Nov 29, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 29, 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 30 – Firewood Season Ends
Dec 25 – Xmas potluck 3pm Community Hall
(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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Xmas Potluck

December 25 at 3pm in the Community Hall.

Village News:

Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck

20201126ThanksgivingPotluck-a(courtesy DF)

18 folks made it to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. The community hall looked festive and folks enjoyed great food and conversation in a nice warm hall. Thanks, Hailey and Sarah for the cooking of the turkey and ham.
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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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Yellow Pine Bridge insulating project

Here are some pictures of the bridge insulating work before and after. The final work is not fully complete but the pipe is completely insulated and there should be no issues with freezing. Remaining work includes completion of the installation of the repurposed white PVC pipe which will serve as a protective barrier over the insulation. You can see how the installed PVC pipe will look in one of the pictures. The pipe is sawn into two pieces lengthwise and then clamped back together over the insulation providing protection from the elements as well as from rodents. The PVC pipe was already on hand in Yellow Pine and so using it was a good way to solve the insulation protection problem and to reduce cost at the same time. In addition to insulating the water pipe, new pipe supports were designed, fabricated, and installed to properly secure the pipe to the bridge. The existing heat tape was tested and found to be functional and so it was left in place in case its needed in the future. Over 2000 lbs of rotten wood, metal roofing panels, and wet insulation were removed and disposed of as part of the job. Completion of the work is scheduled to be done within the next few weeks.



Warren Drake for YPWUA
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

Update Nov 29: Warren replaced the water meter because of inconsistent readings. With the new meter, the community is currently using over 55,000 gallons of water per day. A leak has been identified and will be repaired as soon as we can coordinate the contractor, equipment needed and weather together. It is difficult to get everything planned in the winter. When the repair is scheduled, the community will have a few days notice before the water is shut down. Since we are using more water than the rated use through the sand filters, the boil order will remain in effect. We continue the grant request process that is extremely slow. – Steve H

Update Nov 25: the boil order is still in effect due to the large quantity of water that is leaking from the system. – Warren D

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 Mountain Lion Aware

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

The Community Hall toilet is functional! It was christened at the Thanksgiving Potluck. Many hands were involved over the last three months to get this far. The goal is to have it completely finished by Christmas. Thanks to everyone who was able to lend a hand or give advice. Couldn’t have done it without you.


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.
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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 23) overnight low was probably around 20 degrees, the 9F on the gizmo was from Sunday morning, the sky is overcast and there is 2″ of old snow remaining. Jays visiting. Cloudy and fairly calm at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 36 degrees. Mostly cloudy by sunset. Thinner hazy clouds before midnight.

Tuesday (Nov 24) overnight low of 17 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, 2″ of old snow remains on the board. Steller jays and a female hairy woodpecker visiting. Partly hazy to the south at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 42 degrees. Still above freezing mid-afternoon, mostly clear sky with some thin haze. Breezy and clear after dark, bright fat waxing moon. Hazy clouds before midnight. Snow early morning.

Wednesday (Nov 25) 24 hour low of 18 degrees from Tues morning, estimate the snowfall started sometime around 5am? This morning low overcast, 2″ new snow (SWE = 0.12″) and 4″ total snow on the board, clouds sitting down on the ridges and steady snowfall. Jays and woodpeckers visiting, juncos calling. Stopped snowing around lunch time and breaks in the clouds, high of 37 degrees. Mail truck was a little late. Raven calling to the south west. Hovering at freezing and broken cloud cover early afternoon. Below freezing and cloudy at dusk. Filtered moonlight before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 26) overnight low of 17 degrees, breaks in the overcast and occasional flakes of snow this morning. Yesterday half an inch of snow accumulated (SWE = 0.02″) and this morning measured 3.75″ of snow on the board. Jays and hairy woodpecker visiting. Gray sky with a few breaks in the clouds and icicles dripping after lunch time, high of 34 degrees. Dark-eyed juncos visiting. Mostly cloudy and just above freezing late afternoon. Partly clear after dark, fat moon rising to the north of Golden Gate peak. Clear and cold before midnight.

Friday (Nov 27) overnight low of 7 degrees, partly hazy sky and cold this morning, 3.5″ of old snow remaining. Jays visiting. Mostly clear and sunny at lunch time, high of 38 degrees. Very quiet day. Clear at sunset and getting cold. Pine squirrel calling from the trees. 95% full golden moon rising by full dark, clear and cold. Report of a coyote yipping. Clear before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 28) overnight low of 7 degrees, sky covered in high thin haze this morning, 3.25″ of old snow on the board. Cloudy and breezy at lunch time, high of 36 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visiting. Breaks in a dark gray overcast mid afternoon. Below freezing and broken overcast at dusk. Clearing up before midnight, bright moonlight. Clear and breezy before midnight.

Sunday (Nov 29) overnight low of 6 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, estimate 3″ of old snow on the board. Jays and woodpecker visited. Blue sky and sunny at lunch time, high of 38 degrees. Clark’s nutcracker stopped by. Clear and below freezing late afternoon. Temperature dropping after dark.

Idaho News:

1,773 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths

Nov 25, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,773 new COVID-19 cases and 21 new deaths on Wednesday.

The highest single-day report was just 13 cases more at 1,786 on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 96,503.

There are a total of 82,063 confirmed cases and 14,440 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 21 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 895.

full story:
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Valley County reports 24 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 260

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 260 cases on Tuesday, up 24 cases from a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 200 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 20 cases from 180 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 60 positive cases through Sunday, or four more than the 56 cases reported last week.

Twenty percent of those tested in Cascade in November were found to have COVID-19, CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“We are seeing more people with sniffles, fevers, and other symptoms come in for testing,” Reinhard said. “This is good because we want people to come in to get tested if they’re not feeling well.”

Central District Health reported 183 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 17 more than the 166 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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St. Luke’s McCall hires full-time screeners for COVID-19

By Laura Crawford for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

St. Luke’s McCall has hired three full-time screeners to check patients and visitors for signs of COVID-19.

The new screeners will fill the roles previously undertaken by regular hospital staffers in additional to their regular schedules.

A new warming hut has been installed in the parking lot to protect the screeners from winter weather.

Parking lot screening takes place 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. After hours screening takes place at registration in the hospital and clinic.

The parking lot screenings have been going on since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Idaho in March. In addition to answering questions, patients with potentially contagious symptoms were seen in the parking lot “car clinic.”

St. Luke’s is continuing screening protocols for the foreseeable future, a statement from the hospital said.

St. Luke’s also continues its mandatory masking policy for patients, visitors, vendors and staff in all facilities. A procedural mask provided by St. Luke’s is required in all St. Luke’s facilities and is provided upon entry.

Personal face coverings will only be permitted in patient care facilities when they are covered by a procedural mask provided by St. Luke’s, the hospital statement said.

The car clinic has been moved inside McCall Medical Clinic with isolated exams rooms that have been sealed off from the rest of the clinic.

The designated area will serve patients who are experiencing potential contagious symptoms and for those with scheduled COVID-19 tests.

Anyone experiencing symptoms can do an assessment on their St. Luke’s myChart account. Those without a MyChart account should call St. Luke’s nurse triage at 208-381-9500.

Anyone having difficulty breathing should go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

For those who have been exposed but are asymptomatic, St. Luke’s continues to recommend isolation for 14 days after potential exposure.

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

The new Valley County recycling center will open in Lake Fork on Dec. 1, 2020, while satellite centers in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade will close.

Location: 48 E. Lake Fork Road
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday from 9:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

“This new center provides a clean and centralized facility,” says Valley County Commissioner Dave Bingaman. “Staff will also be able to help monitor and educate the public on our local recycling guidelines.”

Valley County currently accepts corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, and plastics with resin codes 1 through 7.

For details on all accepted materials and recycling frequently asked questions, visit (link):
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ITD says repairs to Highway 95 slide south of Riggins complete

The failing slope near milepost 188 has disrupted traffic on the highway since it first fell July 3 and then again on July 10.

November 24, 2020 KTVB

Credit: ITD

Riggins, Idaho — The Idaho Transportation Department says that long-term repairs to the hillside where a massive rock and landslide occurred south of Riggins are complete.

The failing slope near milepost 188 has disrupted traffic on the highway since it first fell July 3 and then again on July 10.

“With the changes we’ve made, we have greatly reduced the likelihood of another slide blocking US-95 again in the area,” Materials Engineer Janet Zarate said.


Idaho History:

Volunteers survey historic wilderness trail

Three Blaze Trail was used by miners between Dixie, Thunder Mountain

By Kelly Hews for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

A survey of the historic Three Blaze Trail in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness has been completed by the Idaho Trails Association and the Payette National Forest Heritage Program.

The Three Blaze Trail was built in 1902 during the Gold Rush days to connect the mining town of Dixie with the Thunder Mountain mining district over 90 miles of rugged terrain. Many miners traveled the route in hopes of finding gold and becoming rich.

In late May, Idaho Trails Association volunteers and experienced hikers John Platt, Art Troutner, and Dave Beck spent three days in the Campbell’s Ferry area mapping traces of the old trail and documenting any artifacts found along the way.

Portions of the Three Blaze trail are still maintained and in use for recreational purposes, but other parts of the trail have been completely lost.

Many forest fires over the years have obscured the route and made it hard to find the iconic “three blazes” along the trail. These were trail markers cut with axes into trees along the way to guide travelers.


Letter to Share:

Stibnite Advisory Council Press Release

The Stibnite Advisory Council, representing the communities which signed the Community Agreement with Midas Gold, has completed another year around the table. Over this past year, the group has diligently worked to meet our defined mission to act as liaisons for our communities, gather information, respond to community member questions, and advocate for solutions and opportunities to support our region.

* Throughout the last year, the Stibnite Advisory Council has continued to meet every other month in online meetings that are open for the public to observe.

* The Stibnite Advisory Council maintains a website at (link)
which provides ongoing meeting summaries and contact information for community representatives.

* Individual council members have reported back to our community leaders, to update on the actions of the Stibnite Advisory Council.

* The Council requested and received presentations from Midas Gold regarding many different aspects of the proposed Stibnite Gold Project, including water quality, tailings facility design and transportation.

* Council members continue to receive questions from community representatives reflecting their concerns and thoughts on the project and have worked to get answers or additional information regarding these subject matters.

* An extensive Q&A document has been created and posted the SAC website and continues to be expanded as information is exchanged.

* Each community represented on the Council submitted a letter commenting on the draft Environmental Impact Study during the recently closed NEPA comment period.

* The Council issued an ongoing workforce survey to provide helpful information regarding the possible impact and needs of the Stibnite Gold project on the region.

Moving into their third year, the Stibnite Advisory Council will continue to hold virtual meetings every other month as each representative shares their community’s strengths and challenges. The comments received regarding the project will be used to persevere in the Council’s goal to determine the changes each community may encounter due to Midas Gold’s proposed project.

* An inventory of the area’s supporting industries and possible business opportunities the project may facilitate are being reviewed. Transportation impacts and environmental matters will always be part of the Council’s ongoing discussions.

The Stibnite Advisory Council has been extremely successful in creating a discussion group model which involves collaboration that is unbiased and diverse while maintaining regional and community relevance. As the Council continues to gather information regarding Midas Gold’s proposed project, this type of dialogue will benefit many current and future endeavors.

Mining News:

Paulson wants to stack Midas Gold board

44% owner would relocate company to Idaho

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

A New York City investment firm that owns 44% of Midas Gold has proposed stacking the company’s corporate board by replacing five sitting board members with board members of its own choosing.

Paulson & Co. last Friday called for a special meeting of Midas Gold Corp. shareholders to be held by Jan. 18 to consider swapping five board members and adding Midas Gold Idaho CEO Laurel Sayer to the board.

If the board takeover is successful, Midas Gold could be converted from a Canadian company to a U.S. company with headquarters in Boise, according to Paulson’s letter to Midas Gold employees and shareholders.

Paulson, the single largest shareholder of Midas Gold, decided to call the special meeting of shareholders after the current board resisted efforts to reorganize, the letter said.

“Paulson tried to engage collaboratively with the board to arrange a respectful transition that acknowledged their many years of service, buts its efforts to date were rebuffed,” the letter said.

Current Midas Gold Corp. CEO Stephen Quin would keep his job as well as his seat on the board under the proposed reshuffling.

Current board members Paulson hopes to remove are Keith Allred of Virginia, Jaimie Donovan of Canada, Brad Doores of Arizona, Jon Goode of Idaho and Peter Nixon of Canada.

They would be replaced with Bob Dean of Boise, David Deisley of Salt Lake City, Jeff Malmen of Boise, Chris Robison of Denver and Alex Sternhell of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

“In stark contrast to current directors, the new board expects to hold substantial amounts of stock in the company, creating economic alignment with Midas Gold’s shareholders,” the letter said.

Paulson would also emphasize Midas Gold’s status as a company producing antimony, which the federal government has tabbed as a strategic mineral critical to the country’s defense.

“It is imperative that we highlight that value domestically to continue garnering stakeholder support for development of the project,” Paulson’s letter said.

Calling the special meeting means Paulson can realign the board prior to Midas Gold’s annual May shareholder meeting, when board member elections are typically held.

Midas Gold Corp. is the Vancouver, B.C., parent company of Midas Gold Idaho, which is seeking regulatory approval to operate a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

Midas Gold declined to comment on the specifics of Paulson’s proposal, but spokesperson reinforced its commitment to the Stibnite Gold Project.

“Midas Gold Idaho is proud of the work we’ve accomplished in the Gem State over the past decade,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold Idaho.

“Our dedication to Idaho and our vision for the project remain the same,” Lyon said.

Midas Gold’s commitments to the Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation remain in place regardless of who owns or operates the company, she said.

Paulson reassured Midas Gold’s 37 employees in Idaho that the proposed board reshuffling would not affect the company’s operations and is “strictly a board matter.”

“This will have no effect on the Idaho team,” the letter said. “You are the backbone of this company both today and into the future.”

Sayer’s role heading up Midas Gold Idaho would remain unchanged under the proposal, said Chris Ullman, a Paulson spokesperson.

Since 2016, Paulson has invested about $66 million into Midas Gold, $35 million of which came earlier this year.

Paulson currently owns 209.4 million shares of Midas Gold, or about 44.1% of all shares. That is four times as many shares as Barrick Gold, the company’s second-largest shareholder.

Barrick Gold, which is based in Toronto, owns about 53.8 million shares, or 11% of all shares, following purchases in 2018 and 2019.

Approval on the Stibnite Gold Project could come by next August, according to the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency on the proposed mine.

Midas Gold’s probable mineral reserves in the Stibnite deposits include more than 4 million ounces of gold, or about 125 tons.

The value of the gold is projected to bring in 94% of the mine’s estimated $6 billion in total revenue over the 12 to 15-year life of mining.

The reserves also are predicted to contain 100 million pounds of antimony, which is used to make flame-proofing materials, paints, ceramic enamels, glass and pottery.

The value of antimony is only expected to produce 5% of total mine revenue, but the mine would become the only source of mined antimony in the United States.
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Paulson & Co. known for ‘bully tactics’ to take over companies

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

The New York City investment firm seeking to stack Midas Gold’s corporate board with its own directors is known for using “bully tactics” to achieve shareholder goals, according to industry experts.

Kingsdale Advisors, a shareholder advisory firm based in Toronto and New York, credited Paulson & Co.’s 2018 board reshuffling of a small Canadian mining company as one that shifted the balance of power between investors and corporate boards.

“Paulson’s playbook is one that is likely to be reused to reshape the industry,” Kingsdale said in a June 2019 post on the University of Harvard’s Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.

“Bullying companies into making changes (investors) want and if they are rebuffed, put the company into play,” the post said, which was written by Kingsdale founder Wes Hall and executives Amy Freedman and Ian Robertson.

Paulson was founded in 1994 and made most of its fortune winning big on the housing market crash in 2007, but in 2009 announced plans to invest in gold.

“We view gold as currency, not a commodity,” company founder John Paulson, 64, said in 2012.

“It’s importance as a currency will continue to increase as the major central banks around the world print money,” said Paulson, who Forbes estimates is currently worth about $4.3 billion.

One of Paulson’s major gold mining investments was the Detour Gold Corporation, which between 2006 and 2020 operated the Detour Lake Mine in Ontario, Canada.

Paulson urged the corporate board to sell the company in 2018 following steep stock price declines and perceived mismanagement, but the board disagreed.

“When its initial assault was rebuffed, Paulson changed its strategy to push for a whole new board of directors that could presumably facilitate a sale,” said Kingsdale, which Detour Gold hired in the shareholder fight against Paulson.

Paulson campaigned to shareholders that the sitting board had mismanaged the company during a five-month board takeover that industry magazine “Mining Weekly” described as “acrimonious.”

Livermore Partners founder David Neuhauser told industry news site that it was “highly probable” other investors would use Paulson’s success as a guide.

“You want to look at situations like this and use them as a template,” said Neuhauser, who founded the Chicago based investment firm in 2009.

A year after Detour Gold shareholders voted to replace the board with Paulson’s choices, the mine sold for $4.9 billion to Kirkland Lake Gold, a Toronto mining company.

Paulson says the strategy is a way to hold corporate boards accountable for failing to make decisions with shareholders in mind.

Marcelo Kim, a Paulson partner since 2011, urged fellow investors at the 2017 Denver Gold Forum to unite with shareholders to force “underperforming companies” to perform.

That led Paulson to create the Shareholders’ Gold Council, which conducts industry research and studies interests of investors.

Kingsdale, the shareholder advisory firm, critiqued the council as an organization designed to “franchise out activist campaigns” against corporate boards of gold mining companies.

The council emphasizes the correlation between share prices and stock ownership of board members, which Paulson noted as a factor in its proposed board reshuffling of Midas Gold.

Since 2017, 13 corporate board takeovers of Canadian mining companies have been attempted, nine of which have been successful, according to figures from Kingsdale.

Other than Midas Gold, Paulson owns a large stake in International Tower Hill, a small mining company seeking to develop its Livengood Project near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Both company’s boards are chaired by Kim, who oversees the Paulson’s interests in natural gas, base metals, oil and gold.

Kim, 33, is a graduate of Yale University and has served on Midas Gold’s corporate board since 2016.

He was appointed board chairman last March as part of Paulson’s $35 million investment into Midas Gold.

Paulson partner Chris Papagianis also currently sits on Midas Gold’s corporate board. He was appointed in May to replace former Paulson board member Javier Schiffrin.

Paulson no longer deals with outsider money after becoming a private family investment firm in July.

At its height, the former hedge fund firm managed about $36 billion, but that number had dwindled to about $6 billion in July, according to Forbes.

Kingsdale Advisors was founded in 2003 and is a shareholder services and advisory firm. Air Canada, Barrick Gold, Suncor Energy and Citigroup are among its clients.

The firm has led high-profile shareholder activist campaigns and mergers, including a $37 billion merger between Enbridge and Spectra Energy and a $12.5 billion merger between Tim Horton’s and Burger King.

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Tips & Advice:

Search and Rescue advises: use common sense

Nov 28, 2020 Local News 8

Fremont County Search and Rescue (FCS&R) is calling on the public to show some common sense before driving off established roads.

They say they’ve been called to four separate rescue calls to help motorists stranded on impassable roads, due to heavy snowfall.

FCS&R advises, the further away from an established road you travel, the less likely you will find adequate cell service to call for help.


Public Lands:

Debate continues over development on 28,000 acres of state land near McCall

By Idaho Statesman Nov 23, 2020

The Idaho Board of Land Commissioners heard renewed plans on Tuesday regarding the fate of roughly 28,000 acres of state-owned land near Payette Lake and McCall but made no moves toward a resolution on the controversial issue.

The area includes parcels of state land northeast of Payette Lake and extending south around Little Payette Lake. The area has been at the center of debate for much of the year as the Idaho Department of Lands and commissioners weigh its best use. Per Idaho’s constitution, the Department of Lands is mandated to use state endowment lands to maximize revenue for schools.

The Department of Lands paused its leasing projects in the area earlier this year to assess different usage options.

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BLM protects road surface with annual winter closure of Eighth Street

November 25, 2020
Mike Williamson 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management would like to remind the public of the annual seasonal road closure of upper Eighth Street in the Boise Foothills to prevent road damage during wet conditions.

This seasonal closure pertains only to full-sized vehicles and is in effect from Dec. 1 to May 15. The closure begins 2.8 miles from the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. The route remains open year-round for off-highway vehicles 50 inches or less in width, motorcycles, mountain bikes and all other non-motorized use.

“The purpose of this seasonal road closure has always been to prevent road damage from full-size vehicle use when the roadbed is wet and easily rutted,” said David Draheim, BLM outdoor recreation planner. “This annual closure has gone a long way toward minimizing erosion and road maintenance costs and preventing other resource damage from occurring each year.”

The BLM appreciates the public’s cooperation in respecting the road closure and helping to protect resources while maintaining access for recreational users. For more information, please contact the BLM Boise District Office at 208-384-3300.

Critter News:

What not to feed your dog or cat at Thanksgiving

Every year there are warnings about the harm Thanksgiving food can do to your pets.

November 24, 2020 KTVB

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Pet Talk – Fluid therapy in dogs and cats

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 20, 2020 IME

Animals maintain a normal fluid balance in the body by drinking and taking in fluids in their foods to offset the fluids lost in urine, feces and from the respiratory tract when panting. When fluid balance is severely disrupted, dehydration and shock may occur. Supplemental fluids may be needed if fluid intake decreases, losses increase, or both occur. Eating and drinking less lowers the intake of fluids. Increased losses can also occur through vomiting, diarrhea, panting, kidney diseases, bleeding or surface burns.

Fluid therapy involves fluids or supplemental body electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, to be given by intravenous methods. Intravenous fluids are given through the needle or through catheter inserted into a vein. IV catheters are most commonly inserted into the veins of the front legs. Large amounts of IV fluids can be administered quickly, making this an ideal route when the need for fluids is urgent. A variety of fluids and electrolyte mixtures, as well as many medications, can be given intravenously.

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Fish and Game officers investigate cow elk killing

Nov 24, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho Fish and Game Department personnel are investigating the killing of a cow elk in the Meadow Creek area near Spencer in Clark County.

Conservation officers believe it happened sometime between November 18 and November 21.

They said the suspects used a blue four-wheeler to trespass across private property then traveled cross-country onto public land. Investigators said the suspects caused considerable resource and property destruction along the way.

Investigators are looking for any witnesses who may have information about the incident. Call the Idaho Falls regional office at 208-525-7290 or the Citizens Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999.


Fish & Game News:

Anglers will get new ice fishing access at Lake Cascade this winter

By Jordan Messner, Fisheries Regional Manager
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Boulder Creek access is on the northeast end of the lake and is in addition to four other winter recreation sites

Anglers looking for access to Lake Cascade for ice fishing will get a new option this winter with the addition of the Boulder Creek walk-in access and parking lot. Lake Cascade State Park staff developed the area so it can be plowed, and Fish and Game hired a contractor to keep it clear of snow during the ice fishing season.


To get there turn west on Loomis Lane from Idaho 55 about a mile south of Donnelly and follow the signs to the Boulder Creek unit. Lake Cascade State Park staff also provides winter access at Van Wyck, Blue Heron, and Poison Creek units. Valley County Roads Department provides parking on the west side of the lake off West Mountain Road at the area commonly known as the “90-degree turn.”

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Look no further for the perfect gift for that special hunter or angler on your list- an IDFG gift certificate!

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Stop by a regional Idaho Fish and Game office this holiday season to purchase a gift that keeps on giving all year long– an Idaho Fish and Game gift certificate!

Fishing and hunting provide a good excuse to get outside, see the beauty of Idaho’s wildlife, and spend quality time with family and friends. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is a fishing or hunting season open throughout the year.

License gift certificates can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office in any dollar amount. Most people buy them for the exact amount of an annual hunting license, fishing license, combination, sportsman’s package or even a lifetime license! Lifetime license prices start at $300 and can cost over $1,000 for a combination license (see image below).

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MK Nature Center bird seed sale fundraiser is Dec. 4-5

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The MK Nature Center will host its 14th annual bird seed sale on December 4 and 5. Come and stock up on food for your favorite backyard birds. Proceeds from this event benefit educational programs at the Nature Center.

High quality bird seed, including black-oil sunflower, dove and quail mix, nyger thistle, and other varieties are provided through partnership with Wild Birds Unlimited of Boise. Wild Birds Unlimited is a long-time supporter of this event, helping make sure that the bird seed sale is one of the nature center’s most successful and popular fundraisers.

The MK Nature Center Gift Shop will have many nature-themed holiday items for purchase. Come check out these items for the nature lover on your holiday gift list.

Covid Procedures: There will be a 10 person limit in the building at one time, with a one way traffic pattern to follow. Consistent with the City of Boise’s Public Health Emergency Order No. 20-13, masks are required in the building.

For more information, please contact Sue Dudley at or call 208-287-2900.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Rhode Island woman saves four baby squirrels, individually hands them back

by Sam Read, WJAR Staff Thursday, October 8th 2020

Incredible video shows a North Providence woman handing a mom squirrel back her babies.

Melissa Frankiewicz saved four baby squirrels and individually handed them back to the mom. (Melissa Frankiewicz via WJAR)

Four babies, three girls and one boy, had fallen from the tree.

“A couple minutes later, he comes over with four baby squirrels in a shovel and they’re all alive,” said Frankiewicz. “The boy had a scratch on his arm but that was it. They were OK.”

… Frankiewicz said the mom squirrel took four trips down the tree to retrieve each baby individually and put it in a nest.

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