Sept 5, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 5, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
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
Sept 11 – YPFD Budget Meeting 10am at Fire Hall
Sept 11 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sept 18 – ATV-UTV Ride to Thunder Mountain
Sept 18 – Jim Adkins Retirement 2pm at YP Tavern
(details below)

Local Events:

ATV-UTV Ride to Thunder Mountain Saturday, September 18, 9am – 4pm

Meet at the Community Hall. Ride with us through the fabulous back-country to the historic Thunder Mountain area and support the Yellow Pine Community Hall. This out-and-back ride is rated as intermediate. Participants ride from Yellow Pine Community Hall up Stibnite Road to Thunder Mountain. BBQ Lunch will be served to participants at the end of the road. The timeframe of this event is estimated to be from 9am to 4pm. $25 for online sign up and $30 at the event.

Sign up link:
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Sept 18th Pot Luck for Jim Adkins – Yellow Pine Tavern

Yellow Pine Friends, Neighbors and Family

Please join us for a pot luck at the Yellow Pine Tavern on Saturday September 18th at 2:00 P.M.

After 60 years in Yellow Pine, Stibnite and Zena Creek Ranch Jim Adkins has decided to start his next great adventure.

Please join us to wish Jim luck on his new adventure and to meet the new co-owners of the ranch
Shannon and Boyd
Katy and Dave
Debra and Eric
Beth and Bob

Kathy will be providing burgers and brats. Please stop by to wish Jim good luck and meet your new Zena Creek neighbors. Please bring one of your specialty foods to go with the burgers and brats.
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions still in Effect

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.

Village News:

Cut Off From The Outside

Literally cut off – on Sunday, Sept 5th, at approximately 330pm, the phone line for Yellow Pine was accidentally dug up and damaged. Our phone lines were dead and of course there was no internet. Early Monday morning, Sept 6th (Labor Day,) MTE came to the village to work on restoring the line. Phones and (slow) internet restored around 6pm.
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Notice – New Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sundays.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Labor Day Golf Tournament and Potluck Sept 4th

The cannon went off at 1018am to start the annual Labor Day Golf Tournament to benefit the Fire Department.

The winners from our golf tournament fundraiser for the fire department.
First: Tera and Brian
Second: Steve and Jonathan
Third: Luna and Ryan
Closest to the pin: Peter


A potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern followed at 4pm with Lasagna and Brauts provided by the Tavern, Cory’s and Sullivan’s.
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Community Hall Repair Project

The first step of the Community Hall Repair Project was completed on Sept. 1st when the new service door was installed in the kitchen. This should keep varmints and weather out of the kitchen.


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New Cook at the Yellow Pine Tavern

A great Birthday Party was held at the Tavern for Jake, our new Bartender and Cook. Come by and meet him on weekend evenings.
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Yellow Pine Avenue

A report that the county grader did the lower end of Yellow Pine Ave (main street) at least as far as the veteran’s memorial on Tuesday, August 31st.
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Road News

Local streets are very dusty – no dust abatement this year on main street. Please slow down!

Link: to current road reports.

Johnson Creek road was recently graded, but is already getting rough again.

Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads are Open. These roads have not been bladed and are rough. Travel at your own risk.

Hwy 55 projects
Smith’s Ferry area: Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, drivers can expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., the road will be open to one-way alternating traffic. Please note: the delays may be significant immediately after the road reopens due to large traffic volumes. Once this traffic clears, drivers can expect 15-minute delays. We encourage drivers to plan ahead and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route. Project Website link:
Donnelly to McCall: One lane during the week and two lanes on weekends. Project is slated to last until September.
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Be Mountain Lion Aware

Note: A report of a mountain lion 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!

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


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.


* 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.

Mosquitoes – West Nile

* Remove standing water
* Wear long sleeves and pants during morning/evening hours
* Use a good repellent with DEET (our bugs laugh at “backyard” formulas.
* Vaccinate your horses and mules! West Nile can be fatal to equines.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

Starting Aug. 29, USPS will raise prices of first-class postage stamps to 58 cents from 55 cents.

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: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Saturday (Sept 4) The dumpsters are being emptied on Wednesdays.

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


August Water Usage

date flow used hours gph gpm more less
08/01/21 13372547 47365 24.5 1933 32 S 6162
08/02/21 13410349 37802 23.5 1609 27 M 9563
08/03/21 13446269 35920 24 1497 25 T 1882
08/04/21 13480953 34684 24 1445 24 W 1236
08/05/21 13525686 44733 24 1864 31 T 10049
08/06/21 13563217 37531 24 1564 26 F 7202
08/07/21 13599798 36581 24 1524 25 S 950
08/08/21 13640054 40256 24.5 1643 27 S 3675
08/09/21 13677619 37565 23.5 1599 27 M 2691
08/10/21 13728899 51280 24 2137 36 T 13715
08/11/21 13770218 41319 24 1722 29 W 9961
08/12/21 13808848 38630 24 1610 27 T 2689
08/13/21 13854512 45664 24 1903 32 F 7034
08/14/21 13891073 36561 24 1523 25 S 9103
08/15/21 13930241 39168 24 1632 27 S 2607
08/16/21 13974252 44011 24 1834 31 M 4843
08/17/21 14015490 41238 24 1718 29 T 2773
08/18/21 14052616 37126 24 1547 26 W 4112
08/19/21 14080768 28152 24 1173 20 T 8974
08/20/21 14108902 28134 24 1172 20 F 18
08/21/21 14146329 37427 24.5 1528 25 S 9293
08/22/21 14176943 30614 24 1276 21 S 6813
08/23/21 14202033 25090 24 1045 17 M 5524
08/24/21 14229216 27183 24 1133 19 T 2093
08/25/21 14254825 25609 24 1067 18 W 1574
08/26/21 14282739 27914 24 1163 19 T 2305
08/27/21 14327687 44948 24 1873 31 F 17034
08/28/21 14366935 39248 24 1635 27 S 5700
08/29/21 14402064 35129 24 1464 24 S 4119
08/30/21 14440908 38844 24 1619 27 M 3715
08/31/21 14470808 29900 24 1246 21 T 8944
1145626 1539.82

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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 4, 2021 at the Community Hall at 10am
Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes.rtf

YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting held July 5, 2020 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:

September 11 Meeting Agenda

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda
September 11, 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
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 Hall Oral Report Rhonda Egbert 2 minutes Accomplishments since last meeting. Progress on project. 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 upcoming plans for infrastructure work
Festival Written Report Deb Filler 10 minutes Please bring several copies of the report for attendees
Stibnite Advisory Council Update Lynn Imel 2 minutes
Stibnite Foundation Update Ronda Rogers 2 minutes
YPFPD Update If anyone available 2 minutes
YPWUA Update If anyone available 2 minutes Update on grants
Perpetua Resources Update If anyone available 2 minutes
Old Business
Fireworks Research update Rhonda Egbert 3 minutes
New Business
Community Representatives Named Deb Filler 2 minutes 2022 Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation representatives
2022 Festival Chairman named Ronda Rogers 2 minutes

Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
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)
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YPFD News:

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

August 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss upcoming election (no minutes yet.)

July 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes.
Link: to 20210710 YPFD Meeting.docx

June 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes.
Link to minutes: 2021 June 12 YPFD meeting minutes.docx

May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes.
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.

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

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

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

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

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
Open daily: 8am to 9pm
Sunday 8am to 2pm
Indoor Dining 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, Monday – Sunday. Gas and Diesel now available. The Liquor Store is now reinstated. Now Selling Black Rifle Coffee.
The store is stocked with basic convenience store items such as food, fuel, liquor, beer, wine, tobacco, ice, non alcoholic beverages, snacks, ice cream. New Yellow Pine branded shirts, hats and koozies have arrived. We are going through the process of installing a propane dispenser and bottle exchange service.
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
Our Elk & Deer hunts are booked for our 2021 season, we do have a couple openings for our 2022 Elk & Deer hunts. We Also have a couple openings for Mountain Lion hunts December 2021 through February 2022 and Spring Bear hunts May of 2022. Please see our Website site for further details.
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

Garden Mountain Contractors
We would like to extend our services into the Yellow pine area if there may be a need. We dig alot of dirt! If you need this give us a shout on our FB page below. – Larry Williamson
Garden Valley, Idaho FB Page:
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Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 30) overnight low of 40 degrees. This morning clear sky and light haze of smoke. A few jays, a pine squirrel and a hummingbird visiting. Increased air and street traffic. Clear, warm, breezy and smoky at lunch time – the southern sky is opaque, to the north is milky blue, and you can smell the smoke. Getting pretty warm mid-afternoon, breezy and smoky, high of 89 degrees. Increasing smoke, Yellow air quality before sunset and calmer. Smoky before midnight – just the brightest stars and Jupiter shining.

Tuesday (Aug 31) overnight low of 40 degrees. This morning likely clear above the smoke, poor air quality. A couple of jays visiting. Increased street traffic. Less smoke and better air quality at lunch time, no clouds and getting breezy. Warm mid-afternoon, clear sky, breezy at times, thin haze of smoke and a little better air quality, high of 80 degrees. Grasshoppers clacking about, pine squirrel trilling, a distant dog barking and street traffic on and off. Clear and calmer before sunset, Green air quality. Cooling off quickly after dusk, clear sky and not too bad of air quality.

Wednesday (Sept 1) overnight low of 31 degrees. This morning clear very blue sky and good air quality. A couple of robins calling and jays shrieking. Sunny clear and good air at lunch time, a bit breezy. Mail truck was a little late, no problems reported. Mild temperatures, clear blue sky, light breezes and good air mid-afternoon, high of 79 degrees. Clear, warm and good air quality before sunset. Clear and cooling off at dusk, good air. Clear before midnight.

Thursday (Sept 2) overnight low of 32 degrees. This morning clear sky above thin haze of smoke – Yellow air quality. Increasing street traffic. Sunny and warming up at lunch time and haze of smoke. Jays visiting, a hairy woodpecker and a pine squirrel calling, grasshoppers clacking about, a few white pine butterflies. Pleasantly warm and partly cloudy mid-afternoon, thicker haze of smoke, high of 78 degrees. Warm, partly cloudy and moderate smoke before sunset. Gusty breezes at dark. Only the brightest stars and Jupiter shining to the east before midnight.

Friday (Sept 3) overnight low of 33 degrees. This morning light breeze, clear sky over smoky haze – Yellow air quality. Early air traffic. Female hairy woodpecker and a jay visiting. Clear sky and smoky haze at lunch time. Warm with light breeze mid-afternoon, light haze of smoke (lower end of Yellow AQ), high of 80 degrees. Warm and light breeze before sunset, clear sky and light haze of smoke (Green air quality.) Bright Jupiter above Antimony Ridge before midnight.

Saturday (Sept 4) overnight low of 34 degrees. This morning partly cloudy (small scattered clouds) and light haze of smoke – Green air quality. Light street traffic raising clouds of dust on main street – even those driving slowly. Cannon shot at 1018am. Increasing smoke before lunch time – smell of smoke in the air. Several gunshots at 125pm. Female hairy woodpecker, jays and a pine squirrel visiting. Pretty warm by mid-afternoon, mostly clear, breezy and haze of smoke and dust – poor air quality, high of 86 degrees. Scarlet clouds to the west before sunset, warm, mostly cloudy, calm and haze of smoke and dust. Cooling off after dark and still smoky. Jupiter looking rather red through the smoke before midnight.

Sunday (Sept 5) overnight low of 38 degrees. This morning clear above haze of smoke – Yellow air quality. Light early air and street traffic – getting dusty. Jays, a hairy woodpecker, a hummingbird and a pine squirrel visiting. Warm and smoky at lunch time. Rapid loud gunfire just before 3pm. Pretty warm mid-afternoon, appears clear above the haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and breezy, high of 91 degrees. Internet and phones went down around 330pm (line cut.) Quite a bit of street traffic (and dust) this afternoon. Very warm before sunset, smoky and dusty – poor air quality, might be some high flat clouds above the smoke? Ruby red sun setting at 737pm. Pretty hazy after midnight. Internet and phones still out…


JR VanHoover
7/27/75 – 8/27/21

Leo Edward VanHoover Jr., a true Yellow Pine native, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Mexico on Friday August 27th, 2021.

It is always a shock to lose someone so young so unexpectedly… Someone with so much life left to live. J.R. was a unique spirit with a gypsy soul. He lived his life on his own terms and added friends where ever his travels took him.

When we lose someone, friends and loved ones can be at a loss for words. They often say, “We are so sorry, if there is anything we can do please let us know.” Finding a response to this can often be just as elusive. When someone passes on they can never be truly gone, not as long as we keep them with us in our hearts and minds. So if you truly want to honor J.R., take him with you… Take his sense of humor, his laughter, his wild unpredictable spirit and share it with those you love and care about. Share your favorite J.R. stories and “remember whens”. By doing this, keeping him in your hearts, he will never be truly gone. He will live on forever in the memories and hearts of all of us. We can think of no greater tribute. Remember to take every opportunity to tell those you care about how much they mean to you, hug your babies, say “Yes” as often as you can, and cherish every moment you are given.

J.R. is survived by his wife and best friend Erendira, his five sons David, Kason, Spirit, Leo, and Jess, his parents Leo Sr and Lois, and his four sisters Angela and her husband Don, Cindy and her husband Scott, Stacy and her husband Jay, and Tess and her wife Shane. He is also survived by his grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and of course all of you…his many, many friends.

We will have a Celebration of Life gathering for J.R. VanHoover on Saturday Sept.11th, 2021 at 3:30 pm at the Eagle Senior Center 312 E. State Street Eagle Idaho. We can come together to comfort each other, reminisce, laugh, and share our memories. We look forward to seeing anyone who would like to come. *Please note* Masks are required inside the center; however, there is also an outdoor area we can gather for socially distanced visiting.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 1,388 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

Sept 3, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,388 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 225,544.

The state said 828,284 people have received the vaccine, and 1,505,574 total doses have been administered. 739,156 people are fully vaccinated.

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 55,568 cases.

The state said 50 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 9,992, and 7 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,661.

Zero new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,379.

full story:
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McCall Golf Course employees test positive for COVID-19

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 2, 2021

Two employees at the McCall Golf Course’s Pro Shop recently tested positive for COVID-19, said McCall Police Chief Justin Williams, who heads up virus response for the city.

Anyone who visited the pro shop last Friday or Saturday should monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus, Williams said.

42 New Cases

A total of 42 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past week by Valley County’s two hospitals compared to 57 new cases reported the previous week.

St. Luke’s McCall reported 27 new cases in the last week, while Cascade Medical Center reported 15 new cases.

The two hospitals have reported a total of 1,051 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic arrived in Valley County in March 2020

Four confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths related to COVID-19 among Valley County residents have been reported by Central District Health.

St. Luke’s McCall offers walk-in COVID-19 vaccines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Luke’s Clinics – Payette Lakes Family Medicine, 211 Forest Street, McCall.

Appointments also can be scheduled online through St. Luke’s myChart or calling 208-381-9500 or by calling 208-634-2225.

Anyone receiving a vaccine on that day will also receive a free scenic chair lift ride or bike haul ticket good through the end of the summer season.

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

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Basin School District: 131 out of 363 students out sick or in quarantine

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 3rd 2021

Students in Idaho City will have an extra day off over the long weekend due to COVID-19.

The Basin School District said this week that 131 out of 363 students have been out sick with either the flu, COVID-19 or for quarantine measures. Of the students who tested for COVID, 15 percent tested positive.

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Valley gives property taxes to road department

Commissioners dip into property-tax reserve fund

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 2, 2021

The Valley County Road and Bridge Department will receive funding from property taxes for the first time in its history in the new county budget that starts on Oct. 1.

Commissioners adopted the 2022 budget last week which included a provision to collect the entire “foregone” balance of about $1.23 million, of which about $787,000 would go to the road department.

The foregone balance refers to taxes that could have been collected in previous years but were not collected. Those funds will now be added to the tax roll to fund future year budgets, said Valley County Clerk Douglas Miller.

“There has been encouragement from the Valley County Road Advisory Committee to try to find alternative revenue sources for the road department,” Miller said.

Valley County failed to enact a road levy in a November 2019 vote and formed the advisory board in September 2020 to help advise road policy and funding strategies.

Historically, the road and bridge department received about $3 million per year from timber receipts on federal lands.

That program was dissolved in 2000 and replaced with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, but the program is not guaranteed, with Congress extending the act on a sporadic basis.

The department received only about $75,000 in SRS funds in 2017, and over $1 million from 2018 to 2020 as well as about $894,000 in 2021.

“At this time, we do not know if SRS will be reauthorized in Fiscal Year 2022,” Miller said.

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DF Development to sell parcels between 30 to 1,000 acres

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News September 2, 2021

DF Development would sell off large pieces of its land near New Meadows under preliminary plans aired last week to the Adams County commission.

The Texas company hopes to create 56 parcels ranging in size from 30 acres to 1,000 acres, said Josh Leonard, a Boise Attorney who represents DF Development.

The parcels are part of 61,000 acres DF owns in Adams County. The large parcel sizes are aimed at preserving the county’s rural culture, Leonard said.

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Plane crash kills 2 east of McCall

Pilot survives crash; McCall man dead

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 2, 2021

A McCall man and a Las Vegas man died and a McCall man was injured when a single-engine plane crashed about 60 miles east of McCall last Saturday, Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

Dead are James Robert Atkins, 56, of McCall, and Donald Scott MacRae, 62, of Las Vegas, who were passengers in the six-seat Cessna 206 airplane.

Injured was Brian Gray of McCall, the pilot of the plane who works for McCall Aviation, which owned the plane.

Gray was taken by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was listed in fair condition on Wednesday, a hospital spokesperson said.

The crash was reported about 1:30 p.m. Saturday near Big Soldier Mountain in far eastern Valley County. A preliminary report by the Federal Aviation Administration said the flight plan filed by the pilot said the purpose of the flight was “sightseeing.”

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First West Nile virus death in 2021 is an Ada County man in his 50s

KTVB Staff August 30, 2021

Central District Health officials have confirmed the first West Nile virus death in Idaho his year is an Ada County man in his 50s who died last week. The man also contracted the virus in Ada County.

Health officials are urging the public to take proper precautions and use of prevention measures.


Letter to Share

A small reminder to ATV/UTV/Dirtbike riders.

Boise County Sheriff’s Office Sept 1, 2021 (via FB)

1) Please wear a helmet. Many of the serious injuries we saw over the summer were not wearing helmets (even in utvs).

2) Roll cages on UTV’s are meant to provide safety for very low speed rollovers. The roll cages on UTV’s usually provide very hard surfaces for your unprotected head to bounce on. Please adhere to rule # 1.

3) Speed is going to be the # 1 factor in most motor vehicle injuries and deaths. We see many off road vehicles in Boise County traveling way to fast for mountain roads and trails.

4) UTV/ATV/Motorcycle Vs. passenger car is a very bad deal. Vs. Tree, Cliff, Rock, Large animals, and any stationary object is also a very bad deal.

5) Have some respect for the locals! You are usually riding near or around peoples houses and properties. P.S. The locals will be the people saving your life if you crash so please drive respectfully.

6) If recreating in Boise County we highly advise you get a life flight membership. Cost of a helicopter flight from here to Boise is approximately 20k dollars. Life Flight membership is less that $100 dollars.

7) Alcohol kills! The simple safety decisions you make or don’t make when drinking alcohol and driving can mean the difference between life and death.

8) Tell someone where you are, where you are going, and when you will be back. We often hear the following information from family explaining the location of their missing loved ones. “I would like to report my family missing, They are on a dirt road, near some trees, and I think there is a creek nearby.”

9) Seatbelts, don’t be silly! Wear your seatbelt!

Thank you,
Boise County Sheriff’s Office

Public Lands:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Reminder that campfires are prohibited in disbursed campsites on the national forest, only allowed in approved FS metal fire rings in campgrounds.

Central Idaho Fire Restrictions Area Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

* Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire outside a fire structure that is provided by the agency. Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle or building.

Under these restrictions, campfires are allowed only in recreation sites within metal/concrete fire pits. The restrictions will remain in effect until there is a significant change in fire danger.

Fire Season:

Idaho’s fire emergency declaration expiring on Saturday

By Katie Kloppenburg Sep 03, 2021 KIVI

The wildland fire emergency declaration issued by Gov. Brad Little in July is set to expire on September 4. The declaration made resources of the state available to help the Idaho Department of Lands in its firefighting efforts.

A news release from IDL says Little’s action and with help provided by the Idaho Office of Emergency Management and Idaho National Guard resources were vital this fire season.

The Idaho National Guard provided 6 UH Black Hawk helicopters and 45 service members supported aviation mission assignments. One Idaho National Guard Type 2 hand crew helped with fire suppression operations on the Cougar Rock Complex. 18 service members were part of the hand crew.


Note: This does not cancel the State 1 Fire Restrictions on Federal lands.
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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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Boundary Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
The lightning-caused Boundary Fire ~2 miles W of Boundary Creek Boat Launch was detected on August 10.
InciWeb: Maps and closure orders

Boundary Fire emergency area, road and trail closure expanded

Sept 3, 2021 Local News 8

The Salmon-Challis National Forest has expanded the Boundary Fire Emergency Area, Road and Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-21-015.

The lightning-caused Boundary Fire less than two miles W of Boundary Creek Boat Launch was detected on August 10.

It has burned 14,386 acres and is 15% contained.

On Thursday, the fire was active with group torching, short-range spotting and uphill runs.

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Mud Lick, Haynes, and Iron Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
InciWeb: Maps and closure orders
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Nez Perce-Clearwater Lightning Fires
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
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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Some useful links:

InciWeb Fire info
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Air Quality McCall
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National Fire Heat Map
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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

Critter News:

Fish & Game gets reports of bears coming into McCall

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is beginning to receive more reports of bears in town, Regional Wildlife Biologist Nathan Borg of the McCall office said.

“Don’t let your trash can or bird feeder become a bear’s food source! “ Borg said. “Once a bear has learned to eat human food, it can be hard to convince them to leave.”

Fish and Game ends up killing bears in McCall every year because they’ve become dangerous to humans, he said.

“Please make sure that your trash is kept inside and is in a bear proof trash can, keep pet food secured or inside, and don’t feed birds during spring, summer and fall,” Borg saiod.

For questions or to report a nuisance bear, call 208-634-8137.

source: The Star-News September 2, 2021
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Fish & Game asks grouse hunters to donate wings

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking grouse hunters to donate forest grouse wings in wing barrels located on West Mountain this fall.

The department uses grouse wings to determine a bird’s age and sex, allowing biologists to track population trends over time, Regional Wildlife Biologist Nathan Borg of the McCall office said.

“When you encounter a wing barrel, please detach and deposit the right wing from each of your ruffed, spruce, or dusky/blue grouse into the slot on top of the barrel.” Borg said.

Wing collection barrels are located at No Business Road, Anderson Creek Road, Snowbank Mountain Road, East Fork Weiser River Road, Mill Creek Road, Middle Fork Weiser River Road, Brundage Mountain Road, Warren Wagon Road At French Creek Road, Lick Creek Road at Rowland Pond parking area, Paddy Flat Road and Gold Fork Road.

Hunters may also drop wings off at the F&G office at 555 Deinhard Ln. in McCall.

source: The Star-News September 2, 2021
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Extreme heat impacting Idaho dairies

The record-breaking temperatures over the summer have not been good for dairy cows. Experts say heat is the most important factor that affects productivity.

Kim Fields August 29, 2021 KTVB

This summer’s blistering heat wave across the western U.S will be remembered as one of the worst in modern history.

The triple digit temperatures began early, in June. The temperatures didn’t just breaking records, they smashed them. July would go on to be the world’s hottest month ever recorded.

We’ve heard how the excessive heat is impacting our environment. In this Scorched Earth report, we take a look at how prolonged heat could is affecting Idaho’s dairy industry.

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IDFG reduces steelhead bag limit to one due to low return rates

By Lynsey Amundson Sep 02, 2021 KIVI

The steelhead season on the Snake, Clearwater, and Salmon rivers open to anglers on Friday, Sept. 3. But, with it being the lowest return of steelhead Idaho Fish and Game has seen in years they reduced bag limits to one fish per day.

“We typically expect a steelhead run daily count at Bonneville Dam to be over about 3,500 steelheads in a single day,” Lance Hebdon, Idaho Fish and Game Fisheries bureau chief, said during the Commission meeting. “Last year’s peak was under 2,500 and this year’s peak has been under 1,600.”

The return is the sixth-worst in history since 1980. By now, IDFG says they expect over 70% of the steelhead returning to be over the Bonneville Dam by now, but that hasn’t happened.


Fish & Game News:

F&G alerting Idaho City residents of dog-aggressive coyotes on Buena Vista Trail near airport

By Brian Pearson, Regional Conservation Manager
Monday, August 30, 2021

On the morning of Aug. 30, Idaho Fish and Game staff received a report of coyotes acting aggressively towards a dog on the Buena Vista Trail near the airport in Idaho City.

According to the reporting party, a woman was hiking with her dog in the area on Monday morning when they were chased for approximately a quarter mile by two aggressive coyotes. Neither the woman nor the dog was bitten during the encounter, but given the aggressive behavior, Fish and Game officials are alerting people with dogs of the potential of an attack by the coyotes.

It is not uncommon for coyotes to be territorial with domestic dogs, particularly small dogs, and it’s possible that the coyotes were protecting their nearby young. Fish and Game will continue to watch closely for any further conflicts. For now, officials suggest recreationists may wish to walk their dogs somewhere else for a few days.

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White-tailed deer test positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease throughout the Clearwater Region

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Disease will likely persist until colder weather arrives

Fish and Game wildlife staff continues to monitor the extent of the disease causing deer to die across the region. Multiple samples taken from dead deer across the Clearwater Region have come back positive for the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) virus.

Outbreaks of EHD are not uncommon to white-tailed deer. Wildlife staff anticipated the potential for a disease outbreak due to this year’s extended hot and dry weather pattern. This summer created ideal conditions for deer to congregate at water sources where the disease-carrying biting gnat resides. The number of dead deer is expected to continue to increase a week or more after a first hard frost kills gnat populations.

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Windows to Wildlife – Late Summer Edition

* Wolverines in the Hidden Alpine of Southeast Idaho
* On the Idaho Birding Trail: Carey Lake WMA
* Species Spotlight: Mountain Goats

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

Yellowstone’s bull elk can be extremely dangerous during the rut

September 2, 2021 Local News 8

Yellowstone Facebook Page

Yellowstone National Park officials report the elk rut has begun in Yellowstone.

Bull elk can be extremely dangerous during this time.

Officials remind you to stay alert. People have been severely injured by elk who can run quickly and may change direction without warning.

Keep at least 25 yards from elk at all times, and if an elk charges you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible.


The Dangers of the Elk Rut – Yellowstone


Seasonal Humor:

[h/t SMc]