July 10, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

July 10, 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
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Jun 18 – Upper Johnson Creek Open
Jun 22 – Deadwood Summit Open
Jun 23 – Lick Creek Road Open
Jul 1 – Profile Gap Open
Jul 9 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Jul 13 – Diamond Fuel Delivery
Jul 16 – Ride to Meadow Creek Lookout
Jul 17 – Fire Training at 10am
Aug 4-6 – Music Festival
(details below)

Local Events:

Diamond Fuel Delivery July 13

We are planning a fuel haul for Wednesday, July 13th. Please call or email your fuel order.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Diamond Fuel and Feed Team (208) 382-4430
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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) You can also sign up the morning of the run.
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Fire Training

Fire Training, Sunday July 17, 22 at 10am on the Red Fire Truck.
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Invitation To Bid for YPWUA

Removal of large Fiberglass tank (approximately 25,000 gallon) by the YPWUA water plant. If interested in removing tank please send a bid to: Steve Holloway PO Box 115 Yellow Pine Idaho 83677 by Friday July 22nd. Successful bidder will be responsible for the safe removal, disposal and cleanup of area.

If you have questions, please call me (208) 697-7343
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Aug 4-6 Music Festival

See website for info: (link)

Village News:

Fire Training June 18


Yellow Pine Fire department had a training Saturday June 18, 2022 at 11:00 am.

We had a great tune out and signed up 29 new volunteers. We handed out PPE and T-Shirts to everybody that needed them

We had the Fire trucks out to show them off, and also had our new pumps that we purchased with the grant money we got last year. Passed out Hot dogs and had great conversation with everybody that showed up.

Tim Rogers; Fire Chief
Ron Basabe; Assistant Fire Chief
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YPFD Breakfast at Museum July 2nd

Had fundraiser breakfast for the Fire department before the golf tournament. . Had a great turnout of over 25 people. Had a raffle basket and sold tickets. We made $500.00 on both the breakfast and raffle for the Fire house. A big thank you for all that helped out, and support of the Village.


Bill McIntosh
Tim Rogers
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South Fork Bear

July 5th, 9pm, somewhere on the South Fork. Came across this little guy. Momma was back in the trees.
courtesy Ray L
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YPWUA Shareholders Meeting July 3rd

The yearly shareholders meeting was Sunday July 3rd at 10am at the Community Hall.

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.
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July 9th VYPA Meeting

There was a Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting July 9th at 2pm Community Hall.
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July 9th Hail Storm

Out of a partly clear sky, one “rogue” cloud sat down and it rained and hailed from 630pm-635pm, giving us a “trace” of precipitation.
photo from YP FB group
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Summer Water

The board is asking that property owners that water their lawns, to be conservative and water on an even/odd day schedule. Meaning if you address end with an even number, water on even numbered days. If your address ends with an odd number, water on odd numbered days. Also refrain from watering on holidays and during Harmonica Festival.
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Dryer Help Request

Our stacked dryer has stopped responding – when we turn the start switch nothing happens. There are no lights on this models so we don’t know if it’s an interlock of some type, or …

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Contact: Dave Prouty, dave.prouty @ gmail.com, (208) 720-0833

If anyone is having appliance folks in for install, repair, we’d be interested in collaborating.
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J & R Septic

They are coming back to Yellow Pine to pump tanks. 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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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 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times 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

June 18: Johnson Creek road opened. June 22: Deadwood Summit and Warm Lake Summit opened. June 23: Lick Creek opened. July 1: Profile Gap messy but open.

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.

Elk Summit and Thunder Mountain (Monumental Summit) are closed to wheeled vehicles due to snow. May open soon. 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 wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer 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.
Cows and Does 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.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

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

* 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 was 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 30: Bins may get emptied today. Road is in good shape, a few pot holes developing.

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


Summer Water

The board is asking that property owners that water their lawns, to be conservative and water on an even/odd day schedule. Meaning if you address end with an even number, water on even numbered days. If your address ends with an odd number, water on odd numbered days. Also refrain from watering on holidays and during Harmonica Festival.

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.

Water Use

Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
07/01/22 25186911 37912 24 1580 26 F 40
07/02/22 25227762 40851 24 1702 28 S 2939
07/03/22 25275519 47757 24 1990 33 S 6906
07/04/22 25314405 38886 24 1620 27 M 8871
07/05/22 25352406 38001 24 1583 26 T 885
07/06/22 25386808 34402 24 1433 24 W 3599
07/07/22 25422639 35831 24 1493 25 T 1429
07/08/22 25461375 38736 24 1614 27 F 2905
07/09/22 25507264 45889 24 1912 32 S 7153
07/10/22 25559179 51915 24 2163 36 S 6026

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 (minutes to follow)
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
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator
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VYPA News:

June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting Minutes

Call to order: 2:01pm

Past meeting comments:
Lorinne wanted to ask about addressing the Community Fire Department as Dawn has a letter she wanted Lorrine to read.
Response, it will be addressed later

Treasurers Report – Ronda Rogers:
Ronda read out the account balances

Community Hall – Rhonda Egbert:
Used all of the grant money, looking for volunteers as there is more painting and kitchen work that needs to be done.
Passed out the written grant report
Community Hall committee meeting to be scheduled in the next month
Will send out a sign up sheet and will contact those folks who are interested in volunteering so we can contact them
How to handle the scheduling of the community hall, so we can get people scheduled to use the building so there is no overlap
If you are not a Yellow Pine resident, we are asking for donations for the use of the building. They will be posted outside on the board and on Sunday in rrSue’s paper
Have not turned on the water yet, the water on demand is propane based and it just got filled so the water can now get turned on
Looking to put in for additional grant money so we can work on getting the outside of the building repaired and painted

Stibnite update – Lynn Imel:
Advisory council has arranged for additional water testing, in addition to DEQ requirements, will have 2 people in who will observe the sampling. The city of Riggins is concerned about the water because that is their source of water. Each month the representatives of the towns report out
211 fuel deliveries to Stibnite (total) with zero accidents. Spills and potential for spills is a major concern, spill training will be provided and we are encouraged to participate
Second Thursday of every month at 10am is the meeting you can listen in to

Perpetua – Kyle:
Starting this summer, around July 6, 2022, will do early clean up work. With expedited permitting we were able to get that in place and we are focused on keeping clean water clean. Will temporarily reroute Hennessy creek (just above the pit) so cleaning can be completed then it will be put back to its normal flow
DNDA dump, just before Meadow Creek, there is a small dump on the hill with about 15-20K tons, will remove all of the dump material and redo the stream channel once completed. Will be hauled to Yellow Pine pit area near where the existing repository is
These projects will cause some delay in travel through the area, it won’t be closed but there will be flaggers
Around smelter flats they will be diverting the channel and add in rip rap
Next year (2023) will be moving a lot more material with the focus on site and a large increase in truck traffic
Pump test will also be performed later this summer and are trying to not do work on the weekends or on holiday’s including Harmonica Festival
Permitting questions – there is an administrative order and they have been able to accelerate the permits with the Forest Service involved, fish and game and tribal agencies. Through this process the EPA has more leeway which is allowing them to move forward
There will still be a lot of traffic coming through for the next 1.5 years while the “Burnt Log Route” is being built, a lot of the equipment will have to come in on the burnt log route so until then JC and the current Stibnite route will be used

Infrastructure – Lorrine
Dust abatement was trying to be completed by the 4th of July however, we have been unable to get the materials. Tim Rogers has been calling every week to try and get the materials
Ginny, biggest issue is the county is not doing the East Fork this year so we are not able to get it in conjunction with that

Fire Department – Tim Rogers
Working with Jeff F on a multi agency agreement, once all the agencies are in agreement we will start moving a head. Should hear more the first of next week

Water Users Association – no one present
Bids are open and need to have them in by the 21st of June when they will choose

Village Council – Josh
Announced, the new village members
Hailey Harris (Council Chairman)
Josh Jones (Vice Chair) open for election this year
Ronda Rogers (Treasurer) open for election this year
Rhonda Egbert (Member at large)
Jenny Aldrich (Secretary) filling in, will need to get someone in this position

Golf Course Signage
Looking to upgrade the Golf Course signs and trying to come up with some ideas on how we fund new signs and what to do with the old signs
Perpetua did provide a load of sand for the sand traps
Golf tournaments, there will be a competing class “woodsman’s class” where you have to have created your own club to compete
Frisbee Golf stations – this was brought up some years ago so we are looking into this

4th of July:
Will have a parade but no fireworks
Deb is in charge of the parade if anyone has questions

Forest Service Rangers – Josh and Jake (map provided):
Putting plans together to deal with the hazardous fire conditions around Golden Gate
Has been some burns completed in previous years which did not do a lot of good
Was some thinning down JC, then in 2016 started thinking about burning units close to Yellow Pine, fuel on top of the ridge made it seem too risky. Last Summer (2021) started talking about a new plan for this area we are calling “Thunder Pine” which goes up to Riordan Creek. This spring the priorities got shifted so there are portions of the forest which were selected for funding on “Crisis Fire Sheds” fuel conditions and density
Some known areas such as Yellow Pine and Big Creek were not included, we the FS is trying to figure out how to get something done in the critical areas near Yellow Pine
This past winter they worked through identifying areas where fire fighters can gain advantage in case of a wildfire, at Golden Gate up the hill and across the ridge down this can be a control line with a fuel break which can be used as a defensive mechanism or a proactive way to burn off debris
Another line at the south end of town
This phase 1 is to create fuel breaks and ridge line fuel break will be through delimiting, removing snags and brush and piling them up and burning them eventually. This is a large project and might not get going this summer
Second phase would be to do a larger burn in these “burn blocks” which would be done possibly the year after phase one completion, realistically phase 1 won’t be ready to start for another year

Prior Business – Lorrine reading on behalf of Dawn
Antique Fire Truck letter requesting it to be returned
Village council response is this vehicle has been signed over and the DMV has issued with title to the new owners. The new owners are restoring it and plan to keep it in town and available to the community once it is restored
Lorrine: issue is this seems to have been done during an executive session and not offered up to the highest bidder and it seems like it was done secretively and was overlooking the general membership and inputs from others
Since this is already a closed transaction there is a request to have more transparency in all future actions being taken

Meeting Adjourned 3:31pm by Hailey Harris

Jul 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall

Village Of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda
July 9, 2022; 2PM; Community Hall
As requested by VYPA members, the meeting will be recorded and kept to a 1-hour timeframe.
Agenda Item Presenter Time Comments
Call to Order Hailey Harris
Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes Hailey Harris 2 minutes Please read the prior meeting minutes before the meeting to expedite approval
Meeting Etiquette Hailey Harris 5 minutes Meeting conduct to be reviewed
Treasurer’s Oral Report Ronda Rogers 2 minutes
Community Hall Oral Report Rhonda Egbert 2 minutes Accomplishments since last meeting. Progress on project(s)
Cemetery Oral Report If anyone is available 2 minutes Please include progress and any volunteer opps
Stibnite Advisory Council Update If anyone is available 2 minutes
Stibnite Foundation Update Ronda Rogers 2 minutes
Infrastructure Oral Report If anyone is available 2 minutes Please include upcoming plans and updates on completed projects
YPFPD Update If anyone is available 2 minutes
YPWUA Update If anyone is available 2 minutes
New Business
Council Member Updates/Elections Josh Jones 2 minutes Update on current council members and upcoming elections/openings
Harmonica Festival Update Josh Jones 20 minutes
Meeting Conduct: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold the 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.

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, (temp) Secretary
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Ron Earl

June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
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 (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
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
Summer hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 9am to 7pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
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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 $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

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

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

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Local Observations:

Monday (July 4) overnight low of 50 degrees, trace of rain fell Sunday before 1pm. Light early air traffic. This morning it was 60 degrees by 9am, mostly cloudy and light breeze. A few tree swallows, robins, northern flicker and finches calling. Baby pine squirrels are out on their own, young ground squirrels out of burrows. Overcast and mild at lunch time, light cool breezes Cloudy and breezy early afternoon. Shots fired 215pm. Nearly overcast mid-afternoon, mild temperatures and light breeze, high of 73 degrees. Partly clear at sunset and cooling off. Low water pressure. Sounded like small fireworks or fire crackers at dark.

Tuesday (July 5) overnight low of 44 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 53 degrees by 9am, mostly cloudy and light breeze. Light air and street traffic. Swallows, robins, finches, pine siskins and ground squirrels observed. Numerous tiger and zebra swallowtail butterflies. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Increasing street traffic. Mostly cloudy, warm and nearly calm mid-afternoon, high of 83 degrees. Clear just before sunset and warm. First quarter moon high in the sky. Cool breezes before midnight.

Wednesday (July 6) overnight low of 45 degrees, no rain. Light morning air traffic. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am and mostly cloudy. Tree swallows, flicker and finches calling, pine siskins, robins, hummingbirds, pine and ground squirrels observed. Short light sprinkle of rain around 910am. Partly clear, warm and light breeze at lunch time. Warm, mostly cloudy and pleasant breezes mid-afternoon, high of 89 degrees. Short little shower late afternoon (not enough to get wet or settle the dust.) Mostly cloudy, warm and calm after sunset. Looked cloudy after midnight.

Thursday (July 7) overnight low of 47 degrees, trace of rain yesterday. This morning it was 57 degrees by 9am and partly clear. Raven, tree swallows and finches calling, robins, pine siskins, hummingbirds, pine and ground squirrels observed. Getting a little breezy before mid-day. Hot and partly cloudy by mid-afternoon, warm breezes, high of 91 degrees. Mostly clear after sunset and still warm.

Friday (July 8) overnight low of 47 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 59 degrees by 9am, partly cloudy, slight breeze and dots of dew drying on metal roofs. Flicker, robins, swallows and finches calling, pine siskins and hummingbirds visiting, pine and ground squirrels observed. Increasing clouds and breezes at lunch time. Hot and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon with variable breezes, high of 92 degrees. Mostly clear and warm after sunset. Skeeters are out and hungry! Robins and flicker calling at dusk.

Saturday (July 9) overnight low of 46 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 58 degrees by 9am and mostly clear sky. Tree swallows calling, robins hopping about, hummingbirds, finches and pine siskins visiting, more ground squirrels around. Late morning air traffic. Quite warm by lunch time, clouds building up and a bit breezy. Warm and mostly dark clouds mid-afternoon, gusty breezes and humidity is up, high of 89 degrees. Flicker calling. Loud BOOM at 430pm followed by another a few minutes later, then a third at 440pm. Rogue cloud from the north west brought rain and hail for about 5 minutes at 630pm (blue sky to the south) and breezy. Clear and cooling off quickly after sunset.

Sunday (July 10) overnight low of 45 degrees, trace of rain/hail from Saturday. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am, partly cloudy and light breezes. A few swallows and finches and a pine squirrel calling. Finches, pine siskins and hummingbirds visiting, pine and ground squirrels running amuck. Doe “boinging” along the edge of the golf course before noon. Partly cloudy, warm and light breeze at lunch time. Increasing motorcycle traffic on main street. Flicker calling from the trees. Partly clear, warm and nice breezes mid-afternoon, high of 83 degrees. Partly cloudy/hazy early evening and cooling off.


DonWallerBigDan-aDonald Amos Waller
January 14, 1950 – July 7, 2022

Don Waller and Big Dan
(photo courtesy Don Frazier)

Don Waller, the last of the Mountain Men, passed away on July 7, 2022 at age 72. Survived by his son Jason, daughter Nikcole (with Becky) and grandson Hunter; Lafe (with Dani [Gladys]); also sons Zak and Brandon (with Darcie.) Preceded by his oldest son Donnie (with Becky) and baby daughter, Sally Ann (with Nancy.)

As a young man, Don worked as a cowboy, herding, roping and branding cattle, doctoring the sick and injured. Many years ago he came to the back country to work for Big John Gillihan, learning the “ropes” from young Pat, Jack, Bob and Ray Gillihan, packing into the back country. He also worked for Rex Lanham out of the Flying W in the wilderness. Don was skilled with draft horses, farming and horse logging. He raised horses in Hells Canyon, growing and canning food for the family. An entrepreneur, outfitter based out of the old Carpenter Ranch near Yellow Pine, farrier, leather worker, hunter, trapper, trail blazer, poker player, mushroom hunter and fish catcher extraordinaire, Don was well known in our neck of the woods.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends, he will be sorely missed by many.

[Please send your Waller stories to rrSue, so we can put together a memorial for Don.]

Idaho News:

63 golfers sign up for 25th Yellow Pine Golf Tournament

A total of 63 golfers signed up last Saturday for the 25th Yellow Pine Golf Tournament.

Men’s, women’s and mixed divisions were featured in the two-player scramble played on the rustic Yellow Pine Country Club in the backcountry village east of McCall.

Proceeds will be used to replace weathered signs marking each hole and improve the greens and tees on the course, said Marjie Fields, who organized the event with her husband, Joel Fields, with assistance from the Village of Yellow Pine.

“We have enough money left over for more sand, more signs and fun things like golf balls with the Yellow Pine Country Club logo,” Fields said

The golf course was founded by Yellow Pine teacher John Hanson, who wanted a place to improve his golf game.

Hanson enlisted Rick Boyd and later Bud Boyd (no relation) to help him plan the course.

“A softball was thrown in the direction John chose; it landed and that was where the first tee was placed,” Fields said.

The tournament is held over the Independence Day weekend and the Labor Day weekend each year.

Here are the results from Saturday’s event. Not all last names or home towns were recorded, “but clearly they all have a connection to Yellow Pine,” Fields said.

Closest to the Pin (Hole No. 1): Morgan Winter, 17 feet, 3-1/2 inches

Mixed Doubles

First Place: Brit and Kyle Lamkey, 60. Second Place (tie) Joe and Saray Harold, and Katie and Chuck, 64. Third Place: Jason and Brie, 69

Men’s Division

First Place: Ken and Andrew, 60. Second Place: Les Murray and Jerry Johnson, 68. Third Place: Shawn Dodson and Dave Williams, 70

Women’s Division

First Place: Sarah Brown and Shelly Brown, 71. Second Place: Dawn Brown and Mary Brown, 78. Third Place: Jenna Murray and Marci Johnson, 89

source: The Star-News July 7, 2022 © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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COVID-19 Updates: 1,763 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

July 8, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,763 new COVID-19 cases and 5 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 467,770.

The state said 24 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,483, and 1 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,971.

85,546 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

5 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 4,993.

full story: [Valley County 2,809 cases, 16 deaths.]
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33 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in past week

By Tom Grote The Star-News July 7, 2022

A total of 33 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County last week, according to reports from the county’s two hospitals.

The 33 new cases compared to 40 new cases reported the previous week and 35 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 2,952 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 now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

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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First probable case of monkeypox in Idaho identified

Idaho Press (KTVB) July 6, 2022

Health officials have identified the first probable monkeypox case in Idaho, the Idaho Division of Public Health and Central District Health announced Wednesday.

The individual lives in the Central District Health region, which encompasses Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. The patient is recovering and likely was infected during travel to a country experiencing an outbreak, according to a press release.

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Rainbow Bridge replacement part of proposed ITD highway projects

By Max Silverson The Star-News July 7, 2022

A new bridge for traffic now using the Rainbow Bridge on Idaho 55 south of Cascade is part of the Idaho Transportation Department’s draft master plan for 2023 to 2029..

A new bridge is planned to be built next to Rainbow Bridge on Idaho 55 about a mile north of Smiths Ferry in 2029 for an estimated cost of $17.6 million.

The existing bridge will not be torn down but left in place for historical purposes, the ITD said.

All statewide projects planned for 2023 to 2029 are listed in the draft Idaho Transportation Investment Program at (link).

Comments on any project detailed in the plan can be made by email to ITDcommunication@itd.idaho.gov or mailed to ITIP – Comments, Attn: Office of Communication, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707.

Here is a summary of proposed projects along sections of Idaho 55 and U.S. 95 frequently used by motorists in Valley County and Adams County.


• A project in McCall will widen and repave 3rd Street between Mission Street and Deinhard Lane for a cost of about $2.2 million.

• The bridge at Goose Creek about eight miles west of McCall on Idaho 55 will be replaced in 2024 for about $1.7 million.

• Idaho 55 from Zachary Drive in McCall to Goose Creek will be sealed in 2025 at a cost of about $570,000.

• Idaho 55 from Deinhard Lane to Zachary Road in McCall will be resurfaced in 2027 at a cost of about $1.2 million.

Cascade/Smiths Ferry

• A permanent digital message sign is planned at the entrance to the canyon at Round Valley to alert southbound drivers to road conditions. The project is planned for 2024 at a cost of about $505,000.

• Two flashing beacons are planned in the City of Cascade as well as paving about one mile of the Strand to connect Kelly’s Whitewater Park and Pine Street. The project is planned for 2024 at a cost of about $422,000.

• About 11 miles of Idaho 55 will receive a sealcoat in 2025 starting about six miles south of Smiths Ferry to Stirrup Lane in Round Valley for about $1.2 million.

• Idaho 55 will be repaved from Clear Creek Road to Cascade in 2028 at a cost of about $8.4 million.

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Labor employment services now available in Valley and Adams counties mobile locations

July 8, 2022 Local News 8

Idahoans in the Adams and Valley counties area can now get help closer to home in four Idaho Department of Labor mobile locations.

Customized help with finding a new job, accessing training resources or landing a job that pays well can now be found in the rural communities of Cascade, Council, McCall and New Meadows.

All the department’s mobile locations offer walk-in hours and appointments for help with writing resumes, filling out job applications, preparing for an interview, accessing job training resources, filing for unemployment insurance benefits and other services.

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July 16 fundraiser will benefit Secesh Meadows fire department

The Secesh Meadows Rural Fire Department will host a fundraiser with a grilled lunch, silent auction and carnival area for children starting at noon Saturday, July 16.

The event will be held at the Secesh fire station and community center on Warren Wagon Road about 35 miles north of McCall.

The live auction will begin at 1 p.m. Items will include a “man cave” filled with tools. Donations are welcome for the auction, the first held in several years.

Proceeds from the auction will support operating expenses for the fire department, including insurance, fuel, repairs and equipment.

The Secesh Meadows Rural Fire Department is a volunteer group that serves visitors as well as more than 200 rural properties and nearby campsites. The group is not supported by federal, state or county funds.

Contact 208-863-2769 to volunteer or to make a donation.

source: The Star-News July 7, 2022
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Lewiston man, son, die in remote plane crash

Plane goes down in eastern edge of Valley County

By Drew Dodson The Star-News July 7, 2022

The bodies of a Lewiston man and his son have been recovered from the wreckage of a single-engine airplane that crashed in eastern Valley County, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

Richard Humphrey, 48, and Cooper Humphrey, 15, died from blunt-force trauma in the wreck, which happened on June 26 about two miles from the Lower Loon Airstrip, Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

The pair had taken off from the airstrip at about 7:30 p.m. June 26 and were flying to the Johnson Creek Airstrip three miles south of Yellow Pine, Valley County Chief Deputy Dave Stambaugh said.

The Piper Pacer PA-20 was reported overdue the next day by the Idaho Division of Aeronautics, Stambaugh said.

A Forest Service pilot spotted wreckage from the crash at about 11:45 a.m. on June 27 on a steep hillside with a small fire burning, he said.

On June 28, two sheriff’s deputies and the Idaho Air National Guard flew to the scene by helicopter to retrieve the bodies.

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DEQ awards nearly $83,000 to 3 drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

July 5, 2022 Local News 8

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced the award of $82,467 to three drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities evaluate system deficiencies and determine necessary upgrades.

The systems include Country Haven Utilities Association Inc., Terrace Lakes Water Company, and the city of Juliaetta. These planning grants are funded from the $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Little directed to DEQ on August 6, 2021.


Public Lands:

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan out for public review and comment

July 4, 2022 Local News 8

The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) identifies opportunities in outdoor recreation and allows the state and partners to access federal grants for improvements to parks, playgrounds and other facilities.

A draft of the 2023-2027 plan is available on the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation website where the plan and supporting documents are accessible. The site also has an electronic form to submit comments.

The comment deadline is July 18, 2022, after which the feedback will be incorporated into the final plan, which will be sent to the National Park Service for review and approval.

continued: (with links)
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Reservoir Campgrounds Reconstruction Project Request for Scoping Comments

Boise National Forest July 6, 2022

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Reservoir Campgrounds Reconstruction Project on the Emmett Ranger District in Gem County.

Project Description

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage: (link).

How to Comment

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

1. Through the Reservoir Campgrounds Reconstruction Project webpage (link above). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).
2. Mail to Emmett Ranger District, 1857 Highway 16 Suite A, Emmett, ID 83617. If submitting comments by mail be sure to include “Reservoir Campgrounds Reconstruction” in the subject line.

Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your comments by July 20, 2022. For further information on the project, please contact Catharine Beverly-Bishop, Team Leader, at 208-392-7000.

Fire Season:

Make your home wildfire defensible

By Linda Larsen July 7, 2022 Local News 8

As the temperatures warm up and everything gets drier, there is a danger that keeps growing all around us.

Wildfire season is now a year round concern, and this year is especially bad.

A wet spring caused the grasses to grow more than usual.

There is now a huge amount of fuel in the urban interface areas.

These are key steps provided by the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise program:

* Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
* Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
* Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
* Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
* Wildfire can spread to treetops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
* Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
* Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
* Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
* Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
* Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.

Learn more about how to protect your home and property at (link).

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Talon Fire: Firefighters stop wildfire near Birds of Prey Center, fire was shooting related

Ryan Hatten July 5, 2022 KTVB

A wildfire reported off of Talon Lane, near the World Center for Birds of Prey south of Boise, has been fully contained. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates it will be controlled by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire was reported at about 8:17 p.m. Monday night. Smoke was visible for miles.

Boise Fire Department crews and Ada County deputies initially responded to the incident, but the fire burned onto land protected by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and is now under unified command. BLM dispatched four engines and a dozer to the fire.

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Highway 21 back open with pilot car in operation due to wildfire near Stanley

Highway 21 back open between Grandjean Road and Bear Valley Road after being closed for three hours due to a wildfire near Banner Summit.

KTVB Staff July 3, 2022

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) reported Sunday evening that State Highway 21 is back open after being closed for over three hours due to a nearby wildfire.

The highway was closed from milepost 95 to 109, between Grandjean Road and Bear Valley Road, due to a wildfire near Banner Summit.


Critter News:

Bears spotted foraging through Idaho campgrounds looking for quick, easy meals

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, July 6th 2022

Some bears are making the rounds through numerous Idaho campgrounds, looking for an easy meal.

Idaho Fish and Game says some campers are making it easy for the bears, by leaving food and trash unsecured.

“Once a bear becomes food-conditioned they present a threat to residents and campers since they can become aggressive as they protect their human-sourced food,” Idaho Fish and Game said in a released Wednesday.

Authorities identified two problem areas of concern: the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Fairfield Ranger District.

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Bird flu still spreading in Idaho

by Vasili Varlamos Thursday, July 7th 2022 CBS2 Idaho

Avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu continues to spread in Idaho.

For that reason, officials say both domestic and commercial bird owners should take precautions to protect their flocks.

“I wouldn’t say Idaho is out of the danger zone [of bird flu]. Even in the last two weeks, there have been some new cases of avian influenza identified in Washington and Oregon. So we’re along those fly zones too,” said deputy state veterinarian Dr. Christie Hammons.

Bird flu was last detected in Idaho back on May 24th. The USDA reports that 25 backyard flocks in Idaho have been infected. The total number of birds infected is 988. No commercial flocks have suffered losses. Dr. Hammons said summer has weakened the virus.


Fish and Game News:

July 5, 2022 – South Fork Salmon River Chinook Fishery Update

By Jordan Messner, Fisheries Regional Manager
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a great holiday weekend. If you made it out to the South Fork Salmon this weekend – I’m jealous! I didn’t get a chance to make it out there, but it sounds like it was a wonderful weekend for those who did.

According to the PIT tag array at Krassel, fish are really moving now. In the past 3 days, there have been over 50 PIT tagged hatchery adults detected at that array, which is just a few miles below the lower boundary of the sport fishery. For those of you who are paying attention to detections at the array, I think you’re going to see A LOT of detections this week!

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Summer Edition of Windows to Wildlife

· Killer Frog Fungus
· Idaho Birding Trail: Summer Wildlife Viewing at Blackfoot River WMA
· Pacific Lamprey – Spotlight Species of Greatest Conservation Need
· Monarchs and Milkweed – Community Science in Action

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Capped elk zone tags go on sale July 11, Sawtooth tags on July 13

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, July 7, 2022

A reminder that camping will not be allowed at Boise, Nampa and McCall offices for elk tag sales

Capped elk zones – except the Sawtooth Zone – will go on sale July 11 at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time. The Sawtooth Zone elk tags will go on sale July 13 at 10 a.m. MDT for in-person purchases and 1 p.m. MDT for online purchases. Sawtooth tags will be evenly divided between in-person and online sales.

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