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Apr 5, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 5, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Letter to Share:

Dear Yellow Pine residents:

Cascade Medical Center is here for you. When I (Tom Reinhardt) attended your community meeting in September, I mentioned that we were preparing to provide tele-video medical visits. We now have that up and running. If you want to schedule an appointment, call our clinic at 208-382-4285. Vicki or one of the MAs will ask you some questions to make sure that a tele-video visit is the right choice given your symptoms or need. If so, we will work with you to make sure you are set up on the Cascade Medical Center patient portal (with our EMR). We will also make sure that you are set up to be able to do a tele-video visit (laptop with camera, desktop with camera, or smart phone). We use the Zoom telemedicine system, which is confidential and secure (it works like Skype or Face-time). Before the appointment, we will email you a link for the tele-video visit. When it is time for your appointment, you will click on the link in the email and you will be connected with our provider and can begin your visit.

Regarding insurance coverage, the COVID legislation passed in March assures coverage of telemedicine visits for patients with Medicare, Medicaid, VA. Private insurers have also decided to provide coverage just as for regular in person visits, at least until the COVID epidemic crisis is declared over.

My advice is that if someone usually goes to the VA for care, they should call the VA and see if they can do a video visit with them. Or if they usually go to McCall St. Lukes, they should call their doctor there.

Tom Reinhardt, CEO
Cascade Medical Center
April 4, 2020

Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed until further notice
March 22 – Boil Water Order still in effect
March 23 – South Fork Road Weight Restrictions
March 28 – June 30 Lower South Fork closed to rafting
Spring Rx Burns postponed
(details below)

Valley County Covid-19 Response Page

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Idaho Gov’s Stay at Home Order


Local Events:

Nothing scheduled for now.

Village News:

Tick Season has started.

It is time for hungry bears come out of hibernation, protect your trash and pet food.
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Power Outage

We had a wet winter storm Monday night (March 30), Tuesday morning we had 3″ wet heavy snow here in Yellow Pine (the Big Creek summit SNOTEL station showed 14″ new snow.) The power blinked off a few times Tuesday morning and went off at 1230pm. The outage message at Idaho Power gave a larger number of households in the dark than what in our village, so the Warm Lake area was probably also impacted. Snowed most of the day. Power came back on at 545pm about the same time it stopped snowing.
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Earthquake and Aftershocks Felt in Yellow Pine

At 553pm Tuesday, March 31 (shortly after the power came back on) we were shook pretty hard by the 6.5 earthquake. At 628pm we felt a 4.6 aftershock. At 730am April 1st we felt a 4.1 aftershock. We felt a few of the smaller aftershocks in the following days. Dave P and others have sent some helpful links and other info to share.

March 31, 2020 6.5 Earthquake epicenter map

link: USGS Map (zoom way in to see creek names)

link: USGS Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Felt in Central Idaho

link: USGS M 6.5 – 72km W of Challis, Idaho (more info)

link: Strong earthquake – Western Idaho (USA) on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 – information

March 31 4.6 Aftershock Map
link: USGS M 4.6 – 72km ESE of Cascade, Idaho

Misc. Info to pass along…

Report: March 31 IDT had a LG Rock on 55. mm 89. – DH

Note from Amerigas: if you have a propane problem or smell gas call them in McCall. Phone: (208) 634-8181

“The immediate vicinity of the epicenter has some history of strong earthquakes, with a 6.0 magnitude quake occurring in 1944 and a 6.1 quake occurring in 1945.” – Shawn Willsey, author of “Geology Underfoot in Southern Idaho,”

John Hopkins Hospital did not put out a Covid19 advice sheet that is circulating on social media. For direct info go to their website at (link)
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2020 Census

Report that the Census forms have arrived in Yellow Pine. Check your post office box.

Or you can fill out the census online. (You need to start the census to get to the part to find your ID.)

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Boil Water Order March 22, 2020

Update April 4th:

Unfortunately boil order is still on. The power outage experience the other day resulted in a period of time with no chlorination. Do to that lack of chlorination we need to wait a few more days to make sure that the system stabilizes before lifting the boil order. I anticipate just a few more days but we sort of have to wait and see.
– Warren Drake

Update March 28th:

The boil order will remain in effect until treatment requirements are met.
– Warren Drake

Boil Order Advisory Notice for immediate distribution. This notice should be sent to all customers as well as posted in public places such as the Tavern and the Post Office etc.

Boil Water Advisory Notice Starting on 3-22-2020

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory Notice applies to The Yellow Pine Water System

After the turbidity of the treated water has fallen below then required limit, the boil advisory can be lifted. I anticipate that it will take just a few days to meet both criteria.
Warren Drake
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Yellow Pine Tavern closed due to COVID-19 fears

Tavern will be closed til further notice. Will have gas available as well as take out beer, pop, candy, chips, pizza. Call 208 739-7086 or go to 355 Yellow Pine Ave. House across street from the Tavern next to the Silver Dollar.
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Rock Migration Season

Watch for rocks on the EFSF road in the bowling alley area and some areas of the South Fork. While the earthquake didn’t shake anything big loose, the freeze thaw cycle along with wet weather is bringing down rocks large and small.
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South Fork Road Weight Restrictions

The load restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road started on Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.
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Snowmobile Grooming

Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season. The PNF has closed a number of snowmobile parking lots (see below under Public Lands.)
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Lakeshore last emptied the bins Feb 13th.

Dump Report March 17th: The bins are less than half full. The road to the dump is breaking up, slush and ruts.

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.

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

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:


Boil Water Order issued March 22nd.

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Fire Chief – Jeff Forster

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

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for the winter.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Closed until further notice.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 208-502-0940
FB page link
open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
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:

The Star-News

A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

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

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (Mar 30) overnight low of 32 degrees, overcast and sprinkling this morning, measured 16″ snow on the ground. A couple of jays, a few juncos and nuthatches visiting. Breezy and raining at lunch time. Hairy woodpecker and clark’s nutcracker stopped by. Stopped raining mid-afternoon and calmer, high of 40 degrees. Gusty winds, low clouds and lashes of rain late afternoon, mixed with snow, then snow. Huge flakes of snow early evening, measured an inch of snow by 730pm, then turned to rain. Drippy, wet and misting late evening. Turned to snow before midnight and sticking. Snow during the night and early morning.

Tuesday (Mar 31) power off and on at least 3 times this morning. Overnight low of 31 degrees, low overcast and a break in the snow fall at 1030am, measured 3″ new heavy wet snow (SWE= 1.12″) and 19″ snow on the ground. A few juncos and nuthatches visiting. Snowing again before lunch time for about 30 minutes. Power out 1230pm to 544pm. Snow rain and graupel all afternoon, high of 38 degrees. Earthquake at 553pm! Shook for almost a full minute, then tapered off and “vibrated” for another minute (M6.5), aftershock at 628pm (M4.6). Breaks in the clouds at sunset. Below freezing, chilly breezes and mostly cloudy at dusk (sitting down on VanMeter hill.) Mostly clear at 1030pm and temperature dropping.

Wednesday (Apr 1) overnight low of 10 degrees, partly clear sky this morning, just a trace of yesterday’s snow on the board and 18″ average snow depth. Red-winged blackbird calling and juncos twittering, hairy woodpecker and nuthatches visiting. Partly clear and right at freezing at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time, nothing big came down onto the road. Partly clear early afternoon, high of 38 degrees. Overcast and snowing late afternoon, cold breezes and below freezing. Snowed until early evening. Lights blinking a few times around 7pm but did not go completely off. Temperatures continue to drop and partly cloudy at dusk.

Thursday (Apr 2) overnight low of 14 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and cold light breeze this morning, about 1/10″ of snow remained on the board and estimate 18″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, a pine squirrel left tracks too. Juncos twittering, nuthatches visiting. Mostly cloudy, scattered sunshine and breezy mid-day through late afternoon, high of 41 degrees. Quiet day, no traffic. Mostly clear early evening. Partly clear at dusk – large bank of clouds to the southeast and calm. It appeared to be partly clear before midnight, bright half full moon high in the sky lighting up the clouds.

Friday (Apr 3) overnight low of 16 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and chilly light breezes this morning, measured 17″ of snow on the ground. Juncos twittering all over the neighborhood and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Scattered sunshine mid-day. Cloudy and light snow flurries on and off starting early afternoon through early evening, chilly light breezes, breaks in the clouds at times, high of 37 degrees. Increasing traffic. Several elk wandering through the golf course just after sunset. A hair above freezing, breezy and mostly cloudy at dusk. Mostly cloudy with bright moon peeking out before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 4) overnight low of 16 degrees, almost clear sky this morning, measured 17″ snow on the ground. At 1020am a dark blue loud fast helicopter circled over the village then headed up Johnson Creek. A few nuthatches and juncos visiting, jays calling from the trees. First sighting of a male cassins finch. Gusty breezes and mostly cloudy at lunch time. Pine squirrel visited. Possible aftershock felt at 318pm. Overcast and gusty breezes late afternoon, high of 47 degrees. Overcast and calmer at dusk, robin chirping. Thin clouds and filtered moonlight before midnight. Rain fell early morning.

Sunday (Apr 5) 24 hour low of 25 degrees (from Saturday morning), mostly cloudy warm (39F) and breezy this morning, measured 16″ snow on the ground. Juncos and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy and gusty at lunch time. Possible aftershock felt at 237pm. Mostly cloudy with scattered sunshine and breezy afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Late afternoon it was overcast and gusty winds. At dusk it was calmer, mostly overcast, a few drop of rain and robins calling.

Letters to Share:

Did You Feel It? (Aftershocks?)

Send in your Earthquake Stories

From Yellow Pine March 31, 2020

Our power had been off since 1230pm and snowing all day, the power came on at 545pm and it quit snowing, then at 553pm the earthquake struck. At first we thought it was a strong gust of wind, the rumbling increased in volume as if a runaway dump truck was about to crash through the wall. My husband jumped up and looked out the window – and it knocked me back in my chair. Then the shaking started – side to side – and everything in the house rattling, wind chimes going off. The shaking lasted (forever) about a full minute, but continued to vibrate for almost another minute or more. The hanging chimes were still swaying a little for a couple more minutes. I could NOT get out of my chair. My husband tried to walk across the room it kind of tossed him around the room like he was doing some crazy new dance. He says I was squeaking, “Earthquake, earthquake!” It took half an hour before our heart rates had settled down. Felt an aftershock at 628pm, but he didn’t. No injuries or local damage reported. – rrSue
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From Washington

I felt the Earthquake in Cusick WA! I was sitting in my office chair at home and it was gentle rocking/swaying. I initially thought my son Hunter was behind me, very gentle messing with my chair to see if I’d notice. I was impressed because I’m not easy to sneak up on. Turned around to congratulate him on his stealth but he wasn’t there. I concentrated on what the chair was doing. Wondered if my blood pressure is out of control enough to move my chair? Nope pulse feels normal. Is the washing machine on, vibrating the floor, no? Can’t hear any music, much less loud music that vibrates the air. Ghost? Doubt it. It’s an earthquake. I looked outside and all around for other signs of it, nothing. Tried to see if I could feel it standing, but could only feel it sitting in the chair and it was a pleasant swaying, so sat back down to enjoy it while it lasts. I have to admit, in the past, I was disappointed all the other times I was in an area where an earthquake happened because I missed them. Probably [was] driving when they happened and far enough away that they went entirely unnoticed by me. After deciding there is no danger to Hunter, I was pleased to be experiencing one at last. I briefly wondered where the center is and if harm is being caused elsewhere, but preferred to think I’m among the lucky few that even knows it’s happening. I hope it didn’t cause damage and no one was hurt and assume it wasn’t very destructive because I hadn’t heard anything about it until I read your email. Thank you Railroad, for confirming, I haven’t lost my mind. I really did feel an earthquake and it was such a neat thing to feel….from here.

– NW

Idaho News:

4.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Cascade

by Ryan L Morrison Friday, April 3rd 2020

(Courtesy USGS)

Another 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit central Idaho near Cascade Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Did you feel it? USGS wants to know. Tell them here. (link). There have been 230 responses as of Friday evening.

CBS2 viewers are saying some shakes were felt from Boise to Idaho Falls and all the way up to Lewiston.


[Note: this was east of Deadwood, near Hwy 21 between Swamp Creek and Flat Creek.]
link: USGS map to zoom in on
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Quake rattles and rolls, but no damage reported

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

Area residents were shaken and stirred by Tuesday’s earthquake that rocked the region, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday with the epicenter in a remote area about 42 miles east of Cascade.

The epicenter of the earthquake was next to Shake Creek and Laidlow Creek, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Local police and fire agencies said there were no reports of significant damage or injury.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office posted a Facebook advisory asking residents with above-ground propane tanks to check them for leaks.

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Idaho authorities say no major damage after 6.5 earthquake

by Associated Press & CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, April 1st 2020

Rock fall. (Israel Bravo)

The day after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled Idaho, authorities near the epicenter say there have been no reports of significant damage or injuries.

Kathy Rodgers, a dispatcher with the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, said calls poured in following the earthquake just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday but all appears to be well in central Idaho region. The county is sparsely populated, with roughly 4,300 residents.

“It’s wonderful – we got a lot of calls, but no damage and no injuries,” she said Wednesday morning.

At least 47 aftershocks had been recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey by mid-morning, with the largest one measured at a magnitude 4.6.

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ITD clearing rockfall, checking infrastructure after Idaho shook by 6.5 earthquake

by Ryan L Morrison Wednesday, April 1st 2020

(ITD photo)

Idaho Transportation Department crews are clearing rockfall and inspecting infrastructure following the 6.5 earthquake that shook the Idaho Central Mountains Tuesday.

Several mountain highways saw rockfall on the roadway following the quake including highways ID-75 near Stanley, ID-21 north and south of Lowman, ID-55 between Horseshoe Bend and Cascade, and ID-52 east of Emmett.

Maintenance crews responded immediately to clear these hazards from the roadway and ensure the road was safe for travel.

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M 6.5 earthquake shakes central Idaho, causes widespread avalanches

by Ryan L Morrison Friday, April 3rd 2020 (CBS2)

Location: Crooked Creek, Sawtooth Mountains. Photo Credit: Ben VandenBos/Sawtooth Avalanche Center

On Tuesday a 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho and the surrounding areas. The quake’s epicenter was just 20 miles northwest of Stanley.

The earthquake happened right at the end of a major spring snowstorm that dropped two to three feet of new snow in the mountains near the epicenter.

The avalanche danger was already rated as high on the day of the earthquake. In fact one section of Highway 21 was closed due to an avalanche before the earthquake.

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Strong earthquake rocks valley

6.5 magnitude quake felt as far away as southern Canada

Greg Moore April 3, 2020 IME

Already on edge due to a deadly viral pandemic, Wood River Valley residents were further rattled Tuesday night by the second largest earthquake ever recorded in Idaho.

The U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed the 6.5 magnitude quake to a spot deep underground about 20 miles northwest of Stanley. It occurred at 5:52 p.m.

“Perceived shaking for the quake was very strong,” the USGS reported Wednesday. “The event was widely felt, with close to 16,000 ‘Did You Feel It?’ reports thus far submitted, but [is] likely to have low impact.”

According to a USGS response map, the quake was felt as far north as southern British Columbia and Alberta, and as far west as western Washington and Oregon.

continued: (interesting story about Redfish Lake)
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How an M6.5 Earthquake Led to a Historic Avalanche Cycle in the Sawtooths

April 5, 2020 Words by Smg Co-owner Chris Lundy, Photos by Guide Tanner Haskins

The Experience

On March 31st, Sara and I were up at the Williams Peak Hut shoveling it out from nearly 2 feet of new snow. The yurts have been shut down for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic—which means there’s no one up there keep them from getting buried with snow. We had just finished the digging and were relaxing in the warm hut. Then our world was rocked.

At 5:52 pm, everything started to shake, rumble, and sway. We ran outside and the first thing I saw is an image that will stick with me forever. The snow-laden trees were swinging side to side, and the new snow they had been holding was exploding everywhere. Almost immediately, we heard a different sort of rumbling—the kind that comes from large avalanches. Keep in mind that all of this happened in a matter of seconds, and my brain was still processing what was happening. My first thought was that a massive avalanche was about to hit the hut—an irrational thought since the yurts are in a safe location. Sara, having grown up in Idaho and experienced the 1983 Borah earthquake, knew exactly what was going on. I am still struck by how vulnerable you feel when the Earth stops standing still, especially in the mountains where gravity wants to pull things downhill.

continued: lots of photos at the bottom, click one to start gallery
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Intermountain Gas asking customers to only call if they smell natural gas

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, April 1st 2020

Intermountain Gas is asking customers to only call if they smell natural gas after a flood of reports came in following Tuesday’s earthquake.

Intermountain Gas will continue to respond to odor calls from customers related to the earthquake.

However, employees have not encountered significant damage to infrastructure but have found minor leaks at meters where a fitting loosened and just had to be tightened.

“We are asking customers to call into Intermountain customer service only if they smell natural gas or have another type of emergency,” said a spokesperson for the company. “A number of customers have called in for a safety check when no odor is present, and responding to those calls takes resources away from areas that need attention.”


[Note: Amerigas sent a note for Yellow Pine customers to call them if you smell propane leaking. Phone: (208) 634-8181]
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Idaho quake had little effect at Yellowstone

April 1, 2020 Local News 8

Yellowstone National Park (KIFI/KIDK)-The U.S. Geological Survey Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reports there are no connections between the 6.5 magnitude Idaho earthquake Tuesday and the Yellowstone system.

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‘Be ready for more earthquakes’: Nearly 200 aftershocks reported in Idaho after Tuesday’s 6.5 magnitude earthquake

Officials say there is a small chance of an aftershock that is even bigger than Tuesday’s earthquake.

KTVB April 5, 2020

After a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook most of the northwestern United States Tuesday evening, the United States Geological Survey is warning residents that more quakes are on the way.

“Be ready for more earthquakes,” the agency posted on its website Tuesday night.

According to USGS, there have been nearly 200 aftershocks reported throughout central and southern Idaho since Tuesday’s initial earthquake. Aftershocks have most frequently occurred in Cascade, Challis and Idaho City.

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Idaho Quake Video

by Shawn Willsey

April 1 update on the March 31 M6.5 earthquake that struck central Idaho. I discuss how and where the quake was felt, why it occurred in this area, and information about the fault that produced the quake.

25 minute educational video [h/t DP]

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Valley County ready for whatever COVID-19 throws at it

Task force to coordinate efforts, communication

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

The Valley County Emergency Operations Center is up and running and laying plans for the next steps in the local effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center, which became active last Thursday, is a coordinated effort to organize local resources and unify response plans across the valley.

“The goal of the Valley County EOC is to be ahead of the game,” EOC Public Information Officer McKenzie Kraemer said.

“We are not waiting for things to happen, but are actively planning for various trigger points and scenarios,” Kraemer said.

… The group has established a Valley County COVID-19 hotline for the public to call to seek information and ask questions. The hotline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 208-382-7303.

Questions, information, volunteering or service ideas can also be emailed to the EOC at

The group also has established a COVID-19 informational webpage at (link).

full story:
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Remaining snowmobile parking lots in Valley County closed

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

All recreational snowmobile lots in the region were closed Monday with Valley County voting to close Wellington Snow Park in Smiths Ferry and Clear Creek lot south of Cascade on Monday.

The move comes after other snowmobile lots were closed and the county’s groomed snowmobile trail program suspended in an effort to dissuade out-of-state visitors from coming to Valley County to recreate.

The extensive network of snowmobile trails in Valley, Adams and Idaho counties have parking lots that operate under the jurisdiction of multiple agencies, which did not opt to close each lot at the same time.

Last week, the Payette National Forest had closed the West Face parking lot west of McCall, the Gordon Titus Upper Elevation parking lot near Brundage Mountain Resort and the Wallace Lane parking near New Meadows.

The Boise National Forest closed the Anderson Creek lot west of Cascade.

The Idaho Department of Lands previously closed the Brush Creek, Green Gate and Francis Wallace parking lots on Warren Wagon Road.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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First case of Valley resident with COVID-19 confirmed

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in a Valley County resident was announced on Monday by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

A woman over age 50 tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus by Central District Health, which serves Valley County.

The woman was recovering at home, a news release. The health department was investigating how the woman may have contracted the virus.

The name of the woman and the town in which she lives was not disclosed.

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McCall police turn back plane from Seattle that landed at McCall airport

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

Two people aboard a plane from Seattle were told by McCall police to immediately return to Seattle after landing at the McCall Municipal Airport last Thursday morning amid COVID-19 precautions.

Pilot Russ Stromberg was told to cancel the flight before taking off due to Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s statewide isolation order, but believed his flight fit within the order’s criteria of “essential travel” since it was construction-related.

“We continued on because we believed based on our research before we took off that we were essential business,” said Stromberg, 72, who was traveling with his wife, Tricia Stromberg.

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Tamarack Resort

April 4, 2020 11:20 a.m. – Tamarack Resort announced limited resort access through May 1

Although recreation and restaurant operations were suspended on March 17, Tamarack Resort announced on Saturday that the resort will have limited access through May 1. No guest access will be allowed at this time.

Guests who purchased lodging and event tickets for the beginning of May will be refunded in full if the reopening is further delayed, according to a press release.

(from KTVB 4/4)
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Woman with COVID-19 virus brought to St. Luke’s McCall

Hospital stays mum on exposure, quarantines

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A Riggins woman who later tested positive for the COVID-19 virus was brought to the emergency room of St. Luke’s McCall last week, according to the Lewiston Tribune.

The woman is the first person with COVID-19 known to have traveled into Valley County.

A St. Luke’s spokesperson would not say how many emergency room staffers came into contact with the woman or if any of the staffers had been tested or told to self-quarantine due to potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

A man who lives in the Riggins area told the Lewiston Tribune that his wife was the coronavirus victim.

The man, who did not want to be named, said his wife has been undergoing treatment for cancer and was ill earlier this week. Riggins EMTs were dispatched on March 25 and took her to St. Luke’s McCall.

From there she was taken to St. Luke’s in Boise, the Tribune reported. Later that day, the man was called by someone from St. Luke’s in Boise saying his wife tested positive for COVID-19, the Tribune reported.

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Valley County Notice on Short-term Rentals, Hotels/motels and Rv Parks

Any short-term rentals, hotels/motels or RV parks that are currently occupied by guests should ask those guests to depart as soon as possible and return to their primary residence.

Any reservations for short-term rentals, hotels/motels or RV parks between now and April 15, 2020 should be cancelled, unless the renting party is providing an essential service.

To read the full Valley County resolution, please visit (link).

(V. Co. FB page 3/30)
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Chief: Limits on short-term rentals difficult to enforce

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

Enforcing the proper use of short-term rentals during the COVID-19 emergency will be “almost impossible,” McCall Police Chief Justin Williams said.

“It will be very difficult to specifically identify and enforce that aspect,” Williams said. “Should we be notified of violations, officers will definitely respond and handle accordingly.”

The city has notified local property management companies and the owners of short-term rentals of statewide orders on their businesses, Williams said.

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Adams County Emergency Manager Carol Walsh reports:

On March 31, Southwest District Health (SWDH) confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Adams County in a male in his 60’s. He is currently self-isolating at home. The source of transmission is under investigation. Additional case-specific information about this individual is confidential and will not be released. Adams County and Southwest District Health will continue an investigation and if other people are found to have been possibly exposed, they will be contacted, provided guidance and monitored for symptoms.

The Adams County Commissioners have signed a Declaration of Emergency to assure the community is prepared to receive any federal and state assistance if it becomes necessary.

All County Offices are currently closed to the public to protect the employees and locals from the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles has most procedures automated on its website:

For those not comfortable with using computers Adams County DMV has a drop box in front of the Courthouse. If you have and questions or concerns, please call the Courthouse for assistance. (208) 253-4272.

The US Forest Service is in the process of bringing on-board their Fire Fighters and other Seasonal Workers to prepare for Fire Season. They advised that the current Seasonal Workers are locals from Adams and Valley County. The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as they continue to offer services to the public.

There have been concerns addressed about people coming to our community to stay in second homes, rentals, and for recreational purposes from other areas. Per the Commissioners it would be the appropriate and the sensible thing for them to stay at their main place of residence, but Constitutionally we cannot mandate this. The situation will be monitored closely.

Outdoor Recreation During Shelter-in-Place
With the Governor’s Proclamation of Extreme Emergency and his “stay at home” order, people are asking questions regarding travel and recreation. People are encouraged to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine allowing recreation you can do within your community.
Q: “Am I still allowed to go outside for exercise and recreation?”
A: “Outdoor activity near your home is OK, but you should keep a distance of 6 feet from people outside of your household.”
Q: Can I go hiking, mountain biking, or camping?
A: Day trips are strongly encouraged, however, make sure to minimize your travel distance from home. If a trailhead is congested, consider finding another trail to use. Be sure to check conditions before you go as many campgrounds and trails may be closed. Last, make sure to bring all the supplies you will need from home to avoid putting strain on local grocery stores.
Q: Can I drive to a mountain town like McCall or Stanley? There aren’t many people in those communities, so social distancing should be easier.”
A: No. The point of the order is to keep people in their communities in an effort to slow the spread of COVID19. All non-essential travel must be avoided. Please stay home so you don’t overwhelm the limited resources in other towns and communities who are also staying home to slow the spread.”

Additionally, keep in mind that first responders and medical professionals have a lot on their plate and if you are injured or lost, they may not be able to get to you in a timely fashion.

This is a difficult time right now and it can cause people to feel overwhelmed, especially when it is heightened by loneliness or worry. Experiencing these feelings are common during times of heightened stress. Please do not be afraid to reach out to family, friends or the Department of Health and Welfare. They offer anonymous and confidential assistance to all.
Idaho COVID-19 Hotline – 888-330-3010
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline – 2-1-1 or 208-398-4357
For the most current and correct information, please go to:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (link) –
Southwest District Health (link) –
State of Idaho (link) –
And for you using Facebook go to Southwest District Health Facebook page.

source: Adams County FB page
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Council man first confirmed COVID-19 case in Adams County

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A Council man who was featured in a series in The Star-News in January about opioid addiction is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Adams County, according to his wife.

Ted Cole, 66, was taken by air ambulance to a Boise hospital Wednesday morning suffering from pneumonia, according to his wife, Janie Cole. Ted Cole was in stable condition, Janie Cole said.

Cole confined himself to his home following his diagnosis of COVID-19 and was suffering only mild symptoms before he took a turn for the worse overnight Wednesday, Janie Cole said.

“We have no idea where we came in contact (with COVID-19),” she said.

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Adams County Sheriff Update

William “Bill” James has been apprehended and is in the custody of Adams County Sheriff’s Office! Thank you to all the agencies that assisted in the search and arrest of this individual. Please be patient for further information as there will be a press release to follow.

(Adams County Sheriff FB page 4/4)

Valley County had Hwy 55 closed Saturday morning to assist Adams County. The road has been reopened for traffic.

(Valley County Sheriff FB page 4/4)
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Adams County shooting suspect hit deputy’s vehicle multiple times

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, April 1st 2020

William “Bill” Pearle James. (Courtesy Adams County Sheriff)

New Meadows, Idaho (CBS2) – A man suspected of shooting at two deputies in Adams County deputies began shooting at them soon after they arrived on scene, court documents reveal.

According to a probable cause affidavit, two deputies were called out to a property on Highway 55 in New Meadows on Sunday for a report of a violation of a protection order.

After the second deputy arrived, court documents say, “William James began firing at them with a rifle from a barn on the west side of the property.” He continued firing his rifle and hit one of the deputy’s vehicle several times, almost hitting one of the deputies, the documents say.

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Manhunt continues for New Meadows shooter

Man fires on two Adams deputies called on protection order

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A manhunt for a Cambridge man continued Wednesday afternoon near New Meadows after the man opened fire on two Adams County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday.

William “Bill” James, 24, is wanted for attempted murder after firing several shots at ACSO deputies Nikki Sauerland and Randall Benavides about 4:35 p.m. Sunday.

The deputies responded to the Quality Feed on Idaho 55 in Meadows, about three miles east of New Meadows, after a report he was there in violation of a protection order, according to a probable cause affidavit from the sheriff’s office.

“They just pulled in the driveway, parked and were exiting their vehicles when he opened fire on the patrol vehicles, hitting one patrol vehicle multiple times,” said Incident Commander Kevin Haight, an Idaho State Police Captain.

James fired a semi-automatic rifle from behind cover in a shed with farm equipment, Haight said.

The protection order against James stems from a May 8, 2019 incident in which he was charged with felony attempted strangulation and misdemeanor battery, according to court records.

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Donnelly man charged in shooting of neighbor’s home

Woman, three children inside were not hurt

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A Donnelly man was arrested on five felonies last Friday after a home near Donnelly was sprayed with at least a dozen bullets while a woman and three small children were inside, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 5:43 p.m. Friday in The Meadows at West Mountain a neighborhood west of Donnelly, Chief Deputy Dave Stambaugh said.

Christopher J. Kaufman, 48, was arrested without incident and taken to Valley County Jail in Cascade, where he was booked on one charge of shooting at an occupied dwelling, three counts of injury to a child and one count of malicious injury to property, all felonies.

Kaufman was arraigned on Monday in Valley County Magistrate Court in Cascade.

He was ordered to appear again on May 12 to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. Kaufman was released on $10,000 bond.

A woman called Valley County Dispatch to report that bullets had been fired through the rear wall of her home on Charters Drive, entering a living room and the children’s room, Stambaugh said.

The woman and her three children, ages 1, 3 and 6, were not injured.

Six Valley County deputies, two command officers, one Idaho State Police trooper and two Payette National Forest law enforcement officers responded to the scene, Stambaugh said.

The officers contained the area, then scanned the neighborhood to be sure no one had been shot, he said.

Officers then surrounded a house on Cameron Drive from where the shots were determined to have been fired.

After about two hours of preparation, a telephone call was made to the occupant of the residence, who surrendered without incident.

A .223 semi-automatic rifle was seized and 14 spent shell casings were recovered, Stambaugh said.

The reason the shots were fired were still under investigation, he said.

“Sheriff Patti Bolen would like to thank the public and other responding law enforcement agencies for the safe resolution to this incident,” Stambaugh said.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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2020 Census


It is the official Census Day! Have you completed your form? Most households should have received a form in the mail, but if not, you can still complete the Census online at (link)

If you don’t have an ID yet, then click the link at the bottom that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

(from Valley County FB 4/1)

[Note: you have to start the census to get to the page to click to get an ID number.]
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Gov. Little suspends more regulations to increase telehealth access

Apr 02, 2020 By KIVI Staff Apr 2, 2020

Governor Brad Little announced the suspension of 18 more regulations to more quickly, efficiently and safely respond to Idaho’s coronavirus emergency. This adds to the 125 regulations he suspended in March.

Governor Little’s latest action ensures citizens have greater access to telehealth and medical professionals can more easily obtain necessary licenses to quickly engage in the response effort.

“As the number of confirmed cases in Idaho continues to rise by the day, we are maintaining our focus on increasing healthcare capacity to deal with the medical needs of our friends and neighbors,” Governor Little said.

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Idaho’s primary election will still be held on May 19, done through mail

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, March 30th 2020

Idaho’s primary election, set for May 19, will remain on that date and will be conducted by mail.

Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Monday there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.

The election will be conducted by mail through absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

“The move is necessary after it became clear that sufficient polling places and poll workers could not be obtained for the election,” Little’s office said.

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Idaho’s primary election to remain on May 19, will be conducted by mail

Monday March 30, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced today there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.

The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The move is necessary after it became clear that sufficient polling places and poll workers could not be obtained for the election.

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Governor’s Proclamation April 1, 2020

link: [h/t LI]

Tips & Advice:

5 Tips for Grocery Shopping

from Valley County (FB 4/3)

COVID-19 is changing the way we do just about everything…including how we shop at a grocery store. Below are 5 TIPS to make this necessary task safer for you and your family:

1. Don’t Go Often: this is a hard one, but whenever possible, don’t go to the store. Run out of eggs? Plan a different meal or check for a substitute before making a quick grocery run. If you can limit your grocery store runs to once a week or once every two weeks, fantastic.

2. Go at Slower Times: the less traffic at the store, the less risk of contamination. Similarly, once in the store, be aisle smart – if there is a crowd in one aisle or section, loop around and come back to that area when it has cleared.

3. Go With A List: This is not the time to browse aisles or go in without a plan. A list can help you reduce the time you spend in the store. If you can, consider ordering your list based on the store layout (more prep, but cuts your time even more!).

4. Know What You Can Freeze: Did you know you can freeze milk, bread, fruits, veggies and more? A quick online search can show you lots of tips on how to get the most out of your groceries and limit food waste so you can go to the store less.

5. Disinfect and Isolate:

* Bring hand sanitizer or wipes with you and use it often – on the cart handle, on your hands, on your credit or debit card (and wallet and purse!).
* Once home, designate a “hot zone” for your newly purchased items.
* Place all items in one space (a counter, the floor, etc.)
* Take each item out of the bag and wipe down with a disinfectant wipe THEN place it on a counter away from your “hot zone.”
* Wash hands thoroughly
* Put your groceries away.
* Now is the time to back-track and disinfect. Start with the “hot zone” you placed your groceries in. Then move to the door knobs, your car handles, steering wheel, etc. – anything you touched while on this errand should be wiped down.
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Tips to stay safe while grocery shopping

April 2, 2020 Local News 8

Many of us are concerned about staying safe while grocery shopping since there are often times crowds of people.

ABC’s Becky Worley spoke with a doctor who shares some simple things you can do to stay healthy.

You can view that advice in the video above.


Mining News:

Midas Gold posts survey about jobs at Stibnite Mine

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A survey aimed at identifying who would be interested in working for Midas Gold once it launches its proposed Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine has been opened to the public.

Anyone interested in taking the survey can find it at (link).

The survey was released recently by the Stibnite Advisory Council, a panel of citizens from eight local communities and Midas Gold officials that meet monthly to receive project updates and share community worries, challenges and wins.

“We feel it will be beneficial in our conversations around the table regarding the impact the Midas Gold Stibnite project might have on the current and future workforce,” said Julie Good of New Meadows, who chairs the council.

The survey results could help the council determine how the prospective workforce would affect housing, transportation, environmental effects and other employment in the area, Good said.

The survey will remain open for several months in order to get as many responses as possible.

Questions asked in the survey cover general demographic information, level of interest in working for Midas Gold and what positions are desired by respondents. All responses are anonymous.

Midas Gold remains in the permitting stage of its Stibnite Gold Project, with the next step expected to be the release of a draft environmental study later this year.

Once the draft study is released, a final decision on the project would be expected about a year later, at which point Midas Gold could begin construction on its proposed gold and antimony mine.

The construction phase would be expected to last up to three years, during which the company expects to employ between 600 to 1,000 people.

The mining phase would employ about 500 people and could last for 12 to 15 years following the construction phase, according to the company.

After mining ends, up to 200 people would be employed as Midas Gold spends another two to three years cleaning up the site and disassembling mining infrastructure.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc

Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Temporarily Shutting Down Access to Waters within the Boundaries of the Lower South Fork of the Salmon River

McCall, Idaho, March 28, 2020 In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing, and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the Payette National Forest will be suspending access to the waters within the boundaries of the Lower South Fork of the Salmon River, effective immediately. The closure will remain in effect until June 30, 2020.

The Lower South Fork of the Salmon River corridor begins at the confluence with the Secesh River, and ends at the confluence with the Salmon River. This segment of the corridor is approximately 37 miles long and extends from the low water mark on either side of the river only. This area does not include any land outside of the low water mark within each river corridor.

These actions have been taken based on CDC guidelines to promote social distancing. The areas covered under this closure order provide access to recreational float boating opportunities within the Payette National Forest, and create a high probability of congregating groups of 10 or more individuals, thus creating a concern about the ability of recreationist to practice social distancing at these sites. The closure will also reduce the risk of community spread of the COVID-19 virus by discouraging discretionary travel. Further, adjacent National Forests have issued temporary closures on the Main Salmon River and Middle Fork Salmon River to float boat uses. This closure order aligns the Payette National Forest with our neighboring Forests’ closures to surrounding waterways.

For more information regarding the closure, please contact:

* McCall Ranger District: 102 W Lake St, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-0400

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

The USDA Forest Service continues to assess and temporarily suspend access to recreation areas that attract large crowds and cannot meet social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link). Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: (link)

For up-to-date information on the Payette National Forest, visit (link)

link: attached Closure Map and Order
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Payette National Forest delays opening of recreational sites

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

The Payette National Forest has delayed the opening dates of popular recreation sites and will no longer maintain restroom facilities on the forest in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All restrooms on the Payette National Forest are no longer being stocked or maintained, officials said.

Campgrounds and other overnight facilities on the Payette are not yet open for the season.

Opening dates have been pushed back further and cannot be reserved online. Refunds for reservations already made will be made, officials said.

Several sites have been closed through at least May 15, including Mann Creek, Spring Creek, Brownlee, Big Flat, Cabin Creek, Lafferty, Cold Springs, Last Chance, and Huckleberry Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest; and, Poverty Flat, 4-Mile, Camp Creek, Buckhorn, Ponderosa, Secesh Horse Camp, Old East Fork, and Big Creek Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest.

Lake Fork, Kennally Creek, Burgdorf, Jeannette, and Chinook Campgrounds have been closed through at least the end of May.

Grouse, Upper Payette Lake, and Hazard Lake Campgrounds have been closed at least through mid-June.

The Buck Park Cabin and Paddy Flat Guard Station Cabin will remain closed through at least July 1.

The actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and to promote social distancing, officials said.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update

April 1, 2020

Payette National Forest SOPA for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

The quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions for the Payette National Forest was published today and is available to you online at this (link) or through the Forest webpage.

Thank you for your interest in the Payette National Forest.
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Avalanches and rock slides blocking middle fork of Salmon River system

By Todd Kunz April 2, 2020 Local News 8

(USFS photo)

Custer County, Idaho (KIDK/KIFI) – There are avalanches and rock slides blocking Marsh Creek, the tributary to the middle fork of the Salmon River.

Images from the Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook page show the extend of the slides.

The agency said the slides are blocking or partially blocking the middle fork just above Boundary Creek, where Marsh Creek and Bear Valley Creek converge.

The Salmon River is currently closed to boating from Dagger Falls to where it connects with the main Salmon River.

It is possible these slides were triggered during Tuesday’s 6.5 magnitude earthquake northwest of Stanley, but there is no confirmation.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest offering free personal use firewood

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Salmon-Challis National Forest announced Tuesday it will be offering free personal use firewood to the general public.

The offer begins Wednesday and will last through June 1.

Standing dead and down trees can be gathered for firewood. Wood cutters can take up to four cords of firewood for personal use.


[Note: this does not apply to the PNF or BNF, our firewood season starts May 15th. I checked with the PNF: “If the directive from the national office for a free of charge program is still in effect in mid-May, the Payette National forest will also offer it free of charge.” – Brian Harris]
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BLM announces availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tri-state Fuel Breaks Project

Date: April 3, 2020
Contact: Mike Williamson 208-473-8354

Vale, Ore. and Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management is announcing the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tri-state Fuel Breaks Project, an effort to reduce flammable vegetation adjacent to roadways. Fuel breaks provide safe anchor points for firefighters and strategic opportunities to more effectively limit the spread of wildfires.

This project is part of a larger national wildfire reduction strategy guided by President Trump’s Executive Order 13855 – Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and Other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk, as well as Secretary’s Order 3372 – Reducing Wildfire Risks on Department of the Interior Land through Active Management.

The project area consists of about 3.6 million acres of land within Malheur County, Oregon, and Owyhee County, Idaho. Wildfires are the primary threat to this region’s sagebrush-steppe habitat, one of the largest strongholds for Greater sage-grouse. This landscape-level project supports both sagebrush-dependent wildlife and traditional land uses, such as ranching and recreation. This strategic system of fuel breaks will integrate with existing fuel breaks in northeastern Nevada to improve firefighting efficiency.

“The Tri-state Fuel Breaks Project will provide wildland firefighters with additional opportunities to contain wildfires and reduce impacts to working landscapes and wildlife habitat,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley. “These fuel breaks will also improve safety for first responders, including Rangeland Fire Protection Associations and others in the firefighting community.”

The Final EIS outlines five alternatives, including a No Action Alternative (no fuel breaks). Under the four action alternatives, fuel breaks would only be implemented alongside existing roads and would extend up to 200 feet on both sides of roadways on BLM-administered lands. Fire suppression experts identified roads based on their strategic importance for accessing and responding to wildland fires.

The Final EIS introduces the preferred alternative, Alternative 5, which proposes a strategic fuel break network that addresses impacts to wildlife and cultural resources based on the analysis in the Draft EIS and comments received during the comment period. This alternative modifies the fuel break network from routes analyzed in the Draft EIS under Alternatives 2, 3, and 4. The preferred alternative would result in a fuel break network of 47,213 acres along 987 miles of existing roads.

The 30-day availability period in which the public can review the Final EIS begins April 3, 2020, with the EPA’s publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The Final EIS and supporting information is available online at (link) (case sensitive). If you are unable to access the documents online and would like a paper copy, please contact the BLM Boise District Office at 208-384-3300.

Critter News:

Pet talk – Vaccinate against canine distemper

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt April 3, 2020 IME

Canine distemper is a contagious viral infection of dogs that may cause respiratory, gastrointestinal, ocular or central nervous system disease. The routine use of vaccines against canine distemper has greatly reduced the incidence of this disease in North America, but it is still common in many parts of the world.

Canine distemper virus is transmitted between dogs primarily through infected respiratory secretions. Unvaccinated puppies are most susceptible to canine distemper virus infections; however, older dogs may become infected. The infection weakens the immune system, making the animal more susceptible to other diseases.

Clinical signs are variable and depend on the strength of the dog’s immune system. Dogs with a weak immune system, such as puppies, are unable to fight off the infection and can develop severe clinical signs of disease.

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There’s little chance petting animals will spread coronavirus

The coronavirus has led individuals to worry about touching animals.

April 3, 2020 KTVB

Furry friends are always a solace, especially during a time of crisis like the one the world is currently facing.

This has left many pet owners wondering if petting or cuddling their pets could leave them exposed to the novel coronavirus.

… It’s unlikely. The VERIFY team can’t flat out say no because there’s always a chance of something strange happening here. However, according to the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), pet fur is not a great environment for carrying the virus.

… That being said, pet owners should be washing their hands after handling their animals, their food, waste or supplies. They should also limit their contact with other animals that aren’t their own just in case.

full story:
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One golden eagle’s amazing journey from Alaska’s Arctic to Idaho’s Salmon River

By Wildlife Diversity Biologist, Joel Sauder Idaho Fish and Game Tuesday, March 31st 2020

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Many wildlife species need large landscapes to survive and thrive. Elk often summer at higher elevations and move 10-50 miles to find winter ranges at lower elevations. Songbirds that summer in Idaho can winter in the Southwest US, Mexico, or even further abroad. Wildlife make these movements without compass or GPS, just using the instincts they were born with. While we know these facts in our heads, we get jaded to them over time, because that is just the nature of our busy lives. But every once in while we get an opportunity to see them again for the first time, and we should be amazed.

Late this winter I got a call from Steve Lewis, a USFWS researcher based in Alaska. A transmitter he had deployed on a golden eagle had stopped moving outside of Grangeville and he was hoping I could recover it for him. Besides salvaging a valuable piece of equipment, knowing if the bird perished or if the transmitter was shed was important information. The most recent location transmitted showed it was on private land out towards Pine Bar. After making contact with the land owner, who not only gave permission to recover the transmitter but was excited to assist in the recovery effort, we ATV’ed as close as we could to the location and starting hiking. In the end, it turned out to be a pretty straightforward affair. The transmitter was right at the last reported location, still attached to the golden eagle, which looked like it just fell out of sky, with no clear cause of death.

This is where the story gets interesting.


Fish & Game News:

Hunting and fishing seasons continue with social distancing and travel guidelines

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, March 30, 2020

Idahoans can continue to recreate under Covid-19 restrictions, but they should take precautions and follow guidelines

Idaho Fish and Game has not closed any fishing or hunting seasons in response to Covid-19, and the department is providing guidelines in accordance with the Governor’s orders for social distancing at least six feet apart, including while fishing and at access sites and boat ramps.

“Fishing lends itself to social distancing,” Fish and Game Fisheries Bureau Chief Jim Fredericks said. “In fact, for most types of fishing, general etiquette says if you’re fishing within six feet of the next person, you’re way too close.”

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Nonresident licenses, permits, and tags sales temporarily suspended by F&G Commission

By Staff Writer
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Nonresidents who purchase a 2020 hunting license may still apply for controlled hunts that will occur this fall.

At their April 4 meeting, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a rule that temporarily suspends the sale of several types of nonresident fishing and hunting licenses, tags, and permits. The action is effective immediately and lasts until the rule is repealed consistent with relevant state of Idaho public health orders.

The Commission found this rulemaking supportive of the protection of public health consistent with the March 25 Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Order to Self-Isolate for the State of Idaho in response to COVID-19.

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Snare diverters no longer required for wolf trapping

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Snares must be equipped with either a break-away device or cable stop incorporated within the top loop

Under a rule adopted by the Fish and Game Commission that is now in effect, there is no longer a statewide requirement for using diverters on snares for trapping gray wolves. However, snares must be equipped with either a break-away device or cable stop incorporated within the top loop of the snare.

As a provision of the rule, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission can still require diverters in local areas to reduce bycatch of non-target species if deemed necessary, but at this time, no such local requirements have been established.

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Moose, sheep and goat application period is open – here’s how to apply online

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, April 3, 2020

Check out the video below for a step-by-step guide

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is currently open and runs through April 30, and the big game controlled hunt application period follows right on its heels.

The department’s public offices are closed through at least April 15, consistent with the Governor’s statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19. As a result, Fish and Game officials are encouraging hunters to apply for controlled hunts online. Here is a video tutorial about how to do that:

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More F&G News Releases


Crazy Critter Stuff:

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked-down Welsh town

by The Associated Press Tuesday, March 31st 2020

(Pete Byrne/PA via AP)

London (AP) — Un-baaaaa-lievable: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing.

With humans sheltering indoors to escape the new coronavirus, mountain goats are taking advantage of the peace and space to roam in frisky clumps through the streets of Llandudno, a town in North Wales.

continued: w/more photos

Seasonal Humor:



Idaho History Apr 5, 2020

Idaho Earthquake History

(link to larger size image)

Historical Earthquakes in Idaho

1. Nov 10, 1884. Paris, Franklin County, Idaho
The earthquake damaged houses considerably in Paris, about 100 km southeast of Pocatello, near the Idaho-Utah-Wyoming border. It knocked down chimneys and shook stock from shelves in Richmond, Utah, about 125 km north of Salt Lake City. In an area north of Ogden, Utah, the tremor shook a Utah and Great Northern Railroad train. Also reportedly felt at Salt Lake City, Utah, and Franklin, Idaho.

2. Nov 11, 1905. Near Shoshone, Lincoln County, Idaho
Cracks formed in the walls of the courthouse and schools in Shoshone, and plaster fell from ceilings in almost all the buildings. Felt from Salt Lake City, Utah to Baker, Oregon.

3. Oct 14, 1913. North-central Idaho
A tremor broke windows and dishes in the area of Idaho and Adams counties.

4. May 13, 1916. Boise, Idaho
The earthquake wrecked several brick chimneys at Boise and sent residents rushing into the street. The shock was described as “violent” at Emmett, 40 km north of Boise, and at Weiser, 96 km west of Boise. Reclamation ditches in the area were damaged. Pressure in a new gas well increased noticeably immediately after the shock. Also felt in western Montana and eastern Oregon.

5. Nov 25, 1924. Near Wardboro, Franklin County, Idaho
A slight earthquake in Franklin County on this date broke windows at Wardboro, cracked ceilings at Montpelier, and displaced furniture at Geneva and Montpelier.

6. Near Sheep Mountain, southwest Idaho [1944?]
This earthquake apparently was most severe in the area of Fontez Creek, near Sheep Mountain, Idaho, where buildings were shaken so severely that occupants thought the structures were falling apart. A new cabin set on concrete piers was displaced on its foundation. Along Seafoam Creek, rocks and boulders were thrown down the hillside.
Cracks about 30.5 m long formed in the ground in the Duffield Canyon trail along Fontez Creek. Cracks 2.5 to 7.5 cm wide extended for several meters in a continuous break near Seafoam. A section of the Rapid River Canyon wall (near Lime Creek) fell into the river. Also felt in Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Seventeen shocks were reported felt, the first of which was the strongest.

7. Feb 14, 1945. Idaho City, Boise County, Idaho
This tremor broke dishes at Idaho City and cracked plaster at Weiser, northwest of Boise in Washington County. Also felt in Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

8. Sept 25, 1947. Boise, Ada County, Idaho
Several large cracks formed in a well-constructed brick building at Boise, but damage generally was slight.

9. Dec 19, 1957. Northern Idaho
Timbers fell and mine walls collapsed at the Galena Silver mine near Wallace, Shoshone County.

10. Aug 7, 1960. Near Soda Springs, Caribou County, Idaho
Southeast of Pocatello and about 14 km east of Soda Springs, cracks formed in plaster and a concrete foundation at a ranch.

11. Jan 27, 1963. Clayton, Custer County, Idaho
Plaster and windows cracked at Clayton, northeast of Boise. Large boulders rolled down a hill at Livingston Camp, about 22 km south of Clayton. Several aftershocks were felt in the area.

12. Sep 11, 1963. Central Idaho
Plaster fell in buildings at Redfish Lake, south of Stanley in Custer County; a window pane was broken at a fire station in Challis National Forest.

13. April 26, 1969. Ketchum, Blaine County, Idaho
Cracks formed in concrete floors of structures in Warm Springs and Ketchum. Plaster was cracked at Livingston Mill, 20 km south of Clayton.

14. Mar 28, 1975. Eastern Idaho
In the Ridgedale area of the sparsely populated Pocatello Valley, this earthquake shifted several ranch houses on their foundations and toppled many chimneys. At Malad City, 20 km northeast of the epicenter, about 40 percent of the chimneys on old buildings were damaged. Total property damage was estimated at $1 million.
Geologists observed one zone of ground fractures – about 0.6 km long and 5 cm wide – in the south-central section of the valley.

15. Nov 27, 1977. Cascade, Valley County, Idaho
Property damage was reported only at Cascade, a few kilometers east of the epicenter, near Cascade Dam. The tremor cracked foundations and sheetrock walls, separated ceiling beams, and left muddy water in wells and springs. Also felt in Oregon.

16. Oct 24, 1978. Southeast Idaho
Cracks formed in plaster and a concrete foundation at Thatcher in Franklin County. This earthquake was felt in Bannock and Franklin Counties of southeast Idaho, and at Plymouth, Utah, south of Pocatello, Idaho.

17. Oct 14, 1982. Near Soda Springs, Caribou County, Idaho
In the Soda Springs area, about 45 km southeast of Pocatello, bricks fell from chimneys and cracks formed in the foundation of a house and interior drywalls. Also felt in Utah and Wyoming.

18. Oct 28, 1983. Borah Peak, Custer County, Idaho
The Borah Peak earthquake is the largest ever recorded in Idaho – both in terms of magnitude and in amount of property damage. It caused two deaths in Challis, about 200 km northeast of Boise, and an estimated $12.5 million in damage in the Challis-Mackay area. A maximum MM intensity IX was assigned to this earthquake on the basis of surface faulting. Vibrational damage to structures was assigned intensities in the VI to VII range.

Spectacular surface faulting was associated with this earthquake – a 34 km long northwest trending zone of fresh scarps and ground breakage on the southwest slope of the Lost River Range. The most extensive breakage occurred along the 8 km zone between West Spring and Cedar Creek. Here, the ground surface was shattered into randomly tilted blocks several meters in width. The ground breakage was as wide as 100 km and commonly had four to eight en echelon scarps as high as 1-2 m. The throw on the faulting ranged from <50 cm on the southern-most section to 2.7 m south of rock creek at the western base of Borah peak.

Other geologic effects included rockfalls and landslides on the steep slopes of the Lost River Range, water fountains and sand boils near the geologic features of Chilly Buttes and the Mackay Reservoir, an increase or decrease in flow of water in springs, and fluctuations in water levels. A temporary lake was formed by the rising water table south of Dickey.

The most severe property damage occurred in the towns of Challis and Mackay, where 11 commercial buildings and 39 private houses sustained major damage and 200 houses sustained minor to moderate damage.

At Mackay, about 80 km southeast of Challis, most of the commercial structures on Main Street were damaged to some extent; building inspectors condemned eight of them. Damaged buildings were mainly of masonry construction, including brick, concrete block, or stone. Visible damage consisted of severe cracking or partial collapse of exterior walls, cracking of interior walls, and separation of ceilings and walls at connecting corners. About 90 percent of the residential chimneys were cracked, twisted, or collapsed.

At Challis, less damage to buildings and chimneys was sustained, but two structures were damaged extensively: the Challis High School and a vacant concrete-block building (100 years old) on Main Street. Many aftershocks occurred through 1983. Also felt in parts of Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and in the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, Canada.

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source: Idaho Geology [h/t ID AHGP]
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Valley County Fault Map

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source: Digital Atlas of Idaho
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Idaho Earthquake History USGS

The first earthquake causing damage in Idaho’s earthquake history occurred on November 9, 1884, apparently centering in northern Utah. Six shocks were reported felt at Paris, Idaho, causing considerable damage to houses. People suffered from nausea.

A shock on November 11, 1905, was felt in the southern half of Idaho and parts of Utah and Oregon. At Shoshone, Idaho, walls cracked and plaster fell.

On May 12, 1916, Boise was hit by a shock which wrecked chimneys and caused people to rush into the streets. Reclamation ditches were damaged and the flow of natural gas altered. It was felt at Loon Creek, 120 miles northeast, and in eastern Oregon – an area of 50,000 square miles.

An intensity VII earthquake occurred within the State on July 12, 1944. The Seafoam Ranger Station building shook so hard the occupants thought it was coming apart. Several people reported that the shaking was so violent they were unable to walk. Another observer reported that rocks rose at least a foot in the air and looked like a series of explosions up the hill. Part of the canyon wall collapsed near Lime Creek. Cracks opened 100 yards long in Duffield Canyon and cracks one to three inches across and several hundred yards long opened on the road below Seafoam. Two chimneys fell at Cascade. This shock was felt over 70,000 square miles, including all of central Idaho, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake at Hebgen Lake, Montana, on August 17, 1959, which killed 28 people, formed “Quake Lake,” and did $11 million damage to roads and timber, also caused some damage in Idaho. Intensity VII was experienced in the Henry’s Lake, Big Springs, and Island Park areas. Big Springs increased its flow 15 percent and became rusty red colored. A man was knocked down at Edward’s Lodge. There was considerable damage to building in the Henry’s Lake area. Trees swayed violently, breaking some roots, and cars jumped up and down. Chimneys fell and a 7-foot-thick rock-and-concrete dock cracked.

In the Island Park area chimneys were toppled and wells remained muddy for weeks. At Mack’s Inn, a small girl was thrown from bed and hysteria occurred among some guests. Dishes were broken.

An intensity VII earthquake occurred on August 30, 1962, in the Cache Valley area of Utah. Two large areas of land totaling four acres, five feet thick, slid 300 yards downhill at Fairview, Idaho, opening new springs. Plaster walls, and chimneys were cracked and a chimney fell at Franklin. Falling brick at the Franklin School cracked through the roof and plaster was cracked in every room. Additional damage occurred at Preston. This magnitude 5.7 earthquake was felt over an area of 65,000 square miles in five states and cause approximately $1 million in damage.

An intensity VI shock, on November 1, 1942, centered near Sand Point and affected 25,000 square miles of Washington, Montana, and Idaho. The Northern Pacific Railroad partially suspended operations to inspect the right of way for boulders and slides. Church services were interrupted, but only minor damage was reported by homes.

A February 13, 1945, shock near Clayton, felt over a 60,000 square mile area, broke some dishes at Idaho City and cracked plaster at Weisner.

A locally sharp shock was felt at Wallace on December 18, 1957, damaging the Galena Silver Mine and frightening miners working 3,400 feet underground.

Soda Springs was shaken by a shock on August 7, 1960, which cracked plaster and a concrete foundation. It was only felt over a 900 square mile area.

Two intensity VI shocks were reported in 1963. The first on January 27, was felt over 6,000 square miles and centered near Clayton, where plaster and windows were cracked. Large boulders rolled down the hill near Camp Livingston and aftershocks were felt for a week. The second occurred on September 10 and was a magnitude 4.1 shock. It caused minor damage at Redfish Lake. Thunderous earth noises were heard.

A magnitude 4.9 shock on April 26, 1969, cracked a foundation at Ketchum, plaster at Livingston Mills, and a cement floor at Warm Springs. It was felt over 9,000 square miles.

Abridged from Earthquake Information Bulletin, Volume 4, Number 2, March – April 1972.

source: USGS
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1872 Earthquake

Major Earthquake Rocks Idaho Panhandle and the Pacific Northwest

by Evan Filby

Late on the evening of Saturday, December 14, 1872, residents in North Idaho felt a major earthquake that swayed buildings, caused shelved objects to rattle around, and agitated animals. In its report of the incident, the Lewiston Signal said, “The violence of the first shock created considerable alarm among those who had never experienced such a thing before.”

The initial strong shock stopped clocks, and rattled crockery and glassware all around the region. Many Lewiston residents heeded the normal advice and ran out into the streets. Those who had gone to bed felt their berths rock and sway along with their home or hotel. Some thought a sudden, tremendous gust of wind had hit.

U. S. Geological Survey image, retouched to focus on 1872 event.

The Signal wrote that during the quake, “Frightened chickens flew about as though possessed of the devil. Dogs howled, cattle lowed, and all nature, animate and inanimate, was much disturbed.”

Elk City is located deep in the Idaho mountains, nearly ninety miles to the southeast of Lewiston. There, residents felt the quake “very plainly.” At that time, only scattered ranches occupied Paradise Valley, future location of Moscow. The Signal article said, “North of here, in the vicinity of Paradise valley, the shock was so severe as to make everything fairly dance.”

Most witnesses reported a short, sharp initial jolt: It lasted about eight seconds in Lewiston. However, at least one Idaho location along the Clearwater River reported that the shaking lasted around two minutes. Despite the relative severity of the quake, no one observed any soil or rock displacement, nor any serious structural damage.

Idahoans recorded at least three quick shocks and others apparently felt four. These were all within a few minutes of the first event. No one in Idaho reported any delayed aftershocks. However, several locations between the Idaho border and the Cascades – many in Washington and a couple in Oregon – recorded intermittent aftershocks into the early morning hours.

Contemporary accounts indicate that people felt the quake all over the Pacific Northwest, including parts of Montana and Canada. In Wallula, Washington, 20-25 miles west of Walla Walla, witnesses reported a heavy shaking that lasted almost a minute, followed by five lighter shocks accompanied by rumbles like “a heavy peal of thunder.” In Portland, people noticed swaying chandeliers and some stopped clocks, but no actual damage.

Reports were not without an element of humor: The Oregonian had a statement from Walla Walla that said, “The accounts that reach us seem to indicate that the further north, the greater the severity of the earthquake. There is a report that up in the Spokane country, the earth opened and swallowed up a number of Indians and their horses. This, doubtless, is an exaggeration … ”

The quake hit much harder around Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. There, many buildings “swayed to and fro like small craft at sea.” As in Lewiston, residents ran into the street for fear the structures would collapse. A number of windows broke, and homes and restaurants found “crockery tumbled from the shelves.”

Back then, of course, there was no seismograph network to provide objective measurements. However, analysis of various motion and damage reports provide an estimated magnitude of 6.8 to 7.4 – a strong to major event. Other assessments placed the epicenter in the foothills of the Cascades about 100 miles east of Seattle.

References: [Illust-North]
William H. Bakun, Ralph A. Haugerud, Margaret G. Hopper, Ruth S. Ludwin, “The December 1872 Washington state earthquake,” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 92, No. 8, pp. 3239-3258 (2002).

source: South Fork Companion
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1915 Earthquake

Emmett Index, October 7, 1915

Buildings Shook — Clocks Stopped — Chickens Shook from Roosts — No Damage.

An earthquake shock that lasted at least a minute struck Emmett at 11:55 Saturday night and caused general consternation. Brick buildings trembled, frame buildings swayed, clocks stopped, electric lights suspended by cords swayed to and fro like pendulums of clocks, chickens were shaken from their roosts and people roused from their slumbers by the swaying of the beds, the rattling of windows and the creaking of doors and joints. In short, Mother Earth acted as if she had been on a spree and with unsteady gait was trying to make her way upstairs to bed without disturbing the old man and had made the usual bungle at it. No damage was done, except to the of the nerves of timid and of those with guilty consciences.

The direction of the quake was from west to east or visa versa. Clocks whose pendulums swung north and south stopped. Those swinging east to west gained momentum and pounded the sides of their cases. Brooms suspended in a rack in McNish’s store swung in the same direction a distance of five feet each way as did also a bundle of whips, and electric lights. Sam Motz was just reaching for the door knob of his back door upon his return from the dance, when the quake occurred, and he missed the knob a foot as the house swayed to the east, and missed it again as it swung back. He thought some one had “spiked” the city water and it had effected his head.

Arch McKellar, the Squaw creek rancher, was engaged in a social game of solo at the Brunswick. The lights swayed, the pop bottles crashed against each other, cigars got up on their hind legs and walked, the queen of spades winked at him and the jack of clubs made a pass. That was too much for Archie; he rushed for the door, leaving his hinkeys on the table.

Tom Hance was toasting himself before the fire. He had a severe cold and had been taking cough medicine, When everything began to swim before his eyes he thought he had taken too much of the stuff and it had gone to his head.

Bob Knizer, who was asleep, thought the dog had gotten under the bed and was bouncing the bed springs up and down. D. M. Stokesbery’s wife thought her husband was trying to bounce her out of bed, and Ora Bever scolded his wife for kicking so hard . The effect upon Allen Gatfield was to make him sick at his stomach, and others were affected the same way. Herb Blackman rushed down town, expecting to see every brick building in ruins. The city water tower swayed, and the iron braces scraped against each other and made an awful noise, something like a symphony orchestra playing the Dance of the Valkyries.

At the Russell hotel the guests were badly frightened and rushed panic stricken from their rooms and down stairs, clad in sundry and divers garments.

So far as the news agencies have been able to learn little damage has resulted from the earthquake, although it was general all over the western country. It was felt from Victoria B. C. to Fresno, Cal.; and as far east as the Rocky mountains. It was the heaviest in Nevada and Utah, but no casualties or material damage is reported from either state. In Utah there was a slip in the Wasatch mountains for 150 miles, and this caused a third shock which many people thought was another earthquake. In Boise the tremor was felt for nearly two minutes while at Ontario it is reported that it cracked the plaster in the Moore Hotel. Practically all southern Idaho and eastern Oregon towns felt the shock. At Baker City a panic was narrowly averted, and at Vale the shock was quite severe.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 07 Oct. 1915. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
[h/t SMc]
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1944 Earthquake

Strong Earthquake Rocks Central Idaho

by Evan Filby

In the early afternoon of July 12, 1944, a quick double-punch of earthquakes hit south-central Idaho. Later analysis placed the epicenter about forty-two miles west, and slightly south, of Challis, Idaho. Oddly enough, the quake was apparently not noticed there – at least the Challis Messenger carried no report.

The magnitude 6-7 quake severely impacted the Seafoam Ranger Station, located about ten miles north of the estimated epicenter. Witnesses there thought the station building might collapse, and several said “they were unable to walk.” They also observed drastic rock dislocations, a slumped canyon wall, and one- to three-inch cracks running several hundred yards along the forest service road. At Cascade, 45-50 miles to the west of the epicenter, the quake toppled two chimneys.

Newspapers in southwest Idaho and over into Oregon had many reports, although none mentioned such dramatic affects. At Garden Valley, about fifty miles distant, people simply reported feeling a tremor. Yet at Idaho City, a few miles further from the epicenter, the County Clerk said the county building shook “noticeably.” McCall was about sixty miles northwest of the epicenter. There, witnesses distinctly felt the shock and a housewife said her kitchen floor “danced.” None of these locations reported any damage.

Epicenter and locations where reports originated.

At Fairfield, 70-75 miles south, witnesses reported swaying structures, swinging light fixtures, and rattling dishes. Again, there was no damage in that area. In Emmett, the tremor caught two workmen trying to handle a barrel of chilled water. Each suspected a prank as water sloshed onto one and then the other. The story claimed that the two “almost came to blows” before they figured out what was going on.

Residents in Nampa, Caldwell, Payette, and Weiser mentioned no such drama, but said they distinctly felt the tremors. Ontario, Oregon and another village about fifty miles further west also reported feeling the shocks. Observers in Helena, Montana, about 220 miles away, reported a minor tremor about the same time, but that may have been a local quake.

As might be expected, Boise produced numerous stories. Jolts strong enough to dump dishes on the floor sent some people rushing into the streets. At one fire station, the firemen themselves joined the general rush when their building began to sway and shake. Calls swamped switchboards at police stations, fire departments, and newspapers offices, wondering if there’d been an explosion.

A few folks even wondered if there had been an air raid. Quite a leap of imagination: Allied troops had staged the “D-Day” landing in Europe about six weeks earlier, and the U. S. Navy had crushed Japanese forces at the “Battle of the Philippine Sea” less than a month earlier.

A dental patient bolted from her chair at the first movement. Elsewhere, furniture scooted around and clocks stopped. One woman saw an empty rocking chair suddenly began to sway back and forth. Having no other clues, she found the sight “the most frightening experience of her life.” Some witnesses thought they were ill, and having a sudden dizzy spell. At least one older man remarked, “I thought I was having a heart attack when my chair started shaking.”

Seismographs across the West recorded the shock, including stations in Salt Lake City, Spokane, and Pasadena. A seismologist at the University of Utah opined that had the epicenter been closer to a city with larger structures, “it would have toppled a lot of chimneys.”

References: “Central Idaho Earthquake,” Daily Bulletin, Blackfoot, Idaho (July 12, 1944).
“Idaho Earthquake History,” Earthquake Information Bulletin, Vol. 4, N. 2, U.S. Geological Survey (March – April 1972).
“Newspaper Articles for 1944 Central Idaho Earthquake,” University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

source: South Fork Companion
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1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake

The 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake (also known as the 1959 Yellowstone earthquake) occurred on August 17 at 11:37 pm (MST) in southwestern Montana, United States. The earthquake measured 7.2 on the Moment magnitude scale, caused a huge landslide, resulted in over 28 fatalities and left US$11 million (equivalent to $96.48 million in 2019) in damage. The slide blocked the flow of the Madison River, resulting in the creation of Quake Lake. Significant effects of the earthquake were also felt in nearby Idaho and Wyoming, and lesser effects as far away as Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

… The earthquake also caused damage and fatalities outside of Montana. In Raynolds Pass in Eastern Idaho, a landslide killed eight more people. Seismic waves from the quake were reported in Boise and Macks Inn, Idaho, causing minor well and sewer damage.

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Description Landslides from the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake, in West Yellowstone.

Location (TGN) Madison Valley
Creator Warren Bybee
Source Gracie Pfost Papers, MSS 175, Box 3 Folder 16, Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.
Contributing institution Boise State University, Albertsons Library Special Collections and Archives

source: w/larger photo from BSU
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The Hebgen Lake Earthquake on August 17, 1959

January 22, 2010 by Arne

In 1999, the Denver Post‘s Ann Schrader wrote a long 40-year anniversary retrospective on this earthquake, which happened very close to Yellowstone. She explained that at 11:37 that summer evening “an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale jerked and jolted an eight-state area for 30 to 40 seconds.

“When stillness finally returned, 26 people camped about 10 miles northwest of [West Yellowstone] were buried alive when a mountainside collapsed in the Madison River Canyon. The 8,000-foot mountain poured an estimated 85 million tons of rock on the U.S. Forest Service campground at a speed of about 100 mph. In the end, only seven bodies were found. Two more people in the area who were hurt died later of quake-related injuries.”

It “also created a new lake [Quake Lake] on the Madison River behind the landslide, collapsed five sections of U.S. 287 into Hebgen Lake, dropped sections of land 20 feet, and rearranged the plumbing of geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone.”

Earth Magazine used the 50th anniversary as an occasion to write about the quake. Here’s a story from its article:

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A Hebgen Lake Earthquake Memory – 1959

March 3, 2010 by Arne

Last month, while looking for some more information on the Hebgen Lake earthquake, I came by the Madison Valley Historical Association in Montana and saw its quarterly newsletter on its website. A copy of the newsletter from July 2009 featured several stories from people who’d experienced the 1959 earthquake. I wrote to ask permission to reprint one story from Dixie Robison Marosok. She and the association agreed to the reprint, and here is her story:

We were married in August of 1958 and my husband, Jim, enrolled at Montana State College in Bozeman where he could work toward a degree in geology. When spring arrived, we were looking for a summer job and my sister, Jerry Lower, called. She and her husband, Don, worked on the Cedar Creek Ranch for John Uihlein just outside of Ennis. (John was an heir to Schlitz beer). Don offered Jim a summer job and Jerry offered me the job of sharing cooking duties for the ranch crew. We gladly accepted and on the 17th of August, we were living at the Cedar Creek Ranch in the same range of mountains as the earthquake site, the Madison Range.

We had a busy day on Aug. 17th preparing for John Uihlein’s 40th birthday which fell the next day. I was expecting our first baby in early September and was tired and anxious to finish and get some sleep. It took some time to settle down after the hectic day and the night was very still and quiet. Just a couple of hours after going to bed, I was awakened by the rocking and shaking of our bed. I woke Jim, saying that a bear had crawled under the cabin. He laughed at me as he was immediately aware that it was an earthquake, and we rushed to look out the window.

The earth was rippling in waves like a windblown lake as the tremors moved through the grass. I will never forget that sight. As we attempted to get back to sleep, I began to experience some early labor pains. We were getting ready to call Doc Losee when the pains finally stopped and we returned to bed.

The next morning the valley was full of dust and up on the mountains you could see clouds of dirt raising above the trees. Aftershocks continued through the day. As people began arriving for John’s party, we learned of the earthquake site and the tragic slide that buried and injured so many campers. We were also told of the closure of the road through Ennis. Thankfully we hadn’t needed the hospital since it was on the opposite side of the river and with the road closed, we couldn’t have reached it. Reports came in that many people had fled to high ground and some even took refuge in Virginia City across the mountains.

John’s party went as planned but all everyone could think of was the earthquake and the tragedy of the rock slide that killed so many people in the canyon campgrounds.

Within three weeks I was in the hospital where Doc Losee delivered our first son, Michael. I had some unusual visitors along with my family. Two or three of the quake victims remained in the small Madison Valley Hospital for some time after the earthquake. I remember a boy, a tall and husky football player, about 17 years of age, whose leg had been badly crushed. The Bozeman doctors wanted to amputate his leg, but Doc Losee, who received extra training as an orthopedist just before the quake, insisted he could save the limb. The boy was walking when I last saw him and I believe he did heal under Doc Losee’s care.

Our father, Wayne Robison, was among the early rescuers at the earth slide scene and he is pictured in the book, The Day the Mountain Fell. The Robison ranch, the Green acre, was on the other side of the valley and none of our family had felt the quake with the intensity that we felt it. They related that they were driving home from a movie in Ennis and they felt the car lurch to one side about the time of the earthquake, but thought nothing of it.

The family ranch had a grazing permit just a few miles from the epicenter of the quake in an area called Antelope Basin. A pipeline from Hidden Lake took water from the lake up a steep mile long hill for the cattle on the reserve. When they went up to check the pipeline, it was laying broken in pieces like a bunch of spaghetti straws.

With the river at such a low level, many of the famous Madison Valley trout were stranded in small pools of water. Don, Jim and my father did some fishing with their hands and came home with a good mess of fish for dinner. Jim had the luckiest catch of the day, a 2 and one half foot rainbow trout.

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A Force of Nature — Hebgen Lake Earthquake

On August 17, 1959, one of nature’s most powerful forces was unleashed in the Madison Canyon, just outside the border of Yellowstone National Park. The canyon was packed with people, cars, tents, and trailers. At just before midnight a massive earthquake shook the canyon and in a few seconds, changed the land and the people forever. The Madison River Canyon Earthquake area provides a vivid reminder of how the landscape and the people were suddenly changed on that August night. This video tells the story of the Hebgen Lake Earthquake.

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Madison Canyon Landslide (1959)

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1983 Borah Peak earthquake

The 1983 Borah Peak earthquake occurred on October 28, at 8:06:09 a.m. MDT in the western United States, in the Lost River Range at Borah Peak in Central Idaho.

The shock measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale and had a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). It was the most violent earthquake in the lower 48 states in over 24 years, since the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake in nearby southwestern Montana.

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The Borah Peak Earthquake on October 28, 1983

January 21, 2010 by Arne

On the 25th anniversary of this little-remembered quake in Idaho’s wilderness, the Lewiston Morning Tribune‘s Casey Santee explained that it “rocked Mackay and the nearby town of Challis, resulting in two deaths and millions of dollars in property damage. It was one of the most powerful temblors to strike North America during the 20th century, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.

“People felt the Earth move throughout Idaho and in surrounding states that day. It caused the valley to sink about 5 feet, and Mount Borah – Idaho’s highest peak – to grow by a foot and a half.”

Pretty much all of the below accounts from the Borah Peak quake come from articles transcribed and provided on the University of Utah’s Seismograph Stations’ site, which is at (link) The site has plenty of information about seismicity in the Intermountain Seismic Belt, including Utah and Idaho.

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Borah Peak, Idaho 1983 October 28 14:06 UTC Magnitude 6.9

Largest Earthquake in Idaho

The Borah Peak earthquake is the largest ever recorded in Idaho – both in terms of magnitude and in amount of property damage. It caused two deaths in Challis, about 200 kilometers northeast of Boise, and an estimated $12.5 million in damage in the Challis-Mackay area. A maximum MM intensity IX was assigned to this earthquake on the basis of surface faulting. Vibrational damage to structure was assigned intensities in the VI to VII range.

Spectacular surface faulting was associated with this earthquake – a 34-kilometer-long northwest-trending zone of fresh scarps and ground breakage on the southwest slope of the Lost River Range. The most extensive breakage occurred along the 8-kilometer zone between West Spring and Cedar Creek. Here, the ground surface was shattered into randomly tilted blocks several meters in width. The ground breakage was as wide as 100 meters and commonly had four to eight en echelon scarps as high as 1-2 meters. The throw on the faulting ranged from less than 50 centimeters on the southern-most section to 2.7 meters south of Rock Creek at the western base of Borah Peak.

Other geologic effects included rockfalls and landslides on the steep slopes of the Lost River Range, water fountains and sand boils near the geologic feature of Chilly Buttes and the Mackay Reservoir, increase or decrease in flow of water in springs, and fluctuations in well water levels. A temporary lake was formed by the rising water table south of Dickey.

The most severe property damage occurred in the towns of Challis and Mackay, where 11 commercial buildings and 39 private houses sustained major damage and 200 houses sustained minor to moderate damage.

At Mackay, about 80 kilometers southeast of Challis, most of the commercial structures on Main Street were damaged to some extent; building inspectors condemned eight of them. Damaged buildings were mainly of masonry construction, including brick, concrete block, or stone. Visible damage consisted of severe cracking or partial collapse of exterior walls, cracking of interior walls, and separation of ceilings and walls at connecting corners. About 90 percent of the residential chimneys were cracked, twisted, or collapsed.

At Challis, less damage to buildings and chimneys was sustained, but two structures were damaged extensively: the Challis High School and a vacant concrete-block building (100 years old) on Main Street. Many aftershocks occurred through 1983. Also felt in parts in Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and in the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, Canada.

source: USGS – more info
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1983 earthquake

by Rick Just

Today, October 19, is the Great Idaho Shakeout. Schools, businesses, and families all over the state will be participating in earthquake drills. Idaho is the fifth most seismically active state in the nation. Do you remember the last big quake in the state, the Borah Peak earthquake of October 28, 1983?

I was in Boise and remember feeling the earth move in waves. I worked at a radio station then and recall getting a call from a sister station in Portland to see how we were doing. They’d heard Boise had been flattened. There wasn’t much damage here, but few know how close we came to a major collapse at Boise City Hall. One of the big cement girders holding up the second floor vibrated within about a half an inch from slipping off its support. Rest assured, city workers, they fixed that little issue.

Challis and Mackay were near the epicenter, so the major damage of the quake, which measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale, occurred there. Two children on their way to school in Challis were killed by the falling false front of a building. More than $12 million in damage occurred in the area. A friend of mine, Georgia Smith, was living in Challis at the time and was unhurt, but startled to see a boulder the size of Volkswagen sitting anew in her front yard (Idaho Statesman front page).

You can still clearly see the scarp, or surface fault for miles along the western slope of the Lost River Range below Mount Borah south of Challis and north of Mackay. The summit of Mount Borah rose about 6 inches, while the valley below dropped about 9 feet.

Speaking of Idaho history posts are copyright © 2017 by Rick Just.

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Road Reports Apr 5, 2020

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several feet of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Snowmobile Grooming:
Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season. Payette NF has closed some parking lots.

Yellow Pine: Since Wednesday Yellow Pine has received a couple of traces of new snow, and we have 16″ total snow on the ground. Tree wells and south facing rocky hillsides are getting bare. Main street was reported to be bare on last week, other streets are breaking up and slushy on warm afternoons. Local plow has been busy this week peeling back slush on some streets. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Watch for ice on the shady corners on cold mornings.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
March 31 IDT had a LG Rock on 55. mm 89. – DH

South Fork Road: Report Wed (April 1) mail truck driver said the FS Patrol was at Warm Lake headed this way, peeling off the ice ruts. No current report. There may be small rocks on the lower road. Nothing big came down during the earthquake.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Report Wed (April 2) mail truck driver reported no rocks on the road – local plow had already been out and cleaned up the road by the time he came in. Watch for new rocks, we have been having aftershocks on top of our usual freeze thaw and wet weather.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: A report from Tuesday that the local plow driver was going to plow Johnson Creek today (April 1.) No current report.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Update from Midas March 30: As Spring nears, snow and ice on the Stibnite road is beginning to melt, leaving some sections of the road bare and others still covered in snow. The road is soft in places so Midas Gold crews are minimizing traffic and utilizing UTV’s when possible to prevent erosion. Warmer temperatures in the afternoons bring rocks down daily so caution for all travelers is advised. Midas Gold crews are vigilant and exercising extra caution to watch out for falling rocks and remove fallen rocks in order to maintain access to Stibnite.
We also received notice from the County that due to spring melt conditions there will be temporary travel restrictions on Stibnite Road starting next week. These restrictions are both to keep the road from further damage, reduce erosion and to keep the public safe.
Update April 1st: everything onsite and along the road was undamaged in the quake.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Weather Reports Mar 29-Apr 4, 2020

Mar 29 Weather:

At 1030am it was 33 degrees, overcast coming down on the ridges and snowing big flakes, starting to stick a little. Not snowing at 1225pm. Cloudy and gusty at 145pm. Sprinkling 335pm to around 4pm. At 430pm it was 44 degrees, breaks in the cloud cover and lighter breezes. At 8pm it was 41 degrees, cloudy and a bit breezy. Cloudy and breezy at 1130pm. Wind gusts after midnight. Light skiff of snow fell before morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 30, 2020 at 10:30AM
Low overcast, gusty breezes, sprinkles
Max temperature 46 degrees F
Min temperature 32 degrees F
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation 0.05 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 16 inch
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Mar 30 Weather:

At 1030am it was 32 degrees, low dark clouds, gusty breezes and starting to sprinkle. Cloudy and light rain at 12pm. Not raining 3pm. Breezy and raining at 425pm. At 5pm it was 36 degrees, cloudy, breezy and steady rain. Gobs of wet snow falling with the rain at 515pm. Mostly snow at 525pm. Huge flakes at 530pm – almost as big as my palm. Moderate snowfall (and normal sized flakes) before 6pm. Bigger flakes at 605pm, socked in down to the valley floor. Snowing normal sized flakes at 630pm, looks like about 1/2″ on the board. At 730pm it was 32 degrees, low overcast and rain/snow mix, measured 1″ of new snow. At 9pm it was misting, drippy and wet. At 11pm 32 degrees, low clouds and steady snow. Still snowing at 1230am. Not snowing 130am. More snow during early morning. Snow stopped at 1025am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time March 31, 2020 at 10:30AM
Low overcast
Max temperature 40 degrees F
Min temperature 31 degrees F
At observation 35 degrees F
Precipitation 1.12 inch
Snowfall 3.0 inch
Snow depth 19 inch
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Mar 31 Weather:

At 1030am it was 35 degrees and low overcast. Snowing 11am to 1230pm (power went off.) Snowing 210pm, socked in low. 315pm sprinkling and low clouds, then snow at 325pm. At 410pm it was 34 degrees, still snowing, low clouds and light breeze. Quit snowing around 430pm. At 515pm storm started with graupel (maybe hail?) and snow, tapered off to a few flakes around 540pm and done by 545pm (power on.) Earthquake at 553pm. Partly clear at 7pm. At 8pm it was 30 degrees, mostly cloudy (sitting down on VanMeter Hill.) At 10pm it was 27 degrees and mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 01, 2020 at 10:00AM
Partly clear, breezes
Max temperature 38 degrees F
Min temperature 10 degrees F
At observation 16 degrees F
Precipitation 0.12 inch
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 18 inch
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Apr 1 Weather:

At 10am it was 16 degrees, partly clear and chilly breezes. At 1230pm it was 32 degrees and partly clear. Started snowing before 350pm. At 4pm it was 29 degrees, low overcast, cold light breezes and steady snow (almost 1/4″.) A short break in the snow before 7pm, then a short light flurry (clouds are trying to break.) Not snowing at 715pm. At 8pm it was 26 degrees and partly cloudy. High thin haze at 11pm, no stars. Cloudy at 2am. Snowed early morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 02, 2020 at 10:30AM
Mostly cloudy, cold light breeze
Max temperature 38 degrees F
Min temperature 14 degrees F
At observation 23 degrees F
Precipitation 0.02 inch
Snowfall 1/8 inch
Snow depth 18 inch
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Apr 2 Weather:

At 1030am it was 23 degrees, mostly cloudy and cold light breeze. Mostly cloudy with bits of sunshine and breezy mid-day. At 430pm it was 40 degrees, mostly cloudy and chilly breezes. At 8pm it was 30 degrees, partly clear and calm. At 11pm it looked partly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 03, 2020 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy, light chilly breeze
Max temperature 41 degrees F
Min temperature 16 degrees F
At observation 26 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 17 inch
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Apr 3 Weather:

At 10am it was 26 degrees, mostly cloudy and chilly light breezes. Scattered sunshine at noon. At 130pm low overcast and light snow falling, lasted about 10 minutes. Snowing lightly at 240pm, flaking at 305pm. Breezy and a few flakes at 410pm. At 445pm it was 35 degrees, mostly cloudy, light breezes and snowing lightly. Flaking on and off until 730pm. At 815pm it was 33 degrees, breezy and broken clouds. At 10pm it was 30 degrees and mostly cloudy, bright moon peeking out.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 04, 2020 at 10:00AM
Almost clear
Max temperature 37 degrees F
Min temperature 16 degrees F
At observation 25 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 17 inch
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Apr 4 Weather:

At 10am it was 25 degrees and almost clear. Gusty breezes at 1230pm, mostly cloudy/hazy. At 5pm it was 45 degrees, overcast and gusty breezes. At 810pm it was 38 degrees, overcast and calmer. High thinner overcast at 1130pm, filtered moonlight. Rain during the night.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time April 05, 2020 at 10:00AM
Mosty cloudy, breezy
Max temperature 47 degrees F
Min temperature 25 degrees F <- yesterday
At observation 39 degrees F
Precipitation 0.01 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 16 inch

Classic Cheesecake

photo by Ethan Calabrese
8-10 servings


For the Crust

Cooking spray, for pan
9 graham crackers (1 sleeve), finely crushed
6 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 c. granulated sugar
Pinch kosher salt

For the Filling

4 (8 oz) blocks of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 c. granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 c. sour cream
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. kosher salt


Preheat oven to 325F and grease an 8″ or 9″ springform pan with cooking spray. Make crust: In a large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and salt until totally combined. (Mixture should resemble wet sand.) Press into bottom and up sides of prepared pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat cream cheese and sugar until no lumps remain. Add eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla and sour cream. Add flour and salt and beat until just combined. Pour mixture over crust.

Wrap bottom of pan in aluminum foil and place in a large roasting pan. Pour in enough boiling water to come up halfway in the baking pan.

Bake until center of cheesecake only slightly jiggles, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Turn off heat, prop open oven door, and let cheesecake cool in oven, 1 hour.

Remove foil and refrigerate cheesecake until completely chilled, at least 5 hours and up to overnight.

Author’s note: Letting a cheesecake slowly cool in the oven, with the oven door propped open, after baking will help prevent the top from cracking. The slow, even reduction of heat will also prevent the cheesecake from sinking as it cools.

– Makinze Gore for Delish

Roasted Beets ‘n’ Sweets

6 servings
This is a great autumn or winter side dish, especially for those who like things sweet and salty.


6 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
1 large sweet onion, chopped


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

In a bowl, toss the beets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large resealable plastic bag. Place the sweet potatoes and onion in the bag. Seal bag, and shake to coat vegetables with the oil mixture.

Bake beets 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Mix sweet potato mixture with the beets on the baking sheet. Continue baking 45 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes, until all vegetables are tender.

– Allrecipes

Super Creamy Pasta Alfredo

Yield: Serves 4 to 6
You can use other types of long pasta if you’d like. It would work with spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, or cavatappi, which is a long spiral pasta.


1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti pasta
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into cubes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, milk, and cream.

Microwave on high for 1 minute, then remove from the microwave oven and stir with a wire whisk.

Microwave for 1 minute longer, remove, and stir again until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Let cool for 5 minutes.

Beat the eggs and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese into the cream cheese mixture with a wire whisk and set aside.

Cook the pasta when the water comes to a boil until just al dente according to package directions.

Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water in a small bowl, then drain the pasta into a colander placed in the sink.

Return the pasta to the hot pot and immediately stir in the cream cheese mixture, adding enough reserved pasta water as needed to make a smooth and creamy sauce.

Stir in the bacon.

Serve immediately, topped with more Parmesan cheese.