Oct 4, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 4, 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 8 – Hwy 55 work starts
Oct 7 – Diamond Fuel delivery
(details below)

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.

Valley County Covid-19 Response Page

Valley County Emergency Operations Center

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)

Local Events:

Highway 55 Closure starts Monday, Sept 21st

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

Village News:

Fall Colors

Aspens, Larch and berry bushes are showing fall colors.

P1000621-20200929FallNeighbor’s “bi-polar” Mountain Maple tree (half is still green.) – rrS
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Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary.

Note from YPFD:

Our sweet little village of Yellow Pine has been very busy – preparing to protect our town from the Buck fire. Forecasted VERY strong gusty winds, low humidities, and extremely low fuel moisture for this past Thursday & Friday had a high potential of pushing the fire straight at us. I think all our friends & family’s prayers pushed away those winds & brought in much needed rain! Thank you everyone!

Needless to say our little Fire District budget can’t keep up with our needs to replenish what we’ve used, and to acquire equipment & personal protective equipment for our future needs– now that we have to protect ourselves against new large fires (apparently Federal policy prohibits them from setting foot on private land – even though it’s their fire).

For example, we have fire protection areas (“divisions”) in town where we have 2 people protecting 30 houses. And 99% of us getting ready to fight this fire are over 60 years old!

If reading this makes you feel inspired to donate (especially the part about how we’re all over the age of 60…) – it will help us acquire more fire hose, hose fittings, needed pumps, and 2 replacement tires for our super old excess military water tender, plus other necessary items. Thank you for your consideration!!
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EIS draft copy for public reading is available in Yellow Pine Community Hall

A complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite mine has been placed in the Yellow Pine Community Hall so everyone can read and respond before the October 13th deadline for public comment. Read about your ares of concern, write a letter or submit your comments online before October 13th. Your comments really influence what happens in Stibnite.

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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

No update for August or September.

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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Wasps – long legged wasps are around on warm afternoon. Watch for nests under eves and under propane tank lids.

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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Latest Road Reports

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

Report Sunday (Sept 27) Transfer station and area clean, bins nearly empty. Road is good from YP to the dump.

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 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
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:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
link: (n/a yet)

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting

Printable Letter of Interest to be a Community Representative

Minutes from July 11, 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.

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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


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

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

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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

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 (Sept 28) overnight low of 28 degrees, clear sky, frosty and great air quality. The sun is coming up around 930am and started melting the frost and sending clouds of water vapor into the air as it melted the frost. Jays and a pine squirrel vocalizing. Clear and light breezes at lunch time. Crusher running today. Some high thin transparent haze across the sky mid-afternoon, light breezes and mild temperatures, high of 75 degrees and good air quality. It appeared to be clear at dusk, cooling off quickly and calm.

Tuesday (Sept 29) overnight low of 29 degrees, clear sky, frosty, good air quality and slight breeze. Strong sun melting frost and items steaming. Late morning air traffic over the village. Clear sky after lunch time and great air quality. Steller jays calling and flying around the neighborhood. Warm, clear and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 83 degrees. Clear and calm at dusk, good air quality. Clear before midnight, yellow almost full moon up over the ridge.

Wednesday (Sept 30) overnight low of 31 degrees, clear sky, frosty and good air quality. Clear sky at lunch time but some high thin haze to the south. Warm, sunny and clear mid-afternoon, light haze to the south and good air quality, high of 83 degrees. It appears clear at dusk, not much color to the sunset earlier. Looked clear before midnight, golden fat moon.

Thursday (Oct 1) overnight low of 31 degrees, clear sky, frosty, good air quality and slight haze of out of state smoke. Jays and a pine squirrel sounding off in the neighborhood. Sunny and mild at lunch time. Light street traffic. Mostly high thin wispy clouds mid-afternoon, warm and a slight breeze with good air quality, high of 84 degrees. More aspen leaves turning to gold. Hazy at dusk and cooling off. Fuzzy golden moon above the ridge before midnight.

Friday (Oct 2) the 24 hour low of 36 degrees was from Thurs. morning. This morning overcast and moderate smoke, bad air quality. Weird sounding low flying jet at 1043pm. Smoky and probably cloudy at lunch time. Warm, moderate smoke, breezy and probably mostly clear above the smoke mid-afternoon, high of 80 degrees. A female finch stopped by. At dusk, it appears clear above a haze of smoke, better air quality than this morning, although still rather poor. Looked clear before midnight, haze of smoke.

Saturday (Oct 3) overnight low of 33 degrees, clear sky this morning, light breezes, haze of smoke and poor air quality. Clear sky and haze of smoke after lunch time. Jays, nutcrackers and a pine squirrel calling. Warm, clear sky and light breezes mid-afternoon, light haze of smoke and slightly poor air quality, high of 82 degrees. Larch trees starting to turn yellow. Hairy woodpecker visited. Looked clear before midnight, haze of smoke coloring the moon.

Sunday (Oct 4) overnight low of 33 degrees, clear sky this morning, light haze of out of state smoke and rather poor air quality. Clear sky and haze of smoke after lunch time. Breezes kicking up after 3pm. Large flock of clark’s nutcrackers in the neighborhood. Warm, smoky w/poor air quality and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 81 degrees. Sarvisberry bushes turning yellow and lilac bushes starting to turn red. It appeared there were no clouds at dusk, a little thicker haze of smoke, calm and poor air quality.

Idaho News:

Governor Little keeps Idaho in Stage 4 for another two weeks

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, October 1st 2020

Governor Brad Little held a press conference Thursday updating Idaho on COVID-19.

Little started by explaining the current State Emergency Order exists for two reasons. First, it gives Idaho access to state and federal resources. Second, it communicates to the public that we are in a state of emergency.

He also explained that local government bodies have the power to create mask orders whether a state emergency has been put in place or not.

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Central District Health considers possible school rollback as coronavirus cases climb

“Our average daily case rate is going up,” said CDH spokesman Brandon Atkins.

Katija Stjepovic September 30, 2020 KTVB

With the new daily cases of the coronavirus climbing again, local health officials are particularly concerned about the impact on younger age groups, and how this could impact in-person learning.

Central District Health oversees four counties – Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley. And in each of them they’re seeing a rise in COVID cases.

“We’ve seen a consistent trend where all our jurisdictions and all four of the counties are seeing an uptick in cases, and what that means is that our average daily case rate is going up,” said CDH public information specialist Brandon Atkins.

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464 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

Oct 3, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 464 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths on Saturday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 43,702.

There are a total of 39,494 confirmed cases and 4,208 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 6 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 480.

full story:
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Idaho as of 10/1/2020

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Valley County COVID-19 cases up 9, now stand at 131

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Oct 1, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 131 cases on Tuesday, up nine cases from 122 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall reported 107 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up nine cases from 98 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 21 positive cases, which was no change from last week.

In addition, the private testing cooperative Crush the Curve has found three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Valley County with no change in the past week.

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

Central District Health reported 86 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is five more than the 81 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.

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WICAP seeks applications for winter home energy assistance

The Star-News Oct 1, 2020

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for the winter season.

The program offers assistance with heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment, energy crisis, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

To apply for assistance, visit (link) and click on LIHEAP application or call 208-382-4577.

Information on the program is also available on the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership website.

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New restaurants, safety policies coming to Tamarack Resort this winter

By Kristen Bolden Sep 30, 2020

Tamarack Resort is gearing up for its 2020-2021 winter season with several new changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Friday, December 11, the Village at Tamarack will offer new dining opens with the addition of a food hall. Those options include:

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Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry back open after semi crash

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, October 1st 2020

Highway 55 is back open after both directions were blocked near Smiths Ferry.

Idaho State Police says the crash occurred in the construction zone.

The Idaho Transportation Department says the driver of a semi-truck took a turn too fast and rolled.

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Driver killed in four-vehicle crash on Highway 55

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, October 3rd 2020

A Cascade woman died after a four-vehicle crash on Highway 55 south of Cascade.

Idaho State Police says on Friday night, 87-year-old Beverly Elder was southbound on Highway 55. She attempted to turn left onto Thunder City Road.

Police say Elder failed to yield to oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a northbound driver. Elder’s Toyota Rav then struck two other cars.

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Amendment to the Idaho Constitution to appear on November ballot

After passing the Idaho legislature back in March, House Joint Resolution 4 will appear on all Idaho ballots on election day.

Joe Parris September 29, 2020 KTVB

All Idahoans will see a question about a state constitutional amendment on their November ballot. It reads in-part: shall Section 4, Article III, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho be amended to require that the Legislature shall be apportioned to thirty-five legislative districts?”

Idaho currently has 35 legislative districts, but that number can be changed during reapportionment, the redistribution of U.S House of Representatives, after a census.

This could change Idaho’s representation in 2021.

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These are the most common reasons absentee ballots are rejected in Idaho, according to election experts

As some Idaho counties begin mailing out ballots, election officials explain a few common mistakes voters make.

Joe Parris September 30, 2020 KTVB

For weeks Idahoans have asked when they can expect to receive their absentee ballot for the November election.

Wednesday, some Idaho counties started to mail out ballots, including Ada County, which sent out a large batch.

“We are mailing out 115,000 of them today, it’s really the kickoff to the election that people are now voting and getting their ballots over the next few days,” Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane said, adding that his staff worked for weeks to assemble the ballots.

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Extended deadline for tax returns is October 15

By Katie Kloppenburg Oct 02, 2020 KIVI

Time is running out to file your 2019 Idaho state income tax return. The Idaho State Tax Commission says taxpayers who qualified for an automatic extension to file must send in their return and full payment by October 15.

“We expect to receive about 45,000 individual income tax returns in October,” Tax Commission Chairman Tom Harris said. “That’s in addition to the 892,000 returns we’ve received so far this year.”

Idaho law allows you to avoid a penalty for filing a late return if you have an extension. But you’ll still owe 4% interest on any tax due that wasn’t paid by June 15, the original Idaho income tax due date.

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Idaho, 6 other states report highest census response rate

by Associated Press Thursday, October 1st 2020 CBS2

The U.S. Census Bureau has reported that Idaho is among six other states and Puerto Rico with the highest overall census response rate.

As of Tuesday, 99.9% of households in Idaho have been counted, The Lewiston Tribune reported. Among the responses, 69.1% responded online, by mail or over the phone and 30.8% waited until workers knocked on their doors.

The federal government conducts the census every 10 years as required by the Constitution as an official count of everyone living in the country. The official census day is April 1, but the count can take months to complete.


Letter to Share:

Courageous Kids Climbing

FIRST – Please mark your calendars that Courageous Kids Climbing will once again be hosting the “Autism in the Wild” training in McCall on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. This class is FREE and will provide guidance for first responders on how to respond to emergencies involving a child with autism. I am hoping to once again have a representative from the W.H.A.L.E. program attend this event. (If you are unfamiliar with this very valuable FREE program that will assist first responders when responding to incidents with small kids in car seats, I would encourage you to click on this link  and then click on the Car Seat Safety tab, then scroll down to W.H.A.L.E.)

SECOND – One of Courageous Kids Climbing’s very good friends and supporters has asked us for some help. He has 200 Teddy Bears that he needs to get rid of! These teddy bears are excellent tools to assist you, the first responder, in keeping a small child calm during an emergency. These are available on a first come, first served basis. Contact me with your agency name and how many teddy bears you would like and we’ll make arrangements to get them to you.

Jeff Riechmann
Event Coordinator
Courageous Kids Climbing

Mining News:

Many Midas workers would commute

Study: Stibnite project would aid economy

(NOTE: This is the sixth in a series detailing the draft federal study of the Stibnite Gold Project. Next Week: No action)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Oct 1, 2020

Between 50% and 80% of Midas Gold workers would not live in the area during construction and operation of the Stibnite Gold Project, according to the Payette National Forest’s draft study of the proposed mine.

Housing workers at Stibnite for rotating two-week shifts would spread the economic effects of the project locally, across Idaho and to other western states, the study said.

The draft study predicts many workers would commute from larger cities in Idaho with more affordable housing and job prospects for family members moving with them, while others would commute from other states.

But the economic benefits of high-paying Midas Gold jobs would only be felt in communities that employees live in.

Meanwhile, tax revenue generated by the project would primarily be federal taxes.

All project alternatives would have similar economic impacts, except Alternative 4, which would add two years to the construction phase to upgrade Johnson Creek Road and Stibnite Road as the primary mine access.

Construction & Operations

Midas Gold would employ an average of 600 people during the planned three-year construction phase and 12 to 15-year life of mining operations. Total combined payroll would be about $120 million per year.

About $36.1 million of that would go to residents of Adams and Valley counties, which would account for roughly 32% of the workforce, the draft study said.

Of the 200 local residents expected to be employed by Midas Gold, the Payette projects about half to relocate from elsewhere. The other 100 would be existing local residents.

The average annual salary of about $66,000 plus benefits would be nearly 85% higher than the average annual wage of $36,500 across Adams and Valley counties, per data from 2018.

About 250 non-local Idaho residents and 150 residents of other states would fill the remaining 400 jobs during construction and operations.

In addition to jobs with Midas Gold, the mine would support an average of another 290 local jobs such as mechanics, truck drivers, retail clerks and school staff.

Those jobs would have annual wages ranging from about $34,400 to about $51,400, the draft study said.

About 190 of those jobs would go to existing local residents. The other 100 jobs would be filled by new residents moving to the area.

Population Growth

About 200 total jobs during construction and operations would be filled by people moving to the area, but the population could grow by about 430 people, the draft study said.

That would include about 110 adult spouses and 125 children that would relocate to the area, based on state population demographics.

Most growth would occur in McCall and Cascade, followed by New Meadows and Council. Little growth is expected in smaller communities like Yellow Pine and Donnelly, the draft study said.

About half of the relocated families would work for Midas Gold, which would pay high enough wages for workers to rent, buy or build a home locally, the draft study said.

But the other half of relocated families would work a variety of mine support jobs with lower salaries, albeit generally higher than current local average wages.

That could increase competition for affordable housing, raise housing prices and contribute to greater scarcity of affordable housing, the draft study said.


Public schools would be the public service most vulnerable to projected growth from the Stibnite Gold Project, the Payette’s study said.

Of the 125 children estimated to relocate to Valley and Adams counties during construction and operations, about 80 would be old enough to attend public schools.

The students are expected to be spread between school districts in Cascade, McCall and New Meadows, but could burden schools if concentrated in one district.

Currently, the Meadows Valley School District and the Cascade School District each have capacity for at least 100 new students, according to school officials.

In the McCall-Donnelly School District, Donnelly Elementary School and Payette Lakes Middle School are currently at or above capacity, M-D Superintendent Jim Foudy said.

However, each school could add 100 more students if a bond issue for school expansion being considered by trustees is passed by district voters in 2021.

McCall-Donnelly High School is nearly at capacity, but Heartland High School and Barbara Morgan Elementary School have room for increased enrollment, Foudy said.

School districts would benefit from growth through property taxes and additional state funding, which is disbursed based on enrollment.

Other Public Services

Local police, fire and paramedic services are expected to be mostly unaffected by mining operations, the draft study said.

Increases in calls for service due to population growth would be offset by property taxes paid by new local residents.

However, government agencies could struggle to compete against Midas Gold for employees, the study said.

The mine would contribute about $952 million in taxes to government agencies throughout construction and operations, but the largest share would go to the federal government in income, payroll and corporate taxes.

Over the life of the mine, Valley County would see about $4.5 million in property taxes related to the mine, or about $300,000 per year, according to the Payette.

Boom and Bust

About 110 local Midas Gold jobs and 230 local jobs supported by the mine would be lost after 15 to 18 years of construction and mining ends, the draft study said.

The remaining 130 local jobs would be reduced to about 30 jobs after the five-year site closure phase transitions to the 15-year post-closure environmental monitoring phase.

The 30 jobs would still be a boost to existing conditions, but the exodus of 470 jobs in the local economy could raise unemployment and cause “economic stagnation,” the Payette study said.

The study notes long-term economic growth could be fostered if local tax revenues from construction and operations are “effectively re-invested in community services and infrastructure.”

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used w/permission)
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Comments on Stibnite Gold Project now due by Oct. 28

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Oct 1, 2020

Public comments on the draft environmental study of Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 following a 15-day extension by the Payette National Forest.

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.

Analysis of the alternatives in the draft study will be further refined and could change before a “preferred alternative” is defined in the final environmental study, which is tentatively expected by August 2021.

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Payette extends Stibnite Gold Project comments to Oct. 28

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Oct 1, 2020

The Payette National Forest has granted a 15-day extension of the former 60-day public comment period on the draft environmental study of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project.

Public comments can now be submitted to the Payette Forest through Oct. 28 at 5 p.m., when the now 75-day comment period closes.

The extension does not affect the Payette’s timeline for a final study and draft decision on the project, which are still expected by next August, Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

Local Payette officials decided on a 15-day extension after receiving a range of comments favoring longer extensions or no extension at all, Harris said.

Midas Gold Idaho President Laurel Sayer expressed support for the extension in a news release, but questioned whether the extension was necessary.

“With over 1,400 letters received to-date, it is clear many people throughout Idaho feel ready to provide the U.S. Forest Service with their thoughts on the Stibnite Gold Project,” Sayer said.

“However, given the amount of public disclosure on the project over many years, it is also time to move to the next stage of finalizing the EIS and selecting a preferred alternative,” she said.

The original comment period of 60 days was 15 days longer than the 45 days required by federal law.

All substantive comments on the draft study will be evaluated by the Payette, and some could even be incorporated into the final environmental study.

The final study will define a “preferred alternative” using parts of each of the four alternatives detailed in the draft study.

A minimum 45-day objection period will follow the release of the final study and draft record of decision, which are tentatively expected for August 2021.

However, only those who submitted substantive comments during the project scoping period in 2017 or on the draft environmental study may issue an objection.

Based on the current timeline, a final decision on the project is scheduled for December 2021, Harris said.

The draft environmental study was originally expected in March 2019, but has been pushed back several times over the last two years.

Since it first started work in 2009, Midas Gold has invested about $166 million into the Stibnite Gold Project, of which more than $100 million has been spent in Idaho, according to figures from the company.

The company’s probable mineral reserves include more than 4 million ounces of gold, or 125 tons, from the Stibnite deposits. The value of the gold is projected to bring in 94% of the mine’s revenue.

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Fire Season:

Buck Fire

Valley County Fire Working Group Oct 2, 2020

The fire has transitioned from the Nevada Type 3 team back to the Cascade Ranger District. The fire will be operated as a Type 4 organization which will consist of local resources and include; 2 crews and 2 engines. Repair work such as felling snags along the 447 and 440 roads is taking place at this time. The engines will continue to patrol and monitor any fire activity along the Johnson creek road. Along with the team transition, the incident command post will be moved to the Johnson Creek guard station today.

20201001BuckFirePhoto-aBuck Fire view from helicopter flight yesterday afternoon.
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Wet weather eases threat of Buck Fire to Yellow Pine

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Oct 1, 2020

Wet weather has eased the danger from the Buck Fire which only a week ago threatened to burn into Yellow Pine.

Forest Service fire officials have said that the fire will continue to burn until significant precipitation is received, but is likely to see minimal growth until then.

As of Monday, the lightning-caused Buck Fire about seven miles south of Yellow Pine had burned about 19,500 acres and was listed as 33% contained.

“Conditions are looking good on the fire,” an update said, adding that firefighters had begun to remove pumps and hoses and repair fire lines.

But 136 people were still assigned to the fire, including two 20-person hand crews, one helicopter, two water tankers and 14 fire engines.

These firefighters will work on any hot spots they find, the Forest Service said.

Crews will remain in the Johnson Creek area to secure the western edge of the fire and protect structures in that area.

“You can expect to see some smoke on the fire until the snow flies. These are interior smokes and should not pose a threat,” the Forest Service advisory said.

An area closure is still in effect for the Buck Fire, but Johnson Creek Road remains open. The closure expires Oct. 31, unless rescinded sooner.

The roughly 14,500-acre Porphyry Fire burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area is also expected to see minimal growth.

As of Monday, 31 people were assigned to the fire, but the area closure had been rescinded.

“The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed,” a fire advisory said.

“Crews continue structure protection on four bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area,” the advisory said.

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East Idaho fires burned less acres, more started by humans

By Emma Iannacone September 30, 2020 Local News 8

In a typical fire season, about 106 fires in east Idaho will burn about 80,000 acres.

“This year has been significantly lower,” said Sarah Wheeler with the US Forest Service and Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center.

This year, 120 fires have burned 18,000 acres, a significant decrease from previous years. Wheeler attributes this to a few things.

… This week alone, 7 fires were started because hunters didn’t put out their warming fires all the way, Wheeler said. Many other fires have been started by fireworks, chains dragging from towing boats and trailers, as well as exploding targets.

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Minimal fire behavior allows fire crews to patrol and mop up Woodhead fireline

by Ariana Pyper Sunday, October 4th 2020 CBS2

Smoke from the large wildfires in California has settled over the fire area again. (Photo Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management Idaho Fire)

The Woodhead Fire burning outside of Cambridge has damaged over 95,000 acres and is 62 percent contained.

Fire officials say hot and dry weather conditions persist, but fire behavior is minimal. Fire crews are continuing to patrol and mop up the fireline.

Dukes Creek and Emerys Creek had an increase in fire activity, but helicopters were able to dump buckets of water on the fire area.

Officials say the fireline continues to hold on the northern and eastern perimeter of the Woodhead Fire. Crews and engines continue to patrol the line as needed and repair the area around Rush Creek Road.

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Wildfire near Twin Falls now 93 percent contained

by Ariana Pyper Saturday, October 3rd 2020 CBS2

Crews are monitoring for hot spots at the Badger Fire. (Photo Courtesy of Sawtooth National Forest)

The Badger Fire is burning outside of Twin Falls. It’s damaged over 90,000 acres since Sept. 12.

Fire crews continue to mop up hot spots of the fire and patrol containment lines. Road and campsite repairs continue throughout the burn area.

Officials say smoke from the west coast fires in California is settling into the area creating low air quality.

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Fires Followed This Season:

Buck Fire
11 miles south of YP

Porphyry Fire
20 miles north of YP

Trap Fire
northwest of Stanley Hwy 21

Grouse Fire
southeast of Featherville

Woodhead Fire
Northwest of Cambridge

All Previous Fire Updates posted here:

Public Lands:

SGP Comment Period 15 day Extension until Oct 28, 2020

Extension to the Opportunity to Comment on the Proposed Stibnite Gold Project including Project specific Plan Amendments associated with the Project

The Payette National Forest prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Stibnite Gold Project and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the DEIS in the Federal Register on August 14, 2020. The opportunity to provide comments to establish eligibility to object under 36 CFR 218 usually ends 45 days following that date; however, the responsible official preemptively decided to extend the comment period by 15 days leading to a total of 60 days following publication of the NOA, due to the level of documentation associated with this project.

Based on requests received for an additional extension of the comment period the responsible official has granted a second 15 day extension for the DEIS comment period, leading to a total of a 75 day public comment period. The EPA will publish an amended NOA for the DEIS in the Federal Register on October 2, 2020. This legal notice serves as the public notification of the comment period extension for public comments on the DEIS as well as public comments on information for the proposed plan amendments, as required in the 2012 planning rule (36 CFR 219.13(b)(2) and 36 CFR 219.16(a)(2)).

The Stibnite Gold Project DEIS considers approval of a plan of operations for mining, either as submitted by Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. or as reasonably modified to protect National Forest System (NFS) resources. The proposed project is located on NFS lands that are open to mineral entry on the Payette National Forest (PNF), Krassel Ranger District, and Boise National Forest (BNF), Cascade Ranger District. Components of the proposed project include the following: three open mine pits; ore processing facilities; development rock storage facilities; a tailings storage facility; a water treatment facility; access and haul roads; electrical transmission lines; and various other support facilities. The potentially affected area for the proposed project includes approximately 3,500 acres on federal, state, and private lands located in Valley County, Idaho.

Some of the proposed mining operations would be inconsistent with applicable Forest Plan standards; therefore, project-specific amendments to the PNF and BNF Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMP) would be required. The Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS that was published on June 5, 2017 (82 FR 25759), indicated the possible need for plan amendments to address inconsistencies with Forest Plan standards, but the amendments that would be needed were not identified at that time. With completion of the DEIS, this legal notice serves as the public notification of information for the amendments, as required in the 2012 planning rule (36 CFR 219.13(b)(2) and 36 CFR 219.16(a)(2)). The proposed plan amendments are expected to be approved in the decision document approving the Stibnite Gold Project and only apply to the project (36 CFR 219.14 paragraphs (a) and (c)). The details of the proposed amendments and which substantive requirements of 36 CFR §§ 219.8 through 219.11 are likely to be directly related to the amendments can be found in Appendix A of the DEIS.

As indicated in the NOI, the Forest Supervisor of the PNF has been delegated authority for the decision related to the Stibnite Gold Project on both the PNF and the BNF; however, for the project-specific plan amendments, the Forest Supervisor of the PNF will be the responsible official for any needed amendments to the PNF LRMP, and the Forest Supervisor of the BNF will be the responsible official for any needed amendments to the BNF LRMP.

The decision to approve the proposed project will be subject to the objection process identified in 36 CFR part 218 Subparts A and B. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments, as defined in §218.2, regarding the proposed project and project-specific plan amendments during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection per §218.5. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request per §218.24(b)(8). As provided by 36 CFR 219.59(b), the administrative review process of 36 CFR 218 also applies to the project-specific plan amendments.

Information about the proposed project or activity, including the DEIS and associated plan amendments is available on the project webpage: (link)

How to Comment and Timeframe

The EPA published an NOA for the DEIS in the Federal Register on August 14, 2020 for a 60 day comment period. This notice grants an additional 15 day extension for the DEIS comment period, resulting in a 75 day public comment period.

Mailed or electronic comments will be accepted. Electronic submission of comments is encouraged. Mailed comments must be submitted to: Linda Jackson, Payette Forest Supervisor, 500 N. Mission Street, Building 2, McCall, Idaho 83638-3805. Please be advised that our offices are minimally staffed in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the responsible official is not accepting hand-delivered comments at this time. Electronic comments must be submitted in a common digital format such as plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf) to the Comment Analysis and Response Application (CARA) system: (link) Comments must be submitted via mail or through the CARA system.

All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received online via the public reading room at: (link).

Due to current health precautions associated with COVID-19, the Forest Service is providing alternative measures for conducting public engagement. A Virtual Public Meeting Room using the open house format has been designed to conduct public engagement and solicit feedback on the Stibnite Gold Project DEIS at: (link) and will remain open through the public comment period. Instructions for entry to the Virtual Public Meeting Room will be included in the link.

Additional information regarding this project or activity can be obtained from: Brian Harris, Payette Forest Public Affairs Officer, 208-634-6945, brian.d.harris@usda.gov.
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USDA Forest Service South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan Update

September 30, 2020

You are subscribed to South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

The US Forest Service has prepared a new Draft Decision Notice (hereafter referred to as No. 2) for two of the sixteen actions considered in the South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan Environmental Assessment. The new selected alternative for these two actions (road decommissioning and new ATV trails in the Little Buckhorn Creek area), was considered under Alternative D in the Environmental Assessment.

The project would be implemented on the Krassel and McCall Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest. The Responsible Official is the Forest Supervisor, Payette National Forest. The proposed project is an activity implementing existing land management plans and is subject to pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B, which is this time period.

The new Draft Decision Notice No. 2, and other project information are available for review at the project webpage at (link). Hardcopy documents may be made available to interested parties upon request by calling 208-634-0400.

This project is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218 Subpart B. This project is not related to the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Act. The Intermountain Regional Forester is the reviewing officer. The objection filing period is expected to be October 1, 2020 through November 16, 2020.

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after designated opportunities. Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having previously submitted comments on the project (218.7). Names and addresses of objectors will become part of the public record.

Incorporation of documents by reference in the objection is permitted only as provided for at 218.8(b). Minimum content requirements of an objection are identified in 218.8(d) include: Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available; with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request; identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request; name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located, and sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies which would resolve the objection. The objection must include a statement demonstrating the connection between prior specific written comments on this project and the content of the objection, unless the objection issue arose after the designated opportunities for comment.

Written objections, including any attachments, must be submitted within 45 days following the publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (218.9). The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

The Reviewing Officer is the Regional Forester. Send objections to the project website using the link in the right corner to “comment/object to project” or send to Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to: objections-intermtn-regional-office@usda.gov. Reference the project name “SFRAMP” in the subject line. It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (218.9).

The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. We anticipate the legal notice will be published on September 30, 2020, and the official comment period would open the following day.

We appreciate your interest in the Payette National Forest and this project. If you have any questions regarding this project or objection period, please contact Jennifer Blake, McCall District Ranger at 208-634-0400.

Thank you for your interest in this project.

Documents for review and a link to the webform for submission of public comments can be found at (link)
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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update

Oct 1, 2020

You are subscribed to Payette National Forest SOPA for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

The October 1 2020 Quarterly Schedule of Proposed Activities has published and is available at: (link)

Also, the Biennial Monitoring Report for 2018-19 has been published and is available on the Forest website at: (link)

We appreciate your interest in the Payette National Forest.
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Edna Creek Road Open

10-3-2020 – Effective today, the Idaho City RD terminated the closure of NFS road 384

The Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest has removed the temporary closure of public entry along National Forest System road and area 384 (Edna Creek.) The purpose was for public safety while maintenance crews repaired sections of road. (0402-03-99)

This Order was in effect from September 8, 2020 and was terminated October 03, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.

Boise NF via FB
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Boise National Forest experienced substantial human impacts this summer

By Steve Dent Sep 30, 2020 KIVI

Lowman, Idaho — The Boise National Forest provides dispersed camping north of Lowman, where people can camp for free in the great outdoors.

However, human impacts remain after a busy summer with more people recreating during the pandemic.

“Every weekend has been like the 4th of July, and every weekday has been like a weekend,” said Boise National Forest ranger Brian Eversole. “We have seen a lot of impacts.”

Those impacts include cutting down trees, human feces, off-roading in areas that are off-limits and people building their own campsites.

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Idaho officials seek cleanup help amid rise in park visits

The volunteers will be able to pick how and where they help with a self-guided effort.

Associated Press September 28, 2020


National park and forest officials in Idaho have reported an increase in trash and waste at public lands across the state since the coronavirus pandemic pushed more people outside.

The national parks and national forests around the United States are experiencing the same problem, including the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in central Idaho, east of Boise, The Times-News reported.

The National Forest Foundation, Sawtooth Society, Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association and Idaho Conservation League have asked for volunteers to help clean up the area between now and Oct. 4.

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Idaho county OKs public land ordinances amid legal warning

By Associated Press September 29, 2020

Commissioners in a rural Idaho county have approved three ordinances aimed at giving them authority over federal public lands despite warnings from state attorneys that the new rules are almost certainly unconstitutional.

The Washington County Commissioners approved the three ordinances Monday in a 2-1 vote, Boise State Public Radio reported.

Two ordinances purportedly give the county some authority over fire and road management on many federal public lands, which would mean road closures or prescribed burns would require approval from county commissioners and permit holders.

The third ordinance grants ranchers with federal grazing permits the ability to log or mine the federal land without seeking federal permission.

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Big Hole inholding to be folded into the national forest

September 29, 2020 Local News 8

Conservation Fund / Val Keefer

Driggs, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-The U.S. Forest Service and the Conservation Fund have completed a deal to protect a 960-acre forest inholding. The partnership also includes the Teton Regional Land Trust, supportive landowners of the Beartooth Group, Teton County, Idaho Commissioners, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development, and Idaho’s Congressional delegation.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has made the Maytag-Teton Timbers property a top priority for several years. Surrounded by public lands, the inholding created navigational issues for forest users of the national forest.

The Forest Service acquisition helps consolidate the area within the northern end of the Big Hole Mountain Range. In addition, the deal will eliminate subdivision threats, reduce wildland-urban interface fire concerns, and protect critical wildlife habitat and watersheds.


Critter News:

Pet Talk – What is a Flail Chest?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Oct 2, 2020 IME

A flail chest arises because of trauma and occurs when several contiguous ribs are broken in such a way that a segment of the chest wall moves in and out independent of the movement of the remaining normal rib cage. The fractured segment of ribs move paradoxically, meaning that it moves inward on inspiration and outward on expiration, which is opposite to normal chest cage movement. For this paradoxical movement to occur, a certain amount of damage to soft tissues, muscles and tendons must also be present. The degree of trauma responsible for multiple rib fractures usually results in damage to the underlying lung tissue.

Because of damage to the lungs, difficulty breathing, panting, poor oxygenation and open mouth breathing may occur. Paradoxical movement of a segment of the thorax is always seen. Pain is always present over the traumatized area, and the animal is often reluctant to move. Other clinical signs of trauma may also be present.

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Elmore Sheriff warns locals of cougar spotting near Mountain Home

by Ryan L Morrison Tuesday, September 29th 2020 CBS2

Courtesy of Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is warning locals Monday of a cougar that was spotted near Mountain Home around Highway 51 and Hamilton Road.

The sheriff’s office says if you spot the animal, call 911; do not “take the matters into your own hands.” It is also important to keep watch for livestock, small animals, and children.

ECSO has notified the Idaho Department of Fish and Game of the cougar.

continued: (w/tips for avoiding conflict with cougars)
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Pocatello City Council amends “Animal Services” ordinance

Oct 2, 2020 Local News 8

The Pocatello City Council has amended the “Animal Services” section of City Code to add a section that prohibits citizens from feeding or attracting wildlife except for certain birds and squirrels in city limits.

Under the ordinance, “it is unlawful for any person to intentionally and knowingly feed or attract wildlife (wild or habituated) except those birds and squirrels as allowed in 6.04.260.C by placing, depositing, distributing, storing, or scattering food, edible material, garbage, or other attractant, with the intent to lure, attract, entice, or feed wildlife.”

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Fish and Game kills thousands of invasive goldfish in Idaho pond

Biologists believe that someone deliberately dumped the fish in Heagle Pond in Hailey.

September 29, 2020 KTVB

Credit: IDFG

Hailey, Idaho — Most people would not think of goldfish as an invasive species, but biologists warn that they can threaten native fish populations in Idaho.

Earlier this spring, Idaho Fish and Game received reports of illegal dumping of goldfish in Heagle Pond in Hailey. Fisheries biologists returned to the pond this week to treat the water with rotenone, a natural plant-based substance that is toxic to fish. The rotenone will degrade naturally in the pond over the next few weeks.

In addition to thousands of goldfish, fathead minnows, koi and perch were killed by the rotenone treatment and collected from the pond.

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IDFG: Don’t dump live fish in Idaho waterways

By Natasha Williams Oct 01, 2020 KIVI

Idaho Fish and Game officials are reminding folks not to dump live fish into river systems after a situation where they had to kill thousands of goldfish in Hailey.

Fish and Game says sometime this year, someone likely released goldfish into Heagle Pond in Hailey. It’s a seemingly small action, but biologists say it can have severe consequences.


Fish & Game News:

Idaho Department of Lands provides guidelines for hunters using endowment lands

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, October 2, 2020

Idaho Fish and Game pays for access to roughly 2.3 million acres of state endowment lands

Idaho Department of Lands reminds hunters that more than 96 percent of endowment land in Idaho is accessible by foot, watercraft or vehicle, with about 2.3 million acres available for hunting or other recreation.

In 2018 an agreement was made with Idaho Fish and Game to provide financial support for public access for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-based recreation on endowment land. Fish and Game’s payments to IDL helps ensure those lands remain open, but responsible use by the public is critical and here’s how you can help:

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Hunt safe: Survival tips for big game hunters

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Be prepared for those unexpected situations you might encounter while hunting in the fall

Every hunting season, hunters get lost in the woods, and while most escape no worse than tired, chilled and hungry, the hazards of being lost in Idaho’s woods shouldn’t be underestimated.

Hunters can take precautions and prepare for an unexpected situations in the woods.

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10 common hunting violations can easily be avoided

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, October 2, 2020

Brushing up on the rules can help hunters avoid common blunders

With many of Idaho’s hunting seasons underway or about to begin, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reminds hunters that they can avoid running afoul with the law this fall by simply reviewing the regulations.

“Accidents happen and simple mistakes are made every year that get hunters into trouble,” said David Silcock, Fish and Game regional conservation officer based in Salmon. “We see many violations that can be avoided if hunters just take the time to review and understand the regulations.”

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

Kitten nicknamed ‘Baby Yoda’ rescued from California wildfire

by KRCR Staff Sunday, September 27th 2020

Photo: North Valley Animal Disaster Group

Oroville, Calif. (KRCR) – A kitten rescued from a wildfire in Butte County has been nicknamed “Baby Yoda” due to her resemblance to the much-loved character from the Disney Plus series “Mandalorian.”

Baby Yoda was rescued from the North Complex West Zone fire last weekend.

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group said firefighters found her in the middle of the road. The two or three-week-old kitten was covered in ash.


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