Monthly Archives: August 2022

Aug 7, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 7, 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 9 – Celebration for JR VanHoover
Aug 13 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Aug 16 – MasterCraft coming to service heaters
Aug 20 – Celebration for Don Waller
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
(details below)
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Local Events:

Celebration for JR VanHoover August 9th

We will have a Celebration of Life gathering for J.R. VanHoover on Tuesday Aug. 9th, 2022 at 1:30 pm at Stephen C. Guerber Park 2200 Hill Road Eagle Idaho. We can come together to reminisce, laugh, and share our memories. We look forward to seeing anyone who would like to come.
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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

Update Aug 1st: contact Mastercraft by August 8th for service on the 16th.
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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Celebration for Don Waller August 20th

On Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am we will be burying most of his ashes at Donnie’s grave, in the Alpine Cemetery, Cascade Idaho, followed by a Celebration of Life that evening at the Golden Gate campground, Yellow Pine Idaho. All who would like to honor him in whatever way they see fit are welcome to join us at either or both places. At a later date, a memorial tombstone will be placed at Donnie’s grave and another will be in the Yellow Pine Cemetery at Sally Ann’s grave.
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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)
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Village News:

YPFD Meeting Aug 3rd

Notice Of Special Meeting Of The Board Of YPFPD Commissioners
Yellow Pine Fire Protection District (YPFPD), Valley County, Idaho

Notice Is Hereby Given, that a special meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the above-named Fire District will be held on the 3nd day of August 2022 at 2:00 pm, at Community Hall, 210 Yellow Pine Ave. Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677 at which the following business will be conducted:

I. Welcome and Approval of Agenda
2. Action Item: Temporary agreement with management of Search and Rescue equipment at the Fire House
3. Action Item: Radios
4. Meeting adjourned.

Dated this 2nd day of August 2022 at 2:00 pm. Notice posted at the Community Hall where the meeting will be held.
Ronda Rogers/Secretary
Yellow Pine Fire Protection District
Valley County, State of ID
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Putting up new signs at the golf course

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The 4th of July golf tournament proceeds paid for signs, sand, golf balls, tees, posts and cement for #7, #11, #17 and a post for the primary sign plus an updated history of the gold course.
(courtesy MF)
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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.

Low water pressure on and off August 3-7.
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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 are 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.
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

Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
08/01/22 26649768 45070 24 1878 31 M 7306
08/02/22 26699082 49314 24 2055 34 T 4244
08/03/22 26750128 51046 24 2127 35 W 1732
08/04/22 26804180 54052 24 2252 38 T 3006
08/05/22 26860509 56329 24 2347 39 F 2277
08/06/22 26925112 64603 24 2692 45 S 8274
08/07/22 26975840 50728 24 2114 35 S 13875

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
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

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
Aug 3, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special meeting (no minutes yet)
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:
Facebook:

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

Monday (Aug 1) overnight low of 53 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 64 degrees by 9am, almost clear sky with a few small clouds and light haze of smoke. A few tree swallows, a robin, a jay, pine siskins, finches, pine and ground squirrels observed. Mostly cloudy and pleasant temperature at lunch time. More campers pulling into the golf course during the early afternoon. Nearly overcast and muggy mid-afternoon, haze of smoke, high of 95 degrees and humidity is up. Hot early evening and nearly overcast, haze of smoke. Very slow to cool off after sunset, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. Sprinkle of rain pitter-pattering upon the roof before 2am.

Tuesday (Aug 2) overnight low of 59 degrees, 0.02″ of rain fell around 2am. This morning it was 65 degrees by 9am, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. Raven and jay calling, hummingbirds, black-headed grosbeak, finches, pine siskins, juvenile pine and ground squirrels observed. Increasing traffic and dust, more campers pulling in. Porta Potties placed down by the school. Water pressure low for a while. Mostly cloudy and warm at lunch time. Getting a little breezy early afternoon. Hot but not excessive mid-afternoon, partly clear, light haze of smoke and light breeze, high of 90 degrees. Mostly cloudy right after sunset, small streaky clouds with clear patches, and slight breeze.

Wednesday (Aug 3) overnight low of 51 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 67 degrees by 940am and mostly high thin clouds. Finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, pine and ground squirrels observed. Heating up by lunch time, and mostly high thin clouds. Hot, mostly cloudy and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 93 degrees. Campers pulling in all day, dust cloud hanging over the neighborhood. Partly cloudy after sunset and warm. Campers running generators and traffic after midnight.

Thursday (Aug 4) overnight low of 54 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 67 degrees by 9am and nearly overcast. Wonky sounding airplane circling overhead around 905am. Report of low water pressure and brown water. A couple of tree swallows, finches, pine siskins, lots of hummingbirds, a juvenile jay, pine and ground squirrels observed. Cloudy and warm at lunch time. Increasing traffic, more campers pulling in. Getting breezy after lunch time. Hot with gusty breezes mid-afternoon and mostly cloudy, high of 93 degrees. Road barricades went up late afternoon. Still pretty warm early evening. Music up on main street. Campers are still pulling in, lots of dust. Almost clear sky after sunset and warm. Traffic jam after dark. Quiet at midnight.

Friday (Aug 5) overnight low of 49 degrees, no rain. Early air traffic, several planes at J. Crk. strip. This morning it was 62 degrees by 9am, mostly high thin wispy clouds and light breeze. Several pine siskins, a few finches, a couple of young jays, hummingbirds, ground and pine squirrels observed. Light traffic, pedestrians and dogs. Partly cloudy at lunch time, warm and gusty breezes. Music on main street early afternoon, increasing traffic. Partly clear, hot and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 91 degrees. Music at the school. Warm and very dusty early evening. Mostly cloudy and warm after sunset. Poor air quality. Music until around midnight, then traffic. Rain after midnight.

Saturday (Aug 6) overnight low of 54 degrees, 0.16″ rain. Early loud air traffic for a few hours. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am, partly clear sky above with fog belts mid-mountain, much better air quality. Hummingbirds, finches and pine siskins, ground and pine squirrels observed. Increasing traffic. Partly cloudy, warm and breezy at lunch time. Music on main street and at the school. Shooting to the north east around 240pm. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and pleasant breezes, high of 85 degrees. Ambulance near Yellow Pine Ave and Pioneer St. Quite a bit of traffic and dust. Clear sky, cooling off and light breezes after sunset. Dust and smell of smoke in the air. Cautious doe slinking through the neighborhood at dusk. Quieting down after midnight.

Sunday (Aug 7) overnight low of 40 degrees, no rain. Early loud air traffic, street traffic increasing. This morning it was 49 degrees by 9am, clear sky and light haze of dust. Hummingbirds, pine siskins, a few finches, a couple of jays, ground and pine squirrels observed. Campers trickling out of the golf course all morning. Mild temperatures and clear sky at lunch time. Low flying helicopter 203pm. Getting pretty warm by mid-afternoon, clear sky and pleasant light cool breezes, high of 89 degrees. Water pressure a bit low. Campers still leaving in a cloud of dust. Warm and clear early evening. Campers continue to pull out.
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RIP:

Donald Amos Waller Sr.DonWallerBigDan-a

January 14, 1950 – July 7, 2022

Don Waller, the last of the mountain men, passed away on July 7, 2022 at age 72. He was preceded in death by his mother Norma Jean Hodgson, father Van Away Waller, sister Gayle, first born son Donald Amos Waller Jr. “Donnie”, infant daughter, Sally Ann, and too many good friends to name. He is survived by siblings, Charles, Nancy, Dwight, Ron, Kathy and Debbie, children, Nikcole Rene’, Jason Ray, Levi, Lafe, Zak, Branden, and Sky whom Dad claimed, once he became aware of him. Known grandchildren are McKenzie, Hunter, Christopher, and Elijah. He has a bunch of nieces and nephews, some of whom he was close to, others he would have been close to, but like his wives and girlfriends, if I named all of you, he couldn’t afford this obituary and he preferred to pay his own way. He is also survived by an impressive number of friends. You know who you are and how he felt about you. Don worked as a cowboy, herding, roping and branding cattle, doctoring the sick and injured. He raised, trained and earned his living with draft and saddle horses. He showed his kids horses could indeed go “anywhere you can walk.” He was a horse logger, farrier, packer, outfitter and guide. He rodeoed and organized horse races, many of which he won. He used horse drawn equipment to travel, farm, and entertain. He touched the lives of many, and left us with wonderful winter memories of riding with him in his horse drawn sleigh. He spent the majority of his life in his beloved Rocky Mountains and referred to them as “God’s Country, home of the Nimiipuu”. He usually lived year-around in a wall tent, wearing the buckskin clothing he had made. He often had a small garden by his camp, and chickens roosting in the trees, protected by his favorite dog Able. He was a hunter, gatherer, trapper, gardener and fisherman extraordinaire. He lived as he liked, and he enjoyed life to the fullest. He also made money playing poker, betting on football and hummingbird fights, selling hides, snake skin, mushrooms, berries and his baked goods, pies, donuts, & bread. He was an excellent chef, making up dishes he called the “Wallaye Special”. He managed the bar and cafe, before it became the Yellow Pine Tavern. He used his pack string to deliver supplies to fire fighters. He built and maintained trails and fences and he had numerous other jobs. He was a patriot, a historian, he read a lot of books, enjoyed listening to sports, comedy, news and a wide variety of music, usually on the radio. However, his favorite music was whatever his musically inclined friends were playing or singing around the campfire. He enjoyed a good game of chess or pool or a fight. His friend Buck being his preferred choice for a challenging opponent. He was a sports fanatic and played sports in high school. He spent the last seven months of his life in the “Forgotten Corner” with his daughter “Sister”, where he enjoyed attending Hunter’s sporting events and watching rodeo or basketball on TV, often discussing the game with Branden or visiting with his other sons, friends and siblings via cell phones he was learning to use. He never failed to say “I love you” and he ended his calls “bye for now.” He was protective, wise, tough, had a stoic calmness in the face of adversity, and a hilarious sense of humor. Songs and stories were written about him, before he died. He sang in the shower, dove from high cliffs into rivers, gave his sisters rides on his feet, raced his toddlers to the outhouse, and pretended to be the Incredible Hulk or a Yeti before playfully attacking his little ones. “To catch a morel, you have to sneak by like you didn’t notice any, then turn around really quick and the whole lot of them will be behind you.” True story, that’s how I find them to this day. According to him, his greatest achievement was his kids and we could not have asked for a better Dad. Not even death scared him. He was looking forward to seeing Donnie and the rest of us again. He died of heart failure.

On Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am we will be burying most of his ashes at Donnie’s grave, in the Alpine Cemetery, Cascade Idaho, followed by a Celebration of Life that evening at the Golden Gate campground, Yellow Pine Idaho. All who would like to honor him in whatever way they see fit are welcome to join us at either or both places. At a later date, a memorial tombstone will be placed at Donnie’s grave and another will be in the Yellow Pine Cemetery at Sally Ann’s grave.


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Idaho News:

Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival returns this weekend for the 32nd year

By Steve Dent Aug 04, 2022 KIVI

The Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival marks the biggest fundraiser of the year for this small rural village located in the mountains two-and-a-half hours northeast of Cascade.

This free music festival has been happening for 32 years and people have already started showing up for this classic Idaho event.

“You would not believe the mayhem happening on the road outside my house,” said laughed Deb Filler, one of the organizers who looks forward to welcoming people to Yellow Pine every summer.

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COVID-19 Updates: 956 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

August 5, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 956 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 481,562.

The state said 37 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,719, and 2 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,996.

6 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,053.

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Valley County hospitals report 13 new COVID-19 cases

By Tom Grote The Star-News August 4, 2022

A total of 13 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 13 new cases compared to 18 new cases reported the previous week and 17 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,050 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

A total 107 new cases were 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 the same number 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.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 · Central Idaho Publishing Inc. · All rights reserved (used with permission)
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Valley County Sheriff’s Office looking for possible drowning victim

KTVB Staff August 2, 2022

An active search and rescue effort is underway for a Nampa man that never returned after going swimming.

The Nampa man, identified by police as 43-year-old Clark Halverson, went into the Payette River to swim, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Around noon on July 31, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a third party reporting a male in the water that seemed to need help. Deputies responded to the area on Highway 55, near Mile Post 89.

Once on scene, Valley County Sheriff’s deputies along with Cascade Fire and EMS began searching the area extensively from the water, land and using an aerial drone until 8:30 p.m. that evening.

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Valley County to close McCall DMV office

Last day to be Sept. 30 after state funding cut

By Max Silverson The Star-News August 4, 2022

The Valley County Department of Motor Vehicles office in McCall is set to close by Sept. 30 after Valley County commissioners were told the service is too inconsistent and was losing funding.

The McCall office is located inside the Idaho First Bank building at 475 E. Deinhard Lane Suite 10.

The county’s DMV program is funded through administrative fees, but those have begun to be phased out by ITD, and will end entirely next year, said Valley County Assessor June Fullmer, who oversees the DMV.

“The result is that the revenue stream that significantly funds our county DMV’s will no longer be available,” Fullmer told commissioners.

… The Valley County DMV office in the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade will remain open, with the one employee at the McCall location transferring to Cascade.

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Fire Season:

Payette Wilderness Fires
Payette National Forest
Current as of 8/4/2022
Size 580 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Dismal Fire, August 1, 2022

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 8/6/2022
Size 4,953 Acres
InciWeb Link:

August 3, 2022 Map

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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/5/2022
Size 904 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 8/5

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/6/2022
Size 68,166 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Moose Fire Public info Map for Saturday, August 6

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 8/6/2022
Size 120 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Norton Fire Overview Map 8/5

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Multiple fires burning throughout Treasure Valley, secured by crews

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 5th 2022

Boise BLM Fire crews are responding to multiple fires throughout the Treasure Valley this morning, Friday, Aug. 5.

All active fires have been knocked down. Crews will continue to mop up and secure the fires.

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Nine fires break out overnight in foothills, may have been set on purpose

KTVB Staff August 5, 2022

Nine fires broke out overnight, and some of them may have been set on purpose.

The fires started in the early hours of Friday morning, according to Boise District BLM Fire Information Officer Brandon Hampton.

There is no set timeline for when investigators will have a good idea of how these fires started, or if these fires are related. However, early information concerns the Ada County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).

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Public Lands:

Smokey Bear’s Birthday celebration!

Tuesday, August 9, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park

Boise, Idaho, Aug. 3, 2022, — Boise National Forest employees, along with partners and members of the Treasure Valley Fire Prevention and Safety Co-op, invite the public to join in the celebration of Smokey Bear’s birthday!

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, located at 1900 N. Records Avenue in Meridian. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The party is an honorary celebration of Smokey’s years of dedicated service in educating us about the importance of preventing human caused wildfires,” said Boise NF Fire Prevention Officer Ryan Ball.

Activities will be held at Shelter A1. Directions can be found on the parks website: (link)

Partners of the Treasure Valley Fire Prevention and Safety Co-op include employees from Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, Boise NF and City Fire Departments from Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell. Some refreshments will be provided by the City of Meridian.

During this free event, there will be Firewise safety information and kids’ activities. Smokey Bear will also be making an appearance!

Further information is available by calling Ryan Ball, at 208-587-7961 or the Boise National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 208-373-4100.
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Critter News:

Bears force camping closures in the Sawtooth National Forest

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, August 4th 2022

Several incidents with bears are forcing the closure of “dispersed camping sites” along North Fork Road in the Sawtooth Recreation Area.

In a news release, forest officials wrote that bears have superior and are drawn to these types of camping sites.

“These closures aim to protect the public because food storage and garbage collection is more difficult to manage in dispersed camping sites. Trailheads and developed campgrounds in the area are still open,” officials wrote.

Forest officials wrote that they are working with Idaho Fish & Game to investigate the increase in activity.

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Moose spotted in Eagle tranquilized Thursday morning

The young bull moose was seen Wednesday during the busy late-afternoon rush hour.

KTVB Staff August 4, 2022

A young bull moose was located Wednesday evening in Eagle — not in the foothills, but in the middle of town. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday morning that the moose has been safely captured, tranquilized and moved to an area near Smiths Ferry.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says at around 5:30 p.m., IDFG enforcement staff located the moose in the area of Ballantyne Lane and Floating Feather Road and Highway 44/State Street. They located the moose shortly after people starting calling in with reports to Idaho Fish and Game’s Southwest Region office.

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Mosquitoes in Elmore and Payette Counties test positive for West Nile virus

KTVB Staff August 3, 2022

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus (WNV) have been detected in Elmore County and Payette County, prompting health officials to issue precautions to the public.

The positive mosquitoes, collected on July 29 by the Elmore County Mosquito Abatement District, are the first ones to be detected in the state this year. Last year, the first WNV-positive mosquitoes in Elmore County were detected on July 27.

“The detection of West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in Elmore County indicates that conditions are right for transmission of the virus to people,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, state public health veterinarian. “This is the time of year when we typically start finding positive mosquitoes and reports of human and horse infections.”

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West Nile virus detected in Ada County

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 5th 2022

The West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in mosquitos in Ada County for the first time in 2022.

Samples collected by the Ada County Mosquito Abatement District tested positive for the virus on North Five Mile Road and West Nazareth Way in Boise and East Deer Flat Road and South Cloverdale Road in Kuna intersections.

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Fish and Game News:

Large adult male grizzly bear euthanized in Boundary County after repeated attacks on livestock

By T.J. Ross, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Repeated livestock attacks prompted a decision to euthanize a grizzly bear in North Idaho

On Aug. 4, Idaho Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a large adult male grizzly bear in Boundary County near the town of Porthill.

There has been a series of livestock losses due to grizzly bears this spring and summer.

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Spring/summer Chinook seasons to close statewide Aug. 7 at the end of fishing hours

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Fall Chinook seasons will open on Aug. 18 on several rivers

All remaining Chinook salmon fisheries on the Snake, Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater and Upper Salmon rivers will close at the end of fishing hours on Sunday, Aug. 7 which is the date set by the Fish and Game Commission to close spring/summer Chinook fisheries.

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More F&G News Releases

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Idaho History Aug 7, 2022

1950 Stibnite Letter

Letter from J.J. Oberbillig to J. D. Bradley

October 13, 1950

Mr. J. D. Bradley
Executive Vice President
Bradley Mining Company
Stibnite, Idaho (Mailed to Bradley Field, Boise.)

Dear Mr. Bradley:

In order to complete the list of questions submitted by you for the school children, concerning the history of the Stibnite country, I am going to run off remarks from my memory and besides I will enclose one of my letters to the stockholders dated February 25, 1927, which is just about the time I first submitted the property to your father, F. W. Bradley.

1. The first question, I think, can best be answered by stating that all of the discoveries made in the vicinity of both Stibnite and Cinnabar and the East Fork deposit, which is a great open pit mine on the lower end of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, should be credited to the old time prospectors who are the ones that are deserving of this credit for all the discoveries which made it possible for me to outline and follow the strike and courses of these vast and interesting deposits.

2. The Meadow Creek mine at Stibnite was extensively developed by the United Mercury Mines Company and the mining of the ore was undertaken by the Yellow Pine Syndicate during the year of 1931.

3. Both Mr. Bailey and myself planned to name this section of the country for the purpose of obtaining a post office. Our first name was Bradley. After we discovered there was such a post office in Idaho, we decided upon the name of Stibnite.

4. The first road was constructed by the Yellow Pine Syndicate from the Profile Creek to the Meadow Creek mine in Stibnite during the years of 1928-1929.

5. The discovery of antimony and tungsten also dates back to the old time early prospectors, all of which was done on the surface and consisted of shallow open cuts and short tunnels. The first real tungsten deposit was disclosed through the drilling program of both the Bureau of Mines and the Geological Survey.

6. The first adequate machinery was brought over the Thunder Mountain road and down the range following on the West side of South Meadow Creek to the Meadow Creek mine during 1928. This consisted of a 30 Caterpillar Tractor and compressor.

7. The first dog team to be driven into Stibnite was by John Nickelson accompanied by the writer.

8. United Mercury Mines Company.

9. The store was constructed in 1928 by the Yellow Pine Syndicate. The building of the recreation hall, hospital, school house, smelter and airport were done by the Bradley Mining Company under the supervision of John D. Bradley, Executive Vice President.

10. The first mill was constructed by the Yellow Pine Syndicate during the year of 1930, under the direction of Mr. F. W. Bradley.

11. The first mail was carried in from Yellow Pine by the workmen for the United Mercury Mines Company, up to and including the years 1918-1927, and thereafter the mail was carried by dog team either by John Nickelson or whoever desired to make the trip to Yellow Pine.

12. The writer does not recall the name of the first teacher. However, you will note from the enclosed report that for quite a number of years the first school house was in the left wing of the building shown in the picture of the report of February 25, 1927.

13. These places were named under the supervision of the United Mercury Mines Company. There was Meadow Creek, East Fork Deposit, and the Cinnabar Mine.

14. Virgil Adair flew the first airplane into camp and from then on the mail and supplies were carried by airplane through the winter months. First George Stonebreaker, then A. A. Bennett and finally Johnson Flying service from the Cascade airport to the Stibnite airport.

15. There were a lot of bosses during the progress of development of this field. As to the doctors, and nurses, consult the records of the hospital.

16. For first baby born at Stibnite, consult the hospital. Previous to the time of the hospital, the first child may have been one of the William Newell’s.

17. The reservoir above South Meadow Creek was constructed by the Yellow Pine Syndicate under the supervision of George Worthington and Andy Anderson.

18. The Yellow Pine Syndicate constructed the first hydro-electric power plant from the South Meadow Creek reservoir to the mill.

The second power plant was constructed at Sugar Creek during 1929-1930, also by George Worthington and Lloyd C. White.

19. The first settlement in the Stibnite section of the country never exceeded over four men and now and then a woman cook. The first building in Stibnite and Meadow Creek is the one you see in the United Mercury Mines Company report of February 25, 1927.

20. There were several pack outfits that passed through this country but the principal packing to this field in the early days was done by the writer and with a pack string that consisted of anywhere from 8 to 20 horses.

21. This is answered by No. 20 also.

Trusting that the foregoing gives you the information desired I am

Very truly yours,
United Mercury Mines Company
J. J. Oberbillig, President

JJO:s
2 cc enclosed.

courtesy Sandy McRae (personal correspondence)

[*Note: unable to find the letter with the questions he is replying to, or the United Mercury Mines Company report of February 25, 1927.]
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Photos

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1950 Halloween at the Stibnite School


1951 Stibnite School photo

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Stibnite Residents (date unknown)

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Stibnite Picnic (date unknown)

Photos courtesy Sandy McRae (personal correspondence)
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Further Reading

Link to John D Nicholson A Stibnite Story by Bob Clarkson
Link to 1930 Bradley Meadow Creek Report
Link to 1943 Letters to Stibniters
Link to Stibnite, Idaho 1940s Mining Camp Memories
Link to Stibnite 1949 Radio Script Part 1
Link to Stibnite 1949 Radio Script Part 2
Link to Stibnite 1949 Radio Script Part 3
Link to Stibnite History Index
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Road Reports Aug 7, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Dust abatement was applied on main street Wednesday, June 29th, however, most other local streets are dry and VERY dusty. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open
Update from ITD May 19, 2022
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.
To learn more about the spring construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Old report Wednesday (July 27) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Report Monday (Aug 1) Lots of inbound traffic, road is clear. There is a large rock off to the side of the road well marked with flagging.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. 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.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Monday (Aug 1) “The EFSF looks like it has been graded recently, pot holes filled in and no rocks to dodge.

Johnson Creek Road: Opened June 18th
Old report Wednesday (July 27) Mail truck driver says the road is “starting to get a little rough.”
old report Tuesday (July 19) “Johnson Creek is rough and extremely poor condition. Just a heads up. Also, lots of fast moving traffic so we should all be on the watch for new traffic moving too fast.” – AP
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Quartz Creek Road:
Report July 30: “Saturday I cleared Quartz Creek Road of trees. At the top (upper loop) I cleared the left fork but on the right fork there was a widowmaker tree that I left as I was working by myself and didn’t feel comfortable removing it without help.” – SA

Old Thunder Mountain Road:
Old report July 16: “Saturday the Yellow Pine Escapades rode to Meadow Creek Lookout without any issues. Had a great lunch, then half the group returned to Yellow Pine via the Old Thunder Mountain Road while the other half returned through Stibnite. A group of four motorcycles came through the Old Thunder Mountain Road. I’m assuming they cut the four or five recently cut trees we saw.” – SA

Lick Creek: Opened June 23rd
Old report: “Rough as usual.”
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open July 1st
Old report Tuesday (July 12) “Road is rough, but a pretty sight… 2 widow makers now.” – CP
Old report Wednesday (July 13) Fawn Meadows loop is open.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Road graded during the first 2 weeks of June. No current repot.
Starting in July cleanup work at Stibnite will “cause some delay in travel through the area, it won’t be closed but there will be flaggers.”
“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.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open
No current report on conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Monumental Creek Trail Report:
Report July 23: Trail past Roosevelt Lake is disaster. Beaver swamp at Trap Cr on 1/4 mile of trail, hard scramble around. Treed in below awful. Slide is Bad.
Topo Map near Trap Creek (link):

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Open
No report on current conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Opened June 22nd
Old report Thursday (June 30) rough, not graded. (See Landmark to Stanley report.)
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Landmark to Stanley: Open
Old report Thursday (June 30) “Good with a few significant potholes to Bruce Meadows, then bad washboard to the highway.” – DP

Warren Wagon Road: Open
No report on current conditions, travel at your own risk.

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Weather Reports Aug 1-6, 2022

Aug 1 Weather:

At 9am it was 64 degrees, almost clear (a few small clouds) and light haze of smoke. At 11am it was 75 degrees and nearly overcast. At 250pm it was 84 degrees, nearly overcast, haze of smoke and humidity is up. At 630pm it was 91 degrees, nearly overcast and haze of smoke. At 830pm it was 81 degrees, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. Sprinkle of rain before 2am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 02, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy, haze of smoke
Max temperature 95 degrees F
Min temperature 59 degrees F
At observation 65 degrees F
Precipitation 0.02 inch
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Aug 2 Weather:

At 9am it was 65 degrees, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy and warm, a bit humid. At 115pm it was 84 degrees. At 125pm getting breezy. At 230pm it was 90 degrees, partly clear and light breeze, light haze of smoke. At 6pm it was 84 degrees. At 7pm 82 degrees. At 830pm it was 78 degrees, mostly cloudy (small thin streaky clouds) and slight breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 03, 2022 at 09:40AM
Mostly high thin clouds
Max temperature 90 degrees F
Min temperature 51 degrees F
At observation 67 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 3 Weather:

At 940am it was 67 degrees and mostly high thin clouds, haze of dust. At 1220pm it was 86 degrees and mostly high thin clouds. At 230pm it was 90 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breeze. At 835pm it was 78 degrees and partly cloudy, poor air quality due to dust.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 04, 2022 at 09:00AM
Nearly overcast
Max temperature 93 degrees F
Min temperature 54 degrees F
At observation 67 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 4 Weather:

At 9am it was 67 degrees and nearly overcast. At 120pm it was 84 degrees, breezy and cloudy. At 230pm it was 89 degrees, mostly cloudy and gusty breezes. At 630pm it was 84 degrees and cloudy. At 840pm it was 77 degrees and almost clear, poor air quality due to traffic and dust.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 05, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly thin wispy clouds, light breeze
Max temperature 93 degrees F
Min temperature 49 degrees F
At observation 62 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 5 Weather:

At 9am it was 62 degrees, mostly high thin wispy clouds and light breeze. At 1pm it was 86 degrees, gusty breezes and partly cloudy. At 230pm it was 86 degrees, partly clear and light breeze. At 630pm it was 83 degrees. At 825pm it was 80 degrees and mostly cloudy. Poor air quality. Light rain falling around 3am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 06, 2022 at 09:00AM
Partly clear, fog belts mid-mountain
Max temperature 91 degrees F
Min temperature 54 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.16 inch
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Aug 6 Weather:

At 9am it was 56 degrees, partly clear above with fog belts mid-mountain. At 130pm it was 81 degrees, partly cloudy and nice breezes. At 240pm it was 81 degrees, partly cloudy and pleasant breezes. At 630pm it was 79 degrees. At 830pm it was 70 degrees, clear and light cool breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 07, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear
Max temperature 85 degrees F
Min temperature 40 degrees F
At observation 49 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Road Reports Aug 3, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Dust abatement was applied on main street Wednesday, June 29th, however, most other local streets are dry and VERY dusty. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open
Update from ITD May 19, 2022
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.
To learn more about the spring construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (July 27) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Report Monday (Aug 1) Lots of inbound traffic, road is clear. There is a large rock off to the side of the road well marked with flagging.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. 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.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Monday (Aug 1) “The EFSF looks like it has been graded recently, pot holes filled in and no rocks to dodge.

Johnson Creek Road: Opened June 18th
Report Wednesday (July 27) Mail truck driver says the road is “starting to get a little rough.”
old report Tuesday (July 19) “Johnson Creek is rough and extremely poor condition. Just a heads up. Also, lots of fast moving traffic so we should all be on the watch for new traffic moving too fast.” – AP
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Quartz Creek Road:
Report July 30: “Saturday I cleared Quartz Creek Road of trees. At the top (upper loop) I cleared the left fork but on the right fork there was a widowmaker tree that I left as I was working by myself and didn’t feel comfortable removing it without help.” – SA
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Old Thunder Mountain Road:
Old report July 16: “Saturday the Yellow Pine Escapades rode to Meadow Creek Lookout without any issues. Had a great lunch, then half the group returned to Yellow Pine via the Old Thunder Mountain Road while the other half returned through Stibnite. A group of four motorcycles came through the Old Thunder Mountain Road. I’m assuming they cut the four or five recently cut trees we saw.” – SA

Lick Creek: Opened June 23rd
Old report: “Rough as usual.”
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open July 1st
Old report Tuesday (July 12) “Road is rough, but a pretty sight… 2 widow makers now.” – CP
Old report Wednesday (July 13) Fawn Meadows loop is open.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Road graded during the first 2 weeks of June.
Starting in July cleanup work at Stibnite will “cause some delay in travel through the area, it won’t be closed but there will be flaggers.”
“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.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open
No current report on conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Monumental Creek Trail Report:
Report July 23: Trail past Roosevelt Lake is disaster. Beaver swamp at Trap Cr on 1/4 mile of trail, hard scramble around. Treed in below awful. Slide is Bad.
Topo Map near Trap Creek (link):

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Open
No report on current conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Opened June 22nd
Old report Thursday (June 30) rough, not graded. (See Landmark to Stanley report.)
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Landmark to Stanley: Open
Old report Thursday (June 30) “Good with a few significant potholes to Bruce Meadows, then bad washboard to the highway.” – DP

Warren Wagon Road: Open
No report on current conditions, travel at your own risk.

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Weather Reports July 24-31, 2022

Jul 24 Weather:

At 9am it was 55 degrees and clear. At 1230pm it was sunny and quite warm. At 330pm it was 87 degrees, almost clear (2 tiny clouds) and nice breeze. At 7pm it was 81 degrees. At 830pm it was 76 degrees, clear and nice breezes. Clear sky at midnight.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 25, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear
Max temperature 88 degrees F
Min temperature 46 degrees F
At observation 57 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jul 25 Weather:

At 9am it was 57 degrees and clear. At 1230pm sunny, warm and breezy. At 3pm it was 91 degrees, clear and variable breezes. At 830pm it was 79 degrees and clear (no smoke.) At 12am it was 61 degrees and clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 26, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear
Max temperature 94 degrees F
Min temperature 48 degrees F
At observation 59 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jul 26 Weather:

At 9am it was 59 degrees and clear. At 12pm it was 85 degrees and clear. At 3pm it was 94 degrees, almost clear (half a cloud behind Bald Hill) and nice breezes. At 835pm it was 81 degrees and clear. At 12am it was 64 degrees and clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 27, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly high thin clouds, light breeze
Max temperature 95 degrees F
Min temperature 49 degrees F
At observation 59 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jul 27 Weather:

At 9am it was 59 degrees and mostly high thin clouds, light breeze. At 12pm it was 84 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 220pm it was 94 degrees, light breeze and mostly high thin clouds. Gusty breezes before 6pm. At 8pm it was 87 degrees and breezy. At 830pm it was 85 degrees, partly cloudy and calmer. Looked clear at midnight.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 28, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear, light haze of smoke
Max temperature 97 degrees F
Min temperature 51 degrees F
At observation 62 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jul 28 Weather:

At 9am it was 62 degrees, clear (no clouds) and thin haze of smoke. At 1230pm it was 88 degrees, clear but a little hazy. Possible thunder (or jet) around 2pm. At 230pm it was 97 degrees, mostly clear (a few chunky clouds) and light breeze. At 6pm it was 93 degrees. At 835pm it was 86 degrees, partly cloudy and a bit of haze and gusty breezes. At 1120pm it was 69 degrees and clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 29, 2022 at 09:00AM
Mostly clear, light haze of smoke
Max temperature 99 degrees F
Min temperature 53 degrees F
At observation 64 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jul 29 Weather:

At 9am it was 64 degrees, mostly clear with thin haze of smoke. At 1230pm it was 90 degrees, breezy, hazy and some clouds. At 3pm it was 93 degrees, mostly cloudy and nice breeze. At 830pm it was 80 degrees, no clouds but thin haze and light breeze. At 11pm clear with haze of smoke.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 30, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear, light haze, light breeze
Max temperature 97 degrees F
Min temperature 49 degrees F
At observation 61 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jul 30 Weather:

At 9am it was 61 degrees, clear sky, light haze of smoke and light breeze. At 12pm it was 86 degrees, clear and slight breeze. At 245pm it was 97 degrees, clear sky and light breeze. At 7pm it was 92 degrees. At 830pm it was 82 degrees, clear and almost calm. Likely clear at midnight w/haze of smoke.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 31, 2022 at 09:00AM
Clear, haze of smoke
Max temperature 99 degrees F
Min temperature 51 degrees F
At observation 62 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Jul 31 Weather:

At 9am it was 62 degrees, no clouds and haze of smoke. At 11am it was 79 degrees, no clouds and haze of smoke. At 230pm it was 98 degrees, mostly cloudy, haze of smoke and dust. At 620pm it was 91 degrees and mostly cloudy, haze of smoke. At 830pm it was 80 degrees, partly clear/cloudy and slight breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 01, 2022 at 09:00AM
Almost clear, light smoke
Max temperature 99 degrees F
Min temperature 53 degrees F
At observation 64 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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