Sep 25, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 25, 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
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
(details below)

Local Events:

Oct 12 – Festival Committee

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm on October 12th by the Music Festival committee. If you are interested in being a working member of the festival planning committee for next year, please plan to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Deb Filler for additional info. Everyone is encouraged to attend and get involved, provide input.

Letter of Thanks

As the temperatures begin to inch their way south, so are some residents of Yellow Pine. It’s been a Summer of change and challenges as we plan for next year. There are many who have remained steadfast in what they do for the Village and it’s important to recognize them. Thanks to the many who make Summers here enjoyable.

So, thanks to those that:

* Take the time to take care of the noxious weeds around town, it’s not always unnoticed.
* Provide a sanctuary place for some to visit and enjoy an evening of solitude.
* Pick up trash alongside the roads, trails, and campgrounds – especially after events.
* Continue to carry on with the traditional summer parties with good friends.
* Tend to the memorial every year and make it a beautiful attraction for Yellow Pine.
* Pick up the phone and call a friend to invite them for coffee or lunch.
* Tend to the emergency medical helispot before harmonica, making sure it was presentable.
* Respond to calls for medical help in a professional and caring manner.
* Took the time to help with the evacuation & road closures during the Four Corner’s Fire.
* Call when an online or amazon order is at the Post office for pick up.
* Host an impromptu happy hour.
* Make chicken soup when someone is “under the weather”.
* Call others to go on an adventure either fishing, hiking, biking, or exploring.
* Take the time to love all that surrounds Yellow Pine.
* Took the time to attend local meetings and making your voice and votes count.
* Help with people needing Doctor appointments and going other places out of town.
* Jump someone’s car to get them to a Doctor appointment on time.
* Tend to an injured person along the road and get them to a higher level of care.
* Worked so hard in preparing the golf course with signs, sand for the greens, and doing the Golf Tournament.
* Those who have taken the time to mitigate their properties from wildfire risks, taking the debris to the transfer station, and for those who take the time to keep the pile manageable and orderly
* Those who have made time to help one another when times become stressed or difficult
* Everyone who continues to improve Yellow Pine, making it a Community that cares.
* Folks who went on an early morning “rescue” ride to recover a fellow motorcyclist’s motorcycle
* Every Sunday and throughout the week, those who make sure to sent out the Yellow Pine Times, ensuring those that subscribe are kept updated on important information to our community. Huge thanks to the creator/editor of the Yellow Pine Times – we appreciate you so much!
* Continue to do so much for this community, making it a happier place we call home.
– Anonymous Friend of Yellow Pine

Village News:

Sep 25th – YPFD Training

The YPFD scheduled a training day on the 25th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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VYPA Audit

The VYPA audit committee consisting of Kat Amos, Ann Forster and Willie Sullivan met on September 12, 2022 and did a preliminary audit of the Association accounts. Not all outstanding bills and deposits are available at this time but from the information we do have we believe the Association to be in a positive financial situation. We will conduct an item by item audit in the Spring after all credits and debits are available. – From Willie S.
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Idaho Power

A report that the Idaho Power tree trimming crew were here on Monday, September 19th. Thanks for keeping our power reliable.
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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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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
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 20: Bins were about 85% full. Road to dump is good.

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.

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

09/15/22 28648276 33887 24 1412 24 T 465
09/16/22 28683611 35335 24 1472 25 F 1448
09/17/22 28717602 33991 24 1416 24 S 1344
09/18/22 28751812 34210 24.5 1396 23 S 219
09/19/22 28785056 33244 24 1385 23 M 966
09/20/22 28819227 34171 24 1424 23 T 927
09/21/22 28852840 33613 24 1401 23 W 558
09/22/22 28888326 35486 24 1479 25 T 1873
09/23/22 28922724 34398 24 1433 24 F 1088
09/24/22 28957208 34484 24 1437 24 S 86
09/25/22 28996524 39316 24 1638 27 S 4832

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: 9-12-22.

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
July 3, 2022 YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting (minutes to follow)
July 4, 2021 YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
July 5, 2020YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting 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), Chairman
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 (20220910VYPAAgenda-MinutesSummary.txt)
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, 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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Local Observations:

Monday (Sep 19) Sunday’s rain total = 0.10″. Overnight low of 36 degrees. This morning it was 41 degrees by 930am, clear sky, light breeze and Good air quality. A couple of finches and a jay calling. A few clouds building up by lunch time, light breeze and good air. Partly clear mid-afternoon, pleasant light breeze and good air quality, high of 78 degrees. Mostly cloudy and calm at dusk.

Tuesday (Sep 20) overnight low of 36 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 42 degrees by 930am, decreasing clouds (partly cloudy) roofs wet with dew, haze of smoke – Yellow air quality. Quiet, not many birds around. Clear sky and haze of smoke at lunch time. Clear sky mid-afternoon, warm, light breezes, haze of smoke and yellow air quality, high of 84 degrees. Warm and partly cloudy early evening with better air quality. Cooling off and mostly clear at sunset. Robin calling.

Wednesday (Sep 21) overnight low of 38 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 43 degrees by 930am, clear sky above light haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) roofs wet with dew and light breeze. Jays and a few finches calling. Clouds building up to the south at lunch time and warm. Mail truck was on time. Mostly cloudy (dark bottoms) by early afternoon, high of 80 degrees. Dark overcast, breezy and thundering mid-afternoon, followed by light sprinkles for about half an hour, then gusty winds and harder rain for a short while, all lasted probably less than 1 hour. At dusk it was nearly overcast and calm.

Thursday (Sep 22) Wednesday’s rain total = 0.03″. 24 hour low of 43 degrees. This morning it was 52 degrees by 930am, overcast, breezy and starting to sprinkle (lasted for about 45 minutes.) A few jays, 2 finches and a pine squirrel observed. Temperature dropping at lunch time, dark overcast. Cool, slight breeze and dark overcast mid-afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Dark overcast at dusk and slight breeze (no new rain.) Lots of stars out at 2am.

Friday (Sep 23) Thursday’s rain total = 0.02″. Overnight low of 32 degrees. This morning it was 36 degrees by 930am, clear sky, frost melting and steaming in the sunshine, light haze of smoke and Yellow air quality. A few jays around. Clear sky. light breeze and light haze of smoke at lunch time. Very nice temperatures mid-afternoon, clear sky, light breeze and slight haze of smoke to the south, very blue sky to the north, high of 73 degrees. Cooling off quickly after sunset, clear sky and increasing haze of smoke.

Saturday (Sep 24) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 37 degrees by 930am, clear sky, frost melting, light breeze and good air quality. Noisy air traffic. A few jays and finches visiting. After it warmed up grasshoppers clacking around and a few wasps. Clear and sunny at lunch time. Increasing street traffic. Clear and pleasant temperatures mid-afternoon, slight breeze, high of 80 degrees. Cooling off after sunset and clear sky.

Sunday (Sep 25) overnight low of 35 degrees, no rain. This morning the sun peeked over Golden Gate peak at 915am, it was 39 degrees by 930am, clear sky and no smoke. A couple of jays and a pine squirrel calling. Increased traffic and dust. Sunny and warming up by lunch time. Quite warm mid-afternoon, clear sky and strong sunshine, high of 86 degrees. Clear sky early evening and good air quality.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 506 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

September 23, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 506 new COVID-19 cases and 2 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 494,0593.

The state said 30 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 18,121, and 5 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,048.

2 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,166.

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Five new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 22, 2022

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

The five new cases compared to 12 new cases reported the previous week and seven new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,166 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, the spokespeople 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.

Adams County has reported 615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, or five more than reported last week, according to Southwest District Health.

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 is now scheduling and administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. Parents or guardians can make appointments in MyChart.

Patients may begin scheduling bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine boosters on Friday, Sept. 23, through MyChart or by calling St. Luke’s Connect, 208-381-9500.

In alignment with new federal guidelines, St. Luke’s will no longer provide monovalent boosters for people ages 12 and older. Those who received the monovalent booster recently should wait at least eight weeks before receiving the bivalent booster.

Pfizer is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Moderna is offered on Wednesdays only.

Schedule an appointment through MyChart at (link) or you can call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at

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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CPR, First Aid to be taught Oct. 4-5 in Donnelly

The CPR and First Aid class will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 4-5, at 6 p.m. at the Donnelly Fire Station.

CPR will be taught on Tuesday and First Aid on Wednesday.

Cost is $25. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Call 208-325-8619 to register.

The Donnelly Fire Station is located at 244 W. Roseberry Road.

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Cascade library reopens after closure from Watkin’s fire

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

The Cascade Public Library has reopened after being closed seven months with expanded community programs for kindergarten readiness, tutoring and homeschool academics.

The city-owned library at 105 N. Front St. had been closed since Feb. 8 when it received smoke and water damage from a fire that burned down Watkins Pharmacy across the alley from the library.

“I am thrilled to have the library open and serving patrons again,” Cascade Mayor Judith Nissula said.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped shelve books, offer support and donations,” Nissula said.

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Funding for multiple major water infrastructure projects with federal ARPA and state surplus funds approved

September 22, 2022 Local News 8

Hailey, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Water Resource Board voted to spend approximately $87 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on a number of major water infrastructure projects statewide in its regular meeting on Friday held at the Community Campus in Hailey.

The board authorized spending $72.9 million to pay for the state’s share of the cost to raise Anderson Ranch Dam by six feet to create an additional 29,000 acre-feet of storage water, $8.3 million for two, new Upper Snake Basin aquifer-recharge projects to benefit the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA) and $5 million for the initial costs associated with design and contracting the Mountain Home Water Resiliency project, a pump station and pipeline from the Snake River to the Mountain Home Air Force Base for municipal water supply.

The board also authorized $12.5 million in grant funding for 12 Aging Infrastructure Projects and approved six low-interest loans totaling $18.1 million to assist irrigation entities with the aging infrastructure projects.


Fire Season:

September 24, 2022 Map

courtesy NOAA
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The Payette National Forest Prepares for Fall Prescribed Burning

McCall, Idaho, September 19, 2022 – The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this fall that may take place anytime from late September to early November when the right weather conditions exist to ensure the safety of the burns and to accomplish resource objectives.

The decision to ignite a prescribed fire depends on favorable weather conditions and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. While smoke from prescribed fires is far less than that from a typical wildfire if smoke concentrations approach air quality standards, ignition will be delayed until air quality improves. While smoke from prescribed fires usually dissipates within a few days, residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks in some cases.

Prescribed fire is an important forest management tool that helps us protect communities by reducing surface fuels, increasing the height of the tree canopy, reducing small tree densities, and promoting fire resilient tree species.

The risk of high-severity wildfire fire is also reduced as prescribed fire improves wildlife habitat and promotes long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest.

The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn approximately 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek drainage (13 miles northwest of New Meadows); 4,000 acres in the Cold July project area. (2 miles south of Tamarack Mill), and up to 100 landing piles in the Rusty Goose Timber Sale (3 miles east of New Meadows)

The McCall Ranger District plans to burn 500 acres of broadcast hand piles in the Brundage-Bear Basin project area. (3 miles northwest of McCall).

The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 3,500 acres in the Weasel project area (13 miles northwest of Council) and 3,000 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area (5 miles northeast of Council).

The Weiser Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 1,200 acres in the Robinson project area (22 miles north of Weiser).

The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 5,500 acres within the Bald Hill project area (east of Yellow Pine); 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near the 4-mile campground (Approximately 18 miles east of McCall); 500 acres near the Big Creek Guard Station, and 70 acres around Krassel Work Center.

Caution signs and maps will be posted at trailheads and roads that lead into areas where prescribed fire is being used.

Individuals may contact Patrick Schon (208-634-0724) with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall, or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Council RD: 253-0100; Krassel RD: 634-0974; McCall RD: 634-0400; New Meadows RD: 347-0300; Weiser RD: 549-4200.

For the most current information about prescribed fire projects please visit the Payette Facebook page, Inciweb, and refer to the Southwest Idaho Prescribed Fire story map at (link).

*Responding to a few questions we have heard from members of the public

Why do you ignited prescribed fire while wildfires are still burning?

While it may seem a little strange to ignite prescribed fire while wildfires may still be burning on the Forest, the Payette National Forest is 2.3 million acres and has a great deal of micro-climate variation from Hells Canyon to the high peaks within the wilderness area. These micro-climates give us the opportunity to safely conduct prescribed fire in the right place at the right time – without the concern for prescribed fire to become wildfires. Igniting of prescribed fires is done with a great deal of fire science information related to fuels, weather, and terrain as we do need the prescribed fire to carry through the fuels to successful meet the objectives of treating the land with a low-intensity burn. This information allows us to use prescribed fire as a management tool at the right time and in the right place.

Why put more smoke into the air?

Conducting prescribed fires is a very important management tool we use to help protect communities from the potential impacts for wildfires. We have been fortunate to not have a great deal of smoke during the summer months this year, until wildfires in Oregon took off in early September. The vast majority of smoke over the forest theses day is from wildfire burning in other states. To ensure that smoke impacts from prescribed fire are minimized, we work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

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

Bald Hill Rx Map

Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest Prescribed Burns Fall 2022

September 22, 2022

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning on the Four Mile, Bald Hill and Big Creek Prescribed Fire projects this fall. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch, with priority areas being east of the South Fork Road and south of Four Mile Creek. The Bald Hill project area is north of the East Fork Road and west of Profile Rd near the jct of the East Fork and Profile roads. Big Creek Project area will be pile burning along roads where thinning and piling occurred last year, with a potential broadcast burn east of Big Creek Airstrip. A map of the project areas are attached for your reference. Timing will be dependent on weather; ignitions will most likely occur sometime in late September, October or early November 2022. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

Any questions please contact Phil Roth, Fuels Specialist, or Laurel Ingram Fuels Technician.

Phil Roth

Laurel Ingram


InciWeb link:
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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 9/24/2022
Size 13,729 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 96%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 24th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map IR September 23, 2022

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Four Corners Fire contained after 5 weeks

Efforts by firefighters saved hundreds of homes near Lake Cascade

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

The Four Corners Fire was declared nearly contained this week, five weeks after it was started by lightning six miles west of Cascade and threatened hundreds of homes on the west side of Lake Cascade.

With no growth in the 13,700 acre fire over the past week, work has shifted from to repairing fire lines that were dug to contain the fire and removing hoses and pumps that were laid along the fire’s perimeter.

About 10 miles of fire line was scraped by bulldozers, 72% of which has now been repaired, an update from the fire said. About 95% of the 15 miles of fire lines hand dug by fire crews has been repaired, the update said.

The fire is expected to continue to creep and smolder within the contained perimeter.

As of Tuesday, the cost of the fire was about $37.9 million.

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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/24/2022
Total Personnel 258
Size 2,028 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 55%
InciWeb Link:
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Fire near Burgdorf slowed by rain, grows to 2,000 acres

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

The Tenmile Fire about 33 miles north of McCall grew by about 100 acres over the past week to about 2,000 acres and was 23% contained, fire officials said.

The fire, which was started by lightning on Sept. 7, is about two miles from Burgdorf Hot Springs and Secesh Meadows.

Rain over the past week kept fire growth to minimal creeping and smoldering, a fire update on Tuesday said.

The fire could grow with warmer, dryer weather forecasted for coming week, the update said.

As of Tuesday, no evacuations had been ordered with fire breaks at Secesh and Burgdorf Hot Springs in place.

The southeast side of the fire has moved into a fire scar from the 2000 Burgdorf Junction Fire. The area to the south and west of the fire was burned in the 2019 Nethker Fire.

As of Tuesday, there were 331 people assigned to the fire, including 10 crews, 11 engines and four helicopters. The total cost of the fire was about $5.5 million.

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

Saturday, September 24, 2022

This evening, Great Basin Team 4 will transition command of the Tenmile Fire to a Payette National Forest Type 4 Incident Management Team. This will be the last daily update for the Tenmile Fire.

All vegetation removal and chipping operations have concluded. Crews will continue working in the area backhauling equipment and supplies. Hose lay will remain in place as the Type 4 Incident Management Team assumes command and will likely remain in place until a true season ending event.

Weather is expected to be higher than normal in temperatures and below normal for precipitation throughout next week, reaching into the high 70’s with relative humidity decreasing to single digits. The fire continues to hold minimal heat in some areas and continues to smolder in some of the duff layer of the forest floor.

Great Basin Team 4 appreciates the Payette National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management Cottonwood Field Office, Idaho and Adams counties, Idaho Department of Lands, the communities of Secesh, Burgdorf, New Meadows, McCall, Warren and surrounding areas for the support and hospitality they showed the entire Great Basin Team and all personnel involved in the Tenmile and Middle Fires.

Air Quality:
Air quality remains good. Over the next week, above normal temperatures may dry out fuels resulting in possible fire activity that may produce smoke visible to the surrounding communities.

For the safety of firefighters and the public, two emergency fire area closure orders are in effect for the Tenmile Fire on the Payette National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management, Cottonwood Field Office. The closure orders will continually be evaluated by the Payette National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management to reduce or rescind the orders as warranted based on current and potential future fire activity and other hazards that may be present. The closure orders, including a full description of the trails, roads, and areas closed, are available at (link).

This will be the last daily update for the Tenmile Fire from Great Basin Team 4.
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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 9/19/2022
Size 39 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rock Rabbit Fire, September 16, 2022

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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 9/19/2022
Size 2,930 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 9/19/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Dismal Fire, September 14, 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 9/19/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Patrol Point Fire, September 14, 2022

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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/24/2022
Total Personnel 307
Size 37,821 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 64%
InciWeb Link:
Ross Fork Fire information map, Tuesday, 9-20

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Ross Fork Fire 45% contained

September 23, 2022 Local News 8

The Ross Fork Fire was started by lightning on August 12, 2022 and was first discovered on August 14. The fire has been burning in remote and rugged areas of the Sawtooth National Forest and National Recreation Area and along the Highway 75 corridor south of Stanley.

The fire has burned 37,811 acres and is 45% contained.

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,598 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
InciWeb Link:
Fire Overview Map 9/16

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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 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 9/16

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 636
Size 130,109 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 51%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Public Information Map for Saturday, September 24

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Owl Fire 100% contained, Moose Fire 51% contained

September 21, 2022

The human caused Moose Fire burning west and south of North Fork has burned 130,093 acres and is 51% contained.

The Owl Fire has burned 747 acres and is 100% contained.

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Firefighter dies battling the Moose Fire

September 24, 2022 Local News 8

Saturday, a procession took place for Gerardo Rincon, a fallen firefighter who died battling the moose fire. Gerardo succumbed to a medical emergency while fighting the Moose Fire on September 20th.


Mining News:

Feds give Perpetua $200K for antimony study

Pentagon wants to know more about Stibnite production

By Drew Dodson The Star-News September 22, 2022

Perpetua Resources has been awarded $200,000 by the U.S. Department of Defense to study antimony that could be mined as part of the company’s proposed mine near Yellow Pine.

The money will fund studies to determine if an estimated 150 million pounds of antimony the mine could produce will meet military specifications, Perpetua CEO Laurel Sayer said.

“Antimony from the Stibnite Gold Project site served our national defense needs during World War II and Perpetua is confident we can be part of the solution again,” Sayer said.

Results from the study are expected within a year. More funding could become available for more advanced testing.

The antimony would be used by the defense department for mortars, artillery, mines, flares, grenades and missiles.

The grant program through the Defense Logistics Agency is aimed at reducing the military’s foreign reliance on what the Pentagon says are “critical minerals” by establishing domestic sources.

About 90% of the world’s antimony supply is controlled by China, Russia and Tajikistan, according to data from the 2021 U.S. Geologic Survey.

Potential for 35%

Antimony from the Stibnite mine could provide up to 35% of the annual demand for the United States within the first six years of mining, according to Perpetua.

The proposed Stibnite mine would become the only mine in the United States that currently produces antimony, if permitted to operate by the Payette National Forest.

The soonest a decision on the project could be made is December 2023, according to Payette officials.

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

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

The mine is expected to produce 150 million pounds of antimony and 4.8 million ounces of gold, which is expected to account for 94% of the mine’s estimated $6 billion in revenues over the life of its operation.

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.

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

Public Lands:

Idaho City District Ranger selected

Josh Newman promoted from within the Boise National Forest

Boise, Idaho, September 20, 2022, — Boise National Forest Supervisor, Tawnya Brummett is pleased to welcome Josh Newman as the new Idaho City District Ranger. “Josh is a valuable member of the Boise National Forest family,” said Brummett. “He has worked on a variety of complex forest projects and has strong relationships in our communities. I am delighted that he is continuing to share his love for the land and enthusiasm to work with our partners as the Idaho City District Ranger.”

Newman has worked for the Forest Service in various field forester positions for the last 18 years. He worked on multiple national forests including the Sawtooth, Gunnison, Medicine Bow, Kaibab and ultimately landing on the Boise National Forest in 2008. Josh has an extensive background in timber and silverculture and recently served in a temporary Deputy Ranger position for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Stanley, Idaho.

“There are few things I enjoy more than being in the woods. I value bringing specialists together and working toward treatments that benefit wildlife, recreation and other ecosystem processes while producing viable timber sales that also relieve the stress of overcrowded timber stands,” said Newman. “I look forward to working with Idaho City’s diverse community to reach local solutions that improve quality of life and forest health.”

Josh Newman has been extremely active as a team lead for Boise front range projects. For the last four years, Josh has led a large reforestation program helping to restore large fire scars from the 2016 Pioneer Fire, 2013 Pony and Elk complexes and in planning reforestation efforts following timber harvests to improve forest resiliency around the Bogus Basin area.
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Ramshorn Pack Bridge removed

September 22, 2022 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI) — On Friday, Helfrich Outfitter’s successfully removed the 40-foot-long, six foot wide and approximately 12,000-pound Ramshorn Pack Bridge from the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

The bridge had been washed into the river from a debris flow on Ramshorn Creek that occurred in early August.

The debris flow demolished the bridge, displacing it entirely into the Middle Fork of the Salmon River at the toe of the debris flow. The bridge was covered by thousands of pounds of logs, vegetation, rock and other debris. The bridge was obstructing river traffic and posing a safety concern. In addition, it was critical to remove the bridge from the river before winter weather prohibited removal and next spring’s runoff and subsequent highwater moved the bridge downstream into a potentially worse position where it could further hinder river boating or get lodged in a position where it would be more even more difficult to remove.


Critter News:

Fish and Game reminds residents to protect garbage against bears

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking residents to bear-proof their garbage after receiving multiple reports of problem bears, lethally removing one bear and setting a trap for another.

Garbage cans that aren’t bear-proof offer easy access to high calorie foods as bears are fattening up for the winter, especially with a poor huckleberry crop and fires making food harder for the animals to find.

Fish and Game officials are asking residents to either request bear-proof trash cans from Lake Shore Disposal or keep trash inside until the morning of pickup.

Vacation rentals are especially vulnerable, so owners and rental companies are asked to provide clear instructions to renters.

“What we really need is for residents and visitors to make sure bears can’t get to any garbage or other food sources,” Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

“Lethally removing a problem bear is a last resort, but one we have to take if a bear has become too habituated” to accessing human food, Berkley said.

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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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 (link).

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Elk foundation chapter to host banquet Oct. 1 in Cascade

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Heartland Banquet will be Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 60 in Cascade.

The event will include a general raffle, silent auction and live auction.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works to preserve and enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife.

The organization also works to improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage.

Call 208-995-3511 for tickets. Seating is limited.

American Legion Post 60 is located at 105 E. Mill St. in Cascade.

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Idaho Humane society seeing many patients with cheat grass

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 23rd 2022

The Idaho Humane Society is seeing lots of patients coming into the clinic with embedded cheat grass.

Cheatgrass can cause an immense amount of pain for pets, it can become stuck anywhere from the ear to getting wedged between toes, it can get in the paws, hair, mouth and the nose.

Idaho Humane Society suggests thoroughly checking your dog after outdoor adventures. Brushing is a great way to remove any cheat grass that might be on their coat.

If you notice your dog shaking its head excessively, it could be from cheatgrass. The faster your pet gets examined, the better the chance of a happy outcome.


Fish and Game News:

Three helpful tips to remember when interacting with your local conservation officers

By T.J. Ross, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Conservation officers and sportsmen are playing for the same team

With most hunting seasons being open or opening within the next few weeks, Idaho’s hunting, fishing and trapping culture will soon be enjoyed by many.

Amidst the hustle and bustle this time of year, Idaho Fish and Game’s conservation officers are also hitting the woods to help keep people safe and to ensure Idaho’s wildlife resources are enjoyed safely, ethically and sustainably.

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Hunters should use caution this fall waterfowl season as avian influenza sees another surge

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Fish and Game is continuing to conduct surveillance of wild waterfowl in conjunction with the USDA Wildlife Services

Avian influenza could impact Idaho waterfowl hunters yet again this fall, with the virus now discovered across much of the state. Fish and Game biologists are already seeing an increase in reports of avian mortality, the suspected cause of which is high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

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McCall Hatchery closed to public for large construction project starting Oct. 1

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Idaho Fish and Game’s McCall Fish Hatchery will be closed to the public starting Oct.1 to allow construction of two holding ponds. During the months of June, July, and August, the new holding ponds will be used to house adult Chinook salmon broodstock awaiting spawning, and will allow the hatchery to more efficiently address challenges posed by low flows and high water temperatures on the South Fork Salmon River.

Summer Chinook salmon is the primary species produced at McCall hatchery, with fish coming from the South Fork Salmon River. Historically, adults have been trapped, held, and spawned at a satellite facility on the South Fork Salmon River near Warm Lake during the summer months. The fertilized eggs were then transported to the main McCall Hatchery facility for incubation and rearing.

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