Sep 11, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 11, 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
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Sep 28 – YPFD Training 10am at Fire Hall
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
(details below)

Local Events:

Sep 28th – YPFD Training

We will be having a training day on the 28th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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Oct 12 – Festival Committee

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm by the Music Festival committee.

Village News:

Yellow Pine Country Club

New Sign made with 4th of July funds.
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Sep 3rd – YPFD Breakfast

They had a good number show up, pancakes, plain and blueberry, scrambled eggs, link and patty sausage and OJ and coffee.
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Labor Day Weekend Golf Tourney

The cannon went off at 1040am September 3rd.

“The fire department had a successful and fun day. Starting with a breakfast, had 25 people show up. The golf tournament had about 17 people show up, and Cecil made sure to keep them all hydrated. We ended the day with a raffle, the Bucket that Rhonda made had a lot of fun things in it. The Fire department brought in about $1500 to end the fun day of fundraising.” – R


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Labor Day Weekend at The Corner

The Dave Nudo Band played on the porch of the Corner Bar Sunday night and livened up the town a bit.
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Motorcycle Accident Sept 6th

“The patient went down a 75-100 foot cliff and climbed up the cliff and had to walk out on the trail about 1/2 mile. it’s basically unknown how he got out from there but his friend went to Krassel and he was was flown out from there to Boise.”

“The [South Fork] Salmon River trail is no joke. Some parts will make you queasy and weak in the knees. The sheer drops are impressive and some parts are barely wide enough for your tires. There’s a reason why they call it “Idaho’s deadliest trail”. We got word that somebody had gone off the edge. They were successfully air lifted out, luckily with only a broke leg. But then there was the issue of recovering his motorcycle. Our ragtag Yellow Pine SAR crew went into action [early Sept. 7th] and pulled off a successful extraction. Thanks Matt, Steve, Jason and Jeff!”

South Fork River Trail Motorcycle Recovery Video

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Sep 6th – YPFD Budget Meeting

The fall YPFD Budget Meeting was rescheduled to September 6th at the Community Hall at 10am. (No minutes yet.)
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Sep 10th – Yellow Pine Escapade

15 people signed up for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. A good time was had by all. Benefit for the Community Hall.

“Yellow Pine Escapades rode through Cabin Creek, had lunch at North Shore Lodge at Warm Lake. Then we rode to the Landmark Guard Station for a guided tour of the historic buildings.” – SA


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Sep 10th – VYPA Meeting

There was a meeting of the Village of Yellow Pine Association at 2pm in the Community Hall. (See agenda and draft minutes under VYPA news below.)
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Found Keys Profile Gap

A note received Sept 6th: “Coming out of Big Creek yesterday I noticed someone had hung up a set of Toyota keys on the Profile Summit sign at the top of Profile. It appears someone lost the keys, someone found them and put them on the sign. I thought I would pass it on to you so if you think it might help reunite the Toyota driver with their keys you could put it in the Times. Cheers!” – DV
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Dump News

A report of a mattress left on the burn pile. Please review the Transfer Station rules below.
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YPFD Truck Maintenance

Mike Amos has volunteered to do our maintenance on our fire trucks but asked to do them at his house so he could use his own tools. Mike plans to start next week. The yellow fire truck will be at his house all next weekend for maintenance.
Fire Chief
Tim Rogers
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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

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
With Labor Day approaching and higher traffic volumes anticipated, both lanes of State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will be open noon Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, to accommodate holiday travel.
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit 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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Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

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 Sept 8: Bins emptied Wednesday Sept 7th.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: (208) 634-7176

Local Groups


YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,

Update: YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

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 (208-631-3221) 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
09/01/22 28027234 43692 24 1821 30 T 5333
09/02/22 28068911 41677 24 1737 29 F 2015
09/03/22 28124859 55948 24 2331 39 S 14271
09/04/22 28169846 44987 24 1874 31 S 10961
09/05/22 28213572 43726 24 1822 30 M 1261
09/06/22 28258908 45336 24 1889 31 T 1610
09/07/22 28309774 50866 24 2119 35 W 5530
09/08/22 28353795 44021 24 1834 31 T 6845
09/09/22 28399661 45866 24 1911 32 F 1845
09/10/22 28448259 48598 24 2025 34 S 2732
09/11/22 28500682 52423 24 2184 36 S 3825

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.

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 @
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: 8-10-22..

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
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 (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Agenda for September 10th VYPA Meeting

Approval of July minutes (August meeting was cancelled)

Treasurer’s report. Lorrine Munn
Community Hall. Rhonda Egbert
Cemetery. Margie Field, Ron Basabe
Infrastructure. Tim Rogers
Harmonica Fest. Josh Jones
YP Water Users. Steve Holloway
New Business:
* Resignation of Hailey Harris, Chairman
* Election of Stibnite Foundation representative
* Election of Stibnite Advisory Council representative
* Discussion: By Law amendment to allow emailing of agenda & minutes

VYPA Minutes Summary September 10, 2022

July minutes correction: Willie Sullivan – YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Treasurer’s report: All records kept by the previous Treasures have been put in “the cloud”, making them very difficult to access. The following is the only information given to The new Treasurer:
* General Fund $ 6,695.22
* Festival 10,012.47
* Cemetery 4,363.92
* Infrastructure 2,283.59
* Community Hall 810.07

The audit committee, headed by Willie Sullivan, will meet and provide a more detailed accounting. (See Harmonica Fest report below)

Lorrine Munn, Lynn Imel, and Josh Jones explained the difficulties encountered in accessing community minutes and financial accounts in the cloud. The members agreed that minutes and agendas will be emailed to members who provide email addresses and records will be kept as accounts on the community laptop by Lorrine. Motion to update the Quick Book dated was passed.

No reports were provided by committees for Community Hall, Cemetery, and Infrastructure. Written reports will be shared as they are received.

Harmonica Fest report was given by Josh Jones. Josh reported that there will be a meeting of the festival committee October 12th at 4:00. There are several outstanding bills and grants not yet received. There was approximate gross income of $81,560 and an estimated crowd of 2,700-2,800. There were no incidents of fighting, drunkenness, etc. reported. The members present voiced many good comments and congratulated the committee for a job well done.

Josh volunteered to Chair the 2023 committee and was unanimously elected.

Snow plowing of County roads will be done by Cecil Dallman and paid by Valley County. Plowing of main roads within Yellow Pine will be done by Cecil and paid for by the general fund account.

Water User’s report: Steve Holloway referred to information given at their recent meeting. Contact information for Clint Limbaugh will be sent to all water users.

New Business:

Hailey Harris, Chairman of the Council has resigned. As specified in the By Laws, the other Council members will meet and address the vacancy situation.

Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation representatives’ letters of interest were read. There being only two candidates, Lynn Imel and Willie Sullivan were unanimously elected. Lynn has served on SAC for several years. Willie Will replace Ronda Rogers as the Foundation representative.

When the minutes are developed in more detail they will be posted and emailed.
Lynn Imel, secretary

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:
(Vacant), Chairperson
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
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

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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Meeting Minutes
Sep 6, 2022 YPFD Budget Meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

If you are burning any piles of forest litter and debris – please have a connected and charged garden hose that can reach your piles. If your hose cannot reach where you are burning, follow the good advice of having a shovel, axe, and water bucket at the scene. Rake away from anything that could ignite. Stop burning if winds become an issue. Make sure your fire is out before you leave the area. Nothing like getting surprised by an escaped fire in the middle of the night!

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice
The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

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

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6 (rescheduled), 2022, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Our new fall/winter hours are Friday-Sunday 11am to 7pm. Starting after Labor Day weekend.
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

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

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

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

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

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Local Observations:

Monday (Sep 5) overnight low of 41 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 53 degrees by 930am, cloudless sky, light breeze and haze of smoke (yellow air quality.) Morning air traffic. Jays, finches, pine siskins and chipmunks observed. Warm and thicker smoke (Orange AQ) at lunch time. Afternoon target shooting to the west of the neighborhood. Hot and smoky mid-afternoon, no clouds and light breeze, high of 93 degrees. Cooling off after sunset, no clouds and haze of smoke – yellow air quality.

Tuesday (Sep 6) overnight low of 43 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 58 degrees by 945am, clear sky above a haze of smoke (yellow air quality.) A few early airplanes and light street traffic. Jays and several golden mantled squirrels observed. Thicker smoke and clouds building to the south with light breezes after lunch time. Very hot, partly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 100 degrees. Shots fired near the village. Gusty winds 4pm. Warm, calm and mostly clear after sunset, better air quality.

Wednesday (Sep 7) overnight low of 50 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 62 degrees by 930am, mostly cloudy sky, light breeze and haze of smoke. Fewer birds around and more golden mantled squirrels. Hot and cloudy by lunch time. Mail truck was a little late, no problems reported. Gusty breezes early afternoon. Hot mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy with patches of blue sky, light smoke and variable breezes from light to gusty, high of 98 degrees. Increasing smoke. Mostly cloudy, warm and breezy early evening. Gray overcast, smoky – poor air quality, humid and almost calm right after sunset. Gusty breezes and short light rain shower just before full dark. Internet out for a few hours. Power off, on, off and back on around 925pm. Internet restores before 11pm.

Thursday (Sep 8) overnight low of 54 degrees, 0.01″ rain measured (first measurable rain since Aug 21st.) This morning it was 62 degrees by 930am, appears clear over opaque layer of smoke, calm and humid. Air traffic and a few 4-wheelers. A few finches, pine siskins, jays, chipmunks and golden mantled squirrels observed. Quite smoky at lunch time and mid 70s. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, clear over haze of smoke with poor air quality and breezy, high of 79 degrees. Red Air Quality by early evening, ruby red sunset. Getting a bit chilly at dusk, appears clear above the smoke.

Friday (Sep 9) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 39 degrees by 930am, chilly light breeze and apparently clear above thick layer of smoke, eye burning red air quality. A few jays, finches, pine siskins, chipmunks, golden mantled and a pine squirrel observed. Cool and smoky at lunch time. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, very smoky (Red AQ) and a bit breezy, high of 75 degrees. Very smoky red sunset, bad air quality and cooling off.

Saturday (Sep 10) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 41 degrees by 930am, chilly light breeze and likely clear above a thick layer of smoke, red air quality. Jays, a few finches, pine squirrel, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. Very smoky at lunch time, very bad air quality. Low water pressure for a while during the afternoon. Warming up mid-afternoon, clear above the smoke (Orange AQ) and light breezes, high of 84 degrees. No clouds, quite smoky (Orange AQ) and light breeze after sunset.

Sunday (Sep 11) overnight low of 35 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 46 degrees by 930am, either partly cloudy or thicker smoke to the south, Orange air quality and light breeze. Jays, finches, pine squirrel, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. Breezy at lunch time, sky obscured by smoke. Warm mid-afternoon, high of 89 degrees, a little breezy and likely no clouds above the haze of smoke (Orange AQ.) Getting darker before sunset from thicker smoke and crappy air quality.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 618 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

September 9, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 618 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths on 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 491,564.

The state said 16 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,978, and 0 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,030.

6 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,131.

continued: [Valley County 2,935 cases, 16 deaths.]
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7 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 8, 2022

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

The seven new cases compared to nine new cases reported the previous week and 20 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,149 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

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 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 continues to offer the Moderna primary vaccination two-shot series every Thursday to those age 12 and older.

To receive the vaccine, patients may walk into the clinic, which is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays or call 208-382-4285 for an appointment.

The hospital is not offering any boosters at this time. The formulation of the boosters has changed and as of Sept. 1 only the new and improved formulation is to be used.

The new formulation is more effective against the COVID Omicron sub-variants than the original booster formulation. The hospital does not yet have any of the newly formulated boosters in stock but will notify the public when it is available

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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First case of human West Nile Virus reported in Canyon County

KTVB Staff September 9, 2022

Southwest District Health (SWDH) has confirmed its first case of human West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2022, in Canyon County.

WNV is typically spread to humans and animals through bites from infected mosquitos, but does not spread from person to person. Many who get infected may not show symptoms, but severe cases can occur, especially in individuals over the age of 60.

The virus has the potential to become very serious, and includes symptoms of fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and swollen lymph glands or skin rash that occurs 2 to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito.

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Cascade fire fund ramps up efforts for 4 Corners Fire aid

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 8, 2022

The Cascade Fire Community Fund was founded to help people recover from house fires, but has drastically expanded its work this summer to help residents affected by the Four Corners Fire.

The forest fire started on Aug. 13 about six miles west of Cascade on West Mountain, prompting the evacuation of about 455 homes since the fire started.

The nonprofit has provided assistance to evacuees to cover the costs of food, water, fuel, household items, lodging and other needs as soon as news broke that homes along West Mountain Road would be evacuated, said community fund representative Brad Howlett.

“While the Cascade Fire Community Fund is prepared to provide much greater support, our close-knit community really took point on taking care of its own,” Howlett said.

Donations to the Cascade Fire Community Fund can be made at (link).

Those in need of assistance should contact the group’s president Mindi Anderson at or 607-651-5908.

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IDL ramps up wildfire investigation, suspected arsonists arrested

September 9, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) in collaboration with the Idaho State Fire Marshall’s Office and law enforcement on alleged arson fires recently resulted in two arrests with another pending.

Last week, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Priest River man accused of multiple counts of arson. Earlier last month, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Challis man for arson on the Quinn Fire. An arrest is pending on two other wildfires under IDL protection.

IDL investigates all wildfires under its protection. So far this year, the agency investigated 226 wildfires, and of those, 102 are under investigation as human caused.


Fire Season:

Smoke September 6, 2022

courtesy NOAA
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Smoke September 9, 2022

courtesy NOAA
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Smoke September 10, 2022

courtesy NOAA
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Multiple fires continue to burn across Idaho as fire preparedness level increases

Fires continue to burn across the state and across the country. So far this year, over 49,000 wildfires have burned over 6 million acres across the nation according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

Right now in Idaho, over a dozen wildfires continue to burn and leave officials to elevate the national preparedness level to level four out of five.

“Right now there are approximately 14 large fire incidents,” NIFC Public Affairs Specialist Jennifer Myslivy said. “That’s a type 1 or type 2 incident management team managing those fires. Then you have a multitude of type 3 fires throughout Idaho.”

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National Fire News

Idaho Fires: 34
Acres: 268,612
New: 0
Contained: 3

Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
3 Prong Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,846 0 Eighteen miles east of Elk City, ID
Bear Gulch Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 150 0 6 miles east of Murray, ID 208-557-8813
Caledonia Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 800 0
Castle Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 502 0 Fifty miles northeast of Lowell, ID
Columbus Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,800 0 Fire is located in the east fork of eagle creek 6 miles NE of Murray 208-557-8813
Diamond Watch Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 957 49 Diamond Peak 5 miles west of Nordman Idaho. 208-557-8813
Dismal Payette National Forest USFS 2,459 0 Thirty-seven miles northeast of Yellow Pine, ID 208-634-0820
Fire Creek Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 375 0 Seventeen miles east of Lowell, ID
Four Corners Payette National Forest USFS 13,703 81 Payette and Boise National forests. Six miles west of the City of Cascade, ID. 208-207-7417
Huckleberry Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 175 0 Thirty-six miles northeast of Lowell, ID
Kootenai River Complex Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 17,376 0 7 miles NW of Bonners Ferry, ID 208-202-5021
Little Copper Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 220 0
Lower Twin Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,500 0 Thirty-one miles northeast of Elk River, ID
Lynx Meadows Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 574 0 Twenty-one miles east of Elk City, ID
Moose Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 125,059 33 17 miles north of Salmon, ID 208-742-6690
Mount Everly Sawtooth National Forest USFS 168 0
Norton Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 7,967 21 Approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. 208-481-0055
Patrol Point Payette National Forest USFS 6,352 0 Forty-three miles northeast of Yellow Pine, ID 208-634-0820
Porphyry Payette National Forest USFS 2,930 20 West of Porphyry Creek, 9 miles east of Warren, ID. Just north of Hettinger Ranch. 208-634-0820
Post Office Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,383 0
Prospect Ponderosa Area Office ST 291 15 Started on private land eight miles northwest of Harvard, ID
Ross Fork Sawtooth National Forest USFS 34,508 2 2 miles west of Smiley Creek, 1 mile south of Alturas Lake 208-329-6044
South Fork Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 400 0
Tenmile Payette National Forest USFS 759 0 Nine miles west of Warren, ID 208-634-6945
Twin Lakes Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 924 0 Twenty-five miles southeast of White Bird, ID
Two and a Half Idaho Falls District BLM 7,400 60 Five miles north of Pocatello, ID
Van Camp Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,786 0 Thirty miles north of Syringa, ID
Wallow Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 372 0
Warm Springs Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,659 1
Wash Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 120 0 Twenty-nine miles northeast of Elk River, ID
Wildhorse Boise National Forest USFS 8,882 95 Started on county land twenty-four miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID
Williams Creek Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 11,881 0 Five miles west of Orogrande near Wildhorse Lake 208-274-9674
Wolf Fang Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 1,900 0 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID 208-756-7853
Woodtick Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 9,434 18 Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho

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Fire Update – Payette National Forest, September 11, 2022

Fire Information: 208-634-0820

Firefighters continue to work fire that resulted from last Wednesday’s thunderstorms. Of the 12 fire starts from that storm, six have been contained. The remaining 6 fires are highlighted below. Smoke is expected to clear today and may bring additional fire grown. The potential for new fire starts to be detected from this thunderstorm remains high as “holdover fires or sleeper fires” may surface. Fires that have been contained: Elks, Pinehurst and Hyatt all within the Little Salmon River Drainage. Double Fire just north of Brundage Mountain. The Cookhouse Fire in Cookhouse Gulch east of Council. Vic’s fire near Sloans Point/Paddy Flat area.

TENMILE FIRE (North of Crystal Mountain/Burgdorf – west of Secesh Meadows). – MIDDLE FIRE: (West Fork of Rapid River – Jackley Mountain Area). Both of these fires are being managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team, Great Basin Team 4. A separate fire update will be generated and distributed by the Team. An area Closure is in effect for the Tenmile Fire – French Creek and Warren Wagon Roads remain open – Corduroy Creek Road in the lower southwest corner of the Marshall Mountain Mining District remains open for use. To the east, the Chimney Rock Road 335 is closed and all road and trails to the west of Chimney Rock Road as closed. There is no area closure in effect for the Middle fire. (Fire Information for both of these fires can be reached at 208-473-7039)

RAINBOW FIRE: (Brundage Mountain) The fire is on the top of Brundage Mountain in the Hidden Valley area and is holding at less than 5 acres. Firefighters continue to secure containment lines and mop-up several areas that are holding a fair amount of heat. The fire in not expected to see additional growth. No closures are in place for this fire.

NORTH CREEK FIRE: (North of Bear Pete Mountain) This fire is north of Bear Pete Mountain and has been mapped at 5 acres. Smokejumpers, rappelers and a hand crew remain on site to continue to secure containment lines and mop-up hot spots as needed. The fire is not expected to grow larger. Aviation assets are continuing to be used to logistically support this fire as weather, smoke, and availability allow. No closures are in place for this fire.

BULLDOG FIRE: (Near Council Mountain) The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and consists of multiple spot fires with a combined acreage of 8 acres. Good progress is being made on this fire towards containment. There are no hot spots around the edges of the fire, but firefighters are continuing to secure containment lines and mop up hot spots as necessary. This fire is expected to be fully contained by Tuesday. While fire growth has been minimal, as smoke lifts today fire activity may increase. No closures are in place for this fire.

PORPHYRY: 2,930 acres, 35% contained. Located 9 miles east of Warren, primarily in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness – McCall Ranger District. No updated infrared mapping on this fire due to higher priorities and technical issues. Fire activity continues to be moderate in areas with unburned fuels. Crews are removing snags and keeping apprised on any increased activity along fire lines. The area closure remains in place.

DISMAL & PATROL POINT FIRES: Total approximate acreage between the two fires is 22,000. These fires are being managed as one incident by a Type 3 Incident Commander with a point protection strategy. The DISMAL fire did not receive infrared mapping, but reconnaissance reported it to be moving north and east with moderate fire behavior. Crews are on scene of Root Ranch and Cold Meadows Guard Station and are seeing minimal to no growth on the adjacent fire edges. PATROL POINT was mapped at 16,000 acres by IR aircraft early this morning. Last night the fire moved up Otter Ridge, and crews report that it has burned safely around Lantz Bar to the river’s edge. Crews will be on scene of Butts Creek Lookout (Salmon-Challis NF) and wrapping it today. The area closure order that was implemented on September 7th remains in place.

ROCK RABBIT: 0.25 acres. 1/4 mile from Rock Rabbit Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness – Krassel Ranger District. No reported growth or activity.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
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Rainbow Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rainbow Fire is burning at the top of Brundage Mountain and was ignited by lightning on September 7, 2022.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Size 5 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rainbow fire, September 9, 2022

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Rainbow Fire burning on Brundage Mountain

The U.S Forest Service is reporting the Rainbow Fire is burning at the top of Brundage Mountain.

KTVB Staff September 7, 2022

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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022,
Size 928 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Tenmile fire, September 9, 2022

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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/7/2022
Size 120 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rock Rabbit Fire, September 6, 2022

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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 742
Size 13,712 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 81%
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map September 10, 2022

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Four Corners Fire: officials hope to lift evacuations later in the week

During Sunday’s meeting, officials said they are hoping to lift evacuations for homeowners in the Campbell Creek and French Creek areas later this week.

KTVB Staff September 8, 2022

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September 11, 2022 Four Corners Fire Daily Update

Fire Information: 208-207-7417 daily from 7a.m. – 7p.m.

Contained 88%
13,715 Acres
6 miles West of Cascade Grass/Timber
Personnel 742
Hand Crews 17
Engines 43
Helicopters 2-T1; 1-T2; 1-T3

Firefighters deployed 100 miles of hose and 93 portable pumps that are being back hauled to be returned to service for other fires as needed. Towards the end of every incident, firefighters remove materials used during suppression operations. Some resources will be reassigned or begin the demobilization process.

Firefighters continue to mop-up, patrol and secure the perimeter. Crews will be working in the area to continue suppression repair efforts in various portions of the fire. Suppression repair on a wildfire is completed to reduce the environmental impacts that crews and equipment made during firefighting operations. These efforts reduce potential soil erosion and repair damage to infrastructure. The Forest Closure will continue to be reassessed, but for now will remain in place until it is safe for the public to recreate in the area. The French Creek and Campbell creek subdivisions will remain in the “SET” stage. Night operation efforts will remain for a couple more nights.

Smoke will be visible on the mountain, inside the perimeter within the foreseeable future. Do not call 911. To report fire activity or smoke within the fire perimeter call 208.510.8412. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire area by air and ground and will respond to any fire activity as necessary.

Weather: Today will start out chilly and smoky, then temperatures will be in the high 70’s at lower elevations and 70-80 at higher levels. Winds will be generally 10 mph or less.

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no fire restrictions in the area, but residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise extreme caution if building campfires. Fire restrictions are determined by interagency guidelines including a “persistence of fire danger” in terms of fuel moisture levels and long-term weather forecasts.

Air Quality: Specific information about local smoke levels, forecasts, and possible health impacts is available at (link).

Evacuation Information: French Creek, Campbell Creek and God’s Acres residents are in the pre-evacuation stage (Set). Please visit (link) for evacuation level information. Valley County Sheriff’s Office will announce any changes to the evacuation status (208.382.5160).

Closure Information: Access to hunting unit 32 A near the Fawn Creek area is limited as the main route in from the west is within the closure area. A security guard is posted at the intersection of Cabarton and Snowbank Road and will not allow individuals into the area. The complete closure order for the Boise and Payette National Forests – including a full description and an accompanying map – is available at (link).
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Four Corners Evacuation Update

from Valley County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 9, 2022

The evacuation order for the French Creek and Campbell Creek subdivisions will be lifted beginning Saturday 9/10 at 9:00am. Homeowners will be allowed to go back into their homes, however this area will remain in the “set” stage. You must be a homeowner in order to re-enter these areas.

Please be cautious when re-entering the area. Fire crews and equipment may still be in the vicinity and traveling on the main roads. You are strongly advised to open the doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your house. Even if it is smoky outside, the air inside is also stagnant and may contain a high concentration of smoke particles.

If you have health concerns or sensitivities to the smoky conditions, carefully consider returning to the area and consult your health provider.

Smoke will be visible on the mountain. Do not call 911. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the area to respond to any fire activity as necessary. If you have questions about fire activity, smoke, or structure protection measures, please call the Four Corners Fire at 208.207.7417.

(via FB)
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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 30
Size 2,925 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Porphyry Fire, September 6, 2022

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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Size 23,000 Acres
Dismal has shown significant growth since 9/6/22 and is significantly closer to merging with Patrol Point Fire. Fire Management is currently working to determine the new fire perimeter, but have been hindered by smoke and lack of IR resources.
InciWeb Link:
Map, Area Closure, September 7, 2022

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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Size 23,000 Acres
Patrol Point has shown significant growth since 9/6/22 and is significantly closer to merging with Dismal Fire. Fire Management is currently working to determine the new fire perimeter, but have been hindered by smoke and lack of IR resources.
InciWeb Link:
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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 632
Size 35,601 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 2%
InciWeb Link:
Ross Fork Fire information map, Sat, Sept 10

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New evacuations ordered for Petit Lake Rd. and Cabin Creek Rd. due to Ross Fork Fire

Wednesday evening, Blaine County Sheriff’s Office issued level three mandatory evacuations for Pettit Lake Road and Cabin Creek Road due to the Ross Fork Fire.

KTVB Staff September 7, 2022

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 15
Size 9,434 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 16%
InciWeb Link:
Norton and Woodtick Fires Overview Map 9/7

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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 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 8,375 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
InciWeb Link:
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,048 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 9/9

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 809
Size 125,993 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 37%
InciWeb Link:
Progression Map for Saturday, September 10

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Evacuations issued near Moose Fire, Idaho’s largest of 2022, grows to 107,523 acres

Evacuations have been issued from the Fairgrounds to Tower Creek, and from the Fairgrounds to Moore Creek Road.

KTVB Staff September 7, 2022


Public Lands:

Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee to Accept Project Proposals

September 7, 2022

The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (SWI-RAC) will be accepting proposals for review and consideration for funding for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024. The proposal deadline is October 28, 2022.

“The SWI-RAC will be very busy as they have about approximately $450,000 eligible for awarding to projects,” said Brian Harris, Designated Federal Official for the SWI-RAC. “RAC participation enables local residents to have a meaningful role in deciding how federal funds are spent on public lands.” The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act.

SWI-RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Ada, Adams, Boise, Elmore, Gem, Valley, and Washington counties, or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. The SWI-RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintains roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.

The SWI-RAC covers the Payette National Forest within Adams, Idaho, Valley, and Washington counties; the Boise National Forest within Ada, Boise, Elmore, Gem, and Valley Counties; the Fairfield Ranger District on the Sawtooth National Forest within Elmore County; the Middle Fork Ranger District on the Salmon-Challis National Forest within Valley County; and the Hell Canyon Recreation Area within Adams County that is managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Applications for SWI-RAC proposals can be obtained at (link), or from the Designated Federal Official, Brian Harris at , 208-634-6945.

Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal, including a Forest Service contact, and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if recommended for funding by the SWI-RAC. Projects must include a letter of support from the County Commissioners in those counties where the project is proposed. Selected project sponsors may be asked to make a 20-minute presentation to the SWI-RAC if deemed necessary. Times and locations will be assigned by the DFO.

SWI-RAC meetings to review and recommend projects will be held in December at dates and times to be determined. Meetings will be held in a virtual environment and are always open to the public.

DATE: October 28, 2022
WHAT IS DUE? Project Proposals

Completed applications must be received in hardcopy form or via email to DFO Brian Harris at on or before the October 28, 2022 deadline. If submitting hardcopy proposals, mail completed proposals to Brian Harris, Payette National Forest, 500 N. Mission Street, suite 2, McCall, Idaho 83638 with a postmark no later than October 28, 2022.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest

Mining News:

Release of Stibnite mine study delayed again

December 2023 now earliest Perpetua Resources could get approval

By Drew Dodson The Star-News September 8, 2022

An environmental study of Perpetua Resources’ current proposal for a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine will not be released until later this year, according to the Payette National Forest.

The additional time needed to complete the study means that the soonest a decision on the project could be made in December 2023, or six months later than previously estimated.

The study was previously set to be released in March, but most recently was expected to be released this summer by the Payette, the lead permitting agency for the proposed mine.

“It shouldn’t be interpreted as a need for ‘extra time,’ but rather we were off a little in the estimate of time needed for a full analysis,” said Brian Harris, a Payette spokesperson.

Requests for additional information and cooperation with other regulatory agencies are among many reasons analyzing the project has taken longer than first expected, Harris said.

A public comment period will follow the release of the study, but the length of the comment period is still to be determined, Harris said.

The public comments will help determine the timeline for a final decision on the project, he said.

The pending study will focus on an updated mining plan submitted by Perpetua in December 2020, or four months after the Payette released an environmental study on Perpetua’s original plan.

“We remain eager to show how our project improvements are designed to leave water quality and overall habitat in this historic mining district in better shape than they are in today,” Perpetua President Laurel Sayer said.

The changes were made in response to environmental analysis and over 11,000 public comments submitted on the Payette’s original study, said Mckinsey Lyon, a Perpetua spokesperson.

Pit Reduction

Perpetua’s updated mining plan would reduce the size of the proposed Hangar Flats pit, one of three open pit mines planned at Stibnite, from 140 acres to 66 acres, or by about 53%.

That would improve water quality and fish habitat by allowing the pit to be lined and completely filled with rock after mining, eliminating a lake that would have formed years after mining ended.

Water studies in the Payette’s draft study of the original proposal showed exposed rock in the pit walls would leach toxic metals into the lake and could require permanent water treatment.

Re-filling the Hangar Flats Pit with 18 million tons of waste rock would eliminate the need to pile the rock on 168 acres in the mostly undisturbed Fiddle Creek Drainage.

The Fiddle waste rock site would have required permanent water treatment to remove toxic metals from water seeping through the waste rock, according to the Payette’s original study.

Stibnite Lake

The updated plan would also create Stibnite Lake within the historic Yellow Pine Pit, which is currently a pit lake that Perpetua would drain to mine the highest-grade ore in the Stibnite deposits.

The pit would be partially re-filled with waste rock, re-shaped and then lined to prevent toxic metals from contaminating the lake, which the East Fork South Fork Salmon River would flow through.

Stibnite Lake would lower downstream water temperatures in the East Fork and improve fish habitat at the Yellow Pine pit lake, the most prominent remnant of historic mining at Stibnite.

Perpetua’s previous mining plans would have filled the pit after mining and re-established the East Fork in a lined channel over the site with no lake.

Two Plans

Perpetua’s updated plan is one of two versions of the project currently being studied by the Payette.

The other plan would route mine traffic through Yellow Pine using Johnson Creek Road instead of building 13.5 miles of new roads to Stibnite.

The route used in Perpetua’s updated plan would cross undisturbed Forest Service land, but would pose less risk of spills contaminating waterways, the Payette’s original study said.

Perpetua would prefer to operate the mine as proposed in the updated plan, but must follow whatever version of the project is approved by regulators.

So far, the Payette has studied four versions of the project, two of which have been eliminated.

The Process

Perpetua began exploration for its Stibnite proposal in 2009 under the General Mining Law of 1872, which allows anyone to stake claims to minerals discovered on federal public lands.

In 2016, an operating plan was submitted to the Payette National Forest, the lead agency on a permitting process that requires 50 different permits from local, state and federal agencies before mining can begin.

The mine would operate on about 1,425 acres within the Payette Forest, which requires the proposal to be reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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

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

The Payette is now studying the updated mining plan and an alternative plan that would use existing roads for mine traffic instead of building new roads.

Perpetua’s proposal could be denied if the Payette finds that significant harm to natural resources cannot be avoided under any project alternative.

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Critter News:

Fish and Game warn public about increased bear conflicts

In a majority of cases, the conflicts stem from human behavior more than the bears’ behavior. Bears tend to only go out of their way when it involves an easy meal.

KTVB Staff September 6, 2022

After an increase in bear reports, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is reminding residents about tips that can help them avoid a bear encounter.

Staff at the Southwest Regional Fish and Game Office reported multiple calls about black bears breaking into homes near Crouch, with most encounters happening around the Castle Mountain and Terrace Lakes neighborhoods.

“This bear in Crouch has actually broken into area residences seeking and obtaining food rewards, which is obviously concerning behavior,” Regional Wildlife Manager Ryan Walrath said. “We are currently working to trap this animal, but want area residents to be aware that there are measures they can take to help prevent ‘bad’ bear behavior from escalating to this point, or from happening in the first place.”

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Fish and Game seeks reports of sightings of moose, calves

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking backcountry visitors to report moose sightings, including precise locations, numbers and whether the animals are adults or calves.

The information will help Idaho Fish and Game to focus survey efforts.

Reports may also help to determine any shifts in moose distribution or identify potential contraction or expansion of occupied habitat.

The preferred reporting method is online at (link) . Click on the “Science” tab, select “Wildlife Observations and then click on “Basic Observation” to find the form.

Sightings can also be reported by contacting the McCall Fish and Game office at 208-634-8137 or (email)

source: The Star-News September 8, 2022
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Bureau of Land Management hosts wild horse adoption event in Caldwell

34 horses were up for adoption at Zimmerman Horse Training in Caldwell. As of Saturday afternoon, 19 of the mustangs had been adopted.

Jude Binkley September 10, 2022 KTVB

Wild horses are up for adoption this weekend at Zimmerman Horse Training in Caldwell. The event is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.

The program was established in 1971 and tasked the BLM with managing wild horse populations. This includes periodically removing excess animals from the range to maintain healthy numbers.

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Poulty production workshop to be held Sept. 18 in Cascade

The “Scratching Below the Surface” poultry production workshop will be Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Broken Felloe Farms in Cascade.

The workshop will include exploration of infrastructure and housing for layers and meat birds, identification of poultry feed and nutrition needs, practice of candling and grading eggs and discussion of on-farm poultry processing.

Cost is $20 per person or $30 for couples.

Visit (link) for more information and to register.

source: The Star-News September 8, 2022

Fish & Game News:

Video: How to field dress a deer, elk or moose in a chronic wasting disease management zone

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Current CWD management zone includes Hunting Units 14 and 15

Now that CWD has come to Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game is receiving lots of questions for hunters about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and what does this mean for hunters in the management zone (Units 14 & 15). Here are a few things to be aware of;

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