Nov 21, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 21, 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 15 – Nov 30 – Firewood Season
Oct 27 – Transfer Station on Winter Schedule
Nov 1 – Winter Mail Delivery Starts
Nov 25 – Thanksgiving Potluck 3pm
Dec 3 – 10am-2pm Craft-n-Learn Community Hall
Dec 7 – McIntosh’s Xmas Party
Deb 17 – 10am-2pm Craft-n-Learn Community Hall
(details below)

Local Events:

Thanksgiving Potluck Nov 25

The Thanksgiving potluck sign up sheet will be on the store bulletin board

Please join us for a Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday, November 25th at 3pm the Community Hall. Turkey and ham are provided.
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McIntosh’s Xmas Party December 7th

Bill and Loraine will have their annual gathering from 5pm to 7pm. Ham will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
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Craft-n-Learn Dec 3 and 17

From 10am to 2pm we will be opening up the Yellow Pine Community Hall to all interested folks! Bring your favorite crafts and coffee mug and join us for Craft-n-Learn.
You are welcome to bring snacks, your favorite drink mug, and a craft to work on.
Even if you don’t know any craft, come on out and enjoy learning one, or learning a new one.
ALL are welcome! Kat A.

Village News:

Campfire Gathering

Monday evening sixteen residents of Yellow Pine area gathered together for a hot dog roast at Golden Gate campground near Yellow Pine. Ginny and Cecil arranged this fun event and provided, music, lights, firewood, bratwurst sausages along with the perfect location. It was a great opportunity to get acquainted with the new owners of The Corner, Jenny and Tim Aldrich.

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Amerigas November 17

Dan from Amerigas made the last propane delivery of the season to Yellow Pine Wednesday. By the way – it wasn’t him that went hunting! Another driver took some time off and threw the schedule off a bit.
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Christmas in Yellow Pine

Yellow Pine Santa’s elves! Time to think about Christmas bags!

– Nik
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Notice – Deadline

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Road News

Hwy 55 closed until at least Nov 28th

photo courtesy Cougar Mountain Lodge (Smiths Ferry)

Link: to current road reports.

Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Elk Summit, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads may have snow. These roads have not been bladed and are rough. Travel at your own risk.
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Be Cougar Aware

A big cat has been hanging around the upper part of the village recently. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

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

The 3-day a week mail delivery started November 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.

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
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Dump Report Nov 13: The bins are full.

Dump update October 27th: It was [last] emptied today and we are now in winter mode. When it gets fairly full we will call to have it dumped. Contact Cecil.

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.

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 @
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:

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
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233
Winter Hours at the Tavern
Open Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat: 9am-2pm 4pm-8pm
Open Sunday 9am-2pm
Closed Tues & Thurs
Call the Tavern 208 633-2233 or Cell 208 739-7086 for other arrangements
Full Breakfast Menu. Burgers, Pizza, Fajitas, Beer Wine and Pop
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Closed for the winter.
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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) 452-4361
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

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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 (Nov 15) overnight low of 32 degrees. This morning high thin overcast. Pine squirrel yelling from the trees and jays visiting. Gray overcast and getting breezy after lunch time. Dark overcast and blustery mid-afternoon. Overcast and still warm and blustery at dusk. Getting windy after dark, estimate 20+ mph gusts. Late evening blustery showers. Breezy and cloudy before midnight with another short rain shower.

Tuesday (Nov 16) overnight low of 27 degrees. Yesterday’s rain total = Trace. This morning almost clear sky and breezy. Pine squirrel, downy woodpecker and jays visiting. Cool, breezy and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 40 degrees. Broken cloud cover and calmer at dusk. Partly cloudy and bright moon before midnight.

Wednesday (Nov 17) overnight low of 17 degrees. This morning clear sky and light frost. Vocal pine squirrel and silly jays visiting. High thin haze at lunch time. Mail truck was on time. Amerigas was in, last trip of the season. Cool mid-afternoon, high thin haze and slight chilly breeze, high of 40 degrees. Looked clear at dusk but probably hazy and below freezing. Almost full moon rising over the ridge at 605pm – looking fuzzy through through haze. Hazy sky and cold before midnight. Loud gun shot just before 3am.

Thursday (Nov 18) 24 hour low of 17 degrees from Wednesday morning. This morning cold and overcast. Pine squirrel and jays visiting. Cloudy and cool at lunch time. Gray overcast and slight chilly breeze mid-afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Still above freezing and likely cloudy at dusk. Breezy after dark. Too cloudy to see the moon after midnight. Rain around 3am and windy most of the night, estimate 20mph gusts. No eclipse visible from here.

Friday (Nov 19) 24 hour low of 29 degrees from Thursday morning. Overnight rain total 0.06″. This morning low overcast and light sprinkles of rain. Raven calling, pine squirrel and jays visiting. Low foggy clouds and light rain at lunch time. Low foggy overcast, peaks and ridges socked in and light misty rain continues, high of 41 degrees. Dark overcast and misty rain at dusk. Rain stopped around 10pm. Cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 20) overnight low of 28 degrees, yesterday’s rain measured 0.21″. This morning mostly cloudy and below freezing. Pine squirrel and jays visiting. Internet a bit slow this morning. Partly clear at lunch time. Mostly clear early afternoon. By mid-afternoon it was nearly overcast (thin clouds) and fairly calm, high of 43 degrees. Below freezing with high thin haze and a bit of color to the west at dusk. Thin haze before midnight. Clearing during the night and cold.

Sunday (Nov 21) overnight low of 17 degrees. This morning clear sky and frosty. Pine squirrel, hairy woodpecker and jays visiting. Mostly hazy sky by lunch time and above freezing. Flat gray overcast mid-afternoon and fairly calm, high of 42 degrees. Mostly clear with colorful haze along horizons both east and west at dusk.

Idaho News:

Highway 55 to remain closed through Thanksgiving due to rockslide

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, November 19th 2021

Smiths Ferry rockslide. (Courtesy ITD)

Folks heading to the McCall area for Thanksgiving will need to plan to take Highway 95.

The Idaho Transportation Department on Friday said the highway will remain closed between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road through Thanksgiving due to a rockslide that occurred on Thursday.

“We understand the inconvenience closing down the road causes, but our objective is to ensure the corridor is safe for travel,” said Jason Brinkman, ITD District 3 engineering manager. “These decisions are not taken lightly. We appreciate the public’s continued patience as we work to clear the material and reopen the road safely.”

Geotechnical experts are on-site evaluating the safety and stability of the slope and figuring out how much material needs to be removed.


Visit ITD’s Rockslide page for updates (link)
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State of 208: Moving a mountain

By: Don Nelson Nov 21, 2021 KIVI

It’s one of the most challenging road construction projects the state has ever seen. The stretch from Smith’s Ferry to the Rainbow bridge requires basically moving a mountain.

And it comes with plenty of risks. Just this week a rockslide closed the section to holiday travelers. Project Engineer Alex Deduck took us on a behind-the-scenes look at how crews work to stabilize the hill after they’re done blasting. “I brought you here just to kind of show off the repeating pattern of failure planes you can see the flat section right here and then about one hundred feet into the mountain it repeats again and that’s what kind we have throughout this project.”

So, pins are strategically placed to shore up parts of the new hillside. “The goal with the pins is to drill through these failures and connect them so that when they want to slide, they have all of these metal reinforcements to prevent it from sliding.” Then a huge metal mesh blanket covers the slope. Some of the new slopes don’t need a mesh covering but there are still huge boulders that are looking down at the highway. Crews repel down from the top to mark and then secure the rocks.

continued: (with info about the Rainbow Bridge)
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11 new COVID-19 cases reported in Valley County

By Tom Grote The Star-News November 18, 2021

New cases of COVID-19 held steady last week as reported by Valley County’s two hospitals.

A total of 11 new cases were reported for the week through Monday by St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center. That compares to nine new cases reported the previous week and 24 new cases the prior week.

Cascade Medical Center CEO Tom Reinhardt said he was “hopeful” the latest surge of case was coming to an end, but that the pandemic was not over.

“We do not have a high enough level of vaccination to eradicate the virus, so we will continue to see it ebb and flow,” Reinhardt said.

The two hospitals have reported 1,654 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

One more death among Valley County residents due to COVID-19 was reported in the last week by Central District Health. That brings the total to 11 deaths confirmed from COVID-19 and two probable deaths from the virus.

Clinics & Tests

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine will hold a Pfizer vaccine clinic for youths age 5 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Appointments can be made in MyChart. To prepare, parents should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instruction are available at

Appointment also can be made by calling St. Luke’s Connect at 208-381-9500.

The clinic will add vaccination clinics and incorporate appointments during regular clinic hours as additional doses are received.

Cascade Medical Center has begun giving the Pfizer vaccine to children age 5 to 11. Call the clinic at 208-382-4285 for dates and times when the children’s vaccine will be offered.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results for COVID-19 in two to three days.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

St. Luke’s McCall offers walk-in COVID-19 vaccines for adults age 18 and older for initial doses 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 by calling 208-381-9500 or 208-634-2225.

Booster shots only for the Pfizer vaccine are available by appointment through Payette Lakes Clinic to those who have a compromised immune system. Patients should schedule the booster shots through their MyChart account.

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 for those age 18 and older is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with the Moderna booster.

The Pfizer vaccine for those age 12 and older, is available on Wednesdays as well as the Pfizer booster.

full story: © Copyright 2009-2021 · Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Used with permission.)
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COVID-19 Updates: 656 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths

November 19, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 656 new COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 303,050.

The state said 84,931 people have received one dose of a two dose series, and 186,868 people have received an additional or booster dose. 1,714,608 total doses have been administered. 850,238 people are fully vaccinated.

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 70,328 cases.

The state said 13 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 13,253, and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,235.

19 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 3,845.

full story: [Valley County 1544 cases, 13 deaths.]
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Virus spread to guide M-D mask rule

Hospital standards, student shots also factors

By Max Silverson The Star-News Nov 18, 2021

McCall-Donnelly School District trustees finalized rules on Monday for when students and staff will no longer be required to wear face masks indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Masks will go from “required” to “recommended” when community transmission rates are changed from the current “high” rating as defined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trustees said.

The rating would need to change to “substantial,” “moderate” or “low” for two consecutive weeks for the mask rule to be loosened

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All vaccinated adults in Idaho are now eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine

November 19, 2021 Local News 8

In light of Friday’s CDC recommendation, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) is encouraging all Idaho adults age 50 years and older who received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months earlier, as well as adults age 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago, to get a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Report: Idaho’s emergency medical services lack resources

by Rebecca Boone November 20, 2021 AP (CBS2 Idaho)

A new report from Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluations shows most emergency medical services in the state rely entirely on volunteers and don’t have enough resources to meet the needs of their communities.

The report released Friday found that just 18% of EMS directors reported that their agency is able to maintain sufficient staff. About 65% said they experienced delayed emergency response times because of staffing problems within the last year.

Under state law, emergency medical services aren’t considered essential, so there is no guarantee that every community will have access to ambulances or paramedics in an emergency.

In rural Idaho, nearly 7 out of 10 EMS providers are volunteers.

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Panel: Step up Valley County road repairs

Road dept. also needs to track expenses, inventory better

By Max Silverson The Star-News November 18, 2021

Regular repairs to Valley County roads and better tracking of expenses and inventory were among a list of recommendations presented to Valley County Commissioners on Monday.

The recommendations were made to the Road Advisory Board, which was formed in March to review the Valley County Road and Bridge Department’s functions and find potential funding solutions.

Board members Paul Hefner, Lorrine Munn and Kirby Robertson shared with commissioners a list of recommendations and report on the board’s progress so far.

“Our goal has been to identify the root causes of road maintenance challenges, not just address symptoms,” Robertson said.

“Then we can create a set of tools to help fix those fundamental problems,” he said.

Recommendations centered on ways to carry out as much road work as possible within the department’s current annual budget.

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Windstorm knocks out power to 3,000 homes, businesses

By Max Silverson The Star-News November 18, 2021

Almost 3,000 homes and businesses lost power Monday night after a windstorm caused several outages from McCall to Donnelly.

Wind speeds at the McCall airport gusted up to 31 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Three significant outages started at about 6:20 p.m. for about 2,786 customers. Power was restored to 2,500 customers just after 8 p.m., said Idaho Power representative Brad Bowlin.

About 290 customers did not have power restored until about 3: 45 p.m. on Tuesday, Bowlin said.

Fallen trees took down powerlines between Lick Creek Road and Miles Standish Road north along Eastside Drive to Paradise Point Road.


Note: It was very windy in Yellow Pine too, but our power stayed on. Reports of only minor damage – so far.

Tips & Advice:

Rexburg family warns others after carbon monoxide leak sends kids to hospital

Five kids and a relative survived carbon monoxide poisoning after a leak in a Rexburg home.

KTVB Staff November 17, 2021

According to the CDC, carbon monoxide poisoning is often met with flu-like symptoms.

Dull headache
Nausea or vomiting
Shortness of breath
Blurred vision
Loss of consciousness

“It’s colorless, it’s odorless, we breathe it into our body and it bonds to our red blood cells better than oxygen does,” Madison Fire Department Captain Joseph Haeberle explained. “Eventually it causes us not to have enough oxygen in our body, and that’s how you die.”

To best protect yourself, Haeberle said to install working carbon monoxide detectors throughout a home, similar to how smoke detectors would be installed.

full story:

Mining News:

US OKs gold mine exploratory drilling in eastern Idaho

Nov 19, 2021 Local News 8

Dubois, Idaho (KIFI) – A Canadian mining company hoping to build an open-pit gold mine in Idaho west of Yellowstone National Park can resume exploratory drilling.

A copy of the signed Kilgore Gold Exploration Project Decision is now available online for public review.

“We spent substantial time reviewing and addressing water quality concerns,” Dubois District Ranger Bill Davis said. “At the end of the day, we feel this decision allows Excellon to exercise their mineral rights, while providing additional environmental protection.”


Public Lands:

Payette forest to start selling Christmas tree permits

The Payette National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits through vendors on Saturday and at Forest Service offices via curbside service starting on Monday.

Online purchase of permits, which began in October, is also available. All permits are valid through Friday, Dec. 31.

Cost is $10 per permit, and purchasers are provided with information about where Christmas trees may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips.

Visit (link) and search for “Payette National Forest Christmas tree permit” to purchase online.

Online permit purchases must specifically be for the Payette National Forest, as permits are valid only in the specified forest.

Permits purchased via Forest Service offices are available only by calling in advance for curbside pickup.

Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at the following locations:

• McCall Forest Supervisor’s Office, 500 N. Mission St., 208-634-0700.

• McCall Ranger District, 102 W. Lake St., 208-634-0400.

• New Meadows Ranger District Office, 3674 U.S. 95, 208-347-0300.

• Albertsons, 132 E. Lake St. in McCall.

• C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane in New Meadows.

Fourth-graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit from the U.S. Forest Service through the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, a nationwide initiative to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

Fourth-graders must visit and complete the application process for a pass, print the pass and then call a Forest Service office for curbside service or order online and enter the pass number when prompted.

source: The Star-News November 18, 2021

Critter News:

First cases of chronic wasting disease found in Idaho mule deer

The contagious, always-fatal prion illness has never before been recorded in the Gem State.

KTVB Staff November 18, 2021

Idaho County, Idaho — Two mule deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, marking the first time the contagious prion illness has been confirmed in Idaho.

The bucks were killed by hunters in October in the Slate Creek drainage near Lucile in Idaho County, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Both hunters were notified their deer were infected, officials said.

The positive tests came on Tuesday.

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Idaho inspectors see record number of mussel-infested boats

Nov 17, 2021 AP

Photo by: Idaho News 6

The Idaho Department of Agriculture says a record number of watercraft fouled with invasive mussels were caught at the state’s boat inspection stations this year.

But the Post Register reports that officials say Idaho’s waterways still remain free of the invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Nic Zurfluh with the Agriculture Department’s invasive species office says so far 52 boats fouled with mussels have been caught coming into Idaho, most of them at the Malad, Idaho inspection station.

Many of the contaminated watercraft were coming from Lake Powell in Utah, which is known to be infested with the invasive mussels.

source: KIVI TV

Fish and Game News:

Please watch for wildlife on highways and avoid costly collisions

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Friday, November 19, 2021

With big game animals at lower elevations, wildlife-vehicle collisions tend to increase during winter

Winter is already tough for deer, elk and other big game animals, and being near busy roads and highways can be deadly, so drivers are asked to keep a sharp eye out and avoid costly and potentially dangerous collisions.

With more snow in the higher elevations, big game herds throughout the state migrate to lower elevation winter ranges and cross Idaho’s highways and roads.

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Fish and Game biologist captures and relocates loon stranded in Garden City pond

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, November 19, 2021

The common loon was stuck in Riverside Pond since at least late spring

On Friday, Nov. 12, habitat biologist Michael Young unloaded an ice chest — its lid propped open with a short piece of rebar — from a Fish and Game pickup in the main parking lot at Lake Lowell in Southwest Idaho. Careful not to jostle the creature housed in this makeshift crate, Young picked his way across the rocky shore before finally setting it down near the water line.

Peeling back the duct tape that kept the lid partially closed during the short drive to the lake from the regional Fish and Game office, Young slowly opened the ice chest to reveal its contents: a (somewhat irritated) common loon sitting on a bed made of ice packs and Young’s down jacket.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Dog jumps for joy after being rescued from abandoned well

by Peter Barker – Zenger News Tuesday, November 9th 2021

A dog that got stuck at the bottom of an abandoned well was overjoyed to see the Italian firefighters who came to the rescue.

The footage was released Nov. 7 by the Vigili del Fuoco, Italy’s institutional agency for fire and rescue service. The dog was rescued in the woods near the town of Guidonia in the region of Lazio.

continued: CBS2 Idaho

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