely as people are to be struck by lightning.

Analysis of the alternatives in the draft study will be further refined and could change before a final plan is approved by August 2021, Payette officials said. Public comment on the study is due Oct. 13.

Tailings are finely ground rock that is neutralized in a sludge after being exposed to chemical processes used to separate gold and silver from rock.

Tailings may still contain lingering metal particles, like arsenic and antimony, that could harm water quality if uncontained.

At Stibnite, tailings would fill a lined valley behind a dam built with 61 million tons of waste rock, or rock excavated to reach rock containing gold and silver.

Another 81 million tons of waste rock would buttress the dam for improved stability, with the dam spanning over 1,100 feet wide and nearly 450 feet tall.

Meadow Valley

Under project alternatives 1, 2 and 4, tailings storage would occupy 423 acres in Meadow Valley, which currently has uncontained waste from past mining operations dating to the 1930s.

Each of those alternatives would see 10.5 million tons of historic tailings and spent ore reprocessed and properly stored to trap lingering metals.

A firm, smooth foundation for the tailings would be established by scraping loose topsoil, clay and other material from the valley and exposing granite bedrock, which is known for its resistance to compression.

A drain system beneath the liner would capture water seeping through or under the tailings, although the risk of a major liner failure is considered “low,” the draft study said.

Groundwater quality is not expected to be affected by the tailings storage, but Meadow Creek and run-off water would need to be diverted around the tailings to avoid contamination.

Under Alternative 2, low flows would be diverted into underground pipes to prevent the water from warming and harming downstream fish habitat.

Maximum summer water temperatures in Meadow Creek would be about 72 degrees under alternatives 1 and 4, compared to about 55 degrees under Alternative 2.

Average temperatures would drop from about 56 degrees to about 50 degrees, or below the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s maximum threshold for salmon and trout species.

Earthquakes, landslides and avalanches are not expected to pose a risk to the tailings storage area, under alternatives 1, 2 and 4.

After mining ends, the tailings area would be covered with rocks, soil, trees and shrubs.

Meadow Creek would then be re-established on top of the tailings in lined channels that would allow the stream to adjust course over time without touching the tailings.

East Fork South Fork Salmon River Valley

Alternative 3 in the draft study would see tailings storage relocated from Meadow Valley to 579 acres in the undisturbed East Fork South Fork Salmon River valley.

However, studies of the valley have not been conducted to determine whether soils and rock in the valley are capable of supporting 100 million tons of tailings.

Studies would delay mining by about two years if the alternative tailings location is chosen by regulators in the eventual final plan.

The East Fork South Fork Salmon River would be diverted around the tailings during mining, but would be re-established on top of the tailings in a lined channel after mining, under Alternative 3.

Water studies showed the alternative tailings location would result in increased water temperatures and concentrations of arsenic and antimony in the river, compared to the other alternatives.

Also, existing uncontained tailings from past mining in Meadow Valley would not be cleaned up under Alternative 3, resulting in continued harm to groundwater, the draft study said.

Currently there are about 3,500 tailings dams worldwide. From 1928 to 2015, about 300 of those dams failed, the draft study said.

Seepage, earthquakes and foundation problems account for about 60% of tailings dams failures.

Most tailings dam failures in developed countries occurred decades ago prior to modern mining regulations and engineering, the study said.

Comments due Oct. 13 on Stibnite Gold Project draft study

Public comments on the draft environmental study of Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project are being accepted by the Payette National Forest until 5 p.m. on Oct. 13.

The entire draft study can be viewed by clicking on the “Analysis” tab on the Payette Forest’s project webpage at (link).

Comments can be submitted through the virtual public meeting room that is being used in lieu of in-person public meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That can be found at (link).

Written comments can be mailed to the Payette Supervisor Linda Jackson at 500 Mission St., Building 2, McCall, Idaho 83638. Comments are not being accepted in person due to the pandemic.

Only “substantive” comments that raise questions about specific elements of the draft study or Midas Gold’s proposal will be taken into consideration into the Payette’s drafting of a final study.

A final environmental study and draft record of decision could come as soon as August 2021, with a final decision on the project tentatively slated for December 2021.

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Fire Season:

Boise National Forest

August 26, 2020 630pm Boise NF Fire Update

The Boise National Forest has a couple of new fires in the Trapper Creek drainage south of Yellow Pine. The larger fire is the Buck Fire and it’s currently 30-40 acres and burning actively in sub alpine fir and lodgepole. There are several handcrews, 2 helicopters, 4 single engine air tankers, and 1 large air tanker currently working to suppress the fire. The fire was detected at approximately 4 pm today. Expect that there will be road and trail closures in the Trapper Creek and Burntlog area soon.

Jake Strohmeyer
District Ranger
Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest
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Buck Fire update Aug 27 PM

Report received from resident, “per fire-op person: It’s 65 acres, burning in an area with limited access hence no crew on site. They have placed retardant around the perimeter and are using a helicopter to dump water.”
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August 28 Buck update

Lightning storms passed over the northern area of the Boise National Forest igniting two fires on the Cascade Ranger District on Wednesday, August 26. The largest is the Buck Fire (65 acres) and the smaller of the two is the Trapper Fire (0.03 acres.) The Fire is located 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
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Buck Fire Update Aug 29, 2020

Watch for heavy fire traffic on upper Johnson Creek road. Crews are working to reduce fuels along the road. The Buck fire camp is at Landmark.

Buck Fire Update – August 29, 2020

Map Aug 28 at 830pm

• 142 acres
• 0 percent contained
• Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
• Start: August 26
• Cause: Lightning

Yesterday afternoon, the Buck Fire activity increased, moved toward the east and overtook the Trapper Fire. With better infrared mapping the fire has grown to about 142 acres. Suppression efforts continue with aerial resources to reduce spread.

Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnson Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440 in preparation for a cold front which is expected to pass through the area this evening. There are no immediate threats to structures.

Fire officials are asking the public to avoid roads and trails in the area. A temporary area closure is expected to be put in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities. With increase fire traffic, please avoid NFS roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297.

Two helicopters, a Type 2 and Type 1 are assigned to the fire with additional air support as needed from an Air Attack, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a large air tanker.
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Buck Fire Update for Aug. 30

Acres are currently at 835 with 0 percent contained. Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnson Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440 in preparation for winds associated with cold fronts. There are no immediate threats to structures.

As a safety precaution multiple roads and trails in the area are temporarily closed for public safety during wildfire suppression activities. With increase fire traffic, fire officials are asking the public to avoid National Forest System (NFS) roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297. For specific details visit (link).

Buck Fire is burning in sub-alpine fir toward an old burn scar with standing dead and down snags. The dead and down timber creates an additional falling and excessive fuels hazard. The Fire is spreading south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and when the fire reached an old burn scar, progression slowed.


8-30-2020 Buck Fire Map


8-29-2020 Buck Fire burning in heavy timber photo4

Attached (linked) are multiple files related to the Buck Fire on the Cascade Ranger District including: Fire Update with two maps and a Closure Order and map. Thank you.

Buck Fire Update – August 30 2020

* 835 acres
* 0 percent contained
* Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
* Start: August 26
* Cause: Lightning

Gusty afternoon winds from yesterday’s cold front increased fire activity on the Buck Fire pushing the fire south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Where the fire reached an old burn scar, progression slowed. Fire activity is burning moderately in dead and down timber and sub-alpine fir with short-range spotting. Fire officials are coordinating with the Salmon-Challis National Forest which has management responsibility of the wilderness area.

Today’s Objectives: Limit the fire spread to the west and north toward the Johnson Creek corridor and look for direct attack strategies where opportunities allow and it is safe to do so. Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnston Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440. There are no immediate threats to structures.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and winds 8 – 10 mph with afternoon gusts of 16 mph are expected. There is a chance of moisture on the fire later into the evening.

Closures: A temporary area closure is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier. With increase fire traffic, please avoid NFS roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297. For specific details visit (link), storymap: (link)

Personnel and resources: 150 people are assigned to the fire. Two helicopters and additional air support as needed from an Air Attack, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a large air tanker. Additional engines are in route.

Archery season begins today in many areas across the forest. All Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

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Venetia Gempler
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Boise National Forest, Supervisors Office

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Payette National Forest

Lightning sparks 12 new wildfires in Payette National Forest

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, August 27th 2020


The Porphyry Fire from the air the evening of Aug. 25. Courtesy of Payette National Forest

Air and ground crews are responding to several wildfires that ignited Tuesday by recent storms over the Payette National Forest.

Crews have found and are responding to 12 new fires so far:

* Moore Fire: Krassel Ranger District, Big Creek Drainage south of Moore Point – 0.1 acres, fire is OUT.
* Goat Fire: Krassel Ranger District, between Goat Mountain and the Pinnacles – 0.1 acre, fire is OUT.
* Porphyry Fire: Krassel Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 0.5 acre, no access at this time for fire personnel.
* Wolf Fang Fire: Krassel Ranger District, half mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – 0.1 acre, no access at this time for fire personnel.
* First Nation Fire: Krassel Ranger District, south of the East Fork Rd between Deadman CG and Eiguren Ranch – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Four Mile Fire: Krassel Ranger District, 2 miles west of Four Mile CG and South Fork Salmon River – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Chimney Fire: McCall Ranger District, 1/4 mile west of War Eagle LO – 0.1 acre, fire is OUT.
* Sand Fire: McCall Ranger District, 1 mile west of California Lake – 0.1 acre, fire is OUT.
* Daz Fire: New Meadows Ranger District, 1 mile east of milepost 175 on Hwy 95 – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Bull Horn Fire: New Meadows Ranger District, 2 miles south of Pollock LO, at Bullhorn Creek – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Darne Fire: SITPA protection on Forest Service land – Weiser Ranger District, Joker/Dry Beaver Creek area 3 miles SE of Evergreen CG – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. Human caused.
* Ryan Fire: Krassel Ranger District, south of Coin Mountain – 0.1 acre, resources responding.
* Firefighters were also able to control and contain the 91-acre Copeland Fire near McCall and the 9.2-acre Wildhorse Fire in the Council Ranger District earlier this week.

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Payette NF Fire Update August 29, 2020

McCall, ID, August 29, 2020 – As crews continue to suppress lightning fires caused by the midweek’s storms, a dry cold front will potentially hamper their efforts. The National Weather Service predicts a dry cold front entering the region later Saturday night. This weather pattern will bring gusty winds and particularly poor humidity recovery to areas over 6,000 feet. Fire personnel are working diligently to “put the fires to bed” prior to the passing of this front. As updates become available they will be added.

Personnel continue to mop-up on the Copeland Fire, as well as patrol the Wildhorse Fire. Both fires were started by nocturnal lightning on August 19, 2020

Fire Updates

Porphyry: Krassel Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 2.5 acres as of August 28th – size will be updated after aerial reconnaissance is complete, no safe access at this time for fire personnel. The fire has moved over the ridgeline and may be impacting trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge. Aviation assets continue to monitor this fire.

Wolf Fang: Krassel Ranger District, half-mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – 0.5 acre, no safe access at this time for fire personnel.

Ryan: Krassel Ranger District, south of Coin Mountain – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. Contained and controlled.

Deer Creek: Krassel Ranger District, wilderness, 3 miles Southwest of Arctic Point Lookout – 0.1 acre, wilderness, resources on scene. Contained.

Mule: Krassel Ranger District, located East of Mule Creek Point – 0.1 acre, wilderness, resources on scene. Contained.

Rooster: McCall Ranger District, located northeast of Smith Knob – 0.1 acre, wilderness, no safe access for resources at this time.

Lower Hard Creek: New Meadows Ranger District, located east of the Little Salmon in the Hard Creek drainage – 0.1 acre, resources on scene

Wildhorse: The Wildhorse fire is on the east side of Wildhorse River between Emery Creek and Blue Gulch in extremely steep terrain. The fire is 9.2 acres and is contained and controlled. Fire personnel will continue to patrol the fire until it is called out. County roads in the area remain open to the public

Flat Creek: Gold Fork area – 0.1 acre, contained and controlled.

Copeland: The Copeland fire is located 5 miles east of McCall near Shaw/Twin Lakes on SITPA protected Idaho Department of Lands land bordering the Payette National Forest. The fire is 91 acres and in mop-up stages with crews continuing to secure the perimeter and take care of interior heat. It is 100% contained and transitioned back to a type 4 organization on August 27, 2020. The Boulder Lake Road remains closed at the intersection with Morrell Road to provide for public and firefighter safety.
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Payette Fire AM Update Aug 30

The Porphyry and Wolf Fang fires, started on August 25th and 26th, grew together on Saturday and is estimated to be 300 acres. The fire is burning in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return. Suppression resources are not able to safely staff the fire due to steep terrain, remote location and lack of access. The fire has the potential to impact trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge and the Rattlesnake trail. Public is reminded to stay cognizant of the fire and remain clear of the area. A helicopter reconnaissance flight is scheduled for today and updates will be added to this post.

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Payette Fire PM Update Aug 30

Dry Cold Front Brings Gusty Winds and Poor Humidity Recoveries to Fire Area

Fire Information 208-634-0820

McCall, ID, August 30, 2020 – Fire personnel have successfully suppressed 15 of the lightning-caused fires from last week’s storms. The dry cold front that entered the region Saturday evening increased fire activity, which resulted in two of the remaining fires, Porphyry and Wolf Fang, combining into one. This weather pattern has brought gusty winds and particularly poor humidity recovery to areas over 6,000 feet in elevation. With each new fire start, fire managers engage in a comprehensive risk analysis to identify the safest and most appropriate management options. Firefighters may not directly engage with a fire until risks can be mitigated to an acceptable level.

The Porphyry and Wolf Fang fires, started on August 25th and 26th, grew together on Saturday and is now estimated to be 550 acres and growing. The fire is burning in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, located on land within the McCall Ranger District. Suppression resources are not able to safety staff the fire due to steep terrain, remote location and lack of safe access. Aerial resources will continue to support the fire. An infrared flight is scheduled for tonight. This will provide more accurate mapping and acreage of the fire.

Personnel continue to mop-up on the Copeland Fire, and the Boulder Lake Rd closure remains in effect through Sunday. The closure is expected to be rescinded on Monday August 31, 2020. The Copeland Fire was started by nocturnal lightning on August 19, 2020.

Fires that are not listed below have been called out.

Fire Updates

McCall Ranger District:

Porphyry: McCall Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 550 acres, no safe access at this time for fire personnel. The fire is burning actively under dry and windy conditions. The fire has moved downslope in addition to upslope where it has combined with the Wolf Fang Fire. This fire has the potential to impact trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge and the Rattlesnake trail. The public is asked to stay cognizant of the fire and remain clear of the area, however no closures are in effect at this time.

Wolf Fang: McCall Ranger District, half mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – this fire combined with the

Porphyry fire on August 29, 2020 and is being managed as part of the Porphyry Fire.

Rooster: McCall Ranger District, located on the eastside of the South Fork Drainage, across the south Fork from Smith Knob – 0.1 acre, wilderness, no safe access for resources at this time.

SITPA:

Copeland: The Copeland fire is located 5 miles east of McCall near Shaw/Twin Lakes on SITPA protected Idaho Department of Lands land bordering the Payette National Forest. The fire is 91 acres and in mop-up stages with crews continuing to secure the perimeter and take care of interior heat. It is 100% contained and transitioned back to a type 4 organization on August 27, 2020. The Boulder Lake Road remains closed at the intersection with Morrell Road to provide for public and firefighter safety. For more information, visit this page on Inciweb: (link)

Wildfires can produce high quantities of smoke. In the midst of fire activity, firefighters can do little to reduce smoke impacts. Affected communities should remain aware of smoke advisories and conditions. Learn more at (link)
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Wildfire near McCall now 100% contained as lightning sparks new fires

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, August 26th 2020

The Copeland Fire started Aug. 19 and grew to about 91 acres east of McCall.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire at that size for several days, and it is now 100% contained, according to forest officials.

Just as crews were able to control the Copeland fire, four new wildfires were started after a storm Wednesday night in the Payette National Forest.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Update Aug 27, 2020

The Forge Fire; reported yesterday is located approximately seven (7) miles southwest of Yellowjacket Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District. The fire is approximately two (2) acres in size and is burning in lodgepole pine. Fire activity was minimal today, light smoke was observed. Due to heavy fuel loading, the presence of numerous snags (a standing dead tree or part of a dead tree), and the potential for rollout, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. Middle Fork Peak Lookout is monitoring the fire.

The Woodtick Fire; reported yesterday is located approximately seven and a half (7.5) miles northwest of Meyers Cove in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District. The fire remains at seven (7) acres in size and is burning in grass. The fire is staffed with four (4) firefighters.

The Meyers Fire; reported this morning is located approximately ¾ of a mile southwest of Meyers Cove in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. The fire is 0.1 acres in size and is burning in Douglas fir. The fire is staffed with four (4) firefighters with support from a helicopter and bucket drops this morning. The fire is expected to be at 100% containment at end of shift today.

The Bear Fire; reported this afternoon is located approximately 2 miles south of the confluence of Panther Creek and the Main Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District. The fire 1 acre in size and is burning in grass. The fire is staffed with two (2) firefighters.

The Hooley Fire; reported this afternoon is located approximately 18 miles west of Arco on the Lost River Ranger District. The fire is 0.1 acres in size and is burning in Douglas fir. The fire is staffed with four (4) firefighters.
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Lightning storm sparks multiple E. Idaho fires

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, August 26th 2020


Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

A lightning storm moved through southern Idaho Tuesday sparking several small fires.

Fire crews responded quickly to the new starts and are making great progress, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

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Twos Fire Update

Date: August 30th, 2020
Contact: Jared Jablonski, (208) 384-3378

Start Date: 08/29/2020

Location: 37 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, Oregon near Two Springs

Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: Estimated at 100 to 150 acres
Containment Time: Estimated at 8/31/20 at 6:00 pm
Control Time: Estimated at 9/2/20 at 6:00 pm
Fire Behavior: Creeping, with isolated runs
Structures Threatened: None
Fuels and Terrain: Rocky and steep terrain. Burning in grass, brush and juniper
Fire Crews/Resources: Eighteen smoke jumpers, two type one hand crews, one air attack, two single engine airtankers (SEATS), four heavy airtankers and one medium helicopter. Estimated total personnel: 60
Evacuations: None
Closures: None

Summary: Remote access and difficult terrain have added to the complexity of suppression efforts on the Twos Fire. Fire crews and multiple aircraft are working hard to establish containment lines and to stop all active fire spread.
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Critter News:

Pet talk – Homemade diets for pets

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Aug 28, 2020 IME

Homemade diets are diets made for individual pets by pet owners. Recipes for these diets can be found in textbooks, magazine articles, and on the internet, or they can be acquired from a veterinary nutritionist. Most published recipes are unbalanced and/or incomplete, and consultation with a veterinary nutritionist is encouraged to evaluate the recipe or to formulate a homemade diet based on your pet’s individual needs.

Homemade diets follow two basic categories:

A homemade diet combined with commercially available at food.

A complete homemade diet, which can further be divided into diets with raw ingredients, cooked ingredients, or a combination of the two.

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Dog found stranded on island in Payette River reunited with family

“I don’t think I’ve ever cried of happiness before, but I did twice that day.”

Chase Biefeldt (KTVB) August 25, 2020

Horseshoe Bend, IDAHO, Idaho — A Caldwell family is rejoicing after their missing dog was found trapped on a river island after a nearly two week search.

… Valles Clinger said Beau had been riding in the back of their pickup truck – something he had done many times before – when she glanced back to check on him. The dog was gone.

“It was probably the worst feeling I’ve ever felt in my life, and just the look on my son’s face – it was instant panic,” she said. “You almost just don’t want to believe it, that he’s just not there.”

… Beau had jumped or fallen from the pickup around Horseshoe Bend, the family determined. The community quickly rallied to help, with searches of the area nearly every day.

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Mountain lion kills pastured horse near Hailey

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, August 25th 2020

A mountain lion attacked and killed a horse near Hailey Sunday while it was pastured.

The horse was pastured in Croy Creek Canyon when the lion attacked early in the morning. Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers investigated and confirmed the older mare was killed by a mountain lion.

Traps have been set in an effort to try and find the mountain lion responsible for the attack.

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Mountain lion euthanized in Priest River after killing house cat

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, August 26th 2020

A mountain lion was euthanized Tuesday in Priest River after it reportedly killed a domestic cat.

Idaho conservation officers put down a mountain lion when it had been seen within city limits a second time after it reportedly killed a house cat near a junior high school.

The pet’s owner saw the lion on her property a second time and called the Idaho Department Fish and Game.

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Badger caught in Boise Albertsons parking lot, given to Fish and Game

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 28th 2020


Badger caught in Boise Albertsons parking lot, given to Fish and Game. (Courtesy of the Boise Police Department)

Some concerned shoppers saw this little guy roaming around the Albertsons off of Five Mile and Overland Thursday looking lost and overheated.

They were able to trap the badger in a trash can until someone arrived. Boise Police officers responded to help the shoppers.

He is now safe and in the hands of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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Crews find lost calf in raging 50,000-acre E. Oregon fire

by Ryan L Morrison Tuesday, August 25th 2020


Calf with Incident Fire Operations trainee Russell Hamilton of Spokane. (Photo Courtesy of Vale BLM)

A fire in eastern Oregon grew to nearly 50,000 acres Monday, according to fire officials.

Crews have been working to contain the Indian Creek fire and save as many resources as possible.

One rancher pulled his cows off an allotment in the fire zone last week, but realized one calf was unaccounted for. He told fire officials what happened and the message was passed to other teams.

A crew found the calf two days later alone on the range. The calf was taken out of the fire zone and reunited with its mother.

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Yellowstone’s bull elk can be extremely dangerous during the rut

August 28, 2020 Local News 8


Yellowstone Facebook Page

Yellowstone National Park officials report the elk rut has begun in Yellowstone.

Bull elk can be extremely dangerous during this time.

Officials remind you to stay alert. People have been severely injured by elk who can run quickly and may change direction without warning.

Keep at least 25 yards from elk at all times, and if an elk charges you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible.

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Fish & Game News:

Trapper Education and Wolf Trapper Certification courses scheduled for SW Idaho

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, August 28, 2020

Trapper Education courses are back on the schedule in Idaho’s southwest region, and persons desiring to take a course have four opportunities to do so in the month of September. For those desiring to secure their wolf trapper certification, two course offerings are available the same weekend.

Please note that persons desiring to trap wolves need BOTH the trapper education and wolf trapper education certifications.

… All courses will be taught at the Fish and Game regional office in Nampa – 15950 N. Gate Boulevard, immediately west of the new Amazon distribution center. Click here (Trapper Education Courses) to view and register for courses available statewide.

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Idaho’s early small game opportunities are a great gateway for new hunters

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, August 28, 2020

Hunting small game is a great way for beginners to get started, and some of the earliest fall hunting seasons — including squirrel, snowshoe hare, cottontail, dove and forest grouse — present excellent opportunities for new hunters to develop their skills and confidence without breaking the bank. The best part? Good hunting for all of these species can be found on public land.

It doesn’t take specialized or expensive gear to hunt them: the barebones essentials are a .22 long rifle and/or any shotgun, and clothes and boots suitable for hiking. It can be done with or without a dog, and with a little bit of luck, good timing, and know-how, you can be successful.

Many of the skills you will learn while hunting small game — including observation skills, handling and shooting a firearm, and field dressing and cooking the animals you harvest — will translate directly to big game hunting.

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Updated Fire Report Aug 30, 2020

FireTreeUpdate at bottom of page.

Caution: Watch for fire traffic on upper Johnson Creek road (fire camp at Landmark) Also be aware that crews are working along Johnson Creek road to reduce fuels.

Buck Fire Update for Aug. 30

Acres are currently at 835 with 0 percent contained. Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnson Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440 in preparation for winds associated with cold fronts. There are no immediate threats to structures.

As a safety precaution multiple roads and trails in the area are temporarily closed for public safety during wildfire suppression activities. With increase fire traffic, fire officials are asking the public to avoid National Forest System (NFS) roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297. For specific details visit: (link)

Buck Fire is burning in sub-alpine fir toward an old burn scar with standing dead and down snags. The dead and down timber creates an additional falling and excessive fuels hazard. The Fire is spreading south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and when the fire reached an old burn scar, progression slowed.


8-30-2020 Buck Fire Map


8-29-2020 Buck Fire burning in heavy timber photo4

From Boise NF

Attached (linked) are multiple files related to the Buck Fire on the Cascade Ranger District including: Fire Update with two maps and a Closure Order and map. Thank you.

Buck Fire Update – August 30 2020

* 835 acres
* 0 percent contained
* Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
* Start: August 26
* Cause: Lightning

Gusty afternoon winds from yesterday’s cold front increased fire activity on the Buck Fire pushing the fire south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Where the fire reached an old burn scar, progression slowed. Fire activity is burning moderately in dead and down timber and sub-alpine fir with short-range spotting. Fire officials are coordinating with the Salmon-Challis National Forest which has management responsibility of the wilderness area.

Today’s Objectives: Limit the fire spread to the west and north toward the Johnson Creek corridor and look for direct attack strategies where opportunities allow and it is safe to do so. Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnston Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440. There are no immediate threats to structures.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and winds 8 – 10 mph with afternoon gusts of 16 mph are expected. There is a chance of moisture on the fire later into the evening.

Closures: A temporary area closure is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier. With increase fire traffic, please avoid NFS roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297. For specific details visit (link), storymap: (link)

Personnel and resources: 150 people are assigned to the fire. Two helicopters and additional air support as needed from an Air Attack, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a large air tanker. Additional engines are in route.

Archery season begins today in many areas across the forest. All Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

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Venetia Gempler
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Boise National Forest, Supervisors Office
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Payette Fire Update Aug 30

The Porphyry and Wolf Fang fires, started on August 25th and 26th, grew together on Saturday and is estimated to be 300 acres. The fire is burning in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return. Suppression resources are not able to safely staff the fire due to steep terrain, remote location and lack of access. The fire has the potential to impact trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge and the Rattlesnake trail. Public is reminded to stay cognizant of the fire and remain clear of the area. A helicopter reconnaissance flight is scheduled for today and updates will be added to this post.

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Payette Fire PM Update Aug 30

Dry Cold Front Brings Gusty Winds and Poor Humidity Recoveries to Fire Area

Fire Information 208-634-0820

McCall, ID, August 30, 2020 – Fire personnel have successfully suppressed 15 of the lightning-caused fires from last week’s storms. The dry cold front that entered the region Saturday evening increased fire activity, which resulted in two of the remaining fires, Porphyry and Wolf Fang, combining into one. This weather pattern has brought gusty winds and particularly poor humidity recovery to areas over 6,000 feet in elevation. With each new fire start, fire managers engage in a comprehensive risk analysis to identify the safest and most appropriate management options. Firefighters may not directly engage with a fire until risks can be mitigated to an acceptable level.

The Porphyry and Wolf Fang fires, started on August 25th and 26th, grew together on Saturday and is now estimated to be 550 acres and growing. The fire is burning in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, located on land within the McCall Ranger District. Suppression resources are not able to safety staff the fire due to steep terrain, remote location and lack of safe access. Aerial resources will continue to support the fire. An infrared flight is scheduled for tonight. This will provide more accurate mapping and acreage of the fire.

Personnel continue to mop-up on the Copeland Fire, and the Boulder Lake Rd closure remains in effect through Sunday. The closure is expected to be rescinded on Monday August 31, 2020. The Copeland Fire was started by nocturnal lightning on August 19, 2020.

Fires that are not listed below have been called out.

Fire Updates

McCall Ranger District:

Porphyry: McCall Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 550 acres, no safe access at this time for fire personnel. The fire is burning actively under dry and windy conditions. The fire has moved downslope in addition to upslope where it has combined with the Wolf Fang Fire. This fire has the potential to impact trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge and the Rattlesnake trail. The public is asked to stay cognizant of the fire and remain clear of the area, however no closures are in effect at this time.

Wolf Fang: McCall Ranger District, half mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – this fire combined with the

Porphyry fire on August 29, 2020 and is being managed as part of the Porphyry Fire.

Rooster: McCall Ranger District, located on the eastside of the South Fork Drainage, across the south Fork from Smith Knob – 0.1 acre, wilderness, no safe access for resources at this time.

SITPA:

Copeland: The Copeland fire is located 5 miles east of McCall near Shaw/Twin Lakes on SITPA protected Idaho Department of Lands land bordering the Payette National Forest. The fire is 91 acres and in mop-up stages with crews continuing to secure the perimeter and take care of interior heat. It is 100% contained and transitioned back to a type 4 organization on August 27, 2020. The Boulder Lake Road remains closed at the intersection with Morrell Road to provide for public and firefighter safety. For more information, visit this page on Inciweb: (link)

Wildfires can produce high quantities of smoke. In the midst of fire activity, firefighters can do little to reduce smoke impacts. Affected communities should remain aware of smoke advisories and conditions. Learn more at (link)
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Idaho History Aug 30, 2020

Idaho 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic

Part 20

Idaho Newspaper clippings December 20-25, 1918

Lewiston State Normal School, Rural Training School, Lapwai, Idaho 1914

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courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 20

The Rathdrum Tribune., December 20, 1918, Page 1

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Idaho State News Items.

Commencing Dec. 13 influenza patients in Wallace are quarantined and their homes placarded, according to Dr. C. S. Stone, city health officer.
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From Over The County

Post Falls

The Stateline school is closed indefinitely on account of the flu. School is in progress at McGuire despite the flu.

The school board has employed an orchestra teacher at $20 a month.
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Harrison

Fritz Lilly, Mr. Herrick’s head carpenter, died of the influenza after a visit to his sister at Coeur d’Alene.

Postmaster J. E. Wood, his wife, and his assistant, Miss Goodwin, are all absent from duty at the same time on account of the flu.

It has been decided not to open school until after New Year’s.

General regret is expressed for the death of Prof. J. D. Baughman, who succumbed to influenza the first of last week.
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The schools closed Dec. 20 for the holidays.
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Coeur D’Alene

Dr. Alexander Barclay has been appointed executive head of the city health board, who with Mayor Potts and President Kercheval of the city council will enforce, through the police department, all influenza regulations and quarantines.

Sessions will be held by the state supreme court at Coeur d’Alene beginning December 27, it was announced Friday. Nov. 11 had been previously set for the north Idaho session, but the date was cancelled because of the influenza epidemic.
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Rathdrum Flu Ban Lifted.

The local flu ban is lifted again and churches, lodges and public meetings are permitted to resume. Chairman Berges had notices distributed on First street Tuesday suspending the operation of the ordinance.

The resolution, under the state law, requiring the quarantining and placarding of houses in which influenza cases may appear, is understood to still be in force.

There are no cases of influenza in Rathdrum at present, so far as known.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., December 20, 1918, Page 2

Spokane seems to consider the lives of her people less important than the uninterrupted flow of business. Theaters, churches, and public gatherings are allowed to continue almost without restriction while the influenza death rate mounts to seventy-five a week. Under the present lax, half-way methods of control, Spokane is doing much to keep the epidemic alive in all the surrounding country.
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Church Announcements

M. E. Church

There will just be the morning preaching service at the Presbyterian church next Sunday at 11 o’clock. There will be no Sunday School or night service, but we expect to start in all services one week from Sunday.

Let’s all come to the morning service. All precautionary methods will be used, so feel free to come. Sunday School papers will be distributed at close of services.

J. G Carrick, Pastor
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Roman Catholic Church

Services Sunday morning, with confession at 8 o’clock and mass at 9.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., December 20, 1918, Page 3

Personal Mention.

Miss Dorothea Wenz has resumed her duties as teacher at Spirit Lake.

Frank Stine, writing from Alhambra, Cal., says his and his family like their new home. However, he reports a great deal of influenza there at present.

Irvan Feely’s family had the misfortune to catch the influenza on the train while returning from Musselshell to reside again on their farm on Rathdrum prairie. Mrs. Chas. Feely was also reported ill with the disease the first of the week.

Mrs. Edgar Green, who died of influenza at St. Joe last week, was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Lagers of Colville, Wash., formerly of Rathdrum vicinity. Mr. Green is a brother of Charles and John Green, well known farmers of Rathdrum prairie.
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Local Paragraphs.

Announcement is made that the Rathdrum Public Library will be open Saturday afternoon and evening, providing there are no more influenza regulations to prevent.

A Community Sing is announced at the Presbyterian church Christmas Eve. An impromptu program will be given, with songs for young and old. A good time for all.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. December 20, 1918, Page 1

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“I’m Thru-Enza” Germ Makes Debut

With the cessation of hostilities the Red Cross is called upon to combat a new epidemic, originating this time within its own ranks. The affliction is known as “I’m thru-enza.”

The initial symptom is a sense of lassitude – a feeling of “What’s the use? It’s all over. Why should I work?” Steps are being taken to isolate the germ – also those who are carrying it.

The epidemic is not wide-spread; nevertheless an effort is being made to stem its advance.

“Cold feet” is a marked symptom.

Another indication of the presence of the germ is forgetfulness (that the boys are still over there.)

The victim, as a rule, cannot concentrate the mind (on the knitting.)

The sight becomes impaired (can’t see to sew.)

The ears become affected (can’t hear the appeals of hundreds of thousands of refugees who must be clothed, fed and housed.)

Heart doesn’t beat as it used to, and in advanced stage that organ apparently turns to stone.

A vaccine consisting of equal parts of tincture of I won’t quit and Red Cross spirits, a dash of patriotism and a peck of pep is effective.

The people of Oakley are asked to co-operate in destroying the “I’m-Thru-enza” germ.

Read the Red Cross appeals in the space generously contributed by the business men of Oakley – then act.

Let’s make it unanimous.
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Boulder

Mrs. H. P. Nelson and son, Lloyd, have been visiting friends and relatives at Hayburn, and report that the flu situation is very much improved.
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School Notes.

Assignment of 8th grade work.

Arithmetic, to page 186. Ask your parents for suggestions on Taxes and Insurance, work problems.

Reading, memorize “June” page 93, Stevenson’s selection page 103, “Ill fares the land,” study to page 116. Study spelling to lesson 50.

History to page 379, geography to Africa, page 373, using outline I have given you.

If you do not have your books, I will get them for you upon request.

Examinations will be given when school opens and your present work will help to determine your general average.

L. J Robinson, Jr.m Prin.
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Locals and Personals.

J. B. Randall has been ill this week.

The Burley Sugar Factory is now running full blast. Many beets are being shipped in from Utah points. The flu epidemic has prevented many of the Utah factories from operating this season.

Mrs. Earl Card, who moved from Oakley to Nampa several years ago, died at Nampa this week from influenza. The burial was held at Oakley Tuesday. Mr. Card has been in military service in France, but is expected back soon.

Miss Opal Thomas, daughter of J. H. Thomas of Basin is ill with influenza.

During the quarantine, the Academy is carrying on part of its work by means of correspondence.
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Idaho Budget

All but eight of the 56 Ada county schools have been reopened after having closed down on account of influenza. Eighteen more opened Monday. Only one-third of the students attended the first sessions of the Eagle school Monday, the county superintendent’s office was informed. Attendance in most of the schools, however, is above normal.

Doctors report that there are no cases of Spanish influenza in Meridian. The last quarantine sign was removed Thursday morning. Churches and pictures shows were given permission to open the first week, but decided to remain closed voluntarily.

Passengers traveling in Idaho on the Oregon Short Line have been well protected during the epidemic of influenza, which is still prevalent in many parts of the state. The Short Line has operated a fully equipped hospital car over its lines on the west end as far as Boise. The car at first was in charge of two professional nurses, and the company’s physicians at the various stations along the line are subject to call to board the car at any time it passes their station. Since the epidemic eased up, there has been no necessity for two nurses, and at present one nurse is in charge. A regular day coach is used, the seats having been partially removed and replaced with beds. The car has handled about sixty cases of influenza without one loss on board.

“The closing of the war will add to the teacher supply,” says Miss Ethel E. Redfield, superintendent of public instruction, in a letter to the county superintendents. “County superintendents will have many applications, so let us work harder than ever for higher and better professional standards.” Miss Redfield called particular attention to the fact that now it would be possible to have only certificated teachers in Idaho schools.
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Ordinance Number 94
by W. T. Harper

An ordinance to provide against the spread of Spanish influenza, providing the time for the opening and closing of business houses, closing pool halls, picture shows, and other places of public assemblaces, making other regulations to prevent the spread of the above named infectious disease, providing a time when this ordinance shall take effect, and providing a punishment for violations hereof

Be It Ordained by the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Village of Oakley, Idaho;

Whereas there are a number of cases of Spanish influenza among the residents of the Village of Oakley, Idaho; and,

Whereas it has been, and is deemed necessary, in order to prevent the further spread of the above named infectious disease, [shall?] certain regulations be adopted and enforced; and,

Whereas immediate action is required to protect the health of the people of the said Village against the spread of the said disease; now therefore

Be it ordained y the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Village of Oakley, Idaho:

Section One. From and after the passage and taking effect of this ordinance the following regulations shall be observed and enforced within the limits of the Village of Oakely, Idaho:

First. All schools, meetings, and all other public assemblages are hereby prohibited.

Second. All pool and billiard halls, moving picture shows, theatres and all other places of public amusement are hereby closed and all operations shall be suspended.

Third. All stores and business establishments of all kinds shall be closed and all business suspended on and after 6 o’clock p.m. of each and every day, and shall remain closed until the following morning at 7 o’clock, provided that nothing herein shall prevent the filling of prescriptions at any time by drug stores of duly licensed physicians.

Section Two. Any person violating any of the terms or provisions of this ordinance, shall in conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not exceeding $100, together with costs of suit. And upon failure to pay such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned in the Village jail at hard labor until such fine and costs shall be paid, allowing $2 for every day so imprisoned.

Section Three. This ordinance shall be in force and effect from and after its passage, approval and the proclamation of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees there of duly issued, as provided by law.

Passed and approved this the 11th day of December, A. D. 1918.
W. C. Whittle, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Attest:
C. G. Larson, Clerk.
State of Idaho County of Cassia

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. December 20, 1918, Page 1

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Local News.

The Christian church Sunday school will be held next Sunday at the church at the usual hour.

P. L. Orcutt, who has been on the sick list for the past four weeks, came in from the ranch today.

County School Superintendent E. Cecil Parker has been busy this week holding the teachers examination. The attendance was small, only six of seven being present, a few being excused on account of fear of influenza.

Manager Miller opened the Rex theatre Friday evening for the first time in several weeks. Movie patrons will now have an opportunity to pass the long winter evenings attending these popular entertainments.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. December 20, 1918, Page 3

That Flu Stuff.

If you have a tummy-ache,
It’s the Flu!
If you’re weary when you wake,
It’s the Flu!
Is your memory off the track?
Is your liver out of whack?
Are there pimples on your back?
It’s the Flu!

Are there spots before your eyes?
It’s the Flu!
Are you fatter than some guys?
It’s the Flu!
Do your teeth hurt when you bite?
Do you ever have a fright?
Do you want to sleep at night?
It’s the Flu!

Are you thirsty when you eat?
It’s the Flu!
Are you shaky on your feet?
It’s the Flu!
If you feel a little ill,
Send right off for Dr. Pill,
He will say, despite his skill:
“It’s the Flu!”

He won’t wait to diagnose,
It’s the Flu!
Hasn’t time to change his clothes,
It’s the Flu!
For two weeks he’s had no rest,
Had no time to make a test,
So he’ll class you with the rest –
You had the Flu!

– Cincinnati Enquirer

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. December 20, 1918, Page 1

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Death of Ruth Seals

Miss Ruth Seals died at the White hospital at Lewiston at five o’clock Wednesday morning. A severe attack of influenza followed by a relapse, developed into pneumonia which caused her death. She was learning nursing at the hospital before she was taken ill.

Miss Seals was a niece of Mrs. Joday Long and a sister of May Seals. She was greatly interested in her work at the hospital and was making splendid progress. Over exertion in caring for other patients before she had fully recovered her strength was said to be the cause of her death.

The funeral was held at Asotin. Mr. and Mrs. Joday Long attended from here.
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Big Bear Ridge

Mrs. Robert Clemenhagen received word that her husband was in a hospital in Virginia, with the measles, having recently recovered from an attack of influenza.
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Not Much Flu Here

No new cases of flu have been reported in Kendrick since early last week and nearly all those who have been ill with the disease have recovered and are able to be out of doors. If no new cases develop by the end of this week there will be no flu in Kendrick.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. December 20, 1918, Page 6

Idaho News Paragraphs
Recent Happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers

Generally the influenza situation is better in Grangeville. No steps have been taken as yet to lift the ban.

New flu rules have been made at Coeur d’Alene city. The recently organized board of health demands quarantine of influenza patients, that there be no Christmas fetes and that stores and pool halls open, but no loitering permitted, also puts ban on card games.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. December 20, 1918, Page 8

Gleanings

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. White and Roger are ill at their home in Spokane with influenza. Last reports were to the effect that they were getting along nicely. Miss Vivian recovered from a siege of the flu shortly before Thanksgiving.

Dr. Herrington spent Sunday in Moscow, returning to his practice here Sunday night. As soon as Dr. Rothwell is able to resume his duties here, Dr. Herrington will return to Moscow, where he is permanently located.

The Potlatch Electric Company is wiring the school house throughout.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. December 20, 1918, Page 1

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The Grand Theatre has been notified again to close.
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School Girl Dies

Mattie LaRouche died Sunday night last at Tacoma, Washington, where she was attending school. Her mother, Mrs. J. W. Jones, was called there the day before. Mattie was a school girl in this city last year and was a brilliant student. She was, it is stated, a victim of influenza.
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Salmon Locals

Little Johnny Keyes, the twelve-year-old stand-by for many a sick family in Salmon when it came to attending to their chores, is reported himself down with the flu. Three members of the family of Jack G[?] including his wife, are also suffering from the same malady. These people are all numbered among those who have freely helped others in their affliction.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. December 20, 1918, Page 2

19181220IR2Influenza Epidemic Is Not Over Says Gen. Blue
Surgeon General Advises Closing of Schools at First Sign of Reappearance of Disease

Washington, Dec. 12. – Warning to the country that the influenza epidemic is by no means ended and that all possible precautions against the disease should be taken, was issued yesterday by Surgeon General Blue of the public health service.

Reports received by the service show a recrudescence of the disease practically from one end of the country to another, and in his statement Dr. Blue advised the closing of the public schools on the first sign of the reappearance of the epidemic. He said the disease apparently now tended to occur more frequently among school children.

“Our main reliance,” Dr. Blue said, “must still be the observance of precautions by the individual person. He should cover up his coughs and sneezes and insist that others do the same.”

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. December 20, 1918, Page 5

Salmon Locals

Out of abundant caution against the spread of the epidemic again the city schools were ordered closed till after the holidays.

Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Mitchell and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Yearian were Salmon visitors from Lemhi on Monday. The Yearians will postpone their California trip because of the flu situation in San Francisco.

One of the Salmon lawyers having business at Challis for the court beginning there this week, went on into the forbidden quarantine precints [sic] after being fully informed that he must submit to a four-day sequestration. Even the same conditions were imposed upon Judge Terry, who has the judicial business in hand, and all the other visiting officers of the court. Mayor Glennon went as far toward Challis as May on Sunday but turned back there.

Owning to illness in the rector’s family there will be no Sunday service in the Episcopal church.

Paul McPherson arrived from Camp Fremont on Saturday last, with an honorable discharge from the army. He entered at once upon the management of the McPherson store in the absence of his father, J. M. McPherson, who was attacked by the influenza the same day. The father has been quite ill this week.

When A. R. Mulkey returned home to Leadore the other day from Montana he found himself up against the rigors of the local quarantine, for the authorities would not let him escape the provisions against the appearance of the epidemic in that town although he lives there. Thus it is shown that the way to quarantine is to be quarantined. Leadore is still free from the dreaded disease, like Challis and other communities that are not too large to be amenable to sensible regulations that are made to be enforced.

A score or more new cases of influenza were reported in Salmon this week.

Jessee Ledbetter, who suffered a relapse after his severe flu attack, was operated on for congestion of one of his lungs last Sunday. Thus was relief afforded the sufferer, who has been greatly afflicted. He is now recovering.

The Red Cross workers of Salmon held their parade on Monday last in spite of a raw and biting fog that enveloped the city. And it was an enthusiastic parade too, with the municipal band in line, and winding up with some speechifying at the pavilion.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. December 20, 1918, Page 7

Northwest Notes

At a meting of the grade school board of Meridian Wednesday evening it was decided to open the grade school Monday morning.

In order to protect the regular passengers and to give the best service to its employees and their families who may be ill with the influenza, that Oregon Short Line has run a special hospital car into Boise for the last seven weeks.
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Wage War on Dirt.

Dirt is sin, and it takes a bacteriologist to tell the difference between clean dirt and dirty dirt. So we can afford to take no chances. Unless we cultivate cleanliness of mind and body, cleanliness of home, of city and country, cellar and garret, warf [sic] and shop, markets and roads, of the air we breathe, of the milk and water we drink and the food we eat, all the serums and regulations of preventive medicines will not save us. For health, like morality, is more than an individual matter; it is a community affair.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. December 20, 1918, Page 5

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Carl Fredericks, who had a severe tussle with the flu, has re-opened his “shoe hospital” and is again ready to attend to the wants of all whose soles need repairing

Mrs. Frank Preston of Pocatello, visited several days this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Redel. She reports that her brother, Lloyd, and several of his children had the flu in Pocatello, the former having had a severe attack of it, but all have fully recovered from it.

Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Brown and son returned Sunday from Denver, where they spent several weeks, while Mr. Brown was recuperating from the flu. He is back on the job as manager at the club house.

Morell, the six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Burke, died from influenza Wednesday night. short funeral services were held at the cemetery yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Burke is still quite ill with the disease, but Mr. Burke and the younger son, who were also down with it, are now convalescing.

Montpelier “kiddies” will miss the usual Christmas festivities so far as the churches are concerned, which had planned a big time but abandoned on account of the flu epidemic.
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Bear Lake Has Had Small Loss in France

… While only three or four have fallen victims to Hun bullets, the dreadful and mysterious influenza, which has swept this country, has taken a much larger number of our young men in the training camps. Besides those who died in the camps, two were accidentally killed.

Thus, is the uncertainty of life strangely illustrated. The percentage of loss among Bear Lake boys, who were undergoing hardships in France and facing the extreme dangers on the battlefields, was much less than it was among those who were in the training camps at home.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. December 20, 1918, Page 8

Medical Society Adopts Resolutions

At a meeting of the Bear Lake County Medical Society, held at Paris, on December 15, 1918, the following resolutions were adopted:

“Resolved, That all obstetrical cases shall be attended for a minimum fee of $25, which fee shall be payable before or upon discharge of completion of the case.

“Resolved, That on or after January 1, 1919, all parties indebted to the physicians of Bear Lake county, and who have refused and neglected to make proper settlement of said indebtedness, will be refused medical assistance by the physicians of this county, until said unpaid accounts shall be satisfactorily arranged by the parties concerned. A list of such delinquent persons will be kept on files in each physician’s office for reference.

“Resolved, That all town visits to contagious diseases of any kind or all kinds will be $3.00.

“Resolved, That all town visits for non-contagious diseases from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. will be $2.00.

“Resolved, That all town visits for non-contagious diseases from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. will be $3.00.

Signed:
E. F. Guyon, President.
Geo. F. Ashley, Vice President
R. J. Sutton.
H. H. King
L. T. A. Hotten.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 20, 1918, Page 1

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Dr. Hoover Talks About Influenza

Dr. C. A. Hoover of the county board of health in speaking of the influenza Wednesday, said that it is nearly stamped out in the town of Blackfoot, but that there is a great deal in the country. It is not showing such virulent form as it was and he believed it is due to the fact that people are learning to go to bed and stay there until they get over it. Most of the serious cases, he said, were traceable directly to some exposure or efforts to bear up or do something they ought not to after the attack or in getting out too soon when convalescing.

The doctor says the way to treat the flu is to go right to bed and stay there until at least twenty-four hours after the flu is done with the patient. The vital thing is getting into bed early and not getting ambitious near the close of the race.
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Former Blackfoot Resident Passes Away

Mrs. Frank W. Randall, wife of Dr. Randall, age thirty-five years, died at her home in Douglas, Ariz. Monday afternoon, after suffering an attack of influenza-pneumonia.

Mrs. Randall was a former resident of Blackfoot and was Miss Agnes Heaton before marriage. She is a sister of Mrs. Leon Messlin of this city. …

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 20, 1918, Page 2

Shelley

All lodges here are resuming their weekly meetings.

Misses Grace and Floy Johnson are out and around again after having the flu.

The doctors report a rapid decrease in the number of new influenza cases. People here seem to think now that the flu will be blotted out of this community, as a strict quarantine is being maintained over any new case that may appear.

Lester Norris is up and around again, after a case of the flu.

The people of Shelley are asked to sincerely co-operate in maintaining a strict quarantine over every case of the influenza in this community, so as to avoid the spread of the disease. We now have this dreaded disease on the decline and let us blot it out as soon as we can.

Mrs. Viola Hansen is recovering from a severe case of the influenza.

Mrs. Delos Killian is recovering from a severe case of the influenza.

Willis A. Dial has recovered from a slight case of the flu.

Last Saturday was a busy day in Shelley as many people were in town doing their Xmas shopping.

Business houses which do a large amount of business in the evenings were ordered closed. Later they received word that they might open up again Saturday to their usual routine of business.

Remember, do all you can to kill the flu.
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Death of Mrs. Hampton and Son

Mrs. Leon Hampton and young son both died recently of the influenza. The funeral of both was held last Saturday. Mrs. Hampton leaves a devoted husband and several children to mourn her loss. This is probably the saddest death which has occurred here for some time past. Mrs. Hampton and her son were both well-known in Shelley and they had many friends who will mourn. The boy, Goldie Hampton, was just growing into manhood being seventeen years of age. It seems as tho the influenza must take away dear ones in every community.
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Springfield

Died of Influenza

Ida Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Edwards died at their home Friday morning from influenza pneumonia. Miss Edwards came to this community a small child and thruout [sic] her school days and later years at home endeared herself to a hose of friend. She has suffered poor health for some time and rising from the sick bed too soon to nurse other sick in the family caused the fatal relapse. …
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Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Edwards are recovering from influenza. Mrs. Edwards contracted the disease while doing volunteer nursing throut [sic] the community.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wells are reported much improved after an attack of the influenza. Mrs. Wells was quite seriously ill for some time. Dallas Wells is about to be out again.

Dr. McKinnon has been [in] the neighborhood almost daily visiting the sick.

Dr. Patrie of Blackfoot has made many professional visits here also.

Mrs. L. Shelman has been suffering from complications after a severe attack of the influenza.

Heber Wells, Thomas Blackburn and Mrs. H. V. Chandler and Mr. Robins have been acting as volunteer nurses for influenza cases.
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Sterling

Mrs. W. R. Leach was quite ill the first of the week.

Mr. Verbeck is very seriously ill with the influenza. Mrs. Verbeck is just recovering from the same disease.

A. Y. Satterfield, a former resident of here and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Satterfield is seriously ill in the hospital in Pocatello, with quick consumption, which he contracted following the influenza.

One of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Atkin’s son is quite ill with pneumonia.
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Rose

Miss Iva Ilzna is here taking care of the Carl Nelson family, who have the flue [sic].

Mrs. H. A. Gardner is able to be out and around again.

Mrs. D. A. Stewart has recovered after an attack of the flue [sic].
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Kimball

There are about five families who have the influenza at present. All are reported to be getting along fairly well except John Landon, who is quite sick. Dr. Cutler was in attendance.

There are a few of the farmers that have been hauling the beets out of the pile to the cars, but on account of so much influenza in the neighborhood help has been very difficult to get.

M. Jensen intended spending the winter at Hyrum, Utah, but was unable to buy a ticket for that place on account of it being under the influenza quarantine.
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Jameston

Miss Bertha Fielding is staying with Mr. and Mrs. George Longhurst of Shelley. Mrs. Longhurst is ill, but is getting along nicely now.

Mrs. Hen Bolander and brother Everet Vest are on the sick list.
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Centerville

The influenza seems to be leaving this community as no new cases have been reported.

Howard Bishop has been on the sick list the past week.

Lorenzo Edwards who has been ill the past two months with pneumonia is very slowly improving.

The family of Carl Nelson, who have been very ill with the flu are now recovering nicely for which we are grateful.

The household of Mrs. Emma Nelson are at this writing very ill with influenza and one case of diptheria [sic]. Dr, Mitchell is in attendance.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 20, 1918, Page 4

No Spitting In Corners
Big Factory Puts Ban on Old Custom of Men.

It is a known fault of men that they like to spit into dark corners. Said spitting is known to spread disease, and the Nela Park works of the General Electric company at Cleveland, in promoting an anti-spitting campaign in an effort to check influenza, has hit upon a scheme that is said to be working extremely well in checking spitting in corners. Every corner in the great plant has had a while strip painted on the baseboard and a while quarter circle on the floor. The workers, seeing the reminder, hesitate to spit, and the result has been the virtual elimination of spitting in corners at the factory.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 20, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Miss High was on the sick list the first of the week.

A. T. Springer has a mild attack of the influenza.

Mrs. Jessie Larson is able to be out again, after suffering with an attack of influenza.

R. G. Bills is confined to his home with the influenza. At last reports he was doing nicely.

Miss Mary Dunn was ill the first of the week, but at this writing was somewhat improved.

Master Wesley Boise, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Boise, has been on the sick list for the past few days.

Miss Marie Derfler returned to Blackfoot Tuesday from Arco, where she has been nursing influenza patients.
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Library Notice

The Blackfoot public library is now open afternoons only for the loan of books.

Reading tables cannot be used and no crowding will be permitted.

Anyone coughing or sneezing will be asked to leave.

Please return borrowed books as soon as possible. After December 21 fines will be collected.

Edna Gillispie, Librarian.

Magazines for Sick Folks

Miss Gillespie wishes to announce that she has magazines she can send out to homes where persons are ill and wish to read. Magazines used in this way are to be burned after reading.
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Flu precautions in San Francisco have resulted happily for some of the inhabitants down by the Golden Gate as attested by a friend who writes facetiously in reference to the situation there, closing with: “Thank the Lord I am happy at last. The churches are closed, the saloons are open and the women are huzzled*.” Fair enough.

[*Huzzled: to hug for a good amount of time]

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 20, 1918, Page 8

Has Gone To Pahsimeroi

A. E. McCoy left Monday for Pahsimeroi valley to look at a band of cattle with the view of buying them.

There is a quarantine in affect [sic] in that valley and anyone wishing to go in is required to isolate himself three days before going about among the people and Mr. McCoy will take that plan. Settlers coming out for supplies go to a vacant house at the upper end of the valley and batch for three days before going to their homes. Any one desiring to travel thru the valley without stopping can do so on condition that they carry a yellow streamer on the vehicle as a warning to the inhabitants to keep at a distance. …
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Upper Presto

Mrs. J. W. Stoddard went to Idaho Falls Monday to nurse some sick folks.

The family of Will Mecham are just recovering from the influenza, seventeen people were all sick with the disease at the same time.
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Springfield

H. Berg is ill and is reported to have the flu.

Mrs. Hugh Wells is improving, after a dangerous attack of the influenza.

Mrs. Bert Hoskins and children of Portage, Utah are visiting with her parents Mr. and Mrs. E. U Wells. Mr. and Mrs. Hoskins recently lost their daughter with the influenza.
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For a Laugh

“And what did the doctor tell you?”

“Why, he looked me over and asked me if I had made a will.”

“Ah, is your condition so bad?”

“I don’t know; but his brother is a lawyer.”

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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West School, Weiser, Idaho ca. 1920

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courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 20, 1918, Page 1

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Six Million Killed By The Influenza

London, Dec. 19. — The Times medical correspondent says that it seems reasonable to believe that throughout the world about six million persons perished from influenza and pneumonia during the past three months.

It has been estimated that the war caused the death of 20,000,000 persons in four and one-half years. Thus, the correspondent points out, influenza has proved itself five times deadlier than the war, because in the same period at its epidemic rate influenza would have killed 100,000,000. Never since the black death has such a plague swept over the world he says, adding that the need of a new survey of public health measures has never been more forcibly illustrated.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 20, 1918, Page 2

Lillian Goodwin Funeral.

The funeral of Lillian Goodwin, who died of pneumonia, following influenza, will be held in the yard of the T. T. Goodwin home on Orchard avenue. A short service will be held at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Smith conducting the services.
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If every one in Moscow does his or her part the town will be entirely cleaned of the influenza by the time school opens at the university on January 6th and the old students can return and new students can come without fear of the disease. Let us all do our part to bring about his happy condition.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 20, 1918, Page 4

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Flu Situation Is Worse Today
Dr. Adair Reports Several New Cases – Calls for Observance of Rules

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, reports the influenza situation as worse today. Seven members of S. J. Hall’s family have the disease and there are some new cases reported. Dr. Adair insists that all quarantine regulations be observed strictly if the plague is to be conquered here. Elsewhere in this issue is a statement from London that the plague has cost more than 6,000,000 lives in three months. Dr. Adair’s statement follows:

“The ‘flu’ situation is not as favorable as we had hoped for. Up to noon today the following cases have been reported: Two at Stanley’s’ one at N. Williamson’s and three more, making seven in all at Sam Hall’s.

“If the ‘good people’ of Moscow wish this plague stamped out they must realize that it rests to a great extent upon their cooperation. It is indeed obvious that parties held in private homes, where the rooms are small, and various games are played, are unnecessary risks and should be considered as such by those so eager to have every home in which there is a case of flu quarantined.”

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., December 20, 1918, Page 10

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Meridian News Notes

Joe Curtis who has been ill with influenza, is much improved.

All the influenza cases are getting along OK according to the doctors and there are no fatalities to report.

At a meeting of the grade school board it was decided to give two weeks for the holiday vacation to teachers and pupils. The schools close this Friday. It is hoped by the board that there will be no influenza when the school opens again. The high school has been closed for some time and will not open until January 6th.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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High School, Moscow, Idaho ca. 1913

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courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 21

The Daily Star-Mirror., December 21, 1918, Page 1

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Genesee Hard Hit By The Influenza
Five Deaths in One Week and 200 Cases – Doctors and Nurses Needed

The influenza situation has become critical and new cases are being reported daily. It has been estimated that there is probably as high as 200 cases in the community. Dr. C. F. Tuomy is the only available doctor in the community as Dr. W. H. Ehlen still remains too ill to make any calls. Dr. Gritman of Moscow and Dr. White of Lewiston have been in the territory several times and have visited some of the more serious cases.

Up to Wednesday of this week there have been four deaths of pneumonia, following influenza, Raymond Koster, Carl Baumgartner and Mr. and Mrs. George Johann, having succumbed.

The new cases reported since last week include Mrs. C. P. Whalen and little daughter, Marie. The latter is critically ill and Dr. White of Lewiston has been here to see her but her condition remained grave up until Wednesday noon, when it was thought there was some improvement.

George Ebel is critically ill of pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. George Blume are both still very ill and Mr. Blume especially shows little improvement.

Mrs. Fred Bershaw has about recovered. Mr. Bershaw is improving again after having a severe relapse the latter part of last week.

All of the Genesee teachers, except Miss Black and Miss Brown, are down with the disease. The are acting as nurses for the others as well as rendering valuable help to other stricken families. Miss Davis, whose sister is here caring for her, is improving slowly. Misses Henkins, Burke, Bracken and Walker are recovering nicely. Prof. G. E. Sunderlin is able to be about the house again, but Mrs. Sunderlin has been very ill and her improvement is slow.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Arthur and children have all been stricken but are doing nicely.

– Genesee News.

Since the News was published George Ebel has died and it is though there are several others who cannot recover. The situation there is regarded as critical. Genesee raised the quarantine, opened schools, had a big party and dance and the second wave of influenza resulted.
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Christian Women Play Santa Claus
Young People’s Class of Christian Sunday School to Distribute Gifts

Christmas packages are being prepared for every member of the Sunday school of the Christian church by Mrs. J. Quincy Biggs, wife of the pastor, and the young people’s class of the Sunday school. The quarantine regulations forbid children to attend Sunday school and the usual Christmas trees and entertainments will be deprived of their usual Christmas entertainments but Mrs. Biggs and the young people’s class will see that every member of the Sunday school is provided with presents. Each will have a sack of dainties prepared and delivered Santa Claus fashion, with sleigh-bell accompaniment. The committee will go from house to house Christmas eve and see that every child is provided with presents. This plan will take the place of the usual Christmas treat. …
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Christmas Services in Local Churches Tomorrow

All of the churches of Moscow will have special Christmas features in their services tomorrow (Sunday) and the services should have a good attendance. The quarantine regulations forbidding children to attend public meetings makes the Christmas trees in Moscow out of place this Christmas and there will be no trees. These features are for the children and without their presence there would not be much of the Christmas spirit in the entertainments, so they will be abandoned. Every church in Moscow is preparing a special Christmas program with fine music for the services tomorrow. The announcements will be found in the column devote to churches in this issue.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 21 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 21, 1918, Page 3

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City News

Several fair sized Christmas trees have been sent by parcels post through the post office at Moscow during the past few days. The trees come from the fine fir, cedar and blue spruce timber east of Moscow.

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Smithson arrived today from Colfax to spend the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Conner. Mrs. Smithson is slowly recovering from an attack of influenza.

Mrs. W. Klawson and children went to Kendrick today to visit Mrs. Klawson’s mother, Mrs. Flora Harrison, until Mrs. Klawson has thoroughly recovered from a severe attack of Influenza.

Geo. Stewart received word that Fred Theriault was buried today at 4 o’clock in Spokane, where his brother was buried about a month ago, both having died of influenza. Mrs. Theriault will return to Moscow this evening, with Mrs. Geo. Stewart and Mrs. Louise Fry.
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Mrs. M. Henderson Dead.

Mrs. Mae Henderson died of influenza December 6 at Twin Falls. Mrs. Henderson was the wife of Dr. L. C. Henderson, who was meat inspector at Moscow some time ago, and both were well known in the city. Mrs. Henderson volunteered her services as a nurse for influenza cases and contracted the disease herself.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 21 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Twin Falls High School, Twin Falls, Idaho ca. 1912

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courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 23

The Daily Star-Mirror., December 23, 1918, Page 1

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24 New Cases Of “Flu” Last Week
Dr. Adair Reports Two Dozen New Cases in Eight Moscow Homes

There were 24 new cases of influenza in Moscow last week, according to the report of Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, made today for the week from December 16 to 22, a period of six days. No report was made for Sunday. The cases are in eight Moscow homes, divided as follows: Samuel Hall, 7 cases; Pren Moore, 5 cases; Mr. Stanley, 3: A. C. Jardley, 3; E. E. Ostroot, 2; N. Williamson, 2: W. S. Wilkins, 1; Mr. Beilenberg, 1. In commenting on the influenza situation Dr. Adair said:

“I am very grateful to the people for their cooperation in keeping the children of school age out of public gatherings – however, during the last week, there has been some laxity in observing this and until it seems advisable to open the schools all children of the public schools found in shows or churches shall be requested to leave by the marshal, and the parents of same held accountable.

“I feel that the small number of cases among the children is due to the fact that they have not been allowed to intermingle in indoor crowds. In one of the nearby towns where school was recently re-opened, 18 children came down with it in one day.

“A warning has already been given that those having the disease must produce a certificate of health from the attending physician, before appearing in public. These certificates may be handed directly to the chief of police, who is furnished with a list of all persons having the “flu” or they may be left for him at the Corner Drug store.

“If we prevent a spread of the disease in a severe form like they are having at Genesee and Palouse, where there have been about ten deaths during the last week, every individual must assume their part of the responsibility.”
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Moscow People Respond To Appeal For Christmas Cheer

The spirit that was brought into the world in Bethlehem 1918 years ago next Wednesday, is not lacking in Moscow. This has been shown repeatedly but never more so than in response to the appeal in The Star-Mirror of last Thursday, when a list of those who would be without Christmas cheer unless furnished by the people of this locality, was published. The article, ably written by Mrs. Hutton, whose generosity and industry have been the leading feature of many “drives” for funds in Moscow, appealed to every one who read it. The Star-Mirror had hardly appeared on the streets of Moscow before people began to call at the office of the Veatch Realty company to join the Associated Charities or renew their membership, or to leave packages for the needy whose condition was described in the article referred to.

Tonight every want mentioned in that appeal has been met. Not one of those mentioned will be without the Christmas cheer and it will have been provided by the truly Christian spirit of the people of Moscow and vicinity.

Mr. Veatch’s office today looks like a general merchandise store. There are virtually wagon loads of goods stored there. The gifts range from a pair of stockings to entire outfits for girls and boys who were mentioned in the article telling the people of Moscow that there are in our midst children who are actually in need of clothing and food. Several of the stores of Moscow gave entire outfits, from shoes to cap, including under and outer wear of warm and good quality, for boys and girls of various ages. Others gave sacks of flour, sacks of potatoes, boxes of apples, packages of clothing, shoes, stockings, hats, caps, dresses, coats, in fact everything that was mentioned in the article as being needed has been given in generous quantity.

In addition to this more than $75 in cash was given, ranging from $1 to $20. Many persons who had been members of the Associated Charities, which has collected no dues for three years, renewed their memberships. Others who had not been members, joined, paying the fee of $1 for the year’s membership.

Today Mr. Veatch and Mrs. Hutton are sorting the gifts and sending them out to those who need them, and the money is being used to buy fuel and food for the most needy. Teams will be sent out with the gifts which will bring cheer and thankfulness into many homes. The response has been hearty, spontaneous and beautiful and generous donors of these needed gifts will enjoy their Christmas dinner next Wednesday more than would have been possible had they not manifested the spirit Christ brought to the world nearly two thousand years ago.

The appeal has demonstrated two things clearly. The Star-Mirror is thoroughly read in Moscow and vicinity and the people here have the true Christian spirit and are very liberal. All that is needed is to show them the need of charity and the need is met promptly and willingly.

The need for assistance is due to the influenza epidemic which took the bread winner in many homes from their work and the heavy expense of a spell of sickness left the families without means, but there will be no suffering here and no one will be without a Christmas dinner and all the comforts of the season, thanks to the generosity of Moscow people.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 23, 1918, Page 5

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City News

Mrs. N. H. Smith and son, G. P. Smith of the S. A. T. C., left Saturday for their home at Addie, Idaho. Mr. Smith is the soldier boy who has been very ill five weeks of influenza, but has now practically recovered. he expects to return after the holidays to take up his studies at the university.

Miss Dora Smith, who is teaching at Viola, is home to spend Christmas.

Miss Theo. Smith, who is teaching at Avon, came home for the holidays.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Van Buren School, Caldwell, Idaho

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courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 24

The Idaho Republican. December 24, 1918, Page 2

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Sterling

Miss Louise Verbick resumed her work at the J. W. Sprague store Monday, after a two week absence during which time she was ill with the flu.

The funeral of Miss Ida Edwards was held Sunday at 2 o’clock at the Springfield cemetery, where the body was interred. … The services where short on account of the severity of the weather. She leaves besides her father and mothers two brothers, one of who is in France, and three sisters to mourn her loss besides a host of friend. Ida has been a sufferer from other diseases for several years and could not withstand the influenza when it attack her constitution, but she went peacefully to sleep and to rest in the land where there is no pain.

Dr. Patrie was here on professional business Thursday.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 24, 1918, Page 3

Beet Growers’ Convention Postponed

The beet growers’ convention, which was scheduled to be held at Fort Collins, Colo. the week of December 9-13 was cancelled on account of influenza regulations and Mr. Manwaring, the Idaho delegate, from Blackfoot, was informed by telegram not to report until further notice as the gathering has been postponed indefinitely.
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Carl Nelson of Lavaside was transacting business in Blackfoot Wednesday. Mr. Nelson’s entire family have just recovered from influenza and this was Mr. Nelson’s first visit to town since being released from quarantine.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 24, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Word has been received here that the Owendale school which lies east of Shelley was closed early last week on account of the flu. Mr. Owens who was formerly state senator from this county and Miss Violet Bannister the teacher were the first to be afflicted with the epidemic.

The Bingham county board of health met at the court house Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 18 and decided to prohibit the holding of teachers’ examinations at the present time. They considered such a meeting would be a menace to public health.

Miss Gertrude Gill is ill and confined to her bed at the present time.

Mrs. Mae Young, principal of the Groveland school, is quite ill and under the doctor’s care at the present writing.

Word has been received by friends of Miss Mary L. Henaby of her illness with the influenza. Miss Henaby is in Granger, Wash.

Misses Mary King of Taber and Caroline Lowe of Moore were among the teachers who were disappointed over the postponement of the teachers’ examination. The each came to Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon on the Mackay special and returned Thursday morning.

Miss Francis Miller of Presto, Miss Jessie Armstrong of Shelley, Miss Lizzie Daw of Shelly and Miss Caroline Lowe of Arco, came to Blackfoot the last of the week to take the teachers examination and returned to their homes Saturday.

Frank Mozer is reported ill and confined to his room.

Allen Young of Groveland was on the sick list the first of the week and unable to assist his employer James Yancey, who is building a nice new bungalow for Cyril Wright near the William Younie ranch.

Alvin Nelson, son of Mrs. Emma Nelson of Lavaside school district, who has been in training at the marine Barracks in San Diego, Cal. received his discharge and returned to his home Wednesday morning. Mr. Nelson was surprised and very much grieved to find the entire family ill and unable to leave their beds. The mother and three brothers are influenza patients while the young sister is recovering from an attack of diptheria [sic]. They are being well cared for by Miss Esther Belgum the McDonaldville school teacher who is their volunteer nurse.

Miss Eula Palmer who has been quite ill is much improved.

Rev. George Peacock has returned to Blackfoot for the Christmas holidays. His work in the Sunday school mission field is hindered greatly by the influenza epidemic.

Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Williams of Butte, Mont., are spending the Christmas holidays here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. McMillan. Mrs. Williams is just now convalescing from a serious attack of influenza.
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Library Notice

The Blackfoot public library is now open afternoons only for the loan of books.

Reading tables cannot be used and no crowding will be permitted.

Anyone coughing or sneezing will be asked to leave. …

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 24, 1918, Page 6

In The Gem State

A school building at Buhl has been transformed into a temporary hospital for the accommodation of influenza patients. a trained nurse has been retained, and the people are determined to stamp out the disease before an epidemic occurs.
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Inland Northwest

The boards of health has removed all restrictions that have been in effect at Butte due to the epidemic of influenza. The disease has practically disappeared after running since early in September.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 24, 1918, Page 1

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Christmas at the Schools

Owning to the fact that the influenza epidemic put all school work many weeks behind, the annual Christmas programs in the various grade rooms have been dispensed with although in many of the grades a short and simple program is being rendered this afternoon. There will be but one day’s vacation and school will be resumed Thursday. There is also to be one day’s vacation on New Year’s day.

At the Northside school there will be vacations on Christmas and on New Years. On account of the lack of time in which to prepare Christmas entertainments there will be no public programs. This afternoon the pupils of Miss Winship’s room will enjoy a taffy pull; Miss Sizer’s pupils are having a “spread” and in Miss Dryden’s room the pupils are having a Christmas tree and short program.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 24, 1918, Page 2

Idaho News Paragraphs
Recent happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers

The influenza epidemic is becoming serious at Genesee.
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Would Sterilize Unfit.

Sterilization of mentally and socially unfit persons is recommended by the superintendent of the Idaho state sanitarium at Nampa, in his annual report to the board of directors of the institution.

“This class of unfortunates has been sadly neglected in this state which has resulted in the propagation and increase of these incompetents to such an extent that additional room must be provided,” says his report.

“Unfortunately, this state has no law whereby the mentally and socially unfit may be sterilized, consequently the only means we have for the prevention of their reproduction is isolation and detention.”

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 24, 1918, Page 4

Local News

Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Nutt, of the south bench, are on the sick list with the Spanish influenza. The disease has also made its appearance in the family of Sol Bauman. There are only two cases of the disease in town now.

E. B. Schlette, of the Curley Creek district, was a visitor in the city Saturday. He states that the Curley Creek school had a very fine Christmas entertainment Friday afternoon. The pupils of the Swanson school had a program and Christmas tree last night.

Miss Ruth Lozier, teacher of the Curley Creek school left Sunday for Seattle, Wash., where she was called by the news that her mother had suffered a stroke of paralysis. The Curley Creek school will have a two weeks holiday vacation on account of the absence of Miss Lozier.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 24, 1918, Page 5

Local Pick-ups

The pupils of the Bonners Ferry schools had their first fire drill this year on Thursday and marched out of the buildings in one minute from the time the alarm was given.

According to word recently received from Mrs. M. F. McAnelly, at Wilson Creek, Wn., her daughter, Mrs. Fred Griesenger, is improving in health. Mrs. Griesenger was seriously ill with influenza.

E. Osborn, proprietor of the stage line between Porthill and this city, is up and around again after having been confined to his bed for a couple of weeks with Spanish influenza. While he was sick Wm. Warwick was in charge of the stage line and mail carrying business.

Mrs. Perry Wilson was called to Spokane Wednesday afternoon by a telegram telling of the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. Guy Reigle, with Spanish influenza.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 24, 1918, Page 8

Local Pick-ups

Miss Gladys Ashby is on the sick list this week with an attack of the Spanish influenza which she contracted Sunday.

The members of the family of W. J. Bone have been on the sick list the past week with the Spanish influenza. At last reports all the sick ones were getting along nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. O’Brien and children are all down with the influenza at the home of relatives at Richmond, Wis. They stopped off at Richmond on their way here from Chisholm, Minn., and contracted the disease there. Mr. and Mrs. O’Brien are former residents here and have decided that “old Bonners Ferry” is a good place to live after all. Mr. O’Brien is a brother of Mrs. L. N. Brown.
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Union Church Notice

Services in the Union church next Sunday as usual. Sunday school at 10:00 a.m. Morning service at 11:00 o’clock, subject, “Thoughts for the Closing Year.”

Evening service at 7:30 p.m..

Everybody is cordially invited to these services.

G. H. Wilbur, Pastor.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 24, 1918, Page 1

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President Lindley Thanks Moscow
University Head Tells of His Appreciation of Cooperative Spirit

Dr. E. H. Lindley, president of the University of Idaho, wishes the people of Moscow and vicinity to know how he and the university faculty appreciate the splendid spirit of cooperation that has been shown here during the influenza epidemic and in making it possible to secure such a large corps of the S. A. C. T. here. Dr. Lindley has asked The Star-Mirror to publish the following statement:

To the People of Moscow:

I wish to express to you the grateful thanks of the university for extraordinary services rendered. The university is attempting to compile a roll of honor of all who rendered special assistance during the recent ordeal. The list, however, is so lengthy that it will be impossible to render acknowledgment to individuals.

At the outset you assumed large responsibilities in order to provide for the Students’ Army Training Corps. You made possible one of the largest corps in the Northwest, representing every locality in Idaho and a contingent from a sister state.

When the influenza came and death began to stalk among our boys, Moscow rose to her full height and, forgetful of self, cared for the stricken as though they were her own.

On every hand there has been manifested throughout the spirit of kindly hospitality and cooperation. The good name of the city is in consequence diffused throughout the state. From the Panhandle to the Yellowstone the word has passed, “Moscow is taking good care of our boys and girls.”

The demobilization of the Students’ Army Training Corps closes an unique chapter in the history of the university and the state. You helped the university to win a creditable record, the benefits of which will not quickly disappear. Mindful of the noble spirit of your deeds, the university goes forward to meet the perplexing problems of the immediate future with confidence in your continued loyalty to the great trust confided to you by the state of Idaho.

May the memory of the days just passed add to the happiness of the Christmastide of each of you.

E. H. Lindley.
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Two Thousand Red Crossers Now Here
Moscow “Went Over The Top” in The Red Cross Christmas Roll Call

Moscow made it. The city reached the goal of membership fixed when the Christmas roll call was started. There are 2,000 members of the Red Cross in Moscow, now. This means that $2,000 has been added to the funds to care for the sick, wounded and afflicted soldiers and supply their needs after the return home from the battle fields.

Moscow always reaches her goal, if you give her time enough. The influenza, the bad weather, all combined to deter the work, but it has gone on steadily from the first day and Moscow has a membership of which her citizens can feel proud. …
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No Paper Christmas Day.

Tomorrow is Christmas and The Star-Mirror, in common with all other business enterprises of Moscow, will observe the day. The office will be closed during the day and no paper will be issued. This is to be the greatest Christmas the world has known and it should be observed in fitting manner.

The Star-Mirror wishes every one of its hundreds of patrons a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. …
(page 2)
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 24, 1918, Page 3

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City News

Miss Rose Hawks left Sunday for Nampa, Idaho, called by the illness of influenza, of her sister, Miss Nettie, who left Moscow for a visit about two weeks ago.

W. B. Knosness, farm bureau manager for northern Idaho counties, has returned from the north part of the state where he went on official business, and was taken ill with the influenza. He got to Spokane and spent some time in a hospital there. He has recovered sufficiently to return and is about the streets, but is a little weak yet. Mr. Knosness reports the farm bureau work in the 10 northern counties of Idaho as in a flourishing condition.

Mrs. E. Vanginaux has received word that her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Howard, of Los Angeles is very ill with influenza. Mrs. Howard was a pioneer resident of Latah country.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 24 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lowell School, Boise, Idaho

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courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 18 * Last Week *

The Challis Messenger., December 18, 1918, Page 1

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While The Doc’s Away, The “Flu” Gained Sway!
The “Flu” has at Last Reached Challis!

Since Friday of this week, 11 cases of Spanish Influenza have developed in this locality.

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The picture shows, dances, pool halls, schools and all other public gatherings have been prohibited and it is hoped that the disease will be confined to those who are afflicted with it at present.

It is thought that John McKinney brought the disease in. Mr. McKinney evaded the quarantine guard at the Watt bridge and after being here two days was taken ill with the disease.

The authorities in charge, during the absence of Dr. Kirtley, who was summoned to appear in court at Mackay, did not know what action to take in the matter, as Mr. McKinney stated that he had been five days on the road from Salmon to this city.

However, the “flu” is here! We urge everyone to be particularly careful and aid the health officials in every way in stamping out the disease.
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Actions Against 2 County Officials Dismissed
Huntington Ouster and Adamson Contempt Cases Heard and Taken Under Advisement.

The actions brought against Dr. C. L. Kirtley, county physician and commissioner and M. A. Brown, county attorney, were heard in chambers at Mackay this week.

The action against Dr. Kirtley was brought to put him out of office. Judge Terrell, after hearing the evidence in the case dismissed the action. Judge Cowen dismissed the contempt proceedings against the doctor and M. A. Brown.

The ouster proceedings against Sheriff Huntington occupied several days, Judge Terrell taking the matter under advisement. Mr. Huntington pled guilty to contempt before Judge Cowen, who took the matter under advisement.

The proceedings against W. W. Adamson, charging him with contempt where brought up for consideration and the defendant having entered a plea of guilty, the Judge took the matter under advisement.

All the cases mentioned above resulted from the quarantine against Spanish Influenza which was established in this section some two months ago. The quarantine was in no way interfered with.

George Coryell, Jno. Job, Wm. Oster, M. A. Dillingham, Mabel Keyser, Blanche and Elias Thomas were summoned as witnesses from this city.
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source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 18 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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December 25

The Challis Messenger., December 25, 1918, Page 1

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Observe Health Rules

The public is earnestly requested to observe all health regulations. By doing so you will greatly aid in confining the disease to those afflicted at present.
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To the Ranchers

All ranchers are requested to avoid trips to town so far as possible.
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Flu Masks

The local chapter of the Red Cross is making flu masks and all who desire them can get them at the drug stores.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 25 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., December 25, 1918, Page 4

Compulsory School Law

Section 150. In all districts of this State, all parents, guardians, and other persons having care of children shall instruct them, or cause them to be instructed, in reading, writing, spelling, English Grammar, geography and arithmetic. In such districts, every parent, guardian, or other person having charge of any child between the ages of eight (8) and sixteen (16) years shall send such a child to a public, private or parochial school for the entire school year during which the public school are in session in such district;

Provided, however, That this chapter shall not apply to children over fifteen (15) years of age, where such child shall have completed the eighth (8) grade, or may be eligible to enter any high school in such district, or where its help is needed for its own use or its parents support, or where for good cause shown it would be for the best interest of such child to be relieved from the provisions of this chapter.

Provided, further, That if a reputable physician within the district shall certify in writing that the child’s bodily or mental condition does not permit its attendance at school, such child shall be exempt during such period of disability from the requirements of this chapter.

It shall be the duty of the superintendent of the school district, if there be such superintendent, and if not, then the county superintendent of schools, to hear and determine all applications of children desiring, for any of the causes mentioned here, to be exempted from the provisions of this chapter, and if upon such application, such superintendent, hearing the same, shall be of the opinion that such child for any reason is entitled to be exempted as aforesaid, then such superintendent shall issue a written permit to such child, stating therein his reason for such exemption.

An appeal may be taken from the decision of such superintendent as passing upon such application, to the probate court of the county in which such district lies, upon such child making such application and filling the same with the clerk or judge of said court, within ten days after its refusal by such superintendent, for which no fee to exceed the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) shall be charged, and the decision of the probate court shall be final. An application for release from the provisions of this chapter shall not be renewed oftener than once in three months.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 25 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., December 25, 1918, Page 5

Items About People You Know

Half Hundred Flu Cases.

To date, nearly fifty cases of Spanish Influenza have developed in Challis and Round Valley. Besides those reported in our last issue as having the disease, there has developed the following new cases: Mrs. Seth Buratedt*, Mary Coryell, Claus Burrtedt*, W. W. Adamson, Frank Baxter and wife, and three children, Mrs. Wells, Roy Chivers, Mrs. W. W. Adamson, Irene Michael, four of Elias Thomas’ children, Floyd Bradley, Hattie Coleman, Beatrice Foley, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jensen and daughter, Blanche, Mrs. Roy Chivers and Ivan Hughes.

Mrs. Burstedt* and son, Claus, were over from Pahsamaroi the fore part of the week.

Mrs. Lottie McGown, who was taken ill with the flu at the ‘phone office, was moved to Mrs. Kieupfer’s Monday afternoon.

[*Note: this name is spelled 3 different ways on the same page.]
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Got the Flu at Mackay

W. W. Adamson, who attended court at Mackay last week, and who is at present suffering with the flu, is of the opinion that he contracted the disease at Mackay, as he went directly into quarantine upon his return home and was taken ill shortly afterwards.
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John McKinney Taken Home

John McKinney of Salmon, who was taken ill here last week with the flu, was taken home Saturday. Dr. Kirtley admonished him regarding the danger of making the journey, but the young man insisted on going home. Harry [?], of Salmon, came up after him.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 25 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., December 25, 1918, Page 8

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source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 25 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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School photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
link:
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Road Reports Aug 30, 2020

Note: Tuesday (Aug 25) Yellow Pine received nearly 1/2″ of rain in 20 minutes, causing temporary “flash” flooding on roads and ponding in yards. No reports of roads washing out. Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly any time of year. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are beat up, dry and dusty. The dust abatement on main street is wearing thin. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN. Report that a dog was hit injured on Main street in June.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 95: Detour around slide on Old Pollock Road
Update Aug 28:
Blasting unstable material from the US-95 slide south of Riggins

8/28 ITD Press release:
https://apps.itd.idaho.gov/Apps/MediaManagerMVC/PressRelease.aspx/Preview/9474
ITD (link)
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Link: Bridge construction at Horseshoe Bend.
Link: Fall 2020 ID-55, Smiths Ferry Improvements
State Highway 55 Construction Work Scheduled starts September 8th, 2020
Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
link: more info
Note: Due to the Hwy 55 construction from Smith’s Ferry to Rainbow Bridge that starts in September (after Labor Day), the County Commissioners have ordered the closure of Smith’s Ferry Dr. at Packer John Rd. and Round Valley Rd. This closure is in effect along with the expected construction work schedules posted by ITD.
This closure does not apply to the property owners who live beyond the intersection of Packer John Rd. and Smith’s Ferry Dr. as they will continue to be able to access their properties.

Warm Lake Highway: No problems reported.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Closed 7am to 4pm daily with no closures on weekends.
Saturday (Aug 22) report from mail truck driver (Taylor) they have paved some of the patches previously worked on. Currently digging up that bad spot where the springs caused the ice flow last winter (where people slid off the road.)
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. South Fork Road Project page (link)
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (Aug 22) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is holding up well but starting to get a little washboardy in a few spots.

Johnson Creek Road: Open.
Saturday morning (Aug 29) a report of ‘massive fire traffic’ on upper Johnson creek road. Crews are working along the road. The Buck fire camp is at Landmark. Also it is getting “very washboardy in the canyons.” – AP (Saturday evening 6pm report of no traffic – DB)
Tuesday (Aug 25) a report that the section of the road Idaho Power worked on is in great shape, graded and compacted. A bit washboardy beyond Wapiti Medow Ranch and on the hills.
Wednesday (Aug 26) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is pretty good. On the way out after Tuesday’s storm he encountered 2 trees down, cut one out and was able to get around the other.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Opened by the county June 24th.
Old report Aug 2: “Lick Creek was very bad and did a number on [some] rigs so caution.” – AP
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open and rough.
Summit was reported snow free on Sunday June 28.
Old report Aug 9: The road is getting really rough – lots of OHV traffic.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Travel at your own risk.
Old report Aug 13: The road is clear going to Thunder Mountain, Dewey Mine and Lightning Peak. – RE
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Open, no snow and trees cut out, travel at your own risk.
Report received Aug 13: “We made a UTV ride into the Cinnabar mine in early August and as always it was a great trip.” – RE
Also reports of off road travel cutting through the switchbacks and tearing up the hillside.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Travel at your own risk.
Old report Aug 2: “Motorcycles and side by sides going over Elk Summit not sure about cars.” – LM
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road: Construction update: The road is CLOSED from 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN with a PILOT CAR from Noon-1pm and after 5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN without a pilot car on Saturday and Sunday.
Update July 30: (link)
Warren Wagon Road will be open for the remainder of the project with 30 minute traffic delays, without the four hour morning and afternoon closures. No further weekend delays are planned. Road work completion is scheduled for August 27th, 2020. Asphalt paving is in process and will be completed this week. Guardrail system installation is planned for this week. Pavement markings, signage, and turf establishment will occur in August.

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution.
Scott Mountain is also open.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Weather Reports Aug 23-29, 2020

Aug 23 Weather:

At 9am it was 52 degrees, sky appears clear above haze of smoke, slight breeze. Thicker smoke and worse air quality by 1pm. At 315pm it was 93 degrees, appears mostly clear above the smoke, variable breezes. At 630pm it was 87 degrees, appeared clear above the smoke, still and “oppresive” feeling. At 830pm it was 71 degrees, bad air quality, rosy glow to the west (clouds? Smoke?) and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 24, 2020 at 09:00AM
Partly cloudy? SMOKE
Max temperature 93 degrees F
Min temperature 46 degrees F
At observation 53 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 24 Weather:

At 9am it was 53 degrees, appears there are a few clouds above the smoke, bad air quality. Dim and murky looking at 1pm. At 3pm it was 72 degrees, appears to be mostly cloudy above the smoke and bad air quality. At 630pm it was 72 degrees, mostly cloudy, smoky and poor air quality. At 830pm it was 64 degrees and appeared to be clear above the smoke.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 25, 2020 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy, haze of smoke
Max temperature 78 degrees F
Min temperature 49 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 25 Weather:

At 9am it was 55 degrees, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. Just before 2pm it was 72 degrees and started to thunder, sprinkles of rain at 159pm followed by intense rain 2pm to 220pm with low clouds and lots of thunder and lighting strikes in our area but not much wind. Done raining by 221pm and breaks in the clouds. Localized street and field flooding. May have undercatch in rain gauge with it bouncing off the funnel. At 240pm it was 64 degrees, mostly clear (above the smoke!) and water soaking in. At 6pm it was 77 degrees, mostly clear and lighter haze of smoke. At 830pm it was 64 degrees, appears clear or mostly clear and calm. Probably mostly clear at 11pm and haze of smoke.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 26, 2020 at 09:00AM
Mostly clear, haze of smoke, heavy dew
Max temperature 78 degrees F
Min temperature 48 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation 0.48 inch
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Aug 26 Weather:

At 9am it was 55 degrees, looked mostly clear above haze of smoke, roofs wet with dew. At 1pm it was 74 degrees, haze of smoke and a few clouds. At 330pm it was 83 degrees, dark clouds, breezy and thunder rumbling, maps shows strikes on Antimony ridge. At 630pm it was 80 degrees, mostly cloudy above the smoke and a little breezy. At 830pm it was 68 degrees, appeared partly clear above the smoke. A little after 3am loud thunder and moderate rain for maybe 5 minutes.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 27, 2020 at 09:00AM
Partly cloudy, haze of smoke
Max temperature 87 degrees F
Min temperature 51 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.02 inch
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Aug 27 Weather:

At 9am it was 56 degrees and a few high hazy clouds above the smoke. Looks overcast at 1pm, thicker smoke and light breezes. At 3pm it was 82 degrees, mostly cloudy, slight breeze, haze of smoke and a bit humid. At 630pm it was 78 degrees, partly cloudy, haze of smoke and light breeze. At 830pm it was 70 degrees and appears to be mostly clear above a thinner haze of smoke. At 1130pm it appeared to be mostly clear above the haze, fat orange moon and smell of smoke in the air.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 28, 2020 at 09:00AM
Clear, haze of smoke, dew
Max temperature 83 degrees F
Min temperature 42 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 28 Weather:

At 9am it was 48 degrees, clear sky over haze of smoke, dew on the roofs and air quality not as bad. At 1pm it was 81 degrees, breezy and thicker haze of smoke. At 3pm it was 87 degrees, almost clear, haze of smoke and light breeze. At 645pm it was 80 degrees, looks cloudy but sat map has no clouds, layer of smoke? At 830pm it was 69 degrees and appeared clear above the haze. At 1130pm it appeared to be hazy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 29, 2020 at 09:00AM
Clear, smoky, light breeze, dew
Max temperature 88 degrees F
Min temperature 41 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 29 Weather:

At 9am it was 48 degrees, clear above the smoke, light breeze and dew on roofs. At 1pm it was 85 degrees, clear above the smoke and light breezes – smoke is from Buck Fire, less out of state smoke. At 315pm it was 86 degrees, clear sky, thinner haze of smoke but can smell it and gusty breezes. At 630pm it was 79 degrees, partly cloudy, light breezes, thinner smoke and better air quality. At 830pm it was 67 degrees, mostly high thin (pink) clouds and slight breeze, smell of smoke in the air. Looked mostly clear at 1130pm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 30, 2020 at 09:00AM
Clear, light breeze, dew, better air
Max temperature 87 degrees F
Min temperature 38 degrees F
At observation 45 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Fire Update Aug 29, 2020

FireTreeFire Update Aug 29, 2020

Watch for heavy fire traffic on upper Johnson Creek road. Crews are working to reduce fuels along the road. The Buck fire camp is at Landmark. A report Johnson Creek road is washboardy in the canyons. South Fork road is open on weekends, some of the previous work areas have been paved.

We are getting less out of state smoke, however, increasing smoke from the Buck fire to the east and south. Hot and breezy conditions in YP after lunch time today.
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Buck Fire Update – August 29, 2020

Map Aug 28 at 830pm
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(click image for larger size)

• 142 acres
• 0 percent contained
• Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
• Start: August 26
• Cause: Lightning

Yesterday afternoon, the Buck Fire activity increased, moved toward the east and overtook the Trapper Fire. With better infrared mapping the fire has grown to about 142 acres. Suppression efforts continue with aerial resources to reduce spread.

Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnson Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440 in preparation for a cold front which is expected to pass through the area this evening. There are no immediate threats to structures.

Fire officials are asking the public to avoid roads and trails in the area. A temporary area closure is expected to be put in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities. With increase fire traffic, please avoid NFS roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297.

Two helicopters, a Type 2 and Type 1 are assigned to the fire with additional air support as needed from an Air Attack, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a large air tanker.

Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with all flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

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Media Contact: Venetia Gempler venetia.gempler@usda.gov
Office: 208-373-4105
Cell: 208-318-8583

Buck fire updates on InciWeb (link)
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Payette NF

Payette NF Fire Update August 29, 2020

McCall, ID, August 29, 2020 – As crews continue to suppress lightning fires caused by the midweek’s storms, a dry cold front will potentially hamper their efforts. The National Weather Service predicts a dry cold front entering the region later Saturday night. This weather pattern will bring gusty winds and particularly poor humidity recovery to areas over 6,000 feet. Fire personnel are working diligently to “put the fires to bed” prior to the passing of this front. As updates become available they will be added.

Personnel continue to mop-up on the Copeland Fire, as well as patrol the Wildhorse Fire. Both fires were started by nocturnal lightning on August 19, 2020

Fire Updates

Porphyry: Krassel Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 2.5 acres as of August 28th – size will be updated after aerial reconnaissance is complete, no safe access at this time for fire personnel. The fire has moved over the ridgeline and may be impacting trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge. Aviation assets continue to monitor this fire.

Wolf Fang: Krassel Ranger District, half-mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – 0.5 acre, no safe access at this time for fire personnel.

Ryan: Krassel Ranger District, south of Coin Mountain – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. Contained and controlled.

Deer Creek: Krassel Ranger District, wilderness, 3 miles Southwest of Arctic Point Lookout – 0.1 acre, wilderness, resources on scene. Contained.

Mule: Krassel Ranger District, located East of Mule Creek Point – 0.1 acre, wilderness, resources on scene. Contained.

Rooster: McCall Ranger District, located northeast of Smith Knob – 0.1 acre, wilderness, no safe access for resources at this time.

Lower Hard Creek: New Meadows Ranger District, located east of the Little Salmon in the Hard Creek drainage – 0.1 acre, resources on scene

Wildhorse: The Wildhorse fire is on the east side of Wildhorse River between Emery Creek and Blue Gulch in extremely steep terrain. The fire is 9.2 acres and is contained and controlled. Fire personnel will continue to patrol the fire until it is called out. County roads in the area remain open to the public

Flat Creek: Gold Fork area – 0.1 acre, contained and controlled.

Copeland: The Copeland fire is located 5 miles east of McCall near Shaw/Twin Lakes on SITPA protected Idaho Department of Lands land bordering the Payette National Forest. The fire is 91 acres and in mop-up stages with crews continuing to secure the perimeter and take care of interior heat. It is 100% contained and transitioned back to a type 4 organization on August 27, 2020. The Boulder Lake Road remains closed at the intersection with Morrell Road to provide for public and firefighter safety. For more information, visit this page on Inciweb: (link)
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Fire Update Aug 28, 2020

FireTreeFire Update Aug 28, 2020 3pm Boise NF

Watch for fire traffic on upper Johnson Creek road. Fire crew based at Landmark.

Attached is the official press release that just came out today. The fire has not grown in size at all in the last two days and with the cooler wet weather coming in this weekend, we don’t expect it to grow.

Fire crews started work along the Johnson Creek road this afternoon to remove some fuels from the roadside. We have them dong this as a precaution for the VERY unlikely event that the fire moves out of Trapper creek. This work will likely continue for the next 2-3 days.

Jake Strohmeyer
Cascade Ranger
Boise National Forest
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August 28, 2020 – – Lightning storms passed over the northern area of the Boise National Forest igniting two fires on the Cascade Ranger District. The largest is the Buck Fire (65 acres) and the smaller of the two is the Trapper Fire at 0.03 acres.

Buck Fire Update

* 65 acres
* 0 percent contained
* Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
* Start: August 26
* Cause: Lightning

The Buck and Trapper Fires were detected about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The fast moving Buck fire is burning in sub-alpine fir toward an old burn scar with standing dead and down snags. The dead and down timber creates an additional falling and excessive fuels hazard. All firefighting resources are actively working to suppress the fires. There are no immediate threats to structures.

Aerial resources were vigorously used to drop retardant and water on all sides of the fire slowing its progression. The fire has grown to the northeast into Trapper Creek and the two fires are being managed together. Two helicopters, a Type 2 and Type 1 are assigned to the fire with additional air support as needed from an Air Attack, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a large air tanker.

As a safety precaution multiple roads and trails in the area are expected to be temporarily closed for public safety during wildfire suppression activities. With increase fire traffic, fire officials are asking the public to avoid National Forest System (NFS) roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297.

Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with all flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

Venetia Gempler
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Boise National Forest
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Payette NF Fire Update Aug 28th

McCall, ID, August 28, 2020 – Thunderstorms producing abundant lightning moved over Payette National Forest lands again on the night of August 26th and late afternoon August 27th. Since Tuesday, the Payette National Forest and SITPA fire personnel have initial attacked 18 new lightning fires and 1 human-caused fire. Initial Attack updates are listed by protection district below and will be updated throughout the day if significant changes occur.

Personnel continue to mop-up on the Copeland Fire, as well as patrol the Wildhorse Fire. Both fires were started by nocturnal lightning on August 19, 2020.

Fire Updates

Initial Attack:

Moore: Krassel Ranger District, Big Creek Drainage south of Moore Point – 0.1 acres, OUT.

Goat: Krassel Ranger District, between Goat Mountain and the Pinnacles – 0.1 acre, OUT.

Porphyry: Krassel Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 2.5 acres, no safe access at this time for fire personnel.

Wolf Fang: Krassel Ranger District, half mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – 0.5 acre, no safe access at this time for fire personnel.

First Nation: Krassel Ranger District, south of the East Fork Rd between Deadman CG and Eiguren Ranch – 0.1 acre, OUT.

Four Mile: Krassel Ranger District, 2 miles west of Four Mile CG and Southfork Salmon River – 0.1 acre, OUT.

Ryan: Krassel Ranger District, south of Coin Mountain – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. Contained and controlled.

Deer Creek: Krassel Ranger District, wilderness, 3 miles Southwest of Artic Point Lookout – 0.1 acre, wilderness, resources on scene. Contained.

Mule: Krassel Ranger District, located East of Mule Creek Point – 0.1 acre, wilderness, resources on scene. Contained.

Chimney: McCall Ranger District, ¼ mile west of War Eagle LO – 0.1 acre, OUT

Sand: McCall Ranger District, 1 mile west of California Lake – 0.1 acre, OUT.

Rooster: McCall Ranger District, located northeast of Smith Knob – 0.1 acre, wilderness, no safe access for resources at this time.

Daz: New Meadows Ranger District, 1 mile east of milepost 175 on Hwy 95 – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. OUT.

Bullhorn: New Meadows Ranger District, 2 miles south of Pollock LO, at Bullhorn Creek – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. OUT.

Little French: New Meadows Ranger District, located north of Hazard Lakes – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. Contained.

Lower Hard Creek: New Meadows Ranger District, located east of the Little Salmon in the Hard Creek drainage – 0.1 acre, resources on scene

Jenkins: Rural assist mutual aid – 37.4 acres. Resources responded to lightning strike on private land bordering Forest Service protected BLM land. Contained.

Darne: Weiser Ranger District – SITPA protection, Joker/Dry Beaver Creek area 3 miles SE of Evergreen CG – 0.1 acre, human caused. OUT.

Flat Creek: SITPA – Gold Fork area – 0.1 acre, contained and controlled.

Extended Attack:

Copeland: The Copeland fire is located 5 miles east of McCall near Shaw/Twin Lakes on SITPA protected Idaho Department of Lands land bordering the Payette National Forest. The fire is 91 acres and in mop-up stages with crews continuing to secure the perimeter and take care of interior heat. It is 100% contained and transitioned back to a type 4 organization on August 27, 2020. The Boulder Lake Road remains closed at the intersection with Morrell Road to provide for public and firefighter safety. For more information, visit this page on (link).

Wildhorse: The Wildhorse fire is located on the Council Ranger District, on the east side of Wildhorse River between Emery Creek and Blue Gulch in extremely steep terrain. The fire is 9.2 acres and is contained and controlled. Fire personnel will continue to patrol the fire until it is called out. County roads in the area remain open to the public.

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Updated Fire Report Aug 27, 2020

FireTreeTrapper Flats wildfire update Aug 27 PM

Report received from resident, “per fire-op person: It’s 65 acres, burning in an area with limited access hence no crew on site. They have placed retardant around the perimeter and are using a helicopter to dump water.”

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Lightning sparks 12 new wildfires in Payette National Forest

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, August 27th 2020


The Porphyry Fire from the air the evening of Aug. 25. Courtesy of Payette National Forest

Air and ground crews are responding to several wildfires that ignited Tuesday by recent storms over the Payette National Forest.

Crews have found and are responding to 12 new fires so far:

* Moore Fire: Krassel Ranger District, Big Creek Drainage south of Moore Point – 0.1 acres, fire is OUT.
* Goat Fire: Krassel Ranger District, between Goat Mountain and the Pinnacles – 0.1 acre, fire is OUT.
* Porphyry Fire: Krassel Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 0.5 acre, no access at this time for fire personnel.
* Wolf Fang Fire: Krassel Ranger District, half mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – 0.1 acre, no access at this time for fire personnel.
* First Nation Fire: Krassel Ranger District, south of the East Fork Rd between Deadman CG and Eiguren Ranch – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Four Mile Fire: Krassel Ranger District, 2 miles west of Four Mile CG and South Fork Salmon River – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Chimney Fire: McCall Ranger District, 1/4 mile west of War Eagle LO – 0.1 acre, fire is OUT.
* Sand Fire: McCall Ranger District, 1 mile west of California Lake – 0.1 acre, fire is OUT.
* Daz Fire: New Meadows Ranger District, 1 mile east of milepost 175 on Hwy 95 – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Bull Horn Fire: New Meadows Ranger District, 2 miles south of Pollock LO, at Bullhorn Creek – 0.1 acre, resources on scene.
* Darne Fire: SITPA protection on Forest Service land – Weiser Ranger District, Joker/Dry Beaver Creek area 3 miles SE of Evergreen CG – 0.1 acre, resources on scene. Human caused.
* Ryan Fire: Krassel Ranger District, south of Coin Mountain – 0.1 acre, resources responding.
* Firefighters were also able to control and contain the 91-acre Copeland Fire near McCall and the 9.2-acre Wildhorse Fire in the Council Ranger District earlier this week.

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Road Reports Aug 26, 2020

Note: Tuesday (Aug 25) Yellow Pine received nearly 1/2″ of rain in 20 minutes, causing temporary “flash” flooding on local roads and ponding in yards. No reports of roads washing out. Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly any time of year. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Tuesday’s rain settled the dust, but drying out now. Local streets are beat up, dry and dusty except where people paid for dust abatement (and it is wearing thin on main street.) Deer, dogs and kids are wandering around. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN. Report that a dog was hit injured on Main street in June.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 95: Detour around slide now open 24 hours
Update Aug 26: Blasting at rockslide site to close Highway 95 near Riggins on Friday evening (August 28th)
The Idaho Transportation Department also expects to close Old Pollock Road to allow crews to blast thousands of cubic yards of unstable rock from the slope.
Friday’s closure is expected to last just one hour, and after the blast, traffic will be allowed to travel through the area on Old Pollock Road.
link: KTVB News
ITD (link)
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Link: Bridge construction at Horseshoe Bend.
Link: Fall 2020 ID-55, Smiths Ferry Improvements
State Highway 55 Construction Work Scheduled starts September 8th, 2020
Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
link: more info

Warm Lake Highway: No problems reported.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Closed 7am to 4pm daily with no closures on weekends. Closure at MP 17 this week.
Saturday (Aug 22) report from mail truck driver (Taylor) they have paved some of the patches previously worked on. Currently digging up that bad spot where the springs caused the ice flow last winter (where people slid off the road.)
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. South Fork Road Project page (link)
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (Aug 22) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is holding up well but starting to get a little washboardy in a few spots.

Johnson Creek Road: Open.
Tuesday (Aug 25) a report that the section of the road Idaho Power worked on is in great shape now, graded and compacted. A bit washboardy beyond Wapiti Medow Ranch and on the hills.
Wednesday (Aug 26) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is pretty good. On the way out after the storm he encountered 2 trees down, cut one out and was able to get around the other.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Opened by the county June 24th.
Report Aug 2: “Lick Creek was very bad and did a number on [some] rigs so caution.” – AP
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open and rough.
Summit was reported snow free on Sunday June 28.
Report Aug 9: The road is getting really rough – lots of OHV traffic.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Travel at your own risk.
Report Aug 13: The road is clear going to Thunder Mountain, Dewey Mine and Lightning Peak. – RE
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Open, no snow and trees cut out, travel at your own risk.
Report received Aug 13: “We made a UTV ride into the Cinnabar mine in early August and as always it was a great trip.” – RE
Also reports of off road travel cutting through the switchbacks and tearing up the hillside.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Travel at your own risk.
Old report Aug 2: “Motorcycles and side by sides going over Elk Summit not sure about cars.” – LM
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road: Construction update: The road is CLOSED from 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN with a PILOT CAR from Noon-1pm and after 5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN without a pilot car on Saturday and Sunday.
Update July 30: (link)
Warren Wagon Road will be open for the remainder of the project with 30 minute traffic delays, without the four hour morning and afternoon closures. No further weekend delays are planned. Road work completion is scheduled for August 27th, 2020. Asphalt paving is in process and will be completed this week. Guardrail system installation is planned for this week. Pavement markings, signage, and turf establishment will occur in August. (link)

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution.
Scott Mountain is also open.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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