Oct 11, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 11, 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 13 – Buck Fire meeting 1-3pm Community Hall
Oct 14 – Diamond Fuel 2nd Delivery
Oct 28 – Comment deadline Midas Gold
Fall 2020 – Rx burn South Fork Salmon River planed
(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:

Oct 13 Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1-3pm, After Action Review (AAR) of the Buck Fire Event.

If you haven’t already provided your AAR input on the Fire Event, we will be at the Community Hall on Tuesday afternoon from 1-3 pm to answer the following questions:

What went as planned?
What didn’t go as planned?
What went really well?
What didn’t go so well?

The resulting document will be provided to Merrill Saleen as he was the Incident Commander for the Fire Event.
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Oct 14 Fuel Delivery

Wednesday, Oct 14th, Diamond will be returning with more fuel to deliver.
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Rx burn South Fork Salmon River planed

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning in the Four Mile project area this fall. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch. The area that will be targeted for fire this fall is to the east of the South Fork Rd between Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat Campground. First priority burn block will be the area between Nasty and Four Mile creeks. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each burn block, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

The decision to implement prescribed fire always includes assessing the risk and impacts to communities, firefighters and forest resources. This season additional consideration will be given to complexity associated with COVID19, cumulative smoke exposure in our communities from wildfire and the commitment of fire resources locally and nationally.

If you will be operating in the area or have any questions please contact Laurel Ingram, Fuels Tech or Patrick Schon, Fuels Specialist, so that we can collaborate on timing.

Map Link: FourMile Fall 2020 Notification
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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:

Fancy Cookies

These beautiful cookies were provided by L. Pelligrini
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Fall Fuel Delivery

The Diamond truck arrived Wednesday morning (Oct 7) to deliver winter fuel to Yellow Pine. They will return on Oct 14 with more fuel.
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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 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 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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Dark solid gray kitty wandering the lower part of the village – did someone lose a friend?

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 3-day a week mail starts Nov 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 Friday (Oct 9) Bins were full (including 2 mattresses) at the transfer station. 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. (No minutes yet.)

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 thru end of hunting season. Calling ahead works best. 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 thru October (closing November 3rd for the winter.) 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 (Oct 5) overnight low of 32 degrees, clear sky, smoky haze and rather poor air quality (can smell the smoke.) Helicopter flew over at 11am. Clear with smoky haze at lunch time. Warm, clear and smoky mid-afternoon, high of 80 degrees. It looked clear at dusk, less smoke and better air quality. Looked clear before midnight, golden waning moon.

Tuesday (Oct 6) overnight low of 32 degrees, clear sky, haze of smoke (Buck Fire) fairly good air quality and roofs wet with dew. Pine squirrel calling from the trees. Mail truck made it in on time. Clear and smoky haze after lunch time. Warm and sunny mid-afternoon, haze of smoke and air quality not so good, high of 83 degrees. Hawk in the neighborhood. Clear sky and haze of smoke at dusk. Looked clear before midnight, waning moon rising over the ridge.

Wednesday (Oct 7) overnight low of 32 degrees, clear sky, haze of smoke (Buck Fire) and pretty good air quality, roofs wet with dew. Male finch visiting. Diamond truck came in to deliver fuel. Clear at lunch time, light haze of smoke. Mail truck made it in on time. Warm and mostly cloudy by mid-afternoon, fairly calm and light smoke, high of 81 degrees. Steller Jays visiting. Dusk is coming earlier, appears partly cloudy with a light haze of smoke. It appeared partly cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (Oct 8) overnight low of 31 degrees, dry (no frost) partly cloudy, moderate smoke (both out of state and local) and poor air quality. It looked mostly cloudy above the smoke at lunch time. Mild temperatures and smoky mid-afternoon, looks mostly cloudy and for a while gusty breezes, high of 76 degrees. Pine squirrel and steller jay visiting. At dusk it seemed there was thicker smoke and worse air quality, both above and along the river and probably mostly clear. Looked mostly clear before midnight, some stars shining thru the smoke.

Friday (Oct 9) overnight low of 30 degrees, dry (no frost) clear sky above moderate haze of smoke and very poor air quality. Thicker smoke and crappy air quality at lunch time. Male juvenile finch visiting. Warm, breezy and smoky mid-afternoon, poor air quality, high of 76 degrees. Shots fired west of the village near the golf course area, light street traffic. Dusk is coming earlier, cooling off sooner and smoky. Large dark-colored dog running loose. Smoky haze and crappy air quality before midnight.

Saturday (Oct 10) overnight low of 32 degrees, dry (no frost) mostly cloudy sky above moderate haze of smoke, very poor air quality and light breezes. Heard rocks rolling, hard to pinpoint direction, sounded like to the south west? Gusty breezes before noon. Juvenile male finch visiting again. Raining after lunch time. Puddles and standing water by early afternoon, smells like a wet campfire, and poor air quality. Steady rain, low clouds, chilly breezes and better air quality mid-afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Still raining lightly at dusk and feeling like fall. Raining pretty good for a while after dark than light steady rain again until around 10pm. Cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Oct 11) overnight low of 35 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.67″. Overcast sky and snow on top of VanMeter Hill. Steller jay visiting. Broken cloud cover and bits of sunshine at lunch time. A few Clark’s nutcrackers in the neighborhood. Chilly breezes, cloudy and good air quality mid-afternoon, top of VanMeter Hill has snow and is a little foggy, high of 47 degrees. Quiet evening. Cloudy, cool and breezy before dusk, good air quality.

Idaho News:

Boise and Valley Counties moved to ‘yellow’ after increase in COVID-19 cases

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, October 5th 2020

Boise and Valley Counties were changed to category 2 (yellow) Monday by Central District Health after a reported increase in COVID-19 case counts.

CDH says the increase puts their calculated average case rate into the yellow level along with the rest of the schools under the district’s purview.

School categories are unchanged within Ada & Elmore County. You can find the weekly category reports on the CDH website.

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662 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

By Curtis Jackson October 9, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 662 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 47,088.

There are a total of 42,260 confirmed cases and 4,828 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 3 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 506.

full story:
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Idaho coronavirus latest: A record-breaking 821 new cases reported Friday

Oct 9, 2020 KTVB

… KTVB’s tracking shows 821 total cases versus the state’s 662 due to some health districts in Eastern Idaho updating their statistics with newer data after the state releases its own.

As of Oct 7, 2020

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Central District Health turns down state funding for coronavirus testing

Health district officials said they want the funding to go to healthcare providers who have the necessary infrastructure and staffing to test for the virus.

Joey Prechtl October 6, 2020 KTVB

Central District Health is rejecting nearly $400,000 to provide COVID-19 testing for teachers and school staff.

The health district is defending that decision and calling for the state funding to be freed up for local healthcare providers.

“We’d have to hire staff, we’d have to get capacity within our buildings,” CDH spokesperson Brandon Atkins said. “We have one clinic office in Boise; we’d have to find other spaces, locations and teams to go remotely.”

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Valley County schools go back to ‘yellow’ COVID-19 rating

County cases up 12 in past week, now stand at 143

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Oct 8, 2020

Valley County schools on Monday were switched from “green” to “yellow” designation by Central District Health after a spike in COVID-19 cases in the county.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 143 cases on Tuesday, up 12 cases from 131 a week ago, health officials said.

… St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 112 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up five cases from 107 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 28 positive cases, which is up seven 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 95 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is nine more than the 86 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.

full story:
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St. Luke’s McCall to host COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Monday

The Star-News Oct 8, 2020

St. Luke’s McCall will host local experts from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday in a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the latest COVID-19 news in the community with the onset of fall and winter.

Local experts include St. Luke’s McCall Community Board Chair Dr. Doug Irvine, Central District Health, family medicine physician Dr. Jennifer Lewis, Project Manager Gina Pannell and St. Luke’s McCall Chief of Staff Dr. Greg Irvine.

McCall Chamber of Commerce Director Lindsey Harris will serve as moderator.

The town hall will be a panel discussion and will address questions submitted in advance. Send questions to lcrawford@slhs.org. For more information call 208-630-2223.

This is a Microsoft Teams event. Viewers can join through their device or call in by phone. Those connecting via a tablet or phone may need to download the free Teams app.

For information about joining the virtual town hall go to (link)

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WICAP seeks applications for winter home energy assistance

The Star-News Oct 8, 2020

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will accept applications for the winter starting on Nov. 1.

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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Study: Combine local fire districts

One district would be more efficient for ambulance runs

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Oct 8, 2020

All three fire protection districts in Valley County should be merged into one organization to provide fire and emergency medical services, a study of the county’s emergency services recommends.

The study recommended total or partial consolidation of the McCall Fire Protection District, Donnelly Rural Fire Protection District and Cascade Rural Fire Protection District.

It was conducted by the firm Emergency Services Consulting International, which has offices in Oregon, Virginia and Texas.

The study cost about $58,000, which was paid by the Valley County EMS District.

The findings of the study were presented to Valley County commissioners last week by the consulting firm’s project manager, Bill Boyd.

Boyd emphasized that consolidation was recommended not as a cost-saving measure, but in order to improve EMS services across the county as the population and number of visitors to the area increases.

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Crash involving logging trailer near New Meadows kills one

By Meredith Spelbring Oct 07, 2020 KIVI

A crash involving a logging trailer on Highway 55 near New Meadows killed a 35-year-old Wilder man Wednesday.

Idaho State Police is investigating a crash on northbound Highway 55 near New Meadows involving a Kenworth semi pulling a logging trailer. Police say the semi crossed left of the center line and rolled over, partially blocking the southbound lane when it came to a rest. The driver, 35-year-old Cody Garrett of Wilder, died from his injuries at the scene of the crash, according to Idaho State Police.

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8-year-old hit by stray bullet in Garden Valley: ‘He won’t be the same’

The young victim was airlifted to Boise for treatment, but is now recovering at home.

Shirah Matsuzawa, KTVB Staff October 6, 2020

Garden Valley, Idaho — A boy is recovering after being shot by a stray bullet in Boise County Friday night.

According to the Boise County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened at 11 p.m. Friday at a home in Garden Valley. The bullet struck the 8-year-old in the hand and neck, the sheriff said.

The injured child, LJ, was airlifted to a hospital in Boise for treatment, and later released to recover at home. The boy’s wound is not believed to be life-threatening.

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Several Idaho City high schoolers injured in crash: ‘Very lucky we didn’t lose students’

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, October 8th 2020

Idaho City, Idaho (CBS2) — Five students at Idaho City High School were injured Thursday following a vehicle crash.

The Boise County Sheriff’s Office says the students “sustained injuries but will recover in time.”

The sheriff’s office said not all the students were wearing seat belts.

“We are very lucky we didn’t lose any students today,” the sheriff said. “Please talk with your children and persuade, beg, plead, threaten, enforce, and have your kids wear their seat belts.”


Letter to Share:

Houses must be built to withstand wildfire

By Stephen Pyne and Jack Cohen Writers on the Range Oct 7, 2020 IME

That the scene has become familiar makes it no less wrenching: A distraught couple searches through the ash, char, and melted metal of what was once their home. Only the concrete pad and the occasional fireplace remain.

What is also in that tableau—but hardly noticed—are trees. A few are killed and many are scorched, but most are alive and green. The house vaporized because it could not cope with fire; the forest survived because it could. And paradoxically, it was the house fire that killed the trees.

Those early-kindled houses then cast fire to neighbors. What began as a wildland fire amplified into an urban conflagration. It’s the sort of scene that was common in the American frontier over a century ago. Watching it burn through Paradise or Berry Creek, California, today is like watching smallpox or polio return.

Before-and-after photos of a devastated neighborhood reinforce the sense that a tsunami of fire rushed through and crushed the community. Images of soaring flame-fronts ahead of the town pair with post-burn moonscapes of ruin after the fire has passed. Our desire for a narrative fills in the storyline with a moving line of flame, telling us to attack the wildfire before it can breach the perimeter.


Fire Season:

Buck Fire Update Oct 5, 2020

Acres: interpreted from most recent IR flight = 19,353
2 crews
2 engines
1 Feller Buncher

Fire activity has increased in some areas of the fire. The most significant being in the Burntlog drainage where a small portion has crossed the Burntlog creek. The other area is near Johnson Creek to the South of Twin Bridges. 1 Crew and 1 engine are focusing their efforts in that Twin Bridges area to eliminate the threat of any fire crossing the creek, and another engine will be patrolling the Johnson creek corridor to watch for anything along the power lines. Weather is predicted to be dry and warm until Friday evening when some moisture is expected.

The feller buncher is still working on the old Thunder Mountain road removing hazardous snags within its reach along the road and saw teams are also working in the area removing fire affected trees that could potentially impact the road. Hazard tree work has been completed on the 447 road as well.

Buck Fire update 10/7/20

Most fire activity continues to be in the Burntlog drainage with higher than normal temperatures and lower relative humidities during the day. Moisture is still predicted this weekend, but firefighter resources will remain at Johnson Creek guard station to patrol and be ready to suppress any active fire that may occur along the powerline due to materials rolling down the steep hill. By Friday equipment and crews will be finished clearing out the 440 and 440A roads, but the closure will remain in place until enough moisture hits the fire for managers to lift the closure.
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Buck Fire Update Oct 9, 2020

19,631 acres

The Buck Fire continues to burn mostly in the Burntlog drainage and made it up the slope to the flats north of the 414 road. 1 crew and 2 engines will remain in the area through the weekend and reassess the needs for firefighter personnel to stay in the area after the fire receives moisture in the coming days.

2020108BuckFire-aBuck Fire map Oct 8th
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Buck Fire Update 10/10/20

Photos taken at the weather station on Ditch Creek road at 6,289 elevation. It has measured 0.48 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.

20201010BuckFireWeather-aDitch Creek – Buck Fire area

Valley County Fire Working Group via FB
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Fall Rx Burns Payette NF

Prescribed fires will be conducted this fall on the Council Ranger District, New Meadows Ranger District, McCall Ranger District and Krassel Ranger District.

In the Council Ranger District, prescribed fires will be conducted to remove landing piles along the Middle Fork of the Weiser River, nine miles southeast of Council.

In the New Meadows Ranger District, prescribed fires will occur to remove hand and landing piles west of Highway 95 near Evergreen Campground, in the Last Chance Campground and between Meadows Valley and Goose Creek. Additionally, prescribed fire will be applied to approximately 30 acres along the northwest side of Lost Valley Reservoir.

In the McCall Ranger District, prescribed fires will occur to remove hand and landing piles in the Bear Basin area and near Brundage Road.

Finally, on the Krassel Ranger District, prescribed fires will occur along the east side of the South Fork of the Salmon River south of Reed Ranch Airstrip.

The Payette National Forest conducts prescribed fires to reduce community risk, protect timber values, improve wildlife habitat and improve stand resiliency. Prescribed fires are important to natural resources management.

Trailheads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with signs. For more information contact your local ranger district.
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Central Idaho Fire now 485 acres

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, October 10th 2020

The Meridian Fire is burning 22 miles south of Clayton, Idaho. (Salmon-Challis National Forest)

A forest fire has grown to 485 acres in remote Central Idaho.

The Meridian Fire is located about 22 miles south of Clayton. The fire is in the Hunter Creek drainage area on the Lost River Ranger District.

Fire officials say fire behavior was moderate on Friday and the fire is burning in Douglas fir and grass.

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Wildfires in Idaho: ‘This was probably an average, maybe below-average fire season’

by Kristen McPeek Thursday, October 8th 2020 CBS2

Record amounts of acreage have burned in California and Oregon, but for fire season in Idaho, this hasn’t been the case.

“Overall I think people will say that this was probably an average, maybe below-average fire season for the state,” said Josh Harvey with Idaho Department of Lands. “Our fire at current numbers and the number of acres burned was slightly lower than usual and I think we’ll actually end up this season lower than usual.”

By combining factors like the number of unintentional acres burned, weather patterns and structure damage, forest managers can get an idea of how intense fire seasons are for jurisdictions.

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National Fire Prevention Week

Home fire safety and wildland fire prevention both depend on being mindful!

As the weather starts to cool down for the season, we all need to continue to be mindful of our surroundings while recreating on public lands. The week of October 4th is National Fire Prevention Week. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) set this year’s theme as Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!TM According to the NFPA, cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. While this week is mainly dedicated to home fire safety, the same safety precautions are relevant in the wildlands.

Did you know that escaped campfires or warming fires in some locations in Idaho are the leading cause of wildfires? These type of fire causes are no different then leaving your kitchen stove unattended. Everyone enjoys a campfire, but the devastating effects of an escaped unattended campfire could last for many years. Please take the proper steps to completely extinguish your campfire and any warming fires before leaving the area.

“As we begin our fall activities, our current weather patterns are showing warm temperatures this week with possible precipitation this coming weekend,” said BLM Idaho Associate State Director Peter J. Ditton. “Please keep current conditions in mind while you enjoy our wonderful public lands.”

The annual Fire Prevention Order put into place on May 10, 2020 will remain in effect for a couple more weeks until Oct. 20, 2020. BLM Idaho State Director John F. Ruhs issued the Fire Prevention Order to prohibit the possession or use of steel core/incendiary/tracer ammunition and exploding targets on public lands. In general, please be proactive and take precautionary measures while shooting by clearing all flammable materials and rocks away from the target area, and make sure to have fire safety equipment on hand (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water). Studies have shown that sparks from steel core/steel jacketed fragments cause vegetation fires as much as lead core/copper jacketed and solid copper jacket fragments.

For more information pertaining to National Fire Prevention Week, please visit (link)

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Letter to Share:

Upgrade Johnson Creek Road for Stibnite mine

The Payette National Forest should require Midas Gold Corp. to improve Johnson Creek Road rather than punch a new road into the proposed Stibnite Gold Project. The move would add two years to the construction phase of the project but is best in the long run.

The Stibnite Gold Project has been the most discussed development in the recent history of Valley County. A lengthy and healthy debate has ensued over the Canadian company’s plans to extract gold and antimony from the historic mining area near Yellow Pine. Much of that debate has been spurred by Midas Gold itself, which has mounted an unprecedented years-long effort to educate the public about its plans and the historic mining waste that plagues the site today.

The bottom line is the mine cannot be rejected by regulators, as federal law guarantees mining can be done on public land. The job of the Payette forest is to dictate how mineral extraction can be done with the least harm to the environment.

There are many aspects of the project open for public comment by the Oct. 28 deadline such as water quality, local traffic, wildlife habitat and others. Alternative 2 clearly best manages the project’s overall effects at Stibnite with plans for long-term water treatment and stream diversions. But Alternative 2 misses the mark with its plan to upgrade and extend existing logging roads to ferry 33 semi-trucks of supplies to Stibnite daily by what is known as the Burntlog Route. Variations of the route are called for in Alternatives 1, 2 and 3.

However, the Payette forest suggests in Alternative 4 that Johnson Creek Road could be rebuilt as the primary access to Stibnite. Analysis shows more risk of rockslides, landslides and avalanches along the Johnson Creek Road route, which parallels Johnson Creek and would guide mine traffic through Yellow Pine. But, ultimately, the draft study of the Stibnite Mine Project rates the danger of crashes by fuel tankers or semi-trucks hauling toxic materials as “low” for either route.

What the Johnson Creek route would prevent is between 13 miles and 20 miles of new road that would be built through pristine forested areas a stone’s throw from the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness. It also would prevent unnecessary disturbance of wildlife habitat along the new route. Long after the mine is closed, an improved Johnson Creek Road would continue to serve the growing volume of recreational traffic venturing into the backcountry.

On the other hand, the Burntlog Route would serve no one as attempts would be made to remove the scar of the roadway and return the land to nature. Upgrading 40 miles of the Johnson Creek Road would extend the construction phase by about two years, but that is Midas Gold’s problem, not the problem of regulators. Extending the construction phase would boost the project’s benefit to local economies, not to mention the long-term economic boom Yellow Pine could enjoy by having mine traffic pass through the village.

Additional maintenance of potential rockfall and avalanche zones along Johnson Creek Road are the cost of admission if Midas wants a golden ticket to the Stibnite Mining District. But the building of a new access road in Alternative 2 would not be appropriate since Johnson Creek Road is already in existence. The Payette forest should recognize this fact and require improvement of the road in its decision on the Stibnite Gold Project.

source: The Star-News October 8, 2020

Mining News:

‘No action’ at Stibnite would not solve problems

Water quality, fish at risk even without Midas Gold mine

(NOTE: This is the last in a series detailing the draft federal study of the Stibnite Gold Project.)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Oct 8, 2020

Damage dealt by past mining operations would continue to plague water quality and threaten endangered fish, regardless of whether Midas Gold ever extracts an ounce of gold from Stibnite, according to the Payette National Forest.

No mining would occur under Alternative 5 in the Payette’s draft environmental study of the proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

The “no action” alternative is required by the federal permitting process to establish baseline site conditions prior to mining to help regulators weigh the consequences of the project.

But the Payette and other regulators cannot outright reject Midas Gold’s proposal under the General Mining Law of 1872. It may only impose conditions to limit harm to public resources.

At Stibnite, millions of tons of mining waste and disturbances from historic mining operations dating to the 1920s degrade water quality, which currently does not meet federal standards.

Yellow Pine Pit Lake

The most prominent scar from legacy mining is the Yellow Pine pit lake, or the former open pit mine that the Bradley Mining Company excavated from 1934 to 1952.

If no action is taken, the pit lake would continue to block upstream fish passage in the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, along with several other high-altitude streams ideal for fish.

The East Fork currently flows through the lake over a former pit high wall that is too steep for upstream fish passage.

The five-acre pit lake was originally 125 feet deep, but today is only about 35 feet deep due to sediment from upstream filling the lake, the draft study said.

Most of the 90 feet of sediment collected in the Yellow Pine pit lake stems from Blowout Creek, which flows into Meadow Creek before flowing into the East Fork upstream of the lake.

The creek was dammed in 1929 to form a reservoir to draw hydroelectric power for Bradley’s mining operations. The dam broke in 1965, flushing sediment downstream and forming Blowout Creek.

Fish Habitat

About 90% of the coarse sediment that enters the pit lake sinks and collects at the bottom, while 80% of the fine sediment that enters the pit lake passes downstream in the East Fork, the draft study said.

Coarse sediment provides ideal salmon spawning habitat, but fine sediment can fill and muck up existing salmon spawning grounds downstream of the pit lake.

About one foot of sediment is filling the pit lake per year, which means the lake could completely fill in about 40 years, threatening downstream salmon habitat with excessive sedimentation.

If mining were to occur, any alternative of Midas Gold’s plan would stabilize Blowout Creek, fill the Yellow Pine pit lake and re-establish the East Fork in a more natural configuration that allows fish passage.

However, water temperatures that would rise in the East Fork under all four mining alternatives would not occur under the “no action” alternative.

Increased water temperatures stress fish and can alter fish behavior, including feeding, migratory patterns and spawning. Severe stress could cause disease or death, the draft study said.

Meadow Creek

Despite being extensively affected by past mining, Meadow Creek currently boasts the best habitat for the chinook salmon and bull trout, both of which are federally-listed endangered species.

But the Yellow Pine pit lake makes it impossible for chinook salmon and bull trout to reach Meadow Creek without being captured and transferred upstream of the pit lake by humans.

The creek also loads arsenic and antimony into the East Fork due to 10.5 million tons of buried tailings and waste rock left from previous mining operations.

The creek is diverted around the waste in a rock-lined ditch, but contaminants still leach into groundwater, which recharges Meadow Creek and other streams at Stibnite, according to water studies.

The historic waste is “likely the main source” of arsenic and antimony concentrations at Stibnite that exceed federal standards, though natural mineralization of rock also contributes, the draft study said.

Contaminants would continue to enter streams and rivers via groundwater if the historic mining waste is not cleaned up, something Midas Gold would do under Alternatives 1, 2 and 4.

However, those alternatives would also block fish passage into upper Meadow Creek by storing 181 million tons of tailings and waste rock in a lined facility in the Meadow Creek Valley.

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

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Oct 8, 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.

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.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. • All rights reserved (used with permission)
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Valley OKs Midas Gold logistics base

Limits put on Warm Lake Road site

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Oct 8, 2020

Valley County commissioners on Monday approved a logistics facility for Midas Gold to be built on Warm Lake Road, but added measures intended to keep the rural area from becoming an industrial hub.

Commissioners also added rules on housing availability, traffic and county services.

The Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission first approved the 64,000 square foot facility on July 16.

That decision was appealed by the group Save the South Fork Salmon and a hearing was held before commissioners on Sept. 14.

Plans include four buildings and outdoor parking areas for about 300-vehicles on 25 acres of land on Warm Lake Road in Scott Valley, about eight miles east of Cascade.

It would be used as a staging area and parking facility for employees working at the proposed Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

Employees, equipment and supplies would park at the facility and be shuttled to the proposed gold and antimony mine at Stibnite.

Save the South Fork Salmon claimed the P&Z’s approval was based on simply moving the process forward without due consideration and did not account for traffic increases.

Commissioners voted to deny the appeal and uphold the facility’s permit with additional conditions

One condition says no site preparations or construction other than logging or brush removal would be allowed until the mine project is approved by the Forest Service.

Commissioners also imposed a bond that would cover the cost of reclaiming the site if it was idle for two years.

Commissioners also added language to the permit noting approval does not constitute a permanent land use designation of the property. The facility should not be considered an industrial use if permits are sought for neighboring properties, the condition says.

Commissioner Dave Bingaman said he did not want to create a commercial area on Warm Lake Road at a time when the county is reconsidering its mixed-use planning and zoning.

“For the last few months, we’ve been struggling pretty hard with coming up with a better way of zoning in Valley County that would look at areas that we think are suitable for commercial development,” Bingaman said.

“And I’m just wondering if we look at this right now, are we opening the door for future similar use development in that area,” he said.

Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck expressed similar worries, but said he has seen similar development for the past 20 years.

“I know really a lot of people are having a hard time wrapping their head around this, you know, that’s such a pristine area…but I felt the same way when they built Goslin, when they built Gold Dust, when they built all that stuff out in Clear Creek,” Hasbrouck said.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t want to see that, but that’s just progress in life, so I don’t have an issue with that,” he said.

Commissioner Sherry Maupin said that she preferred the Warm Lake site to what could be a 300-vehicle parking lot in Cascade located along Idaho 55, which is a designated state scenic byway.

“I don’t mind the site, but I do think that, with these mitigations in there, I feel a lot more comfortable,” Maupin said.

Midas Gold will be required to draft an agreement for affordable housing for workers at the logistics facility prior to building permits being issued.

An agreement will also be required regarding the facility’s effects on traffic and roads, police, emergency medical services, solid waste and administrative duties.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. • All rights reserved (used with permission)

Public Lands:

Prescribed Fire Notification for Fall 2020 Krassel RD

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning in the Four Mile project area this fall. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch. The area that will be targeted for fire this fall is to the east of the South Fork Rd between Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat Campground. First priority burn block will be the area between nasty and four mile creeks. Maps of the project area are attached for your reference. Timing will be dependent on weather; ignitions will most likely occur sometime in October, possibly November. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each burn block (identified on the map in red), with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

The decision to implement prescribed fire always includes assessing the risk and impacts to communities, firefighters and forest resources. This season additional consideration will be given to complexity associated with COVID19, cumulative smoke exposure in our communities from wildfire and the commitment of fire resources locally and nationally.

If you will be operating in the area or have any questions please contact Laurel Ingram, Fuels Tech or Patrick Schon, Fuels Specialist, so that we can collaborate on timing.

Patrick Schon
Email: patrick.schon@usda.gov

Laurel Ingram
Email: laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Messages can be left at the McCall Front Desk as well 208-634-0400


Map Link: FourMile_Fall 2020 Notification Sign.pdf
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Health advisory issued for Cascade Reservoir due to harmful algae bloom

A recent water sample shows cyanobacteria are present, and they can be harmful to pets and humans.

October 5, 2020 KTVB

Credit: CHD

Health officials are warning recreationists about using Cascade Reservoir due to the presence of a harmful algae bloom in the water.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has been monitoring the reservoir and says a recent water sample shows that concentrations of a toxin-producing cyanobacteria are present. These type of bacteria can be harmful to humans and pets.

Central District Health and DEQ have issued a health advisory for reservoir users.

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Officials consider closing Kirkham Hot Springs due to overuse

Katija Stjepovic October 8, 2020 KTVB

As we soak up the last bit of warmer weather, people are flooding into Lowman to soak up the warm water at Kirkham Hot Springs.

But the surge in visitors is leaving an impact on the local community and the natural beauty of the hot springs, and now the Forest Service is considering closing the campground to cut down on overuse.

People come from all over to visit the popular hot springs, and the increased usage in recent months is apparent by the amount of trash left behind.


Critter News:

MCPAWS sets up Gracie’s Fund to pay for veterinary expenses

The Star-News Oct 8, 2020

Gracie’s Fund is giving a paw up to pet owners who need help paying for medical expenses for their furry friends at MCPAWS Veterinary Hospital in Donnelly.

The fund is a pay-it-forward fund established in memory of Gracie, a dog who was rescued as a puppy and lived an active life with her owners until she died of cancer on Aug. 15.

Gracie fought her first battle with cancer at the age of 6, when she was diagnosed with abdominal lymphoma. After undergoing surgery and five months of chemotherapy, Gracie was cancer free.

She was able to maintain her active lifestyle until her cancer returned at age 11. She lived for 10 more months with help from the veterinarians at the Donnelly and MCPAWS Veterinary Hospital.

Gracie’s owners established the fund so that other animals would be able to receive necessary medical care, a news release said.

For more information or to donate to the fund, visit (link) and follow “MCPAWS Veterinary Hospital” under the “About” menu.

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Pet talk – Dialysis in pets

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Oct 9, 2020 IME

Dialysis is a method of treating kidney disease. It is most used to treat reversible causes of acute kidney failure. Causes of acute kidney failure include infections, poisonings, and situations that cause poor blood flow to the kidneys. Kidney stones can cause the blockage of urine flow and are a quite common cause of kidney failure and cats, and some sort of dialysis may be needed to stabilize the cat in preparation for surgery to remove the blockage.

Peritoneal dialysis involves placing a catheter directly into the abdominal cavity. Fluid is delivered into the abdomen through the catheter. The fluid was then drained and discarded. This process is repeated multiple times to remove toxins from the abdominal cavity. Hemodialysis involves placing a double sided catheter in the large vein of the neck. This catheter allows blood to be withdrawn from one side and sent through the dialysis machine that clears out the toxins. The blood is returned to the body through the other side of the catheter. Hemodialysis is available at a limited number of veterinary hospitals.

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Grizzly bear illegally shot, killed in Fremont County

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, October 8th 2020

A collared adult male grizzly bear was illegally shot and killed near Coyote Meadows in Fremont County in September.

IDFG biologists came to get the bear’s collar when they received a mortality signal on Sept. 29.

They found the grizzly bear with a gunshot wound, recovered a rifle bullet from the side of the bear, and followed the trail of blood to a nearby clearing.

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Salmon officials search for mountain lion

October 9, 2020 Local News 8


Salmon District Fish and Game personnel say there has been no sign of a mountain lion, first spotted walking through yards on the Bar Hill about three weeks ago.

Regional Wildlife Manager Dennis Newman said officers put out multiple motion cameras and traps, but the animal vanished from public view about two weeks ago. He thinks the cat may have followed a stream bed out of town.

“Locating and capturing a very secretive animal is very challenging, especially amongst all the houses, pets, and chicken flocks in the area,” said Newman. “But we take these reports very seriously, and we will continue to utilize every tool we have until we capture it.”

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Federal agency denies protection for wolverines

October 9, 2020 Local News 8

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that wolverine populations are not as endangered now as much as they were in 2013.

As a result, the agency has determined the species does not meet the definition of threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The service has withdrawn its listing proposal. The species will continue to be managed by state wildlife agencies and tribes.

The wolverine is the largest member of the weasel family, which includes weasels, otters, ferrets, and martens and is primarily found in the higher elevations of Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

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Bull elk freed after catching antlers in barbed wire fence

Biologists and conservation officers responded and sedated the elk before disentangling his antlers from the wire and piece of fence post.

October 7, 2020 KTVB

Credit: IDFG

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game was able to successfully free a bull elk that had gotten caught in a fence in southeastern Idaho recently.

The rescue happened near the town of Bloomington in Bear Lake County.

According to Fish and Game, the elk apparently was using a barbed wire fence post to rake his antlers when he became tangled in a portion of the fence.

Biologists and conservation officers responded and sedated the elk before disentangling his antlers from the wire and piece of fence post. Once freed, the elk was able to return to the wild, officials say.

source: w/video
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Idaho hunters beware, shooting that moose could cost you a $1,000

by Ariana Pyper Tuesday, October 6th 2020 CBS2

Artificially simulated moose (Phil Stamer, IDFG)

Idaho hunters beware… illegally targeting elk, deer, and moose’s from the road could cost you $1,000.

Idaho Fish and Game say they use decoy animals in areas where there is a history of illegal hunting.

Artificially simulated animals are real-life copies of deer, elk, and other game species that look and act like a real animal. Conversation Officers use these decoys during hunting season to catch law-breaking hunters.

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Thousands of minks dead in COVID-19 outbreak on Utah farms

by Associated Press Tuesday, October 6th 2020

Thousands of minks at Utah fur farms have died because of the coronavirus in the past 10 days, forcing nine sites in three counties to quarantine, but the state veterinarian said people don’t appear to be at risk from the outbreak.

The COVID-19 infections likely were spread from workers at the mink ranches to the animals, with no sign so far that the animals are spreading it to humans, said Dr. Dean Taylor, the state veterinarian, who is investigating the outbreak.

“We genuinely don’t feel like there is much of a risk going from the mink to the people,” he said.


Fish & Game News:

F&G Commission approves limiting sales of nonresident disabled American veteran reduced-price deer and elk tags

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Reduced-price deer and elk tags will go on sale Dec. 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Oct. 8 advanced new rules for 2021 Legislative approval including a limit on the number of reduced-price deer and elk tags available for nonresident disabled American veterans. The new limit is 500 nonresident DAV deer tags and 300 nonresident DAV elk tags for over-the-counter deer and elk hunts, which was previously approved by the Commission as a temporary rule and takes effect Dec. 1, 2020.

Because the number of nonresident DAV reduced-price tags will be limited for over-the-counter hunts, they are expected to sell out quickly and will go on sale Dec. 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.

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Meridian fire prompts small area closure in Unit 50

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented an emergency area closure to protect Forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Meridian Fire. This closure will remain in effect until October 20, 2020 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.



FS Road 477 Hunter Creek Road
FS Trail 050 Hunter Creek Trail

For the most up to date fire information on the Meridian Fire and others across the state please [view] the Idaho Fire Map.

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The right clothes can make you a more effective hunter

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Staying warm and comfortable helps you stay out longer in any weather

Fall hunting takes place in all weather conditions and temperatures, so don’t overlook your hunting clothing because it may play a role in your comfort and success. It takes a little preparation and investment in the right clothing for the weather, but it will pay dividends when you’re more comfortable and able to stay out longer in all conditions.

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

An angry elk gored a Colorado man finishing a round of golf over the weekend

October 6, 2020 Local News 8

A day catching up with friends and soaking in the scenery on a beautiful mountain golf course in Colorado this weekend ended with a golfer’s kidney sliced in half by an angry elk.

Zak Bornhoft, 41, and his three friends were two holes away from completing the Evergreen Golf Course, located outside of Denver, on Saturday. The 18-hole course overlooking the Evergreen Lake is known for having “spectacular views from every tee,” according to its Facebook page.

This was one reason, Bornhoft said, he wanted to play golf on this course.

But views of green tree tops and blue sparkling water weren’t the only thing the golfers would experience. They were met by dozens of elk roaming freely around the course.


Note: At the Yellow Pine Country Club, elk have the right of way.

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