July 17, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

July 17, 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 17 – Fire Training at 10am
Jul 22 – Deadline to Bid YPWUA Tank removal
Aug 4-6 – Music Festival
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
(details below)

Local Events:

Invitation To Bid for YPWUA by July 22

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)

We have coordinated with MTE who will be offering extra support during the high traffic time and they will be bringing in extra routers positioned at certain parts of town. There will be coverage and support for limited data use, live streaming services will probably will be throttled, however. – JJ

Village News:

Report from Big Creek

For anyone who didn’t hear, it’s a carpet year for bear grass on both sides. The big switchback your side just opened, other places finishing. Road is rough, but a pretty sight.

courtesy CP
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Smoke July 14

Satellite map shows Southern Idaho smoke coming from the Washburn Fire (link) in California’s Yosemite National Park.
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Ride to Meadow Creek Lookout

The Ride to Meadow Creek Lookout was held Saturday, July 16th. Funds raised will go to the road/infrastructure fund.

13 hearty folks Rode to Meadow Creek Lookout; has a great lunch on the mountain and made new friends.

photo courtesy DF

Next YP Escapade ride is September 10th
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YPFD Fire Training

Fire Training was held Sunday July 17, 22 at 10am on the Red Fire Truck.
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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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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.

Rumor Elk Summit may be open to motorcycles?? Thunder Mountain (Monumental Summit) may still be closed to wheeled vehicles due to snow. 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.
courtesy YP resident

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 July 16: Bins are 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

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.

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.

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

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
07/11/22 25599933 40754 24 1698 28 M 11161
07/12/22 25647254 47321 24 1972 33 T 6567
07/13/22 25697533 50279 24 2095 35 W 2958
07/14/22 25739510 41977 24 1749 29 T 8302
07/15/22 25786792 47282 24 1970 33 F 5305
07/16/22 25819228 32436 24 1352 23 S 14846
07/17/22 25865733 46505 24 1938 32 S 14069

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

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING issued July 11, 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: 7-11-22.

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 Reardon 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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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

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

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

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Local Observations:

Monday (July 11) overnight low of 43 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 54 degrees by 9am and a clear very blue sky with light cool breezes. Early air traffic. A few swallows and finches calling, lots of butterflies and ground squirrels observed. Clear, warm and a little breezy at lunch time. Hot by mid-afternoon, clear sky and nice breeze, high of 90 degrees. Flicker calling. Hot early evening. Clear sky after sunset, still rather warm. Likely clear at midnight, bright moon.

Tuesday (July 12) overnight low of 46 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 59 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Morning air and street traffic. Robins, swallows and finches calling, jays, pine siskins and squirrels observed. Clear and hot at lunch time and a bit breezy. Almost clear sky mid-afternoon, hot and a bit of a breeze, high of 95 degrees. Hot early evening and breezy. Cooling off a little after sunset and partly cloudy. Thunder after 1am, partly clear and big moon.

Wednesday (July 13) overnight low of 52 degrees, no rain in the last 24 hours. This morning possible thunder at 855am, it was 60 degrees by 9am and mostly (dark) cloudy, little sprinkle of rain at 908am (not enough to settle the dust.) Robins, swallows and finches calling, black-headed grosbeak, pine siskins, hummingbirds, butterflies, young ground, pine and golden mantled squirrels observed. Mostly cloudy, warm and a bit muggy at lunch time. Low flying jet went over at 115pm. Mail truck was a bit late but no problems. Warm, mostly cloudy and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 89 degrees. Slowly cooling off after sunset and appears clear. Bright golden full moon after midnight.

Thursday (July 14) overnight low of 49 degrees, trace of rain reported from Wed. morning. This morning clear blue sky and light breeze. Light air traffic. Swallows, finches and pine siskins calling, robins, jays, hummingbirds, pine and ground squirrels observed. Not as many butterflies around. Warm and a bit of haze in the clear sky at lunch time. Hot by early afternoon and a few clouds. Quite hot with a few clouds mid-afternoon, high of 97 degrees. Local doe hanging out in the neighborhood. Loud rapid gunfire out on the golf course at 420pm. Clear sky and warm at sunset. Bright moon after midnight.

Friday (July 15) overnight low of 50 degrees. Loud thunder 745am and hard rain around 8am (0.15″) all quiet by 840am. It was 55 degrees at 9am, mostly cloudy and light breeze. A few swallows, a flicker and robins calling, finches, pine siskins, hummingbird, and young pine and ground squirrels observed. Mid-morning light air traffic. Clear, hot and humid at lunch time. Plenty hot by mid-afternoon, almost clear sky and nice breezes, high of 94 degrees. Mama doe hanging out in the neighborhood. Clear at sunset, light breeze and slowly cooling off.

Saturday (July 16) overnight low of 46 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 59 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Increasing street traffic. Tree swallows calling and swooping (young may be starting to fledge), jays, hummingbird, finches and pine siskins visiting. Young pine, golden mantled and ground squirrels scampering about. Breezy, hot and a few clouds early afternoon. Hot and blustery mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy (big thunderheads) high of 96 degrees. Clear sky with a tiny bit of haze at sunset, light breeze and slowly cooling off.

Sunday (July 17) overnight low of 48 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 63 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Light air and street traffic. Tree swallows swooping, finches and robins calling. Finches, pine siskins, hummingbird, jays and squirrels visiting. Mostly clear and warm at lunch time. Wind gusting up after 1pm (estimate up to 20mph.) Overcast by mid-afternoon, warm and blustery, high of 91 degrees. Doe hanging out in the neighborhood. Mostly clear and warm before sunset.


Randy Priest

Randy E. Priest, 79, of the Silver Tip Hat Company in Donnelly passed away on June 29th from complications from ALS.

Arrangements under the directions of Bowman Funeral Parlor, Garden City. (link)

A memorial is planned for next spring.
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Chan Libby

Chan Libby, husband of Margaret Vranish, passed away recently. No details provided.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 1,166 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

July 15, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,166 new COVID-19 cases and 7 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 46 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,570, and 6 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,982.

7 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,001.

full story: [Valley County 2,832 cases, 16 deaths.]
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Valley County COVID-19 cases top 3,000

Summer crowds, variants cited for 55 new cases

By Tom Grote The Star-News July 14, 2022

Total cases of COVID-19 reported in Valley County broke 3,000 last week, according to reports from the county’s two hospitals.

A total of 55 new cases were reported last week. That compared to 33 new cases reported the previous week and 40 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,007 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

As of Monday, a total 68 new cases had been reported in July by St. Luke’s McCall. That number is on pace to exceed the 131 cases confirmed in June, hospital figures said.

A total of 82 new cases were detected in May by the hospital compared with 13 new cases reported in April.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

“People have access to home tests and many may not be getting tested at all,” said Amber Green, chief operating officer/chief nursing officer for St. Luke’s McCall.

“For those who are experiencing symptoms, many are likely to be mild if vaccinated,” Green said.

The increase in new cases is likely due to the increase of visitors to the area with the onset of summer and more people attending gatherings and events, she said.

Also, new variants of the virus are making people sick even if those people had been previously infected with COVID-19 or if they had previously received vaccinations and boosters, Green said.

Some people who contract COVID-19 have mild symptoms which may feel more like allergies than the flu, Cascade Medical Center CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“We encourage people to come in and get free at-home testing kits as a way to check to see if they are sick with COVID or not,” Reinhardt said. “Of course, we continue to offer vaccines, which offer the best protection.”

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

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 Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Thursdays only along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

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

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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Cascade Red Cross blood drive to be held July 26 at Legion Hall

The next American Red Cross blood drive in Cascade will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Cascade American Legion Hall.

Donors must be in good health and feeling well, be age 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Those who plan to attend should use RapidPass to register in advance.

Call Carlene Gailey at 208-576-2446 to make an appointment or for more information. Walk-ins also will be accepted.

source: The Star-News Thursday, July 14, 2022
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ITD answers questions on landslides after BoiseDev reporting on Idaho 55

By BoiseDev Jul 11, 2022 KIVI

The Idaho Transportation Department released more information about the landslides on Idaho 55 along the busy corridor during the agency’s multi-year effort to straighten a portion of the highway in Valley County.

This comes after BoiseDev published a report detailing difficulties with unstable slopes along the highway and internal emails from some department engineers raising questions about the rigor of geotechnical engineering leading up to the project. Governor Brad Little requested a report ensuring the safety of the corridor and a review of the article’s findings after its publication.

ITD responded to the over 30 questions BoiseDev submitted on June 17 prior to the publication of the initial article that went largely unanswered previously. BoiseDev staff also toured the work site on Wednesday for over an hour with project engineers.

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Search on for missing man whose vehicle went into Payette River

The Boise County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers are searching for Milt Alley after his vehicle went into the Payette River on Highway 17 on Thursday, July 14.

KTVB Staff July 16, 2022

The Boise County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers are searching for a missing man whose vehicle went into the Payette River on Highway 17 on Thursday, July 14.

In a Facebook post Saturday, the sheriff’s office said Milt Alley went missing after his vehicle went into the water near milepost 1. Officials recovered Alley’s vehicle and dog from the Payette River following the incident.

Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, Boise County Search and Rescue and private volunteers are assisting in the search for Alley Saturday.


Tips and Advice:

How to reduce power consumption, increase energy efficiency during the heat wave

By Meredith Spelbring Jul 13, 2022 KIVI

More energy saving tips from Idaho Power include:

* Close doors, windows and blinds during the day or when you’re away, especially on the east and west sides. If safe, open your windows at night or in the morning to let in cooler air.

* Install a smart or programmable thermostat to give your A/C a break at night and when you are away without sacrificing comfort when you need it. Idaho Power offers a $75 cash incentive when you install an internet-enabled smart thermostat in a home with an electric furnace or heat pump.

* Weather strip doors and windows to prevent losing cool air to the outside.

* Install a ceiling fan in rooms used frequently. Moving air can help you feel up to four degrees cooler. Ceiling fans are effective in homes both with and without A/C.

* Turn the A/C off when you’re going to be gone for an extended period.

* Check your A/C’s air handler or furnace filter. Dirty filters reduce a system’s efficiency.

* Consider installing an attic fan to draw hot air out of the house.

Idaho Power officials are reminding customers summer rates began June 1, so customers may see an increase on bills.

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Mining News:

Valley to back econ study of Stibnite mine

Proponents say Perpetua’s effects on businesses unknown

By Drew Dodson The Star-News July 14, 2022

Valley County has agreed to help fund a study of how Perpetua Resources’ proposed gold mine at Stibnite would affect businesses and public services across the region.

Commissioners voted 2-1 last week to pursue the study, which was requested by the newly formed Idaho Headwaters Economic Study Group.

Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck and commissioner Ed Allen voted in favor of the county funding the study, while commissioner Sherry Maupin voted against.

There is currently no estimated cost for the study, and commissioners did not say how much money the county would provide.

Studies of the Stibnite Gold Project by Perpetua and regulatory agencies reviewing plans for the mine have fallen short on analyzing economic effects of the mine, commissioners were told.

“McCall business owners are worried about many things that weren’t studied and could affect their businesses,” said McCall resident Rick Fereday, a member of Idaho Headwaters Economic Study Group.

The group has 51 members, most of which are local businesses.

The study would seek to determine how the mine could affect police, fire and ambulance services, schools, businesses and housing, Fereday said.

The group wants local governments to fund the study to limit perceptions of bias, commissioners were told.

Hasbrouck and Allen agreed the study would be valuable, but likely would not influence the current review of the mine.

“It’s going to help us maybe figure out some different fee structures or impact fees or something that we can do to handle that growth, Hasbrouck said.

Maupin said the study would single out Perpetua without considering other major projects like expansion of Tamarack Resort and Brundage Mountain Resort.

“If I’m going to spend taxpayer dollars, it shouldn’t be focused on one thing,” Maupin said. “It should be focused on what’s happening in the region as a whole.”

The commissioners will issue a request for proposals for research firms to conduct the study.

The county plans to seek funding from other local governments, including the cities of Cascade, Council, Donnelly, McCall, New Meadows and Riggins, Hasbrouck said.

Commissioners also suggested applying for funds from The Stibnite Foundation, a charitable foundation for local projects that was setup by Perpetua in 2019.

The Stibnite Gold Project has already caught the eye of other mining companies, said Jeff Abrams of McCall, a member of the Idaho Headwaters Economic Study Group.

“The door is going to be wide open for other companies to come in and further impact us positively or negatively,” Abrams said.

Last year, Stallion Gold of Vancouver, British Columbia, began exploration on 5,644 acres adjacent to the Stibnite Gold Project.

“There may not be legal affiliations with the two companies, but there actually are significant employment ties,” Abrams said.

In May, the company hired Austin Zinsser, a geologist who worked for Perpetua for 10 years on the Stibnite 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 would operate on about 1,425 acres within the Payette Forest, which requires the proposal to be reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The federal law requires all projects that could affect land, water, wildlife or other public resources to be studied to assess environmental consequences.

In 2020, the Payette released an environmental study of four project designs and existing site conditions. Later that year, Perpetua submitted project changes to the Payette.

The Payette is now studying the 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 environmental 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.

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.

Historic Mining Site

Exploration of the Stibnite Mining District began with drilling in 2009. Since then, Perpetua Resources has spent more than $300 million studying the mine site and collecting environmental data.

Perpetua’s proposed gold and antimony mine is located in the Stibnite Mining District about 40 air miles east of McCall.

Perpetua, formerly known as Midas Gold, hopes to extract about $6 billion in gold and other minerals from Stibnite, the site of historic mining operations during World War II and as far back as 1899.

The Boise company’s original mining proposal was submitted in 2016 and is currently being reviewed by the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency.

Approval of the project would trigger a three-year construction phase that Perpetua estimates would cost about $1.26 billion, followed by 12 to 15 years of mining.

Gold, silver and antimony would be extracted from three open pit mines totaling about 473 acres of disturbance at Stibnite.

An on-site ore processing facility would then remove gold and silver from about 20,000 tons of rock per day in a contained cyanide circuit, according to Perpetua’s operating plan.

The mine is expected to produce 100 million pounds of antimony and 4 million ounces of gold, which is expected to account for 94% of the mine’s estimated $6 billion in lifetime revenue.

Stibnite would become the only domestic source of antimony and would supply an estimated 30% of the annual demand for the mineral in the United States, according to Perpetua.

Antimony is used in the renewable energy industry and to make flame-proofing materials, paint, glass, defense munitions and ceramics.

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

Public Lands:

Rafters left stranded by Wild River Shuttles on the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon River

By Steve Dent Jul 16, 2022 KIVI

Idaho features some of the best multi-day rafting expeditions in the country with Hells Canyon of the Snake River, the Selway, the Main Salmon and the Middle Fork.

The Main and the Middle Fork winds its way through the Frank Church Wilderness, but logistics for private boaters can be difficult so most groups opt to pay a shuttle service to take their vehicles from the put-in to the take-out while they are on the river.


Fire Season:

Fisher Fire (July 16)

The Fisher Fire is located approximately 15 miles north-northwest of McCall. No structures are threatened.

Update: Fisher Fire, July 17, 7:30a.m. The Fisher Fire is at 14 acres and holding. As a cold front is expected over the Forest this evening with wind gust as high as 30 mph, fire mangers have ordered additional resources in an effort to secure the fire in place prior to the weather event.

Two Interagency Hotshot Crews and Two Type2 Initial Attack Crews will arrive today to reinforce firefighter already working the fire. Helicopters will continue to assist ground based firefighters as well.

No closures are in effect in the area but members of the public are asked to not park on the road to watch the fire. No structures are threatened.

Payette NF via Facebook
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Wolf Fang Fire (July 13)

The lightning fire is located approximately four (4) miles northeast of the confluence of Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District.

Payette NF via Facebook
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Under new Idaho Power plan, power shutoffs possible in specific zones to prevent wildfire

Idaho Power has a new program to protect people in its service area from wildfire. The program is a “last resort” tool in the company’s efforts to mitigate wildfire.

July 10, 2022 KTVB

This summer, Idaho Power has a new program to protect people in its service area from wildfire.

The company identified the parts of its service area most vulnerable to wildfire, said Jon Axtman, engineering and reliability senior manager with the company. Those nine areas could be subject to having their power turned off during extreme weather as part of the company’s new Public Safety Power Shutoff program.

The program is a “last resort” tool in the company’s efforts to mitigate wildfire risk, Axtman said.

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Help prevent wildfires this season

July 13, 2022 Local News 8

Here are some tips to reduce the incidence of these types of fires:

* Always check for fire restrictions before lighting any kind of fire. Remember that LOW fire danger does not mean NO fire danger.

* Always attend your campfire. Make sure it is dead out and cold to the touch before abandoning. Remember: Drown, Stir, Feel, Repeat.

* Fireworks cause almost 20,000 reported fires in the U.S. each year. Fireworks are not permitted in [National] Forests.

* Motorists are responsible for many of the fires sparked along roadways. Secure chains and ensure nothing is dragging on the ground. Never drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Keep a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it.

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Critter News:

Mule deer ‘models’ trash can lid necklace in McCall

“This serves as a good reminder for the public to occasionally check their yards and remove anything that could entangle or attract wildlife.”

Credit: Idaho Fish and Game

KTVB Staff July 14, 2022

A mule deer doe caused a lot of concern in McCall after she got her head stuck in a large, metal garbage can lid late last week.

According to Idaho Fish and Game’s (IDFG) McCall office, which received a “flurry” of calls about the deer, the lid was not on tightly and did not seem to be affecting her ability to move or eat.

Staff waited overnight to try and give the deer a chance to get the lid off on her own; she was unable to do so and by the next morning, IDFG started receiving calls again.

With some assistance from local residents, IDFG staff were able to locate the deer near a frisbee golf course in the middle of town. Using a dart gun, the deer was sedated and staff were able to successfully remove the lid, which they said came off easily.

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Free 4-H horse clinic held at Valley County Fairgrounds

4-H members in Valley County were able to take part in a free horse clinic last Saturday at the Valley County Fairgrounds in Cascade.

Matt and Stacie Zimmerman of Zimmerman Horse Training of Caldwell covered the finer points of equitation and overcoming challenges when working with a horse.

4-H members attending were Makayla Swain, Macie Swain, Solomon Childs, Evie Wilfinger, Hailey Bartlett, Scarlett Keese, Sonora Gilliam, Aspen Whitney, and Maya Coyle. Also attending were 4-H leaders Jill Marolf, Julia Wallace and Jessica Vance.

The clinic was funded by Valley County 4-H and the Idaho Horse Board, which provides funding for horse-related educational programs throughout Idaho.

source: The Star-News Thursday, July 14, 2022
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Food-conditioned black bear euthanized at Stoddard Creek Campground

July 14, 2022 Local News 8

Fish and Game captured and euthanized a young male black bear at Stoddard Creek Campground Thursday after it had received multiple food rewards from garbage left out by careless campers.

The food-conditioned bear showed no fear of humans and repeatedly ripped open coolers and pushed on tents in search of food, posing a human safety risk.

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Fish and Game seeing fewer reports of Avian flu in Idaho, still urges caution for bird owners

According to the USDA’s database, cases of Avian flu have been on a decline since April and May. The last time a flock in Idaho had a detected case was on May 24.

July 10, 2022 KTVB

As cases of Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu, are decreasing around the Treasure Valley and the rest of Idaho, local bird enclosures are continuing to take “every precaution possible” with their animals.

“We have been trying to keep a lot of our animals inside,” said Melissa Cavaretta, the zoo veterinarian at Zoo Boise.


Fish and Game News:

Big game hunters: Take note of these new hunting boundaries, rules and law changes and plan your hunt accordingly

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Here’s what hunters should know about the changes made to hunting unit modifications and new changes to rules and laws effective July 1.

As big game hunters start to scope out their favorite hunting spots, Fish and Game is urging hunters to check out all of the new hunting unit boundary changes and new changes to rules and laws.

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F&G attempting to trap aggressive black bear in the Ketchum area

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Fish and Game officials ask anyone who sees or finds evidence of a bear in the area to report it at (208) 324-4359.

Idaho Fish and Game staff are attempting to capture a black bear in the Ketchum area that acted aggressively toward a resident in the early morning on July 11. A woman reported opening her door and tried to verbally shoo a bear away that was getting into garbage outside her home, the adult black bear then charged her. She quickly closed the door, and the bear collided with the door. The bear then charged a window as the woman banged on the glass in an attempt to scare the bear away.

She was unharmed, and she reported the incident to Fish and Game.

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Video: F&G Southwest Region staff rescue tangled-up heron at Wilson Springs Ponds

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, July 15, 2022

On Thursday, July 14, Idaho Fish and Game received a report of a heron that was tangled up in fishing line at Wilson Springs Ponds in Nampa. Regional Wildlife Manager Ryan Walrath and Conservation Officer Matt O’Connell responded and were able to free the bird and release it safely nearby.

F&G staff rescued and released this black-crested night heron after receiving a call about the trapped bird at the Southwest Region Office.

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