June 20, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

June 20, 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!

Happy Father’s Day and Summer Solstice.

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 – Johnson Creek road fully open
June 7 – Lick Creek road open
June 13 – Profile road open
June 15 thru July 4 – Community Hall Yard Sale
June 26 – South Fork Salmon Season starts
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 4 – YPWUA 2021 Shareholder Meeting 10am
July 10 – YPFD meeting 10am at Fire Hall
July 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
July 11 – Festival Planning Meeting on Zoom 2pm
July 17 – ATV/UTV Escapade 10am
July 21-22 Mastercraft stove maintenance
Aug 14 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sept 11 – YPFD Budget Meeting 10am at Fire Hall
(details below)

Local Events:

Community Hall Yard Sale – Going on now.

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

Received a report complimenting on how well things were laid out at the hall.
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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 set yet as of June 18th, will be coordinated with the EFSF county dust abatement.)
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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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YPWUA 2021 Shareholder Meeting July 4 at 10am

Sunday July 4th 10am Community Hall

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. Willie stepping down as treasurer

2. Operations – Warren
A. Boil order status
B. Leaks

A. Details of grants
B. Requirements to receive grants
C. More future grants

4. Summer lawn watering
A. Because of our situation lawn watering is discouraged
B. Odd/Even days watering
C. No watering after 2 pm

5. Election of one board member
A. Dave Prouty is not running for another term
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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:


Would the person who borrowed the measuring wheel please return it to the community hall? It will be needed for the festival.
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Yellow Pine County Club Question

[We] are looking for the names of the golf course holes and distances. We don’t have the name for hole #12, and hope someone might remember or have a record of it somewhere? We can measure the few holes that we guessed at the distances.

1. Humble Pie – 102
2. Double Trouble – 45 paced ?
3. Bitch & Moan – 47 paced ?
4. Deception Alley – 70
5. No Chance! – 80
6. Easy Opportunity – 74
7. So Easy – Sure! – 54 paced ?
8. Timber Alley! – 97
9. Lucky Lady! – 60
10. Branch Buffet – 70
11. Birdie Bargain – 51
12. No name – 60
13. Split decision? – 52
14. Gambler’s Choice! – 80
15. Cream Puff – 73
16. Rock Garden! – 50
17. Unfair Fairway – 82
18. Duffer’s Delight – 47

Contact: Ann F at email: aforsterrn @ aol.com (remove spaces)
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Abstein Bridge June 14-15

The drillers were in June 14 and 15 to drill test holes on both ends of the bridge. The drill rig blocked the bridge for about 2 hours the first day and 3 hours the second day, although 4-wheelers could get through if necessary.

A report that the crew was very nice and ‘left no trace.’
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Another Wind Storm

On Tuesday afternoon, June 15th, it was quite windy in Yellow Pine, estimate wind gusts of at least 30mph or higher. The South Fork weather station at Tea Pot Dome registered a maximum gust of 42mph and the station at Stibnite registered a maximum gust of 33mph.

No reports of trees down locally, but on Wednesday the mail truck driver reported trees had come down on Johnson Creek road – but had been cut out by the time he came through. No report on the South Fork route. Be aware there might be trees down on other back country roads.
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Internet Outage

On Friday morning, June 18th around 1030am Yellow Pine internet went down for about an hour. MTE said it was part of a larger outage. It apparently affected the MTE webcam at the Johnson Creek airstrip as it seems to be “stuck.”
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Johnson Creek Fly-in

The weekend of June 18-20 was busy at the Johnson Creek Airstrip.

(courtesy MTE webcam)
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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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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

South Fork Salmon River salmon fishing opens on June 26.

Johnson Creek, Profile Gap and Lick Creek roads are Open. These roads have not been bladed and are rough.

Elk summit was still closed last weekend (June 14) but could be open soon.

Monumental summit is rumored to be open.

Deadwood summit is open from the Landmark side.

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:

The Hwy 55 project from Donnelly to McCall starts soon. One lane during the week and two lanes on weekends. Project is slated to last until September.
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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 in early 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

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 were 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 (no minutes yet)
Agenda 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 July 11, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated June 6, 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:

Arnold Aviation – (208) 382-4844

The Star-News

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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 14) overnight low of 48 degrees, this morning clear sky, warm and light breeze. Johnson Creek is running 800CFS below median. Some early air traffic. Woodpecker drumming on the power pole, a few swallows, finches and jays calling, ground squirrels running around. Sunny and hot at lunch time. Sunny, light breeze and hot early afternoon. Quite hot late afternoon, mostly clear and light breeze, high of 93 degrees. Starting to cool down some before dusk and mostly clear sky.

Tuesday (June 15) overnight low of 49 degrees, this morning partly cloudy and hazy sky. A few tree swallows, finches and robins calling, a couple of jays flying around, ground squirrels scampering about. Nice breezes before lunch time and warming up. Gusty breezes at noon. Windy by 2pm, estimate gusts of 30+mph. A hummingbird and a couple of evening grosbeaks stopped by. Cooling off late afternoon, breezes gusting up once in a while and partly cloudy, high of 82 degrees. Pleasant temperatures after sunset, calmer and mostly clear. Getting breezy again at dusk.

Wednesday (June 16) overnight low of 45 degrees, this morning clear sky and light breeze. Loud air traffic. Tree swallows taking feathers to nests, robins, a few finches and jays calling. Mail truck was a bit late, but no problems reported (fallen trees had been cut out on Johnson Creek route.) Clear, warm and light breezes after lunch time. Warm sunny afternoon with light breezes, high of 84 degrees. Colombian and golden mantled squirrels running about, a few finches visiting. Clear, warm and light breeze early evening. Very pleasant after sunset, clear sky and fairly calm. Stars out before midnight.

Thursday (June 17) overnight low of 40 degrees, this morning clear sky and light breeze. Light air and street traffic. Tree swallows taking feathers to nests, robins, a few finches and jays calling. Sunny, warm and light breeze at lunch time. Sunny and hot with stronger breezes mid-afternoon, high of 87 degrees. Clear and almost calm early evening, still pretty warm. Breezes kicking up at sunset. Cooling off, calmer and clear at dusk. Stars out before midnight Mars is rising just above Golden Gate peak.

Friday (June 18) overnight low of 40 degrees, this morning clear sky and light breeze. Light (and loud) early air traffic. Not as many tree swallows nesting here this year, a few robins and finches calling. Internet down around 1030am to a little after 1130am. Clear, warm and light breezes at lunch time. Getting hot, light breezes and almost clear early afternoon. Hot and clear late afternoon, high of 91 degrees. Waxing moon in the sky. Light early evening air traffic. Cooling off nicely before dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Saturday (June 19) overnight low of 44 degrees, this morning clear sky and light breeze. Quite a few (loud) airplanes flying over the village. Johnson Creek is running less than 1/3 of normal flow. More swallows around and gathering nesting materials, a robin and a few finches calling. Warming up pretty good by lunch time. Hot and sunny afternoon, estimated high of 87 degrees (gizmo on the fritz.) Still pretty warm early evening, clear and breezy. Warm, clear and calm before dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Sunday (June 20) overnight low of 44 degrees, this morning partly clear sky (mostly small clouds) and light breezes. Constant air traffic since daylight, some low and loud. Robins and swallows calling, finches visiting. Pine squirrel stopped by, ground squirrels running about. Warm, partly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Hummingbirds visiting. Hot afternoon, breezy and a few clouds, high of 86 degrees. Still warm and almost clear by early evening and breezy.


Darrell Merlin Hathaway

Hathaway, Darrell, 66, of Meridian, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.

Arrangements are under the care of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation, Meridian.
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The world is short one more honorable man today.

Darrell Hathaway, or “Dary”, for short, passed away in Meridian this morning of natural causes.

He was a fixture of Yellow Pine for many years. Attending school before his family moved to Atlanta. His mom, Georgia Alred, passed away last December. His sister just a few years ago. Dary worked at Quartz Creek mines for Fay Kissinger before joining the Navy. And returned to work at Thunder Mountain and at Stibnite Mines after his tour of duty in Vietnam.

For the last 10 years, Dary had worked as a caregiver in Garden Valley, living with a wheelchair bound fellow disabled Vietnam veteran, to assist him with daily chores.

Not everyone who knew Dary would call him “friend”. But everyone who knew him knew that he was someone they could count on in their time of need.

Scott A.

Independence Weekend:

4th of July Preview

The Star-News June 17, 2021

Below are brief descriptions of some of the local events scheduled for the 4th of July holiday. …

Yellow Pine to offer music, golf tourney, parade, fireworks

The tiny community of Yellow Pine east of McCall will host a full slate of Independence Day events, including live music, a golf tournament, parade, and fireworks.

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

The Annual Golf Tournament begins Saturday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at the Yellow Pine “golf course.” A donation of $20 per person is requested and includes a ticket for a beverage. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place for teams. Proceeds will help support the Village of Yellow Pine.

The annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. To participate, meet at the fire house at 3 p.m. All family-friendly entries are free and welcome.

full story:

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 87 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

June 17, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 87 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths Thursday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 194,006.

There are a total of 155,288 confirmed cases and 38,718 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 702,880 people have received the vaccine, and 1,292,452 total doses have been administered. 637,197 people are fully vaccinated. …

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 48,359 cases.

The state said 11 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 8,729, and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,471. …

409 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

Zero new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,122.

full story: [Valley Co 854 Cases, 6 deaths.]
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Vax Rate at 56.6%

The Star-News June 17, 2021

The total of eligible Valley County residents who had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine topped 56% this week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported.

A total of 56.6% of Valley County residents age 12 and older had received the vaccine as of Monday, up from 54.7% two weeks ago, or a total of 5,668 out of 10,017 eligible residents, the H&W said.

A total of 765 positive cases have been reported in Valley County since the pandemic entered the county in the spring of 2020.

St. Luke’s McCall reported four new cases since June 1.

Cascade Medical Center reported two new cases on Tuesday, the first positive cases report by the hospital since March 17, CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“Just when we think we’re in the clear, the virus reminds us that it is always ready to attack and that our work isn’t done to protect the community,” Reinhardt said.

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St. Luke’s mobile COVID-19 vaccine unit to visit area next week

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 17, 2021

The St. Luke’s mobile COVID-19 vaccine unit will offer free walk-up COVID vaccinations in McCall, New Meadows and Riggins next week.

The retrofitted RV will make the following stops:

• McCall: Tuesday, 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, 8 a.m. to noon, St. Luke’s Clinic – Salmon River Family Medicine, 214 Main Street

• New Meadows: Wednesday, 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.

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At-home COVID-19 tests now available for free in Idaho

By Meredith Spelbring Jun 15, 2021 KIVI

At-home COVID-19 tests are now available to all Idahoans.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Tuesday Idaho residents can get a free, at-home test by calling 211. No personal information will be request aside from a name and mailing address, according to the department.

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Work starts Monday on Idaho 55 from McCall to Donnelly

Winter weather, traffic broke up surface laid in 2010

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 17, 2021

Eleven miles of Idaho 55 between Donnelly and McCall will get new pavement under a project to start on Monday by the Idaho Department of Transportation.

The $3.25 million project is scheduled to be finished in August, ITD Public Information Officer Jake Melder said.

The entire width of the highway will be repaved, but areas of the road that have broken up due to weather and traffic will get special attention, Melder said.

“For sections of damaged pavement, we will repair the base, and place a fresh layer of asphalt on top to provide a smooth riding surface,” Melder said.

Also targeted for repair is a culvert crossing just south of McCall that has had trouble with heaving during the winter, he said.


Link: to ITD project
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Dane Jackson wins the North Fork Championship, Sage Donnelly is the queen of NFC IX

By Steve Dent Jun 20, 2021 KIVI

Crouch, Idaho — Dane Jackson once again had the fastest lap in the North Fork Championship, Dane successfully defended his title as the king of the North Fork and the win marked his third in the last four years.

Jackson also won the boater cross and had the fastest qualifying lap becoming the first racer to ever win the triple crown at this extreme whitewater kayaking event.

Sage Donnelly competing in her first NFC coming from a slalom background earned the title of queen of the North Fork, Natalie Anderson finished second and Darby McAdams rounded out the podium for the ladies.

continued: w/videos

Public Lands:

The South Fork of the Salmon watershed showcases the remote wilderness we have in Idaho

By Steve Dent Jun 20, 2021 KIVI

Yellow Pine, Idaho — The South Fork of the Salmon River didn’t make the list of America’s most endangered rivers in 2021, but it did make that list all three years prior. …

One of the things we haven’t been able to do is showcase the South Fork of the Salmon watershed so my brother Scott and I embarked on a three-day, two-night self-support kayaking expedition that took us 58 miles through this remote wilderness finishing up after the confluence of the Main Salmon.

The South Fork of the Salmon has long been a favorite trip for experienced kayakers who paddle this whitewater rollercoaster at over six feet when it becomes a full-on class five trip, we did it at 4.5 feet.

full story: w/videos
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Out-of-state fees to rise at Ponderosa, other state parks

Camping fees for out-of-state visitors will increase to double that of residents at five of the busiest state parks, including Ponderosa State Park, to comply with a new Idaho law.

Out-of-state campers will pay $48 a night for a basic campsite and $64 a night for a site with full hookups at Ponderosa, Farragut, Henrys Lake, Priest Lake and Round Lake state parks. Residents will pay $24 and $32, respectively, for the fees.

The changes were implemented to comply with House Bill 93, which also specifies in-creases to entry fees for non-residents at five of the state’s busiest parks.

Non-resident daily entry fees increased to $14 at Bear Lake, Farragut, Hells Gate, Priest Lake and Round Lake. Cost for Idaho residents is $7.

continued: The Star-News June 17, 2021
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Bureau of Reclamation to increase flows, could mean shorter rafting season on Payette

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, June 14th 2021

The Bureau of Reclamation says it has started to increase flows at Cascade and Deadwood dams to help with irrigation and salmon migration.

Runoff volume in the Payette River basin is running at about 58 percent of normal.

“Flows are anticipated to support recreational floating on the North Fork and South Fork Payette rivers,” the Bureau of Reclamation said. “However, dry conditions will likely result in lower river stages and shorter rafting season this summer.”


Fire Season:

How you can prepare for the above-normal expected fire season

By Anna Azallion Jun 15, 2021 KIVI

The National Interagency Fire Center is predicting an above-normal fire season in Idaho, and there are things you should do to prepare for it now.

The warmer and drier conditions in Idaho are one of the reasons for this above-normal fire potential. High temperatures, like those expected this week, are unusual for this time of year, and the state of Idaho is experiencing different levels of drought. …

“The Bureau of Land Management Boise District’s ten-year average points to vehicle-related fires as our number one cause over the last ten years each fire season, and that can be from UTVs, motorcycles, vehicles on the highway, trailers,” said Jared Jablonski, a BLM fire information officer.

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Boise National Forest says employees put out over 400 abandoned campfires in 2020

by CBS2 News Staff Sunday, June 20th 2021

The Boise National Forest is asking for help in reducing human-caused wildfires in Idaho.

Forest officials said a campfire is “out” only when it is cool to the touch.

Boise National Forest Fire Prevention employees located and extinguished over 400 abandoned campfires in 2020.

The photos provided show a campfire that still holds heat.

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IDL firefighters have responded to 99 wildfires in Idaho so far

By Katie Kloppenburg Jun 17, 2021 KIVI

Firefighters with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) have already responded to 99 wildfires on state and private lands protected by the IDL. So far this year, the fires have burned 433 acres on these lands.

IDL firefighters and Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association and Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association crews have held 90 fires to less than 10 acres. Many of the fires were contained at less than an acre, according to IDL.

“It’s early in the fire season, and we’ve already seen three times as many acres burned this year over the 20-year average,” said Josh Harvey, IDL’s Fire Bureau Chief. “Unfortunately, 95% of these fires were human-caused and could have been prevented. We are ready to suppress fires, but we need the public to help us by not starting wildfires.”


Critter News:

Idaho camper shoots family dog, mistaking it for wolf

June 16, 2021 AP

A family has said their pet dog is recovering after she was shot twice last weekend by a camper in Idaho who mistook her for a wolf.

The pet is actually an Alaskan malamute.

The Idaho Statesman reported Rob Kolb and his daughter started their backpacking trip on Friday in central Idaho with their dog named Suki.

The next morning, they woke up to multiple gunshots.

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Idaho dog recovering after being shot multiple times

Katie Terhune June 18, 2021 KTVB

A dog is expected to make a full recovery after he was found with multiple gunshot wounds in Gooding County earlier this month.

Dave Wright, the rescue coordinator at Friends Furever Animal Rescue in Twin Falls, said the black retriever he calls Garth had been shot with a shotgun, a pellet gun, and a .22, leaving him riddled with ammunition and near death.

Garth was found after a resident of Gooding County called dispatch to report what they believed was a dog hit by a car at about 7:15 p.m. on June 5. Wright, whose organization works closely with law enforcement, drove out to the scene along with Gooding County Sheriff’s deputies to search.

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2 conflicts with deer and dogs reported in Pocatello’s Johnny Creek

June 17, 2021 Local News 8

For the second time in a week, a deer-dog altercation in the Johnny Creek area has been reported to the Idaho Fish and Game office in Pocatello.

In both incidents, homeowners reported encounters between mule deer does and pet dogs that have resulted in the pets requiring veterinary attention.

Deer will act defensively when approached by dogs and people, especially if there are fawns in the picture. In one of the incidents, a fawn was actually seen in the vicinity of the doe before the confrontation with the dog took place.

continued: w/tips to protect dogs
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Idaho Humane Society getting ‘alarming number’ of calls for pets locked in hot cars

by Ryan L Morrison Tuesday, June 15th 2021 CBS2

The Idaho Humane Society said Tuesday it’s responding to an “alarming number” of calls for pets locked in hot cars.

IHS says officers responded to 29 calls in May, primarily centering around Memorial Day weekend.

In just the first two weeks of June, IHS has received 31 calls, 24 of which were in the city of Boise.

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Gallery: Sheep take over mountain road near Tamarack Resort

June 14, 2021 CBS2

link: to slide-show
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‘Fish salvage’ issued for Magic Valley reservoir due to drought conditions

The order was issued due to irrigation water being shut off following drought conditions at the Big Wood River.

KTVB Staff June 14, 2021

Idaho Fish and Game (F&G) announced Monday that a ‘fish salvage’ for the Richfield Canal and the Big Wood River below Magic Dam is in effect. The order was issued due to irrigation water being shut off following drought conditions.

The Big Wood Canal Company notified F&G that the gates to the Magic Dam would close on June 10, causing flow reductions into the Big Wood River below the dam and Richfield Canal.

The gates were closed early due to ongoing regional drought conditions in the Big Wood River Basin. In a normal year, there is enough water to keep the gates open until the first weeks of October.


Fish & Game News:

Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

South Fork Salmon River

Current Season Status: Scheduled to Open
River Code: 21
Stream Name: South Fork Salmon River
Lower Boundary Description: Bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Cr-East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses mainstem South Fork Salmon River
Upper Boundary Description: Posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap.
Season Date Range: Saturday, June 26, 2021 – 5:30 AM MDT
Daily Limit: 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult
Possession Limit: 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults
Legal Harvest: Adults Jacks

Notes: Open Saturday June, 26 and Sunday June 27, then four (4) days per week; Friday through Monday until the season is closed

Special Note: Fishing with bait for Chinook Salmon is allowed on the South Fork Salmon River

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F&G Commission amends wolf hunting and trapping seasons to align with new state law

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, June 17, 2021

New seasons take effect July 1

During a conference call on Thursday, June 17, Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners amended current wolf trapping and hunting seasons in response to recent legislative direction.

The amended seasons take effect on July 1, consistent with the effective date of Senate Bill 1211. Changes will not be reflected in the current printed 2021 Big Game Seasons and Rules brochure, but an updated brochure with the changes will be available on Fish and Game’s website by July 1.

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Wildlife Express Newsletter

Summer 2021

link: (PDF file)
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