Aug 1, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 1, 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

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
August 5-7 – Harmonica Festival
Aug 14 – VYPA Meeting – Canceled
Sept 11 – YPFD Budget Meeting 10am at Fire Hall
Sept 11 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
(details below)

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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Aug 14 – VYPA Meeting – Canceled

The August 14, 2021 VYPA meeting has been cancelled as we will not have a quorum of Council members available. The next VYPA meeting will be September 11th.
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Harmonica Festival August 5, 6, and 7

Link: to website

Village News:

A Piece of Yellow Pine History

photo courtesy of LI July 21, 2021

Please share your stories and photos for the Yellow Pine History Project.
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Planned Internet and Phone Outages July 26-27

MTE replaced and upgraded Microwave equipment. This necessitated taking down the phones and internet Monday and Tuesday, the outages lasted approximately 9 hours each day.
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Culvert Cleaning

Sunday, August 1st, Fire Chief Tim Rogers, Tom Olson and his visitors teamed up to clear the clogged culvert at the Veterans’ memorial on the east side of Yellow Pine Ave. Assistance from the big green fire truck for a bit of a flush. Ready for the rain that fell late Sunday afternoon.
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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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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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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

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

The Hwy 55 projects
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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While bats are an important part of our ecosystem and most do not carry rabies, CDH offers the following tips to protect yourself and pets:
* Never touch a bat with your bare hands.
* If you have had an encounter with a bat, seek medical attention.
* If you come in contact with a bat, save the bat in a container without touching it and contact your health department to arrange testing for rabies. Whenever possible, the bat should be tested to rule out an exposure to rabies. During regular business hours in Ada, Boise and Elmore Counties, call 208-327-7499 and in Valley County, call 208-634-7194. After business hours in all counties, call 1-800-632-8000.
* Always vaccinate your pets for rabies, including horses. Pets may encounter bats outdoors or in the home.
* Bat-proof your home or cabin by plugging all holes in the siding and maintaining tight-fitting screens on windows. Bats can enter through holes the size of a quarter.

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 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

Bins last emptied Wednesday, July 28th. 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

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 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

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 .
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 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4th at 10am
Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes.rtf

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:

Sept 11 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA 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)

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 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.

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 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

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

Big Creek Lodge

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

Arnold Aviation – (208) 382-4844

The Star-News

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

Monday (July 26) overnight low of 49 degrees. This morning it appears clear above moderate smoke and warming up quickly. Planned internet/phone outage. A lone hairy woodpecker calling in the distance and ground squirrels running around. Light traffic kicking up some dust. Smoky and warm at lunch time. Appears to be some high small clouds above the murk by early afternoon, high of 98 degrees. Internet back on around 6pm. Still hot by early evening, appears to be mostly cloudy above even thicker smoke, light breeze and orange air quality. Still pretty warm at dusk, feels like humidity is going up. Looked hazy (cloudy?) before midnight.

Tuesday (July 27) overnight low of 60 degrees. This morning it looks like it is mostly cloudy (like bubble wrap) above the smoke (orange air quality) and light breeze. A bit of (loud) air traffic. Planned internet/phone outage after 9am. Ground squirrels running about and very few birds around. Street traffic kicking up dust. Warm and eye burning smoke at lunch time. Hot and smoky early afternoon, seems to be cloudy above the smoke, very poor air quality and light breeze. Hot smoky afternoon, high 93 degrees. Internet back on before 6pm. Thinner smoke, better air quality, a little cooler and partly cloudy with light breezes by early evening. Steller jay visited. Cooling off a little at dusk, seems the smoke is getting thicker. Hazy before midnight, red Mars rising.

Wednesday (July 28) overnight low of 53 degrees. This morning it is likely cloudy above the smoke, light breeze and humidity up. No birds around. Internet down at 930am for a short time. A few drops of rain around 1015am. Cloudy and smoky at lunch time. Mail truck was a little late, no problems reported. Sprinkling a few drops at 1pm, evaporating almost as soon as they landed. Mostly cloudy, smokey and cool breezes early afternoon. Warmed up mid-afternoon, smoky and high of 90 degrees. Warm early evening, thinner smoke (better air quality) mostly clear sky and slight breeze. Cooling off a bit at dusk, probably partly cloudy and seems like the smoke is getting thicker. Hazy before midnight.

Thursday (July 29) overnight low of 56 degrees. Yesterday’s drops of rain evaporated upon landing, reporting a “trace.” This morning mostly clear, light haze of smoke and feels like the humidity is up. One steller jay visited and colombian ground squirrels running about. Warming up quickly by lunch time, light haze of smoke and not too bad for air quality. Hot gusty breezes early afternoon, partly cloudy and light smoke , high of 96 degrees. Still hot early evening, mostly clear, light breezes and smoke getting thicker along the river. Still pretty warm after sunset, mostly clear, light breeze and increasing smoke – especially along the river. Looked hazy before midnight.

Friday (July 30) overnight low of 51 degrees. Clear sky, light breeze and light haze of smoke. Light air and street traffic (dusty!) Steller jay visited. Hot and increasing smoke at lunch time. Helicopter circling at 149pm. Hot by early afternoon, a few clouds, increasing smoke and hot breezes. Looks like thicker smoke rising to the east (a bit south of due east) behind Golden Gate – from the fire on Sugar Mountain. Hot, dry, dusty smoky afternoon, high of 99 degrees. Still pretty hot early evening, a few clouds above the increasing smoke and decreasing visibility. Still pretty warm after sunset, breezy and can smell the smoke (poor AQ.) At dusk it was still quite warm and orange air quality. Looked hazy before midnight, very red Mars rising.

Saturday (July 31) overnight low of 60 degrees. Mostly clear above the smoke this morning and poor air quality. No birds around. Heavy trucks going up main street. Warm, smoky and light breeze at lunch time. Warm afternoon, humidity going up, gray overcast, haze of smoke and light pleasant breeze, high of 92 degrees. Much cooler late afternoon, dark overcast, light sprinkles of rain, and gusty breezes. Not enough rain to settle the dust, little sprinkles on and off. Power blipped off and back on at 721pm. Cooling off nicely after sunset, cloudy and so far no more rain. Cloudy and cooling off and quite humid before dusk. Raining before 2am. Probably done by 4am.

Sunday (Aug 1) overnight low of 60 degrees. Rain total = 0.10″ (Stibnite received 0.18″.) This morning mostly cloudy and humid, much better air quality. No birds around. Shooting to the west started at 1037am. Overcast and pleasant temperatures at lunch time, a bit muggy and increasing air traffic. Light sprinkles for a short time around 2pm. Folks up by the monument with the green fire truck – working on cleaning the culvert by the veterans memorial. Thunderstorm and impressive rain late afternoon, multiple strikes on VanMeter Hill, high of 82 degrees. Hummingbird visiting in the rain. Rain showers on and off into the early evening, low foggy clouds belting the hills. Happy robin out in the forest calling.


Merle Amos

April 25, 1953 – July 25, 2021


Merle Amos, age 68, of Burkett, died Sunday, July 25, 2021 in Midland. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home.

Thelma Merle Walker was born on April 25, 1953, in Coleman, Texas, a daughter of Andrew Walker and Jewel Doris Carey Walker. She grew up in Cross Plains where she also attended school. On August 1, 1970, she married Harold Amos in Burkett. Following their marriage, they lived in Fort Worth for two years, NE Texas for 10 years and Idaho for 16 years. In 1999 they retired and moved to Midland and then to Burkett in 2015. Harold died on November 29, 2018. She continued to live in Burkett until her health issues required that she move to Midland to be near her son, Toby.

Merle obtained her GED and attended business college where she studied to become a medical transcriptionist. She later worked at a convenience store in Midland and at two different call centers. Her most important occupation was being a devoted wife and loving mother to her husband and sons. She was a member of the Church of God International in Tyler, Texas. She was a strong advocate of the military and supported Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans of America. She was an ardent animal lover.

She is survived by three sons, Mike Amos and wife Kat of Yellow Pine, Idaho, Scott Amos and wife Anna of Boise, Idaho and Toby Lawrence Amos of Midland; one grandson, David Amos of Boise, Idaho; three brothers, Darrell Walker and wife Debbie of Odessa, Andy Walker and wife Kazuko of Abilene and Paul Walker of Odessa; one sister, Kathryn Wegzryn and husband Rich of Turtle Lake, Wisconson.

Please leave kind thoughts and condolences for the family at (link)
. Stevens Funeral Home is honored to serve the Amos family.


Idaho News:

Valley County Events

Bigfoot Celebration to be held in Warren on Saturday [July 31]

Warren will host its first annual Bigfoot Celebration with live music and “The Telling of the Tales” on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Yellow Pine to host music & harmonica festival Aug. 5-7

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.
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Valley County Fair & Rodeo Aug. 9-14 to celebrate ‘Country Pride’

The Valley County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate “Country Pride, County Wide” Monday through Saturday, Aug. 9-14, at the Valley County Fairgrounds in Cascade.
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Donnelly to host 2021 Huckleberry Festival Aug. 13-15

Donnelly will celebrate all things huckleberry with the Donnelly Huckleberry Festival Friday through Sunday, Aug. 13-15.

more info: at The Star-July 29, 2021
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Valley Search & Rescue leader dies

Mangum stricken while assisting at wreck scene

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 29, 2021

Valley County Search and Rescue leader Larry Mangum died last week from a heart attack while assisting emergency crews with an accident on Idaho 55.

Mangum, 60, of Donnelly, happened to be nearby when the three-car accident happened about seven miles south of Smiths Ferry.

Mangum assisted with setting up improvised landing zones for air ambulances and assisted in directing both car and helicopter traffic, Search and Rescue Lt. Larry Scarborough.

Mangum went into cardiac arrest while speaking to first responders, Scarborough said.

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DF says it wants to sell parcels

Wilks brothers own 130,000 acres in Valley, Adams

By Drew Dodson and Max Silverson for The Star-News July 29, 2021

DF Development wants to divide and sell “a small portion” of its 130,000 acres in Adams and Valley counties, representatives for the company have told county commissioners in Valley and Adams counties.

The properties to be sold would mostly be near New Meadows and McCall, the representatives said.

“We don’t have any visions of dividing everything we own tomorrow and selling it,” Jimmy Williams of a DF Development said.

DF Development owns about 61,000 acres in Adams County and about 69,000 acres in Valley County, according to county parcel data.

DF Development is controlled by Farris and Dan Wilks of Cisco, Texas. The billionaire brothers purchased 172,000 acres of private land in west-central Idaho in 2016.

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Kelly’s Whitewater Park continues to be a paradise for paddlers

By Steve Dent Jul 30, 2021 KIVI

Cascade, Idaho — Kelly’s Whitewater Park opened in 2010 and more than a decade later continues to see a lot of use by kayakers, surfers and people who enjoy the water.

“Oh it is awesome, it is kind of like the center of the community especially for the outdoor community,” said Ryan Campbell who lives in Cascade. “We come here a couple of times a week with our kids and we just love it.”

This park was the vision of former Cascade Mayor Richard Carter and several community members.

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COVID-19 Updates: 529 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, total statewide cases reach 200K

July 30, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 529 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Friday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 200,484.

About 89% of Idaho residents live in communities where masks should be worn again.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday recommended even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors where the Delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges.

continued: [Valley County 915 cases, 6 deaths.]

Public Lands:

Aquatic Organism Passage Management Project Scoping Period

The New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest is seeking comments on the Aquatic Organism Passage Management 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 August 28, 2021.

We propose this project to enhance aquatic organism and fish passage at road-stream crossings and improve connectivity and habitat for aquatic species. This project’s proposed actions were initially authorized under the Lost Creek Boulder Creek project in 2014. However, 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 implement the remaining aquatic organism passageway improvement actions on the landscape. Based on field verification, the activities proposed in this project are still relevant and needed to meet overall desired conditions.

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 208-514-5809or

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Aquatic Organism Passage Management Project.

Erin Phelps
New Meadows District Ranger
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Lost Ant Recreation Management Project Scoping Period

The New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest is seeking comments on the Lost Ant Recreation Management 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 August 28, 2021.

We propose this project to enhance recreation opportunities in the Boulder Creek watershed and in the vicinity of Lost Valley Reservoir with an emphasis on improving current trails and trailhead parking, developing new trail opportunities for both motorized and non-motorized use, and providing sanitation facilities. This project’s proposed actions were initially authorized under the Lost Creek Boulder Creek project in 2014. However, 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 implement the remaining recreation improvement actions on the landscape. Based on field verification, the activities proposed in this project are still relevant and needed to meet overall desired conditions.

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 208-514-5809or

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Lost Ant Recreation Management Project.

Erin Phelps
New Meadows District Ranger

Fire Season:

Fire in the Sugar Mt area

8am July 30th: 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

Sugar Mtn Fire afternoon Updates July 30

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.

Heat Map 8pm July 30th

Update July 31, 8am

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.

Aug 1st Sugar Cane

Payette National Forest USFS 100 Acres Eight miles southeast of Yellow Pine, ID
(per NIFC)

No update for Aug 1st yet from Payette NF

Aug 1st Morning Heat Map

Stibnite weather station (link) received 0.18″ of rain Saturday evening into early Sunday morning, then Sunday afternoon 0.24″ fell in about 35 minutes between 2-3pm. More rain on and off late afternoon.
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Some useful links:

Fire Heat Map (Slow to load – be patient)

Weather Station at Stibnite

Real Time Lightning Map (zoom to our area)

GOES-West – Satellite Maps: Pacific Northwest
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Boot Grease and Cranberry Fires on West Mountain

Aug 1, 2021 Fire Update from IDL and SITPA – via FB

New Incident: Boot Grease Fire, approximately 6 miles NW of Donnelly, Idaho.

Within 15 minutes of being reported yesterday by the No Business Lookout, aircraft began aggressively suppressing the Boot Grease Fire, a two-acre incident located 1 mile from the lookout and half a mile from the communication site on No Business Mountain.

Paul Wagner, Chief Fire Warden for the Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), reported that aircraft on yesterday’s initial attack included a type 1 helicopter and type 3 helicopter from the Payette National Forest, and two single engine air tankers (SEAT – fixed wing aircraft). This incident is on Payette National Forest ownership, with fire protection provided by SITPA. Both agencies are collaborating to suppress this fire.

On the ground engagement includes two SITPA engines, one contract engine, the Alta Hotshots from the State of Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and a water tender.

The Cranberry Fire, a .1-acre incident located approximately 2 miles northwest of the Boot Grease Fire, also started yesterday, but was contained last night at 10:23 pm MT.

Over the evening, McCall received .15” and Donnelly received .5″ of precipitation and more is expected today.
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2021 Payette Wilderness Fires

Three fires are burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Payette National Forest. The Club, Rush Creek, and Vinegar fires were started by lightning on July 15, 2021. A Type 3 Incident Management Team took over the fires on July 19th. A closure order for trails has been put in place in and around these fires for public and firefighter safety to prevent any interference with suppression and response operations.

InciWeb: Maps and closure orders
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Mud Lick, Haynes, and Iron Fires

Salmon-Challis National Forest

InciWeb: Maps and closure orders
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Dixie-Jumbo Fires

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

InciWeb: Maps and closure orders
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Drones used to help contain Dixie Fire

Flammable chemicals dropped on unburned areas

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 29, 2021

Plastic balls filled with flammable chemicals were dropped from a drone into the interior of the Dixie Fire last week.

The drone drop was intended to ignite unburned areas that fire managers said could have fueled the fire beyond containment lines.

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Snake River Complex

Idaho Department of Lands

InciWeb: Maps and closure orders
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InciWeb Fire info

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Air Quality McCall

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National Fire Map

link: (zoomable)
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Deer Fire Updates

Boise National Forest

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Boise District Fire Update

BLM Aug 1, 2021

The Treasure Valley experienced a lightning bust last night and currently the Boise District BLM has two active wildfires burning northwest of Emmett, ID.

Hollow Fire

* Located eight miles northwest of Emmett, ID
* 580 acres
* Lightning-ignited on July 31
* Resources on scene: five engines and one dozer shared with the Hanna Fire
* BLM resources will be monitoring the fire and mopping it up throughout the day
* Estimated containment: Noon 08-01-2021

Hanna Fire

* Located 10 miles northwest of Emmett, ID
* 189 acres
* Lightning-ignited on July 31
* Resources on scene: three engines from Gem County and shared resources from the Hollow Fire
* BLM resources will be monitoring the fire and mopping it up throughout the day
* Estimated containment: Noon 08-01-2021

For More Information,

* Boise District Fire Information, 208-384-3378
* Idaho Wildfires visit (link)
* Wildfires across the country, visit (link)
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Map and list of fires currently burning in Idaho, Oregon

KTVB Updated July 31, 2021


Critter News:

Coalition seeks relisting of gray wolves in US West

By Associated Press Jul 29, 2021

Wildlife advocates have sent a formal petition to relist gray wolves as an endangered species throughout the U.S. West.

The move Thursday is in response to new laws in Idaho and Montana intended to significantly reduce wolf populations. Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and others sent the petition Thursday to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The groups cite unregulated hunting, poaching and genetic problems involving small wolf populations. The agency is supposed to respond to the petition within 90 days on whether there is enough information for a potential listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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Fireworks shot at cattle during Idaho rodeo

Video captured by an attendee shows roman candles being shot at the cattle and fireworks bouncing off of the cows’ heads.

The Pioneer Days celebration in Oakley, Idaho dates back more than 130 years. One of the main attractions is the rodeo, but new, disturbing video shows fireworks being shot at cattle.

Oakley is a small farming community in Cassia County, about 20 miles from the Idaho-Utah border.

During the rodeo, the last event is wild cow riding, where teams of three have to hold, saddle and ride a cow. The mad-cappery is capped off with a fireworks show. However, video shows those fireworks are doing double duty over last weekend,

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Rabid Bat found in Boise County

by CBS2 Staff Friday, July 30th 2021

Central District Health says a rabid bat has been found in Boise County.

The bat was found in a swimsuit that had been store outside overnight.

Those who had contact with the bat are receiving preventative rabies treatment.

In 2020, 17 bats tested positive for rabies in Idaho.

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West Nile virus detected at 3 sites in Ada County

KTVB Staff July 28, 2021

The West Nile virus has been detected at three locations in Kuna.

The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District has confirmed the presence of the virus in mosquitoes in the county for the first time in 2021.


Fish & Game News:

Recreationists can help reduce conflicts on Idaho Fish and Game properties.

By Norm Merz, Wildlife Regional Manager – Habitat
Friday, July 30, 2021

All users of Idaho Fish and Game properties can take steps to help reduce conflicts and enhance recreational experiences.

With summer in full swing, the desire to get outside and enjoy all Idaho has to offer grows strong. With a renewed recreation focus and a growing population, publicly accessible lands in North Idaho are seeing a lot of use. These publicly available lands fall under many different ownerships, ranging from federal public lands to privately owned lands that allow public access. In fact, over 70% of land in the Panhandle Region is publicly accessible. In short, there are a lot of places to go and things to see.

Idaho Fish and Game owns or manages only a small portion of these publicly accessible lands, and they are generally located in the valley bottoms and at key points to access various water bodies. Fish and Game properties are managed primarily for wildlife habitat and sportsman access for hunting, fishing and trapping. Other uses, such as hiking, biking, kayaking and horse riding are also allowed.

With growing use of Fish and Game lands, conflicts with the management goals and adjoining neighbors are increasing.

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Deadline for second Super Hunt drawing is Aug. 10

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

It’s only $6 per entry or $20 for Super Hunt combo and you can enter as many times as you like

The second Super Hunt drawing will be for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, and one moose hunt. Another Super Hunt Combo entry will also be drawn, and winners will be notified by August 20.

Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online or by calling 1-800-554-8685. You can buy as many entries you want for Super Hunts or the Super Hunt Combo.

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Mountain Goat Gender Identification

By Staff Writer
Friday, July 30, 2021

It is difficult to distinguish between male and female mountain goats, there is no regulation requiring hunters to take only billies. However, female mountain goats accompanied by kids may NOT be taken.

Hunters are strongly encouraged to select a male (billy) for harvest because excessive harvest of nannies over time can lead to reductions in productivity and herd size, which in turn limits permit levels. Hunt areas in Idaho have been closed or allocated fewer permits because of high levels of nanny harvest.

Nanny and Billy: Differences in nanny and billy horns can be almost impossible to see from a distance. Be patient, get closer, and use good binoculars and spotting scopes to help you identify billies and avoid shooting nannies.

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

Goose flying upside down is simply showing off, say experts

by Arian Movileanu – Zenger News Friday, July 30th 2021

Arnhem, Netherlands (Zenger News) — A dark gray-brown Bean goose flying upside down was snapped by an amateur photographer near the Dutch town of Arnhem.

The maneuver, called whiffling, is when geese roll their body upside down and twist their neck and head 180 degrees around to its normal position.

This aerial acrobatic resembles a falling leaf and may be used to avoid avian predators or a long, slow descent over an area where hunters for sport or food are present.

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