July 31, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

July 31, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Aug 4-6 – Music Festival
Aug 13 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Aug 16 – MasterCraft coming to service heaters
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
(details below)
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Local Events:

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
Note: MTE says local customers will not be affected by this.
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August 13th VYPA Meeting

The Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting will be at 2pm in the Community Hall.
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August 16th MasterCraft

MasterCraft is coming to Yellow Pine to do maintenance on propane and pellet stoves. See below:
We will only be doing one day and one tech this year for service only – no inspections/job bids. The out of town service rate is $125 plus parts. With the cost of fuel/time, we need to fill the techs schedule to avoid a trip charge of $150. Our tech can take 6 calls. I have reserved 8/16.
Please call with name, addresses and phone number if you want service. Also need to know what appliance you have and/or any issues.
Christy Wonenberg
MasterCraft Hearth & Home, Inc
103 N. 3rd St. McCall, ID 83638
208-634-3132
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Yellow Pine Escapade September 10th

Join us for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. $30/person. Fundraiser for the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Sign up early at (link)———

Village News:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA
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Water Shut off for Leak Repairs

Saturday, July 30th, the water was shut off to the lower end of the village for several hours while a leak was repaired up near the village center.

Many thanks to the folks out working in the hot sun to restore the water.

Water off again Sunday around 7am and back on again by 11am.
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Yellow Pine Country Club

The primary country club golf course sign has been temporarily been removed for improvements.
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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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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.
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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 to Oct 20th

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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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. Reports that Monumental and Elk summits finally opened.

Link: to current road reports.

Construction closures will end May 27 on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry.
One-way alternating traffic is set to replace closures from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays.
Both lanes will be open Friday mornings through Sundays.
link:

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

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

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

Be 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
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

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 (link).

Water Use

07/21/22 26074423 59500 24 2479 41 T 8847
07/22/22 26116484 42061 24 1753 29 F 17439
07/23/22 26165160 48676 24 2028 34 S 6615
07/24/22 26218775 53615 24 2234 37 S 4939
07/25/22 26274669 55894 24 2329 39 M 2279
07/26/22 26322419 47750 24 1990 33 T 8144
07/27/22 26364242 41823 24 1743 29 W 5927
07/28/22 26426410 62168 24 2590 43 T 20345
07/29/22 26486742 60332 24 2514 42 F 1836
07/30/22 26552322 65580 24 2733 46 S 5248
07/31/22 26604698 52376 24 2182 36 S 13204

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
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator
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VYPA News:

Community Hall usage procedures

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

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

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

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Ron Earl

July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (not released yet.)
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473) Emmett, will service Yellow Pine
Website:
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Local Observations:

Monday (July 25) overnight low of 46 degrees, no rain. Early loud air traffic. This morning it was 57 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Tree swallows, robins, hummingbirds, finches, pine siskins and young pine and ground squirrels observed. Sunny, warm and breezy at lunch time. Clear and hot mid-afternoon, variable breezes, high of 94 degrees. Clear and warm (no smoke) after sunset. Clear sky and cooling off a bit at midnight.

Tuesday (July 26) overnight low of 48 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 59 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Swallows, robins and finches calling, pine siskins, hummingbirds, black-headed grosbeak, pine and ground squirrels observed. Clear and getting hot by lunch time. Hot and nearly clear mid-afternoon (half a cloud hiding behind Bald Hill) with nice breezes, high of 95 degrees. Still pretty warm just after sunset and clear sky. Warm and clear at midnight.

Wednesday (July 27) overnight low of 49 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 59 degrees by 9am, light breeze and high thin clouds covered most of the sky. A few swallows swooping, young pine siskins, finches, hummingbirds, a jay and juvenile pine and ground squirrels observed. Warm and mostly cloudy at lunch time. Hot with light breezes mid-afternoon and mostly high thin clouds. Hot and gusty breezes late afternoon, high of 97 degrees. Partly cloudy and calmer but still quite warm after sunset. Clear at midnight.

Thursday (July 28) overnight low of 51 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 62 degrees by 9am, no clouds but a thin haze of smoke. A very loud airplane made a turn over the village. A few swallows, a robin, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, young pine and ground squirrels observed. Hot and a bit hazy at lunch time. Possible thunder or jet around 2pm. Mostly clear with a few chunky clouds, hot and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 99 degrees. Still plenty hot early evening. Partly cloudy and a bit hazy after sunset, quite warm and gusty breezes. Finally cooling off before midnight and clear.

Friday (July 29) overnight low of 53 degrees, no rain. Early air traffic. This morning it was 64 degrees by 9am, mostly clear (a few small clouds) and thin haze of smoke. A few tree swallows, finches, pine siskins, a jay, a black-headed grosbeak and hummingbirds, young ground and pine squirrels observed. Hot, breezy, hazy and a few clouds at lunch time. Increased street traffic and dust. Mostly cloudy and hot mid-afternoon, nice breeze, high of 97 degrees. Cloudless sky after sunset, pretty warm, light haze and light breeze. Cooling off after midnight, clear with haze.

Saturday (July 30) overnight low of 49 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 61 degrees by 9am, no clouds, thin haze of smoke and light breeze. Still a few tree swallows around, a juvenile jay, hummingbirds, finches, pine siskins, young pine and ground squirrels observed. Hot and sunny at lunch time with light breezes. Water turned off to lower part of village for several hours to fix a leak. Quite hot by mid-afternoon, clear sky and light breezes, high of 99 degrees. Quite warm and clear sky after sunset. Skeeters are hungry!

Sunday (July 31) overnight low of 51 degrees, no rain. Water off again around 7am for the lower part of the village, (back on by 11am.) This morning it was 62 degrees by 9am, no clouds and haze of smoke. Very dry and dusty. A few finches and pine siskins, hummingbirds, a couple of tree swallows, young pine and ground squirrels observed. Increasing street traffic and dust, a few late morning airplanes. Getting hot before lunch time, clear sky with haze of smoke. Hot and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, smoky and dusty, high of 99 degrees. Campers pulling into the golf course, increased traffic and dust. Just after sunset it was half clear half cloudy, warm and slight breeze.
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Idaho News:

Mesa man, 18, drowns in Johnson Creek Saturday

By Max Silverson The Star-News July 28, 2022

A Mesa man drowned on Saturday while on a family camping trip at the Ice Hole Campground on Johnson Creek about six miles south of Yellow Pine.

Japheth Schrock, 18, died from drowning, said Valley County Coroner Scott Carver.

Schrock told family members that he was going to the creek to swim at about 10:45 a.m., said Lieutenant Kevin Copperi of the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

At about noon a bystander on the other side of the creek saw Schrock floating face down near the campsite and yelled for help.

Family members ran to the area and helped her pull Schrock out, immediately starting CPR, Copperi said.

There was no cell phone service at the campsite so family members had to go to nearby ranch to call 911 at 12:50 p.m., he said.

Schrock was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age, according to his obituary.

Family members of Schrock performed CPR until first responders arrived [from] Yellow Pine as well as a Valley County deputy and Valley County Coroner Scott Carver, who pronounced Schrock dead on the scene.

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Yellow Pine music festival set Aug. 4-6 with concerts, workshops

The Star-News July 28, 2022

Yellow Pine will celebrate the 32nd annual Music and Harmonica Festival Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 4-6, with live music, harmonica workshop, demonstrations, a live auction and the Great Harmonica Run.

Live music will kick off Thursday, Aug, 4, at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug 5, at 12:45 p.m. after the opening ceremonies and Saturday, Aug. 6, at noon in the remote village of Yellow Pine.

First-time attendees are urged to not use GPS routes and not to underestimate the danger of the mountain roads.

Professional harmonica players featured for the first time at the festival will be Mark Hummel, Lee Oskar, and Charlie Musslewhite.

Other scheduled performers will include Wilder, Blackwater Dan, West of Ustick, Muddy Boots & The Porch Pounders, Half Fast Hillbillies, David Richardson, Paddy Wagon, Broken Tip Jar and Side Hustle. Idaho stories in song and poetry will be presented by Gary Eller.

The Harmonica Workshop sessions will be Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Cost is $50 per session.

The 6.5K Great Harmonica Run will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at The Corner. Registration is $25 and is available online or beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the race.

Demonstrations include youth harmonica lessons, fly fishing, fly tying, casting, art and woodworking at the Demo Tent.

The community breakfasts will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Community Hall. Cost is $6 per person.

Attendees are advised to bring their own drinking water. Visit (link) for more information, including driving directions.

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COVID-19 Updates: 978 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

July 29, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 978 new COVID-19 cases and 8 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 107,098 people have received one dose of a two dose series, and 435,432 people have received an additional or booster dose. 2,478,038 total doses have been administered. 950,560 people are fully vaccinated.

The state said 32 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,655, and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,990.

8 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,035.

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Valley County hospitals report 18 new COVID-19 cases

By Tom Grote The Star-News July 28, 2022

A total of 18 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 18 new cases compared to 17 new cases reported the previous week and 55 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,042 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

As of Monday, a total 99 new cases had been reported in July by St. Luke’s McCall.

A total of 131 cases were confirmed in June, with 82 new cases detected in May and 13 new cases reported in April at the McCall hospital.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases. Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

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.

A total of 598 cases in Adams County linked to COVID-19 have been reported by Southwest District Health, which is two cases more than the total reported last week.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

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.

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Ooops!

McCall man’s car, not in park, ends up in North Fork

By Max Silverson The Star-News July 28, 2022

What looked to passersby like a deadly crash on Idaho 55 with a white SUV submerged in the North Fork of the Payette River near Smiths Ferry turned out to be the expensive result of being distracted.

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Recovery workers pull the car of Jeff Skillern of McCall out of the North Fork of the Payette River last week.
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Jeff Skillern, 52, of McCall, was driving to Boise on July 16 when he pulled over to answer a phone call just south of the Rainbow Bridge.

He got out of the car to answer the phone and realized he forgot to put the car in park as it rolled slowly over the embankment and into the river.

Skillern was the only occupant of the car and nobody was injured in the accident. The car was removed from the river five days later.

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Idaho officials will allow remote bidding for state lands

The announcement comes ahead of auctions for cottage sites at Priest Lake and an island in Payette Lake.

Keith Ridler (AP), Associated Press July 29, 2022 KTVB

Idaho officials are looking to expand the number of participants in auctions for state lands and potentially bring in more money by allowing remote bidding.

The announcement by the Idaho Department of Lands on Wednesday comes ahead of an Aug. 13 auction in Coeur d’Alene for 10 cottage sites at Priest Lake in northern Idaho and an auction this fall for a 14-acre (5.5 hectare) “high-end” island in Payette Lake near the vacation and second-home town of McCall in west-central Idaho.

“The former live auction process limited participation to those who could attend in person,” Jim Elbin, the department’s division administrator for Trust Land Management, said in a statement. “Remote bidding may increase competition at endowment auctions, helping us better meet our constitutional mandate to maximize the return for our endowment beneficiaries.”

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Mining News:

Groups challenge Perpetua air-quality permit

Appeal cites ‘dangerous’ levels of pollution from proposed Stibnite mine

By Drew Dodson The Star-News July 28, 2022

The Nez Perce Tribe and conservation groups have appealed the approval of the first permit obtained by Perpetua Resources for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

The air quality permit approved last month by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality became the first of more than 50 approvals Perpetua needs to operate the mine.

Last Friday the tribe joined the Idaho Conservation League and Save the South Fork Salmon River in appealing the permit issued by DEQ, according to a news release.

The appeal asks for DEQ to invalidate the approved permit and incorporate into future permits “safeguards for public health and real-time monitoring processes to ensure these safeguards are effective.”

“People who work or recreate near the mine area could be exposed to dangerous levels of particulate and arsenic pollution,” said Bryan Hurlbutt, an attorney representing the tribe and the conservation groups in the appeal.

The permit conflicts with a federal treaty from 1855 that reserves the tribe’s right to hunt, fish, gather and pasture on land around the project zone, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman Samuel Penny said.

“Clean air is critical to protecting our tribal members’ ability to safely access and use the area for treaty-reserved, cultural, spiritual and ceremonial purposes,” Penny said.

Perpetua may choose to respond to the appeal by Aug. 12. A hearing would then be held before the DEQ board.

The claims made in the appeal are “inaccurate” as expected air pollutants from the proposed mine “fall well below” regulatory standards, Perpetua spokesperson Mckinsey Lyon said.

“Those challenging this permit may not like mining activity, but that does not invalidate a permit that meets the requirements of law,” Lyon said.

The permit approved by the DEQ was the first of about 50 permits Perpetua needs approved to operate its proposed Stibnite mine.

The permit requires Perpetua to follow state and federal air quality standards, as well as conditions set by the permit.

The permit limits mining to 180,000 tons of material per day and ore processing to 25,000 tons per day to limit pollution from dust and mining equipment.

It also requires regular monitoring reports to the DEQ.

“The mishandling of this first permit for the Stibnite Gold Project raises concerns about how the 50 or so other regulator permits required for this project are going to be handled,” said Josh Johnson, a senior conservation associate with the Idaho Conservation League.

The company expects to have all necessary permits and approvals in place to begin construction on the 1,740-acre mine site by mid-2024, Lyon said.

The most significant permit needed is approval of the project’s operating plan by the Payette National Forest.

The Payette expects to release a draft study on the plan this summer with a final decision expected by the end of 2023.

Perpetua is currently working to get several water quality permits from the DEQ, Lyon said.

Those permits would include the use of cyanide to process ore, protecting wetlands and restoring damaged or contaminated streams.

Perpetua must work with Valley County on several of the permits, including a permit to construct mine facilities.

That review would include making sure Perpetua’s plans meet county laws that limit nighttime light pollution and determining plants that can be used for landscaping.

Perpetua has spent about $300 million since 2009 on the Stibnite Gold 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 lands.

In 2016, an operating plan was submitted to the Payette National Forest, the lead agency on a permitting process that includes local, state and federal agencies.

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

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. Only people who previously submitted “substantive” comments may object.

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Fire Season:

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Lightning Starts Wilderness Fires on the Payette National Forest

Point/Zone Protection Actions Planned for Wilderness Inholdings

McCall, ID, July 28, 2022— During the second week of July 2022, lightning ignited two fires in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness on the Payette National Forest. The Mosquito Ridge fire was a single tree and was declared out on July 25th. The remaining fire, the Dismal Fire, is burning in the headwaters of the Dismal Creek drainage north of Cold Meadows and is currently 33 acres in size as of July 28th.

The Dismal Fire is being managed to allow for naturally occurring wildfire to accomplish its ecological role within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. A point/zone protection strategy is being utilized for wildland fire response with values at risk being identified as structures at Root Ranch, Cold Meadows Airstrip, and Cold Meadows Guard Station. Under a point/zone protection strategy, fire managers assess the terrain, fuels, and current and forecasted weather to determine options to protect the identified values at risk from fire impacts. When pre-determined management action points (MAPs) are reached, tactics on the ground will be implemented including structure protection measures.

Fire managers are working in close coordination with property owners, stakeholders, and the public to advise of the current fire situation within the planning area and are actively monitoring the fire utilizing aerial observation and daily reports from two staffed fire lookouts.

No area or trail closures related to the Dismal Fire are in place at this time but may be implemented as necessary.

A Wilderness Fire Inciweb page is available at: (link) Payette Wilderness Fires Information – InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov) Updates on the Dismal Fire as well as additional fires that may take place in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area will be posted to this Inciweb page.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 7/30/2022, 6:43:20 AM
Total Personnel 97
Size 1,980 Acres
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 7/30/2022, 7:59:44 AM
Total Personnel 1
Size 789 Acres
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Fire Overview Map 7/30

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 7/30/2022, 6:24:53 AM
Total Personnel 934
Size 45,113 Acres
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Moose Fire Info Map July 30, 2022

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Moose Fire burns lookout building and radio tower

July 27, 2022 Local News 8

The Moose Fire, near Salmon, has burned 38,321 acres and is 15 percent contained.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest reported Stormy Peak Lookout and the radio repeater was lost to the fire, but some items of historical value, such as the fire lookout logbook and other items, were salvaged from the building.

They are reminding people not to fly drones over the fire area. If you fly, they can’t.

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U.S. Forest Service: Moose fire was ‘human caused’

KTVB Staff July 30, 2022

U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations have determined the cause of the moose fire, which was first spotted July 17 and is now estimated at 45,137 acres, to be human-caused.

The specific cause and the events around the fire are still under investigation, but investigators say information will be released as the investigation unfolds.

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Idaho Power monitoring shutting off power in certain ‘high-risk’ areas to mitigate wildfire risks

The overall goal of Idaho Power’s “Public Safety Power Shutoff” plan is to prevent power lines from starting wildfires.

Abby Davis July 26, 2022 KTVB

Idaho Power is rolling out its “Public Safety Power Shutoff” plan to help reduce the number of wildfires started by power lines and protect the power grid.

The plan is part of Idaho Power’s fire mitigation efforts. A team of atmospheric scientists is monitoring weather and fire conditions, like high winds and dry vegetation. Communications Specialist Sven Berg said they will shut off power once those conditions become too extreme.

The agency identified nine “high-risk” zones across Idaho, mostly in and around the Idaho City area, Garden City and Lake Cascade. Berg said 5,000 people live in those zones, which is less than 1% of Idaho’s customer base.

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Preparing for power outages amid wildfire season

by Mickaela Elich Wednesday, July 27th 2022 CBS2 Idaho

Some items to have in your kit include:

– Bottled water (five gallons per person)
– Matches
– Blankets
– Non-perishable food (canned food, crackers, etc.)
– Non-electric can opener
– Baby food or formula and diapers
– Pet food
– First-aid kit
– Prescription medications
– Battery- or solar-powered chargers for your devices (phones, tablets, etc.)
– Battery-powered radio and clock, flashlight, and fans
– Extra batteries
– A block of ice in the freezer

“There’s just some really basic things that you can have in your home to ensure that you’re ready if the power is out for more than a few hours,” Rood said.

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Public Lands:

BLM acquires Boise Foothills land to help maintain open space and protect wildlife habitat

July 26, 2022
Caleb Ashby, cashby@blm.gov, 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management has acquired 275 acres of land in the Boise Foothills to increase access to open space and protect important wildlife habitat. The property is located a few miles north of Barber Valley overlooking Table Rock and downtown Boise. The BLM purchased the land from the Alta Harris Family Foundation, a non-profit organization, using money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The land that the BLM acquired connects public land that the BLM already administers to the north and east with the Idaho Fish and Game Boise River Wildlife Management Area to the southeast. The State of Idaho established the Wildlife Management Area primarily to protect big game winter range. The parcel that the BLM has acquired is considered crucial winter range for mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk. The BLM’s acquisition of this property aligns with the America the Beautiful initiative that seeks to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and expand access to public lands and waters through voluntary conservation.

“The Boise Foothills, with the vast amount of open space they provide, are one of the most iconic landscapes in the State of Idaho,” said Tanya Thrift, BLM Boise District Manager. “Bringing this parcel of land into public ownership helps maintain the natural environment and helps ensure that wildlife can continue to thrive there.”

“Dallas and Alta Harris were committed to protecting the environment, particularly to preserve areas for wildlife habitat and conservation. We believe that placing this land under the care of the BLM aligns with the wishes expressed by Dallas and Alta to protect our natural habitat,” said Felicia Burkhalter, President, The Dallas And Alta Harris Family Foundation.

For additional information about recreation opportunities on lands managed by the BLM in the Boise Foothills, please visit: (link).
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Specimen Mine Exploration – Plan of Operations

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Specimen Mine Exploration-Plan of Operations on the Lowman Ranger District.

Project Description

The purpose of the federal actions is to respond to the operator’s Plan of Operation for minerals exploration as necessary to meet the requirements of Forest Service regulations, within the context of the operator’s statutory rights under federal mining laws. The Forest is currently reviewing this project which will be analyzed under a categorical exclusion, 36 CFR 220.6(e)(8) – Short-term (1 year or less) mineral, energy, or geophysical investigations and their incidental support activities.

Zacapa Resources Corp. wishes to pursue diamond core drilling exploration activities at its Specimen Mine site on Miller Mountain in Boise County, Idaho. This drilling would take place entirely within the Boise National Forest, administered by the United States Forest Service (USFS). Zacapa has chosen to pursue ultra-low impact diamond drilling in a manner that would have negligible surface disturbance.

The initial drill program involves 4 drill holes from 3 drill pads. If initial drilling is successful and sufficient time exists to continue drilling Zacapa has included 10 lower priority drill pad locations. In total the proposal would include drilling up to 12 drill holes from no more than 8 drill pads.

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:

* Through the Specimen Mine Exploration-Plan of Operations 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).
* Mail to Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83637.

If submitting comments by email be sure to include “Specimen Mine Exploration-Plan of Operations” 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 August 10, 2022. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at terre.pearsonramirez@usda.gov.
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Critter News:

Idaho Fish and Game responds to black bear encounter involving hiker and dog

Idaho Fish and Game received reports of another black bear incident in a residential area south of Ketchum.

KTVB Staff July 26, 2022

Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) said they are continuing to see conflicts with black bears in the Wood River Valley.

On Monday, IDFG received a report of a black bear incident in a residential area of East Fork, south of Ketchum.

Conservation officers found that on Friday, July 22 a woman was walking her dog on a trail near her home when they encountered a black bear near the trail. The woman estimated the bear to be 120 pounds. After spotting the bear, the woman began walking backwards while talking to the bear. The women’s dog, which was off the trail, engaged with the bear.

The dog suffered several bite wounds that were later treated by a veterinarian.

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16 dogs left in hot cars this week

by Ryan Hawes Friday, July 29th 2022 CBS2 Idaho

Despite warnings, the Idaho Humane Society continues to respond to reports of dogs in hot cars.

This week alone, the humane society has responded to 16 cases of dogs being left in vehicles.

Since July 1st, that number is 137.

For all of 2022, Idaho Humane Society says it has responded to 235 reports of dogs being left in vehicles.

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Pay It Forward: Saving unwanted farm animals

by Brent Hunsaker Wednesday, July 27th 2022

Kuna, Idaho (CBS 2) — A six-month-old goat that was born with bad legs. Another has a bum hind leg. And then there’s a blind pig.

All of these disabled and unwanted farm animals might well be dead now, If not for Dominifarm. Founder Dominique Delobbe calls it her labor of love. She said, “it is a passion. I wanted to do it since I was a little girl. I always loved animals.”

And this farm fills a need. “There are very few sanctuaries in Idaho for farm animals.”

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Rabid bat found in downtown Boise

People and their pets should stay away from bats in the area.

KTVB Staff July 29, 2022

A bat tested positive for rabies when it was found on July 26 on a sidewalk on Bannock Street in downtown Boise, across from Cecil D. Andrus Park.

Two other dead bats were seen in the same area the week before.

Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are urging citizens to avoid contacts with any bats as well as their pets, since the virus can cause a fatal illness in both people and pets.

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Fish and Game News:

Conflicts continue with black bears in the Wood River Valley

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Human-wildlife conflicts continue to occur throughout the Wood River Valley

On Monday, July 25, 2022 Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region received a report of a black bear incident in a residential area in East Fork, south of Ketchum. Conservation officers who investigated the report found that on Friday, July 22, a woman was walking her Great Pyrenees near her home when she and the dog encountered a black bear at close proximity on the trail. It was estimated to be 120 pounds by the woman, who noted the bear was approximately the same size as her dog.

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F&G staff relocate moose from Hidden Springs community near Boise

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

On Thursday, July 20, Southwest Region wildlife and enforcement staff successfully darted and relocated a two-year-old cow moose that had spent the prior few days in a community just north of Boise. Staff moved the moose to a more suitable area near Smiths Ferry, away from town and people.

Fish and Game began receiving reports of a cow moose in the community of Hidden Springs on July 18. Wildlife biologists from the Southwest Region office initially reached out directly to community residents, encouraging them to keep a respectful distance from the moose in hopes that it would move out of the area on its own.

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F&G welcomes first sockeye of 2022 to the Sawtooth Basin, and more are on the way

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, July 29, 2022

Sockeye return at Lower Granite Dam is nearly three times the 10-year average the third-highest on record at the dam

Idaho Fish and Game trapped two sockeye at fish traps in the Sawtooth Basin near Stanley on July 28, which are the first fish for 2022 and part of what could be the largest sockeye return in years. Through July 28, there were 2,041 sockeye counted at Lower Granite Dam about 30 miles downstream from Lewiston, which is nearly three times the 10-year average and the third-highest on record since counting began at Lower Granite in 1975.

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Fish salvage order issued for the Big Wood River below Magic Dam and Richfield Canal diversion

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, July 25, 2022

Fish and Game Commission issues orders for a fish salvage on the Big Wood River and Richfield canal below Magic Dam

The Big Wood Canal Company recently notified Fish and Game that they would soon close the gates at Magic Dam leading to substantial flow reductions or cessation of flow which functionally de-waters the Big Wood River approximately 1.25 miles below the dam and the Richfield Canal. The gates are closing earlier than normal due to ongoing regional drought conditions in the Big Wood River basin.

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