June 13, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

June 13, 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
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 7 – Lick Creek road open (rough!)
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 2-3 Live Music at The Corner
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:

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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The Corner July 2-3

Live music at The Corner both Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at 5 p.m.
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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:

Yellow Pine Lodge

Opened June 12th for Summer, call (208) 633-3377 for reservations.
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YPFD Meeting June 12

At 10am the YPFD tested the siren and had a meeting at the fire hall.
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VYPA Meeting June 12

At 2pm there was a Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting.
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Conserve (and Boil) Water

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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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. (No date yet.)
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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.

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

Lick Creek Report Mon (June 7) “came in from McCall over Lick Creek this morning. 2 wheel drive in a 1 ton dually, no problems. McCall side is ruffer than a cob (as usual).”
[photo and report courtesy DC]

Profile Gap will open soon.

Deadwood summit is open from the Landmark side.

Elk summit and Monumental summit are still closed.

The Hwy 55 project Smith’s Ferry area: 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 early this spring of a mountain lion near the upper end of the village.

* 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

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation

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

Report June 13th: “The bins are half full.”

The bins were emptied May 22nd. Locals worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

June 12 – 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 ?, 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:

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful.
link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021.pdf

June 12, 2020 – 10am Fire siren test and YPFD meeting (no minutes yet.)

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.)

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
Opened June 12th for Summer
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300
The store is now receiving inventory of Food items. The ATM is operational, and Debit/Credit cards are accepted. Currently there is fuel, ice, alcoholic beverages (non liquor) tobacco, non alc beverages, snacks, and Dairy items (ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt). Fresh produce is soon to come. Times may be in flux as we adjust to trends, but more or less the summer hours are going to be from 10-5pm, Monday – Saturday, and Sunday 10-3pm. If there are needs for fuel or anything during off hours, Josh will be around on call to accommodate. For any particular store item requests, please call 208-633-3300 or Email
For room reservations, please call 208-633-3300 or 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

Big Creek Lodge

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 (June 7) overnight low of 32 degrees, mostly hazy sky and light breeze this morning. A few jays, swallows and robins around. Windy and clear at lunch time. Low flying helicopter at 124pm. A break in the wind early afternoon for almost an hour, then back to blustery and partly cloudy. Jays, male downy woodpecker and a finch visiting, ground squirrels and a chipmunk running about. Warm and calmer late afternoon, high of 76 degrees. Increasing clouds by early evening. At dusk it was partly cloudy, pleasant temperature and calm. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (June 8) overnight low of 44 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light breezes this morning. Loud low airplane at 905am. Some swallows, jays and robins visiting. Mostly cloudy and stronger breezes at lunch time. Warm, partly cloudy and gusty winds mid-afternoon. Mostly cloudy, warm and breezy late afternoon, high of 79 degrees. Windy early evening. Much calmer and clear before dusk. Looked partly to mostly cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (June 9) overnight low of 50 degrees, dark broken overcast and breezy this morning. Rivers are running below normal. A few swallows, jays, robins and finches calling. Idaho Power crew up here doing maintenance. Thinner clouds and more open sky and lighter breezes before lunch time. Clouds moving in early afternoon. A short but intense 5 minute shower mid-afternoon, high of 75 degrees. Gray overcast early evening and light breezes. Cloudy and getting a little breezy at dusk. Robins calling at full dark. Mostly cloudy before midnight. Hard rain early morning.

Thursday (June 10) overnight low of 41 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.07″ (first rain in June.) This morning dark low overcast (VanMeter fogged in,) light breeze and light misty rain. No swallows in sight, robins, a female hairy woodpecker, a clark’s nutcracker, a few jays and finches visiting. Ground squirrels and a golden mantled squirrel running around. Light drizzle after lunch time, low foggy clouds. Rain stopped mid-afternoon. Cool, cloudy and light breeze late afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Cooling off after sunset and partly cloudy. Stars out before midnight.

Friday (June 11) overnight low of 32 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.33″ (giving us 0.40″ for June so far.) Early morning loud air traffic. Tree swallows are back, robins, collared dove and finches calling, several clark’s nutcrackers and jays visiting. Breezy and mostly hazy at lunch time. Mostly high thin clouds and gusty breezes early afternoon. Ground squirrels, golden mantled and 2 pine squirrels visited. Mid-afternoon air traffic. Gray overcast and light breezes late afternoon, high of 68 degrees. Shots fired around 540pm. Partly clear before sunset. Mostly cloudy and calmer before dusk. Mars rising above the peak of Golden Gate hill before 11pm.

Saturday (June 12) overnight low of 42 degrees, dark overcast sky this morning. Light air traffic. Tree swallows swooping, jays and clark’s nutcrackers visiting, ground squirrels running about. Fire siren test at 10am. Partly clear and breezy before lunch time. Mostly cloudy and light breezes early afternoon, high of 78 degrees. Increased street traffic on the main road. Mostly clear and light breezes early evening. Mostly clear and calmer before dusk. Stars out before midnight and quiet.

Sunday (June 13) overnight low of 42 degrees, clear sky and light breeze this morning. Air and street traffic (brief vehicle siren sounded down by the fire hall.) Tree swallows, robins and finches calling. A few clouds, warming up and light breezes at lunch time. Hot by early afternoon with gusty breezes. Mostly cloudy, hot and blustery late afternoon, high of 94 degrees.

Flag Day June 14

1. The flag should never be displayed upside down except as a signal of dire distress.

2. The flag should never touch anything beneath it such as the ground, floor, water or merchandise.

3. The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally.

4. The flag should never be used as wearing apparel.

5. The flag should never be fastened, stored or displayed in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled or damaged.

6. The flag should never have placed upon it nor attached any mark, insignia, design, picture or drawing of any nature. (In the U.S. Flag Code this is considered flag mutilation and is a misdemeanor).

7. No part of the flag should be used as a costume or athletic uniform. Flag patches can be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen or members of patriotic organizations.

The flag is considered a living thing therefore a flag pin should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

8. When the flag is no longer a fitting emblem to be displayed, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning it or leaving it with an American Legion post.

9. The flag should not be flown in inclement weather.

10. The flag should be retired at sunset unless it is properly illuminated at night.

11. The flag should not be draped over the hood top or sides of a vehicle. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff should be fixed firmly on the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

[h/t Shawn Miller]

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 118 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

Idaho officials reported 118 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 193,515.

There are a total of 154,878 confirmed cases and 38,637 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

Idaho has reported fewer than 200 new cases most days this month. In January, the state’s daily average of new cases was closer to 700 daily. But Idaho’s vaccination rates continue lagging behind national rates.

The state said 695,645 people have received the vaccine, and 1,272,507 total doses have been administered. 623,099 people are fully vaccinated.

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Idaho Hospitalizations June 9, 2021

source: KTVB
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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.

Written or verbal consent by phone may be accepted if a parent or legal guardian is not present.

The Pfizer vaccine and Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered at the mobile vaccine stops.

Pfizer is a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine available to ages 12 years old and older. The J&J is a single-dose vaccine available to adults 18 and older.

If receiving the Pfizer, a follow-up booster is required 21 days after receiving the initial dose. The mobile unit will return to the same location for boosters.

To find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine go to stlukesonline.org.

Viewers can watch a recording on St. Luke’s YouTube Channel of a live Q&A with St. Luke’s Children’s physicians about vaccines for adolescents ages 12 to 15.

source: The Star-News June 10, 2021
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Valley County property assessments rise 23%

Median home price soars to $482,000

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 10, 2021

Valley County property values have increased 23% over 2020, Valley County Assessor June Fullmer told Valley County Commissioners on Monday.

Valley County had the second highest median home price for any county in Idaho at about $482,000, just behind Blaine County at about $483,000, Fullmer said.

Valley County property values hit an all-time high of about $6.27 billion with new construction also setting records, Fullmer said.

The total value figure is up from about $5.06 billion last year. The previous highest property value was about $5.51 billion in 2008.

Fullmer said that she thought COVID would slow the housing market, but it did just the opposite. “People want to move up here,” she said..

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June 21 deadline noted to pay Adams, Valley property taxes

June 21 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for property owners in Adams and Valley counties to pay the second half of their yearly property taxes.

Late charges and interest will begin on June 22, with interest retroactive from Jan. 1, so mailed payments should be correctly stamped by date.

The treasurers’ offices in both counties are open during the lunch hour Mondays through Fridays.

Valley County accepts credit card payments at (link) or by calling 208-382-7110.

continued: The Star-News June 10, 2021
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Poison Hemlock now present in Idaho

Jun 11, 2021 KIVI

Photo by: Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign

Idaho noxious weed officials are warning people to be on the lookout for Poison Hemlock, a dangerous noxious weed proven to be fatal to humans and livestock. Poison Hemlock is now in full growth around the state.

Poison Hemlock typically grows in riparian areas, stream banks, canals and ditch banks, ponds and pastures. The plant grows for two years, in the second year it flowers and then dies. The Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign has information about Poison Hemlock and what to do to control and eradicate it on their website.

“This dangerous noxious weed presents an issue of public and animal safety. Poison Hemlock has been proven to be deadly to both animals and humans. It is so toxic that horses and cows literally can die within hours after eating this poisonous plant,” said Roger Batt, statewide coordinator for the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign.


Idaho History:

In 1929, 4 men kidnapped the Idaho lieutenant governor during bank robbery attempt

On June 12, 1929, the men decided that Lt. Gov. William Kinne’s car would work as a getaway vehicle but it soon blew a tire and crashed into a ditch.

Brian Holmes June 11, 2021 KTVB

For Idaho Lt. Gov. William Kinne, June 12, 1929, was like any other day when he was driving on Highway 12, heading to Orofino from Lewiston. That was until four men needed a ride for a bank robbery that they were planning.

About 15 miles into his drive, near the town of Arrow, four men walked into the road, with their guns drawn.

The men, 24-year-old Albert Reynolds of Missouri, 20-year-old Engolf Snortland of North Dakota, 18-year-old Robert Livingston of Alabama and 24-year-old Frank Lane of Wisconsin, had planned on robbing a bank in Pierce and thought Kinne’s vehicle would make a good getaway car.


Mining News:

Payette seeks comments on rock and clay mine NW of McCall

The Payette National Forest is seeking comments about a proposed rock and clay mine about six miles northwest of McCall.

The proposed St. Helens Mine Project would extract about 35,000 cubic yards of rock and clay over 10 years on about five acres of unpatented mining claims on the McCall Ranger District.

The mine, which located less than half a mile from Idaho 55 on Brundage Mountain Road, was used twice before for mining.

The proposal was submitted by Wildcat Diversified Investment LLC of McCall.

Operations would include 2.6 acres of excavated pits and 2.4 acres for mine-associated activities including an access road, stockpiles, a storage area, and a 15-foot buffer zone between the permit boundary and the outer perimeter of both pits.

All rock and clay extracted from the site would be transported to an off-site location for processing.

Topsoil and other material would be piled nearby and returned to the pit after the mining finishes. Disturbed areas would be replanted with vegetation.

Comments can be submitted until July 6 by visiting (link) and searching “St. Helens Mine Project or by mail to District Ranger Jennifer Blake, 102 W Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638. Include “St. Helens Mine Project” in the subject line.

For more information, visit the project webpage or contact Forest Geologist Clint Hughes at 208-634-0756 or clinton.hughes@usda.gov

source: The Star-News June 10, 2021
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US judge rules against Idaho suction-dredge gold miner

Associated Press June 8, 2021

A suction-dredge gold miner who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon without required permits is facing what could be substantial fines.

A U.S. District Court judge last week ruled Shannon Poe of California violated the Clean Water Act on the South Fork of the Clearwater River when he mined 42 days in 2014 and 2015.

continued: (KTVB)

Public Lands:

Where camping is permitted in Idaho’s forests

You can go off-road to camp, but that doesn’t mean you should. The Forest Service advises campers to do their homework before going out in the forest.

John Masters June 11, 2021 KTVB

The camping season has arrived in Idaho and Forest Service officials want to remind the public to be good steward of the land this summer.

There have already been reports of trash and human waste left behind, and mistreatment of public lands. One recent example was posted on Facebook earlier this month. It shows a half dozen vehicles parked in a meadow in the Sawtooth National Forest.

Credit: Aaron English

KTVB spoke with Zach Poff, the recreation and program manager for the Ketchum Ranger District, about where campers should and should not go. He says understanding where camping is allowed in Idaho’s forest is not as simple as some might think.

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Park fees for non-Idaho residents doubling at five state parks

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, June 9th 2021

Camping and entry fees for non-Idaho residents will double at select Idaho State Parks on Thursday to comply with House Bill 93.

Fees at Bear Lake, Farragut, Hells Gate, Priest Lake, and Round Lake will increase from $7 to $14 starting on June 10.

At all other state parks, the fee for non-state residents will stay the same price as it is for in-state residents: $7.


Critter News:

Coyote kills dog in Hulls Gulch

Coyotes can be very protective of their young, particularly during the spring and early summer months.

KTVB Staff June 8, 2021

A pet dog was killed by a coyote along a popular trail in the Boise Foothills on Sunday.

The incident happened in Lower Hulls Gulch, about a half-mile above the Red Cliffs Trail junction.

“Please be ultra-vigilant with your pets, and leash them for their own safety while traveling in this area,” Ridge to Rivers posted.

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Boise updates animal cruelty code including new “Good Samaritan” immunity for rescuers

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, June 7th 2021

The City of Boise’s newly updated animal cruelty code went into effect on Monday.

The updated code includes changes to animal cruelty regulations as well as general enforcement changes.

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Dog ejected from vehicle in Idaho crash found herding sheep

Associated Press June 10, 2021

A dog who vanished for two days after being ejected from a vehicle during a car accident has been found apparently doing the job it was bred to do — herding sheep.

The Spokesman-Review reported Linda Oswald’s family and their dog, Tilly, were driving on an Idaho highway Sunday and crashed into another car, launching the border collie and red heeler mix and prompting an immediate search. …

A family recognized the dog in the photo as the dog they saw on their farm on Tuesday.

The families say Tilly was drawn to the farm’s sheep and trying to herd.

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First rabid bats of the season found in Bonneville and Payette counties

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, June 7th 2021

The first rabid bats of the season have been reported in Bonneville and Payette counties.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, one person was exposed to a rabid bat in Payette county. In Bonneville County, a vaccinated dog found a rabid bat.

“Rabies is a fatal viral illness if not treated with proper medical management. People should call their healthcare providers promptly if they believe they may have been bitten or scratched by a bat. Postexposure treatment administered to people after an animal bite or other exposure is extremely effective in preventing rabies,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, state public health veterinarian.


Fish & Game News:

Fishing Idaho’s mountain lakes: tackle, tactics and tips for anglers

By Martin Koenig, Natural Resource Program Coordinator
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Idaho Fish and Game

Knowing the basics helps you get the most of your trip to the mountains

Mountain lakes require some challenging logistics when you consider the travel and hiking required to access them, and when you arrive, there’s the challenge of catching fish, right?

Fortunately, hardest part of fishing a mountain lake is usually getting to it. The fishing tends to be pretty simple, so don’t overthink it. Remember these fish have a very short growing season, so they tend to be pretty aggressive and active feeders. The fishing pressure at mountain lakes also tends to be light, so the fish aren’t real cagey, and basic trout fishing tackle and tactics are usually all you need to catch them.

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Fish salvage order issued for the Big Wood River below Magic Dam and Richfield Canal diversion

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, June 10, 2021

A fish salvage order has been issued for the Richfield Canal and the Big Wood River below the dam due to irrigation water being turned off because of ongoing drought conditions.

The Big Wood Canal Company recently notified Fish and Game that they will be closing the gates in Magic Dam on June 10, 2021 leading to substantial flow reductions or cessation of flow which functionally de-waters the Big Wood River below the dam and the Richfield Canal. The gates are closing significantly earlier than normal due to ongoing regional drought conditions in the Big Wood River basin.

Effective June 10, 2021 Fish and Game has ordered that bag and possession limits be removed on portions of the Big Wood River below the dam. The boundaries of the fish salvage are from a point beginning at the railroad trestle, approximately 1.25 miles downstream of the dam, extending to the State Highway 75 Bridge. The order also includes the Richfield Canal from the upstream point of diversion from the Big Wood River to its confluence with the Little Wood River near Richfield, Idaho.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Flock of giant California condors trashes woman’s home

by The Associated Press Thursday, May 6th 2021

(Cinda Mickols via AP)

Tehachapi, Calif. (AP) — Giant California condors are rare — but not at Cinda Mickols’ home.

About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in the city of Tehachapi and made quite a mess. …

The birds have trashed the deck — ruining a spa cover, decorative flags and lawn ornaments. Plants have been knocked over, railings scratched and there’s poop everywhere.

… The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which runs a program to save the species from extinction, responded on Twitter. The agency noted that the house is in historic condor habitat, and suggested that Mickols try harmless hazing like shouting and clapping or spraying water.

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