Nov 22, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 22, 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
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Nov 26 – Thanksgiving potluck Community Hall 2pm
Nov 30 – Firewood Season Ends
(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)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program

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

Local Events:

The Boise NF plans to conduct Fall/Winter burning.

In our area:

Johnson Creek Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located off National Forest System (NFS) road 413.
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Thursday, November 26th, 2pm. Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, at the Community Hall.

Village News:

Attention Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves

It is time to start thanking about the Christmas gift bags!! Any questions please get a hold of me. We are looking at about 30 bags this year!!

Nicki H
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South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan (RAMP) Objection

Attached is our objection to the South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan (RAMP), Payette National Forest.. Final comments were due November 16.

Many of the residents and landowners in the Yellow Pine community would like to submit an advisory vote for support to this objection or object to the closure of the South Fork forest service roads. We are working on the process to make this happen. If you have any questions or need for clarification please feel free to contact me by phone 208-631-3508 or I do have a powerpoint presentation that I would be willing to present to the Yellow Pine Community if you are interested. It is difficult, with covid 19 protocols, to address all the details of this written objection. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

-Merrill Saleen

Link: 2020 South Fork Restoration Objection document.pdf
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Stibnite snow Nov 20th

20201120StibniteSnowMidas-acourtesy Midas Gold
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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.
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

No update for August or September or October.

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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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 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

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 @

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:

Heat was installed in the Community Hall on April 30, 2020.

Addition for Community Hall bathrooms October 15, 2020.

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

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)

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days. Firewood Permits available.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 (Nov 16) overnight low of 29 degrees, low overcast and misting (0.01″ so far) snow has settled/melted down to 5″ on the board. Cloudy and dark at lunch time, no rain. Warmer mid-afternoon, dark clouds thinning in one spot and no rain, high of 39 degrees. Cloudy at dusk. Gusty breezes around 1045pm and cloudy.

Tuesday (Nov 17) overnight low of 26 degrees, thinning overcast and filtered sunshine, light breezes and frost starting to melt. A single set of large elk tracks on Pioneer street. Gusty breezes before lunch time, breaks in the clouds. After lunch thicker darker clouds and blustery. Warmer, gray overcast and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Hairy woodpecker stopped by. At dusk it was overcast and still way above freezing with lighter breezes. Gusty right after dark. Very strong wind gusts between 630pm-730pm (40-50mph gusts recorded by the Tea Pot Dome weather station on the South Fork.) Steady rain and calmer by 830pm. Looks like it rained all night.

Wednesday (Nov 18) overnight low of 33 degrees, low foggy overcast and steady light rain (24 hour rain total = 0.41″) and one inch of old snow remains on the board. Heard a few juncos twittering. Stopped raining after lunch time. Mail truck was a bit late, dodging rocks and trees on the SF road. A few sprinkles after lunch then clouds thinning. Misty drops and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon with occasional light breezes, high of 42 degrees. Internet down 4-5pm. Steady light rain late afternoon, then harder rain at dusk, low clouds and socked in. Stopped raining before midnight. Bull elk bugled in the neighborhood around 130am. Snow fell early morning.

Thursday (Nov 19) overnight low of 31 degrees, 2.5″ new snow (SWE+rain = 0.52″) and 3″ total snow on the board, low overcast and snowing lightly this morning. Stopped snowing just after lunch time, high of 35 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visited. Dark clouds and more snow early afternoon. Steller jay visiting. Breaks in the clouds and not snowing mid-afternoon. Below freezing and not snowing at dusk. Breezy and clearing early morning.

Friday (Nov 20) overnight low of 10 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning. Yesterday’s snow measured 3/4″ (SWE = 0.07″) and this morning there is a total of 2.5″ snow on the board after settling. Jay visiting. Clear, sunny and still below freezing at lunch time, high of 35 degrees. Clear sky mid-afternoon and below freezing. Hairy woodpecker visiting. Cold and clear at dusk. Appeared to be clear before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 21) overnight low of 5 degrees, clear sky and heavy frost this morning, just a hair over 2″ of old snow on the board remains. Steller jay visiting. Clear and cold at lunch time, high of 34 degrees. Clear sky and calm mid-afternoon. Temperature dropping quickly at dusk, clear with bright half moon above Antimony Ridge. Bull elk bugling after dark. Clear and cold before midnight.

Sunday (Nov 22) overnight low of 6 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, 2″ of old snow remains with a topping of thick hoar frost. A few jays visiting. Helicopter flew over at 1040am. Sunny and icicles dripping after lunch time, high of 39 degrees. Clear and cold mid-afternoon. Sun down behind the hill before 4pm. Below freezing at dusk.


Amanda Hall

On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, Amanda Hall, loving wife, daughter and sister, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 37.

Amanda was born in McCall on Aug. 30, 1983, to Thomas and Tammy (Wheeler) Boxleitner. She grew up in Cascade and graduated from Cascade High School in 2001.

After graduating high school she attended and graduated from Boise State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She worked as a Pharmacy Technician for 20 years at Wheeler’s/Watkins before shifting careers and becoming the Deputy Clerk for the City of Cascade. On May 10, 2015, she married Matt Hall, who was her partner in crime.

Besides spending time with her family and friends, Amanda had a passion for traveling, camping, RZR riding, boating and caring for her two dogs, Snickers and Oreo. Amanda also adored helping out and spending time with Brooklynn Metz and Cedar Saxton, treating them as if her own. Brooklynn adoringly referred to her as Manga.

Amanda had a bright and energetic personality and was known for her kind heart and helping others. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life.

Amanda is survived by her husband Matt Hall (Cascade), her parents Thomas and Tammy Boxleitner (Cascade), siblings Jennifer Boxleitner (Littleton, Colorado), Brandon Boxleitner (Cascade) and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Alphons and Dorothy Boxleitner and Joe and Irva Wheeler, her uncles Mike and Steve Wheeler and her aunt Nikki Huston.

A small gathering for family and close friends will be held at The Roxy Theater on Nov. 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers and donations, the family requests that donations be made to Umpqua Bank.

Online condolences may be left at (link)

Arrangements in care of McCall Funeral Home.

Idaho News:

Record 1,786 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths

Nov 20, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported a record 1,786 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on Friday.

The next highest single day report was 1,781 on Nov. 17.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 89,764.

There are a total of 76,570 confirmed cases and 13,194 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 10 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 845.

full story:
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Idaho Friday, November 20

source: KTVB
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Central District Health board issues public health advisory as COVID-19 pandemic surges

The meeting comes as coronavirus cases continue to increase throughout the state and within the district’s four-county region.

Tyson Miller, KTVB November 17, 2020

The Central District Board of Health on Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve a public health advisory that urges Idahoans to take certain steps to help curb the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

The decision comes as cases continue to surge throughout the state, and within the district’s four-county region that includes Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties.

Kim Link, the program manager for the health district, told the board that all of the metrics they have been monitoring are very concerning, including the overall number of new cases in recent weeks.

“We’re getting as many cases in a single day that we should be getting in a week,” she said.

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Central District Health implements public health advisory, could turn to order if cases don’t decline

By Meredith Spelbring Nov 18, 2020 KIVI

Central District Health has issued a new public health advisory for four counties, with the possibility to make it an order if the COVID-19 situation does not reverse.

The advisory is in effect for Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties and states residents are strongly encouraged to:

* Wear a face covering at all times when around someone who is not a member of the same household and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
* Work from home
* Minimize non-essential travel
* Suspend visits to congregate living facilities
* Avoid social gatherings, including gatherings with family members from outside the household
* Anyone over the age of 65, smokes or has a health condition that puts them at risk should avoid close contact with others outside their household

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Valley County reports 23 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 239

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 19, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 239 cases on Tuesday, up 23 cases from 216 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 180 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 15 cases from 165 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center on Monday reported 56 positive cases, or eight more than the 48 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 166 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 14 more than the 152 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.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County.

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Valley County Announcement

(via FB 11/18/2020)

In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our communities, Valley County will be limiting in-person access to County buildings including the Courthouse, Sheriff’s Office and DMV offices. Employees who are able will be working remotely.

How to access services:

* In-person services are available by appointment only. Please visit (link) and navigate to the department you wish to make an appointment with. Visitors to County buildings will be required to have their temperatures checked and wear masks.

* Online services are available on our website and via electronic communication. These include property tax payments, vehicle registration renewals, paying court fees and more. Go to (link)
for a quick list of available online services.

**Beginning Monday 11/23/20 The Valley County Sheriff’s Office will be open Monday – Friday for driver’s licensing, commercial driver’s licensing, concealed weapon permits from 8:00 – 4:00 by appointment only, and only to residents of Valley County. Please be sure to call and schedule your appointment, as they will fill quickly. Unfortunately, no fingerprint services will be available. ** For sex offender registration, please call their office at 208-382-7150.

In addition, Commissioner and Planning & Zoning meetings will move to an online-only format. Those wishing to participate in public hearings may call in via phone and watch via YouTube.

**The Transfer Site will be open 8am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday as usual. Recycling Centers will also be open.**

There is currently no end date set for these protocols, but the situation will be reassessed when daily COVID cases start to decline in Valley County.
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Valley County sheriff’s deputies to hand out ‘turkeys or tickets’ before Thanksgiving

More than 50 people will receive a Thanksgiving turkey instead of a ticket when they are stopped by a Valley County sheriff’s deputy between Nov. 15-24.

November 16, 2020 KTVB

Drivers who get pulled over in Valley County could get a very nice holiday surprise!

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Tamarack Environmental Protection Association Partners (TEPA) for its annual “Turkey or Tickets” program.

Every Thanksgiving season since 2015, the TEPA and sheriff’s office have teamed up to provide community engagement and education through this program.

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Cascade Legion to change to take-out Thanksgiving dinners

The Star-News Nov 19, 2020

The American Legion Post 60 in Cascade will serve its annual Turkey Day dinners to-go only on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. due to COVID-19 concerns.

One factor in the decision was the limit of 50 people who could be served at a time. The American Legion normally serves around 150 meals on Thanksgiving.

Diners are asked to send only one member of their party inside to pick up the meals. Masks will be required, and COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

The meals are free, but donations will be accepted for a fund for Valley County veterans in need.

American Legion Post 60 is located at 105 E. Mill Road in Cascade.

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Rural communities need more doctors and nurses

By Nicole Camarda Nov 20, 2020 KIVI

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Idaho ranks 49th out of the 50 states in the rate of active patient care physicians. The state has 182 per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 227 per 100,000 people. Marsing, Melba and Weiser are all rural communities underserved with medical, dental and mental health resources.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, about 95% of Idaho is federally designated as a health professional shortage area in primary care.

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Idaho 55 project at Smiths Ferry shut down for the winter

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 19, 2020

The project to improve Idaho 55 between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge is set to pause with the roadway returning to two-way traffic for the winter.

Drivers can expect the road to be fully open next week for Thanksgiving, Idaho Transportation Department Communication Manager Vincent Trimboli said.

The project to widen and straighten the mile-long stretch of highway started on Sept. 8. The project required a combination of one-lane traffic and full closures to allow crews to conduct blasting and excavation operations.

Work will stop for the winter, with construction set to start again in mid-March with blasting and full closures running through mid-May, Trimboli said.

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Construction on Highway 55 paused for winter

By Katie Kloppenburg Nov 20, 2020 KIVI

Those heading into central Idaho will have a little easier time for a few months. Construction on the Highway 55 Smiths Ferry project is paused for the winter season.

Both lanes of traffic are now back open. In September, crews began blasting as part of a two-year project to improve safety along that stretch. The work will widen shoulders, add guard rails and straighten a windy stretch near the Rainbow Bridge.

Work on the highway will start again in the middle of March 2021.

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13 earthquakes hit central Idaho within 24 hours

by Ryan L Morrison Monday, November 16th 2020 CBS2

The United States Geological Survey recorded 13 earthquakes in central Idaho in the last 24 hours.

The most recent was a 2.7 magnitude shake about eight miles southwest of Stanley. The largest was recorded at 4.1 magnitude on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m.

The Stanley area has been hit with aftershocks following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that shook practically the entire state in March.

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Lewiston police looking for man missing since Sept. 25

Oct 7, 2020 Lewiston Tribune

Lewiston police are asking the public to contact them if someone sees Robert D. Nichols, who has been missing since Sept. 25.

Nichols was reported missing to police Sept. 29 after he failed to show up at a job site Sept. 28. His family has also not been able to get in contact with him.

Nichols is 5-foot-11 and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Nichols was last seen checking out of a Lewiston hotel Sept. 25, which is also the last time and place his cellphone was used. He also used his company’s credit card to put fuel in his work vehicle, which is a white 1999 Chevrolet Suburban with an Idaho license plate, No. 6C52533. The vehicle has cargo doors in the back and should contain a large survey box.

It is not out of character for Nichols to camp in a tent or in his work vehicle, but it is out of character for Nichols to fail to contact his family or to report to a job site.

If someone comes into contact with Nichols, Lewiston police ask that they contact Detective Brian Erickson at (208) 746-0171 or by email at

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Scam Alert:

BBB: how to avoid new scams related to COVID vaccine trials

By Kristen Bolden Nov 16, 2020 KIIVI

As COVID-19 cases spike across the United States and here in Idaho, the race for a vaccine is on. Now, scammers are using that knowledge to try and steal your identity.

The Better Business Bureau reports scammers have been sending out unsolicited text messages to promote participation in phony clinical studies. The BBB’s Rebecca Barr says scammers try to lure people in with a cash reward to help science and medical professionals.

Many victims report receiving the message through text, but it can also be sent through email or a social media message. A recent message sent to BBB staff read: “Local Covid19 Study: Compensation up to $1,220! Qualify Here.” If you receive a message like this, no matter how curious you are or how much you could use the extra cash, do not click on these types of links.


Tips & Advice:

10 tips for protecting your home from fire damage

By KBOI Nov 20, 2020

Fire is a comfortable way to keep warm. It’s also dangerous when utilized improperly, and it’s incredibly unpredictable when it’s burning through forests and wildlands. That’s where the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association comes in, with helpful advice to keep your home safe from fires.


Mining News:

Most comments favor Midas Gold mine

Payette forest will consider opinion in final plan

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 19, 2020

Public comments are heavily in favor of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine, according to a sampling of the comments by The Star-News.

A sampling of 1,000 public comments to the Payette National Forest 876 comments in support of the project, 114 comments opposed and 10 neutral comments.

There were about 10,000 total comments, but an official tally of the comments has not been released. That process is still underway by the Payette.

The comments were submitted in response to the release of the draft study of the proposed gold and antimony mine at Stibnite.

“While we know that some members of the public might think of commenting on the study as a vote for or against the project, comments are not actually considered in a popular vote method,” Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

“The intent is for comments to be substantive to the information found in the study,” Harris said.

Responses to all comments will be appear in a final version of the study expected by August 2021.


Public Lands:

Southwest Idaho Fall/Winter prescribed fire burning planned

Boise, Idaho, November 18, 2020 — Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable weather conditions for low complexity pile burning operations. Pile burning is designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels) generated from logging, noncommercial thinning operations and administrative site clearing.

Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in November and continue through February. Several landing and hand piles are planned for ignition in 13 different locations within the Boise National Forest.

Public and firefighter safety is always the priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.

Prescribed burns may affect people sensitive to smoke and may impact access to burn areas and travel routes. Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and drive slowly in areas with decreased visibility.

All planned burning during this time frame will be pile burning which will generate smoke but have low probability of fire spread beyond the footprint of the piles due to time of year, weather and adjacent fuels conditions. Information and signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.

For more information please contact us at 208-373-4100

Planned Boise National Forest fall/winter prescribed burns:

Idaho City Ranger District
• Buckskin Project area (500 acres): Hand piles generated from hazardous fuels reduction activities in the Little Muddy Creek drainage and Grimes Pass area.

Cascade Ranger District
• Project Camp Hand piles (8-acres): Hand piles generated from debris removal around administrative site located near Warm Lake.
• Warm Lake Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located near Warm Lake Highway.
• Johnson Creek Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located off National Forest System (NFS) road 413.
• Crawford Debris Pile (1-acre): Debris pile generated from hazardous fuels reduction activities around administrative site located near NFS road 430 and the Warm Lake Highway.
• Landmark Workstation (1-acre): Debris pile generated from hazardous fuels reduction activities around administrative site located at the junction of NFS roads 413 and 579.

Emmett Ranger District
• High Fork Piles: landing piles generated from logging slash located along NFS roads: 601H, 601J, 601K, 606E near High Valley.
• Padget Piles: landing piles generated from logging slash located along NFS roads: 602A, 602A, 602A1, 602A2, 602A3, 602A4 and 602P near High Valley.
• Sagehen Reservoir Piles: Landing and debris piles generated from logging slash and fuels reduction activities around Sagehen Reservoir and campgrounds along NFS roads 614, 614l, 614A1, 614B, 614J, 622A, 609A1, 626T, 626U and 626Y4.
• Tripod Summit Piles: Landing piles generated from logging slash and fuels reduction activities near High Valley along NFS roads 644, 644W, 644Y, 644Z, 644Z2.
• West Scriver Piles: Landing piles generated from logging slash and fuels reduction activities in the Scriver Creek area along NFS roads: 693, 695 and 696.

Mountain Home Ranger District
• Bogus Basin piles (approx. 25 piles): Machine and landing piles near NFS 297 road generated from logging operations.
• Minneha/Star Gulch piles (approx. 350 acres): Hand piles generated from hazardous fuels reduction thinning near NFS 202B road.
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Boise National Forest Christmas tree permit sales begin

Avoid the lines – Boise National Forest adds as option to purchase Christmas tree permits

Boise, Idaho, November 18, 2020 — New this year, Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase online at The benefits to online sales are twofold: 1. added convenience for visitors 2. providing a safer alternative to in-person transactions. Visitors can begin cutting trees Nov. 21 – Dec. 25.

Christmas tree permits remain available at some our vendors (see attached list) starting Nov. 21.

Boise National Forest Ranger District offices may be closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Know before you go and call ahead before heading out!

Each Christmas tree permit allows up to 3 trees to be cut per family at $10 per tree. All purchased permits are only valid on the Boise National Forest. A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and use of permits for commercial purposes is prohibited. Permits are non-refundable and the purchaser must be at least 18 years in age.

Permits purchased online are $10 with an additional $2.50 service fee, then printed by the purchaser (printer access is required). purchasers must have the printed permit in possession and displayed on their vehicle dash when harvesting a tree.

All purchases from the vendors are provided with a Christmas tree permit and tags. The tags are attached to a limb of the cut tree.

USDA Forest Service, in coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” (EKO) program, fourth and fifth-graders who participate in the program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit! The EKO initiative is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth and fifth-grade students who first go to and complete the application process for a voucher. Visit, choose purchase tree, add quantity. Enter the EKO voucher number when prompted.

All permits obtained through have $2.50 service fee including the EKO. Commercial vendors do not participate in the “Every Kid Outdoors” program.

Harvesting a Christmas tree is a fun adventure and often a traditional family event. Please review the Christmas tree general conditions and map for optimal areas and be fully prepared for winter travel.

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering. Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead and check websites for road conditions before heading out. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.

To provide for family safety, officials advise a few simple guidelines:

* Follow the general conditions provided.

* Practice winter survival and driving techniques.

* Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.

* Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.

* Always inform neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.

* Be prepared for the possibility of a long hike or snowmobile ride while searching for the perfect tree.

* According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.

Where to get a Christmas tree Permit

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Interagency Visitor Center WILL NOT be selling Christmas tree permits. For more information: Boise National Forest Supervisor Office – 208-373-4039

Most Boise NF Offices will be closed due to Covid-19 pandemic. Know before you go and call ahead before heading out!

The Idaho City Ranger District (208) 392-6681 – call for curbside service: Monday – Friday

Lowman Ranger District (208) 259-3361

Emmett Ranger District (208) 365-7000

Cascade Ranger District (208) 382-7400 – call for curbside service: Monday – Friday.

Mountain Home Ranger District (208) 587-7961

Boise National Forest Vendors

East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442
2518 E Cleveland
Caldwell, ID 83605
Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

B & W Fuels, (208) 365-2291
1900 N Washington Ave.
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed weekends

Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391
445 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open: Everyday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869
P.O. Box 447
Garden Valley, ID 83622
Open: Everyday – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426
3868 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sun, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tom’s Service/Sinclair (208) 392-4900
243 State Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Seasons (208) 392-9777
200 Main Street
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
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Payette forest sells Christmas tree permits online

(posted in The Star-News Nov 19, 2020)

Christmas tree permits for the Payette National Forest are available for purchase online, through their vendors and via curbside service this holiday season.

New this year is online purchasing. Visit and search for “Payette National Forest Christmas Tree Permit.”

Permits will be available for purchase at vendors beginning on Saturday and for curbside pickup at Forest Service offices beginning Monday.

Those wishing to purchase permits via curbside pickup must call first and pay with a credit card or debit card.

Cost is $10 for the permits. Fourth-graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit through the “Every Kid Outdoors” program. For more information, visit

Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at these locations:

• Albertsons, 132 E. Lake St. in McCall.

• C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane in New Meadows.

• McCall Forest Supervisor’s Office, 500 N. Mission St., 208-634-0700.

• McCall Ranger District Office, 102 W. Lake St., 208-634-0400.

• New Meadows Ranger District Office, 3674 U.S. 95, 208-347-0300.
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USDA Forest Service Invites Public Feedback on Proposed List of Deferred Maintenance Projects for Fiscal Year 2022

Ogden, UT, November 20, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects under consideration for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022.

The Forest Service projects, which are now open for public feedback on the forest service website, aim to address the agency’s $5.2 billion deferred maintenance backlog and improve public access and quality of visitor experience through repair and restoration of roads, trails, bridges, recreation sites, and other facilities.

The proposed projects were selected based on seven criteria:

* Reducing deferred maintenance
* Promoting management of America’s forests
* Improving visitor experience
* Contributing to rural economic development
* Improving visitor access
* Ensuring health and safety
* Leveraging partner contributions and resources

Signed into law this summer, the Great American Outdoors Act provides funding that will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forest and grasslands through 2025. The Forest Service is working closely with all interested public to ensure the selected projects continue to meet local needs and maximize the benefits experienced by millions of Americans who visit and use their national forests and grasslands.

The public has until Nov. 30, 2020 to review and provide feedback on the proposed list. For more details on how to submit your feedback, visit: (link)


The Great American Outdoors Act responds to the growing $5 billion backlog of deferred maintenance on national forest and grasslands, which includes $3.7 billion for roads and bridges and $1.5 billion for visitor centers, campgrounds and other facilities. The Forest Service currently administers more than 370,000 miles of roads, 13,400 bridges, 159,000 miles of trails, 1,700 dams and reservoirs, 1,500 communications sites, 27,000 recreation sites, and 40,000 facilities of other types. In addition to helping address deferred maintenance for these critical facilities and infrastructure, the Great American Outdoors Act will help the Forest Service to continue supporting rural economies and communities in and around national forests and grasslands across the country.

Critter News:

Idaho Fish and Game using specially trained K-9’s to solve wildlife crimes

By Lynsey Amundson Nov 19, 2020 KIVI

With fall and winter comes hunting season, one of the busiest times of the year for Idaho Fish and Game and their K-9 Officers.

You can often find the specially trained dogs in the hills solving wildlife crimes and possibly searching for lost hunters.

After graduating from an intense nine-week training course in Indiana, the dogs are certified in tracking and article searching.

“We will run the dog around multiple different times looking for more evidence, and it can help the case, especially if he finds more evidence if he finds casings, or if he finds an additional animal,” said Craig Mickelson, IDFG Conservation Officer & K-9 handler. “It really helps, and it helps in our efficiency as a department.”

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F&G seeks information regarding killing of young grizzly in Fremont County

November 18, 2020 Local News 8

A young male grizzly bear was found shot and killed near the Cold Springs Road in Fremont County recently.

Weather events made it difficult to determine the timing of the incident, but Idaho Fish and Games aid it is believed to have occurred around Nov. 8.

Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the incident and would appreciate hearing from anyone that may have heard or seen something.

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Spike elk shot, left to waste near Rexburg

November 18, 2020 Local News 8

A spike bull elk was shot and left to waste on Nov. 15 or 16 just off of the Long Hollow Rd., 13 miles east of Rexburg in Unit 64.

While a hunting season for cow elk in the unit was open, the hunting season for antlered elk in the unit ended Oct. 21.

Idaho Fish and Game officials report evidence of multiple other harvested elk were found at the scene leading investigators to believe the unlawfully harvested spike elk was intentionally left to waste.

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BLM releasing 11 wild horses near Glenns Ferry

The five mares and six studs are set to be released into the Saylor Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area.

November 18, 2020 KTVB

The Bureau of Land Management will release nearly a dozen horses back into the wild on Wednesday.

The five mares and six studs are set to be released into the Saylor Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area 15 miles south of Glenns Ferry.

The Jarbidge BLM field office captured 104 wild horses from that area earlier this year in a bid to control overpopulation on the rangeland. Wednesday’s release will bring the herd numbers back to its management goal of 50 horses.

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Hundreds of steelhead to be released into the Boise River Thursday afternoon

Idaho Fish and Game plans to stock the river with hatchery fish at five locations in Boise.

November 19, 2020 KTVB

Anglers hoping to land a big one should grab their fishing pole head down to the Boise River.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to stock the river with around 250 steelhead on Thursday afternoon.

Officials say the fish were trapped at Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River.

They will be released in equal numbers, about 50 fish, at five locations:


Fish & Game News:

F&G commission approves changes to nonresident participation in general season deer and elk hunts

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, November 20, 2020

Limits to nonresident participation in general season hunts go into effect for 2021 season

Lewiston — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Nov. 20 approved changes to nonresident participation in general season deer and elk hunts to address concerns from residents about hunter congestion in some areas. Starting 2021, nonresident hunters in most general season elk and deer hunts will be limited to 10 or 15 percent of the total hunters in each elk zone or deer unit based on hunter participation estimates averaged over the last five years. The new limits do not apply to capped elk zones.

Statewide quotas for nonresident deer tags (15,500) and elk tags (12,815) have remained the same for nearly 30 years. Although nonresident participation in general deer and elk seasons is limited by these statewide tag quotas, in the past there was no way to manage nonresident participation in each game unit or elk zone, resulting in disproportionally high numbers of nonresident hunters in some areas.

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Nov. 16: Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Biologist 1
Monday, November 16, 2020

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River decreased during the past week. The majority of anglers were observed downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15, and due to colder temperatures, anglers were most commonly encountered during the afternoons.

Angler effort upstream of Salmon remained low. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 averaged 50 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 35 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16 averaged 26 hours per steelhead caught. No anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 reported catching a steelhead.

River conditions were good throughout the week. The river continued to have clear visibility, and water temperatures on Sunday were in the mid-30s. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,240 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 96 percent of average for today’s date.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Bear ‘plays basketball’ at San Antonio Zoo

by Kendra Mann, Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday, November 13th 2020

A bear at the San Antonio Zoo was caught on camera enjoying a game of basketball inside his exhibit.

The bear, named Jordan, is seen on the video throwing a large rock with his paws as if he were shooting free throws.

continued: w/video

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