Oct 2, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 2, 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 4 – Village Council Team Meeting
Oct 6 – New Flags 1pm at the Kiosk
Oct 10 – Vaccinations at Community Hall
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 6 – Fall Back (Time Change)
(details below)

Local Events:

Oct 4th – Village Council Team Meeting

See below under VYPA News for more info.
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Oct 6th – New Flags for Yellow Pine

Wally and Roberta Cory, Cecil and Ginny have purchased 2 new flags for the kiosk, a state flag and a USA flag, to replace the old ones that are up now. Wally, Tim R. and Cecil will replace them in a little ceremony on Thursday Oct. 6th at 1pm.
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Oct 10th – Flu Shots

Teri and Sam from Cascade Medical Center plan a trip to Yellow Pine on October 10th. They will be bringing the fall flu shots and the new covid boosters. We will meet at the Community Hall likely some time between 10am and 1130am. Don’t forget to bring your insurance card.
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Oct 12th – 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.
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Oct 31st – Halloween

(No events listed yet)
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Nov 6 – Fall Back (Time Change)

Sunday, November 6th: Time to change your clocks back an hour and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Village News:

Fall Colors September 30, 2022

courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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September Weather 2022

Rain total for the month = 0.90″ (no snow)
Average high: 82 degrees
Average low: 40 degrees
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Found Keys and Phone at Big Creek Lodge

Phone was found on the runway. Keys were found on the road to elk Summit
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Found Keys at 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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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

09/24/22 28957208 34484 24 1437 24 S 86
09/25/22 28996524 39316 24 1638 27 S 4832
09/26/22 29032768 36244 24 1510 25 M 3072
09/27/22 29066777 34009 24 1417 24 T 2235
09/28/22 29100857 34080 24 1420 24 W 71
09/29/22 29136551 35694 24 1487 25 T 1614
09/30/22 29168372 31821 24 1326 22 F 3873
Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
10/01/22 29200553 32181 24 1341 22 S 360
10/02/22 29227668 27115 24 1130 19 S 5066

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 @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 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, 2020 YPWUA 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:

Village Council Team Meeting Planned Oct 4th

This is to notify that the Village Council Members will be meeting on October 4th at 4:00 PM at the Community Hall – Yellow Pine.

This working meeting is open for property owners to observe. There will be no public agenda, as this is for the working members to review general topics and planning for 2023.

Please share this information with other residents who might not be on our email list yet. Feel free to email me directly if you wish to be removed.

Lynn Imel

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:

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

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

Big Creek Lodge
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins – closing for winter soon.

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 26) overnight low of 37 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 38 degrees by 930am, clear sky and roofs wet with dew. A couple of steller jays around. Clear and sunny at lunch time. Quite warm mid-afternoon, clear sky, strong sunshine and light breezes, high of 87 degrees. Clear sky at dusk, calm and cooling off.

Tuesday (Sep 27) overnight low of 35 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 42 degrees by 935am, mostly cloudy (like bubble-wrap) and light breeze. Quiet, a jay and a pine squirrel calling, hairy woodpecker visiting. A few bushes are starting to show fall colors. Mostly cloudy and warming up at lunch time. Quite warm mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and light breeze, high of 89 degrees. Clear sky, warm and calm after sunset.

Wednesday (Sep 28) overnight low of 39 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 42 degrees by 930am, mostly clear sky (some high thin haze,) light breeze and light dew. Heard a robin calling, jays observed. Partly clear/cloudy at lunch time and warm. Mail truck was a little early. Warm and getting breezy mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy / partly clear, high of 87 degrees. Warm and mostly clear at sunset.

Thursday (Sep 29) 24 hour low of 42 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 58 degrees by 930am and mostly cloudy. Jays calling. Gusty breezes before lunch time. Mostly cloudy, cool and breezy at noon. Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool mid-afternoon, high of 70 degrees. Dark overcast and rain for about an hour late afternoon. Mostly clear after the sun set. More rain early morning.

Friday (Sep 30) overnight low of 40 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.30″. This morning it was 42 degrees by 930am, partly cloudy and light breeze. A few jays calling. Mostly cloudy at lunch time and VanMeter Hill socked in. Broken overcast mid-afternoon and cool breezes, high of 61 degrees. Mostly clear late afternoon. Mountain Larch and Aspens are starting to turn gold. Partly cloudy after sunset and cool light breeze.

Saturday (Oct 1) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 47 degrees by 10am, broken overcast and light breeze. A few jays observed. Cool and gray overcast at lunch time, chilly light breeze. Cool, calm and gray overcast mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Dark overcast early evening with a little rain. Mostly clear after sunset.

Sunday (Oct 2) overnight low of 36 degrees, Trace of rain in the gauge from Saturday. This morning it was 43 degrees by 10am and dark overcast. Quiet, only one jay calling, and a pine squirrel visited later. Cool and dark overcast at lunch time. Cool, dark and cloudy mid-afternoon and fairly calm, high of 60 degrees. Broken thinner overcast by early evening.

Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 373 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

September 30, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 373 new COVID-19 cases and 5 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 495,873.

The state said 32 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 18,198, and 6 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,063.

5 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,176.

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

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 29, 2022

A total of 14 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 14 new cases compared to five new cases reported the previous week and 12 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,180 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.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district, according to Southwest District Health.

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 (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 has received the Moderna Bivalent Booster and will provide it on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the center’s Family Medicine Clinic.

The vaccine is available to anyone age 18 and older who has completed their primary vaccination series more than two months ago, has not had another booster within the past two months, and has not had COVID in the last three months. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule an appointment.

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Valley County Commissioners’ September 2022 Newsletter

* Absentee Ballot Requests
* P&Z Commission Vacancy
* Master Facilities Plan
* Commercial Solid Waste Rates Public Hearing October 4th
* Waterways Plan to be Presented at October 17th Joint Meeting
* Important Dates & Upcoming Meetings
* Current Employment Opportunities

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Two people found shot and killed in Adams County

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, October 1st 2022

On Saturday, the Adams County Sheriff received a report of two people shot in the office of the Hartland Inn.

Authorities responded and found the two people dead.

According the authorities, a suspect was apprehended in Washington County.

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Search for missing person near Big Trinity Lake in Boise National Forest

A person reported missing Saturday had not yet been found as of Thursday.

KTVB Staff September 29, 2022

Elmore County, Idaho — The Big Trinity Lake campground is now closed until the search for a person reported missing in the area ends, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The sheriff’s office has not released a picture or description of the missing person. Deputies and personnel with Elmore County Search and Rescue responded to a call about the missing person Saturday, Sept. 24. The person was believed to have been in the area of Big Trinity Lake and nearby campgrounds.


Tips and Advice:

Energy-saving tips for the Fall from Idaho Power

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, September 28th 2022

A new season of Fall is quickly approaching, so now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for colder temperatures.

Idaho Power offers the following energy efficiency tips to get your home ready for fall:


Fire Season:

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).
InciWeb Link:
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4 Corners Fire smoke slows L. Cascade algae

Future threat remains from runoff of burned areas

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 29, 2922

Smoky skies from the Four Corners Fire might have saved Lake Cascade from a fifth cyanobacteria health advisory in as many years, observers said.

However, the effects of the fire may increase the chances of algae blooms in future years due to runoffs of rain and snowmelt over areas cleared by fire, the observers said.

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Four Corners Fire [Final] Update September 26, 2022

Payette National Forest

Containment 96%
208-634-0820 – New phone number

On Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., Nevada Team 2 will transition command of the Four Corners Fire to a Payette National Forest Type 4 Incident Commander. This will be the last daily update for the Four Corners Fire.

Nearly all the suppression repair work has been completed by firefighting crews and contractors over the last week. This includes repair to dozer and hand lines and backhauling of hoses and related equipment. The Incident Command Post, located at the southern end Lake Cascade, has already begun dismantling the fire camp. Logistics staff have ordered contractors to remove tents, and electrical and communications infrastructure. Food, fuel and hygiene support contractors will be discharged over the next few days.

Type 4 Incident Commander will deploy a Type 1 hand crew and two engines. They will monitor and patrol the last 4% of containment line in the Willow Creek drainage as well as the fire perimeter. Type 4 Incident Commander will likely remain in place until a true season ending event.

A warming trend is expected to deliver above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the early in the week. Temperatures will reach into the mid to high 70’s with relative humidity decreasing to single digits. Daily temperatures will drop into the 60s late in the week. Winds are expected to be light and variable all week.

Nevada Team 2 wants to thank all of our partners and associated agency representatives for their support and counsel during the fire’s duration. These include: the Payette National Forest, Valley, Gem and Adams counties, and Idaho Department of Lands. Special thanks goes to the communities of God’s Acres, French Creek and Campbell Creek as well as the residents of Cascade, Donnelly, McCall and surrounding areas for their generous support they have given to Nevada Team 2 and all personnel involved in the Four Corners Fire.

Closure Information: On Sept. 15, the closure perimeter was reduced to allow more access to areas in and around the fire. See map and description at (link).

Hunting Information – (link).
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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/30/2022
The fire has transitioned to a Type 4 local incident management organization.
Total Personnel 21
Size 2,157 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 55%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Tenmile Fire, September 29, 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 9/25/2022
Size 39 Acres
No area or trail closure is expected, but the fire is on the Ramey Ridge Trail 006 where it intersects with the Rock Rabbit Trail 008 which is a primary route into Chamberlain Basin. The Beaver Creek Trail 016 that had been closed for bridge replacement is now open and is another route that can be used to reach Chamberlain Basin.
InciWeb Link:
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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 9/29/2022
Size 2,930 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
No reported growth on fire; infrared mapping hasn’t occurred since September 8th.
Containment goals for portions of the fire located outside the Wilderness area have been achieved.
InciWeb Link:
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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 9/25/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
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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 9/25/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
InciWeb Link:
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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/29/2022
Total Personnel 143
Size 37,836 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 64%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Ross Fork Fire mapped at 37,868 acres

September 28, 2022 Local News 8

The lightning caused Ross Fork Fire has burned 37,868 acres and is 64% contained.

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 2
Size 9,598 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 1st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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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 10/1/2022
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 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 414
Size 130,112 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 75%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Public Information Map for Saturday, October 1

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Source of Moose Fire found but search remains for who started the fire?

September 26, 2022 Local News 8

Investigators with the U.S. Forest Service have determined the Moose Fire was caused by an unextinguished and unattended campfire, which spread to adjacent vegetation on the afternoon of July 17th. A wildland fire investigation team comprised of U.S. Forest Service Special Agents and Law Enforcement Officers, aided by local law enforcement, conducted numerous interviews along with forensic processing of the origin area. They say the incident occurred during a period of high temperatures, low humidity, and winds estimated around 30 miles per hour (MPH). The fire began on a small flat commonly used as a dispersed camping area, across from the Moose Creek drainage, between Salmon River Road and the Main Salmon River, approximately 5.6 miles west of North Fork, Idaho.

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Moose Fire, Idaho’s largest of 2022, now 75% contained

The Moose Fire has burned more than 200 square miles since July 17, when it started after a campfire was left unextinguished in a camping area in Lemhi County.

KTVB Staff September 30, 2022

Containment on the Moose Fire burning northwest of Salmon has increased significantly, Salmon-Challis National Forest officials said the morning of Friday, Sept. 30.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest reports 3 new fires

September 27, 2022 Local News 8

The Salmon-Challis National Forest has had three new fires in the last week. To date, there have been 47 wildfires reported on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. 41 of those reported fires are out.

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Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning ignited wildfires

September 30, 2022 Boise District Office

Fire crews completed the remaining implementation of fire containment lines overnight. The majority of active fire spread has been halted and crews will focus on reinforcing containment lines and mopping up interior hotspots throughout today and tomorrow.

Flat Fire
* Location: 15 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 980 acres
* Contained: 9/30 at 9:00 a.m.
* Estimated control: 9/30 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: Two dozers, two engines, two hand crews, one fuel tender and one water tender *
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Border Fire (Merged with Jake Fire on 9/29 at 5:30 p.m.)
* Location: 21 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 9,149 acres
* Estimated containment: 9/30 at noon
* Estimated control: 10/1 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: Smoke jumpers, four dozers, two hand crews and four engines*
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Hog Fire
* Location: 27 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 1,280 acres
* Contained: 9/29 at 6:00 p.m.
* Estimated control: 9/30 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: One dozer and six engines *
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Sheep Fire
* Location: 29 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 510 acres
* Estimated containment: 9/30 at 2:00 p.m.
* Estimated control: 10/1
* Resources: Smoke jumpers and two hand crews *
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Biggy Fire
* Location: 27 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: Nine acres
* Contained: 9/29 at 6:00 p.m.
* Estimated control: 9/30 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: Sharing resources with Hog Fire
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Four helicopters will be shared with all fires depending on suppression priorities and objectives.

For More Information Contact Boise District Fire Information Hotline, (208) 384-3378
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Lightning leads to several large fires in Gem County

The fires started between Ola and Sweet. The Bureau of Land Management reported “substantial progress” in the fight to stop them Thursday.

KTVB Staff September 30, 2022

Four wildfires spotted early Thursday between Sweet and Ola in Gem County have burned 1,000 acres or more. The Bureau of Land Management late Thursday night did report that fire crews with the BLM and other agencies have made “substantial progress” in slowing the growth of those fires and achieving containment and control of them.


Public Lands:

The Payette Post – Forest Newsletter August/September 2022

The Payette National Forest Newsletter, the Payette Post, is now available on a story map website. You can see it here at The Payette Post (view with Chrome or Edge).
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Public Surveys to Begin on the Payette National Forest

McCall, ID, September 27, 2022 – The public will encounter contract employees working on the Payette National Forest in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along forest service roads. They will be out in all types of weather conditions, wearing bright orange vests, and be near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead”.

The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey is being conducted on the Payette National Forest which will begin in October of 2022 and will go through Sept 30, 2023. The information gathered is useful for forest planning as well as local community tourism planning. It provides National Forest managers with an estimate of how many people actually recreate on the National Forest, what activities they engage in while there and how satisfied people were with their visit. Economic impact to the local economy is also captured in the survey.

The survey gathers basic visitor information. Surveys are voluntary and all responses are confidential; names are not included. Interviews last about 10 minutes. Questions asked include: where you recreated on the Forest, how many people traveled with you, how long you were on the Forest, what other recreation sites you visited while on the Forest, and how satisfied you are with the facilities and services provided. About a third of the visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip.

“Although the survey is entirely voluntary, participation is extremely important so we can assess visitor experiences on the Forest and strive to make it a better place to visit,” said Emily Simpson, acting Recreation Program Manager on the Payette National Forest. “We would appreciate it if visitors would pull over and answer a few questions. It’s important for interviewers to talk with local people using the forest, as well as out-of-area visitors, so all types of visitors are represented in the study.”

Information about the National Visitor Use Monitoring program can be found at (link).

Kelly Martin, MS (she/her)
Public Affairs Specialist
Payette National Forest
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Insect ravages stands of fir trees on Payette forest

Agencies work on guide to clearing before fires happen

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 29, 2022

A method to quickly show whether stands of fir trees have become infested with insects and could help spread a wildfire is now under the development by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Payette National Forest is working with Forest Health Protection and Rocky Mountain Research Station of the forest service on ways to show the damage that can happen to fir forests infested with balsam woody adelgid.

The insect is non-native and invasive and was detected on fir trees on the Payette in the early 2000s.

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Illegal dumping near Mountain Home threatens public access to endowment land

The endowment land is used to support public education in Idaho, but is now in danger of being restricted due to illegal dumping.

Jude Binkley September 27, 2022 KTVB

“Pick up after yourself.”

The line has been muttered by mothers around the world and now, the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is asking the public to do the same.

The IDL loaded up two trailers and two picked beds with trash found on endowment land near Mountain Home.


Mining News:

Suction-dredge gold miner working Idaho river fined $150K

Shannon Poe was ordered to pay $150,000 to the U.S. Treasury following 42 violations over three years of gold dredging on the South Fork of the Clearwater River.

Keith Ridler (AP), Associated Press September 29, 2022

A suction-dredge gold miner from California who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon and steelhead without permits required by the Clean Water Act must pay $150,000, a federal judge has ruled.

Shannon Poe received the fine Wednesday in an order by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond E. Patricco in U.S. District Court in Idaho.

continued: KTVB

Critter News:

‘We’re seeing a huge burnout issue’: Some Treasure Valley clinics facing veterinarian shortage

Shirah Matsuzawa September 29, 2022 KTVB

If you have taken your pet to the vet recently, you might have noticed a longer wait time. The delay is because some veterinary clinics are dealing with a shortage of veterinarians. Dr. Michael Marshall is a veterinarian with Boise Animal Health and Urgent Care.

Marshall said right now in the Treasure Valley, there is an overwhelming need for veterinary services to meet the demand. He also said the Boise clinic is actively working to recruit, but not having much luck just yet.

“Just about every area practice is booked up,” Marshall said. “So, clients are trying to get in and they normally could right away, but it’s taking weeks to get in, so they’re coming to places like us or West Vet or All Valley, which are experiencing just really long wait times and the real logjam, I guess, is just the number of veterinarians.”

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Idaho Fish and Game cautions hunters against Avian flu

September 29, 2022 Local News 8

Avian influenza could impact Idaho waterfowl hunters yet again this fall, with the virus now discovered across much of the state.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists are already seeing an increase in reports of avian mortality, which they believe to be the result of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

“We are uncertain of the HPAI strain type and virulence that may impact our wildlife this fall, but we do anticipate an increase in cases over the next few months as the fall waterfowl migration progresses,” Fish and Game Wildlife Veterinarian Nicole Walrath said. “These birds have been coming in their summer breeding grounds and will be migrating back through Idaho this fall.”


Fish and Game News:

F&G urges hunters to keep a clean camp to avoid unwanted encounters with bears

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 30, 2022

Keep safe by keeping a clean camp

As hunters strap on their boots and head out into the woods this fall, Fish and Game would like to remind people of a few simple tips they should follow to keep a clean camp and avoid attracting unwanted visitors, particularly bears. As a general rule, anything you can do to store food and garbage in a secure location away from a bear and away from your camp will help keep both people and the bears safe.

“I recently responded to an incident of a grizzly bear poking its nose around an occupied campsite, no doubt looking for an easy meal,” says Jeremy Nicholson, Fish and Game bear biologist. “Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see large camps with coolers full of food, cooking grills, and other attractants left unsecured and accessible to a bear.” During the fall, bears are active 20 hours a day looking for food, so it is important to properly secure food items or any other attractants night and day. “I’ve seen coolers and other food items tucked under vehicles, in the bed of trucks, and stored inside canvas wall tents,” Nicholson says. “None of those will keep a determined bear from getting a food reward, and if you are camping in the National Forest, none of those options meet food storage requirements.”

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Brush up on Idaho’s trespassing laws before you go hunting or fishing

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

You need permission to be on private lands, and written permission is recommended

Hunters, anglers and other sportsmen and women should be aware of Idaho trespass laws before they head into the field. Trespass laws changed in 2018, and here are some basic things to remember:

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The 2022 ‘Sockeye Roundup’ caps off one of the most successful sockeye returns in the last decade

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fish and Game staff herded up 59 sockeye to add to this year’s sockeye return

Idaho’s Stanley Basin has long been one of the West’s most iconic roundup arenas. For 160 years, cowboys and their hooved counterparts have comingled out in the vast valley beneath the towering Sawtooth Mountains where they come together each fall to round up the herds.

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