Monthly Archives: July 2021

Sugar Cane Fire Update, July 31, 800am

Sugar Cane Fire Update, July 31, 800am:

The Sugar Cane fire is at 80 acres. Aerial firefighting resources kept the fire in check yesterday afternoon and into the evening. The fire remains approximately 3 mile northeast of the Stibnite Mine site (not in the Wilderness Area). Weather forecast is calling for significant rain today which will greatly assist in fighting this wildfire under a full suppression strategy. A flash flood warning has been issued in the area of the fire. Following the storm, ground based firefighters will reassess the fire with a goal of direct perimeter control. The fire is being managed as a Type 4 incident.

Updated: Sugar Mt Fire

Update 6:19pm Initial attack efforts are having a positive impact on the fire. Fire behavior has settled and the smoke is considerably less than a few hours ago. Firefighters are continuing with an aggressive initial attack on this full suppression wildfire.

Update, 3:19pm: Single Engine Airtankers and helicopters are being used on the fire. The Alta Hotshots, helitak firefighters, hand crews and engines have been assigned. The fire is estimated at 50 acres.

Fire in the Sugar Mt area

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Wildfire Developing Situation

The Sugar Cane Wildfire is under aggressive initial attack near Sugar Mountain on the Krassel Ranger District. The fire is actively burning and torching in Sub-Alpine fir and Lodgepole pine. It is estimated at 30 acres at this time, but growing larger in a southeasterly direction.

The fire is located 3 miles north-northwest of the Stibnite Gold site near Sugar Mountain – approximately 8 miles east of Yellow Pine.

Perpetua Resources has evacuated the Stibnite Gold Mine site under their emergency response plan.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0784

Flash Flood Watch July 31, 12pm to Aug 2, 6pm

Flash Flood Watch July 31, 12pm to Aug 2, 6pm

Yellow Pine Forecast

Saturday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 79. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Boise ID
220 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021

.Increasing monsoon moisture and an unstable airmass will result in
showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain and high rainfall rates.
Rainfall totals of 1.5 inches or higher are possible. Persons in and
near burn scars should be especially aware of the heightened risk of
flash floods and debris flows.

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-Southwest Highlands-Camas
Prairie-Owyhee Mountains-Southern Twin Falls County-Upper Weiser
River-Harney County-Baker County-Malheur County-
Including the cities of Malheur City, Pine, Fairfield, Diamond,
Rogerson, Dunnean, McCall, Grasmere, Burns, Venator, Garden Valley,
Baker, New Princeton, Idaho City, Hollister, Crane, Riddle,
Cambridge, Cascade, Buchanan, Lowman, Silver City, Council, Murphy
Hot Springs, and Midvale
220 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021 /120 PM PDT Thu Jul 29 2021/

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
MONDAY AFTERNOON...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Idaho and Oregon, including the
  following areas, in Idaho, Boise Mountains, Camas Prairie, Owyhee
  Mountains, Southern Twin Falls County, Southwest Highlands, Upper
  Weiser River and West Central Mountains. In Oregon, Baker County,
  Harney County and Malheur County.

* From Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

* Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain and high rainfall rates
  are likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Road Reports July 28, 2021

Please share road reports. Back country roads have not been graded and are rough. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are very dusty. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam (check date on image)

Highway 55
Smith’s Ferry Project: 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 link:
Donnelly to Deinhard Project: Construction on Highway 55 between Donnelly and McCall. This is a much-needed project to repair potholes and cracks in the roadway and will include placing a new layer of pavement on the highway for smoother driving conditions.
What to expect:
* Idaho 55 will be reduced to one lane with pilot cars midweek (Monday – Thursday)
* All lanes will be open on weekends (Friday – Sunday)
* Roadway surface will be uneven for several weeks
* Speed limit will be reduced and 12-foot restrictions will be in place
* Construction is expected to be complete in September.

Warm Lake Highway: Open
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Old Report Friday (June 25) the road is in great shape. Lots of traffic and campers.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Old Report Friday (June 25) the road is clear but rough.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report July 28: Mail truck driver reports the road is really rough and washboardy.
Report July 22: Valley County plans to grade the road next week.
Report July 21: “Was a gnarly mess. Washboard 75% of the way to Landmark. Lots of traffic including Wild Fire rigs both yesterday and today. I recommend proceed with caution.” – AP
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed July 19-29
Road Closure: Lick Creek Road will be closed at Zena Creek (about 4 miles east of the Ponderosa Campground) from July 19 – July 29 for a bridge replacement. Please plan ahead.
Report July 14: “The county has started grading from the end of the asphalt up to the summit. As of yesterday they had finished about halfway.” – JF
(Opened June 7) Watch for ATV and UTV traffic.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Opened June 13
No current report. Not graded and probably rough
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: Big Creek Webcam (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open, travel at your own risk.
A 2nd hand report (June 14) that someone made it over to Thunder Mtn. in a full sized truck.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Probably open. Travel at your own risk.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Opened June 9
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road: Opened by May 27
No current report.

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard
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July 25, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

July 25, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Because of our [water] situation lawn watering is discouraged. Odd/Even days watering. No watering after 2pm. If you are asked to turn your water off, it’s because the system is in danger of running out. Please be respectful. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect

Remember there will be an internet and telephone out age Monday and Tuesday.

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
July 16 – Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
July 19-29 – Lick Creek Road closure for bridge replacement
July 26-27 – Internet/Phone Outage
July 28 – Dust Abatement Calcium chloride
August 5-7 – Harmonica Festival
Aug 14 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sept 11 – YPFD Budget Meeting 10am at Fire Hall
Sept 11 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
(details below)
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Local Events:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions July 16

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:
* Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site and in a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on private land, and only within an owner-provided structure.
* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
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July 26-27 – Internet/Phone Outage

MTE will be having a planned internet and phone outage Monday and Tuesday (July 26-27) for up to 8 hours per day to replace and upgrade equipment in our service area.
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Harmonica Festival August 5, 6, and 7

Link: to website
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Village News:

July 24 – Pet Vax Clinic

Dr. Keith Ruble and crew from Cascade Vet Clinic came to Yellow Pine Saturday, July 24th, for the annual Pet Vax Clinic. Their first stop saw 5 cats and 10 well behaved dogs, who were examined, received their vaccinations, other medications as necessary including banana flavored wormer for the dogs; some even had their nails clipped. The crew headed up town for lunch and planned to see more pets in the afternoon.

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Unplanned Internet and Phone Outages

Tuesday (July 20) Internet went out before 530pm for about an hour. Then Wednesday (July 21) Internet (and long distance) out around 945am for about 2 hours.

Short power outage at 1209am early Wednesday (July 21.)
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Mayor Chappy

April 19, 1945 – March 23, 2020

Thanks to the cemetery committee for placing Mayor Chappy’s headstone July 19, 2021 at the Yellow Pine Pioneer Cemetery.

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photo courtesy MF
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Veterans’ Monument

With this heat, the flowers and shrubs at our Veterans’ Memorial dry out quickly. When Niebrand’s are in, they water them, but aren’t here all the time……if you go by, please check, and give them a drink with the hose that is there. Our veterans (and the Niebrand’s) thank you!
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Attention

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

Also – Will the person who left the twin bed outside the Community Hall please pick it up.The yard sale is over until next year. Thank you.
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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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Tips on Water Recycling

Use a dishpan to catch the rinse water when doing dishes (and hand washing) and use it to water outdoor flowers.
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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.

Lick Creek Road will be closed at Zena Creek (about 4 miles east of the Ponderosa Campground) from July 19 – July 29 for a bridge replacement. Please plan ahead.

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

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: One lane during the week and two lanes on weekends. Project is slated to last until September.
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Critters

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.

Ticks

* 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 still hanging around the upper end of the village early summer.

* 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 July 17: The dumpsters are about one quarter full, and it still clean out there. The road to the dump is fine.

Bins last emptied July 10th. Locals have 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
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water. No outside watering after 2pm, nor on holiday weekends and especially not during the festival.

July 25 Update:

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association Board asks that individuals refrain from using domestic water to dampen the road. The Water Corporation is doing its best to provide water for domestic use during the low water period but as the supply becomes more limited, it is incumbent upon each of us to be judicious with its use. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that all community members have an adequate supply of water.

The corporation has received the first $150k grant of the anticipated $450k. We are hoping to have some of the supply lines replaced by winter. Thanks to those who wrote letters of support. They were very beneficial in securing the grants. – Willie Sullivan

July 8, 2021 Update

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059
BOIL WATER ADVISORY
Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 180 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake@drakediversified.com. .
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc. .
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 7-8-21.

YPWUA 2021 Shareholder Meeting July 4 at 10am

YPWUA 2021 Shareholder Meeting Minutes

Sunday July 4th 10am Community Hall

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. We have $52,000 balance
B. 9 people delinquent compared to 18 two years ago

2. Operations
A. Boil order status – continue to be on boil order and will be until more leaks are found and repaired

3. Grants
A. Details of grants We are been granted $450,000 in grants. YPWUA must contribute $12,500 as matching funds to receive grants
C. A vote was taken which was required by the shareholders to accept the terms of the grant. Nicki Harner made the motion, Ginney seconded the motion and the vote was approved by 100 percent of the shareholders that attended.
C. More future grants are going to be written. The approved $450,000 will only get some of the distribution lines replaced

4. Summer lawn watering
A. Because of our situation lawn watering is discouraged
B. Odd/Even days watering
C. No watering after 2 pm
D. If you are asked to turn your water off, it’s because the system is in danger of running out. Please be respectful.

5. Election of one board member
A. Dave Prouty is not running for another term
B. Candy Hardisy was nominated and accepted the available position on the board

6. Other Comments
A. Mike Fortin brought up that he was collecting spring water to water his lawn. That’s great, many in the community is coming up with ways to water lawns without using our community water.
B. Many thanked the water board for their work on getting grants. It has taken a while but is starting to pay off.
C. Meeting ended at 10:50 am.

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

Water Board:

Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Dawn Brown
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
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VYPA News:

Village of Yellow Pine Association
Meeting Minutes July 10, 2021

I. Call to order
Deb Filler called to order the regular meeting of the VYPA at 1400 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.

II. Roll call
Council Members: Deb Filler, Ronda Rogers, Hailey Harris.
Attendees: Rhonda Egbert, Virginia Bartholomew, Ron Basabe, Christy Petersen, Joel Fields, Mary Fields, Belinda Provancher, Margaret Vranish, Bill McIntosh, Rob Rosenbaum, Theresa Rosenbaum.

III. Approval of minutes from last meeting
Deb Filler asked attendees if there were any outstanding questions/concerns with prior meeting minutes. All attendees agreed that there were no questions/concerns. Minutes approved.

IV. Open issues
a) Treasurer Report: Ronda Rogers discussed the breakdown of the General Ledger Report, all attendees were offered a copy. No questions/concerns. Marj Fields requesting a copy of financial breakdown for the cemetery committee. (Ronda Rogers to send that to Marj).
b) Community Hall Update: Council has cleaned out the Community Yard Sale items, waiting on grant outcomes, and Tim Rogers is still working on kitchen/bathroom renovations.
c) Cemetery: Ron Basabe gave an update-Tim & Ron will work together to get water source running; expired water permit is in process of being renewed, Ron will get the headstone for Chappy placed.
d) Infrastructure: OK Gravel started project on West Ellison
e) Harmonica Festival: Deb Filler gave a budget summary including the decline in funds due to ads, supplies, etc. Final Festival meeting to be held July 11, 2021 at 1400 at Deb Filler’s home.
f) Stibnite Project: University of Idaho partnership to monitor water levels starts this week.
g) Nominations: Hailey Harris appointed as interim Secretary in replacement of Rhonda Egbert until the position is up for election in 2022. Chairman: Deb Filler nominated by Virginia Bartholomew, seconded by Rhonda Egbert, no objections, motion to re-elect Deb Filler as Chairman approved unanimously. Member at Large: Rhonda Egbert nominated by Virginia Bartholomew, seconded by Christy Petersen, no objections, motion to elect Rhonda Egbert as Member at Large approved unanimously.
h) Dust Abatement: North American Dust Control has laid Earthbind; Calcium Chloride to be laid on July 28th. Deb Filler discussed the ultimate goal behind having Calcium Chloride on Yellow Pine Ave.
i) Perpetua Resources Update: Belinda Provancher explained that a comment period will be held for the Supplemental DEIS, Stibnite Lake will aim to keep water temperatures low (suggested by the tribes & conservation groups) by providing shrubbery and vegetation around the lake/along the stream. Within the first six months of 2023, a decision is likely to be made on mining permitting with hopes to start construction in the fall of 2023.
j) Fire Department: Ronda Rogers gave update-Elections for Commissioners for both District 2 & 3 will be held in November 2021.
V. New business
a) Fireworks: Explained by Deb Filler that both VYPA & YPFPD have no authority with the individuals that organize the fireworks show, but that VYPA can give donations if VYPA members vote for such. Concern around presence and location of fireworks was displayed by citizens of Yellow Pine. Rhonda Egbert to conduct research to further investigate requirements for future fireworks to ensure community unanimity. VYPA to inform Belinda Provancher of the outcome of said research and how the Village of Yellow Pine (citizens or otherwise) will handle this issue going forward.
b) Transfer Station: On July 10, 2021, at 1730, the community of Yellow Pine is encouraged (if able) to help clean up the transfer station. Explained by Deb Filler that Lake Shore Disposal had many breakdowns in their dump trucks, which resulted in an overflowing transfer station. Encouragement to maintain cleanliness of transfer station was expressed.

VI. Adjournment
Deb Filler adjourned the meeting at 1444.
Minutes submitted by: Hailey Harris

July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

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
Hailey Harris, Secretary
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
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.
2021 Planning Notes updated July 11, 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.
Link to minutes: 2021 June 12 YPFD meeting minutes.docx

There was a meeting Saturday, July 10th, 10 am at Fire Station (no minutes yet.)

Elections for Commissioners for both District 2 and 3 will be held in November 2021.

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

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

2021 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

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.

YPFD COVID19 Policy
link: YPFD Covid-19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Phil Jensen, Acting – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Tim Rogers – Fire Chief
Secretary Ronda Rogers
Treasurer Nikki Saleen

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice
The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325
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
Store hours: 10am to 5pm Gas and Diesel available.
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. 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
website:
Facebook:

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:

Big Creek Lodge
website:

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

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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (July 19) overnight low of 51 degrees. This morning cloudy above the smoke (Yellow AQ) and light sprinkles of rain started just before 9am and lasted about an hour and a half, enough to make things damp. Very quiet no birds calling. Cloudy, smoky and more normal temperature at lunch time, but a bit muggy. Overcast, humid, light breeze and light haze of smoke mid-afternoon, high of 79 degrees. Female hairy woodpecker and steller jay visiting. Sprinkles at 645pm, dark overcast, far off rumbles of thunder and a bit breezy. The lightning strike maps showed hits west of the South Fork towards McCall. Quit raining before 9pm, still a light haze of smoke and overcast. Robins chirping. Another shower around 930pm and cooling off. Cloudy and humid before midnight.

Tuesday (July 20) overnight low of 54 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.26″. This morning humid, mostly high clouds, light breeze and light haze of smoke. Quiet, no birds calling. Humid and mostly cloudy at lunch time. More normal temperatures early afternoon, humid, cloudy, light breeze and increasing haze of smoke, high of 85 degrees. Internet went out before 530pm for about an hour. Mostly cloudy early evening, light breeze and thicker smoke, poor air quality. Warm after sunset, light breeze, increasing smoke and appears to be some high clouds. Looked hazy before midnight, Mars rising over Golden Gate peak. Power blipped off and back on at 1209am. Looked hazy after midnight.

Wednesday (July 21) overnight low of 53 degrees. This morning it appears clear above smoky haze and poor air quality. A few birds calling. Internet (and long distance) out around 945am for about 2 hours. Smoky and warm at lunch time, looks like a few clouds – then getting a little gusty. Mail truck reported no problems on the drive in. Hot, smoky and breezy by early afternoon, high of 93 degrees. Loud gunfire to the west around 630pm. Cooling off just a tad by early evening, partly cloudy, thinner smoke and light breezes. Clear over haze of smoke and breezy after sunset. Large very orange moon rising over Antimony Ridge before 11pm.

Thursday (July 22) overnight low of 45 degrees. This morning it was mostly small clouds, light breeze, haze of smoke and poor air quality. Increased street traffic and dust. A few small ground birds and a juvenile steller jay visiting. Warm, increasing smoke and decreasing visibility at lunch time. Hot breezes blowing early afternoon, looks clear above the smoke, high of 91 degrees. Slightly thinner smoke, no clouds, and lighter breezes by early evening. Still warm after sunset. Probably clear with smoky haze before midnight.

Friday (July 23) overnight low estimated at 48 degrees (thermometer had an error.) This morning it looked clear above the haze of smoke and poor air quality. Early morning robin calling. Warm and haze of smoke at lunch time. Hot breezes early afternoon, clear sky and improved air quality, high of 92 degrees. Water pressure down. Still pretty warm early evening, light breezes, very light smoke and much better air quality. Pretty warm after sunset, clear sky and light breeze. Looked clear before midnight. Yucky smoke came in by early morning.

Saturday (July 24) overnight low of 44 degrees. This morning clear above moderate smoke, crappy air quality and light breeze. Morning air traffic (a couple of loud ones.) No birds around. Warm and smoky (and dusty) at lunch time, occasional light breeze. Hot, dry, dusty, smoky afternoon, high of 97 degrees. Still hot by early evening but thinner smoke and better air quality. A couple of swallows flying around. Smoke settling in after sunset, poor air quality. Still pretty warm (and smoky) after a red sunset. Looked hazy before midnight, Mars very red.

Sunday (July 25) overnight low of 48 degrees. This morning it appears clear above moderate smoke and very poor air quality. Very few birds around. Water pressure down. Hot and smoky after lunch time, poor air quality. Hot, dry, smoky afternoon with poor air quality, high of 96 degrees. Still hot early evening smoky and very light breezes.
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Idaho News:

Yellow Pine to host music & harmonica festival Aug. 5-7

The Star-News July 22, 2021

Yellow Pine will celebrate its 31st annual Music and Harmonica Festival Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 5-7, with live music, harmonica contest, Mustache Musical Parade and the Great Harmonica Run.

Live music will kick off on Thursday at 6 p.m., and the festival’s opening ceremonies will be Friday at noon.

The event will end with a Community Breakfast on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The festival will include a Teen Hangout, scavenger hunt, Children’s Corner, demonstrations, jam sessions and booths.

West of Ustick, Guess When, The Kap Brothers and 37 other bands will take the stage during the event.

The Idaho Harmonica Workshop will be Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 4-5, and conclude with a performance during the festival’s opening ceremonies. Cost is $99.

The Great Harmonica 6.5K Run will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. on the porch of The Corner.

Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the race.

Cost is free to attend, park and camp at the festival. Donations are welcome, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the festival and the Village of Yellow Pine.

Visit (link) for more information, including directions, or to register.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Lick Creek Road to stay closed through July 29 for bridge work

The Star-News July 22, 2021

Lick Creek Road east of McCall will stay closed through July 29 while Valley County crews replace the bridge at Zena Creek.

The road will be closed to all traffic during construction with no direct detour.

Access to Yellow Pine and areas of the backcountry can be gained by using the Warm Lake Road from Cascade and then either the South Fork Salmon River Road or Johnson Creek Road.

The original bridge was built in 1959 and was found to have extensive deterioration in the wood structure, Valley County Road and Bridge Superintendent Jeff McFadden said.

The wooden bridge was removed and a temporary steel bridge from the Payette National Forest was used to span the creek last fall, McFadden said.

The wooden bridge was 26 feet across. The new bridge will sit higher over the creek, spanning 40 feet and measuring 16 feet wide. The bridge is about 36 miles from McCall and about three miles from the South Fork Salmon River.

The bridge and pavement will cost about $68,000 to be paid by the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council, while construction work done by the county will cost about $40,000.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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COVID-19 numbers surge in Valley County

20 new positive cases reported in week

By Tom Grote for The Star-News July 22, 2021

Valley County’s two hospitals reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week.

St. Luke’s McCall reported eight new cases during the week ending Monday and Cascade Medical Center reported 12 new cases during the same period.

The latest numbers bring the total new cases since July 1 to 27. By comparison, 29 new cases were reported in all of June.

A total of 826 cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the two hospitals since the first case was detected in March 2020.

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 59% of eligible Valley County residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of this week, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported. That compares to 58.6% reported vaccinated last week. …

St. Luke’s McCall offers walk-in COVID-19 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 also can be scheduled online through St. Luke’s myChart or calling 208-381-9500 or by calling 208-634-2225.

Cascade Medical Center offers a daily walk-in vaccination clinic Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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COVID-19 Updates: 325 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

July 21, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 325 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Wednesday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 197,781. …

The state said 737,995 people have received the vaccine, and 1,367,810 total doses have been administered. 683,866 people are fully vaccinated. …

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 49,212 cases. …

712 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

2 new death was reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,179.

full story:  [Valley County 904 cases, 6 deaths.]
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Some quick COVID-19 facts:

* 99.5% of the deaths are among the unvaccinated

* The Delta variant now accounts for 83% cases in the US

* Unvaccinated who are infected with the Delta variant carry 1,000 times the amount of virus than people with the original variant (controlled study comparing 60 people infected with Delta variant to 60 people infected with the original virus).

* A vaccinated person who is exposed constantly to unvaccinated people, especially in crowded, indoor settings where no one is wearing masks, can become infected themselves.

Tom Reinhardt, CEO
Cascade Medical Center
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Idaho Health and Welfare working to step up testing for COVID-19 delta variant

As the more contagious delta variant emerges across the U.S., Health and Welfare is working to test more positive COVID samples for the variant

Joe Parris July 21, 2021 KTVB

Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said that COVID-19 metrics like daily case counts and COVID hospitalizations are now heading in the wrong direction.

“Unfortunately, I wish I had better news, the overall state COVID-19 numbers have taken a turn for the worse in the past few weeks,” Jeppesen said during a media briefing Tuesday. …

Idaho health experts explained that the process of sequencing positive COVID tests to find out if they are the delta strain is an intricate process. Frankly, they haven’t been able to test for it at a high frequency. But, that is set to change, soon.

“We’re happy to announce that through partnerships with other laboratories including, in particular, the VA Medical Center, which you may recall has been helping out with PCR testing all along, now has been assisting us with sequencing and so we have a bump this week where we have over 284 samples that we now have results on,” Hahn said.

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Two people hospitalized after 3-vehicle crash on Highway 55

Traffic near Smiths Ferry was backed up for hours while emergency crews responded to help the injured. One driver was cited for inattentive driving.

KTVB Staff July 23, 2021

Idaho State Police say two people were flown to a Boise hospital after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 55 Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. at mile marker 91 between Banks and Cascade.

Troopers say a southbound Toyota Camry collided with a northbound pickup and a second pickup that was traveling behind the first one.

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Idaho History:

U of I researchers dig at Salmon River ranch of Polly Bemis

400 artifacts to give insight into life of Chinese immigrant

By Ralph Bartholdt for The Star-News July 22, 2021

About 400 artifacts linked to Chinese immigrant and Idaho pioneer Polly Bemis have been unearthed by University of Idaho archaeologists.

The first year of what researchers hope will be a multi-year excavation was completed in April at the Polly Bemis Ranch on the Salmon River 44 miles east of Riggins.

The team, directed by U of I Professor Mark Warner and led by doctoral student Renae Campbell, will clean, analyze and document the artifacts this fall for eventual display in the reconstructed cabin of Bemis (1853-1933).

Researchers found a small dump where Bemis likely disposed of her trash, including food cans and bottles that tell about the commercial products that made their way up to remote parts of the Salmon River.

Also discovered were personal items including a tobacco tin used by the pipe-smoking Bemis as well as fragments from a stoneware crock probably used to store food from the garden kept by Bemis and her husband, Charlie.

In addition to the excavation, researchers used metal detectors over a portion of the property surrounding the cabin, and dug several smaller probes where metal detectors showed there were possible artifacts.

Project Obstacles

It took U of I several years to gain access to the 25-acre property because the site is owned by a corporation. The property is also a designated national historic site in an area protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and is surrounded by Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area.

A statue of Bemis will be unveiled at noon on Aug. 10 on the front steps of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise. Gov. Brad Little and Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, will declare Aug. 10 “Polly Bemis Day.” The statue will eventually be placed at the ranch.

Bemis, who was just over 4 feet tall, was smuggled to the United States and sold as a slave in California.

She was taken from San Francisco to Portland and eventually the Idaho Territory to the mining community of Warrens, now Warren, where she worked in a saloon.

She eventually gained her freedom from her Chinese owner, and the 1880 U.S. Census showed her living with saloon owner Charlie Bemis (1848-1922).

Polly Bemis took in laundry from miners and ran a boarding house. Charlie was almost killed during a gambling dispute in 1890 when he was shot in the cheek, but Polly nursed him back to health.

Polly Bemis was also a good fisherman and caught and sold fish from the Salmon River. Eventually she and Charlie moved to their ranch 17 miles north of Warren on the Salmon River where they had a mining claim.

They were among the first pioneers to live on the Salmon River. The story of Polly Bemis was the subject of a 1991 film, “A Thousand Pieces of Gold.”

(Ralph Bartholdt is Communications Manager of University Communications and Marketing for the University of Idaho.)

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Mining News:

Plans To Restart Mining In The Historic Stibnite District Raise Environmental Concerns

Boise State Public Radio News By Troy Oppie, Lindsey Schmidt July 22, 2021


Alexandra Etheridge U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Forest Service has asked Perpetua Resources — the company wanting to re-open and expand the Stibnite Mine east of McCall — for more information on the potential environmental impacts of its revised plan. That change means a decision on the mine won’t come until well into 2023. The site has a complex history and uncertain future here in Idaho.

Rocky Beginnings

Sixty-six miles along gravel roads northeast of Cascade sits the Stibnite Mining District. Miners first chased gold in the region’s rugged mountains in 1900. It was land that once belonged to the Nez Perce tribe.

“The Nez Perce tribe ceded millions of acres to the federal government,” said Shannon Wheeler, Vice-Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.

The Treaty of 1855 handed the U.S. government a lot of important tribal land, primarily for mining.

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Public Lands:

Stage One Fire Restriction FAQs

Boise National Forest July 20, 2021 (via FB)

The Boise National Forest is currently under Stage One Fire Restrictions. Under Stage One Fire Restrictions – campfires are ONLY allowed at developed recreation sites.

But what is a developed recreation site and how it is different than a dispersed site?

A developed recreation site is an established area that has been improved and maintained by the Forest Service. These recreation sites will have approved metal fire rings, water, and other facilities provided. Usually these sites have an associated fee. Campfires are allowed only in the provided fire rings.

What is a dispersed recreation site and how it is different than a developed recreation site?

A dispersed recreation site is any site that is NOT an established developed recreation site that can be used for camping. These sites do not have an associated fee. These sites often have a rock fire ring. However, under Stage One Fire Restrictions campfires are NOT allowed in these rock rings. These rings are made by campers for there use and they are not safe to use under especially hot/dry conditions.
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BLM to extend closure of Skinny Dipper Hot Springs to protect public health and safety

Boise, Idaho – July 23, 2021 – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today it will extend the existing closure of Skinny Dipper Hot Springs, located about five miles west of Garden Valley, for an additional five years to protect public health and safety and prevent additional damage to natural resources.

The existing closure was implemented in June 2016 after an environmental analysis concluded that unauthorized construction of pools and piping systems and resulting use posed a public health and safety hazard and damaged natural resources. Prior to the closure, the BLM received repeated complaints from local law enforcement, area landowners and public health officials related to unsafe and illegal activity at the site. Soon after the closure, a natural rockslide filled the pools, making them largely unusable.

The BLM released a proposal to extend the existing closure in May for public comment. The agency will soon be publishing a notice to extend the existing closure in the Federal Register, as required.

“We appreciate all the input received from our local partners and public land users, the majority of which supported the closure extension,” said Brent Ralston, BLM Four Rivers Field Manager. “Extending the closure addresses the potential for public health and safety concerns to arise again, allows us the time to finish rehabilitating the access trail, and provides relief to local and county emergency resources.”

Details regarding the closure extension are available at (link).

For more information, contact the BLM Four Rivers Field Office at 208-384-3300.
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Fire Season:

InciWeb Fire info

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Air Quality McCall

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National Fire Map

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July 23, 2021 Afternoon Smoke

20210723SmokeMap-a
GOES-17 Satellite Map

(Our 1 day this week of good air quality.)
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Lightning sparks six fires on Payette, Frank Church wilderness

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 22, 2021

Lightning has ignited six wildfires in the Payette National Forest in the past week.

Four fires were within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, while two smaller fires were within the South Fork of the Salmon River Drainage.

The Krassel Creek fire just east of the Krassel Work Center, and the Cougar Fire one mile northwest of Blackmare Peak were ignited on July 19 but were kept small by firefighters.

Of those fires within the wilderness, the Rush Fire was the largest, growing to over 1,500 acres as of Tuesday after initial firefighting efforts were not successful. The Rush Fire is located about 14 miles to the southwest of Taylor Ranch.

The Vinegar Fire, about two miles north of the Cabin Creek Administrative Site, was about 270 acres as of Tuesday. The Cabin Creek Airstrip has been closed and firefighters have been working to protect Forest Service structures at the site.

The Club Fire about three miles southwest of Root Ranch was less than 30 acres as of Tuesday with a 10-person firefighting crew on site.

The Copper Fire in the Monumental Creek drainage was put out by firefighters on Sunday.

Fire restrictions remain in place on the Payette forest in addition to all state and private land except within city limits.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited with exceptions that include using a liquid fuel stove, burning within a designated area approved by the Forest Service, using a Forest Service maintained metal or concrete campfire structure, or using a fully enclosed metal stove or grill.

Smoking is banned except in an enclosed vehicle or building, in an area at least three feet wide and cleared of flammable materials.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Dixie Fire grows to 29,000 acres and spreading

Blaze stays on the north side of Salmon River

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 22, 2021

The lightning caused Dixie Fire about 51 miles northeast of McCall grew to about 29,300 acres as of Tuesday, mostly on the north of the fire and along the Salmon River.

Controlled burning conducted last week created a buffer between the community of Dixie and the fire, and firefighters continued to strengthen containment lines with similar burnouts as well bulldozer lines and retardant drops around the perimeter.

Containment lines near Dixie and Comstock have been holding the fire to the east of those communities, but the fire could grow to the south of Comstock and in the northeast portion of the fire, said Operations Section Chief Kendal Wilson.

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Lightning Starts Wilderness Fires on the Payette National Forest, More Thunderstorms Forecasted Today

Point Protection is Being Done on Wilderness Inholdings

McCall, ID, July 19, 2021 — Last week, lightning ignited four fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Payette National Forest. The Copper Fire, located in the Monumental Creek drainage, was suppressed and declared out on July 18th. The remaining three fires, the Rush Creek, Vinegar, and Club, escaped initial attack and are being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team, with point protection in place. More lightning is anticipated for this afternoon, so fire crews are remaining vigilant.

The Rush Fire is located at the confluence of Rush Creek and Telephone Creek, approximately 14 miles to the southwest of Taylor Ranch. The fire was detected on July 16, 2021, and initial actions to suppress the fire were unsuccessful. As of midnight on July 18th, the fire had grown to just over 1,500 acres but had still not crossed the South Fork of Rush Creek.

The Vinegar Fire is located approximately 2 miles north of the Cabin Creek Administrative Site. As of early Monday morning it was almost 270 acres. Firefighters are on site with structure protection equipment and will have their protective measures in place by the end of shift today. Cabin Creek Airstrip has been closed to General Aviation and a Notice to Airman (NOTAM) is in place.

The Club Fire is located 3 miles southwest of Root Ranch. The fire is between 20 and 30 acres and has a 10-person crew on scene.

The nation is currently in planning level 5, meaning that unassigned resources are scarce. The Payette National Forest will be working with their neighboring forests to prioritize initial and extended attack resources. Please remember to recreate responsibly and abide by the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in place on the Payette. On average, human-caused wildfires make up 87 percent of all wildfire occurrences annually.

Forest Service News Release
Payette Fire Information: (208) 634-0820 payettefireinformation@gmail.com
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Rush Fire Update July 25

For the past several days, 11 members of the Alta Hotshot Crew have been preparing Taylor Ranch for the time when the Rush Creek Fire reaches it, a tactic called “point protection.” Because Taylor Ranch is a wilderness inholding managed by the University of Idaho, tools such as chainsaws are allowed within its boundaries. Protecting Taylor Ranch has involved cutting back flammable brush, digging handline, and setting up pumps, hoses, and sprinklers around buildings. For more information about the Rush Creek Fire, visit Inciweb at (link).

(via PNF FB)
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Trail Closures in Place as Warm, Dry Weather Returns

Thunderstorms Bring Precipitation to Wilderness Fires

McCall, ID, July 21, 2021— Trail closures have been put in place for the safety of the public and firefighters on the Rush Creek, Vinegar and Club Fires burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Please see the attached maps and the descriptions below for details on the trail closures.

Thunderstorms brought precipitation to all three wilderness fires on Tuesday, slowing fire growth; however, recent rainfall will only moderate fire behavior temporarily. In the next few days, conditions are expected to continue to warm and dry, with fire danger remaining high.

Per Closure Order 0412-563, portions of Silver Creek Trail (NFST #010) and South Fork Rush Creek Trail (NFST #058) are closed until October 1, 2021. All of Coyote Spring/Spring Creek Trail (NFST #044), Rush Creek Trail (NFST #057), and Telephone Creek Trail (NFST #060) are closed until October 1, 2021. All trails are located within the Krassel Ranger District on the Payette National Forest, in Idaho and Valley Counties.

The portion of NFST #010, Silver Creek Trail, shown on Exhibit A (Club Fire), beginning at its junction with NFST #011, Frog Spring Ridge Trail, located in Section 11, Township 22 North, Range 11 East, and continuing for 6.8 miles to its junction with NFST #002, Cold Meadows Trail, in Section 19, Township 23 North, Range 12 East.

All of NFST #044, Coyote Spring / Spring Creek Trail, shown on Exhibit B (Vinegar Fire), which begins at its junction with NFST #196, Big Creek Trail, located in Section 25, Township 21 North, Range 12 East, and continues for 12.65 miles to its junction with NFST #168, Cottonwood Butte Trail, on the Forest Boundary in Section 2, Township 21 North, Range 13 East.

All of NFST #057, Rush Creek Trail, shown on Exhibit C (Rush Creek Fire), which begins at its junction with NFST #055, Big Creek Ridge Trail, located in Section 19, Township 20 North, Range 12 East, and continues for 8.5 miles to its junction with NFST #058, South Fork Rush Creek, and NFST #060, Telephone Creek Trail, in Section 3, Township 19 North, Range 12 East.

The portion of NFST #058, South Fork Rush Creek Trail, shown on Exhibit C (Rush Creek Fire), beginning at its junction with NFST #060 Telephone Creek Trail located in Section 3, Township 19 North, Range 12 East, and continuing for 7.6 miles to the Forest Boundary located at Section 8, Township 19 North, Range 13 East.

All of NFST #060, Telephone Creek Trail, shown on Exhibit C (Rush Creek Fire), which begins at its junction with NFST #061, Lookout Mtn. Ridge Trail, located in Section 12, Township 19 North, Range 11 East, and continuing 8.2 miles to its junction with NFST #057, Rush Creek Trail, and NFST #058, South Fork Rush Creek Trail, in Section 3, Township 19 North, Range 12 East.

The Closed Trails are all located within the Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest, Idaho and Valley Counties, Idaho, Boise Meridian.

InciWeb:

Link: to Maps at the bottom of the closure page:
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Latest on fires burning in Salmon-Challis National Forest

By Rachel Fabbi July 25, 2021 Local News 8

The National Forest Service has updated their progress in fighting three fires burning in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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Critter News:

Groups: Idaho wolf law will cause grizzly bear, lynx deaths

Keith Ridler (AP), Associated Press July 20, 2021

Environmental groups have notified Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other state officials of their intent to file a lawsuit over an expanded wolf-killing law they believe will result in the illegal killing of federally protected grizzly bear and lynx.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and others on Monday gave a required 60-day notice of their intent to sue if Idaho officials don’t prohibit all hunting, trapping and snaring in grizzly bear and lynx habitat.

For lynx, the conditions could cover most of Idaho except for the southwestern portion of the state. For grizzly bears, the areas would include portions of northern, central and eastern Idaho. Wolves are found in roughly the northern two-thirds of the state.

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Messy Grand Teton camp draws bear; Idaho woman fined $5.8K

By Associated Press July 23, 2021

A judge has ordered an Idaho woman to pay over $5,800 for leaving trash out that attracted a grizzly bear to her campsite in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

Federal prosecutors say wildlife officials had to tranquilize the bear and move it elsewhere in the park in the hope that tasting human food won’t make it a recurring danger to people.

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Yearling moose relocated out of Twin Falls residential neighborhood

July 20, 2021 Local News 8


Idaho Fish and Game

A yearling moose on a walk-about was captured out of a Twin Falls neighborhood and relocated back into suitable moose habitat north of Carey, Idaho.

Residents of northeast Twin Falls had an unexpected visitor on Sunday, July 18, when they awoke to a yearling moose wandering throughout their neighborhood. Originally reported in the Kimberly area four days earlier, the moose slowly made its way into Twin Falls. While seeing a moose is an exciting event, having one in a residential neighborhood quickly raises issues of public safety, especially as residents take their morning walks, often with dogs.

The Twin Falls Police Department started receiving phone calls and reports of pictures of moose on doorbell cameras on Sunday morning near Jason’s Woodland Hills Park.

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Van crashes into deer, catches fire on Idaho highway

The sheriff’s office said the crash created a fire that burned the van down and closed the highway. The deer was seen running away from the crash.

KTVB Staff July 21, 2021


Credit: Blaine County Sheriff’s Office

A Washington man is now in search of a new vehicle after his van was completely engulfed by a fire that was started by a collision with a deer.

According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, the 59-year-old Bellevue man was driving northbound on Idaho Highway 75 in a red 1999 Volkswagen Eurovan.

At about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, near milepost 103, which is just north of the junction of Highway 75 and Highway 20, the Eurovan collided with a deer that was crossing the highway, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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Rabid bat discovered in Blaine County

Blaine is at least the third Idaho county where rabies has been found in a bat this year. Health officials urge precautions to protect your family and your pets.

KTVB Staff July 20, 2021

A bat caught in Blaine County tested positive for rabies Tuesday.

That is the first bat this year to test positive for rabies in south-central Idaho, said Brianna Bodily, public information officer for the South-Central Public Health District.

However, rabid bats were found in June in Bonneville and Payette counties.

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2 charged with shooting, killing golden eagle in Ada County

Katie Terhune July 20, 2021 KTVB

Two men were are facing federal charges after investigators say they shot a golden eagle inside a conservation area earlier this year.

Wyatt Noe and Colten Ferdinand were formally charged Thursday with killing a golden eagle without permission and killing a migratory bird without permission. Both charges are misdemeanors.

According to agents with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, Noe and Ferdinand killed the eagle inside the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area south of Kuna on April 10. Officials stressed that the killing was not accidental, writing that the two men shot at the bird “knowingly or with wanton disregard for the consequences of their actions.”

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Mosquitoes found in Gem County test positive for West Nile virus

The mosquitoes were collected on July 21 and the virus was confirmed the next day in tests performed by the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories.

KTVB Staff July 23, 2021

West Nile virus has been found in a third Idaho county.

Jason Kinley, Director of the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD), says mosquitoes found in traps during routine surveillance have tested positive for virus.

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Fish & Game News:

Bobcats abound in the Boise area and beyond

By Steven Ross, Conservation Officer Sr.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

One of the greatest things about living in Idaho is the wide range of wildlife that can be seen at any time when you take a step outside your front door. As Idaho’s human population grows, the interface between the untamed and our urban communities also expands. Most of the time these interactions are quiet, memorable moments like seeing the mule deer walk by with her spotted fawns, or catching a glimpse of an osprey as it dives to snatch its next meal of fish. Sometimes we observe the more rare animals which can leave us with some concern, like a bobcat.


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Bobcats are common, but reclusive in nature. They don’t often come out in daylight hours as they are most active at night. The rocky canyons with mixed riparian and wooded areas nearby make Boise an ideal habitat for the bobcat. This wild cat varies in color from light brown to grey with black spots and stripes on its back and sides. The cat has rather large cheek tufts, with a white belly. The tail is a giveaway as it is “bobbed” short and is black tipped on the topside, white on the bottom. A full grown bobcat can weight up to 20 pounds, but most are smaller in size, and are usually around 16 to 20 inches tall at the back.

A bobcat sighting can be concerning at first with the thoughts of chance encounters with children and pets. However, a bobcat’s diet primarily consists of rodents, rabbits and small birds like quail. One should take care if they do have pets like small dogs, chickens, rabbits and ducks. To avoid any confrontations it is best to keep all pets inside from dusk to dawn and protect outside pets with enclosures that have a protective roof. Motion activated lights and noise devices have been used with good success to keep a variety of animals, including bobcats, out of yards.

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Summer elk hunts require special preparation

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Obtaining landowner permission, knowing the area, and planning for the heat are key

With some early season elk hunts starting Aug. 1, Idaho Fish and Game officials remind hunters that they can increase their chances of success and avoid possible problems by obtaining landowner permission, knowing the area they intend to hunt and take extra precautions to properly care for the game meat during summer weather.

“Always get permission, scout the area beforehand, and plan for the heat,” said Rick Ward, Deer and Elk Program Coordinator. “These are challenging hunts, but hunters who plan ahead and adjust to the conditions can do well.”

The majority of early season elk hunting opportunities are antlerless hunts that occur on or within 1 mile of private agricultural land. Early-season hunts across Idaho are a tool that wildlife managers use to address chronic depredation problems by providing additional opportunity to hunters. The goal is to reduce crop damage by harvesting or discouraging animals in specific areas or portions of units.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Goose refuses to be separated from mate undergoing surgery

by WJAR Staff Tuesday, July 20th 2021

A love story in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is giving animal lovers goosebumps.


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Two geese couldn’t stand to be separated after an injury left one of them in need of medical care.

Staff at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable noticed one of a pair of wild geese that live nearby limping and falling over after being hurt by a snapping turtle.

They discovered two fractures on his foot, requiring surgery.

“We heard sort of a faint tapping at the front door. We turned and were all pretty shocked to see his mate had walked up to the porch and was furiously trying to get into the clinic,” said Zak Mertz, executive director of the Cape Wildlife Center. “I kid you not, she stood there the entire time and actually watched the procedure going on. Was really watching him like a hawk. Or like a goose, I guess.”

Forty-five minutes later, with the surgery complete, they moved Arnold right in front of the door as they gave him oxygen. When Arnold fully woke up, his mate began grooming him.

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Idaho History July 25, 2021

Idaho 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic

Part 65

Idaho Newspaper clippings December 4-31, 1919

Idaho photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 4

The Grangeville Globe. December 04, 1919, Page 2

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Spanish Birth Rate

Now it is in Spain that they are beginning to worry about the rising death rate and the falling birth rate. Dr. Gomez Ocana presents in El Siglo Medico (Barcelona) statistics for several years, showing that in 1912 the death rate was 21.6 per 1,000 population, and that by 1917, before the advent of the pandemic of influenza, it had risen to 26.16. And the birth rate fell from 31.60 per thousand in 1912 to 29.2 in 1917.

Official figures for 1918 are not yet available, but in the city of Madrid the death rate rose in that year to 30.37, while the birth rate fell to 26.70. The figures for 1918, however, are abnormal because of the pandemic.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 04 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. December 04, 1919, Page 8

Local Happenings

T. M. Atwood was in the city today from his home in the Winona country, being called here to look after some cattle that had been brought out from the hills. Mr. Atwood stated that his better half, who recently suffered a severe attack of influenza, was now slowly convalescing, being able to be up for a portion of the time.

T. B. Fuller is very ill at his home in this city. Mr. Fuller recently returned from a deer hunt and was taken ill a few days thereafter. His case baffles his physician. He is in an unconscious state a great part of the time.

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Main Street Looking East, Rigby, Idaho

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December 5

Clearwater Republican. December 05, 1919, Page 2

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World Happenings of Current Week

Miss Emma Penninger of Stockton, Cal., has been asleep for seven days. She wakes from her slumber every morning for about an hour. At that time she is given a glass of milk for nourishment. Her strange malady followed influenza.

There is no law, says a Paris dispatch, or decree preventing the removal of nearly 20,000 American dead from the “interior zone,” but the red tape involved in getting the authorization of mayors and departmental prefects in each individual case makes it necessary to devise a plan to get authorization from the government if the 20,000 Americans are to be removed.
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Soldiers’ Hat Cords

The colors of the cords on the hats of soldiers stand for distinctive branches of the army. Blue is for infantry; yellow, for cavalry; red, for artillery; red and white, for engineer corps; salmon and white, signal corps; maroon, medical corps, black and red, ordinance corps; buff, quartermaster corps; gold and black, commissioned officer.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 05 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Caldwell Tribune. December 05, 1919, Page 1

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G. A. R. Meets Saturday

The annual meeting of the local G. A. R. post will be held Saturday afternoon at the Masonic hall at 1:30 p.m. Last year, there was no annual meeting because of the influenza epidemic. This year, it is regarded as vital that all members possible attend. Election of officers will be the chief item of business.
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Cold Winter Looms Ahead
Coal Shortage Promises to Become Vital Factor Here

“Well, Santa ought to get here all right, now” remarked one of Caldwell’s quite juvenile citizens Thursday afternoon while he watched the snow come down.

If it were not for the seriousness of the coal situation, more Caldwell people and maturer ones would be enjoying the first real touch of winter the past week has uncovered. Frosty mornings and occasional flurries of snow, beginning last week and continuing with variances ever since, have made people dig into their coal cellars and many of them view with alarm the increasing difficulty of replenishing their precious supply.

No Suffering

So far as known, no real suffering has so far been experienced, according to Mayor Grant Ward. In general, people are conserving their store where the supply is limited and eagerly racing to dealers at every report of the receipt of a car or two. Some coal is still coming in at infrequent intervals. Last week, four cars were gobbled up almost before knowledge that they were here was generally disseminated. Farmers took the major portion, the cars being surrounded by every conceivable variety of vehicle and coal was actually piled direct into the tonneau of automobiles.

Several business blocks are short of coal and one or two concerns that require large amounts are reported to be on the verge of closing down for the time being. Thus far, however, no place of business has been obliged to suspend operations.

source: The Caldwell Tribune. (Caldwell, Idaho), 05 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Riggins, Idaho (2)

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December 7

Evening Capital News., December 07, 1919, Page 2

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Asks Construction Hospitals To Care For Wounded Men

Washington, Dec. 6. — The construction of a complete chain of government hospitals to care for the wounded was asked today by Surgeon General Blue, appearing before the house appropriations committee.

Blue estimated the cost at $85,000,000 and the capacity at 23,000 beds.
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To fortify the System Against Grip Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets which destroy germs, act as a Tonic and Laxative, and thus prevent Colds, Grip and Influenza. There is only one “Bromo Quinine,” E. W. Groves signature on the box. – Adv.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 07 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Street Scene at Rupert, Idaho

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December 9

Evening Capital News., December 09, 1919, Page 4

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How Science Now Makes Up For Dangerous Blood Losses
By Dr. Leonard Keene Hirshberg
A. R., M. A., M. D. (Johns Hopkins University)

There are many measures available nowadays to check aggravated nosebleed, loss of blood from the lungs, severe bleeding of the new-born, bleeding stomach ulcers, or any other extreme degree of hemorrhage.

If the “bleeder” happens to be a person whose blood does not clot, this may be due to heredity, diet with much citric acid, or to bile and jaundice.

On the other hand, certain infections with hemolytic bacteria, germs which have the uncanny power of dissolving blood corpuscles and delaying the clotting power of the blood, often predispose to hemorrhages. Certain races of influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis and typhoid bacilli develop and unpleasant quality of dissolution of blood.

To treat states of hemorrhage such as any of the above, injections of blood serum, globulin, gelatin and lime have all been displaced whenever it is possible by the direct transfusion of some healthy person’s blood. Among the discoverers and practical applicators of this method stand Dr. Alexis Carrel, Dr. Bertram Bernbeim and several other American Physicians.

Professional Blood Suppliers

Men and women are almost always to be found ready to sacrifice their blood for the purpose. Others receive compensation for it and leave their names and telephone numbers at hospitals. These persons who part with a pint and even more of their blood every three months for transfusion to the veins of another are likely to become a recognized economic class in consequence of the improved technique and wider knowledge concerning the operation which have resulted from study and experiment. Only five years ago this transfusion of blood was a rare operation, resorted to only as a last resort. Now at hospitals, in spite of the difficulties inherent in the conditions, it is almost commonplace.

Two discoveries have served to overcome the difficulties formerly encountered in the transfer of blood from one person to another and to explain the failures which sometimes marked the attempt.

The first discovery was that mixing the blood with a suitable solution of citrate of sodium prevented the tendency of the blood to clot immediately on being exposed to the atmosphere and did not prevent the recipient from obtaining all the benefits of the transfusion. This clotting tendency of the blood had been previously overcome to some extent by using a vessel coated with paraffin, a method which at least delayed the clotting, but is not absolutely certain and presents technical difficulties even in practiced hands.

The second and even more important discovery made about the same time, also by American research students, was that the blood of certain individuals will not mix with that of others, but instead that the fluid part of the one type of blood attacks and destroys the corpuscles of the other. The usual effect of this was simply the destruction of the corpuscles of the transfused blood, but occasionally the effect was so violent that the small amount of blood given was enough to destroy the corpuscles of the recipient with fatal consequences.

Races with Death

It was found possible to classify individuals into four groups which exist in constant proportions., Of these, the smallest groups comprising about 1 per cent., cannot give blood to any except persons of their own group, although they may safely be given any blood. The second and largest group, comprising 44 percent., possesses blood which may be given to anyone without bad effects. The other two groups, of 15 and 40 percent., respectively, are mutually antagonistic. That is, their blood can only be given safely to the members of their own group or of the first group.

The immediate effect of blood transfusion on a patient dying from loss of blood is most startling. Within 10 minutes of beginning the transfusion the patient shows signs of returning to life, his breathing from a series of deep sighs becomes normal, his pulse strengthens and his gray face regains its natural color. In hospitals transfusion is likely to be a real race with death, the margin of time being sometimes as narrow as 15 minutes.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 09 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Street Scene, Roseberry, Idaho

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 10

Evening Capital News., December 10, 1919, Page 3

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Charity Ball Again On Social Calendar

Boise’s annual charity ball, suspended last year because of the influenza epidemic, is back on the job and will be held some time next month. It was decided at the regular monthly meeting of the Associated Charities Tuesday afternoon in the Mayor’s office.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Birdseye View, Roberts, Idaho

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December 12

The Idaho Recorder. December 12, 1919, Page 10

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Mrs. Teresa Nagel

This well beloved lady, whose long life had been spent mostly in the Salmon country, died at her home five miles south of this city on Tuesday morning last, December 9, far advanced in age, probably an octogenarian. Mrs. Nagel was the mother of a large family but mothered also a great many other besides her own children. Her home was the seat of a generous hospitality and unfailing bounty. There are two Nagel children, Mrs. Ed Hulick and Mrs. Mel Manfull. The latter made her home with the mother and father at the Nagel ranch. Other children are the the Durand boys, the sons of a former husband, and one daughter. The sons are Frank, Albert, Victor and Gus Durand and the daughter Mrs. H. B. King. One of her granddaughters is Mrs. Sterling Price of Salmon.

Mrs. Nagel was a lover of flowers. In the early days among the pioneers it was a saying that her garden and home could always be drawn upon for the floral offerings at funerals, no matter what season of the year. Numerous families bereft of members in years past feel obligations to her for these offering and for them will hold Mrs. Nagel in Kindly memory.

The old lady was a sufferer a year ago from an attack of influenza from which she never entirely recovered. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon from the home.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. December 12, 1919, Page 5

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19191212SJ2Odorous Epidemic

“A friend of mine has kept himself and his family immune from influenza in a district sorely smitten by eating spring onions.”

– Glasgow (Scotland) Evening Post.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 12, 1919, Page 2

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[Editorial Page]

Portland schools are closed because of an epidemic of small pox in the Oregon metropolis. This dread disease is becoming common throughout the northwest and we may have a scourge of that instead of the “flu” this winter. Well, almost anything is preferable to another visitation of influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Main Street South, St. Anthony, Idaho

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December 13

Evening Capital News., December 13, 1919, Page 1

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Health Of The Nation Better Than Year Ago
Surgeon General Blue in Report Shows Death Rate Below Average – Credit Is Due to Prohibition

Washington, Dec. 13. — Health conditions throughout the United Sates have greatly improved during the last year, Surgeon General Rupert Blue, head of the public health service informed the United Press today.

This improvement he said, is due in part to prohibition and to the lessons of hygiene learned in the war. Relief from the war strain also helped to reduce sickness he believes. A number of Spanish influenza cases are being reported.

Latest reports to the surgeon general from all sections of the country he said, show the death rate to be below the average. Whether this condition is only temporary, he could not say. The week ending Nov. 15, the last reported showed the number of deaths per thousand population below the previous average except in Toledo, Ohio; Rochester, N. Y.; Richmond, Va.; Nashville, Tenn.; Grad Rapids, Mich.; and Fall River, Mass. In all the other leading cities the number of deaths is from 1 to 6 per thousand below average.

Reports of only 332 deaths from influenza, last week reached the surgeon general, against 20,000 for the week last year when the scourge was at its height, he said.

Small pox has appeared in Detroit, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and other cities along the Canadian border. Blue said Quarantine has been applied in some localities and officials here do not fear further spread of the disease.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 13 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Grand Avenue, St. Joe, Idaho ca. 1913

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December 14

Evening Capital News., December 14, 1919, Page 4

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What You Ought to Know and Do About Whooping Cough
By Dr. Leonard Keene Hirshberg
A. B., M. A., M. D. (Johns Hopkins University)

The affections and ailments which help to spoil the joy and happiness of little ones are many and various. Of these not the least is the bacterial infection of the windpipe and lung canals with its characteristic, convulsive coughs and “whoop.”

A long-drawn inhalation called a “whoop” is associated with this “catching disease,” hence its name, “whooping cough.” It is directly contagious from person to person. You may catch it, no matter how old you are, if you have not been vaccinated with the anti-pertussis vaccine.

In the winter, because children with it go to school and come home indoors in closer contact with other youngsters, whooping cough is very prevalent and often fatal.

To treat whooping cough lightly, as some mothers do, is the result of ignorant, unobservant, hand-me-down ideas. It is a serious malady and kills many of the strongest children unless attentive, diligent precautions are carefully carried out.

Slow in Development

In one year in England there were over 7000 deaths from it. Animals, especially pets, are subject to it. The microbe associated with it is a mischievous blood-brother of the influenza bacillus.

You may meet a person with whooping cough and boast for a week or 10 days that you “never caught it at all.” That boast, like the boast of those who don’t believe in smallpox, in that week may cause a disease to be spread broadcast, because it takes seven to ten days for these diseases to develop after exposure to them.

You cannot, however, catch up with sentimental errors, therefore millions of people will insist that you never caught it at all.

Symptoms and Remedies

Whooping cough at first begins as a ordinary “cold,” with running nose, watery eyes and later a slight cough. It is then that is is spread all around. After two weeks the “whoop” is hears.

Vomiting sometimes takes place at the end of a paroxysm of coughing. These may occur half a dozen times a day or as often as every half-hour. Pneumonia is also a frequent complication.

Children with whooping cough must be kept from school and playmates. They should not appear in public, but must be kept in bed if there is the least fever or vomiting.

Give them plenty of sunlight and fresh air by keeping the window open and blinds up. Be sure the little patients are carefully protected from drafts and exposure.

Whooping cough vaccine is excellent as a preventive as well as a treatment. It is not an experiment, as its value is now attested by medical skeptics, who are enthusiastic about it.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 14 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Birds Eye View of St. Maries, Idaho ca. 1912

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December 16

Bonners Ferry Herald. December 16, 1919, Page 1

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Mrs. L. C. Felch Passes Away
Died Monday Morning at Hospital – A Victim of Pneumonia

Mrs. L. C. Felch died Monday morning at the Bonners Ferry hospital of pneumonia. The body was taken to Ashland, Oreg., this morning by Mr. Felch, where the funeral services and interment will be had.

The deceased was born February 3, 1879. She had made her home here with her husband for many years and had a wide range of acquaintances who join in mourning her death and in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband and relatives.

Mrs. Felch took sick with a severe cold a few weeks ago and this developed into pneumonia. Her condition became so serious on Saturday that she was brought to the Bonners Ferry hospital. She suffered an attack of the Spanish influenza last winter and had never fully regained her health and soon succumbed to the attack of pneumonia.

The deceased has a sister and other relatives living at Ashland and will be buried beside her mother in the cemetery of that city.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 16 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Main Street Looking East, Salmon, Idaho ca. 1912 (1)

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December 18

The Emmett Index. December 18, 1919, Page 8

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19191218EI2“Flu” Epidemic Will Be Milder
If There is Recurrence It Will Not Be as Severe as Last Winter
No Positive Preventive
Previous Attack Brings Immunity in Percentage of Cases – Enforcement of Sanitation and Avoidance of Personal Contact Necessary Precautions.
(Authoritative Statement Issued by United States Public Health Service.)

Probably, but by no means certainly there will be a recurrence of the influenza epidemic this year.

Indications are that should it occur, it will not be as severe as the epidemic of the previous winter.

City officials, state and city boards of health, should be prepared in the event of a recurrence.

The fact that a previous attack brings immunity in a certain percentage of cases should allay fear on the part of those afflicted in the previous epidemic.

Influenza is spread by direct and indirect contact.

It is not yet certain that the germ has been isolated, or discovered, and as a consequence there is yet no positive preventative, except the enforcement of rigid rules of sanitation and the avoidance of personal contact.

A close relation between the influenza epidemic and the constantly increasing pneumonia mortality rate prior to the fall of 1918 is recognized.

It is now believed that the disease was pretty widely disseminated through out the country before it was recognized in its epidemic state. This failure to recognize the early cases appears to have largely been due to the fact that every interest was then centered on the war.

Above are the important facts developed by the United States health service after a careful survey and investigation of the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, carried on in every state and important city, and even in foreign countries.

No one of the many experts of the service would make a more positive forecast of the all-important question, Will there be a recurrence? All agreed, however, that a recurrence was not unlikely, and in the face of the known facts, that it would be wise to be prepared, more with a view of being on the safe side than actually anticipating danger.

The following excerpts from the government report are published for the benefit of the public and health officers in the hope that this will serve to set at rest the daily publication in the newspapers of statements, which on one hand are calculated to lull the public into a sense of false security and on the other to unduly cause alarm.

Contrary to the opinion expressed frequently during the early weeks of last year’s pandemic by a number of observers, the studies of the United States public health service indicate that the epidemic was not a fresh importation from abroad. Careful study of the mortality statistics of the United States shows that there were a number of extensive though mild forerunners of the pandemic during the previous three or four years. The epidemic was generally of a mild type and has since been almost forgotten. It occasioned, however, a noticeable increase in the recorded death rate from pneumonia.

Rise in Mortality

In the spring of 1918 there was another sharp rise in the mortality rate from pneumonia. In the larger cities of the Atlantic seaboard these increases occurred during January, February and March. In the rest of the country, especially the central and western states, the increases occurred in April, a month during which pneumonia mortality is generally on the decline. This increase was sufficient to indicate a strong departure from the normal. The increased mortality rate extended into May and in some areas longer.

This occurrence has, it is believed, a definite significance in relation to the influenza epidemic. In the United States in the spring of 1918, a number of definite local outbreaks of influenza were observed:

The rise in mortality from pneumonia, this very similar type of disease, in the spring of 1918 is so sudden, so marked and so general throughout the United States as to point very clearly to a definite relation. Everything indicates that the increased mortality from pneumonia in March and April of 1918 was the consequence of a beginning and largely unnoticed epidemic of influenza, the beginning in this country of the pandemic which developed into the autumn of that year.

In the British cities the epidemic manifested three distinct waves – the first and slightest in point of mortality occurring in June and July, the the second and most severe in November, the third in February and March. Data, which need not be cited here in detail, indicate that the course of the epidemic in western Europe generally was similar. In the United States the epidemic developed more largely in a single wave during September, October and November.

The prevalence of a serious epidemic of influenza was first recognized in and around Boston in September of 1918. Within about two weeks it was general in the Atlantic seaboard, developing a little later among the cities further west. Rural districts were usually attacked somewhat later than large interests in the same sections.

In the cities east of the line of the Appalachians the excess mortality from pneumonia and influenza during the weeks ended September 14, 1918, to March 1, 1919, was approximately 5.6 per 1,000; in cities between the Rocky mountains and the Appalachians 4.35; and in those of the Pacific Coast 5.55 per 1,000.

Concerning the important question of immunity conferred by an attack of influenza, the evidence is not conclusive, but there is reason to believe that an attack during the earlier stages of the epidemic confers a considerable, but not absolute immunity in the later outbreaks.

Transmitted by Contact

In general the pandemic of influenza was largely similar to that of 1889-90 in its development, first a mild form, later on a severe world-wide epidemic, in the rapidity of its spread and its high case incidence. It has however been notably different in a much higher mortality, especially among young adults. Such evidence as has been gathered confirms the conclusion previously reached that it is transmitted directly and indirectly by contact. It appears, probable, however, that the infection was already widely disseminated in this country sometime before a serious epidemic was recognized.

Despite the fact that there is still some uncertainty as to the nature of the micro-organism causing pandemic influenza, one thing is certain, that the disease is communicable from person to person. Moreover, judging from experience in other diseases, it is probable that the germ, whatever its nature, is carried about not only by those who are ill with influenza, but by persons who may be entirely well. Everything which increases personal contact, therefore, should be regarded as a factor in spreading influenza.

Much was heard last winter of the use of face masks. Though the use of suitably constructed masks will reduce the interchange of respiratory germs through inhalation, it must be remembered that there are many other paths by which such germs are transmitted from person to person. Soiled hands, common drinking cups, improperly cleaned eating and drinking utensils in restaurants, soda fountains, etc., roller towels, infected food – these are only a few of the common vehicles of germ transmission. The use of face masks appears to make people neglect these other paths of infection, and so the use of face masks has not been attended with the success predicted for them. If we would be more successful in combating influenza greater attention must be paid to the factors just enumerated.

The question of most practical and immediate interest is the probability of recurrence in the near future. Recurrences are characteristic of influenza epidemics; and the history of the last pandemic and previous ones would seem to point to the conclusion that this one has not yet run its full course. On the other hand this epidemic has already shown three more or less distinct phases and has been more severe, at least in mortality, than the three-year epidemic of 1889-92, facts which justify the hope, though not the conclusion, that it has run its course already.

Recurrence is Likely

It seems probable, however, that we may expect at least local recurrences in the near future, with an increase over the normal mortality from pneumonia for perhaps several years; and certainly we should be, as far as possible, prepared to meet them by previous organization of forces and measures for attempted prevention, treatment, and scientific investigation.

There should be no repetition of the extensive suffering and distress which accompanied last year’s pandemic. Communities should make plans now for dealing with any recurrence of the epidemic. The prompt recognition of the early cases and their effective isolation should be aimed at. In this connection, attention is called to the fact that the cases may appear to be just ordinary colds. A recent extensive outbreak of what were regarded as “summer colds” in Peoria, Illinois, proved on investigation to be an epidemic of a mild type of influenza. Experience indicates that these mild epidemics are often the starting points of more severe visitations. Hence every effort should be made to discover as early as possible any unusual prevalence of “colds.”

For municipalities operating on a budget basis, it is important that all delay in providing the necessary financial support to the health authorities in dealing with a recurrence of the epidemic be avoided by setting side an emergency epidemic fund. This may prove of the greatest value in carrying out important preventive measures in the early days of the epidemic, at a time when their beneficial affect is greatest.

The most promising way to deal with a possible recurrence of the influenza epidemic, is to sum it up in a single word. “Preparedness.” And now it is the time to prepare.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 18 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Sand Point, Idaho

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 19

The Kendrick Gazette. December 19, 1919, Page 6

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Statistics Show Nation Healthier Than Usual
Mortality Lows and Health Conditions Better than Past Summer Than in Any Corresponding Period in Recent Years

The health statistics of the leading cities of the United States, and for the insurance companies, show that the mortality has been lower and health conditions in general more favorable during the last summer than during any corresponding period in recent years. Public health workers attribute much of this low mortality to the cool, comfortable weather prevailing throughout the summer and to the fact that the influenza epidemic of last fall and winter caused the premature deaths of many persons suffering from chronic diseases. These deaths would have occurred under ordinary conditions throughout the spring and summer of 1919, health workers say.

The figures available in the records of a leading life insurance company, industrial department, during the months of July, August and September, this year, show exceedingly low mortality rates from the acute infectious diseases of children, measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough and diphtheria, as compared with the corresponding months of previous years. Typhoid fever shows a low death rate. This is encouraging because it is a sign of sanitary progress throughout the country. Diarrhea and enteritis, infantile intestinal diseases which have their maximum incidence during the summer in the eastern and central part of the United States, showed this year one of the lowest rates on record. The diseases and conditions associated with child bearing also indicate improvement over the figures for preceding summers. Beginning with the month of September, there was a slight increase in the death rate for influenza and pneumonia, not enough, however, to warrant the conclusion that the epidemic conditions of last year would be repeated.

Public health officials, and the health service of the life insurance companies, are watching carefully the current mortality returns with a view to controlling, so far as possible, any unfavorable mortality situation, should it arise. The United States public health service has suggested that local and state health departments outline an adequate program for the control of epidemics of respiratory disease. The life insurance companies are urging their policy holders who have had influenza or pneumonia to consult with their family physicians frequently in order to combat any of the effects of such diseases upon the heart, kidneys or lungs.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 19 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Caldwell Tribune. December 19, 1919, Page 30

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Canyon County Women Get Together On Big Things
In Spite of Handicaps, Community Work Progresses Under Direction of Farm Bureau During Past Year

By Miss Louise Riddle, County Home Demonstration

Farm bureau for women has made much progress in the past year in spite of all the adverse conditions. At the time, when organization should have been in progress the influenza prevented all meetings, so nothing could be done until spring. Only a few meetings could be held between the time it was possible for people to gather together and the time when spring work became so urgent that time could not be given for meetings.

However, in spite of all these things eighteen communities have been organized during the past year and these have been doing splendid work along all lines of interest in the demonstration program.

During the past year the program was based on five projects, three major and two minor. The major projects are clothing, poultry and health and child welfare. This last includes nutrition, health crusade, physical examination of school children, home nursing and sanitation. The minor projects are production and preservation, a project which is practically completed in this county and efficient homes, one that is really just beginning. This project includes household conveniences, accounts and home yard improvement.

Hold Regular Meeting

In each community there is now a leader for each project with sub-committees for health, in contrast to one leader for all the work in each community for last year. Last year only occasional meetings were held, when some specialist was in the county, perhaps. By the present plan of organization each community holds a regular monthly meeting. It was proven during the past year by the work that Wilder has done and the interest the women of Wilder have taken in farm bureau that this is the means by which such an organization as this lives and grows. The regular meetings and discussions furnish a stimulus for better work. …

Health and Child Welfare

How much does your child mean to you? Do you want to make him a perfectly healthy normal child?

All efforts in this project tent toward improving conditions for the children of today when they reach young manhood, one-third of them will not be as afflicted and so far below normal as not to be fit to help their country. One should be well in normal times to do all he can for himself and his country. It should not take a war to point out to us that the youth is far below par in health. Yet it did take a war to show us that. Every effort is now being made to improve the health of the little ones to point out the defects and to put them in condition to improve the coming generation.

Should Interest All

Every mother should take an interest in the health crusade and urge her child to do all the “chores” each day.

Every mother should be present at the physical examination of her children and do all she can to carry out the recommendations made. Up to date eight schools in the county have been examined. Others will be examined as soon as time and weather permits.

Every mother should strive to feed her child the foods that the child should have for his best development and eliminate other foods.

Every mother should urge that a hot lunch should be served each day in the school her children attend.

The things mentioned here are the things emphasized this past year as part of the health work. They are the things that will be emphasized the coming year. …

source: The Caldwell Tribune. (Caldwell, Idaho), 19 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shelley, Idaho

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 20

Evening Capital News., December 20, 1919, Page 4

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The Boise Coal Situation

If the coal shortage situation in Boise was of such a critical nature that it was necessary to commandeer the surplus supply held by some consumers to provide fuel for those actually without and who could not keep warm because of that fact, there would be no serious nor valid objection from anyone. But the situation is not that serious. Nor does it appear to be critical enough to pass an ordinance that would place a penalty on those who took the precaution during the summer months to store coal. If their supply is not absolutely needed, why attempt to regulate and shorten their business hours?

No one will doubt but what the city coal commission, comprised as it is of prominent citizens who have only the best interests of all the people of Boise at heart, has attempted to handle the coal shortage situation in a way that would prevent suffering and so that those who have no coal may be able to secure it. But the commission and the city council should take into consideration that many people now without coal could have stored fuel in the summer and fall and those who did store it last fall, are not among the applicants for permits.

A year ago there was a very serious disturbance in business circles caused by the influenza epidemic. The authorities considered it best to take every precautionary step with the result that some classes of business were forced to shut down in their entirety at great financial loss, the theatres in particular. It is unwise to bring about another business disturbance at this time unless there has developed a situation of a very critical nature.

No such situation exists in Boise at the present time with regard to the shortage of coal. It is especially unwise to attempt to regulate business hours during the Christmas holiday rush and the people generally will not approve the act.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 20 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Rail Street, Shoshone, Idaho ca. 1909

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 21

Evening Capital News., December 21, 1919, Page 32

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source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 21 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Silver City, Idaho ca. 1909

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 23

The Daily Star-Mirror., December 23, 1919, Page 1

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Mining Convention at Spokane

Spokane. — The mining industry is so closely interwoven with the prosperity of the Inland Empire that considerable interest is certain to be shown in the Northwest mining convention in Spokane, February 16-21 at the Hotel Spokane. The influenza ban last year prevented the convention, but this year’s gathering will be of special interest owing to the marked increase recently in the mining development of the country.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Main Street, Soda Springs, Idaho

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 25

Evening Capital News., December 25, 1919, Page 4

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The Heirs Of Mars

From the popular American point of view the great victories of the war were the offensives beginning at Chateau Thierry and St. Mihiel; from the medical viewpoint the greatest triumph was the defeat of germ and vermin-born diseases – epidemics. To date not a single one of these diseases has got a foothold on our shores. Typhus, the great scourge of previous wars, has been absolutely conquered in this war by systematic inoculation.

So great were the improvements made during this war in sanitary devices – water filters, sewage systems, ice boxes, fly traps, incinerators and what not – that those used even in the Spanish-American war look clumsy and primitive by comparison. A way of controlling completely the vermin in laundries and dry-cleaning establishments, a thing unknown before, was discovered. The influenza epidemic was kept under control by wholly new devices for isolating each soldier at night. The very architecture of barracks and buildings of all kinds has undergone an improvement with regard to their health-protecting location and construction.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 25 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., December 25, 1919, Page 2

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19191225PE2Pestilence Caused By War
Generally Understood that the Influenza Epidemic Was a Direct Result of Great Conflict

Sufficient time has not yet elapsed to determine the indirect effects of the recent eruption of Mount Kloet in Java which wiped out over a score of villages and killed thousands of the natives, but recollections of Krakatoa’s volcanic outburst in 1883 which within six weeks sprinkled its fine lava dust over the whole world, has given an interesting suggestion to certain members of the medical profession. During the closing year of the war an influenza epidemic raged in many parts of the world. The manner of its outbreak in different countries indicated that the germs of the disease had been conveyed by the currents in the air. The theory, therefore, has been broached that the poison gases with which many sectors of the fighting area where drenched were carried by the wind in every direction, causing the influenza outbreak in Spain, Germany, England, France, South America, Australia, Africa, Asia, as well as in the United States and some of the Central American countries. That the influenza is a corollary of the war is undoubted. Any similar gigantic conflict, is argued, would be attended with a similar widespread pestilence – another reason why every effort should be made to avert wars in the future. — Leslie’s.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 25 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. December 25, 1919, Page 2

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Oranges are a prophylactic against influenza, says a medical writer. Upon seeing the germ in the road you throw it an orange, thus taking its mind off business, while you slip up another street.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 25 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Soldier, Idaho in the Winter, 1909

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 30

The Idaho Republican. December 30, 1919, Page 1

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New Auctioneer Comes to Town

W. O. Orr is a new auctioneer is Blackfoot, who has arranged to hold an auction sale at the Hesse Feed Yard on Saturday the third of January. The announcement is in this issue.

Mr. Orr went overseas from Loveland, Colo., during the war and was blown up in battle while operating a tank. He was reported dead and when his family received the notification, Mrs. Orr and the four children went to stay temporarily with relatives and took influenza on the way and all died within three days.

Mr. Orr was carried unconscious from the battlefield, continued delirious a long time due to a piece of shrapnel in the forehead, and after many months he arrived home fully recovered, only to find that he was alone in the world. The Elks had attended to the last rites for his family, and he has spent much of the time since his discharge traveling and lecturing in the interest of the fund for the relief and care of the orphans of fallen soldier.

Mr. Orr is looking for a business location where he can sell and erect silos and may adopt Blackfoot as his home.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 30 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Maine Street, Spirit Lake, Idaho looking west from 3rd, Oct. 9, 1916

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 31

Evening Capital News., December 31, 1919, Page 4

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Tonsillitis — Some Things You Ought to Know About It
By Dr. Leonard Keene Hirshberg
A. R., M., A., M. D. (Johns Hopkins University)

The smallest hair threw its shadow. A trifle may be the straw to break the camel’s back. A small bacterium may down a half-million persons with influenza. Thus tonsillitis is often foolishly looked upon as a trifling ailment.

The tonsils inside the mouth at the angle of the jaw are seldom as bad in men, women and children who were nourished on mother’s milk as they are in those fed upon cow’s milk and other non-human fodder.

Large tonsils and adenoids are not “trifling” affairs. They are so prevalent all over the world that in America they are blamed upon the dry, warm houses, and in England upon the damp, cold ones.

Mouth breathing, pigeon breasts, snoring, running noses, earaches, running ears, rough, nasal tangs to the voice, deafness, headaches, foul breath and other very commonplace conditions are traceable to tonsils and adenoids, which, if troublesome, ought to be removed before the child is 2 years old.

It is a waste of time and often criminal to delay the removal of adenoids and tonsils and entirely rely upon the application of solutions to the throat of a child, who is only too glad of an excuse to avoid a complete and once-for-all treatment.

To be sure, when there is a fever, an active inflammation and infection in the tonsils, treatment is necessary until the active trouble has subsided. Gargles and application of iodine, alkaline such as compound tincture of [?] are helpful. Cod liver oil internally, milk, cream, fruits, cereals and soft vegetables are a diet that is well taken when tonsillitis is active. … [rest of article unreadable]

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Main Street, Stites, Idaho

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Further Reading

A Brief History of Blood Transfusion Through the Years

March 10, 2016 By Kristin Garcia Stanford Blood Center

As early as the 17th century, blood has been used as a therapy for a variety of ailments. Over the years, there have been many great advances and it is no wonder this precious resource is so valuable. Here is a look at some of the bigger milestones related to blood transfusion over the years.

1628 English physician William Harvey discovers the circulation of blood. Shortly afterward, the earliest known blood transfusion is attempted.

1665 The first recorded successful blood transfusion occurs in England: Physician Richard Lower keeps dogs alive by transfusion of blood from other dogs.

1818 James Blundell performs the first successful blood transfusion of human blood to treat postpartum hemorrhage.

1840 The first whole blood transfusion to treat hemophilia is successfully completed.

1900 Karl Landsteiner discovers the first three human blood groups, A, B and O.

1902 Landsteiner’s colleagues, Alfred Decastello and Adriano Sturli, add a fourth blood type, AB.

1907 Blood typing and cross matching between donors and patients is attempted to improve the safety of transfusions. The universality of the O blood group is identified.

1914 Adolf Hustin discovers that sodium citrate can anticoagulate blood for transfusion, allowing it to be stored and later transfused safely to patients on the battlefield.

1932 The first blood bank is established at Leningrad hospital.

1939-1940 The Rh blood group is discovered and recognized as the cause behind most transfusion reactions.

1940 The US government establishes a nationwide blood collection program.

1950 Plastic bags allowing for a safer and easier collection system replace breakable glass bottles used for blood collection and storage.

1961 Platelet concentrates are recognized to reduce mortality from hemorrhaging in cancer patients.

1970 Blood banks move towards an all-volunteer donor base.

1972 The process of apheresis is discovered, allowing the extraction of one component of blood, returning the rest to the donor.

1983 Stanford Blood Center is the first blood center to screen for AIDS contaminated blood, using a surrogate test (T-lymphocyte phenotyping) two years before the AIDS virus antibody test is developed.

1985 The first HIV blood-screening test is licensed and implemented by blood banks.

1987 Stanford Blood Center is the first in the country to screen donors for Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type I (HTLV-I), a virus believed to cause a form of adult leukemia.

1990 A specific test to identify Hepatitis C is introduced.

2002 West Nile Virus is identified as transfusion-transmissible.

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Whooping cough

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis or the 100-day cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease. Initial symptoms are usually similar to those of the common cold with a runny nose, fever, and mild cough, but these are followed by weeks of severe coughing fits. Following a fit of coughing, a high-pitched whoop sound or gasp may occur as the person breathes in. The coughing may last for 10 or more weeks, hence the phrase “100-day cough”. A person may cough so hard that they vomit, break ribs, or become very tired from the effort. Children less than one year old may have little or no cough and instead have periods where they do not breathe. The time between infection and the onset of symptoms is usually seven to ten days. Disease may occur in those who have been vaccinated, but symptoms are typically milder.

Pertussis is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is spread easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. People are infectious from the start of symptoms until about three weeks into the coughing fits. Those treated with antibiotics are no longer infectious after five days. Diagnosis is by collecting a sample from the back of the nose and throat. This sample can then be tested by either culture or by polymerase chain reaction.

Prevention is mainly by vaccination with the pertussis vaccine. Initial immunization is recommended between six and eight weeks of age, with four doses to be given in the first two years of life. Protection from pertussis decreases over time, so additional doses of vaccine are often recommended for older children and adults.

continued: Wikipedia
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Tonneau

A tonneau was originally an open rear passenger compartment, rounded like a barrel, on an automobile and, by extension, a body style incorporating such a compartment. The word is French, meaning ‘cask’ or barrel, cf. “tun”.

Rear entrance tonneau

Early tonneaus normally had a rear-facing hinged door, but single and dual side doors were soon[when?] introduced.

When the street was muddy or dirty the car could be backed up to the curb so tonneau passengers could exit directly onto the sidewalk.

see link for photos
excerpted from: Wikipedia
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“Eruption of Mount Kloet in Java”

On May 19, 1919, an eruption at Kelud killed an estimated 5,000 people, mostly through hot mudflows (also known as “lahars”). More recent eruptions in 1951, 1966, and 1990 have altogether killed another 250 people. Following the 1966 eruption, the Ampera Tunnels were built (top and bottom) on the southwestern side of the crater to reduce (not drain completely) the water of the crater lake and thus reduce the lahar hazard.

see link for 1919 image
excerpted from: Wikipedia
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Road Reports July 25, 2021

Please share road reports. Back country roads have not been graded and are rough. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are very dusty. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam (check date on image)

Highway 55
Smith’s Ferry Project: 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 link:
Donnelly to Deinhard Project: Construction on Highway 55 between Donnelly and McCall. This is a much-needed project to repair potholes and cracks in the roadway and will include placing a new layer of pavement on the highway for smoother driving conditions.
What to expect:
* Idaho 55 will be reduced to one lane with pilot cars midweek (Monday – Thursday)
* All lanes will be open on weekends (Friday – Sunday)
* Roadway surface will be uneven for several weeks
* Speed limit will be reduced and 12-foot restrictions will be in place
* Construction is expected to be complete in September.

Warm Lake Highway: Open
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Old Report Friday (June 25) the road is in great shape. Lots of traffic and campers.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Old Report Friday (June 25) the road is clear but rough.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report July 22: Valley County plans to grade the road next week.
Report July 21: “Was a gnarly mess. Washboard 75% of the way to Landmark. Lots of traffic including Wild Fire rigs both yesterday and today. I recommend proceed with caution.” – AP
Report Wednesday (July 21) Mail truck driver reports the road is rough and washboardy.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed July 19-29
Road Closure: Lick Creek Road will be closed at Zena Creek (about 4 miles east of the Ponderosa Campground) from July 19 – July 29 for a bridge replacement. Please plan ahead.
Report July 14: “The county has started grading from the end of the asphalt up to the summit. As of yesterday they had finished about halfway.” – JF
(Opened June 7) Watch for ATV and UTV traffic.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Opened June 13
No current report. Not graded and probably rough
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: Big Creek Webcam (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open, travel at your own risk.
A 2nd hand report (June 14) that someone made it over to Thunder Mtn. in a full sized truck.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Probably open. Travel at your own risk.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Opened June 9
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road: Open by May 27
No current report.

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Excessive Heat Warning July 25, 2pm to July 27, 12am

Excessive Heat Warning July 25, 2pm to July 27, 12am

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Monday Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.
Tuesday Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Excessive Heat Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
234 AM MDT Sun Jul 25 2021

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-Southwest Highlands-
Western Magic Valley-Camas Prairie-Owyhee Mountains-
Southern Twin Falls County-
234 AM MDT Sun Jul 25 2021

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON
TO MIDNIGHT MDT MONDAY NIGHT...

* WHAT...Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures up to 104
  expected.

* WHERE...Portions of south central, southwest and west central
  Idaho.

* WHEN...From 2 PM this afternoon to midnight MDT Monday night.

* IMPACTS...Extreme heat will significantly increase the
  potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those
  working or participating in outdoor activities.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out
of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young
children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and
heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when
possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent
rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone
overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

July 25 Morning Smoke Map

MaCall Air Quality

Weather Reports July 18-24, 2021

July 18 Weather:

At 9am it was 61 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke. At 1230pm it was 92 degrees and smoky. Breezes gusting up at 145pm. At 230pm it was 98 degrees, appears partly cloudy above thicker haze of smoke, variable breezes. At 520pm it was 96 degrees, light breeze and smoky. At 7pm it was 92 degrees, appears mostly clear above the smoke and slight breeze. At 10pm it was 74 degrees. Looked hazy at 1130pm. Sprinkles started around 850am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 19, 2021 at 09:00AM
Cloudy, smoky (yellow AQ) and sprinkles
Max temperature 100 degrees F
Min temperature 51 degrees F
At observation 61 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
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July 19 Weather:

At 9am it was 61 degrees, cloudy above the smoke (yellow AQ) and light sprinkles. Steady rain before 10am. Stopped raining a little after 1030am. Light breeze kicking up at 1055am. Cloudy, smoky and more normal temperature at 1230pm. At 5pm it was 79 degrees, overcast, humid, light breeze and light haze of smoke. At 645pm it was 75 degrees, dark overcast, breezy, sprinkles of rain starting and far off rumbles of thunder. It quit raining before 855pm, 63 degrees, overcast and light haze of smoke. Another shower started before 930pm and ended by 945pm. Cloudy and very humid at 11pm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 20, 2021 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy, light breeze, haze of smoke
Max temperature 79 degrees F
Min temperature 54 degrees F
At observation 60 degrees F
Precipitation 0.26 inch
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July 20 Weather:

At 9am it was 60 degrees, mostly cloudy (high), light breeze and light haze of smoke. Humid and mostly cloudy at 1230pm. At 215pm it was 80 degrees, mostly cloudy, light breeze, humid and light haze of smoke. At 630pm it was 81 degrees, mostly cloudy, light breeze and thicker smoke. At 9pm it was 72 degrees, light breeze and too smoky to see much but seems to be high clouds. Looked hazy at 11pm. Looked dark as if it were cloudy at 2am, no moonlight.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 21, 2021 at 09:00AM
Clear? Smoky, poor AQ
Max temperature 85 degrees F
Min temperature 53 degrees F
At observation 62 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 21 Weather:

At 9am it was 62 degrees, appears clear above haze of smoke and poor air quality. Getting a little gusty around 1240pm. At 1pm it was 87 degrees, a few clouds above the smoke, breezy and smoky. At 245pm it was 92 degrees, smoky and breezy. At 630pm it was 86 degrees, partly cloudy, light breeze and thinner smoke. At 815pm it was 80 degrees, looks clear above haze of smoke and breezy. Looked clear above haze before 11pm, very orange fuzzy moon.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 22, 2021 at 09:00AM
Mostly small clouds, light breeze, haze of smoke, poor AQ
Max temperature 93 degrees F
Min temperature 45 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 22 Weather:

At 9am it was 56 degrees, mostly small clouds, light breeze, haze of smoke and poor air quality. At 1pm it was 82 degrees, thicker smoke and worse air quality. At 245pm it was 89 degrees, appears clear above the smoke and hot breezes. At 7pm it was 83 degrees, light breeze, looked clear above a thinner haze of smoke and poor air quality. At 11pm it was 62 degrees, looked hazy but probably clear above.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 23, 2021 at 09:00AM
Clear above haze of smoke, poor AQ
Max temperature 91 degrees F
Min temperature 48 degrees F <– est.
At observation 57 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 23 Weather:

At 9am it was 57 degrees, looked clear above the haze of smoke and poor air quality. Looked clear above haze if smoke and warm at 1230pm. At 245pm it was 90 degrees, breezy clear sky, less smoke and better air quality. At 645pm it was 88 degrees, clear sky, light breeze and much better air quality. At 820pm it was 80 degrees, clear sky and light breeze. Looked clear at 11pm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 24, 2021 at 09:00AM
Clear, light breeze, moderate smoke, poor AQ
Max temperature 92 degrees F
Min temperature 44 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 24 Weather:

At 9am it was 55 degrees, clear sky, light breeze, moderate smoke and poor air quality. It was 80 degrees at 1230pm, occasional light breeze, smoky and poor air quality. At 130pm it was 88 degrees, clear above moderate smoke. At 530pm it was 95 degrees. At 630pm it was 92 degrees, clear sky, thinner smoke and better air quality. Smoke settling in before 830pm. At 9pm it was 78 degrees, clear and smoky. Looked hazy at 11pm, Mars very red.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 25, 2021 at 09:00AM
Clear above Moderate smoke, poor AQ
Max temperature 97 degrees F
Min temperature 48 degrees F
At observation 57 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Road Reports July 21, 2021

Please share road reports. Back country roads have not been graded and are rough. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads.

Yellow Pine: Rain on Monday settled the dust for a while, drying out and getting dusty again by Wednesday. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam (check date on image)

Highway 55
Smith’s Ferry Project: 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 link:
Donnelly to Deinhard Project: Construction on Highway 55 between Donnelly and McCall. This is a much-needed project to repair potholes and cracks in the roadway and will include placing a new layer of pavement on the highway for smoother driving conditions.
What to expect:
* Idaho 55 will be reduced to one lane with pilot cars midweek (Monday – Thursday)
* All lanes will be open on weekends (Friday – Sunday)
* Roadway surface will be uneven for several weeks
* Speed limit will be reduced and 12-foot restrictions will be in place
* Construction is expected to be complete in September.

Warm Lake Highway: Open
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Last report Friday (June 25) the road is in great shape. Lots of traffic and campers.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Friday (June 25) the road is clear but rough.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (July 21) Mail truck driver reports the road is rough and washboardy.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed July 19-29
Report July 14: “The county has started grading from the end of the asphalt up to the summit. As of yesterday they had finished about halfway.” – JF
Opened June 7. Watch for ATV and UTV traffic.
Road Closure: Lick Creek Road will be closed at Zena Creek (about 4 miles east of the Ponderosa Campground) from July 19 – July 29 for a bridge replacement. Please plan ahead.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Opened June 13
No current report. Not graded and probably rough
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: Big Creek Webcam (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open, travel at your own risk.
A 2nd hand report (June 14) that someone made it over to Thunder Mtn. in a full sized truck.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Probably open. Travel at your own risk.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Opened June 9
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road: Open by May 27
No current report.

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard
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