Dec 27, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 27, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
(details below)
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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
link:

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

Potluck December 25

At 3pm Christmas Day, locals gathered in the Community Hall for the holiday potluck dinner.

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courtesy DF
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Village News:

South Fork Slide-Off

A 2nd hand report Saturday (Dec 26) that someone slid off the South Fork road in the Jakie Creek area. Fortunately another traveler came along and was able to pull them out. I was asked to pass along a reminder to SLOW DOWN on back country roads!
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Riding into Big Creek last weekend

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Chris & Lois

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courtesy Scott Amos

video link:

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Yellow Pine General Store

Please welcome Josh Jones as the new owner of the Yellow Pine General Store.
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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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Critters

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become a snack

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

Update Dec 15: The Boise NF burned the pile and there was still room in the dumpsters.

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.

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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
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

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
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

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
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Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
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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

YPFD COVID19 Policy

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
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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
website:
Facebook:
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
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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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 (Dec 21) yesterday and last night’s rain total was 0.33″, overnight low of 32 degrees, this morning low overcast and light fog obscured the sunrise (it was after 1030am.) The rain didn’t melt much snow, average of 6″ on the ground. Water on top of ice on the paths. Nuthatches, hairy woodpecker, jays, flicker and a pine squirrel visiting. Overcast and foggy towards the river at lunch time, high of 47 degrees. Mail truck was a little late coming in. Breaks in the clouds and bits of sunshine early afternoon. Partly clear and a bit breezy at sunset (before 315pm.) Above freezing and partly cloudy at dusk. By the time it was dark the Great Conjunction was already below the horizon. Breezy after midnight. Windy after 2am (Stibnite recorded 33mph gust at 305am.) Rain then snow during the night/early morning.

Tuesday (Dec 22) overnight low of 23 degrees, an inch of new snow (rain+snow = 0.14″) and 7″ total snow on the ground. Low overcast sitting down on VanMeter hill, flaking snow and light breeze this morning. Lots of birds this morning: Red-breasted nuthatch, Mtn. chickadee, dark-eyed juncos, downy and 2 hairy woodpeckers, jays and flicker visiting, along with a crazy pine squirrel. Steady light snow right after lunch time, high of 27 degrees. Snowed on and off until about a half hour before sundown, mostly clear and cold breezes by sunset. Another snow flurry (half cloudy half clear) just after 4pm. Mostly cloudy at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Clearing during the night and cold.

Wednesday (Dec 23) overnight low of 6 degrees, measured a scant 1/4″ of snow from yesterday’s flurries (SWE=0.01″) and 6″ of snow on the ground. Sunrise approx 1045am. Lots of bird activity this morning, flicker, chickadees, dark-eyed juncos, red-breasted nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and jays, pine squirrel chasing birds. Clear and cold at lunch time, high of 29 degrees. Mail truck was just a little bit late. Sun set behind the ridge at 315pm and partly cloudy. Dropping into the teens by dusk and partly cloudy. Partly clear before midnight, waxing moon casting shadows.

Thursday (Dec 24) overnight low of 5 degrees, clear sky this morning, estimate 6″ of snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Clear and cold at lunch time, high of 34 degrees. Hairy woodpecker stopped by. Sun slipped behind the ridge at 319pm and mostly hazy. Female downy woodpecker stopped by. It was 20 degrees at dusk. Looked mostly cloudy before midnight.

Friday (Dec 25) 24 hour low of 8 degrees from Thurs morning, mostly hazy sky this morning and 15 degrees before sunrise, an average of 6″ of old snow on the ground. Northern flicker, dark-eyed juncos, female downy and both male and female hairy woodpeckers, red-breasted nuthatches, mountain chickadees, jays and the pine squirrel feasting at the feeders. Quiet morning a person walking dogs in the forest. Blue sky to the north and cloudy to the south at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 40 degrees. Dark clouds and blustery before sunset. Gusty, overcast and starting to snow at dusk. Fat trace before midnight. More snow during the night and early morning.

Saturday (Dec 26) 24 hour low of 15 degrees from Fri morning, low overcast – foggy ridge tops, 2 1/2″ new snow and 8″ total snow on the ground. Light snow falling before 11am. Lots of birds: Clark’s nutcracker, northern flicker, 2 hairy woodpeckers, several jays, red-breasted nuthatches, dark-eyed juncos and the silly pine squirrel. Socked in nearly to the valley floor at lunch time, stopped snowing (no accumulation), high of 35 degrees. Just after sunset low overcast, occasional flake and almost misting, very humid. Snowing lightly at dusk. Not snowing and higher clouds before midnight.

Sunday (Dec 27) overnight low of 10 degrees, a trace of new snow from last evening and 8″ total snow on the ground, clear sky this morning and frosty. Chickadee calling, flicker, jays, nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, dark eye-juncos and pine squirrel visiting. Sunny and clear at lunch time, high of 32 degrees. Partly cloudy before sunset, “mare’s tails” coming from the southwest. Looked mostly clear at dusk, bright waxing moon up over the ridge to the north of Golden Gate peak.
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Idaho News:

1,248 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths

Dec 24, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,248 new COVID-19 cases and 25 new deaths on Thursday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 135,233.

There are a total of 112,397 confirmed cases and 22,836 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

25 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,349.

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Idaho Dec 19th Hospitalizations and ICU


source: KTVB
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Third death from COVID-19 reported in Valley County

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 24, 2020

A third death from COVID-19 in Valley County was reported by Central District Health this week.

The third death was a woman over 60, a health district spokesperson said. No other details were released.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County since the start of the pandemic surged to 440 cases by Tuesday, up 84 cases from 356 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 357 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 82 cases from 275 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 83 positive cases through Tuesday, or two more than the 81 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 322 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 49 more than the 273 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

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Hospital workers get COVID-19 vaccine

More doses on the way for St. Luke’s, CMC

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 24, 2020

Health-care workers at St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center this week received vaccines to guard against catching COVID-19.

Workers at St. Luke’s McCall received the vaccine on Wednesday, St. Luke’s McCall Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Amber Green said. The number of employees receiving the vaccine was not available.

“For the first time since COVID-19 hit Idaho in March, we are all excited that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel,” Green said.

About 100 of the more than 300 total employees at St. Luke’s McCall are eligible for the first rounds of the vaccine under the state’s priority plan, Green said.

They include providers, nurses, respiratory therapists, emergency transport, medical assistants, environmental linen services, home care and hospice employees, all of who have exposure to patients with COVID-19, she said.

“We are already receiving more than initially planned and are scheduling more appointments as McCall’s allocation increases,” Green said.

All St. Luke’s McCall employees who have the greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19 and choose to receive the vaccine will likely get their first shots in the next few weeks, she said.

About a dozen staffers at Cascade Medical Center were vaccinated on Monday with a total of 30 employees due to be vaccinated by the end of the week, CEO Tom Reinhardt said. The hospital has about 60 total employees.

“Getting this vaccine to our front line health care team is the first step in our journey out of COVID-19,” Reinhardt said.

“It will be many months before there is enough vaccine available to achieve herd immunity,” he said. “Until then, we ask everyone to mask-up when in public, especially at the store or other indoor public places.”

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Governor talks vaccines, masks on public call

Idaho will likely remain in Stage 2 for foreseeable future

Gretel Kauffman Dec 23, 2020 IME

Idaho will likely remain in a modified Stage 2 of its economic rebound plan for the foreseeable future, Gov. Brad Little said in a public call held by AARP Idaho on Tuesday.

In the same call, the governor again defended his decision not to implement a statewide mask mandate, saying he does not believe a mandate would be effective in increasing mask use.

Little described the COVID-19 vaccination process, which is underway in Idaho as of last week, as “a sign that we’ve really turned the corner” in the coronavirus pandemic. However, the governor added, “That doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.”

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96 Santas hit the slopes at Tamarack Resort

Santas, elves, multiple Mrs. Clauses and a Grinch took advantage of free skiing at Tamarack on Christmas Day.


Courtesy of Tamarack

A collection of Kris Kringles spread some Christmas cheer on the slopes of Tamarack Resort Friday.

The ski resort offered free skiing to anyone who dressed up as Santa Claus on Christmas Day.

According to Tamarack, ninety-six Santas took them up on the offer – along with several Mrs. Clauses, a handful of elves, and a Grinch.

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Report: Tamarack fire started by employees

No decision yet on whether resort must pay costs

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Dec 24, 2020

Employees of Tamarack Resort burning slash piles caused the West State Fire that burned 61 acres and threatened an unfinished lodge last month, an investigation found.

The investigation did not say whether the employees or the resort were liable for the estimated $400,000 cost of fighting the fire.

No citations or demand for reimbursement had been issued as of Wednesday.

The fire started on Nov. 2 when sparks escaped from one of three burn piles made up of trees and brush from thinning the Mystery Glade ski run, an investigation by the Idaho Department of Lands said.

The fire quickly spread beyond control of the five people tending to the piles.

The fire burned through trees and brush near the resort’s unfinished mid-mountain lodge before being declared contained on Nov. 6.

The investigation found that the resort workers had been burning slash in the area for about two weeks prior to the fire and previously had problems with fire “creeping” through the grass.

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Letter to Share:

Health systems express gratitude for public leaders

To the Editor: (The Star-News Dec 24, 2020)

As Dec. 31 draws near, we often reflect on significant events to define the year. In 2020, many things have been unprecedented, but expressing gratitude remains essential and important. COVID-19 took center stage early this year and has not yielded its grip. However, it has not diminished our spirit.

As health-care organizations, we have witnessed inspiring levels of compassion and bravery. We’ve also seen actions – and reactions – that cause us great concern. We want to recognize those who have continued to dedicate themselves to taking care of others, often making difficult and, at times, controversial decisions.

Our elected and appointed officials, including mayors, county commissioners, school district trustees, and public health officials, as well as business and public health leaders, educators, and others, have strived to implement measures that serve the health, safety, and welfare of our communities.

They have had to learn about infectious disease overnight, balancing many factors, including the local economy, public health, education, and the consequences of inaction, to name a few. None of these decisions are clear cut.

These decisions would be difficult even in the best of circumstances. Still, many of our local public officials have faced the added stress of concern for their families’ safety. The threats and intimidation they receive daily by letter, email, phone, social media, and in-person before and during their public meetings, and sometimes at their own homes, must be painfully difficult to endure.

They did not and should not expect to face such extreme personal threats. We thank them for their efforts to help keep Idahoans safe in this time of crisis. Their dedication and commitment in the face of such adversity is inspiring.

We want to build on the good and vital work so many across our state have accomplished. Businesses large and small have innovated in so many ways; investing in safety protocols while their revenue declined; establishing new remote work environments, creating new avenues for patrons to buy essentials, entertainment, and exercise. We applaud the businesses who have implemented changes to protect the health of their employees and customers.

Our non-profits have seen larger numbers of people who need assistance. They have found new ways to provide their services and have given extra hours, often volunteering their time.

Educators have found new ways to teach and connect with our children, providing them with knowledge and ways to cope with a strange new reality.

As we look ahead to 2021, we are filled with optimism. While our optimism, indeed, is bolstered by the promise of vaccines to help us return to a more familiar way of life, it is truly fueled by the spirit demonstrated by our leaders, our businesses, and our community partners who do so much to help others.

A great deal of work lies ahead in the coming days, weeks, and months. As healthcare organizations, we are here for you. We will continue to do everything in our power to care for you, to inform you, and to advocate for you.

Jim Souza, MD, Chief Medical, Officer, St. Luke’s Health System

Tom Reinhardt, Chief Executive, Officer, Cascade Medical Center

(Note: This letter was also signed by representatives of 19 other medical providers in Southwest Idaho.)

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Public Lands:

Controversial Sawtooth cell tower project highlights Idaho Endowment Trust Lands

By Steve Dent Dec 20, 2020 KIVI

Several organizations and locals in the Stanley area have been openly opposed to a cell tower project south of Stanley that would be visible from Red Fish Lake and the surrounding area.

First Net has proposed building 195-foot antennae that would tower above the surrounding trees allowing AT&T to boost its coverage in an area that doesn’t have very good service and plenty of dark spots.

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Critter News:

Researchers study moose mortality

Dec 22, 2020 Local News 8


Eric Van Beek / IDF&G

New research from the Idaho Fish and Game Department and University of Idaho indicates moose populations are declining.

In the short term, 90% of adult cow moose with tracking collars survived through the fall, but long term numbers are another story.

Of 9 radio-collared moose than died, more than half fell to parasites or disease, mostly ticks. Two were attributed to predators; one to a wolf and the other to a lion or bear. Another was killed by a car and one animal’s death couldn’t be determined.

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Pet talk – Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

By Dr. Allani Delis May 22, 2020 IME

Anemia is defined as a low red blood cell count. The red blood cells’ primary function is to transport oxygen to tissues. If tissues do not get enough oxygen, it can be deadly. Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia occurs when the body’s immune system destroys its own red blood cells. Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to this kind of anemia. They include cocker spaniels, poodles, West Highland white terriers, old English sheepdogs, schnauzers and Irish setters.

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia can be either primary or secondary. In the primary form, the immune system incorrectly recognizes the blood cells as foreign and destroys them. The secondary form is caused by toxins, infections, blood parasites, cancer, drug reactions or inherited red blood cell defects. In dogs, 60 to 75 percent of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia cases are primary and not related to an underlying cause. In cats, the secondary form is more common and is associated with feline leukemia virus or blood parasites.

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Letters to Share:

My babies have grown up!

Good morning all, The Gamebird Foundation, with some help from the Region #2 IDFG Department would like to pass on some of the success that we have accomplished with our Pheasant raising and releasing program. We receive the chicks as day old from Little Canyon Shooting Sports in Peck Idaho. We raise them in our own designed Brooders and soft release pens. We keep them in the soft release pens for about 10-11 weeks and then release them into good habitat. Bruce has been raising and releasing pheasants for several years. He has a new Brittney hunting dog and this year by the first part of November there had been over 30 birds harvested over the dog. The whole Wassmith family and many friends are now raising pheasants on the Camas Prairie. We have many off these accomplishments in Region #2 by the Foundation. Now you know why we need help buying feed. Please donate by going to our web site. (link)

Please pass on to your friends. God bless be safe and a Very Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year.

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One of the places I release chicks. There were no birds in this area 5 years ago. Now, we see them weekly on our way to school.

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
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Mystic Farm Merry Christmas

Oh, what a year 2020 has been! Many fawns were successfully raised and released from the farm. Many folks were educated as to the proper protocol of “Do Not Touch” when you find a fawn. Many kind and caring people stepped forward and pitched in or contributed when we needed it most. Without you, Mystic Farm would not exist. Thank you.

The biggest news to come out of this year is my decision to start the process of stepping down from operating the rescue. My heart hurts…but not nearly as much as my failing body! It is time. Stay tuned for updates of the “new” Dory. The Idaho Department of Fish & Game has approved a successor. Her name is Kari. She has a huge heart for rescue and will be a wonderful asset – not only to Mystic Farm but to wildlife rescue in general. I will be working with her and training her to step into my rubber boots this next season, then turn it over to her full time when we both feel comfortable. I feel confident and you should, too…

So, my “Deer” friends, join me in this next step of the rescue journey and my life. It has been a sweet ride and will be a bittersweet departure for this old lady.

I have nothing but gratitude for you all. Again, thank you.

Happy Holidays!
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
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Fish & Game News:

F&G Commission adjusts outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Dec. 22 approved increasing the outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags from 2,400 to 2,800 using temporary rulemaking, after they approved a rulemaking petition seeking to increase the outfitter set-aside up to 25 percent of the nonresident quota for general nonresident deer and elk tags.

The increase of 400 elk tags for the outfitter set-aside is effective immediately, however the commission must still approve the allocation of those 400 tags to specific zones and units if there is a demonstrated need among outfitters, which may come at a later date.

Fish and Game staff will continue to work with the outfitting industry to review use and will further discuss this issue with the Commission at its regular January meeting, scheduled for January 28, 2021.

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Upland bird hunting opportunities stretch through the end of January

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, December 21, 2020

Chukar, gray partridge and quail hunting can be great in the early winter, and here are some things to consider for winter hunts

By the time winter rolls around in Idaho, many of the state’s hunting seasons have closed, but for hunters who aren’t quite ready to pack it in for the year, early winter can be an excellent time to hunt for upland birds, particularly chukar, quail and gray (Hungarian) partridge.

“Idaho offers a diversity of upland game bird hunting opportunities on millions of acres of public land,” said Jeff Knetter, upland game bird program manager. “Seasons in parts of the state stretch through the end of January, and hunters willing to make the effort often find good success.”

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Santa delivers gifts to Cincinnati Zoo animals before heading back to North Pole

by Zachary Rogers, WKRC Tuesday, December 22nd 2020

Ol’ Saint Nick spread some Christmas cheer at the Cincinnati Zoo by giving gifts to a few of its residents.

Fiona the Hippo, Ajani Joe, Pocket the Wallaby, Lucas the baby red Panda and Theo the Giraffe all got a visit from the big man in red, who was wearing a mask.

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Seasonal Humor:

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