April 18, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

April 18, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17 – Boil water order issued
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 23 – Avalanche closed Stibnite Road
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 31 – Weight Limits on South Fork Salmon River road
April 2 – Hwy 55 closures
April 16-19 – Rx Burn near Yellow Pine
April 26 – Hearing on Water Grant
May 1 – Dump Cleanup Day at 12pm
May 9 – Next Festival Planning Zoom Meeting
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
(details below)

Local Events:

Rx Burning Near Yellow Pine

The helicopter flights started on Saturday, April 17th, the smoke was quite thick all afternoon, but better air quality by evening. On Sunday, April 18th the helicopter started flying over around 1030am and continued for about an hour. Here is a photo from the webcam taken at noon.
About 1pm looking west:

Update on Bald Hill Rx Burn April 16: Crews are “black lining” the Rx area today and taking advantage of perfect Rx burning conditions to accomplish some of the burning. They will be igniting the broadcast burn area Saturday through Monday via helicopter ignition with use of the “ping-pong balls.” The burn is proceeding well and exactly as desired – flame length remain below 1 foot and 1, 10 and 100 hour fuels are consuming well with fire behavior meeting all objectives. Crews will remain on site through beyond Monday to watch over the burn area.

Prescribed Burning update near Yellow Pine and Eiguren

The Krassel Ranger District is planning to start burning next week (4/13/21). Ignitions will occur in the 4 mile and Bald Hill projects areas. Priority units are Bald Hill units F,G and 4 mile unit G,A. Maps of the project areas can be found below. Units may be broken into smaller portions to aid in implementation. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

Please email me with any questions or concerns.

Patrick Schon
Fire Management Specialist
Payette National Forest, East Zone
p: 208-634-0623
f: 208-634-0634
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Public Hearing – Grant – Yellow Pine Water Users Association

Valley County is submitting a proposal to the Idaho Department of Commerce for an Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) for post disaster funding on behalf of the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in the amount of $150,000.00.

The intent of the emergency grant funds is to provide aid to replace the severely damaged transmission and distribution lines from the public drinking water facility to the community which were severely damaged in the March 30, 2020 earthquake.

The hearing will include a discussion of the need of the project; the application process; and the project’s scope of work, location, funding/budget, schedule, and expected benefits. Action Item

Public Hearing
April 26, 2021 3:00 p.m.
Courthouse Building 2nd Floor
219 North Main Street Cascade, ID

Social distancing will be required, requiring telephonic testimony and/or limited access. Please call for further information. To listen to the hearing, please go to (link) and click on link labeled “Watch Commissioner Meetings Live” Instructions will be provided.

Direct questions & written comments to: Douglas Miller, Valley County Clerk PO Box 1350 Cascade, ID 83611 208-382-7100 (phone) 208-382-7119 (fax) dmiller@co.valley.id.us To comment telephonically or in-person, call 208-382-7100 prior to 5:00 p.m. April 23, 2021 OR email dmiller@co.valley.id.us until testimony is opened.
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Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1 at Noon

We are going to do a community cleanup at the dump on May 1 and the transfer people will come and dump the dumpsters for the beginning of summer.
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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in April to do a plumbing project. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, May 9, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. Contact Deb for link and passcode.
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Heating Maintenance Day

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. The date will be at least a couple months out.

Village News:

The Yellow Pine Tavern is open
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Stibnite Road is Open

Received a report that the road between Yellow Pine and Stibnite mine is open.
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Hwy 55

The project resumed April 2nd, expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area.

Project Website link:

If you have Facebook, here is a (link) to a cool ITD video, preparing and blasting.
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Spring weight limits in effect SF Road

“Forest Service officials on the Payette and Boise National Forests implemented the annual seasonal break up limits/road weight restrictions on portions of the South Fork Salmon River Road (National Forest System Road #674 and #474) effective today, March 31, 2021. The restriction is in effect annually through June 1, or as Forest Service officers determine that no further damage will occur to the roadway and remove the signing.”
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A report on March 11th of the first tick found. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.
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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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Pine Martins & Raccoons

Watch your small pets, reports of pine martins on the west side and raccoons on the north side of the village.

Be Fox & Coyote 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

Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1 at Noon

We are going to do a community cleanup at the dump on May 1 and the transfer people will come and dump the dumpsters for the beginning of summer.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

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

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


See Notice of Public Hearing above under Village News.

Update April 16, 2021: Water usage is holding at around 35k gallons per day, down about 15k since a leak was fixed.

Please conserve water. Turn off your trickle when it is above freezing during the day.

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting May 9, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated May 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

YP Fire District 2 (east of Yellow Pine Ave) up for election Nov 2nd for 4 year term (per Valley County.) Link:

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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
Opened 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
New owner, plans to open this spring.
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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

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 (Apr 12) overnight low of 18 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning and light breeze, old snow lingers in the shade. Hairy woodpecker, jays, robin and nuthatches visiting. Breezy and more clouds at lunch time. Mostly cloudy and breezy early afternoon. Mostly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Elk on the golf course by late afternoon. Mostly cloudy and breezy before sunset. Above freezing, cloudy and breezy at dusk. A few stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 13) overnight low of 26 degrees, gusty winds earlier, overcast and breezy this morning, a few patches of old snow remain in the shade. Nuthatches, jays, juncos, and pine squirrel visiting. Decreasing clouds and increasing winds at lunch time. Blustery and almost clear mid-afternoon, high of 48 degrees. Ticks are blowing around in the breeze. Clear and calmer early evening, elk wandering the golf course and neighborhood before sunset. Getting gusty again right after sunset. Temperature dropping and lighter breezes at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Wednesday (Apr 14) overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly high thin clouds and light breezes this morning, smaller patches of old snow in the shade. Flock of juncos, hairy woodpecker drumming, robin visiting and clark’s nutcrackers calling. Getting blustery before lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Partly clear and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Calmer, cloudy and above freezing at dusk. It looked cloudy and lighter breezes before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 15) overnight low of 28 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light breezes this morning, a few patches of old snow remain in the shade. Robin chirping, tree swallow swooping, jays calling and nuthatches visiting. Gusty before lunch time. Blustery and mostly cloudy early afternoon. Warm, partly clear/cloudy and lighter breezes mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Mostly cloudy and gusty before sunset. Patches of clear sky, lighter breezes and above freezing at dusk. Some stars out before midnight.

Friday (Apr 16) overnight low of 25 degrees, about half the sky is clear and half has small white clouds. Several tree swallows swooping and calling, male and female hairy and male and female downy woodpeckers, a few cassin’s finches, jay and robin hopping around, mountain chickadee and red-breasted nuthatches visiting, pine squirrel showed up late afternoon. Gusty breezes by 1045am. Mail truck was a little early. Partly cloudy and blustery at lunch time. Almost clear, warm and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 58 degrees. Clear at sunset, light haze of smoke along the river. Above freezing and gentle breezes at dusk. “Eye burning” smoke settling in from the Rx burn by 930pm. Looked clear or mostly clear before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 17) overnight low of 23 degrees, clear sky and light breezes this morning, smaller piles of old snow in the shade. Tree swallows swooping around, robin calling, cassin’s finches, a few juncos, hairy and downy woodpeckers and nuthatches visiting; later the pine squirrel stopped by for a snack. Helicopter flights started at lunch time under a clear sky with light breezes. By 145pm socked in with smoke. Warm, smoky and low visibility early afternoon. Quite warm mid-afternoon, high of 63 degrees, light breeze, clear sky above thinner smoke (still eye burning) VanMeter is mostly visible. At dusk, the smoke was settling in along the river, clear sky and above freezing. Stars out before midnight.

Sunday (Apr 18) overnight low of 25 degrees, clear sky, light breeze and good air quality this morning. The last of the natural snow in the shade has melted down here on the flat, but piles that slid off north facing roofs have a ways to go. Swallows calling and swooping, finches singing from the trees, robin and jays hopping around, hairy woodpecker and first colombian ground squirrel sighting. Helicopter started flying at 1035am. Starting to get smoky at 1pm, helicopter still flying. Smoke hiding VanMeter hill from view by early afternoon, smoke above and behind Golden Gate hill but Johnson Creek ridge still visible. Quite warm, mostly clear above the smoke and gusty breezes late afternoon, high of 69 degrees. Sounds like trees falling and rocks rolling down VanMeter hill. Smoke settling in closer to the ground before sunset.

Idaho News:

212 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

April 16, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 212 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 184,769.

There are a total of 148,276 confirmed cases and 36,493 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 559,968 people have received the vaccine, and 927,665 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 6 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,943 and zero new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,361.

There are 11,301 asymptomatic reported cases and 10,303 cases among health care workers.

2 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,017.

full story: [Valley County 830 cases, 6 deaths]
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McCall extends mask order to May 26

Council splits 3-2 over COVID-19 precaution

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 16, 2021

A 45-day extension of an order requiring face masks to be worn in public places in the City of McCall was approved on a 3-2 vote last week by the McCall City Council.

The order is now set to expire on May 26 after it had been set to expire last Sunday. The order originally took effect on Feb. 26 after being passed by the council to stop the spread of COVID-19. …

St. Luke’s McCall Chief of Staff Gregory Irvine advised council members not to lift the mask order too soon.

“The analogy of spiking the football on the five yard-line when you’re running for a touchdown is an apt one,” Irvine said.

full story:
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Half of Valley County gets COVID-19 vaccine

Second week with no new cases reported

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 15, 2021

Half of the population of Valley County over age 16 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported.

A total of 4,766 county residents had received the vaccine out of an estimated 9,552 total population age 16 or over, or 49.9%, according to the H&W’s online COVID-19 tracking site. …

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Cascade Food Pantry needs new truck to help keep up with demand

Before the pandemic, the pantry was hauling 4,200 pounds of food. Now, they’ve been hauling around 7,200 pounds of food between the Treasure Valley and Cascade.

Joey Prechtl April 16, 2021 KTVB

Food banks have become more and more important throughout the pandemic, including the Cascade Food Pantry.

Due to the pandemic, they saw an enormous increase in demand and have also changed their operations and how they get the food to the people who need it.

They shifted to a drive-up system, with volunteers giving people a few boxes of food and they go on their way.

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Valley County offers $500 grants to reduce wildfire risk

Valley County is offering $500 grants through a new Firewise pilot program to encourage landowners to reduce wildfire risk on their property.

There are 20 awards available, with three being reserved for each of the county’s three fire districts and one for a backcountry location. The remaining will be awarded by priority.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of members from the Valley County Fire Working Group and final recipients will be approved by Valley County commissioners.

“The review panel is looking for innovative and creative projects that contribute to the community, even if the project is implemented only on one parcel,” Stephanie Nelson of the Valley County Fire Working Group said.

Examples of approved uses of funds include:

• Removal of hazard fuels, such as trees, brush and pine needles, that require hired labor, equipment rental or supplies, including leaf bags and chainsaw gas.

• Landscape hardening and upgrading to Firewise plants.

• Upgrading building materials to those that are fire resistant.

• Improvements for soffits, attic screens, enclosing wood decks and firewood storage areas.

• Support for community work days.

• Development and implementation of evacuation signage.

• Disbursement of educational materials, contacting absentee landowners and informing the community about defending their homes against wildfire.

A site visit will be required during the application process and again for photos to be taken once the grant application is selected.

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for their approved, completed projects that meet agreed criteria.

The application deadline is May 2, and awards will be announced within two weeks. Projects must be completed by Aug. 1.

For more information, including applications and rules, email VCFirewise@gmail.com or visit the Valley County Fire Working Group’s Facebook page.

source: The Star-News April 15, 2021
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About 25% of Idaho in drought; 1 area in extreme drought

April 12, 2021 Associated Press

About a quarter of Idaho is experiencing some degree of drought, with one pocket in the south-central part of the state in extreme drought.

The area in extreme drought is in the Pioneer Mountains, which straddles Blaine County and Custer County, Boise State Public Radio reported Monday during a water supply meeting.

“This is an ongoing, long-term drought that started back in the fall of 2019, and we just haven’t seen any kind of recovery there yet,” David Hoekema, a hydrologist for the Idaho Department of Water Resources, said Friday.


Mining News:

Stibnite Advisory Council Launches Independent Water Monitoring Program

Work will Verify Conditions at Site and Bring Enhanced Transparency Around Water Quality to Perpetua Resources

Donnelly, ID – The Stibnite Advisory Council is launching an Independent Water Monitoring Program to bring increased transparency to Perpetua Resources’ Stibnite Gold Project and independently verify ground and surface water quality conditions at site. The Independent Water Monitoring Program (IWMP) was created after community members and city officials expressed concerns over the project’s potential impacts to water quality and a desire to see data provided by an entity other than Perpetua Resources.

The Independent Water Monitoring Program will give our community members access to objective data, which will be collected, analyzed and reported by Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) and an EPA-certified lab. This will allow community members to compare the results with the information Perpetua Resources is currently sharing and develop a clearer picture of the conditions that exist today.”


Public Lands:

Idaho State Parks increasing fees for vehicles, overnight use

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, April 13th 2021

If you’re planning to visit one of Idaho’s many state parks this spring or summer be prepared for some increased fees.

The state on Tuesday says it will be increasing entrance fees from $5-7 for every vehicle that enters a park. In addition, there will now be an additional $8 charge for each vehicle beyond the first two vehicles associated with a campsite.

The overnight use fee associated with use of any non-camping lands for the parking of motor vehicles or trailers not associated with a campsite between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. has increased to $20. And, if you don’t pay the required fees in a park, expect a surcharge of $20 (up from $10).

If you’re not really feeling the entrance fee price increase, the state reminds folks they can purchase a $10 Parks Passport for unlimited entry.

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Forest Supervisor issues decision on Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project

Boise, Idaho, April 14, 2021 – Boise National Forest Supervisor Tawnya Brummett signed the Decision Notice for the Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project April 13, 2021. The decision implements the proposed action as described in the Need for the Proposal and Proposed Action chapters of the Environmental Assessment with modifications prompted by:

• consideration of comments received during the public scoping and comment period

• discussions with interested public, elected officials, Boise Forest Coalition, other interest groups and the project interdisciplinary team

• conversations with and input from objectors

By implementing activities at a landscape scale and using a condition-based management approach, this project optimizes biodiversity and improves resilience and integrity allowing for endemic levels of disturbance. The proposed action addresses critical health and safety needs by reducing hazardous fuels and removing hazard trees, thereby reducing risks to government workers, firefighters and the public. The work focuses on public safety and ensures continued, safe access to the forest in the Sage Hen project area. The project supports local livelihoods and economies and improves recreation opportunities for the rapidly growing Boise metropolitan area.

“Condition-based management is an approach that supports responsiveness and flexibility between planning and implementation in natural resource management. The concept allows the forest to respond to changing conditions on the ground’, said Forest Supervisor, Tawnya Brummett. “With the ability to modify our response to address those conditions we will be able to use resources more efficiently at the landscape scale.”

“In addition to the changes described above, I am committed to, and approving a phased decision for implementation of this project,” said Brummett. “This decision approves all project activities as described in the environmental assessment and decision notice; however, by phasing project implementation, additional public engagement will be allowed with the goal of increased transparency, and real-time problem-solving and dialogue with interested parties”

This phased approach is specific to this project and does not set precedent for how projects currently

underway or future projects will be implemented.

For specifics about the Decision Notice and phased implementation actions visit: (link).

To subscribe to email updates about this project and others, visit: (link).
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Bear Valley Borrow Source Development- Comment Period

The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is soliciting comments for the Bear Valley Borrow Source Development Project. The Proposed Action Report is available electronically on the project webpage (link).

The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

The purpose of the project is to provide a cost-effective material source facilitate the maintenance and improve the overall condition of the Forest roads in the Bear Valley area. The proposal is to reopen and expand the existing borrow source located adjacent to Forest Road 579.

Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

1. Electronically through the Bear Valley Borrow Source Project webpage (link above). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).

2. Mail to the Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83637, Attention Terre Pearson-Ramirez.

Hand delivered comments are not being accepted at this time as there are limited office functions as part of precautions in response to the coronavirus. Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the Idaho World. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments (36 CFR §218.2) regarding the proposed project or activity during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection (36 CFR §218.24(b)(6)).

For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. The time period for the opportunity to comment on a proposed project or activity to be documented with an environmental assessment shall not be extended. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner. Additional information concerning the project may be obtained from Terre Pearson-Ramirez, at 208-259-3361.
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Hikers warned to be on the lookout for toxic plant on the trail

Myrtle spurge is an invasive noxious plant all over the Northwest. It’s a light green weed that has yellow flowers on it this time of year.

Chase Biefeldt (KTVB) April 12, 2021

With the temperatures rising and warmer days ahead, there will be more people out recreating in the foothills, but a nice hike on the trails could go awry if you come in contact with a toxic invasive plant.

One of the most relevant noxious plants right now is Myrtle Spurge – an invasive noxious plant all over the Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
It’s a light green weed that has yellow flowers on it during spring.


More info:

Myrtle spurge

Myrtle Spurge Ron Patterson

Myrtle spurge is a non-native, tap-rooted perennial that does well in low-water landscape situations. The problem is that it does so well in low-water situations, it can easily escape cultivation. The sap is very caustic and toxic. It can cause rashes, blisters, even blindness if it gets in the eyes. These plants are very dangerous around children. It is best to remove it from your landscape.


Critter News:

Fish and Game urges keeping trash away from hungry bears

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking residents for help curbing the problem of hungry bears foraging for food in McCall neighborhoods by making sure they don’t find any.

The department is already receiving reports of bears in the area, said Regan Berkley, Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife manager in McCall.

“Bears emerge hungry in the spring and are drawn to town by smells of food and trash,” Berkley said.

The bears will knock over trash cans many times in search of something to eat, she said.

“It is important to make sure they don’t get a reward for this behavior,” Berkley said.

Bears are likely to return if they find even one trash can, cooler or freezer with food.

To prevent bear problems, residents are asked to do the following:

• Use bear-resistant trash containers properly by not overfilling them or tampering with latches.

• Take down bird feeders, as bird seed is a high-protein food source for bears. Birds are less dependent on feeding sources in the spring.

• Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can access them.

• Businesses are asked to not prop open bin lids.

Bears that have become too accustomed to human food sources cannot responsibly be relocated. They can become dangerous and, in some cases, must be trapped and lethally removed, Berkley said.

“Please help us avoid this situation by ensuring bears do not have access to human foods or trash,” Berkley said in the press release.

source: The Star-News April 15, 2021
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Domestic sheep cross Idaho Highway 55, head to Boise Foothills on Saturday

Spectators lined up on both sides of the highway to watch Wilder sheep rancher Frank Shirts move nearly 2,600 ewes and lambs into the Boise Foothills.

KTVB April 17, 2021

A large crowd gathered at the Idaho State Highway 55 and Beacon Light junction to watch rural sheep cross Highway 55 on Saturday morning.

As many as 500 people were possibly in attendance, according to Steve Stuebner with the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission (IRRC). People lined up on both sides of the highway to watch Wilder sheep rancher Frank Shirts move nearly 2,600 ewes and lambs into the Boise Foothills.

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You can put your bird feeders up but keep them clean, officials say

April 12, 2021 Local News 8

Emily Carter – Two Pine Siskins and one American goldfinch on a bird feeder.

Salmonellosis outbreaks among birds have been making headlines in Idaho and neighboring states, which highlights the importance of keeping bird feeders and feeding sites clean to prevent the spread of diseases.

If you want to set up your bird feeders for spring, Idaho Fish and Game says go for it—just keep these tips in mind to help protect your fine-feathered friends.

* Before putting up your feeders, clean them with warm soapy water and then dunk/rinse them with a 10% bleach solution. Rinse and dry them well before adding food. This process will disinfect your feeders and reduce the spread of salmonellosis, respiratory infections, eye ailments, and other diseases among birds. To avoid spreading salmonella bacteria to humans, wear rubber gloves while cleaning/handling bird feeders, and immediately afterward wash hands with soap and water, hand sanitizer, or alcohol wipes.

* Use this sanitization method to clean your feeders (and even bird baths) at least once every two weeks. While the design of hummingbird feeders makes them a much lower risk for salmonella transmission, these feeders also require regular cleaning.

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Boise man catches record-breaking steelhead from the South Fork

The man caught the catch-and-release state record trout on April 11.


Winning the championship is one thing, defending it is entirely different. One Boise man showed that after he set a new catch-and-release state record steelhead for the second time since 2017.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Scott Turner caught a record-breaking 39.25-inch long steelhead on April 11 in the South Fork of the Clearwater River, nearly four years to the day after he last set the record in 2017 with a 36-inch long trout.

Turner’s first record was beaten by Tucker Young in December of 2018 and again by Samuel Brumbaugh, who caught a 38-inch steelhead on April 19, 2019, on the South Fork Clearwater River.


Fish & Game News:

Windows to Wildlife Newsletter

In this Spring 2021 issue:

* Lending a Hand to Help Wildlife, Habitat Conservation, and Researchers
* How to Get Started with eBird and iNaturalist
* Birds, Bees, and Milkweed
* On the Idaho Birding Trail: Roswell Marsh WHA

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Put your bird feeders up, but keep them clean says Idaho Fish and Game

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, April 12, 2021

Salmonellosis outbreaks among birds have been making headlines in Idaho and neighboring states, which highlights the importance of keeping bird feeders and feeding sites clean to prevent the spread of diseases. If you want to set-up your bird feeders for spring, Idaho Fish and Game says go for it—just keep these tips in mind to help protect your fine-feathered friends.

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April 12 Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was most concentrated upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19 during the past week. Outside of location code 19, steelhead anglers were most commonly observed near the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17.

The best catch rates were once again observed within location code 19, and anglers interviewed within that area averaged 10 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 23 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 49 hours per steelhead caught.

River conditions were good throughout the week. The river had slightly cloudy visibility in all areas downstream of the East Fork on Sunday, and water temperatures ranged from the low to mid-40s depending on location. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,430 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 96 percent of average for today’s date. Upstream, near the Yankee Fork, the Salmon River is flowing at 712 cfs which is 90 percent for today’s date.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Mother chimp at Maryland Zoo interacts with adopted baby chimp

by Kendra Mann, Sinclair Broadcast Group Thursday, February 25th 2021

The Maryland Zoo shared an adorable video of a mother chimpanzee interacting with a baby chimpanzee adopted by the zoo.

“Lola’s mom Bunny interacts with baby chimpanzee Maisie the most of the adult chimps. She leads Maisie from place to place and seems to oversee which chimps socialize with her,” The Maryland Zoo wrote on Facebook.

… Maise was adopted by The Maryland Zoo in September 2020. According to the zoo’s website, Maise was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Aug. 28 but was moved to The Maryland Zoo to be paired with a surrogate mother and interact with other baby chimpanzees after her birth mother was unable to properly care for her.

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