Oct 17, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 17, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.

Community Calendar:

April 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit season
May 15 – Nov 30 – Firewood Season
Oct 17 – YPFD Fire Training 2pm
Oct 20 – Planned Power Outage
Oct 25 – Halloween and Salmon Feed YP Tavern 7pm
Oct 28 – The Corner to close for the season
Oct 31 – YPFD Fire Training 2pm
Nov 7 – Time Change – Fall back 1 hour
(details below)

Local Events:

Planned Power Outage Oct 20th

Dylan from Idaho Power called. They have equipment maintenance scheduled for our area, and have planned to shut the power off for approximately 3 hours on October 20th beginning around 1030am until about 130pm.
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Halloween/Salmon Bake Party at the Tavern

Monday, October 25th at 7pm. Salmon provided by Tom Wood. Bring a Potluck Dish if you wish. Halloween Costumes encouraged or come as a Hunter.
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Fire Training

Winter Structure Fire Response Plan & Training
Two Sessions Sunday Oct. 17 And Sunday Oct. 31, 2021 At 2:00 pm Yellow Pine Fire Station
To All Residents:
This is your opportunity to review and practice winter structure-fire response procedures. These sessions are recommended for all residents spending the winter in Yellow Pine. The session includes:
Engine operation, driving, communications, and logistical support will be discussed including:
Structure attack and structure protection techniques.
Actual practice opportunities to deploy engines including driving, spraying water, and refilling engines.
All winter residents are encouraged to attend one or both sessions.
Volunteer agreements will be available for those interested and not yet signed up.
Yellow Pine Fire Protection District (YPFPD), Valley County, Idaho
Dated this 15 day of October 2021 at 09:00. Notice posted at the Fire Station and other locations.
Lorinne Munn, Fire Chief
Merrill Saleen, Deputy Fire Chief

Village News:

Internet Issues

We experienced internet (and some phone) connection issues starting late Sunday night, Oct 10th, and continuing all day Monday. The internet would be OK for a few minutes then drop the connection (or phone call.) MTE said they were trouble shooting on their end. Connection problems persisted until Tuesday morning and then returned to normal.
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Fall Color


Western Larch (Tamarack) Oct 17, 2021 – rrS
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Notice – Deadline

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

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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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

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.
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Be Bear 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.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

Aug. 29th the price of first-class postage stamps went 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

Dump Tips

Do you know where your trash goes after it leaves Yellow Pine?

90 tons per week of Valley Co.’s solid waste comes to the Adams Co. landfill. (Valley Co. has a contract with Adams Co.) When Valley Co.’s weekly trash exceeds 90 tons, the rest is then taken to Payette. The more garbage, the more cost in transferring it further away.

Tips to reduce trash:

1. When purchasing groceries refuse plastic bags as they reek havoc at the Adams Co.’s landfill, causing problems with equipment.

2. Garbage: recyclables, compost, trash

If each household would have containers for these three categories this is the place to start.

– B. Dixon

Local Groups


We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

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

Oct 11, 2021 Water Update

Warren Drake has been in this week and shut down the summer tank, took samples, and spent time on the winter drip points. He built a small, insulated box from pressure treated wood, around each [trickle] point that will allow better winter access, make it so [he] can use each point for sampling, and also ensure that things don’t freeze.

Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 180 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059 Date distributed: 10-11-21.

YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 at the Community Hall at 10am. Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting held July 5, 2020 at the Community Hall 2pm. link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

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

Notice to all VYPA Members:

I have accepted a position on the board of directors of the Yellow Pine Area Coalition (YPAC).
I will be relinquishing all my VYPA responsibilities by January 1, 2022.
I will complete my responsibilities as Project Manager for the Community Hall Repair Project prior to stepping off the Council.
If you are interested in filling the position of VYPA Chairman; leading the Harmonica Festival committee; coordinating the YP Escapades; managing the village’s online presence; or working on the Community Hall committee, please contact one of the Council members.
Over the next 2 1/2 months, the VYPA Council will be working toward a smooth transition for my successor. Thank you for allowing me to serve our community for the last 13 years.
Deb Filler, VYPA Chairman

Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link: (see document at link for attachments)
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
Josh Jones, 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 your first fall fire, and check the fittings. Chimney brushes are available to borrow from the YPFD.

Sept 11, 2021 YPFD Budget meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 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

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
Open through the end of hunting season.
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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
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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

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 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 (Oct 11) Internet connection spotty after midnight and and still spotty this morning. Rain changed to snow early this morning. Low temperature estimated to be 30 degrees (equipment error.) Measured 1/4″ new snow on the board, the 24 hour precip. total = 0.24″. This morning low overcast, flaking snow. Internet connection spotty all morning. MTE is trouble shooting on their end. Downy woodpecker and a chipmunk visiting. Still snowing at lunch time and socked in low. Stopped snowing early afternoon, no accumulation. Still rather cold mid-afternoon, low clouds sitting down on VanMeter Hill, chilly light breezes and occasional flakes of snow, high of 37 degrees. Overcast, light breeze and a few flakes of snow at sunset. Intermittent internet connection continues. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Tuesday (Oct 12) overnight low of 27 degrees. Yesterday’s light snow gave us 0.01″ of water in the gauge, no accumulation. This morning mostly cloudy, breezy and cold. Snow line about 6000′ although the webcam shows snow on the ground at Big Creek Lodge. Hairy woodpecker, jays, pine squirrel and chipmunks visiting. Mostly cloudy, cool and breezy at lunch time. Mostly cloudy with bits of sunshine and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 41 degrees. Looked overcast at sunset and calmer. Appeared cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (Oct 13) overnight low of 25 degrees. This morning overcast and light breeze. Jays, a hairy and a downy woodpecker, chipmunks, a pine squirrel and a flock of starlings visiting. Overcast and chilly at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time, reports a little snow on Warm Lake summit and upper Johnson Creek. Raven flying over and calling. Overcast with chilly light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 40F. Light rain shower late afternoon. At sunset broken overcast cool and calm. Partly clear before midnight.

Thursday (Oct 14) started snowing before 6am. Two loud gun shots at 730am. Overnight low of 26 degrees. This morning measured 3/8″ new snow (SWE=0.20″) on the board with patchy snow on the ground, overcast (top of VanMeter foggy) and still flaking lightly. Early street traffic. Hairy woodpecker, jays, chipmunks and pine squirrel visiting. Stopped snowing before lunch time, melted snow dripping off the roof and breaks in the clouds. A pair of flickers stopped by. Dark overcast and light cold breeze mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Dark overcast, chilly light breeze and light sprinkles of rain for a short while at sunset. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Friday (Oct 15) overnight low of 29 degrees. This morning mostly cloudy. Jays, hairy woodpecker, pine squirrel and chipmunks visiting. Partly cloudy, light breeze and warming up at lunch time. Raven calling, possible hawk in the area. Warmer, partly cloudy and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 60 degrees. Looked clear at sunset, calmer and cooling off quickly. Bright moon and some stars before midnight.

Saturday (Oct 16) overnight low of 25 degrees. This morning partly cloudy (high thin haze) frosty and light breeze. Hairy woodpecker, jays and chipmunks visiting. Mostly sunny, warm and light breeze at lunch time. Warm, sunny, mostly clear (a little haze) and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 71 degrees. Ravens calling. Clear and calm at sunset. Clear before midnight, bright moon.

Sunday (Oct 17) overnight low of 27 degrees. This morning mostly high thin haze, frosty and light breeze. Jays, male hairy woodpecker, chipmunks and a pine squirrel visiting. Flock of starlings in the neighborhood. Mostly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Mostly clear, sunny, warm and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 72 degrees. Streets are dusty again. Loud gunshot at 430pm. The gusty breezes are stripping the colored leaves off the aspens. Mostly clear and calmer at sunset.


Nicole Irving Musgrove

Nicole Irving Musgrove, 43, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

Services are pending and will be announced when scheduled.

If desired, online condolences may be left at McCall Funerals (link)

Arrangements in care of McCall Funeral Home.

source: The Star-News October 14, 2021

Yellow Pine sends sincere condolences to Clint, Dennis and Dee Dee.

Idaho News:

Two new local deaths to COVID-19 reported

Hospitals say number of new cases decline

By Tom Grote for The Star-News October 14, 2021

Two new deaths of local residents due to complications from COVID-19 were reported this week.

Valley County’s two hospitals last week continued to report a decline in new COVID-19 cases.

A total of 41 new cases were reported in the last week by St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center. That compares to 63 new cases reported the previous week, 90 new cases reported three weeks ago and 92 new cases reported a month ago.

“We are definitely happy to see the case trend down,” Cascade CEO Tom Reinhardt said. “But we are heading into winter, which means people are heading indoors.”

“We have already seen this pandemic ebb and flow, and I would not be surprised if we have another surge this winter,” Reinhardt said.

It is too soon to tell if the downward trend will continue, St. Luke’s Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer Amber Green said.

“Now is not the time to let our guard down,” Green said. “We need everyone to continue to take necessary precautions to protect themselves and we urge people who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 to choose to get vaccinated.”

The two hospitals have reported 1,524 cases of cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

full story:
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COVID-19 Updates: 1,520 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 34 new deaths

October 15, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,520 new COVID-19 cases and 34 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 276,080.

The average age of Idahoans with COVID-19 is 39.6 years… The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 65,411 cases.

The state said 59 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 12,024, and 14 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,998.

34 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 3,251.

full story: [Valley County 1403 cases, 10 deaths.
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Tamarack Resort bringing back golf course, hopes to have grand opening in 2023

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, October 11th 2021

Tamarack Resort is hitting the links once again.

The resort outside of Donnelly on Monday said it has reached an agreement to acquire its former 18-hole golf course, Osprey Meadows. The golf course opened in 2005 and was in operation through the 2015 season.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached agreement for the acquisition of Osprey Meadows,” said Scott Turlington, Tamarack president. “With this milestone behind us, we are now eager to turn our attention toward restoration and getting golfers back on our course.”

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Mountain Community School partners with Tamarack to bring a school to the Resort

By Lynsey Amundson Oct 15, 2021 KIVI

Among a ski resort and other recreational activities, Tamarack will now be home to a school.

Through a partnership with Tamarack Resort and Mountain Community School, a new and unique opportunity for learning in the outdoors is coming to the McCall-Donnelly School District area.

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Impacts of exceptional drought in the Gem State as water managers look to winter 2022

by Sarah Jacobsen Friday, October 15th 2021 CBS2 Idaho

Leaves are changing across the Gem State, but drought conditions remain.

Idaho’s spring drought was exceptional, and the term exceptional means that conditions like this are only seen once in 50 to once in 100 years.

Photo: Idaho Department of Water Resources)

And with an upcoming La Niña winter, water managers are watching closely.


Tips & Advice:

Tips to help drivers prepare for fall, winter weather

October 11, 2021 Local News 8

If your vehicle is long overdue for a tune-up, you’re not alone.

According to AAA, 35% of Americans put off needed repairs and routine maintenance. October Car Care Month is a good time to catch up before the cold, wet weather returns.

The average age of the American automobile fleet is 11.6 years, the oldest ever. As vehicles age, delayed repairs can quickly lead to a roadside mishap – last year, AAA rescued 33 million people who were stranded by dead batteries, fuel shortages, misplaced keys and flat tires.

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Last day to send gifts: Major mail carriers release 2021 holiday shipping deadlines

by Katie Caviness Sinclair Broadcast Group Wednesday, October 13th

With the holidays right around the corner, mail carriers released their shipping deadlines for the 2021 season.

The nation’s three largest carriers, UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Service, have varying recommended days to ship last-minute gifts.

USPS: 2021 Holiday Shipping Dates for the Lower 48 States (excluding Hawaii and Alaska)

* USPS Retail Ground Service — Dec. 15
* First-Class Mail Service — Dec. 17
* Priority Mail Service — Dec. 18
* Priority Mail Express Service — Dec. 23

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Public Lands:

DEQ lifts Lake Cascade algae advisory

Toxic blooms have covered reservoir for the last 4 years

By Max Silverson for The Star-News October 14, 2021

A health advisory for toxin producing cyanobacteria on Lake Cascade was lifted last Friday but Central District Health warned people to stay away from isolated areas where the bloom may still be visible.

The advisory was lifted after Idaho Department of Environmental Quality monitoring found that toxins had returned to normal and safe levels. It had been in effect since Aug. 13.

It was the fourth harmful algal bloom on Lake Cascade in as many years. The 2020 and 2019 advisories also lasted about eight weeks while the 2018 advisory lasted only six weeks.


Fire Season links:

Fall Burning on the Krassel RD

Sept 29, 2021 Payette NF

The Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest is planning to implement prescribed fire this fall east of Yellow Pine. The unit is located east of Yellow Pine, on the North side of the East Fork Rd, between Quartz creek and Profile creek. See attached maps for more specific areas affected. Ignitions should take 1 to 2 days for each. Hazards from the prescribed fires including fire spread, smoke, rolling debris, ash pits and fire weakened trees may be present in the area until significant weather (precipitation and cooler temperatures) occurs.

Ignition is anticipated to take place in October or early November.

Please contact Patrick Schon at 208-634-0623 patrick.schon@usda.gov or Laurel Ingram at 208-634-0622 laurel.ingram@usda.gov with any questions or comments, or if you will be operating in or close to that area this fall.


Thank you,
Patrick Schon
Fire Management Specialist
Payette National Forest, East Zone
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The Payette National Forest will be conducting prescribed burns beginning today, October 12th, between Brundage Mountain Resort and McCall.

Burning will include both broadcast burning and slash pile burning. Residual smoke may be visible for several weeks. Use caution when recreating within recently burned areas. Hazards may include falling snags, burning stump holes, etc.
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Bureau of Land Management to conduct prescribed burns

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting two prescribed burns this fall as part of an effort to reduce wildfire threat by removing hazardous fuels. Burns will occur in both Elmore and Valley counties with timing dependent on weather and ground conditions.

Martha Avenue Prescribed Burn – Located about eight miles north of Mountain Home, this burn will occur between Oct. 20 and Nov 20. The burn will remove 25 acres of Russian thistle that has grown within the Paradigm Fuel Break Project, a network of roadside buffer zones in which highly flammable vegetation has been reduced or removed to prevent fire starts and spread.

Round Ridge Pile Prescribed Burn –– Located about six miles east of Smiths Ferry, this burn will occur between Oct. 15 and Dec. 30 and will involve burning 30 large piles of logging slash, spread over 250 acres, that accrued from a 2020 timber harvest. Burning these piles under cooler, moist conditions will eliminate what might otherwise be a hazardous fuel source during a wildfire.

Before starting any burn, fire managers will wait for adequate moisture levels in the project area to minimize unintended fire spread. Once initiated, prescribed burning operations are expected to last up to three days, with personnel and equipment patrolling areas up to five days afterwards. Smoke from these prescribed burns has the potential to be visible from large distances due to the projects’ locations, fuel types and burning conditions.

For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378.
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Teens playing with fireworks started Boise Foothills fire, ACSO says

KTVB Staff October 14, 2021

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Goose Fire burned more than 425 acres in the Boise Foothills. Soon after, investigators from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office found the blaze was started by fireworks.

Now, the Eagle Fire Department Fire Chief told KTVB on Thursday that the fire was started after a group of juveniles played with fireworks north of the Eagle Bike Park in the Boise Foothills. The fire was started in unincorporated Ada County.

According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, four teens were identified as being responsible for the fire. The teens, a 15-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys, were lighting off aerial fireworks at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday near a trail by the Eagle Bike Park.

Officials added that a man in the area saw the teens and told them to stop and leave.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the teens later moved towards Goose Creek Road and lit off more fireworks, which sparked the Goose Fire. The teens then ran off without trying to put out the grass fire.

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Fire Season links:

InciWeb Fire info link:
Air Quality McCall link:
National Fire Heat Map link: (zoom in to our area)
Weather Station at Stibnite link:
Real Time Lightning Map link: (zoom to our area)
GOES-West Satellite Maps Pacific Northwest link:

Critter News:

Best in the Business

Retrievers, handlers awarded coveted pewter plates at Master National

By Max Silverson for The Star-News October 14, 2021

A total of 658 of the 1,035 dogs that started the 2021 Master National hunting retriever test in Valley County qualified for a coveted pewter plate to memorialize their achievement as the best hunting dogs in the business.

The Master National Retriever Club wrapped up its weeklong test of hunting dogs from across the country on Sunday.

In the event, dogs were required to retrieve dead or downed ducks to prove their hunting ability as judged against a set standard of performance.

This year’s social events were canceled due to COVID-19 worries.

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Idaho reaches deal to reimburse hunters who kill wolves

By Associated Press Oct 11, 2021

Idaho officials will make available up to $200,000 to be divided into payments for hunters and trappers who kill wolves in the state through next summer.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game late last month entered into an agreement with a nonprofit hunting group to reimburse expenses after a proven kill. The agreement follows a change in Idaho law aimed at killing more wolves that are blamed for attacking livestock and reducing deer and elk herds.

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Rare grizzly bear confirmed in northern Idaho forest

by Associated Press Friday, October 15th 2021

Wildlife managers in northern Idaho are warning people to be on the watch for grizzly bears after one was recently reported in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Idaho Fish and Game regional wildlife biologist Barb McCall Moore wrote in a prepared statement that the bear was confirmed northeast of Magee on Oct. 6. Bears are active this time of year as they try to consume enough food to prepare for winter.

McCall Moore says bears can be active throughout the day and night, covering large areas of ground as they search for food. Black bears are common throughout northern Idaho but grizzlies are rarer.

source: CBS2 Idaho

Fish & Game News:

Windows to Wildlife – beavers, bats, and ground squirrels!

In the fall edition of Windows to Wildlife:

* Beavers: the original habitat restoration engineers
* On the Idaho Birding Trail: Boundary-Smith Creek WMA
* Bat Week: October 24-31
* Species Spotlight: Merriam’s ground squirrels

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Idaho Fish and Game untangles buck from backyard hammock in Pocatello

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, October 15, 2021

Earlier this month a mule deer buck discovered first hand that hammocks aren’t always as relaxing as they are claimed to be.

Idaho Fish and Game received a call on October 8 from a concerned Pocatello resident who had discovered that a two-point buck had its antlers completely entangled within the support ropes of a backyard hammock and could not free itself.

It took two Fish and Game personnel to grab and hold the buck while another cut the twisted, knotted ropes from the antlers. The buck was released unscathed for the most part, though its antlers were bobbing loosely as a result of the animal’s struggle with the hammock.

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

Squirrel stores 350 pounds of nuts in man’s pickup truck

by Peter Barker Zenger News Monday, October 4th 2021

Bill Fischer

In a battle between man and squirrel, the squirrel is winning.

A red squirrel keeps filling a North Dakota pickup truck with walnuts in order to prep for winter.

Bill Fischer, an insurance agent from Fargo, said he has been trying to stop the pesky squirrel from filling his car with nuts for eight years — without success.

Last month, the squirrel set a new record: Fischer found and removed 348 pounds of walnuts from his truck.

continued: CBS2 Idaho

Seasonal Humor:


[h/t CP]