Sept 26, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 26, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions rescinded Sept 17th

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
Sept 17 – Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Rescinded
Sept 30 – Planned Phone/Internet Outage
Oct 5 – Diamond Fall Fuel Delivery
Oct 28 – The Corner closing for the season
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 7 – Time Change – Fall back 1 hour
(details below)

Local Events:

Planned Phone/Internet Outage Sept 30th

MTE called to let us know they need to replace some equipment and that will entail taking our phones and internet down on September 30th “during daylight hours.” They apologize for the inconvenience.
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October 5th Diamond Fuel and Feed Fall Delivery

We are planning our fall fuel haul into Yellow Pine for Tuesday, October 5th. Please call or email us so we can add you to the list.
Diamond Fuel and Feed Team
(208) 382-4430

Village News:

Unplanned Power Outage Saturday

Saturday, Sept. 25th, the power went off at 225pm. Idaho Power recording said that approximately 221 customers affected, cause unknown. Eventually the recording was updated with an estimated restoral time of 838pm. In the mean time, locals fired up generators. The lights came back on at 820pm, but were dim for a little while.

The land line telephone service was a bit spotty during the afternoon.
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Covid in the Community

Covid has hit Yellow Pine and due to exposure though minimal by yours truly the Tavern will be closed until Thursday September 23rd. Per advise from Cascade Medical I should be clear by then. Thanks for your support and patience, Lorinne

The Yellow Pine Tavern Reopened Sept 23rd.
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Corner Bar

Hi Friends – As the season comes to an end, we are starting to dwindle our inventory. To ensure our stock is fresh and kept to our standards, we will only be taking reservations until the end of our season (October 28). To make arrangements, please call The Corner at 208-633-3325 or call/text Hailey Harris at 970-275-7336. Thank you for a great summer!
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Jim Adkins

A good turnout for Jim Adkins’ “retirement” potluck Saturday, Sept 18th, at the Yellow Pine Tavern.

(photo courtesy YP Tavern)
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UTV Rally Sept 18th

Great turn out. Wonderful stories and history thanks to Sandy McRae. Terrific food. Even cutting out downed trees was part of the adventures. Was great to meet so many of the Emmett Rough Riders group.

photo courtesy DF
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Flu Shots Sept 18th at the YP Tavern

About 14 folks received their fall flu shots at the potluck. Thanks Cascade Medical Center and Ann.

More Flu Shots on Sept 25th at Alpine Village

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Annual Fish Fry Sept 25th

On Saturday, Sept. 25th the annual Fish Fry was held at Alpine Village.
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Not an Explosion


Actually just a contrail… not an explosion. I wanted a picture of the contrail in the blue sky and the sun photo bombed it. – LI (9/23/2021)
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YPFD Hose Brigade

A small group worked on reclaiming the fire hoses that got used during the Buck Fire last Summer. Thanks to our Volunteers on the Fire Department.

photo courtesy Yellow Pine Tavern
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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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Heating Season

Before firing up the woodstove, clean your chimney – brushes available from the YPFD. And for those with propane or oil furnaces, take the covers off and vacuum out the summer dust before lighting. Put in a clean air filter if your unit has one.
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Life Flight

It is a very good idea to have Life Flight insurance if you live or recreate in the back country. If you already have Life Flight, consider it as a gift to a loved one.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads are still 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.

Report Saturday (Sept 25) the dumpsters were about 1/10th full and area is clean, the burn pile is tall and tidy. Road from YP to the dump is in good shape.

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, 2021 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

Sept 10, 2021 Update

Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059
Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted.
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 180 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @
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: 9-10-21.

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:

Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall (no minutes yet)
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:

Remember to clean your chimney before lighting that first fall fire, and check the fittings. Chimney brushes are available to borrow from the YPFD.

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

Sept 11, 2021 YPFD Budget meeting (no minutes yet.)
August 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss upcoming election (no minutes yet.)
July 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
June 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:

Sept 30, 2020 YPFD budget meeting. (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

Fire Chief: Lorinne Munn
Deputy Fire Chief: Merrill Saleen
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Phil Jensen – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Nikki Saleen

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325
As the season comes to an end, we are starting to dwindle our inventory. To ensure our stock is fresh and kept to our standards, we will only be taking reservations until the end of our season (October 28). To make arrangements, please call The Corner at 208-633-3325 or call/text Hailey Harris at 970-275-7336. Thank you for a great summer!
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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
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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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 a lot 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 (Sept 20) overnight low of 35 degrees. Sunday’s rain total = 0.10″. This morning overcast, top of VanMeter fogged in for a while and good air quality. Jays and hairy woodpeckers visiting. Bits of blue sky, cool and breezy at lunch time. Cool, cloudy, slight breeze and good air mid-afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Mild and mostly clear at sunset, good air. Clear and bright full moon up after 11pm.

Tuesday (Sept 21) overnight low of 28 degrees. This morning clear sky, good air and heavy frost melting as the sun hits it. Robin calling, a pine squirrel and jays visiting. Sunny, clear and light breeze at lunch time. Warm, light breeze, mostly high thin haze and good air mid-afternoon, high of 76 degrees. Clear beautiful evening, and great air quality. Looked clear at 11pm, bright moon.

Wednesday (Sept 22) 24 hour low of 33 degrees from Tuesday’s reset. This morning mostly high thin hazy clouds and good air quality. Streets are drying out with increasing traffic. Jays and hairy woodpeckers visiting. Mostly hazy sky, warm and good air at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Mostly cloudy, mild temperatures and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 78 degrees. Broken overcast before sunset. A short breezy shower of rain after dark, enough to dampen things. Partly clear before midnight, bright moon.

Thursday (Sept 23) overnight low of 35 degrees. Wednesday evening’s rain barely made a trace in the rain gauge. This morning mostly hazy sky and roofs wet with dew. Jays calling. A few patches of blue sky and light breezes at lunch time. Warm, mostly clear and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 74 degrees. Jays, pine squirrel, a chipmunk, grasshoppers and dragonflies were afternoon visitors. Clear, pleasant and nearly calm just before sunset. Looked clear before midnight, bright moon.

Friday (Sept 24) overnight low of 32 degrees. This morning clear sky and good air quality. Quite a bit of morning air traffic, light street traffic and a little dust. Jays calling. Ed Staub truck delivering propane. Clear and good air at lunch time. Idaho Power crew inspecting power poles, drilling and adding a preservative. Quite warm, clear and sunny and very light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 82 degrees. Warm and clear before sunset. Seems like a light haze of smoke in the air right after sunset. Bright moon before midnight.

Saturday (Sept 25) 24 hour low of 37 degrees from Friday’s reset. This morning clear sky and good air quality. Jays and chipmunks visiting. Clear and warm at lunch time. Power out at 225pm, approx 221 customers affected, cause unknown. Increasing street traffic, dust and haze. Very warm mid-afternoon, light breezes, clear sky and hazy poor air quality, high of 86 degrees. Local pine squirrel and jays visiting. Sound of generators running and increased street traffic this afternoon. Cooling off before sunset, clear and hazy (can smell the dust.) Power back on at 820pm. Bright moon above the ridge quite a ways north of Golden Gate peak before midnight.

Sunday (Sept 26) overnight low of 37 degrees. This morning clear sky above light haze (Yellow AQ.) Jays, a robin, male hairy woodpecker and chipmunks visiting. Hazy and clouds building to the south after lunch time. Low flying helicopter at 126pm. Breezy early afternoon. Mountain Larch (Tamarack) are getting some color, some aspens are more yellow than green, and bushes turning color as well. Quite warm mid-afternoon, gusty breezes, one big patch of thin high clouds in a mostly clear sky and light haze of smoke, high of 83 degrees. Warm and about half clear and half cloudy sky (high wispies) haze of smoke and much calmer before sunset.

Idaho News:

St. Luke’s McCall sets record for COVID-19 cases in month

Hospital sends staffers to Boise to aid care efforts

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 23, 2021

St. Luke’s McCall has broken its previous record for new COVID-19 cases in a month, the hospital reported this week.

The hospital reported 210 positive cases in September through Monday, exceeding the previous high of 188 cases in all of December 2020.

Cascade Medical Center reported 47 new cases so far in September, less than the 63 cases reported in August, which were the most new cases recorded in one month by the hospital.

Youths age 17 and younger made up the greatest number of McCall residents to test positive at all St. Luke’s Health System testing locations in September, the hospital reported.

That group accounted for 36% of new cases among McCall residents during the month, followed by age 40 to 49 (19%), ages 30 to 39 (17%) and ages 50 to 69 (16%).

St. Luke’s McCall has suspended all elective surgeries in order to send staffers to St. Luke’s hospitals in Boise and Meridian to aid in treating those seriously ill with COVID-19.

“We are seeing more COVID-19 patients who are much sicker and require transfer to our facilities in the Treasure Valley and even Twin Falls, than the last winter surge,” said Amber Green, St. Luke’s McCall chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.

A total of 92 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past week by the two hospitals. That compares to 119 new cases reported the previous week and 67 new cases the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall reported 77 new cases in the last week, while Cascade Medical Center reported 15 new cases.

The two hospitals have reported a total of 1,329 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic arrived in Valley County in March 2020.

Vaccines Offered

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

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

Cascade Medical Center offers a walk-in vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Moderna vaccine, approved for age 18 and older, is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Pfizer vaccine, approved for age 12 and older, is available on Wednesdays.

Booster shots for those with compromised immune systems are available through a person’s primary physician. Booster shots for the rest of the community were not available this week at the Cascade hospital.

Booster shots are available through Payette Lakes Clinic to those who are immunocompromized, by appointment. Patients need to schedule through MyChart.

full story: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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COVID-19 Updates: 1,646 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 34 new deaths

Sept 24, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,646 new COVID-19 cases and 34 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 249,740.

The state said 867,498 people have received the vaccine, and 1,580,299 total doses have been administered. 776,792 people are fully vaccinated.

The state said 37 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 10,925, and 12 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,825.

5,605 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

34 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,753.

full story: [Valley County 1240 cases, 6 deaths]
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St. Luke’s hospital in McCall defaced with swastikas

“It is very troubling, to say the least, to have such a hateful act occur on our campus.”

Katie Terhune September 20, 2021 KTVB

Police are investigating after someone spray painted multiple swastikas outside of St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center over the weekend.

According to hospital spokeswoman Laura Crawford, the vandalism happened sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The swastikas were scrawled on three outdoor signs at the hospital in orange paint, she said.

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WICAP to close Cascade office, go mobile

Services to low-income families to continue

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 23, 2021

WICAP Community Collaborative will close its Valley County office in Cascade in December but will continue to provide services to low-income families in the county, a WICAP spokesperson said.

The Valley County WICAP office has been housed rent-free in a county-owned building at 110 W. Pine St. in Cascade that also houses the program’s thrift store.

The thrift store will close, but people who need clothing can call WICAP staffers who will seek help, WICAP communications and marketing specialist Brenda Davis said.

“We are going to become more mobile and more visible in the entire Valley County area,” Davis said.

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Johanna Defoort appointed as new Valley County treasurer

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 23, 2021

Johanna Defoort was sworn in as the new Valley County Treasurer on Monday.

Defoort will serve the remainder of the term of former treasurer Gabe Stayton, who resigned in August for personal reasons.

Defoort, 33, has worked as an accountant for Perpetua Resources for the past seven years.

“I have a passion for both accounting and public service,” she said.

“While I loved my job at Perpetua, this was an opportunity that I could not pass up,” Defoort said. “I look forward to using my experience at the county and getting to know the operations there.”

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Report: Plane that crashed was flying too low

Wilderness wreck killed 2 passengers, injured pilot

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News September 23, 2021

A single-engine airplane crash that killed two people east of McCall last month was the result of the airplane flying too low in a drainage near Mormon Mountain, according to preliminary findings by the National Transportation Safety Board

Passengers James Robert Atkins, 56, of McCall and Donald Scott MacRae, 62, of Las Vegas, were killed after the airplane crashed into a mountainside in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness on Aug. 28.

Seriously injured was pilot Bryan Grey, who works for McCall Aviation, which owned the plane.



COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

by Carla K. Johnson AP Medical Writer Monday, September 20th 2021 CBS2

File – In this November 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, a nurse takes the pulse of a patient in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Washington. (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress via AP, File)

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst.

The 1918-19 influenza pandemic killed an estimated 675,000 Americans in a U.S. population one-third the size of what it is today. It struck down 50 million victims globally at a time when the world had one-quarter as many people as it does now. Global deaths from COVID-19 now stand at more than 4.6 million.

The Spanish flu death toll numbers are rough guesses, given the incomplete records of the era and the poor scientific understanding of what caused the illness. The 675,000 figure comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In many ways, the 1918-19 flu — which was wrongly named Spanish flu because it first received widespread news coverage in Spain — was worse.

Spread by the mobility of World War I, it killed young, healthy adults in vast numbers. No vaccine existed to slow it, and there were no antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections. And, of course, the world population was much smaller than it is today.

full story:

Note: To read more about the 1918-1920 pandemic in Idaho, see the Idaho History Page for links to Idaho news clippings 1918-1920.

Public Lands:

Idaho Land Board denies Trident request to reconsider McCall land exchange proposal

By Anna Azallion Sep 22, 2021 KIVI

The Board of Land Commissioners denied Trident Holdings LLC’s request to reconsider its proposal during a meeting on September 21st, 2021.

Trident Holdings LLC requested for the body that oversees the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), the Board of Land Commissioners to rescind the Idaho Department of Land’s rejection of its proposed land exchange. Trident also asked the board to hold a contested case hearing.

The board voted unanimously to deny both requests.

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United Payette submits proposal for future of McCall endowment land

By Anna Azallion Sep 23, 2021 KIVI

Another group is pitching a proposal to the Idaho Department of Lands on the future of endowment lands in McCall.

United Payette, a collective of citizens and organizations, announced a proposal Thursday that outlines a plan for the endowment lands located around Payette Lake.

The plan was submitted to IDL Wednesday and suggests short-term and long-term solutions for the land, focused on conservation.


Fire Season:

Shy Bear Fire

September 21, 2021 Payette NF (via FB)

Firefighters have responded to a 1/2 acre fire in Bear Basin just west of McCall. The fire is actively burning, but the potential for fire spread is low. Engines, ground based firefighter and a helicopter are working the fire. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Update 820pm: Firefighters have constructed a containment line around the fire and are conducting mop-up operations now and throughout the night. No additional growth to the fire as it has been held at 1/2 acre.

Update 745am Wednesday, September 22: No additional growth of the Shy Bear Fire took place over night. Firefighters worked on holding and mopping up the fire throughout the night. The fire is contained and expected to be declared as controlled later today.

Payette National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 208-634-0820.
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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

Lowman Ranger District has temporarily closed the roads and area near Fir Creek Campground and the Blue Bunch Trailhead


The Lowman RD of the Boise National Forest has temporarily closed access to all public entry to roads and area near Fir Creek Campground and the Blue Bunch Trailhead due to a wildfire.

The purpose of the closure is to provide public health and safety during the potential growth of the Boundary Fire. The emergency closure was ordered as the result of the Boundary Fire’s spread over a fire management action point. The adjacent portion of the Frank Church-River of No Return is also closed due to the Boundary Fire (Salmon Challis National Forest Closure Order Number: 04-13-21-015)

This Order will be in effect from September 21, 2021 and shall remain in effect until October 31, 2021, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-05-88)

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Boundary Fire 57% contained

Sept 24, 2021 Local News 8

The Salmon-Challis National Forest Boundary Fire Emergency Area, Road and Trail Closure Order #04-13-21-015 has been reduced in size to exclude the southwest portion of the Wilderness.

The lightning caused fire that began on August 10 has burned 79,856 acres and is 57% contained.

A point protection strategy is being applied to the Boundary Creek Fire, which is burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety remain the number one priority.

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Dixie Fire

Sept 23, 2021 Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (via FB)

The existing area closure in place for public safety due to the Dixie Fire on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Red River Ranger District has been updated. Forest Service Road #222 is now OPEN between Dixie Guard Station and Mackay Bar.

For full details of the updated closure order, please see the map below and view the closure order document online at (link)

For questions, please contact the Elk City Ranger Station at (208) 842-2245.

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Mud Lick, Haynes, and Iron Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
InciWeb: Maps and closure orders
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Some useful links:

InciWeb Fire info link:
Air Quality McCall link:
National Fire Heat Map link: (zoom in to our area)

Weather Station at Stibnite

Real Time Lightning Map (zoom to our area)

GOES-West – Satellite Maps: Pacific Northwest

Critter News:

National retriever trials to draw 1,110 dogs, 300 people to Valley County

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 23, 2021

More than 1,100 dogs and almost 300 handlers from across the country are set to compete for bird hunting certifications in the Master National Retriever Club competition.

The prestigious bird dog event, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club will be hosted at several ranches in Valley County from Sept. 30 through Oct. 10.

The 1,115 dogs participating in the event are tested on their ability to retrieve dead or downed ducks to prove their ability as hunting companions.

The Master National is the largest event of its kind in the country and this year will be the largest field of dogs in the event’s history.

Spectators are not encouraged to attend in order to both reduce the risk of potential COVID-19 spread and to minimize distractions for the dogs, Winch said.

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Veterinarians urge vaccination as dog flu cases rise

By KESQ Staff Sep. 24, 2021

It is flu season and not only are humans being advised to get the flu shot, but also our furry friends to protect them from canine influenza.

Kathryn Carlson, the owner of Village Park Animal Hospital, says dogs can get really sick with canine influenza.

“It actually develops into pneumonia,” she said.

The pneumonia can go undetected and eventually land a dog in the emergency room. …

“The most important thing to know is that there is a vaccine that prevents it,” Carlson said.

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Can dogs get the flu from humans? Yes, and your cat can too

Kate Barber Insider

Hugs, pats, hanging out. These are all things you do on the regular with your pet. But they’re also exactly what can get your pet sick if you’re fighting off the flu. Unlike the common cold , which cannot be spread from human to canine, the flu virus can jump between species. But just like humans, dogs can get a vaccine that will help prevent them from getting the flu.

Since the flu is mostly spread through the air, your pet can get infected just by being close to you while you’re sick. And it can be especially bad when the flu virus jumps between species because the receiving species generally hasn’t built an immunity to that particular viral strain. Like when the H1N1 flu virus jumped from swine to humans in 2009, sparking the influenza pandemic that killed an estimated 150,000 to 600,000 people, from 2009 to 2010, and a few cats, as well.

Warning signs that your pet might be sick with influenza are similar to human symptoms:

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Hunters shoot charging sow grizzly in Island Park

Sept 23, 2021 Local News 8

On Thursday, Idaho Fish and Game received a report of a sow grizzly bear that charged two elk hunters in the Stamp Meadows area near Island Park.

As the bear charged, one of the hunters deployed bear spray while the other discharged a firearm at close range, mortally wounding the bear.

Neither hunter appeared to be injured during the encounter.

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Mule deer buck illegally killed with pellet gun in Pocatello

Sept 22, 2021 Local News 8

Tyler Peterson/Idaho Fish and Game
This mule deer buck was found dead in a residential yard on the 900 block of Bryan Road in Pocatello on Aug 30, 2021. The deer had been illegally killed with a pellet gun.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the illegal killing of a mule deer buck in Pocatello.

On the afternoon of Aug. 30, Idaho Fish and Game received a call about a dead deer located on the 900 block of Bryan Road in Pocatello in a residential yard. Fish and Game personnel thought they were responding to the aftermath of a deer/vehicle collision—an event that happens all too often in the Pocatello and Chubbuck communities. However, after further investigation, Fish and Game officers determined the buck had been killed with a pellet gun.

Neighborhood residents had seen the buck, a frequent visitor to the area, alive at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug 29. Though officers are not sure when or where the deer was shot, the deer was reported dead at 4:15 p.m. the next day.


F&G euthanizes black bear in southeast Boise industrial park compound

By Brian Pearson, Regional Conservation Manager
Friday, September 24, 2021

On the morning of September 18, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers euthanized a black bear in a southeast Boise industrial park compound between South Federal Way and I-84. The black bear was a subadult male that had been captured and moved from a north-end Boise residential neighborhood 4 months earlier. Despite having been relocated to the mountains 40 miles away, the bear returned to town.

Fish and Game was first notified about the black bear by the Boise Police Department who had responded to multiple public reports of a bear wandering the area in recent days. A responding officer observed the bear entering a fenced industrial yard and contacted Fish and Game. After assessing the circumstances and location, Fish and Game staff determined the appropriate course of action was to euthanize the bear.

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F&G euthanizes black bear in residential north Boise neighborhood

By Brian Pearson, Regional Conservation Manager
Friday, September 24, 2021

On the morning of September 24, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers dispatched an adult male black bear in a north Boise neighborhood, close to the foothills and near the junction of Hill Road and Lancaster Drive. Fish and Game dispatched the bear due to concerns for public safety.

Fish and Game’s Southwest Regional Office received numerous reports of a black bear wandering the area on Friday morning, and conservation officers and biologists located the bear in a cottonwood tree in the back yard of a Hillway Drive residence.

Fish and Game officials attempted to chemically immobilize the bear. Before the immobilization drug could fully take effect, the bear fell out of the tree and ran downhill toward Hill Road. Officers from Fish and Game and the Boise Police Department dispatched the bear before it could move further into more densely populated residential areas.

This is the second incident involving a bear in Boise in the past week that has resulted in the bear being euthanized.

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Area hunters asked to help monitor for CWD and prevent it from entering Idaho

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, September 24, 2021

Big game hunters are asked to help Idaho Fish and Game increase its monitoring efforts for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a contagious and always-fatal disease that affects mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, caribou and moose.

CWD has not been detected in Idaho. However, Montana, Utah and Wyoming have confirmed cases of CWD in animals close to the Idaho border. Several states with CWD in their wild deer and elk herds have documented population declines and fewer mature bucks and bulls.

This fall, successful hunters can help get more Idaho big game animals tested for CWD by doing one of the following:

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) continues to cause deer deaths across the Clearwater Region

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Deer can continue to be infected by EHD for about two weeks or more after the first significant frost.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) continues to cause an increase in the number of deer deaths across the Clearwater Region. Every year, Idaho Fish and Game receives reports of deer potentially infected with EHD in small, isolated outbreaks. Although EHD is a naturally occurring disease in Idaho, this summer’s prolonged hot, dry summer with little rain caused animals to congregate intensifying the occurrence and duration of this year’s EHD outbreak.

As usual water sources become scarce on the landscape, more deer use any water that is available. As deer gather around these water sources, more deer in the population may become exposed to infected biting midges, which spread the disease via bites from the insects. Higher deer concentrations can further exacerbate an outbreak as more deer frequent these watering holes.

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