May 29, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

May 29, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

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
May – Spring Rx burns
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
May 20 – Local Campgrounds Open
May 27 – J & R Septic
May 27 – Big Creek Lodge open for fly-ins
May 28 – Memorial Potluck 2pm Community Hall
May 29 – 1pm meeting Community Hall re: EMS/SAR
May 29 – YPFD meeting at 2pm Community Hall
Week of June 8 – Amerigas Delivery
Jun 8-11 – Spring Free Dump Days
Jun 11 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Jun 18 – YP Vet Clinic
Jul 2 – 4th of July golf tournament
Jul 3 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting
Jul 9 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
(details below)

Local Events:

Amerigas Delivery Week of June 8th

Note from Amerigas that they plan to come to Yellow Pine the “week of June 8th.” They are putting together a list and ask people to call 1-800-427-4968 to make sure no one is missed.
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Spring Free Dump Days

June 8, 9, 10, and 11 for Valley County
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Yellow Pine Vet Day June 18

Cascade Veterinary Clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine Saturday June 18th. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list. They will need to bring charts and vaccines.
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Krassel RD Prescribed Burns Spring 2022

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

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

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

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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:

J & R Septic

They came to Yellow Pine May 27th to pump tanks. If you missed this chance you can still sign up for the next trip by calling them in Cascade at (208) 382-8727. They can fit 4 tanks per trip. Please have your clean out dug up and ready, or you can ask them about digging.
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Big Creek Lodge

The lodge opened for fly-ins May 27th.
courtesy Eye-n-Sky webcam
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Yellow Pine Pioneer Cemetery

Memorial Day Flags
courtesy MF
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Memorial Potluck Saturday May 28th

Memorial Potluck was held at the Community Hall. Burgers and Brats provided.
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EMS Meeting May 29

There was a meeting at 1pm at the Community hall to address the needs and answer questions about Search and Rescue and EMS in the Yellow Pine area.
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YPFD meeting May 29

There was a Fire Commissioners Meeting May 29 at 2pm at the Community Hall. See agenda below under YPFD News.
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnold’s will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

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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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnold’s will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnold’s to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.

Tips: After you sign in to your account, look at the top left of the webpage for “Shop departments” – it will show categories of items. For instance, if you want butter, click on “Dairy” – then when the page comes up, look for the row that says Butter, look over to the right side and click on “see more” and it will come up with every type and size of butter (and margarine) available. Click on “add to cart” under the item you want, there you can adjust the amount using the plus and minus symbols. When you are done, click on “check out” near the top right corner. That is where you can click “gift” to leave instructions before you enter your card number.
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Local Campgrounds Opened May 20

Ice Hole Campground
Golden Gate Campground
Yellow Pine Campground
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th

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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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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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Construction closures will end May 27 on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry.
One-way alternating traffic is set to replace closures from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays.
Both lanes will be open Friday mornings through Sundays.

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.

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 are out of hibernation 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 May 26: Bins were emptied Wednesday, May 25th.

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

Local Groups


Water Use

05/19/22 23802659 26489 24 1104 18 T 7438
05/20/22 23829855 27196 24 1133 19 F 707
05/21/22 23858427 28572 24 1191 20 S 1376
05/22/22 23890387 31960 24 1332 22 S 3388
05/23/22 23922011 31624 24 1318 22 M 336
05/24/22 23954171 32160 24 1340 22 T 536
05/25/22 23986099 31928 24 1330 22 W 232
05/26/22 24018476 32377 24 1349 22 T 449
05/27/22 24049437 30961 24 1290 22 F 1416
05/28/22 24084622 35185 24 1466 24 S 4224
05/29/22 24117804 33182 24 1383 23 S 2003

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: 5-10-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

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

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

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

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

YPWUA 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 Department

Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Protection District Fire Commissioners Meeting May 29, 2022, 2:00 p.m., at Community Hall
Amended Agenda
Call to Order
Bill McIntosh – Chairperson
Roll Call of Commissioners Ronda Rogers – District Secretary
Report – Meeting Notice and Agenda Posting Ronda Rogers – District Secretary
Action Item
Approval of Amended Agenda Motion to accept the Amended Agenda.
Pledge of Allegiance Led by Chairperson Bill McIntosh.
Action Item
Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes April 3, 2022 Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Discussion National Forest Meeting update – Lorinne Munn
Action Items
Business Items
Sending two individuals to Backcountry First Aid – Tim Rogers
Harmonica Festival Booth, order of t-shirts– Ronda Rogers
Safe at the firehouse – Ronda Rogers
Fire Chief – Tim Rogers
District Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers
Budget Report – Ronda Rogers
District Attorney – White Peterson, by Marc Bybee
Public Comments
Members of the public may address the Board at this time to bring matters relevant to the fire district to the Board’s attention.
Please limit comments to three (3) minutes. The Chairperson may permit additional time in their discretion.
No action may be taken on items presented during this section. The Board may respond to comments, but are not required to.
Action Item
Meeting Conduct: Meeting attendees are expected to respect the professional purposes of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercising professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; and refraining from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person or adjournment of the meeting.

The Forest Service has requested a meeting with the Yellow Pine Fire Board on May 20, 2022 in Cascade at 1:30 PM. As a follow up to the POD’s (Potential Operational Delineations). 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.

The Forest Service will set up a presentation to be given to the Village of Yellow Pine community at a later date.

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting (forthcoming)
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 New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
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
Spring hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 8am-8pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
Closed May 15th for renovation
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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
Due to open in early June.
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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: 1-800-427-4968
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
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnold’s to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204 (Closed)
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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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473) Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

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Local Observations:

Monday (May 23) overnight low of 27 degrees. No new precipitation. This morning it was 43 degrees by 930am, mostly hazy sky and light breeze. Tree swallows, robins, jays, finches, pine siskins, black-headed and evening grosbeaks, quail, mourning doves, hummingbirds, female hairy woodpecker visiting along with pine, golden mantled and ground squirrels. Overcast at lunch time. Mostly cloudy, fairly warm and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 64 degrees. Partly clear and calmer just after sunset. Partly clear before midnight.

Tuesday (May 24) overnight low of 35 degrees. This morning it was 48 degrees by 930am, partly cloudy, light breeze and heavy dew. Morning air traffic (a couple loud ones.) Tree swallows, robins, jays, finches, pine siskins, cowbirds, mourning dove visiting along with pine, golden mantled and ground squirrels. Mostly cloudy and a bit breezy after lunch time. Partly cloudy to mostly clear mid-afternoon and light breezes, high of 66 degrees. Mostly cloudy (almost overcast) just after sunset and calm. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (May 25) overnight low of 44 degrees. This morning it was 58 degrees by 930am, mostly hazy with wispy clouds and light breeze. More grosbeaks showing up (evening and black-headed), swallows swooping, robins chirping, finches, hummingbirds, pine siskins along with pine and ground squirrels observed. Mostly hazy and warm at lunch time. Very warm and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon and a bit breezy, high of 75 degrees. Mostly cloudy (thicker haze and wispies) after sunset and light breeze. A few stars out before midnight.

Thursday (May 26) overnight low of 38 degrees. This morning it was 53 degrees by 930am and mostly hazy sky. Robins, tree swallows, jays, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, ground squirrels and a pine squirrel visiting. Increasing street traffic (roads are getting dusty.) Hazy overcast at lunch time and warm. Very warm mid-afternoon, overcast and gusty breezes, high of 80 degrees. Overcast, warm and breezy just after sunset. Partly clear before midnight, and rain after midnight. Likely a short shower early morning.

Friday (May 27) overnight low of 47 degrees. Rain total = 0.13″. This morning it was 57 degrees by 930am, the sky was mostly cloudy with patches of blue. Robins, tree swallows, jays, finches, pine siskins, black-headed and evening grosbeaks, mourning dove, cowbirds, hairy woodpecker, hummingbirds, a pair of quail, ground squirrels and 2 pine squirrels observed. Mostly cloudy and light breeze at lunch time. Bigger leaves on aspen trees. Warm and dark overcast mid-afternoon and light breezes. Dark clouds, gusty breezes and rain early evening. Just after sunset thick dark clouds, steady rain and calmer. Raining lightly before midnight. Likely rained on and off all night.

Saturday (May 28) overnight low of 43 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.24″. This morning it was 44 degrees by 930am, low overcast (VanMeter socked in) and light rain continues to fall. Rivers rising. Robins, grosbeaks and jays calling, hummingbirds, finches, pine siskins and pine squirrels visiting. Everything is very green. Overcast and not raining at lunch time, a bit breezy. The river is up and roaring. By mid-afternoon we had breaks in the overcast and a bit breezy. Just after sunset it was mostly cloudy and calm. Cloudy at midnight and had not rained. Rain likely started some time after 2am.

Sunday (May 29) overnight low of 41 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.11″. This morning it was 43 degrees by 930am, low overcast sitting down on peaks and ridges, and light rain continues to fall. River gauges indicate the rivers are dropping. Raven and robins calling, jays, finches, pine siskins, grosbeaks, hummingbirds visiting along with 2 pine squirrels and a ground squirrel. Aspen leaves getting bigger. Stopped raining by lunch time, top of VanMeter still socked in. Gusty breezes brought short showers on and off mid-afternoon, high of 53 degrees. Short rain shower early evening.

Idaho News:

Highway 55 project near Smiths Ferry to begin summer construction schedule

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, May 25th 2022

The massive construction project near Smiths Ferry on Highway 55 is about to begin its summer schedule.

And that will impact drivers heading up to McCall, or returning to the Treasure Valley during the week.

The Idaho Transportation Department says beginning on Tuesday, the highway will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic Monday through noon on Fridays. The weekends will be fully open to make room for travelers.

This schedule will be in place through early September.

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COVID-19 Updates: 620 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

May 27, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 620 new COVID-19 cases and 1 new death Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 103,988 cases.

The state said 3 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,223, and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,944.

1 new death was reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,940.

full story: [Valley County 2,686 cases, 16 deaths.]
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New Valley County COVID-19 cases nearly double to 26

Surge in cases expected as variant spreads

By Tom Grote The Star-News May 26, 2022

The number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Valley County nearly doubled over the last week to 26 cases, the county’s two hospitals reported.

The 26 new cases compared to 14 new cases reported the previous week and five new cases reported the prior week.

All of the new cases were reported by St. Luke’s McCall, which has been expecting a surge in the BA-2 variant throughout the state, Chief Operating Officer Amber Green said.

“Throughout the pandemic Idaho has lagged behind during the surges,” Green said.

No new cases were reported by Cascade Medical Center, but CEO Tom Reinhardt said new cases were being informally reported by residents after using home tests.

Reinhardt predicts the countywide spike will continue. “Over the past three years we had very low positives in the spring, and then a surge right around the first day of summer,” he said.

The two hospitals have reported 2,742 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.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

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.

Take-Home Tests

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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Courses in CPR, first aid to be offered in Donnelly in June

The Star-News May 26, 2022

Courses on CPR/AED as well as First Aid will be offered in June at the Donnelly Fire Station in Donnelly.

The CPR/AED course will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, June 6, while the First Aid course will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8.

The CPR session will provide training on performing CPR on adults, children and infants with the assistance of a portable defibrillator, or AED.

The First Aid session is for anyone age 10 and older who wants to learn skills such as splinting and bandaging. The sessions also will train those attending to react to medical and environmental emergencies and how to recognize symptoms of stroke and heart attack.

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Historic Roseberry opens for summer with exhibits, events

The Star-News May 26, 2022

Historic Roseberry near Donnelly has opened for the summer, with the Valley County Museum and Roseberry General Store open Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nearly two dozen other buildings on the site can be viewed at any time with the help of interpretive signs. The complex is located one mile east of Donnelly on East Roseberry Road.

Historic Roseberry is operated by the Long Valley Preservation Society, which was established in 1973 to collect, preserve, interpret and display Valley County history at the complex.

Many of the buildings were moved to the site from other locations in Valley County. Others, like the Roseberry General Store built in 1905, stand on their original site.

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Public Lands:

Payette forest to shorten maximum camping days to 14 days

The maximum number of days camping on one site on the Payette National Forest has been shortened from 18 days to 14 days, the Payette said in a news release.

The maximum stay was shortened to make the limited number of campsites available to more people, the release said.

The limits apply to camping inside the Payette’s 32 designated campgrounds and any undeveloped campsites on the forest.

“The previous stay limit allowed for a person or group to stay in the same spot over a three-weekend time frame,” Payette Recreation Specialist Emily Simpson said. “In recent years, this often led to people not being able to find an available camping spot.”

A 14-day maximum is the standard rule for most campgrounds across the country, including neighboring national forests and state campgrounds, the release said.

For more information, contact Simpson at

Published: The Star-News May 26, 2022

Critter News:

Grizzly sow and yearling euthanized in Island Park after becoming food-conditioned

May 23, 2022 Local News 8

Island Park, Idaho (KIFI) – On Saturday, Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a sow grizzly and a yearling male after they had become food-conditioned and increasingly sought out human food sources.

The sow and yearling began frequenting residential neighborhoods where they became habituated to human food sources after receiving multiple food rewards from porches, unsecured garbage cans and vehicles.

The sow grizzly was originally captured and relocated in 2020 following multiple food related conflicts. Subsequently, in 2021 the sow and cub were involved in multiple conflicts where food rewards were obtained. This spring, the pair displayed similar behavior. Due to the pair’s dependence on human food and habituation to residential areas, officials say they were captured and euthanized in the interest of human safety on May 21.

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Grizzly sow and yearlings euthanized in Island Park after aggressive behavior towards humans

May 25, 2022 Local News 8

Fish and Game in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a sow grizzly and two yearlings in Island Park on Wednesday after the bears exhibited aggressive behavior and showed no fear towards humans after becoming food-conditioned and habituated to human food sources from residential areas.

This is the second incident in less than a week where grizzly bears had to be euthanized after gaining access to unsecured garbage and other attractants. Residents and visitors in bear country are strongly encouraged to store all residential garbage containers inside a garage or locked shed.

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During the spring wildlife baby boom, young animals are better off left alone

May 23, 2022 Local News 8

Spring is here, and so is the peak of baby wildlife season. People are bound to see young wildlife when they venture outdoors during the spring and early summer, and there is a pretty good chance that they will see a baby animal that appears to be alone, with mom nowhere in sight.

While a well-intentioned human’s first instinct might be to rescue these cute, cuddly and seemingly helpless creatures, Fish and Game officials have a simple suggestion to people who discover baby animals that appear to be abandoned: The best thing you can do for them is to leave them be.

Every spring, Fish and Game receives calls from well intentioned humans who have “rescued” baby animals that they assume have been lost, abandoned or orphaned. While these people typically mean well, they are often doing more damage than good when they intervene, and typically, mom was not far away to begin with.


Letter to Share:

Gamebird Foundation


This is what we have been looking for. The attachment is a rooster pheasant and his flock. There was nine hens but Joel could not get them in a frame with a clear shot. Joel raises about 800 chicks a year to adult hood and releases them into some great habitat that covers about 700 to 800 acres. He sees many pheasants and Red-legs but it is not very often that you can get a picture like this. We do love your pictures of the pheasants and other ground nesting birds that you see or hear. Just send them to us and we will get them on our face book for all to enjoy. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend. God Bless and be safe.

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn

Fish and Game News:

F&G to host ‘Fish Idaho Fest – McCall’ on June 10

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host “Fish Idaho Fest – McCall’” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Broken Horn Brewery, 201 Mission St. in McCall.

The event will include live music, fly casting and fly tying demonstrations, food trucks, booths from nonprofits and government agencies involved with fisheries.

“This is a party for those who want to learn more about the management of their fisheries,” said Jordan Messner, regional fisheries manager for Fish and Game’s McCall office.

“We are hoping that the public comes for the festivities and leaves with a better understanding of the work all of these groups do to make fisheries better in the McCall area,” Messner said.

Scheduled exhibitors include Fish and Game, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Nez Perce Tribe, Payette National Forest, Boise National Forest, Lake Cascade State Park, Ponderosa State Park, Trout Unlimited, Friends of Lake Cascade, Big Payette Water Quality Council, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Published: The Star-News May 26, 2022
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The deadline for big game/fall turkey controlled hunt applications is fast approaching

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Hunters have until 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on June 5 to apply

The application period for fall 2022 deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts ends June 5. Hunters can also apply for the first Super Hunt drawing through May 31.

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Here’s a reminder of fishing season and rule changes for 2022

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Monday, May 23, 2022

Enjoy fishing during Memorial Day weekend and beyond

There were about 23 changes to seasons and bag limits throughout the state that took effect on Jan. 1. With many anglers taking their first fishing trips to some of their favorite fishing spots, here’s a reminder of rule changes that are new for 2022.

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Weekly Salmon Fishing Update – May 26, 2022

By Chris Sullivan, Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator
Thursday, May 26, 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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