Apr 24, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 24, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
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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
Apr 29 – Arbor Day
Mar-May – Spring Rx burns
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo party 3pm Community Hall
May 8 – Mother’s Day Brunch Community Hall
May 28 – Memorial Potluck 2pm Community Hall
Jul 2 – 4th of July golf tournament
Jul 3 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting
(details below)

Local Events:

Cinco de Mayo May 5th

A Cinco de Mayo party will be held at the Community Hall at 3pm on May 5. The food will be provided by the VYPA Council as an appreciation for our village community.
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Mother’s Day Brunch May 8th

Mother’s Day brunch will be held at the Community Hall on Sunday May 8 at 12 noon. Food will be provided. Donations appreciated. All donations will contribute to the village’s funds.
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Memorial Potluck Saturday May 28th

Memorial Potluck at the Community Hall. Burgers and Brats provided. Please bring a side dish if you would like.

Stay tuned for more details…

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Krassel RD Prescribed Burns Spring 2022

The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 2,500 acres within the Bald Hill project area (east of Yellow Pine); 2,000 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near the Miners peak trail, and 70 acres around Krassel Work Center.
Ignitions may occur over 2-7 days in the months of March through May Flame, smoke and hazards may be present in the area until significant precipitation or season ending weather is received. If you have any questions or comments please contact Dave Hogen Krassel District Ranger at 208-634-0600

(Same map from last fall.)
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Golf Tournament July 2nd

The annual 4th of July golf tournament will be on Saturday, July 2nd at 10(ish). All proceeds will be used to improve the golf course (improving the greens, signs and tees. More information to follow. Contact Joel or Marj Fields with questions, sponsorships or donations at fieldsmarjie @ yahoo.com

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YPWUA Shareholders Meeting July 3rd

The yearly shareholders meeting will be Sunday July 3rd at 10am. There will be two positions up for elections.

There has been some question on who can vote and can run for office. You must be a shareholder with the Yellow Pine Water Users Association to be able to vote and run for office. If you have any questions about being a shareholder, please contact me.

Thank you – Steve Holloway

Village News:

Transfer Station Cleanup

photo courtesy Adam

About 10-12 locals thoroughly cleaned up the transfer station Saturday April 23rd. Thanks to Kat for organizing. The woody debris pile was also tidied up thanks to Cecil.
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Spring Buttercups

April 20, 2022 photo courtesy LI

“Fawn lilies will be blooming soon.”
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April 19th

For those of you who remember Mayor Chappy, this would have been his 77th birthday. Rest in peace, Pard.
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Watkins Pharmacy Update April 20th

Greetings! We will be painting the temp pharmacy in two weeks. There have to be some structural changes inside the space to ensure the pharmacy is secured and satisfy state regulations. In order to do that the new owner of the building, with his architect, have to have his building permit and plans approved by the city before we can modify anything under the permit. So we are probably looking at a date around June 1st at this point. Thank you for asking! Amber Watkins
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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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Arnold Aviation News:

Customers New Deadline – Please email your shopping list by Sunday evening so they are ready to print early Monday morning.

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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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Valley County Road & Bridge Announcements
Road Break-Up Limits in Effect Until further notice, break-up limits are now in effect:
* 7 tons per axle,
* 80,000 lbs maximum

Hwy 55 summer road construction starts March 14, 2022

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Closed to full sized vehicles at the junction with Profile Creek
from Perpetua “As Spring has arrived, snow and ice on the Stibnite road are beginning to melt, leaving some sections of the road bare and others still covered in snow. The road is soft in places so Perpetua Resources crews are minimizing traffic and utilizing UTV’s when possible to prevent erosion. Warmer temperatures in the afternoons bring rocks down daily so caution for all travelers is advised. Perpetua Resources crews are vigilant and exercising extra caution to watch out for falling rocks and remove fallen rocks in order to maintain access to Stibnite.
“We also received notice from the County that due to spring melt conditions there will be temporary travel restrictions on Stibnite Road starting week of March 21st. These restrictions are both to keep the road from further damage, reduce erosion and to keep the public safe.” – Sam

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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20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be Elk Aware

Elk are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

Bears will be coming out of hibernation soon and hungry.

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become a snack

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

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

photo courtesy NH
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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.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report April 23: Bins emptied and transfer station cleaned by locals.

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 Use

04/14/22 22865324 28913 24 1205 20 T 2066
04/15/22 22895796 30472 24 1270 21 F 1559
04/16/22 22921411 25615 24 1067 18 S 4857
04/17/22 22948489 27078 24 1128 19 S 1463
04/18/22 22974460 25971 24 1082 18 M 1107
04/19/22 23000939 26479 24 1103 18 T 508
04/20/22 23027492 26553 24 1106 18 W 74
04/21/22 23053853 26361 24 1098 18 T 192
04/22/22 23079391 25538 24 1064 18 F 823
04/23/22 23106130 26739 24 1114 19 S 1201
04/24/22 23133763 27633 24 1151 19 S 894

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: 4-11-22.

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 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

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

April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position.

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
Hailey Harris, Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Jen Aldrich, Secretary
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Ron Earl

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.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

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

Meeting Minutes

Apr 3, 2022, Fire Commissioners Meeting (minutes forthcoming)
Feb 24, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting (no minutes yet.)
Nov 23, 2021 Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 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 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
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 (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 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
Winter hours:
Open Wednesday 11-6
Fridays 11-9
Saturdays 9-6
Sunday’s 10-6
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Exceptions are by appointment and we’ll be open on Mondays of Holiday weekends.
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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 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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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Closed for the winter.
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Availability for 2022
*Note can book Idaho Residents now for Archery or put on a waiting list for Non Residents, will find out final allocations by April 18th.
2 on 1 Archery August 29th to September 4th *Lodge hunt / Elk, Black Bear, Wolf.
2 on 1 Archery September 6th to September 12th *Fritzer Camp / Elk, Black Bear, Wolf.
2 on 1 Rifle September 24th to September 30th *Fritzer Camp / Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Wolf.
Spring Bear Hunt June 3rd to June 9th Group of 2 to 3 hunters *Lodge Hunt / Black Bear and Wolf.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614

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
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
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

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Local Observations:

Monday (Apr 18) 24 hour low of 27 degrees from Sunday morning. This morning it was 35 degrees at 930am, overcast and light breeze, measured 3″ old snow. Flickers calling and drumming, finches calling from the trees, pine siskins, white-crowned sparrow, nuthatches, a few juncos, pine squirrel, a few jays and a pair of quail visiting. Overcast and breezy at lunch time. Gusty winds started early afternoon. Warm mid-afternoon with gusty “snow-eater” breezes, high of 60 degrees. Most of the old snow melted, neighborhood streets are nearly bare. Calmer by early evening. Just after sunset it was overcast, slight breeze and 47 degrees. Cloudy before midnight. Trace of snow then rain before sunrise.

Tuesday (Apr 19) overnight low of 32 degrees. Early morning snow (trace) and rain measured 0.12″. Roofs dry by 930am, 34 degrees, overcast and foggy belts mid-mountain. Flickers calling, pine squirrel, chipmunk, mourning dove, nuthatches, female red-winged blackbird, hairy woodpecker and some finches visiting. Breaks in the clouds at lunch time and light breezes. Snowing lightly before 1pm, did not last very long and melted on contact. Cloudy mid-afternoon, breezy and occasional flakes of snow, high of 48 degrees. Overcast at sunset and light breeze. Socked in and snowing just before dark. Less than an inch before midnight, low clouds.

Wednesday (Apr 20) overnight low of 28 degrees. Measured 2″ new snow (SWE=0.08″) from last night. At 930am it was 36 degrees, mostly cloudy and new snow melting quickly. Heard a robin calling, flicker drumming, finches twittering from the trees, and downy woodpecker visiting. Mostly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Mail truck was on time. Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, breezy and warmer, nearly all of the new snow has melted, high of 51 degrees. No birds around, eerily quiet. Gusty afternoon. Just after sunset it was overcast and lighter breezes, still above freezing. Quiet, no birds calling. Cloudy and dry before midnight. Rained early morning.

Thursday (Apr 21) overnight low of 32 degrees. Early morning rain measured 0.29″. This morning it was 38 degrees at 930am, dark overcast (top of VanMeter foggy) light breeze and a few drops of rain. Flicker, finches and robin calling. Finches, pine siskins, a jay, a pair of quail, 3 mourning doves, a few dark-eyed juncos and a pine squirrel visiting. Overcast at lunch time. Overcast and a short light sprinkle of rain mid-afternoon. Cracks in the cloud cover by late afternoon, high of 48 degrees. Getting gusty at 545pm. Overcast and a few drops of rain after sunset, and lighter breezes. Dark and cloudy before midnight.

Friday (Apr 22) overnight low of 31 degrees. Yesterday’s sprinkles added up to 0.02″. This morning it was 37 degrees at 930am, overcast (top of VanMeter foggy) and light breeze. Robins are back! Hairy woodpecker, a few finches, a mourning dove and a pine squirrel visiting. Broken cloud cover and a bit breezy at lunch time. Gusty breezes early afternoon, strong at times. Partly clear and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 51 degrees. Partly cloudy and lighter breezes early evening. Just after sunset a front came through, socked in to the north (VanMeter nearly obscured) blustery cold breezes and spitting snowflakes for about 15 minutes. Partly clear by 1030pm, two bright planets rising to the east.

Saturday (Apr 23) overnight low of 31 degrees. The flakes from last evening’s front did not accumulate, reporting “trace” and still have patches of old snow in the shade. This morning it was 37 degrees at 930am, mostly cloudy with a small patches of clear sky and dark clouds to the north. Several robins chirping, possibly a couple of tree swallows and some finches calling, mourning doves, chipmunk and pine squirrel visiting. At lunch time chunky dark clouds with higher white clouds above. Cool and breezy mid-afternoon, a few rain drops earlier drying out, low dark clouds to the south and patch of blue sky to the northeast, high of 49 degrees. Increased traffic on main street. Several loud gun shots near the neighborhood between 340pm and 4pm. Partly clear late afternoon. Rained pretty good for half an hour early evening. Mostly clear before midnight.

Sunday (Apr 24) overnight low of 24 degrees. Yesterday’s rain either missed the rain gauge or evaporated, only a few drops in the can. This morning it was 33 degrees at 930am, frost melting and clear sky. Swallows calling and swooping, robins chirping, raven calling, jays making a racket, and a few finches twittering. Pine squirrel, a few finches and a couple of pine siskins visiting. Sunny and blue sky at lunch time. Muffled booms at 1231pm, 1247pm and 1248pm. Warm sunny afternoon with light breezes and a few small clouds, high of 59 degrees. Could smell the grass growing! Sunset 740pm. Mostly hazy after sunset and sill warm.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 195 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

April 22, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 195 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 445,545.

The state said 13 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,080, and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,924.

4 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,922.

full story: [Valley County 2,155 cases, 16 deaths.}
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New Valley County COVID-19 cases stay at one for 3rd week

By Tom Grote The Star-News April 21, 2022

For the third week in a row, just one new case of COVID-19 was reported in Valley County last week by the county’s two hospitals.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 2,684 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are offered for anyone age 5 and older.

Also available are Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters for ages 12 to 15 and to moderately or severely immunocompromised youths age 5 to 11.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

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

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center no longer offers the Pfizer vaccine, CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“Pfizer requires us to purchase in large quantities and most just goes to waste,” Reinhardt said. “So until further notice, we’ll only carry the Moderna vaccine, which we can buy in smaller volumes.”

Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy, he said.

The Cascade hospital offers a second booster shot of the Moderna vaccine to those over age 50 who received their first booster shot at least four months ago.

The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

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

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

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.

full story: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Cascade hospital plans forums on new hospital bond vote

The Star-News April 21, 2022

Cascade Medical Center will continue public forums for the May 17 vote to authorize $19 million in bonds for a new hospital north of Cascade.

A forum will be held at 6 p.m. next Thursday, April 28, at Donnelly Bible Church at 159 Gestrin St. in Donnelly.

Another forum is set for Thursday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m. at Cascade Schools at 209 N. School Street in Cascade.

Two virtual forums are set for May 12 at noon and 6 p.m. with details on how to participate to be announced.

The bond would fund about half of the proposed $34.2 million cost of building the new facility, which would be built on eight acres of land about a half-mile north of Cascade on the west side of Idaho 55.

The current hospital on Lake Cascade Parkway is 50 years old, too small and outdated, hospital officials have said.

The plans call for a surgery department, occupational and speech therapies, and expanded diagnostic imaging in addition to general modernization and expansion of existing services.

The hospital has 59 employees and took in patient revenue of about $5.2 million in the last budget year that ended Sept. 30.

Last year the clinic hosted 5,557 patient visits. The hospital treated 1,646 patients, mostly in the emergency room, took 1,907 diagnostic images, ran 4,335 lab tests and provided 4,063 physical therapy sessions.

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Agencies in Cascade turn to voters for expansion needs as communities continue growth

The Cascade Medical Center and Cascade Rural Fire Protection District will both have funding measures on the May 17 ballot.

Tristan Lewis April 23, 2022 KTVB

Cascade, Idaho — With communities in Idaho continuing to grow and welcoming new people, it’s forcing first responders to plan ahead. In order to do so, two agencies in Cascade must get the public to approve measures in the upcoming election.

“We have great challenges,” Valley County Commissioner, Sherry Maupin said. “As people are joining us, their expectations are very high coming from other areas.”

Growth in Valley County has been happening for a number of years, but the community saw more residents flock to the area in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maupin said it was due to people’s ability to work and learn remotely.

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Valley County employers offering housing for employees amid housing crisis

With the workforce in Valley County leaving the area because of lack of affordable housing, county leaders and employers are creating solutions.

Tristan Lewis April 21, 2022 KTVB

As the demand for affordable housing in the Gem State continues to be the top of mind for many Idahoans, employers in Valley County are creating housing opportunities for staff.

“We’ve had tremendous growth the last two years when COVID-19 happened,” said Valley County Commissioner Sherry Maupin. “We found that a lot of people that couldn’t leave the area came to us.”

Maupin said that even before the pandemic, many residents had second homes in Valley County. When people had the opportunity to work or learn remotely she said they took advantage of the opportunity and moved to cities like Cascade, Donnelly, and McCall.

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When was that last oil change?

Valley County installs system to track equipment maintenance

By Max Silverson The Star-News April 21, 2022

As superintendent of the department, McFadden is leading the effort to automate the county’s inventory of parts and track maintenance and repairs on the county’s 120 vehicles.

The new digital system will replace the previous method of filling out work orders by hand on carbon triplicate paper.

It has been impossible under the current system to accurately track vehicle operating costs as well as routine and essential maintenance, McFadden said.

The new system will make road department expenses more accurate and help McFadden decide when some equipment should be sold, he said.

The software being installed by the county cost $9,000 with an additional $9,900 annual fee. It creates a profile and scannable code for every piece of equipment, from pickup trucks to road graders.

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Valley soil district to hold tree seedling sale starting Monday

The Star-News April 21, 2022

Valley Soil and Water Conservation District will kick off a tree seedling sale beginning Monday with Ponderosa pine and tamaracks that are adapted to the area.

The one-year-old seedlings were grown at Lucky Peak Nursery operated by the Forest Service near Boise.

Each tree is about eight inches long, including the root ball. Cost is $8 for a bundle of 10 plus planting directions.

Call John Lillehaug, board supervisor, at 208-630-4076 to order trees.

Proceeds will be used for conservation projects sponsored by the district, which since 1957 has provided technical, financial, and educational assistance to private landowners to help conserve soil, water, air, plants and animals.


Public Lands:

Idaho sees shortage of experienced wildland firefighters

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, April 22nd 2022

The Idaho Department of Lands is looking for experienced wildlands firefighters to lead engine crews.

There’s been a nationwide shortage of qualified wildland fire engine bosses, and it’s preventing officials from hiring more entry-level firefighters.

Without more engine bosses, fireguard stations in Centerville and High Valley won’t be able to remain open. That puts Idaho’s natural resources at risk and poses a threat to people who live in the area.

Idaho has recently implemented a $15 starting pay and hazard wages, as well as more overtime potential.

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Forest rangers remind campers of fire safety as camping season begins

By Seth Ratliff April 21, 2022 Local New 8

Saturday marks the beginning of an early camping season for several Idaho campsites, including the Egin Lake site in St. Anthony.

While National Forest campgrounds don’t open until memorial day, the Bureau of Land Management and forest rangers expect thousands of campers to visit this year.

Rangers have seen an increase in inexperienced campers after the pandemic.

As people rush to set up their tent poles, forest rangers want to remind all campers to practice responsible fire prevention in drought conditions.

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Payette National Forest Announces Recreation Event and Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permit Open Seasons

McCall, Idaho, April 19, 2022 – The Payette National Forest is implementing “Open Seasons” to receive recreation event and temporary outfitter and guide special use permit applications. Open seasons for all Ranger Districts are November 1 – February 15 for summer/fall activities, and August 1 – September 15 for winter/spring activities each year.

Recreation events are commercial activities requiring temporary special use authorizations for use of National Forest System (NFS) lands, including races, fishing contests, adventure games, and other similar events.

There are many types of outfitted and guided services provided on NFS lands. The new open season for applications will only apply to temporary outfitters and guides, which are issued for less than one year and typically to nonprofit organizations and educational groups.

The open seasons will not apply to noncommercial group use permits, such as weddings or family reunions, nor established, multi-year outfitter and guide permits.

The open seasons for applications will concentrate the review and approval of applications to specific time frames to provide for more efficient special use permit processing. Establishing these open seasons will improve the Forest’s capacity for excellent customer service to existing permit holders, and new permit applicants by reviewing applications in a predictable and collective manner to ensure protection of forest resources and policy compliance.

Applications for special use permits for recreation events, and temporary outfitters and guides will be processed at the close of an open season. Applications received prior to the open season dates will be held and reviewed after the closing of the open seasons.

Additional information and application forms are available at (link). Go to Visit Us (in the top bar), then Recreation Events and Commercial Permits (Learn More button).

For more information, please email Emily Simpson, Recreation Specialist at emily.simpson@usda.gov
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Forest urges visitors to use caution and prevent resource damage as they venture out this spring

April 20, 2022 Local News 8

With snow melting at lower elevations, the urge to get out on the forest creates the need for everyone to respect our natural resources through responsible outdoor behavior.

Winter is still alive and well at higher elevations.

Know the rules before you go. Soggy spring conditions on trails, roads and hillsides leave land and water resources in a vulnerable condition. Vehicle use on saturated trails, roads and hillside areas can easily damage the land causing permanent ruts, bog holes and erosion. Driving cross-country by motorized wheeled vehicles is prohibited on National Forest lands. This includes driving off-road to avoid a mudhole or snow drift which damages resources, creates ruts and is considered an unauthorized route. Ruts and bogs create additional maintenance needs that are costly to repair. Regardless of how many times you’ve visited the area in the past, you need to consider the current condition of the trails or roads you intend to use.

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Recent rain, snow showers could help Idaho’s summer recreation activities

by Marcos Guadarrama Wednesday, April 20th 2022 CBS2 Idaho

The Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association says the recent rain and snow showers are helping shape up a summer of fun outdoor recreation activities.

As CBS2 has reported recently, drought concerns have water experts worried. Aaron Lieberman with the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association says recent rain and snowfall in the mountains look promising.

“These April storms have deposited a good amount of snow up in the mountains. That sort of changed and improved the outlook for white water rafting and jet boating for the coming summer season,” Lieberman said.


Critter News:

Mountain lion spotted within Hailey city limits, house cats reported missing

KTVB Staff April 18, 2022

Hailey residents have been reporting a large mountain lion sighted within city limits, according to Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG).

Residents have also reported missing domestic cats. No incidents involving dogs or domestic livestock have been reported.

IDFG will deploy a trap in an effort to remove the mountain lion from city limits.

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Moose death blamed on Japanese yew

By Beaux White Eagle April 22, 2022 Bonner County Daily Bee

Sandpoint — The death of a young moose last month is being attributed to being poisoned after it ate the needles of a Japanese yew plant at the Idaho Club.

The moose was discovered March 20 by Idaho Club resident Maryhelen Hall, who found the animal deceased in her yard.

An Idaho Fish and Game officer collected the animal and conducted an investigation. After discovering moose droppings at a neighboring home, the officer determined the animal had died of yew poisoning from a Japanese yew.

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Dog bite hospitalizations doubled in 2020, IDHW says

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, April 21st 2022

The number of people hospitalized for dog bites more than doubled in 2020 from previous years, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says.

Dog bite injuries, especially among boys ages 5 to 17, are on the rise. “Most years, there are about 20 people hospitalized for dog bite injuries in Idaho. In 2020, that number more than doubled to 46,” IDHW says.

Dog bites have caused 165 fractures, 40 amputations and 10 detached earlobes and lips in Idaho over the last four years. These injuries have a risk of bacterial infection as well.

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Second sheep crossing over Highway 55 at Beacon Light set for Monday

By Meredith Spelbring Apr 22, 2022 KIVI

A second group of sheep will cross Highway 55 at Beacon Light Monday.

The sheep will cross between 9-9:30 a.m. April 25 and will move east from Eagle Bike Park area across the Boise Foothills then up to the Boise National Forest above Idaho City.

Officials ask people to stay off to the side of the road and keep a good distance from the sheep as they come through. Dogs should be on leash if you encounter sheep on the trail. For those biking on the trails during a sheep encounter, officials say to dismount the bike and walk through the sheep. If the sheep guard dog approaches, talk to them and keep the bike between you and the dog.

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Zoo Boise working to protect birds from Avian Flu

By Meredith Spelbring Apr 18, 2022 KIVI

Zoo Boise will put additional precautions into place to protect its birds from the avian flu, recently discovered in Idaho.

The zoo announced some outdoor bird exhibits will be covered and some birds will be brought indoors to reduce their risk for exposure to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).


Fish and Game News:

Application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts closes April 30

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Moose, sheep and goat drawing results will be online in early June

A reminder to big game hunters that Saturday, April 30 is the deadline to apply for any moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts. Folks can apply for one of these three species in a year, and those who apply for a moose, sheep or goat hunt are ineligible for most deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunt drawings.

Hunters can apply online or at any Fish and Game office, license vendor or by telephone by calling (800) 554-8685.

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Weekly Salmon Fishing Update – April 21, 2022

By Chris Sullivan, Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Welcome to our weekly Chinook Salmon Fishing Update. Throughout the next several months we will provide updates on changes to seasons and rules and share data from dam counts, creel surveys, and hatchery returns to help anglers plan their salmon fishing trips.

This is the first update for the year and anglers can expect weekly salmon updates as we get further into the season. The next salmon update will be posted on May 4, 2022 or sooner if seasons or bag limits change.

This week we cover seasons and rules information for the upcoming fisheries and discuss the information located on the IDFG website. For more information, check out the links below.

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Windows to Wildlife

In the winter edition of Windows to Wildlife:

* Idaho’s Cool Carnivorous Plants
* A New Cassia Crossbill Project
* Spring Wildlife Viewing at Craig Mountain WMA
* White-faced Ibis – Spotlight Species of Greatest Conservation Need
* City Nature Challenge

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

DNA results are in: Mystery animal rescued by Pennsylvania woman identified

by WJAC Staff Tuesday, February 15th 2022

DNA results are in: Mystery animal rescued by PA woman identified after escaping facility. (Photo: CNN Newsource via WPXI)

Following weeks of speculation, the “mystery animal” that was rescued from the cold by a Pennsylvania woman last month, before escaping back into the wild, has been identified.

Experts had already narrowed the creature’s species down to either a coyote or dog.

The canine had been rescued in Westmoreland County after a woman had found it on her property.

The animal was then taken to an animal rehabilitation center, Wildlife Works Inc., where it eventually escaped about a week later by destroying its cage and chewing its way back into the wild.

Monday, officials at Wildlife Works Inc. said their DNA sample came back 100% coyote.

full story: CBS2 Idaho

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