Jan 16, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 16, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Remember, there is a planned power outage Wednesday, Jan 19th, from 11am to around 1pm.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
Oct 27, 2021 – Transfer Station on Winter Schedule
Nov 1, 2021 – Winter Mail Delivery Starts
Jan 18 – Movie Devil Wears Prada
Jan 19 – Planned Power Outage
Jan 30 – YPFD meeting at 2pm
Jan 25 – Movie Sister Act
Feb 1 – Movie Porky’s
Feb 8 – Movie Mrs. Doubtfire
Mar 27 – YPFD meeting at 2pm

(details below)

Local Events:

Jan 19 – Planned Power Outage

Dylan from Idaho power called to let us know they have scheduled maintenance on the Warm Lake transmission line. Our power will be shut off on Wednesday, Jan 19th from approximately 11am to 1pm.
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Tuesday Movie Nights

430pm at the Community Hall every Tuesday. Snacks are welcome, P.J.s OK. Everyone welcome.

January 18, 2022 Devil Wears Prada
January 25, 2022 Sister Act
February 1, 2022 Porky’s
February 8, 2022 Mrs. Doubtfire

Village News:

Jan 15 Chili Cook-off Community Hall


Left to right
1st – Kat Amos
2nd – Hailey Harris
3rd – Sarah Lanham

photos courtesy of Ray L.
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Night Time in Yellow Pine

This photo was captioned “1am in the morning. Magical Yellow Pine, Idaho” (The low was 10 degrees.)

courtesy YP General Store
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Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at wicap.org.
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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

South Fork of the Salmon River road is is open.

South Fork Road January 9th photo courtesy Scott A

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 closed to wheeled vehicles. These roads are not maintained. 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.

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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

Local Groups


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.

Warren Drake

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

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 365 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: 1-10-22.

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:
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

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Ron Earl

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

If you have an emergency, please call 911.

Chimney cleaning brushes are available to borrow from the YPFD.

To the Village of Yellow Pine:

I am Tim Rogers, the new Fire Chief of Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department. My experience in handling emergencies and firefighting came from the 12 years I served in the Army as a crew chief on the OH-58, UH-1H helicopters and the 12 years served in the Air Force in ground support on the C-130 airplane and the A-10 jets. I invite everyone to feel free to stop by my house or firehouse to introduce yourself. I can go over the plans we have for the Firehouse and answer any questions you may have. I would be glad to show you around the Firehouse, so you know where your tax money is going. I am always open to any suggestions you have. I believe this is the Yellow Pine people’s Firehouse.

I am Ron Basabe, the Assistant Fire chief for the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department. My training and experience in firefighting came from the years I spent at Boise Cascade sawmills, volunteering at the McCall Fire Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service. I was also involved in Search and Rescue in Valley County starting in the 1990’s.

If you would like to be a volunteer firefighter, we would be happy to get you signed up. If you need help in any way, get a hold of us; we are here to serve you.

Thank You
Tim Rogers; Fire Chief; 208-633-2005
Ron Basabe; Assistant Fire Chief; 208-633-9001
Working together to protect our Village

Special Yellow Pine Fire Commissioners Meeting January 10, 2022

In attendance:
Tim and Ronda Rogers, Ron Basabe, Christy Harris, Lorinne Munn, Tom and Sarah Lanham, Bill McIntosh, Cindy and Mike Fortin, Lynn Imel

Meeting called to order at 8:01 AM

Welcome new Yellow Pine Fire Department Commissioners: Tom Lanham, District 2; Bill McIntosh, District 3.

• Discussion: Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
Bill McIntosh was nominated as Chairman of the Board.
Vote: Lorinne Munn – No; Tom Lanham – Yes; Bill McIntosh – Yes. Bill McIntosh is the Chairman of the board of Commissioners.

• Discussion: Personnel changes.
Tim Rogers was proposed as Fire Chief.
Vote: Lorinne Munn – No; Tom Lanham – Yes; Bill McIntosh – Yes. Tim Rogers is the new Yellow Pine Fire Chief.

• Ron Basabe was proposed as Assistant Fire Chief.
Vote: Lorinne Munn – No; Tom Lanham – Yes; Bill McIntosh – Yes. Ron Basabe is the new Assistant Fire Chief.

• Nikki Saleen resigned orally as Secretary/Treasurer on 1/09/2022.
Ronda Rogers was proposed for Secretary/Treasurer.
Vote: Lorinne Munn – No; Tom Lanham – Yes; Bill McIntosh – Yes. Ronda Rogers is the new Secretary/Treasurer.
All positions start immediately.

• Bill McIntosh proposed Bylaws for the Yellow Pine Fire Department.
Action item: Bylaws to be taken up at next meeting.

• Unfinished discussion on Volunteers.
Action item: Volunteer discussion to be taken up at next meeting.

• Discussion: Fire Commissioner Meeting Schedule for 2022
Decision: Fire Commissioner meetings are scheduled as follows:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 11, 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm

Meeting Adjourned at 8:38 am

Commissioner District #1 Lorinne Munn
Commissioner District #2 Tom Lanham
Commissioner District #3 Bill McIntosh
Meeting was recorded; electronic file stored

Meeting Minutes

Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting (no minutes yet.)
November 23, 2021 Special meeting Link:
November 8, 2021 AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
October 31, 2021 Special meeting Link:
October 14, 2021 Special meeting Link:
September 27, 2021 Special meeting Link:
September 18, 2021 Special meeting Link:
Sept 11, 2021 YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
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.)

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

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 11, 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm

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

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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Local Observations:

Monday (Jan 10) 24 hour low of 2 degrees from Sunday morning. This morning (before sunrise) it was 7 degrees and mostly high thin hazy clouds, an average of 20″ snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, jay and woodpecker calling. Mostly hazy sky at lunch time with patches of blue and icicles dripping. Partly clear then mostly hazy during the afternoon, warm but then temperature dropping with the sun, high of 38 degrees. Vehicle fumes lingering in the air (inversion?) Colorful sunset this evening, the clouds were golden contrasting with small swaths of turquoise sky. Temperature dropping into the teens and clear before midnight.

Tuesday (Jan 11) 24 hour low of 7 degrees from Monday morning. This morning 21F, overcast and light breeze, an average of 20″ snow on the ground – hard crust. Pine squirrel calling (and loud snowmobile.) Light snow falling at lunch time, lasted about half an hour, no accumulation. Cracks in the overcast and above freezing mid-afternoon, high of 36 degrees. Overcast and right at freezing at dusk. Cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (Jan 12) 24 hour low of 21 degrees from Tuesday morning. This morning 32F and overcast, measured an average of 20″ crusty snow on the ground. Jays and pine squirrel calling, red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Mail truck was a little bit late, no problems reported. Partly clear/cloudy after lunch time. Thin overcast mid-afternoon and much warmer, snow crust getting soft and icicles dripping and falling, high of 46 degrees. Still a little above freezing at dusk and mostly cloudy (colorful.) Partly to mostly clear before midnight. Cloudy after midnight.

Thursday (Jan 13) overnight low of 18 degrees. This morning overcast and an average of 19 1/2″ snow on the ground. Jays and pine squirrel visiting. Snowmobiles before sunrise. Mostly clear and sunny before lunch time. Warm, cloudy and drippy mid-afternoon, high of 48 degrees. Cracks in the overcast at dusk and still above freezing. At dark the moon was a pale fuzzy spot in the clouds. Breaks in the clouds before midnight, filtered moonlight.

Friday (Jan 14) overnight low of 18 degrees. This morning partly clear and a bit of frost, estimate 19″ snow on the ground. Pine squirrel visiting. Mostly clear and strong sunshine after lunch time. Snowmobile and heavy equipment traffic, rather poor air quality. Warm and mostly clear mid-day, lots of dripping, high of 44 degrees. At dusk it was mostly hazy and a bit below freezing. Mostly hazy and filtered moonlight before midnight.

Saturday (Jan 15) overnight low of 10 degrees. This morning overall hazy sky with thinner milky blue patches, measured an average of 19″ snow on the ground. Snowmobile traffic before sunrise. Downy woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatch visiting, pine squirrel trilling off in the distance. Overcast at lunch time. Overcast with some thinner spots mid-afternoon and calm, high of 41 degrees. A little high thin haze and big fat moon in the sky at dusk. Hazy and filtered moonlight before midnight.

Sunday (Jan 16) 24 hour low of 14 degrees from Saturday morning. This morning mostly thin haze (milky blue sky) and an average of 18 1/2″ old crusty snow on the ground. Loud snowmobile traffic on the main roads before sunrise. Air quality rather poor. Pine squirrel, jays, hairy woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Mostly clear at lunch time and strong sunshine. Milky blue sky mid-afternoon with thin high haze and high of 42 degrees. Loud snowmobile traffic in the neighborhood. At dusk it looked like very thin haze in the sky and had dropped below freezing.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 3,266 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

January 14, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 3,266 new COVID-19 cases and 7 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 339,690.

The state reports data for the most recent 2-week period are incomplete. Due to the recent surge in cases, approximately 20,200 outstanding positive laboratory results are pending local public health district review and follow-up.

The state said 105,750 people have received one dose of a two dose series, and 351,389 people have received an additional or booster dose. 2,200,371 total doses have been administered. 901,624 people are fully vaccinated.

The state said 38 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 14,319, and 4 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,433.

7 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,270.

full story: [Valley County 1886 cases, 13 deaths.]
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Idaho faces backlog in processing positive COVID-19 cases

By Nicole Camarda Jan 13, 2022 KIVI


As of Thursday afternoon, there were over 16,000 positive COVID-19 cases in Idaho that have not been processed by local public health districts.

This delay is causing the state’s data dashboard to not exactly reflect how many new cases are reported in the state each day.

The over 16,000 positive laboratory cases are pending local public health district review and follow-up where disease investigators verify the person’s residence in Idaho and ask them about their symptoms.

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Shortage of monoclonal antibody treatment

January 14, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho Falls Community Hospital and Mountain View Hospital are running short on monoclonal antibody treatment.

Hospital administrators say there are not enough doses to treat everyone who has COVID-19.

They are focusing treatment on patients who are at the highest risk of becoming severely sick.

They are taking age, underlying health conditions and other risk factors into consideration.

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New Valley COVID-19 cases smash record

Hospitals report 212 new cases in past week

By Tom Grote The Star-News January 13, 2022

New records were set for the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Valley County last week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 212 new cases are more than three times the 63 cases reported the previous week and more than 13 times the 16 new cases reported at the end of December.

The testing methods used by the two hospitals 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.

The 182 new cases reported by St. Luke’s McCall more than doubled the previous high weekly count of 79 new cases during the first week of September 2021, Chief Operating and Nursing Officer Amber Green said.

“We are concerned about the omicron surge and the impacts it will have on our community and region,” Green said.

“However, we are encouraged about the data from other states and countries reporting less severe disease, hospitalizations and death,” she said.

St. Luke’s McCall recommends residents use what Green called a “layered” approach to protect themselves and the community from infection.

That includes getting vaccinated and getting a booster, staying home if sick, wearing a mask in public places and in crowded outdoor spaces, keeping a distance from others and washing hands.

The 30 new cases reported by Cascade Medical Center also was the highest weekly total since March 2020, CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“Many more people presenting with symptoms, but people are not as critically ill as they were during previous surges,” Reinhardt said.

“Still, the surge is serious and people with underlying health conditions or who are unvaccinated are at greatest risk of becoming ill and having a more severe illness,” he said.

The Cascade hospital is seeing what are called “breakthrough” cases, where those who have been vaccinated contract COVID-19, Reinhardt said. The symptoms in those cases are less severe, he said.

The two hospitals have reported 1,979 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 shuts M-D schools Monday and Tuesday

Trustees told to end mask policy in effect since school started

By Max Silverson The Star-News January 13, 2022

No classes were held in the McCall-Donnelly School District Monday and Tuesday because of shortages of substitute teachers and bus drivers, mostly due to COVID-19, the district said.

The closure comes after the district’s mandatory mask mandate was dropped for one week when the number of COVID-19 cases seemed to fall to within the district’s guidelines due to a report from Central District Health that was later updated. The mask mandate had been in place since the start of the school year.

The district’s five schools in McCall and Donnelly were open again on Wednesday with bus routes in operation.

The M-D website showed a significant increase in both cases and quarantines from COVID-19 among students and staff last week.

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Winter Carnival Mardi Gras parade canceled due to virus

Sculptures will still be built; other events uncertain

By Tom Grote The Star-News January 13, 2022

The Mardi Gras Parade, a central attraction of the McCall Winter Carnival, has been canceled for the 2022 event, the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce said this week

The parade had been scheduled to start at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29, through downtown McCall, but has been canceled due to worries over COVID-19, chamber spokesperson McKenzie Kraemer said.

Other chamber-sponsored events will continue to be held during the carnival, set for Jan. 29 through Feb. 6, Kraemer said.

All event-goers will be asked to wear masks in crowded locations, both indoors and outdoors, physically distance where possible, and stay home if feeling sick.

full story:
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McCall Winter Carnival on track for Jan. 28

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, January 14th 2022

Past McCall Carnival (Courtesy McCall Chamber)

After being canceled in 2021, McCall is once again holding its annual 10-day Winter Carnival.

The event usually hosts more than 60,000 people and runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6. This year, the theme is “return to our roots.”

“If you are coming to Carnival, then you know how special this event is,” said McKenzie Kraemer, McCall Area Chamber spokesperson. “We are working hard to honor the tradition of Carnival while prioritizing health and safety in an everchanging pandemic.” Carnival-goers can expect to enjoy snow sculptures, vendors, main stage music, fireworks, family fun, outdoor recreation, and the traditional small-town charm of McCall.

Attendees are asked to follow CDC recommendations including wearing a mask, social distancing and staying home if sick. Some venues may have reduced hours or less staff depending on each one’s safety protocols.

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Valley sets hearing Tues. on rules for splitting large parcels

By Max Silverson The Star-News January 13, 2022

Temporary rules that prevent splitting land into 20-acre parcels without review could be made permanent after a public hearing before Valley County Commissioners on Tuesday.

In September commissioners adopted an emergency ordinance to halt the unregulated subdividing of property into parcel sizes that might not be able to accommodate septic systems, wells, power, roads and other essential amenities for development.

The emergency ordinance expires in March.

The public hearing is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

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Firth Fire Department moves forward after devastating fire

By Braydon Wilson January 12, 2022 Local News 8

Monday morning marked a devastating blow to the Firth Fire Department. The fire that left two of the department’s pumpers and one of its brush rigs started at 9:20 a.m. The fire not only left the trucks in ruins but left the equipment and protective gear useless as well.

Investigators from the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office have completed their investigation into the origin and cause of the fire that destroyed the Firth Fire Station. It was determined that a failure of an auto eject power input connector installed on one of the fire engines was to blame for this devastating fire. The fire has been classified as accidental.

“We have already received offers of help from departments all over the state,” Firth Fire Chief Dale Mecham said.

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Idaho snowpack has water experts cautiously optimistic

by Associated Press Friday, January 14th 2022 (CBS2 Idaho)

Near McCall, Idaho (CBS2 file)

Idaho’s snowpack levels are in good shape and water experts are cautiously optimistic about water levels in the coming months.

Daniel Tappa is a hydrologist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and says most of the state had higher-than-normal snowpack levels by Jan. 1. The snowpack replenishes water supplies in reservoirs, waterways and aquifers as it melts.

So higher snowpack levels can mean more water available in spring and summer to support agriculture, communities and ecosystems.

The Boise River System is at 122% of its normal snow water equivalent and the Big Lost Basin is at 139% of normal. The Bruneau River Subbasin is at 98% of normal.


Scam Alert:

Scammers targeting utility customers

During the last couple of days, Idaho Falls Power has received multiple calls from customers regarding utility scams.

Currently, calls are being made to utility customers claiming to be Idaho Falls Power and threatening to disconnect service unless payment for past due balances on their utility account are received.

Officials say Idaho Falls Power and the City of Idaho Falls Utility Office do not call and threaten to disconnect services if payment is not made immediately. Any disconnect notice is printed in red ink on the customer’s most current utility bill.

continued: [Note: this scam has also been reported in Idaho County.]

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Critter News:

Idaho Sled Dog Challenge moves to Cascade Jan. 30-Feb. 3

The Star-News January 13, 2022

The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge will have a new home when it returns Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 during the 2022 McCall Winter Carnival.

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.

The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is celebrating its fourth year after the COVID-19 pandemic put the race on hiatus in 2021.

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Fish and Game rescue elk from entanglements, window well

“We get these calls every year, especially in the winter when elk are moving through yards and pastures.”

KTVB Staff January 11, 2022

Credit: IDFG

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game responded to four separate instances of elk getting tangled up in objects or falling into window wells in the Wood River Valley this weekend.

On Jan. 7, Fish and Game officers were contacted about a cow elk with some sort of disk around her neck, a bull elk with twine wrapped around his antlers, and a third who had become tangled in a horse lead and halter.

Biologists were able to tranquilize and free the elk caught in the halter, but the female elk slipped away and into the herd before biologists could get close. Fish and Game will continue monitoring her over the coming weeks, the department said.

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2 more Chronic Wasting Disease cases detected in cow elk and white-tailed doe in Unit 14

January 12, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho Fish and Game received notice on Jan. 10 that two more animals, a cow elk and a white-tailed deer doe, have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. Both animals were in Unit 14 in Idaho County. The whitetail was about 4 miles south of Slate Creek in the same area as other CWD positive deer, and the elk was about 1.5 miles northeast of White Bird.

Two mule deer bucks taken by hunters in the Slate Creek area during October were the first-ever CWD detections in Idaho.

Through Jan. 11, Fish and Game officers and biologists collected samples from about 550 deer and elk in the CWD surveillance area, which includes Units 14 and 15 and portions of adjacent units. Six total animals have tested positive, including the two mule deer bucks, two whitetail bucks, one whitetail doe, and one cow elk. All were in Unit 14. Lab results are not back yet from 10 CWD samples collected in the surveillance area during the CWD surveillance hunts.


Fish and Game News:

Lake Cascade ice conditions – Jan. 11, 2022

By Mike Thomas, Regional Fisheries Biologist
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

On Wednesday, January 11 we checked surface and ice conditions on Lake Cascade. Ice and surface conditions have improved throughout the lake since our last update, and travel is now conducive to snowmobile use in most areas. With with mild daytime highs, cold nighttime lows, and minimal snow forecasted this week, its likely that surface conditions will continue to improve. Angler reports from the access areas I visited suggest that fishing is improving as well. Another ice update will be posted next week. STAY TUNED!

I measured ice thickness at four locations. At Blue Heron access (south end), I measured twelve inches of ice underneath one inch of slush. At Boulder Creek (north end), I measured eleven inches of ice under four inches of compacted slush. Near Sugarloaf Island (central), I measured eight inches of ice underneath four inches of compacted slush. At Crown Point Access (south end near the dam), ice conditions were unstable near the dam and fishing is not recommended. A half mile north of the Campground via the Crown Point Trail I measured six inches of ice underneath on inch of slush fifty yards from shore.

With current conditions anglers have the option to use snowmachines on the lake from Sugarloaf Island to the Northern Arms. In addition, south of Van Wyck access ice is thick enough for motorized travel. Ice fishing on foot is still recommended near Crown Point and Van Wyck Access areas due to early season conditions.

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Applications for spring black bear controlled hunts open Jan. 15

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

There are several ways to apply for a controlled black bear hunt this spring

Hunters looking to apply for 2022 spring’s controlled hunts for black bear can apply from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. Information on the spring 2022 controlled black bear hunt can be found in the Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules book.

Hunters must have a 2022 hunting license in order to apply for controlled hunts, and there are several ways to apply:

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Two cow elk shot out of season on Salmon Road near Riggins

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, January 14, 2022

Conservation officers are seeking information on this case. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Information can be reported to the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.

On the morning of January 9th, two cow elk were shot out of season along the Big Salmon Road near Riggins. This stretch of road receives a fair amount of morning traffic from sportsmen and public alike. Much of the meat was salvaged prior to Fish & Game being notified. It is probable that motorists or sportsmen noticed the shooter’s vehicle along north bank of Salmon Road near Lake Creek Bridge and could offer information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Anyone having information about these poaching incidents is encouraged to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at (800)632-5999 or IDFG Senior Conservation Officer Ethan Bishop at (208)799-5010. Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

‘Bah-boom, bah-boom’: Acorn-ucopia of food fattens squirrels

by Associated Press Friday, December 10th 2021 (CBS2 Idaho)

In this recent photograph provided by Beth Ditkoff, a squirrel is seen in the yard of a Damariscotta, Maine home. (Beth Ditkoff photo via AP)

Damariscotta, Maine (AP) — Humans aren’t the only species packing on extra pounds during the pandemic. Some squirrels are letting themselves go, too.

Many squirrels are eating well this fall in New England. But one portly squirrel is so big it earned the nickname, “Fatty McFatterson.”

Most squirrels sprint or scoot. This one lumbers and waddles after supplementing nature’s bounty this fall by helping himself to seeds that fall to the ground from bird feeders.


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