Aug 2, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 2, 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 8 – VYPA meeting at 2pm
Sept 12 – VYPA meeting at 2pm
(details below)

From Valley County

We need Your Help to protect the place and the people we all Love.
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page
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Valley County Emergency Operations Center
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Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
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COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)

Local Events:

No events scheduled at this time.

Village News:

Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

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

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

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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2020 Census

The 2020 Census Impacts All Valley County Residents

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

It is recommended that we all fill out the census online.

If you spend 50% of your time in Valley County, you can consider it your home per the Census. Where you register with the Census is confidential and never linked to other governmental requirements such as property taxes or mailing address. The deadline for the 2020 Census has been extended until October 31st. They will probably not be sending census takers up to Yellow Pine.

Link: to online census

You do not need an ID number. Go to the link. Click on “start questionnaire”. Then on the next page scroll down to “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” – when you click on that line it will start the census. (see below)

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Tick’s are still very plentiful in early July.

Mosquitoes and no-see-ums are hungry.

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

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

Link: to current road reports.
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Forest Info

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

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Update July 19: The bins are half full. Road has been graded.

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

Local Groups


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

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last 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
ypwater @

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:

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

Next VYPA meeting: August 8 at 2pm

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting

July 1 – Post Harmonica Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Note: at each meeting we simply add to info on the topic. That way, info from all meetings is included in a single document.
Link to notes:

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

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

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


link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP.docx

link: Covid-19 EMS.pdf (May 23)

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

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

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

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

Open 11am-8pm Closed Tuesdays
Calling ahead works best but not a huge deal. Groceries, Ice Cream, Beer and Soda. Our menu fluctuates but typically have Smoked Brisket, Tri Tip, Chicken, Burgers and Wings on hand.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

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

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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
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

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (July 27) overnight low of 45 degrees, clear sky this morning and slight breeze. A few early airplanes, otherwise quiet. Less then a dozen swallows hunting, a few finches visiting, a robin and a jay hopping around. Clear and hot at lunch time. A couple of hummingbirds visiting. Clear, hot and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 96 degrees. Steller Jay and a couple of pine siskins stopped by. Mostly cloudy and calm by mid-evening, still pretty warm. Quiet evening. Still pretty warm and mostly cloudy before dusk. A few swallows still hanging around hunting bugs or sitting on power lines. Campers pulling in and out of the golf course after dark. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Tuesday (July 28) warm night (low of at least 56 degrees but probably warmer), mostly cloudy sky this morning and feels humid. Several tree swallows swooping around this morning, a jay and a robin calling. Warm and mostly cloudy at noon. Hot and mostly cloudy (dark bellies) mid-afternoon and variable light breezes, high of 92 degrees. Loud thunderstorm with wind and sprinkles of rain for nearly an hour late afternoon. Campers setting up on the golf course. Much cooler by mid-evening. Appeared to be mostly cloudy before dusk and felt humid. Large bonfire down by the crossroads after dark. Short sprinkle around 1am.

Wednesday (July 29) overnight low of 51 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.06″, mostly cloudy sky and humidity up a little this morning. A few early airplanes. Several young hummingbirds and a pine squirrel visiting. Loud gunshot in the village at 1010am. Mail truck made it in on time. Hot and partly cloudy at lunch time. Increasing traffic and dust. Pretty warm by mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and light breezes, high of 91 degrees. A few swallows are still around, a few finches visiting and some very fat ground squirrels lumbering about. Hot and mostly clear mid-evening. Lots of extra street traffic. Very low flying airplane over the village at 702pm. Cooling off slowly before dusk and appears the sky is clear. Mamma doe and twin spotted fawns in the neighborhood and a few swallows flying high.

Thursday (July 30) overnight low of 50 degrees, clear sky with high thin haze of smoke this morning. Several early airplanes, some low and loud, quite a bit of street traffic, dusty air quality. A few finches, pine siskins and hummingbirds visiting, some tree swallows are still around. Shooting near the village started at 942am for less than 20 minutes. Hot and sunny at lunch time. Hot and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon and less traffic, high of 97 degrees. A couple of chipmunks scampering around. Still hot mid-evening and mostly clear. Amplified music up on main street. Pretty warm before dusk and clear, fat moon rising south over Antimony ridge. Clear before midnight and quiet.

Friday (July 31) overnight low of 53 degrees, clear sky with high thin haze of smoke this morning. Early loud air traffic and street traffic kicking up a haze of dust lowering air quality. No swallows in sight, one robin hopping around and a jay calling from the trees. Hot and mostly clear after lunch time. More campers pulling in early afternoon, lots of dust. Really hot by mid-afternoon and can smell smoke, partly cloudy and light breezes, high of 103 degrees. Can hear amplified music up town late afternoon. Still pretty hot mid-evening, partly cloudy and light breeze. Traffic headed up town, dusty air quality. Mostly clear before dusk, cooling off a bit. Live music continues up on main street. Partly cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Aug 1) overnight low of 51 degrees, mostly high hazy clouds and light breeze this morning. Early airplanes and street traffic making huge clouds of dust in the neighborhood. A couple of swallows, a few finches and a robin visiting. Hazy sky and warm at lunch time. Constant traffic and dust. Hot and overcast by mid-afternoon, poor air quality, high of 97 degrees. Live music on main street early evening. Hot, dusty and hazy mid-evening. Cooling off some and mostly clear before dusk. Traffic headed up town kicking up more dust. Looked mostly clear before midnight. Traffic after midnight.

Sunday (Aug 2) overnight low of 47 degrees, clear sky this morning, haze of dust in the air. Early air and street traffic. A few finches calling from the trees. Clear, hot and dusty at lunch time, live music up on main street. Several finches and a red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Some campers pulling out after lunch time. Hot, breezy and dusty mid-afternoon, high of 98 degrees. Fat ground squirrels gorging on fallen bird seed. More campers leaving. Still hot mid-evening, clear hazy sky, dusty air quality.


Barbara Jean Davis
1935 – 2020

Barbara Jean Davis
October 04, 1935 – July 21, 2020

Barbara Jean Davis, 84, born October 04, 1935 in Ontario, OR to Karl and Geneva Baker.

Barbara spent her youth in Parma ID, later attending the nursing program at what was once, Boise Junior College. While in the nursing program Barbara met the love of her life, John R. Davis, while he was home on leave from the Air Force. They married soon after in 1954, moving to Cheyenne Wyoming. There, they had their first child, a son, James (Randy). John and Barbara moved to Boise and then onto Ontario where they welcomed two daughters Pamela (Suzie) and Judy. After raising their family in Nyssa, OR from 1959-1975, they moved to a cabin they built along the river in Yellow Pine, ID. Where they lived on and off until 2015 were they finally settled in Boise. While in Yellow Pine, Barbara loved spending time snowmobiling, socializing and exploring. Barbara raced cars in the Power-Puff. Barbara always had a smile, kind heart, and quick wit about her. She was loved and loved well.

Barbara is proceeded in death by her father, Karl Baker, and mother Geneva Baker. She is survived by her husband Johnny, and their three children; Randy his wife Mary Jean and their 6 children, Suzie, her husband Luis and their 3 children, Judy and her husband Steve and her 2 kids and 1 step-daughter. Barbara also leaves behind 23 great grand children, her sister Bonnie and her husband Leon, and family.


Published: in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 2, 2020.

Idaho News:

Valley County COVID-19 cases reach 77 as of Wednesday

By Tom Grote for The Star-News July 30, 2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 77 on Wednesday, up from 73 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall reported 61 positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up from 59 a week ago. Cascade Medical Center reported 16 positive cases, up from 14 a week ago.

Nearly all of the positive cases have been recorded since summer tourism traffic started in mid-June.

Central District Health reported 42 positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, up from 37 a week ago.

Some of those who tested positive at the two hospitals but did not declare Valley County their primary residence could still be in Valley County under quarantine, health officials have said.

Adams County had 17 confirmed cases among residents as of Tuesday, up from 15 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.

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St. Luke’s doc sifts through ‘haze of misinformation’

Irvine provides facts, advice to governments, groups on COVID-19

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News July 30, 2020

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke’s McCall Chief of Staff Gregory Irvine’s work days were spent mostly in operating rooms reconstructing joints or repairing damaged ligaments and bones.

But since the virus arrived in Idaho in March, Irvine’s responsibilities have shifted to heading up not just the hospital’s response to the virus, but the region’s as a whole.

… “Unfortunately, social media has become a vehicle for spreading of misinformation and conspiracy theories and points of view that don’t jive with legitimate science,” he said.

… “If people do the right thing, we can keep the economy open, we can keep people working, we can get kids back to school,” he said.

Irvine sees the fight against the virus as akin to the efforts of Americans during World War II to make personal sacrifices to help troops.

“We need to understand that, like in any war, true American patriots need to do what’s necessary to defeat the enemy,” Irvine said.

That includes wearing masks, social distancing and increased hand hygiene, but the politicization of the virus and masks have undermined those efforts, he said.

“Anybody that resists that idea or tries to make a political statement by going without a mask is impeding our ability to fight this war and taking away one of our weapons,” Irvine said.

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McCall extends mask order for another 30 days, keeps $100 penalty

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, July 30th 2020

The City of McCall extended its mask order Thursday for another 30 days.

A mask mandate has been in place since July 2. The mandate requires masks in all public spaces of McCall indoors and outdoors when six feet distance can’t be maintained.

“We can always count on our citizens to lead the way for City Council, we have a wonderfully supportive community that is dedicated to putting our people’s health first,” said Mayor Bob Giles.

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475 new Idaho COVID-19 cases Friday, 12 new deaths

July 31, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 475 new COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths on Friday.

Idaho Falls, along with Bonneville and Jefferson Counties found their way into the national “red zone” for coronavirus infections in the past week. You can read more about that HERE.

This brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 20,721.

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Police find Boise woman who went missing on Cascade-area Blue Lake Trail hike

By Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman Jul 31, 2020

Authorities searched for and later found a Boise woman who had not been seen for two days after she went to hike a popular trail near Cascade with her dog.

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ISDA: Don’t open weird seed packages from China

By: Katie Kloppenburg Jul 27, 2020 KIVI

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is sharing information for Idahoans who may have received unsolicited seed packages from China. ISDA has received around 20 calls or emails about these kinds of packages being sent.

Several states are reporting similar packages and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is aware of the issue.

ISDA asks if you received the seeds to take the following steps:


Mining News:

Stibnite Foundation awards $50,000 in first round of grants

14 organizations share in funds from Midas Gold

By Tom Grote for The Star-News July 30, 2020

The Stibnite Foundation has awarded $50,000 to 14 organizations in the first round of the foundation’s grant program.

The Stibnite Foundation Board awarded the grants from among more than 40 applications to organizations in Cascade, Council, Donnelly, McCall, New Meadows, Riggins and Yellow Pine.

“We were very impressed by the caliber of the applications we received and how many organizations applied for funding from the Stibnite Foundation during our first grant cycle,” said Bob Crump, president and spokesperson for the Stibnite Foundation.

“We hope it will help these organizations expand their reach and have an even greater impact in our communities,” said Crump, of Riggins.

To apply for funding, organizations had to be located in Adams County, southern Idaho County or Valley County and have tax-exempt status.

… Yellow Pine Area Corporation


The Yellow Pine Area Corporation has outgrown its Community Hall, which hosts more than 2,000 people at various events.

The group requested funds to help purchase a storage shed to create more space within the Community Hall.

… The intent of the foundation is to develop a lasting endowment and enable the foundation to continue to exist after the mine is closed, according to Midas Gold.

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Midas Gold bought land from Gov. Little

Family firm earned $212,500 for logistics site near Cascade

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News July 30, 2020

A company controlled by the family of Gov. Brad Little was paid $212,500 by Midas Gold in 2016 for 25 acres along Warm Lake Road for the company’s proposed logistics facility.

The land, located about 8.5 miles east of Idaho 55 near Cascade, was formerly owned by Little Enterprises, which the governor owns with his wife, Teresa, and their two children, Adam Little of Boise and David Little of Emmett.

Money from the sale was not paid to the partners in the company but was used to buy grazing lands in Gem County, said Marissa Morrison Hyer, Little’s press secretary.

The sale occurred when Little was lieutenant governor under former Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.

Little does not have any financial ties to Midas Gold and the land sale does not constitute a conflict of interest, Morrison Hyer said.

“That said, the governor has always been an advocate for transparency in government and will disclose this transaction should an issue regarding Midas Gold come before the State Land Board,” Morrison Hyer said.

Little’s stance mirrors that of the Idaho Ethics in Government law, which notes disclosing potential conflicts does not preclude officials from discussing and voting on the topic unless specifically requested by the official.

If a matter related to Midas Gold goes before the State Land Board, which is chaired by Little, he would be required to disclose the 2016 sale in a written statement filed to Secretary of State Lawerence Denney if a conflict exists, according to the ethics law.

The only decision related to Midas Gold that Little is likely to be involved in is final approval of a financial assurance package guaranteeing money for reclamation work after mining is completed, Midas spokesperson Natalie Podgorski.

“That would be the State Land Board’s only potential involvement in the Stibnite Gold Project,” Podgorski said.

The financial assurance package would be prepared by the Payette National Forest, which is the lead agency for permitting the proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

The 25-acre parcel formerly owned by Little Enterprises was one of many parcels along Warm Lake Road that Midas Gold considered buying, Podgorski said.

The company’s first choice of land was sold to Southern Pines Plantations, which then sold the parcel to DF Development, which was only willing to sell a much larger tract of land than needed by Midas Gold, she said.

“The only other parcel of land that met all of our criteria for the logistics facility was owned by Little Enterprises,” Podgorski said, noting the sale was negotiated solely through David Little.

The price of $212,500 was agreed upon following an independent market survey of the comparable land sales and listings, she said.

Midas Gold needed to secure the land for its logistics facility before it could file its operating plan for review by the Payette Forest, Podgorski said.

The Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the construction of the logistics facility on July 16 on a 3-1 vote.

The proposal calls for four buildings and outdoor parking areas.

Buildings at the facility would include an office and laboratory, warehouse, hazardous materials storage and a core sampling and storage building.

Plans show 300 parking spaces in addition to a truck staging area and an area for larger equipment.

The facility would be used as a staging area and parking facility for employees working at the mine who would be shuttled to the site by bus, Fend said.

The P&Z’s decision has been appealed to Valley County commissioners by the advocacy group Save the South Fork Salmon. No date has been set for a hearing.

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Save the South Fork Salmon appeals Midas Gold logistics facility

The Star-News July 30, 2020

Save the South Fork Salmon is asking the Valley County commission to overturn the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval for Midas Gold Idaho’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project Logistics Facility.

The P&Z approved a permit by a 3-1 vote on July 16. No date has been set for the county commission to hear the appeal.

The proposed Stibnite Gold Project Logistics Facility would be built on 25 acres of forested and agricultural land 8.5 miles east of Cascade on Warm Lake Road.

The fenced facility would include lighted parking for 300 vehicles, a mineral assay laboratory, an equipment and material storage yard, and administrative offices. The logistics facility would be part of the Stibnite Gold Project, an open pit gold mine proposed for operation near Yellow Pine.

“The planning and zoning commission’s approval is arbitrary and capricious,”

Save the South Fork Salmon President Fred Coriell said.

“It is not based on substantial evidence in the record and it is not in accordance with the law,” Coriell said.

The appeal lists these reasons:

• The application is premature because the proposed facility would not be built unless the Stibnite Gold Project receives all approvals needed to operate.

• Midas Gold Idaho Inc.’s analysis of traffic impacts is flawed and incomplete.

• Locating an industrial facility on Warm Lake Road is not compatible with the rural nature of the area and is not consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan.

• The P&Z failed to consider the effects of the proposed facility on affordable housing.

• The approval does not adequately consider transportation of hazardous and explosive materials such as sodium cyanide, ammonium nitrate, and potassium amyl xanthate through the county and potential storage of such materials on the site.

Save the South Fork Salmon is a non-profit, community-based citizens’ organization headquartered in Valley County.

Its stated mission is “to protect the natural and cultural attributes of Idaho’s South Fork of the Salmon River watershed and the people and economies that depend on those attributes.”

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Public Lands:

Applications Requested for Snowmobiling Outfitter-Guide Permits on the Payette National Forest

McCall, Idaho, July 31, 2020 – In collaboration with the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board (IOGLB), Payette National Forest is issuing a prospectus to solicit applications to outfit and guide recreational snowmobiling. This decision is motivated by increased public demand for outfitted and guided services such as, delivery of rented snowmobiles to National Forest lands, guiding of visitors not familiar with the area or with snowmobile travel, and instruction in snowmobile operation and avalanche safety. The Forest and IOGLB are interested in licensing/permitting knowledgeable and skilled outfitter-guides to provide services such as these.

If selected, applicants would be licensed/permitted to outfit on portions of Council, Weiser, and New meadows Ranger Districts. Three operating areas are available to applicants (see attached map). One or more outfitter-guides may be chosen based on the qualifications of applicants, the specific services proposed, the areas in which the proposed services would be offered, and the number of commercially guided days available in each area.

A detailed description of requirements for applicants, maps and descriptions of operating areas, explanation of the application process, and the complete packet of application forms can be found online in the prospectus document at:  (link)

Applications must be received no later than 4:30p.m. on August 31 to be considered. For additional information, contact West Zone Recreation Program Manager Jascha Zeitlin at
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Giant cell tower proposed in middle of Idaho’s most iconic view

Last week, the state Land Board heard public testimony about the controversial proposal, and all of it was against except for comments from the AT&T representative.


Betsy Z. Russell (Idaho Press) July 27, 2020

It’s one of the most iconic views in Idaho, the scenic view of the Sawtooth Mountains from Stanley, part of a national recreation area and a dark-sky reserve. But the Idaho Department of Lands is preparing to issue a lease for a giant, 195-foot-tall cell tower on top of a 300-foot ridge right smack in the middle of that view, over the objections of the local county commissioners, the mayor of Stanley, the Sawtooth Society, the local search and rescue operation, and hundreds of local residents, business owners and visitors.

The Idaho Press reports Cingular Wireless wants to lease a tiny, 50-by-75-foot plot of state endowment land to build the tower as part of the FirstNet cellular network, which would expand first responder emergency access along with commercial use. They’d pay about $29,000 a year for 20 years for the privilege.

Last week, the state Land Board heard public testimony about the controversial proposal, and all of it was against except for the comments from the AT&T representative; the company would operate the new cell tower.


Fire Season:

McCall Fire issues warning after two brush fires in McCall

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News July 30, 2020

Two unattended fires in McCall were extinguished by McCall Fire and EMS last weekend as wildfire danger in the area ramps up, Chief Garrett de Jong said.

Firefighters responded to Eastside Drive near Camp Ida-Haven at about 6:28 p.m. last Friday to douse a campfire that had been left burning, de Jong said.

“Campfires should always be completely extinguished and left cold to the touch before people leave them,” he said.

On Saturday, McCall Fire was called to 403 Timm St. at about 4:47 p.m. to put out a brush fire that started after the homeowner dumped ashes from an outdoor fireplace, de Jong said.

Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association Fire Warden Paul Wagner warned that hot and dry weather is priming forests for wildfires.

…“Open burning is currently banned throughout Valley County and burning permits are not being issued due to the dry weather conditions,” he said.

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Crews containing majority of fires in Boise National Forest

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, July 31st 2020

The Golden Fire and Warm Fire have been mostly contained as of Friday evening in the Boise National Forest.

The Golden Fire, near Coulter Summit, is now 50 percent contained. Over180 people are responding to the now 91-acre fire.

… The Golden Fire and Warm Fire have been mostly contained as of Friday evening in the Boise National Forest.

The Golden Fire, near Coulter Summit, is now 50 percent contained. Over180 people are responding to the now 91-acre fire.

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Payette National Forest PSA

Aug 1, 2020 (via FB)

As a result of the current pandemic, the Payette National Forest has become one of the most desired escapes, leading to an increase of new Forest visitors.

Many of these new visitors are camping when they might not typically do so in a ‘normal’ year. This increases the chances of inexperienced recreationists, who may not have the tools or knowledge they need, abandoning their campfires.

Forest visitors, both experienced and inexperienced, should have a bucket of water to completely drown their campfire until it is cold to the touch before they leave their camp spot. This small act prevents a campfire from potentially turning into a forest fire.

This year on the Payette National Forest, there have been a total of 17 abandoned campfires discovered. With months still left in the fire season, it is even more crucial to properly put out campfires. Help us care for the land and protect it against unnecessary forest fires.

For more information on fire safety visit: (link)
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Officials say brush fire knocked down near Eagle, possibly human caused

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, July 30th 2020

Local fire crews and the Bureau of Land Management knocked down a brush fire Thursday night north of Eagle and east of Highway 16.

Several vehicles and dozens of crewmembers arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Water tenders and fire engines are still working to clear some of the hotspots after the brunt of the fire was knocked down.

Officials say it looks like the fire was caused by human activity, but the cause is still under investigation.

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State believes several fires started along northern Idaho highway were arson

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, July 28th 2020

Several roadside fires started along Highway 95 in northern Idaho were likely arson.

The Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office says a series of small fires were started on July 23 between 7:30-9 a.m. south of Athol. About eight fires were intentionally set between mileposts 444 and 449.

“We are asking the public to contact us with any information that will help solve the origin of these fires,” said Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl. “Arson is a serious crime, and intentionally starting fires to vegetation in the hot summer is alarming—fires like these can rapidly spread, causing damage to personal property, our timber industry, or worse, injure or kill someone.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-75-ARSON. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Update HWY 95 Fires 7/28/20 4pm

6 New Fires Today

The number of intentional fires along Hwy 95 is now 14.

Fire investigators from Idaho Department of Lands Fire Information and Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene today (7/28/20) 2 miles north of Naples, Idaho for 6 more fires.

Fires were again on the west side of the road (southbound traffic).

Fire officials urge the public to report any information they might have on either string of fires along HWY 95. Information can be direct messaged to either of their Facebook pages, or by calling 1-877-75-ARSON

Idaho Department of Lands Fire Information FB post link:
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Wildfire burns thousands of acres near Shoshone

Drops Fire has consumed roughly 3,000 acres

Mark Dee Aug 1, 2020 IME

Crews continue to battle high winds and hot temperature conditions as they work to fight a running wildfire near Shoshone, the Bureau of Land Management reported Friday evening.

The Drops Fire had consumed some 3,000 acres by 5 p.m. on Friday, the BLM announced. It continues to move north and west, bolstered by strong winds and extreme fire conditions. The Shoshone, Wendell and Gooding Rural Fire Departments are working on scene with crews from the Forest Service and BLM.

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Updates posted at Idaho Fire Info (link)

Critter News:

Protect your pet’s paws from hot asphalt

By Nicole Camarda Jul 30, 2020 KIVI

Idaho has been heating up over the last couple of days. The heat can be enjoyable for some, but our four-legged friends might feel otherwise.

The temperatures are reaching around 100 degrees this week, so walking your pet can be more dangerous.

“Any time the air temperature is increasing, we worry that the asphalt is quite warmer than the air,” Veterinarian at Treasure Valley Veterinary Hospital, Kathleen Zann says.

Studies show when air temperatures outside are 77 degrees, the asphalt can be about 125 degrees.

So, if the temperate outside is around 90 degrees, the asphalt can reach about 145 degrees.

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Pet Talk – Tetanus in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt, DVM Jul 31, 2020 IME

Tetanus is a disease of warm-blooded animals. The clinical signs associated with this disease are caused by tetanospasmin, a potent bacterial neurotoxin. Muscle stiffness and spasms are typical of the disease. Fortunately, tetanus is uncommon in dogs and cats, but it is seen occasionally by veterinarians. Tetanus is caused by Clostridium tetani, a bacterium that produces spores that persist in the environment, such as in dirt and debris. The spores are resistant to boiling and to many disinfectants. Spores of Clostridium tetani enter wounds, where they multiply and produce the neurotoxin that affects the transmission of information from nerves to muscles which leads to the severe muscle stiffness, a characteristic of this disease.

Signs usually develop 5-21 days after a wound is infected with the bacteria. General signs include facial muscle spasms which is called lockjaw. It also causes increased salivation, difficulty swallowing and extreme stiffness of the legs. It can also cause elevated body temperature and altered heart and respiratory rates because of the muscles of the heart and lungs being affected. Spasms of the muscles of the voice box, chest and diaphragm may make breathing difficult. Animals may appear to have increased sensitivity to sound and touch. Facial muscle spasms may cause wrinkling of the forehead and retraction of the lips, as if the animal is smiling or grimacing. This facial appearance is known as risus sardonicus. Extreme rigidity of the legs may give the animal a sawhorse stance or cause it to fall over and be unable to walk. The legs are often held straight and are difficult to bend.

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Mule deer illegally shot within Salmon city limits

By: Katie Kloppenburg Jul 27, 2020 KIVI

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is looking for information about the illegal killing of a young mule deer buck within the Salmon city limits. On July 24, IDFG got a call about the deer on the 300 block of N. Charles Street. The deer was reported to be lying near the road.

After an examination of the deer, IDFG determined the cause of death to be the result of a small-caliber projectile piercing the heart and both lungs, according to a news release. The deer had been in good physical condition before its death. IDFG says the deer carcass was not salvageable.

If you have any information about this incident of any wildlife violation, contact the Salmon Fish and Game office at 208-756-2271 or the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and those with information are eligible for a reward. The CAP reward for most big game animals is $300.

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West Nile virus found in Gem County

By Katie Kloppenburg Jul 29, 2020 KIVI

Mosquitoes carrying the potentially deadly West Nile virus have now turned up in Gem County. Health leaders say they found only a few mosquitoes with the disease, however.

“District personnel have identified the sources that produce the kind of mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus,” said Jason Kinley, Director of the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District. “One sample tested positive for the disease during the week of July 20, 2020. This indicates that there is West Nile virus in some mosquitoes in the area, and follows what neighboring counties have already determined during the 2020 mosquito season. The findings do not warrant any substantial deviation from standard operating procedures. Since mosquitoes in the GCMAD jurisdiction have tested positive, it is important that citizens take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.”

The Mosquito Abatement District is already treating the area with larval and adult stage poison. Fogging is taking place routinely, and district-wide fogging applications will continue in all areas of the district.

The best way to protect yourself from West Nile is to drain any standing water on your property, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors and use insect repellant.


Fish & Game News:

Idaho man wins bighorn lottery tag that raised a record $185,000 for sheep conservation

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, July 30, 2020

About 1,500 hunters bought nearly 19,000 entries in the bighorn tag lottery

For the Meridian hunter whose ticket was pulled for the 29th Annual Bighorn Sheep Tag Lottery, the winning ticket represents the hunt of a lifetime. For Idaho Fish and Game, it means more than $185,000 in funding to benefit wild sheep conservation in Idaho.

Aaron Neilson was the lucky winner of the 2020 Bighorn Sheep Tag Lottery. The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation held the drawing outside the MK Nature Center in Boise on July 29. Neilson was among about 1,500 hunters from across the nation who bought a total of nearly 19,000 entries.

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Fish and Game crews radio collar elk and pronghorn throughout south-central Idaho

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, July 31, 2020

IDFG Radio collared cow elk in the Magic Valley Region.

Several elk and pronghorn were recently radio collared in south-central Idaho to aid biologists in tracking their locations and seasonal movements.

Since mid-July, Fish and Game staff have been conducting low-level helicopter flights across south-central Idaho in an attempt to put radio collars on antlerless elk and pronghorn. These flights ranged from the Sawtooth and Wood River Valleys and into the Little Wood River basin and the Little Camas region.

Eight cow elk were radio collared in the Camas Prairie and Little Camas region. All were darted and anesthetized by a Fish and Game biologist from a helicopter. The elk were radio collared to allow Fish and Game biologists to track their movements relative to private property and potential for crop depredation. The collars will remain active for two and a half years.

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First sockeye of 2020 arrives at the Sawtooth Basin, run likely larger than last year

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, July 31, 2020

The 2019 run was lowest in more than a decade, but this year looks more promising

The first sockeye of 2020, a naturally produced female, returned to Redfish Lake Creek trap near Stanley on July 31, which is among the 363 sockeye that have crossed Lower Granite Dam through July 30 and signals a substantially larger return to Idaho than last year.

This year’s sockeye return appears to be slightly later than usual, and fisheries managers expect more fish will cross Lower Granite, which is the last dam the fish cross before reaching Idaho. Based on historical conversion rates between Lower Granite and the Sawtooth Basin, if no more fish crossed the dam, about 109 to 145 sockeye would return to the basin this year and likely surpass the last two year’s returns.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Reba the Hen’s wild ride: Family’s beloved pet chicken escapes in car, returns home

by Maritza Salazar WOAI/KABB Staff Tuesday, July 7th 2020

Photo courtesy: Justin Matthews

San Antonio — A chicken in Fair Oaks Ranch was found after alive and well after she flew the coop and jumped into the trunk of a car!

Reba’s owner, Justin Matthews, said an Instacart shopper was delivering groceries to his Fair Oaks home when she jumped into the trunk of the car.

Without realizing it, the shopper returned to his car, closed the trunk, and left, not knowing Reba the Hen was still there.


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