May 8, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

May 8, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.

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
Mar-May – Spring Rx burns
May 8 – Mother’s Day Brunch Community Hall
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
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)

Local Events:

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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State Burn permits required by May 10

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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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 @

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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:

The Great Chicken Roundup

A good neighbor noticed loose chickens on main street early this week. She found an experienced assistant at the Tavern and using goodies donated by a bear hunter the great chicken roundup began. Most of the hens willingly went back in the gate, but a few stragglers resisted, so it took some expert wrangling to convince them to join their sisters in the pen.

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Tuesday Morning’s Snow

Woke up to half an inch of melting snow.
Yellow Pine West – courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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Great Jab

A big Thank You to Cascade Medical center for sending in a vial of Moderna and especially to Jeff for his efforts to reach out and boost our elderly population on May 5th. Great “Jab” Jeff.
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Cinco de Mayo

A Cinco de Mayo party was held at the Community Hall at 3pm on May 5. The food was provided by the VYPA Council as an appreciation for our village community.
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Lattes at The Corner

After a long anticipated wait, lattes are live at the corner! Come on in for a delicious coffee.
courtesy The Corner
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Saturday Morning’s Snow

Rained Friday turning to snow Saturday morning.
Johnson Creek North courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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Sunday Morning’s Snow

Three and a quarter inches of snow fell during the night.
Yellow Pine North – courtesy Eye-n-sky
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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
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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

Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
05/01/22 23321007 26349 24 1098 18 S 130
05/02/22 23348164 27157 24 1132 19 M 808
05/03/22 23375252 27088 24 1129 19 T 69
05/04/22 23400577 25325 24 1055 18 W 1853
05/05/22 23427016 26439 24 1102 18 T 1114
05/06/22 23453555 26539 24 1106 18 F 100
05/07/22 23479603 26048 24 1085 18 S 491
05/08/22 23504902 25299 24 1054 18 S 749

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 @
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:

Yellow Pine Fire Commissioners Meeting April 3, 2022

Officers In Attendance:
Bill McIntosh #3, Lorinne Munn #1, Tom Lanham #2, Tim Rogers Fire Chief, Ron Basabe Assistant Fire Chief, Ronda Rogers Secretary/Treasurer.
Others: Sarah Lanham, Christy Harris Cecil Dallman, Tim and Jen Aldrich, Ginny Bartholomew, Leslie Jensen, Lynn Imel.

Meeting called to order at 2 PM; Visitors notified that there would be a comment period after the Commissioners Meeting.

Action Item: Approved of minutes from Prior meetings 2/24/2022 and 1/30/2022, 3/3 vote

Treasurer’s Report: 3/1/22 4 Battery For the Red Fire Truck $476.00, 3/3/22 Ed Staub Sons $39.72, 3/4/22 MTE letter $1.94, 3/18/22 MTE $95.16, 3/25/22 ICRMP 2nd payment $1245.00, 3/24/22 Conference & Membership $1700.00, Hotel $1328.00, 3/1/22 Deposit taxes $2008.97, 3/23/22 Deposit Taxes $174.29, Donation 500.00
Balance $23,131.73

Action Item: Commissioners approved all expenses, 3/3 vote

Discussion: Memorial Day Plans, Chairman McIntosh would like to have brunch so the people of Yellow Pine could come and meet their Commissioner and talk to them about their concerns.

Discussion: Lorinne reported on the Commission Conference. Stronger Leadership For Resiliency and Challenging Times; by Silouan Green. Silouan was a very powerful speaker and talk about the Character of Leadership. The broad agreed that the Conference was very informational and important for them all to attend.

Discussion: Boise National Forest update; PODs overview. The PODs process is more than drawing containers on a map; it is a cross-boundary, collaborative engagement that translates into operational strategies once fire is on the ground. PODS are fire management and planning units.

Fire Chief’s Report:
The Red Truck has 4 new batteries and is back in working order.
Two fuel tanks have been found and can be purchased for $400.00 for both; just working on a place to put them.
Plans to have a website for the Fire Department to post all our activity, meetings, and trainings.
Training classes are in the planning stage; there will be 2 trainings per month in the summer months and 1 a month in the winter. There is also online training class also.
Cecil said we could make our own racks to dry our hoses after we use them. He is willing to help us build them.
Radios – need to locate all of the radios and have Alex Pellegrini condition them. Alex will be giving a training class on the radios and will be handing them back out.

Discussion: A safe at the firehouse – need a small safe at the firehouse to keep vehicle titles, other important documents. Mike Amos said that he had one he would donate but his safe is too big. Chief Rogers will check on prices to purchase one.

Meeting Adjourned at 2:45 PM

Comment period started after the meeting.

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes

Apr 3, 2022, Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
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. New Latte machine.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
Winter Hours at the Tavern until May 15th
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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Local Observations:

Monday (May 2) overnight low of 29 degrees. This morning it was 44 degrees at 930am and mostly cloudy. A few tree swallows have returned, robins chirping, finches and jays calling from the trees. Report of 2 hummingbirds in the neighborhood. Gusty before lunch time. Dark clouds, warm and breezy by early afternoon. Gusty, overcast and a freckle of rain mid-afternoon, then temperature dropping. Couple of brief showers around 5pm. Dark overcast and calmer just before dusk with steady light rain. Still raining after midnight. Snowed early morning before 7am.

Tuesday (May 3) overnight low of 32 degrees. New snow measured 1/2″ and melting, rain+snow = 0.38″ of precipitation. This morning it was 37 degrees at 930am, mostly cloudy with a blue patch of sky overhead, new snow melting rapidly. Swallows must have left, robins calling, jays shrieking, pine squirrel chittering. Lots of finches visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Breezy by early afternoon. Warm and breezy mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy with dark bellies, high of 57 degrees. Just after sunset it was calmer, warm and mostly cloudy. Partly clear before midnight.

Wednesday (May 4) overnight low of 28 degrees. This morning it was 39 degrees at 930am, partly clear (high thin haze) and grass wet with melted frost. Tree swallows are back. Robins and finches calling, pine squirrel chittering. At lunch time thin high haze and filtered sunshine. Internet is slow mid-day. Mail truck was on time. Helicopter flew over at 229pm. Mostly clear with a few patches of thin haze mid-afternoon, light breezes and very warm, high of 71 degrees. Just after sunset it was nearly overcast with high haze and still fairly warm. Robins chirping at dusk. Frogs croaking after dark.

Thursday (May 5) overnight low of 37 degrees. This morning it was 49 degrees at 930am and overcast. Tree swallows and robins calling, dozens of finches, a pair of evening grosbeaks and a pine squirrel visiting. Getting breezy before 1030am. Thicker darker clouds and gusty breezes at lunch time. Warm and windy with dark clouds early afternoon, high of 67 degrees. Daffodils beginning to bloom. Blustery and started to sprinkle a little just after 3pm and dark clouds. Steady rain 6pm. Still raining just after sunset, dark overcast and the top of VanMeter in the clouds. Elk in the neighborhood. Still raining after midnight. Likely rained most of the night.

Friday (May 6) overnight low of 41 degrees. Rain total = 0.32″. This morning it was 44 degrees at 930am, clouds breaking up and patches of blue to the south, pockets of fog mid-mountain. Robins calling. Pine squirrel and a few finches visiting, swallows have departed again. Breezy before 1030am. Mostly cloudy and quite breezy at lunch time. Dark overcast, windy (estimate up to 20mph) and rain mid-afternoon on and off, high of 61 degrees. Rain and thunder around 630pm, ending before sunset. After sunset partly clear. About a dozen elk grazing their way up the street. Dark overcast at dusk. Rain after dark. Gusty rain after midnight. Turned to snow early morning, ground white by 7am.

Saturday (May 7) overnight low of 32 degrees. Half inch new snow plus rain = 0.54″ of precipitation. This morning it was 35 degrees at 930am, dark overcast, sprinkles and flakes of snow, new snow melting, fog belt across lower VanMeter. Robins calling (no swallows.) Dozens and dozens of pine siskins and finches along with a mourning dove and a noisy pine squirrel vising. Sprinkling before lunch time, low foggy clouds down on the ridges. Big fat flakes of snow falling with the rain mid-afternoon for about half an hour and cooling off, socked in nearly to the valley floor, high of 46 degrees. Socked in and raining again early evening, then rain/snow mix, then all snow for nearly an hour making the ground white by sunset. Low foggy clouds down to mid-mountain but not raining after sunset, and just above freezing. Snowing big flakes and stacking up before midnight. Looks like it snowed most of the night.

Sunday (May 8) overnight low of 29 degrees. Measured 3 1/4″ new snow, melted plus rain = 0.52″ of precipitation. This morning socked in low, snow squall 930am-945am and 31 degrees. Raven and flicker calling, a few finches and a pine squirrel visiting. At lunch time most of the new snow had melted, dark clouds to the south and patches of blue sky above the fog on VanMeter hill. Snowing for a little over half an hour after lunch time, no new accumulation. Snowing at an angle (breezy) early afternoon for a short while. Mid-afternoon patches of blue in a mostly cloudy sky and light breezes, high of 42 degrees. Big hail storm late afternoon, only lasted about 15 minutes but nearly an inch accumulation before melting. Partly clear an hour before sunset. Mostly cloudy after sunset and cooling off.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 307 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

May 6, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 307 new COVID-19 cases and 0 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 446,856.

The state said 9 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,161, and 0 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,933.

0 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,928.

full story: [Valley County 2,630 cases, 16 deaths.]
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New Valley County COVID-19 rise to nine during week

By Tom Grote The Star-News May 5, 2022

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

The nine new cases compared to four new cases reported the previous week and just one new case in each of the prior three weeks.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 2,697 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. 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.

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CMC bond issue called cure for cramping

Current building too small, has problems, hospital officials say

(Note: This is the first of a two week series on the $19 million bond issue proposed by Cascade Medical Center in the May 17 election. Next Week: Services for the future.)

By Max Silverson The Star-News May 5, 2022

Every time a patient at the Cascade Medical Center needs a CT scan, they need to be taken outside through the ambulance bay to an annex that houses the machine, whether it’s a sunny day or below freezing with blowing snow.

CMC Chief Nursing Officer Teri Coombs recalled a patient in her 80s having to make the frigid trip outside this winter in a hospital gown as wind whipped falling snow through the bay.

Coombs said a nurse brought her to the door and began covering her in blankets as she protested, perplexed and uncomfortable, “why do we have to go outside?”

The outdoor trip is one of several shortcomings that would be solved if Cascade voters approve a $19 million bond to build a new Cascade Medical Center, hospitals officials said.

Voters go to the polls May 17 to cast ballots on whether to fund the bond to help build a new 32,000 square foot facility north of Cascade. The total cost to develop the facility is expected to be about $34 million.

The 50-year-old building is less than half the size that it should be for the number of patients that visit the hospital, CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“Without a replacement hospital, we will be unable to accommodate the constantly growing demand for local health care at the standard of care expected of us by our patients, community, and staff,” Reinhardt said.

A study conducted by the consulting firm Wipfli found that the hospital should be more than 23,500 square feet to meet current standards, compared to the 13,500 square feet of the current facility on Lake Cascade Parkway.

The study said building an addition to the current facility would cost as much as $7 million but still not provide the space needed.

A new building would be required within 10 years even if the center was expanded, the Wipfli study said.

Remodeling the current building is impossible, Reinhardt said.

“There just isn’t enough physical room on the property to double or triple the size of the hospital,” he said.

Additionally, the center would have to close down entirely in order to rebuild, which is not an option, he said.

“This building would require such a massive renovation, and we don’t have other space that we can work in the meantime, so it’s just not feasible,” he said.

The hospital’s physical therapy department can only accommodate two or three patients at a time due to limited space.

“We have already opened up on Saturdays to add more time, but that is already being used up,” Reinhardt said.

Some physical therapy patients use the pool at the Cascade Aquatic and Recreation Center, but expanding services to the center isn’t practical, he said.

“Our PT staff provides inpatient therapy as well as outpatient, and driving back and forth between locations won’t work,” he said.

The building cannot accommodate additions like ceiling rails, bathrooms built to current standards or an in-wall oxygen supply.

Ceiling rails are standard in hospitals so that heavier patients can be safely supported when being transferred from beds to wheelchairs, Reinhardt said.

“On several occasions, patients had to be transported out for this reason alone,” he said.

Cascade has one inpatient room with in-wall oxygen. When patients in other rooms require oxygen, large, heavy tanks need to be brought in.

Each tank only lasts about three hours, said CMC emergency room RN Chad Kreider.

The oxygen system could be upgraded, but that would not solve the other problems with the building, Reinhardt said

Last year, the hospital expanded the bathroom connecting two patient rooms only to find that the flooring contained toxic asbestos. Removing the asbestos caused the project to take twice as long and run over budget, Reinhardt said.

“We don’t know how extensive asbestos is in the facility,” he said.

The heating and cooling systems are original from 1974 and are beginning to fail, Reinhardt said.

Replacement parts are not available and it is difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature for patients and staff, he said.

Like adding an oxygen system, a new heating system could be added if it was the only problem, Reinhardt said.

“But the big issue is that we don’t have enough space and a new heating system won’t fix that,” he said.

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Cascade hospital vote May 17 will require 66.7% majority

The Star-News May 5, 2022

Cascade voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 17 to decide on whether to fund a $19 million bond to build a new 32,000 square foot Cascade Medical Center.

Voters in the Cascade Medical Center Hospital District can cast their ballots at American Legion Post No. 60 at 105 West Mill Street in Cascade or the Donnelly Bible Church at 159 Gestrin Street in Donnelly from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. depending on their precinct.

Ballots can also be cast early at the Valley Count Clerk’s Office at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade until May 13.

Ballots were sent to Yellow Pine residents on April 25.

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Valley County residents oppose mobile home park proposal

Tristan Lewis May 5, 2022 KTVB

Valley County Planning and Zoning held a public hearing Thursday evening for a pitched affordable housing option, a proposed mobile home park near Donnelly.

A Californian developer, Roseberry LLC, wants a permit to build “Roseberry Park.” If approved, it would bring 201 manufactured homes to the area on about 40 acres near the intersection of Roseberry and Norwood Road. The developer said it would bring more necessary work force housing to the area.

Monthly rent for the units could range from $1,700 to $2,000. Rent increases would be capped at 4% for each owner. As part of their development agreement, the developer said it would not allow short term rentals. Owners must live there or rent out long term and all homes have to be new construction.

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State Burn permits required by May 10

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, May 3rd 2022

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris.

The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.

“The burn permit system reduces the number of false alarms and allowing fire crews to respond only when truly needed. Having a burn permit on record means fire managers can also respond more quickly to fires that escape,” said Dustin Miller, Idaho Department of Lands director. “Obtaining a free burn permit can also potentially reduce the liability of the burner if their fire escapes.”

Central Idaho faces a significant risk of wildfires in 2022, so permits are particularly essential to preventing wildland firefighters from wasting resources.

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Idaho mountain snowpack levels get big boost in April

by Roland Steadham, Chief Meteorologist Monday, May 2nd 2022 CBS2

April has been amazing for the entire state as far as temperatures and precipitation were concerned. Our temperatures have been cooler than normal and we have seen enough snow in the mountains to bump our snowpack levels up.

At the end of March, our snowpack levels were averaging 65 percent of normal with no significant relief in sight. It was getting scary and water officials were often using the word “drought” to describe an almost certain bleak water year for Idaho. Then, all of a sudden, high pressure got out of the way and the storms started rolling in one after another. No one particular storm was earth-shattering, but it was a slow and steady pace that was winning the race.

So how did our snowpack levels jump to above 100 percent of normal in many snowpack basins in just one month? It’s not so much that we had a lot of precipitation, it was the cooler than normal temperatures that preserved our snow. So instead of a spring runoff, we held on to what snow we had. That, plus 5 inches of snow here and there certainly helped.

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Rock slide reported in Idaho County; closures reported

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, May 6th 2022

A rock slide has been reported in Idaho County.

Deputies say the slide occurred on Big Salmon Road between French Creek and Fall Creek Friday afternoon.

Officials say one lane of travel is open at this time, but it may be closed to all traffic depending on the weather. Vehicles hauling jet boats will not be able to make it through the one-lane, the sheriff’s office says.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and road department responded to the scene.

source: [Note: Idaho Co. Sheriff also reports rock fall on Hwy 95, use caution.]

Public Lands:

Central Idaho faces ‘significant’ wildfire potential in July, August, officials say

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, May 2nd 2022

Central Idaho faces significant wildfire potential in July and August, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says.

This is largely because of droughts in the state. “Severe to extreme drought is ongoing across the southern two-thirds of the Great Basin, with severe drought across Idaho and western Wyoming,” the fire center said. “The drier and warmer weather expected in late May into June will likely allow the drought to persist or worsen over the next few months.”

“Parts of central and eastern Idaho into Wyoming will also see above-normal potential by July and August once the snow melts,” the fire center added.

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Critter News:

Officials issue warning as elk calving season begins soon

May 5, 2022 Local News 8

Yellowstone National Park officials have issued a warning as elk calving season will begin soon.

Cow elk are much more aggressive towards people during the calving season and may charge or kick.

Officials say to stay alert. Look around corners before exiting buildings or walking around blind spots: cow elk may bed their calves near buildings and cars.

Keep at least 25 yards from elk at all times, and if an elk charges you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible.

source: [Note: cow elk can be very aggressive towards dogs too.]
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Spring chinook salmon season looks promising for Idaho anglers

By Steve Dent May 05, 2022 KIVI

So far more spring chinook salmon have made it to the Bonneville Dam than the ten-year average creating a promising outlook for the season in Idaho.

While the numbers are much lower than past decades, 51,480 fish have made it to first dam on the Columbia River and that is the most since 2016.

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Migratory Bird Day to be celebrated May 14 at Ponderosa park

The Star-News May 5, 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.

Simple actions that people can take to help birds along their way include reducing the amount of light outside their home or business by using motion detectors and minimum wattage as well as directing light downward, the release said.


Fish and Game News:

F&G Commission meeting May 18-19 in McCall

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Friday, May 6, 2022

Public hearing will be held the night of May 18

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will hold its public hearing and business meeting at the Holiday Inn Express at 210 N. 3rd St. in McCall. A public hearing will begin on May 18 at 7 p.m. MDT at the same location.

Those wishing to speak to the Commission during the public hearing will have a three-minute time limit, with additional comments accepted in writing. People can address the commission on any topic pertaining to Fish and Game matters.

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Winter survival estimates for mule deer fawns, elk calves show slight increase from 2021

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

F&G biologists use collars to track the young animals throughout winter and early spring

Statewide survival of collared mule deer fawns and elk calves was above average through April, which bodes well for hunters: Above-average survival grows herds and provides more young bucks for hunters in the fall. Fish and Game biologists will continue monitoring through May, but traditionally less than 5 percent of the mortalities occur after April.

“In years with milder winters, like the last two we’ve had, we tend to see the number of mortalities drop off in May,” said Toby Boudreau, Deer and Elk Program Coordinator. “We anticipate seeing some additional mortalities by the end of the month, however the statewide survival of mule deer fawns and elk calves is likely to end up being above average this year, barring any unusual events.”

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Great-horned owl in Custer County tests positive for avian influenza

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

This is the first confirmed positive case in 2022 of avian influenza in Idaho wildlife

A great-horned owl in Custer County has tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, and people are asked to report any dead or sick wild birds on Fish and Game’s Wildlife Health webpage.

The recent detection follows a trend seen in other parts of the country where sporadic deaths of migrating waterfowl and other birds provided the first indication that HPAI is present in an area.

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Weekly Salmon Fishing Update – May 4, 2022

By Chris Sullivan, Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator
Wednesday, May 4, 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.

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

Zeus, a Great Dane from Texas, is the world’s tallest dog

May 6, 2022 Local News 8 By Toyin Owoseje

Guinness World Records
Zeus eats 12 cups of dog food a day.

A Great Dane has been crowned the world’s tallest living dog by Guinness World Records.

Two-year old Zeus from Bedford, Texas stands at a whopping 1.046 meters (3 feet, 5.18 inches), making him the tallest dog in the world.

He officially received the paw-some plaudit on March 22, after his height was measured and confirmed by his vet.


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