May 1, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

May 1, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Yahoo subscribers need to look in their Spam folder for the emails.

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
2022
Mar-May – Spring Rx burns
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo party 3pm Community Hall
May 6 – Festival Planning meeting 5pm Community Hall
May 8 – Mother’s Day Brunch Community Hall
May 28 – Memorial Potluck 2pm Community Hall
May 29 – YPFD meeting at 2pm
Jun 8-11 – Spring Free Dump Days
Jun 11 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Jul 2 – 4th of July golf tournament
Jul 3 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting
Jul 9 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
(details below)
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Local Events:

Booster Shots

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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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Festival Planning meeting May 6th

We will be having a festival planning meeting with the festival coordinators on May 6th, 5pm, at the Community Hall.
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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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Spring Free Dump Days

June 8, 9, 10, and 11 for Valley County
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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
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Village News:

Stormy Weather

The first half of the week we had wet weather (including a burst of hail Wednesday afternoon.) Thursday before dusk the clouds were sitting down on VanMeter Hill.

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Friday Flyover

At noon we heard the loud rumble of low flying jets. Neighbor sent this information from the Idaho National Guard to share:

“Nearly 10 F/A-18Cs from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar will be operating out of the Boise Airport for approximately 14 days, starting today. These aircraft are not conducting training with the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing, but will be flying multiple sorties a day from the airport.”
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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
link:

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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Critters

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
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

Water Use

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
04/25/22 23160781 27018 24 1126 19 M 615
04/26/22 23187730 26949 24 1123 19 T 69
04/27/22 23214193 26463 24 1103 18 W 486
04/28/22 23241029 26836 24 1118 19 T 373
04/29/22 23268439 27410 24 1142 19 F 574
04/30/22 23294658 26219 24 1092 18 S 1191

May

Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
05/01/22 23321007 26349 24 1098 18 S 130

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

DRINKING WATER WARNING April 11, 2022
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 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:

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

April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
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

YPFD COVID19 Policy
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
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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
Website
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
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
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 25) overnight low of 25 degrees, no new precipitation. This morning it was 36 degrees at 930am and high thin overcast. Robins, flicker, tree swallows and finches calling. A pair of quail and a mourning dove stopped by. Buds breaking open on lilacs. Small airplane circling at 1020am. Thicker clouds after lunch time and breezy. Warm, breezy and cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 63 degrees. Mostly cloudy just after sunset, warm and calmer. Robins chirping. A few stars out before midnight. Started raining before sunrise.

Tuesday (Apr 26) low of 36 degrees. This morning it was 40 degrees at 930am, low overcast (peaks and ridges foggy) and steady light rainfall, measured 0.07″ so far. Robins calling, downy woodpecker, finches, pine siskins, jays, brown-headed cowbirds and a pine squirrel visiting. Low overcast and steady light rain at lunch time. Stopped raining late afternoon and by early evening breaks in the clouds, high of 45 degrees. Rained for around 20 minutes before sunset. Mostly cloudy after sunset and light breeze, cloud of fog midway down VanMeter Hill. Cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (Apr 27) overnight low of 33 degrees. Yesterday’s rain measured 0.22″. This morning it was 37 degrees at 930am, overcast and light breeze. Raven and robins calling, finches, mourning doves, cowbirds, jays, and pine squirrel visiting. Breaks in the clouds at lunch time. Mail truck was on time. Warm and mostly cloudy with filtered sun after lunch. Early afternoon rain/hail shower (less than 15 minutes) and breezy. Short little rain shower mid-afternoon, cooler and then partly clear with light breeze, high of 52 degrees. Partly clear after sunset and above freezing. Hazy to the east before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 28) overnight low of 27 degrees. Yesterday’s bit of rain and hail wet the bottom of the gauge = Trace. This morning it was 34 degrees at 930am, overcast and light breeze. Robins calling, jays, mourning dove, brown-headed cowbirds and finches visiting. Opinionated pine squirrel stopped by. Raining lightly mid-afternoon, overcast and light chilly breeze. Rain showers for a couple hours mid-afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Elk running all over the golf course just after sunset. Low dark clouds (top of VanMeter foggy) and breezy at dusk. A few tiny flakes of snow after 10pm, no accumulation. Dark and cloudy before midnight.

Friday (Apr 29) overnight low of 32 degrees. Yesterday’s rain measured 0.02″. This morning it was 38 degrees at 930am, overcast and light breezes. Robins calling, finches, jays, hairy and downy woodpeckers, mourning dove, yellow-headed blackbird, brown-headed cowbirds and a pine squirrel visiting. Breezy before lunch time and mostly cloudy. Low flying military jets went over at 1202pm. Breaks in the clouds early afternoon. Mostly cloudy with a couple patches of blue sky mid-afternoon, and light breezes, high of 51 degrees. Mostly clear after sunset and above freezing. Looked partly clear before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 30) overnight low of 27 degrees, no new precipitation. This morning it was 37 degrees at 930am and gray overcast starting to lower onto the ridges. Flicker drumming, robins chirping. Brown-headed cowbirds, jays, cassins finches, 5 mourning doves and a pine squirrel visiting. Sprinkles a little after lunch time. Overcast and a bit breezy mid-afternoon, high of 47 degrees. Overcast at dusk and a bit of a breeze. Dark and cloudy before midnight. Rain shower likely between 1am and 4am.

Sunday (May 1) low of 37 . The 24 hour rain total measured 0.02″. This morning it was 45 degrees at 930am, top of VanMeter foggy and a few breaks in the overcast. Robins calling, finches, pine siskins brown-headed cowbird, mourning dove, pine squirrel, golden mantled squirrel and chipmunk visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. First hummingbird sighting – a male Rufus. Tiny first leaves breaking out of the buds on the lilac bush. Mostly cloudy, warm and a bit breezy mid-afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Report of buttercups blooming down by the river. Domestic daffodils are making flower buds. Elk on the golf course before sunset. Smoke along the river at sunset. Mostly clear and warm before dusk – one large dark cloud passing to the west, and light breezes. Robins calling from all over the neighborhood.
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RIP:

Violet Lorraine Kangas Earl

RIPVioletEarl-aMarch, 22. 1938 – April 15, 2022

Please join us as we celebrate the life of our beloved Mother, Violet Earl She was a woman of character who never missed an occasion to get together with friends or family. We plan to Celebrate her life on June 5th Starting at 2pm which will be held at the Ivy Wild Park in Boise. Food and drinks will be provided in exchange for memories and hugs. All will be taken care of.
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 219 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

April 29, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 219 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 446,040.

The state said 7 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,135, and 0 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,930.

4 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,923.

full story: [Valley County 2,625 cases, 16 deaths.]
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New Valley County COVID-19 rise to four during week

By Tom Grote The Star-News April 28, 2022

Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County last week by the county’s two hospitals.

The increase came after three straight weeks where the hospitals reported just one new case.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 2,688 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 stlukesonline.org/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 (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. Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy.

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

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. today 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 links found at the hospital’s Facebook page.

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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Valley County Internet

from Valley County Sheriff’s Department April 29, 2022 (via FB)

We would like to share an opportunity to assist with improving broadband (internet) service in Valley County at some point in the future.

Valley County is participating in a Regional task force called the West Central Mountains Fiber network. This is to create a regional approach to improving broadband speeds and capacity in the West Central Mountains. To create data that shows the current broadband speeds could you please test your computer speeds from your home address. This information will create a roadmap of where broadband infrastructure needs to occur and where broadband grant funding needs to be found. This will help us secure a part of the broadband dollars that have been identified by the State of Idaho for investment in rural community broadband projects.

Also please consider taking the broadband survey that identifies current costs and reliability of your service at (link)
(Note: It requires your email address!)

Speed Test (link)
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April 2022 Valley County Commissioners Newsletter

The lake is thawed and that has us looking forward to days on the water. Now is a great time to review our waterways ordinances and know the wake zones for Lake Cascade, Warm Lake, Horsethief Reservoir, and Payette Lake.

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No reopening date for Cascade Public Library

City library has been closed since Feb. 8 Watkins fire

By Drew Dodson The Star-News April 28, 2022

It is uncertain when the Cascade Public Library will reopen after fire damage, the library’s board of trustees was told last week.

The city-owned library at 105 N. Front St. has been closed since it sustained smoke and water damage from a Feb. 8 fire that burned down Watkins Pharmacy across the alley from the library.

Trustees were told in February that the library would not open until “at least April 18,” but that was before the extent of the damage was known, Cascade Mayor Judy Nissula said.

“We now have a better understanding of what needs to be accomplished and want to ensure that it is done correctly,” Nissula said.

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Emergency drought declaration issued for 34 Idaho counties

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, April 29th 2022

The Idaho Department of Water Resources on Friday declared an emergency drought declaration for 34 counties in Idaho.

The declaration is for all counties south of the Salmon River in central and southern Idaho.

“An emergency drought declaration provides a powerful tool for agricultural water users to cope with drought by allowing temporary water right changes for the remainder of the year,” the state says. “An emergency drought declaration may also help with eligibility requirements for federal drought assistance.”

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Public Lands:

Payette, Boise forests to get $60M for fire projects

Logging, controlled burns to reduce wildfire risks

By Max Silverson The Star-News April 28, 2022

The Payette and Boise National Forests are set to receive almost $60 million in federal funding over the next three years from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to reduce the risks of catastrophic wildfires.

The funding will “amplify and accelerate” current projects, the Forest Service said.

Information on which projects would receive funding and when were not available as of Tuesday.

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Bear Basin Trails Project Decision Released

McCall, Idaho, April 25, 2022 – The Payette National Forest, McCall Ranger District has released the decision for the Bear Basin Area Trails project. The purpose of the project is to develop a sustainable trail system to enhance recreation opportunities and to improve watershed conditions by incorporating existing routes as part of the Forest Service trail system, performing minor construction and reconstruction activities, and decommissioning other unsustainable unauthorized routes in the Bear Basin area.

Public comment on the project was sought beginning in November 2021. The Forest received over 50 comments on the project. “I am so impressed with how much the community is involved and engaged in the management of this area,” said McCall District Ranger Jenni Blake. “Scoping comments are an important part of our review process and truly helped shape the final decision for this project.”

As a result of scoping comments, the project was modified to reduce impacts to Great Gray Owl habitat along the edge of Bear Basin meadow. This modification includes rehabilitating the Rising Sun singletrack and adding the Rising Sun doubletrack as a National Forest System (NFS) trail. Additionally, one route proposed for decommissioning was dropped from the project due to public desire to add it to the NFS. Options for adding this route to the system will be considered in the future after identifying a more appropriate layout and design.

Several routes in the area have been constructed without authorization over the past several years. Constructing unauthorized trails is not only prohibited by the Code of Federal Regulations and subject to penalties but can have undesirable impacts to resources such as wildlife, archaeology, soil, botanical resources, and others.

“It is important for the public to remember that recreation is not the only resource the Forest Service manages for,” said Blake. “There are sensitive plants and wildlife species, archaeological resources, and soil and hydrology concerns within the Bear Basin area. Constructing trails without authorization bypasses the required environmental studies, is a violation of federal law, and can threaten these resources that need to be protected.”

In sum, the decision calls for 11.3 miles of previously approved trails to remain NFS trails, 5.7 miles to be added to the NFS, 2.1 miles of trail to be rehabilitated, and 0.7 mile to be dropped from the project and considered at a later date. All trails will be open to non-motorized uses, including hikers, horses, and bicyclists. E-bikes are considered motor vehicles on NFS lands and are thus not permitted on non-motorized trails. The decision memo and map, showing details of the decision, can be found at (link).

For more information about this decision and implementation, please contact Mike Beach, McCall & New Meadows Ranger Districts’ Recreation Program Manager, at 208-315-5263, or michael.beach@usda.gov.
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Lowman Ranger District is Hosting a Virtual Public Meeting for Kirkham Recreation Site Improvements

Forest Service officials are hosting a public meeting via TEAMS LIVE to present conceptual site plan options for the repair and upgrades at Kirkham Hot Springs.

Date: May 5, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Venue: TEAMS LIVE
Link to meeting

This is a pre-scoping meeting. The Forest Service will give a presentation on the conceptual site plan for the repair and upgrades for the Kirkham Recreation Site. Following the presentation the public is invited to ask questions and give feedback on the design.

Funding for deferred maintenance and facility upgrades at this site was received as part of the Great American Outdoors Act. Proposed redesign work may include reconfiguring the existing parking and managing roadside parking. The roads within the site would be resurfaced. Changes may be made to the bridge and gate.

Infrastructure such as picnic tables, shelters, signs, trails, and the viewing platform would be updated. Additional restrooms and changing rooms will be considered. Accessibility would be improved. Interpretation kiosks or panels would be developed. Restoration of vegetation in damaged areas would be undertaken.

Besides feedback on the design and improvements the Forest Service is hoping to generate interest in establishing a concessionaire to manage the site.

To follow this project as it develops visit the Project webpage at Forest Service (usda.gov) (project 61601) (link).
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Critter News:

Officials warn horse owners to take precautions against West Nile virus

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, April 26th 2022

The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District is calling on horse owners to protect their horses from diseases such as West Nile virus.

“WNv is present annually in Southwest Idaho and it is important for residents to take steps to protect themselves and their horses from vector borne diseases,” said Jim Lunders, Director of the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.

Because horses have no innate protection from mosquito bites, they are particularly vulnerable to West Nile virus.

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Migratory Bird Day to be celebrated May 14 at Ponderosa park

The Star-News April 28, 2022

The Payette National Forest will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with activities on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ponderosa State Park Activity Center.

The event will also include an information booth and a Junior Park Rangers program.

At 11:30 a.m. a great horned owl from Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall will be shown by Snowdon Facility Manager Sierra Pederson.

The theme for this year’s event is “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night,” as night skies typically provide calmer air space and fewer predators for migrating birds, a news release said.

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Fish and Game relocates sturgeon trapped in canal

Crews used a sling to lift the fish out of the water after it became stuck below Milner Dam.

KTVB Staff April 25, 2022

Rupert, Idaho — A seven-foot sturgeon was relocated after it became trapped below Milner Dam west of Twin Falls.

The monster fish – which spent the winter in the canal, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game – surprised a fisherman who had headed to the area hoping to reel in rainbow trout.

The angler contacted Fish and Game, who sent a team of fishery biologists and enforcement officers from the Magic Valley Region to see if they could get the sturgeon to roomier waters.

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Fish and Game News:

Spring Chinook Salmon Fishing Update 4/27/2022: Rapid River Run, Hells Canyon, and Clearwater River Fisheries

By Joe DuPont, Fisheries Regional Manager
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Hi everybody.

It is time for my weekly spring Chinook Salmon update (April 27, 2022). From here on out I’m going to break my updates into two parts. The first part will discuss what the run is looking like including what we estimate the harvest share will be for each of the fisheries. The second part will discuss what we are seeing in each of our fisheries including where and how much harvest has occurred, how much harvest share is remaining in our fisheries, and changes to the seasons and limits that are likely to or will be occurring. With that understanding, let’s get right to it.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Hibernating bear family in crawl space is culprit behind family hearing ‘odd’ noises

by Melissa Eck The National Desk Tuesday, April 26th 2022

Some California residents found out what was causing rumbling and snoring noises in their home — a mother bear and her four cubs were hibernating in an unsecured crawl space. South Lake Tahoe, Calif. is about two and a half hours from Sacramento.

Non-profit bear organization, The BEAR League, said the black mother bear originally had three cubs. When they were nine months old, she adopted an orphan cub of the same age from their neighborhood.

When it was time for the bears to take winter hibernation rest, she found a house with an unsecured crawl space opening for the family to stay in. It was a home where people lived, who thought they heard “some odd rumbling, snoring-like noises but ignored it because it simply didn’t make sense.”

The BEAR League said the bear family awoke on Tuesday, April 19, and prepared to exit. “The people in the house could no longer deny there was probably a bear under the house,” the BEAR League said.

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Seasonal Humor:

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