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Jan 19 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 19 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Jan 28 – comments due on power line relocation
Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
(details below)

Local Events:

There will probably be a pie contest President’s day weekend in February.

Village News:

Chili Contest Jan 18

The chili contest was fun and about thirteen gathered and sat around to talk.
Sarah 1st
Kat 2nd
Cecil 3rd
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January Snow

So far in January Yellow Pine has received 33″ of snow. In the last 7 days we have received a little over 13 inches of snow. Total snow on the ground measured Sunday morning is 18 1/2″ (snow is settling, not melting.)

Jan 15, 2020 just before noon, 20″ snow on the ground.
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Biz Closures

The Corner is closed for the winter, opening again next spring. I can be reached at matt @ or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
– Matt

The Tavern will be closed from Saturday December 7th to Friday February 21st. UPS packages will be dropped off at Deb’s porch and she will also have gasoline for emergency situations. I will be available at my cell number for any questions or situations 208 739-7086
Thanks, Lorinne N. Munn

The Yellow Pine Lodge is closed for the winter.
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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

Report Jan 12 that the transfer station was plowed and there was still room in the bins.

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 Advisory Lifted November 22, 2019

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the Community Hall.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

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.” Cliick link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Stop the Bleed Class: We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest. Training will resume in the spring. -Fire Chief Jeff

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Closed Dec 7 thru Feb 21.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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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 (Jan 13) overnight low of 14 degrees, measured 4 3/4″ new snow and 19″ total snow on the ground, overcast, light breeze and flaking snow (started around 8am.) A white-breasted and several red-breasted nuthatches, a jay and a hairy woodpecker visiting. Light snowfall all day (scant trace), light afternoon breezes, high of 26 degrees. Steady light snowfall at sundown, light dusting by dark and calmer. Still snowing after midnight, probably snowed most of the night. .

Tuesday (Jan 14) overnight low of 13 degrees, overcast, 2 1/4″ new snow and 20″ snow on the ground. Started snowing again shortly after 10am. Nuthatches visiting. Internet outage from around 1130am to 1215pm. Steady light snow at lunch time, high of 26 degrees. Several mountain chickadees and a hairy woodpecker joined the nuthatches at the feeders. About an inch of snow by the time the sun went behind the ridge at 345pm, breaks in the clouds, light chilly breeze and a few flakes falling. Wind gusts causing tree blizzards after 4pm. Gusty and fine light snow at dark. Low clouds, gusty winds and moderate snow late evening. Snowed until after midnight, then some clearing and bright moon. Cold night.

Wednesday (Jan 15) overnight low of -4 degrees, mostly clear sky and light cold breeze, 2 1/2″ new snow and 20″ snow on the ground (settled not melted.) Jays, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. The sunrise lit up the top of VanMeter and turned the fresh snow golden pink. Mail truck made it in on time. Mostly clear and breezy after lunch time, high of 31 degrees. Partly clear mid-afternoon and sharp cold breezes. Looked mostly clear at dark, cold breezes and temperature dropping quickly. Snowing and blowing at 10pm, temperature rising. Breezy and snowing lightly after midnight. Probably snowed until around 6am.

Thursday (Jan 16) overnight low was around 18 degrees (gizmo had -3F from yesterday morning) it was 26F at measurement time, overcast sky, 7/8″ new snow and 19″ snow on the ground (settled not melted.) Flicker, hairy woodpecker, jays, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Overcast at lunch time, high of 33 degrees. Quiet day. Overcast and a bit breezy at sundown. Overcast and calmer at dark. Snow started before 920pm and snowed all night.

Friday (Jan 17) overnight low of 14 degrees, mostly clear sky, 2 3/4″ new snow and 20″ snow on the ground. Hairy woodpecker, a trio of jays, mountain chickadees, a white-breasted and several red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Some gusty breezes after lunch time blowing snow out of the trees and clouds coming in, high of 33 degrees. Sun down behind the ridge at 350pm and mostly cloudy. Mostly cloudy at dark and quiet.

Saturday (Jan 18) 24 hour low of 13 degrees, overcast sky, no new snow and 19 1/2″ old snow on the ground. Nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Overcast and gusty breezes at lunch time, high of 32 degrees. Flaking snow on and off in the afternoon, no accumulation. Quiet day. Overcast at dark and calm. Very dark and cloudy before midnight, calm and quiet. Cloudy night.

Sunday (Jan 19) 24 hour low of 25 degrees (Saturday morning) and 31 degrees before sunrise, broken cloud cover and breezy, measured 18 1/2″ snow on the ground (settled not melting.) Not many birds around this morning. Mostly clear and icicles dripping after lunch time. Mostly clear and warm afternoon, steep roofs sliding and trees unloading snow, high of 45 degrees. Sun still above the ridge at 330pm but close to going down. Clear sky and breezy just before dark.

Idaho News:

Valley officials: We are out of options

McCall meeting reviews funding for county roads

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

Valley County commissioners told a town meeting in McCall on Tuesday that the county is out of options to fund maintenance and improvements of county roads.

“We are one of four counties in the state of Idaho that does not levy property taxes for roads,” commissioner Sherry Maupin said told about 30 people at the McCall American Legion Post.

Commissioners presented road department budgets, current funding sources and the specifics of the department’s funding and fielded questions.

More town hall meetings are planned, likely in Donnelly and Cascade, but dates and times have not yet been set.

A vote last November to levy property taxes to fund the department with about $3.8 million in additional revenue received 50.7% of the vote but fell short of the required 66.6%.

The county’s current of about $4.1 million allows the department to complete regular maintenance, but no major repairs of improvement projects, the audience was told.

In December, Congress passed an extension of a federal subsidy to rural counties with large amounts of federal land.

The subsidy is expected to bring the county about $1 million over the net two years.

Those attending Tuesday’s meeting asked about options to a road levy, the need to raise taxes and urging the county to ask the Forest Service to contribute more money to maintaining backcountry roads.

Some in attendance bemoaned what they felt was the ever-increasing burden of taxes from not only the county, but also the other taxing districts.

The county has several easements on Forest Service roads that provide access to backcountry locations such as Yellow Pine, Big Creek and Deadwood Reservoir.

The county receives $2,000 per mile for maintaining those roads, which provide access to recreational destinations, county officials said.

Another comment from the audience made the point that residents in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade already pay for the roads in their cities through taxes, which makes a new tax for county roads an unfair burden.

Commissioners said most city residents likely drive on county roads and that state law does not allow for the county to exempt residents living within city limits from paying county property taxes.

Commissioners floated the idea of taxing at a lower rate than previously proposed and circulated a survey where people could select a levy rate they found most appropriate.

Rates on the survey ranged from the full $83 per $100,000 in value that the failed levy proposed to less than half that amount.

Commissioners said they would consider the results of the surveys from each meeting when planning future levy votes.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Valley County to hear proposed rules for snowmobile trails

Parking, limits on wheeled vehicle among changes

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

Overnight parking, regulations for wheeled vehicles on snowmobile trails and rules for other tracked vehicles are among the proposed changes to a Valley County ordinance governing snowmobile trail use.

A public hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

County code already regulates snowmobile operation, speed and use on public roads and trails.

The additional proposal on Tuesday would add restrictions to snowmobile parking lots.

Vehicles parked in lots that impede snow removal equipment or the flow of traffic could be towed under the proposed ordinance.

Overnight parking would be allowed only in designated areas, with the exception of approved special events.

The rules would require snowmobile rental companies to provide transportation to trailheads and parking lots.

Tracked vehicles weighing over 2,000 pounds may be permitted for homeowners beyond groomed trailheads.

Wheeled vehicles would not be allowed to travel on Warren Wagon Road, No Business Road, Anderson Creek Road, High Valley Road, Clear Creek Road., East Side Drive/Brush Creek, and the “Green Gate” road from the first snowfall of the year until deemed safe by the county or April 30, whichever comes first.

The draft ordinance also proposed what should be done if a wheeled vehicle becomes stuck on a groomed snowmobile trail or closed road.

The operator of the vehicle would be responsible for the removal of the vehicle and the county parks and recreation director would be responsible for determining if a tow company or snow groomer can be used to remove the vehicle.

The cost of removing a vehicle and repairing the groomed trail would be set at $200 per hour with an additional $200 “mobilization fee” incurred.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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‘Huge undertaking’: Highway 21 reopens after ITD clears snow from road north of Idaho City

by Deni Hawkins Friday, January 17th 2020

ITD crews work to clear snow from a section of Highway 21 between Idaho City and Lowman. (Courtesy: Boise County Emergency Management)

Idaho City, Idaho (CBS2) — Highway 21 is back open as of Friday morning, after being closed in two spots for several days because of heavy snow and avalanche concerns.

According to 511, there are currently no closures active on the highway. Crews from the Idaho Transportation Department had been working to clear snow from a section of Highway 21 between Idaho City and Lowman since earlier this week.

Several feet of snow fell in the area quickly last weekend, and plows simply weren’t able to keep up.

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Lawmakers eye plans to boost money for Idaho roads

by Associated Press Wednesday, January 15th 2020

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Two methods to bring in millions of dollars to pay for maintaining Idaho’s roads gained traction with lawmakers on Tuesday.

The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted to send to the full House a bill that would use money generated from investing about $275 million sitting in the state’s rainy-day account.

Republican Rep. Joe Palmer said the investment account would still serve as an emergency reserve should an economic slowdown occur.

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2020 McCall Winter Carnival celebrating 55 years

Jan 14, 2020 By: Steve Bertel KIVI

courtesy Tony Harrison

McCall, Idaho — McCall is gearing up to celebrate 55 years of the McCall Winter Carnival. Every year, the small town of 3,000 in central Idaho welcomes a surge of more than 60,000 people during the ten-day winter festival.

This year’s event runs Friday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 2 — and celebrates the theme “It’s A Kids World.”

“It’s really asking the community and visitors to see through a child’s eyes and look at the world with that innocence and joy,” said McCall Winter Carnival Director Allison Wright. “Sometimes, it’s good to let go a little bit and just have some fun.”

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Ice rolling on Lake Lowell and a pickup buried in snow near McCall:

Hundreds of Idaho residents shared photos after an extra wintry week of weather.

KTVB Jan 17, 2020

After a frigid and snowy week, the KTVB Idaho Weather Watchers Facebook group has been overflowing with incredible photos of snow and wintry conditions across the state of Idaho.

Credit: Helen Brown
Helen Brown shared a photo in the Idaho Weather Watchers Facebook group and captioned it “brother found his pickup.” The photo was taken near McCall.

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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche west of Ketchum

The avalanche happened Wednesday afternoon in the Sawtooth National Forest.

KTVB January 15, 2020

A snowmobiler died Wednesday afternoon after getting caught in avalanche in the Sawtooth National Forest, officials said.

According to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, two snowmobilers were riding in the Baker Creek drainage west of Ketchum when they were caught in an avalanche.

One of the riders escaped the slide, found his buried partner, and removed snow to clear the buried person’s face, the avalanche center said in a Facebook post.

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Initial snowpack, heavy winter storms and high wind increasing avalanche risk in C. Idaho

by Sarah Jacobsen Thursday, January 16th 2020

Boise, ID (CBS2) — Winter is finally here, and with a combination of heavy snow hammering Central Idaho, and now high winds coupled with a initial light snow pack, means dangerous avalanche conditions at all elevations for Central Idaho.

“You need 4 things to have an avalanche, the first is a weak layer and we have multiple weak layers in the snow pack that are weak sugary grains of depth toward the bottom, large celery surface crystals and some crust near the top,” explains Director of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Scott Savage. “So you can picture the weak layer as thin layer of potato chips and they are pretty happy when there is no weight on top of them, but what happens when you stack a bunch of books on those potato chips? they crack or crumble.”

Savage says the series of winter storms over the past week, are causing the uptick.

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‘Live to ski another day’: Experts talk avalanche safety in Idaho

With several fatal avalanches in the region over the last week, experts talk safety on the slopes.

Misty Inglet January 16, 2020 KTVB

Five people have been killed in three avalanches in Idaho and Eastern Oregon within the last week.

In at least one case, the avalanche was proven to be human-triggered.

Scott Savage, director of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, said there is no average time frame that is considered “avalanche season” so having multiple avalanches in January is not unusual.

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Idaho Firewise Grant Program accepts applications through Feb. 28

The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

The Idaho Firewise Grant Program is accepting applications from fire departments and other community organizations seeking to increase wildland fire awareness through education.

The program has awarded more than $96,941 to fund projects throughout Idaho over the past six years.

For more information on the program, contact Stephanie Nelson at 208-630-4201 or (FB link).

For more information on Idaho Firewise grant requirements or to submit a grant proposal, visit (link). The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, Feb. 28.


Tips & Advice:

Winter storm driving hacks: Why kitty litter and old socks could be game changers

January 14, 2020 Local News 8

If you hate driving in the winter, you are not alone.

Here are some useful and unique tips provided by Allstate to help you conquer winter-related driving dilemmas.

* Get your vehicle out of the snow with [old fashioned] kitty litter. Spreading kitty litter directly in front of the tires that are stuck (this will depend on whether your car is front or rear wheel drive) may help your tires grip and get you out of the snow.

* Prevent windshield wipers from freezing with old socks. If you’re out running errands, putting socks over each windshield wiper blade can help keep them from freezing over and sticking to your windshield while you’re away from your car.

* Cover side mirrors with plastic bags to prevent frost buildup. Keeping plastic grocery store or food storage bags in your glove compartment may help you keep your side mirrors from freezing.

* De-ice your locks using hand sanitizer. The alcohol in the sanitizer is an ingredient known to help melt ice.

Note: Do Not use the new clumping litter, it get slick when wet.

Mining News:

Midas Gold to offer hot chocolates, cookies during Winter Carnival

The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

McCall Winter Carnival goers can warm up with hot chocolate and cookies at the Midas Gold booth at Art Roberts Park, 327 E. Lake St.

The booth will be open on Fridays, Jan. 24 and 31, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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McCall council splits over Midas Gold letter

Panel votes 3-2 to request extension of comment period

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

The McCall City Council last week split over whether to request the public be given more time to comment on the proposed Midas Gold mine near Yellow Pine.

The council split 3-2 in favor of making the request to the Payette National Forest to double the public comment period from the 45-day minimum to 90 days.

Mayor Bob Giles, council member Colby Nielsen and new council member Mike Maciaszek all supported the request, while council members Melanie Holmes and Thom Sowers voted against it.

The council voted on a request made to the council last month by the group Save The South Fork to ask for the extension of comment to the draft study of the mine by the Payette National Forest.

Public comment will be considered by the Payette in formulating the final version of the operating plan to be used by Midas Gold to extract gold and antimony from the historic Stibnite Mining District.

The Payette plans to release the draft study later this month so a 45-day extension would push the deadline for public comments from mid-March to early May.

An extension of the public comment period would not delay a final decision on the project, currently slated for March 2021, Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris told The Star-News.

Giles, Nielsen and Maciaszek said the extension was “practical” and necessary for the council to thoroughly review the draft study.

“It is an important enough issue for enough people in this community that we owe it to our community to do our due diligence in making sure the right thing happens should it be approved or denied,” Nielsen said.

Holmes said she did not want to see the process drawn out. “If we need some additional planning time, we should do a special meeting and just get it done,” she said.

Sowers called the extension request a “filibuster tactic” and said the extra time to review the draft study would probably not sway anyone’s opinion on the project.

Giles pointed to a well-attended 2018 lecture series on the Midas Gold proposal as evidence of the importance of the project within the community.

The council decided last year not to sign Midas Gold’s proposed Community Agreement after hearing testimony from 68 citizens, 58 of who were in opposition.

The agreement would have allowed the city to appoint a representative to the Stibnite Advisory Council, which meets monthly to hear updates on the project from Midas Gold officials, and to the Stibnite Foundation.

Council members feared conflicts of interest if the city was directly involved with the Stibnite Foundation, a charitable foundation set up and funded by Midas Gold to make grants for community projects.

The Stibnite Foundation is governed by a board of appointed representatives from each of the eight communities that signed the Community Agreement.

Adams County, Idaho County, the Village of Yellow Pine and the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins and Council all signed the community agreement.

Valley County was originally asked to sign the agreement but Midas Gold later withdrew the invitation.

Midas Gold cited a possible conflict since it will need permits from the county to operate the mine.

The foundation currently has about $950,000 in cash and shares from Midas Gold and expects to begin its first grant cycle later this year.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.

Public Lands:

IPC Warm lake Feeder Line Relocation [Yellow Pine]

“Please submit your scoping comments by January 28, 2020”

received Jan 13, 2020 Boise National Forest

Project Description

Idaho Power Company (IPC) has identified a need relocate a segment of line that is currently west of Johnson Creek. This segment of line is only accessible by a deteriorated light-duty bridge that cannot handle the weight of the large equipment required to maintain the line, thus creating a safety issue. Also, the segment of line where it crosses back over to the east side of Johnson Creek and continues into the community of Yellow Pine is at risk to rock slides and there has been repeated rock slide related outages and emergency repairs over the last several years. The proposed underground alignment would improve access, reduce customer outages, improve service and reliability, and ensure the electrical energy source to Yellow Pine residences is maintained.

Proposed Action:

IPC proposes to reroute approximately 2.49 miles of a portion of the existing overhead Warm Lake (WMLK 011) 7.2-kilovolt (kV) distribution line with approximately 2.74 miles of single-phase underground line.

The proposed underground line would be along the easterly ROW (66 feet) of Johnson Creek Road and the associated vaults and sectors would be located outside of the existing road prism and would not interfere with the free flow of traffic, disrupt communication services, or impair the full use and safety of the road.

The proposed project would involve plowing/trenching conduit, installing conductor, excavating and installing vaults/sectors, installing two new single poles (where the line transitions from overhead to underground), and backfilling the trench.

Once the underground distribution line is installed, the overhead line would be removed and the ROW for the portion of the overhead line would be relinquished. All project related disturbance would be repaired as soon as weather, ground, and scheduling conditions permit.

Approximately 0.27 miles of the existing overhead line (including four single-pole wood pole) would remain to continue to provide service to a private mining claim on the west side of Johnson Creek.

Project Location:

The proposed project is in Township 18 North, Range 08 East, Section 04, and Township 19 North, Range 08 East, Sections 28, 29, 32, & 33, Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho.

How to Comment

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the project webpage (link). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).
* Mail to Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611.
* Hand deliver to Boise National Forest, Cascade District, 540 North Main Street, Cascade, ID 83611. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
* By fax at 208-382-7480. If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “WMLK-11” in the subject line.

Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by January 28, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Officials want more bear safety signs in the Boise National Forest

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, January 14th 2020

An example of bear-safety signage.

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — The Boise National Forest would like to add more bear safety signs to its campgrounds.

BNF announced Tuesday it’s applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to improve bear safety signage at a number of campgrounds and picnic areas across the forest.

The forest is asking for money from the Department’s Recreational Vehicle Fund.

“Improved bear awareness at developed recreation sites will inform forest visitors how to safely enjoy the outdoors while sharing the landscape with bears,” BNF said. “Signage will focus on food storage and waste management guidance. Developed recreation sites with past nuisance bear problems are prioritized for the signage.”

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Boise National Forest to submit grant proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Boise, Idaho, January 14, 2020 — The Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to improve bear safety signage at a number of campgrounds and picnic areas across the Boise National Forest.

The application will request funding through the Department’s Recreational Vehicle Fund. Improved bear awareness at developed recreation sites will inform forest visitors how to safely enjoy the outdoors while sharing the landscape with bears. Signage will focus on food storage and waste management guidance. Developed recreation sites with past nuisance bear problems are prioritized for the signage.

All grant proposals will improve the visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards. If received, implementation of the grant would begin in summer of 2020.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to:

Boise National Forest Supervisor’s Office
Attn: Lisa Nutt
1249 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709

Or by calling the Boise National Forest at 208-373-4100.
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New Start – JaBob Minerals Project EA and FONSI: Opportunity for Public Comment

Dear Interested Party:

The Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest has prepared an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) for the New Start – JaBob (NSJB) Mining Project Plan of Operations. It is the Boise National Forest’s responsibility under Forest Service mineral regulations at 36 CFR 228(A) to respond to plans of operation for mineral exploration and ensure that the Plan’s Proposed Action minimizes adverse environmental impacts as defined at 36 CFR 228.8. The Plan was submitted pursuant to the 36 CFR 228(A) – Locatable Minerals. The Forest Service is mandated to act timely in processing Plans submitted under the mining laws, including completion of an environmental review, which is the purpose of this EA. This EA/FONSI is subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B.

The NSJB project area is located approximately one mile southwest of Pioneerville, Idaho, in Boise County. The legal description is Township 07N Range 05E, Section 10, Boise Meridian.

The EA/FONSI is available at (link) Click on the “Analysis” tab under “Project Documents.”

Opportunity to Comment

We welcome your comments on the content of the EA/FONSI. Instructions for commenting are found in the Legal Notice published in the Idaho Statesman on Friday, January 17, 2020. A copy can also be found on the project website (above). Comments specific to the proposed action that identify a cause-effect relationship are most helpful. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project and will be available for public inspection. The following options are available for submitting comments.

Electronic comments may be submitted through a web form on the NSJB Project webpage (link). To submit a comment using the web form, select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Written comments can be submitted via fax at 208-373-4111 or mailed to Travis Whitman, Idaho City Ranger District, 3833 Hwy 21, Idaho City, ID 83631, or hand-delivered to the same address during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays). If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “New Start – JaBob Mining Project” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Travis Whitman, Team Leader, at 208-392-3719.
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The Saint Minerals Project (Revised) – Opportunity for Public Comment

January 17, 2020 – The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for The Saint Minerals Project located on the Idaho City Ranger District. Information regarding this project is provided in the “Proposal Information” document (link below).

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. This project was originally proposed and scoped in August 2016 but was placed on hold due to changes in the proposal.

Please submit your scoping comments by Friday, February 14, 2020, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal and identify preliminary issues. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

How to Comment

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, verbal, and electronic comments concerning this project will be accepted.

Written comments can be submitted via fax at 208-373-4111 or mailed to Travis Whitman, Idaho City Ranger District, PO Box 129, Idaho City, ID 83631, or hand-delivered to the same address during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays). If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “The Saint Mining Project” in the subject line.

Electronic comments may also be submitted to The Saint Minerals Project webpage at (link) To submit comments using the web form select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Stay Connected to this Project via the Web

The Forest Service has transitioned to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (scoping documents, updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by e-mail. This system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online.

To subscribe, go online to The Saint Minerals Project webpage at (link) On the project webpage, you will see a box titled “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page, click on “Subscribe to Email Updates”. When you click on that item, you will be prompted to provide your e-mail address and select a password. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail.

If you have no comments on the proposal but want to remain on the mailing list and don’t want to use the automated process described above, please contact Travis Whitman.

For further information on The Saint Minerals Project, please contact Travis Whitman, Minerals Administrator, at 208-392-6681.
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Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest Intend to Submit Grant Proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Lowman, Idaho, January 13, 2020 — The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to install an additional vault toilet at Mountain View Campground.

The application will request funding through the Department’s Recreational Vehicle Fund. Installation of the vault toilet is to accommodate for projected high use numbers and improve accessibility after the campground’s reconstruction in summer 2020.

All grant proposals will improve the visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards. This will also help sustain the capital investment of Mountain View Campground. If received, implementation of the grant would begin in late summer of 2020.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to:

Lowman Ranger District
Attn: Lauren Bonney
7539 Highway 21
Lowman, ID 83631

Or by calling the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361

Critter News:

Pooches will provide the power at Monster Dog Pull on Jan. 26

The Star-News Jan 16, 2020

The dog-gone most fun event of the Winter Carnival is the Monster Dog Pull on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Alpine Village in downtown McCall starting at 11 a.m.

Dogs of every shape and size will pull small weighted sleds along a short course one at a time, competing for the fastest time in one of six weight classes.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each class. No special training, skills or equipment required.

Registration is $15 for each dog racing, with sign-ups held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is no admission for spectators.

All proceeds will benefit MCPAWS, which provides safe shelter for abandoned, surrendered and lost cats and dogs.

MCPAWS also finds loving homes for all adoptable animals, promotes responsible pet ownership and reduces overpopulation through spay and neuter services.

For more information visit (link) or call 634-DOGS

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Third annual Idaho Sled Dog Challenge returns to McCall this month

Jan 14, 2020 By KIVI Staff

McCall, Idaho — The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is returning to McCall starting January 28 during the 2020 McCall Winter Carnival.

Celebrating its third consecutive year, the race features world-class mushers . It is the only 300-mile Yukon Quest qualifier in the lower 48 and one of only three such events in the contiguous continental U.S. states for the Iditarod. The Iditarod and the Yukon Quest are considered the longest and the toughest sled dog races in the world.

The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is part of the Rocky Mountain Triple Crown, which also includes the Eagle Cap Extreme January 22-25 near Joseph, Oregon, and the Race to the Sky February 7-11 near Helena, Montana.

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Pet Talk – Nasal tumors in dogs

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jan 17, 2020 IME

Tumors of the nasal cavity and nearby sinuses account for about 1 to 2 percent of tumors in dogs. Most nasal tumors occur in large-breed dogs older than 8. Most nasal tumors are malignant or cancerous. The cause of these tumors is unknown. There are multiple tumor types, including primary tumors arising from the tissues within the nasal cavity, and secondary tumors that invade the nose, especially from the tissues around the nose.

Most signs are very subtle initially, and the tumor can be present in the nasal cavity or sinuses for months before any abnormalities are seen. The first abnormality that occurs is a bloody discharge from one nostril only. If your dog has a bloody discharge from one nostril, then take it to your veterinarian for an immediate exam. Open-mouth, noisy breathing is common if the nasal cavity is obstructed.

Tumors may be suspected in animals with chronic nasal discharge unresponsive to symptomatic therapy. X-rays of the head may demonstrate changes in the nasal cavity or sinuses that are compatible with the tumor.

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Idaho Fish and Game forces mountain lion to leave Ketchum backyard

Jan 14, 2020 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI

Ketchum, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game used non-lethal methods to remove a mountain lion that frequented a Ketchum backyard. Fish and Game officers were notified on Friday, January 10, that the mountain lion which had been hazed the day before had returned.

The large male lion was bedded in the same location as found on January 9. After assessing the situation, officers fired several shotgun rounds, using rubber slugs and buckshot, to force the lion to leave the backyard. After the hazing, the lion ran from the area.

Once the area was clear, officers inspected the day bed and found a partially eaten elk calf, which the lion had been feeding on over the last few days. The elk was removed, reducing the chances of the lion returning.

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‘We have a very healthy elk population’: Idaho Fish & Game responds to concerns about elk slaughter in Magic Valley

Misty Inglet January 13, 2020 KTVB

Jerome, Idaho — A Facebook post claiming Idaho Fish and Game slaughtered 172 elk in the Magic Valley region is generating a heated debate on the social media platform.

With hundreds of comments and more than a thousand shares, the post has sparked some outrage with many questioning why Fish and Game would kill the elk. Others wondered if the post was true.

Terry Thompson, communications manager for Fish and Game Magic Valley region, tells KTVB that elk were killed but the number was actually 206 not 172.

According to Thompson, the elk were killed as part of a research project with a graduate student from the University of Idaho.


Fish & Game News:

More Camping Improvements Coming to Horsethief Reservoir

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Jordan Messner, IDFG

Horsethief Reservoir continues to be a camping and fishing destination for outdoor enthusiasts across Idaho. As visitation continues to increase, the need has arisen to provide more structured camping to protect the very environment that visitors travel to Horsethief to enjoy.

That effort began in 2018, when three of Horsethief’s east side camping loops — Beaver Tail, Trout Landing and Horsethief Creek — were upgraded with compacted gravel loop roads, parking pads, new picnic tables and fire rings.

That project was just the beginning. In 2019, Horsethief Reservoir underwent additional renovation, this time targeting the King’s Point camping loop and the adjacent boat ramp area. The loop road was widened and paved, as were all 28 King’s Point campsites, with each site outfitted with large sand living pads, picnic tables and fire rings. The boat ramp parking area was enlarged and paved to better serve Horsethief boaters. Both will be ready for campers and boaters when the snow melts this spring.

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Windows to Wildlife Newsletter

In this Winter 2019 issue:

* For Wildlife, Climate Change is all About Timing
* Bees to Bears
* Idaho Birding Trail
* Bird Populations in North America are on the Decline
* Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds
* Winter Wildlife Events

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Winter weather so far has not prompted the need for emergency big game feeding

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Big game herds are well adapted to survive a typical Idaho winter

When big snowstorms roll through Idaho, people often wonder if Idaho Fish and Game will start feeding deer, elk, pronghorn and other animals. The short answer is that this is a normal winter so far, and the department usually only feeds big game during extreme winter conditions, or when other factors prompt it.

Fish and Game has winter feeding advisory committees in each region of the state except the Panhandle (which has never had a winter feeding program). The regional advisory committees keep a watchful eye on several weather conditions and factors, such as snow depths, whether there’s crust on snow that hinders an animal’s ability to forage and extended periods of sub-zero temperatures. They also monitor if animals are causing damage to private agriculture lands, or creating hazards to public safety, such as congregating near freeways and highways.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Caught On Video: Highland Park House Cat Fights Off 3 Coyotes

Jan 14, 2010

Los Angeles, CA (KCAL/KCBS) — A black-and-white cat named Max proved the claws can come out in an instant when he faced off with three coyotes at his Highland Park home.

The epic battle last Wednesday night was caught on Maya Gurrin’s home security video.

“My husband and I were watching a movie right here and all of a sudden we see this kind of shadow of a tail,” she said. “We walk outside and all of a sudden we see just three coyotes completely surrounding him.”




Seasonal Humor:

“If you have had enough cold and snow, Please… raise your hands.”

Idaho History Jan 19, 2020

The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News April 1, 1905

courtesy Sandy McRae and Jim Collord

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The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Roosevelt, Idaho April 1, 1905 Volume 1 Number 16

Sunnyside Crusher Arrives With 62 Horses And 21 Men

William Kreps, the Dauntless Freighter, Crosses Four Mountain Ranges With 20,000 Pounds of Mining Machinery.

The Dewey Palace Hotel (Home of Thunder Mountain Millionaires) Nampa, Idaho
By courtesy of Mrs. Mansfield of Idaho Leaders

William Kreps is just arriving with the Sunnyside Mine machinery weighing fully 20,000 lbs. The great rock crusher, which weighs 7000 pounds, drawn by twelve horses is the last of the teams to arrive and will pass through town as we go to press. This ponderous piece of machinery loaded on the sled stands fully eight feet above the road bed.

A representative of THE NEWS met the teams at Southwest Fork summit in order to see for himself the consumation [sic] of this gigantic undertaking. He was shown every courtesy by Mr. Kreps and thus enabled to give a systematic account of this stupendous journey.

Mr. Kreps took the crusher at Pearl Summit, 25 miles this side of Nampa on the 11th of March, where it was left by previous freighters. Coming up Squaw creek hill, the mud reached the wagon box. 20 horses were used in pulling the load up this hill. Mr. Kreps took the Sunnyside company at its word. He was told to get the machinery to the mine and he has done what few men would have thought possible. He hired horses and men whenever he needed them and kept his eye on the goal. He owns one team of six horses which is perhaps not surpassed in the whole state. The horses average 1500 pounds each and seem to take work as a passtime [sic]. With 4000 pounds of machinery on their sled Mr. Kreps sent this team ahead to break the road and up some of the mountains there was fully three feet of snow.

At High Valley it became necessary to transfer the crusher from wheels to a sled. The last mile and a half was made through mud which seemed to have no bottom. After the [crusher passed], not even a saddle horse could make his way and the fence was taken down on one side and a temporary road made through a field.

Mr. Kreps had a novel way of transferring his load. He drove along side a large tree, placed a tackle of wire cable above the load, lifted it by means of horses, and drawing the wagon out and a sled underneath, lowered the ponderous weight to the sled.

He experienced no further trouble and made good time to Smith’s Ferry on the Payette. Here he found the ice although two feet thick in places too rotten to bear his tremendous load, or even his stock. He spent three days in dynamiting a canal, so to speak, through the river which at this point is several hundred feet wide. The canal he made about 25 feet in width and loading the crusher on to the ferryboat, attached a line to it and with twelve horses which he had engaged on the opposite side of the stream he pulled the boat through the slush ice made in dynamiting, to the other shore. A little later the ice cleared and loading his horses on the boat they were poled across.

This side of Smith’s Ferry, Mr. Kreps began to pick up other machinery belonging to the crusher, hired men and horses as they were needed and swept the road clean of machinery needed at the Sunnyside mine.

Several miles this side of Thunder City he was again obliged to transfer his loads to wheels for a few miles and then back to sleds again. He accomplished this in the same manner as before – simply … (page torn).

At Big Creek Summit, 12 miles south of Knox, Mr. Kreps showed his resourceful genious [sic] in a remarkable way. The road along this summit was sidling and frozen hard. He hired Joseph Rollins with his team and an ordinary breaking plough and ploughed a single furrow through the snow and ice on the upper side of the road for a distance of two miles. This made a trench for the upper runners of his sleds and held them in place, thus preventing them from sliding down the mountain side with his tremendous loads.

Fortune seemed to smile sometimes, however, on the heroic efforts being made; at Johnson creek when the teams arrived, there was no snow on the grade; Mr. Kreps made preparations to again transfer his loads to wheels. At dark snow began to fall and at daylight next morning the road was covered with six inches of snow. The morning was warm and time could not be lost. Hastily harnessing his teams be rushed the great loads up the mountain side to the height where the old snow had not melted. He returned to Johnson Creek for dinner with men and horses, went back up the hilt and made Reardon Creek that night.

The road which Mr. Kreps had broken on a previous trip was of much value as it formed a firm foundation below tie new snow – across Bald Hill which is over 8000 feet high, for fully eight miles the new snow was over three feet deep.

Hearing of the approach of the teams, Supt. Abbott sent seven men in charge of D. S. Cotter to assist in getting … (page torn) … down Southwest Fork summit. This work was of great service.

Mr. Kreps himself, with two sixes arrived Thursday afternoon, leaving the crusher to follow from Bald Hill. Charles Haynes, a veteran driver, has been with that load during the whole trip.

Leaving his own superb six, driven by Al. Woods, to break the road to the Sunnyside mine, Mr. Kreps went back to see the last load in.

To feed this large number of horses 15 bales of hay and 11 sacks of oats were used daily. It is pleasant to be able to say that no care or expense was spared to keep the horses in good condition and make them comfortable. Mr. Kreps himself is a master driver and not only knows how to care for horses but insists that it shall be done.

This marvelous undertaking passes into the wonderful history of Thunder Mountain. In the dead of winter William Kreps has drawn 20,000 pounds of machinery over four mountain ranges and will set it down in perfect condition at its destination.
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Charles E. Curtis has opened a saloon at Belleco.

Wm. Queeney has gone to Middle Fork of the Salmon.

Mrs. Sam Hancock is spending a few days with Mrs. Pannkake at the Y. H.

Bert Merridth and Claude Taylor went to work at the Dewey Wednesday.

E. M. Thornton returned Thursday … (page torn).

Mrs. Morris went to Belleco this morning where she will take charge of the Sunnyside boarding house.

A. A. Lyden, R. B. MacGregor and Ed. Lewis arrived from the Ramey Ridge country the 27th ult.

Mrs. Charles E. Curtis and family, Mis. C. M. Taylor and Mrs. Hasbrook took the stage this morning for Boise.

H. C. Ailport, the sub-contractor for this end of the mail route, arrived Thursday afternoon with a sleigh load of mail. Mr. Ailport made great efforts to get the mail in.

E. L. Reid is quite sick. Stage-driver Ailport went to the Southwest Fork of Monumental Friday morning and brought him to town. We hope he will soon be about again.

McCrum & Deary, of Boise, always carry a first class stock of drugs and medicines. They make a specialty of mail order business, and solicit Thunder Mountain trade. See their advertisement.

A petition was circulated last week praying the county commissioners to declare the Thunder Mountain Road a county road and appoint a road supervisor. R. D. Almond was named as supervisor, and the petition was universally signed.

Ed. Collins, while working in the Blue Point tunnel at the 20th Century, narrowly escaped death last Saturday. While timbering the tunnel a huge boulder weighing nearly a ton fell from the roof grazing his head and shoulder. He is not seriously injured though disabled for a few days.
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The Oriental situation as we go to press seems almost axiomatic. After the battle of Liao Yang Japan intimated that she would gladly welcome peace. The Czar said, “I will risk another battle.’ He risked it – the cost is some hundred and fifty thousand human lives – this doesn’t amount to much to the Czar – he considers his private soldiers in the same light as a freighter does his stock – “the collar will fit another horse” – the Czar has millions of men, his “subjects,” left. The autocracy of Russia must be sustained. The bankers of Paris, however, think that the down-trodden peasantry of Russia may at last reach the limit of endurance; they think that weeping Poland and strangled Finland may yet assert, and they refuse the Russian loan. Japan has not millions of serfs to throw to the front, but after she has buried her 50,000 dead as the result of the awful battle of Mukden she has left millions of men whose very life blood thrills with the noblest … (page torn)

… captain of modern warfare. The Japanese have never known defeat – they are fighting for principles as lofty as the blue dome and we confidently predict for Japan the victory.
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Every few months some obscure word is brought forth from the deep recess of the English language and inflicted upon the reading public until the word becomes so trite that newspaper men are ashamed longer to use it. The latest nuisance is the word “effete” applied to the eastern states – “Effete East” People who are acquainted with the East or who do business there find it is not very much “effete.”
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The reason we have such an irregular mail service is simply the fact of underbidding for the contract to carry the mail. Any branch of federal service carries with it prestage [sic] and responsibilities – many federal officials remember the prestage [sic] and forget the responsibility.
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The Standard Oil Company has had everything its own way for many years. It is now facing an investigation, national in extent, which is backed by the executive head of the nation. It is safe to say that its methods will be well aired.
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It is said that there is but one daily mining newspaper in the world – The Daily Mining Record of Denver.
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Locals Continued.

The Summit House was the scene of much activity Wednesday evening when 21 men with the Sunnyside machinery spent the night there. Fully 50 horses were tied about the grounds.

Fred Roesch is putting up a dwelling house 16×24 feet in the clear on his lot south of the pioneer meet [sic] market. He will set it back from the street so that the front of the lot may be used as a business location.

S. L. Gillam has a very fine mountain sheep’s head, a present from Ed. Myers, which he will have mounted and hang as an ornament in his saloon. He has quite extensive decorations in mind which we shall report later.

Says the Mining Recorder: “An important mining deal was recently made in Kansas City whereby George Brant transferred his interest in the Brant Mining & Milling Company for an interest in the Golden Islet, situated in Jones gulch. New officers were elected for the Golden Islet Mining & Milling Company, as follows: J. G. McKnight, president; S. E. Bowerman, vice-president; J. F. Mensing, secretary and treasurer.” Geo. Brant is well known in this section as the local manager of the Brant Mining & Milling Company.

I have been requested to state my prices for professional services; they are as follows: A common extraction, without anaesthetics [sic], $1.00; absolutely painless extraction, $2.50; seemless [sic] gold crown, 22k.-30 gague [sic], $10 to $15; for bridge work, $10 to $12.50; plates from, $25 to $100; silver fillings $1.50 to $2.00; platinum fillings, $2.50 to $3.00; gold fillings, $3.50 up. A word in regard to the painless extraction: I am inventor of an anaesthetic [sic] which has taken me years to complete, and the experiments incidental thereto have cost much time, trouble and money. Ask those who have used my anaesthetic [sic] if I missrepresent [sic] its effect. In no dental parlors outside, can you get first-class work done cheaper than I do it and the after effects commonly known to painless extraction, are not known to my patients since my anaesthetic [sic] is local in its effect. I do all kinds of dental work known to the profession. I avoid giving needless pain in all dental operations. Ask your friends about this. I take personal interest in my patients and so assume to refer you to any of them. C. T. JONES, D. D. S.
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19050401Pg3-txt1headline1Idaho’s Game Law.

During the session of the last legislature, considerable attention was given to the fish and game law. The law as it now stands is a good one and all good citizens of the state will unite in upholding it. We are too apt to disregard the value of the wild animals of our forests. There is perhaps the finest hunting ground in the world right here in Idaho. Elk, deer, bears of several varieties, mountain sheep, beaver, martin, grouse and all small game abound in our great mountain fastnesses. Nothing but wanton disregard of all decent and sportsmanlike hunting will ever despoil our forests. The only game which really needs protection at the present time is Elk, deer and mountain sheep.

Three great evils menace the increase, and even the continuance of these fine species of game in this section of the country, namely:

Destruction by cougars,
Wanton slaughter,
And sale of wild game.

The first named is perhaps the worst evil of till. Few people realize the terrible destruction of deer caused by the cougar, or American lion. Many mountaineers estimate that every full grown cougar kills not less than thirty deer each year, and so the wisdom of the late legislature is shown, in offering a bounty of $15 for every cougar killed – the cougar is of absolutely no use – a sneaking, cowardly beast which stealthily crawls upon his prey and springing from his lair sets his jaws in death grip on the throat of his victim.

The second evil, wanton slaughter, is fast disappearing from this section, though we have suffered from it in the past. It seems hardly credible that any man would stand and deliberately shoot a wild deer of the forest for the pleasure of seeing it fall in death throes. Unfortunately such has been the case and right here in Thunder Mountain.

There are men, God grant they are few, so deeply depraved that a living mark is preferable to a target for rifle practice, even though it be the finest specimen of wild game for which they have not the slightest use except the morbid satisfaction of seeing it give up its life.

Last year three fine elk were killed in the Chamberlain Basin – they weighed from 300 to 500 pounds each. Two teeth were taken from each elk and the carcasses were left to rot. The State Game Warden, Van Irons, used every means to bring the dastard who killed them to justice; he failed because the two witnesses who could testify for the prosecution were too cowardly to do so, and left the state.

But perhaps the least excusable and most disgraceful of all the agencies of destruction of wild game animals is claudestine [sic] sale of the meat. We believe there is not a state in the union where deer or elk may be legally sold – there is certainly not one where any attention is given to the preservation of game. No good citizen will sell a deer or elk. It is legally as well as morally wrong; and no man who has respect for himself and interest in his community and those who are to come after him, will, for a few paltry dollars, so degrade himself.

No restaurant or hotel keeper who is honorable and does a legitimate business will serve a piece of deer meat at his table unless it is furnished by his guest.

The state of Maine has the finest hunting and fishing of any or the older states. Why? Because it has the most stringent laws, and because every citizen upholds them.

Maine’s revenue from her game and fish probably amounts to $1,000,000 a year. That amount is brought into the state. A man may leave Boston in the morning and be in the very heart of a great game country at night.

On the shores of Rangely Lake, is situated a hotel property worth not less than $100,000 – the “Rangely Lake House,” which is supported by the fish and game resources. There, a man may be given six months in jail for killing a deer out of season and at the Parsons Hotel on Dead River where the deer may be seen any sunny morning at the edge of the wood, you can not get venison served unless you legally kill it yourself.

The preservation of the game makes revenue to every man in the country, farmer, guide, boatman, liveryman and hotel keeper.

The time is not too distant when the same conditions may exist here if every citizen will do his own honest part in strengthening the arm of the law. We owe it to ourselves; we owe it to those who come after us.
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19050401Pg3-txt1headline2The Great American Hen.

The great American hen, thrice hail! Here in very sooth is a subject for an epic. In his annual report Secretary Wilson says the farmers’ hens produce one and two-third billions of dozens of eggs every year. Think of that! Under a beneficent republican administration the hens of the American farmyards produce annually 1,666,666,666 dozens of eggs. What is the wealth of a Monte Cristo compared with the wealth produced by these cheerful, clucking, industrious denizens of the barnyard? It invites the mind to rhapsodical flights of fancy.

– Rochester Post-Express.
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19050401Pg4-txt1headlineInternational Happenings

During the week preceeding [sic] March 9th, deaths from plague numbered 34,000. Statistics show that the deaths from bubonic plague in India within a few years have reached 3,000,000. In 1903 the deaths from this source was 860,000.

On March 9th, Lord Rosebery in a speech before the City of London Liberal Club, said: “There is one thing to which no wise statesman ever will expose the country, namely, the curse of a dual government. We have sufficient warnings in the example of Norway and Sweden, and Austria and Hungary to avoid the peril of having the vulture gnawing at our very vitals.”

It is reported that President Castro of Venezuela has sold his government and himself for $2,600,000. Castro’s financial agent at Antwerp has been instructed to sign an agreement with German and British bond holders turning over 50 per cent. of the customs receipts of five Venezuelan ports until the full amount of the indebtedness is paid. This will take about fifty years and will give to Germany and Great Britain a preponderance of influence in the republic. He receives the amount referred to above as a gift.
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Wm. R. Hearst announces that his papers will not support Mayor McClellan for re-election as mayor of New York.

It is now reported that Mrs. Huntington and her millions are behind the Western Pacific railroad move, instead of the Goulds.

Harry S. New has been appointed vice-chairman of the Republican National Committee and will be acting chairman upon the resignation of Secretary Cortelyou.

President Roosevelt is not satisfied with the progression made by the Panama Canal Commission – we may look for important changes. Roosevelt has to be shown.

A terrible boiler explosion followed by destructive fire occurred in a Brockton shoe factory the 21st of March. The last accounts we have on going to press state that 53 bodies had been taken from the ruins.

A newspaper advertisement in New York offering a day’s work to fifty snow shovelers brought more than 300 men to the spot before daylight the next morning. When the man appeared with the fifty work checks a rush ensued which necessitated calling the police. When they arrived more than 20 individual couples were engaged in a fist fight for the privilege of shoveling all day for $2.

The President’s cabinet is composed as follows: Secretary of State, John Hay of Ohio. Secretary of the Treasury, Leslie M. Shaw of Iowa. Secretary of War, William H. Taft of Ohio. Secretary of the Interior, Ethan A. Hitchcock of Missouri. Secretary of tin Navy, Paul Morton of Illinois. Secretary of Agriculture, James Wilson of Iowa. Postmaster General, Robert J. Wynne. Attorney General, William H. Moody of Massachusetts. Secretary of Commence [sic] and Labor, Victor H. Metcalf of California.
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19050401Pg4-txt2headlineState Items.

There are but two mining camps in the West and Alaska that produce more mineral wealth than the Coeur d’Alenes, a section 10×20 miles in extent. These are Butte and Cripple Creek. In 1904 the smelter returns for ore shipped from the Cour d’Alenes [sic] was $12,317,375.

At the annual debate between the University of Idaho and the University of Utah held at Moscow, March 9th, the victory was awarded to Idaho. The question was: “Resolved, that it would be unwise to make provision in our laws for compulsory voting.” Idaho had the negative, thus favoring the enactment of such a law.

A terrible accident occurred March 12th to Mrs. P. E. Ellis, wife of postmaster Ellis of Stites. She was riding a spirited horse over a dangerous road when the cinch broke and Mrs Ellis was thrown against a sharp rock at the side of the road. Her skull was crushed, so that parts had to be removed leaving an aperture, 2×3 inches into which was inserted a silver plate. It would hardly seem possible that she could recover but at last accounts she was improving.

On the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, B. F. Cressler recently had a most marvelous escape from death says the Stites Journal. He was hunting and had chosen a sunny spot on which to eat his lunch. He took a cup of coffee and walked to the edge of a cliff a few feet away where stood a lone fire tree fully 325 feet above the rocks below. Hearing a slight noise he turned and saw a huge black bear eating the bacon he had just left. His rifle stood leaning against a tree very near Mr. Bear who after finishing the bacon, came defiantly toward him. Nothing could be done but climb the tree; this Mr. Cressler did, and did it quickly. The bear came also but with exasperating deliberation. The man had climbed as high as e dared to go. The rocks under the cliff were fully 400 feet below him. He felt pitch on the limb he clasped and with perfect self possession he cut a small limb, split the end and fastened in a piece of the pitch The bear was now within five feet of him; with his only match he lighted the pitch and allowed the scalding drops to fall on the bears face. One burning drop fell into the nostril and the bear, crazed with the pain, raised both front paws to scratch away the fiery torture, lost his hold and fell with a dull thud to the rocks below. Mr. Cressler made haste to desend [sic] and in recounting the adventure modestly said “that was a close call.”
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Clippings from Idaho for April 1 – 8, 1905

Elk City Mining News April 01, 1905


19050401ElkCityMiningNews1A Five Stamp Mill.

W. Stoever, manager of the Thunder Mountain Gold Mining company, left on Sunday’s stage for Spokane to complete the details preliminary to the shipment of their five stamp mill which the company recently purchased and which will be installed as soon as possible. The first consignment will reach Stites April 20th.

source: Elk City Mining News., April 01, 1905, Page 1, from Chronicling America
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19050401ElkCityMiningNews1headlineARE WAKING UP.

Yesterday the Journal threw a word of warning in respect to the possible effect of the operations of the State Wagon Road commission on the diversion of Thunder Mountain business to the southern part of the state. It is common knowledge that the constantly growing business into Thunder now goes through northern Idaho via Moscow, Lewiston and Stites, geographical conditions being favorable, and the wagon road facilities much better than are available by a southern route.

If the northern wagon road receives a fair share of the appropriation to the disposal of the commission this supremacy, will be retained at the north, but if the road from Stites is neglected and the Boise-Thunder road built on an extensive scale the south will aggrandize itself at the expense of the north, because other things being equal this business would naturally flow through northern channels.

Business men throughout southern Idaho are keenly alive to the possibilities of extending their sphere of trade, and will not lose an opportunity of impressing upon the commission the desirability of improving the wagon road facilities from Boise to Thunder. This course is perfectly proper. At the same time the northern interests should insist if possible that the Stites road receive reasonable consideration. It’s a pure matter of dollars and cents.

– Moscow Journal.

source: Elk City Mining News., April 01, 1905, Page 4, from Chronicling America
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The Weiser Semi-Weekly Signal April 05, 1905


The State Will Pay Dollar For Dollar

Decision Reached by Road Commission Now In Session — The Warren – Big Creek Road.

Any section of the state desiring a [wagon] road built under the authority the act of the last legislature establishing a state wagon road commission must pay dollar for dollar [to] the state. That is the decision [arrived] at by the commission, which [is] now session in this city, says [the] Boise Statesman. The commission has but $50,000 at its disposal. Several times that amount is asked in [?] presented during the legislative session which went over by unanimous consent to be considered by the commission. In order that any [applicable] benefits should accrue to [?] parts of the state it was [?] necessary to adopt the dollar [to] dollar rule.

The Commission’s first day was a [?] one. Three delegations were [?] representing the Atlanta, Warren-Big creek and Sheep Mountain [road] projects. The commission also [set] up the work of charting the [roads] asked by the bills presented to [the] legislature.

The commission devoted some time looking over the wagon road bills [that] were printed, and in searching through the records for evidences of [?] that were not printed. As [?] as possible the routes are being charted. All these projects will [be] scheduled under the following [findings]: Length, estimated cost, [State’s] proportion of expense, kind [of] mineral opened up. The commission will send an engineer over [the] various proposed roads and will [?] inspect them. The inspections will be made as fast as weather conditions in the mountains [will] permit. Probably the first examination will be made of the Atlanta project owing to the likelihood [of] the trail being opened early.

In the Weiser delegation, which [?] on behalf of the Warren-Big creek road were E. M. Barton, Dr. G. [?] Waterhouse, Dr. J. R. Numbers and C. W. Luck, the engineer. Others who were present when the project was being discussed were J. B. Eldridge, James Green, ex-Governor Hunt, M. B. Gwinn, J. E. Clinton, Jr., Max Mayfield and Leonard Logan.

Engineer Luck presented a report based on surveys of three routs he had made into the Big creek section for mining companies. His surveys converged at the Werdenhoff mine, which is located in about the center of the district One, 40 miles in length, went from tho Werdenhoff mine over Profile pass, through Yellow Pine basin and, via Johnson creek, to a connecting point with the present Thunder Mountain road. This he called the southern route because the nearest railroad point was Council and because it would be of little use to peoplo in the north. The other survey was from the Werdenhoff mine to Dixie and thence to Stites — the northern route, which would accommodate none from the south.

The third route, and the one which the commission was urged to accept and aid in building road over, was from Warren via Elk creek to the Werdenhoff mine, a distance of 35 1/2 miles, with three miles of the road already built. This route would be available for people in the north, south and west and presented no great difficulties in wagon road construction. There would have to be built three and a half miles of road above the Payette lakes so as to straighten out the state road and place it in the west side of the river. That, with some repairing on the state road, would leave a splendid route from the lakes to Warren. The total cost, including a substantial bridge across the south fork of the Salmon at Shafer’s ranch, would not exceed $30,000.

E. M. Barton said the mining companies and others would pay half this sum.

source: The Weiser Semi-Weekly Signal., April 05, 1905, Page 1, from Chronicling America
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Long Valley Advocate April 06, 1905



Smith’s Ferry, March 29,1905.

The crusher for the Belle of Thunder Mountain mining company, which passed here about two weeks ago, was at Riordan creek 18 miles this side of Roosevelt when last heard of. The crusher weighs about 7000 pounds all in one piece and is a difficult load to haul on account of condition of roads.

The new saw mill for G. Al. Snow of Knox passed the ferry a few days ago. Air. Snow is also going to put up a quartz mill this summer, a great deal of the machinery is now in Emmett.

F. A. Noland of Van Wyck passed the ferry Tuesday night enroute to Sweet, having got word that his father at that place was very ill.

Winter is again with us, weather has been stormy for past 14 days and in the last 36 hours snow has fallen to a depth of 10 inches.

Roads are very bad for heavy loads, so soft and muddy that wheels must he used and ground will not bear up heavy loads.
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Alpha, April 1, 1906.

The ranchers of this end of the valley are waking up to the fact that it is profitable to raise oats, and a very large acreage is going to be sown this spring.

The Snow freight outfit passed through here last Wednesday with two ten-horse loads of the saw mill machinery that they are putting in on Johnson creek.

B. F. Cushing, an old miner and prospector of Pearl, passed through here Thursday enroute to Thunder Mountain.

Lafe Cantrell and Oscar Pinkston of It attended the Odd Fellows lodge here Saturday night.

John Atkins was visiting friends in Round valley last Saturday and Sunday.

We are enjoying beautiful spring weather again after the recent snow storm.

Mrs. Laurence Herrick was visiting friends in Round valley last week.
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Van Wyck, April 2, 1905.

John McMurren has returned from the Thunder Mountain district, where he has been freighting for the Sunnyside mine. He reports three feet of new snow, also a narrow escape of B. L. Ward’s freight outfit from sliding down the side of Riordan mountain, however they are not going to give up hauling the machinery to its destination.

L. S. Kimball of Van Wyck is the man behind the district telephone project. He generally makes things go.

August Stunz and two daughters, the Misses Bertha and Gretchen, went to Van Wyck Saturday.

Frank McMurren is working at Fred Rutledge’s livery barn at Yan Wyck.

School begins Isere April 3rd.

Source: Long Valley Advocate., April 06, 1905, Page 1, from Chronicling America
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19050406LVAdvocate4headlineNORTH & SOUTH ROAD

Col. Spofford Believes Long Valley Route Will be Selected.

Col. Judson Spofford, president of the Lewiston and Southeastern Electric railway, has returned from an extended visit at Boise, where he states a deep interest has been aroused in the north and south road project, says the Lewiston Tribune. In speaking of the conditions and the outlook for the construction of the north and south road, Col. Spofford said:

“The matters of the Lewiston and Southeastern Electric railway are progressing nicely. Everybody in the southern part of the state seems anxious to see it become the north and south road, between Lewiston and Boise.

“Of course there will be efforts made to have this north and south line terminate at some point other than Boise, but that is a matter the people of that section will have to settle for themselves. In my opinion no route for a north and south road would completely fill the bill unless it went through the Long valley country and would make it practicable to run a branch from some point in the Long valley country into Thunder Mountain. I am firmly of the opinion that if Thunder Mountain had railroad facilities, it would soon become one of the greatest gold mining camps in the United States. And with a north and south road between Lewiston and Boise there would be a fine summer resort at the Payette lakes.

“The joint resolution passed by the legislature, one submitting to the vote of the people a constitutional amendment allowing counties and municipalities to issue bonds in aid of great public utilities, and the one also submitting to a vote of the people an amendment to the constitution allowing the legislature to exempt from taxation for a period of ten years such railroads as would be of great benefit to the state, have already had a splendid effect upon eastern capital and the correspondence I have had with eastern people regarding these matters indicates that We will have no trouble in financing the proposition.”

source: Long Valley advocate., April 06, 1905, Page 5, from Chronicling America
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The Nezperce Herald April 06, 1905

19050406NezperceHerald2headlineFor Idaho Wagon Roads.

The state wagon road commission met in Boise April 3rd and organized with Governor Gooding as chairman and State Senator M. E. Lewis as secretary. The other member is J. W. Wheeler, of Shoshone. It was decided by the commission that no project should be taken up for which private interests did not subscribe as much as would be appropriated by the commission. Delegations ware heard during the day and evening on behalf of the various projects. First came the presentation of the Sheep mountain project. Then the Atlanta road, to give Atlanta and other sections an outlet down the Boise river was heard. In the evening a large delegation from Boise and Weiser was heard on behalf of the road from Warren into the Big Creek district. It was announced the interested people would give half the cost of the road. It was also suggested that the survey already made be adopted as that would save much time, since it will be two months before the engineers can enter the field to make a new survey. The commission did not take action on any project. There is $50,000 appropriated by the state for roads, and it is the intention through the rule adopted to make $100,000 available. The singular fact developed that the law does not carry an emergency clause though it directed the commission to hold its first meeting April 3rd. Consequently the commission will not be able to enter into a contract before May 6. Work until that time will be rather informal.
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Frank and Wallace Hedrick started for Boise last Tuesday with fifty-fire head of horses. These horses will be sold for pack animals to be used in the Thunder Mountain district. Jack Jackson of Kamiah, and Sam Bell, of Nezperce, accompanied the boys on their trip.

source: The Nezperce herald., April 06, 1905, Page 8, from Chronicling America
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Shoshone Journal April 07, 1905

19050407ShoshoneJournal1Shoshone Journal

A Weekly Republican Paper,
W. D. Crocker, Publisher.

Issued Every Friday At
SHOSHONE, a city of 1,000; the county west of Lincoln county, and the best town in Southern Idaho, on the main line of the Oregon Short Line Railway and a junction of the same line of road to Ketchum, a distance of (?) miles and the nearest route to Thunder Mountain.

Subscription, Per Year, $2.00
Payable in Advance.

Entered at the post office at Shoshone, Idaho, as second-class mail matter for  transmission through the United States mails.

source: Shoshone Journal., April 07, 1905, Page 4, from Chronicling America
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The Caldwell Tribune April 08, 1905


D. M. Traynor and family left for Thunder Mountain Thursday.

source: The Caldwell tribune., April 08, 1905, Page 5, from Chronicling America
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Elk City Mining News April 08, 1905


Rudolph & Medaris have put their ferry in shape to handle all trade with safety and dispatch. They are looking for a heavy travel toward Thunder Mountain this summer.
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19050408ElkCityMiningNews2headlineMixed in His Geography.

The Evening Journal of Portland publishes the following interview given out by the editor of the Grangeville News, who is visiting in that city, and who, if quoted correctly, is guilty of the provincial’s blunder of mixing more than his geography.

“Central Idaho is a land of virgin mineral resources, operating mines and witchery for the prospector,” says H. L. Herzinger, editor of the Grangeville News, who is in this city. “Many districts are being brought out, and most of these are equipped for milling and heavy placer work. Aside from being a much used highway to Thunder Mountain, this region,” Mr Herzinger says, “is thronged with mining men.

“In Clearwater district, near Grangeville, the Dewey and Evergreen are developing constantly. Arrangements are being made by the management of the Dewey for a 10-stamp milling plant to be erected this summer.

“Newsome district, next above Clearwater, is most conspicuous at present from remarkable developments of the great porphyry dyke property of Schissler Bros. Other men are doing heavy development in this district.

“Buffalo Hump, which is next in order, has several mills. The Big Buffalo’s 24 stamps are said to be dropping steadily on high grade milling ore. At the Jumbo ten stamps are dropping, and the Atlas and Wise Boy mines are equipped with 10-stamp mills. The Concord owner is arranging to put a mill in at an early date. The good ore recently encountered in the Mother Lode has encouraged the management to erect a mill, work on which is expected to commence early this spring. In general, the Hump is more active this spring than ever before in its history.

“At Four Mile there is one property destined to command national attention. This is the big Hogan mine, on which the great, milling plant of the old Republic mine, at Republic, Wa., is being installed. Over 100 tons of machinery for the Hogan went through Grangeville this winter and spring, and more is to follow. April 1 was the date set by the management to commence milling with the enlarged plant. The Hogan has been using a 20-stamp mill for some time, making in this work a record for low mining and milling never exceeded in the northwest, unless at the Barns-King, Kendall or Big Indian mines of Montana. With the new equipment the management expects to make even a better record.

“Elk City is another promising interior district of central Idaho, where several placers are said to be making good records. Moose Creek, where a big placer deal was recently consummated, is near Elk City.

“Warren has several quartz properties and three or four prominent placers. Senator W. A. Clark’s eldest son was in there several days ago, and is currently reported to have an option on the McKinley mine, which has a good showing of ore.”

source: Elk City mining news., April 08, 1905, Page 1, from Chronicling America

Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt index page

Link: Public folder with images of the old newspapers

Road Reports Jan 19, 2020

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

Yellow Pine: We have 18 1/2″ of snow on the ground in Yellow Pine this Sunday morning. Local streets have a snow floor, some have been plowed, others packed by light traffic. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Jan 15) mail truck driver (Robert) says the highway was plowed on Tuesday so it wasn’t too bad on Wednesday.
Report Monday (Jan 13) around 2 feet of snow up high, mail truck driver said it was an 11 hour day.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (63″ snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Friday (Jan 17) report of 6-10″ new snow on upper South Fork (between Warm Lake and the Hot Springs), another report of a couple trees down and cut out. Local plow went out Friday afternoon.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Road plowed Friday Jan 17.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Local plow went out as far as Wapiti Meadow Thursday (Jan 16.)
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.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “Profile/Big Creek Road – Not suitable for wheeled traffic. There has been enough over snow traffic that the route is easy going for snowmobiles so long as you stay in compacted porting of the road.”
There is about a foot of snow in Big Creek. Lots of moose tracks. Off trail snowmobiling is kinda tough because there has not been much thermo cycling of the snow. There is about 4 to 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap, but off trail riding at that elevation or above involves a lot of snow over the windshield. I followed Steve through a meadow near Profile Gap & could barely see out of the trench we were making. Attached is a photo taken at Profile gap this morning. [Jan 8, 2020]

photo courtesy Chris & Lowis Schwarzhoff
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
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.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “There is no evidence of travel up Smith Creek & up to Elk Summit. We would recommend only the most adventurous take on those routes until after the snow sets up.”
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′ (82″ snow)

Poached-Pear Frangipane Tart

Serves 8 to 10
Pears are poached in mulled wine here, infusing the fruit with spices and giving the exteriors a deep crimson hue. When sliced and nestled into the rich frangipane filling, they create a glorious ombre effect. Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2018



3 to 4 firm, small pears, such as Forelle, Anjou, or Bartlett
2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Peeled zest of 1 orange, plus 1/3 cup fresh juice
2 cloves


1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 recipe Test Kitchen’s Favorite Pate Brisee (below)
1 cup whole blanched almonds
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Pears: Peel pears; transfer to a saucepan. Add wine, sugar, vanilla bean, orange juice and zest, cloves, and enough water to cover pears (2 to 3 cups). Top with a parchment round to keep pears submerged and bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until pears are easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof bowl; cover with poaching liquid. Let cool completely.

Pie: On a lightly floured piece of parchment, roll out dough into a 13-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Fit into a 9-inch tart pan. Trim dough flush with rim; lightly prick bottom with a fork. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees, with a rack in lower third. Arrange almonds on a rimmed baking sheet; toast until golden and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely. Transfer to a food processor; add flour and salt and process until finely ground.

Beat butter with sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Add almond mixture; beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees. Line dough with parchment; fill with dried beans or rice. Bake until edges begin to turn golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove beans or rice and parchment; bake until bottom and sides are golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely. (Crust can be made up to a day in advance and covered tightly in foil.)

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees; place a foil-lined baking sheet below rack. Spread crust with almond mixture; smooth top with an offset spatula. Working with one pear at a time, remove from poaching liquid; pat dry with a paper towel, then slice in half lengthwise, remove stem, remove core with a measuring teaspoon or a melon baller, and cut crosswise on a slight bias into 1/8-inch slices. Fan pear slices in a random pattern to completely cover top of frangipane. (You may not use them all.)

Place tart pan directly on oven rack; bake until frangipane is golden, puffed, and just set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. (If crust is getting too dark, shield with a foil ring.) Transfer to wire rack; let cool completely, at least 4 hours.

Cook’s Notes:

To shield the pie rim from darkening too fast, make a foil ring: Cut a 13-inch round of foil, then cut out the center to create a ring about two inches wide. Center it over the crust; gently fold the edges down to secure.

The pears can be poached up to three days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container, submerged in their liquid. (Their color will become deep red throughout; for more contrast — dark-red exteriors, beige interiors — use pears poached the day of baking.)
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Test Kitchen’s Favorite Pate Brisee

Yield: Enough for one 9-inch double-crust pie, or one 10 1/2-by-15 1/4-inch single-crust slab pie


2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
7 to 8 tablespoons ice water


Pulse flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces remaining. Drizzle 5 tablespoons water over mixture; pulse several times to combine. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until mixture holds together when pinched.

For a 9-inch pie, shape dough into two disks and wrap each in plastic. For a slab pie, shape dough into a rectangle and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day, or freeze up to 3 months; thaw overnight in refrigerator before using.

Note: To avoid creating water pockets in your brisee (which will wreak havoc in your dough), make sure to strain the ice out of the water before drizzling it in and processing.

Roasted Parmesan Carrots

4 servings
Mom always said “eat your carrots, help your eyes.” Rich in beta carotene, carrots not only support health but also taste amazing when roasted and tossed with Parmesan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


1 pound fresh carrots, peeled
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 450F. Cut carrots crosswise in half and then lengthwise into 1/2-in.-thick sticks. Toss carrots with oil, salt, pepper and thyme; spread evenly in a greased 15x10x10-in. baking pan.

Roast until tender and lightly browned, stirring once, 12-15 minutes. Toss with cheese.

– Taste of Home

Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1 cup vegetables)


4 (1-inch-thick) frenched pork loin chops
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 medium yellow squash, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 large zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1/2 pound small red potatoes, quartered


Place pork chops in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, pepper, and 2 1/2 teaspoons salt; reserve 2 tablespoons marinade. Pour remaining marinade over pork, turning to coat. Chill 1 to 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 425F. Combine squash, zucchini, potatoes, and reserved marinade. Spread squash mixture in an even layer on a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined rimmed sheet pan.

Remove pork from marinade, discarding marinade. Pat dry with paper towels, and place on top of squash mixture.

Bake 25 minutes. Increase temperature to broil, and broil until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 140F, about 5 minutes. Transfer pork to a serving platter, and cover with foil. Return pan to oven, and broil squash mixture until slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer squash mixture to a serving bowl; toss with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and serve with pork.

By Southern Living

Weather Reports Jan 12-18, 2020

Jan 12 Weather:

At 10am it was 24 degrees, overcast, light breeze and light snowfall. At 1030am steady snow, at 11am back to flaking. Light snowfall at 1130am. At 1pm low clouds nearly to the valley floor, breezy and steady fine snow falling (trace.) At 315pm it was 28 degrees, low clouds, breezy and light snow falling (scant 1/4″.) At 6pm it was 26 degrees, foggy low clouds and moderate snowfall (about 1″ today.) Snowing pretty good at 8pm, looks like almost 2″ so far today. At 920pm still snowing but a little less intense, looks like nearly 3″ of snow. At 1115pm not snowing, big clearings in the clouds – bright moon and some stars out. Looks close to 4″ of snow. Bright moon at 1am, partly cloudy. Clear spots to the east at 2am, some stars but moon behind thicker clouds. Probably started snowing lightly around 8am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time January 13, 2020 at 10:00AM
Overcast, light breeze, flaking
Max temperature 28 degrees F
Min temperature 14 degrees F
At observation 21 degrees F
Precipitation 0.34 inch
Snowfall 4 3/4 inch
Snow depth 19 inch
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Jan 13 Weather:

At 10am it was 21 degrees, overcast, light breeze and flaking snow. At 1120am it was 23 degrees and flaking. Light snowfall at 1140am. Steady light snow early afternoon. At 330pm it was 24 degrees, overcast, light breeze and steady light snowfall. At 6pm it was 21 degrees, overcast and flaking lightly. A few flakes falling at 815pm. At 1245am light steady snowfall – dusting and light breezes. Still snowing at 130am. Looks like it snowed all night. Not snowing at 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time January 14, 2020 at 10:00AM
Max temperature 26 degrees F
Min temperature 13 degrees F
At observation 18 degrees F
Precipitation 0.11 inch
Snowfall 2 1/4 inch
Snow depth 20 inch
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Jan 14 Weather:

At 10am it was 18 degrees and overcast. Started snowing shortly after 10am. Steady snow at 12pm. Fine light snow at 1pm, looks like about 1/2″ so far. Fine light snow still falling at 2pm. At 330pm it was 24 degrees, flaking a little (about 1″ accumulation) light chilly breezes and open sky overhead. Gusty around 4pm and not snowing. At 545pm it was 21 degrees, gusty breezes, overcast and fine light snow falling. At 9pm gusty winds and snowing pretty good. Light snow and breezy at 930pm, about 1/2″ additional. At 1030pm snowing pretty good and lighter breezes (more than an inch.) Looks like a couple inches and flaking at 1230am. Didn’t appear to be snowing at 130am, bright moon and large clear spot. Clearing during the night and cold.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time January 15, 2020 at 10:00AM
Mostly clear, light breeze
Max temperature 26 degrees F
Min temperature -4 degrees F
At observation -3 degrees F
Precipitation 0.16 inch
Snowfall 2 1/2 inch
Snow depth 20 inch
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Jan 15 Weather:

At 10am it was -3 degrees, mostly clear and light cold breeze. Clouds moving in before 11am, partly clear. At 1230pm it was 21 degrees, mostly clear and breezy. At 210pm gusty breezes blowing snow out of the trees and mostly cloudy. At 3pm it was 30 degrees, cold sharp breezes and partly clear. At 550pm it was 18 degrees, mostly clear and cold breezes. Just before 10pm it was snowing and breezy. At 11pm it was 22 degrees, breezy and snowing (scant dusting.) Snowing lightly at 1am and breezy (light dusting.) Probably snowed until 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time January 16, 2020 at 10:00AM
Max temperature 31 degrees F
Min temperature -3 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 26 degrees F
Precipitation 0.05 inch
Snowfall 7/8 inch
Snow depth 19 inch
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Jan 16 Weather:

At 10am it was 26 degrees and overcast. Overcast at 12pm. At 4pm it was 32 degrees, overcast and a bit breezy. At 540pm it was 30 degrees and overcast. Started snowing a little before 920pm. At 1050pm steady snowfall (trace) and low clouds. Still snowing lightly at 1245am and light breezes. Still snowing 220am. Still snowing at 6am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time January 17, 2020 at 10:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 33 degrees F
Min temperature 14 degrees F
At observation 15 degrees F
Precipitation 0.20 inch
Snowfall 2 3/4 inch
Snow depth 20 inch
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Jan 17 Weather:

At 10am it was 15 degrees and mostly clear. Some gusty breezes after 1pm blowing snow out of the trees and mostly cloudy. At 345pm it was 28 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 615pm it was 20 degrees and appeared to be mostly cloudy. Cloudy (no stars) at 11pm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time January 18, 2020 at 10:00AM
Max temperature 33 degrees F
Min temperature 13 degrees F
At observation 25 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 19 1/2 inch
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Jan 18 Weather:

At 10am it was 25 degrees and overcast. Breezy and overcast at 12pm. At 115pm light snow falling and a little breezy, overcast. Flakes on and off early afternoon. At 315pm it was 32 degrees, overcast and lightly flaking. At 550pm it was 29 degrees and overcast. At 11pm it was cloudy and just a slight breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time January 19, 2020 at 10:00AM
Mostly cloudy and breezy
Max temperature 32 degrees F
Min temperature 25 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 31 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 18 1/2 inch