Monthly Archives: June 2022

Road Reports June 22, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. This time of year there is still deep snow in some higher elevations, especially north facing area. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for snow, ice, rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are dry and getting dusty with increased traffic. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open
Update from ITD May 19, 2022
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.
To learn more about the spring construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (June 22) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Note: South Fork salmon seasons opens June 18th. Watch for increased traffic and pedestrians.
Old report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. 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.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Old report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.

Johnson Creek Road: Opened June 18th
Report Wednesday (June 22) Mail truck driver says the upper end is a little rough, county grader is working today.
Report Saturday (June 18) road is open, upper Johnson Creek is rough going.
Report Saturday (June 18) “From YP to Donnelly via the Johnson Creek Road travel was typical summer conditions with lots of vehicles.” – C&L
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled travel
Lick Creek should be open by July 4th weekend per the county.
Report Saturday (June 18) “it is definitely not passable.” JB

Lick creek [road] today below Duck Lake campground. – JB
Report late Saturday (June 18) A group has beat their way over the top, lots of snow, not recommended for small vehicles, travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled travel (likely open by the 4th of July.)
Report Saturday (June 18) “From Edwardsburg to Big Creek Culvert the road is snow free, but lots of trees down that were not cut wide enough to allow passage of larger vehicles/trailers. From the Big Creek Culvert to the intersection with Red Metal Mine road the road is mostly snow bound. From the Red Metal Mine Road to the EFSF road and on to Yellow Pine the roads are travelable by full sized vehicles with trailers. The section from the Big Creek Culvert to the Red Metal Mine intersection is of particular interest to some. This section is snow bound, but not uniformly. There are patches of bare road, and patches of deep snow. There are no major issues with the road other than the snow. So.. The obvious factor controlling when this section will be open to normal highway vehicles is the weather. We did video this section of road, and the link to the video is: (here)” – C&L
Report “Road report for Profile Gap from Monday June 13th. Walked over the top from BC to Yellow Pine. Solid snow floor from the Big Creek culvert on the BC side to just above the switch back on the Yellow Pine side. About 4 feet on top.” – Darren Vaughn

photo courtesy Darren Vaughn
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Report from Perpetua (May 25) “The Valley County Road department instructed us to take down the gate on the Stibnite Road above Profile Creek on May 18th.
“We have road grading of the Stibnite Road scheduled to begin on June 6th, the grading should take about two weeks.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled travel
Report Saturday (June 18) from motorcycle riders seeing how far they could get towards Monumental summit: “We made it to the turn at upper Fern Creek towards Cinnabar. Which is about a mile before the turn for Meadow Creek Lookout. It was solid snow floor from that point on.” – SA

courtesy SA
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Open
Note from Valley County June 22 “Deadwood Summit Open.”
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road:
Report June 6: “the road to Burgdorf, Secesh Meadows and Warren is open! Beyond Warren is still closed, but crews are working to open that this week as well.”

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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June 19, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

June 19, 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
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Jun 21 – Bids due for YPWUA project
Jun 21 – deadline to pay Valley Co property taxes
Jun 23 – Planned Power Outage 9am-3pm
Jul 2 – 4th of July golf tournament 10am
Jul 2 – 4th of July parade 3pm
Jul 2 – BBQ special at The Corner
Jul 3 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting
Jul 9 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Jul 16 – Ride to Meadow Creek Lookout
(details below)
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Local Events:

Planned Outage June 23rd

Idaho Power plans to shut our power off from 9am to 3pm for maintenance, to replace a “switch” near Warm Lake that also serves Yellow Pine – per Dylan.
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Independence Weekend

Golf Tournament July 2nd

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


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4th of July Parade July 2nd

Come join or watch the Independence Day parade. July 2nd at 3pm. Meet in front of the fire house at 2pm to participate.
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The Corner

BBQ Special at The Corner
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YPWUA Shareholders Meeting July 3rd

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

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

Thank you – Steve Holloway
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July 9 – VYPA Meeting

The next Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting will be July 9th at 2pm Community Hall.
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July 16 Ride to Meadow Creek Lookout

Ride to Meadow Creek Lookout with us for a day of fun, stories, and a BBQ in the forest. Details and Sign-up at (link)
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Village News:

Plane Wreck at Big Creek

Correction: On Friday June 10th, a pilot experienced a “mishap near the Big Creek Airstrip. Plane was taking off and was grabbed by the wind on the ground, never got up. Minor injuries reported.

Photos of recovery received June 15th.
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courtesy – CEP
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Yellow Pine Vet Day June 18th

We had a great turn out for the Vet Clinic on Saturday. Dr. Ruble and his Tech, Nick, examined, vaccinated and wormed (as needed) 14 dogs and 6 cats before heading up to The Corner for lunch and had 4 more dogs to see on Main Street. Then the afternoon was spent at Buck Horn Outfitters taking care of a herd of horses. We had beautiful weather for the event.

Dogs: Zeva, Abby, Benjie, Willie, Hank, Bec, T.C., Scout, Mini, Daisy, Bella, Valley, Chicka and Gordie. (Romeo showed up to watch.)
Cats: Brrrrt, Stripe, Dancer, Augress, Cletus and Itty Bitty Kitty (who isn’t so itty-bitty anymore.)

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Dr. Ruble and Vet Tech Nick examining Itty Bitty Kitty

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This is Mini, patiently waiting to see Dr. Ruble

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Floating teeth at Buck Horn Outfitters
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Yellow Pine Fire Department Training June 18, 2022

Yellow Pine Fire department hosted a training on Saturday June 18th at 11am.
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June 18th Chinook season South Fork Salmon River

Summer Chinook salmon seasons for the South Fork Salmon River opened Saturday, June 18 and will remain open seven days a week until harvest goals are met.
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Father’s Day Brunch at The Corner

The Corner had a biscuits and gravy for Sunday Brunch on June 19th from 10am-Noon.
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Yellow Pine Country Club

Thank you, Perpetua, for donating a load of sand for golf course course improvements. Old signs are being replaced. Contact Margie Fields if you have opinions on uses for them, e.g. sell, give, auction. Perhaps there’s one that you want.
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Buck Horn Outfitters

Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself. Give us a call 208-633-3614
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J & R Septic

They are coming back to Yellow Pine to pump tanks in a couple of weeks. The have a 3rd list started, so there is time to get in on the list for the 3rd trip. Please call 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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Amerigas Propane Delivery

Amerigas was in Yellow Pine Tuesday, June 7th, with the Spring fuel delivery.
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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, Arnolds 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 (Arnolds 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 Arnolds 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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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 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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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 June 5th

Still working on it! The only hold up for opening has been how slow the insurance is moving and dragging their feet! Its been frustrating for us to say the least. They have to cover us opening, it’s just them moving at a snails pace. We are sorry! We wanted to be open a long time ago! Amber Watkins
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Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

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

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

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Johnson Creek road “officially” opened June 18th.

Lick Creek should open by the 4th of July per Valley County.

The road to Big Creek is still closed to wheeled vehicles. Likely open by 4th of July.

See today’s road reports for more info.

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. link:

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

Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Elk Summit, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads are closed to wheeled vehicles. These roads are not maintained. Travel at your own risk.
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Critters

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

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

Be Elk Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Elk are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.

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 Transfer Station

Report June 10: Bins were about half full. Road is in good shape.

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
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

2021 Water Bills Due June 15th

July 3, 2022 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting at the Community Hall at 10am.

Public Works Construction Advertisement for Bids

Owner: Yellow Pine Water Users Association
Facilities and Mailing Addresses: PO Box 11, Yellow Pine, ID 83677-0011
Call for Bids from the Yellow Pine Water Users Association for sealed bids to be received at Mountain Waterworks, 616 Third St, Ste 114, McCall, Idaho 83638, until 3:00 PM local time on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 for the Project identified as the “Yellow Pine Waterline Replacement Project”. The Project includes replacement of approximately 2,000 feet of steel or cast iron piping with new 6-inch AWWA C900 PVC piping and ductile iron fittings, reconnection of existing customer services and installation of new isolation valves, post hydrants, and one pressure reducing valve vault. The Project is located in Yellow Pine, Idaho approximately 2.5 hours northeast of Cascade, Idaho.
The Project is funded by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, and the Idaho Department of Commerce. The construction contractor must comply with equal employment opportunity, American Iron and Steel, and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements.
Date and time of bid opening: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 3:05 PM local time at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read. Tallied results will be provided to all bidders by end of business the next day. Bids will not be accepted by email or fax. A pre-bid meeting will take place at Mountain Waterworks, 616 Third St, Ste 114, McCall, Idaho 83638, on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Requests for information on the documents should be directed to Ed Stowe, P.E. at estowe@mountainwtr.com (208) 780-3992.
Contract Documents: Digital copies of the plans, specifications, and contract documents, may be obtained at (link) upon payment of $20.00. Log on to Quest CDN and enter Project Number 8226190. Any addenda will be issued electronically and available at the same Quest CDN Project Number. Please contact Quest CDN at (952) 233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information.
A bid bond in the amount of 5% of the total bid amount, including any add alternates, shall be submitted with the sealed bid. All bids submitted shall be in compliance with applicable public works construction laws for the State of Idaho, including but not limited to Idaho Code 67-2310 and Idaho Code 54-1902. The Yellow Pine Water Users Association reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the right to waive any informalities contained in any bid.

Water Use

06/09/22 24448326 29432 24 1226 20 T 341
06/10/22 24479772 31446 24 1310 22 F 2014
06/11/22 24512100 32328 24 1347 22 S 882
06/12/22 24541594 29494 24 1229 20 S 2834
06/13/22 24569664 28070 24 1170 20 M 1424
06/14/22 24599593 29929 24 1247 21 T 1859
06/15/22 24628378 28785 24 1199 20 W 1144
06/16/22 24658143 29765 24 1240 21 T 980
06/17/22 24688664 30521 24 1272 21 F 756
06/18/22 24724973 36309 24 1513 25 S 5788
06/19/22 24763018 38045 24 1585 26 S 1736

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

As of today April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.
DRINKING WATER WARNING issued June 10, 2022
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 6-10-22.

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:

Community Hall usage procedures

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

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

June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting (minutes to follow)
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

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting (waiting for minutes)
May 20, 2022 Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service
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

YPFD COVID19 Policy
link: YPFD Covid-19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 11, 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Spring hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 8am-8pm
Fire wood 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
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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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:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds 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
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:
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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473) Emmett, will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Jun 13) overnight low of 38 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.78″. This morning it was 40 degrees by 9am and overcast. Finches, jays, a few pine siskins, grosbeaks and squirrels observed. Getting breezy before lunch time, low overcast and short rain showers on and off mid-day into early afternoon. Cool and a bit breezy mid-afternoon, no rain and cracks in the dark overcast, high of 51 degrees. Overcast and misting at sunset (didn’t last long.) Cloudy and dry before midnight. Possible early morning shower.

Tuesday (Jun 14) overnight low of 35 degrees, 24 hour rain total = Trace. This morning it was 41 degrees by 9am and mostly cloudy. Jays, finches, black-headed grosbeaks and all 4 species of squirrels observed. Overcast at lunch time. Loud airplane at 1241pm. Mostly cloudy and dry mid-afternoon, light breeze, high of 52 degrees. Partly to mostly cloudy after sunset and cooling off. Some swallows have returned. Partly clear/cloudy after midnight.

Wednesday (Jun 15) overnight low of 29 degrees, no precipitation. This morning it was 43 degrees by 9am with clear very blue sky. Airplane traffic. Robins, jays, tree swallow, pine siskins, finches and squirrels observed. Clear and warming up at lunch time. Increasing air traffic. Mail truck driver made it in on time, good road. Partly hazy/cloudy early afternoon. Clear, warm and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 72 degrees. Mostly clear and calmer just after sunset. Clouds to the east after midnight.

Thursday (Jun 16) overnight low of 38 degrees, no new precipitation. Early air traffic for a few hours. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am and mostly cloudy. Tree swallows, grosbeaks, finches, robins, hairy woodpecker, evening grosbeaks, and squirrels observed. Cloudy at lunch time and getting breezy. Warm, cloudy and gusty early afternoon. Quite warm and almost overcast mid-afternoon, feels muggy and lighter breezes, high of 83 degrees. Tiger swallowtail and white pine butterflies observed. Still pretty warm after sunset and mostly cloudy. Looked cloudy to the east after midnight.

Friday (Jun 17) overnight low of 42 degrees, no new precipitation. Early morning air traffic lasted quite a while. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am, clear with overall thin haze (milky blue sky.) Tree swallows, evening grosbeaks, finches, hairy woodpecker, hummingbird and various squirrels observed. Mostly cloudy at lunch time with warm light breezes. Warm and a bit muggy mid-afternoon, gray overcast with 1 big dark cloud overhead and cool light breezes, high of 79 degrees. Thicker overcast before sunset, cooling off and calmer. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Jun 18) overnight low of 43 degrees, no new precipitation. Early (and constant) air traffic. This morning it was 55 degrees by 9am and mostly clear sky. Tree swallows, robins, finches, jays, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, hairy woodpecker, tiger swallowtail butterflies, and various squirrels observed. Increasing street traffic, and main street getting dusty. Vet Clinic going well. Partly cloudy and light breeze at lunch time. Iris blooming. Increasing afternoon street traffic. Mostly cloudy and warm mid-afternoon with light pleasant breezes, high of 75 degrees. Partly clear/cloudy at sunset and breezy. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Jun 19) overnight low of 43 degrees, no new precipitation. This morning it was 55 degrees by 9am, dark clouds – nearly overcast and a breeze. Yarrow starting to bloom. Tree swallows, robins, finches, jays, hummingbird, pine siskins and various squirrels observed. Gray overcast and light breeze at lunch time. Cool with blustery breezes mid-afternoon, and darker overcast, high of 61 degrees. A shower then sprinkles on and off into late afternoon.
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Idaho News:

Valley County Land Values go up 62%

Sharp rise may not be reflected in property taxes

By Max Silverson The Star-News June 16, 2022

Valley County property values increased by about 62% over last year, hitting a new high of about $10.3 billion compared to last year’s previous record of about $6.4 billion.

The rise in assessments does not mean property taxes will increase by the same amount, Valley County Assessor June Fullmer said in a letter that accompanied notices mailed last week to owners of 24,834 properties.

“A 50% change in value will not necessarily lead to a 50% change in property tax,” Fuller said in the letter.

A property owner can estimate 2022 tax rates by visiting (link).

Actual taxes will not be calculated until November, Valley County Treasurer Johanna Defoort said.

The sharp rise in values reflected the rise in sales prices of home and vacant land reported to the county last year, Fullmer said.

The median home price rose 40% to about $675,000 from $480,000 in 2020 based on 391 home sales last year, Fullmer said.

The median price of vacant land doubled in value, from $87,250 to $179,000, based on 485 land sales, she said.

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Motorcycle Accident on Warm Lake Hwy

Idaho State Police News Release
District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 06/18/2022 5:56 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

Idaho State Police is investigating a vehicle collision which occurred at 12:46 P.M. on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Valley County.

A 26-year-old man from Meridian was traveling east on Warm Lake Road just east of Stolle Meadows Road on a 2022 Ducati motorcycle. He drove off the road and down a 20-foot embankment. The driver was transported by ground ambulance to Cascade Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

This incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police.
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COVID-19 Updates: 881 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

June 17, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 881 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.

The state said 15 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,331, and 1 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,956.

80,875 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

0 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,954.

full story: [Valley County 2,739 cases, 16 deaths.]
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38 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in past week

By Tom Grote The Star-News June 16, 2022

The number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Valley County totaled 38 last week, accounting to reports from the county’s two hospitals.

The 38 new cases compared to 29 new cases reported the previous week and 36 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 2,844 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 anyone age 5 and older.

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.

full story: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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‘Center of the Universe’: Town of Banks offers world-class whitewater and community

Tristan Lewis June 16, 2022 KTVB

The North Fork Championship kicks off Thursday and world-class white water kayakers will visit Idaho to test their skills on the Payette River. The three-day event brings people from all over the world, but for the community of Banks, the area can offer much more than premier whitewater sports.

“I mean the community is really what draws a lot of us to this place,” said Liam Kelly, a rafting guide with Bear Valley Rafting.

Within the whitewater world, the town of Banks is commonly referred to as the ‘Center of the Universe.’

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Little signs state disaster declaration for Nez Perce, Idaho Counties

June 17, 2022 Local News 8

Governor Brad Little signed a state disaster declaration Friday for Nez Perce and Idaho counties due to spring flooding.

The excessive rainfall and runoff throughout the North Central and Northeast regions of the state of Idaho is causing significant damage, as well as creating dangerous travel conditions in the region. Numerous roadways in the area are obstructed from the flooding.

This state disaster declaration will make funding available to the counties to assist with response and repair efforts. Today’s declaration is the first weather-related declaration this year in Idaho.

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History:

The history of Ustick

Dr. Harlen P. Ustick, an ear, nose and throat doctor from Ohio, also had an eye for business and thoughts of building a town more than 115 years ago.

Brian Holmes June 17, 2022 KTVB

By the spring of 1863, just before the formation of Fort Boise there were about 100 non-native people living in the valley.

By 1900, 10 years after Idaho became a state, that population was above 19,000. The makeup was still very rural, with more than 1,600 farms on more than 113,000 acres of land, according to the Idaho State Historical Society.

About 896,000 of those acres were irrigated, thanks to the 568 miles of canals and irrigation ditches that spider-webbed across the valley.

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Mining News:

Perpetua to start Stibnite cleanup next month

Mining company to spend $12 million to restore streams

By Drew Dodson The Star-News June 16, 2022

About $12 million in work to clean up decades-old mining waste polluting the East Fork South Fork Salmon River at Stibnite will begin next month.

20220616Perpetua-aStaffers from Perpetua Resources look at a deposit of waste rock created during the 1950s at the Stibnite mining district near Yellow Pine. Perpetua plans to move the waste to allow an unnamed stream to be restored through the site and flow into the East Fork South Fork Salmon River.
Photo courtesy Perpetua Resources

The work will be done by Perpetua Resources, which wants to build a large gold and antimony mine at the Stibnite site east of Yellow Pine.

Work planned for this summer includes re-routing and installing liners beneath streams that now flow across mining waste left by previous operations.

The waste releases arsenic and other toxic metals into the water before it flows into the East Fork.

The clean-up is voluntary by Perpetua and has no connection to the application now pending with the Payette National Forest.

The work will also include removing about 15,000 tons of waste rock in and near an unnamed stream that feeds the East Fork.

That rock is part of the more than 325,000 tons of mining waste from operations during World War II and the Korean War that would be removed over the next few years.

About 200,000 tons of waste would be moved from streambanks and floodplains where it was dumped by the Bradley Mining Company between the 1930s and 1950s.

Another 100,000 tons of waste dumped by Bradley would be moved from the East Fork itself and streambanks would be shored up to reduce erosion.

Another 25,000 tons of waste would be moved away from areas near the confluence of Meadow Creek with the East Fork.

The work was authorized last year by an agreement between Perpetua, the Forest Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The agreement allows Perpetua to clean up mining waste without inheriting liability for the waste.

About 5% of old waste now at Stibnite would be cleaned up under the agreement. More clean-up could be done if Perpetua is given the go-ahead for its mine.

All work will be paid for and conducted by Perpetua, but overseen by the EPA and other regulatory agencies.

Potential water quality improvements resulting from clean-up work outlined in the agreement are not factored into water studies in the Payette’s study of the project.

The Process

Perpetua began exploration for its Stibnite proposal in 2009 under the General Mining Law of 1872, which allows anyone to stake claims to minerals discovered on federal public lands.

In 2016, an operating plan was submitted to the Payette National Forest, the lead agency on a permitting process that requires 50 different permits from local, state and federal agencies before mining can begin.

The mine is being reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires all projects that could affect land, water or wildlife to be studied for possible environmental harm.

The Payette is now studying an updated mining plan submitted by Perpetua and an alternative plan that would use existing roads for mine traffic instead of building new roads.

A draft of the study is expected to be released this summer. A public comment period will be held to help determine if anything was overlooked in the study.

The Payette will then respond to all meaningful comments in a draft decision on the project, scheduled for June 2023.

Perpetua’s proposal could be denied if the Payette finds that significant harm to natural resources cannot be avoided under any project alternative.

An objection period will be held before the Payette issues a final decision. Only people who previously submitted comments may object.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Perpetua Update

June 14, 2022 from Belinda Provancher

We have some exciting things happening at Perpetua Resources and I wanted to personally share the news with you.

What is new?

1. Perpetua is ready to take action to address historical impacts at Stibnite.

In early 2021, we signed an early action cleanup agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service to address legacy mine features that are negatively impacting Stibnite’s ground and surface water.

We are excited to announce that we will break ground this summer. In fact, we just selected IMCO to help us with this important project. (link)

Our cleanup work over the next few years will include removing 325,000 tons of historical tailings and waste away from the river as well as diverting streams away from legacy contamination on site and lining channels to prevent metal leaching.

We are proud to take these early cleanup actions and invest in improving water quality at Stibnite now, rather than waiting for our project to begin which is expected to further restore the area.

2. Congress is taking action on antimony.

In the last few days, we learned that the House Armed Services Committee included particular attention by Congress to the critical mineral antimony in their draft National Defense Authorization legislation. Growing concern regarding America’s reliance on China and Russia for antimony has Congress directing the Defense Logistics Agency for regular reporting on the national defense stockpile of antimony. (link)

You can read more here: (link)

“The US is heavily reliant on China and Russia for its ammo supply chain. Congress wants to fix that.” Defense News, June 9, 2022

3. Our team is making our sustainability goals known.

Earlier this Spring, we launched our Sustainability Roadmap, which outlined our goals toward responsible mining through the Stibnite Gold Project.

The 13 goals we identified will inform specific, measurable targets we plan to establish once we receive all of our permits and complete the final engineering on the project. The goals range from setting clear greenhouse gas emission targets to establishing economic partnerships that will sustain past the life of the mine.

If you haven’t reviewed our Sustainability Roadmap, I encourage you to take a look. (link)

4. We anticipate a comment period on our improved project late summer 2022.

After years of review and public feedback, the Stibnite Gold Project truly is a project we can all be proud of. We used your feedback on the 2020 Draft Environmental Impact Statement to help us find new ways to reduce our project footprint, improve water quality and water temperature and replace lost aquatic habitat.

Later this summer, the U.S. Forest Service will release a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for public comment on the improvements we made to our proposed plan.

Once again, we will ask for your help making sure community support for the Stibnite Gold Project is heard. We will make sure to keep you informed as soon as we know the exact date the SDEIS will be released and when your comment is needed.

How to get involved?

1. Opt into important project text messages.

If you would prefer to receive a text message when our comment period opens, please text “Restore” to 208.428.6202.

2. Connect us.

With the upcoming comment period only a few months away, we want to make sure we are sitting down with as many people as possible. If you think there is someone we should talk to about our project, such as a community group or business, please let us know by emailing me directly. Additionally, if you know anyone who wants to stay up to date with our project, encourage them to sign up to receive our company emails. Tell them to use this (link) to sign up.

Finally, I want to make sure you know our team is always here to answer your questions and make sure you have the information you need on the Stibnite Gold Project. If you’d ever like to set up a meeting, feel free to send me an email.

Belinda Provancher
Belinda.Provancher@Perpetua.us
Community Relations Manager
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Barrick Gold sells its stock in Perpetua Resources

Company had owned 20% of proposed Stibnite gold Venture

By Drew Dodson The Star-News June 16, 2022

A Toronto-based mining company that was the second-largest shareholder of Perpetua Resources sold all of its stock in the company last week for $21.7 million.

Barrick Gold Corp. had owned 8.5% of Perpetua after investing $41 million into the company’s efforts to permit a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

“This doesn’t change anything for Perpetua,” said Mckinsey Lyon, a company spokesperson. “There were eager (stock) buyers on the other side of Barrick’s sale.”

Barrick plans to reinvest the $21.7 million from the stock sale into other companies and assets, according to a news release from the company, which Forbes estimates is worth $42.2 billion.

A Barrick spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment by The Star-News.

Barrick was founded in 1983 and has mining operations and projects in 10 countries that employ 11,000 people.

Barrick has its headquarters in Toronto, Canada. More than 75% of the company’s gold production comes from Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic, Peru and the United States.

The company also has mining operations and projects in Australia, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Zambia.

Perpetua had about $40 million in cash as of May 1 and spends about $2.3 million per month on a permitting process led by the Payette National Forest,.

Perpetua has spent about $300 million so far on its proposed Stibnite Gold Project, including for exploration, preliminary studies and the in-progress permitting process, she said.

The Payette is expected to release a new study of Perpetua’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project this summer. A decision on the project is expected in June 2023.

Barrick once controlled nearly 20% of Perpetua’s stock, but additional stock sales reduced its 5.4 million shares to about 8.5% of the company, which made it the second-largest shareholder.

Perpetua’s largest investor remains Paulson & Co., a New York City investment firm valued at $4 billion by Forbes. Paulson owns about 39.3% of Perpetua with about 24.7 million shares.

Paulson invested a total of about $85 million in 2016, 2020 and 2021 into Perpetua, which was known as Midas Gold until last year.

Midas Gold was re-named Perpetua Resources and relocated to Boise at the beginning of last year.

Sun Valley Gold, a Ketchum investment firm, owns about 8.2% of Perpetua and is now Perpetua’s second-largest shareholder with 5.1 million shares.

The third-largest Perpetua shareholder is B. Riley Financial, a Los Angeles investment firm that owns 4.3% of the company with 2.7 million shares.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Public Lands:

Idaho officials close popular recreation area due to trash

Associated Press, Joe Parris (KTVB) June 14, 2022

A popular state-owned recreation area in southeastern Idaho will close to camping and utility terrain vehicles due to visitors leaving behind trash and human waste, state officials said Tuesday.

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) officials also said UTV drivers have been going off trails and damaging the area, leaving it susceptible to erosion.

Department officials said the 40-acre (16-hectare) area 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of the small town of Rockland will close Wednesday to those activities.

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Forest Service, Nez Perce Tribe sign deal on Idaho forests

Keith Ridler (AP), Associated Press (KTVB) June 16, 2022

The Nez Perce Tribe and U.S. Forest Service have signed an agreement allowing the two to team up on projects in the 6,250-square-mile (16,000-square-kilometer) Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in north-central Idaho.

The Forest Service said Wednesday that the agreement through the Good Neighbor Authority will initially focus on fuels reduction projects to reduce wildfire threats.

Plans include heritage surveys and other projects important to the federally-recognized tribe on lands it ceded to the U.S. in the 1800s. Tribal members retain hunting, fishing and gathering rights on the ceded lands.

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Flooding pummels Yellowstone region, leaving many stranded

Amy Beth Hanson (Associated Press) at KTVB June 14, 2022

Raging floodwaters that pulled houses into rivers and forced rescues by air and boat began to slowly recede Tuesday across the Yellowstone region, leaving tourists and others stranded after roads and bridges were knocked out by torrential rains that swelled waterways to record levels.

The flooding across parts of southern Montana and northern Wyoming forced the indefinite closure of Yellowstone National Park just as a summer tourist season that draws millions of visitors annually was ramping up.

Just north of the park, hundreds of people remained isolated after the Yellowstone River and its tributaries washed away the only roadways in and out of the area.

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Forest Service Websites get new look after Web Modernization

14, June 2022 – The USDA Forest Service has launched a new look for public websites for the forests in the Intermountain Region, it is the first of several web improvements in the works to align with the 21st Century Idea Act and Web Modernization efforts within the USDA.

The web modernization efforts helps the region’s websites align with the look and format of the Forest Service headquarters website and is consistent with the web design standards of other federal websites. It is part of a larger effort across the Forest Service to improve our customer experience by making our sites more easily identifiable as an official federal government website.

“While the refreshed look is what will catch your eye first, the larger impact is behind the scenes making sites more accessible to visitors that use screen readers and provide a responsive layout that will adapt to any device from a desktop to a mobile device,” said Strategic Communications Director Mike Richardson.

The new sites will integrate all our social media channels, allowing us to feature videos being produced within the Forest Service to be played more easily and reliably.

This design change is the first of several web improvements to come. For a complete listing of forest websites visit the Intermountain Region Forests page. (link)
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Bureau of Land Management issues decision to authorize expanded military training area in southwest Idaho

Date: June 17, 2022
Contact: Jennifer Jones jenniferjones@blm.gov 208-373-4016

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a decision to enable the Idaho Army National Guard to conduct military training on an additional 44 square miles of Federal and State land located west of Mountain Home and adjacent to the existing Orchard Combat Training Center.

The BLM decision authorizes rights-of-way for the expanded military training area that the Idaho Army National Guard proposed to meet Department of Defense training requirements, ensure troop combat readiness, and offset loss of areas within the Orchard Combat Training Center where training is prohibited to protect native shrublands.

“Fire suppression and habitat restoration efforts by the Idaho Army National Guard within the Orchard Combat Training Center have resulted in an increase in shrublands over the years,” said Brent Ralston, BLM Four Rivers Field Manager. “Our Resource Management Plan for the area restricts heavy equipment training in shrublands and this was the primary reason the Guard looked to train in other areas.”

The expanded training area is currently dominated by invasive annual grasses, like cheatgrass, and is largely devoid of shrubs.

The BLM Four Rivers Field Office manages the proposed expanded military training area, a majority of which are located within the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The military has been using land in this vicinity for training since the 1940s.

An Environmental Assessment for the proposed expansion was completed to analyze possible impacts from proposed heavy maneuver training between March and November, construction and maintenance of 12.7 miles of dirt roadways, infrastructure development, and engineering practice areas. These actions were determined to be within acceptable levels outlined in the BLM’s Resource Management Plan for the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The expanded training area will not include live fire exercises.

The BLM and the Idaho Army National Guard are each issuing separate decisions based on the Environmental Assessment. While the BLM decision pertains to authorizing rights-of-way for the expanded military training area, the Idaho Army National Guard decision concerns whether to expand military training onto proposed Federal and State land.

The environmental assessment and decision record can be found at (link) and is subject to a 30-day appeal period. To file an appeal, submit in writing to Brent Ralston, Four Rivers Field Office, 3948 S Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705.

For more information, contact the BLM Four Rivers Field Office at 208-384-3300.
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Critter News:

Cascade bans feeding of deer

Prohibition spurred by ex-mayor’s feeding station

By Max Silverson The Star-News June 16, 2022

Feeding deer and some other wild animals in the City of Cascade was banned on Monday by the Cascade City Council.

The ban, adopted by a 3-1 vote, carries a penalty of $150. If the violation results in damage to property it would be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Feeding wildlife lures animals across busy roads, increasing the potential for accidents and contributes to conflicts between wild and domestic animals, she said.

Feeding also increases the spread of disease, attracts predators and harms wildlife by providing them unhealthy food.

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Chinook salmon seasons to start June 18

By Kelsie Rose Jun 14, 2022 KIVI

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved the summer Chinook salmon seasons for the South Fork Salmon River, Upper Salmon Rivers and the Lochsa River.

The seasons will start Saturday, June 18 and will remain open seven days a week until harvest goals are met.

Idaho Fish and Game says this will be the first time a Chinook fishery has been open in the Upper Salmon River fishery since 2019, and the first for the section below the Pahsimeroi River since 2018.

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First rabid bat of the season found in Bannock County

June 17, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho public health officials confirmed the first rabid bat of the season in the state in Bannock County.

A man, his dog and numerous cats all were potentially exposed to the rabid bat. Public health officials are actively following up on exposures.

“Rabies is a fatal viral illness if not treated with proper medical management early after exposure. An Idaho man died last year after being exposed to a rabid bat,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, state public health veterinarian. “People should call their healthcare providers promptly if they believe they may have been bitten or scratched by a bat to discuss the need for post-exposure shots, which are extremely effective in preventing rabies. It is extremely important for people to avoid all bats and other wild animals, particularly if they appear sick or are acting aggressively or abnormally.”

Tengelsen also strongly encourages owners to contact their veterinarian if they believe their pets, regardless of vaccination status, were in contact with a bat.

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Two Treasure Valley men sentenced after shooting golden eagle

The men were sentenced to two years of probation, 15 hours of community service and received two-year bans from hunting and possessing firearms.

KTVB Staff June 16, 2022

Two Treasure Valley men were charged with one count of unlawful taking a golden eagle and one count of unlawful taking a migratory bird of prey, the United States Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

20-year-old Colten R. Ferdinand of Boise and 23-year-old Wyatt G. Noe of Eagle shot and killed a golden eagle in April 2021, according to court records.

The two men also shot and killed five red-tailed hawks in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Ferdinand and Noe both pleaded guilty to taking the golden eagle in March.

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Fish and Game News:

June 14, 2022 – South Fork Salmon River Chinook Fishery Update

By Jordan Messner, Fisheries Regional Manager
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Summer Chinook seasons on the Lochsa, South Fork Salmon, and Upper Salmon rivers have just been set by the commission. All three fisheries are set to open this Saturday, June 18. To view full details, click HERE.

Since I manage the South Fork Salmon River fishery, I’ll cover that one in more detail here. For more detailed information on the Lochsa and Upper Salmon fisheries, stay tuned in to the IDFG website for blogs posted by Joe Dupont (Lochsa River) and Greg Schoby (Upper Salmon River).

South Fork Salmon River

The South Fork Salmon River will open to fishing for Chinook Salmon this Saturday, June 18, from 100 yards below the hatchery weir, to the posted boundary at the Jakie Creek bridge (more info on this boundary change, below). The daily limit will be 4 Chinook Salmon, only 2 of which may be adults. The season is open 7 days per week until a Closure Order is issued by the Director of IDFG or August 7th, whichever comes first. Here’s what the run is looking like.

Abundance:

The South Fork run is coming in slightly lower than the preseason forecast, but should still provide a great fishery this year. The current estimate over Bonneville Dam is around 3,200 adults so far, and they’re still coming. Since they’re still coming over Bonneville it’s tough to nail down an exact harvest share estimate, but we’re projecting harvest share will be somewhere between 700-1,000 hatchery adults for the sport fishery.

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Fish and Game officials remind recreational shooters that targeting protected nongame birds and protected ground squirrels is illegal

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Friday, June 17, 2022

Summer is a popular time of year, not just for recreational shooters but some ground squirrels and protected nongame birds nesting in Idaho’s flatlands

Temperatures are starting to climb and the days are long, and that’s good news for recreational shooters looking to get out of city limits to shoot guns. Summer is a popular season for recreational shooters across the state, but it’s also a critical time of year for some nongame bird species that nest in, or are commonly found in, popular shooting areas.

While the majority of hunters and recreational shooters follow the law, Fish and Game law enforcement officials remind shooters they are likely to encounter protected nongame wildlife, and there’s a heavy price to pay for pulling the trigger on a protected species.

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More F&G News Releases

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Trivia:

Father’s Day started in Spokane, Washington

Spokane resident Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth, started Father’s Day in 1910.

Megan Loe June 17, 2022 KTVB

Whether you’re barbecuing, going out for a round of golf or having a family brunch, many families will celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19, as a time to appreciate the father figures in their lives.

Though it’s been an official federal holiday for only half a century, one Twitter user claimed that the first Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, more than 100 years ago in 1910.

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Idaho History June 19, 2022

Mining History of Yellow Pine, Stibnite and Cinnabar

(Part 1 Yellow Pine)

A Historical Summary And Cultural Resource Study Of Yellow Pine, Stibnite, and Cinnabar, Valley County, Idaho, Stibnite Mining Project

Prepared By Arthur A. Hart, Director Idaho State Historical Society 1979 Chapter 2

Introduction

During the 1979 summer season an intensive literature review, interviews, and field reconnaissance were performed by this investigator under a subcontract with James M. Montgomery, Consulting Engineers, Inc. (JMM) as a subelement of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Stibnite Mining Project Gold Mine and Mill. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was prepared by JMM under a “third party” agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Payette National Forest, and Canadian Superior Mining (U.S) Ltd.

The report prepared by this investigator is intended to serve as a support document to the DEIS, and be utilized by JMM to meet the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and Executive Order 11593. These directives require that federal agencies consider the effects of federal, federal-assisted, and federally licensed projects on properties included or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The regulations also require that the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation be offered the opportunity to comment on such undertakings. Approval of a cultural resources assessment which includes a historical and archaeological resources evaluation by the Agency Official (Forest Service) and State Historic Preservation Officer is also required.

Information from this report was used by JMM in preparing the DEIS. The results will also be incorporated into the Operating Plan which is currently being developed by JMM. This will ensure that adequate mitigation is implemented where potential adverse effects are determined so that historical/cultural resources are adequately protected.

Methodology

Historic cultural resources in the Stibnite area were inventoried and studied using the following procedures:

1. All available literature on the history of mining in the Stibnite area was searched and studied. Sources used (and cited in the report) include:
a. H.D. Bailey, Stibnite 1978.
b. The Engineering and Mining Journal 1903
c. Prospectus of the Golden Gate Mine 1902
d. The Stibnite Miner 1942-45
e. U.S. Geological Surveys Reports 1921-50
f. Idaho State Mine Inspector’s Reports 1921-50
g. Other serials used included The Idaho County Free Press, Saturday Evening Post, Idaho Power Company Bulletin.

2. Photographs in the collection of the Idaho State Historical Society were used for descriptions of structures no longer extant. Private collections of photographs, including those of Hubert Martin and Ernest Oberbillig were also of great value in reconstructing early Meadow Creek Mine, Yellow Pine Mine, Cinnabar, and the town of Yellow Pine, as well as Stibnite itself at various stages of its development.

3. Field work included on-site inspection of every extant structure known to the most experienced and knowledgeable residents:
a. Ernest E. Oberbillig, whose father J.J. Oberbillig pioneered the claims in the area, personally conducted the author over every road and jeep trail shown on U.S.G.S. maps of the area, and over a number not shown. Oberbillig, whose resume is attached, has known the area for more than 50 years. He personally built a number of the roads in the area.
b. Warren Campbell, Roy Smith, and E. Fay Kissinger also supplied information and suggestions on sites to be investigated.
c. Aerial inspection of the area was made with Oberbillig and pilot Ray Arnold of Cascade, Idaho.

4. Oral history was collected from a number of informants who had known the area in its early days and especially during the 1940’s boom period. Five hours of tapes were made from interviews with Ernest Oberbillig and Hubert Martin. These tapes are on file at the Idaho Historical Society.

5. Documentation of sites and structures was made on film. About 750 existing photographs are on file at the Idaho State Historical Society, in addition to those included in the report.

6. Maps dating from 1902 until the present were studied to establish early trails and wagon roads, mine locations, and sites of structures.

7. Special attention was focused on areas which might be impacted by proposed mining activities in the area. These were found to be minor, but are discussed in the recommendations following the Stibnite section of the report.

History Of Yellow Pine, Idaho

The town of Yellow Pine takes its name from Yellow Pine Basin, a sheltered mountain valley above the junction of Johnson Creek and the East Fork of the South Fork of Salmon River, about 50 miles northeast of Cascade, Idaho. Boulder Creek and Quartz Creek enter the East Fork at the eastern end of the valley. The average elevation of the townsite is about 4750 feet above sea level. The area of gently sloping ground upon which the original town is located comprises about 40 acres; later additions are northeast on higher ground.

Yellow Pine Basin was known and named long before a town was located there. Prospectors, who covered nearly every square mile of the central Idaho mountains after gold was discovered in the north on Orofino Creek in 1860, were no doubt struck by the impressive stand of giant virgin Ponderosa pines in the sheltered basin.

An interesting early reference in print to Yellow Pine Basin appeared in the Idaho County Free Press of Grangeville on July 30, 1886. Norman B. Willey, a pioneer miner and legislator who would become Idaho’s second state governor in 1890, wrote from Warrens on July 20, 1886:

“A report has been in circulation this spring of the discovery of rich placer mines on some unknown tributary of the South Fork. Many parties went in, some over the snow from the south and west in search of it, but without avail so far as is known. Two men were caught in there by the approaching winter and managed to survive till spring losing their horses. One fell sick and his partner made his way out over the crust to the Basin after medicine and grub, having $700 in dust in his possession. Of course he had made it by some fortunate strike. He left notices in various places stating the facts and location of his sick pard. But his pard did not die. He entrapped various unwary squirrels and fool hens and got about again. In due time the other one returned, and they both left, supposably for supplies and equipments. Undoubtedly there must be very rich mines in that section. P.S. It appears that they had $700 apiece making $1400 for the little work they did. Since writing the foregoing I am reliably informed that the two men rocked all winter near the forks of the east branch of the South Fork and took out altogether twenty-seven dollars. How are the mighty fallen! N.B.W.”

A month later the Free Press commented on Willey’s letter editorially, condemning “the Yellow Pine Humbug,” and some other newspapers which were still “booming the fraud as though they honestly believed in the reports they are circulating.” It said it would “burn the pants off anything or anybody that tries to beat its way into prominence under false pretenses.” 1

Real mineral developments of importance in the area of Yellow Pine were still years away when the item quoted above was written, but the incident had results of another sort. A mining engineer named George C. Catlin wrote and published a novel called “Yellow Pine Basin, the Story of a Prospector.” Catlin’s book was copyrighted in 1897 and published in Boston by Small, Maynard and Company in 1898. It was obviously based upon his own experiences and on the “Yellow Pine humbug” described in Willey’s letter. Its historical value is in the way it depicts the life of two prospectors in Yellow Pine Basin. Descriptions of topography, flora and fauna are too accurate for us not to believe that Catlin knew first-hand the country he wrote about. His description of Placerville, Idaho is another authentic note which suggests strongly that the author had been there. Since mining engineer Catlin had also served in the Civil War, the stories of the war worked into his narrative are also probably autobiographical. 2

Catlin’s novel deals with the adventures of two prospectors working in Yellow Pine Basin, Idaho in 1881 and 1882. Bud, a young man, learns the prospector’s trade from Zeb, a hardy old-timer with experience in California, the Fraser River of British Columbia, and in Montana, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.

In long evenings over the campfire, or before the fireplace in the winter cabin they build, Zeb tells Bud about his adventures in prospecting, mining, and the Civil War. (All subjects the author knew first hand). The two work hard and strike it rich before Zeb is seriously injured and Bud decides to risk the journey alone to the nearest settlement in search of a doctor. Through deep snow and bitter cold, he finds his way to Placerville, in Boise Basin, more than 80 miles south. The townspeople are helpful and sympathetic. However, the doctor, whom Bud had counted on taking back with him, is too frail for the tough journey on snowshoes. Bud returns alone, after men from Placerville help him part of the way. He find Zeb dead, and a touching farewell note. The balance of the novel deals with Bud’s return east with a fortune in gold and his later adventures outside Idaho.

In 1897, the year Catlin wrote his novel about Yellow Pine Basin, news got out that the Caswell brothers had made a rich gold discovery at Thunder Mountain 20 miles to the east. By 1902 thousands of miners and prospectors had flooded the region. This influx indirectly led to the establishment of a permanent settlement at Yellow Pine. It was a sheltered spot, relatively milder in winter than the high country around, and at the crossroads of trails from Warrens, Pen Basin on upper Johnson Creek, and placer locations on the South Fork of Salmon River. 3

As was usually the case, prospectors who had no luck at the main strike fanned out over the surrounding country to try their luck. Golden Gate mine was located in 1902 on the ridge east of Johnson Creek just above the Basin. 4 This and other claims in the area led to the establishment of a general store and unofficial post office at Yellow Pine by A.C. Behne, traditionally regarded as the first settler and long called “Mr. Yellow Pine.” 5

Production of gold near Yellow Pine was negligible because of the difficulty of getting it out economically. Although John Oberbillig, a pioneer miner in the area, credited a Mr. Baker with the first discovery of antimony at an early date, 6 it would be years before there was much interest in this strategic metal, or before it could be produced economically. It was not until after 1927 that the Bradley operation at Stibnite, 14 miles from Yellow Pine, gave the smaller place some importance as well.

Mining continued on a small scale on a number of claims in the Yellow Pine area after Thunder Mountain declined. Pringle Smith and Albert Hennessy were pioneer miners who did annual assessment work on several claims from 1902 onward. Smith located the Cinnabar float with rich quicksilver possibilities, and in World War I the military need for mercury used in shell primers led to some small development and production. 7 The fuller development of Cinnabar had to await World War II, however, when it became profitable to greatly enlarge production there.

During all of this time Yellow Pine remained a small supply center and wintering place. A post office was officially established at Behne’s store, and a few new buildings were put up using sawn lumber. Photos of the World War I era show mostly log cabins.

The builders of mountain cabins in the Yellow Pine area used the largest logs they could handle. Figure 2-1 shows examples of these log structures. Lodgepole pine was plentiful and easy to work, but the thicker walls possible when Ponderosa pine was used reduced the amount of chinking needed and produced a better insulated structure, especially important in the sub-zero winters typical of that vicinity. 8 Several sawmills operated in Yellow Pine Basin, and from about 1918 on nearly all of the local buildings were made of lumber rather than logs.

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Figure2-1Examples of pre-1920 built log structures in the town of Yellow Pine.
[*Note: this is a photo of the 2nd School in Yellow Pine which was built in 1922.]

Yellow Pine, Idaho Today

A curious feature of the present architecture of Yellow Pine is the large number of buildings which have been moved there from Stibnite. When the big war-time development was abandoned in the 1950’s, the town of Stibnite was dismantled. Although many structures were torn down for the materials in them, most of the houses were moved out by truck. Today perhaps a quarter of Yellow Pine is made up of Stibnite houses built between 1940 and 1945, and moved in the 1960’s. 9

One house was moved to Yellow Pine from Big Creek — a bungalow of 1924 now owned by Roy Smith. 10 Although there are a number of other buildings surviving from the 1920s, there is only one of unusual architectural quality. This is the log house-hotel on the hill to the east which dates from 1925-26. 11 An inventory of the architecturally or historically interesting buildings of Yellow Pine follows, keyed to the map shown on Figure 2-2. The original 1930 plat of the townsite is also shown on Figure 2-3.

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Figure2-2Selected Architectural Inventory of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
[*Note: See document for larger size.]

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Figure2-3Initial Plat of the Town of Yellow Pine, Idaho, November 16, 1930.
[*Note: See document for larger size.]

Recommendations On Potential Significance For Yellow Pine

The potential historical significance of Yellow Pine is derived from its role as a supply and social center for miners in the area following the 1902 rush to Thunder Mountain. Not until World War I was there enough activity to create a cluster of log buildings recognizable as a settlement in Yellow Pine Basin. It was 1930 before a plat was filed by Albert C. Behne. Greater accessibility of Yellow Pine by automobiles led to the establishment of a lodge, tourist park, and taverns in the 1930’s, even before the World War II boom at Stibnite. Elk hunters and fishermen came regularly to Yellow Pine, expanding a local economy basically dependent on the Bradley operation at Meadow Creek and Monday Camp.

Although some bootlegging had been done before 1932, the repeal of prohibition made taverns an important local attraction. Like mining camps on the Idaho frontier of an earlier day, Yellow Pine has always had more taverns than any other kind of business. Social life centers in them, although there is strong loyalty and participation by adults in the operation of the one room school.

Architecturally, the potential historical significance of Yellow Pine primarily associated with the Stibnite houses moved in after that town was dismantled. Yellow Pine is a potential historic district, but will not be clearly eligible for the National Register until the majority of its structures are 50 years old.

Proposed mining developments at Stibnite would not appear to have a significant impact at Yellow Pine, unless the decision is made to house employees there instead of at the Stibnite site. At present, the company (CSM) is not planning to house a major portion of the mine work force at Yellow Pine. The company is, however, negotiating with a local land owner for a small parcel of vacant land (approximately two acres) northeast of the townsite. Several pre-fabricated housing units would be located on the parcel if arrangements can be finalized. These units would house CSM administrative personnel. Growth at Yellow Pine will undoubtedly take place in any case, continuing the process by which living towns gradually change character in many ways. Increased summer/winter second home development is expected to occur regardless of whether the proposed Stibnite Mining Project is implemented.

Suggested Considerations For Mitigation Of Potential Impacts

The study of Yellow Pine history and architecture contained here should be continued. The Idaho State Historical Society and Long Valley Historical Society should be encouraged to record the life and times of this interesting community. Recommendations for mitigating potentially adverse effects on identified historical resources should be developed as elements of the EIS and the Cultural Resources Assessment, and submitted to the Forest Service Officer and State Historic Preservation Officer in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Executive Order 11593. A specific mitigation plan (if determined necessary) should then be developed for incorporation in the Operation Plan prior to approval of the project.

Notes on Yellow Pine

1. Idaho County Free Press (Grangeville, Idaho, 20 August, 1886) p.l.
2. Who Was Who in America (Chicago: Marquis-Who’s Who Inc. 1968). Volume IV, p. 162
3. The Engineering and Mining Journal (28 March, 1903), map p. 478.
4. Prospectus of the Golden Gate Mine (Boise, Idaho, 27 December, 1902), Original in Huntington Library.
5. Albert C. Behne and H.T. Abstein homesteaded at Yellow Pine before World War I. The townsite is on Behne’s original property, and was platted by him in 1930. (See page 14 of this report.)
6. J.J. OberIDillig, letter to the editor, The Stibnite Miner (Stibnite, Idaho 28 October 1942) p.l.
7. Esper S. Larsen and D.C. Livingston. Geology of the Yellow Pine Cinnabar Mining District, Idaho. United states Geological Survey, Bulletin 715 (Washington, D.C., 1921) p. 80.
8. Ernest Oberbillig, interview with the author 10 September 1979, (tape on deposit, Idaho Oral History Center, Idaho State Historical Society) Oberbillig’s father, J.J. Oberbillig, built several cabins in the area in the 1920s.
9. Warren Campbell, interview with the author, 27 November 1979. Ibd. Campbell moved the Stibnite houses. (See more in Stibnite chapter.)
10. Roy Smith, interview with the author, 9 November 1979. Ibid.
11. E. Fay Kissinger, interview with the author, 20 November 1979. Ibid. Kissinger was in Yellow Pine in the 1920s. He built a number of the buildings and ran a sawmill there later.

(To be continued – Part 2 Stibnite)

source: AHGP – Valley County Idaho
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Full Text: A Historical Summary and Cultural Resource Study Of Yellow Pine Stibnite and Cinnabar Valley County Idaho Stibnite Mining Project.pdf
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Photos

Yellow Pine Hotel

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Now home of Donna Earl Valdez. At one time a hotel in Yellow Pine. Lee Earl collection.

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Yellow Pine Mid-1970’s

Mid1970sYellowPine1-aHeading to Yellow Pine
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Captioned: “Going to “town” for a night of partying.”

source: Carol and Jim photo album – “My summer in Stibnite salvaging barn wood in the mid 1970’s.” photo collection:
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Further Reading

Link Yellow Pine School Part 1
Link Yellow Pine History table of contents
Link Stibnite History table of contents
Link “Yellow Pine Basin: The Story of a Prospector” By Henry G. Catlin 1897 (entire book)
Link Idaho State Historical Society Mining Collection [photos]
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Road Reports June 19, 2022

It is still Rock Migration Season. Please share road reports. Spring travel conditions. Most back country roads are not maintained. This time of year there is still deep snow in some higher elevations, especially north facing area. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for snow, ice, rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are dry and getting dusty with increased traffic. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open
Flaggers will be at the Hwy 17 intersection Sunday June 19th.
Update from ITD May 19, 2022
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.
To learn more about the spring construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
Report of a fatal motorcycle wreck hear Stolle Meadows June 18th.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Note: South Fork salmon seasons opens June 18th. Watch for increased traffic and pedestrians.
Report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. 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.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Open June 18th
Report Saturday (June 18) road is open, upper Johnson Creek is rough going.
Report Saturday (June 18) “From YP to Donnelly via the Johnson Creek Road travel was typical summer conditions with lots of vehicles.” – C&L
Report Thursday (June 16) the upper end is rough and has not been graded. The slide on upper Warm Lake road has been cleared.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Friday (June 10) road is good out to Wapiti Meadow, then gets rough.
Old report Wednesday (May 11) the county graded most of the lower end.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled travel
Report Saturday (June 18) “it is definitely not passable.” JB
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Lick creek [road] today below Duck Lake campground. – JB
Lick Creek will be open by the 4th per the county.
Report late Saturday (June 18) A group has beat their way over the top, lots of snow, not recommended for small vehicles, travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled travel (likely open by the 4th of July.)
Report Saturday (June 18) “From Edwardsburg to Big Creek Culvert the road is snow free, but lots of trees down that were not cut wide enough to allow passage of larger vehicles/trailers. From the Big Creek Culvert to the intersection with Red Metal Mine road the road is mostly snow bound. From the Red Metal Mine Road to the EFSF road and on to Yellow Pine the roads are travelable by full sized vehicles with trailers. The section from the Big Creek Culvert to the Red Metal Mine intersection is of particular interest to some. This section is snow bound, but not uniformly. There are patches of bare road, and patches of deep snow. There are no major issues with the road other than the snow. So.. The obvious factor controlling when this section will be open to normal highway vehicles is the weather. We did video this section of road, and the link to the video is: (here)” – C&L
Report “Road report for Profile Gap from Monday June 13th. Walked over the top from BC to Yellow Pine. Solid snow floor from the Big Creek culvert on the BC side to just above the switch back on the Yellow Pine side. About 4 feet on top.” – Darren Vaughn
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photo courtesy Darren Vaughn
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Report from Perpetua (May 25) “The Valley County Road department instructed us to take down the gate on the Stibnite Road above Profile Creek on May 18th.
“We have road grading of the Stibnite Road scheduled to begin on June 6th, the grading should take about two weeks.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled travel
Report Saturday (June 18) from motorcycle riders seeing how far they could get towards Monumental summit: “We made it to the turn at upper Fern Creek towards Cinnabar. Which is about a mile before the turn for Meadow Creek Lookout. It was solid snow floor from that point on.” – SA
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courtesy SA
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled travel
Report Friday (June 17) from Deadwood Outfitters: “Breaking through… or not.”
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courtesy Deadwood Outfitters
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road:
Report June 6: “the road to Burgdorf, Secesh Meadows and Warren is open! Beyond Warren is still closed, but crews are working to open that this week as well.”

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Weather Reports June 12-18, 2022

Jun 12 Weather:

At 9am it was 50 degrees, gray overcast (foggy bits mid-mountain) and humid. Getting breezy at 10am. Started raining around 1215pm. Still raining at 220pm and 48 degrees, dark overcast. At 515pm still raining but less forceful. At 750pm it was 49 degrees, dark overcast and had just stopped raining. Started raining at 930pm. At 10pm steady rain continues. Still raining at 1130pm. At 1230am still raining lightly. A break in the rain before 2am. May have rained a bit before sunrise.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 13, 2022 at 09:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 54 degrees F
Min temperature 38 degrees F
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation 0.78 inch
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Jun 13 Weather:

At 9am it was 40 degrees and overcast. Breaks and bits of blue sky by 945am. Getting breezy at 1150am and low overcast. Raining at 1155am. Not raining at 1210pm, low overcast. Sprinkling again at 1245pm, didn’t last long – done before 1pm. VanMeter socked in at 230pm but not raining. At 315pm it was 48 degrees, getting a bit breezy, no rain and cracks in the dark overcast. At 8pm it was 44 degrees, overcast and staring to mist for a little while. At 10pm cloudy and dry. Possible shower early morning?

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 14, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 51 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 41 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
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Jun 14 Weather:

At 9am it was 41 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 1230pm overcast. At 315pm it was 49 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breeze. At 830pm it was 47 degrees and partly to mostly cloudy. Partly clear/cloudy at 130am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 15, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear
Max temperature 52 degrees F
Min temperature 29 degrees F
At observation 43 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jun 15 Weather:

At 9am it was 43 degrees and clear very blue sky. At 1240pm it was 63 degrees and clear sky. At 130pm partly hazy/cloudy. At 4pm it was 72 degrees, clear sky and gusty breezes. At 840pm it was 58 degrees, mostly clear (a few wispies to the south and east) and calmer. At 130am partly clear/cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 16, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 72 degrees F
Min temperature 38 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jun 16 Weather:

At 9am it was 56 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 12pm it looks overcast and getting breezy. At 1250pm it was 77 degrees, overcast and gusty. At 315pm it was 82 degrees, feels humid, almost overcast and lighter breezes. At 830pm it was 70 degrees, mostly cloudy and calmer. Looked cloudy towards the east at 130am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 17, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear w/thin haze
Max temperature 83 degrees F
Min temperature 42 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jun 17 Weather:

At 9am it was 56 degrees, clear sky with overall thin haze. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy with warm light breezes. At 325pm it was 73 degrees, gray overcast with 1 big dark cloud overhead and light cool breezes. At 745pm it was 61 degrees, thicker overcast and calmer. At 1030pm it looked cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 18, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 79 degrees F
Min temperature 43 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jun 18 Weather:

At 9am it was 55 degrees and mostly clear. At 1130am it was partly cloudy and light breezes. At 240pm it was 74 degrees, mostly cloudy and light pleasant breezes. At 825pm it was 60 degrees, partly clear/cloudy and breezy. At 10pm it looked cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 19, 2022 at 09:00AM
Nearly overcast, breeze
Max temperature 75 degrees F
Min temperature 43 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Updated Road Reports June 15, 2022

It is still Rock Migration Season. Please share road reports. Spring travel conditions. Most back country roads are not maintained. This time of year there is still deep snow in some higher elevations, especially north facing areas. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for snow, ice, rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Local streets will be drying out over the next few days. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open
Heads Up: June 16-18 North Fork Championship. – watch for kayakers.
Update from ITD May 19, 2022
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.
To learn more about the spring construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
Report Saturday (June 11) good road, lots of people at the hot springs.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Note: South Fork salmon seasons opens June 18th.
Report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
Report Saturday (June 11) no rocks, a downed tree had been cut out but needs cleaned up.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. 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.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
Report Saturday (June 11) good road

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Not “officially” open yet.
Report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver said the county was working on clearing the Warm Lake summit side today.
Some folks have made it out – but NOT recommended.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Friday (June 10) road is good out to Wapiti Meadow, then gets rough.
Old report Wednesday (May 11) the county graded most of the lower end.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Old report Wednesday (May 11) a backhoe was working on the lower end on this side.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled travel
New Report “Road report for Profile Gap from Monday June 13th. Walked over the top from BC to Yellow Pine. Solid snow floor from the Big Creek culvert on the BC side to just above the switch back on the Yellow Pine side. About 4 feet on top.” – Darren Vaugh
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Report from Perpetua (May 25) “The Valley County Road department instructed us to take down the gate on the Stibnite Road above Profile Creek on May 18th.
“We have road grading of the Stibnite Road scheduled to begin on June 6th, the grading should take about two weeks.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road:
Report June 6: “the road to Burgdorf, Secesh Meadows and Warren is open! Beyond Warren is still closed, but crews are working to open that this week as well.”

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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June 12, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

June 12, 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
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Jun 15 – 2021 YPWUA bills due
Jun 18 – YP Vet Clinic
Jun 19 – Father’s Day Brunch The Corner
Jun 21 – Bids due for YPWUA project
Jun 21 – deadline to pay Valley Co property taxes
Jul 2 – 4th of July golf tournament
Jul 3 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting
Jul 9 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
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Local Events:

2021 Water Dues Due June 15th

All 2021 water bills are due by June 15th. Please pay your 2021 water bill by June 15th to avoid a late charge. Invoices have been sent out to those owing. – Steve Holloway
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Yellow Pine Vet Day June 18th

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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Father’s Day Brunch at The Corner

We will do a biscuits and gravy Sunday Brunch on June 19th from 10am-Noon.
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Golf Tournament July 2nd

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


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YPWUA Shareholders Meeting July 3rd

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

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

Thank you – Steve Holloway
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Jul 9 – VYPA Meeting

The next Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting will be July 9th at 2pm Community Hall.
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Country Club

Thank you, Perpetua, for donating a load of sand for golf course course improvements. Old signs are being replaced. Contact Margie Fields if you have opinions on uses for them, e.g. sell, give, auction. Perhaps there’s one that you want.
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June 11th VYPA Meeting

There was a Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting at Saturday at 2pm in the Community Hall. Minutes to follow.
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Memorial Potluck May 28th

We had a nice gathering at the Community Hall for the Memorial Day Potluck last Saturday in remembrance of our Yellow Pine Residents who passed this last year. Thanks to Wally and Tim who gave a special presentation for our Veterans. Thanks to Ann and RR Sue for the photos and write ups.

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courtesy Lorinne M
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Retirement

Thank you so much for your support of the Tavern over the past 6 years since July 2016. Josh and his father Jesse have bought the Tavern and are now engaged in much needed renovation of the old building. I’m looking forward to watching their Tavern project. My Tavern project has taken a great deal of my attention through the years and I look forward to following my other interests. Enjoying the back country from the other side of the bar and visiting friends and family.
– Lorinne M

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Johnson Creek Stream Flow May 1 – June 12

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courtesy USGS Water Resources
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Johnson Creek Airstrip June 11

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courtesy eye-n-sky
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J & R Septic

They are coming back to Yellow Pine to pump tanks in a couple of weeks. The have a 3rd list started, so there is time to get in on the list for the 3rd trip. Please call 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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Amerigas Propane Delivery

Amerigas was in Yellow Pine Tuesday, June 7th, with the Spring fuel delivery.
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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, Arnolds 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 (Arnolds 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 Arnolds 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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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 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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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 June 5th

Still working on it! The only hold up for opening has been how slow the insurance is moving and dragging their feet! Its been frustrating for us to say the least. They have to cover us opening, it’s just them moving at a snails pace. We are sorry! We wanted to be open a long time ago! Amber Watkins
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Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

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

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

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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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.
link:

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

Upper Johnson Creek road at Landmark, Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Elk Summit, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads are closed to wheeled vehicles. These roads are not maintained. Travel at your own risk.
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Critters

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

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

Be Elk Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Elk are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.

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 Transfer Station

Report June 10: Bins were about half full. Road is in good shape.

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
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

2021 Water Bills Due June 15th

July 3, 2022 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting at the Community Hall at 10am.

Public Works Construction Advertisement for Bids

Owner: Yellow Pine Water Users Association
Facilities and Mailing Addresses: PO Box 11, Yellow Pine, ID 83677-0011
Call for Bids from the Yellow Pine Water Users Association for sealed bids to be received at Mountain Waterworks, 616 Third St, Ste 114, McCall, Idaho 83638, until 3:00 PM local time on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 for the Project identified as the “Yellow Pine Waterline Replacement Project”. The Project includes replacement of approximately 2,000 feet of steel or cast iron piping with new 6-inch AWWA C900 PVC piping and ductile iron fittings, reconnection of existing customer services and installation of new isolation valves, post hydrants, and one pressure reducing valve vault. The Project is located in Yellow Pine, Idaho approximately 2.5 hours northeast of Cascade, Idaho.
The Project is funded by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, and the Idaho Department of Commerce. The construction contractor must comply with equal employment opportunity, American Iron and Steel, and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements.
Date and time of bid opening: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 3:05 PM local time at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read. Tallied results will be provided to all bidders by end of business the next day. Bids will not be accepted by email or fax. A pre-bid meeting will take place at Mountain Waterworks, 616 Third St, Ste 114, McCall, Idaho 83638, on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Requests for information on the documents should be directed to Ed Stowe, P.E. at estowe@mountainwtr.com (208) 780-3992.
Contract Documents: Digital copies of the plans, specifications, and contract documents, may be obtained at (link) upon payment of $20.00. Log on to Quest CDN and enter Project Number 8226190. Any addenda will be issued electronically and available at the same Quest CDN Project Number. Please contact Quest CDN at (952) 233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information.
A bid bond in the amount of 5% of the total bid amount, including any add alternates, shall be submitted with the sealed bid. All bids submitted shall be in compliance with applicable public works construction laws for the State of Idaho, including but not limited to Idaho Code 67-2310 and Idaho Code 54-1902. The Yellow Pine Water Users Association reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the right to waive any informalities contained in any bid.

Water Use

Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
06/01/22 24209647 26392 24 1100 18 W 3093
06/02/22 24239272 29625 24 1234 21 T 3233
06/03/22 24268495 29223 24 1218 20 F 402
06/04/22 24299552 31057 24 1294 22 S 1834
06/05/22 24330076 30524 24 1272 21 S 533
06/06/22 24359451 29375 24 1224 20 M 1149
06/07/22 24389121 29670 24 1236 21 T 295
06/08/22 24418894 29773 24 1241 21 W 103
06/09/22 24448326 29432 24 1226 20 T 341
06/10/22 24479772 31446 24 1310 22 F 2014
06/11/22 24512100 32328 24 1347 22 S 882
06/12/22 24541594 29494 24 1229 20 M 2834

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

As of today April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.
DRINKING WATER WARNING issued June 10, 2022
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 6-10-22.

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:

Community Hall usage procedures

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

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

June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting (minutes to follow)
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

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting
May 20, 2022 Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service
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

YPFD COVID19 Policy
link: YPFD Covid-19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 11, 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Spring hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 8am-8pm
Fire wood 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 June.
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Availability for 2022
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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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:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds 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
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:
Facebook:

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

Monday (June 6) overnight low of 43 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.17″. This morning it was 48 degrees by 9am, mostly cloudy with VanMeter socked in. Finches, grosbeaks, jays, hummingbird, flicker calling, chipmunk and pine squirrel observed. Mostly cloudy at lunch time and light breezes. Little rain shower after lunch time and mostly cloudy. Getting a little breezy by early afternoon. White Pine butterflies and Tiger Swallowtails observed. Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon with sun shine in between clouds, warm and breezy, high of 66 degrees. Mostly cloudy at sunset and calmer. A few stars before midnight.

Tuesday (June 7) overnight low of 36 degrees, 24 hour rain total = Trace. This morning it was 48 degrees by 9am, clear sky, grass wet with dew and light breeze. Tree swallows, robins, finches and grosbeaks calling, pine squirrel and ground squirrel observed. Grass is getting tall and lawnmowers are busy. Increasing air traffic. Partly cloudy at lunch time, warm with light breeze. Amerigas filling tanks after lunch time. Increasing OHV traffic. Quite warm mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy and slight breeze, high of 71 degrees. Mostly hazy after sunset, warm and calm. Robins and swallows calling. River sounds up. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (June 8) overnight low of 47 degrees, no new precipitation. This morning it was 51 degrees by 9am, overcast and a short sprinkle of rain. Tree swallows, finches, evening grosbeaks, chipmunk, pine and ground squirrel observed. Short morning showers on and off, enough to get damp. Some air traffic. Overcast and a bit breezy at lunch time. Mail truck was on time. Overcast mid-afternoon, variable breezes and no rain, high of 65 degrees. Woodpecker drumming close by. Dark overcast at sunset, no rain and calmer. River sounds up. Looked cloudy and dry before midnight.

Thursday (June 9) overnight low of 42 degrees, 24 hour rain total = Trace. This morning it was 62 degrees at 1040am and mostly cloudy. Tree swallows, robins, finches, jays, female hairy woodpecker, evening grosbeaks, pine, ground and golden mantled squirrels observed. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Quite warm and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon with light cool breezes, high of 79 degrees. Still warm with light cool breeze after sunset and mostly hazy. Local slash pile burning, smoke going away from the village. Hazy sky and filtered moonlight before midnight.

Friday (June 10) overnight low of 45 degrees, no new precipitation. This morning it was 59 degrees by 910am and mostly cloudy. Early air traffic. Tree swallows, robins, finches, grosbeaks and jays, also pine, ground and golden mantled squirrels observed. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Getting breezy early afternoon. Shots fired west of the village started before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, warm and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 82 degrees. Dark overcast after sunset and light breeze. Robins calling. Rain shower after 10pm, enough to make wood damp. Rain shower likely between 7am-8am.

Saturday (June 11) overnight low of 51 degrees, trace of rain in the gauge. This morning it was 55 degrees by 9am and dark overcast. Early air traffic (Fly-in?) A few robins calling, a few finches and grosbeaks, also pine, ground and golden mantled squirrels observed. Dark overcast and a bit breezy at lunch time, no rain yet. Rain started early afternoon. Socked in and steady light rain mid-afternoon, cooling off and light breeze. Stopped raining before late afternoon, high of 66 degrees. Mostly cloudy after sunset. Close thunder at 830pm, followed by short rain shower and more thunder. Dry and cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (June 12) overnight low of 48 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.36″. This morning it was 50 degrees by 9am, gray overcast with foggy bits mid-mountain and very humid. Robins, jays and grosbeaks calling, a few swallows perched on the power line, hummingbird and a few finches at the feeders. Getting breezy around 10am. Ground, pine and golden mantel squirrels observed. Raining just after lunch time. Steady rain continues mid-afternoon, cooler and dark overcast, high of 54 degrees. Dark overcast and raining lightly before sunset.
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RIP:RIPWaco20220604

Waco

Waco, old timer of Yellow Pine, passed away peacefully in his sleep June 4, 2022 at age 33. “A good kid’s horse.”
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Idaho News:

June 21 deadline noted to pay Adams, Valley property taxes

Tuesday, June 21, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for property owners in Adams and Valley counties to pay the second half of their yearly property taxes.

Late charges and interest will begin on Wednesday, June 22, with interest retroactive from Jan. 1, so mailed payments should be correctly stamped by date.

Valley County accepts credit card or echeck payments at (link) or by calling 208-382-7110.

The treasurers’ offices in both counties are open during the lunch hour Mondays through Fridays. Both offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, for the Juneteenth national holiday.

full story: The Star-News June 9, 2022
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COVID-19 Updates: 850 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

June 10, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 850 new COVID-19 cases and 5 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 455,427.

The state said 14 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,289, and 0 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,952.

79,414 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

5 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,951.

full story: [Valley County 2,715 cases, 16 deaths.]
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29 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in past week

By Tom Grote The Star-News June 9, 2022

The number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Valley County totaled 29 last week, accounting to reports from the county’s two hospitals.

The 29 new cases compared to 36 new cases reported the previous week and 26 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 2,777 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 anyone age 5 and older.

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.

full story: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Valley County doesn’t mind shed-dwellers

Buildings must be connected to sewer, however

By Max Silverson The Star-News June 9, 2022

People appear to be living in storage sheds in Valley County, which is fine as long as the sheds conform to health and safety rules, county officials said.

The county has received anecdotal reports of people living in storage sheds located near homes, Valley County Commissioner Sherry Maupin said.

The reports have come from citizens and from staffers of the Valley County Assessors’ Office who inspect properties to update their value, Maupin said.

“These are not ideal but may serve a purpose for local workers not able to find a home,” Maupin said.

The problem with using sheds as housing is their roofs may not be able to withstand heavy snow in the winter and could be damaged by high winds, Valley County Building Department Director Annette Derrick said.

Portable toilets are not permitted to be used with these sheds, which must be connected to a central sewer or septic system before someone can live in them, Derrick said.

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Feds: Pilot error to blame in two 2021 plane crashes near Warren

Four people injured in wrecks that happened three months apart

By Drew Dodson The Star-News June 9, 2022

Pilot error was the cause of two single engine airplane crashes that injured four people last summer near Warren, according to reports released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The accidents were the result of “decision making and judgment” errors by the pilots while taking off from the Warren Airport about 30 miles northeast of McCall, the reports said.

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Idaho drought conditions improve after months of precipitation

“The spring run of that we have had and the rains that we have seen have greatly increased our storage in the reservoirs,” said an Idaho Hydrologist.

Katija Stjepovic (KTVB) June 6, 2022

The topic of water in Idaho was a big concern for Idaho hydrologists during the beginning of April when the snowpack was significantly below normal. However, a lot of precipitation in recent months has changed Idaho’s drought conditions.

“The whole snowmelt situation has been delayed almost a month across the state,” said David Hoekema, Hydrologist with the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

Precipitation in April and May improved drought conditions in Southern Idaho and completely removes the drought conditions north of Idaho County.

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Those pesky earthquakes continue near Stanley

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, June 6th 2022

It’s been a few months since we’ve reported on the earthquakes near Stanley.

There’s been a lot of them. Hundreds actually.

In fact, a quick search on the United States Geological Survey Shows roughly 680 confirmed earthquakes have been reported since March of 2020 in central Idaho with magnitude ratings of 2.0 and above.

Of course, none were bigger than on March 31, 2020, when a historic 6.5 magnitude earthquake rattled the small town of Stanley and the region, including folks in the Treasure Valley.

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Mining News:

Payette OKs rock, clay mine near Brundage Mtn.

Proposal would mine five acres along Goose Lake Road

By Drew Dodson The Star-News June 9, 2022

A rock and clay mine near Brundage Mountain Resort has been tentatively approved by the Payette National Forest.

The proposed St. Helens Mine Project would mine about 35,000 cubic yards of rock and clay over 10 years on about five acres bordering Goose Lake Road less than a half-mile from Idaho 55.

A Payette forest study found the proposal would not cause significant environmental harm. Work on the project could begin late this summer pending final approval.

For more information contact Payette Forest Geologist Piper Goessel at kathryn.goessel@usda.gov or visit the project webpage at (link).

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Public Lands:

Payette plans improvements for French Creek trailhead

The Payette National Forest is seeking comments on a project to improve parking and trail access at the French Creek/Center Ridge Trailhead.

The North Fork Divide Recreation Project is located about 20 miles north of McCall at the intersection of Warren Wagon Road and Forest Service Road 260.

The goal of the project is to better manage dispersed camping and parking, protect the historic Trapper Cabin accessible by the French Creek and prevent visitors from driving through a nearby meadow, a news release said.

The project would improve parking at the intersection of Warren Wagon Road with enough space for up to four trailers.

… Comments are requested by June 29 and can be made on the project webpage by visiting (link) and clicking the “managing the land” menu and selecting “projects” and then “North Fork Divide Recreation.”

full story: The Star-News Thursday, June 9, 2022
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Washed-out trestle over Weiser River Trail reopened

Lortz Trestle was destroyed by 2019 flooding

By Max Silverson The Star-News June 9, 2022

… the Lortz Trestle, which is one of 58 trestles along the trail’s 86 miles between New Meadows and Weiser. The bridge is 154 feet long and takes cyclists about 20 feet above the water.

The former train bridge 16 miles north of Council collapsed into the river in April 2019 after being pummeled by logs and other debris carried by the second-highest water flow on record.

Construction on the replacement span started last November and was completed about a month later at a cost of about $169,000. That included using a 45-foot girder from the original trestle that was recovered from the river.

The Weiser River Trial was founded in 1997 and sits on what was once the Pacific & Idaho Northern Railroad.

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Idaho Trails Association volunteers perform trail maintenance in Idaho

By Steve Dent Jun 05, 2022 KIVI

Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of National Trails Day and here in Idaho volunteers went to work making improvements on trails all over the Gem State.

The Idaho Trails Association is a non-profit that has three full-time staff members, so they rely on volunteers who spent National Trails Day working on four different trails in Idaho.

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Critter News:

Trout Unlimited to host fly-fishing clinic June 16 at M-D

Trout Unlimited will host a free McCall Casting Clinic next Thursday, June 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the lawn at the Douglas A. MacNichol Building next to McCall-Donnelly High School.

The event will include lessons on basic to advanced fly rod rigging as well as set up for both stream and lake fly fishing.

There will also be presentations on fly rod equipment and demonstrations and practice sessions on fly tying and casting.

The local Reed Gillespie Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have six fly rods and six practice rods for public use. Participants can also bring their own equipment to practice on.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Stickers will be available for purchase at the event.

source: The Star-News June 9, 2022
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Fish and Game: Several bats in Idaho cave have ‘white-nose syndrome’

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, June 6th 2022

Six bats collected from an eastern Idaho cave have tested positive for a deadly fungus.

Idaho Fish and Game says the bats tested from the Minnetonka Cave in Bear Lake County have what’s known as white-nose syndrome. It’s the first known case of the fungus in Idaho after 10 years of testing.

“We’re extremely concerned, but not surprised by this discovery,” said Rita Dixon, Idaho Fish and Game’s state wildlife action plan coordinator.” The fungus, known as Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd, and white-nose syndrome are found in neighboring states, and despite our best efforts to keep it out of Idaho, the fungus is now here.”

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How the avian influenza has impacted Idaho

June 6, 2022 Local News 8

One human and 38 million birds—comprised mostly of poultry across 184 commercial flocks and 176 backyard flocks in 36 states—have been been affected in the current avian influenza outbreak.

The impact of the outbreak is being felt by many Americans at the grocery store. According to the USDA’s Food Price Outlook for May 2022, poultry prices are predicted to increase between 8.5% and 9.5%, and egg prices are predicted to increase between 19.5% and 20.5% due, in part, to decreased production at some of the country’s biggest commercial flocks.

Number of birds affected in Idaho: 988
Counties with the most birds affected in Idaho
#1. Canyon: 365 birds affected (36.9% of all cases in Idaho)
#2. Ada: 316 (32.0%)
#3. Madison: 200 (20.2%)
#4. Gooding: 100 (10.1%)
#5. Caribou: 7 (0.7%)

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Fish and Game News:

F&G alerts hunters and recreationists of a confirmed grizzly sighting north of Salmon

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, June 10, 2022

Grizzlies are infrequently seen in the area; last confirmed sighting was in 2020

Idaho Fish and Game officials have confirmed a grizzly bear sighting in the North Fork area north of Salmon, an area not typically known for having grizzlies. The bear was photographed by a hunter’s game camera on May 14, and the bear was clearly identified as a grizzly. It is not known if the bear is still in the area.

Homeowners, recreationists and hunters are asked to be “Bear Aware” and remove any possible food attractants, such as garbage, animal feed, or other food items.

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Weekly Salmon Fishing Update – June 8, 2022

By Chris Sullivan, Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator
Wednesday, June 8, 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.

Fishing is in full swing in the Clearwater River basin and the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers, but catch rates are slow with the recent high water. There are no new closures this week but just a reminder that the section of the Lower Salmon River from Rice Creek Bridge upstream to the Hammer Creek boat ramp closed last week. We will be taking summer Chinook season proposals to the IDFG Commission next week, so check out this week’s update to see a sneak peek at the proposals and check back next week to see if they were approved.

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From horses to huckleberries: June’s ‘Wildlife Express’ takes a look at Idaho’s state symbols

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Monday, June 6, 2022

Can you name these 13 Idaho symbols?

Whether you moved to Idaho or were born and raised in the Gem State, it may surprise you to learn that there’s more to the state’s iconic image than just blue turf and potatoes. Idaho is a diverse outdoors state, characterized by several historic, economic and natural symbols from the mountain bluebird to the Western white pine. But what about the less commonly known symbols, like the Gem State’s state gem? Or state fruit? Can you name the state fossil?

Take a dive into this month’s Wildlife Express newsletter to learn more about what symbols define Idaho.

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More F&G News Releases

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Idaho History June 12, 2022

Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Prospectus 1902

Thunder Mountain Rush Part 8

Going to Thunder Mountain, Grangeville, Idaho 1899-1900

GoingThunderMtn1899-1900-Fritz

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TMProspectus1Prospectus Of The Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Company.

Incorporated Under The Laws Of Arizona.
Capital Stock, $2,000,000.
Represented by 2,000,000 Shares of Common Stock, of a par value of $!.00 Each.
All stock when issued becomes absolutely full paid, and is not assessable for any purpose whatever.
This Company has no Bonds or Preferred Stock.
Holders of the Common Stock are exclusively entitled to all of the Company’s net earnings and surplus.

Directors.
Hon. H, C. Begole, State Senator, Belleville, Ill.
Hon. F. W. Hunt, Governor Of Idaho, Boise City, Idaho.
C . M. C. Harper, Banker And Manufacturer, Boston, Pa.
Dr. D. W. King, Physician, Joplin, Mo.
W. M. Lucas, Pres. Lucas Oil Well Drilling Co , Beaumont, Tex.
John A. Cragin, Cashier First National Bank, Joplin, Mo.
J. H. Schlund, Real Estate Dealer, Chicago, Ill.
Thomas Morgan, Manufacturer, Muncie, Ind.
A. A. Cass, Mine Owner, Cartervi!le, Mo.

Officers.
H. C. Begole, President.
Gov. F. W. Hunt, First Vice-president.
C. M. C. Harper, Second Vice President.
W. M. Lucas, Secretary.
John A. Cragin, Treasurer.

Western Office :
Boise City, Idaho.

Eastern Office :
The Company’s Authorized Agents,
J. E. Morhardt & Co,
Broad Exchange Bldg., New York. N. Y.

TMProspectus2Fortunes In Thunder Mountain Gold.
A Rare Opportunity.

The newly discovered gold fields of the Thunder Mountain district, in Idaho, offer opportunities to make money that have never before been equaled in the history of this country; and one of these opportunities is now extended by the Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Company to every reader of these lines.

It is conceded by all who have visited the district that it is the richest gold section in America, if not in the world. Not half of the Thunder Mountain story has yet been told. It is too big to tell. A full realization of the vastness and the unprecedented riches of this new field can be comprehended only by those who go into the heart of these gold laden mountains, and see for themselves.

TMP1Panning Gold on Thunder Mountain.

Experts frankly admit that they never before saw or even heard of a formation similar to the ore deposits of Thunder Mountain. They cannot account for it, and old time miners stand speechless in amazement when they see for the first time these vast ledges of rich, free milling ore, running here and there and everywhere, and stretching away for miles and miles; so very far, in fact, that the real limits of the district have not yet been established.

That is a picture, briefly drawn, of the greatest gold country yet discovered on this continent. But, after all, it should come as no surprise to mining people who are familiar with the past history of the production of gold in this singular State of Idaho; the State whose name, translated, means the “Gem of the Mountains.”

We desire our readers to grasp thoroughly the importance of the disclosures which follow, and to that end we present, briefly, some facts of record pertaining to Idaho’s past gold production. Our purpose is to give some idea of the inexhaustible nature of its mineral resources, a circumstance of much significance in considering the future of the new Thunder Mountain district.

It is estimated by statisticians having all existing records at hand that Idaho has produced more gold than the total production of both California and Colorado. The mines of the entire State of Colorado have produced to date something like $300,000,000. The mines of its most famous camp, Cripple Creek, yielded a total production up to January 1st, 1902, of $116,549,287. These figures are generally regarded as something gigantic, yet they are a mere bagatelle in comparison with the actual records of Idaho.

Boise Basin, of which Idaho City is the center, has alone produced from its placers, a strip of country fifteen miles wide by twenty-five miles long, over $300,000,000, and the section surrounding Elk City, which is admitted to be the richest placer mining district in the world, has produced over $400,000,000.

The Ebenezer mine yielded upwards of $300,000, working only 75 feet of ground; the Gambrinus more than $325,000; the Sub Rosa $260,000; and these properties, together with numerous others which might be mentioned, constitute an old camp, yet new ledges are found every little while. In fact, it is not half prospected, nor a hundredth part developed.

The mines of Elmore County, at Rocky Bar and Atlanta, according to the records of Wells, Fargo & Company’s Express· have produced more than $60,000,000. In the Custer country the Charles Dickens has a record of $4,000,000 before a stick of timber was used or a candle burned. The Montana, in Estes Mountain, paid $1,000 a foot while simply a common prospect shaft, and yielded in going 500 feet more than $400,000. The Custer mine has a record of $8,000,000. The Lucky Boy property has 15 feet of $25 free gold ore and has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in dividends.

The De Lamar mine was sold to an English company for $2,500,000 after Captain De Lamar had taken several millions out of it. Since that time the property has paid in dividends to its English owners the amount of the purchase price, and for six years since that time has been operating “on velvet.” It has undoubtedly produced upwards of $10,000,000.

Up the Boise River from Boise City the placer grounds have all been located within the last few years. Old timers had passed over them day after day without observing their value, and they were eventually found to be rich in gold by some “tenderfoot” who was laughed at by those who “knew it all” when he commenced prospecting in land that was supposed to be barren. And since then these same properties have been worked with enormous profit. One company in this district recently spent approximately $200,000 in opening their ground, and then struck an old river channel up the side of the mountain or slope, that out-rivals Klondike, values averaging as high as $15 per cubic yard.

The Sheep Mountain country contains what are probably the largest and richest silver mines in the West. The Bull Dog mine shows an unbroken vein 30 feet wide for a total length of 6,000 feet, which runs from 20 to 500 ounces silver to the ton, and from $20 to $80 in gold. Ore shipped from J. Earley’s Birdie mine ran from 375 to 2,000 ounces in silver, and from $20 to $70 in gold to the ton, and this, practically speaking, is all an unprospected country. This :reference to silver, perhaps, is departing somewhat from our subject; yet it brings out a point we wish to make, namely, that Idaho is a great State, a very big State, in a sense, and a sparsely settled State. Portions of it are utterly wild, and for this reason mining developments thus far have been confined, comparatively speaking, to a very few districts.

Snake River Valley, uninviting as it may look, has literally a lining of gold. Hundreds of miners are working the bars along the banks of the stream, primitively, of course, yet with good returns. They cannot save all the gold, to be sure, but they save enough of it to pay them for their trouble. Some of them, even by the most crude methods, are washing out from $10 to $30 a day.

And who has not heard of the great Couer D’Alene mines? The fame of this section in the northern part of the State has traveled around the world and back again, and with good reason, for their output of both silver and lead has been on an enormous scale, and there are also in this district some very rich gold mines. The majority of these properties, however, are at present working on development, deferring actual treatment or shipment of ore until the completion of railroads now building bring transportation facilities nearer home.

Pierce City, or Oro Fino, was one of the early camps of Idaho, and yielded upwards of $30,000,000 in placer gold. Recently prospectors have gone back and located a number of quartz veins, showing ore of which the value may truthfully be termed wonderful in comparison with similar formations in other parts of the West. Elk City, previously mentioned, is another of the old placer camps of the State that has recently been found to contain enormously rich veins and ledges of quartz.

The camp of Florence has proved one of the richest ever discovered anywhere, in proportion to its surface dimensions. The first pan of dirt in the ”discovery” yielded $800. In late years prospecting for the quartz veins, the real supply of the placer gold, has been vigorously pushed, with the result that many mills have been erected. The average yield per ton of all the operating mills in this section is extraordinary. $38,000,000 was taken from the placers of Florence camp before the discovery of her quartz veins, and in one year, from 1862 to 1863, the Wells-Fargo Express Company alone handled over $33,000,000 in bullion and gold dust from Florence and Pierce City properties.

TMP2Up the Trail to Thunder Mountain.

Warrens, the sister camp to Florence, also has a great record. Its ore is very rich, some of it milling (from the Rebolt mine) $2,000 in gold to the ton; and the placer locations of the camp have produced upwards of $25,000,000, so far as the records show, and it is said that a much larger amount has been taken out.

So much for a general review of the showing this State has already made. Now compare Idaho with Colorado, and what do you find? Simply this: that the discovery of Cripple Creek, in Colorado, focused at or near that point a group of capitalists. They came in just at the right time, when, with the aid of improved machinery they could invest their money with but little risk, and the district was advertised all over the world. A great mining exchange was created at Colorado Springs, and ever since that day we have fallen into the habit of regarding Colorado, with its notorious Cripple Creek, as the leading mining State of the Union.

Money and concentrated energy “boomed” that one little camp of Cripple Creek to such an extent that we are surprised when we glance over actual figures, and learn that the “insignificant” State of Idaho could give Colorado another Cripple Creek, and then beat her out in a total showing of both gold production and ore reserves.

TMP3Tracing a Ledge of Gold on Rainbow Mountain.

But, to top all this, now comes Thunder Mountain, with a wealth of gold ore that the most imaginative prospector never dreamed of finding. The Thunder Mountain district will undoubtedly furnish the world with more gold than has yet been produced by California, Colorado, and all the balance of the State of Idaho. This statement, of course, will be at once challenged by the average mining ”expert,” whose business, in part, is to be as skeptical as possible. But we do not propose to waste time arguing the point. We know what there is at Thunder Mountain, and we propose to tell what we know about it in the following particulars. We admit that nothing like the formation in this new field was ever before encountered anywhere on earth. Everybody admits it. But to the man of sound reasoning this fact only demonstrates that there are opportunities here to make money that no other section ever offered. The skeptical “expert,” like a great many others, will have to travel into the heart of the new Eldorado and ascertain for himself, by personal observation, that a new standard of values has been established.

TMProspectus3Concerning The District.

The Thunder Mountain District is so named from the fact that the first rich discovery, made by the three Caswell brothers, was on the summit which they themselves had christened “Thunder Mountain,” because of the low rumbling sounds which almost constantly emanate from it. But it is now generally recognized that other sections of the district are even richer, and present, in several respects, much more desirable features for the prospector.

Rainbow Mountain, for instance, is regarded as better ground, because it is more highly mineralized, and the ore, for the most part, is high grade, Except for a few unmineralized spots, it actually appears that Rainbow Mountain is simply a gigantic pile or summit of rich, gold bearing ore. Entire claims on one slope of Rainbow are mineralized from side to side and end to end. As one walks across these claims every step plants the foot on gold ore that is worth on the average at least $20 a ton, and running through these immense ledges are numerous streaks that carry bonanza values, often going in excess of $1,000 a ton.

TMProspectus4The Company’s Property.

The property of the Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Company, consisting of five full claims, each 1, 500 feet long by 600 feet wide, is located on the eastern slope of Rainbow Mountain, and, as will be seen by reference to accompanying map, adjoins the Gold King group, which has recently been purchased for $200,000.

In October, 1901, the company’s promoters sent in its first convoy, consisting of sixteen horses and mules, and eight men, with all necessary equipment for performing development work, the idea being to ascertain as accurately as possible the exact value of the several claims; and the reports made at that time, as well as those since received, warrant the statement that this property is unquestionably richer and better than any that has yet been developed on Thunder Mountain proper, not even excepting the Dewey group, which was purchased from the Caswell brothers for $100,000, and is now valued at $10,000,000.

On April 26th of the present year, our special representatives left Chicago, for Council, Idaho, to conduct the second convoy of men and mules, which was to carry provisions and also additional tools and incidental equipment to the property. Needless to say, this expedition arrived safely at its destination, and the reports that were brought back were more encouraging than ever. The Company maintains a representative on the property constantly, and has done so from the beginning, in order that its interests may be well taken care of, and the property developed as rapidly as possible.

TMProspectus5Character Of Ore.

The ore formation on Rainbow and Thunder mountains does not differ materially from other free milling camps, except in the immense size of the ledges. The average prospector thinks he has a big thing if he locates a vein of gold ore 3 feet in width, and running $10 to the ton. But the “veins” on this Company’s property, and, in fact, throughout the district, are so immense that they are simply termed ledges, as their width averages from 300 to 600 feet, frequently widening out to much greater dimensions. Indeed, some entire sections are mineralized, the ledges in such places evidently having widened out until they ran together, thus practically forming one compact, solid mass of ore. Precisely such formation is encountered on our property on Rainbow Mountain. Very large portions of our five claims are mineralized, and for years to come the ore can actually be quarried out.

Numerous tests for values show that it averages in excess of $20 in gold to the ton, and there are streaks in it that run very high. Many of these rich streaks are as wide as the entire mineralized vein on the ordinary property in other camps, and they will undoubtedly bring the general average of values up to a figure far in excess of that we have named.

H. L. Hollister, a man who has spent all his life in mining, was all through this district last spring, and made a number of tests of the ore on our property. He says that it will all run $20 to the ton or more, and when asked to give an estimate as to the total value of the Company’s five claims, said it was too big to figure out. “Why, there is enough gold on your locations,” he said, with an expression which indicated plainly that he meant it, ”to pay off the Government Debt.” And then added: ” The property is so big and so rich that no one company will ever be able to exhaust its ore supply. You might as well try to bale out the ocean.”

Mr. Hollister also said that the ore was so free milling that it could be mined and milled at a cost not exceeding $1 a ton, a statement that is corroborated by every expert and mining man of practical experience who has visited the district.

From these figures as to the value of the ore per ton it will be seen that it is decidedly high grade. The ore on the Dewey property, on Thunder Mountain, is termed “low grade,” and averages about $8 to $10 a ton, although it, too, has many rich streaks in it that run above $1,000 to the ton. But it is a fact that it makes little difference to this Company and its stockholders whether our ore runs ten dollars or fifty dollars. There is a fortune in every ten square feet of our ground – and we have 100 acres. If the value was only $5, or even $4 a ton, it would still be a really great proposition, because there is so much of it, and it can be mined and milled so cheaply. Ore that yields a profit of $3 a ton is, in the ordinary camp, regarded as a big thing. Here we have an unlimited supply of ore that will return a net profit of at least $19 a ton. Moreover, not more than 4 tons of ordinary free milling ore can be treated in a day by a single stamp in the regulation stamp mill, or forty tons with a ten-stamp mill; whereas the ore in the Thunder Mountain district is so soft and the gold is so free that a thousand pound stamp will crush 8 tons per day, thus giving 80 tons as the daily output of a ten-stamp mill – or double the customary returns.

TMP4Big Creek – Near Thunder Mountain

TMProspectus6Profits And Dividends.

The Company proposes to commence operations with a 40-stamp mill, which will crush 320 tons of ore per day. To be conservative, we will figure only on six tons per stamp, however, which gives a total daily milling capacity of 240 tons.

Taking the ore value at $20 a ton, and allowing for cost of $1 a ton for mining and milling, we have a net profit of $19 per ton, which on 240 tons amounts to $4,560 per day. But to be conservative again, we will ignore our proven values, and figure that the ore nets us only $10 a ton. Then, on our conservative daily production of 240 tons we have conservative daily Net Profits of $2,400.

There are 365 days in a year, and at this rate our total annual net profits would amount to $876,000. But we must allow for occasional delays and a break-down now and then; so we will figure on only 300 ·days operations – which computation shows a total annual Net Profit of no less than $720,000, or just 36 per cent. in earnings on our full capitalization, to be paid out in dividends.

This, remember, is after making ample allowances. We have under-estimated the crushing power of the mill, we have under-estimated the value of the ore, we have under-estimated the number of working days in the year. And, more than this, we have figured on a mill of only forty stamps.

Now, on some properties a forty-stamp mill is about the limit that can be worked advantageously. Because on such properties the narrowness of the vein limits the number of men that can be employed in the workings. But on our property no such conditions exist. The entire property itself is a single, mammoth vein, if you please to look at it that way, and, as we have said before, thousands of tons of the ore can be actually quarried. Hence almost any number of miners can be employed in the work of getting out the ore for treatment, and so there is really no limit, comparatively speaking, to the mill capacity.

As the work of development progresses, therefore, more stamps will be added, and the Company’s net returns correspondingly increased. A 100-stamp mill, operated in accordance with the above conservative figures will pay annual dividends of 90 per cent. on the par value of the Company’s stock, or 7 1/2 per cent. monthly.

Again, we figure on a 40-stamp mill paying dividends of 36 per cent. on the par value of the stock. Then the actual return to the purchaser of these shares will be just as much GREATER than 36 per cent as the price he pays for his stock is under or lower than par – the par value being $1 per share. For instance, if you buy your stock at 20 cents a share, the return on your actual cash invested would be at the rate of 180 per cent. per annum. And if you buy it at 40 cents your returns would be at the rate of 90 per cent.

TMProspectus7Company To Erect Mill.

A mill of at least 40-stamp capacity will be erected on the Company’s property at the earliest possible moment – and this means as soon as the road now being built into the heart of the district is completed. The work is under contract and is being rushed, and the road will probably be completed and in fair condition by fall of the present year. In the meantime the Company proposes to develop its properties and get the mill building ready, so that production on a large scale can be commenced as soon as the machinery is set up.

TMProspectus8How To Obtain Stock.

To provide working capital for the full development of the mines and the purchase of necessary machinery, together with such buildings as are required, a portion of the Capital Stock of the Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Co. is hereby offered for public subscription.

The price will be advanced as development work progresses, and the right is reserved by the Company to reject any subscription in, whole or in part if, in the judgment of the Directors, such action is deemed wise and advantageous to the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. The Company also retains the privilege of withdrawing all stock from the market and terminating this offer absolutely at any time it may so desire, and without further notice.

Applications for stock should be made out on the Company’s Subscription Blank, and forwarded direct to the New York Office, accompanied by remittance in full if purchased on the cash payment plan, or by the stipulated first payment if purchased on the installment plan.

TMProspectus9Points Of Interest.

The Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Co. is organized along practical lines, and for practical purposes. Its Board of Directors is composed of business men of high commercial and financial standing in their respective communities and the work at the mines is in charge of experienced mining men.

Their united efforts have resulted in launching, through the organization of this Company, an enterprise which it is believed will prove one of the most profitable investments ever placed before the public. Certainly no opportunity equal to this exists at the present time, and we sincerely doubt whether it can be duplicated.

Conditions in the Thunder Mountain district are extraordinary, and this Company’s property could not possibly be more advantageously located. The figures herein presented are ultra-conservative, yet they show the certainty of returns so large as to insure a great advance in the price of the Company’s stock. There are no features of uncertainty. The ore is there, and we KNOW its value is as good as $20 to the ton, at the lowest calculation. That is a demonstrated fact, produced by actual test. And these tests, bear in mind, were made from the surface, and, as phonolite has been found it is considered indicative that the values will become still greater as depth is attained. Again, in all developed properties in the district it has been found that these great ledges are seamed with ore deposits that carry remarkably high values, usually far in excess of $1,000 to the ton. It might be said, indeed, that there are veins within veins. There is practically no dead rock on our properties, at all. In every part of it rich ore is encountered – and we say “rich” ore, because free milling ore that runs $20 to the ton and more IS rich ore.

The operation of the five-stamp mill on the Dewey property also demonstrates that all the statements that have been made about the free milling character of the ore of the district are absolutely true. It can actually be both mined and milled for 75 cents a ton, yet we have figured on a cost of $1.

The State Mining Inspector, of Boise, Idaho, is a firm believer in the future of the camp. He says; “Many persons believe that the reports from Thunder Mountain are greatly exaggerated for the sake of booming the district, but in my opinion the region is even richer than prospectors think it is.

“A person may sink almost any place in that country and find pay ore. It costs only $1.25 a ton at the highest figure to handle it, and, by the way, that is one of the advantages of Thunder Mountain over many other districts. The ore is more free, and costs less to mill. Some of it can be put through for fifty or sixty cents. Thunder Mountain is the center of a wonderful mineral country. On every side are districts which have turned out large sums of gold, mostly placer.”

And this statement is exactly in line with the facts given earlier, concerning the big output of the placer lands in the valleys and lower levels surrounding Thunder Mountain on every side. It is known, now, that the gold in placer gravel is merely the small particles which have washed down with the rain and snow from the mother veins hidden high up the sides of the mountains. And, just as Idaho’s production of placer gold has excelled that of all other districts, is it not reasonable to assume that the supply point, the natural store house, is equally superior to the deposits of other sections?

On this point there really is no chance for argument – and no occasion for it, either; for we are through with theory, now. We are not searching for the main supply veins, they have already been found; and their wealth is something unprecedented. The question now to be considered is how to turn these discoveries into individual fortunes, and we do not believe a better method is at hand than a liberal purchase of stock in the Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Co, – a company that is organized expressly for the purpose of taking advantage of this greatest of all great opportunities.

Address all communications to

TMProspectus10J. E. Morhardt & Co.,
Broad Exchange Building,
New York City.
Authorized Agents for the
Thunder Mountain Gold Mining Co.
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source: UCSD Library (UC San Diego)
courtesy Justin Smith Idaho History 1800 to Present
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Return from Thunder Mountain, Grangeville, Idaho 1899-1900

ReturnThunderMtn1899-1900-Fritz

source: History of Idaho Mike Fritz Collection
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Further Reading

Link to Thunder Mountain – Roosevelt History
(Table of contents to stories)
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Road Reports June 12, 2022

Note: Sunday, June 12, a weather watch has been issued for today for rain and possible river flooding and mudslides in fire scars. The local rivers are up above the 30 year average.

It is still Rock Migration Season. Please share road reports. Spring travel conditions. Most back country roads are not maintained. This time of year there is deep snow in higher elevations. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for snow, ice, rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are damp from recent rain. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open
Update from ITD May 19, 2022
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.
To learn more about the spring construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Saturday (June 11) good road, lots of people at the hot springs.
Report Wednesday (June 1) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Report Saturday (June 11) no rocks, a downed tree had been cut out but needs cleaned up.
Report Wednesday (June 1) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. 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.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Saturday (June 11) good road
Report Wednesday (June 1) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.

Upper Johnson Creek Road (Trail): Closed to wheeled vehicles.
No current report.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Friday (June 10) road is good out to Wapiti Meadow, then gets rough.
Old report Wednesday (May 11) the county graded most of the lower end.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled travel
Old report Wednesday (May 11) a backhoe was working on the lower end on this side.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled travel
Report Sunday (May 29) “Solid snow floor from Missouri Ridge Trailhead to Belvedere. About 7-8 miles of continuous snow with about 5 ft on top.” – SA
Report Wednesday (May 25) “Overall the roads & trails were in great shape. The trip from BC to Yellow Pine was “easy peasey” on a tracked ATV. For snowmobiles this travel gets a little complicated. Details for today are: Edwardsburg to Belvedere Creek mostly clear & easy for ATV/UTV travel. Belvedere to Missouri Ridge trail – snow on road is continuous & easy ride for snowmobiles/tracked ATVs. If temperatures turn cold it might make ATV & UTV travel possible. Missouri to Profile Creek/EFSF – Snow & tree free, but lots of small rocks that would make pulling a trailer difficult. Profile Creek to Yellow Pine – Excellent condition, recently spot graded & rock free. Gate on EFSF road just beyond Profile Creek is open. The creeks are running full & the snow is rapidly melting so the snow line will be moving higher with normal weather for this time of year, but there is still deep snow on Profile Gap (> 7′). I would not rule out Profile open to normal traffic in early July.” – C&L
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Report from Perpetua (May 25) “The Valley County Road department instructed us to take down the gate on the Stibnite Road above Profile Creek on May 18th.
“We have road grading of the Stibnite Road scheduled to begin on June 6th, the grading should take about two weeks.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road:
Report June 6: “the road to Burgdorf, Secesh Meadows and Warren is open! Beyond Warren is still closed, but crews are working to open that this week as well.”

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Weather Reports June 1-11, 2022

Jun 1 Weather:

At 9am it was 46 degrees, mostly cloudy with increasing patches of blue and heavy dew. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy. At 310pm it was 65 degrees, mostly cloudy and slight breeze. At 810pm it was 61 degrees, broken overcast and calmer. At 11pm a few stars out.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 02, 2022 at 09:00AM
Overcast, light breeze
Max temperature 70 degrees F
Min temperature 39 degrees F
At observation 49 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jun 2 Weather:

At 9am it was 49 degrees, mostly overcast (a few thin spots) and light breeze. At 12pm it was mostly cloudy and light breeze. At 330pm it was 70 degrees, mostly cloudy, gusty breezes and little sprinkles on and off for less than 20 minutes. At 540pm light rain for about 5 minutes, enough to get damp. At 805pm it was 65 degrees, started to sprinkle lightly, dark overcast and gusty breezes. The rain lasted long enough to make things wet, not raining at 9pm. At 1015pm it looked cloudy and not raining. At 1230am it looked cloudy and not raining. Rained pretty good 6am-7am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 03, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 74 degrees F
Min temperature 47 degrees F
At observation 49 degrees F
Precipitation 0.13 inch
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Jun 3 Weather:

At 9am it was 49 degrees, mostly cloudy with foggy tendrils across the mountain sides. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy. Thunder at 132pm followed by hard rain for about 8 minutes (no hail) and mostly cloudy. Thunder just after 230pm followed by rain 235pm stopping before 3pm and mostly cloudy. At 330pm it was 65 degrees, partly clear and slight breeze. Gusting up at 553pm. At 810pm it was 62 degrees, mostly cloudy (dark) and calm. Looked cloudy at 1030pm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 04, 2022 at 09:00AM
Dark overcast
Max temperature 72 degrees F
Min temperature 44 degrees F
At observation 53 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
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Jun 4 Weather:

At 9am it was 53 degrees and dark overcast. Started raining before 1230pm, dark overcast. Still raining lightly at 220pm and light breeze. At 310pm it was 52 degrees, light sprinkle 315pm for about 10-15 minutes (not enough to get wet) and dark overcast. At 8pm it was 52 degrees and dark overcast (no rain for a while.) Not raining at 845pm. A few stars out at 1145pm. Likely started raining around 6am. Still raining before 9am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 05, 2022 at 09:00AM
Low dark overcast, steady rain
Max temperature 55 degrees F
Min temperature 44 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.15 inch
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Jun 5 Weather:

At 9am it was 48 degrees, low dark overcast (top of VanMeter foggy) and steady light rain. Stopped raining before 1230pm, fog belts mid-mountain. At 130pm the cloud cover growing thinner letting in filtered sunlight. At 2pm a few breaks in the clouds. Started raining before 225pm. At 240pm it was 53 degrees, mostly cloudy and after a short break started raining again until 255pm. Raining again at 3pm. At 310pm sucker hole letting in some sun and a break in the rain. Rain 5pm to 545pm. At 645pm breaks in the clouds. At 820pm it was 50 degrees and partly clear. At 1030pm it looked cloudy. Likely rain during the night. Rain early morning, likely some time between 3am and 5am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 06, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy, foggy peaks
Max temperature 61 degrees F
Min temperature 43 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.17 inch
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Jun 6 Weather:

At 9am it was 48 degrees, mostly cloudy with foggy peaks. At 12pm it was mostly cloudy with light breezes. Short rain shower 1pm and mostly cloudy. At 2pm getting a little breezy. At 310pm it was 63 degrees, mostly cloudy with sun shine in between clouds and breezy. At 805pm it was 55 degrees, mostly cloudy and calm. At 1030pm a few stars, likely mostly cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 07, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear, light breeze
Max temperature 66 degrees F
Min temperature 36 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
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Jun 7 Weather:

At 9am it was 48 degrees, mostly clear and light breeze. At 1230pm it was 65 degrees, partly cloudy and light breeze. At 310pm it was 70 degrees, mostly cloudy and slight breeze. At 825pm it was 62 degrees, mostly hazy and calm. River sounds up. At 1030pm it looked cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 08, 2022 at 09:00AM
Overcast, sprinkles
Max temperature 72 degrees F
Min temperature 47 degrees F
At observation 51 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
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Jun 8 Weather:

At 9am it was 51 degrees, dark overcast and starting to sprinkle (lasted long enough to make things damp.) Sprinkling again at 1015am. Not raining at 1130am. At 1pm it was 57 degrees, overcast (not raining) and a bit breezy. At 3pm it was 63 degrees, overcast (not raining) and variable breezes. At 8pm it was 60 degrees, dark overcast and no rain. River sounds up. At 1015pm it looked cloudy and dry.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 09, 2022 at 10:40AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 65 degrees F
Min temperature 42 degrees F
At observation 62 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
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Jun 9 Weather:

At 1040am it was 62 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy. At 310pm it was 76 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breeze. At 835pm it was 66 degrees, mostly hazy and very light breeze. At 10pm it looked like high haze with filtered moonlight.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 10, 2022 at 09:10AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 79 degrees F
Min temperature 45 degrees F
At observation 59 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jun 10 Weather:

At 910am it was 59 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy (dark bottoms.) Getting breezy by 145pm. At 320pm it was 75 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breeze. At 810pm it was 67 degrees, dark overcast and slight breeze. Started raining lightly at 1015pm, didn’t last long. Rain shower likely between 7am-8am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 11, 2022 at 09:00AM
Dark overcast
Max temperature 81 degrees F
Min temperature 51 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
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Jun 11 Weather:

At 9am it was 55 degrees and dark overcast. Breezes kicking up at 1020am. At 1230pm dark overcast and a bit breezy, no rain yet. Started raining before 130pm. At 310pm it was 51 degrees, socked in low, steady light rain and light breeze. Rain stopped some time between 4pm-430pm. At 815pm it was 54 degrees and mostly cloudy. Close thunder started 830pm followed by rain at 835pm and more thunder. All done and patches of blue sky by 840pm. Very humid, but it doesn’t appear that it rained during the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time June 12, 2022 at 09:00AM
Gray overcast, humid
Max temperature 66 degrees F
Min temperature 48 degrees F
At observation 50 degrees F
Precipitation 0.36 inch
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