June 6, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

June 6, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Please be conservative when watering lawns. We ask those that are here all week to not water lawns on the weekends so that more water is available for the weekend cabin owners. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!

Community Calendar:

April 17, 2020 – Boil water order issued
March 31 – Weight Limits on SF road
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit season
May 15 – Firewood Season permits at The Corner
May 25 – Upper Johnson Creek road and Landmark Open
June 6 – Planning meeting for festival
June 12 – 10am Fire siren test
June 12 – YPFD meeting 10am at Fire Hall
June 12 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
June 14-15 – Abstein Bridge core drilling
June 15 thru July 4 – Community Hall Yard Sale
June 26 – Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers Highland Games
July 2-4 Yard Sale Silver Dollar Cafe
July 3 – Annual Golf Tournament
July 3 – Independence Day Parade 4pm
July 10 – YPFD meeting 10am at Fire Hall
July 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
July 17 – ATV/UTV Escapade 10am
July 21-22 Mastercraft stove maintenance
(details below)

Local Events:

Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, June 6, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. Contact Deb for link and passcode.
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YPFD Meeting June 12

At 10am the YPFD will test the siren and have a meeting at the fire hall.
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June 12 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall

Agenda posted below in VYPA News.
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Abstein Bridge June 14-15

A message from Valley County to let us know that there will be core drillers in to take core samples at the Abstein bridge [on] both sides of the bridge.
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Community Hall Yard Sale

June 15 thru July 4, 2021. At the Community Hall, This self-serve yard sale supports maintenance on the Community Hall. Shop at your leisure; decide what the items are worth to you; and pay one of the volunteers. Easy-peasy
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The Highland Games are back in Yellow Pine

All day, June 26th. Watch the Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers compete.
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Yard Sale July 2-4

I am having a huge yard sale between the store and the Silver Dollar July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Items include restaurant equipment, antiques, tools, building supplies, furniture, electrical wire, stainless steel cable, diesel heaters and much, much more.
-S Holloway
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Annual Golf Tournament, July 3rd

Check in at the golf course at 10am. Bring a team or we’ll set one up for you. $20 registration requested. Fun Prizes.

Proceeds support the Village of Yellow Pine
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Independence Day Parade July 3 4pm

Join us to watch or participate in the annual Yellow Pine Independence Day Parade. All family-friendly entrants are welcome. If you want to participate, meet at the fire house at 315pm.
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ATV/UTV Escapade July 17

July 17, 2021: This out-and-back ride is rated as intermediate. Participants ride from Yellow Pine Community Hall to Logan Creek , then return to Big Creek Campground for lunch (provided) and history/stories. After lunch, participants will continue the ride to Pilot Peak. The timeframe of this event is estimated to be from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check-in starts at 9:00am; leave at 10:00am. You can register early at (link)
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Heating Maintenance Day July 21-22

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. Mastercraft will be here July 21 and 22 to do stove maintenance.

Village News:

Thunderstorm – Trees Down

Thursday night (June 3rd) we had quite a thunderstorm pass over Yellow Pine around 1030pm. Wind gusts, loud thunder and no measurable rain. Report of a lightning strike 4.5 miles to the southwest of Yellow Pine. The weather station at Stibnite recorded a wind gust of 25 mph. The weather station at Tea Pot Dome on the South Fork Salmon River recorded a wind gust of 52mph as the storm came thru there.

Report June 4th at 630am that big trees had come down and blocked the South Fork road at the intersection with the East Fork of the South Fork road.
(courtesy AF)

Trees cleared at the intersection Friday by a local
(courtesy DC)

Trees had also come down on Johnson Creek road Thursday night, but they had been cut out by Friday morning. Watch for debris in the road.

Gusty winds brought down a big tree on Johnson Creek road Saturday afternoon and it was cleared by locals.
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Memorial Weekend Water News

Starting Thursday, May 27th, Yellow Pine water usage was between 29,000 and 35,000 gallons a day.

Sunday, May 30th, the screens were cleaned at the plant.

Please be conservative when watering lawns. We ask those that are here all week to not water lawns on the weekends so that more water is available for the weekend cabin owners. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!
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Volunteer Needed for YPFD Secretary

I am looking for someone to volunteer as secretary for the Fire Department. Contact Nikki Saleen for more info on what the job entails.
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The Corner Update June 4th:

Hours 1pm-8pm, closed on Tuesdays
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Scrap Metal

Sharing a message that Mike Amos will haul out a load of scrap metal. If you have scrap metal, contact Mike. He has an area by his place to stack it.
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Dust Abatement

The infrastructure committee has determined to use Calcium Chloride this year (same stuff used on the E. Fork.) It is slightly less expensive than the Earthbind. If you are interested in dust abatement this year please let Deb Filler know. She can give you the cost information. If you would prefer the Earthbind (the stuff that was used last year) let Deb know that. If you choose Earthbind, North American Dust Control will bill you directly.

Dust abatement will occur once Landmark is open.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Johnson Creek road is Open. The county cleared a large avalanche across Warm Lake road above the turnoff to North Shore Lodge.

South Fork Salmon River Road Spring weight limits are in effect March 31 through at least June 1st.

The Stibnite road between Yellow Pine and Stibnite mine is open.

Lick Creek is very close to opening, adventurous OHV’rs pushed over the summit this weekend (June 6.)
Lick Creek June 6th, courtesy JB

Profile Gap, Elk summit, Monumental summit and Deadwood summit are still closed.

The Hwy 55 project Smith’s Ferry area: Will have 2 lanes open over Memorial Weekend. Starting June 1, crews will transition into their summer construction schedule. Drivers can anticipate single-lane, alternating traffic controlled by flaggers Monday – early Friday morning. From Friday morning – Sunday, and any major holidays, the road will be open to two lanes. This schedule will be in place until September. Project Website link:
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Aggressive Deer and Elk

Be aware that mothers will attack dogs and chase people if they feel their babies are threatened. Keep dogs leashed in the forest during “baby season” for their own protection.


* Know where to expect ticks. Many ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. When possible, avoid wooded and brushy areas with tall grass and leaf litter. Walk in the center of trails, particularly in spring and summer when ticks feed.
* Wear appropriate clothing. When in tick habitats, wear light-colored, tightly woven long pants and long-sleeve shirt. Tuck your pant legs into socks or boots, and your shirt into your pants. This helps keep ticks on the outside of your clothing where you can spot them more easily.
* Use tick repellent when necessary, and carefully follow instructions on the label. Apply an EPA-registered repellent effective against ticks, such as those containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin, and permethrin to clothes and gear. Take care when applying repellent on children. EPA’s search tool can help you find the repellent that best suits your needs.
* Check clothing, gear, and pets after being areas with ticks. Ticks can hitch a ride into your home on clothing and pets, then attach to you or a family member later. Carefully examine coats, camping gear, and daypacks. Don’t forget your dog, see CDC’s where to check your pet for ticks.
* Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming can reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tick-borne disease. Showering can wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.
* Check your body, your child and pets thoroughly for ticks. Carefully inspect areas in and around the hair, head, neck, ears, under arms, inside the belly button, around the waist, between the legs, and behind the knees. Ticks can be very small before they feed—look for what may appear like a new freckle or speck of dirt. Continue checking for two to three days after returning from areas with ticks.

Pine Martins & Raccoons

Watch your small pets. Reports of pine martins living in the dump and raccoons on the north side of the village.

Be Bear, Fox & Coyote Aware

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

Be Mountain Lion Aware

Note: A report of a mountain lion near the upper end of the village this spring.

* 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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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

The bins were emptied May 22nd.

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


We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water. Turn off your trickles.

Update May 14, 2021: Kerry and Dion from Idaho Rural Water were onsite yesterday along with Nicki and me for leak detection in the “downtown” Yellow Pine grid.

Utilizing their leak detection equipment, and Nicki’s knowledge of the distribution system, Kerry and Dion successfully located a number of leaks including a large leak at a fire hydrant. The fire hydrant was turned off and Tim, the fire chief, was notified that the hydrant is not operational.

Many small leaks were identified and marked, but of particular concern is the waterline that runs under the alley behind the hotel and all the way down to the community center. Numerous active leaks were located in that section. So many leaks exist along the alley that the best course of action is probably replacing the entire run of pipe.

Nicki followed up after the guys left and using her tablet and GPS program, accurately recorded the location of all the leaks identified. Now that a record of the leak locations exists, prioritization of the leaks and a plan to repair them can be developed.

Kerry and Dion were very thorough and helpful, and the work they completed will be beneficial to reducing demand on the system as a whole. Based on today’s daily system data, reported this morning by Nicki, it appears that daily demand was reduced by approximately 10,000 gallons as a result of yesterday’s work.

Regards, Warren Drake, Drake Diversified LLC

Update May 13, 2021: Cecil, Tom and Ron fixed a leaking valve which resulted in saving 5000 gallons of water!

Update May 6, 2021: The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an application with the USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility planning grant. If any additional information is needed please contact: Willie Sullivan, Treasurer Ypwater @ gmail.com

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
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VYPA News:

July 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
link to: 2021 June VYPA Agenda.docx

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)

Want to join YPAC Corp in making a difference? We are raising money to benefit the Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival . Any donation will help.
Each year, during the first full weekend of August, the sleepy mountain village of Yellow Pine is transformed into the largest festival of it’s kind in the western hemisphere!
The festival is produced by volunteers and raises funds to support the village of Yellow Pine as well as the funds needed to hold next year’s festival.
As you all know, the 2020 festival had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. This placed a significant burden on Yellow Pine to come up with enough funding to hold the 2021 festival this August 5, 6, 7.
Souvenirs and events at the festival help raise funds. We also know there are many of you who support the festival, but are not able to attend. This fund raiser is to give you an opportunity to help us help Yellow Pine.
Thanks in advance for your tax-deductible contribution to this cause that means so much to us!
GoFundMe 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 9, 2021 (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

June 12, 2020 – 10am Fire siren test and YPFD meeting

May 15, 2020 – there was a YPFD meeting 10am at the Fire Hall.
Link: to 20210515 YPFD MeetingNotes_Final.docx

The Fire Station recently had a propane heater installed. The heater will be a great addition to the fire station. It will be more efficient at keeping the station above freezing during the winter, especially since we keep water in the engines so they are ready to roll if an emergency occurs. It will also make it more pleasant to hold meetings at the fire station. Big thanks to Fire Chief Tim Rogers for coordinating this.

Meeting schedule for the YPFD. All meetings are at the YPFD Station
Sat. May 15 at 10am
Sat. June 12 at 10am
Sat. July 10 at 10am
Sat. September 11 at 10am Budget Meeting

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

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30, 2020 at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

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

Also if you are burning any piles of forest litter and debris – please have a connected and charged garden hose that can reach your piles. If your hose cannot reach where you are burning, follow the good advice of having a shovel, axe, and water bucket at the scene. Rake away from anything that could ignite. Stop burning if winds become an issue. Make sure your fire is out before you leave the area. Nothing like getting surprised by a escaped fire in the middle of the night!

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” 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.

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

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
Hours: 1pm-8pm, closed on Tuesdays
We offer smoked tri tip, brisket, and chicken sandwiches and also burgers and chicken wings.
Firewood Permits available May 15th.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233
Yellow Pine Tavern open daily:
Monday thru Thursday 8am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 8am to 10pm
Sunday 8am to 8pm
Indoor Dining with limited seating and Outdoor Dining Available.
Full Breakfast Menu. Burgers, Pizza, Fajitas, Beer, Wine and Pop
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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
Rooms, fuel, and laundry available now. Store plans a “soft opening” Memorial Day weekend.
Email for reservations
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
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 (May 31) overnight low of 38 degrees, clear sky and slight breeze this morning. Early air traffic. Lots of tree swallows swooping, a few finches visiting, ground squirrels and chipmunk running around. Some haze in the sky at lunch time and quite warm. Mostly hazy and very warm early afternoon. Apple tree blooming. Hot, mostly clear and light breezes late afternoon, high of 83 degrees. Quiet evening. Still pretty warm at dusk, clear and slight breeze. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (June 1) overnight low of 40 degrees, clear sky this morning. Woodpecker drumming, swallows swooping, robin hunting bugs, and cassin’s finches visiting. Pretty warm and sky covered in thin haze at lunch time. Tiger swallowtail and some white pine butterflies flitting around, lilacs are blooming profusely. Hot afternoon, mostly hazy sky and very light breezes, high of 86 degrees. Still warm after sunset, almost calm and partly hazy. Robins calling at dusk.

Wednesday (June 2) overnight low of 44 degrees, clear sky and slight breeze this morning. Hairy woodpecker calling and drumming, swallows swooping, jays calling and a few finches visiting. Clear and hot at lunch time. Mail truck was a little late, no problems on the trip in. Very hot sunny afternoon, hardly a breeze, high of 93 degrees. Warm and clear at dusk.

Thursday (June 3) overnight low of 45 degrees, clear sky and slight breeze this morning. Lots of loud air traffic early morning. Swallows swooping, ground squirrels squeaking. Hot and partly cloudy at lunch time. Mostly cloudy, hot and light breeze early afternoon. Very hot late afternoon, mostly cloudy and slight breeze, high of 94 degrees (might be a record?) It was still really warm before dusk, calm and mostly cloudy. Robins chirping. Still light enough to see at 920pm. Dry breezy thunderstorm around 1045pm, a few claps sounded very loud and close.

Friday (June 4) overnight low of 50 degrees, no rain from last night’s thunderstorm. Partly cloudy and light breeze this morning. Tree swallows, jays and ground squirrels visiting. Partly cloudy mid-day and quite warm. Hot afternoon, partly cloudy and light breezes, high of 88 degrees. Warm, partly cloudy and calm after sunset.

Saturday (June 5) overnight low of 48 degrees, clear sky and calm this morning. Air traffic. Not many birds around except tree swallows and few hummingbirds. Light breezes before lunch time, warm and clear. Colombian and golden mantled ground squirrels running around. Getting rather breezy early afternoon and more pleasant temperatures. Gusty breezes and partly cloudy late afternoon, high of 79 degrees. Partly cloudy, cooler and lighter breezes after sunset. Robins calling at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Sunday (June 6) overnight low of 37 degrees, mostly clear sky (bit of thin haze) and variable breezes. Tree swallows swooping, a few finches, a clark’s nutcracker visiting and a robin calling. Mostly cloudy (hazy) at lunch time. More hummingbirds around today. Gusty breezes early afternoon. Dark overcast late afternoon and lighter breezes, high of 73 degrees. Breaks in the clouds to the west before sunset, robins hopping around. Ticks are still numerous.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 165 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

June 4, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 165 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 192,795.

There are a total of 154,293 confirmed cases and 38,502 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 680,819 people have received the vaccine, and 1,237,581 total doses have been administered. 600,070 people are fully vaccinated. …

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 48,088 cases.

The state said 15 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 8,634, and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,458. …

Zero new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,101.

full story: [Valley County 739 cases, 6 deaths.]
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Valley County COVID-19 vaccination creeps upward

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 3, 2021

The total of eligible Valley County residents who had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine continued its slow creep upward during the past week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported.

A total of 55.5% of Valley County residents age 12 and older had received the vaccine as of Monday, up from 54.7% the previous week, the H&W reported.

Four confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths related to COVID-19 among Valley County residents have been reported by Central District Health.

A total of 757 positive cases have been reported in Valley County since the pandemic entered the county in the spring of 2020.

St. Luke’s McCall offers walk-in COVID-109 vaccines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Luke’s Clinics – Payette Lakes Family Medicine, 211 Forest Street, McCall.

Appointments can still be scheduled online through St. Luke’s myChart or calling 208-381-9500. Same-day appointments can be scheduled by calling 208-634-2225.

St. Luke’s offers the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for ages 12 and older for all new initial first doses and follow-up boosters.

Boosters of the Moderna vaccine will be administered to those who previously received Moderna for their initial doses.

Cascade Medical Center offers both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines during walk-in clinics held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

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St. Luke’s to bring vaccination RV to McCall, NM

The St. Luke’s mobile COVID-19 vaccine unit will be offering free walk-up COVID vaccinations in McCall, New Meadows and Riggins this month.

The retrofitted RV will make the following stops:

McCall: Tuesday, June 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Terrace/Ponderosa Center, next to Hotel McCall across from Legacy Park

Riggins: Wednesday, June 23, 8 a.m. to noon, St. Luke’s Clinic – Salmon River Family Medicine, 214 Main Street

New Meadows: Wednesday, June 23, 2:30 to 6 p.m., St. Luke’s Clinic – Meadows Valley Family Medicine, 320 Virginia St.

McCall: Thursday, June 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., Marketplace at McCall (Ridley’s/Rite Aid), corner of Deinhard Lane and North 3rd Street.

Anyone age 12 or older can receive a vaccine regardless of whether or not they live or work in Idaho.

Minors must have parent permission to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A parent or legal guardian should come with the child to provide consent at the appointment.

continued: The Star-News June 3, 2021
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Summer construction to start on Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, June 1st 2021

Summer construction is set to begin Monday on Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge.

Drivers should expect one-way alternating traffic on Monday through early Friday, according to Idaho Transportation Department.

The road is not planned to be fully closed at any time this summer. Construction is planned to continue through Labor Day.

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Earthquake swarm near Stanley

June 2, 2021 Local News 8

Stanley has experienced a lot of seismic activity lately.

The last sizeable earthquake had a magnitude of 3.4 that shook around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.

There was a 3.6 magnitude quake about 22 miles northwest of Stanley Monday around 10:20 a.m.

These are the latest of what geologists call an earthquake swarm.

But don’t be alarmed, this is common for the area.

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NRCS Idaho: This spring has been one of the driest on record

June 4, 2021 Local News 8


The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho says this spring has been one of the driest on record, leading to earlier and higher irrigation demand.

The Idaho Department of Water Resources has declared drought emergencies in eight counties in Idaho and more southern counties could follow suit.

NRCS released the Water Supply Outlook Report for June 2021 Friday, and the NRCS snow-monitoring network shows snow remains only at the highest elevation sites across our state.


Mining News:

Judge says polluter law can be used against mining company

Associated Press June 1, 2021

A state judge says Montana environmental regulators can use a law meant to provide protection from chronic industrial polluters against an Idaho-based mining company and its chief executive.

State District Court Judge Mike Menahan said in a recent ruling that Hecla Mining Company and Chief Executive Officer Phillips Baker, Jr. are subject to the state’s “bad actor” law.

The law blocks individuals and companies who don’t clean up their old mines from starting new ones.

Hecla is proposing two copper and silver mines that would tunnel beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.


Public Lands:

Forest Service makes progress at Kirkham Hot Springs

Visitors should continue to recreate responsibly

Boise, Idaho, June 2, 2021, — The Lowman Ranger District has taken steps to manage the increased, and continual visitor use at Kirkham Hot Springs that began in the fall and continued overwinter 2020. This year, visitors will notice seasonal District staff and volunteers visiting the location regularly to clean and stock the restrooms. Two dumpsters are in place where visitors can dispose of their trash as they leave the hot springs area.

“We want to express our appreciation to the community for stepping in to pick up trash and help us manage this situation.” said Terre Pearson-Ramirez, acting Lowman District Ranger. “We have seen how valuable outdoor recreation is to our visitors and how important those visitors are to our community. We want to do our part to ensure that both have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

The Boise National Forest has had substantial increase in visitor use at all developed sites, but particularly at Kirkham Hot Springs. As a result, increased littering and resource damage have occurred at this popular location.

Visitors are still encouraged to pack in, pack out, be responsible and respectful of others and have a safe and enjoyable time exploring the Boise National Forest.

Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs Specialist
R4, Boise National Forest
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USDA Forest Service St. Helens Mine Plan of Operations Update

St. Helens Mine Plan of Operations for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

This bulletin updates the May 28, 2021, bulletin seeking comments on the proposed St. Helens Mine project on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The previous bulletin incorrectly implied that the scoping comment period will close on July 1, 2021.

The scoping comment period will remain open for 30 days following publication of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. Publication of the legal notice in The Star-News announcing the scoping comment period is anticipated on June 4, 2021; however, those wishing to comment should not rely on dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments within 30 days of publication of the legal notice and make your comments as specific as possible.

The scoping project description and other information can be found on the project web page at: (link). The project webpage also provides tools to engage in this process. From the “Get Connected” box on the right-hand side of the page, click on “Subscribe to Email Updates” if you wish to receive updates on this project. Use the “Comment/Object on Project” link to access a simple webform to submit your comments on this project. The “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” contains published comments received on this project. Webform submission is preferred but written comments may be mailed to: District Ranger Jennifer Blake, 102 W Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638. Please refer to the “St. Helens Mine Project” in the subject line.

Only those who subscribe to email updates or submit comments will receive future updates on this project. Comments received in response to this request will be available on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage. For further information on this project, please contact Forest Geologist Clint Hughes at 208-634-0756 or clinton.hughes@usda.gov.

This project implements a land management plan and is subject to 36 CFR 218.7. In order to be eligible to file an objection to the draft decision, specific written comments related to the project must have been submitted during this scoping period or during any other period during which public comment on the project was specifically requested. Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet eligibility requirements as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. Names and addresses of those who comment and/or file objections will become part of the public record.

Fire Season:

Abandoned campfire results in a 300-acre fire

June 1, 2021 Local News 8

BLM Brent Mizell Taber Fire Firefighter Activities

Taber, Idaho (KIFI) – The Taber Fire grew to 338-acres before fire crews could get a solid line around its perimeter, according to the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center.

Firefighters responded with hand tools and bladder bags, hiking in over uneven terrain due to a lack of road access and lava rock. The Incident Commander anticipates the fire will be 100 percent contained late Tuesday.

“Having a fire grow to over 300 acres the first of June is not normal for this area,” said Joel Gosswiller, Idaho Falls District Fire Management Officer.

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Wyoming smokejumper dies of injuries suffered in New Mexico

Associated Press June 3, 2021

A Wyoming smokejumper has died of injuries suffered last month while fighting a wildfire in New Mexico.

The U.S. Forest Service says Tim Hart of Cody suffered a hard fall on May 24 while responding to a fire in Hidalgo County, New Mexico.

Hart was flown via air ambulance to a hospital in El Paso, Texas where he died Wednesday evening.


Critter News:

Fish & Game warns that mother deer will protect fawns

It is fawning season for mule deer, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has issued a warning to beware of aggressive mother deer protecting their young.

“Mule deer moms leave their fawns hidden, sometimes for hours, while they go forage,” says Regan Berkley, regional wildlife manager for IDFG in McCall.

When those fawns are hidden near homes or bike paths, people can unwittingly walk close to them, sometimes without ever knowing they are there, Berkley said.

“When a deer feels like her fawn is in danger, her two options are flight or fight,” she said.

“Although deer typically choose to run away, in some situations they can choose to aggressively defend their fawns,” Berkley said. “They can run and stomp at people and dogs who they perceive as a threat.”

Berkley encourages the following:

• Always give deer a wide berth.

• Never intentionally approach a deer.

• Keep dogs on leashes.

• When finding a deer fawn, leave it alone and quickly move away.

Call the McCall IDFG office at 208-634-8137 for questions.

source: The Star-News June 3, 2021
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Oh, Deer! McCall ponders what to do with ‘town herd’

Council considers ban on feeding wildlife

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News June 3, 2021

McCall’s “town herd” of deer could be trapped and relocated next year under a plan aired last week to the McCall City Council.

The plan would start by adopting a law banning people from feeding deer and other wildlife in the City of McCall, a move council members signaled support for last Thursday.

“Some people really like seeing the cute little deer in their yard and they like seeing the fawns in the spring,” McCall Mayor Bob Giles said. “But it’s not sustainable, it’s not natural.”

A draft of the proposed law is expected to go before city council at a future meeting, though a date has not yet been set. A public hearing would be required before the law could be passed.

If the law is adopted, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game would respond next winter by trapping and relocating as many of the deer as possible to areas near Emmett, Brownlee and Riggins.

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Mule deer rescued from mud pit

June 4, 2021 Local News 8

Nick Noll, IDFG

A yearling mule deer doe got more than she bargained for when she tried walking through a “mud puddle” in a field off of Marsh Creek Road just north of McCammon over Memorial Day weekend. She sank up to her belly and was trapped by the gooey mud.

A worried homeowner contacted Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll. With wooden boards, a shovel, some rope and the help of Noll’s 15-year old neighbor Cole Gunter of McCammon, the deer was rescued.

Standing on the boards to prevent sinking, Noll and Gunter secured ropes around the front and hind quarters of the doe.

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Input sought on salmon/steelhead changes for 2022-2024

June 3, 2021 Local News 8

Anglers who fish in Idaho’s Clearwater Region are encouraged to participate in a survey about potential changes to salmon and steelhead fishing seasons for 2022-24.

Fish and Game is asking for public comment on potential changes to season and limits for fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead in the Clearwater, Snake and lower Salmon rivers.

Results from the survey will be considered by the Fish and Game Commission in November when they set fall salmon and steelhead fishing seasons and limits for the next three years.

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American Falls Fish Hatchery vandalized over Memorial Day weekend

June 3, 2021 Local News 8

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding vandalism at the American Falls Fish Hatchery during Memorial Day weekend.

Hatchery staff discovered the fish feed dispensers used by visitors had been smashed sometime Saturday evening, May 29, or possibly during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 30. Then on Monday morning, staff discovered the same dispensers had been pulled from the ground and thrown into the water at the hatchery’s fish viewing site.


Fish & Game News:

F&G proposes extending wolf hunting and trapping in accordance with new state law

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, June 4, 2021

Deadline to comment is June 13

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public feedback on a proposal to extend wolf hunting and trapping opportunities and enhanced methods of take. The proposed changes relate to Idaho legislative action that will take effect July 1.

Senate Bill 1211 recently passed into law and extends wolf hunting and trapping with foothold traps to year-round on private property with landowner permission. The law also expands the legal methods of take for wolves to include methods currently legal in Idaho for taking other wild canines, such as coyotes and foxes, but closed for taking other big game species.

Those expanded methods of take include:

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Osprey among birds illegally killed in Franklin County

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the illegal killing of four non-game birds in separate incidents near the town of Preston in Franklin County.

Over a period of time between late April and early May, two pelicans were shot and left in Glendale Reservoir outside of Preston. In two other incidents, an osprey and a Swainson’s hawk were shot near the city-owned water tanks off of Glendale Road.

It is both against state and federal laws to kill protected non-game birds with four exceptions: European starlings, Eurasian-collared doves, house sparrows, and rock pigeons. These species are nonnative and can be taken outside city limits year-round with a hunting license.

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Sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse hunters are required to have new permits and tags for 2021

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Upland bird hunters in Idaho need to be aware of changes to sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse requirements for the 2021 hunting season that require the purchase of a new tag for sage-grouse hunting and a separate permit just for sharptail hunters, along with a hunting license.

The new tag and permit structure was passed by the 2021 Legislature, but is not reflected in the printed 2020-21 Idaho Upland Game, Turkey and Furbearer seasons and rules.

The sage-grouse tag, which is required for all sage-grouse hunters, is $22.75 for residents and $74.25 for nonresidents. The sharp-tailed grouse permit will be required only for people hunting those birds – not sage-grouse – and will cost $5.75 for residents and $17.75 for nonresidents.

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Commission approves two new fisheries and reopens portion of lower Salmon River for two-day season

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, June 3, 2021

During a conference call on June 3, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved Chinook fishing seasons for 2021 on the South Fork Salmon River and in the Clearwater River basin. Commissioners also reopened a portion of the lower Salmon River for two-days only on June 5-6.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Teen fends off bear attacking family dogs in backyard

June 1, 2021 KIFI

Amazing video of a teen attacking a bear in southern California.

You can see a mama bear with two cubs climb up on a backyard wall.

Four dogs run out and start barking at it.

The bear takes a couple of swipes at the dogs, and that is when a teenager in the house runs out and pushes the bear off the wall, grabs one of the smaller dogs and runs back into the house just as the bear is climbing back up.

The girl says she did suffer a scratch but she and the dogs are okay.

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Mama bear takes bird seed lunch ‘to go’

by WLOS Staff Saturday, May 29th 2021

An Asheville [NC] resident became an unwitting take-out joint after a mother black bear climbed onto their porch and swiped their bird feeder.

Albert Araujo sent in a video of the visit via Chime In. In the beginning, two cubs are climbing up the railings of the porch when the mama bear enters the frame on the right.

She immediately heads for the bird feeder, then stands on her hind legs to reach up and pull down the feeder with her paws.

She then saunters off, carrying her to-go lunch in her mouth.

continued: w/video

Seasonal Humor:

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