Jan 9, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 9, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: The South Fork Road was opened today, still a lot of snow, so travel at your own risk.

Community Calendar:

April 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
Oct 27, 2021 – Transfer Station on Winter Schedule
Nov 1, 2021 – Winter Mail Delivery Starts
Jan 15, 2022 – Chili Cook-off 3pm

(details below)
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Local Events:

Jan 15, 2022 – Chili Cook-off 3pm

At the Community Hall. Bring a pot of chili to share and/or cornbread, dessert, hotdogs and buns, anything to go with some darn good chili.
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Village News:

Snow, Avalanches and Power Outages

The power went out early Wednesday morning for about 15 minutes then went out again around 1245pm and came back on at 645pm. The Idaho power recording said crews were on site by 3pm and a little over 200 customers affected.

On Wednesday a report from North Shore Lodge around 11am that the county plow was stuck in the snow this side of Big Creek Summit. The mail truck driver had to chain up and beat tracks through a foot of snow up there. He reported 5-8″ of snow on the road coming in via the South Fork road. Trees heavy with snow leaning down.

A report from Perpetua Jan 6th, “Currently we are shutting down the road between Stibnite and Yellow Pine. This afternoon it is 42 degrees in YP and 32 in Stibnite. Chuck plowed the road this morning clearing some slide but on the way back to Stibnite encountered over 10 slides. He plowed thru just to get back up to site. With more snow and warmer temperature we are going to wait and clear the road when it’s colder. We will reassess in the morning to see of conditions change.”

By Thursday morning we received of 11 inches of new snow over last 3 days and had an average of 23″ snow on the ground. Then it started raining and things got messy.

Thursday the local operator went out to plow, had to cut 11 downed trees and only made it to around Poverty Flats before slides became too deep on the South Fork.

Friday’s message from the county said the South Fork road is closed. (The mail truck could not make it in.) The county grader is down and awaiting parts.

Reports of adventurous locals chaining up, winching through slides and making it in with great difficulty this weekend (one report was a 6 hour trip from Cascade to YP.)

The South Fork Road was opened today (Sunday), still a lot of snow, so travel at your own risk.
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After the storms

P1000731-20220109VanMeterJanuary 9, 2022 10am (before sunrise.)
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Road News

Report late Sunday (Jan 9) The South Fork Road was opened today, still a lot of snow, so travel at your own risk.

Hwy 55 is Open – construction suspended for winter.

Link: to current road reports.

Upper Johnson Creek road at Landmark, Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Elk Summit, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads are likely closed with snow by now. These roads are not maintained. Travel at your own risk.
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Critters

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.

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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

Report Jan 7th: Bins were emptied about a week and a half ago. Road plowed Jan 5th.

Dump update October 27th: 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
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

Water Usage Jan 9, 2022

In the past few days our water usage has jumped to over 61,000 gallons per day. In November we were consistently around the 27,000 gallons per day. I am thinking a water line has frozen and broke somewhere in town. Please let me know if someone hears or suspects major water leaks. – Steve Holloway

Yellow Pine water use up 80% this month

Dec 31, 2021

Today’s water meter reading indicates that 48164 gallons of water was used yesterday. Compared to the beginning of the month, daily water use has increased by approximately 80% . This rate of increase is unsustainable and is cause for some concern. If water demand continues to increase at or close to this rate, interruption of water service is a real possibility.

The cause of the increased demand should be investigated. Running toilets, over use of trickle faucets to prevent freezing, a broken service line or waterline in a cabin, or other distribution system leaks are likely to blame.

I recommend that we get a message out to residents Informing them of the circumstances and asking for their help in conserving water and locating any potential leaks.

Regards,
Warren Drake

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

DRINKING WATER WARNING December 9, 2021
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?
* 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 @ 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: 12-9-21.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

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 at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Chairman – vacant
Vice Chairman – Josh Jones
Treasurer – Ronda Rogers
Secretary – Hailey Harris
Member-at-large – Rhonda Egbert

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District
Fire Commissioner’s Transition Meeting
January 9th, 2022 10:00 am
Yellow Pine Fire Station

Agenda:

* Transition expectations and legal requirements/responsibilities of Fire Commissioners – Merrill Saleen and Phil Jensen

o Review: TITLE 31 COUNTIES AND COUNTY LAW, CHAPTER 14 FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 31-1409. FIRE PROTECTION BOARD — RESIDENCE QUALIFICATIONS OF COMMISSIONERS — TERM OF OFFICE — VACANCIES:

“The term of office for fire protection commissioners shall commence on the second Monday of January succeeding each general election.” (January 10, 2022)

* Overview of Idaho Open Meeting Law – Merrill Saleen TITLE 74 TRANSPARENT AND ETHICAL GOVERNMENT, CHAPTER 2 OPEN MEETINGS LAW

1. Regular meetings. No less than a five (5)-calendar day meeting notice and a forty-eight (48) hour agenda notice shall be given unless otherwise provided by statute.

2. Any member of a governing body who knowingly violates the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500).

3. 74-201. FORMATION OF PUBLIC POLICY AT OPEN MEETINGS. The people of the state of Idaho in creating the instruments of government that serve them, do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies so created. Therefore, the legislature finds and declares that it is the policy of this state that the formation of public policy is public business and shall not be conducted in secret.

* Review the Art & Science of Bringing Communities Together – Phil Jensen
* Review Idaho Whistleblower Reprisal, Discrimination Laws, and Penalties – Merrill Saleen
* Transition of Secretary/Treasurer Duties & Fiscal Closeout – Nikki Saleen
* Volunteers Update – 18 volunteers have resigned from the YPFPD as of this date. More expected.

If you have an emergency, please call 911.

Chimney cleaning 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.)

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 an 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

YPFD COVID19 Policy
link: YPFD Covid-19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

Fire Chief: Lorinne Munn
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – vacant?
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Open – New Owners
Winter hours:
Monday and Wednesday 10am-8pm
Fridays 5pm-10pm
Sundays 10am-6pm
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
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 and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The Yellow Pine General Store will be observing new Winter Hours. We will be officially open on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 11am-4pm. Josh or Christy are in town on the off days and will be available to open the store as needed. Their contact information is posted on the front door of the store if you need to reach either of them locally. The motel rooms and the laundry room are still available 7 days per week. Store phone: 208-633-3300 Email:
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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
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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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
Website:
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Local Observations:

Monday (Jan 3) overnight low of 9 degrees. Warmed up and windy by daylight. This morning 33 degrees, mostly cloudy and wind gusts. Measured an average of 15″ snow on the ground. Windy and warmer at lunch time, grains of snow blowing and nearly overcast. Gusty and dark clouds mid-afternoon, wind transported snow and maybe a few flakes out of the sky too, high of 38 degrees. Windy, overcast and blowing snow at dusk (probably snowing too.) Snowing and blowing after dark, about an inch by 8pm. A break in the snow before midnight and calmer, about 3 to 4 inches of new snow. More snow during the night.

Tuesday (Jan 4) overnight low of 20 degrees. New snow 5 1/4″ (SWE=0.37″ might be under catch due to the wind) average snow depth 20″. This morning the sky is mostly cloudy and a slight breeze. Hairy woodpecker and mountain chickadee visiting. Overcast at lunch time. Report of a male red-winged blackbird in the neighborhood. Overcast and calm mid-afternoon, high of 29 degrees. Overcast and light breeze at dusk. Very fine light snow started falling before 8pm. Still snowing before midnight. Likely snowed all night. Power must have went off during the night (clocks are about 15 minutes slow.)

Wednesday (Jan 5) 24 hour low of 21 degrees from Tuesday morning. New snow 4 1/4″ (SWE=0.38) and an average of 23″ on the ground. This morning overcast and calm. Pine squirrel and jays visiting. Power off 1242pm. Started snowing at 115pm, socked in and a little breezy. Mail truck was a little late, had deep snow adventures. The power tried to come on at 414pm but didn’t quite make it. Power on 645pm. Still socked in and snowing at 7pm. Socked in and snowing before midnight, likely snowed most of the night.

Thursday (Jan 6) overnight low of 24 degrees. New snow 3 3/4″ (SWE=0.33″) and an average of 24 1/2″ on the ground. This morning overcast and spitting a few icy balls. Pine squirrel visiting. At lunch time it was just below freezing and possibly misting lightly. Low overcast mid-afternoon, a little above freezing and light rain falling, existing snow is getting mushy and heavy, high of 33 degrees. Reports of slides closing road between YP and Stibnite. Later report that the South Fork road is also closed due to slides. Misting very lightly at dusk, overcast and just below freezing. Shoveled paths are slick with freezing rain. Probably some rain during the night. Very wet snow falling before sunrise.

Friday (Jan 7) 24 hour low of 27 degrees from Thurs. morning. Trace of new snow plus rain = 0.38″ and an average of 22 1/2″ snow on the ground. This morning socked in low, snowing big flakes for about an hour. Shoveled paths are slick with rain on ice. Crack and crash of tree falling to the east, raven calling, pine squirrel and jay visiting. Higher thinner clouds before lunch time, then clouds lowering and rain/snow mix after lunch, then all rain. Alternating rain, rain/snow mix and snow this afternoon. Low overcast and “snizzling” mid-afternoon and light breezes, high of 35 degrees. Socked in and snow/rain mix at dusk. A break in the snow around supper time, trace of slush so far. Not snowing before midnight.

Saturday (Jan 8) overnight low of 17 degrees. New snow 1/8″ plus rain = 0.18″ of precipitation and measured an average of 21″ snow on the ground (frozen on top, wet and heavy towards the bottom.) This morning partly clear with patches of very blue sky. Pine squirrel visiting, raving calling in the distance. Snowmobilers making their presence known. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Partly clear/cloudy mid-afternoon, just above freezing and cold breezes, high of 35 degrees. Mostly clear sky (some pink high haze) at dusk and calmer, temperature dropping. Stars out before midnight. Cold night!

Sunday (Jan 9) overnight low of 0 (zero) degrees. No new precipitation, average snow depth 20 1/2″ (hard crust on top, a bit of slush at the bottom.) This morning the sky is mostly covered in high thin haze, turning pink right before sunrise. Very quiet except for a distant snowmobile. Mostly (thicker) haze and filtered sun at lunch time. Pine squirrel and jay visiting. Clear blue sky to the north and cloudy to the south early afternoon. Partly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 32 degrees. Mostly clear at dusk and temperature dropping.
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RIP:

Betty L. Elliott

Betty L. Elliott, 79, a resident of Caldwell, passed away December 28, 2021 in Caldwell.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.

[Yellow Pine sends sincere condolences to Connie Cox over losing her mother.]
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Idaho News:

DEQ awards nearly $600,000 to eight drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau
Press Release: January 4, 2022

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded eight planning grants to help Idaho’s drinking water and wastewater facilities prepare planning studies.

The systems include: Bellevue, Burley, Wendell, Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc., Iona Bonneville Sewer District, Southside Water and Sewer District, North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District, and Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc.

Bellevue, Idaho – The city of Bellevue in Blaine County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $95,837 to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $191,675 and the remaining $95,837 will be funded by the city of Bellevue.

Burley, Idaho – The city of Burley in Cassia County was offered a drinking water planning grant for $102,710 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $205,420 and the remaining $102,710 will be funded by the city of Burley.

Wendell, Idaho – The city of Wendell in Gooding County was offered a drinking water planning grant for $50,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $100,000 and the remaining $50,000 will be funded by the city of Wendell.

Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District – Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc. was offered a drinking water planning grant for $20,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $40,000 and the remaining $20,000 will be funded by Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc.

Iona Bonneville Sewer District – Iona Bonneville Sewer District in Bonneville County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $60,000 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $120,000 and the remaining $60,000 will be funded by Iona Bonneville Sewer District.

North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District – North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District in Valley County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $64,400 and a drinking water planning grant for $102,000 to prepare planning studies that evaluate the current wastewater and drinking water systems and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the wastewater and drinking water projects are $128,800 and $204,000, respectively. The remaining $64,400 and $102,000 will be funded by North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District.

Southside Water and Sewer District – Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $42,500 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $85,000 and the remaining $42,500 will be funded by Southside Water and Sewer District.

Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc – Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. was offered a drinking water planning grant for $42,500 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $85,000 and the remaining $42,500 will be funded by Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. and the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Background

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.
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Valley County COVID-19 cases surge to 63 in past week

By Tom Grote The Star-News Jan 5, 2021

New cases of COVID-19 in Valley County in the past week surged to 63 as reported by the county’s two hospitals.

The 63 new cases compared to 16 new cases and 12 new cases reported during the two weeks toward the end of December.

A total of 57 of the new cases were reported by St. Luke’s McCall, with seven new cases reported by Cascade Medical Center.

St. Luke’s testing methods do not show how many of the new cases were caused by the delta variant of COVID-19 and how many were caused by the new omicron variant, a St. Luke’s spokesperson said.

The two hospitals have reported 1,766 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

A total of 11 deaths confirmed from COVID-19 and two probable deaths from the virus have been reported among Valley County residents, according to Central District Health.

Clinics & Tests

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is offering the Pfizer vaccine to anyone 5 and older.

For youths age 5 to 17 and adults 18 and older wanting a booster, appointments are required. Schedule online through MyChart or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at stlukesonline.org.

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine welcomes walk-ins for those 18 and older seeking their initial dose of the vaccine from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

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 ages 5 to 11 is available in Cascade on Wednesdays.

full story: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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COVID-19 Updates: 1,335 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths

January 7, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,765 new COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 327,065.

The state reports data for the most recent 2-week period are incomplete. Due to the recent surge in cases, approximately 8,000 outstanding positive laboratory results are pending local public health district review and follow-up.

The state said 104,225 people have received one dose of a two dose series, and 336,255 people have received an additional or booster dose. 2,173,100 total doses have been administered. 896,597 people are fully vaccinated.

The state said 20 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 14,150, and 4 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,405.

12 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,235.

full story: [Valley County 1709 cases, 13 deaths.]
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Valley County rejects Ziply proposal on internet upgrades

County wants new fiber network to be available to all

By Drew Dodson The Star-News Jan 6, 2021

A proposal by Ziply Fiber to install high-speed fiber internet to more than 6,000 homes and businesses in Valley County was rejected on Monday by Valley County commissioners.

The proposal by Ziply, headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, was the only one submitted in response to the county’s December request for leases on fiber lines that would link the county to fiber networks in Boise.

The proposal was rejected because it would expand Ziply’s existing network instead of leasing fiber lines to be used by the county, commissioner Sherry Maupin said.

The leased fiber lines would be used by the county to create a public fiber network on which multiple internet providers could use to offer high-speed internet to local residents and businesses.

The network would be called the West Central Mountains Fiber Network and could serve all of Valley County and Meadows Valley in Adams County, under conceptual plans.

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Boise woman, 23, dies in snowmobile wreck north of McCall

By Drew Dodson The Star-News Jan 6, 2021

A Boise woman died in a snowmobile accident north of McCall on New Year’s Day, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

Emma Mills, 23, died after the snowmobile she was driving crashed on Warren Wagon Road between Secesh Summit and Secesh Meadows at about 4:10 p.m. on Jan. 1, the sheriff’s office said.

Mills died due to “massive head trauma” after the snowmobile left the trail and hit a tree, Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

McCall Fire & EMS assisted with communications and moving Mills’ body to an Air St. Luke’s helicopter to return to McCall, said firefighter/EMT Ryan Garber, who responded to the scene.

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Nampa man killed after pickup goes off Highway 55 and into river

The crash occurred Friday afternoon in Boise County.

KTVB Staff January 8, 2022

A crash near Horseshoe Bend has killed a man from Nampa.

Idaho State Police said early Saturday that the 39-year-old man was driving north on Idaho Highway 55 just before 4 p.m. Friday when his pickup went off the road and went into the Payette River.

The highway was blocked for about 7 1/2 hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

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Public Lands:

The forest service plans a redesign for Kirkham Hot Springs

By Steve Dent Jan 09, 2022 KIVI


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Lowman, Idaho  — Kirkham Hot Springs is one of the most popular hot springs in Idaho, but in recent years the impacts from humans have prompted changes by the Boise National Forest.

It’s a magical place to soak, but to ensure that continues people need to respect the hot springs by packing out what they bring in, don’t bring in glass bottles and also stay on the designated trails.

“It’s such a beautiful area, but we need people to recreate responsibly,” said Traci Weaver the Lowman District Ranger for the Boise National Forest. “If you google hot springs in Idaho Kirkham is the first or second one that comes up.”

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Critter News:

Idaho Sled Dog Challenge returns after 2021 hiatus

Jan 4, 2022 CBS2


(Photo by Melissa Shelby)

The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is returning to the West Central Mountains of Idaho Jan. 30-Feb. 3 during the 2022 McCall Winter Carnival. Part of the Rocky Mountain Triple Crown, the race features world-class mushers and is an Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifier. This year most events will be staged in Cascade at the Lake Cascade boat ramp on Lake Cascade Parkway between Lakeshore Bar & Grill and the Van Wyck Campground. Race organizers are seeking volunteers to staff checkpoints and help handle dogs, so visit idahosleddogchallenge.com if you’re interested.

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Escaped cows rounded up on I-84 in Caldwell

Two cows that escaped from their pasture are back home after going for a jog down Interstate 84 in Caldwell on Sunday.

KTVB Staff January 4, 2022

Two cows that escaped from their pasture are back home after going for a jog down Interstate 84 in Caldwell on Sunday.

According to Idaho State Police, drivers began calling in reports of multiple cows in the roadway between Exit 29 and Exit 32. By the time troopers arrived, ISP Sgt. Steve Farley said, the animals were no longer in the lanes.

“One cow was completely off of the roadway very near the Franklin Road exit in Caldwell and was no longer a hazard to people driving along the interstate, and the other one was actually in the construction zone near milepost 31 and the owner actually kind of had it pinned in between the barriers there when we arrived on scene,” he said.

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An ‘amazing week’: Idaho Fish & Game researchers hook three 10-foot sturgeon

The fisheries biologists made the rare catches while sampling the white sturgeon population in Hells Canyon.

KTVB Staff January 4, 2022


Credit: Joe DuPont

In three decades of capturing and tagging white sturgeon, researchers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game have handled more than 4,000 fish. Of those, fewer than ten have measured longer than 10 feet, and the people taking part in the sturgeon-sampling work hadn’t caught one that big in more than five years.

As the year 2021 wrapped up, that changed in what regional fisheries biologist Joe DuPont called an “amazing week” on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.

In a recent IDFG blog post, DuPont writes that his group was having difficulty hooking a sturgeon one day, as the fish were biting very lightly and, “if you didn’t get to the rod quickly, you missed your opportunity.”

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Letter to Share:

Anyone wanting feed for the pheasants, Quail, red-leg partridge, now is the time to get it. It looks like the weather will be better in the next couple days.

The Gamebird Foundation has about 15-20 tons of free bird feed for your birds. The birds have 2-3 hard months to go before spring break up. We can sure help get them through. The grain is located at 1130 Wellesley Rd. It is in a big metal building on the right side of the road. You go to the Potlatch- Palouse junction on Hwy. 95. Head west for Palouse. About 2 miles west on the Hwy you will come to Wellesley Rd. Take a left for about 2 miles. The first place you come to on the right is the metal building. There are bags if you don’t have any. Just help yourself and take what you need. If you would like to make a donation you can go to our web site. We are a 501©3 NON-PROFIT Corp. If you need further help you can call Dale Gottchalk 509-334-8660, he lives close by or you can call me for directions, 208-883-3423. If you have a friend or neighbor that wants to feed birds have them get hold of us.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation
thegamebirdfoundation.org
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Fish & Game News:

Last call for 2021 big game hunter reports

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Hunter reports are critical to effective big game management, and hunters are needed to do their part

With many of Idaho’s big game hunting season now closed, Idaho Fish and Game reminds hunters to fill out their hunter harvest reports if they purchased a deer, elk or pronghorn tag in 2021. All big game hunters are required to file a report for each tag they purchased, whether they hunted or not.

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Lake Cascade ice conditions – Jan. 5, 2022

By Mike Thomas, Regional Fisheries Biologist
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

On Wednesday, January 5 we checked surface and ice conditions on Lake Cascade. Ice conditions are similar to those reported last week with fishable ice observed (at least 4 inches) at each location. Traveling on the lake has become more difficult with warming temperatures and greater amounts of slush and snow. The use of snowshoes for fisherman traveling on foot is recommended. Air temperatures are forecasted to increase this weekend in addition to moderate snow accumulation which will likely result in poor ice building conditions. Another ice update will be posted next week. STAY TUNED!

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Don’t forget to pick up “trigger trash” when target shooting in a dispersed areas

By Brian Flatter, Conservation Officer
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Now that winter is upon us and holidays are over, many folks are anxious to go out and shoot their new firearms and some of that ammunition they were finally able to find in the store. For those shooters who chose to go out into the desert to sharpen their firearm skills on public land in “dispersed shooting areas,” this reminder is for you.

As a Conservation Officer responsible for patrolling the desert south of Boise, I can tell you from experience that target shooters during all times of the year can get themselves into trouble quickly if they don’t remember to clean up after themselves. For some reason, the months of December through March are especially bad for litter bugs.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Hundreds of sheep and goats recruited to encourage vaccination in Germany

by Associated Press Monday, January 3rd 2022 (CBS2 Idaho)


Sheep and goats stand together in Schneverdingen, Germany, as they form an approximately 100 meters large syringe to promote vaccinations against COVID-19, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Philipp Schulze/dpa via AP)

Tasty bits of bread did the trick for 700 sheep and goats to join Germany’s drive aimed at encouraging more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The animals were arranged on Monday into the shape of a roughly 330-foot syringe in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg.

Shepherd Wiebke Schmidt-Kochan spent several days practicing with her animals, news agency dpa reported. But she said in the end, it wasn’t difficult to work things out _ she laid out pieces of bread in the shape of the syringe, which the sheep and goats gobbled up when they were let out into the field.

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Seasonal Humor:

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“If you have had enough of cold and snow, please raise your hands.”

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