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.
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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

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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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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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