July 11, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

July 11, 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!

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 10 – YPFD meeting 10am at Fire Hall
July 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
July 11 – 9am Fire training at Fire Hall
July 11 – Festival Planning Meeting on Zoom 2pm
July 12-14 – General Store closed
July 17 – ATV/UTV Escapade 10am
July 19-29 – Lick Creek Road closure for bridge replacement
July 21-22 – Mastercraft stove maintenance days
July 24 – Pet Vax Clinic
July 28 – Dust Abatement Calcium chloride
Aug 14 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sept 11 – YPFD Budget Meeting 10am at Fire Hall
(details below)

Local Events:

ATV/UTV Escapade July 17

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

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. Mastercraft will be here July 21 and 22 to do stove maintenance.
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July 24 – Pet Vax Clinic

Dr. Keith Ruble and crew from Cascade Vet Clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine Saturday, July 24th, to vaccinate our pets. If you want to get on the list, call Cascade Vet Clinic at (208) 382-4590 so they know to bring the proper charts, etc.

Village News:

General Store Update

We just ran out of fuel. With the large amount of traffic in the last few weeks, we sold out of both tanks. The store will be closed through Wednesday, July 14th.
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Transfer Station cleaned up July 10th

A huge thank you to Mike Amos, Tim, Ronda and Destinee Rogers, Clayton and Rhonda Egbert, Hailey, Ron, Clint and Nicki, Joel Fields for cleaning up the dump and surrounding area. Your help was so appreciated.

courtesy GD
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Golf Tournament July 3rd

[h/t Ronda and Deb]
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July 4 fireworks

courtesy of Yellow Pine Tavern
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The Gonkulator made it to the 4th of July parade in Yellow Pine. Not only did it make the parade, it led it and stole the show.

Many people had a hand in bringing “Bertha” as Harley and Laura Goodwin called her, back to life. It was a fun project. And a testament to the ingenuity of Harley Goodwin.

I’d really appreciate people who have stories and photos of the Gonkulator, sending them to amos2500 @ yahoo.com to share with the next generation. And help keep the spirit of the Gonkulator alive.

Here’s “Bertha” in action. (Instagram)

Gonkulator leading the 4th of July parade.
(courtesy SA)

(photo courtesy Yellow Pine Tavern)
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Motorcycle Accident

July 6th the Cascade Ambulance transported a patient out of Yellow Pine to the Cascade Medical Center. Motorcycle accident in the Profile Summit area.
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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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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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Lick Creek Road

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!
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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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DEQ awards $150,000 to the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in Valley County

Boise, June 29, 2021 — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $150,000 in drinking water construction assistance to the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in Valley County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to replace the damaged transmission and distribution water mains and install three pressure-reducing valves.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $205,146 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

MaryAnna Peavey – Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
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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.

South Fork Salmon River salmon fishing opens on June 26.

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

Monumental summit is rumored to be open.

Elk summit was still closed last weekend (June 14) but could be open soon. Travel at your own risk.

Deadwood summit is open from the Landmark side.

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

The Hwy 55 project from Donnelly to McCall: One lane during the week and two lanes on weekends. Project is slated to last until September.
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Aggressive Deer and Elk

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


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

Pine Martins & Raccoons

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

Be Bear, Fox & Coyote Aware

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

Be Mountain Lion Aware

Note: A report of a mountain lion still hanging around the upper end of the village.

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

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

Report July 10: The dumpsters have been emptied and the station cleaned up by locals.

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

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

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

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: (208) 634-7176

Local Groups


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

July 8, 2021 Update

Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059
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 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, Ginny 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

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

Village Of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda

July 10, 2021, 2pm; At The Community Hall

As requested by VYPA members, this meeting will be recorded and kept to a 1-hour timeframe.

Agenda Item – Presenter – Time – Comments
Call to Order Deb Filler 1 minute
Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes Deb Filler 2 minutes Please read the prior meeting minutes before the meeting to expedite approval
Treasurer’s Oral Report Ronda Rogers 2 minutes
Community Written Report Ronda Rogers 2 minutes Accomplishments since last meeting. Update on grant.
Cemetery Oral Report Ron Basabe 2 minutes Please include progress and expected completion date on sign.
Infrastructure Oral Report Tim Rogers 2 minutes Please include progress on Ellison St. repair.
Festival Oral Report Deb Filler 2 minutes Please include current budget information & planning status.
Stibnite Advisory Council Update Ronda Rogers 2 minutes
Stibnite Foundation Update Lynn Imel 2 minutes
Nominations Presented Ronda Rogers 2 minutes
Election of Council Officers Deb Filler 10 minutes Chairman and Member-At-Large

Old Business
Dust Abatement Deb Filler 1 minute Calcium Chloride application is July 28. Have payment in by July 27.
Perpetua Resources Update Belinda Provancher 2 minutes
YPFPD Update Tim Rogers 2 minutes
VYWUA Update If someone is available 2 minutes

New Business
Fireworks Discussion Ronda Rogers 5 minutes

June 12 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall 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
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

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

Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning July 11, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated June 6, 2021 (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

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

June 12, 2020 – 10am Fire siren test and YPFD meeting.
Link: to minutes: 2021 June 12 YPFD meeting minutes.docx

Yellow Pine Fire District Meeting, June 12, 2021:

In attendance:
Tim Rogers, Fire Chief; Merrill Saleen, Fire Commissioner 3#; Phil Jensen, Acting Fire Commissioner 2#; Ronda Rogers, Gary Niebrand, Nicki Harnar and Clint, Billy, Teresa and Darlene, Virginia Bartholomew, Cecil Dallman, Jeff and Ann Forster, Lorinne Munn, Joel Fields, Willy Sullivan, Tom Lanham, Sue Matlock, Nikki Saleen, Secretary/Treasurer.

Siren Test:
Siren went off at 10:03 AM

Update on Commissioner Elections this fall:
Will have elections this fall for District 2# and 3# if interested get a hold of Tim or Merrill for the paperwork, must have it back by September 2021

EMS and Search/Rescue cooperation with Cascade Rural & Valley County:
Cascade Search Rescue as well as the EMS unit from Cascade are willing to sponsor Jeff & Ann to provide these services for our area. Ranger UTV can be used for EMS and Rescue but not Search. Residents would access by calling 911. State must approve this plan. Question raised on why no Yellow Pine Ambulance. Answered that ambulance was returned to Cascade as there were no certified operators in our area. Question raised on equipment provided for search & rescue/EMS not being at firehouse. Answered that only “accountable property” needs to be inventoried. Additional discussion/ differing opinions about inventorying all fire district property. Inventories and stocking levels have not been completed for the Fire Station, engines, and for EMS/Rescue.

Insurance Rating results from The Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau’s inspection:
Surveyed of Fire Protection: ended up with same rating as before ( 9 ) for everybody in the Village of Yellow pine’s Home Insurance. Discussion on what it takes to get a rating of 8 and how much that would reduce individual’s insurance rates. More research is needed.

Fire Season update and Community Fire wise:
Need to continue with fire prevention cleanup for the town – has been good work in past but need to continue. Learned a lot last year in terms of looking at where protection is needed within the Village site. Perimeter areas need focus, heavier timber where tree crowns each other. Village need to all work on there our property to cleanup. Need to contact property owners that don’t come in much to have their property cleaned up or get permission to do so.

Finalizing helistop work:
Need to have helistop finish for safety concern. It was suggested that we trade with the Forest Service as they have gravel at the Gravel pit.

Fire Chief’s Updates:
Looking at doing training once a month. Focus will be on becoming familiar and competent with using the engines.
Training will be on Sunday at 9 am
Would like to make sure everyone is trained to do basic first aid especially CPR. Tim will find someone to come in to help with that training.

Budget Update :
Ronda Rogers has agreed to do meeting notes
Expenditures by Category: May 2021 June 2021
MTE 46.73
Ridley’s-Fire Station Supplies (Cleaning, TP, etc.) 60.56
Cascade Hardware 12.70
Gem State Generators-generators maintenance 468.68
Grand Total Expenditures YTD 2021: $23,985.09
Donations – work in progress

Grant update:
Will not find out on Grant until Aug 2021

AAR & Response to Buck Fire:
The Fire Commissioners process a letter and supporting documentation that was submitted for review at the prior meeting. The Fire Commissioners have been contacted by Professional Forest Management to represent them regarding the concerns expressed in the letter and to consider a tort claim for costs incurred during the 2020 Buck Fire.

Appointment of replacement for District 1 Commissioner:
Multiple people were interested. In order to fairly assess the individuals, the Fire Commissioners Merrill Saleen and Phil Jensen, and Fire Chief Tim Rogers will do interviews with interested parties. Interviews will be scheduled for July 9, 2021. Contact Merrill Saleen for more information.

Next meeting Saturday, July 10th, 10 am at Fire Station
Next Training July 11th 9 am at Fire Station

Note: This meeting was recorded, contact Ronda Rogers if you wish to listen to it.

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

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

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

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

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
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

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 – (Will be closed July 12-14)
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

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

Big Creek Lodge

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Arnold Aviation – (208) 382-4844

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

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (July 5) overnight low of 60 degrees. This morning clear sky, light haze of smoke and light breeze. A few airplanes buzzed over. Not many birds around, only a couple of swallows, a robin, some hummingbirds and a jay. Hot and mostly clear with a very light breeze at lunch time – light haze of out of state smoke. Hot sunny afternoon, big chunky clouds building up, high of 95 degrees. Warm evening, mostly clear with a haze of smoke. Robins chirping before dusk and cooling off a little. Still warm after dark. Looked a bit hazy before midnight.

Tuesday (July 6) overnight low of 49 degrees. This morning clear sky, light haze of smoke and light breeze. A few tree swallows swooping, a couple of finches, some hummingbirds and a robin visiting. Colombian ground squirrels running amuck. Hot, light breezes and partly cloudy after lunch time. Very hot afternoon, increasing clouds, high of 100 degrees. Still in the 90s by early evening but dropping slowly, mostly clear and almost calm. At 714pm Ambulance with lights on headed south on Westside Ave. Cooling off at dusk, clear sky and haze of smoke. Mars rising over Golden Gate before midnight.

Wednesday (July 7) overnight low of 63 degrees. This morning very warm, mostly clear sky, slight breeze and light haze of smoke. Tree swallows and ground squirrels seem to be the only active critters. Mail truck made it in on time. Very hot at lunch time, partly cloudy and light breeze. Very hot afternoon, partly cloudy and light breezes, high of 98 degrees. Clear sky and definite haze of smoke by early evening, pleasant breezes and slightly cooler. Cooling off a little more before dusk, clear sky and high haze of smoke. Looked a bit hazy before midnight.

Thursday (July 8) overnight low of 47 degrees. This morning clear sky, haze of smoke and light breeze. Helicopter flew over at 9am. A few swallows, a couple of flickers and a few finches calling. Ground squirrels rushing around. Low 80s at lunch time, hazy to the south and light breeze. Hot afternoon, increasing smoke (and road dust), high of 94 degrees. By evening the smoke was starting to get thicker, more like a cloud of smoke. Smoke settling in before dusk, poor air quality. Quite hazy at midnight.

Friday (July 9) overnight low of 47 degrees. This morning it appeared clear above the smoke, the sunlight looked orange-ish and poor air quality. A few tree swallows, a couple of jays and a hairy woodpecker here. Looks like the colombian ground squirrels have a new batch of babies out of the nest. Pretty warm at lunch time, breezy, smoky and poor air quality. Street traffic kicking up dust. Hot afternoon, no clouds, smoke in the air and light breezes, high of 92 degrees. Still smoky by early evening, not quite as thick down at ground level but the air quality was still poor. Air smells like smoke after sunset, cooling off. Helicopter at 932pm. Eye burning smoke before midnight.

Saturday (July 10) overnight low of 47 degrees. This morning it is likely clear but the smoke makes it look overcast, dim orange sunlight and very poor air quality. Flicker and a jay calling, very few swallows around. Warm and smoky at lunch time. Hot, dry smoky afternoon, high of 99 degrees. Still smoky and above 90F early evening, at least we have a light breeze. Warm and smoky after sunset. A bit breezy and cooling off around midnight, smoky hazy sky.

Sunday (July 11) overnight low of 51 degrees. This morning the sky is covered with smoke but the satellite map shows it may be partly cloudy, very poor air quality. A few airplanes buzzed over, light traffic and dusty. A few swallows, a jay and possibly an evening grosbeak calling. Very smoky after lunch time, can barely see the ridges, very poor (orange) air quality and reduced visibility. Increasing street traffic. Hot, smoky and dusty afternoon. Better visibility by late afternoon, high of 96 degrees. Still in the 90’s early evening but can see enough of the sky to tell there are no clouds above the smoke.


Kathy Hanggi passed on July 5, 2021

[h/t B]
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Ronald “Ron or Ronnie” Lawrence Smith

March 16, 1935 ~ June 10, 2021 (age 86)

Ronald (Ron or Ronnie) Lawrence Smith went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on June 10, 2021, after a brief bout of cancer. He was able to pass away at home with his family by his side. He was 86 years old.

Dad was born on March 16, 1935, in Boise to Lawrence and Reathel (Merritt) Smith and raised in Stibnite. Some of his best memories were made in this back country community. He was proud of the integral part Stibnite made in the World War II effort.

Thanks to a wonderful Christian mother, Dad accepted Jesus as his personal Savior at an early age. Although he “sowed some wild oats” in his late teens and early 20s, drinking and fight in bars around Yellow Pine, he got out of a few jail stays thanks to his dad being Valley County sheriff at the time.

At this time, he was working for Lafe and Emma Cox ranch out of Yellow Pine. He met Myrna Loy Emmerson in Cinnabar, where she worked in a store and as an assayer. They married soon after on March 20, 1958.

He was drafted into the Army and was stationed at Anchorage, Alaska, where he became a championship biathlon skier, beating out Olympians. He qualified to train for the Olympics in Denver but declined due to a wife and new baby at home!

Like Paul Bunyan, Dad was bigger than life to us kids. He started as a hooker in the logging industry and then was a faller for over 20 years, putting out both hips and knees walking the steep Idaho mountains with a chainsaw on his shoulder cutting timber and lots of right of way for roads.

He also did some hard-rock mining, a mercury mine in Oregon for three years and several gold mines in Idaho. He loved Idaho history and read every book he could find on the subject.

We were happy to be included on many camping trips with the heavy canvas tent and loved to hear his stories: “fun ones about Bigfoot or the factual ones from his Stibnite-Yellow Pine days.”

Our memories of dad included the smell of sweat, chainsaw oil and sawdust when he came home from work wearing a dirty T-shirt, suspenders, heavy duty black work pants with fiberglass patches that mom broke many needles sewing on.

He had an ice cream bucket for a lunch pail, which sometimes had baby owls or bunnies that had fallen from trees he cut (or found nearby) for us kids to care for. He wore moccasin slippers home replacing his work boots. We cherish these memories now.

Dad had no use for “tree huggers” or litterbugs! He lived in the outdoors and appreciated every day what God gave for use and beauty. He enjoyed exploring old prospector cabins, looking for old bottles etc.

He enjoyed working on his mining claim with his son Rocky up French Creek. He took up carving, whittling and made some fantastic artwork.

Although his ancestry traces to European royalty, his pride was in being an Idaho hillbilly. We appreciate dad’s Godly example; he very seldom drank or cussed.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Myrna, of Pollock, his brother Gary of Pollock, sister Patricia Willis of Boise, five kids: Ronya (Tim), Tanya (Jim), Donya (Thomas), Rocky (Cindy), Shona (Dan). 10 grandkids: Cara, Alyssa (Anthony), Emily (Spencer), Danny, Michael (Kristina), Janelle, Weston (Rebecca), Garrett, Joe, Ron and great-grandkids Troy and Sofia; sister-in-law Marlene Smith and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brothers Darrell and Jack.

Many thanks to St. Luke’s Hospice of McCall for fantastic care. Thanks for all the calls, prayers, and meals from family and friends.

Memorials can be made to Salmon River Community Church, where he was a long-time member, or Valley County Historical Society.

Services will be held this Fall, his favorite season.

Online condolences may be left at (link).

Arrangements in care of McCall Funeral Home.

[h/t SMc]

Idaho News:

Yellow Pine get $450K to repair damaged water system

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 8, 2021

About $450,000 in grants have been received for repairs and improvements to the water system of the remote community of Yellow Pine

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake in March 2020 damaged the Yellow Pine water system’s treatment system as well as underground water lines, said Kristina Gillespie-Jacques of the Lewiston based firm Mountain Waterworks, Inc.

Yellow Pine is located 40 air miles east of McCall. The water system has about 72 customers.

Yellow Pine Water Users Association received funding to replace damaged lines between the treatment plant and the East Fork South Fork Salmon River.

Funding will come from the Idaho Department of Commerce, from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Yellow Pine water users have been advised since April 2020 by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to boil water from the system to ensure it is safe to drink.

Repairs and improvements to the damaged lines was a critical first step in making the system functional again, Gillespie-Jacques said.

Engineering and design work began in June and construction is expected to completed in 2022, Gillespie-Jacques said.

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Lick Creek Road to be closed July 19-29 for bridge work

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 8, 2021

Lick Creek Road east of McCall will be closed July 19-29 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.

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COVID-19 Updates: 135 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

July 9, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 135 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 195,831.

There are a total of 156,727 confirmed cases and 39,104 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 723,833 people have received the vaccine, and 1,342,090 total doses have been administered. 670,354 people are fully vaccinated. …

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 48,774 cases.

The state said 10 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 8,880, and zero new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,491. …

534 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

2 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,165.

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Group forms to preserve state-owned lands around McCall

by Associated Press Wednesday, July 7th 2021

A new conservation group has formed hoping to preserve state-owned lands around Payette Lake in west-central Idaho where a private company has proposed a huge land swap that would lead to developing much of that land with new homes.

The Idaho Statesman reports that United Payette announced its formation Tuesday.

It’s comprised of McCall-area residents, Brundage Mountain ski area, Payette Land Trust, Idaho Conservation League and others.

State officials are examining a new planning strategy for state-owned land in the area where soaring land values mean traditional uses such as timber harvest fail to provide the best financial return as required by the Idaho Constitution.

source: (CBS2)
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15 fires in the Boise area over July 4 weekend were caused by fireworks

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, July 7th 2021

Boise Fire said it responded to over a dozen firework-caused fires over the July 4 weekend.

In total, Boise Fire responded to two dozen fires in the Boise area – 15 of which were caused by fireworks. One fire was caused by a sky lantern, three were ruled as undetermined and two are still under investigation.

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Weiser woman loses home after illegal fireworks start brush fire

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, July 5th 2021

A Weiser woman lost her home Sunday after illegal fireworks started a brush fire in the area.

The Weiser Area Rural Fire Department said it responded to the fire just before midnight along Weiser River Road.

“The fire was hard to fight due to a very long narrow driveway being the only access,” a department spokesperson said.

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Watch: Fireball captured plunging across Idaho sky

According to NASA, a meteor large enough to produce a visible fireball enters the Earth’s atmosphere only about once a year.

KTVB Staff July 6, 2021

Idaho residents got a pre-Independence Day show Saturday night when a meteor could be seen streaking across the sky.

The large glowing ball was visible in the Treasure Valley and other parts of the state at about 10:50 p.m. July 3. The meteor plunged through the air for five or six seconds, culminating in a flash that illuminated the dark sky.

According to the American Meteor Society, the meteor was also seen from Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


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Live grenade detonated in Garden Valley

KTVB Staff July 7, 2021

A team from the Mountain Air Force Base worked with the Boise County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday to detonate a live grenade that was found in Garden Valley.

According to a Facebook post by the Boise County Sheriff’s Office, someone called in a possible explosive device inside a home in Garden Valley.

After examining it, law enforcement determined that it was a live hand grenade.

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Highway 55 clear in both directions near Avimor after crash

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, July 9th 2021

Both directions of Highway 55 are back open and clear following a crash near Avimor.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office says traffic is backing up in both directions with folks trying to get out of town for the weekend.

There’s no word yet on injuries.


Mining News:

Stibnite mine decision pushed back to 2023

Payette says more study needed of Perpetua Resources proposal

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News July 8, 2021

A final decision will not happen until June 2023 on Perpetua Resources’ proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine, the Payette National Forest announced.

The project had been slated for final approval as soon as December, but will now be delayed by 18 months, according to the Payette, the lead permitting agency for the mine.

The delay was triggered by an updated mining plan Perpetua submitted last December, or four months after the Payette released a draft environmental analysis of the mine, said Brian Harris, a Payette spokesperson.

“The project has changed to the point that we need to fully inform the public and other interested parties about what the project is at this point,” Harris said.

The changes to the mining plan reduce the size of the project and go beyond previous plans to protect water quality in the Stibnite area after the mine is closed, according to Perpetua.

“The process has created a better project with better environmental outcomes,” said Mckinsey Lyon, a Perpetua spokesperson.

Changes the plan were in response to additional study by Perpetua and over 11,000 public comments on the Payette’s study, Lyon said.

A new study on the updated parts of Perpetua’s mining plan is expected to be released by March, 2022, after which public comment will be sought, Harris said.

Narrowed Down

The Payette also announced it had eliminated three alternatives analyzed in the draft study released last August.

That leaves the Payette with two options:

• Perpetua’s updated plan to study.

• An alternative that would route mine traffic through Yellow Pine using Johnson Creek Road.

Perpetua’s updated plan would build 13.5 miles of new roadway undisturbed Forest Service land, but would pose less risk of spills contaminating waterways, the Payette’s study said.

The eliminated alternatives included Perpetua’s original mining plan submitted in 2016 and an update submitted in June 2019, Both became outdated following Perpetua’s December 2020 update.

The other eliminated alternative would have moved a 100-ton tailings storage area to a different drainage at Stibnite. The Payette determined that plan high too high of risk for a spill.

Updated Plan

Perpetua’s updated plan would reduce the size of the proposed Hangar Flats pit, one of three open pit mines planned at Stibnite, from 140 acres to 66 acres, or by about 70%.

That would improve water quality and fish habitat by allowing the pit to be completely filled with rock after mining, eliminating a lake that would have formed years after mining ended, Perpetua said.

The Payette’s study said exposed rock in the pit walls would leach toxic metals in the lake water and could require permanent water treatment.

Re-filling the Hangar Flats Pit with 18 million tons of waste rock would eliminate the need to pile the rock on 168 acres in the mostly undisturbed Fiddle Creek Drainage.

The Fiddle waste rock site would have required permanent water treatment to remove toxic metals from water seeping through the waste rock, according to the Payette’s draft study.

Stibnite Lake

The updated plan calls for the existing Yellow Pine Pit Lake to be restored after gold ore is removed from the pit.

The lake marks where past mining operations have blocked upstream fish passage in the East Fork South Fork Salmon River for the last 80 years.

Previously, Midas Gold had planned to fill the pit and route the East Fork through a channel across the filled-in pit.

The new plan would put a liner in the bottom of the partially backfilled pit and let natural water refill it. The new lake would be renamed Stibnite Lake.

The East Fork would flow through Stibnite Lake and benefit downstream fish with colder water. Without the lake, downstream water temperatures would rise and could harm fish, according to Midas Gold.

Reduced Treatment

The updated plan would also reduce the amount of toxic arsenic left in the mine’s tailings, or the slurry left over after gold and silver is removed from rock.

That would allow water treatment at the site to end about 25 years after mining instead of being needed forever, according to Perpetua.

Project Changes at a Glance

• 10% reduction in rock mined – 44 million tons less

• 7% reduction in open pit disturbance – 37 acres less

• 70% reduction in Hangar Flats Pit – 74 acres less

• 168-acre waste rock storage area eliminated

• Stibnite Lake established from Yellow Pine pit lake

• Maximum water temperatures reduced

• More shade from wider, taller shoreline plants

• Cool water draining into East Fork from Stibnite Lake

• Elimination of Hangar Flats pit lake

• Permanent water treatment eliminated

• Tailings arsenic reduction

• Hangar Flats pit lake elimination

• Fiddle waste rock area elimination
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Vandal sprays paint on Perpetua Donnelly sign

A sign outside of Perpetua Resources’ Donnelly office on Idaho 55 was vandalized with spray paint last week.

White spray paint on both sides of the stone sign caused more than $1,000 in damage, according to Perpetua.

Anyone with information on the vandalism should contact the Valley County Sheriff’s Office at 208-382-5160.
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Perpetua plans to extract gold, silver, antimony from Stibnite mine

Perpetua Resources proposes a gold and antimony mine at the Stibnite Mining District about 40 air miles east of McCall.

Perpetua, formally known as Midas Gold, hopes to extract about $6 billion in gold and other minerals from Stibnite, the site of historic mining operations dating to World War II.

However, Perpetua needs approval from 50 different local, state and federal agencies before mining can begin.

The Boise company’s proposal is currently being reviewed by the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency. Approval is expected in June 2023.

Approval of the project would trigger a three-year construction phase that Perpetua estimates would cost about $1.26 billion, followed by 12 to 15 years of mining.

Gold, silver and antimony would be extracted from three open pit mines totaling about 484 acres.

An on-site ore processing facility would then remove gold and silver from about 20,000 tons of rock per day in a contained cyanide circuit, according to Perpetua’s operating plan.

The mine is expected to net 100 million pounds of antimony and 4 million ounces of gold, which is expected to account for 94% of the mine’s estimated $6 billion in lifetime revenue.

Stibnite would become the only domestic source of antimony and would supply an estimated 30% of the annual demand for the mineral in the United States, according to Perpetua.

Antimony is used to make flame-proofing materials, paint, glass and ceramics.

Exploration of the Stibnite Mining District by Perpetua began with drilling in 2009.

Since then, the company has spent more than $200 million studying the mine site and collecting environmental data.

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Public Lands:

Boise National Forest – Great American Outdoors Act 2023 Project Feedback

July 7, 2021

Dear interested Boise National Forest recreation enthusiasts,

You are receiving this email because you’ve expressed interest in receiving updates about projects and plans taking place on the Boise National Forest. This letter addresses the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and associated projects for 2021, 2022, and 2023. Please read to find out what projects have already been submitted, and most importantly, how you can provide feedback for 2023 projects.

The GAOA, which was signed into law in the summer of 2020, provides funding for the next five years to address maintenance backlog, or critical maintenance that has been postponed, across federal land management agencies.

Projects are selected based on criteria including: reducing deferred maintenance, promoting management of America’s forests, improving visitor experience, contributing to rural community economic development, improving visitor access, ensuring health and safety, leveraging external agencies and resources, connection to larger benefit, and strategy and/or theme.

On the Boise National Forest, our highest priority when implementing GAOA deferred maintenance projects are projects that provide the greatest benefits to the public, such as critical infrastructure in our most heavily used recreation areas.

2021 and 2022 Projects

Working with an accelerated timeline to submit GAOA projects in the midst of the pandemic, the Boise National Forest submitted several projects for first- and second-year funding consideration based on past feedback from a number of sources. Projects were evaluated by the Forest Service’s national headquarters and then were recommended to the Secretary of Agriculture.

The following projects were selected for 2021:

1. Edna Creek Campground Improvements including a redesign of the campground
2. Toilet Replacements at Buck Mountain, Penny Springs and Trout Creek Campgrounds
3. Trail Maintenance at Yellow Jacket, Ten Mile Ridge and Silver Creek Summit Trails
4. Trail Maintenance of the Central Idaho Wilderness Complex Priority Area
5. Scriver Creek Road Bridge Replacement
6. East Fork Burnt Log Creek Road Bridge Replacement
7. Boundary Creek -Dagger Falls Road Improvements
8. Water System Reconstruction at the Idaho City Compound
9. Water System Reconstruction at Third Fork Project Camp and Recreation Rental Cabin

Additionally, the following projects have been included in the President’s Budget for 2022 (not yet approved by Congress):

Developed recreation site improvements and reconstruction at the following locations:

* Sage Hen Recreation Area Reconstruction
* Kirkham Developed Recreation Site Improvements (multi-year project)

Trail Improvements:

* Four Trail Bridge Replacements on the Yellow Jacket, Ten Mile Ridge, Silver Creek Summit and Horse Haven Trails

2023 Projects

We have identified the need for improvements at the following locations on the Boise National Forest. If you have ideas for additional projects or would like to submit feedback on these identified projects, please submit your feedback as soon as possible, but not later than July 21, 2021, to: SM.FS.BoiseGAOA@usda.gov. Your feedback will help us better understand what your interests are and help us prioritize 2023 projects for submission.

Developed recreation site improvements and reconstruction at the following locations:

* Payette River Corridor Deferred Maintenance and Recreation Management
* Bull Trout Campground Reconstruction
* Little Roaring River and Power Plant Campgrounds Site Furniture Replacement
* Cascade District-wide Boat Dock Replacement and Ramp Improvements
* Shafer Butte Campground Water System Reconstruction and Site Improvements

Trail Improvements

* Lime Creek and South Fork Sand Creek Trail Bridge Replacements
* Roaring River Trail Deferred Maintenance

Road and Bridge Improvements

* Bridge 255-0.1 (Middle Fork Boise River)) Bridge Replacement

To learn about these Boise National Forest GAOA projects visit: (link)

Thank you for taking an interest in the Boise National Forest’s GAOA activities!
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Boise National Forest welcomes three new employees

Filling critical leadership vacancies across the forest

Boise, Idaho, July 6, 2021, — Boise National Forest employees are excited to welcome back two previous Forest employees and a former Type 1 Incident Management Team Public Information Officer into key leadership positions. These individuals spent some of their formative years working on, or with the Forest in hydrology, wildland fire or critical incident communications applying their skills and helping the Forest manage resources, wildland fire incidents or restoration activities.

“These individuals are familiar with the Forest and we are extremely fortunate to have these employees return to the Boise National Forest, “said Tawnya Brummett, Boise National Forest Supervisor. “We are very pleased they want apply their knowledge and leadership in working with our partners and in guiding the Boise National Forest’s future activities. “

Rich Zimmerlee joined the Forest March 1, 2021, as the Forest Fire Management Officer. Rich formerly worked for Bureau of Land Management, Wind River/ Bighorn Basin District as the Fire Management Officer in northwest Wyoming, where he served since 2016. Rich is no stranger to the Boise, as he was the Idaho City District Fire Management Officer from 2011-2016.

He began his career in California as a Mendocino Hotshot, then a Redding smokejumper. He transferred to the BLM where he was a Boise smokejumper at NIFC from 1997 to 2011. Rich has also served on incident management teams in Safety and Operation roles for more than 20 years. A proud graduate of the 2006 Technical Fire Management program, Rich brings a breadth and depth of experience to the Boise National Forest.

Rich is looking forward to being closer to his children and grandkids, who live in the Boise area, as well as hunting and recreating within the National Forest.

Traci Weaver joined the Boise National Forest as the new Lowman District Ranger. She comes from the Bighorn National Forest where she served as the District Ranger on the Powder River Ranger District.

Before her line officer experience, Traci was the Service First Fire Public Affairs Officer covering the BLM Washington/Oregon State Office and USFS Region 6 and Region 10 forests which includes Alaska.

Traci spent eight years with the National Park Service as a Fire Communications and Education Specialist based in Grand Teton National Park covering the parks in Wyoming, Montana, and northern Colorado. Traci has held a number
of different positions including newspaper writer, editor and photographer in Texas and Fire Prevention and Wildland-Urban Interface Specialist and lead Public Information Officer for the Texas Forest Service.

Traci has served as PIO on Area Command Team 4 and was elected the first chair of the National Public Information Officer Working Group. Traci has also served as the co-lead Public Information Officer for the Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 and most recently served as international media liaison in Australia during the devastating bushfires in 2020.

A native of Wyoming, Traci loves hiking, flyfishing, horseback riding, Nordic skiing, hunting, and spending time with her daughter. She is looking forward exploring the Lowman District as well as being a part of the Boise National Forest team.

TJ Clifford is joining the Forest as the Resource and Planning Staff Officer. TJ is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of partnerships in land management agencies. He graduated from University of Arizona and started his career on the Lowman Ranger District as a Hydrologist. The Boise National Forest was fundamental in his growth in land management and initiated his path to management positions by supporting his graduation from the Executive Leadership Program in 2004.

TJ has 25 years of federal land management and comes from the BLM’s Bruneau Field Office where he served as their manager.

He started as a firefighter with the Forest Service (USFS) in Arizona and served in a variety of positions (from hydrologist to manager) for the USFS and the BLM in southwest Idaho, since 1995.

TJ has extensive experience with the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program and has held the position of a National Interagency BAER Team Leader for the past 20 years on more than 100 incidents. He has specialized training and extensive experience in leading emergency post-fire response teams to assess and design treatments to stabilize and rehabilitate landscapes to reduce threats to life, property, and natural and cultural resources.

TJ brings established partnerships and management experience back to the Forest Service. He is truly excited to be back with the Boise National Forest and hopes to add his experience to an already successful program and staff.

Venetia Gempler
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Boise National Forest
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New Meadows Landing Pile Disposal Project Scoping

The New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest is seeking comments on the New Meadows Landing Pile Disposal Project. I invite your review of the scoping document and to submit comments for the project’s interdisciplinary team and I to consider in project development. The scoping document provides details on the purpose of and need for action, project area location and management designations, and proposed action. Scoping comments would be most helpful if received by July 24, 2021.

We propose this project to dispose of slash landings created from the Moon River, 4th Rock, Cold Bear, and Restornation timber sales under the Lost Creek Boulder Creek Project between 2015-2020. As a result of a District Court decision in late 2020, the Lost Creek Boulder Creek Project’s Record of Decision was vacated, leaving the Forest unable to proceed with any action to remove the slash. These slash piles pose a fire hazard and a potential insect problem across the landscape. The primary concern is that bark beetles overwintered in the slash landing piles in the Restornation project area and could emerge and cause damage to nearby stands. By disposing of the remaining landing piles on the landscape, the potential insect and fire hazard would be removed.

A copy of the scoping document is available at the project webpage at (link). You may subscribe to project updates by clicking on “Subscribe to Email Updates” on the project webpage. For additional information, you may contact Erin Phelps, District Ranger, at 208-514-5809 or erin.phelps@usda.gov.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the New Meadows Landing Pile Disposal Project.

Erin Phelps
New Meadows District Ranger
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New Meadows Reforestation Project Scoping

The New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest is seeking comments on the New Meadows Reforestation Project. I invite your review of the scoping document and to submit comments for the project’s interdisciplinary team and I to consider in project development. The scoping document provides details on the purpose of and need for action, project area location and management designations, and proposed action. Scoping comments would be most helpful if received by July 24, 2021.

The purpose and need of this project are to establish native desired tree species in regeneration treatment units in what was formerly the Lost Creek Boulder Creek project area in the 4th Rock, Cold Bear, and Restornation timber sales. This is needed because in late 2020, the Lost Creek Boulder Creek Project’s Record of Decision was vacated through a District Court decision, leaving the Forest unable to proceed with any actions authorized by that decision, including reforestation. Tree stocking on portions of this land do not meet minimum stocking requirements defined in the Payette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. Following treatment in these units, the residual canopy cover no longer meets the criteria of being a stocked stand per forest plan definitions. There is also a legal obligation to restock (either through natural regeneration or planting), or certify adequate stocking, in regeneration treatments within 5 years following harvest (National Forest Management Act, 1976). The objective of this project is to reestablish early seral, fire adapted species (western larch, ponderosa pine, and Douglas-fir) that are best suited to site conditions within the individual treatments.

A copy of the scoping document is available at the project webpage at (link). You may subscribe to project updates by clicking on “Subscribe to Email Updates” on the project webpage. For additional information, you may contact Erin Phelps, District Ranger, at 208-514-5809 or erin.phelps@usda.gov.

Thank you for you interest and participation in the New Meadows Reforestation Project.

Erin Phelps
New Meadows District Ranger

Fire Season:

Wildfire reported between Horseshoe Bend and Placerville

The fire was reported in Boise County at about 7:45 p.m. Monday.

KTVB Staff July 6, 2021

A 25-acre wildfire has been reported in Boise County, between the communities of Horseshoe Bend and Placerville.

Crews responded to the wildfire Monday evening, which has been dubbed the Harris Fire. The fire is located near Flint Creek and Canyon Creek, west of Placerville.

The fire was reported at about 7:45 p.m. Monday.

continued: [No further update]
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Dixie Fire Satellite Image July 6th 1pm

courtesy NOAA

Wildfire near Dixie burns 7,000 acres, some residents forced to evacuate

The wildfire is burning about 40 miles southeast of Grangeville and 15 miles south of Elk City near the community of Dixie.

KTVB Staff July 7, 2021

credit USFS

A large wildfire burning in north-central Idaho has grown to around 7,000 and has forced some people to flee from their homes.

Fire managers say the Dixie Fire continues to burn actively and spread in all directions. It nearly tripled in size since Tuesday. …

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the Dixie and Comstock area. For evacuation information and updates, please check the sheriff’s Facebook page.

full story:

Dixie Fire on InciWeb:
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Dixie wildfire grows to 11,000 acres

by NBC Montana Staff Thursday, July 8th 2021

Overnight infrared flight data shows that the Dixie Fire burning on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest has grown to 11,086 acres, with another fire in the area also reaching 519 acres.

The fire prompted evacuations on Tuesday in the Dixie and Comstock areas.

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Bonnie Fire near Lucky Peak grows to 150 acres

According to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management, the fire started near Bonneville Point, which is found near Kuna Mora Road.

KTVB Staff July 9, 2021


Fire crews from multiple agencies are responding to a wildfire that started near Bonneville Point, south of Lucky Peak Reservoir.

According to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management, the fire started near Bonneville Point, which is found near Kuna Mora Road. The fire has since been dubbed the Bonnie Fire.

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Several wildfires burning in North Idaho after lightning strikes

One is burning near the historic Cataldo Mission. The fight against another fire, near Kamiah, was hindered when someone flew a drone in the area.

KTVB Staff July 7, 2021

Lighting storms have led to several fires in North and North-Central Idaho, and the Idaho Dept. of Lands says interference from a drone forced a stoppage of the aerial attack against a fire near Kamiah, putting homes at risk.

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Latest on Mud Lick fire burning in Salmon-Challis National Forest

By Rachel Fabbi July 11, 2021 Local News 8


The Mud Lick fire is approximately two miles northwest of Blackbird Mine and nearing 2,500 acres. The lightning-caused fire is burning in grass, brush, dead/down timber, and trees in the 2000 Clear Creek Fire scar on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District.

The fire is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain with limited access for firefighters. A Type III Incident Commander is managing the fire. The fire was very active yesterday with uphill and wind-driven runs with the fire spotting across Deer Creek. In the late afternoon, due to safety concerns, crews disengaged from the fire. Air attack, heavy air tankers, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), and Type I helicopters worked the fire throughout the day.

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Governor mobilizes Idaho National Guard firefighters; fire restrictions coming soon

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, July 9th 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is mobilizing Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in a statewide effort to fight several fires amid extreme drought and excessive heat.

“Wildfire is presenting an imminent threat to life, property, and the environment, and we need all hands on deck. I appreciate our firefighters and fire managers for working so hard under such challenging conditions, and I am grateful that our guardsmen are able to step in once again to support Idaho communities,” Little said. “I want to thank Idahoans for doing their part to prevent wildfires during a season where Idaho is particularly vulnerable to human-caused wildfires.”

It’s the first time the Idaho Department of Lands has requested the governor to issue an emergency declaration to make Guard resources available to fight wildfires.

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Western Smoke Satellite Image July 10


source: NOAA

Critter News:

Simple precautions to help avoid bear problems at home and camp

By Katie Kloppenburg Jul 06, 2021 KIVI

Idaho Fish and Game says proper food and garbage storage is important to avoid conflicts with bears at your home or campsite. Most bear conflicts happen between July and September and are linked to careless handling of food and garbage.

With people heading outdoors, IDFG encourages them that most conflicts can be avoided by being mindful of food and garbage. The same precautions apply to homeowners in bear country.

“Minimize the chances of a bear conflict for yourself and those following you by securing your food and garbage, and anything else that a bear might find tasty,” said Dennis Newman, wildlife manager for Idaho Fish and Game’s Salmon Region. “Bears are very opportunistic and once they find a food reward, they will be back for more.”

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Meridian woman urges dog owners to be mindful of pet’s heat exposure after family bulldog has a heat-related seizure

“I was told by the vet that even though they’re in the pool and going inside and outside, it’s not enough. They’re still in the direct sun,” Delinda Shubin said.

Shirah Matsuzawa July 10, 2021

Most dog owners are aware of the dangerous and potentially fatal consequences of leaving an animal in a hot car, but one Caldwell woman is urging dog owners to pay more attention to their furry friends after her daughter almost lost her dog to the heat.

The dog was not inside a car, however; he was running around and splashing around in a pool outside.

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Crews rescue dog stuck on Idaho cliff: ‘Don’t know how she got to where she was’

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, July 7th 2021

Wood River Fire and Rescue

An Idaho dog is thanking its lucky paws after it was rescued from a cliff in Blaine County over the July 4 weekend.

Wood River Fire and Rescue says Honey Bear the dog was reportedly trapped in the Della Mountain area near Croy Canyon.

Officials say eight “dog-loving rescuers” made their way to the site and suited up for an 800-foot descent to build an anchor. It took crews roughly five hours to rescue the pooch.

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McCall looks to ban feeding deer within the city

Deer have left their traditional migration patterns for the free food in McCall. Officials are now looking at an ordinance to ban feeding wild animals in the city.

Andrew Baertlein June 3, 2021

If you’ve been to McCall lately, you’ve seen a lot of wildlife. But some say there’s too much wildlife.

McCall code enforcement is proposing an ordinance that bans feeding wildlife in the city. It specifically addresses deer which have become a nuisance.

“There are multiple cities across the United States and in resort communities that do not allow feeding of wildlife in town,” McCall Police Chief Justin Williams said.

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Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus found in traps in Payette County

The abatement program is increasing mosquito surveillance in these areas and continuing to locate and treat larvae infested waters.

KTVB Staff July 9, 2021

Payette County officials have confirmed that mosquitoes collected in two traps on July 8 have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

They were found in the Washoe area west of Payette and the Kiwanis Park area in Payette during routine surveillance by Payette County’s Mosquito Abatement Program, operated by Vector Disease Control International.


Fish & Game News:

Man injured by grizzly bear after encountering a female with a cub

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, July 9, 2021

Forest Service has closed the area of the attack as a precaution

A man was attacked by a grizzly bear early Friday, July 9, in the Kilgore area near Island Park in Eastern Idaho after encountering a female with a cub. The man was injured in the attack, but able to return to the cabin he was staying in and call 911. His injuries were not life threatening, and he was treated at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg.

The man was running on a trail near Stamp Meadows Road on Forest Service land around 6:30 a.m. when he encountered the female grizzly bear with a cub, and the female charged him. He laid down in an effort to protect himself, and the grizzly struck him several times before running off. The area has been closed as a precaution.

Idaho Fish and Game and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Cow and calf moose relocated out of Hailey neighborhood to Silver Creek

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, July 9, 2021 – 6:44 PM MDT

Idaho Fish and Game

A cow and calf moose, while enjoyable to see in a neighborhood, should not be encouraged to live in our communities.

Numerous reports of a cow moose with a very young calf in a Hailey neighborhood began to come into Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Regional office shortly before the July 4th holiday weekend. The cow moose had been seen for some time in the same area of Hailey, but the addition of the calf prompted concerns about the pair living in close proximity to families and pets. Cow moose are extremely protective of their young and can seriously injure or kill anything they view as a threat.

Wildlife biologists began to monitor the situation to assess if they could safely relocate the cow moose and her calf while maintaining public safety. A variety of factors contributed to the decision to relocate these particular moose. The moose were very close to where the City of Hailey would be putting on their July 4th fireworks show, which could bring a fireworks-stressed moose in close contact where local residents would be out walking in their neighborhoods at night. Second, the exceptionally dry conditions likely contributed to the cow and calf taking up residence in neighborhoods with their irrigated lawns and landscaping. And finally, numerous fences, the highway and the fenced airport separated the moose from safely getting to the Big Wood River, preventing them from accessing more suitable moose habitat.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Skunk with head in a McDonald’s cup saved by cop

by Joe Golder, Zenger News Monday, June 7th 2021

Video shows how a Canadian policeman managed to remove a McDonald’s cup from a skunk’s head without getting sprayed.

The video was filmed in Toronto by police who jokingly asked: “What do you get when a police officer and a skunk cross? Law and Odour!


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