June 5, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

June 5, 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
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Week of June 8 – Amerigas Delivery
Jun 9 – Ed Staub Propane Delivery
Jun 8-11 – Spring Free Dump Days
Jun 11 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Jun 15 – 2021 YPWUA bills due
Jun 18 – YP Vet Clinic
Jun 19 – Father’s Day
Jun 21 – Bids due for YPWUA project
Jul 2 – 4th of July golf tournament
Jul 3 – YPWUA Shareholders Meeting
Jul 9 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
(details below)

Local Events:

Week of June 8th Propane

Note from Amerigas that they plan to come to Yellow Pine the “week of June 8th.” They are putting together a list and ask people to call 1-800-427-4968 to make sure no one is missed.
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June 9th Propane

Ed Staub & Sons coming to YP to fill propane tanks. Phone: (208) 634-3833
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Spring Free Dump Days


Free Dump Days starts June 8th and runs through June 11th. The Transfer Site is open from 8am to 5pm.
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2021 Water Dues Due June 15

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 18

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

Village News:

YP May Precipitation History

Year: Rain / Snow
2022: 3.49″ / 6.2″
2021: 1.53″ / T
2020: 2.27″ / T
2019: 1.61″ / 0
2018: 1.41″ / 0
2017: 1.51″ / 3.0″
2016: 1.88″ / T
2015: 1.56″ / 0″
2014: 0.84″ / T
2013: 0.93″ / T
2012: 2.66″ / 0.5″
2011: 2.56″ / 0″
2010: 3.55″ / 6.7″

May’s rain has given us a very green start to June.
June 5, 2022 9:15am – courtesy eye-n=sky
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J & R Septic

They plan to come back to Yellow Pine to pump tanks in about 3 weeks. They need 1 or 2 more people on the list before they set a date. 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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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.

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

Upper Johnson Creek road at Landmark, Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Elk Summit, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads are closed to wheeled vehicles. These roads are not maintained. Travel at your own risk.
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20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

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

Be Elk Aware

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 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 May 26: Bins were emptied Wednesday, May 25th.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: (208) 634-7176

Local Groups


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

05/29/22 24117804 33182 24 1383 23 S 2003
05/30/22 24153770 35966 24 1499 25 M 2784
05/31/22 24183255 29485 24 1229 20 T 6481
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

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

Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 5-10-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Ron Earl

April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

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

The Forest Service has requested a meeting with the Yellow Pine Fire Board on May 20, 2022 in Cascade at 1:30 PM. As a follow up to the POD’s (Potential Operational Delineations). The PODs process is more than drawing containers on a map; it is a cross-boundary, collaborative engagement that translates into operational strategies once fire is on the ground. PODS are fire management and planning units.

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

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting
Apr 3, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Feb 24, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

If you are burning any piles of forest litter and debris – please have a connected and charged garden hose that can reach your piles. If your hose cannot reach where you are burning, follow the good advice of having a shovel, axe, and water bucket at the scene. Rake away from anything that could ignite. Stop burning if winds become an issue. Make sure your fire is out before you leave the area. Nothing like getting surprised by an escaped fire in the middle of the night!

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice
The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

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

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

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Spring hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 8am-8pm
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
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Availability for 2022
*Note can book Idaho Residents now for Archery or put on a waiting list for Non Residents, will find out final allocations by April 18th.
2 on 1 Archery August 29th to September 4th *Lodge hunt / Elk, Black Bear, Wolf.
2 on 1 Archery September 6th to September 12th *Fritzer Camp / Elk, Black Bear, Wolf.
2 on 1 Rifle September 24th to September 30th *Fritzer Camp / Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Wolf.
Spring Bear Hunt June 3rd to June 9th Group of 2 to 3 hunters *Lodge Hunt / Black Bear and Wolf.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

Monday (May 30) overnight low of 39 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.13″. This morning it was 42 degrees by 930am, low overcast (foggy peaks and ridges) and slight breeze. A few drops of rain before 10am. Robins, mourning doves, finches, hummingbirds, grosbeaks, 2 pine squirrels and a ground squirrel visiting. Dark overcast at lunch time. By mid-afternoon clouds had lifted above the ridges, gray overcast and a bit breezy, high of 50 degrees. Just after sunset it was calmer and gray overcast. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Tuesday (May 31) overnight low of 33 degrees, yesterday’s drops counted as a “trace”. This morning it was 43 degrees by 930am and broken cloud cover. Tree swallows are back, robins calling, evening grosbeaks, a pair of quail, finches, hummingbird and a vocal pine squirrel observed. Mostly cloudy at lunch time and getting a little breezy. Mostly overcast mid-afternoon, warm and light breeze, high of 61 degrees. Decreasing clouds late afternoon. Mostly clear right after sunset and slight breeze. Looked clear before midnight.

Wednesday (June 1) overnight low of 36 degrees, no new precipitation. This morning it was 46 degrees by 9am, mostly cloudy but increasing patches of blue sky and heavy dew. Tree swallows, robins and mourning doves calling, pine squirrel chittering, finches and grosbeaks visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Mail truck was a little early today. Warmer, cloudy and slight breeze mid-afternoon, high of 70 degrees. Broken overcast after sunset, warm and calm. A few stars out before midnight.

Thursday (June 2) overnight low of 39 degrees, no new precipitation. This morning it was 49 degrees by 9am, mostly overcast and light breeze. Early morning air traffic. Tree swallows, robins and grosbeaks calling, finches, a pair of lazuli buntings, 3 pine squirrels and ground squirrel observed. Mostly cloudy and light breeze at lunch time. Warm and mostly cloudy with gusty breezes and short little sprinkles mid-afternoon, high of 74 degrees. Light shower started after sunset and lasted long enough to make things wet, dark clouds and gusty breezes. Cloudy and not raining at midnight. Rained pretty good 6am-7am.

Friday (June 3) overnight low of 47 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.13″. This morning it was 49 degrees by 9am, mostly cloudy with foggy tendrils along the mountain sides. Tree swallows and robins calling, jays, finches, a northern flicker, evening grosbeaks along with a couple of pine squirrels, ground squirrel, chipmunk and golden mantled observed. Report of a pair of Lazuli buntings. Loud late morning air traffic. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Thunder followed by hard rain for less than 10 minutes just after 130pm and mostly cloudy. Thunder followed by rain between 230pm-3pm and mostly cloudy. Partly clear mid-afternoon, slight breeze and fairly warm, high of 72 degrees. Mostly cloudy at sunset and calm. River sounds up. Cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (June 4) overnight low of 44 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.03″. Early air traffic. This morning it was 53 degrees by 9am and dark overcast. Tree swallows, finches, grosbeaks, jays and 2 pine squirrels observed. Dark overcast and light rain around lunch time. Light rain continues into the early afternoon. A break in the rain, then a short sprinkle mid-afternoon, cooler and dark overcast. Lilac bloom buds getting close to opening, high of 55 degrees. Dark clouds and calm just after sunset, no new rain. A few stars out before midnight. Rain likely started around 6am.

Sunday (June 5) overnight low of 44 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.15″. This morning it was 48 degrees by 9am, still raining and low dark overcast (top of VanMeter foggy.) Tree swallows and happy robins calling, 2 pairs of black-headed grosbeaks, finches, a chipmunk, ground squirrel, golden mantled and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Stopped raining around lunch time – fog belts mid-mountain. Thinner spots in the cloud cover and filtered sun after lunch. Sprinkles and showers on and off from early into late-afternoon, high of 61 degrees. Breaks in the clouds early evening.


Tom Stokes

June 4, 2022


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COVID-19 Updates: 833 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

June 3, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 833 new COVID-19 cases and 0 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 452,918.

The state said 4 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,253, and 0 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,946.

0 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,942.

full story: [Valley County 2,696 cases, 16 deaths.]
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New Valley County COVID-19 cases on the rise

36 new cases reported by hospitals in past week

By Tom Grote The Star-News June 2, 2022

The number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Valley County continued to rise last week, with 36 cases reported by the county’s two hospitals.

The 36 new cases compared to 26 new cases reported the previous week and 14 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.

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Valley County Commissioners May 2022 Newsletter

* Valley County Waterways Ordinance
* Internet Speed Test
* Take the ARPA Investment Survey
* Woody Debris Collection + Firewise
* New Recycling Hours
* Noxious Weed Identification

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ITD increasing flagging resources on Highway 55

By Kelsie Rose May 30, 2022 KIVI

The flaggers will be staged at the busy Banks-Lowman Road intersection in Banks. ITD will deploy flaggers on eight weekends expected to have the highest number of travelers.

Those weekends are:

* Sunday, June 19
* Independence Day, Monday, July 4
* All remaining Sundays in July (10, 17, 24, 31)
* Sunday, August 7
* Labor Day, Monday, September 5

The weekends were selected in cooperation with a community group involving Boise and Valley County community members.

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Wet weather patterns help drought, but water deficits persist in southern Idaho

By Geneva Zoltek Jun 02, 2022 KIVI

The pattern of frequent precipitation in southern and central Idaho continues into June, further helping alleviate drought conditions.

After a record dry period the first three months of 2022, April and May had wetter and cooler conditions.

Before this pattern played out, officials were skeptical of just how much a little moisture would help conditions. Going [into the] winter 2021, Idaho’s water system already needed an excess of moisture to recover from drought, and it didn’t get that excess during the winter months.


Letter to Share:

Broadband speedtest

I am again reaching out to the Chambers and community members to see if we can include information on the broadband speedtest in any upcoming mailings. This is critical to get as much input as possible to help us secure grants for broadband funding. This is a very competitive process and the more underserved properties we can identify the better for our success as a region.

Can you ask your residents to complete the broadband speedtest?

Official Website of Valley County, Idaho – Speed Test (link)

There is an entire page of resources on the Valley County site if needed. Thanks for any assistance.

Sherry Maupin
Valley County Commissioner

Mining News:

Council: Independent water tests match Perpetua

Tests designed to build trust in company data gathered at Stibnite

By Drew Dodson The Star-News June 2, 2022

Independent water-quality tests at a proposed gold and antimony mine at Stibnite match tests done by Perpetua Resources, the group that ordered the tests said.

The Stibnite Advisory Council said 98% of the 1,100 independent water samples taken last year at the mine site near Yellow Pine matched those taken by Perpetua.

The water samples were taken from the East Fork South Fork Salmon River and other places at the 1,740-acre project site.

The advisory council, made up of representatives of communities in the area, hired Idaho Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Idaho to do the independent tests.

Perpetua Resources has agreed to pay $90,000 per year to fund the independent testing, but has no control over the tests, said Bob Crump, who represents Riggins on the advisory council.

The council wanted to do its own testing in order to “build trust” in the testing conducted by Perpetua, Crump said.

“This first data release is a big step forward in achieving that,” said Bob Crump, who represents Riggins on the advisory council.

Last year’s testing was the first in what is expected to be similar tests taken twice each year.

The council also had Perpetua’s water samples analyzed to ensure they matched the results released by the company.

Perpetua’s samples were analyzed by SVL Analytical in Kellogg.

The water samples measure acidity, temperature and levels of toxic metals such as arsenic, lead, copper and nickel.

The East Fork, groundwater and other streams at Stibnite do not currently meet federal drinking water standards due to pollutants and damage from previous mining operations.

Most mining at Stibnite took place during World War II and continued sporadically through the 1990s.

Perpetua Resources, formerly known as Midas Gold, began mineral exploration at Stibnite in 2009.

Perpetua is currently awaiting the release of an environmental study by the Payette National Forest of its mining plan. A decision is currently expected next summer.

Since 2012, Perpetua has submitted water samples to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Payette National Forest as part of the permitting process for the proposed mine.

Communities represented on the council are the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins and Council, the Village of Yellow Pine and Adams and Idaho counties.

Each community selects its own members to the committee, which sets its own agendas.

The City of McCall and Valley County declined to be part of the council.

For details, see (link) Stibnite Advisory Council

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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USDA Forest Service St. Helens Mine Plan of Operations Update

St. Helens Mine Plan of Operations for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

The McCall Ranger District has prepared a Draft decision notice (DN), finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and updated environmental assessment (EA), for the St. Helens Mine Plan of Operations project. The 5-acre project area is located 5.8 miles northwest of McCall, Idaho in Adams County. The responsible official has identified the proposed action as the selected alternative in the Draft DN. The selected alternative meets the agency purpose and need to respond as required to a mining proposal on National Forest System (NFS) lands and to ensure that mining operations are conducted so as to minimize adverse environmental impacts to NFS resources. The selected alternative would provide for approval of a 10-year surface mining plan.

The draft DN, FONSI, and updated May 2022 environmental assessment provide details on the proposed action and decision. These documents, along with other project documents, are available online at (link).

The project implements the 2003 Payette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (forest plan) and is subject to 36 CFR 218 subparts A and B. Jennifer Blake, McCall District Ranger, is the responsible official for the project (jennifer.b.blake@usda.gov or 208-634-0400).

A final decision will not be made until the pre-decisional administrative review process has been completed. Objections can only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during a designated opportunity for public comment, in accordance with 36 CFR 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted, timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after designated opportunities for comment. A connection to previous comments must be demonstrated in the objection. Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having previously submitted comments on the project (36 CFR 218.7). Names and addresses of objectors will become part of the public record. Objections must be postmarked (if sent via postal mail), faxed, or emailed to objections-intermtn-regional-office@usda.gov within 45 days following publication of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. Mailed objections should be sent to Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Regional Office, 324 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401. Objections may be faxed to 801-625-5277. Electronic objections must be submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), or Word (.doc or .docx).

Due to precautions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Objection Reviewing Officer can accept hand-delivered objections only via advanced coordination with the Regional Objections Coordinator, Judd Sampson, who can be contacted at (link).

It is the responsibility of objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (36 CFR 218.9). The publication date in The Star-News (McCall, Idaho), newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. Those wishing to object to the draft DN/FONSI should not rely on dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The objection must meet content requirements of 36 CFR 218.8(d), and include the following information: 1) the objector’s name and address with a telephone number, if available; 2) a signature or other verification of authorship upon request (a scanned signature for electronic mail may be filed with the objection); 3) when multiple names are listed on an objection, identification of the lead objector (verification of the identity of the lead objector must be provided upon request); 4) the name of the proposed project, the name and title of the responsible official, and the name(s) of the national forest(s) and/or ranger district(s) on which the proposed project will be implemented; 5) a description of those aspects of the proposed project addressed by the objection, including specific issues related to the proposed project; if applicable, how the objector believes the environmental analysis or draft decision specifically violates law, regulation, or policy; suggested remedies that would resolve the objection; supporting reasons for the reviewing officer to consider; and 6) a statement that demonstrates the connection between prior specific written comments on the particular proposed project or activity and the content of the objection, unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the designated opportunity(ies) for comment.

With certain exceptions (36 CFR 218.8(b)), all documents referenced in the objection must be included in the objection. Objections will be available to the public and will become part of the project record. Names and contact information submitted with objections will become part of the public record and may be released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Depending on the outcome of the pre-decisional administrative review process, it is anticipated that project activities could begin in late summer of 2022. For more information on the project, please contact Piper Goessel, Forest Geologist, at 208-634-0700 or kathryn.goessel@usda.gov. The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Public Lands:

Payette, Boise forests suspend burns

Prescribed fires blamed for massive N. Mexico blazes

By Max Silverson The Star-News June 2, 2022

A dozen planned prescribed fires on the Payette and Boise national forests have been put on hold after two large wildfires in New Mexico were linked to prescribed burns.

A three-month nationwide pause was ordered by the Forest Service because the two planned burns in New Mexico that grew out of control and burned more than 315,000 acres as of Tuesday.

During the pause, the Forest Service will conduct a review of the prescribed fire program, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore said.

“In 99.84% of cases, prescribed fires go as planned,” Moore said. “In rare circumstances, conditions change, and prescribed burns move outside the planned project area and become wildfires.”

Here is a list of the Payette burns that have been put on hold:

• The New Meadows Ranger District planned a 1,500-acre burn in the Boulder Creek drainage and a 500-acre burn in the Little Red Goose area.

• The Council Ranger District planned a 3,500-acre burn northwest of Council and 1,500-acre burn in the Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area.

• The Krassel Ranger District plans to burn about 2,500 acres east of Yellow Pine and 2,500 acres on the South Fork of the Salmon River near the Miners Peak Trail.

• A 70-acre burn around the Krassel Work Center was also planned.

• Several burns were planned on the Weiser and Council districts.

The Cascade Ranger District on the Boise forest had planned to burn about 70 acres along West Mountain Road and about 300 acres about five miles southwest of Cascade.

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The Payette National Forest is Seeking Comments on the Proposed North Fork Divide Project

McCall, Idaho, May 31, 2022 – The proposed North Fork Divide Project is designed to better manage dispersed camping and parking, to improve parking and trail access at the French Creek/Center Ridge Trailhead, protect the historic Trapper Cabin accessible by the trail and prevent visitors from driving through a nearby meadow, thus causing resource damage.

The project is located about 20 miles north of McCall along Forest Service Road 260, west of Warren Wagon Road.

The project will improve parking at the intersection of Warren Wagon Road with enough space for up to four trailers. Improvements are also planned for the end of the mile-long Forest Service Road including an information kiosk, trail signs, creating up to 10 parking spaces and removing dead trees. Plans include reducing the width of a portion of the French Creek Trail to meet Forest Service standards. Several improvements are planned around the Trapper Cabin, including interpretive signs, removing dead and dying trees and burning or chipping slash piles.

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.”
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Payette forest shortens maximum camping to 14 days

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Simpson at emily.simpson@usda.gov.

source: The Star-News Thursday, June 2, 2022
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Recreation Updates Planned for this Field Season on the McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts

McCall, Idaho, May 31, 2022 – The recreation and trails program on the Payette National Forest’s McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts has a busy 2022 field season planned.

Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) funded projects will continue for two developed campgrounds on the New Meadows Ranger Districts. Hazard Lake and Last Chance Campgrounds will receive new fire rings and table repair and/or replacements where necessary. There will be a new vault toilet installed at Last Chance campground to replace an older building with limited accessibility and deteriorating wood siding and roof. Both campgrounds will remain open through these projects and there will be only minimal impacts to the public. Additional accessibility improvements to existing toilets at Last Chance and Lake Fork Campgrounds are also planned.

Thanks to funding from an IDPR Recreational Trails Program grant, priority work will be completed on over 130 miles of trails across both districts. This work includes both annual and deferred maintenance, as well as signage improvements at dozens of sites both at trailheads and miles into the backcountry.

Additionally, work started in past years will continue on the Twenty Mile Trail, Willow Basket Trail, and trails in the Rapid River area. Work to improve drainage and construct reroutes on French Creek Trail #116, funded by GAOA, will also continue this season. The replacement of the Jenkins Crossing bridge will likely occur either in the fall of 2022 or in 2023. Additionally, contractors will begin construction of a new trail connecting Brundage Mountain Resort to trails in the Bear Basin area.

The districts have also hired three backcountry rangers this summer. The rangers will be conducting community outreach, working with partner organizations and volunteers, educating Forest users at trailheads and on trails, and performing inventories of backcountry campsites throughout the summer. These positions were funded by Secure Rural Schools Title II funds.

For additional information on the above projects as well as the North Fork Divide Project, please contact Michael Beach at michael.beach@usda.gov or 208-315-5263.
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Recreate Responsibly Idaho campaign returns this Summer

By Kelsie Rose Jun 01, 2022 KIVI

With the 2022 summer season expected to put additional strain on Idaho’s outdoor recreation resources, state and federal agencies are launching the Recreate Responsibly Idaho (RRI) campaign for the third time.

RRI was created in March 2020, during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Record numbers of in-state residents, and out-of-state tourists were seen hiking, biking, and ATV riding among other activities, according to RRI officials. They say the increase put strain on recreation infrastructure and land management staff.

“Idaho has been the fastest-growing state in the nation, so we expect new residents and visitors will be looking for places to play outdoors along with our long-time residents” said Steve Stuebner, RRI campaign coordinator and outdoor expert.


Critter News:

Wolves kill 143 lambs and sheep near Shaw Mountain

KTVB Staff June 2, 2022

Two adult wolves caused a sheep pile-up in a steep gully near Shaw Mountain while trying to attack the grazing herd, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

In an interview with the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission, Frank Shirts, a rancher and owner of Wilder Sheep, said the wolf attack happened during the day, which is rare. Shirts said the wolves caused the deaths of 143 sheep, which is the worst sheep loss he has ever had.

Shirts said his sheep herders saw two wolves running into the band of sheep, and then watched as the animals fell to their death in the steep gully.

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Idaho Fish and Game reminds the public to leave baby wild animals alone

When it comes to wildlife babies, wildlife mothers know best, and people should keep their distance, according to IDFG.

KTVB Staff June 3, 2022

Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) wants to remind the public to leave baby wild animals alone.

With Spring upon us, so is the peak baby wildlife season and as people venture outside to appreciate the warmer weather, IDFG says that they are bound to see young animals during the spring and early summer.

The animals may appear alone, without their mother anywhere in sight, but the best thing for people to do is leave the animals alone, according to IDFG.

While well-intentioned people’s first instinct may be to rescue these seemingly helpless animals, people often do more harm than good, according to IDFG.

continued: [Note: watch your dogs, mama deer and elk are very protective!]
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Ponderosa program to feature great horned owl from Snowdon

The week’s public evening program at Ponderosa State Park will feature a live great horned owl.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the park amphitheater. Parking is available at the nearby Activity Center.

Guest presenters from Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary in McCall will bring a great horned owl named Merlin.

Those who attend will learn about the owls’ impressive adaptations and hunting skills, as well as a description of wildlife rehabilitation. Check the park’s Facebook page for updates. The program is free but a $7 vehicle charge to enter the park will apply. Those attending should dress for the weather and bring their own insect repellent.

source: The Star-News Thursday, June 2, 2022
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F&G to host ‘Fish Idaho Fest – McCall’ on June 10

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

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

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

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

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

source: The Star-News Thursday, June 2, 2022
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Idaho Fish and Game: Walleye found in Lake Lowell and Lake Cascade

After finding Walleye fish in Lake Lowell and Lake Cascade, Idaho Fish and Game asks anglers to report any walleye catches.

KTVB Staff May 31, 2022

Walleye fish have been located in Lake Lowell and Lake Cascade, according to Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG).

IDFG said the fish is nonnative, can be destructive to other fish species, and are only allowed in very limited locations across Idaho.


Fish and Game News:

No matter where you live around the state, Free Fishing Day on June 11 offers fun for the whole family

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Fish and Game will host statewide events to help beginners get started

On June 11, anyone can get out and enjoy a day of fishing without a fishing license, but all other rules still apply.

Free Fishing Day is an Idaho tradition that includes Fish and Game employees and volunteers bringing fishing gear to various fishing spots and loaning rods, reels and tackle and helping people learn to fish. The day offers novice anglers a great opportunity to experience some of the wonderful fishing opportunities Idaho has to offer and learn a fun and inexpensive sport that all ages can enjoy.

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Portion of lower Salmon River set to close for Chinook fishing June 2

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Chinook fishing is closed effective June 2 from the Rice Creek Bridge to Hammer Creek Boat Ramp

Fishing for Chinook salmon on a portion of the lower Salmon River is closed effectively Thursday, June 2 at the end of fishing hours. This closure is for the portion of the lower Salmon River from the Rice Creek Bridge to Hammer Creek Boat Ramp.

Chinook fishing is still open and bag limits have not changed on the Little Salmon River, as well as upstream of the Hammer Creek Boat Ramp to the boat ramp at Vinegar Creek.

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Weekly Salmon Fishing Update – June 1, 2022

By Chris Sullivan, Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator
Wednesday, June 1, 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 has picked up in the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers. There is a closure going into effect at the end of fishing hours on June 2 for the section of the Lower Salmon River from Rice Creek Bridge upstream to the Hammer Creek boat ramp so listen to this week’s update for full details. Check back next week for a new video and an update on the spring fisheries and an outlook for the summer Chinook seasons.

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